MERCER ISLAND, Wash. – 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.