D11 Insights

January 2023

The Heartbeat of Excellence

There's less than a month until the end of the Priority Choice Window, which closes on February 15. Colorado students have had school choice for over two decades, and many families use it every year. The D11 school choice window allows families to apply and request to attend any D11 school for free, even across district lines. Principals notify families of their decision to approve or deny the application, but denial is rare in our school district. Although the choice window closes soon, there are other opportunities to become a part of the D11 family.

For our youngest students, we have already started opening new preschools across D11 to meet our community's demand. We are passionate about early childhood development and education. Our commitment to providing the highest quality preschool program can be seen in everything we do and every decision we make. Providing the highest credentialed teachers, premier environments, and small class sizes, we encourage young families to enroll in our D11 preschools so their children may join the D11 school communities and become familiar with the school they will be a part of for many years.

This spring, we will also focus on the kindergarten round-up in D11. This is when young families with rising kindergartners may come to their neighborhood school and enroll, tour the school, and get a feel for what kindergarten is all about. Because of our dedication to early childhood education, our kindergarten classes are filled with master teachers, the best materials and curriculum in place for long-term academic success, and loving environments where the whole child is cared for and loved.

For our middle school students, please visit any of the high school open houses listed below in this newsletter. Visiting our schools gives you a better feel for where your student will thrive! We also have new toolkits that introduce our Career and Technical Education Pathways. If you have a student in grades 4,5,7, or 8, watch for these monthly toolkits in your email for how you can take steps to prepare your student with career skills and workforce education.

We are excited to welcome all new families to D11 and will continue to grow our programs to meet the needs and demands of future generations.

Inclement Weather Update

If you tuned in to the January 5th Town Hall Meeting at Doherty High School, you heard the superintendent discussing the plan for inclement weather for the rest of this school year.

As we learn how to make remote learning better and more effective, for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year, if the weather is severe enough to close the District, the announcement will be made that students will have a traditional snow day.

Please check two or three communications sources (www.d11.org, social media, local news channels, text messages) when a storm is predicted to learn if we will close the District. District 11 uses a mass communication system to notify the community of closures. In addition to receiving notifications via email, text message (if you opted in for texting), and mobile app notifications, an alert window will pop up on any page on the District 11 website you visit. This will ensure you receive the notification promptly. The notification box can be acknowledged and closed.

D11 Town Hall 1-05-23

Upcoming Events

  • Mitchell High School 8th-grade Open House, January 17, 6 p.m.
  • Coronado High School 8th-grade Open House, January 24, 6 p.m.
  • Doherty High School 8th-grade Open House, January 26, 6 p.m.
  • Odyssey ECCO 8th-grade Open House, January 26, 6:30 p.m.
  • Mann Middle School 5th-grade Parent Information Night, February 2, 6 p.m.
  • Academy ACL Gifted Education Programming Night, February 7, 6 p.m.
  • Priority Choice Window Closes, February 15
  • Superintendent's Town Hall, Palmer High School Cafeteria, February 16, 6 p.m.