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    Main Office: (206) 252-8000

    Ms. Hodges and Ms. Francis

    Grade Level Administrators

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    7th: Ms. Peterson

    8th: Ms. Gerlitz

    Grade Level Counselors

    6th: Mr. Malaki

    7th: Ms. Chappelle

    8th: Ms. Bradley

    Attendance: (206) 252-8004

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    Mr. Adan – Somali

    Ms. Almendarez- Spanish

    Ms. Bunnell – Tagalog

    Ms. Deloya - Spanish

    Mr. Siew– Chinese

    Mr. Tran – Vietnamese

    After School Activities: (206) 252-8020

    Damien Hicks

    School Based Health Center: (206) 762-2394

    Sarah Bernhards

    Inside this issue: Principal Letter • News & Info • Important Dates


    Principal Letter

    Dear Mercer Families,

    Thank you for helping to make our start of the school year smooth. One important part of the development of children during the middle school years is building strong and productive academic habits. For example, at this point, our students are familiar with school routines like getting to class on-time, knowing our structures for learning and what to expect when class begins, and how to use their composition books and planners, etc. At school, we work hard to establish routines to support productive habits and behaviors.

    At home, it is also important to establish habits and routines, particularly in these middle school years. Establishing routines and procedures create consistent behaviors that result in an increase in student performance. Developing these habits during the middle school years is important toward long-term success.

    Examples that you can support at home include, reading 30 minutes, at minimum, every night and completing student-reading logs. Other examples include students preparing and organizing themselves for the next day before going to bed. Developing predictable routines and patterns of behaviors are important strategies to establish in these middle school years.

    Lastly, at our open house, I referenced the 3 most important indicators of success, these are indicators you can monitor on the Source.

    Attendance - Behavior - Coursework (grades)

    Indicators of ABC grades

     This graph shows the connection between attendance & its impact on grades and high school success. Learn more at

    Go Mustangs!

    Mr. Carter



    News & Info


    Message from the PTSA

    Dear Mercer Families:

    Welcome to the Mercer PTSA! We are very grateful to those who have signed up already. We are still looking for more members to join. We have a great year ahead! We hope that we can get more families involved. We have PTSA meetings every 2nd Wednesday of the month, unless posted otherwise.  We are here to bettering our children's education and we can always use volunteers and help throughout the school year. If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions and ideas, you can contact us at or visit the Mercer website:

    Please join us next week Wednesday, October 11 in the Mercer Library from 6:30-8pmHope to see you there.


    Free and Reduced Lunch Forms, Due by October 18

    Families have until Tuesday, October 18 to get free or reduced lunch applications in. If you believe you might qualify please complete the application and return to our Mercer cafeteria nutritional staff. Applications are available in the cafeteria, in multiple languages, and using this link: Seattle Schools Nutrition Services website.


    October is Anti-Bullying Month! Blue Shirt Friday: October 6

    Anti-Bullying Poster

    October is National Bully Prevention Month.  Throughout the month, students will experience activities to help our community become bully behavior-free. 

    •  We have anti-bullying messages posted around the interior and exterior of the building.
    • Counselors are delivering bully prevention lessons in social studies class during the 2nd and 3rd weeks of October. 
    • Students will be involved in lunchtime activities and will take the pledge to do their part to recognize, refuse and report bully behaviors. 
    • Finally, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente and the Children’s Theatre, during our October Power Assemblies students will attend a play called, “Above, Between and Below” produced to raise the awareness of types of bullying behaviors including cyberbullying and their impacts. 
    As parents/guardians please help us by making sure that your student wears a blue shirt on Friday, October 6th.  Blue Friday is a national movement.  Wearing blue shirts symbolizes our commitment to a bully-free school environment.  Students who wear blue shirts on Friday can participate in our lunchtime Photo Booth and have their picture taken.

    Current Events

    Part of our vision as an international school is to prepare students for 21st century global citizenship. Recently, there have been a number of events in the world around where students have many questions. This year, your social studies student will regularly engage in learning about current events, learning how to discuss them, and building skills to be critical and flexible thinkers.

    At every grade level, students are regularly accessing current events texts and learning to make connections between local & global and past & present. Students have discussed topics such as the travel ban, U. S. foreign policy, and the recent hurricanes.

    You can help at home by talking to your student about what’s going on in the world, asking them about the current events they are learning about in school, and encouraging them to read the news every day. Many teachers have provided links to grade-level-appropriate news resources on their Schoology pages.

    Math & Literacy Toolkit Night, October 19, 6-8 pm

    What does instruction look like at Mercer? What can parents/guardians expect in terms of homework in the areas of math, reading & writing? Please join us in the Mercer Library on Thursday, October 19th. Tool Kit Night is a great opportunity for you to learn how you can support your children’s math and reading/writing skill development.

    Light refreshments will be provided. Translation and materials are available upon request. If you  are in need of childcare please contact Ms. Tonja Davis at (206) 252-8072.

    We look forward to seeing you here!

    After School Activities, Session #1 Oct. 2 – Jan. 26

    After School Activities or Out of School time (OST) has begun. It is not too late. Course forms are available on-line and at school. You can also register on-line or pick up registration information at school. Please visit our website!


    After school activities offer a range of FREE programs. Our OST schedule:

    • Monday/Tuesday/Thursday: 4:00-5:15 pm
    • Wednesday: 2:45-4:45
    • Friday: No OST programming

    Fall Sports

    The fall sports season has begun! The fall sports season consists of Girls Soccer and Coed Ultimate Frisbee. Games are on Saturdays. Schedules for fall sports can be found here.

    1st Quarter Progress Reports, Thursday, October 12

    Students bring home progress reports several times throughout the year. Dates for progress reports are: October 11, December 15, March 9, May 18.

    You can always check your student’s progress using the Source.


    Important Upcoming Dates

    October Dates:

    2: OST Begins

    9: Indigenous People’s Day

    11: PTSA Meeting

    13: No School – Teacher Professional Development Day

    19: Math and Literacy Toolkit Training, (6:00 pm, library)

    24: Picture “retake” Day


    November Dates:

    8: PTSA Meeting (6:30 pm)

    9: End of 1st Quarter

    9: ABC & Tardy Dance & Activity (1:30-3:15 pm)

    10: No School – Veteran’s Day