During the final week of school, fifth-grade students from West Mercer's submersible team launched a submarine of their own construction, the "Sea Wolf," on its maiden voyage in Lake Washington. The team of about a half-dozen students under teacher Tom Tivnan has been designing and building the vessel since January, taking weekly turns as CEO of the project.
After corresponding with senior citizens living at Aljoya Mercer Island throughout the school year, fourth graders from Island Park Elementary finally got the opportunity to meet their pen pals in person this June.
Islander Middle School, students are learning the science of flight in
their aerospace elective class. First they learn about the principles of
density and buoyancy and then they apply those principles, building
different types of aircraft throughout the course.
Last month, about 100 members of the Mercer Island High School band, along with parents, teachers, and administrators, took their talents to Australia to compete with other bands in the Australian National Band Championships.
Of all the questions students asked Prakash Sharma, who is one of several national directors of Splash, an organization that helps provide clean water in impoverished schools throughout the world, what struck him most was the question that wasn't asked. Why water?
Island High School senior Jason McRuer has many passions. On a recent
MIHS band trip to Australia, he capitalized on his passion for
videography to by interviewing
fellow students about the experience, and incorporating performance video and photos into
the wonderful video below. Watch the video...
Teacher Patrick Zanders initiated a new course called Career Readiness that helps Crest students prepare for life after high school, increasing their skills and confidence. Over time, he realized that outside expert input could make even more of an impact.
Language is interactive. It is shared, read, and absorbed. Stories are delivered, adapted, and retold. When Mercer Island High School poetry students chose to share their appreciation for language, they chose to deliver an interactive experience to their community.
Wednesday, April 22 is Earth Day. But students at West Mercer Elementary have made sustainability a year-round learning experience.
visit the beautiful Crest greenhouse and nurseries on 86th Avenue
Southeast, you'll find prize-winning heirloom tomatoes, a variety of herbs,
flowers, squash, and vegetables. You'll see sustainable practices in action,
from re-used plastic pots, instead of treating pots that would wind up in a
landfill, to the absence of inorganic chemicals that would wind up in Lake
Washington. More importantly, you'll find
Mercer Island students in the Crest Urban Horticulture class developing skills
for their careers in a personalized learning environment.
On Wednesday, April 1, West Mercer Elementary will hold its annual science fair. In preparation, students from Jamie Cooke's MIHS Biotechnology Research and Ethics classes traveled to West Mercer to spend time mentoring fourth graders in Sherry Isaac's and Denise DiPrima's classes on their science fair projects.
Mercer Island High School recently held its first ever Biology Open House, featuring presentations from high school biology students on research projects they conducted over several weeks.
Mercer Island High School sophomores Jordano Mark and Nadja Li saw some of their favorite musicians supporting a local nonprofit for homeless youth and decided they could - and would - make a difference, too.
This winter, MIHS sophomore Mitchell Meade led an effort to create the high school’s first unified basketball team. Unified sports are a collaboration of schools and Special Olympics Washington, dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, for people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.
Students in Larry Bencivengo’s science classes were asked to look into the future. They identified a technology available today that helps solve environmental problems, researched it, and envisioned what it could look like in 20 years. Four of Bencivengo’s sophomore biology students focused on a medical technology rather than an environmental one. Their vision is to create a better prosthetic experience for amputees.
When Mercer Island senior Jason McRuer saw extra school supplies donated by students' parents that were not being used in the classroom, he saw the opportunity to enrich the school experiences of students in Sierra Leone.
This winter, Island Park students in several classrooms and in several grades have partnered with the Washington Native Plant Society and the Mercer Island Parks Department to adopt an acre of Island Crest Park behind the school. They are planting new trees and removing invasive plant species from the park.
Mercer Island High School, students use technology to harness their
passions and personalize learning. Juniors Kelsey and Jasmine came up
with an idea for an iPad app called "BOLT" in their marketing class and
continued to develop a plan for it through advanced economics and DECA.
Now they are working with a developer at the high school to build a
prototype for a competition in January 2015. Watch the video...