5 minute Activities!!!

Create a food rainbow! The more colorful our fruits and veggies, the more nutritious. Have students try for three colors during lunch!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wellness Policy Assessment and School Board Report

Creating a school environment that supports all of our wellness is critical to creating an academic setting where we can learn and thrive together.  Check out the great impact that our wellness work has done over this year!!

 Annual School Board Wellness Policy Assessment and Report: 

School Board Report March 21, 2018

Prezi Presentation

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Annual Wellness Policy Assessment

The Wellness Committee conducted their annual assessment of the wellness policy across Centennial to the School Board on March 8th.  Centennial schools have been supporting student and staff wellness in so many amazing ways! To list just a few:

  • The positive impacts of full time PE at all Elementary schools
  • Taking movement breaks for both staff and students to play, walk, and talk together.
  • $1500 Grant awards from NW Health Foundation/LEt's Move Active Schools for View, Wood, OE, & PL and $3000 for Meadows!!
  • Parklane came in First Place for the October Fire Up Your Feet Challenge winning $2500
  • CMS came in third in the Fire Up Your Feet Challenge winning $1000
  • CHS has brand new cafeteria serving bars that allow ALL students to get a full salad and to move through the line quickly.
  • Over 12,000 Farm to School Meals have been served for lunch that feature a main entree of a locally sourced meat and local fruits and veggies!!
We also found a few areas that Centennial needs to focus on for the upcoming school year to better support our students and staff.  
  • Always offer a health food option during a classroom celebration. Pizza parties are great but put out a bowl of carrots or apples to give another option (or maybe just have extra recess!)
  • A K-6th grade Health Curriculum
  • Resources for staff to better understand working with trauma informed practices
  • Supporting our hard-working staff with at-work wellness opportunites from the WOW committee!
Thank you Centennial for all that you do everyday!

See the full presentation with the assessments here:  

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Healthy Cooking Class with Liz Koetje

Homemade Protein Powder and Homemade Larabars!

Liz Koetje taught a groups of us how to make low-cost, nutritionally packed, easy protein powder to sprinkle on your smoothie, oatmeal, eggs, rice, cereal, whatever for an extra boost of protein an nutrition.  We are all so busy all day that being able to have  a quick, nutritious boost is important as we head into flu-season!

I wanted to share some awesome pictures and the handouts that Liz created for us!  Keep on eye out for out Wellness Wednesday workshops, the first Wednesday of every month for new classes! 

Healthy Happenings are really happening right now!!

Healthy Happenings from the WOW Committee:

Have you given the WOW committee your thoughts and feedback for the second year of our WOW grant?  Take just a few minutes to help out the WOW employee Wellness committee by sharing your ideas on supporting all of our Centennial Staff.  

Backpacking Europe Walker Tracker Challenge started on the 1st!  Register athttp://wow.walkertracker.com and track all your activity to participating in our virtual staff competition.  The challenge goes all the way till Dec 13!  Adrian Hardin is our current leader and way in front of the pack!  Congrats to Kelsey Sommer and Judy Hartwig for winning WalkerTracker raffle movie ticket prizes for registering by Nov 2nd!  There will be more chances to win prizes on Dec 13th for everyone that completes the challenge!!

Healthy Happening from the Wellness Committee:

The Wellness Committee supports students wellness by encouraging physical activity and healthy eating.  Our next meeting is November 9th at the District Office from 3:45-4:45  and we will be updating our school assessments and meeting with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to talk about resources and grants!

Green School Updates from the CRCT:

The Centennial Conservation Resource Team supports green school conservation efforts across the district.  Our next meeting is on  Wednesday Nov.16th from 3:45-4:45. The City of Gresham School  Environmental grants are open for projects focusing on: 
  •  Reduction of solid waste through reducing, reusing, recycling or composting
  • · Improving water quality
  • · Improving water conservation
Grant are open for up to $1000.  Email Julie Mack for the application link. Join us at the CRCT meeting to review your grant application and get your questions answered!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Who is on your Team?

Do you have questions about wellness programs in your building or around the district?  Check in with your building's representatives or become the rep your self?  Have more questions?  Contact Julie Mack, your friendly neighborhood Wellness Coordinator, for help!

                                    Wellness Committee     WOW Employee Wellness         CRCT

Butler Creek
Reps  TBD
Alicia Ohm

Diane Cervi
Diane Cervi & Lisa Ross

Brandi Hutchinson
Jennifer Knorr

Nancy Finsaas
Nancy Finsaas

Jason Brennan
Sue Rohm


Holly Phillips

Pleasant Valley
Emily Sellin
Lori Bigler
David Scharfenburg
CMS Wellness Team
Kathy Drozd/Vicki Nelson

Lori Carscallen
Tami Burton
Mark Porterfield
Liz Koetje
Liz Koetje


Cindy LaRue

District Office
Rick Larson
Rick Larson/Athena Franklin/James Ownes
Rick Larson



Joe Soulagnet
Dining Services
John Waker

John Waker

Karen Hubbard
Vicki Dettmen
School Board
Rod Boettcher

CHS School Based Health Clinic
Margaret Spurlock

Community Partners
Lynn Ketch
Elizabeth Barth
Lisa James

Welcome Back to the 2016-17 School Year!

It has already been a whirlwind of activity, new ideas, and stress!  As we begin this school year, lets work to keep our calm, cool, collected summer-selves.  The WOW Employee Wellness program is hear to help support all our hard working Centennial Staff and to keep you at your best throughout the school year and whatever it may throw at you! Join us for a physical activity class, a staff challenge or for some tips on stress reduction.  Check in with your WOW building rep for more ideas and resources.  Have an amazing school year Centennial!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

It is time for our Spring Activity Challenge: Fire Up Your Feet

The WOW Employee Wellness Committee has partnered with Fire Up Your Feet for our May activity challenge.  

The challenge is open for both Individual Staff and for whole school participation.  All staff can sign up to track their activity May 1- 31st  and the top three will win a fit bit or a massage gift certificates! 

Schools with the top levels of participation for staff and students could win up to $2000 to increase wellness throughout their school!  Staff, students, and families are all invited to join!

What counts for the activity tracking:
· PE class
· BrainBreaks
· Treadmarks
· Jog-A-thons
· walking to school
· weekend activity
· walking your dog
· staff yoga/zumba classes
· walking or running groups
· ANY Activity counts!! Just get up and move!

This is a challenge for both staff and students to log ALL activity both at school and at home for prizes and incentives.  Track for yourself, family, or for a whole group!

How to get started:
1.     Register at http://or.fireupyourfeet.org/
2.     Add groups participants  http://or.fireupyourfeet.org/tracker/activity
3.     Log activity!