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CHS eNEWS   
February  
2015

CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL PTSA'S ONLINE NEWSLETTER

 

AP Deadline has changed to February 20th.  Please turn in all application forms to the Assistant Principal's office.

 


Redistricting

Fulton County Schools has removed the elementary redistricting proposal from the agenda of the next School board Meeting.  They will be revisiting the plans later this fall.  We will provide more information on that as they become available.  Only the Middle School boundary map will be up for Final Action vote on Thursday, February 19.  At the January School Board meeting, Fulton School Board members Linda Schultz and Julia Bernath both opposed the redistricting recommendations made by Fulton County BOE staff.  

The final recommendation for middle school boundaries impact the following attendance zones in the Centennial cluster.

Holcomb Bridge MS to Haynes Bridge MS:

All areas north of Holcomb Bridge Rd between GA-400 and Old Scott Rd including Terramont, Centennial Ridge, The Overlook at Centennial, The Highlands at Centennial, Centennial Walk and Walton Centennial

All areas northwest of Scott Rd including Nesbit Lakes and Nesbit Ridge. 

 

Freshman Parent Night

 

The CHS counseling department will be hosting part two of our "Freshman Parent Night" on Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 in the CHS cafeteria. You will be given information that will help you assist your 9th grader as he/she selects and verifies courses for 10th grade and considers potential courses for 11th and 12th grades. You will leave with a blueprint of an individualized four year academic plan for your student, as well as an increased knowledge of the courses required to fulfill graduation requirements. The course verification process starts March 5, so please make sure you attend this interactive parent night. Please note that this event is for parents of current Centennial freshmen (class of 2018). 

 

REMEMBER PROM WHEN YOU WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL?


 

We all remember our prom experiences - some memories are very fond, others of us look at those prom pics and just shake our heads at that hideous 80s hair.  Wherever you may land in the prom memory spectrum, you know that for the most part, you have great stories to share with your kids about this teenage rite of passage.    Prom is coming up soon for our own juniors and seniors - let's help encourage our kids to participate in this quintessential high school experience and create some fun/weird/wonderful/crazy memories of their own.


Date:         March 28, 2015                
Location:  The Hellenic Center
                  2500 Clairmont Road

  

TICKETS GO ON SALE FEBRUARY 17

Senior Discount on February 17 only
Date:         March 28, 2015                
Location:  The Hellenic Center
                  2500 Clairmont Road

  

Tickets will be on Sale Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

For One Day Only, February 17 the price will be $45 for seniors.

February 18, 19 - $55 for Seniors and $60 for Juniors

February 24, 25, 26 - $60 for Seniors and $65 for Juniors

March 3, 4, 5 - $65 for Seniors and $70 for Juniors

March 10, 11, 12 - $75 for Seniors and $80 for Juniors

 

*Students who sell $200 worth of Yankee Candles will receive a free prom ticket

*All students will receive a free sheet of pictures 


Two Scholarship Opportunities

 

Centennial PTSA Senior Service Scholarship

Application Due March 27

 

It's time to apply for the 2014-2015 PTSA Senior Service Scholarship! Entries (Part 1: Description of Service and Part 2: Personal Essay) should be submitted to the front office in an envelope marked, "PTSA Scholarship" by Friday, March 27, 2015 at 3:30pm. 

 

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 current member of the PTSA.    

 

Applications can be found at http://www.centptsa.org/knights/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/SeniorVolunteerScholarshipApplication-2015.pdf.

They are due by Friday, March 27, 2015 at 3:30pm.

 If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Barone, Scholarship Committee Chair, at DebbieB1214@gmail.com 

or go to the Senior page on the PTSA website. 

http://www.centptsa.org/seniors-2015/
 

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Sally Fitzgerald PTA Scholarship

Application Due March 27

 

The North Fulton Council of PTAs (NFC PTA) is pleased to announce the availability of its 2015 Sally FitzGerald Scholarship application.  The Sally FitzGerald Scholarship is open to all seniors graduating from a North Fulton County High School with a PTSA unit in good standing. This scholarship targets students, who exhibit characteristics in volunteerism, extra-curricular activities, academic excellence and essay writing.  There is no limit to the number of student applications from each high school.  


 

In 2014, NFC PTA awarded three - $1,300 scholarships to students to assist with the cost of continuing their education at a public or private college, university or technical school.   The number and amount of the 2015 scholarship will be dependent on the amount of donations received from each participating North Fulton PTA and PTSA.  The deadline for this scholarship application is Friday, March 27th, 2015. The scholarship application package must be mailed and have a postmark no later than this date to be considered. 


 

Seniors, please stop by your Counseling Department to get more information about this scholarship opportunity or visit our scholarship webpage at  http://www.nfcpta.com/scholarship/ to download the instructions and application.

Any questions can be sent to mailto:scholarships@nfcpta.com.

 



Are You Interested in Serving on the PTSA Board?


 

 

Do you know a fellow volunteer who would make a great PTSA Officer?  Did you just move to the area and want to get more involved at Centennial?  We are looking for candidates to serve for one year on the Centennial HS PTSA Executive Committee.  Please email us at centennialptsanomcom@gmail.com if you are interested. We will be glad to answer any questions you have about the process of becoming a part of and electing our 2015-2016 Executive Committee.

SAT and ACT Practice Opportunities


Mock SAT/ACT presented by PTSA

 

Centennial HS PTSA has once again partnered with Applerouth Tutoring Services to provide SAT and ACT mock testing for our students. 

 

ATTENTION SOPHOMORES:  This is a great opportunity to help prepare you for your junior year test prep.


The mock SAT is on Saturday, February 21st at 9:00 a.m. with a review session on Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:30.  The mock ACT is on Saturday, March 7th at 9:00
a.m. with a review session on Tuesday, March 17th at 6:30.


The cost of either of the tests is $5.  Feel free to sign up for one or the other or both. To register, follow the links below or call Applerouth at
404-728-0661.

SAT:  https://www.applerouth.com/signup/?scheduleid=156035

ACT:  https://www.applerouth.com/signup/?scheduleid=156036 

 

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!


GET YOUR 2014-2015 YEARBOOKS!


 

It's Yearbook time! Don't miss out on a year's worth of memories! Make sure to buy the 2014- 2015 yearbook at jostensyearbooks.com or drop by $90 in Mr. Kent's room (G69) before they are gone!  

 

Centennial HS Mock Trial Team

On Friday, January 30th, the Centennial HS Mock Trial Team competed at the 2015 Georgia Mock Trial Competition in Forsyth County for the first time. Our students competed against teams from many of Georgia's public and private high schools. 


 
The students were coached by volunteer attorneys (Joseph Wilson and Amy Refeca) and team sponsor Brandi Terrell. Students played the roles of attorneys and witnesses based on the witness statements and evidence provided in case materials created by attorneys and judges. Professional attorneys and judges served as the Presiding Judges and Evaluators (jury). Teams were evaluated on their ability to make a logical, cohesive and persuasive presentation, and some legal merits of the case. 


 
Our students competed in Rounds I and II. All of them performed extremely well receiving "Honorable Mentions" and three "Outstanding Attorney and Witness" Awards: 


 
Jason Scott - Outstanding Witness; 

Lauren Williams - Outstanding Witness; 

Mbalwani "Junior" Kamanga - Outstanding Attorney.

 

CHS Literary Magazine - Avalon 

Wins Award of Excellence

 

Avalon was awarded a "Superior" for Excellence in Student Literary Magazines by the National Council of Teachers of English.  The 2014-2015 edition of the magazine will be available in early May.



Congrats to Centennial's Reading Bowl Team!


 
Centennial's Reading Team placed 4th in the Fulton County Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.  They then moved on to the regional bowl where they placed 4th.  Great job team!



Accident Avoidance Workshops

 

Accident Avoidance Workshops (April 21, April 25-26) - You've heard the rave reviews, now it's time to get your new(ish) driver signed up for the Accident Avoidance 

Workshop this spring! 


 

Actual CHS student quote to parent: "This is the best money you ever spent!"

Spots are very limited, so please register today! For more information, go to the website:  www.AccidentAvoidanceWorkshops.org 

 

 

Here's a message from the instructor, Jeff (Homer) Stillwell:

Hey everyone ... Homer here.

Your kid give you attitude when they're driving? - We can fix that.

Overconfident behind the wheel? - We can fix that too.

Too timid while driving? - Yup, that too.

Can't park? Can't find the middle of the lane? No idea what to do when faced with an emergency? - Uh huh. You guessed it.

But YOU have to be the one to prioritize the safety of your family. We can't do that for you.

If you decide you do want to sign up, you can do so by clicking here:  https://www.AccidentAvoidanceWorkshops.org/register.html


 

As a Centennial parent who has taken this course with my then Sophomore son - I recommend it to everyone.  I'm convinced that I avoided a very bad accident because of what I learned during workshop.  

 

Update from Centennial SGC

 

Centennial's Request for Flexibility (RFF) proposal has been approved! This RFF will allow Centennial students to earn an elective credit for virtual learning study skills they are acquiring while enrolled in a credit recovery online course at school such as GAVS or PLATO.  This RFF will positively impact Centennial students' 4 year graduation rate.

 

The focus now of the SGC is our Seed Fund proposal to obtain funds to transform two existing computer labs into "CO-Labs," or Creative Opportunity Labs.  One will have a STEM focus, and one will be tailored to the humanities.  These labs will function as engaging, exploratory learning environments that are flexible enough to allow students and teachers to work independently, in small groups, or as a whole class.  Using movable panels along with analog and digital media, the spaces will allow a level of flexibility and creativity unavailable with fixed work stations.  Teachers will have more options to engage their classes outside of the traditional classroom setting.  Integrating technology in a comfortable space and providing supervision outside of the school day, our students will be encouraged to use our technology to meet their academic needs. Seed Fund proposals will be presented later this month.

Realtor Meeting at Centennial

 

Thursday, March 12, 2014 from 9:30 - 11 in the Learning Commons.

 


FCS School Board Community Meetings 

Centennial High School is represented by three School Board members.  Each board member holds monthly community meetings to keep residents informed about issues and to give citizens the opportunity to comment on Board agenda items. The following meetings are scheduled for February and March.

Julia Bernath 3/12 Ison Springs Elementary School
Linda Schultz 3/18 Sweet Apple Elementary School
Linda McCain - 2/18 Wilson Creek Elementary, 3/18 Autrey Mill Middle School

All meetings start at 9:30 AM

 

Fulton County Schools (FCS) Choice Initiative

FCS is exploring how it could expand choice alternatives in our schools.  Their goal is to

offer students multiple choice alternatives which meet the needs of our communities and advance student achievement throughout the District. Currently, they are attempting to gather stakeholder feedback.  They hosted 4 parent meetings last month, one of which was held at Centennial.  (The Centennial meeting was the most well attended of all 4.)  The event included breakout sessions divided by school level - elementary, middle, high.  Within these sessions, you were asked to illustrate what your ideal school experience for your student would look like.  These thoughts were discussed and categorized.  For high school, the most often repeated ideals were flexibility, personalized learning, being well prepared for post high school experiences both academically and with important life skills such as communications, and having an educational experience that is part of a well balanced life, not one that consumes that life.

 

FCS is attempting to gather feedback from 10% of parents.  They will also meet with students and teachers to get their input as well.  All of this data will be used to design a school choice implementation process for Fulton County Schools.  Please take advantage of these opportunities to have your voice heard on the future direction of our schools.

 

East Roswell Library 
Grand Opening on  February 20.
2301 Holcomb Bridge Road
Roswell, GA 30076

The East Roswell Library will be open after the Grand Opening Friday, February 20. 
Monday 12-8
Tuesday10-6
Wednesday 10-6
Thursday  2-6
Friday12-6
Saturday 1-5
Sunday 1-5

Centennial's Key Club members are volunteering their time to sort, collect and deliver books for this event.

Feb. 26 5PM-8PM Friends ONLY PREVIEW Night (Join at the door!)
Feb. 27 9AM-7PM Opening Day
Feb. 28 9AM-7PM
March 1 Noon-4PM Tote Bag Sunday

Book Sale Location:  
Across the Street from the East Roswell Library
Centennial Village Shopping Center
2300 Holcomb Bridge Road
Roswell GA 30076

Remember CASH ONLY!


 Fundraising at CHS
We Love the ARTS at Centennial

 

THEATER

 

Mark your calendars for The Addams Family musical coming to CHS on March 19th through 21st!

 

Also, you are invited to "Breakfast with The Addams Family" which includes a Performance of the Opening Musical Number by the Centennial High School Cast on March 14th 2015 in the Centennial High School Cafeteria.

 

Breakfast @ 9 - Performance @ 10

Tickets: $5 for 8th grade or younger - $7 for 9th grade through adults


 

Tickets must be purchased prior to March 4th by: Contacting Jennifer Baltimore at 931-247-1880 or email jlf2i@hotmail.com.  Cash, Check or Paypal (small processing fee) accepted.


FOUNDATION FOR THE FINE ARTS FUNDRAISER

 

Do you shop at Amazon.com?  

Please support the CHS FFA by making all your Amazon purchases through the AmazonSmile Foundation. It costs you nothing extra but AmazonSmile will donate .5% of your order total to the FFA.  

Simply go to smile.amazon.com,enter "Centennial High School Foundation for the Fine Arts" into the search bar, select and start shopping.  It's that simple!  Thank you for supporting the FFA!

 

 


CHORUS FUNDRAISER

Do you have a Kroger Card??? Make it work for Chorus!

 

Kroger will donate money to the Centennial Chorus every time you use your Kroger Plus Card.  


 

Already have a Kroger Plus Card: Login to your account at https://www.kroger.com/

Select Account Settings, then Account Summary. Click Edit for Community Reward. Type in Centennial Chorus or 77723.

If you do not have a Kroger Plus Card:
Go to any Kroger store and tell a cashier or service desk that you would like a Plus Card.Once you have your card, then you will need to register it online at  https://www.kroger.com/ and then you can then follow the directions above to select Chorus as your Community Rewards recipient.

Support Centennial Soccer! 

  

Centennial Soccer is getting ready to kickoff another successful season in 2015 and we need your help!

 

You can support the CHS soccer programs in two ways:

  1. Purchase your spring pine straw from Swift Straw Atlanta through our fundraising website.  You get something you need and we get the proceeds from the sale!  Visit our fundraising webpage to learn more: Click here 
  2. Purchase a Motivedeals card from any CHS soccer player.  For only $20 you canpurchase a 12 month membership for endless deals at dozens of local establishments. Monterrey, Dunkin' Donuts, Bruster's, Subway, Express Oil Change, just to name a few.  Your membership pays for itself!  Plus your membership is accessible from any device with internet so you are never without your savings!

Thanks for all of your support!

Coach Jeff Burch and Coach Jamey Stiltz   

Centennial Soccer  

 

Check out the Fundraising Tab on the PTSA website (www.centptsa.org) to see all of the current fundraisers at Centennial.  Please support our fellow Knights!

 

Georgia Legislative News

 

These are proposed bills, many of them very early in the legislative process.  If you are interested in more info, or want to voice your opinion, contact your local legislators.

 

SB2 - Students who have completed 10th grade may enroll in a technical college and if they complete a program at the technical school, the system may grant them a high school diploma.  This program will be run under current dual-enrollment statutes (i.e. - the state will pay for the tuition in either Accel or Move On When Ready).  This was necessary because unlike community college, many technical courses don't have a 1-to-1 alignment with high school courses (i.e. - English, Social Studies, Math, etc).

 

HB100 - Moving the compulsory age of attendance from September 1 to July 1.  The assumption is this will make kids more ready for Kindergarten because they will be older.  If enacted, this wouldn't take effect until 2017 to allow for those students already in Head Start and Pre-K to stay with their cohort.

 

HB243 - Education Savings Accounts - this would establish through the Governor's Office of Student Achievement,  Education Savings Account plans for 1% of GA students.  Each student would be given their state portion of the education budget to utilize on an approved list of education expenses, including but not limited to, private school, homeschooling, tuition, etc.  Funds can accrue and any funds not used for K-12 can be applied toward post-secondary.  

 

SR80 - A resolution calling for the College Board to  ". . . withdraw its new AP US History (APUSH) framework before the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year and replace it with  the previous APUSH course or with another that respects and incorporates the Georgia  Performance Standards for Social Studies, specifically incorporating the Georgia  Performance Standards' emphasis on America's founding principles and the uniqueness of  America's role in the world...."  On Wednesday, February 18, the House and Senate Ed committees will be holding a joint hearing on this with representatives from the College Board defending their framework.    The hearing starts at 1pm and will probably last 2-3 hours.

 

HB170 - Transportation - Gas Excise Tax - this is the proposal to raise $1 billion for transportation in the state.  However, this isn't generating new funds, but rather taking funds from municipalities and schools.  Currently, the gas tax is composed of a portion from the state, then the penny sales tax from counties, cities, and schools.  The proposal would combine all the taxes, raising the total average tax on a gallon of gas from $0.281 to $0.292.  Fulton County Schools estimates that this would be an approximately $9 MILLION annual loss to its SPLOST fund.

 

The governor proposed legislation for his recovery school district concept (Opportunity School District).  This proposal would have the state taking over the lowest 5% of schools from their local school board.  This proposal requires a constitutional amendment.  


Do you want Up to Date Information about Centennial?

 

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.


 

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


 

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