February 5, 2020
Sections
  • Head of School Message
  • Transition Information
  • Academics
  • Student Life
  • Advancement
  • Important Dates
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Parent Connect will resume its regular bi-weekly schedule.
The next issue will be sent February 19.
Head of School
Dear Mercy Families,

Now that the deadlines for applications to Catholic high schools have passed, life here at Mercy is settling back down to normal routines hopefully! We are very happy to report that last Friday, our basketball varsity team played Mercy Burlingame in a game played well by both teams and ended in a victory for our girls. Saturday was the final performance of our Winter Dance Concert; if you missed it, the dancers performed beautifully in a very creative program. We’re taking a close look at our spring calendar and making some adjustments there. An important date to add to your calendar is May 9, when we will celebrate with an all-Mercy party. Next Saturday is our annual Crab Feed always a treat and this year we have a full house having sold out. And, of course, everyone is getting excited as we prepare for Intersession.

We continue on our new path, holding and supporting one another and praying that the loving God of mercy tenderly nurtures each of us!

In Mercy,

Sister Carolyn
Transition Information
Please check Mercy’s  Transition Information Page  regularly for the latest, up-to-date information to help ease your transition to another local high school.
Submit Your Requests and Release Forms - Tomorrow, Feb. 6

High schools are now asking for transcripts and other related admissions documents. If you have not submitted request forms for transcripts or release of financial assistance information, please do so no later than Thursday, February 6.

  • Transcript Release Form
  • Financial Assistance Release Form can be accessed by logging into the Parent Portal and clicking on the Magnus Health Portal
Financial Assistance Release Form & TADS Reminder

Financial Assistance
Mercy students requesting financial assistance from other high schools must complete the   Financial Assistance Release Form  that can be accessed by logging into the Parent Portal and clicking on the Magnus Health Portal block.

TADS Reminder
If you have already submitted a TADS application for Mercy, you will not need to fill out a new TADS application. You do, however, need to contact TADS directly and ask them to add your prospective high school to the application so that they get your TADS application.
Request for Release of Transcript

Once your daughter's application has been received by a school, they will ask Mercy for a copy of their transcript. Please fill out this form to indicate to which school(s) you are allowing Mercy to release your child's transcript. If your school is not listed on the form, check 'other' and write in the school name. Transcripts cannot be released without parent/guardian consent, so please let us know as soon as possible.


Contact Veronica Zermani, Registrar, vzermani@mercyhs.org
Letters of Recommendation
 
Please keep this in mind when asking teachers for letters of recommendation:
  • Do not panic: recommendations are not due today
  • Mercy B does not require any recommendations, even though you will see a section for that in the application. Do not ask anyone to send a recommendation to Mercy B. As long as you submit your application, you are all set. Mercy B will be communicating with our school at a later date to get more information.
  • At this time, Riordan has not asked for recommendations.
  • Do not ask a teacher for a "letter of recommendation." Every school uses a recommendation form (not letter), which you need to provide to your teacher or counselor. I have attached the Archdiocese form, which is used for the Catholic schools. Please fill out the top of the form and give it to your teacher/counselor.
  • If you give a paper recommendation form to a teacher/counselor, please include a mailing or email address so that they know how to submit the form.
  • Many of the independent schools use the online application form through Ravenna; just put in our counselor/teacher's email address and they will receive a link to the form.

If you need a transcript sent to a school, use this form or email our Registrar, Ms. Zermani.

All recommendations must be submitted directly to the school from the person writing the recommendation. Students cannot submit recommendations themselves, so please do not ask your teacher/counselor to give the recommendation form back to you.
Athletic Transfer Eligibility Procedures

Fall 2020 Transfers
If you transfer for the Fall 2020 semester, see your new Athletic Director and obtain an ELIGIBILITY HARDSHIP TRANSFER form. Once this form is completed and turned into the CCS office, they will then process the transfer. Due to the closing (“hardship”) of Mercy High School, once all of the information checks out, the transfer should be complete and the student-athlete will be able to play immediately.  

Spring 2020 Transfers
If you transfer schools this current Spring Semester there may be a sit-out period or you may not be able to play due to the hardship not being in full effect until June 1, 2020. Winter sports student-athletes are INELIGIBLE to play since they had already begun their season at their previous school. They are not allowed to play for 2 different teams in the same season. Spring student-athletes will need to complete an ELIGIBILITY HARDSHIP TRANSFER form with their new Athletics Director and will need to have a 30-day sit-out period until they are eligible to participate. Once the 30 days are over, the student-athlete will then be eligible to play.  

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.  

Mercy’s Athletics page has updated information about how to transfer for the Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters.

Contact, Pam Alano, Athletics Director, palano@mercyhs.org
Academics
AP Exam Information

AP Exam Fees are due on February 21. You should have received a bill. Please contact Dr. Delaporte if you have not. All fees must be paid up in order for students to attend prom.
 
Seniors who wish to send their AP score reports to colleges, universities or scholarship programs must do so through My AP. The deadline to do this is June 20

 
Contact Dr. Marianne Delaporte, Dean of Academics, mdelaporte@mercyhs.org
Counseling Updates

UPCOMING EVENT: SAN FRANCISCO SUMMER RESOURCE FAIR
A showcase of summer activities for children, youth & families

Date: Saturday, February 8
Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Ave.

Discover 125+ summer programs 
Opportunities in Science, Art, Tech, Sports, Music, Outdoors, and more
See link to More Counseling Information Below

ATTENTION JUNIOR PARENTS: COLLEGE WORKSHOPS & ACT EXAM PREP
Next week we start our first round of college workshops with juniors in the Library during collab time. Check out the upcoming dates below:

Junior College Workshop:
Homeroom 11-1: Monday, February 10, 8 - 8:45 a.m.
Homeroom 11-2: Tuesday, February 18, 8 - 8:45 a.m. 
Homeroom 11-3: Thursday, February 20, 8 - 8:45 a.m.

ACT Exam Prep
Mercy High School has teamed up with Revolution Prep to offer full-length ACT Practice Exams on campus. 

ACT Practice Exam
Date: Saturday, February 22
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Mercy High School Media Center - Room 302 
Cost: $10

Registration is open now! See link to More Counseling Information below

Sophomore parents - If your student is interested in signing up, please have them come see their counselor


Contact Counselors Siobhan McVeigh, smcveigh@mercyhs.org or Margaret Wickham, mwickham@mercyhs.org
Student Life
One Love Foundation Returns to Mercy

The Wellness Department once again partners with One Love Foundation, the national leader in relationship education, to host workshops about healthy and unhealthy relationships.
 
We will have two days of activities:
  • Thursday, February 6: Kick-off Assembly
  • Friday, February 28: Grade-level Workshops
 
Good news: Mercy SF has been named a One Love Hero School in recognition of our commitment to healthy relationship education through a combination of educational reach, student leadership and ongoing awareness-building activities! Congratulations Mercy!
 
Contact Yen Hui, Director of Wellness, yhui@mercyhs.org
Update on Flu, Cold, and Coronavirus 

To prevent widespread flu in school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms. 

Consider keeping your student at home if she has any of the following symptoms:
  • Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough
  • Mild sore throat
  • Headache
  • Stomach ache

Students should not be sent to school if they have any of the following symptoms: 
  • Fever greater than 101 degrees (your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been below 100 degrees for 24 hours)
  • Vomiting (even once) or diarrhea
  • General feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches, chills
  • Frequent wet or croupy (seal-like) cough

Mercy High School will continue to check the Department of Public Health website and provide updates as needed. 
Uniform Reminder

Mercy High School has a uniform policy. Please make sure that your student(s) comes in proper dress code. Once a student receives three infractions they will lose casual dress for the remainder of the school year. 

See the policies in the Student/Parent handbook.
Athletics Updates
Athletics Updates

Help us celebrate our Winter Sports & Spirit Squad Seniors on February 13 in McAuley Pavilion at 6 p.m. before the Varsity basketball game!  Then, join us to cheer on our Mercy sports teams for remainder of our last ever winter season.

Our girls need your support now more than ever.  

Upcoming Sports Schedules:

Friday, Feb. 7: Soccer vs. Harker @ Beach Chalet #3 3:30 pm
Friday, Feb. 7: Basketball @ Harker - JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m.
 
Winter Sports & Spirit Squad Senior Night: February 13.  
 
Spring Sports Begin This Week (Feb. 3)
Please contact the following coaches for any further questions: 

Contact Pam Alano, Director of Athletics, palano@mercyhs.org
Help Us Get Your Daughter's Picture in Mercy's Last Yearbook!

The Yearbook Staff needs your help gathering pictures from all of this year's Mercy events. Especially needed are pictures from Christmas Break, Winter Sports games, Club Activities, Culminating Service Projects, Special Programs and Visual and Performing Arts events including the dance concert and fall play.

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
Purchase a Yearbook Ad to Celebrate Your Senior

From now until February 15, you can create a yearbook ad to celebrate your Senior and her upcoming graduation.

View the flyer for new pricing and all the information you need to create your ad. 
 
Intersession 2020

Upcoming Intersession Important Dates 

  • Mar. 2 - 6 Intersession Week

All payments MUST be up to date. Please do so immediately to avoid any late fees.

Payments should be made to Mercy High School with your daughter's name and intersession course written on it and turned in to the Main Office during normal school hours.

Payment methods accepted: Cash or Check only 

Important announcements are posted on your daughter’s Intersession bulletin board in the Portal. Refer to your How to Guide for the Mercy Parent Portal for instructions on accessing your daughter’s Intersession group.

Contact Pam Alano, Intersession Coordinator, palano@mercyhs.org
Advancement
No MPA Meeting Tonight

Please note that we will NOT be holding tonight's MPA meeting. If we reschedule, an email will be sent at a later date.

PAPA will still be meeting at 6 p.m. in Patrick's Place.

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development, bpaige@mercyhs.org
Crab Feed - Feb. 8
SOLD OUT!

Date: Saturday, Feb. 8
Time: 5:30 p.m. Beer & Wine Social Hour, 6:30 p.m. Crab Dinner
Location: McAuley Pavilion

See you next weekend!


Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development, bpaige@mercyhs.org
Important Dates
Thursday, Feb. 6
  • Submit Transcript Requests & Release Forms

Saturday, Feb. 8
  • Crab Feed
  • McAuley Pavilion
  • Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 13
  • Winter Sports Senior Night
  • McAuley Pavilion
  • 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15
  • Yearbook Ad Deadline

Friday, Feb. 21
  • AP Exam Fees Due

Saturday, Feb. 22
  • ACT Practice Exam
  • Media Center - Room 302 
  • 9 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.