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 cruwysx3@msn.com

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 – 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.


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.