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December 14, 2022 | News

Community Newsletter | Dec. 14, 2022

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A Message From Our Superintendent

Dear Adams 14 community, 

Our academic team has created a website with online activities for students to keep learning during winter break! As a reminder, there will be no classes on Friday, Dec. 16, due to a teacher work day. I hope you all get to spend quality time with your friends and family this winter break. 

Last week, the district and our partner TNTP created a virtual listening tour to gather feedback from the community on the future of Adams 14. We want to hear from you about our strengths and how we can improve our school district in our remarkable community. We appreciate your help and guidance as we develop an inclusive strategic plan. 

Do not forget to sign up for the Adams 14 First Annual Soccer World Cup, coming to you with an opening ceremony on May 5, 2023, and games during the weekend of May 6-7, 2023. This tournament is open to all students, parents and/or guardians, employees, board members, and alumni (e.g., high school graduates) of Adams 14. The Adams 14 First Annual Soccer World Cup is also open to any non-player volunteers that wish to work as part of the event staff, and that qualify for proper clearance from Adams 14 to do so. Registrations will close at midnight on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. Check out our promotional video in English and in Spanish!

At your service,
Superintendent Dr. Karla Loría


Upcoming Events

  • Dec. 14, 2022: District Accountability Committee Meeting
  • Jan. 10, 2023: Adams 14 Board of Education Meeting
  • Jan. 11, 2023: District Accountability Committee Meeting
  • Jan. 11, 2023: District Accountability Committee Parent Engagement Subcommittee Meeting
    • 8-9 p.m. (This subcommittee meeting follows the regular DAC meeting)
    • Educational Support Services building
    • Dinner and child supervision will be provided
    • Click here to view the flyer 
  • Jan. 24, 2023: Adams 14 Board of Education Study Session

Adams 14 Virtual Listening Tour

Adams County School District 14 (Adams 14) and TNTP, a national nonprofit organization that works to improve the quality of K-12 education, this summer formed a partnership focused on providing high-quality educational experiences for every student in every school throughout the district. 

As part of our combined efforts, we would like to hear from the community. Please click here to give us valuable feedback on the district’s efforts to improve.


Register for the Adams 14 First Annual Soccer World Cup 

Our leadership team is planning the Adams 14 First Annual Soccer World Cup in the spring. All of our parents and guardians, students, and staff members are invited to join this special event. Click here to learn more and sign up as a player or volunteer! Registration closes at midnight on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022.


ACCESS English Language Learner Testing 

Each year in Colorado and across the country, students in Kindergarten through 12th grade who are learning the English language are given a test called the ACCESS for English Language Learners. The ACCESS test assesses the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills of our bilingual students. This particular test provides important information for parents, teachers, and school leaders about our bilingual students’ proficiency level as they acquire the English language.

These tests are required to be given in-person and the tests will be administered between Jan. 9 – Feb. 10. Schools have created their individual testing schedules within the testing window and will contact the families of students who will participate in the ACCESS test. 

  • The test helps teachers know when your child is proficient in English and no longer needs English language development classes or support.
  • The test helps you and your child’s teacher monitor your child’s progress in learning English.
  • The test helps you and your child’s teacher know if adjustments are needed in instruction in order to help your child succeed in learning English.

If you have any questions or concerns about ACCESS testing, please reach out to your student’s school.  

Fact Sheet – bit.ly/ELL-ACCESS-Facts-ENG


Resources for Mental Health Services

Adams 14 partners with several nonprofits and community organizations to provide mental health resources and support for our students and families. Click here for a full resource list. 


Inclement Weather Protocols 

Adams 14 understands that the decision to close schools, delay school start times, or dismiss students early due to inclement weather has a significant impact on our families. Thus, the district takes careful consideration when making a determination regarding our inclement weather options and is committed to informing families as early as possible. 

Click here to learn more about the district’s inclement weather protocols and additional information to help you be prepared for upcoming weather conditions. 


COVID-19 Test-to-Know Program

Adams 14 is now participating in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Test-to-Know program. This program can help slow COVID-19 transmission and reduce disruptions to in-person learning by making it easy for students to test at home.

The Test-to-Know program complements the COVID-19 School Screening Testing program; however, at this time, the district is not participating in the School Screening Testing program as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer recommends routine screening testing in K-12 schools. Should guidance change or if there is an increase in COVID-19 cases, the district is prepared to move to the COVID-19 School Screening Testing program.

How the Test-to-Know program works    
Adams 14 will provide over-the-counter (OTC) rapid antigen tests to students, teachers, staff, and volunteers for testing at home. These tests can be administered by parents, guardians, caregivers, or students away from the school setting. Test results may be reported using the state’s reporting portal. Schools must report any positive COVID-19 test results for OTC tests from parents, teachers, students, and school staff to the local public health agency. 

In the case of an outbreak, we will alert parents, guardians, and other appropriate parties. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the school health clerk. Thank you for helping keep our kids, school, and community safe!


2022-2023 Free and Reduced-Price School Meals Policy

Adams County School District 14 announced its policy for determining the eligibility of children who may receive free and reduced-price meals served under the National School Lunch (NSLP), School Breakfast Programs (SBP), and the Afterschool Care Snack Program. Click here to read the policy.


Kids First Health Care

This holiday season, we hope you’ll find ways to rest, relax and reset as you prepare for 2023. Here are some tips to help you and your child have a happy and healthy holiday break!

  • The holidays can impact our overall mental health and wellness, and it’s normal to experience feelings of sadness or grief. Talk to your child and remind them they are loved and that it’s ok to have a variety of feelings during this time of year. If your child would benefit from talking with a mental health professional over break, please call 303.289.1086 to make an appointment.
  • Take a social media break! The holiday season is a great time to encourage your child to unplug and live in the moment without technology.
  • Find other ways to give by helping your child make a meal for a friend in need or give the gift of their time by visiting with loved ones.
  • It’s important to stay hydrated in our dry climate, so remind your child to drink plenty of water and avoid sugary beverages.
  • Get plenty of rest – kids can easily get run down from all the festivities.
  • Make sure your child is incorporating physical activity into their daily routine.
  • Holiday gatherings can carry additional risks of contracting respiratory viruses like COVID-19 and the flu. Make sure you and your family are up to date on all vaccines and boosters (available now at Kids First Health Care – call 303.289.1086 to make an appointment!). Also, don’t forget to wash your hands to avoid illness, and wear a mask if you are traveling.
  • If you need a free COVID-19 home test, please come by the Kids First Health Care community clinic at 7190 Colorado Blvd. (fourth floor) to receive free tests for your family!

Anythink Commerce City: December Programs

Explore a variety of programs at your local Anythink and discover new opportunities for learning, fun, and creativity. To register for events that require registration, please visit the Anythink online calendar at events.anythinklibraries.org/events.

All Ages Programs 

Kids Cafe (Tuesday-Friday in December | 3:30-4:30 p.m.)

Swing by for a free, nutritious snack sponsored by the Food Bank of the Rockies. Available for ages 18 and under, while supplies last. No registration in advance necessary. 

Storytime (Wednesdays, Dec. 14, 21 & 28 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.)

Join us for stories, songs and snacks. Appropriate for ages 5 and under, and their caregivers. Space is limited; registration recommended. Please visit the Anythink online calendar to register. 

Pop-Up Studio at Anythink Commerce City (Friday, Dec. 16 | 1-5 p.m.)

The Studio at Anythink is guided by the philosophy that customers of all ages thrive when they discover and follow their passions, collaborate with others, and becomes creators. Join Anythink’s Studio team to explore and create using different technology and tools each month. Appropriate for all ages. 

Fireside Serenade with El Javi (Saturday, Dec. 17 | 2-3 p.m.)

Join us for a special musical performance of acoustic holiday songs by El Javi, the talented guitar player who defies music genres with his unbound exploration of instrumental music. The Denver-based composer, producer and performer incorporates elements of music from around the world to shape his compositions. Light food and beverages will be provided, while supplies last. No registration in advance necessary.