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2015-2016 Seniors to Take ACT

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 12:59pm

Juniors to take PSAT in preparation for transition to SAT in spring 2017

The Department of Education confirmed Jan. 11 that it has received approval to administer the ACT exam to high school juniors this year. The agreement will not change the selection committee’s unanimous decision to award College Board a five-year contract to administer the PSAT and SAT to Colorado’s 10th- and 11th-grade students. Under the agreement, this year’s 10th-graders will take the PSAT ...

Superintendents Call for Adequate Funding

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 12:59pm

Parents & community leaders gather to support call for adequate funding

Superintendent Chris Gdowski joined 166 other superintendents from across Colorado at the state capitol on Jan. 11 to call for adequate funding of public education. At the event, the Colorado Superintendents’ Advocacy for Adequate School Funding statement signed by 167 superintendents representing the majority of Colorado’s 860,000+ students was released.

Superintendents continue to ...

District Receives Budget Award

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 12:59pm

Meritorious Budget Award recognizes excellence in budget planning

Adams 12 Five Star Schools was presented the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International for the Five Star District’s excellence in the preparation and issuance of its 2015-2016 budget.

The Meritorious Budget Awards program promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation and enhances school business officials' skills ...

American Legion Honors Thornton High

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 12:59pm

Thornton High School honored with Proud to be an American award

Thornton High School (THS) was recognized with the Colorado American Legion’s Proud to be an American Award on Thursday, Nov. 12. The Proud to be an American Award is presented annually to individuals or organizations that demonstrate patriotism for the “principles, rights and privileges” essential to Americans.

Thornton High School will receive the award for its annual Oral History ...

District Increases Guest Teacher Pay

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 12:59pm

As part of the Five Star District’s efforts to hire and attract talented guest (substitute) teachers, the district restructured the guest teacher pay program to become more competitive with neighboring districts and retain existing talent.

As of Sept. 16, 2015, a new pay rate took effect. Entry level pay increased from $95 to $100 per full day. After working 30 assignments, the guest ...

CMAS: PARCC Results to Arrive Soon

Friday, December 11, 2015 - 12:59pm

How to understand your student's score report

The Colorado Department of Education released district and school-level results for how students performed last spring on the new assessments in English language arts and math on Friday, Dec. 11. Parents who had a child take these assessments will receive their student’s individual score report in the next few weeks.

These assessments are often referred to as “PARCC tests” because they ...

Shorter State Tests in 2015-2016

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 12:59pm

This move along with new state law reduces overall testing time

The PARCC National Governing Board voted on Wednesday, May 20 to reduce the amount of time students spend on English language arts and math tests at each grade level. PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career. Multiple states, including Colorado, are part of PARCC.

The Governing Board, made up of state education commissioners and superintendents, ...

2016-2017 Choice Process Deadline

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 4:33pm

Submit application by Jan. 29 for priority consideration

Last year, Adams 12 Five Star Schools received more than 4,000 Choice applications for the 2015-2016 school year. In accordance with the state’s open enrollment law, the district’s Choice Program allows students to apply to attend schools outside of their attendance area boundary.

Both in-district and out-of-district students can apply for Choice. Out-of-district Choice requests are ...

Colorado Gives Day

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 12:59pm

Support the Five Star Education Foundation

The Five Star Education Foundation will participate in Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 8. Please consider giving to the Adams 12 education foundation. As a nonprofit, the Adams 12 Five Star Education Foundation strives to improve the overall quality of life in our community through your investments in educational services and programs in our schools. The foundation is focused on the success of all ...

Board Adopts 2015-2016 Budget

Monday, November 16, 2015 - 12:59pm

Plan eliminates transportation fee

The Adams 12 Five Star Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the 2015-2016 Financial Plan and Budget at its regular meeting on Wednesday, June 17. The plan includes the elimination of the $15 monthly transportation fee for those students who ride the bus. The fee was introduced in 2010-2011 when significant budget cuts had to be made due to reduced funding from the state. ...

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