• Spotlight Fall 2019: Mindfulness at Northwood

    Learn how mindfulness is being used at Northwood Elementary to help students to Be the Three: Safe, Respectful and Responsible.

    Spotlight Spring 2019: The Power of Our Words

    Islander Middle School devoted extended lessons around understanding hate and bigotry and the extremes that can occur when these elements are fostered within a society. IMS engaged its 6th and 7th grade students in an important conversation that by understanding hate we will find ways to overcome it. 8th grade students had a culminating experience where they heard from a Holocaust survivor, George Elbaum.


    Spotlight Winter 2019: The Great Kindness Challenge

    Northwood and West Mercer Elementary participated in The Great Kindness Challenge, giving students the opportunity to show kindness to their peers in many ways. 

    Spotlight Fall 2018: An Island of Opportunity

    The Mercer Island School District has welcomed more than 50 new certificated staff this year, from seven countries and 15 states. Let us introduce you to three of them. 

    Spotlight Spring 2018: Special Education

    In our spring Video Spotlight, learn more about the Adult Transition and Early Childhood programs and how Special Education is preparing students for life. Thanks to Walgreens and the Mercer Island Athletic Club for providing these work experiences for our students.

    Spotlight Fall 2017: Fine Arts

    Fine Arts - from band and orchestra to drama and photography, these courses enrich the experiences of Mercer Island students at all levels. Meet three fine arts teachers, their students, revisit the tradition of All-Island Band Night and preview the MIHS fall musical "9 to 5."

    Spotlight: Welcome Supt. Colosky


    Spotlight Spring 2017: Character Dares at Islander Middle School

    Sixth graders at Islander Middle School are learning character essentials in their Extended Core classes this year, building a culture of character and developing important social-emotional skills. This video shows students learning what respect means by writing letters and sending packages to service members through Operation Gratitude.



    Spotlight: Winter 2017

    KMIH, the Mercer Island High School student radio station, has rebranded as 88.9 The Bridge. The station offers students a unique lab environment for hands-on learning as they operate an FCC-licensed station, mentored by broadcast media instructor Joe Bryant.

    Spotlight: Fall 2016

    Mercer Island Schools have introduced a new Elementary World Language program this fall, teaching Spanish to all students in grades K-5. Join us for a visit to Brooke Carwithen’s classroom at Lakeridge Elementary and listen as student talk about how much they are enjoying the experience of learning a new language.


    Soaring to Vision 2020 

    Mercer Island Schools embrace a 2020 Vision, preparing our students to think, collaborate, and to be creative in an interconnected world. This video, created for the 2016 Mercer Island Schools Foundation Breakfast of Champions, shows our students at work learning the foundations of literacy, building global awareness and citizenship, and exploring the frontiers of science.

    Spotlight: Spring 2016 

    8th-grade social studies classes at Islander Middle School held a Day of Service to help the community. Students assembled hygiene kits and tied blankets for local shelters and painted rocks to be displayed next to the Anne Frank tree planted in the Seattle Center Peace Garden.

    Spotlight: Winter 2016   

    MIHS Students are using computer programming to cultivate and foster analytical and critical thinking. In this short spotlight video, the viewer will see how thinking, creativity, and problem-solving are all interconnected. The teaching of coding offers our students technology and digital literacy in ways that will help shape their thinking for future cross-discipline tasks.