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April 13, 2016
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The late start day has been moved to Tuesday, April 26th. 

*Students who have requested a Tri-School Class
for next year, 2016-2017: 

You and your parents must read and sign the Tri School Orientation Packet and Contract and return it to Mrs. Morello by April 28, 2016. Click HERE for packet.

A few reminders:

  • If you do not sign and return the contract by April 28, the course will be removed from your approved courses list and you will not be enrolled in the Tri-School course. 
  • Once a student has been placed in a Tri-School class he/she will not be permitted to drop that class for any reason. 
  • Requesting a Tri-School class does not guarantee placement in that class. You will be notified of your course list in May. 


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. 

Adult Close-up Inaugural Program
Since this inauguration is a historic event, Mercy is opening enrollment to parents who would like to participate in the Adult Close-up Inaugural Program. The cost is $3,427 per adult. The adult program is separate from the student program and can include several highlights (subject to change).  Some of the options listed on the brochure are: a visit to Montpelier, Guided tours of the memorials, Guided tour of the Smithsonian Renwick Art Gallery,  a tour of the hidden memorials (American Veterans Disabled for Life,  Japanese American Patriotism, and Victims of Communism memorials),  Listening to Supreme Court Arguments, Tudor Place, Anderson House, Leesburg, Ball’s Bluff Battlefield, Morven Park, George C. Marshall’s House, Postal Museum, National Public Radio Studio, Octagon House, and the other typical sites. Please contact Mr. Wootten at if you have questions or would like to reserve a spot. Registration will close by May 1st and the first payment of $600 dollars is due by the end of May. 

Freshman parents

Freshman Retreat
Friday, April 27th
Fort Miley-Ropes Course
The freshman retreat offers freshmen a chance to step away from their “inside” world and to enjoy God’s creation while developing confidence, trust, support, communication, cooperation and leadership skills.  The retreat is on Friday, April 27th at Fort Miley.  The program uses team and trust activities in combination with higher climbing elements. Below are two permission forms that need to be completed and returned to the student’s religion teacher.  These forms will also be given out during their religion classes this week.
Freshman Retreat Permission Form
PLI Release Form

senior parents upcoming events

Pinning Ceremony Class of 2016
Seniors Welcomed into the
 Mercy High School Alumnae Association

Friday, May 6th
1:30pm - Mother House Chapel

Mother Daughter Senior Mass & Brunch
Sunday, May 15
10:00 a.m.
Formal invitation to follow. Questions? Please contact Jennifer Munsey, Mercy Advancement Events Coordinator @ or 650-762-1199

Year of Mercy events

*Calling all Mercy Artists! 
Year of Mercy Event: 
Mercy Art Exhibit
We are looking for Mercy Artists to submit their artwork to an art exhibit celebrating The Year of Mercy.  The theme of the submissions is Mercy.  The Art Exhibit will be held at Mercy Center, Burlingame from July 1, 2016 - August 31, 2016. Submissions due by June 1, 2016. All those interested should contact Angie Simonetti at


Year of Mercy Event
Living Mercy in Public Life:
US Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Saturday, April 23

The Sisters of Mercy invite you to a Year of Mercy Event. We are honored to present Mercy High School Burlingame Alumna and U.S. Congresswoman (14th District) Jackie Speier who will address the topic, Living Mercy in Public Life.  Congresswoman Speier was present when Pope Francis addressed the United States Congress during his historic visit in September 2015. Opportunity for dialogue and refreshments with Congresswoman Speier will follow her presentation.

Please join us on April 23, 2016, 2:00-3:30pm at Mercy Center.

If you plan to attend, please register using this link so we know how many people to expect.

Hope to see you there as we continue to celebrate this year of Mercy!

Upcoming events 

Spirit Spectacular

Friday, April 15th
Serra High School Gym 

Know any middle school cheer teams interested in a competition?  Encourage them to enter into Mercy's Spirit Spectacular!  Friday April 15th, at Serra High School's Gym.  Please click HERE for flyer with more information.  


May 12 at 6:00pm in the Great Hall,
please join Ms. Salter's Sophomore English class in celebrating the culmination of the semester-long Sophomore Action Project. Twenty-six Sophomores have spent the semester researching topics within the five Mercy Critical Concerns of Women, Racism, Immigration, Non-Violence and the Earth and their application to the world around us. Then, students were charged to volunteer with a local group, to try to positively impact the issue that they researched to help change the world for the better. 

The evening of May 12, students will present the results of their research and the action they committed to in a traditional group TED talk with elements of film, art, song, dance, photography and poetry. Topics include the Syrian Refugee Crisis, Latin American Immigrants and the American Dream, Body Image in All Girls High Schools, Global Warming, Ocean Pollution, the Black Lives Matter Movement, Food Waste and Hypersexualization of Women in the Media, among others. Come prepared to be inspired. It would mean the world to have your support! 

Light refreshments will be provided

Please ask your student or contact Ms. Rhiannon Salter with any questions at

We look forward to seeing you on May 12! 

Educational Travel

Educational Travel  - click here for all educational trips

Explore the performing arts with your students on this field trip to CHICAGO! Participate in a comedy workshop with professionals, and attend Comedy Sportz Show, and visit Chicago's finest landmarks and museums. Dinner and tournament at Medieval Times! Bask in the glamour of CHICAGO!  
Informational Meeting -
Monday, Monday April 25th
at 6:00 pm - Art Room 303
Some tour highlights are a Guided Sightseeing of Chicago (Architecture based), Field Museum of Natural History, Adler Planetarium, Comedy Workshop/ Comedy Sportz Show. This is a great opportunity for your daughter to tie her classroom experience to the real world. The proposed dates are Nov 10- 13, 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

Iceland Spring 2017
Next year our science department is taking on ICELAND!  What an exciting place to learn about FIRE AND ICE.  Read about the trip below and in the attached itinerary.  We will be going for 5 days during Spring break (April 15-20, 2017) at a cost of approximately $2400.  We need to have at least 20 students interested for this trip to happen.  If you are interested, please email by April 30.  Iceland: Fire & Ice | Reykjavik & The Westman Islands, Iceland 5-days / 4-nights in destination This picturesque island contains some of the most impressive natural wonders found anywhere in the world. Spectacular phenomena include smoldering volcanoes, slow-flowing glaciers, extruding lava, gushing geysers, bubbling mud pots, soothing thermal pools and, in the darkness of winter, the magical northern lights. With a focus on volcanology and geothermal science, we’ll uncover geysers, glaciers, thermal pools, waterfalls, wildlife and more as we soak up the Viking history that dominates this awesome place.  Click HERE for itinerary.

G’Day Mates - Fancy a snuggle with a Koala? Ever want to box a kangaroo? Maybe we will all just have our feet waxed in Hobbiton. If this sounds like your type of trip then throw a shrimp on the barby and grab your suitcases for our 2017 VPA trip down under to both Australia and Zealand. During this 15 day trip we will immerse ourselves in art by seeing a musical/ballet or opera at the world famous Opera House and explore the architectural marvels like the skyline Gondolas and the town of Hobbiton from the acclaimed series “The Lord of the Rings”.For more information contact Gary Ferguson or visit

Music Festival in Dublin Ireland 2017 - For all Mercy girls who plan or are hoping to be in Mercy Chorales  during the 2016-2017 school year!  We are planning an amazing trip to Ireland!  This will be in June, 2017 and of course recent graduates will be invited to participate! We will be participating in a Music Festival in Dublin, Ireland with participants potentially from all over the world and the festival will be hosted by the renowned educator and composer, Henry Leck.   This is a rare and wonderful opportunity and we think that aside from performing programs and seeing the sights we will get to visit Baggot Street, where Catherine McAuley began the Sisters of Mercy. I will be sharing more about our plans...but in the meantime, don't hesitate to get in touch with me! Mrs. Matthews


*Congratulations to Senior Maddy Gomes who signed her letter of commitment to play water polo at Santa Clara University.

*Congratulations to Senior Mariah Pechina who committed to play lacrosse at the University of Arizona.

*Congratulations to Teme Fanguna who broke the Mercy school record for the discuss throw at a WBAL meet yesterday. Teme throw was 116’9” ft. She held the previous record as well.

*Mercy Athlete of the Week:
Senior Erin Dougherty

Erin is the starting pitcher for the softball team that has won 4 straight games in the past 10 days in which she was the winning pitcher. The team is undefeated in league play so far. She has been the starting pitcher for all 9 games Mercy has played this season. She has been very clutch for the team with her bat as well. Erin is the co-captain of the team and leads by example with her hard work each day. Way to go Erin!


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 

*Track and Field WBAL Meet 4/12: Notable results:  Season bests in 4x100m (53.87).  Teme broke her own school record in the discus with a throw of 116' 9".  Catherine Nguyen and Mariana Mejia established solid marks in the 400m and 200m.  There were new personal bests for first year runners in the 1600m from Paula Moore, Kate Schorno, and Melia Melkesian.  Diana Li affirmed her status as one of the top triple jumpers in the league with another 30ft jump. 


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 April 14-20

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 

Serra High School Junior Case Studies night
April 25th at 6:45 at Serra High School.  Details to follow.


Tri-School California College Night at NDB
Wednesday, April 27 -  7:00PM
Notre Dame High School Belmont - Moore Pavilion
Click HERE for flyer and more info 

Below you will find a list of dates that other Bay Area Community Colleges will begin accepting applications. 

CSM - Available now.  Apply for the Summer/Fall Term. Apply on line here!

Skyline - Applications are available now for the fall!  Click here to apply online!

Foothill College - Applications will not be available until July 5th.  Click here to sign up for summer classes!

Canada College - Applications are available now!  Click here to be linked to the application!

DeAnza College - Most likely available in April.  Check the website for more information in late March.  

City College of San Francisco - Applications are available!  Click here to apply!

The application process will be fairly straight forward.  You will most likely need to attend an orientation and placement test.  In addition, you will also most likely need to meet with an advisor before you register for classes. The earlier you apply, the sooner you will get the classes that you are interested in.  


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.


Dear Parents, This is a reminder that all service hours are due Wednesday, May 11. Spring break is a perfect time for students to get caught up and/or finish any remaining hours. Any student who has completed over 100 hours should submit her hours at least a month in advance so that all paper work will be processed and awards given out on time. If you have any questions 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, 4/14: Greek Style Meat Pasticio  Short Tube Pasta layered with Greek Spiced Ground Beef, Baked in a White Bashamelle Sauce

Friday, 4/15: 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), Also NEW this week, White Pizza with Spinach...if you like our Spinach will have a new favorite here :=)


Monday is a school Holiday

Tuesday:  Swedish Meatballs over Egg Noodles  Juicy all beef seasoned Swedish style meatballs (mild and smokey) soaked in a creamy mushroom sauce, served over egg noodles with a side of green Salad and buttermilk dressing

Wednesday:  BBQ Chicken with Mash Potatoes and Corn.  Our own dry rub blend of BBQ seasoning on 2 Drumsticks, served with our creamy mash potatoes and side of corn 

Thursday:  Meat or Spinach Calzones  Our Home made Pizza dough, smothered with our scrumptious Pizza Sauce, filled with Pepperoni, Cheese and our Gourmet home made loose sausage , OR a rich , creamy cheese and spinach filling , sealed with a hand braid and baked to golden brown.

Friday is a minimum Day, pre-orders for Salads and sandwiches to be picked up by 12:20pm. 

Musc at Kohl

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for April 17 concert

Music at Kohl Mansion is looking for volunteers for our next concert coming up on Sunday, April 17, featuring the Harlem Quartet. This is a  sold-out concert and we need help with front of house duties (taking tickets, distributing programs, ushering) and with the reception (preparing food platters, setting up, serving and cleaning up). Volunteer hours are approximately 6-10 PM (or whatever part of that time period you are available.) Mercy and Serra students will earn service credit for hours served.

If you are available to join us, please contact Yvonne Wun, Program Administrator at

Upcoming Events   

Spirit Spectacular
Middle School Cheer Competition
Friday, April 15
Serra High School Gym - 

School Holiday
Monday, April 18 

TriM Spring Recital
Tuesday, April 19

Making a Difference
Thursday, April 21 - 6:00pm
Green Hills Country Club 

Late Start
Tuesday, April 26 

Freshman Retreat
Friday, April 27 



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