Archives for October 2015

The Urban Advantage at Skinner

Skinner is so pleased to once again be an Urban Advantage school 

Urban Advantage Metro Denver (UA Metro Denver) is a program designed to improve science literacy among urban middle-school science students. The program provides teachers and students with resources to help students think and explore like scientists. Students are encouraged to become critical thinkers by actively engaging in authentic and meaningful science investigations that develop science literacy skills.

Enjoy photos below of our 7th graders on their recent field trip to the Denver Botanic Gardens.

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Education and Community Leaders Launch New Model to Implement Restorative Practices

A coalition of racial justice, education, Labor and community groups announced this week a new effort to ensure widespread implementation of restorative practices in Denver Public Schools. Restorative practices are alternatives to punitive school disciplinary policies that have proven ineffective and racially discriminatory.

The youth and parent group, Padres y Jóvenes Unidos, the national racial justice organization, Advancement Project, Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA), Denver Public Schools (DPS), the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver (DU) and the National Education Association (NEA) will document successful restorative practices programs in Denver schools and then share the model for success with other districts across the country that are seeking to replicate, scale and sustain these practices.

So far, there are three demonstration or model sites in Denver at North High School, Skinner Middle School and Hallet Elementary School. The program will eventually expand throughout the district. As Padres, DPS, DCTA, DU, NEA and Advancement Project work to expand restorative practices in all Denver schools, they will develop a step-by-step restorative practices implementation guide to be shared nationally.

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Purchase your Skinner Yearbook TODAY!

The yearbook can be purchased online for $30. As of January 1st the price increases to $35.  Please click on the link below for more information.  If you don’t want to purchase online, families can purchase in the office from Ms. Chavira for cash only.

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