Central Magnet School Newsletter
October 21, 2019
Every year, October brings with it a very important and critical consideration: 
fire prevention. Some safety measures to consider:
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms twice a year. A good reminder is to change the batteries when the time changes in the spring and fall. This includes those alarms wired directly into your ceiling. These should also be changed as the battery will operate the smoke alarm during a power outage.
  • Replace smoke alarms every 8-10 years.
  • Create a fire escape route and run a family fire drill monthly. Remember to have a safe meeting spot away from the house for family members to meet.
  • Have working fire extinguishers in your home as well as smoke & carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Create a to go emergency bag and place it in an easily accessible place so you can grab it in the case of an emergency!
Stop by the library this week for the MineCraft Book Fair. The Book Fair will run October 21st to 25th. We need your help to make it a successful fundraiser. We love purchasing new books for your students to enjoy in the CMS Library. Please consider donating one or more items to our book fair by clicking on the link below.

We are excited to welcome Andrew Maraniss back to Central Magnet School to share his upcoming book,  Games of Deception: The True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler's Germany . The author visit will be in the library on October 22nd at 3:15 P.M. Mr. Maraniss will be available to sign books after his presentation. His book,  Strong Inside: Young Readers Edition, will be available for purchase at the event which coincides with our fall book fair. Mr. Maraniss' newest book, Games of Deception, will also be available for pre-order and families that pre-order the book will receive their copies on November 5th upon publication of the book.

We are asking for RSVPs for this event so we will be prepared for the number of people attending. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by clicking here.
Seniors now is the time to leave your mark on Central. Send in your Senior Quote and Accomplishment for the yearbook.

Deadline is December 1st
October 28 - Young Life's Costume Club at Walker Robison's house (5320 Stonewood Dr. Smyrna, TN 37167) Dress up in your favorite Halloween Costume and come join the fun!
Central Magnet Boys Basketball is hosting a STEAK DINNER on November 2nd at 6pm . It will include a silent and live auction. Tickets are $30 for one and $50 for two. See a basketball player if you’d like to buy tickets.
The 2 nd  Annual Central Magnet Baseball Bowling Scramble will be Saturday, November 9 . There will be a table set up this Friday, near the cafeteria, to sign up your team and place an order for an event t-shirt. The cost for each person to bowl for two hours is $25. Put a team of 6 together , bring your $25, and get signed up! Don’t forget there will be prizes for best team name and best team shirts. 
Coffee with the Principal
Join Dr. Ash on Thursday, October 24th for coffee and conversation at 8:00am. Dr. Ash will give an update on what is happening at Central and then there will be Q & A.
Deadline for Senior Ads is December 1st. To order, please go to the website below:
www.bit.ly/centralmagnetads. You will select a size, and then select the format that you would prefer for your pictures and personalized note to your Senior. Stacey Cleverly will design the ad according to your selections and will send you a proof for your review and approval. Please see the back of the 2019 yearbook for examples of how other parents recognized their students. A copy is in the CMS library for reference.

Yearbooks are now  $75  until December 1st. If you qualify for free/reduced lunch, please see your guidance counselor for a $10 off coupon code.
http://bit.ly/centralmagnet   . The yearbook distribution day is one of the last fun memories in a Senior's time at Central. We want to make it special for each and every one of them. Thank you for your support.
Join CMS HOSA on Wednesday, October 30 from 7:30am to 1:00pm to donate blood & help to save 3 lives! If you are 16, you will need a parent permission form, see Mrs. Gates or follow the link from the website to get it! This drive will be "Vampire" themed, and we are asking students, faculty & staff to wear Red for Donor Awareness Day since this is HOSA week at CMS!!

If you are going to take an AP test you must pay for the test before October 31. Please bring registration form and payment to the attendance office. Each test costs $94 and payments can be Cash, Check or Credit card ($96.77 for card). If a student commits and pays for a test but then does not take the test, there is a $40 fee to cancel; therefore, refunds would only be $54 if a student changes their mind or does not test.

The College Board has made several changes in the AP program for the 2019-20 school year. Students will now commit to the test in the fall. Once they commit to taking the test they will have access to materials, question banks, progress checks and teachers will make assignments through their College Board accounts.

Thank you for your generous support of the “Investment for a Brighter Future” campaign! To date,  donations total $34,259 , and we are well on our way to our goal of $50,000. We hope you will consider participating if you haven’t already.   Click here to donate online or to print out a form to send in to school.

At the PTO meeting on September 12, members donated $31,000 back to the school, and your donations purchased  computers for yearbook, sheep brains, Oculus Quest VR Headsets, podiums, chairs, Ti-84 Plus calculators, Bio-Rad lab products, Scholastic Scope and Scholastic Junior, and consumables for 6 th , 7 th , and 8 th grades, AP Biology, and Art.

Brighter Future donations benefit all students, and this is an ongoing fundraiser. Items remaining to be purchased include Vernier products (Photogates, Plunger and Standard Carts, 1.1 Meter Track, Go Direct Acceleration Sensor, and Rotary Motion Sensor and Kit), Pasco Sine Wave Generator and String Vibrator, t-shirts for new students,  Avancemos  Level 4 online access, German 3/4/AP supplemental materials (teacher’s manual + text and online audio), and TFLTA conference registration. 
Thank you for making an “Investment in a Brighter Future!”
Congratulations to the HS Girls Soccer Team for becoming District Champions!
If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support Central Magnet School PTO in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
  1. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
  2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
  3. Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.
If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, update your App. Click  here  for instructions.