Melody Xu

Melody Xu, Copy Editor

Melody is a copy editor, proofreading and revising stories before publication. She also works as a beat reporter covering the Palo Alto Unified School District. Additionally, Melody is a staff writer at Paly’s Verde Magazine and a graphic designer for Z Magazine, an independent student publication. Melody is a junior at Palo Alto High School, and joined the Post in February 2021.


Everything you need to know about the drought, and how it affects Santa Clara County

STORY BY NAINA SRIVASTAVA AND MELODY XU, PHOTO BY ARYA NASIKKAR Droughts are nowhere near a new phenomenon in California, and it can be easy to tune out the constant stream of emergency declarations and best practices.  But Santa Clara County has been in a drought emergency — a serious one — since early July.…

CDC reverses, recommends fully vaccinated wear masks indoors; CDPH follows suit

STORY BY MELODY XU, GRAPHIC BY ALLISON HUANG The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday recommended that even fully vaccinated people wear masks in public indoor settings in counties with substantial or high COVID-19 transmission.   Over 63% of counties nationwide currently fall under this category, including Santa Clara County. The California Department of Public Health…

PAUSD to offer remote learning option for 2021–2022 school year

STORY BY MELODY XU, PHOTOS BY ARYA NASIKKAR The Palo Alto Unified School District will offer students a fully remote learning program for the 2021–2022 school year. While all students are expected to attend in-person instruction in the fall, PAUSD’s new Remote Independent Study (RIS) program — introduced to district parents and guardians in a July 20…

Palo Alto Bell’s Books continues decades-long mission to match the “right books with the right people”

STORY BY MELODY XU, PHOTOS BY ARYA NASIKKAR Browsing through the ceiling-length shelves of Bell’s Books feels like opening a box of historical treasures; the variety of books a customer encounters might include first edition Steinbeck or Twain novels, an early grimoire (book of spells) once considered effective in summoning angels or a collection of…

PAUSD approves 2021–2024 Local Control Accountability Plan, reorganizes Department of Equity and Student Affairs

STORY BY MELODY XU, PHOTO BY EMILY MCNALLY The Palo Alto Unified School District approved its 2021–2024 Local Control Accountability Plan, a goal setting and planning tool required for educational agencies in California at Tuesday’s board meeting. Key highlights of this three-year LCAP include goals for early literacy, equity, additional social-emotional development support, wellness and…

Economy sees full reopening — but some businesses see little practical change

STORY BY OLIVIA HEWANG AND MELODY XU, PHOTOS BY ARYA NASIKKAR The State of California this week underwent its full economic reopening, lifting major COVID-19 restrictions that have long been the norm for the past year. But despite the changes on paper, many in Downtown Mountain View haven’t noticed any immediate change. “To be honest,…

PAUSD to offer vaccinations for students 12 and older this weekend, all vaccine-eligible students by fall semester

STORY BY MELODY XU, PHOTO BY EMILY MCNALLY Sunday, May 16: Assistant Superintendent Lana Conaway said that the number of clinics the district hosts moving forward will be “based on need,” and that the district’s goal is to offer vaccinations for all students who are eligible. The Palo Alto Unified School District will offer coronavirus vaccinations this…

Global art project Breathe with Me comes to Gunn, celebrating Earth Day and unity

STORY BY MELODY XU, PHOTOS BY EMILY MCNALLY Palo Alto resident Irina Selva stood in front of a 6-foot-tall canvas on Saturday, in the outdoor space behind Gunn High School’s athletics fields. She took her time observing the two thick, vertical brush strokes she had just created with blue paint down the canvas — though…

Gunn senior founds virtual music lessons nonprofit, instructing over 900 students

STORY BY MELODY XU, PHOTO BY EMILY MCNALLY When Gunn High School senior Julia Segal was devastated by the sudden cancelation of her band’s first recording session due to the pandemic, she turned to another way to utilize her passion for music. QuaranTunes, which Segal founded just weeks later, is described by the singer-songwriter and…

Connecting farmers with community, local nonprofit Tera Farm is ‘everyone’s farm’

STORY BY MELODY XU, PHOTOS COURTESY JACQUE RUPP AND TERA FARM When the pandemic first hit last March, wreaking havoc on the food industry, it wasn’t just restaurants that were forced to shut down — the agriculture industry also suffered from the sudden drop in demand. Sheena Vaidyanathan, a teacher in the Los Altos School…

PAUSD drafts plans to offer optional remote instruction in fall 2021

STORY BY MELODY XU, PHOTO BY TOMOKI CHIEN The Palo Alto Unified School District has plans in progress to offer remote instruction programs for its K–12 students in the 2021–2022 school year, as discussed at tonight’s board meeting. District documents clarify that though PAUSD remains “optimistic for a full return to school” in the fall,…

Gluten-free bakery Sweet Diplomacy brings a community of food lovers often left out, together

STORY BY OLIVIA HEWANG AND MELODY XU, PHOTOS BY EMILY MCNALLY When Melody Hu happened to run out of regular flour while baking muffins at home one afternoon five years ago, she discovered gluten-free, mochiko rice flour to be a perfectly delicious substitute. The result of this accidental discovery is Sweet Diplomacy, a 100% gluten-free…