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September 21, 2016
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 *Congratulations to Everyone on a Successful Bowl-a-thon!!

                         So far we have raised over $44,000.00
                     Dollars Towards our $55,000.00 dollar Goal.

We have 10 days left to Reach our Goal!

Check your personal eteamsponsor site to see where you stand!!  Your min Raise of $75 is past due and you need $175 by Sept. 30th NEXT FRIDAY FOR PROM OR MERCY DAY OFF!! NO EXCEPTIONS.

All school information

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

Click HERE for flyer


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

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Junior parents

Junior Parents:  
Kairos Retreat Infomation 

This week, during the junior religion classes, seniors will come and talk to them about the Kairos retreat that they can experience this year.  This is an amazing experience and opportunity for your daughters.  The spaces do fill up quickly so if you wish your daughter to attend, please encourage her to sign up.   The cost of the retreat is $200.00.  To reserve a spot we ask that you pay the entire $200 which is due by Thursday, September 22nd.  The dates for Kairos this year are:  Tuesday, November 8th through Thursday, November 10th.    If you have any questions, please emai Angie Simonetti. 

Junior Parent College Night is Tuesday, September 27th at 6:30pm in the Great Hall.  We will have a representative from AJ Tutoring and an Admissions Counselor from St. Mary's talk about SAT/ACT testing and what to expect in the college search and application timeline.  

Thank you

*BLOOD DRIVE Mercy and the Red Cross Club would like to send out a huge thank you! to all of our fabulous donors and those that attempted to donate.  We had a few bumps in the road with a limited number of workers, but we were still able to get 24 pints of blood.  This is terrific if you think about the fact that every donation has the ability to save up to 3 lives.  We appreciate the effort put out by our students, our faculty/staff, the community donors and parents that all participated in saving lives.  Looking forward to the next event from our Red Cross Club.  


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


*Mercy Athlete of the Week: 

Senior Water Polo Claire Justman
One of the captains of the water polo team, Claire has consistently been the leading scorer on the team in each game. According to the Mercy coaches, Claire has been praised by opposing coaches for her all around strong play in the pool. Way to go Claire!!!!!


*If you missed the interest meeting for basketball or soccer, come see Mr. Dougherty so he can explain what the expectations are for each of the sports prior to the start of tryouts. Tryouts for the Winter sports teams will start on Oct 31.

*If an athlete wanting to play soccer or basketball is not involved in a fall sport, they are expected to participate in our conditioning program on Monday and Wednesday from 4-5pm. Conditioning sessions started this week…… If you have any questions, please come see the AD.

*Softball fall conditioning is in full swing. The team will be gathering on Wednesday and Saturday thru Oct 29. So far, the number of girls out there has been outstanding. Any girl who is interested in playing and is not signed up, please contact Coach RG in the SBO office

*Our fall sport athletes will have their Positive Coaching Alliance session this upcoming Wednesday September 28 during collaboration. Mercy is proud to have a strong working relationship with the Positive Coaching Alliance Group.

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.

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.

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 22 -September 28

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

*IMPORTANT Counselor Letters of Recommendation:   If Seniors have not yet completed the google form here to indicate which counselor will be writing their letter of recommendation, they must do so ASAP!  Even if they have already spoken with their counselor, they still need to complete this form:

Junior Parent College Night is Tuesday, September 27th at 6:30pm in the Great Hall.  We will have a representative from AJ Tutoring and an Admissions Counselor from Saint Mary's College talk about SAT/ACT testing and what to expect in the college search and application timeline.  

Tri-School Financial Aid Night will be on Wednesday, October 26th at 6:30pm in the Great Hall. This event is intended for senior parents to review important information about how to complete the FAFSA, review the different types of aid available as well as other relevant information. 

Upcoming Events: Serra will be hosting the Tri-School College Fair on October 19th at 6:30pm.  This event is 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. It can also be viewed here: 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 should also be updating their college lists in Naviance to reflect where they are applying and by which deadlines they plan to submit. If you need any help with this, see Ms. Mahalak!    

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.  

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

*Mercy Students & Parents
Join us for an evening of beautiful music.Music at Kohl Mansion offers exciting opportunities for Mercy & Serra students and parents to attend concerts as volunteers, helping in the front of house, distributing programs, taking tickets, ushering patrons and to set up, prepare and serve at post-concert receptions where musicians and audiences mix and mingle over delicious refreshments. You will be able to watch some of the performances by our world-renown musicians, while getting to know other students, parents and community volunteers. This long time Music at Kohl Mansion tradition offers Mercy and Serra students and parents an opportunity to perform worthwhile community service. Service is needed from 6-10 on the below listed Sunday evenings. Concerts are held in the Kohl Mansion at 7pm. Volunteers help to keep music alive on the Peninsula! 

Our 34th Season Concert Dates
October 16, November 6, December 18, January 29, February 12, March 26, April 9, April 30
Please contact Yvonne Wun Program Administrator  at 650.762.1130 or if you'd like to join us this season - come for one concert, or all eight! Hope you will join us this season.

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, 9/15: All Beef Taquitos

Friday, 9/16: Mercy Day BBQ

*NEXT WEEK's Menu Sep 26-Sept. 30

Monday: Minimum Day. Sandwiches and Salads can be pre-ordered in the morning to pick up at Break or after school.

Tuesday: 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

Wednesday:  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 :=) 

Thursday: All Beef Taquittos  Fresh 92%/8% Mexican seasoned ground beef, rolled in flour tortillas and baked to perfect crispiness. Served with Spanish Rice and shredded salad blend with Quesso Fresco cheese...options of Salsa, Sour Cream and Guacamole will be available to you as well.

Friday: Greek Style Chicken with Vermicelli Rice and Vegetables Our own blend of Greek seasoning marinated Chicken breast, grilled to perfection, served with Vermicelli Rice and Vegetable blend if you haven't tried this dish yet...this is your chance to add it to your favorites list :=)

Don't forget to check out our daily changing selection of gourmet salads and surprises.Are You Vegan or Vegetarian??? Please come talk to us in the morning to customize your lunch

Gluten Free??? Have no fear...we will make you that perfect Sandwich or an incredible Salad...In case our lunch special does not fit your diet!!!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 22
MPC Mercy Moms' Mixer

Wednesday, September 28
MPC Mercy Dads' Night 



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