Positive student stories and high school graduation info

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 2:30pm
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New information about our online learning program for the coming school year

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Dear Five Star Community, 

We are sending weekly updates as a consistent way to provide important information. This communication is designed to consolidate updates for you into one weekly email. 

Topics in this update: 

  • Key Dates

  • Graduation Dates *NEW

  • Learning Operations

    • Online Learning for the 2021-2022 School Year *NEW

  • Positive News Stories 

  • Staff Recognition -  Classified Employee of the Year Awards! *NEW

  • Health & Safety

    • Vaccine information

  • Family Reminders

    • Building Healthy Communities 

    • Meal Benefits

    • Summer BASE 

    • Meal Distribution 

  • Now Hiring Bus Drivers *NEW

Key Dates

  • Make-up Learning Days for Snow Days: The two make-up days for in-person and remote learners for the snow days from March will be:

    • Elementary Grades (K-5): May 7 and May 14

    • Secondary Grades (6-12): May 19 and May 26 

    • K-8 Schools

      • Grades (K-5): May 7 and May 14

      • Grades (6-8):  May 14 and May 26

  • Preschool - May 14: Preschool will be in session with a normal schedule for all students in person and remote.

  • Last Day of School (All Students): Thursday, May 27

Graduation Dates

2021 Graduation Banner

We are excited to announce that all of our high schools will hold in-person graduation ceremonies this year. The district has worked with public health and each ceremony will have a limited spectator attendance based on current health and safety guidance. To view the graduation schedule, visit the district website

Learning Operations

Information about Online Learning for the 2021-2022 School Year
We want to share an update with you about our online programming for next school year for families who selected that option for their students. 

With our commitment to provide continued flexibility for families with COVID-19 related concerns and offer the most robust online learning opportunity for our students, we are excited to share that we will operate the Five Star Online program at the district level. Students will be able to stay connected with their neighborhood school by participating in extracurricular activities and athletics. Seniors will graduate from their home high school.  

Families who selected online learning for next year should have received an email with additional details. Please contact your child’s school if you have questions about which learning model they are enrolled in.

Positive News Stories

Coyote Ridge students with banner

We have great news stories to share from across the district - from our amazing staff to our stand out students!

  • A learning specialist at Cherry Drive Elementary raised money to buy hundreds of books for her students. She wrote them each a note on the inside of their brand-new book. “I truly believe by having them pick their own books throughout this year, they have become more excited about reading, and I could not be more excited for that!” Thank you, Ms. Lederman. We appreciate you! 

  • Legacy High School’s Student Government made an encouraging banner for Coyote Ridge Elementary students. What a great way to show support!

  • Gracie, a student at Cotton Creek Elementary, raised more than $1,000 for a local nonprofit. She got a boost from her school’s School Resource Officer and fellow officers from Westminster Police Department. Way to go, Gracie! 

See these positive news stories and many more on our website. We encourage you to submit an uplifting story about a student, educator, school or other staff member today! 

Staff Recognition

Classified Employee of the Year award
This week, we continue the celebration of our outstanding employees by announcing the nominees and finalists for the Classified Employee of the Year Award. After receiving over 70 nominations, a review committee narrowed the field down to the following five finalists: 

  • Raelene Crump, Office Manager at Stukey Elementary

  • Jennifer Meir, Head Custodian at STEM Lab

  • Renita Montoya, Paraeducator at Tarver Elementary

  • Jeff Shaver, Lead Electrician for Adams 12 Five Star Schools

  • Lori Swanson, Office Clerk at Northglenn High School  

All the nominees are listed online and a winner will be announced on Friday! 

⭐Announcing the Winners of the Strength in Action Awards
Last week, we announced the winners of the Strengths in Action Awards. These awards recognize employees who exemplify one of our ELEVATE strengths in an extraordinary way: care, collaborate, empower, engage or focus on students. Congratulations to:

  • Care: Mara Thomas, School Social Worker at Riverdale Elementary

  • Collaborate: Carrie Lachermeier, BASE Operations Manager

  • Empower: Steve Bogucki, 6th Grade Science Teacher at Rocky Top Middle 

  • Engage: Amy Stice-Nevins, Social-emotional Learning Specialist at Arapahoe Ridge Elementary

  • Focus on students: Kate Vogel, Principal at Rocky Mountain Elementary

Read why they won! Remember to follow Adams 12 Five Star Schools on social media to see all of our awards season announcements and to stay up-to-date with district news.

Health & Safety

Vaccine Information
For parents and guardians of children, 16 and older, who are interested in their child receiving a COVID vaccination or if you are interested in receiving a COVID vaccine, contact your primary care physician or visit the CDPHE website to find out where you can get vaccinated.

Family Reminders

Building Healthy Communities
Five Star staff in conjunction with community partners held a series of community events this year to support students and families and equip them with knowledge and skills to navigate the unique pathways of youth development. This year we covered everything from strategies to support our social-emotional wellbeing in moments of crisis to navigating difficult conversations with the youth in our lives. Learn more and access recordings of the live events at adams12.org/bhc.

Meal Benefits
Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, provides funds for households to support youth nutrition. P-EBT may be available this spring to students who have filled out an application and qualified for free or reduced-price lunch while learning remotely through a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program. Learn more at https://cdhs.colorado.gov/p-ebt

Fill Out A School Meals Application
Your household’s Free and Reduced-Price Lunch program (school meals) application can also qualify for support with other services, such as internet, gym memberships, passes to museums and cultural events and secure additional funds for your school. School fees can be waived or reduced, such as athletic fees, and activity and field trip fees tied to curriculum. Apply online for school meal benefits at myschoolapps.com.

Summer BASE Program
The Summer BASE Program provides opportunities for our students to connect with others, allowing youth to engage and explore through various activities like nutrition education, arts & crafts, science, math and literacy activities, daily physical activity, organized games, and creative free-time play (while following safety protocols).

  • Operates June 2 - Aug. 6, 2021

  • Open Monday-Friday, 7:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

  • Students will attend two off-site field trips each week. Field trips will be thoughtfully selected to allow for physical distancing and COVID safety protocols.

Find more info and register now: https://www.adams12.org/base/summer-base

Meal Distribution 
Free school meals continue to be available for all 1-18 year olds in the Five Star community. For more information, including times and locations, visit https://www.adams12.org/freeschoolmeals.

Now Hiring for Bus Drivers

Hiring bus drivers ad

The Five Star District is hiring bus drivers. Starting pay is $19.16, benefits and paid training. Apply today by visiting  www.adams12.org/apply


*Keep in mind, the plans for district charter schools may be different. Please check with your child’s charter school for more information.