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We Honor our Veterans!

Today, we honor our veterans. Veterans Day honors all American veterans, living and dead. We honor the tremendous courage represented by each veteran who has risked it all to protect his/her country. We offer our thanks to these extraordinary men and women.

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis

Thank you!

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Middle School helps Wish For Wheels

Last week was exciting as Middle School headed out on a very special field trip. This was not your typical field trip, though. Instead, students were tasked with learning the value of mentorship, generosity, and kindness.

During our school-wide “Love Matter Most” event, we mentioned that some of our middle school put together bikes for “Wish for Wheels”. Students helped each other piece together the bike kits for 30 new bicycles that would find homes with kids who might not otherwise ever see a new bike in their lives.

The exciting part came when the middle schoolers found out they would actually get to drop off the bikes to their intended recipients. The fact that they would get to see the smiles, the joy, on the faces of these kids, that made the work even more worthwhile.

So, we headed out. teachers, students, excited at the prospect. What we didn’t expect was that some of these kids may have wished for a bike but this was their first bike ever so they didn’t actually know how to ride a bike. Now, middle school students not only became the proud builders of 30 bikes but they became teachers and guides to 2nd graders who had never learned to ride on their own.

Mr. Russell Palmer, middle school teacher said this about the experience, “I have to brag about my middle schoolers for a brief moment here. They were absolutely amazing teachers for these 2nd graders. They were so patient and kind, and encouraging. They talked to the kids about their favorite foods and favorite video games and tv shows. The best part though was how well they taught the kids to ride who had never ridden a bike without training wheels before. I did this a couple weeks ago with a group of teachers and we weren’t even HALF as good as my middle schoolers were with these kids. The children will lead the way! At Mile High Academy we are empowering our students to be teachers and leaders, and giving them opportunities to show examples of love to everyone they meet…just like Jesus did. That is just how we “roll”.”

And it’s true, our students step up. They know that expectations are high and they reach for it, touch that bar because our teachers say they can. Our students step up because every day they see others step up in front of them, modeling and sharing and mentoring right alongside them.

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Grandparent’s Day a Great Success!

Hello Grandparents and Friends,

Thank you for coming out to visit us. You made the day a great success in so many ways. Not only did you make the students so happy by being on campus, spending time in classrooms and eating lunch together, but you made our day with all the smiles you brought to our day. We hope that you had as much fun as we did.

The day started with grandparents bringing in their grandchildren or meeting them at the campus. How great to see the excitement of the kids ready to show off their day to their special visitors. And it wasn’t just grandparents, we know that some grandparents can’t be with their grandchildren on grandparent’s day so there were family friends and parents taking the time to spend with our students. Even those that may not have had someone on campus got to “share” a grandparent with friends. Throughout the day, you could find grandparents with multiple students gathered round for classroom activities. What a special way to get to know a different generation and share wisdom our learners.

We’re blessed to have a community that invests in our students. Thank you for making the day so special for all of us!

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What is your child learning?

Yesterday, Kindergarten spent some time learning about the American flag, symbols of our country, and ways in which they could show respect and love to those who daily sacrifice for our country.

A guest speaker came in and spoke to one of our RWL upper school classes on legislation and how it happens, the affect it has on each of us. Students asked insightful questions as our guest used real world examples of cases on which he has participated.

Tomorrow, the whole school will be participating in “Love Matters Most” an annual event that brings MHA, Centura Health, and the community together in service projects. (Find out more on our Facebook news vlog below)

On any give day, you will find a class involved in learning that takes students into the community or teaches them ways in which they can better affect their community. Isn’t that what we want for our children, future leaders that change the world, kids that don’t just do what’s required of them but look at the needs around them and find ways to make a difference?

By intentionally creating ways for our students to do this on a regular basis, our teachers are modeling and teaching students how to do this. So, if you find your child asking you for ways in which they can help someone today, that’s because we are all working together to make children that think about the world in this way, as citizens of a world that they can affect.

Check out more on CHERISH and how we use it to model and share great values for all!

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CHERISH Worship

This year, CHERISH worships have taken on a new vision for our students. Over the summer, Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Kate Kamarad, was moved to pray over the weekly Lower School (LS) CHERISH worships that bring the youngest in our school together at the end of the end of each week. She then brought her plan to the other LS teachers who jumped right into the idea.

The plan is to inspired our students to lead the worships themselves. These student led – service oriented meets are just what our little ones need to feel encouraged and inspired.

The first few weeks will be led by Upper and Middle School. Already, we’ve had Michael Brodis, a senior at MHA, telling his story and showing the LS students how to stand up and speak. This week, first grade led out in singing and prayer and three of our Middle School students gave the worship. It’s wonderful to see our youth take the stage with their stories and leadership. The confidence students show when they get up front lets our students know they can do it, too.

Going forward, our own LS students will take front and center with service projects, small group discussions, skits, and stories. How exciting to see every part of our school take a leadership role and show that have something to say.

Thank you, teachers, for showing the ultimate leadership by putting our students in the lead. Because when students take ownership of their stories, their learning, their God-given talents, they shine brighter.

After today’s Middle School worship, Kindergarten student, Emma, whispered to Ms. Kate, “Maybe next time we can be up there talking about Jesus?!” Exactly, Emma, that’s exactly what we want you to do.

We are all so excited to see our little ones stand up and lead!

(pictures and quote from Ms. Kate Kamarad)

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