Skinner Scientists Sweep DPS Science Fair!

Congratulations to our Skinner Scientists who swept all 9 prizes PLUS Best In Show at the DPS Science Fair yesterday! Way to go Skinner Scientists!

6th Grade
3rd – Agnys Jones & Claire Babcock

2nd – Lily Madsen
 
1st and Best in Show – Kenton Stehr!
 
7th Grade
3rd – Lola Goldman & Abigail Stelman
 
2nd  – Olivia Ogarek & Piper Radey
 
1st – Louis Calkin
 
8th Grade
3rd – Daisy Holtzinger
 
2nd – Olivia Ortiz
 
1st – Thomas Combs

Skinner News Broadcast

Skinner Community – enjoy this 3rd broadcast from Journalism’s Skinner Citizen students! 

Skinner Principal Hiring Update

Skinner Community,

Please click here for a letter with the update on the principal selection process. Included are two links, one is for your input and the other is to apply to serve on the hiring committee.

Thank you

 

2019 Science Fair Winners

Science Fair Winners! Congratulations to all of our students for their grit with Science Fair. It is evident that you have taken great pride in your work and stepped up to the challenges you faced and overcame them with a smile. We would like to congratulate our top projects in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade. These projects will be moving on to present at the district competition later this winter.
 
6th Grade 
3rd place – Agnys Jones and Claire Babcock.
2nd- Lily Madsen
1st -Keaton Stehr
 
7th Grade 
3rd place – Lola Goldman and Abby Stehlman
2nd- Elsa Vossler
1st – Louis Calkin
 
8th Grade
3rd place – Daisy Holtzinger
2nd- Thomas Combs
1st – Olivia Ortiz

Skinner Students Win Nuggets/Nike Contest!

Marissa and Ellary, two Skinner students, won a Nuggets/Nike contest asking for ideas on how to “Grow the Game” of Basketball with girls! The students and their families will travel to Portland, Oregon on an all expenses paid trip with girls from all over the country attending Game Growers Training Camp at Nike World Headquarters in January 2020!!!! Congratulations Marissa and Ellary!!!

Click here for more info on this Nuggets/Nike initiative. 

How to check grades & attendance

Skinner continues to educate in a variety of ways

Do you want to know how to use Parent/Student Portal – Click here and check out this great video created by one of our 6th graders. 

10th Annual Fall Festival

Join us for the 10th Annual Skinner Fall Festival / Festival de Otoño

Saturday, October 12, 10 am – 2 pm
Food • Games • Prizes • Activities • Silent Auction
Mr. Waldon’s Famous Sopapillas!
Free Admission – Family-friendly, Community Event – Open to the Public
All proceeds benefit Skinner student clubs, athletics and activities

 

2019 Jewels of Highlands Home Tour

Plan to attend the largest fundraiser of the year! The Jewels of Highlands Home Tour, sponsored by Nostalgic Homes, is Saturday, September 28 from Noon – 4 pm. Last year’s tour raised over $40,000 for Skinner!

Please click here for more information

Can’t attend? Purchase a teacher ticket and send a hardworking teacher for free. 

Puchase tickets here

We have MANY VOLUNTEER NEEDS! Please click here to sign up to volunteer! 

SPONSOR! Please click here for information on sponsoring the tour!

Sponsored by:

Skinner Weekly Announcements-Aug. 11, 2019

We are so excited to start the 2019-2020 school year with you soon!  We hope that you had a wonderful and restful summer. Thank you to all of the 6th grade families who came out to 6th grade academy.  It was a great three days!

Registration and Fees:
Thank you to all of the families that came to our walk-in registration days last week and to those of you who have completed registration online.  
Please make sure if you have not yet completed registration to do so as soon as possible.  If you are confused or need support with the process our main office is available to support you this week during the following times:

Monday: 8am – 2pm – we are not selling uniforms on this day
Tuesday: 8am – 3pm – we are selling uniforms
Wednesday: 8am – 10am – we are selling uniforms
Thursday: 8am – 3pm – we are selling uniforms
Friday: 8am – 3pm – we are selling uniforms
* the main office number is 720-424-1420

Reminder – if you have not completed all aspects of registration your student will not receive a schedule until this is completed.  In addition, if you have not paid the fees or contacted our book-keeper to make a plan about payment your student will not receive their school supplies for their classes.  

Online Registration Process:
The information below was sent out to all families July 18th and August 4th about online registration.  Please read the information below and complete the process if you have not done so already. 

2019-2020 Online Registration (Annual Family Update)

EVERY STUDENT MUST REGISTER ONLINE. THERE WILL BE NO PAPER COPIES OF REGISTRATION/VERIFICATION.

The Annual Family Update/registration window for the 2019-2020 school year is open online now through Aug 30th, 2019 at 4pm on the School Choice website:  http://schoolchoice.dpsk12.org/enrollment-registration/annual-family-update/
You must have a Parent Portal account to register your student. To create a Parent Portal account, go to myportal.dpsk12.org and click on “GETTING STARTED”.  If you forgot your password or you can’t log in, you can ask for help by emailing portalteam@dpsk12.org or calling the Parent Portal hotline at 720.423.3163.

  *** In order to complete the registration process, all families must complete and submit the Skinner policy agreement and MyTech Chromebook agreement via the following links:

 

If you do not have computer access, you must attend come to the main office at Skinner this week to receive support.  Please refer to the times in the section above. 

**If your address has changed over the summer, please bring a new proof of address (current Xcel or water bill, lease, or mortgage statement) so we can manually update it.

**If your child received immunizations over the summer, please bring an updated immunization record by the first day of school.

All bus transportation application forms are now online only through Parent Portal. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the transportation department athttp://transportation.dpsk12.org or 720.423.4699.

**Every family must submit an online lunch application—r egardless of household income. Go to www.myschoolapps.com/Application and click on “BEGIN APPLICATION PROCESS.”  You can either click “OPT OUT” or fill out the application if you believe your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch. **Families must re-apply every year.  

Lastly, there are a few items that cannot be updated online and will therefore require you to visit Skinner during the walk-in registration times listed above. These items are as follows:

1.    Changing emergency contact information. Parents/guardians must complete a new emergency contact form in person.
2.    Keeping medication, inhalers or epi pens at school. Parents/guardians and a physician must complete the appropriate release forms found at:  https://studentequity.dpsk12.org/nursing-student-health-services/ or pick up a hard copy at Skinner.
3.    Payment of registration fees and/or other fees with cash as well as the purchase of Skinner gear.

Thank you and welcome!

6th Graders and New 7th/8th Graders – Monday Aug 19th, 7:35am – 2:45pm
We are intentional about all systems and structures here at Skinner and we do this so that all students are set up for success.  A part of setting students up for success is differentiating how they transition at the beginning of the school year. We will have all new to Skinner students start on Monday, August 19th.  Their school day will go from 7:35am to 2:45pm. The cafeteria will be open at 7:10am to serve breakfast to students if they would like to eat here. 6th graders will be dropped off and picked up on the west side, on King St through the 6th grade door. All new to Skinner 7th and 8th graders will be dropped off and picked up through the main door on the south side, on 40th St.  Students will come in Skinner Dress Code and will want to bring their backpacks, trapper keepers(with a zipper), lunch (if they aren’t buying lunch), headphones, and a writing utensil. 6th grade students will receive their scheduled on this day if they have completed the registration process. 7th and 8th grade students will receive a schedule on Tuesday.

It is important that all students are in a safe supervised location after school by 3:00pm.  We will not hold office hours the first week of school. 

All Students School Starts – Tuesday, Aug 20th
This is the first day with all of our students in attendance for the 19-20 school year.  We are excited to have the entire Skinner family back together for another great year! Reminders: 
  • 7th and 8th grade students will receive schedules
  • 6th graders  will be dropped off and picked up on the west side, on King St through the 6th grade door.
  • 7th graders will be dropped off and picked up on the south-east side, on 40th St through the Science Wing doors. 
  • 8th graders will be dropped off and picked up through the main door on the south side, on 40th St. 
  • All students must attend school in Skinner Dress Code
  • The cafeteria will be open at 7:10am to serve breakfast to students if they would like to eat here.
  • 8th graders will receive their schedules outside of the main doors prior to the start of the school day.  When you arrive at Skinner go to the table designated by last name.
  • 7th graders will receive their schedules after a brief assembly in the auditorium starting at 7:40am
  • Students will only receive schedules if they have been registered. 
  • Students will want to bring their backpacks, trapper keepers with a zipper, lunch (if they aren’t buying lunch), headphones, and a writing utensil. 

It is important that all students are in a safe supervised location after school by 3:00pm.  We will not hold office hours the first week of school.  

Upcoming: 
Early in the beginning of the year, boys soccer, girls softball, and co-ed cross country teams will be starting tryouts for each sport.  The head coach will inform the student/athletes who made the team by posting their roster upon completion of the try-outs. Please be advised that we would like to have everyone make the team, but unfortunately we can only dress a minimum number of athletes for games, uniforms and transportation reasons.  Once your student/athlete makes the team, then the coach will be collecting $25.00 from each family in order to play prior to the first game.
Practices may be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:50-4:30.  Information about practices and the game schedule will be handed out to parents during the first week.  Please insure that your student/athlete has turned in their paperwork prior to the first day of practice on, which should include the following:
1.    Parent Permission Form
2.    Emergency Contact Form
3.    Physical Form (with physician signature and date)
If you don’t have these forms ready prior to the first practice, your student/athlete may still attend the practice, but they will not be able to participate until all forms are complete and turned into Skinner’s main office.

Welcome Back Skinner Families!

We are so excited to start the 2019-2020 school year with you soon!  We hope that you had a wonderful and restful summer. As you prepare for the start of another school year, we want to make sure we communicate the information you need to feel success and ready to make it a great year. Please read through this entire email because it has information for all students. Attached you will find the Student Agenda/Handbook which is a great reference to remind yourself and your student of all the policies at Skinner. 

6th Grade Academy Starts August 5!
Dates:  Aug 5th, 6th, and 7th 
Times: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

6th grade Academy is a time for students to transition from elementary into middle school.  We intentionally plan activities to help students feel welcome, included, valued, prepared and comfortable here at Skinner.  Our goal is for all incoming 6th graders to attend all three days of 6th grade academy in order to have the best start to their middle school years! 

Additional Reminders for 6th grade families:

  • 6th Grade Academy students should be in school dress code if possible. (The teachers will help them figure out their dress code questions the first few days as well.)
  • Students will enter through the main doors(South side) of Skinner, on 40th St. on Monday, Aug 5th.  
  • Aug 6th and everyday after, 6th grade students will enter and exit the building through the 6th grade door on the west side, on King St. (this is where drop off and pick up will occur everyday)
  • Students should  bring a writing utensil to class with them each day for 6th grade Academy.
  • We will have a lunch period everyday during 6th grade academy.  Students may bring lunch with them or purchase a school lunch from the cafeteria.  If you would like information about DPS lunch policy and information please click the links below: http://foodservices.dpsk12.org/
  • The cafeteria will not be open for breakfast.  Students may not come in through the cafeteria during 6th grade academy. 


Reminder for 6th grade families – 6th grade parents, please make sure your student has had the Tdap vaccine.  This is required for entrance to 6th grade. In the past, this vaccine was given at age 11, but state requirements have changed.  If you need help in getting immunizations for your student, please contact the main office 720-424-1420.  

More information will be provided by the teachers once they begin.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Grant Varveris, Principal at grant_varveris@dpsk12.org or Lindsay Young, Assistant Principal at  lindsay_young@dpsk12.org

Thanks for your assistance and we hope that your student enjoys 6th Grade Academy!

6th New Family Orientation Night – Aug 6th from 5 – 6 pm 
This meeting is intended for parents/guardians that were not able to make it to the spring pool parties; however, all families are welcome to attend. The meeting will begin promptly at 5pm in the Skinner Auditorium.  Please enter through the main doors on the south side on 40th St. The purpose of this meeting is to provide information to help ease the transition from elementary to middle school.  We want to ensure that we are supporting you and your student as you start your journey here at Skinner Middle School. Some topics may include: school schedule, supplies, uniform, lunch routines, 6th grade expectations and norms, etc.  There will also be time to answer any questions you may have about your specific student or situation after the meeting. We will be selling uniforms before the meeting starting 4:30pm. If you have any questions please contact the main office at 720-424-1420.

Walk-in Registration
Dates/Times: Aug 7th from 8am – 2pm
                      Aug 8th from  12pm – 6pm

Walk-in registration is for families who were not able to register online for one reason or another or if you would simply like support going through the process.  Your student will not receive a schedule on the first day of school unless they have registered, so it is very important that you take care of this process prior to their first day of school.  

Online Registration
The information below was sent out to all families July 18th about online registration.  If you would prefer to complete this process instead of coming in on August 7th or 8th please read the information below and complete the process. 

2019-2020 Online Registration (Annual Family Update)

Greeting Skinner families,
Please read the entire email for important information regarding registration completion for your Skinner student(s).

EVERY STUDENT MUST REGISTER ONLINE. THERE WILL BE NO PAPER COPIES OF REGISTRATION/VERIFICATION.

  • The Annual Family Update/registration window for the 2019-2020 school year is open online now through Aug 30th, 2019 at 4pm on the School Choice website:http://schoolchoice.dpsk12.org/enrollment-registration/annual-family-update/
  • You must have a Parent Portal account to register your student. To create a Parent Portal account, go to myportal.dpsk12.org and click on “GETTING STARTED”.  If you forgot your password or you can’t log in, you can ask for help by emailing portalteam@dpsk12.org or calling the Parent Portal hotline at 720.423.3163.
  •  *** In order to complete the registration process, all families must complete and submit the Skinner policy agreement and MyTech Chromebook agreement via the following links:
  • Policy Agreement (Spanish): https://forms.gle/dAVBhc3w6CRy7BPS6
  • MyTech Agreement (Spanish): https://forms.gle/Dy9cdBoVisXy3vKZ7
  • If you do not have computer access, you must attend the walk-in registration at Skinner on August 7th 2019 from 8:00am-2:00pm or August 8th from 12:00pm-6:00pm to complete your registration on a Chromebook.
  • **If your address has changed over the summer, please bring a new proof of address (current Xcel or water bill, lease, or mortgage statement) so we can manually update it.
  • **If your child received immunizations over the summer, please bring an updated immunization record by the first day of school.
  • All bus transportation application forms are now online only through Parent Portal. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the transportation department athttp://transportation.dpsk12.org or 720.423.4699.
  • **Every family must submit an online lunch application—r egardless of household income. Go to www.myschoolapps.com/Application and click on “BEGIN APPLICATION PROCESS.”  You can either click “OPT OUT” or fill out the application if you believe your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch. **Families must re-apply every year.  
  • Lastly, there are a few items that cannot be updated online and will therefore require you to visit Skinner during the walk-in registration times listed above. These items are as follows:

1.    Changing emergency contact information. Parents/guardians must complete a new emergency contact form in person.
2.    Keeping medication, inhalers or epi pens at school. Parents/guardians and a physician must complete the appropriate release forms found at:https://studentequity.dpsk12.org/nursing-student-health-services/ or pick up a hard copy at Skinner.
3.    Payment of registration fees and/or other fees with cash or check as well as the purchase of Skinner gear.

Thank you and welcome!

6th Graders and New 7th/8th Graders – Monday Aug 19th, 7:35am – 2:45pm
We are intentional about all systems and structures here at Skinner and we do this so that all students are set up for success.  A part of setting students up for success is differentiating how they transition at the beginning of the school year. We will have all new to Skinner students start on Monday, August 19th.  Their school day will go from 7:35am to 2:45pm. The cafeteria will be open at 7:10am to serve breakfast to students if they would like to eat here. 6th graders will be dropped off and picked up on the west side, on King St through the 6th grade door. All new to Skinner 7th and 8th graders will be dropped off and picked up through the main door on the south side, on 40th St.  Students will come in Skinner Dress Code and will want to bring their backpacks, trapper keepers(with a zipper), lunch (if they aren’t buying lunch), headphones, and a writing utensil. 6th grade students will receive their scheduled on this day if they have completed the registration process. 7th and 8th grade students will receive a schedule on Tuesday.

It is important that all students are in a safe supervised location after school by 3:00pm.  We will not hold office hours the first week of school. 

All Students School Starts – Tuesday, Aug 20th
This is the first day with all of our students in attendance for the 19-20 school year.  We are excited to have the entire Skinner family back together for another great year! Reminders: 

  • 7th and 8th grade students will receive schedules
  • 6th graders  will be dropped off and picked up on the west side, on King St through the 6th grade door.
  • 7th graders will be dropped off and picked up on the south-east side, on 40th St through the Science Wing doors. 
  • 8th graders will be dropped off and picked up through the main door on the south side, on 40th St. 
  • All students must attend school in Skinner Dress Code
  • The cafeteria will be open at 7:10am to serve breakfast to students if they would like to eat here.
  • 8th graders will receive their schedules outside of the main doors prior to the start of the school day.  When you arrive at Skinner go to the table designated by last name.
  • 7th graders will receive their schedules after a brief assembly in the auditorium starting at 7:40am
  • Students will only receive schedules if they have been registered. 
  • Students will want to bring their backpacks, trapper keepers with a zipper, lunch (if they aren’t buying lunch), headphones, and a writing utensil. 
  • It is important that all students are in a safe supervised location after school by 3:00pm.  We will not hold office hours the first week of school.  
  • Upcoming: 
  • Early in the beginning of the year, boys soccer, girls softball, and co-ed cross country teams will be starting tryouts for each sport.  The head coach will inform the student/athletes who made the team by posting their roster upon completion of the try-outs. Please be advised that we would like to have everyone make the team, but unfortunately we can only dress a minimum number of athletes for games, uniforms and transportation reasons.  Once your student/athlete makes the team, then the coach will be collecting $25.00 from each family in order to play prior to the first game.
  • Practices may be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:50-4:30.  Information about practices and the game schedule will be handed out to parents during the first week.  Please insure that your student/athlete has turned in their paperwork prior to the first day of practice on, which should include the following:
  • 1.    Parent Permission Form
  • 2.    Emergency Contact Form
  • 3.    Physical Form (with physician signature and date)
  • If you don’t have these forms ready prior to the first practice, your student/athlete may still attend the practice, but they will not be able to participate until all forms are complete and turned into Skinner’s main office.

2019-20 School Year Registration & Fee Payment

2019-2020 Online Registration Verification (Annual Family Update) & Fee Payment

Greeting Skinner families,

Please read for important information regarding registration completion for your Skinner student(s).

EVERY STUDENT MUST REGISTER ONLINE. THERE WILL BE NO PAPER COPIES OF REGISTRATION/VERIFICATION.

Your Skinner contact is Shalaine Lujan Ms. Lujan can be reached at SHALAINE_ABEYTA-LUJAN@dpsk12.org The Parent Portal Hotline is 720-423-3163. If you do not register and complete both DPS and Skinner forms your student will not be given a schedule until this is complete.

  • You must have a Parent Portal account to register your student. To create a Parent Portal account, go to myportal.dpsk12.org and click on “GETTING STARTED”. If you forgot your password or you can’t log in, you can ask for help by emailing portalteam@dpsk12.org or calling the Parent Portal hotline at 720.423.3163.
  • *** In order to complete the registration process, all families must complete and submit the Skinner policy agreement and MyTech Chromebook agreement via the following links:

Please utilize this repaired link (click here) to the English version of the Skinner Policy Agreement. We apologize for any confusion and inconvenience caused by the malfunctioning link.

MyTech Agreement (English): https://forms.gle/5D5tBrazZQHSx1469

Policy Agreement (Spanish): https://forms.gle/dAVBhc3w6CRy7BPS6

MyTech Agreement (Spanish): https://forms.gle/Dy9cdBoVisXy3vKZ7

  • If you do not have computer access, you must attend the walk-in registration at Skinner on August 7th 2019 from 8:00am-2:00pm or August 8th from 12:00pm-6:00pm to complete your registration on a Chromebook.
  • **If your address has changed over the summer, please bring a new proof of address (current Xcel or water bill, lease, or mortgage statement) so we can manually update it.
  • **If your child received immunizations over the summer, please bring an updated immunization record by the first day of school.
  • All bus transportation application forms are now online only through Parent Portal. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the transportation department at http://transportation.dpsk12.org or 720.423.4699.
  • **Every family must submit an online lunch application-r egardless of household income. Go to myschoolapps.com/Application and click on “BEGIN APPLICATION PROCESS.” You can either click “OPT OUT” or fill out the application if you believe your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch. **Families must re-apply every year.
  • Lastly, there are a few items that cannot be updated online and will therefore require you to visit Skinner during the walk-in registration times listed above. These items are as follows:
  1. Changing emergency contact information. Parents/guardians must complete a new emergency contact form in person.
  2. Keeping medication, inhalers or epi pens at school. Parents/guardians and a physician must complete the appropriate release forms found at: https://studentequity.dpsk12.org/nursing-student-health-services/ or pick up a hard copy at Skinner.
  3. Payment of registration fees and/or other fees with cash or check as well as the purchase of Skinner gear.

Thank you and welcome!

Skinner Fees/School Supplies:

Parent/Family Responsibility: Trapper Keeper, earbuds/headphones and pencils/pens
*no rolling backpacks, and no messenger bags

This year, families will pay their fees online using the new DPS payment system. Fees need to be paid by August 5. You will receive a link and information to complete fee payment. Your Skinner contact is Ivonne Chavira. Ms. Chavira can be reached at IVONNE_CHAVIRA@dpsk12.org

School Fees:

$80 (Skinner Fee) + $20 (district MyTech Fee) = $100 (total)

  • $30 covers all Core class supplies ? markers, paper, pens, notebooks, glue, highlighters, etc.
  • $50 covers all our activity fee ? Core + (elective course) supplies, incentive based field trips, academic field
    trips, etc.
  • $20 covers our 1:1 Technology costs ? this money goes to Central office
  • Fee waivers for families who qualify for Free or Reduced lunch (not information we have at the school level)
    • Please see or contact Ivonne, 720-424-1420, for support
    • The waiver will waive the $30 Core class fee, not the Activity Fee or My Tech Fee.

Optional Fees:

  • Yearbook $35
  • Skinner Gear
    • Polos – $5.00
    • Short-Sleeve T-Shirts – $10.00
    • Long-Sleeve T- Shirts – $10.00
    • Sweatshirts – $15.00

2019-20 Skinner Calendar

Please click for the 2019-20 Skinner Calendar: 19-20 Skinner Parent Calendar