September 4, 2019
  • Academics
  • Student Life
  • Advancement
  • Business
  • Mercy Parent Association
  • Important Dates
Parent Connect is the bi-weekly e-newsletter sent with current news and information for Mercy families.

Please be sure to read every issue as we highlight important information to be aware of throughout the school year.
Get to Know Our Dean of Academics

Marianne Delaporte joins Mercy as the new Dean of Academics. She comes to us from Notre Dame de Namur University where she was a professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. She has a passion for and experience in faculty professional development, teaching to school mission, and working with young people. Outside of her work at Mercy, she focuses her research on maternal spirituality and medieval mystics. She received her PhD from Princeton Seminary, her MA from the Graduate Theological Union, and her BA from the University of Chicago.

Please stop by and say hello when you are on campus!

Contact Marianna Delaporte, Dean of Academics,
All School Book Assembly: Jackie Speier - Sep. 5
Our All School Book Assembly is tomorrow, September 5 from 1:15 to 3:05 p.m. in the Theatre. Our guest speaker is Congresswoman Jackie Speier, author of, Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back.

Parents are invited to join us.

Contact Marianna Delaporte, Dean of Academics,
Thirst Project - Sep. 6

Thirst Project will give a 45-minute presentation on the global water crisis and what we can do to help, activating students about this issue. The talk will be held in Rist Hall on Friday, September 6 at 8 a.m. Women in Science & Healthcare (WISH) invites all interested students to attend. 

Learn More about Thirst Project.

Contact Marianna Delaporte, Dean of Academics,
Paris to Pittsburgh - Sep. 18
Paris to Pittsburgh is a new movie about climate justice. Join us for the viewing on Wednesday, September 18 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the Mercy Theatre. A student panel will follow the movie.

Contact Jim McGarry, Teacher,
Back to School Night - Sep. 19

Mark your calendar for Back to School Night on September 19 from 5:45 to 8 p.m.

If you need help with the Portal or Canvas, tech sessions will be held in Room 318 from 5:50 to 6:10 p.m. to help you familiarize yourself with the two systems. This will be followed by visits to your daughters’ classes (6:15 - 8 p.m.) and her counselor. We look forward to seeing you. 

Contact Marianna Delaporte, Dean of Academics,
AP Courses
If your daughter is taking an AP Course, she will also take an AP exam. While these exams can help with college admission, students can decide whether the exam results are sent to colleges. A low score will not result in a penalty.

AP Exam fees are approximately $97. Subsidies are available through the College Board for some students. 

Contact Marianna Delaporte, Dean of Academics,
Spring 2019 Honor Roll

Congratulations to the students who earned Spring 2019 honor roll distinction!

These students will receive a voucher in HR next week that can be exchanged for a treat during lunch next Wednesday, September 11.

Contact Marianna Delaporte, Dean of Academics,
Counseling Updates

College Visits
More than 50 colleges are signed up to visit Mercy this semester! College representatives will be on campusduring lunch or after school. Log into the Parent Portal to see the college visit calendar. Encourage your daughters to welcome our guests to Mercy as they learn about their colleges.

College Visit Highlight: College Fair - NorCal JET (Jesuit Excellence Tour)
When: September 9 during lunch
Where: Rist Hall

Upcoming September Event Reminders:
  • September 10, 2019 - Frosh Parent Night (Rist Hall, 6 - 8 p.m.)
  • September 21, 2019 - SAT Practice Exam (Media Center, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
  • September 24, 2019 - College Financial Aid Night (Rist Hall, 6 - 8 p.m.)
  • September 28, 2019 - ACT Practice Exam (Media Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Be sure to view the Counseling Department group page in the Parent Portal .
We will post regular updates with counseling department events, important reminders for you and your student(s), links and resources for enrichment opportunities, academic support, and college/scholarship info, and much more! Click on the “Counseling: Academic & College” link in the Parent Portal

Contact Siobhan McVeigh, Counselor, or Margaret Wickham, Counselor,
Student Life
Late Start Days - Red (Flip) Collaboration and Red (Flip) Faculty Days

Mercy High School is a closed campus. Students are not allowed to leave once they have arrived on campus and are dismissed after their last class of the day.

The campus is open 1 hour before classes meet. We provide limited supervision in Barrett Hall in the morning and after school from 4 - 6 p.m. 

  • Students may not leave campus prior to their first period, during lunch, or a free period
  • No trips to Stonestown or nearby eateries/shops
  • Epicurean offers a selection of breakfast and afternoon snacks (purchase with mySchoolBucks)
  • Students who must leave campus during the day should go to the Main Office to get a passthey must have parent permission to leave

September Late Start Days
  • September 4 (Red Flip Collaboration)
  • September 6 (Red Collaboration Day)
  • September 10 (Red Flip Faculty Day)
  • September 12 (Red Flip Faculty Day)
  • September 16 (Red Flip Faculty Day)
  • September 18 (Red Flip Faculty Day)
  • September 20 (Red Flip Faculty Day)

Occasionally, students may be required to attend a workshop during either faculty/staff time or collaboration time. Please refer to the planner and the Mercy calendar (on Portal and the Mercy website). 

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students & Student Services,
Intersession 2020

Every other year, Mercy students participate in Intersession Mercy’s “Learning Outside the Walls” program. Intersession Week is March 2 - 6, 2020. Participation is mandatory for all students.

Intersession Choices and Selection Process
Students attended an Intersession Information Assembly on August 30. Students have the option to join a local intersession (day trips, on-campus workshops, or activities within the Bay Area), or an overnight intersession (Yosemite, SoCal, out of state, etc.). The maximum cost per student will be $1,200 (includes flights, hotel, program, etc.).

Parents, please discuss your daughter's Intersession trip options with her. You will work with your daughter to select her top three choices. The Intersession Coordinator will work on assigning students to an Intersession trip. 

Intersession Important Dates 
  • Aug. 30 - Student Intersession Assembly slides shared with students & parents
  • Sep. 6 - Intersession choices are due through Portal
  • Sep. 13 - Intersession trip rosters released 
  • Sep. 20 - 1st payment due
  • Oct. 22 - 2nd payment due
  • Nov. 14 - Parent Night for all overnight trips (6 - 8 p.m.)
  • Nov. 22 - 3rd payment due
  • Jan. 24 - 4th/final payment due
  • Mar. 2 - 6 Intersession Week

Contact, Pam Alano, Intersession Coordinator,
Senior Portrait Make-Up - Sep. 5

If your daughter hasn't taken her senior portrait, be sure she gets it taken on Thursday, September 5 from 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. in theTheatre Lobby. If your daughter can't make that time, schedule a convenient time at Prestige's San Carlos studio.  All photos must be taken by October 31.

Contact Karen Vanuska, Yearbook Moderator,
School Picture Make-up Day - Sep. 17

If your daughter did not get her school picture taken and receive her student ID for the new school year, Lifetouch will be back on campus for make-ups on September 17 from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Flyers with ordering information have been distributed to students in their homerooms.  

You are not under any obligation to purchase the photos, and the IDs are provided free of charge.
Contact Karen Vanuska, Yearbook Moderator,
Hot Topic: Juuling, Vaping, eCigarettes
“We see clear signs that youth use of electronic cigarettes has reached an epidemic proportion.”
-Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration
Juuling is a popular trend with students because they can go undetected in many school hallways, bathrooms, classrooms, and even at home. Please set aside four minutes of your day to watch this short video on juuling and have a conversation with daughter about the potential harmful effects juuling may have on them. 

This video was shared with the Mercy faculty and staff but it’s also a great resource for parents as well! 

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students & Student Services,
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to raise awareness with education and conversations; provide resources for those in need; and foster our community of support and love. 

Throughout the month, Mercy will provide information and support to all students, staff, and families. On September 26, Mercy will have an assembly in honor of this important topic. If you think the this topic and/or the assembly may not be appropriate for your child, please reach out to Ms. Hui for more information.

Crisis Text Line
For help, text REASON to 741741

SF Suicide Prevention
Crisis Line: (415) 781-0500

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Contact Yen Hui, Director of Wellness,
Special Discount Pricing for Senior Yearbook Ads

Do you want to celebrate your daughter's accomplishments with a page you design in Mercy's 2020 yearbook? From now until October 31, you can purchase an ad at reduced prices? 

Contact Karen Vanuska, Yearbook Moderator,
Parent Portal

Each parent/guardian has a Parent Portal account where you can view your child’s progress throughout the year. This includes quarter and semester grades, attendance, conduct, and more.

We have created a “How To” Guide to help you navigate our most used features within the Parent Portal.

Access the "How To" Guide:
  1. Log in to the Parent Portal.
  2. Click on the Resources tab towards the top of the page.
  3. Click on the block that says “How To” Guide for the Mercy Parent Portal. This guide is updated as new and existing features develop, so check in periodically to see what’s new!

Contact Veronica Zermani, Registrar,
Parent Pledge - Due Sep. 30

The Parent Pledge is a multi-year gift that gives our parents the opportunity to help offset the financial gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating your daughter. Rather than raising tuition, we rely on our parents to support Mercy by making a tax-deductible gift that is both generous and reasonable for them.

Our goal is 100% parent participation, demonstrating Mercy families' commitment to women's education. Please help us reach our goal and give by September 30!

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development,
Tuition Payments

As a friendly reminder, tuition payments are due on the 1st & 15th of each month (dependent on your selection at the time of registration) via SMART Tuition.  

Please note that charges are applied by SMART Tuition for any payment that is late, if a check is returned for NSF, or if a credit card or auto pay is returned for NSF. These are fees incurred by SMART Tuition and therefore not refundable.

Contact Marc Colelli, Chief Financial Officer,
Mercy Parent Association
Join the Holiday Boutique Committee!

Mercy is having its annual Holiday Boutique on Saturday, December 7! Be a part of Mercy's first big event of the year by joining the Holiday Boutique Committee with fellow Mercy parents.

We are getting started right away! Committee members will work with Mercy staff to help source vendors for the event as well as help plan the entertainment and raffle.

If you have creative flare or a passion for organizing, this is a great event for you to help with. It's also a great way to earn all your required parent hours doing something fun with other Mercy parents! Please email Bekah Paige, Director of Development, if you're interested in getting involved. We will hold our first committee meeting this month.

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development,
Parent Volunteer Opportunities: 2019-20 School Year

Parents are asked to complete 15 volunteer hours each school year. Parent volunteer signups for the 2019-20 school year are available now on our website. Be sure to check to sign up for the upcoming school year! Don't forget to check back throughout the year as new opportunities may be added.

Your participation is crucial to the school community and we are so grateful for all you do to support your daughter's school.

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development,
Important Dates
Wednesday, Sep. 4
  • Frosh Workshop
  • 8 a.m.

Thursday, Sep. 5
  • All School Book Assembly
  • 1:15 - 3:05 p.m.
  • Senior Portraits Make-up
  • 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Theatre Lobby

Friday, Sep. 6
  • Wellness Workshop
  • 8 a.m.
  • Wellness Center
  • Thirst Project Presentation
  • 8 a.m.
  • Rist Hall
  • Intersession choices due through Portal

Tuesday, Sep. 10
  • Frosh Parent Night
  • 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Rist Hall
Friday, Sep. 13
  • Intersession trip rosters released 

Tuesday, Sep. 17
  • School Picture Make-up
  • 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sep. 18
  • Paris to Pittsburgh Screening
  • 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Mercy Theatre

Thursday, Sep. 19
  • Back to School Night
  • 5:45 - 8 p.m.

Friday, Sep. 20
  • 1st Intersession payment due
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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.