March 21, 2018
  • Academics
  • Advancement
  • Business
  • Mercy Parent Association
  • Important Dates
  • Upcoming Events
Parents are invited to enjoy an informal social gathering with our Leadership Team during Catherine's Cup in the M Lounge on the 4th floor. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, snacks, and light bites.

Date:   Friday, March 23
Time:     8-9:30 a.m.
Location:   M Lounge on the 4th floor
Dear Mercy Families,

On Monday - while your daughters were enjoying a day off school - our faculty and staff gathered for a day of professional development during the inaugural Social Advocacy Based Learning Conference.

Our teachers have spent the 2017-18 school year experimenting by developing new pedagogical tools and pushing their classroom practices towards a student-driven model of instruction, following the implementation of SABL in February 2017. The day was filled with lessons, chats, videos, and stories of lessons, flops and successes, frustrations and joys from 15 teachers. They shared experiences about the addition of new technologies in learning spaces that democratized their classrooms leading to deeper critical thinking and student creativity.

The day started off with opening remarks from Head of School, Scott McLarty and an opening address from Mercy alumna, Fátima Avellán (‘09). Fátima, who is now a Criminal Justice Specialist in the San Francisco Public Defender's Office, shared her experience as an activist, advocate, and social worker, drawing connections to her time at Mercy. Her comments were inspiring and felt deeply relevant inside and beyond the classroom. In explaining that, “The idea that each of us has something to give back individually empowers us to change the world” Fátima cut straight to the intersection of Mercy’s mission and vision.

Here are highlights from different subject presenters:
Math: Students are challenged to work more collaboratively and are pushed to help each other through problem-solving processes, rather than rely on the teacher for the right answer. - that’s why in the 9th grade the new College Prep Math (CPM) curriculum puts students into collaborative workgroups and moves away from traditional workbooks.

English: Students are dared to connect literature, new and old, to modern contexts that meet their individual interests. This year sophomores explored emerging and future technologies while reading Frankenstein .

Science: Students are pushed to apply traditional learning to real world problems.

Chemistry: Classes exploring the social impact of rare earth metals and electric cars.

Social sciences: Students are not just learning about what social entrepreneurship is, but are pushed to develop their own business proposals for products and services that would better their world.

Our teachers are making tremendous strides since Mercy announced this bold, new direction and maintaining our school's history of outstanding and inventive work. During this SABL Conference, they showed the many ways in which Mercy is providing a college preparatory education that allows our students to become women who improve our world through fierce determination and daring action.

In Mercy,

Dan Meyers
Associate Head of School, Academics
Please Complete Parent/Guardian Survey

If you have not completed your survey, you will receive a reminder email on March 21 at 5 p.m.

Contact Kathryn Ann Dougery, Director of Institutional Research,
Workshops in Sacred Response to Gun Violence

A Mercy alumna is asking current Mercy families to considering joining an activism event on Saturday, March 24, at Grace Cathedral for youth and adults on how to speak out and act against gun violence.

Contact Dan Meyers, Associate Head of School, Academics,
Dear Mercy Families,

My first month at Mercy has been a whirlwind of meeting faculty, staff, students, parents and other members of the community. I continue to be grateful for the warm welcome, and to be part of the dynamic Mercy family.

We are working full steam ahead on the La Merced Gala which will be held on Thursday, May 3rd at the Four Seasons Hotel. All parents are welcome to our signature event, and we hope to have many of you there, along with your friends and family. There are many areas in which we could use your help and assistance in making this a spectacular event. Please see the message from Bekah Paige, Mercy's Director of Development, below for more event details and information on volunteering, sponsorships, and more.

Thank you for all that you do for your daughters and our school community.

In Mercy,

Anne Farrah
Chief Advancement Officer
GALA: Volunteer Time and Donation of Auction Items

Join us in celebrating 65 years of Mercy at this year’s La Merced Gala at the elegant Four Seasons Hotel. Mercy alumna and San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes White ‘82 will be our emcee for the evening. Karen Pierotti, Vice President of the Mercy Parent Association (MPA) has graciously agreed to serve as the event co-chair.


Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development,
Financial Aid Renewal Time!

Bay Scholar Families: time to send in renewal form for next year's award!

Contact Marc Colelli, Interim Chief Financial Officer,
Senior Parents - Payment Reminder

ALL tuition payments and accounts must be settled for seniors prior to close of business, Monday, April 30, 2018 to allow seniors to take exams, walk Graduation and attend Grad Night.

Contact Marc Colelli, Interim Chief Financial Officer,
Mercy Parent Association
Thank You For Supporting Mother-Daughter Trivia Night
More than 100 tickets were sold for our first ever Mother-Daughter Trivia Night, making the March 16 event a huge success.

Many thanks to the countless parents who donated gift cards for food, drinks, and decorations; volunteered to set up and decorate, serve food, and clean up; and attended the event with their daughters. The evening was truly a parent-led effort. A huge shout out and thank you goes out to our Mother-Daughter Trivia Night Co-Chairs, Carol Junsay and Elizabeth Ristaino, who dedicated several hours to plan every detail of this wonderful event!

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development,
Purchase your ad in the Spring Musical Playbill

Support Mercy's Performing Arts Program by purchasing an ad to showcase your business or simply include a special note of congratulations for our talented performers. Ads start at just $10 and a variety of options are available. The deadline for the Spring Musical is April 10, so purchase your ad today!

Contact Monina Enage, Graphic Designer,
Important Dates
Feb. 14-March 27
  • Lenten Food Drive
Friday, March 23
  • Catherine’s Cup
  • 8-9:30 a.m.
  • M Lounge (4th Floor)
March 29-April 6
  • NO SCHOOL - Easter Holiday
Monday, April 9
  • School Resumes
Wednesday, April 11
  • Mandatory AP Exam Prep Meeting
  • 8-8:45 a.m.
  • McAuley Pavilion
Thursday, April 12
  • Mercy Parent Association Meeting
  • 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Rist Hall
Friday, April 13
  • NO SCHOOL - Faculty/Staff Service Retreat
Upcoming Events
Spring Musical: Seussical
Dates:  April 20, 21, 27, 28
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Mercy Theatre
Cost:  $12

This lively musical weaves together Dr. Seuss’ most famous tales and characters.  Seussical incorporates elements from at least 15 of his books, as well as many of his best-loved and most familiar characters. Many of these characters never met one another before. But they meet in this musical!

You're Invited: La Merced Gala
Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
Tickets: $200 individual / $2,000 table of 10

Become A Sponsor
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,

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.
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 their world.