(Welcome Back to School Reflections)
The Crossroads shopping mall in Omaha, Nebraska was born the same year I was—1959. Located within walking distance of my house, I must have visited the immense indoor center hundreds of times during my childhood, carelessly spending idle hours and weekly allowances. One vivid memory of the mall occurred in 1966. My brother, sister and I were part of a crazed Crossroads crowd who waited hours to catch a glimpse of our new television idol—Batgirl. Much to our chagrin, the television actress who played the curvaceous, cowled, caped crusader appeared late, sans costume, and with an entourage who kept obscuring our view.
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 Special Education Resource Room; Counseling, LAP (remedial reading); music, art, library, and PE specialists; technology TOSAs; a tuition-based foreign language program; student council; before school choir, band and orchestra...