CMS Newsletter

Week October 12, 2020

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In this issue you will find:

  • CMS Proudly Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
  • CMS Library Corner
  • STAR Assessment/Testing Information
  • Elective Schedules
  • CMS Regular School Bell Schedule
  • CMS Wednesday School Bell Schedule
  • Purpose: Wednesday Applied Learning
  • Attendance Information
  • Counseling Corner
  • CMS Student Email Form: Activated Thursday October 8, 2020
  • Chromebook Device Tech Support for Families
  • YEARBOOKS are here!
  • Student Belongings: Last Year Student Lockers
  • TRIO Message
  • NWFS Message
  • Index of Previous CMS Newsletters

This Month CMS Proudly Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month: Tuesday September 15-October 15, 2020

Thank you all who have sent pictures and stories that relate to our LatinX and Hispanic community, please continue sending these amazing memories to my email to highlight them in our CMS Community Collage.

To commemorate National Hispanic American Heritage Month, I would be honored to hear from our Centennial Community about their love, experiences and traditions in our LatinX community. Please email me your stories in writing, video, photos or voice recording. I will compile your stories and archive them in our website and our newsletter to highlight our rich culture throughout this month.

Thank you all, and happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!

CMS Library Corner

We've got new ebooks and audiobooks you can check out right now, no library card needed!

Go to, choose Centennial School District 28 as your school, and get reading today!

Need more information to get started? Check out our short getting started video.

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Getting started with Sora 1

STAR Testing

At CMS we believe that there is not single indicator of a student's achievements, successes and potential. We ensure to develop lessons and curriculum that will support student learning and ensure that every student is making academic gains. We also focus on the whole child and understand that in order for a student to make academic gains we must foster relationships, trust, and assess individual needs. STAR assessment/testing is only one indicator that will help us at CMS tailor lessons that are focused and purposeful for students, this assessment will take place in the next couple of weeks. Teachers will be sending individual information to families about when they will be administering the assessment to students in their classes. STAR assessment is only given for Math and Reading. Below are some tips from our CMS teachers.



More Resources from Star Reinsurance:

A Parent's Guide to Star Assessment

Logging In_ Student Directions for Star Math_Reading

Administering Star Assessment Remotely_Family Guide

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Elective Schedules

Please review this with your students.

First identify what category your student falls in.

a) Do they have PE every day 1st/4th period for 7th grade or 3rd/6th period for 8th grade?

b) Do they have PE A day and Music Careers B day?

c) Do they have Choir/Band/Support Class on A day and PE on B day?

Then review the schedule they should follow for elective live meetings.

I understand there has been some confusion with ELECTIVE Live Meetings and please know that students will not and are not being held responsible for any missed live meetings. This is NEW to all of us and missed classes will happen.

Important: Students should be active in google classroom, turn in assignments, fill out activity logs an/or attendance logs and communicate with their teacher.

Here is a two page ELECTIVE OVERVIEW

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CMS 2020-2021 Regular Bell Schedule

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CMS Wednesdays 2020-2021 Bell Schedule & Attendance

There are no live class meetings on Wednesdays. This schedule is available for students to follow and login to google classroom to complete assignments.

There is attendance being taken on Wednesdays for all CLASSES 1-6 (no community).

Students must show up on google classroom and submit an assignment for every class in order to be counted present. Some teams and teachers have students log into an activity log or attendance log. Please ensure to ask your student what they are doing on Wednesday for EVERY CLASS.

Wednesday Late Start

Please ensure that students login to all of their classes indicated in the Wednesday Bell Schedule, above. They must login to google classroom and complete an assignment or follow teacher directions for that day to be counted present.
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Applied Learning: Wednesdays

Here are a list of activities your child will potentially be doing on Wednesdays:

-Formative Assessments

-Specialized Small Group Instruction

-PE Journals

-Finishing up a project from class.

-Extension of the work they do Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday

-Independent work

-Paddlet Messages

-Student Discussion with peers or with teacher


-Silent Sustained Reading

Whatever they do engage in doing, please ensure that your child enters google classroom and communicates with teacher via an attendance form, submitting an assignment, or communication. This is applicable for every class periods 1-6.

IMPORTANT Attendance Information

Update NEW!

If you do not want to receive attendance calls at the end of the day as indicated below your, please have your student follow the attendance procedure mentioned above under Wednesday Bell Schedule, Attendance and Late Start by 4pm for EVERY CLASS, periods 1-6.


Beginning, Monday, September 28th, you will receive a call informing you that your student has an unexcused absence if they did not participate in class activities or have interaction with their teacher, an educational assistant or paraprofessional during the school day. Interaction can include:

  • Participating in a video class, communication from the student to the teacher via chat, text message, a communication app or email;
  • A phone call between the teacher, educational assistants or paraprofessionals and the student, or, for younger students, with the parent or guardian of the student; or
  • Posting completed coursework on a given day.

Please ensure that your student follows the information above on WEDNESDAY Schedule, attendance and late start.

Counseling Corner

Throughout all of the unusual events unfolding this year, students, parents/guardians, and CMS staff are resilient as ever. In our Community Classes, a class dedicated to bringing a sense of belonging to the school and our student’s environments, we are able to provide a more individualized type of social-emotional learning. October’s theme for the class is Kindness, Acceptance, and Empathy. Throughout each week, your student will be taught strategies to analyze their roles and values to help establish a healthy self-image while promoting the identities of peers simultaneously. Many topics including self-care, friendships, and inclusion will be discussed this month.

Centennial Middle School Email Permission Form

Email for students will be turned on sometimes this week and if you would like your student to have this essential communication tool, please fill out this form and submit. Submit the FORM which is the second link in this section, not the first. The first link provides information about student emails.

THESE HAVE ALREADY BEEN ACTIVATED FOR STUDENTS. If your student does not have these activated this form MUST be completed. Click on the URL two links below.


Hello CMS Families,

Please consider filling out this form for your student, if you have not done so already. This will allow students to access their school email and it will facilitate communication between teachers and students.




Please fill out permission form below (IMPORTANT):

English (Agree/Disagree From):

Spanish (De acuerdo/en desacuerdo de Documento) :

Russian (Согласен / Не согласен с):

Chromebook Devise Tech Support

Please go to this website to receive Chromebook Tech Support when Needed.

CSD Technology Support for Students and Families

2019-2020 Yearbook

Our 2019-2020 Yearbooks have arrived.

We will start distributing yearbooks starting Wednesday September 30, 2020 @ CMS.

Please do not come before Wednesday to pick up your yearbook.

2019-2020 Student Belongings (from student lockers)


We still have a significant amount of student belongings at school. Please come and retrieve these as soon as you can.


  • Call our front office about wanting to pick up student belongings. Please ONLY call the day you are planning to pick these up.
  • Provide student full name and the team they were in last year (if possible not required).
  • Provide Locker # form last year, if possible.
  • Office staff will explain pick up procedures via phone.

These items will be donated to local non-profit organizations if they are not retrieved by November 15, 2020.

If you have any questions please call us at our school's main number: (503)762-3206

TRIO Educational Talent Search makes college dreams a reality for Centennial Middle School students. Find out how to apply here!

Please review this video for an amazing opportunity. VIDEO

Northwest Family Services

Dear Centennial Middle School community,

Northwest Family Services is excited to announce a new series of free online workshops for parents and teens available this school year. These workshops are for any parent and their teenage child/ren in Multnomah County, and are offered monthly in both English and Spanish. Workshop topics include teen alcohol and cannabis use, the new vaping epidemic, and empowering families through increased communication. Dates, times, and registration information can be found on the attached fliers and at

We hope you will help us connect to interested families by sharing this information.

Thank you,

Terence Kennedy

Youth Alcohol and Drug Counselor