2020-2021 School Year 
Week #23: March 13 - 19
Dates to Remember
March 8-19: Opt-in Window for Hybrid Learning for 4th Quarter Opens
Tuesday, March 16 @ 6 pm: LSC Meeting
Monday, March 29-Friday, April 2: Spring Break NO SCHOOL
Every Wednesday - Free COVID Testing @ 955 W Grand

CPS 2020-2021 Calendar: here
Front Office Hours: 8:45am-4:00pm - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
New Articles
4th Grade Teamfourth-grade

The fourth grade team has a socially distant fun Friday. Looking good, Ms. Barnes, Mrs. Rosenzweig, Mr. O'Brien, and Mrs. Johnson!!

Opt-in Open for 4th Quarter Hybrid Learningopt-in

All CPS families, who have not yet returned to schools in-person, should have received a form via email to submit their choice on in-person or remote learning for the fourth quarter.

The opt-in window is available to students in all grades (pre-K through 12) and will remain open for two weeks until March 19. This will be the final opportunity to choose in-person learning this school year. Please ensure you complete this form.

Families who opt-in will be able to return Monday, April 19--the first day of the fourth quarter. Families who are already enrolled in classroom-based learning will not need to fill out the intent form to remain in-person.

There is a CPS-wide elementary school town hall on Tuesday, March 16, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. to learn more about the plans. REGISTER for the town hall.
Skinner Superstar Spotlightsuperstar

Congratulations to 1st grade Skinner Superstar, Prisha T! Her artwork has been published in Chicago Sun-Times. She is the runner up for The Imagination Project student art contest. 

Free Month with Music Housemusic

This year, Music House is celebrating 70 years providing arts education to Chicago Public Schools! We want to celebrate with you! Register by March 15 for a free month of music, dance, art, acting, and musical theater classes on us. Plus, a free "how to audition" for our upcoming musical theater production "Echoes!" This offer is for students new and returning students to Music House. Sign up here by March 15 and use code MH70 for your first month free! 
Repeat Articles
Skinner Superstar Debate Teamdebate
The Skinner West Debate Team participated in the Chicago Middle School Debate League's Tournament Three for the 2020-2021 season on Saturday, January 16. This year's topic is "Criminal Justice Reform," and the cases being debated were: Money Bail, Predictive Policing, and Body Cameras.

About 115 debaters across 61 teams from seven schools competed, and our students did a fantastic job against some tough competition. Skinner West won first place in six out of six award categories, sweeping the tournament!

Congratulations to Grier B. who won the Robin Williams award (judges praising an individual debater) and Rebecca B. won the Shout Out award (debaters praising one of their peer debaters)!

Individual Novice Results

Individual JV Results
20Charlotte S.15
Daanya M.
19Russell P.14Gabrielle C.
17Kinzie W.10Miles K.
15Maxim F.8Anushri V.
14Ketan N.2Vishal S.
13Paras C.1Tanmay G.
11Allison C.

9Sophie W.

8Emiliano B.

5Alex M.

1Grier B.

Individual Varsity Results
7Maura S.
6Tony Z.
4Aadi K.
3Sophie M.
2Amber P.
1Aleksia L.

Team Novice Results

Team JV Results
7Sam A. and Xibao Q.7Gabrielle C. and Miles K.
6Charlotte S. and Nimay P.6Daanya M. and Anushri V.
4Allison C. and Celeste D.1Vishal S. and Tanmay G.
3Sophie W. and Alex M.

1Grier B. and Kinzie W.

Team Varsity Results
4Aadi K. and Darian K.
3Aleksia L. and Maura S.
2Amber P. and Tony Z.
1Sophie M. and Katelyn T.

Want to Get Involved?volunteer

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CPS Proposes Change to School Year Calendarcalendar-change
CPS is proposing the 2021-22 school year begin a week earlier on August 30 (instead of September 7, when school would traditionally resume). Beginning school a week early will:
  • Help minimize summer learning loss after an already disrupted 2020-21 school year
  • Provide additional instructional time to high school students in advance of high-stakes spring exams such as SAT, PSAT, AP, and IB
  • Allow for an earlier start to the 2022 summer break

This proposed calendar will be available for public comment through March 17. Feedback on this proposed change is welcome in anticipation of the school board voting on the calendar on March 24.


Comment publicly here.

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