D11 Monthly Insights

A School District 11 Communications Publication

September 2019

  • Superintendent's Mission Matters: Get Involved with D11!
  • Video: Mitchell High School JROTC 9/11 Patriot Day Ceremony
  • Facilities Update
  • Board Candidate Brief
  • #IAMD11

Superintendent's Mission Matters: Get involved with D11!


When I think about District 11, I am reminded of the many adults in our system who support our students every day. Our teachers, administrators, and a multitude of other staff come to work proud to meet the needs of our students. Additionally, I know there are many adults throughout our community who provide support as parents, extended family, neighbors, and even local business owners. As adults, we all have the responsibility to ensure our future generations receive the support necessary to achieve their dreams and contribute positively to our community.


As a father of two daughters, I recognize that I am their first and foremost teacher. My role as Superintendent in D11 is no different. I feel the awesome responsibility to view our students as if they were my own and have the same dedication to ensure their experiences in District 11 are positive and allow them to become life ready. As I stated earlier, I am not alone in this journey, and in fact, my emphasis this year is to increase the capacity of adults to serve our students! It does not matter whether you are a parent or community member … we need your support to ensure District 11 remains the district of choice for Colorado Springs.


There are many ways you can become involved with our district, and I encourage each of you to find a way to take an active role in our schools. A significant way to become involved is to join your local Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and/or become a member of a School Accountability Committee (SAC). These two opportunities allow members from our community to get active with local school fundraising, provide input to school-based academic strategies, develop extracurricular programs/events, etc. We also have an amazing GrandFriend program where we engage our senior community to take an active role by connecting with our students, often as reading buddies or even simply sharing their personal stories that make meaning of a lesson taught in class.


We also have many district opportunities to become involved. You can join our District Accountability Committee (DAC), committees to review our capital facility improvements, and soon there will be opportunities to join our District Equity Leadership Team and be involved with our multi-year academic master plan development committee. The opportunities are endless!


I am so proud and honored to serve as the Superintendent of Colorado Springs School District 11 and I look forward to the amazing journey we will take together. Please feel free to contact Velvet Stepanek, the DAC chair, at vstepanek@msn.com to find out opportunities to get involved with the DAC. For all other district-level opportunities, click here. For school-based opportunities, please contact the school directly.


Yours in partnership,


Dr. Michael J. Thomas, Superintendent

Mitchell High School 9/11 Ceremony Highlights

D11 Facilities Update

Did you know you may go to the District 11 website and click on "Capital Projects" to learn what projects are taking place at each D11 school? Our facilities crews continue to be very busy making improvements to our district assets. The pictures above showcase the wide range of projects facilities crews work to improve. To select a school and see the project list for that school, click here and scroll down just under the picture slideshow.

Board Candidate Brief

This November, there will be four board of education seats up for election. There are eight candidates in the race. For more information on each candidate, please click here.

First Elementary Cross Country Meet of the Year

On Tuesday, September 10, Penrose Elementary hosted the District's first elementary track meet of the season. Over 820 kindergartners through fifth graders from most every D11 elementary descended on the adjacent park to compete! We commend the Palmer cross country team for helping host this massive event. This is a great tradition in D11 and it keeps growing every year!

Tell Your Story: #IAMD11

We continue to share the stories of D11 with our second installment of Tell Your Story: #IAMD11. 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 #IAMD11 and #WEARED11 social media posts.