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January 25, 2017
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*Curriculum Presentation:

During collaboration this week, your daughter saw this Curriculum Presentation Video about how to select classes for next year.  Counselors came around to answer questions afterwards.  PowerSchool will open for course selection on February 8th and close on March 3rd.  We hope that you can start the course selection process at home with a conversation about what your daughter is interested in taking and about what you think an appropriate load would be for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.  Academic Counselors will schedule meetings with students in February during their religion classes to review their course requests and answer any questions.  Students will have until March 3rd to make any changes in PowerSchool.  This page of the Mercy website has the Course Catalog and other helpful information to best prepare a student for course schedule.  Please email your daughter's academic counselor if you have any questions.

Michele Macmillan ( for the Class of 2018 and Class of 2020
Beth Mahalak ( for the Class of 2019


Dear Students and Parents:

Mercy High School is pleased to present to you the 2017-2018 Course Catalog. Here you will find the course offerings for the next academic year, as well as the planning tools and information needed to complete the course request process.
We invite you to carefully and thoughtfully consider the course offerings with your family before
making your requests. Course requests will open on Feb. 8 and remain open until March 3. Counselors will meet with each student to ensure a rigorous, yet balanced course-load.
Students requesting an AP course should complete and hand in the AP Contract by Feb. 8. Students requesting an off-campus Tri-School class should complete the contract by April 30. Should you have any questions about the process, please contact your academic counselor.   
Lauren Conklin
Assistant Head of School for Academics

PSAT scores are now available for students to access using the score reporting portal.
 Learn about your score reports by watching this video. Academic counselors will work with students to help understand their scores after the break.                    


Clean out your bookshelves!
Book Drive at Mercy High School to support
St. Vincent de Paul’s Books 4 Hope

Mercy High School is running a BOOK DRIVE, January 12-27, to support  St. Vincent de Paul’s Homeless Help Centers.  All books received will help support the Homeless Help Centers.  

Bring in gently used books and leave them in the bins in the cafeteria and library between January 12 and 27 or leave them in the Main Office.  

This is a great opportunity to make some space in your bookshelves for new books!  Click HERE for flyer 

Thanks for supporting Mercy and St. Vincent de Paul!

financial assistance

Financial Assistance Program for 2017-2018  
Mercy High School recognizes that families have varying financial needs and make financial sacrifices which include adjusting spending priorities and maximizing both parents’ earnings to provide their daughters with a strong academic education. The Financial Assistance Program at Mercy strives to help those families who, even with personal sacrifices, have a difficult time meeting the full tuition obligation. Awards are made for a one-year period, families must re-apply each year.

The application process is fair and confidential. Assessments are done by an outside firm (TADS) that specializes in school financial assistance programs. Financial aid awards are made based on a family’s demonstrated need and the availability of school funds.

All families who would like to be considered for financial assistance for the 2017-2018 school year must complete an online financial aid application. Applications must be submitted by February 10, 2017* with all necessary documentation.  This link will direct you to our website for further information and the online TADS application.  Late applications are processed and reviewed, but meeting the appropriate deadline is strongly recommended to be included in the first round of aid awards.  Please contact Lynn Beal at 650-762-1101 or if you have any questions.

*Please note returning 10th, 11th and 12th grade families must apply by February 10, 2017.  Families that have both an applying 8th grader and returning student must meet the December 12, 2016 deadline.

mercy Parent club

*Father Daughter Dance!

Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017- 
(Please note: Date change from original school calendar)  Click HERE for invite 
80's retro theme dress NOT Required

Please RSVP at:

*Father Daughter PHOTOS will be available for purchase. Click HERE for packages and pricing options. 

MPC Need’s Your HELP to Make this Night 
Special for all
Daughters and Dads!

Please sign up below to donate your time Father Daughter Dance Volunteer Sign Ups


 *Mai Tais at the Mansion! 
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Advance Ticket Sales
will begin 1/30/17

Click HERE for Parent Information Letter 
   (including Advertising/Sponsorship Opportunities          and Donation info)

Donate an Auction Item! 
  - click HERE for online Donation Form
  - click HERE for printable Donation Form (pdf)


*Mercy Advanced and Honors Chorale singers are busy preparing for an upcoming music festival at Santa Clara University. We will be collaborating with singers from a number of other schools--about 200 students--and the culminating concert at the end of the day is free and open to the public. It will be in the lovely Mission Church, a beautiful acoustic for stunning performance. January 28th, 7:30pm Mission Santa Clara, Click HERE for flyer.

senior parents


Click HERE for details on how to submit the dedication.

Randall Watts
Yearbook Advisor

It's that time of year to show your daughter how proud you are of her accomplishments by placing a dedication in their Senior yearbook.The website has guides and videos to help and there is a help desk by the company in case you get stuck. So start gathering your pictures (they will need to be digital and at least 300kb) that you would like to use. Parents sometimes use baby up to now, others have family photos, and other have pictures of their activities in high school with friends; it is up to you.  If you need any help or have questions please contact me, Randall Watts, yearbook advisor at


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


*Reminder for Spring Sports: Every athlete must be fully registered in the Appryse system and cleared to play sports before they start a season. A physical is required to get cleared. If you have not been cleared you will not be allowed to try out for a team. 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. If you have played on a team in the fall or winter, you are cleared.

*Spring Sports will start on Monday Jan 30. Girls should report to the following locations for their sport in which they plan to play and/or tryout.

  • Softball: Cuernavaca Park in Burlingame. Mon-Friday 3-5pm
  • Lacrosse: Franklin Field in Burlingame. Mon-Friday 3-5pm
  • Swimming: Mercy Pool in Burlingame. Mon-Friday 3:30-5pm
  • Track and Field: Meet by the Pond on Mercy campus. Mon-Friday 3:15-5pm
  • Gymnastics: Gymtowne Gymnastics in South San Francisco. Mon-Friday 3-5pm

           All girls should bring the proper equipment needed for their sport.


Mercy Athlete of the Week:

Senior Soccer player Lauren Rocheleau

Lauren is a leader on the field who plays the game with a calming influence. Lauren leads by example and encouragement. She has a competitive attitude that helps her ability to influence games and motivate those around her. Always a positive factor in every game, Lauren is willing to take risks and try to implement suggestions from the coaches. Great job Lauren!


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 Spring 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.

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 Jan. 26 - Feb. 1

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 2017 with Mercy athletics.

Charlie Dougherty
Athletic Director

College Counseling

*Cal Grant GPA Verification: In order to be considered for the Cal Grant, you will need to submit the Cal Grant GPA Verification form.  You must complete the top portion of the form and then I will complete the bottom.  I will return the form to you and you mail it in to the address on the bottom of the form.  This must be completed by March 2nd along with your FAFSA.  

*FAFSA: Please remember to sign and submit your FAFSA when applying for financial aid.  Check in with your schools to make sure they received your FAFSA.  If you have any concerns or are not sure what a FAFSA is, please come by and see me. 

*Mid-Year Reports: Your transcripts are available and the midyear reports will be going out this weekend and early next week.  If you need anything in the mean time, please let me know. 

*Update your Naviance:  Please make sure your Naviance is accurate with the schools you have applied to. If I don't see the school on the list, unfortunately, I don't know that you applied there and won't send your transcripts.   Of course you will want to update it as decisions come in as well.

*UC Application Verification and Updates: Please remember to go in and update your UC application once you have new test scores.  Some of you might have also been selected for verification or additional information has been asked of you.  Make sure you stick to those deadlines. 

*Check your online portals: It is very important that you check your school portals to make sure all has been received.  The UC's and some CSU's will also ask for verification through the portal.  Please make sure you are checking these regularly. 

*Junior Parents: Its time to set up your College Meeting with Mrs. Ohanessian.  Please email Francesca at to schedule your appointment today. 

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

Summer Volunteer Opportunity

Are you looking for a summer volunteer opportunity?  There are some summer volunteer opportunities at the Hiller Aviation Museum for High School Students. Beginning June 12th and running through September 1st (13 weeks) they run a science day camp at the museum. To help facilitate a fun and exciting summer camp we search for teen volunteers with an interest in working with kids and an enthusiasm for science. This is a great opportunity for High School students to gain leadership experience and foster an appreciation of science within their community.

Teen volunteers help with camp in a number of ways; as aids to the teaching staff, as outdoor activity organizers and as helpers when building projects with the campers. We ask for a minimum volunteer commitment of two half-day weeks or one full day week, both equal to two shifts.

Please see the attached flyer about this teen volunteer program.  The application for teen volunteers is available from their website by following this link: OR for your convenience Click HERE a volunteer application. If you have any further questions please email or call (650)654-0200 x219.
We are looking forward to an exciting summer of science and aviation!

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, 1/26/17:   Our Homemade Mac and cheese  Our gourmet cheese sauce over Italian Pasta with  Broccoli OR Homemade loose Sausage

Friday, 1/27/17:  BBQ Chicken with Mash Potatoes and Corn

*NEXT WEEK's Menu Jan. 30 - Feb. 3

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. For the vegetarians, we will duplicate with an Eggplant Parmesan ( Please pre-order).

Tuesday: Pasta Primavera Creamy Alfredo sauce with a vegetable medley  and Chicken breast chunks, served with a green Salad and Italian Vinaigrette

Wednesday: Teriyaki Chicken, Vegetables and Rice Chicken breast Marinated with Teriyaki Seasoning , cooked to perfection with a blend of Asian Vegetables served over Steamed white rice

Thursday: Creamy Sheppard's Pie 2 Layers of our home made creamy mashed potatoes, with a layer of seasoned ground beef ( 90/10 grade ) with Carrots , peas and cheddar cheese in the middle, baked to golden brown and served with a spring mix salad and Ranch dressing....Kids Favorite!!!

Friday:  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 options

Upcoming Events  

Father Daughter Dance
January 28
Kohl Mansion - 8:00pm

Faculty and Staff Appreciation
Feburary 2 

Presidents' Day
February 20

Mercy Student Holiday
(Faculty/Staff Retreat) 
February 21 






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Faculty/Staff Directory


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