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CHS eNEWS       January 2015



The final recommendation map for redistricting has been placed on-line.  The Fulton County Board of Education will review the new attendance zone recommendations during their January meeting. Final action is planned for February 2015.  The final recommendation impacts the following attendance zones in the Centennial cluster.
  • Esther Jackson ES to the New Hwy 9 ES - Areas along Holcomb Bridge Rd and Old Holcomb Bridge Rd west of Dogwood Rd including The Crossings at Woodbridge
  • Hillside ES to Esther Jackson ES - All the area west of Old Dogwood Road including Wood Creek Apts.
  • River Eves ES to Hillside ES - All residential areas that empty onto Nesbit Ferry Rd and the eastern half of Champions Green Pkwy, including Arden Place, Ashley Crossing, Devonshire, Nesbit Reserve, Ashley Forest, Bershires on Nesbit Ferry and Rivercrest
  • Holcomb Bridge MS to Haynes Bridge MS - All areas north of Holcomb Bridge Road between GA-400 and Old Scott Rd including Terramont, Cenennial Ridge, The Overlook at Centennial, The Hilands at Centennial, Centennial Walk and Walton Centennial.  All areas northwest of Scott Rd including Nesbit Lakes and Nesbit Ridge.

Final Recommendation Packet PDF

More information can be found on our  website and Like us on Facebook.  We will update both sites to with new information as we receive them.  
School Choice Parent Survey Meetings in North Fulton
January 28, 2015 - Centennial High School 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 2, 2015 - Milton Center  7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Fulton County Schools is beginning to explore the idea of Choice in our schools.  Examples of Choice could be anything from a magnet program where there is a special focus on a subject area to having a kindergarten academy.


During the last week of January, Fulton County Schools is hosting five forums to gather input on what families value most in educational options for their children.   On January 28, 2015, one of the forums will be held at Centennial High School at 7:00 p.m.
Choice is the natural evolution of the charter system and is focused on improving student achievement by providing an educational experience customized to the unique needs of students and communities. Currently, FCS offers some educational choice options to families through magnet programs, charter schools, open enrollment, and family and employee hardship considerations. Additionally, over the past two years, elected parents, teachers and community members on School Governance Councils (SGCs) have been customizing certain aspects of individual school programming to meet students' needs.

The first phase of this initiative is focused on identifying and understanding the communities' needs through five forums. The information gathered will be used to help create the building blocks for expanded choice options which will be implemented over the coming years.

Please consider coming to the Choice Forum at Centennial to voice your ideas on what Choice initiatives would best benefit all of our students in the Centennial Community.

PTSA Senior Service Scholarship!


The Senior Service Scholarship is a program proudly sponsored by the PTSA.  This scholarship will recognize and reward senior students who serve others and encourage others to serve. Awards can be up to $1000! 


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.   We will be hosting two workshops in January (January 22nd and January 29th during the beginning of the two lunch periods) to assist students in the preparation of their application.  These workshops are not mandatory, but they will be very helpful to the applicants.


Applications can be found at

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

 If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Barone, Scholarship Committee Chair, at 

or go to the Senior page on the PTSA website.


Junior/Senior Prom

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

Parent volunteers are needed to sell prom tickets in the CHS cafeteria.  If you are able to help, please contact Christy Taylor ( with the date that you are available. Thank you!

2/17   11:45am - 1:30pm

2/18   11:30am - 1:20pm

2/19-  11:45am -1:30pm

2/24   11:45am - 1:30pm  

2/25   11:30am - 1:20pm

2/26   11:45am - 1:30pm

3/3     11:45am - 1:30pm

3/4     11:30am - 1:20pm 

3/5     11:45am -  1:30p

3/10   11:45am - 1:30pm

3/11   11:30am - 1:20pm

3/12   11:45am - 1:30pm

Centennial High School 
Career and Technical Education Month

What is CTE. Career and Technical Education prepares both youth and adults for a wide range of careers and further educational opportunities. These careers may require varying levels of education - including industry recognized credentials, post secondary certificates, and two and four year degrees.  Career and Technical Education includes pathways aligned with Georgia's Career Clusters. Georgia's Career Clusters allow students to choose an area of interest in high schools.
Centennial currently offers the following pathways:
  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Business Management and Administration 
  • Health Science
  • Marketing
  • Fine Arts, A/V Technology and Communications
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
CTE Month is an annual celebration held in February of CTE community members' achievements and accomplishments nationwide and a chance to tell the stories of leadership and excellence from classrooms across the country and raise awareness of the crucial role that CTE has in readying our nation for economic success and workforce competitiveness.  

We are looking for guest speakers for Career Day, Tuesday February 24th.  If you are interesting in being a presenter for Career day, please email Brandi Terrell at

AP/Dual Enrollment Night


AP/Dual Enrollment Night is on Tuesday, February 3 at 6:00pm.  


This is a chance to find out about all of the many AP (Advanced Placement) opportunities that Centennial offers its students.  There will be breakout sessions with the various AP teachers so that students and parents can learn as much as possible about the subjects.  This night will also present information on the various dual enrollment classes also available at the school.  Please make sure that you put this very informative evening on your calendar!


Attention Freshman, Sophomore and

Rising 9th Grade Parents:

Parent Nights hosted by the CHS Counseling Department


Jan 20: Sophomore Parent Night

Feb 11: Rising 9th grade Parent Night (for current 8th grade parents)

Mar 5: Freshmen Parent Night Part 2 (4 year academic plan)


Please join us for Sophomore Parent Night on Tuesday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the CHS Auditorium. Guest speaker Jed Applerouth, veteran testing and education professional, will discuss how to help your child become a stronger applicant in the college admissions process.  Mr. Applerouth will cover the following topics:

  • What drives college admissions decision
  • How to submit more competitive college applications
  • How your child can achieve his or her best scores on the SAT and ACT exams
  • How to use grades and test scores to leverage better financial aid offers
  • How the new SAT will affect sophomores


Rising Freshman Parent Night will be held on Wednesday, February 11th at 6:30 in the Auditorium. Please make plans to attend this special event hosted by our Counseling Department. The Special Education and TAG Departments will have breakout sessions following the main meeting. 


Centennial in First Cohort for 1:1 Technology Initiative


Centennial was just selected to be part of the 1st cohort of Fulton County schools to explore 1:1 technology! One-to-one technology is the concept of each student receiving and using a device (such as a tablet) in their everyday learning at school.  Teachers would create lesson plans that integrate the utilization of such devices to enhance the overall learning experience for the students.  Remember, Centennial will be part of the first group of schools exploring this concept, so the hows and whens are not worked out, but it will be very exciting to be a part of figuring it out.  Centennial is one of only 2 high schools chosen to be part of cohort 1.

SAT and ACT Prep 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






Princeton Review Test Prep at Centennial


The Princeton Review is once again offering test preparation this spring at Centennial High School.  Our spring offerings will consist of two SAT courses and one ACT course - see schedule below.  All Fulton County Schools students are eligible to register for $125 (a discount of almost 80% off of our normal $599 price), and will receive 18 hours of classroom instruction, three in-class proctored practice exams, access to online drills, and a booklet of 11 additional practice tests!  

To enroll, go to

  • Enter "SAT" or "ACT" for test type, "Classroom" for instruction type, and your zip code
  • Click "Find course" under "Find a Prep Course Near You."  
  • Click "Enroll" next to your desired course.  
  • Once in your shopping cart, make sure to enter promo code "ATLFCSPSHIP" and click "Apply" to access the discounted price!


Thank you so much, Centennial Community!!


Centennial's Caring and Sharing Committee would like to thank everyone who helped contribute to the "GIVE THANKS" gift card drive during the holiday season!   It was a great success.   We were able to collect enough gift cards to help Centennial families who would have gone without a special meal during the holidays.

The Caring and Sharing Committee helps collect gift cards and other items to help

Centennial families who are underserved and in need during the holiday season and throughout the year.  We work closely with the school social worker to help families who are in need of basic necessities.  You can donate money and gift cards all year long by dropping off your donations in the front office or contacting me, Cindy Soder at

Thank you to everyone who helped collect change in the carpool lanes and to those who gave to this great cause!!!



Johns Creek Leadership Conference


Applications for the 2015-2016 Student Leadership Johns Creek (SLJC) class will be due on January 27th.  Rising

sophomores and juniors may apply. Please get the word out to students who you think would be good representatives for the program. This would is a fabulous opportunity for students to start making contacts within the community and to improve their leadership skills. 

What is SLJC:  The Johns Creek Student Leadership Program equips students with opportunities to acquire and implement leadership skills in their schools and community to become catalysts for change.

Mission of Student Leadership Johns Creek:  To foster the development of area High School students' leadership skills through various experiences and opportunities.

 Upon Completion, Graduates Will:

  • Be able to contribute positively to their schools and be prepared to be leaders of clubs and organizations
  • Have an increased awareness of the community outside of school 
  • Have enhanced critical thinking and problem solving abilities fostered through real-life applications
  • Be better equipped to take on leadership roles at colleges and in careers
  • Become future leaders in our community and be catalysts for positive change
  • Have strong connections to, and become an integral part of, the future success of Johns Creek
  • Be empowered to serve their community and prepare for future jobs

The link for the application is:


Donations Needed for Centennial Clinic


The clinic at school is in need of the following items:

  • Ginger ale - cans 
  • Apple juice - small bottles
  • Saltine crackers
  • Granola bars or some sort of breakfast bars

Thank you for your help!!


Centennial Clubs - Read what's going on!


FENCING:  The Centennial Fencing Team will be hosting a tournament on Saturday, January 17.   The action takes place in the Centennial gyms from 9 AM to 4 PM.  Admission is free.   The competition will be intense as fencers ready for the team and individual championships next 



 EXCHANGE STUDENTS: As part of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Georgia Department of Education and the Acad�mie de Nancy-Metz, France, seven students will visit two Georgia schools from January 31-February 20, 2015. Four students will be at Centennial High School in Fulton County, and three students will be at Campbell High School in Cobb County.  In order to be selected for this program, students had to have recommendations from their English teachers and principals and had to submit project proposals as part of a competition. There were over 120 applicants in the competition. 

While here, the students will stay with host families, attend school each day, and participate in family activities during the remaining time.  In addition, the students will conduct research on their individual projects and must present their projects upon their return to France.   


KEY CLUBKey Club is sponsoring a book drive to benefit the new library on Fouts Road. This is the second year that the Friends of East Roswell Library are hosting the fundraiser, and we want to encourage students to bring in as many books- especially children's books-  to room H04. 


TECHNICAL STUDENTS ASSOCIATION:   February is Career and Technical Education Month, and we would love to have guest speakers come to talk about their careers on February 24.  Please read the attached flyer for information and how to let us know if you are available. 


FCA:  The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) would like to invite all interested students to meet with them every Friday morning at 7:30 AM in the auditorium.  Students do not have to be athletes to attend FCA.







The CHS Band is extremely proud to announce that Margaret Howell (12th grade) and Matthew Gilmore (10th grade) have been selected as members of the 2015 GMEA All State Band which will take place February 26th - 28th at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Congratulations also to the following CHS Band students who will be participating in the 2015 GMEA District V Honor Band on February 6th and 7th at North Atlanta High School: Margaret Howell, Noah Rickles, Eli Rickles, Christina Tamba and Grace Wyner.


Congratulations to Kyle Qian and Caroline Wittschen who reached the state level interview for Governor's Honors Program!


On Saturday, over 900 orchestra students from around the state of Georgia arrived at Westminster School to compete for a coveted spot in the 2015 GMEA All-State Orchestra. From these students, less than half were selected to participate. Centennial High School had five students selected for this tremendous honor! Congratulations!


Ingrid Cai- 11-12 GMEA All-State Full Orchestra

Amanda Hamilton- 11-12 GMEA All-State Full Orchestra

Kyle Qian- 9-10 GMEA All-State Full Orchestra

Caroline Wittschen- 9-10 GMEA All-State Full Orchestra

David Wen- 9-10 GMEA All-State String Orchestra





Chorus students had a wonderful time on the Disney trip this past weekend. The ensemble traveled to Orlando, Florida to work with Disney World cast members.


All students are welcome to join chorus at Centennial High School! No audition or prior experience necessary. Please talk to your counselor about how to fill out your course selection forms this spring to ensure chorus is in your schedule. If you have any questions about chorus here at Centennial or you are interested in auditioning for an advanced ensemble please see Mrs. Burney (room E-41,

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 December and January.

Julia Bernath and Linda Schultz Joint Meeting - 1/21/15 Holcomb Bridge Middle School
Linda McCain - 1/21/15 River Trail Middle School

Both meetings start at 9:30 AM

Georgia Legislative News


The 2015 Legislature started on Monday, Jan 12.  The Governor came out of the gate running; he is proposing a Constitutional Amendment to allow for "Opportunity School Districts" (much as Louisiana, Tennessee, and Michigan have) to "turn-around" failing schools.  The details of the plan are not out yet, but will probably include options of change in school leadership, closing the school and having a charter open in its place, and/or management by the state (which could include an entire staff replacement).   The Governor will need a 2/3 majority vote in both the House and Senate - which will require some amount of bi-partisan support.  If it passes, the measure will then be placed on a 2016 ballot for the GA voters to decide.


Also, the budget discussions will start this week.  Transportation is the hot topic this year - and will probably get a larger share of any additional revenue.  The governor is forming a committee to examine education funding, including the QBE formula and the private school tax credit scholarships.  

For additional information, please contact our legislation chair, Diane Jacobi at


Realtor Meeting at Centennial


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


 Fundraising at CHS


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




On Feb 3, it will be the final raffle drawing of the Basketball Tipoff Club fundraiser.  We will be giving away a big screen LED television during halftime of the Varsity Boys game against the Alpharetta Raiders (also Senior Night).   Tickets are $10 and are still available for purchase from any basketball player, Tipoff Board member, or from Concessions.  They will also be available for purchase at the door that day.



The Centennial HS Army JROTC will be conducting a fundraiser from January 12th through March 15th selling The World's Finest Chocolate Bars for just a $1! Funds will help support numerous JROTC activities.




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 (
  • 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 and then you can then follow the directions above to select Chorus as your Community Rewards recipient



Technical Students Association and STEM are raising money through the generosity of Firehouse Subs on Old Alabama, across from Kroger. Firehouse will donate a percentage to CHS from any order purchased on Tuesdays when Centennial is mentioned.




 Village Burger is hosting a Fine Arts Spirit Night on Friday, January 30th! This is a special event to help support the fine arts programs at Centennial.  We would love for your family and friends to come and enjoy good food and good times while also supporting our school community!


Do you want Up to Date Information about Centennial? everything PTSA (including a calendar) and more! - Very valuable counseling office information including: college, financial aid and scholarships; test prep; graduation requirements; class scheduling; parent nights and much more. - Official Centennial High School Website.


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