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FOCUS Week 2018

This week, our speaker is Anthony Lyder. He is from Washington state and is currently a youth pastor in California. He is also a personal friend of two of our teachers, Mr. Kyle Berg and Mrs. Rebecca Berg. The students have been giving him a warm welcome in his first two days of FOCUS Week Chapels and are enjoying his authentic take on living life with Jesus.

It’s exciting to see all our of our students singing and listening closely to the storytelling. We have also had many of our students leading out in songs and prayer. God is at work in our youth.

Check us out on Instagram for this and more stories…@milehighacademy #milehighacademy #LoveMHA

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Thank you and Why 21st Century Learning is Important!

Thank you!

The month of December, Mile High Academy hosted a #socialgiving campaigned to raise money for 21st Century Learning Tools. Our goal was set at $50,000!

First let’s explain why we chose 21st Century Learning Tools. Designed to prepare today’s children for tomorrow’s world, at Mile High Academy, we know that in order to solve today’s real challenges, classrooms must cultivate the interdisciplinary themes of global awareness, civic responsibility, and health literacy. We also emphasize key skill areas such as creativity, innovation, communication, collaboration, research, critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making into all core subject matter.

With this in mind, the ideal is that each classroom is equipped with the tools needed to propel students into the world of problem solving and creative learning. Most of our classrooms provide these tools. There is always room for more!

That is where the goal of $50,000 towards 21st Century Learning Tools comes in. That is where you come in!

In December we raised $45,042.84. Wow! We came so close. Thank you for your generosity. Remember, it doesn’t have to end there. We take donations all year long, because learning happens all year long!

 

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Nancy Gebhardt, LS Christmas Volunteer

Helping with the Preschool through 5th grade Christmas has it’s own special set of challenges and rewards, just ask Nancy Gebhard, fifth grade parent and volunteer. Her musical background made her the perfect choice for helping out with the solo coaching. 

Helping teachers and play director, Pastor Tim Cress, pull out students for individualized help made lighter work. Each child was able to focus on their parts, memorize lines, learn their solos, better prepare for tonight’s performance.

I asked Nancy about her motivation, “It’s fun to work with the little ones. They’re cute when they finally get it. To see their faces light up, aha, I got it right!” And I see her face light up at that moment. There is something about volunteering that makes her animated, excited to be a part of something bigger.

One year ago, her family moved into the Denver area and they chose Mile High Academy. That means, of all the schools in the area, we got this family, a fifth grader who adds to our Lower School performance tonight, a mom who volunteers with a big smile on her face. That makes us pretty lucky.

Thanks for choosing us, Gebhardt family. And thanks to all our volunteers our there, you make lighter work for all our teachers.

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Alumni Stories and #SocialGiving

When was the last time you thought about your story? What brought you to where you are right now? Why do you do what you do, the work you do, the volunteering, the hobbies, and all the fun stuff? Why do your children go to piano, violin, basketball, robotics, the school they attend?

Recently, I read the story of one of our alumni, James Harris, III. I got to know James, better know as Tre, while he attended MHA. I never saw Tre without a smile on his face or a “hello” as he walked down the halls. He shared his generous spirit with everyone with whom he came in contact. From the youngest preschooler to the highest Admin. That’s just Tre.

It got me thinking of legacies. What is the legacy I want to leave behind, the legacy I want for my children and grandchildren and so on and so forth. Tre is already leaving a legacy at MHA. He is loved and remembered and he has great things yet to do at Union College and beyond. I want to be able to say the same.

So, whether it be with smiles, volunteering, and donations, each of us has legacies we can leave every single day. This month, each dollar we share with Mile High Academy is also matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000 so that means twice the legacy. Let’s not let another day pass without sharing a bit of ourselves and our legacy.

Go to milehighacademy.org/socialgiving or Donate Here.

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December is About #SocialGiving

Do you know about our December #SocialGiving campaign?

The whole month of December we are raising funds for 21st Century Learning Tools at Mile High Academy. Students get to go into classrooms fully equipped for their futures because of you.

Our goal is a dollar for dollar match up to $50,000! That means every dollar counts, double!

Check out our page at milehighacademy.org/socialgiving for more on this month long campaign.

Donate!

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Family in Need? Please Help Here!

Do you know a family in need? Amy G Law, a Denver-based law firm, is proud to announce it’s Adopt a Family initiative this holiday season. As part of the firm’s initiative to give back to the local community, Amy G Law needs your help to nominate a deserving family who would benefit from sponsorship during the holidays.

The deadline for nominations is December 17 and the winner will be announced on December 18.

To help families and children in the community, consider nominating someone who has positively affected his or her family, friends, or greater community! With your participation, more families and children will have the opportunity to buy family and friends gifts which is often a costly privilege. To learn how to nominate someone, please click here.

The attorneys of Amy G Law are honored to help families and children of the greater Denver community and hope you can help!

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#GivingTuesday

November 28th is Giving Tuesday, a social movement that helps people give back by donating time, money, or influence to a cause they feel passionate about.

Here at Mile High Academy, we feel passionate about our students, our community, the world around us. That means educating each student on how best to serve each other and those they come into contact with every day.

With your generous help we can make that happen.

Celebrated this #GivingTuesday by encouraging kindness and generosity.

Donate, Volunteer, Share!

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Volunteer Highlight – Mr. Gale Page

I came into the office to pick up some work over the Thanksgiving holiday and was surprised to see a grandparent doing some woodworking in front of the preschool. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised since most days you can find a parent, grandparent, or alum doing something interesting to help around the school.

Being curious (otherwise known as nosy), I asked what he was up to. He explained that the preschool needed some more cubbies. Just like that, matter of factly. Preschool needs cubbies, a grandparent provides.

I love Mile High Academy’s volunteer culture. A need arises and there is someone to fill the gap. In this case, the grandparent in question was Mr. Gale Page. And he probably wouldn’t care to be recognized for it but I think that because we have such a strong volunteer culture we should also have a strong culture of appreciation.

I asked our two preschool teachers how they felt about their new cubbies. Lead teacher Mrs. Lucy Werner exlaimed, “It’s awesome to see Preschool so organized.” And Mrs. Morales thought that it was great how much work Mr. Page did for the children.

So, yes, there is a lot of appreciation for our volunteers around here. They do a lot for our children and our community. Thank you, Mr. Page, for your hard work.

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Teacher Highlight – Mr. Kyle Berg

Sometimes we wonder where our teachers came from, how did they end up teaching, why are they so great? Well, sometimes we actually get the answer. That is the case with our very own Upper School Humanities teacher, Mr. Kyle Berg.

In the most recent issue of Outlook Magazine, his student teaching work was featured in one of their articles. He goes on to talk about all that he learned from his own professors at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska and what he hopes to pass on to his students here at MHA.

The authenticity with which he shares, the respect he conveys for his own teachers, that’s what we appreciate about his teaching now. Thank you for sticking with it, Mr. Berg. We’re grateful you’re here for our students.

Read all about it below.

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