Mercer Island School District Gets Top Ranking on Recent Survey

The Mercer Island School District has long been known for its high emphasis on academics and extra-curriculars, and 2017-2018 reports show Mercer Island reigning over other Washington School Districts. Noted as a “friendly environment,” the district (MISD) strives to foster children and young adults by converting information into knowledge.

In a recent survey of over 9,500 schools, performed by BackgroundChecks.org awards the Mercer Island School District as Washington’s best public-school system. Mercer Island yields a 96.6% graduation rate, which is 15+% higher than the state-wide average of 81.9%.

Other top-producing schools include (2) the Lake Washington School District, (3) the Snoqualmie Valley School District, (4) the Bellevue School District, and (5) the Camas School District.

Though these figures vary from the Niche.com analysis, Niche also uses reviews from students and parents to configure their Best Schools. Their algorithm sets the Mercer Island School District as the second in Washington state. Check out this list of top school districts in Washington state, from Niche.com.

Complete and update report cards can be found on any school district and individual school statewide from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Washington State Report Card portal.

In such a diverse and ever-changing world, Mercer Island sets the example in education and sets its children as their top priority and offers accelerated and advanced courses to facilitate their learning.

Windermere Living – Spring 2018 Edition

Windermere Living is a fabulous magazine that highlights the best the West Coast has to offer, including breathtaking residences, hot Spring getaways, scrumpous eateries, and other highly-desirable West Coast destinations. Learn about the West Coast’s best places to vacation, eat, play, and live inside the pages of Spring Edition of Windermere Living.

ABOUT WINDERMERE LIVING: Produced exclusively by Windermere Real Estate, Windermere Living magazine features beautiful homes for sale in neighborhoods throughout the Western U.S. It also offers carefully curated editorial that reflects our passion for community, connection, and inspired living.


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A New Interlocal Agreement Around King County Will Help Mercer Island Fire Department Response Quicker to Fires

A New Interlocal Agreement Around King County Will Help Mercer Island Fire Department Response Quicker to Fires

The City Council approved a new Interlocal Agreement, which promotes “seamless emergency response among the fire departments throughout King County.”

In the past, Mercer Island has largely relied on Bellevue’s Fire Department and response systems to help with our city’s larger fire instances, but this new Interlocal Agreement (ILA), will allow for the closest available emergency response unit(s) to respond to 911 calls, “regardless of fire department jurisdiction.” This is a huge enhancement on Mercer Island’s current “mutual aid agreement,” which mainly bring aid from the City of Bellevue because it will allow Mercer island to call on help from the City of Seattle, “which previously required its firefighters to obtain permission to travel outside city limits.”

The City of Mercer Island provides “minimum staffing” to our fire department, which is seven firefighters at any given time. Not only will this newer, enhanced agreement heighten the city’s response times to larger events, such as house or multi-house fires, simultaneous situations, or an active shooter scenario.

For reference, the City of Mercer Island specifies that the ordinary house fire on the island requires 35-42 firefighters and a “typical” multiple casualty incident requires 12 or more firefighters to respond.

With the prime objective of safety on the Island, this seems like a great service to local residents and businesses. Fire Chief, Steve Heitman says, “We expect having this new seamless response system countywide will lead to improved coordination and faster response times, which in turn saves lives.”


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Light Rail Rail Station Work Begins on 77th Avenue

If you haven’t already noticed, construction for the East Link Light Rail is underway, as of April 2nd. They’ll be working up to street-level along the 77th Avenue Southeast overpass, as part of the station plaza construction – and we can’t wait to see it take shape!

Crews have already installed temporary fencing, while they prepare and demolish parts of the existing landscape and then “install the headhouses structural steel, decking, and windows.” Work along 80th Avenue Southeast will follow during later steps in the year.

Expect work to continue daily, Monday-Friday from 7:00am-7:00pm, and the occasional Saturday should be expected. Construction is expected to continue into 2019.

It doesn’t appear that roads will be impacted, though the sidewalk will be redirected along an alternative pathway. The I-90 roadway will remain permanently closed.

We’re highly anticipating the arrival of our Station Plaza, as it’s another tick on the timeline towards our 2023 completion date.


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The City of Mercer Island Hosts Meds Take-Back Day on April 28th

In a continued partnership, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the City of Mercer Island are coordinating another drug “take-back” day on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

This one-day event provides residents with a no-cost and anonymous option to dispose of unwanted or expired prescriptions or over-the-counter medicines.

ACCEPTED ITEMS: Prescribed narcotic drugs (Vicodin, Oxycontin, etc.), prescribed medicines, over-the-counter medications, medication samples, pet medications, medicated ointments & lotions, vitamins, inhalers, and unopened EpiPens.

NOT ACCEPTED ITEMS: Personal care items, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, used EpiPens, mercury products, iodine products, radioactives, business waste, and empty containers, “sharps” or needles.

Located at the Mercer Island City Hall, drop-offs will be accepted to the west side of the building in the loading dock area.

Check out the full list of accepted and not accepted items here.

For more information or to have an application mailed to you, please contact City Clerk, Ali Apietz at (206) 275-7793 or email ali.spietz@mercergov.org. DEADLINE is Friday, May 4th, 2018.


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Mercer Island’s Beloved Rainbow Park Experiences a Massive Overhaul

Mercer Island’s Beloved Rainbow Park Experiences a Massive Overhaul

After the massive and overwhelmingly positive response from Island Crest Park’s facelift, the City of Mercer Island was eager to start their next project at the South Mercer Fields, specifically the New South Mercer Playground.

With collaboration between the Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department and the Mercer Island Preschool Association, this beautiful park proves an enhancement to the area. Other parts of the park experienced additional updates in past years, and now it’s time to renovate “Rainbow Park”.

Staff and contractors are completing each new, natural-style component of this one-of-a-kind playground – and the first in our region. New components are expected to include a climbing structure, webbed climber, a rock slide and other nature-inspired swings, benches, and play equipment.

Expected completion is only a couple weeks ahead, so keep your eyes out and ears open for details!

If you haven’t checked out the new Island Crest Park, you should plan a few hours there the next sunny weekend we get!

MORE ABOUT THE SOUTH MERCER PLAYFIELDS: Located on the south end of Mercer Island, nestled between Islander Middle School and Lakeridge Elementary, the South Mercer Playfields offers four adult-sized softball diamonds (65 feet bases), playground equipment (currently under construction, April 2018), and an all-weather field with energy efficient stadium lights. A quarter-mile track circles the all-weather soccer/football field.


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Register NOW for Mercer Island Summer Youth Volunteer Program Opportunities

Register NOW for Mercer Island Summer Youth Volunteer Program Opportunities

Registration is now open for the City’s Youth and Family Services Department for another summer of popular volunteer opportunities for Mercer Island School District students. There are two opportunities available, including the Summer Volunteer Program, which is open to 6th and 7th graders, and the Volunteer Outreach in Communities Everywhere program, which is open to 8th through 11th grade students.

Both programs are excellent choices to gain community and social awareness and work directly with populations around the Greater Seattle Area. As part of the eight-week summer program, volunteers from over fifty community organizations share an accumulative 10,000 hours each summer to help other local communities.

Summer Volunteer Program participants are expected to commit to at least four projects each summer, while VOICE participants are expected to commit to an extended eight projects. Take a peek at possible non-profit partners for Summer 2018 projects.

Registration closes on April 20th, so be sure to get your application in!

For more information, please contact Tambi Cork, Mercer Island’ Youth Development Coordinator, at 206-275-7755 or email at tambi.cork@mercergov.org.


MARK YOUR CALENDERS: Just a reminder that Mercer Island’s Leap for Green Sustainability Fair is only a few days away, on Saturday, April 14th, 2018 from 10:00am-2:00pm.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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City of Mercer Island to Launch NEW Rideshare Pilot Program

City of Mercer Island to Launch NEW Rideshare Pilot Program

In March, the City of Mercer Island unanimously voted to launch a pilot ridesharing program to help Island commuters to travel from home to their off-island jobs. By partnering with established rideshare providers, Lyft and Uber, the City of Mercer Island hopes to relieve some of the traffic Islanders have experienced since the Light Rail project began.

To begin on April 23rd, this 6-month long program will open transit options and access to the Mercer Island Park & Ride without the need to drive a personal vehicle. As traffic pressures “mount, all 447 stalls [at the Mercer Island Park & Ride] now fill by 7:00am on most weekdays, forcing many Islanders” to drive into nearby cities instead.

By using funds from the October settlement with Sound Transit, the city will sponsor discounted rides on Mercer Island only, according to the following rate schedule:

  • Cost to each rider (months 1-3): Flat fee of $2 per ride
  • Cost to each rider (months 4-6): Flat fee of $2 per shared ride, $5 per solo ride

The service will be available Monday through Friday, 24 hours/day, and all rides must originate or terminate at the Park & Ride, located at 8000 North Mercer Way.

Please peek through the full news release here.

The City has committed on a continued search for other pilot mobility programs, such as bikeshare and carpooling services, so stay tuned into the city for more upcoming options!

To learn more about the Island’s commuter options available today, check out www.mercergov.org/CommuterResources

Parenting Workshop on Teen Anxiety on April 3rd – New Calendar Update

Parenting Workshop on Teen Anxiety on April 3rd – New Calendar Update

On Tuesday, April 3rd the Mercer Island Community and Event Center will hold a Parenting Workshop focusing on Teen Anxiety. In partnership with the Department of Youth and Family Services Community Advisory Board, the “Successful Parenting on Mercer Island: Harmful Stress and Its Impact on Teen Health” workshop will helpfully open eyes to the Island’s youth anxiety and stress-related situation and how to best handle and support our children. Youth and Family Services Director, Cindy Goodwin, will be moderating the event.

Addressing anxiety among the Island’s youth is a top priority for the Healthy Youth Initiative, which comprises of Island volunteers and HYI staff. Their data articulates that 58% if 8th Graders, 60% of 10th Graders, and 70% of 12th Graders “report being bothered by feeling nervous, anxious or on edge.”

In “fireside chat style,” this workshop will feature a panel comprised of youth and adult professionals and will include discussion and advice on how parents might address anxiety and stress with their children.

Department of Youth and Family Services Community Advisory Board invite all Island parents and teens to attend this free event. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please contact Derek Franklin, YFS Program Manager at derek.franklin@mercergov.org or call (206) 275-7745.


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Mercer Island’s April Events Calendar

Mercer Island’s April Events Calendar

Rain or shine, there are multiple spring events this month within the Mercer Island community including the Leap for Green Sustainability Fair and the Spring 2018 Recycling Event. Kick off the season by joining in on the fun at these community events with your friends and family!


April Events

City Council Regular Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, April 3rd and Tuesday, April 17th
WHERE: City Hall Council Chambers 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island
TIME: 7:00 PM

Planning Commission Regular Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, April 4th and Wednesday April 18th
WHERE: City Hall Council Chambers 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island
TIME: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Restoration Event
WHEN: Saturday, April 7th, Saturday April 14th, Saturday, April 21st and Saturday, April 28th
WHERE: Please see link for details
TIME: Please see link for details

Spring 2018 Recycling Event
WHEN: Saturday, April 7th
WHERE: Mercer Island Boat Launch 3600 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island
TIME: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Infant/Child/Adult CPR with AED
WHEN: Monday, April 9th
WHERE: Main Fire Station 3030 78th Avenue SE, Mercer Island
TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
$55 Per Student

Utility Board Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, April 10th
WHERE: City Hall Council Chambers 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island
TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Arts Council Regular Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, April 11th
WHERE: Mercer Island Community & Event Center 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island
TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Design Commission Regular Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, April 11th and Wednesday, April 25th
WHERE: City Hall Council Chambers 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island
TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

First Aid and Adult CPR
WHEN: Saturday, April 14th
WHERE: Main Fire Station 3030 78th Avenue SE, Mercer Island
TIME: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
$80 Per Student

Leap for Green Sustainability Fair – 2018
WHEN: Saturday, April 14th
WHERE: Mercer Island Community & Event Center 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island
TIME: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
$80 Per Student

Mercer Island Radio Operator (MIRO) Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, April 19th
WHERE: Main Fire Station 3030 78th Avenue SE, Mercer Island
TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Emergency Volunteer Lead Quarterly Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, April 26th
WHERE: City Hall Emergency Operations Center 9611 SE 36th Street Mercer Island
TIME: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

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2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

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