March 18, 2020
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  • Head of School Message
  • Academics
  • Student Life
  • Business Office
  • Important Dates
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Head of School Message
Dear Mercy families,

You have probably heard about the new public health order that requires that each of
us participate in a “shelter in place” in which everyone (except those providing essential services) remains at home in order to stem the rapid spread of Coronavirus. Grocery shopping and trips for medical care are allowed. This order applies to all residents of San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara counties, beginning at midnight tonight and extending until April 7 (at least).

What impact does this have on Mercy High School?
  1. The campus is closed to everyone, including faculty and staff, as of midnight tonight. All will be working remotely from home.
  2. Our distance learning program will continue according to our regular school calendar. Our students, faculty, and staff have been doing an amazing job of maintaining Mercy’s academic program. Continuing this collaborative work helps to make it possible that our students can earn full course credit for this semester.

Special thanks go to our deans, Mrs. Oliva-Gomez and Dr. Delaporte for their
leadership and attention to every detail.

It is important to understand why these somewhat drastic steps are being taken.
It is clear that COVID-19 is among us and that there are two important tasks for us to
take seriously. One is obviously to minimize each person’s exposure; this is best done
by limiting person-to-person contact. The second task is to “flatten the curve”: as the
virus affects more people at the same time, a huge burden is placed on our doctors and healthcare systems. If by our efforts, we can limit the number of initial cases, it will
spread out the impact across more time and give medical professionals a less frantic
need to deal with an overwhelming situation.

Needless to say, it is not clear what the future holds.
Mercy has been hard-hit this spring dealing with both COVID-19 and the school’s
closure. It is hard to say what will happen from one day to the next. Clearly this is true
in your families as well, and we all share worries and fear. This is a time, in addition to
taking every recommended precaution, that we choose to lean on our faith and our
community of Mercy. Once again, I invite all to join together in a Coronavirus Prayer,
available at the link below or on Mercy’s webpage. I ask that you join me in praying for
the health and well-being of our entire Mercy community

In Mercy,
Sister Carolyn Krohn

from America, The Jesuit Review
Academics
Progress Reports

Everyone should have received progress reports. We will be having meetings online with parents, students and counselors over the next two weeks.
 
 
Contact Marianne Delaporte, Dean of Academics, mdelaporte@mercyhs.org
Distance Learning Status and Update

Through the swift work of our teachers, staff, and administrators, the implementation of Mercy’s Distance Learning Plan is so far a success. Students are coming to class and completing their work.
 
“One of the best things I've encountered through online teaching is how supportive the students have been of each other,” writes Ms. Legault of one of her classes. “I've witnessed students call each other to wake each other up, or to walk them through getting online. I've also seen students work together to problem solve through google chat and google meet. Yesterday, my freshmen were re-articulating my directions in their own words to help each other. Splitting up my classes into small groups was also very helpful. It made both the students and me more intentional about having everyone's voice heard.“

As we continue learning online, please remember:
  • We are taking attendance. Contact Ms. Prasadi if your child will be absent.
  • A doctor's note is required for late submission of homework.
  • Respect and active learning are expected in our online environment as they would be at school.

We are currently being asked by our city and state leaders to "shelter in place" and practice social distancing.
This is not a time for students to have classes with multiple friends in their room. While working consistently with one friend may be necessary, it is best to keep separated. In addition, please remind your daughter that while it is good to go outside and exercise, malls, restaurants, and other places teens might congregate are closed to the public.
Revisit our Distance Learning Recommendations for tips on how to preserve health and well being.

We are aware that working from home is not ideal and may be particularly difficult for some students. This time is stressful and we ask you to reach out to our counselors, deans or wellness director if your child needs help. We are meeting regularly with faculty to update our teaching methods as classes continue. 

Here are some articles that may help in addressing stress in teenagers.

If your family has issues with access to internet or meals there is help:



Contact Marianne Delaporte, Dean of Academics, mdelaporte@mercyhs.org
Distance Learning Counseling, Updated Junior College Workshops, and More!

Hello Parents!

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

Also, we will continue to 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, much more! Simply head to the Parent Portal and click on the “Counseling: Academic & College” link. 


Attention Junior Parents!

We have started our college workshops with juniors during collab time. Check out the upcoming dates below:

  • Homeroom 11-3 (& others who need to make-up): Monday, Mar. 23, 8-8:45 a.m. via Google Meet/Hangouts with the student’s counselor
  • Homeroom 11-1: Monday, Apr. 6, 8-8:45 a.m. via Google Meet/Hangouts with the student’s counselor
  • Homeroom 11-2: Tuesday, Apr. 21, 8-8:45 a.m. (Library)
  • Homeroom 11-3: Monday, Apr. 27, 8-8:45 a.m. (Library)


Contact Counselors, Siobhan McVeigh, smcveigh@mercyhs.org or Margaret Wickham, mwickham@mercyhs.org
Student Life
Homeroom Slides are Still Happening!
 
Students, parents, faculty, and staff continue to receive homeroom slides. This week’s slides were sent out Monday, March 16, and have important information from the deans, athletics, counselors, and more!


Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Technology Policy and Talk With Your Daughter About Cyberbullying
 
Here is a great article from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to help guide conversation on cyberbullying. The Student and Parent Handbook is on Portal

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Spring Musical: Mamma Mia!

Tickets Sales Suspended
All planned Mercy activities are postponed indefinitely due to our mandated campus closure from March 12 - April 7 recommended by the Archdiocese and extended by the state and local government, as a precautionary and preventive measure against COVID-19.

You will be notified via email whether or not the musical takes place as planned, if it is postponed to a future date, or canceled altogether.
Athletics Updates
 
Closure of all athletic events have been ordered during this time of Sheltering in Place.
This includes games and practices on or off-campus have been suspended until further notice. Coaches will continue to update their teams via email about resuming athletic events when we are informed. We hope all student-athletes continue to exercise and maintain their health and fitness. It is our goal to get our student-athletes back out on the field/pool and we have been working with our league members and CCS to reschedule games and meets. The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, and their families are at the forefront of any decisions going forward.  

Athletic Transfer Eligibiltiy Procedures
Mercy’s Athletics page has the most current 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.  

Winter Sports Awards Banquet is postponed

Mercy 5k Meetups are canceled.

Contact Pam Alano, Director of Athletics, palano@mercyhs.org
It's Not Too Late to Get Your Daughter's Picture in Mercy's Last Yearbook!

We NEED pictures of your daughter and her Mercy friends especially from Christmas Break and any taken during Spring sports practices prior to them being canceled.

Please send pictures to the Yearbook Staff, with names of those pictured so we can properly identify your daughter and her friends! Thank you in advance for all your help!

Contact the Yearbook Staff, yearbook@mercyhs.org
Important Dates
All planned Mercy activities are postponed indefinitely due to our mandated campus closure from March 12 - April 7 as recommended by the Archdiocese and extended by California state and local governments, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Throughout March
  • 12th Annual WITA Exhibition - POSTPONED

Monday, Mar. 23
  • WISH Blood Drive - POSTPONED

March 27 - 28
  • Spring Musical: Mamma Mia! - POSTPONED

Sunday, Mar. 29
  • AP English Literature & Language Mock Exam - CANCELED
Thursday, Apr. 2
  • Courage & Spirit Assembly - POSTPONED

Apr. 3-4
  • Spring Musical: Mamma Mia! - POSTPONED

Apr. 5
  • Spring Musical: Mamma Mia! - POSTPONED
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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.