West Mercer Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  •  Dear West Mercer Families,

    March is here, that means spring can’t be too far away! I am really looking forward to the warmer days ahead and of course, hope that it brings an end to the worries of coronavirus!

    For the most updated news on the District response to Covid-19, please check out the website page devoted to that information: mercerislandschools.org/coronavirus

    At West Mercer, we are focusing on cleaning/sanitizing and good hygiene (handwashing and covering any coughs/sneezes with tissue). The school was deep cleaned and sanitized over the weekend and the cleaning and sanitizing will happen regularly; every night for some of our most “at-risk” spaces (health room, bathrooms, etc.). All teachers are reminding students of the appropriate way to wash hands and encouraging hand washing before all snacks and lunches.

    March brings the final weeks of the 2nd trimester and new report cards. Report cards will be available in Skyward on Friday, March 27th at 5:00 pm. Please note that there is no school on Friday, March 20th. This is a new full day off for students on this year’s calendar. In past years it has been a half-day off for students for report card writing for teachers but this year it is a full day off and in fact, is a nonwork day for teachers.

    This is also the time of the year when we ask all of our stakeholders to give us feedback on how we are doing. Our 4th and 5th-grade students take a survey during class time; our staff members take a survey during work hours and we ask parents to complete a survey online. These surveys are all called the Educational Effectiveness Survey (EES) and the data from the surveys are used each year to monitor what is working at West Mercer and where we can improve. I pour over the results myself each year looking for patterns and opportunities. You should have all gotten an email from the district asking for you to complete the survey (which takes about 10 minutes) but since we usually get a pretty small sampling of parents who respond I am sending out the link in this newsletter and asking for you to please consider giving us your input. The survey will close on April 10th. Parent



About West Mercer Elementary

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    Mission Statement:
    West Mercer is a place of joy where all students, staff, and families commit to grow, empower and value each other. We believe that our capacity to learn is unlimited.

    Value, Belief  and Commitment Statements:

    • We believe in strong partnerships with families and our community. We commit to respecting their insights and opinions.
    • We believe that every student and family in our community belongs. We commit to foster and embrace all aspects of diversity and further commit to face and address areas of inequity.
    • We believe it is important that we (staff, students, and families) enjoy each other and our time together at school. We commit to building relationships.
    • We believe that West Mercer is a place of emotional and physical safety. We commit to developing social/emotional health in our students.
    • We believe that behavior expectations must be clearly communicated and that students’ should be celebrated for appropriate behavior, not just criticized when they fall below behavior expectations. We commit to providing a positive behavior intervention system (PAWS).
    • We believe that learning should be personalized to meet the needs of the students in our classrooms and school. We commit to providing differentiated instructional practice.
    • We believe that student learning is most likely to occur when we use consistent, research based instructional practices and curricula. We commit to provide the guaranteed and viable curriculum mandated by the District and approved through School Board vote.
    • We believe that critical thinking and analytical/processing skills are crucial for future global opportunities. We commit to culture and foster these important thinking and problem solving skills.
    • We believe that every child needs appropriate challenge. We commit to continually improving our instructional practice so that we can grow ALL students’ skill and understanding.
    • We believe that every person (including us adults) can learn. We commit to learn from each other and from experts in a variety of fields.
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