New Upper School Students

Welcome to Menlo: 2022-2023

9th Graders Attend the First Day of School Assembly We know you have a lot of questions about getting ready for high school. Rest assured: we’ll make sure your entrance into the Menlo Upper School community goes as smoothly 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. Sign up for classes and activities and be on the lookout for your class schedule.

  • Incoming 9th graders have been assigned an Academic Advisor and are invited to an optional Zoom meeting with them if they’d like guidance on selecting an elective for next year. See details here.
  • Students need to complete this form by May 20 to indicate their choices for their semester-long Freshman Arts Experience (FAX), and those who plan to take an elective course for their seventh period should also indicate their elective preferences. Our courses are described here.
  • Results from your Math and World Language placement tests will be sent in late May. If you don’t receive this email, contact the Registrar’s Office at Questions about placement? View these FAQs for Math and World Language.
  • Check out this welcome from Athletics at Menlo, and sign up here for sports.
  • Look for your class schedule in early August. 

2. Complete your summer reading assignments.

  • Freshman summer reading assignments and instructions will be posted in early June. (Tip: When purchasing books for Upper School English classes, keep in mind that teachers require print books (no ebooks). Please purchase the specific edition indicated by the ISBN, as assignments may refer to the page numbers in that edition.)

3. Learn about your technology needs, how to order books, and the necessary supplies.

  • For fall courses, you will receive your schedule and a link to the Menlo Booklist Generator in early August. Enter your courses into the Booklist Generator, and it will provide a list of your required texts with their International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs). You can purchase books from any vendor you prefer as long as you purchase the correct ISBN edition. 
  • In the Upper School, all students will need to bring a laptop to school each day. Get some gadget advice and learn about technology at Menlo.
  • And, in case you’re wondering what Upper School students will need for the first day, in addition to their fully-charged laptop, students should bring a binder or notebook, assigned summer work, and a pencil or pen. There isn’t a master list of required supplies for Upper School students as each student’s needs will depend on their courses. Teachers will let students know what supplies will be needed for each class.

4. Make sure you submit your immunization record and your 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.
  • 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.
  • Upper School students who are planning on participating in Athletics require a pre-participation annual physical, dated after June 1. The blank form for an athletic physical will be in the student’s Magnus Health account.

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 (which we call “eNotes”) that includes any other 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.

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

  • Tuesday, August 23, 4:00-5:30 pm - Freshman Meet and Greet
  • Wednesday, August 24, 9:00 am-2:00 pm - Freshman Orientation for students
  • Thursday, August 25 - First Day of School, 8:45 am (new start time!)
  • Friday, August 26, 9:00-11:00 am - Ninth Grade Parent Coffee
  • Friday, August 26, 8:00-11:00 pm - Back-to-School Dance

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 in 2022. Choose from half-day, full-day, middle school, upper school, and a variety of sports camps. Register here.

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