Upcoming key dates and how to return district-owned devices

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 3:00pm
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Read about and celebrate staff and student recognitions from across the district

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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 *NEW

  • Health & Safety

    • Reminder on New Face Coverings Guidance

    • Vaccine information 

  • Learning Operations

    • District-Owned Device Return *NEW

  • Positive News Stories 

  • Staff Recognition - ELEVATE Strengths In Action Awards *NEW

  • Family Reminders

    • Building Healthy Communities *NEW

    • Meal Benefits

    • Summer BASE 

    • Meal Distribution 

  • Now Hiring for Mechanics *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

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

Health & Safety

Reminder on New Face Coverings Guidance
As a reminder, the public health departments that oversee the Five Star District - Tri-County Health Department and Broomfield Public Health - have amended their guidance for the wearing of masks outdoors. Tri-County has eliminated a mask requirement when gathering in outdoor spaces. Broomfield Public Health has also amended its guidance to no longer require outdoor mask wearing although they still recommend it. 

Based on this guidance, the district has made the following adjustments:

  • Pick Up and Drop Off: The wearing of masks will no longer be required during the drop-off and pick-up of students. 

  • Outdoor Athletics: Masks will also no longer be required for high school athletes actively participating in outdoor practices and competition. Masks will still be required on the sideline and in the dugout.

  • Outdoor Activities/Classes: Masks will no longer be required for students when outdoors.

  • Staff Outdoor Mask Wearing: Staff will no longer be required to wear their masks outdoors if they are able to maintain proper physical distancing. 

You can also review the updated Student Mask Protocol as of April 14, 2021. 

Vaccine Information

For parents and guardians of children, 16 and older, who are interested in their child receiving a COVID vaccination, please monitor Thornton Fire Department’s COVID Vaccination page as they offer regular updates on upcoming vaccination clinics.

Learning Operations

End of School Year District-Owned Device Return
Students currently borrowing a district-owned Chromebook will be asked to return their Chromebook and charger at the end of the school year. Your child’s school will share specific details regarding collection dates and times in the coming weeks.

  • Seniors, please return your Chromebooks and chargers when returning all other school- or district-issued materials in early May.  

  • Students using a district-owned Chromebook for AP testing will return their device once AP testing is complete. Your child’s school will confirm date(s) for returning devices.

Positive News Stories

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

  • Food for Hope, an amazing community partner, has helped families obtain extra food at our drive-thru meal sites at four high schools, and has found other creative ways to help get nutritious food to students and families. Thank you, Food for Hope! 

  • Thunder Vista student Aanshi was selected as one of only nine finalists in a NASA and Future Engineers competition that included more than 14,000 entries! Aanshi will get to go to the Johnson Space Center in Houston and is in the running for a trip to the Artemis 1 Space Launch.

  • Read one teacher’s warm shoutout to an outstanding online student. Northglenn High School sophomore Daniela continually offers words of support to her peers and goes above and beyond in every classroom assignment.

  • Broomfield City Council is honoring Thunder Vista 8th grader Olivia for her positive attitude and perseverance during some medical issues. We are so proud of you, Olivia! 

  • The Coyote Ridge PTO has partnered with teachers to celebrate students for exemplifying the Coyote Ridge PACK traits (perseverance, accountability, courage, kindness). What a wonderful way to recognize student success! 

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

ELEVATE Strengths in Action Awards
Last month, employees from across the district nominated their colleagues for going above and beyond to ELEVATE student success. We received an overwhelming amount of nominations representing a diverse group of exceptional employees and we are excited to celebrate our nominees and winners for the next few weeks. There were several categories of awards up for nomination, and we are kicking off this year’s “awards season” by announcing the nominees for the Strengths in Action Awards! 

View all the nominees at https://www.adams12.org/2020-21EOTY#strengths. The winners will be announced on Friday on the website and on social media! Stay tuned next week for the nominees and winners of the Classified Employee of the Year award!

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

  • 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 Mechanics

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The Five Star District is hiring mechanics to perform inspection, repair and maintenance on all district fleet vehicles. 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.