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December 8, 2022 | News

Community Newsletter | Dec. 8, 2022

A Message From Our Superintendent

Dear Adams 14 community, 

We are so close to winter break, and I could not be more proud of all the achievements and celebrations in this first half of the school year. If you follow our social media, you will see many uplifting messages and stories happening at each school! It is truly a privilege to serve this school district. 

As we approach the holidays, keep an eye out for our online activities page so students can continue learning from home during the break. I wish you all a great week! 

At your service,

Superintendent Dr. Karla Loría

Upcoming Events

  • Dec. 8, 2022: SPED Advisory Committee Meeting
  • Dec. 13, 2022: Adams 14 Board of Education Meeting
  • Dec. 14, 2022: District Accountability Committee Meeting
  • Jan. 4, 2023: District Accountability Committee Parent Engagement Subcommittee Meeting

Register for the First Annual Adams 14 World Cup

Adams 14 is planning its first annual World Cup soccer tournament 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 on 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 –

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

Cold and flu season is officially upon us. Help keep your children healthy this season by visiting Kids First Health Care for your annual flu shot, COVID-19 vaccine, or bivalent COVID-19 booster! 

For children birth to age 21, please call our year-round Commerce City community clinic (7190 Colorado Blvd.) at 303-289-1086 to make a vaccine appointment. 

For students who attend one of Adams 14’s secondary schools, you can call the school-based health center for appointments. 

  • Adams City High School – 303-405-3050  
  • Lester Arnold High School – 303-289-2983  
  • Adams City Middle School – 303-853-5410  
  • Kearney Middle School – 303-286-0566

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

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. 7, 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. 

Music & Movement (Friday, Dec. 9 | 10:30-11 a.m.)

Sing, dance, play basic instruments and move. Appropriate for ages 2 to 6. No registration in advance necessary. 

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.