The Mile High Academy administration is hard at work planning for the 2020/2021 school year. It’s with much anticipation that the MHA faculty and staff look forward to students returning to campus.
We will continue to update this page as communication becomes available.
On behalf of the faculty and staff, we are so excited to start school on Monday, August 17, 2020! Your students are missed! Please note the updates below:
- MHA was informed by the Tri-County Health Department and Douglas County that the jointly submitted variance request will not be answered. Education specific guidelines are expected from Governor Polis as soon as Monday.
- MHA created a re-opening plan to submit to the Tri-County Health Department for approval. As soon as the state guidelines are released and reviewed, the plan will be submitted to Tri-County for final review.
- AdventHealth Education Grant funds awarded to MHA have been used for security improvements. The Blue Point Emergency Notification System was installed last month. This system provides an immediate method from strategic points inside the building to lock the school down and simultaneously contact law enforcement. Additional security measures will be put in place later this month.
- Virtual registration will take place on Thursday, August 6.
- Conditioning for student-athletes began this week. Due to the new mask mandate, masks will be required indoors at all times.
- Due to the necessity of keeping student cohorts separate, middle school sports will be limited to 6th through 8th grades.
- Mr. Rettler is working with AMS to increase the fresh air intakes and to upgrade the filters currently recommended for non-health care facilities.
- The new statewide mask mandate will be followed at MHA (masks required for everyone 4th grade and above). Students under 10 (PS-3rd grades) will be encouraged to wear a mask anytime six-foot physical distancing cannot be maintained. Parents should plan to send extra masks with their student to have at school. The masks must cover the student’s nose and mouth.
Looking forward to having your scholars back on campus!
Jamie Frain, Principal
At this time we wanted to share that Esther Aviles resigned from her position at MHA this week. Please join us in praying for Ms. Aviles as she pursues options out of state. With the unknowns due to the current Covid-19 situation, MHA has been directed that choir will not be an option for the upcoming school year. As you likely know, music is an essential part of the MHA program. It is our hope that it will be possible to return to more regular programming by the following school year. In the mean time, we are tasked with exploring options and identifying the right part-time individual for our music needs for this school year.
As we begin these tasks, it would be helpful to have your input via the survey at the links below. Please complete this survey by June 30.
If you are aware of anyone who would be interested in the part-time music position at MHA, or would be willing to volunteer in any related capacity for this upcoming school year, please reach out to us.
We will update you as plans come together.
Brenda Rodie, VP of Operations, Admissions & Records
Dear Mile High Family:
Hope this communication finds each of your respective families is enjoying summer. Administration has been working on plans for the upcoming school year. It is with much anticipation that the MHA faculty and staff look forward to students returning to campus!
Thank you for the conversations that we were able to have while conducting the parent survey. Overwhelmingly, families want to return to school! Many families were comfortable with any of the options that included in-person learning at school. MHA met this week with a group of private schools in Douglas County to collaborate on a joint variance request. See the survey result images below this communication.
Unless there is a government mandated restriction preventing students from returning to MHA in person, it is our highest priority to have students return safely to their classrooms. Based on feedback from over 100 families, Administration and the MHA School Board have agreed to a 4-day school week for the 2020-2021 school year. The primary benefit of MHA moving to a 4-day school week is to better accommodate families needing before and after school care supervision. Several schools within the Rocky Mountain Conference have already switched to 4-day school weeks and have found it to be a positive change for their families. At this point, this change is for the 2020-2021 school year only and will be re-evaluated next year.
NEW SCHOOL HOURS
- 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Thursday
- 7:30 am – Before School Care begins in student classrooms
- 5:30 pm – After School Care ends
With the information available now, After School Care will take place in the individual classrooms. A flat rate of $6 per day will be charged for each student attending ASC. After School Care ends at 5:30 pm Monday-Thursday. Additional details for BSC and ASC will be communicated, including drop off/pick up locations and procedures. Staggering drop off and/or pick up times is not anticipated.
Although limited summer office hours are available, due to Safer at Home guidelines currently in place, please call ahead before coming to the school. Appointments are appreciated.
The recommended cleaning protocols remain in place at MHA. During the school year a full-time cleaner will be working each school day. In addition, please note the following:
- Hand sanitizer will be placed at the entrance of each classroom
- Students will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting each classroom
- Cleaning solution will be available in each classroom for use at any time
- Lockers will not be assigned to any student; each student will need to use their own books and school related items. Students will need to carry these items with them. No lockers will also help promote physical distancing.
Additional programming updates include self-contained lower school classrooms. Due to the COVID-19 related risks of choir, it will not be offered during this school year. Options to continue offering some music related programming will be explored. We are in the process of exploring options for school events for this fall.
Here are some important upcoming dates:
- August 6 – Registration – watch for further communication on an alternate registration plan
- August 17, 8:00 am – First Day of School
Just a reminder, payment plans begin in July for the upcoming year. Payment plans are in the process of being finalized in FACTS and should be completed in the next couple of weeks. If you do not see by an email by July 1st, please contact Jocelyn Aalborg, VP of Finance, at 303.607.4912 or [email protected].
Teacher assignments for the 2020-2021 school year:
LOWER SCHOOL TEACHERS
- Preschool – Mrs. Werner
- Kindergarten – Mrs. A
- 1st Grade – Ms. Kate
- 2nd Grade – Mrs. Gleason
- 3rd Grade – Ms. Yuros
- 4th Grade – Mrs. Francis
- 5th Grade – Mrs. Clark
MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS
- 6th Grade – TBD
- 7th Grade – Mrs. Hernandez, English & Science
- 8th Grade – Mr. Weber, Social Studies & Bible Teacher
UPPER SCHOOL CLASS SPONSORS
- Freshmen – Mr. Tull
- Sophomores – Mrs. Berg/Mr. Howard
- Juniors – Mrs. Eno
- Seniors – Mrs. Venteicher
- SA – Mrs. Berg/Mr. Howard
- Yearbook – Mrs. Eno
- Athletics/PE Teacher – Coach Tull
- Art – Mrs. Rettler
- Technology/Maintenance – Mr. Rettler
- Mrs. Feldbush
- Mrs. Meyers
- Mrs. Philpott
- Mrs. Wall
- VP of Finance & Development – Mrs. Aalborg
- VP of Academics – Mr. Armstrong
- VP of Operations, Admissions & Records – Mrs. Rodie
- Principal – Mrs. Frain
UPPER SCHOOL CLASS SCHEDULES AND TEXTBOOKS – Stay tuned for more information.
DRESS CODE —Please look for separate communication next week regarding dress code.
MHA is still enrolling new students. If you know of any student or family who might be interested in attending MHA, please let us know! We would be pleased to invite them to be a part of the MHA family!
Thank you for sharing your students with the faculty and staff of Mile High Academy. As always, it is our greatest desire to partner together for the spiritual and academic benefit of each student.
Jamie Frain, Principal