Principal's Message

David Hoffman

You Can't Bottle a Beatle

I once read an article that contended if you ever want to know the true essence of a person, ask him or her this simple question:  Who is your favorite Beatle?

The article proffered the notion that each of the Fab Four had a distinct personality—John was cerebral and creative, Paul was ambitious and business-minded, George was quiet and spiritual, and Ringo—well—you know, Ringo was Ringo….
Being a huge Beatle fan, and having read a lot about the lads from Liverpool, I know that it is futile to bottle Beatle brands.  Much of their perceived personas were shaped by scripted movie roles, misinterpreted lyrics and staged public performances.  When you try to make generalizations about complex individuals, you end up reducing them to cartoon characters, which is exactly what happened to the Beatles during their short-lived Saturday morning animated show. 
We have all been on both ends of the Beatle-ization process where we are quick to label or have been quickly labeled; where multifaceted personalities end up being flattened into distorted, two-dimensional figures.   (Read more...) 

Latest Island Park Headlines

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

    Date: Friday, April 24th 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!" his group of 6 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 have IP staff serve you ice cream floats and popcorn!  Flyer & order form here! 
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  • Student Placement for 2015-2016 School Year 

    Date: Optional forms due Friday, May 1st
    As we approach the final months of school, we will begin the process of placing students for the 2015-2016 school year. More information here...
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  • Island Park Choir Starts April 28

    The Island Park Choir will start up again after the Island Park Sock-Hop! Rehearsal will begin on Tuesday, April 28th in the music room. All 4th and 5th grade students are welcome to join! Stay tuned for more information… 
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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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Latest District Headlines

  • MIHS, Island Park earn 2014 Washington Achievement Awards

    Today Mercer Island High School and Island Park Elementary were named recipients of 2014 Washington Achievement Awards by Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and the Washington State Board of Education. Mercer Island High School earned the award for Overall Excellence and Island Park Elementary earned the award for Reading Growth. Read more...
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  • Destination Imagination teams advance to Global Finals

    On Saturday, March 28, Mercer Island’s Destination Imagination (DI) teams competed at the state tournament in Wenatchee. Two Mercer Island teams, The Seven Sparks and Sushi, were chosen to advance and represent the state of Washington at the DI Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., from May 20-23. Read more...
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  • School district announces open enrollment status for 2015-16

    Mercer Island School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano announced that the district is closed to new non-resident student applicants, including students who were granted non-resident enrollment for the remainder of the 2014-15 school year after becoming nonresidents during this year, due to inadequate space, facilities and staff. 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...