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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.

DPS 2018-19 Calendar

Please click to view the 2018-19 DPS School Calendar: DPS 2018-19 Calendar

Principal’s Letter: Our Partnership with Lake

(Please scroll down for Spanish – Desplace el cursor hacia abajo para continuar leyendo)

Dec. 22, 2017

Dear Skinner Middle School families,

I want to share exciting news about the future of our school and our Northwest Denver community. This week, I learned that Skinner has been selected to partner with Lake International School to support improvement efforts at that campus. This is a wonderful opportunity to share all that we have learned in building our Skinner community and family with our nearby middle school.

As you may know, Lake Principal Rebecca Marques-Guerrero announced in November that she will be leaving her position at the end of this school year. For the remainder of the school year, Rebecca is committed to improving school culture and instruction as well as supporting with the transition to a new leader.

DPS explored several possibilities for the future of Lake, including a partnership with Skinner, and vetted different options with Lake educators, families and community members. Based on their feedback, the district selected the Lake-Skinner partnership. One thing this means is that, in 2018-19, I will serve as executive principal over both Skinner and Lake, which provides me the opportunity to continue the work I have invested in Skinner over the last 10 years.

I am honored to have been selected for this role and to have the opportunity to help transform yet another great school with our Northwest Denver community. I will remain as the principal of Skinner for the remainder of the second semester of 2017-18 and I will be determining my Skinner leadership team structure soon for 2018-19 that will work with me in the new executive principal role. In January, I will also be heading the hiring process for the new 2018-19 Lake school leader and will begin developing plans for staffing, budget and other school operations for that campus.

The intention of this partnership is to ensure that both schools benefit from strong systems and structures, and rigorous instructional practices. Under this plan, both Lake and Skinner will have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of students, sharing resources and best practices, expanding community events, and creating new opportunities for teacher development and collaboration. I continue to be committed to ensuring UNITY in the Northwest community to build the strong pipeline of learners ready for our community high schools, as well as readiness for college and career.

While Lake will not continue as an IB International program next school year, core aspects of the IB Middle Years Programme are shared by both Lake and Skinner and are essential to the success of this partnership. These shared beliefs and practices include a focus on developing globally-minded citizens, engaging deeply in rigorous core content, and offering a well-rounded middle school experience that values learning a second language, exploring the arts and engaging with the community.

I hope you share my excitement about what this partnership could mean for our kids and families in Northwest Denver. I will share more information as plans develop over the course of second semester.

Wishing your family peace and rejuvenation during this holiday season and break.

Michelle Koyama
Skinner Middle School

22 de diciembre de 2017

Estimadas familias de la Escuela Secundaria Skinner:

Deseo compartir unas emocionantes noticias sobre el futuro de nuestra escuela y de nuestra comunidad del noroeste de Denver. Esta semana, me informaron que Skinner ha sido elegida para aliarse con la Escuela Internacional Lake a fin de apoyar las iniciativas de mejora en ese campus. Esta es una oportunidad maravillosa para compartir con nuestra escuela secundaria vecina todo los que hemos aprendido durante el desarrollo de la comunidad y familia de Skinner.

Como quizá sepan, la directora de Lake, Rebecca Marques-Guerrero, anunció en noviembre que dejará su puesto al final de este año escolar. Rebecca se ha comprometido a mejorar la cultura escolar y la instrucción durante lo que resta del año escolar, y a apoyar al nuevo líder durante la transición.

DPS exploró varias posibilidades para el futuro de Lake, incluyendo una asociación con Skinner, y evaluó las distintas opciones con los educadores, familias y miembros de la comunidad de Lake. Con base en sus comentarios y sugerencias, el Distrito eligió la asociación entre Lake y Skinner. Esto significa que, en 2018-19, prestaré servicios como directora ejecutiva de Skinner y Lake, lo que me dará la oportunidad de continuar con el trabajo que he hecho en Skinner durante los últimos 10 años.

Me honra haber sido elegida para esta labor y tener la oportunidad de ayudar a transformar otra escuela excelente junto a la comunidad del noroeste de Denver. Continuaré siendo la directora de Skinner durante el segundo semestre de 2017-18 y determinaré la estructura de mi equipo de liderazgo para 2018-19 en Skinner muy pronto. Este equipo trabajará conmigo en mi nuevo papel de directora ejecutiva. En enero, también lideraré el proceso de contratación para el nuevo líder de Lake en 2018-19, y comenzaré a diseñar planes para la contratación de personal, asignación de presupuesto y otras operaciones escolares para el campus.

La idea de esta asociación es garantizar que ambas escuelas se beneficien de contar con estructuras y sistemas sólidos, y con prácticas docentes exigentes. Bajo este plan, tanto Lake como Skinner tendrán la oportunidad de afectar positivamente las vidas de los estudiantes, al compartir recursos y mejores prácticas, ampliar los eventos comunitarios y crear nuevas oportunidades para las capacitaciones y colaboración entre maestros. Mi compromiso de asegurar que haya UNIDAD en la comunidad de noroeste de Denver continúa siendo firme, a fin de que podamos contar con una serie de líderes eficaces que estén listos para dirigir las escuelas preparatorias de nuestra comunidad, y para hacer que nuestros estudiantes estén listos para la vida universitaria y profesional.

Aunque Lake no continuará como programa de Bachillerato Internacional el próximo año escolar, Lake y Skinner comparten las características fundamentales del programa de Bachillerato Internacional para los Años Intermedios que son esenciales para que esta alianza tenga éxito. Estas creencias y prácticas compartidas incluyen un enfoque para desarrollar ciudadanos con mentalidad global, despertar la motivación mediante un exigente contenido académico y ofrecer una experiencia de escuela secundaria integral que valora el aprendizaje de un segundo idioma, explora las artes y promueve la participación con la comunidad.

Espero que compartan mi entusiasmo con respecto a esta asociación y las posibilidades que ofrece a nuestros estudiantes y familias del noroeste de Denver. Compartiré más información y los planes de diseño durante el transcurso del segundo semestre.

Les deseo, a ustedes y sus familias, mucha paz y rejuvenecimiento durante estas vacaciones decembrinas.

Michelle Koyama
Escuela Secundaria Skinner

Prospective Family Info Night-Wed, Jan. 17 at 6:30 pm

4th and 5th Grade Families – plan to attend the Skinner Middle School Prospective Family Information Night coming up on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 pm. The evening includes a presentation by Principal Koyama, a student panel, a parent panel and plenty of time for Q&A. School tours led by teachers are also offered.
No RSVP required. Children welcome.

Congratulations Science Fair Winners!

Skinner’s Science Fair was Tuesday, December 5. CONGRATULATIONS to our top prize winners! Look out District Science Fair…here come these incredible scientists from Skinner, taught by amazing Skinner teachers! (See below for photos).  Thank you to the 60+ fantastic judges who volunteered their time to serve, including an awesome group of former Skinner scientists (grades 9-11)!

6th Grade – 1st: Kobe Brambilla; 2nd: Polly Bungum and Reese Ripley; 3rd: Olivia Ortiz
7th Grade – 1st: Lia Dino; 2nd: Kylie Abeyta and Skyler Kasnof: 3rd: Coco Goldman
8th Grade – 1st: Juno Gregg; 2nd: Sophie Scholl;3rd: Charlie Ruderman-Pratt

Did you know in 2016, Skinner was the only DPS middle school to represent at the Metro Science Fair, where we had 3 projects qualify for the State Science Fair? One project went on to place 2nd! Looking forward to watching our scholars compete at the District, Local, and State levels, Best of Luck!

6th Grade Top Ten – Kobe Brambilla, Polly Bungum and Reese Ripley, Olivia Ortiz. In no particular order: Magdalena Burkholder, Reyna Sandoval/Ellary Hammermeister-Suger, Maeve Reidy, Phoebe Fowler, Thomas Combs, Elsa Homer, Helen Goldberg
GRIT Award: Valerie Perez, Gabriel Guttierrez, Ozmar Munoz, Liliana Echeverra
CREATIVITY Award: Magdalena Burkholder

7th Grade Top Ten – Lia Dino, Skyler Kasnoff/Kylie Abeyta, Coco Goldman. In no particular order: Lily Grasso Rudawsky, Wylie Cornish/Nate Howard, Sophie Seymour, Preston Schmidt/Veronica Wolf, Alex Richardson/Maxwell Bungum, Thu Nguyen
GRIT Award: Gabriella Isom
CREATIVITY Award: Justin Burt

8th Grade Top Ten -Juno Gregg, Sophie Scholl, Charlie Ruderman-Pratt. In no particular order: Madison Menke, Rachel Zizmor, Sophia Girten, Kate Adams, Olivia Talle, Egan Fisher, Declan McDaniel


December Family Newsletter

Hello Families –

Please click here for the December Newsletter. Lots of important info including upcoming dates (BINGO Night is Jan. 19), a letter from Ms. Koyama and info on holiday gifts for teachers.

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Scorpion Success at Robotics Competition!

The results just came in and Skinner came in 15th at the Rocky Mountain BEST Robotics competition this past weekend (October 21-22, 2017) at Metro State. Our team competed against high schools and middle schools across the Front Range and the competition was intense. CONGRATULATIONS SCORPIONS!

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