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) 

Latest Island Park Headlines

  •  5th Grade Musical: "The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf"

    Save the Dates: May 28th and May 29th @ 7pm 
     guilty wolf?
    This year's fifth grade musical is a comedy set in
    the style of the 50s wherein the three little pigs,
    with the help of their prosecuting attorney Hogney Dangerfield, take the big bad wolf to trial. His
    lawyers, a set of weasels, try hard to convince
    the judge of the wolf’s innocence! A jury, an
    unruly wolf pack, and visiting fairytales characters
    round out the cast. Visit the 5th Grade Musical

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  • Island Park Library Book Swap

    book swap
    Donations: Monday 5/18 to Friday 5/29
    Swap: Monday 6/1 to Friday 6/12 
    Get ready for summer reading with
    Island Park Library's annual… Book Swap!
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Latest District Headlines

  • School board sends message to legislators: Don’t make legislation too restrictive

    On May 14, the Mercer Island School District Board of Directors voted unanimously to send a letter to legislators with the message that school funding in Senate Bill 6109 is too restrictive and will have negative impacts on students. Read more...
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  • School board bids farewell to Frohnmayer, welcomes Jorgenson

    On May 14, the Mercer Island School District Board of Directors bid farewell to Board President Janet Frohnmayer with a standing ovation and welcomed newly appointed Director Ralph Jorgenson. Read more...
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  • Elementary No. 4 needs a name; online survey released

    On May 15, an online survey was launched to solicit names for the new Mercer Island School District Elementary No. 4, which is scheduled to open for the 2016-17 school year. The survey will remain open until May 31. 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...