Schools share Points of Pride for the '18-19 School Year

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 12:15pm

School achievements highlighted by level

The following list of school achievements was compiled by schools that submitted a point of pride for the May issue of the Five Star Journal. 


Arapahoe Ridge

  • Celebrated Arapahoe Ridge's 20th Anniversary.
  • A 12 classroom expansion was completed in addition to renovations and upgrades to the existing building.
  • Reached the goal of a 1:1 ratio of Chromebooks / students thanks to the fundraising efforts of their community.


  • Created a Literacy Night where over 200 families attended. During the event, all students received books and parents learned strategies on how to support their students when reading at home.
  • Implemented the Coffee with the Principal event once a month. 15-20 parents attended the events to learn more about their student’s education and provide feedback to the principal. 

Cherry Drive

  • Recognized as an Apple Distinguished School six years in a row
  • 1:1 iPad School and 24/7 learning environment
  • All staff awarded as "Apple Educators"

Coronado Hills

  • Awarded the Centers of Excellence Award for exhibiting the highest sustained rates of student longitudinal growth.

Cotton Creek

  • Raised over $25,000 at the “Dash for Cash” event in support of Literacy.
  • The Battle of the Books team took 3rd place at the district-wide competition.
  • The third-grade Cub Choir and Chorale performed the National Anthem at the Colorado Rockies Game for the 15th year in a row!

Coyote Ridge

  • Awarded the John Irwin Award for Academic Excellence
  • One of the highest rates of parent participation in the 2018-19 Family-School Relationships Survey and improved scores within every category.
  • Received a grant for a digital 3-D printer for student use.

Glacier Peak

  • After reading A Long Walk to Water and meeting Arok Garang, from the organization Seeds of South Sudan, fifth-graders at Glacier Peak sponsored a fundraiser to benefit Seeds of South Sudan. A total of $1500 was raised to support a child's education for one year in Sudan.


  • Participated in the Kids Heart Challenge, received a cooking kit grant from Action For Healthy Kids, and held an Every Kid Healthy Event.
  • Reduced landfill waste by recycling milk cartons. This effort was started by fourth grade students and Hillcrest and is the first school in the Five Star District to recycle milk cartons.
  • Received a $7500 grant from the Colorado Garden and Home show to install a new school garden.


  • Awarded an IBARMS Collaboration Grant to allow time for teachers to collaborate and plan for upcoming units of study. 
  • Awarded WalMart/Sam's Club Community Grant which provided funding for student snacks during CMAS testing.
  • 40 students received first semester Perfect Attendance.

Malley Drive

  • Several staff members and administrators testified at the State Capitol and witnessed Senate Bill 19-102 for Community Schools being signed by Governor Polis. This bill will allow Community Schools to be considered as an option for an innovation status.


  • Awarded the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award and John Irwin Award for longitudinal growth and achievement for students.
  • Awarded the 2019 Innovative Learning Grant for the Gifted and Talented program.
  • Engaged in numerous community engagement activities to support Adams 12 Five Star Schools through the annual coat drive, Thanksgiving meals, holiday gift supplies and more.

Mountain View

  • First graders partnered with Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Service to create Five educational radio spots regarding civics.
  • Students spent the month of February collecting $4,673.10 to donate to local nonprofit agencies. This was part of a Service Learning Project titled: The Change for Change Challenge organized by Molly Gibney,  Digital Literacy and GT teacher. Students researched nonprofits and selected six agencies to receive the money. The agencies support causes focused on homelessness, food and hunger issues, environmental awareness, senior and elderly care, animal care and support for disabled military veterans.
  • Four teachers, Molly Gibney, Chassity Ross, Jillian Stuut and Jenny Rosenfels were selected to participate in a grant-funded MindSpark Robotics Workshop. Teachers also received coding instructional tolls to use with students.

Prairie Hills 

  • Two third-grade teachers were awarded the Computer Science Teacher Education (CSEd) Grant  to attend the regional computer science education training at the Colorado School of Mines.
  • The Gifted and Talented program was awarded the 2019 Innovative Learning Grant for their Makers and Builders Club.


  • Awarded The Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award
  • Created the 2nd Annual One Book, One Skyview program--All students received a copy of The One and Only Ivan; student and staff read the book together and the author, Katherine Applegate, plans to visit the school.
  • Participated in the EcoBrick Project. As a school, Skyview began collecting and using non-biodegradable materials to build a garden.


  • In partnership with North Metro Church, Stellar held the first Trunk or Treat event in October, 2018. Over 1,000 people attended this free event, raising $1,266 for the district's Student Family Outreach Program!
  •   Over 500 people attended the school's first Cultural Night. The evening was filled with country reports, US History, regions of the world, dance, music, food and celebration!


  • Awarded the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award for the second consecutive year.
  • Continued to develop social-emotional learning pathways by delivering the Healthy Learning Path's curriculum to second- and third-grades while fourth-grade students participated in the ‘Teach One to Lead One’ program.
  • The annual fundraiser, The Tarver Trot, earned over $20,000.oo to help create a fun and exciting learning environment, complete with Makerspace and library updates.


  • Westview celebrated its 50 Year Anniversary alongside the City of Northglenn during an Arbor Day celebration.


Hulstrom K-8

  • Hulstrom students from third- to eighth-grade are working in collaboration with local artist Tony Ortega and Think360 to create an original work of art.
  • The PTA continues to build a strong school-wide community by hosting numerous events, resulting in funds for enrichment opportunities for students.
  • Middle school students participated in weekly interest-based talent development with the guidance and support of teachers, parents and community members.


  • Took 42 seventh- and eighth-graders on a service learning trip to Peru —  the first international excursion for middle school students in the Five Star District since district policy changed in August of 2017 allowing middle schools to engage in international educational travel.
  • STEM Lab student, Sydney Webster's mixed media piece was chosen as the first pick for the Superintendent's Choice Purchase Award!

STEM Launch

  • Amazon donated $25,000 to STEM Launch to fund a Family MakerSpace and invited students to a private tour of the Amazon Fulfillment Center during Robotics Week.
  • Received a $15,000 book award from First Book to start a book exchange for the community. 
  • 71 English Language Learner (ELLS) students demonstrated proficiency on ACCESS testing and will be redesignated as fully English-proficient, including 65 percent of ELLs in fourth- and fifth-grade.



  • Under the direction of Dr. Jared Crump-Bertram the Century Middle School Jazz Band was the only middle school jazz band selected to perform at the 2019 Colorado Music Educators Association conference in January.
  • 7th grade science teacher, Cyndi Colston, was featured on FOX 31 news for a "Harry Potter Genetics" unit she created 10 years ago and has been developing ever since. "Harry Potter Genetics" continues to be a favorite of students at Century as it is the "lens" used to deliver 7th grade genetics science curriculum. 

Rocky Top

  • Earned the ‘Schools to Watch’ national designation for creating an exceptional middle level learning environment that results in incredible academic success.
  • Students participated in biweekly instruction of social-emotional learning concepts and are now spreading kindness throughout the community as culminating projects of their work.
  • The 9th Annual Grizzlies Give Back Week raised funds for the non-profit, Big Waves Foundation, in memory of Vaughn Bigelow.

Silver Hills

  • Participated in the Journey Through Our Heritage Club at the Metropolitan State University's 2018-2019 Competitions receiving four first place awards.
    • Team First Place: Mural
    • Team First Place: Video Production
    • First Place Poetry Competition: Harmony Martinez
    • Second Place Poetry Competition: Deja Vue 
    • Distributive Education Clubs of America
    • First Place Prose Competition: Margaret Dale
  • Multiple students and staff members recognized by the Hispanic Advisory Council including the Outstanding Student of the Year, Kirsiana Rodrigues-Pacheco.
  • Successful implementation of school-wide social-emotional learning curriculum with help from the Safe Schools, Safe Communities grant from the University of Colorado Department of Violence Prevention.


Mountain Range High School

  • Faith Bochert and Talia Rotella named Colorado State Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) champions, and went on to the International competition where they placed third in the category of Travel and Tourism.
  • Tanner Arthur received the highly competitive Daniels Fund Scholarship which provides a fully funded four year scholarship for his demonstration of exceptional character, leadership and commitment to serving the community.
  • Connor Jones qualified for the 5A State Golf tournament for the fourth consecutive year. Finishing his senior round as the state runner-up.


Westgate Community School

  • $805,000 of Adams County Open Space Grant funding awarded by the Adams County Commissioners to Westgate Community School for Phase II of the Environmental Campus which includes support for community and pollinator gardens, extended walking paths, benches, signage, lighting, restrooms, restored prairie, outdoor classrooms, an amphitheater, and open grassy area.
  • Highlighted on National Public Radio and 9News for the Peer Mentoring program’s ingenuity and impact; this program grew out of a Colorado Department Of Education Bullying Prevention and Education three-year grant awarded in 2016 in which Westgate was part of the first cohort of grantees.
  • Continued academic success as a Performance rated school with a 100% high school graduation rate.