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September 9, 2015
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*Mercy's Mobile App Available NOW! Along with our newly redesigned, we are pleased to announce the release of the mobile app for Mercy High School Burlingame.  The app features quick and convenient access to the school calendar, news, announcements, media gallery and direct access to our school contacts. The app will allow parents and students to quickly connect with Mercy.
Download the Mobile App: Available on the App Store -- Mercy High School Burlingame

TONIGHT! Mercy Parent Club Meeting 
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 7:00 p.m. 
Ribbon Cutting and Meeting in the Library in Russell Hall
Click HERE for meeting agenda.
Join us for the first MPC meeting of the school year which will feature Head of School Karen Hanrahan, and a special ribbon cutting ceremony in the newly renovated Library and Student Learning Resource Center, located in Russell Hall.  This First meeting of the year will focus on everything NEW at Mercy! All parents/guardians are welcome. Enjoy refreshments, find out about upcoming MPC events and meet other parents. For Questions please contact Jennifer Munsey at

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PowerSchool Access If you need to access the parent or student PowerSchool portal, please use your web browser on your computer, tablet, or other mobile device. The app is currently unavailable. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Montoya via email or at 650-762-1111.

*Bowlathon is next Thursday, September 17th!!!  
Permission slips and minumum $55 donation are due by this Friday, Sept. 11. 
Mercy High School’s Bowlathon is one of the highlights of the fall semester, thanks to the Student Body Officers (SBOs) who put on an amazing day for all of our Mercy students!  This is our annual student fundraiser, and the only time we ask our students to help us raise money.  With support from the entire student body, our goal is to raise over $55,000 for Mercy’s academic, extracurricular and athletic programs! 

  • Please click HERE for Head of School, Karan Hanrahan's letter regarding this year's Bowlathon, plus General Information, Sponsor Information, Important Dates, Prizes and Sponsorship Form.
  • Click HERE for the Bowlathon Online Donation Form

Make-up photos Did your daughter miss orientation? If so, then she also missed out on yearbook photos and she has not yet received an ID card.  The make up day is September 15th. Please remind your daughter to pick up her photo information sheet in the front office. All grades are required to take photos, but students are not required to purchase packages. 

Mercy Scrip Programs
Help support Mercy with your everyday shopping!

Mercy's Cashless Card Program 
Credit Card Option for Cashless Card System - At the request of a number of parents we have now activated the Credit Card button in the Cashless card System. To add money to your daughter's card, which is used for the Mercy lunch program, you can now use credit cards, debit cards, checks and cash. To access the system use this link  To learn more about the Cashless Card program click here.

*Educational Travel click here for all educational trips

*VPA Student Trip *Lights, Camera, Los Angeles*
Information Meeting - Monday, Sept. 14th 6:00pm - Art Room 303
Some tour highlights are Disney Imagineering, Universal Studios/ Acting and Cinema Secrets Workshops. This is a great opportunity for your daughter to tie her classroom experience to the real world. The proposed dates are February 12- 15, 2016. Interested families please plan on attending this meeting. We will have a representative from EF Tours available to share details and answer your questions. For more information contact Nadine Baroudi at

Saturday, September 19
at Six Flags in Vallejo
It is a day full of speakers, a concert and Mass with teenagers from all of Northern California.  We leave from Mercy at 7:30am and get back around 8:30pm.  The cost is $50.00.  If you are interested email Ms. Simonetti at Click HERE for flyer.

Junior & Senior parents

Juniors Six Flags Trip
Saturday, September 26, 9:30am-5:00pm
Juniors, your Six Flags trip is right around the corner. Pick up the permission form in the main office or click HERE. Return your forms and payment to Mrs. Dittmer.

*Senior Parent Night - College Counseling 
Wednesday, September 16th - 6:30pm
Kohl Mansion 

Mercy Parent Club

Mercy Parent Club Meeting 
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 7:00 p.m. 

Save the Date!
*Mother Daughter Tea
Sunday, October 18th
11:00am - 1:00pm 


Very Important: Every student who has made a fall sport must be fully registered with the Appryse system. You must click the Appryse link on the website under Athletics/Forms or click here, follow registration process, upload health form and sign parent consent. If you have trouble uploading the health form on the site, bring your completed form to the office and it will be put in the system for you. Once fully completed, you will receive an email back confirming you are fully registered. If you have not received email, you are missing some steps. Again, this must be completed before your daughter can participate on a team. 

Any student athlete participating in a fall sport must turn in both the athlete and guardian contract found in the Athletic Handbook. Once final rosters are set for the fall teams, if the signed forms by both student and guardian are not turned in, the student will not be allowed to practice. Click on the handbook link and print a copy of the contract after you have read the handbook. The Athletic Handbook can be found on the website under Athletics/Forms & Athletic Qualifications. The contracts to be signed are at the end of the handbook. The completed contracts must be returned to the Athletic Director or to the main office.

Any Parent who is available and/or willing to drive students to games must turn in all the paperwork to the main office in order to be cleared to drive. This would be for your own car or a school van. The forms can be downloaded from the Mercy website on the Athletics/Forms & Athletic Qualifications page. 

Fall team pictures 

  • On September 10: team pictures will be as follows:
    • 2:30pm Frosh Volleyball
    • 3pm Golf
    • 3:15 Cheer and Dance

*Results of team competition from this past week:

  • Cross Country-We had 10 runners compete in the girls division against Westmoor High School and Valley Christian.  Meghan Moyer won the race by a comfortable margin in 13:10. Sophomore Zoe Jinishian was second for Mercy, finishing in 8th place in 14:34Gabby Stanton Fischer, Melissa Cagney, Muriel Butler, and Kylie Wong all placed in the top 20, in 12th (15:02), 13th (15:42), 16th (15:50), and 18th (15:52) places respectively. 

*Schedule of Team Events - Click HERE for a schedule for team events for the upcoming week of Sept 10-16. 

*Make sure to follow all of our Mercy team score updates as they happen via our athletics twitter page. Mercy Athletics@MercyAthletics

*SportPacks  - click HERE to place your online order  

If you ever have any concerns/comments, please feel free to contact me, Charlie Dougherty, Athletic Director at anytime. I can be reached at my office at Mercy at 650-762-1107 or  I am looking forward to a great year with Mercy athletics.

College Counseling

*Senior Parent Night College Counseling
Wednesday, September 16 - 6:30pm
Kohl Mansion

College Visits have started on Mercy's Campus!
Juniors and Seniors should have received the College Rep Calendar.  Parents, feel free to check the website : for updates on when colleges are coming to campus. Please email Mrs.Ohanessian with any questions. 

Welcome to the new school year! 
We wanted to let you know about some exciting changes in counseling.
Academic Counselors:
-Michelle Macmillan (Sophomores/Seniors): 
-Caroline O'Sullivan (Freshman/Juniors):
College Counselor:  Francesca Ohanessian -
Wellness Counselor:  Joy Phillips -

*Free SAT/ACT Practice Test on Saturday, September 19th from 9:00 until 1:15 at Mercy.  Sign up at  Please email Steve Hanson at for any questions. 

*Parent Response Form: This form was mailed to you over the summer, please complete this form and email or send it back to the counseling office.  If you need another copy of the form, please have your student come by the counseling office. 

Senior Autobiography: Seniors should be completing the Senior Autobiography located in Naviance.  Please encourage your students to complete this form as we use it to write their letters of recommendation.

Letters of Recommendation:
 Students should begin asking their teachers for letters of recommendation.  They need to provide their teacher with their Document Request Form (found in the counseling office).  One copy will go to the teacher, one for themselves, and one for the college counselor, Mrs. Ohanessian.  

Senior College Applications:
Applications are now available for Common App and the University of California

The Common App is available now at  Begin completing your application today!  
The UC application is also available at
The CSU application will be available on October 1st.

Need to take the ACT this fall? 
Register for the October ACT by September 18th!  Click here to register:


If you have any questions about the following service opportunities please contact Mr. Diaz at

Tri-School Walk for Catholic Worker
Saturday, September 12 from
Walk starts at Mercy High School
9:00am in the Cafeteria

Help raise money for the Catholic Worker House in San Bruno, $40 donation.  Also bring socks to donate to the residents of the shelter!

Walk starts at Mercy High School 9:00 am
Ends at Catholic Worker Hospitality House, Saint Bruno Church, 555 San Bruno Ave., San Bruno (get picked up at St. Bruno's at 12:15 pm)

Sign up today on the Campus Ministry Door! Each participant is asked to raise $40, bring socks and walk for the Catholic Worker Hospitality House. Checks should be made out to: Catholic Worker Hospitality House. Please write walker's name on the memo line of each check. To Participate: Turn in Permission Slip & Donations to Campus Ministry by Wednesday, September 9.  Students will earn 5 supplemental service learning hours. 
Click HERE for flyer and permission slip.

Click HERE for Saturdays of Service 

cafeteria Specials

Lunch Order Form - to save time, students may fill out this form and drop off at the Cafeteria in the morning. Please Visit the cafeteria for our NEW and improved daily salad selections

Thursday: Swedish Meatballs
Friday: Meat or Spinach Calzones

*Lunch Specials the Week of Sept. 14th
(click HERE for full description of the specials and vegitarian options.)
Monday: Baked Beef Taquitos with Spanish Rice
Tuesday: Grilled Cheese sandwich with Cilantro Tomato Soup
Wednesday: Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
Thursday: Bowl-a-thon - no school
Friday: Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Don't forget to check out our daily changing selection of gourmet salads and surprises.
Are You Vegan or Vegetarian??? Please come talk to us in the morning to customize your lunch.

Gluten Free??? Have no fear...we will make you that perfect Sandwich or an incredible Salad...In case our lunch special does not fit your diet!!!

Music at Kohl

Mercy Students & Parents
Join us for an evening of beautiful music.

Music at Kohl Mansion offers exciting opportunities for Mercy students and parents to attend concerts as volunteers, helping to organize fun and elegant post-concert receptions where musicians and audiences mix and mingle over delicious refreshments.This long standing Mercy and Music at Kohl Mansion tradition offers Mercy students and parents an opportunity to perform worthwhile community service. Concerts are held in the Kohl Mansion at 7pm on selected Sundays. Volunteers help to keep music alive on the Peninsula! Click here for more information, concert dates and duties.

Please contact Yvonne Wun Program Administrator at 650.762.1130 or if you'd like to join us this season - come for one concert, or all eight!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 9
Mercy Parent Club Meeting
Mercy High School • 7:00PM 

 Friday, September 11
Senior Tri-School Giants Night 

Saturday, September 12
Walk for Catholic Worker

Wednesday, September 16
Senior Parent Night
College Counseling 
Mercy High School 6:30pm

Thursday, September 17
Monday, September 21-25

Saturday, September 26
Junior Six Flagss Trip 



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