April 29, 2020
  • Academics
  • Student Life
  • Important Dates
Dear Parents,

We hope the first week back from break has been good for our students. Today, Wednesday, April 29, our Seniors are participating in their virtual retreat. This Friday, May 1, was when our Spring Rally was originally scheduled. We will instead have a Study Day. No classes will be held.

We are getting so close to the end of the semester! AP exams will begin during the second week of May. Finals this year will be a little different. Many classes will require final projects or presentations rather than exams. Final exams that are given will be shorter; no more than 45 minutes long (with an extension for students who have always had extended time). Finals will be spread out over two weeks beginning May 19, partially coinciding with AP exams which have been pushed back by the College Board. During that week, teachers will hold office hours during their regular class time and students will have time to prepare final projects or study for tests. The Finals schedule will come out next week.

Dr. Delaporte
April 27- May 1 Schedule

Contact Dr. Marianne Delaporte, Dean of Academics, mdelaporte@mercyhs.org
Mercy Art Flourishes During Stay at Home Order

Watch this space for the next couple of weeks to view Mercy students' visual art pieces. Despite all the changes and upheaval, our students persist in fulfilling their creative passions. This week we feature Alexa Isaguirre Portillo's work, Curation While Sheltering.
Counseling Updates: Free Ivy League Courses, COVID-19 FAQs, Virtual College Fairs/Tours & More!

Attention All Parents!
If your daughter (or even you!) is looking to learn something new, there are more than 400 FREE Ivy League courses you can take online!

Attention Senior Parents!

Attention Junior AND Senior Parents!
  • Virtual College Tours: Please check out this awesome spreadsheet with schools in the U.S., Canada, and the UK and links to their virtual tours.
  • Navigate 2020, Virtual Conference & College Fair: May 4-6, 2020. Three days of live-stream expert presentations for students and families and a concurrent virtual college fair with fully interactive booths. This event is free-of-charge to attendees.
  • Register here
  • Learn about the speakers and presentations

We continue, as part of our Distance Learning Plan, to be available to your daughter during regular school hours. Students are invited to G-chat their counselor or request a confidential video chat. Additionally, counselors will be doing “drop-in” G-chatting to check on students and their progress.

Contact Counselors, Siobhan McVeigh, smcveigh@mercyhs.org or Margaret Wickham, mwickham@mercyhs.org
AP Exam Preparation for New Exam Formats Continues

The College Board is providing at-home online learning resources and live classes on YouTube for AP students. This Spring's AP Exams are being reformatted to be shorter and taken online. Your daughter’s AP teachers will be contacting her with support to help her best use these and other resources to continue preparing for the exams.

Contact Dr. Marianne Delaporte, Dean of Academics, mdelaporte@mercyhs.org
Student Life
Week of April 27 Homeroom Slides

Check out this week’s announcements, Jeopardy: Mercy Edition, and more in this week’s Stay-At-Home Homeroom Slides!

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Join in the Fun of Mercy's Virtual Spirit Week!

Check out the slides to see what our themes are and see how your family can get involved.

Send in your photos/videos to Mrs. Oliva-Gomez and SkipperTV to be featured in the recap slideshow and end of the week SkipperTV episode highlighting the most spirited outfits and videos!
eLearning Etiquette Expectations 

The following are mandatory expectations. Teachers will have received notice from the deans as to which students are exempt. Please talk to your daughter about these expectations and if able, check in on her to make sure she is following these guidelines.
  • Framing must allow for the face to be fully visible to the teacher during class
  • Do not turn off video in class
  • Do not use a profile photo in place of live video
  • Have good lighting (for video and for learning/studying)
  • Dress appropriately 
Save the Date Virtual Junior and Senior Prom - May 8

We know that Jr/Sr prom is a rite of passage for high schoolers and with all of us Staying at Home, many milestone activities are being missed. We’ve chatted with the girls about alternatives and have decided to host a free virtual prom on Friday, May 8. We will send out an email flyer and Skipper TV announcement. Anyone interested in attending our virtual Prom will need to RSVP to Mrs. O.G. Upon receiving their RSVPs the girls will receive a calendar invite with the prom link.
Virtual Prom Details:
  • Guests: Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 Skippers
  • Virtual Prom “bids” will be calendar invites upon RSVPing to Mrs. O.G.
  • Prom time: 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Students must log on from their homes and only students who live in the same household can log in/be in the same frame
  • DJ: Mr. O.
  • Prom dresses optional (semi-formal attire, no sweats or leggings please)

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Locker Clean Out

We’ve received several emails and messages asking when students can come to campus to clean out their lockers and pick up their belongings. The dates and logistics for this are being worked out and will be shared within the next few weeks.

Contact Raquel Oliva-Gomez, Dean of Students, roliva-gomez@mercyhs.org
Legacy eMagazine - Quarantine Edition

Legacy, Mercy’s literary magazine, is an annual publication of selected student writing and art. This year's will be an eMagazine and short slideshow!

Students are invited to submit poems, essays, lyrics to songs, art work, photos, and other creative works to legacy@mercyhs.org no later than May 7. Families are welcome to participate in this edition, too! If you have artwork or any other literary masterpiece you want to share with the Mercy family, please send to legacy@mercyhs.org with the subject: LEGACY Submission

Quarantine COVID-19 Haiku
by Mrs. Oliva-Gomez

Stay at home order
Learning from home to stay safe
We will get through this! 
Athletics Updates

Virtual Winter Sports Awards Night
The Athletic Department will host a virtual Winter Sports Awards through Zoom on May 7.

Soccer will begin at 5:30 p.m. and Basketball will begin at 6:30 p.m. We will take this time to recognize our winter sports athletes, coaches, and families for all of their hard work and dedication during the season. A short highlight video will be viewable and awards will be announced.

Please register so to receive the Zoom Room link! Hope to see you all there!

Notice from WBAL
“We are all saddened by the official cancellation of the 2020 spring sports season, but understand what must be done for the common good. We want to thank all of our coaches and administrators for their perseverance through this, but more importantly our hearts go out to the fine student-athletes of the WBAL, especially the seniors whose final high school season has come to a close. Stay safe and healthy.”

ALL athletic events including games and practices on or off-campus have been suspended until further notice.

Stay Healthy and Active as we Stay at Home to Save Lives
Here are some at-home workout resources we can all use while we heed the order to “Stay at Home” and adjust to the impacts that COVID-19 has had on our lives. Staying active and maintaining our physical, mental, and emotional health is essential during this time. Some of the workout videos feature our own Coach James. Send Mr. Evearitt or Ms. Alano a video of you so you can get a feature on SkipperTV or on Instagram!

Track & Field
Coach Susan, Coach James, and some track athletes are hosting virtual workouts on Tuesday and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. Contact Coach James or Coach Susan if you have any questions or if you would like the link to join in. You do not need to be a track & field athlete to join these virtual sessions!

Stay tuned for more information regarding winter and spring sports recognitions and awards next Parent Connect!

Contact Pam Alano, Athletics Director, palano@mercyhs.org
Important Dates
All planned Mercy activities are postponed indefinitely or moved online due to our current mandated campus closure as recommended by California state and local governments to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Monday - Friday April 27 - May 1
  • Spirit Week
  • Mon. - PJs or Mercy Sweats Day
  • Tue. - Twins & + Day
  • Wed. - Wacky Tacky Day
  • Thurs. - Throw Back Day
  • Fri. - Class Colors Day
Thursday, May 7
  • Winter Sports Virtual Awards
  • Soccer 5:30 p.m.
  • Basketball 6:30 p.m.
  • Register Here

Friday, May 8
  • Virtual Prom
  • 8 p.m.
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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.
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