Archives for May 2014

Spring Arts Night

NearlyFinal_InClassroomThis Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30pm, Skinner Middle School is hosting its Spring Arts Night!  Have you ever wondered where the arts have gone in education? Wonder no more because Skinner’s got it covered.  The visual and performing arts are strong at Skinner providing students with a daily dose of creativity, innovation, and teamwork.

Drama: Led by Ms. Allen, Ms. Poellet and McAdams, Skinner students will perform William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, a comical play that will make you smile and laugh the whole night.  Skinner has over 30 students participating in Drama this spring.  This after-school enrichment program has grown so much in the past several years that Skinner is able to double cast its productions.  Both casts are outstanding and if you had a chance to get a preview at last month’s DPS Shakespeare Festival, you will agree.

Music:  The Skinner Band, Jazz Band and Orchestra will have performances immediately following the Shakespeare play. Led my Mr. Dwyer, over 100 students are involved in daily music education at Skinner.

Art: Skinner will also be showcasing outstanding visual artwork form all grade levels under the guidance and teaching of Skinner’s enthusiastic new art teacher, Jessica Feaster.  Work includes digital artwork, clay sculptures, painted guitars and even a 9-foot colorful sculpture made of water bottles!

There are two opportunities to come and celebrate the Arts at Skinner:

Wednesday, May 21, 6:30 pm: Much Ado About Nothing (cast A), Band and Jazz Performances

Thursday, May 22, 6:30 pm:  Much Ado About Nothing (cast B), Orchestra Performance IMG_5231


(Skinner students at DPS Shakespeare Festival)

Skinner Goes To Washington

skinner-white-houseEvery other year Skinner’s 8th Grade US History teacher, Mr. Dehning, leads a school trip to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, PA for 7th and 8th graders. This year 37 students left bright and early on Sunday, May 4th along with teachers Ms. Allen and Ms. Winter.  For several students it was their very first time ever taking an airplane and traveling out of state.  For all, it was a week away from their families to explore, have fun, and learn outside of the classroom setting.


The trip began in Washington D.C where the group visited many prominent and important memorials such as the Lincoln, Kennedy and MLK Memorials.  They continued on to visit the Smithsonian Museums and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to explore difficult but important periods in history.  After D.C. the students went to Gettysburg to learn about not only the Civil War, but also the Amish people.  Gettysburg was followed by two days in Philadelphia to learn about the Founding Fathers and the birth of our nation.


Ian Spetnagel, 8th grader, reflected,“ There was no better place to visit than where our whole country was built.  It was a great trip.”  Sister to Ian, 7th grader, Olivia Spetnagel stated, “It was an incredible learning experience that opened a door for the many more travels I hope to pursue.  The best part very well may have been the silly jokes we shared together. It was a trip that will never be forgotten and will only enrich other future travels.

More Neighborhood Families Choosing Skinner

SkinnerJuniorHighSchool3What happens when you have a school with great leadership, great teachers, strong academic offerings, a wide range of extracurricular activities, and a community that stands behind its neighborhood school? You have the ingredients for success.  This past week DPS communications had this to say about trends in Skinner’s enrollment.

“Skinner Middle School is experiencing dramatic increases in both overall enrollment and in the number of neighborhood families choosing the school. Skinner’s total enrollment for 2014 is projected at 500 students, which represents a 34% increase since its 2012 enrollment of 372 students. Of these 500 students, 185 will be sixth-graders, which represents an increase of 52% since the 2011-12 school year. In addition, the school system’s official enrollment count, which is conducted in October of each year, reflects a 94% increase in the number of neighborhood residents enrolling in Skinner (136 students in 2013 compared with 70 students in 2012).”

Mile High 5 – This Saturday May 3rd

Mile High 5 coming up this Saturday, May 3 at Sloan’s Lake, have you registered yet?  The Mile High 5 offers a quality 5 mile, 5k (3.1 miles), and 5,000 ft. fun run, open to competitive and recreational runners/walkers. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in age categories.  You can register here:  

Register for your spot on the starting line now.  Bring a friend and run together. This is fun community event with a race for every level and age.

Click here for an article from the North Denver Tribune about the race:

Our goal is to support children in being more physically active and 100% of proceeds go directly back to support educational and physical fitness initiatives.

7:30am – 8:30am – Registration & Packet Pick up
8:30am – 5000ft
9:00am – 5k (3.1 mile)
9:15am – 5 mile

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 are chip timed.

The proceeds from the race benefit partnering Northwest Denver schools: Brown International Academy, Centennial – A School for Expeditionary Learning, Colfax Elementary, Edison Elementary, Escuela Valdez – A DPS Dual Language School, Skinner Middle School, and North High School.



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