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Welcome New Teacher!


Mrs. Gleason comes to us with a strong background in education. She has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Teaching Certifications through both the North American Division of Seventh-Day Adventists and Colorado State Department of Education. She has taught in the Kindergarten through 2nd grade levels for several years.  

Mrs. Gleason comes to us with a passion for Mile High Academy as she has two boys that currently attend MHA. Her passion extends into the classroom having been a Parent Ambassador for the last couple years and a volunteer on our campus. Now she hopes to take her many gifts and talents further.

She wants to create a classroom environment where students can explore and discover learning every day.

We are excited to have Jessica Gleason with us! Please welcome her as a new faculty member the next time you see her.

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Alumni Shine at Union College

When Mile High Academy alumni go out into the world, we often wonder where they go on to college, where they end up working. Sometimes they come back to visit us for special occasions and we treasure those moments. However, sometimes our paths cross and we are pleasantly surprised to find ourselves staring into a familiar face.

Recently, our Principal was visiting Union College for meetings when she happened to be reading their publication, “The Clock Tower”. What a joy to see some of her own alumni looking back from the pages.

In her own words, “I’m sitting in the lobby of the Administration Suite at Union College and sitting on the table is “The Clock Tower”. As I skimmed the pages, I was delighted to see that two of the 8 or so articles were written by our very own alumni! It was a pleasant surprise, in the midst of a day of meetings, to see articles written by familiar faces and names. It’s so encouraging to see that as our students move on, they are investing and using their gifts and talents to enhance the communities they have chosen.”

It’s one thing to hear about all the great things that are going on in the lives of our students, but to see it right there in black and white, that is proof that our students are making a difference right now.

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Tribute to a Friend and Colleague – Mrs. Betty Wine

Today, Mile High Academy says goodbye to a dear friend. Mrs. Betty Wine was with MHA for many years. As far back as most of us can remember, she walked the halls helping students and staff, alike. We are thankful for her commitment and dedication to the students of Mile High Academy. We are grateful for the gift of her time.

“I remember when I was a child here at MHA Elementary. She was the school nurse at the time. She was so caring and loving to the students. She always smiled and worked with a joyful heart.” – Mrs. Lucy Werner, Preschool Director

“I never saw her without a smile on her face. Her passion for Christ, her family, and the students she served was inspiring. I will always be grateful I got to know her.” Principal Toakase Vunileva

“She loved the Lord, her family, her church, and she loved to help the kids connect with and enjoy books. Betty enjoyed helping others.” – Mrs. Maxine Gerst, former MHA teacher

Mrs. Betty Wine passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2019. The family will share memorial details as they become available.

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High School at MHA

We get a lot of tours at Mile High Academy. And, since we are a Preschool through 12th grade school, these range from the parents eager to find out what their child will be learning at 3 years all the way to how do we get our high schoolers ready for college.

Today, we are focused on the high school question, because it’s a big one, and every year our seniors start getting that wistful look in their eye. You know the one. The one that lets us know their almost done, ready to walk down the aisle to the next part of their journey, college!

We take the college prep part of our experience very seriously here on campus. With AP Classes, Dual Credit, a College Counselor, plenty of electives and service options, as well as travel opportunities during their four years at MHA our students are getting a well rounded college ready experience.

Did you know that in a Chicago Tribune article written specifically about the effects of attending one high school over another on your chances of getting into a good college, they mentions that at “top high schools … college counselors also teach classes. That puts them in close contact with students on a regular basis.” (1) They also went on to mention that these same college counselors advise students on course work and which standardized tests they should take. Which is interesting since our college counselor, Jenni Eno, does just that for our students.

Top colleges all across the country want to know that students are part of a diverse learning community that includes academics and extra-curriculars in all areas. Students who take advantage of all that MHA has to offer in academics, music, sports, STEM, arts, travel and all the rest are sure to benefit from a strong resume. Top grades and an impressive school or community service record will always resonate with college admissions counselors. Make sure and let us know if you have questions about how your student can take advantage of the full range of offerings at MHA.

 

  1. https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/lifestyles/ct-ptb-bradshaw-educated-advice-st-0515-20150514-story.html
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Hero in Your Own Story

Upper School language arts teacher, Jenni Eno, is taking her Real World Learners on a journey, asking them to find the “hero in your own story”. Only the story isn’t their own, but that of the 5th graders at Mile High Academy. Upper-school students are writing a graphic novel based on these real characters. This RWL assignment uses mentoring, leadership, writing, journalism, CHERISH values, and more to produce a final product that will have the ultimate authentic audience.

Mrs. Eno and Mrs. Little’s classes are partnering once a week so that their students can get to know each other through interviews and recesses. The students are getting to know each other and are finding out the likes and dislikes of their mentee and then taking this feedback and turning it into a Superhero character.

Little was quick to point out that the “kids look forward to playing with their older peers. It gives them confidence and assures them that playing is still okay even when they get older.” It’s mentorship projects like these that make a Preschool through 12th grade program so great. One 5th grader was so excited by the project, she had her own comments on the RWL, “I hope they give me a cape”.

The Upper School students are encouraged to find the unique in each child, asking questions that bring students out of their shells to be their genuine selves. When they start talking about their dreams and their real “super powers”, like kindness and sharing, the Upper School students start to see their story come alive. That is when they can go back and outline their plot and build their storyboards.

When they’re finished with their books, the students will present their projects to their mentees for critiquing. Seeing themselves through the eyes of their own heroes–that will be a special day.

Agape Hammond; text and photo

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History of #GivingTuesday

In 2012, Giving Tuesday was started by the 92nd Street Y in New York and the United Nations Foundation as an antidote to the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday that follows Thanksgiving. Hoping that people would take the same enthusiasm they had for shopping and apply it to giving it began as an idea but with some publicity and a hashtag, #GivingTuesday, they ran with it.

It was a success, #GivingTuesday was born and released, along with marketing advise and social media resources available to any nonprofit that wishes to use it.

The last five years have shown a sharp increase in charity giving on Giving Tuesday (see graph). However, Rachel Hutchison of Blackbaud, who takes most of the online donations, says that what really matters is that people are engaging in causes they care about. (1)

Have you participated in a #GivingTuesday? Maybe this is the year!

Works Cited

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2018/11/26/18098840/when-is-giving-tuesday

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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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Annual Auction 2018 – Update!

Update on Annual Auction 11-8-18

$125,000 – Gross Received

$30,000 – Class Projects

$70,000 – Appeal

$6,000 – Silent Auction

$19,000 – Sponsorship & Ticket Sales

You love class projects so much that this was the best year ever in the class project auction category – multiple grades were duplicated because the items were so popular! Even after the event, we received additional donations because people wanted to be a part of such a successful event.

Every year, you participate in an event called the Annual Auction. This is event is where our community comes together in a big way to play, eat, spend time with friends, and give to our Annual Fund. The annual fund benefits all of us. It is what allows our school to have the amazing programs that grow our students. It is what provides teachers with innovative resources for their classrooms. It is what takes our school to the next level year after year.

If you’ve never been before, consider going next year. It’s for everyone! It’s for our students! The event is about raising money for our school and sure, some of the big ticket items go for big bucks, we love watching the bidders raise their paddles, but it’s also about community, coming together in small and large ways to share what makes MHA great. So, don’t think that this event is for someone else, it’s for you, it’s for me, it’s for your neighbor, it’s for your co-worker. Let’s get together and have some fun!

Pictures of the night.

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Transitioning from School to School

At Mile High Academy we are fortunate to have a full school program that encompasses Preschool through 12th grade. However, that does not mean that students do not feel the stress of transitioning from grade to grade or school to school. Therefore, we have found ways to make these transitions exciting and smooth for students, parents, and teachers.

By definition, transition means the change from one place, state of being, or condition to another place, state of being, or condition (Merriam-Webster Online, 2015). From the moment parents drop their little ones off at Preschool to the day they watch their Seniors graduate high school, every day is a milestone of developmental changes. It’s not just classrooms and buildings but actual hormonal, mental, and physical changes with which each adolescent faces. “Each of these transitions affects young adolescents’ academic experiences, motivation, self-perception, and self-regulatory beliefs (Parker, 2013; Perkins, 1995).” (amle.org)

It’s not only our students that are affected, however, parents and teachers also experience these changes in their own ways. For transitions to occur properly, for programs to develop effectively, the expectations of the students have to be considered by those around them. (amle.org) Because as worries as we are as parents about how our students will fare once they are thrust into unknown environments, how much more stress are they experiencing going into these environments.

And, as the grades progress, the expectations of independence and responsibility also progresses. They go from Preschool, where they are with their teacher 100% of the time, to Kindergarten where they begin to have specials with different teachers, to Middle and Upper schools where students are expected to get to and from classes on their own, manage time wisely, use a locker, organize and keep up with materials for multiple classes, be responsible for all classwork and homework from multiple teachers, and at the same time develop and maintain a social life.

The main thing we can do as parents and educators is provide known expectations. From the moment we tell them they are going to start school, move on to a new grade, move on to a new school, we can provide them with a model within which they can begin to navigate. Giving students true transitions impacts students’ academic performance.

Some of the things we do at MHA:

  • provide Shadow Days where students can experience our classrooms before moving into the environment
  • school tours
  • parent and student receptions where we discuss the differences between elementary, middle school, and upper schools
  • question and answer sessions
  • graduation programs for all levels, Preschool, Kindergarten, Eighth Grade, High School

By implementing transition activities like these, your student, and by extension parents and teachers, will have an easier time moving forward, building community, and feeling comfortable through all stages of their educational career.

(see pictures of 8th Grade Reception below)

 

Works Cited

  1. https://www.amle.org/BrowsebyTopic/WhatsNew/WNDet/TabId/270/ArtMID/888/ArticleID/750/Transitioning-Young-Adolescents-from-Elementary-to-Middle-School.aspx
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Fall Festival 2018

November 10, 2018 | 6-9pm

Have you been to a Mile High Academy Fall Festival? Full of food, games, and friends, it is an evening that truly gets everyone in the spirit of the season. The crisp air, the hay bales, the smell of caramel from popcorn to apples brings out the kid in each of us.

Come out on November 10 at 6pm for an evening of fun with friends and family. The booths are each sponsored by a different class or group. However, whether you have a favorite student or a favorite food, it all goes to a great cause, Christian education at Mile High Academy.

Mark your calendars and plan an evening with us. Make sure and invite a few friends, too!

 

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