Archives for October 2012

Fall Sports: Skinner Cross Country

The Skinner Cross Country team finished its 2012 season with amazing sprint to the end! This year we welcomed new runners to the team, who added team spirit and spunk. Our returning runners supported and led the team like solid veterans. Among the highlights of the season was when our athletes participated in the Slavins’ Invitational race, where our team competed with more than 700 other runners, ran a course that consisted of hills and stream crossings and got autographs from Olympians. Coach Winter would like to congratulate all the kids who came out to each practice and gave their all as they set personal goals and made new friends. When Coach Winter asked the team their favorite moment from the season, William Shevlin, 8th grader, stated, “One word describes my favorite moment, everything!”



10/29: Spanish Language Information Night at Skinner

This Monday, October 29th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm is Skinner’s Language Program Information Night. Prospective families who are interested in learning more about Skinner’s comprehensive Spanish Language instruction should plan to attend.

Skinner Middle School has a strong and robust Spanish Language program dedicated to building students’ Spanish language skills whether they are a beginning Spanish learner or heritage speaker.  Skinner offers two different tracks based on individual student placement or prior Spanish language experience.

At the info night, prospective Skinner families will hear from Skinner’s two full time Spanish teachers as well as several current Skinner students enrolled in different Spanish classes.

Hope to see you there!

Halloween Dungeon of Terror – Oct. 30th

Ghosts and goblins, monsters and mummies!  Join the Skinner Teen Ambassadors for their 12nd annual Dungeon of Terror on Tuesday, October 30th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Skinner Middle School Neighborhood Center.

A Halloween party to remember, you’ll find a haunted house, games, a costume contest with prizes, snacks and fun with friends.  This is a family friendly event with activities for kids of all ages.  Adults are free with kids 18 and younger $1 each.

Don’t miss a safe and fun way to celebrate Halloween!

WHAT:   Halloween Party

WHEN: Tuesday, OCtober 30th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Skinner Middle School Neighborhood Center – enter BEHIND the building at 41st and Knox Court

WHO:      Families and kids of all ages


Adults: We NEED you!

We need your time and talents! The Skinner PTO has three committees – Community/Outreach, Fundraising and Volunteering/Grands – and are looking for help.

  • Community/Outreach. This committee meets monthly and is singing Skinner’s praises inside and outside our school community. We write the e-newsletters, blogs and website content; plan the marketing events like the fall parent recruitment wine and cheese party and the winter family pool party; conduct feeder elementary school outreach; and help with Skinner parties like the Fall Festival and Spring Pasta Potluck.
  • Fundraising. Whether it’s managing e-books sales or organizing fundraising nights at Pasquini’s and other neighborhood restaurants, this group works on raising money to support field trips, school events and other activities.
  • Volunteers/Grands. Volunteers (including The Grands, our grandparents and community elders) are planting and maintaining gardens, helping at events and throwing parties before school events. They are also assigning volunteers to help teachers in classrooms, tutoring kids and assisting in the office.

Please contact Ms. Campbell at or 720-424-1495 for more information or to volunteer.



Meet Skinner’s Spanish Teachers & Learn More About Spanish Program

Ms. Allen & Ms. Overton

Skinner Middle School offers two tracks of Spanish language instruction taught by two full-time Spanish teachers: Ms. Mary Overton and Ms. Annabelle Allen.

Ms. Overton grew up in Littleton, CO and attended CSU.  In her second year of teaching at Skinner, she reports that “One of my favorite things about teaching at Skinner is that the students rise to the high expectations of the teachers every day.  This means that the students are constantly working hard both at their school work and how they act as community members. Secondly, the staff at Skinner is truly one of a kind –they support and inspire me daily to be better and work harder each and every day!”

Skinner’s newest Spanish teacher is Ms. Allen, who grew up in Leadville, CO, the highest incorporated city in the United States.  She received her Associate of Arts degree from Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, then received undergraduate degrees in Spanish and Criminology from the University of Denver – now she is 3 classes away from finishing DU’s Teacher Certification and Masters Completion program.  When asked about her favorite thing about Skinner she said, “One favorite thing!?!? Impossible!  I suppose if I had to choose one thing it would be the students here. I love each and every one of them and I am enjoying their enthusiasm and inquisitive nature. I can’t wait to see them develop in their language skills over this year, and the years to come!”

During Ms. Overton’s free time, she loves to spend time with her husband and family, especially outside doing any activity including walking, running, biking, and skiing. Ms. Allen’s passions are: family and friends, traveling, and food.  Any opportunity she has to go somewhere, meet new people, see new sights, explore new cultures, and taste new foods, she takes it.  She’s been to 14 different countries and is “only getting started”.

About Skinner’s Spanish Language Programming:

The first track is Spanish for Heritage/Dual-Language Speakers (SHS). In 6th grade, students who have never had a formal Spanish class before, but have been exposed to the language (parents/ grandparents at home speak Spanish) will take SHS-1A. Students who have had Spanish classes (dual language programs, TINLI school, schooling in Mexico etc.) will go in to SHS-1B. See the progressions below.

The second track is Spanish for Second Language Learners. In 6th grade, students who have never had a formal Spanish class before will take 1A. Students who have had Spanish classes (Spanish as a Special, after school Spanish classes, etc.) will take 1B. See the progressions below.

The progression is as follows:

  • SHS-1A > SHS-1B > SHS-2 > Skinner SHS-3 > potential of AP Spanish / THIRD Language in HS
  • 1A > 1B > 2 > Skinner 3 > potential of AP Spanish / THIRD Language in HS

Our Spanish 3 classes (both second language and SHS) will be a hybrid, preparing students for Spanish Literature classes and/or AP Spanish courses in High School. We aim to accelerate those students who have had Spanish, so they can take AP Spanish (for college credit) as Freshmen and/or Sophomores, and then more on to a acquiring a THIRD language.

Skinner Middle School is dedicated to building students’ Spanish language skills, from beginner to Heritage Spanish speakers.

Two Skinner scholars rock CO School of Mines

Alyssa, Tim Marquez & Adrian

Two Skinner students blew away attendees at the Colorado School of Mines’ dedication of a $30 million building funded by the Marquez Family Foundation last week.

Alyssa Gasca and Adrian Perez were invited to represent Skinner Neighborhood Center’s Summer Academic Focus Education/SAFE camp as students who attended a School of Mines session this summer.  Alyssa and Adrian were confident, poised and articulate while speaking and holding the ribbon for the ceremony.  We are so proud of them!

In appreciation for the Marquez Family Foundation’s grant to the Colorado School of Mines to fund the Neighborhood Center’s College 4 Y.O.U. program and the SAFE camp. Alyssa and Adrian presented Tim Marquez with a Skinner College 4 Y.O.U. t-shirt.

College prep with amazing experiences…it’s all happening at Skinner, your excellent neighborhood middle school.

Fun at the Fall Festival October 13

Sack race photo

Fall Festival Sack Race

Come one, come all…come to the Skinner Middle School annual Fall Festival and Community Fair!

October 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., families and community members will find great food (including a pig roast!), games, prizes, silent auction, student music and supervised swimming in Skinner’s indoor pool. Enter the “Scorpion Chili Challenge” to win fantastic prizes, not to mention bragging rights in the ‘hood.

If you are a member of the Northwest Denver community (with or without a Skinner scholar at home), you are welcome!  We are eager to build bonds with our Skinner families and build bridges with our surrounding community.  And have a lot of fun doing it – check out the principal Michelle Koyama and A.P Lindsay Meier in the sack race at last year’s festival!

WHAT:   Skinner Fall Festival and Community Fair

WHEN:   Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE:  Skinner Middle School, 3435 W. 40th Avenue

WHY:   Build our community and show our Skinner pride

Admission is free – all proceeds from food and other sales will benefit Skinner student athletics and activities.

For more information about the festival and the chili contest, please contact Rebecca Caldwell at or 720-424-1495.

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