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October 4, 2022 | News

Community Newsletter | Oct. 4, 2022

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A Message From Our Superintendent

Dear Adams 14 Community, 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Thank you to everyone who helped raise funds through the soccer match on Saturday. It was exciting to see the Colorado Rapids win their home game. 

I also want to thank parents and guardians for ensuring that their children are in school on time every day. October Count may be ending on Tuesday, Oct. 11, but teaching students and preparing them for lifelong success is our priority. Let’s strive for our students to finish the school year with perfect or near-perfect attendance. 

October brings several national celebrations such as Principals Month and Indigenous Peoples Day. Please be on the lookout in the next few weeks for ways to celebrate with the district. 

Have a great week of learning! 


Superintendent Dr. Karla Loría

Upcoming Events

  • Oct. 5, 2022: District Accountability Committee Parent Engagement Subcommittee Meeting
  • Oct. 6, 2022: Gifted and Talented Night
    • 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    • Educational Support Services building
    • Interpretation and children supervision will be provided
    • Click here to view the flyer
  • Oct. 11, 2022: Adams 14 Board of Education Meeting
  • Oct. 12, 2022: District Accountability Committee Meeting
  • Oct. 17, 2022: Charter School Applicant Community Forum
  • Oct. 17-20, 2022: Parent Teacher Conferences
    • Contact your child’s school for more information. 
  • Oct. 19, 2022: Charter School Applicant Community Forum
  • Oct. 21, 2022: Conference Compensation Day – Schools Closed
    • There will be no classes on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022.
  • Oct. 22, 2022: Charter School Applicant Community Forum
  • Oct. 24, 2022: Schools Closed
    • There will be no classes on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. 
  • Oct. 25, 2022: Professional Development Day – No Classes
    • Adams 14 staff will have professional development on this day. Classes will resume for students on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. 
  • Oct. 25, 2022: Adams 14 Board of Education Study Session

Adams 14 Highlight

Last month, Adams City High School graduate David J. Rolla 2nd, Valedictorian from the class of 2008, returned to ACHS and gave an inspiring speech to students in the Adams City High School Marine Corps JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) Program.

“The Rolla family has played a large part in Adams City High School for many years and for our inaugural guest speaker in the JROTC career exploration curriculum, we are honored to have Mr. David J. Rolla,” said ACHS JROTC Senior Marine Instructor, Sean Heery, LtCol USMC Ret.

Mr. Rolla is a mergers and acquisitions attorney in Denver, Colorado. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2018 where he was an AnBryce Scholar. He received his A.B. from Dartmouth College in 2012. 

While at ACHS Mr. Rolla was an instrumental student activist in the successful bond campaign that led to the building of the current Adams City High School.

“I want you to know that you’re empowered, and you are capable to do whatever it is that you want to do here at Adams City and beyond,” said Mr. Rolla.

Adams 14 wishes to thank Mr. Rolla for returning to Adams City High School to help inspire students to make the most of their education.

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! 

Charter School Applicant Community Forums

Adams 14 has received a charter school application from Be The Change Community School. As part of the review process, the district is hosting three community forums. Please join us! 

  • Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, at 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022, at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, at 9 a.m.

The meetings will take place in the Board of Education room at the Educational Support Services (ESS) building located at 5291 E 60th Avenue, Commerce City, CO 80022. Child supervision will be provided by Adams 14 and Spanish interpretation will be provided by Be The Change Community School.

Community members can also provide their input through a public survey. The survey will close on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022, at midnight. To learn more about Be The Change Community School, click here. 

October Count

School attendance matters! Support school funding by ensuring that your child attends school every day. This funding helps ensure that students have access to:

  • Special enrichment classes and programs
  • Free and reduced-price school meals
  • Counselors
  • Physical and mental health services
  • Facility enhancements and upgrades
  • And more!

October Count takes place Sept. 26–Oct. 11, 2022. During this time period, schools report daily to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) on the number of students that attend school.

For more information, visit

Colorado Department of Education BIPOC Listening Tour

The Colorado Department of Education wants to hear from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) parents/families across the state to gain a better understanding of their needs and how the state can better support their children. Below are the session dates and times. All sessions will be held virtually, and registration closes two weeks before the event.

  • Session 3: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022 (noon-1 p.m.)
  • Session 4 (for Spanish Speakers): Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 (1-2 p.m.)

To view the flyer, click here, or to register, click here.

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 

Anythink Commerce City: October 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

Kids Cafe (Tuesday-Friday in October | 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 advanced registration necessary.

Storytime (Wednesdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19, & 26 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.)

Join us for stories, songs and snacks. Appropriate for ages birth to 5 years old and their caregivers. Space is limited; registration recommended. Please visit our online calendar to register.

Arts & Crafts Salon (Thursdays, Oct. 6 & 20 | 4-5 p.m.)

Get creative each week with a new art and craft project, while supplies last. Appropriate for ages 5 to 12. No advanced registration necessary.

Garden Talk with WIC (Fridays, Oct. 7 & 14 | 9-11 a.m.)

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

Nature Mandalas: 2022 BMoCA at Anythink Fall Artist Showcase (Saturday, Oct. 15 | 12-2 p.m.)

Construct woven mandala-shaped wall hangings with artist-in-residence Eileen Roscina. These original works of organic art will include natural materials, such as pressed flowers, sticks and leaves. Appropriate for all ages; children under age 14 should be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited; registration required. Please visit our online calendar to register.

Pop-Up Studio at Anythink Commerce City (Friday, Oct. 21 | 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 become creators. Join Anythink’s Studio team to explore and create using different technology and tools each month. Appropriate for all ages. No advanced registration necessary.

Nature Mandalas: 2022 BMoCA at Anythink Fall Artist Showcase (Saturday, Oct. 22 | 12-2 p.m.)

Join artist-in-residence Eileen Roscina to help install a natural mural depicting Commerce City and its landscape using pressed flowers, seeds, sticks, leaves and other naturally sourced materials. Appropriate for all ages; children under age 14 should be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited; registration required. Please visit our online calendar to register.

Social Circus Workshop with Arts Caravan (Thursday, Oct. 27 | 4:30-5:30 p.m.)

Join us for a social circus workshop! It’s the perfect chance to try out juggling, hula­ hooping, clowning, acrobatics and much more. All skill levels welcome. Appropriate for all ages. No advanced registration necessary.

Music & Movement (Friday, Oct. 28 | 10:30-11 a.m.)

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

Trick-Or-Treat Street Community Event (Saturday, Oct. 29 | 2-4 p.m.)

Wear your costume and join us for a spooky good time at this family-friendly holiday event. Walk along our mini street, stop at tasty stations along the way, and discover the magic under our giant spooky tree – a live magic show from Erica the Enchantress! Free face painting and goodie bags will be provided, while supplies last.