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November 16, 2022 | News

Community Newsletter | Nov. 16, 2022

A Message From Our Superintendent

Dear Adams 14 community, 

I want to wish everyone a happy fall break next week and hope you all get to spend some well-deserved time off with your friends and loved ones. As a reminder, there will be limited service hours at the Educational Support Services building and there are no classes next week. We encourage students to keep learning from home through our fall break activities webpage.

On Dec. 6, there will also be an important meeting for families at Hanson and Monaco elementary schools, and Lester Arnold High School. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Adams City High School cafeteria and dinner will be served. Child supervision and interpretation services will also be available. Click here to view the flyer

As winter and inclement weather approach, please review our protocols and be on alert for any possible school delays or closures. All weather-related decisions will be communicated as soon as possible.

I wish you all a great rest of the week and a happy holiday break! 

At your service,

Superintendent Dr. Karla Loría


Upcoming Events

  • Nov. 21-25, 2022: Fall Break – No Classes
  • Dec. 6, 2022: Hanson Elementary School, Monaco Elementary School, and Lester Arnold High School Community Meeting
  • Dec. 7, 2022: District Accountability Committee Parent Engagement Subcommittee Meeting
  • Dec. 8, 2022: SPED Advisory Committee Meeting
    • More information coming soon. 
  • Dec. 13, 2022: Adams 14 Board of Education Meeting
  • Dec. 14 2022: District Accountability Committee Meeting

Adams 14 Receives Apple Inc. Grant From the University of Colorado Denver

Recently, Adams County School District 14 (Adams 14) received a generous joint grant from its partner University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) School of Education and Human Development and Apple Inc. This grant will allow the district to offer an Instructional Technology in Education (INTE) course at Adams City High School beginning Jan. 2023, providing students a formal pathway to earning a degree in education.

Students enrolled in the course will receive concurrent enrollment credit at both Adams 14 and CU Denver, access to Apple technology devices (e.g., MacBooks, iPads, and Apple accessories), and free tuition and enrollment fees paid for by CU Denver. Additionally, the grant allows for a CU Denver faculty member to teach the initial INTE course, as well as train other individuals to teach future courses to ensure the program’s sustainability. 

The INTE course is the first of a series of courses that will help prepare Adams 14 students to transition from high school to college. Moreover, not only does this grant provide a formal pathway for students to pursue a degree in education, but it also provides an opportunity for students to return and serve their community as future educators.

Adams 14 would like to express its sincere gratitude to its partner CU Denver School of Education and Human Development and Apple Inc. for this generous gift. The grant will have a positive impact on all of the district’s current and future students and community. 


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


Student Activities for School Break 

There are no classes for students between Monday, Nov. 21, through Friday, Nov. 25. Click here for online activities for students during the break. Classes will resume for all students on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. Click here to view the flyer.


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