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Students answer questions during Spanish. Since incoming students can be placed into a wide range of different levels and have to both complete two consecutive years and reach level 3, it can be complicated to fulfill the requirement. Photo Courtesy of Desiree Ramon-Aquino.

Menlo Students Must Complete a Series of Requirements to Graduate

Sophie Stone, Staff Writer
November 12, 2021

As Menlo seniors plan their last year of high school and freshmen plan their first, graduation requirements are something to keep in mind. Certain requirements,...

Menlo students share and reflect on their favorite TV shows. Staff illustration: Sutton Inouye.

Menlo Students Share Their Favorite Shows

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
November 6, 2021

Over time, TV has become a crucial part of pop culture, offering a variety of genres for a diverse audience. As part of the generation that grew up with...

Teachers reflect on the pandemics impacts on students learning this year. Staff illustration: Tatum Herrin.

Teachers are Hopeful That Students Can Recover From the Setbacks of Distance Learning

Annie Stent, Assistant Opinions Editor
November 4, 2021

Distance learning left students in different places academically: it worked well for some and not as well for others. According to multiple teachers, students’...

Local Police Chief David Norris offers advice for teens when theyve gotten pulled over. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang.

A Teen Driver’s Guide to Getting Pulled Over

Erica Fenyo, Assistant Sports Editor
October 30, 2021

Most drivers, especially teenagers, receive little instruction about what to do when a police officer pulls them over. Menlo Park Police Chief David Norris...

Gender inequality in sports remains a pressing issue. Staff illustration: Dorinda Xiao.

Menlo Juniors Start Club to Spread Awareness on Gender Inequality in Sports

Annie Stent, Assistant Opinions Editor
October 20, 2021

Unequal pay. Unequal treatment in schools. Unequal opportunity in the workforce. The fight for gender equality is an ongoing struggle, and two student-athletes...

New Spanish teacher Patti Frias and husband Sal Frias walk with one of their horses on their 70-acre ranch. Photo courtesy of Patti Frias.

New Menlo Spanish Teacher Reflects on Her Near-Death Experience

Charlotte Palmer, Copy Editor
October 14, 2021

On Friday, June 20, 2008, new Menlo Spanish teacher Patti Frias was hiking Mount Shasta in Siskiyou, Calif. on a first date when the winds began to pick...

Staff illustration: Sophie Fang.

Academic Competition and College Pressure at Menlo: Extended Spread Package

October 9, 2021

  This package is an online extension of the Coat of Arms 48.1 print edition, specifically the spread section. In light of college applications...

Menlo students pick up their pre-packaged lunches from inside the cafeteria. According to Hoang, if COVID-19 testing in the near future proves that the community is healthy, the cafeteria will open up its hot lunch lines, too. Staff Photo: Kaylie Wu.

When Will the Cafeteria Reopen?

Kaylie Wu, Assistant A&L Editor
September 21, 2021

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Menlo School’s cafeteria has been unavailable to students since March 2020. When the campus reopened in October 2021, boxed...

The Menlo library has made many adjustments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But as vaccination rates increase, librarians make efforts to return to normalcy in the coming year.

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Library Norms

Kaylie Wu, Assistant A&L Editor
September 7, 2021

Students are encouraged to be environmentally-friendly through the student council, club campaigns and environment-themed student events like EcoAct Week. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang.

Menlo Makes Efforts To Be More Sustainable

Abby Becker, Assistant News Editor
June 12, 2021

Sustainable schools offer increased benefits for students and staff, the school itself and the planet. Schools that utilize green practices, such as sustainably...

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