Mercer Island students engage creativity, co-author poetry with famous poets

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.  

video icon   Fall 2014, 2020 Vision Spotlight | "All I need to know in life I learned in kindergarten"

All I need to know I learned in kindergarten video
Do you remember hearing that everything you need to know in life you learned in kindergarten? West Mercer Elementary kindergarten teacher Veronica Golden agrees!

In the two-minute video linked above, take a look at how she personalizes language learning through sign language and music and helps her kindergarten students develop their social intelligence, citizenship and responsible decision-making skills.

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  • Mercer Island School District named to AP District Honor Roll

    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." Read more...
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  • Boundary committee sets public preview of new elementary boundaries

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

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

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

    The Mercer Island School District band and orchestra programs announced the names of 30 Mercer Island High School and Islander Middle School students who have earned recognition in the All-Northwest and All-State honor ensembles.

    “Selection to one of these ensembles is a tribute to years of hard work,” said David Bentley. “Congratulations to these fine musicians and the Mercer Island community that supports them.” Read more...

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  • School district launches Learning Services Advisory Committee

    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. Read more...
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  • Winter weather is upon us!

    Please review the Emergency School Operation Schedule for 2014-15 found here and remember to sign up for email and text alerts at www.flashalert.net
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About the District

Mercer Island, an island community located at the southern end of Lake Washington and 10 minutes from Seattle, is joined to the city of Seattle by the Interstate 90 floating bridge and to the City of Bellevue by the east channel bridge. The City of Mercer Island serves primarily as a residential area for approximately 22,700 people, most of whom are employed in professional and managerial positions in Seattle and the surrounding areas. More info...