Why do our students “Love Their School”?

February has been designated by CSC and PTO as “Love Your School” month. From strong academics to the wealth of extra-curricular programming, we truly have something special here in Northwest Denver!
Please take a look at this video for how you can help support us maintaining what we have for our children for years to come! https://vimeo.com/247848519/92a75d62bf

Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. Please click here to make an online donation today. Cash and checks gratefully accepted in the main office. Thank you again families for helping make Skinner the neighborhood school we all love.

“Something I love about Skinner is Skinner Cares Day that we have. I love it because everyone bonds with each other. We also get to relate to other people and show compassion for what others have been through.”
Destinee McLeain- 8th Grade

“I love that there are so many things to do. There is a club for every interest and talent. We have special days like celebrations, spirit week, and holiday events. I also love the people, there are people here who care about you. That is what I love about Skinner”
Jade DeCamillis – 8th Grade

“I love Skinner because of the opportunities that it gives. I also love all the teachers and staff, and how they always say good morning or good afternoon with a smile. I love that they prepare you to go to high school so once you get there you are ready to go!”
Cierra Cabazos – 8th Grade

“I love Skinner because whenever I am having a hard time with my work, I am able to go to office hours so that I can get help on my work, catch up and get good grades”
Avery Campo – 7th Grade

RJ’s drawing of his favorite teachers speaks for itself
RJ Irizarry, Jr. – 7th Grade


“I love Skinner because they work very hard to help students feel safe and they have the best staff. Skinner is a safe environment where you can report anything that is bothering you or your friends. I love Skinner so much! It’s a great school!”
Alexa Madrid – 7th Grade

“I love my school because all the kids are nice, all the teachers are nice, and because I love working and learning!”
Roman Ramirez – 7th Grade

“I love Skinner because they have so much creativity with the core classes. Also I feel like I am learning everyday because the teachers are always challenging me in many ways. Also it feels like they are making me ready for high school which feels good.”

– Aaron Rodriguez, Grade 8

“I love Skinner because all the kids are very sweet and everyone cares about each other. My favorite thing about this school is wood shop. Mr. Duran is an amazing teacher and I just love the things we do. I look forward to having wood shop next year.”
Anna Garcia – 7th Grade

“I love Skinner because of all the friends and teachers I have.  They all are very amazing.  Another great thing about Skinner is the sports and the new people I can meet!”

– Isaiah Padilla, Grade 7

“I love Skinner because the teachers push me to do my best.  At Skinner, they let you be your individual self.  I also love Skinner because it is a peaceful school and every time I walk into the building, I feel safe.  I also feel like I can talk to anyone.”

– Zion Robinson Grade 7

“I love the diversity at Skinner.  It’s cool to learn about other cultures and know people who know things about different kinds of cultures.  I also love the music program.  It’s always fun playing pieces of music you might know!”

– Lucia Reyland-Slawson Grade 8

 “I love Skinner because the community helped me realize that being myself is a great thing. They help kids here express themselves and handle things very professionally. I also love Skinner because people are friendly and the staff makes sure everyone is having a good time. Plus, Skinner has lots of fun after school programs that are always open to the kids. Skinner is amazing!”
                                                                                                                           – Arianna Montoya, Grade 7

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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.  http://denversciencefair.com/

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! http://www.csef.colostate.edu/


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

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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: http://schoolchoice.dpsk12.org/greatschoolsexpo/

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: http://schoolchoice.dpsk12.org/schoolchoice-round-1/

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