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Picnic in the Park

Posted July 23, 2014

Filed Under: Events

Head of School Announces 2014-2015 Theme

Posted July 21, 2014

Be Better, Do Better

One of the greatest moments of sports movie history is when boxing neophyte Rocky Balboa, in Rocky II, after taking an unbelievable beating from Apollo Creed, gets off the mat with a supreme act of will to defeat the current world champion by a knockout and is given the microphone. He humbly thanks his opponent, his trainer, his wife, and his team before he proclaims, “Yo, Adrian, I did it!” This affirms that his herculean efforts to win were not his alone but the result of committed training and the hard work of his team. Who can forget his runs through the neighborhoods to the top to the plaza steps in Philly?  It gives me chills just to think about it.  Rocky embodied the concept of Be Better, Do Better.

When Rocky’s story began, he was a third-rate local boxer with bad habits – smoking, drinking – and limited career opportunities. He made a living being “muscle” for the local loan sharks who mostly collected gambling debts. He saw himself as “just another bum.” However, fortune in the guise of a mousey girl, Adrian, and trainer, Mick, who saw his inner strength and love of life, came to Rocky, and he embraced the opportunity. He imagined a better future and prepared for it with determination and expert guidance. He won a fight to become the heavyweight champion of the world by “becoming” a better person.

School is about challenging you to Be Better, to dig down and use your inner resources and the support of your mentors to Do Better, as Rocky did. This is a formula for success; if you work hard to become a strong, moral, more determined person and are open to your teachers’ instruction and mentorship, good results will follow.

To summarize my thoughts about our new theme, please enjoy the fifth, sixth, and last stanza of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s greatest poem, “A Psalm of Life:”

In the world’s broad field of battle,
   In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
   Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
   Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,— act in the living Present!
   Heart within, and God o’erhead!

Let us, then, be up and doing,
   With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
   Learn to labor and to wait.

Blessings as you strive to Be Better, Do Better!

Lindsey R. Gilbert, Jr.
President & Head of Menaul School


Filed Under: Announcements

Last Week of School / Graduation Week

Posted May 20, 2014

May 22nd:  Last Day of School (students released at 11am)
—iPads must be returned before students leave—
—no backpacks allowed—
—no lunch served—

May 22nd at 12pm:  8th Grade Rite of Passage (Auditorium)

May 22nd at 6pm:  Menaul Honors (Gym)

May 23rd at 7pm:  Baccalaureate (First Presbyterian Church)

May 24th at 10am:  Graduation (Hart Park)


Filed Under: Announcements

Gregory Zeigler, Author of The Straw that Broke, will visit us May 16th

Posted May 07, 2014

Guest Speaker, Gregory Zeigler, Author, on Friday, May 16 at Menaul School
Time: During Chapel, 9:40 am

Introducing his new book The Straw that Broke

The Straw That Broke is Gregory Zeigler's first environmental thriller. Also the author of the travel memoir, Travels with Max: In Search of Steinbeck's America Fifty Years Later, Zeigler has enjoyed speaking all over the country about his American adventure, including several schools and colleges.

Gregory Zeigler is a life-long educator, writer, speaker and environmentalist. He is a former NOLS instructor and Executive Director of the Teton Science School in Jackson, Wyoming. Zeigler holds a B.A. from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA, and a Masters of Education from the University of Utah.

Throughout his career as a teacher and independent-school head, Zeigler presented papers at national educational conferences and published numerous articles on historical and educational subjects. He has acted professionally on stage and in film, including appearing alongside NFL-great Lynn Swann in an Instructional Television production, Arts Alive.

Gregory and his wife Dimmie have three adult children: Jamie, Alex,  and Wil. When not gallivanting about in their Airstream Bambi named Winnie, the Zeiglers reside in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Other local events with Mr. Zeigler:
Bookworks Albuquerque, Wednesday, May 14th at 5:30 pm


Filed Under: Announcements

Give Grande Today - New Mexico’s First Day of Giving

Posted May 06, 2014

Today, May 6th, is New Mexico's first Day of Giving.  Go to to give to your favorite local nonprofit, including Menaul School.  As of 7am, nearly $70,000 had been raised for local charities.  With 17 hours remaining, let's join this worthy cause and help New Mexico nonprofits.


Filed Under: Announcements

District Track Results

Posted May 05, 2014

We would like to thank all of you for your help and support this Saturday at the Varsity teams district track meet. You helped make everything run smooth and give a great experience to many kids. The results are as followed.

Menaul Girls 4th Place

  • Tina Baca- 3rd Long Jump, 5th 100M, 2nd 200M
  • Anna Moneymaker- 5th 200M
  • Na Won Kim- 3rd 100H, 2nd 300H, 4th 100M, 4th 200M

Menaul Boys 1st Place

  • Damion LaCour- 2nd Shot Put, 2nd 100M,
  • Anthony Candelaria- 4th Shot Put, 3rd Discus, 3rd 100M
  • Luis Santiago- 2nd Long Jump, 1st Place Javelin, 1st 200M
  • Nick Cook- 3rd Long Jump, 1st 100M
  • Diego Chavez- 5th Long Jump, 3rd Triple Jump, 5th 100M, 3rd 200M
  • Geoff Hutton- 1st 300H, 4th Javelin
  • James Sanchez- 6th Javelin
  • Markus Harlan- 2nd Triple Jump, 3rd 100M
  • Tremmel Richardson- 6th 100M
  • Lindo Castillo- 5th 1600M, 2nd 800M
  • Jarod Nunez- 3rd 800M
  • Nathaniel Flores- 5th 800, 2nd 400M
  • 1st 4x100- Damion LaCour, Markus Harlan, Nick Cook, Geoff Hutton
  • 1st 4x200- Geoff Hutton, Markus Harlan, Damion LaCour, Nick Cook
  • 1st 1600 Medley- Luis Santiago, Damion LaCour, Nick Cook, Brenden Harlan
  • 1st 4x400- Diego Chavez, Tremmel Richardson, Markus Harlan, Anthony Candelaria 


Filed Under: Track & Field | Sports

Track and Field Updates

Posted April 28, 2014

 Head Track Coach and Athletic Director Jeff Strohecker offers the following background information:

The Menaul boys are looking to claim their fourth district track title in a row. Over the last 8 years the boys have 3 district runner up finishes and 3 district titles, as well as a state runner up finish in 2012 and 5 top 10 finishes at the state track meet.

The Menaul girls' team has 2 district runner up finishes and two district titles as well as two top 15 finishes at the state track meet.

Menaul has had numerous individual podium finishers at the state track meet (1-6 places) and two state champions: Sarah Baca won the 100M & 200M in 2009 and Brandyn Monahan won the Shot Put in 2013. Track has been one of Menaul's more successful sports over the past 8 years.

Please come and support Menaul School athletes this Saturday.


Filed Under: Track & Field | Sports

Class of 1964 Golden Graduation Celebration - RSVP Today!

Posted April 17, 2014






Six years ago we began the practice of honoring the 50th anniversary of Menaul School graduates during our spring commencement.  Now it’s your turn!  Two days of celebration will culminate with your participation in this year’s graduation as you and your classmates, dressed in golden robes, lead the Class of 2014 down the aisle.  Make plans now to join us on May 22nd – May 24th for as many activities as your schedule allows.  Please fill out and return the RSVP form at the bottom of this page.

Thursday, May 22nd

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Golden Graduate Class of 1964 Dinner (Cafeteria), Cost is $25.00/person

Friday, May 23rd
11:00 a.m.  Meet & Greet, Class of 2014 and Class of 1964 (Old Brick)
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Golden Graduate Reception, Class of 1964 and Guests, Hosted by President Lindsey Gilbert and His Wife Laurie (President’s Cottage)
7:00 p.m.  Baccalaureate (First Presbyterian Church), Reception to Follow

Saturday, May 24th
8:00 a.m.  Golden Graduate Continental Breakfast and Procession Practice (Old Brick)
9:30 a.m.  Golden Graduates Line Up for Procession (Old Brick)
10:00 a.m.  Commencement (Hart Park)


Filed Under: Events | Alumni

Upper School Drama performance postponed

Posted April 11, 2014

Due to sickness and scheduling problems, the Upper School Drama performance will be postponed until Thursday, May 1st.  Our apologies for any problems that this may cause.

Thank you for your understanding, and we'll look forward to seeing you May 1st!


Filed Under: Drama | Fine Arts | Announcements

Register now for our Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in the Park!

Posted April 11, 2014

Filed Under: Announcements | Events