Principal's Message

The Great Gum Ball Caper
(Or Something to Chew On While Awaiting Conferences)
When I was a fifth grader, I was sure I had the best teacher in the world. While I would like to say she was a great instructor because she challenged me to do my best, inspired me to become an educator, or introduced me to Shakespeare at an impressionable age, I must confess that her revered status is attributed to one simple fact — she allowed her students to chew gum in class!  And not just generic Juicy Fruit or stock Spearmint, but jaw gnawing, cow-chomping, molar masticating, teeth thrashing bubble gum.

When Mrs. Richardson announced on the first day of school that we could chew gum as long as it did not end up on the floor, I remember thinking I had died and gone to Willy Wonka Wonderland. 

Like Wonka’s visitor, Violet Beauregarde, once we started our gum chewing habit, we couldn’t quit. While we incessantly chewed Double Bubble, Bazooka, and Rainbow brands, our favorite was Bubs Daddy.  Bubs Daddy was a two feet long rope of bubble gum that came in regular, cherry, grape and apple flavors.  The meat of the sweet was covered with a light dusting of powdered sugar.  It was a gum squashers Shangri-La. 

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Latest Island Park Headlines

  • Winter Weather Procedures

    Click here to learn how MISD determines when to close schools. Click here to become notified of school closures due to adverse weather conditions and other emergency situations.
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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    No School: November 27-28

    The Island Park staff wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! We look forward to seeing you on Monday, November 30th. 

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    Island Park Music Recitals

    Save the Dates: December 1-4th
    All 2nd-5th grade children will treat parents to recitals the first week of December! Save the date to see your child perform. Click here for more information...
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  • Parent Teacher Conferences - December 7, 8 and 9

    On the dates above, we will have  NO SCHOOL to allow for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Please see letter from Fred Rundle, Asst. Superintendent, for more information. 
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Latest District Headlines

  • reports Mercer Island School District is the best in Washington state

    Nov. 13, 2015 - reported yesterday that the Mercer Island School District is the best school district in Washington state, citing a study of school data by evaluated data from the U.S. Department of Education and identified the best school district in every state and the District of Columbia. Read more...

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  • Input needed on elementary Spanish-language program and high school start time

    Nov. 13, 2015 – Over the past year, the school district has been studying the feasibility of adding a Spanish language program to the k-5 curriculum to begin in the fall of 2016. Read more...
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  • Mercer Island School District pleased with recent Department of Education clarification on dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia

    Nov. 9, 2015 – The US Department of Education recently issued a letter addressing the unique educational needs of children with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia. In particular, the letter was written in response to concerns of parent, advocacy, and national disability organization representatives that some state and local educational agencies were reluctant to reference these terms in special education evaluations, eligibility determinations, and/or IEPs. Read more...

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  • The print edition of the Fall 2015 District News is now online

    Nov. 5, 2015 - The most recent print edition of the MISD District News will arrive in residential maiboxes on Mercer Island soon, but it can be viewed online now. Read more...

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  • Mercer Island School District students show how they use technology as a tool for learning

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  • High School Jazz choir to perform at a national conference on drug and alcohol prevention

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  • Mercer Island High School wins the WIAA Scholastic Cup for the fifth year in a row

    Oct. 30, 2015 – Mercer Island High School (MIHS) has won the Washington State Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Scholastic Award for the fifth year in a row. Referred to as the Scholastic Cup, the program recognizes and rewards teams or groups that maintain a high collective academic standard. Read more...

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  • Families invited to take survey on future years school calendars

    Oct. 30, 2015 - The Mercer Island School District (MISD) wants to know what you think about the annual school calendar. What are your preferences when it comes to working around the vacations? What do you as a family value when thinking about Winter Break, start of school, and Mid-Winter Break? Read more...

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About Island Park

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.