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  • Important Dates
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January 10, 2018
From the Head of School
Dear Mercy Families,

Happy new year! As we begin 2018, I can’t help but think of all the possibilities this year has in store for all of us. For your daughters, this year will bring greater maturity and responsibility, new relationships and experiences, as well as academic and social growth.

I want to thank all the parents who attended our State of the School address and watched online last night. As you heard, 2018 will be a year of advancement for Mercy High School, San Francisco. We are excited to continue our implementation of Social Advocacy Based Learning, clarify our long-term priorities and projects through the Master Plan, and continue to prepare your daughters for success in college, work, and life. We strive everyday to foster in them a desire to be women of Mercy, fiercely determined to improve their world.


But what sort of world do we live in anymore and where is our world headed? These aren’t just questions for scholars or futurists; they are questions for parents and educators. A few years ago a colleague asked me in a meeting, “Scott, what keeps you up at night?” Without much hesitation I responded, “How do we educate young people to succeed in jobs that haven’t even been invented yet?”

The world is changing at an ever-increasing rate and we have a responsibility to prepare your daughters for success in that environment. I recently read, and highly recommend, Whiplash: How to Survive our Rapidly Changing Future by Joichi “Joi” Ito, the Director of the MIT Media Lab, and Jeff Howe. Very few books are able to so clearly show how things have already changed and offer principles for thinking about how to navigate the future. A Skipper, to be worthy of the name, must be able to navigate the boat of her own life no matter how turbulent the waters and at Mercy, through our academic and co-curricular program, especially with the adoption of Social Advocacy Based Learning, your daughters learn to do just that.

Yours in Mercy,
Scott McLarty
Head of School
Parent Pledge & Contributions

We are grateful to have every family as part of our Mercy High School, San Francisco community. Each year we ask families to make a meaningful contribution to the Mercy Annual Fund through the Parent Pledge. Gifts are unrestricted and provide essential funds for the school’s most critical needs, allowing us to continue educating women to pursue lives of spiritual and intellectual depth, determination, and daring action to improve our world.


Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development, bpaige@mercyhs.org
Mission
Moving the Mercy Mission Forward

Happy New Year to our Mercy community! I am excited at the joy of a New Year and the opportunity for our community to continue living out its Mission to educate our young women. On the Mission and Ministry side, we are looking forward to continuing to engage our students through programming and events that will continue to spark in them a spirit of curiosity, compassion, service, and determination.

Friday, January 5, marked the return of the Red and White Ball, a treasured Mercy High School tradition. The semi-formal dance, open to all grade levels, took place at Mercy’s Rist Hall and was well-attended. We look forward to continuing this Mercy tradition for many years to come.

Our Campus Ministry program will be holding the traditional May crowning of Mary in mid-May. If you are interested in helping out or contributing flowers for our grotto, please email Ms. Sarah Manzano, Director of Campus Ministry, at smanzano@mercyhs.org .

Dr. Anna Adams, Director of Christian Service, will soon be visiting junior-level Scriptures courses to discuss the Culminating Service Project. I highly encourage junior parents to talk to their daughters about their project ideas.

Angelica Quinonez
Associate Head of School, Mission
Academics
Dear Mercy Families,

We're into the second semester of our school year. With grades from the first semester coming out this week, we will celebrate those members of our community earning grades that place them on the Honor Roll. Students whose GPAs for the Fall semester meet or exceed 3.5 for the semester will receive notification and an invitation to a small celebration. No matter the level of your student’s achievement, we hope you’ll Celebrex their hard work.

We will publish the full list soon!

Report cards were sent out this week. Please check your email for your student's report card.

Even though Mercy is just half way through the school year, we are already looking forward to next year. Later this week the counseling department will lead students through the first programming meeting for the 2018-19 school year.

During the initial meeting, students will learn about the class registration process and timeline. Future meetings will train students to use the new, online course registration portal and will familiarize students with new course offerings.

Much more information is forthcoming!

In Mercy,

Dan Meyers
Associate Head of School, Academics
Parent Survey and Wellness Resources

Please visit our updated Wellness website! We’ve added links to articles and resources on various topics of interest to parents. Here you can access the selections highlighting the latest research and advice on teen use of social media, dealing with anxiety, getting more sleep, using mindfulness, etc. www.mercyhs.org/wellnessresources .
If you haven’t already, please fill out this brief survey to help the Wellness program learn what's important and relevant to you in order to shape our offerings: https://goo.gl/forms/J6cjkbIp6lub4PrW2 .

Contact Elizabeth Heuser, Director of Wellness, eheuser@mercyhs.org
Advancement
Donations Being Accepted for Performing Arts Events

Please support the Mercy community by donating to the concession stand and raffle at this year's Winter Dance Concert,  Quantum Leap . All proceeds from the sales of these items benefit Mercy's Performing Arts Programs. Receive 1/2 parent hour for each concession item donated and 1 parent hour for each donated basket.

We ask that concession stand donations be received by Wednesday, January 17, and raffle baskets be received by Tuesday, January 23. Donations can be brought to the Main Office or the Development office on the 4th floor.

Thank you for your generosity!


Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development,  bpaige@mercyhs.org
Business
LAST CHANCE for Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance deadline is THIS Friday, January 12.


Contact Marc Colelli, Interim Chief Financial Officer, mcolelli@mercyhs.org
Asbestos Letter to Parents from Archdiocese

The Archdiocese and our school have participated in a program to identify and control asbestos-containing materials in our building.


Contact Marc Colelli, Interim Chief Financial Officer, mcolelli@mercyhs.org
Important Dates
Thursday, Jan. 11
  • Senior Retreat (½ Class)
  • 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 12
  • TADS Application Due
  • Freshman Programming
  • 8-8:45 a.m.
  • Sophomore Programming
  • 8:45-9:25 a.m.
  • Junior Programming
  • 8:45-9:25 a.m.
Monday, Jan. 15
  • NO SCHOOL - MLK Jr. Day
Thursday, Jan. 18
  • Catherine's Cup at Night
  • 6-7 p.m.
  • M Lounge (4th Floor)
Friday, Jan. 19
  • Winter Dance Concert
  • 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 20
  • Winter Dance Concert
  • 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 23
  • Sophomore Retreat (½ Class)
  • College Night for Juniors
  • 6-8 p.m.
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.
Upcoming Events
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. Everyone is invited to share in the passion that our young women have for dancing and performing.

Time: 7 p.m.
Dates: Jan. 19, 20, 26, 27, 2018
Location: Mercy High School Theatre
Cost: $12

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)

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.