Island Park Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  • What I Want to be When I Grow Up

    When I was in pre-school (it was called nursery school way back then), I started to seriously think about what I wanted to be when I grew up. My focus on the future was due, in large part, to my teacher, Mrs. McCasky, a woman whom I adored and whose word was gospel to me.  One day, right before nap time, she surprised the class with the announcement that we would be hearing a short story that she had penned. It was a tale about what each of us would be when we got older. I don’t recall the story’s specific plot, theme or moral except that at some point in the narrative, I appeared in the guise of (drum roll) –a mail carrier. 

    Ouch! The power of suggestion. The great oracle had spoken. Mrs. McCasky, soothsayer extraordinaire, had decreed my professional future, and it was pure postal.

    At first, I was greatly disappointed.  After all, one of my classmates was ordained to be a fearless fireman. Another was destined to be a doctor. Still another; a baker.  Hey, I loved doughnuts.  How come my destiny wasn’t in dough?

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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 425 students. 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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