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January 13, 2016
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*Students and Parents, PSAT 9/10 and PSAT scores are now available. Please go to the score reports home and sign in to view your scores and your AP Potential reports. Mercy should receive paper reports by Jan. 15. 

Host an International Student
with gphomestay!
Looking to share an international experience with your family without leaving the comfort of your home? Open your home to an international student and receive a monthly stipend of $1500! We’ve partnered with gphomestay and together, we are looking for caring host families for the FALL 2016 semester. Visit for more information on how you can benefit from this cross-cultural experience. Contact or click here to fill out a Host Inquiry Form. Click here for flyer.

Mercy Parent Club

*Father Daughter Dance 
Friday, January 29, 2016
8:00PM- 11:00PM
Click HERE to view invitation 

This Event is hosted by the Mercy Parent Club and is of no charge to attend, sweets and treats and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided! To RSVP or for questions please contact Jennifer Munsey, Mercy Advancement Events Coordinator at

*MPC Need’s Your HELP to Make this Night
Special for all Daughters and Dads!
Please sign up below to donate your time or to help with food donations

For more information please contact Event Coordinator Jennifer Munsey at 650-762-1199 or


Save the Date for
Mai Tais at the Mansion! 
Saturday, March 5, 2016
*More Information Coming Soon!

To get involved with the planning of
this event, contact Event Coordinator
Jennifer Munsey at 650-762-1199 or


Immersion Trip

*East San Jose Immersion Trip
Open to Soph-Seniors only
This is a Serra and Mercy Immersion Trip 
This immersion trip will be working with and learning from Our Lady of Guadalupe parishioners.  They will be reaching out to low income families, at risk youth and learning about the plight of the undocumented immigrants who live and work in Bay Area.

Date: March 29 - April 1 (Spring Break)

Cost: $455 (Covers everything! Meals, transportation, donation to organizations etc...)

6 available slots open!  

Contact: Mr. Diaz,

Educational Travel

*Mandatory Parent Meeting for
Lights, Camera, LA Trip &
Italy-Greece Trip  
Wed., Jan 20th - 6-7PM

Hello parents of Lights, Camera, & LA Trip (Feb 12- 15) AND Italy and Greece Trip (Summer 2016) students, There will be a mandatory meeting on Wednesday Jan 20th from 6:00 pm -7:00 pm in the Cafeteria. It is important that you attend to learn about the expectations on those trips. This is for parents and/or guardians. If you are unable to attend, please email us at: (Nadine Baroudi- LA Trip) and (Italy- Greece Trip). Please mark your calendars.

Educational Travel  - click here for all educational trips

financial assistance  

Financial Assistance Program for 2016-2017
Mercy High School recognizes that families have varying financial needs and make financial sacrifices which include adjusting spending priorities and maximizing both parents’ earnings to provide their daughters with a strong academic education. The Financial Assistance Program at Mercy strives to help those families who, even with personal sacrifices, have a difficult time meeting the full tuition obligation. Awards are made for a one-year period, families must re-apply each year.

The application process is fair and confidential. Assessments are done by an outside firm (TADS) that specializes in school financial assistance programs. Financial aid awards are made based on a family’s demonstrated need and the availability of school funds.

All families who would like to be considered for financial assistance for the 2016-2017 school year must complete an online financial aid application. Applications must be submitted by February 12, 2016* with all necessary documentation.  This link will direct you to our website for further information and the online TADS application.  Please contact Lynn Beal at 650-762-1101 or if you have any questions.

*Please note returning 10th, 11th and 12th grade families must apply by February 12, 2016. Families that have both an applying 8th grader and returning student must meet the December 14, 2015 deadline. Late applications will be processed and reviewed, but meeting the appropriate deadline is strongly recommended.

upcoming Activities

*Mercy Blood Drive on 
Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 
We are looking for just a few more appointments for folks to donate blood in the afternoon 3-4PM time frame 
Adults & Youth 16+ (with parental consent)
Make a difference in the lives of others by donating blood at MHSB Red Cross's Blood Drive. Free refreshments and a complimentary gift will be provided. 
Click HERE (google sheet link) to sign up!

The Formal By The Bay!

Place:  AT&T Park
Date:  January 22

Time: 7:00-10:30

 If you are interested in chaperoning, please email Summer Dittmer at

Senior parents

Early Dismissal for Seniors: Seniors will now have the early dismissal on January 27th since this is the new date for the curriculum presentationCareer Day has been moved to February 23rd. Seniors are expected to be on campus until 2:30pm on the 23rd.


*Spring sport teams starting date is February 1. Make sure your daughter starts to prepare now for their respective sport. There will be conditioning classes on Monday and Wednesdays from 3-4 and 4-5pm for any girl who would like to be supervised by our trainer. A program can be designed to whatever sport your daughter plans to play. Please have your daughter contact the AD if interested.Sports offered in the spring at Mercy are softball, track and field, lacrosse, swimming and gymnastics.

*Gymnastics: There will be an informational meeting for all girls interested in gymnastics on Thursday Jan 14 at 1:15pm during collaboration. The meeting will take place in the dance studio in the Grassilli Center.

*Track and Field: There will be an informational meeting for all girls interested in participating in track and field this spring on Friday Jan 15 immediately after school in the cafeteria. Meeting starts prompt at 2:30pm.

*Swimming/Diving: There will be an informational meeting for all girls interested in participating in swimming/diving this spring on Tuesday Jan 20 during collaboration. Meeting starts prompt at 1:30pm.

*Softball players: If you are not on a winter team, Mandatory conditioning has started. Conditioning will take place each Monday and Wednesday during January from 3-4pm. Each conditioning session will take place rain or shine as we will utilize the Grassilli weight room if needed. If you can’t make it, please contact Ms. Longwich. No conditioning this Monday Jan 18 due to the school holiday

*Lacrosse players: Mandatory conditioning will be on Monday and Wednesday from 4-5pm. These sessions will take place in Grassilli Center, rain or shine. If you can’t make it, contact Mr. Dougherty. There is no conditioning this Monday Jan 18 due to the school holiday.

*We bought a rowing machine and a couple of exercise bikes for the Grassilli Center weight room. All girls are encouraged to utilize the facility. All girls need to check with the AD to coordinate times for use. Adult supervision is required for any use of the weight room by our students.


Very Important: Every student who plays on a Mercy athletic team must be fully registered with the Appryse system.  There will be no exceptions.  You can access thru the Mercy website under Athletics/Forms.

Any student athlete participating in a sport must turn in both the athlete and guardian contract found in the Athletic Handbook. If the signed forms by both student and guardian are not turned in, the student will not be allowed to tryout. 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, Athletics/Forms or click HERE 

All results of each team can be found: 

*Click HERE for the schedule for team events for the upcoming week of Jan 14-20

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

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

*TriSchool College Financial Aid Night
Powerpoint and Hand Outs! 

Last week we hosted Ken Souza from Dominican for a financial aid presentation.  For those of you that may have missed it, please find the presentation links below.  If you have any questions about the financial aid process, please do not hesitate to contact me, Francesca Ohanessian, College Counselor,


Applying for Financial Aid - The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is now available online.  Please complete this form if you are planning to apply for financial aid.  Some colleges require this by February 1st.  If you do not have your taxes done by February 1st, estimate or use last year's tax paperwork.  You can go in and change it once your taxes are completed.  Some schools require the CSS Profile.  Please click on this link to find the profile.  If you have any questions about the FAFSA or the Profile, please email Mrs. Ohanessian.

Mid Year Reports - Some schools may be requesting Mid Year reports.  Those will be sent in the upcoming weeks.  Please notify Mrs.Ohanessian if you need any additional transcripts sent to schools.

Update your Naviance - As you hear back from schools, please update your naviance so we can track what schools need the appropriate paperwork.

Scholarships - Did you receive a scholarship from a school?  Email Mrs. Ohanessian the name of the school, the scholarship, and the amount.  We like to commend our students on all of their accomplishments.

Senior Parents - If you have questions about the FAFSA or the forms for financial aid? or you need help navigating all the upcoming requirements, schedule a meeting with Mrs. Ohanessian by sending her an email at

Junior Parents - Schedule your college meeting with Mrs. Ohanessian today!  Email Mrs. Ohanessian ( to schedule your daughter's preliminary college meeting today!


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

Pacifica Beach Coalition MONTHLY beach cleanup 

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: Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches - Thinly sliced Beef grilled with Caramelized onions and Bell Peppers, topped with Provolone Cheese over a soft French Roll

Friday: Greek Style Meat Pasticio - Short Tube Pasta layered with Greek Spiced Ground Beef, Baked in a White Bashamelle Sauce

*Lunch Specials the Week of January 18th
(click HERE for full description of the specials and vegitarian options.)

Monday:  Holiday
Tuesday:  Foccacia Burgers
Wednesday:  Greek Style Chicken with Vermicelli Rice and Vegetables
Thursday:  Beef Broccoli over steamed Rice
Friday:  Pizza...Pizza...Pizza

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!!!

Musc at Kohl


Our next concert is on Valentine's Day, February 14, featuring the Boreal Trio. Please let me know if you would like to volunteer. Yvonne Wun, Program Administrator at or 650.762.1130.

Also, our Free Family Concert will be on Saturday, January 23 at the San Mateo Public Library at 3pm. Enjoy a performance by a MAKM favorite and Grammy nominee, Quartet San Francisco.

Upcoming Events  

Monday, Jan. 18
Martin Luther Kind Jr. Holiday 

Tuesday, Jan. 19 
Mercy Blood Drive

Friday, Jan. 22
Formal by the Bay
AT&T Park 

Friday, January 29
Father Daughter Dance
8:00PM - Kohl Mansion

Monday, Februrary 1
Spring Sports Tryouts Begin




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