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District Graduation Rate Increases Six Percent

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 12:59pm

Adams 12 Five Star Schools outpaces state and narrows minority gaps

Adams 12 Five Star Schools has increased its four-year, on-time graduation rate more than 6 percent in five years, climbing to 80.1 percent* for the Class of 2015. This is also the fifth consecutive year the Five Star District has met or exceeded the state average, this year reported at 77.3 percent by the Colorado Department of Education.

Legacy High School had the highest graduation ...

District Counseling Team Honored

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 12:59pm

Team honored with ICAP Team award at State Board of Education meeting

The Five Star District's Counseling Leadership Team won the Colorado Department of Education’s Best District ICAP Team award. The group was recognized at the State Board of Education meeting on Jan. 13.

Each year, the Colorado Department of Education and the Office of Postsecondary Readiness honors those who best demonstrate a meaningful ICAP process (Individual, Career and Academic ...

Post-Secondary & Workforce Readiness

Friday, January 15, 2016 - 12:59pm

Students, parents and staff asked to complete survey

The Five Star District's Counseling Leadership Team asks all middle and high school students, parents and staff to complete a survey on post-secondary and workforce readiness. The results from this short, confidential survey will help Adams 12 Five Star Schools understand the knowledge and awareness of post-secondary and workforce readiness curriculum offered to students in the Five Star ...

2015-2016 Seniors to Take ACT

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 12:59pm

Juniors to take PSAT in preparation for transition to SAT in spring 2017

The Department of Education confirmed Jan. 11 that it has received approval to administer the ACT exam to high school juniors this year. The agreement will not change the selection committee’s unanimous decision to award College Board a five-year contract to administer the PSAT and SAT to Colorado’s 10th- and 11th-grade students. Under the agreement, this year’s 10th-graders will take the PSAT ...

Superintendents Call for Adequate Funding

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 12:59pm

Parents & community leaders gather to support call for adequate funding

Superintendent Chris Gdowski joined 166 other superintendents from across Colorado at the state capitol on Jan. 11 to call for adequate funding of public education. At the event, the Colorado Superintendents’ Advocacy for Adequate School Funding statement signed by 167 superintendents representing the majority of Colorado’s 860,000+ students was released.

Superintendents continue to ...

District Receives Budget Award

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 12:59pm

Meritorious Budget Award recognizes excellence in budget planning

Adams 12 Five Star Schools was presented the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International for the Five Star District’s excellence in the preparation and issuance of its 2015-2016 budget.

The Meritorious Budget Awards program promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation and enhances school business officials' skills ...

American Legion Honors Thornton High

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 12:59pm

Thornton High School honored with Proud to be an American award

Thornton High School (THS) was recognized with the Colorado American Legion’s Proud to be an American Award on Thursday, Nov. 12. The Proud to be an American Award is presented annually to individuals or organizations that demonstrate patriotism for the “principles, rights and privileges” essential to Americans.

Thornton High School will receive the award for its annual Oral History ...

District Increases Guest Teacher Pay

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 12:59pm

As part of the Five Star District’s efforts to hire and attract talented guest (substitute) teachers, the district restructured the guest teacher pay program to become more competitive with neighboring districts and retain existing talent.

As of Sept. 16, 2015, a new pay rate took effect. Entry level pay increased from $95 to $100 per full day. After working 30 assignments, the guest ...

CMAS: PARCC Results to Arrive Soon

Friday, December 11, 2015 - 12:59pm

How to understand your student's score report

The Colorado Department of Education released district and school-level results for how students performed last spring on the new assessments in English language arts and math on Friday, Dec. 11. Parents who had a child take these assessments will receive their student’s individual score report in the next few weeks.

These assessments are often referred to as “PARCC tests” because they ...

Shorter State Tests in 2015-2016

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 12:59pm

This move along with new state law reduces overall testing time

The PARCC National Governing Board voted on Wednesday, May 20 to reduce the amount of time students spend on English language arts and math tests at each grade level. PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career. Multiple states, including Colorado, are part of PARCC.

The Governing Board, made up of state education commissioners and superintendents, ...

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