First place –  Now On To State!


CCV DI Team – First Place


We are very excited to announce that our team, from Cripple Creek/Victor JH/SH won first place for their presentation of “In It Together” at the Destination Imagination Regional Competition on February 25nd at Summit Elementary School in Divide, Colorado.  The students participating were:  Jacob Walinski, Sarah Wuellner, Alex Best, Hannah Border, Gabriel Patterson.

The students have worked very hard as a team all school year and put together a strong presentation.  They created their own props, wrote their own story, designed a weight-bearing structure and worked as a team to solve an impromptu problem.

DI competition First Place winners

DI competition

Their 8-minute skit was written to solve a world problem involving two nations.  Over the past several months they wrote, rewrote and revised their script until they were satisfied that it would meet the Destination Imagination requirements.  As a result of their hard work, they not only earned First Place in the competition, but they learned to work together, to collaborate, to reach their common goals.

The state competition will take place on April 22nd at the Auraria Higher Education Center in Denver, CO.  We wish them all the best of luck!

What is Destination Imagination?

Destination Imagination, Inc. is a leading educational nonprofit dedicated to teaching students the skills needed to succeed in school, their careers and beyond. We develop project-based learning programs that blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship.

Through our programs, students use the creative process to turn their ideas into reality and learn invaluable skills through the process including:

  • Creative & Critical Thinking
  • Team Building

    DI Competition - Divide First Place

    DI Competition – Divide

  • Problem Solving
  • Risk Taking
  • Project Management
  • Perseverance
  • Self-Confidence

For more information about Destination Imagination, click here.

Submitted by:

Vickie Cooper
Teacher, CC-V School District

Excited about the New Year!

Bennett Avenue Road Contruction

Bennett Avenue Road Construction

2015 Outlook – Half Empty or Half Full?

I’m excited about 2015, with one little exception…it means another year older. But, being that I’m a “glass half-full” kind of person, it also means another year on the right side of the grass!

What am I so excited about? First of all, business-wise, it’s gotta be better than 2014. The Bennett Avenue road construction was definitely not a boon to our business. For the most part, the 300 block of Bennett Avenue was closed from part of June through part of October, the busiest few months of the year for businesses in Cripple Creek. Thankfully, the fact that it was being worked on wasn’t advertised, so people still came to Cripple Creek.

Bennett Ave post road work

Bennett Ave post road work

However, navigating the chopped up streets and sidewalks deterred many visitors from making the effort to get to our store.

I’m hopeful that in 2015 there won’t be any more natural disasters-floods or fires- resulting in highway 24 being closed intermittently, nor the man-made kind, like road construction to make access difficult.

  • Cripple Creek Today has seen over 1,000 visitors per month and is growing daily, along with the number of newsletter subscribers. (Subscription is free, just enter your email address, then confirm that you want to subscribe through a follow-up email and you’ll never miss a thing.)

Readers are also engaged through the Cripple Creek Today Facebook page and have taken action based on articles and posts they’ve read. Thank you for your participation!

    • I will be accepting advertisers this year and will have a page dedicated to business listings. If you have a business or are in charge of advertising for your employer, please contact me via email at:
    • I have special contributors lined up for 2015 to provide informative and entertaining articles. If there is something you’d like to see on the blog, let me know and I’ll see if I can cover it. If you’d like to write an article, or series of articles, please contact me about that as well.
    • I look forward to providing stories on a wide variety of topics that will be of interest to both locals and visitors.
    • I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the contributors who have provided posts on a regular basis: Sherry Rowe of Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation, Donna McMurtry of the Cripple Creek Police Department, Nancy Mann, Cripple Creek Animal Control Officer, and Miriam Mondragon, Cresson Elementary School Principal. Thank you so much for all that you do!
    • A few statistics from Cripple Creek Today:
      Earth, courtesy of NASA

      Earth, courtesy of NASA

      1. The five most popular posts in order of popularity were: Fourth of July Memories, Cripple Creek-Victor School Board Votes 3-2 Not To Renew Superintendent Contract, The Journey of Emerson Wolfe, Meet Mrs. Cripple Creek-Alyssa Blanchard and 2013 Teller County Cares Volunteer Service Awards. (You can click on any title to read the article.)
      2. There were over 15,000 visitors to Cripple Creek Today. Most came from the United States, followed by Brazil and Canada. A total of 72 countries were represented by visitors to the site.

As I write this, it is snowing with a vengeance and we’re expecting another 3-6 inches on top of the 8 inches we received a few days ago. It’s all of 9.5 degrees Fahrenheit at 11 a.m. At least the wind isn’t blowing. So, I’m excited about the days getting longer and the warm, sunny days ahead. Meanwhile, I’ll just wear triple layers and carry on!

In 2015, I will be welcoming my third grandchild. Who knew being a grandma could be so much fun?!

Half a glass of red wine

Half a glass of red wine

Happy New Year and may your glass always be at least half full!

(Just don’t drink and drive! Do you really need to be reminded?)

Are you excited about the New Year? Let me know in the comments.

Love And Logic Institute Program At Victor Community Center/VICCI Center South 2nd St. Victor, CO

Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun! Class!

Five-Week Video Program by Jim And Charles Fay

Do you ever ask:

How do we handle disruptions during meal times?

How do I get my child to stay in bed?

      How do we end temper tantrums?

Is there a way to discipline my toddler in public without creating a scene?

How do I stop the whining and bickering?

Please join us as we laugh & explore answers to these questions using a five-week video program designed by Love and Logic Institute.  Jim and Charles Fay will navigate this terrain using humor while we find relief in knowing WE ARE NOT ALONE in these trial and error times.

January 14, 21, 28, February 4 & 11

5:00-6:30 light snack and childcare available

Victor Community Center/VICCI Center South 2nd St.  Victor, CO

$10 will cover person/couple which includes one workbook and the five week course

$7 for each additional workbook

Facilitators of the Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun! Curriculum are independent and are not employees of the Love and Logic Institute.


Please register me for your upcoming Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun! Class!

Name:  ______________________________________________________________________

Address:  _____________________________________________________________________

City:  ________________________  State:  ______________________  Zip:  ________________

Phone:  ______________________  Email:  __________________________________________

____yes I will need childcare for ____ child(ren)   Ages: ____   ____   ____   ____

Update: The registration forms can be sent to school with your child and/or given to your child’s teacher. Local coordinators are: Sara Stone-Dvorak and Rachel Gray. Call Cresson Elementary at (719) 689- 3468 if you have questions.