Archives for March 2016

Congratulations Mr. Waldon!

Living Our DPS Honoree:
Joe Waldon Joe Waldon
Social Worker, Skinner Middle School
Students First, Fun
“Anyone who has met Joe Waldon, a social worker at Skinner Middle School, walks away with a smile on their face, hope in their heart and a feeling of belonging and joy! Every student at Skinner Middle School is greeted each morning at the front door with Joe’s smile and optimism. Students count on him to listen when they are struggling with family issues at home, to help access necessary clothing or food resources if they are in need or even help with figuring out a ride to school when there is no other option. He is always putting Students First.
Through his work on the DCTA bargaining team, Joe has successfully collaborated with district leaders to provide more equitable incentives through ProComp for all DCTA employees. His leadership within the Department of Social Work and Psychological services, as well as his commitment to mentoring new Social Workers, demonstrates how one person’s passion to grow others, holds us all accountable for lifelong learning.
Perhaps the most important Shared Core Value that Joe exemplifies is Fun! Skinner team members are fortunate to have weekly emails throughout the summer from Joe — coordinating summer adventures in the mountains, building community and creating deeper relationships among colleagues. In short, Joe Waldon truly embodies our DPS Shared Core Values through his relentless pursuit of making the world better for the students, staff and community around him.”

— Diane Ulmer, North High School

Managing Family Media – Resources and Information

Brian Dino, DPS Educational Technology Coordinator, presented at Skinner’s March PTO meeting on “Managing Family Media”

Skinner wanted to share the meeting materials and resources Brian shared with all of our families.  Please see below for valuable links …


  • Click here for the Powerpoint presentation from Skinner parent program on “Managing Family Media”.


A Great Resource for Parents to Safely Navigate Our Online World – Common Sense Media

Common Sense Has Answers:

  • If you have questions on how to take control of the technology in your kids’ lives, visit the Parent Concerns page.
  • Find age-appropriate movies, books, apps, TV shows, video games, websites, and music that you and your kids will love. Browse the library of more than 25,000 reviews by age, entertainment type, learning rating, genre, and more using the filters in the left column.


Other Handouts from the Skinner parent program:

·         9 Social Media Red Flags Parents Should Know About

·         12 Digital hacks to make tech work better for your family

Skinner Scientists participate and win in Metro Science Fair!

Congratulations to all of our Skinner Scholars who participated in the Metro Science Fair in February!  The 53rd Annual Cardel Homes Regional Science Fair (CHRSF) for middle and high school students took place February 19th and 20th.  Skinner sent 25 students to compete in this exciting and challenging event that draws from the seven-county Denver metropolitan area; the best minds from grades 6 through 12!

The Denver Metro Region is one of 13 International Science and Engineering Fair Regions in the state that feed to the Colorado State Science Fair.  We would like to recognize the following students and families for participating in this competition.  The students represented Skinner proudly!
6th Grade:  Piper A., Kate A., Lucy E., Lucy C., Madeline B., Annika M., & Ava G.
7th Grade:  Grace E., Satena C-L., Ella R., Jake J., Yuliangel D-D., Jake D., Joshua M., Bente B., Shane W., Ian S., Gabriel A., Zach I., & Laila S.
8th Grade: Lindsey P., Genevieve R-S., Ruby S., Isla A., Esther C.

We would also like to celebrate the following students for their accomplishments and placing in the competition! We are thrilled that four of our students placed this year, up from two last year!

Junior Biomed & Health Sciences 1st Place – Isla Anderson, 8th Grade: The Effects of Water Contaminants on the Microbiome of a Stalk Eyed Fly
Junior Plant Sciences 2nd Place – Ruby Stith, 8th Grade: Type of Seed vs. Distance Dispersed By Wind
Junior Plant Sciences 1st Place – Laila Smith, 7th Grade: How Fruit Affects Plant Growth
Junior Animal Science 3rd Place – Grace Even, 7th Grade: The Effects of a Natural and Artificial Habitat on Fish Preference

And two of our scholars won special awards:
Certificate of Excellence sponsored by Cherry Creek Stewardship Partners  
Awarded to: Isla Anderson, 8th Grade: The Effects of Water Contaminants on the Microbiome of a Stalk Eyed Fly
Earth System Science Award sponsored by NASA
Awarded to: Joshua Miller, 7th Grade: What Type of Stabilization Strategy Best Prevents Sand Dune Erosion

Congratulations Skinner Scientists!

Order Your Skinner Pajama Pants

Again this year, we are taking orders for Skinner pajama pants. PJ Day for the Homeless is May 3 and Skinner participates in each year.  The cozy pants are green and gold flannel with “SKINNER” printed down the leg. Pants are $22 and the deadline to order is March 24.  Order forms and sample pajama pants are in the main office to check sizes. Youth and Adult sizes available. Skinner Pajama Pants are acceptable to wear on PJ Day and on DPS Dress Code Days, but are not a part of Skinner dress code.

PJ Pants

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