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The Canvas dashboard displays a students classes. Staff photo: Caroline Clack

Students, Teachers Weigh Benefits, Drawbacks of Canvas

Caroline Clack, Video Editor
June 4, 2023

“It’s the bridge between the teacher and the student,” Upper School math teacher Jude Loeffler said. A learning management system, or LMS, like Canvas,...

Staff illustration: Sutton Inouye

Menlo Embraces Banned Books

Eleanor Kinder, Copy Editor
May 27, 2023

In October of every year, the Menlo Library has a Banned Book week that features books that have been banned in other states. For example, “Gender Queer”...

Students in Menlo’s class of 2027 check in at a welcome event hosted by the admissions office. Staff photo: Lucas Kawamoto

New Admissions Director Discusses ‘Holistic’ Admissions Process Despite Sibling Policy

Lucas Kawamoto, Assistant A&L Editor
May 26, 2023

The Menlo admissions team recently welcomed the class of 2027 to the Upper School campus. On Tuesday, May 16, the newest admittees and the rising middle...

A branch of First Republic Bank sits on the corner of Oak Grove Ave. and El Camino Real in Menlo Park. Staff photo: Geoffrey Franc

First Republic, Menlo’s Primary Bank, Collapses

Geoffrey Franc, News Editor
May 26, 2023

First Republic Bank, Menlo’s primary financial services provider for decades, was acquired by banking giant JP Morgan Chase in a deal that was announced...

Henry Shih, father of Teddy Shih (27), presents to students at the Entrepreneurship Club Mixer in Town and Country shopping center on Wednesday, May 3, 2023. Staff photo: Lucas Kawamoto

Entrepreneurship Club Hosts Mixer for Students, Parents

Asher Lev, Staff Writer
May 17, 2023

Tucked away in a second-floor office in the Palo Alto Town and Country shopping center on the night of Wednesday, May 3, a few dozen students and parents...

From 49.6 Print: Menlo Faculty Says Goodbye Continued

From 49.6 Print: Menlo Faculty Says Goodbye Continued

This collection of stories is an online extension and reproduction of the Coat of Arms 49.6 print edition. This package includes the original articles...

The auction featured a circus theme with a special show of aerial dancers. Photo courtesy of John Meyer

“The Greatest Knight” Auction Continues to Support Financial Aid

Aaron Widjaja and Asher Darling
April 24, 2023

On March 18, 2023, Menlo hosted its annual auction where members of the community gather for dinner, drinks and entertainment capped off with a live auction....

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...

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