Donate your used Skinner/dress code gear!

Hello Families –

Wondering what to do with that Skinner gear that your child no longer needs due to moving on to high school or because of outgrowing the item?  Skinner keeps a bank of clothing in case a student is in need of a loaner for the day.

Bring your old Skinner gear to the main office for another student to use! We can also use blue, black and grey women’s sizes jeans, Trapper Keepers and boys/men’s belts.

Please bring items your child no longer needs to the front office.  Thank you!

Summer Homework

Skinner Scholars – please click here to see all of the 2018 Summer Homework assignments.

Remember DON’T PROCRASTINATE!

Skinner’s Largest Fundraiser – Volunteer Today!

Dear Skinner Families –
Skinner’s largest fundraiser of the year is the Jewels of Highlands Home Tour, sponsored by Nostalgic Homes. The 2017 tour raised over $35,000 and due to Nostalgic Homes’ generous sponsorship, 100% of the funds raised come directly to Skinner.
The 2018 Jewels tour is Saturday, September 29, 2018 from Noon – 4 pm. We need a few volunteers to join the Tour planning committee to help with: selling ads in the tour booklet, tour logistics, tour publicity and volunteer coordination.
Please email Tour Chairpersons: Skinner PTO President Nicole Kazenske at nicole@cmbarch.com or Skinner Mktg/Communications Director Rebecca Caldwell at rebecca_caldwell@dpsk12.org if you’re interested in joining the Jewels tour planning committee.
Our first planning meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 13 at 7 pm at Nostalgic Homes located at 3737 West 32nd Avenue. We’d love to have you join us!
Sincerely,
Nicole and Rebecca
PS – please save the date of September 29 from Noon-4 pm for the tour. We need LOTS of day-of volunteers to make sure the event runs smoothly. We also encourage all of our community to attend the tour with friends and family!

Gleam Car Wash Fundraiser thru May 19!

Skinner Fundraiser at Gleam Car Wash, Sunday, May 13 through Saturday, May 19 – Drive your car over to Gleam Car Wash at 4895 W. 38th Ave for a service or gift card purchase and 40% of your bill will be donated to Skinner when you mention “Skinner” at check out! Wash, wax, interior detail – all services AND gift cards eligible for the donation! A clean car and a gift card for a detail will make a great Father’s Day gift!

Car detail services can also be purchased on one of the promotion days but scheduled for a different day.

Click here for flyer: Gleam Fundraiser Flyer

Welcome New 7th & 8th Graders!

Dear Parents/Guardians and new to Skinner 7th and 8th Grade Students/Estimados padres / tutores y estudiantes ingresando al 7to & 8to grado:

We would like to personally welcome our new 7th and 8th grade students and their parents/guardians to Skinner Middle School. The Skinner staff is thrilled that you have selected our school to begin the important life passage of middle school.

Registration for our new to Skinner 7th and 8th graders is Saturday, May 19 from 9 am – 2 pm.

Please click and read the Skinner Admitted 7-8  Welcome Letter which includes all of the upcoming dates. Please mark your calendar with these important dates. Information has also been mailed to your home address.

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming your family to the Skinner family!

Sincerely,

Michelle Koyama                             Grant Varveris

Executive Principal                          Principal


Estimados padres / tutores y estudiantes ingresando al 7to & 8to grado:

Me gustaría dar la bienvenida personalmente a nuestros estudiantes ingresando al 7to & 8to grado  y a sus padres / tutores a la Escuela Secuecundaria Skinner. El personal de Skinner está encantado de que haya seleccionado nuestra escuela para comenzar el importante ciclo de vida de la escuela secundaria.

La inscripción para nuestros nuevos alumnos de 7º y 8º grados de Skinner es el sábado 19 de mayo de 9 am a 2 pm.

Haga clic y lea Skinner Admitted 7-8 SPANISH que incluye todas las próximas fechas. Por favor marque su calendario con estas fechas importantes. Esta carta también se enviará por correo a su domicilio.

Esperamos una transición sin contratiempos a la Escuela Secundaria Skinner para todos los estudiantes ingresando al 7to & 8to grado.  Gracias por apoyar el éxito de la escuela secundaria de su hijo.

Atentamente,

Michelle Koyama               Grant Varveris

Directora                              Director

Welcome New Skinner 6th Grade Class of 2025! Reminder – Registration is 5/19!

Dear Parents/Guardians and Incoming 6th Grade Students/Estimados padres / tutores y estudiantes ingresando al 6to grado:

Just a reminder about 2018-19 6th Grade Registration at Skinner Middle School on Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Your student will receive his/her summer homework assignments during Registration. This will be your only registration opportunity. It is not required that you bring your student with you.

Please bring the following documents with you to Registration: your child’s birth certificate; proof of address (Xcel or water bill, mortgage statement or rental lease) and your child’s immunization record (TDAP immunization needed at age 11). Please also bring payment for your student’s student and Chromebook fees ($60.00) and purchasing optional Skinner gear for your student. The Neighborhood Center at Skinner will also be collecting the after-school student activity fee ($100/month – discount for prepayment). Scholarship assistance and income tax credit are available.  Cash, check or credit card accepted.

Please click and read the 6th grade Welcome letter 4-21 which includes all of the upcoming dates. Please mark your calendar with these important dates. Information has also been mailed to your home address.

We are looking forward to providing a smooth transition to Skinner Middle School for all incoming 6th grade students. Thank you for supporting your child’s middle school success.

Sincerely,

Michelle Koyama                             Grant Varveris
Executive Principal                          Principal

 

Estimados padres / tutores y estudiantes ingresando al 6to grado:

Para asegurar su lugar en nuestra clase de 6° grado, planifique asistir a las inscripciones de 6° grado 2018-19 en la Escuela Secundaria Skinner el sábado 19 de mayo de 9:00 a.m. a 2:00 p.m. Su estudiante recibirá sus asignaciones de tareas de verano durante la inscripción. Esta será su única oportunidad de inscripciones. No es necesario que traiga a su estudiante con usted.

Por favor traiga los siguientes documentos con usted a las inscripciones: el certificado de nacimiento de su hijo; comprobante de domicilio (factura de Xcel o agua, declaración de la hipoteca o contrato de alquiler) y el registro de inmunización de su hijo (la inmunización TDAP es necesaria a los 11 años). Por favor traiga también el pago de cuotas estudiantiles de su hijo y las cuotas del Chromebook ($60.00) y la compra opcional de ropa con el logotipo de Skinner para su hijo. El Centro Comunitario  de  Skinner también estará recolectando la cuota de actividades estudiantiles para después de la escuela ($ 100 / mes – descuento por prepagado.  Por favor vea la carta adjunta para más detalles.  Asistencia de becas y crédito para sus impuestos están disponibles.  Se aceptan dinero en efectivo, cheque y tarjeta de crédito.

Esperamos una transición sin contratiempos a la Escuela Secundaria Skinner para todos los estudiantes ingresando al 6to grado.  Gracias por apoyar el éxito de la escuela secundaria de su hijo.

Atentamente,

Michelle Koyama          Grant Varveris
Directora                         Director

 

Skinner Scientists at State Science Fair!

Four of our amazing Skinner scientists competing on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the 63rd Colorado Science and Engineering Fair at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Pictured below are Veronica Wolf, Preston Schmidt, Sophie Scholl and Juno Gregg. This is the third year in a row that Skinner scientists have sent projects to the State Science Fair!

Estimadas familias de la Escuela Secundaria Skinner/Dear Skinner Middle School Families:

April 2, 2018

Dear Skinner Middle School Families,

Our principal, Michelle Koyama, has announced that at the end of the school year, she will transition out of the Skinner Middle School principal role into the role of executive principal of the Skinner and Lake Middle School partnership. Michelle has been a valuable part of the Skinner family for 10 years, and she will now be able to impact more students and families in Denver’s northwest neighborhoods. We thank Ms. Koyama for her valuable contributions, dedication and successful leadership at Skinner Middle School.

We are excited to announce that Principal Grant Varveris will be the new principal of Skinner Middle School starting at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. He will work closely with Ms. Koyama to carry on the Skinner community values and instructional leadership model.

Mr. Varveris comes to Skinner with 20 years of experience working as a principal, assistant principal and teacher. For the last seven years, he has been a school leader within Denver Public Schools. He is currently the principal of University Park Elementary School and has served in this role for the last three years. Prior to that, Mr. Varveris worked as assistant principal at both William (Bill) Roberts K-8 School and Oakland Elementary School.

Before coming to Denver, Mr. Varveris lived in Illinois where he taught students in grades three through eight before ascending to the role of assistant principal at Eberhart Elementary School in Chicago. In these roles, Mr. Varveris helped communities, schools and students achieve maximum success by focusing both on overall school culture and rigorous personalized instruction. Principal Varveris will use this experience to support the current and future work of the Skinner Middle School community.

Mr. Varveris will be attending several events at Skinner in the next upcoming months. Please know that while he is excited to be a part of the Skinner family, he also must make sure and fulfill his current role at University Park. Please feel free to connect with Mr. Varveris at Grant_Varveris@dpsk12.org.

Thank you for your continued support of Skinner Middle School. We are committed to ensuring Principal Varveris and Skinner have the support, resources and tools to help all students and educators succeed. Please join me in welcoming this talented new leader to the Skinner family.

Sincerely,

Nicole T. Veltzé

Assistant Superintendent, Division of Secondary Education

Denver Public Schools


2 de abril de 2018

Estimadas familias de la Escuela Secundaria Skinner:

Nuestra directora, Michelle Koyama, ha anunciado que, cuando finalice el año escolar, abandonará su puesto de directora en la Escuela Secundaria Skinner para asumir su nuevo puesto de directora ejecutiva de la alianza entre la Escuela Secundaria Skinner y Lake. Michelle ha sido parte valiosa de la familia de Skinner durante 10 años y, a partir de ahora, podrá tener un mayor impacto en más estudiantes y familias de los vecindarios del noroeste de Denver. Agradecemos a la Srta. Koyama por sus valiosas contribuciones, dedicación y exitoso liderazgo en la Escuela Secundaria Skinner.

Nos complace anunciar que el director Grant Varveris será el próximo director de la Escuela Secundaria Skinner a partir del inicio del año escolar 2018-19. Trabajará estrechamente con la Srta. Koyama a fin de continuar con los valores y el modelo de liderazgo en la instrucción de la comunidad de Skinner.

El Sr. Varveris se incorpora a Skinner con una experiencia de 20 años como director, subdirector y maestro. Durante los últimos siete años, ha ejercido como líder escolar en las Escuelas Públicas de Denver. En la actualidad, es el director de la Escuela Primaria University Park, papel que ha desempeñado durante los últimos tres años. Antes, el Sr. Varveris trabajó como subdirector en la Escuela de ECE a 8.º grado William (Bill) Roberts y en la Escuela Primaria Oakland.

Antes de su llegada a Denver, el Sr. Varveris vivió en Illinois, donde enseñó a estudiantes de tercer a octavo grado hasta ejercer el papel de subdirector en la Escuela Primaria Eberhart en Chicago. En el desempeño de estas funciones, el Sr. Varveris ayudó a las comunidades, escuelas y estudiantes para que alcanzaran el éxito, al centrarse tanto en la cultura escolar general como en una instrucción exigente y personalizada. El director Varveris empleará esta experiencia para apoyar el trabajo presente y futuro de la comunidad de la Escuela Secundaria Skinner.

El Sr. Varveris asistirá a varios eventos en Skinner en los próximos meses. Tengan en cuenta que, a pesar de su entusiasmo por formar parte de la familia de Skinner, debe asegurarse de cumplir con sus funciones actuales en University Park. No duden en comunicarse con el Sr. Varveris por correo electrónico en Grant_Varveris@dpsk12.org.

Gracias por su apoyo continuo a la Escuela Secundaria Skinner. Nos comprometemos a garantizar que el director Varveris y Skinner cuenten con el apoyo, los recursos y las herramientas necesarias para que todos los estudiantes y maestros alcancen el éxito. Démosle la bienvenida a este talentoso nuevo líder escolar a la familia de Skinner.

Atentamente,

Nicole T. Veltzé

Superintendente asistente, División de Educación Secundaria y Preparatoria

Escuelas Públicas de Denver

Letter from Principal Koyama re: School Safety/Por favor lea esta importante carta sobre seguridad escolar

Please read this important letter regarding school safety: Skinner – Threat Letter to Families – 03-23-18 – ENGLISH

Por favor lea esta importante carta sobre seguridad escolar: Threat Letter to Families – Espanol

 

Message to Skinner Families re: School Safety 3/22/18 10:30 pm

Skinner Families,
The Denver Police Department and the Department of Safety and Security for the Denver Public Schools investigated the threat to the school posted on social media.
There is no threat to Skinner. To help students, staff, and families feel safe tomorrow, we will have a uniformed presence on campus tomorrow.
Thank you to all the families who reached out to us about the concern.
~Michelle Koyama

Skinner Scientists on 9News!

Skinner Scientists in the news! Did you catch Lia Dino, Juno Gregg and Sophie Scholl with Steve Spangler on 9News at 4 pm on Monday, March 19? Thank you Steve and 9News for shining a light on these Skinner scientists’ amazing science fair projects!

Click here to view the 9News segment!

 

9News

More details on the Skinner Middle School students’ Science Fair projects:

Lia Dino
Grade level:  7
School:  Skinner Middle School
Name of the Project: The Effect of Specifications of PET Bottles on the Solar Dissenfection of Water
Lia investigated how different disposable water bottles allow for the transfer of U.V. light to kill pathogens in drinking water supplies.
Brief Description of the Project:
Globally, more than 3.4 million people die from water-related diseases every year, for the experiment I chose to investigate a solution. That solution is solar water dissenfection. In addition to finding the solution, I chose to study how the different shapes, opacities, pigmentation, and thickness of four different bottles affect the dissenfection of the water in them.  I used two types of water, a purified lab water with E.Coli K-12 in it, and a local lake water.  I used natural light photons to disinfect bacteria in the water. I then collected samples and transferred the bacteria on to Petri dishes and completed a cell count. Overall, I found out that solar water dissenfection is an efficient way to decrease the number of bacteria in the water. The best bottle to use to disinfect is a clear, thin bottle.

Sophie Scholl
Grade level:  8
School:  Skinner Middle School
Name of the Project: The Oleophilic Ability of Botanicals in Cleaning Oil from Water
Sophie investigated how natural plant materials could be used to mitigate environmental contamination from oil.
Brief Description of the Project:
This study investigated the oleophlic ability of botanicals with a goal of finding a natural alternative to cleaning oil spills from bodies of water.  Foliage from these plants were put in a bowl with 2000 grams of water and 200 grams of oil for an hour, then removed.  The post and pre weights of the plant were taken to determine the amount of oil absorbed by the botanical.  Through data collection, it was found that Jerusalem Sage is the most effective in cleaning oil spills.

Juno Gregg
Grade level:  8
School:  Skinner Middle School
Juno investigated how salinity of water affects the ability of sunlight to travel through it with connections to ecology etc.
Brief Description of the Project: 
This study investigated how increased amounts of salt in fresh water affected the translucent quality of the water. A test apparatus was built and increased amounts of salt were added to distilled water. A 1000 lumen flashlight was shone down into the water and reflected through a mirror. A photographic light receptor took the readings of light reflected in foot-candles. The findings show that when salt is salt is added, the amount of foot-candles decreases. This project could be applied to modern society by finding salinity, therefore finding what animals could live in a localized area. Also different contents could be used as the independent variable to test water quality.
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