MARK T. SKINNER WEST SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
2017-2018 School Year 
Week 27: March 22nd - April 5th
New Articles



Dates to Remember
Spring Break - March 25- April 1st
 School Improvement Committee Meeting, Thursday, April 12 th at 4:15
 
CPS 2017- 2018 CalendarClick Here
NEW ARTICLES
 
From the Desk of Mrs. Clark
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Classroom Connections - Physical Education  
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Congratulations Skinner West Inventors!
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Classroom Connections - Spanish World Language Class 
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BAC Lunch Recap 
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Thank you to all who attended Around the World in 80 Dishes #11. 
Please keep an eye out for our next lunch later this Spring.



Mad Science
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Support Skinner 
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POW! Gym Chicago
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REPEAT ARTICLES
 
LSC Candidates and Upcoming Forum
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Elections for Skinner's LSC will take place on Report Card Conference Day, Wednesday April 18th.  Below are the candidates running for Skinner's Local School Council:

PARENT                                                     
Matthew Letourneau                                 
Melinda Sgariglia                                                               
Stephanie Majca
Fadi Matalka
Aisha Crump
Rashod Johnson
Sheila Dantlzer
Nell Strong
Brett Hughes
Sharlene Hobson 
Melvin Flowers

COMMUNITY 
Marla Sedler

TEACHER
Ramal Werner 
Donna McSpadden

NON-TEACHER STAFF
Sheila Howard

New Security Staff 
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Welcome to Skinner West Mr. Alexander Rivera! Mr. Rivera is our new morning security staff person.  Please welcome him as you enter the building during school hours.  Don't forget to sign in at the desk! 

Music of Ghana Day
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On Wednesday, March 7th, Skinner West hosted Music of Ghana Day. The Saakumu Dance Troupe gave interactive performances for Kindergarten through 2nd graders, and 5th - 8th graders, as well as dance and instrumental workshops to 3rd and 4th graders.  Our students really enjoyed both watching and participating!  This special event was co-sponsored by Skinner's Forum PTO and Gallery 111. 


History Fair 
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On March 9th, the Upper Grade Skinner West History Fair was held in Skinner's gymnasium.  Parents, guardians, and 3rd through 8th grade students attended the fair.  Out of the many well researched and explained History Fair projects that were submitted, the following students will be advancing from our school fair to compete against 6th to 8th graders from all over the city at the Regional Chicago Competition on April 7, 2018.

Documentaries:
Annie H.  and Lola P.
Exhibits:
Jessica P., Chasen C. and Lawrence N., Bryce W. and Myles W. and Patrick C.
Websites:
Anna Z. and Alanah P. and Deana F.
Papers:
Kai D. and James B.

Join us in congratulating our Supesrtars and wishing them all good luck!  


3rd Grade Wax Museum
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Last Friday, March 9th, third grade students presented their annual Wax Museum.  Each student dressed up as a favorite African American hero and participated in the 'wax museum,' where they gave a speech stating important facts about their hero. Students froze in position awaiting their visitors. Parents, teachers, and students who visited the Wax Museum pressed a button on a frozen figure's shoulder and then listened as scientists, athletes, entertainers, politicians, and activists told their own life stories. Thank you to the Skinner community for supporting these students and congratulations to our 3rd grade superstars!

PARCC Testing  
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PARCC Testing will take place at Skinner during April (April 3rd - April 20th).  Your student's homeroom teacher will have more information on specific dates for your child's grade.  For more information regarding PARCC testing, please click here to read a letter from CPS.  

Skinner West Debate  
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The Skinner West Debate Team participated in the Chicago Middle School Debate League's Tournament Four for the 2017-2018 season on Saturday, February 24. 
  
The overall topic for the year is: 'Government Funding and Regulation of Education in the United States', and the cases being debated at this Tournament were 'Federal Funding Inequality', 'English Language Learners', and 'STEM'.

The students did a great job against some tough competition and won the following awards, including the JV Team Championship!

Individual Competition
Novice
Lola P. (6th); Katelyn L. (9th); Trey T. (15th); Isabella Y. (16th); Eddie Z. (18th); Emilianna M. (19th); Nikola L. (20th)
JV
Tia H. (1st); Julia G. (3rd); Trayi S. (6th); Cosette R. (7th); Cornell F. (9th); Amira A. (10th)

Team Competition
Novice
Katelyn L. and Nikola L. (7th)
JV
Tia H. and Julia G. (1st); Trayi S. and Cosette R. (2nd); Jenny C. and Nicole B. (4th)



Gallery 111 Needs Your Help!

Parents: Mark Your Calendars and Help With Donations --
Gallery 111's Silent Auction Gala is SATURDAY, JUNE 9th!!

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If you can help with any donation (item or service), please fill out this FORM and drop it off in the Art Room (Attn. Ms. Bovit)

Please see this LETTER from Ms. Bovit for more information on Gallery 111 and the silent auction.

Summer Camp at Skinner West
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Superstars Summer Camp will be back for 8 weeks of action-packed programming this summer! Our camp will start on Monday, June 25th and run through Friday, August 17th. Registration will start on April 23rd. 
or email  superstarssummer@gmail.com with any questions, comments, or concerns. We can't wait for summer!   



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Deborah M. Clark
Principal
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