Principal's Message

David Hoffman Hardy Boys and Hardy Readers


In the summer of ’71, I made it my goal to read every Hardy Boys detective book in existence (over 50 at the time). It was the summer after my mother lost her yearlong battle with cancer. With the school year over, I needed to keep my mind focused and thoroughly submerged in someone else’s trials and tribulations. And so, during that extremely stormy and unstable season, while the radio consistently comforted me with James Taylor’s You’ve Got a Friend, Carole King’s So Far Away, and the Bee Gees’ How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, I lost myself in the exploits of Frank and Joe Hardy as they helped their detective dad, Fenton, rid their bucolic Bayport of connivers, crooks, and crackpots.
In my imagination, I became the third Hardy Boy, a tag-along gumshoe who stealthy observed ... 

Latest Island Park Headlines

  • Island Park Picture Days 

    September 30th - October 1st
    Individual student pictures will be taken either September 30th or October 1st. 
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  • No School Friday, October 10th

    There will be no school on Friday, 10/10/2014. 
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  • International Night is Coming

    Friday, October 17th, 6-8pm
    Come and join us for this FREE event which celebrates the many cultures that help make up our Island Park community. An Island Park favorite!   More info... 
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Latest District Headlines

  • Mercer Island Schools use March 16 as Make-Up Day

    MISD will hold classes on Monday, March 16 to make up for the day that was missed Sept. 29.  Read more...
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    MISD has installed a new security feature to increase safety. Read more...
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  • School Board supports gun-safety initiative, opposes I-591

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  • MI teachers complete professional certification

    A cohort of seven Mercer Island teachers recently completed their ProTeach Portfolio certification. Read more...
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  • School district launches Diversity Advisory Committee

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  • School district authorizes Boundary Committee, consultant for elementary schools

    In the fall of 2016 Mercer Island will have a new public elementary school located off SE 40th Street near Gallagher Hill Road at the site of the old North Mercer Junior High. When the new school is operational, the question of which neighborhoods will go to which of the four elementary schools will have to be answered. 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...