Student Voices

Articles from February 2 Newsletter

Students Show Kindness!

The month of January was dedicated to putting kindness at the forefront. As this month is ending, we set out to hear one of our student’s voices. We sat down with a sophomore student, Josh M., as he shared his thoughts.

Josh M. expressed that he felt mixed feelings about having a specific month focused on kindness, as we should express kindness any time of the year. However, he also responded that the month helped students realize how much kindness matters. When we asked what his favorite moment in the month was, he replied that it was the US Service Day. He mentioned that cleaning the buses was his favorite part and that he and his friends found ways to make the activity enjoyable.

– By Eeheon R., photo of Josh and Eeheon by Asher L.

KINDNESS FUN

Kindness month’s been a blast. So much has gone on during this period. Kicking off with class presentations, students started out with kindness songs, poems, and lots of enthusiasm. The kindness chain has been an amazing way to share sweet thoughts as the chain continues to grow. Another thing that came up was spirit week, where everyone dressed up for kindness month. Here are some of the things teachers and students had to say:

“Kindness month is all about taking a moment to stop and think about how we can make the community around us better. That’s what kindness month has been about. It’s been fun seeing our upper school students taking on different challenges and loving each other better.” – Mrs. Berg

“I enjoyed seeing the [kindness] chain get longer. It’s a fun thing to work on.” – Mr. Tull

“It’s funny to see the different perspectives. I’ve seen a lot of students going out of their way to compliment other students.” – Kaylynn L.

To finish off the month, we initiated the kindness checklist where students were challenged to do as many kind acts as possible through the end of the month. The grand finale was the all-school heart, where everyone in the school gathered to form a heart behind the school while a drone hovered to take a picture (you may have seen it posted on our social media.). Kindness month was a success that will lead to kindness throughout the year.

– By Chris T, pictures by Lindsay S.

Articles from January 12 Newsletter

On Our Way to Greater Summit

This Friday Mile High Academy is excited to bring a group of high school students to Greater Summit, a prayer conference geared towards teenagers to help them grow their relationships with God and each other. The summit will take place at Glacier View Ranch up in Ward, Colorado, and will include activities like sledding, hiking, and bonfires as well as faith-related activities. The summit is open to all high school students and MHA will be providing transportation and sponsors for the event. The cost is 75$ per student. Further details are posted on RMC youth’s website and parents are encouraged to check it out before the event. We hope to see all of you there!

By Addie E., Photo supplied.

 

The Little Free Library Project

Mile High Academy’s freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be participating in the Free Little Library project. These students will be working together to research what is needed to create this library, and later build it. Those who are participating will determine the design of the Little Library.  After the building process, the students will place the little library on campus where it is easily accessible. In order to make the Free Little Library functional, we are asking that you kindly donate books that you may not use or want anymore. We hope this brings more reading opportunities and joy to our community.

By Chrissy S., Photo supplied.

Kindness Kicks-off

Kindness month seemed like a good idea, it sounds fun and amazing, and it kicked off pretty well on this fine month of January. We interviewed Mrs. Berg, a teacher from upper school, to give us some thoughts about the current season we’re having. Mrs. Berg stated that kindness month was off to a good start, she was really impressed with the student definitions and presentations. Mrs. Berg also stated that she was encouraged when she saw the kindness chain. One other thing that she was excited about was spirit week.

When asked about the intentions of kindness month. Mrs. Berg stated, “oftentimes, a lot of people act mean for the sake of being funny, but life is hard enough without people being mean to you”. She also emphasized that by encouraging kindness, she hopes that the students may live better lives and understand that kindness is a better option.

By Chris T., Photos supplied.

 

Articles from January 5 Newsletter

Welcome Back to MHA!

It’s now 2023, and the new year is upon us! The Upper School Journalism class welcomes all returning students and staff. Let’s have a great rest of the year!

By Eeheon R., photo supplied.

Articles from December 8 Newsletter

Classroom Door Decorations: A Competition!

 

In the last couple of weeks, the classes of Mile High have been busy decorating their classroom doors to match the spirit of Winter and Christmas and to compete with other classes for prizes.

 

On Wednesday morning, the winners of the competition were announced. Preschool and 2nd grade got first and second in elementary school. In middle school, Ms. Blaire and Mrs. Hernández’s class doors got first and second place, respectively. Upper school-wise, Mr. Tull and Mrs. Berg’s class doors got first and second place. For the People’s Choice, 1st grade got the honor of being selected to win. Lastly, 3rd grade was declared the overall winner for the whole school, and we congratulate all the classes that ended up winning. 

 

Regardless of whether they managed to win, however, each class’s charm and uniqueness showed through their door decorations. The doors have added even more to the festive atmosphere! 

Articles from December 1 Newsletter

It is now December, and the upper school is decorated with Christmas trees, paper snowflakes, and other Christmas-themed decorations. The students took on the decorating duties on Tuesday during the split chapel. Students worked together to make the commons more lively and thematic, and their work undoubtedly added an important personal touch.

On Wednesday, the freshman class made more paper snowflakes to hang on the ceiling of the commons area, adding more to the feel of winter in the upper school. It is exciting to see all the new decorations and we can only wonder what new details may be added in the following days.

By Student Voices. Photo supplied.

Tuesday evening, our varsity girls’ and boys’ basketball teams had their first game. They played against Two Roads Charter School in Arvada. Both teams were super excited to kick off the season. The girls won 41-7 and the boys won 57-20.  Great job Mustangs!

Articles from November 17 Newsletter

Thanksgiving has been on everyone’s minds in the Upper School this week. For students at MHA, there’s also a special tradition at this time of year: Friendsgiving! Friendsgiving will take place this Friday and will include Fall activities like pumpkin painting, a hand turkey contest, and a mini volleyball tournament. At the end of it all, Upper School students will have a Thanksgiving meal with their friends—hence the name, “Friendsgiving.”

However, a lot of help is needed for these festivities to go smoothly. Students are encouraged to bring one or two dishes so there’s plenty of food for everyone, and we also need parents to volunteer to help set up, warm food, and clean up. We appreciate everyone who has already volunteered to help, and we would love it if available parents would sign up to help on Friday. Set up will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and clean up starts at 12:15 p.m. If you are available, please reach out to Rebecca Berg at [email protected] so she knows what to plan for. We hope to see you there!

By Adelaide E., Fact checked and edited by Eeheon R.

This last Sabbath was unique; it was Mile High Sabbath at the Colorado Indonesian-American SDA Church. Students and staff were invited to a fantastic church service that both our choirs and high school ensemble were a part of.

Samantha H. said, “I enjoyed being a part of this Mile High Sabbath, and I’m looking forward to our next one.”

We invite you to the next Mile High Sabbath, which will be at the Pecos SDA Church on December 3.

By Asher L., photo supplied.

Tessa Annis is a senior at Mile High Academy and has been attending since kindergarten. Furthermore, Tessa’s mom and her grandma also attended MHA. Tessa said that her senior year has been the best and that she likes all the people. Although Tessa is sad to leave Mile High Academy, she is looking forward to attending Colorado Christian University to major in business. She explained that she wants to major in business because her family owns their own company, and she plans to take that over someday. The company is in concrete forming, making parts used to build large structures. Tessa enjoys management and finance and thinks a business degree will have the most impact on her future.

By Lindsay S., photo supplied.

Articles from November 10 Newsletter

Fall Festival Through the Generations

This Saturday will mark another annual Fall Festival, and many of the current students’ parents remember Fall Festival from when they went to school. Joshua Eno started going to Mile High Academy in kindergarten and graduated from MHA in 1995. Fall Fest has been around as long as he can remember and has hundreds of fond memories of the event. “One year […] you could pay to use a sledgehammer to smash up a car,” he said, “and you could pay extra to smash up a window.” The activities are never the same, but some stick around and become crowd favorites. “The actual craziest booth was hard to describe. It was like a dunk tank, but instead of a person being dropped into water, the water was dropped on them.”

The “dunk tank” was set up like an old-fashioned bathroom, with the victim sitting on a toilet and a showerhead above them. The tank of water was above the toilet, and when someone hit the target, water came out of the showerhead and doused the victim. Mr. Eno’s father made the contraption using the plumbing parts he had around his shop.

After he graduated, Mr. Eno eventually came back to MHA in 2013, this time as the father of three MHA students, husband of the newest English teacher, Jenni Eno, and the computer science teacher. He said that having his children enjoy the same traditions as he did “makes me feel old—but it’s also nice to see [my kids] enjoying the same kinds of things that I did, like the corndogs, which are still just as good.” Mr. Eno’s kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Gherst, made the corndogs, and they remain a family favorite.

Fall Fest is a tradition that has reached across generations, and it continues to bring more students and families into the community. Though Mrs. Eno is no longer teaching at MHA, Mr. Eno teaches Calculus in the Upper School, and his children still go to Mile High. His son is in the junior class, and his youngest child is a sophomore. No matter how many generations have been involved in the school in your family or if you’re involved at all, we invite you to join the community in celebrating this fall and enjoying the food and activities at Fall Festival!

– Addie E., photos supplied.

Articles from November 3 Newsletter

This last Saturday was special, it was Mile High Sabbath at Littleton Seventh-day Adventist Church. Both the middle school choir and the high school choir sang. They were accompanied by the high school ensemble, which made for some amazing music. A couple of students spoke, and others did the children’s story. Shiloh L. said, “I really enjoyed being able to be a part of the choir and sing. It was a ton of fun, and I am looking forward to our next performance.” We anticipate another exciting Sabbath that will take place on November 12, at the Colorado Indonesian-American SDA Church.

-By Asher L., photo supplied.

A week ago, all of Mile High Academy went to various locations to serve others. All the upper school students went to separate locations like Thrive Care assisted living homes, LifeSource Adventist Fellowship, Indonesian SDA Church, and Newday Adventist Church. Our 4th graders raked some leaves and showed their creativity in painting duffle bags for foster children. 5th and 6th grade helped put together shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The rest of our lower school stayed at school and decorated cards and ornaments. Thank you to everyone who participated. We truly saw love shine through each of you.

-By Lindsay S., photos supplied.

Articles from October 27 Newsletter

Last week at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning, the student-athletes of MHA loaded up Ellen, our newest bus, and began the eight-hour trip to Lincoln, Nebraska, to compete in the Friendship Tournament at Union Adventist College. Both teams played exciting games and had a wonderful time bonding as friends and teammates. The volleyball team placed fourth in the Clocktower Bracket, while the soccer team made it into the Thunderdome Bracket where they placed 6th.

“My favorite part of Tournament was playing soccer,” said Seth E., “Because to me, that’s what Tournament is all about.”

Seth’s favorite memory was “learning how to fly” in MHA’s game against the Collegedale soccer team—a nice way of saying that he took one for the team defending during the game. He is proud of how the soccer team played, saying, “I think, particularly during the Collegedale and Maddison games…our team had a strong sense of unity. Soccer’s a team sport, and when one man falls, we all fall together.”

Much like how those games felt, the entire tournament felt like a one of unity. Both teams were close-knit and lifted each other up. That weekend, the athletes were one unit, and while they didn’t win first place, they enjoyed it equally to those who won everything—after all, what victory is complete when not everyone worked towards the same goal? And what exhibition of teamwork isn’t a victory?

By Addie. E., photos supplied.

You did it! The first quarter is down, now we start the next quarter. End your semester strong by keeping up those good grades or raise your grades by following these four steps: it helps if you are attending all your classes. In addition, going to office hours or pursuing tutoring. Furthermore, not going out on a school night can be vital to success; sleep and focus are essential for mental and physical health. Lastly, turning in all missing assignments and pursuing extra credit opportunities can also benefit your grades.

By Lindsay S., photos supplied.

Articles from October 13 Newsletter

This last Sunday evening, students enjoyed homecoming; they took buses to the venue, where they had dinner and entertainment, and afterward went bowling. Mr. Castillo said, “The food, the music, and the comradery was an enjoyable part of the experience, along with seeing my students laugh and have fun outside school. I was not involved in the event’s planning, but I tried to help in any way that was possible to make it a smooth event. It was a great honor to announce the night’s final award with Mr. Tull. It was a funny and amazing experience.”  

By Asher L., photo Amelia E.

Last week the seniors took a road trip to Union College for their annual Senior Days. We interviewed Melissa R. on her thoughts about the event. She told me that the journey was peaceful and fun. When asked about her favorite session, she said that she really enjoyed the game session in the Student Success center. She loved hanging out with her friends. We also asked her about a memorable moment, “I liked the all-schools session at the end.”

By Chris T., photo provided.

This weekend, October 15, is our first Campion game of the year. Both teams are ready for action! Every sports season our Mustangs play against MHA’s sister school, Campion Adventist Academy. We anticipate a great game and will have worship together right before. We hope to see you there at 6:15 pm for worship, and 7 pm for games.

By Addie E., photo provided.

Articles from October 6 Newsletter

This last Saturday night was a night to remember at the middle school junk scramble. 7th grade took first place, 8th grade came in second, and 6th grade was third. Shiloh L., 8th-grade class president said, “I had an awesome time getting to work together with my class and also having some friendly and fun competition with other middle schoolers.” She continued on to say that she is looking forward to next year and getting to participate as a high schooler.

By Asher L., Photo supplied by a 7th-grade parent.

Friday is the last day to receive donations for our annual Walk-A-Thon event. With high stakes, Mr. Camacho and Principal Carpenter’s heads are on the line, literally. If we raise enough we get to shave their hair off! We can’t wait to see what each student brought in for their walking efforts. You still have time! Click the link to donate: www.milehighacademy.org/walk-a-thon

By Student Voices

Our Mustangs will be playing the Campion Cougars on Saturday, October 15 at 7 pm. Come watch as volleyball 🏐 and soccer ⚽️ take on Campion Academy. Come cheer on our team!

By Student Voices

Our Mustangs will be playing the Campion Cougars on Saturday, October 15 at 7 pm. Come watch as volleyball 🏐 and soccer ⚽️ take on Campion Academy. Come cheer on our team!

By Student Voices, Stock Photo.

Articles from September 29 Newsletter

This week students are full of spirit—quite literally! Our spirit week is going strong as students dress up for a unique theme every day and try to win a free item from the SA Store. On Movie Monday, students dressed as their favorite movie characters, the winners were Sayle D., Melissa R., and Dylan M. who dressed up as Alvin and the Chipmunks. On Stunt Double Tuesday (twin day), Emalee Z. and Kurt D. won. We’ve had so much fun dressing up this week and we can’t wait for more!

By Addie E.

This last weekend alumni and staff, as well as current students gathered together for a special alumni weekend church service. The high school choir, ensemble, and middle school choir performed for the service. According to Max E. “The choir sounded amazing.” He also mentioned how greatly we have improved but there is still potential to get better. After church haystacks were enjoyed while mingling with friends.

By Asher L.

Articles from September 22 Newsletter

Hi MHA Friends & Family,

Thank you for taking a moment each week to read the Student Voices section of the newsletter. It means a lot to our Journalism students that they have a place to share their talents. As their teacher this year, I am so proud of their enthusiasm for jumping right in and taking on this role.

Let me take a moment to introduce the class to you.

On the included photo, clockwise  from the top left:

  • Lindsay S., Freshman
  • Asher L., Sophomore
  • Eeheon R., Freshman
  • Adelaide E., Sophomore
  • Anel L., Sophomore
  • Natalia V., Junior
  • Chris T., Senior
  • Chrissy S. (not pictured), Junior

If you get a chance, say hi next time you see one of our intrepid reporters.

By Mrs. Agape Hammond, Photo supplied.

Articles from September 15 Newsletter

Last Wednesday a group of 10 high school class officers and SA officers had the chance to attend the Mid-American Union Leadership Conference for an exciting weekend. They participated in an outreach project, as well as took part in learning how to become better leaders.

Our Mile High Academy students won first place in the Leadership Challenge and were all awarded $1,000 scholarships to Union College.

According to Caleb W., the trip was beneficial because “I learned self-reliance”.

Activities like rappelling off a 40-foot building and the Leadership Challenge were just a few of the highlights of the trip.

By Addie E. and Asher L.

Photo from Mile High Academy Facebook page

Articles from September 9 Newsletter

VOLLEYBALL CONTINUES WINNING STREAK

Tuesday evening, the girls’ volleyball team continued their winning streak here at home. Here are some of the highlights straight from the players’ mouths.

Hey, Melissa, what is your favorite part about playing volleyball?

“I love playing with my teammates and uplifting each other, even if we mess up!”

How did you feel about the game today? 

“The game today was a lot of fun! And I loved the positivity. I was so proud of Giselle and Jazel’s serves! I also am proud of myself for the tip, I absolutely loved the cheers!”

What is your favorite part about playing volleyball, Daniela?

“I love that it’s easy to see yourself improving and it doesn’t give you a lot of room to put yourself down about your mistakes, especially with awesome teammates.” 

How did you feel about today’s game?

“I think the game went really well. Meli’s tip and everyone’s serves were awesome. The cheering section was ELITE.”

We had to hear from Giselle and Jazel.

What do you like about volleyball?

Giselle: “My favorite thing about volleyball is the feeling after a good play. Even if I didn’t score the point it’s such a good feeling!”

Jazel: “When we are being loud and having a really hype game with a lot of energy.

What did you like most about today’s game? 

Giselle: “I felt pretty good about today’s game! It’s exciting to see each game and the growth that comes with it. I’m very proud of our team.

Jazel: “What sticks out to me compared to last season is we have a lot more energy when it comes to our cheers and helping one another out, it feels like a real team. It’s going to be a good rest of the season and we’re already starting out strong, and we’re gonna get better.”

By Addie E.

Photos by Addie E.

Articles from September 1 Newsletter

UPPER SCHOOL RETREAT FUN & GAMES

Last Thursday, sixty upper school students stepped off “Ellen,” our newest bus, and began a two-day retreat of fellowship, friendship, and fun. There to greet them, the Student Association (SA) prepared for the ultimate challenge, both literally and metaphorically—SA arrived the night before and had prepared every game and activity for the two-day event. Not only that, they had prepared for a different challenge: introducing MHA’s new spiritual theme, ‘walking free,’ a fitting and inspiring one.

After the students settled into their cabins, everyone gathered in a central main building known as the longhouse. There, the first of the icebreaker games began, with students attempting to get a mattress with someone on it across the room and back. Afterward, the students headed out to a field for numerous other fun games, employing items like hula-hoops, M&M’s, and water balloons. Competitive spirit and camaraderie ruled the day, but finally, dinner time came, and the students returned to the longhouse for much-anticipated food and worship.

During worship, Principal Carpenter spoke about the freedom that comes from sacrifice. After worship, students participated in a massive musical chairs game, which spiraled into chaos. Tensions were high and every person rooted for their classmates, but ultimately, only one won: Austin H., a freshman. After musical chairs, some students made smores while others played volleyball in the rain. Still, others warmed themselves next to the fire, until finally, they turned in for the night.

The next day, after a morning of worship, the upper school separated into their classes to vote on their class officers for the year. These included offices like the president, pastor, and secretary. Once the officers were all elected, they all gathered back at the longhouse to introduce the new officers to everyone. Once they finished announcements and shoutouts, it was time to leave. Though exhausted, the upper school left with good memories and new friends.

– Addie E. and Eeheon R., journalism students

Photo Credit: Kelvin Dela Paz

UPPER SCHOOL

The Upper School retreat was a blast and was enjoyed by all. Some students really enjoyed the games, while others had fun meeting and getting to know new people We interviewed a few students to get their take on it.

First, we interviewed Asher, a sophomore who said that he really enjoyed the worship. He also really enjoyed the ultimate challenges that we participated in. He added that he would definitely go again.

When Dylan, who is a senior this year, was asked what he thought of the retreat, he responded, “I really love it, everyone has a good attitude and hasn’t gotten kicked” he also said that his favorite part of the retreat was being able to get closer to his peers. He would love to go again if given the chance.

By Lindsay S. and Chris T., journalism students

Photo Credit: Kelvin Dela Paz

ARE YOU KEEPING UP?

If the loss of focus has caused a struggle to keep up, here are a few ways you can help yourself be more productive.

The first thing you can do is nourish your body in order to focus. Try drinking lots of water and eating a proper meal. This allows your brain to have what it needs to achieve its task.

In addition, remove technological distractions. If we eliminate that, then we can allow ourselves to focus on the task at hand instead of our phones or computers.

Lastly, a lot of people struggle with productivity because they don’t see a benefit. If we create small rewards for finishing an assignment, we will find that motivation is easily achieved.

For more tips and tricks, you can visit, https://creatingpositivefutures.com/6-simple-strategies-for-improving-students-focus/.

– By Chrissy S., journalism student; Photo: Stock Photo

Articles from August 25 Newsletter

The school year has just begun. New faces can be seen all over the Mile High Academy campus. The Journalism class took some time to interview a few freshmen about their high school experience so far.

Brendan H. said that he is excited to use the piano again in music class after leaving it for several years. He also expressed his anticipation for the music trip planned later in the school year.

Grace G. and Joey P. spoke about Mr. Tull and his biology class, saying that they liked the calmness and free atmosphere, as well as his character.

All three of them agreed that high school has been easier than expected but recognized that things will get harder going forward.

By Eeheon R., journalism student

Photo By Chris T.

We’re anticipating a great season for volleyball this year, and so are our athletes! As Emalee Z. told me, “I’m a freshman so this will be my first high school game and I’m so excited!”

Emalee has been playing since fourth grade, ever since her dad started teaching her.

“My dad was a professional volleyball player in Indonesia, and he’s always wanted us to have fun with it,” says Emalee.

Though she isn’t a starting player this year, she can’t wait to cheer on her teammates and grow her skill set. We hope that you’ll be there to cheer us on too!

By Adelaide E., contributor and US volleyball player, Stock photo

KINDNESS FUN

Kindness month’s been a blast. So much has gone on during this period. Kicking off with class presentations, students started out with kindness songs, poems, and lots and enthusiasm. The kindness chain has been an amazing way to share sweet thoughts as the chain continues to grow. Another thing that came up was spirit week, where everyone dressed up for kindness month. Here are some of the things teachers and students had to say:

“Kindness month is all about taking a moment to stop and think about how we can make the community around us better. That’s what kindness month has been about. It’s been fun seeing our upper school students taking on different challenges and loving each other better.” – Mrs. Berg

“I enjoyed seeing the [kindness] chain get longer. It’s a fun thing to work on.” – Mr. Tull

“It’s funny to see the different perspectives. I’ve seen a lot of students going out of their way to compliment other students.” – Kaylynn L.

To finish off the month, we initiated the kindness checklist where students were challenged to do as many kind acts as possible through the end of the month. The grand finale was the all-school heart, where everyone in the school gathered to form a heart behind the school while a drone hovered to take a picture (you may have seen it posted on our social media.) Kindness month was a success that will lead to kindness throughout the year.

– By Chris T, pictures by Lindsay S.