October 30, 2019
  • Head of School Message
  • Academics
  • Student Life
  • Advancement
  • Mercy Parent Association
  • Important Dates
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Head of School Message
Dear Mercy Families,

Last night’s parent event focusing on the effects of social media on adolescents was extremely informative. We are aware that compared with their parents’ generation, today’s teens are experiencing higher levels of stress, much of it due to some of the negative effects of social media. After viewing the documentary LIKE, Laura McGourty invited parents to engage in some thought-provoking questions about their own, as well as their daughters’, use of media platforms and offered some suggestions for how families can deal with these issues. A big thank you to Yen Hui, our wellness director, for arranging for this very important evening. Mercy students will be viewing the video today; it may be a good time for a conversation about the place of technology in your family.

As you are aware, fire season has once again hit Northern California and the Bay Area. We have been fortunate to be in no immediate danger, but I do want you to know that we have been carefully monitoring the situation, especially the air quality. We are planning to remain open while maintaining a heightened awareness and sensitivity to the circumstances. We will continue to monitor the Air Quality Index (AQI) using AirNow.gov as a reliable resource and encourage you to do the same. We are keeping doors and windows closed and are minimizing all physical and outdoor activity.

Like you, we are deeply concerned about those more directly affected by the multiple fires in the surrounding communities. I am inviting our student leaders to consider how Mercy can support those who are in danger of losing their homes and their peace of mind. We hold them in our prayer.

In Mercy,
Sister Carolyn
No Classes - Nov. 11

Please note that there is no school on Monday, November 11.

Contact Marianne Delaporte, Dean of Academics, mdelaporte@mercyhs.org
Permission Forms for School Events

In an effort to reduce our paper waste, we are now doing electronic permission forms for all field trips, student retreats, etc. These forms are sent out using the new Magnus Health Portal. When your child has an upcoming field trip, you will receive an email from Magnus Health letting you know you have a form to complete. The forms use your electronic signature, so no need to print and sign - just type your name and submit!
Reminder: login to your Parent Portal and click on the Magnus Health Portal button for an easy single sign on.

Contact Veronica Zermani, Registrar, vzermani@mercyhs.org
News from Admissions

This Sunday:
Mercy's Open House
Date: Sunday, Nov. 3
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Mercy High School

If you know anyone that is considering Mercy High School for their daughters, please encourage them to stop by to tour our beautiful campus and chat with Mercy’s faculty, coaches, staff, and students. They will have the opportunity to learn about Mercy’s academics and student life, and see why Mercy is the best Catholic high school for young women in San Francisco. 

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
Counseling Updates 

Grade Level Workshops - Attention frosh parents!
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
  • Nov. 13, 8 - 8:45 a.m - Homeroom 9-2
  • Nov. 21, 8 - 8:45 a.m. - Homeroom 9-3

Upcoming College Visits
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5 - St. John’s College (Santa Fe)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 6 - Mills College
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12 - University of California (Davis)
  • 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
Student Life
Halloween Attire

Students may come to school in costume tomorrow for Halloween and Mercy is holding a costume contest! Please make sure their costume follows these guidelines: 

  • Costume should not discriminate against any group regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or special needs status. 
  • Weapons or toy weapons of any type are not allowed on campus for any reason on this day or any other day. 
  • Attire on Halloween day must adhere to the school dress code and guidelines (see handbook if unclear), as well as any other day. 
  • Costume must allow student to sit in their seat and fully participate in their teacher’s classroom instruction. 
  • Students who wear costumes that do not conform to the costume guidelines may be given a loaner uniform for the day or will be asked to call home for their uniform.

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students & Student Services, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Discount Pricing for Senior Yearbook Ads Ends Tomorrow - Oct. 31

Do you want to celebrate your daughter's accomplishments with a page you design in Mercy's 2020 yearbook? You can purchase an ad at reduced prices through tomorrow!

Contact Karen Vanuska, Yearbook Moderator, kvanuska@mercyhs.org
Senior Portraits: Choose your Yearbook Pose - Nov. 1

The November 1 deadline for choosing your yearbook pose is fast-approaching. Remember, you must go to the Prestige website and select one of the blue background/drape poses. If you do not do this, then a pose will be chosen for you. These photos will also be used during the Graduation ceremony slideshow presentation. If you have any questions or problems, please come see Ms. Vanuska in Room 203. If you have not yet taken your portrait, please do so as soon as possible. The deadline for portraits is November 15. 

Contact Karen Vanuska, Yearbook Moderator, kvanuska@mercyhs.org
Frosh Retreat - Nov. 7

Our Frosh Retreat will be held at Mercy Center Burlingame on Thursday, November 7. Students must report to school on time. We will be leaving campus at 8 a.m. and returning between 3:30 pm and 4 p.m. Any student that is late and misses the bus, must remain on campus for the entire school day in the library completing assigned work. Only excused absences (i.e. illness with a signed note from a parent or doctor) will be allowed. This retreat counts as a school day.

Contact Sarah Manzano, Director of Campus Ministry, smanzano@mercyhs.org
Kristallnacht - Nov. 7

Date: Thursday, Nov. 7
Time: 4 - 6 p.m.
Location: Mercy High School, Rist Hall
Cost: Free, RSVP ctouye@mercyhs.org

Join us for our annual observance of Kristallnacht on Thursday, November 7, hosted by The Helen and Joe Farkas Center for the Study of the Holocaust in Catholic Schools.

This year’s program features Paul Schwarzbart, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust and World War II, along with Jose Artiga, a Salvadoran survivor of the Death Squads and Civil War. Each will recount their migration stories which ultimately brought them to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Following Paul and Jose’s testimonies, we will have breakout groups led by students from Mercy and Stuart Hall. The event will end with a “found poem” and performance.

Contact Jim McGarry, Theology Teacher, jmcgarry@mercyhs.org
Tickets for the Fall Play on Sale Now

​Mercy’s Visual & Performing Arts Department proudly presents  Shakespeare Then & Now

  • Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.
Athletics Updates

Winter Sports Begin - Nov. 4
Winter Sports (Basketball and Soccer) will begin on Monday, November 4. Student-athletes will need to make sure physicals are up to date on Portal/Magnus Health to be able to tryout. 

Basketball Tryouts
  • Monday, Nov. 4 - Tuesday, Nov. 5
  • 3:30 - 5 p.m. Frosh/Sophomores
  • 5 - 7 p.m. Juniors/Seniors
  • Wednesday, Nov. 6
  • 3 - 4:30 p.m. Frosh/Sophomores
  • 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Juniors/Seniors
  • Team practices begin Thursday, Nov. 7

Upcoming Sports Events
  • Nov. 4: Winter Sports Tryouts Begin
  • Nov. 8: Cross Country WBAL Finals @ Crystal Springs 2 p.m.

Contact Pam Alano, Director of Athletics, palano@mercyhs.org
Intersession 2020 - Parent Night Rescheduled

Intersession Parent Night Rescheduled
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
Attendance Hotline

A friendly reminder that per our school attendance policy, parents must call the Main Office before 9:30 a.m. to let us know if their daughter will be absent. If this is not resolved, the absence will remain unexcused and may result in detention to make up missed class time. The Attendance Line number is 415-334-4900.

Contact Pranita Prasadi, School Office Coordinator, pprasadi@mercyhs.org or Raquel Oliva-Gomez roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Mark Your Calendars: 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
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
Shop with Amazon Smile to 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
Parent Volunteer Opportunities: 2019-20 School Year

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.

If you have completed hours, don't forget to submit them here .

Contact Bekah Paige, Director of Development, bpaige@mercyhs.org
Important Dates
Thursday, Oct. 31
  • Halloween

Friday, Nov. 1
  • All Saints Day Liturgy
  • Formal Dress

Sunday, Nov. 3
  • Mercy Open House
  • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 4
  • Penny Wars Begin
  • Winter Sports Tryouts Begin
  • Achieve Family Meeting
  • 5:45 - 8 p.m.
  • Rist Hall

Thursday, Nov. 7
  • Frosh Retreat
  • Kristallnacht
  • 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Rist Hall
Friday, Nov. 8 & Saturday, Nov. 9
  • Fall Play
  • 7 p.m.
  • Mercy Theatre

Monday, Nov. 11
  • Veterans Day - NO CLASSES

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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.