Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
The Centennial Middle School PTO:
Raises money for PTO-sponsored programs
Informs parents of volunteer opportunities
Supports community events for CMS students and families
Sponsors parent events at school
How to Get Involved:
Attend a PTO meeting with parents and the principal. Meetings times are broadcast through the school newsletter, the Centennial Cyclones Connection.
Questions? Contact: email@example.com
- Monthly Meeting Minutes
- Grocery Cards
- Officers and Chairs
- Student Events
- Supporting Our School
- Parent Engagement Network (PEN)
- Book Club
- Safe Transportation Routes to School
- Buy Spirit Wear
Meetings are typically on a Thursday morning from 9-10 am in different common spaces at CMS. We will be meeting in person and virtually this school year. When you sign in at the office, there will be a notice about the location of the meeting. All members of the Centennial community are welcome to attend.
|2021-22||PTO Meeting Schedule - Thursdays from 9-10 am|
|09/23/21||PTO General Meeting: Meeting via Zoom|
|10/21/21||PTO Executive Board Meeting via Zoom|
|11/18/21||PTO General Meeting via Zoom|
|12/09/21||PTO Executive Board Meeting via Zoom|
|01/27/22||PTO General Meeting: In Person|
|02/24/22||PTO Executive Board Meeting via Zoom|
|03/17/22||PTO General Meeting via Zoom|
|04/14/22||PTO Executive Board Meeting via Zoom|
|05/12/22||Final PTO General Meeting: In Person|
Do you shop at Safeway, Lucky’s Market, Lucky’s Cafe, Lucky’s Bakehouse or King Soopers? Use a grocery gift card from Centennial and the school will receive 5-7% of the amount you load onto the card! This generous program costs nothing extra to you! If you would like a card, please visit the link below to register.
Update for King Soopers as of May 2019 they will no longer have the grocery card program.
- For King Soopers Stores – go to http://www.kingsoopers.com
- For City Market Stores – go to http://www.citymarket.com
Once logged into your King Soopers or City Market account they can search for Centennial Middle School PTO either by name or HL559 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a loyalty card.
*Customers must have a registered King Soopers or City Market loyalty card account to link to your organization.
*If a member does not yet have a King Soopers or City Market loyalty card, please let them know they are available at the customer service desk at any King Soopers or City Market.
Thanks for your support, and happy shopping!
How to use your grocery card:
BEFORE scanning your first item let the checker know you want to reload (add value to) your card. Safeway cards can also be reloaded at the Customer Service Counter. Use a credit card, cash or check to load your card with any amount up to $500 at a time. Then use the card to make your purchases. It’s that easy! For every $100 loaded onto the card, Centennial earns $5-7!
Request Grocery Cards
Marketing and Communications Chair
Honor Roll RISE Ceremonies
(Check-in Day, Open Enrollment Tours, 5th Grade Transition Night, New Family Coffees, Back-to-School Parent Coffees)
Parent Book Club
Parent Engagement Network (PEN) Rep
Student Accountability Committee (SAC) Rep
Green Star School Representative
Student Council Rep
Spirit wear Coordinator
Bike/Walk to School Coordinator
Grocery Giveback Cards Coordinator
Families and Educators Together (FET) Liaison
District Parent Council Representative (DPC)
District Accountability Committee (DAC)
Volunteering allows the school to devote more staff time to working with students in the classroom and helps build a community of support. The PTO works with the school staff to coordinate volunteer needs in the school. We also need volunteers for programs that support our school community.
All new and returning volunteers must fill out a volunteer application on an annual basis. Please visit the BVSD website for details on how to volunteer at school.
HelpAtSchool.org is the spot to check out current volunteer needs* for events and ongoing activities.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “HelpAtSchool” in the subject line if you have any questions or concerns.
*Some volunteer activities require a background check.
Fuel The Cyclones is our annual fundraising effort. Your tax deductible donations to CMS and PTO directly supports teachers, parents, and students at Centennial. Donations can be made online through the school and PTO links below. The suggested amount is $175 per student to Centennial Middle School and $65 to the PTO.
|Donate To CMS||Donate to PTO|
End of Semester Honor Roll and R2ISE events
The Honor Roll and R2ISE acknowledgement events happen in January after the first semester, separately for each grade, in the morning. There has been a Movie night celebration at the school in April/May for any student who is a Cyclone Citizens and/or has a 3.5 grade point average or above the week of the movie night. The 8th graders are acknowledged in various categories as part of their end-of-year awards and continuation ceremonies. Help setting up and cleaning up is always appreciated.
Each year, the CMS student Council creates various activities and events that promote enthusiasm and school spirit. One event that is usually hosted by CMS Student Council and supported by the PTO is a Winter Party. This is a fun event open to all students in grades 6-8. Held in December, the party includes dancing, music, games, food, and fun for all.
Eighth Grade Continuation Ceremony
Each year, the CMS Student Council creates various activities and events that promote enthusiasm and school spirit. The CMS PTO supports these events created by our Student Council. One popular event is the Eighth Grade Continuation. During this event we honor our graduating 8th graders with a wonderful celebration. In the past such events have taken place at Centennial Middle School and at the Elks Club in Boulder. Eighth graders and their parents celebrate the successes of their middle school years with music, food, community, and fun.
PTO works with the school staff to coordinate volunteer needs in the school. Volunteering allows the school to devote more staff time to working with students in the classroom, and volunteering for PTO events and programs helps support the school community.
Staff Appreciation Events
This is a fun and easy way to say “Thank You” to our amazing CMS teachers and staff. The time commitment is minimal and if you enjoy baking, cooking, or picking food up at the store, this is the committee for you. We provide food six times throughout the year, hosting breakfasts and lunches and snacks during parent/teacher conferences. It can be as simple as dropping off dozen muffins or helping to set up/clean up a lunch. Simple and much appreciated.
Lead by the Principal, SAC is a solution-oriented group sharing ideas and information about improving our district, our school and our learners’ experience.
There is a PTO representative to SAC so that we may work together.
School Accountability Committee (SAC)
SAC is responsible for:
- Making recommendations to the principal on the school priorities for spending school moneys, including federal funds, where applicable
- Making recommendations to the principal of the school and the superintendent concerning preparation of a school Performance or Improvement plan, if either type of plan is required
- Publicizing and holding a SAC meeting to discuss strategies to include in a school Priority
- Improvement or Turnaround plan, if either type of plan is required, and using this input to make recommendations to the local school board concerning preparation of the school Priority Improvement or
- Turnaround plan prior to the plan being written
- Publicizing the district’s public hearing to review a written school Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan
- Meeting at least quarterly to discuss whether school leadership, personnel, and infrastructure are advancing or impeding implementation of the school’s Performance, Improvement, Priority Improvement, or Turnaround plan, whichever is applicable, and other progress pertinent to the school’s accreditation contract
- Providing input and recommendations to the DAC and district administration, on an advisory basis, concerning principal development plans and principal evaluations. (Note that this should not in any way interfere with a district’s compliance with the statutory requirements of the Teacher Employment, Compensation and Dismissal Act.)
- Publicizing opportunities to serve and soliciting parents to serve on the SAC
- Assisting the district in implementing at the school level the district’s family engagement policy
- Assisting school personnel to increase families’ engagement with teachers, including families’ engagement in creating students’ READ plans, Individual Career and Academic Plans, and plans to address habitual truancy.
We generally meet on the second Monday of the month in the upper level conference room.
Non-SAC members are always welcome to come listen in!
To learn more about SACs visit: http://copta.org/school-accountability/
Parent Engagement Network (PEN)
PEN PROVIDES PARENT ENGAGEMENT, EDUCATION, AND EMPOWERMENT
List of scheduled events: http://www.parentengagementnetwork.org/events
The Parent Engagement Network (PEN) is a grassroots, parent-led 501 (c)(3) non-profit that uses a strength-based approach to engage, educate, and empower parents to promote the social- emotional and mental wellbeing of youth and families. PEN provides two main programs: the 9- month Community Calendar of Events and the PEN School Team Communities. Since 2001 PEN has maintained a unique relationship with the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) and continues to offer programs which benefit all BVSD schools, administration, parents, youth and community.
Our Community Calendar of Events is designed to promote conversations, build relationships, connect people to local and national resources, and empower them to take action.
PEN School Team Communities provide a network of support for parents to connect and work together to have an impact on the climate of their school. Our PEN School Support Team and school volunteers work in collaboration with principals, staff, counselors, youth, and other parents to implement ideas that fit each school’s vision. PEN recognizes that parents are central to building thriving youth and healthy communities. For over a decade we have provided opportunities for parents to gain the knowledge, skills, and tools that are necessary to develop the social, emotional and mental health of ALL families and youth.
Book Club meetings are held on the first Friday of each school month at 8:45-10am in the CMS conference room. Up the stairs by the elevator and to the left. Feel free to join at any time! For more information please contact email@example.com
We encourage students and their families to walk, ride bikes, skateboard, scooter, and use other self-propelled methods to get to school year-round!
Biking (or riding a scooter, or skateboarding, or walking…) to school:
There is a bike corral to the southeast of the school and bike racks north of school near the track. Skateboard storage is in the old phone booth in the hall across from the auditorium. There are also racks for adult bike parking under cover near the main office entrance.
DO NOT let your dog off leash on CMS property during school hours.
Taking the School Bus: Call 720-561-5125 for eligibility and bus stops
Driving to school:
For safety, be aware of walkers and bikers, follow traffic rules. Please be courteous to our neighbors; turn off your engine while you wait.
It is illegal to make a u-turn on Norwood in front of the school, and you may be ticketed.
Coming from the east:
Head west on Norwood. Drop off/pick up your student in the tennis court parking lot. Alternatively, continue on Norwood and pull into one of the parking spaces adjacent to the baseball field to drop off/pick up.
DO NOT make a u-turn anywhere on Norwood.
Coming from the west:
Take Oak to 21st St.
Turn left (north), then go INTO the teachers’ parking lot. After dropping off/picking up, turn right (north) on 21st and go left (west) on Orchard to 19th.
DO NOT stop to load/unload students on 21st St. between Norwood and the teachers’ parking lot.