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 ...

Legislature passes several bills to boost education funding

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 11:45am

Additional money put toward special education and to fund full-day kindergarten

As in many years at the Capitol, several important education bills came down to the last few days of the legislative session. May 3, 2019 marked the last day of the 120 day session. K-12 education saw many positive outcomes in terms of state funding that was appropriated by the Colorado Legislature.

SB 19-246 (Public School Finance) – This is the annual School Finance Act. ...

Governor signs bill funding free full-day kindergarten

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 8:30am

Five Star District expands full-day options for the 2019-2020 school year

The recent passage of House Bill 19-1262 makes it possible to offer full-day kindergarten for all families in the State of Colorado. Governor Jared Polis signed the bill on May 21, 2019.

In Adams 12 Five Star Schools, we strongly believe full-day kindergarten benefits the social and academic development of all our students, and we are excited for the opportunity to provide ...

Message from Superintendent Gdowski regarding recent tragedy

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 3:15pm

We are all affected, supporting one another is critical

Dear Five Star Community,

As a parent first and foremost, I, like all of you, have struggled with a range of reactions over the past 24 hours - from sadness, to anger, to the need to support my children in processing the unexplainable.

Many in the Five Star community know someone, either a staff member or student, who is a part of the STEM School ...

And the name is… FutureForward

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 11:00am

After year-long process, new brand for CTE programming takes shape

In April, nearly 2,000 people participated in a survey to name Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming in the Five Star District. The votes have been tallied and FutureForward was the most preferred across all stakeholder groups - students, staff and parents. In addition to the name, the community had previously chosen aqua as the preferred color to represent CTE.


How to talk to kids about difficult topics

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 10:30am

To help families have those conversations, we've added age-appropriate tips

As a close-knit community, our thoughts are with the STEM School Highlands Ranch and the Douglas County School District. The incident of violence that occurred Tuesday, May 7 has the potential to affect each of us in the Five Star District. The media coverage will be extensive and may prompt questions and concerns from not only your children but from you as parents too. While we can’ ...

On the Way!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 1:15pm

Voter-approved funding creating strong investments with community's ELEVATE plan

During the 2017-2018 school year, over 7,000 parents, students, staff and community members from the Five Star community came together to create a new strategic plan that will continue to elevate student success for years to come. The new community-driven strategic plan was approved by the Board of Education in Fall 2018 and features new directions for the district, including social and ...

All Five Star District schools open on Thurs., April 18

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 3:30pm

Additional information for what to expect at school tomorrow.

It has been a long 24 hours, but as you know by now, the “credible threat” to schools in the Denver metro area is over. The FBI has confirmed that the suspect was found dead this morning in the mountains west of Denver. There is no longer a threat to the community.

Thank you to our law enforcement partners for their work and proactive steps to keep all of our ...

Community asked for input on CTE brand name

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 4:15pm

Help shape the expansion of Career and Technical Education in the district

As you may already know, Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities for students will nearly double in the next few years thanks to the support of voters in the Five Star community. With the expansion of programming, we look to further define CTE in the Five Star District in order to make it easier for families to learn about and participate in the many CTE opportunities. ...

How to know when inclement weather will impact school

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 8:00am

Weather impacts to schools are communicated in multiple ways

Inclement weather can come at any time and Adams 12 Five Star Schools uses a variety of resources to determine if conditions exist that will impact schools.

The district closely monitors weather reports and road conditions and makes a decision regarding school on a daily basis between the following three options :

All schools/offices are Open : All schools ...