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CHS eNEWS                                         August 2015


CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL PTSA'S ONLINE NEWSLETTER
Thank You For Joining PTSA!
Thank you Centennial Community for all of your  generous donatio ns to the PTSA Membership Drive.  Your Donations will be used to fund mini-grants for our teachers, student activities, scholarships, etc.  We are so thankful.  If you haven't joined the PTSA, it is never too late!  Click on the Membership Link below.

Curriculum Night
Wednesday, September 2, 6:00 - 8:30PM

Curriculum Night is the opportunity to follow your student's schedule and visit each of his/her classes.  You will get a chance to meet the teachers and hear about what will be going on in their classes for the year.  It is a very, very important and informative night.  Try to make plans to be there.

6:00 - 6:30pm (cafeteria) - TAG Meeting
6:00 - 6:30pm (auditorium) - Principal Greeting and State of the School followed by a Parent Session for Digital Citizenship.
6:35 - 6:45 (auditorium) - PTSA General Meeting
6:45pm - dismissal to 1st period of your student's schedule
7:00pm - 1st period begins

Centennial Athletics
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Football
Come out and support Centennial Knights Football!!  
Check out the 2015 Schedule.

Date
Time
Opponent/Event Location
Fri, Aug 28
07:30 PM
Roswell
Fri, Sep 04
07:30 PM
South Forsyth 
Fri, Sep 11
07:30 PM
Lambert
Fri, Sep 18
07:30 PM
Chattahoochee
Fri, Sep 25
07:30 PM
Johns Creek 
Fri, Oct 02
TBA
Bye

Fri, Oct 09
07:30 PM
Alpharetta
Fri, Oct 16
07:30 PM
Habersham**
Homecoming
Fri, Oct 23
07:30 PM
North Forsyth
Fri, Oct 30
07:30 PM
West Forsyth 
Fri, Nov 06
07:30 PM
Northview

Thank you to the over 80 parents and players who came out for Knight Pride Day.  They cleaned the stadium, installed Booster Seats, painted the locker room walls, painted the new C logo all over, weeded, put down pine straw, pressure washed and cleaned the concession stand, hung banners and lastly organized the ticket booth.  What a great day with proud students and parents!  Go Knights.

**   Homecoming Game **  Get Homecoming Weekend on your schedules.  10/16 will be the Homecoming Parade and game.  The Homecoming Dance will be on Saturday, 10/17.

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Volleyball
Our Varsity girls are off to a 4-0 start!



FINAL SENIOR PORTRAIT DATE FOR 2016 SENIORS:
September 12th from 9:30am-4:30pm in the auditorium
All seniors must be photographed on one of these days and must schedule an appointment in advance. Sitting fees must be paid the day of your portrait session. 
Bronze Sitting $30 (1 casual outfit)
Silver Sitting $40 (2 casual outfits) 
Gold Sitting $50 (up to 5 casual outfits)
To schedule a senior portrait session you can visit our website at www.peachtreeportraits.com, call (770) 934-2277 or email us at customercare@peachtreeportraits.com

Senior Class Information

Senior Parent Night and Cla ssroom Guidance
Thursday, August 27
6:30 pm at the CHS Auditorium  

CHS Counselors will host a "Senior Parent Night", at which time we will present information about college admissions, the college a pplication process, and scholarships/financial aid. We will also review the transcript/recommendation process in detail. We will also share the same information with students beginning the week of  August 31 .

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Final Portrait Date for 2016
September 12 from 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM in the Auditorium
See Yearbook section above for more information.
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Senior Dues and Fees Information for the Class of 2016!
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Communication for  the Class of 2016 will be done through Remind.  To enroll in this communication system, s tudents and parents need to text the message @c83d2 to the number 81010.  This will complete the enrollment process for the account we will be using for all Senior communications this year. Please enroll as soon as possible.  It is important that parents also enroll so you do not miss any information about Senior events throughout the year including graduation.
Senior Dues and Senior Fees are two different payments that Seniors must pay to participate in Senior Activities this year. 
Senior Dues include the following
  • Admission to all Senior Week festivities
  • Class of 2016 T-shirt
  • Senior Service Day T-shirt *Seniors who pay their $45 senior dues before the official Senior Service Day Registration Date (September 30th) will be given an opportunity to sign up for volunteer sites early on September 29th.
  • Graduation Lunch
Senior Dues for the Class of 2016 are $45 and are due by December 18 th .  Payment may be made by cash or check.  Please make checks payable to Centennial High School and turn it in to Mrs. Kate McKay in the Learning Commons.  After December 18  senior dues will be subject to late fees. 

This payment is mandatory for seniors who participate in senior class events.
If you do not pay your dues, you will not be able to participate in the above activities with the exception of Senior Service Day (ALL seniors are expected to participate in SSD).
Graduation Fees  include the following:
  • Graduation cap and gown
  • Class of 2016 tassel
  • Leather diploma cover
  • Centennial's graduation medallion
  • Rental of graduation facility, tickets, programs, etc.
Graduation Fees for the Class of 2016 are $100.   Payment will be accepted on the Balfour Website (gabalfour.com) beginning in August .  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.

For additional information please contact the following teachers who are the Senior Co-Sponsors this year.

Sheila Jimenez
Stephanni Prelac
Jessica Taylor

Sign up for Remind: text the message @c83d2 to the number 81010.
Sign up for Senior Parent's FB page Like us on Facebook

Freshman Class Information

Freshman Parent Night  will be on 
Monday, September 28 at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium.  
Freshmen Parent Night Part 1:   Supporting Your 9 th  Grader through the Transition into High School.   Whether this is your first time as a high school parent or not,  come and learn about graduation requirements and other important information to help your student succeed.   Special Guest: Tracy McConaghie -  McConaghie Family Counseling.  Ms. McConaghie will talk about helping our students maintain balance in their lives.

Freshman Survival Camp
Freshman Survival Camp on August 5 th introduced 200 new Centennial Knights to the ins and outs of the campus.  Students toured the building and got to know upperclassmen who shared stories and advice about how to succeed at Centennial.  Welcome to Centennial, Class of 2019!  

New Parent Forum 
Thursday September 3 at 8:30 AM
The Learning Commons.  

The PTSA is excited to share our experiences, answer your questions and welcome new members to our community.  Please join PTSA Co-Presidents Ginger Verch and Kristin Sharpe for coffee and conversation. Click here for more information.

Fall Mock SAT and ACT Tests

The PTSA sponsors Mock Tests in both the fall and spring of each sc hool year.  These tests are administered by Applerouth and are very helpful in determining the appropriate test prep plan for a student.   This is a very good opportunity for sophomores and juniors.  The following are the dates that are scheduled for this Fall at Centennial.

Mock SAT      9/26 9am-1pm               
Follow up meeting to review scores     10/7 @ 6:30pm

Mock ACT      10/17 9am-1pm
Follow up meeting to review scores  10/28 @ 6:30pm

The SAT test will be changing in 2016.  There is a possibility that we will also sponsor a Mock Test for the New SAT in late October/November.
Test Prep Courses
There are a variety of SAT and ACT prep opportunities availab le to students throughout the year. Students are highly encouraged to take advantage of the test prep courses, practice tests, diagnostic tests and online resources offered to them. For information about upcoming and ongoing test prep opportunities, please visit the counseling website and click on the SAT & ACT Prep Opportunities  link on the right hand tool bar under Popular Topics.
Fall Means College Time at Centennial
 
CHS Juniors and Seniors are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the following upcoming college representative visits.
 
T o attend one of these information sessions, come to the counseling office and sign up with Ms White prior to the visit. When you sign up you will receive a pass to be excused from class during the time of the session. College representative meetings will take place in the College and Career Center (located in the counseling office). Check the schedule for dates and times to make sure you do not miss out on any of these great opportunities!  More visits will be scheduled for October and November.

August 27  Berry College -  10:00-11:00
August 27  Furman -  1:45-2:45
August 31  University of North Georgia -  9:00-10:00
Septembr 1  Life University -  10:00-10:45
September 1  Florida State Univ -  1:45-2:45
September 3  University of Colorado (Boulder) -  10:45-11:30
September 4  Colgate University -  10:45-11:30
September 4  Agnes Scott -  2:15 - 3:00 
September 8  Presbyterian College -  10:00-10:45
September 8  University of South Carolina -  1:45-2:45
September 9  University of Alabama -  2:00-3:00
September 11  Carnegie Mellon -  9:00-10:00
September 11  Georgia State University -  1:45-2:45
September 16  Belmont University -  10:00-11:00
September 16  NYU -  10:00-11:00
September 17 Vanderbilt - 9:00 - 10:00
September 17 Georgia Tech 1:45 - 2:45
September 21  Valdosta State -  10:15-11:15
September 22  American University  -  1:45-2:45
September 23  Lynn University -  9:30-10:30
September 29  SCAD -  9:00-10:00

 
The PROBE College Fair is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 1 from 6 PM - 9 PM at North Point Mall. This is a great event for students and parents to meet admission representatives from several colleges from all over the country and gather information about prospective schools. Junior and Senior students are strongly encouraged to attend this event. Event is free of charge.  DO NOT MISS THIS IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY TO MEET MANY DIFFERENT COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES. Please visit http://www.gaprobe.org/ for additional information.

Scheduled to Attend*:
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Highlands College Savannah College of Art and Design
Agnes Scott College Georgia Institute of Technology Savannah State University
Alabama A&M University Georgia Military College Sewanee: The University of the South
Alabama State University Georgia Perimeter College Shorter University
Albany State University Georgia Regents University South Carolina State University
Anderson University Georgia Southern University South Georgia State College
Andrew College Georgia Southwestern State University Southern Polytechnic State University
Armstrong State University Georgia State University Spelman College
Atlanta Metropolitan State College Gordon State College State University of New York College at Cortland
Auburn University Gwinnett Technical College Sweet Briar College
Auburn University at Montgomery High Point University Temple University
Belmont Abbey College Hiwassee College Tennessee Wesleyan College
Belmont University Jacksonville State University The Art Institutes
Berry College Johnson & Wales University The Ohio State University
Brenau University Johnson C. Smith University The University of Kansas
Brewton-Parker College Kennesaw State University Troy University
Chattahoochee Technical College King University Truett-McConnell College
Clark Atlanta University LaGrange College Tuskegee University
Clayton State University Lee University University of Alabama
Clemson University Lehigh University University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
College of Coastal Georgia Lenoir-Rhyne University University of Cincinnati
Columbia College Liberty University University of Florida
Columbus State University Life University University of Georgia
Converse College Louisiana State University University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)
Covenant College Maryville College University of Missouri
Darton State College Mercer University University of Montevallo
Davidson College Middle Georgia State College University of North Florida
Davidson College Mississippi State University University of North Georgia
East Georgia State College North Carolina Central University University of South Carolina
Elon University North Carolina State University University of South Carolina Aiken
Emmanuel College Paine College University of South Carolina Beaufort
Emory & Henry College Path2College 529 Plan University of Tennessee
Emory University - Emory College & Oxford College Penn State University University of West Georgia
Florida Institute of Technology Pfeiffer University Valdosta State University
Florida Southern College Piedmont College Vanderbilt University
Florida State University Point University Virginia Commonwealth University
Fort Valley State University Presbyterian College Virginia Tech
Furman University Providence College Warren-Wilson College
GaONmyLine Purdue University Western Carolina University
Gardner-Webb University Reinhardt University Winthrop University
Georgia College Salem College Young Harris College
Georgia Gwinnett College Samford University

PTSA Reflections

"Let Your Imagination Fly"

 

The CHS PTSA Reflections program kicks off in early September, and all students are invited to start thinking about ideas for entries based on this year's theme: "Let Your Imagination Fly."     Reflections is a great tool to unleash your artistic talents in six different categories: Photography, Dance Choreography,

Visual Arts, Musical Composition, Film/Video Production, and Literature. Student entries are judged at the school level.  The winners advance to the North Fulton 

County level and then to the state level. Students whose entries win at the school level are recognized on Honors Night.  Multiple entries are encouraged.  The deadline for entries will be mid October and the exact date will be announced once school starts.   To gather more information please contact Richard Raeside at rraeside@comcast.net or 770-641-6252. 

 

Centennial School Governance Council (SGC)
The Centennial SGC is excited about the start of our 3 rd year as a Governance Council.  We are in the process of evaluating possible RFFs for the upcoming year.  An RFF is a Request for Flexibility - a request to waive our school from having to follow a particular state requirement.  For example, a Centennial RFF that we had approved in our inaugural year is the Personal Fitness Waiver.  Centennial Athletes, ROTC and Band members can waiver out of Personal Fitness.  
Come check out our STEM and Humanities Co-Labs.  We are in the process of converting old computer labs to our new Co-Labs with Seed Money granted to our Centennial SGC earlier this year.
The Centennial SGC members for 2015/2016 are:
Chair - Caroline Truax 
Vice Chair and Outreach/Communications Chair - Karen LeCates 
Secretary/Parliamentarian - Courtney Allen
Finance/Budget Chair - Shellie Marino 
Jeremy Bennett
Diane Jacobi
Bob Kuhn
Marcelle Male
David Smith

 

Open PTSA Positions

 Please Consider Volunteering!!


 


 

PTSA is still looking to fill a few volunteer spots for next year.  Please consider joining us as we partner with CHS to make the school a great place for our students. 

  • 9th grade Student Council Parent Liaison (work with elected Freshman Student Council and the teacher coordinator to help organize the events Student Council arranges) C ontact Kyla Ross if interested:   kylaross48@gmail.com
  • Communications Committee (work with VP of Communications in promoting information about Centennial to the school community).  Contact Eva Taylor or Caroline Truax if interested (evabtaylor@gmail.com or caroline.truax@gmail.com).


FCS School Board Community Meetings 

Centennial High School is represented by three FCS school board  members.  Each board member  holds monthly community meetings to keep  residents informed about issues and give citizens the opportunity to comment on Board agenda items.  
  • Julia Bernath/Linda McCain Joint Meeting - Tuesday, August 18, 9:30 AM at the Johns Creek Environmental Center 
  • Linda Schultz - Wednesday, August 19, 9:30 AM at Crabapple Middle School

PTSA General Meeting

Please join us for our first PTSA meeting on September 2 at 6:35PM  in the Auditorium. Our short meeting will introduce you to the CHS PTSA Board and we will vote on the 2015 - 2016 Budget.   Please click here to see proposed meeting.
  Fundraising at CHS
Please take the time to regularly check out the Fundraising tab on the PTSA website www.centptsa.orgParticipating in these fundraisers really helps out our school.

Tanner Photography Fundraiser
Don't blink!  Time flies and sooner than you think, your student will be out of the house! Now's the time to take a great family portrait! Tanner Photography is offering family sittings and an 11" x 14" print for the low cost of  $25 . This is a deal that can't be beat! To take advantage of it, sign-up by clicking here.   Online sign-ups will continue until September
26th.1 00% of the proceeds goes to the Centennial Band!  

Email questions to  chsknightsband@gmail.com .
Appointment times will fill up quickly, so act now to get the best time slot for your family!

Directory Sponsors Needed

We are looking for sponsors for our upcoming directory. Sponsors will have an ad in the directory as well as a scrolling ad on our new and improved website. Contact us at centennialptsacommunication@gmail.com for more information.


Holcomb Bridge Hustle 5K
Saturday, November 14th, 7:30 am

 

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! First 80 HBMS students to sign up receive a Braves Bobble Head!

Sign up by September 15th for discounted entry fee of $15 for students/HBMS staff and $25 for adults.  Entry fee increases $5 after September 15th.  Entry fee includes a t-shirt, goody bag, post-race refreshments and electronic timing chips.  Festivities will include a DJ, sponsor tables and an awards ceremony for top racers in various categories.  We are pleased partner again this year with The Kyle Pease Foundation to help facilitate the participation
of assisted-athletes in the event.

Below are the 2 easy ways you can register:
 
·  Online:
https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=22993453
·  By Mail:  Send in the attached Registration Form to HBMS. "Click here for a flyer and more information"
  
Don't miss this fun opportunity to participate in the Holcomb Bridge Hustle with your family, friends and neighbors!
 
If you have any questions, would like to volunteer or if your company would like to be a Hustle sponsor email hbhustle5K@gmail.com.

Accident  Avoidance  Workshops
 
Driver trainin' the way it ought'a be!
 
Question: If there was a captivating program you could attend with your student, that would reduce the likelihood of them being involved in an accident by more than 75%, would you attend?  And if so, how much would that be worth to you?  How does less than ½ of your insurance deductible sound?
 
Whether building confidence in new drivers, or knocking the hot-rods down a few pegs, the Accident Avoidance Workshops' goal is to save lives by positively impacting new drivers' development, in both their decision making abilities and the physical skills necessary to maximize on their own vehicle's capabilities without losing control of their vehicle, or themselves.
 
The Workshops are comi ng back to Centennial High School this October and spaces will go fast. Don't delay, sign up today.  Click here for more information and for a complete schedule, or call 770-262-7009.  If you are ready to register you may click here.

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!



Connect your Target Card to Centennial!

Target REDCard sends 1% of purchases to our school and saves you 5% at Target stores every time you shop - another win-win!  
Visit https://redcard.target.com/redcard/rc_main.jsp to learn more and to get an application.

 

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.


 www.centennialathletics.com Official Centennial Athletics Website

 

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


 

Like us on Facebook     Centennial PTSA Face Book page
 

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

 

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Like us on Facebook!

 

The PTSA manages the Centennial High School - Home of the Knights facebook page.  Our facebook audience is from our entire Centennial community - current, past, future students and parents.  We love to get the word out on the fun and exciting things going on at our school.  If you have Centennial events coming up, exciting accomplishments or better yet, fun school pictures, please get them to us.  And of course, remember to LIKE us!


Check out our New Website! www.centptsa.org

We hope that along with the official Centennial High School website, the PTSA website will help provide you with all the information you need from CHS.  We are always looking for ideas to increase content, so please let us know what you want to see and how. centennialptsacommunications@gmail.org


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