Archives for April 2012

M is for Murder

Something Wicked this way comes… to Skinner Middle School this spring. Thursday May 3rd at 7:00 pm the Skinner theater program will be performing William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, his most intense and bloody drama. Eleven of the show’s scenes are also slated to play at this year’s 28th annual DPS Shakespeare Festival at the Denver Performing Arts Center Friday May 11th. Don’t miss this incredibly dark but delightful show.

Skinner Scholar Shines as Keynote Speaker

Skinner’s own Alijah Perez, an 8th grader, was one of the Keynote Speakers at the12th Annual Academic Awards Banquet.  The event was held on April 6th and was sponsored by the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business and the Office of Diversity Affairs and Multicultural Business Association.  Over 400 were in attendance.

Alijah spoke about his positive experience at the 2011 SAFE (Summer Academic Focused Education) program and how much he was able to grasp about putting together a business plan. Alijah was asked to be one of the speakers as personnel this past summer were very impressed with him, his work ethic, his charismatic leadership, and of course, his personality.  Alijah was the only student who spoke at the event.

Alijah plans to attend University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business following high school graduation.

Twenty-five Skinner students participated in the 2011 SAFE program last summer and all deemed the experience very valuable, especially for those who want to pursue a business career.

This summer, the Neighborhood Center is again sponsoring this Junior Business Leadership Program at the Leeds School of Business at CU Boulder, as well as programs with different foci at three other universities.

Skinner Students Making a Difference

This Friday, April 20th is Skinner Cares Day. Everyone at Skinner Middle School believes that our students can make a difference through making positive changes in our community, so our Learning Families work throughout the year to build a community of stewardship and show Skinner cares through service learning and community service projects.

All Learning Families will engage in community service or service learning either at school or in the community on Friday, volunteering at the Denver Rescue Mission, Argyle Nursing Home and Comfort Cafe, seeing the movie, “Bully” and cleaning up graffiti in the neighborhood, among other projects.

Research also shows that students who participate in service learning 1) increase motivation, engagement and attendance in school, 2) demonstrate higher levels of personal and social responsibility, 3) treat each other kindly, help each other and care about doing their best. Students are empowered by making decisions about issues they care about. What a win-win!

One of our learning families is having a car wash to raise money for diabetes research. One of the learning family members was recently diagnosed with Type I Diabetes and the other students in his learning family wanted to help. Please come support our students by bringing your DIRTY car over to Skinner for a wash!

  • Friday, April 20th, Noon – 2:45 pm
  • Skinner rear parking lot (41st Ave & Knox Ct)
  • Any donation welcome. All proceeds donated to diabetes research

Skinner Cares Day – just another reason that Skinner is an excellent, well-rounded neighborhood school.

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