April 20, 2015 – Mercer Island High School (MIHS) senior David Emanuels has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program semifinalist. Emanuels is one of 576 national semifinalists. Of that selected group, approximately 150 will be chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars.
April 17, 2015 – Mercer Island High School was recently named the most athletically dominant high school in Western Washington by USA Today High School Sports.
April 15, 2015 – The Rockin’ Readers, a group of seven Lakeridge Elementary fourth graders, won the King County Library System’s East Regional Global Reading Challenge. It was the final level of the event sponsored by the King County Library System.
April 14, 2015 – Today Mercer Island High School and Island Park Elementary were named recipients of 2014 Washington Achievement Awards by Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and the Washington State Board of Education.
This month, the Mercer Island School District was lauded by College Board for its AP program. College Board honored the district for its AP program which provides expansive access to AP courses, and has led to an increasing rate of achievement on AP exams.
April 9, 2015 – Mercer Island High School (MIHS) science teacher Larry Bencivengo has been selected for the 2015 Research Experience for Teachers Program at the University of Washington Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE). The summer program, from June 29 until August 14, includes collaborative research, lectures and workshops for a selective group of teachers.
April 8, 2015 – On Saturday, March 28, Mercer Island’s Destination Imagination (DI) teams competed at the state tournament in Wenatchee. Two Mercer Island teams, The Seven Sparks and Sushi, were chosen to advance and represent the state of Washington at the DI Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., from May 20-23.
April 2, 2015 – Mercer Island School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano announced that the district is closed to new non-resident student applicants, including students who were granted non-resident enrollment for the remainder of the 2014-15 school year after becoming nonresidents during this year, due to inadequate space, facilities and staff.
March 31, 2015 – Mercer Island High School (MIHS) juniors Evan Ashley, David Stein, and Tomasz Prussak recently took second place in the fifth annual Pacific Lutheran University High School Programming contest at the Morken Center for Learning and Technology. Their team completed seven advanced programming problems in 700 minutes, beating third place Cleveland High School, who took 891 minutes. First place Skyline High School accomplished the task in 672 minutes.
March 27, 2015 – On Friday, March 27, the Mercer Island School District (MISD) celebrated the groundbreaking of the Islander Middle School expansion project. Mercer Island School Board members were joined by members of the Mercer Island City Council, leaders from the campaign for the Feb. 2014 bond proposition, and students in the sixth-grade band.
March 27, 2015 – On Thursday, March 26, the Mercer Island School Board and the Mercer Island Education Association (MIEA) met to discuss topics of mutual interest. The conversation between the groups of leaders from the Mercer Island educational community was guided by questions outlined by MIEA President Tani Lindquist and Board President Janet Frohnmayer.
March 23, 2015 – The Mercer Island High School (MIHS) DECA program sent 57 students to compete in the recent state DECA competition in Bellevue. Of those students, 21 qualified for the international competition, which draws tens of thousands of competitors from around the world. That competition will be held in Orlando, Fla., during the last week of April.
March 23, 2015 – This fall, three of the five Mercer Island School Board seats will be up for election. This includes board position 1, 3, and 5. In anticipation of these elections and to educate prospective candidates, the Washington State School Directors Association is hosting several free, two-hour workshops in the months of March and April.
March 20, 2015 – The Mercer Island School Board will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Islander Middle School expansion project on March 27 at 2:00 p.m. at the middle school.
March 17, 2015 – On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, the Mercer Island School District celebrated the groundbreaking of Elementary No. 4 at its future site on the North Mercer campus. Mercer Island School Board members were joined by members of the Mercer Island City Council, including Mayor Bruce Bassett, and a group of young students who will attend the new elementary school in the fall of 2016.
March 16, 2015 – Rev. Ruth Saunders, a member of the Mercer Island School District (MISD) Diversity Advisory Committee, will be honored at The Seattle Medium Newspaper’s Annual Black Press Breakfast on Friday, March 20. The event will salute “women trailblazers and role models for equal and civil rights.”
March 11, 2015 – The Mercer Island School Board will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of Elementary School No. 4 on March 17 at 1:00 p.m.
March 6, 2015 – The Mercer Island High School boys’ basketball team was named Washington’s 3A academic state champion for the highest grade-point average (GPA) in the sport by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association for 2014. This is the second year in a row that the team has earned this distinction. The team boasted an average GPA of 3.684.
March 5, 2015 – This fall, three of the five Mercer Island School Board seats will be up for election. This includes board positions 1, 3, and 5. The Mercer Island School Board will host two information sessions for prospective school board candidates in March. The sessions will be devoted to board governance overviews for prospective board candidates. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes.
March 3, 2015 – The Mercer Island School District sent 16 teams to the 2015 Destination Imagination Seattle-Metro Regional Tournament on Feb. 28 at Bellevue High School. Four teams advanced and will compete at the state tournament in East Wenatchee on March 28.
February 25, 2015 – The Mercer Island School District (MISD) will hold classes on Monday, March 16 to make up for the day that was missed Sept. 29, 2014. All schools, programs and transportation will operate on a normal Monday schedule.
February 25, 2015 – For the first time ever, the Mercer Island Schools Foundation (MISF) is offering a $1,500 college scholarship to a Mercer Island High School (MIHS) junior or senior who best describes how his or her education has been impacted by private community investments in public education.
February 24, 2015 – The 2015 Educational Effectiveness Parent Survey for schools in the Mercer Island School District has been released online. Surveys must be submitted online by April 3, 2015.
Feb. 13, 2015 – On Feb. 12, King County Executive Dow Constantine, along with Deputy Executive and Mercer Island High School (MIHS) graduate Fred Jarrett, toured Mercer Island schools and discussed educational programs and initiatives with students and staff. The Mercer Island School District is one of the 19 public school districts in King County which Constantine is visiting in his efforts to reduce demand for the criminal justice system by investing in less-expensive prevention efforts, including early education.
Feb. 13, 2015 – The most recent 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.
A team of teachers, parents, and administrators have been working hard conducting a comprehensive search for a new third, fourth, and fifth grade core literacy program. The curriculum adoption group, guided by literacy research, best practices in instruction and knowledge of Mercer Island students, evaluated five publishers. The process has reached a point where we would like to invite more community members to two open forums to elicit feedback from parents and other stakeholders.
February 11, 2015 - Today Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano announced the naming of Aimee Batliner-Gillette as Principal for Elementary No. 4.
February 10, 2015 – Mercer Island High School’s (MIHS) DECA program has announced that 57 students who competed in the Area 3 competition in December and January have earned a spot at the March 5–7 Washington DECA State Career Development Conference in Bellevue. At the state competition, students will vie for the opportunity to attend the April DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Fla.
February 6, 2015 – More than 100 students from Mercer Island High School (MIHS) competed in this year’s Eastshore Solo and Ensemble Contest on Jan. 31.
January 30, 2015 – For about a decade, two ospreys have nested in Mercer Island on a light pole at Islander Stadium. Like clockwork, the urban raptors return near the beginning of April to lay eggs.
January 30, 2015 – Mercer Island High School (MIHS) senior David Emanuels was recently selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program candidate.
January 29, 2015, 2:00 p.m. – On Thursday, at 1:20 p.m., fire alarms at Mercer Island High School went off after smoke set off an alarm in a bathroom. In the construction zone, a welder inadvertently caused plastic to melt and the resulting smoke escaped into the vents in the adjoining wall where the bathroom is located. The Mercer Island Fire Department responded immediately, cleared the smoke, and reset the alarm. Students were briefly evacuated to the football field while the fire department cleared the school for re-entry. Classes have now resumed as scheduled.
January 26, 2015 – At the Jan. 20, 2015 meeting of the Mercer Island School Board, board members and district staff met with board members of the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club.
January 20, 2015 – 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, will hold a public hearing on Feb. 4, 2015.
Jan. 16, 2015 – The Mercer Island School District (MISD) will be closed on Monday, Jan. 19 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There will be no school-related activities.
Jan. 12, 2015 – The Mercer Island School District is hosting an information session for the parents of incoming 2015-16 kindergarten students on Monday, Jan. 26, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. District staff will present an overview of the program, answer questions, talk about educational opportunities for students, and distribute registration forms.
Jan. 12, 2015 – The Mercer Island School District (MISD) will host a Different Learners Review Parent Update on Jan. 20 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the MISD Board Room.
Jan. 6, 2014 – Six members of the Mercer Island High School (MIHS) jazz program will perform live on air on KPLU radio, 88.5 FM, on Jan. 15 from 12:15 to 12:35 p.m. at KPLU’s Belltown studio.