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February 1, 2017
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*Re-registration for the 2017-2018 school year:

On 2/6/2017
School Admin will generate an email with updated tuition and registration information.
FACTS accounts for the new school year will be activated. 
On 2/8/2017 through March 3rd
Students will be able to begin requesting courses for the next school year.  Courses will be finalized only when School Admin registration is complete and the registration fees paid.
On 2/27/2017
FACTS will draw the $600 re-registration fee for the first student in a family and $500.00 for each additional student.

Curriculum Presentation:

During collaboration last 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
February 8th.
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:
 During Collaboration last week, the students were asked to log into the College Board website to see  PSAT and PSAT 8/9 scores. This should give you and your daughter a chance to learn more about how to use those scores and the tools provided from the College Board and Khan Academy. Please see the resources below and take an active role in using these tools to improve your college readiness.(Both your daughter's advisor and counselor have her PSAT access code if she was absent.)

*CSF:  If you would like to apply to CSF using your FALL 2016 grades, please turn in the application (click HERE for application) to Mrs. Ohanessian by Wednesday, February 8th.  Do not leave applications in the main office.  Late applications will not be considered.


  • 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

student Announcements

*These announcements were sent to students today
through Schoology:

  • Pink slips: Students are responsible for making sure their pink slips are filled out correctly. Remember that you have five minutes to get from place-to-place during Collaboration. YOU need to fill out the slip and make sure that a teacher or designee signs the slip.
  • Cafeteria: Students cannot go to the cafeteria during Collaboration. Get your snacks before Advisory starts. Students in the cafeteria without explicit permission from administration will receive automatic detentions.
  • Picture day: Friday is picture day for clubs. All students must wear your full dress (sweater) uniform, even if you are not currently in a club.
  • Uniform: Teachers and advisors will be checking uniforms more often in the coming weeks. We need you to look at the dress-code and comply. Tights are allowed; no sweatpants or leggings. Sweatshirts must be Mercy sweatshirts only. You must have an official school polo under. No hats; no hoods in the buildings.
  • Email and Schoology: Students are required to check Schoology and Google email at least once every 24 hours. You are responsible for information transmitted that way. 
  • Mercy students will not take Tri-School classes at Notre Dame next year. There won't be transportation between the schools, and both administrations agreed that it is not possible for students to travel that distance safely and in a timely fashion. Serra will still send students to both schools, and Mercy students will be given the option of Serra Tri-School classes, as posted in the course catalog. 

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

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

Electronic Advanced Tickets are
scheduled to go on sale tomorrow
Early Bird Special Pricing $65.00 per ticket, regular $75.00! Ticket Prices will go up to regular price Wed, Feb 8, 2017

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)


*Father Daughter Dance  

Thank You to all the Mercy Daughters and Dads who attended "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!" 

Thank you to event chair: Katherine Ragusa (Ella '17) for a successful and fun night!

Thank you to all the volunteers:
 Karen Sammons, Michele Phaler, Delea Magana, Christine Day, Kellie Richards, Irma Papazian, Carolina Orlando, Phaidra Garcia, Barbara Patterson, Iris Postigo, Ana Alvarez, Jennie Nielsen, Lorena Peña, Tricia Mangabat - Buban, Helen Colombo, Linda Giusto

upcoming activities

*It’s that time again…..
The drive, put on by our Red Cross Club,
will be held on February 28th 
with donation times available from 9:30 – 3:30.  Mr. Diaz gives service hours for donors and volunteers. Check to ensure you can donate.

Blood and Platelet Donors Must:

- Be in good general health and feeling well*
- Be at least 17-years-old in most states, or 16-years-old with parental consent if allowed by state law  see more information for 16-year-old donors »
- Weigh at least 110 lbs.  Additional weight requirements apply for donors 18-years-old and younger and all high school donors. Click here for weight requirements for young donors.

* Note: Healthy means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, healthy also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control. If you are not feeling well on the day of your donation, please contact us to reschedule.

In order to schedule your appointment, please go to the link below, put in the zip code (94010) and click on the desired time.  If you are a student, please make sure to verify with your teachers that you can do this and miss part of class.  Classes that allow it are anatomy/Physiology, study hall, collaboration and religion (tell teachers in advance).  All others must be verified with teachers.  WE NEED BLOOD!  Get your parents involved too! 

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 started on Monday Jan 30. Girls should report to the following locations for their sport in which they plan to play and/or tryout. Unless an athlete is playing a winter sport, they should have started to practice and/or tryout. If not, placement on a roster could be jeopardized.

  • 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- No practice this Friday 2/3
  • 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:

Sophomore Basketball Player Kate McHale 

Kate is a girl who works hard every day in practice. Kate is willing to do whatever is asked of her by the coaches. She is currently tied for 2nd in scoring on the team and is the leading rebounder of the team averaging 10 rebounds per game. Last week, Kate had her best all around game of the year in a tough loss to Kings Academy. Great job Kate, keep grabbing those rebounds!



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  Feb. 2nd- Feb. 8th 

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: Mid year reports have been sent.  Please have your students check their college portals to make sure they have been received. 

*Update your Naviance:  Please make sure your Naviance is accurate with the schools your daughters have applied to.

*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: It's 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!

music at kohl

*Music at Kohl Thanks Our Volunteers!

Thank you to the following volunteers for helping with our Enso String Quartet concert this past Sunday, January 29: Duo Duo Bao, Kaitlin Cagawan, Nikko Cordero, Brandon Gregg, Tyler Harris, Angelina Montenegro, Gabriela Montenegro, Sarah Murphy, Kelsey Popa, Mike Popa, Nancy Popa, Stephanie Shen, Queenie Wang, Peggy Wu, and Grace Zhang. We were fortunate to have a big group of volunteers and all worked well together to make our event a great success.

Our next concert is coming up quick on Sunday, February 12. Anyone who would like to come volunteer with front of house duties (taking tickets, ushering, distributing programs) and with the reception (food and beverage preparation, serving, setting up and cleaning up) please contact Yvonne Wun at

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, 2/2/17:  Creamy Sheppard's Pie 

Friday, 1/27/17:  Chicken Tostada Salad Bowl

*NEXT WEEK's Menu Feb. 6 - 10 

Monday: Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches  Thinly sliced Beef grilled with Caramelized onions and Bell Peppers, topped with Provolone Cheese over a soft French Roll

Tuesday: Thai Chicken Wrap  Chunks of chicken simmered in coconut curry sauce over steamed rice wrapped in a tortilla with a ginger cabbage slaw, shredded carrots and red bell peppers

Wednesday: Spaghetti and Meat Sauce  Fresh 92%/8% Ground Beef , cooked in our own toasted herbs and spices in a rich Marinara Sauce, Served over Spaghetti Noodles. Served with Green Salad and Ranch dressing

Thursday:  Foccacia Chicken Sandwich  Our Secret Recipe Grilled to perfection Chicken breast served on our soft and fluffy home made Rosemary and Chives Foccacia bread and our special Lemon Basil Aioli.  A side of Spring mix salad and our home made Balsamic Vinaigrette will complete this gourmet meal.

Friday:  Chicken or Cheese Enchiladas  Corn tortillas filled with Mexican style shredded chicken and Cheese or a blend of cheeses, served in our own recipe of red Enchilada Sauce and sprinkled with Mexican cheese, served with Spanish Rice and salad

Upcoming Events  

Faculty and Staff Appreciation
Feburary 2 

Mercy Day Off/School Holiday
February 17 

Presidents' Day
February 20

Mercy Student Holiday
(Faculty/Staff Retreat) 
February 21 






Prayers and Petitions

Faculty/Staff Directory


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