Principal's Message

Welcome to West Mercer,

It is my hope that you will find West Mercer to be a learning community that engages students and their families intellectually and socially in a way that prepares our children for not only a highly successful academic career, but also to be active participants and leaders in our community.
To get a full picture of how we do this I invite you to explore this web site. As you surf through the links a picture of West Mercer emerges.
West Mercer is a place that seeks not only to hold high academic standards, but do so in a way that engages the intellect in an authentic manner through learning activities that promote independence, stamina, purposeful use of learning strategies and application to real life problems in a real life manner.

Latest West Mercer Headlines

  • Classroom Placement & Special Considerations

    In May, school staff will start the process of creating classes for the fall. Though there are minor adjustments as students enroll and drop over the summer, the core of each class will be set by the end of the year.

    Our goal for the placement process is to establish a learning environment in each classroom that will enable all students to learn and grow to the best of their abilities. Therefore, we focus on creating balanced groups that accommodate individual needs and that distribute student abilities, behaviors and learning styles. We focus first on... READ MORE.
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  • Incoming 6th Grade Parent Information Night (for parents only):

    This event is scheduled for Thursday, May 15 at IMS. The purpose of this night is to give parents a sense of the middle school experience overall. The presentation will begin at 6:30 pm in the Islander Middle School Library and will wrap up around 8:15 pm. Throughout the evening, parents will move through a rotation of four presentations.

    Presentation 1 - Focus on 6th Grade WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) program which connects 6th grade students to the Islander Community.
    Presentation 2 - Panel discussion comprised of current 6th grade students who will reflect on their first year at IMS. They will share their perceptions around transition, fitting in, lunches, homework, and extra curricular activities. (This is often the most valuable session for parents)
    Presentation 3 – Facilitated discussion by IMS Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Counselor and IMS Technology Specialist. Our MIYFS Counselor will share information about what to expect from your child as he/she enters the middle school years. Our Technology Specialist will discuss Schoology - our main communication platform for students and parents.
    Presentation 4 – Discussion with IMS Administration. IMS Administrators will share information about the rules and expectations at Islander, as well as tips for parents about the middle school experience. If time allows, this session will be interactive. Bring questions that you have regarding the 5th grade to 6th grade transition and Islander as a whole.

    Mary Jo Budzius
    Islander Middle School
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Latest District Headlines

  • Breakfast of Champions on Tuesday, April 29

    On Tuesday, April 29, more than 500 community members and staff who are committed to the continued success of our students will gather at the annual Mercer Island Schools Foundation Breakfast of Champions. Each year, the money raised through this breakfast and the Bridge-the-Gap campaign raises enough money to fund nearly 20 teaching positions at all of our schools. Read more...
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  • Information for parents of new Kindergarten students now available

    On Jan. 27 the Mercer Island School District hosted an information session for parents of incoming 2014-15 kindergarten students, but parents who missed that session can still pick up information packets and registration forms at any of the district’s three elementary schools. 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.