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January 31, 2023 | News

Community Newsletter | Jan. 31, 2023

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A Message From Our Superintendent

Dear Adams 14 community, 

We have had a great start to the second half of the 2022-2023 school year. We continue working with our partners to develop the district’s strategic plan and the Academies at Adams City High School and strengthen the Community School Model at Central Elementary School. 

Earlier this month, the Adams 14 Board of Education received a report from the Colorado Department of Education, as required by state orders,  with good highlights and comments about the work our fantastic team in Adams 14 is doing to support our schools! I want to thank every single employee, parent, and student for their commitment to the district’s continuous improvement. 

Please join me in observing African-American History Month throughout February. This annual celebration highlights the contributions of African-Americans to the United States, honoring Black people throughout U.S. history, from the enslaved people first brought over from Africa in the early 17th century to African-Americans living in the United States today. 

Some ways we can honor the African-American legacy include supporting Black business owners, donating to charities that promote anti-racism and equality, and educating ourselves on Black historical figures and their contributions to society. 

The Adams 14 Board of Education will join me by officially proclaiming February as Black History Month, furthering the district’s goal of creating an inclusive educational environment for all. 

 At your service,

Superintendent Dr. Karla Loría

Upcoming Events

  • Feb. 1-March 1, 2023: Black/African-American History Month
    • The annual celebration to highlight the contributions of Black people throughout the history of the United States. 
  • Feb. 1, 2023: SWAP and Adams 14 Career Expo
    • The School To Work Alliance Program (SWAP) is looking for community attendance and partnership for our first SWAP/Adams 14 Career EXPO.
    • The EXPO will be open to students from 2-5 pm and the Adams 14 Community from 3-5 p.m., held at Adams City High School
    • Click here to view a flyer for more information
  • Feb. 8, 2023: District Accountability Committee and Subcommittee Meetings
  • Feb. 14, 2023: Adams 14 Board of Education Meeting
  • Feb. 28, 2023: Adams 14 Board of Education Study Session

Adams 14 and SWAP Career EXPO

Adams 14 and the School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP) are hosting their first Community Career EXPO at Adams City High School on Feb. 1, 2023. The event is open to students starting at 2 p.m. and for the general public at 3 p.m. Click here to view a flyer for more information.

Learn about new career opportunities in industries such as automotive, cosmetology, construction, healthcare, hospitality, and many more. Be prepared with your resume as many employers are hiring on the spot. 

Parent Workshops for “Read With Me” Program

Central Elementary School is hosting three workshops for the “Read With Me” program, which provides children ages 12 months to 8 years with a strong foundation for literacy by helping them develop early reading skills through quality interaction with adults. The program workshops are open to all elementary school parents. Click here to view a flyer.

The workshop meetings will be held from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. at Central Elementary School (6450 Holly Street, Commerce City) on the following dates:

  • Feb. 1, 2023
  • Feb. 8, 2023
  • Feb. 15, 2023

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 –

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

Spring sports are just around the corner! If your child will be playing sports this spring, they will need an updated physical in order to participate.  

Did you know? 

Your child can receive a comprehensive sports physical inside any of Adams 14’s secondary schools at the Kids First Health Care school-based health centers! 

Your child’s sports physical is good for an entire year – if they get their spring sports physical now, they are also covered for next year’s fall and winter sports. 

Already have a doctor? No problem! Your child can still visit the school-based health centers at Adams City High School, Lester Arnold High School, Adams City Middle School or Kearney Middle School for a sports physical, or any other medical or mental health services. Call to make your child’s appointment today! 

  • 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 

For all children ages birth to age 21, please call our year-round Commerce City community clinic (7190 Colorado Blvd.) at 303-289-1086 to make an appointment for a physical, or any other comprehensive medical, mental or dental health services.