CMS Newsletter

Week October 05, 2020

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We continue making strides!

Hello CMS Community,

I hope that this past week was one of routines, consistency and support. I do hope that there have been highlights and connections your child has experienced.

Below are some highlights and surprises our amazing CMS staff have had up to-date.

Reminder: there will be no school on Friday October 9, 2020.

Take care and be safe!

Johanna Castillo

Principal - CMS

In this issue you will find:

  • CMS Family Meeting
  • Elective Schedules
  • CMS Regular School Bell Schedule
  • CMS Wednesday School Bell Schedule
  • Purpose: Wednesday Applied Learning
  • Attendance Information
  • Counseling Corner
  • CMS Student Email Form
  • Chromebook Device Tech Support for Families
  • YEARBOOKS are here!
  • Student Belongings: Last Year Student Lockers
  • CMS Staff Messages (Enjoy and Surprises)
  • TRIO Message
  • CMS Proudly Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Index of Previous CMS Newsletters

CMS Family Meeting Wednesday October 7, 2020 at 10:30 am

Please join us to ask questions and share concerns about school related experiences. Family engagement is critical to ensure that our students have a positive experience at school.

Johanna Castillo is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Family Meetings

Time: Oct 7, 2020 10:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Every month on the First Wed, until Jun 2, 2021, 9 occurrence(s)

Oct 7, 2020 10:30 AM

Nov 4, 2020 10:30 AM

Dec 2, 2020 10:30 AM

Jan 6, 2021 10:30 AM

Feb 3, 2021 10:30 AM

Mar 3, 2021 10:30 AM

Apr 7, 2021 10:30 AM

May 5, 2021 10:30 AM

Jun 2, 2021 10:30 AM

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.


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Elective Schedules

Please review this with your students.

First identify what category your student falls in.

a) Do they have PE every day 1st/4th period for 7th grade or 3rd/6th period for 8th grade?

b) Do they have PE A day and Music Careers B day?

c) Do they have Choir/Band/Support Class on A day and PE on B day?

Then review the schedule they should follow for elective live meetings.

I understand there has been some confusion with ELECTIVE Live Meetings and please know that students will not and are not being held responsible for any missed live meetings. This is NEW to all of us and missed classes will happen.

Important: Students should be active in google classroom, turn in assignments, fill out activity logs an/or attendance logs and communicate with their teacher.

Here is a two page ELECTIVE OVERVIEW

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CMS 2020-2021 Regular Bell Schedule

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CMS Wednesdays 2020-2021 Bell Schedule & Attendance

There are no live class meetings on Wednesdays. This schedule is available for students to follow and login to google classroom to complete assignments.

There is attendance being taken on Wednesdays for all CLASSES 1-6 (no community).

Students must show up on google classroom and submit an assignment for every class in order to be counted present. Some teams and teachers have students log into an activity log or attendance log. Please ensure to ask your student what they are doing on Wednesday for EVERY CLASS.

Wednesday Late Start

Please ensure that students login to all of their classes indicated in the Wednesday Bell Schedule, above. They must login to google classroom and complete an assignment or follow teacher directions for that day to be counted present.
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Applied Learning: Wednesdays

Here are a list of activities your child will potentially be doing on Wednesdays:

-Formative Assessments

-Specialized Small Group Instruction

-PE Journals

-Finishing up a project from class.

-Extension of the work they do Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday

-Independent work

-Paddlet Messages

-Student Discussion with peers or with teacher


-Silent Sustained Reading

Whatever they do engage in doing, please ensure that your child enters google classroom and communicates with teacher via an attendance form, submitting an assignment, or communication. This is applicable for every class periods 1-6.

IMPORTANT Attendance Information

Update NEW!

If you do not want to receive attendance calls at the end of the day as indicated below your, please have your student follow the attendance procedure mentioned above under Wednesday Bell Schedule, Attendance and Late Start by 4pm for EVERY CLASS, periods 1-6.


Beginning, Monday, September 28th, you will receive a call informing you that your student has an unexcused absence if they did not participate in class activities or have interaction with their teacher, an educational assistant or paraprofessional during the school day. Interaction can include:

  • Participating in a video class, communication from the student to the teacher via chat, text message, a communication app or email;
  • A phone call between the teacher, educational assistants or paraprofessionals and the student, or, for younger students, with the parent or guardian of the student; or
  • Posting completed coursework on a given day.

Please ensure that your student follows the information above on WEDNESDAY Schedule, attendance and late start.

Counseling Corner

Throughout all of the unusual events unfolding this year, students, parents/guardians, and CMS staff are resilient as ever. In our Community Classes, a class dedicated to bringing a sense of belonging to the school and our student’s environments, we are able to provide a more individualized type of social-emotional learning. October’s theme for the class is Kindness, Acceptance, and Empathy. Throughout each week, your student will be taught strategies to analyze their roles and values to help establish a healthy self-image while promoting the identities of peers simultaneously. Many topics including self-care, friendships, and inclusion will be discussed this month.

Centennial Middle School Email Permission Form

Email for students will be turned on sometimes this week and if you would like your student to have this essential communication tool, please fill out this form and submit. Submit the FORM which is the second link in this section, not the first. The first link provides information about student emails.


Hello CMS Families,

Please consider filling out this form for your student, if you have not done so already. This will allow students to access their school email and it will facilitate communication between teachers and students.




Please fill out permission form below (IMPORTANT):

English (Agree/Disagree From):

Spanish (De acuerdo/en desacuerdo de Documento) :

Russian (Согласен / Не согласен с):

Chromebook Devise Tech Support

Please go to this website to receive Chromebook Tech Support when Needed.

CSD Technology Support for Students and Families

2019-2020 Yearbook

Our 2019-2020 Yearbooks have arrived.

We will start distributing yearbooks starting Wednesday September 30, 2020 @ CMS.

Please do not come before Wednesday to pick up your yearbook.

2019-2020 Student Belongings (from student lockers)


We still have a significant amount of student belongings at school. Please come and retrieve these as soon as you can.


  • Call our front office about wanting to pick up student belongings. Please ONLY call the day you are planning to pick these up.
  • Provide student full name and the team they were in last year (if possible not required).
  • Provide Locker # form last year, if possible.
  • Office staff will explain pick up procedures via phone.

These items will be donated to local non-profit organizations if they are not retrieved by November 15, 2020.

If you have any questions please call us at our school's main number: (503)762-3206

CMS Message to Families and Students

Last week during our CMS faculty meetings I asked our CMS Staff to share what they have enjoyed and have been surprised with the most this school year. Here are some of their responses. It is clear that our CMS Staff loves and misses our CMS Students very much!

Click here if you can't see the image below clearly, Padlet CMS Staff Messages to our Students .

Please add to our NEW CMS Family Padlet pictures and messages about what your child has ENJOYED and has been SURPRISED with the most this school year. You can click on the link provided or scan the QR code.

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This Month CMS Proudly Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month: Tuesday September 15-October 15, 2020

Thank you all who have sent pictures and stories that relate to our LatinX and Hispanic community, please continue sending these amazing memories to my email to highlight them in our CMS Community Collage.

A huge thank you to Mrs. Reamer and Mr. Baldwin for sharing their stories to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month!

To commemorate National Hispanic American Heritage Month, I would be honored to hear from our Centennial Community about their love, experiences and traditions in our LatinX community. Please email me your stories in writing, video, photos or voice recording. I will compile your stories and archive them in our website and our newsletter to highlight our rich culture throughout this month.

Thank you all, and happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!

TRIO Educational Talent Search makes college dreams a reality for Centennial Middle School students. Find out how to apply here!

Please review this video for an amazing opportunity. VIDEO

Mrs. Reamer’s Story (Language Arts Teacher on the Fox Team)

I grew up in San Jose, California as part of a very large Mexican family. My father immigrated to Oakland, California from Juarez, Mexico with his family when he was a young boy. My grandparents eventually settled in San Jose, where they raised their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Most of my family still lives in the same neighborhood where my grandparents lived for 50 years. I love that my family is really big, and they want to be together all the time, so there is always someone to talk to or trade stories with. One of my favorite things at CMS is meeting our students’ families and hearing their stories. I appreciate that so many of our students include their extended family in our school events, bringing their grandparents, aunts and uncles, or cousins to conferences, open house, and performances. I can see how much pride our CMS families take in their children and I feel privileged to be a part of that.

Here are some pictures of me with a few of my family members during my last visit to California.

A Heartfelt & Incredible Story

Mr. Laurence Baldwin is a Math and Learning Specialist teacher at Centennial Middle School. He has been kind enough to share an amazing story about his step stepmother Rosie and her love of dance.

Here are some excerpts for the article about Rosie Serna. Attached is the full story.

Serna’s lineage is interesting. Her maternal greatgrandfather of several generations back was Captain Jack Everett, a former Texas Ranger who once lived in Spain where he met his wife Antonia Flores. They eventually moved to Miers, Mexico for a short stay and then settled in Texas. On Serna’s paternal side, the family goes back six or seven generations as solid Texans. Serna believes she was born deaf, although there is uncertainty among family members about this. Her mother suspected Serna was deaf before she was tested at age three, but no one else was aware that she had a hearing loss, likely due to her outgoing personality. A doctor in Corpus Christi concluded that Serna was profoundly deaf, and recommended she wear a hearing aid for environmental awareness. Although unable to understand spoken speech, Serna loved to listen to music and still does today.

Serna’s crowning glory came after the Austin Deaf Dance Company ceased its production in 1981. Sharir had formed another company through an alliance with the Hartford Dance Company of Connecticut. The artistic directors of both dance companies held an audition for a production and Serna, the sole deaf dancer at the audition, captured the lead dancer role. She went on to dance professionally for a total of seven years. This achievement permanently bolstered and solidified her confidence as a dancer as well as a person.

Serna notes two awards that were the most significant to her as an adult. As an employee of the Texas State Comptroller’s Office, she was recognized in 1979 for her leadership in heading up committees to improve working conditions for both deaf and hearing employees. The second award was national in scope: the National Hispanic Council of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 1992 Shining Star Award, which the organization described as a “symbol of success and pride within the Hispanic Deaf Community and all that we can accomplish whenever given the opportunity.”

Serna’s advice for young deaf persons is simple but powerful: “If you like some type of skill or activity, never doubt yourself – just do it!”

Jaech, T. (Summer 2010). Rosie Serna: A dancer by the grace of God, pp. 1-3.

FULL Article HERE.