News from Glacier Peak

January 3, 2022

Remarks from Mr. Griffin

Dear Glacier Peak Families,

We hope that you had a restful and relaxing Winter Break and we wish you a prosperous 2022. We are looking forward to a wonderful second semester! On behalf of the staff, thank you for the kind words, cards, and gestures prior to Winter Break. It is never necessary, but truly appreciated! We are super excited about The students are returning tomorrow and we are so excited, ready for a great semester of learning.

Before I jump into our new year remarks, I do want to express positive thoughts for anyone in our community that was impacted by the devastating Marshall wildfire. Please don't hesitate to email me if you experienced loss, so we can come alongside with help and care. This devastating tragedy hit too close to home and are wishing everyone a healthy recovery for all that are involved. It will be a process.

Starting with the return of the students tomorrow, January will pick right up where we left off in December. Here are some things to be aware of to be put on your radar. Next Friday, January 14th is Assessment Day. Assessment Day is very important, as it allows

students to truly show their ability in a small group setting. A Sign Up Genius will be coming

home by the end of the day Thursday for you to sign your child up for one time slot throughout the day.

Before we know it, February will be here and conferences will be upon us. Conferences for

Glacier Peak will be held on Wednesday, February 16th from 4 - 8 PM and Thursday, February 17 from 8:AM - 4:PM. A Sign Up Genius will be sent out closer to February for you to sign up for conferences. Please ensure that you make your best effort to attend conferences with your child’s teacher. In addition to Wednesday, there will be no school Thursday, February 17th, and Friday, February 18th for students.

Another important reminder for your attention. Please help us ensure the safety of our students by following our arrival and dismissal procedures. For review, here are the same tips that we shared before Winter Break:

  • It is IMPERATIVE to pull all the way forward in the HUG and GO lane. By stopping early in the line close to the building, it causes major backups on Jasmine. This is dangerous, causing folks to make poor decisions because traffic is blocking the intersection. Pedestrians are at risk because there is not a full view for drivers.
  • Time is important to all of us, but please slow down and be present when on Glacier Peak's campus and in the school zone.

Thank you in advance for your commitment to getting students to and from school in a safe manner.

Thanks so much for your continuous support. If you have any comments, questions, feedback, or compliments, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email at


Tim Griffin, Principal

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Tuesday, January 11th-Virtual Spelling Bee
  • Friday, January 14th-Assessment Day-students attend by appointment only
  • Monday, January 17th-Martin Luther King Holiday-No School

Assessment Day— Friday, January 14

Friday, January 14 is the scheduled district assessment day. Students will attend only at their 90 minute testing time. A sign-up genius will be sent out for families to choose their assessment time. If you do not have a testing time by the end of the week, please contact your child’s teacher. Assessment Day is an attendance day and students who do not attend will be marked absent. Please call the attendance line at 720-972-5995 to report an absence. Students must be dropped off and picked up at the start and end of their assessment time. There will be no lunch service and bus transportation will not be provided.

Report Cards

Report cards will be available for parents to view on January 12th, starting at 4:00 through Infinite Campus. Additional reminders will be sent home closer to the date.

Health and Safety

As has been reported widely in the media, there has been an increase in coronavirus cases due to the Omicron variant. Based on public health orders and guidance, here is the latest information for the start of school on Jan. 4:

  • We will follow our regular in-person schedule for the start of school on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

  • Masking: The universal masking requirement remains in place for all students and adults. Public health has extended this order through Jan. 31, 2022. As a reminder, this masking order includes athletics and extracurricular activities. All of our schools and facilities will have KN-95 masks available for students and staff who would like one.

  • Isolation and Quarantine: Local public health has advised schools may follow the CDC’s revised isolation and quarantine guidance. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 needs to isolate at home for at least 5 days before returning (and resume mask wearing) to school, as long as symptoms are greatly improving and there is no fever (without the use of fever reducing medication) for 24 hours. In an outbreak or high-risk transmission setting, local agencies will likely require longer isolation and mandatory quarantine.

  • Stay home when sick: Anyone experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, must stay home regardless of vaccination status.

  • Testing: Anyone who thinks they might have COVID-19 should get tested. The district has requested rapid tests in bulk from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). That request is pending with CDPHE. In the meantime, families and staff members can go to a local testing site.

Potential Staffing Shortages at Individual Schools
Given the increase in coronavirus cases, and some staff needing to isolate, as well as other staff being impacted by the Marshall Fire, there is the possibility that individual schools/grade levels/courses may need to temporarily implement remote learning. If this is the case, your child’s school will notify you directly.

The Five Star community has a track record of supporting one another through challenging times. We appreciate the outpouring of concern for those displaced by the fire as well as your continued partnership in supporting our students and maximizing in-person learning opportunities for them.

We look forward to welcoming back our students from break on Tuesday, Jan. 4!

Choice for the 2022-2023 School Year Opens December 1st

The Adams 12 School Choice window opens December 1, 2021 at which time a list of schools open to Choice will be posted to this website: The deadline for priority consideration is January 31, 2022.

Applying for Choice is Easy

Here’s how:

· Find the Adams 12 school that best meets your student’s needs by viewing our Programs webpages, reviewing your boundary school, reviewing our list of schools and their geographic locations.

· Apply between December 1, 2021 and January 31, 2022 by ranking up to four of your four schools using the online Choice Application.

· Enroll in your school after you get the choice lottery results in late February 2022. Your choice results email will contain a custom link for your family to enroll.

More about Adams 12 Choice

Entrance into high school programs with specialized admissions criteria like Horizon SOAR, Legacy 2000, Mountain Range High School of BusinessTM, Northglenn High STEM and EC@N-STEM Programs and Thornton High International Baccalaureate (IB) are managed directly by each school. In-district and out-of-district students wishing to attend high school programs with specialized admissions criteria must apply directly with the school’s program and do not need to apply with the Choice Program. More information about this process can be found on school websites.

Students who receive approval of their Choice application and attend schools outside their assigned attendance area are responsible for their own transportation to and from the school. Families eligible for homeless assistance services should consult with the Student and Family Outreach Program before choosing to participate in the Choice program by calling 720-972-6015.

Please contact us for help

The Adams 12 Choice website is kept up-to-date with the latest information. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at or phone at 720-972-4055 or by contacting your child’s school.

Crosswalk Safety At Glacier Peak

We have been noticing some unsafe situations around the use of crosswalks and Driver safety at Glacier Peak. With the goal of ensuring that we keep every student safe from a tragic accident, I have been reviewing crosswalk safety with students in the morning. Please review the following tips in order to keep our students safe here at Glacier Peak.

Know Crosswalk Law

When driving near crosswalks, make sure you follow the rules of the road to avoid crashes.

  • Stop at Crosswalks — Colorado law says that drivers must stop at a crosswalk if a pedestrian is walking on that half of the road or is within 10 feet of crossing that half of the road.
  • Don’t Pass Other Cars — You may not pass other vehicles that are stopped at a crosswalk to allow pedestrians to walk.
  • Obey Speed Limits — Makes sure you follow posted speed limits near crosswalks. The school zone speed limit in Colorado is 20 miles per hour.

Drive Carefully Around Crosswalks

When driving in areas with crossing guards and children, follow these tips to keep pedestrians safe.

  • Look out for signs that you are near a crosswalk, such as pedestrian crossing signs, hand-held stop paddles, and the reflective vests that crossing guards wear.
  • Slow down when approaching a crosswalk.
  • Avoid distracted driving — don’t do things that will take your attention off the road like texting, emailing, surfing the web, or playing games on your phone.
  • Look out for pedestrians at all times. Take extra care when you’re in areas with lots of pedestrians like school zones, parks, playgrounds, and bus stops.
  • Try to make eye contact with pedestrians so you know that they see you. Just because you see them doesn’t mean they see you.
  • Be aware that children and crossing guards may be blocked from view by buses or cars. Use caution around other vehicles.
  • If you see a situation where crossing guards are exposed to traffic dangers, contact your local police department or school.

Teach Children How to Cross the Street Safely

Most child pedestrian injuries occur after school. Make sure your kids know these street-crossing tips, and be a good role model when you cross the street with them.

  • Look left, then right, then left again before crossing the street, even if you’re at a crosswalk or if there is a walk signal.
  • Just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean the driver can see you. Try to make eye contact with approaching drivers so you know that they see you.
  • Wait for drivers to stop before you start to cross the street.
  • Use crosswalks and follow walk signals. Don’t cross in front of a parked car. Drivers won’t be able to see you behind the vehicle.
  • Cross the street responsibly — don’t text, listen to music, or do anything else that will distract you. Stay aware of your surroundings and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Be careful in parking lots, driveways, and other places where pedestrian crashes are common. Look for signs that a car is about to move or back up, such as rear lights, the sound of the motor, and wheels turning.
  • Stay on sidewalks when possible. If there are none, walk facing traffic.
  • Wear retro-reflective clothing when walking in the dark.

By following these tips while driving and teaching your kids to be cautious pedestrians, you can help keep children and crossing guards out of harm’s way throughout the school year.

Cooler Weather And Recess

All students continue to go outside for recess as long as the temperature (including wind chill) is at 20 degrees or above. Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. All students attend outside recess unless there is a doctor’s note specifically stating that they cannot for a medical reason.

Job Opportunities

Are you looking for a job? Part time? Full Time? The Adams 12 Five Star School district is hiring for Guest (substitute) teachers, bus drivers, BASE leaders, etc. For flexible hours, great benefits, in addition to job-embedded training, contact Human Resources at 720-972-4068 or apply at PLEASE share with others you feel would be interested!

Crossing Guards

We are still in need of crossing guards. It will only take one day to be trained. We would greatly appreciate any help you could give us. Please contact Tim Griffin at if you are interested.

Communication Information/Parent Portal And Text Messages

Directions for setting up a Parent Portal Account : Infinite Campus parent portal account.

Text Messaging (opt in)
Parents can opt in to receive text message alerts sent by the district and schools. Opting in is a two-step process:

  1. Make sure your cell phone number is listed in Infinite Campus in the cell phone field.
  2. Then text YES to 67587.

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