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Volunteers needed for next phase of schools planning By Reporter Staff

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Eleven members of the Mercer Island High School DECA club will travel to Salt Lake City for the international competition. They include: Alberto Gonzales, Peter Clark, Chris Roth, Olivia Rosen, Emily Morse, Ethan Vu, Tanner Ranz, Devlin Conway, Brandt Waeshe, and Max Goetschel and Jack Pearl (not pictured).

High school DECA students prepare for international competition By Reporter Staff

Several members of the Mercer Island High School DECA team will head to Salt Lake City in late April for the International Career Development Conference. Eleven members of the MIHS team qualified for the event after the state DECA event, in which only the top six in each category earn the right to advance. Placements at the state competition included: Oliva Rosen and Emily Morse, first place for marketing communications; Tanner Ranz and Ethan Vu, third place for sports and entertainment promotion plan; Devlin Conway and

Brandt Waesche, fifth place for sports and entertainment promotion plan; Peter Clark and Chris Roth, fifth place for hospitality management; Alberto Gonzales, sixth place for human resource management; Max Goetschel, sixth place for restaurant management; and Jack Pearl, seventh place for accounting. The ICDC features 14,000 students from the United States, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam. The event is scheduled to take place at the end of April.

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District’s Destination ImagiNation teams competed in the state tournament last week in Wenatchee. The “Six Musketeers” from West Mercer’s structural team took first place, while “The Leonardo Da Vinci Flaming Tacos”, also from West Mercer, were second place, as were “The Mythical VII”, Islander Middle School’s structural team. The Six Musketeers and Mythical VII will represent the Island in the global finals at the end of May in Knoxville, Tenn. “I am so proud of these students for demonstrating so much creativity, inventiveness and hard work! I would also like to thank their coach and teacher Mark Headlee, and their parents for encouraging our students’ participation in Destination ImagiNation,” said Superintendent Gary Plano.

The Mercer Island School District is in the final stages of selecting an architectural and engineering firm to develop the educational specifications for the new middle school and for the prototype elementary school, if the bond passes. The three elementary schools will share a common design to save cost, adapted for the individual site and individual requirements for instructional program support. Middle school and elementary principals are selecting educators to participate on a team that will work with educational consultants and community representatives to develop the educational specifica-

School briefs Gest is Eagle Scout Erik Gest, of Mercer Island, celebrated his advancement to the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court

tions for the new schools. The educational specifications provide input to the architects and engineers and is a core guidance document expressing wishes and expectations for the new buildings. The district wishes to tap expertise in the community to assist in the development of the educational specifications. Educational specifications require that a new school design employ the best solutions to deliver 21st century learning, like our 2020 vision. Topics to be considered by the various teams include but are not limited to: physical space planning, which promotes strong teacher/ student relationships; community/volunteer engageof Honor ceremony on March 18 at Mercer Island Covenant Church. Gest is a member of Boy Scout Troop 647 and a junior at Mercer Island High School. For his Eagle Scout project, Gest made an entryway trellis to the Learning Gardens at Lakeridge Elementary.

Island Park Elementary names new principal

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Erik Gest was recently named an Eagle Scout.

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The Mercer Island School District named the new principal of Island Park Elementary on Monday. David Hoffman will join the district beginning July 1. Hoffman comes to the Island from the Northshore School District, where

ment; flexible learning spaces; diversity of ideas, perspectives and experiences such as science labs, technology, the arts and playfields; and how best and emerging technologies should be defined and accommodated. Further, the district is committed to employing environmental strategies that support learning by substantially increasing energy and water efficiency; materials performance; and utilization of low-impact construction methods that reduce the carbon footprint during the construction of the buildings. The district understands the enormous impact of buildings on the environment and is committed to designing new schools that touch the earth as lightly as possible for the next 50 years. For more, go to www. he was the principal of Maywood Hill Elementary and East Ridge Elementary. Last year he was the district’s director of intervention programs, and prior to that he was an elementary teacher in first, second and fourth grades in the Issaquah School District. Hoffman earned his Juris Doctor at William Mitchell College of Law in Minnesota and earned his educational endorsements at the University of Washington. Hoffman and his teaching staff have twice earned the Washington State Achievement Award for closing the achievement gap at Maywood Hills Elementary, as well as the state academic achievement award in math and reading while working at East Ridge.



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