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  • ‘State of District 50 is Strong’

    In her yearly ‘State of the District’ report last week, Superintendent Pam Swanson said the District is “moving in the right direction,” while at the same time urging staff to work hard and not become “frustrated and distracted by the challenges facing public education.”

    It was the fifth report by Swanson.

    She framed her report under three broad themes: resources, image and sustained excellence.

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  • Julie Arellano Remembered as ‘One of our Best’

    Skyline Vista teacher Julie Arellano is being remembered as a person who lit up the room with her smile and an educator, “with the patience of a saint.”

    Her funeral was held this past Saturday in Littleton where family, friends and District 50 co-workers turned out to say goodbye. Julie, who was just 54, died on January 2nd after being diagnosed with advanced cancer earlier in the school year.

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  • BOE Supports CBS

    For the fourth time since the District moved to a Competency Based System (CBS) in 2009, the Board of Education has passed a resolution in support of the innovative approach to education.

    The resolution reflects the support of the newly formed board which added newcomer Max Math in November. Prior boards have passed similar resolutions to make it clear to District staff and the community that the elected board fully supports the full implementation of CBS.

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  • Board of Education Joins Call for More Ed Funding

    With a unanimous vote the District 50 Board of Education passed a resolution last week supporting the vast majority of Colorado superintendents who are calling upon lawmakers to provide more money for public education.

    The resolution supports the superintendents’ advocacy statement and pledges to work with other school boards, and professional and citizen organizations to increase funding. Board of Education members Ryan McCoy and Max Math joined Superintended Pam Swanson at a rally at the capitol to call for citizen support for the statement.

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  • New Video Spotlights Steve Sandoval, ‘A Leader to Learn From’

    A new video from Education Week’s “Leaders to Learn From” is showing educators around the country why Dr. Steve Sandoval is making such an impact in Adams County School District 50.

    It was videotaped late last year at various locations around the District.

    Sandoval, Executive Director of Student Services was selected for his implementation of the interventionist framework that ensures all students learn to their highest potential.

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  • High School Juniors to Take ACT Test in Spring

    High School juniors who have spent time preparing for ACT tests this spring, won’t have to change to the SAT tests after all. It’s good news for students and administrators who voiced concerns about the proposed change. They felt there was not enough time to implement the change.

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  • ‘Celebrating Academic Excellence’ Set for February 20

    District 50’s best and brightest students will gather at Ranum Middle School on Saturday, February 20th for this year’s annual Celebrating Academic Excellence event.

    The friendly competition allows students from schools across the District to showcase their academic skills in events ranging from the Spelling and Geography Bees to a Science Fair. Students have been competing at their local schools for the chance to go up against other students at the national level.

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  • Metz Students Bring Wizard of Oz to Stage

    Students from Metz Elementary brought new meaning to the Wizard of Oz earlier this month as they produced their own version of the story centered on the theme of “defying gravity.” The show, which also used elements from the play “Wicked,” was performed on stage at Ranum Middle School.

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  • D50 Nuggets Game set for Sunday, March 6

    The Denver Nuggets game against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, March 6th has been selected for this year’s Adams 50 Community night with the Denver Nuggets. The game is actually played in the afternoon, with an alternative night game scheduled for Thursday, March 10th against the Phoenix Suns.

    As an added bonus, $4 of every ticket sold will go back to the schools.

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  • Cold Weather

    Dear District 50 Families,

    Cold weather is here!

    It is important that children are dressed appropriately for when they come to school. This is especially true for students who walk to school or wait at bus stops.

    In the event of a closure or delay, families will receive an automated phone call and email from the Communications Department. It is important that your individual school have the correct contact information.

    In addition, details will be immediately posted on the District web page as well as the District's Facebook and Twitter accounts. Local media outlets will also share information with the public.

    Please stay warm and safe.

    En Español

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