Middle School RWL – “Refu-Jesus”

Update – Read more about the crisis and what the Adventist church is doing world-wide Article

“After counting and boxing 3800lbs of rice, we loaded it up and headed to “A La Source Refugee Ministry” in Aurora. I had contacted a few refugee centers around Denver myself, but I wanted the students to get involved and become invested in this project, so I implored them to make their own contacts and find us a place to partner with that needed our help. Tessa, one of my 7th grade students, found Joseph Nsabimbona on Facebook and called him up to ask if we could help his ministry. He said he would love any help that we could give him. I called him later and asked if he could use about 2000 lbs of rice and he about jumped through the phone in excitement and shouted, “OH WOW, YOU BETTER BELIEVE I CAN!” “If I have rice then the refugees will come and we are set!”

After we unloaded he spoke a little about his journey. He was a survivor of genocide and came to America as a refugee himself. He became a citizen, then a pastor, then an author, and now he helps refugees. He said that helping refugees is his ministry. Before he even gives the refugees food, he tells them about Jesus. Spiritual food first, then physical food. His ministry, “A la source” means from THE source, Jesus Christ.

When we were heading out to leave he told me that he thought it was a divine appointment and a Godsend that we called him when we did. He shared that the government has cut almost all of his funding, and he was starting to doubt, and even worry about where the money to buy food would come from. What he said next changed me forever. With tears in his eyes he said, “But then I got a call from Tessa and I realized the answer that God was trying to give me…the children will lead the way!” Praise the Lord! My students are stepping up to the need and stepping out of their comfort zones to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Yes, God’s children will provide a way. Jesus said “let the children come to me for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Let the children come to the “least of these” and bring them one step closer to the kingdom. #milehighacademy#realworldlearning #thechildrenwillleadtheway”

by Russell Palmer, MS RWL Refu-Jesus Teacher

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National School Choice Week! #SchoolChoiceWk

What is National School Choice Week? NSCW is all about providing families with thorough information on their options for their child’s education by providing an opportunity to schools across the nation to show off their greatness. This year it is celebrated the week of January 21-27.

Wherever you are in the USA, you can find a school in your area participating in NSCW. Check out what Mile High Academy is doing this week. From Pepsi Center Games to chapels, our students let you know that their choice is clear in MHA.

“National School Choice Week provides an exciting opportunity, every year, for teachers and administrators to celebrate what makes their schools great!” (

Find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more as our students show off their NSCW spirit.

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Thank You for Attending the Pepsi Center Games!

Were you at the game last night? It was amazing to see our players go out so confidently onto the Pepsi Center basketball court. It’s such a great opportunity to see our students take center stage and show off their skills as well as their strong characters. Every family represented on the court yesterday should be proud of their students.

This is what our own Athletic Director had to say about the games yesterday and about the MHA community:

“As I was packing up my kids in our family van, as we were leaving the Nuggets game last night, my 5 year-old, Rosie, said, “What a magnificent day!” She was right, it was magnificent. Thank you to all of our players, coaches, teachers, students, families, and community members who made yesterday’s Pepsi Center game possible. It’s a great experience for our student-athletes, but also a celebration of our community and the bonds that connect us all. I’d like to give a special “thank you” to our Parent Ambassadors who do a great job of keeping everyone involved. Hope to see you all out there again next year.” – Walter Weber, Vice Principal/Athletic Director

Thank you!

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Tribute to Former Teacher, Mr. Roger Brodis

Jim and I met Roger Brodis the morning he arrived at Mile High Academy in August of 1989*. We were sitting in that first staff meeting of the year when we witnessed a grossly overloaded truck pulling into the old campus parking lot. It was piled high with furniture, pots and pans, outdoor gear hanging off its sides. Roger had just arrived from Alaska. Our professional relationship and enduring friendship, which has lasted these nearly 30 years, began at that moment.

Among the many adventures Roger “dragged” us all through, no one will ever forget those grueling senior survival treks up the mountains. He made us walk all the way up the hill with overloaded backpacks (which he always warned us not to fill). But as hard as he drove us, if there was a student who was struggling, he would walk down the mountain and walk side by side with them encouraging them all the way until they reached the top. That was Roger.

Roger not only taught Mile High Academy’s students from textbooks, he taught life lessons outside the classroom that we know will last into eternity. If you were to ask most any student he taught, they would tell you that Roger positively touched their lives in ways they can’t even explain. What they can explain is that they are better people for knowing and being mentored by Mr. Brodis.

There was only one Roger Brodis. He was a wonderful, kind, giving, adventurous wild man who was a champion of every student that walked the halls of MHA. Roger Brodis was a true man of God and our lives are so much richer because he was our friend.

by Angelika Feldbush

*Mr. Roger Brodis was a teacher at Mile High Academy from 1998 to 2004.

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New Bus Arrives Today!

Dear MHA Family & Community,

Today we are excited to share the gift you have given to our students, a gift of inspiration and exploration. You gave so that our students could go out into the world better prepared for their future. The new bus provides access to learning opportunities that will inspire each child to do  more.

A big Thank You to each of you who gave towards transportation. You are directly impacting learning today that is transforming our students right now to be the leaders of our future! Thank you so much for your continued support and we look forward to sharing the leaning that is happening at MHA.


Toakase Vunileva

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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.

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