January 24, 2018
  • From the Head of School
  • Mission
  • Academics
  • Advancement
  • Business
  • Important Dates
  • Upcoming Events
From the Head of School
Dear Mercy Families,

Sometimes I’m asked, how does Social Advocacy Based Learning actually help prepare our students for college entry and success? It sounds so different from how the other schools in our area approach teaching and learning. That's because it is. We have decades of research that shows the importance of changing what happens in classrooms so students are better prepared for college, work, and life.

Here are two resources you can read quickly that give you a sense of how Social Advocacy Based Learning, Mercy's version of Project Based Learning, empowers your daughter by preparing her for success:

ESchool News: “Inside the schools where college prep and project-based learning go hand-in-hand” is a few years old but is definitely worth the read.

Getting Smart: “How Does Project-Based Learning Prepare Generation Z for the Future?” was published this month and does a great job of showing why an approach like Social Advocacy Based Learning is so impactful for learning.

I hope to see you at our next Catherine's Cup on Friday, Feb. 2, from 8-9:30 a.m. in the M Lounge on the 4th floor.

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 in the M Lounge on the 4th floor. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, snacks, and light bites.

Date:  Friday, Feb. 2
Time:   8-9:30 a.m.
Location:  M Lounge on the 4th floor
Moving the Mercy Mission Forward

I hope that your year is off to a great start! Our students are already deep into the second semester and continue to thrive in various aspects of their learning and our community. Last Friday, I marveled at the remarkable display of talent that our girls shared at this year’s Winter Dance Concert: Quantum Leap . Our girls showcased their hard work in our dance program as well as talent in the areas of martial arts, rhythmic gymnastics, and Flamenco! I was impressed not only by their artistic talent, but by their passion and dedication. Don't miss the last two shows this weekend .

Last Friday also marked one of our most important basketball games of the season: Mercy San Francisco vs. Mercy Burlingame! This friendly rivalry is an annual crowd pleaser. This year, the Mercy San Francisco love was strong! Our students took part in a gym “White Out" and received free t-shirts, to cheer on the Varsity team. In the end, our Skippers won 58-37!

I’d also like to congratulate Natasha Alvarado '18 for her State Championship win at the Voice of Democracy speech contest! Natasha and, her coach, Ms. Wong will be heading to Washington D.C. for the national competition in March!

Our Wellness Department is planning some great programming for February. You can read more about it below. I highly encourage you to take time to speak with your daughters about healthy relationships and the healthy use of technology and social media. Our teens are constantly inundated with mixed messages from different media platforms and it is important to check-in with your girls to help inform, encourage, and foster positive relationships of all types.

I am also thrilled to announce that our May Crowning is now scheduled for May 16. In the coming weeks, we will plan the liturgy. If you are interested in donating flowers, please contact me.

We’re off to a great start and I’m looking forward to all the wonderful things that are in store for our community in the months to come!

In Mercy,

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

The Wellness Department is preparing a number of programs in February on healthy relationships. Checkout the full schedule of events by clicking the link below.

Contact Elizabeth Heuser, Director of Wellness, eheuser@mercyhs.org
Athletics Welcomes 2x Olympic Gold Medalist Ruthie Bolton

Ruthie Bolton, 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, WNBA champion and Women's Basketball Hall of Famer, is visiting Mercy on January 30th - 31st. She will be in attendance at Grammar School/Cervical Cancer Basketball Night. The community is watching Ruthie's film, Mighty Ruthie , and will be hearing from her at an all-school assembly. This is part of Athletics and Wellness programming on healthy relationships and violence prevention.

Contact Sheri Sam, Director of Athletics, ssam@mercyhs.org
May Crowning of Mary on May 16

We are celebrating the May Crowning of Mary on May 16 as part of a longer liturgical celebration.

Contact Sarah Manzano, Director of Campus Ministry, smanzano@mercyhs.org
Culminating Service Project and Community Partners Fair

Dr. Anna Adams visited Junior Scriptures classes to discuss the Senior Culminating Service Project.

Contact Anna Adams, Director of Christian Services, smanzano@mercyhs.org
Fall Semester Honor Roll

Last week, we celebrated students who made the Honor Roll for the fall semester by earning GPAs that meet or exceed 3.5 for the semester.

Contact Dan Meyers, Associate Head of School, Academics, dmeyers@mercyhs.org
Crab Feed Volunteers Needed!

Sign up to volunteer at the Crab Feed on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development, bpaige@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
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
Wednesday, Jan. 24
  • Sophomore Retreat (½ Class)
Friday, Jan. 26
  • Grade Posting Due
  • Winter Dance Concert
  • 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 27
  • Winter Dance Concert
  • 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 2
  • Catherine’s Cup
  • 8-9:30 a.m.
  • M Lounge
Saturday, Feb. 3
  • Crab Feed Fundraiser
  • 5-9 p.m.
  • Mercy High School
Tuesday, Feb. 6
  • WITA 10th Annual Art Exhibit
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • McAuley Pavilion
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
Upcoming Events
Final Weekend: Winter Dance Concert: Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap will have you jumping out of your seats with excitement as 28 dancers from the Mercy Dance Ensemble showcase various dance and music genres.

Time: 7 p.m.
Dates: Jan. 26, 27
Location: Mercy High School Theatre
Cost: $12

Meet 2x Olympic Gold Medalist Ruthie Bolton
Families are invited to this exciting opportunity to enjoy a Mercy girls varsity basketball game and meet Ruthie Bolton - 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, WNBA Champion, and Women's Basketball Hall of Famer.

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 30
TIme: 5 p.m.
Location: McAuley Pavilion
Crab Feed Fundraiser
Mercy Parent Association invites you to our Crab Feed Fundraiser with All-You-Can-Eat Crab, Salad, and Pasta.
  • Bring Your Own Bottle of Wine ($15 corkage per bottle)
  • Beer & Wine Cash Bar
  • Raffle Prizes

Time: 5 p.m.
Dates: Feb. 3, 2018
Location: Mercy High School
Cost: $55 (individual), $400 (group of 8 which includes two bottles of wine)

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.