Back to School: Elevating Student Success

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 9:30am

Read Superintendent Chris Gdowski's welcome back letter

Adams 12 Five Star Schools’ nearly 5,000 teachers, school office staff, bus drivers, principals, counselors and more look forward to making your child’s 2019-2020 school year their best one yet. We are extremely thankful for the partnership and mutual trust we have with our community and are excited to build on our collective Five Star successes in the year ahead. Don't forget to visit our ...

Parents encouraged to attend Back to School Bash on Aug. 10

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 3:30pm

Find resources to support your child's learning

Join us on August 10, 2019 for the annual Adams 12 Five Star Schools' "Back to School Bash"! Hosted by Student Engagement Initiatives, the bash provides needed resources to students in the Five Star District for the 2019-20 school year. Join us at the Five Star Stadium to find resources on online enrollment, transportation and even free backpacks!

DATE: Saturday, August 10, 2019 TIME ...

VIDEO: Student-Teacher Connection = Elevated Success

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 1:30pm

See how we lived this value and what it meant for student success

As we come to the end of another great year, we want to thank you for your partnership!

In Adams 12 Five Star Schools, we strive to elevate student success. As outlined in our strategic plan, ELEVATE, we value knowing all students by their name, strength and need.

As we finished out the school year, we caught up with three teachers and their students at each level ( ...

Employees of the year announced

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 5:00pm

Winners from four employee groups nominated by colleagues

How do we ELEVATE student success? By celebrating our amazing employees! Adams 12 Five Star Schools, in partnership with the District Twelve Educators Association (DTEA) and the Classified School Employees' Association (CSEA), announce the employees of the year for the Five Star District! We are proud of every employee in our community - and excited to announce those who colleagues have ...

Superintendent's message on the 2019-2020 budget proposal

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 8:00am

Proposal prioritizes competitive pay, class size relief and school programs

Thanks to the support of state legislators who provided additional funding for education (projected to be almost $12 million annually for our district), and local voters who passed a $27 million mill levy override (Ballot Issue 5C) in November 2018, Adams 12 Five Star Schools will make the most significant investment in our schools in more than a decade.

My proposed budget for the ...

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.