Centennial High School

CHS Weekly: January 3-9, 2021



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

Happy Holidays from Centennial High School

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December 19 - Girls Basketball vs. Eagle at 3p.m.

December 21-January 1 - NO SCHOOL: Winter Break

December 22 - Girls Basketball vs. Nampa at 7:30 p.m.

December 29 - Boys Basketball at BK

December 30 - Boys Basketball at Caldwell

January 2 - Boys Basketball at Kuna

January 2 - Wrestlers at Best of the West Duals - Home

January 4 - School resumes, Quarter 2 continues

January 15 - Senior Yearbook Photos and Dedication Ads/Tributes due

Meals and Meal Sites - Meals Available During Winter Break

Breakfast and Lunch Combo Meals Available During Winter Break

The school nutrition services department will continue serving meals to children ages 1-18 at several sites during winter break. Meals are available December 21-23 and December 28-31, with service from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

See a full list of meal sites and menus here: https://www.westada.org/HolidayMeals


The purpose of dress regulations is to help each student set a standard for his/her personal appearance that is appropriate within the accepted standards of West Ada School District High School. Students are expected to demonstrate pride in their personal appearance for it reflects individually on them and collectively on the school attended.

A friendly reminder that NO hoods, hats, bandanas or other non-religious head coverings of any type are permitted on campus or in classrooms throughout the school district.

Beginning Monday, January 4, 2021 CHS administration will be confiscating hats, hoods, bandanas and non-religious head coverings worn by students in the building.

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Student Attendance

Current West Ada Board Policy states that students are allowed three (3) absences per class period during the semester. Students who receive four (4) absences in any class will lose credit unless cleared by the attendance office as extraordinary within five (5) days of the absence.

Grade level Vice Principals are currently reaching out to the families of students with multiple absences in a period. We understand that absences can occur for a variety of reasons. We also know that student attendance during in-person and remote days, is a critical ingredient to student success. The purpose of this communication from our grade level Vice Principal's is to inform families that their student has accrued multiple absences in a period. Continued absenteeism could result in a student being withdrawn from Centennial High School.

We understand that we are currently operating in challenging, pandemic times. Therefore, we are working with all students to ensure they receive appropriate seat time in every class. We encourage every family to logon to PowerSchool at least once, weekly, to be kept informed of their students absences. Common absence codes, noted in PowerSchool, are listed below for your reference.

Attendance Code: A
Description: Unverified Absence
Presence Status: Absent

Attendance Code: ILL
Description: Unverified Absence - Illness
Presence Status: Absent

Attendance Code: PRC
Description: Unverified Absence - Parent Phone Call
Presence Status: Absent

Attendance Code: ISO
Description: Isolated for Medical Reasons
Presence Status: Present

Attendance Code: TEC
Description: Technology
Presence Status: Absent

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Study Buddies at Centennial High School

FREE Tutoring for CHS STUDENTS, grades 9-12, by CHS TEACHERS!

January 9 and 23 from 9:00-11:0am at Centennial High School (more dates to be announced).

  • Remember, Quarter 2 ends on January 29 so come and get support from your teachers before time runs out!!! There's no better way to be prepared for finals then to have a "Study Buddy".

Teachers will be available to assist in the four core academic areas: Math, English, Social Science and Science.

January teachers are listed below:

  • Math - Ms. Athena Herman
  • English - Mrs. Brooke Snyder
  • Social Science - Mr. Bradley Hammer
  • Science - Ms. Anna Cafferty

While participating in the "Study Buddies" program, students may rotate through subjects and do NOT need to stay for the entire time. Students are encouraged to come prepared with classroom materials, their school issued laptop and plenty of motivation to get their work completed with teacher assistance.

Students MUST sign up in advance! Sign-ups will be limited in effort to adhere to and maintain social distancing so sign-up early. Classroom loads will be capped at 20 students (the current classroom cap in West Ada School District).


  • If a student signs up they are committing to attend Saturday tutoring.
  • If a student signs up and does NOT remove their appointment OR notify their grade level VP by the Thursday prior to tutoring at 3:00pm that they will not be attending, students will no longer be permitted to sign up for the "Study Buddies" program.
  • If a student does remove their appointment or communicate the Thursday prior to tutoring by 3:00pm and space is available, grade level Vice Principals will contact students on the waitlist based on the order they signed up.
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Inclement Weather Policy

With the start of winter storms, West Ada School District is again planning and ready for the possibility of school closures. The decision to close schools is a process that is not taken lightly by the district. As storms approach, district staff monitor weather forecasts in preparation to check road conditions during the night and into the early morning before the start of school. If school is canceled because of poor road conditions, information about the closure will be posted on the district website and local media will also be notified.

All efforts will be made to determine school closure due to winter driving conditions by 5 a.m. on the day of the closure in order to have adequate time to alert parents, students, staff and the community of the school closure.

Television: Channel 2, KBCI; Channel 6, KIVI; Channel 7, KTVB
AM Radio Stations: KBOI, 670; KIDO, 630; KGEM, 1140
FM Radio Stations: KJOT, 105; K-106, 106; K-LITE, 104; KHEZ, 103.3; KIZN, 93.1; KBSU, 90.3

PowerSchool is the district’s online student information system. PowerSchool provides a way for parents and students to track attendance, grades and class schedules. The district will relay messages regarding school events, reminders, school closures and more using the contact information provided by families in their PowerSchool accounts. The district uses the Blackboard notification system to send out email, phone calls, and text alerts. If you have previously opted-out of receiving any of these messages, you may opt-in again using the directions included in this email and text communication webpage.

Summer School Dates

High School: June 14-July 23, 2021

  • Students may take up to three classes remotely through the Fuel Ed./Peak Platform and there will be a Tutoring component on-line and in person.

Rebound Summer School: June 14-July 23, 2021

  • In person

Middle School Summer School: June 14-July 23, 2021

  • Schedule TBD

Enrollment for Summer School generally takes place in the Spring. Please contact your School Counselor for more information. Dates and learning platforms are subject to change in light of COVID-19 and the current pandemic.

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One Idaho - Safe at Home for the Holidays

In solidarity with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, West Ada School District encourages the school district community to stay safe at home for the holidays. Practice physical distance and mask wearing when around those who live outside of your home and wash your hands regularly.

Visit the Learning 2020 webpages to see operational plans, education resources, technology support and health information. https://www.westada.org/learning2020

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December Teachers of the Month

Congratulations to our December Teachers of the Month:
  • Lindsey Wells
  • Patti Bergland
  • Michelle Johnson
  • Hayley McGregor
  • Ian Henscheid
  • Genni Taylor
  • Carrie Rose
  • Rob Kelley
  • Michelle Ball/Young
  • Heather Ward
  • Suzie Fore

Support CEN10 Baseball

Christmas in Color is in Boise!! Is there a better way to celebrate Christmas in a COVID friendly way while also supporting Centennial Baseball !?!? All you have to do is go online, order tickets and be sure to use the code: FUNDCHSBASEBALL. A portion of EVERY ticket sold with the CEN10 code goes to Centennial Baseball !!!

Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, buy tickets as a Christmas present for a secret Santa Santa! Grab the hot cocoa and a blanket and join in the holiday fun with Christmas in Color and Centennial Baseball.

Important: All tickets need to be purchased beforehand. They will not be taking drive up cars this year, so the code will need to be entered when reserving a ticket online. The instructions on how to use the code are on the flyer (see photo below). Every ticket purchased using the code will be counted towards our team. CODE: FUNDCHSBASEBALL

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Senior Spotlight - Click images to enlarge

Idaho Strong

During these challenging times, spread the word that help is available, and that it is OK to ask for help! One resource available to educators and all Idahoans to help cope with stress and connect with help is the Idaho Strong COVID Help Now Line. The COVID Help Now line is open 8am-8pm Mountain Time, 7 days a week. Call or Text (986) 867-1073 or Call Toll Free at 866-947-5186. All calls are confidential and multilingual support is available.

The Idaho Strong program provides support for Idahoans struggling with the effects of the pandemic by facilitating emotional support, resource linkage, skills for building resilience and community education. Resources are available online at ioem.idaho.gov/covidhelpnow/

Picture My Future Art Contest

Idaho students in grades 7-12 are invited to share their dreams for the future by entering our “Picture My Future” art contest! Submissions can be made online by midnight on Jan. 22 or by mail (postmarked by Jan. 19). Check out the contest rules here: https://www.sde.idaho.gov/events/future-art-contest/

"This has been a particularly challenging year for students and families throughout Idaho, but hope for the future still burns brightly, and I look forward to seeing how students envision life after high school,” says Superintendent Sherri Ybarra. “The goals and creativity of Idaho students are truly inspiring as they look toward the future they will shape.”

The winning artwork will be posted on our website and shared with Idaho legislators during Superintendent Ybarra’s budget presentation to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee. We can’t wait to see all the entries!


Grade Level Remind Codes

Keep up-to-date on grade level specific College and Career Center information by using REMIND! Stay on top of what's going on in the College and Career Center, right through your phone!

  • 9th Grade - Text @968bef to 81010
  • 10th Grade - Text @2fhf98 to 81010
  • 11th Grade - Text @d33g78 to 81010
  • 12th Grade - Text @k2gcd8 to 81010

Career & Technical Education

Are you interested in a hands-on career? College of Western Idaho (CWI) offers comprehensive training in just 9-24 months. CWI partners with local employers to ensure students learn the skills necessary to be competitive. Visit: https://cwi.edu/programs-degrees/career-technical-education for more information.

Programs include: Automotive Technology, Computer Support Specialist, Early Childhood Education, Heavy Equipment Technician, Welding and Metals Fabrication, and many more!

Emails from college representatives from across the country are coming in DAILY! They want to meet YOU and share information about their schools, including the application process. All visits are virtual and most begin at 3:30 PM. Invite your parents to join the meeting too!

Girls in STEM presented

Attention high school girls: Take an hour out of your day to join a discussion with female STEM professionals from MICRON Technology. Bring your questions, or just plan to listen in on an informative session where you will hear personal experience about the path from high school through college to a career in a STEM field.

Discussions will be the first Monday of each month.

Registration is required: https://k12foundation.wufoo.com/forms/sqs3p4m13yub6q/

Students will receive a secure Zoom link to join following registration.

BSU - Sophomore Start

Freshmen and Sophomore students at CHS can participate in the Boise State University, Sophomore Start Program. It is designed for a motivated student who can maintain a 3.0 GPA and who would like to earn 30 college credits while still in high school. Students can utilize Fast Forward Funds to pay for these college credits. This can be a great opportunity to enter college as a Sophomore for students who are planning to attend Boise State. A dedicated advisor will work with the student throughout their participation in the program.

If you would like more information about this program please visit Boise State's Concurrent Enrollment website at https://www.boisestate.edu/concurrentenrollment/sophomore-start/ or if you would like to speak with an adviser please contact Harmonee Teng at (208) 426-3772 or by email at harmoneeteng@boisestate.edu.