Updates and important information from Santa Fe Prep
Updates and important information from Santa Fe Prep
April 2022
Mel & John

Two of Prep's longest-tenured staff members will retire this spring

It is with great gratitude that we announce the forthcoming retirements of John Montoya and Melesio (Mel) Gonzales. With a combined 57 years of experience in our Facilities Department, John and Mel have served Santa Fe Prep as well or better than any member of the Prep community. Thanks to them and their team, we have the privilege to work on this beautiful campus and inhabit every square inch and niche of our seven buildings. John, who will retire this month, started working at Prep nearly 34 years ago on September 1, 1988. Mel began his work as Director of Facilities on December 1, 1997 and will retire following Commencement, having served Prep for 24 years. We thank John and Mel for their tireless efforts to keep our community safe, dry, clean, and operating on all cylinders.
Fiesta y Cena Fiesty y Cena

Students present art exhibition about New Mexican women

On Tuesday, April 19 from 4-5pm, Lisa Nordstrum's Upper School Honors History class, Southwestern Women, will present its exhibition “Fiesta y Cena” in the library, a culminating class project highlighting the students’ extensive research and individual creativity. Based on their archival findings and storytelling, the students designed a unique place setting for the particular woman they studied, including plates, cups, bowls, and other handmade items. Their inspiration comes from Judy Chicago’s famous work, The Dinner Party. Additionally, informational posters about notable New Mexican women created by 7th grade New Mexico History students will be on display throughout the library. Join us on the 19th to learn more about the fascinating women chosen by the students!

Booster Club Spring Fling tickets are now available for purchase 

Join the Santa Fe Prep Booster Club for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live music, a raffle drawing, and a corn hole tournament with prizes at their upcoming Spring Fling!
Saturday, May 14 from 5-8pm @ the Nedra Matteucci Gallery Garden
This is the Booster Club's biggest fundraiser of the year, and your ticket and raffle purchases help raise the necessary funds to keep Prep's athletic programs vibrant and accessible to everyone. For additional information and to purchase event and raffle tickets, please click here!

7th graders explore climate change through video project

Middle schoolers in Robin Koval's science classes recently completed their Climate Innovation Challenge projects. The CIC is a curriculum created by CAVU (Climate Advocates Voces Unidas), a local nonprofit filmmaking organization that uses visual storytelling and community engagement to support local solutions to the global climate problem.
The Climate Innovation Challenge is a free two-part STEAM program that consists of a curriculum and a competition that cultivates student leaders who can think innovatively and communicate effectively about adapting to our changing climate. We teach youth to think globally and adapt locally.
Click the links below to view just a few of the students' awesome video projects!
Danny Maas

Middle Schoolers participate in Danny Maas Run

The 42nd Annual Danny Maas Run for children with cancer was held on April 11 at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Student-led since its inception, the run was put on by a committee of ten 8th-11th grade students and sponsored by Matt Mullins. Approximately 100 middle school students ran a combined 1,030 miles and raised over $8,000 in pledge money that will go to the Danny Maas Run endowment at the Santa Fe Community Foundation. Interest revenue from the endowment is used to help families with a child who has or is affected by cancer and who are in financial need due to the difficulties of dealing with the disease, with preference given to those in Santa Fe County. A huge thank you to all who donated money, participated, and sponsored this year's event.
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Please take a moment to review an important update regarding afternoon pick-up and traffic patterns on campus.
Our first Rummage Sale since 2019 will take place on Saturday, April 23, and we need a lot of volunteers to pull off the return of this special community-wide event.
Please check out the Volunteer Sign-Up for jobs big and small, and contact Julie Murray (505.501.2150) with any questions!
Art Initiative
The Two Beanies Art Initiative TAP group is seeking art donations for a pop-up gallery show to raise money for Leukemia research. 2D and 3D pieces will be accepted, including photography, sculpture, painting, prints... just about anything!
Art Drop-Off Days: Fridays, May 6 and May 13 from 12:30-3:30pm in the Santa Fe Prep Lobby
Pop-Up Gallery Show: Monday, May 16 from 5-7pm at the Meem
Contact Sarah Meghan Lee with questions or to set up an alternate drop-off time.
Spelling Bee
Following victories in the Santa Fe Prep and Santa Fe County spelling bees, Camila Carreon '26 advanced to the New Mexico Spelling Bee, where she placed second out of 44 students. We're so proud of you, Camila!
Thanks to the calling efforts of our Parent Ambassadors during the week before spring break, more than $30,000 was raised against a $20,000 matching grant!  This brought our parent participation rate to 72% with three months left in the school year! If you haven't yet made your gift, it's not too late to do so here! Help us get to 100% parent participation in the annual fund with a gift of ANY AMOUNT before June 30!
And don't forget that all donors of $2,500 or more will be honored at our Major Donor & Trustees party on Thursday, May 12 at SITE Santa Fe.
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