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2 DCSD middle schools place in top 10 at Destination Imagination Global Finals

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee - After achieving honors for creativity, teamwork and innovation in regional and state academic tournaments, 60 Teams from all over Colorado competed in Destination Imagination's Global Finals. Two Douglas County School District middle schools placed in the top 10 during the international competition.

During the Global Finals in Knoxville in May, the schools competed against other teams in one of seven, open-ended challenges that require students to apply science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, in addition to their talents in improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management, communication, innovation,teamwork, community service and social entrepreneurship.


Destination Imagination Global Finals
2016 Douglas County School District Results

Sagewood Middle School - The Dumpster Divas
4th Place, Fine Arts Challenge, Middle Level

Mountain Ridge Middle School - It Wasn’t in Front of Any Spanish Teachers
10th Place, Structure Challenge

Ben Franklin Academy – Connect the Dots  43/57
Ben Franklin Academy – Awesome Is Our Middle Name 27/55
Chaparral HS – Hydrate or DI-drate 25/55
Redstone Elem – Destination Cream Puff 31/65
STEM Academy – Kids Across Colorado 28/52
Stone Mtn Elem – Blame It On the Pig 16/46
Stone Mtn Elem – Crazy Monkey Eating Bananas 20/55


Destination Imagination has had a positive impact on more than 1.5 million students who have taken part in its acclaimed Challenge program. This year, 150,000 students have participated in tournaments throughout the U.S. and 30 countries in hopes of earning a spot at the Global Finals competition in May.

Colorado Teams were among more than 8,000 students representing more than 1,400 teams that advanced to Global Finals.

“The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity,” said Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination Imagination. “Quantitative reasoning, collaborative problem solving, risk taking, collaboration, presentations and thinking on your feet are some of the important skills learned in the program.”

Destination Imagination is a leader in project-based learning opportunities that blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship. Its academic challenges are designed to teach kids how to think, not what to think, and then present their solutions at regional and state tournaments.

Each year, DI competitions begin with a regional tournament, where team solutions are assessed by a panel of trained appraisers, ranging from educators to artists to engineers. Each team solution is scored on a variety of elements, including originality, workmanship, presentation and teamwork. Teams with the highest scores advance to the Affiliate (state or country) tournaments. The top-tiered teams from the Affiliate tournaments advance to Global Finals.

Destination Imagination, Inc. dedicates itself to enriching the global community by providing opportunities for learners of all ages to explore and discover using the creative process from imagination to innovation.

For more information about Global Finals, visit

June 6, 2016 | By rmbarber | Category: Gifted Education, Middle School Education, Schools

District News

On February 9 the PACE Center hosted Portfolio Day for students like Sladovnik. It was an opportunity for critiques from working professional artists, and workshops. It culminates in the "Bright Futures" art exhibit - a showcase of selected work on display February 16-27.

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”