Archives for May 2017

Skinner Competes in Math Olympiad

May 22, four Skinner teams competed against almost 20 other teams from DPS at the Math Olympiad at Slavens K-8. In the 6th grade division, Vincent Bonacquisti won third place overall. In the 7th/8th grade division, the team of Jake Jones, Marisa Bonacquisti, Elliot Nottoli, Nora Klute and Teresa McManus won third place. The 6th grade team of Wiley Cornish, Ben Shively, Nate Howard and Ivan Holtzinger also made a strong showing, just barely being edged out of third place. Congratulations Skinner Math Scholars!

Skinner Scholars Win at DPS Spanish Heritage Language and Culture Day!

6th Annual DPS Spanish Heritage Language and Culture Day competitions on the University of Colorado Boulder campus May 18th.  This day is a celebration of the Latino culture and Spanish language.  Over 500 middle and high school students will be in attendance and compete in Spanish in academic and cultural competitions like: show and tell, creative writing, extemporaneous speech, poetry, piñatas, drawing, traditional foods and desserts, singing, dancing, theatre, soccer and many others. 

Congrats to our winners (pictured below)!!!

Leslie Orona Hernandez – 1st Altar (Día de los Muertos)
Marisa Bonacquisti – 1st Drawing
Ashley Gurrola – 2nd Narrative Writing
Iris Abad López – 2nd Poetry


Summer Art and Writing Workshops

Second Star to the Right bookstore on Tennyson is running art and writing workshops this summer for ages 6 – 18. See below and click the link for more info.

Click here for more information and to register:

Skinner Summer Reading Challenge!

One Challenge! One Reward! Multiple Possibilities of FUN! Join Skinner Library in this summer’s reading challenge: MISSION POSSIBLE!  If you choose to accept this mission, be sure to click on this link 2017 summer reading challenge for the SUPER-DUPER, not-so-secret, details!  Have fun this summer!  Read this summer!  Earn your way to a SUGAR FEST and Movie Celebration in the fall!

Click and print the form –2017 summer reading challenge


COLLEGE 4 Y.O.U Pre-Collegiate Program accepting applications for the 2017 SAFE Camps

COLLEGE 4 Y.O.U – Skinner’s premier Pre-Collegiate Program has begun accepting applications for the 2017 SAFE (Summer Academic Focused Education) Program. This program will be focusing on different areas on various campuses in the Denver-metro area.

The dates, campuses and academic foci are as follows:

  • University of Colorado Boulder (RESIDENTIAL) focusing on LEGO/Robotics at the College of Engineering June 11-16, 2017
  • University of Colorado Boulder (RESIDENTIAL) focusing on Business and Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business June 25-30, 2017
  • Colorado School of Mines (COMMUTER) focusing on Engineering July 10-14, 2017
  • University of Colorado Denver (COMMUTER) focusing on Architecture and Urban Planning July 17-21, 2017

Slots are quickly filling up (limited to 30 students per campus) and we want as many Skinner students to have the opportunity to participate in this great experience. The application deadline is Friday, May 19th and is based on a first-come-first-served basis

To apply for the SAFE Program complete an application (including appropriate application fees) and returned either to the SAFE office (Rm. 23B) or SAFE mailbox located in the main office.  2017 SAFE Application

There are also be additional applications (English and Spanish) both in the SAFE office and in Skinner’s main office.

Another important date to remember is that there will be a required SAFE Student / Parent Orientation on May 17th from 6-7:30 pm in the Library. We will have our college partners present on their respective camp and answer any “burning” questions you or your student may have. We will also have the camp-specific Liability Waiver forms for parent’s signatures, thus completing the application

If you have additional questions, contact Ron Gallegos at: (720) 424-1471 or email at

Important letter to our families

Please click here: May 9 letter to families

Important information re: 13 Reasons Why and possibly impact on students

May 4, 2017

Dear Skinner Families,


I am writing to inform you about a new Netflix series titled 13 Reasons Why and its possible impact on our students. 13 Reasons Why is gaining popularity and we have concerns that the series may increase thoughts of suicide among students.


The show is based on a novel and the story of 17-year-old girl who takes her own life. She leaves behind 13 recordings explaining the reasons why she chose to commit suicide. While the show brings up the importance to talk about suicidal thoughts, it portrays situations where youth are dealing with serious issues, from bullying to sexual assault, without getting support from adults.


Denver Public Schools teaches the Signs of Suicide (SOS) curriculum in sixth and ninth grade across the district. The SOS curriculum focuses on supporting students to identify warning signs of depression or thoughts of suicide and make a report to a trusted adult for support. Our school social worker, psychologist and school nurse are trained in suicide prevention and supports and, unlike some of the adults in 13 Reasons Why, take all reports seriously.


You may wish to discuss the series, or thoughts of suicide, with your child. Talk to your student about what they can do if he/she has a friend who is expressing thoughts about hurting him/herself.  As we discuss in the SOS curriculum, teach your child to acknowledge if someone has a problem, be caring and tell an adult. Remind your child that there is help available if he/she or a friend ever feels sad or depressed. Be sure your child has the hotline numbers listed below.


Please consider the age and developmental stage of your child before allowing her/him to watch the show. We do not recommend that students with a history of suicidal thoughts, depression or mental health concerns watch 13 Reasons Why. If you do allow your child to watch this series, we recommend you watch it with them and discuss it afterwards.


If your child has warning signs of depression or suicide, don’t be afraid to ask if he/she has had thoughts about suicide. Raising the issue of suicide does not increase the risk. Instead, it decreases the risk by providing an opportunity for help.


If your child is in need of assistance, please reach out to our school social worker, Mr. Waldon or school psychologist, Ms. Zogler-Brown.



Michelle Koyama



Helpful Resources

Colorado Crisis and Support Line at 844-493-8255, or Text TALK to 38255

National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255                  Safe2Tell at 877-542-7233

Trevor Project Hotline for Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ youth 866-488-7386

Talking Points for Parents:

Neighborhood Ctr Low-cost Summer Camps!

Summer Adventure with the Neighborhood Center at Skinner

AVENTURA DE VERANO Con el Centro Comunitario @ Skinner 

JUNE 5th – 29th, Monday – Thursday from 8am-2pm/5-29  de Junio  lunes – jueves8am-2pm

Fee: $150 all 4 weeks -or- $40.00 per 1 week / Cuotas: $150>4 semanas -o- $40.00>1 semana

Click here for flyer:  NC summer flyer 2017

Haga clic aquí para el folleto: NC summer flyer 2017

Youth will have the opportunity to participate in health, fitness, STEM, learn more about themselves, their community and nature. All while getting their hands dirty in a competitive, hands-on learning environment.

Lunch Provided

Registration Opportunities: MAY 3, 10, 17 and 24th – from 5 – 6pm In the Neighborhood Center

For more information, please contact or call 720-424-1435

Skinner’s New Fence Decor

We hope our community is enjoying our new fence decorations. BIG thank you to the Kazenske Family (Nico-8; William-6) for all of your leadership and help with the BIG job of installing the fence cups.  NICE WORK and THANK YOU!

Skinner at the DPS Shakespeare Festival!

Skinner’s drama class performed at the DPS Shakespeare Festival in downtown Denver on Friday, April 28, 2017. We received a “Spirit of Shakespeare” blue ribbon for our excellent performance! Enjoy the photos below!

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