South Mercer Playfields Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Saturday, March 11
The Mercer Island School District and the City of Mercer Island are pleased to announce a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the newly updated South Mercer Playfields (SMP) on Saturday, March 11, at noon. This is an event that all Mercer Islanders are invited to attend. The MIHS girls softball team is hosting a 16-team softball jamboree from 9am-5:30pm.
Superintendent Fred Rundle, MISD Board Members, City of Mercer Island leadership, and MIHS athletes will be in attendance to celebrate the new fields with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The current school board as well as the previous one were instrumental in approving the SMP capital project.
“Our Capital Projects and Technology Levy, along with support from the city, made this come together,” Superintendent Rundle said. “The multipurpose nature of the fields will allow for high school and community use by softball, baseball, lacrosse, soccer and more.”
“We are very excited about more spaces for our students to play and more places for our community to convene,” Rundle added.
The SMP updates are a joint project between MISD and the City. Now, nearly two-thirds of the SMP is turfed and lit with new LED lighting. The MIHS Girls’ Softball Team has a beautiful new multipurpose field and our community now has first-class fields for individual and team use.
The address of the South Mercer Playfields is 8220 SE 78th St, Mercer Island, WA 98040.
The ribbon cutting ceremony is taking place on Mercer Island School District Property. NO DOGS ARE ALLOWED ON SCHOOL PROPERTY. Mercer Island City Code 7.04.110. Service animals, as defined in RCW 49.60.040, are exempt.
The students, staff, and community continue to amaze and inspire me. Students are excelling in and out of the classroom through athletics, clubs and organizations, and even personal pursuits beyond MISD. Some of our staff members are gaining recognition by local, state, and national organizations. And our families, they are volunteering through the schools and PTA, supporting the Mercer Island Schools Foundation, and sending eager learners to school each day. I will highlight specific events coming in May, but also invite you to read more about recent accomplishments and points of pride at the end of this letter.
The Mercer Island School District, in partnership with the Mercer Island Preschool Association (MIPA), hosted an Inclusionary Practices Roundtable for Mercer Island Preschool Directors this afternoon. The roundtable took place in the Board Room in the MISD Administration Building.
The Mercer Island Destination Imagination (DI) teams had a fantastic showing at both the Regional and State DI competitions. At the regional tournament 21 of the 24 teams earned awards and recognition for their work. This included several special awards recognizing exceptional technical designs, integration of music into their solutions, and the inclusion of superior engineering elements.
Upcoming in April, we have more religious and cultural celebrations to recognize. Though some of these spiritual or days of significance fall either on a weekend or when the schools are closed for spring break, we will continue to recognize and make space for our students and staff who participate in the many traditions.