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September 1, 2022 | News

Community Newsletter | Sept. 1, 2022

A Message From Our Superintendent

Dear Adams 14 Community,

I would like to wish everyone a well-deserved break for Labor Day weekend. As a reminder, all of the district schools and buildings will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of the holiday. Classes will resume again on Tuesday. Our teachers and students have been extra busy since the start of the school year and I’m grateful for all of their incredible work in kicking off the school year so strongly! Click here if you want to watch a recap of the first few weeks of school. 

Last week, Adams 14 released its new COVID-19 protocols. We are working closely with the Tri-County Health Department to track clusters of cases and implement the most up-to-date best practices. Click here if you would like to review the district’s COVID-19 protocols.

Finally, we are asking that all parents to fill out an application for free and reduced-price school meals if they have not done so yet. Remember, these applications mean more than just school meals for your children. The forms provide additional funding for in-class and after-school programs, waivers, or discounts for assessments, and they benefit many other educational departments. Click here to fill out an application online.

 Thank you for your support and hard work in making this a great first month of school. Enjoy the break!

At your service,
Dr. Karla Loría
Adams 14 Superintendent 

Upcoming Events

  • Sept. 5, 2022: Labor Day – No classes
    • All schools and district buildings will be closed. Classes resume on Tuesday, Sept. 6
  • Sept. 13, 2022: Adams 14 Board of Education Meeting
  • Sept. 14, 2022: District Accountability Committee Meeting
  • Sept. 27, 2022: Adams 14 Board of Education Study Session

Adams 14 Highlight

Alsup Elementary School is having some fun visitors for the next few weeks!

On Aug. 16, Alsup Elementary School began its Reading with the Rapids series of visits. Two players from the Colorado Rapids 2 team visited Alsup to read children’s stories to elementary school students.

Soccer players Omar Gomez and Blake Malone visited three different classrooms, reading books and taking pictures with students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

“I think our kids are going to take away more excitement from reading books,” said Pattie Medina, the family liaison at Alsup Elementary School. “When people take time out of their day to come and read with them, it excites them.”

Malone, the center back for the Denver soccer club, said “it’s wonderful to give back” and that he hopes the students will also be inspired to pursue their dreams.

“I think it’s a role model opportunity,” Malone said. “Hopefully, it gives them something to believe in. This is definitely an experience that I wish I had as a kid.”

Read with the Rapids is happening every week at Alsup Elementary School until October.

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 1: Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022 (10-11 a.m.)
  • Session 2: Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 (5-6 p.m.)
  • 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 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: September 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 Programs 

Garden Talk with WIC (Fridays, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 | 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 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 our website for cancellation notices. No advanced registration necessary. 

Learn to Compost with Denver Urban Gardens (Saturday, Sept. 10 | 1-2:30 p.m.)

Homemade composting is a simple, low-cost method of utilizing nature’s abundant landscape material and non-meat food scraps to produce healthy soil, for healthy gardens and healthy people. Learn easy techniques from Denver Master Composter volunteers that lessen the effects of climate change, reduce or eliminate usage of chemicals, and even save water. 

Pop-Up Studio at Anythink Commerce City (Friday, Sept. 16 | 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. 

 Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off Celebration (Saturday, Sept. 17 | 2-4 p.m.) 

Join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month to honor and recognize the achievements and contributions of our Hispanic American community. Enjoy live entertainment from local folklorico dancers and mariachi musical performances as well as fun cultural games. Food and beverages will be provided. 


Children’s Programs 

Kids and Teens Café (Tuesdays – Fridays | 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, Sept. 7 & 14 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.) 

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

Giant Games for Littles (Thursdays, Sept. 8 & 22, 4-5 p.m.) 

Experience Anythink’s giant games including Connect 4 and Jenga. Appropriate for ages 18 and under. No advanced registration necessary. 

Hispanic Heritage Storytime (Wednesdays, Sept. 21 & 28 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.) 

Join us for stories and songs that revolve around Hispanic heritage, and a snack. Appropriate for ages birth to 5 and their caregivers. Space is limited; registration recommended. Please visit our online calendar to register. 

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

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


Teen Programs 

Deaf Awareness Week: Watch Party (Thursday, Sept. 29 | 4:30-5:30 p.m.) 

Join us for a screening of a groundbreaking TV series about two teenage girls who were switched at birth. One grew up in a wealthy family, and the other grew up deaf in a working-class neighborhood with a single mother. Closed Captioning (CC) will be available. Refreshments will be provided. Appropriate for ages 14 to 17. No advanced registration necessary. 


Adult Programs

Drop-In Tech Help (Saturdays, Sept. 3 & 17 | 10-11 a.m. |  Tuesdays, Sept. 13 & 27 | 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. 

Legal Self-Help Clinic (Virtual) (Tuesday, Sept. 6 | 2-3:30 p.m., by appointment only)

Join the Access to Justice Committee for a free 15-minute online legal self-help appointment on the first Tuesday of the month. This program is ideal for individuals who do not have legal representation and need help navigating various legal issues such as family law, civil litigation or property law. Space is limited; registration required. Please call 303-405-3242 at least 24 hours in advance to register. 

“¡Qué Viva la Raza!” Documentary Screening with The Denver Office of Storytelling
(Saturday, September 24 | 12:30-2:30 p.m.)  

Join us for a special documentary watch party with The Denver Office of Storytelling. The 32-minute documentary “¡Qué Viva la Raza! Honoring a Denver Legacy” is an overview of the more than 150-year history of the Mexicano, Chicano and Latino people in Denver, highlighting historic images and preserving the voices and stories of Denver’s Latino community. The screening will also include a discussion led by Chief Storyteller Rowena Alegria. Food and beverages will be provided. Visit for more information about the film and the Office.