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CHS eNEWS         November 2014  
CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL PTSA'S ONLINE NEWSLETTER

Caring and Sharing Gift Card Drive

The PTSA's Caring and Sharing Committee reaches out to help less fortunate students who attend Centennial High School.  This Thanksgiving season the Caring and Sharing Committee asks for your help to collect $25.00 gift cards (Wal-Mart, Target, Kroger, Publix) to give to CHS families in need.You can help by donating a gift card or a cash donation of the amount you wish and send it to......


Cindy Soder             
10040 Bankside Drive

Roswell, GA  30076         

You may also drop off your donations in the front office of the school.  Please send in your donations by Thursday, November 20th so that we have time to distribute them. 

Donations will be collected during morning carpool on the following dates:   11/17, 11/20, 11/21.  Feel free to contact Cindy Soder soders@bellsouth.net or 770-645-6949 if you have any questions.

 

Reflections

Winners - 2014

Congratulations to the following Centennial students whose Reflections work on this year's theme "the world would be a better place if..." won at the school level and now are competing at the North Fulton Council Level.  There were more entries this year than in any other year!  Thanks to all for participating and congratulations to the winners!


 

9th Grade                                                            11th Grade

Chloe LeCates - Literature                                  Madeleine Van Devender - Literature

Olivia Datta - literature                                         Mary Camille Cronley - Literature

Cameron Bell - Visual Arts                                   Amanda Ciletti - Visual Arts

Bobbi Hebermehl- Visual Arts                              Cassandra Richemond - Visual Arts


 

10th Grade                                                         12th Grade

Adelia Morales - Santana - Literature                 Holly Nichols - Literature

Serena Su - Visual Arts                                       Gaia Harper - Literature

Pamela Silva - Suarez - Visual Arts                    Julia Lee - Visual Arts

Kaley Shooter - Photography                              Madeline Watson - Visual Arts

Centennial Hosts Inaugural Veteran's Day Ceremony

 

CHS JROTC, choir, and orchestra honored all Veterans on Tuesday, Nov. 14, including seven who work at Centennial.    


 

Senior Chad DeKold  served as emcee and guest speakers included a Centennial alum currently in the Army Reserve and a Major General who was in Vietnam.  All 3rd period history classes were invited to attend this informational event.

 

 

Centennial to Host Local Realtors


 

On 12/9, Centennial will be hosting local Realtors in the Learning Commons.  CHS will be distributing Media Kits, sharing information, and answering questions.  Our feeder middle schools, Haynes Bridge and Holcomb Bridge will also be present.  If you know a neighborhood Realtor who would like to attend, please contact Lonna Upton at upton@fultonschools.org.

 

Centennial Scores on AP Tests!

Centennial is #17 in the state for pass rate on AP tests and #6 in the metro Atlanta area!  Congrats to teachers and students on an awesome accomplishment.  Check this link out to see the Metro Atlanta top 10.


 
http://m.ajc.com/gallery/news/local-education/metro-atlantas-top-ap-pass-rates-school/gCPDT/

Fine Arts  at Centennial

 

Fulton County Honor Band and Orchestra Selected

Congratulations to the Centennial HS students who were selected for the Fulton County High School Honor

Band/Orchestra for 2014! The event will take place here at Centennial on November 17-18, 2014, culminating in a concert in the CHS auditorium on Tuesday, November 18 at 7:00 PM.
 

Ingrid Cai                 Carson Coldren             Matthew Gilmore           Amanda Hamilton
Georgia Harper         Ally Hawkins                  Margaret Howell           Jason Li

Jacob Martinez         Kyle Qian                      Eli Rickles                    Noah Rickles
Keyshaun Scott        Christina Tamba            Natalie Tilly                   Mika Tokutake
DeChanel Wilson      Caroline Wittschen         Grace Wyner
 

 

ORCHESTRA

Good luck to our eight students continuing on to the final round of GMEA All-State Orchestra auditions- Ingrid Cai, Kelly Dong, Amanda Hamilton, Nick Leach, Jason Li, Kyle Qian, David Wen and Caroline Wittschen  The orchestra Cluster Concert will be on Thursday, December 4 at 7:00 in the CHS Auditorium. We will be featuring the 8th graders from Haynes Bridge MS and Holcomb Bridge MS, as well as the full symphony orchestra on everything from the Nutcracker to Sleigh Ride!

 

BAND

The Winter Concert is Dec. 11th, 7:00pm in the auditorium.
 

THEATER

Wednesday, December 3 - "The Invisible J. Michael Hess"  is a one act play about bullying in high school.  The production will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium and admission is free.  The actors are from the Advanced Drama class. 

 

CHORUS 

Wednesday, November 19 - Bella Voce will be performing at the Chattahoochee Nature Center for the "Principal for the Day" reception with the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. The chorus Cluster Concert is Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00 PM in the CHS auditorium. Come hear the sounds of the season at the Winter Cluster Concert with Haynes Bridge and Holcomb Bridge Middle Schools.  

SENIOR INFORMATION

PTA Senior Scholarships

Centennial PTSA Senior Service Scholarships

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 now available at the PTSA website and are due in the front office by Friday, March 27that 3:30pm. All applicants are encouraged to attend one of two workshops which will take place in early 2015. Dates for the workshops will be posted upon confirmation. This short workshop will provide students with an overview of the application and selection process, an opportunity to ask questions and learn about how to complete an application which best reflects the quality, diversity, leadership roles and overall impact of their community service over the past four years. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Barone, Scholarship Committee Chair, at DebbieB1214@gmail.com.

 

North Fulton Council PTA Sally Fitzgerald Scholarship

  

North Fulton Council annually awards The Sally Fitzgerald Scholarship.  This award is open to all seniors who are PTSA members and are graduating from a North Fulton County High School.  This scholarship targets students who exhibit characteristics in volunteerism, extra-curricular activities, academic excellence, essay writing and financial need. The deadline for this scholarship application is generally at the end of March each year. As we receive more information on it, we will pass it along to you.


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GRADUATION YARD SIGNS

Purchase Your Graduation Yard Sign!

Yard signs are available for purchase now! This year you can personalize your sign by getting a topper. Click here to see the sign and form to order. All proceeds will go to help fund Project Graduation.


 

Check out our PTSA website for everything that you need to know for SENIORS.  Click the Seniors tab at the top of the home page to find all senior data in one place.  We also have a tab for JUNIORS too!!



 

The second Redistricting meeting was held on Wednesday Nov. 5 at Alpharetta High School.  Earlier that day as promised, the three plans for redistricting were placed on the FCS website and then presented that evening at the meeting.  Community members that attended were placed in small groups to comment on the pros and cons of each of the maps.  

 

Although the area west of GA 400 near Holcomb Bridge Road was heavily discussed during the first redistricting meeting, Yngrid Huff, Executive Officer of Operational Planning at Fulton County Schools stated that they will not make changes using GA 400 as a dividing line.  She said that the large number of students in that area could not all be housed at schools in the west side of GA 400. She also noted that they conducted a study and concluded that Mimosa Elementary would have 1200 students at their school just with students who reside between Mimosa Elementary and GA 400. That number alone exceeds Mimosa Elementary's capacity.

 

The final redistricting meeting will be at Centennial on Wednesday, December 10 at 7:00 PM.  One map will be presented for comment.

 

Plan A: NFRound2_PlanA 
Plan B: NFRound2_PlanB 
Plan C: NFRound2_PlanC


Redistricting affects everybody in the community.  Please consider being part of the process.   More information can be found on our  website ,   Like us on Facebook  and the Fulton County Redistricting page.  We will update our sites with new information as we receive them.  
  

 Senior Service Day Thank You

 

On behalf of the senior class sponsor team we would like to personally thank every single Knight who offered their assistance and so generously gave up their time to help us achieve another successful Senior Service Day. We have received

such amazing feedback from the community. Over 375 of our students were teachin g, feeding, assisting, and reaching out to those in need. Thank you for helping us educa te and empower young Knights on how to contribute, collaborate, and build a foundation of community and strength. Thank you for helping us engage students on how to become a contributing memb er of society. We could not do it without you. See you next year!

 

School Psychologist

Last week was School Psychologist week.  If you are interested in learning more about our School Psychologist's role, Click Here.


School Governance Council Update

 

The Centennial School Governance Council has been working on a new Request for Flexibility (RFF) proposal and is in the process of submitting it for the upcoming school year.  This request if approved by the Superintendent, will address the needs of  Centennial High School through waivers of state laws and/or district policies to implement a school-based strategy.  Centennial SGC has developed one RFF proposal.  

  • "Virtual/Online Learning" focused General Study Skills Elective: The flexibility that we seek is a seat time waiver in order to allow students to simultaneously earn a Study Skills credit while completing their credit recovery courses during school hours.

The RFF Public Comment Period Is from November 10th to December 5th, 2014. The Public Comment meeting is scheduled for Tuesday Nov. 18, 6:30 PM in the My Learning Commons Conference Room.  The complete proposal, the School Strategic Plan Overview and Strategic Plan Narrative can be found at

http://school.fultonschools.org/hs/centennial/Documents/1Centennial%20RFF%20Letter%20for%20Public%20Comment%20Nov%2010%202014.pdf
MY LEARNING COMMONS
MY LEARNING COMMONS

Learning Commons Update

 

Centennial High School's My Learning Commons (MLC), the former Media Center, has received a great deal of positive attention from many different groups. Our own MLC master architects, Marie Yelvington and Scott Kent, have played host and tour guide for many Fulton, Gwinnett and Forsyth County schools and schools from Charlotte-Mecklenburg, who exclaimed that our space was "World Class". In addition, Dr. Avossa has visited several times along with School Board members, State and local legislators, and dignitaries from both the cities of Roswell and Johns Creek.  Dr. Avossa and members of the School Board portray Centennial's MLC as a prime example of how the Seed Fund monies (originating from a State grant to FCS as part of the Charter School conversion) spur innovation and creative new approaches to education. In fact, FCS is so impressed with our MLC that Dr. Avossa will be presenting a plan to the Board to grant other FCS high schools money to transform their own Media Centers. If you have not seen it yet or talked with your student about how it has changed their learning experience, please do so!

 

Additional fundraising efforts this fall have allowed us to purchase a 70" TV that will be mounted over the MediaScape Center in addition to the two smaller TVs already there. Furthermore, we will purchase additional tables/chairs with individual white boards to enhance collaboration in the classroom spaces. 

 

Our work is not done, however. The PTSA is accepting tax-deductible donations targeted for the Learning Commons to continue to enhance the space. Specifically, we hope to fund additional technology for the Advanced Projects Lab and the Distance Learning Center among other smaller enhancements (e.g. a charging station). Please send all donations to the front office in an envelope marked Attn: PTSA - Learning Commons Fund. 

 

Check out Student Leadership Johns Creek


 

Centennial students have been very active in Student Leadership Johns Creek.  Check out what these student leaders are involved with in their inaugural Student Leadership Johns Creek newsletter.  Click Here

PTSA Student Directories

 

PTSA Student Directories were distributed in early October. Confirmation emails were sent to the primary guardian. Hopefully, everyone has received theirs! 

 

You may still purchase a Student Directory by joining the PTSA at the Scholar ($30) level or by purchasing an individual membership and a directory ($20). Forms are available from the PTSA website or you may click here to join online.

 

HELP WANTED!

 

We are still looking for a chair for Exceptional Children.  Contact Genevieve Garon at lamarche_garon@hotmail.com.

 

All Volunteers Must Register through Fulton County Schools 

Go to the Fulton County Schools Volunteer Registration website at www.fultoncountyschoolssafetysecurity.org and follow all of the prompts.  Be sure to select all the schools you plan to volunteer at before you submit your application.  This process must be completed at the beginning of every school year! The process will take about 10 minutes. 

 

It's not too late to join the Centennial PTSA.

  Click here to JOIN now.

 

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 Nov. and Dec.


Linda McCain - Wednesday, 11/19 9:30 AM  Crabapple Middle School
Linda Schultz - Wednesday 11/19 9:30 AM  Abbotts Bridge Elementary School
Julia Bernath - Thursday 12/11 9:30 AM  Dunwoody Springs Elementary School
Linda Schultz - Wednesday 12/17 9:30 AM Hembree Springs Middle School
Fundraising at CHS

Current CHS Fundraisers

Try to support our sports, clubs, and arts organizations.  These activities are both healthy in body and mind for our students.  They are fun and help us develop a sense of community.  But we all know that they cost a lot of money to keep up and running.  So, please try hard to support the various fundraising activities that are happening at our school because they all help to make Centennial great.

 

Support the CHS Chorus with the Kroger Card

Centennial Chorus is officially a member of the Kroger Rewards Community! This means Kroger will donate money to the Centennial Chorus every time you use your Kroger Plus Card. If your Kroger Plus Card is not already linked to another organization please consider helping the Centennial Chorus!  Click Here for more information on how to link your Kroger Card to the Chorus.

Oil Change and More from Track and Field

Get your car winter ready! Track and Field athletes will be selling coupons for Midas car care. $20 includes a FREE oil change, a $12.99 oil change or a percentage off of automotive services. For more information ask your local track athlete or contact Coach Mike Higgins.

Soccer Pine Straw Fundraiser

Centennial Soccer is getting ready to kickoff another successful season in 2015 and we need your help. The soccer program needs help with funding to keep the program competitive and one of the top in the state. The girls are the reigning Region 6 AAAAAA Champions and the boys look to build on their recent region championships and hope to continue their run of 12 straight playoff appearances. To stay successful, the teams need new practice balls and goals for this year, as well as new uniforms, so your support is necessary and appreciated

 

Show your support by purchasing your fall 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 

Thanks for all of your support!

Coach Jeff Burch and Coach Jamey Stiltz 


W restling Fundraiser  Holiday
Cheesecakes

Free up some of that kitchen time this holiday season by stocking up on these delicious cheesecake selections.   This will not only let you check "Baking Desserts" off of your To Do List, but you will be helping out Centennial's Wrestling team too!  Click here to take a look at  this flyer of all of the wonderful cheesecake selections Please contact one of our CHS Wrestlers or Julia DeKold at  jwdekold@bellsouth.net to place your order.  The CHS Wrestling team thanks you for your support!!

 

 


 

 

California Pizza Kitchen Hosts Centennial During the Holidays

 

Join the Mighty Knights Marching Band during Centennial days at CPK December 12 - 19th. Anytime you dine at CPK during those days, be sure to tell them that you are with Centennial HS and you'll help support the Band! On Friday, the 19th right after the final final, join us to celebrate the end of 1st Semester!

 

 

Peanut Sale

Starting October 9th the Band will be selling 3 different types of nuts. They are great stocking stuffers and will be delivered on December 12th in time for Christmas. A 16 oz. can of nuts is $5.00. You can't beat that deal! A 3 can gift pack is $12.00, and a 1 lb. can of cashews is $10.00. Do your holiday shopping with us! See a Centennial High School band student or contact Jim Coldren jimcoldren@bellsouth.net if you want to purchase these delicious nuts.


 

 

Sheet Sale - Comfy 

 

Cozzzy Sheets - Example: 1200 thread sheets, king size for $40.00 - Sale starts October 31st . Sheets come in all colors and sizes. See a Centennial High School band student or contact Tracy Stetzer (stetz69@bellsouth.net) if you are interested in purchasing a set.

 


CHS Band Movie Night 

(December 17th)

  
Aurora Theater (5100 Commerce Pkwy., Roswell 30076) will host a CHS Band Movie Night for the 6:30p.m. showing of The Hobbit on December 17th. Since all proceeds will benefit the Band, come out and support the band program on opening night of this movie. Tickets are $10 and can be paid for upon arrival at the theater. To reserve your spot, email Leslie Thomson 
 

 

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.

 

http://www.centennialathletics.com - Centennial's athletics website.

 

Like us on Facebook     Centennial PTSA Face Book page
 

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


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