Please help us in welcoming Mr. Christopher Morris to the Middle School team. He will be teaching middle school Math. His almost twenty years of math experience plus passion for education is an exciting addition to the MHA team. Along with his vast math teaching experience, Mr. Morris also brings with him a background in ministry. Our students will benefit from his ability to mentor our youth through ministry leadership.
We wanted to get his personal take on why education:
MHA: What most excites you about teaching?
Mr. Morris: The most exciting thing about teaching is seeing students experience the “aha” moment. That moment when the light bulb goes off, and students not only understand a concept more clearly, but they express an appreciation for that concept and its real-life application.
MHA: What most excites you about starting your teaching at MHA?
Mr. Morris: Overall, I’m just excited about returning to the classroom and connecting with the students. I’ve served in pastoral ministry for the past 6 years, and have enjoyed doing so. However, I miss the daily connection with students and being able to demonstrate that mathematics is a powerful tool for improving critical thinking and logical expression.
MHA: Why choose to teach at Mile High Academy?
Mr. Morris: I chose to teach at Mile High Academy because of the vision for the school cast to me by Principal Kase. I’m looking forward to diving in to the House Groups experience as well as participating in the expansion of the dual credit offerings at MHA.
Thank you, Mr. Morris! Make sure and welcome Mr. Morris and family when you see them.
How is it possible that we are in the final two months of the 2018-2019 school year? Our students have had an amazing year. The growth we’ve seen in each of them is tremendous. We have loved each and every moment, the triumphs and the challenges.
As we look forward to 2019-2020 we have exciting news for our families. If you were at Town Hall you know that Mile High Academy continues to innovate when it comes to preparing your children for their futures.
One thing that always remains the same, our dedication to great education for every student on our campus. With that in mind, we have some exciting additions for next year. Please help us welcome the following teachers.
Joining 5th Grade – Mrs. Taryn Clark
Mrs. Taryn Clark comes to us with ten years of teaching experience. She has taught primarily in the areas of Mathematics. She has experience teaching in lower, middle, and upper schools. Most recently she taught at Campion Academy in 2016, however she has also been guest teaching since then throughout the Denver metro area, including here at Mile High Academy.
We wanted to find out a little bit about Mrs. Clark so we asked her a few questions and this is what she had to say:
MHA: Why do you love teaching?
Mrs. Clark: The most exciting thing about teaching is the kids. Kids are so much fun to work with and they make every day new and exciting. The things they say and do keep me entertained and feeling blessed all day long!
MHA: What is most exciting about joining MHA?
Mrs. Clark: I am excited to be on the MHA team. I admire the staff and I love the culture of the school. I am excited to be a part of something that is moving and growing in a positive direction.
MHA: Why did you choose to teach at MHA?
Mrs. Clark: I choose to work at MHA because of the Mile High Academy family. I worked at MHA over 10 years ago and I love the people. It is a great place to be for myself as a teacher on a great team and I’m excited for my kids to go to a great school.
Joining Middle School Language Arts & Bible – Mr. Kyle Berg
Mr. Kyle Berg will be joining the Middle School team. He will be teaching Language Arts and Bible classes. His passion for education and our students is evident in all the classes he teaches. We know he will be as great an addition to our Middle School team as he was to our Upper School team.
Upper School students are currently in Moab, UT on their annual Learning Trip. The purpose of Mile High Academy learning trips is to experience education outside the classroom. By observing ecosystems in their natural state, leaving their comfort zone, and exploring new environments, students link their learning in unique ways.
We hope to inspire our upper school students to develop a lifelong passion for travel, adventure, science, and nature. Hopefully, they will promote an understanding of local environmental issues and inspire a lifelong calling to use science to leave a positive impact on the beautiful world God created for us.
Photo by Brian Howard
Students, faculty, and sponsors returned from Uganda between the 12th of March. Exhausted but beaming, we heard the stories of the miracles performed by 38 missionaries on the lives of the refugee population in Kiryandongo District, Uganda.
More importantly, we are now hearing all that happened in the lives of those that went to Uganda.
If you ask Mr. Russell Palmer, the miracle is that such a few people were able to provide programs for 700+ VBS kids daily, 500+ attended medical clinics, 500+ daily kids participating in sports classes, the completion of a church and a basketball court, and materials for a three-room school are currently in place.
If you ask the students, over and over, they mention how much joy they saw in the children. How, even through the sorrow of losing everything, these children are happy with anything. Every student said the same thing. They saw happiness where they would have expected sadness.
Sixth grader, Andrea, said it best, “They are gratefully for what they have because they lost everything and now they see the value in anything.”
Another sixth grader, Boomer, had this to say, “I saw God there. They have enough. Just enough, but enough.”
The wisdom that our students gained through this mission trip, seeing other children different than themselves, is something that will last a lifetime. They went to bless and they were blessed.
Photo Tim Freccia
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.
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
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.
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.
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.