News Archive

Superintendent addresses scheduled media report about district's budget

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2/4/13 Letter on Media Report about Budget

February 4, 2013

Dear Five Star staff, parents and community members: 

February is Career and Technical Education Month

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Career and Tech Ed Month

Adams 12 Five Star Schools Superintendent Chris Gdowski has proclaimed the month of February to be "Career and Technical Education Month" in the Five Star District.

Attend the Indian Education Pow Wow

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Indian Education Pow Wow

The American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (AIPAC) and the Indian Education Liaison for the Five Star District invite you to attend the 4th Annual Adams 12 Five Star Schools Indian Education Pow Wow on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The pow wow commemorates and honors the tradition and culture of our American Indian community.

Adams 12 Five Star Schools' graduation rate climbs 5 percent, outpacing the state

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Grad Rate Up
Thornton High School sees 8.8 percent jump in its graduation rate, Horizon and Legacy High Schools’ rate surpasses 90 percent

Adams 12 Five Star Schools is pleased to announce its graduation rate for the Class of 2012 increased 5.1 percent to 79 percent as compared to the previous year. The district’s graduation rate has increased the last two years, or every year since the new four-year “on time” formula for calculating graduation rates was established by the U.S.

Superintendent's Message on Connecticut Tragedy

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Safety Message
Letter addresses district safety initiatives and mental health resources

The Role of Caring Adults after a Tragedy (Source: Colorado School Safety Resource Center)

Dec. 14, 2012

Dear Parents and Guardians:

As you are probably aware, there was a school shooting in Connecticut this morning. This is yet another sad day for our country, and all school communities.

Federally-mandated meal price increases take effect January 2013

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Lunch price increase
Paid lunch to increase 5 cents; no change for reduced-price meals

On Jan. 7, 2013, Nutrition Services will increase the price of paid school lunch 5 cents for elementary, middle and high schools. The increase is mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nutrition Services had not implemented a meal price increase since August 2010. There will be no change to the current meal price for students eligible for reduced-price meals for lunch.

Leroy Drive Elementary celebrates International Baccalaureate Accreditation

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Leroy IB
First elementary in the Five Star District to achieve the honor

After undergoing a lengthy and rigorous qualification process, Leroy Drive Elementary has received full authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to offer the IB Primary Years Programme. Leroy Drive is first elementary school in the Five Star District to achieve this honor.

State recognizes five schools for their superior academic performance

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State Academic Awards
Congratulations to Meridian Elementary, Hulstrom K-8, Stargate Charter, Arapahoe Ridge Elementary and Tarver Elementary

The Colorado Department of Education has awarded five schools in the Five Star District with top academic honors. Congratulations to Meridian Elementary, Hulstrom K-8, Stargate Charter, Arapahoe Ridge Elementary and Tarver Elementary for earning this distinction.

Next DSIT meeting features discussion on delivering Specials (Art, Music and P.E.)

Meeting is Thursday, Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m. at the Educational Support Center

The next meeting of the District School Improvement Team (DSIT) will feature a discussion about Specials (Art, Music and P.E.). DSIT welcomes those interested to attend on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Educational Support Center, 1500 E. 128th Ave. in Thornton.

District opens 29 schools to Choice for 2013-14 school year

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Choice 2013-14
Submit application by Jan. 31 for priority consideration

Adams 12 Five Star Schools has opened 29 schools to the Choice application process for the 2013-2014 school year. To see the schools and grades open for Choice, please visit