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Semester Exams for Middle School 12/17-12/18

Menaul Middle School students will take semester exams on Monday, December 17 and Tuesday, December 18. Students do not need to attend school on Wednesday, December 19th unless they have arranged with a teacher to take a make-up exam.

While students are welcome to remain on campus after their last exam ends at 2:30 each day, they will need to attend PE and starting at 4 PM Aftercare.

We encourage families who are able to pick up their children after their last exam is over at 2:30 to allow enough time for studying and rest.

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Support Menaul School on #GIVINGTUESDAY 11.27

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesday will take place on November 27th and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.

Founded by the team in the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at 92nd Street Y, #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 27. #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners
to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.

Those who are interested in joining Menaul School’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit the links below.


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Menaul School is a non-profit organization pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. You should always consult a tax advisor for specific deductibility rules.

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (, Facebook page ( or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.


Menaul School-Sabela Charitable Foundation Partnership Established

Menaul School is proud to announce that it has formed a partnership with Mr. Shahinur Islam of the Sabela Charitable Foundation, headquartered in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Working in concert with our new partner institution, Menaul School will establish a system for Bangladeshi students to study a core American curriculum in parallel to their existing curriculum. The goal will be to provide an American college preparatory education to a developing nucleus of students in Bangladesh, charting a clear course to study in the United States of America.

Christopher Ferrara, Menaul’s International Program Coordinator, spoke on the subject, “Menaul School is excited to be working with Sabela, they have the expertise and connections necessary to allow us successful entrance to the rapidly developing South Asia region. Mr. Islam has a clear vision of preparing students in his home country to succeed in mind, body, and spirit. We’re honored to have the opportunity to help bring American personnel and American methodology to Bangladesh, a first for any school in the Southwest. By working with Sabela, we’re helping Menaul to continue its historical mission of bringing an elite college preparatory education to people throughout New Mexico, and around the world.”

The program is expected to open its doors to its first group of students in January of 2019.

Back to School Orientation Announcement!

Dear Menaul School Families,

Please join us for a back-to-school orientation session for new and returning families on Monday, August 20.  There’s no need to RSVP – just meet us in the Auditorium at one of the times below:

8 – 10am – Middle School
9 – 11:30am – Upper School
12 – 2:25pm – Upper School
2:30 – 4:35pm – Middle School

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Julie Shuler-Misra, Middle School Director
Troy Williamson, Upper School Director

Now Accepting Nominations for the Panther Hall of Fame!


It’s time to get ready for Homecoming! And that means it’s time to start sending in nominations for the Panther Hall of Fame!

The Panther Hall of Fame award is an annual award honoring athletic achievements at Menaul School. This award has been given to student athletes, coaches, administrators, and teams. The award honors not only outstanding achievement, but continued service to Menaul School in the area of athletics as well. The award will be presented at halftime of our Homecoming game September 29, 2018.

We will be accepting nominations until Friday, August 24, 2018. Please download this form and send your nomination to Maggie Beck at or mail to:

Menaul School
Office of Institutional Advancement
301 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Panther Hall of Fame Nomination Form



Rev. Buddy Dee Monahan, 1965-2018


Rev. Buddy Dee Monahan, 1965-2018

Reverend Buddy Dee Monahan, age 52, of Albuquerque, NM, passed away on March 27, 2018 in Odessa, TX.

Buddy was born in Talihina, OK, to Irvin Monahan and Theda Tohnika on December 3, 1965. He graduated from Eagletown High School, Eagletown, OK, in 1984. He married Dyanna Krissman on July 2, 1988 at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, AR. He graduated from The University of the Ozarks in 1988 and The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in 1991. He worked as a Presbyterian Minister for the PC(USA) for 26 years. He served as Pastor for the Native American Ministry Project in Los Angeles, CA, Chaplain at Menaul School and Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Odessa, TX. Buddy also served on many national committees for the PC(USA) and as pulpit supply for local churches.

Buddy is survived by his wife Dyanna Krissman Monahan of Albuquerque, NM. His children, Jordyn, Brandyn and Ashdyn all of Albuquerque, NM. His brother Tony Monahan of Eagletown, OK. His stepparents Ellis and Audrey Jefferson of Pickens, OK, his Uncle and Aunt Gene and Alicia Wilson of Indiahoma, OK and numerous cousins and friends.

Memorials may be given to The Monahan Children’s Education Fund c/o The Synod of the Sun or The American Indian Youth Council c/o PC(USA).

Honoring Buddy Monahan, read at Buddy’s Albuquerque memorial service by Amanda Cheromiah ‘04

For decades Buddy led energizers. He loved them. He enjoyed watching us engage with one another and he saw thousands of times how energizers built the communities he loved so much.

Many of us here have been on a number of adventures with Buddy. Whether it was at Menaul, in the Presbyterian Church (USA), youth councils or many other realms, we all have stories of Buddy.

My fondest memories of Buddy was at Menaul, when I was a student there over 10 years ago.

While at Menaul, for three summers, a handful of other Native students and I traveled with Buddy to various tribal communities across the nation. One summer we traveled to southeastern Oklahoma to teach vacation bible school.

One afternoon we were in the backwoods taking a “shortcut” somewhere. Buddy knew this road very well. When we approached the road it was a gushing river. It didn’t look too bad though. Buddy asked us, “Should we go through?” My sister, Maredyth Cheromiah, Aaron Sims, Dana Lorenzo and I all smiled and said, “Yes!” So we ventured across the road full of water.

At one point our smiles became looks of terror and our joyous laughter was hushed by the water that started to quickly rise against Menaul School’s purple “Campbell’s Soup” van. Buddy was still smiling though, probably a nervous smile. His arms were shaking trying to position the tires in a more stable position because the van started to slowly slip towards a five foot drop-off. At some point we all started to pray that Buddy wouldn’t sink the van with us in it!

By that point our van stalled and we were terrified that we weren’t going to make it. Aaron started putting on his socks and Maredyth and Dana started gathering their backpacks and stuffed animals, getting ready to start swimming for their lives. Then by a miracle two fisherman appeared from nowhere and pushed Menaul’s purple “Campbell’s Soup” van across the river.

That was the day we survived one of Buddy’s adventures and we loved every bit of it.

Buddy raised up leaders and many of us here are the fruit of his labor.

The greatest gift that Buddy gave me was the truth. God’s truth. Buddy, being a servant of the Lord, ministered to me and sowed seeds in my heart about the high calling on my life. He taught me how to love myself and continually spoke words of life.

After I left Menaul for college, at the University of Arizona, those seeds bore fruit. I eventually gave my heart to the Lord and fully committed to serving Him. I became a Christian. That changed my life forever here on earth and in eternity.

We honor Buddy today by sharing stories of him. His legacy will carry on in each of our hearts and in the stories we will continue to share about him.

God is good, all the time! And all the time, God is good!

A Poem Written for Buddy by Carlos Contreras ‘02

 You cannot change the laws of physics

Remember that?

Most of you won’t

We do –

Those of us who saw him on routine


Many of us knew he knew no routine

His life was anything but

From the good book

To the ball

To the track

To the classroom

And the dinner table


He oversaw them all –

Saw us grow into men and women

Saw us in the grocery store


Over time –

Over time, we often times forget folks

We go on with our lives and find time for that

And those who our respective lives created

Brought about,

About, Buddy –


He was exceptional.

He married my cousin and her husband

Christened another –

I am in tears and regret the fact that I didn’t act

Fast enough for him to bless the beautiful girl

My wife gave birth to.


Sometimes our universe births exceptional beings

This is one of those cases.

Buddy Monahan was a man among men

That realized he was more than a man –


He’s gone.


I read the screen, cried

Sat in silence

Wiped my tears –

Read for class, because he would’ve told me to –

Messaged Mrs. Monahan because he told me to.


Wrote this poem

Because nobody told me to.


Buddy –

We remember you

And although we cannot change the laws of physics

We know that what comes up must come down

And so, you’re up there –


We’re down here – and we expect you now

To check on us.


That’s the law right.

Right now, I know not how to wrap my brain around

All of this – so I write

Because although I don’t pray, you’re the one person

Who got me to believe in the power of it all.


When we stop and realize this world is more powerful than us all –

Sometimes we need to also realize

In our lifetimes, we will be reminded about the fragility

Of life – how it breaks –

My heart is broken –


And as we piece this story together

Tell it to each other and remember.

I will always remember you –

Your smile

The way it made us continue to believe.


You might be gone, Buddy –

But you will never leave.

Forever remembered, my friend.

Until we meet again.