May 6, 2020
Sections
  • Head of School Message
  • Academics
  • Student Life
  • Important Dates
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Head of School Message
Dear Mercy Students and Families,

As you will see below, Mercy is planning multiple events to cap this unexpected year. We’re looking forward to having a celebration of winter sports awards on May 7, a virtual junior and senior prom on May 8, AP testing, commissioning of all of our students, final exams and projects, and finally graduation. Graduation will take place in two acts. First of all, we will have a virtual ceremony for seniors and their families on May 30 at 10:30 a.m. Later we will have a second act comprising a drive-through presentation of diplomas and awards on the Mercy campus. More details will follow.

As we try to make lemonade out of the lemons created from the coronavirus, high school seniors from across the country and beyond are all experiencing the unexpected. In addition, all of us are affected by the closing of Mercy High School. To deal with both realities is an extraordinary challenge. In these difficult times, it is our faith that must pull us through. I hope that you find comfort in this rendition of Be Not Afraid.

In Mercy,
Sister Carolyn Krohn, R.S.M.
Academics
Dear Parents,

Finals are upon us. Next week we will begin AP exams and our final week of classes. Students should be checking Canvas to make sure that their homework has been graded and reaching out to their teachers with any questions or to get help. AP exams continue into our first finals week. Be sure that your daughter reads the AP instructions carefully and encourage her to ask Dr. Delaporte or her teachers if she has any questions.

Your daughter should have received an email on May 4 with her AP ID and a list of the exams she is signed up to take. Please go through the AP material with her before the exams to make sure that she has everything she needs. All AP tests are 50 minutes long. Your daughter should prepare by taking a demo test. I recommend this for all students. As the teachers and I won’t be there to check on the students, we will all need to work together to make sure this runs smoothly.

Our finals schedule is below. Do remember that office hours are held every afternoon Monday - Thursday. Please make sure your daughter takes advantage of them. Please have your daughter check with her teachers if she has a question about a project or a final.


Sincerely,
Dr. Delaporte
May 18 - 28 , 2020
Finals & AP Exams Schedule
Mercy Art Flourishes as we Stay at Home

Watch this space for the next couple of weeks to view Mercy students' visual art pieces. Despite all the changes and upheaval, our students persist in fulfilling their creative passions. This week we feature Kelsey Liu's work.

left: Epiphany, Kelsey Liu
Counseling Updates: Free Ivy League Courses, COVID-19 FAQs, Virtual College Fairs/Tours & More!

We continue, as part of our Distance Learning Plan, to be available to your daughter during regular school hours. Students are invited to G-chat their counselor or request a confidential video chat. Additionally, counselors will be doing “drop-in” G-chatting to check on students and their progress.

Attention All Parents!
  • If your daughter (or even you!) is looking to learn something new, there are more than 400 FREE Ivy League courses you can take online!
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Attention Senior Parents!

Attention Junior Parents!
  • Juniors are invited to a College Essay Workshop with a Prompt Writing Coach on Tuesday, May 19, 1 - 2:30 p.m. This workshop will help your student get a jump-start on their Personal Statement. Learn more and register.


Contact Counselors, Siobhan McVeigh, smcveigh@mercyhs.org or Margaret Wickham, mwickham@mercyhs.org
A Thank You to our Library Volunteers! 

Mercy Library acknowledges and give a special thanks to the parent volunteers who so generously gave their time and dedication to the library this year.

With their help, we were able to extend the library hours, giving our students more access to the library and annex. They helped in many aspects, from assisting students in checking out, re-shelving books, and so much more! We are grateful to each of you, thank you.

  • Regina Burke (Maddie Burke '20) 
  • John Cerbatos (Sydney Cerbatos '23)
  • Tina Maguire (Victoria Maguire '22)
  • Beth Ryan (Grace Nelligan '21) 
  • Susan Sall (Tayte Sall '21) 
  • Karen Tubach (Catie Sullivan '20)

Contact Carmel McDonnell, Library Resource Coordinator, cmcdonnell@mercyhs.org
Student Life
This week’s Homeroom Slides - May the FOURTH be with you! 

Check out this week’s announcements, Jeopardy: Mercy Edition, and more in this week’s Stay-At-Home Homeroom Slides!


Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
A Night in Hollywood: Virtual Jr. and Sr. Prom - May 8

This Friday is Mercy’s Virtual Prom!
Any junior or senior student interested in attending our Virtual Prom will need to RSVP to Mrs. OG through the google form that was sent on May 4. Upon receiving their RSVPs, the girls will receive a calendar invite with the Virtual Prom link.

Virtual Prom Details:
  • Guests: Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 Skippers
  • Virtual Prom “bids” will be calendar invites upon RSVPing to Mrs. OG
  • Prom time: 8 - 10 p.m.
  • Students must log on from their homes and only students who live in the same household can log in/be in the same frame
  • DJ: Mr. O
  • Prom dresses optional (semi formal attire, no sweats or leggings please)

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Locker Clean Out Days - Week of May 26

We will open the campus to students during the week of May 26 - 29 for locker clean out.

Students and parents will receive an email and google invite within the next week that will detail procedures and protocol. If your assigned time does not work with your family's schedule, we have a few evening time slots that we can move you to. You must, however, respond to the email from Mrs. Oliva-Gomez to make these arrangements.

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Legacy eMagazine - Quarantine Edition

Students and family members are invited to submit poems, essays, lyrics to songs, art work, photos, and other creative works to legacy@mercyhs.org no later than May 7. Families are welcome to participate in this edition, too! If you have artwork or any other literary masterpiece you want to share with the Mercy family, please send to legacy@mercyhs.org with the subject: LEGACY Submission

Legacy, Mercy’s literary magazine, is an annual publication of selected student writing and art. This year's will be an eMagazine and short slideshow!
Athletics Updates

Virtual Winter Sports Awards Night - May 7
The Athletic Department will host a virtual Winter Sports Awards through Zoom on May 7.

5:30 p.m. Soccer
6:30 p.m. Basketball

We will take this time to recognize our winter sports athletes, coaches, and families for all of their hard work and dedication during the season. A short highlight video will be viewable and awards will be announced.

Please register to receive the Zoom Room link! Hope to see you all there!

Spring Sports Recognition
Stayed tuned for more information regarding Spring Sports recognitions. Spring sports student-athletes should continue checking their email for any updates from their coaches!

Notice from WBAL
“We are all saddened by the official cancellation of the 2020 spring sports season, but understand what must be done for the common good. We want to thank all of our coaches and administrators for their perseverance through this, but more importantly our hearts go out to the fine student-athletes of the WBAL, especially the seniors whose final high school season has come to a close. Stay safe and healthy.”

ALL athletic events including games and practices on or off-campus have been suspended.

Stay Healthy and Active as we Stay at Home to Save Lives
Here are some at-home workout resources we can all use while we heed the order to “Stay at Home” and adjust to the impacts that COVID-19 has had on our lives. Staying active and maintaining our physical, mental, and emotional health is essential during this time. Some of the workout videos feature our own Coach James. Send Mr. Evearitt or Ms. Alano a video of you so you can get a feature on SkipperTV or on Instagram!


Track & Field
Coach Susan, Coach James, and some track athletes are hosting virtual workouts on Tuesday and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. Contact Coach James or Coach Susan if you have any questions or if you would like the link to join in. You do not need to be a track & field athlete to join these virtual sessions!

Contact Pam Alano, Athletics Director, palano@mercyhs.org
Business Office
Final Tuition Payments Due - May 20

With the month of May upon us and the end of this academic school year fast approaching, final tuition payments are due soon.  All tuition accounts must be paid and up-to-date by Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in order for your daughter to take her final exams. Failure to have your account up to date will result in your daughter not being able to take her finals, resulting in "incomplete" scores on her report card.

Please ensure that your final payment is set by logging onto the SmartTuition system to make your payment. You may also mail your payment to the school, but it must arrive by Wednesday, May 20.

Contact Marie Colón , Accounting Associate, mcolón@mercyhs.org
Important Dates
All planned Mercy activities are postponed indefinitely or moved online due to our current mandated campus closure as recommended by California state and local governments to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Thursday, May 7
  • Winter Sports Virtual Awards
  • Soccer 5:30 p.m.
  • Basketball 6:30 p.m.
  • Register Here

Friday, May 8
  • Virtual Prom
  • 8 - 10 p.m.

May 11 - 22
  • AP Exams Online
May 18 - 28
  • Finals & AP Exams

Wednesday, May 20
  • Final Tuition Payment Due

Tuesday - Friday, May 26 - 29
  • Locker Clean Out

Saturday, May 30
  • Virtual Graduation Ceremony
  • 10:30 a.m.
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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.
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