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January 3, 2023 | News

Community Newsletter | Jan. 3, 2022

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A Message From Our Superintendent

Dear Adams 14 community, 

Happy new year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday break with your loved ones. A new year brings new opportunities and I am excited to continue working along with our partner TNTP to finish this school year stronger than ever. On Tuesday, we had a successful day of professional development for our teachers and staff. On this day, I shared with our staff the encouraging data from our middle-of-the-year assessments,  showing student growth in the vast majority of our data indicators! We are excited to greet our students back in the classroom on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. 

January is School Board Recognition Month and I encourage the Adams 14 Team to join me in thanking our dedicated board members for their wonderful hard work to our students’ achievement. Our board sets important goals, discusses and votes on new policies, and provides critical oversight, all on a voluntary basis. They truly embody what it means to be a public servant for the betterment of their local schools and communities.  

At your service,
Superintendent Dr. Karla Loría


Upcoming Events

  • Jan. 3, 2023: Professional Development Day – No Classes
    • Adams 14 staff have a day of professional development. Classes resume on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023.
  • Jan. 4, 2023: Classes Resume for Students
    • Classes will resume as scheduled for students on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. 
  • 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.


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


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

Kids First Health Care is thrilled to welcome all Adams 14 students back to school for the 2022-2023 school year!  If your child needs high-quality primary, mental or dental health care services, please call our year-round Commerce City community clinic (7190 Colorado Blvd.) at 303-289-1086. 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