May 29, 2019
Sections
  • Head of School Message
  • Academics
  • Mission and Student Life
  • Advancement
  • Business
  • Mercy Parent Association
  • Important Dates
This is the last issue of Parent Connect for the 2018-19 school year. Enjoy your summer!
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Head of School Message
Dear Mercy Families,

We have a great deal to celebrate! 

We are excited for our seniors as you prepare for graduation on Saturday and begin the next adventure of your lives! We will miss the Class of 2019 and assure you of a lasting place in our hearts...and promise that a warm welcome home always awaits you at Mercy. As we hold you in our prayer, we look forward to hearing how you, as women of Mercy, change our world in both small and large ways.

We celebrate today’s frosh, sophs, and juniors as you move ahead to the next stage at Mercy. You have completed another milestone year—one filled, no doubt, with both ups and downs, all of which have helped you grow into the young women that God has called you to be. We look forward to our new leaders, the Class of 2020, and we can’t wait to discover the unique gifts that will lead the Mercy community forward.

We are also looking forward with joyful anticipation to welcoming our newest group of Mercy girls, the Class of 2023! When we met for the first time, your energy and enthusiasm told us of the promise that, individually and together, in turn triggers our excitement to walk with you as you become women of Mercy.

We celebrate our Mercy families and thank our God of Mercy for the privilege of joining you in the education of your daughters. The past year has been filled with blessings and that privilege has been one of the greatest. We wish you some time of rest during the summer and look forward to continuing our shared journey in the 2019-20 school year!

In Mercy...and gratitude,
Sister Carolyn
Academics
Final Exams Schedule

Final exam days are Tuesday, May 28 through Thursday, May 30. Make up exam days are still June 3 - 4. To qualify for a make up exam, a student must have formal medical or other appropriate documentation. 

Tuesday, May 28
  • 8 - 10 a.m. English
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. World Languages

Wednesday, May 29
  • 8 - 10 a.m. Math
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. History

Thursday, May 30
  • 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Sciences
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Religion

Contact Emily Ambrosino, Dean of Teaching and Learning eambrosino@mercyhs.org
Remediation

The counselors sent out a letter to all parents in regard to options for summer remediation for students that fail or earn a D in a course. When grades have been finalized, Mercy will send official notification to families if remediation is necessary. Please make sure your contact information is correct in the Parent Portal.


Contact Emily Ambrosino, Dean of Teaching and Learning eambrosino@mercyhs.org
Special Schedule - May 31

All students should report to Homeroom at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 31. School will end at 10:30 a.m. This will mark the end of the 2018-19 school year. 

Contact Emily Ambrosino, Dean of Teaching and Learning eambrosino@mercyhs.org
2019-20 All School Book

The book chosen for the all school book for the 2019-2020 school year is Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back by Jackie Speier. Books were distributed to all students in homeroom on May 23 and will be mailed to all incoming frosh and transfers in June. 

Contact Emily Ambrosino, Dean of Teaching and Learning eambrosino@mercyhs.org
Summer Reading

Please review the summer reading list below for summer reading book assignments. The document is sorted by department.


Contact Emily Ambrosino, Dean of Teaching and Learning eambrosino@mercyhs.org
Textbook Purchasing for 2019-20 Academic Year

Beginning this summer, families will be asked to purchase their daughter’s required classroom textbooks for the 2019-20 academic year.

While other schools have raised tuition about 6% for the next school year, the Mercy Board of Trustees chose to keep the rise in tuition to 4.5% and make this change in student textbook acquisition. This decision was based on efforts to ease the total cost of education and join the majority of San Francisco Bay Area high schools who also use this model. We further believe this change will benefit your daughter as we prepare her for college and university life.

Mercy has secured the services of MBS Direct, a leader in textbook sales and distribution. Knowing that textbooks can be an expensive purchase, MBS Direct provides numerous options to help manage the expense of your book purchase. Options include renting or buying new or used books. In some cases, where e-books are available and allowed, this option will be offered to your daughter. 


Contact Marc Colelli, Chief Financial Officer, mcolelli@mercyhs.org
Counseling Updates

Summer Remediation
This summer, we are partnering with BYU to offer our families credit recovery/remediation options for students who have either failed a course required for graduation or whose course grade does not meet UC/CSU eligibility requirements.

Transition to College Workshop
On May 7, our seniors attended the Transition to College Workshop. Kamal Harb from USF presented on college campus safety, drugs, and alcohol, and then two recent Mercy alumnae talked candidly about their college experiences and what our seniors can expect.


Contact Siobhan McVeigh, Counselor, smcveigh@mercyhs.org or Margaret Wickham, Counselor, mwickham@mercyhs.org
Mission and Student Life
Uniform Guidelines for 2019-20

There are some changes to the uniform for the upcoming 2019-20 school year. 

As of July 1, 2019, khaki pants are no longer approved Mercy Uniform. 

Black pants will be phased out as approved uniform wear by 2021. 
  • Only rising juniors (c/o 2021) and rising seniors (c/o 2020) are allowed to wear black pants in lieu of gray slacks on non-liturgy and non-assembly days. 
  • All students must wear the Mercy Plaid skirt or approved gray slacks on Liturgy and Assembly days. 

Approved uniform for incoming 9th Graders is either:
  • Mercy Plaid
  • Charcoal Herringbone Slacks ​
  • Female cut Herringbone Slacks in Charcoal Gray are expected online in June. 


Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Student Life & School Culture, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Student Health Records

For the upcoming school year, we will be shifting all student medical information to a new online database. There are many benefits to this change including less paperwork for parents to complete each year and having more accurate information that is accessible to parents and the appropriate employees at our school.

The healthcare management system we have adopted is called Magnus Health SMR (Student Medical Record). As this is a web-based system, you will have continuous access to your child’s health record as well as the ability to make updates when needed. You will also have the option to take the digital health file with you after your child graduates.  

Beginning today, you will have access to your Magnus Health SMR account through your Parent Portal. You will access the account via the “Magnus Health Portal” button. We ask that you enter the information required within your Magnus account for each child attending Mercy no later than August 9, 2019.

Thank you so much for your patience and for your participation as we launch this program this year.


Contact Veronica Zermani, Registrar, vzermani@mercyhs.org
Important Dates: 2019-20 Academic Calendar

The 2019-2020 Calendar will be published in the Parent Portal calendar but here are a few key dates: 

  • Aug. 11, 2019 | Mercy Family Day (Frosh & Transfer Students)
  • Aug. 12 - 13, 2019 | Frosh Orientation (Free Dress 8/12, Formal Uniform 8/13)
  • Aug. 16, 2019 | Picture and Book Pick Up Day (Transfer & Returning Students)
  • Aug. 19, 2019 | First Day of Classes
  • Nov. 27 - 29, 2019 | Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 23, 2019 - Jan. 3, 2020 | Christmas Break
  • Jan. 6, 2020 | Classes Resume
  • Mar. 2 - 6, 2020 | Intersession
  • May 29, 2020 | Last Day of Classes
  • May 30, 2020 | Class of 2020 Graduation

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Student Life & School Culture, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Class of 2020 Senior Portraits

Senior Portraits for the Class of 2020 will be taken in the Mercy Theatre Lobby on Wednesday, July 10 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Make-up dates will be September 5 and 6 from 2:30 - 5 p.m.


Contact Karen Vanuska, Yearbook Moderator, kvanuska@mercyhs.org .
Lifetouch Photo Information for All New and Returning Parents

In the coming year, you will be receiving emails from Lifetouch with opportunities to order photos from picture day or special events. Contact Karen Vanuska at kvanuska@mercyhs.org if you wish to opt out of these emails. 

Contact Karen Vanuska, Yearbook Moderator, kvanuska@mercyhs.org .
Mercy Sports Awards

On May 18, we celebrated and honored our many student-athletes at the Mercy Sports Awards Ceremony!

Contact Sheri Sam, Director of Athletics, ssam@mercyhs.org
Class of 2019 Reminders

Please save the dates and RSVP (if applicable) to the following celebratory events for our graduating class!

Reminder: ALL school accounts and infractions (including tuition, class fees, AP exam fees, library fines, and detentions) must be paid in full and served in order for seniors to receive their caps and gowns. Any infractions received after this date may result in the forfeiture of any further senior activities. Caps and gowns will be handed out to those students who have paid off their accounts.
Senior Celebration Dinner 
Date: Thursday, May 30
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: McAuley Pavilion
Graduating seniors can bring up to two guests only. Eventbrite email confirmation required.

Senior Lock-In 
This year’s lock-in activities for seniors immediately follow the Senior Celebration Dinner. Students aren't allowed to leave the event and return later; they must stay the night. Lock-in activities provide a safe alternative to unsupervised parties/get-togethers. Teachers, staff, and an administrator will chaperone this student-led event. This is not mandatory but is a fun, safe, and memorable way to end the school year. Students who wish to participate will need to submit a permission form (available in the front office). 

Date: Thursday, May 30
Time:
  • 8:15 p.m. | Attendance in Barrett
  • 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. | Lock-In Activities
  • 7 - 8:30 a.m. (5/31) | Breakfast and get ready for the awards assembly
  • 9 a.m. (5/31) | Senior Awards Assembly 
Location: Mercy High School

Senior Awards Assembly 
Date: Friday, May 31
Time: 9 - 11 a.m.
Location: Mercy Theatre
Due to limited seating (this is an all-school assembly) graduating seniors can invite two guests only to attend the ceremony. Guests must sign in with the Main Office. 

Graduation Eucharistic Liturgy
Date: Saturday, June 1
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Students must arrive in full cap and gown attire by 9:30 a.m.
Location: Holy Name Church

At the request of Sister Carolyn and Mercy's Administration and Faculty, as well as of our host, Holy Name Church, please remind your family and guests that respectful and reverent behavior is expected in the church. Your daughter's graduation ceremony marks a lifetime accomplishment and should not be dishonored by inappropriate behaviors such as shouting by our guests. 

Important Information:
  • Students will receive ten bids for graduation.
  • Bids will be distributed to seniors during a designated time during finals week.
  • Cameras and other recording devices may not be used in the church. The ceremony will be live streamed on Facebook and there will be opportunities to take photographs after the ceremony.
  • Smaller flower bouquets (that will fit on your lap) or leis may be brought into the church and presented to the graduates only AFTER the girls have processed out of the church. 
  • Balloons and other large distracting items (including large flower bouquets) are not appropriate in a sacred space and will not be permitted in the church.
  • Please remember to silence all cellphones.
  • Mercy High School will be LIVE STREAMING the graduation. Like our Facebook page and share the live video with loved ones!
  • Students must arrive and check in with Ms. Alano and Ms. Wan in the multipurpose room on the bottom floor of the church. 

Senior Graduation Dress Code:
  • Graduating seniors must wear a white dress or pantsuit under their white graduation gown.
  • Shoes must be white, nude/tan, black, or red.
  • Students may not wear leis or any regalia that is not provided to them by Mercy High School. Please save these items for after the graduation mass.

Thank you for your contribution in making this a memorable graduation that marks your daughter's achievement in a dignified way!

Grad Bash Trip 
We’ve created a Grad Nite Group page in the Portal for students and parents of students attending Grad Trip. Updates have been and will continue to be shared via that page. We will also post details such as hotel, flight, and our daily itinerary on this page. 

  • Departing SFO at 6 a.m. (meet up at 4:30 a.m. in Southwest Terminal) on Tuesday, June 4
  • Returning on June 7 at 12:35 p.m.

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Student Life & School Culture, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Advancement
Senior Parents: Senior Celebration Dinner Tomorrow
Date: Thursday, May 30
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: McAuley Pavilion
Free to attend, RSVP required

We look forward to celebrating four years at Mercy and welcoming our graduates to Mercy's alumnae community! Here are a few event notes and reminders for the Senior Celebration Dinner tomorrow.

Attire
Recommended attire for this celebration is “dressy casual.” We are celebrating a very special milestone! In past years, grads and family members dress up a bit for this event. 

Have your plans changed?
If you have any RSVP changes to make, please email Georgia Wasley at gwasley@mercyhs.org ASAP.

As a reminder, each graduate may only bring up to 2 guests. You must RSVP and have an Eventbrite confirmation email to attend—we cannot accommodate walk-ins or additional guests.

Worried about missing the Warriors?
While we want to ensure our main focus is celebrating our seniors on this special night, we know we have many Warriors fans out there so we will stream the game at the event as appropriate. Once the dinner program has concluded, there will be time for photos in the photo booth, socializing and celebrating with one another, and watching the Warriors win Game 1 :) 

Parking
Parking on campus is first come, first served and there will be no reserved parking.

Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. for check-in. Dinner and the event program will begin promptly at 6:15 p.m. 

See you tomorrow!
Contact Georgia Wasley, Alumnae Development Officer, gwasley@mercyhs.org
Business
First Tuition Payment: 2019-20 School Year

The first tuition payment for the 2019-20 school year will be due in July (either on the 1st or 15th of the month - dependent on your contract selection). If you received financial assistance, it will be reflected in your Smart Tuition account by June 15. 

Contact Marie Colón, Accounting Associate, mcolon@mercyhs.org
Mercy Parent Association
Parent Volunteer Opportunities: 2019-20 School Year

Parent volunteer signups will be posted online in July. Be sure to check mercyhs.org/volunteer to sign up for the upcoming school year!

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development, bpaige@mercyhs.org
Submit Your Parent Volunteer Hours

Did you volunteer at the Sports Awards Ceremony or the VPA Festival?
After each event you volunteer at, be sure to go to mercyhs.org/volunteer to submit your parent volunteer hours and get the credit you deserve! Remember, each family is asked to volunteer 15 hours each school year.

If you volunteered at events throughout the year, donated to the auction for parent hours, attended an MPA meeting, or coordinated with Mercy to drive students to/from athletics games, you need to submit your hours.

Please note that you may also choose to make a $300 donation in lieu of fulfilling your parent hours.


Contact Breanna Gunn, Development Associate, bgunn@mercyhs.org
Important Dates
Wednesday, May 29
  • Final Exams

Thursday, May 30
  • Final Exams
  • Senior Celebration Dinner
  • 6 - 8 p.m.
  • McAuley Pavilion
  • Senior Lock-In
  • 8:15 p.m.

Friday, May 31
  • Senior Awards Ceremony
  • 9 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Mercy Theatre
Saturday, June 1
  • Graduation Eucharistic Liturgy
  • 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Holy Name Church
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.