Hands on Science

It's all hands on in the Material Science class at Mercer Island High School. Evidence of the work of material scientists seems to be invisible - nowhere yet it is everywhere. From Band-aids to Boeing airplanes, items we use and see and wear everyday are often a product of the work of material scientists and engineers. So, what is Material Science?


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Spotlight Fall 2015 Just imagine how challenging it must be to be new to a school where you do not speak the language. How do you understand the teacher? How do you learn? How do you make friends? An app helps English language learner (ELL) students learn and communicate with others while building language skills in English. The app, Google Translate, is paired with Mercer Island School District –issued iPads. The app helps students to quickly translate words typed or spoken from one language to another.

Sophie, a student at Island Park, speaks German. She is learning English with the help of the Google Translate app on her iPad and her ELL teacher Kristin Kim.

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  • Input needed on elementary Spanish-language program and high school start time

    Nov. 13, 2015 – Over the past year, the school district has been studying the feasibility of adding a Spanish language program to the k-5 curriculum to begin in the fall of 2016. Read more...
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    Nov. 9, 2015 – The US Department of Education recently issued a letter addressing the unique educational needs of children with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia. In particular, the letter was written in response to concerns of parent, advocacy, and national disability organization representatives that some state and local educational agencies were reluctant to reference these terms in special education evaluations, eligibility determinations, and/or IEPs. Read more...

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  • The print edition of the Fall 2015 District News is now online

    Nov. 5, 2015 - The most recent print edition of the MISD District News will arrive in residential maiboxes on Mercer Island soon, but it can be viewed online now. Read more...

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  • Mercer Island School District students show how they use technology as a tool for learning

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  • Mercer Island High School wins the WIAA Scholastic Cup for the fifth year in a row

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  • Families invited to take survey on future years school calendars

    Oct. 30, 2015 - The Mercer Island School District (MISD) wants to know what you think about the annual school calendar. What are your preferences when it comes to working around the vacations? What do you as a family value when thinking about Winter Break, start of school, and Mid-Winter Break? Read more...

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Mercer Island is located in the middle of beautiful Lake Washington, within minutes of Seattle and Bellevue. It is joined with Seattle by the Interstate 90 floating bridge and Bellevue by the east channel bridge. The City of Mercer Island serves primarily as a residential community for about 24,000 people, most of whom are employed in professional and managerial positions in Seattle and the surrounding areas.

The Mercer Island School District has a K-12 population of more than 4,300 and enjoys a wide-spread reputation for quality and excellence, combining academics, cultural expression, and athletic achievement. More info...