CHS eNews
December 2016

Final Exam Schedule
Fall 2016
  • Exams cannot be given early.  All requests for excused absences during final exams must be submitted, in writing, to the students' administrator. 
  • If a student is absent during the final exam:
    • o   Student will receive a "0" on the exam.
    • o   The final grade is submitted reflecting the "0" on the final exam.
    • o   Once the student makes up the exam with the teacher, the grade is recalculated and a grade change form is submitted to Mrs. Stisher. 
  • Students must make up their final exam within 10 school days of returning, unless an extenuating circumstance occurs.  If a student fails to make-up their final exam within that specified time frame, they will receive a 10% grade reduction once the final exam is scored.   
  • Any exams not made up within 20 school days will result in the student receiving a "0".

PTSA Senior Service Scholarship

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 31st at 3:30pm All applicants are encouraged to attend one of two workshops which will take place January 26th and January 27th during A, B and C lunch in the Learning Commons meeting room.   This 10 minute 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
Parent To-Do
 Mark Your Calendars
Jan 18: Rising 9th Grade Parent Night   
(for current 8th grade parents)
Feb 2: Freshmen Parent Night  Part 2 (4 year plan)
Feb 8: Advanced Placement (AP) Night

New Parent Meeting and Principal's Coffee
Are you new to Centennial?  Do you have questions about Centennial and our community of parents, teachers and administrators?  Please join us for coffee and donuts in the Centennial Counseling Suite conference room on Thursday, February 2nd at 8:30 a.m.  for casual conversation with PTSA members and our principal, Ms. Crumbley.  
8th Graders will be Visiting Centennial in January

8th grade students from Centennial feeder middle schools, Haynes Bridge and Holcomb Bridge, will be taking field trips to visit Centennial on the following dates:  
  •  Holcomb Bridge Middle School:  Tuesday, Jan 24th
  •  Haynes Bridge Middle School: Wednesday, Jan 25th
For students that DO NOT attend Holcomb or Haynes: If you have an 8th grader from another middle school, click here to register for a visitation option.  The deadline for registration is January 15, 2017.
Student & Staff Accomplishments
Centennial Finishes Second at McCallie Invitational
Junior Swimmer Noland Deas Goes On to Swim at Junior National Championships
The Centennial Swim/Dive team placed 2nd overall at the McCallie Invitational meet in Chattanooga. 

Top finishers include:

2nd place 500 free - Brianna Bender
2nd place 200 free relay girls - Alexis Bender, Lindsey Bender, Tessa Sergile, Katharine Ward
2nd place 200 medley relay girls - Brianna Bender, Elly Deas, Emma Doherty, Katharine Ward
2nd place 400 free relay girls - Brianna Bender, Elly Deas, Emma Doherty, Tessa Sergile
3rd place 100 back - Elly Deas
3rd place 200 free - Noland Deas
3rd place 500 free - Noland Deas
3rd place 100 free - Emma Doherty
4th place 200 IM - Brianna Bender
5th place 100 fly - Elly Deas
5th place 50 free - Emma Doherty
5th place 200 IM - Katharine Ward
5th place 100 breast - Katharine Ward

In addition to a successful meet, Centennial Junior Noland Deas, competed in the  Speedo Winter Junior National Championships in Columbus, OH in both the 500FR and 200FR.  Deas has also earned the Academic All-American Award from USA Swimming. This is a huge honor, awarded for his efforts both in  the   classroom and in the pool.  

Centennial High School Model United Nations Team Competes at Vanderbilt University Conference
Team Earns Five Awards at Prestigious Event
Award Winners, L to R: Alexandra Chapman, Grace Truax, Rogan Foulis, Conner Evans and Riley Busbee
The Centennial High School Model United Nations team participated in a weekend of debate and diplomacy at the 13th annual  Vanderbilt University Model UN Conference  (VUMUN) from November 4-6, 2016. The prestigious event is hosted on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and attended by high school students from across the globe.
This was the first year Centennial attended the highly competitive event at Vanderbilt. The Centennial High School team had five award winners:
  • Outstanding Delegate for Rogan Foulis
  • Verbal Commendation for Conner Evans
  • Honorable Mention for Riley Busbee, Grace Truax, and Alexandra Chapman
These students along with Mr. Hoge, Model UN Coach and AP History and International Relations teacher at Centennial were recognized at the December 6th Fulton County School Board Work Session. Mr. Hoge received a Georgia National History Teacher of the Year honor. Go Knights!
Congratulations to Centennial Beta Club!
Beta Club came together for Operation Christmas Child last month.  The students put together 73 boxes for children around the world! Way to go Knights!

Clubs & Activities
Buy Studio Movie Grill Tickets to Raise Money for Prom
The Class of 2018 Student Council is holding their Studio Movie Grill Fundraiser.  They are selling movie tickets for $7 to benefit the Student Council Fund.  This helps students raise money for the Centennial High School Prom.   Please contact one of the representatives or officers Anna Hansil, CJ Andrews, Noland Deas, Arantza Echauz or Julia Green to purchase.  Checks are made out to CHS Student Council. Tickets  make perfect stocking stuffers!  
SkillsUSA Food Drive a Success! Coats are Next! 

SkillsUSA members collected over 250 canned goods and 50 perishable items for the Thanksgiving Holidays. The items were donated to North Fulton Community Charities on November 23rd. We will be collecting gently used coats, hats, gloves and blankets January 23-27, 2017. Help us continue to make a difference in our community to those in need! Contact Brandi Terrell at  for more information!

Buy Your Yearbooks Now!
We've already sold 70% of our inventory for the year-once the books sell out, there will be no more available for purchase! You can buy online at   or bring a check for $80 (made out to Josten's) to Ms. Scenna in room g-58 .

Parents of seniors! Make your child's senior year even more special by purchasing a senior ad for them. Ads will be published in the yearbook and range in price from $100 and up. Click here to purchase and build an ad:

Centennial Athletics
TRACK & FIELD Parent/Registration Meeting
Track & Field will hold a Mandatory Parent/Registration Meeting on Thursday, January 12th, at 6:30 PM in the Centennial cafeteria. All parents and athletes must attend in order to register for the team, pay fees, receive practice and meet schedules and place team gear orders.

The Arts 
CONGRATULATIONS to the following band students who made it to both the 2nd round All State auditions and the  GMEA District Honor Band  (performing February 3rd & 4th at North Atlanta H.S.):  Grace Wyner, Matthew Gilmore, Carson Coldren, Jonah Bergman, Trent Gibson, Rhett Mobley . We're proud of you!

A Wonderful Winter Concert!
We hope that everyone enjoyed the wonderful Winter Concert performed this past Tuesday by our very talented concert band students! Many thanks to Mr. Reid and Mr. Walker for teaching our students throughout this first semester and preparing them for this outstanding performance. For a look at video or photos, check us out at

Johns Creek Founders Day Parade
The Mighty Marching Knights proudly represented Centennial High School in the Johns Creek Founders Day Parade. The band's performance is on the Johns Creek FB page as the seventh video link.   Check it out!   Go Knights!

School Business
Fulton County Schools Receives Three-Year Extension on its Charter System Contract
Superintendent Jeff Rose announced that Fulton County Schools received a three-year extension on its   charter  system contract.  This is great news for Centennial. Because of this Charter system, Centennial has the Learning Commons, co-Labs, Makerspace, and waivers for Personal Fitness and Internships. Centennial is set to continue on its track of innovation and excellence.

"This extension is a proud moment for our school board. It shows the faith that our community and the Georgia Department of Education have in the direction of our school system," said Superintendent Rose. "Five years ago our school board had the courage to say that the status quo wasn't good enough for our school system and that the charter system model was an innovative way to drive improvement. This extension allows our district to continue the good work permitted by the flexibility of the charter system." 

A hallmark of the charter system framework is the way Fulton County Schools can receive flexibility from many one-size-fits-all state education requirements and support its schools in developing strategies to support the unique needs of their students. Most notably, the charter system model required each school to establish a School Governance Council comprised of employees, community members and parents. Together they work with the principal to establish a strategic plan that provides a common school vision and guides instructional improvement.

Using its charter flexibility, Fulton County Schools also created a process - known as Requests for Flexibility (RFF) - where School Governance Councils can develop and submit proposals to waive district and/or state law or policy to implement a school-based solution. To be considered, the proposals must align to the school's strategic plan and be supported by the school community and district.

The charter system framework also has allowed schools opportunities to request additional funds to implement their school-based strategies. Created through an appropriation from the Georgia Legislature, the Seed Fund aims to inspire and reward creative thinking by funding school-based solutions through an application process managed by the Fulton Education Foundation.

The three-year extension was unanimously approved by the Georgia Department of Education at its November meeting. 
School Climate Survey
Parents: just by taking this survey, you help to raise our school's report card
Each school receives a School Climate Star Rating (an important part of the CCRPI score or how our school is graded) and we need your input.   Please take a brief moment (less than 5 minutes) and fill out the Georgia Parent Survey . We want to hear how Centennial is doing!

The Survey is modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. You may complete the survey using your personal computer, smartphone or tablet.

Survey responses are anonymous.

The Senior Scoop
(a must-read for all seniors and their parents!)
Senior Treats #1

The PTSA handed out its first Senior Treat of the school year on December 14th. Seniors enjoyed a little sweet treat - donut holes and a candy cane! The next Senior Treat will be on   January 11th.
Centennial Foundation of the Fine Arts Scholarships
Each spring, the FFA awards three $500 senior scholarships.  To be eligible to apply, a student or their family:
  • Must be a member of the FFA for their Junior and Senior Years (the two-year requirement will be waived for those graduating in May 2017)
  • Must have attended Centennial for three years
  • Must have participated in a Fine Arts Discipline for at least two years, including their graduating year
  • Membership must be paid by 31 December, 2016
The Foundation of the Fine Arts (FFA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that supports the Fine Art Department (Band, Chorus, Orchestra, Theater, and Visual Arts) at Centennial High School.  Through membership, fundraising, and donations, we provide financial and volunteer support to the teachers and students of all of the fine arts departments.  Please join us by supporting the fine arts at Centennial with your tax-deductible contribution by visiting  Centennial High School Foundation For The Fine Arts | Join Today!  
  Both Senior and Graduation Dues  are mandatory if you want to participate in graduation activities.  Pay now before they go up in price!

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! 

Graduation Dues - MANDATORY to participate in graduation ceremony  

$115 payable at  - DUE BY FEBRUARY 1
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.
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 Week and Graduation
Yearbook  - Create and purchase your senior ad as well as order your yearbook at
Counseling Website - Check out the Senior section of the counseling website. It has all kinds of valuable information including how to get transcripts. You can access it through the school website or click here.

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

Sheila Jimenez -
Stephanni Prelac -

Graduation Signs for Class of 2017
Display with pride that you have a graduating SENIOR! Order your yard signs now. Limited quantities will be ordered. Send the following  information below and make checks payable to CHS PTSA.  Graduate's Name, Parent's Name, Subdivions, Address, Contact number/email and quantity ordered.  $25 for one or 2 for $40. Yard Signs will be available in late April.

Orders may be turned into the front office or mailed to:
  Centennial High School
Attn: Project Graduation Committee
9310 Scott Road
Roswell, GA 30076

More Dates For Your Calendars: 
Prom - March 25, 2017 at the Fox Theatre.  
For juniors and seniors.
Baccalaureate - May 7, 2017 at Mt. Pisgah
Graduation Rehearsal -  May 19 at Centennial
Graduation  - May 20, 2017 10am   New Location: Verizon Amphitheater
PTSA in Action
Parent Book Club

There will be a Parent Book Club meeting in late January to discuss the book Beyond Measure: Rescuing an Overscheduled, Overtested, Underestimated Generation.  This book compiles information from the research based documentary film Race to Nowhere that was shown on October 25 and the companion film Beyond Measure which will be shown on February 23, 2017.  We will discuss the book and its relevance to our community.  Based on the level of interest, we plan to have a day time meeting and an evening meeting.  The book is available at Amazon in hardcover, paperback and Kindle editions for less than $15  or at  If you are interested in attending the book club meeting, please RSVP to Kristin Sharpe at 

Please save the date for the next Beyond Measure film, which will take place on Thursday, February 23 at 6:30pm at CHS Auditorium.
Accident Avoidance Workshops

There will be another AAW at Centennial High School - Classroom Monday, February 13th. Driving session either morning or afternoon of Saturday, February 18th, or Sunday, February 19th. Sign up at
These Accident Avoidance Workshops come highly recommended by Centennial families who have participated in them. Take advantage of the convenience of having sessions actually being held at Centennial and sign up now. What a great Holiday Gift to your child!

Safe and Happy Holidays to all!
See you next year! 

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!

Want More Information? 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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