Student Handbook


Centennial Middle School of Innovation - Braves

Student Handbook
Student Handbook 17-18.pdf

1100 S. 5th Street

Montrose, Colorado 81401

Office:  249-2576

Attendance:  240-6484

Guidance:  240-6485

Fax:  240-6461



Within a challenging and joyful learning environment where relationships come first, Centennial Middle School will leverage quality teaching, character education and a rigorous curriculum to inspire a lifetime of learning. 



Lockers………………………………………………………………………..Main Office

Lost/Found………………………………………………………………...….Main Office

Absence……………………………………………………………………….Main Office

Fees…………………………………………………………………………...Main Office

Schedule/Enrollment.……………………………………………………......Counseling Office

Classroom/Teacher………………………………………………………......Counseling Office

Friends/Other Students………………………………………………….......Counseling Office

Student Activities/Athletics…………….………………………………......Assistant Principal

Discipline/Behavior/Conflict Issues……………........................................Counseling office or Assistant Principal


Main Office: Mrs. Welch and Mrs. Cisneros

Registrar: Mrs. Evink

Counselors: Mrs. Arnold and Mr. Piquette

Assistant Principal: Mr. Godfrey

Principal: Mr. Simo

SCHOOL COLORS:  Burgundy, Black, & Silver    SCHOOL MASCOT:  Braves Centennial Braves



It has become a tradition at Centennial Middle School that immediately following the first bell each school day the morning announcements will be read then all students will stand and be led in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.


Lost and found items should be turned in and claimed at the main office.  To avoid problems, put your name on your possessions and do not leave valuable possessions in your locker.  It is recommended all electronic items be left at home. We will do our best to help you recover lost or stolen items but the school is not responsible for them.


Mr. Piquette and Mrs. Arnold will be available in the guidance office to work with individual students, groups of students and families. This service can help students recognize the challenges of life and develop plans for success. Appointments may be made through Mrs. Evink, the registrar. Except in a crisis situation, students need a pass from the teacher to leave class and go to the counselor’s office. 


If you need to use the telephone during school hours you may do so with permission from office staff in the front office. If a teacher requests that you call home for any reason, you will be allowed to use the telephone in the classroom. Students, you are not allowed to use your cell phone during school hours.  Parents, if you need to contact your child, please call the front office.  This includes texting with any device.


We call our library the Instructional Media Center or “IMC”.  IMC hours are 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.  Passes for student access before school and during lunch should be obtained in advance from our school librarian.  Fiction and nonfiction materials may be checked out for a period of two weeks with renewal available.  Reference materials may be checked out for one class period or overnight.  Fines will be charged on overdue materials.  Overdue notices are reminders only.  Failure to receive a notice does not excuse students from their responsibility for overdue material.


Because student fees are essential for the operation and growth of Centennial Middle School students will not be allowed to participate in any school sponsored or extra curricular activity if they have unpaid fees. If a family needs assistance please contact the office and they will be able to work with that student. Options include works study and scholarships. 



All Centennial personnel are to report any unusual activity or questionable strangers on campus to the office.  This includes routes to and from school, inside the school, and outside on school grounds.  Strangers encountered on school property should be directed to the main office by a staff member but, if found suspicious or hostile, the police will be contacted.  In some cases the school may go to a lockdown status if the individual is threatening or dangerous.  Lockdown drills will occur at least once per month involving a variety of preplanned scenarios.  These drills will be used to train staff and students in the event of a real emergency in our school.


  • Centennial Middle School has a closed campus policy.  You should not arrive at our campus earlier than 7:40 A.M., when the cafeteria is open for breakfast.
  • You are encouraged to stay outside before the bell rings.  
  • At the end of the day, you should leave the building unless you have a school-sponsored activity or are required to stay after school.
  • If you are not involved in after-school functions, please clear the halls and vacate the building by 3:50 P.M. (2:50 Wednesdays).
  • If you do not ride the bus, you are expected to leave campus as soon as possible.
  • If you ride the bus, you are expected to wait in the cafeteria at the table that is assigned to your bus number.  When your bus arrives the number will be called by a staff member and your table will be dismissed to board the bus.  You will not be permitted to wait outside for your bus.
  • If you get a ride from a family member, you need to be picked up in the big parking lot located off of Python & South 5th streets.  You will wait on the blacktop adjacent to that parking lot.  The loop just outside the main office is reserved for busses from 7:40-8:13 am and 3:30-4:15 pm (2:30-3:15 on Wednesdays).


Centennial is a closed campus institution.  Leaving campus during the day without permission from school personnel is considered truancy.  Students will not be permitted to go home for lunch. Parents or Guardians must pick up their child. The student will not be allowed to walk home. 


Parents and community members are encouraged to visit but are also encouraged to make prior arrangements when possible.  Upon arrival, visitors must to check in at the main office where you will be issued a visitor pass. Visitors must have a valid ID and are subject to a quick background check prior to entering the school building. Visits by students from other schools are not allowed.


(From School Board Policy JLCD)

A school nurse or other personnel shall administer NO prescription or nonprescription medication at school without the following requirements being met:

  1. All medications-prescription, over the counter, long or short term, including cough drops, vitamins, Tylenol, herbal remedies-require yearly written authorization signed by both the prescribing practitioner and the parent.  Forms are available in the school’s health office.
  2. All medications must be in the original, labeled bottle/container/package.
  3. Asthma inhalers, epipens and diabetic medications and supplies may be carried by the student if the appropriate authorization form/health care plan is signed by the prescribing practitioner, the parent and, if applicable, the student.
  4. The parent must pick up medications that are locked and safeguarded in the school health office.  Any medications left over after the last day of school will be discarded.


WALL OF HONOR – Head Boy and Head Girl

One Head Boy and One Head Girl, will be selected yearly, to be placed on the Wall Of Honor. 

In order to be eligible for the Wall of Honor a student must meet the following criteria: 

Be on the Honor Role for 11 straight quarters

Have no behavioral referrals

Have participated in a CtMS extra-curricular activity for at least two quarters. 


Lock your bicycle in the bike rack as soon as you arrive at school.  It must remain there until you leave.  Skateboards may not be stored in lockers.  Lock your skateboard in the rack located in the cafeteria.  Students may not ride bicycles, skateboards or roller blades on school grounds. Aside from handicap access, transporting yourself in or around the school on wheels of any kind is not permitted.


You may either buy a meal from the cafeteria or bring your lunch from home.  Credit can be added to your lunch account in the cafeteria daily before 10:00 A.M. 

  • Pick up trash in the area where you eat
  • Remain seated until a supervisor dismisses you
  • Ask for permission to leave the cafeteria prior to dismissal
  • Deposit all waste in the trash containers
  • Return all utensils/trays to the dishwashing area
  • Cooperate with the cafeteria staff and supervisors 


Students will not be allowed to eat or drink in the halls. If a teacher gives permission they may eat or drink in the class of the teacher that gave permission. 


Student hall pass pages are located in this planner. Your pass must show a staff signature, date and the time you left if you are in a hallway during instructional time. Staff will provide Hall passes as well. You must always have a pass to be out of your classroom during class time. During class periods, every student in the hall needs a pass. Students without a pass need to be directed back to the class they came from so they may obtain a pass. 


Students are not permitted in the hallways prior to the first bell (includes athletes) unless a teacher has made an arrangement for a meeting.  Meeting arrangements must be in writing and signed by the teacher.  These can be on simple notebook paper or on a printed pass.  The pass would be presented to the supervising duty teacher.  Cafeteria duty supervisors also have a designated number of passes that can be provided to students wishing to attend homework help before school.  Designated Homework Help passes must be turned in to an adult associated with that program on the same morning the pass is provided.


Each year you attend Centennial we will provide you with a locker for storage of jackets, books, victuals and supplies.  All lockers are in good working condition at the beginning of the school year.  Any locker damage or malfunctions should be reported to school personnel immediately.  Locker problems are not excuses for poor punctuality.  Keep your combination a secret.  Cold lunch may be stored in your locker but leftover food must be brought home daily to prevent attracting pests or emitting odors into our building.  Changing lockers is not allowed without permission.  Above all, BE SURE TO LOCK UP ALL VALUABLE ITEMS IN YOUR LOCKER. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen property.  Lockers are school property and may be inspected periodically and without notice.


The school will provide each student with a PE locker and padlock for a non-refundable $5 fee.


Respect school property. Please do not climb or stand on outdoor equipment.  E.g., Ping-Pong tables, picnic tables, basketball hoops, soccer goals.


Make-up work shall be provided for any class in which a student has an excused absence unless otherwise determined by the building administrator or unless the absence is due to the student’s expulsion from school.  Students, it is your responsibility to pick up any make-up assignments you may have on the day you return to class.  There will be two days allowed for make-up work for each day of absence.  It is not always possible for your teachers to provide your make-up work prior to your absence.


If you are injured or become ill and need to go home, go to the Health Office with a signed and dated pass from your teacher.  Your parent/guardian will be contacted by school officials and asked to pick you up. Students using their cell phone to report an illness are not permitted and will be disciplined per building policy.


Please see the District Handbook for details. Students will also follow the BRAVES Rule! 


Any item that may interfere with the learning environment should not be brought to class or be out during class time.  This includes but is not limited to items that are addressed in the school district weapons policy, our dress code policy and in the next section discussing cell phones.  Each staff member has the responsibility to make judgment calls on a questionable item and the authority to collect the item or require it be put away. 


Cell phones and other wireless devices are distracting and disruptive in the learning environment and must be turned off, kept out of sight, and not used during school hours unless a teacher is allowing them for educational purposes. (See Phone/Device use exemption) Violation of this expectation will result in your device being collected by a staff member. Students and parents, please follow this rule. If you need to get a message to your child, please call the front office. Phones are not allowed during the school day, including inside before the bell rings. 

Phone/Device use exception: 

Use of phones during class is permitted as a learning tool in a situation that is arranged by your teacher. Once the activity is complete or at the end of the class, normal expectations go back into effect. 

If your phone or device is collected, you will be asked to power it down.

  • 1st Offense – You may claim your phone after school
  • 2nd Offense – Your parent must come in and pick up your phone
  • 3rd Offense- You will not be permitted to possess a phone/device on campus and you may be subject to random searches.  If a device is found, it will be confiscated and you will be subject to disciplinary action.

If you use your phone or device inappropriately, as described above, during the school day and post any of the contents on any social media/internet further discipline or consequences may follow. (See Disciplinary Actions)  


Students are not allowed to have headphones, ear buds, or any other listening device used with electronics visible on their person from a time period of first bell to last bell of the school day. This policy is in accordance with the use of electronic devices during the school day. Exceptions may be use as expressly permitted by classroom teachers for instruction or for I-Ready testing. Repeated offenses will involve a parent picking the device from the office, and/or denial of student privilege to bring the device on school grounds. 


The public display of affection is not appropriate in our school at any time and is a distraction to the learning environment. 




This dress code applies to each Centennial Middle School student while in school attendance. The goal is to maximize the effectiveness of your working and learning environment. 

  1. Shoes must be worn at all times. 
  2. Students will be allowed to wear shorts to school subject to the following guidelines:
    Shorts must be neat, clean and in good taste
    Shorts must be hemmed and not shorter than mid-thigh. If the hem of your shorts is not even with the tips of your fingers or longer, when your arms are relaxed at your sides, they are too short. 
  3. Any clothing (or lack of clothing) which is distracting is inappropriate. Students may not wear hats or bandanas in the building between 8:10 and 3:40. Pants will be worn up around the waist and secured appropriately with no undergarments exposed. The end of belts may not hang below clothing. Sunglasses, bare midriffs, pajamas, tank tops, sleeveless shirts, spaghetti strap tops, tube tops, mesh shirts and exposed undergarments are considered inappropriate. All shirts must have a seam that goes over the shoulders.
  4. Any clothing that displays alcohol, drugs, tobacco, weapons, gang insignia, racial dominance or sexual innuendoes will not be permitted.
  5. Student appearance should be appropriate for the learning environment. Make-up, hair, jewelry or any other item(s) that creates a distraction shall be deemed inappropriate and students will be asked to remove or otherwise change in order to restore the learning environment.
  6. Hats: Hats may not be visible during the instructional day inside the building. They need to be put in the locker and not carried around. They may be worn outside during lunch.
  7. The DRESS CODE applies to activity nights, school sponsored events, and athletics.
  8. The descriptions listed above are guidelines that, when followed, should eliminate issues with student wardrobes and school appropriateness. We realize maintaining appropriate dress is a school wide effort. Each staff member has the responsibility to make judgment calls on questionable attire and the authority to require adjustments.




Centennial Middle School will continually strive to have the best learning environment possible. When CtMS rules are violated it is the goal of the administration and staff to correct the behavior. Like any academic subject, we view discipline as another learning opportunity. We measure success when we find students have made the right choices with nobody watching. We take our discipline very seriously and have high behavioral expectations for our students. Our re-teaching efforts may involve one or more of the following: Admin. conference, teacher/student/admin conference, work detail, lunch detention, restrictions from privileges, In School Suspension (ISS), Saturday School, behavior intervention plans, Out of School Suspension (OSS), increased family support, Habitually Disruptive Plan, involvement of law enforcement, and expulsion. From the most instructional approach to the most punitive consequences, we are committed to keeping parents actively involved in the process. 


Building detentions will be assigned by administrators for failure to comply with attendance policies, including excessive tardies, or violations of the student code of conduct.  Teachers may also assign and individually supervise detentions or make-up time for failure to comply with classroom rules.


Colorado state law requires parents/guardians to have their children attend school regularly during the hours and terms the public school is in session.  The responsibility for regular attendance rests with the students’ parents/guardians.  A student should not be absent from school without the parents/guardians knowledge and consent; therefore, verification of an absence must be provided by parent/guardian. According to state law, absences are permitted “excused” for any of the following reasons:  illness of student; funeral; extended period due to physical, mental and/or emotional disability and other reasons approved by an administrator.  Absences not listed will be considered unexcused.  

  • If it is necessary for a student to be absent for any reason, a parent/guardian should contact the attendance office by phone during the morning of each absence or by a written note within 48 hours after the absence. Please call the automated attendance line at 240-6484 to report absences.
  • If the parent/guardian fails to notify the office, the absence will be recorded as unexcused.
  • Parents/guardians are notified of unverified absences.
  • Dismissal for appointments should be pre-arranged in the main office before class by sending a note with your student.  Office hours are 7:30 A.M. until 4:00 P.M.
  • Truancy is an unexcused absence where the student’s location is not known by the parents/guardians or school officials.
  • Students are expected to report to school no later than 8:13 A.M.  First period begins at 8:20 A.M.  Tardiness to school can only be excused for the following reasons:  illness of student or professional appointment (doctor, dentist, court, etc.).  Other circumstances must be approved by an administrator.   Excessive tardies will result in after school detention(s).

Though we keep track of excused and unexcused absences, both types accumulate and are tallied together.  Per state law, we are required to develop a process for accountability when students are excessively absent.  The CtMS plan is as follows:

  • When students are not in class and no parent phone call has been received, an automatic computerized dialer will call the students’ household phone to make a report.
  • After 7 absences, a letter goes home to the household informing the family of excessive absences
  • After 10 absences, a second letter will be mailed home to inform the family of a mandatory attendance meeting.  The meeting will be scheduled with the School Engagement Team (SET) but the parent may call the school and request a different time or day should there be a conflict.
  • At the SET meeting strategies and solutions to the attendance problem will be explored and a plan will be developed.  Should attendance patterns not improve the plan will be adjusted and other agencies will become involved.


Students are encouraged to participate in our activities program; including clubs, athletics and activities.  School sponsored events, including activity nights, will be held during the year.  21st Century After School Program is offered for interested students.  All overdue library fees and lunch charges must be paid and up-to-date to attend activity nights.



All three middle schools in the district (Centennial, Columbine, and Olathe) share the same Athletic Philosophy.  Our athletic program includes 7th and 8th grade boys and girls.  We concentrate on participation and skill development.  All participants will receive playing time in each sport in which they choose to participate.  We do not have a cut policy so all players will participate.  Coaches will focus their instruction on skill development and understanding of the sport.  This will build a strong foundation for their athletic opportunities in the future. This frees coaches to meet their instructional collaboration responsibilities with their teaching teams.  Wednesday afternoon practices will begin at 4:00.


A student must meet the following conditions to be eligible to participate and compete in athletics. 

Participants must pay the athletic fee and turn in a current Physical Form, Training Code, Parent Consent and Insurance Form before they will be allowed to practice.

  • A player must have participated in a minimum of five practices before he/she can play in his/her first game (nine for football).
  • Every athlete must complete a computerized concussion baseline test, which will be repeated every other year throughout all school athletics. This test will be arranged by the athletic director and provides critical information that will help indicate full recovery in the event of a head impact. Full recovery and clearance from a MD are requirements prior to returning to play after every suspected head injury.
  • All athletes must meet academic eligibility requirements. Eligibility will be assessed on a weekly basis. During each sport season, teachers will report failing students by 3:40 P.M. on Thursday. Academic eligibility is based on accumulative grades, which reset each quarter. You may not have more than one failing grade to participate in a competition for that week. Your coach will notify you on Friday if you are not eligible to participate in games for the following week. If ineligible, you are expected to be at practice and sit with your team during home games. You will not be allowed to travel with your team during the week that you are ineligible. All teachers follow the same grading scale: A: 90–100%, B: 80–89%, C: 70-79%, D: 60-69%, F: 59% and below.

Absences from practice:

Sport seasons are very short for middle school. Consequently, athletes will be removed from the team after a second unexcused absence. This improves equity for players who attend practice all of the time. At minimum, a student athlete must be in school for the second half of the day to participate in that day’s competition. Missing practice, excused or unexcused, will effect playing time. 

There are no guarantees for equal playing time. Parents, if you have concerns about playing equity, please bring this to the attention of your child’s coach. If no resolution is reached, discuss the matter with Mr. Godfrey, the Athletic Director. Keep in mind, playing time involves many factors such as effort in practice, knowledge of the position (Safety), preparedness, sportsmanship, practice attendance, etc. 


Each player will ride the bus with the team to all away games.  A player may leave the game only with his/her parent or legal guardian, and the parent or legal guardian must see the coach to sign his/her child out before leaving with the student.  Parents, if you wish to arrange for your child to leave an event with someone else, permission must be pre arranged in writing through the Athletic Director.


The fee for each sport is $55.00, which includes a CtMS Braves t-shirt. TO be worn as a team apparel shirt. Football requires an extra $20.00 for helmet reconditioning.  Lockers will be provided for an additional non-refundable fee of $5.00 per academic year.  See the front office for the “Saturday Work Program” if you would like your child to participate in athletics and you cannot afford the fee.  Students are not turned away from athletics for legitimate family hardships.

To the student:

This planner is a tool to help you have the very best year possible and is loaded with tools and information that we hope will contribute to your success.  Please do not hesitate to involve the staff members at this school with any issue with which you may need help.  We are confident that each staff member at Centennial genuinely cares for your individual success and you might be surprised at the range of problems we can help solve.

Thank you for joining our Centennial family and we look forward to working with you and your family!

~Mr. Simo, Principal

~Mr. Godfrey, Assistant Principal

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