MARK T. SKINNER WEST SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
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Week at a Glance: 
March 17 - March 24  
Repeat Articles




Friday, March 17th -Progress Reports Go Home
Tuesday, March 21-Forum/PTO Meeting 5:30
Tuesday,March 21- LSC Meeting- 6:30
March 21 - April 6- PARCC TESTING Grades 3-8
March 31 - Student Council Food Drive Ends

New Articles
 
PTO Forum SupportPTO  

Please read this important letter from Mrs. Clark.  Our Forum/PTO really needs your support to help Skinner West augment the funding cuts we've seen this year. 
 
 
Dear Parents and Caregivers, 
Please see the following two letters.  One is from the Board of Education and one is from CPS.  Thank you.         
 
 
As CPS families, you see the hard work of principals and educators every day, and your children get to experience the great things happening in classrooms. Today, we wanted to share with you that now a national audience is learning about the excellent work happening in Chicago schools, where our students are reaching even greater heights. You can read more about it in 
the New York Timeshere

While our district faces challenges, 
the New York Times reminds us all that the dynamic leadership of CPS principals is at the heart of the work we do as a district. We're proud of the work of our school leaders and classroom educators, and grateful for all that they do. 

We hope you'll take a moment to celebrate this well-deserved national recognition of our schools, and thank principals and teachers for the great work that they're doing. 

Sincerely,

Forrest Claypool                    Dr. Janice K. Jackson
Chief Executive Officer          Chief Education Officer
      
 
On Tuesday February 28, the Saakumu Dance Troupe from Ghana, West Africa visited Skinner West. They presented interactive dance performances to grades K-4, and taught drumming, dance and song workshops to grades 5 - 8. The students learned about Ghanaian instruments such as the Gyil (a xylophone made from béné wood, calabash gourds and goat skin) and the djembe-- a goblet shaped drum. All students at the workshops got a chance to dance and drum, and even some teachers joined in. Music of Ghana Day was a great way to end our celebration of African American History month. Thank you, PTO Forum for sponsoring this fun event! 
 
     
 
 
School Improvement Committee Meeting MinutesSIC
 
Please find attached the recent meeting minutes from our School Improvement Committee.  Thank you!
 
MATHCOUNTS Competitioncounts


 
 
 The Skinner West Debate Team participated in the Chicago Middle School Debate League's fourth tournament of the 2016-2017 season on Saturday, February 25th. 
 
 The overall topic for the year is: 
'Political and Economic Engagement with the People's Republic of China', and the cases being debated at this Tournament were 
'Human Rights','North Korea', and 'Currency Manipulation'. 
 
The students did an outstanding job against some tough competition. Among many other awards, they took 2nd place in the JV division, as well as earning the title of Conference Champions in the Novice and Varsity divisions!
18th
 NoviceIndividualTrayi S 
16thNoviceIndividualLouise G 
15thNoviceIndividualJimmy X 
12thNoviceIndividualTia H 
11thNoviceIndividualLawrence N 
9thNoviceIndividualJenny C 
6thNoviceIndividualAndrew B 
4thNoviceIndividualCosette R 
2ndNoviceIndividualJulia G 
     
6thNoviceTeamLouise GCosette R
4thNoviceTeamAlex EMcKenna M
3rdNoviceTeamDarian LDavid W
2ndNoviceTeamTrayi SElla J
1stNoviceTeamJenny CNicole B
     
6thJVIndividualKatelyn M 
3rdJVIndividualCampbell N 
     
3rdJVTeamCampbell NChristi B 
2ndJVTeamNia LKatelyn M
     
5thVarsityIndividualChris C 
3rdVarsityIndividualMatthew S 
2ndVarsityIndividualRuthie Z 
1stVarsityIndividualJada M 
     
4thVarsityTeamNandi MMatthew S
2ndVarsityTeamVictor KChris C
1stVarsityTeamRuthie ZJada M
 
 Congratulations Superstars!! 
 
 
Two of our 8th grade students, Jessica L. & Kayla W., were selected to attend a week-l ng entrepreneurship with Google.  Only thirty young women from Chicago were selected. These young ladies are going to be exposed to Chicago's entrepreneurial ecosystem. We know they will be picking up several new skills that they will share with us when they return from spring "training".  The Class of 2017 congratulates them on this wonderful opportunity!!!
Whitney Young Basketball Campballcamp
 
This is Quinn Peterson, the head boys basketball coach at Walter Payton College Prep. I am excited to announce that we will be hosting our 2nd Annual Payton Grizzlies Summer Youth Basketball Camp at Walter Payton College Prep this year from Monday, July 31st to Friday, August 4th 9a-12p. Registration is officially open! There are a limited number of spots available and we do expect that this camp will be filled to capacity this year based on turnouts for our previous fall and summer camps. 

This camp will take place in our brand new gym which opened this year, and be led by our varsity coaching staff with assistance from some of our varsity athletes. We will be focusing of fundamentals and skill development, in addition to scrimmages and competitions throughout the week. 

As you may know, we are the top-ranked school academically in Illinois, and this camp is a great opportunity for young student-athletes to develop their skills, meet our coaches and have some fun for the week.

Attached here is a registration form included all additional camp details. Please pass this information along to families who may be interested, and direct them to me if they have any additional questions. 

Thanks and have a great day.

Best regards,
Quinn Peterson
Head Boys Basketball Coach
Walter Payton College Prep
 
Repeat Articles
 
Update on CPS Civil Rights Lawsuitsuit
 
Chicago Public Schools has issued a letter to parents with an update on the civil rights lawsuit filed. The letter is available under the News section of Edline or by clicking the link below:
 
STAR Afterschool Program Link Correctedstar
 
The STAR payment link is now working on the Skinner West website.  Please make your payments now using this link:  

History Fair - Parent Presentation Date Changehistory
 
Due to PARCC testing, the Upper Grade History Fair community presentation has been changed to Monday, 3/27 (instead of Wednesday, 3/29).  The due date to turn in the project to your teacher has not changed.  
 
 
In Ms. Hernandez Martin's Spanish class, 2nd graders are learning songs about their daily routines and feelings and emotions.They have fun learning these songs!


 
 
Classroom Connections - Miss Dalaldalal
 
Last Friday, February 24, the third grade presented their annual Wax Museum in celebration of Black History Month. Each student chose an influential African American to research, then wrote and memorized a brief oral presentation. Students took on the persona of their hero and delivered their speeches as that person, complete with a costume and props. Visitors to the Wax Museum were greeted by frozen figures who came to life at the press of a "button." Civil rights activists, politicians, entertainers, scientists, and athletes told visitor after visitor about their inspiring lives. Parents, teachers, and students were wowed by the students' research, creativity, and public speaking skills. We are so grateful to our Skinner community for your support of our students! 

The Third Grade Team: Ms. Dalal, Ms. Fisher, Ms. Lohman, Mrs. Oluewu, and Mrs. Wyper

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots." - Marcus Garvey



 
 
POW! GYM updatepow


 
Chicago Children's Theatre Makes its Debut!Theatre
 
We would like to introduce you to the Chicago Children's Theatre's The Station (100 S. Racine).  We just finished a project with over 1,000 students at your school and you will soon see the results! The Station is really excited to get your students involved in our classes, spring break camp and summer camps! Please join us at our next open house on March 25th. We will be presenting  new classes such as:  Intro to Circus, Bubble JAMS, STEAMCRAFT, and Beat Box Theatre! Open House special guests include: Tim Kazurinskly, Dave Pasquisi, Nick Davio, and an open rehearsal with NeverBird Theater. Don't miss out on this awesome event!  

RSVP with the link below! Sign up soon because spots are limited! https://fs21.formsite.com/jarndt/form200/index.html
 
 We hope to see you soon at The Station!
 
Sincerely,
Frank Maugeri
Community Programs Artistic Director
Chicago Children's Theatre

 

Mathnasium is offering 7th grade Math NWEA Prep which started Saturday, 3/11.  Click here for more details.

 
14th Annual Gallery 111 Gala gala111
SAVE THE DATE
14th Annual Gallery 111 Gala
Saturday, May 20, 2017
7:00 - 10:00pm

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Deborah M. Clark
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