Archive of Parke Treadway

Parke has written 22 article(s) for InMenlo.


Hillview Middle School art teacher Anna Kogan took her students across town on a field trip to visit the three through five-year-olds at the district’s Early Learning Center for a special joint art project.

The preschoolers used their whole bodies to pose as their favorite animal while the middle school artists traced them. Together, the district’s youngest and oldest students then colored with markers, colored pencils, and oil pastels to make the traced figures look like the animals.

Ms. Kogan remarked: “The little kids were so adaptable — I was so impressed! And they concentrated for at least 30 minutes on the drawing. The older kids really seemed to enjoy their role and were having fun too. It was so great for me to see my students in a different way.”

Early Learning Director Jessica Mihaly added, “Our kids had a fantastic time and loved meeting and working with the big kids. Such a wonderful partnership; we’d love to do it again!”

The field trip was not the first cross-district art collaboration. Last summer, as the ELC was being readied for opening, each ELC child decorated a sea animal (octopus, sea horse, shark, dolphin, whale) with paint, glitter, and sequins. Hillview students assisted with the background painting, and now the large sea life mural graces the ELC’s entrance courtyard.

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Hillview Service Team visits seniors at Lytton Gardens regularly

The Hillview Service Team is a student-led, parent-supported, lunchtime club that meets twice a month. Among the Team’s many activities, they make regular visits to Lytton Gardens in Palo Alto to play games with and talk to seniors. Both the middle school students and seniors cherish this time and learn a great deal from each […]

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“From Columbine to Parkland: Is this the new normal?” is topic of MPCSD speaker series on Jan. 14

The world was forever changed on April 20, 1999, at 11:19 am when two high school students entered their school —Columbine High School in Littleton, CO — with loaded automatic weapons and begin shooting students and teachers, killing 13 and wounding 20 other students. I Since that fateful day 20 years ago, scores of more […]

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Spotted: Minnie the therapy dog visiting students at Encinal School

It was a very happy Monday morning yesterday in Menlo Park City School District when six-year-old poodle Minnie visited  the special education program at Encinal School. Leonor Delgado and Arlene Esquivias of the Humane Society’s Animals Everywhere program brought Minnie to the classroom. Minnie is a certified therapy dog specially trained to work with medically-fragile children […]

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Spotted: Local heroes visiting Laurel School in Atherton

A Navy Seal, a Firefighter, and a Community Activist walk into a school. This is no joke. This is part of the latest Project Based Learning unit, “Where Does Bravery Come From?,” for third grade students at Laurel School. In keeping with Laurel School’s mission to be an “involved community,” the unit kicked off with […]

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State Senator Jerry Hill visits Encinal Elementary School in Atherton

The Honorable Jerry Hill, 13th Senatorial District, visited Encinal Elementary School in the Menlo Park City School District last Friday morning to present a resolution commending Encinal on its selection as a 2018 California Distinguished School with an Exemplary Visual & Performing Arts Award, on behalf of himself and the Honorable Marc Berman, 24th Assembly […]

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The show goes on! Ghost Train presented by Hillview Drama Friday & Saturday

Yes, schools were closed Friday, but the show will go on! And it’s a fun way to spend some indoor time with your kids. Hillview Drama presents Arnold Ridley’s The Ghost Train. In this comedy thriller, a group of travelers gets stranded overnight at a rural railway station in 1920s England. The locals are superstitious […]

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The documentary ANGST is next MPCSD parent event on Nov. 7

The MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series presents the documentary ANGST: Raising Awareness About Anxiety, a 56-minute film that explores anxiety — its causes, effects, and what we can do about it — on Nov. 7 at 6:30 pm at the Hillview Middle School PAC (1100 Elder Ave.) The film features candid interviews with children and young […]

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Menlo Park City School District is looking for substitute teachers

Menlo Park City School District is seeking substitute teachers. If you’re looking for an engaging was to spend the day, remain active with the youth of our community, and earn some extra income, come join the MPCSD team as a substitute teacher with our wonderful students. A Bachelor’s degree, the California Basic Education Skill Test, […]

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Families gather at welcome event in advance of new Menlo Park City School District preschool

Next month, the Menlo Park City School District is opening its long-planned preschool, offering full and part day programs for children ages 3-5. Jessica Mihaly, Director of the Early Learning Center, hosted a welcome event at Laurel School last weekend for enrolled students and families to meet each other and their new teachers, enjoy some […]

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First Grader Augie Arata runs MPCSD as “Superintendent for the Day”

Menlo Park City School District had an honorary superintendent last Thursday (May 3rd) as first grader Augie Arata spent the day shadowing Superintendent Erik Burmeister.  He won the spot as an auction item in the annual fundraiser for the district held by the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation. “Mr. Arata” reported for duty at 8:30 am, […]

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