Principal's Message

The Grand Illusion

There is a wonderful scene in Jean Renoir’s 1938 cinematic masterpiece Grand Illusion where French prisoners-of- war receive a crate of smuggled goods from their loved ones. They hope it is filled with food. The men anxiously encircle a comrade as he pries open the wooden box. Looks of awe, surprise and then confusion fill the captives’ faces as they discover that their contraband nourishment has arrived in the form of books instead of food.
In his rumination on war, Renoir may be subtly suggesting that a bit more book knowledge and a little less frivolity may be what is needed to move countries toward finding ways of getting along.
I have written before about the power of books to transform lives... 
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Latest Island Park Headlines

  • 5th Graders Upcoming IMS Events

    "Save-the-Date" events in March- August
    In anticipation of how quickly spring will be upon us, we want to ask you to please SAVE the DATE for the attached 5th and 6th grade transition activities.
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  • All-District Choir Concert

    Wednesday, March 22nd (rehearsal and performance)      
    Rehearsal: 4:00-5:00pm at MIHS Auditorium
    Performance: 7:00-8:00pm at MIHS Auditorium
    Choirs from Island Park, Lakeridge, West Mercer, Northwood, IMS and MIHS will join together for an evening of choral music. We hope you can join us! 
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  • Island Park Hoedown Friday, March 31, 2017!

    hoedown pic Save the Date: Friday, March 31st      
    6:00-8:00pm in the MPR

    Don't miss this fun, family event which follows a week of square dancing in the music and PE classes!  Grab your hat and boots, cinch up your biggest belt buckle, and join the fun! Students MUST be accompanied by a parent.
        6:00-7:00pm    Pizza and Salad Dinner  ($5)
           6:30-8:00pm    Hoedown Family Dance (free!
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  • Island Park 1st and 2nd Grade Mini-Musicals

    Date: Thursday, April 7th @ 2:50pm
    All 1st and 2nd graders will perform mini-musicals for their parents. Each student will have a special role for the performance of these traditional folktales set to music. We hope you can join us!
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  • Fine Arts Showcase Celebration

    April 4th (visual arts) @ MIHS
    April 5th (performing arts) @ MIHS
    5:30-9:30pm both evenings
    Don't miss this amazing two day K-12 celebration of and opportunity to support the arts! All proceeds support fine arts programs in the Mercer Island Schools.
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Latest District Headlines

  • Annual water testing results in replacement of two fixtures

    March 15, 2017 - The Mercer Island School District conducted annual water testing earlier this month, a precaution to ensure the highest water quality throughout its facilities. Read more...

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  • Superintendent Plano's statement on the recent threat to the Stroum Jewish Community Center

    On February 27, our Mercer Island community was shaken and experienced a threat of violence, or in other words an act of domestic terrorism, against the Stroum Jewish Community Center. Our District condemns this threat of violence in the strongest terms possible, whether this reprehensible act was intended as an act of hate, anti-Semitism or otherwise intended as anti-immigrant. Read more...

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  • Mercer Island High broadcasters receive national awards

    March 8, 2017 - KMIH 889 The Bridge, the Mercer Island High School student radio station, received eight Golden Microphone awards at the 77th Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference and Awards in New York City. Read more...

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  • Kindergarten registration now open for the 2017-18 school year

    March 6, 2017 - Mercer Island School District is now accepting kindergarten registrations for the 2017-18 school year. Families may download the registration packet here and return it to their neighborhood school. Read more...

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  • Nine Mercer Island teams qualify for Destination Imagination state tournament

    February 28, 2017 - A record nine teams representing Mercer Island schools have qualified for the Destination Imagination state tournament. Read more...

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  • Three MIHS graduates to be honored with Pathfinder Awards at Breakfast of Champions April 25

    February 24, 2017 –The Mercer Island School District will present its second annual Pathfinder Awards to three graduates of Mercer Island High School whose achievements, strength of character, and citizenship inspire and challenge today’s youth to make significant contributions to humankind. Read more...

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  • Two School Board positions up for election this year - learn more at upcoming informational meetings

    February 22, 2017 - This fall, two of the five Mercer Island School Board seats will be up for election. This includes board positions 2 and 4. Board members are elected to four-year terms by Mercer Island voters. Read more...

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About Island Park

Island Park is one of four K-5 schools in the Mercer Island Schools. It is located mid-island, at 5437 Island Crest Way.

Principal David Hoffman and Associate Principal Lisa Deen lead a staff of 65 who serve approximately 388 students (as of October 3, 2016). 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, Spanish, 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.