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Prospective Skinner parents wine & cheese event

Do you know 4th or 5th grade parents interested in knowing more about Skinner Middle School? Invite them to our annual Skinner informational wine and cheese party at Highlands Garden Village’s Hearthstone Common House!

Next Wednesday, September 26 at 7 p.m. prospective Skinner parents and guardians are invited to learn more about the great academics, Spanish language, arts and sports offerings at the school.  Enjoy a glass of wine and some munchies and mingle with principal Michelle Koyama, several teachers and parents who can share what Skinner is REALLY like.

WHAT: Wine and cheese reception and party

WHY: Introduce prospective families to Skinner Middle School

WHEN: Wednesday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: 4700 W. 37th Ave., Hearthstone Common House in Highlands Village Gardens (one block south of Sprouts)

We hope to see our neighbors there!  And thank you for helping us spread the word…

Skinner scholars rock the TCAP

Skinner teachers were thrilled to return to school and learn that their students rocked the TCAP last spring!  Having been on a trajectory of academic growth for four years, Skinner teachers and students reached an even higher level on the state standardized tests this last school year– we had the highest net median growth percentile of all traditional middle schools in Denver Public Schools!

“We are laser-focused on helping all kids succeed academically,” said principal Michelle Koyama.  “Whether it’s pushing proficient kids to the advanced level or supporting struggling students so they can attain grade level proficiency, our teachers are making it happen every single day.”

Check out some of our results:

Double digit increases in proficiency

  • 7th grade math proficiency increased by 14%
  • 7th grade writing proficiency increased by 12%
  • 7th grade reading proficiency increased by 10%

Outperforming DPS Middle Schools

  • 6th & 7th grade math proficiency is higher than the district average
  • 6th & 7th grade reading proficiency is higher than the district average
  • 6th & 7th grade writing proficiency is higher than the district average

We are grateful to Skinner teachers and staff for bringing their “A” game in teaching our students. And Skinner scholars, we’re all proud of YOU for working hard to learn and thrive.


6th Graders Off to a Great Start!

6th Grade Academy participants

6th Grade Academy participants

More than 100 6th graders attended 6th Grade Academy which ran from 8:00 a.m. until noon every day the week of August 13th.

Students spent time doing teambuilding exercises to help them get to know each other and their teachers; took practice tests; received their agendas and learned how to use them; learned their way around their new school and perhaps most importantly, received their locker assignments and learned how to operate the combination locks.

Even though it signaled the end of summer, students were wild about 6th Grade Academy. “The scavenger hunt was really fun.  It helped us learn about the school, our teachers and meet new friends” said Angelina Martinez.

Deangelo Gonzales agreed, “I liked meeting the teachers.  It was amazing!”

Ms. Goebel, 6th grade Language Arts teacher explained, “We love 6th Grade Academy because it really eases the transition to middle school and gets our students started on the right foot.”

“The week really gave my daughter a great starting point for 6th grade – it decreased her stress about starting a new school and allowed her to meet new kids and all of her teachers.  She had a great week and loved it all,” reported Melanie Beaton parent, 6th grade student

Students, teachers and teachers agree: Skinner’s 6th grade is off to a great start!

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