MIHS teacher brings summer research back to the classroom

For Mercer Island High School science teacher Larry Bencivengo, learning doesn't take a summer vacation.  With support in the form of a two-year Partnership in Science grant for teachers from the Murdock Foundation, he worked in a lab at UW Medicine South Lake Union with Dr. Russ Van Gelder, MIHS parent and chairman of the UW Department of Ophthalmology.

Soaringto 2020



Mercer Island Schools embrace a 2020 Vision, preparing our students to think, collaborate, and to be creative in an interconnected world. This video, created for the 2016 Mercer Island Schools Foundation Breakfast of Champions, shows our students at work learning the foundations of literacy, building global awareness and citizenship, and exploring the frontiers of science.

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  • Nominations open for second year of Pathfinder Awards honoring Mercer Island High School alumni  

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  • MIHS Wind Ensemble invited to perform at Northwest Music Education Conference

    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. Read more...

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  • Ty Bergstrom joins MISD as Executive Director of Finance and Chief Financial Officer

    October 7, 2016 - Ty Bergstrom has joined the Mercer Island School District as Executive Director of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, beginning October 3, 2016. Read more...

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  • District, King County Library System partner to increase access to online resources

    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. Read more...

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  • Ten MIHS seniors named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

    September 14, 2016 – Ten Mercer Island High School seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists. Read more...

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  • Typically developing preschoolers needed as peer mentors for students with disabilities

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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...