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November 2017 Newsletter

Dear Cherry Drive Families,

I want to thank all of you for your support and participation in our Wellness Adventure! A BIG thanks to our amazing PE teacher Mr. Yoshihara. He did an amazing job! Thank you Mr. Yoshihara! We are so glad to hear that the kids and their families had a wonderful experience! Thank you so much to all of the volunteers, we simply could not do it without your help and support.

Our Fall Festival was also a huge success! The attendance and the participation in all our activities was fabulous, and we appreciate your involvement in all of our events! We were so glad to see that so many of our Cherry Drive families were able to attend. We had more volunteers this year than we have ever had in the past and it was wonderful to have so many people contributing to make this event as great as it was! Thank you so very much!

It is hard to believe that our first semester is quickly coming to an end. Each and every day our teachers are providing 21st century instructional lessons, as they utilize the iPads to engage all of our students at Cherry Drive. It has been so exciting to watch our students grow behaviorally and academically. As a staff, we are committed to your children and their success.

Picture retakes will be on November 17th so if you were absent on picture day or didn't like your original pictures, your child will have the opportunity to have his or her picture taken on this day. 

Below is some information regarding the choice window coming up in January. Please refer to it and call us with any further questions at 720-972-5300.

Please remember that there is no school on November 10th due to Veteran's Day and there is no school on November 20th- November 24th due to Thanksgiving Break.

On behalf of all of our Cherry Drive Staff, we wish you an enjoyable, peaceful and safe holiday season.  We are so thankful for all of our wonderful Cherry Drive families.

Mrs. Tina L. Hepp

District outlines deadlines for 2018-2019 Choice process

Submit application by January 31st deadline for priority consideration

Last year, Adams 12 Five Star Schools received more than 4,000 Choice applications for the 2017-2018
school year. In accordance with the state’s open enrollment law, the district’s Choice program allows
for students to apply to attend schools outside of their attendance area boundary.
Both in-district and out-of- district students can apply for Choice. Out-of- district Choice requests are
considered after in-district applications. Acceptance to a Choice school is based upon several criteria:
availability of space, sufficient teaching staff, appropriate programs and the necessary facilities for
special needs students.
Adams 12 Five Star Schools will publicize the schools open to Choice for the 2018-19 school year on
December 1, 2017. The Choice application and list of open schools are available online at For families without computer access, a computer kiosk is available at all
schools and at the Educational Support Center located at 1500 E. 128 th Avenue in Thornton.
The deadline for priority consideration is January 31, 2018 and is not first-come, first-served. If the
number of requests exceeds the spaces available in a given school, the district will hold a lottery.
Parents and students submitting an application for priority consideration will be notified of the results
of their application no later than the third week of February.
The second deadline to submit a Choice application for the 2018-2019 school year is March 30, 2018.
As with the first round, if the number of requests exceeds the spaces available for priority
consideration in a given school, the district will hold a lottery. Notification of approval or denial will be
made no later than the third week of April.
In addition to the two deadlines above, in some years a third round of Choice may be held in August
and September if space is available. Schools open to the third round of Choice will be posted online at by August 1st. While the first and second round of Choice is lottery based,
applications in the third round of Choice are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
While not a guarantee, when possible, priority will be given to sibling applications so that families will
attend the same school. Families with children already attending schools that are not open to Choice
are eligible to submit an application for their existing student to remain at the school or for younger
siblings to attend the school with their older siblings.
The duration of a Choice placement is valid for all grades served by the school. For example, if a
student attends a Choice elementary school, the approval is valid to the end of fifth grade, as long as
there are no significant changes in that school’s enrollment or facilities. When a student transitions
from elementary to middle school or from middle to high school, they must reapply for Choice. If they
don’t, the student’s placement automatically reverts to their boundary school.
Students that are approved for Choice are responsible for their own transportation.
Extended-day kindergarten
For traditional schools, extended-day, tuition-based kindergarten does not go through the Choice
Program. Parents of extended-day, tuition-based kindergarteners at traditional schools should note

that enrollment in that program does not automatically mean the student will go to the same school
for first grade. The student must apply through the Choice program for first grade placement if he/she
wants to go to a school other than his/her boundary school. Also note that the school the child
attended for kindergarten may not necessarily be open for Choice.
For magnet schools, extended-day, tuition-based kindergarten does go through the Choice Program.
Parents of extended-day, tuition-based kindergarteners for magnet schools do not need to reapply for
Choice as their Choice approval remains in effect through the highest grade served at their magnet
Secondary programs
In-district students are not required to apply for Choice to attend secondary programs like Horizon
SOAR, Legacy 2000, Mountain Range High School of Business, Northglenn High STEM and EC@N-STEM
Programs and Thornton High International Baccalaureate (IB). Application and acceptance to those
programs goes through the individual school. Out-of- district students wishing to attend high school
programs that are not schoolwide must apply for both Choice and with the program. If the school is
not open to Choice then the program is closed to out-of- district students. If the student is not selected
in the Choice lottery, they are wait listed for the school and program.
To learn more about Choice and find answers to frequently asked questions, visit the district website at The Five Star District Planning and Admissions Department determines the
acceptance of Choice requests and can be contacted via email at or by phone at
(720) 972-4055.