Principal's Message

August 30, 2014

Welcome West Mercer Families and Students!

As someone who has spent decades living the rhythms of academia – Kindergarten through high school through graduate school through teaching and coaching and leading – I find myself once again excited and nervous at the prospect of the First Day of School. 

I can recall successive years of my parents helping me straighten my First-Day outfit, loading me up with my backpack and lunchbox (Dukes of Hazard, The Muppets, and the Bionic Woman come to mind), and propping my sister (and, later, my brothers) and I up in front of the ever-taller tree on the corner of our yard to take the First Day Picture.  In those days, we used film that had to be developed in a photo shop, and we arrived at school on the first day and wandered from grade-level door to grade-level door to find our names on the classroom lists, only then discovering who would be our teachers for the year.

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Latest West Mercer Headlines

  • Sad News for West Mercer Community  (updated)

    Nancy Burrill, West Mercer’s beloved 1st Grade teacher, passed away Sunday morning.  Our school has lost a wonderful, caring educator, and her vibrant energy and kind heart will be deeply missed in our community.   Our thoughts are with Nancy’s family and friends in this difficult time.

    Nancy expressly requested that no services be held for her.  Many community members have been asking for ways in which they can  honor her memory.  Nancy Burrill had a great love of books and reading.  She was dedicated to reading in her personal and professional life.  To honor Nancy and her devotion to the written word, The Seattle Public Library Foundation will be accepting donations in Nancy's memory.  Donors can call the Seattle Public Library main line at 206.386.4130 to donate over the phone, visit the website at, or mail a check (along with a note that the gift is in her memory) to The Seattle Public Library Foundation, 1000 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104.  

    • On the website, donors can choose to designate the West Seattle Branch collections by pulling Designation dropdown and clicking “other” and then typing "West Seattle Branch collections" in the comments section.  Nancy's husband Art wanted the  donations to go to the West Seattle Branch, since it is a branch they visited often. In addition, donors can mark their gift as a tribute gift and then choose “in memory of” and write in Nancy’s name.  Art Burrill will be notified of the gifts given to the West Seattle Branch.

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  • Winter weather is upon us!

    Please review the Emergency School Operation Schedule for 2014-15 found here and remember to sign up for email and text alerts at
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  • MISD pre-arranged absence policy

    Though family vacations present valuable experiences for kids, students missing school for prolonged periods of time associated with family vacations pose significant challenges for students and for planning class instruction. It is likely that parents are not aware of the impact such absences have on their child’s education and on the ability of the school to function in a manner that serves the children best, particularly with the cumulative impact of several children missing school during the same time period, for example pre- Thanksgiving holiday. To address this challenge, Mercer Island Elementary Schools are instituting a policy for non-illness or non-emergency absences lasting three consecutive days or more. READ MORE
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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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  • UPDATE | Beloved West Mercer first-grade teacher succumbs in battle with cancer

    NancyBurrillweb On Sunday, Oct. 19, West Mercer Elementary first-grade teacher Nancy Burrill passed away after a recurring battle with lymphoma. “Nancy was a wonderful, caring teacher, and her vibrant energy and kind heart will be missed in our community,” said interim West Mercer Elementary Principal Aimee Batliner-Gillette. Read more...
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About West Mercer Elementary

Our students will thrive in the cognitive, global and digital world while sustaining their passion and inspiration for learning.
1. Students will develop positive habits & attitudes toward learning
2. Students will pursue their personal best academic achievement
3. Students will prepare for their future learning and work in the modern world.