D11 Monthly Insights

A School District 11 Communications Publication

August 2019

  • Superintendent's Mission Matters: Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!
  • D11: Inspire Every Mind
  • D11 Has a New Brand Identity System
  • Stay in the D11 Loop
  • #IAMD11
  • Tagging in D11

Superintendent's Mission Matters: Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!


I want to welcome everyone back to the 2019-2020 school year. There is so much excitement in our community, and much of this is due to our deep collaboration with students, staff, parents and multiple community stakeholders to develop a new strategic plan that will guide us for years to come.


Our new mission is: We dare to empower the whole student to profoundly impact our world. This bold declaration defines our primary purpose, which is to create the conditions by which our students will be successful. In order to fulfill this, we must protect the instructional core, be relevant and responsive, and ensure our staff are supported in order to be their best.


Within our strategic plan there are three strategies, and our primary area of focus is to create an ecosystem of equitable practices. This means that we must have deep relationships with our students to best understand what it will take to maximize their learning. It also requires us to see ALL students, no matter their backgrounds or stories they bring to our schools. We are ALL here, ALL of the time to serve ALL students!


As the Superintendent of our schools, I look forward to the amazing year ahead. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but the staff in D11 stands ready, willing, and able to rise up and meet those challenges. We will be supportive of one another, continually partner with our community and leverage resources accordingly. Together, we will be profound and we will Inspire Minds!


Thank you, again, for making District 11 your home, and we look forward to ensuring your student is college, career, and life ready.


Yours in partnership,

Dr. Michael J. Thomas

D11 - 2019 Brand Launch

D11 Has a New Brand Identity

Brand Promo 2019

Stay in the D11 Loop

Did you know D11 has a free app that can help families track meal payments, check grades and schedules, get school news and emergency notifications, and so much more? Check the iTunes or Google Play stores for Colorado Springs School District 11 and have the power of information delivered right to your device! For more information on the D11 Loop mass notification system, including how to opt in to receive text messages, please click here.

Tell Your Story: #IAMD11

At the All Community & Staff Kick Off on August 8 at the World Arena, Superintendent Thomas encouraged everyone to tell their story. We know that stories stick with us far more than data points, charts, graphs, or other forms of communication, so we created a hashtag to capture some of these stories shared on social media. Here are a few things that have been shared so far!

Tagging in D11

Did you know all D11 schools were tagged just before school started? It's true! Superintendent Thomas charged administrative staff to "tag" schools with inspirational sayings, using sidewalk chalk, of course! Here are some of the pictures from this task.