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

  • New Island Park Counselor Introduction

    Sivie Suckerman, our Mercer Island Youth and Family Services’ Mental Health Counselor for the past three years, announced that November 6 will be her final day at Island Park.  She is leaving to attend to and grow her private practice. Sivie will be greatly missed.  Her work with students, families and staff is inspiring. She played an integral part in bringing the Mindfulness curriculum and training to our school. Whether facilitating friendship groups, delivering anti-bullying lessons, counseling children and parents, or just lending an empathetic ear, Sivie’s conduct has always been positive and professional.  Our Mindfulness work will continue now that other staff members have been trained.  Good luck with your new endeavors, Sivie.  Thank you for your years of stellar service. 

    It is my pleasure to introduce our new Mercer Island Youth and Family Services counselor, Liana Montague.  I am excited that Ms. Liana will be sharing her skills with Island Park. Read more...

     
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  • Island Park Updates

    Happy October!  Many thanks to our learning community for making September a smooth start to our school year.  Special thanks to our terrific PTA for its work on parent packets and Steps for Success.

    Safety and Security:  
    We have a new check-in system for our volunteers and visitors to use when they enter the building.  The “Lobby Guard” is an electronic way for us to track volunteer hours and visitors and in the event of an emergency can give us an accurate report on who is in the building. More information about how to use the machine will be coming out soon as well as “frequent visitor key fobs” that will be issued to volunteers who have undergone background checks and are in the building on a frequent basis.

    Curriculum:
    Mondo Bookshop: This year our K-2 classrooms are utilizing the new ELA curriculum, Mondo Bookshop. This program is a research based, Common Core reading program that emphasizes a comprehensive approach to teaching reading through daily instruction in phonics, oral language, comprehension and strategy instruction through a gradual release framework. More info…

    Fred Rundle, Director of Learning Services and Amanda Higgins will be putting on two informational sessions for parents who want to learn more about the new program and how they can support their children. Both sessions are being held on October 16. A morning session will be held at the PEAK (Boys and Girls Club) at 9:30 a.m. and an evening session is being held at IMS in the Library at 7:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

    Math Expressions Common Core: This year all students in grades 3-5 will be using the newly adopted Common Core State Standards version of Math Expressions. More info…

    Zaner-Bloser Handwriting: This year the district has adopted Zaner–Bloser Handwriting.  Attached is information about the main focus on instruction for each grade. More info… 

    Staff welcomes the opportunity to engage in professional development that addresses new curriculum. We are utilizing early release Wednesdays and additional staff meetings to delve into new materials, discuss instructional strategies, analyze student data, and develop lessons and supports for students. 

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Latest District Headlines

  • Mercer Island Schools Foundation hosting Phone-a-Thon Monday, Tuesday

    Monday and Tuesday evening nearly 200 Mercer Island volunteers will be making phone calls for donations to the Mercer Island Schools Foundation as part of the annual “All in for Kids” Phone-a-Thon.
     
    “Please answer the call on Nov. 3 and 4 in the early evening as Mercer Island Schools Foundation volunteers including local parents, teachers, principals and other school staff reach out to the Mercer Island community for support,” said Mercer Island School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano.Read more...
     
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  • Developing story on school violence in Marysville, Wash.

    Mercer Island School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano released the following statement regarding the Oct. 24 violence at Marysville-Pilchuck High School:

    “This morning our community received terrible news about another episode of gun violence at one of our region’s public schools. Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School." 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...