2020 South Metro – Hills and Plains Regional Tournament

 

March 7, 2020

Ft Logan at Northgate and Sheridan High School

 

South Metro

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.

South Metro Info

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 week of the month it will be a general newsletter – trainings dates, important deadlines, where to find information, t-shirt/pin orders, etc. During the third week, 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 7 2020 Ft Logan at Northgate and Sheridan High School

Sheridan 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!

Instant Challenge Day

February 1, 2020
(please note: the date has changed from the original date posted in our newsletter)
Location: St. Mary’s Academy,
4545 S University Blvd, Englewood, CO 80113
Cost: $35 per team, plus one volunteer appraiser
Instant Challenge Day is the perfect opportunity for your team to receive hands on experience in front of appraisers in a noncompetitive setting. Each team will rotate through 4 different types of challenges, be given feedback on their solution, teamwork and hints to make tournament day Instant Challenge less stressful. The challenges are tournament level appropriate.
Appraisers: Each team is required to provide one volunteer appraiser, this can be a parent, teacher, grandparent or…. if you’d like to see what Instant Challenge is all about have a parent escort your team and you be the appraiser. This person needs to commit to appraising until approximately 1:00 pm on Instant Challenge Day. There will be a training in the morning before teams arrive so no need to worry if your volunteer isn’t familiar with Instant Challenge. We’ll training them and make sure they are placed with an experience person. Your team will not be considered registered without a volunteer. Instant Challenge Day can’t happen without volunteers!
Registration opens in December. Space is limited, this event is always sold out.

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 & Webinars

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: Team Manager Training Agenda 110219

 

There is no charge for trainings. It’s included as part of your fees when you purchase your National Membership.

 

Dec
4
Wed
Scientific Challenge Webinar
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

Join our Affiliate Challenge Masters to learn about this year’s Scientific Challenge.

Registration is required for this event. Click Here to RSVP.

Dec
7
Sat
Team Manager Training @ Hamilton Middle School
Dec 7 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Team Manager Training @ Hamilton Middle School | Denver | Colorado | United States

All Destination Imagination trainings are offered to anyone working with a Destination Imagination team. There is no charge to you – it is paid for through your Colorado Affiliate fees. You only need to attend one training but are welcome to come to as many as you’d like.

 

Team Manager Training Agenda 110219

Jan
11
Sat
Spicy South IC Day @ Pueblo Community College
Jan 11 all-day
16th Annual Spicy South Instant Challenge Workshop @ PCC Fortino Ballroom
Jan 11 @ 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
16th Annual Spicy South Instant Challenge Workshop @ PCC Fortino Ballroom | Pueblo | Colorado | United States

Space is limited to 40 slots. Sign up now!!!!!!!!!!!
COST IS ONLY $25.00 PER TEAM
This workshop will provide an opportunity for your team to take a trial run at INSTANT
CHALLENGES. Also, we will present the many uses of several materials that are commonly
provided, sharing ideas on how to navigate an Instant Challenge quickly, and how to
prepare a story presentation challenge from beginning, middle and end. There will be two
2- hour sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Up to 20 teams in each
session, inviting a total of 40 teams taking advantage of this workshop. TWO TEAM
MANAGERS ONLY may accompany their team, and you will be asked to assist us with all
student’s attention and their respect of time for all their fellow DI’ers. This opportunity is
not offered for the Rising Stars Teams.
Return only the bottom of this registration form below, along with your
$25.00 fee.
Registration Forms MUST BE RECEIVED on or before FRIDAY
DECEMBER 20, 2019. SLOTS ARE AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME BASIS.

16TH ANNUAL INSTANT CHALLENGE WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM

 

 

Regional Challenge Master Training and Boot Camp @ Denver Metro Area = TBD
Jan 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Jan
18
Sat
IC Day for Teams-NoCo Region @ Meadowlark K-8
Jan 18 @ 11:15 am – 1:15 pm
IC Day for Teams-NoCo Region @ Meadowlark K-8 | Erie | Colorado | United States

Registration coming soon

Jan
21
Tue
Appraiser Training Webinar-Fine Arts
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

Appraisers are required to attend a training online or in person prior to their tournament.
Registration is required for this event. Click Here to RSVP.

Jan
22
Wed
Appraiser Training Webinar-Instant Challenge
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Appraisers are required to attend a training online or in person prior to their tournament.

Registration is required for this event. Click Here to RSVP.

Jan
25
Sat
Instant Challenge Day-Western Slope @ Grand Mesa Middle School
Jan 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
IC Day for Teams-Thompson School District @ Thompson School District Admin Building
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:15 pm
IC Day for Teams-Thompson School District @ Thompson School District Admin Building | Loveland | Colorado | United States

Information to follow

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

Instant Challenge

Score Room

 

 

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.

Jan
10
Fri
Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support Group
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wine & Wisdom - Team Manager Support Group
  • Tonight’s Topics: Solution Troubleshooting, Instant Challenge Tips
  • RSVP to Dacia Donohue at donohuesdodi@gmail.com
  • 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!
Feb
21
Fri
Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support Group
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wine & Wisdom - Team Manager Support Group
  • Tonight’s Topics: Tournament Prep
  • RSVP to Dacia Donohue at donohuesdodi@gmail.com
  • 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!
Mar
13
Fri
Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support Group
Mar 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wine & Wisdom - Team Manager Support Group
  • Tonight’s Topics: STATE PREP
  • RSVP to Dacia Donohue at donohuesdodi@gmail.com
  • 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!
Apr
10
Fri
Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support Group
Apr 10 @ 10:56 pm – 11:56 pm
Wine & Wisdom - Team Manager Support Group
  • Tonight’s Topics: Global Finals Prep
  • RSVP to Dacia Donohue at donohuesdodi@gmail.com
  • 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!

 

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.

 

Volunteer Coordinator:

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.

 

Hospitality Coordinator:

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:

 

      1. 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.
      2. Once you have an account, go to the Resource Area here: https://resources.destinationimagination.org/resources.php.
      3. Make sure to view and accept the code of conduct!
      4. Highlight the Teams tab and then select My Teams.
      5. 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.
      6. If you have multiple teams, repeat Step 5 to claim all of your teams.
      7. 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!

Background Checks

Background Checks

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.

 

      1. 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.
      2. 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.
      3. 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.
      4. If none of these options are suitable, you may use Sterling 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

Costs

Information about the DI Colorado State Tournament and Global finals will be added here.

Resources Quick Links
Who's Who
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Connie Ackerman

connieackerman@comcast.net

Connie Ackerman, South Metro Regional Director

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Kayla Steffens

steffens.kayla@gmail.com

Kayla Steffens, South Metro Regional Director

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Debi Tipton

debitipton@comcast.net

Debi Tipton, South Metro Regional Director

South Metro Calendar
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**Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support (please read the notes) 7:00 pm
**Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support (please read the notes)
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
**Wine & Wisdom - Team Manager Support (please read the notes)
We are hosting an additional location and night for the popular Wine & Wisdom for any team managers who find this time and location works for them. Wine & Wisdom nights are an opportunity to get together with other Team Managers and discuss specific topics....
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Team Manager Training 8:00 am
Team Manager Training @ Ben Franklin Academy
Nov 2 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Team Manager Training @ Ben Franklin Academy | Highlands Ranch | Colorado | United States
All Destination Imagination trainings are offered to anyone working with a Destination Imagination team. There is no charge to you – it is paid for through your Colorado Affiliate fees. You only need to attend one training but are welcome to come to as many...
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Regional Directors Meeting 6:30 pm
Regional Directors Meeting @ DI Colorado Offices
Nov 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Regional Directors Meeting @ DI Colorado Offices | Denver | Colorado | United States
 
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Boulder Valley School District Team Manager Training 6:30 pm
Boulder Valley School District Team Manager Training @ Boulder Valley School Ed Center
Nov 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Boulder Valley School District Team Manager Training @ Boulder Valley School Ed Center | Boulder | Colorado | United States
 
Fine Arts Challenge Webinar 7:00 pm
Fine Arts Challenge Webinar
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fine Arts Challenge Webinar
Registration is required.  Click Here to RSVP.  
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New Team Manager Webinar 7:00 pm
New Team Manager Webinar
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
New Team Manager Webinar
Please register here
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Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support Group 7:00 pm
Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support Group
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wine & Wisdom - Team Manager Support Group
Tonight’s Topics: Bring your questions – interference, planning, what happens when an idea fails? RSVP to Dacia Donohue at donohuesdodi@gmail.com 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!
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Spicy South Team Manager Training 8:00 am
Spicy South Team Manager Training @ Pueblo Community College
Nov 9 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Spicy South Team Manager Training @ Pueblo Community College | Pueblo | Colorado | United States
Come join the Spicy South team to learn about DI Spicy South for the year, meet your challenge masters and work on IC skills. Pueblo Community College in the Gorsich Center. Any team manager with a team number will be entered into a drawing for...
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Service Learning Webinar 6:30 pm
Service Learning Webinar
Nov 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Service Learning Webinar
  Registration is required for this event. Click here to RSVP.
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DI Colorado Board of Directors Meeting 6:30 pm
DI Colorado Board of Directors Meeting @ DI Colorado Offices
Nov 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
DI Colorado Board of Directors Meeting @ DI Colorado Offices | Denver | Colorado | United States
All board meetings are open to the public.
Instant Challenge Night–Cherry Creek Region 6:30 pm
Instant Challenge Night–Cherry Creek Region @ Homestead Elementary School
Nov 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Instant Challenge Night--Cherry Creek Region @ Homestead Elementary School | Centennial | Colorado | United States
Come practice your Instant Challenge in tournament style. Get feedback, ideas and have fun!
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Technical Challenge Webinar 7:00 pm
Technical Challenge Webinar
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Technical Challenge Webinar
Registration for this event is required. Click Here to RSVP.  
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Thompson IC Training 10:00 am
Thompson IC Training @ Thompson School District
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thompson IC Training @ Thompson School District | Loveland | Colorado | United States
IC Day for Thompson Schools, more details to follow.
Southwest Team Manager Training 1:00 pm
Southwest Team Manager Training @ San Juan BOCES Durango Office
Nov 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Southwest Team Manager Training @ San Juan BOCES Durango Office | Durango | Colorado | United States
This is a Saturday event for Team Managers, Parents and Teachers working with elementary, middle and secondary level Destination Imagination Teams.  New and “seasoned” Team Managers will meet to go over all things TM.  There is no charge for this event and attendees are invited to...
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Improv Training Webinar 7:00 pm
Improv Training Webinar
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Improv Training Webinar
Attend a Webinar with the Improv Affiliate Challenge masters to learn more about this challenge.   Registration is required for this event.  Click here to RSVP.
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DI's Mission

 

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.