Archives for January 2017

Hot Off The Presses – The Skinner Citizen

Mr. Josh Duran and his 2nd period Newspaper class are doing an outstanding job with The Skinner Citizen. We’re so excited to have a school newspaper again after a multi-year hiatus.  Below are links to the first two issues.

The Skinner Citizen, vol. 2 – Dec. 20, 2016

The Skinner Citizen, vol. 1 – Oct 31, 2016

Families – please take this short survey!

Dear Skinner Families,
The Neighborhood Center team values your thoughts and ideas on how we are supporting your child, as well as your perspective on how we can improve. To gather your feedback, we are asking you to complete a 2 minute feedback form. Your responses will always be kept confidential, and we only ask you to identify the program and school that your child attends so that we can understand the opportunities for improvement for each program. To begin click  the link below:
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.
Neighborhood Center @ Skinner
The Department of Extended Learning-Discovery Link Programs

How Does Skinner Spell FUN? BINGO!

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Thanks to everyone who came out on Friday night, January 20, 2017 to the Elks Lodge #17 to support Skinner and play some BINGO! Lots and lots of fun was had by all. The event raised over $5,100 for Skinner!

Big thank you to event sponsor Elizabeth Martinez of PorchLight Real Estate Group. Thanks also to Ernie’s Bar & Pizza, Jimmy John’s and el Camino Community Tavern for food donations.

Thank you to event chairs Nicole Kazenske and Rebecca Caldwell for your work in planning this fun, new event for North Denver and our school.

Big shout out to Committee Members:  Jennifer Gaureke, Hilary Thornham, Anna Rodriguez, Brigid Bungum, Shelly Nottoli, Stephanie Isom, Chris Sandoval, Faustina Carrasco, Laura Aldrete and Andrea Grasso

And thanks to all of the wonderful “night-of” volunteers. We truly could not have done it without you!

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Skinner Dominates DPS Science Fair!

Saturday, January 21 was the DPS Science Fair competition at the University of Denver.  THANK YOU Mr. Chris Martin for being the representative of the Science Team and supporting our young scientists at the District Science Fair competition.  Our scholars once again represented VERY WELL and took five of the nine podium spots for middle schools!  Lia Dino was also celebrated as having the Best In Show!  Congratulations Skinner Scientists!

Below are our students who placed in the DPS Science Fair. Friday, February 17 is the Metro Science Fair. Best of luck!

6th Grade:

Lia Dino:  1st Place and Best in Show

Gabbi Isom:  3rd Place

7th Grade:

Juno Gregg:  1st Place

8th Grade:

Grace Even:  2nd Place
Josh Miller:  3rd Place





Intermediate/Adv Chess Workshop for Students

Hello NW Denver K-12 Chess Players, Friends and Supporters –

Click here for the registration form: Intermediate-Advanced Chess Workshop 2-20-17  for our Monday, February 20. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Intermediate-Advanced Chess Workshop with National Chess Master Todd Bardwick at Habitat for Humanity’s Fuller Hall (3245 Eliot St, Denver 80211). This is Presidents’ Day – no school for DPS students.

The cost is $50 – make checks out Colorado Master Chess, but mail registration forms and checks to me (Smart Places Colorado, 2254 Lowell Blvd., Denver 80211). Space is limited, so please register early. Looking forward seeing our players gain advanced levels skills!

Also, Register today for the upcoming Denver North High School Chess Open tournament on Saturday, February 11. You can register online or print forms at We already have a great group of players coming from the following schools:

  • Colfax Elementary
  • Denver Center for International Studies
  • Denver Discovery School
  • Edison Elementary
  • Skinner Middle School
  • SOAR
  • Valdez Elementary
  • Brown International Academy

Thanks everyone! Let me know if you have any questions.


Tony Frank

Brown International Academy Chess Coach



Services for Esmeralda Chavira

Below is information regarding services in celebration of the life of Esmeralda Chavira


Funeral Services

Thursday, January 5, 6-9 pm

Horan and McConaty Funeral Home

9998 Grant Street, Thornton, CO 80229


Funeral Mass

Friday, January 6, 11 am

Ascension Church

14050 Maxwell Pl, Denver, CO 80239



Friday, January 6 at 1:30 pm

Olinger Highland Mortuary & Cemetery

10201 Grant St, Thornton, CO 80229

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Bingo Night Fundraiser – Jan. 20 – Buy Tickets Today!

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Join us January 20th from 7:00-11:00 pm 
at the Denver Elks Lodge #17 – 2475 W. 26th Ave

Old-School BINGO
$1 per sheet – 50/50 Bingo
Win big – win often!
Cash Bar – Beer – Wine – Cocktails

Tickets: $20 pre-sale or $25 at the door (21+)

Plenty of free parking available

Can’t attend but want to send a teacher? Simply make a $20 donation on the ticketing website for each teacher ticket you would like to purchase. Visit to purchase

Benefiting Skinner Middle School

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In Memory of Esmeralda Chavira

Esmeralda Chavira, Ritchie Principal Intern at Skinner Middle School, lost her life this weekend in a tragic accident in Mexico.

Esmeralda Chavira was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and was brought by her parents to the United States when she was 6 years old.  She first lived in Chicago, and when she was a teenager, her family moved to Denver.  She was a proud DPS graduate from Montbello High School and went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Metro State University.  After working in the business world for 4 years, Esmeralda decided to become a bilingual elementary teacher.  She received her teaching license and Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado at Denver, and began her teaching career in DPS in 2009 at Castro Elementary where she taught 4th grade and then became the Student Advisor and Administrative Assistant.  “Esmeralda’s perseverance and dedication to students was clearly evident in her support of students’ academic and social emotional needs,” said Cheri Wrench, DPS Executive Director.  “She was a gifted bilingual leader in DPS with great talent.”

Esmeralda enjoyed traveling, reading, and dancing.  Most recently, Esmeralda attended the University of Denver to receive her Principal’s License through the Ritchie program and became the Ritchie Principal Intern at Skinner Middle School.  In a short time, she made a positive impact with students, teachers, and families in the Southwest community at Castro Elementary and most recently in the Northwest Denver community at Skinner Middle School.   She will be greatly missed by many and the DPS community is a better place because Esmeralda was part of our family.

Esmeralda was survived by her parents, three younger brothers, her husband, and young daughter.

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