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Welcome New Teacher!

Mrs. Gleason comes to us with over ten years of teaching experience. She received her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership in 2007 and has 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 wanted to know more:

MHA: What is the most exciting thing about teaching?

Mrs. Gleason: I love thinking of new and exciting ways to make learning a fun experience. I am excited to start planning all the fun activities that we will be doing throughout the year.

MHA: What are you most excited about when starting teaching at MHA?

Mrs. Gleason: I am excited to be back in the classroom. The energy and excitement that comes from kids who are ready to learn is contagious and I can’t wait to be a part of it.

MHA: Why do you choose to teach at Mile High Academy?

Mrs. Gleason: As a parent of MHA students, I already love the school and the community.  I am excited to become a closer part of the MHA family and contribute to the great place that it is!

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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Principal Plays Ball

Forty students, faculty, sponsors, and community professionals are in the Kiryandongo Settlement Camp of Uganda serving a much needed community there.


Along with medical clinics, VBS programs, and educational activities, the group was there to build a basketball court for the community to enjoy for years to come. 


An exploratory trip took Kim Busl of OCI(Outposts Center International), and a team from Rolfson Oil to find needs in the community. They found a line court being used by the close to 100,000 refugee population. Since the then MHA/OCI (Outposts Center’s International) and Rolfson have been working collaboratively on the basketball court. 


Children and adults flocked to the completed court to enjoy the finished product. Our own students and faculty gathered teams of locals for drills and pick up games. The surprise happened when our own Principal Toakase Vunileva took to the court, joining one of the teams and playing right alongside for an exciting game.


It just goes to show the kind of comraderie that has been part of this mission from the start. Every team member plays an important role. There is no job too big or too small. Every heart belong in Uganda right now doing exactly what they are doing, helping others in mind, body, and winning hearts to Christ.

Photo by Tim Freccia 

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Follow us at #MHAUGANDAMISSION

Have you been following the group of students in Uganda?

Last week, 14 students, along with sponsors and family members left in a mission trip to Uganda. This once in a lifetime service project brings together experts in various fields to bring construction, medicine, and education to a refugee area of Uganda in need.

Mile High Academy Principal Toakase Vunileva is there, along with several teachers and lots of parents.

Most of all, the students are there to experience what it means to serve in a real and lasting way.

Follow the hashtag #mhaugandamission on Facebook and Instagram to see the action.

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Varsity to Regionals

On Saturday night, Boys Varsity Basketball won the 1A District Championship game against Denver Waldorf in what had gotten close going into the 3rd quarter.

It was an exciting game for more than just the win. This is the first year our Mustangs are in the 5280 league. This is the first year we have gone this far. This is the first year we are testing the waters of what we can do as a small school with big heart.

Team Captain Payton had this to say about the win, “We went in pretty confident because we’ve grown as a team. We work well together.”

And though Ryan says he just likes playing with his friends, the team spirit on the court seems to demonstrate there may be more to it than that.

So, now it’s been announced – Seeding for the CHSAA playoffs – Mustangs qualify for the CHSAA 1A Sweet Sixteen, this means we are considered one of the top 16 teams in the state!

CHEER us on at our next game Saturday night, March 2 at Northeastern Junior College (Sterling, CO) with a start time of 6:30pm.  Our opponent is still to be determined. Admission will be $8 for adults and $6 for students/seniors.

If we win on Saturday, we are qualified for “State” which means we are one of the top 8 teams left, and will then play Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of next week (March 7-9).  

Last Saturday night was exciting, but things are heating up this weekend.  Hope to see a lot of Mile High fans out at the game.

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VBS Uganda Bound

Over Spring Break, fourteen Mile High Academy students will be heading to Uganda on a Mission Trip. In the meantime, many arrangements must be made before the big event.

One important preparation has been Vacation Bible School. This student led project is part of a middle school Real World Learning class that will go live in Uganda. Students are developing curriculum, readying their songs and stories, assembling the materials needed for crafts, and packing it all to take with them.

In addition, the students are practicing their VBS program on our preschool and kindergarten students here at MHA. Facilitated by their teacher, Mrs. Christina Hernandez, students learn the art of enthusiastic storytelling. They collaborate on song leading. Finally, they adjust the curriculum where needed, making it just right for their audience of discerning little ones.

Eighth grader, Otim, is quick to point out that VBS is going to be an “awesome experience for the kids in Uganda.” He’s also anxious to use the teaching he’s learned on his real audience.

When I asked another Uganda bound 8th grader, Braden, what he’s learned from all of this he said, “It has been a humbling experience to learn that what I have taken for granted is going to be so exciting for the kids when we get to Uganda.”

We will keep you updated on this amazing experience.

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Boys Championship Game Saturday Night!

The Mustangs are running wild through district playoffs!

Our boys basketball team won a huge game up in Westminster last night, as they overcame Cornerstone Christian, and a crazy playoff environment.  The Mustangs are now in the district championship game at Legacy High School on Saturday night.  Here is the schedule of events:

2:00pm- Girls 3/4th: Cornerstone  vs FR Baptist

3:30pm- Boys 3/4th: FR Baptist vs Cornerstone

5:00pm- Girls Championship: Shining Mountain vs Belleview Christian

6:30pm- League Awards

7:00pm- Boys Championship: Mile High vs Denver Waldorf

We would love to see you out there for the game.  Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students/seniors (60+).  Mile High has a couple of players who will be honored for the All-District teams, so stop by for the league awards, too.

Finally, by being one of the top 2 teams in our district, we have locked up a spot in the regional playoffs which will happen the following weekend.  I am going to a regional seeding meeting this Sunday to see when and where we play…I will keep you all posted.

I am so proud of coaches and players for the hard work and commitment it has taken to get here.  It’s great to be a Mustang!

Walter Weber

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Student Pursues Real World Passion

We have Real World Learning as part of the curriculum at Mile High Academy. However, our hope is that once students have experienced the RWL model they will apply it in their own lives.

For one MHA student this meant pursuing her passion for law. A couple weeks ago, seventh-grader, Elise, applied and got into the Denver District Attorney’s Office Youth Advisory Council. Elise, wants to be a lawyer someday. Deciding it’s never too early to begin researching her future career, she decided the Council was a good way to go. The Council’s mission is “To discuss issues regarding juvenile justice, youth-centered public safety and ways to improve the system.”

Working directly for the Denver DA, Beth McCann, Elise is part of a group of young people ages 11-18 who come together to review policies, discuss current issues, and make their voice heard.

Elise is engaged in making change in her community because she cares. As she sees it, “it’s all of us coming together with different points of view, maybe seeing things from a new perspective, but with one purpose, to make change.”

When students see how engaging in real world learning means engaging in real world change they just may find a real world passion.

https://www.denverda.org/youth-advisory-council/
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MHA Pastor Round Table

It’s chapel day at Mile High Academy. This usually means there is a guest speaker on campus. Today, we are privileged to have Pastor Nash from LifeSource Adventist Fellowship leading our chapels. Which means that currently on our campus there are four ministry leaders roaming our halls. I can’t let this opportunity pass me by.

Chapel over, I gather them all together for an impromptu sit down. Seated are Pastor Andy Nash, Pastor Mikey Archibeque from Denver South SDA, Pastor Tony Parrish from Littleton SDA and teacher at MHA, Mrs. Rebecca Berg Chaplain and teacher for MHA, I explain that I’ve wanted to hear their perspective on something for a while. This is a heart to heart.

The question on my mind is, why do ministry leaders from all over the Denver area take time to visit our MHA campus? What benefits do they see in partnering churches, community, and schools?

Mrs. Berg is the first to answer, probably because she is a teacher and used to asking the questions herself. “The kids see the churches that support our school, they recognize the pastors that come onto campus, they start calling them by name, this is huge for our youth, it personalizes the message.”

Mr. Parrish jumps in next, notice he’s also a teacher. “Ministry is all about relationship. Pastors need to know the names of the kids before we teach them anything else.”

Now, the thoughtful pastors start chiming in, “Being with people, sitting down with them, talking with them, eating with them, this is ministry.” Pastor Mikey knows what he’s talking about, too. You’ll often see him in the Upper School commons just sitting at a table with a group of kids. He’s not preaching, he’s being.

The last to chime in is Pastor Nash, but his wisdom is for all of us, “Kids need loving adults in their lives besides their parents who will show them Christ. Teachers, chaplains, members of the church, yes, even pastors, that’s the family they need surrounding them.” He adds, “Youth don’t leave because their parents didn’t tell them about Jesus, they leave because no other adults around them showed them Jesus.”

Thank you, to all the leaders who take time to mentor our youth. It makes a difference!

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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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