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School attendance matters! Support school funding by ensuring that your child attends school every day.

This funding helps ensure that students have access to:

  • Special enrichment classes and programs
  • Free and reduced-price school meals
  • Counselors
  • Physical and mental health services
  • Facility enhancements and upgrades
  • And more!

October Count day is Oct. 2, 2023

What is October Count Day? October Count Day is a statewide initiative that determines the amount of funding our school receives from the state government. On this specific day, we record the number of students who are in attendance. This count directly impacts our school's budget for the entire academic year.

Why Your Child's Attendance Matters? The number of students present on October Count Day directly affects the financial resources we receive. This funding supports various aspects of your child's education, including classroom materials, technology, extracurricular activities, and more.

Adequate funding allows us to maintain a high standard of education. It enables us to provide quality teachers, smaller class sizes, and a wide range of educational opportunities to benefit your child's learning experience.

What You Can Do?

  • Mark Your Calendar: Please mark Oct. 2 on your calendar as a day of high importance. Ensure that your child attends school on this date unless they are ill or facing extenuating circumstances.
  • Promote Attendance: Encourage your child to attend school regularly, not only on October Count Day but throughout the entire academic year. Consistent attendance is vital for their academic progress.
  • Spread the Word: Inform fellow parents and guardians about the significance of October Count Day and the impact it has on our school. Together, we can maximize our funding potential.
Flags belonging to people from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

During its regular meeting on Sept. 12, the Adams 14 Board of Education celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The annual celebration takes place between Sept. 15-Oct.15 each year. During this time, we honor and celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. 

Adams 14 leadership recognizes the importance of preserving the linguistic and cultural assets of students through bilingual and dual language instruction, and our Seal of Biliteracy program, as well as honoring the backgrounds of our students from Spanish-speaking households. 

Click here to read the board's full proclamation.

Donors and stakeholders for Kids First Health Care having breakfast

On Thursday morning, our partner Kids First Health Care held its 2023 Back-to-Health Breakfast fundraiser at Adams City High School. The event was a great opportunity for Kids First to highlight its work in our schools and in the community! Many of the patients that Kids First Health Care serves are students at Adams 14 and we greatly appreciate their partnership and commitment to our students’ wellbeing. 

Here are some of our partner’s accomplishments between 2021-2022:

  • 10,201 health care visits for children
  • 3,996 children served 
  • 6,850 immunizations administered
  • 21,838 school nurse screenings 

Adams City High School also participated in the event. Our cheerleading team welcomed attendees at the high school entrance, our culinary students baked and served pastries for attendees during the reception, and the JROTC color guard began the meeting by presenting the U.S. flag.


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National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 10-16. This week, we remind ourselves and our community that no one is ever alone in their mental health struggles and that there are resources to support them.

Our school district is firmly committed to promoting mental health, recognizing its vital role in our students' overall well-being. During National Suicide Prevention Week and every week, we prioritize providing resources and support to ensure the emotional and mental wellness of our students remains a top priority. 

Beginning Sept. 25 at our elementary, middle and high schools, mental health staff will be teaching staff and students about our new suicide prevention programs. These programs promote that we take care of ourselves and each other to continue promoting resilience and wellness. 

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Sept. 8, 2023, COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — At a special meeting on Tuesday, the Adams County School District 14 Board of Education passed a resolution canceling the Nov. 7 school board election. Three seats were up for election and only three candidates submitted their paperwork with the requisite number of valid signatures. In compliance with state law, the board named the three qualified candidates as victors. 

The victors are incumbents Reneé N. Lovato, James L. Amador and Luz Molina, all of whom will continue on the Adams 14 board for a four-year term from 2023 to 2027. 

No other individuals filed nomination petitions or affidavits to be a write-in candidate by the required deadline, thus clearing the way to cancel the biennial school board election. The board’s decision will save the district approximately $35,000 that it would have otherwise spent to administer the election process. 

Lovato, who has served on the board since November 2019 and is currently the president, said she is excited to continue the momentum of the district as it improves its state rating and academic performance. The district recently defeated an order for reorganization and also exited turnaround status. 

“I’m thrilled to keep serving Adams 14,” Lovato said. “I want to thank our community for their support and trust in us. Our dedication to educational excellence remains unwavering.” 

“Our district has much to offer and I look forward to working with my fellow board members to provide a world-class education for our students in Adams County,” said Amador, the current board treasurer. 

“When I first joined the board in 2022, I promised to champion equity, diversity and inclusion in our schools,” Molina said. “I will continue to keep that promise and ensure our community is a place where students from all backgrounds can thrive.” 

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Dear Adams 14 Community, 

We would like to invite you to 14er On The Go, our first community forum of the 2023-2024 school year. Meet with Superintendent Dr. Karla Loría to receive updates and provide feedback on our strategic plan, school initiatives, and the socio-emotional well-being of our students and staff.

  • DATE: Sept. 28, 2023
  • TIME: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Adams City High School cafeteria

Dinner will be provided. Interpretation and child supervision will be available.

Click here to view a flyer.

Adams 14 Second Annual Soccer World Cup

Did you already sign up for the Adams 14 Second Annual Soccer World Cup?

Registration for players, volunteers and sponsors opened on Friday, July 14, 2023, and will close on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023, at midnight. The games will be played during the weekend of May 4-5, 2024. Click here to sign up!

The Adams 14 Second Annual Soccer World Cup is open to student players of all ages in PK-12, as well as to parents, employees, and alumni.

For questions and/or comments about the Adams 14 Second Annual Soccer World Cup, please contact Mario Márquez at or 281-235-5203.

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Adams County School District 14 has defeated the Colorado State Board of Education's historic attempt to reorganize the district.

In May 2022, the Colorado State Board of Education took a first-of-its-kind action to force the Adams County School District 14 into reorganization along with Mapleton Public Schools, Adams 12 Five Star Schools and 27J Schools. The elected boards of education in each of the neighboring school districts, the Adams County Board of Commissioners and numerous organizations unanimously approved formal resolutions in support of Adams 14 and opposing reorganization. Despite the collective opposition and concern of Adams County elected officials and educators, the state board still ordered reorganization. 

In a process that lasted nearly a year, culminating on Aug. 11, 2023, when the Reorganization Committee (comprised of members of each school district) voted 10-0 in favor of approving a report instead of a formal plan of reorganization, recommending the reorganization is not a viable option for any of the districts involved; one committee member abstained from voting. 

The committee submitted the report for review to Education Commissioner Susana Cordova, who accepted the committee’s recommendation to end the reorganization process on Thursday evening. Read the letter Cordova sent to Adams 14 on Aug. 31, 2023, in English or Spanish.

“Colorado’s School District Reorganization Act is an outdated, unproven process that does not work and has no place in the accountability system,” said Reneé Lovato, the president of the Adams 14 Board of Education and chair of the Reorganization Committee. “It did nothing except instill fear and uncertainty among our students, staff and community.”

“Our collective work and collaboration in support of our students will lead to true improvement. We sincerely thank those State Board members who knew the folly of this punitive action and stood with Adams 14. We thank Commissioner Cordova for her thoughtful consideration and decision,” Lovato said.

Adams 14 Superintendent Dr. Karla Loría stated, “We thank the other three school districts for showing the State Board that Adams County fights for each other. It is our fervent hope that the State Board will stop taking negative actions against Adams 14 and allow us to focus on our students.” 

Dr. Loría held a press conference on Wednesday, celebrating the latest performance framework ratings from the Colorado Department of Education. The 2022-2023 school year report showed several of Adams 14’s schools had notable academic improvement, and the school district itself improved its state accountability rating.

“Adams 14 schools are the center of this community,” said Adams 14 Board of Education Secretary María Zubia. “Our district survives. Our district will thrive.”

Adams 14 is committed to moving forward and will continue to focus on improving the educational experience of all our students with the support of students, parents and the community. Together, we will continue to thrive and confidently write our own history.


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Get ready for the 2023 Homecoming Parade and events!

We are preparing for our Homecoming festivities, and we hope you’ll join us in the
celebration. Let’s show our Adams 14 and Eagle Pride!

The annual homecoming parade is the first of many events on Saturday, September
9th, 2023. The parade will begin at 9:00 am, starting at 64th and Olive and will end at
ACHS. The celebration will then continue at the high school with a barbecue and car show! We want it to be a fun-filled community event.

Here is a complete list of ACHS Homecoming activities:

Friday, September 8th, 2023
   Juniors VS Seniors Powderpuff Game: 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm @ ACHS Football Field

Saturday, September 9th, 2023  
   Participants in parade line up will begin at 8:00 am 64th and Olive
   Homecoming Parade: 09:00 am @ 64th and Olive St. to ACHS

   Homecoming Barbecue: 10:00 a.m @ outside D wing/ACHS Bus Loop   

   Car Show - after parade during BBQ in the staff parking lot

   Homecoming Football Game: 2:00 p.m ACHS vs Skyview High

   School Homecoming Dance: 7:00 p.m @ ACHS Small Gym

Please consider participating in the parade. If you are interested in getting involved,
complete the parade entry form and return it to Andrew LaCrue at ACHS

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In Colorado, there are more than 50 mountain peaks that exceed 14,000 feet in elevation, and these peaks are known as 14ers. Like the outdoor enthusiasts who embrace the challenge to reach the peaks of these 14ers in our state, so do the students and staff at Adams 14. Reaching new heights takes ambition, preparation, and an overall winning mindset.

This booklet shares how our drive to reach the summit has always been there from the start, how our big goals set a clear path for us to be prepared whenever a challenge arises, and how our team works together under one inspiring vision. The booklet was a companion piece to Adams 14’s annual State of the Schools event for stakeholders in the community. Click here to watch the 2023 State of the Schools event.

To learn more, click here (English | Spanish).

Apply for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals

All families are encouraged to apply for free and reduced-price school meals for the upcoming school year. By applying, families receive more than free and reduced-price school meals, and your child’s school also benefits.

Some of the many benefits are:

  • Your child’s school can receive additional funding to enhance the educational experience for all students.
  • School fees can be waived or reduced, including athletic fees, course fees, and activity and field trip fees tied to curriculum.
  • Students in grades 9-12 can receive assistance with post-graduation planning, scholarships, state and national testing (including SAT, ACT, Advanced  Placement, and International Baccalaureate), and postsecondary enrollment.
  • Families can qualify for additional resources, such as medical, food, and financial assistance.
  • Families can receive support with community services, such as internet, gym memberships, and passes to museums and cultural events.

Not only does your application ensure that your student has nutritious meals, but your student’s school also receives benefits, such as additional funding, waived program and assessment fees, and much more. If you have questions or would like a paper application, please contact or call 303-853-7929.

Meet Your Bus Driver and Ride Your Route

Students and families are invited!

Adams 14 families are invited to join students on their bus routes for a round trip ride on
Aug. 4, 2023.

Your student’s bus route information will be mailed to you soon! For questions, please contact us at 303-853-7909.

For the school schedule, visit

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Join us for the 2023-2024 Adams 14 Back-to-School Resource Fair! The fair will be held at Adams City High School (7200 Quebec Pkwy) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Click here to view a flyer.

Our community partners will be providing valuable resources and services including school backpacks and supplies, food and clothing assistance, haircut vouchers, vaccines, and much more.

Volunteers will also be available to help enroll new and returning students. All enrolled Adams 14 students will receive school supplies and resources to start the school year successfully!

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Dear Adams 14 Community,

As a result of your feedback, we are excited to announce the launch of a new website for the Adams County School District 14 (Adams 14) in the 2023-2024 school year. The new websites will allow online visitors to easily find the information they need while keeping them informed of the latest district and school news.

As part of the new website, there will also be a new mobile application that integrates content from the website into a single application (app). Website information such as school notifications, events, staff directories, cafeteria menus, and additional resources will all be available to families through the new app. 

Starting July 1, the district will begin transitioning from the ReachWell app (formerly known as Flyer Connect) to its new mobile app. This transition will allow us to better communicate with families while reducing expenditures and reallocating funds to students’ needs.

We expect the new websites and mobile app to begin operating by the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year. In the meantime, we will share all updates and information with the community through email, our current websites, and social media.

We look forward to serving you through these new platforms.


Adams 14

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Dear Adams 14 Community, 

As progress continues on the school district’s turnaround work, our staff members have requested additional training and lesson-planning time to effectively implement new curricular materials in their classrooms. 

To accommodate this request, the Adams 14 Colorado Classified School Employees’ Association and the Adams 14 Classroom Teachers’ Association proposed having one school day each week that operates on a delayed schedule.

Upon review from the district’s calendar committee and with the approval of the Adams 14 Board of Education and Adams 14 Superintendent Dr. Karla Loría, all schools in Adams 14 will adopt a two-hour delayed start on Thursdays each week during the 2023-2024 school year. For example, on Thursdays, the school start time is 10 a.m., if the school’s regular start time is 8 a.m. This change applies to all grade levels in each school. Buses will run in the morning on a two-hour delay on Thursdays. Dismissal time will be as usual. 

As part of the review process for this change, Adams 14 administrators reviewed the delayed start and early release schedules of neighboring school districts to determine how it affects their academic ratings by the state and found no evidence to suggest this decision would negatively impact our students’ academic performance. 

We understand this decision may affect families differently. It is extremely important for our students to be at school during regular hours. That is why the district is working with the Suncor Boys and Girls Club, the Commerce City recreation center, and non-instructional staff to host clubs and programs for students to participate in during the delayed start on Thursdays. 

The district will release more information regarding the clubs and programs as it becomes available. Thank you for your continued support.


Adams 14

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

The WOW! Summer Program is off to a great start! We are really enjoying having students in grades K-8 participate in project-based learning and are excited for all of our Adams 14 families to join us for The Celebration of Learning on July 13, 2023. The event will be hosted at your student’s summer site on the last day of summer school. Light refreshments will be served. We hope everyone can join us for this exciting event featuring your student’s hard work this summer!

  • Alsup Elementary School and Central Elementary School (Grades K–5): 12:00–1:00 p.m.
  • Adams City High School (Grades 6–8): 12:30–1:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s summer school site.
• Alsup Elementary School: 303-288-6865
• Central Elementary School: 303-287-0327
• Adams City High School: 303-289-3111


The Adams 14 WOW! Summer Program

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We are pleased to announce that Adams 14 has defeated the Colorado State Board of Education's attempt to reorganize the district.

Click the link to read the full story:


Nos complace anunciar que Adams 14 ha derrotado el intento de la Junta de Educación del Estado de Colorado de reorganizar el distrito.

Haga clic en el enlace para leer la historia completa:


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DID YOU KNOW: students in our School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP) grow vegetables year-round to learn about horticulture and the culinary industry. They also donate fresh produce to the district’s Hope Family Resource Center to support local families.

The nonprofits Kaiser Permanente and Alliance for a Healthier Generation have partnered to donate more than $20,000 each year since the 2021-2022 school year to support Adams 14’s initiative. SWAP has so far used the funds to purchase an all-season outdoor greenhouse, 15 portable greenhouses, raised beds, soil, seeds, a shed, and gardening equipment for all five community gardens in the district.

Melissa Crawford, the SWAP coordinator, said this project allows students with special needs to engage in work-based learning experiences while contributing to their community. Students learn about food preservation, healthy cooking, and careers in the culinary industry.

“A lot of students never knew that they were good at gardening or had culinary skills,” Crawford said. “After exploring these tracks, they learn about the future possibilities for them. Everybody is eligible for work.”

On Friday, Aug. 18, staff members from Kaiser Permanente and Healthier Generation visited the district’s greenhouse and community gardens in person for the first time.

“It’s been a great project,” said Emma Wahlen, a regional program manager with Healthier Generation. “It’s so nice to see the gardens in action. To actually be here and see it being used is great.”

Wahlen says their nonprofit has supported Adams 14 projects over the last five years.

“Overall at Adams 14, I’ve seen so much growth and opportunity around health and wellness the past few years,” she said. “I’m just very impressed with the district and everyone supporting these efforts.”

Curtis Robbins, a community health program manager for Kaiser Permanente, said it’s “amazing” to see how funding these initiatives can have positive ripple effects for the community.

“We’re just really thrilled with the way Adams 14 has been able to utilize the funding in so many different ways to support the students, staff, and families here,” Robbins said.

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CONGRATULATIONS MONACO! On Friday morning, leaders from Adams County School District 14 and volunteers from Office Depot gathered at Monaco Elementary School to make a special announcement. ODP, the parent company of Office Depot, selected Monaco as one of the recipients for its Start Proud! initiative, a program that helps schools nationwide kick off the school year with new supplies and backpacks.

Principal Ryan Green announced that the school received a $20,000 in-store credit at Office Depot to help teachers purchase classroom and student supplies.

Before the celebratory assembly, all teachers were handed three raffle tickets. The winner would receive $2,000 worth of premium supplies.

Green kept everyone in suspense as he slowly moved his hand inside the raffle box, picked the winning ticket, and read the numbers aloud.

Caitlin Delaney, a math interventionist at Monaco and the raffle winner, laughed and danced with excitement as she walked up to Green and the volunteers to have her picture taken in front of the school supplies.

"I've never won anything so this was super cool," Delaney said. "I'm super thankful to Office Depot. There are lots of resources here that I'll even be able to share with my co-workers."

Valya Broyer, the vice president of ODP Business Solutions, said their volunteers were also at Monaco's back-to-school night on Aug. 4, handing out 450 brand-new backpacks, each filled with school supplies like notebooks, crayons, pencils, and more.

"We're thrilled to be able to support these families," Broyer said. "We hope this will help the students feel more confident heading into the new school year.

"To see other people showering my students and staff with love just fills my heart," Green said. "Nothing but grateful."

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