Back to School - Middle School

Get ready for the 2023-2024 school year!

We’re excited to welcome you to campus. Here’s what you need to know and do to ensure your year gets off to a great start. 

Middle School: Important Dates



Monday, Aug. 7

  • Instructions for accessing Middle School schedules were sent in this email.

Tuesday, Aug. 22

  • 6th Grade Field Event. 9:00 am-11:00 am, Wunderlich Field. Outdoor fun and games for students.

Wednesday, Aug. 23

  • 6th Grade Orientation (students only). 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. Students will receive their lockers and locks, tour the Middle School Campus and get essential information for the Outdoor Ed trip. Details here.
  • 6th Grade Knightbook Photo Makeups and Retakes. Sixth graders who were unable to take their photos in May for Menlo’s online directory or those who would like to have their photo retaken, can do so on Aug. 23 from 1:00-2:30 pm in the CADC Lobby.

Thursday, Aug. 24

  • First Day of School. Students will begin their day with a short assembly in the Middle School Garage at 8:35 am. Sixth grade parents are invited to make their way over to the CADC patio for coffee (details below).
  • 6th Grade Overnight Outdoor Ed. Details and permission forms are in this letter
  • 6th Grade Parent Coffee. 9:00-11:00 am on the CADC Patio. Details to come.
  • 7th Grade Knightbook Photos. 9:05-10:05 am, CADC Lobby.
  • 8th Grade Knightbook Photos. 10:10-11:10 am, CADC Lobby.  

Friday, Aug. 25

  • 6th Grade Returns from Overnight Outdoor Ed, at approximately 4:00 pm. 
  • 8th Grade Retreat. Details in this email.

Wednesday, Aug. 30

  • 7th Grade Departs for Outdoor Ed Trip. Details in this email.
  • 7th Grade Parent Fall Coffee. 8:45-10:30 am, CADC Patio

Friday, Sept. 1

  • 7th Grade Returns from Outdoor Ed Trip. 

Wednesday, Sept. 6

  • 8th Grade Parent Coffee. 9:00-11:00 am, CADC Patio. Details here.

Sunday, Sept. 10

  • 11th Annual Peninsula Bridge Fun Run. 9:00 am, Menlo School Loop. Join us for our first community event of the 2023-24 school year. Details can be found here

Tuesday, Sept. 12

  • Back-to-School Night. 5:00 pm, Middle School Campus.

Wednesday, Sept. 20

  • Joint Upper & Middle School MSPA Meeting. 9:00 am, Martin Family Hall. (Coffee at 8:45 am). Please park off campus.

Various dates

Before School Starts, Do This:


  • If you haven’t already, please submit your forms through Magnus Health Student Medical Record (SMR), our partner in collecting and managing student medical information. You can also upload Covid-19 student vaccination cards to Magnus. Athletic forms and all health forms were due Aug. 1. Questions? Contact the School Nurse.


  • Schedules: Instructions on accessing your course schedules were shared in this Aug. 7 email. Families new to the Middle School should get familiar with the daily schedule. Middle School classes begin at 8:35 am and students are dismissed at 3:20 pm.
  • Books: To see what books are needed for your courses, please visit the Menlo Booklist generator. Using this site, you can generate your own unique URL that allows you to come back to your personalized booklist without having to worry about a login; just bookmark your booklist page to visit it again later or to share it with members of your family. Your booklist will specify the correct ISBN # of the edition you’ll need for class, and you can keep track of your shopping list and what you’ve already purchased by marking “Need it” or “Have it.” Books can be purchased from any retailer that stocks the correct ISBN (such as Amazon, Powell’s,, Kepler’s, etc.)
  • Supplies: You can view the Middle School supply list for the year at Keokit. You can order everything there, or you can view the list and shop elsewhere.
  • Technology: Middle School students will need a laptop for the start of school. Learn more about our technology requirements and recommendations
  • Summer Reading: Review the summer reading assignments and finish your assignments before the first class.


  • Help reduce traffic! GO MENLO is THE way the Menlo community gets to and from school. Commit to walk, bike, carpool, or ride the train or bus. You can also take one of the Menlo buses—view the route schedule here. All buses will arrive at 8:20 am and leave school at 3:35 pm. Additionally, you can sign up for the Caltrain Shuttle here.
  • For those interested in carpooling, Menlo is partnering with GoKid, the award-winning carpool solution. Through this platform, you can easily set up and manage carpools with other Menlo families. We encourage families to sign up as soon as possible prior to our August 20 launch. To create an account with GoKid and gain access, please fill out this sign-up form. More information can be found here.
  • If you would like your student to ride the bus this year, please complete this form. Already signed up for our bus program? You should have received additional onboarding information by email.  If you haven’t received additional information or if you have decided not to have your student ride the bus, please contact Chrissy Orangio as soon as possible.


  • Middle School begins at 8:35 am with a short assembly in the Middle School Garage on Aug. 24. There are special schedules on Aug. 24 and 25. The regular 7-Day rotating schedule will begin Monday, Aug. 28 with a Day 1. Remember, on all Day 1s, the Middle School has an early dismissal time of 2:50 pm.


These people may be able to help, or you can email You may also want to check out the Menlo Dictionary to help understand the programs and terminology at Menlo.

New families: Your Menlo Otka login information was sent to you on August 7. If you have trouble logging in, please contact with your child’s full name and grade level. We will respond to you in a timely manner.