Wresting with Grades
I hardly ever write about my junior high experiences. Just thinking about those years brings back memories that are as awkward, conflicted and as uncomfortable as my metamorphosis from child to adolescent. I’m sure I wasn’t more than 50 inches tall and maybe all of 75 pounds when I entered seventh grade, small in stature and equally diminutive in confidence. My seventh grade teacher did little to boost my self-assurance or growth, academically speaking. He was indolent and of the opinion that a one-size-fits-all instructional style was good enough for his diverse learners who, traipsing into teenage trauma, yearned for differentiation and individual recognition. He didn’t take the time to get to know us—to listen to our aspirations, anxieties and evolving aesthetics.
May 2, 2016 – Families are invited to visit the school their child will be attending in the fall and become acquainted with the building’s layout, operations and opportunities while interacting with school personnel and PTAs.
Come visit your child’s new school on these dates:
For more information contact:
West Mercer, 206-236-3430
Island Park, 206-236-3410
April 25, 2016 - Each spring, Mercer Island elementary school principals invite parents to provide information about their children that they would like to be considered as as schools build classrooms for the following year. The window for submitting this information opens on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, and closes on Friday, May 13. Special considerations information will be accepted electronically during this window through the MISD website HERE. Requests regarding specific teachers will not be considered.
Contact: Principal David Hoffman
April 18, 2016 - Island Park and West Mercer Elementary were named recipients of 2015 Washington Achievement Awards today by Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and the Washington State Board of Education. Read more...
April 13, 2016- Mercer Island School Board members have signed a letter urging the City Council to make the safety improvements now scheduled and funded for 2017 to the intersection of 86th Avenue SE and SE 40th Street, adjacent to the new Northwood Elementary School. Read more...
Island Park is one of three K-5 schools in the Mercer Island Schools. It is located mid-island, at 5437 Island Crest Way.
Principal David Hoffman and Associate Principal Kathy Morrison lead a staff of 65 who serve approx. 560 students. Programs hosted at Island Park include an English Language Learners (ELL) program; the Personalized Learning Program (PLP) for students with special learning needs; a Special Education Resource Room; Counseling, LAP (remedial reading); technology integrated classrooms; music, art, library, and PE specialists; technology TOSAs; a tuition-based foreign language program; student council; before school choir, band and orchestra programs; and after school clubs including chess, Robotics, and art clubs.