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August  2016

Curriculum Night: WEDNESDAY, Aug 31, 2016
Parents for all grades participate in curriculum night.  It is the opportunity to meet all of your students' teachers and learn what they will be working on this year.  The following is the schedule for the evening:

6:00 - 6:30pm (cafeteria) - TAG Meeting
6:35 - 6:45 (auditorium) - Principal Greeting and PTSA General Meeting
6:50pm - dismissal to 1st period of your student's schedule
7:00pm - 1st period begins

Reminder of New Carpool Procedures
Student drop-off and pick-up is now in our back stadium parking lot. To increase student safety, there is a new traffic pattern that must be observed for all traffic in that lot.

1. When cars enter the lot, they will be directed to the right at the first turn.
2. ALL traffic must make that right turn and the lot will continue as a one-way loop. 
3. There are two lanes by the sidewalk for the school and we ask that all drop-off and pickup will be in the right lane so through traffic can use the left lane. 
4. Traffic will also need to complete the loop around the portables to exit, as the exits at the end of the rows will now be blocked off. 

This traffic pattern will remain in effect 24 hours a day and will continue even after the front loop has reopened.

VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL: Come to this Stadium entrance. Park in any open spot. If you are going to be at the school for a long time, place a note on your dashboard. Go into the gym entrance doors and sign in at the desk located immediately at the entrance.

Excellent Study Skills Suggestions
This document was developed by Centennial's Biology teacher, Mr. Kuhn.  It is how to study based on current research into how people learn. Please take the time to check it out!

Centennial Athletics
2016 - 17 Season Tickets are now available. 

This year Centennial is working with GoFan and Huddle Tickets to provide online ticketing for all of our Knight supporters. 

To purchase tickets, click on the link:

Once on the page you can buy tickets for individual games. At the top of the list, you will see an All Sports Pass. At this time it says volleyball (the next available game) but this will give you tickets to ALL home sports events at Centennial for the 2016-17 school year (excluding playoffs). Once you click the BUY NOW button you will see all of the preloaded games. As games get added to our schedule for winter and spring sports, that list will continue to be updated and you will receive an individual game ticket for each event. You can buy tickets as a Centennial Student, an Adult, or as a Middle/Elementary aged student. Centennial students that purchase early will receive a free t-shirt or car flag (while supplies last)!

You can redeem tickets by using your smart phone. Tickets will be sent via email but will also be available on the GoFan ticketing app. Just open the app or email, select the game for that day and present the QR code to the ticket taker. They will scan your phone and you are good to go!   For additional information go to  or contact any of our booster clubs for more information!

2016 - 17 Season Tickets
Centennial Students: $40
Middle/Elementary Students: $40
Adults: $75

Knights Football Getting Ready for a Great Season!

While most of us think of Fall as the beginning of Football season, our Knights have been working hard all summer to get ready for a great year.     This summer the Knights qualified for and competed in the National 7v7 Championship, July 14-16 in Hoover, AL for the 2 nd year in a row.   This event brings together the top 32 High School 7v7 Football teams in the country to compete, providing an opportunity for a national audience to preview teams and talent.     

Another exciting event for the Knights this summer was the 2nd Annual Knights Golf Tournament, a team fundraiser that was held at Country Club of Roswell on July 25th.  More than 90 players and volunteers participated in this event which included a four-man scramble golf tournament, a silent auction and dinner.    We encourage you to think about joining us in this fun event next summer as a player or sponsor.  

The Knights Fall game schedule will look a little different this year with some new teams on the calendar due to becoming part of the 7-AAAAAA region this Spring.   The season opener will be on August 26th at Wheeler at 7:30 pm, with the first official home game of the season on September 2nd against South Forsyth.     

On Thursday, August 18th, Centennial will be hosting our first pre-season scrimmage against Creekview at The Fortress.  The Freshman game is at 6 pm with Varsity following at 7:30 pm.     Please come out and support Knights Football!  We hope to see you at the games this season.  
It's A Great Day To Be A Knight!!

**A Special Note on the Away Game at Wheeler** Friday, August 26, Wheeler HS is having a Food Truck Night.   It starts at 5:30 and lasts until the start of the game. 
  • There will be several good food trucks, games, and so much more. 
  • All ages are welcome. 
  • It will be in the parking lot in front of the stadium.  
It is also Luau night.  Wheeler will dress in spirit wear or in luau clothing.  Let's make sure that we are wearing our Knights colors!!

7:30pm @ Wheeler High School
9/02 7:30pm South Forsyth High School
9/09 7:30pm @ Alpharetta High School
9/16 7:30pm Johns Creek High School
9/23 7:30pm Cambridge High School
9/30 7:30pm @ Chattahoochee High School
10/07 7:30pm Northview High School
10/14 8:00pm @ North Atlanta High School
10/22 7:30pm @ Dunwoody High School
10/28   7:30pm  
Pope High School

Congratulations Varsity Lady Knights on the win against Riverwood!   All Volleyball Game Schedules are posted on our website  
Gate fees are $5 Adults/$3 Students. 
Come out and support All Our Lady Knights!!
  • Monterrey Night Monday, August 29th 6:30-9:30pm to support the CHS Volleyball Teams...plan your week around eating out at Monterrey and support the CHS Volleyball Team, portion of your check will go back to our club to pay for needed equipment! 
  • CHS Volleyball Senior Night, Thursday 9/6 Main Gym...our Seniors Ally Gray and Christina Pio will be honored between the 5pm and 7pm game; please come out to support our Lady Knights!!
  • CHS Volleyball Announces Paint Can Fundraiser Sunday, September 25th 1-5pm in the CHS Bus Ramp (front of school).  Save your used paint cans and we will dispose of them for a nominal fee; contributions greatly appreciated!!
The Centennial Girls Basketball Program worked extremely hard over the summer! We participated in a summer league at Chattahoochee that allowed us to learn to play together and will only help us as the season gets started in October.
We will start Fall conditioning the week of August 22 nd  and details will be coming out soon about the dates and times of workouts. Any girls interested in playing basketball this year should plan to participate. All players must have an up to date physical. Please see Coach Domville in H-02 (students/players) or reach him by e-mail (parents) if there are any questions about conditioning or playing basketball this school year. Thank you!

Swim and Dive News: Registration for Swim and Dive will be September 8 at 7 PM in the cafeteria.

Look for an email soon with lots of details. If you signed up at open house, you are on the email list. If you are interested and not on the email list, please contact Chan Deas at to be added to the email list. All returning swimmers and divers are on the email list.
Also please note the following and begin processing the forms that are needed to participate. 

Beginning this year with Winter Sports; all forms will be online at this website Some fall sports are using it but it will be mandatory for all sports beginning with the winter season. 
Go Knights!

Dates for your Calendars:
  • Homecoming. Parade and football game 9/23 - dance on 9/24. The Homecoming Dance is held at the gym and is for all grades.
  • Prom 3/25 at the Fox Theatre. For juniors and seniors.

The Arts at Centennial
The Theatre Department is having open auditions for their fall production - "To Kill A Mockingbird" on August 23 and 24 after school in the black box. (G 53).  This play explores the racial tensions of the early 20 th  century in the south and applauds the strength of those who fight injustice.  It is as timely a topic now as it was when the novel was written in the 1950s. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Howard in G 53.   

The Foundation for the Fine Arts (FFA) is a non-profit, volunteer organization that supports the Fine Art Department (Band, Chorus, Orchestra, Theater, & Visual Arts) by contributing both volunteer hours and monetary assistance with significant capital investments. We raise money primarily though membership and donations, so we would love for you to join our organization and support our efforts. 

Support the FFA at Centennial by joining today at at the following membership levels:
  • NOBLE $25 - FFA Magnet and Recognition in the Programs
  • HEROIC $50 - Reserved Parking for One Concert/Performance, FFA Magnet and Recognition in the Programs
  • GALLANT $100 - 4 Reserved Seats for One Concert/Performance, FFA Magnet and Recognition in the Programs
  • CHIVALROUS $150 - 4 Reserved seats and reserved parking for one Concert/Performance, FFA Magnet and Recognition in the Programs
  • LORDS AND LADIES $200 - 4 Reserved Seats and reserved parking for two Concerts/Performances, FFA Magnet and Recognition in the Programs
  • MAJESTIC $300 - Gold Brick, 4 Reserved Seats and reserved parking for two Concerts/Performances, FFA Magnet and Recognition in the Programs
  • ROYAL COURT $500 - Reserved Seats and Reserved Parking for ALL Concerts and Performances, Gold Brick, FFA Magnet and Recognition in the Programs
We are always looking for people to join The FFA Board and further the Arts mission here at Centennial.  Please contact Charly Rowlands at

Centennial Governance Council (SGC)

Centennial's SGC just approved our school's next Strategic Plan. The 3 Areas that Centennial will Focus on over the next 3 years will be: Personalized Learning, Effective Instruction, and Technology.  See below for the complete plan summary.  

Also, through the Seed Fund Grant, Centennial will implement a learning space that allows students to engage in authentic and highly-individualized educational opportunities with cutting edge tools, both digital and analog, to accomplish class and personal projects. We will call our innovative learning space simply "The SPaCE" which will directly support our emerging school culture of "Shared Personalized and Creative Experiences."
The SPaCE will be located in the Learning Commons.  It will feature 3 rooms named the Shop, the Surge, and the Studio.  The Shop will be geared toward building and will feature high end 3D printers and laser cutters.  The Surge will feature electronics and robotics.  Finally, the Studio will have high end Audio/Video recording technology and editing software. 
Centennial High School is committed to giving every student personalized, optimized learning opportunities.   This commitment means that we aim to engage every student at his or her highest levels of learning. Our focus on personalized learning gives us an effective vehicle to engage all our students. Personalized learning requires a dramatic shift in teaching methodologies and infrastructure. Through the SPaCE we will provide access to a learning space where project-based, hands-on learning is specifically supported through differentiated best practices and strategies.

For this upcoming 2016-2017 school year, the Centennial Governance Council members are:

Kibbey Crumbley, Caroline Truax, Shellie Marino, Courtney Allen, Diane Jacobi, David Smith, Stacy Christie, Chelsea Burney, Norma Escalera-Smith, and Marie Willsey. Two senior students will also be joining the SGC.

 Everybody is welcome to attend the monthly SGC meetings.  All meeting information can be found at There are always 2 two minute slots open for public comment if anyone wants to address the Council. We are looking forward to another very exciting year. Go Knights!!


Senior year is so busy, please take our advice and Pay your dues now and write everything in your calendar. Create a note on your phone's notepad listing all of the items that you have already paid for, because you will not remember.  The list right now is:

  • Senior Pictures - should be done already.  Last Senior Portrait Date 9/10 -
  • Graduation Dues - mandatory to participate in graduation ceremony  
    $115 payable at - this price will go up to $170 in March 2017 so save money and pay early. 
      Graduation Dues  include the following:
  • Graduation cap and gown
  • Class of 2017 tassel
  • Leather diploma cover
  • Centennial's graduation medallion
  • Rental of graduation facility, tickets, programs, etc.
  • Senior Dues - mandatory to participate in senior week activities 
    Senior Dues pays for all senior week activities.  You will not be able to participate unless this fee is paid. Bring $40  payments to Ms. Jimenez in I-58 or Mrs. McKay in the Learning Commons   (Make checks payable to Centennial High School)   Pay by December 22nd to avoid $5 Late Fee!
    Pay by Oct. 1st and you get to sign up for a Senior Service Day site one day earlier than the rest!   Save money and pay early.
  • Sign up for Remind 101 and Google Classroom
    To receive text messages on Remind 101 by... Texting @e96g to 810-10
    To join our Google Classroom  Use  Class Code: uj382qi to get information on  Senior Service Day,  Homecoming Week,  Senior Week  and Graduation
  • Yearbook - create and purchase your senior ad as well as order your yearbook at
For additional senior information please contact the following teachers who are the Senior Co-Sponsors this year:
Sheila Jimenez -
Stephanni Prelac -

CHS Counselors will host a "Senior Parent Night" on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 in the CHS auditorium. Counselors will present information about college admissions, the college application process, and scholarships/financial aid. We will also review the transcript/recommendation process in detail. We will also share this information with students in early September through senior classroom guidance.

Volunteers are needed to chair the Graduation Night lock in at Andretti's. Plans and reservations need to start now, so this is a critical role to be filled.  Please consider volunteering if you wish for your senior to experience this fun and safe Centennial Graduation tradition.

Fall Means College Time at Centennial
CHS Juniors and Seniors are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the following upcoming college representative visits.
To 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.

1:00 PM
Sacred Heart University
10:00 AM
University of Colorado - Boulder
12:00 PM
University of North Carolina - Greensboro
2:00 PM
University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)
1:00 PM
University of Vermont
9:00 AM
DePauw University
10:00 AM
NC State University
1:00 PM
George Mason University
9:15 AM
Georgia Southern
2:00 PM
Mercer University
1:00 PM
Lynn University
10:00 AM
Elon University
9:00 AM
University of South Carolina
1:00 PM
9:00 AM
Furman University
10:00 AM
New York University 
1:00 PM
Drew University
2:00 PM
Emory University
2:00 PM

North Point Mall College Fair - 8/29/16

JUNIORS AND SENIORS: This is an excellent opportunity to  meet college reps and gather info from 30+ colleges, including ALL of the major colleges in the southeast. The college recruiters that are here are typically the ones who will be reviewing college applications for their college and coming to our high school for college visits.  It is ALWAYS a good idea to meet them.  Colleges keep track of your interest in them: college visits, college fairs, college visits to the high school, emails to the college, etc. They LIKE to see that you have a true interest in their school. The North Point Mall College PROBE Fair is on Monday, 8/29 from 6-9pm throughout the entire downstairs of the mall. Take advantage of this super close opportunity to learn about many, many colleges.

College Application and Financial Aid Seminars

Check out this seminar on the College Application Process at the Roswell Library on Norcross St.  


Princeton Review's ACT & SAT Prep Classes are at Centennial!

Fall 2016-17 offerings will consist of two SAT courses and two ACT courses - see the attached flyer or contact the counseling office for specific schedules and details.  All Fulton County Schools students are eligible to register for $125 (a discount of more than 80% off of our normal $699 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!   The Fall ACT  and SAT classes are starting  August 20, 2016 - register online  today  to provide your student with the skills needed to excel on the SAT or ACT!

To register, please visit Choose SAT or ACT above "FIND A COURSE" in the middle of the page and find your class from the resulting list.  Then click the green "Enroll" button, enter FCSATL in the Promo Code field, click "Apply" to see the discounted price, and Checkout!  Contact our office at  (404) 410-2588  with any questions. 
If your student is on Free or Reduced lunch, please contact your child's SCHOOL COUNSELOR for information to take the course on SCHOLARSHIP!!  

For One-on-One tutoring, Students in our school-based Fulton County courses are also eligible for discounted tutoring - contact our Tutoring Coordinator Kristin Hayter-Amberg at  470-447-1279  or for details!


We invite every parent, teacher and neighbor to join with PTSA, as we work to make Centennial High School the best it can be for our students...our most precious resource."

Join Online at  CHS PTA Membership OR   Print the Membership Form  and send to school 

Thank you to all volunteers for a successful open house!!

Freshman Class Information      

Counseling Department's Freshman Parent Nights
Freshmen Parent Night Part 1 (mid-September):  Supporting Your 9th Grader through the Transition into High School 
Freshman Parent Night Part 2 (February/March):  Developing a 4 year academic plan for your student

Specific dates and locations are to be determined and will be posted on the  CHS Counseling Website under the Parent Nigh t  link.  

National Honor Society
The National Honor Society (NHS) applications will be available beginning on 8/24 an d will be due on 9/11/2015.  There will be two locations where students can pick up the se forms: TAG office and Learning Commons.  Please contact Janet Siwy  with a ny additional questions.  National Honor Society is open to Juniors and Seniors.

School Pictures August 24th

School Portrait day is coming up quickly. Students will be receiving information within their English classes about purchasing portraits, but you can also pre-pay by  clicking here! Pre-paid online orders will receive 8 free wallet-sized shots, so order today! This will be the picture that will appear in the yearbook.

PTSA Reflections
"Let Your Imagination Fly"
The CHS PTSA Reflections program launches 8/22/16 and all students are invited to start thinking about ideas for an entry based on this year's theme "WHAT IS YOUR STORY"

Students can choose from 6 areas of interpretation for their entry: literature, musical composition, photography, visual arts (include drawing, painting, print making and collage), dance choreography and film/video production.

Students' works are judged at the local level and the winning entries advance to the council and state PTA levels.  Top state award winning entries advance to the national level of judging. For more info please check out Reflections - For Students - Programs - National PTA.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Welcome back to Centennial!!! 

I am Marchele Nelson, the IB Coordinator. As the new academic year begins, we are officially a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme for our 11 th  and 12 th  graders and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.  
IB World Schools share a common philosophy-a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. 

This summer some of our teachers helped us move toward our goal as well.  Four teachers attended training in their content areas of Literature, Spanish, Art, and Physics.  We will have several teachers to attend throughout the school year as well.  I will work to keep your informed about our progress through the help of the PTSA and the school website.  

Be on the lookout for our new IB newsletter throughout the year as well!! GO KNIGHTS!! 

Voter Registration Drive
Centennial High School PTSA will be holding a voter registration drive for students who will be at least 18 on or before Tuesday, November 8, 2016.  We encourage all our members to become educated on the issues and candidates and to CAST THEIR VOTE. 

This year, in addition to the presidential, congressional, and state legislator races, there will also be four constitutional amendments on the ballot. One, if passed, would allow state takeover of public schools.  Georgia PTA has taken a position on this amendment; you can find out more about the amendment and PTA's position at

Please speak with your student on this important aspect of citizenship.  If you are not registered to vote or would like to help your student fill out the form, you can register on-line at  and you can find a sample ballot at Georgia's "My Voter

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 - Wednesday, August 17, 9:30 AM at the Johns Creek Environmental Center 
  • Katha Stuart - Wednesday, August 17, 9:30 AM at Vickery Mill Elementary School

Check out our Website!

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.

  Fundraising at CHS
Accident Avoidance Workshops

Concerned that your teen driver is not prepared to handle the crazy traffic? Sign up for Accident Avoidance Workshops at Centennial High School (offered October 14th, and 17th or 18th and again in spring dates TBD).  AAW donates a portion of their proceeds from the workshops at our school to the PTSA.  AAW is "driver trainin' the way it ought'a be!"


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!

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 Athletics Website - Official Centennial High School Website.


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