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August 31, 2016
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*A special request for our friends in the Mercy neighborhood
As you are driving on Adeline and Alvarado Drives please maintain the 25 mph speed limit. There are many people out walking in the neighborhood and we care about their safety. Be especially aware of people with dogs and strollers that are not always easily visible. The speed limit is 25 mph on all of the streets in the area, so please be aware of that and the fact that there are young children playing throughout the neighborhood.

Also, parking on both sides of the street makes the commute on streets in the area challenging. Please be courteous and allow drivers leeway to get around parked cars.

Mercy High School and the Sisters of Mercy strive to share a strong relationship with our neighbors and we need your help and support to make this work.

Thank you!

All school information

TONIGHT! Back to School Night
Wednesday, Aug. 31  -  6:30-9:30 pm
Join us for Back to School Night on the Mercy campus for an opportunity to take a walk in your daughter's footsteps. A schedule of the night's events will start with your daughter's first class and follow her entire schedule. Click HERE to print out a blank template for your daughter to fill in her schedule, room numbers and teacher names for this event. 

  • Sophomore families are invited to an information session about the PSAT. This meeting will give families an opportunity to obtain information and ask questions about the test, which is administered in October. This session will begin at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall.


*Congratulations on a successful
Mercy Bowl-A-Thon Kickoff!!

Mercy High School’s Bowl-A-Thon is one of the highlights of the fall semester, thanks to the Student Body Officers (SBOs) who put on an amazing day for all of our Mercy students!

New this year, Mercy has partnered with eTeamSponsor to administer and support the Bowl-A-Thon fundraising efforts ONLINE! eTeamSponsor is an innovating software platform that enables schools,Foundations and non profits to raise funds safely and effectively.

  • Click HERE for Additional Parent\Guardian information about eTeamSponsor 
  • Click HERE for All Bowl-A-Thon information, Head of School message, Instructions, Prizes.


*Tri-School Walk for Catholic Worker
Saturday, September 10 from
Walk starts at Mercy High School
9:00am in the Cafeteria

Help raise money for the Catholic Worker House in San Bruno, $40 donation.  

Walk starts at Mercy High School 9:00 am
Ends at Catholic Worker Hospitality House, Saint Bruno Church, 555 San Bruno Ave., San Bruno (get picked up at St. Bruno's at 12:15 pm)

Sign up today on the Campus Ministry Door or x2VOL. Each participant is asked to raise $40, bring socks and walk for the Catholic Worker Hospitality House. Checks should be made out to: CatholicWorker Hospitality House. Please write walker's name on the memo line of each check. To Participate: Turn in Permission Slip  & Donations to Campus Ministry by Wednesday, September 7.  Students will earn 5 supplemental service learning hours. 
Click HERE for flyer and permission slip.



Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors - 

CSF APPLICATIONS DUE September 2nd! If you would like to apply to CSF using your Spring 2016 grades, please turn in the attached application to Ms. Mahalak. Please do not leave applications in the main office! For more information contact Ms. Mahalak at


  • CSF is for 9-12 grades only
  • You must reapply every semester
  • Always use grades from the prveious semester ONLY
  • The application fee is $5.00 per semester
  • A transcript or report card must be attached to the application

For application click the link below:


Dining/Cashless Campus  Mercy sponsors a cashless card program through which allows students to make purchases on campus quickly, easily, efficiently, and helps our families reduce the need for checks and cash. The program provides a convenient alternative method of payment with just a scan of a student’s ID card. For more information click HERE.


2016-2017 Book List

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


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.

Mercy Parent club (MPc)

Save the dates!

Head of School Parent Welcome BBQ 
Wed., Sept. 14, 2016 - 6:30PM
Mercy High School, Kohl Mansion
Look for your invitation in the mail this week! 
Click HEREfor invite.  

We need Volunteers for the Welome BBQ!

Please click HERE to sign up to help. Thank you!  

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


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

*Check out the schedule of team events as some of our teams start competition TODAY. Best of luck to all of our Fall teams. They have been working hard with the coaches to get ready for their seasons.

*Fall team picture schedule: If you plan to make orders, please bring order form already filled out. Order forms will be distributed by the coaches to their teams.

September 7th:

  • 2:45pm-Frosh volleyball
  • 3pm-Cross Country
  • 3:15pm-JV Volleyball
  • 3:30pm-Varsity Volleyball

September 8th:

  • 2:45pm-Tennis
  • 3pm- Golf
  • 3:30pm-Water Polo

Every athlete must be fully registered in the Appryse system and cleared to play sports before they are placed on a roster. A physical is required to get cleared. You can go onto the Mercy website and go to quicklinks and find the drop down for Appryse. Simply click and start your registration process. Please remember if you are a returning student you still have to re-register.

Any student athlete participating in a sport must turn in both the athlete and guardian contract. If the signed forms by both student and guardian are not turned in, the student will not be allowed to play in any event until they have turned in the paperwork. The forms are available on the Mercy website at Click on the link and print the contract after you have read the Handbook.  Completed forms must be returned to the Athletic Director or to the main office.

All student athletes who are currently on a fall sport roster should 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.


  • Basketball: On Friday September 9 at 2:30pm. Meet in Cafeteria.
    Coaches will be present.
  • Soccer: On Monday September 12 at 2:30pm. Meet in Cafeteria.
    Coaches will be present.

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 form can be downloaded from the Mercy website on the Athletics page.

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 office to coordinate times for use.

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

*Click HERE for the schedule for team events for the upcoming week of September 1-September 7

If you ever have any concerns/comments, please feel free to contact me at anytime. I can be reached at my office at Mercy at 650-762-1107. I am looking forward to a great 2016/17 with Mercy athletics.

Charlie Dougherty
Athletic Director

College Counseling

*Senior Parent College Night: This will be Wednesday, September 7th at 6:30.  We will have a representative here from Santa Clara University to answer questions about the admissions process.  Please plan to attend!

Upcoming Events: Serra High School will be hosting the Jesuit Excellence Tour (JET) on September 11th from 2:00 to 4:00pm.  Serra will also be hosting the Tri-School College Fair on October 19th at 6:30pm.  These events are great for getting more information about different colleges and for meeting college representatives.  Plan to attend!

College visits: This year we will be hosting a number of colleges on campus.  These visits will be posted on Schoology, the parent page of the school website, and the College Visit calendar. Students will need to give their teacher's one day notice that they will be attending the visit.  Connecting with the college admissions counselors is an important part of the application process. The more these counselors interact with your daughter, the more they will know about them when they read their applications. Please encourage your daughters to attend.  

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 by September 15th. If you need to reset any passwords, please email Ms. Mahalak and she will reset it for you      

Schedule your senior fall meeting with Ms. Mahalak:  Email 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 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

*Click HERE for Service Opportunities as posted to students through x2VOL for 2016-17 School Year.

Looking ahead to Service Opportunities sponsored by Mercy High School. Click HERE 2016-17 for dates and times.

If you have any questions about service opportunities please contact Mr. Diaz at

*Tri-School Walk for Catholic Worker
Saturday, September 12 from

Students will earn 5 supplemental service learning hours...
see above for more info flyer, and permission form.

upcoming activities

*The Mercy chapter of the Red Cross Club is holding a blood drive 

WHEN: September 14, 2016
WHERE: Mercy Green Room (off of Great Hall)
WHY:  Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend.  Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day. Some believe it is the right thing we do.

Donors Must be in good general health and feeling well, be at least 17 years old (or 16 with parental consent get form by clicking) and weigh at least 110 lb.  Click here for weight requirements.  We need at least 50 donors to make this happen.  So, we need family members to help with the donations.  Can you help?  If so, please Sign up HERE today! For more information contact Pat Bradley at Please ask your daughter to sign you up if you are unable to access the link above. Thank you!

Education travel

Wanna throw a shrimp on the barbie??? Fancy petting a koala??? How about boxing with a kangaroo??? Just kidding with the boxing! 

This summer the Visual and Performing Arts department will be traveling down under. We will begin our 15 day journey with stops in both New Zealand and Australia. 

For more information visit our website at:  or contact Mr. Ferguson at for more information.

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!

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 daily salad selections

Thursday, 9/1: Pizza...Pizza...Pizza

Friday, 9/2: Pasta Primavera

*NEXT WEEK's Menu Sep 6-Sept. 9

Monday: Holiday

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

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: Provolone and Pesto Foccacia Melts (New and Exciting)  Our home made Foccacia bread with our Pesto Spread and Melted Provolone cheese, served with Field of Greens and a light Buttermilk dressing

Friday: Shredded Beef Chimichunga, served with Chips and Salsa Baked , NOT fried Flour Tortilla stuffed with our shredded beef, beans and cheese. Served with Chips and Homemade Salsa (New Item)

Please visit the cafeteria for our great daily selections of gourmet Salads an Sandwiches 

Upcoming Events

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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