Principal's Message

David Hoffman

Thank you Volunteers!

I can still recall the image of a shadowy figure lurking in a corner of my elementary school library. She was small with shoulder-length gray hair, an eerie, ghost-like complexion, and piercing eyes that darted around looking intensely at one of my classmates. The woman’s sartorial sense was as perplexing as her presence in the library each week. She always wore a gray, heavy wool coat with a black velvet collar. It didn’t matter if it was the warmest of Nebraska spring days; the coat always cocooned the mysterious figure.  The apparition reminded me of Snow White’s apple-baiting nemesis.

I began noticing the woman in third grade. Once a week my class would pay a visit to Mrs. Welch… 

Latest Island Park Headlines

  • Student Placement for 2014-2015 School Year 

    As we approach the final months of school, we will begin theprocess of placing students for the 2014-2015 school year. More information here...
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  • K-2 Primary Enrichment Program (PEP) Information

    MISD is expanding our highly capable programing to include eligible students in kindergarten, first, and second grade. More info...     
           Kindergarten Letter    |   First Grade Letter

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  • All Family Sock-Hop - HiH Fundraiser and Fun Event!

    Date: Friday, April 25th 6:30-8:30pm

    Don't miss out on this year's fabulous Sock-Hop!  There will be live music featuring Mr. and Mrs. Hamp's rock and roll group The RARETONES. This group of 8 vocalists accompanied by a 4-piece band will perform Golden Oldies from the 50's and 60's. You will even be able to see the teacher's rockin' out on the dance floor and many IP staff serving ice cream floats and popcorn! We hope YOU will join us for this Hand-in-Hand fundraiser and FANTASTIC evening of fun! More details here... 
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  • Incoming 6th Grade Parent Information Night

    Date: Thursday, May 15 @ 6:30-8:15pm, IMS Library
    The purpose of this night is to give parents a sense of the middle school experience overall. Parents will rotate through four presentations. More info...
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Latest District Headlines

    • MIHS Hosting Blood Drive Friday

      The Mercer Island High School Senior Service Club will host a blood drive on Friday, April 18 in the West Gym. The event is open to the public and will last from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. with a break from 10:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. Read more...

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  • District protected from Heartbleed Internet Threat

    The Mercer Island School District announced today that student data accessed through an application called Skyward is not vulnerable to the Heartbleed Bug. The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in OpenSSL technology that manages encryption for most of the internet. 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 Aimee Batliner-Gillette 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...