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Tonight: Teaching world languages in Menlo Park schools

 

A report on ways to teach world languages in all Menlo Park City School District schools will be on the agenda when the school board meets Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the TERC building, 181 Encinal Ave. in Atherton, on Tuesday, Feb. 10, with the public portion of the meeting starting at 6:30 p.m.

The district has been searching for ways to meet a longtime district goal of offering a world language program to all district students.

The goal, originally adopted in the district's 2008 strategic plan, is to build literacy in languages other than English, as well as teach cultural appreciation and prepare students for advanced high school language study.

Principals from each district school are scheduled to report on a Stanford Design School workshop attended by teams from each school in late January, where they developed world language program ideas for each school.

New Laurel School

Also on the agenda is an update on plans for the new Laurel School upper campus and the plan to transition Laurel from a kindergarten to third-grade school to a kindergarten to fifth-grade school in the next two school years.

A report on the new school suggests the district start preparing the site of the former O'Connor School on Elliott Drive in Menlo Park's Willows neighborhood by demolishing existing buildings and clearing the site so work can start as scheduled on May 18, even if final approved building plans are not in hand.

The board will also hold two closed sessions today, one at 1 p.m. with the topic of "public employee performance evaluation," and another at 5 p.m. with the topic of "public employee discipline/dismissal/release" and "conference with labor negotiator."

The agenda and supporting materials for the meeting are available online.

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