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Life-Focused Education?

This is our second year in Real World Learning at Mile High Academy. During that time, teachers have explored topics such as podcasting, clean water filtration systems, local refugee populations, and career leadership.

Each of these subjects asks the students to imagine they are the project managers. They have to research, understand the tasks, take charge of the outcomes. It’s easy to imagine a high school class taking this on, but how about asking a group of third graders to do the same.

With Real World Learning (RWL), teachers lead students on a journey of discovery, and this can work for any age. Because, this can mean that ultimately the project does not end where the students imagined it might, but that’s real life. Part of RWL is problem solving these outcomes and figuring out a new way to go and how that changes the outcome. Also, by interacting with authentic audiences, peers, community leaders, faculty, parents, they get feedback on whether they are heading in the right direction or need to change along the way. And sometimes failure happens.

However, failure is just another opportunity for students to learn what works and what doesn’t, receiving feedback from teachers and peers and then being able to move on to the next step in order to create a better product, a brighter solution, find areas of improvement, this is growth.

The focus in education today is in preparing students that can lead, fall and get back up, collaborate with peers, and find solutions to problems that haven’t even been thought up.

The latest education surveys are coming back and they aren’t asking for better test scores, instead they are asking for what we already offer here at MHA. “When it comes to judging a school’s quality, what matters most? A new poll suggests the American public puts a premium on offerings outside of traditional academics, including career-focused education, developing students’ interpersonal skills…” (Richmond)

Yes, we will continue to provide academics that push our students, but we also want them to have those intangible skills that make them amazing out in the world. “Employers are clamoring for well-qualified workers who not only have solid academic and technical skills but are also innovative problem solvers who can fill the jobs of the future.” (Adams)

Let’s give our students all the tools they deserve!

-Agape Hammond, Director of Marketing

 

Adams, Carlee. “Does Your STEM Curriculum Teach These 4 Skills? (Students Need Them in the Real World). https://schoolleadersnow.weareteachers.com/stem-curriculums-teach-skills-students-need/

Richmond, Emily. “New Poll: Public Values Career Classes, Support Services at Schools”. Education Writers Association. https://www.ewa.org/blog-educated-reporter/new-poll-public-values-career-classes-support-services-schools

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Shinu Lee Wins Photography Contest

At Mile High Academy we offer many classes that students have to take in order to graduate. However, we also offer a lot of classes that resonate with students interests and become more than just homework. We love to see that. The last couple years, Mr. Kyle Berg has seen this in one of his students, Shinu Lee, who has taken many of his Humanities classes, getting to know him along the way.

As yearbook editor this year, Shinu has used his gift of photography to take pictures on our campus, many of which will be included in yearbook this year. When we see that kind of passion in a student, well, it’s hard not to keep encouraging it. As his advisor, Mr. Berg has really seen Shinu thrive creatively.

So, it wasn’t too surprising but definitely exciting when one of Shinu’s photographs one 1st place in the Jostens’ 2018 photo contest for Landscape Photography. “This is a national contest and a pretty big deal! When you see him, congratulate him. He poured himself into the senior pages of our yearbook and truly has a creative gift!” said Mr. Berg excitedly about Shinu and his big win.

The choices our students make along the way can lead to finding passions. That’s what having Real World Learning, electives in all areas of learning, and passionate teachers means on the MHA campus.

Have you met Shinu Lee? Make sure you do before he leaves us as he’ll be graduating in May.

 

Photograph on page 17.

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“Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow”

It is bittersweet when we have to say goodbye to someone we’ve loved having on our campus, who has served, shared, and will be missed by so many. However, we also know that God is working in ways that are bigger than us. So we share this with you know thing that.

The last four years we have had such joy, excitement, and learning coming from our 3rd-grade classroom.  Mrs. Cress has brought such great leadership to Mile High Academy.  We will miss the whole family but we wish them well and will pray for them as they make their transition into the next chapter of their lives. Thank you for all you’ve done and all you will do! MHA Administration

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Refu-Jesus Updates

April 5

This week for Refu-Jesus class, we bought almost 2000 diapers and baby wipes at Target for the refugees here in Denver . We have asked two refugee centers what they are most in need of and they both said emphatically, DIAPERS! It was such an incredible divine appointment at Target because that day there was this awesome deal going that just happened to be on diapers, (the exact thing we were there for, praise God!) that gave us $10 back in gift cards for every $50 we spent on diapers. The even more amazing and miraculous thing was how we got the money. We had $380 to spend at Target that came COMPLETELY from the students in my class! The students donated their own hard earned money to help support the refugees in any way they could. These children are truly leading the way.

March 29

We sorted almost an entire room of donated clothes, and helped to organize the clothes pantry so that all the clothes could be hung up for the refugees to see them better and “shop” through the racks like a real store. Today, the head of the Mango House pantry (Corrie) paid my students and I such a high compliment. We were running around the Mango House trying to get the kids going on the next project and she stopped right her tracks and said, “It Just blows my mind and rocks my world that your group shows up every single week to help us out.” She went on to say, “I have never in all my years working here, had a group come consistently every week; every group comes once to help and then we never see them again.” I told her that my students are here to serve and make a lasting impact on the refugee community here in Denver. She said that she would take my students and I every day of the week if she could. Finally, Corrie honored us by saying that if she is ever out of town, she would trust my group to run the pantry on our own! I am so proud of my students for the great impression that they have made, and that Corrie would have the confidence in us to run this place in her absence.

Painting project at the Mango House for my real-world-learning class (Refu-Jesus). This is a room where the teenage refugees come to hang out and have quiet time after school. After we painted this room we got to pray over it and dedicate it to God so that he would use it to provide a small place of refuge for the teenage refugees here in Denver.

For the past two months for my real-world-learning class (refu-Jesus), we have been serving refugees at the Mango House in Denver. We have sorted clothes and food in the pantry, cleaned, swept, mopped, vacuumed, painted, organized books, cleaned windows, washed dishes and everything in between, to help keep this place running smoothly. We have had students bring in soap that they actually made in another RWL class, and when they went in to the pantry to put it away, refugees walked in at that very moment and were in real need of soap. My students got to hand their soap, in beautiful gift wrapped bags, to the refugees and say, “I made this especially for you!” These students are truly getting out into the world to serve “the least of these.”

by Mr. Russell Palmer

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#googleexpeditions on campus

“Thank you for your participation in the Google Expeditions AR Pioneer Program. We’re thrilled that you want to tell your local community about bringing innovation to the classroom!” – Google Expeditions AR

That is how Goggle Expeditions AR starts their press release to schools interested in participating.

As part of her innovation research at Mile High Academy, Mrs. Jamie Frain found Google Expeditions and asked them to come to MHA as part of their Pioneer Program. Currently, MHA has iPads and phones with the same learning content in Virtual Reality models throughout the school. However, Google Expeditions is now unrolling this Augmented Reality Pioneer Program to schools in order to receive feedback for future classroom use. MHA students and faculty are now part of that process.

What really motivated Mrs. Frain to bring the AR program into our school was watching videos of other students using AR in their classrooms. She remembers one student in particular working on the heart calling out, “That’s inside of me!” We can present a book on the subject, even dissect a heart, but watching a pumping heart in front of us and realizing that it is a living thing, that’s special.

Mrs. Jamie Frain herself is quick to point out that, “Any opportunity we have to better students learning by bringing abstract ideas to life is worthy of exploration.”

Teachers at MHA are charged with bringing 21st Century Learning into the classroom. Opportunities such as this one offer skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity, and let students be the explorers of their own learning. As groups of two to three students gather together and discuss what they’re seeing, how it works, they are living out 21st Century Learning. Teachers guide them as facilitators roaming the room. This is the goal of projects like these and others that currently go on at Mile High Academy.

To learn more, contact us at [email protected] or call 303.744.1069. You can also follow us on social media.

 

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Refu-Jesus changes students’ and community lives

Real World Learning at Mile High Academy takes students from the textbook into engaging and authentic, real-world tasks that ask big questions and require critical thought. Currently, students at MHA are involved in a number of RWL classes from gardening in the lower school to entrepreneurship in the upper school. Every classroom is engaged in one way or another in community based problem solving.

One of the RWL classes from Middle School that has inspired students and parents is the “Refu-Jesus” class led by Mr. Russell Palmer. Comprised of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders, this class ask students to investigate, solve issues, and communicate solutions regarding the refugee crisis in the Denver area.

Taking on the role as facilitator, Mr. Palmer asks the students to take on the refugee crisis and explore the crisis for themselves. The students have taken it to heart.

Through research, they have found several refugee centers in the Denver area that host and provide necessities to refugees. They visit these centers, talk with refugees, clean the facilities, donate items, raise funds, and communicate need.

With the help of our Director of Innovation, Mrs. Jamie Frain, the class has had guest speakers come into the class and discuss their own experiences with the students. From community leaders to local authors, the guests share personal experiences with the students engaging them in the topic through storytelling.

One such guest was Ms. Helen Thorpe, author of The Newcomers, who spent a year in the Denver South school helping and investigating the plight of displaced refugee children.

This touched a nerve with our own students who could picture themselves in the same situation, away from home, unable to speak the language, without friends. Our students already knew the statistic, that 50% of refugees are children. However, having Ms. Thorpe speak about her own experience with these children made the subject come to life.

And that’s what RWL is all about. It’s not reading a book or memorizing facts, though our students certainly do that, but it’s experiencing the reality of the facts they read. It’s meeting the people behind those facts.

Or as one student put it, “The need is huge, I just can’t believe it every time we go to the Mango house there are people there needing things. It makes me want to help, keep helping.” And isn’t that what we want for our leaders of tomorrow, empathetic Christ followers who want to help.

Our students will also have the tools needed to keep helping even after the class is through. Mr. Palmer has a guest coming that will provide training for the students to become Refugee Ambassadors. This means our own students will be able to go out into the community with the skills needed to help, communicate, create awareness, for a crisis that so far hasn’t slowed.

This is the long-term effect of RWL, change in our students, change in our community.

If you would like to donate much needed necessities or funds to the refugee crisis in Denver, contact Mr. Russell Palmer at [email protected].

by Agape Hammond

 

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Senior Profiles

Have you met our Seniors?

We will be featuring weekly profiles of our seniors through the end of the year. Get to know each of them, likes, memories of MHA, what they have learned, and who has influenced them most. We’ll be profiling each alphabetically so watch here for more…

Brendan Weber

Keith Zupancic

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Keith: 1 year.

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Keith: Psalms 5:3.

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Keith: That I pushed myself to try new things and start AP classes.

Me: Briefly share a memory from a trip/tour you’ve taken while at MHA.

Keith: When I went on Senior Survival and had to sleep outside and eat ramen almost every day. It also helped me grow closer to God.

Me: What is your favorite memory of time spent with the Class of 2018?

Keith: Winning the championship at Union.

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Keith: Mr. Kyle Berg has made an impact. I feel like I work hard and Mr. Berg notices that and pushed me to become better and I have grown because of that.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Keith: I enjoyed Psychology because it pushed to be more responsible and it was an interesting class.

Me: Based on your experience at MHA, what makes our school/community unique?

Keith: How we always come together in the end.

Me: What will you miss most about MHA after graduating?

Keith: Always having someone to talk to.

Me: What advice would you give to future senior classes?

Keith: Take every opportunity to try new things and participate in everything.

Thank you, Keith!

Kaylin Zupancic

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Kaylin: 1 year.

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Kaylin: Ephesians 2:10.

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Kaylin: My grades.

Me: Briefly share a memory from a trip/tour you’ve taken while at MHA.

Kaylin: Senior survival. This made me grow as a person in may ways. I got closer to my friends and God.

Me: What is your favorite memory of time spent with the Class of 2018?

Kaylin: Junk Scramble. It was so fun for all of us.

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Kaylin: Mrs. Venteicher helped me figure out what I want to do and she helped me through my classes.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Kaylin: Anatomy and Physiology because I want to be a nurse and I’m so happy I can start learning about anatomy before college.

Me: Based on your experience at MHA, what makes our school/community unique?

Kaylin: Everyone is super welcoming.

Me: What will you miss most about MHA after graduating?

Kaylin: Basketball games.

Me: What advice would you give to future senior classes?

Kaylin: Go on every trip you can because if you don’t you may regret it.

Thank you, Kaylin!

Benjamin Watson

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Benjamin: 5 years.

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Benjamin: Isaiah 41:10.

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Benjamin: That I was with the soccer team all 5 years. In eighth grad I got to be manager and then I worked hard and got better and Junior and Senior years I got to be starting center defender. The hard work payed off.

Me: Briefly share a memory from a trip/tour you’ve taken while at MHA.

Benjamin: This year at high school retreat at GVR we were given time to go out on our own to be with God. Most stayed close by but I walked out, found the highest point I could get to, and then I climbed up the rocks and just sat up there in silence talking to God. It really helped me refocus to start the school year.

Me: What is your favorite memory of time spent with the Class of 2018?

Benjamin: Going to Glenwood Springs together.

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Benjamin: Mr. Weber helped teach me how to have a balance with everything and what it means to be a man.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Benjamin: AP Literature. It helped me to realize I can write well and I enjoyed the reading and the trip to Europe.

Me: Based on your experience at MHA, what makes our school/community unique?

Benjamin: The small school allows for a bond with everyone and you can feel comfortable with everyone.

Me: What will you miss most about MHA after graduating?

Benjamin: The people I leave behind.

Me: What advice would you give to future senior classes?

Benjamin: Appreciate your time, don’t be in a hurry to leave, there is too much to enjoy here to pass over and rush to your future.

Thank you, Benjamin!

Austin Walangitan

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Austin: 9 years.

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Austin: Romans 12:12.

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Austin: I’m proud of all the time I’ve spent at Mile High Academy.

Me: Briefly share a memory from a trip/tour you’ve taken while at MHA.

Austin: Music trip to Chicago, IL/Michigan in 2017.

Me: What is your favorite memory of time spent with the Class of 2018?

Austin: Music Festival 2018.

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Austin: Mr. Berg taugt us about how to be nice to everyone and I like the way he teaches his classes.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Austin: World History taught by Mr. Weber. This class was taught through really fun ways that got me listening.

Me: Based on your experience at MHA, what makes our school/community unique?

Austin: It is a good, small size where you can easily know everyone and make friends easily.

Me: What will you miss most about MHA after graduating?

Austin: EVERYTHING.

Me: What advice would you give to future senior classes?

Austin: Act as a leader, set an example for the other classes.

Thank you, Austin!

Griffin Verrill

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Griffin: 3 years.

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Griffin: Psalms 27:4.

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Griffin: Winning the championship at Union basketball tournament.

Me: Briefly share a memory from a trip/tour you’ve taken while at MHA.

Griffin: Going to Walla Walla soccer tournament my sophomore year and losing every game. That was a learning experience.

Me: What is your favorite memory of time spent with the Class of 2018?

Griffin: Senior survival.

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Griffin: Mr. Howard has been a big influence because he challenges you to think and decide who you are.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Griffin: Statistics because it was a class with Mr. Howard and it was the class I learned the most from.

Me: Based on your experience at MHA, what makes our school/community unique?

Griffin: We have small classes and teachers that care for each individual.

Me: What will you miss most about MHA after graduating?

Griffin: I will miss the sports.

Me: What advice would you give to future senior classes?

Griffin: Get off your phone and talk to people.

Thank you, Griffin!

Derwin Suyatno

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Derwin: 4 years.

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Derwin: Romans 8:38.

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Derwin: I am proud of the way I’ve grown mentally, socially, physically, and spiritually.

Me: Briefly share a memory from a trip/tour you’ve taken while at MHA.

Derwin: In my sophomore year, VOCE went on a music tour to Washington DC. We had the opportunity to go to the Holocaust Museum. After going though it, it strengthened and motivated me to stand up and work for justice.

Me: What is your favorite memory of time spent with the Class of 2018?

Derwin: My favorite memory with the Class of 2018 was hiking a 14’er with them. We pushed each other to our limit and spent quality time talking and reflecting on the past.

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Derwin: Leandro Bizama has been an amazing example in my life. He has taught me to love God and my fellow neighbor as myself, and to live my life to the fullest every single day.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Derwin: I appreciated taking psychology. It helped me understand those around me from a different light..

Me: Based on your experience at MHA, what makes our school/community unique?

Derwin: MHA is life family. From the principal to the janitors and everything in between, we treat each other with love and respect.

Me: What will you miss most about MHA after graduating?

Derwin: I will miss the comfort and security they gave me.

Me: What advice would you give to future senior classes?

Derwin: Live by Proverbs 3:5,6. In every situation in life, go to God. Whether for school, relationships, or work, rely on God and God alone.

Thank you, Derwin!

Mason Schmidt

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Mason: 5 years.

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Mason: Proverbs 27:17.

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Mason: Making friends I can rely on.

Me: Briefly share a memory from a trip/tour you’ve taken while at MHA.

Mason: Robotics trip because it introduces you to a new kind of fun and senior class trip because of the people.

Me: What is your favorite memory of time spent with the Class of 2018?

Mason: Senior survival even though by the end we were dean tired. Baseball season!

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Mason: Mr. Bizama, Mr. Weber, Mr. Howard, they have all been very helpful over the years.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Mason: Robotics mainly because it follows my interests.

Me: Based on your experience at MHA, what makes our school/community unique?

Mason: Everyone’s honest personalities.

Me: What will you miss most about MHA after graduating?

Mason: The friends I’ve made and the times we’ve had together.

Me: What advice would you give to future senior classes?

Mason: Have fun and stay focused.

Thank you, Mason!

Blake Rippe

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Blake: 6 years.

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Blake: Matthew 18:3

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Blake: The friends that I have made and our sports teams’ accomplishments.

Me: Briefly share a memory from a trip/tour you’ve taken while at MHA.

Blake: In sophomore year we went to Washington DC and we would stay up and lau and talk us guys. It helped me understand people’s background and helped me accept people for who they are.

Me: What is your favorite memory of time spent with the Class of 2018?

Blake: Senior class trip.

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Blake: Mr. Howard has been a big influence on my life. He has told me how it is and he is real with me. He made me think and laugh and has helped me grow into a man.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Blake: Math class because they have all challenged me in a positive way.

Me: Based on your experience at MHA, what makes our school/community unique?

Blake: That we are like a family.

Me: What will you miss most about MHA after graduating?

Blake: All my friends and the sports.

Me: What advice would you give to future senior classes?

Blake: Enjoy, eat out, laugh, and don’t hold yourself back.

Thank you, Blake!

Sydney Lolini Ramsey

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Sydney: 1 years.

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Sydney: Joshua 1:9

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Sydney: Being Tongan.

Me: Briefly share a memory from a trip/tour you’ve taken while at MHA.

Sydney: Memories that brought me and my friends closer together.

Me: What is your favorite memory of time spent with the Class of 2018?

Sydney: Getting ready to graduate.

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Sydney: Mr. Howard has had a positive impact and Mr. Bizama has had an impact on everyone at the school in a spiritual way.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Sydney: Sewing with Mrs. Eno and Bible/Choir with Bizama.

Me: Based on your experience at MHA, what makes our school/community unique?

Sydney: The diversity.

Me: What will you miss most about MHA after graduating?

Sydney: Friends + Fellowship, Patty, Kiyana, Sara and Company.

Me: What advice would you give to future senior classes?

Sydney: Be a humble leader.

Thank you, Sydney!

Molly Moore

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Molly: 4 years.

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Molly: Proverbs 31:30

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Molly: Freshman year I won the Computer Apps award.

Me: Briefly share a memory from a trip/tour you’ve taken while at MHA.

Molly: Camping at the Grand Canyon for choir trip. It helped me get to know more people and it was a lot of fun.

Me: What is your favoirte memory of time spent with the Class of 2018?

Molly: My favorite memory with my class is junior year when we took turns riding the dollies down ramps at the school. It was so much fun.

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Molly: Mr. Weber always tells the greatest stories about life and his classes have taught me a ton.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Molly: I appreciated taking Foundations of Literature because Mrs. Eno taught me a lot and we wrote poems and did skits and other stuff.

Me: Based on your experience at MHA, what makes our school/community unique?

Molly: Everybody looks out for each other and treats you like a brother/sister.

Me: What will you miss most about MHA after graduating?

Molly: Hanging out with my friends every single day.

Me: What advice would you give to future senior classes?

Molly: Live in the moment, senior year passes by quickly.

Thank you, Molly!

Mark Martinez

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Mark: 5 years.

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Mark: Jeremiah 29:11

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Mark: The spiritual guidance.

Me: Briefly share a memory from a trip/tour you’ve taken while at MHA.

Mark: Senior survival climbing the 14’er

Me: What is your favoirte memory of time spent with the Class of 2018?

Mark: Senior Survival!

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Mark: Mr. Weber has impacted me in a way that I can truly see Jesus in him whether it is in the classroom or in sports.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Mark: Junior Bible.  I appreciated this class because I could see how much Bizama knew his Bible and how passionate he was about sharing the word.

Me: Based on your experience at MHA, what makes our school/community unique?

Mark: We have very small classes.

Me: What will you miss most about MHA after graduating?

Mark: Mr. Weber as a teacher and mentor.

Me: What advice would you give to future senior classes?

Mark: Have fun!

Thank you, Mark!

Sinwoo Lee

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Sinwoo: 3 years.

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Sinwoo: Micah 6:8

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Sinwoo: Being yearbook editor.

Me: Briefly share a memory from a trip/tour you’ve taken while at MHA.

Sinwoo: Senior survival was kind of hard. It was cold. I got sick and lost my phone. However, I also took really nice star photos. I learned what it is to be a senior and it was my first camping experience in my life. So it was hard but meaningful.

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Sinwoo: Mr. Berg because somehow, I have almost twice as many classes with him than other teachers. So I have spent more time with him. We talk a lot and also he helped me a lot.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Sinwoo: Bible.

Me: Based on your experience at MHA, what makes our school/community unique?

Sinwoo: It is small.

Me: What will you miss most about MHA after graduating?

Sinwoo: The community.

Thank you, Sinwoo!

Khoa Le

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Khoa: 2.7 years.

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Khoa: Hebrews 13:2

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Khoa: Getting to know everyone.

Me: Briefly share a memory from a trip/tour you’ve taken while at MHA.

Khoa: Music fest was fun because I got to meet new people. Soccer tournament was fun because I spent more quality time with my friends.

Me: What is your favorite memory of time spent with your class of 2018?

Khoa: Music fest and basketball tournament.

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Khoa: Mr. Berg helped me with my essays. Mr. Howard helped me with math classes.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Khoa: Geometry because it was easy class.

Me: Based on your experience at MHA, what makes our school/community unique?

Khoa: The friends.

Me: What will you miss most about MHA after graduating?

Khoa: Friends and the teachers I’ve had.

Me: What advice would you give future senior classes?

Khoa: Stay positive, Love nice, Don’t forget me, Enjoy your last year and don’t waste it, If you ever struggle flick me a call.

Thank you, Khoa!

Jaeden Harris

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Jaeden: 5 years.

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Jaeden: John 15:5

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Jaeden: Winning the championship for basketball this year.

Me: Briefly share a memory from a trip/tour you’ve taken while at MHA.

Jaeden: My freshman year, going to music fest for band helped me learn more about myself and was the foundation of my relationship with God.

Me: What is your favorite memory of time spent with your class of 2018?

Jaeden: In 8th grade when we stole Brendan’s pop-tarts and blamed it on Shawn.

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Jaeden: Mr. Bizama helped guide my life and lead me to God.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Jaeden: I appreciated Bible class because not many schools have that the way we do it.

Me: Based on your experience at MHA, what makes our school/community unique?

Jaeden: The fact that we are a Christian school makes us unique.

Me: What will you miss most about MHA after graduating?

Jaeden: I will miss my friends.

Me: What advice would you give future senior classes?

Jaeden: Make a better effort to make friend with the underclassmen. They look up to you.

Thank you, Jaeden!

Diana Guerrero

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Diana: 10 years.

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Diana: Joshua 1:9

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Diana: What makes me proud of MHA is how open minded the community, accepting.

Me: What is your favorite memory of time spent with your class of 2018?

Diana: Senior Survival.

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Diana: Mr. Bizama. He guided me through life struggles and through that made my relationship with God stronger.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Diana: Junior Bible Class. We had many meaningful discussions and lessons that impacted my life in a positive way.

Me: Based on your experience at MHA, what makes our school/community unique?

Diana: What makes MHA so unique is the small but open minded community. Everyone is accepted and fits in with any friend group.

Me: What will you miss most about MHA after graduating?

Diana: After graduating I will miss my teachers the most.

Me: What advice would you give future senior classes?

Diana: The advice I would give to future seniors is to try hard in classes but also be social and make good memories.

Thank you, Diana!

Ashley Gonzalez

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Ashley: 6 years.

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Ashley: Revelation 22:5

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Ashley: Being on honor roll.

Me: Briefly share a memory of your time at MHA.

Ashley: My first tournament to Union was amazing because I stayed with awesome people in the dorm.

Me: What is your favorite memory of time spent with your class of 2018?

Ashley: I’m waiting for graduation.

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Ashley: Bizama has been a good mentor from MHA. He has taught me very many valuable lessons from love and countless Bible analogies. He is someone I could identify with and will remember throughout my spiritual experiences.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Ashley: I appreicate the Freshman class (class of 2021) because they are so sweet and like to engage in conversations with anyone. I’ll miss the girls.

Me: Based on your experience at MHA, what makes our school/community unique?

Ashley: The diversity.

Me: What will you miss most about MHA after graduating?

Ashley: I will miss being a part of SA.

Me: What advice would you give future senior classes?

Ashley: Ask questions when you have them because you’re not the only one.

Thank you, Ashley!

Isabelle Frain

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Isabelle: This is my first year.

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Isabelle: Joshua 1:9

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Isabelle: Getting through all my classes with good grades.

Me: Briefly share a memory of your time at MHA.

Isabelle: I’m still waiting for senior trip.

Me: What is your favorite memory of time spent with your class of 2018?

Isabelle: It’s been short but making friends has been so easy.

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Isabelle: Howard has such a positive impact on his students.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Isabelle: Statistics, because I felt it challenged me a lot.

Me: Based on your experience at MHA, what makes our school/community unique?

Isabelle: The diversity.

Me: What will you miss most about MHA after graduating?

Isabelle: The friends I’ve made.

Me: What advice would you give future senior classes?

Isabelle: Don’t slack off even though it’s your senior year.

Thank you, Isabelle!

Kailey Erkhart

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Kailey: 6th-12th!

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Kailey: Romans 15:13

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Kailey: What makes me most proud is the friendships I’ve made with classmates. I know these friendships will last a lifetime.

Me: Briefly share a memory of your time at MHA.

Kailey: This year, when we went to SWAU on basketball tournament. I grew closer with my teammates and friends. We became vulnerable with each other and opened up to each other. We also grew together spiritually.

Me: What is your favorite memory of time spent with your class of 2018?

Kailey: My favorite memory is going on Senior Survival. I got closer to some of my friends because we had to lean on each other to climb the 14’er.

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Kailey: My best friend Maddie has helped me in my life in so many ways. She has helped me grow as an individual and in my relationship with God.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Kailey: Physics, because I learned something new every day and it blew my mind.

Me: Based on your experience at MHA, what makes our school/community unique?

Kailey: Everybody is so close to each other and it feels like a family.

Me: What will you miss most about MHA after graduating?

Kailey: I will miss being able to play every sport.

Me: What advice would you give future senior classes?

Kailey: Work hard, grow your relationships with your friends and God, have fun and make lots of memories!

Thank you, Kailey!

Hector Delgado

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Hector: K-12th!

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Hector: Matthew 5:44

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Hector: When Varsity won the tournament this year!

Me: Briefly share a memory of your time at MHA.

Hector: When I went on band trip just hanging out with new people that I wouldn’t normally hang out with.

Me: What is your favorite memory of time spent with your class of 2018?

Hector: 8th grade class trip.

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Hector: Pardo taught me how to grow as a man.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Hector: A&P because I want to be a physical therapist.

Me: Based on your experience at MHA, what makes our school/community unique?

Hector: We have a big class of 25 this year.

Me: What will you miss most about MHA after graduating?

Hector: My friends.

Me: What advice would you give future senior classes?

Hector: Talk to as many people as you can.

Thank you, Hector!

Jillian Dean

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Jill: 7 years

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Jill: Colossians 2:6-7

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Jill: Accomplishments in grades and sports.

Me: Briefly share a memory of your time at MHA.

Jill: Choir tour Sophomore year we went to Washington D.C. and it was so much fun. We became so much closer as a group and I grew a lot as a person.

Me: What is your favorite memory of time spent with your class of 2018?

Jill: On Senior Survival we got pizza.

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Jill: Howard – He shows all of his students the love of Christ and has taught us a lot about respect and appreciating the small things.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Jill: A&P – we got to be mock doctors and diagnose fake patients.

Me: Based on your experience at MHA, what makes our school/community unique?

Jill: Diversity & friendliness.

Me: What will you miss most about MHA after graduating?

Jill: My friend Ali Morales.

Me: What advice would you give future senior classes?

Jill: Don’t get lazy Senior year cuz grades still matter.

Thank you, Jill!

Nathaniel Chaij

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Nathaniel: 3 years

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Nathaniel: Isaiah 61

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Nathaniel: Graduating!

Me: Briefly share a memory of your time at MHA.

Nathaniel: Senior survival, climbing the 14’er,

Me: What is your favorite memory of time spent with your class of 2018?

Nathaniel: All of them.

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Nathaniel: Mr. Berg, Mr. Weber.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Nathaniel: World History was a completely fun class.

Me: What advice would you give future senior classes?

Nathaniel: Stay hyped.

Thank you, Nathaniel!

Madison Carveth

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Madison: 4 years

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Madison: Proverbs 31:25

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Madison: Being able to complete AP & dual credit classes.

Me: Briefly share a memory of your time at MHA.

Madison: Volleyball tournaments and being on the volleyball team helped me grow as a leader.

Me: What is your favorite memory of time spent with your class of 2018?

Madison: Senior survival because it helped us grow closer as a class. I created stronger relationships with my friends.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Madison: A&P, because it is something I’ve always looked forward to taking.

Me: Based on your experience at MHA what makes our school/community unique?

Madison: Small class sizes and the importance of community.

Me: What will you remember  most about MHA after graduating?

Madison: The tournaments and being part of a sports team.

Me: What advice would you give future senior classes?

Madison: Enjoy every moment, it goes by so fast!

Thank you, Madison!

Kimberly Cardenas

Me: How long have you been at MHA?

Kim: 5 years

Me: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Kim: 2 Corinthians 12:9

Me: When you reflect on your years spent at MHA, what makes you most proud?

Kim: Going to the championship game at Union college my Junior year.

Me: Briefly share a memory of your time at MHA.

Kim: Going on choir trip Sophomore year to Washington DC was such a great learning experience. Going to all the different museums was fun. I am a different person now because of the memories and experiences I had on that trip.

Me: What is your favorite memory of time spent with your class of 2018?

Kim: My favorite memories are tournaments. There is something about competition that bonds us and pushes us to learn more about each other and care for each other.

Me: Who at MHA has provided guidance for life? In what way have they impacted you?

Kim: Mrs. Eno has had a huge impact in my life. She has helped me discover a love for English and has encouraged me to always strive for more. She has always had faith in me which has taught me to have faith in myself.

Me: Which class do you most appreciate taking while at MHA?

Kim: World History/Intro to American Lit

Me: Based on your experience at MHA what makes our school/community unique?

Kim: There are so many great opportunities to learn and thrive because we are a small, close knit community.

Me: What will you remember  most about MHA after graduating?

Kim: The positive and encouraging community.

Me: What advice would you give future senior classes?

Kim: Remember that you are in charge of your happiness and success. Do not let anyone dictate your senior year. Enjoy it and always do what makes you happy.

Thank you, Kim!

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Sign In Changes!

Have you noticed changes to the pick-up and sign in system at the front desk? If so, you’re not alone. In an effort to create the safest environment for all of our students, visitors, and staff, we are now requiring that all of our visitors, known and unknown, show a valid, government-issued ID. That’s right, I’ve been a parent here for several years but if I come in to pick up my kids and I walk back to the classroom, I’ve got to show ID.

You know the front desk knows you, and yes, it can be annoying, but we love every student on this campus and it’s for them. So in that spirit, let’s all keep that ID in our pockets when we come through the front door and help out the front desk. Because it feels awkward for them, too, having to ask you, a parent of so many years, or just a few days, to hand over your ID to scan in.

But, better safe than sorry, because we also ask every stranger that walks through our door to show their ID. That should feel comforting, right?

Thanks for understanding. We know you care about your children, we care too!

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LLU and MHA Live EXSEED Webinar Session

“Excellence in STEM Experiential Education (EXSEED) is an innovative and collaborative program designed to enhance integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education in Adventist K-12 schools. It is a partnership between K-12 educatorsK-12 schools and organizations, and higher education partners, including Andrews University, Kettering College, La Sierra University, Loma Linda University, Pacific Union College, Walla Walla University, and the Pacific Union Conference, with LLU acting as the facilitator. The goal of EXSEED is to collaboratively support and empower K-12 educators in teaching the STEM disciplines within a Mission-Focused Learning (MFL) context.” – https://home.llu.edu/education/office-of-provost/departments-and-divisions/exseed

On February 13, 2018, Mile High Academy students and teachers, along with Rocky Mountain Conference partners, participated in a Loma Linda University live webinar dedicated to STEM.

Math teacher Mr. Brian Howard had his students participate in the STEM event, while Director of IT, Tyler Rettler worked on setting up technology for the event.

The purpose of the event was to expose students to the prosthetics work that is being carried out at Loma Linda University using 3D printing to create prosthetics and orthotics. In addition, there was an emphasis on the importance of math within science and engineering.

Leroy Oddie shared what he does at Myomo and Loma Linda University.  Chris DeKay shared about RAFT (Resource area for teaching) in Denver.  Their website is www.raftcolorado.org

Within the context of Real World Learning, students are introduced to Loma Linda University’s work in prosthetics and orthotics. They also discuss the importance STEM in future careers. Lastly, they gain a valuable resource in RAFT, which they can apply in future classroom and outside projects.

This is just the beginning of a partnership between our community and Loma Linda University that has the potential for connecting students to their futures.

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RWL 4th Grade Environmental Sciences

Be on the lookout for giving opportunities from 4th grade to the World Wildlife Fund (worldwildlife.org).

The 4th grade class has been researching, building, modeling, and sharing their work on the environment and endangered species around the world. Their efforts have left many asking, how can we make change. The next step, each child has created sites dedicated to raising awareness and money that goes directly to saving pieces of our world. You, along with our 4th graders, can make change.

That’s Real World Learning, making changing through learning, experiencing, and then doing!

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