Principal's Message

September is a month of change. Summer sings its annual swan song, baseball season sends most if 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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    Welcome Back!

    The Island Park staff is excited for the 2015-2016 school year to begin and to welcome returning and new faces to school! 
     Students will return to school for the 2015-16 school year on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. 
    2015-2016 Back to School- information here
    Welcome to New Families- information here
        2015-2016 School Calendar here
        Island Park PTA website here
     Principal Hoffman's Back to School Welcome Letter here
    Summer Office Hours 
    Monday -Thursday
    9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
    Closed on Fridays 
    Back to School Events at Island Park 
    Final Kindergarten Playdate at Island Park - August 29th, 10:00-11:30am
    Before School Tour and Open House - September 3rd, 3:00-4:00pm
    Opening Day Coffee/Volunteer Sign Up - September 8th, 9:10-11:00am
    Ice Cream Social - September 10th, 6:00-7:30pm
    New Family Coffee - September 14th, 9:10-11:00am
    visit the IP PTA webpage for more details... 
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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.