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Competition culls creativity from mind-bending challenges

Chaparral High School Destination Imagination team

ENGLEWOOD – Seventy-five teams from schools in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) competed against their peers at the South Metro Regional Destination Imagination Tournament on March 14 at Englewood High School. The teams are sponsored by DCSD's Gifted Education department.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade from DCSD, Elbert School District, Englewood Schools, Littleton Public Schools, Park County School District, and private schools in the region gathered to demonstrate creative solutions to a variety of challenges. Criteria for the challenges fell into one of seven categories: Early Learning, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Scientific, Service Learning, Structural and Technical.

Twenty-seven teams from DCSD (shown below) will be among the top finishers from the event who will face winning teams from other regions on April 25 at the Colorado State Destination Imagination Tournament in Denver. In addition to top placements, several teams won special Renaissance or Da Vinci awards for their creativity.

Destination ImagiNation is an unconventional team learning experience where student teams all over the world solve mind-bending Challenges. Teams are tested to think on their feet, work together as a team, learn critical thinking skills, and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of their Challenge.

School Team Name Place Creativity Award Level Challenge
Chaparral High School The Double Bacon Burger Mafia 1st * Secondary Fine Arts Challenge, Feary Tales
Cougar Run Elementary Team S.M.A.R.T.(Super Marvelous Awesome Robotics Team) 1st   Elementary Technical Challenge, Creature Feature 
Heritage Elementary Toxic Fuzzy Mustaches 1st   Elementary Improvisational Challenge, The Improv Games
Mountain Ridge Middle School There's a goat in my neighbor's backyard 1st   Middle Structural Challenge, Lose to Win
Rocky Heights Middle School/ Rock Canyon High School #hashbrowns playing tag 1st   Secondary Improvisational Challenge, The Improv Games
Roxborough Intermediate Kids Across Colorado 1st   Middle Service Learning Challenge, Brand Aid 
Sagewood Middle School The Weird Sisters and One Groovy Dude 1st * Middle Scientific Challenge, Making Waves 
Stone Mountain Elementary Catching Creativity 1st   Middle Improvisational Challenge, The Improv Games
Stone Mountain Elementary The Crazy Monkey-Eating Bananas 1st   Elementary Structural Challenge, Lose to Win
Buffalo Ridge/Timber Trail Elementary The Firebreathing Rubber Duckies 2nd   Elementary Improvisational Challenge, The Improv Games
Heritage Elementary Diggity Dogs 2nd * Middle Service Learning Challenge, Brand Aid 
Mountain Ridge MS/Mountain Vista HS/Highlands Ranch HS One Dancing Pickle & Three Unimpressed Cucumbers 2nd   Secondary Improvisational Challenge, The Improv Games
Northridge Elementary go BIG 2nd   Elementary Technical Challenge, Creature Feature 
Rocky Heights Middle School Crazative, royal, Kool with a capital K, tappers 2nd * Middle Fine Arts Challenge, Feary Tales
Sagewood Middle School The Dumpster Divas 2nd   Middle Technical Challenge, Creature Feature 
Stone Mountain Elementary Sonic Space Bacon 2nd   Elementary Scientific Challenge, Making Waves 
Stone Mountain Elementary Seven CLEBBEN 2nd * Elementary Fine Arts Challenge, Feary Tales
Ben Franklin Fudger Nutter Coconutters 3rd   Elementary Service Learning Challenge, Brand Aid 
Ben Franklin Academy The Redhead, Blonde, Brunette and Sasha 3rd    Middle Improvisational Challenge, The Improv Games
Franktown Elementary School The Magiforest Magicians 3rd   Elementary Fine Arts Challenge, Feary Tales
Heritage Elementary G.O.A.T.S. Great Outstanding Amazing Team Skills 3rd   Elementary Structural Challenge, Lose to Win
Mammoth Heights Elementary Team Mammoth 3rd   Middle Structural Challenge, Lose to Win
Northridge Elementary School Yaaaaaaaaw! 3rd   Middle Fine Arts Challenge, Feary Tales
Sand Creek Elementary Green Eggs without the Ham 3rd   Middle Service Learning Challenge, Brand Aid 
Stone Mountain Elementary Zero Gravity 4th   Elementary Technical Challenge, Creature Feature 
Pine Grove Elementary 7 Flying Popurritos 5th * Elementary Fine Arts Challenge, Feary Tales
**Timber Trail Elementary Why Not Us? 5th    Elementary Technical Challenge, Creature Feature 
**Ben Franklin Academy Gold Fluffy Mocking Jays 6th   Elementary Technical Challenge, Creature Feature

**The team from Ben Franklin Academy will be attending the State tournament, in place of the Timber Trail Elementary team, due to a scheduling conflict.

 

March 17, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: District, Gifted Education

District News

graduates standing in line outside, smiling

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

Superintendent Search text based logo

Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.