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July 19, 2022 | News

Community Newsletter | July 18, 2022

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A Message From Our Superintendent

Dear Adams 14 Community,

The first day of school is just a few weeks away on Aug. 9, 2022. If you have not registered your child for school yet, don’t forget to do so. If you need assistance registering, please join us for our Adams 14 Back-to-School Resource Fair this Saturday, July 23, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Adams City High School, where several of our community partners will offer their services to help our families prepare for the 2022-2023 school year. Services include access to food, clothing, backpacks, school supplies, haircut vouchers, and much more! We hope to see you there.

On Wednesday, July 20, 2022, we welcome back all of our school administrators after a well-deserved summer break. Our work with them will focus on building a strong culture and instruction for our teachers and students. 

In anticipation of our students returning to school, our facilities crew is working hard to prepare our buildings. Central Elementary School is a focus this year with painting of the exterior building, as well as the interior, which is receiving a new paint design and graphics; removal of old classroom furniture and procurement of new furniture; and replacement of exterior doors, along with some classroom and hallway entrance doors. More renovations to our schools will occur during the upcoming school year; however, they will be conducted with our utmost priority of minimizing any disruption to the teaching and learning of our students.

Also underway is the demolition of the retired Adams City High School cafeteria and theater buildings located at 4625 E. 68th Ave., which was approved by the Adams 14 Board of Education on Sept. 14, 2021. The cafeteria building was dismantled last week and the debris will be removed from the site this week. As for the theater building, the permit was approved recently and demolition will begin Monday, July 25, 2022. We will continue to keep our families updated as we progress through the demolition process. 

Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer, and we look forward to seeing all of our students this upcoming school year!

At your service,
Dr. Karla Loría
Adams 14 Superintendent 

Upcoming Events

  • July 23, 2022: Back-to-School Resource Fair 
  • Aug. 2, 2022: Adams 14 Employee Welcome Rally
    • 7:30-11 a.m.
    • Impacto de Fe
  • Aug. 9, 2022: Adams 14 Board of Education Meeting
  • Aug. 10, 2022: District Accountability Committee Meeting
  • Aug. 18, 2022: Mental Health and Social Emotional Learning Night
  • Aug. 23, 2022: Board of Education Study Session
  • Aug. 25, 2022: Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Meeting
    • 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    • ESS Community Room
    • Light refreshments and child supervision will be provided

COVID-19 Response Dial

Green Traffic Light

This week, the district is in the Green Zone.

  • Face coverings are no longer required for staff, students, or visitors in district schools and buildings. 
  • Face coverings are not required for athletics or extracurricular activities. 
  • Consistent with applicable law, accommodations are available for students and staff, which are based on disability or medical condition. 
  • Masks are no longer required on school buses, according to new guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Tri-County Health Department. Bus drivers will continue to have masks available if students wish to wear them. 
  • Elementary specials classes will operate as usual, allowing students to travel to established art, music, and physical education. 

The COVID-19 Response Dial and protocol takes into consideration the community COVID-19 vaccination rate, the Adams 14 employee and student COVID-19 vaccination rate, and our community COVID-19 transmission rate. The Adams 14 COVID-19 Response Dial and protocol will vary based on the aforementioned data, and our response will be clearly articulated in a Green Zone, Yellow Zone, and Red Zone. To learn more, click here.

Music in the Park

Families can enjoy live music performances from local bands and food from a variety of food trucks in the park, hosted by the Commerce City Cultural Council.

  • Thursday, July 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Veteran Memorial Park (6015 Forest Dr), the Chicano Heat Band will perform.
  • Thursday, July 28, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Turnberry Park (10725 Wheeling St.), the Quemando Salsa Band will perform. 

July School Meals

Our Nutrition Services Department is providing school meals throughout the month of July, Monday through Thursday, at the following sites and times:

  • July 11-21, 2022: Central Elementary School, 12-1 p.m.
  • July 11-29, 2022: Suncor Boys & Girls Club, 12-12:30 p.m. 

Adams 14 Back-To-School Resource Fair

Join Adams 14 for its 2022-2023 Back-to-School Resource Fair on Saturday, July 23, 2022. Community partners will be gathered at Adams City High School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to offer several services and resources ahead of the new school year. Services include food and clothing assistance, school backpacks and supplies, haircut vouchers, and much more. Click here to view the flyer. 

WOW! Parent Perception Survey

Adams 14 values your feedback on the World of Wonder! summer school program. Click here to take our WOW! parent perception survey!

New Kids First Health Care Community Clinic

After years of collecting community feedback, extensive planning, and arduous fundraising, the new Kids First Health Care clinic, located at the Community Resource Hub (7190 Colorado Blvd), welcomed its first patients on June 21, 2022. Its fourth-floor building space offers holistic care and a comprehensive integration of medical, mental, and dental health services. 

“We carefully designed a state-of-the-art primary care clinic that includes medical and mental health care services; spacious, bright, and colorful exam rooms; beautiful murals; and interactive spaces that are both comfortable and convenient for our patients and their families,” explained Kids First Health Care Executive Director Whitney Gustin Connor. “Thanks to generous capital funders, Kids First purchased the fourth floor of the building because we want to show our unwavering commitment to local community members. We have been in Commerce City for 44 years, and we are here to stay to serve today’s children and generations to come.” 

The new Kids First Health Care clinic is one of the many health and support services offered at Adams County’s first Community Resource Hub (the Hub). The Hub will house several collaborating agencies, such as Kids First Health Care, that are committed to addressing social determinants of health and promoting equitable health outcomes for all. The Hub occupies the former Adams County Human Services building, which is located near the 72nd Street N-Line Light Rail Station, multiple RTD bus stops, and within walking distance of two Adams 14 schools. 

Connect with Kids First Health Care to schedule a tour, which will be offered the first Tuesday morning of each month. Email Kids First Health Care Fundraising and Communications Manager Breanna Deidel at to schedule an upcoming First Tuesday Tour!

Anythink Commerce City July 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 and Children’s Programs

Garden Talk with WIC (Fridays, July 22 and 29, 2022 | 9-11 a.m.)

Join staff from the Tri-County Health Department WIC Program at the Anythink community garden to enjoy a morning of gardening. Gardening will begin at 9 a.m. and the garden information sessions will begin at 10 a.m. Attendees are welcome to take home any harvest. Please bring water and your own gardening gloves if able. Program will be held outside. Please note that this program may be canceled due to inclement weather. Check the event on Anythink’s website for cancellation notices. No advanced registration necessary. 

MySummer: Paper Lanterns with Helen Hiebert (Wednesday, July 20, 2022 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.)

Create handmade paper lanterns with papermaker and artist Helen Hiebert. Appropriate for ages 5 to 12. Space is limited; registration required. Please visit the Anythink online calendar to register.

MySummer: miniThinkers Yoga (Thursday, July 21, 2022 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.)

Join experienced yoga instructors as they lead flexibility, breathing, and stretching exercises designed for the youngest Anythinkers and their caregivers. Please bring your own blanket or beach towel if able. Appropriate for ages 2 to 6. Space is limited; registration required.  Please visit the Anythink online calendar to register.

MySummer: Unicorns are Real! (Wednesday, July 27, 2022 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.) 

Make a magical memory with enchanting live unicorns at Anythink Commerce City. Appropriate for ages 5 to 12. Program will be held outside. Please note that this program may be canceled due to inclement weather. Check the event website for cancellation notices. No advanced registration necessary. 

MySummer: Decorate a Cake & Make a Wish with My Make Studio (Friday, July 29, 2022 | 2:30-3:30 p.m.)

Make a wish on your very own decorated cake! Join My Make Studio to decorate a wishing cake. Come alone or bring a guest. Supplies will be provided. Appropriate for ages 6 to 12. Space is limited; registration required. Please visit the Anythink online calendar to register.

Teen Programs

MySummer: Write Wishes (Friday, July 22, 2022 | 2:30-3:30 p.m.)
Join us for a creative writing workshop and make a list of all your wishes. Appropriate for ages 13 to 17. Space is limited; registration recommended. Please visit the Anythink online calendar to register.

MySummer: Mental Health Storytelling Workshop with Soul Stories Denver (Saturday, July 30, 2022 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.)

Understand the power of your own story. Participate in community building games and dialogues about mental illness, and respond to writing prompts designed to help teens reflect on and share their personal stories. Through this process, develop coping skills and strategies that support your mental and emotional well-being. Appropriate for ages 12 to 18. No advanced registration necessary. 

Adult Programs

Drop-In Tech Help (Tuesday, July 24, 2022 | 5-6 p.m.)   

Drop in for one-on-one help with any tech device, and pick up some tips and troubleshooting support. Assistance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. No advanced registration necessary.  

Readers’ Choice Saturday Book Club (Saturday, July 23, 2022 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m.) 

Join us for Anythink Commerce City’s Saturday book club meeting! Discuss this month’s read and vote on the club’s next book. The book selection for July will be posted in the online events calendar on June 25. Visit the front desk at Anythink Commerce City for a copy of the selected book. Space is limited; registration recommended. Please visit the Anythink online calendar to register. For more information, please contact Shelly at