Archives for December 2016

Skinner Arts Nights Recap

Skinner Arts Nights were an unqualified success with our students demonstrating their excellence in Choir, Drama, Band, Orchestra and Jazz Band for family and friends.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 were outstanding Drama and Choir performances. The Drama class performed  “Demeter vs. Hady-Poo” and “Hoodie” to a packed house. Our thespians are very talented and big thank you to drama teacher Ms. McAdams!

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Thursday, December 15, 2016 was the concert featuring performances by our 6th Grade Orchestra, 7th & 8th Grade Orchestra, 6th Grade Band, 7th & 8th Grade Band and Jazz Band.  The different ensembles played a wide variety of delightful pieces including a creative poem with amazing sound effects. The band was also outstanding and the jazz band was rocking!

The concert was held at North High to provide all the seats needed for family and friends in the audience.  The Skinner musicians were very excited to be performing in such a grand venue on such a large stage.

Seeing (and hearing) the progression and growth in the different grade levels was truly remarkable. Mr. Dwyer is truly an outstanding music teacher with immense patience and good humor!

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Skinner Team Competes at Mathletics!

Last week, Skinner took two Mathletics teams  to Morey Middle School, to compete against Morey, GALS, and DCIS.  The 6th grade team (Vincent Bonaquisti, Campbell Darlington, Sienna Arguelles-Orr, Kaleb Foth and Zander Johnson), and the 7th/8th grade team (Jake Jones, Quinn Fentress, Victor Untiedt, Zackery Proctor and Teresa McManus) both did well, placing second (behind Morey).  Top individual awards went to 7th/8th graders Jake Jones (2nd place) and Victor Untiedt (tied for 3rd), and to 6th graders Vincent Bonaquisti (tied for 2nd place) and Campbell Darlington (tied for 3rd).  The teams will next compete at the district competition on January 18th at Temple Emanual.  Go Skinner Mathletes!

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Congratulations Scholars – Skinner Science Fair Winners!

Congratulations to our Skinner Scientists for their hard work in the 2016 Skinner Science Fair! Please see below for photos and a list of winners and Top 10 from each grade level.  The Top 3 from each grade will compete in the DPS District Science Fair on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at University of Denver.  The Top 10 from each grade will have an opportunity to compete and present at the Denver Metro Science Fair taking place at the Auraria Campus in February.

6th Grade:

1st: Coco Goldman

2nd: Gabbi IsomIMG_1874

3rd:Lia Dino

4. Caleb Mackenzie

5. Emma Pilburn

6. Lily Grasso

7. Ivan Holtzinger

8. Nathan Howaukrd and Wylie Cornish

9. Olivia Bergstrom & Brennan Kammerer

10. Ella Wagner & Sienna Arguelles-Orr

**Creativity Award- Aiden Heine and Malik Savala

7th Grade

1st Juno Gregg

2nd Oliva TalleIMG_1794_2

3rd Lucy Caldwell and Charlie Ruderman-Pratt

Zach Proctor

Rachel Zizmore and Madeline Berg

Bella Lemond

Ella Curtis and Teresa McManus

Lilly Lemme

Dioceline Perez- GRIT Award

Maurico Banuelos and Raul Luna-Most CREATIVE


8th Grade

1st Josh Miller

2nd Grace Even

3rd Laila Smith

Samantha Wilkins

Yuli Dominguez

Marissa Bonaquisti

Armando Garcia

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Rico Given-Padilla

Emelia Probst

Honorable Mention – Micah McCabe

Grit – Shaina Walsh



Support the Neighborhood Center on Colorado Gives Day!

Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, Dec. 6!

Skinner families, as you may know, the Neighborhood Center at Skinner Middle School has become an integral part of the school day for many students. Our attendees have demonstrated better school attendance, as well as higher test scores in math and reading (13%) and writing (8%).

The Neighborhood Center is funded through grants. Over the past few years, these funds have been harder to come by and we have worked hard to find new ways to support our programs. Neighborhood Center programs are an important resource for students who need (or want) extra academic, recreational, or vocational experiences.

One of our major fundraising events for the year is on Colorado Gives Day, December 6th. With a tax-deductible $20 donation, you can provide a scholarship for a student that may not be able to attend one of our specialty programs, such as STEM Scouts, cooking, woodshop, computer coding or comic strip drawing.

You can donate today, or schedule your donation to happen on Colorado Gives Day 2016, December 6th. Simply click here to make or schedule your tax-deductible donation.

Please consider a gift to our 501c3 ‘Northwest Neighborhood Center Friends’ so we can continue to provide high-quality programming for our students. THANK YOU!

Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. For the sixth consecutive year, Community First Foundation and FirstBank are partnering to present Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 6, 2016.

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