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An Open Letter To A Southwest Flight Attendant

Dear Sir, At approximately 8AM on Friday, February 13, 2015, a team of 37 teen and pre-teen swimmers wearing red and black travel uniforms boarded Southwest...

Original post made by Erin Glanville on Feb. 20, 2015
Last comment by Swimmer, on Apr 14, 2015 at 3:41 pm | 21 comments | 12618 Views

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A Bridge, A Pipe & A Lunch

Brothers Sam, Reid and Tate Vaughan, all students at local Menlo Park schools, embarked on the service project of a lifetime this past January. They traveled...

Original post made by Erin Glanville on Mar. 18, 2015
Last comment by Laura Vaughan, on Mar 26, 2015 at 10:16 pm | 10 comments | 1081 Views

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Council Sends Clear Message To Staff: Be Transparent

At their January 27th meeting, the Menlo Park City Council was clear with city staff: there needs to be greater public transparency in the hiring of new employees,...

Original post made by Erin Glanville on Feb. 5, 2015
Last comment by Menlo Voter, on Feb 13, 2015 at 3:33 pm | 14 comments | 1736 Views

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Finding Forever Homes For Creatures Big And Small, Near And Far

"Fairy", a small, roughly 5-month old black dog, was discovered starving and homeless on a mountain road in Taiwan. It is not known if she ever had a home or...

Original post made by Erin Glanville on Jan. 13, 2015
Last comment by hockeyite, on Jan 16, 2015 at 9:11 pm | 2 comments | 1316 Views

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What Are Menlo Park’s Priorities?

A year ago, I reported on a Menlo Park city department head

Original post made by Erin Glanville on Dec. 17, 2014
Last comment by Half moon bay again?!, on Dec 26, 2014 at 5:33 pm |
41 comments | 2534 Views

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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 | 9965 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 | 6313 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 | 1051 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 | 1122 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 | 1372 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 | 1443 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 | 1260 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 | 1645 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 | 1472 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 | 2828 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. 1258 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. 1475 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 | 1638 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. 1970 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 | 4020 Views
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