Week at a Glance: 
March 31 - April 7  
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April 3rd - April 6th - PARCC Make-Up Testing Grades 3-8
April 5th - Spring Picture Day 
April 5th 10:30 a.m.- Skinner West Prospective Parent School Tour 
April 7th - NO SCHOOL - Furlough Day
April 10th - 14th NO SCHOOL- Spring Break Week
Monday, April 17th -School Resumes

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Click here to view Principal Clark's report that was presented on March 21, 2017 at the Local School Council Meeting.  The next LSC meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m.   All are invited to attend.  


Spring Picture Day picture

Spring Picture Day is Wednesday, April 5th for all Skinner students.  Lifetouch School Portraits will be taking the pictures.

Skinner's PARCC testing for the 2016-17 school year will finish next week. Fifth graders will complete testing on March 31st. Make-Up testing for students in grades 3rd through 8th will take place April 3rd-6th.  


On Monday, March 27th, our 6th, 7th and 8th graders exhibited their History Fair projects in the Skinner gymnasium. The theme of this year's National History Day is Taking a Stand in Chicago/Illinois History. Skinner students visited the Fair and were able to view the projects, including exhibit boards, websites, research papers and documentaries, and learn more about Chicago's fascinating history.  Congratulations to all the upper grade students for all their hard work and a special congratulations to the upper grade students who were selected to advance to the Metro Junior History Fair! The Metro Junior History Fair will be on April 22, 2017 at Lane Tech High School.



Congratulations to the Skinner girls basketball team.  Even though the team was very young, they had several impressive victories and played an unbelievable final game.  The future looks very bright for girls basketball at Skinner !


Skinner Mathletes math

Congratulations to the Skinner Mathletes who represented Skinner West at the Chicago Junior Math League competition on March 18th at Whitney Young High School.  Skinner did an outstanding job!!  Skinner tied with Whitney Young for the highest overall score.  The Skinner Sixth Graders finished as the 1st Place Overall Team and the 8th graders finished as the 3rd Place Overall Team.   Former Skinner students and current high schoolers Marc H. and Yu Jing C. helped lead the Skinner team in this competition.  

Skinner Mathlete Team consisted of:

6th Graders: Arnav G., Colin M., Nathan W., David W. 
 and James B.
8th Graders: Sophia C., Faizi T., Ethan B. and Andrew B.

Individual Awards:
Arnav G. received the highest 6th grade individual score
Colin M. received the 2nd highest 6th grade score
David W. received the 6th highest 6th grade score

Sophia C. received the 3rd highest 8th grade individual score


Mr. Lewandowski and Ms. Rosenzweigfifth

This week the 5th Grade students in Rooms 314 and 318 have officially become authors, creating their own personal memoirs and narrative essays.

"Write down what you think.  I know.  The knowing will come.  Just keep listening...," states Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming.  Students in Room 314 transformed into Ms. Woodson by becoming authors themselves, publishing their own personal memoir.  During a 4-week unit that centered around the civil rights movement, students read several excerpts from Freedom's Children, the novel Brown Girl Dreaming and a close read from famous poet, Langston Hughs.  While reading and understanding that memoirs are simply a hybrid between personal narratives and essays, students were asked to create their own personal memoir centered around a theme of their choice.  The outcome was exceptional!

Students in Room 318 put on their superhero capes and finished writing a narrative essay about their made up superhero or supervillain.  Students discussed the incredible powers and unique physical traits their superhero/supervillain would have as well as unusual or extraordinary places their superhero/ supervillain was born.  The essay included a profile (name, characteristics, personality), a secret disguise, and the powers and weaknesses of their character.  Students included figurative language and descriptive words in their essay.  The students also used Google Draw or drew a picture of their superhero/supervillain to accompany their essay.  If you need help fighting evil, stop by Room 318!




Ms. Travis' 4th Grade classroom is three weeks into an amazing novel study about a caged yet courageous gorilla named Ivan. Ivan is a talented and artistic sort, who can do any and everything, except leave his caged domain in a shopping mall circus. The students are exploring Ivan's complex world through completing various research projects, essays, poetry, paintings and debates to critically explore what life is like for thousands of animals that call circuses and zoos their domain. Learning how harsh life is for the animals they enjoy visiting in zoos and circuses was difficult coming to terms with, but exploring ways they can help them is fostering an amazing sense of humanity and hope.

Skinner Superstars Take 1st Place - Citywide 2Ball Tournamentcity

On March 2nd, Jude G. and Colin M. (Grade 6) took 1st Place in the Chicago Park District's Citywide 2 Ball Tournament.  2Ball is a high-speed basketball game that requires great teamwork, coordination and shooting ability.  Jude and Colin (representing Ping Tom Park) competed as a team against other duos from across the city to win the 11-12 Year-Old Division.  Jude and Colin are also on Skinner West's 5/6th Grade Basketball Team (Gold).


POW! Kids is offering Fit Kid Camps on days that school is not in session, as well as after-school programming and summer camps. To learn more, click here to view the April flyer.

Tours for Prospective Skinner Parentstour

Marla Sedler, a parent volunteer, will be giving tours to prospective Skinner parents on the following Wednesdays: April 5, April 26th and May 3rd.  The tour will start at 10:30 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m.  Interested parents should enter on Adams Street and meet her at the security desk.

Repeat Articles
Gallery 111 Donations NEEDED!donation 

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


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. 
 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!! 
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 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!

Mad Science - Upcoming Programsmad    

Please click here and here for upcoming Mad Science Programming!


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.
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