Archives for December 2013

Skinner Students Brightening the Holidays for Those who Deserve it Most


The 3rd Annual Giving Tree for the abused and neglected children of the Mount Saint Vincent Home (MSVH) was again a huge success. The Community Ambassadors of the Neighborhood Center made this holiday extra special for 28 children in need. The Ambassadors volunteered much of their time in our surrounding community and realized the importance of giving back. They reached out for help on a larger project to collect and donate a personalized gift for each child residing at the MSVH. Thanks to our caring community, the holidays will be a bit brighter for the children who deserve it the most.


Skinner Drama Night: Tuesday, 12/17

Skinner DramaTuesday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m., the Skinner Drama Club will be performing six short one-act plays:

One Apple Short of a Full Barrel,  Tis Not Me She Loves,  Bank Withdrawal Symptoms,  The Bagel Club,  The Celebrity and, Don’t Play Games With Me

This fall’s Drama program, led by Annabelle Allen, one of Skinner’s Spanish teachers, has an impressive cast of 43 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students.  If you have seen a Skinner Drama production in past years this one will not disappoint.

Please show these talented Skinner students your support by attending.   Admission is free of charge.


Spelling Bee is ‘A Buzz’!

Spelling bee 001Today three Skinner students represented Skinner at the DPS 1st Interschool Spelling Bee.

Three Skinner scholars, Ava McCormick, Daniella Couture and Nicolette Couture,  participated in the DPS regional spelling bee on Dec. 12. These students have been practicing at home and after school on Thursday nights at the Neighborhood Center with their coach, Mrs. Davis. Words were chosen from Scripps National Spelling Bee lists.

The Skinner team will compete again on January 30th in the districts second regional bee, then in the city written test on February 12. Elimination rounds begin after this bee. Please congratulate our spellers for having courage to participate in their first bee and for taking their own time to study difficult words.

Good luck to all three of these young ladies in the next stages!

Science Fair Night – Monday 12/9

There is a big event on Monday 12/9  at 5:30…  The Skinner Science Fair Night.

Please join the Skinner students as they practice their presentations the night before the school wide science fair is judged.  Come and view the work our Skinner students have accomplished over the last month.  All of the students have spent countless hours preparing for their final project.  Come if you are a parent, community member or a future Skinner Scholar and want to check out some amazing Science Fair experiments.  Here is a preview of some of the eighth grade experiments conducted:

Light Color vs. Visibility in Whiteout Conditions

Gender vs Precision When Hanging a Poster

Gender vs. Ability to Detect Lies

Type of Athletic Ball vs. the Ball’s Speed

We fully expect for some of our students’ projects to once again advance to the DPS-wide Science Fair and beyond.
Projects will be set up in the west gym and other places for viewing, so come geek out with us next Monday night at 5:30 p.m.!

In addition, there will be representatives from the Urban Advantage Institutes which will
offer live animal exhibits and other scientific hands-on activities.






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