Frequently Asked Questions
What is the policy for student Personal Electronic Devices?
CMS has implemented a new Personal Electronic Device Policy, effective 1/9/2018. Please see the main page of the wesbite for the memo about rules and consequences.
The video that every student has viewed is linked here. Please feel free to share the video with your student again. The viewer needs to enable Flash in order for the PowToon to play. We have also figured out the Explorer browser is a better experience with the PowToon video than Chrome.
What time is student drop off?
Please do not drop off students before 8:00 a.m. We do not have any adult supervision, and we want your students to be as safe as possible. Unfortuneately, at this time, we do not serve breakfast.
Students should leave campus by 4:00 p.m. (2:30 on Wednesdays) unless they are participating in a school-sponsored club or activity. Please do not park in the parking lot by the flagpole. If you park there toward the end of the day, you will likely be trapped by the buses. If you do get stuck, you will have to wait until the buses leave
How does the middle school schedule work?
A middle school student's schedule will have 6 classes per day. Students will go to their "core" classes (language arts, social studies, science and math) each day. The other two periods of the day may change each quarter or semester. Some of the Core Plus classes change at the end of a quarter, or at the end of a semester.
Always remember, it is crucial to be in touch with your student's teachers, especially when he or she is absent.
What is the dress code?
Students must wear their school issued id's visible and above the waist. Appropriate dress is required at all times. No hats or sunglasses are to be worn indoors. Shorts and skirts need to be fingertip length (with arms relaxed at sides) or longer. Cleavage, stomach and buttocks cannot be shown. Professional team wear is now allowed. Students will not be allowed to wear hoodies (any hooded sweatshirt or outerwear) to classes. Students will be allowed to wear hoodies to and from school and at lunch. They must be placed in lockers at all other times. String backpacks are the only type of bag that students can carry from class to class. All other backpacks must be placed in lockers.
For further details, please see the superintendent's policy on dress code.
Superintendent Policy - with consequences of Dress Code Violations
Will my student have the opportunity to participate in sports?
We no longer have inter-school sports, but we do offer a thriving intramural program (flag football, soccer, volleyball and basketball) as well as some club sports (flag football and ultimate frisbee).
How much homework with my child have?
A standard expectation for middle schools is 10 minutes of homework per grade: For example, sixth graders should have an AVERAGE of 60 minutes of homework a night, seventh graders would have an AVERAGE of 70 minutes, etc. The amount of homework will vary with the subject. Our students are placed in cores which allows for close teacher collaboration which, in turn, helps ensure that things like assessments and large projects are not scheduled around the same times.
What are MAPS tests?
Each student takes 2-3 NWEA MAP tests throughout the year in Reading, Writing, & Math. These standardized tests are designed to show student growth on a large spectrum throughout the year. For more information, please click below and use the practice websites to increase your score.
How do I order a yearbook?
You can order a yearbook at almost any point in the school year. The easiest way is to order it online, here! The yearbooks will be delivered during the last week of school. Make sure to get your orders in early! Don't forget to submit your baby pictures ads for 8th graders!
What is Blended Learning and how is it used at Century?
Blended Learning is the use of technology to support a teacher's regular teaching structure. By having computers available for students at all times, a teacher can differentiate for any child's need when necessary. The technology also provides a way for students to collaborate on projects, display their performances, organize their work more efficiently, and work with individuals beyond the walls of the classroom. The technology does NOT replace the teacher; it enhances their instructional capabilities. There are many different ways to use Blended Learning in a classroom or school. At Century, we believe in a ratio of 10 computers to 30 students. This formula insures that students do more discussion and processing in collaborative teams, which matches the goals of the 21st century learner.
What is a QR code?
There are so many uses to QR (quick reference) codes and many teachers, businesses, restaurants, and even your own students will be using QR codes. Click here for a video explaining what a QR code is and how to use them. If you need to download an app, click here for a list of apps. Do you need to make your own QR code? Make it here!
2-Hour Delay Information
Where do I go for new student enrollment questions?
The Adams 12 Enrollment page will help you enroll new students. If you have any questions about Century Middle School, please contact our registrar, Casey Sauer at 720-972-5250.
How do I change my schedule?
Students must take all four required core classes. For elective classes, students register for the classes they'd like to take, and we try to ensure that we have the proper staffing to provide for these choices. If students sign up for the class, they will need to stay in that class.
How do I see my counselor?
The counselors are located in the counseling office across from the main office. You may ask your teacher for a pass to talk with your counselor, stop by during your passing period, or come before or after school. You will need to check in with Ms. Richardson and possibly fill out a request form to see your counselor. You or your parents/guardians may also email your counselor. Parents: If you would like to meet with your child's counselor, please email or call to set up an appointment. The counselores are:
What are the options for school lunch?
Adams 12 Five Star Schools Nutrition Services serves breakfast and lunch each day or students may choose to bring meals from home. In addition to meals, a variety of a la carte snack selections is offered for purchase at additional costs. Prepayment for meals is encouraged via cash, check, or online at payforit.net. Parents are encouraged to set low balance notifications or auto replenishment at PayForIt.net to ensure funds are available for purchases.
Free and reduced meal benefits are available to households that qualify, applications must be completed annually and can be submitted online at https://www.myschoolapps.com. Paper applications are also available in the kitchen office. Students approved for free or reduced meal benefits receive meals at no cost. In addition, our school has breakfast available free of charge daily to all students, regardless of meal benefits status.
Additional detailed information about Nutrition Services can be found at https://www.adams12.org/departments/nutrition, including current menus, meal prices, free and reduced meal benefits, special dietary needs, and meal charge standard practice. You may also contact the supervisor or kitchen manager.
For more information, and information in Spanish, Click here the 2019-2020 Meal Guide.
How much does lunch cost?
For the 2019-2020 school year, paid lunch prices will increase by 10 cents at all elementary, middle and high schools. Nutrition Services appreciates your continued patronage and remains committed to providing meals that are appealing and nutritionally balanced for students each and every day. Please see the new meal prices for your student listed below.
Middle (6-8) Paid lunch $3.05
Middle (6-8) Free/Reduced Lunch - No Charge
You may add money to your child’s meal and snack account at www.payforit.net.
PayForIt.net is a great way to manage your child(ren)’s account, allowing parents to see account balances and purchases. Parents also have the option of setting up a low balance email notification when the student’s balance reaches a specific amount.
What if my child has special dietary needs?
Nutrition Services News
New Special Dietary Needs Procedure
Adams 12 Nutrition Services understands that there are many students in our schools with special dietary needs. Nutrition Services wants to make you aware of our Special Dietary Needs procedures.
Adams 12 WILL:
- Make meal modifications (substitutions) prescribed by a licensed physician to accommodate a dietary disability based on a medical statement completed and signed by a licensed physician (doctor of medicine or osteopathy).
- Make modifications (substitutions) for students as called for in their Section 504 or an IEP plans.
Adams 12 WILL NOT:
- Make meal modifications (substitutions) prescribed by a medical authority due to a food allergy/intolerance or other medical condition that does not rise to the level of a disability.
- In this case, Adams 12 Nutrition Services WILL provide nutrition information regarding ingredients in menu items specific to the student’s allergy or intolerance to help parents and students make appropriate meal choices.
- Make substitutions for fluid cow’s milk due to a food allergy or intolerance or for other reasons.
For a copy of our Special Dietary Needs Paperwork, Allergen information and Carbohydrate count, please visit our website at …http://www.adams12.org/nutrition_school_meals
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, elementary and middle schools (K-8), in Adams 12 School District will be “peanut cautious”. “Peanut cautious” means that there will be no peanut-containing menu items served in those schools. It does not mean that we are “peanut-free”. Adams 12 Nutrition Services does not guarantee that all of our menu items for K-8 were produced in a facility that is 100% peanut and tree nut free, some items may be processed in a plant that process peanuts or tree nuts.
Middle School Transition Guide
The start of middle school can be an anxious time for students and their parents. There is
excitement at a new beginning, the chance to meet new friends, have more class options and become more independent right alongside the stress of the unknown and the often negative reputation of “middle school.” To help transtition your student please take a look at our guide that was made by parents for parents.
Click here: http://www.adams12.org/middle_school
How do I drop off and/or pick up my student from school?
How else can I get involved?
Come out for a School Improvement Team meeting! Also check out our Volunteer section!
The SIT committee is a communication format for parents and community members.
Dates for the 2019-20120 school year are as follows:
9/25 at 2:30
12/4 at 2:30
1/29 at 2:30
4/22 at 2:30
How do I pay for my student's fees and field trips?
How do I access my student's grades?
Please check Infinite Campus often and discuss your student's grades with them frequently. (LINK AT BOTTOM OF EVERY PAGE!)
Trend Grades will be posted and updated frequently.
How do I understand my student's grades?
We have seen some changes to our grading system over the past few school years. Please dedicate some time to discuss the grading system with your student. They should be able to explain what their grade on an assessment is, what it means, and how to improve the grade. For a very detailed explanation, please visit the IB MYP Grading Information Page.
What do I have to do to volunteer or go on a field trip?
Thanks for volunteering!
In order to go on a field trip with your student, you must fill out a volunteer packet once a year. Find one at the bottom of the Volunteer Page.
Return with your student or drop off in the main office.
Do teachers off extra help sessions?
Yes! Every teacher offers an extra help session. Please double check with the teacher before attending the extra help session!
Click here to see the list of extra help sessions.