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“Ladies’ Night Out” Concert to Benefit Menaul School!

FAMOUSHIPHOPRADIO Productions will be bringing a collection of artists to the Santa Ana Star Center on May 20th at 7:30pm for their first “Ladies’ Night Out” concert. This concert is to benefit the Menaul School Scholarship Program. Artists that will be performing the night of include; H Town, Jon B, Hi Five, Mista Roe, and 112. The evening will be hosted by actor, producer, and comedian Adrian “ADEE” McCovy. Tickets starting at $41 (additional fees may apply) are available by calling 888.694.4849, online at, or in person at the Don Chalmers Ford Box Office at Santa Ana Star Center.

112 is an American R&B quartet from Atlanta, Georgia. Some of their major hits include “Only You”, “Anywhere”, and the Grammy-nominated single, “Peaches and Cream”. The group most notably won a Grammy Award in 1997 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, for featuring in the song “I’ll Be Missing You” with Sean Combs and Faith Evans.

H-Town is an American R&B vocal group from Houston, Texas, United States. H-Town was founded in 1990 by twin brothers Keven “Dino” Conner and Solomon “Shazam” Conner (b. November 18, 1974), and their longtime friend Darryl “GI” Jackson. H-Town is best known for their hits during the early to mid–1990s.

Jon B is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He has released 7 studio albums since his career began in 1995. Three of his albums have gone platinum, including his 1997 album Cool Relax which went double platinum.

Hi Five is an American R&B quintet based in Waco, Texas. Hi-Five had a #1 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 in the early 1990s with “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)”. The group has released 5 studio albums since their start in 1990. Their debut album Hi-Five is certified platinum.

Mista Roe aka “The R&B King of Shreveport” is a musical extraordinaire on the rise. His latest project and what many are calling “his best music to date,” has already made a huge buzz since its release on May 16, 2015 and recently landed the #55 Spot in the R&B Top 100 Albums on the iTunes chart.

Ladies Night Poster

Thank you for supporting Menaul School!

Call For Volunteers – Global Ties ABQ!

Global Ties ABQ

GLOBAL TIES ABQ is a wonderful project in town that each year brings more than 150 emerging leaders from around the world to Albuquerque to meet with their counterparts in business, education, government, NGO leadership, conservation, healthcare, governance, multicultural societies, etc.

If you would like to be part of it and meet, host, or accompany some of these amazing individuals and learn about different parts of the world you only need to join Global Ties:

For March and April Global Ties needs volunteers that could invite a few of those visitors (2 to 5) to have dinner at your homes. It’s an informal and wonderful experience.

All visitors are sponsored by the USA State Department.

These are the different groups coming to town soon:

March 18th – Addressing the Regional effects of Severe Weather – A project for South and Central Asia -English Speaking

April 2nd – Youth Outreach: Conflict Resolution – A project for France

April 15th – Refugee and Migration Issues – A Multi-Regional Project – English Speaking

If interested or if you have questions please send an email to

Global Week Celebration – Information and Schedule

About Menaul School Global Week

Global Week is a time of the school year when we celebrate the rich cultural diversity of our community. In a world that is becoming increasingly interconnected across cultures and nations, we see a greater need to cultivate in our students cross-cultural awareness, appreciation, empathy, and communication skills that will better serve them in their lives. This celebration clearly supports our mission, to prepare students to succeed in Mind, Body, and Spirit.

Schedule 2017

Currency Wars 2017

Attention, families applying for Flex Tuition

Attention, families applying for Flex Tuition

Families applying for Flex Tuition, please complete and submit the application available on our website. Here is the form.

Applications and supporting documents are due by February 22, 2017.

Your $500 deposit to hold your student’s place, and contract, are due February 15th. Until your aid is processed, full tuition will continue to show on your account.

A second deposit of $500 is due on March 15. As every year, the $1000 deposit is split into two payments for Flex Tuition families. Please contact the Business Office for specific questions about the deposit.

Domestic Boarding families who receive aid: please complete the Flex Tuition application by the deadline (February 22).

Please contact the Admission Department at or 505-341-7250. Make sure to read our Frequently Asked Questions on the Re-enrollment page of this website.

New Bleachers Beautify Menaul School’s Gym


Menaul School’s gym is sporting a new look—bleachers that were newly upgraded thanks to a generous donation from George Cook. George Cook is no stranger to philanthropy at Menaul School. He provided funding for Menaul School’s basketball court, Cook’s Court, and helped pay for scoreboards. He also has two children, Nick and Cassandra, who are Menaul School alumni.

Athletic Director, Gary Boatman responded with gratitude, “The new bleachers make a professional impression. Now there is a “wow factor” when you walk into the gym. It looks brand new, and it makes students take pride in their school. The gift is a great boost in morale overall.”

Lindsey Gilbert, Head of School, commented on the both the beauty and function of the bleachers. “George Cook’s generous donation not only makes our gym more aesthetically attractive, but it is safer as well. Smaller steps, handrails and space for wheelchairs improved our gym’s functionality. Menaul School cannot thank Mr. Cook and his family enough for their long-term commitment to our school and its facilities.”

So if you, by chance, make it to any of our games, make sure to wave at George Cook, sitting on one of his assigned, newly upgraded and beautifully functional bleacher seats.

Loud & Proud: Christmas Joy Video

Loud & Proud Christmas Message

By Paul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – When seventh grader La Brandon Spillman heard the news he was going to be able to go to Menaul School (grades 6-12), he was overjoyed. His mother, Ella Spillman, started crying.

She knew her 12-year-old African-American son’s chances for success were slim in their hometown of Albuquerque, where only 45 percent of racial-ethnic students graduate from high school.

The makeup of the Menaul School—a historically Presbyterian racial-ethnic school—is 83.5 percent non-European and its graduation rate 99 percent, with more than 98 percent of students going on to college.

“I was like wow, awesome, I get to go here,” says La Brandon, who used his own money from mowing lawns to pay for his school uniform. “There’s not many black people in good working jobs. So it’s critical for me to set the path to do it, so others can do it to.”

La Brandon’s mom Ella is disabled and hasn’t been able to work for a couple of years. One of the members of the African American scholarship committee at Menaul knew about Spillman’s situation and about the school’s desire to reach out to kid’s in Albuquerque’s underserved communities.’

“She called me, asked us to apply for a scholarship for La Brandon,” says Spillman. “It’s truly amazing, that God did that for my son.”

Mariposa Duran, whose ethnicity is Native American and Hispanic, is also thriving at Menaul. She’s an honor student, cheerleader and volleyball player. She wants to be a judge so that she can “help people with family issues.” If a parent is abusing their child she’d like to “straighten that out too.” One of things she like’s most about Menaul is that “the teachers are great” and that there’s not “anything big going on like drugs.”

Mariposa was placed in foster care just days after her birth, because her mother was unable to care for her. Mariposa’s maternal grandmother gained custody of Mariposa at four months, eventually adopting her.

“The ability to receive financial aid from the school means everything to people like me,” she says. “I’m a widow and single mom that wants the best for her child.”

Menaul President Lindsey Gilbert, Jr. says Mariposa and La Brandon are “exemplars” of dozens of kids at the school overcoming significant obstacles who will change their family’s futures.

“Mariposa has a powerful, wonderful spirit,” he says. “And La Brandon has an enthusiasm for learning. Both are contagious, and have become leaders in our school.”

Both mothers, Debra Duran and Ella Spillman are grateful to those who support the historical Presbyterian racial-ethnic school and colleges. Without it, they say their children would not have the opportunity to reach their full potential, to become an embodiment of Menaul’s mission to help students from underserved communities become servant leaders.

“I don’t know how to say thank you enough,” says a tearful Spillman. “But thank you. Without the help of aid from the scholarships my son would not be here.”


The importance of the racial ethnic schools and colleges of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is demonstrated in the continuing partnership between the two entities. The institutions have provided quality education to people who have contributed immeasurably to the church at large and to the world. Students are educated for the professions of their choice in an environment which supports and nurtures racial and ethnic heritage. Menaul School is one of five schools in the US that PC (US.) supports.

PC (USA) came out to Menaul School and put together a news release and video as part of their Christmas Joy Offering. Fifty percent of undesignated receipts to the Christmas Joy Offering are distributed to the Board of Pensions for assistance programs that provide support to retired and active church workers and their spouses and families. The other fifty percent supports Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges through the Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Menaul School is one of five schools that PC (USA) supports.


For more information on PC (USA) and their commitment to ethnic racial schools go to:

To support students like La Brandon and Mariposa—and their families— give to the Christmas Joy Offering which supports historically Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges.

You can also give directly to Menaul School. For further information call Mary Spring at 505-341-7230.

We ask our church friends to share this video with your congregation!