Inside Centennial Schools
October 27, 2023
Connecting. Achieving. Preparing.
Halloween Hustle, Tomorrow, October 28!
The Halloween Hustle, a fun family 5K, is a great chance to wear your best costumes and enjoy a morning stroll or jog around Centerville Elementary. There will also be alumni activities and a "Trunk or Treat" and "Touch Big Truck" event for the kids after the run. Proceeds will benefit the Centennial School District and the Centennial Alumni Scholarship Fund.
Students at Centennial Elementary spread kindness by drawing images and writing encouraging words for their peers on the sidewalk outside their school.
Showcasing Science at the Middle School
The "insect project" is a long-standing tradition at Centennial Middle School (and Centennial Junior High School before that!). Students find 15 different insects for their projects, assign the insects their common names, and identify what Order (classification category) they belong to. Although the presentation is not a large part of the grade, students create amazing projects each year! The project is a tradition that helps students enjoy and appreciate the natural world around them.
As teachers, we have found that many families enjoy the time spent outdoors looking for insects with their families. Many parents spend time at conferences telling their stories of discovery. It could be parents, grandparents, siblings, or even neighbors who help students to finish their projects.--Bob Danzyl, 7th grade science teacher
Mark Your Calendar: Centennial Middle School Performs "The Princess & the Pea"
Don’t miss the Centennial Middle School Theater production of the Princess and the Pea! “The Princess and the Pea” is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen about a princess who is tested to see if she is worthy of being the wife of a lonely princes.
November 2 & 3: 7:00pm
November 4: 1:00pm & 5:00pm
Location: Centennial Middle School Auditorium, 399 Elm Street
National School Lunch Week Celebrated
Centennial Schools celebrated National School Lunch Week October 16-18. The National School Lunch Program serves nearly 30 million children every school day. Not only does the program help reduce childhood hunger, it also supports American agriculture. Centennial’s Food Service Department celebrated the week by giving a token of appreciation with each elementary student’s lunch.
District Office Switches to Automated Phone System
To better serve and provide a higher level of service to our district stakeholders, the Centennial School District Office will transition to an automated phone answering system on Monday, November 6, 2023. Callers will be able to select options that will help route the caller to the appropriate staff member or service. Please note the main district office phone number will not change because of the switchover and can be reached at 763-792-6000.
Hall of Fame Nominations: Due December 1
The Centennial District Hall of Fame honors alumni and individuals who have made a significant impact on Centennial Schools. Nominate a graduate who has demonstrated outstanding professional accomplishments, or a member of the Centennial community with a longstanding history of service to the District. Nominations for the Class of 2024 are due December 1. (Note, deadline extended from November 1 to December 1.)
Kids Club Site Managers and Assistant Site Managers Needed
Do you have a passion for working with kids? Enjoy planning crafts/activities, engaging interactions, creating new experiences and positively impacting the lives of children daily? Kids Club, Centennial’s before and after PreK-5 childcare program, is seeking skilled Site Managers and Assistant Site Managers to grow our Kids Club program. Hours consist of a range between 6:15am-11am and 2pm-6pm, with limited full day straight shifts. Pay for an Assistant Site Manager begins at $18.50/hour, Site Managers begins at $22.50/hour. Benefit package included, additional incentives for split shift, plus, free childcare during your work hours for students in grades Prek-5. Contact Molly Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
ACTION NEEDED: Immunization Information
Minnesota law requires children enrolled in childcare, early childhood education, or school to be immunized against certain diseases, unless the child is medically or non-medically exempt.
If proper documentation is not provided, students will be unable to attend school after November 1, 2023. What you need to do:
- Contact your health care provider and review your student’s immunization status to make sure they are up to date.
- If you missed a required vaccination, make an appointment with a healthcare provider or local clinic as soon as possible.
- Follow up with your students’ school if they have reached out to you regarding your student’s immunization status.
- Turn in medical (must be signed by health care provider) and non-medical (must be notarized) exemption forms to your child’s school.
Visit the MDH website for vaccine schedules, exemption forms and more information including where to get free/low cost immunizations today. Please reach out to your student’s school for any questions. Please note, K-12 immunization status is available on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.
Make a Difference and Be a Substitute in Our Schools!
Don’t miss this chance to get involved and make a difference in the Centennial School District! No experience necessary; training provided!
This is a great opportunity to:
- Be involved in your child’s education and help out in the schools.
- Turn your volunteer hours into extra income.
- Work a schedule that fits with your student’s schedule.
- Get paid weekly and take advantage of bonus opportunities.
Substitute Teachers: Bachelor’s degree with MN Teaching or Substitute License; you can obtain a Short Call License if you have a bachelor’s degree.
Substitute Paraprofessionals: HS Diploma/GED.
Apply at Teachers on Call, or by phone, 800-713-4439.
Substitutes are also needed for Kids Club, food service, custodial, administrative assistants, and nurses. More information can be found on the Centennial website.
Having a Hand in Showing Kindness
Centennial Elementary students celebrated Unity Day by joining hands to make this rainbow showing kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Each handprint included a positive affirmation written by the student. #centennialproud
Off to a Running Start!
Students involved in co-curricular opportunities are off to a running start! Nearly 600 Middle School Students participated in after school activities last year. Congrats to all of the Middle School cross country team members; 6th grade girls team won all of their meets and the 8th grade girls team won their sectional meet. #centennialproud
From the Wellness Committee...The Impact of a Small Gesture
We know the impact of a small gesture can be significant on both the giver and receiver. In keeping with the theme of spreading kindness and making connections, here are a few ideas to help you "make someone's day!"
- Send an encouraging text to someone you know who is struggling.
- Give a compliment.
- Offer to take someone's shopping cart back for them.
- Let someone cut in front of you in line.
- Take time to genuinely thank your server.
- Drop off flowers to an older neighbor.
Research shows some people talk themselves out of random acts of kindness, thinking it won't be well-received, but that is rarely the case. So, if you think about doing something nice for someone, just do it!
Source: Gallagher, Live Well Monthly
Centennial's Wellness Committee promotes student and staff wellness, focuses on the prevention of and reduction of childhood obesity, and assures that school meals and other food and beverages sold, and otherwise made available on the school campus during the school day, are consistent with applicable minimum local, state, and federal standards.
View the calendar by going to the Parent Hub of your student's school.
Important Dates to Note on the District Calendar:
3: End of first quarter
6: No school for students/Staff grading, parent communication, course development
23-24: No school/Thanksgiving
25-29: Winter break
Nov. 8: Just Breathe (adult)
Nov. 11: Skyhawks Basketball Camp (ages 6-10)
Nov. 19: Pumpkin Still Life (adult)
Nov. 16: Point of Impact (parents with new teen drivers)
Nov. 20: Middle School After School Basketball (gr. 6-8)
Dec. 7: Santa’s Holiday Workshop: Gingerbread House (ages 3-11 with adult)
Dec. 9: Ornament Making (ages 5-12)
Centennial ISD 12
District Mission: Our Core Purpose
By providing high quality educational opportunities, emotional support, and social development, Centennial School District prepares learners for excellence in their future.