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.

Sincerely,

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 – cruwysx3@msn.com 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 – photog914@yahoo.com 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

 

 

“Students of the WoRLD”

Dear Parents,

What a great start to the school year we are having. It feels like we worked so hard preparing for this school year to start, it’s still hard sometimes to believe it really started. And now it’s already October!

There’s been so much positive energy in and around our school- it’s contagious. It’s great to see our returning students and families act as ambassadors for all the new students and families who have joined our school community. Our Centennial family continues to grow and we’re especially thrilled to welcome our new ECE-3 year old program to our building.

While visiting classrooms this fall, we’ve watched our teachers talking with students about our school’s Habits of Scholarship and how they can become “Students of the WoRLD.” Students of the WoRLD are ones who have Wonder, show Respect, act Responsibly, and demonstrate Leadership and Determination. Take a few minutes at home to talk about how your students can demonstrate the Habits of Scholarship with your family at home.

Sincerely,

Laura Munro, Principal

Sharon Jones, Principal Resident

 

Collaborative School Committee

Every school within DPS must have a collaborative school committee (CSC) in place. The CSC brings together staff, parents, students and community members to create and implement a plan to promote high achievement within the school.
Being part of the CSC is an exciting way to be involved in our school community, not to mention, to participate in the education of all our students. Our school is working towards great goals this year and we believe that by working together, we can achieve them!
This year we have 3 parent representative openings on our CSC. Centennial’s CSC meets the last Monday of every month from 5:30-7pm.
If you are interested in your name being placed on the ballot for one of the openings, please fill out the nomination form sent home in Thursday Folders and return it to the main office no later than the end of school on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013.
If you would like more information concerning the CSC before making a decision, please feel free to contact Laura Munro, principal, or Sharon Jones, Principal Resident at 720-424-8900.
We encourage you to participate in this great work.

Thank You,
Laura Munro
Sharon Jones

Nominations Due: October 9th
Ballots Due: October 16th
Results Announced: October 17th

Volunteer Orientation at Centennial

If you are planning to volunteer at school or in your child’s classroom this year, please fill out the DPS Volunteer Application (stop by the front office to pick one up) and attend a Volunteer Orientation. Here is a schedule of upcoming Orientations- please plan to attend one before you begin volunteering. Let us know you’ll be there – volunteercentennial@gmail.com

Tuesday October 8th 8:15-9:15am

Thursday October 24th 6-7pm

Back To School Night

It’s time for parents to come into our classrooms and discover what our Crew has been exploring. Please join us on Thursday, September 26th at 6pm. This is a great opportunity to hear from your child’s teachers, explore the classroom, and ask questions.

There will be two sessions.

Session #1 6-6:40pm

Session #2 6:50-7:30pm

Please stay for Movie Night hosted by the PTA. Bring blankets and meet on the soccer field after Back to School Night. There will be popsicle treats and lots of fun.

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.

Sincerely,

Sharon Jones

Principal Resident

Centennial, A School for Expeditionary Learning

720-424-8900

5000 New Books for Centennial

On August 28th Centennial will be receiving 5000 new books for our library. This generous gift is being made possible by KPMG and their Sponsorship of LPGA golfer Stacy Lewis. The challenge was, if Stacy Lewis won the British Open, then KPMG would donate 5000 books to Centennial’s library. And on August 4th, Stacy won the British Open which means 5000 new books for our library.

Back to School

Its time to start preparing for the 2013-14 school year.

Registration is at Centennial August 6,7 & 8, Noon-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, the Centennial Volunteer Program, and the Parent Portal, meet with PTA members and pick up your child’s 2013 School Supply Lists.

Please join us for the Popsicle Social on the school playground Friday, August 23rd from 4-6pm. This is a great opportunity to meet with your child’s teachers and drop off school supplies.

We also have an evening Playdate/Bring Your Own Picnic Tuesday, August 20 at 5:00pm. The first PTA meeting of the year will follow the playdate at 6:30pm.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, I look forward to seeing everyone soon,

Laura Munro

Principal

Innovation Plan

Hi Fabulous Centennial Parents,

Hope you are all doing well and enjoying the summer.

As you know, we go in front of the Board of Ed to present our Innovation Plan Monday the 17th. Any and all physical support from parents would be awesome. This meeting is not one for public comment, as I think that happens Thursday.

Also, wanted to let you know that the teacher vote on the plan has closed and we reached the super majority needed! One positive step toward the end!!

Thanks for all you do to support Centennial. We’re SO close!!

Thanks,

Laura Munro