Recent News

Board of Education Election 2021: Meet the Candidates

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 10:15am

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 ...

Board passes resolutions opposing Propositions 119 & 120

Sunday, October 10, 2021 - 8:00pm

At its Oct. 6 regular meeting, the Board of Education passed resolutions in opposition to Proposition 119 and Proposition 120.

What does Proposition 119 do? (Source: 2021 State Ballot Information Booklet) The measure creates the Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress program (program) to provide financial aid and support to eligible Colorado youth to access out-of-school learning ...

Celebrating our classified employees this week and beyond

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 10:45am

Classified Employee Week Oct 4-8, 2021

This week and throughout the year, Adams 12 Five Star Schools appreciates the hard work of each and every classified employee. To rightfully honor their essential work, the Adams 12 Five Star Schools Board of Education proclaimed October 4-8, 2021 Classified School Employees Week. Read the full proclamation .

Classified employees play crucial roles in our schools and communities. ...

Northglenn HS students network with real-world STEM mentors

Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 1:45pm

Five Star Stories Spotlight

The American Heart Association invited Northglenn High School’s GO STEM club to their annual Go Red for STEM event this year for an exclusive opportunity to hear from some influential women in STEM fields and get connected with real-world mentors. GO STEM stands for “girls opportunity in science, technology, engineering and math” and this year 43 girls and four boys attended the event. ...

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2

Monday, September 27, 2021 - 12:30am

District policy outlines parameters on political and campaign matters

As we draw closer to Election Day, Nov. 2, it’s important to keep in mind the legal parameters involved in election matters.

District Policy 8500 , “Political and Campaign Matters,” outlines the expectations for employees and community members.

There is a specific protocol for the distribution of political and campaign literature on school grounds. While this is ...

Mountain Range students raise funds for Children's Hospital

Friday, September 24, 2021 - 11:15am

The Mountain Range High School of Business and DECA Chapter raised $14,807.00 for Children's Hospital for Oncology and Blood Disorders! This is an incredible accomplishment given the fact that they only fundraised for three weeks. The announcement was made at the annual homecoming assembly where Principal Tiffany Hansen ended up wearing a pie – that means that the students raised more money ...

Newcomer assistants help Afghan children and families adapt

Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 8:30am

Kaiqubad is fluent in five languages and spent years as a translator for the U.S. military in Afghanistan. Now he's helping refugee children and families adapt to school life in Colorado.

Four years ago, Kaiqubad Noori and his family moved to America from Afghanistan, where Kai served for years as a translator for the U.S. military. This year, Kai started a new job, as a newcomer ...

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 ...

Week at Space Camp inspires Hilary Wimmer

Monday, September 13, 2021 - 2:00pm

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 ...

Volunteer crossing guard Tom Metzler helps Silver Creek

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 3:00pm

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. ...