Feb. 7, 2018
  • From the Head of School
  • Mission
  • Academics
  • Advancement
  • Business
  • Important Dates
  • Upcoming Events
From the Head of School
Dear Mercy Families,

I recently received a copy of Magdalena Yeşil’s book Power Up: How Smart Women Win in the New Economy as a gift. Yeşil, a founder, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist, begins her introduction with a story illustrating how attitude and perspective play such big roles in her professional success: “If I had stopped to think about being in the minority - with the numbers against me, at risk of discrimination - I might have lost the courage to go out and compete with the best ... My background ... taught me to focus not on my differences but on my strengths.”

At Mercy, we try every day in and out of the classroom to create an environment where our students find and emphasize their strengths. A strengths-focused experience does not ignore weaknesses, but fosters success, which in turn engenders confidence and what we call “fierce determination.” As Yeşil points out, women face unique challenges in the new economy and need to “own their own power” by becoming self-motivating, rewriting the rules that exclude women, and defining themselves according to their strengths not their differences. As a Mercy school committed to the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy, this work is central to our mission of educating women of “spiritual and intellectual depth, determination, and daring action to improve our world.”

As a father, I share these thoughts with my daughter as she navigates elementary school. I’m excited to continue reading the book and will offer some additional thoughts in the next Parent Connect. In the meantime, let’s all find ways to encourage our daughters to find and focus on their strengths.

Yours in Mercy,
Scott McLarty
Head of School
Parents are invited to enjoy an informal social gathering with our Leadership Team during Catherine's Cup at Night in the M Lounge on the 4th floor. Enjoy an adult beverage, snacks, and light bites.

Date:  Thursday, Feb. 22
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: M Lounge on the 4th floor
Moving the Mercy Mission Forward

Happy February!

As we enter the Lenten season in preparation for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter, we recall the sacrifice of Jesus and look forward to the triumph of new life. Lent calls us to remembrance, reconciliation, repentance, and reflection. It also calls us to remember that we all have the gift of transformation - the possibility to transform our lives and those of others.

Our campus is gearing up for the Lenten season in a number of ways. We kickoff the Lenten season with our Ash Wednesday Liturgy on February 14 - a day that reminds us of our mortality and yet reminds of the hope that leads to joyful expectation. The 40 days of Lent on campus will be a time of prayerful reflection, fasting, and almsgiving. Our annual Lenten Food Drive, sponsored by Campus Ministry, invites us to reflect on the plight of the hungry in our community. I strongly invite you to encourage your girls to donate canned goods. In order to boost up their participation, the homerooms engage in a friendly competition that includes surprises and free dress. Our community will also attend two Lenten Liturgy of the Word services in March and a Holy Week Liturgy of the Word service on March 27. You are welcome to attend. If you are interested in resources to help you enrich your spiritual life this Lent, please feel free to visit the USCCB 2018 Lenten Page or the Mercy International Association Lenten Resource Page .

Since my last communication, our campus hosted a number of exciting events! Ruthie Bolton, WNBA Hall of Famer and U.S. Gold Medalist, visited campus on January 31 and spoke to the girls about healthy relationships and the courage to stand up for oneself. She also participated in our Grammar School basketball night and plans on visiting our campus in the near future. A special thanks to Sheri Sam, Athletic Director, and Elizabeth Heuser, Director of Wellness, for their collaboration on the event.

Our campus is also abuzz with additional events that highlight the many talents of our girls, adult community, and future Mercy students! Nicole Wong, our speech coach, recently hosted Mercy’s 29th Annual Grammar School Speech Tournament. The event drew nearly 100 participants from local grammar schools. Judges included current Mercy students, faculty and staff, and alumnae. Congratulations to Ms. Wong as we look forward to the tournament’s 30th year!

Campus Ministry hosted a sophomore retreat last month and is gearing up for the annual freshman/sophomore overnight retreat this week. Please keep the girls and leaders in your prayers.

This Lenten Season, know that you and our entire community are in my prayers. May we all be called to, in the words of my favorite verse from Scripture, “live justly, love mercy, and walk humbly” (Micah 6:8).

In Mercy,

Angelica Quinonez
Associate Head of School, Mission
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

The Wellness Department has prepared a number of programs in February on healthy relationships. Checkout our upcoming events and read about some staggering facts and statistics about teen dating violence. Did you know: 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence.

Contact Elizabeth Heuser, Director of Wellness, eheuser@mercyhs.org
Student Life Partners with Wellness

Student Life is partnering with Wellness to bring healthy choices initiatives, education, and activities to campus from now until the end of the academic year. We are also looking forward to planning next year’s activities!

Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Greetings Parents,

While it may be hard to believe that January is already over, now is a perfect time to check in with your daughter to see how classes are going. Students often need a little extra encouragement to seek out additional support.

Encourage your daughter to check in with her counselor, chat with teachers during Academic Advising periods, and make use of subject-specific lab hours.

In Mercy,

Dan Meyers
Associate Head of School, Academics
Mandatory Intersession Parent Meeting on Feb. 21

With intersession trip happening February 26-March 2, parents of students who are attending overnight trips must attend a mandatory meeting Wednesday, February 21 at 7 p.m. in the Theatre.

Contact Emily Ambrosino, Director of Teaching & Learning, eambrosino@mercyhs.org
Mercy Selects New Chief Advancement Officer

We are pleased to introduce Anne Farrah, our new Chief Advancement Officer. Anne is a 5th-generation San Franciscan, the daughter and niece of Mercy alumnae, former Board Trustee, and the product of all-women’s education.

Contact Scott McLarty, Head of School, headofschool@mercyhs.org
Become a Sponsor for our La Merced Gala

Do you or someone you know want to become a sponsor of this year's La Merced Gala? Complete the fillable form below and email it Bekah Paige, Director of Development, bpaige@mercyhs.org.

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development, bpaige@mercyhs.org
NEW: Policy Regarding Employee and Student Interactions

Mercy High School has updated its policy regarding interactions between employees and students.

Contact Lorelei Zermani, Interim Director of Human Resources, lzermani@mercyhs.org
Timely Tuition Payments Reminder

All tuition payments are to be paid on time according to the tuition plan that you agreed upon at the start of the school year. If, for any reason, tuition payments are more than 30 days late, your student will not be permitted to attend classes, take exams or receive report cards until:

  • The account is brought current, OR
  • An adjusted payment schedule has been approved by the Chief Financial Officer

Seniors may not participate in the Baccalaureate Mass, Commencement or receive a diploma until all debts to Mercy are paid in full.

Contact Marc Colelli, Interim Chief Financial Officer, mcolelli@mercyhs.org
Important Dates
Thursday, Feb. 8
  • Mercy Parent Association Meeting
  • 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Rist Hall
Friday, Feb. 9
  • Father Daughter Dance
  • 7-10 p.m.
  • Mercy High School
Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • Ash Wednesday Eucharistic Liturgy
Monday, Feb. 19
  • NO CLASSES - President's Day
​Wednesday, Feb. 21
  • MANDATORY: Intersession Parent Meeting for Overnight Courses
  • 7-9 p.m.
  • Mercy Theatre
Thursday, Feb. 22
  • Catherine's Cup at Night Parent Social
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • M Lounge (4th floor)
Friday, Feb. 23
  • Minimum Day
Feb. 26-March 2
  • Intersession Week
Upcoming Events
Father Daughter Dance this Friday
Calling all Dads (or uncles, grandfathers, godfathers) to join their Mercy girl for a night of dancing and fun. Lite bites and desserts will be served and photography is provided by Lifetouch ( picture prices here ).

Date:  Friday, Feb. 9
Time:  7-10 p.m.
Location:  Mercy Rist Hall
Cost:  $25 (buy tickets from Ms. Wasley in office 435 / no door sales)
Contact:  Ms. Wasley at  gwasley@mercyhs.org
Save the Date: La Merced Gala
Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

Do you or someone you know want to become a sponsor of this year's La Merced Gala? Complete the fillable form below and email it Bekah Paige, Director of Development, bpaige@mercyhs.org

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, college preparatory community enlivened by the gospel of Jesus and the charism of the Sisters of Mercy.
Our Vision
We are the Social Advocacy Based Learning Catholic school of the San Francisco Bay Area where women graduate with fierce determination to improve our world.