Archives for January 2016

Thursday, January 28 from 5-8 pm is Skinner Night at Chipotle

Thursday, January 28 from 5-8 pm is Skinner Middle School Night at Chipotle on 32nd and Lowell Blvd. in Highlands Square! Come down and grab dinner, mention “Skinner” at checkout and 50% of your total bill will be donated directly to Skinner!

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Thank you in advance for your support!

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Girls, Inc. Programs for Middle Schoolers

Girls Inc. Mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold!

Girls Inc. is an outstanding organization operating after-school and Saturday classes for girls of all ages.  Located in North Denver at Colfax and Julian St, the Girls Inc. bus will pick up program participants after school at Skinner and take them to the Girls Inc. facility.  Students can join programs at any time, but must commit to attending, it is not a drop-in facility.

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The Girls Inc. Experience

There are six essential elements to the Girls Inc. Experience. Together they provide a holistic approach that is grounded in a belief in girls’ rights and abilities. At different ages, developmental stages, or happenings in life, one essential element may be more dominant or present for that moment or period of time. However, that element is always supported and enhanced by the other elements.

The six essential elements of the Girls Inc. Experience are:

1. A pro-girl and girls-only environment that is physically, socially and emotionally safe and confirms that girls can succeed and deserve to be taken seriously for the persons they are now and the women they will become;

2. Trusting, mentoring relationships with adult staff and volunteers trained in an approach that is grounded in a belief in girls’ rights and abilities;

3. Holistic, compensatory, and intentional programming focused on girls’ needs and that provides exposure to a wide variety of experiences and options that girls might not have experienced otherwise;

4. Relevant, field-tested, and research-based curricula that confront the serious needs of girls while building the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to enable girls to be competent, confident individuals and adult women;

5. Girl-centered, motivating, deliberate, and interactive activities that develop and promote girls’ strengths.

6. Sustained exposure to programming and connection with a girl over time to increase positive outcomes and reduce the potential for negative outcomes.

Skinner Spanish Teacher Wins Grant!

Skinner is proud to announce that Mrs. Overton, one of Skinner’s Spanish teachers, was awarded a 2015 Teacher Innovation Grant from CCFLT (Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers)! She won a $500 grant to be used for a project entitled, “Lectura y Teatro: Obras de un Solo Acto” (“Reading and Theater: One Act Plays”).  According to CCFLT’s website, the Teacher Innovation Grant is awarded to a project that is “innovative, creative, interesting, practicable, student-oriented, feasible, and can be shared with colleagues”.  Read a portion of Mrs. Overton’s proposal below:

As referred to above, the project that I will create will be in two parts. During Part One, students will split into groups of 3 or 4. They will pick a book from my collection that they will use for the duration of the project.  They will then read the book in their groups using a variety of graphic organizers and other supports.  This will help them to learn enough about the book to move on to Part Two.  During Part Two, students will extract dialogue, setting, characters, and other details from the book. They will use the book to guide them to create a One Act Play.  Because not all students will be comfortable acting in front of the class, the students will be allowed to produce their One Act Play in any appropriate format they want. Many of my students are very comfortable with technology, so I anticipate some groups producing a video using their mobile devices. Other groups might use an animation website to create a video or puppets to produce their One Act.  My students have a passion for learning and creating, and this project will allow them to showcase their talents while practicing Spanish. 

Overton Grant award

Skinner Wins $10,000 Grant for STEM Program!

Did you hear the news? Skinner won a $10,000 grant for our STEM program!
Skinner Middle School was the only school chosen in Colorado to receive $10,000 from Code.Org to buy technology for the school for bringing these critical skills to its students.
The mastermind behind the award was technology teacher, Kelsey Andersen. In his second year at Skinner, he was inspired by the Hour of Code, and through research and an application process, he steered the funding toward the school. Congrats Mr. Andersen! Click here to read an article from the North Denver Tribune about this outstanding award!
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