January 15, 2020
  • Head of School
  • Transition Information
  • Academics
  • Student Life
  • Advancement
  • Important Dates
Head of School
Dear Families,

The week is unfolding after the announcement of Mercy’s closure. I want to encourage you to refer to the Transition Information Page on Mercy’s website to learn of the latest developments, including for schools Catholic, public, and independent that are making special arrangements for your daughters. Information is updated on our website regularly.

We are doing all that we can to help the girls move toward getting back to some kind of normal, as hard as that is, and to help them cope with a sad situation.

Know that we are being held in prayer not only by our own Mercy High School community, but also by the 53 other Mercy schools and by the Sisters of Mercy, many of whom are alumnae or former teachers here. May the God of mercy bless us all!

In Mercy,
Sister Carolyn
Transition Information
Please check Mercy’s Transition Information Page regularly for the latest, up-to-date information to help ease your transition to another local high school.
San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)
Application Deadline this Friday, Jan. 17

SFUSD to allow Mercy students to submit applications through email for the 2020-21 school year.

SFUSD will allow Mercy students to submit their application and other related documents to the school district via email by the deadline date, Friday, January 17. SFUSD would like to assist Mercy families by allowing them to submit applications (usually only allowed to be submitted in person by parent/guardian) via email if they so choose. They may email scans/pdfs of their applications and accompanying documentation to enrollinschool@sfusd.edu.

Deadline for Application submissions is THIS Friday, January 17, 2020.

See the Transition Information Page on our Mercy Website
High School Fair at Mercy - Jan. 23

A special high school fair for current Mercy students and their families will be held on campus at Mercy on Thursday, January 23 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in McAuley Pavilion. Local high schools, Catholic and Independent, will be available to answer your questions and provide you with transfer information. A list of schools attending is forthcoming.

See the Transition Information Page on our Mercy Website
Local Catholic Schools Transfer Application Deadline - Jan. 31

Transfer applications to the Catholic schools are expected to be open sometime next week. The deadline to submit Transfer Applications is January 31. Notification of Admissions decisions will be Friday, February 28. Students must confirm enrollment by March 2, 2020. For questions, contact those high schools directly.

See the Transition Information Page on our Mercy Website for specific school contact and transfer admissions information
Frosh, Sophomore & Junior Families Receiving Financial Assistance

You will not need to fill out a new TADS application as you apply for financial assistance at other Catholic High Schools. You do, however, need to contact TADS directly and ask them to add your prospective high school to the application so that they get your TADS application.
Athletic Transfer Eligibility Procedures

Mercy’s Athletics page has updated information about how to transfer for the Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters.

Please be mindful that it is CCS’s objective to get these student-athletes out on the field/court as soon as possible, but they will need time for these transfers to process.  

Contact, Pam Alano, Athletics Director, palano@mercyhs.org
Culminating Service Project Workshops - Jan. 17

  • 8 - 9:45 a.m. | 1st Conference
  • 9:45 - 10:15 a.m. | Break
  • 10:15 a.m. - 12 p.m. | 2nd Conference
  • 12 p.m. | Dismissal

Contact Marianne Delaporte, Dean of Academics, mdelaporte@mercyhs.org
Counseling Updates

JUNIOR PARENTS: Junior Class College Night
When: Jan. 28, 6 - 8 p.m.
Where: Rist Hall
Who's Invited: All juniors and their parents
What: Several guest speakers will be discussing the many college options and counselors will be going over the college application timeline. 

Mercy High School has teamed up with Revolution Prep to offer full-length SAT & ACT Practice Exams on campus. 

SAT Practice Exam - Saturday, Feb. 1 at 9 a.m.
ACT Practice Exam - Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 a.m.
Where: Mercy High School Media Center - Room 302 
Cost: $10

Registration is open now! Click for more information and to register.

SOPHOMORE PARENTS: Career Exploration Workshop

During the month of January, your student will attend a Career Exploration Workshop. They will complete a career assessment powered by YouScience. The workshop will be followed up with a meeting with their counselor to discuss the results. 

  • Homeroom 10-1 - Jan. 9, 8 - 8:45 a.m.
  • Homeroom 10-2 - Jan. 15, 8 - 8:45 a.m.
  • Homeroom 10-3 - Jan. 29, 8 - 8:45 a.m.

Contact Counselors Siobhan McVeigh, smcveigh@mercyhs.org or Margaret Wickham, mwickham@mercyhs.org
Library Volunteer Opportunity (11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesdays)
Be a parent volunteer in our library during lunch! There is no prior experience necessary in library work, just a willingness to be with our students and watch over them. 
We need volunteers most Tuesdays from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. If you are interested in learning more and/or volunteering, please email Kathryn Ann with your availability.
Library Hours Calendar
The library hours calendar for student makeup tests and studying are available in Portal.

  1. Login to Portal
  2. Click on Calendar
  3. Look for the Blue "Library Hours" Calendar

Times noted with a "Proctor" are when students may make-up missed tests or use the library to study. "Study Hall" is time for studying only. 
Contact Kathryn Ann Dougery, Director of Institutional Research, kdougery@mercyhs.org
Student Life
Schedule Change - Jan. 17

Our Culminating Service Project Workshops have been moved to Friday, January 17. Our seniors will be presenting their work in 9 different classrooms that morning. Because it has been moved, January 23 will change from Red Flip Long Assembly to Red Flip Collaboration Day. 

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Violins of Hope - Jan. 21

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 21
Time: 4 - 6 p.m.
Location: McAuley Pavilion
Cost: Free to Attend, RSVP here

The Farkas Center invites you to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz at the Louis de Groot International Holocaust Remembrance Day at Mercy High School.

Violins of Hope: A Journey of Heroism, healing, and Humanity celebrates the cultural richness and resilience of music played by and for those targeted for genocide in the Third Reich.

Contact Carole Touye, ctouye@mercyhs.org
Winter Dance Concert:
Ode & Homage

Dates: Jan. 24, 25, 31, Feb. 1
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Mercy High School Theatre
Cost: $15 General Admission, $10 Mercy Student

Contact Josh Ornelas, Dance Program Director, jornelas@mercyhs.org
Athletics Updates

Come out and cheer on Mercy basketball in our beautiful gym for our last season. Our girls need your support now more than ever.

Upcoming Basketball Home Games:
  • Jan. 17: Basketball vs. Castilleja, 4 p.m. JV, 5:30 p.m. Varsity
  • Jan. 21: Varsity Basketball vs. The Kings Academy, 5 p.m. JV, 6:30 p.m. Varsity

Contact Pam Alano, Director of Athletics, palano@mercyhs.org
Intersession 2020 - Payment due Jan. 24

Upcoming Intersession Important Dates 
  • Jan. 24 - 4th/final payment due (if necessary)
  • Feb. 3 - Parent Night for all overnight trips (Rescheduled from Nov. 14)
  • Mar. 2 - 6 Intersession Week

All payments MUST be up to date. Please do so immediately to avoid any late fees.

Payments should be made to Mercy High School with your daughter's name and intersession course written on it and turned in to Mrs. Tong in the Main Office during normal school hours.

Payment methods accepted: Cash or Check only 

Important announcements are posted on your daughter’s Intersession bulletin board in the Portal. Refer to your How to Guide for the Mercy Parent Portal for instructions on accessing your daughter’s Intersession group.

Contact Pam Alano, Intersession Coordinator, palano@mercyhs.org
Purchase a Yearbook Ad to Celebrate Your Senior

From now until February 16, you can create a yearbook ad to celebrate your Senior and her upcoming graduation.

View the flyer for new pricing and all the information you need to create your ad. 
Contact Karen Vanuska, Yearbook Advisor, kvanuska@mercyhs.org
Dress Code Reminders

Last Parent Connect we sent a reminder about unnatural hair and facial piercings. If you daughter has a new facial piercing, she will be expected to remove it while on campus and if her hair is unnatural in color, she will be expected to tone or dye it to meet dress code guidelines. If you have any questions, please email me.
Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Crab Feed - Feb. 8

Date: Saturday, Feb. 8
Time: 5:30 p.m. Beer & Wine Social Hour, 6:30 p.m. Crab Dinner
Location: McAuley Pavilion
Cost: $60 (Individual), $450 (Table of 8), $1,000 (Sponsor)

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development, bpaige@mercyhs.org
Crab Feed Committee Meeting - Jan. 16

Our Crab Feed is still scheduled next month on February 8 so we can come together as a community and maybe even enjoy a reprieve from recent news and find joy together. We still need support to help put on the best Crab Feed ever to honor Mercy and her community.

We will be meeting tomorrow, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. (on-campus, location TBD, conference call option available) to plan out logistics for the next couple weeks. Please contact Bekah if you are interested in helping and whether or not you can attend Thursday's meeting/call, please contact Bekah.

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development, bpaige@mercyhs.org
Important Dates
Friday, Jan. 17
  • San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Application Deadline 
  • Culimating Service Projects

Monday, Jan. 20
  • MLK Holiday - NO CLASSES

Tuesday, Jan. 21
  • Violins of Hope
  • McAuley Pavilion
  • 4 - 6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 23
  • High School Fair
  • McAuley Pavilion
  • 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 24
  • Intersession Payment Due

Friday, Jan. 24 - Saturday, Jan. 25
  • Winter Dance Concert
  • Mercy Theatre
  • 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 28
  • Junior Class College Night
  • Rist Hall
  • 6 - 8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 31
  • Local Catholic Schools Transfer Application Deadline

Friday, Jan. 31 - Saturday, Feb. 1
  • Winter Dance Concert
  • Mercy Theatre
  • 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 1
  • SAT Practice Exam
  • Media Center - Room 302
  • 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 3
  • Parent Night for overnight Intersession trips
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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.