October 2015

September 2015

  • Mercer Island juniors and seniors achieve outstanding results on 2015 ACT test

    September 30, 2015 - Once again, Mercer Island High School juniors and seniors students showed that they are well prepared for college, earning high scores on the 2015 ACT test.

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  • Unified Cheer (Sparkle Cheerleaders)

    Several of our MIHS cheerleaders, as part of the Pacific NW Unified Cheer team, fundraised and travelled to the Special Olympics World games this past summer in Los Angeles, CA. They performed for several countries at various sporting events. Here are a few of the slides....

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  • District responds to concerns about tag

    September 25, 2015 - The ‘hands-off’ policy intended for unstructured play and recess however well intended, has led to confusion, false reporting and is clearly not supported by many staff and many parents. Although the plan was focused on keeping students safe, it lacked stakeholder participation and support.

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  • District strives to improve playground safety

    September 24, 2015 - Message from Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano: There have been recent media reports about banning the game of tag at our elementary schools following a Principal Advisory Meeting at Lakeridge last week. There is not a ban on tag. Our principal was communicating a new message about a 'hands off' expectation at recess.

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  • Mercer Island School District receives national recognition

    September 9, 2015 - Mercer Island School District (MISD) was recognized nationally by two organizations recently. StartClass, an education research website, named MISD the top public school district in Washington state, and Newsweek ranked Mercer Island High School (MIHS) as one of the top 500 high schools in the nation.

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  • State Releases MISD Adequate Yearly Progress Status

    In 2014 and again this year, the U.S. Department of Education declined to renew the State of Washington’s conditional Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver for schools receiving Title I, Part A funds. As a result, all schools and school districts in the State of Washington are subject to the federal No Child Left Behind Act. This non-renewal requires the State to return to determining Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for school districts.

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August 2015

  • District responds to intra-district school transfers for 2015-2016

    August 25, 2015 - With the much anticipated opening of the fourth elementary, Northwood, still one year away, the Mercer Island School District has been working with great intention to place students into its three existing elementary schools. Enrollments continue to come in as the District welcomes its newest members to the community. Dr. Plano commented, “The quality of our educational programs has attracted families from around the region, country and even globally. We plan to welcome our newest families and students as the school year unfolds, ensuring a positive first impression for our students and their parents.”

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  • 10 new classrooms were viewed by the public following brief ceremony at MIHS-8-24-15 update

    August 24, 2015 - Note: For interested staff and community members who missed this event, there will be two additional opportunities to tour the new classrooms: Tuesday, August 25 at 4:00 PM, and Tuesday, September 1 at 10:00 AM. Tours will begin at the main entrance of the high school. Members of the Mercer Island School Board and City Council were joined by the MIHS Cheer Squad and nearly 100 others last week, with entertainment by a Mercer Island High School string quintet, as they eagerly awaited the cutting of the ribbon and entering the brand new classrooms.

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  • City and School District to undertake “Operation Safe Community” training exercise August 20

    August 10, 2015 – On Thursday, August 20, 2015, City staff, first responders, School District officials, and regional agency partners will conduct an “Operation Safe Community” training exercise at various locations on the Island, including Lakeridge Elementary, City Hall, and the Community Center. This is only a practice.

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