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

2019 6th Grade Academy – 8:00 am 1:00 pm Monday, August 5th -Wednesday, August 7th.

Hello Skinner 6th Graders & Families:

Congratulations on your 5th grade Continuation! We hope you enjoy this milestone in your educational career. Below is some important information we want to share with you:

2019-2020 Online Registration Verification & Fee Payment

Click link for more information on registration and fees: http://skinner.dpsk12.org/2019-20-school-year-registration/

Summer Homework
Information on summer homework was provided at the 6th Grade Orientation events. Summer homework assignments can also be found on the Skinner website: http://skinner.dpsk12.org/academics/summer-homework/

Click here for some homework inspiration!

2019 6th Grade Academy

We look forward to seeing our new students at 6th Grade Academy on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 8:00 am. 6thGrade Academy will run from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Monday, August 5th thru Wednesday, August 7th. Students are asked to come to 6th Grade Academy in dress code. Lunch will be served in the cafeteria or bring a sack lunch if your student prefers.

New Skinner Family Orientation

We look forward to seeing our new parents (students also welcome) at New Family Orientation on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. This meeting will cover items your new Skinner student is learning at 6th Grade Academy, provide a reminder of things parents need to know and give families plenty of time to ask questions.

As a reminder, the first day of school for our new 6th graders is Monday, August 19, 2019 at 7:25 am.

Skinner Summer Reading Challenge

Skinner invites EVERYONE to READ, READ, READ this summer!! In addition to diving into the magical world of books, you can earn an exclusive invitation to the famous Skinner Library Sugar Fest once the next school year begins! Click link below for all the info.

http://skinner.dpsk12.org/skinner-summer-reading-challenge-2/

We hope you have a safe and wonderful summer. We’ll see you on August 5th at 8 am for 6th Grade Academy!

Grant Varveris, Principal Linsday Young, Assistant Principal

Skinner Middle School

Pre-Collegate Summer Camps for 6th-8th Graders (18-19) – $10 day! Apply Today!

The Neighborhood Center at Skinner has partnered with Regis University, Colorado School of Mines and University of Colorado to offer 5 fun Summer Camps in the months of June and July on college campuses.

Sign up for as many camps as you would like and the price is right at only $10/day with scholarships available! Open to students who were in 6th – 8th grades this school year (2018-2019).

Students learn about business, science, social issues, video game design, and architecture depending on the camp. Enjoy college food, learning, and the occasional field trip to Elitches, pools, bowling, and rec centers. Spots are filling up so fill out your applications soon!

2019 ACCESS Summer Application-ENGLISH

Questions? Contact: Dirk Boden, Program Director , Northwest Denver Neighborhood Center Friends
at 720.217.7206

Nos hemos asociado con Regis University, Colorado School of Mines y University of Colorado para ofrecer 5 divertidos campamentos de verano en los meses de junio y julio en los campus universitarios. Inscrbase en todos los campamentos que desee y el precio es justo en $ 10 por da con becas. Los estudiantes aprenden sobre negocios, ciencias, problemas sociales, diseo de videojuegos y arquitectura segn el campamento. Disfruta de la comida de la universidad, el aprendizaje y el paseo ocasional a Elitches, piscinas, bolos y centros recreativos. Las manchas se estn llenando, as que llene sus solicitudes pronto!

2019 ACCESS Summer Application-SPANISH

Summer Reading Opportunities: 6th-12th Grade

BOOKS AND AUDIOBOOKS

Did you know that all DPS students have 24/7 access to THOUSANDS of FREE eBooks and audiobooks this summer? The DPS OverDrive eBook and audiobook collection has titles for every type of reader. Use your DPS credentials to log in and peruse curated book collections, such as Books to Make You LOL, Culture and Equity, Narrative Nonfiction, and many more. Visit dpsk12.lib.overdrive.com to check out our amazing collection today!

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY

Have you snagged your library card yet? Visit a branch of The Denver Public Library to get a free library card, which grants you access to books, technology, and services and programs for your whole family. Visit denverlibrary.org for locations, hours, and programming.

 

The Denver Public Library’s Summer of Adventure program provides youth–birth-12th grade–the opportunity to read, create, and explore all summer long. Visit your nearest branch location on or after May 31st to register for the program to receive your Adventure Guide. You’ll receive a book, a prize upon completion of the program, and an opportunity to win passes to cultural institutions and entertainment centers. For more information, including reading ideas, visit denverlibraryadventures.org.

 

FREE DAYS AT DENVER MUSEUMS

If you’re looking for something fun to do over the summer, visit http://bit.ly/2019DenverFreeDays to see a list of free days at Denver area museums. You can visit the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and many more!


Las Oportunidades de Leer Durante el Verano: Grados 6-12

Libros y Audiolibros

Sabes que este verano todos los estudiantes de DPS tiene acceso a MILES de libros electrnicos GRATIS, en cualquier momento y en cualquier lugar? Los Servicios de Biblioteca de DPS suministran acceso a una coleccin de libros electrnicos y audiolibros, con ttulos interesantes para cada tipo de lector. Utiliza tus credenciales de DPS para explorar las colecciones especiales como libros cmicos, libros de la ciencia ficcin, y libros en espanol. Visita a http://dpsk12.lib.overdrive.com para tomar prestados de esta coleccion genial!

 

Las Oportunidades de La Biblioteca Pblica de Denver

Ya tienes tu tarjeta de la Bibilioteca Pblica de Denver? Visita a cualquier sucursal de la Bibilioteca Pblica de Denver para registrarte. La tarjeta te da acceso gratis a sacar materiales de la biblioteca, usar la tecnologa, y participar en programas para toda la familia. Visite a denverlibrary.org para ms informacin.

 

El programa Verano de Aventura de la Biblioteca Pblica de Denver anima a los jvenes desde el nacimiento hasta el 12 grado a leer, crear, y explorar. Empezando el viernes 31 de mayo, puedes inscribirte al programa en tu biblioteca local, donde recibirs una Gua de Aventura para apuntar tus actividades y un premio final una vez que te hayas completado las 12 actividades. Cada participante tambin ser elegible para sorteos semanales para pases familiares a instituciones culturales y centros de entretenimiento en todas las sucursales. Lo mejor de todo, es gratis! Para obtener ms informacin sobre actividades de lectura, visite https://denverlibraryadventures.org/es/verano-de-aventura

 

Das de Entradas Gratis en Museos de Denver

Si busques algo divertido hacer este verano, visite a http://bit.do/denvergratis para ver la lista de das de entradas gratis en museos de Denver. Puedes visitar al Museo de Arte de Denver, los Jardines Botnicos de Denver, el Zoolgico de Denver, el Museo de Naturaleza y Ciencia de Denver, y muchos ms.

Letter from Executive Principal Michelle Koyama

Dear Lake and Skinner Middle School staff, families and students,

As we close out the 2018-19 school year, I would be remiss to not send an end of year message. I have remained behind the scenes this year collaborating and supporting Grant Varveris, Principal of Skinner Middle School, and Amanda Stewart, Principal of Lake Middle School, as they established themselves as amazing new leaders of our schools and created the Lake-Skinner Partnership.

For the past 11 years, I have been connected to the Northwest community as a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, and principal. It has been an amazing journey and I thank you for sharing your children with us, and especially me.

This past year as the Executive Principal, I split my time between Lake and Skinner Middle Schools to establish a partnership between the two schools. I have had the honor of working alongside the new leadership at Lake to establish a strong academic and social/emotional program for our students and families in the Lake neighborhood, as well as sustain the great work we have done at Skinner over the years with the new leader. The families in NW Denver deserve to have quality options for middle school to support this, sometimes tumultuous, time of life our students experience. I am proud to say that Lake is well on its way to make a mark in NW Denver, and Amanda Stewart and her team have great momentum to continue to build a strong program. I am also so proud of the experienced leadership Grant Varveris has brought to Skinner to sustain the good work in place and propel the school to the next level.

My intention this school year in my role as Executive Principal was to support the two principals in their transition to their roles as principal. Another way I explained my role was “principal supervisor” and I would often get a response of, “Oh, now I get it!” I have enjoyed this school year working with two amazing leaders. The partnership we established will continue to be built upon, and Grant and Amanda will continue to share and push one another as leaders, for the benefit of student achievement.

Now it is time for me to transition again and continue to expand my leadership. Beginning the 2019-20 school year, I will become the new Regional Instructional Assistant Superintendent for Northwest Denver. I will be on the new Northwest Regional Team led by the Regional Instructional Superintendent, Nicole Veltz (former principal of Skinner Middle School and North High School) and with the other Regional Instructional Assistant Superintendent, Jess Rodrguez (former principal at Trevista). In this new role I will continue to lead the leaders of Skinner and Lake, as well as other Northwest feeder schools. I am thrilled to continue to stay in the NW region with regional leaders who have deep roots and investment in NW Denver, and I am excited to get to work with and learn from the many other principals in NW Denver as we collectively do this amazing work of educating your children.

Thank you for your partnership in my journey,

~Michelle Koyama


Estimados personal, familias y estudiantes de Lake y la Escuela Secundaria Skinner:

Ahora que el ao escolar 2018-19 llega a su fin, no quisiera dejar pasar la oportunidad de enviar un mensaje de fin de ao. He permanecido en un segundo plano este ao brindando mi apoyo y colaboracin a Grant Varveris, director de la Escuela Secundaria Skinner, y a Amanda Stewart, directora de la Escuela Secundaria Skinner, a medida que se han establecido como maravillosos nuevos lderes de nuestras escuelas y han creado la asociacin entre Lake y Skinner.

Durante los ltimos 11 aos, he mantenido la conexin con la comunidad del noroeste en calidad de maestra, capacitadora de instruccin, subdirectora y directora. Ha sido una experiencia increble y, en lo que atae a mi persona, les doy las gracias por confiarnos sus hijos.

Este pasado ao, como directora ejecutiva, he dividido mi tiempo entre la Escuela Secundaria Lake y la Escuela Secundaria Skinner a fin de crear una alianza entre ambas escuelas. He tenido el honor de trabajar junto al nuevo liderazgo de Lake a fin de establecer un slido programa acadmico y socioemocional para nuestros estudiantes y familias del vecindario de Lake, y tambin para continuar la maravillosa labor que hemos realizado en Skinner a lo largo de los aos con el nuevo lder. Las familias del noroeste de Denver merecen tener opciones de secundaria de calidad para apoyar estos aos, en ocasiones confusos, que experimentan los estudiantes. Me enorgullece decir que Lake est encauzada para dejar su huella en el noroeste de Denver, y Amanda Stewart y su equipo cuentan con el empuje necesario para seguir creando un slido programa. Tambin me siento orgullosa del experimentado liderazgo que Grant Varveris ha aportado a Skinner para continuar la buena labor establecida e impulsar a la escuela a alcanzar el siguiente nivel.

Como directora ejecutiva, mi propsito este ao escolar consisti en apoyar a ambos directores en su transicin a sus funciones como directores. Otra forma de explicar mi funcin era decir que era “directora supervisora” y, a menudo, obtena la siguiente respuesta: “Ah!, ahora lo entiendo”. He disfrutado de trabajar con dos increbles lderes este ao escolar. La alianza que hemos creado seguir amplindose, y Grant y Amanda, continuarn compartiendo y esforzndose como lderes para beneficiar los logros estudiantiles.

Lleg la hora de volver a hacer una transicin y seguir ampliando mi liderazgo. A partir del ao escolar 2019-20, ser la nueva superintendente asistente de instruccin regional del noroeste de Denver. Formar parte del equipo regional del noroeste, liderado por la superintendente de instruccin regional, Nicole Veltz (exdirectora de la Escuela Secundaria Skinner y la Escuela Preparatoria North) y el otro superintendente de instruccin regional, Jess Rodrguez (exdirector de Trevista). En mi nueva funcin, seguir dirigiendo a los lderes de Skinner y Lake, as como tambin a otras escuelas del noroeste que remiten a sus estudiantes a dichos centros. Me entusiasma permanecer en la regin del noroeste con unos lderes regionales tan arraigados y dedicados al noroeste de Denver, y me emociona trabajar y aprender de otros muchos directores del noroeste de Denver a medida que colaboramos para realizar esta magnfica labor de educar a sus hijos.

Gracias por formar parte de mi recorrido.

~Michelle Koyama

Scorpions Set Sail! Skinner Regatta was May 10!

The Skinner Regatta on Friday May 10th at Thomas Jefferson HS. Over 90 participants researched, designed and created boats to carry 2 passengers constructed only of cardboard and duct tape. The challenge repurposed science fair project boards and required two students to paddle to the end of the pool, unload and reload 2 new passengers and make it back to the start in the fastest time. Our Titanic themed boat took the fastest boat award and we did have a few submarines but based on the smiles of everyone in the room we all won!

Click here for video about the Skinner Regatta.

Thank you to TJ for hosting our Regatta! (North’s pool is closed due to construction).