November 13, 2019
Sections
  • Academics
  • Student Life
  • Advancement
  • Mercy Parent Association
  • Important Dates
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HAVE YOU MADE YOUR PARENT PLEDGE YET?
Please make your Parent Pledge today
Academics
Great Opportunity for Girls Interested in Business
 
Stanford Women in Business is holding a Young Women’s Leadership Summit on January 25. Students can sign up for the summit beginning November 15 through December 13. Please encourage your daughter to apply for this amazing opportunity.

Contact Marianne Delaporte, Dean of Academics, mdelaporte@mercyhs.org
Library Hours in Portal

Thanks to some wonderful parent and staff volunteers we have been able to keep the library open over lunch. Please remind your daughter of this if she needs a quiet place to study.

A library hours calendar for student makeup tests and studying are now available in your Portal.

  1. Login to Portal
  2. Click on Calendar
  3. Look for the Blue "Library Hours" Calendar

Times noted with a "Proctor" are when students may make-up missed tests or use the library to study. "Study Hall" is time for studying only. 

Contact Kathryn Ann Dougery, Director of Institutional Research, kdougery@mercyhs.org
Lost Books

If your daughter has library books at home from last year, please be sure to return them as soon as possible. Students will be sent notices informing them of lost books and the price of replacement in the coming month. 

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

FROSH PARENTS: Grade Level Workshops
The Counseling Department is hosting a second round of Frosh Workshops in November. Topics to be covered include problem solving strategies to tackle common academic issues like struggling in a class, having a conflict with a teacher, and time management. We will also review Mercy’s GPA scale and how to calculate your GPA. Workshops are broken down by homeroom section and all frosh are required to attend.

  • Nov. 8, 8 - 8:45 a.m. - Homeroom 9-1 (completed)
  • Nov. 13, 8 - 8:45 a.m - Homeroom 9-2
  • Nov. 21, 8 - 8:45 a.m. - Homeroom 9-3

SOPHOMORE PARENTS: Pre-ACT Results Are In!
Students received their PreACT Student Report last week in their homeroom. Please use this guide to understand how to read and interpret PreACT results.
 
If you or your student would like to go over their results with their counselor, please do not hesitate to call or send an email to set up a meeting.

Upcoming College Visits
  • Thursday, Nov. 14 - Mini College Fair (University College Dublin, Oregon State University, Maryville University, University of Colorado (Colorado Springs), Arizona State, Rutgers University, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and more to come...


Contact Counselors Siobhan McVeigh, smcveigh@mercyhs.org or Margaret Wickham, mwickham@mercyhs.org
Refer a Prospective Student!

Mercy parents, grandparents and alumnae are our school’s greatest resource. Please use this form to help us tell prospective families and their daughters about our Mercy community and share our calendar of events



Contact Natalia Girlich, Director of Admissions, ngirlich@mercyhs.org
Student Life
Last Weekend for the Fall Play - BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW

We invite you to support our dedicated student cast and crew by purchasing tickets to this year's fall play, Shakespeare Then & Now.

Watch our students perform traditional scenes (Shakespeare "Then") from Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Richard III and see how the student cast wrote their own scenes with Shakespeare's characters today (Shakespeare "Now").

This Weekend's Showtimes:
  • Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.
Athletics Updates

Fall Sports Athletes
Please make sure you turn in your uniform and payments ASAP to Sean to avoid any penalties! 

Winter Sports Student-Athlete/Parent Meeting - Nov. 14
There is a Winter Sports meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14. Scrimmages for both basketball and soccer will begin on November 18. 

Upcoming Sports Events
  • Nov. 16: Cross Country CCS Championships - Congrats to Nancy Roman-Vite for qualifying! 
  • Nov. 18: Soccer @ Design Tech, 4 p.m.
  • Nov. 20: JV Basketball @ Mills, 7 p.m.
  • Nov. 21: Varsity Basketball (sportsmanship games) @ Jefferson HS, 7 p.m.
  • Nov. 22: Soccer vs. Convent of the Sacred Heart @ Crocker Amazon Pitch #2, 3:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 23: JV Basketball @ Half Moon Bay, 9:30 a.m.
  • Nov. 23: Varsity Basketball @ Half Moon Bay, 11 a.m.

Contact Pam Alano, Director of Athletics, palano@mercyhs.org
Intersession 2020 - 3rd Payment Due Nov. 22

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.

Upcoming Intersession Important Dates 
  • Nov. 22 - 3rd payment due
  • Jan. 24 - 4th/final payment due
  • Feb. 3 - Parent Night for all overnight trips (Rescheduled from Nov. 14)
  • Mar. 2 - 6 Intersession Week

All payments MUST be up to date to avoid any late feesAny accounts not up to date will incur a late fee of $25 for every week that it is not current.  

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.

Contact Pam Alano, Intersession Coordinator, palano@mercyhs.org
Business Office
Tuition Payments
 
A friendly reminder that tuition payments must be up to date in order for your daughter to take her semester exams in December. If a family is still delinquent on Monday, December 16, they will be notified that their daughter's exams will be pulled.  
 
Please ensure that any past due payment is paid prior to this date!

Contact Marc Colelli, Chief Financial Officer, mcolelli@mercyhs.org
2020-21 Financial Assistance Applications

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, mcolelli@mercyhs.org
Advancement
Save the date to make an impact! Get ready for GivingTuesday on December 3!

GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Mercy is proud to be a part of this global celebration of giving and we hope you join us by making a gift to Mercy on December 3.

Every gift our families make on #GivingTuesday will count toward our parent giving percentage!

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development, bpaige@mercyhs.org
Join us at this year's Holiday Boutique!

Date: Saturday, Dec. 7
Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: McAuley Pavilion
Cost: Free to attend

Friends, parents, and community members will gather at this festive event, raising essential funds that directly support our school and our students.

Become a Sponsor
You or your employer can become a Holiday Boutique sponsor! Sponsors are valuable event partners who will be featured on event signage and will receive name or logo recognition on our website and e-newsletter.

Become a Vendor
There is still time to sell your goods at this year's Holiday Boutique! Sign up to become a vendor today.


Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development, bpaige@mercyhs.org
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, tpoon@mercyhs.org
Have You Made Your Parent Pledge Yet?

We have not yet reached our goal of 100% parent participation. Please consider making a gift of any amount to help us reach our goal.

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, bpaige@mercyhs.org
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 smile.amazon.com/ch/94-1231000 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, bpaige@mercyhs.org
Mercy Parent Association
Library Volunteer Opportunity

We have a parent volunteer opportunity that would be of great service to our students! We need volunteers to come in to keep our library open as a study area for students during lunch. There is no prior experience necessary in library work, just a willingness to be with our students and watch over them. 
 
We are in need of volunteers Tuesday - Fridays from 11-1 p.m. If you are interested in learning more and/or volunteering in our library for a few days, one day a month, one day a week, or more, please email Kathryn Ann Dougery.

Contact Kathryn Ann Dougery, Director of Institutional Research, kdougery@mercyhs.org
Mercy Parent Association Meeting - Dec. 4

Our second Mercy Parent Association (MPA) meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 4. A light dinner is served beginning at 6 p.m. and the one-hour meeting agenda begins at 6:45 p.m. Please be sure to attend.

The following are the remaining MPA Meeting dates for the 2019-20 school year:
  • December 4
  • February 5
  • May 6

Every parent is a part of the MPA and are strongly encouraged to attend these meetings. This is your opportunity to receive important information, meet other parents, and stay involved in the Mercy community.

Email reminders will be sent before each meeting and are also included in Parent Connect. We hope you will join us for all meetings. 

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development, bpaige@mercyhs.org
Parent Volunteer Opportunities: 2019-20 School Year

Did you volunteer at the Fall Play last weekend? 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 mercyhs.org/volunteer 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, bpaige@mercyhs.org
Important Dates
Friday, Nov. 15 & Saturday, Nov. 16
  • Fall Play
  • 7 p.m.
  • Mercy Theatre

Sunday, Nov. 17
  • Fall Play Matinee
  • 2 p.m.
  • Mercy Theatre

Thursday, Nov. 21
  • ADMISSIONS: Academic Preview & Information Night

Friday, Nov. 22
  • Intersession Payment Due
  • Free Dress for November Birthdays

Monday, Nov. 25
  • Thanksgiving Liturgy
  • Formal Dress
Wednesday, Nov. 27 - Friday, Nov. 29
  • Thanksgiving Break - NO CLASSES

Tuesday, Dec. 3
  • Sophomore Parent Night
  • 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Library

Saturday, Dec. 7
  • Holiday Boutique
  • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • McAuley Pavilion
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.