Archives for August 2016

Upcoming Events at Little Man Ice Cream!

SEPTEMBER 17, Noon – 4 pm, Annual Hula Hoop Competition & Community Potluck at Little Man Ice Cream:

Come with a dish to share from Noon – 2 pm for the Community Potluck and then participate or watch the Annual Hula Hoop Competition! Bring a hula hoop or Little Man will have loaners available. 

Please plan to attend the Hula Hoop Competition! If Skinner has the biggest school team in attendance, we will win 10% of the day’s total proceeds from Little Man Ice Cream!


Save the Date of SEPTEMBER 24, Little Man’s Annual Scoop for Scoop Celebration:

Little Man Ice Cream donates one scoop of rice and beans for every scoop of ice cream they sell. September is National Hunger Action Month, and Little Man is doing a “One World Celebration” focusing on international entertainment, foods (how to make meals out of basic ingredients for families who live on $1.00 per day), international speakers and a collaboration with Bienvenidos Food Bank who will be showing a movie about a Colorado family called, “A Place at the Table” 

Little Man Ice Cream is located at 2620 16th St, Denver, CO 80211 near Central Street.

Skinner Volunteer Training & Kickoff PTO Meeting & Parent Talk – Sept. 6!


Skinner Volunteer Training – Tuesday, Sept. 6th, 5 – 6 pm in the Skinner Middle School Library

  • Come learn more about volunteering at Skinner, the High 5 for Skinner program and complete a short training and necessary forms.


Kick-off PTO Meeting & Parent Talk – Tuesday, Sept. 6th, 6 – 7 pm in the Skinner Middle School Library

  • Please plan to attend the first PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) meeting of the year. Skinner Social Worker, Joe Waldon, will also give his fascinating and information packed talk, Inside the Mind of a Middle Schooler. You don’t want to miss it!


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Skinner Back to School BBQ – Thursday, Sept 1st from 5:30-7:30 pm!

Please join Skinner staff and families for a potluck BBQ out on the field (north side of the school at 41st and Knox Ct). 

This is your opportunity to meet your student’s teachers and sign up for athletics and Neighborhood Center after-school activities. Feel free to bring the whole family.

Skinner will provide hot dogs, veggie burgers, condiments and water. Please bring a dish to share (see below) and chairs or a blanket for seating. Please label any dishes with your student’s name if you want them returned. 

• Last name beginning with letter A-C bring: Chips and dips

• Last name beginning with letter D-N bring: Side dish or salad

• Last name beginning with letter O-Z bring: Dessert

Volunteers needed to help with Set-Up and Clean-up for the Back to School BBQ. This is a wonderful event that can’t happen without the help of our community. Please consider giving a bit of your time to help out. Click here to sign up.


WELCOME 6th Grade Families! Important Info!!

Welcome to Skinner!

The Skinner Faculty would like to welcome you to the 2016-17 school year!  Every Sunday evening we send a weekly dialer and email to inform you about the events of the week. Below is some information to get you started on the right foot.

Morning Drop Off

The First TWO days of school for 6th grade, students will enter and exit through the main front doors.  Starting Wednesday, August 24th the permanent drop off location is the West Side of the building on King Street.  6th grade students enter and exit the West doors starting Wednesday. King Street is very narrow. Please do not double park on King Street and block traffic. If you need to park and walk your child to the West doors, please find a legal parking spot nearby.


Breakfast is free to all of our students and begins at 7:10am.  The cafeteria can be accessed in the morning by entering the back northwest door.  If your student rides the bus to school, this is the same location where the bus drops off in the morning.

Start Time

The first bell rings at 7:25am and that is the same time students will enter the building, including the first day of school.  Supervision begins at 7:10am each morning, which means we have staff on morning duty in the front, west side, back, and cafeteria areas of the building.

6th grade Parent Orientation

Please join us Tuesday evening, August 23 from 6-7 pm in the Skinner Auditorium. Administration will give you some important information about transitioning as a middle school parent.  This evening will be different from Back to School Night and we strongly encourage all new to Skinner parents/guardians to attend. Children are also welcomed to attend.

“I am Eleven” screening for Students and Parents

Join us Wednesday evening from 6-8pm in the Auditorium for a viewing of the documentary “I Am Eleven”.  PTO purchased this video as a community event opportunity for our families transitioning to middle school.  This documentary shows how being eleven in different parts of the world, has universal themes. Please click here for more information.

The Skinner Cheerleaders will be selling popcorn and water bottles this evening.

Back to School Potluck BBQ

Bring the whole family to our Back to School BBQ on Thursday, September 1 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Meet your student’s teachers and school staff. Skinner will provide water, grilled hot dogs and veggie burgers. Soda will be available for sale. Please bring a homemade dish or item to share and label any serving pieces with your name. We look forward to seeing you at this great event!

Kick-off PTO Mtg/Parent Talk

Please join us on Tuesday, September 6 at 6 pm in the Skinner Library for our first PTO meeting of the year. We will also have a short, educational parent talk with valuable info for parent of middle schoolers.

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FREE Sports Physicals at Skinner

Hello Skinner Families –

We are pleased to be able to again provide free sports physicals for our students!  Nursing students from Regis University will conduct the physicals at  Skinner on the following dates and times:

Friday, August 26th – 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Tuesday, August 30th – 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Students or parents will be able to pick up a parent consent form from the Skinner main office. The consent form must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian in advance in order for the child to receive the physical.

The parent consent forms are not to be turned in to the main office once they have been filled out. Instead, students will keep the forms and they will be their passes to be released to the gym from their class. Parents do not need to be  present at the physical.

1st Day(s) of School!

Welcome and Welcome Back Skinner Scholars! We hope you had an outstanding summer and are recharged and ready for an amazing school year!

First Day for the 6th Grade Class is Monday, August 22. We’ll start in the Auditorium promptly at 7:25 am.

Please be on time! The 6th graders will have the building to themselves for the first three days of school as they learn all about being a Skinner Scholar. Each day will begin at 7:25 am and end at 2:45 pm. Plan to dress in dress code. It is not necessary to bring your school supplies to school on the first day, August 22.  Your teachers will let you know when you should bring your school supplies.

First Day for NEW TO SKINNER 7th and 8th Graders  is Wednesday, August 24. The students will start in the Auditorium promptly at 7:25 am. Please be on time!

First Day for RETURNING 7th and 8th Graders is Thursday, August 25. The students will start in the Auditorium promptly at 7:25 am. Please be on time!


Skinner 8th Graders Build Robots at DU!

Programming robots launches interest in engineering

Programming robots launches interest in engineeringNoah Ray and Diego Fierro build robots as a part of a CU Science Discovery engineering camp


June 24, 2016

Diego Fierro, 13, hopes to be a mechanical engineer someday. And thanks to a LEGO Robotics: Space Challenge camp at the University of Colorado Boulder, Diego took one step closer to that dream this week.

“I’ve never built anything with LEGO Mindstorms before,” Diego explained, as he programmed the robot’s next move. “It’s cool because it gives me an idea of how a machine works, how every piece is important and has a job.”

Diego was one of 30 middle school students from Skinner and Lake middle schools and Bryant Webster – an early childhood through eighth grade school – in Denver who built and programmed robots as part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Science Discovery residential camp.

The summer camp is a partnership between CU Science DiscoveryCU-Boulder’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement and the Summer Academic Focused Education program, a nonprofit that provides hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to middle school students in northwest Denver. These week-long camps focus on architecture, business and engineering and are held at CU-Boulder, UC Denver and the Colorado School of Mines.

“Many low-income, first-generation students haven’t had much exposure to STEM fields,” said Ron Gallegos, who coordinates the northwest Denver summer program. “Through hands-on projects like programming robots, STEM becomes something they understand and as a result they might choose as a potential career.”

Stacey Forsyth, director of CU Science Discovery, said the week-long camp – led by graduate students in engineering – teaches computer programming, engineering design and robotics. After building the robots, the middle schoolers programmed the LEGO creations to conduct mock space-related challenges, which included collecting rock samples and launching a satellite. CU Science Discovery offers a variety of camps and programs throughout the year that focus on STEM fields, Forsyth said.

Chris Pacheco, director of pre-collegiate programs for CU-Boulder’s Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement, said his office is helping coordinate day and residential camps at CU-Boulder for nearly 700 underrepresented middle and high school students from across the state this summer.

“As with all of our pre-collegiate programs, the earlier and more often you get students on campus, the more likely it is that students will see themselves as college students,” said Pacheco.

For many students, touring science labs, staying in the dorms and visiting the recreation center were as exciting as learning new science skills.

“I like how we get to have the experience of college life,” said Noah Ray, 14. “It’s getting me prepared for college. I can think about it and imagine what it’s going to be like.”

Skinner Needs YOU! Volunteer Crossing Guards!

Hello Skinner Families!

We need you! Please click here for more information on our new Crossing Guard program and sign up  to volunteer today!

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Skinner Mother/Daughter Book Club

Skinner’s librarian, Ms. Lewallen, is starting a Mother/Daughter Book Club!
The idea is that BOTH mother (or father or grandmother or aunt or grandfather or uncle) AND daughter participate in the reading and gatherings. Please click here to take a quick survey on your best meeting times. Thank you!
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