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The Student News Site of Menlo School

The Coat of Arms

The Student News Site of Menlo School

The Coat of Arms

While speaking at the assembly, Trondsen accompanied his presentation with images demonstrating how his mental health affected his physical health. Staff photo: Andrea Li

Chris Trondsen Speaks About Mental Health at Assembly

Andrea Li, Copy Editor
October 19, 2022

At the Sept. 27 mental health assembly, Vice President of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Southern California Chris Trondsen spoke about his mental health...

Students engage in spirit activities during their first mask-free assembly of the year. Photo Courtesy of Kevin Chan

Administration Announces Improved COVID-19 Situation, Loosened Regulations

Andrea Li, Copy Editor
October 13, 2022

As the school year moves forward, the amount of confirmed COVID-19 are decreasing, according to Nurse Joan Barada. Due to the improved situation, Menlo...

A child blows a shofar—a hollow ram’s horn—to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. Creative Commons Photo: Len Radin on Flickr

Menlo and JFaMs Navigate the High Holy Days

Geoffrey Franc, Assistant News Editor
October 7, 2022

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, sophomore Ari Kaufman wasn’t at school. It was Yom Kippur–the Jewish day of atonement—and Kaufman was with her family...

Wilson poses in her office. According to Wilson, Menlo has really made her feel like part of the community. “Everybody has been so welcoming,” Wilson said. Staff Photo: Sonia Dholakia

Brooke Wilson Introduced as New Director of Admissions

Sonia Dholakia, Assistant A&L Editor
September 18, 2022

Menlo’s new Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Brooke Wilson replaces former director Beth Bishop who moved back to Massachusetts following eight...

Healy spoke to the school over a Zoom webinar for the Annual State of School Presentation. Staff illustration: Sutton Inouye

State of the School Address Highlights Education Gaps, Mental Health and More

Lizzie Freehill, Copy Editor
May 20, 2022

Head of School Than Healy addressed the school Thursday, April 28, in the annual State of the School presentation on a Zoom webinar. Healy spoke to concerns,...

A variety of Menlo faculty are departing at the conclusion of the school year. Staff graphic: Sophie Fang

From 48.5 Print: Departing Teachers Share Favorite Memories Continued

This collection of stories is an online extension and reproduction of the Coat of Arms 48.5 print edition. This package includes the original articles...

Menlos dining team team plans lunch options. Photo courtesy of Pete Zivkov.

Dining Team Adapts the Lunch Menu to Student Feedback

Sonia Dholakia, Assistant A&L Editor
May 9, 2022

Earlier in the 2021-2022 school year, the Menlo Student Life team sent out a survey to Menlo students allowing them to share feedback on the lunch options...

While this image is from hybrid learning last school year, students may still attend classes over Zoom if they test positive for COVID-19. Photo courtesy of Pete Zivkov.

Hybrid Learning Protocols Challenge Teachers

Agnes Shao, Staff Writer
May 8, 2022

At Menlo, if a student is positive for COVID-19, they are recommended to join their classes over Zoom if they are capable of doing so. However, if a student...

U.S. History Team Lead Katina Ballantyne assists a student during class. According to Ballantyne, the move away from AP U.S. History reflects a broader, nationwide trend. “We see that AP U.S. History is a course that’s been critiqued on the grounds of ‘What does this curriculum include and not include? Is it encouraging cramming over deep understanding?’” Ballantyne said. Photo Courtesy of Roya Rezaee.

Menlo Discontinues AP U.S. History Course

Sonia Dholakia, Staff Writer
April 3, 2022

Beginning this fall, Menlo will no longer offer Advanced Placement U.S. History as a class, and it will instead transition to an honors and non-honors...

In the Latin America section of the Global Expo, a few of the parent volunteers for Mexico make cups of chips and guacamole to represent Mexican cuisine. Photo courtesy of Pete Zivkov.

Menlo Expected To Hold Global Expo for the First Time in Three Years

Sophia Hinshaw, Staff Writer
March 31, 2022

The Menlo Global Expo will be held on April 24 in the gym for a chance to share and explore the rich diversity at Menlo, as decreasing COVID-19 restrictions...

Beginning Monday, Mar. 14, masks became optional for students in California schools, including Menlo. Staff illustration: Geoffrey Franc.

How many Masks Came off?

Geoffrey Franc, Staff Writer
March 15, 2022

Mask; No Mask? Infographic by Menlo CoA

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