Welcome to the South Metro Region for DI Colorado. We’re so glad you’re here!
Our region supports all the districts south of the Denver Metro Area including Littleton Public Schools, Douglas County Schools, Englewood Public Schools, and Park County Schools. We also include teams from the northern Colorado Springs area including: Monument, Calhan, Yoder-Miami, Manitou Springs, Woodland Park and Divide, Colorado, as well as independent and home-school teams within the area.
Welcome To South Metro
Greetings to our amazing South Metro DI participants!
And – welcome to the 2019-2020 Destination Imagination season. Before we share all the details we know at this point for the upcoming season, we’d like to express our deep appreciation for all the dedication our Team Managers and Appraisers bring in support of our kids. DI can’t function without you – you are facilitating an experience for team members that they’ll remember fondly throughout their lives. You’re also helping them to develop life-long skills like creative problem solving, self-expression, self-advocacy, teamwork, time and budget management, as well as completing the innovation process. They’ll rely upon these skills throughout the rest of their educational experience – preparing them to be more confident, capable, and successful as a result.
So – simply stated, thank you. You ROCK!
Now – on to the great stuff we have in store to support YOU this year! Please look through our all-new website. (we are so excited about this!) We plan to keep you up to date on all trainings, Wine and Wisdom Team Manager nights, Instant Challenge Day, etc. through the website and also through our South Metro newsletter. This year’s newsletters will be a little different. On the first Monday of the month it will be a general newsletter – trainings dates, important deadlines, where to find information, t-shirt/pin orders, etc. On the third Monday, the newsletter will be information-specific – team building activities, instant challenge strategies, and more – to support you throughout the DI year. Miss a newsletter? No problem! We’ll have a link posted below in the newsletter section of the web site.
South Metro Regional Tournament:
March 2020 (still waiting for school confirmation)
Douglas County School District
Team Managers – Once you’ve purchased your National DI Membership, attaching yourself as the manager of record for your team ensures you can access all of the program and challenge materials available to you. It also allows us to communicate important information to you directly. If you are co-managing with anyone else, all managers can, and should, sign up. You can do this at destinationimagination.org.
One of our all-time favorite quotes is this, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.…” Harry Truman said this more than 60 years ago, and it still rings true today – especially for Team Managers. We, as adults, can’t actually “do” anything for our team – except to encourage them and support them throughout their DI experience. It’s up to them, yes, but they depend upon you – our Team Managers – to be their rocks, their support system and their inspiration.
You inspire us – THANK YOU for all you do!
From your South Metro Regional team!
Request An Information Night
Members of our South Metro recruitment team would love to do a Destination Imagination Information Night for your school or parent group.
Expect the presentation time to last approximately one hour, plus time for questions. We will provide a speaker, materials for instant challenges so parents can get a feel for what the kids will be doing, DI information handouts. Our goal is to make sure your parents go home feeling like they understand what DI is all about. All we need from you is to get the word out to families of potentially interested kids.
To arrange for your DI Information Night contact Kayla: Kayla Steffens
Team Manager Trainings
DI Colorado provides trainings for both our new and “seasoned” Team Managers.
New Team Manager Training: Covers the basics: an overview of the program, what you’ll need to get started, Instant Challenge, team building etc. Our goal is to get you started on the right foot and comfortable with the Destination Imagination program. This training will not discuss any of the long-term challenges.
Team Manager Training: These training opportunities are located throughout the Denver Metro Area, Pueblo, Durango and on the Western Slope. This experience offer the richest, most complete training. You get to interact with experienced team managers and volunteers, all of whom are eager to help. The agenda for the Denver Metro trainings will be posted here once its finalized.
There is no charge for trainings. It’s included as part of your fees when you purchase your National Membership.
This training is for team managers new to the DI program. We will cover the basics of what it is to be a team manager and how to lead your team through the creative problem solving process. This training will give you the basics on what to do on that first team meeting, how to get your team unstuck without interference, as well as give you team building ideas. Please RSVP. Seating is limited. This is a Saturday event for all Team Members and Team Managers. Whether this will be your first real Team Meeting, or your group has been meeting every week since the start of school, this event is a great way to inspire your team for the season! In the morning, Teams will work with our Volunteers on a special, super fun activity designed to get their Creativity flowing, while Team Managers meet separately in small groups to go over all things TM. The afternoon will be spent together working with Instant Challenge. There is no charge for this event and lunch will be provided. This training is for team managers new to the DI program. We will cover the basics of what it is to be a team manager and how to lead your team through the creative problem solving process. This training will give you the basics on what to do on that first team meeting, how to get your team unstuck without interference, as well as give you team building ideas.
This training is for team managers new to the DI program. We will cover the basics of what it is to be a team manager and how to lead your team through the creative problem solving process. This training will give you the basics on what to do on that first team meeting, how to get your team unstuck without interference, as well as give you team building ideas.
Please RSVP. Seating is limited.
This is a Saturday event for all Team Members and Team Managers. Whether this will be your first real Team Meeting, or your group has been meeting every week since the start of school, this event is a great way to inspire your team for the season!
In the morning, Teams will work with our Volunteers on a special, super fun activity designed to get their Creativity flowing, while Team Managers meet separately in small groups to go over all things TM. The afternoon will be spent together working with Instant Challenge. There is no charge for this event and lunch will be provided.
South Metro Challenge Masters
Technical – The Big Fix
Scientific – First Encounter
Fine Arts – Picture This
Improv – To The Rescue
Engineering – In the Cards
Service Learning – It’s About Time
Rising Stars – Blast Off
Wine & Wisdom - Team Manager Support Group
Wine & Wisdom nights are an opportunity to get together with other Team Managers and discuss specific topics. Or if you have an issue you need to talk over with other Team Managers this is the place for you. Bring a drink and light snack to share. This is an adults only evening, please leave the kids at home.
This evening is hosted by Dacia Donohue, an experienced Team Manager and current DI Colorado Board Member. If you are interested in attending email Dacia at Dacia Donohue for the address.
Volunteer Positions - We Need YOU!
We would love to have you join the South Metro Tournament Team!
Please Note: Both of these position will fill the requirement for team appraiser recruitment.
Score Room Co-Challenge Master
Our devoted Score Room Challenge Master would like to retire after 20 years of doing the job. But before he goes, he’d love to spend the year training an interested person to replace him. If you love computers and would be interested taking over this extremely important position please contact Dwight.
Appraiser Support: Make sure all appraiser have shirts, are assigned positions with in the tournament, have checked in on tournament day, confirm who wants to appraiser at the state tournament, thank you notes to appraisers.
Instant Challenge Day: Confirm appraisers beforehand, make sure they have Instant Challenge Day appraisal information.
Instant Challenge Day: Coffee, donuts, fruit and water for appraisers.
Tournament: Coordinate food truck for participants at tournament, appraiser breakfast foods/coffee, arrange cater for appraiser meal lunch, make sure appraisers have their thank you gifts, general clean-up.
Team Manager Support: Coordinate and distribute Team Manager thank you gifts.
Tournament Day Appraiser/Volunteer
It takes about 130 appraisers and support volunteers to adequately run the South Metro Tournament. Appraisers can do anything from a scoring appraiser, announcer to entering scores into the computer. Volunteers are needed to help run the store, run scores from the site to the score room to making sure our appraisers are well fed.
Please contact Connie Ackerman to receive more information: Connie Ackerman
Attaching Yourself As Team Manager of Record
By now, your team has most likely read through all of the exciting Challenges of the 2019-20 season. If you’ve chosen your Challenge, you may have even started working on its solution already! Each year, our Challenge Writers work hard to make sure they develop fun and engaging academic Challenges for all of our participants and knowing which Challenge your team is participating in this season helps us identify the most popular Challenges, as well as better gauge the number of teams that are competing worldwide.
We need you to take a few minutes to enter your team’s information, including your Team Name, Team Challenge, and Challenge Level, in our Resource Area.
If this is your first time accessing the Resource Area, this portal will allow you to download documents, such as practice Instant Challenges, as well as ask Team Clarifications. So please go ahead and dig around while you’re in there!
HOW TO ENTER YOUR TEAM’S INFORMATION:
- If you don’t have a DI account, create one now by going to: https://resources.destinationimagination.org/shop.php/auth/account/create_new_account and entering your information.
- Once you have an account, go to the Resource Area here: https://resources.destinationimagination.org/resources.php.
- Make sure to view and accept the code of conduct!
- Highlight the Teams tab and then select My Teams.
- Click on Add Team, and then enter either the Team Number and order number (this information will come from the person who purchased the team number) OR the Team Number and the postal code.
- If you have multiple teams, repeat Step 5 to claim all of your teams.
- Click on the pencil icon to the left of your Team Number and then add/edit your organization name, team name, and the Challenge/Level your team will be participating in this season. Remember, you can change the Challenge if your team decides to make a switch from their original plan. However, once you’ve competed in your first tournament, you cannot change your Challenge.
Important: Because our scoring program is tied to the information you provide, please make sure everything is accurate!
In order to provide the highest level of after school activities for our participants, DI Colorado requires all team managers to have background checks. Please review our detailed Youth Protection Policy here.
There are several ways in which South Metro Team Managers can complete a background check.
- Managers who are teachers or other school employees may submit a scan or photo of their teacher license number and their current district ID to Rob.
- Managers who are not school employees in Douglas County Schools and Littleton Public Schools may check in at their school and get a Raptor Badge (if available) printed and submit a scan or photo to Rob.
- Managers (who are not school employees) in other schools without Raptor should check with their school office and follow their volunteer procedures. We do not need a copy of the report, but rather an official notification on letterhead from the school signed by an administrator that a background check has been passed and is on file.
- If none of these options are suitable, you may use Verified Volunteers through our State Office–Click Here Our “Good Deed Code” is veq92lv. There is a non-refundable fee of approximately $25.
All of the methods outlined above are confidential, and your personal information does not reside with DI Colorado. We will only have an indication if you have been cleared or not cleared. If a team manager is not cleared to work with students that volunteer has the right to have his/her case reviewed by the agency providing the background check. Your Regional Director will be notified that your team cannot compete in the regional competition unless a new team manager is provided and has cleared a background check.
South Metro Newsletters
Information about the DI Colorado State Tournament and Global finals will be added here.
Tournament data coming soon!
Connie Ackerman, South Metro Regional Director
Kayla Steffens, South Metro Regional Director
Debi Tipton, South Metro Regional Director
Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support Group 7:00 pm
Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support Group
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tonight’s Topics: Kick off, team start up, planning You Must RSVP to Dacia Donohue at firstname.lastname@example.org Bring a drink and light snack to share. If you have a specific topic you want to cover, email Dacia, she’ll work it in!
Jeffco Signing Day 5:00 pm
Jeffco Signing Day @ Lakewood Library
Sep 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
What’s a signing day? Join us on Thursday September 19 from 5:00- 7:00 pm at Lakewood Library for our first ever Signing Day. Purchase your team number before or at the event and receive $15.00 credit per team towards the Jeffco tournament. Why not just...
New Team Manager Training 6:30 pm
DI Information Night – Louisville 6:30 pm
DI Information Night – Louisville @ Monarch K-8
Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join us to find out all about Destination Imagination and how to get involved.
Southwest Information Meeting 6:30 pm
Southwest Information Meeting @ Mercy Regional Medical Center
Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
If you have heard of DI and are wondering whether it is for you, come find out more at one of our Information Nights scheduled in Durango and Cortez. Students, parents, educators and community members are invited to find out more about Destination Imagination: What...
Southwest Information Meeting 1:00 pm
Southwest Information Meeting @ San Juan BOCES Cortez Office
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
If you have heard of DI and are wondering whether it is for you, come find out more at one of our Informational Meetings scheduled in Durango and Cortez. Students, parents, educators and community members are invited to find out more about Destination Imagination: What...
To develop opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st-century skills and creativity.
The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament.