May 15, 2019
Sections
  • Head of School Message
  • Academics
  • Mission and Student Life
  • Advancement
  • Business
  • Mercy Parent Association
  • Important Dates
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Academics
Final Exams

Please note a change in the final exam schedule. Friday, May 24 is not an exam day. It is now a 7-period day for students to meet with all teachers and prepare for exams. Final exam days are now Tuesday, May 28 through Thursday, May 30. Make up exam days are still June 3-4. To qualify for a make up exam, a student must have formal medical or other appropriate documentation. 

Tuesday, May 28
  • 8 - 10 a.m. English
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. World Languages

Wednesday, May 29
  • 8 - 10 a.m. Math
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. History

Thursday, May 30
  • 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Sciences
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Religion

Contact Emily Ambrosino, Dean of Teaching and Learning eambrosino@mercyhs.org
Remediation

The counselors sent out a letter to all parents in regard to options for summer remediation for students that fail or earn a D in a course. When grades have been finalized, Mercy will send official notification to families if remediation is necessary. Please make sure your contact information is correct in the Parent Portal.


Contact Emily Ambrosino, Dean of Teaching and Learning eambrosino@mercyhs.org
AP Exams - May 6-17

AP exams continue through May 17. Please help your daughter(s) keep focus to feel prepared and confident for her AP exams.

Contact Emily Ambrosino, Dean of Teaching and Learning eambrosino@mercyhs.org
Counseling Updates

Summer Remediation
This summer, Mercy High School is partnering with Brigham Young University (BYU) to offer our families credit recovery/remediation options for students who have either failed a course required for graduation or whose course grade does not meet UC/CSU eligibility requirements. Students will be expected to be on campus from June 10-July 12. The courses will be online, there will be a teacher supervising, and each semester course costs $549.


Contact Siobhan McVeigh, Counselor, smcveigh@mercyhs.org or Margaret Wickham, Counselor, mwickham@mercyhs.org
Mission and Student Life
Finals Are Here...Have No Fear

With finals week fast approaching, help your child have a smooth experience!

How to Manage Stress During Finals Week


Stress-busting Activities for Finals Week

Stress Relief Apps (Smartphones)

Contact Yen Hui, Director of Wellness, yhui@mercyhs.org
Reminder: Mercy Sports Awards - May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: McAuley Pavilion
Must RSVP to attend

Our end of the year Sports Awards Ceremony is fast approaching on Saturday, May 18! We will celebrate the tradition of Mercy Athletics and honor all of our student-athletes and teams.

Contact Sheri Sam, Director of Athletics, ssam@mercyhs.org
Mental Health Awareness Month

Mercy’s Wellness Program will support Mental Health Awareness Month in May with various weekly activities. Ask your child what we are learning! 

  • Week 1: What is Mental Health?
  • Week 2: Breaking the Stigma
  • Week 3: Learning the Signs
  • Week 4: Help Me, Help You
  • Week 5: Share Your Story

Resources:

Contact Yen Hui, Director of Wellness, yhui@mercyhs.org
Class of 2019 Reminders

Please save the dates and RSVP (if applicable) to the following celebratory events for our graduating class!

Reminder: ALL school accounts and infractions (including tuition, class fees, AP exam fees, library fines, and detentions) must be paid in full and served in order for seniors to receive their caps and gowns. Any infractions received after this date may result in the forfeiture of any further senior activities. Caps and gowns will be handed out to those students who have paid off their accounts by this date.
Cap & Gown Distribution
Pick up in the main office on Monday, May 20

Graduation Practice (MANDATORY)
Date: Tuesday, May 21
Time: 2 - 4 p.m. (Red Minumum Day Schedule)
Location: Holy Name Church

Senior Celebration Dinner 
Date: Thursday, May 30
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: McAuley Pavilion
Graduating seniors can bring up to two guests only.

Senior Lock-In 
This year’s lock-in activities for seniors immediately follow the Senior Celebration Dinner. Students aren't allowed to leave the event and return later; they must stay the night. Lock-in activities provide a safe alternative to unsupervised parties/get-togethers. Teachers, staff, and an administrator will chaperone this student-led event. This is not mandatory but is a fun, safe, and memorable way to end the school year. Students who wish to participate will need to submit a permission form (available in the front office). 

Date: Thursday, May 30
Time:
  • 8:15 p.m. | Attendance in Barrett
  • 8:30 p.m.- 12:30 a.m. | Lock-In Activities
  • 7 - 8:30 a.m. (5/31) | Breakfast and get ready for the awards assembly
  • 9 a.m. (5/31) | Senior Awards Assembly 
Location: Mercy High School

Senior Awards Assembly 
Date: Friday, May 31
Time: 9 - 11 a.m.
Location: Mercy Theatre
Due to limited seating (this is an all-school assembly) graduating seniors can invite two guests only to attend the ceremony. Guests must sign in with the Main Office. 

Graduation Eucharistic Liturgy
Date: Saturday, June 1
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Students must arrive in full cap and gown attire by 9:30 a.m.
Location: Holy Name Church

At the request of Sister Carolyn and Mercy's Administration and Faculty, as well as of our host, Holy Name Church, please remind your family and guests that respectful and reverent behavior is expected in the church. Your daughter's graduation ceremony marks a lifetime accomplishment and should not be dishonored by inappropriate behaviors such as shouting by our guests. 

Important Information:
  • Students will receive ten bids for graduation.
  • Bids will be distributed to seniors during a designated time during finals week.
  • Cameras and other recording devices may not be used in the church. The ceremony will be live streamed on Facebook and there will be opportunities to take photographs after the ceremony.
  • Smaller flower bouquets (that will fit on your lap) or leis may be brought into the church and presented to the graduates only AFTER the girls have processed out of the church. 
  • Balloons and other large distracting items (including large flower bouquets) are not appropriate in a sacred space and will not be permitted in the church.
  • Please remember to silence all cellphones.
  • Mercy High School will be LIVE STREAMING the graduation. Like our Facebook page and share the live video with loved ones!
  • Students must arrive and check in with Ms. Alano and Ms. Wan in the multipurpose room on the bottom floor of the church. 

Senior Graduation Dress Code:
  • Graduating seniors must wear a white dress or pantsuit under their white graduation gown.
  • Shoes must be white, nude/tan, black, or red.
  • Students may not wear leis or any regalia that is not provided to them by Mercy High School. Please save these items for after the graduation mass.

Thank you for your contribution in making this a memorable graduation that marks your daughter's achievement in a dignified way!

Grad Bash Trip 
We’ve created a Grad Nite Group page in the Portal for students and parents of students attending Grad Trip. Updates have been and will continue to be shared via that page. Permission slips will be posted there next week and need to be returned no later than May 24. We will also post details such as hotel, flight, and our daily itinerary on this page. 

  • Departing SFO at 6 a.m. (meet up at 4:30 a.m. in Southwest Terminal) on Tuesday, June 4
  • Returning on June 7 at 12:35 p.m.

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Student Life & School Culture, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Advancement
Senior Parents: RSVP for the Senior Celebration Dinner
Date: Thursday, May 30
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: McAuley Pavilion
Free to attend, RSVP required

Celebrate the end of four years at Mercy and let us welcome you to Mercy's alumnae community at the Senior Celebration Dinner on May 30!

This is a free event for each senior and two guests only. You must RSVP to attend.

RSVP BY MAY 24 AT NOON
Contact Georgia Wasley, Alumnae Development Officer, gwasley@mercyhs.org
Business
Tuition Accounts

All tuition balances must be paid in full by Monday, May 20 for students to take final exams. Please ensure that your tuition account is paid up!

Failure to bring your account up to date will result in your daughter not being able to take her finals, putting her academic standing in jeopardy. 

In addition, seniors will not be allowed to participate in graduation activities which may include, but are not limited to: Senior Celebration Dinner, walk the stage at Graduation, or attend Grad Night.

Contact Marc Colelli, Chief Financial Officer, mcolelli@mercyhs.org
Mercy Parent Association
Parent Volunteer Opportunities

If you still need hours, there are still some volunteer opportunities available! Be sure to check mercyhs.org/volunteer to sign up for any available hours!

Upcoming:

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development, bpaige@mercyhs.org
Submit Your Parent Volunteer Hours

Did you volunteer at the Gala or donate to the Gala Auction?
After each event you volunteer at, be sure to go to mercyhs.org/volunteer to submit your parent volunteer hours and get the credit you deserve! Remember, each family is asked to volunteer 15 hours each school year.

If you volunteered at the Gala or donated to the auction for parent hours, volunteered at other events through the year, attended an MPA meeting, coordinated with Mercy to drive students to/from athletics games, or volunteered at an event, you need to submit your hours.

You should have received an update on your total hours volunteered. If you think hours are missing, be sure you have submitted the hours you have completed.

Please note that you may also choose to make a $300 donation in lieu of fulfilling your parent hours.


Contact Breanna Gunn, Development Associate, bgunn@mercyhs.org
Important Dates
Wednesday, May 15
  • AP English Language & Composition Exam
  • 8 a.m.
  • VPA Festival
  • 6:30 - 9 p.m.

Thursday, May 16
  • AP Statistics Exam
  • 12 p.m.
  • Art & Soul Exhibit
  • 4:30 - 6 p.m.
  • VPA Festival
  • 6:30 - 9 p.m.

Friday, May 17
  • AP Computer Science
  • 12 p.m.
  • Red Carpet Awards
  • 6 - 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 18
  • Mercy Sports Awards Ceremony
  • 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • McAuley Pavilion

Monday, May 20
  • Cap & Gown Distribution
  • Main Office

Tuesday, May 21
  • Senior Graduation Practice
  • 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Holy Name Church
Monday, May 27
  • Memorial Day - No Classes

Tuesday, May 28
  • Final Exams

Wednesday, May 29
  • Final Exams

Thursday, May 30
  • Final Exams
  • Senior Celebration Dinner
  • 6 - 8 p.m.
  • McAuley Pavilion
  • Senior Lock-In
  • 8:15 p.m.

Friday, May 31
  • Senior Awards Ceremony
  • 9 - 11 a.m.
  • Mercy Theatre

Saturday, June 1
  • Graduation Eucharistic Liturgy
  • 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Holy Name Church
Our Mission
Mercy High School, San Francisco, educates women to pursue lives of spiritual and intellectual depth, determination and daring action to improve our world as an inclusive, Catholic, college preparatory community enlivened by the Gospel of Jesus and the charism of the Sisters of Mercy.