Common Questions - General
How does the middle school schedule work?
A middle school student's schedule will switch between two distinct days, called A-Day and B-Day. Students will go to their "core" classes (language arts, social studies, science and math) each day. The other two periods of the day will, for most students, rotate. An example would be that a student would have art and Spanish on an A-Day and physical education and design tech on a B-Day. Please see the back of your students agenda for a detailed calendar of A and B-Days.
It is crucial to be in touch with your student's teachers, especially when he or she is absent. If they miss an elective on an A-day, they will not see that teacher again for a day or two.
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. For further details, please see the superintendent's policy on dress code.
A change this year: professional team wear is now allowed!
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.
How can my student get academic help?
You can also contact the individual teacher for extra help opportunities. Here is a link to the study sessions provided by each teacher.
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.
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?
How To Use Or Download QR Codes
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!
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.
Can I Opt my student out of testing?
Dear Century Parents/Guardians:
The 2018 required state assessment window is quickly approaching.
While the state law now allows parents to opt their child(ren) out of state testing, it is important that we complete the 6-8 grade testing with a 95% or better completion rate to keep our school in the state’s top performance rating. The state penalty for not adequately testing students is to drop a school’s rating one full performance level. If you are going to opt your child(ren) out of testing, a legal guardian with a valid ID will need to stop by the school and complete an opt out form in the main office by 3/16/17.
If you choose to send your child to school on a testing day, please note that we are limited on the number of teachers and rooms for your student. Your student may be asked to join another grade level of students while his/her grade level is testing for up to 190 minutes (over 3 hours).
Thank you for your continued partnership with Century Middle School.