Hot off the presses…. The Skinner Citizen!

Click below for the March issue of The Skinner Citizen

The Skinner Citizen, vol. 3 – March 17, 2017

Neighborhood Center Spring Break Camp! March 27-30, 8:30 am – 2 pm. Only $40!

Neighborhood Center Spring Break Camp! March 27-30, 8:30 am – 2 pm. Only $40 for the entire week! Open to current Skinner students only. 4 DAYS packed with everything from STEAM activities to leadership activities.
REGISTRATION ONLINE ( or at the Neighborhood Center. For questions contact Brittnee Kidder-Davis at 720-424-1472 or or Angie Gonzales at 720-424-1472 or
REGISTRO EN LÍNEA ( o en el Neighborhood Center .
Si tienes preguntas puedes contactar a Brittnee Kidder-Davis en 720-424-1472 o Angie Gonzales en 720-424-1472

Last chance to purchase a 2016-17 Skinner Yearbook!

The yearbook deadline is fast approaching – Tuesday, April 11, 2017!

Please click the flyer for purchasing information and purchase your student’s yearbook today!

Yearbook Deadline Flyer English

Yearbook Deadline Spanish

Dine out for Skinner at Sloan’s Lake Tap & Burger- 3/21, 4-8 pm

Tuesday, March 21, 4 – 8 pm

Sloan’s Lake Tap & Burger  -1565 Raleigh St, just north of Colfax

Head over to STB for happy hour and/or dinner on Tuesday, March 21 from 4-8 pm. Sloan’s Lake Tap & Burger will donate 50% of your bill to Skinner when you mention “Skinner” when checking out. WOW!

Enjoy STB’s amazing wings, mac & cheese, soups, salads, sandwiches, incredible BBQ and absolutely mouthwatering burgers!
$7 kids meals include veggies & dessert!

Proceeds benefit Skinner’s PTO.
Not to be combined with other offers or promotions (including “kids eat free”).

Kate T. Parker Author Visit “Strong is the New Pretty” – Wed, March 15, 8:45 am

Join us at Skinner Middle School on Wednesday, March 15 at 8:45 am for a visit from author/photographer Kate T. Parker, author of  “Strong is the New Pretty”

Click here for event flyer/book order form

STUDENT CONTEST:  Would you like to introduce the author at the assembly? Write an introduction, submit it to your teacher, attach it to this form and you could be selected to introduce the author at your school’s event!

Confident, wild, joyful, fearless, resilient, creative, strong. Girls are all of these things and more. A powerful photographic celebration of the tenacious spirit of girls from across the county, Strong is the New Pretty by professional photographer Kate T. Parker shows us that all girls – not just the athletic ones – are unstoppable. A mother of two loud, messy, freckled, and amazing daughters, Parker began taking pictures of them in everyday life – biking, playing soccer, discovering tide pools – and quickly came to realize the images that most resonated were ones where they were being their true, authentic selves. This morphed into a photography series “Strong is the New Pretty,” which went viral in 2015 and has lead to collaborations with brands such as Kellogg’s, Athleta, Oxygen, and Girls on the Run. And now it is being transformed into striking, inspiring book of the same name, that primarily features never-before-seen photos taken around the county. Filled with more than 150 color and black and white photographs of bookish girls, girls jumping in mud and leaves, girls comforting their best friend, athletic girls, and artistic girls, Strong is the New Pretty reminds us that beauty is not about being a certain size or having your hair done a certain way or wearing a certain dress. It is about being yourself. It is Parker’s goal to inspire girls and women to be their best selves – to challenge and test their limits, to nurture their curiosity and intellect, to find strength in being creative and kind, in bold displays of anger and joy, and in quiet determination. Because as Grace, age 13, says: “Being a girl has no limits.”

KATE T. PARKER is a mother, wife, former collegiate soccer player, Ironman, and professional photographer who shoots both fine art projects and commercial work for clients across North America. Her Strong is the New Pretty photo series has led to collaborations with brands like Athleta, Kellogg’s, Oxygen, and Girls on the Run. The project has also inspired Kate to launch a philanthropic arm of Strong Is the New Pretty, partnering with organizations that invest in girls’ health and education. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit Kate at

Fundraiser for Skinner Middle School – Tuesday, March 21

OUTSTANDING Results at the 2017 Metro Science Fair!

HUGE Congratulations to the amazing Skinner scientists who participated in the Metro Science Fair, February 17 at University of Colorado Denver. FOUR SKINNER SCIENTISTS ARE GOING TO STATE! Skinner couldn’t be more proud of our amazing students. Please see below for photos and a list of all of the Skinner students who won and placed in their categories.

Skinner was the ONLY DPS Middle School to participate in the Metro Science Fair. This is a testament to Skinner’s science teachers willing to go above and beyond to make amazing opportunities like this available to our students.

Behavioral Sciences – Junior – 2nd: Sophie Scholl

Biological Sciences – Junior – 2nd: Grace Even

Earth & Environmental Sciences – Junior – 1st: Josh Miller

Energy – Junior – 1st: Juno Gregg

Materials Science – Junior – 2nd: Teresa McManus

Earth and Environmental Sciences – Junior – 3rd: Olivia Bergstrom and Brennan Kammerer

Dr. Charles Ferguson – Outstanding Science Fair Project Award (Skinner Middle School) Yuliangel Dominquez-Delgado, Josh Miller

NASA Earth System Science Award – Laila Smith

Office of Naval Research – Naval Science Award – Laila Smith

Stormwater Permittees for Local Awareness of Stream Health – Certificate of Excellence – Wyle Cornish

Broadcom Masters Nominees
Grace Even
Sophie Scholl
Juno Gregg
Josh Miller
Olivia Bergstrom & Brennan Kammerer
Teresa McManus

Skinner Night at Chipotle – Tues, Feb 28, 4-8 pm

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 4-8 pm is Skinner Night at Chipotle on 32nd and Lowell.  Stop in for dinner, mention “Skinner” at checkout and 50% of your bill will be donated to Skinner! Dine-in or take-out.

Happy Hour is 5-8 pm, BOGO on adult beverages plus free chips and salsa!  Don’t forget to mention “Skinner” at checkout!

Skinner Voice Competition – Thurs, Feb. 23, 6 pm FREE ADMISSION!


Congrats Mr. Joshua Duran!

BIG CONGRATS to Mr. Joshua Duran, Restorative Justice Coordinator at Skinner. Mr. Duran is this week’s “Living Our DPS Honoree”!

“Joshua Duran knows the Skinner Middle School community inside and out. He always puts Equity first and will do whatever it takes to support our students in their journey to emotional, academic and societal success. Joshua holds students accountable for their behavior in a manner that teaches them pro-social skills, while maintaining their dignity. When he isn’t in his office working on an issue with someone, he is sitting in the classroom supporting behaviorally struggling students so that they don’t miss out on important instructional time. Students can count on him ‘not to play’ when it comes to the serious stuff but to ‘be playful’ in building and maintaining strong relationships with them.

Joshua helped start the Latin Student Alliance at Skinner Middle School and through this student group he has lived all of the DPS Shared Core Values. He helped put on Denver’s second annual Segundo de febrero which is an event that teaches the history of the Mexican, Mexican American and Indigenous communities of the United States and how their history impacts those groups today. In this event, he guided students on art projects that explored who they are and helped them learn more about their history and identity. He is a true asset to Denver Public Schools.”
– Gabriela Mohr and Joe Waldon


Peru Trip Fundraiser – March 11, 2017

Skinner Families –

Plan to attend this great event coming up on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 7 – 10 pm at Bonacquisti Wine Company located at 4640 N Pecos St, Denver, CO 80211.

Wine Tasting and Silent Auction with live music to benefit Skinner Middle School students who will be traveling to Peru in June, 2017 for a language emersion and service learning experience. Cash bar after wine tasting, light hors d’oeuvres will be served. This is a 21+ event. $35/person.

Please click here for more information and to purchase tickets.





Hot Off The Presses – The Skinner Citizen

Mr. Josh Duran and his 2nd period Newspaper class are doing an outstanding job with The Skinner Citizen. We’re so excited to have a school newspaper again after a multi-year hiatus.  Below are links to the first two issues.

The Skinner Citizen, vol. 2 – Dec. 20, 2016

The Skinner Citizen, vol. 1 – Oct 31, 2016

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