Inside Centennial Schools
June 1, 2023
Connecting. Achieving. Preparing.
Enjoy the summer!
This is the last issue of "Inside Centennial Schools" until August. Enjoy the summer break and we look forward to seeing you back in our classrooms in the fall!
One last bus ride! Seniors return to their elementary school
Graduating seniors boarded buses for a visit to their elementary school where their academic journey began. Elementary students and staff lined the hallways to honor the graduates as they paraded through their school. Seniors also reconnected with their teachers, reminisced with fellow students and made an impression on even the youngest learners, reminding them of the importance of staying in school and graduating.
Senior Honoring Ceremony recognizes achievement of graduation
Family and friends gathered to honor indigenous students in the achievement of graduation. After a feast of buffalo and wild rice, students were presented with blankets and a stoll to wear at graduation from the parent committee and eagle feathers, the highest form a gift and presented by Native American Coordinator Stephanie Spencer. The key note speaker was Miss Minnesota Rachel Evangelisto. From left, Lexi Boshey – Bois Forte Ojibwe, Maia Sharlow – Lac Du Flambeau Ojibwe, Silvia Longoria – Winnebago, Miss Minnesota Rachel Evangelisto, Sydney Bainville – Shawnee
Malachi Thoennes – Leech Lake Ojibwe, and Sophie Brown – Cherokee
A shout-out to the Centennial community for your support of our graduates!
This year, 92 Centennial High School students were awarded scholarships totaling $82,000. Scholarships are based on academics, leadership, school and community involvement, college major, and activities. Donors include area businesses, community and school organizations, and families in the community who have donated to the scholarship fund.
Scholarship Highlights: US Airforce ROTC Scholarship and Naval Academy Acceptance
US Airforce ROTC Scholarship: Braeden Krieger
Braeden Krieger received the Air Force ROTC full-ride scholarship at Texas A&M which has the largest ROTC program in the country. Krieger completed the six-month application process of physical testing and training which began in his junior year. He plans to study aerospace engineering with career options of either an aerospace engineer in the Air Force or a pilot. Depending on his career choice, he will have to serve a minimum of four years. Krieger will also be part of the Air Force Marching Band, continuing to play tenor sax.
Naval Academy Acceptance: Anna Peterson
Anna Peterson earned a full-ride scholarship in exchange for five years of service in the Navy after college. Peterson was accepted in February after an application process that included writing essays on community volunteering and involvement in athletics. She also underwent a variety of physical testing. As part of the application process, she interviewed state representatives and senators and gained a nomination from them to submit to the Academy. She was appointed by the Naval Academy before being accepted and a representative from the Naval Academy visited the high school throughout the first semester of her senior year. Peterson heads to training at the end of June and will be enrolled full-time in college while engaging in full-time military training.
Kindergarten graduation ceremonies held
As we honor our graduating seniors, we are also marking the milestone of kindergarten graduation. Congratulations to all of our graduates! Photo, Centennial Elementary kindergarten graduates in Mrs. Anderson's class performed for families and friends.
Recognizing Centennial staff
In addition to celebrating students, the Centennial School District acknowledges outstanding staff with Employee of the Year awards and an employee recognition event, hosted by the Centennial School Board, to celebrate staff milestones and retirees. The listing of recognized staff will be included in the summer issue of The Observer.
Employee of the Year: Michael Diggins
Employee of the Year: Stacy Johnson
Employee of the Year: Karen Stevens
Celebrating 8th Grade Students!
Centennial Middle School marked their transition from 8th grade this spring to 9th grade in the fall with an after-school dance, hosted by the Student Council.
Rice Lake Elementary turns 30!
Rice Lake Elementary PTO hosted a 30th birthday party on May 21 for the community. Festivities included a showcase of the school’s history, Indoor and outdoor activities, food trucks, bounce houses, and music by the Centennial High School band.
New Start Date for Extended School Year (ESY): June 20
ESY (Extended School Year) will start on June 20, not June 19 as previously scheduled.
What you need to know about immunizations for the 2023-2024 school year
Minnesota Statute 121A.15 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 1st, 2023. What you need to do:
- Contact your health care provider and review your child’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 students’ immunization status.
- Turn in medical (must be signed by a health care provider) and non-medical (must be notarized) exemption forms to your child’s school if they are exempt from immunizations.
Visit health.state.mn.us/people/immunize for vaccine schedules, exemption forms and more information including where to get free/low cost immunizations today. For more information, visit the Centennial website. Please reach out to your students’ school with any questions.
Mark your calendar: CAEF golf tournament on September 8
Hope to see you at the Third Annual CAEF Golf Tournment!
Helpful website tips
Looking for the attendance form so you can report an absence? Looking for school lunch menus, announcements, and your school's calendar? Check out the Parent Hub on your school website.
A few reminders:
- Each campus now has separate websites from the district! Navigate to each of the sites by clicking on the Schools dropdown menu in the top right corner.
- Navigation is a little different than our previous site. Click on the three stacked lines in the upper right-hand corner to view the main navigation. This will be consistent whether you're on a desktop or your mobile device so your navigation experience will be seamless.
- Each school has its own Parent Hub, Student Hub, and Staff Hub which are intended to be a one-stop-shop for all your go-to needs. You can look for important updates and announcements from your school in the Hubs, so be sure to bookmark the Hub page relevant to you!
Discover Centennial Schools!
Centennial is "Open" for Enrollment Outside of the District
Do you know of a family who lives outside the Centennial School District boundaries and is interested in attending our schools? Centennial is accepting Open Enrollments for the 2023-2024 school year. See isd12.org for information.
Check school calendars online for upcoming event information.
June 2: Last day of school for seniors
June 6: Students' last day of school
June 10: Centennial High School graduation
September 5: First day of school for grades 1-5, 6, 9, and all grades at CALC and Pines
September 6: First day of school for preschool, kindergarten, and grades 7-8 & 10-12
The Summer Activity Guide is open for regstration!
Summer registration continues! Register now, some activities will fill. Summer is also a great time to enroll in swim lessons. Check out all summer offerings for youth and adults online.
Dates to note
The summer session of Aquatics begins the week of June 11. Join us in the Community Pool for swimming lessons for all ages. Go online to view all Aquatics offerings.
Save the date! The Food Truck & Fun Festival is held August 17, 4-8 pm, Centennial Middle School. Join us for an evening of food, performances, demonstrations and more.
Jun. 7- DASH Full Day Multi-Sport Camp (ages 6-12)
Jun. 10- Learn to Curl (adult)
Jun. 12- Cougar Choir Camp (entering gr. 4-6)
Jun. 13- Coach-Pitch Baseball (ages 6-10)
Jun. 14- Photo Organization: Print & Digital (adult)
Jun. 15- Kids Dance (ages 3-11)
Jun. 19- Cougar Boys Basketball Camp (entering gr. K-9)
Skyhawks Volleyball Camp (ages 5-12)
Jun. 22- Summertime Wellness Bowls (virtual)(adult)
Centennial Centurion Lego Robotics (entering gr. 3-8)
Jun. 28- Music Together (newborn-Pre-K with adult)
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.