IT’S OKAY TO BE WHITE: Controversial signs posted on campus

By Islander Staff


This morning upon their arrival at school, MIHS staff and students were greeted by a number of signs posted outdoors on campus reading “IT’S OKAY TO BE WHITE.” This slogan has been used frequently by white nationalist groups and sympathizers as a means of preserving a racial identity that they feel has come under attack.

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Why Trolling NextDoor is So Easy…And How I Got Banned

By Spencer Klein


The widely-used app NextDoor features lively discussions about issues pertinent to Mercer Island, such as former city council candidate Joy Langley’s qualifications, bad traffic and the scavenger hunt. However, NextDoor embodies something more dangerous to our community than the free firewood would make it seem.

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“Save Mercerdale Park” Rally Pushes Back Against Planned Arts Center

By Grady Short


Passersby at Mercerdale Park this morning were greeted by red balloons, plastic caution tape wrapped around trees, a country music trio playing protest songs, and a small yet vocal group of red-shirted protesters marching against the controversial location of the planned Mercer Island Center for the Arts (commonly referred to as MICA). Continue reading ““Save Mercerdale Park” Rally Pushes Back Against Planned Arts Center”

Bomb threat evacuates Mercer Island JCC: What now?

On Monday, February 27, 2017, the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island received bomb threats around 4:45pm, causing all in the building, as well as the neighboring French American School, to evacuate. Children and adults were ushered by JCC employees across the street to the Herzel-Ner Tamid synagogue. Continue reading “Bomb threat evacuates Mercer Island JCC: What now?”

Advanced Marketing class to hold charity auction for Seattle Children’s

Mercer Island High School will host a student-run “Not So Silent” auction on Wed. May 25, 2016 in support of Seattle Children’s Hospital in which 100 percent of the proceeds will directly benefit the organization. The auction constitutes the Advanced Marketing class’ end-of-the-year project. When determining the recipient of the auction funds, the class collectively decided on Children’s Hospital, in part because of MIHS teacher … Continue reading Advanced Marketing class to hold charity auction for Seattle Children’s

All you need to know about the upcoming levy vote

The Mercer Island School District has proposed renewing the capital projects/technology and transportation levies, which is set for a special election vote on Feb. 9. Both propositions simply replace expiring levies and allow MISD to pay for needs that are not fully covered by state funding. If the one-year transportation levy renewal passes, the District says it will fund new school buses equipped with propane … Continue reading All you need to know about the upcoming levy vote

Total Strangers and Generous Neighbors Share the Holiday Spirit

The recent heavy rains triggered several landslides on Mercer Island. One significant landslide caused the steep rear yard of an Ellis Pond neighborhood home to collapse, eroding the dirt near the home as it sent trees and severed sewage pipes down the steep hillside. The family’s home was “red-tagged” by the city inspector, meaning it was condemned and deemed unsafe for habitation. Some homes lower on the hillside, … Continue reading Total Strangers and Generous Neighbors Share the Holiday Spirit