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Centennial Park School's Open House celebrates new Community Garden - 04/23/14
Centennial Park School (CPS) will host an open house and brunch fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3. Along with a brunch prepared and served by culinary students, the event will include a silent auction, tour of the school grounds and a celebration of the opening of the opening of the school's Community Garden, a partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation. In addition, garden art created by students in the school's "Friendtorship" program (a partnership with Portland State University's graphic design students) will be sold.

Centennial Park School is located at 17630 S.E. Main Street, Portland, Oregon.

With a goal of $5,000, proceeds from the sale and auction will be used to provide Centennial Park School students with the joys of school experiences outside of the traditional classroom. Money raised will pay for events such as quarterly family gatherings, prom, extracurricular programming, student grants and scholarships, and life skills training..

This year Centennial Park School had its first sports team in the 21-year history of the school - a basketball team. CPS is participated in the East County Basketball Association, a small recreational league made up of other alternative schools in east Multnomah County. In addition a group of students have taken the lead on organizing the first prom in CPS history. Since many CPS students have struggled with connecting to school in the past, the administration and staff are hoping to provide opportunities that provide a connection that will sustain student's efforts towards graduation.

Centennial Park School is a public alternative middle/high school in the Centennial School District. The school serves up to 160 young people in grades 7-12 who have had difficulty succeeding in more traditional school environments. CPS students apply their knowledge and develop a deep sense of civic responsibility as they acquire the academic and critical thinking skills necessary for college or a career. Founded in 1993, CPS has a long history of offering a high-quality educational program.
Pleasant Valley Elementary School students and Kohls' employees join together on Earth Day - 04/17/14
In celebration of Earth Day, students at Pleasant Valley Elementary School, along with volunteers from several local Kohl's Department Stores, will plant more than 750 linear feet of pollinator friendly hedgerows at the school, Tuesday, April 22 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The hedgerows will be planted as part of the school's "Wildside" - a 10-acre restored habitat on the school grounds. Pleasant Valley Elementary School teachers utilize the Wildside as a hands-on laboratory to teach students about soil conservation, water quality, native plants and animal habitat.

This year, Pleasant Valley's students wanted to do a project to create pollinator habitat, which is on the decline. "This is a great opportunity for our students to work side by side with volunteers to plant a pollinator hedgerow and work on classroom gardens," said Pleasant Valley Elementary School Principal Laurie Ernstrom. "The pollinator hedgerow will provide habitat for the native pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The classroom gardens will get cleaned up with new plants being planted to brighten up our school grounds."

To help with the project, the school applied for and received grants, including money to pay for compost and plants. In addition, Kohl's awarded the school $500 for soaker hoses, tractor rental (for tilling the hedgerows) and snacks. In addition, Kohl's staff, as part of their Earth Day event "Go Green," will provide volunteers to help with the planting. The company will give the school $1,500 for every one of their stores that have five or more volunteers working on the project. That money will be used to benefit students with interpretive trails and science learning tools. Pleasant Valley Elementary School believes there will be eleven stores participating with the planting.

"Being able to take care of the outside of our school helps build pride of ownership. We hope our students will be able to transfer this learning to their own yards as well as out into the community and beyond. This is an exciting day for our students," said Ernstrom.

Pleasant Valley Elementary School is located at 17625 S.E. Foster Road, Gresham, Oregon.
U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer to visit his alma mater - 04/16/14
U.S. Congressman and Centennial High School alumni Earl Blumenauer will visit his alma mater, Tuesday, April 22, to address the student body at a special assembly at 8:30 a.m. in the school's gymnasium. During the assembly, Blumenauer, who graduated from Centennial High School in 1966, will present a scholarship created in his name, to a Centennial student.

Congressman Blumenauer was slated to be the school's Homecoming Grand Marshal this past September, but had to cancel to remain in Washington D.C. during the U.S. budget crisis.

Immediately following the assembly, Congressman Blumenauer will have a private meeting with the Centennial School District's School Board and district leadership team. He will also have a private meeting with Centennial High School's student council.

Centennial High School strives to educate students and to assist them in realizing their full potential as responsible, productive, contributing members of society by providing an educational environment in which students are challenged, excellence is expected and differences are valued.
Centennial School District Board Meeting - April 23, 2014 - 04/16/14
The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the district office board room. At this meeting the Centennial Park School building report will be presented by Principal Ajai Huja.

The Board will consider adoption of the 2014/2015 school year calendars and tentative adoption of the 2015/2016 school year calendars. Further consideration will be given to the adoption of revised policies: BBFA - Board Member Ethics and Conflicts of Interest; BBFB - Board Member Ethics and Nepotism; JECB - Admission of Nonresident Students; JECF - Interdistrict Transfer of Resident Students; and JFCG/KGC/GBK as well as KGC/GBK/JFCG both of which address the district's responsibility to maintain a Tobacco-Free Environment as it relates to students and the community.
Centennial School District Holds Budget Meeting - 04/10/14
Sam Breyer, Superintendent, Centennial School District, will hold a budget presentation, Thursday, April 17 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Board Room at Centennial's District Office.

During the presentation, Breyer will talk about the 2014 - 15 budget process and highlight proposed additions. This is the first time since 2007-08 that the district can consider additions to the budget.

The Centennial School District Office is located at 18135 S.E. Brooklyn Street, Portland.

The district will hold a community workshop on the budget Wednesday, May 7 in the Community Room at Centennial High School from 6 - 7- p.m. During the workshop attendees will have the opportunity to weigh in on the proposed budget. Centennial High School is located at 3505 S.E. 182nd, Gresham.
Centennial School District Board Meeting - April 9, 2014 - 04/03/14
The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 7:00 pm in the district office board room. At this meeting the winter athletes will be recognized and the Oliver Elementary School building report will be presented.

The Board will consider adoption of policies from Section G - Personnel of the district policy manual. They will also consider the adoption of: the board meeting schedule for 2014/2015, language arts textbook adoption for grades K-5, CHS and CPS, and the designation of May 5-9, 2014 as CEA teacher appreciation week.