September 5, 2018  |  PARENT ENEWS 



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This week, students in Ms. LaFarge and Ms. Stewart's Biology classes are doing fieldwork for a Biodiversity lab! Classes will be comparing environments in two locations on our beautiful campus (terrestrial and aquatic) and collecting data to answer the question, "What is the Biodiversity on Mercy's campus?" They will be doing mathematical analysis - making data tables, graphing, and analyzing the data as they compare the two types of ecosystems. Students will be challenged to consider why biodiversity is important, and will engage with a larger Citizen Science movement, uploading their findings to iNaturalist. Everyone is enjoying the hands-on learning and nice weather!



Parents in Partnership: Engage Invest Connect
The success of your daughters and our school are linked and strengthened by our partnership with you. This year, we are asking every family to help us reach our goal of 100% parent participation in The Mercy Fund, as your first show of support. Every gift no matter of its size makes an impact. Strong parent participation builds community, identifies solidarity, and often inspires significant additional gifts. Thank you to all who have had an opportunity to participate in The Mercy Fund with a donation or pledge this year! For questions, contact Jennifer Munsey.


Tri-School Productions Fall Play

The Cast List has been posted and rehearsals are now underway! Congratulations to the Cast, including Mia Faillace '21 who will play the lead, Elinor Dashwood. More info and the full Cast List available HERE.


Stage Crew

Calling all students interested in construction, sound engineering and lighting design! Tri-School Productions needs you on the Theater's Stage Crew! The first meeting will be this Sunday, September 9th from 10AM to 6PM. Please make sure you bring one parent with you for the first hour for a brief meeting. 


Mercy will be hosting the Jesuit Excellence Tour College Fair on Monday, September 10th for all classes.



Please take 3-5 minutes to fill out this brief Parent Volunteer Opportunities Survey HERE and let us know how you'd like to get involved and what you'd like to see at Mercy this year! However you can support our community is always appreciated and adds to the richness of being here at Mercy. For more information please contact Amaré Silva at


Help Needed for Alumnae Homecoming


On Sunday, September 16th, Mercy alumnae from around the country will gather and celebrate Homecoming.  We will need some students (parents are of course welcome to help) to help us out that morning between 9:00 am to 11:00 am. All volunteers will receive 2 supplemental service hours, and will need to wear full Mercy dress uniform. Please contact Mrs. Zanette if you are interested or call 650.762.1139.   


The music department is looking for volunteers for the following tasks. Please contact if you are interested! Both tasks need assistance as soon as possible. 

1) Music filing request- in need of someone organized for a couple of hours of filing (can be separate days)

2) Assist Ms. Matthews a couple mornings in the next few weeks to order performing dresses for Chorale.  Measure, order, and followup!


Mercy Parents and Students Needed for Music at Kohl Concert Series

Music at Kohl Mansion opens its season on October 14 and runs through May 12, 2019.  We are looking for volunteers on the following Sunday evenings from about 6-10pm: October 14, 28 ⋅ December 9 ⋅ January 27 ⋅ February 17 ⋅ March 24 ⋅ April 14 ⋅ May 12 

For more information or to sign up to volunteer please contact Debbie Boles at To learn about our concert series visit




Cheers to you...RSVP REMINDER

Please join us at the Head of School Parent Cocktail Reception, September 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm!  Meet and mingle with other new parents, members of our Leadership Team, and Mercy Parent Club representatives. View invite HERE.






Junior Parent Night - Sept. 25th 6:30pm



The Junior Ring Ceremony is coming up and the final payments are due for your rings. Jostens will be at school on Thursday and Friday September 13 and 14 during lunch in the cafeteria to accept payments.




Senior Parent Night - Sept. 12th 6:30pm
Join the counseling team for Senior Parent Night, Wednesday, September 12th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Great Hall. We will cover the college admissions process and hear from Amy Hammer, Chapman University, on best practices for the admissions season. If you have any questions, please reach out to Francesca Ohanessian.



Weekly Updates HERE from the College Counselor

Graduation Orders - Bill Reid from Jostens met with the senior class about their graduation orders. Each senior was provided a graduation planner. Please review this information with your senior. Jostens will be on campus on Thursday and Friday September 13 and 14 during lunch in the cafeteria to accept orders for the cap and gown, graduation announcements, and accessories. You may also place your order online at . Every senior must order their cap and gown. No exceptions! If you have any questions you may reach out to Mr. Reid at 415-472-7871 or


Mercy Athletics logo

Please feel free to contact me anytime at 650-762-1107. I am looking forward to a great 2018-19 with Mercy Athletics! - Charlie DoughertyAthletic Director


Follow Mercy Athletics on Twitter for game updates and scores!


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



All athletes on a Fall roster should be ordering their Sportpacks. All girls are expected to wear Mercy logo to all practices and games. Crusader Wear link HERE.


Click HERE to pre-order pictures. If you do pre-order, please print out the receipt and have your daughter bring it on picture day to give to the photographers.

Team Picture Schedule for Fall Sports

Teams will meet on grass area by pond in full uniform. The Golf team will have a reschedule date set in near future as they have matches on both picture days.

September 10:

  • 2:45pm-Varsity Volleyball
  • 3pm-Varsity/JV Tennis
  • 3:30pm- Varsity Water Polo
  • 3:45-Junior Varsity Water Polo

September 11:

  • 2:45pm- Freshman Volleyball
  • 3pm-Junior Varsity Volleyball
  • 3:15pm- Cross Country Team

Parent photographers!
We'd love to share and promote your game photos! If you've snapped great shots from a Mercy Athletics game, please send photos and videos to Athletic Director Charlie Dougherty and Marketing Director Briana Daley.


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.

  • Basketball: Sept 6 at 2:30pm. Meet in the Grassilli Center pool bleachers
  • Soccer: If any athlete is planning on playing soccer and missed the interest meeting today 8/29, they should contact the Athletic Director Charlie Dougherty immediately.

Mercy Athlete of the Week:

Golfer Brooke Barron

Just a freshman, Brooke has already established herself as one of the Mercy golf team top scorers. Brooke was low score at both qualifiers in which the team has played. She then was low score in the team's first match last Monday vs. Castilleja. Brooke shot 4 over par 39 with 3 pars and birdie in her round. Brooke was also low score for Mercy in the Helen Lengfeld tourney played yesterday at San Jose CC. Great start to your Mercy golf career, Brooke - keep it going!


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.




The most recent Student & Parent Handbook is now available online! Please take time this week to review it with you daughter, so that you are familiar with Mercy High School's policies for the 2018-2019 academic year. Click HERE to view the Handbook.


CSF Applications are now available!
Applications are due Friday, September 7th in Mrs. Ohanessian's officeIf you would like to apply to CSF  using your Spring 2018 grades, please turn in the attached application along with an unofficial transcript and $5 to Mrs. Ohanessian. Please do not leave applications in the main office! For application and more info click HERE or contact Mrs. Ohanessian


Summer Wildlife Research Excursion

View the video about the prgram HERE


Next summer Mercy is teaming up with Operation Wallacea for an expedition to Croatia June 13th-June 26th. Interested students must be 16 years old by June 13th.  If you are interested in going, please contact Ms. Stewart for more information, and a deposit is due by September 15th to save your spot!


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