Archive of Parke Treadway

Parke has written 11 article(s) for InMenlo.


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Last month Encinal Elementary School welcomed very special visitors from the 101st Airborne Troop as part of their Operation Eagle Visit: 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Facilitated by the Atherton Police Department, who has adopted this troop, Encinal students, with librarian Denise Healy, made and sent holiday cards to the troop last December. The soldiers stopped by Encinal to thank them for their good wishes, and were treated to a celebration in return.

Students honored the troops with songs led by teachers Amy Gee and John Ashfield, and engaged in a Q&A. Curious students asked questions like “What have you learned serving in the Army?” and “What is the most difficult thing about being in the Army?” The soldiers said what they learned most was about themselves – how to expand their mental and physical limits, how to get along with people from all over the world, and what character they wanted to have. The most difficult thing is being away from their families, but they are proud to be giving back to their country and know their families are proud of them, too.

After a lively and memorable ceremony, the five soldiers headed to the blacktop to take on the newly-minted 5th grade boys basketball champions in a friendly game, which the boys won 13-12.  

The Menlo Park City School District thanks the Atherton Police Department for coordinating this special visit and the holiday card writing project, and Soldiers Carson, Conyers, Gomes, Pynn, and Smith of the 101st Airborne for visiting and talking with the students. The children were friendly and excited to meet the troops and learned a lot from the special time they spent together.

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Hillview Middle School students join National Walkout to “make their voices heard”

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Hillview Middle School student Devin Leslie took the microphone on the quad at Hillview Middle School this morning at 10:00 am and said, “This is your day.” He invited students to leave their backpacks and “make your voices heard” by joining the National Walkout in support of ending gun violence. Hundreds of students participated in […]

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Laurel School 5th graders explore issue of ocean pollution

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Earlier this month, Laurel School’s fifth grade students engaged in a project-based learning (PBL) unit that integrated reading and writing with science and engineering, all around the issue of ocean pollution. They wrote advocacy letters and researched ocean plastics and the garbage gyres — a system of circulating ocean currents — and used design thinking […]

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Second community meeting on long term financial planning for Menlo Park schools takes place on Feb. 6

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Menlo Park City School District Superintendent, Erik Burmeister, invites members of the MPCSD community — future, current and former district parents, as well as all taxpayers and interested community members — to provide input regarding the district’s long-term financial planning. On February 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the Boardroom at 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton, […]

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Menlo Park City School District announces start of registration for Fall 2018 – kindergarten and new students

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All students entering Menlo Park City School District schools in Fall 2018 — kindergarten and other new students — may register starting February 1. This year, MPCSD will use a process called SchoolMint that is fully online and easier for parents to complete. To register a new student for Fall 2018, go to www.mpcsd.org starting […]

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg speaks to MPCSD community at Parent Speaker Series Event

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The Menlo Park City School District’s Speaker Series welcomed Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In and Option B to the Hillview stage on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Ms. Sandberg engaged in an intimate, wide-ranging conversation with MPCSD Superintendent Erik Burmeister to a packed house of district parents, leadership, and invited guests including […]

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Encinal Students have the “write stuff” when it comes to thank you notes

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This Fall students at Encinal Elementary School in Atherton added something extra to their weekly library time. They combined kind thoughts and skilled hands by writing letters to some very special people, with leadership from teacher librarian Denise Healy. As the North Bay fires raged on in early October students began writing “thank you notes […]

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Second annual Engineering Day at Encinal School provides new design challenges for students

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On October 19th, Encinal teachers produced the second annual Engineering Day during which every kindergarten through fifth grade student at the school participated in at least three design challenges. With funding from the Parent Teacher Organization and a Jeanie Ritchie Innovation Grant from the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation, teachers created, planned, and executed the challenges […]

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“School. Only different” makes for special week for Hillview 8th graders

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“School. Only different”came to Menlo Park for the fourth year at Hillview Middle School this past week. As part of the school year 2016-17 cuts that MPCSD took proactively to prepare for potential loss in parcel tax funding, Hillview’s mini-course program was reduced from serving the school’s entire 900 student population to just the eighth grade […]

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Hillview Mini-Courses another hit with students, teachers and volunteers

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“School, only different” returned to Menlo Park this past week, the third iteration of Hillview Middle School’s Mini-Course Program which concluded yesterday. This year featured popular courses like The Amazing Race and Fun with Physics, plus exciting additions including Equine Extravaganza and Animation Exploration and Food Styling taught by InMenlo contributing photographer Laura Hamilton (pictured with kids). […]

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Learn by doing 2.0: Hillview Middle School produces mini-course week 2015

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“School. Only different” is back in Menlo Park. Following a successful debut last year, Hillview Middle School is again producing its Mini-Course Program this week, featuring the return of popular courses like The Hero’s Journey and Crime Scene Investigation, plus creative additions including Fun with Physics and The Art of War. During the week, students are forgoing […]

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