The Colorado Department of Education has awarded seven schools in the Five Star District with top academic honors. Congratulations to Meridian Elementary, Hulstrom K-8, Stargate Charter, STEM Lab K-8, Mountain View Elementary, Prairie Hills Elementary and Tarver Elementary.
Meridian Elementary, Hulstrom K-8, Stargate Charter and STEM Lab K-8 earned the 2013 John Irwin Schools of Excellence award. Mountain View Elementary, Prairie Hills Elementary and Tarver Elementary earned the 2013 Governor's Distinguished Improvement award.
The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement. On the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools "exceed" expectations on the indicator for academic achievement over three years.
The Governor's Distinguished Improvement award goes to schools that demonstrate excellent student growth. On the school performance framework, these schools "exceed" expectations on the indicator related to longitudinal academic growth over three years.
Information Technology will perform system maintenance and an infrastructure upgrade to the Adams 12 Five Star Schools network Dec. 26, 2013 – Dec. 31, 2013 while our schools and district office are closed for Winter Break. This means systems like the Infinite Campus (IC) Parent Portal, School Websites, Online Choice and our Employment Applications Center will not be available during this time.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. We will update this website as systems are brought back online. Thank you for your patience and for supporting us while we enhance our ability to teach students.
On Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, Coloradans will come together again to raise millions of dollars for nonprofits like our Five Star Education Foundation. Donate now. This year the Five Star Education Foundation hopes to raise funds on Colorado Gives Day so it can continue to fund many instructional technology projects in Adams 12 Five Star Schools.
Your donation no matter how small or large ensures the Foundation can continue to support technology in our classrooms. You can schedule your one-time or recurring gift to the Five Star Education Foundation any time between now and Dec. 10. Your contribution will be increased thanks to an incentive from FirstBank.
Northglenn High School has earned national certification for its Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program. PLTW, a non-profit organization and the nation’s leading provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education programs, offers a rigorous world-class curriculum that allows students to apply what they are learning in math and science class to real-life biomedical science, engineering and technology projects.
The national PLTW recognition program distinguishes schools for successfully demonstrating a commitment to PLTW’s national standards. Additionally, certification as a PLTW school provides students with the opportunity to apply for college credit or receive college-level recognition at PLTW affiliate universities.
Adams 12 Five Star Schools has opened 30 schools to the Choice application process for the 2014-2015 school year. To see the schools and grades open for Choice, please visit http://www.adams12.org/choice/schools.
The deadline for priority consideration is Jan. 31, 2014. Parents and students submitting an application for priority consideration will be notified of the results of their application no later than the third week of February. If the number of requests exceeds the spaces available for priority consideration in a given school, the district will hold a lottery.
The Choice application is available online at http://www.adams12.org/choice/application. For families without computer access, applications are available at each school and at the Educational Support Center, 1500 E. 128th Ave. in Thornton.
Last year, the Adams 12 Five Star Schools received more than 4,200 Choice applications for the 2013-2014 school year. In accordance with the state’s open enrollment law, the district’s Choice Program allows for students to apply to attend schools outside of their attendance area boundary. Those who are approved for Choice are responsible for their own transportation.
Both in-district and out-of-district students can apply for Choice. Out-of-district Choice requests are considered after in-district applications. Acceptance to a Choice school is based upon several criteria: availability of space, sufficient teaching staff, appropriate programs and the necessary facilities for special needs students. While not a guarantee, when possible, priority will be given to sibling applications for Choice so that families will attend the same school. A second priority will be given to siblings who have a one-year lapse of concurrent enrollment.
(Update as of 12/3/13 at 4:30 p.m.) The Colorado Supreme Court will hear an appeal filed by the Secretary of State related to the Director District 4 race. Briefs are due from all parties on Monday, Dec. 16. Additionally, the Colorado Supreme Court granted a stay of the District Court's Order. This means the school district and the board are in a holding pattern until the Supreme Court decides the appeal. Rico Figueroa continues to serve as the Director in District 4 until the district and board receive a ruling from the Supreme Court that helps determine what to do next.
(Update as of 11/18/13 at 8 p.m.) Late Monday afternoon, Denver Chief District Judge Robert Hyatt ordered the clerks of Adams and Broomfield counties to count the votes cast for Amy Speers in the Nov. 5 election for Director District 4 of the Adams 12 Five Star Schools Board of Education. The other candidate in the Director District 4 race is current board member Rico Figueroa.
The order invalidates the emergency rule that the Secretary of State issued on Nov. 5 that stated, “If the designated election official determines, after ballots are printed, that an individual whose name appears on the ballot is not qualified for office, the votes cast for that individual are invalid and must not be counted.” On Thursday, Nov. 14, a group of plaintiffs filed suit against the Secretary of State’s authority to administer such emergency rule.
After receiving an inquiry on Tuesday, Oct. 29, the district’s designated election official determined Speers does not live in the director district for which she was running. This made her ineligible to run for such office. After the candidate chose not to submit a notice of withdrawal, the district’s election official requested in writing on Friday, Nov. 1 that the clerks of Adams and Broomfield counties withdraw Amy Speers as a candidate for the office of Director District 4. The district was obligated under election law to request her name be withdrawn.
The Secretary of State has until Thursday to appeal the ruling. In the meantime, the district understands that the clerks of Adams and Broomfield counties will certify all votes, including those for Speers, by the end of this week.
If the certified count indicates Figueroa with the most votes, he will be sworn in as the director for District 4. If the certified count indicates Speers with the most votes, the court has ordered that a vacancy be declared since she is ineligible to take office. That means the board of education must then appoint someone to serve as the director of District 4. The board is responsible for determining the process for how to fill the vacancy, and the vacancy must be filled within 60 days.
The newly-elected board members for Director District 3 and Director District 4 were scheduled to be sworn-in at this Wednesday’s board meeting. Depending on when the election results are certified and the status of any court-proceedings, the board may have to hold a special meeting at a later date for the swearing-in ceremony.
Parents with students in elementary school who want to learn more about standards-based grading (SBG) in Adams 12 Five Star Schools are encouraged to attend one of three information sessions scheduled for Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and Jan. 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Educational Support Center, 1500 E. 128th Ave. in Thornton.
These sessions will focus on how standards-based grading relates to the district's instructional practices, and how to read and interpret the new report card. The district will also review additional resources with parents.
All middle schools are offering monthly parent meetings about standards-based grading. Please contact your student's middle school if you have questions about those meetings. Legacy and Mountain Range high schools are engaging in standards referenced grading and will hold site specific parent information events.
If you're unable to attend one of these meetings, you can view a short video presentation about standards-based grading in Adams 12 Five Star Schools by visiting our SBG resource page. If you have additional questions or concerns, you can contact your child's school or you can email us.
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Adams 12 Five Star Schools seeks community input on the district's instructional materials policy (Superintendent Policy 6230). The policy outlines the process for selecting and approving instructional materials to be used in the classroom.
The district is in process of revising the policy and would like feeback concerning some of the proposed changes. Interested parents and community members are encouraged to attend one of three dialogue sessions hosted by Chief Academic Officer Tracy Dorland, Executive Director of Secondary Schools Janette Walters and staff.
Instructional Materials Policy - Dialogue Sessions
- Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6-7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Legacy High School, 2701 W. 136th Ave. in Broomfield
- Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6-7:30 p.m. in the STEM area at Northglenn High School, 601 W. 100th Pl. in Northglenn
- Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6-7:30 p.m. in the library media center at Horizon High School, 5321 E. 136th Ave. in Thornton
Award-winning author Ashley Merryman will be the guest speaker at the District School Improvement Team's (DSIT) meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Educational Support Center (ESC), 1500 E. 128th Ave. in Thornton. Merryman co-authored NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children and the newly released Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, Nightline, All Things Considered, Fresh Air and in Newsweek. Books can be purchased at the event and a book signing will follow the meeting. Click here for more information.
Please RSVP for the Nov. 14 meeting.
Spanish interpretation services will be available. FREE childcare will also be available for children who are potty trained and between 3 and 11 years old. Snacks, food and drinks will not be provided or allowed. However, you’re welcome to send a water bottle marked with your child’s name.