CHS eNews
December 2017

CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL PTSA'S ONLINE NEWSLETTER
HAPPY HOLIDAYS
FROM CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL PTSA

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Enjoy every minute of your winter break. We will see you back in 2018!

New Centennial Assistant Principal

Welcome to Ms. Nikkole Flowers, Centennial's new Assistant Principal! Ms. Flowers comes to us from Holcomb Bridge MS and is going to be an amazing addition to our Centennial team! 
International Baccalaureate(IB) Night - January 17, 6pm
IB Night will now be held on January 17 @ 6:00 pm in the auditorium. This meeting is for students who are interested in taking IB courses next school year (fall of 2018.) We will be discussing the application process. 
Centennial High School
Final Exam Schedule
Fall 2017
 
**All days will be Early Release Days**

Reminders:
  • Exams cannot be given early.  All requests for excused absences during final exams must be submitted, in writing, to the students' administrator.
  • If a student is absent during the final exam:
    •   Student will receive a "0" on the exam.
    •   The final grade is submitted in the grade book as a "0" on the final exam.
    •   Once the student makes up the Final Exam, the grade is added to the grade book, the final average is recalculated, and a grade change form is submitted to Mrs. Stisher. 
  • Students must make up their final exam within 10 school days of returning, unless an extenuating circumstance occurs.  If a student fails to make-up their final exam within that specified time frame, they will receive a 10% grade reduction once the final exam is scored.   
  • Any exams not made up within 20 school days will result in the student receiving a "0". 
Centennial Governors Honors Program (GHP) Candidates

Congratulations to the following Centennial students who are moving on to compete at the state level for the Summer 2018 Governors Honors Program! GO KNIGHTS & GOOD LUCK!


CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNUS LAURA DOUGLAS
SELECTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS COMMUNICATION ARTS MAGAZINE
 
Graphic design work of 2012 Alumnus Laura Douglas will be showcased in the March/April 2018 issue of  Communication Arts magazine , the leading trade journal for visual communications and the largest creative magazine in the world, serving as one of the most prestigious venues for graphic design, advertising, photography and illustration. Douglas is currently a senior at the University of Georgia.
The spring issue of Communication Arts will profile select undergraduate graphic designers chosen from online student portfolio profiles from across North America. Of Douglas's four projects chosen for inclusion, two were personal projects and two were class projects: a rebranding of NASA for the 2050 Mars initiation/launch and a poster series aimed at raising awareness about factory farming.
Laura took many Visual Arts classes at Centennial including AP Studio Art 2D Design and AP Studio Art Drawing Portfolio.  For those interested in seeing her works, Laura has a website:  https://www.lauracdouglas.com/ . Go Knights!
Important Tool for Students and Parents:
Georgia Career Information Systems (GCIS)

Please do not forget to access the Georgia Career Information Systems (GCIS) website at http://www.gcic.peachnet.edu/ . This is a FANTASTIC website for students and parents to find updated information regarding colleges and careers.
 
Original Year of Graduation
 
 
User Name
 
 
Password
 
 
Class of 2021
 
 
s + student ID
 
CHSKnights2021
 
Class of 2020
 
 
s + student ID
 
CHSKnights2020
 
Class of 2019
 
 
 
student ID + s
 
CHSKnights2019
 
Class of 2018
 
 
student ID + s
 
CHSKnights2018
* Students can email their counselor if their user name and/or password do not work after following the prompts.  

REMIND 101
If you have not already done so, please sign up for REMIND 101 for important updates from the Counseling Department. There is a different Remind for each class, so make sure that you sign up for the correct one for you.
 
Dates for your Calendar
 
  • IB Night: January 17 6pm**
  • AP Night: January 29 6pm**

** Please note that both of these dates have changed from what was stated in previous eNews communications.
Parent Nights 
Sponsored by the Counseling Department at CHS
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Freshman Parent Night Part 2 (February 6):   Developing a 4 year academic plan for your student
Sophomore Parent Night  (February 13):  Understanding College Entrance Exams (the PSAT, SAT and ACT)  

PTSA Senior Service Scholarship Opportunity! education_savings.jpg
Each year the Centennial High School PTSA offers several scholarships, some up to $1000, recognizing exceptional dedication to volunteerism among the senior class students. These scholarships will be awarded to students who best exemplify the PTSA's ideals of outstanding commitment of service to others in our school, community and world.
Any graduating senior with a GPA of 80 or higher who is enrolling at a college, university or technical institute of higher learning may apply.  Applicants (or their families) must be a member of the PTSA by the end of the first semester to be eligible.
Applications and a detailed description are available here and on the PTSA website and are due in the front office by Friday, March 30th at 3:30pm.  All applicants are encouraged to attend one of two workshops that will take place in January during lunch in the Learning Commons meeting room. This 10 minute workshop will provide students with an overview of the application and selection process, and an opportunity to ask questions and learn about how to complete an application.
If you have any questions, please contact  Amy Pauls,  Scholarship Committee Chair, at amypauls@me.com.

FCS School Board Community Meetings 
 
Centennial High School is represented by three FCS school board members.  Each board member holds monthly community meetings to keep residents informed about issues and give citizens the opportunity to comment on Board agenda items.  
  • Julia Bernath/Katha Stuart joint meeting - Tuesday, January 16, 9:30 AM at Holcomb Bridge Middle School
  • Linda McCain - Tuesday, January 16, 9:30 AM at Taylor Road Middle School
Great Support for Annual PTSA Holiday Gift Card Drive!
Thank you to all the Centennial families and staff that donated to our holiday donation drive last month. We are happy to report we collected over $2,000! 100% of these funds will be donated directly back to our CHS families in need. We appreciate your generosity!
Yearbook
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Have you purchased your 2017-2018 book yet? We've already sold over half of our inventory for the year, so make sure you get your book today! Yearbooks are $80 and can be purchased through Jostens.com.
 
Attention parents of seniors!  Make your student's senior year just a bit more special by purchasing a senior ad for them. Ads are a great way to recognize all your student's accomplishments and congratulate them on their hard work. You can design and purchase your ad by clicking here: http://www.jostens.com/yearbooks/yearbook-ads.html

Centennial recognized as a Common Sense Certified School:
Digital Citizenship
   
Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Centennial High School as a Common Sense School.

Centennial has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying. The recognition acknowledges our school's commitment to creating a culture of digital learning and citizenship.
 
Centennial has been using Common Sense Education's innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 100,000 classrooms nationwide.

Common Sense Education provides teachers and schools with free research-based classroom tools to help students harness technology for learning and life. The K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum and interactive games teach students how to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world. Educational ratings and review platforms help educators discover, use, and share high-quality digital products that propel student learning. Common Sense Education works with more than 340,000 teacher members in over 110,000 schools to help ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive in the 21st century.
Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families and educators thrive in a world of media and technology. To see all of Common Sense's education resources, visit  https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators.
To learn more about the criteria Centennial met to become recognized as a Common Sense School, visit https://www.commonsense.org/education/recognition-schools.

From the Counseling Office
Check Out the New Centennial Counseling Website
 
The Centennial Counseling Department has a brand new website! Same website name - new, updated look!
With easy access to important information in our counseling office, we are looking forward to our students, staff, and parents using this new user-friendly website!
2017-18 Mock Test Schedule at Centennial High School
 
Mock tests are an excellent tool for sophomores and juniors  to use in determining their test prep strategies for their college exams.  College bound students should try to take one of these practice exams prior to taking the real thing.

February 3 - Mock SAT Saturday, 9am - 1:30 pm
 (event code M266047)
 
March 3 - Mock ACT Saturday, 9am - 1:15 pm
(event code M266048)
 
March 24 - SAT/ACT Diagnostic Test Saturday, 9am-1:30pm
Cafeteria (event code M266049)
 
To register, go to applerouth.com/signup and enter the event code. Cost is $5. Money goes towards Centennial PTSA.
The Senior Scoop

              

THE TOP 5 "TO-DO" LIST FOR SENIORS

 

1) SENIOR PICTURES - should be done already.  


2) GRADUATION DUES - MANDATORY TO PARTICIPATE IN GRADUATION CEREMONY  

$115 payable at GABalfour.com - this price will go up to $170 in March 2018 so save money and pay early. 
Graduation Dues include the following:
  • Graduation cap and gown*
  • Class of 2018 tassel
  • Leather diploma cover
  • Centennial's graduation medallion
  • Rental of graduation facility, tickets, programs, etc.
*If you would like to use an old gown:
  • You must have the cap AND the gown.
  • YOU MUST CONTACT Ms. Prelac - prelac@fultonschools.org - for permission PRIOR to paying.
  • AFTER GETTING PERMISSION, you can pay online. The cost is $90.

3) SENIOR DUES- MANDATORY TO PARTICIPATE IN SENIOR WEEK ACTIVITIES

Senior Dues pays for all senior week activities.  You will not be able to participate unless this fee is paid. Bring $40 payment to Ms. Jimenez in I-58 or Mrs. McKay in the Learning Commons (Make checks payable to Centennial High School) or use the Payment Portal account on the school website CHSKnights.com. Pay by December 21 to avoid $5 Late Fee!
 

4) SIGN UP FOR REMIND 101 & GOOGLE CLASSROOM

  • To receive text messages on Remind 101 - Text @knights18 to 810-10.
  • To join our Google Classroom - Use Class Code: 8uukb0b to get information on Senior Week and Graduation.

5) YEARBOOK - create and purchase your senior ad as well as order your yearbook at http://www.jostens.com. 

For additional senior information please contact the following teachers who are the Senior Co-Sponsors this year:
 
Sheila Jimenez - jimenezs@fultonschools.org
Stephanni Prelac -
prelac@fultonschools.org

Important Senior Dates for Next Spring
These dates are tentative.  We will try to send confirmed dates around mid-February.

Friday May 18, 2018  - Graduation Practice 1:00 - 3:00 @ Verizon Amphitheater

Saturday May 19, 2018  -- Commencement Graduation Ceremony @ 10:00 am at Verizon Amphitheater.

All graduating seniors will receive 12 tickets. Ms. Prelac will be handing out extra tickets at the end of Graduation Practice, if a family is in need more tickets than the allotted 12. 

If you have any questions in regards to Graduation please contact our Graduation Coordinator: Ms. Stephanni Prelac at prelac@fultonschools.org.
Clubs & Activities
Centennial Model UN Team Wins at Rutgers
Centennial wins Outstanding Small Delegation at Rutgers Model UN Conference! 

Rogan Monro-Foulis wins Outstanding Delegate and Gracie Truax wins Distinguished Delegate awards. Centennial's Model UN team is the ONLY Model UN team from the state of Georgia ranked in the 150 best Model UN teams in the country. Go Knights!
Centennial Girl Scouts Give Back to our School

Girl Scout Troop 3002 paid OVER $13,000 for lunches on behalf of 114 students at Centennial High School as well as students at Hillside Elementary, Holcomb Bridge Middle, and Haynes Bridge Middle schools. Each student received 100 days of lunches. Troop 3002 also purchased over $900 worth of caps and gowns for the 2017 graduating class.  Thank you so much not only for what you did for Centennial, but for the example that you have set for all of us. Go Knights!
Centennial Talent Show

Winners from the 2017 talent show. Proceeds go to student council.
Centennial Athletics
Centennial Football
Centennial had an amazing season highlighted by winning its first playoff game in 15 years. Many Knights were recognized for their efforts this year by being named to the All Region teams. Congrats to the following:

1st All Region team: Max Brosmer, Blane Mason, Nick Croawell, David Gaffney, Nicky Solomon, and Julian Nixon.

2nd All Region Team: Emeka Nwanze, Cal Dickie, and Mark Mason.

Honorable Mention: Max Able, Drew Sherman, and Jack Barton.

In addition, Centennial quarterback Max Brosmer was named The North Georgia Touchdown Club's Offensive Player of the Year! Go Knights!

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Tennis tryouts are scheduled to commence on January 8th.  A gentle reminder that PRIVIT medical clearances are required before an individual can try out.
Join us as our season kicks off with our first match on January 30.


Centennial Soccer
Soccer try-outs:
Girls*:  Fitness test: 1/11
            Tryouts: 1/16-1/18
*All girls who are planning on trying out for soccer must be at the first day of tryouts on January 16 regardless of what team they are trying out for.

Boys:   Fitness test:  1/12
            Tryouts:  1/16-1/19
The Arts 
Centennial Sings at Kimberley Clark

Some of our Knightingales and Accafellas were invited to sing carols at Kimberley Clark's employee family Christmas event. They loved it and we hope they invite us to sing again next year!  Go Knights!
CENTENNIAL BAND
 
BAND EVENTS
 
A WONDERFUL WINTER CONCERT!
All three CHS concert bands (Symphonic Band, Chamber Winds and Wind Ensemble) performed a wonderful Winter Concert on December 7th! Many thanks to Mr. Reid and Mr. Ehrlich for teaching our students throughout this first semester and preparing them for this outstanding performance.

JOHNS CREEK FOUNDERS DAY PARADE
The Mighty Marching Knights proudly represented Centennial High School in the Johns Creek Founders Day Parade on December 2nd.
PTSA in Action




Concerned that your teen driver is not prepared to handle the crazy traffic? Ask anyone who's taken this course for their thoughts on how effective it is, how much better their teen driver (and parent) handled basic driving techniques afterward, how much more confident both parent and teen driver felt. Sign up for Accident Avoidance Workshops at a location near you this fall! 
Be sure to mention that the Centennial PTSA sent you, as AAW donates a portion of their proceeds from the workshops back to our school. 
AAW is "driver trainin' the way it ought'a be!"    
www.accidentavoidanceworkshops.org

Remember to Use your Publix Scan Cards!

Do you know that the CHS PTSA has received over $14,000 from Publix over the years?!  That is a lot of money - and it takes no effort at all.  Just use your scan card every time that you make a purchase at Publix.  If you do not have a scan card, you can get one at the front desk.  They are available throughout the school year.  You or your student can pick up extra cards for grandparents, friends and neighbors to use.  Everyone buys groceries, and having these cards scanned when you shop at Publix is an easy way to help CHS PTSA!


Want More Information? 

 

http://www.centptsa.org/- everything PTSA (including a calendar) and more!

 

http://www.mycentennialcounseling.com - Very valuable counseling office information including: college, financial aid and scholarships; test prep; graduation requirements; class scheduling; parent nights and much more.


www.centennialathletics.com Official Centennial Athletics Website

 

http://www.chsknights.com - Official Centennial High School Website.


 
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