Fundraiser for Skinner Middle School – Tuesday, March 21

OUTSTANDING Results at the 2017 Metro Science Fair!

HUGE Congratulations to the amazing Skinner scientists who participated in the Metro Science Fair, February 17 at University of Colorado Denver. FOUR SKINNER SCIENTISTS ARE GOING TO STATE! Skinner couldn’t be more proud of our amazing students. Please see below for photos and a list of all of the Skinner students who won and placed in their categories.

Skinner was the ONLY DPS Middle School to participate in the Metro Science Fair. This is a testament to Skinner’s science teachers willing to go above and beyond to make amazing opportunities like this available to our students.

Behavioral Sciences – Junior – 2nd: Sophie Scholl

Biological Sciences – Junior – 2nd: Grace Even

Earth & Environmental Sciences – Junior – 1st: Josh Miller

Energy – Junior – 1st: Juno Gregg

Materials Science – Junior – 2nd: Teresa McManus

Earth and Environmental Sciences – Junior – 3rd: Olivia Bergstrom and Brennan Kammerer

Dr. Charles Ferguson – Outstanding Science Fair Project Award (Skinner Middle School) Yuliangel Dominquez-Delgado, Josh Miller

NASA Earth System Science Award – Laila Smith

Office of Naval Research – Naval Science Award – Laila Smith

Stormwater Permittees for Local Awareness of Stream Health – Certificate of Excellence – Wyle Cornish

Broadcom Masters Nominees
Grace Even
Sophie Scholl
Juno Gregg
Josh Miller
Olivia Bergstrom & Brennan Kammerer
Teresa McManus

Skinner Night at Chipotle – Tues, Feb 28, 4-8 pm

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 4-8 pm is Skinner Night at Chipotle on 32nd and Lowell.  Stop in for dinner, mention “Skinner” at checkout and 50% of your bill will be donated to Skinner! Dine-in or take-out.

Happy Hour is 5-8 pm, BOGO on adult beverages plus free chips and salsa!  Don’t forget to mention “Skinner” at checkout!

Skinner Voice Competition – Thurs, Feb. 23, 6 pm FREE ADMISSION!


Congrats Mr. Joshua Duran!

BIG CONGRATS to Mr. Joshua Duran, Restorative Justice Coordinator at Skinner. Mr. Duran is this week’s “Living Our DPS Honoree”!

“Joshua Duran knows the Skinner Middle School community inside and out. He always puts Equity first and will do whatever it takes to support our students in their journey to emotional, academic and societal success. Joshua holds students accountable for their behavior in a manner that teaches them pro-social skills, while maintaining their dignity. When he isn’t in his office working on an issue with someone, he is sitting in the classroom supporting behaviorally struggling students so that they don’t miss out on important instructional time. Students can count on him ‘not to play’ when it comes to the serious stuff but to ‘be playful’ in building and maintaining strong relationships with them.

Joshua helped start the Latin Student Alliance at Skinner Middle School and through this student group he has lived all of the DPS Shared Core Values. He helped put on Denver’s second annual Segundo de febrero which is an event that teaches the history of the Mexican, Mexican American and Indigenous communities of the United States and how their history impacts those groups today. In this event, he guided students on art projects that explored who they are and helped them learn more about their history and identity. He is a true asset to Denver Public Schools.”
– Gabriela Mohr and Joe Waldon


Peru Trip Fundraiser – March 11, 2017

Skinner Families –

Plan to attend this great event coming up on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 7 – 10 pm at Bonacquisti Wine Company located at 4640 N Pecos St, Denver, CO 80211.

Wine Tasting and Silent Auction with live music to benefit Skinner Middle School students who will be traveling to Peru in June, 2017 for a language emersion and service learning experience. Cash bar after wine tasting, light hors d’oeuvres will be served. This is a 21+ event. $35/person.

Please click here for more information and to purchase tickets.





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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