December 4, 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 by December 31.
Academics
Reminders and Finals Schedule: December 18 - 20

The end of the semester is upon us!
  • Next week is Review Week.
  • The week after is Finals Week.
  • Our Christmas Assembly is on December 16.
  • We have a special schedule on December 17.
  • Finals are scheduled for 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, mdelaporte@mercyhs.org
Mercy High School Integral Student Outcome (ISO) Revision Work

Integral Student Outcomes (ISOs), are educational expectations students should achieve by graduation. As part of our WASC/WCEA accreditation work, an ISO Revision Team was created in Spring 2019 to review and revise our current ISOs, currently listed in our Student and Family Handbook. The ISO team is comprised of deans, teachers, and consultants. Please review the attached document with our revised ISOs and let us know if you have any questions. We will begin assessing these in the Spring.


Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org and Marianne Delaporte, Dean of Academics, mdelaporte@mercyhs.org
Report Cards - Jan. 10

You will be able to access your daughter’s report card on Friday, January 10. 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, mdelaporte@mercyhs.org
New Term, New Classes

Students can view their spring schedule in the Canvas portal. Make sure to check for changes in classes before school resumes on January 6.

Contact Marianne Delaporte, Dean of Academics, mdelaporte@mercyhs.org
Counseling Updates 
 
Attention All Parents: Canvas Accounts
Please make sure you have your parent Canvas accounts set up so you can view your student's daily progress and help keep them on track with their work. If you need help creating or accessing Canvas, please email Mr. Evearitt at mevearitt@mercyhs.org
 
Attention Junior Parents: $200 SAT/ACT Prep Gift Card
Does your student want a head start on SAT or ACT prep this winter? Revolution Prep has a holiday gift for our students! Revolution Prep is an online tutoring and test preparation organization that’s offering 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. 
 
Go to Revolution Prep to claim their gift card, and make sure to redeem it 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 cassie.brown@revolutionprep.com.
 
College 101 Workshop at SF Public Library
The San Francisco Public Library will offer FREE study skills/college 101 workshops in December! Workshops cover study skills, time management, leadership skills, stress management, and more! Register soon to get a spot at studysmart.us.
 
Excelsior Branch: Dec 4, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Glen Park Branch: Dec 5, 4 - 6 p.m.


Contact Counselors Siobhan McVeigh, smcveigh@mercyhs.org or Margaret Wickham, mwickham@mercyhs.org
Student Life
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 roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org. 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, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Absences, Tardies, and Reconciling Attendance

Parents, please check your student’s attendance on Portal often. Attendance is taken during every period including homeroom. Portal sends out automated emails with consequences (detention) once a student meet certain thresholds for unexcused or unreconciled absences or tardies. 
 
As a reminder, per our handbook, the following are excused absences:
  • Personal illness - After three or more consecutive days of absence, a student should produce a note from a medical professional stating the reason for the student’s absence; this policy includes leaving school early.
  • Medical Appointments*
  • Death in the family (relative or close family friend)**
  • Court appearances**
  • DMV and passport appointments
  • Limited number of college visits - See policy
  • Religious holidays - Submit note to the Dean of Students two weeks prior.

*Requires a note from a parent/legal guardian and medical professional.
** Requires a note from a parent/legal guardian

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Finals Week Dress Code Guidelines

This schedule will be in next week’s slide deck:

  • Monday, Dec. 16 - RED LONG ASSEMBLY
  • Ugly Sweaters or Holiday Colors
  • Red and Green Holiday Themed
  • NO onesies/PJs
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 - SPECIAL SCHEDULE
  • Holiday Colors
  • Red and Green Holiday Themed
  • NO onesies/PJs
  • 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, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Homeroom Slides

Some of you may have noticed that you couldn’t access the Homeroom Slides link in Portal. This glitch has been fixed and you should have access to the slides again. If you still have access issues, please email Ms. Oliva-Gomez,  roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org. Your student can access the slides with her Mercy email address, so she can share the slides with you. 

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Class of 2020 Grad Night Canceled 

Unfortunately, the SoCal 2020 Grad Trip is canceled due to low interest in the event this year. 

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
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, yhui@mercyhs.org
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, kvanuska@mercyhs.org
Athletics Updates

Fall Sports Banquet - Dec. 5
The Fall Sports Banquet for all fall sports student-athletes and their families is on Thursday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Barrett Hall. Come and celebrate all of the hard work and dedication your daughter put into her fall sports season! 
 
Winter Sports Student-Athletes
Your sports contracts and MAA fees are due December 6! Please turn this in to Sean or Pam.  
 
Upcoming Sports Events
  • Dec. 5: JV Basketball vs. Woodside HS @ Lincoln HS, 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 5: Soccer @ Jefferson HS, 4:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 5: Fall Sports Banquet in Barrett Hall, 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 6-7: JV Basketball Lincoln tournament, TBD
  • Dec. 10: JV Basketball @ El Camino HS, 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 10: Soccer @ San Mateo HS, 4:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 10: Varsity Basketball vs. Pacific Bay Christian @ HOME, 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 11: JV Basketball vs. Mills @ HOME, 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 12: Soccer @ South City HS, 4:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 12: Varsity Basketball @ Bentley HS (Hoops vs. Cancer Classic Tournament), 8 p.m.
  • Dec.13: Varsity Basketball (Hoops vs. Cancer Classic Tournament), TBD
  • Dec. 14: Varsity Basketball (Hoops vs. Cancer Classic Tournament), TBD
  • Dec. 14: JV Basketball @ Sonoma Valley HS, 2:30 p.m.

Contact Pam Alano, Director of Athletics, palano@mercyhs.org
Intersession 2020 - Final Payment Due Jan. 24

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 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.

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, 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
Celebrate the Holidays with Mercy on Saturday at the Holiday Boutique!

Free Entry · Holiday Shopping
Irish Coffee · Photo Booth · Raffle
Kids' Craft Table ·   Food Trucks

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


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
Make Your Parent Pledge Before Year End

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 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, 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
Mercy Parent Association Meeting - TONIGHT, Dec. 4

Our second Mercy Parent Association (MPA) meeting will be held on tonight, 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

You receive one parent volunteer hour for attending.

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? 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, Dec. 6
  • Advent Liturgy of the WordFall Play
  • Formal Dress

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

Monday, Dec. 9
  • Free Dress for December Birthdays

Tuesday, Dec. 10
  • Sophomore Workshop: Senior Panel
  • 8 - 8:45 a.m.
  • Library

Thursday, Dec. 12
  • Wellness Workshop
  • 8 - 8:45 a.m.
  • Wellness Center
Monday, Dec. 16
  • Christmas Assembly
  • 9:45 - 11:10 a.m.
  • Mercy Theatre

Wednesday, Dec. 18 - Friday, Dec. 20
  • Final Exams

Monday, Dec. 23 - Friday, Jan. 3
  • Christmas Break - NO CLASSES
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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.