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

Redistricting

The third round of the redistricting process was held at Centennial on Wednesday, December 10.  At that meeting, one map was presented for comment.  This map may or may not be the one that is presented to the Fulton County Board of Education for review at their January meeting and then for final action vote in February.  

We are now at the point where we can voice our opinions about the map to our school board members.  The Centennial cluster is affected by this map, so please look at the map and let our board members know what you think.  They have the power to ask Fulton County Schools staff to come up with an alternative map if warranted.  You can also speak at the upcoming school board meetings to address the entire school board and Superintendent. These decisions are very important to our cluster, please be involved. 

The map and other information as well as projected enrollment can be found at the following site.   http://www.fultonschools.org/en/divisions/ops/plan/Pages/2014-North-Fulton-Redistricting.aspx  Go to this page and scroll down to Round 3 PDF documents.  The Centennial cluster is represented by the following three board members.  

Julia Bernath - bernath@fultonschools.org
Linda Schultz - SchultzL@fultonschools.org
Linda McCain - McCainL@fultonschools.org

December School Board Meeting - 12/18/14 Dunwoody Springs Elementary 6:00 PM.

If you have questions, reply to this email and we will direct you to someone that can answer them.
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.  
  

 

Fall Final Exam Schedule 

Two full days and three half days

 

**Note to Parents New to High School**  On final exam days the students will arrive home approximately 3 hours earlier than they do on regular school days.

Monday
12/15/14
Tuesday
12/16/14
Wednesday
12/17/14
Thursday
12/18/14
Friday
12/19/14
1st Period
(8:20 - 9:18)
1st Period
(8:20 - 9:18)

1st period EXAM

(8:20 - 10:20)

4th period EXAM

(8:20 - 10:20)

6th period EXAM

(8:20 - 10:20)

3rd Period
(9:23 - 10:20)
3rd Period
(9:23 - 10:20)



4th Period
(10:23 - 11:22)
4th Period
(10:23 - 11:22)
Break 
(10:20 - 10:30)
Break 
(10:20 - 10:30)
Break 
(10:20 - 10:30)
5A Period
(11:27 - 12:24)
5A Period
(11:27 - 12:24)

3rd period EXAM

(10:30-12:30)

5th period EXAM

(10:30-12:30)

7th period EXAM

(10:30-12:30)

5B Period
(12:29 - 1:26)
5B Period
(12:29 - 1:26)

Lunch

(12:30-12:45)

Lunch

(12:30-12:45)

Lunch

(12:30-12:45)

6th Period
(1:31 - 2:29)
6th Period
(1:31 - 2:29)



7th Period
(2:33 - 3:30)
7th Period
(2:33 - 3:30)



Buses Leave at 3:40 Buses Leave at 3:40
Buses Leave at 12:50
Buses Leave at 12:50
Buses Leave at 12:50
 
School Choice Parent Survey Meetings in North Fulton

January 28, 2015 - Centennial High School
February 2, 2015 - Milton Center

School choice is the concept of allowing families to choose the best education option for themselves, given their unique needs.


 

Currently, Fulton County Schools offers some degree of choice options to families including magnet programs, charter schools, open enrollment where space is available, and family and employee hardship considerations. During the 2014 - 2015 school year, Fulton County Schools is exploring strategic expansion of school choice options to improve student achievement by offering more selection to meet student needs across the District, while utilizing facilities and resources efficiently.

 

Fulton County Schools believes in locally grown educational solutions tailored to each community's specific needs and are holding two meetings in North Fulton indicated above. Please plan to attend one of these forums to share what your family values in a school of choice.

 

FAQs

Q: What will be discussed at the forums in January?
A: The District will engage parents in discussions around the following areas: academic characteristics; curricular attributes; cultural attributes; convenience factors .

Q: May I attend a forum outside my learning community?
A: You are not required to attend the forum for your learning community. Please attend whichever forum makes sense for your family.


Centennial Reflection Winners 

North Fulton Council Level

 

Centennial High School had a big showing at the North Fulton Council Reflections competition with this year's theme "the world would be a better place if..."  Centennial had six winners and two honorable mentions. The six winners will have their entries sent to the state competition.  This is the largest number of entries sent to the state level by Centennial students in many years!  Congratulations to our winners!


Winners

Pamela Silva-Suarez  10th grade Visual Arts

Serena Su  10th grade Visual Arts

Julia Lee   12th grade Visual Arts

Kaley Shooter 10th grade Photography

Olivia Datta  9th grade Literature

Gian Harper  12th grade- Literature

 

Honorable Mention

Madeline Watson 12th grade Visuals

Chole Lecates   9th grade Literature


Centennial Hosts 3rd Annual College Week

 

Centennial High School continues to actively promote the college going culture through events offered during our annual College Week, which took place November 3rd - 8th


 

Over the course of the week students were offered a variety of opportunities to learn about post-secondary education options. Breakout sessions covering 13 different topics related to college and career planning were offered. Guest speakers and expert panelists engaged students in all grades in discussions and activities focused on everything from exploring college options, SAT/ACT test prep, and college admissions to military options, the NCAA and financial aid. 

 

One of the hallmark events of the week was the Apply to College event where 276 Seniors applied to college with the assistance of college admission officers, school counselors, and community volunteers. 2014 was the third year Centennial has hosted College Week. Last year Centennial's graduating Class of 2014 reached a 92% college going rate and received over $6.6 million in scholarships. It is our goal to maintain and build upon that momentum again this year. 

 

AVID


 

AVID is a new program to Centennial that has had great success in its pilot year.  The purpose of AVID is to prepare students for admission to a four-year college or university.  


 

 

Students in the program take an AVID Elective course which provides the skills needed to be successful in advancing academically, with the ultimate goal of attending college.  Students are taught study skills, note-taking, time management, writing skills, and research skills, while being immersed in a college-going culture.  


 

The AVID students have attended a field trip to Georgia Tech's homecoming game, where they got to tour the school and experience a college football game.  They also went to the Chattahoochee Nature Center where they partnered with our AP Environmental Science class and learned about our environment and canoed through the Chattahoochee River.  There are many more exciting field trips and speakers planned for the AVID students including several more college campus field trips and a trip to the High Museum of Art.  


 

There are currently 21 9th graders in the AVID program.  These students will be involved in AVID throughout their high school career.  Next year, as this inaugural group moves onto 10th grade, we will be adding a new cohort of 9th graders.


 

The AVID program was brought to Centennial through the efforts of the Centennial Governance Council.

 


CHORUS NOTES

 

Congratulations to Elizabeth Raeside and Joel Terning for being selected to sing in the 2015 All State Chorus March 5th-7th.

    
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.


International Baccalaureate

Centennial HS (along with Alpharetta HS) is beginning a year long feasibility study for the IB Diploma Programme. The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an integrated and balanced educational approach

that has four major components: Research, How You Learn Something, Learning a Secondary Language and Community Service. Those components are built on a curriculum which centers on:

  1. Six subjects (Language Arts, Secondary Language, Experimental Sciences, the Arts, Mathematics and Individuals and Societies);
  2. An extended essay that the student works on for half of their junior and half of their senior year;
  3. Theory of Knowledge (a philosophy class of critical reflection on knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom);
  4. Fluency in a language;
  5. CAS (Creativity, Action, Service - extra curricular activities where students lead and engage in a wide range of activities that involving creative thinking, physical exertion and community service).

Similar to Advanced Placement (AP) courses, the student in the IB program can obtain college credit for select classes, is exposed to rigorous coursework and is prepared for post secondary education. AP courses focus on single subjects or specific areas of study while the IB program is a comprehensive curriculum where concepts and information are taught through multiple disciplines. Most schools that offer the IB program also have a thriving AP program. Students choose the programs based on their interests and their prefered model of study.

 

Important Information for Juniors and Students Considering Dual Enrollment Courses Next Year:

 

If you are interested in taking college classes at Centennial next year or are considering off campus college options, students must apply directly to the college(s) that is teaching the class and must be admitted to participate.   

 

On Campus

College English: Georgia Perimeter College http://depts.gpc.edu/dualenrollment  

College Calculus: Georgia Tech http://www.admission.gatech.edu/distancecalculus 

College Math: Gwinnett Tech - stay tuned for more information

 

Off Campus

Kennesaw State University: http://www.kennesaw.edu/dehp/

 

In order to apply to these schools, you will also need to take either the SAT or ACT by 3/31/15. 

 

Please note the following timeline for Spring Term 2015: 

 

January 9       Registration Deadline for February 7 ACT 

January 15     Dual Enrollment Application Deadline for Kennesaw State University**

January 29     AP / Dual Enrollment Information Night for 2015-16

February 7      Last ACT offered before Fulton County deadline

February 13    Registration Deadline for March 14 SAT 

March 14        Last SAT offered before Fulton County deadline

March 31        Fulton County Dual Enrollment Application Deadline (for any local                                  college except Kennesaw State)

 

**All application documents must be received by KSU by this deadline.  For details and requirements, please visit http://www.kennesaw.edu/dehp/ 

For additional info reference the FAQ document from the GADOE at http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/CTAE/Documents/FY15-Dual-Enrollment-FAQ.pdf.  

 

SENIOR INFORMATION

Senior Dues and Fees

Senior Dues for the Class of 2015 are now $40
This fee is mandatory for seniors who participate in senior class events.

DUES include the following:
  • Admission to all Senior Week festivities held in the spring (catered lunch, ice cream social, etc.)
  • Class of 2015 T-shirt
  • Senior Service Day T-shirt
  • Graduation Lunch
Graduation Fees for the Class of 2015 are $95. 
Payment will be accepted on the Balfour Website ( gabalfour.com ).  Please pay before March 1 to avoid paying a hefty late fee. This fee is mandatory for all seniors who participate in the graduation ceremony.

FEES include the following: Graduation cap and gown
  • Class of 2015 tassel
  • Leather diploma cover
  • Live stream of the graduation ceremony
  • 2015 commemorative Coca-Cola
  • Rental of graduation facility, tickets, programs, etc.
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PROJECT GRADUATION (PG15)
Thursday, May 21, 2015, 11:00 PM until 6:00 AM

Project Graduation is a safe, drug and alcohol free night of fun for  graduating seniors. Come celebrate with your classmates for the final  time! The p rice includes unlimited racing, games, food, rock climbing, DJ, Trivia,  Poker tournament, gifts, and prizes!
Only $70 ($85 if purchased after April 1, 2015)
Signed registration and liability release forms must accompany your
payment. Forms can be downloaded at the CHS PTSA website OR you can
pick them up in the front office.
Please make checks payable to CHS PTSA. Drop off completed forms and
check at the front office.

Raffle Drawing  
If you register for Project Graduation by February 13th, your name will be entered into a raffle!  Boys:  A  free prom tux rentals which includes  a black jacket, black pants, black bow-tie, black backless vest and a standard tux shirt.  Girls:  A $350 dress Size 6 from A Formal Affair's private collection.

2015 Yard Signs
Display with pride that you have a graduating SENIOR!  Order your yard signs now.    Deadline is April 15th-$25 each or 2 for $40. Personalized Topper is $15.

Donations for PG15 

The event is self-funded, so your tax-deductible donation is essential to the success of the program. Monetary donations, as well as gift items for work and college-bound students, are greatly appreciated.   If you choose to make a monetary donation, checks should be made payable to "CHS PTSA".  In addition, we are in need of food donations for the actual event on May 21, 2015 (such as non-alcoholic drinks, snacks, desserts, etc).

 

For up to date information on all things Senior 2015 visit the PTSA Senior web page.

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


PTSA Senior Service Scholarship Opportunity!


 

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 27 th at 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 an d selection process, an opportunity to ask questions and learn about how to complete an application which best reflects the quality, diversity and 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 or go to the Senior page on the PTSA website. 

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

 

 


Cong ratulations to Caroline Miley 
Centennial's New Assis tant Principal!!


Update from Centennial SGC

A Request for Flexibility proposal has been submitted to the Superintendent's office for the next school year.  If 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.  We are seeking a seat time waiver for the study skills course.

The SGC is also working on a 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. 

Realtor Meeting at Centennial

 

Centennial welcomed 15 local realtors on Tuesday, 12/9.  They were very excited to learn about Centennial and the wonderful things going on here.  The event was so successful that we are looking to host a second one on Thursday, March 12, 2014

from 9:30 - 11 in the Learning Commons.

 

What is Happening at the Centennial Learning Commons?


 

The Learning Commons is a very busy place this school year. We have had numerous visitors and have received attention and accolades from our own school system, private schools, neighboring systems, and even systems from other states. Mrs. Yelvington, our media center specialist, has made presentations about the Learning Commons at a state technology conference in addition to sharing information with media specialists from other schools. The Learning Commons is bustling before, during, and after school with students and staff utilizing the Media:scape, learning pods, ipads, and 3-D printer as well as our most recent addition, a charging station that includes adaptors to charge a variety of items. Make sure that you come and check out what all of the excitement is about and visit the Centennial Learning Commons.


Learn More about Eating Disorders

 

Do you know that chances are that you know someone with an eating disorder?  The Centennial Guidance Office would like you to check out the following links and learn more about this very serious issue.

 neighbornewspapers.com/view/full_story/25949289/article-LOCAL-VOICES--Eating-disorders---It-s-not-what-you-think--?instance=dekalb


www.eatingdisorders.cc/common-misconceptions.html

 


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.

Linda Schultz - Wednesday 12/17 9:30 AM Hembree Springs Middle School
Julia Bernath and Linda Schultz Joint Meeting - 1/21/15 Holcomb Bridge Middle School
Linda McCain - 1/21/15 River Trail Middle School
Local and State Legislation Information

1.  There is a special election to fill Lynn Riley's seat.  Early voting will be over the holiday break at the Johns Creek Environmental campus.  There are currently 5 candidates for the position. More information can be found at the Fulton County Elections page
2.  The legislative session begins on Monday, January 12th.  There is much discussion about a possible re-write of the current funding formula.  There are con ce rns that any re-write will bring funding DOWN to current levels so politicians can report that they "fully fund" education.

  Fundraising at CHS

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!

 

Track and Field 

Midas Oil Changes


 

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.

 

CHS Band Fundraisers


 

Aurora Theater - Opening Night of The Hobbit (December 17th)
Come celebrate the end of the semester at Aurora Theater (5100 Commerce Pkwy., Roswell 30076) at the opening night with a PRIVATE showing of The Hobbit on December 17th at 6:30p.m. 


 

All proceeds will benefit the CHS Band and there will be raffle prizes. Tickets are $10. Soda and popcorn can be bought together for $5 which includes 1 free refill on popcorn and unlimited refills on soda. 


 

To reserve your spot, email Leslie Thomson (lbt@hp.com) with "The Hobbit" in the subject line, your name and the number of seats you would like to reserve. So, hurry up and reserve seats for you, your family and friends for this exciting event!

 

California Pizza Kitchen Hosts Centennial During the Holidays

Join the Mighty Knights Marching Band during Centennial days at CPK now  through December 19th. 


 

Anytime you dine at CPK during these 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!




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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