Remote Learning Updates & Procedures

Our campus is closed. But we are still learning.

Due to COVID-19, Mile High Academy's campus is closed for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year. But our students are still in school through remote learning. We will continue to update this page as information becomes available.

Messages from Administration

MHA Families:

It’s hard to believe that we are already in the month of May and approaching the end of our school year. Like so many of our families, we are missing annual traditions and end of year events.  More than that, we miss seeing our students and families.  The faculty and staff at Mile High Academy chose to serve because we love our students and are honored to be a part of providing a Christ-centered education that empowers young people to excel.

As this school year wraps up, we are following RMC and State guidelines for end of year check out. Families will be able to schedule times on the link below to come by the school during the pick-up/drop off times:

Monday, May 18 – 12 to 4 pm

Tuesday, May 19 – 1 to 5 pm

Wednesday, May 20 – 1 to 5 pm

The following guidelines will be in place for this event:

  • Please schedule a time for your family to come by the school using this Scheduling Link:  (K and 8th Grade Families will check out at their graduation recording event)
    • Only 3 families will be scheduled for each 15-minute time slot.
    • Please do your best to arrive during your scheduled time.
    • If you cannot attend during the scheduled times, you are welcome to send another designated adult with a written note giving them permission to pick up your student’s items.
    • Working parents who cannot arrange to come during one of the above times are encouraged to reach out to me for alternate arrangements.  Due to scheduled events each evening during the week of May 18, we are not able to schedule later pick up times on these days.
  • Review the attached check-out sheet (PS-5th or 6-12th) to make sure you have all items before coming to the school.
    • Bring the check-out sheet with you.
    • If you do not have a printer, please bring your own pen to fill out the form once at the school.
    • Mark off all items you are returning on the form.  Please feel free to make notes if needed.
  • This will be a drive-through event, please remain in your cars.
    • MHA Administration will be in front to assist with returning and picking up items.
    • Please follow the signs and directions once you arrive at the school.
    • If possible, have the items you are returning in your trunk for school staff to collect.
    • School staff will also put items (see below) directly in your vehicle trunk if possible.
  • Bags are being provided for each student:
    • Lower School teachers will place any personal items that were left in the classroom in these bags.
    • Lockers will be cleaned out for 6-12 and items placed in these bags.
    • Athletic trophies/certificates will be placed in these bags.
  • Yearbooks will also be distributed at this time.  We are working on alternative ways to sign yearbooks.  Watch for further information.
  • Please refrain from coming if you or anyone in your household is/has exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 in the last seven days.
  • If you have questions about a particular item or believe you need access to the school building, please arrange with administration in advance.

MHA Seniors and Families:

It was an honor to see most of you and begin celebrating your accomplishments at MHA.  It’s hard to believe that we are already in the month of May and approaching the end of our school year.  Like so many of our families, we are missing annual traditions and end of year events.  More than that, we miss seeing our students and families.  The faculty and staff at Mile High Academy chose to serve because we love our students and are honored to be a part of providing a Christ-centered education that empowers young people to excel.

As this school year wraps up, we are following RMC and State guidelines for end of year check out.   A special SENIOR ONLY end of year check-out event has been scheduled for Friday, May 15, from 1:30-3:00 p.m.  Senior families (siblings welcome) wishing to check out early may schedule a time with this link:

If Friday, May 15 is not convenient for you, families can check out during the all-school pick-up/drop off times

Monday, May 18 – 12 to 4 pm

Tuesday, May 19 – 1 to 5 pm

Wednesday, May 20 – 1 to 5 pm

The following guidelines will be in place for this event:

  • Please schedule a time for your family to come by the school using the links listed above, depending on which works best for your family. Only 3 families will be scheduled for each 15-minute time slot.
    • Please do your best to arrive during your scheduled time.
    • If you cannot attend during the scheduled times, you are welcome to send another designated adult with a written note giving them permission to pick up your student’s items.
    • Working parents who cannot arrange to come during one of the above times are encouraged to reach out to me for alternate arrangements.  Due to scheduled events each evening during the week of May 18, we are not able to schedule later pick up times on these days.
  • Review the attached check-out sheet to make sure you have all items before coming to the school.
    • Bring the check-out sheet with you.
    • If you do not have a printer, please bring your own pen to fill out the form once at the school.
    • Mark off all items you are returning on the form.  Please feel free to make notes if needed.
  • This will be a drive-through event. Please remain in your cars.
    • MHA Administration will be in front to assist with returning and picking up items.
    • Please follow the signs and directions once you arrive at the school.
    • If possible, have the items you are returning in your trunk for school staff to collect.
    • School staff will also put items (see below) directly in your vehicle trunk if possible.
  • Bags are being provided for each student:
    • Lower School teachers will place any personal items that were left in the classroom in these bags.
    • Lockers will be cleaned out for 6-12 and items placed in these bags.
    • Athletic trophies/certificates will be placed in these bags.
  • Yearbooks will also be distributed at this time.  We are working on alternative ways to sign yearbooks.  Watch for further information.
  • Please refrain from coming if you or anyone in your household is/has exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 in the last seven days.
  • If you have questions about a particular item or believe you need access to the school building, please arrange with administration in advance.

MHA Families:

 

After completing week 5 of remote learning, one thing is clear: our teachers love and miss their students! Thank you for hanging in there and supporting your students as we work together.

 

Formal learning for Mile High Academy will end on Thursday, May 14.   May 18-20 will be used for wrapping up the year, virtual class parties, returning school items, completing check out, cleaning out lockers and picking up items before summer.   Administration is working on the details.  Planning for graduation ceremonies is also being finalized. 

 

Watch for further information to be shared soon for all end-of-year activities.

MHA Administration

MHA Families:

 

As you may know, many school districts throughout Colorado have made the difficult but necessary decision to remain closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  Mile High Academy will follow these decisions to remain closed and continue remote learning for the balance of this school year.   Please see the attached letter from the local public school superintendents that states the underlying reasons for this decision.

 

Administration is working on alternate options for graduation and other school events.     

 

Please join us in praying for our families, our communities, as well as our state and national leaders as we all rise to the challenges before us. We are praying for each of our MHA families! 

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you.  He will not leave you nor forsake you.   -Deuteronomy 31:6

 MHA Administration

MHA Families:

 

What a time this is!  Mile High Academy will be following the state and conference directive to extend the prohibition on in-school instruction and mandatory social-distancing to April 30th.  Therefore, remote learning will continue and MHA will not have an official Spring sports season.  We are thankful for a Christ-centered community that is flexible and open to exploration as quality remote learning is developed and improved to best serve students and their families.  Please take a few minutes to provide valuable feedback of your student’s experience during the first two weeks of remote learning.  This survey should be completed for each of your students.  It will be open until Saturday night (April 4, 2020) at midnight.  The responses will be processed on Sunday and shared with the teaching staff on Monday morning.  

 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Jocelyn Aalborg

MHA Families:

 

Thank you for all the support you have given to your students and their teachers during the first week of remote learning.  The focus both this first week and for the next three will be on the core academic classes.  However, we also appreciate the importance, especially at this time, of enrichment classes to our students.  Please note the following: 

 

* your student’s third quarter grade for art, music and grades K  through 9th for PE will be frozen for the time of remote learning.  If remote learning continues past April 17, the third quarter grade will become the fourth quarter grade

* if your student wishes to improve their third quarter grade for fourth quarter for art, music, and grades K through 9th for PE, please contact Mrs. Rettler, Ms. Aviles, and/or Mr. Weber to craft the requirements and due date for a graded project

* Baptismal class with Mr. Morris will continue

* Other electives are suspended during the weeks of remote learning

 

Art:

–Art classes for middle and upper school will be open to any student in that school; so if your student was not enrolled in Art third quarter but would enjoy participating, they are encouraged to do so

–Art will continued to be offered in Lower School by the student’s classroom teacher

–Mrs. Rettler will host an US Live Art Class via zoom on Tuesday at 7 PM and a MS Live Art Class via zoom on Thursday at 3 PM.  

–Middle and Upper students should email Mrs. Rettler to be added to the recorded class for weeks 3 and 4

 

Music:  

–Ms. Aviles will host a live music class for PK-2nd grade students on Friday mornings at 10:30 AM.

–3rd through 5th graders, you should have received an email and link for specific YouTube lessons

–there will be 32 one-on-one time slots for next week for students desiring to practice their instrument or their choir songs. 

–look for periodic posts of music activity ideas for all ages that will be posted on Facebook and shared via email

–students will be emailed one weekly challenge to learn and share

–in light of remote-learning and the likely possibility that it will be extended beyond April 17, there will be no Spring music concerts

 

Physical Education:

–Mr. Weber will share twice weekly videos of simple and fun, fitness-type activities that students or students and their families can do on Mondays and Thursdays; the first one is attached to this email – sock golf

–6th through 12 graders will receive some sport specific skills practice ideas

–independent PE students will continue to work directly with Mr. Weber to complete their respective requirements

–updates on spring sports will be shared as they become available

 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact admin or the respective teacher.  It is our hope that students will enjoy participating in the above offerings during this time of remote learning.

Brenda Rodie

*Please see the email or email the teacher directly for Zoom links.

MHA Families:

 

As you are likely aware, Colorado Governor Polis issued an executive order yesterday suspending in-person learning in public and private schools through April 17.  Mile High Academy will be following this executive order, meaning the campus will remain closed through Friday, April 17.  This includes before and after school care,  preschool and athletics.  As announced previously, remote learning will start next Tuesday.   Monday, March 23, will be a teacher planning day and there will be no student assignments on that day.   From Tuesday on, teachers will be in touch with students remotely, each day. 

 

Having students home from school has the potential to create additional practical challenges, especially for working parents (whether you are working at home or away from home).  Please know that our intent is to ensure that students continue learning during this closure.  Remote learning is not meant to create additional hardships for students or their families.  For the most part, students will be able to complete their assignments each day at a time that is convenient for your family.  There is not an expectation that students will spend a full school day in front of a screen.   Due to the importance of maintaining connections during this time, each student is asked to connect face to face with their teacher at a scheduled time once each day for attendance and worship.  This will be the best way to record the required attendance and more importantly, provide a time for students to connect together as a class.  We realize that there may be some instances where this is not possible and will ask that you connect with your student’s teacher in an alternate way on that date. 

 

Moving to remote learning is uncharted territory for MHA and teachers.  Thank you to each of you for partnering with us in this journey.  All will benefit from patience and grace as we make this transition together.  Our teachers already miss their students especially during this abrupt life change.  What makes MHA special is the relationships between our teachers and their students.  THIS will not change!!  Above all, we know where our help and strength come from:

 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31

 

MHA Administration

MHA Families –

The following is additional information regarding Mile High Academy as circumstances continue to change. At this time, MHA will conduct remote learning from March 24 until April 3. You will continue to receive updated communications via email as the information becomes available.

Please note the following:

  •      Monday, March 23 – there will be no school; this day will be treated like a weather related closure. Teachers will communicate with parents on or before Monday about the expectations for remote learning for their classes.
  •      Remote learning will happen four days per week – Monday through Thursday during regular school hours.
  • Please complete this short survey here within the next 24 hours. This will help your student’s teacher gather information on what technology resources are available in your home.
  •      Dual credit is being handled separately for Friday class time. Your student’s teacher will communicate when the extra class time will be held Monday – Thursday.
  •      Chapel will change to be offered as voluntary vespers Friday evenings.  Please look for more information later this week.
  •      Fridays will be for teachers to prep for the following week and send out parent and student communication. Fridays are also a time to set up appointments with teachers in lieu of no tutor days if your student needs additional assistance.
  •      There will be no electives the first week.  This includes physical education, music, art, etc.  Electives will resume week 2.
  •      For PK – 5, your student’s teacher will be sending out communication on what to expect and the ways to connect next week face to face so attendance can be taken.
  •      6-12 will follow their regular class schedule. Students should have their computers at home and will access the Teams site. Each class will have its own individual Teams site. This location is where the teachers will be doing videos, teaching, posting notes, etc. Attendance will be taken during each class period, just like a typical day. Students are required to connect with their teachers. If there is something that would prohibit this, please connect with the teacher and administration right away. If your student is sick and unable to do school for the day, please email the office to be excused. For US during the first week, 7th period will be moved up to 6th period and there will be no final period of the day. For MS during the first week, there will be no 7th period as this period is electives. Attached please find a schedule.

o   If students do not have their school issued computer or are working without their MHA computer, they can still connect to Office 365.

  • All MS and US students have Office 365 through MHA. This can be accessed via mobile apps, online, and desktop apps installed on up to 5 devices. Teams, OneDrive, and email are accessible from any internet-connected device at www.office.com. Login in with your MHA email and password. If prompted, select Work or School Account. If you have technical difficulties, please reach out to Tyler Rettler. Please be aware he will be assisting all RMC employees during this time.
  •      All homework and lesson plans will be updated by 4:00 PM on Fridays beginning Friday, March 27. Grades will be updated daily.

In addition, per a CHSSA communication today, Spring Sports for the 2020 season has been pushed back to April 18. We will continue to update as we receive information.

Finally, Upper School Parents please be advised that the NYC Music Trip and the Adventure Learning Trip are canceled.  Certainly, we realize how hard these students have worked and how much they have been looking forward to these trips.  Although it is tremendously unfortunate, there are no alternatives to canceling at this point.  Once the final notifications are made, notification will be sent regarding refunds.

Thank you for your continuous support during this time.

Jocelyn Aalborg

MHA Families:

 

In conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Mile High Academy will continue with remote-learning until April 6.  We will continue to update you as things change and as we have information. 

 

We hope you are enjoying your Spring Break as we all adjust to these rapidly changing conditions.  Watch for further information by the end of the week on how the next few weeks will look. 

Brenda Rodie

MHA Families:

In a continued effort to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, staff and families and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Mile High Academy will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.  Spring Break will remain one week in length with remote learning starting on Monday, March 23.

Today students will be coming home with some basic information and materials for remote learning during the week of March 23 – 27.  FACTS SIS will continue to be the source for attendance, lesson plans, homework and grades.  During remote learning, students will be expected to have a daily check-in with their teachers for attendance and learning. Teachers will be available during normal school hours.  More information regarding remote learning will be shared within the next week as teachers finalize their lesson plans as well as the office schedule.

These are unprecedented public health challenges.  The decision to close the week of March 23 was difficult and made after consultation with the Rocky Mountain Conference.  This decision will no doubt impact MHA students, families, teachers and staff.  The situation will continue to be closely monitored.  A decision will be made closer to March 27 regarding whether students and staff should return to school the following Monday, March 30.

Please continue to check your emails for updates.  Thank you for your continued support of Mile High Academy.

MHA Administration

MHA Families,

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) begins to have an increased impact on our community, it is important to share the steps being taken at Mile High Academy to keep students healthy and to ensure their academic progress.  Please know that Administration reviews COVID-19 information as it becomes available and makes necessary adjustments. 

 

MHA has been working closely with the school nurse and following all the recommendations given on disinfecting and sanitizing the school.  In addition, MHA has been working with the cleaning service to ensure the recommendations of the school nurse, the CDC, and the Colorado Health Department are followed.  The cleaning service is at school for 4+ hours during the school day routinely cleaning as well as cleaning/sanitizing each classroom and common area each night.  Sanitizing spray is available for all classrooms and disinfectant wipes are available for non-food surfaces. 

 

Please go over the following reminders with your student:

  • wash hands frequently using soap and water
  • avoid touching your face
  • practice respiratory etiquette – covering nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with elbow
  • avoid close contact with those that are sick
  • if your student is ill, please do not have them come to school
  • students with vomiting, diarrhea or fevers above 100 should not be at school
  • students should be fever-free for 24 hours (without the assistance of medications) before returning to school
  • if you indicate that your student will miss school due to sickness, please advise the symptoms
  • if you are traveling internationally, go to the CDC website and adhere to their travel recommendations and restrictions

The teaching staff is prepared with a plan for each grade/class to conduct learning remotely for up to 14 days in the event that students and/or staff are not able to physically come to school. 

 

Based on the guidance received from the school nurse, the CDC, Colorado Health Department and the Mid-American Union, we are confident that unless directed otherwise, the actions taken are comprehensive and appropriate, permitting school to remain open. 

MHA Administration