March 25, 2020
Sections
  • Head of School Message
  • Academics
  • Student Life
  • Important Dates
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Head of School Message
Dear Mercy Students and Families,

Today we celebrate the feast of the Annunciation, when Mary, inspired by her confidence in God, said “yes” to an unexpected change in the direction her life would take. What a profound change has been made in the ways our shared community has been drawn!

The reality of the uncertainty due to the pandemic and its longevity is just beginning to hit us. We at Mercy do not know any more about what lies ahead and what plans to make than you do—and we are agonizing over how to plan for a very uncertain future. You have questions about when it will be safe for us all to return to be together on campus; we have the same questions! You wonder about Mamma Mia!, the prom, retreats, athletics, Spirit Week, about graduation-related activities, even about graduation itself. All we know is that our current target to return to campus is April 20, following Easter Break, but we also know that is a moving target dependent on the health and safety of all with respect to COVID-19. We are learning daily what is and what is not in our control and that often makes us feel more than uncomfortable as well as frustrated.

We have worked very hard to provide both continuity and quality in our academic program. Our teachers have invested themselves for the students in our online classes, sometimes even providing “wake-up calls” for our students. We have adjusted the schedule realizing that sitting in front of a computer all day is not healthy for either students or teachers. All of our student services personnel are working very hard to give the students as much support as possible. Teachers and counselors continue to be available on a one-on-one basis to tutor or give advice when students need help. And the students have been fantastic in their flexibility and hard work—we can't say enough about how they have stepped up in this tough situation! 

So, today I invite all of our women of Mercy, together with their families, to pattern themselves after Mary, realizing that just as she accepted a future of uncertainty, we are all asked to do the same!

In Mercy,
Sister Carolyn
Sister Carolyn Krohn

from America, The Jesuit Review
Academics
Distance Learning Status and Update

Things are changing rapidly and we will have to learn and adapt. This week we will be trying out a new schedule. Please note that I made a mistake on the previous schedule so that all the classes weren’t the same length. This has been fixed on this calendar, the school website, and on the google calendar as well.
Students on academic warning and probation are still required to meet with their teachers in the afternoons as per their academic support plans.

Please let me know how it is working for you as we go along. Our intent for this schedule change is to give everyone more flexibility as we all work from home, give us all consistency, and some time to meet together.


Contact Dr. Marianne Delaporte, Dean of Academics, mdelaporte@mercyhs.org
Teacher's Note Home: Positive Things About Distance Learning

With the swift triage work of our teachers, staff and administrators, implementation of Mercy’s Distance Learning Plan is so far a success. Our teacher's have many positive things to say!

Sister Diane's classwork this week had several students sharing a picture of themselves when they were younger. Others were asked to share a picture of themselves with family. Responses from students were immediate. A few shared photos of themselves with their moms.

"They remarked that it was a great photo to have," Sr. Diane said, calling moments like these small pleasures, "because generally most photos are taken by their mothers and having their mom in the photo was a real treat. It’s wonderful to see how the students appreciate their families!"
Distance Learning Counseling, College Essay Webinar, Updated Junior College Workshops, and More!

College Essay Webinar - Juniors
All Mercy juniors and their families are invited to a special College Essay Webinar, hosted by Prompt, on April 1 at 7 p.m. One of their expert Writing Coaches will walk through College Essay myths, best practices, and will provide helpful tips to tackle the process. 
 
This webinar is only for Mercy students and families, so please plan to attend unless there is another event you have planned for that evening. 
 
You must RSVP in order to attend: 
 
Junior College Workshops
The junior college workshop on April 6 for Homeroom 11-1 is CANCELED.
 
We will schedule the final junior college workshop for all junior homerooms once we know what our school schedule looks like for the week following Spring Break. 
 

Contact Counselors, Siobhan McVeigh, smcveigh@mercyhs.org or Margaret Wickham, mwickham@mercyhs.org
New AP Exam Formats Announced and Online Preparation Available

The College Board announced it is reformatting the AP Exams this year. Exams will be shorter and taken online. They also released website resources for study and preparation for the exams. Your daughter’s AP teachers will be contacting her with support to help her best use these and other resources to continue preparing for the exams.

Contact, Dr. Marianne Delaporte, Dean of Academics, mdelaporte@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
Status of Upcoming Student Events and Activities

Thank you for reaching out to inquire about student activities we had scheduled this spring. As of today, and due to these times requiring us to be away from school, the musical has been postponed. Decisions about future events have not yet been made. We continue to monitor and adhere to Governor Newsom and Mayor Breed's order to "Stay at Home to Save Lives." You will be informed as soon as decisions are made concerning cancellation or rescheduling of events.

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Friendly Reminder About Online Chats

Just a reminder that all google chats, hangouts, and zoom meetings between students should be school-appropriate. These online tools are to be used for instruction and class discussion purposes only. They should not be used for students' texting or entertainment. Unless a teacher asks a student to send unrelated gifs or photos, students should refrain from doing so. Thank you.
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 due to our mandated campus closure through April 19.

As a result, all previously scheduled performances for Mamma Mia! on March 27, March 28, April 3, April 4, and April 5 are currently canceled.

You will be notified via email whether or not the musical is postponed to a future date or canceled altogether. If you would like a refund at this time, please respond to this email with the ticket purchaser's name and performance date and we will process your refund as quickly as possible. You may also request a refund through your Eventbrite confirmation email by clicking on "view and manage your order."

Thank you so much for your continued support of Mercy High School and our Visual & Performing Arts program. We wish you good health as we heed the call to stay at home in order to help save lives.
Athletics Updates
 
Athletic events have been canceled during this time of "Staying at Home."
This includes games and practices on or off-campus have been suspended until further notice. 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.

Keep healthy and fit at home!
We hope all students, with our student-athletes leading the way, continue to exercise and maintain their health and fitness Coach James and Mercy Athletics created and gathered at-home workout resources we can all use while we heed the order to “Stay at Home.” Staying active and maintaining our physical, mental, and emotional health is essential during this difficult time.  
  
Athletic transfer eligibility 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.  

Contact Pam Alano, Director of Athletics, palano@mercyhs.org
What's Working From Home Like for Your Daughter and You?

Mercy yearbook wants to know!
We NEED a few pictures and a quote from your daughter about what it's like going to classes at home.

We also need pictures of her and her Mercy friends participating in their clubs to fill our clubs and organizations pages!

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
Participate in SkipperTV's Special Project and Join the Digital Sing-Along!

Since we've all been gifted with a lot of unexpected screen time, SkipperTV invites you to join in on an uplifting project that'll give you a short break from your at-home work station. You are specially invited to send over a video of you (accompanied by anyone else with whom you are sheltering in place) singing Mercy's alma mater. *Bonus if you do it while practicing healthy hand hygiene! Your submission will be part of a compilation video that will have all of us showing off our Mercy pride!


Send your video to skippertv@mercyhs.org.

Contact Matt Evearitt, SkipperTV Moderator, mevearitt@mercyhs.org
Important Dates
All planned Mercy activities are postponed indefinitely due to our mandated campus closure from March 12 - April 20 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

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.