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Back-to-School Edition
July 2017

CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL PTSA'S ONLINE NEWSLETTER

Dear Centennial Families!

Centennial High School PTSA is committed to providing you with timely monthly updates on upcoming events and school information as well as keeping you informed on the many accomplishments and successes of our students and faculty.  This year we hope to increase your access into the variety of day to day activities that occur on campus.  Please take 10 minutes each month to review the comprehensive information in this monthly newsletter - it typically will come out the 3rd Tuesday of the month. 

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.


 
Like us on Facebook     Centennial PTSA Face Book page

Follow us on Twitter     Ms. Crumbley's CHS Twitter Page

2017 - 2018 Orientation / Open House
 
The Centennial PTSA is once again pleased to be supporting our school by serving as welcome ambassadors for you, our students and parents!
 
Please follow the checklist outlined below by our principal, Ms. Crumbley, and feel free to ask any Centennial faculty member or PTSA parent volunteer if you need help with anything at all - we are so glad you are at Centennial, where your best days are ahead! 
 
Open the checklist for the appropriate grade level to get more information on what to do before and during Open House. Completing the outlined tasks beforehand will make lines much shorter and give you more time to meet teachers and learn about ways to get involved this year.

If you purchased a PTSA membership by August 2nd during the top locker promotion, please bring proof of your membership purchase (paper or electronic) to receive your Top Locker. Your Paypal receipt (paper or electronic) will suffice.  Locker fees are $20 for all students.

If you have access to a printer, you can also print out your Surface Device User Agreement. Read it, sign it and bring it with you to ensure your student can receive a Surface as soon as they are available for check-out.
  
9th Grade Only
Thursday August 3, 2017 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm
 
 
10th, 11th and 12th Grades - Friday August 4, 2017
12th grade - 9:00am to 10:30am
11th grade - 10:30am to 11:30am
10th grade - 11:30am to 12:30pm
 
School Starts on Monday, August 7 at 8:15am.
TOP LOCKER PROMOTION - Back by Popular Demand!

Join the PTSA no later than August 2, 2017 and be eligible for the Top Locker Promotion.
 
Here's how it works: For each PTSA membership that you purchase, you receive eligibility to purchase one top locker for your student, subject to availability. Due to the popularity of this promotion last year, we have to limit the number of lockers that we reserve based on the number available in the school. We are running this promotion through August 2nd, but we expect to run out before that, so don't hesitate.
 
By joining the Centennial PTSA, you show your kids that school is important, you are invested in their success and you ensure parents have a voice when important decisions about our schools are being made.
 
In addition to supporting Centennial High School & the PTSA, you receive these other benefits:
1.) Your membership donation is tax-deductible. 
2.) Your membership card provides you with discounts at Staples, Hertz, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Zoo Atlanta, Papa John's Pizza, and the Alliance Theatre to name just a few.

Note: You will receive an email confirmation/tax receipt within two weeks of joining Please BRING confirmation of joining with you to Open House to receive your top locker.  

**The $20.00 CHS Locker Fee is additional. You must pay the PTSA fee prior to 8/2 and THEN you also must pay $20 locker fee at open house. Anyone who wants a school locker must pay the $20 locker fee.**
   
HOW TO JOIN the PTSA 

We are using a new system this year, MySchoolAnywhere.   It will provide us with online access to the school directory and volunteer sign up.
 
To "activate" your account in MySchoolAnywhere, please click on this link:   https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/new-family.a5w?fam=CentennialHighSchool124678. Enter your last name and email and then check your inbox for a confirmation email/link. Click on the link to return to MSA. 
 
Please feel free to update or add any missing information. You can also opt out of the online directory if desired. Your student's teacher information will be populated a few weeks after school begins. The online directory will also become available for PTSA members at this time. Once you save, you'll automatically be directed to our "store" to purchase your PTSA membership.

If you have questions about MySchoolAnywhere,  please email   directory@centptsa.org.

Residence Verification 
Only for 9th graders, new Fulton County students or students with a change of address.

NEW Residence Requirements
Revised Board Policy JBC
Persons enrolling a student shall submit two proofs of residency from the school system's approved list of verifiable residency documents: one from the approved utility list and one from the approved residency list, upon initial enrollment in Fulton County Schools or upon entry into Kindergarten, 6th, 9th grades, and when there is an address change.

If proof of residency is delayed, the student will be provisionally enrolled for a period of 30 calendar days. At the end of this 30-day period, if proof of residency has not been provided, the student may be withdrawn. The school will notify the enrolling person at least 10 calendar days prior to the withdrawal of the student.


Finding Your Bus Information
Go to www.fultonschools.org website
Click: Students and Parents
Click: Transportation
Click: 2017-18 Bus Stop Information
Enter your address (ex: 123 Main). DO NOT enter City and state.
Enter grade level
Select a school and nearest bus
Select the stop closest to your home.
Freshman Class Information

Freshman Survival Camp   
Welcome, Class of 2021!
Are you an incoming member of the Class of 2021? Then you should be attending our Freshman Survival Camp on August 2nd from 10:00-11:30am!  Pick up and drop off are at the Gym Lobby.
This camp will allow you to hang out with fellow class members, meet our principal Ms. Crumbley, tour Centennial, and learn some tips and tricks from the Class of 2020, who were just in your shoes.
Sign up for camp today at    https://goo.gl/forms/J3JG75BVbm83vxu73 You can register until day of the camp but you will not be guaranteed a t-shirt if you sign up after deadline on the form.
 
**Supply List info for Freshman**  There are no "supply lists" for high school. For the first few days of school, just make sure that you have the usual things - pencils, pens, paper, etc.  After going to school for a few days, you can determine how you would like to organize yourself for your classes and then purchase notebooks, composition books, etc. If a teacher has specific items that they want you to have for class, they will let you know by then too. Good luck and welcome to Centennial!
 
Counseling Department's Freshman Parent Nights
Freshmen Parent Night Part 1 (September 26) :  Supporting Your 9th Grader through the Transition into High School 
Freshman Parent Night Part 2 (February 6) :  Developing a 4 year academic plan for your student
New Student Enrollment Information
*9th Grade students who attended Haynes Bridge MS or Holcomb Bridge MS last year do not need to go through the enrollment process.

New student registration for the upcoming school year will take place on the dates listed below:
 
Two Registration Sessions Daily 
Thursday, July 27; Monday, July 31; Thursday, August 3;
Morning Session: 9:00am
Afternoon Session: 1:00pm

No appointments are necessary for the registration sessions . Please stop by Centennial High School to pick up a registration packet prior to registration dates.
For more information about our upcoming enrollment events and required documents, please visit  http://www.mycentennialcounseling.com/contact-your-counselor/transfer-students/ .
New Parent Meeting and Principal's Coffee 
Are you new to Centennial? Do you have questions about Centennial and our community of parents, teachers and administrators? Please join us for coffee and donuts in the Centennial Counseling Suite Conference room on Thursday September 14 at 8:30 a.m. for casual conversation with PTSA members and our principal, Ms. Crumbley .
Centennial High School Summer Homework
 
Many AP and Honors classes at Centennial have Summer Homework assignments.  This is for all grades, including rising 9th graders!!  Please check the Centennial website for the complete list of Summer Assignments or   http://www.chsknights.com/academics/summer-assignments/.
Dates for your Calendar  
  • Curriculum Night: August 29th 6-7:30pm
  • Homecoming Week: September 5 through 8th
  • Homecoming Parade and Football Game vs Alpharetta HS: September 8th
  • Homecoming Dance: September 9th
  • Financial Aid Night: November 28 6:30pm till 8pm
  • AP Night: January 30
  • MOWR Night: November 8
  • IB Night: February 27
Open PTSA Positions
 
Please consider volunteering for these open PTSA positions. This is a great way to not only help your child's school, but also to learn more about Centennial.
 
Ghost Out
Red Ribbon Week
Reflections
Freshman- Junior liaison positions
eNews
Senior activities
   
Contact Amy Hastings at amyhastings@arbormedics.com  for more info.

Do you know a Centennial Senior who Graduated in May? - We would Love for them to Donate their Cap and Gown
We are collecting Caps and Gowns for Senior Centennial families in need. If you or a friend graduated this past May, please consider donating your cap and gown to the school. Contact Ms. Prelac at  prelac@fultonschools.org if you would like to donate. Thank you.
Buy Your Yearbooks NOW!
Make sure you're one of the first to get your 2017-2018 yearbook-purchase at Orientation for the lowest price of the year! Books are $75 and can be purchased with check, cash, or credit card. Get ready for KnightVision!
CENTENNIAL COUNSELING INFORMATION

Centennial Counseling Information
 
Counselor Assignments
Counselor assignments are based on student last name. Students typically have the same counselor throughout their years at Centennial. Please be sure to direct your school counseling related communications to the appropriate individual as indicated.

NOTE: School counselor assignments have been adjusted this year to create a more balanced caseload for each individual counselor. Please note the new alphabet-split below to see who your assigned school counselor is.
 
Last Names Starting With
Assigned Counselor
Counselor Email
A - Cas
Zyer Beaty
Cat-Harp
Nsikan Ekpo
Harq-Mep
Heidi Graver
Meq-Sal
Melissa Freeman
Sam-Z
Hella Peart
Graduation Coach Maria Jiram jiramm@fultonschools.org
 
We also would like to welcome new counselor Nsikan Ekpo to Centennial. Ms. Ekpo has worked in counseling for 10 years at Gwinnett County Schools and has experience with AP, IB, AVID, MOWR, etc. We are excited for you to join us.
Parent Nights 
Sponsored by the Counseling Department at CHS
All Parent Nights start at 6:30pm

Freshmen Parent Night Part 1 (September 26):  Supporting Your 9th Grader through the Transition into High School 
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)  
Junior Parent Night (October 24):  The College Search and Admission Process
Senior Parent Night (September 12): College Application Information
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.
 
September 30 - Mock SAT Saturday, 9am - 1:30 am
 (event code M266044) 
 
October 14 - SAT/ACT Diagnostic Test Saturday, 9am-1:30pm
 (event code M266045)
 
November 4 - Mock ACT Saturday, 9am - 1:15 pm
 (event code M266046)
 
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.
SENIORS &
SENIOR PARENTS / GUARDIANS

College Applications and Transcript/Recommendation Requests

Counselors will be delivering a classroom guidance lesson focused on completing college applications and all the necessary steps of the process. Information regarding how to request transcripts and letters of recommendation will be discussed during these classroom sessions, as well as during our Senior Parent Night. Senior Parent Night will be held on Wednesday, September 12.
 
Students will have ample time after these presentations to complete and submit college applications prior to any early decision/early action deadlines. For information about the college application process, please visit  our website  and click on the  "College Planning" tab  across the top tool bar. 

College Campus Visits

Seniors may take up to three college visitation days during their senior year. Requests for college visitation days must be submitted in writing in advance and turned in to Ms. White in the Counseling Office. The form must be turned in at least three (3) school days prior to the absence . Assignments missed during the college visitation day(s) should be turned in to teachers prior to your absence unless other arrangements are made with the teacher. College visitation days will not be granted during final exams. College Visit forms can be picked up in the counseling office or printed from the counseling website under the  Printable Documents  link. Also, available are Campus Visit Checklists which will help you and your student know what questions to ask and what to look for during the visit.
Financial Aid Night 
This night is open to all grades and will be held November 28 at 6:30pm covering the following topics - Scholarships (including HOPE & Zell Miller), Student Loans, FAFSA and more.
ATTENTION PARENTS OF SENIORS
 
Centennial has many great traditions in store for your senior student, including Senior Treats, Senior Week activities, Senior Service Day, etc. To make these events a success, we need MANY of you to help out. Please participate in making this senior year a positive, life-long memory for your senior's class of 2018. Contact Kristin Sharpe at  riharpp@hotmail.com  to place your name into the Senior Class Events volunteer pool. Go Knights!
KNIGHT SPOTLIGHT
Congratulations to 9th Grade & AP Biology Teacher Mr. Kuhn!

Mr  Kuhn was named Georgia's Outstanding Biology Teacher by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)!  Go Knights!
CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN AWARDS
AT HOSA INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Olivia Datta elected to National Office Executive Council
 
Centennial students brought home high awards from the HOSA International Leadership Conference  in Orlando, FL this summer.  Olivia Datta was elected to the  National Office Executive Council  as the Eastern Vice President; Karis Wang earned first place in the Extemporaneous Health Poster competition; and Alexandra Chapman represented Centennial leadership in the "HOSA Happenings" event. 9500 students attended this conference.
 
The application process for Olivia Datta required a 20-page application, video submission, online interview, exam and a panel interview. Candidates that get through this phase are slated for a specific position and then voted on by the state officers from across the United States.
Olivia Datta, National Office Eastern Vice President
 
HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)   is an international student organization. HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.
 
The Centennial HOSA Leadership team will be attending Jumpstart Training in July at Lambert High School.  This is where leadership from HOSA Chapters from all over the state get together to share ideas and learn leadership skills.  They will learn about public speaking, planning, budgeting, etc. 
Clubs & Activities
FBLA - Future Business Leaders of America
Oswin Nwabude represented Georgia in the preliminary rounds of Electronic Portfolio Competition at FBLA's National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California in late June.  He also began his duties as a FBLA State Vice-President for the North Metro Area.
Additionally, the chapter was awarded the Hollis & Kitty Guy Gold Seal Chapter of Merit Award at the National Leadership Conference.
 
Yachiara Ross, Lauren Ridley, Rane Hill, and Oswin Nwabude  attended Georgia's FBLA Summer Leadership Officer Training Summit at South Forsyth High School to prepare for the upcoming school year. 
 
We are looking forward to conducting one of our new service projects.  It is called:   FBLA's Jeans for Green Project We will be collecting old blue jeans to be donated for recycling. Our goal is to collect 1,000 jeans that will be diverted from landfills, where they might otherwise join the millions of pounds of textiles thrown out every year.  We will be partnering with a local company to repurpose the jeans.  So, we will be collecting old jeans from August until February.  Donations can be made to Mrs. Robinson in Room I18.

Centennial Athletics
Centennial Athletics Information
Please check out this link for information on physicals, list of all sports and their coaches, as well as a school store.
http://centennialathletics.com/2017/07/17/athletic-information-for-2017-18/
The 2017 RocketShot 5K

Registration has opened for The 2017 RocketShot 5k (in memory of Jamie McHenry) to be held at Centennial High School on Saturday, August 12th! The RocketShot 5k is a fun community event to raise funds for The Jamie McHenry Memorial Foundation to give back to the sports community in our area!  There will be three musical acts along the race route to keep you going as well as activities and refreshments back at the stadium when you are done!  Register at  http://www.liveforjamie.com/events-programs/2017-rocketshot-5k/.
 
Visit   www.liveforjamie.com  for more information on how we have given back to our community and schools in Jamie's memory!  Registration is limited to 500 participants (per The City of Roswell) so hurry up and sign up today!  "Like" The RocketShot 5k Facebook Page for more information!
 
The McHenry Family
Buy Your Centennial All Sport Season Passes Now!
 
These season passes are good for ALL regular season sport events played at Centennial for the entire 2017-2018 year. So, buy yours now before the start of football season! And then use them for Basketball in Winter, Soccer and Lacrosse in Spring, etc.
 
You can purchase online at  http://gofan.co/app/events/9070  . This link will be available until 9/7.
 
You can also purchase at orientation or through booster clubs at any time. When you buy through a booster club, $50 from every adult pass and $25 from every elementary/middle school student pass goes directly to that club.
 
Each season pass holder will receive a pass card; they will be available beginning Aug. 12 in the main office and will be at the Pass Gate at the Aug. 25 Varsity Football game.
 
Passes are as follows:
CHS Students - $50
Adults - $100
Elementary and Middle Students - $50

Centennial Volleyball Teams are looking forward to a great season!
Important Upcoming Dates:
Varsity/JV/Freshman
August 1st -First day of practice and Fall tryout (for transfers, injuries)
August 29th -First Varsity Home Game and Jr. Knights Night
August 30th -Frist JV and Freshman Home Games

Jr. Knights:
August 1st and 2nd -Tryouts for rising 6th-8th Graders from 6-8PM

For questions regarding the volleyball program or the Booster Club, please contact 
Head Coach Molly Coddington,  coddingtonm@fultonschools.org or
Julie Brannan,   brannan.julie@gmail.com.
Centennial Knights Football Ready for a Great Season!
 
 
The hard work doesn't stop just because it's not football season.  The Knights have been putting in a lot of work all summer, spending time in the weight room, practicing, playing in 7 vs. 7 competitions and participating in football camps.   
In addition to work on the field, the team has also been raising funds for new equipment.  Every year, the main fundraiser for the team is selling discount cards that provide coupons and discounts for local businesses. The team could use your support so please see a Knights football player if you are interested in purchasing a discount card. 
Our first official game of the season will be August 25th against Wheeler at The Fortress @ 7:30 pm.  Please come out and show your support for the team!   
Centennial Baseball
 
Any rising 9th grader (Freshman) or returning student athlete interested in trying out for the Centennial Knights Baseball program should send their contact information to the Centennial Baseball Dugout Club President at  centennialbaseballdugout@gmail.com .

There will be an informational meeting for players and parents with Coach McCarthy in August to discuss Fall Workouts, the Second Annual Centennial Golf Classic and other items.  

Information required:
Name
Position
Student Athlete Email
Student Athlete Phone #
Parent/Guardian names
Parent/Guardian email
Parent/Guardian phone number
Contact information is used solely for the purposes of Centennial Baseball Dugout Club communications and business.

The Centennial Knights Baseball and Softball team will be hosting the second annual Golf Classic October 24th at Rivermont Country Club.  Please see the below link for further details or reach out to Howard Janis hjanis65@gmail.com or PJ Haberstock pj.haberstock@meridianbrick.com for further details.
Centennial Swim & Dive
With almost all athletes returning, the Centennial Swim and Dive team is coming off one of its most successful seasons in recent history and are expecting big things in 2017-2018.  Want to be a part of one of the best teams in the state?  Want to get in shape for your Spring sport?  The Swim & Dive Knights have a place for you!  Come meet the team and get more info at all Orientation sessions.
The Arts 
Centennial Foundation for the Fine Arts (FFA)
Gearing up for a new year.
 
The FFA has been working backstage to support CHS students in the Fine Arts.  CHS Fine Arts Departments include Chorus, Visual Arts, Drama, Band, and Orchestra.  We need support from the CHS community to be able to enhance the learning experience for all our students this year.
 
The FFA provides volunteers, funding, and organizational resources to the Fine Arts Department.  Some of the work FFA has done backstage has allowed our students to shine on stage.  Examples include providing scholarships for our outstanding seniors, renovation of the auditorium lobby, and purchasing locks to protect equipment.  Other funds have been used to provide ink cartridges for specialty printers, and music stand lights.
 
How can you help?  There are many ways for you to get involved and help this organization.  The best way is to join.  Membership levels have special perks, such as parking spaces and reserved seating, so joining can provide you with a fast track to the student events you want to get up close to. 
 
To join, look for our booth at the CHS orientations.  We will have a credit card reader set up.
Thank you for helping to support the Fine Arts at Centennial High School!
 
For more information please contact Charly Rowlands at
centennialffa@gmail.com.
Centennial Theatre - Fall Show Auditions 8/15, 8/16, 8/17 at 4pm
The CHS theatre department will be having open auditions for their fall shows on  August 15, 16, 17 at  4pm in G 53 (the black box). The shows are "Doubt- A Parable" and "The Long View."  Please see Ms. Howard in G 53 if you have any questions. All students are welcome to audition for the shows.
Centennial Band
2017 Marching Band Camp: The Mighty Marching Knights have been working hard at camp July 17th-28th preparing this season's show "Havana Knights" comprised of lively Latin Jazz music! This spectacular performance can be seen at every Friday night football game. Please also consider supporting the band at the following events: Fulton County Marching Band Exhibition and 2 marching band competitions this Fall. Dates and details can be found at   www.chsknightsband.com under the calendar tab. Go Knights!

Alpharetta Old Soldiers Day Parade: Show your Centennial pride and cheer on the band Saturday, August 5th, as they march in this patriotic parade! The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. View details and parade route at http://www.alpharetta.ga.us/government/departments/recreation-parks/special-events/featured-yearly-events/63rd-old-soldiers-day-parade

CHS Band Donation Days: Support the band at the Centennial and Haynes Bridge Krogers on Friday, August 11th (4:30 - 8p.m.), and again at the Centennial Kroger on Saturday, August 12th (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.) as band members play music and accept donations. Your contributions will help to maintain our outstanding band program and enable the band to represent Centennial in the local community. Thanks!
PTSA in Action
PTSA Reflections - "Within Reach"
The CHS PTSA Reflections program launches in August and all students are invited to start thinking about ideas for an entry based on this year's theme "Within Reach". 
Students can choose from 6 areas of interpretation for their entry: literature, musical composition, photography, visual arts (include drawing, painting, print making and collage), dance choreography and film/video production.
Students' works are judged at the local level and the winning entries advance to the council and state PTA levels.  Top state award winning entries advance to the national level of judging. For more info go to  http://www.pta.org/programs/Reflections.cfm?ItemNumber=2898
 
Use the summer to get started! Reflections entries will be due early October.




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!