This year Centennial is extremely fortunate to have a partnership with a great organization called Playworks. Some of your students may have already talked to you about Coach Ashley, or Coach A as they call her. One of Coach A’s roles is to be out on the playground every day teaching students recess games in an effort to support our school community to build a safe recess environment where students can be engaged in age appropriate, structured play.

As a member of the Playworks community we were just informed of a super cool opportunity to possibly win $1000 worth of much needed recess equipment.

Please take a moment to fill out this quick online survey, the more surveys filled out for Centennial, the more times Centennial is entered in the competition.

In addition to the survey, Coach A will be hanging posters around the school playground. If parents tweet or Instagram a picture of the poster and our playground using the hashtag #win4recess, Centennial will get more entry credits for the contest.

The more entries we have, the better chance we have of getting more playground equipment for our crew.

1st Friday Family Lunch

You are invited to come and have lunch with your student on the 1st Friday of every month for 1st Friday Family Lunch.
Crew Lunch times are:
ECE: 11:00am
Kinder: 11:30am
1st: 11:30am
2nd: 12:00pm
3rd: 12:00pm
4th: 12:30pm
5th: 12:30pm


Registration and Summer Playdates

Registration is at Centennial August 5,6 & 7, 11am-6pm. If your child is new to Centennial, remember to bring a birth certificate, immunization records, proof of address, and contact information. Please allow at least 30 minutes to fill out forms. You can find out your child’s teacher, sign up for the lunch programs, before/after school programs, the Centennial Volunteer Program, and the Parent Portal, meet with PTA members and pick up your child’s 2014-15 School Supply Lists.

Summer Playdates are a great way to meet other new and current families as we get to know each other whilst our kids play together on the Centennial playground.

  • Saturday July 12 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday July 29 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday August 19th 5pm stay for the first PTA meeting


New Times for the New School Year

Centennial has been approved to move forward with our innovative Extended Learning Time Plan. Centennial will add 5 days to the student calender for the 2014-15 school year. The school year will officially start Thursday August 21 for all Centennial students ECE-5. Thursday August 21 and Friday August 22 will be days devoted to Crew and community building and creative experiences for students to kick-off their learning expeditions. The other 3 days added to the calender were all non-student contact days that we will re-purpose as school days. These additional days are:

November 10

February 17

April 13

For the 2014-15 school year, Centennial’s school day will be 8:00am- 3:45pm for all grade levels ECE-5. This additional time will provide longer blocks of uninterrupted learning. More high-quality time every day allows us to implement the Expeditionary Learning model to its fullest potential. The extended school day will also allow all students to engage in enrichment classes after lunch every Wednesday. Students will attend five, 8-weeks enrichment classes in the areas over the course of the school year. A preview of classes include:

Abrakadoodle Art

Gravity Dance

Kinder Kixx Soccer

Butterfly Pavilion

Challenge Island

Cleo Parker Dance

Radiant Beginning Yoga

Da Vinci Club

Mind Spark

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Sticky Fingers Cooking

Denver Zoo

Tech Know

Click here for more information about Centennial’s Extended Learning Time Plan


Expedition Night

Our students have been working so hard and learning so much in their Expeditions and we are extremely to host our 1st annual Expedition Night to share all this great work with you. Expedition Night will run ‘open-house’ style so come when you can and tour the school, view art work, visit your child’s classroom to celebrate their accomplishments and chat with other parents. We can’t wait to see you here. ECE will start their Expedition Night at 5:00 and grades K-5 will begin their Expedition Night at 6:00.

Community Carnival

Centennial will be hosting our Community Carnival on May 8th, 3-6pm. There will be carnival games, face painting, baked goods sale, food, bounce house for smaller kids and an inflatable obstacle course for bigger kids.

We are selling wristbands for kids to play games and enter the inflatables. You do not need a wristband to attend the event or go to the silent auction. Wristbands are on sale at our front office.
$25/4 wristbands
(wristband prices will go up to $10/wristband day of the event)

We will also have a live band playing! Kenny O. from the Flobots and other musical guests will be entertaining us!

This is a Community Carnival and hope to see many of you there to celebrate a fantastic school year!

Check out the list of Silent auction items here

Questions? Email

CREW update

Have you been wondering what your students are learning and talking about during Crew on Monday, Wednesday and Friday? February brings a new structure and focus to weekly Crew time. Each of our three Crew days will have a unique focus and will support students in developing our WoRLD habits of Wonder, Respect, Responsibility, Leadership and Determination.

Each Monday classrooms across the school will partner-up and form Crew Buddies. Crew Buddies will work together on literacy activities such as partner reading. Crew Buddies will give our older students an opportunity to demonstrate leadership as they work with their younger peers.

Wednesdays are ‘grade level choice’ and each team will chose between Goal Setting, Adventure/Fitness or Service Learning. Ask your student what their Wednesday Crew time is focusing on to learn more.

Friday Crew meetings will focus on affirmations and Community Crew Circles. Fridays will be a time for grade level teams and/or individual classrooms to celebrate students’ accomplishments and to publicly recognize students for students of the WoRLD. We highly encourage you to stop by Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 10:45-11:15 to participate in Crew with your child.

TIME Collaborative

Centennial is participating in the TIME Collaborative program, initiated by The National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL), which is dedicated to expanding learning time to improve student achievement and enable a well-rounded education.

Starting in 2013 and throughout 2014, a team from Centennial will be working to develop extended learning opportunities in our school. This could include a longer school day with more enrichment time, or perhaps a longer school year. Expanded learning time can transform the educational experience for students as well as the professional experience for teachers. Time creates more opportunities for high quality instruction, targeted intervention and acceleration, engaging enrichments, and teacher collaboration.

The TIME Collaborative program works hand in hand with Expeditionary Learning to develop best learning practices for our CREW.

The timeline for this process goes throughout April 2014 and parent input is encourage. Please consider attending the Time Collaborative meeting Tuesday, February 4th at 5pm in the Centennial Library.


For more information:

Let’s Celebrate Interim Test Results

Dear Parents,

Before your student went on vacation they may have talked with you about the Interim tests they took in math, reading and writing. Interim assessments are required of all DPS students starting in kindergarten and take place three times a year. These assessments help us know how well students are learning as measured against the standards. On January 6, staff took a close look at their students’ Interim Assessment results and we are very pleased with how our students performed. In almost every single grade level there were increased in % proficient on the interim assessments. In some instances, grade levels saw a 20% increase in their proficiency rates. This is evidence of how hard our teachers are working and how well our students are learning. There is so much positive learning momentum across the building! Specific interim assessment results were shared at the Collaborative School Committee meeting on January 13th and notes with more detail are posted on the school website under the CSC tab.


Laura Munro, Principal and Sharon Jones, Principal Resident

School Tours, Open Houses, and Coffee Chats

A lot has happened at Centennial over the past year, including the implementation of Expeditionary Learning and a new ECE-3 program at the start of this current school year. There is so much positive energy in and around our school- it’s contagious!

Centennial is the first DPS neighborhood school to use the Expeditionary Learning model, which combines traditional instruction in core academic subjects with real-world projects and community service. This approach supports students as they explore the world outside of the classroom. Centennial also provides Spanish, Music, PE and Art to all students ECE 4-5th grade.

We know you have questions about Expeditionary Learning, after-school care and enrichment, parent involvement, SPF scores, and innovation status, and we are here to provide helpful insight.

Coffee Chats, Open Houses, and Tours:

Nov 5 10am Coffee Chat– 4577 Bryant St, Denver 80211Come chat with current parents of Centennial. This is an informal chance for you to ask questions and learn about the Centennial Community. Kids are welcome, please RSVP to Shannon Cruwys – or (720) 203-7000

Nov 15 9am Open House @ Centennial- 4665 Raliegh St Denver, 80212 Open house for prospective parents. Come tour Centennial, and discover what’s happening at our neighborhood Expeditionary Learning School.

Dec 7 11am Coffee Chat @ Tenn St Coffee– 4418 Tennyson St Denver, CO 80212 This is an informal chance for you to ask questions and learn about the Centennial Community. Please RSVP to Anna Hewson – or (303) 548-9051

Dec 11 4pm Open House @ Centennial– 4665 Raliegh St Denver, 80212 Open house for prospective parents. Come tour Centennial, and discover what’s happening at our neighborhood Expeditionary Learning School.

Jan 17 9am Open House @ Centennial– 4665 Raliegh St Denver, 80212 Open house for prospective parents. Come tour Centennial, and discover what’s happening at our neighborhood Expeditionary Learning School.

Centennial also offers personal tours, please call Stacy in the main office to schedule a tour. 720-424-8900

DPS Enrollment Guides are available now online.

Remember: You need to enroll using the SchoolChoice process for ECE 3 and ECE 4, even if Centennial is your DPS boundary home school.

Important Choice Enrollment dates:

  • December 16, 2013 – SchoolChoice Round One enrollment begins
  • January 31, 2014 – SchoolChoice Round One forms are due
  • March 2014 – Parents will be notified of their child’s school of enrollment
  • March 3, 2014 – SchoolChoice Round Two enrollment begins