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August 17, 2016
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ALL students must be registered in the Appryse system.

If your daughter is new to Mercy or will be playing a sport this year she must have a current physical as well. Please submit physicals to the Main Office prior to the beginning of school. We are required by California law to have all this information on hand before a student begins school. Failure to complete both steps may prevent your daughter from participating in tryouts for athletics or starting school on August 23rd.

To register on Appryse go to the Mercy web site: and access it under Quicklinks.

Questions please contact Christine Folan at 650.762.1109 or

Important Dates for 2016-17 Beginning of School
(click HERE for complete school calendar) 

Aug. 18: 6:30-8:30PM New Student and Parent Welcome Mass and Reception
Aug. 19: 8:30AM-3:00PM - Freshman Orientation/ Freshman Success Part 1
- Free Dress, Lunch will be provided 
Aug. 19: 9:00-11AM  - Transfer Student Orientation - Free Dress
Aug. 22: 8:30AM-11:30AM - Freshman and Junior Full Uniform Orientation/Photos
Aug. 22: 12:00-3PM - Freshman Success Part 2  Lunch will be provided 
- Free Dress (change after morning orientation) 
Aug. 22: 12:30-2:30PM - Sophomore and Senior Full Uniform Orientation/Photos
Aug. 22: Fall Sports Tryouts begin (Volleyball and Water Polo begin Aug. 15) 
      - Click HERE for Tryout info
Aug. 23: First Day of School; Tri-School Classes Begin
Aug. 24: 4:00-6:30PM - Fall Play Auditionat Serra click HERE to sign-up to audition
Aug. 25: 6:00-7:30PM - Freshman and Transfer Parent Orientation
Aug. 31: 6:00-6:30PM - Sophomore Parent Night
Aug. 31: 6:30PM - Back to School Night  


*School Supply Drive
August 22 - August 26 
The Campus Ministry Department will be collecting school supplies for resident students at Mercy Housing's affordable housing units in Visitacion Valley.  The drive will be held from August 22 - August 26.  Students can drop off their donations in front of the Mansion between 7:40-8:00 am.  Items needed include: binders, divider tabs, notebooks, two pocket folders, pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, rulers, binder paper and glue sticks. If you have any questions please contact Angie Simonetti at 650 762-1149. Click HERE for flyer.


2016-2017 Book List

The 2016-2017 Book List is online now. Please order your books now. Email department chairs with any questions.

Order Your Daughter's Back-to-School Photos
Picture day is Monday, Aug. 22nd. In preparation for the start of the school year, we would like to provide you with some information regarding how to order your daughter's Back to School photos. Click HERE for the Lifetouch order form, please fill out the form enclose the exact payment (cash or check made payable to Lifetouch) and have your daughter bring it with her on picture day. If you have any additional questions regarding how to order pictures please contact Assistant Head of School for Student Life, Summer Dittmer, at  Thank you!

Full Uniform Orientation/School Photos
Monday, August 22nd 
All students should be in full uniform
8:30AM-11:30AM - Freshman and Juniors
12:00PM - 3:00PM Freshman Success Part 2,
 lunch will be provided
12:30PM-2:30PM - Sophomores and Seniors


Morning drop off and afternoon pick up

School Uniform Policy
Please take a moment to review the
School Uniform Policy.  The flats required for the formal uniform are defined as non-tennis shoe footwear that is entirely black. Black TOMS will be acceptable. For questions regarding the school uniform, please contact Assistant Head of School for Student Life, Summer Dittmer, at

Mercy Scrip Programs
Help support Mercy with your everyday shopping!
Click here for more information
on how to register online with these various sites AmazonSmile, eScrip, TARGET and Office Depot and select Mercy High School Burlingame as your school choice.  Each time you make an eligible purchase, a donation is made to Mercy.

new students and parents

*ATTENTION FRESHMEN PARENTS:  Your daughter should have received an email in her personal email regarding the requirement to set up her Mercy Google Mail by Friday, Aug. 19th Please ask your daughter if she received the email and contact Ms. Cooke at if she has any questions.


New Students & Parents Welcome Mass and Reception
Thursday, August 18th - 6:30-8:30PM
On Thursday, August 18th, all incoming freshmen, transfer students and their parents are invited to join us for the Welcome Mass to be held in the Chapel at 6:30 p.m. with a reception to follow in the Kohl Mansion. Please park in front of the mansion and you will be directed to the Chapel. Handicapped parking is available in front of the Mercy Retreat Center (where the chapel is). You can also drop off at the Retreat Center and then park. For more information please contact Patricia Glasser, Director of Admissions, at 650.762.1114  or


Freshman and Transfer Parent Orientation 

Thursday, August 25th 
Learn everything you need to know about being a Mercy parent, including communication with faculty and staff; checking assignments, tests and grades, athletics, clubs, activities and more!  Attendance is highly encouraged!


Freshman Splash at Serra 
Friday, August 26  - 3:00-5:00pm 

Junior & Senior parents

Parking Permit Requests for the Class of 2017 

The requirements are as follows:
1. Form must be completed and signed by student AND parent. 
2. Copy of Driver's License must be attached.
3. Fee of $100 (please make checks payable to Mercy High School)
Please bring all required paperwork and fee to Mrs. Folan in the Main Office. 

*Seniors: You will have one week at the beginning of the school year to get parking permits.  Following that time parking will be opened to Juniors. Questions? Please Email Mrs. Folan at


Sports Tryouts

  • Tryouts for Tennis, Golf and Cross Country Begin on Monday, August 22: All Mercy student athletes that plan to play a fall sport will be required to try-out for their respective team.
  • Click HERE for tryout times and locations 
  • Parents will not be allowed to watch/attend try-outs during the posted hours.

All Sports Participants  

  • Very Important: All students 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 and registered with Appryse.  If your daughter has not been cleared to play sports, she will not be able to start practice and/or tryouts. 
  • All student athletes 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. 

* Please add Charlie Dougherty, Mercy Athletic Director,  and Claire Rietmann-Grout, Assistant Director for Student Life & Athletics to your email address book so that their emails will be delivered to your inbox and not to spam. Thank you!

Visual and performing arts

Fall Play Auditions
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Wednesday, August 24th - 4:00-6:30pm
Gellert Auditorium at Serra High School
Click HERE to sign up for to audition

*Do you like to act? Are you inexperienced but curious about what it's like to be on stage?  It all starts with an audition and our Tri-School Productions are a great way to start!  Learn a short monologue, sign up for a time, don't worry about perfection!  You never can tell if there is a part for you--go for it!   Whether you are a new freshman or seasoned senior, we encourage you to get involved!

*College Counseling

Register for the fall SAT at  Students may take any SAT up until the December date for Fall admission.  Be sure to register ASAP.  

Register for the ACT at  

Naviance: Students need to complete their Senior Autobiography and request their letters of recommendation as soon as possible. If you need to reset any passwords, please email Mrs. Ohanessian and she will reset it for you.   

Schedule your senior fall meeting with Mrs. Ohanessian/Ms. Mahalak:  Email Mrs. Ohanessian or Ms. Mahalak to schedule your senior fall meeting today!  Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting.  

Parent Response Form: Parents, please complete the Parent Response Form and return it to the Counseling office by September 1st.  We use this form to help write your daughter's letters of recommendation.  
2017 Parent Response.docx    2017 Parent Response.pdf

Personal Statement Writing Help:  If your daughter is looking for more support with her personal statement writing, please have her check in with Mrs. Ohanessian or Ms. Mahalak. She may also reach out to her English teachers. Ms. Mountain and Ms. Horan are also available to help your daughter's with their personal statements.  It is helpful to have more than one person read and review the personal statements.  

Helpful Links:

service opportunities

Looking ahead to Service Opportunities sponsored by Mercy High School. Click HERE 2016-17 for dates and times.
If you have any questions about the following service opportunities please contact Mr. Diaz at

upcoming activities

Want to donate blood?  As you know, the American Red Cross is always in need.  The Red Cross Club of Mercy Burlingame is hosting a blood drive.  Who can donate?  Check out the American Red Cross website for all the information you need: are hoping for a full house of donors including parents, family and friends.  Before signing up, please make sure you fit all of the qualifications.  Let's make this our most successful year!  Sign up today! For more information contact Pat Bradley at

Date: 9/14/2016
Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00PM

Education travel

Iceland is calling.  We are still trying to secure our school trip to Iceland.  

It is 5 days and 4 nights. The departure date will be Saturday April 15th, 2017. The price is about $2400 per student. This includes air, lodging, meals, transportation and much more! This is not just a sightseeing tour (although there is a chance you will witness the Aurora Borealis!) We pride ourselves on the STEM aspects of this trip such as geothermal and hydroelectric energy, geography, geology, earth science, volcanology and history.

Please take a moment to check out the details. This link will take you to the detailed itinerary, power point and a short video:

If you are interested, please contact Pat Bradley at  We will need to secure spots ASAP with a $200 deposit.  This is open to all grade levels!

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 HERE.  Parents and alums are welcome to attend!  Please contact Jennifer Lambdin,, if you have questions. Here are some photos from our 2012 trip!


SamTrans 2016 School Routes Jeremy Lipps from San Mateo County Transit District

We are ready to roll for the 2016 school year with our usual school routes, plus four new ones. The new ones include 18 on the coastside, 56 in San Mateo (Aragon HS), 61 in San Carlos (Carlmont HS) and 81 in Menlo Atherton/East Palo Alto. 

All school routes can be seen here. There is also a link for routes by school. 

Check out our Trip-Planning for assistance or call our Customer Service Center at 1-800-660-4287 or TTY only 650-508-6448. 

mercy parent club

Save the dates!

Head of School Parent Welcome BBQ
Wed., Sept. 14, 2016 - 6:30PM
Mercy High School, Kohl Mansion

Mercy Moms’ Mixer
Thurs., Sept. 22, 2016 - 7:00PM
Mercy High School, Kohl Mansion

Mercy Dads’ Get-Together
Wed., Sept. 28, 2016 - 7:00PM
Mercy High School, Kohl Mansion

Upcoming Events

Friday, August 26
Freshman Splash
Serra High School • 3:30pm

Wednesday, August 31
Back to School Night
Mercy High School • 6:30-9:00PM

Wedneday, September 14
Welcome BBQ for Parents

Friday, Sept. 16
Senior Night @ Giants Game

Thursday, September 22
MPC Mercy Moms' Mixer

Wednesday, September 28
MPC Mercy Dads' Night 



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