Mark T. Skinner West School
eek 21 (2014-2015) 
Week At A Glance
January 30 - February 6


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Weekly Update  

Friday, January 30th


School Spirit Day
Super Bowl/NFL 

Tuesday, February 3rd
5/6 Girls Basketball Playoffs
@Jenner Academy of Arts
4:30 pm

LSC School Improvement Committee

Friday, February 6th

Gallery 111: Student Art Social

Skinner Ski & Splash Day
Payment/Permission Slips Due

Pajama Jam
6th-8th Grade



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2014 -2015

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Thank you, Ms. Exline Banks for 20 Years at Skinner!


Ms. Banks, head clerk in our Skinner front office, is retiring after twenty years of service to our school.  This Friday, January 29, 2015, is Ms. Banks last day at Skinner West.  Over the years, Ms. Banks handled all things clerical for CPS including purchase orders, substitute teachers, attendance, grade book, office records, transportation, magnet school entrance, sibling lottery verification and payroll.  Teachers, staff, students and parents will miss Ms. Banks very much ! Our administrative team greatly appreciates her years of dedication, loyalty , professionalism and commitment to the Skinner spirit. Exline looks forward to spending more time with her father and two daughters, Rania and Samera, and pursuing her personal goals. We wish her a happy, happy retirement !




Principal Clark's Report
Local School Council Meeting


The Principal's Report is prepared monthly by Mrs. Deborah Clark, Mark T. Skinner Elementary School Principal. These reports are presented at the Local School Council (LSC) monthly meetings and discussed.

Parents, click on this link for a copy of the Principal's Report from January 27, 2015. 


The next LSC Meeting is on February 24, 2015 @ 6:30pm. All parents are invited - and encouraged - to attend. At the February meeting, Principal Clark will give the State of School Report which will discuss the results of our school's test scores, ranking, and details of the school's curriculum.






School Improvement Committee Needs You! 

The next Skinner School Improvement Committee (SIC) meeting is scheduled for February 3, 2015 at 6:00pm.  All parents are invited to attend.

In addition, the remaining SIC meetings for the school year are as follows.

March 3, 4:30pm
April 14, 4:30pm
May 5, 6:00pm

Please go to this link to see updates on our school website relating to the School Improvement Committee.



     School Council  

Student Council Updates 


On Friday, January 30, come to school and show your team pride for our Super Bowl themed spirit day. You can wear NFL memorabilia to show who you want to win the 2015 Super Bowl or simply past Super Bowl shirts.


Also, this year, in the Valentine's Day spirit, we will be having Teddy Grahams for sale. They will be sold for $1 on February 9-13 in the mornings before school and after school. The $1 will get you a Teddy Graham package, a card for a secret message inside, and a delivery to the person who you bought it for.


On Friday, February 6, for our 6th-8th graders, there will be a Pajama Jam. There is a $7 entrance fee and that gets you 2 slices of pizza and a drink. We will be watching The Lion King in the gym and wearing our pajamas. We hope to see you there!!!

Your Friendly Student Council Historian,

                                                                                Katelyn M.

Girls Basketball Teams
Finish a Great Season
Playoff Game Feb. 3rd!

Skinner West Girls Basketball 5th/6th and 7th/8th had a great season this year.  Network 6 provided the girls with an opportunity to play with several teams.  Led by Coach Mellos, our 5th/6th grade team qualified for the network playoffs and play on February 3rd at Jenner. 

Congratulations to all members of the 5/6 & 7/8 Grade Girl's Basketball Team:

Rebekah R.Victoria K.Arly D.
Katelyn M.Chloe S.Sydney N.
Alyssa A.Autumn D.Stephanie G.
Julia S.Tiara H.Markayla W.
Olivia K.Taylor H.Mackenzie B.
McKenna M.Amina A.Tamia C.

Please support our 5th and 6th grade girls by attending their playoff game on February 3rd at 4:30 PM.  Host site is Jenner Academy of the Arts at 1119 N. Cleveland.  There is an entrance fee for adults priced at $4.00 and a $2.00 student fee. 

Congratulations Skinner West Boys Basketball Teams!  
Best of Luck in the Area Playoffs 

Congratulations to both the 5/6 and 7/8 Boys' Basketball team for a GREAT regular season!  

We're proud of our 7th and 8th grade boys basketball team on having a memorable season.  These Superstars made it all the way to the Final 4 playoff games this past weekend.

Awesome job 5/6 Boys Basketball Team - their wins this past weekend made them CPS Network 6 Champions! Led by Coach Brandon Lomax, the boys had an undefeated season this year and won the Network 6 Championship. Our 5/6 Boys Team moves on to the Area playoff games, where they look to repeat their Area win for a second year in a row. 
Be sure to check our school website calendar at for all the details on their next playoff game --- and come out and support the team!

Congratulations to all the members of the Skinner West CPS Boys Basketball Teams:

5th and 6th Grade CPS Team

Amari B.Micai H.Romell F.
Cleveland H.Gabriel W.Benjamin K.
Isaiah Y.Ethan B.Thomas H.
Joshua A.Michael B.Keshan R.
Xavier A.Austin F.James G.

Joseph E.

7th and 8th Grade CPS Team

Isaiah K.Eddie F.Joshua H.
Solomon O.Dashaun E.Noah H.
Vincent L.Akil M.Khalil C.
Brian Y.Christian W.
Matthew W.Joshua H.

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Debate Team Winners


The Skinner West Debate Team participated in the Chicago Middle School Debate League's third tournament of the 2014-2015 season on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Science. 
The overall topic for the year is: 'Ocean Exploration and Development', and the cases being debated at this Tournament were 'Aquaculture', 'Oil Exploration' and 'Wind Power'.
The following debaters won individual speaker awards:
Aysia G - 6th place 
Avery B - 8th place 
Ruthie Z - 10th place 

The following teams won team awards:
Spencer H/Avery B - 1st place 
Jada M/Ruthie Z - 2nd place 

Congratulations to Skinner West Debate Team!




Congratulations to our Skinner Science Superstars! 


Congratulations to 8th Graders: Suki C., Justine Y., Iman A., and Ariane O.; 7th Grader: Timothy F.; and 6th Grader: Xander B. for successfully representing us at the 2015 Chicago Regional Science Fair on Friday January 23rd. Xander received the Outstanding Recognition award for his project Less Mess S'More Stick and will be moving on to the 6th grade celebratory luncheon. Suki and Justine received the Excellent Award for their project Pop, pop......pop! Iman, Ariane, and Timothy received the Honorable Mention award for their projects. Way to go Skinner 
Superstars! We are all very proud of you.






Gallery 111's Art Show - 

Feb. 6th 


Please plan on joining us Friday, February 6th from 5-7pm at Skinner - 2nd floor landing for a student art social.

We will have all artwork from the contest on display, crafts, button making, pizza, and so much more!

We will also be featuring our fabulous Glee club with a special performance and a representative will be showcasing the mural project and ways to get involved.

Come to learn more about this exciting venture!  




Superstars in the News . . .

Many thanks to Superstar Emmy! (2nd grade).  She took matters in her own hands and collected 3 bags of trash this past weekend. 

 When the snow melted, it exposed a lot of trash visible in the school yard.  Don't forget to remind your Skinner students to help keep our school grounds litter free by throwing trash in the designated bins. 

Repeat News and Updates


Friday, January 30
Wednesday, June 17

To ensure students receive the valuable instructional time that was intended for January 7 and 8,  CPS has made changes to its academic calendar for this 2014-15 school year.  
  • Friday, January 30, which was scheduled to be a School Improvement Day with no classes, will now be a regular attendance day for all students.
  • Wednesday, June 17, which was scheduled to be the first day of students' summer break, will now be a regular attendance day for all students.
  • Students' summer break will begin on Thursday, June 18.

   Classroom Connection provides you insight on what is happening in your child's classroom

Classroom Connection: Class of 2015

Ten of our students from the Class of 2015 and three alumni spent Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Rush Medical Center for College & Career readiness and community service.  Spencer H., Jeffrey R., Suki C., Alison G., Ashley M., Cyana J., Albert G., Sahara T., & Morgan J. were all part of an amazing learning experience.  Our students learned about the following:

1. CPR techniques using a mannequin.
2. Digital Library where the students learned about researching techniques.
3. The Anatomy Lab with cadavers. (That's right!....the real deal)
4. Students assisted with making blankets for infants at Rush' Neonatal Unit.
5. Culminating event viewing of the movie Selma at the ICON Theaters.


"The craziest thing that I have ever done is look at cadavers!  It was absolutely mortifying!" -Alison G.

"My favorite part at Rush Hospital was when we went to the computer lab to learn more about efficient techniques for researching because it really helped me at a time when I am currently doing research for History Fair and other projects." -Suki C.

"It was an unbelievable experience!" -Jeffrey R.

We want to thank Mrs. Green for connecting us with the Office of Community Engagement, Office of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Human Resources.  Thank you for chaperoning on this very special day for our students.
Your Child's Name in Lights
On the Skinner Marquee!

Looking for a unique Way to Say "Happy Birthday" to Your Child?
Surprise your child with an electronic greeting on the Skinner West marquee for only $25. 
In addition, a birthday greeting will be sent to your child via the intercom during morning announcements . All proceeds will help our Skinner 8th graders go to Washington DC.
  • Complete the announcement request form - go here  for a copy.
  • Enclose $25 cash or check to Skinner West with the form
  • Turn the form into Room 320 or 326
  • All forms must be turned in at least one week prior to your requested date.


Your child's birthday announcement will run for 24 hours. 
If your child's birthday falls on a weekend, the announcement will run the Friday before.

So how did our inaugural birthday child respond to seeing his name in lights? "Awesome...I LOVE it!" 

Skinner West Ski and Splash Day


Room reservations under the Skinner School discount are now closed. Permission slips and all payments are due NO LATER than February 6th. We will not be taking late payments beyond February 6th. Once processed, an email confirmation and summary will be sent to all lead guests, with trip details, what to expect, meeting times, etc. Looking forward to a fun time on the slopes! Hope to see many of you there!   


Click here for a copy of the permission slip and for more details about this fun weekend


2015-16 School Year Calendar


The 2015-16 Chicago Public School Year Calendar has been announced.  


CLICK HERE for the calendar.

Noteworthy dates include:

  • First Day of School: Sept. 8, 2015
  • Winter Break: Dec. 21, 2015 to Jan. 1, 2016
  • Spring Break: April 18 - 22, 2016
  •  The school year ends June 21, 2016
Please review the calendar for the complete schedule.


Mad Science Camps

Looking for a camp for President's Day or Spring Break? Mad Science is offering camps on February 16th and the week of April 6th.  Each camp includes hands-on fun, take-home projects, and snack-tivities related to the topic of the day. See here for a flyer or go to the Mad Science website. 


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                                                                                                               Deborah M. Clark