Recent News

Latin honors system will laud more outstanding graduates

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 3:00pm

For years, high schools have selected just one valedictorian and salutatorian.

In an effort to celebrate a greater number of deserving students and encourage a variety of academic pursuits, the Five Star District is changing the way it recognizes the academic excellence of its graduating seniors.

Starting with the graduating class of 2025 (students who are currently freshmen), the district will transition to a Latin honors approach rather ...

Make a difference for Five Star students from your phone

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 2:45pm

If you knew a student in your child’s class didn’t have shoes for school, chances are you’d help if you could, right? But it’s hard to know if the family down the street has food on their table or if their child will have a winter jacket this year, so how can you help?

Enter our new initiative with the Five Star Education Foundation , our schools and the Purposity ...

Five Star Stories

Monday, September 13, 2021 - 2:00pm

Week at Space Camp inspires Hilary Wimmer, 2020 Colorado Teacher of the Year

Hilary Wimmer, Colorado’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, got to take the trip of a lifetime this summer when she joined educators from across the country at Space Camp in Alabama.

The educators got hands-on training to learn methods for exciting and inspiring students about space exploration and the aerospace industry in general.

Hilary and her peers geared up ...

Staff and families revive Thornton High community garden

Friday, September 3, 2021 - 2:45pm

Five Star Stories Spotlight

Valarie Almanzar (Parent Engagement Coordinator), Brenda Navarro Guerrero (Secretary at Thornton HS), and several Adams 12 families revived the old garden at Thornton High School this summer. The project offered an outdoor, socially-distanced activity for families and students where they could learn about gardening, spend time together and build a sense of community. The project ...

Board of Education Election 2021: Meet the Candidates

Friday, September 3, 2021 - 2:15pm

Board of Education Director Election November 2, 2021

The Adams 12 Board of Education has five directors that are elected at large to four-year staggered terms. The District has a director district plan of representation which requires school board members reside in a specific geographic area. The District’s Boundary Locator provides information regarding director districts for ...

Volunteer crossing guard Tom Metzler helps Silver Creek

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 3:00pm

Five Star Stories Spotlight

Every Wednesday morning for 10+ years, volunteer crossing guard Tom Metzler has helped Silver Creek Elementary School families get to school safely before he heads into work. Though his daughters, once Adams 12 students, have moved on and even graduated college by now, Tom keeps coming back to see the familiar faces in the office and help the kids and families. “It’s still fun, so I’m still ...

A Chromebook for every student

Monday, August 16, 2021 - 12:30pm

We are excited to provide a Chromebook to all students this school year.

The Five Star District is thrilled to announce that it will provide a Chromebook and charger to every student in kindergarten through twelfth grade beginning in the 2021-2022 school year.

This initiative marks a huge step forward, offering more equal access to technology for all Five Star students and easing the financial burden on families who previously had to ...

The best view comes after the hardest climb

Monday, July 26, 2021 - 1:00pm

Read Superintendent Chris Gdowski's back to school message

As we prepare to embark on the 2021-2022 school year, this phrase is fitting for many reasons. Just ask someone who has climbed one of Colorado’s 14ers. Chances are they’ll have plenty of stories to tell about the views from the summit, as well as the ups and downs of their journey to get there.

Closer to home, our students and staff in the Five Star District are on their ...

Apply for Free and Reduced Benefits

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 12:15pm

Families must reapply each school year to receive the benefits

All families are encouraged to apply for free and reduced benefits for the 2021-2022 school year. By applying for free and reduced benefits families receive assistance and they help their child's school too.

Here's how. By applying :

Your child’s school can receive additional funding to enhance the educational experience for all students. School fees can be waived or reduced. ...