The Kohl Mansion, home to Mercy High School, is located on 40 acres of land in the Burlingame hills. The 63 room rose brick mansion was to be the central building in a grand estate which would include tennis courts, green houses, a rose garden, a large carriage house, and a 150,000 gallon reservoir. In 1924 the Sisters of Mercy bought the Kohl Mansion as their Motherhouse. The Sisters opened the high school in the Kohl Mansion in 1931 after building a new Motherhouse on the lower campus.
This semester, seniors from the Mercy High School Burlingame Economics Class visited the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco to hear former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke speak on part of the Club's series on Ethics and Accountability.
Mercy faculty, Rhiannon Salter stated that "the girls really enjoyed hearing his stories about his time at the Federal Reserve". Mr. Bernanke was appointed chair of the Federal Reserve in 2006 and in 2007 the bursting of the housing bubble set off a domino effect that brought our global financial system to the brink of meltdown. He spoke of the efforts and how with the help of a few key leaders they were able to prevent an economic collapse of unimaginable scale.Mr. Bernanke was very entertaining during the interactive question and answer session, fielding some very insightful questions from the audience about student loans, the national debt, debt ceiling, federal funds (interest) rate and the amount of physical gold in the vaults! This was a great experience for the girls to be able to better understand economics regarding ethics and accountability by all.
On Thursday, October 8th at 1pm, the students of Mercy High School will yet again show support, love and selflessness as they cut and donate over 400 inches of hair in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. What began as a few girls donating their hair during collaboration has bloomed into one of this service-based school's most philanthropic weeks. The gracious acts go beyond the gates of Mercy High School, with hair stylists and students from Skyline Cosmetology School volunteering their time and talents, DJs from Level Up entertainment in Berkeley bringing the best beats to the hair-cutting rally, and survivors with Mercy ties contributing their own personal stories and journeys. Throughout the week, students participate in Pink-themed athletic events and a handful of fundraisers, benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, who just last semester. selected Mercy to take front page on its website, honoring Mercy as "A Small High School That Makes a Big Difference," in their Stories That Inspire -Fundraiser Spotlight.
Mercy Burlingame has been actively involved in a Robotics Program for the past five years. Last year, the club members learned to program Bobots, LEGO, and Sphero robots. This year, at Girls on the Green, a recruiting event for 7th, and 8th grade girls, the Robotics Team worked with the girls to create solar powered cars which they were able to take home with them.
For the 2015-16 school year, Mrs. Jen Lambdin stated that "they we will be coordinating with a local chapter of SeaPerch to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) robot that will maneuver in the swimming pool. " Building this ROV from the kit will provide students with the opportunity to learn about not only robotics, but also engineering, science and mathematics (STEM). Students will learn important engineering and design skills and will be exposed to the many careers that are possible in naval , ocean and marine engineering.
Head of School, Karen Hanrahan of Mercy High School Burlingame was pleased to announce at the Mercy Day Liturgy that Cassandra Jo Miller of Woodside was recently named a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Ms. Hanrahan was thrilled to be able to share "Mercy Day" in this special way and presented the Letter of Commendation to Cassandra in front of her classmates at the end of the liturgy.
Cassandra shares this award with about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation having placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who have been recognized for the exceptional academic promise. Congratulations Cassandra!
The sophomores in English 2 Honors read The Joy Luck Club as one of their selections for their summer reading assignment. This past week the class presented a literary "Talk Show" where they discussed various topics which covered different aspects of the novel, such as character relationships, use of literary devices, analysis of themes, cultural norms, etc.
Emma Miller, Katherine McGee and Amadis Welch creatively fashioned a game of "Wheel of Fortune Cookie" for their talk show presentation. Long time English teacher, Mrs. Mountain stated that "This project also demonstrated the girl's knowledge and appreciation of Chinese culture which they were introduced to in reading this novel by the famous Chinese-American author, Amy Tan".
For the past five years, Mercy High School Sophomores have spent their Service Retreat day in San Francisco working at St. Anthony's.
The groups was given a brief orientation regarding the area and people that St. Anthony's currently serves. They were then divided into groups and that day served in the Dining Room, at Presentation Center, the Adult Day Health Center and at the Madonna Residence, another Adult Day Health Center.
Angie Simonetti, Department Chair for Religion stated that
"The service retreat at St. Anthony's makes real for our sophomores Catherine's call to serve the marginalized. This experience allows each student to truly experience the materially poor and see how their presence makes a difference. After this retreat they go on to continue to serve the marginalized using this retreat as a springboard."
Mercy Day is part of a week-long celebration at Mercy High School Burlingame, where students and faculty celebrate their connection to the larger Mercy family. The week begins with Homecoming - where Mercy alumnae celebrating reunion years come back to Mercy to celebrate with their friends. This year, we honored the classes ending in '5 and '0 . Click HERE to enjoy the Homecoming photos of the day!
The week continues, as on September 24th we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy. It was on this day in 1827 that Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, dedicated the first House of Mercy on Baggott Street in Dublin, Ireland. The House of Mercy served as a shelter for women in need, a school for children and at times a soup kitchen for the hungry.
The day begins with an All School Photo, Liturgy, a special Service Project, followed by lunch and rally. This year, Mercy is proud to be working with Special Olympics on a training project, as well as making cards for the Armed Forces, Special Rangers and the Mercy MRCC!
As we celebrate Mercy Day we are mindful of Catherine McAuley and all of the Sisters of Mercy who have gone before us and all those who are living today. We remember their compassionate service to those in need and are inspired by them to make a difference to the needy of our own time.
The Mercy High School Burlingame community wishes each of you a Happy Mercy Day!
A group of dedicated Tri-School students from Serra, Mercy and Notre Dame raised awareness about local poverty on September 12, as they trekked 4.5 miles from Burlingame to San Bruno on the annual Walk for Catholic Worker. Students raised $5,625 and donated 102 pairs of socks.
"During the walk, I learned that we are the voice for the homeless because they have no voice," said Mercy freshman Jasmine Doraiaj. "As Christians, we must actively be their voice and take care of their needs."
The day began at 9 a.m. at Mercy High School in Burlingame. Students made signs in support of Catholic Worker House. Notre Dame's Students in Action team led students in ice-breakers, followed by reflections from Mercy students. After the morning mini-session, the group walked more than four miles to St. Bruno's Church in San Bruno. Cars honked in support along the way.
"There are a lot of people out there who are in need," said Serra freshman Nico Cappabianca. "It was great to be part of a movement to help others."
When the group of 150 students and 15 adults arrived at St. Bruno's Church, they were served warm vegetable pasta, salad and cookies. The Walk for Catholic Worker raised money for the Catholic Worker house in San Bruno. Of the $5,625, Serra Padres raised $945, NDB students contributed than $3,880 and Mercy students donated $800. As the Tri-School students reflected on the day, they agreed that the experience was incredibly rewarding.
"I had fun walking with my friends," added NDB senior Eliza Scheley. "I wanted to support a very important matter – poverty."
Serra freshman Julien Cardenas agreed, "I enjoyed helping a good cause and the less fortunate while meeting new people and having a great time." - Antonia Ehler, Director of Media and Public Relations Serra High School
Mercy High School's annual Alumnae Homecoming was held on Sunday, September 20th.Mercy was thrilled to host Alumnae classes from 1950 to 2005! Over 225 alumnae gathered for Coffee with the Sisters followed by Mass and a wonderful luncheon! Click HERE to view more photos of the day!
Today Mercy hosted their fifth annual Tri-School Leadership Summit. The morning's events were led by musical sensation Jesse Manibusan - a composer, singer/songwriter, storyteller, humorist, catechist, evangelizer and encourager. After performing and inspiring students around the world, Jesse brought his knack for building instant rapport, and cultivating the joy that inspires service, sacrifice and the celebration of life to the Mercy campus. We are so grateful for this unique leadership experience, bringing Mercy, Notre Dame and Serra, together, as one leadership powerhouse. Click here for a video of "Yes Lord"– Summer Dittmer, Assistant Principal for Student Life
Remember that first day of school and having that new backpack and crayons...what a joy!
Special thanks to all who donated to the school supply drive for Mercy Housing. Through your donations in supplies and in cash Angie Simonetti and Sandy Flaherty were able to go to Wal-Mart and there they bought two shopping carts full of school supplies with the money that was donated.
Sr. Patsy Harney, RSM was thrilled to receive these donations for Mercy Housing. Way to go Mercy – you should be proud of the smiles you brought to the faces of those less fortunate!
Mercy High School Burlingame is proud to have four new freshman following in their mother's footsteps as they carry on the legacy of becoming a Mercy Crusader!
This year, Mercy welcomes(pictured bottom to top) McKayla Fagliano, daughter of Sheila Fagliano Zamora '98, Kate Shorno, daughter of Jamee Constantinos Schorno '83, Victoria Grace Pieri, daughter of DDenise Barbagelata Pieri '89 and Ruby Mayne, daughter of Arlene Susmilch Mayne '84
Mercy Burlingame seniors are getting ready for graduation on Sunday, May 31st at St. Ignatius Church at the USF Campus in San Francisco. This group of 123 seniors were accepted to over 280 colleges and universities throughout the United States and were awarded over $11 million in scholarships toward their college educations!
Mercy held its final liturgy on Monday, and the class took their last class photo in cap and gown. Pictured with Ms. Karen Hanrahan, Head of School are Class of 2015 Valedictorian Yenna Kim (far left) and Class Salutatorian Jenna McCormick.
At the Final SBO Assembly, last week two outstanding students received the highest awards given to a junior. We are pleased to announce that the The “Spirit of Mercy Memorial Scholarship in Memory of Moira, Cindy and Angie” was awarded to Isabella Lim and the Sister Mary Consolata and Sister Mary Gabriel scholarship was awarded to Sarah Feller.
The Spirit of Mercy memorial Scholarship Award was established on May 9, 2006. The scholarship is awarded annually to a junior student who exemplifies the Mercy Spirit and the values which guided Moira, Cindy and Angie’s lives: FAITH, LOVE, COURAGE, COMPASSION, GENEROSITY, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND A JOY FOR LIFE. Isabella was chosen by the faculty and staff as having met all of those qualifications. “Isabella volunteers at Reading Partners, and for the past three years has tutored young children in reading and comprehension. She is an athlete, playing tennis for three years. Isabella has also been active with Students in Action, a club of which she is currently the president. She understands social justice and its importance and is definitely a woman of faith who belongs to a parish and personally nourishes her faith” stated Peter Diaz, Religion Department & Community Service Coordinator.
A number of years ago, the Sisters of Mercy and Mercy High School, Burlingame lost two beloved members of its teaching community—Sister Mary Consolata and Sister Mary Gabriel. “Consie” and “Gabe” as they were affectionately known by teachers and students alike were actually sisters! They were tremendous fans of all sports, especially women’s sports. Their love of Mercy was unquestioned; their support of students was unchallenged. This year’s scholarship was awarded to Sarah Feller. “Sarah is an enthusiastic supporter of Mercy activities and events. She is an active participant in Mercy sports and a great team player. Sarah is good natured, positive and her giving attitude permeates all of her interactions with others. Sarah shows a loyalty to Mercy and a generosity of spirit and is a positive influence in and out of the classroom”, stated teacher Kathy Mountain. Bob and Jackie O'Donnell, parents of Moira pose with Head of School Karen Hanrahan and Sarah Feller (far left) and Isabella Lim (right).
Seniors everywhere are beginning that final grind towards finals week and graduation, but last week, the seniors at Mercy High School Burlingame took a few minutes to enjoy the “rite of passage” with the Senior Pinning “Ceremony where they received their alumnae pins and became a member of the Mercy High School alumnae association.
The event was sponsored by the Mercy High School Alumnae Association, and seniors were pinned by former Mercy graduates. Many girls had moms, aunt’s friends, or a special Mercy faculty member or Mercy Alum pin them. It was a special moment and the first of the many graduation activities that will take place in the next couple of weeks. We wish the Class of 2015 all the best as they begin college in the fall. We hope that they will always consider Mercy a “home away from home” and we look forward to hearing from them as they follow their journey in life. To see more Senior Pinning photos click here.
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Mercy girls are part of a more than 80 year old tradition of inspiring young women to achieve great things, and they love it. At an all-girls school like Mercy, a girl occupies every role: every seat on student government or Kairos, every position on every team. Every day, a Mercy girl sees girls learning, growing and achieving – and she has more opportunities to do the same. At Mercy, young women are known, challenged and transformed.