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Principal's Message

  • Dear Centennial Parents and Students,

    I am excited to welcome you to Centennial Elementary School. The staff at Centennial is preparing to welcome all students and begin the 2016-2017 school year. For those of you new to our school and/or district, you will find a staff of wonderful people that have a reputation of creating a learning environment that is warm and demanding.

    My name is Chris Brauer, principal at Centennial. As principal, I value building relationships and student achievement, and am clear on the belief that all students can and will learn. Centennial Elementary is part of “No Excuses University.” A program that helps define the culture at Centennial which challenges students to realize their full academic and social potential, ensuring each student is prepared for college or any post high school program, should they choose that path.

    At the end of last year, we added an additional 15 minutes of recess at grades K-2.  The feedback we received as a result of that additional time was generally positive.  As we move into this coming school year, we will be replicating the changes at grades K-2 in grades 3-5.  This will mean that all elementary schools in the district will benefit from up to 40 minutes of recess time for grades K-5. 

    To all new incoming students and parents, I welcome you to the Centennial family. The staff at Centennial looks forward to working with you both this year and the years to come. Ways for parents to partner with the school and support your student this year are as follows:

    Have your student to school prepared and on time each day.
    Checking your student’s backpack and discussing its contents as well as your student’s day.
    Initiating communication with your student’s teacher to ensure a positive school experience.
    Signing in and out of the office each time you visit.
    Lastly, I want to be clear that educating our students is a partnership with the school and home. I want to encourage parents to take the opportunities to get involved and share in the journey with us.

    Feel free to contact the Centennial office staff or me if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks for being part of the Centennial family; have a wonderful school year!


    Chris Brauer and the Centennial Elementary Staff

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  • Centennial Elementary School
    24323 54th Avenue East
    Graham, WA 98338

    Phone:  253.683.7700
    Fax:  253.683.7798


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