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Mile High 360's Springtime Update

March 24, 2020

With Students Out of School,

Mile High 360 Does Even More...

Mile High 360 students and staff have been busier than normal! With The Novel Coronavirus forcing schools to close and students being sequestered in their homes, Mile High 360 is using a variety of platforms - Zoom (for discussion), Instagram (for live streaming) and Google Classroom (for assigning projects and giving feedback) - to stay connected with students as they engage in Project Based Learning assignments (e.g., The creation of a mobile app), collaborate with peers, and mix with local experts across a variety of fields.

While Mile High 360 will cut back on cycling and squash (social distancing), it will step up its mental health programming and provide students with weekly exercise challenges. And, while Mile High 360 can no longer provide its students with daily snacks and meals through its partnership with Revolution Foods, Mile High 360 is guiding its students and their families to local resources. For the foreseeable future, Mile High 360 will not only provide original programming in all three of its content areas - Academics, Health & Wellness, and Life Skills - but it will support the online learning initiatives from each of its two partner schools, West Leadership Academy and The Fred Thomas Career Educational Center: Early College.

Using a combination of Google Classroom and Google Hangouts, MH360 High School students will continue to participate in a range of virtual, home-based activities with MH360 staff and peers to ensure that they continue making forward progress both academically as well as in terms of post-secondary planning, while also maintaining their physical and emotional wellbeing.  More specifically, MH360 will be supporting students' classroom learning by providing cognitively-engaging activities, study-skill support and test preparation classes, including the following virtual activities:

  • Support in completing school assignments via virtual tutoring
  • Writing assignments + virtual group discussion (e.g., DCEFF Film Screening with writing prompt and group discussion)
  • Weekly SAT Prep Class (11th grade students)
  • Resume & Cover Letter Writing Workshops
  • Personal Statement Writing Workshops
  • Time-management skill development
  • Weekly one-on-one check-ins to determine if additional support is needed

MH360 staff have also developed a Fitness and Wellness Curriculum to support students' physical and emotional wellbeing while maintaining students' social connectedness with the following:

  • Suggested weekly workout schedule
  • Cardiorespiratory training
  • Muscular strength and endurance training
  • Flexibility training/Yoga
  • Guided meditation/Self-reflection activities
  • Fitness Challenges (e.g., plank challenge, squat challenge, family fitness challenge)

Using Google Hangouts, a private Facebook group, and phone call check-ins, post-secondary students will engage with MH360, their peers, and staff to continue pushing forward and staying connected. Seniors in high school will continue to plan for post-secondary options, including applying for financial aid and scholarships, complete housing and acceptance requirements, and participating in virtual Bridge To Post-Secondary sessions. For those switching to online college classes, virtual tutors will be provided for those who would like more support in the transition. MH360 will be supporting post-secondary students with:

· Monthly one-on-one check-ins discussing school, work, and health and wellness

· Support in completing college assignments via virtual tutoring from volunteers

· Resume, cover letter, and assistance in job search

· Financial aid/scholarship support

· Virtual Summer Melt, weekly discussion topics for rising Freshmen to build skills and knowledge around their first-year at university

· Virtual University Chats, current college students will share about their university and answer questions from high school students

· Virtual Coffee Dates, students will be matched with professionals to help them gain an understanding of their field and meet possible network connections

· Fitness challenges to keep students active and connected

Novel Coronavirus Relief Fund

The Novel Coronavirus is hitting everyone hard. And, it is hitting some of Mile High 360's families particularly hard. In this unprecedented time, Mile High 360 is expanding its access to essential out-of-school resources to include the basic needs (i.e., food, utilities, toiletries, and cleaning supplies) for a few families who are dire need of assistance just to stay afloat. Click the "Find Out More" link to learn how to help.  Find out more ››

Mile High 360's Make Miles Matter Cycling Series - Saturday, June 6th, Moves to Zwift and virtual reality!

Mile High 360 is excited to announce that it is moving its spring Make Miles Matter Cycling Series Fundraiser from a live ride to a virtual ride with Zwift. The ride is scheduled for Saturday, June 6th. Check out the website for More details. Find out more ››

The Novel Corona Virus Isn't Stopping The Good News...

The Novel Coronavirus can't stop Mile High 360's students from

achieving greatness:

Fernando just won the Daniels Fund Scholarship, which will cover all of his post-secondary expenses. He is deciding between Colorado School of Mines and CU Boulder.

Jared was awarded a scholarship with Overland Bike Tours to ride across the country, literally. Six of cycling will take Jared from the east coast to the west coast.

Mile High 360 has students in post-secondary institutions all around Colorado. Wendy will be the first to head out of state for her post-secondary experience. She will attend New Mexico State University.