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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Bingo Night Fundraiser – Jan. 20 – Buy Tickets Today!

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Join us January 20th from 7:00-11:00 pm 
at the Denver Elks Lodge #17 – 2475 W. 26th Ave

Old-School BINGO
$1 per sheet – 50/50 Bingo
Win big – win often!
Cash Bar – Beer – Wine – Cocktails

Tickets: $20 pre-sale or $25 at the door (21+)

Plenty of free parking available

Can’t attend but want to send a teacher? Simply make a $20 donation on the ticketing website for each teacher ticket you would like to purchase. Visit to purchase

Benefiting Skinner Middle School

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In Memory of Esmeralda Chavira

Esmeralda Chavira, Ritchie Principal Intern at Skinner Middle School, lost her life this weekend in a tragic accident in Mexico.

Esmeralda Chavira was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and was brought by her parents to the United States when she was 6 years old.  She first lived in Chicago, and when she was a teenager, her family moved to Denver.  She was a proud DPS graduate from Montbello High School and went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Metro State University.  After working in the business world for 4 years, Esmeralda decided to become a bilingual elementary teacher.  She received her teaching license and Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado at Denver, and began her teaching career in DPS in 2009 at Castro Elementary where she taught 4th grade and then became the Student Advisor and Administrative Assistant.  “Esmeralda’s perseverance and dedication to students was clearly evident in her support of students’ academic and social emotional needs,” said Cheri Wrench, DPS Executive Director.  “She was a gifted bilingual leader in DPS with great talent.”

Esmeralda enjoyed traveling, reading, and dancing.  Most recently, Esmeralda attended the University of Denver to receive her Principal’s License through the Ritchie program and became the Ritchie Principal Intern at Skinner Middle School.  In a short time, she made a positive impact with students, teachers, and families in the Southwest community at Castro Elementary and most recently in the Northwest Denver community at Skinner Middle School.   She will be greatly missed by many and the DPS community is a better place because Esmeralda was part of our family.

Esmeralda was survived by her parents, three younger brothers, her husband, and young daughter.

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Skinner Arts Nights Recap

Skinner Arts Nights were an unqualified success with our students demonstrating their excellence in Choir, Drama, Band, Orchestra and Jazz Band for family and friends.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 were outstanding Drama and Choir performances. The Drama class performed  “Demeter vs. Hady-Poo” and “Hoodie” to a packed house. Our thespians are very talented and big thank you to drama teacher Ms. McAdams!

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Thursday, December 15, 2016 was the concert featuring performances by our 6th Grade Orchestra, 7th & 8th Grade Orchestra, 6th Grade Band, 7th & 8th Grade Band and Jazz Band.  The different ensembles played a wide variety of delightful pieces including a creative poem with amazing sound effects. The band was also outstanding and the jazz band was rocking!

The concert was held at North High to provide all the seats needed for family and friends in the audience.  The Skinner musicians were very excited to be performing in such a grand venue on such a large stage.

Seeing (and hearing) the progression and growth in the different grade levels was truly remarkable. Mr. Dwyer is truly an outstanding music teacher with immense patience and good humor!

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Skinner Team Competes at Mathletics!

Last week, Skinner took two Mathletics teams  to Morey Middle School, to compete against Morey, GALS, and DCIS.  The 6th grade team (Vincent Bonaquisti, Campbell Darlington, Sienna Arguelles-Orr, Kaleb Foth and Zander Johnson), and the 7th/8th grade team (Jake Jones, Quinn Fentress, Victor Untiedt, Zackery Proctor and Teresa McManus) both did well, placing second (behind Morey).  Top individual awards went to 7th/8th graders Jake Jones (2nd place) and Victor Untiedt (tied for 3rd), and to 6th graders Vincent Bonaquisti (tied for 2nd place) and Campbell Darlington (tied for 3rd).  The teams will next compete at the district competition on January 18th at Temple Emanual.  Go Skinner Mathletes!

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Congratulations Scholars – Skinner Science Fair Winners!

Congratulations to our Skinner Scientists for their hard work in the 2016 Skinner Science Fair! Please see below for photos and a list of winners and Top 10 from each grade level.  The Top 3 from each grade will compete in the DPS District Science Fair on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at University of Denver.  The Top 10 from each grade will have an opportunity to compete and present at the Denver Metro Science Fair taking place at the Auraria Campus in February.

6th Grade:

1st: Coco Goldman

2nd: Gabbi IsomIMG_1874

3rd:Lia Dino

4. Caleb Mackenzie

5. Emma Pilburn

6. Lily Grasso

7. Ivan Holtzinger

8. Nathan Howaukrd and Wylie Cornish

9. Olivia Bergstrom & Brennan Kammerer

10. Ella Wagner & Sienna Arguelles-Orr

**Creativity Award- Aiden Heine and Malik Savala

7th Grade

1st Juno Gregg

2nd Oliva TalleIMG_1794_2

3rd Lucy Caldwell and Charlie Ruderman-Pratt

Zach Proctor

Rachel Zizmore and Madeline Berg

Bella Lemond

Ella Curtis and Teresa McManus

Lilly Lemme

Dioceline Perez- GRIT Award

Maurico Banuelos and Raul Luna-Most CREATIVE


8th Grade

1st Josh Miller

2nd Grace Even

3rd Laila Smith

Samantha Wilkins

Yuli Dominguez

Marissa Bonaquisti

Armando Garcia

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Rico Given-Padilla

Emelia Probst

Honorable Mention – Micah McCabe

Grit – Shaina Walsh



Support the Neighborhood Center on Colorado Gives Day!

Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, Dec. 6!

Skinner families, as you may know, the Neighborhood Center at Skinner Middle School has become an integral part of the school day for many students. Our attendees have demonstrated better school attendance, as well as higher test scores in math and reading (13%) and writing (8%).

The Neighborhood Center is funded through grants. Over the past few years, these funds have been harder to come by and we have worked hard to find new ways to support our programs. Neighborhood Center programs are an important resource for students who need (or want) extra academic, recreational, or vocational experiences.

One of our major fundraising events for the year is on Colorado Gives Day, December 6th. With a tax-deductible $20 donation, you can provide a scholarship for a student that may not be able to attend one of our specialty programs, such as STEM Scouts, cooking, woodshop, computer coding or comic strip drawing.

You can donate today, or schedule your donation to happen on Colorado Gives Day 2016, December 6th. Simply click here to make or schedule your tax-deductible donation.

Please consider a gift to our 501c3 ‘Northwest Neighborhood Center Friends’ so we can continue to provide high-quality programming for our students. THANK YOU!

Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. For the sixth consecutive year, Community First Foundation and FirstBank are partnering to present Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 6, 2016.

Skinner Student Newsletter – The Skinner Citizen, Vol. 1

Welcome to The Skinner Citizen, Vol. 1. The Skinner Citizen is written and produced by Mr. Joshua Duran and his 2nd period Newspaper Class. 

Stay up to date on all things Skinner and read the Skinner Citizen!

Click here to read –  The Skinner Citizen, vol. 1 – Oct 31, 2016


Skinner Book Fair – Nov. 10 – 16!

Skinner Scholastic Book Fair 

Thursday, November 10 – Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Daily from 7:25 am – 3:30 pm and special evening hours on Wednesday, November 16 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm

For the first time in approximately 10 years, Skinner MS is hosting a BOOK FAIR!  

The book fair will be open during school hours through 3:30 PM each day with a SPECIAL EVENING showing on Wednesday, November 16th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

The Book Fair is an outstanding opportunity to purchase holiday gifts for friends and family. Skinner teachers will also have “Wish Lists” posted at the Book Fair if you want to make a teacher’s day and purchase a book for his/her classroom!

30-50% of your purchase will be donated back to Skinner as credit to purchase more books for our school library!



Volleyball Fundraiser-Huevos Rancheros Breakfast, Nov. 12

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast

Skinner Middle School Volleyball Fundraiser

November 12th, 2016 8:00-10:30 am
Skinner Middle School Cafeteria (enter from the north side of school – 41st and Knox Ct)

$5 per person, $3 for children 6 and under
Tickets available at the door

All proceeds go to the 2016/2017 7th/8th Grade volleyball team

Thanks for your support!

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New Skinner Scoop Newsletter Available!

Please click here to see the November newsletter, as well as links to prior issues.

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