Principal's Message

David Hoffman

Spring Fair

The Hillside Spring Fair attracted kids like freshly poured sidewalk cement.  Students couldn’t wait to attend my elementary school’s end-of-the-year festival where they celebrated the culmination of another academic year, rejoiced in Omaha’s warm weather, and paraded around with pastry trophies from the cake walk.

During one fine Saturday afternoon each May, students shed their coats and parents. They wandered excitedly through the massive school exploring classrooms that over night had magically been transformed from the mundane into the magical. Each room became a carnival booth operated by a mom or dad who spent the day distributing plastic prizes and marveling at the number of new inches their child’s friends had sprouted over the winter months.  

School rules that mandated that students march in military formation were suspended for the day. Groups of kids moved around like amorphous amoebas, pulled and pushed in this and that direction by the lure of carnival smells and games of chance and skill, all the while avoiding teachers who, despite their weekend weariness, still wore masks of authority.  (Read more) 

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  • Back to School Information Now Available

    Important information regarding Back to School events and related information is now posted on the Back to School web page found here. The web page contains calendar lists for each school as well as links to many documents and other information you need to make a smooth start to the new school year.

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  • Have a Wonderful Summer!
        Students will return to school for the 2015-16 school year on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. For more information, please see below. 
    Welcome to New Families- information here
        2015-2016 School Calendar here
        Island Park PTA website here
    Summer Office Hours
    Closed on Fridays
    Open from June 22 - June 30
    Monday -Thursday
    9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
    (Closed July 1 - August 7)
    Open August 10 - September 4
    Monday -Thursday
    9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. 
    Regular hours resume on the first day of school, September 8, 2015
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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...