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Annual Auction 2017 Update!

For almost twenty years, Mile High Academy has been hosting an Annual Auction, inviting our community to join in generosity as we support the growth and excellence of our school.

This year, 2017, the Annual Auction was the biggest year yet, grossing four times our biggest year to date.  Thank you!

Without you, the MHA vision of living out Christ-centered values in everything we do would not be possible.  We truly are developing learners who embrace lifelong learning and wish to make a difference in the world.  You make that happen with your willingness to support our school and our students.

(Annual Auction Photography by Garry Hutabarat)

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Grandparents Day!

We love our grandparents!  They love us unconditionally.  They spoil us.  They let us get away with a little bit more than our parents ever do.  What’s not to love.

And around the Mile High Academy campus we have an extra reason for loving our grandparents, they come visit us on Grandparents Day.  At our second annual Grandparents Day we had 72 grandparents on our campus sitting in on classes, joining us at recess, helping us with projects, doing science experiments with us, and eating lunch in the cafeteria just like we do every day.  Best of all, they did it all with smiles.

You can see why we love our grandparents so much.  They just make our day better.  So, visit us anytime, grandparents!

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Mustang Mosey Update!

Were you at this year’s Mustang Mosey? This past Sunday was the yearly MHA run for education.  And here’s what you need to know.

  • This was our 4th Annual Mustang Mosey.
  • We had 115 participants.
  • Just over $3,200 was raised.
  • Proceeds go directly to the worthy student fund of MHA.

It was awesome to see so many of you there. A big thanks to all of you that participated, volunteered and helped sponsor the event. It turned out to be one of the best Moseys we have ever had. We appreciate you for supporting our wonderful school!

(details by Tiffiny Annis)

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Kim Busl from Adventist Help

A very special guest led our chapel last week.  Kim Busl,from Adventist Help, an emergency medical help organization, spoke to the students.  Recounting exciting first-hand experiences in the field, he told his stories with gusto.  Students were on the edge of their seat and chapels ran long because they just didn’t want him to stop.

In the end, the message was clear, there is a lot of need in the world and we can help.  Thank you Mr. Busl for visiting with our students and inspiring them to do more.

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Why Do I Volunteer?

I’m busy.  Like all of you out there, I work, I have a family, I have hobbies I like to do in my free time.  As a parent, my plate is overflowing like potluck day.  And still my school asks me to do community volunteering for my child every year.

It seems overwhelming at the beginning of the year to consider those twenty hours that our family commits.  But the social, academic and emotional success of my kids is important to me so I don’t hesitate.  Because when a teacher asks for a special visit to the classroom, or to chaperone a field trip, or cut out papers for a project, the people it’s benefiting are my children.  And there is nothing I wouldn’t do for them .

Now, before you say that you’re all on board with helping your child but what can you possibly contribute, consider the five following reasons why community service at Mile High Academy is so important and the pivotal role you play (and how you can do it without pulling your hair out).

It takes each of us working together – Creating and maintaining a positive and nurturing school environment is all about the people that are working together towards that goal.  While teachers and administrators are responsible for providing enriching academics and professional support, school should be more than just a place where textbooks are handed out and good grades are expected.

Instead, at MHA we want a tight knit community of service oriented families who dedicate their time and resources to building a solid foundation of support.  This creates a lasting impression on staff and students alike.

Planning events, organizing fundraisers, donating time and energy to cleaning up and beautifying the campus, and using professional and personal connections to benefit the school takes some serious manpower. Your child’s school is the community and you, my friend, are a part of that community, so let’s work together.

It doesn’t take much – Maybe you work full time. Maybe you run a home business.  Maybe you just want to take a nap every once in a while when the baby is sleeping.  I know, I’ve been there.  A lot of our parents are in the same boat as you so don’t feel alone, ever.  That’s the great part, we have each other.  When it comes to helping out, a little can really go a long way. Spending once a week or even once a month making copies, distributing fliers, sending out emails, or painting posters takes the edge off of someone else who’s probably already doing more than their fair share. So check your calendar and figure out how much time you can really devote to service in your child’s classroom and then commit to it.  We’ll all help together.

You have a talent that we need – I don’t bake or craft so I avoid those service projects all together.  But if the teacher needs me to tell a story in the classroom or help out with homework I’m there.  I’m honest with the teachers about where I can be the most help.  You can be as well.  They appreciate whatever you have to offer because when you use your gifts you contribute so much more.  In other words, don’t sign up for something you’ll just hate doing in the long run, do something you love and you’ll do it with passion.

Your child will be so grateful – Yes, I know my child will have a great time whether I’m there or not but I love the smile on their faces when I’m in the classroom.  There’s nothing better.  School is so much more than just drop-off and pick-up.  The majority of teacher wish list items, book fairs and special events are organized and implemented by volunteers who believe your child is worth the extra effort. Helping to oversee programs, classroom events, and special projects will give your child a more meaningful school experience — plus that smile, should be motivation enough for all of us.

That feeling you get – You are one of the main reasons for your child’s great campus experience every day, and that’s a pretty great feeling.  So, even though you should do it for all of the above reasons, if for no other reason, do it because you’ll feel great after you’ve done a great service at your child’s school.  The time goes by so quickly, they’re only young for so long, spend a little of that time getting to know them where they spend their days.

So come do some community service at Mile High Academy today.  You’ll be doing your child’s school – and yourself – a good deed.

by Agape Hammond

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Real World Learning 2017

This year is off to a great start, with classrooms full of enthusiastic learners, teachers fresh and full of ideas, and of course, Real World Learning.

Real World Learning (RWL) is an integral part of the Mile High Academy whole child learning experience.  Every student that leaves MHA will be prepared with the skills to answer life’s big questions, think in ways that matter to the world around them, and work well with others.  All of our teachers use RWL in their classrooms in different and academically critical ways.

Here are just some examples of the projects going on this year in the teachers’ own words.  Make sure and ask your student in what RWL project they are currently participating.

 

RWL – Mile High Academy Teachers

Teacher: Kyle Berg

Project: “Podcasting: For Those with Ears to hear”

Students will be answering the driving question: “What are you passionate about and want the world to hear?” Students will be in pairs or groups and will create at least three podcasts on the answer to the driving question. Students will record with the goal to inform and persuade an audience into action. Students will take on specific roles that can be changed and switched between podcast episodes (producer, editor, host, and co-host). Some students may take on more than one role depending on the size and skill of the group. Students should be able to do effective journalistic work (research, fact check, create, and produce) in order to publish at least three podcast episodes centered around the driving question.

Teacher: Rebecca Berg

Project: “Be Entrepreneurial”

This class introduces students to the essential elements of a practical business plan and then challenges them to start an entrepreneurial venture while still in high school.

Students will learn about advertising, competitive advantages, financing, marketing, and product development. They will also learn how to use their business to benefit and improve the community and world around them

Teacher: Christina Hernandez

Project: SUDS

In this project students will explore different methods of making soap, with different recipes using a design process.  They will be using chemical processes to create amazing soap that can lather, clean, look, and smell better than store bought brands.  Students will also create packaging and research marketing strategies to sell their product that can compete with the main stream market.

Teacher: Mrs. Venteicher

Project: LEAD – Leadership Exploration and Development

Students will learn what it means to be a leader through various leadership activities, interviewing current leaders in our community, and looking at leaders from the past and present. Students will learn the Biblical principles for what it means to be a servant leader. Students will take everything that they are learning about themselves as leaders and about what it means to be a leader and apply it into action with designing and putting on a leadership workshop at the end of the Trimester for a group of their peers outside of the Mile High Community.  In this workshop they will be teaching others what they have learned and what it means to be a servant leader.

Teacher: Brian Howard

Project: Shed Build

Students will learn to design, plan and construct the shed according to Highlands Ranch Municipal Codes.

Teacher: Danielle Cress

Project: Meet Needs To Educate

How can we help meet the needs of kids in another country so that they can focus on learning and growing? We are going to be making water filtration systems so that Fiji can obtain clean water in the areas that are still disturbed by last year’s cyclone. We will also be making books that we will be sending to the mobile kindergartens that will be taken to remote villages to help students learn.

Teacher:  Heidi Chaij

Project: “Bread of Life”

We will investigate the world’s hunger problem and discover how bread has been used throughout history to feed people. We will also learn about balanced nutrition, so we can make better choices. We will be making breads to sell, where the proceeds will go to fight hunger.

Teacher: Jerson Malaguit

Project: Repurpose with Purpose

Investigating worldwide plastic pollution and the ways in which we can mitigate plastic consumption, grow recycling programs, and create new ocean cleaning solutions.

 

 

 

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Chapel Theme for the Year!

Every year, the Upper School, led by our Chaplain Rebecca Berg, gets together and works on a spiritual theme that will be used throughout the year.  This is a way to make sure that our focus remains on Christ throughout the year, as well as keeping the school cohesive.

This year the theme is SOS, Seek, Obey, Serve.  What a great theme.  The SA even put together a logo and some key verses.  We are so proud of our students for their mission to show Jesus all year long.

Verses:

Seek:

  • Psalm 63:1 – You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.

Obey:

  • 2 John 1:6 – And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

Serve:

  • 1 Peter 4:10 – Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms

Already, the students have gathered for their first chapels and learned songs, gone over the theme and learned what it means to cry out to Jesus when your in trouble.  In times of need, let’s not forget we all have God for our SOS.

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First Day of School Excitement

The first day of school brings with it a lot of emotions.  For parents, it’s a mixture of relief and sadness as we watch our children walk independently into their classrooms.

However, at Mile High Academy we try to relieve some of that first day stress with some exciting first day activities.  Between walking your child to their classroom, meeting the teacher, settling them in, gathering for the prayer walk, all school chapel, meeting over doughnuts, and waving middle and upper school students off as they walk around campus on their own dedication walks, the campus is busy with the excitement of a new year.

Our annual traditions our two-fold.  On the one hand, we love seeing all our families on campus gathering as a body to bless and dedicate our school.  But also, we want our families to feel comfortable in the knowledge that this send off of their children is an indication of how we want the whole year to go.  We want Christ at the center of everything we do all year long and starting off on the first day with our families in prayer is a great way to start our students and staff on this year long path.

With Christ at the center, and our families, students, and staff working together this is going to be a great year!

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Meet Second Grade Teacher – Ms. Roxanne Faber

We love that our teachers create personal connections with students and their families. One way they do this is through communications they send out. When we have a new teacher at MHA, we think it’s best to hear directly from them about who they are and what they look forward to doing during the year. Here is a personal letter from second grade teacher Roxanne Faber introducing herself to you.

“Hello!

My name is Roxanne Faber and I am so excited to be the new 2nd grade teacher here at Mile High Academy. This is my 6th year teaching elementary school and I’ve spent the last 15 years working in Summer Camp programs. I was born in Orlando, FL as the oldest of three siblings. After living at different places in the East Coast I’m very excited to have moved to the mountains!

Some of my hobbies include reading, cooking, playing sports, and I love to travel! I spent a year as a student missionary teaching English to 3rd and 4th graders in Honduras where I experienced God in the most profound way. My passion in life is working with kids and above all showing them the love of Jesus by teaching them the importance of having a personal relationship with Him.

I can’t wait to meet your children this year!

Sincerely,
Roxanne Faber”

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What our teachers have to say!

With just one week from the first day of school, we thought it was pretty important that we talk a little with our teachers about what they think is most important about teaching your children.  These are just some of their thoughts on the subject:

I prioritize knowing every single student in my classes, preschool through 5th grade. Of course, I know each student by name and take a moment when tuning to check in with each student. – Ms. Andrea Coyle, Suzuki Strings

We as teachers are facilitators and coaches.  We seek out curriculum that is very student-centered and allows for students to discover information on their own. – Mr. Russell Palmer, Middle School Teacher

The relationship between teacher and parent is so important.  In my mind, I don’t believe there should be a separation. Teachers and parents work as one.  It is a relationship that does everything in its power to help the learning experience. Teachers are shaping character, loving each child exactly where they are, and encouraging exploration.  Parents do the same. When working together they are stronger.  – Kate Kamarad, Kindergarten Teacher

Character is HUGE in my classes. I believe that helping my students understand what character is and how he or she can develop their own character in a positive way is critical for their success in school and in life. – Jonathan Kemper, Athletics

Creativity and curiosity are so important to learning.  Some of the ways we embrace curiosity is by encouraging students to participate in elective classes, get hands-on experience in our Real World Learning classes, and provide students with an opportunity to use the STEM tools on campus such as our 3D printers. – Kyle Berg, Humanities

We try our best to engage all students interests and challenge them to think, rather than just memorize or report. – Brian Howard, Upper School Maths

Mastering a subject is fine, but when a student masters the concepts and applications, and the critical-thinking involved in real world problem-solving, that’s when we know true mastery has been achieved. – Jerson Malaguit, Middle School Vice Principal

We think we have the best teachers here at Mile High Academy.  They know the value of getting students to not only learn the necessary material for their future goals but more than that, learning how to ask the questions, search for the answers, and think beyond the books in front of them.  That’s what makes our teachers great.

Get to know one of our teachers today!

 

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