Centennial High School

CHS Weekly: October 4-10, 2020



We provide an engaging, inspiring, and caring learning experience for all our students.


October 8 - Quarter 1 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences - virtual appointments ONLY, 4:30-8:00pm - see information below to sign up today!

October 12 - Semester 1 Lockdown Drill - If you need to take your child out during 4th period, please do so in advance. Students will NOT be released during the drill.

October 14 - 12th Grade SAT & 10th Grade PSAT

October 14 - NO SCHOOL: 9th and 11th grades

November 3 - NO SCHOOL: Remote Learning Day K-12

November 6 - NO SCHOOL

November 9 - End of Quarter 1

December 16 - Quarter 2 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences - virtual appointments ONLY, 4:30-8:00pm

Teacher of the Month - September

Congratulations to our September Teachers of the Month

  • Mrs. Brings
  • Mrs. Mackey
  • Mr. Henscheid
  • Mr. Taylor
  • Ms. Johnson
  • Mr. Herdegen
  • Mr. Kelley
  • Mr. Mabey
  • Ms. Fielding
  • Ms. Cafferty
  • Mr. Davies
  • Mrs. Purdy
  • Mrs. Linzy

Nominate a Centennial High School Teacher of the Month for October on the CHS website - CLICK HERE to be redirected.


If you are a senior who has already completed a college entrance exam, please complete the questionnaire below so that we can verify your exam (SAT or ACT) for graduation purposes.

Sophomore Slam with Mr. Haener

Just under two weeks until all the 10th graders at CHS get the opportunity to take the PSAT exam for free! We are administering it on October 14th. This is a practice standardized test that will give students and their constituents insight into how well prepared the students are academically for the college and career worlds.

Teachers have been handing out a Student Guide (Test Prep booklet) to each Sophomore and everyone should have received one by now. If you haven't received a test prep booklet, please stop by the Career Center.

Two hours going over this booklet could help bump your score 200 points or more!

  • Page 8 -- Information about test day items to bring and testing guidelines
  • Pages 10-11-- Reading Test Overview then goes into sample questions with answers!
  • Pages 18-19-- Writing and Language Test Overview; then sample questions w/ answers!
  • Pages 26-27-- Math Test Overview; followed by non-calculator, student produced answer, and calculator type questions.

A big benefit of going over these pages will be for the students to get acquainted with the directions, the types of questions in each section, and get tips from the test makers on how to maximize your score.

A few more hours of effort could be invested: In the middle of the booklet there is a full length practice test. Students can take this practice test and check their score. This would be a great way for a student to work toward doing their very best on this very important exam.

Thanks for asking your student about the booklet and spending some time helping them preparing for the PSAT.

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At Centennial High School, the safety and welfare of our students and staff are our highest priority. We practice safety drills throughout the year, with monthly fire drills and an earthquake drill annually, to help our staff and students know what to do in the event of an emergency. At approximately 1:15pm, Monday, October 12th, Centennial High School will conduct a school wide lockdown drill.

Centennial has worked closely with the West Ada School District and local authorities to correctly develop and implement safety procedures. The goals of drills throughout the school year are to improve our ability to protect students, save lives, and reduce injuries. These practice drills allow us to evaluate our emergency operation plans and improve our response skills.

Prior to Monday's drill you may choose to talk with your child(ren), if you deem such appropriate, about the drill. Our goal while practicing important safety procedures, is to be sure all students and staff feel safe.

If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to call us. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support in this matter.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences at Centennial High School will take place virtually on:

  • Thursday, October 8 from 4:30-8:00pm

Conference slots are available through teacher web pages on the Centennial website.

  • Go to "STAFF"
  • Select the last name of the teacher
  • Select "Request a Quarter 1 Parent/Teacher Conference here"
  • Choose a time slot that is convenient for you and your schedule
  • Provide your student's name and grade as well as a parent name when signing up
  • Click "Sign Up & Submit" at the bottom of the form
  • Before completion you will be asked to enter your e-mail address and cell phone number

Conferences are scheduled for 8 minutes and will only take place virutally via Microsoft Teams or over the phone. Time slots are available on a first come, first served basis so sign up today! Quarter 2 Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place in the same way, virtually, on December 16...plan ahead!

Here are some tips to make the most of your conference:

  1. Look over schoolwork.
  2. Talk with your child, bring a copy of their schedule (see template below).
  3. Make a list of questions.
  4. Arrive a few minutes early.
  5. Talk about the specifics of your child in class.
  6. Stay calm.
  7. Ask the most important questions first.
  8. Figure out next steps.
  9. Update your child after the conference.
  10. Follow up with teachers after conferences.
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Centennial High School Patriot Booster parent/staff meetings are starting and everyone is invited! What a great way to get involved with your student's school, virtually!

Centennial High School Patriot Booster Zoom meeting:

Topic: Centennial Booster Meeting
Time: Oct 6, 2020 08:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Agenda: Welcome! Fundraising this year, spirit wear and how to get involved

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 773 8727 6234
Passcode: agsmT1


If your student is playing a sport or activity (cheer or dance) this fall, the $110.00 Pay to Participate fee has now been assessed to student school accounts. You may go to Myschoolfees.com to pay these fees.

Thank you and pleas feel free to reach out to Mr. Jon Watson, Activities & Athletics Director - watson.jon@westada.org - with any questions.

Advanced Placement (AP) Students & Families

High school students in West Ada School District are now on the quarter system. For many AP (Advanced Placement) students that means you will have an AP class either quarters 1 and 3 or quarters 2 and 4. Which unfortunately means, that students may or may not see their AP teacher and get AP specific instruction immediately prior to AP testing in the spring.

We recognize that this is not ideal for many students. As a result, we have created a CEN10AP Team through Microsoft Teams where AP teachers will post current information about AP testing, announcements, AP join codes, etc. that students and families are encouraged to check regularly. Each AP class has a channel (left hand column) to access specific courses and teachers. AP students have automatically been added to this Team. Families/parents are welcome to join using the code: 7tq46bc

Mrs. Townsley (College & Career Counselor) and Mrs. Everett (AP Counselor) will be going to all AP classrooms from September 28 through October 1 to speak to student about AP exams, the CEN10AP Team and more. Mrs. Townsley and Mrs. Everett are available via e-mail to answer any AP related questions.

Patriot Reserves - Wrestling Camp

Our annual Patriot Reserves Camp is quickly approaching. All help from wrestlers is needed with set up of mats and helping coach the kids. Reminder that this is a fundraiser for the team. Camp dates are Monday and Wednesday evenings starting October 19th. K-2 grade—6-7pm, mopping mats between sessions, 3-5 grade—7:15-8:15pm. Mat set up will be between 5-5:15pm in the upper gym above the wrestling room. There is still time to sign up if you know anyone who is interested. Have them contact Coach Blue (cen10wrestling@gmail.com) #cen10wrestling #wrestling #growingthesport #havingfun #brickbybrick #tradition #creatingapositiveculture




The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is one of the most widely used, multiple-aptitude tests in the world, developed and maintained by the Department of Defense. It measures a young adult’s strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success. It is an aptitude test and the military entrance exam. Because of the Career Exploration piece students who are not interested in the military are encouraged to take it.

The student ASVAB, referred to as the ASVAB Career Exploration Program (ASVAB CEP), is used for career exploration and is given to juniors and seniors.

The ASVAB test date is November 5th at 8:00 AM in the CHS Library. Sign-up with Mrs.Townsley and Mrs. Jerome in the Career Center.

Here are some resources to assist you in preparing for the ASVAB:

College & Financial Aid Night

College and Financial Aid Night: Nov. 5 at CHS, starts at 5:30pm in the CPAC. Mrs. Townsley will conduct a short overview of scholarships and important info. for seniors then David Ries, Financial Consultant, will explain how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and compare/contrast college financial aid packages.

CLICK HERE for more information!

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

CHS Hands-on FAFSA Night

Hands-on FAFSA night will be Thursday, November 12th in the Centennial Computer Labs

from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. Hand-on FAFSA Night will walk parents/students through the online process of applying for and completing the FAFSA. Appointments are REQUIRED and cane be made with College & Career Counselor, Mrs. Townsley - townsley.alyson@westada.org

Idaho Opportunity Scholarship

The application period is now open for the Idaho State Board of Education's Idaho Opportunity Scholarship! The Opportunity Scholarship awards eligible applicants up to $3,500 per academic year and is renewable for up to four years! Apply by March 1, 2021 using the link!

The scholarship funds are available per school year. Recipients must renew each year and are eligible to receive the scholarship for a maximum of four years.


To qualify for the scholarship, a student must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have an unweighted, cumulative GPA of 2.7 or above
  • Be an Idaho resident
  • Graduated or will graduate from an Idaho high school or its equivalent or Idaho home school (GED/HSE from Idaho)
  • Complete the State Board of Education scholarship application by March 1
  • FAFSA Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by March 1
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress for financial aid purposes. (See program rules for more details.)

Must attend on of these eligible Idaho colleges or universities

  • Boise State University
  • BYU-Idaho
  • The College of Idaho
  • College of Southern Idaho
  • College of Western Idaho
  • College of Eastern Idaho
  • Idaho State University
  • Lewis-Clark State College
  • North Idaho College
  • Northwest Nazarene University
  • University of Idaho


AVANZA! - University of Idaho is hosting their annual AVANZA program virtually this year.

November 17, 18, 19 6-8PM. MT.

Avanza is a great opportunity for Hispanic/Latina seniors to discover how U of I will help them achieve their goals. They’ll meet our staff and alumni, learn about the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), and get one-on-one help with their admission application and FAFSA before our December 1 priority date (the early consideration date for our diversity scholarships). All services at Avanza for parents and students are offered in Spanish and English.

Students who attend Avanza will be interviewed for a chance to win one of twenty $500 scholarships provided by Idaho Central Credit Union.

Students can register for the event at www.uidaho.edu/avanza-events.

Next Steps Idaho - College Application Month

Governor Brad Little has declared October “Next Steps Month,” a time for students to focus on thinking about what they want and how they’ll achieve their goals.

Next Steps Month is a mash-up of College Application Month, FAFSA nights, college and career readiness activities, CTE promotion, and other efforts designed to help young Idahoans build their future.

Visit the Next Steps Idaho website to find resources to help you consider options for life after high school: https://nextsteps.idaho.gov/

With the Apply Idaho application, you can apply to all Idaho public colleges and universities, as well as to the College of Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University.

To start your Apply Idaho application, click here: https://apply.nextsteps.idaho.gov/

And for more information about the FAFSA, check out the resources that Next Steps Idaho

has available: https://nextsteps.idaho.gov/resources/fafsa

Leadership Boise Academy

Juniors here is an excellent leadership opportunity for you!

What is Leadership Boise Academy (LBA)?

LBA is an opportunity for motivated high school juniors who exemplify leadership qualities and express an interest in gaining a better understanding of the unique and challenging issues facing their community.

Why participate? Through the LBA program you will learn more about your community and expand your perspectives while also developing your leadership potential, discussing pertinent issues with peers and community leaders, and exploring career options.

How much does it cost?

LBA is FREE to students who are chosen through the application process, and includes breakfast, lunch, and transportation on the day of the sessions.

How do I Apply:

  • Be a student currently enrolled in 11th grade
  • Tell Mrs. Townsley you are interested
  • Commit to 100% attendance at all sessions
  • Complete the online application by Friday, October 16 @ www.boisechamber.org/leadership-boise-academy
  • Attend the zoom interview on Saturday, November 14


  • Setting the Stage Saturday, January 09, 2021
  • Government Wednesday, January 20, 2021
  • Business Wednesday, February 10, 2021
  • Legal Social Wednesday, March 17, 2021
  • Media Wednesday, April 14, 2021
  • Community Service Project Saturday, April 24, 2021
  • Graduation Wednesday, May TBD, 2021

Juniors and Seniors who would like to take the ACT

You must sign-up for this on your own at act.org

  • Upcoming test dates are: October 10, 17, 24 and 25
  • Deadline to sign up is September 25
  • Cost is $55