Island Park Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  • The Reunion

    We tried to remember everything we had forgotten.

    We summoned up smells and sounds that had long been sanitized and snuffed. We conjured up faces and phrases that had faded and fizzled. We attempted to retrieve, re- enact and relive the rituals and routines that had shaped our young selves.

    We resurrected, recalled and reminisced.

    In the end, we simply rejoiced that our time together, over forty years ago, had truly meant something and had indeed set into motion our transformation from clumsy, but creative children to gloriously imperfect yet productive adults.

    Last spring I received a text message from a friend with whom I hadn’t communicated for decades. She asked if I was planning to attend our 40th high school reunion in July. My immediate inclination was to delete the message and pretend that it had never reached my eyes.  I had purposefully avoided previous high school reunions thinking such gatherings were for sentimentalists, the super-successful, or school mates that were intent on stirring up sour stories that were best buried and forgotten.  For this once shy kid from Omaha, a high school reunion could only mean a long weekend of what-ifs, could-have-beens, and uncomfortable comparisons (Who still looked like his or her senior picture? Who owned a yacht?  Who had three children--all Rhodes Scholars?).

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About Island Park

  • Island Park is one of four elementary schools in the Mercer Island School District. It is located in the middle of the island, at 5437 Island Crest Way.

    Principal David Hoffman and Associate Principal Lisa Deen lead a staff of 65 who serve approximately 388 students (as of October 2016). We are host of the district's English Language Learners (ELL) program and Personalized Learning Program (PLP) for students with special learning needs. Other special programs include a Special Education Resource Room; Counseling, LAP (remedial reading); technology integrated classrooms; music, art, Spanish, library, and PE specialists; technology TOSAs; a tuition-based foreign language program; student council; before school choir, band and orchestra programs; and after school clubs including chess and art clubs.

    Island Park Elementary was awarded the Washington Overall Achievement Award in 2009-2014 and was recognized with achievement awards in science and math for the 2011-2012 school year. Island Park was also a designated King County "Level III Green School" in the spring of 2012.

    Island Park uses district adopted curriculum as the foundation for its instructional program. Individual teachers and/or grade level teams assess students' needs and adapt instruction as necessary for learning to occur. Teachers frequently integrate material from several disciplines to make learning more meaningful for students.

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