Common Questions - General
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.
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!
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 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!
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