Schools of the Week: Allendale Elementary, Centennial High

  • Published November 16, 2021

    This week, the Schools of the Week spotlight is on Allendale Elementary and Centennial High. We asked the principals of both schools to share a few things that make their schools special.

    Allendale Elementary

    • Allendale Elementary participates in an annual Soles4Souls drive and collects more than 2,000 shoes per year.
    • Students at AES once duct taped the principal to the wall, and they also had the principal in a dunk tank.
    • Allendale Elementary loves to show care for its families and faculty.
  • Allendale Elementary fourth graders displayed their patriotism during a special Veterans Day performance November 11.

    Donning red, white and blue, the students performed several songs for their families. Some even used sign language for one of the pieces.

    "The Veterans Program is one of my favorite programs to prepare for as the students learn about and develop a sense of pride for our country," said AES music teacher Becky Morford. "They also grow to appreciate our veterans even more, which is incredibly important."

  • Centennial High

    • This year is the silver anniversary of Centennial High, meaning it began operation 25 years ago.
    • The CHS choirs have been chosen to sing carols before the Amy Grant and Vince Gill Christmas shows at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
    • CHS choral teacher Dr. Johnathan Vest was recognized at the Country Music Awards (CMA) as one of the CMA Foundation Music Teachers of Excellence.
  • Students at Centennial High are channeling their inner artists through an Andy Warhol-inspired project.

    Using stencils, the students in Dr. Randall Foley's class are creating artwork within colored blocks. They could choose to use spray paint, traditional paint, markers or another medium.

    "Students had the chance to explore how mass appeal in design can shape cultural ideas and information," said Foley. "They enjoyed considering all the popular designs, logos and objects associated with their personal lives. I liked seeing the production of multiple designs with multiple colors."