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March 9, 2016
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*Click HERE for the Summer School Course Catalog. Classes are available for advancement and remediation. Please sign up early so we can ensure that we have enough classes available. Your daughter should fill out the Summer School Request Form so that her schedule in the fall is accurate. 

*Dear Parents,  Last week students completed their course requests with their counselors. The course request process is now finalized.
Please review your daughter’s course request list by this Friday, March 11 to make sure that the requests and alternates for your student look correct. If you see an error, email your daughter’s academic counselor immediately. The master schedule will be built in the coming weeks, and any requests after this date are difficult to accommodate.
As you know from previous communications, the school will strictly enforce a “no-change” policy after the master schedule is finished. Click HERE for some reminders about Mercy course request policies.

upcoming events

*Opening Night is this Friday!
Spring Musical  

Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dream Coat

Serra High School Theater
March 11, 12, 18, 19 - 7:30pm
March 13 - 2pm

Tri-School Productions proudly presents its Spring Musical Production:  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the irresistable and much-loved collaboration of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Featuring a terrific cast of characters stepping off the page from the book of Genesis, our cast and crew sing and dance to bring the story to life and entertain and delight all ages.  Opening night is this Friday--check out our webpage for details and buy your tickets now.


Lent is a great time to CLEAN OUT your closets! We will be sponsoring a clothing drive from March 7th – March 18th.  Donations will be going to WOVIN who will in turn give the money earned from the clothes to Mercy Beyond Borders.  Mercy beyond Borders forges ways for women and girls in extreme poverty to learn, connect and lead in post-war South Sudan & post-quake Haiti.  Please bring clothes to the Campus Ministry Office.  Thanks for your support!

Lenten Evening of Reflection:
A Mother's Experience of the Passion
Wednesday, March 16  
6:30pm for hors devours
7:00pm for the presentation 

This Lenten evening of reflection will draw parallels between Mary’s journey as the mother of Jesus and the experience of motherhood in 2016. Mercy Religion teacher Sandy Flaherty will provide an historical view of Mary’s life in first century Galilee. Mercy English teacher Cathy Fontaine will reflect on her own experience as the mother of three daughters.  Please join us on March 16 at 6:30pm for hors devours and 7:00pm for the presentation. Please RSVP by March 14 to Sandy Flaherty @  

    MPC - Mercy Parent club

    *Mai Tais at the Mansion, was a CATEGORY 5 Monsoon SUCCESS! 

    Guests weathered the storm and celebrated the evening together with the common goal to raise funds for the continued benefit of Mercy High School! The evening featured amazing food from Toast Catering, generously donated live and silent auction items from current Mercy Families, Alumna, Mercy Students, Faculty and staff along with the greater Mercy Community!  The Mansion decor was transformed into a tropical Oasis, led by Mercy Parent and event Decorations lead Cecelia Rapaich (Elena 16’) and custom Tiki bars designed, constructed and donated by Pat and Una Uniacke (Orla 17’)!

    Our profits look to exceed our expectations and the Raise Your Paddle proceeds will enable Mercy to Purchase 3D printers that will allow our students to use cutting edge technology in cross curriculum projects and competitions!

    A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the parents who made the auction such an amazing success - we couldn't do it without you!  There are so many people to thank, but in particular our gratitude goes out to Kim Nappi, MPC VP of Fundraising, Cecelia Rapaich, Una & Pat Uniacke, event decorations, Laura Blue 85’ (Gina 17’), Ron & Mary Rock (Marie 19’) & Lorin Flynn (Bridget Bell 16’) item solicitations! 

    Thank you to these amazing volunteers: Jacque Bigelow, Una Uniack, Delea Magana,Laurie Parodi,Kathy Bracco,Julia French,Kathy Siri, Pam Morey,Janie Dawes,Laura Blue, Patricia Gimbal, Katherine Ragusa, Kelley Chawke, Libby Schaul,Judy Ajam, Arleen Jauregui, Maggie Velazquez Brigid Murphy, Margaret O’Connell

    Mercy Student Volunteers: Gina Blue, Erin Dougherty, Courtney Nappi,  Elana Rapaich, Olivia Benedetti, Elizabeth Bracco, Hayley Chawke,Diane Li,Siqi Wang, Sophia Morey, Carolyn Reilly, Catherine Nguyen

    Mercy Student Dancers: Teme Fanguna, Amber Abugharbieh, Candice Zapata, Jordyn Elezar, Chicki Polanco!

    We wish to thank those who generously contributed to underwite this year’s auction:
    Laura & James Blue, Mark S. Howitson, Linda Thomas & Matt Haberkorn, Julia and Marty Wells.  MPC Super Sponsors, John & Margare Finnegan, Kenny & Barbara Patterson Kato, Fred & Lisa Kost, Michael & Beverly Lock, Ronald & Delea Mendes-Magana, Scott & Martha Ann Milliken, Michael & Sarah Murphy, James & Margaret O’Connell, Benjamin & Laurie Parodi, Michael & Nancy Popa, Rick & Katherine Ragusa, Patrick & Laura Reilly, Dean & Jamee Schorno.

    Our apologies if we missed any names…please let us know so we can thank you in our next E-News! 

    *Paddle Raise for Bunko!
    Attention Auction Attendees 
    If you raised your paddle to purchase Bunko and it was not on your check out and you would still like to attend, please contact Jennifer Munsey in the Mercy Advancement department by email

    Senior parents

    The Hunting Ground
    In response to the growing concern over rape on college campuses, Senior Religion classes will be showing The Hunting Ground documentary in March. The film will be followed by discussion with a counselor and the class religion teacher.The Hunting Ground was aired on CNN in November and uncovers the serious problem of rape on college campuses.  In September of 2014 President Obama launched the It's on Us campaign to raise awareness and help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses. During his address President Obama indicated that 1 in 5 young women will experience rape, or attempted rape, during their college career. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Angie Simonetti, Religion Department Chair

    Educational Travel

    Educational Travel  - click here for all educational trips


    *Winter sport team uniforms need to be returned clean and laundered in a timely manner. Students have been contacted that have not brought back their uniform ,thus, any winter sport uniforms not turned back by this Friday March 11 will result in the family being charged a replacement fee.


    All student athletes who are on a Spring sport team should now be purchasing their Crusaderwear gear designed specifically for their respective team. The site to purchase the gear can be found on the Mercy website under Athletics or click HERE.

    Very Important:
    Every student who plays on a Mercy athletic team must be fully registered with the Appryse system.   Each athlete must have their completed physical that shows they have been cleared to participate in sports. If your daughter has not been cleared to play sports, she will not be able to start practice and/or tryouts.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 


    We have upgraded the 2 elliptical machines and a treadmill machine in the weight room. This is in addition to the purchase of 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.

    *All results of each team can be found in the Mercy
    scoreboard-click HERE 

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

    *Click HERE for the schedule for team events for the upcoming week of March 10-16

    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 Spring 2016 with Mercy athletics.

    College Counseling 

    *CSM is Coming on Monday, March 14th at 12:30 in Room 306.  Please have your students come by!

    Upcoming college fairs:

    NACAC College Fair
    April 30th from 1:30 - 4:30
    Cow Palace
    Click here for more information and a list of all the colleges attending!

    WACAC College Fairs
    Various Location and dates in May
    Click here to see the dates, times and locations and to register online!

    PSAT booklets available.  Now that you have your daughter's PSAT scores have been released, please have her come by Mrs. Ohanessian's office for her PSAT test booklet.  You will be able to see exactly which questions she scored incorrectly.  This will help with any test prep you might have coming up!

    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.

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

    Be a host

    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.


    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: Scalloped Potato and Chicken Casserole
    Friday: Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Cliantro Tomato Soup

    NEXT WEEK's menu March 14-18

    Monday:  Asian chicken and Rice Bowl
    Shredded chicken simmered in a home made Asian Peanut suce with Asian vegetable  served over rice...New Item...Must give it a try :=) 

    Tuesday: Foccacia Burgers 
    Our Secret Recipe All Beef Burger Grilled to perfection served on our soft and fluffy home made Rosemary and Chives Foccacia bread. Aside of Spring mix salad and our home made Balsamic Vinaigrette will complete this gourmet meal. 

    Wednesday:  Pizza....Pizza...Pizza
    As you know by now...Our home made Pizza dough with our secret recipe Pizza sauce , Grade A Mozzarella cheese and your choice of: Cheese Pizza, Pepperoni, Margarita Pizza, Pesto Chicken or our Own Mediterranean Pizza ( Za'tar spice, olive oil, Feta cheese and tomatoes), as you know Our White Pizza with Spinach...if you like our Spinach Calzones will have a new favorite here :=)

    Thursday:  Chicken or Cheese Enchiladas
    Corn tortillas filled with Mexican style shredded chicken and Cheese or a blend of cheeses, served in our own recipe of red Enchilada Sauce and sprinkled with Mexican cheese, served with Spanish Rice and salad

    Friday is a minimum day, Please pre-order your Meatless Salad or lunch, we have a variety of options such as : Our  Grilled Veggie Wrap, Caprese Sandwich, The Vegan Sandwich, Cheese and Avo Sandwich...and our delicious Feta, Avo, Tomato and Cucumber Sandwich...Don't forget that Quesadilla...

    We are here to make your lunch an EXPERIENCE :=)

    • 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

    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 if you would like to volunteer.

    Upcoming Events   

    Spring Musical 
    Joseph and the Amazing
    Technicolor Dream Coat
    Serra Theater
    March 11, 12, 18, 19 - 7:30pm
    March 13 - 2pm 

    Holy Week Liturgy
    Tuesday, March 22 - full uniform

    Easter Vacation
    March 24 - April 1 



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