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Darin R. Ford has an undergraduate degree from University of Central Missouri (UMC) a Masters from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an Educational Specialist degree from UMC. He and his wife Donna have two sons.

CHS Softball Pink Out at Bicentennial field

You are invited to attend the CHS Softball Pink Out at Bicentennial field on Tuesday, September 30.  JV will start at 5:00 pm and varsity will follow.  Hallsville will be the opponent.  There will be a variety of items in a silent auction that can be bid on.  All proceeds will go to to the Vincent Gurucharri Foundation.

2014 Centralia Softball Tournament Bracket

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Panther Spirit Glow 5k

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The Centralia High School cheerleaders are hosting the Panther Spirit Glow 5k on November 8th.  There will also be a 1 mile Fun Run.  If you are interested in participating please fill out the registration form.  You can find it by clicking on the link below.  Registration for the event will be from 6-7 p.m. at the high school track.  The run will start at 7:15 p.m. Everyone who registers before October 27th will receive a t-shirt and glow in the dark accessories.  Participants are encouraged to wear bright colors and glow in the dark attire!  Please send registration forms in to Rebekah Kropf at Centralia Intermediate School.  You can also turn them in to the high school office.

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From the Desk of the Superintendent

We have had a great start to the school year.  As I have expressed on numerous occasions, I am so proud of the students and staff of this school district and the hard work that they put in on a daily basis.

I wanted to give you a report on Monday night’s meeting of the Centralia Board of Education.  During my superintendent’s report we discussed the upcoming November ballot and Amendment 3 which will appear on that ballot.  I encouraged the board to carefully study that Amendment and, as I would encourage everyone, to register to vote and exercise your rights in November.  

We discussed in detail the district’s test scores and Annual Performance Report (APR).  The board was shown test score comparisons of both  our conference and area schools.  We did very well.  I am also pleased to report that of the 140 points possible in the APR our district scored 134.5.  This would equate to a 96.1%.  That is an excellent performance report.  Noteworthy in the report is that the district was perfect in achievement, attendance, and graduation rate.  

I also wanted to take a moment to thank all of our local businesses, city government, civic organizations, and patrons for the unwavering support that they give our school.  Centralia is a special place and we appreciate the partnerships that we enjoy with all of our constituents.  We can accomplish so much when we work together.  

Finally, I would like to congratulate our sports teams for a very impressive start to their fall seasons.  As always, I would invite everyone to come out and enjoy an event at Centralia R-VI.  Go Panthers!

Band Marches to Success

Rustin Crocker, Contributing Writer

The Centralia Panther Pride Marching Band, under the direction of Mr. Josh Yancey,  had their first performance on August 22. This year the drum majors, whose job it is to help Yancey direct the band, are Will Mustain and Kate Ray.

The band’s theme this year is The Phantom of the Opera.  The songs that make up each performance are entitled “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again,” “Masquerade” and “Music of the Night.” The band will display their talents in three competitions this season at Carrollton, Monroe City and Fayette.

The band has many new improvements. One of those improvements is the addition of the Color Guard.  The Color Guard is under the direction of Katie Patton, CHS social studies teacher. Patton enjoys working with the members of this group. She says working with the girls is the most enjoyable part.  Color Guard is not just fun and games, however.  It has its difficulties. According to Patton, it is challenging to perfect the technical movements required to put on an exciting show.  Timing everyone and everything perfectly requires a lot of practice, dedication and discipline.  

The band is very excited about the new addition, hoping it will generate more points in competitions. Another strength for the band is practice. Along with scheduled band class, the band has practiced every morning from 7:00 A.M. to 7:50 A.M. since the first day of school. These practices have strengthened the band’s skills.  

With time, this diverse group that loves music hopes to reach the goal of playing as one unit. Drum Major Kate Ray stated, “I think the band will place well in competitions this year, hopefully in the top few places if we keep improving!”

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