October 20, 2016 – The National Merit Scholarship Program has recognized 25 Mercer Island High School seniors as Commended Scholars. They are among 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation being honored for their exceptional academic promise. These students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
October 13, 2016 - The National Weather Service is forecasting a series of storms with heavy rain and potentially damaging winds through Saturday. This is a good opportunity to review the Mercer Island School District's Emergency School Operations Schedule, which is posted on our website HERE.
October 7, 2016 – The Mercer Island School District is now seeking nominations for its second annual Pathfinder Awards. The award celebrates graduates of Mercer Island High School whose achievements, strength of character, and citizenship inspire and challenge today’s youth. The deadline to submit nominations online is January 15, 2017.
October 7, 2016 - The Mercer Island High School Wind Ensemble has been selected to perform at the National Association for Music Education Northwest Conference to be held on February 17 and 18, 2017 at the Bellevue Hyatt and Westin.
The entire community is invited to the annual Mercer Island High School Homecoming Parade on Friday, September 23, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in downtown Mercer Island. The parade is planned by the school's Leadership class and features class floats, homecoming royalty and the MIHS Marching Band. The parade precedes the homecoming football game between Mercer Island and Kingston at 7 p.m. at Islander Stadium.
September 21, 2016 - The Mercer Island School District and the King County Library System (KCLS) have formed a new partnership in an effort to increase student access to online resources.
September 14, 2016 – Ten Mercer Island High School seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists.
The MISD Early Childhood Special Education Program, (ECSE Program) located in Northwood Elementary, provides morning and afternoon developmental programming for students three to five years old who have been identified as having disabilities. There are presently two openings in each session for non-disabled peers to serve as peer mentors to students with disabilities.
September 8, 2016 – The community is invited to the dedication and open house for the new commons, gymnasium, library and classrooms at Islander Middle School from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 1 at the school, 8225 S.E. 72nd St.
September 7, 2016 - Families new to the Mercer Island School District this year are invited to a special welcome event from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, October 5, in the commons of the new Northwood Elementary School, 4030 86th Ave. S.E. A light dinner will be served.
August 30, 2016 – The Mercer Island Schools Foundation (MISF) presented a $700,000 check to the Mercer Island School District Board of Directors at its August 29 meeting from its Bridge 2016 campaign to support Mercer Island schools.
August 29, 2016 - The Mercer Island School District seeks volunteers to serve on the district's Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC).
August 23, 2016 – Mercer Island students achieved results significantly above the state averages at all levels on the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) administered last spring.
August 18, 2016 - The Mercer Island School District and the City of Mercer Island are working together to enhance student safety with the installation of cameras on school bus stop arms, in order to deter illegal passing by private vehicles.
July 19, 2016 - Parent volunteers are needed to serve on the district's Instructional Materials Committee (IMC). The IMC helps recommend and adopt instructional materials that align to the state and district learning standards. The committee membership includes staff, students and parents.
July 18, 2016 - For the first time, all-day kindergarten is fully funded by the state, making it tuition free for families. Concurrently, the district is placing greater emphasis on child/family transition to kindergarten. To prepare kindergarten students and families for the 2016-2017 school year, parent-student-teacher conferences will occur during the first two days of school, August 31 and September 1. The first full day of school for all kindergarten students will be Friday, September 2.
June 27, 2016 - Arlene Azose, math and science teacher at Islander Middle School, was awarded first place in Ivar's 13th annual Teacher of the Year Contest.
June 24, 2016 - Mercer Island School Board members have signed a letter urging the City Council to fund and implement additional safety improvements in the North Mercer complex area which includes Mercer Island High School and Northwood Elementary.
June 21, 2016 - The Islander Middle School parking area and loop drive off 84th Avenue SE will be closed from June 24 through late August.
June 9, 2016 – The Mercer Island School District honored its Teachers and Support Staff of the Year at a recognition event June 8 in the Mercer Island High School library.
June 9, 2016 – The Mercer Island School District honored its 2015-16 retirees at a celebration June 8 in the Mercer Island High School library.
May 25, 2016 – The community is invited to the dedication and open house for the new Northwood Elementary from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18 at the school, 4030 86th Ave. S.E.
May 23, 2016 - Olympic Cascade Aquatics (OCA) and the City of Mercer Island, partners with the Mercer Island School District in operating the Mary Wayte Pool, were honored for community service on May 20.
May 23, 2016 - Mercer Island High School’s KMIH-FM was awarded second in the state for overall excellence at the annual Washington State High School Radio Awards and Conference.
May 23. 2016 - Mercer Island High School’s fall 2015 production of Hello, Dolly! has been recognized by the 5th Avenue Awards honoring musical theater.
May 19, 2016 - Mercer Island School District voluntarily tested its facilities’ drinking water for lead this month as a precaution, and none of the samples were of any level requiring corrective action.
April 28, 2016 - Mercer Island High School has again been recognized among the nation’s Best High Schools in the 2016 annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report for student achievement.
April 26, 2016 - Thanks to the generosity of the community, the Mercer Island Schools Foundation raised $503,523 at the annual Breakfast of Champions on April 26.
April 25, 2016 - Larry Bencivengo, science teacher at Mercer Island High School, has been awarded a grant in the Partners in Science program of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. During the next two summers, he will be conducting basic science research with Dr. Russell Van Gelder, professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Washington and director of the UW Medicine Eye Institute.
April 18, 2016 - Island Park and West Mercer Elementary were named recipients of 2015 Washington Achievement Awards today by Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and the Washington State Board of Education.
April 18, 2016 - All the world’s a stage! Join the Mercer Island High School drama department as they present their spring play, William Shakespeare’s comedy, “As You Like It.”
The Mercer Island School District intra-district transfer window is designed to provide families with a process to apply for their child to attend a school in a different attendance area based on a unique set of circumstances.
March 30, 2016 – Mercer Island School District is accepting kindergarten registrations for the 2016-17 school year. The district now offers full-day kindergarten at all schools tuition free.
March 29, 2016 - Mercer Island High School received the top award at the Mead Jazz Northwest festival held in Spokane.
March 28, 2016 – 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 2015-16 school year after becoming nonresidents during this year, due to inadequate space, facilities and staff.
March 25, 2016 – Mercer Island High School student journalists won several awards at the Washington Journalism Education Conference this month in Auburn.
Feb. 29, 2016 - The Mercer Island High School drill team is being honored as the 3A academic state champion for the 2015-16 winter sports season by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA).
Feb. 29, 2016 - In partnership with DigiPen University, the Mercer Island School District will be offering a Video Game Development Workshop for high school students this spring.
Feb. 22, 2016 - King County elections reported finalized results that both special levies overwhelmingly passed!
Feb. 5, 2016—Sixty-two Mercer Island High School students have qualified to compete in the Washington State DECA State Career Development Conference in Bellevue on March 3-5.
Feb. 4, 2016 – Lakeridge Elementary School has been recognized with a Washington State Green School Leader Award by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The award recognizes schools in Washington state whose practices reduce waste and protect the environment.
Jan. 29, 2016 – The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the U.S. Department of Education have selected five current MIHS students and one former MIHS student as candidates for the Presidential Scholars Program.
Jan. 29, 2016 – Today the Mercer Island School District (MISD) announced the hiring of a new Communications and Alumni Relations Coordinator.
Jan. 27, 2016—MISD Food Services Director Carol Bus and MIHS kitchen manager Kecia Vineyard usually work in an office or school kitchen. But recently they spent over an hour in a classroom at Island Park Elementary. Their purpose? To teach fourth graders about the delights and benefits of eating healthy food.
Jan. 28, 2016 – MIHS choir, orchestra and band programs represented our district well this past Saturday at the 2016 Eastshore Solo and Ensemble Contest held at Bellevue College.
Jan. 26, 2016 - The Mercer Island School District is actively seeking new bus drivers.