CHS eNews
November 2016


The PTSA Mini-Grant committee had a wonderful opportunity to see all of the exciting things that are happening both inside and outside of Centennial High School's classrooms this school year.  The committee received a record breaking number of mini-grant requests totaling more than $49,000. The committee persevered and awarded grants to teacher recipients within our allotted budget of $13,800.
Due to the large number of mini-grant requests and an allocated budget, some projects did not receive any funding. Some of the items not funded were:
  • Field trips for ESOL and AP Human Geography
  • Workplace Spanish Program
  • Conference fees for both teacher and students - Math and FBLA
  • Individual student accounts for a language website
  • SAT Boot Camp scholarships
  • Calculators for math classes
  • Digital scales for science classes
If you are interested in partially or fully funding some of these requests, please feel free to contact Catherine Smith, .
Minigrants to our Centennial staff, which directly benefit our students, is the largest single area that your PTSA dollars go towards .  Thank you for supporting your PTSA and your school.
Congratulations to all of the PTSA Mini-Grant committee recipients:
  • Bilingual Community Liaison Parent Workshops/Norma Escalera-Smith
  • Country Flags/Macklin Hennessey
  • Splashtop Mirroring Software/Scott Kent
  • Winogradsky Column long term microbe experiment/Bob Kuhn
  • Annual College Week/Shellie Marino
  • International Night/Anne Rigsbey
  • AVALON magazine/Martha Smith
  • Persuasive writing and research incentive program/Scott Kent
  • AVID program supplies and expenses/Courtney Allen
  • Classroom library/Karina Bennie
  • Chorus clinician for Large Group Performance Evaluation Expenses/Chelsea Burney
  • Calculators for freshman math classes/Michael Corriveau
  • Incentives for at risk students/Seana Ficklin
  • Chorus Large Group Performance Evaluation Expenses/Chelsea Burney
  • Graphing calculators for Algebra II/Mary Halsema
  • PH meters for Chemistry/Paul Harhay
  • Incentives for at risk students/Maria Jiram
  • Digital scales for Science/Ana Lau
  • Graphing calculators for Algebra II/Erin Michael
PTSA Mini Grants at Work in your School

Calulators - Ms. Michael and Ms. Halsema
These calculators are being used every single day for instruction and classwork and have helped our students tremendously with understanding the concepts covered in class.  The calculators are 100% necessary for most of our Algebra 2 standards, so having 10 in class is especially beneficial for the students.
Splashtop - Mr. Kent
Splashtop helps us leverage our one to one initiative by allowing simple sharing of student and teacher screens. A teacher can be walking around the classroom, controlling the wireless screen on their projector with simplicity. If a student has a comment to make on a slide of a presentation, the teacher can give the student control of the screen, annotating a document, navigating to a website, or even opening a new program. It allows teachers to actively engage students throughout the room, and allows peer to peer, or peer to teacher interaction seamlessly. Check out this demo video

Parent To-Do
Upcomin g Parent Nights 

Nov 29: Financial Aid Night
Dec 15: MOWR Night
Feb 2: Freshmen Parent Night 
            Part 2 (4 year plan)
Feb 8: AP Night

Financial Aid Night Tuesday, Nov 29 
Financial Aid Night is for parents (and students) of all grade levels. HOPE Scholarship, FAFSA (all college parents need to know what this is - come and you will learn), Financial Aid, Scholarships are all topics that will be discussed. Financial Aid is one of the most complicated and vital parts of applying to college. Take the time to come to this event to learn about it.

MOWR (Move On When Ready) Night Thursday, Dec 15
(used to be called Dual Enrollment)
Parents (and students) put this evening on your calendar. Learn about the program that allows you to take classes at local colleges that will count as both high school  and colle ge credit. MOWR is available to all grade levels and tuition is paid for by the state of Georgia. Interested students must apply to the colleges. This means taking SAT/ACT tests, so some planning needs to occur to make this happen. Come to MOWR Night and learn about this important opportunity.
Caring and Sharing - Give Thanks Gift Card & Cash Drive

The 2016 Give Thanks Gift Card & Cash Drive is off to a great start, but more donations are needed to help CHS families at Thanksgiving.  If you haven't given yet, don't worry, you still have time.  Please consider donating cash or $25 gift cards (Target, Wal-Mart, Kroger or Publix).  Volunteers are collecting donations weekdays in the carpool line, or you can donate safely through our PayPal account at .  

If you are interested in helping to collect donations, please email Mark Sauer at or go to our Sign Up Genius at .
There is also a new Caring and Sharing tab on our PTSA website . Feel free to check this out throughout the year for opportunities to help our community.
Student & Staff Accomplishments
First CHS All-Female JROTC Raider Team Takes 3rd Place at North Forsyth Competition
For the first time in its history, Centennial High School has enough women to make up an All-Female team at the Army JROTC Raider Meet and they earned 3rd place overall out of six female teams in a North Forsyth competition. The All-Female team also won trophies for placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in three of the six event categories. Team challenges combine a series of mentally and physically demanding events, such as the cross country rescue (first aid skills and the litter carry), one-rope bridge, map reading, ammo can relay, tire flip, Humvee pull, obstacle course and team runs.  
"Roughly 40 students out of 100 in our Army JROTC program compete in Raiders," said Retired Lieutenant Colonel Jon Nepute, who teaches the program at Centennial High School.  A Raider Team typically consists of ten members with one serving as the team leader. Each school can enter three teams into any Raider competition.  "We are pleased to see the depth and diversity of our program growing."
Raider Team training builds dedication and determination by challenging the participants in practical hands-on applications that increase physical fitness, build self-confidence, develop leadership, and inspire teamwork.  The activities also develop healthy competition among other programs and schools. "We are proud that Centennial is the only high school in the Northeast Learning Community to offer the three-year elective Army JROTC Career Pathways program to its students," said Principal Kibbey Crumbley. "The program is a strong fit with our overall goal of helping students build life skills to become college and career-ready."

Centennial Senior Katie Meyer takes  17th place in the  6A State HS Championship Meet for Cross Country

Centennial High School Takes Top Awards at Georgia National Fair Youth Art Contest
Top L to R: Monica Rivera, Karis Wang and Emma Pincheon
Bottom L to R: Julia Urrea, Gina Helliar and Ridhi Rao

Centennial High School had a very strong showing at the Georgia National Fair Youth   Art   Contest. This is a juried exhibit, meaning that judges select the works (from thousands of entries) that can be displayed at the event. So, from this very competitive field,  6 Centennial Students placed at the Fair .  Of note, Karis Wang took First Place in Pen and Ink Drawing for the 9-10th grade for her work entitled, "Living in Vein." This work also earned the Youth Georgia Award of Excellence, the Youth Art Best in Category Award and the Bank of Perry Youth Art Merit Award.
Other CHS winners were:
Ridhi Rao - 2nd place in Charcoal Drawing category
Emma Pincheon - 3rd place in the Alternate Photo category
Gina Helliar - 2nd place in Alternate Photo category and 3nd place in the Color Photo category
Monica Rivera - 2nd place in the Color Photo category
Julia Urrea - Honor Mention in the Color Photo category

PTSA Reflections Winners

Three Centennial entries moved onto the North Fulton district level for PTA Reflections: "What is Your Story".
Emily Shindelar, 9th grade Literature
Olivia Datta, 11th grade Literature
Maya Schechter 11th grade Literature
Congratulations!  If you have an idea for next year's Reflections theme, please contact Rachael King at

Clubs & Activities
Centennial Blood Drive

We will be having a Lifesouth   Blood   Drive on   November 18   in the auxiliary gym. Students will sign up in the cafeteria on   November 15 and 16th   to get a pass and parental permission form (age 16). All donors are welcome to attend between   9 AM and 2 PM . Donors must have picture ID with birthday.
17th Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference

Fifty one students from Centennial and Holcomb Bridge Middle School participated in the 17th Latino Youth Leadership Conference on Saturday, November 5th from 8am to 4 pm at Georgia State University.
Students attended workshops, listened to inspirational speakers and received gifts and valuable information at a College Fair.  The day was full of fun and inspiration and the students were happy to attend. 
Freshmen Luis Cuevas, Hilder Lopez and Alexander Roxbury were even interviewed by Atlanta Telemundo!


Centennial's AV Film and Tech classes led by teacher Chris Buechner produce the weekly and very popular LOFT that is shown on Fridays during 4th period. Check a LOFT episode out here

Future Business Leaders of America are doing a fundraising campaign with Honey Baked Ham. Get some of your family dinners from Honey Baked Ham - good for you and good for Centennial's FBLA!

The FBLA is also conducting a drive to collect iCARE bags of toiletries to donate to homeless shelters. Please help them out.

Exceptional Children Art Event:
Volunteers & Participants Needed!

The PTSA's Exceptional Children Committee is planning a clay workshop where our special and general ed peers can spend an afternoon han ging out together and making some c ool art, just in time to give as holiday gifts! Roswell Parks and Rec want s to d evelop their Adaptive Clay programs and would like to partner with Centennial in this effort, especially since the Fouts Road facility is just minutes from the school. It is tentatively planned for Friday, December 2, right after school.  If you are interested in helping or have a student who is interested in participating, please contact Andrea Grieco at  or 404-441-5157.
Interact Club

Interact Club members have worked very hard to fundraise $1500 to pay for materials to be used in the Be the Voice campaign. This is an anti-bullying and upstander program.
During the campaign kick-off on October 21, student leaders distributed the Be the Voice special bracelets as Centennial students walked to classes in the morning. First week was introduced by the Interact Club, second week was introduced by the football team. Third week will be presented by JROTC students. All campaign messages will be featured in the LOFT (Centennial video announcements) each Friday for the entire school.
Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week was a great success thanks to Mr. Dale and the SADD club! It was a busy week of activities: There was a Crazy Sock Day (Sock it to Drugs.) During lunches students signed banners to "Pledge to Be Drug Free" and "To Make Good Choices." There were over 200 signatures on both banners! Students could also take their photo in a fake jailhouse (You don't look good in stripes! Don't do Drugs!) They mailed the photos around to one another.  The SADD club hosted a "Meet and Greet" with the Roswell Police Department Community Outreach Program. The Law and Justice Program, in conjunction with the SADD club, held a luncheon for the Roswell Police Department, Roswell Fire Fighters and Fulton County Police as part of "Officer Pay Day - Pay with Gratitude." 
The grand finale of the week was a "RED OUT" on Friday. The halls were full of students wearing RED (taking a stand against destructive decisions) in observance of Red Ribbon Week.


Don't forget to buy your Yearbook now for $80! Checks can be made payable to Josten's and brought to Ms. Scenna in room G-58 or you can buy online at 
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:

School Business
Centennial Governance Council (SGC) 
New Seed Fund Proposal

Continuing with the Innovative Learning Space trend set with our other seed fund proposals - Learning Commons, Co-Labs (computer labs), Makerspace (look for grand opening news in January) - our new seed fund application will be for Flexible Classrooms. Each Department received feedback from their teachers on what an effective classroom space would look like for their specific subject area. Teachers are looking at spaces that allow for flexibility, collaboration, creativity, and the ability to incorporate personalized learning strategies. So, an English classroom will look different from a Math class, which will look different from a Social Studies class, etc.  Also, some teachers still like the traditional classroom feel, and they will have that choice to keep their classroom as is. We are excited about the partnership with teachers on this proposal, and of course, are excited to continue providing opportunities to make learning at Centennial exciting, creative, engaging, and collaborative. Go Knights!

For more information about our SGC, our Flexibility Requests and SGC Member emails, click here.

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 (which your students took last week) and contains 24 questions. You may complete the survey using your personal computer, smartphone or tablet.

Survey responses are anonymous.

Centennial to Host Local Realtors

On December 1 from 9:30  - 11:00 AM, Centennial will be hosting local Realtors in the Learning Commons.  CHS will be distributing Media Kits, sharing information, and answering questions.  If you know a neighborhood Realtor who would like to attend, please contact Amanda Hayes at

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 gives citizens the opportunity to comment on Board agenda items.  
  • Julia Bernath - Tuesday, November 15, 9:30 AM at Sandy Springs MS
  • Linda McCain - Tuesday, November 15, 9:30 AM at Abbotts Hill ES
  • Katha Stuart - Wednesday, November 16, 9:30 AM at Crabapple MS
  • Julia Bernath - Wednesday, December 7, 9:30 AM Northwood ES
  • Katha Stuart - Wednesday, December 14, 9:30 AM Hembree Springs ES
  ATTENDANCE is a key factor for success in school
Please remember the importance of EVERYDAY attendance for students. Being present at school is the essential first step for learning. College and career ready indicators show that students who have 5 or less absences a school year are more on track to graduate high school and prepared for what comes next. We want to encourage families and students to keep ALL (including excused) absences at 5 or less days for the whole school year.
Please work with Centennial staff to have your child in school as much as possible:
  1. Schedule appointments outside of school hours.
  2.  Only keep your child home if they are truly sick and/or contagious to others. 
  3. Utilize home access on the Fulton County website, to keep track of your child's attendance (if you need your access username or password, please contact Lisa Bucknor at (470)252-4194). 
  4. For more information about chronic absenteeism and for strategies to help both parents and students to help improve school attendance, visit
  5. If your student arrives late or needs to check out early, they need to visit the attendance office so we will ensure that they are not skipping class. If your child needs to be absent for an excused reason, please remember to provide documentation to the attendance office within 5 days of your child returning to school so it will be marked as excused. Without documentation it will be counted as unexcused. Please be aware of the GA Compulsory attendance law which required that parents or guardians of children between the ages of six and  sixteen to have their child enrolled in and regularly attending a public or private school during the regular school day (O.C.G.A § 20-2-690.1). After 10 unexcused absences your child may be referred to juvenile court for truancy.
If you have any questions about attendance, please feel free to contact our attendance clerk, the school social worker, or an administrator.
Academic Updates
CHS Hosts Another Successful  College Week* for Students and Parents
Centennial High School hosted their 6th Annual College Week during the week of October 24-29. The goal of College Week is to further promote the college going culture in our school by offering students opportunities to learn more about all aspects of post-secondary education. College Week offered students and parents several opportunities to register for and participate in breakout sessions, activities and events which focused on a variety of topics, all related to planning for continued education and career readiness beyond high school.

A few highlights of the week were:
  • Expert guest speakers from the College Board
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • Peachtree College Planning
Session topics included How to Choose a College Major, Scholarship Search Tips, Move On When Ready, SAT test prep, just to name a few. There were also a series of panels of guest speakers who informed students about post-secondary options available through Historically Black College/Universities and students were also exposed to a panel of professionals from In-Demand Careers that do not require a 4 year degree.  CHS alumni came back from colleges throughout Georgia to participate in a panel, one of the week's most popular sessions, where they could share their college experiences in the first year of college.  

School-wide events to engage the whole student body were also part of the week. On Wednesday, every 4th period class participated in a Stop, Drop and Hope activity where students learned how to calculate a Hope Scholarship GPA. The biggest event of the week was Seniors Apply to College Day where every CHS senior was given the opportunity to receive hands-on assistance applying to college. There were a number of college representatives, school counselors, and community volunteers on hand to work with students individually and answer questions as they completed their on-line college application. During our event that day, Centennial had 256 senior students apply to college, which is 53.7% of this year's senior class. Students who participated in the event showed excitement, relief and a renewed confidence upon the completion of their application.  

Over the course of the week over 800 students in grades 9 through 12 participated in one or more of the College Week events along with dozens of parents. Students proved to be highly engaged in the opportunity to gain exposure to new possibilities, gain knowledge which will help them identify the best post-secondary fit for them and to be actively engaged in thinking about their future. For more information about Centennial High School's College Week events, please contact Shellie Marino at . Information about the College Goal Georgia initiative can be found online at  .
* College Week is supported through the PTSA Mini Grant Program
Colleges Visiting Centennial

Many fantastic colleges come to Centennial in the fall. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about colleges without having to travel there. 
The college reps that come are oftentimes the ones who will be reviewing applications, so it is always good for students to meet them. Please encourage your juniors and seniors to sign up at the counseling office for these visits.
11/16     2:00     Young Harris (Rome, GA)
11/17     10:00   Georgia Gwinnett  
The Arts 

Upcoming Musical Auditions - December 1st and 2nd after school (room G53)
Upcoming Chorus Concert - December 8th, 7PM (cluster concert with Holcomb Bridge Middle School at Centennial)
Chorus Fundraiser  
The Centennial Chorus is running an Online Fundraiser now through December 9th and every order counts! We're guaranteed 40% profit on every order and this profit will help pay for our Spring 2017 New York Trip. Go to  and start shopping*! There is an excellent variety of products to choose from. Every order is shipped directly to you- no waiting for a seller to deliver your items! Any order, any size, is shipped anywhere in the continental US for just $5! Thank you so much for your support and helping us reach our fundraising goal!

*When the site asks for a seller's name simply type "Chelsea Burney" (CHS choral director). All proceeds will be divided evenly among families in need of financial aid.

KUDOS! At the "Creekview Classic" marching band competition on October 29th, the Mighty Marching Knights received all superior ratings and were named AAA CHAMPIONS!  And to top it off, the band was also named SILVER DIVISION CHAMPIONS which means we were the top overall band within the A, AA and AAA Classes.

SENIOR NIGHT at the game October 28th was a night to remember! At halftime all Marching Band Seniors took to the field to be honored, along with their families. We congratulate them and  ALL the Fall sports seniors  for a job well done!
Congratulations to the following Centennial band students who have been chosen to participate in this year's Fulton County Honor Band and Orchestra!  Nicole Stetzer, Amanda Loedding, Matthew Gilmore, Jacob Stetzer, Christina Tamba, Karl Jacobi, DeChanel Wilson, Rhett Mobley, Carson Coldren, Eli Rickles, Ally Hawkins, Jonah Bergman, Richard Wunschel, Grace Wyner, Jackson Laidhold, Grace Hebermehl, Trent Gibson .
*The concerts will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 16th. Join us for some wonderful music, and support not only the Centennial students but all participating Fulton County students!
AUDITIONS!  Winter Guard auditions will take place on November 28th, 29th and 30th from 6 - 9 p.m. in the CHS band room. No experience necessary! Please wear form fitting black clothes that won't restrict your movement and are school appropriate. If you have long hair, please pull it up in a bun. The estimated cost for Winter Guard is $600. Questions: contact Terra Johnson:
~At the Johns Creek Founders Day Parade on Saturday, December 3rd at 10:00 a.m. FOR MORE INFORMATION you can go to the  City of Johns Creek website .
~Winter Concert: DECEMBER 13TH at 7:00 PM at Centennial.
Start your holiday shopping AND support the Band with these GREAT fundraisers:
SHEET SALE!  Runs  Now - November 16th.  A typical sheet is 1800 thread count, and they come in all colors and sizes (regular twin fits on twin XL beds - perfect for college). Each set costs $40, regardless of size - a fantastic price for such high quality sheets! Delivered before Winter Break, so they make great gifts. Ask a band member, or go to:  , at checkout, select the online code: Centennial Band. Also, enter a band student's name in the Student/Group Member name box in order for him/her to receive credit. Use the website for out of town purchasers - sheets can be shipped directly. Questions? Contact Amy Kennedy:

CHRISTMAS GREENERY - NOW THROUGH December 11th: The band is selling beautiful fresh wreaths, centerpieces, garlands and trees. These products make great holiday gifts! Order online, ship directly and help the band, all at the same time. We receive 20% of each sale. Visit our  Lynch Creek Farms fundraising page  to view all of the available products! Don't forget to share this link ( ) with your family and friends!
CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN BAND SPIRIT DAYS - On December 6th, 7th and 8th treat yourself to a delicious meal at CPK (6301 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta 30022) any time between the hours of 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Please  tell your server  that you are there to support the Centennial band program, and CPK will donate 20% of the sale to the band!
The Senior Scoop
(a must-read for all seniors and their parents!)
PTSA Senior Service Scholarship
I t's time to start thinking about the PTSA Senior Service Scholarship .  Applications are due   March 31st

PTSA will be conducting workshops during advisement period in January to help students prepare their applications.
  More information and details will be in the December PTSA newsletter. 

  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
Centennial Athletics
Cross Country

Sam Robb Color Run
Over 150 people had a great time at the Sam Robb Run for the Cure Color Run at Centennial last Saturday, November 12th. Kids and adults were rainbow-colored by the end of the run/walk event which raised money for Cure Childhood Cancer. Thank you very much to the Centennial community for continuing to support this event.


On Tuesday November 1st, the Dugout Club hosted the 1st Annual Golf Classic at Rivermont Country Club.  Over 80 golfers, coaches, sponsors and parents attended the inaugural event.  
Thanks to all of the parents who came out to play golf (and got foursomes) on a beautiful sunny Tuesday afternoon. Thank you also to Coaches Book, Burch, Broach and Williams who were out there with the rest of us and a special thanks to Coach Book's wife Amy who joined us for the Dinner.  
A big thanks to our sponsors including: Boral Brick / Buckhead Capital Management / NSTA/ Paymetrix / East Cobb Twins / iStaff / Budde Productions / Buffalo Wild Wings / Ippolitos. 

Save the date: October 24, 2017 for the 2nd Annual Golf Classic.
PTSA in Action
Keeping Our Community Informed on Centennial HS

We are working very hard to keep our parents, staff, and community informed on all of the events, information and accomplishments at Centennial High School. We are now sending out press releases to our local papers, local government officials, and HOAs. If you are not receiving Centennial HS information from your neighborhood, please contact  Amanda Hayes, Centennial PTSA Publicity chair at  with your HOA's Communication Chair/Secretary's contact information.  Thanks to Amanda for getting out all of this fantastic information about Centennial! Go Knights!
Race to Nowhere Event - How to Participate in Further Discussions
Principal Crumbley shares her thoughts on the film.

Over 100 parents, students and educators attended the PTSA screening of Race to  Nowhere  on Tuesday, October 25, a film that explores the impact of society's achievement culture on our school-aged children.  After watching the film, Principal Kibbey Crumbley shared her observations and engaged the audience in their reactions.  Attendees provided feedback during the post-film discussion, submitted comments on index cards, and completed an electronic survey.  The survey results identified student stress and a lack of student down time as the highest areas of concern.  Most attendees expressed an interest in participating in a book club   to  read and discuss  Beyond Measure.  If you would like   to  join, please  
order your copy of the book   now and read it over the holidays. The book club will meet in mid-January, prior to the screening of the Beyond Measure companion film on February 23. Please stay tuned for more information on the book club and hold the date for the Beyond Measure film screening! If you have any questions, contact  Tamu Lewis , PTSA Family Engagement Chair at .
CHS Counselor Shellie Marino and PTSA members Tamu Lewis & Amanda Hayes prepare for the event.

PTSA Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering in one of the following areas, please contact Ellen Rickles at  and she will forward your contact information onto the appropriate chairs:
  • Counseling/College Visits - Attend visits college reps make to CHS
  • Front Office Support
  • Hospitality - Bake & deliver goods for special events
  • Media Center - Daily support - early morning or any scheduled time
All volunteers must register through Fulton County Schools - Go to the Fulton County Schools Volunteer Registration website  and follow all of the prompts. Be sure to select all the schools you plan to volunteer at before you submit your application. This process must be completed at the beginning of every school year! The process will take about 10 minutes. Thank you!

Over ¼ of all money that we receive goes directly into the classrooms and school through our very generous Mini Grant program. Additional PTSA funds go towards Teacher and Staff Events and Appreciation, School Grounds Improvements, Senior Scholarships, Senior Treats, Honor Roll Breakfast, etc. 

Please support our school by joining the PTSA.
Centennial Directory

Directories were sent home with students last week. If you purchased one with your PTSA membership, make sure that you get it from your student.  If you are interested in purchasing an additional one for $10, contact Lilly Rehberger at

New PTSA VP of School Support

Lisa Winokur has been nominated for the empty VP of School Support position. Her election to the PTSA Executive Board will take place at next month's PTSA Executive Board Meeting. Thank you to Lisa for stepping up to support Centennial!
Centennial PTSA Nominating Committee

We are actually starting to look at putting together our PTSA Executive Board for the 2017-2018 school year.  (We's kind of like the department stores putting out holiday decorations in August!) The first step in that process is to form a Nominating Committee.  The Nominating  Committee then works to find people to fill all of the positions on our PTSA Executive Board - President, Treasurer, VP of Communications, etc.  If you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee, please contact Amy Hastings  at .  Also, if you might be interested in getting more involved with PTSA next year, you can let Amy know that as well. The PTSA is one of the many parts of Centennial that come together to make it so successful.  We would love to have you join us.

Congratulations to River Eves Elementary School Teacher Pamela Sanford

Ms. Sanford is the newest 2016 Georgia Educational Technology Consortium (GaETC) Innovation Grant winner.  Ms. Sanford was awarded $2,500 to purchase probeware. Probeware is the general term used for probes and software that can be used with microprocessors (computer, calculator, smart devices) to make scientific measurements.  Ms. Sanford's grant was titled "Alternative Energy Cross-Curricular Unit" and will be used to improve student achievement through technology.  The grant will also be highlighted during the 2017 GAETC Conference.
Accident Avoidance Workshops

The facts are clear:
  • Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens.
  • 1 in 4 teens crashes during their first year.
  • Driver's ed historically has produced no measurable reduction in crash rates.
The Accident Avoidance Workshops reduce the likelihood of your student crashing by more than 75%. So you decide ... which training do YOU want? The State's "absolute minimum requirements" haven't changed in 30 years, but driving has, and so have our roads. As a result, the State has lost such confidence in their own driver training program, they don't even require it anymore. We think your child deserves more than the minimum. We think your child deserves a fighting chance on today's roads, and we hope you will want to give them the tools they will need to survive in today's world. 

The Workshops are coming back to Centennial High School this February 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!

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