April 22, 2020
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Academics
Welcome back to classes!

We hope that your family was able to rest over the break. Just a reminder that we are keeping our schedule the same as it was before break. Students will be in class from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. every day with office hours after lunch. We really appreciate the work students have been doing. They have come back to class prepared and participating and we really appreciate it.

Advanced Placement Exams are coming up next month so many of your daughters will be busy taking practice tests to prepare. Please remind them to take breaks and stretch. 

Sincerely,
Dr. Delaporte
April 20 - 24 Schedule

Contact Dr. Marianne Delaporte, Dean of Academics, mdelaporte@mercyhs.org
Teacher's Note Home: Positive Things About Distance Learning

"While talking in class about the problem of anti-Asian hate speech and aggression surfacing in our society related to COVID-19, one student told of a recent experience at the grocery store,” said Mr. McGarry. “They were waiting in line to get in and someone called out the Asian family in front of them and told them to get out of line and go home. Our Mercy family took this other family under their protection and were able to enter together, ‘as one family,’ when they got permission to proceed into the store.”

McGarry connected this student's experience to his Theology class, “‘Corporal Work of Mercy,’ ‘Feed the Hungry,’ fulfilled. Spiritual Work of Mercy, ‘Instruct the Ignorant,’ done by example.”
Counseling Updates: Senior College Application Update, Junior College Workshop Schedule & More

As part of our distance learning program at Mercy, your student’s counselor will remain available to her during regular school hours through the duration of the school’s campus closure. Students can GChat their counselor or request a confidential video chat. Additionally, counselors will be doing “drop-in” GChats to check on students and their progress.

Senior Parents
If your daughter is feeling stuck in regards to college choices or decisions, or if she’s looking for other options, there are quite a few colleges that accept late applications or have rolling admissions. Please check out some schools offering March, April, and May deadlines. Note: Cal Poly Pomona is no longer accepting applications.

Sophomore & Junior Parents
Virtual College Exploration Week is April 20-23, 2020: Four full days of virtual presentations to explore college opportunities. Free of charge for students! Learn more and fill out the registration form.

Junior Parents
  • College Essay Webinar Still Available: For those of you who missed, it, you can still watch the webinar!
  • Standardized Testing: See the latest information on SAT & ACT prep courses & resources.


Contact Counselors, Siobhan McVeigh, smcveigh@mercyhs.org or Margaret Wickham, mwickham@mercyhs.org
AP Exam Preparation for New Exam Formats Continues

The College Board is providing at-home online learning resources and live classes on YouTube for AP students. This Spring's AP Exams are being reformatted to be shorter and taken online. Your daughter’s AP teachers will be contacting her with support to help her best use these and other resources to continue preparing for the exams.

Contact Dr. Marianne Delaporte, Dean of Academics, mdelaporte@mercyhs.org
Student Life
Week of April 20 Homeroom Slides

Check out this week’s announcements, Skipper TV, and more in this week’s edition of Stay-At-Home Homeroom Slides!


Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Celebrate Earth Day's 50th Anniversary Today

It's a 72-hour celebration of Earth Day's 50th anniversary! There is an online mobilization called, Earth Day Live which will be held from April 22 - 24. The four-day Livestream focused on fighting back against the climate crisis.

Virtual Spirit Week - Begins Monday, April 27

Next week is Virtual Spirit Week! Check out the slides to see what our themes are and see how your household can get involved.
eLearning Etiquette Expectations 

The following are mandatory expectations. Teachers will have received notice from the deans as to which students are exempt. Please talk to your daughter about these expectations and if able, check in on her to make sure she is following these guidelines.
  • Framing must allow for the face to be fully visible to the teacher during class
  • Do not turn off video in class
  • Do not use a profile photo in place of live video
  • Have good lighting (for video and for learning/studying)
  • Dress appropriately 
Legacy eMagazine- Quarantine Edition

Legacy, Mercy’s literary Magazine, is an annual publication of selected student writing and art. This year's will be an eMagazine and short slideshow! 

Students are invited to submit poems, essays, lyrics to songs, art work, photos, and other creative works to Mrs. Oliva-Gomez no later than May 7. 
 
Families are welcome to participate in this edition, too! If you have artwork or any other literary masterpiece you want to share with the Mercy family, please send to Mrs. Oliva-Gomez with the subject: LEGACY Submission
 
Quarantine COVID 19, Haiku
by Mrs. Oliva-Gomez
 
Stay at home order
Learning from home to stay safe
We will get through this! 
A Message from Wellness: Support Group for Senior Class

Has the Coronavirus stolen the end of your senior year? You are not alone! Come join a safe space to process this new reality and redefine what senior year means for you. All seniors who are interested, please see the flyer and RSVP for this support group.



CALLING ALL SENIORS
Date: Fridays
Time: 3 - 4 p.m.
Virtual Location: Online link shared weekly
RSVP: Ms. Hui, yhui@mercyhs.org

Sessions will be facilitated by Ms. Hui. Everything will remain confidential.

Contact Yen Hui, Director of Wellness, yhui@mercyhs.org
Class of 2020 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Eligibility

Last week the students with the top 5% cumulative GPA received phone calls and emails congratulating them on being eligible to be this year's Valedictorian and Salutatorian speakers at the Class of 2020 Awards Ceremony and Graduation. These students were invited to an info meeting via Google Meet to review deadlines for speech submission and speech presentations.
Athletics Updates

Notice from WBAL
“We are all saddened by the official cancellation of the 2020 spring sports season, but understand what must be done for the common good. We want to thank all of our coaches and administrators for their perseverance through this, but more importantly our hearts go out to the fine student-athletes of the WBAL, especially the seniors whose final high school season has come to a close. Stay safe and healthy.”

ALL athletic events including games and practices on or off-campus have been suspended until further notice.

Stay Healthy and Active as we Stay at Home to Save Lives
Here are some at-home workout resources we can all use while we heed the order to “Stay at Home” and adjust to the impacts that COVID-19 has had on our lives. Staying active and maintaining our physical, mental, and emotional health is essential during this time. Some of the workout videos feature our own Coach James. Send Mr. Evearitt or Ms. Alano a video of you so you can get a feature on SkipperTV or on Instagram!


Track & Field
Coach Susan, Coach James, and some Track athletes are hosting virtual workouts on Tuesday and Thursdays at 3:30 pm. Contact Coach James or Coach Susan if you have any questions or if you would like the link to join in. You do not need to be a track & field athlete to join these virtual sessions!

Stay tuned for more information regarding Winter & Spring Sports recognitions and awards next Parent Connect! 

Contact Pam Alano, Athletics Director, palano@mercyhs.org
Business Office
Tuition Payments 

While this unexpected crisis has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives, we at Mercy are working hard to keep your daughter’s educational experience as familiar as possible. Every day, our teachers and staff continue their essential work to educate and uplift our students, swiftly learning how to teach and work together on-line in unprecedented ways. Though we are not in the building, our work with your daughter continues.

Continuity of tuition payments is essential in our ability to cover salaries, employee benefits, and other operational expenses. Please ensure that you are current with your tuition payments as tuition agreements remain intact. We are aware that this can be a difficult time for you financially. If you have a hardship that impacts your ability to honor your tuition agreement, please contact us.

Contact Marc Colelli, Chief Finance Officer, mcolelli@mercyhs.org
Important Dates
All planned Mercy activities are postponed indefinitely due to our current mandated campus closure as recommended by California state and local governments to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Tuesday - Thursday, Apr. 21 - 23
  • Junior College Workshop

Wednesday, April 22
  • Earth Day 50th Anniversary

Monday - Friday April 27 - May 1
  • Spirit Week
  • Mon. - PJs or Mercy Sweats Day
  • Tue. - Twins & + Day
  • Wed. - Wacky Tacky Day
  • Thurs. - Throw Back Day
  • Fri. - Class Colors Day
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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.