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Paws on the News – September 2017

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Sometimes getting through a regular day of school one wonders if survival is possible. For 2 days and 1 night, the middle school of Menaul headed to Camp Oro Quay and was quite literally put to the test.

Summer reading got our students in the mood for a camping adventure as each text had a survival theme. Perfect preparation for building bon fires, becoming zombie families, constructing survival shelters, and learning the ins and outs of wilderness first aid.

The purpose of camp is to help our middle schoolers get to know one another and become friends as a new year kicks off. It’s also an intentional way to connect to Menaul’s curricular goals for the year.

“Best camp ever!” said Laurie Gilbert, 6th Grade STEM Teacher and Middle School STEM Department Head. “Our theme was survival. The students learned a lot of survival skills including some first aid, emergency shelter building, and making a fire. They even cooked their own lunches on their fires! It was a beautiful setting, perfect weather, great facilities, amazing programming, super students, including responsible leadership at the campfire from our 8th graders.”

So, if you find yourself in need of a hand during the zombie apocalypse, or simply just craving a tasty s’more, look no further than one of our middle schoolers…they’ve got you covered.

Woz Delgado
Admission Assistant

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Now Offering Personal Tours for Families!

We are now offering personal tours for families who are interested in taking an in depth look at what Menaul School has to offer the 21st century child. From a vibrant international community to  flourishing music, arts, and sports programs, we are opening up our campus for families to explore, ask questions, and learn about the truly unique educational experience that awaits their child at Menaul School. Visit our classrooms. Meet our students and teachers. Sample our food. Come see for yourself what it feels like to be a part of our close-knit community that supports grades 6-12. For more information, email
or call 505-341-7250 to request your tour today.

Cafeteria Renovation – Collie Refectory

Menaul School’s cafeteria is getting a long-awaited face-lift, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Along with the renovation, the cafeteria will have a new name, Collie Refectory, in honor of a generous donation from the Collie family.

With this renovation, Menaul School is offering you a great opportunity to get involved on the ground floor while offsetting some of the costs. It is a great way to memorialize a loved one or to show how much you, or your family, care about Menaul School. You can participate by doing the following:

  • $150 donation – your name will be displayed on a plaque on a chair
  • $1,500 donation – your name will be displayed on a plaque on a table
  • $2,000 donation – your name will be prominently displayed on a plate on a donor wall in the cafeteria

Here is the form along with more information.

As always, we thank you for your support!

Presenting Indigenahora!

IndigeNOW and Menaul School present Indigenahora!, a family-friendly celebration of Indigenous cultures as interpreted by contemporary hip-hop artists. Performers are Luanko (Mapuche, Chile), N8V ACE (Dine'[Navajo], New Mexico), and local Albuquerque youth band Sonyk Vortex. Proceeds will benefit Menaul School’s Scholarship Program. Join us Saturday, September 23rd at Menaul School, 301 Menaul Blvd. NE. Gates open at 6:00 PM, concert begins at 7:00 PM.

Sonyk Vortex:
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Attention: New Menaul School Parents!

Mr. Lindsey Gilbert, Jr., Head of School and Ms. Mary Spring, Advancement Director would like to invite you to the annual President’s New Parent Tea!

The Menaul School community thrives on strong relationships between students, parents, faculty, and staff. The President’s New Parent Tea provides an opportunity to learn how the Menaul School community functions, and how we can partner to create a great experience for your child.

Please RSVP to Nicole Soriano, Assistant to the Head of School, at 505-341-7252, or email to reserve your space. Be sure to specify your session of choice and which parent(s) will attend. (Select only one please)

We can’t wait to meet you!

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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 on October 21, 2017.

We will be accepting nominations until Monday, September 25, 2017. Please download the form below and send your nomination to Kim Sanchez at or mail to:
Menaul School

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

Kimberly Sanchez ‘00
Menaul School
Assistant Advancement Associate
301 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
505-341-7269 Fax

Mary Eisenhower of People to People International Visits Menaul School

Mary Eisenhower Visit

Left to right: Dr. Feng Zhou, Troy Williamson, Patrick Westerfield, Jonathan Winn, and Lindsey R. Gilbert with Mary Eisenhower

Mary Eisenhower, President and Chief Executive Officer of People to People International and granddaughter of Dwight Eisenhower, the 35th President of the United States, visited Menaul School on Monday, May 15th 2017.

People to People International (PTPI) was established on September 11, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

(Mary) Eisenhower has been awarded the Knight of Peace Award from the International University in Assisi, Italy. She also holds Honorary Doctorates in Humane Letters from Schiller International University, Park University and William Jewell College. She also holds an Honorary Doctorate in Law from York College, in York, Nebraska. She was awarded the Medal of Honor from the Slovak Republic as well as Friendship Ambassador from the People’s Republic of China. – Wikipedia

During her visit to Menaul School, Ms. Eisenhower met with the Head of School, Upper School Director, International Programs Coordinator, and a representative of the Menaul School board of trustees, regarding a Menaul School Global Leadership Academy. The conversation included the vision, goals, curriculum, and a potential partnership between PTPI and Menaul School. Ms. Eisenhower also observed a Capstone presentation by Menaul School senior, Bibu Subedi; Aquaponics for Sustainable Community.

Ms. Eisenhower said that she “loved every minute at Menaul School, and that she is very excited about future collaborations.” The People to People International / Jr. Civitan presentation made her very proud; she was very surprised to be included in senior Capstone presentations. Ms. Eisenhower is looking forward to visiting Menaul School again next year.


Announcing the Summer Reading Book, “Across Five Aprils”

Across Five Aprils

Across Five Aprils Assignment

Freshman Class

Answer each of the following items in paragraphs of approximately 100 words or more. As you write your answer, be certain to follow the pattern of analysis: “statement—evidence—connection.” This means that you make an interpretation (a statement), then you cite relevant passages from the novel (evidence), and finally explain how that evidence supports (or connects to) that statement.

  1. Identify at least eight major characters of the novel. Select a one sentence passage for each character and explain how that passage best represents that character’s personality. Cite in parentheses the page number of selected passage.
  2. Referencing an on-line dictionary, identify the form and function of a crucible. Apply that
    Identification to the settings of the novel and explain how the various settings
    function as crucibles for Jethro Creighton.
  3. Because of his resolve and magnanimous correspondence, Abraham Lincoln is a
    compelling hero to Jethro. Explain how the “coarseness” of Lincoln, nevertheless, reveals the true meaning of beauty to Jethro.
  4. An odyssey is an adventurous journey that drives a character to experience challenges of the mind, heart, and spirit and to be transformed into a person with new knowledge of himself, of others, and of the world. Why may a reader consider Across Five Aprils to be an odyssey?

Sophomore Class

  1. Answer each of the following items in paragraphs of approximately 200 words or more. As you write your answer, be certain to follow the pattern of analysis: “statement—evidence—connection.” This means that you make an interpretation (a statement), then you cite relevant passages from the novel (evidence), and finally explain how that evidence supports (or connects to) that statement.
  2. Pick three characters from the novel and analyze their perceptions, attitudes, values, and beliefs in the development of their identity.
  3. Where a person lives impacts how he or she feels about national events that unfold. Explain the role of setting in the novel.
  4. There are certain characteristics a person must possess to overcome hardships and heartbreak. Pick two characters from the novel that show these traits (at least three traits for each character).
  5. After identifying one of the many themes found in Across Five Aprils, identify four quotes from the novel which support and reflect that theme.

Junior Class

Answer each of the following items in an essay of 300 or more words. Be certain to clearly assert your thesis and to support your interpretations with relevant passages from the novel. MLA form required.

  1. In chapter 6, the narrator says, “If someone had asked Jethro to name a time when he left childhood behind him, he might have named that last week of March in 1862” (70). Write a couple of paragraphs in which you compare and contrast the person Jethro was before his trip to Newton with the person he is by the time he discovers the coal oil in the well. Identify the events that force Jethro to leave childhood behind.
  2. “War feels to me an Oblique place” wrote the poet Emily Dickinson on the Civil War. Explain the meaning of this quote in relation to Across Five Aprils. Feel free to research Dickinson’s poems related to the Civil War. Connect that quote to what Bill says to Jethro when Jethro asks whether or not the North will win the war: “I don’t know if anybody ever ‘wins’ a war, Jeth.”

Senior Class

Answer each of the following items in an essay of 400 or more words. Be certain to clearly assert your thesis and to support your interpretations with relevant passages from the novel. MLA form required.

  1. Abraham Lincoln is an inspirational hero to Jethro Creighton. Read Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address, the Gettysburg Address, and the Second Inaugural Address. What “portrait” do these speeches reflect of Lincoln’s character? Why would a young boy like Jethro be drawn to him?
  2. The American Southern writer, William Faulkner, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. In his acceptance speech, he stated that a truly effective writer is one who
    must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid, and,
    teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop
    for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart, the old universal
    truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed—love and
    honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice. …The poet’s,
    the writer’s duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to
    help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage
    and honor and hope and pride and pity and sacrifice which have been
    the glory of his past. The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of
    man; it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and
    prevail. With Faulkner’s ideas in mind, how does Across Five Aprils achieve the status of significant literature?