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Open House September 27, 2015

Posted August 27, 2015

Experience Menaul School on September 27, 2015 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Meet our friendly staff and faculty, enjoy a tour of the campus and spend time eating delicious made-from-scratch treats in our beautiful Commons Area. Families of all sizes, children of all ages are welcome to attend. Contact Admission with any questions about this event: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 505.341.7250

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After School Clubs Information

Posted August 25, 2015

Bible Club and Prayer - Tuesday afternoons @4:00-4:30 p.m.

Middle school Math Club- Monday - Thursday @ 3:25-4:00 p.m.

Cheer Club- Middle School - Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 3:45-4:30 p.m.


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Panthers Volleyball Schedule 2015

Posted August 21, 2015

8/22/2015  scrimmage at desert academy at NMSD
8/28/2015  at Questa 5 pm
9/1/2015      vs.Victory Christian  4/5  
9/2/2015     at SF Waldorf 5pm 
9/3/2015     ToHajiilee Tourney
9/4/2015     ToHajiilee Tourney
9/5/2015     ToHajiilee Tourney
9/8/2015     at Victory Christian (Temple Baptist)  4/5
9/10/2015   vs. Maxwell 530 pm
9/16/2015   vs. NACA 6 pm
9/17/2015   vs. Questa 5  pm
9/22/2015   at Thoreau 5 pm
9/26/2015   at Tierra Encatada 5 pm
9/29/2015   vs Mt Air 6 pm
 9/30/2015  vs. NACA 6 pm
10/3/2015   vs. ToHajiilee 5 pm
 10/8/2015  at Jemez Valley 5 pm
10/15/2015  vs. ToHajiilee 5 pm
10/20/2015  vs. Jemez Valley 5 pm
10/22/2015  vs. Tierra Encatada 5 pm
10/29/2015  at Mt Air 5 pm


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2015 Football Schedule

Posted August 21, 2015

2015 Football schedule

Aug 28 vs Gateway Christian 7 pm
Sept 4 vs Magdalena 7 pm
Sept 11 @ Jemez 3 pm
Sept 19 @ Tse Yi Gai 2 pm
Sept 26 @ Shiprock NW 2 pm
Oct 2 @ Springer 7 pm
Oct 9 vs Logan 7 pm
Oct 17 vs Pine Hill 1 pm
Oct-23 vs ToHajillee 7 pm
Oct 30 vs Mountain air 7 pm


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Menaul Sports Website

Posted August 12, 2015

We welcome you to click on this link for Menaul sports information:


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August Lunch Menu

Posted August 10, 2015

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Menaul Host Family Information

Posted June 16, 2015














For further information please contact:
Chris Ferrara
Host Family Coordinator
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Give an incredible gift to an exchange student and your family

Consider opening your home and your heart to an international exchange student. As a host family, what you offer a high school international student is the opportunity to fulfill his or her dream of experiencing the American way of life. For many exchange students, simple things like going to a barbeque or cheering on a local football team will be new experiences they will never forget. What you offer your family is the opportunity to learn and appreciate different cultures and gain a deeper understanding of human values that unite all nations across the world. Most of all, what you give one another is the warmth of friendship and family bonds that last a lifetime.

As a Host Family You Will:
• Bring another culture into your home
• Feel a sense of pride in sharing your traditions
• Help the exchange student to have a deeper
understanding of America
• Change the course of a young person’s life
• Form a lasting relationship with someone from
across the globe

Your Student Will Be:
• From one of many countries around the world
• Motivated, enthusiastic, open, and eager
• Interested in any number of hobbies and
activities—from soccer to art to hiking
• Excited about becoming a part of your family

Menaul School Offers Two Programs to Fit Your Lifestyle

This program matches a family which is interested
in hands-on tutoring with an exchange student
who wants to learn the English language. The
Intensive Immersion Program is a good fit for
teachers, former educators, people who have
lived abroad (and had to learn another language),
homeschool families, empty nesters, and retirees.

What You Receive:
• Generous monthly stipend
• Support by Menaul School staff
• Training
What You Provide:
• Flexible one, two, and nine month commitments
• A safe and caring environment
• Structure and activities which maximize English
acquisition for the student

This program is ideal for families who cannot commit to the time that hands-on teaching requires but want the experience of hosting an
exchange student. The students who apply for this program usually come from a more diverse group of countries, which may allow the host
family more flexibility in choosing an exchange student from a particular culture of interest.

What You Receive:
• A stipend that generally covers meals
and necessities
• Support by Menaul School staff
• Training

What You Provide:
• Nine month commitment
• A safe and caring environment
• A home for an advanced English speaker



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Summer Reading Selections

Posted June 04, 2015

Summer Reading Selections

Sixth Grade

Mr. Bryant & Ms. Gilbert -  My Side of the Mountain by  Jean Craighead George
Sam Gribley decides to run away from home and finds himself in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. There he sets up house in a huge hollowed-out tree, with a falcon and a weasel for companions. Fighting off hunters, loneliness, and fear, Sam resists city life and searches for freedom, independence, and adventure.

Seventh Grade

Ms. Rogge  - Microbe Hunters  by Paul De Kruif
When D. Carleton Gajdusek won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1976, he was asked when he first became passionate about science, and he attributed his introduction to microbiology to the “profound effect” of reading Paul De Kruif’s 1926 book Microbe Hunters as a teenager. The book is a collection of twelve narratives about groundbreaking events and personalities in the history of microbiology, including Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch, Walter Reed, and Paul Ehrlich. The book has proven to be extremely popular and timeless, influencing generations of scientists to look at their profession as a way to contribute to the health of society and progress of humanity. It was first published in 1926 and has been in print ever since. It has been translated into twenty European and Asian languages and has sold millions of copies. Microbe Hunters is perfect for our 7th grade summer reading program. It “is a timeless dramatization of the scientists, bacteriologists, doctors, and medical technicians who discovered microbes and invented the vaccines to counter them” (Microbe Hunters).  The book is also about personal service, and how scientists make contributions that save lives, prevent diseases, and make their world a better place.

Mr. Doyle  - I Robot by Isaac Asimov               
Isaac Asimov, the grand master of modern science fiction, wrote this classic collection of stories as the first in his Robot novel series. It deals with the relationships between human and robot. As one of Asimov's earliest novels, it introduced the Three Laws of Robotics that have set the standard for the use of robots in science fiction. In fact, Asimov was the acknowledged creator of the term "robotics."

Eighth Grade

Ms. Young - Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keys
(Filmography - Charley)
This book received a Nebula Award for the Best Novel of the Year by the Science Fiction Writers of America. It is a wonderful story of a startling human experiment, human relationships, and human change. Even though the book is almost 50 years old, it tells a story that foreshadows many other stories and films that come later. The novel is for those 13 and up, and the short story version, which was published earlier, is in the 8th Grade literature textbook. Please read this novel, and be ready to compare yesterday's sci-fi to today's real world of medicine and science.

Ms. Yoder - Lord of the Flies by William Golding
This compelling story takes place on a coral island where a group of boys have been abandoned to fend for themselves. Initially it seems as though the freedom and independence is everything the boys could ever hope for; but soon the fun on the island turns to a nightmare full of terror and death. Everything they once knew about life collapses around them and a deeper more sinister truth of their world creeps in and robs them of their youth.

Ms. Fritts - Music Was It by Susan Goldman Rubin
Leonard Bernstein was an iconic figurehead of American music. A brilliant and passionate conductor, performer, composer, and educator/promoter of concerts for kids, he earned a world-wide reputation as one of the greatest musicians of his time. This is the story of how Lenny got started in music and who influenced him along this path.


Grades Nine and Ten


Ms. Schlabach - Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Thirteen Reasons Why is a novel that takes on the issues of teenage bullying and suicide. The plot centers around a girl named Hannah who commits suicide and leaves audio recordings for 13 of her peers, explaining to them why she chose to take her own life.

Ms. Snell - Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
An autobiography by Li Cunxin, who was born in China in 1961, just before the Cultural Revolution. Li endured extreme poverty as the son of poor peasants before being selected to attend the Beijing Dance Academy at the age of 11. In this book, he describes the grueling training that led him to be the first artist officially exchanged between the US and China since 1949, his defection, and his successful career as an internationally renowned principal dancer with the Houston Ballet and Australian Ballet.

Mr. Gilbert - Travels with Max by Gregory Zeigler                
Inspired by Travels with Charley, Gregory Zeigler celebrated the 50th anniversary of renowned Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck's storied trip. In 2009, Zeigler and his dog Max drove and camped 15,000 miles over nine weeks, exploring the country and determining what Americans are like today. Travels with Max offers a retrospective on Steinbeck and his work, as well as an insightful, humorous and upbeat perspective on modern America.  Greg is an old friend of Menaul School, has spoken at chapel, to classes, and includes his Menaul School visits as part of his travelogue.  Mr. Gilbert has copies of the book to give you to read so this is both a low cost and scintillating opportunity!

Mr. Lucero - Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Go Set a Watchman is a sequel to Harper Lee's much beloved novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.  It chronicles a more mature and introspective Scout who is living in New York in the 1950s.  She returns to Maycomb, Alabama, to visit her father, Atticus, and to discover his magnanimous views of society and his beliefs of one's proper place in the universe.  Scout is once again in awe of her father who is larger-than-life and a "watchman" of all that is noble and honest and just—qualities that enrich any generation.

Mr. Mains  House on Mango Street  Sandra Cisneros.
Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.

Mr. Sitler   Night at the Fiestas     Kirsten Valdez Quade
A wonderful collection of short stories by a major young author, published just this year, these perceptive, funny and sensitively written stories set in New Mexico introduce us to characters dealing with issues of family life, love, friendship, faith and coming-of-age.

Mr. Baca  Killer Angels     Michael Shaara
Honor, valor, loyalty ride to the forefront as the Battle of Gettysburg, the bloodiest battle on American soil, comes to life through the eyes of the generals and commanders giving the orders on those tragic days. From General Lee's battle plans to Pickett's Charge, Killer Angels provides a fascinating and moving account of the week that not only changed the course of the Civil War, but changed the world as well. 

Grades Eleven and Twelve

Ms. Crockett   The Metamorphosis   Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis was published in 1915 and it is frequently cited as one of the most provocative fictional works of the 20th century. Gregor Samsa, the main character, wakes up to find himself transformed into a giant insect. The story deals with Gregor’s attempts to adjust to his new condition in relationship to his family who are horrified by who he has become.

Ms. Baca   Les Miserables   Victor Hugo
Les Miserables is a classic French novel by Victor Hugo detailing the journey of a young man named Jean Valjean. We meet Valjean in prison for what seems an innocent crime of stealing bread.  Through Valjean's journey of being a prisoner, a mayor, and a soldier in the French Revolution, he learns what it means to be "an honest man." As readers, we experience battles, romance, camaraderie, betrayal, poverty, patriotism, loss, and love. Les Miserables fills our hearts and stays with us as we partake on our journeys in discovering what it means to live honestly. An abridged version is available. Please contact Ms. Baca for details.
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Mr. Moses:   Ceremony     Leslie Marmon Silko
Once you realize it is not out to fit into the typical structure of the novel and is based more on traditional Native American storytelling, then the book becomes more. The novel actually tells a pretty sad, yet beautiful story about a Native American soldier dealing with PTSD after WWII. He also deals with reconciling his Pueblo culture with the Western culture. It does a beautiful job giving insight into Pueblo culture and its connection to the land.
Ms. Hennigan  Shadow of the Wind  Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Shadow of the Wind is an internationally acclaimed historical mystery set in post-World War II Barcelona, Spain.  A young boy named Daniel awakens one day to find himself in a shadowy, strange, forever-changed world and begins a journey and a quest that will lead him into dark, heart-piercing experiences and the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.  Before long, Daniel realizes that the truth he is seeking may cause horrible suffering to those closest to him.

Ms. Pedrick  White Noise   Don Delillo
Winner of the 1985 National Book Award, White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney, his fourth wife, Babette, and four ultra¬modern offspring as they navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. When an industrial accident unleashes an "airborne toxic event," a lethal black chemical cloud floats over their lives. The menacing cloud is a more urgent and visible version of the "white noise" engulfing the Gladneys-radio transmissions, sirens, microwaves, ultrasonic appliances, and TV murmurings-pulsing with life, yet suggesting something ominous.

Beginning/Intermediate ESL

Mr. Winn  Holes    Louis Sachar
Stanley Yelnats is under a curse that began with his great-great-grandfather.  Stanley is unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys are required to dig holes all day in order to learn discipline and build character.  However, Stanley begins to realize that there is something mysterious about Camp Green Lake and the warden.  There is a mystery that has been buried…but what is it?  Stanley searches for the truth in this creative tale of punishment and redemption.


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Senior Schedule: Last three weeks of school

Posted May 13, 2015



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Important HS Photo Show coming to Luanem Gallery

Posted May 04, 2015

On Friday, May 8th, from 5-7pm the Luanem Art Gallery of the Menaul School will host the opening reception of photographic works created by a select group of local high school students for the RAPS+PhotoVoice project.

RAPS + PhotoVoice is a collaboration between UNM Prevention Research Center and 3 groups of NM high school students.  It is a positive youth development project that puts public health data in young people's hands and empowers them to take action in their community. They can document their lives and share stories of their schools and communities with respect to health. This exhibit aims to inform our community about some of the most salient public health issues identified by NM high school students. The schools represented are Cottonwood Classical Preparatory Charter School, Lordsburg High School,  the Native American Community Academy, and Rio Grande High School.

RAPS+Photovoice is sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health and the University of New Mexico Department of Pediatrics.  This exhibit will be open weekdays from May 8–May 22, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Dr. Linda J. Peñaloza at 505-272-4462.








Filed Under: Fine Arts