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Class notes
October 05, 2013, 05:00 AM

At 1:15 p.m. Oct. 11, the Mercy High School community will participate in a Think Pink Rally on the Green. During the rally, hairdressers will be cutting numerous students’ hair to donate to “Locks of Love” and “Pantene Beautiful Lengths.” With their classmates cheering them on, each girl has agreed to have at least 8 to 12 inches of hair cut for women who have lost their hair from cancer or chemotherapy treatments.


San Mateo Middle College students will be using what they have learned in English and social studies classes to raise awareness about poverty and the power of educating girls and supporting entrepreneurial women to address the issue. Their efforts will culminate in an Oct. 10 screening of the film, “Girl Rising,” a fundraiser for microloans for impoverished women in Guatemala. Seniors in Michael Clardy’s government class are implementing marketing campaigns that come out of what they learned during a media literacy unit.


A new and original adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel “Dracula,” written, directed and designed by R. Dutch Fritz, Notre Dame de Namur University Theatre professor, will premiere at NDNU, Oct. 11-20. Fritz’s adaptation closely follows the original text written in the form of collected journals, diaries, letters and newspaper clippings.


McKinley Elementary School in Burlingame will host a Harvest Festival 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and 4:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. There will be games, music food and a haunted mansion.


Brewer Island Reading Club is seeking adult volunteers to tutor students for an hour 1 p.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesdays. the first meeting will be 1 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 in Room 3. Contact Mindy Cossins at 773-0495 or for more information.


Notre Dame de Namur University has hired Emmy award-winning journalist Elizabeth Valente as its new director of alumni relations and annual projects. The position will combine alumni relations with university advancement. Valente started at Notre Dame Tuesday, Sept. 3 and can be reached at and 508-3515.

Class notes is a column dedicated to school news. It is compiled by education reporter Angela Swartz. You can contact her at (650) 344-5200, ext. 105 or at



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