We have answers to the most frequently asked ones
We Have Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Ones
No. ILoveMartinez.com is not an official Colorado Springs District 11 (D11) website. It is a site created by a Martinez Elementary School parent. The official D11 website for Martinez is www.d11.org/martinez.
Yes. The administration of Martinez reviews the copy on the site for accuracy and occasionally provides content, materials and messaging.
The $165 annual fee to host ILoveMartinez.com is paid by the school. The payment is made from the school's discretionary account which is funded strictly through parents, students and staff fundraising efforts.
The staff of Martinez are proud of their school and want the opportunity to teach your child.
ILoveMartinez.com strives to highlight the ways Martinez Elementary School is a great school. The purpose is to help parents of elementary school-age children in Colorado Springs make an informed decision when deciding which school to send their children to.
If you have any questions or comments about the site or want to contribute a testimony or make a suggestion, you can send a message to the webmaster via the contact form.
— Shayla Mirzakhani, Stay-at-home Mom and Martinez Parent
"At Martinez, children are viewed and valued as treasures. This value is reflected in Martinez being a Lighthouse School. Martinez Elementary supports the development of leadership in each and every child."
— Edward Keneski, Speech Language Pathologist
If Martinez is your neighborhood elementary school, you may enroll your child at the school or at the Colorado Springs District 11 Enrollment Office.
If Martinez is not your neighborhood elementary school, you will need to participate in the Colorado Springs District 11 Choice Window and select Martinez as your preferred school.
The Colorado Springs District 11 School Finder allows you to enter a street address to see boundary maps, a list of eligible schools and bus stop information if applicable.
Several daycare providers, including Kindercare, LaPetite Academy and Primrose School, offer drop-off and pickup service for students at the school. For a complete and current list, please call the school directly at 719-328-6100.
The Colorado Springs District 11 website for Martinez lists the days that the school is open and closed.
Grade specific school supply lists are available on the Colorado Springs District 11 website dedicated to Martinez.
In addition to the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), dads can participate in the Watch D.O.G.S. program and parents are always welcome to volunteer at events and in the classroom. The School Accountability Committee (SAC) is also an option.
If you’d like information about the Martinez PTA and volunteering at school events, send an email to Amanda Courtright. Alan Nicol is the point of contact for the Martinez Watch D.O.G.S. You can speak directly with your child’s teacher about volunteering in your child’s classroom.
Martinez offers an expanded curriculum to its students. The expanded curriculum includes art, band, choir, orchestra and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). In addition Martinez has several extra-curricular activities students enjoy including: basketball, Brain Fitness, coloring club and pep squad, among others.
— Anne Dunn, Art Teacher
Yes. Martinez Elementary School offers half-day pre-kindergarten at no cost, for families that qualify. Sessions are offered in the morning and in the afternoon. To learn more or to see if your child qualifies for enrollment in the Colorado Springs District 11 Early Childhood Preschool Program call 719-520-2540.
Yes. Martinez Elementary School offers English Language Learning and Gifted/Talented programs to students who qualify. Identification of eligible students is made after a child enrolls.
The Leader in Me is a process that teaches elementary and middle school students the skills necessary to succeed academically and in life. It creates a culture of student empowerment and leadership development at participating schools. Content from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a key component in the process.
The Leader in Me integrates leadership training into every activity at a school and affects instructional methodologies and curriculum. The Leader in Me is aligned to many state academic standards using best-in-class content and concepts. The process teaches leadership, critical thinking, goal setting, listening and speaking, self-directed learning, presentation making and the ability to work in groups.
Martinez began The Leader in Me process in 2012 and achieved Lighthouse status in 2015.
The Lighthouse School designation means that Martinez has produced outstanding results in student outcomes by implementing The Leader in Me process. Less than 10 percent of schools participating in The Leader in Me process have achieved this milestone. Martinez Elementary School became a Lighthouse School in 2015.
The Lighthouse School designation is given to schools that:
- Have a school environment that promotes leadership and emphasizes self-worth and potential
- Integrate leadership language into school curriculum and instruction
- Build a culture of leadership through staff collaboration and teamwork
- Create meaningful student-leadership roles and responsibilities
- Provide opportunities for parents to participate and support the leadership model
- Implement a system for setting and tracking individual academic and personal goals as well as school and class goals
- Hold leadership events for students to practice their leadership skills
- Measure improvement in teacher engagement, parent satisfaction, student behavior and academic performance
- Oversee the school’s Leader in Me implementation by a committee including students, staff, parents and community members
"Martinez Elementary School is the place to be. The students are eager to learn and serve. The families support the way the school rolls. The teachers are prepared and work together. At Martinez we care for each student in an especial way that makes every one feel unique. "
— Elsa Shields, English Learning Language Assistant