New Middle School Students

Welcome to the Middle School: 2022-2023

We know you have a lot of questions about getting ready for your new school. Rest assured: we’ll make sure your entrance into the Menlo community is as smooth as possible, and that you’ll get all the information you need. Here are some things you’ll need to do before school starts in the fall, and if you need more help, you can always type a phrase in the search box at the top of the webpage to find what you need.

1. Getting your class schedule.

  • This letter provides detailed information about our world languages program. 
  • You need to indicate your world language first and second choices on this form by May 11. 
  • World language placement information will be sent by email in early June.
  • Be on the lookout for your class schedule, which will be emailed to you in early August.

2. Pick a sport for fall PE

3. Learn about your summer reading, technology needs, and how to order books and supplies.

  • Summer reading assignments and teacher instructions are available here. More information about other texts for fall courses will be available through the Menlo Booklist Generator, which will be sent to you the first week of August when schedules are announced. 
  • Starting July 5, visit to view the Middle School supply list for the year. You can order everything there, or you can view the list and shop elsewhere.
  • By September 9, sixth graders will need an Apple MacBook laptop with MacOS 11 (“Big Sur”) or newer.  We strongly recommend the 13-inch MacBook Air with at least 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Learn more about technology in the Middle School.

4. Make sure you submit your immunization record and health information.

  • You should receive an email from Magnus Health Student Medical Record, our partner in collecting and managing student medical information, sometime in late May or early June. Complete the online form with your medical information, including immunizations (do not send records to Menlo). Please do this before August 1—you can’t come to school without it!
 If you do not receive an email from Magnus Health by June 10, please contact the school nurse.
  • Middle School students DO NOT require a pre-participation annual physical, but you do need to submit their immunization records prior to the start of school.
  • The Pfizer COVID vaccine has been approved for children ages 5+. Menlo School requires COVID vaccination for those ages 16 and over and strongly recommends it for all who are eligible to receive it.  Those who have completed the full vaccine dose (two shots for Pfizer) should upload proof of vaccination to their Magnus account along with other vaccination records. Questions? Email the school nurse.

5. Keeping Connected and Getting Involved

  • Please read this welcome letter and invitation to get involved with the Menlo School Parent Association (MSPA).
  • In June, you’ll get an email newsletter (we call this “zipNotes”) with all the information you’ll need for the summer.
  • In early August, you’ll get an email with all the information you’ll need for the start of school. Be sure to read this email!
  • To make sure Menlo emails don’t end up in your spam folder, add to your list of contacts and/or approved senders.
  • Here you will find contact information for your classmates and their families. 

6. Mark your Calendars
 (Dates and times are tentative and subject to change)

  • Sunday, June 26th, 3:00-5:00 pm - Summer Park Playdate #1 at Laureola Park, San Carlos (The first of two entirely optional summer playdates that are intended to be a relaxed way for students to meet their new classmates. Parents are welcome to hang out too!)
  • Sunday, July 17th, 3:00-5:00 pm - Summer Park Playdate #2 at Mitchell Park, Palo Alto (The second of two entirely optional summer playdates that are intended to be a relaxed way for students to meet their new classmates. Parents are welcome to hang out too!)
  • Tuesday, August 23, 9:00-11:00 am - Sixth Grade Field Day
  • Wednesday, August 24, 9:30 am-12:00 pm - Sixth Grade Orientation
  • Thursday, August 25 - First Day of Classes (8:35 am) and Departure to Sixth Grade Outdoor Education Overnight
  • Thursday, August 25, 9:00-11:00 am - Fall Parent Coffee at the CADC
  • Friday, August 26 - No school for the sixth grade class (due to return from Outdoor Ed. Trip.)
  • Thursday, September 8, 5:00-7:00 pm - Back-to-School Night
  • Tuesday, September 13, 5:00 pm - Sixth Grade Parent Education Night, Martin Hall

7. How will you GO MENLO? Check out transportation options.
Menlo is working hard to reduce traffic coming to campus during peak drop-off and pick-up times. How you Go Menlo matters! Learn more about Menlo’s bus transportation program and start thinking about how you’ll get to school. This summer, we’ll communicate more transportation information, including sign-up details, bus and shuttle times, and a carpool map so you can see who lives in your neighborhood.

8. Looking for some summer fun? Consider Menlo’s athletics summer programs.
Summer Sports Camps @ Menlo: Menlo Athletics is pleased to offer summer sports camps 2022. Choose from half-day, full-day, middle school, upper school, and a variety of sports camps. Register here.

Need help?

  • You can always type a phrase in the search box at the top of the webpage to find what you need.
  • You may want to check out these Menlo Terms to Know.

You can also call these people (but keep in mind that most offices on campus close during the month of July for summer vacation).