Welcome Back to School!

August 17, 2021

Centennial Families and Staff,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!  I am excited to join Centennial Schools as your Interim Superintendent! Centennial has a terrific reputation as a school district of excellence with a supportive community! My first few weeks in the district have afforded me the opportunity to see this firsthand, and I look forward to seeing this as we welcome students and staff back to the new school year.

Since starting in the district on July 26, I have spent time meeting individually with board members, administrators, parents, and community members to listen and learn about the many strengths, opportunities, and challenges we have in our district. The repeated themes that I have heard from my meetings have been the following: Great Students, “Our Kids," Committed and Caring Staff, Supportive and Strong Communities, Strong Relationships. It is evident that Centennial is a special place!

As a leader, I am passionate about creating opportunities and programs for students and ensuring that all students are experiencing success. As an educational leader, I lead through collaborating and supporting the performance of administrators and teachers, actively engaging families and community, and encouraging student voice and choice to improve student success, achievement, and results.

As we continue to navigate the pandemic and COVID variant, we will focus our priorities for students on the strategic themes for success: Connecting. Achieving. Preparing. Building on the legacy, work, and plan that was shaped by many of you, we will continue to provide students with opportunities to explore their interests, experience success in their learning, and strive for academic excellence. 

Currently, Centennial is still recommending face masks, for students, staff, and visitors in our schools. Students riding the bus are required to wear face masks, per the federal government. The District's COVID planning and response team will continue to monitor the pandemic trajectory in the coming weeks as we plan for a successful start of the school year and throughout the year ahead.  As a result, we will make the necessary adjustments to our masking recommendation and mitigation strategies leading up to the start of, and throughout the school year as we navigate COVID-19.

Please note, watch your email inbox for updated information from Centennial on COVID protocols. Information is also posted online and will be updated if there are changes. Click here for face mask information, and click here for the District's Safe Return Plan. 

I look forward to working with all of you as we welcome students back for a new year and know that we will continue to build on the successes of Centennial Schools, together!

We are Centennial!

 

Jeff Holmberg
Superintendent of Schools