January 10, 2018                                                                            PARENT ENEWS



*Dear Students and Parents:
Mercy High School is pleased to present to you the 2018-2019 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. 5 and remain open until March 2. 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. 2. Students requesting an off-campus Tri-School class should complete the contract by April 20 and are required to attend the orientation at Serra on April 16. Should you have any questions about the process, please contact your academic counselor.   



Lauren Conklin

Assistant Head of School for Academics

Mercy Dads' Club Social Night
Michael Murphy

  When:   Thursday, January 11 at 6:30 PM
  Where:  Emergency BBQ
                765 Old County Road
                San Carlos, CA 94070

We will sample local craft beers while enjoying a light barbecue dinner. Mercy dad Jeremy Sowers, owner of Emergency BBQ and a former brew master, will serve his famous BBQ and educate us on the finer points of our local brews. The cost is $20 per person. Please let us know that you are coming by clicking on the EVITE RSVP buttonWe hope to see you there!

If you have any questions please contact Michael Murphy (Erin 2018)


Calling crafty parents!

We're looking for a few volunteers to help assemble Mercy Gear gift baskets for Elementary School Auction requests on Tuesday 1/16, Wednesday 1/17 and/or Thursday 1/18. Please contact Briana Daley to let us know your availability, and we'll set up everything you'll need! (, (650) 762-1115).
Thanks in advance!



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eScrip Benefit Mobile App - buy and redeem gift cards instantly from your mobile device! Click HERE for info on how to get app


Mercy High School Speaker Series


January 31, 2018 • 6:30-8:00PM

Kohl Mansion at Mercy High School Burlingame

* This event is required for Sophomore Class Parents and open to the public

Wouldn't you love to be able to approach conflict with your teen in a way that ensures both of you feel heard, and allows you to find a solution together? When you learn the Collaborative Problem-Solving Process, you'll understand how to connect with your teen so they will listen to you, as well as share their own ideas. In this workshop on transforming conflict into cooperation, the skills you learn can even be applied to family, friend, and coworker relationships. This philosophy empowers parents and provides a concrete and hope-filled path to turn family conflicts into effective, collaborative discussions.


Cynthia Klein is a psychologist, educator, author and public speaker who has been coaching parents for over 20 years. Click here to learn more and to register for the event!

Winter Formal!
This year's formal "A Night at the Museum" will be at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Tickets go on sale on Friday for $85 per guest through December. In January the price will rise to $95 per guest. To buy a ticket Mercy students and guests must have their permission slips filled out and signed by a parent, as well as the ticket fee. Both cash and checks are accepted made out to Mercy High School.



*Father Daughter Dance!
  Friday, Feb. 2nd - 8:00PM 

  Click HERE for invite 



Night of Mystery at the Mansion!

March 3, 2018

Join us for an interactive night of
"Who Done it" at the Mansion


Financial Assistance Program for 2018-19 
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 2018-19 school year must complete an online financial aid application. Applications must be submitted by February 9, 2018* 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 9, 2018.  Families that have both an applying 8th grader and returning student must meet the December 11, 2017 deadline. 



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 2018 with Mercy athletics.

Charlie Dougherty
Athletic Director

*Spring Sports first official day is Jan 29th 
If your daughter is planning on playing a spring sport, please make sure they are fully registered and cleared thru the Magnus system. Parents must register thru the Parent portal of Powerschool. Each athlete must be cleared to participate before they can start a sport. If your daughter needs a sports physical, please get one done during the Holiday break. All athletes must be registered and cleared by January 29 or they will not be able to start the spring sport in which they want to participate in.

Conditioning sessions have started back up. All athletes planning on participating in a spring sport are expected to utilize the conditioning times in January to be ready for the start of spring sports on January 29.

Conditioning Schedule for the Spring Quarter Sports:
Meet in the Grassilli Center

  • Monday and Friday: 6:30-7:30am - Swimming
  • Monday and Wednesday:  3:00-4:00pm - Softball
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 3:15-4:45pmTrack and Lacrosse
  • Gymnastics will have conditioning Monday-Friday 3-4pm at Gymtown Gymnastics in South San Francisco

*Mercy Athlete of Week:
Varsity Basketball Player Kate McHale
Kate, a Junior, is the main force in the middle for the basketball team. She is very skilled in disrupting any shots in the key. She is a dominant rebounder who averages  13 rebounds per game. In addition, she is averaging 8 points per game. Over the Holidays, the team played 7 games and went 5-2. In the win over Crystal Springs on Monday 1/8, Kate had 16 points and 18 rebounds. Great job Kate, keep it going!

*Click HERE for the schedule for team events for the
upcoming week of - Jan. 11-Jan 17


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


All results of each team can be found in the Mercy scoreboard-

Treatment times: Any athlete who is in need of treatment for injury, Emerald is available in Grassilli Center Monday and Wednesday from 4-5pm


Please click HERE for Placement Opportunities, Immersion Trips, Requirements and Saturday's of Service. For questions please email Peter Diaz at


Mercy Burlingame & SF
Spring Break Sacramento Immersion Trip! When: April 3-6

Price: $250


We will be working with Loaves and Fishes which was started by a Sister of Mercy. We will learn about sustainable farming vs. commercial farming. Also, we will be visiting UC Davis and Chico State. Click HERE for flyer.


Sign up on the Event Calendar.

Contact Mr. Diaz, or Ms. Connolly, if you have any questions


Mercy Burlingame

Summer Chicago Immersion Trip!
When: June 8-16

Price: $1,500

We will be working with Misericordia which was started by a Sister of Mercy. Also, we will be visiting Loyola Chicago and University of Chicago. Click HERE for flyer.

Sign up on the Event Calendar.
Informational Meeting on January 17 at
6:30pm in room 109

Contact Mr. Diaz, or Ms. Connolly, if you have any questions.



Year of Outreach and Solidarity


The Sisters of Mercy invite you to a year of special gatherings to enable Outreach and Solidarity with our neighbors who are suffering hate crimes, discrimination, and fear of deportation. During this year long program we will highlight the sacredness of each member of the human family in our global village. All events in the Year of Outreach and Solidarity are free and open to all. Free will offerings will be possible to support the ministries of the Solidarity Committee.
Please click HERE for the Program Calendar.


One Warm Coat Drive

The Sisters of Mercy's One Warm Coat drive will officially will end on Friday, January 12th Hope you've been gathering up your clean and gently used men, women and children coats, jackets and sweaters.  The blue bins will be located in Mercy Center front office and in Russell Hall main lobby.


This year we will be collecting for City Team Ministries who serve people of extreme poverty. They have a great outreach to those who live on the streets of our cities.



Fancy a trip across the pond?
The VPA summer 2018 destinations include London, Paris, Venice and Rome. 
For more info contact Gary Ferguson


*Finalize your applications: Application season is slowly coming to and end.  Students should be wrapping up their applications and submitting them.  If you have added any schools to your list, please let Mrs. Ohanessian know so we can send your transcripts and letters of recommendation. 

*Complete your FAFSA:  
Here is the link to FAFSA. Please be sure to submit this by the deadline for your school. 


*CSS Profile:  Please remember to complete the CSS Profile if you school requires it by the financial aid deadlines. 


*Decision Time: Some of you might be hearing from your colleges!  Come on by and let me know which schools you are hearing from. Please update your Naviance with your decisions.  


*UC Application verification process:  Students randomly selected to verify information in their application were notified by the end of Dec. 2017. The deadline to respond is Jan. 31, 2018. A small number of students were asked to provide documentation of 7/8th grade geometry. A non-response to the request for verification will result in cancellation of the application.


*Check your portals:  Check in with your school portals to make sure your schools have everything they need.  If you are missing something, please come and see me right away. 


*Mid-year Reports: These will be sent in the next week or so.  If you have any questions about your mid-year report, please come by and see Mrs. Ohanessian.  We will send them automatically, you do not need to request them.  


Francesca Mallegni Ohanessian

College Counselor



If you would like to purchase a copy of the 2018 Senior Panoramic Photo please use the link below.


Attention Mercy Parents for Graduating Class of 2018
As your graduating senior's High School career comes to its conclusion, what better
way to celebrate their successful journey through High School than with a
celebratory announcement of pride in your child's yearbook?

To purchase, follow the link below to get started. Prices for Senior Celebration Ad space start at $140, so be sure to purchase your ad space as soon as possible. Spaces are limited, so hurry now and claim your spot!


Follow the link to start the process:


*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 - 1/11 - Orange Glazed Chicken with Steamed Rice and Asian veggie blend

Friday - 1/12 - Shepherd's Pie


*NEXT WEEK's MENU - please see Schoology





Music at Kohl Mansion invites all Mercy students and family to volunteer at our next concert on Sunday, January 21, featuring the Parker Quartet. We need help in the front of house (distributing programs, taking tickets, ushering) as well as with our post concert reception (preparing food platters, setting up, serving, cleaning up). Service credit is available for volunteer hours. It's a fun way to spend a Sunday evening with friends and meet other Mercy students and parents. Volunteer hours are generally between 6-10 pm, though we do need someone a little earlier at 4:45 (ending time can be anytime between 8-10pm for this shift).

If you're interested or have questions, please contact Program Administrator Yvonne Wun at  We hope you can join us!



Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January 15


Student Holiday
January 16


Mercy Formal
January 26

Catholic Schools Week
January 29 - February 2

Father Daughter Dance

February 2



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