Cool School News: Odyssey of the Mind teams go to World Finals, Bus Safety Poster winners, and Bike to School Day

Nine PSD Odyssey of the Mind teams qualified to compete at the World Finals competition in May.

Twenty-three teams from Poudre School District schools competed in the Odyssey of the Mind Colorado State Tournament in Castle Rock in April. Odyssey of the Mind is an extra-curricular program that challenges student with unique problems that involve problem-solving, discovery, and exploratory learning to find its solution. Teams met after school throughout the school year to solve a problem of their choice in these categories: technical, vehicle, classics, structure, and performance.

Teams placing first and second at the state tournament qualified to compete at the World Finals in Michigan where 800 students representing 24 countries competed.

Nine PSD teams qualified for World Finals. Congratulations to: 

  • Kruse Elementary - 1st place - vehicle
  • Riffenburgh Elementary - 1st place - technical
  • McGraw Elementary - 1st place - structure
  • McGraw Elementary - 2nd place - performance
  • Dunn IB World School - 2nd place - structure 
  • Webber Middle School - 2nd place - structure
  • Kinard Middle School - 1st place - performance
  • Lincoln Middle School - 2nd place - performance 
  • Rocky Mountain High School - 2nd place - structure

While working together throughout the year to solve their problem, students learn STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts by assessing the composition and strength of materials, designing vehicles and devices, engineering structures, sets and backdrops, and calculating scores, geometry and physics.  


PSD Transportation announces Bus Safety Poster winners

The 2019 PSD School Bus Safety Poster contest winners are Mateo Rainey, Timnath Elementary student, in the Division 1 category (kindergarten through second grade) and Kaila Nassar, Dunn Elementary student, in the Division 2 category (third through fifth grade). Each winner won a brand new bicycle and helmut!

Their winning posters are below. To see a gallery of all PSD entries, visit this PSD Bus Safety Contest Google site. 

A school bus in front of houses poster.
By Mateo Rainey, Timnath Elementary student


A school bus in front of houses and bold letters - Red Lights  Mean STOP!
By Kaila Nassar, Dunn Elementary student

Kids across PSD have fun celebrating Bike to School Day

Hundreds of students rolled up to school on two wheels recently to celebrate Bike to School Day, an annual event that encourages students to get exercise during their morning commute to class. Although full bike racks are a common sight at PSD schools almost any time of year, Bike to School Day encourages even more students to get out on their bikes. Students who participate are greeted with smiling teachers and administrators who pass out snacks and high fives. 

Three girls stand with their bikes on Bike to School Day.

The goal of Bike to School Week is to encourage kids to get active and discover how much fun they can have biking to school. Judging by the number of kids we see pedaling to class on a normal weekday, we’d call it a success. 

Three boys stand with their bikes on Bike to School Day.