March 14, 2018                                                                            PARENT ENEWS


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*Wednesday, March 28 is now a minimum day. Students will be dismissed at 12:20 p.m. The school will close at 1 p.m. All students should be out of the building by 1 p.m.


Today was an extraordinary learning day at Mercy. Our opening prayer included the names of the 17 people - students, teachers and coaches - taken too soon at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. We heard speeches about gun violence from two freshman and two sophomore students, and then we walked. As we walked to the main road and stood for 17 minutes, we were all amazed by the show of support from people driving by. The rain held off throughout our walk - Catherine McAuley was looking out for us.

Learning takes many forms. Today we learned by listening to young women talk about gun violence and sharing their opinions. We learned from the show of solidarity from the Sisters at Marian Oaks who came out to cheer us on. We learned from the hundreds of people who drove by and honked their support. We learned by acting on our beliefs. Today was an extraordinary learning day at Mercy! -- Karen Hanrahan, Head of School


Colleges that Change Lives Presentation:

Join us for a presentation at Notre Dame High School on March 21st at 6:30. The Executive Director of the Colleges that Change Lives will discuss the importance of finding the right fit for students as they navigate the college search process. Please click HERE for flier or email Francesca Ohanessian for any questions.




Tri-School Productions Presents

West Side Story

Don't miss this classic, high-energy show that tells its tragic love story through song and dance. The iconic representation of life in New York City's West Side during the 1950s highlight themes relevant today, and reminds us that while social tensions persist, love and humanity unite us. 

Performances are March 16, 17, 23 & 24 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, March 18 at 2:00pm in Junipero Serra High School's Gellert Auditorium.  Buy tickets HERE!

More information on the Tri-School Productions website



*This event is required for the Mercy Class of 2019 (Junior) parents.

Tickets are free but seats are limited!

Reserve yours today:


PSAT: During Advisory last week and this week students watched this video to learn more about their scores on the PSAT and how they can use this information to prepare for the SAT and future PSAT dates.  Matching your student's scores with Khan Academy will give your students an inside look at their scores and allow them to gain better knowledge in areas they need the most support in.  


PSAT 10: On Monday March 26th, Sophomores will take the PSAT 10 at Mercy.  Please find the Student Guide here.  Sophomores will not have class that day and will only be taking the exam.  We will be sending out more information as we get closer to the date, but please feel free to contact Mrs. Ohanessian with any questions about the PSAT. 




Blood Drive
Monday, March 26, 2018 

Blood Drive at Burlingame Community sponsored by Mercy High School on Monday, March 26, 2018. We need you!


Shout out to students interested in wildlife research!
Operation Wallace is an organization that runs a series of biological and conservation management research programs that operate in remote locations across the world.  These expeditions are designed with specific wildlife conservation aims in mind-from identifying areas of needing protection, through to implementing and assessing conservation management programs.  All students pay to join the expeditions that travel to destinations such as Ecuador and the Galapagos, Fiji, Honduras, Guyana, Croatia and many more!  Mercy is teaming up with Operation Wallace for an expedition in summer 2019.  A member of Operation Wallace will be on campus this March 26th from 1:30-2:30pm.  Please encourage your high schoolers to attend this informational presentation.   


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



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

Winter Sport team uniform return: All uniforms and deck jackets are due. They must be laundered and clean. Please return to Mr Dougherty ASAP. Any uniforms or Mercy gear not returned will result in the family of the athlete being charged a replacement fee.



*Mercy Athlete of Week:
Sophomore Cheer Member Kailyn Laubacher 
Kailyn is a quiet leader on our Varsity Cheer Team. Her stunt group was changed right before the Jamz State competition in Bakersfield. The squad then had to put in extra hours of hard work to pull off the stunts we were competing. Undaunted, Kailyn never complained about putting in extra turns or altering the way she was doing something to make it work for her team. Kailyn is a humble and talented athlete who helped lead her team to take home 1st place out of 11 teams at High School Nationals in Las Vegas. Great job Kailyn!


*Click HERE for the schedule for team practices and events for the
upcoming week of - March 15-21

*Practices for our Spring teams will be held at the following locations. Each sport will be Monday-Friday unless coach informs team of different schedule

  • Softball: Cuernavaca Park in Burlingame 3-5pm.

  • Track and Field: : Serra High School 3:30-5:30pm

  • Lacrosse: Franklin Field in Burlingame 3-5pm

  • Swimming: Mercy Pool starting on Monday March 12. In addition, on Monday and Friday there is Dryland practice 6:30-7:30am in Grassilli Center

  • Gymnastics: Gymtowne Gymnastics in South San Francisco 3-5pm

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.

*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


*This is a very exciting time to be a senior.  Its almost spring break and soon you will all know where you will be off to next year.  Please come by and see me with any questions or anything you might need.  I have MANY updates for you today as there is still a lot to do.   


*Check to see if you received the Cal Grant:  Log on to Webgrants4Students to see if you qualified for the Cal Grant.  It may say that you received it for one particular school but not to worry, you can change the school once you decide where you want to go to school next year.  


*Check your Admission Status: Be sure to be logging into portals provided by the schools and looking at your admissions status.  Some schools send an email, some schools post online, and some send some good old-fashioned snail mail.  Either way be on the lookout for the news and update your Naviance when you receive your notifications. 


*Follow up on your To Do Lists: Some colleges will have a To Do list or a "Next Steps" portal for you.  Be sure to follow all instructions sent by the schools.  This could hold up your financial aid or your housing. 


*Financial aid award Letters: Financial aid award letters will most likely be sent through the mail or be located in your student portal.  If you are having trouble accessing them or understanding them, please come by and see me.  It is important to know that once you decide to go to a particular school, you will need to accept your financial aid.  We will talk a little bit more about that during advisory. 


*Apply for Housing: If you know you are going to a specific school, apply for housing early.  Some housing (like SF State) is available now so you can register for housing now.  If it is impacted, all the more reason to apply early.  


*Community College: Students planning to attend the community colleges should be signing up for orientation and placement tests.  Be sure to do this early!  The earlier you do it, the sooner you can register for classes.  You sign up through your WebSmart account. Come by and see me if you have any questions. 


*Visit Colleges: Over spring break try to visit schools as they most likely will be in session.  This way you can start to make final decisions on where you will be going.  Attending the Spring Admitted Student events is also a great way to see the school.  Remember to fill out the College Visit Request form and turn it into me before you go. 


*Scholarships: In order to have your scholarships noted in the graduation booklet they need to be sent to me by April 15th.  Please be sure to send me a list of scholarships along with the school name, scholarship name and the amount over four years as soon as possible.  Kudos to Mrs. Fischer's advisory for sending me all the scholarships last week! 


*Update your Naviance: Next week, we will be updating the bulletin board in Russell with Acceptances so please be sure to put them in Naviance.  If you want to come and put up your own flag, come by my office! 


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 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:


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*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 - 3/15
 - Focaccia Burgers 

Friday - 3/16 - (No Meat) Grilled Cheese sandwich with Cilantro Tomato soup

*NEXT WEEK's MENU please see schoology



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.




Music at Kohl Mansion is featuring the Camerata RCO on Sunday, March 25 and needs volunteers to help with the front of house (distributing programs, taking tickets, ushering) and with the post concert reception (preparing food platters, setting up, serving and cleaning up). If you are available to help, please contact Yvonne Wun, Program Administrator at Available shifts are 4:45-8:45 pm or 6-10 pm. Mercy and Serra students receive service credit for hours served. This is a fun way to get to know other parents, students and community members, all while being part of a fun event!


Spring Musical

Westside Story

March 16, 17, 18, 23, 24


Career Day

March 22


Holy Week Liturgy

March 28


Easter Vacation

March 29-April 6

Student Holiday

April 9




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