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May 11, 2016
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*Mercy made national news on CBS morning news--Highlighting a new technology to keep girls more mindful and their attention on their studies in the classroom, rather than their cell phones, by locking their phones in a pouch for the duration of class. Check out the story.

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  • The library is very grateful for donations of books or audio-books as you clear out rooms and bookshelves over the summer.  We cannot, however, accept items which have been written in (Subject practice test books, or annotated text books for example), items in poor physical condition, or anything unappealing to high school girls.  

  • After inventory, but before the end of school, the library is lending out books to Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors.  These books may be kept for the summer, and will be expected to be returned the first week of school. Please keep track of these books, as lost books will need to be replaced. 

Thank you -
Sarah MurphyLibrary co-ordinator.  


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

*Senior Pinning Photos
Click HERE or visit the MEDIA GALLERY on the Today at Mercy page of our website to view photos from the Senior Pinning ceremony.


Please click HERE for Important 2016 Graduation Information.


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.

Click HERE for invite 

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 

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

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

*Science Research Opportunity through
Ecology Project International
Join us for a trip to the Galapagos Islands to explore their unique biodiversity!  There's no better laboratory for conservation and biology field studies! From the waters teeming with species found only here, to the highlands inhabited by giant tortoises, you'll work to understand and protect this fragile ecosystem.  We will be working behind the scenes at the Darwin Research Center, collecting data on the baby tortoises, snorkeling around various islands, and helping to clear out invasive species. Students will receive 20 core service hours.  The trip will be from July 10 – 21, 2017. Details can be found by clicking HEREParents and alums are welcome to attend!  Please contact Jennifer Lambdin,, if you have questions. Here are some photos from our 2012 trip!


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
Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30pm in the Great Hall

*Good luck to Swim team member Teresa Tang as she represents Mercy B in the CCS Trials/Finals starting on Friday May 13. Teresa will be swimming the 50 free and 100 back.

*Good luck to our Track and Field team members with the WBAL Finals on Friday May 13 at Palo Alto High starting at 5pm. Qualifiers from the Finals have the chance to move onto the CCS Trials/Finals the following week.

*Congratulations to the Softball team who has qualified for the CCS tournament. The seeding meeting will take place on May 15 at which time the team will learn who they will play next Wednesday May 18.

*Kudos to our Lacrosse team for a strong 3rd place finish in the WBAL standings this spring. The progress of the program is noteworthy and we look forward to its continued growth.

*Any girl who is interested in participating in our 2016/17 Basketball Program should come to a meeting immediately after school on Monday May 16 at 2:30pm. We will meet at the Dance room at Grassilli Center. Coaches will be present to discuss expectations for summer Open Gym and conditioning.

*Any girl who is interested in participating in our 2016 Volleyball Program should come to a meeting immediately after school on Tuesday May 17 at 2:30pm. We will meet at the Dance room at Grassilli Center. Coaches will be present to discuss expectations for summer Open Gym and conditioning.


*Mercy Athlete of the Week:
Junior Swimmer Sijin “Teresa” Tang 
Teresa will be representing Mercy in the CCS Swim Trials/Finals starting on Friday May 13. Teresa has worked extremely hard throughout the swim season to place herself in the CCS. At the WBAL league finals this past weekend, Teresa placed second in the 50 Free and 100 back events to qualify for the CCS. It is quite an accomplishment for her to move onto the CCS and be the lone Mercy swimmer to do so. Good luck Teresa!


*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 12-18

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!

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, 5/12: Our Homemade Mac and cheese

Friday, 5/6: Pizza...Pizza...Pizza

NEXT WEEK's Menu will be posted on Schoology

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


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   

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

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

Friday, May 13th

Mother Daughter Senior
Mass and Brunch 
Sunday, May 15th 



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