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Homecoming Week

Every year, Homecoming has been an integral part of the Centennial community. We have staff, students, families, and community members come together all week to celebrate with the culminating activity being the Homecoming football game with all of its associated events. Not only does this help support our high school athletic teams, but it also raises our community spirit as we begin the school year.

Due to the spread of the Delta variant of COVID this year, we’ve had to modify, postpone or call off some of these events. The CHS Student Council are the main planners for these events and they have been flexible and resilient with changing guidelines. They have also been creative and are pursuing the most fun and meaningful Homecoming possible under current conditions. They would love to have all of our traditional events take place but we have to make sure that we are keeping our students, staff and community safe. We are following Multnomah County guidelines, State regulations, and decisions from the District Office in order to do this. In the end we have to control the size of crowds and make sure that social distancing and masking continue to stop the spread of COVID within our community.

We are thrilled that we can have a homecoming celebration at all this year. This is an update to what is happening during Homecoming this year. Below is a list of events that we are having this year to celebrate Homecoming.

  • Spirit Week Dress

    • Monday - Color Wars

    • Tuesday - Tropical

    • Wednesday - Fancy

    • Thursday - Throwback

    • Friday - Eagle Out

  • Homecoming Week Athletic Contests @ CHS

    • Tuesday September 28th @ 6 PM V Boys Soccer vs DDHS

    • Thursday September 30th @ 6:30 PM V Volleyball vs Reynolds

    • Friday October 1st @ 7:00 pm V Football vs Nelson

  • Homecoming Court

    • The crowning of homecoming court will still happen during half time of the Football game. Students vote during the week.

  • Homecoming High School Hallway Decorations:

    • We will not have large groups of students coming in to put up decorations.

    • As an alternative, students can create a decorative piece on their own time, bring it to the Student Council room before the end of next Monday, and we will help them put the decorative piece up, or give them some tape so they can put it up themselves.

    • Students can bring in the decorative pieces before 1st period, during lunch, during passing time, or after school.

  • Powderpuff Football - postponed till May

  • Coloring Contest for Elementary Students - continuing

Attendance FAQ's

What is the attendance number?

  • 503-762-6138. The attendance line can receive messages 24/7

  • If leaving a voicemail, please include: Student’s full name, ID number, and reason for absence. If no reason is communicated, the absence will remain unexcused.

How do I release my student early?

  • Send a note with your student or leave a voicemail in the morning so your student can receive an off-campus pass from the attendance office when they check in, allowing your student to leave the classroom and the school at your requested time.

  • The office will not send for a student after 3:05pm. Class is released at 3:10pm.

  • Students must check out through the attendance office prior to leaving during the school day for any reason and must check in upon return. If a student leaves without checking out with the attendance office without checking in, the absence is unexcused.

What if my student is tardy?

  • If your student is tardy due to an appointment or other excusable reason (see below), you can send them to school with a note or call ahead and leave a message with the attendance office. Students need to check in at the attendance office upon arrival and receive an excused pass to class. If a student arrives without checking in, the absence is unexcused.

  • If your student is tardy for an inexcusable reason, they must still check in at the attendance office for a pass to class, but the tardy and/or absence will remain unexcused, even if a parent has called in.

How far back can I excuse my student’s absence?

  • 48 hours.

My Student texted me during class to say they're sick and need to leave. What should I do?

  • Your student should not be texting during class. Please remind them to ask the teacher for a pass to see the nurse and/or main office if they’re feeling ill. Your student can call home from there and arrange a ride home.

What if my student will be absent for more than 2 days?

  • Please contact the attendance office at least 3 days prior to your student’s prolonged absence. The teachers will need to be notified and homework arranged.

  • If a student misses 10 days or more, they will be withdrawn.

What do I do if I am receiving automated calls and emails about my student’s attendance?

  • Check ParentVUE or have your student check their StudentVUE to see which class was missed. The student then needs to contact their teacher directly. Period attendance can not be corrected by the attendance secretary without approval from the teacher.

Excusable Absence Reasons

  • Student illness including mental & behavioral health

  • Medical/Dental appointments

  • Family illness requiring a student’s presence

  • Religious observances

  • Legal or court appointment

  • Death in the family, accident, medical or injury

  • Approved school activity

  • Prearranged absence

  • Suspensions

College Possible

College Possible is a non-profit organization that promotes college access and success for students from low-income backgrounds through free coaching and support. Our dedicated AmeriCorps coaches support students throughout the entire college journey, from the application process all the way to graduation day!

Junior College Possible students receive guidance in exploring the world of college, ACT test preparation, and coaching on writing college application essays.

Senior College Possible students refine their interests in specific colleges and universities, find scholarships that fit their needs, and unravel the complexities of financial aid applications.


If your student is interested in becoming part of their College Possible cohort, they can apply at here (linked application).


If you think your students may be a good fit, you can nominate them here (linked nomination form).

Free COVID-19 Testing Sites and Resources

Centennial School Based Health Clinic offers testing to all k-12 students. Call 503-988-5488 to make an appointment. Same day and next day appointments available.

Call 211 for testing sites near you

Expo Center: OHSU will again offer free drive-up testing at the Expo Center starting 9/8 for anyone 2 months old and older. Make an appointment online; or by calling 833-647-8222, weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours: Monday to Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday and Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Portland Expo Center, 2060 N Marine Drive (enter from North Expo Road)

Multnomah County: To make a testing appointment call the MultCo COVID Call Center at: 503-988-8939. Test results will be available 15 - 30 minutes after someone takes the test.

  • Tuesdays, 8:45am - 3:45pm

    • Fabric Depot, 700 SE 122nd Ave., Portland

  • Fridays, 11am - 1:30pm

    • Mid County Community Testing @ IRCO, 10301 NE Glisan St. Portland

  • Saturdays, 9:00 am - 11 am

    • Rockwood Community Testing @ Latino Network, 312 SE 165th Ave. Portland

Testing informational flyer: Korean Somali Spanish Arabic Traditional Chinese Simplified Chinese Chuukese Hmong Marshallese Russian Vietnamese

COVID-19 Vaccinations at School Health Center

The School Health Center at Centennial High School is offering free COVID-19 vaccinations to students and their families. They are holding a clinic every Thursday afternoon from 2:40 - 4:40 PM.