School Notes

District 12 launches new text alert system

Adams 12 Five Star Schools has launched a new service that will enhance communication by allowing the Five Star District to deliver important information via text messaging. The text alert system will be used to notify parents about important information and will also include school closures, canceled activities, or other school-related information. This service is not intended to replace the existing means of communication, it’s just another tool to enhance communications. In order to receive priority text alerts, parents must opt-in to receive text alerts by texting “yes” to 68453, and then receive a confirmation text.

Parents can repeat the opt-in process for any other wireless numbers they wish to receive the text alerts. The district anticipates text alert subscribers will receive approximately three alerts each month. Please note, although the district doesn’t charge for this service, standard text messaging/data rates may apply according to your plan.

District 12 earns safe sports award

Horizon, Legacy, Mountain Range, Northglenn and Thornton High Schools are the first schools in Colorado, as well as the first entire district in the country, to be awarded the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School award for their athletic training/sports medicine programs.

The award was created to recognize secondary schools around the country that provide safe environments for student athletes. The award also reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment of athletes. Adams 12 Five Star Schools partners with Children’s Hospital Colorado to preserve the health and wellness of the district’s high school athletes.

District 27J earns financial reporting honor

The School District 27J Finance Department has recently been honored with the highest form of recognition governmental accounting and reporting. School District 27J has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The honor, bestowed by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, recognized 27J for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the 2011-2012 school year.

“This award is indicative of the tremendous work our talented finance department staff does on a regular basis,” said 27J Superintendent Chris Fiedler. “The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is just one of the many ways that our school district upholds its commitment to financial transparency in how we utilize our funds.”

The report and other district financial documents can be found by visiting and clicking on Financial Information.

Contestants wanted for Red Ribbon

The National Family Partnership (NFP) announces the national contest for its 28th annual Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31.

Entrants can win $1,000 for their K-12 school and an iPad for the home.

1) Students bring the Red Ribbon Week message home by working alongside parents to decorate their front door, mailbox or fence with a red ribbon and this year’s theme “A Healthy Me Is Drug Free.”

2) Take a photo with the family and your Red Ribbon Week decoration, then upload to by Nov. 4 (must be 18 years or older to upload your photos). 

3.) The voting begins! Ask your family and friends to vote for your entry at Nov. 5-19.

Ten winners from regions across the U.S. will win. Winners will be announced at on Dec. 6 and recognized at winning schools throughout December.   

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