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Welcoming All Students to Create a Sense of Safety and Belonging

As we enter hybrid school, we are creating a community where "Every Student Belongs." Our number one goal as we return is to make sure that our students are safe and that every student feels that they belong here. Students cannot have a sense of safety if they do not feel that they belong. Our staff is ready to do this. They recognize the skills and knowledge that our students have gained living through this pandemic and the trauma and tragedies that they have experienced. We know that our students, staff, and community are resilient and will do well as we enter hybrid schooling.

In addition to living through a pandemic, this year racism has been more open and apparent. People and organizations are recognizing the harm racism causes and are speaking out. The Oregon Department of Education issued the Every Student Belongs Rule prohibiting hate symbols and harassment based on perceived race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and national origin. Districts across the state are working to implement the rule. We will be vigilant in making sure this rule is carried out.

In the past year alone and in the last few months we have witnessed killings and tragedies fueled by hate. Our superintendent Dr. Paul Coakley put out the following statement following the killings in Atlanta. A Message of Support for Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander Communities.

We have not forgotten the killing of George Floyd. The trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd has been broadcast for the world to see in the last three weeks. This has the potential to re-traumatize people. These are not the only killings and deaths that have affected our school community.

As a school and a community, we are aware that this is happening and that our students, staff, and community are experiencing it from a variety of perspectives. We are ready to greet our students and support them; to listen to what they have been through, and discover what they have learned. We will also keep them safe physically by following the protocols established by the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education.

We are looking forward to having many of our students back on site and re-establishing a community based on safety and belonging.

Freshman Orientation

We will have a Freshman Orientation on Wednesday, April 21st. Students will be picked up on their normal bus routes. Students from both Cohort A and Cohort B will attend the freshman orientation together. The times will be from 8:10 - 9:40 am if students are walking or getting rides. All freshman students will get Eagle Tee shirts, tours of the school, and they will get to meet their advisory teacher and other important staff members.

We are looking forward to meeting our Freshman on April 21st.

Daily Health Self Screen before coming to school

Students and/or parents/guardians should screen students for the following symptoms before they come to school on a daily basis.

Self Screening Questions:

  • Do you have a new or worsening cough?
  • Do you have a fever? 100.4 or higher.
  • Do you have shortness of breath?
  • Have you been in close contact with anyone with these symptoms or anyone that was COVID-19 positive in the last 14 days?
  • Do you have a new loss of sense of taste or smell?

If yes, to any of these screening questions, stay home and notify the school.

Chromebooks and Personal Devices

All students will need a Chromebook when they are onsite. There is no "open" wifi network. You can check out a Chromebook for the remainder of the year, or you can borrow one for the day. Students will also have the option to check out Chromebooks for the day if they forget their device or their device needs charged.

The places that they can check out Chromebooks are the main office, Room 103, and the library.

Service Dogs

We are glad to be welcoming two service animals onsite.

A service dog will be joining our student body to assist one of our students, and a facility dog will be on campus in one of our self-contained classes.

This service dog is well trained to meet the specific needs of our student. The service dog is able to assist in many of the routine activities that have previously posed some challenges for this student and will be included in all aspects of the student’s life.

The facility dog also trained as a service dog, so is very well behaved. He is able to offer a variety of emotional supports and learning opportunities to students in the class as well as the building as a whole.

In conjunction with the new arrivals, there will be information sessions held with staff to help integrate the service dog into our community. Students and staff will be informed of the boundaries to observe while the service dog is working at school.

Research has shown that service dogs benefit some students by increasing safety, reducing anxiety, facilitating communication, and assisting with transitions and school activities. We look forward to the growth and learning we will undergo as a school community as we welcome this opportunity to support one of our students.

Please contact the principal, Mairi Scott-Aguirre, if you have any questions or concerns.

Cohorts and Bell Schedule

Students will either come to school on Monday and Tuesday if they are in cohort A or Thursday and Friday if they are in cohort B. On the other days, students will learn remotely. Students whose class schedule contains periods 1 - 9 are in cohort A. Students whose class schedule contains periods 21 - 29 are in cohort B.

Live in-person school hours are from 8:10 am - 12:00 noon. The morning bus schedule will be very similar to the bussing schedule in the past. Hybrid learning does not start until the 4th Quad so most students have 3 classes plus advisory. The students will attend all of their classes and advisory, then there will be grab-and-go lunches available and students will leave for the day. There will be online tutoring available during 8th period when all students can access support remotely.

The "Bell Schedule" for Hybrid Learning is linked here.

Wednesday Attendance

Daily attendance is an important part of being successful in school. All students need to engage in the Wednesday asynchronous lessons to learn the material in their classes. Teachers take attendance from Google Forms questions and from assignments that are submitted. Make sure you are logging in and demonstrating you are engaging during Wednesdays. Complete the lessons provided by your teachers and submit your work is a great way to demonstrate mastery of your schoolwork. Remember our teachers and staff are here to help, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

School Based Health Center

The Student Health Center at Centennial High School opens April 6th, offering students in-person healthcare and telehealth services 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekdays. Call 503-988-5488 to make an appointment. Student Health Centers are also open at David Douglas, Parkrose, Roosevelt and Reynolds high schools. Student Health Centers are like having a doctor’s office at school. We offer convenient physical and mental health care services to all Multnomah County students ages 5-18. There are no out-of-pocket costs. For more, visit multco.us/health/student-health-centers

Portland Bureau of Transportation and Metro High School Focus Groups

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Metro are hosting focus groups with high school students to better understand their perspectives on traffic safety.

About the virtual focus groups

High school students are invited to participate in a 1-hour focus group via Zoom and will receive a $20 gift card for participating. There are several focus groups dates below to choose from and are separated by Portland and Metro geographical areas. This study is led by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Metro.

Portland Bureau of Transportation and Metro seeks to better understand barriers and motivations for safe driving and transportation among local youth. Staff would like to hear from a mix of teens who drive and those that do not drive. The purpose is timely because of PBOT’s ongoing efforts to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets.

Here is a link with dates and how to sign up.