CHS eNews
May 2017

Centennial Senior Athletes and Artists
Here is a list of Centennial Senior Artists and Athletes who will be continuing their art or sport next year at college.  We are so proud of you and wish you the best of luck!  Go Knights!!

Nicole Stetzer             Music Education                     West Georgia
Carson Coldren          Trumpet Performance             Ohio State
Matthew Gilmore        Oboe Performance                 Georgia State

Haley Pauls                 Music Therapy                        University of Georgia
Ashley Roberts           Music/Voice Minor                   Kennesaw State
Cecelia Chisholm        Music/Voice Minor                  University of Georgia
Gabriele DaSilva         Music/Voice Minor                  Kennesaw State
Kyra World                  Music/Voice Minor                   West Georgia

Theatre Arts

Daniel DeBuys            Musical Theatre                      Kennesaw State
Colin Calvert               Tech Theatre                           Georgia College

Visual Arts 

Camielle Shaw           Photography                            SCAD Atlanta
Greg Cook                  Fine Arts Drawing                   SCAD Atlanta
Ridhi Rao                    Graphic Design                       SCAD Atlanta
Brittney Tatt                Film Production                       Georgia State
Maile Edwards            Fine Arts Photography            Kennesaw State
Jacob Smith                Fine Arts                                 Kennesaw State
Stephanie Parker
University of Alabama
Jerome Yankey
University of San Diego
Luke Sadd
Mercer University
Eric Cecere
Siena College
Mack Dickie
Jacksonville University
Jake Able
North Greenville University
Jeremy Sartin
University of Utah
Lourdes Tyler
Spring Hill College
Nigel Wilcox
Webster University
Maddy Peterson
Columbus State
Osvaldo Cabrales
Andrews College
Brian DeJarnette
Ellsworth Junior College
Avery Poteet
Shenandoah University
Mason Mitchell
Centre College
Tyreke Smith
Kennesaw State
Josh Warren
Pointe University
Courtney Foster
Wingate University (Track also)
Tejah Robinson
Hampton University
Ahmad Perryman
Montreat College
Katie Meyer
Kennesaw State (Cross Country also)
Karla Ch├ívez-Espinosa and Tania Dominguez-Rangel were both recently admitted to Harvard University after completing their education in the Centennial Cluster of Schools from K-12.  Karla attended  Hillside Elementary, while Tania started at  Esther Jackson Elementary . They both attended  Holcomb Bridge Middle School .
Both young ladies immigrated to America and learned English in their elementary ESOL programs, eventually testing out and heading into Honors and AP courses. They excelled in the opportunities offered through the education and experiences that they received in the Centennial Cluster of Schools.
The path was not always easy, but their tenacity, dedication and service work has paved the way. They overcame the initial language barrier-and several others as well.
Both have served other students through tutoring and assisting them with college and scholarship applications. They have also served as interpreters at local churches and schools. They are leaders of  Hispanic Organization Promoting Education (HoPE) , an organization dedicated to promoting the importance of a college education to Latino students.  Karla is also a member of the Centennial Model UN team that won the highest award at the New York conference. 
Tania plans on studying languages, while Karla will major in international relations, with a focus on Latin America. Go Knights!
Five Centennial students have been selected to attend the 2017 Georgia Governor's Honors Program (GHP) hosted at Berry College in Rome, Georgia this summer.  The finalists are all juniors: 
Joshua Agri (Theatre Performance), Rogan Munro-Foulis (Social Studies), Anise Overton (Communicative Arts), Irene Wang (Music: Piano) and David Wen (Music Strings: Violin). 
GHP is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school rising juniors and rising seniors.  Selection is based on a combination of ability and interest and is highly competitive. Sophomore and junior students are nominated by their high school teachers and go through a rigorous, multi-layered "interview" process at a variety of different levels, including school, county, and state. It is a huge honor to be chosen as a finalist.  Only 72 students were selected as finalists in all of Fulton County out of thousands of entrants. 2017 will mark the 54th consecutive summer of GHP, making it the longest continually running program in the nation.
Students will arrive on the campus of Berry College on Sunday, June 18, 2017.  Students will spend the mornings in their major area of nomination, exploring topics not usually found in the regular high school classroom for four consecutive weeks.  Evenings are filled with seminars, activities, concerts, and performances.  Congratulations to our Centennial GHP Finalists! 
More information about GHP can be found on the Governor's Office of Student Achievement website,
Centennial Freshmen Win Science Competition -
Georgia's Stockholm Junior Water Prize
They will be travelling to Charlotte NC this summer for competition at the next level!  
Freshmen Sophia Woodrow and Ethan Sher were selected as Georgia's Stockholm Junior Water Prize winners with their paper, Exploring the Aquaponic Theory As a Sustainable Water Solution.
Next, they will be attending the National Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) competition on June 16-18 in Charlotte, NC. (National winners then travel to the international competition in Stockholm in August.)
Their journey to this award is a very interesting one. Sophia and Ethan came in 2nd Place at Centennial's Science Fair and then moved onto Fulton County's Science Fair. There, they tied for 1st place in their category (Plant Sciences) and received one of the overall 1st place positions, qualifying them for GSEF, the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair, held in Athens over Spring Break. At GSEF, they took 2nd place in State for their category. Because their Aquaponics project involved water conservation, it was noticed by representatives of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals. 
Based on their presentation given at GSEF, Sophia and Ethan were awarded the Regional Stockholm Junior Prize. With this came the opportunity to enter the State competition. They had two weeks to submit a 20 page research paper. They completed that and won the State of Georgia Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition. 
We are so excited and proud of Sophia and Ethan. Good luck in Charlotte! Go Knights!
Centennial Freshman Crystal Favorito is 1st runner up in the
Miss Teen India USA pageant
Crystal Favorito won the teen division of the Miss India Georgia pageant last October. She then moved onto the Miss Teen India USA pageant in New Jersey where she was awarded 1st Runner Up and Miss Congeniality. Way to go Crystal!  Check out her story at
Centennial Teacher and Staff Appreciation Last Week

Thank you so, so much to our amazing teachers and staff at Centennial High School. We appreciate all that you do every day for all students. Go Knights!
Thank you also to all of the helpers who contributed to the many treats enjoyed by teachers and staff last week!
Parents: Mark Your Calendars!
Senior Year is fast and furious, so stay tuned to all the upcoming eNewsletters for important info all year long.
First task for your senior year is SENIOR PORTRAITS.
Senior Portraits sign-ups are already available for June 6-9 and July 11-14.  They are being done by Legacy Studios and will take place at the Centennial Gym.  To sign up for your portrait session go to .  Click on the date that you are interested in on the calendar on the right, and then enter your information.  Rising seniors will be receiving more information about pictures and packages prior to the end of the school year.  All seniors must have a senior portrait done to be included in the yearbook.
All Surface 3 Devices Should be Turned In Now
The last day for Device   Collection is Tuesday, May 16  Any devices collected after these dates should be turned in at the Learning Commons and a late fee of $10 per day will be charged to the student.  Students must have a charged device for the device to be collected.  If you are aware of any damages to your device, please visit the Help Desk prior to device collection to pay your fine.  If you have insurance, please contact them immediately for repair or replacement prior to device collection. 


Summer Assignments
The Link for summer assignments is   As the teachers send in their assignments, the link for that class becomes enabled, so make sure that you check back to get all your classes' assignments.  
Clubs & Activities
Top Centennial Performers in National French Exam
The French Department is pleased to announce the results for the Grand Concours, a National French Exam sponsored by the American Teachers of French.
In Level 2 the following students placed in the top nationally:
            Jenna Flannagan
            Sarah Friedrichs
            Rane Hill
            Katie Kelly
            Julia O'Neal
            Lucy Turner
            Jose Vargas
            Sophia Woodrow
            Allison Diaz-Fernandez
            Jennifer Nangui
            Jolie Craven
            Alexander Hayes
            Polleth Sepulevada
In Level 3 the following students placed in the top 10 nationally:
            Kathryn Larkin
            Christine Pang

In Level 4 the following students placed in the top 10 nationally:
Brenda Ngoune
In Level 5 the following students placed in the top 10 at the state level:
Tania Dominguez-Rangel
And at the Georgia level the following student placed in the top 10 for level 4
Stephadji Hilaire

Centennial Spanish Interpreter Program Field Trip to GBI
The Marketplace Spanish students are preparing to be interpreters/translators for legal and medical fields. They recently took a field trip to visit the GBI offices.
  The tour included:
  • Relics of past GBI criminal investigations and the legal chain of custody procedures, including the infamous "Alien Monkey" case
  • Seeing the science behind illicit drug analysis in the evidentiary court process
  • Looking at samples of the various illicit drugs coming into Georgia through Hartsfield Jackson Airport and the Port of Savannah
  • Learning the specific acronyms and scientific name designations in the drug analysis process
  • Reviewing GBI hiring requirements in the Forensic Science, Forensic Criminal investigations and Law Enforcement
The students enjoyed the tour and some are considering the forensic science field as a future career.  The GBI Special Agent in Charge, Dr. Cathy Mausolf, expressed how impressed she was with our students' demeanor and depth of understanding the material presented. Dr. Mausolf requested more information regarding the Centennial Interpreter program. Go Knights!
Centennial Athletics
Track and Field
The following Knights qualified to compete in the State Track and Field meet:
Kayla Williams - 100m, 200m
Ahmad Perryman - 200m, 400m
Katie Meyer - 1600m, 3200m
Reese Crawford - 300m hurdles
Girls 4x100m relay team
Shay Berry - high jump
Kemiah Scott - long jump

Kemiah Scott set a new school record in the long jump at 18-11! Go Knights!

Centennial Senior Soccer Player Maddy Peterson Wins
Str8Up April Athlete of the Month
Press release from Str8Up Sports:
Str8Up Sports Announces April Student-Athletes of the Month
Alpharetta, GA - May 10, 2017 - Maddy Peterson and Emma Wood were honored as the Str8Up Sports Student-Athletes of the Month (SAM Award) at the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce November Eggs & Enterprise Breakfast Tuesday, April 25th. The SAM award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of deserving Student-Athletes in the greater North Fulton area. Winners are chosen from nominations made by area athletic directors and coaches, and are based on extraordinary academic proficiency, exceptional athletic accomplishments and dedication to civic action.

April SAM Winner - Maddy Peterson (Centennial High School)
Maddy Peterson, a Senior Soccer player from Centennial High School, has a career 44 goals, 20 assists for 108 total points. From 2014 - 2016 she was Region 6 AAAAAA 2nd Team All Region and was the 2014 Offensive Player of the Year. Maddy was part of the 2014 Region 6 AAAAAA Soccer Champions and 2016 UFA Club Soccer State Cup Champions.

She is currently carrying a 95% overall GPA, is a member of HOSA for Future Health Professionals, Junior Achievement, Business Ethics, is an i ntern at Big Stride Therapy and v olunteers at the Atlanta Dream Center. Also, Maddy helps raise funds for Habitat for Humanity & Breaking the Shackles (for Victims of Human Trafficking).
Coach Jeff Burch says this of his player, "I have had the pleasure of coaching Maddy three out of her four years at Centennial. She is one of the hardest working players at every practice. She works tirelessly to get better each day she laces up her cleats. She has grown to be a leader on the field, making her teammates around her better and taking on a position that requires leadership and game domination. She causes opposition to re-adjust their game plan to account for her tenacity, speed, and clinical finishing in front of goal, capitalizing on any opportunity given to her. She is a great student, a fantastic person, and I am proud to be her coach."
Centennial Gymnastics Team Competes at State

For the first time in the history of Centennial, we had a Gymnastics team compete at State. Way to go girls! Here is the team roster:  Allee Howard, Edy Poteet, Caroline Williams, Juniors: Reese Crawford, Sophie Williams, Senior: Audrey Sharfstein.
As of this eNews printing deadline, the Boys Lacrosse team is still in the playoff hunt, about to play in their STATE SEMI-FINAL game! Take State Centennial! The Girls Lacrosse team also had a fantastic season making it to 1st round of playoffs. 

Lacrosse honors were bestowed on several outstanding Centennial Knights Varsity Boy Lacrosse Players. 
1st Team All State
Nicky Solomon , Junior, Attack, and D1 UNC Commit
Ryan Siracusa , Sophomore, Attack, and D1 University of Maryland Commit
Luke Sadd , Senior, Midfielder and Face Off Specialist, and D1 Mercer Commit
2nd Team All State
Eric Cecere , Senior, Goalie, and D1 Sienna Commit
Colin Hall , Junior, Attack
All American Honors  presented to Nicky Solomon, Ryan Siracusa, and Luke Sadd!
The Girls Lacrosse team had three seniors honored by being named to the Honorable Mention All-State Team.  Deryn Brauckman led the knights offensively with 54 goals, 21 assists, and a 76% shooting average.  Calli Capron held down the defensive end of the field with 24 draw controls, 37 ground balls, and 26 caused turnovers.  Anna Teffeteller was a strong competitor on the draw with 47 draw controls and a defensive force with 28 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers.
Centennial Lacrosse continues to have an amazing program. Way to go Knights!
The Boys Soccer team made it to the 3rd round of playoffs this year! Way to go Knights!
Our boy and girl soccer players were honored with All Region distinctions.  Deedson Vixamar and Brando Franco were named to the 1st team All Region, Kevin Velasquez and Kai Halpus were named to the 2nd team, and Ben Pfeifer and Osvaldo Cabrales were Honorable Mention. Ben Pfeifer was also selected to the Academic All Region Team.
Deedson Vixamar was also named the Region 7 Boys Player of the Year!
On the girls side, Maddy Peterson received 1st team All Region recognition while Kali Ross and Elizz Correa were placed on the 2nd team. Grace Smith was selected to the Academic All Region team. Go Knights!

The boy's golf team will be heading to the State Golf Tournament May, 22nd   and 23rd   in Gainesville, GA. The State Team is: Seniors Jake Wehr, Alex Karwoski, Jeff Bohlmann and Justin Simard, Juniors Joseph Kurey and Ashwin Reddykotha, and Freshmen Owen Doherty and Patrick Su.

Patrick Su also had another amazing accomplishment. On March 11th 2017, he made a Hole-in-One during the Cambridge Cup at Woodmont Country Club on Hole #6!! Way to go Patrick!
Rising 9th graders who are interested in playing golf for the 2018 spring season can sign up at the orientation meeting in the fall or contact Coach Todd Kearney at  . No experience is needed to try out. All you need are golf clubs and the ability to learn the game.

More information and registration materials HERE.

Fencing - Recruitment Event 5/21
When:  Sunday, May 21 5:00- 6:30 PM
Where: Centennial High School Gym

We are looking for the next generation of Centennial Fencers. Rising 9th graders and current Knights, come check out this fun sport and meet CHS fencers, Head Coach Gene Gettler, and Fencing parents.  Attendees will get the chance to try on gear and learn about epee.

RSVP to Chris Bray- by Wednesday, May 17th
"Live for the Fight, Fence like a Knight!"

Paul McCartney is returning to Atlanta this summer, and Centennial Knights Cheer is bringing YOU the chance to bid to win 2 VIP Hot Sound packages to Paul McCartney's "One on One" tour. The music superstar will be at the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth at 8 p.m. July 13.  All proceeds will benefit Centennial High School's cheerleading program. The packages include: invitation to Sir Paul McCartney's sound check, pre-show hospitality reception, premium tickets for the concert, priority check-in and entrance, commemorative ticket, merchandise item designed and created exclusively for package purchases, limited edition numbered lithograph, and onsite check-in staff. Enjoy a unique experience with a musical icon while supporting a great cause! 

Positive Athlete Award
Alaina Booth has been named the Most Positive Cheerleading Athlete in North Atlanta! Over 4700 student-athletes and coaches from over 400 high schools were nominated this year for the Positive Athlete program, and only about 8% of those nominees will be recognized as a regional winner. Awesome job, Alaina!
Support Centennial Knights Football!                  
Knights Football players working as a team even in the offseason!
Spring Football is here!  To celebrate, the Knights Football team held a Spring kick-off dinner on Wednesday, May 10th.  We had almost 200 players, coaches and family members come out to show their support for the team and the upcoming season.  A big Thank You to Charlton's Grill & Tap for hosting the event!  
We want everyone to have an opportunity to see the team in action so bring your family and friends, and come out to watch the Knights Spring Football game on Thursday, May 18th from 6-8 pm at The Fortress.   The players and coaches have been working hard to start getting ready for the upcoming season so let's show them that we care.  You don't want to miss the fun and excitement and an opportunity to show your support for our winning Football program!      
Knights Football players are also selling discount cards as a fundraiser this year.  The discount cards, which are $20, contain discounts and coupons from local merchants.   Support your team and our sponsors by buying one today.  If you are interested in purchasing, please see a Centennial Knights Football player. 
Centennial Athletic Booster Association
Chivalry Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to Anna Teffeteller and Casen Conway for winning the 2017 Chivalry Scholarships. The CHS Athletic Booster Association presents one $2000 scholarship to an outstanding senior class female student/athlete and one $2000 scholarship to an outstanding senior class male student/athlete each year.  Student/athletes are selected based on their academic and athletic achievements, as well as other extra-curricular activities at the high school and/or in the local community.
Highest Academic Athletes
Alex Karwoski (golf and cross country) and Katie Meyer (cross country and track and field) won the Mack Burgess award for highest GPA for an athlete. Congrats Alex and Katie!
Summer Bike Trip Across the United States - Coach Higgins
Read about Centennial Track and Field Coach Higgins and Centennial parent Dr. Bergman's amazing cross country cycling trip! They will be making a 38 day, 3800 mile trek from Tybee Island on 5/27 to San Francisco, 7/3.  Go Knights!!
Centennial Rowers Advance to Nationals

Sophomores Oscar Lee (second from right) and Will Holt will row with Atlanta Junior Rowing Association at the Youth Rowing National Championships in Sarasota, Florida on June 9-12th. Lee rowed with the eight crew that won 2nd place at the Southeastern Regional Championships held at Lake Lanier Olympic Park on May 14th. Holt was selected to join the men as an alternate rower. 
The Arts 
Centennial Celebration of the Arts

This event showcased the amazing talent - both students and teachers - that we have at Centennial High School. The celebration featured the works of the various facets of the thriving Centennial Fine Arts Department. Guests walked around and enjoyed musical and theatrical performances while admiring the student artwork. Over 135 Centennial students participated in this event.

Calling all Marching Band Fans!

The Centennial HS Mighty Marching Knights band is actively seeking new members in grades 9-12 to join our family. We're looking for students with a passion for music to march, play in the front ensemble, and become a part of our award-winning color guard. For more information, see our band website:  or contact Band Director, Michael Reid    or Co-President, Karen LeCates .

The Spring Concert   was, as always, a show to remember! Thanks to the senior student conductors who led a fantastic Concert Band performance. The Symphonic Band set the stage for the rest of the show with their Hollywood tribute and Stevie Wonder medley. Then the Chamber Winds took the stage, and things got a little crazy! Their performance of Star Wars Heroes came complete with a lightsaber battle between Darth Vader and Han Solo. This led into a Wind Ensemble performance that had the band and audience screaming as Elvis and his groupies saved Las Vegas from Godzilla's wrath. Kudos to everyone who put their heart and soul into the performance, and a special "standing ovation" to the 41 graduating Seniors! Your talent, leadership and commitment will be missed (If you would like to view the show, click  here ).
Hats off   to all jazz band, guitar and saxophone quartet students for such incredible performances at the concert this past Thursday! Your talent made for a wonderful evening. Many thanks to Mr. Walker, Ms. Inman and Mr. Reid for their endless dedication to teaching and directing these students to reach their potentials.
As the 2016/17 band year came to an end, we celebrated in style with a fabulous feast! Many thanks to all the dedicated volunteers, with a special shout out to Will Strickland, a CHS band alumnus, who was the D.J. at the "After Party" where a great time was had by all. Congratulations to all band students for their many musical accomplishments, and best wishes to the Seniors on their future endeavors. Hope to see them back to visit all their band buddies at Homecoming on September 8th!

Out and About 
Members of the CHS Marching Band represented the high school on Saturday, May 6th, at the   Roswell Connexion Spring Festival   by kicking off the event with spirited music!   They had some fun, and may have   managed to recruit some future musicians! Go Knights!

Winter Guard was in the news! A big THANK YOU to Amanda Hayes (PTSA Publicity Chair) for writing and submitting the article! Check it out here:    Centennial Winter Guard take SAPA championship  .
Centennial Art Exhibited at the High Museum of Art
Two outstanding Centennial artists, Senior GREG COOK and Freshman JULIA O'NEAL, will have their art on display at the High Museum of Art at the 18th Annual Atlanta High School Art Exhibition! Go Knights!
artist: Greg Cook

artist: Julia O'Neal

Exhibition dates: May 23 - July 16th, 2017
The Senior Scoop
(a must-read for all seniors and their parents!)
When?  Where?  What do I wear?
When:    May 19th 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Where:  Centennial Fortress
When: May 19th 2pm - 4pm
Where: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Graduation tickets are handed out at practice. Students with outstanding fines or uncompleted requirements will not be issued graduation tickets.
GRADUATION - Saturday, May 20 at 10:00am
Students should arrive at Verizon Amphitheater by 9:15am with cap, gown and all regalia ready. Proceed to the lower level.
Men:  wear dark slacks (long pants), white collared shirt, tie, and black dress shoes
Ladies:  wear nice dress with dress shoes or sandals
Graduation Tickets will be issued to the  students  at the Graduation Practice.  

Show your Senior Knight Pride by displaying a Centennial Graduate Sign in your yard.  Yard signs cost $25 or 2 for $40. They are at the front office at school and available for purchase. 

Prior to graduation all seniors are required to complete and turn in a senior withdrawal form.  This is the form seniors will use to check off that they have turned in all books and school property as well as indicate which college their final official transcript is to be sent. Withdrawal forms should have been picked up last week.
Forms need to be turned in to Ms. White in the counseling office by Wednesday, May 17th at 4:00pm .
Seniors will not receive their tickets for graduation if this form has not been turned in by the deadline.
Club sponsors are responsible for graduation cords.  Have your student check with their club sponsor about whether they have graduation cords and what the cost is.  Many clubs raise money for their club by selling graduation cords.  Graduation cords are worn around a student's neck over their graduation gown for the graduation ceremony.
Honors cords and pins will be distributed at the Graduation Lunch.
Senior Treats

Seniors got to enjoy their final Senior Treat last week. They received chips, soda, lollipops, sunglasses and pizza! Thank you so much to the PTSA for funding this fun senior tradition that ALL senior class members get to enjoy. Also, thank you to the team of senior parents who have planned, organized, prepared and distributed 400 treats 4 different times throughout the year. We appreciate you! Go Senior Knights!

PTSA Senior Service Scholarship Award
Centennial High School would like to congratulate the winners of the PTSA Senior Service Scholarship Award.  This year's recipients have served countless hours working with kids, teenagers, the elderly, and the sick, collecting food, books and other items, providing meals, translating, going on mission trips in villages in developing countries, providing service within their churches, and making a difference in our schools.  Please help to congratulate this year's winners: Michelle Manganiello, Haley Pauls, Mason Gay, Emily Barber, Karla Chavez, and Tania Dominguez-Rangel.  Thank you to all applicants! You make Centennial High School very proud!  
The University of South Carolina Loves Our Senior Knights!
Here are some fantastic statistics about Centennial's class of 2017 from the University of South Carolina regional representative for Georgia:
  • 88.9% admit rate for Centennial students who applied to South Carolina
  • 3 students were admitted into the South Carolina Honors College
  • 5 students were invited into the Capstone Scholars Program
  • 18 students received merit-based scholarship offers
  • 7 students will be joining the fall freshman class of 2017
Centennial Cluster News
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. 
  • Linda McCain - Tuesday, May 16, 9:30 AM at Barnwell ES
  • Katha Stuart - Wednesday, May 17 9:30 AM at Roswell North ES
  • Julia Bernath - Thursday, June 15, 9:30 AM at North Learning Center
Information from Summit Counseling
May is here....and Summer is quickly approaching!  Here is some info from the Summer @ The Summit brochure. There are several new groups and camps scheduled for teenagers and young adults. Please feel free to pass this along to any families that you think might benefit.  Here is just a sampling of what is included in the brochure.
From Survive to Thrive - Bridging the
Academic Transition
Whether it is transitioning into kindergarten or transitioning from high
school to college, an academic transition is a big moment in a student's
life! While it is an exciting milestone, it can also be a time of stress and
anxiety due to many known and unknown changes. We want to prepare
each student for the road ahead by providing them coping skills, mindfulness
based techniques, and self-esteem activities to ensure that they
have the resilience and confidence to successfully navigate the stress
and anxiety associated with each transition. 
We will be offering transition groups for students transitioning to middle school, high school, or college.
DBT Skills Classes
DBT is a treatment for complex and challenging mental disorders that
involve emotional dysregulation, such as dual diagnoses, PTSD, eating
disorders, suicidal and self-harm behaviors, severe mood disorders, and
treatment resistant depression. Clients with these disorders often have
great difficulty managing the emotional and relational crises of their
lives because they lack the needed behavioral coping skills.
Weekly DBT skills training groups are didactic groups that use a step-by-
step format to teach four sets of skills: mindfulness, interpersonal
effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.
College Skills Class
This is an accelerated model covering all 3 modules of DBT.
Tuesdays and Thursdays
June 6th - July 20th 
10:00am - 12:00pm
Adolescent/Family Skills Classes
Emotion Regulation
May 18th - July 20th
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Summit @ Mount Pisgah UMC Campus

Interpersonal Effectiveness
June 15th - August 3rd 
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Summit @ Mount Pisgah UMC Campus

Interpersonal Effectiveness
August 3nd - September 14th
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Summit @ Mount Pisgah UMC Campus
Please feel free to reach out to Cathy Murphy  or The Summit front office at  678-893-5300  if you have any questions regarding the groups or other teen programming at The Summit or take a look at Summit's brochure.
PTSA in Action
Open PTSA Positions 
Please consider volunteering at your child's school.
We are still looking for the following positions for next year's PTSA:

1.     Membership Chair

- Coordinate initial membership drive during orientation and process forms.  This role begins in the summer but is pretty much finished by September. 

2.     Homecoming Coordinator

- Coordinate food trucks and carnival games for Homecoming. Assist the school with Homecoming related tasks. Help publicize the event.

3.     Reflections Chair

- Implement national PTSA program.  Collect submissions and host luncheon for the participants.  

4.     Ghost Out Chair

- running the national program in the spring before prom.  It is a drinking and driving awareness program. 

5.     Red Ribbon Week Chair

- Using PTSA criteria, coordinate age appropriate activities incorporating national programs such as Mock Crash, Judgment Day, Fatal Vision, and Prom promise 

6.     Recycling Chair

- Maintain and enhance the recycling program at CHS.  Coordinate with the teacher in charge of the recycling club.  Host luncheon for custodians in the spring. 

7.     Senior Service Day

Chair - Coordinate parent volunteers for senior service day. Assist school senior events chair with Senior Service Day tasks.

8.     Senior Facebook Page Owner

- Create and actively maintain a Facebook page specifically geared toward Senior parents to keep them connected to all senior related events.

9.     Publicity Shadow

- Assist and learn the role of the publicity chair.  Work on press releases that go out to neighborhoods, manage neighborhood lists and contact information, meeting with and informing relators of all the wonderful things that go on at CHS.  Work with e- blast, Facebook and website chairs.

10.  Legislation shadow

 - Assist and learn the role of the legislative chair. Share education related bills that are being considered at the state capitol.  


If you are interested in one of these positions or know someone who would be a good fit, please contact Amy Hastings at
Parent Volunteers Needed to Fold Graduation Programs
Parent volunteers are needed May 18th and 19th to help with the Graduation Program. We will receive 5,400 copies of the program and need help folding them. We have set up the volunteer shifts in 2 hour segments. Please consider volunteering for less or more time as your availability allows you. Please click on this Sign Up Genius link to volunteer:   If you have any questions, please send a message to . Thanks so much for volunteering!
PTSA Reflections -  "Within Reach"
The CHS PTSA Reflections program launches in August and all students are invited to start thinking about ideas for an entry based on this year's theme   "Within Reach". 
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 go to
Use the summer to get started! Reflections entries will be due early October.

The Accident Avoidance Workshops are selling out fast!  Many of the springs sessions are completely sold out. BUT there are several new venues and dates available throughout the summer. With no school commitments, and students returning home from college, the summer Workshops are our most popular.  There is no reason not to sign your student up, but don't delay.
Studies show the average time between accidents for experienced drivers is 15 years. For a teen, it's 10 times more frequently. So the question isn't "Will my student need this training?" ... the question is "Will you have given your student the training before they need it?" Every fatal teen accident in the State of Georgia for the past 3 years could have been prevented by applying the content taught in the Accident Avoidance Workshops. Research has proven if your child dies before they're 20, there's more than a 50% chance a motor vehicle will be involved in that tragedy. 
For the most recent schedule,  click here  .
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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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