E Connections 2014-2015  

Global impact: Mercer Island senior ships donated school supplies to students in Sierra Leone

When Mercer Island senior Jason McRuer saw extra school supplies donated by students' parents that were not being used in the classroom, he saw the opportunity to enrich the school experiences of students in Sierra Leone.
 

This winter, Island Park students in several classrooms and in several grades have partnered with the Washington Native Plant Society and the Mercer Island Parks Department to adopt an acre of Island Crest Park behind the school. They are planting new trees and removing invasive plant species from the park.
 

At Mercer Island High School, students use technology to harness their passions and personalize learning. Juniors Kelsey and Jasmine came up with an idea for an iPad app called "BOLT" in their marketing class and continued to develop a plan for it through advanced economics and DECA. Now they are working with a developer at the high school to build a prototype for a competition in January 2015. Watch the video...
 
At Mercer Island High School, the College & Career Readiness (CCR) program exposes students to training for and insight into college and career pathways, industry certifications, practical life skills, innovative technology and design, and team work.
 
Retired Islander Middle School teacher Ramona Behnke has a passion for students and for poetry – so much so that she came back to IMS as a volunteer to help students engage with poetry and language arts. 
 
In this two-minute video, take a look at how West Mercer Elementary kindergarten teacher Veronica Golden personalizes language learning through sign language and music and helps her kindergarten students develop their social intelligence, citizenship and responsible decision-making skills. Watch the video...

 

Before last week, Mercer Island High School social studies students like ninth grader Aidan Dobson only had to think about how a lack of clean drinking water would impact ancient civilizations and areas around the world without access to clean drinking water. Read more...
 

Using critical thinking and problem solving to create a school motto

In 2013, MIHS Principal Vicki Puckett proposed that the school create a motto that captured the spirit of what the high school represents. This week's E-Connections feature demonstrates how Mercer Island High School students worked collaboratively to create a meaningful school motto. Read more...