Archives for February 2014

45 Students Attend the Colorado Science Olympiad Competition

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February 22nd was the culmination of weeks of hard work in preparing Skinner students for our second Colorado Science Olympiad, a state-wide competition held in Fort Collins that fosters science excellence.  As the only middle school representative from Denver Public Schools, 45 of our Skinner Scholars approached the events with a strong effort and a can-do attitude.  The competition consisted of 23 different events.  There were “build-it” events where students were tasked with building helicopters, boomilevers (a fixed position crane), mouse trap propelled vehicles and even rotors designed to bring a raw egg safely to the ground without damage.  Masters events were also a part of the day and in these events students had to prepare for performance tasks and paper and pencil assessments in the fields of human anatomy, entomology, meteorology, chemistry and experimental design.  At the end of the day we returned to Skinner knowing not only that we had a great time but that we are now considered experts in our respective fields.  Official results to come shortly!

Christopher Martin – 7th grade Science Teacher


UPDATE!  March 14, 2014

We are so proud to congratulate the following Skinner Scientists for placing at the Colorado Science Olympiad, and congratulations to all 45 of our Scientists for their incredible performance at the Olympiad.

  • Out of the total of 37 teams, the team of Jackie Montero & Kevin Padilla took 9th place in Meterology!
  • Out of the total of 37 teams, the team of Avery Ahern, Glenn Holzhauer & Angel Martinez took 9th place in Experimental Design!

Great Schools Have Great Volunteers

Did you know that Skinner has over a 100 parent, grandparent and community volunteers?  DSC_0743 Meet Chris Sandoval.  Chris is a member of The Grands, grandparents and community elders who volunteer at Skinner. He began volunteering at schools when his grandchildren started at Edison Elementary.   Luckily for Skinner, he sought out volunteer opportunities here when his grandson entered 6th grade.  He still has 3 grandchildren at Edison and volunteers there regularly too.  Chris is a cafeteria monitor 3 days a week and plays an important role in keeping the cafeteria an organized and a welcome place to eat.   Michelle Koyama, principal at Skinner, says that Chris helps out in many different ways.  “Mr. Sandoval and his commitment to a regular routine as a cafeteria monitor, has been tremendous.  Students see Mr. Sandoval as a member of the Skinner Team, and connect with him as he takes time to talk with the students and build positive relationships.  Between lunch periods, Mr. Sandoval helps in the main office which is also greatly appreciated by the office staff.”   Chris has also volunteered with the Neighborhood Center’s Haunted House and Skinner’s Science Fair.  Chris says that he enjoys getting to know the students and teachers in all of his volunteering work.

Skinner is very fortunate to have Chris on our volunteer team.  If you see Chris, please thank him for his efforts.

The Skinner community has a very active volunteer program.  If you would like more information on how to get involved in volunteer activities, contact Rebecca Caldwell at or 720-424-1495.

Skinner Music Program Hits a Note!

Honor BandThree of our Skinner musicians were selected  to participate in the 2014 Citywide Middle School Honor Orchestra.  Only a select number of students per school, recognized for their talent and leadership skills, are asked to audition.  A representative from Denver Public School’s music program traveled around the city to conduct auditions.  Skinner is so pleased to have had three of our student musicians selected to participate.

With this honor comes the responsibility for the students to learn the music, attend all rehearsals and participate in a professional manner as a young adult.  This year’s conductor is Amy Martinson, music teacher at Hill Middle School.  The Middle School Honor Orchestra will be a part of a concert along with Honor Orchestras representing DPS elementary and high schools.  The concert will be on Saturday, February 22, at 3:00 p.m. in the auditorium of North High School. Congratulations to our Skinner musicians, we are so proud of you.


Pictureed:  Cheyanne Burton – 8th grade alto sax,  Sofia Jenkins-Nieto – 8th grade alto sax and Dorian Earnest – 7th grade bassoon

Skinner Dominates the Awards Podium at the 2014 DPS District Science Fair

Last Saturday January 25, 2014, Skinner Middle School sent 9 students to The District DPS Science Fair.  Over 100 students from all over the city attended to compete and present their projects.  Skinner Scholars had a strong showing winning 5 of the 9 awards.  The Skinner Community is so proud of the following students:

8th Grade:  Avery Ahern, 3rd Place “The Effect of Light Color on Visibility in Whiteout Conditions”

7th Grade:  Derek Graves, 2nd Grade “Does the Changes in Helmet Type Effect the Force Felt by the Melon?”

7th Grade: Olivia Spetnagel and Kaydee Koch, 3rd Place “The Effect of Sweet and Salty Foods on the Heart Rate of 7th and 8th Grade Females”

6th Grade:  Isla Anderson, 2nd Place “The Effect of Amputation Location on Earthworm Regeneration”

6th Grade: Esther Cornish and Lilli Gregg, 3rd Place  “The Effect of Radiation on the Growth of Radishes”

Debbie Turner, DPS Science Fair Program Manager had this to say, “I give a lot of credit [for the results] to an enthusiastic, cohesive and dedicated [Skinner] science department who have high expectations for their students.”

Agreed, and thank you Skinner Science Teachers for creating an environment of that brings out the best in all of its students.

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