Principal's Message

Dear Island View Families:

Whenever I need a positive lift, I walk our hallways and admire student art. The current selection is compelling: darkened and snowy water-colored forests adorn the south hall, while winter mittens and polar bears line the north hallway. There is also a collection of regal Dr. Martin Luther King portraits outside one classroom. As you visit Island View for our modified conferences, I encourage you to spend some time enjoying the artistic and creative vision of our students. The time spent will be good for your heart, I promise.

Recently, Island View students enjoyed a full day of science exploration when the Pacific Science Center’s “Science on Wheels” rolled into town. Each student enjoyed three unique scientific experiences—an all-school assembly that introduced different branches of engineering to students, followed by in-class workshops and time in an exploratory “exhibition hall” in our theater. I would like to thank the Island View PTA for fully funding this exciting and meaningful event for our students. During the day, I visited many classrooms and the theater several times, and never did I encounter an disengaged student. In fact, below are some student reactions to the day:

  • “We didn’t just get to watch; we got to do it!”
  • “We can actually experiment and have fun at the same time.”
  • “I was the first one to get my car to go forward and backward. That was awesome!”
  • “I like these puzzles. They’re new to me, and I don’t know where the pieces go. I have to figure it out. That’s so cool!”

When I asked two students what they learned by building and testing the integrity of a bridge, I received this priceless response: “That we’re awesome! We built three different bridges, and they all stood!”

Your kids inspire me every day. I feel so blessed to be part of a school community that truly understands the importance of art, science, creative thought, and exploration. These are some of the reasons we are the proud, soarin’ Island View eagles.

Brian Hanrahan










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