CMS Family Newsletter

Week May 24, 2021

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Message from the Principal

Hello Everyone,

Summer is fast approaching, below is some information about a great summer opportunity for middle school students. As always please do not hesitate to reach out to our school if you have any questions, concerns, or need support that we can help with.

Enjoy your weekend and take care!

Kind regards,


No School Monday May 31, 2021

In this issue you will find:

  • NEW!!! Family Orientation Night via Zoom
  • NEW!!! CDL Fire/Safety Information
  • NEW!!! Important Attendance Information
  • NEW!!! Keeping Track of Assignments in Google Classroom Video
  • COVID-19 Vaccination (opportunity for students & families)
  • Food Assistance-Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)
  • Forecasting 7th grade ONLY
  • Save the Date 8th grade Promotion
  • Yearbook Pictures Reminder
  • Transfer Timeline for 2021-22
  • Important!!! CMS_Human Sexuality and Healthy Relationships Lesson Information (New Dates)
  • Helpful Links: CMS Human Sexuality and Healthy Relationships (including OPT-Out Form)
  • Yearbook 2020-2021
  • How to Wear a Mask Video
  • NWFS Family Support: STAY ON TRACK
  • Schedule a Meeting with the CMS Principal
  • Taking Care of Ourselves and Other: A COVID-19 Guide for Youth and Families
  • Lines for Life Educator Wellness and new Parent Wellness Rooms

  • Chromebook Device Tech Support for Families
  • Index of Previous CMS Newsletters

NEW!!! Family Orientation Night via Zoom

English, Spanish & Russian Translations Available here.

Hello 6th and 7th Grade Centennial Families,

We are excited to be hosting a Family Orientation Night via Zoom on Wednesday, May 26 from 6:00 pm to 7:10 pm. The orientation is intended to welcome our 6th grade families to CMS and meet our 7th grade staff, as well as welcome our 7th grade families to meet our 8th grade staff. We encourage all sixth and seventh grade families to attend.

At this event, you will have the opportunity to meet your student’s teachers, counselors, administrators, and community partners. Here is the agenda for the evening:

  • Welcome address by Principal Johanna Castillo and Assistant Principal Nathan Buck

  • Breakout rooms (10 minutes each - 60 total minutes allotted):

    • Counselors: Mrs. Tiffany Shaffer and Mrs. Chris O’Connor

    • Community Partners

    • Science and Math (7th grade room and 8th grade room)

    • English Language Arts and Social Studies (7th grade room and 8th grade room)

    • Physical Education

    • Health

    • Band and Choir

    • ELL teachers

    • Special Education Teachers

We hope that you are able to attend and we look forward to seeing you there. If we can answer any questions, please reach out to us at Centennial Middle School at 503-762-3206.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 943 9923 1533

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+1 213 338 8477 US (Los Angeles)

+1 206 337 9723 US (Seattle)

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Thank you,

Centennial Middle School

CDL Fire/Safety Information

Please review the following safety protocols with your family, especially if you are a student participating in Compressive Distance Learning for this school year. The state of Oregon requires these safety drills to be conducted at school annually.

CDL Fire/Safety Information

New!!! Important Attendance Information


Sign up forms will come out next week.

  • Prepare for middle school!
  • Meet new friends and go on fun field trips (as allowed by the state)!

June 28th, 2021 to July 16th, 2021

Monday through Friday

8:30am to 2:30 pm

No School July 5, 2021

Take-home breakfast will be provided for the next day

Lunch 11:15-11:45 AM

COVID-19 Vaccination (opportunity for students & families)

Dear Middle & High School Students and Families,

The major hospital systems in our area would like to invite students ages 12 and above, as well as their family members, to get vaccinated against COVID-19 free of charge! To assist in that effort, Centennial is pleased to offer the information below and will be providing bus service to the Oregon Convention Center from Centennial High School and Centennial Middle School on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 and Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Vaccinations will be administered at the Oregon Convention Center. If your student aged 12 and above has not yet been vaccinated, we hope you will take advantage of this opportunity.

Every Centennial student age 12 and above, and their family members, are eligible to use Centennial Transportation. You will need to have a parent or guardian sign a permission slip, unless they will be accompanying you on the bus.

The Pfizer vaccine is the only one that is currently approved for people under the age of 18, so that is the vaccine that will be administered to those signing up who are under 18. Pfizer's vaccine is a two-shot series, with the doses given approximately three (3) weeks apart.

To sign up please go directly to the ALL4Oregon website and sign up for the date and time slot that works best for you. Remember, school bus transportation will only be available on Wednesdays to and from Centennial High School and Centennial Middle School to the Oregon Convention Center. The schedule for bus transportation on these Wednesdays will be as indicted in the table below.

Regarding District provided transportation, please note the following:

  • You will need to have a parent or guardian sign a permission form, unless they will be accompanying you on the bus.

  • Due to the special nature of this opportunity, students with medical needs that require specific adult assistance or that could necessitate epi-pen usage will not be able to ride the district-provided buses without a parent or guardian present.

Your unvaccinated adult family members, or adult accompanied minors over the age of 12, can go with you to receive their vaccination! Simply have them register on the ALL4Oregon website and they can join you on the bus.

Masks are required at all times on the bus. No food, eating, or drinking is allowed. Social distancing will be observed - 1 person per seat, seated next to the window, unless passengers live in the same household. Windows will be open as much as possible to allow for ventilation.

Second dose transportation will be provided on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 and Wednesday, June 16, 2021, times to be determined.

To participate in District provided transportation, please do the following:

  1. Sign up for a vaccination appointment on the ALL4Oregon website for a time that most closely aligns with a transportation arrival time at the Oregon Convention Center.

  2. Complete the Student Vaccination Interest Form.

  3. Have your parent/guardian sign your permission slip and be sure to bring it with you on the day of your vaccination, unless you will be accompanied by your parent/guardian.

If you would like to self-transport, you may visit the ALL4Oregon website and schedule an appointment at your convenience. Appointments are readily available. Tri-Met passes are also available for students only. Please contact Destinee Love, if you are interested in a student Tri-Met pass.

Please note, students aged 12 to 14 are required to have parental consent in order to receive a vaccination. 12- to 14-year olds must be accompanied by either a parent, a guardian, or someone designated by the parent. 15-year-olds do not need to be accompanied and do not require consent in the state of Oregon.

If someone other than a parent or guardian accompanies the 12- to 14-year old, they will need to provide proof of parental or guardian consent. Proof of consent is either:

  • A signed consent form (download)

  • A written or typed note that includes the parent’s or guardian’s name, their relationship to the young adult, their date of birth, a statement saying they consent to the young adult being vaccinated, and their signature.

Vaccinations are not required and are being offered on a voluntary basis. We are pleased to be able to assist our students and families in receiving their vaccination against COVID-19.

COVID-19 Vaccine Packet_English

COVID-19 Vaccine Packet_Spanish

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Food Assistance-Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

Earlier this week, the state of Oregon announced that it would provide food assistance in the form of Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) to Oregon students who qualified for the free and reduced-price food program during the 2020-21 school year. The P-EBT benefits are retroactive and will provide relief for approximately 572,000 children who qualified and were not able to receive the free or reduced-priced meals they would have had access to during the regularly scheduled school year. According to the press release, families should start seeing the P-EBT benefits starting in July.

If your child was not enrolled in the free and reduced-price food program during the 2020-21 school year, it is not too late to see if they qualify. To see if your child qualifies for this benefit you can apply either through the Oregon Department of Education or through your child’s school by June 30, 2021 to ensure that your student will receive the P-EBT benefits.

For more details including: how P-EBT benefits will be distributed; how to apply if your child is not currently enrolled; and on additional resources, please use the following link.

Please know, the district will continue to provide students with grab-and-go meals. If you are needing additional resources, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of our school counselors and they will be happy to assist you with this process and provide information on other potential resources.

Forecasting 7th grade ONLY

Hello 7th Grade CMS Families,

We will begin forecasting for 8th grade classes on Monday, May 17 and the process will end on Friday, May 28. Your student will only forecast for their elective courses, as core content courses will automatically be scheduled. Students will forecast using StudentVue and teachers will support your student during 2nd period in the forecasting process. Here is our process for forecasting:

  • On Monday, May 17 and Thursday, May 20 your student’s 2nd period teacher will provide information on our elective course offerings. Our elective options are below:

    • Yearlong electives (select one):

      • Performing chorus

      • Performing band

        • Rental or purchase of an instrument is required for band. Most area music stores will rent an instrument for $20-$30 per month. No prior experience is required for beginning band. Beginning band focuses on flute, clarinet, trombone, and trumpet unless your student has previous experience with another instrument.

    • Trimester electives (select 3 primary, and 3 alternates):

      • Chorus

      • Guitar 1

      • Music Careers

      • Team Sports

      • Fitness Aerobics

      • Fitness for Life

    • Here is a link to course descriptions for Music Careers, Team Sports, Fitness Aerobics, and Fitness for Life.

  • The week of May 17 - May 21, please discuss the elective courses with your student and arrive at a decision.

  • On Monday, May 24 and Thursday, May 27 students will forecast for their electives in their 2nd period classes. Completing the process will lock in your student’s choices. If you decide to make a change after locking in the course, please call the school.

  • If your student will be absent from class, they may forecast individually at home through StudentVue. Here are written instructions on how to forecast. Please call the main office if you encounter any difficulties forecasting.

If you have any questions, please contact your student’s 2nd period teacher or call the school at 503-762-3206.

Family Email for Forecasting 7th Grade ONLY_English

Family Email for Forecasting 7th Grade ONLY_Spanish

Family Email for Forecasting 7th Grade ONLY_Russian

Thank you,

Centennial Middle School

Helpful Links: CMS Human Sexuality and Healthy Relationships

Yearbook 2020-2021

Still TIME:

Please send me pictures of your student in virtual learning to add you our yearbook 2021.

This school year creating a yearbook will not be easy. We must be creative and ensure to have a 2020-2021 CMS yearbook that is reflective of our new way of school, at least for now. This is a year to remember. Please send me pictures of your students attending school from home to include in the yearbook. You can email me at
How to Properly Wear a Mask
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Schedule a Meeting with the CMS Principal

If you would like to set up a meeting with me please go to the link below and choose a time and date that is convenient for you. Sometimes you are needing to reach out and just don't know how to, this is a very convenient and easy tool to use. This tool will set up a meeting in your calendar and mine; it will also automatically set up a meeting via zoom but if you prefer a phone meeting just add a note or email me. I do speak Spanish and I can also set up a meeting with an interpreter of any language if needed. Please don't hesitate to reach out!

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Taking Care of Ourselves and Other: A COVID-19 Guide for Youth and Families

Taking Care of Ourselves and Others: A COVID-19 Guide for Youth and Families. Created by Multnomah County students, parents, and public health communicators, this new toolkit uniquely empowers youth and families to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

It includes tips on dealing with peer pressure, conversation starters for family members who may not be following COVID-19 precautions, information on where and how to get tested, mental and physical health resources as well as strategies for safer socializing and general prevention guidelines.

Lines for Life Educator Wellness and new Parent Wellness Rooms

Flyer for Educator & Parent Wellness Rooms

Lines for Life through its Helpers Helping Helpers programming has launched a variety of “wellness room” spaces on Zoom for folks to attend freely and seek support, share resources, and overall sit together in community during the pandemic. This is a statewide and FREE resource that is meant to support – please spread the word!

Some Wellness Rooms are also available in Spanish.

Parents Wellness Room: Tuesdays at 3 pm.

Parent Wellness Room: Thursdays at 3 pm.

Chromebook Devise Tech Support

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

CSD Technology Support for Students and Families