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CHS eNEWS  
Welcome Back to School Issue    Summer 2016

CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL PTSA'S ONLINE NEWSLETTER
Dear Centennial Familes!
Centennial High School PTSA Communications Committee is committed to providing you with  timely monthly updates on upcoming events and school information as well as keeping you informed on the many accomplishments and successes of our students and faculty.  This year we hope to increase your access into the variety of day to day activities that occur on campus.  Please take 10 minutes each month to review the comprehensive information in this monthly newsletter - it typically will come out the 3 rd Tuesday of the month. Other ways to keep up with current information are:

Centennial Face Book page  Like us on Facebook
CHS Twitter Page  Follow us on Twitter   Principal Crumbley's Twitter Page Follow us on Twitter

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

Centennial Counseling - http://www.mycentennialcounseling.com - Very valuable counseling office information including: college, financial aid and scholarships; test prep; graduation requirements; class scheduling; parent nights and much more.

Official Centennial Athletics Website -   www.centennialathletics.com 
 
 Centennial PTSA Website -  http://www.centptsa.org  - everything PTSA (including a calendar) and more!

2016 - 2017 Orientation

The Centennial PTSA is once again pleased to be supporting our school by serving as welcome ambassadors for you, our students and parents!
Please follow the checklist outlined below by our proud principal, Ms. Crumbley, and feel free to ask any Centennial faculty member or PTSA parent volunteer if you need help with anything at all - we are so glad you are at Centennial, where your best days are ahead! 
 
Open the checklist for the appropriate grade level to get more information on what to do at Open House. If the student is a 9th Grader or a new to Centennial upperclassman - make sure you read step 4 regarding proof of residency.  Also if you purchased a PTSA membership by August 3rd during the top locker promotion, please bring proof of your membership purchase (paper or electronic) to receive your Top Locker .  Your Paypal receipt (paper or electronic) will suffice.  Locker fees are $25 for all students.

9th Grade Only
Thursday August 4, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm for 9th 

10th, 11th and 12th Grades
Friday August 5, 2016 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 

School Starts on Monday, August 8 at 8:15am.


Top Locker Promotion 
Back by Popular Demand!    DEADLINE EXTENDED!!!!!

Join the PTSA no later than  August 3, 2016  and be eligible for a Top Locker.

Here's how it works: For each PTSA membership that you purchase, you receive eligibility to purchase one top locker for your student, subject to availability. Due to the popularity of this promotion last year, we have to limit the number of lockers that we reserve based on the number available in the school. We have extended this promotion through August 3, but we expect to run out before that, so don't hesitate.

 
By joining the Centennial PTSA, you show your kids that school is important, you are invested in their success and you ensure parents have a voice when important decisions about our schools are being made.
 
In addition to supporting Centennial High School & the PTSA, you receive these other benefits:
1.)   Your membership donation is tax-deductible. 
2.) Your membership card provides you with discounts at Staples, Hertz, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Zoo Atlanta, Papa John's Pizza, and the Alliance Theatre to name just a few.

Note:
  • You will receive an email confirmation/tax receipt within two weeks of joining 
  • Please BRING confirmation of joining with you to Open House to receive your top locker - a copy of the receipt on a phone is acceptable
  • The $25.00 CHS Locker Fee is additional. You must pay the PTSA fee prior to 8/3 and THEN you also must pay $25 locker fee at open house. Anyone who wants a school locker must pay the $25 locker fee.

Freshman Class Information

Freshman Survival Camp   
Welcome, Class of 2020!

Are you an incoming freshman member of the Class of 2020? Then you should be attending our Freshman Survival Camp on August 3rd from 9:30-11:30am!   The camp will be at Centennial auditorium.

This camp will allow you to hang out with fellow class members, meet our principal Ms. Crumbley, tour Centennial, and learn some tips and tricks from the Class of 2019, who were just in your shoes.

Download your registration form and sign up for camp today!  Click Here. You can continue to sign up until day of the camp but you will not be guaranteed a    t-shirt if you register after deadline on the form.

**Supply List info for Freshman** There are no "supply lists" for high school. For the first few days of school, just make sure that you have the usual things - pencils, pens, paper, etc.  After going to school for a few days, you can determine how you would like to organize yourself for your classes and then purchase notebooks, composition books, etc. If a teacher has specific items that they want you to have for class, they will let you know by then too. Good luck and welcome to Centennial!

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.  

Centennial Counseling Information

 
Counselor Assignments
Counselor assignments are based on student last name. Students typically have the same counselor throughout their years at Centennial. Please be sure to direct your school counseling related communications to the appropriate individual as indicated.

Last Names Starting With:
Assigned Counselor
Counselor Email
A - C
Zyer Beatty
BeattyZ@fultonschools.org
D - Gol; & AVID* Shellie Marino 
MarinoS1@fultonschools.org
Gom - Mart Heidi Graver
GraverH@fultonschools.org
Maru - Sam Melissa Freeman
FreemanMA@fultonschools.org
San - Z
Hella Peart
Peart@fultonschools.org

Volunteers Needed
Volunteer information now on Sign Up Genius

Volunteering at Centennial is very easy.  All PTSA volunteer opportunities can now be accessed through the PTSA homepage and by clicking the SignUp Genius icon on the left hand side of the page.  We will continue to advertise new volunteer needs through the ENEWS but up to date opportunities will always be available on our homepage.

Our current opportunities are:   Volunteer at Orientation for Locker Distribution -  Volunteers needed for the confirmation and distribution of top lockers purchased thru PTSA promotion .   Click Here to Sign Up or you can go to www.centptsa.org  and click the Sign Up Genius  icon.

CHS Summer Homework


 

Many AP and Honors classes at Centennial have Summer Homework assignments.  This is for all grades, including rising 9th graders!!  Please check the Centennial website for the complete list of Summer Assignments or click here.

 

Seniors and their Parents  and Guardians 
 
Senior Portraits need to be taken by August 13.
Calling all Seniors! The last available date for Senior Portraits is Saturday, August 13th. Please schedule online by visiting the calendar on chsknights.com and clicking the link provided or click here.

Project Graduation Chairs Needed
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.

Senior Yearbook Ads
Parents: It's also time to start thinking about senior ads! Create a yearbook ad for your senior that reflects their hard work, personality, and how proud you are of their accomplishments. The earlier you submit your ad, the lower the price! Click here to begin your designs. 

College Applications and Transcript/Recommendation Requests
Counselors will be delivering a classroom guidance lesson focused on completing college applications and all of the necessary steps of the process. Information regarding how to request transcripts and letters of recommendation will be discussed at this time, as well as during our Senior Parent Night. Senior Parent Night will be held on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 pm.
 
Students will have ample time after these presentations to complete and submit college applications prior to any early decision/early action deadlines. For information about the college application process, please visit our website and click on the "College Planning" tab across the top tool bar. 

College Campus Visits
Seniors may take up to three college visitation days during their senior year. Requests for college visitation days must be submitted in writing in advance and turned in to Ms. White in the Counseling Office. The form must be turned in at least three (3) school days prior to the absence . Assignments missed during the college visitation day(s) should be turned in to teachers prior to your absence unless other arrangements are made with the teacher. College visitation days will not be granted during final exams. College Visit forms can be picked up in the counseling office or printed from the counseling website under the Printable Documents link. Also, available are Campus Visit Checklists which will help you and your student know what questions to ask and what to look for during the visit.
Financial Aid Night Session open to all grades will be held November 29 at 6:30pm covering the following topics - Scholarships (including HOPE & Zell Miller), Student Loans, FAFSA and more.

Junior Class Information
Counseling Departments Junior Parent Nights

Junior Parent Night (October 13 at 6:30 PM):  
The College Search and Admission Process

Sophomore Class Information
Counseling Department's Sophomore Parent Night
 
Sophomore Parent Night  (February 16 at 6:30pm) - Understanding College Entrance Exams (the PSAT, SAT and ACT)  

Yearbook Picture Info   
 
9th-11th graders: your 2016 school picture day will be on August 24th. Don't forget to dress up! 
 
Your 2016-2017 yearbook will be on sale during Orientation this fall. Make this a year to remember and purchase the book that can help! Only $75--cash or check accepted. 

Centennial Renovation Update
A note from Dr. Glymph... our Assistant Principal who has coordinated the building updates this summer!

Greetings!

It has been an exciting journey renovating Centennial this summer! Actually the work really started during Spring Break and continued on. I am happy to share with you our summary of work done at Centennial and I will keep you posted as we go through the new school year of 2016-2017.

Centennial High school opened its doors for students in 1997 and has been a home for so many wonderful scholars, athletes, artists, actors, musicians, and student leaders. We truly have an amazing Centennial community. Our campus and building were definitely in need of renovations and updates. Most of the renovations have occurred through SPLOST funding, with smaller projects occurring through corporate partnerships and various booster organization support - all stakeholders have been involved!

Renovating Centennial has been like renovating your own home. You want to preserve its character but you want to improve the quality and comfort of your space - in our case, updates to improve teaching, learning, and coaching environments. It has certainly been an exciting and challenging process which brought together so many different teams.

All of the improvements mean Centennial is a safer and better-equipped environment for teaching and learning. Now our campus is more energy-efficient, more beautiful, and better-equipped for personalized learning. Expect to see improved spaces, better views, a more modern look, and fresh painting inside and outside.

The Grand Lobby Addition has been projected to be completed by January 2017.
Due to the Lobby Addition work, the new student drop-off and pick-up area will be by the Gym Lobby Entrance.  
All other renovation work will be completed as scheduled by August 4 th , 2016 and you will definitely have a chance to see for yourself during Open House:
  • New beautiful flooring in all hallways and selected classrooms and conference rooms(based on need); counseling and main office suites
  • Major building HVAC upgrade and replacement
  • 26 ERU (Energy Recovery Units) were installed on the roof for clean, fresh, and pure air
  • New Theater seating and flooring (new stage curtain has been purchased as well)
  • New Theater Lobby flooring
  • Updated restrooms (new partitions, paper towel, toilet paper, and soap dispensers), fresh wall paint
  • Renovated and reconfigured kitchen with new finishes and appliances; freezer and cooler; washing area; food serving lines
  • New marker boards
  • New flooring in the main gym and auxiliary gym
  • New gym tracks, inside and out
  • Replaced skylights and new light fixtures
  • Upgraded HVAC systems in all locker rooms
  • New exhaust system for kiln rooms
  • New exhaust hoods in food and nutrition classroom
  • New fire alarm system
  • Upgraded electrical work
  • New stadium track
  • New concrete pathway between cafeteria, outside lunch area, and weight room
  • New security camera system
  • New Water Fountains

We have been fortunate to earn seed fund money for the third time because of the excellent work done by the School Governance Council led by our Principal Kibbey Crumbley, media center specialst Laura Wood, and parent representatives Caroline Truax, Diane Jacobi, and Karen LeCates. The Learning Commons has gained the amazing S.P.A.C.E! Please stop by to see the new portable shelving units, glass window walls, circulation center, and other features of this truly collaborative environment. 

Our Fine Arts Foundation led by Charly Rowlands and Karen LeCates designed a wonderful makeover of the Theater Lobby. It is enhanced by new acoustical ceiling tiles, additional art display areas and an updated light fixture system.
We are excited about a new partnership with Kimberly Clark for a healthier, germ-free school environment. The company provided us with brand new dispensers for paper towels, soap, and toilet paper. This dovetailed perfectly with the updates made by our SPLOST contractors, including new paint, bathroom partition repairs/replacement, and new urinal screens.
Last, but certainly not least, are our beautifully renovated CBI classrooms that answer to all student needs and are on par with the updates received at other district high schools with CBI departments.

We look forward to welcoming you to a newly renovated Centennial in August!
Our best days are ahead!

Yours truly,
Dr. Glymph
Assistant Principal


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.

Use the summer to get started! Reflection entries are due OCT 7.


Dates for your Calendar

  • AP Night will be Wednesday February 8, 2017. 
  • Dual Enrollment (now called Move On When Ready MOWR) Night will be its own event this year and will be sometime late fall on a date still to be determined.
Centennial Clubs to Consider Joining...

SkillsUSA:
SkillsUSA is a national, nonprofit student organization that has developed more than 10 million employees through active partnerships between employers and educators. Hundreds of American industries have turned to SkillsUSA as the source for employees who exemplify "Champions at Work" in both skills and attitudes. SkillsUSA's mission is to empower its members to become world-class employees, leaders and responsible American citizens. At the heart of this mission are SkillsUSA's core values: integrity, responsibility, citizenship, service and respect. SkillsUSA Georgia is focused on serving high school students who are looking to build character, leadership skills, and career/college preparation. See Ms. Terrell in F45 for more information or visit  http://chslpscsandskillsusa.weebly.com/ 

Mock Trial:
Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition is coached by volunteer attorneys and teachers - teams of 14 students work together to prepare their presentations from case materials provided by the High School Mock Trial Committee. In the  competition phase, students play the roles of attorneys and witnesses based on the witness statements and evidence provided in the case materials. Teams are evaluated on their ability to make a logical, cohesive and persuasive presentation, rather than on the legal merits of the case. Adding to the authenticity of the competition, teams compete in actual courtrooms across the state beginning with the Regional competitions. The top three teams from each Region advance to the District Competitions to vie for a spot at the State Finals Competition. This is a program that prepares students in developing excellent debate, verbal/written communication skills. See Ms. Terrell in F45 for more information or visit  http://chslpscsandskillsusa.weebly.com/.

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  SiwyJ@fultonschools.org  with a ny additional questions.  National Honor Society is open to Juniors and Seniors.

Centennial Athletics
Volleyball 
  • Congratulations to CHS Volleyball New Corporate Sponsor KALE ME CRAZY!!  Look for our girls to promote them on Social Media, go by KALE ME CRAZY to support their business and connect with them on their various Twitter/FB pages to GET THE WORD OUT! They are located next to Starbucks/Verizon Store near Aqua Blue.
  • Announcing Jr. Knight Volleyball Tryouts open to all 6-8th graders! This is our feeder program so we are looking for a BIG turn out on August 1 & 2 6:30-8pm in the CHS Main Gym. Sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0B4BA5AA22AA8-chsjrknights 
  • Special Tryout Announced August 3rd 6:30-7:30pm in CHS Aux Gym for anyone that meets the following criteria grades 9-12th...(1) not medically cleared for Spring tryout (2) transfer student or non-feeder school incoming freshman.  Email Ada Franklin for more details at FranklinA@fultonschools.org.
  •  Managers Needed! If you are organized, dedicated and looking for a way to be involved Volleyball is looking for team managers to assist throughout the season. Great way to sign off on those volunteer hours you need for various clubs, add to your college resume, short season & lots of fun!  Contact Ada Franklin for more details at FranklinA@fultonschools.org
  • Paint Can Fundraiser date set for Sunday, 9/25 1-5pm at CHS (location TBD)!  Save your paint cans & bring to school for disposal all while supporting Volleyball Lady Knights. Flyers to be posted in August, email loristandard@yahoo.com for more information.
Swim and Dive - Look for the Swim/Dive table at both orientations. Current Swim/Dive team members, please contact Ms. Deas nolandchan@bellsouth.net
  to help work at the tables during orientation.

Junior Knights Lacrosse and Rocket Shot 5K
Jr. Knights lacrosse registration and fall clinic:

The 2016 Fall Lacrosse season is just a few weeks away.  Registration is open for all boys & girls - U9-U15.  To register, go to  www.jrknightslacrosse.com. 


 

Also, as in years past, the Jr. Knights are an active sponsor of the Jamie McHenry Memorial Foundation.  The annual RocketShot 5k is right around the corner.


 
This year, on the heels of the RocketShot 5k & fun run, the Centennial Knights boys' and girls' high school coaches would like to invite all interested athletes to participate in a free1-hour lacrosse clinic.  They'll have multiple stations set up for each position (midfield, attack, defense, and goalie) and for both boys and girls.  They'll go over the basic fundamentals of each position along with some practical applications.  The coaches also will be joined by some of the high school varsity players.


 
It's a great opportunity for younger players - existing and new to the sport - to come out and support the Jamie McHenry Memorial Foundation, plus they'll get to meet the varsity coaches, play with the high school players, and burn off some built-up energy.  On the heels of the clinic, we'll have a shooting exhibition in which the kids will get to watch the high school players show off  their shooting skills (fast, finesse, behind the back, etc).  That will be followed by a chance for the kids themselves to win prizes for fastest shot in their age division.


This event will follow the RocketShot 5k/Fun Run at Centennial High School on August 6th.  The 5k race starts at 7:30 am, the fun run at 8:30 am, and these events will start shortly after.  Register for the RocketShot 5k by following this link http://www.liveforjamie.com/events-programs/2016-rocketshot-5k/  and plan to join us after the race for the lacrosse festivities!


New Student Enrollment Information

New student registration for the upcoming school year will take place on the dates listed below:

Two Registration Sessions Daily 

Thursday, July 28; Monday, August 1; Thursday, August 4;

Morning Session Check-in Time: 9:00am

Afternoon Session Check-in Time: 1:00pm

Location: Hillside Elementary School


 

At these registration sessions students and parents will:

  • Complete registration paperwork and submit all required documentation 
  • Participate in a student/parent Centennial introductory information session (required)
  • Select elective courses
  • Meet with a school counselor individually to discuss academic placement and finalize course selections for upcoming school year
  • Take a campus tour with a Centennial HS student liaison (optional)

All enrollees must be present at the check-in time shown above in order to attend the required new student orientation and proceed with the registration process for that session.

No appointments are necessary for the registration sessions. Each session will begin promptly at the times above with a pre-registration new student orientation. All new students and parents are expected to be present for this presentation. To ensure that your registration goes smoothly, it is critical that you provide all of the required documents at the time of enrollment.

After August 4th, the next opportunity for students to enroll will be Wednesday, August 10th, which is after school has started. Enrollments on any of the dates listed above will not require an appointment.

For more information about our upcoming enrollment events and required documents, please visit www.mycentennialcounseling.com and click on the Transfer Student Information link on the right hand tool bar. 

*9th Grade students who attended Haynes Bridge MS or Holcomb Bridge MS last year do not need to go through the enrollment process.

 

 


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! www.centptsa.org

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


  Fundraising at CHS
Directory Sponsors Needed

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

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!"  www.accidentavoidanceworkshops.org

 

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?

 

http://www.centptsa.org/- everything PTSA (including a calendar) and more!

 

http://www.mycentennialcounseling.com - Very valuable counseling office information including: college, financial aid and scholarships; test prep; graduation requirements; class scheduling; parent nights and much more.


 www.centennialathletics.com Official Centennial Athletics Website

 

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


 

Like us on Facebook     Centennial PTSA Face Book page
 

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

 

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