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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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The Parent/School Experience

We have an exciting year ahead of us.  Great stuff is happening and we want you to know all about it.  One of the big changes is a greater access to the leaders in your child’s life.  This year we have three Vice Principals, Walter Weber for Upper School, Jerson Malaguit for Lower and Middle School, and Brenda Rodie for general Administration.  Between them, they serve myriad roles and are at the forefront of what is happening on campus.

We also have all our great teachers getting their classrooms ready as we speak for your child to arrive on their first day of school.  They always make it a special experience.  Between the stress of starting school and running your busy day to day life it’s easy to forget that your child’s experience at school depends on everyone being on the same page.

So we have some hints about how to keep open lines of communication throughout the year.

1. Email

Touch base periodically with your child’s teachers.  They know your child and want the best for them.  However, if you need to contact someone in administration, reach out to a Vice Principal and they will make sure and get answers for you.  They are a helpful resource and a great step toward two-way communication.

2. Be open 

After meeting your teachers and the administration, be open to going beyond hellos.  They want to get to know you, so reach out.  Go to school events, get to know the other parents in your child’s class, the staff will be at these functions and it will make it easier to discuss bigger issues in the future.

3. Be Involved

Ask for volunteer opportunities in classrooms, traffic lines, and at school events. Keep up to date on the important calendar events.  Your child knows everyone on campus and they would love for you to get to know their friends and the parents.

4. Remember we all have the same goal

You, as the child’s caregiver, and the teachers are all on the same team.  All of us are working to promote educational, personal, and social growth.  The goal is the same so let’s keep lines of communication open to make sure that happens.

5. Ask for feedback

Send an email every once in a while asking your child’s teacher about their progress, behavior, social life.  It keeps everyone engaged in what’s most important, the child.  This way we can make sure that goals are still on target and everyone is on the same page.

6. Use social media

Social media is where everything happens.  Make sure you’ve subscribed to the newsletter, Facebook, Instagram and all the rest so you don’t miss that important function, picture, or just school life.  It’s all part of being engaged in your child’s education.

7. Be engaged

This is the most important one to your child.  They spend more hours of their day at school than at home, so if you show interest in their teachers, friends, school work, if you are volunteering and going to games, they will thank you for being a part of their lives.  Plus, you’ll get the inside scoop on your child’s life away from home.  Win, win!

For more details on how to get in touch with the right people, contact ahammond@milehighacademy.org.

written by Agape Hammond

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5 Tips for Getting Ready for a New School Year

Getting ready for a new school year can be stressful.  A new teacher, possibly a new class or even a new school, back to school shopping, getting that school calendar deciphered, these are all concerns that can crop up the weeks before the new school year.  Here are five best practices for a stress free (or at least stress-less) back to school:

1. Touch Base with your child’s New Teacher 

It’s not just you and your child getting to know the new teacher.  They are getting to know your child, too. It would help both your teacher and your child if you connect and just let them know that you want to be on the same page communicating your child’s needs during the year.  An email, a handshake, a nice handwritten note, these are all great ways to let them know you acknowledge their role in your child’s life during the year.

2. Let the school know if there have been Contact Information changes

You may think you’ve let everyone know you’ve moved over the summer, but the one place you forgot to update was the school.  Ooops!  Well, it’s a quick fix to just send them an email or a call to update the school.  Without your current information communication will be difficult and it’s in your child’s best interest to keep up to the moment.

3. Make your Child the priority

This is the time to focus on your child.  Tell your child you love them as much as possible.  Don’t make back to school too emotionally charged. Give your child a sense of confidence in their ability to move into this new year socially and academically.

Talk about school routines, expectations for the year.  Be clear about the goals for the whole family for the year being careful not to create individual pressure.  Use calendars and fun decals if this motivates them to keep up with their activities.

4. Be There!

It is easy to lose sight of the most important things, distracted by the every day.  You have a lot going on in your life.  It is understandable. But don’t forget to be there for your child.  Let them vent their frustrations, laugh about life’s funny moments, share their anxieties, misbehave on occasion.  This is a time of change for them, emotionally, physically, mentally, and they need ways to express it.  Be there!

5. Get organized

This may be the hardest of all the steps.  But it will pay off in the end.  Get organized so that you are ready for the start of the year.  Have your child’s supplies ready.  Have plenty of lunch and snack items for packing.  Have clothes in their proper place for easy mornings.

With your help, your child is going to know what it’s like to feel prepared and feel less overwhelmed starting off their new school year.  Good job, super parent!

-Agape Hammond

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New Director of Finance

Help us welcome Horacio Hernandez-Ble as our new Director of Finance.  He comes to us with experience working in the finance department at the North American Division.  He attended Mile High Academy from 2003 – 2009 and is excited to be coming to MHA.

As he puts it, “MHA played an important role in my academic development when I was a student here.”  He is also excited to be coming to MHA because he’s a firm believer of Adventist education and excited to be working for the advancement of His Kingdom.

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