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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)
and
it’s you
you are
whatever a moon has always meant
and
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.

ABOUT THE 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.

HOW THE WINNER IS CHOSEN
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.

MAKE YOUR NOMINATION!
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?

OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD CRITERIA
• 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!

PREVIOUS HARPER C. DONALDSON AWARD RECIPIENTS
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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Parent Support Needed for Annual Fund!

Posted February 17, 2015

Parent Annual Fund
  

Grade        Parent Participation
6th             18%
7th             38%
8th             24%
9th             23%
10th           36%
11th            31%
12th           68%
Overall      33%

Parents:  We still need your help for the 2014-2015 Annual Fund!  Our goal is 100% parent participation before the end of the school year.

The Annual Fund provides important items and services for the students and campus and provides the tools necessary for faculty and staff to educate our kids and help them succeed.  As is the case at most independent schools, our tuition dollars do not cover the total cost to operate Menaul School.  The Annual Fund provides a tax-deductible avenue to fulfill the remaining need.  Every family is asked to donate in order to fulfill the monetary goal of $75,000 – with the reminder that every dollar counts!

Give to the Annual Fund today by clicking here.

 

Filed Under: Announcements

New Mexico First Lego League Championship at Menaul School

Posted January 27, 2015

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Two Hour Delay 1/14/2015

Posted January 14, 2015

There is a two hour delay today (1/14/15) due to inclement weather.  Classes will start at 10am.

 

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Join us for Christmas at Menaul!

Posted December 02, 2014

Menaul School is celebrating Christmas. Please join us for music, food, basketball games, and much more.

Filed Under: Boys' Basketball | Girls' Basketball | Drama | Music | Announcements | Events | Sports

Weekly Sports Schedule Dec 1-12

Posted December 02, 2014

Filed Under: Boys' Basketball | Girls' Basketball | Sports

Weekly Sports Schedule 11/10/14-11/22/14

Posted November 12, 2014

Filed Under: Girls' Volleyball | Boys' Basketball | Girls' Basketball | Sports