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Dance teacherAngela Curotto-Pierson teaches choreography to in-person and online students during Menlo’s trial hybrid learning model. Photo courtesy of Pete Zivkov.

Teachers’ Plans Vary for Second Hybrid Learning Session

Ella Hartmanis, A&L Editor
January 18, 2021

After four weeks of hybrid learning prior to Thanksgiving, Menlo teachers reflected on what needs to be modified and on what teaching strategies will work best for Menlo’s return to hybrid learning on Jan. 19. As it was a foreign...

Among this week's major news stories: On Wednesday, Jan. 13, President Donald Trump was impeached a second time. Only two other presidents in U.S. history have been impeached, and Trump is the only president ever to be impeached twice. Creative Commons photo: Marco Verch on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – January 17, 2021

Emily Han, Online Editor
January 17, 2021

Quiz yourself on Trump's second impeachment, Italy's historic mafia trial and other topics. ——— The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter by The Coat of Arms. TW2 seeks to provide a compact and digestible source of world...

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines both have been approved for distribution throughout the U.S., representing a key development toward overcoming the pandemic. Staff illustration: Dorinda Xiao.

Vaccines Offer Hope for Returning to School and Normality

Alex Levitt, Assistant News Editor
January 12, 2021

As America has authorized and begun inoculations of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, economists, school leaders and scientists all see this development as a key step in rebuilding the economy and recreational...

Among this week's major news stories: Pro-trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday, Jan. 6. The riots created panic -- both inside the building and nationwide -- and led to several deaths. Creative Commons photo: Elvert Barnes on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – January 10, 2021

Emily Han, Online Editor
January 10, 2021

Quiz yourself on the riots at the U.S. Capitol, California's shelter-in-place order extension, coronavirus variants and other topics. ——— The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter by The Coat of Arms. TW2 seeks to provide...

Members of the Proud Boys, a neo-fascist political group, stand on the street in Washington, D.C. Pro-Trump rioters, including many members of the Proud Boys, stormed the Capitol Building on Jan. 6. Creative Commons photo: Elvert Barnes on Flickr.

Pro-Trump Rioters Storm Capitol, Menlo Holds Special Assembly

Alex Levitt, Assistant News Editor
January 7, 2021

Extremist pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol building and breached security on Wednesday, Jan. 6, the day that Congress was scheduled to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. The rioters broke glass,...

Senior Lindsey Ball and fellow church members sing together in person before the pandemic. Photo courtesy of Lindsey Ball.

COVID-19 Pandemic Affects Religious Schools and Programs

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
December 21, 2020

As San Mateo County re-enters the purple tier for COVID-19 restrictions, places of worship are required to be outdoor-only. For many Menlo students, this new measure increases the departure from their normal religious life.  “My...

Across the nation and globe, 2020 saw countless historical moments. Photos: Jonathan van Smit, Neil Moralee, yashmori and Victoria Pickering on Flickr.

The World This Week: 2020 Recap Edition

Emily Han, Online Editor
December 20, 2020

The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter by The Coat of Arms. TW2 seeks to provide a compact and digestible source of world and local news, sent to your inbox every Sunday evening so that you can get caught up before starting...

Among this week's major news stories: If he is confirmed, Xavier Becerra will work as President-elect Joe Biden's secretary of health and human services. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who will appoint Kamala Harris' senate replacement, will also choose a new person to fill Becerra's position. Quiz yourself on Becerra's current position below! Creative Commons photo: Gage Skidmore on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – December 13, 2020

Emily Han, Online Editor
December 13, 2020

Quiz yourself on the new CA Notify system, U.S. vaccine distribution and other topics. ——— The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter by The Coat of Arms. TW2 seeks to provide a compact and digestible source of world and...

Menlo's student-let Climate Coalition has worked on four major projects this semester. Creative Commons photo: Katie Rodriguez on Unsplash.

Menlo’s Climate Coalition Reflects on First Semester Projects

Danielle McNair, Staff Writer
December 12, 2020

Menlo’s Climate Coalition, led by senior Alix Borton, developed a series of projects over the first semester aimed at creating a more sustainable environment. These projects included The California Wildfires, Climate Policy,...

A Menlo community member receives a COVID-19 PCR swab test at the One Medical testing center on campus, inside the new Spieker Center for the Arts. Menlo has established contact tracing and privacy protocols to prepare for the possibility of a member of the school community testing positive for COVID-19. Photo courtesy of Pete Zivkov.

What Happens if Someone at Menlo Tests Positive for COVID-19?

Charlotte Palmer, Staff Writer
December 11, 2020

Following recent COVID-19 case spikes in San Mateo county and in anticipation of the return to hybrid learning in January, the administration is preparing for possible COVID-19 cases within the school. “You have to assume...

As the end of the semester approaches, different teachers are giving different types of final assessments. From projects to timed exams, teachers are finding ways to adapt their final exams during distance learning. Staff illustration: Riley Huddleston.

Final Exams Look Different This Year Amid Distance Learning

Riley Huddleston, Assistant Spread Editor
December 10, 2020

While the end of the first semester has conventionally involved final exams in multiple classes, this school year has seen some changes. As the pandemic alters norms, different academic departments have had to decide how to conduct...

While masks have helped to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, they have also created a harmful impact on the planet. Staff photo: Ella Hartmanis.

Money is Not the Only Cost of Masks

Ella Hartmanis, A&L Editor
December 9, 2020

During the pandemic, it has become apparent that masks and other forms of personal protective equipment (PPE) are necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But PPE comes at a cost to the environment.  China is the world’s...

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