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Welcome to Mercer Middle School

We are an international community of learners: opening a door to the world.  At Mercer, every student is a reader, writer,  mathematician, scientist, and thinker.

To report an absence, please call (206) 252-8004

News and Events

Latino Cultural Celebration
Join us in the cafeteria this Thursday, Oct. 30 from 5:00-7:00pm for a celebration of Latino culture. Click for event flyer in Spanish and English.
Student Safety Incident
Dear Asa Mercer International Middle School Families,

Although student learning is our priority and focus each day at Mercer, there is nothing more important than student safety. I am writing to let you know that a Mercer student was hit by a car that ran a red light earlier this week while crossing the street at a crosswalk. Our student is recovering from bruises. This is a reminder about taking every precaution to be safe.

Please read our recommendations for street safety tips in this letter.
Cyber Safety Event Information
Families, please join us on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7:00pm at the Mercer library for an event addressing internet/cyber safety. More information can be found here:

Internet Safety Parent Training (English)
Internet Safety Parent Training (Chinese)
Internet Safety Parent Training (Tagalog)
Internet Safety Parent Training (Spanish)

Cold and Flu Season
Cold and flu season is here. Please take a look at this information provided by our school nurse. It details some ways to prevent the flu and cold, when your student should stay home, and the differences between the flu and a cold.

Classrooms welcome the donation of boxes of tissues, especially this time of year. If you can contribute boxes of tissues, please bring them to the main office or to a teacher. Thanks for your help!
Spirit Week and Mercer Costume Expectations

Spirit Week is October 27-31. This is a great opportunity for students to have appropriate fun. Of course, basic school dress expectations still apply: see below and student handbook pg. 12.

Monday:         Mustang Pride Day
Tuesday:         Sports Day
Wednesday:   Twin Day
Thursday:       Mismatch Day
Friday:             Costume Day

Students are NOT REQUIRED to dress up or wear a costume. If a student does not choose to dress up or wear a costume, they are expected to follow our usual dress code policy. These guidelines state that:

  1. All tops for all students should cover the midriff and back areas. Undergarments should not be visible.
  2. Attire should not cause disruption or be unsafe
  3. Offensive words, tagging, gang-related words or pictures are not permitted
If students choose to come to school in costume it is expected that students adhere to the following expectations: 
  1. Costumes must follow the dress code.
  2. No blood, gore or violent costumes.
  3. No unsafe accessories such as real or fake weapons, chains, etc.
  4. Masks are not permitted; neither is face paint that makes students unrecognizable. We must be able to easily identify students.
  5. Students must be able to change into PE clothes.

A general rule of thumb: if you have to ask, it probably is NOT appropriate.
Common Core State Standards Update
Dear families,

This school year, the Common Core State Standards are being fully inplemented in Seatlte Public Schools. To learn more about the Common Core at SPS, please take a look at this informational letter by SPS's Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Shauna Heath:

Chinese language letter
English language letter
Somali language letter
Spanish language letter
Vietnamese language letter

More information about the Common Core can be found at SPS's Common Core web page.
Healthy Youth Survey

Mercer 6th and 8th grade students are taking the annual Healthy Youth Survey on Tuesday, October 14th. The information we receive from the survey helps us better provide information and services to students. The survey is optional. If you have questions or concerns please send an email to our 8th grade counselor, Ms. Theresa Lucrisia-Bradley,

Learn more about the Healthy Youth Survey here.

October Newsletter
Dear Mercer Families,
We are off to a strong start to this school year. As we begin to gain momentum there is lots of information to share. Please take a look at the October Newsletter for more information on academics, upcoming events, contact information, and athletics. The newsletter is also available in a Chinese translation.

Mercer Launches as International School
On Thursday, August 28, the Asa Mercer International Middle School community hosted a ribbon-cutting celebration in recognition of our new status as an International School. Principal Chris Carter was joined by Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland, Director Betty Patu, Executive Director Kelly Aramaki, State Representative Zack Hudgins, State Senator Bob Hasegawa, and U. S. Congressman Adam Smith in front of a brand-new world map display in the cafeteria. The guests offered remarks on Mercer's strong academics and diversity. Members of the Mercer ASB assisted the guests and admin team in officially launching Mercer as an International School.

As an International School, Mercer provides students with linguistic skills, higher-order thinking skills, and a global perspective that will help them contribute to and succeed in a 21st century world. Students engage in intellectually rigorous schoolwork that helps prepare them for college, career, and life. International Schools help close both the academic achievement gap as well as the "global achievement gap."

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