December 17, 2014 - As cases of influenza increase, King County Public Health is urging parents to watch for flu symptoms in their children and to keep them home when they are sick. In addition to staying home when sick, King County Public Health has provided information on ways to prevent the spread of respiratory infections and treat flu symptoms. Members of the community continue to be urged to get flu shots.
Dec. 12, 2014 – Three Mercer Island teachers recently 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.
December 10, 2014 – 11:45 a.m. – This morning Mercer Island School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano released the following statement: “This morning at approximately 10:35 a.m., power was lost at Islander Middle School, Lakeridge Elementary and Island Park Elementary. Power was restored approximately 25 minutes later at 11:00 a.m. When power was restored the district had already implemented procedures that would allow the school day to continue. Now that power has been restored, the school day will continue as scheduled.”
December 8, 2014 – Mercer Island High School (MIHS) senior Yu Cao, who goes by Roy, has been nominated to attend the 2015 Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders at Harvard University in Boston, Mass.
December 08, 2014 – The Mercer Island School District (MISD) announced today that its program to implement iPad technology into the student learning experience has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2014-16. The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovative learning and teaching, visionary leadership, ongoing professional learning, compelling evidence of success, and those that demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary, flexible learning environments.
December 2, 2014 – Today Bellevue School District (BSD) Superintendent Dr. Tim Mills and Mercer Island School District (MISD) Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano announced the formation of the joint High School Start-Time Committee to explore possible implications of changing start times, including the impacts on academics, athletics, activities, and various before and after school commitments. Recommendations would be submitted to the superintendents no later than June 30, 2015.
December 2, 2014 – The window to nominate students for the Highly Capable Program in grades three through 11 is now open through Dec. 19. Nominated students may be currently in private school or in the Mercer Island School District (MISD). Testing for nominated students will take place after school on Jan. 7 and Jan. 14. Click here to find more information on the MISD website.
November 25, 2014 – The Mercer Island School Board is set to improve efficient public access to meeting materials online using BoardDocs. The web tool allows improved electronic access to Mercer Island School District (MISD) policies and meeting notices, agendas and meeting documents along with a greatly improved search function.
November 24, 2014 – The 16-page Mercer Island School District (MISD) Annual Report for the 2013-14 school year is now available online. The state-mandated print edition of the report will be delivered to all Mercer Island residents around the Thanksgiving holiday.
November 20, 2014 – 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.”
November 20, 2014 – 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.
November 19, 2014 – 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.
November 17, 2014 – On Monday, Nov. 17, the Mercer Island Schools Foundation (MISF) announced that they are more than two-thirds of the way to their fall fundraising goal of $445,300 to support exciting new, relevant classroom curriculum and materials, enrichment opportunities, programs for all students that are considered essential to enable personalized learning, and support talented and dedicated staff.
November 17, 2014 – The Mercer Island School District band and orchestra programs announced the names of 30 Mercer Island High School (MIHS) and Islander Middle School (IMS) students who have earned recognition in the All-Northwest and All-State honor ensembles.
November 12, 2014 – On Oct. 30, 2014, the Mercer Island School District held the inaugural meeting of the Learning Services Advisory Committee. Executive Director of Learning and Technology Services Jennifer Wright co-chairs the committee along with Director of Learning Services Fred Rundle.
October 28, 2014 – 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.
October 24, 2014 – Nomination windows for Highly Capable Program testing will be open soon for students attending private schools, in second grade and in grades three through 11.
October 24, 2014 – Mercer Island School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano released the following statement regarding the Oct. 24 violence at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.
October 21, 2014 – On Sunday, Oct. 19, West Mercer Elementary first-grade teacher Nancy Burrill passed away after a recurring battle with lymphoma.
Oct. 8, 2014, 12:00 p.m. – On Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. the Department of Health lifted the Boil-Water Advisory for the City of Mercer Island. Beginning Thursday, Oct. 9 the Mercer Island School District (MISD) will resume normal operations starting with regular food services with the use and consumption of local water. The district needs time this afternoon to sanitize, clean and flush our water systems. After-school programs will still have bottled water available for students and staff for Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 8.
October 7, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – The Mercer Island School District will maintain normal school operations on Wednesday, Oct. 8, with continued use of bottled water, temporary washing stations, hand sanitizer and “heat-and-eat” meals. The district will continue to monitor the situation and update the community when there is new information to share. Please check the City of Mercer Island’s website (www.mercergov.org) for updated information on the status of the Boil-Water Advisory.
October 7, 2014 – The Mercer Island School District (MISD) will participate in an earthquake drill known as The Great ShakeOut on October 16 at 10:16 a.m., joining thousands of Washington students and millions of people worldwide.
October 7, 2014 – The Mercer Island School District (MISD) will host two, one-hour information sessions on kindergarten through second grade literacy on Thursday, Oct. 16.
October 6, 2014, 4:25 p.m. – The Mercer Island School District will maintain normal school operations on Tuesday, Oct. 7, with continued use of bottled water, temporary washing stations, hand sanitizer and “heat-and-eat” meals. The district will continue to monitor the situation and update the community when there is new information to share. Please check the City of Mercer Island’s website (www.mercergov.org) for updated information on the status of the Boil-Water Advisory.
October 4, 2014, 4:15 p.m. – The Mercer Island School District will maintain normal school operations on Monday, Oct. 6, with continued use of bottled water, temporary washing stations, hand sanitizer and “heat-and-eat” meals. The district will continue to monitor the situation and update the community when there is new information to share.
October 3, 2014 - Mercer Island schools will be in session on Monday, Oct. 6. Thank you to our students, staff and parents for maintaining our normal school schedule on Friday, Oct. 3. The Mercer Island School District’s Emergency Management Team was told by officials at the Department of Health, Seattle Public Utilities and City of Mercer Island that the latest test results from water samples collected Thursday have been analyzed and are clear. All 15 samples revealed no presence of E. coli or Total Coliform. The boil-water advisory is still in place.
October 2, 2014 - Mercer Island schools will remain open on Friday, Oct. 3. On Thursday, Oct. 2, the City of Mercer Island and Department of Health issued a new water-boil advisory after one water sample tested positive for E. coli and one tested positive for Total Coliform.
October 2, 2014 – On Oct. 2, Mercer Island School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano issued the follow statement:
October 2, 2014 - Mercer Island schools will remain open on Friday, Oct. 3. On Thursday, Oct. 2, the City of Mercer Island and Department of Health issued a new water-boil advisory after one water sample tested positive for E. coli and one tested positive for Total Coliform.
September 30, 2014 – The Mercer Island School District (MISD) will hold classes on Monday, March 16 to make up for the day that was missed Sept. 29. All schools, programs and transportation will operate on a normal Monday schedule.
September 26, 2014 – Today the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of 19 National Merit Commended students from Mercer Island High School.
September 26, 2014 – The Mercer Island School District (MISD) has installed a new security feature at each elementary school to increase student safety and make the check-in process for visitors more efficient.
September 25, 2014 – Today the Mercer Island School Board unanimously voted to support Initiative 594 on the Nov. 2014 election ballot. I-594, the gun-safety initiative, closes the “gun show” loophole that requires only licensed dealers of firearms to conduct criminal and public safety background checks on people purchasing or transferring guns.
September 25, 2014 – A cohort of seven Mercer Island teachers recently completed their ProTeach Portfolio certification. Arlene Azose, Katie McDavid, Emily Temple, Nova Williams, Becky Mulvain, Stephanie McDonnell and Sherry Isaacs each completed the professional certification required of all Washington state teachers.
September 19, 2014 – On Friday, Sept. 19, the Mercer Island School District (MISD) held the second meeting of the newly launched Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC).
September 18, 2014 – Based on academic achievement and leadership qualities, 16-year-old Mercer Island High School junior Gordon Zhang has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in mid-November in Washington, D.C.
September 17, 2014 – Remembering every item on a to-do list can be challenging when that list includes homework in multiple classes and a busy schedule of athletics, music and chores. Fourteen-year-old Mercer Island High School sophomore Marcus Schiller recognized that challenge in his own life and the lives of his classmates.
September 15, 2014 – The Mercer Island School District (MISD) will participate in the Washington State 2014 Healthy Youth Survey from October 13-17.
September 12, 2014 – At a special event at Mercer Island High School (MIHS), the Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink, Inc., Q13 Fox and Sports Authority announced David Emanuels as the CenturyLink High School Athlete of the Week. Emanuels will also be recognized at CenturyLink Field during the Sept. 21 Seahawks game against the Denver Broncos.
September 11, 2014 –Newsweek announced their rankings for the best high schools in America this week. Mercer Island High School (MIHS) was named 159th best high school in the country, which is a significant jump from last year. In 2013, MIHS ranked 855th.
September 11, 2014 – Today the Mercer Island School District and National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the selection of four Mercer Island High School students as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.
Sept. 8, 2014 – In the fall of 2016 Mercer Island will have a new public elementary school located off SE 40th Street near Gallagher Hill Road at the site of the old North Mercer Junior High. When the new school is operational, the question of which neighborhoods will go to which of the four elementary schools will have to be answered.
Sept. 4, 2014 – The graduating class of 2014 earned the best composite ACT score for the Mercer Island School District in at least five years. The ACT college readiness assessment is a standardized test designed to assess student readiness for college or the workplace.
Sept. 4, 2014 – On Thursday, August 28, the Mercer Island School Board approved a new three-year contract with teachers that will last through August of 2017. Teachers voted to ratify the contract on August 26.
Sept. 3, 2014 - The Mercer Island School District has launched a new online tool to provide the Mercer Island community regular construction updates on the three targeted facilities projects to address school overcrowding authorized in the Feb. 2014 special election.
August 20, 2014 - Today the Mercer Island School District (MISD) announced bus routes for the district’s three elementary schools, middle school and high school along with the Islander Middle School activity bus. The updated routes can be found online on the MISD website.
August 8, 2014—The Mercer Island School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathy Morrison as Interim Elementary Associate Principal serving the elementary schools, following approval of the Mercer Island Board of Directors.
August 8, 2014 - Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano will be presenting Henterson Carlisle to the Mercer Island School District's Board of Directors for confirmation as associate principal to replace Jeff D'Ambrosio who left the district in July for a principalship in the Snoqualmie Valley School District.
June 26, 2014 – At the June 26, 2014 regular meeting of the Mercer Island School Board, Mercer Island Schools Foundation Executive Director Penny Yantis presented the board with a check for $1,000,000!
On June 21, 2014, MISD Executive Director Jennifer Wright was recognized by CityUniversity Provost Steven Olswang at the Faculty Reception Recognition and received the Distinguished Faculty Award for outstanding teaching and leadership. In addition to her role in Mercer Island as Executive Director for Learning and Technology Services, Ms. Wright also teaches at CityUniversity.
With the resignation of Rich Mellish who has accepted an elementary principal position with the Issaquah School District, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Aimee Batliner-Gillette as Interim Principal at West Mercer for the 2014-2015 school year. I expect the School Board to confirm this appointment which begins on July 1 at their meeting on June 26, 2014.
June 11, 2014 – Next week marks the end of the 2013-14 school year. The high school, middle school and elementary school levels will each end at different times.
May 28, 2014 – After winning honors for creativity, teamwork and problem solving in local, regional and state tournaments, three Mercer Island teams placed with distinction in the Destination Imagination (DI) Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn. The high school structural engineering team took 12th place, the elementary technical team took 13th place and the elementary structural engineering team took 28th place.
May 22, 2014 – Today Mercer Island High School (MIHS) announced five valedictorians for the class of 2014. Shalva Kohen, Devina Kumar, Peter Litzow, Rachel Van Gelder and Mary Wingerson will share a single speech at the June 12 commencement ceremony for graduating seniors. These seniors earned a 4.0 grade-point average throughout their four years at MIHS.
May 22, 2014 – On May 29, Mercer Island School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano will present the 2013-14 Teachers of Year to the School Board. The honorees are Mercer Island High School (MIHS) special education teacher Sue Jobe, Islander Middle School (IMS) world language and global studies teacher Jan Brousseau and Island Park Elementary kindergarten teacher Jeanne Berkshire.
May 15, 2014 - Today the Mercer Island School District’s Board of Directors passed Resolution 620 which provided for the issuance and sale of unlimited tax general obligation bonds of the District in the aggregate principal amount of $45,260,000 as authorized by resolution of the Board of Directors and approved by the qualified electors of the District at a special election held on February 11, 2014.
May 15, 2014 – On Tuesday, May 13, Mercer Island High School (MIHS) seniors and sophomores witnessed a full-scale, staged collision resulting from a driver under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.
May 15, 2014 – On May 6, Mercer Island High School (MIHS) sophomore Josiah Townsend competed in the national August Wilson Monologue Competition at the prestigious August Wilson Theatre in New York on Broadway. The event featured high school students from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh and Seattle performing monologues by the late, legendary American playwright.
May 15, 2014 – The Mercer Island High School boys soccer and track and field teams were named 3A academic state champions for the highest grade-point average (GPA) in the sport throughout the state by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, Dairy Farmers of Washington and Les Schwab Tires. The boys varsity basketball team received the same honor in the winter, as did the boys cross country team in the fall.
May 13, 2014 – On Tuesday, May 13, Mercer Island High School students were given a glimpse into possible futures by local professionals at Career Day.
May 12, 2014 – From May 3-6, 11 Mercer Island DECA chapter members competed for the organization’s highest honors at the 68th annual International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Ga. Competing against 17,500 DECA members at the conference, three Mercer Island students earned top 10 recognition and four more were finalists in their categories.
May 9, 2014 – Today the Mercer Island Schools Foundation (MISF) announced that the organization is halfway to the spring “Bridge the Gap” fundraising goal of $1.2 million to fund teachers at all five Mercer Island schools.
May 9, 2014 – At halftime tonight the Mercer Island Lacrosse high school teams will honor Army Sergeant First Class Clifford Beattie of Medical Lake, Wash., who died on May 22, 2011 from wounds he suffered in an improvised explosive device blast in Baghdad.
May 8, 2014 – The Mercer Island School District (MISD) received a series of accolades from the Washington State Public Relations Association (WSPRA) for public relations work over the past year. This included awards of ‘Excellence’ in External Print Newsletters and External E-Newsletters, and awards of ‘Merit’ for the Annual Report and in Photography.
April 29 - The Joint Select Committee on Article IX Litigation today released its plan to meet McCleary v. Washington, the 2012 state Supreme Court decision holding that the state isn’t adequately funding basic education.
On the morning of April 29, 2014, the gymnasium at Mercer Island High School (MIHS) was transformed into a dining and entertainment venue as more than 500 friends and supporters of Mercer Island schools gathered for the Mercer Island Schools Foundation’s annual Breakfast of Champions event.
April 25, 2014 – On May 1, Mercer Island School District (MISD) Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano will recommend to the school board that Mark Zmuda be confirmed as the new Mercer Island High School associate principal, to begin on July 1.
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.
April 23, 2014 – The Mercer Island School District (MISD) will host three neighborhood forums in the coming months regarding the Islander Middle School (IMS) expansion. Each forum will last from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the IMS library.
April 16, 2014 – Today Mercer Island High School was named a recipient of the 2013 Washington Achievement Award for ‘Overall Excellence’ by Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and the Washington State Board of Education.
April 16, 2014 – Mercer Island High School (MIHS) is asking for another 20 community volunteers to discuss their jobs and industries at a May 13 Career Day for freshmen and juniors between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
April 15, 2014 – Today Mercer Island School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano announced that the district is closed to new non-resident student applicants and applications from students who were granted non-resident enrollment for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year after becoming nonresidents during this year, due to inadequate space, facilities and staff.
April 14, 2014 – The Mercer Island School District announced today that student data accessed through an application called Skyward is not vulnerable to the Heartbleed Bug. The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in OpenSSL technology that manages encryption for most of the internet.
March 26, 2014 – Mercer Island High School senior Nathan Cummings was recently named a Portfolio Gold Medal award winner in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.
March 19, 2014 – On March 8, 2014, 13 Mercer Island High School students earned top spots at the Washington State DECA Career Development Conferences, qualifying them for the international competition in Atlanta the first week of May. The top seven individuals or teams out of 50-60 state competitors qualify for the international competition. Nine more Mercer Island Students earned medals for placing in the top 10 percent in specific categories.
March 19, 2014 – On the weekend of March 15-16, 285 members of the Mercer Island High School (MIHS) band program collected more than six tons of food in support of Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (MIYFS).
March 6, 2014 – In February, three Mercer Island High School (MIHS) students competed with about 60 others from the Puget Sound region in the Seattle Repertory Theatre August Wilson Monologue Competition. Two, Josiah Townsend and Jahari Delgado, reached the finals with eight other competitors and Townsend finished in second place, earning cash and a trip to compete in the national finals in New York this May.
March 7, 2014 – A team of Mercer Island High School students took third place in the 24th annual YMCA South King County Mock Trial Competition, co-sponsored by the King County Superior Court. Several students were also nominated for Best Attorney and Best Witness at the competition.
March 6, 2014 –Mercer Island High School (MIHS) is collecting input from students, staff, alumni and the Mercer Island community with the goal of unveiling a school motto by the end of the school year. For the next month, alumni, PTSA members and the community at large are asked to submit words they feel embody what it is to be an Islander through an online form.
March 4, 2014 – Four Mercer Island teams that participated in the Destination Imagination (DI) Regional Tournament at Mercer Island High School (MIHS) will advance to the DI State Tournament in East Wenatchee on March 29. There they will compete to earn a spot at the Global Tournament from May 21-24 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Feb. 26, 2014 – Black History Month, or African-American History Month, has been used as a time for education, celebration and reflection in public schools on Mercer Island.
Feb. 26, 2014 – On Feb. 24 the Mercer Island High School (MIHS) Sparkle Effect cheerleading squad, made up of students with special needs, was featured with the cheer team on Q13 Fox News.
Feb. 20, 2014 – For eight years, Mercer Island students have competed in the non-profit Destination Imagination (DI) program, which presents educational challenges to students in a variety of areas to enable students to develop 21st century skills like creativity, teamwork and problem solving. This year, Mercer Island High School (MIHS) will host the DI Regional Tournament on March 1.
Feb. 20, 2014 – In March, the Mercer Island School District (MISD) and City of Mercer Island will cosponsor three public events that will give the community an opportunity to provide input and get more information on the three construction projects approved by voters in the Feb. 11 election.
Feb. 19, 2014 – In February, 10th grade Mercer Island students Tomasz Prussak and David Stein took fourth place in the "Advanced" category of the fourth annual Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) High School Programming Contest.
Feb. 12, 2014 – The National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) has recognized the Mercer Island High School Girls Golf team for a six-year, 64 match winning streak. The team ranks eighth for consecutive wins and seventh for consecutive unbeaten matches, which includes ties.
Feb. 5, 2014 - Beginning in January, Kathryn Bledsoe, a veteran teacher and former principal, took over the position of Associate Principal at Mercer Island High School (MIHS) after the retirement of Craig Olson, who had been in the district for 19 years.
Jan. 28, 2014 – 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.
Jan. 28, 2014 – Five Mercer Island High School juniors have been selected to compete with 308 other students from across Washington state for one of 160, six-day summer residencies at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
Jan. 27, 2014 – Tonight the Mercer Island School District is hosting an information session for parents of incoming 2014-15 kindergarten students. District staff will be present to answer questions, talk about educational programs and distribute registration forms.
Jan. 24, 2014 – Opening night for the Mercer Island High School Drama Department’s winter play will be Jan. 30. The Laramie Project, written by Moises Kaufmann, deals with community reaction to the 1998 murder of a gay University of Wyoming student in Laramie, Wyo.
Jan. 23, 2014 – Mercer Island High School’s DECA program has announced that 38 students have qualified for the DECA state competition from March 6-8 in Bellevue, Wash. 22 more students who entered written and international business plans are still under consideration and will be announced at the end of the month.
Jan. 22, 2014 – Days before the beginning of the current legislative session in Olympia, Wash., the Washington State Supreme Court issued an order that “the pace of progress must quicken” for full funding of basic education in Washington.
Jan. 16, 2014 – The Mercer Island School District will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There will be no school-related activities.
Jan. 16, 2014 – The print edition of the Mercer Island School District News will arrive in residential mailboxes on Mercer Island soon, but it can be read online now.
Mercer Island School District using March 17 as snow make-up dayJan. 7, 2014 – The Mercer Island School District will hold classes on Monday, March 17 to make up for the day that was missed on Dec. 20 due to snow. All schools, programs and transportation will operate on a normal Monday schedule.
MERCER ISLAND, Wash. – Jan. 3, 2014 – The 12-page Mercer Island School District (MISD) Annual Report for the 2012-13 academic year is now available online. The state-mandated print edition of the report has already started arriving for Mercer Island residents.
Jan. 3, 2014 – Students from Islander Middle School recently won two awards in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics competition, including earning the right to advance to the state semifinal tournament on Feb. 8 in the Seattle area.
Jan. 2, 2014 – The GRAMMY Foundation recently named Mercer Island High School as one of 123 nationwide GRAMMY Signature Schools semifinalists for 2014. The GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year.