Skinner takes FOUR 1st Place Prizes at Metro Science Fair!

Skinner’s students’ showing at the Metro Science Fair on Feb. 16 was a great accomplishment for both our students and Skinner’s Science department. We have seen the continued positive evolution of the work our department does and the outcomes we have brought to both student learning and outlooks about learning.

The hours our teachers spent preparing our budding scientists for their projects, completing the registration process and accompanying forms, providing feedback and most importantly the opportunity to be Scientists exploring their passions and curiosities will be what cements their experience as an exceedingly positive one for the rest of their lives.

Official Results are in….
Chemistry – Junior • 1st: Veronica Wolf and Preston Schmidt
Earth & Environmental Sciences – Junior • 1st: Juno Gregg
Plant Sciences – Junior • 1st: Sophie Scholl
Microbiology – Senior • 1st: Isla Anderson (former Skinner student, current North student)

Special Awards:
CU Denver STEAM Consortium – Coco Goldman
Office of Naval Research – Juno Gregg
Isla, Juno, Sophie, Veronica and Preston have been invited to attend the State Science Fair in April in Fort Collins!


Skinner Students at the Capitol

On Feb. 22 seven Skinner scholars attended the GT Legislative Day at the State Capitol Building. Two scholars were chosen to shadow a Legislator and were able to sit on the House of Representatives Floor next to their mentor. Bennett Lane’s Legislator allowed him to stand at the podium and be in charge of the gavel when the House became too loud.

Special highlights of the day included having a Skinner only group meeting with Representative Dan Pabon, a Q and A with the Sargent at Arms of the House, a chance encounter with Lobbyist Mr. Karsian (Skinner parent) who explained the role of a lobbyist and his position at the Capitol, lunch with a variety of Legislators from across the state, in which Victor Untiedt asked a question to the large luncheon group and received a response of applause from the audience. The day ended with a personalized tour of the Capitol from House Speaker Duran’s office, including the special privilege of exiting the window of the House chamber to a private balcony overlooking downtown Denver.

Special shout outs to Craig Dehning who helped chaperone this event, and to Melissa Trujillo for driving the group to and from the Capitol.

Names of students: Lucy Caldwell, Sophie Scholl, Victor Untiedt, Zach Daur, Ciaran Harding, Simon Mast, Bennett Lane








Scorpions Prep for Winter Olympics 2026!

All 13 Skinner Urban Riders students arrived in dark, cold conditions at Skinner on Saturday, Feb. 10 to head for the snowy mountains. In a partnership between Skinner, Denver Parks & Recreation, and Winter Park Ski Resort, these snowboarders participated in the first of four day trips. Despite the horrific traffic, our kids had a blast learning the basics and exceeding all expectations. They were so good, in fact, that the instructor took them on the chair lift to higher grounds, which is rare for a group of this size during their first time out. Warm and refreshed after some post-snowboarding hot chocolate, the Urban Riders were excited to get out there again in a few weeks. Thank you Dirk Boden of the Neighborhood Center at Skinner Middle School for making the incredible opportunity happen for our students

Skinner Musicians at Citywide Honor Orchestra

Skinner Orchestra students had an outstanding showing at DPS Citywide Honor Orchestra. The students listed below auditioned and were selected for Citywide. The students devoted a tremendous amount of their own time to rehearsals – Saturday morning, Feb. 3, all day Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday morning and afternoon, Feb. 10. The performance was Saturday, Feb. 10 at 3 pm and was a tremendous experience for the musicians and audience alike! See below for photos

Amber Nguyen
Rosa Rodriguez
Chelsea Gyles
Genevieve Kuykendall
Aa’niyah Payne
Thomas Combs
Fiona Talle
Sadie Chavez Mosley
Ciriah Torrez
Alegria Reyes
Anya Nacht
Charlotte Cervantes-Dunn
Sofia Estrada
Jasmine Brambila
Lucy Caldwell
Melissa Charles
Tyler Cannon
Olivia Talle
Ellary Hammermeister
Alana Waterman

Skinner Represents at Citywide Honor Band!

Congratulations to the following students who were selected for and performed at the DPS Citywide Honor Band concert last week:

Cierra Cabazos, Ellen Clark , Luke Fleener, Coen North , Zachery Proctor, Ada Youngstrom , Evan Phelps, Jonathan Stone, Kobe Brambila, Zoe Cisney , Piper Jahn , Ian Klute, Olivia Ortiz, Aaron Pratt, Abigail Rodriguez, Eli Schwartz, Vahco Strickland, Max Taylor















“Love your School” This Month!

February has been designated by CSC and PTO as Love Your School Month 💚🦂💚. Skinner has so much to offer our students that most other middle schools don’t! From strong academics to the wealth of extra-curricular programming, we truly have something special here in Northwest Denver! Take a look at the DPS website this week – a wonderful video about Mr. Duran and our wood shop is featured! Please also click below and take a look at this video for how you can help support us maintaining what we have for our children for years to come! 

Mr. Duran and Skinner’s Wood Shop Featured in DPS Video

Skinner is proud to be the only DPS middle school offering wood shop to our students.

WATCH this DPS Features video on Mr. Duran’s commitment to providing woodworking opportunities for students at Skinner Middle School!

The Skinner Citizen Student Newspaper

Click link for the latest issue of The Skinner CitizenSkinner Citizen V2Issue2

Be sure to visit our sponsor, GOTRAX Electric Scooters and Hoverboards! Big Sale on Electric Scooters, $130 savings!

Skinner DOMINATES DPS Science Fair!

Congratulations to our Skinner Scientists who competed at the DPS Science Fair at University of Denver on Saturday, 1/13. We had an AMAZING turnout and dominated again at the fair which is a testament to our whole science team. Thank you to Mr. Martin for once again supporting our scholars at the fair.
6th Grade Winners:
2nd Place: Polly Bungum & Reese Ripley
3rd Place: Kobe Brambilla
7th Grade Winners:
1st Place & BEST IN SHOW: Lia Dino
2nd Place: Kylie Abeyta & Skyler Kasnoff
8th Grade Winners:
1st Place: Sophie Scholl
2nd Place: Juno Gregg
*Also pictured, lower right corner, Isla Anderson, former Skinner, current North High scientist. Isla was the only high school student in DPS to enter the Science Fair!

Prospective Family Info Night – Jan. 17 at 6:30 pm

Prospective Family Information Night

Wednesday, January 17 from 6:30 – 8 pm at Skinner Middle School

This is a great event to attend to learn more about Skinner. Principal Michelle Koyama gives an informative presentation, we have a student and parent panel and offer tours led by teachers. No RSVP required.


Skinner will also be at the DPS Regional SchoolChoice Expo on Monday, January 22 from 6 – 8 pm at North High School. That event includes all of the schools in the Northwest region. North High’s main entrance is located on 32nd Ave at Eliot Street. Click here for info:

As a reminder, the DPS Round 1 SchoolChoice window opens on February 1 and the deadline is February 28 at 4 pm. Click here for info:

Hip Hop Concert featuring Skinner Choir – Jan. 17, 7:30 pm


A concert featuring hip hop duo ReMINDers

and featuring Vocal COalition, North High, Skinner Middle School and Strive Prep

Wednesday, January 17 at 7:30 pm

North HS Auditorium (2960 N Speer Blvd, parking at West 32nd and Eliot)

Tickets – $10
FREE admission – kids 12 and under
FREE admission for all students from collaborating schools with student ID

Buy tickets online (
or at the door (cash, credit, check)

DPS SchoolChoice Information

DPS SchoolChoice window has moved to February 1 – 28, 2018. Please click here for lots more information on DPS SchoolChoice.

Skinner is part of the Northwest Middle School Enrollment Zone. Within DPS, an enrollment zone is a geographic area where the students living within it are guaranteed a seat at one of several schools, not just one particular school. No one will automatically be assigned a seat at Skinner and all families must submit a DPS SchoolChoice online form. Please click for more information on the Northwest Denver Middle School Enrollment Zone:  English | Spanish

DPS SchoolChoice Expo Week – DPS is holding five regional school expos rather than one large districtwide expo. These expos will take place the week of Jan. 22, 2018. More information here.

Northwest Regional Expo
6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22
North High School
2960 Speer Blvd.  Parking lot and main entrance located on 32nd Ave at Eliot St.

Round One of SchoolChoice opens – February 1.

SchoolChoice closes – February 28 at 4:00 p.m.

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