Principal's Message

David Hoffman Corbally's Parrot

(Welcome Back to School Reflections)

The Crossroads shopping mall in Omaha, Nebraska was born the same year I was—1959.  Located within walking distance of my house, I must have visited the immense indoor center hundreds of times during my childhood, carelessly spending idle hours and weekly allowances. One vivid memory of the mall occurred in 1966. My brother, sister and I were part of a crazed Crossroads crowd who waited hours to catch a glimpse of our new television idol—Batgirl. Much to our chagrin, the television actress who played the curvaceous, cowled, caped crusader appeared late, sans costume, and with an entourage who kept obscuring our view.

Crossroads was also the home of Corbally’s Shoes.  Corbally’s was sandwiched between Calandra’s card shop and Occidental Savings and Loan, an institution that hardly attracted my attention or allowance.   

Latest Island Park Headlines

  • Destination Imagination

    We are beginning another exciting year of Destination Imagination.  This is open to any student in grades four or five.  Please come to the parent meeting on Sept. 17 at 6:30 pm in Room 14 at West Mercer.  You may contact Mark Headlee if you need additional information. 
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    Welcome Back!

    Student placement information now available on Skyward
    The Island Park staff is excited for the 2014-2015 school year to begin and to welcome returning and new faces to school! 
    2014-2015 Back to School- information  here
    Welcome to New Families- information here
        2014-2015 School Calendar here
        Island Park PTA website here
     Principal Hoffman's Back to School Welcome here
    New Associate Principal Announcement here
    See you on Tuesday, September 2nd!
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Latest District Headlines

  • School district launches Diversity Advisory Committee

    On Friday, Sept. 19, the Mercer Island School District (MISD) held the second meeting of the newly launched Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC). Read more...
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  • School district authorizes Boundary Committee, consultant for elementary schools

    In the fall of 2016 Mercer Island will have a new public elementary school located off SE 40th Street near Gallagher Hill Road at the site of the old North Mercer Junior High. When the new school is operational, the question of which neighborhoods will go to which of the four elementary schools will have to be answered. Read more...
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  • Mercer Island teachers, school board ink new three-year contract

    On Thursday, August 28, the Mercer Island School Board approved a new three-year contract with teachers that will last through August of 2017. Teachers voted to ratify the contract on August 26. Read more...
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  • Mercer Island students achieve new heights in ACT testing, exceed state averages

    The graduating class of 2014 earned the best composite ACT score for the Mercer Island School District in at least five years. The ACT college readiness assessment is a standardized test designed to assess student readiness for college or the workplace. Read more...
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  • School district launches online construction update tool

    The Mercer Island School District has launched a new online tool to provide the Mercer Island community regular construction updates on the three targeted facilities projects to address school overcrowding authorized in the Feb. 2014 special election. Read more...
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  • School district has successful first day

    Students returned to Mercer Island School District (MISD) classes on Tuesday. So far, there have been only positive responses. Read more...
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  • Now available: Pay student fees and fines online

    Mercer Island School District is now offering families the convenience of paying for student fees and fines online. For more information, click here. To pay online, click here.
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About Island Park

Island Park is one of three elementary schools in the Mercer Island School District. It is located in the middle of the island, at 5437 Island Crest Way.

Principal David Hoffman and Associate Principal Kathy Morrison lead a staff of 65 who serve approx. 560 students. We are host of the district's English Language Learners (ELL) program and Personalized Learning Program (PLP) for students with special learning needs. Other special programs include Special Education Resource Room; Counseling, LAP (remedial reading); music, art, library, and PE specialists; technology TOSAs; a tuition-based foreign language program; student council; before school choir, band and orchestra...