Principal's Message

Some Final Thoughts and Thanks
Dear Island Park Families,
Over the course of this and recent years, I have had the great privilege to share some stories and thoughts with you in my Principal's Corner space. It has been fun, and perhaps even therapeutic, revisiting my past in order to prove a point, illustrate a belief or entertain an idea. I really enjoy introducing you to my early friends, favorite teachers, endearing neighbors and childhood adventures. I hope in some small way, I help you relive your own favorite school moments, rethink a perplexing childhood memory, reconsider/reconfirm a parenting strategy, or simply provide a little levity to get you through the day. Read more...
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Latest Island Park Headlines

  • The Island Park Staff wish you
    a Wonderful Summer!
    We will miss those moving on to new schools and
    look forward to meeting new students and families in the fall!
    Mark you calendars for the Island Park Open House
    August 30, 2016
    10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Students will return to school for the 2016-17 school year on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. For more information, please see below. 
    Welcome to New Families- information here
        2016-2017 School Calendar here
        Island Park PTA website here
    Summer Office Hours
    Closed on Fridays
    Open from June 27 - June 30
    Monday -Thursday
    9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
    (Afternoons by appointment only)
    Closed July 1 - August 5
    Open August 8 - August 30
    Monday -Thursday
    9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. 
    (Afternoons by appointment only)
    Regular hours resume on the first day of school, August 31, 2016
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Latest District Headlines

  • Parent volunteers needed to serve on the district’s Instructional Materials Committee

    July 19, 2016 - Parent volunteers are needed to serve on the district's Instructional Materials Committee (IMC). The IMC helps recommend and adopt instructional materials that align to the state and district learning standards. The committee membership includes staff, students and parents. Read more...

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  • 2016-2017 kindergarten start dates and information

    July 18, 2016 - For the first time, all-day kindergarten is fully funded by the state, making it tuition free for families. Concurrently, the district is placing greater emphasis on child/family transition to kindergarten. To prepare kindergarten students and families for the 2016-2017 school year, parent-student-teacher conferences will occur during the first two days of school, August 31 and September 1. The first full day of school for all kindergarten students will be Friday, September 2. Read more...

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  • Arlene Azose selected as a first place winner in Ivar's Teacher of The Year Awards

    June 27, 2016 - Arlene Azose, math and science teacher at Islander Middle School, was awarded first place in Ivar's 13th annual Teacher of the Year Contest. Read more...

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  • School Board urges city to fund and implement further safety improvements

    June 24, 2016 - Mercer Island School Board members have signed a letter urging the City Council to fund and implement additional safety improvements in the North Mercer complex area which includes Mercer Island High School and Northwood Elementary. Read more...

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  • Islander Middle School parking lot to close during summer construction

    June 21, 2016 - The Islander Middle School parking area and loop drive off 84th Avenue SE will be closed from June 24 through late August. Due to demolition and construction, access to the track and fields will be via the south end during this time. Parking is available at the south end lot directly adjacent to the fields. Read more...

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  • Teachers of the Year, Support Staff of the Year honored

    June 9, 2016 – The Mercer Island School District honored its Teachers and Support Staff of the Year at a recognition event June 8 in the Mercer Island High School library. Read more...

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  • District honors retiring employees for dedicated service to Mercer Island

    June 9, 2016 – The Mercer Island School District honored its 2015-16 retirees at a celebration June 8 in the Mercer Island High School library. Read more...

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  • Mercer Island teams among the best in the world at Destination Imagination Global Finals

    June 8, 2016 - Three Mercer Island teams are among the best in the world by virtue of their outstanding results in the global Destination Imagination event held recently in Knoxville, Tenn. Read more...

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  • Mercer Island High School awarded Scholastic Cup for eighth consecutive year 

    June 8, 2016 - The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and Washington Army National Guard have announced Mercer Island High School is the 2015-16 Scholastic Cup Champions for the 3A classification. Read more...

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About Island Park

Island Park is one of three K-5 schools in the Mercer Island Schools. It is located mid-island, at 5437 Island Crest Way.

Principal David Hoffman and Associate Principal Kathy Morrison lead a staff of 65 who serve approx. 560 students. Programs hosted at Island Park include an English Language Learners (ELL) program; the Personalized Learning Program (PLP) for students with special learning needs; a Special Education Resource Room; Counseling, LAP (remedial reading); technology integrated classrooms; music, art, library, and PE specialists; technology TOSAs; a tuition-based foreign language program; student council; before school choir, band and orchestra programs; and after school clubs including chess, Robotics, and art clubs.