Principal's Message

September is a month of change. Summer sings its annual swan song, baseball season sends most of its teams to an early shower, and a new school year begins.

I grew up in Nebraska and can distinctly remember the changes that September brought to the Midwest. The cicadas’ incessant summer song came to a close, the blue sky over the flat plains became two shades darker, Cornhusker football fever burned bright red on Saturdays, and my school, Hillside Elementary, opened its sunny yellow front doors to greet returning children.

My mother always took my siblings and me to school a week early to make sure we knew where our classrooms were. Sometimes we went twice—just in case. 


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Latest Island Park Headlines

  • Island Park Volunteer Training 

    Will you be volunteering at Island Park this year? Attending a field trip? Then it is mandatory for you to complete the 15 minute volunteer training curriculum and background check. Thank you for volunteering!
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  • No School - Friday, October 9th 

    There will be no school Friday, October 9th to support staff professional development.
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  • International Night is Coming!

    Friday, October 23rd, 6-8pm

    Come and join us for this FREE event which celebrates the many cultures that help make up our Island Park community. An Island Park favorite!


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Latest District Headlines

  • District responds to intra-district transfers for 2015-2016

    With the much anticipated opening of the fourth elementary, Northwood, still one year away, MISD has been working with great intention to place students into its three existing elementary schools. Read more...

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  • MISD names new elementary school

    The fourth elementary school in the district has a permanent name. Northwood will be the district’s newest elementary school, a name suggested by Lakeridge Elementary fifth grader Lainie Wion. Read more...
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  • Mercer Island community supports schools with $950,000 donation through Bridge 2015 campaign

    The Mercer Island Schools Foundation (MISF) has raised $950,000 to support Mercer Island public schools through the Bridge 2015 campaign and hopes to reach $1,000,000 by June 30. “More than 55 percent of the Mercer Island School District parent community contributed to Bridge 2015,” said MISF Executive Director Penny Yantis. “These funds are critical to supporting our educational model that is focused on personalization and supplying the necessary coaching, supervision, and professional training, as well as having enough quality teachers to maintain lower class sizes than is funded by the state.” 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.