November 2021

Principal's Byte

Welcome back Bulldogs! We hope this 1st quarter has restored some "routine" and "normalcy" with your high school student. We are so happy to have them back for in person learning.

In our not-so-distant past Centennial mailed out a hard copy newsletter that was very popular with parents. Unfortunately, the expenses of postage and printing forced us to stop our much-requested newsletter. Keeping that in mind, along with our efforts to further improve communications - we're happy to announce that our newsletter is back - in DIGITAL form.

In addition to great information, we hope to give you a better look at everything we have to offer here at Centennial High School. Enjoy this very first edition!


All Seniors should have received their Jostens Senior packets at the Senior meeting on Tuesday, October 26. If you didn't get a packet, be sure to stop by the Activity Office to pick one up.

Jostens will be here on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 2 & 3, during lunches, to take orders for Caps, gowns, graduation items and class rings. All Centennial graduates will be in RED caps and gowns this year. Avoid late charges, order your graduation items now, in person or at Jostens on-line.


Attention Seniors!! Your senior pictures are due November 1, 2021.

To upload your pictures and pay the $25 fee, please use this link: https://theyearbookcompany.com/ click on "Centennial HS Pueblo (Senior Portraits Only)".

Please adhere to the following:

  • Submit a headshot. Although you probably have many amazing photos, we want to clearly see your beautiful face.
  • Use portrait orientation (vertical)
  • Clothing must be school appropriate
  • No visible tattoos
  • Use your name (last, first) as the file name

SENIOR ADS are due December 2, 2021. There will be a late fee for ads submitted after this date. If your parents would like to submit a senior ad, please use this link https://theyearbookcompany.com/ and click on "Centennial High School Pueblo (Senior Ads)".

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This month we're putting Centennial's Garden Club in the spotlight.

Garden Club is sponsored by Mr. Strobel and is open to all students. Garden Club usually meets after school on Wednesdays, in Room 523.

Garden Club has been busy trying, and learning along the way, a new technique for growing plants indoors this winter. The students designed and built a free standing hydroponic tower, which is currently growing four different varieties of lettuce.

We hope to be building more towers in the future, and will be attempting to grow herbs in the same manner as the lettuce. If we can find an efficient and economical method of constructing the towers, we hope to sell them for a profit.

The tower is constructed from a five inch square vinyl fence post, with 18 net pots arranged on the sides. The post is set in a bucket that has a fertilizer solution that gets pumped up to the plants, with grow lamps around the sides as well.

The prototype had an initial cost of approximately $200. Our goal is to refine our process and materials, in order to get the cost of the tower down before we sell them. Stop by room 523 and take a look at our project!


Student attendance is important! Research shows that missing 10 percent of school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance.

Help us to help your student to be successful, by getting them to school every day, on time.

If a student must be absent, please call us to let us know of their absence. if we do not receive a call, it will be recorded as 'unexcused'. Our Attendance line is 549-7335 and is available 24/7. A parent or guardian must make the call, students cannot call themselves out of school, even if they are 18. (Emancipated students have legal paperwork that designates them as emancipated)

If your student must leave early, please call the office with the information so that we can send them a pass to leave. Students cannot leave without a parent phone call! This is for the safety and security of your student.

If your student is habitually absent, you can expect to receive phone calls or letters from our Attendance Advocate. The district may initiate court proceedings if all other efforts have failed to improve the student's attendance.

For more information regarding attendance, including 'excused' and 'unexcused' absences, please check the District Code of Conduct or the Centennial Student Handbook for more information.

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To clear, athletes will need a valid physical, $80 sport fee or signed waiver paperwork, which must be approved.

All completed online forms (see instructions below to register online)

To be eligible, students must have passed 2.5 credits the previous semester (credits not applicable for freshmen, Class of 2025).

Follow this link to 'Clearance Information'

  • click on "Log In / Register here"
  • Hockey players can register on-line, but fees should be paid at County High School.

Important Winter Sports Dates:

  • Clearing (online forms, physical and fee) – Begins Tuesday Oct. 26 for all winter sports.
  • ALL online forms, physicals and sport fees due by Thursday Nov. 11.
  • First Practice – Monday November 15, 2021 (Students must have all items in to attend any official practice, which starts Nov. 15.)

*NOTE - If you have attended any other high school besides Centennial, you must speak to Mr. Ward directly to verify eligibility.

Did you already play a Fall Sport? If so, you just need to be sure your physical is still valid, choose your winter sport online, and then come in and pay your Winter fee.

Fees are cash or check only in our office. You may pay with a card online at


If you have any questions or need help please call or email Mr. Ward



Tacos & Tunes, presented by Centennial Instrumental Music

Friday, Nov. 5th, 6-8pm

Centennial Commons

Join our instrumental music students for a night of tacos and tunes! Enjoy some great music, make a bid at our silent auction and help the band as they try to reach their fundraising goal for new uniforms!

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for kids 10 and under.

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Congratulations Centennial Marching Band!

Congratulations to the Centennial Marching Band on their outstanding performance at the regional competition in October. The Centennial Marching Band is directed by Ms. Aubrey Krengel, color guard is coached by Ms. Kelli Lonsberry.

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Gratitude is defined as, “The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” Gratitude consists of thinking and serving others. It takes two different qualities: practicing appreciation and acting selflessly. Sources of Strength states that, “Studies have shown that practicing gratitude can have a huge impact on your life. The actual physical makeup of the brain changes and makes people more positive, joyful and content.” Practicing gratitude looks like taking a moment to appreciate nature, people, gifts, talents, opportunities, health, or safety, for example. This month try to practice daily gratitude for at least 21 days to reduce anxiety, sadness, or anger and increase hope and strength.


Any student or family member who is interested in finding out more about college or career opportunities, including scholarships, can join the Centennial College and Career Google Classroom. Please visit the following link and navigate through “Classwork” to access many topics and resources for college, career, scholarships, financial aid and more. The counseling department in conjunction with the University Tracks Center from Colorado State University-Pueblo updates this classroom with different announcements about programs, scholarships, and much more. Here is the link:

Centennial College and Career Classroom


Coffee with Counselors is a time for families and counselors to partner together to explore topics to help support our students. We will engage in discussion and conversations about strategies to use.

November Coffee with Counselor:

Modeling the Practice of Gratitude for Your Student

Thursday, November 18 · 7:45 – 8:30am

Join us either in-person in the Counseling Center

or online at:

Google Meet:

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/ypx-twcj-kce

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 318-620-0335‬ PIN: ‪473 967 043‬#

Looking Ahead: December 16, 2021- Community Service Hours for Graduation


Juniors & Seniors have the opportunity to sign up for several seminars sponsored by the

University Tracks Center (all workshops will be taking place during 7th hour in the lower media at Centennial unless otherwise noted)

Juniors and Seniors can sign up to attend all, some, or one workshop on the Counselor web page

November is Human Services month. November Seminars are:

  • November 3, 2021 - Understanding Financial Aid Workshop

  • November 9, 2021 - Foundation Scholarship, PLP, & Honors Presentation
  • November 16, 2021 - Careers in Human Services/Social Science Industry Conversations
  • November 30, 2021 - Telling Your Story-Scholarship Essay Workshop

Don't forget to visit the Centennial Website!