MARK T. SKINNER WEST SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
2020-2021 School Year
Dates to Remember
Monday, February 15th - Presidents' Day - No Classes
Tuesday, February 23 - LSC Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Every Wednesday - Free COVID Testing @ 955 W Grand
CPS 2020-2021 Calendar: here
Front Office Hours: 8:45am-4:00pm - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Inspirational Messages From Weekly Grade Level Remote Learning Plans
: "There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." - Walt Disney
Kindergarten: "Believe you can and you're halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt
1st Grade: " When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us." - ARAPAHO PROVERB
2nd Grade: "Never let the fear of STRIKING OUT keep you from playing the game." - Babe Ruth
3rd Grade: "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I"M POSSIBLE."
- Audrey Hepburn
4th Grade: "There is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it. If only we're brave enough to be it."- Amanda Gorman
5th Grade: "We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be: a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free." Amanda Gorman
6th Grade: "Don't let what you can't do stop you from doing what you can do." - John Wooden
7th Grade: "We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be: a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free."
8th Grade: "For there is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it
If only we're brave enough to be it" -Amanda Gorman
Ancillary: "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King
Classroom Connections: Christiansen
At the end of January, the entire seventh grade class gathered together for the first time this school year in a virtual culmination of their two week artist-in-residency with Silk Road Rising's EPIC program.
The residency began with teaching artists and playwrights, Jarrett King and Lindsay Hopkins, sharing their expertise and experiences of monologue writing with our students. Through modeling and exposure of the craft, students journaled about the events from the past year and chose one personal topic that had a profound effect on their lives.
Students developed characters to tell their stories of isolation, acceptance, being misunderstood, anxiety, loss of loved ones, and racial injustice. Once characters were created, they went to work drafting, sharing, peer editing and revising their own monologues.
To celebrate their stories, professional actors were invited to bring them to life. About 50 of the students' monologues were selected to be performed at our virtual staged reading. We are so proud of the courage, maturity, and dedication of our seventh graders for telling, and maybe more importantly hearing the stories of their peers helping them to embrace multiple perspectives and build a stronger sense of empathy.
Classroom Connections: 3rd Grade
This week all third grade classes started their 6 week residency with Playmakers Laboratory. This amazing organization brings drama, creative writing, self-expression, and more to our students. We are so excited to work with them again this year, and we are impressed with how they can still deliver an exciting and interactive program through a screen. This first week the students learned about the "Playmakers Agreements" and are already feeling excited and eager about writing.
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Debate Team Results
The Skinner West Debate Team participated in the Chicago Middle School Debate League's Tournament Two for the 2020-2021 season on Saturday, December 5. The overall topic for the year is: 'Criminal Justice Reform', and the cases being debated at this Tournament were 'Money Bail' 'Predictive Policing', and 'Body Cameras'.
Approximately 105 debaters across 54 teams from 5 schools competed at the tournament, but the Skinner students did a great job against some tough competition and won the awards listed below, including winning 1st place in 4 out of 4 award categories, sweeping the tournament.
|15th||Novice||Team||Frances M||Carter H|
|11th||Novice||Team||Allison C||Celeste D|
|10th||Novice||Team||Sam A||Xibao Q|
|9th||Novice||Team||Sophie W||Winston P|
|7th||Novice||Team||Max F||Paras C|
|2nd||Novice||Team||Emika M||Mel L|
|1st||Novice||Team||Grier B||Kinzie W|
|10th||JV/Varsity||Team||Gabrielle C||Miles K|
|8th||JV/Varsity||Team||Amber P||Tony Z|
|6th||JV/Varsity||Team||Aurelie G-B||Sabrina Q|
|3rd||JV/Varsity||Team||Vishal S||Tanmay G|
|2nd||JV/Varsity||Team||Sophie M||Katelyn T|
|1st||JV/Varsity||Team||Aadi K||Darian K|
Calling all Skinner Artists
Parents Invited to Join CPS' Ask the Expert Series
Please join CPS' Family and Community Engagement team for the next sessions of the Ask the Expert series
. This is a weekly program offered by FACE. All sessions are recorded and uploaded on the FACE YouTube channel
. Your RSVP is required to receive the invitation.
The expert: Phil DiBartolo, Chief Information Officer. Mr. DiBartolo is responsible for the delivery of all information technology services. You will learn more about device distribution and Chicago Connected. Click here to RSVP
The expert: Maurice Swinney, Chief Equity Officer. Mr. Swinney examines our policies and programs for inequities and implements strategies that minimize gaps in resources, staffing, and high-quality academic programming. You will learn how CPS is leading with equity during a pandemic. Click here to RSVP
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