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CHS eNEWS    March   2015


Preparing Next Year's Class Schedules

(an update from Assistant Principal and Master Scheduler Ms. Miley)


Scheduling for the 2015-2016 school year has begun. There are multiple in-house steps that will occur to ensure that students are placed in the correct courses for next school year. During February students were able to sign up for elective courses that they were interested in taking, sign up for AP courses, and our teachers at Centennial went through the recommendation process for the courses that students academically need to take next year. Placement guidelines from the county are followed to ensure proper placement. Students will be given at least 2 rounds of course verifications to ensure that they, as well as their parents, can look over the recommended courses that are needed as well as desired.

The first round of course verifications is for students to ensure that they have picked electives and seen the courses that the teachers have recommended for them. Our counseling staff will work hard to make changes and fixes based on teacher recommendations and student needs. Once the clean-up phase is complete, we will be issuing another round of course verifications to students. This form will be taken home and signed off on by the parent. 

Our last step will be to create the master schedule and work as a team with-in the building to ensure students return in August with complete schedules ready to go!


Centennial Wins 2nd $100K+ Seed Fund Award

Centennial is proud to announce that we have been awarded $112,000 to expand the 21st Century learning environment pioneered in our Learning Commons. We are converting two of our traditional computer labs into "CoLabs" or collaboration labs. These spaces will give our students even more exciting and forward-looking learning opportunities by providing them with collaborative furniture, software, and technology that will challenge both our students and teachers to explore new options for education. One lab will be used for STEM, science, technology, engineering, and math, courses with high speed cameras, experimental equipment and software geared for those fields. The other will focus on our humanities classes, focusing on creation tools, like green screens, sound and video recording equipment and editing software, giving our students the ability to create as well as learn. 


We would like to give a big thanks to Ms. Crumbley, Scott Kent, our SGC Chair, Karen LeCates, and our SGC team for their work initiative. Our SGC engaged Brad Davis and Hilary Cassidy on the work for the STEM lab concept, and Julia Faile and Chad Hoge on the work for the Humanities lab - they in turn, gathered information from many department members with regards to what we could "grow" if we had the Seed Fund resources for our computer labs - so once again this has truly been a team effort. 


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Meet Centennial's New Head Football Coach 

Lenny Gregory


My name is Lenny Gregory, and I live in Loganville, Georgia. I am married to Kathy Gregory, and together we have 6 children.  My oldest is my daughter Gabby (21), followed by my three sons Hayden (18), Jacob (16), and Max (2). Additionally, I have two step children, Savannah (12), and James (10).  I am originally from Santa Rosa, CA- Bay Area. I attended Brigham Young University on a football scholarship from 1989-1993. As a player for BYU, I was a four year letterman, and started 39 straight games on the defensive line from 1991-1993. In 1991 and 1993 I was named on the second team all-Western Athletic Conference team, and in 1992 was named on the first team all-conference team. 


After graduation I moved to West Virginia where I began a career in the hardwood lumber industry.  I was involved in that industry as a business owner & in sales for 13 years. I relocated to the Atlanta, GA area in 1999.  At that time I had the opportunity to enter into the football world again as a coach.  Since then I have been coaching varsity high school football for the past 12 years and working in education as a special education teacher. 


My opportunity as an educator was at Chattahoochee high school where I was the Varsity Defensive Line coach & Head Boys Golf coach. In 2008 I moved to Grayson high school, where I spent 5 years at coaching the defensive line, and the past two years as the defensive coordinator. During the past 7 seasons at Grayson our teams had a record of 76 wins and 16 losses. During the 2011 season we were blessed to go 15-0 and win the Georgia 5A State Title. Grayson received several national ranking as high as #1 in the nation, and in 2011 finished in the top 5 in every national poll. 


Football is great, but more than anything I love working with kids and helping them realize their full potential. I am living my dream and loving life. I could not imagine why anyone would want to do anything else besides teach and coach high school kids. It is my honor and privilege to serve as your new Head Football Coach.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to take over an incredible opportunity with so much potential.  I am committed to building a program of excellence in everything we do.  It is my belief that Centennial has the resources with outstanding student athletes and great community pride that will allow me to install a championship football program.





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


Attention Senior and Junior Parents:  


Please encourage your seniors and juniors to purchase tickets for the prom.  Prom ticket sales proceeds pay for the following activities:

  1. This year's prom's expenses
  2.  Down payment towards next year's prom expenses
  3. All SENIOR WEEK activities
  4. Homecoming Week activities

In addition to all of this, attending prom is a safe environment to have fun with their classmates, it is a great way to engage in school spirit and pride, and it will be the source of interesting memories in adulthood!!  We are excited about and looking forward to a wonderful prom experience for our CENTENNIAL SENIORS and JUNIORS.

 Tickets are available from Ms. Schindler in room H-64. 

Connect with the Class of 2016 with our Facebook page to stay abreast of what is happening.


We need donations of new stuffed animals for our Carnival/Circus themed prom.  Please send/bring them to Ms. Schindler's room by Thursday, March 26th


Be on the look out for a request for chaperone's for Project Graduation.


Last Chance to Apply for Scholarships!  Both Due on 3/27


Centennial PTSA Senior Service Scholarship

Application Due March 27


It's time to apply for the 2014-2015 PTSA Senior Service Scholarship! Entries (Part 1: Description of Service and Part 2: Personal Essay) should be submitted to the front office in an envelope marked, "PTSA Scholarship" by Friday, March 27, 2015 at 3:30pm. 


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.    


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.


Sally Fitzgerald PTA Scholarship

Application Due March 27


The North Fulton Council of PTAs (NFC PTA) is pleased to announce the availability of its 2015 Sally FitzGerald Scholarship application.  The Sally FitzGerald Scholarship is open to all seniors graduating from a North Fulton County High School with a PTSA unit in good standing. This scholarship targets students, who exhibit characteristics in volunteerism, extra-curricular activities, academic excellence and essay writing.  There is no limit to the number of student applications from each high school.  


In 2014, NFC PTA awarded three - $1,300 scholarships to students to assist with the cost of continuing their education at a public or private college, university or technical school.   The number and amount of the 2015 scholarship will be dependent on the amount of donations received from each participating North Fulton PTA and PTSA.  The deadline for this scholarship application is Friday, March 27th, 2015. The scholarship application package must be mailed and have a postmark no later than this date to be considered. 


Seniors, please stop by your Counseling Department to get more information about this scholarship opportunity or visit our scholarship webpage at to download the instructions and application.

Any questions can be sent to






Project Graduation will take place this year at Andretti's Karting and Games, in Roswell, starting at 11pm after graduation and lasting until 6am. PG gives students a safe, substance free environment in which to celebrate graduation with their classmates. Only Centennial students who have received a diploma and have paid their registration fee ($70) may attend, ($85 fee after April 1st, 2015). The price includes entertainment (an illusionist), food, games, go-karting, ropes course, poker tournament, prizes, and unlimited fun for your senior.  You can find more information here and download a registration form here. If you are interested in go-karting, you must fill out and submit a racing waiver and have it signed and returned.  


Time to Let Everyone Know that You're Graduating! Purchase a graduation yard sign from Centennial's Project Graduation Committee so that you can proudly display the name of your graduating senior! The deadline to order is April 15th. Click here for pricing and order information.


Look under the Seniors 2015 tab for more information.


All forms for Project Graduation and Yard Signs are also available in the front office.

Centennial Senior Kaliq Wang
Named Start Student for all of Fulton County!!!


Kaliq had the highest SAT score, a perfect 2400, for the entire district.  Congrats Kaliq!!


Congratulations to Patrick Weigand - Centennial's 2015 Teacher of the Year and Eduardo Sanchez - Centennial's 2015 Professional of the Year! 

Are You Interested in Serving on the PTSA Board?



Do you know a fellow volunteer who would make a great PTSA Officer?  Did you just move to the area and want to get more involved at Centennial?  We are looking for candidates to serve for one year on the Centennial HS PTSA Executive Committee.  Please email us at if you are interested. We will be glad to answer any questions you have about the process of becoming a part of and electing our 2015-2016 Executive Committee.



It's Yearbook time! Don't miss out on a year's worth of memories! Make sure to buy the 2014- 2015 yearbook at or drop by $90 in Mr. Kent's room (G69) before they are gone!  



Friday, April 24th @ Centennial HS

Family Run: 7:00

Night Run: 9:00

Run or walk the night to help support the American Heart Association, taking place at CHS! Food, games, and more will be available for purchase!

Registration Fees

Per Person: $15

Per Family: $25


Enrollment Information for Private and 

Non-Feeder Schools

(Please pass this onto anybody that you know may need this information)

Centennial HS is offering two (2) dates for enrolling private and non-feeder school students for the 2015-2016 school year. These dates are open to rising 9th grade students and students transferring from another high school.  The Open Enrollment dates are April 16 and April 26 at 4:00pm SHARP  at which time a required presentation by the counselors is scheduled. Parents arriving after 4:00pm will not be allowed to enroll the student that day.

  1. Counseling Assistants will be available at 3:30 to review enrollments packets already completed by parents and distribute packets to parents who did not receive paperwork previously.
  2. Parents/students will meet with a counselor to complete the scheduling process after the enrollment packet has been reviewed and presentation is completed.
  3. Click here ( to go the Rising Ninth Grade and Transfer Student Information Page.  This page can also be found at website under links to "Rising 9th graders (class of 2019) & "Transfer Students" where you will find the Course Catalog, Elective Forms, Rising 9th Grade Middle School Recommendation Forms and and other required enrollment documents. 

 * These are the ONLY dates enrollments will take place this spring. Dates for enrolling new students after the Counselors return from Summer Break will be determined and posted on our website at a later date. We recommend that parents refer the Centennial Counseling website regularly for any updated information. 


SAT Prep at Centennial


We are approaching the warmth of spring, which means time is running out for you (or your student) to take advantage of test preparation for the year's final SAT exams in May and June. The last CHS Princeton Review SAT Test Prep course of the 2014-2015 school year is about to begin, but it is not too late for you to register for the class! 


As part of our partnership with the Fulton County Board of Education, The Princeton Review is once again offering test preparation this spring at Centennial High School.  All Fulton County Schools students are eligible to register for $125 (a discount of almost 80% off of the 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!  Register online today to provide your student with the skills needed to excel on the SAT! 


To enroll, go to 

  • Enter "SAT" 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!












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Centennial Sports


Competition and Sideline Cheerleading:Cheerleading tryouts are March 30-April 2

All tryout forms are due to Coach Tighe (G56) by March 20.





We are happy to announce that 

Haynes Bridge  Dental Care 

is the  CHS sports Dentist!

Scholarship Program

Attention Fine Arts Seniors and Parents!  The Foundation for the Fine Arts sponsors a scholarship program for seniors who are involved in the Fine Arts and whose families are members of the Foundation.  For more information, please see your Fine Arts teacher or go to the scholarship tab on the FFA website: at  Scholarship applications are due Tuesday, April 14 by 4:00 pm.  



Treasurer needed!  
Do you have accounting experience?  Are you looking for a way to be involved in your child's school?  The Foundation for the Fine Arts is seeking a Treasurer to handle the financial transactions of the Foundation and the Fine Arts disciplines.  This volunteer position requires about 5 hours per week.  Some experience in accounting is needed.  If you can help in this way we would love to hear from you!  Questions?  Please email  





Centennial High School presents "The Addams Family", a new musical comedy, March 19 thru 21 at 7:00 pm in the CHS Theater.  Tickets are available in the front office until Wednesday, March 18 - Adults $10 and Students $5 in advance, and $13 and $8 at the door.  


The story follows Wednesday's wish for her family to have one normal night while her boyfriend's family comes for dinner.  Of course, what is normal for the Addams family is not normal for the rest of the world!  Will love triumph over the craziness or is Wednesday doomed to be a crossbow-toting old maid?  


The cast includes:  Kevin Schoenblum as Gomez, Dana Dellapi as Morticia, Anna Hansil as Wednesday, Josh Agri as Pugsley, Cameron Barber as Uncle Fester, Shelby Owens as Grandma and AJ Farris as Lurch.  Henry Flack appears as Lucas Beineke, and Keyshawn Scott and Mikayla Emich play his parents.  A host of ghoulish Addams family ancestors are also thrown into the mix




Five students performed in the 2015 GMEA All-State Orchestras- Ingrid Cai, Amanda Hamilton, Kyle Qian, David Wen and Caroline Wittschen.  Congratulations!


The CHS Orchestra traveled to NYC, where they attended a concert by the New York Philharmonic and Wicked on Broadway.


Orchestra LGPE Both CHS Orchestras received the highest ratings at their Large Group Performance Evaluations (LGPE) in February!  CHS also hosted the event, with more than 45 groups participating.  


Prestigious Master Class The CHS Orchestra will host world-famous cellist Lynn Harrell for a Master Class in the CHS Theater on Wednesday, March 25 from 10:00-11:30 am. Students from Centennial, as well as eleven area High Schools, will participate. Ms. Harrell performs with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on March 26 & 27.  We are honored to be able to provide this unique and inspiring opportunity for our high school musicians.  


LGPE (Large Group Performance Evaluation) - The bands received the following ratings: Wind Ensemble - Superior (1) for performance and Excellent (2) for site reading; Symphonic Band - Excellent (2) for both performance and site reading; Concert Band - Excellent (2) for both performance and site reading. Congratulations to the band students and Mr. Reid!



Come sing with us! - It's not too late to join chorus for the 2015-2016 school year! No experience necessary, no audition required. All students are welcome! Please come by Mrs. Burney's room (room E-41) or email Mrs. Burney ( for more information.


Spring Showcase - The CHS Chorus presents "A Night at the Movies"- a musical movie showcase, on April 16th at 7:00 pm.  Come hear musical selections from "Wayne's World", 'The Princess Diaries", "Good Morning Vietnam", "Guardians of the Galaxy", and more! The concert is free and features the Chorus program as well as selected soloists and small ensembles. A small reception will follow. 

Sophomore Student Council


The Sophomore Student Council is doing a Movie night fundraiser on April 25th on the baseball field here at Centennial High School.  Mark your calendar! 

More info to come.

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 March and April.

Julia Bernath 4/16 River Eves Elementary
Linda Schultz 3/18 Sweet Apple Elementary School
Linda McCain - 3/18 Autrey Mill Middle School, 4/22 Chattahoochee High School

All meetings start at 9:30 AM
  Fundraising at CHS

Future Business Leaders of America


FBLA is raising money for March of Dimes from now until May 1, 2015.  Please contact Marie Robinson - to donate.





Interact Club


The Interact Club will be raising money for Relay for Life beginning March16th through April 18. We partnered with El Potrillo Restaurant, Alpharetta for a Tuesday Night special fundraiser. From March 11 through April 18, on Tuesday nights, El Potrillo will donate 10% of the bill to the Centennial Relay for Life Team.

Additionally, for Centennial HS teachers only, the offer will also be extended during the lunch hour. So, just mention Centennial High School to your server and a portion of the bill will be donated to our team.  Contact Marcelle Male - with any questions.



Do you shop through Amazon?  Please support the Fine Arts at CHS by shopping through  Search for Centennial High School Foundation for the Fine Arts and then shop like you normally do.  The CHS Fine Arts programs will receive a small percentage of your order amount.  Thank you or supporting the arts in this way!



Chocolate Bar Sales - Band students are selling the "World's Finest Chocolate Bars" throughout the month of March. Find a band student and buy these delicious treats for just a $1!


Band Car Wash - Saturday afternoon, April 18th, in the parking lot of Floor and Décor located at 610 Holcomb Bridge Road (near Alpharetta Highway). Please come out togive your car a special sparkle and support the Band!




Do you have a Kroger Card?  Make it work for Chorus!!  Kroger will donate money to the CH S Chorus every time you use your Kroger Plus Card.  If you already have a Kroger Plus Car d please either login or create an account at  Go to "Community Awards" under "Account Summary" type in either Centennial Chorus or 77723, select it and log off.



Support Centennial Soccer! 


Centennial Soccer is in the midst of another successful season in 2015 and we need your help!

You can support the CHS soccer programs by purchasing your spring pine straw from Swift Straw Atlanta through our fundraising website.  You get something you need and we get the proceeds from the sale!  Visit our fundraising webpage to learn more:  Click here 

Thanks for all of your support!

Coach Jeff Burch and Coach Jamey Stiltz   

Centennial Soccer  



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!


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


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