M-A’s new G-Wing makes its formal debut amidst fanfare – and song

by Linda Hubbard on September 1, 2017

Administrators, teachers, students, parents, architects, construction workers, and members of the community gathered late Thursday afternoon for the formal opening of Menlo-Atherton High School’s new G wing, which includes 20 classrooms, eight collaboration spaces and a new food service area.

After a welcome by Principal Simone Rick-Kennel, the attendees were serenaded by the M-A Choir led by teacher Patrick Maier in a very clever song called simply G Wing. A sample: “You used to the be the Gu-lag back in M-A days of yore, a dusty lonely outpost, teachers seen never more. But now you’re back and beautiful like a nip and tuck. Proud and lovely member, you’re no longer an ugly duckling…”

Simone stressed what a difference the new G wing has made for students: “In my 15 years here, I’ve never seen a more diverse group of students hanging out together. It underscores our motto, ‘strength through diversity.'”

She touched on some of the new building’s features, in addition to the covered patio:

  • Two split classrooms with a movable wall offer opportunities for larger collaborative sessions as well as standard teaching
  • Classrooms have multiple whiteboards as well as a SmartBoard in each
  • Eight food service lines make it easier and faster to get brunch and lunch

The formal part of the dedication concluded with a ribbon cutting by (left to right) Michele Breen, JP Nelson, Alan Perry, and Shaheen Mohammed.

Then it was on to the maroon and gold cupcakes provided by PTO co-presidents Katie Parsons and Mary Murphy. Who’da thunk those two colors could sparkle so brightly on a hot afternoon?

Photos by Sarah Frivold and Edgar Lopez (c) 2017

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