School Briefs: Mel Levine workshop

The Community Center at Mercer View has scheduled a Mel Levine workshop for interested parents on Saturday, Jan. 20. The workshop will investigate the demands of homework and strategies for helping children with homework. Cost is $20, with required pre-registration. Contact Jaymi Garvett at or 236-0050.

PAWS now accepting nominations for award

The Progressive Animal Welfare Society wants nominations for its second annual Youth Helping Animals Award. The deadline to nominate local children who have shown compassion toward animals is Feb. 16. Nominees must be 18 years old or younger and live in the Greater Puget Sound area.


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MIHS students win State Farm grant

Mercer Island High School students have been awarded a grant from State Farm to teach their peers and community about the dangers of driving.

MIHS is one of 12 state high schools to win a “Shift Into Safety” grant from State Farm. Last fall, the company offered grants worth $2,000 to $5,000 for campaigns to help change teen thinking and behavior behind the wheel.

The grant projects address speeding, distractions, aggressive driving, seat belts, impaired driving and several other safety issues. State Farm sought campaigns designed primarily to make young drivers think about behaving in a way to get safely to a destination.

Boeing gives MISD grant

The Boeing Company has given the Mercer Island School District a $7,000 “Flight to the Future” grant to improve science instruction.

Former Islander and President, and CEO of The Boeing Company, Alan Mulally started the Flight to the Future program in 2001, committing $2.5 million over four years to improve access to quality early learning opportunities and to offer world-class science education programs.

In 2004, Boeing decided to continue offering the grants.

Gary Plano, MISD associate superintendent for instructional services, said the grant will be used to provide staff training, assessment tools and instructional materials to support delivery of the science curriculum.

Interactive theater

After performing a thought-provoking show last fall, the drama department has scheduled an audience-involved comic dinner theater for the first two weekends in February.

“The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,” by John Bishop played both on and off Broadway.

Performances for the general public are Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 10. Performances for students only are Saturday, Feb. 3 and Friday, Feb. 9. Performances for MIHS staff are on Thursday Feb. 1 and 8. Seating starts at 6:30 p.m.

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Gifted nominations open

The Mercer Island School District is now accepting nominations for the academically gifted program grades three through seven. The deadline for a student nomination is Jan. 31. Any student is eligible for nomination by a teacher, a parent or him or herself, but parents must fill out the nomination form.

The nomination gives permission for the district to test a student for eligibility. Selection will be based on a student’s aptitude using the Cognitive Abilities Test and a student’s achievement based on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. Any student scoring in the 98th percentile on the aptitude test will then be given the achievement test.

The Cognitive Abilities Test will be given Saturday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. until noon at each child’s school. The ITBS will be Saturday, Feb. 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. Students must score in the 90th percentile in both reading and mathematics on the ITBS to be eligible for the gifted program.

Parents will be notified of the results by March 16.

Eating disorder lecture

Mercer Island High School hosts a presentation about eating disorders by Dr. Pamela Carlton of Stanford University.

Her talk, called “Understanding Eating Disorders: Is your child at risk for anorexia or bulimia?” is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at the high school library.

Carlton is founder and director of the Adolescent Eating Disorder Parent Education and Support Program at Stanford University.

Carlton and Islander Deborah Ashin co-authored a book called “Take Charge of Your Child’s Eating Disorder: A Physician’s Step-by-Step Guide for Defeating Anorexia and Bulimia.” The event is sponsored by PTA parent education.


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Decision expected on court case

Officials at the Thurston County Superior Court in Olympia said on Friday they expect a decision in the School District Alliance versus the Washington Board of Education in the last week of January or the first week of February.

Students honored

A dozen Mercer Island High School students were named to All Northwest Music Ensembles in December. They are Julia Chalker, Mikalea Kahn, Jeff Solazzi, Kevin Kuo, Becky Yoda, Kelley Gossler, Danny Naylor, Evan Yount, Joel Azose, Matt Gunby, Whitney Miller and Lauren Sadler.

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