Welcome to the 2013-14 school year.

We have made it through a great first week of school. The halls and classrooms are bustling with students eager to learn and grow. I am pleased to report they are already demonstrating many of the habits of scholarship we have adopted at Centennial. As a school for expeditionary learning those habits include respect, responsibility, leadership and wonder.

I am thrilled as we begin this new year of transformation. The teachers, staff and school leaders have been preparing for and planning a school that will help our students grow and take responsibility for their own learning. When you come to Centennial you can expect to see highly motivated and engaged students, who feel safe, respected and are pushed to achieve at high academic and behavioral standards. I look forward to working with you and your children as we begin this transformation.

This year I am participating in the DPS Learn to Lead Principal Residency program. This residency gives me an opportunity to grow as an instructional and professional leader. In addition to leadership development, I will work to support teachers in developing the high academic standards our students deserve.

It has been my pleasure to get to know our students and families over the past two years and I am committed to continuing those relationships as we move through the school year. It is my hope that this will be a year of wonder, transformation and joy for our students and families. I hope you will visit the school often and I look forward to seeing you.


Sharon Jones

Principal Resident

Centennial, A School for Expeditionary Learning