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The Menlo Park City School District held its inaugural elementary school debate tournament this past weekend at Encinal School in Atherton. Approximately 130 students from Encinal, Laurel and Oak Knoll schools participated in the parliamentary-style debate tournament.

Maurice Ghysels, MPCSD Superintendent commented: “Our special thanks to Sharon Burns, Principal of Encinal School, and Brier Buchalter, Debate Coach, for putting together such a successful event.  I was impressed with the quality of debate, teamwork and sportsmanship demonstrated by our students.

“The Menlo Park City School District’s debate program is tremendously complementary to our work in adopting the Common Core and our writing workshop initiative. This tournament is a great example of our core values of leadership and innovation.”

The parliamentary-style debate tournament involved teams of two children who debated on behalf of the “government” or the “opposition” for several rounds.  Each round was assigned a debate topic and children received 15 minutes to prepare their presentations to a panel of three to five judges.

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Over 1400 runners and walkers take part in “Are You In” Menlo Park City School District run

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The traditional first-Sunday-of-June, Oak Knoll School Otter Run morphed into a four-school event this year, with about 1,400 parents, kids and community members taking part in the Are You In RUN For Education to benefit the Menlo Park City School District and the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation. That’s about double the participant size of prior […]

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Schools earn $50,000 from MPAEF’s Participation Challenge grant with 83% of families contributing

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After a month of tireless activity by parents, teachers, principals, and students, the good news came this morning: Menlo Park’s schools would receive a $50,000 challenge grant from an anonymous, local donor. The Participation Challenge sought to increase the number of families in the Menlo Park City School District that supported its four schools through […]

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Menlo Park City School District is first in Bay Area to use survey developed by Harvard

The Menlo Park City School District is the first in the Bay Area to launch the innovative Harvard Graduate School of Education Parent Survey. The survey, which will be distributed to the parents of the district’s more than 2,700 K-8 students, attempts to identify potential communication gaps between parents and educators, and evaluates crucial areas […]

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New Hillview School makes its debut in Menlo Park

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Where once there was a playing field that could be accessed not only from Santa Cruz Avenue but from the gates of homeowners on the west side of Hillview Drive, now sits the new Hillview School, which made its debut at a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning. While both Oak Knoll and Encinal Schools were refurbished […]

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Kathy Schrenk is given mandate to solve traffic congestion during school drop off and pick up

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There’s a new force in Menlo Park and Atherton, and her mandate is to change the way you transport your kids to school. Local resident Kathy Schrenk, who’s children attend Encinal and Laurel Schools, has been named the Traffic Safety Coordinator for the Menlo Park City School District. She’s using the summer to plan how […]

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Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation grants a record $3.35 million to school district

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It may have been the first day of summer for students in the Menlo Park City School District, but that didn’t keep an enthusiastic group of them away from the school board meeting last night. The kids — representing the District’s four schools of Laurel, Encinal, Oak Knoll, and Hillview — helped present the District […]

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MPAEF Foundation 500 Challenge matches new or increased donations through Feb. 15

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Talk about a challenge: Raising $4 million for Menlo Park’s schools in a single year. That’s what the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) aims to do — with the help of parents, local business, and the broader community. As part of the ambitious effort, the organization has rolled out a new matching grant that it […]

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Menlo Park schools ask: “Are You In?” Joint PTO–MPAEF fundraising campaign ends today

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Students, teachers, parents, and school supporters of all kinds — including the Encinal Eagle — were a visible presence yesterday on campuses across Menlo Park. It was a sea of orange, from posters and t-shirts to wristbands and car decals. The occasion marked the conclusion of an ambitious month-long fundraising campaign that is the first […]

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MPCSD superintendent Dr. Maurice Ghysels: “The kids are my customers”

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The new superintendent of the Menlo Park City School District, Dr. Maurice Ghysels, is making the rounds of the four schools he serves. We caught up with him during an appearance at Oak Knoll last week where he mapped out his management style and discussed some initial thoughts on district goals this year. He’s scheduled […]

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Popular bus driver Wilfin Morales wins state award

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Popular bus driver Wilfin Morales has been named California Department of Education Classified School Employee of the Year. He will be honored in Sacramento at a luncheon on May 16 for his outstanding service to children and the Menlo Park City School District. Wrote County Supervisor Dennis Hatfield in the nomination process: “Wilfin provides transportation […]

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