Dec. 6, 2013 – Three Mercer Island musicians performed on Oct. 30 in Nashville, Tenn., in the All-National Orchestra and six Mercer Island orchestra students will perform on Feb. 16, 2014 as part of the All-State Orchestra. The All-State musicians will represent MIHS at the Washington Music Educators Association state conference in Yakima, Wash.
Dec. 6, 2013 – Four Mercer Island teachers have earned National Board Certification. The certification process is a rigorous, peer-reviewed process that ensures Board-certified teachers have proven skills to advance student achievement.
Dec. 5, 2013 – Next week the Mercer Island School District will participate in a national event called ‘Hour of Code’ as part of Computer Science Education Week, which will encourage coding and computer science access and instruction.
December 6, 2013 – Symetra and the Seattle Seahawks honored Mercer Island High School teacher Jan Sayers as a “Symetra Hero in the Classroom” on Dec. 6, 2013 during a classroom presentation. Sayers teaches English, Applied-Technical Communications and Business Law.
Nov. 20 special school board meeting - possible changeNovember 19, 2013 – 9:45 a.m. – The special Mercer Island School Board meeting scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2013 in the Board Room at the Administration Building on 4160 86th Ave SE, which is closed to the public as it was intended to be an exempt session for a student appeal, may be repurposed to a closed executive session in order to complete the Nov. 14, 2013 executive session, pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(g).
The Mercer Island School District (MISD), Mahlum Architects and Integrus Architecture will host a community listening session on potential sustainability practices in district buildings on Dec. 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Islander Middle School.
In July 2006, Issaquah teenager Mora Haggerty Shaw, daughter of local Sound Publishing Regional Publisher William Shaw, was nearly killed as a result of an early-morning, single-car collision caused by a drowsy driver. Shaw, a passenger in a car driven by a friend who had little sleep in the hours leading up to the collision, suffered multiple fractures and a traumatic brain injury. Shaw was in a coma for two weeks and has spent years in recovery.
November 12, 2013 – Tuesday and Wednesday evening more than 200 Mercer Island volunteers will be making phone calls for donations to the Mercer Island Schools Foundation (MISF) as part of the Annual Phon-A-Thon.
November 12, 2013 – The Mercer Island High School boys varsity cross country team has been named 3A Academic State Champion for highest grade-point average (GPA) in the sport. The 10-member team had an average GPA of 3.88.
November 12, 2013 – On Monday morning Q13 Fox News did a feature story on Islander Middle School 8th grade math teacher Donna Johnston’s “flipped” classroom.
November 12, 2013 – This week Mercer Island residents and businesses will receive an Interstate 90 mail-in travel survey from the Washington State Department of Transportation. The survey will be used in assessing tolling options for I-90 set by the state.
November 6, 2013 – 21 Mercer Island High School (MIHS) music students will perform on February 16, 2014 as part of the All-State Band and another will perform as part of the All-State Treble Choir. The musicians, selected based on audition tapes in a blind audition, will represent MIHS at the Washington Music Educators Association state conference in Yakima, Wash.
November 6, 2013 – Tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Mercer Island Communities That Care is hosting a free parent primer lecture on drinking, drugs and social media by Seattle Children’s Hospital adolescent medicine specialist Megan Moreno, MD, MPH.
November 6, 2013 – The November 7 special meeting of the Mercer Island School Board has been postponed until a later date can be determined.
October 28, 2013 – On December 4 the Nick of Time Foundation will conduct free youth heart screenings at Mercer Island High School to help prevent sudden cardiac arrest in youth. The screenings will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
October 25, 2013 – The Mercer Island School District (MISD) is seeking members of the community willing to commit time to provide input to the architectural team as the district moves forward with facility development planning.
October 24, 2013 – Tonight the Mercer Island School Board unanimously approved a maintenance and operations levy proposition to be put to voters on the February 11, 2014 election ballot. This four-year levy is a renewal for the one that was passed overwhelmingly by voters on Mercer Island in 2010.
Kindergarten registration will begin with an orientation meeting for parents of children who reach the age of five on or before August 31, 2014.
October 22, 2013 – Mercer Island School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano released the following statement regarding the October 21 violence at Sparks Middle School in Nevada:
October 16, 2013 – The Mercer Island School District will participate in a statewide earthquake drill known as The Great Washington Shake Out on October 17 at 10:17 a.m.
October 14, 2013 –Mercer Island High School (MIHS) senior Nathan Cummings was recently named a National Youth Poet, the highest honor offered to youth poets presenting original work. Cummings was one of only five students throughout the country to be recognized.
October 9, 2013 – Mercer Island residents, businesses, community groups and employees who depend on I-90 will have another opportunity to provide input to the Federal Highway Administration and Washington State Department of Transportation on bridge tolling scenarios and the upcoming environmental impact study.
Each school in the Mercer Island School District (MISD) submits an annual improvement plan including strategic actions, progress indicators and metrics for success. These improvement plans are based on elements of the Mercer Island School Board’s Vision 2020 for teaching our students to thrive in a cognitive, global and digital world and are designed following the examination of the learning outcomes of students in individual schools.
October 1, 2013 – Despite the safety risk for students and the threat of a $394 ticket, many motorists and cyclists still ignore school-bus stop signs.
September 27, 2013 – The Mercer Island School Board unanimously approved a $98.8 million bond resolution Thursday evening. The bond proposition is scheduled for a February 11, 2014 election by Mercer Island voters.
The Mercer Island School District will close schools if it is unsafe to operate buses, if school environmental systems are not working or when staff members are unable to travel to work from on or off island. If weather forecasts are serious enough we may elect to close schools or open on a delayed schedule.
September 25, 2013 – Today the Mercer Island School District (MISD) and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the selection of 18-year-old Mercer Island High School student Mark Anderson as a National Achievement Scholarship Program (NASP) semifinalist.
September 17, 2013 – Mercer Island High School’s new press box and concession stand will be ready for kickoff as the Islander’s face the Lake Washington Kangaroos in Friday’s Homecoming football game.
September 11, 2013 – Today the Mercer Island School District (MISD) and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the selection of 11 Mercer Island High School students as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.
Our Board of Directors wants to hear what you think about the overcrowding solutions and new school designs that are being developed.
Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) announced today that four Mercer Island High school students are among 160 talented juniors from across the state whose academic performance on the WAS Phase One curriculum qualified them for Phase Two – the WAS Summer Residency.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) recently announced the winners of the WIAA/Washington Army National Guard 2012-13 Scholastic Cup championship.
Congratulations to our four Mercer Island Destination Imagination teams for their excellent performances at 2013 Global Finals. All students were superb representatives of our district.
The Mercer Island School District has been in the midst of a Different Learners Review this year. The review involved the programs and processes available to students with a focus on those that learn differently. The review included investigating current curriculum and assessments, best practices regarding different learners and we now have a set of recommendations for implementation to improve student learning that we'd like to share.
Two MIHS Drama students were nominated for their outstanding performances in the school’s RENT production held this spring.
Superintendent Gary Plano nominated MIYFS school counselors for their dedication to youth and families at Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) luncheon in Renton on May 17, 2013.
The district has started developing the educational specifications or program planning processes to deal with the overcrowding of district schools.
For the third year running, the Mercer Island School District’s Annual Report, Educating the next generation of brilliance received an Award of Merit from the Washington School Public Relations Association (WSPRA.
The Mercer Island School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Aimee Batliner-Gillette as Elementary Associate Principal serving all three elementary schools.
Students in the Radio Broadcasting program at Mercer Island High School attended the 6th Annual Washington State High School Radio Awards on Thursday, May 17, 2013.
Mercer Island DECA chapter members earned the organization's highest honors at DECA's 67th annual International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif., April 24-27, 2013.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education recently announced that Lakeridge Elementary and Island Park Elementary have been awarded the Washington Overall Achievement Award given to the top 5% of schools in the elementary, middle and high school categories.
A total of 37 students advanced to the state contest by winning their category at the Eastshore regional contest!
This past weekend, over 70 teams participated in Relay for Life at Mercer Island High School, a fundraising event to honor those who have fought the disease of cancer, celebrating survivors, raising money for a cure and educating the community
Following more than a year of extensive outreach, the school board has reached a consensus on a solution for a school bond measure. Total cost: $70.3 million.
On the morning of April 30, 2013, the gymnasium at Mercer Island High School was transformed into a festive dining and entertainment venue as over 500 friends and supporters of Mercer Island schools gathered for The Mercer Island Schools Foundation's annual Breakfast of Champions event.
Superintendent Gary Plano was recently notified that the Mercer Island School District is the recipient of a Washington State Green Leader District award, part of the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools Program.
MIHS band students were busy over the weekend canvassing all of Mercer Island collecting food and donations for the MIYFS food bank and Northwest Harvest.
The need for a web-based email service has prompted the Mercer Island School District to switch to Office 365 Education from the current service provided by First Class.
Once again, congratulations are in order to our Destination Imagination Teams. According to Coach Mark Headlee, “We sent five teams to the State Tournament in East Wenatchee yesterday and all five teams placed in the top three. This is our best year ever! Thanks for all of your support.”
The district is being recognized for incorporating environmental stewardship into the School Board’s 2020 Vision, and for the outstanding progress in promoting youth involvement in recycling and waste prevention.
Six MIHS students competed against the smartest students in the state in the school’s first entry into the state Knowledge Bowl competition.
MIHS principal Vicki Puckett announced today that Parker Bixby was selected for the prestigious “Pathfinder Award” because “he inspires others to seek and explore different pathways in life.” Current students, band volunteer Terry Pottmeyer and MISD Administrator Jennifer Wright nominated Bixby.
Twelve Mercer Island High School teams have been recognized by the WIAA for outstanding or distinguished academic achievement; two Mock Trial Teams excelled in the State Finals Tournament; Senior Ryan Gorey captured the award for Best Attorney.
On March 9, 2013, 17 Mercer Island High School students earned medals for performing in the top eight percent (8%) of their events at the Washington State DECA Career Development Conference (SCDC).
Elementary, middle and high school students from the Mercer Island School District displayed creativity, imagination and technical expertise in the Destination ImagiNation Regional competition held on March 2, 2013 at Pacific Cascade Middle School in Issaquah.
Each year the Mercer Island School District uses various methods to gather feedback from students, parents and staff about our effectiveness and areas of improvement. Now in its fifth year, the Educational Effectiveness Survey (EES) is the primary tool that each school uses to help measure their performance relative to the nine Characteristics of Effective Schools. Parents, students and staff complete the EES each year with the results then used for school improvement planning.
I had the pleasure and honor of interviewing for a position last week as Superintendent of Schools in Ashland, Oregon, where I own a second home. While I was offered the position to be Ashland's next superintendent, I declined to reengage in contract negotiations for a number of reasons.
Over the weekend, a crew repaired a filtration-system pipe that was degraded and corroded due to age and use. The pool is back to normal operation.
Parent Input - Different Learners ReviewThe Mercer Island School District is in the midst of a review of programs available to different learners at all grade levels. The review includes investigating current curriculum and assessments, best practices regarding different learners and will result in a set of recommendations for implementation to improve student learning.
On Thursday, February 7th an 8" pipe serving the main filtration system of the Mary Wayte pool was so degraded and corroded, an immediate shut-down was required.
Over 150 MIHS performers participated in the Eastshore Music League Solo and Ensemble Festival held at Liberty High School on February 4. The day included performances every 10 minutes in 22 categories.
Energy savings from lighting and boiler upgrades at Islander Middle School and Mercer Island High School have resulted in a projected annual savings of $14,258 for the Mercer Island School District. This number was released in a recent report from McKinstry & Company, an engineering firm contracted by the district in May 2010 to install the upgrades and track performance.
Superintendent Gary Plano was recently notified that the Mercer Island School District is the recipient of a Washington State Green Leader District award, part of the U.S. Department of Educationís Green Ribbon Schools Program.This nationwide effort celebrates schools and districts making significant progress towards:
A small fire broke out today in the bus parking area in an outbuilding known as the block house, located directly behind Crest and right next to the bus fuel pumps.
After two years of deliberation and planning, the Mercer Island School District is launching a 1:1 iPad rollout for all 8th through 12th grade students.
(For 9th grade course selection) Monday, January 28th, 2013 MIHS Performing Arts Center Last Names Beginning with A - L: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Last Names Beginning with M - Z: 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm