Principal's Welcome

Dear Northwood Families,

Welcome to March! 

As we have emerged from a particularly wet and snowy February, we look forward to the possibility of more Spring-like weather in our near future.  Please continue to encourage your child to wear appropriate clothing for the weather.  We have recess outdoors most days, unless the weather is particularly inclement, and we appreciate your support with this.

Common Core State Standards, Progress Reports, and Smarter Balanced Assessments

Progress Reports for Trimester 2 will be available to parents through Skyward on March 17 at 5:00pm.  Our Progress Reports are designed to provide parents with information about how each child is performing in his/her work toward meeting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Latest Northwood Headlines

  • Summer School Information

    Mercer Island School District will be offering summer school for students who need an extra boost or to maintain skills over the summer. Current Mercer Island teachers and staff teach and support students. The summer school staff collects information from the current teachers to help determine areas of focus for the students. Parents who are interested can register online: Click here.  

    If you have questions, please contact Mary Newcomer (

    Location: Northwood Elementary

    Dates (15 Days):
    July 5-7
    July 11-14
    July 18-21
    July 25-28

    9:00- 10:30- Literacy
    10:45- 12:15- Mathematics

    Summer School Cost
    $250 for just literacy
    $250 for just math
    $500 for both content areas

    Families interested in financial assistance may contact Mary Newcomer (

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  • Dear 5th Grade Parents,

    Believe it or not, 2017 is the year your 5th grader goes to middle school! The transition process for students and parents begins this March and runs through the first day of school next year on August 30th, 2017. In anticipation of how quickly spring will be upon us, we want to ask you to please SAVE the DATE for all the following important 5th to 6th transition activities. We have clearly indicated which events are for families, for parents and for students.

    5th Grade Registration Information (packets distributed to students at their elementary): Registration information will be delivered to 5th grade classroom on March 17th. Families will need to complete the registration worksheet and turn it in to their 5th grade teachers by March 24th.

    Gator for a Night . . . Incoming 6th Grade Family Night (for parents and incoming 6th graders): This event is on Tuesday, March 21 at IMS.

    Click HERE to

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  • Northwood Volunteer Information

    If you are planning to volunteer in the classroom, on field trips, for class parties or any school function you must complete the 15 minute Volunteer Training and Washington State Patrol Background Check.  Click HERE for all of the details.

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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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At Northwood, our mission is to provide all students access and opportunity to learn and grow academically, socially, and emotionally through meaningful relationships and relevant and engaging learning opportunities, supporting all members of our community to be better than we think we can be, and preparing to embrace the challenges of a changing world.