Superintendent's Message

  • October 4, 2017
    Donna Colosky

    Dear Mercer Island families and community,

    It's hard to believe that we are through September and moving into Fall and October activities. We have had a smooth start to the school year.

    I have had great classroom visits at each of our schools as well as meeting many of you during my first two months here on the Island. Our students are engaged in learning and "love" their school! Thanks again for such a warm welcome!

    October brings many new opportunities and important events.

    A communications survey has been sent out electronically to parents and community to help us gauge the best communications tools for our district and schools. Please participate by October 16 to help us learn the most effective ways to keep in touch with families and our Island community.

    With Fall upon us, it's time to begin preparing for inclement weather. The District uses FlashAlert to send notifications of weather-related school delays and cancellations. Visit to sign up for email and text alerts, and download the free FlashAlert Messenger app for iPhone or Android devices.

    Posted on the MISD website is a slide presentation that outlines the new state budget and House Bill 2242 that dramatically changes how public education will be funded. This will certainly impact Mercer Island Schools, as we are in the planning stages for our Enrichment Levy (previously known as Education Maintenance and Operations Levy) in February 2018.

    Friday October 6 is MIHS Homecoming, including a parade at 4:30 pm downtown! Join us for a fun community event, followed by the football game at 7 p.m. - I hope to see you there!

    On Wednesday, October 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. we will be celebrating our third annual district New Family Welcome Event at Islander Middle School. About 25 school and community partners will be there with information for families new to our schools and community. I look forward to meeting many of our new families!

    The Mercer Island Schools Foundation "All in for Kids" Phone-A-Thon will be held Monday, October 23 and Tuesday, October 24 at Crest Learning Center from 6 to 9 p.m. The fall campaign funds priority requests across the district grades K-12. This year's goal is to raise $497,300 for strategically identified programs in core academics and enrichment. Your donation fuels academic success for every student, every day and at every school! Sign up here to volunteer.

    I also encourage you to mark your calendar for this year's second Mercer Island Parent Edge event, "Tweens, Teens and Tech" on October 25 at 7 p.m. in the MIHS PAC. This should prove to be a very informative conversation.

    If you use social media, please follow me on Twitter @suptdcolosky, the district @mercerislandsd and on Facebook @mercerislandschooldistrict.

    Here's to a great October!


    Donna Colosky