Principal's Message

David Hoffman

A Valentine to Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is not a foreign concept to children. Whether it is earning a little spending money through the creation of a lemonade stand, neighborhood lawn mowing service or washing a family car, kids flawlessly devise and execute business plans that, with little risk, minimal financing and, let’s face it, nominal effort, bring in pocket change that hardly ever makes it to a pocket. It is usually squandered on candy, comic books or the like. In the entrepreneurial spirit, children are also good at securing allowance increases or store purchases through tactful parental negotiations and quid pro quo contractual connivances (also known during my childhood as pouting and presenting symbolic valentines promising endless love in return for the latest in-thing).

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Latest Island Park Headlines

  • All-District Choir Concert

    Wednesday, March 4th       7:00-8:00pm at MIHS Auditorium
    The choirs from Island Park, Lakeridge, West Mercer, IMS and MIHS will join together for an evening of choral music. We hope you can join us! 
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  • Upcoming State Testing Information

    This year, schools across Washington will be taking the newly developed Smarter Balanced Assessments. These new tests were developed to assess the Common Core State Standards and will take place during the months of March, April and May. More info…
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  • Fine Arts Showcase Celebration

    March 10th (visual arts) @ MIHS
    March 11th (performing arts) @ MIHS
    Don't miss this amazing two day K-12 celebration of and opportunity to support the arts! More info...
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  • 5th Graders "Gator for a Night"

    Wednesday, March 18th       drop-in between 6:00-7:30pm at IMS
    5th Graders and their families are invited to get familiar with the layout of the school and experience fun opportunities that IMS has to offer while participating in a scavenger hunt at Islander Middle School!  More info… 
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  • 15th Annual Spring Party and Auction

                  March 27th    6:30-11:00pm
            Stroum Jewish Community Center 
     Don't miss out on the PARTY of the year! Help raise funds for PTA sponsored Learning Support PARAPROS and PROGRAMS.  More info…
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Latest District Headlines

  • REMINDER | School in session Monday, March 16 for make-up day

    The Mercer Island School District will hold classes on Monday, March 16 to make up for the day that was missed Sept. 29, 2014. All schools, programs and transportation will operate on a normal Monday schedule. Read more...
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  • Input requested | 2015 Educational Effectiveness Parent Survey

    The 2015 Educational Effectiveness Parent Survey for schools in the Mercer Island School District has been released online. Surveys must be submitted online by April 3, 2015. Read more...
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  • Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade Core Literacy Adoption Open House Events

    A team of teachers, parents, and administrators have been working hard conducting a comprehensive search for a new third, fourth, and fifth grade core literacy program. The curriculum adoption group, guided by literacy research, best practices in instruction and knowledge of Mercer Island students, evaluated five publishers. The process has reached a point where we would like to invite more community members to two open forums to elicit feedback from parents and other stakeholders. Read more...
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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...