Spring Student Futsal League – Wednesdays, 3-4:30 pm

Skinner Futsal League! Futsal is a fun, fast-paced form of indoor soccer. Every Wednesday 3 – 4:30 pm.

Signups are happening NOW. Teams of 5 students, boys and girls. Every registered team will play at least 1 refereed game per week. In May, teams will be seeded and enter the Skinner Futsal Tournament. Team

Registration forms available in the Neighborhood Center and the Skinner main office. $25 registration fee per team ($5/person). Click to print registration form: Student Futsal League Reg Form

Registration deadline – March 12. Submit completed forms to the Neighborhood Center or the Skinner main office.

Questions? Contact Dirk Boden (720) 217-7206 or via email. Brought to you by Northwest Neighborhood Center Friends

Information for incoming 6th Grade Families 2019-2020

Hello 6th Grade Families –

The DPS Office of Choice and Enrollment will be notifiying families in late March about their middle school placement. Once the list of placements has been released, we will communicate upcoming dates and information to our new students and their families.

DPS has released the 2019-2020 DPS School Calendar. Please click below to view. Please remember that Skinner has 4 additional “Skinner Only” No Student Contact days. These dates will be provided to families during 2019-20 school year registration.

2019-2020 DPS School Calendar

Haga clic aquí para el 2019-2020 calendario en Espanol.

6th Grade Academy is scheduled for Agusut 5-7, 2019. Times are approximately 8 am – 1:30 pm. We hope all of our new 6th graders are able to attend.

Please check this page for updates in the upcoming weeks.

THANK YOU from the Skinner Library

The Skinner Library wants to give a shout out and a huge thank you to all of our families and community members!  Our students’ dreams for an audio/visual station has been fulfilled thanks to your generosity!  We’ve also had numerous responses to our requests for Legos, fabrics, and board games.  We are SO blessed to have such amazing people as you in our Skinner community.  THANK YOU for helping make our students dreams become a reality!  Ms. Lewallen and the students of Skinner Middle School are truly appreciative of your support!

Please click for the CBS Ch. 4 news story from Feb. 6 about the project: https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/02/06/skinner-middle-school-donations-dream-library/ 

DPS Teachers’ Strike

From DPS Central Office –
As you may know, Governor Polis announced on Wednesday afternoon that the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment will not intervene at this time in our contract negotiations with the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA). It is his hope that we continue negotiating to avert a strike. This is my wholehearted goal as well. If we cannot reach an agreement, the DCTA has announced plans for its members to strike starting Monday, Feb. 11.

In the coming days, we will continue to work with the DCTA and have offered to go back to the negotiating table immediately to find a solution. We are close to reaching common ground; with continued hard work, honest dialogue and an authentic exchange of proposals, I believe we can reach an agreement and avoid a strike. Our commitment is to spend as much time as it takes to do that.

In the event we’re not able to reach an agreement, the first day a strike could take place is Monday, Feb. 11. While we are committed to finding an agreement and avoiding a strike, our number one priority as a district will continue to be the safety of our students.

We are working hard to ensure there are enough licensed DPS team members and guest teachers to keep our schools and classrooms open. However, our Early Childhood classrooms require a different level of licensing for educators that we will not be able to meet. With that in mind, if a strike does occur, all ECE classes will be canceled for the duration of the strike. We are sharing more information with these team members and families now so that if we do have a strike, they have advance notice of our plans.

I know how challenging this situation is for everyone and I am committed to finding the solution together with the DCTA. We will continue to share updates as they are available. As a reminder, here are resources related to the current negotiations as well as resources for parents in the event that there is a strike.



From Skinner –

Families, Students, Staff and Friends,

We want to let all our families know that Skinner will be emailing our detailed strike plan to all families on Friday 2/8/19 in the late afternoon.  We know this information is coming out late on Friday. Our principal, Grant Varveris, will be returning all phone calls and emails throughout the weekend.  The strike plan will cover the following:

Student entrances
School hours
After school services and cancellations
Academic expectations
Behavior expectations
Schedules for grade levels
Location of grade levels
DPS policies during a strike
Daily updates
As always, please feel free to reach out to Principal Grant Varveris with any questions – grant_varveris@dpsk12.org or 720-424-1463.


Skinner at DPS Citywide Honor Orchestra!

Denver Public Schools’ Elementary, K-8, Middle, and High School Honor Orchestras stage a yearly concert to showcase the district’s talent. The Citywide Honor Orchestra concert was Saturday, Feb. 2 and Skinner was well represented by some of our very talented musicians. Thank you to Ms. Smith for your incredible leadership of our amazing music program!

DPS SchoolChoice Round 1 Deadline – Friday, Feb. 15, 4 pm

Future Skinner Scorpion Families,
Reminder that the DPS SchoolChoice Round 1 deadline is Feb. 15 at 4 pm. Choose Skinner Middle School for 6th grade for 2019-2020 by completing the DPS SchoolChoice Round 1 application and listing “Skinner Middle School” first!
Families interested in transferring to Skinner for 7th or 8th grade  for the 2019-2020 school year must complete the same application. Please note that seats for transfer students to Skinner for 7th and 8th grades are extremely limited.

Skinner Prospective Family Info Night – Thursday, Jan. 24, 6:30 – 8 pm at Skinner Middle School

5th Grade Families – Get to know Skinner, your outstanding, comprehensive neighborhood middle school, at Prospective Family Information Night. Meet Principal Varveris and Executive Prinicpal Koyama, teachers and other staff members. Hear from current students and parents. School tours will also be offered.

Skinner Prospective Family Information Night – Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 6:30 – 8 pm at Skinner Middle School

3435 W. 40th Avenue, Denver, CO 80211

Familias de 5º grado: ¡conozca más sobre la Escuela Intermedia Lake en la Noche de información prospectiva para la familia! Conozca al director ejecutivo de Lake, Koyama, el director Varveris, los maestros y otros miembros del equipo de administración. Escuche a los estudiantes y padres actuales. También se ofrecerán recorridos escolares. Skinner es una escuela secundaria del vecindario, tradicional y completa que ofrece mucho para su estudiante.

Noche Informativa para Futuras Familias – Jueves, 24 de enero, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 pm en Skinner

3435 W. 40th Avenue, Denver, CO 80211


2019-2020 DPS School Calendar

DPS has released the 2019-2020 DPS School Calendar. Please click below to view. Please remember that Skinner has 4 additional “Skinner Only” no student contact days. These dates will be provided to families during 2019-20 school year registration.

2019-2020 DPS School Calendar

Haga clic aquí para el 2019-2020 calendario en Espanol. 

Denver Post article on Restorative Practices at Skinner

Click here for a November 17, 2018 Denver Post article on Restorative Practices at Skinner Middle School.

Skinner Student Leadership Update

SO MUCH going on at Skinner! Do you want to see what Student Leadership is up to? Click here to check out this slideshow to learn more about it and see some amazing things that Skinner students are doing everyday!

To visit the Leadership Website once you’ve watched the presentation in the link below, please click here:

Skinner Science Fair Winners!

Congratulations to all of our Skinner Scientists AND our amazing Science teachers on another amazing Skinner Science Fair! Please see below for the Top 10 projects and the top 3 prize winners from each grade. Photos below.

Thank you to the 30 adult judges and 58 North High students who served as judges. BIG thank you to our Science teachers for putting in so much hard work not only with the students but also all of the behind the scenes planning that goes into the Skinner Science Fair.

Scientists, good luck in the upcoming DPS and Metro Science Fairs!

6th Grade

1)Abigail Stelman- The effect of Amoxicillin and Tylenol on Plant Growth

2) Eliza Brodsky and Ellen Youngstrom- The effect of surface type on force generated by a hovercraft.

3) Rachel Saghbazarian and Logan Anderson- The effect of candle size on rising time of a balloon.

Oliver Rock

Cristopher Guiterrez

Annika Davenport

Jameson Gleaton

Sofia Leone and Evan Radey

Helen Deming and Pearl Phillips

Lola Goldman and Jordan Frank

Most Creative: Zia Esquibel and Analicia Humilidad

Grit: Louis Calkin

7th Grade

Thomas Cook           First Place- The Effect of Soil Composition on Water Pollution Rates

Olivia Ortiz and Maeve Reidy      Second Place- The Effects of Minor Water Inundation on Various Common Indoor Flowers

Eli Schwartz     Third Place- The Effect of Yeast Fermentation on Polysaccharides & Disaccharides

Helen Goldberg

Liliana Echevarria

Lilliana Bateman

Phoebe Fowler

Daisy Holtzinger & Elsa Homer

Reese Ripley & Polly Bungum

Frankie Dardano & Lorenzo Guerra

8th Grade

Lia Dino          First Place- The Effect of Biosolid Sludge on the Growth Curve of E. Coli and the Impact of Antibiotics

Simon Leff       Second Place- Effect of Acids and Bases on Unbuffered and Buffered Systems’ pHThu Nguyen (Taow Nwen)

Gabi Isom      Third Place- The Effect of Intensity of Sound Waves on Number of Words Retained

Coco Goldman

Wylie Cornish

Lily Grasso-Rudawsky

Skyler Kasnoff

Kaylee Apodaca

Emilio Carrasco



Skinner Winter Concert – Fri, 12/14, 6:30 pm at North High

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