MARK T. SKINNER WEST SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
2017-2018 School Year 
Week 33: May 11th - May 17th
New Articles

Dates to Remember
Friday, May 11th  Special Olympics
 PTO Meeting - May 15th, 6:00 pm
Camp Edwards -7th Graders May 14-16th 
Grades 6-8th Spring Fling Dance - Saturday,May 19th @ 6-8:30
LSC Meeting - Monday, May 21 @, 6:30 pm (note change)
 
CPS 2017- 2018 CalendarClick Here
NEW ARTICLES
 
"An Invitation to Talk": Townhall Meetings with Dr. Janice Jackson townhall


Dear CPS Parents and Families,

As CPS parents, your voices count for so much, and you've helped us make schools throughout the city stronger. Today, I'm pleased to invite you to participate in a series of town hall meetings we'll be holding this month to listen to your thoughts and priorities, as well as open new lines of communication about how Chicago Public Schools can best support you and your family.

The past several years have brought tremendous progress for our students. I'm proud to say that CPS is earning national recognition - just recently, Stanford University said that our elementary students are learning six years' worth of math and reading in just five years of instruction. We've also stabilized our budget after years of challenges.

But I know we have a lot of work left to do, and parents will be vital to sustaining our progress.  As a CPS parent myself, I want to hear directly from you about how we can work together to ensure that our schools are strong and vibrant learning communities.

At each meeting, we will provide a brief overview of the state of our schools and reserve the majority of the time for you to speak with me and my leadership team. Representatives from various CPS departments will also be on hand to speak one-on-one with parents about how we can best support you and address any individual issues that you may have.

Town halls will occur from 6-8 p.m. on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, May 15 at Whitney Young Magnet High School
  • Thursday, May 17 at Brooks College Preparatory Academy
  • Monday, May 21 at Amundsen High School
  • Thursday, May 24 at Michele Clark High School
  • Tuesday, May 29 at Back of the Yards College Prep

I see a bright future for our students, one in which every student in every neighborhood reaches their full potential. By working together, we will ensure that happens. I hope to see you at one of the town halls.

Sincerely,
Janice K. Jackson, EdD
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools

Spring NWEA Testing Schedule NWEA

Skinner West's Spring NWEA testing schedule is below.  Click  here for more information.

Grade
Dates
K
May 17, 23, 24, 29
1
May 21, 23 & June 12, 13
2
June 4& 5
3
May 24 & 25
4
June 6 & 7
5
May 30 & 31
6
May 15-25
7
May 29- June 1
8
May 15-17

Updated 2017-18 School Calendar (Letter from the CEO) schoolcalendar

We're writing to let you know that we've amended our school calendar to add Tuesday, June 19, 2018 as an instructional day for all CPS students. This will make up for the instructional day lost on February 9, 2018 due to severe weather.



With all of the progress our students are making, we don't want them to miss out on even one day of valuable instruction. Thank you for playing an active role in your children's education, and I encourage you to contact your school directly with any questions.

Sincerely,
Janice K. Jackson, EdD
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools
 


15th Annual Gallery 111 Gala: June 9, 2018 gala

Skinner West's 15th Annual Gallery 111 Gala will be held on June 9, 2018!

Join us for an evening of fundraising, food, drinks, music and a silent auction. 100 percent of the proceeds go to Skinner West art programs.

*Tickets are on sale now*

See the flyer below or contact jcbovit@cps.edu for more information.

 
Chinese Culture Celebration: Saturday, June 16th chinese

Celebrate Chinese culture with a traditional folk dance performance at Whitney Young High School on Saturday June 16th at 2:00 p.m. 

Please register in advance here: https://goo.gl/16FNyo.



Final BAC Meeting of the School Year! BAC

Please join us for a very special BAC meeting on Friday, May 18th @ 9:00 a.m. on the 2nd Floor landing.

Skinner parent Ms. Marlena Gracia will share her experience about being new to the USA when she was an 8-year-old from Poland.

All Skinner parents are welcome to attend. 

This is our final BAC meeting of the 2017-18 school year.
 
REPEAT ARTICLES
 
 
The Spring Book Fair will be May 18th - 25th. Help setting up is needed on May 17th, and adult helpers are needed to assist student shoppers May 18th - 25th.

Please click here to complete and return the volunteer form or email Ms. Ranftl at klranftl@cps.edu by May 11th if you are able to help!


Making History
On April 7, 2018, six Skinner West Superstars advanced to the Chicago/
Metro Final History Fair Competition at Lane Tech High School.
  • Lawrence N. and Chasen C.: Tortured City
  • Bryce W. and Myles W.: Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and 60s, Impact on life for Blacks in Chicago
  • Patrick  C.: A Nation Divided 
  • Jessica P.: Why Drink Poison 
  • Lola P.: Documentary 1968 Democratic National Convention:  Chicago Riots to Political Reform
The following Superstars advance to the Illinois History Day (State Competition) to be held in Springfield:
  • Chasen C.
  • Lawrence N.
  • Jessica P.
  • Lola P.
 Congratulations to our Superstars! 

GoFundMe to Send Invention Convention Winners to Nationals! gofundme
  
Skinner West needs your help to raise money to send send our Invention Convention winners to Nationals.  Click the GoFundMe link to support the winners: https://www.gofundme.com/SkinnerWestInvents
 
On April 7th, twelve of our Superstars competed in the Chicago Invention Convention (out of 3,000 inventions across the city). We are pleased to announce the following:

1st Place (3rd Gr.) - Hockey Jockey by Asher L.
2nd Place (3rd Gr.) - Perpetualite by Emika M.
3rd Place (3rd Gr.) - Hair's Everything by Sophia K.

Honorable Mention (3rd Gr.) - Healthy Hound by Katie B.
Honorable Mention (3rd Gr.) - The Spongeboard by Ethan T.
Honorable Mention (3rd Gr.) - The Bunion Straightener 2.0 by Gianni M.

Skinner West swept for 3rd Grade! Great Job Superstars!

Asher L., Emika M., and Sophia K. will have a chance to represent Illinois at the National Student Invention Convention in late May/early June.

Congratulations to all of our Skinner Inventors!

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Deborah M. Clark
Principal
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