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    Dear Parents and Students,
    First, I would like to welcome you all to Centennial Middle School.
    I was born and raised in Southern California with a couple of years on the island of Maui. After getting married, my wife and I moved to Arizona so I could attend Arizona State University and eventually received my Bachelors of Science Degree in Business. After graduation, I accepted a job opportunity at a private country club in Colorado Springs. Four years later, my wife graduated from UCCS and we moved back to Arizona.I was a stay-at-home Dad of a few years and eventually received my Masters Degree in Secondary Education and am State certified in the areas of Social Studies, Government and History.
    I have two great kids, one is a recent ASU grad with her degree in Criminal Justice and the other is also beginning his college career at ASU this year and will be studying Chemistry. We are a close family and still enjoy having dinner together every night and taking trips and vacations together.
    This is my 14th year here at CMS. I love my curriculum and subject matter and, since my student's  favorite question is, "Why do I have to know this stuff?", I try my best to make it meaningful and connected to the student's lives.
    For those of you returning students and parents -- welcome back. To the new students and parents, I think you will find our Department to be committed to helping your student be the best they can be both inside and outside of the classroom.
    I look forward to getting to know all of you. Let's have a great year!
    Mr. Smith  MEd.
    Honesty -- Respect -- Responsibility