Principal's Message

Wresting with Grades


I hardly ever write about my junior high experiences.  Just thinking about those years brings back memories that are as awkward, conflicted and as uncomfortable as my metamorphosis from child to adolescent. I’m sure I wasn’t more than 50 inches tall and maybe all of 75 pounds when I entered seventh grade, small in stature and equally diminutive in confidence. My seventh grade teacher did little to boost my self-assurance or growth, academically speaking. He was indolent and of the opinion that a one-size-fits-all instructional style was good enough for his diverse learners who, traipsing into teenage trauma, yearned for differentiation and individual recognition.  He didn’t take the time to get to know us—to listen to our aspirations, anxieties and evolving aesthetics.


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Latest Island Park Headlines

  • Elementary school open houses scheduled for new families

    May 2, 2016 – Families are invited to visit the school their child will be attending in the fall and become acquainted with the building’s layout, operations and opportunities while interacting with school personnel and PTAs.  

    Come visit your child’s new school on these dates:

    • West Mercer: Wednesday, May 11, 4:30 to 6 p.m. (and families are invited stay for the school’s annual family PTA event, “Spring Fling” from 6 to 8 p.m.)
    • Island Park:  Wednesday, May 18, 5 to 7 p.m.
    • Lakeridge: Wednesday, May 18, 5 to 7 p.m.
    • Northwood: Saturday, June 18, 9:30 to 11 a.m. (dedication and open house)

    For more information contact:
    West Mercer, 206-236-3430
    Island Park, 206-236-3410
    Lakeridge, 206-236-3415
    Northwood, 206-236-3330

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  • Window open for optional elementary Special Considerations input 

    April 25, 2016 - Each spring, Mercer Island elementary school principals invite parents to provide information about their children that they would like to be considered as as schools build classrooms for the following year.  The window for submitting this information opens on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, and closes on Friday, May 13.  Special considerations information will be accepted electronically during this window through the MISD website HERE. Requests regarding specific teachers will not be considered.

    Student Placement Letter 2016-17 (pdf)

    Contact: Principal David Hoffman

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Latest District Headlines

  • Drinking water in district facilities to be tested for lead as a precaution

    May 2, 2016 - Mercer Island School District will be voluntarily testing its facilities’ drinking water for lead this month as a precaution. Read more...

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  • MIHS ranked among nation’s Best High Schools by U.S. News & World Report 

    April 28, 2016 - Mercer Island High School has again been recognized among the nation’s Best High Schools in the 2016 annual rankings by U.S. News and World Report for student achievement. Read more...

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  • Breakfast of Champions raises $503,523 with record attendance

    April 26, 2016 - Thanks to the generosity of the community, the Mercer Island Schools Foundation raised $503,523 at the annual Breakfast of Champions on April 26. Read more...

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  • MIHS science teacher Larry Bencivengo awarded grant to conduct research at UW

    April 25, 2016 - Larry Bencivengo, science teacher at Mercer Island High School, has been awarded a grant in the Partners in Science program of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Read more...

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  • Island Park, West Mercer earn 2015 Washington Achievement Awards

    April 18, 2016 - Island Park and West Mercer Elementary were named recipients of 2015 Washington Achievement Awards today by Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and the Washington State Board of Education. Read more...

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  • MIHS drama department to present Shakespeare’s comedy “As You Like It”

    April 18, 2016 - All the world’s a stage! Join the Mercer Island High School drama department as they present their spring play, William Shakespeare’s comedy, “As You Like It.” Read more...

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  • School Board urges city to move forward with safety improvements

    April 13, 2016- Mercer Island School Board members have signed a letter urging the City Council to make the safety improvements now scheduled and funded for 2017 to the intersection of 86th Avenue SE and SE 40th Street, adjacent to the new Northwood Elementary School. Read more...

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  • MIHS Band collects over six tons of food during annual drive

    April 6, 2016 - The annual Mercer Island High School band food drive collected over six tons of food and $1,500 for Mercer Island Youth and Family Services and Northwest Harvest on April 2 and 3. Read more...

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  • Three Island teams qualify for Destination Imagination global finals

    April 6, 2016 - Three Mercer Island teams have qualified for the global Destination Imagination event with their strong results in the state competition held this month. Read more...

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  • Kindergarten registration open for the 2016-17 school year

    March 30, 2016 – Mercer Island School District is accepting kindergarten registrations for the 2016-17 school year. The district now offers full-day kindergarten at all schools tuition free. 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.