Great Start to the New Year

2013 is going to be an exciting year for Centennial. Our school is currently going through a re-design process. We encourage everyone to participate. Join us for a CSC meeting, come help plan our annual carnival at PTA, or ask your teachers how you can volunteer in the classroom. Thank you for your continued enthusiasm in Centennial.

2012-13 Winter Weather Information

The decision to keep schools open or to close them during winter weather conditions is not a simple one, but it is made with one overriding factor in mind: the well-being of our students, their families and staff. It is a good idea to decide in advance how to best keep up with the changes, what childcare arrangements are needed, and how to adjust if schools are closed due to inclement weather. Detailed DPS winter weather and snow day information, including information on how families can find out if school is closed, can be found at: http://communications.dpsk12.org/announcements/winter-weather-and-snow-day-information

http://centennial.dpsk12.org/606/

The Polar Express

Please join the 7th and 8th graders on Thursday Dec 20th for a showing of the Polar Express. The movie will start at 3:25pm in the auditorium. Tickets are $2 and will support the trip to Washington DC. Snacks will be available for purchase. Families are welcome! Check with your teacher for permission slips.

Centennial Sports Stars

Congratulations to our Centennial students who made the Middle School All-Prep League.

Volleyball

  • Amber Montoya- 8th grade
  • Angelina Contreras- 7th grade
  • Evelyn Gomez received honorable mention

 

Football

  • Jerod Hernandez- 8th grade, quarterback
  • Steven Shippley, Jr.- 6th grade, defensive safety

School Choice

School Choice forms are now available here. Forms can be dropped off at Centennial’s office anytime between now and January 31st. For more information about Centennial please call 720-424-8900 to schedule a tour. We are also hosting Coffee Chats where parents can ask current parents questions regarding our school community. There are many exciting things happening at Centennial right now, please check our calender for the next Coffee Chat or contact Anna Hewson 303-548-9051.

Update from Community Meeting

Patti Paredes, our Instructional Superintendent met with the Strategic School Decision (SSD) team and recommended not only grade reconfiguration, but also that we have flexibility in the planning and developing of a new program for Centennial. This could include, but is not limited to, curriculum, specific program design and selection of staff. Patti will hear back from SSD, and will share their decision with staff the week of December 10th. The decision SSD makes will go forward to the Board of Education for a vote on December 20th.

We also learned today of another change that will significantly affect Centennial. Due to our increasing ELLs numbers we will be moving from an ESL program school to a Transitional Native Language Instruction (TNLI) school for the 2013-14 school year. This means we will have ELA-Spanish and ELA-English classes to provide Spanish instruction for all grades. The TNLI programming will be phased in and we will learn more details about this process in the coming weeks.

Please don’t hesitate to email/call our principal, Laura Munro with any questions.

 

Important meetings concerning Centennial’s future

Parents and community members are encourage to be involved as Centennial goes through the process of making changes throughout the school. The recommendation regarding moving toward a K-5 school will go to the Board of Education for a vote December 20th, 2012. Since Centennial is Accredited on Probation the Strategic School Design team will be looking at Centennial’s data and making a recommendation as well. We should have this recommendation well before the December 20th Board of Education vote.

Centennial will hold weekly parent/community meetings until mid-December.

Meetings currently scheduled:

Monday, November 26th- CSC meeting

Thursday, November 29th- Parent/Community meeting

 

Important Community Meeting Mon Nov 19

Please plan on attending a Community Meeting Monday, November 19th, 2012 from 6-7pm. At this meeting we will share important information with you regarding Centennial’s student achievement data and our rating on the School Performance Framework (SPF). Please attend this meeting to hear how you can support Centennial’s mission to raise academic achievement for all students. Your input and participation in your child’s education are important to us. The location will be posted on the front door that evening. Thanks for all you do to support your children and our school.

PTA and CSC

Please remember to fill out and return your ballot for the newest CSC member by Thursday. Also plan on attending Wednesday’s PTA meeting, 6:30 in the Art Room. Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be a member to attend. Childcare is provided. Thank You for being involved at Centennial!

Come Support Centennial’s Sports Teams

Centennial’s Volleyball and Flag Football teams have their last home games this Wednesday, November 7th at 3:45pm. Away games are Friday at TreVista and Tuesday at Moore (3:45). Playoffs begin next Wednesday, check back at the Middle School Sports page on the Centennial Website for details as they are announced.