Teacher of the Year Announcement and Student Good News

Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 3:45pm
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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: 

  • Positive News Stories  *NEW

  • Staff Recognition 

    • Administrative Employee of the Year Award  *NEW

    • Announcing the Winner of the Certified Employee of the Year Award  *NEW

  • Health & Safety

    • Vaccine Information

  • Opportunities To Get Involved & Family Reminders

    • Join a District Committee  *NEW

    • Meal Benefits

    • Meal Distribution 

  • Now Hiring BASE Staff  *NEW


Positive News Stories

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

  • This thoughtful 8-year-old STEM Launch student didn’t want any of her peers to go without a birthday cake, so she saved up her own money to create cake kits to give to families in need. 

  • FutureForward at Washington Square celebrated some of its students who landed industry jobs on the career pathways they completed in high school. 

  • The staff at McElwain Elementary wants to make sure every student has the chance to read and play outside this summer, so they hosted a wonderful community event giving away books and donated sports equipment to its students. 

  • STEM Launch students were selected to present their creative solution to fighting Colorado wildfires. 

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

Administrative Employee of the Year Award

The Five Star District’s awards season continues this week with the Administrative Employee of the Year award. The following five finalists were selected from more than 30 outstanding nominees: 

  • Kim Brady, Principal at Horizon High School
  • Tim Griffin, Principal at Glacier Peak Elementary
  • Betsy Miller, Administrator on Special Assignment
  • Greg Mirelez, Youth Advocate
  • Jodie Turner, Technology Manager 

All the nominees are listed online and the winner will be announced on Friday, May 14.

Announcing the Winner of the Certified Employee of the Year Award

Last week, we announced that Glenn Ashley, Welding Teacher at FutureForward at Washington Square was awarded the Certified Employee of the Year Award! Read why he won or watch a video of the award presentation!

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, 12 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.

Children’s Hospital Colorado has vaccine appointments available to everyone ages 12 and older as supplies are available from the state. For more information and to sign up for a vaccine appointment at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, visit their website


Opportunities To Get Involved & Family Reminders

Join a District Committee

We are accepting applications for various district committees for 2021-2022. Parent and community leaders are needed to help inform and shape our district work. There are open positions on the following committees:

  • District Accountability Committee (DAC)
    The DAC is an educator, parent and community member committee working to advise and prioritize district initiatives to the Board of Education, including spending priorities, the district unified improvement plan (UIP) and charter applications. Meets once-a-month on Wednesday evenings.

  • Finance and Audit Committee (FAC)
    The FAC is a parent and community group that works to continuously improve upon the overall financial health of the district by providing reliable and unbiased fiscal oversight. Meets once-a-month on Wednesday mornings.

  • Long Range Planning Advisory Committee (LRPAC)
    The LRPAC is a community-led oversight committee featuring parents and community members who serve as a 2016 Bond Program oversight and long-term planning accountability committee. Meets once-a-month on Thursday mornings. 

Apply now at www.adams12.org/committees

Spots on all committees are limited. Acceptance is based on spots available, quality of application and a diverse geographical representation of the district. 


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.

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 BASE Staff

The Five Star District is hiring for various BASE positions. Provide students with opportunities to create, learn and grow through arts, physical activity, and academic enrichment activities before and after school. 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.