August 15, 2018  |  PARENT ENEWS 



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Mercy Faculty were busy this summer! Many of our teachers took in-depth professional development training to learn new ways of engaging students. With the mentorship of Knowing Technologies, Mercy's EdTech consultants, teachers are developing and implementing exciting strategies - here is a small sample! Michele Gachowski (American Sign Language) is using an app called Flipgrid that leverages the power of video interactions in a social learning platform, where students can receive quick and immediate feedback from their instructors and peers in real time. Stefanie Oudiz (English) is developing a program that teaches study skill strategies such as organization, time management, research, presentations, and reading in all curriculum areas - skills necessary for college and careers. Lindsay Stewart (Biology, Anatomy) has created a flexible learning environment in her classroom to provide different spaces for students to engage in the learning process (see picture above). Tom Wootten (Social Studies) is developing a number of project-based learning strategies, including the use of a green screen in students' multimedia projects.



Mercy Policy Reminders

School Uniform Policy
Please take a moment to review the School Uniform Policy. The flats required for the formal uniform are defined as non-tennis shoe footwear that is entirely black. Black TOMS will be acceptable. 


Hair Policy Reminder

Students, please remember that dyeing the entire head of hair an unnatural color is not allowed. This year one, one-inch colored streak is permitted. All hair must be in dress code compliance for Picture Day on 8/20. Any student not in uniform will receive a uniform infraction daily until their hair meets school standards.


Morning drop-off/Afternoon pick-up


*We believe that starting the school day strong is important! Arriving on time before 7:55AM is imperative to your daughter's academic success. Missed class time can result in a student missing key information, as well as disrupt the learning environment. We appreciate your partnership in this.


For questions regarding the school uniform, please contact Dean of Students, Shannon LeCompte, at


Transportation Resources

Please note that students taking BART and CalTrain will now take the North Burlingame City Shuttle to Mercy. Schedule can be found HERE


SamTrans info HERE


Attention all budding Engineers and Scientists! Tesseract Institute at Lynbrook High School, San Jose, is putting on a Robotics Seminar on 8/26/18 from 8:30 - 4:30 pm. The seminar will introduce students to FRC Mechanical design basics. If your daughter is interested in joining the Tri-School Robotics club this year, it is highly encouraged to go.


Cost is $10 per student. Email Asst. Head of School for Student Life Claire Rietmann-Grout by Monday 8/20 to sign up.



2018-2019 Book List

The 2018-2019 Book List is available now. Please order your books. You can email department chairs with any questions.


Fall Play Auditions 

August 22 & 23 - 4:00pm

This fall, Tri-School Productions will present Sense & Sensibility. Auditions held at Gellert Auditorium, Serra High School. Sign up to audition HERE.



We are excited to welcome all new students this week! Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes


Freshmen Welcome Day

Friday, Aug. 17 - 8:00AM - 1PM


Transfer Student Orientation

Friday, August 17 - 9:00AM - Noon


All School Orientation and School Photos

Monday, August 20

All students should be in formal dress uniform (white polo, navy sweater or vest, Mercy skirt, white socks, black flats)

Freshmen: 8:30AM - 2PM - (bring a change of clothes)
Sophomores: 8:30AM - 10:30AM 
Juniors & Seniors: 12:30PM - 2:30PM


Order School Photos:  To order your daughter's school photos from Lifetouch click HERE.





New Students & Parents 
Welcome Mass and Reception

Thursday, August 16th - 6:30-8:30PM
All incoming freshmen, transfer students and their parents are invited to join us for the Welcome Mass to be held in the Chapel at 6:30 p.m., with a reception to follow at the Kohl Mansion. We ask that the students wear nice free dress. Please park in front of the mansion and you will be directed to the Chapel. Handicapped parking is available in front of the Mercy Retreat Center (near chapel). You can also drop off at the Retreat Center and then park. For more information please contact Patricia Glasser, Director of Admission, at 650.762.1114 or



Parking Permit Requests for the Class of 2019
are now available in the Main Office.

The requirements are as follows:
1. Form must be completed and signed by student AND parent. 
2. Copy of Drivers License must be attached.
3. Fee of $100 (please make checks payable to Mercy High School)
Please bring all required paperwork and fee to Mrs. Folan in the Main Office. 

*SENIORS: You will have one week at the beginning of this school year to get parking permits.  Following that time parking will be opened to *JUNIORS. Questions? Please Email Mrs. Folan at


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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 DoughertyAthletic Director


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Fall Sport Tryouts

  • Volleyball tryouts have been completed and rosters for the Varsity, JV and Frosh teams are finalized.
  • Water Polo: Aug 13-17*. Meet at the Mercy pool. *Teams might not be set until the week of Aug 20
  • Tennis: Aug 13-17. Meet at the Mercy tennis courts 3-5pm
  • Golf: Aug 13-17. Meet at San Bruno Golf Center 3-4:30pm
  • Cross Country: Aug 13-17. Meet by the pond at Mercy 3-5pm

Games & Practice Schedule

Aug. 16 - Aug. 22


Winter Sport Interest meetings 
In order to get a sense as to how many girls plan to play a winter sport we are holding interest meetings that should be attended by all athletes planning on playing that sport.

  • Soccer: Aug 29 at 8:45 am. Meet in the Grassilli Center pool bleachers.
  • Basketball: Sept 6 at 2:30pm. Meet in the Grassilli Center pool bleachers

If your daughter is planning on playing a sport, please make sure they are fully registered and cleared through the Magnus system. You need to register each year your daughter plays a sport, accessible from the Parent Portal in Powerschool. A current sports physical (valid for one year) is required to show clearance. No athlete will be allowed to start tryouts unless they show clearance in the Magnus system.


We are pleased to announce that we have hired a full time, certified Athletic Trainer, Keri Sotak. She will be available to treat our athletes Monday - Friday during lunch period, select collaboration days, and after school in the Grassilli Center. Girls should contact Ms. Sotak directly at to set up treatment times when needed. Keri will also be coordinating our Strength and Conditioning Program.



Summer reading book clubs - We are excited to host our Windows and Mirrors Book Clubs on Aug. 27 during Collaboration. All students chose their books in May, and should have just about finished. Please ask your girls about the book they are reading! 
Ebooks -This summer, we increased our library of e-books on Overdrive. There are now over 400 fabulous novels and audiobooks for your reading pleasure, accessible through the Library page on the Mercy website.


Calendar & Important Dates

Important dates for the beginning of the school year can be found on the Calendar Page of the Mercy website. You will find the full Mercy Calendar as well as instructions on how to add it to your own personal calendar. 


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