Archives for April 2013

Ribbons, Accolades and Fun: Skinner Takes Center Stage at the Shakespeare Festival

Last Friday more than 30 Skinner 6th, 7th and 8th graders performed scenes from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the annual DPS Shakespeare Festival. From the first scene until the last, judges were quite impressed with the polished actors.

“You all had a great spirit – Shakespeare would be proud,” said one of the judges.

The festival was a well-organized event and the students represented Skinner incredibly well, winning 18 ribbons for 14 scenes.

“They definitely had a strong presence and I thought the two drama teachers did an fantastic job,” said Julia Bozik mother of a 6th grade performer.

Catch the upcoming performances of this wonderful and funny play A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Skinner’s Arts Night on May 15th and 16th at 6:00 p.m.

Awards! Awards!! Awards!!!

Senator’s Recognition Award

On March 26th, three Skinner Scholars were honored at the Denver Puppet Theatre and awarded the Senator’s Recognition Award, sponsored by Senator Lucia Guzman. The winners were awarded a cash price as well as gift certificates by State Representative Dan Pabon. The award winners representing Skinner were:

  • 6th grade: Gregory Anderson
  • 7th grade: Elena Barragan
  • 8th grade: Vanessa Aguilar-Loarca

Safe City Awards

On April 12th, The Safe City Youth Leadership team awarded two scholarships at this year’s Safe City Youth Conference. Only two scholarships were given – and Skinner Scholars received both!  To enter, students were asked to submit an essay, poem, artwork or music piece to the Youth Leadership team that explained what this year’s theme, “If Not Me, Then Who Will Follow the Beat to My Song?” meant to them, as well as an explanation of how the scholarship will help them obtain higher education.

The first award was a $500.00 scholarship in memory of community activist Walt Beckert. This award was awarded to Skinner 8th Grader Hugo Burciaga.

The second award was a $250.00 scholarship from College in Colorado and the recipient was Kolette Lavoy, also an 8th grader.

Skinner has participated in the Hope Scholarship program ( for the past several years and Skinner is pleased to continue to be able to provide this opportunity to the students (6th, 7th, & 8th grade). Teachers nominated students in one of two categories :

1) Academic Achievement- Student must have a progress indicator of 4-‘exceeds expectations’

2) Most Improved- Student must demonstrate a steady and marked improvement in his/her progress indicator, moving from either a U-unsatisfactory or PP-Partially Proficient to P proficient.

Students are required to complete an essay, project (poem, artwork etc.), community service form, and parent questionnaire. Winning students receive a $500 investment scholarship, a trophy, and their parents receive free college credits toward their own education. In addition, the winners and all nominees will be recognized at a school-wide assembly on April 24.

Good Luck to our Scholars!

Totally Tennyson 80s Themed Pub Crawl/Fundraiser to Benefit Skinner

“Totally Tennyson III – Presented by Leprino Foods” is coming up on April 27th, 4:00 p.m .– 2:00 a.m. The event takes place in the Berkeley neighborhood of Northwest Denver on Tennyson Street, between 38th Avenue and 46th Avenue. A $25 ticket gets participants complimentary ‘tastes’ of everything Tennyson Street has to offer, including food, drink, merchandise, discounts, live music and fun and games along the way. With more than 30 participating businesses like Berkeley Inn and Patrick O’Carroll’s, party-goers will enjoy delicious bites and beverages all up and down Tennyson Street.

The final stop is an after party at the Oriental Theater, beginning at 10 pm, that will host a costume contest with a $500 grand prize as well as a concert featuring popular 80s cover band, The Six Million Dollar Band.

This year Totally Tennyson will support 14 Denver Public Schools in NW Denver including Skinner. This is Skinner’s second year participating in Totally Tennyson. The funds received from last year’s event helped the school purchase it’s new wireless, electronic scoreboard installed in Skinner’s East Gym.

Tickets are $25 and are on sale now at Be sure to select “Skinner” at checkout for our school to receive credit for the purchase. If you’re unable to attend the event, consider purchasing a $20 teacher ticket to send a teacher for free! See the website for lots more information and hilarious photos from prior events.

6th Grader wins National Poetry Contest

Congratulations to Elyse Hatch-Rivera!  Her poem “Vanish” was chosen as one of the top ten poems of the 2012 Creative Communications’ Fall Poetry Contest.

Ms. Frahm, our 6th grade Language Arts teacher, submitted over 40 6th grade poems to Creative Communications and of those, 28 were selected and published.  Considering that this was a national contest with over 10,000 entries, we are proud not only of Elyse for receiving this honor but also proud of all of the Skinner poets selected.

Elyse said her poem was inspired after class discussions dealing with minority rights.  She credits her teachers Ms. Frahm and Ms. Hale with their support and inspiration.

When asked, Elyse had this to say about poetry, “Poetry is a way for me to express myself.  What I can’t capture in words I can capture on a piece of paper”.

Check out Elyse’s poem below:


She says, she’s fine,
She says, she’s happy,

All I see

is a broken soul wandering away
down an endless crossroad

She says, she’s confident,
She says, she’s happy,

All I see

is a girl slowly slipping away
from her own world

She says, she’s content,
She says, she’s happy,

All I see

is a fragile dandelion blown

All I see now is a stem
left behind.

Join us at the Mile High 5 Race and Fun Run – Community Race for NW Denver Schools!

Please join us at the Mile High 5 Race and Fun Run – Community Race for NW Denver Schools!

The 3rd Annual Mile High 5 will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Sloan’s Lake in NW Denver. The proceeds from the event will go towards benefitting the following NW Denver Schools: Skinner Middle School, Brown International Academy, Centennial Elementary, Edison Elementary, North High School, and Valdez Elementary.

Skinner will be using our proceeds to pay athletic fees for families who need support and to update our athletic equipment. Our athletic department currently doesn’t have a budget so the extra money is really needed.

The mission of the Mile High 5 is to encourage physical fitness in children and adults, introduce them to a life long love of running and racing. The Mile High 5 event is open to competitive and recreational runners and walkers.


7:30am – 8:30am – Registration & Packet Pick up

8:30am – 5,000 ft fun run (almost a mile)

9:00am – 5k (3.1 mile)

9:15am – 5 mile


Individual 19 – 64 yrs: $25 | After April 27th: $30

Individual 6 – 18 yrs: $10 | After April 27th: $15

Seniors 65+ yrs: $10 | After April 27th: $15

5,000 ft: $5, race shirt optional purchase


Your entry into the Mile High 5 includes: Registration for the 5 mile OR 5k (3.1 mile), a race t-shirt, and post-race refreshments. The 5 mile and 5k (3.1 mile) are chip timed.

If you don’t want to run, but still want to help, write a check to Skinner Middle School, earmarked for “Mile High 5” and turn it in to Ivonne in the office.

Come and cheer on our students the day of the race! Make sure your student is wearing a Skinner shirt to show off our school pride.


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