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October 5, 2016
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Thank You to the Mercy Community for a Successful Student Driven Fundraising campaign!  Final numbers, Individual and Advisory competition totals will be announced tomorrow, Thursday Oct. 6th!



Mother Daughter Tea
Sunday, October 16th 
10:30am - 1:00pm
Click here for invite 
New this year- please RSVP at

Calling all Mercy Dad’s!!! Please help to make this a special day for all Mercy students and their Mothers!  Click on the link and sign up NOW!




*Tri-School Poverty Simulation (Supplemental Hours)
Poverty Simulation is a program put together by a church group to educate both young an old on the homeless situation in our country and right here in the Bay Area. Students will get a first hand experience of what it is like to be poor by participating in a simulated program.

Date: October 12; Wednesday
Time: 6pm-8pm
Place: Mercy High School, Burlingame (Great Hall)
Contact: Mr. Diaz,

Freshman parents

*Dear Freshmen Parents,

We wanted to follow up with you after we met with your daughters to introduce them to counseling services at Mercy at the beginning of this year.  

In our meetings, we reviewed the set up of counseling at Mercy. 

  • Mrs. Macmillan will be serving as the academic counselor for your daughters over the next four years.  She supports students in creating a four year plan to best meet academic needs. If your daughter has questions about how to access support in any class or wants help developing new study skills, she can reach out to Mrs. Macmillan at any point.  
  • Mrs. Phillips is Mercy's wellness counselor.  She creates wellness programming and is available for  individual appointments to make sure that Mercy students are leading healthy, well balanced lives.  If your daughter is seeking a confidential space on campus to talk about something that is going on in her life, either in or out of school, she can contact Mrs. Phillips to arrange a time to talk.
  • Mrs. Ohanessian is Mercy's college counselor.  She works with students throughout their time at Mercy, especially during junior and senior years, to ensure that they are prepared for the college search and application process.

Please don't hesitate to be in touch if we could be of help in any way.

Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. Macmillan

Junior parents

*Save the Date!
Junior Ring Ceremony
Tuesday, October 25 - 1:30pm
Mother House Chapel 
Reception in the Great Hall
click HERE for invite 

senior parents

*Senior Parents:
Bill Reid from JOSTENS met with the senior class to talk about graduation and placing their orders for cap and gowns, graduation announcements and graduation accessories. Each senior was provided a graduation planner. Please review this information with your senior. Jostens will be on campus on October 6 th and 7 th during lunch in the cafeteria. Orders may also be placed online at . Please get your order completed by the November 17 th deadline. Every senior must order their cap and gown. No Exceptions! If you have any questions you may contact Bill Reid from Jostens , or 415-472- 7871

Upcoming events

*Tri-School Productions presents
"A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Oct. 21, 22, 28, 29
7:30 pm - Serra Theatre

Get your tickets now ( for our upcoming Fall Play, Midsummer Night's Dream!  Come see Shakespeare's classic performed by our delightful cast and supported by hardworking crew members as they bring to life the fairy tale, the revels and complicated love lives of ancient Athens. The show opens on Friday October 21st at 7:30 p.m. in the Gellert Auditorium at Junipero Serra High School and runs through the following weekend as well.  Come to the first weekend and then come again!  


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


*Dig PINK Volleyball Event Friday, Oct. 7th - Serra High School
Please try and attend our Dig Pink event for volleyball on Friday, Oct 7 at Serra High. Frosh @3:30pm, JV@4:30pm and Varsity@5:45pm. We want to fill the gym as we play Mercy SF. If you know of a family member or friend who has been impacted by Breast Cancer and would like to have them recognized during our ceremony, please email the full name to AD Charlie Dougherty before the game on Friday. The ceremony will take place immediately prior to the start of the Varsity game. A suggested donation for admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and children. All proceeds from snack sales and admissions will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Mercy Athlete of the Week:
Senior Volleyball player Louise Hardiman
An outside hitter/defensive specialist, Louise led the varsity volleyball team to a huge win over The Kings Academy to remain undefeated in the WBAL Skyline division. She registered 9 kills and 7 service aces along with a season high 21 digs against the Knights. Louise's dedication to the sport and her leadership skills has made her a valuable asset to the Mercy volleyball program. Great job Louise!!!!


*SAVE THE DATE: October 18, 6:30-7:30pm - The Topic: ACL Injuries: Prevention & Treatment .  We will be having a special presentation from Mercy Team Doctor Dr Neal Berger of the Soar Medical Group and the Mercy Sports Medicine team provided by Pacific THERx Physical Therapy. The presentation will take place in the Great Hall of the Mansion from 6:30-7:30pm. Any other sport medicine questions can be addressed as well. All parents and athletes are encouraged to attend.

*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. Please make sure you have been cleared for sports participation prior to the start of tryouts as no student will be allowed to start basketball or soccer unless they are cleared in the Appryse system.

*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 for basketball will also take place on Saturdays from 9:30am-11am…… 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

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 October 6-12

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

Naviance: Senior Students should be updating their college lists in Naviance to reflect where they are applying and by which deadlines they plan to submit.  This is the official list that will be used when submitted transcripts and other documents on your daughters behalf.  If your students need any help with this, please encourage them to see Ms. Mahalak!

Teacher and Counselor Recommendations: If senior students have not asked 2 teachers and a counselor to write a recommendation letter on their behalf, they need to do so as soon as possible. All teacher recommendation requests should be added to Naviance at this point and the Counselor recommendation google form should be completed.  If they have not done these things, they are at risk of falling behind in this process. We're here to help in counseling so please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

*CSU Application Now Available:  The California State University System opened it's application for the 2016-17 cycle this past Saturday, October 1st.  Students may begin working and completing the required documents at that time.  The final deadline is November 30th.  (The UC application is already available but will also be due on November 30th.)

*FAFSA Application Now Available:  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is now available to access and complete.  Please note that colleges and universities will have different deadlines for this form so it's important for your student to be aware of and manage the deadlines for each.  The FAFSA can be accessed here:

Junior Parent College Night Presentation: Thank you to those that were able to attend weeks's Junior Parent Night! We hope the information was helpful.  Even if you could not make it, please find the presentation here for your reference.  This is the combined ppt from our guest speaker from Saint Mary's College and AJ Tutoring.  Let us know if you have any questions!  

*PSAT: The PSAT will be administered at Mercy on Wednesday, October 19th.  JUNIORS and SOPHOMORES will take this test as a practice for the SAT FRESHMAN will take the PSAT 8/9 which is more geared for students in their first year of high school (please see two attachments below for more information about the PSAT for our 9th grade students).  This is simply a way of gaining practice with standardized testing and becoming more comfortable with the thought of taking the official SAT or ACT later on.  More information about understanding the scores and future test prep opportunities will be coming soon.  Seniors do not have school the 17th, 18th, and 19th of this week and are encouraged to visit colleges and work on their applications.

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    

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:

Library News

Tinkerspace and Engineering Club The library is developing a Tinkerspace for use by the Intro to Engineering club and others interested in tinkering at lunch times and after school.  We are seeking some basic tools and materials to help get the space established.  If you might be in a place to donate tools we would be very grateful!  In particular see the list below for items that we could use in the near future.  In addition if you know of someone who has a career in engineering of any sort who might be willing to share their experiences in some way with the club please let Sarah Murphy in the library know -

Tools list:

  • basic tool kit - needle nose pliers, wire cutters, wire stripping tools, pliers, screwdrivers, especially small ones of various types, adjustable wrenches,  
  • cutting boards
  • third hands - a tool for holding lots of fiddly wires together securely in place
  • soldering equipment 
  • storage boxes (preferably plastic see-through)
  • xacto knives
  • clamps and vises

Materials list:

  • electronics components of any sort
  • small stuffed toys with electronic parts - so they move or speak that we could take apart (any condition)
  • electric motors (small)
  • old broken electronic equipment for taking apart
  • batteries and batteryholders
  • duct tape
  • cardboard
  • cardstock - letter size for printing
  • dowels and toothpicks
  • popsicle sticks.
  • felting wool
  • scrap wood pieces

Thank you in advance for any donations.  If you have any questions or suggestions please let me know - Sarah Murphy - Library coordinator

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 anyone interested in this summers VPA trip to Australia and New Zeland there will be an information meeting Monday October 10th from 5:15p-5:45 in the dance room.  For more information or to sign up visit:  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, 9/29: Thai Chicken Wrap (a must try new item!)

Friday, 9/30: Fear the Lasagna

*NEXT WEEK's Menu Oct. 10-13

Monday: Chicken Parmesan Sandwich  seasoned and breaded breast of chicken baked to crispiness, served with our rich Marinara Sauce and Parmesan cheese in a Toasted Ciabatta bread. Served with field of green salad and a creamy Italian dressing. 

Tuesday: Chicken Tostada Salad Bowl  A Large crispy baked Flour Tortilla filled with our famous Spanish Rice, Beans and perfectly seasoned chicken breast bites, topped with lettuce , tomatoes, Mexican cheese blend, salsa and sour cream.  Please order before 9:00am for a vegetarian option

Wednesday:  Our Own Hot Dog Croissant with a side of Chilli  A quarter pounder all beef lean Hot Dog wrapped with our home made Pizza dough ,baked to golden brown, served with a side of beef and beans chili...This is a "to die for special " , limited quantity will be made , SO PLEASE Pre-Order :=) 

Thursday: Foccacia Burgers Our Secret Recipe All Beef Burger Grilled to perfection served on our soft and fluffy home made Rosemary and Chives Foccacia bread. Aside of Spring mix salad and our home made Balsamic Vinaigrette will complete this gourmet meal. 

Friday:  Meat or Spinach Calzones  Our Home made Pizza dough, smothered with our scrumptious Pizza Sauce, filled with Pepperoni, Cheese and our Gourmet home made loose sausage , OR a rich , creamy cheese and spinach filling , sealed with a hand braid and baked to golden brown.  Always a favorite.

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 7
Dig Pink Volleyball Games
Frosh @3:30pm, JV@4:30pm and Varsity@5:45pm
Mercy Burlingame vs. Mercy SF
Serra High School 

Monday, October 10-14
Pink Week 

Sunday, October 16
Mother Daughter Tea 

Monday, October 17

Tuesday, October 18
Student Holiday 

October 21, 22, 28 &29
A Midsummer Night's Dream
at Serra 



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