Archives for December 2014

2015-16 DPS School Calendar Finalized

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Reading is Fundamental at Skinner!

Skinner scholars can curl up with a good read over winter break thanks to a RIF (Reading is Fundamental) distribution taking place in the library on Dec. 15th, 16th and 17th. Each student will get to select a personal book from an appropriate assortment provided for each grade level.

Historically funded by the U.S. government, RIF has been a long-standing tradition in DPS and at Skinner. With the reduction of funding several years ago many schools have had to drop the program, but at Skinner, we are very lucky to have the generous support of our administration, and are the only middle school in DPS to continue to offer RIF books to our students! Happy Reading to all, and to all a good book!

Dr. Janice Pacheco, Skinner’s Librarian

Pacheco 10-13

Skinner Spirit Week! Dec. 15-18

Skinner Middle School is excited to present SPIRIT WEEK!
Below are the details for Spirit Week! One can of food buys participation for the first three days (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday). Students do not need a can for every single day, but are welcome to donate as much as they want. Canned food items can be turned in to Learning Family Mentors.

Thursday is Hoodie Day! Participation for this day is $1. Learning Family Mentors will be collecting money. The proceeds from Hoodie Day will go towards Skinner Cares Day materials.

We look forward to seeing all our Skinner Scholars show their School Spirit!

Monday, December 15-Pajama Day! Wear your cozy jammies to school! No slippers, no stuffed animals, no pillows, no spaghetti straps
Tuesday, December 16-Twin Day! Dress the same as a friend or several friends.
Wednesday, December 17-Sports Gear Day! Must follow DPS dress code. Wear jerseys, club uniforms, team logos. (No hoodies!) Students should be in uniform bottoms
Thursday, December 18th-Hoodie Day! Hoods must stay down, please.

Skinner Arts Nights – Dec. 16 & 17 at 6 pm

Join us at Skinner on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 16 and 17 at 6 pm as students present two evenings of art and music. On Tuesday, come enjoy the sounds of our winter concert. There will be three performances that evening with pieces from band, orchestra and jazz bands. Our Skinner musicians range from beginner to advanced and have grown tremendously under the tutelage of Music Director Jordan Dwyer. Our own librarian Janice Pacheco also lends a hand to the performance, acting as piano coach for the jazz band.

On Wednesday, the Skinner Drama club presents an evening of theater with the short play, “A Little Help,” written by Alan Haehnel. The performance will be followed by monologues and duets from some of our most talented thespians. Also on the agenda: a sign language rendition of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from the hit movie “Frozen.”

On both evenings, take a tour of Skinner’s hallways, which will be transformed into a showplace for student-created visual art projects developed under the watchful eye of Art teacher Jessica Feaster.

So come out and support the arts this holiday season! Get here early, get a front row seat and enjoy an evening of art and music with Skinner Middle School.



Neighborhood Center’s 4th Annual Giving Tree for Mount Saint Vincent children

The Neighborhood Center’s Girls on the Run group has worked very hard to set up a Giving Tree for the abused and neglected students at Mount Saint Vincent Home ( just a few blocks from our school.

The Giving Tree – located in the main office of the Neighborhood Center Room 24 – has one ornament per Mount Vincent child identifying needs and wants for gifts. We are asking members of the Skinner community to donate a personalized gift for children in need of a joyful holiday. Please stop by the office to look over the ornaments and see what you can do to help these children. All ornaments must be picked up and signed out in person.

All gifts MUST be returned WITH THE ORNAMENT to the Neighborhood Center office no later than Wednesday December, 17th 2014. Please take an ornament ONLY if you are able to donate a gift. Gifts may be returned with or without wrapping, please make sure ornament is securely attached and visible.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an ornament pickup, please contact Brittnee Kidder-Davis at 720-424-1435 or Please forward this information to anyone you think may be interested in participating.

On behalf of Mount Saint Vincent Home and the The Girls on the Run of Skinner Middle School,



Heather Versailles

Neighborhood Center @ Skinner Middle School


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