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CRI's Menlo student volunteers meet to discuss plans for the organization. Staff photo: Annie Stent.

Restorative Justice Advocate Helps Menlo Students Make an Impact

Annie Stent and Kaylie Wu
January 15, 2021

Collette Carroll is the founder of the California Reentry Institute (CRI), an organization that provides pre-release and post-release programs for incarcerated men at San Quentin State Prison. The majority of her CRI team are...

Menlo students and teachers sit socially distanced during the first round of hybrid learning in November 2020, with some students present in the classroom and some on Zoom for the lecture. Photo courtesy of Pete Zivkov.

Students and Teachers Have Messages for One Another During Distance Learning

Danielle McNair, Staff Writer
January 14, 2021

From Teachers: What I Wish My Students Knew… During the first semester, distance learning significantly hindered the interpersonal relationships often forged between teachers and students. Furthermore, teachers have struggled...

Seniors gather at Menlo to film their section of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song while remaining socially distanced. Unlike previous years, the song could not be performed at the annual holiday assembly because of COVID-19. Photo courtesy of Cyrus Lowe.

Menlo’s Holiday Video: Behind the Scenes

Kaylie Wu, Staff Writer
January 11, 2021

Every December, Menlo students look forward to the famous all-school holiday assembly. However, due to the COVID-19 school closure, the 2020 holiday assembly was canceled. Instead, a 50 minute video was emailed to faculty, students...

Kiang skydives as a hobby. To read more about Kiang's skydiving adventures, see the last page of the December 2020 Coat of Arms print edition, titled

New Teacher Profile: Douglas Kiang

Lexi Friesel, Social Media Director
January 8, 2021

Although this is his first year working at Menlo, computer science teacher Douglas Kiang has been teaching for nearly 30 years. “I started as an English teacher,” Kiang said in a Zoom interview with The Coat of Arms. “Eventually,...

Menlo alum Mara Lebovitz ('20) holds a sign at the Upper School commencement ceremony in June 2020, urging Menlo to combat racial injustice. 2020 marked a significant year for racial justice activism. Photo courtesy of Pete Zivkov.

Video: A Look Back on 2020

Laura Artandi, Video Editor
December 23, 2020



Upper School science teacher Nina Arnberg teaches her physics class virtually. Due to distance learning, all assessments must be proctored over Zoom as well. Photo courtesy of Pete Zivkov.

Online Assessments Change Student Test-Taking Experiences

Kaylie Wu, Staff Writer
December 14, 2020

For the first semester of the 2020-21 school year, COVID-19 has forced Menlo students to attend school virtually. In addition to adjusting to different class schedules and new teaching strategies, students now must take all of...

The LGBTQ+ Experience at Menlo: Package Cover

The LGBTQ+ Experience at Menlo: Package Cover

The Coat of Arms Staff
December 8, 2020

This package is an extension of the center spread topic in the most recent print edition of The Coat of Arms (47.2, published in December 2020), which is about the Menlo community and LGBTQ+. This package contains the stories...

Distance learning has resulted in changes to how many Menlo teachers assess their students. More tests are now open note, meaning that students can refer to their class notes during assessments. Illustration courtesy of Sophie Fang.

Online Learning Creates New Opportunities for Cheating on Assessments

Penelope Stinson, Assistant Opinions Editor
December 8, 2020

As Menlo switched to an online learning program last spring, teachers had to quickly figure out how to transfer their in-person classes to an online format. While some elements of learning, such as lectures, could be easily conducted...

Reynolds participates in a guest speaker session alongside her peers from The School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Annie Reynolds.

Junior Annie Reynolds Spends a Semester in Washington, DC

Louisa Sonsini, Opinions Editor
December 4, 2020

Throughout her sophomore year at Menlo, junior Annie Reynolds was itching to try something new. Eager to get out of the Silicon Valley bubble, she wanted to expose herself to a completely new environment filled with fresh opportunities....

Sophomore Jack Goler’s code for his latest project, Quadstr, involved many hours of late-night work. Goler is continuing to strive toward publishing his anonymous chat website soon. Photo courtesy of Jack Goler.

Sophomore Explains the Unique Process of Coding

Ari Krane, Staff Writer
December 3, 2020

The modern world is filled with technology and social media. Over 53% of the world’s population uses social platforms, according to Datareportal. What holds together these websites and apps? Who creates the system for sending...

A student enters the Menlo Shuttle to the train station after school. Photo courtesy of Pete Zivkov.

The World of Menlo Transportation: Transportation Coordinator Explains Reopening and Her Job

Tatum Herrin, Staff Writer
December 2, 2020

As Menlo students return to in-person learning, transportation arises as an important concern. On account of these circumstances, Transportation Coordinator Janelle Walker has shared her new plans and insights for the school year....

McKenna and Buttacavoli stand in front of the mantle in their living room. They are prepared to begin the wedding ceremony for the vows at 4:30 p.m., in a Zoom meeting hosted by an Alameda County judge. “It was really just a day where we could just spend time with each other and say our vows in front of the people we love,” McKenna said. Photo courtesy of Mary McKenna.

Science Teacher Gets Married on Zoom Amid Pandemic

Abby Becker, Staff Writer
November 30, 2020

Since March, San Mateo County has had over 14,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 170 deaths. Menlo Park and Atherton alone have had around 590 cases. Despite this, people are still finding ways to celebrate special occasions in...

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