Principal's Message

November 12, 2014

Dear West Mercer Families –

November has arrived, and with it comes the end of the first trimester and Parent -Teacher Conferences. This year conferences will be November 20-26. School is in session for students from 9-12 noon each of these days with conferences in the afternoon.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are an excellent opportunity for families to meet with teachers one-on-one and learn how their children are progressing academically and socially. To make these meetings smooth and stress-free as possible, follow these tips for successful conferences from the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

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Latest West Mercer Headlines

  • Noon Release Days:

    Thursday, Nov. 20th - Wednesday Nov. 26th. Students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. on all 5 days, to allow teachers time to hold parent/ teacher conferences.
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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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  • 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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Latest District Headlines

  • Mercer Island School District named to AP District Honor Roll

    The Mercer Island School District (MISD) was named by the College Board to its fifth annual AP District Honor Roll. According to College Board, the AP District Honor Roll includes 547 districts in the United States and Canada that "simultaneously achieved increases in access to Advanced Placement courses for a broader number of students and also maintained or improved the rate at which their AP students earned scores of three or higher on an AP Exam." Read more...
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  • Boundary committee sets public preview of new elementary boundaries

    The Mercer Island School District (MISD) Boundary Committee, charged with presenting MISD Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano with a recommendation for new elementary boundaries for the four elementary schools that will determine school placements for students beginning in the 2016-17 school year, has set a public preview of their preliminary recommendation for Dec. 10, 2014. Read more... 
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  • School Board meets with 41st District state legislators to discuss K-12 education funding

    At the Nov. 18 meeting of the Mercer Island School Board, board members, District staff and PTA leaders, and community members met with Mercer Island’s three state legislators from the 41st District to discuss K-12 education funding. 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.