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March 24 - March 31  
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March 27th - April 6th - PARCC Testing Grades 3-8
March 27th - History Fair School Presentation 
March 30th- School Improvement Committee Meeting 5:00
March 31st - Student Council Food Drive Ends
April 5th, 19th, 26th & May 3rd @ 10:00 a.m.- Skinner West Prospective Parent School Tour (Meet at Security Desk - Adams Street Entrance)  

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Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Please see the following two letters from the Board of Education and one is from CPS that explains how PARCC testing works.          
Skinner's PARCC schedule is as follows:

3rd, 4th, 7th, 8thMathMarch 28-309:15-12:00
6thMathMarch 21-239:15-12:00 
6thEnglish Language Arts March 28-309:15-12:00 
5thEnglish Language Arts March 22-249:15-12:00 
5th MathMarch 29-319:15-12:00 
Make-Up Testing April 3-6 

In preparation for PARCC assessments, please have your child:
- Get a good night's rest
- Eat a good breakfast on the mornings of testing
- Arrive to school on time
- Bring 2-3 #2 pencils for testing dates (Grades 3-4th ), and most importantly,
- Let your child know that you have confidence in his/her ability to do his/her best!!
Students who are tardy will work in the library until the test session is over, and make up any test sessions missed during make-up April 3-6th.
Gallery 111 Donations NEEDED!donation 


Dear Parents,

Friends of Skinner West has been presented with a unique opportunity to receive a donation from a local real estate developer, Zom Living.  Zom has graciously agreed to donate $250,000 to Friends of Skinner West pending the approval of their development project in the neighborhood.  This donation will be used to build a state-of-the-art STEM lab, including such items as 3D printers, coding stations, animation stations and engineering kits with the additional possibility of receiving the accompanying programming and curriculum.  Investing in the betterment of the school helps everyone who lives in the neighborhood and all students who attend Skinner. 

We need your help.  As Skinner continues to face budget cuts and budget pressure from CPS, this donation is more crucial now than ever.  If you'd like to help support our efforts to ensure we can receive this gracious donation, please voice your support by writing a letter to Alderman Solis including the data points mentioned above.  Please address the letter to Alderman Solis, but letters can be emailed to Friends of Skinner West for distribution to the Alderman's office at  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to FOSW at

We appreciate your help and support of our school and students!

Thank you,
Friends of Skinner West 
PTO Forum - Please Support Skinner WestPTO  

Please read this important letter from Mrs. Clark. Our Forum/PTO desparately needs your support to help Skinner West augment the funding cuts we've seen this year.  PTO continually funds classroom programming and technology that CPS funding does not.

Want to know more? 

PTO Parents' Social - April 27
Please save the date for the PTO Parents' Social on April 27 at 5:30 pm. We'll have drinks and hors d'oeuvres and a special visit from Principal Clark. All parents and teachers are welcome. Details to follow. 
Student Council Food Drive Wraps up 3/31! blessing  
Last Call!  Student council's food drive benefiting needy Chicago children, or "Blessings in a Backpack" ends next Friday. Please leave donations on the table outside the gymnasium.  

Please see attached 
a list of acceptable donations. Donations will be packed up by the Student Council and given to children in need. Help us make a difference!
2nd Grade - Classroom Connectiondaigle
Recently, the 2nd grade neighborhood students took a field trip to Shedd Aquarium. The children explored a variety of aquatic habitats. They saw dolphins, jellyfish, sharks, an anaconda, and more.  We even got to touch a starfish and a lake sturgeon!  For many of our students, it was their first experience at the Shedd, and they can't wait to go back again!  

Here is what some of the second graders learned while on our trip:

"I learned that jellyfish can change colors.  Cool!" - Eliana C.    

"I learned that some dolphins can swim upside down.  And penguins can live in little tunnels." - Alex R.

"I learned that jellyfish don't have bones." - Nathan S.
Mrs. Daigle, Mrs. Haddad, & Mrs. Ward

Skinner Summer Camp Registration - Now Open! camp 

Camp info is available here.  Feel free to email or bring in (to Skinner West) your filled out registration/waiver form

New this summer: 

- No deposit required

-  Camp will begin the day after CPS's school year ends on Wednesday June 21st. That 3-day week will be prorated based off of your enrollment in the following 8 weeks.

- Teen Camp will be run as a separate group with activities geared more toward their age, including their own trips at times. They will serve as Junior Counselors at times throughout each week, assisting with specific large group activities.

Feel free to reach out with questions by contacting the camp email address here!

Thank you!
Mr. Johnson & Ms. O'Brien

 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!
PlaceLevelTypeName 1  Name 2 
18th Novice Individual Trayi 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!! 
MATHCOUNTS Competitioncounts 

On 2/25 and 3/4, Skinner "Mathletes" competed in the MathCounts - Chicago Chapter and the Illinois State Competition
Congratulations to Ethan B., Faizai T., Arnav G., and Team Captain Sophia C., for proudly representing Skinner West as "Mathletes" in this competition.
There were a total of 41 schools and 312 registered students for this competition. Skinner took 1st place as a team in their division and advanced to the state competition.  Also joining the team at the state competition was Colin M., who advanced to state for his outstanding performance in the individual portion of the competition.  Well done!
Skinner Chess Superstaralice 

On February 4, Alice, 5th Grader, won 4th Place in the K-6 Elementary Section of the 2017 Greater Chicago Chess Championships at McCormick Place. She also earned the City of Chicago Chess title. The City Council will recognize her achievement in the Council meeting on March 29 at City Hall with other sections' top players and teams from the city.
On March 12, Alice won the 18th Place out of 171 chess players in the Elementary Section (Grades 4-5) of the 2017 Illinois K-8 Championships in Normal, IL.  Congratulations Alice!

2017 Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summitglobal   

The 2017 Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit will take place from July 22-29, 2017.  

Accepting Applications from February 1 -  April 2, 2017
A joint program of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the Global Youth Ambassadors  Leadership Summit is an educational forum in Chicago to help grow a new generation of global leaders. Participants from Chicago and its 28 international sister cities are empowered through workshops, discussions and presentations on advocacy, activism and leadership. The Summit encourages young women to become active leaders in their communities and develop solutions to the challenges girls face around the world. 
The Summit consists of a one-week summer intensive program for teenage girls, ages 14-16. It is an opportunity for the girls to meet their peers from around the world; share issues that are of concern to them; participate in workshops; and meet with distinguished women in leadership positions. The participants are made aware of the experiences of peers who come from different backgrounds and are positioned to serve as advocates for each other in the future. As emerging leaders in their own communities, the summit equips the girls to become agents of positive change in the world. 
Participants are selected via a competitive application process. The application is available to girls, ages 14-16, who live and attend school in the city of Chicago or one of its 28 sister cities and have an interest in international relations, leadership, advocacy, activism or gender studies.
Mad Science - Upcoming Programsmad    

Please click here and here for upcoming Mad Science Programming!

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Repeat Articles
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. 


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!
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
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