• Flu cases increasing, according to King County Public Health

    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.

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  • Three MISD teachers earn National Board Certification

    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.

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  • Power briefly lost at three Mercer Island schools

    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.”

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  • MIHS senior nominated to attend future technology leaders event at Harvard

    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.

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  • School district earns Apple Distinguished Program recognition

    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.

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  • Bellevue, Mercer Island school districts study later start times for high schools

    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.

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  • UPDATED Highly Capable Program nomination window open for students in grades three through 11

    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.

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November 2014

  • School board enhances public access to meeting materials

    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.

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  • Mercer Island School District 2013-14 Annual Report available online

    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.

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  • Mercer Island School District named to AP District Honor Roll

    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.”

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  • Boundary Committee sets public preview of new elementary boundaries

    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.

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  • School Board meets with 41st District state legislators to discuss K-12 education funding

    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.

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  • Schools Foundation, District give thanks for Phone-A-Thon support

    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.

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  • Mercer Island band and orchestra students earn regional, state honors

    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.

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  • School district launches Learning Services Advisory Committee

    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.

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March 2014

  • MIHS senior awarded prestigious national writing scholarship

    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.

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  • 13 MIHS students earn spot at international DECA competition

    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.

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  • MIHS band collects six tons of food for Youth and Family Services

    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).

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  • High school seeks speakers for Career Day

    March 12, 2014 – Mercer Island High School (MIHS) is asking for community volunteers to discuss their industries and jobs at a May 13 Career Day for freshmen and juniors.

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  • MIHS sophomore earns spot in national monologue competition

    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.

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  • MIHS team takes third in Mock Trial Competition

    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.

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  • MIHS seeks community, alumni input on school motto

    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.

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  • Four Mercer Island Destination Imagination teams heading to state tournament

    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.

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