December 18, 2019
  • Academics
  • Student Life
  • Advancement
  • Mercy Parent Association
  • Important Dates
Please make your Parent Pledge by December 31.


Reminders and Finals Schedule: December 18 - 20

Some Reminders:
  • Main campus is QUIET during finals. Students can study in Barrett Hall, the Student Center, or Counseling Center but must be quiet.
  • The Pavilion is open for noise and release!
  • Students should take any material they will need for test preparation out of their lockers on December 17. They will not be allowed to access their lockers after 8:00 a.m. during test days as this might disturb test-taking students.
  • Students may not leave campus until after their last final. 
  • Students who wish to leave campus after their last final must check out at the front office.
  • Students may wear Mercy sweatshirts, Mercy logo’d sweatpants, or Mercy logo’d yoga pants during finals. Students may also wear solid black leggings or solid, unripped blue jeans with a Mercy top. 
  • Lunch will not be served except for students taking the Ethics final. 
  • Note that finals may not be in the student’s regular class. Please check the schedule below.
  • If your daughter must miss an exam due to illness or another emergency, please contact the Main Office immediately and provide medical or other documentation of the absence to reschedule the exam. 

Contact Marianne Delaporte, Dean of Academics,
Make-Up Exams - Dec. 23
If your daughter misses a final exam due to illness or another emergency, she will be able to take her exams on Monday, December 23. A doctor’s note will be needed. 
Contact Marianne Delaporte, Dean of Academics,
New Term, New Classes

Students and parents can view spring schedules in the Portal. Make sure to check for changes in classes before school resumes on January 6.

Contact Marianne Delaporte, Dean of Academics,
Report Cards - Jan. 10

You will be able to access your daughter’s report card on Friday, January 10 in the Portal. Academic Probation letters will be sent the week we return from Christmas Break. Any student with one F or two Ds will be placed on Academic Probation.

Contact Marianne Delaporte, Dean of Academics,
Counseling Updates

Free College Prep Workshops at SF Public Library
The San Francisco Public Libraries will be running FREE College Prep Workshops this spring & summer! Workshop topics include ACT & SAT Prep, College Essay Writing, Drop-In College Advising, and much more! 

Registration for each course opens one month before the workshop. Register soon to get a spot at
Attention Junior Parents: Mark your calendars for Junior Class College Night! 
When: Jan. 28, 6 - 8 p.m.
Where: Rist Hall
Who's Invited: All juniors and their parents
What: Several guest speakers will be discussing the many college options and counselors will be going over the college application timeline. 
Attention Sophomore Parents: ACT/SAT Prep
Does your student want to get a head start on SAT or ACT prep this winter? Revolution Prep is an online tutoring and test preparation organization, and with winter break around the corner, they’re giving a $200 gift card to all new families!
You can apply it toward several of Revolution Prep’s programs, whether it’s private tutoring or a test prep course with one of their expert, full-time tutors. 
Have your student head to to claim their gift card by December 31, 2019.

If you have any questions or want to learn more, reach out to our school’s dedicated Revolution Prep Academic Advisor, Cassie Brown, at 415-994-7614 or

Contact Counselors Siobhan McVeigh, or Margaret Wickham,
Student Life
Final Exams Dress Code Guidelines

Wednesday - Friday, Dec. 18 - 20 FINAL EXAMS
  • Mercy Sweats Day is BACK, but only for finals! 
  • Students may wear Mercy sweatshirts, Mercy sweatpants, and Mercy yoga pants.
  • Students may also wear solid black leggings or jeans as long as they have on a Mercy top/sweatshirt.

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students,
Mercy Winter Choral Concert

Date: Friday, Dec. 20
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Rist Hall
Free to attend
Kick off Christmas Break by joining us at Mercy's Winter Choral Concert. Stop by Rist Hall to enjoy the sounds of the season with the beautiful voices of our Mercy Concert Choir, Chamber Chorus, and Mixed Choir. Student soloists will also be featured.

#mercysf #christmasatmercy

Contact Victor Cervantes, Choir Teacher,
Handbook Review Homework Assignment

Let’s start the new year on the right page! Here’s a Christmas Break Assignment: Review the Mercy Student and parents/guardian Handbook. Go to your Portal Resources Page and click on the link for your Student and Parent/Guardian Handbook. Review the policies together (specifically attendance, academics, dress code, and behavior).

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students,
Homeroom Slides Archive

Some of you have experienced issues trying to access the weekly homeroom slides. We are working on fixing the link so that anyone with the link has access to view the files within the folder. As of now, only individuals with an “” email can access the files.

If you are interested in seeing what we’ve been up to your daughter can access the slides for you. Note that all parent-related content can be found in this Parent Connect e-newsletter.

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students,
Reminder: Hair and Facial Piercings (Per Student Handbook)

If your daughter has unnatural hair color (purple streaks for example) she needs to return to school on January 6, 2020 with natural color hair. Also, if she has facial piercings, it must be removed or removable by January 6, 2020.

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students,
Review Your Daughter’s Attendance and Conduct

Keeping with the theme of starting fresh in 2020, please review your daughters attendance and conduct. This is a great time to connect and have conversations about infractions your daughter may have received (if you haven’t already) and ask what they learned/would do differently if in a similar situation next year. 

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students,
Parents/Guardians and Frosh are Invited to Join a WASC/WCEA Integral Group Team

Class of 2023 parents and guardians!
Mercy needs your insights and invites you to be a part of our WCEA/WASC accreditation team. The WCEA process allows Mercy community members, like you, to share your thoughts about areas of growth and strength at Mercy. If you are interested in joining a team of faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumnae, and can join us for our monthly meetings, please email Please indicate “New Integral Group Member” in the subject line. Check meeting dates below for your availability.
2020 Integral Group Meeting Dates
  • January - Induction to Integral Group Team - Date TBD
  • February - Monday, Feb. 24, 8 - 9:25 a.m.
  • March - Thursday, Mar. 19, 8 - 9:25 a.m.
  • April - Thursday, Apr. 23, 8 - 9:25 a.m.
  • May - Monday, May 18, 8 - 9:25 a.m.

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students,
Finals Week Stress Management

Finals week can bring on a lot of added stress for students. Being overloaded can lead to anxiety, depression, physical illness, or poor coping skills such as drug/alcohol use. Remember to help your child create balance between studying and relaxing.
Managing Finals Week Stress
Stress-busting Activities for Finals Week
Contact: Yen Hui, Director of Wellness,
Athletics Updates
Winter Sports Student-Athletes
Your sports contracts and MAA fees are PAST DUE! Please turn this in to Sean or Pam as soon as possible.
Upcoming Sports Events
  • Dec. 20: JV Basketball @ Carlmont HS, 7:15 p.m.
  • Dec. 21: Varsity Basketball* vs. Urban HS, 2:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 26: JV Basketball vs. Woodside HS @ Terra Nova JV Tournament, 5 p.m.
  • Dec. 27-28: JV Basketball Terra Nova Tournament TBD
  • Jan. 2: Basketball @ South City HS, 5 p.m. JV, 6:30 p.m. Varsity
  • Jan. 3: Varsity Basketball @ San Domenico HS, 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 4: Basketball @ University HS, 2:30 p.m. JV, 4 p.m. Varsity


Contact Pam Alano, Director of Athletics,
Intersession 2020 - Payments must be current before Christmas Break

Upcoming Intersession Important Dates 
  • Jan. 24 - 4th/final payment due (if necessary)
  • Feb. 3 - Parent Night for all overnight trips (Rescheduled from Nov. 14)
  • Mar. 2 - 6 Intersession Week

All payments MUST be up to date before Christmas break!! 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 Mrs. Tong in 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.

Reminder: Intersession Parent Night Rescheduled - Feb. 3
We have rescheduled Intersession Parent Night from November 14 to February 3 to fall on a date closer to your daughter’s trip. This will only be required for parents whose children are participating in an overnight intersession trip.

Contact Pam Alano, Intersession Coordinator,
Purchase a Yearbook Ad to Celebrate Your Senior

From now until February 16, 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. 
Contact Karen Vanuska, Yearbook Advisor,
Business Office
2020-21 Financial Assistance Applications - Due Jan. 15

Applications for financial assistance for the 2020-21 academic year are now being accepted through TADSIf your daughter is currently receiving financial assistance, you must reapply each year for assistance. 

Deadline for applications is January 15, 2020. Applications received after that date will be considered after the initial round of awards.
Contact Marc Colelli, Chief Financial Officer,
The Boba Bottle: Help Mercy alumna Galina Lang '17 reach Kickstarter goal!
Mercy grad Galina Lang '17 has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of The Boba Bottle an everyday water bottle and reusable boba cup in one. It is designed for boba enthusiasts who care for the environment and want to get boba tea spontaneously in their day-to-day lives. It is the eco-friendly solution to drinking boba and would eliminate single-use plastics.

Contact Georgia Wasley, Alumnae Development Officer,
Save the Date: Crab Feed

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

Tickets on sale soon!

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development,
Review Mercy on these Sites!

We are updating our Mercy High School profiles on various third-party, external school review sites. Now, we need your help in spreading the good word about Mercy. Thank you for taking a moment to help improve what others see on the ‘net about Mercy by submitting your own reviews about our unique community!

Contact Theresa Poon, Communications Coordinator,
Make Your Parent Pledge Before Year End

We have not yet reached our goal of 100% parent participation. The cost of tuition falls $5,000 short of the actual cost to educate your daughter at Mercy and we need your support. Please consider making a gift of any amount to help us reach our goal by December 31.

The Parent Pledge is a critical gift that gives our parents the opportunity to help offset the financial gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating your daughter. Rather than raising tuition, we rely on our parents to support Mercy by making a tax-deductible gift that is both generous and reasonable for each family.

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development,
Shop with AmazonSmile this holiday season & support Mercy!

AmazonSmile has the same products, prices, and shopping features that you know on Amazon. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

Every item available for purchase on Amazon is also available on AmazonSmile at the same price. Eligible products are marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages.

Before shopping, login to your Amazon account at so that your purchase can support Mercy. 

To date, we have received nearly $1,000 from AmazonSmile because of supportive shoppers like you. Thank you!

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development,
Mercy Parent Association
Bonus Parent Volunteer Hours: Show Us Your Mercy Spirit!

We want to see you (and your daughter!) at some upcoming basketball games and theatre productions!

Receive ONE (1) parent volunteer hour for attending the following Mercy events:

  • Jan. 31: Varsity Basketball game vs. Mercy B
  • Feb. 13: Senior Night (Winter Sports)
  • Jan. 25: Winter Dance Concert
  • Mar. 28: Spring Musical

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development,
Parent Volunteer Opportunities: 2019-20 School Year

Did you volunteer at the Holiday Boutique? If you have completed hours, don't forget to submit them here .

Parents are asked to complete 15 volunteer hours each school year. Parent volunteer signups for the 2019-20 school year are available on our website year round. Be sure to check to sign up! Don't forget to check back throughout the school year as new opportunities may be added.

Your participation is crucial to the success of our school community and we are so grateful for all you do to support your daughter's school.

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development,
Important Dates
Wednesday, Dec. 18 - Friday, Dec. 20
  • Final Exams

Friday, Dec. 20
  • Winter Choral Concert
  • Rist Hall
  • 7 - 9 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 23
  • Make-up Exams

Monday, Dec. 23 - Friday, Jan. 3
  • Christmas Break - NO CLASSES
Monday, Jan. 6
  • Classes Resume - WHITE DAY

Friday, Jan. 10
  • Report Cards available in Portal
  • Course Change Deadline
Giving is a True Act of Mercy
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.