The Coat of Arms

Charlotte Palmer

Charlotte Palmer, Copy Editor


Number of years in the Coat of Arms: 2.

Favorite aspect of journalism: getting to write about topics I'm passionate about, such as discrimination against Asian Americans and sexual violence prevention.

Interests outside of school: figure skating, violin, skiing, aviation.

Grade: 12.

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Two Menlo students start Instagram account @metoomenlo to give a platform for students to share stories about sexual harassment and violence. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang.

Students Create Instagram Account to Anonymously Share Menlo Students’ Stories About Sexual Harassment and Violence

November 2, 2021

Disclaimer: this article contains discussion of sexual harassment, assault and rape.  The @metoomenlo Instagram account, created as a Menlo-specific...

New Spanish teacher Patti Frias and husband Sal Frias walk with one of their horses on their 70-acre ranch. Photo courtesy of Patti Frias.

New Menlo Spanish Teacher Reflects on Her Near-Death Experience

October 14, 2021

On Friday, June 20, 2008, new Menlo Spanish teacher Patti Frias was hiking Mount Shasta in Siskiyou, Calif. on a first date when the winds began to pick...

Photography teacher and Image Director Pete Zivkov stands next to an old TV camera stage prop while holding his modern camera. Photo courtesy of Cyrus Lowe.

Photography Teacher And Image Director Pete Zivkov Retires After 15 Years

June 19, 2021

After 15 years at Menlo, photography teacher and Image Director Pete Zivkov is retiring. Zivkov has taught the beginning and advanced photography classes...

Staff Illustration: Tatum Herrin

Atlanta Spa Shootings Are A Consequence Of Anti-Asian Sentiments

June 4, 2021

On Tuesday, March 16, a white 22-year-old man shot and killed eight people at three different spas in the Atlanta area. Six of the victims were Asian women.  The...

San Francisco Ice Theatre has advanced to compete at Nations’ Cup twice during my time on the team. My freshman year, I missed an entire week of school to travel to Épinal, France, where the competition was held. Photo courtesy of Ken Chan.

What Is Figure Skating Like During COVID-19?

April 12, 2021

I used to wake up at 5:30 a.m. six to seven days a week to figure skate. I travelled between four rinks (located in Redwood City, San Mateo, San Francisco...

Anti-Asian hate crimes have increased by 150% over the past year, according to California State University’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang.

Top Picks From Print: Let’s Put an End to Asian American Discrimination

March 26, 2021

Headlines about hate crimes against Asian Americans are common in recent months. From the BBC: “COVID ‘Hate Crimes’ Against Asian Americans On Rise;”...

AP tests in 2021 are offered both on paper and digitally, as well as supervised and unsupervised. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang.

Teachers and Students Are Optimistic About 2021 AP Exams

March 14, 2021

In January, the College Board announced that 2021 Advanced Placement (AP) exams will cover full course content, instead of repeating the shortened 45-minute...

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?

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...

Menlo has implemented several safety measures in anticipation of students return to campus, which will begin on Oct. 26 through a hybrid learning model. Photo courtesy of Tripp Robbins.

Menlo Implements Safety Precautions For Hybrid Learning

October 24, 2020

Following Head of School Than Healy’s Oct. 19 announcement of the approval of the reopening plans, many students, staff and families at Menlo have expressed...

Upper School Director John Schafer and his family spent more than six months living in Spain earlier this year. This sabbatical, however, was interrupted by the outbreak of COVID-19 and became a particularly insightful experience. Photo courtesy of John Schafer.

Madrid To Menlo Park in Quarantine: John Schafer’s Unique Sabbatical

October 19, 2020

As the first quarter of a new school year nears its end, Upper School Director John Schafer and his family are back in the groove of their American lifestyle...

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