D11 Monthly Insights

A School District 11 Communications Publication

September 2018

  • Superintendent's Top of Mind
  • 2017 MLO Update
  • Student Spotlight
  • Making the Most of the Moment
  • Event: Superintendent's Listening & Learning Tour Stop

Superintendent's Top of Mind

In District 11, we believe every student should have access to high quality, rigorous instruction that will both challenge them and help them reach their dreams. This begins with our ability to create the conditions in our classrooms whereby students feel invited, accepted, and engaged. We are excited to pilot Capturing Kids Hearts (CKH, click here to learn more) in several of our schools as part of a larger investment in social/emotional learning. This work will be embedded into our core instruction so that students can connect both academic content with that of character development. Research shows that this holistic approach to instruction will not only increase students’ academic achievement, but also build their character, which can yield stronger friendships, improve communication, and increase networks of support. Please take the time to talk with your student about their classroom community, and I also invite you to be an active participant in their academic career. Let’s make the most of this moment together!

Yours in partnership,


Michael J. Thomas – Superintendent, District 11

“Seize the moment and create a movement!”


For more information on social emotional learning and resources on the practices being implemented in D11 schools, please visit any of the links below:

https://casel.org/what-is-sel/

https://www.mentalhealthcolorado.org/resources/school/

https://www.coloradoedinitiative.org/resources/schoolbehavioralhealth/

https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/for-educators#research

2017 Mill Levy Override Update

We thank our voters for passing the 2017 mill levy override in November, providing critically needed funds for D11 students, staff, and facilities. As part of the MLO, voters wanted to see funds directed to secure additional school counselors to ensure our kids are receiving the best guidance in order to maximize student success. As part of this promise, D11 has implemented a district-wide social-emotional learning curriculum. Additionally, six new elementary counselors have been placed at Adams, Edison, Fremont, Penrose, Rogers, and West Elementary Schools. Please watch for this newsletter each month, as we will be providing regular MLO updates.

Student Spotlight: Chloe Moyer

Chloe Moyer is a 5th grade student at Will Rogers Elementary. Her hobbies include singing and acting. She says she loves the caring atmosphere at Rogers, especially the free clothing closet for families that may need to supplement their child's closet. When asked what she loves most about her school, Chloe says, "I love how all the teachers are so nice and how this school supports our needs." If you have a student you'd like to nominate for our Student Spotlight, please click here and submit your nomination.

Making the Most of the Moment

In the video below, Will Rogers Elementary students make the most of the moment as they learn elements of science, technology, engineering, art, and math related to the topic of water. Hear from the principal and superintendent on how this STEAM Ahead Day at Rogers was a moment to remember!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2deBlU4cORA

Superintendent's Listening and Learning Tour Stop #3

Sunday, Sep. 16th, 11:30am

219 East Bijou Street

Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado Springs School District 11's Superintendent, Mr. Michael Thomas, would like to hear from you! Join him on the next stop of his Listening & Learning Tour to share your ideas as he continues to work toward improving the learning of ALL D11 students.

Colorado Springs School District 11

We are the heart of Colorado Springs, providing the most robust learning opportunities for all students. We welcome your feedback!