Archive of Parke Treadway

Parke has written 29 article(s) for InMenlo.


Improving literacy skills is a top priority for Ravenswood City School District, as those skills are critical for reading, writing, and common core math. Local volunteer organization All Students Matter supports Ravenswood students in building literacy, with about 200 volunteers set to work with Ravenswood teachers in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park this year.

The most recent data available, from the California state testing in spring of 2018, shows 24% of students in Ravenswood were proficient in reading, compared to 84% in neighboring Menlo Park City School District and 82% in Palo Alto Unified School District. As the Ravenswood district continues to find ways to help more students reach proficiency in reading, the partnership with All Students Matter is a key component of that goal.

The organization has two programs which are helping to increase the number of students who are reading at or above grade level. ASM’s core program of in-classroom support provides an average of three volunteers for each teacher in Transitional Kindergarten through 5th grade in the five Ravenswood elementary schools. Volunteers visit the same classroom each week throughout the school year, building relationships with teachers and students. The results of the annual teacher survey show that 100% of responding teachers believe the All Students Matter classroom volunteers are improving both the academic skills and the self-confidence of their students.

ASM’s program of targeted literacy intervention supports the district’s Literacy Coaches by offering specialized support for students who are struggling with reading. This program is entering its second year and expanding as the district doubles its number of teachers working as Literacy Coaches. To magnify the impact of the district’s program, each Literacy Coach receives ten hours of volunteer support weekly from All Students Matter. The volunteers are specially trained to mirror the coach’s approach and support the specific literacy goals established at each school.

The results for students who have graduated from the intervention program show significant improvement in literacy skills and improved social-emotional development. Teachers are grateful for the extra support.

“I have been very fortunate to work with an extremely dedicated group of volunteers,” says Bronwyn Alexander, a former Literacy Coach at Belle Haven School. “The students in this program have an average of a full year’s growth in just 12 weeks! The work the volunteers do is invaluable.”

“Literacy is the foundation of every single subject elementary school students need to master, including math,” says says All Students Matter Program Director Keri Tully. “Without this core skill, students face a tremendous handicap. The majority of the students come from families where English is a second language and they frequently begin school without preschool experience. All Students Matter is dedicated to helping all students improve both their literacy skills and self-confidence.”

All Students Matter is gearing up for the current school year and looking for new volunteers. Volunteers who join now can attend trainings being held on September 11 and 12 and begin in classrooms shortly thereafter. Sign up online to volunteer.

Photos by Irene Searles courtesy of All Students Matter

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Two Menlo Park City School District students become Superintendent for the Day

Menlo Park City School District hosted guest superintendents for two days earlier this month. Laurel School third grader Jacob Atkins (pictured above) and Hillview sixth grader Arhaan Gupta-Rastogi won the “Superintendent for the Day” item at the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation’s annual auction. The students shadowed MPCSD Superintendent Erik Burmeister, who planned activities of interest […]

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Spotted: Pencil posts at Encinal School

Encinal Elementary School art teacher Stephanie Noon officially celebrated the completion of the “pencil posts”  on Wednesday (June 12) with a special gathering of students who helped transform ordinary hallway posts into colorful pencils. The Encinal art students, along with third grade Girl Scout Brownie Troop 62689 — led by Encinal teacher and mom Aimee […]

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Spotted: Oak Knoll students cheering on former Otters in winning World Cup match

Oak Knoll Otters spent their lunch recess Tuesday watching the USA/Thailand World Cup soccer match. Not one, but two Oak Knoll alumni, Abby Dahlkemper and Tierna Davidson, are on the world cup team. The current students had so much fun cheering on their fellow Otters! As the school says, “Once an Otter, always an Otter.” […]

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Menlo Park City School District announces community connection opportunities before the end of school year

The current year may be drawing to a close on June 14, but there are still plenty of chances to share your input and connect with the Menlo Park City School District before then. June 4: School Board meeting with end of year staff celebration. You are invited to attend our regular School Board meeting […]

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Menlo Park City School District wants to hear from you!

It’s time again for MPCSD’s annual community survey. The district uses your feedback as it plans for the future. MPCSD schools are Encinal, Laurel, and Oak Knoll Elementary and Hillview Middle and serve nearly 3000 students and their families. Whether you have children currently in the district schools or not, please help MPCSD by taking […]

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Sup & Sandwich: A Community Conversation with MPCSD Superintendent on April 19

The community is invited to join Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Erik Burmeister for a casual conversation about our schools – the Early Learning Center, Encinal Elementary, Laurel Elementary, Oak Knoll Elementary, and Hillview Middle School. Erik will present a brief overview of some of our priorities and challenges, and invite you to ask […]

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Hillview students team with preschoolers at the Early Learning Center on art projects

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 […]

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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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