Archives for February 2016

Record 17 Skinner Musicians Participate in DPS Citywide Honor Band!


February 20 and 21 at North High were the DPS Citywide Honor Band final rehearsals and performance.  Students audition to be selected for the Citywide Honor Band and this year 17 Skinner students were selected, Congratulations Musicians!

Denver Public Schools annually hosts several Citywide Music Ensembles to honor and celebrate the achievements and hard work of music students throughout the district. Citywide choirs, bands, and orchestras are organized for three levels of performance – elementary, middle, and high school.  Click here for more information.

Please see photos below from this great event!

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Free Healthy Cooking Class for Parents/COOKING MATTERS PARA PADRES

Cooking Matters for Parents – A free 6-week course teaching parents how to prepare and shop for healthy, low-cost meals while empowering them to raise healthy eaters. Class meets once a week, for 2 hours. To graduate the class, you must attend 4 out of the 6 class sessions

Course topics include:

  • Tips on raising healthy eaters and setting the example
  • Food safety and hands-on food preparation
  • Identifying healthy food options and portion sizes
  • Reading food labels
  • Preparing quick and easy healthy snacks
  • Menu planning and smart shopping

Each week you will receive:

  • A bag of groceries
  • Enjoying the food you have prepared in class

At the completion of the course series, you will receive:

  • A guidebook with all nutrition information and a recipe bank
  • A graduation certificate

SIGN UP TODAY!  Childcare Provided

Thursdays: March 10, 17, 24 and April 7, 14 and 21 

Time: 4:30-6:30pm

Location: Beach Court Elementary School Cafeteria; 4950 Beach Ct, Denver, CO 80221

RSVP: Linnea Bjorkman; 303-458-3548;

Cooking Matters para padres – Un curso gratuito de 6 semanas que enseña a los padres de familia a preparar y comprar alimentos para comidas saludables a bajo costo. El curso también cubre estrategias sobre como criar a niños con buenos hábitos alimenticios.  La clase se reúne una vez por semana, por 2 horas. Para graduarse del curso, necesita asistir a 4 de las 6 sesiones de clase.

Temas del curso incluyen:

  • Consejos de como criar niños con buenos hábitos alimenticios y como dar el ejemplo como padres
  • Seguridad en la cocina y preparación de alimentos
  • Identificar opciones saludables de comida y tamaños de las porciones
  • Leer información nutricional
  • Preparar bocadillos saludables, fáciles y rápidos
  • Planear menús y comprar inteligentemente

Cada semana usted recibirá:

  • Una bolsa con ingredientes
  • El probar la comida que usted ha preparado en clase

Al completar el curso usted recibirá:

  • Un libro con toda la información nutricional y un banco de recetas
  • Un certificado de graduación

¡Inscribase Hoy!  Se provee guardería.
Audiencia: Padres

Los Jueves: 10, 17, 24 de marzo y 7, 14 and 21 de abril

Horario: 4:30-6:30pm

Ubicación: Beach Court Elementary School Cafeteria; 4950 Beach Ct, Denver, CO 80221

Registrarse con: Linnea Bjorkman; 303-458-3548;

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Skinner Cares Day – Please talk with your child!

Skinner Cares Day

Skinner Cares Day was today. Students from Leadership facilitated most of the day’s activities, with support from Learning Family mentors. Learning Families were paired up so that each group was 30-35 students.Each grade level had a specific focus and activities. We started our day with our Learning Families enjoying a potluck breakfast. Following breakfast, the Learning Family groups had a day of meaningful activities, learnings and lots of growing.

6th Grade – Bullying & Empathy: Students participated in group activities such as Never Have I Ever, Balloon Bullying and Sneetches.  The 6th grade then gathered in the auditorium for a talk with Ms. Hale which included watching the powerful spoken-word poem To This Dayby Share Koyczan – we encourage you to watch with your family, click here.  Following lunch, the 6th graders watched the profound and emotional movie Bully.  Their day wrapped up with reflection time and more activities.  You might ask your 6th grader if they’d like to share their If You Really Knew Me with you or process the movie with you.

7th Grade – Self-Esteem: Following breakfast, the 7th graders watched the move Cyberbully. This movie was chosen because more and more students report hurtful things posted online, which causes huge damage to kids’ self-esteem. It’s available to watch free on YouTube, click here.  Activities like Cross the Line and the Appreciative Confidence Gamefollowed. This afternoon, we watched and discussed a video about a remarkable boy and his mom, Overcoming Obstacles: The Boy who Sees Without Eyes.  We encourage you to watch the video, click here.

8th Grade – Respecting Yourself and Others: Students participated in group activities including Trees & Leaves of Respect, Sweet Respect and Boys & Girls Real Talk.  Following lunch the 8th graders watched the powerful movie, Remember the Titans.  We talked about concepts like masks and labels, teamwork and adversity.  Please talk to your 8th grader about some realizations they had today, especially around bias and racism.


We created a collective art piece today that involved all of students and staff members putting their handprints on our softball/baseball field wall on 41st Avenue. Our students are making their mark on Skinner and on the world. Stop by the north side of the school and check it out.Thank you for your part in making this a meaningful day for our students.

**Please note that Skinner’s monthly PTO Meeting is coming up on Tuesday, March 1st at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the Library. Skinner alum and DPS Internet expert Brian Dino will be speaking to our group on Internet Safety and Cyberbullying. Please join us for this timely discussion.

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Weekly Free/Low Cost Zumba and Yoga/Clases de Yoga y Zumba Gratis

Cultivate Health FREE Bilingual Spanish/English Yoga class at Endorphin Yoga Studio

Our Healthy Living Coordinator, Linnea Bjorkman, will be teaching a free all-levels bilingual yoga class. Click here for flyer

WHEN:  Tuesdays      TIME: 10:30a.m.

LOCATION: Endorphin Yoga Studio at 4995 Lowell Blvd., Denver, CO 80221

Classes begin on January 26. For more information contact Linnea Bjorkman at or 303.458.3548

La practica de yoga te ayuda a reducir el estrés, dormir mejor, fortalecer los músculos, mejorar la flexibilidad y la salud en general. Esta clase de yoga bilingüe multinivel es ofrecida por Cultivate Health; una alianza entre los residentes, Regis University, y Aria Denver.  Clic aqui
CUÁNDO: Martes    HORA: 10:30a.m. – 11:30a.m.
UBICACIÓN: Endorphin Yoga Studio, 4995 Lowell Blvd. Denver, CO 80221 (50th y Lowell)
CONTACTO: Linnea Bjorkman; 303.458.3548;

Cultivate Health Zumba class at Beach Court Elementary School

Join us for this high-energy, fun, calorie burning, cardio, latin-influenced dance workout!  Open to the general public. Adults pay $3-10 (suggested class cost), kids are free. Click here for flyer

WHEN: Every Wednesday (except school holidays)           TIME: 4 -5 p.m.

LOCATION: Beach Court Elementary School

4950 Beach Ct, Denver, CO 80221

INSTRUCTOR: Italia Cortes

For more information and to find out when classes will start , contact Linnea Bjorkman at or 303.458.3548

¡Acompáñanos en esta energética y divertida clase de Zumba al ritmo de bailes latinos, mientras quemas calorías y ejercitas el corazón! Abierta al público. Adultos pagan entre $3 y 5 (costo de clase sugerida). Niños gratis.  Clic aqui

CUÁNDO: Todos los miércoles (excepto vacaciones escolares)    HORA: 4 – 5 p.m.

UBICACIÓN: Beach Court Elementary School, 4950 Beach Court,  Denver, CO 80221

INSTRUCTORA: Italia Cortes

CONTACTO: Linnea Bjorkman 303.458.3548;

7th Graders Have Heart!

7th grade Life Sciences (biology) classes recently spent a day dissecting sheep hearts. The students spent one day dissecting and a few targeted days prior to the dissecting to review function of the heart and dissection prep protocols.

The dissection is conducted at the end of the human body unit with an emphasis on the digestive and circulatory systems.

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Skinner Middle School Restorative Practices In National Spotlight

Collaboration between Denver Public Schools (DPS), advocacy group Padres y Jovenes Unidos, the national Advancement Project and others is keeping more kids on track to graduate, according to a new report that’s receiving national attention.See the NBC News report.

The report, titled Taking Restorative Practices SchoolWide: Insight from Three Schools in Denver, takes a closer look at how restorative practices – which provide alternatives to traditional student discipline such as suspensions and expulsions – are working in three schools: North High School, Skinner Middle School and Hallett Fundamental Academy. Restorative practices include dialogues, peace circles, conferencing and peer-led mediation, which seek to get to the root cause of student behavior.

DPS, in partnership with Padres y Jovenes Unidos, began changing its discipline policies in 2015. Since then, the number of out-of-school suspensions has dropped 64 percent districtwide, from more than 12,000 out-of-school suspensions annually to about 5,000 annually. The number of expulsions has declined to about 55 annually. At the same time, student enrollment in DPS – the fastest-growing urban school district in the country – has grown from 72,000 to more than 90,000 students.

DPS Acting Superintendent Susana Cordova and Padres y Jovenes Unidos co-executive director Ricardo Martinez discussed their collaboration on Feb. 11, 2016, at a gathering of the nation’s school superintendents in Phoenix.

Additional members of the Denver School-Based Restorative Practices Partnership include the Denver Classroom Teachers Association, the National Education Association and the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work.

North High Futures Football/ Futuros atletas de fútbol-Tryouts Feb 22 & 23!

Attention Futures Football Athletes and Fans!   North High School will be hosting tryouts for the 2016 Futures Football Season, on Monday, February 22nd and Tuesday, February 23rd at 4:30 pm on the North High Turf. Attendance on both days is recommended. Futures Football is open to current 7th and 8th graders.

To be eligible for tryouts, students will need to provide:

  1. Evidence of a current sports physical exam.  Exams available at no cost at the North High School-Based Health Clinic. Call 720-423-2718 for an appointment
  2. Completed Parent Permission Form. Click here for form, please print out and complete.
  3. Copy of Submitted School Choice Form for North HS (for 8th graders)
  4. $40 participation fee
Please click here for the Futures Football info flyer. Please call 720-423-2700 with questions.

iAtención aficionados y  futuros atletas de fútbol! North High School será el anfitrión de pruebas para la temporada 2016 de fútbol, el lunes 22 de febrero de y el martes, 23 de febrero a 4:30 Pm. Para ser elegible para las pruebas, los estudiantes necesitan proporcionar:

  1. La evidencia de un examen físico deportivo actual. Exámenes disponibles sin costo alguno en la  base de la Clínica de Salud North High School – Llame 720-423-2718 para una cita
  2. Un formulario de Permiso de los Padres
  3. Copia del Formulario de Escojo mi  Escuela Presentado para North  HS ( Solo estudiantes de 8° grado)
  4. $40 Costo de la participación

Los futuros de fútbol están abiertos para alumnos de grados 7 y 8

Haga clic aquí para más información  y volantes.


Skinner’s Football Team – ca. 1924

Know anyone who went to Skinner in 1924? Below is a photo and note we received at Skinner via email at Skinner:

“I have a picture of the Skinner football team from 1924. We found this with my husband’s grandfather’s things, Drickus George Packer, he also went by George Packer. I don’t know if he attended your school but if he did it would have been prior to 1924. He did have a brother Russell Packer and a younger brother Walter Packer. We are not sure who is in the football picture there are some names on the back but no one we know. I have attached the picture if you are interested, any help you can give me or if there is someone who has an archive of records for your school that would be great, just trying to solve the mystery of ‘the football picture'” from Loretta Crowell


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Check out this great DPS video featuring several Skinner students – click here – and GO BRONCOS!!!  

Northside Music Project Concert with Trout Steak Revival – Feb. 22!

North Choir & Northside Music Project Concert with Trout Steak Revival

Monday, February 22 at 7 pm at North High, come hear members of Denver bluegrass band Trout Steak Revival perform some of their songs with Denver youth from Colorado Children’s Chorale community choirs 303 Choir, Northside Music Project (including many Skinner students), Transitions Choir and choir students from North High School.

Tickets are $10 online and at the door, but we suggest you purchase your tickets online in advance. If you love bluegrass, love Denver, and love supporting youth, this concert is not to be missed! Click here for more info and to purchase tickets

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College 4 YOU goes to Nursing School!

Last Saturday, January 30, College 4 YOU students and parents were hosted by the The Office of Inclusion and Outreach and the College of Nursing at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus . The students had fun participating in a number of educational and engaging labs which taught them: the proper way to dress wounds, how to suture (a banana), how to draw blood (from a prosthetic arm) and how to use a variety of medical instruments, such as thermometers, blood pressure cuffs and pulse oximeters. Finally, the students were treated to lunch before heading home.
The College 4 YOU students, parents and staff were all impressed with all the activities and the students had a lot of fun learning. We greatly appreciate the time and effort put forth by the The Office of Inclusion and Outreach and the College of Nursing at CU Anschutz Medical Campus.
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Skinner once again dominates the DPS District Science Fair!

Skinner Scientists were among the nearly 300 entrants at the Denver Public Schools District Science Fair this past Saturday. Top projects from DPS’ schools came to the Denver University Campus to celebrate and acknowledge the work of our next generation of problem solvers. Competition was fierce as many of our schools are beginning to reinvest time and energy in to the experience that is Science Fair. Winning compliments and accolades from parents, participants and event organizers Skinner’s Science program yet again was the focus of the podium taking 5 of the 9 top spots and a Best In Show award! We look forward to our next steps in competing against Denver Metro area districts on February 19th at Colorado University’s Auraria Campus.  Congratulations Skinner Scientists!

8th grade: Esther Cornish (2nd Place), Isla Anderson (1st Place & Best In Show)
7th grade: Grace Even (2nd Place)
6th grade: Sophie Scholl (2nd Place); Olivia Talle & Maddie Berg (3rd Place)

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