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May 4, 2016
Parent ENews

*Annual Fund Parent Pledge Forms due

Please return your commitment forms for the 2016-17 Annual Fund Parent Pledge Program as soon as possible.  The commitment form indicates your pledge for the school year beginning July 1, 2016.  If you choose, you may make your gift for the upcoming school year in advance through our online giving link. Click here for a link to the forms, online giving or more information regarding the Annual Fund Parent Pledge Program.  

Thank you to all those who have already responded.  Gifts of any amount are deeply appreciated.  

Every gift matters!  Thank you!

Mary Lund
Director of Advancement

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*Donate back Used Uniforms...  Do you have any Mercy uniforms around your house that your daughter doesn’t need anymore? Please drop them by the Main Office and we’ll offer them to other Mercy students at our upcoming Used Uniform Sales! We’ll take skirts, polos, sweaters, sweatshirts, pants, vests, shorts, etc! We’ll hold a used uniform sale in June.


Summer School: 

Students and parents, if you are planning to take a summer school class to ADVANCE (not remediate), you must send your counselor proof of registration for this course as soon as possible. 

We also need to receive the transcript from the online or summer school by Aug. 1 (or contact Mrs. Conklin if you are unable to send it by then) in order to register you for the advanced class in the fall. If we do not have this information we will be unable to schedule you for the class in the fall and you will need to take that class at Mercy. Click HERE for The Summer School Request form.

Honors, AP, Tri-School Classes

Students, as we enter the last few weeks of the semester, please be sure to check in regularly with your teachers and counselors in order to maintain your grades. It's easy to get distracted by the end-of-the year events! 

Students who plan to take an Honors, AP, or Tri-School class next year, it is especially important that you maintain your grades, as you will be removed from these classes in June if your final grade is not at the expected level. Please discuss this with your current teacher, counselor, or the department chair if you have questions. If we do need to remove you from an Honors, AP, or Tri-School class, your entire schedule could be changed and you may not receive the courses you selected. 

AP exams will take place May 2 - May 13. The library will be closed during this time. Students, please make sure you eat and sleep well, and arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled time of your exam. Chemistry, Chinese, Spanish, and French tests will take place in alternate classrooms. Please check with your instructor. Students, all cell phones must be turned off and put in your bag or locker before the exam. 


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. 

senior parents upcoming events

Please click HERE for Important 2016 Graduation Information.


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

Friday, May 6th
1:30pm - Mother House Chapel
Click HERE for invitation
*Please note: Seniors are required to wear their school uniform for the Pinning Ceremony this Friday in the Chapel.


Mother Daughter Senior
Mass & Brunch

Sunday, May 15
10:00 a.m.
Questions? Please contact Jennifer Munsey, Mercy Advancement Events Coordinator or 650-762-1199. Look for your invitation in the mail this week!

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

Upcoming events 

Mercy High School Chorales
Tri-School Chorus & Soloists present...
The Language of Love
Spring Concert 
Monday, May 9th - 7:30 p.m.
Our Lady of Angels Church 
1721 Hillside Drive, 
Click HERE for flyer 

Mercy's Spring Concert celebrates our developing musicians.  Music is so important in our world and there are so many types and genres of music that bring satisfaction to people today. Our concert celebrates VOICES singing together in unison, harmony, some with accompaniment, some without.  We delight in the opportunity to sing a from a variety of traditions and with the Serra men many of our students get to appreciate a fuller range of sounds in the Tri-School Chorus, our  extra-curricular chorus, and we celebrate the development of music- reading skills and vocal technique as we offer an evening of music for our audience.  We hope you can come!


Mercy Artsfest
21st Annual Art Festival
A Showcase of the Visual Arts
Tuesday, May 10th  -  5-7pm 
Kohl Mansion

Click HERE for flyer


Spring Dance Concert 
Mercy High School DANCE presents...
Totally Television 
Wed. May 11th - 7:30pm
Skyline College Auditorium

Click HERE for flyer 


*You are invited to the 
Sophomore Action Project Presentations  
Thursday, May 12, 6:00pm 
Kohl Mansion, 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. Students then volunteered with a local group addressing 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 action in a presentation 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. 
Light refreshments will be provided. 
Please ask your student or contact Ms. Rhiannon Salter with any questions and to RSVP at rsalter@mercyhsb.comThe girls are excited to show off their hard work to friends and family!  All are welcome to attend.  We look forward to seeing you on May 12th!

Click HERE for invitation

mercy parent club

Mercy Spring Open House Food Donations

Dear Mercy Parents,  The Mercy Spring Open House is on Tuesday, May 3rd and we are asking for donations of refreshments for the event.  The Items may be dropped off starting on Monday May 2nd! All items may be dropped off in the catering kitchen located on the main floor of the Mansion.

As always, we appreciate your contribution,
Mercy Parent Club

Mercy Spring Open House Food & Water Donations Sign Up 


Help Needed for Mother Daughter
Senior Mass & Brunch  

MPC & Event Chairs Margie Benedetti (Olivia '18) & Kathy Bracco (Elizabeth '19) need your help, with CANDY DONATIONS and day of event VOLUNTEERS! The event is Sunday, May 15th.

Senior Mother Daughter Volunteer Sign up link

Senior Mother Daughter Brunch Candy donations sign up

Educational Travel

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- The Windy City!
Registration has begun! Lock in your spot and price now! 
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. For more information contact Nadine Baroudi at


Iceland Spring 2017
Parents and Students interested in
going to ICELAND:

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


*The Mercy Spring Sports Awards Night is set for
May 24 at 6:30pm in the Great Hall

*Good luck to our Swim team as they have the WBAL league trials on Friday May 6 (4pm) and then immediately followed by the League finals on Saturday May7 (2pm) at Sacred Heart Prep.

*Good luck to our Track and Field team with the WBAL trials on Saturday May 7 at Palo Alto  High starting at 2:45pm.

*We are currently working on finalizing our plan for strength and conditioning sessions that will be held this upcoming summer for all our Mercy athletes that would like to participate. Details will be forthcoming soon.

*Mercy Athlete of the Week:
Junior Softball player 
Kaylyn Sterling

Kaylyn is a player who is always willing to do what the coach asks. Her natural position is the outfield but she has been asked to play 3rd base this year and has done a fantastic job filling a need for the team. A true value to the team comes in her batting abilities. A natural line drive hitter who utilizes her blazing speed, Kaylyn most recently had a couple of days to remember.  This past Friday against Notre Dame SJ, Kaylyn  hit 2 homeruns, 2 triples and 2 singles to finish a day where she was 6 for 6 at the plate with 6 rbi’s. She followed up with a game yesterday against Harker with 2 more HR’s and 5 rbi’s. Keep up the great work Kaylyn!


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 


*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 May 5-11

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 

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:
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.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION about Service hours and news about a program we will be using next year.

Dear Parents,

All student's service hours are due on May 11th!  Please take the time to check in with your daughter or email me ( to see how many hours she has completed thus far.

Please see below to see how grades are determined for service:

  • All students with completed and approved hours by May 11 will receive an A
  • Students with approved hours by final exam week (Tuesday, May 31st) will receive a B. 
  • Students with approved hours before grades are due (Tuesday, June 7) receive a C.
  • Any students who turn in hours AFTER June 7 will receive an F for the 2015-16 school year. 

These grades will show on the student's official transcript in addition to the amount of hours actually completed. 

Second, next school year, a new program will be introduced so that students and parents/guardians have access to view their hours at all times! Mercy has secured a contract with the company x2VOL for this service. More details to follow in the fall. 

Lastly, thank you for all your support in helping your daughters complete their hours! Many of you drive them to their sites and then some. I know the hours you put in and I am grateful! Mercy values service for the sole reason that it builds faith and civic character which is vital component in developing the whole student!

God bless,
Peter Diaz

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, 5/5: Chicken Tostada Salad Bowl

Friday, 5/6: Meat Ball Sub

NEXT WEEK's Menu May 9-13

Monday: Grilled Cheese sandwich with Cilantro Tomato soup   Our Girls most desired Meal....Gooey , Melting American cheese on sliced sour dough bread served with Grandma Huda's recipe of Cilantro tomato soup.  Better pre-order this one as we can never make enough

Tuesday:  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

Wednesday:  Pulled Pork Sandwiches  Our secret blend of BBQ dry rubbed Pork Shoulder cooked at slow heat for perfect smokiness, Served on a fresh home made round Foccacia roll. Served with a lightly seasoned Cabbage Salad to give you that clean taste...feel free to spread that in the sandwich or eat it as a side Salad.

Thursday:  Our Homemade Mac and cheese    Our gourmet cheese sauce over Italian Pasta with  Broccoli OR Homemade loose Sausage and a green Friday

Friday:  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, Meatball Pizza Or as you know Our White Pizza with Spinach...if you like our Spinach Calzones or our Meat Ball will have a new favorite here :=)

Don't forget to check out our variety of salads and specialty lunch boxes.  
If you have a special request, please pre-order in the morning

Musc at Kohl


Many thanks to the volunteers who helped with our final concert of the season on Sunday night, May 1: Lia Delucchi, Elizabeth Honochick, Stephanie Moy, Sara Mustafa, Erin Murphy, Sarah Murphy, Mike Popa, Ella Ragusa, Krystal Wang, Queenie Wang, Paula Wong, Radella Wong, Peggy Wu and Derek Wun. Our patrons were all very well taken care of and enjoyed a wonderful concert and fantastic post concert reception.

We begin our season again on October 16 - anyone interested in joining us, please let me know and I will put your name on my email list for each concert. Volunteer duties involve front of house of distributing programs, taking tickets, ushering and reception preparation. You have an opportunity to enjoy part of the concert, or just enjoy time with the other volunteers. Mercy and Serra students are invited to participate and will receive community service credit.

Also, anyone who is interested in helping in our office with our resubscription mailing (stuffing envelopes) during the summer break, sometime in June, please let me know and I can contact you.

Thanks also to all our volunteers this entire season. We could not successfully present our concerts without the Mercy and Serra community!

Yvonne Wun
Program Administrator, Music at Kohl Mansion

Upcoming Events   

Class of 2016
Senior Pinning Ceremony
Friday, May 6th 1:30pm
Mother House Chapel 

Spring Chorales Concert
Monday, May 9 7:30pm
Our Lady of Angels Church

Mercy Artsfest
Tuesday, May 10 5-7pm
Kohl Mansion

Spring Dance Concert
Wednesday, May 11 7:30pm
Skyline College Auditorium 

 Sophomore Action Project
Thursday, May 12 6:00pm
Kohl Mansion



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