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October 19, 2016
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*Mother Daughter Tea Thank You! 

A huge thanks to all of our volunteers working before, during and after the event!  Steve Almes, Jim Blue, Jim Bracco, Mark Brennan, Karl Clausing, Manny Cortez, Rick Deming, Alipate Faletau, Peter Grace, Sean Homan, Rudy Jauregui, Mike Jay, Jason Kruljac, Paul Mccarthy, Patrick McHale, David Murphy, Brian Nappi, Kim Nappi, Juvenal Nevarez, Paul Orlando, Rick Ragusa, Marty Wells, Valiant Wong and Michael Wong. 


    *Mercy’s 1st
    Thank-A-Thon and Phonathon
    Calling all girls!  We need your help calling and “thanking” all of our generous donors who have made gifts to support Mercy!  We will also be calling a few of our donors who like to make their annual gift by speaking to one of the students. It’ll be a fun night – we will train you in how to call and feed you pizza too!  No experience necessary. Girls will receive service hours.  

    Sign up today! Click HERE to sign up. Questions, please contact Mrs. Fraher at

    WHEN:    November 1, 2016
    WHERE:  Mercy High School – Kohl Mansion
                   Advancement Office and Main office area
    TIME:      3 pm – 8 pm
                   Shift 1:  3 – 5:30
                   Shift 2:  5:30 – 8:00


    Halloween Carnival:  We will be hosting a small Halloween carnival for St. Peter's first graders on Thursday October 27th. We need donations of candy for our trick or treating walk.  If you can donate a bag of candy we would greatly appreciate it.  Have your daughter drop it off in the Campus Ministry Office.  Thanks Ms. Simonetti


    Host Families Needed for French Students in the Spring 
    As French Week at Mercy winds down, I would like to announce that again in the Spring we will be hosting high school students from France. We are hoping to find host families for 8 girls who will come to school everyday with a Mercy student and be part of the family. She will be expected to do chores, go out with the family, and participate in family life. It is asked that she have her own bed; it is not necessary to have a private room and bath. We have had many wonderful memories with these girls and long-lasting friendships have been made. Please consider this. The tentative dates are March 29- April 12. Once we have interested families, we will be sent profiles of girls so as to find compatible matches to our Mercy girls. The French girls do speak English well enough to communicate. They are always eager to improve their English. There is no need for your daughter to be enrolled in French in order to enjoy this opportunity. Any questions please email me at Merci! Liz Barthe, French teacher.

    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 


    mercy parent club

    *Please Join Us for a Toast to Mercy!

    Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 - 7:00 PM, Kohl Mansion
    50% of all wine sales will be donated to Mercy High School

    A Toast to Mercy individual tickets and sponsorships are now available to purchase online! Click HERE for tickets/sponsorships/advertise 
    This is a great opportunity for our Mercy Community to invite friends for a evening of tasting and conversations at the historic Kohl Mansion splendidly decorated for Christmas!  Contact Jennifer Munsey at or 650-762-1199 with any questions.

    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


    *Winter Sport Tryouts: You must be signed up and cleared on the Appryse system: No exceptions!

    • Soccer will start on Oct 31 at Skyline College.
      Hours will be from 3-5pm. Mon-Friday
    • Basketball will start on Nov 1 at College of San Mateo:
      The hours for week 1 will be:
      • Nov 1   4-6:30pm
      • Nov 2-   4-6:30pm
      • Nov 3    5:30-8pm
      • Nov 4    4-6:30pm

    *Mercy Athlete(s) of the Week:
    Tennis Double Partners -
    Senior Candice Tongson
    and Sophomore Sophia Morey
    Candice and Sophia have played a vital role for the young tennis team. They have quiet dispositions but yet are fierce competitors who give it their all on the court. Sophia and Candice have now won back to back matches against opponents they lost to in the first round of league play. Their play and leadership is invaluable to the team….Great job Candice and Sophia…..

    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. The 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 20-26

    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!

    Helpful Reading: The Washington Post published an interesting article about the state of the College Admissions process and the ways we can best help our students navigate it: In addition, seniors met on Monday this week to discuss the Deadline Management process for their college applications.  Click here to view the powerpoint presentation

    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:

    Tri-School College Fair: 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! Click here for a list of colleges attending.  You can also view the flyer for the event here.

    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. 

    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     

    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


    Thank you to the following volunteers who came on Sunday night to help with our opening season concert which featured the Jasper String Quartet: Liea Chan, Jamielyn Gamboa, Brandon Gregg, Taylor Keith, Kelsey Popa, Mike Popa, Nancy Popa, Megan Samn, Tatyana Thumas, Queenie Wang, Christiana Wong, Paula Wong, Peggy Wu, Jennifer Ye, Grace Zhang and Kelly Z.

    Our opening went smoothly and the reception was well attended. The volunteers helped to prepare a lovely buffet and helped make a wonderful evening for our guests.

    If anyone is interested in volunteering at any of our upcoming concerts (Nov 6, Dec 18, Jan 29, Feb 12, Mar 26, April 9 and Apr 30). Service credit for all Mercy and Serra students who volunteer on concert nights.  Please contact Program Administrator Yvonne Wun at

    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 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!

    Kohl Mansion

    *Help Decorate the Kohl Mansion 

    for the Holidays!
    We will decorate the Kohl Mansion for the holidays, Monday, November 14 and Tuesday November 15. Great way to meet some wonderful Mercy families! If you would like to help, Email Terri Baldocci, Director of Kohl Mansion at for details. 

    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, 10/19: Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

    Friday, 10/20: Meat or Spinich Calzones

    *NEXT WEEK's Menu Oct. 24-28 please see schoology post

    Upcoming Events

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

    October 21
    Halloween Dance 

    Tuesday, Oct. 25
    Junior Ring Ceremony 

    Nov. 1

    Nov. 4
    Pink Rally 



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