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The Student News Site of Menlo School

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Robotics leaders Marina Xanthopoulos, Kate Little and member Sophia Chen make last-minute changes to their robot after it didn’t pass inspection at The Central Valley Vex Robotics Tipping Point Tournament on Feb. 4, 2022. Photo Courtesy of Marina Xanthopoulos

Menlo Robotics Leaders Inspire Change After Pandemic Challenges

Amelie Giomi, Staff Writer
March 29, 2023

The Menlo robotics A team placed 37th out of 50 teams in the first round of state competitions on March 11, 2023. The team barely missed the top 32 cutoffs...

The Walmart parking lot in Mountain View floods after the first storm hit the Bay Area in early January. Staff photo: Lucas Kawamoto.

How Menlo Weathers the Storm: Facilities Team Manages Flooding and Damage

Aaron Widjaja, Staff Writer
March 25, 2023

Throughout the last month, strong storms have battered the Bay Area. In the first week of January, one significant class five storm, with sustained winds...

Upper School students sign up for volunteering opportunities at the Community Engagement Fair. Photo courtesy of Kevin Chan

In Photos: Community Engagement Week Promotes Diverse Opportunities

Andrew Levitt, Staff Writer
March 24, 2023

Menlo’s Community Engagement club, Knight Vision, ran Community Engagement week, lasting from Feb. 27 to March 3. During the week, students had the opportunity...

The overflowing San Francisquito creek in January. Staff photo: Asher Lev

The History of Flooding in the Bay Area Runs Deep

Asher Lev, Staff Writer
March 20, 2023

In recent episodes in late Jan. and early March, the bay area has been faced with serious storms and flooding. Residents of Palo Alto and Menlo Park in...

Menlo teachers give their two cents about ChatGPT— is it a tool or a threat? Staff illustration: Sienna Lew

ChatGPT Presents Challenges and Fosters Discussion Among Faculty

Sienna Lew, Staff Writer
March 14, 2023

ChatGPT is an AI software often used for tasks such as text generation, answering questions, summarizing topics and more. Although the platform describes...

The first tree fell on the morning of Oct. 21, 2022. Staff photo: Asher Darling

Middle School Loses Two Longstanding Heritage Oak Trees, Repurposes Valuable Wood

Asher Darling, Staff Writer
March 9, 2023

During the 2022-23 school year, the Menlo Middle School lost two beloved oak trees. The first tree fell on the morning of Oct. 21, 2022. Director of Dining...

Half Moon Bay residents gathered on Friday, Jan. 27, to pay respects to the victims of the shooting and their families. Many of the signs are written in multiple languages to acknowledge the ethnic backgrounds of the victims, who were of Spanish and Asian descent. Photo courtesy of Tripp Robbins

Menlo Teachers “Helpless” in Aftermath of Half Moon Bay Shooting

Gaby Foster, Staff Writer
March 6, 2023

On Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, farmworker and Half Moon Bay resident Chunli Zhao opened fire on two local mushroom farms. While Zhao has since been arrested...

Students dance with the Diamano Coura West African Dance Company. At the Black History Month assembly, students and faculty were invited onstage to participate in the group’s dance after a solo performance from the group. Photo courtesy of Kevin Chan

Menlo Black Student Union Celebrates Black History Month

Andrea Li, Copy Editor
February 27, 2023

The month of February marks Black History Month. Originating in the United States and recognized in three countries globally, Black History Month aims...

A blocked road in Belmont due to a fallen tree in the road. Staff photo: Miki Kimura

Storm Alters Commutes, Challenges Teachers and Students to Work at Home

Miki Kimura, Staff Writer
February 8, 2023

Coastal California was hit with a torrent of rain and wind in the first two weeks of January largely due to the atmospheric rivers and narrow regions in...

“It was decided that, right now, [vending machines are] not something we actually need,” Upper School Assistant Director Adam Gelb said. Staff illustration: Maya Stone

Student Council Vending Machine Proposal Falls Short

Jacob Reich, Video Editor
January 18, 2023

Despite Sophomore Class President Cody Kletter’s ambition to bring more food options to campus, the Senior Administration Team, consisting of 15 senior...

There has been up to a 40% decrease in serious injuries and fatalities for young drivers since the Graduated Driver Licensing laws, according to Impact Teen Driver representative Tonya Gonzalez. Staff illustration: Sutton Inouye

Administration Organizes New Distracted Driving Curriculum for Assembly as a Part of Two-Year Educational Platform

Annie Stent, Copy Editor
January 10, 2023

On Nov. 29, 2022, Menlo held an assembly discussing the important issue of distracted driving. Sophomores through seniors attended the assembly, as many...

A trash-laden table is abandoned after lunch before the holiday assembly. Trash is often left behind by students on the quad. Staff photo: Andrea Li

Administration and Student Council Battle Issue of Trash on Quad

Andrea Li, Copy Editor
January 4, 2023

Students continue to leave trash on the quad after lunch despite numerous warnings. As a result, the Menlo administration has been working with the student...

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