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The Re-2 Gifted and Talented Department is looking for a few good parents. Interested adults are being sought to coach Destination ImagiNation teams. Destination ImagiNation is a creative problem-solving program, teaching students strategies, teamwork and lifelong skills.The Re-2 School District has a legacy of winning Destination ImagiNation teams. The Rifle High School DI teams have gone to the international competition for the last four years in a row. Eight Re-2 teams from elementary, middle and high school competed at state last year.These experiences are invaluable to the students, and great memories for managers and parents. Many students participate year after year.Teams have seven members and one adult manager. Students choose a challenge, create a solution to detailed specifications, and practice presenting their solution in the allotted time frame.Training is available for interested adults. Please call Christy Walters at 625-7833 if you can become part of this program, which includes students of all ages. This year, Delaine McBride is offering a non-competitive first grade team. Third to twelfth grade teams are competitive and move to higher levels of competition. Terry Lapka is the Destination ImagiNation regional director, and is manager for two teams as well as coordinating the myriad of details for the regional competition, which will be held in Rifle in April 2004. Next year she hopes to put together a “DI Later” team of teachers, so the adults can have as much fun as the kids do. “They won’t be judged, but they will be entertaining,” said Lapka.The DI Regionals is a massive undertaking, and the organizers are asking for volunteers to help. Please call Delaine McBride at 625-6817 if you can lend a hand.In an effort to promote proficient spellers, Riverside Middle School has begun introducing “Unforgivables” in all Language Arts classes. The Unforgivables are words which Riverside students are expected to spell correctly in all classes throughout the year. They are posted in all classrooms and hallways of the school.The Science Outreach Center is offering “Beyond the Classroom” sessions for all students aged 6-10. Students get together once a week right after school for two hours of exciting discoveries and experiments. Each session consists of four classes. The session fee is $50 per student, and some scholarships will be available. Enrollment is limited. To register, call Cami Erickson at the Science Outreach Center at 963-2922.The sessions will take place on Tuesdays starting Nov. 18 at Kathryn Senor Elementary, on Thursdays starting Nov. 20 at Highland Elementary School, and on Tuesdays starting Nov. 25 at Roy Moore Elementary.The sessions for Roy Moore are already full, but space is still available at Highland and Kathryn Senor.The theme for all four classes in the session will be “All About Air,” with hands-on activities and experiments. Students will get the latest and greatest paper airplane designs, build hot air balloons and Cartesian divers, and launch rockets. “This program emphasizes the power and amazing qualities of air,” said Erickson. “The Science Outreach Center has offered hands-on science education in the valley for 25 years, and we’re glad to be offering it to the Re-2 School District.”


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