Archives for November 2013

“High Five” Skinner

Kids in gownsHave you heard about the new volunteering initiative at Skinner?  Studies show that the more parents and guardians are involved in their children’s education, the more successful their children will be.  We want to help Skinner students live up to their greatest potential, and we are starting a “High Five” campaign.  Families who participate at least five hours will be recognized at the end of the school year.  Volunteering also takes the form of participation.  You can volunteer/participate in the following ways: attend a student-led conference, bring food for teachers on occasions they stay late at school, help with the science fair, help set up an event and/or work at the event, put student work up on walls for teachers, etc.
Skinner is adopting a program called “Help Counter” that will help track hours and will give you information on which activities are available to you.  If you filled out a volunteer form at the beginning of the school year, your information is now available on Help Counter and you are able to begin clocking hours.  You can do so in the office at Skinner or you can do it from home.  You can access Help Counter from home by going to

Thank you in advance for making Skinner the best middle school it can be.

Strong Season for Scorpion Athletes in 5 Fall Sports

Skinner athletes and coaches are proud to report on their exciting fall seasons.

Flag Football
Cross Country


_R7C0638Skinner’s softball program received a major boost from its participation in an MLB-hosted tournament in New York last summer. Coach Poellot and Coach Frahm report interest in softball is the highest it has been in years! Thanks to new teacher-coaches Ms. Rydning and Ms. Krochmal, girls even had the opportunity to build their skills on a JV squad. In total, nearly 30 girls took part in softball this year.

The team posted a 3-1 record (a few games were canceled due to an especially rainy September). The season kicked off with a close 10-8 win over Centennial. Next up, the team beat McAullife 12-4. On a freezing day when most schools decided to cancel their games, Skinner traveled to Lake to secure a decisive 15-4 victory in our rivalry game.

Placing first in the northwest division earned Skinner a first round bye in the playoffs. Skinner was then knocked out by a tough Grant Ranch team that would advance to the playoff finals. However, in that tight playoff game, our girls played their best softball yet.

This season, Skinner’s defense was led by Sofia and Yanitza, who swapped innings at pitcher and first base; Amelia and Angie were reliable behind the plate to catch the heat. Each of these girls also bolstered the offense with their slugging at the top of the order. The team welcomed a few solid additions this year, notably: Ella, Alexis, and Arianna, the lone 6th grader to make the varsity squad.

Highlights of the season included learning to slide on a slip-n-slide, enjoying hot chocolate at a chilly away game, and traveling to Wheatridge to cheer on two former Scorpion softballers, Analece and Gabby. Those girls went on to win a state championship; here’s hoping some of our current players will go on to continue that tradition!

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Flag Football
The season started strong with 22 players on the traveling squad and 27 players on the practice squad. Both boys and girls are participating by learning the plays, practicing sportsmanship, and having loads of fun. The practice squad is working hard to improve on days when no games are played. The traveling squad compiled a record of 2 – 2. Coach Dehning is hoping for another win or two in order to head to the playoffs with a positive direction.


1026130958a-1 (1)The 7 & 8th grade team had an exciting season, highlighted by a weekend at the University of Colorado at Boulder. On a Friday, the team drove to Boulder for an exciting evening complete with a tour of the campus, a pizza dinner and an exciting game watching the Buffs volleyball team crush Arizona. The girls did not get home until 10:30 pm, but returned to Skinner Middle School early Saturday morning to host their second annual team fundraiser. Each girl greeted parents, staff, and community members while serving  a delicious huevos rancheros breakfast. Each year, the team works together to become a family and in supporting these activities, the girls step out of their daily routine to become positive young ladies. Coach Gloria Montoya-Sanchez would like to thank the many family members, staff, and community members who support our team each year in making these activities possible.
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Cross Country
xcountry2The Cross Country Team had an amazing season, training in a variety of ways and running at different venues. One of their favorites this year was at Willis Case Golf Course, sponsored by our dedicated North Vikings. This year’s team was strong in numbers, but more impressive was the strength and perseverance each runner brought each day to practice. Coach Winter can’t wait to see what they bring next season! The team congratulates 8th graders Ryan, for his two year commitment to the team, and Andrea, for her successful season.



Coach Kendall and Coach Nenni had an energetic group of boys who were eager to learn the sport of soccer this season. The team looked to the leadership of 8th grade midfielder Ian and 7th grade goalie Maika, while 6th grader Travis led the front line. Everyday, practices were filled with conditioning, drills, and scrimmaging, and encouraging words from teammate to teammate were constantly overheard. The coaches are most proud of the sportsmanship displayed by the Skinner athletes on a regular basis. They are looking forward to helping the players grow and develop as soccer players in the off season, and seeing them out there on the field again next fall. Thank you to all the Skinner families and friends for the support!

Eat at Chipotle, Support Skinner

200px-Chipotle_Mexican_Grill_logo.svgEat at Chipotle to Support Skinner Scholars

On Monday, November 18th, you can enjoy dinner at Chipotle while also supporting our Skinner Scholars.  Just come into the Highlands Chipotle on 32nd & Lowell between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm, order your meal and mention Skinner Middle School to the cashier.  Chipotle will donate 50% of your bill to Skinner. Proceeds will go toward sending Skinner Scholars to Washington, D.C. in May.  What a tasty way to support our school!


We The People Congressional Hearings

The seventh annual “We The People Congressional Hearings” took place in Skinner’s auditorium on November 7. The Hearings are an opportunity for 8th Grade students, in teams of five or six, to demonstrate their knowledge and presentation skills before a panel of outside judges. The judges are drawn from various backgrounds, such as State Representatives, City Council Members, and School Board Members. Skinner Students prepared themselves over the course of an eight week Social Studies unit. Topics of the unit included: John Locke, the Declaration of Independence, the structure of the U.S. government, Judicial Review, the First Amendment, and Civic Participation.

Examples of the tough questions the students faced were:

  • Is it legal to put instructions on how to make a weapon on the internet?
  • Are there limits to a Skinner students’ First Amendment Rights while the student is at school?
  • Are you still a good citizen if you don’t vote or participate in government?

The morning passed quickly as the teams each presented before the panel for the question and answer sessions. The students displayed their depth of the subject matter, while also practicing their public speaking skills. The Social Studies department and all of the Skinner Scholars did a wonderful job. Congratulations to the winning team: Jianna, Mia, 
Daniel, and Alejandro.

Cheer For Skinner!

photo 1This year’s cheerleading squad is one of the strongest we have had yet.  Not only do we have a strong team of 13 cheerleaders, but we also have a team of three incredible coaches.  Our head coach, Emily Skrobko, has been coaching Skinner’s cheerleaders for the past 3 years and has numerous years of experience prior to Skinner. Mary Overton has a background in dance.  Her experience includes many years of teaching all styles of dance as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts with a concentration in Dance.  This year, Skinner is lucky to also have the expertise of Cynthia Stockstill.  Cynthia has been coaching cheerleading for seven years with concentrations in tumbling and stunting.  She is excited to be working with Mary and Emily and to see the girls’ skills progress this year.  If you saw a Skinner Football event this fall you had a chance to check out Skinner’s Cheerleading squad in their element.  We hope you agree, they are amazing!

Mary Overton – Spanish Teacher and Cheerleading Coach

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