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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.








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Menaul School Included in 2015 New Mexico History Conference May 7-9

Posted April 28, 2015

Menaul School will be included in the 2015 New Mexico History Conference with tours featuring the school's archives. Learn more about the Conference at:



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Menaul School Featured on KOB and KASA Style. Watch Videos Here!

Posted April 24, 2015

Troy Williamson, Darryl Bryant and Amy Boldt of Menaul School had the opportunity to interview at KOB for their Good Day New Mexico segment that aired Tuesday, 4/21. They talked about history, programs, and activities.

Good Day New Mexico:

KASA Style aired a segment on Wednesday, 4/22 as well. Julie Shuler-Misra and Darryl Bryant conveyed information about the school, as well as unique aspects of our programs and school culture.

Both segments promoted our Open House, Thursday 4/23 from 6-8pm.



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Menaul School Featured in Unbound – An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice

Posted April 20, 2015

Menaul School is a college preparatory school with a focus on developing confidence and integrity and providing the foundation for life-long learning and ethical leadership. Academics and spiritual life focus on the school’s core values of diversity, respect, intellectual curiosity, responsible leadership, and spiritual growth.

Students come to Menaul from a variety of religious traditions. The focus of spiritual life and campus ministry is to nurture the moral and ethical development of students within the context of a community grounded in a Christian tradition.



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Menaul School Receives 2014 John C. Martin Award!

Posted April 20, 2015

Menaul School receives 2014 John C. Martin Award!  The John C. Martin Award, a new grant program created in 2012 by a partnership between the Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries ministry area and the office of Financial Aid for Service, supports teaching of the Bible at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges.  The purpose of the program is to provide funding for new programs, or new aspects to existing programs, for teaching the Bible.


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Maria Cordova Andrews Announces Retirement

Posted March 24, 2015

I would like to believe that my first year at Menaul School, 1974-1975, was the historical event of that year.  However, I am keenly aware of other events that may have overshadowed the beginning of my budding career here at Menaul School, (for example:  Watergate and President Nixon’s resignation in August of 1974, and President Ford’s subsequent pardon of President Nixon in September of 1974; this political fiasco still sticks in my craw).

Now four decades later  both President Nixon and President Ford are gone, and I am still here at Menaul School!  Forty years I have shared history with the Menaul community.   I have seen you through your formative years, I have seen your children through their formative years, and now I am seeing your grandchildren come through the halls of Menaul School.

Back in 1974, I was all of twenty-four years of age.  My hair was dark brown, my words were sharp and clear, and in my 5ft.4in./95 pound frame, I was quite the beauty.  I am now sixty-four years of age, I have striking silver hair, my words are more measured and guarded, and I am a more seasoned grandmotherly-type beauty.  I have all of you and time to thank for my gradual transition.

In May 1975, I experienced my first Menaul graduation. In May 2015, I will experience my last Menaul graduation.  In this 2014-2015 school year, after 40 years of service to the Menaul Community, I am announcing my retirement.  I want to thank all of you for my tenure here at Menaul School.

I will leave you with one of my favorite poems by ee cummings:

i carry your heart with me
(i carry it in my heart)
i am never without it (anywhere i go
you go, my dear, and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)

i fear no fate
(for you have been my fate, my sweet)
i want no world
(for beautiful you are my world, my truth)
it’s you
you are
whatever a moon has always meant
whatever a sun will always sing
is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;
which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart with me
i carry it in my heart)

To all my students, families, colleagues, and friends:
Adios y Que Dios Los Bendiga.

Maria Cordova Andrews


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Now Accepting HC Donaldson Award Nominations

Posted February 24, 2015

The 2015 Harper C. Donaldson Outstanding Alumni Award will be presented at Menaul Honors on Wednesday, May 20th at 6:00 p.m. and recognized at graduation.  All alumni are encouraged to submit a nomination for an alumnus or alumna whose life exemplifies the values of Menaul School.  Submissions must be received electronically or postmarked by April 15th to be considered for the 2015 award.

During Mr. Donaldson’s 37-year tenure at Menaul School, many young men and women were beneficiaries of an academic, spiritual, and sportsmanship education that led many alumni to illustrious careers in law, medicine, the arts, science, government, the ministry, and entrepreneurship.  Students respected his straight-forward manner, his optimism about the future of Menaul and his deep concern for the success of each student.  Mr. Harper C. Donaldson exemplified humility in leadership and in the striving for an education for life.  The financial status of student applicants, their race, and their religion was never a question as long as a student made a sincere effort to learn in a Christian environment.  Mr. Donaldson embodied the Menaul School spirit of “Sea la Luz” making it possible for the light of knowledge, respect for the dignity of all God’s people, and an awareness of one’s responsibility to serve others to touch the lives of all who knew him.

The Harper C. Donaldson Outstanding Alumni Award was established in 1999 to honor his memory.  Each year, the award is presented to an alumnus or alumna of outstanding achievement and commitment to the values and ideals of Menaul School.

Selection of Harper C. Donaldson Award
1. A Selection Committee will review all nominations received and make a final decision from those nominations.
2. The Selection Committee will be composed of:
a. The current President of the National Menaul/Allison-James Alumni Association
b. The Director of Institutional Development or designee in that office
c. The Menaul School Chaplain
d. The three latest recipients of the award, the newest recipient of the award replacing the oldest recipient of the award in an annual rotation.

The selection committee respectfully requests that nominations be typed or neatly printed.  Please address all areas of the nomination as completely as possible so that the committee is able to make an informed selection.  Each submission should be no more than two pages and include the following:
• Nominator Information
o Name and Class Year
o Address, Phone & E-mail (E-mail optional)
• Nominee Information
o Name and Class Year
o Address, Phone & E-mail (E-mail optional)
• Describe how the nominee exemplifies loyalty and service to Menaul School.
• How does the nominee demonstrate the values and ideals of Menaul School in his or her life?
• What contributions has the nominee made to his or her community?
• How has the nominee served others?

• Menaul School graduate
• Loyalty and service to the school
• Dedication to the school’s values and ideals
• Exemplary contribution to the community
• Service to the needs of others

Please submit nominations to:
Institutional Advancement Office
Menaul School
301 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Or email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

All nominations must be received electronically or postmarked by April 15th!

1999 Conrado Gutierrez `37
2000 Manuel Toledo `35, and Nacor Manzanares `38
2001 Pablo Chavez `46
2002 Jose Vasquez `35
2003 Ernestine Garcia Arndt `46
2004 Elias Valdez `39
2005 Alfonso L. Romero `42
2006 Paul H. Báez `44
2007 Dorothy Montoya Romero `55
2008 Ambrosio Ortega `46
2009 Ted Trujillo `40
2010 Michael Ning `59
2011 Martha Talcott `50
2012 Carlos Candelaria `44
2013 Robert Perea `84
2014 Robert “Coy” Gutierrez `61


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