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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

Abigail Becker

Abigail Becker, News Editor


Number of years in The Coat of Arms: 3

Favorite aspect of journalism: I love exploring fun, quirky stories that people wouldn't expect to be covered in a normal student newspaper.

Interests outside of school: mock trial, soccer, card games.

Class of 2023

All content by Abigail Becker
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...

Push weeks come in 2-3 week cycles, where students have weeks with little work and then weeks with an overload of work. These push weeks increase students’ stress levels and workload at the end of each cycle, due to similar unit lengths across multiple departments. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang.

Menlo Should Minimize “Push Weeks” to Alleviate Students’ Stress

Abby Becker, Assistant News Editor
December 9, 2021

We’ve all had those weeks. 5-6 hours of homework each night. One test on Monday, two on Wednesday and another on Friday. No time to sleep, eat, exercise...

Menlo students perform this years fall musical in the Spieker Center. Staff photo: Abigail Becker.

Video: Fall Musical Debuts In the Spieker Center

Abby Becker, Assistant News Editor
December 6, 2021

Students are encouraged to be environmentally-friendly through the student council, club campaigns and environment-themed student events like EcoAct Week. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang.

Menlo Makes Efforts To Be More Sustainable

Abby Becker, Assistant News Editor
June 12, 2021

Sustainable schools offer increased benefits for students and staff, the school itself and the planet. Schools that utilize green practices, such as sustainably...

How To Study For Finals

How To Study For Finals

Abby Becker, Assistant News Editor
June 1, 2021

Children in the Menlo daycare program are not permitted to leave their fenced-in yard and interact with their parents and others on campus as they used to. “Theyre not allowed to mix nor roam about campus,” Health Services Coordinator and Administrator of the Child Care Center Joan Barada said. Photo courtesy of Lisa Williams.

COVID-19 Changes Menlo Daycare Program

Abby Becker, Staff Writer
March 31, 2021

Menlo’s daycare program, officially the Child Development Center, has been a staple in the Menlo community for over 18 years. The daycare consists of...

Sex Ed and Sexual Health at Menlo: Menlo Makes Changes to Sex-Ed Curriculum

Abby Becker, Staff Writer
March 20, 2021

This story is the first in a seven-part package about sex ed and sexual health at Menlo. It also appeared in the March 2021 47.4 print edition of The Coat...

HIT RESET focuses on helping students reduce stress through exercise, meditation and creativity. “Were going to really encourage folks to do one of these three things during that time and were going to really discourage folks from working,” Dean of Student Life Programs Eve Kulbieda said. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang.

Students Have Time to Destress With New HIT RESET Program

Abby Becker, Staff Writer
March 3, 2021

A new program called HIT RESET has been added to the Menlo agenda to help students combat their stress. It is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, March 3...

Many theater programs have had to make adaptations for COVID-19, including taking safety precautions such as wearing masks. “I think that, like in any kind of program [Menlo has], [theater is] learning how to be much safer with larger crowds than we had in the past,” Director of Creative Arts Steven Minning said. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang.

Theater Companies and Menlo Drama Adapt to the Pandemic

Abby Becker, Staff Writer
January 27, 2021

The performing arts are a huge part of American culture, economy and social lives of many around the country. According to a study conducted by the National...

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...

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