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Walk The Talk: A Missed Opportunity For Leadership In Menlo Park

It recently came to light that 20 department heads from the City of Menlo Park went to Half Moon Bay for a two day staff retreat with a total cost to the taxpayers...

Original post made by Erin Glanville on Nov. 14, 2013
Last comment by lesson not learned, on Nov 9, 2014 at 8:01 pm | 16 comments | 9536 Views

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Charter School Proposal Steeped In Unintended Consequences

When a group of parents submitted a petition to the Menlo Park City School District (MPCSD) to create a Mandarin Immersion Charter School (MMICS), they may not...

Original post made by Erin Glanville on Oct. 17, 2014
Last comment by Parent, on Oct 24, 2014 at 10:27 pm | 57 comments | 3197 Views

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An A-MAZE-ing And Triumphant Return To The Great Pumpkin Farm

About a year ago, I wrote about...

Original post made by Erin Glanville on Oct. 8, 2014
Last comment by Stu Soffer, on Oct 9, 2014 at 9:53 am |
4 comments | 752 Views

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Helping Local Veterans

Inés Acosta, owner of Habibi's Salon in Menlo Park, is something pretty special. A petite, hard-working, energetic woman, she is constantly trying to improve...

Original post made by Erin Glanville on Sep. 30, 2014
Last comment by Kevin H, on Oct 1, 2014 at 10:56 pm | 1 comment | 745 Views

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It’s Not About The Officer Or The Mom—It’s About All Of Us

Recently, The Almanac reported on a...

Original post made by Erin Glanville on Sep. 17, 2014
Last comment by Victor B., on Sep 20, 2014 at 10:12 pm | 9 comments | 1104 Views

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A Fatal Accident Waiting To Happen

Jurisdictional Challenges Need To Be Overcome To Ensure Safety On Haven Avenue If once is an incident, twice is a coincidence, and three times is a pattern,...

Original post made by Erin Glanville on Sep. 9, 2014
Last comment by BJ Terry, on Sep 18, 2014 at 5:55 pm | 2 comments | 1013 Views

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What Is Your Experience With Common Core Thus Far?

With the school year off to a start, the realities of Common Core are now emerging in the classroom. My oldest child, a middle school student, brought home her...

Original post made by Erin Glanville on Sep. 3, 2014
Last comment by JC, on Sep 4, 2014 at 9:56 am | 3 comments | 935 Views

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As They Head Back To School, Arm Them With This

Khan Academy sent an email out this week with a tremendous video message that every student heading back to school this fall should embrace: you can learn anything....

Original post made by Erin Glanville on Aug. 21, 2014
Last comment by hockeyite, on Aug 25, 2014 at 3:30 pm | 5 comments | 1292 Views

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Pension Contribution Changes To Have A Multi-Million Dollar Impact To Menlo Park School District

On June 23rd, I wrote about how the...

Original post made by Erin Glanville on Jul. 18, 2014
Last comment by Dawn, on Aug 10, 2014 at 10:03 pm | 8 comments | 1092 Views

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The State’s Proposed “Rainy Day” Fund Threatens Local School Districts’ Ability To Keep Their Financial Houses In Order

As part of the proposed creation of a constitutionally mandated state "rainy day" fund that will be on the November ballot, Governor Brown and the legislature...

Original post made by Erin Glanville on Jul. 29, 2014
Last comment by FYI, on Jul 31, 2014 at 4:17 am | 3 comments | 1062 Views

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Having A Hard Time Getting Your Child To Dive Into Their Summer Reading? Take A Trip To Bookopolis…

Now that we are fully entrenched in the lazy days of summer, my kids have finished their school's required summer reading and are trying to choose what to read...

Original post made by Erin Glanville on Jul. 23, 2014
There are no comments yet. 974 Views

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Are Teachers Turning On Common Core?

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) kicks off its biennial convention today in Los Angeles, and probably the hottest topic up for discussion is Common Core,...

Original post made by Erin Glanville on Jul. 11, 2014
There are no comments yet. 1206 Views

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What Will California Pension Contribution Increases Mean For Local Schools?

The new budget that Governor Jerry Brown signed last Friday will significantly increase how much money school districts have to set aside for teacher pensions....

Original post made by Erin Glanville on Jun. 24, 2014
Last comment by OneBDay, on Jun 29, 2014 at 8:24 pm | 2 comments | 1322 Views

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Going Back To School To Help Children Succeed In Math

Last summer, I took an online Stanford OpenEdX course taught by Jo Boaler, a professor of mathematics education at Stanford University, entitled

Original post made by Erin Glanville on Jun. 20, 2014
There are no comments yet. 1703 Views

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Don’t Divide Menlo Park's North Fair Oaks Neighborhood

There is nothing like the threat of dividing a neighborhood to really rally it together. That's just what the Sequoia Union High School District Board has done...

Original post made by Erin Glanville on Jun. 11, 2014
Last comment by caregiver, on Jun 19, 2014 at 12:42 am | 26 comments | 3134 Views

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Where Are All The “Tiger Dads”?

A group of my closest girlfriends and I are interested in the controversial concept of the "Tiger Mom". Our interest was therefore peaked by an

Original post made by Erin Glanville on May. 28, 2014
Last comment by Menlo Voter, on May 28, 2014 at 9:17 pm |
2 comments | 1775 Views

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The Privacy Balance

The Menlo Park City Council made a difficult but prudent and thoughtful decision this week when they adopted an ordinance putting stronger limitations around the...

Original post made by Erin Glanville on May. 18, 2014
Last comment by Hmmm, on May 23, 2014 at 3:15 pm | 4 comments | 1836 Views

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Giving Thanks For My “Other” Mother

My husband's family is, and was, like a big, noisy city. He grew up surrounded by parents, brothers, cousins, aunts and uncles galore, close family friends and...

Original post made by Erin Glanville on May. 9, 2014
Last comment by Stu Soffer, on May 11, 2014 at 4:31 pm | 2 comments | 1663 Views

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Municipal Projects: Why Do Things Cost So Much?

I occasionally experience "sticker shock" at the proposed cost of city projects. I'm not the only one. A few months ago, the City Council seemed equally as perplexed...

Original post made by Erin Glanville on May. 2, 2014
Last comment by Engaging, on May 8, 2014 at 11:22 am | 7 comments | 4014 Views

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Live! Menlo Park’s New Website

The City of Menlo Park has gone live with a redesigned website that the city hopes will provide residents, city officials and staff with enhanced...

Original post made by Erin Glanville on Apr. 21, 2014
Last comment by Clay Curtin, on Apr 21, 2014 at 1:24 pm | 9 comments | 1994 Views
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