Centennial High School

CHS Weekly: September 13-19, 2020

CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL

MISSION:

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

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLAR SEMIFINALISTS

Congratulations to Josh Cunningham and Elena Yang!!!! #patriotproud

Yellow, Alternating Day Schedule Begins Monday, September 14

Central District Health made the recommendation that schools could move into their yellow categories of operation. West Ada School District will beginning school in the yellow category of operations on Monday, September 14.


Find Your Team Designation: To find your child's team designation for use in the alternate day schedule, please log into PowerSchool. The designation is based on the primary contact's last name in an effort to keep children within one household in the same team. Teams are assigned as Team 1 = T1 or Team 2 = T2.


Alternate Day Schedule: The alternate day schedule exists to limit the number of students in a building at one time by splitting the population in half. Your child will attend school according to this schedule, and on alternate days learn remotely.


Instructional Expectations: The needs of each individual classroom vary. Synchronous (live) instruction may take place on days when students are remote, but it is more likely that asynchronous (recorded) instruction will take place. The school district has limited devices and uploading bandwidth to accommodate live video instruction for all classrooms. It is still important that every child check in or log into their classes daily for attendance.

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Student Reminders for YELLOW

1.) Students are expected to bring their laptops, fully charged, to school with them everyday!


2.) Students should make every effort to come to school ON TIME, following the Centennial Bell Schedule (see below)

  • Students who arrive between 7:10am and 7:45am on regular days will be directed to go their 1st period class prior to the start of school. Loitering in hallways will be prohibited!


3.) Students who still have their CHS student ID should wear it to school every day. Students without a school ID, we are working on rescheduling school photos, now that we are in yellow.


4.) Students are permitted to bring backpacks to campus. Students will NOT be permitted to access their vehicles during instructional time.

  • Lockers will only be issued to student's based on medical need. If your child requires a locker please contact your student's grade level VP.


5.) Freshman students are NOT permitted to leave campus at anytime. Sophomore students may leave campus at lunch, with parent permission, by completing the following FORM. Junior and Senior students may leave campus at lunch.


6.) Students new to CHS or freshman, it is recommended that you review school maps (see button or images below) or use the CHS website before your first day of school. Print out hard copies or take a picture of the maps and keep them on your phone.


Classroom Assistance:

  • Begins with a 1 - 1st floor e.g. 118
  • Begins with a 2 - 2nd floor e.g. 218
  • Begins with an A - outside portables, behind the social center and to the left of the softball field
  • ENSEM, BAND, CHOIR - These classrooms are located in our CPAC (Centennial Performing Arts Center) the large building to the left of CHS when you are facing the main office, with diagonal windows.
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IMPORTANT DATES:

September 14 - TEAM 1 Day on campus

September 15 - TEAM 2 Day on campus

September 16 - TEAM 1 Day on campus

September 17 - TEAM 2 Day on campus

September 18 - Team 1 Day on campus

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

CTE Tech. Center Bus Schedule 2020-2021

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SENIORS!!! VERY IMPORTANT!!!

12th Grade Vaccination Requirement

Idaho School Immunization rules were updated during the 2020 legislative session.

A 12th grade meningococcal vaccine is now required starting with the 2020-2021 school year.


New Requirement:

  • Students who received their first dose of meningococcal (MenACWY) vaccine before the age of sixteen (16) must have two (2) doses of meningococcal (MenACWY) vaccine.
  • Students who received their first dose of meningococcal (MenACWY) vaccine at sixteen (16) years of age and older, or those who have never received a dose, must have one (1) dose of meningococcal (MenACWY) vaccine.

If you have questions, please contact your primary provider as soon as possible. Per updated Idaho State law, your child will not be allowed to attend school until we receive an updated immunization record.


Please provide your updated records to the school as soon as possible. Records can be faxed to 208-855-4074 or emailed to cole.tara@westada.org.


Vaccination Clinics

Meridian Schools Clinic is open and providing immunizations to students. Parents can call 208-514-2527 to schedule an appointment or walk ins are welcome.


Central District Health Department is providing immunizations for school entrance. Parents can call 208-327-7400 to make an appointment.

STUDENT TEAM ASSIGNMENTS

Assigned high school student teams are available for view in PowerSchool. Students will be placed in either Team 1 or Team 2. Team designations will be noted in PowerSchool by showing T1 or T2 next to the student's name. Teams have been assigned to aid Centennial in physical distancing, limiting the number of students on campus and in classrooms daily.


Students are placed into their assigned team based on their primary parent/guardian's last name in PowerSchool. A-K = Team 1/Maroon and L-Z = Team 2/Silver. The deadline for Centennial High School team appeals was Wednesday, September 2. At this time and moving forward, Centennial High School will NOT accept team appeal/change requests.

ATTENDANCE & TECHNOLOGY

ATTENDANCE: During times of connectivity/technical issues with devices at West Ada School District absences will not be counted against the student's overall attendance.


TECHNOLOGY:

The Technology Team continues to meet and work with the engineering team from our filtering vendor. The following changes have been made to improve workstations connectivity.

  • We have modified the way our firewall inspects traffic before sending it on to the filtering servers. This change is designed to improve the filter's ability to establish and maintain the VPN connections from district devices.
  • Filtering engineers have finally identified an issue on one of the main filtering servers. A corrupt file on the primary server has been causing slowness and impacting the ability of the system to properly balance the load across all our filtering servers. This corruption was identified during testing resolved during the evening. Filtering tests as of 4:30 a.m. show very responsive performance. Engineers will continue to monitor our system throughout the day to determine if this is an early indicator of a server beginning to fail. Overnight shipments of additional servers are due to arrive today and can be installed if necessary.
  • We have been pushing out a configuration change to our iPads that will allow them to connect without having to establish a VPN connection to the district filter. This change has two benefits, reducing the load on the filter and allowing more students with iPads to begin remote learning.

Technology Solutions and Guidance:
  • If you have been using a personal device to access district resources, please continue to do so.
  • If you have a district iPad, please follow these steps:
  • Test the device, can you browse the Internet? Can you login to Teams or other applications? If so, please use it today.
  • If the device is not working, please follow the steps in the attached PDF to turn off the VPN, restart the device and test your connectivity.
  • If you have a district laptop, please attempt to login and use it for remote learning. We will be actively monitoring the filter to assess the impact of the latest improvements to the system.


Thank you for your continued patience as we work through these problems.

MASK WEARING GUIDE

COVID 19 requirements: Throughout the duration of the current pandemic, students will be required to wear cloth face coverings or face shields. Students will be allowed mask breaks when determined necessary by the teacher and appropriate social distancing can be maintained. Medical accommodations will be made for students with proper documentation from a physician. The physician’s documentation will be routed to the school nurse who will then document the accommodation in PowerSchool. Prior arrangements, based on a team decision, for students enrolled in special populations will be honored. Violations of these requirements will lead to disciplinary action.


Facial coverings and physical/social distancing will be new for students this year. We want to make sure that this is a seamless transition for your students. Here are some tips to aid in this:

  • One of the most important things to remember is children are great at mirroring what they see from the adults in their lives.
  • Have multiple masks, so you can wash them daily and have back-ups ready.
  • Label your child’s masks clearly in a permanent marker so that they are not confused with those of other children.
  • Explain the importance of wearing a mask and how it protects other people from getting sick.
  • As a family, model wearing masks, especially when you are in situations where physical distancing is difficult to maintain or impossible.
  • If you have a young child, help build their comfort wearing a mask and become comfortable seeing others in masks.
  • Praise your child for wearing a mask correctly.
  • Put a mask on stuffed animals.
  • Draw a mask on a favorite book character.
  • Show images of other children wearing masks.
  • Allow your child to choose their mask that meets any dress requirements your school may have.
  • Consider providing your child with a container (e.g., labeled resealable bag) to bring to school to store their masks when not wearing it (e.g., when eating).


Recognizing there are circumstances in which a child may not be able to wear a mask, please contact your School Nurse prior to the start of school on September 8.


Choose masks that:

  • Fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Completely cover the nose and mouth

  • Are secured with ties or ear loops

  • Include multiple layers of fabric

  • Allow for breathing without restriction

  • Can be washed and machine dried without damage or change to shape

PATRIOT BOOSTERS

Hello from your Patriot Boosters!!!! We are so glad to have you back after summer break and to be working together again. We are gearing up for a VERY different year. We will be in the hallways less and not at games, so we are moving our spirit wear sales online...stay tuned for more information!


Parents, you can still support the school without physically being on campus this year. We invite you to be a member of the Patriot Boosters, (see membership form below) or refer to the Patriot Booster website. We encourage parents to pay for a membership as a gesture of support instead of physically giving time; every little bit helps and we are always appreciative of your continued support.

COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER

COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER

Start thinking about your future and college now! The earlier you start planning the better off you will be in the end. For information regarding colleges, scholarships, financial aid, college entrance exams, please go to the Career Center or contact our College & Career Counselors - townsley.alyson@westada.org OR jerome.breeonna@westada.org.


Fast Forward:

The cost per credit is $75 and all students have access to use money towards Dual Credits, Overload Classes, and AP Exams.

Advanced Opportunities/Fast Forward Funds - Request For Fall 2020 Classes Now!

The Fast Forward Request Window is open now through September 25th.


If you are taking any IDLA or CC (Dual Credit) Courses, please go to https://advancedops.sde.idaho.gov/ and request funds!


Instructions to request Fast Forward Funds or to set up a new Fast Forward Account, for first time users are inserted below - see attachment.


If you have any questions, please e-mail townsley.alyson@westada.org or rossman.wendy@westada.org "

Tips for Completing College Applications

Know your deadlines

  • Few schools will even look at your application if it comes in after their deadline. Here are some options and types of deadlines you should become familiar with:


Early decision. With early decision, you are telling the school you are 100% committed to going there if you’re accepted. Students submit their applications as early as November 1st and schools will send their decisions by December, well before a schools’ regular decision timeline. If you’re accepted to the school you applied for with early decision, you must contact any other colleges you applied to and withdraw your application.


Early action. Similar to early decision, students submit their applications around November 1st and schools’ decisions are sent out by December. However, if accepted, you are not required to attend the school.


Regular decision. If you’re applying for the upcoming fall semester, regular decision deadlines for colleges usually extend into January or February. After the application deadline closes, schools will sort through their applications and send their decisions out typically around April. Similar to early action, you are not required to attend any of the schools that accept you on the regular decision timeline.


Rolling admission. Rolling admission isn’t a deadline you necessarily “choose,” it’s a way some schools receive and evaluate the applications that come into their doors. Instead of specific deadlines, schools will weave through applications until they have filled all the slots for their incoming class. Similar to early action and regular decision deadlines, rolling admission gives you the freedom to choose from the schools you’re accepted into.


Remember, each college you’re considering will potentially receive thousands of applications. If you’re laser-focused on one school and want to get ahead of the application rush, apply early. Questions stop by the Career Center.

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


ACT TEST PREP:

EARLY GRADUATES

Senior students planning to graduate early must make an appointment with their school counselor ASAP to meet virtually or over the phone in September. The application deadline is early September 2020.


All credits must be completed prior to the end of the first semester to qualify as an early graduate and participate in the graduation ceremony.


Independent Study/Correspondence Courses: The West Ada school district has approved specific courses to fulfill graduation requirements, so it is important to discuss these options with your counselor before enrolling in a correspondence courses.

ATHLETICS

The West Ada School District will allow parents of participants to attend games while in yellow according to the athletic plan. Please help us help your student keep playing by following the set expectations. Middle School Gym Requirements: only one parent per player if you are the visiting team is allowed to attend. Physically distance throughout facility and avoid congregating. This only applies to games in the WASD schools. Games against schools in other district’s will be required to follow their guidelines, which may include no fans.


Physical Distancing, Face Masks and Sanitation

  • Six feet of space from non-family members
  • Facilities marked indicating six feet of distance
  • Face masks are required for attendees of any activity.
  • Attendees may access hand-washing stations and restroom sinks.

Ticket Sales, Concessions (For High Schools)

  • Gates will open earlier than usual to accommodate lines and physical distancing.
  • Clear acrylic barriers, face masks, disposable gloves and hand sanitizer in use by staff.
  • Home team may pre-pay or use credit cards for ticket purchases.
  • Visiting team may use credit cards for ticket purchases.
  • Both teams will provide roster with parent names that can be admitted.
  • Only pre-packaged items available for purchase.


Entrance and Exit

  • Maps identifying entrance and exit routes will be clearly displayed.
  • Public announcement system used to guide attendees’ exit from facilities.

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