January 28 - February 3, 2022 | Week #19
This week: Principal's Report | Principal Selection Committee Update | For Your Awareness: Investigation for COVID-19 at Skinner School | Skinner West COVID-19 Protocols: Synchronous and Asynchronous Instruction | Friends of Skinner West Complete Set Up of STEM Lab | Updates in the Main Building | Mr. Roman Joins Skinner West as Physical Education Instructor | February 7: Wear Red for CHD
Dates to Remember

  • Report Cards Sent Home - Friday, February 4
  • Fall Picture Day Retake: Main Building and Branch - February 10
  • PTO Meeting - Monday, February 14 at 5:30 p.m.
  • LSC Meeting - Tuesday, February 15 at 5:30 p.m.
Principal's Report
Please read the Principal's Report which was presented at the January 25 LSC Meeting.
The next Skinner LSC Meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, February 15.
Principal Selection Committee Update

First round interviews took place last week and the Principal Selection Committee met this week to discuss which candidates will advance to round two. The LSC met in a special session on Wednesday, January 26, and selected three candidates. Round two interviews will take place the week of January 31. The Principal Selection Committee will meet in closed session the week of February 7 and the LSC will meet in a special meeting on February 10 to vote and select the final two candidates.

The final two candidates will be announced to the Skinner community along with the dates and times of candidate forums. Three candidate forums will be held the week of February 14: One for student, one for parents/community members and one for teachers/staff. Dates and times will be announced soon. After the forums, the PSC will further evaluate the candidates to discuss next steps towards awarding a contract to our next principal — with an estimated decision by late February.
For Your Awareness: Investigation for COVID-19 at Skinner School

Dear Skinner West Community,

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is committed to keeping you informed of the most current developments regarding COVID-19. Individuals who were in our school building on January 18, 19, and 24, 2022, tested positive for COVID-19. We are sending this notification for your awareness, and you do not need to take any further action at this time. If you have been identified as a close contact, you should have received a separate notification from the Office of Student Health and Wellness with additional information.

As a reminder, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 as a CPS school community by getting vaccinated, social distancing whenever possible, wearing masks in public, washing our hands thoroughly, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

For district updates and resources, visit www.cps.edu. If you need help locating medical care or have any CPS-specific questions, please reach out to the Healthy CPS Hotline at 773-553-KIDS (5437) which is staffed 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

We are here to support you as we move forward together as one healthy, supportive and engaged school family.


Skinner West Administration
Skinner West COVID-19 Protocols: Synchronous and Asynchronous Instruction

As a reminder, Skinner West has a full document referencing all COVID-19 quarantine protocols. Please review the document for answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Highlighted below is the section on “Synchronous (Live) and Asynchronous Instruction” for students on a CPS-directed quarantine.

Who is eligible for Synchronous (Live) and Asynchronous instruction?
In the event that a student is unvaccinated and requires quarantine or isolation as directed by CPS or CDPH, remote instruction will be provided. It is important to note that remote instruction will only be offered if a student meets these requirements. If your student requires quarantine or isolation, you will receive specific instructions from your school on how to ensure that they are able to access remote instruction during this period of time.

Synchronous (Live) Remote instruction on Google Meet will not be offered for students who choose to stay home or who are otherwise sick and unable to attend school. If your student is awaiting a COVID-19 test result, or is unvaccinated and returning from out-of-state travel, they can access take-home schoolwork and be marked absent excused. Finally, it is important to note that parent refusal to take a child to school is not an ISBE-approved reason for an excused absence. Accordingly, if a student is absent from school due to parent refusal, the student will be marked absent unexcused

For more information, visit Skinner COVID-19 Quarantine Protocols.
Friends of Skinner West Complete Set Up of STEM Lab

Designed for learners of all ages and abilities, Friends of Skinner West has completed its set up of the STEM Lab which was made possible through a large donation. Students will use the lab during their science classes. Available equipment includes: green screen technology, 3D printers, coding devices, a LEGO wall, iPads and a makerspace.

We hope your Skinner Superstar is inspired to innovate, create and design in this new space.
Updates in the Main Building

Indoor recess is now leveled up! The PTO and the school have purchased new activities for our Superstars during indoor recess. Students can now enjoy giant versions of checkers, Connect Four, Uno and Jenga, as well as a drawing table.

Some of our Superstars, along with Mr. McCarthy, have worked together to organize the Library and give it a refreshing look. Check out their fantastic work.
Mr. Roman Joins Skinner West as Physical Education Instructor

My name is Mizael Roman (Mr. Roman). I graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with my bachelor’s degree in physical education. I am a former CPS student. I attended William Howard Taft High School. I also coached high school junior varsity and varsity boys’ basketball at Taft and Ogden International High School. I enjoy playing basketball, working out, hanging out with my brothers and sister, and watching movies in my free time. I am very excited to be at Skinner West School and to continue to contribute to the growth, culture and success of the school.

Welcome, Mr. Roman!
February 7: Wear Red for CHD

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week is February 7 to February 14 which promotes awareness and educational opportunities for the public on congenital heart defects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect and can affect the structure of a baby’s heart and the way it works. Show your support for those affected by CHD and their families by wearing red on Monday, February 7.

For more information on congenital heart defects and the awareness campaign, visit:
In case you missed it....
Principal Selection Committee Update

This week, the Principal Selection Committee interviewed first round candidates from an incredible applicant group for Skinner West’s principal position. The group will meet in closed session next week to discuss the interviews and the LSC will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, January 26, to vote on advancing the top three first round candidates to second round interviews.

Here are next steps after second round interviews:
  • PSC meets in closed session to discuss second round interviews
  • LSC votes on top two candidates from second round interviews
  • Candidate forum held with final two candidates each with the following constituents: students, teachers/staff and community
  • PSC tours current candidate school
  • PSC discusses final two candidates in closed session
  • PSC conducts background checks
  • LSC votes to award contract to finalist.

The committee expects to wrap up the principal search by mid-February and will continue to send updates.
Superstars Boys Basketball Division Win 2022
Skinner West Superstars Boys Basketball Wins Division Championship

The Skinner West Superstars Boys Basketball team defeated No. 1 ranked Ariel Storm to win the JR Hoops Elite 8th Grade Division Championship. The Superstars also had impressive wins against Evanston and Limitless finishing the tournament undefeated.

Also participating in the Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have A Dream Classic” hosted by St. Sabina on Saturday, January 16, the Skinner West Superstars defeated St. Sabina in impressive fashion winning the MLK Dream Classic Championship 61-37. The boys were led by Jordan W. (21 points, 4 assists), Jamier M. (16 points, 2 steals) Justin O. (8 points, 5 assists) and John S. (6 points, 8 rebounds).
Superstars Boys Basketball MLK Jr. Tournament Win 2022
Upcoming Picture Day Dates

Fall Picture Day Retake (Main building and Branch) - 2/10

Graduation (8th and K) - 2/17

Spring Picture Day - 3/24
Sign up for weekly COVID testing

For the entire school year, CPS is offering COVID testing through a partnership with ThermoFisher Scientific and Color Health and their ReadyCheckGo™ testing program. This program is completely voluntary.

NOTE: You only need to give consent ONCE. So if you already have provided consent it is not needed again.  

The link to sign up for student weekly FREE testing is here: Register for COVID Testing with Color Health

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For Parents of Fully Vaccinated Students

If your child is fully vaccinated - Please Let Us Know! 

If your child has received BOTH doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, you can:

1. Send a copy of your child's vaccination card along with the child's full name to our school nurse, Stephanie Johnson at sjohnson90@cps.edu


2. Bring a copy of the vaccination card to our main office

CPS Policy states: Fully vaccinated students who are not experiencing symptoms do not need to quarantine. It is recommended that they be tested 3-5 days after the last day of exposure.

A person is considered to be fully vaccinated two weeks post their second dose.