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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

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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Big Band Extravaganza Tonight!

Posted February 20, 2015

Menaul School’s 3rd Annual BIG BAND EXTRAVAGANZA will be held Friday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Dining Hall, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.  The evening will feature an auction, door prizes, wonderful music, dancing, refreshments, hors d'oeuvres, and old friends.  Funds raised at this event will go towards the operating costs for the Menaul School bands and ensembles, so we would love for lots of supporters to come.  On top of that, it will just be lots of FUN!!!!

The night will begin with our fabulous Upper School Jazz Band playing sets of tunes (to dance to) from the 40's and 50's. The second half of the concert will feature legendary Kansas City jazz icon Mike Ning, class of 1958, back with us for one night only with a professional jazz combo.

There is a $5 admission charge, plus all the hors d'oeuvres you can eat for $10. Come join us for a wonderful evening!  

For more details, click below:


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Join us for the Renovate Rendon Gala

Posted February 19, 2015




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