Latest West Mercer Announcements
Each year, we ask Mercer Island Schools families to participate in our Educational Effectiveness Survey.
Kindergarten enrollment is now underway for the 2019-20 school year in the Mercer Island School District.
Effective January 28, 2019, the Mercer Island School District’s administrative policy and procedure for excusing student absences will be significantly changed.
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Dear West Mercer Families,
Can these past few sunny days be true harbingers of spring? I am certainly hoping they are, or at the very least that we are done with snow until next winter!
As a result of our lengthy snowstorm in February, the school will now be in session for the 3 previously identified “weather makeup days”, which are March 11th, May 24th, and June 21st. In addition, the district will be requesting a waiver from the state for the 2 days that are left to make up. Once we receive information from the state regarding the acceptance of the waiver for 2 days (or the rejection of our request for the waiver) communication will come out from the district. For now, please mark your calendar for school to be IN SESSION on March 11th, May 24th and June 21st.
This is 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. https://www.research.net/r/MISD-Parent
Another issue of importance to West Mercer is the reduced funding of our school counselors. I’m sure that you are all aware that the City Levy did not pass this last fall. What you may not have realized is that this has resulted in some changes for next year at the elementary schools on the Island. Our school counselors are MIYFS (Mercer Island Youth and Family Services) employees and are funded from the city budget. It has already been announced that one of the four elementary counselors will need to be cut next year and an additional one the year following. As you can imagine, there is a lot of support for maintaining our current counseling status and one of the promising funding sources is the annual MIYFS fundraising that kicks off this Wednesday, March 6th with their breakfast. If you would like more information or would like to join me at the breakfast, here is the link: https://miyfs.org/donate/annualbreakfast/
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Winter Enrichment Activities
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About West Mercer Elementary
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.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM District Choir Festival- Rehearsal
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM All-District Choir Concert
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM IMS Gator for a Night
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM Fine Arts Showcase - Visual Arts