CHS eNews
April 2017

Year-long Certification Process Signifies Student Employability in Business Community
The Business and Computer Science Program at Centennial High School has been awarded Industry Certification from the  Atlanta Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)  and the  Georgia Department of Education  for the third time since the school opened in 1997.  This is a tremendous honor for Centennial High School and the community of Fulton County.  This certification signifies that students from Centennial have the employability skills that will benefit the business community.  The six rigorous Program Certification standards, 50 Tasks, comprehensive site visit and numerous interviews were successfully concluded on March 21, 2017 after a year-long process. 
To achieve certification, schools must also have an active Advisory Committee to link the business program with the business community and stakeholders. Centennial reached the Gold Level for Future Business Leaders Association (FBLA) Chapter of the Year, thus earning the extra honor of being named a School of Distinction.
Centennial received its first certification in 2006, accompanied by a $10,000 grant. The second certification was earned in 2011, along with a $5,000 grant. This year, the school received another grant of $5,000 along with its third certification which will last until 2022. Grant monies have been used to purchase a range of equipment, from robots and an industry-standard camera to software and consumable materials used in project-based learning in the school's newly-opened SPaCE creativity center. The materials will continue to benefit future students in the years to come.
Centennial estimates that nearly 100 students are enrolled in the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science and AP Computer Science Principles courses and that enrollment in these classes will increase over the next school year. Centennial is also one of the first in Fulton County to combine the curriculum for the Introduction to Digital Technology and Computer Science Principles courses into one year-long course that is worth two credits. This was achieved by obtaining a waiver from the state of Georgia.
Examples of Project-Based Learning in Action
Hallway Traffic  Computer Simulation. Created by Arteen Ghafourikia, Karl Jacobi and Oscar Lee from the AP Computer Science A class, it is a GPS tool to help students determine the most efficient route to their next class and could be used in the future to help administrators customize bell schedules to relieve hallway congestion

H&R Block Budget Challenge . Financial Services students LaJahna White and Celia Senerman participated in this national online competition related to cash flow, investing and money management. These two students are preparing to take the test for their Financial Investing and Planning Credential by using a program called WI$E.  This tool is aimed at providing financial planning information to Generations X and Y women and is available through the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) . Oswin Nwabude, Yachiara Ross, and Rane Hill, the president, vice president and secretary, respectively, of FBLA shared the accomplishments of the team over the past year. Through participation in numerous conferences, working sessions, rallies and competitions, the team has placed in the top 10 in the State. The Centennial Chapter of FBLA is now a Gold chapter and their president, Oswin Nwabude, is now a Region 9 Officer and newly elected State Vice President of Projects and Programs. 

Computer Game Design . Programming students, Jackson Denmon, Jordan Goldstein, Kyle Le Picard and Ruslan Sharpe created an innovative computer game and learning tool for the Community Based Instruction (special needs) students at Centennial. Specially designed to be interesting, engaging and accessible, the feedback from these students was very positive and will be available to these students in the future.

Each Centennial student who completes a Business or Computer Science pathway is eligible to take an industry credentialing exam in their area of study.  Provided by an outside agency, these tests are administered in April of each year.  Students who pass earn a certificate stating that their learning meets industry standards in each of the areas tested which they can submit to prospective colleges and employers. 
Congratulations to Ms. Priscilla Cole
Northeast Learning Community 
Assistant Principal of the Year!

We are so proud of you and so fortunate to have you as part of the Centennial team. Go Knights!
Four Centennial students have been selected as winners of the Fulton County Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition (YGA), sweeping all awards at the high school level! The YGA Writing K-12 Competition encourages students to develop enthusiasm for and expertise in their writing, provides a context to celebrate their writing successes, and recognizes student achievement in arts and academics. Each winner will move on to the State level competition and winners will be announced on May 12.
Unlike many writing competitions, the YGA does not provide a prompt to which students must respond, or provide any other boundaries to their genre choice or creativity beyond 1900 words. Entries may include Short Stories, Poetry, Essays/Literary Criticism/Analysis, Journalism, Academic/Research Reports, Personal Narratives or Any Other Original Student Writing.

Eight Centennial Seniors 
Graduating with International Skills Seal
The following 8 Senior Knights will be graduating with the International Skills Seal. We are so very proud of them! 
Karla Chavez-Espinosa, Jelsy Contreras, Assata Davis, Tania Dominguez-Rangel, Mason Gay, Joselyn Gutierrez, Adela Morales-Santana, and Sandra Salas-Abrego.

Centennial SGC Election Results

Congratulations to parents Diane Jacobi and Kristin Sharpe and teacher Zachary Kroll for their elections to Centennial's Governance Council for the 2 year term beginning in July.  We thank you for your dedication to Centennial and look forward to working with you over these next 2 years.
Congratulations to Centennial Students in the
Leadership Johns Creek Class of 2019

Corey Braun
Madison Bryant
Eric Darling
Bailey Hebermehl
Rane Hill
Jenny Liu
Max Lucas
Will McCall
Elijah Medwed
Sumir Nemani
Callen Sweigart
Brady Williams
New STEM-Focused High School Campus in North Fulton
Fulton families attended a community meeting on Tuesday, March 28 to provide input on a  new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) focused high school campus which  will be housed at the old Milton High School in Alpharetta.  Information was shared on STEM curriculum  pathways and the benefits to students as they prepare for post-secondary options - whether college or  entering the workforce.  According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs related to STEM will  grow to more than nine million nationwide by 2022.  This proposed STEM High School is targeted for 2020.  The community meeting was very well attended with 100+ parents of elementary, middle and high school
students. Meeting participants not only learned information, but were also able to provide input as well.
Look for future information on this very exciting Fulton County Schools project.
Centennial PTSA Named Outstanding PTA and Model PTA!
Thank you to all volunteers who contribute to our school. We appreciate you and are very proud of you. Go Knights!
Centennial's Red Ribbon Week Campaign Places 1st in the State
The Centennial PTSA Red Ribbon Week team took 1st place in Governor Deal's Red Ribbon Week Campaign Competition.
CHS got first place in the middle/high school category out of over 300 entries statewide. Thank you so much to Judy Semones and all of the students, staff and volunteers who worked on this valuable campaign.  Go Knights!
Parents: Mark Your Calendars!
Parent Volunteers Needed for Advanced Placement Exams
Parent volunteers are needed May 1st - 5th and May 8th - 12th to monitor areas outside of advanced placement exam areas. For more details and to sign up, please click on the following link:  


May 4th: Centennial Honors and Awards Night 

Participants will be notified by invitation.

Clubs & Activities
Centennial FBLA Car Show:  April 29, 9am - 1pm
Centennial's Intro to Business & Technology classes are doing a car show for their long-term project.  Proceeds will be donated to FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) to send FBLA students to Anaheim, California to compete at the FBLA National Leadership Competition.

Centennial 2017 Prom
The 2017 CHS Prom was held in the Egyptian Ballroom at the Fox Theatre on March 25th. Jada Smith and Tyreke Smith were crowned Senior Prom Queen and King while junior recipients were Sophie Williams and Noland Deas.  

Centennial Ghost Out/ PROM PROMises Week  Was a Success!
During the week before Prom, students watched videos r egarding "Being Safe" on Prom Night. Students from "The Loft" CHS video production class produced the videos. Students also participated in the AAA Safe Driving Event. AAA representatives and the Roswell Police Department were on hand to counsel students as they used the driving simulators and took part in the Mock Field Sobriety Test. (Impaired vision goggles are used for this activity)

After taking part in these events students were encouraged to sign the PROM PROMises Wall.

Centennial Athletics
VERY IMPORTANT UPDATES/REMINDERS for rising 9th-12th graders (as of August 2017)
Open Gym Time in the Aux Gym -  4/21 (Fri) 5-7pm  prior to Tryouts. We are opening the Auxiliary Gym up for ANYONE that would like to come out for practice/scrimmage. This will be self-managed by players in attendance with the purpose to get some conditioning/ball touches prior to tryouts. 

2-Day High School Tryouts Wed 4/26 6-8pm (check-in 1st day beginning at 5:15pm)  and again on Thursday 4/27 6-8pm (check-in 2nd day 5:30pm)  Coaches will post all team info on Volleyball website.

High School Commitment Night CHS Cafeteria  7-8pm.  JV Tues 5/2, Varsity  Wed 5/3 and Freshman Thurs 5/4 

Jr Knights Summer Camp (6-8th graders as of 2017-2018 school year) July 17-19th CHS Main Gym 9:30-1:30pm.  Contact Lori Standard  for more info.
All athletes will also be able to submit ALL required medical, insurance and clearance paperwork online.
  1. Go to Privit Profiles at and log in. If you already have an account, log in and update all forms and teams for the 2017-18 school year.
  2. If you are a new user, create an account and follow the attached instructions.
  3. You will need to upload a copy of your physical to Privit to be complete and cleared for the 2017-18 school year. All athletes will need to take a picture of their physical on their phone for upload after their physical.
  4. For a pdf of medical forms, click here
  5. For Privit Profile instructions, click here.
Please feel free to email Lori Standard   if you have any questions BIG or small; we are here to help you get the most out of our Volleyball program and to watch your daughter excel both on and off the court.  
Boys Lacrosse
Most Recent Commits:
Jeremy Sartin- Senior- Utah
Ryan Siracusa-Sophomore- Maryland
April 21/22 - The Centennial Knights will be hosting The Legacy Cup. Friday's games will be held at Bell Memorial Park and the Knights will be playing the Christ School @ 8 pm. On Saturday from 10-4, we will host 3 games at the Fortress and the Knights will be playing @12:30 against IMG National.
April 25th -  We will be honoring our Seniors for Senior Night!
Two Centennial school records were broken at Fulton County Championships. Ahmad Perryman ran the 400m in 49.31 taking 1st place in county.  Kayla Williams set a new Centennial record in the 200m with a time of 25.72. Go Knights!

The Centennial Knight Golf team is looking to have an exciting year on the golf course. We have started the year with our lowest rounds ever and have a chance at making a run for state. Our big Golf Jamboree held at The Legacy Golf course on Lake Lanier will be April 23rd. If you are interested in getting a team together to help support our Centennial golf program, please contact Danielle Pickett at If you own a business and would like to sponsor a hole or donate a gift card, merchandise or some other form of support please contact Coach Todd Kearney at .
The Arts 
Congratulations to cast and crew from the Centennial production of Cinderella!

CONGRATULATIONS  once again to  the  CHS Winter Guard!  After placing  FIRST out of sixteen guards at the Alpharetta H.S. Competition, they went on to  PLACE FIRST IN THEIR CLASS  -out of 15 guards - at the SAPA Championship in Chattanooga on April 1st.  What a way to end the season, we are so proud! Thanks to these students and directors, Terra Johnson and Rachel Cooper, for proudly representing CHS!  
And another hearty CONGRATS goes out to the Marching Band Leadership for 2017-2018:
DRUM MAJORS:   Caroline Parham, Sarah Willis & DJ Rice. 
CAPTAINS:  Woodwind - Trevor Dios, Brass - Jackson Laidhold.
SECTIONAL LEADERS:  Flutes - Mitzi Nunez, Clarinets - Colin Kane & Shantyl McDuffie, Alto Sax - Cameron Lahey & Rhett Mobley, Tenor Sax - Sam Warren, Trumpets - Eli Rickles & Danielle Maltby, Mellos - Drew Washburn, Trombone - Nathan Jacobi, Baritone - Ethan Maholland, Sousaphone - Matthew Loedding, Battery -Brandon Crowe & Anise Overton, Pit -Alyssa Marx & Chloe LeCates, Color Guard -Captains - Kayley Olewicz & Olga Diaz. 
OFFICERS:  BAND CAPTAIN: Jake Mershon, EQUIPMENT CAPTAIN: Lucas Roque & Jordan Overton, PARLIMENTARIAN: Freddie Hernandez, UNIFORM CAPTAIN: Gianna Molezion, LIBARIAN: Briana Tiglao, FIELD CREW CAPTAIN: John Healy & Andrew Duffy, SECRETARY: Brendan Kennedy.

Get your  CHOCOLATE  fix...before it's too late! Find a band student, buy a chocolate bar. It's that easy to help the band and help yourself!
VILLAGE BURGER SPIRIT NIGHT : Come support the band while having an amazing burger! April 24th, starting at 5 PM, at Village Burger (3005 Old Alabama Rd.). If you haven't tried it, it's time!
Join us for a night of  BEAUTIFUL  music! Hard to believe it is almost  SPRING CONCERT  time. The final band concert of the year happens  April 20th at 7pm  in the Centennial Auditorium. Always an amazing - and emotional - concert, come help us celebrate the culmination of a year of hard work!

Then, head back over for the JAZZ, GUITAR & SMALL ENSEMBLES Concert, Thursday, April 27th at 7pm in the CHS auditorium. Upbeat, energetic, crowd-pleasing fun! 
Fine Arts
Centennial's Celebration of the Arts, the annual showcase for Fine Art Students, is scheduled for May 3rd  6:30 - 8:00 p.m. All Fine Art disciplines will be spotlighted. Please come check out the works of our talented Knights!
The Senior Scoop
(a must-read for all seniors and their parents!)
Super Successful Centennial Senior Week 
Thank you so much to Ms. Jimenez and Ms. Prelac for organizing a fantastic week to honor our seniors.  The week included Doughnuts and Bagels, Ice Cream, catered Mexican lunch, Carnival with baby animals and Raffles.  These events are funded through senior dues. More fun will be coming your way at the Graduation Lunch, so make sure that you have paid your senior dues.
Be on the lookout for info on Senior Signing Day where all seniors will be given an opportunity at the microphone to share where they are going to college or what other post graduation plans they have.  It is great to be a Senior Knight!
Senior Fees - Have You Paid Them Yet?
$140 Graduation gown and ceremony fees (now including a late fee) are  
mandatory if attending graduation.
Go to  and select Centennial, Roswell GA and click purchase Cap and Gown/Graduation Fee.  
This fee covers a lot of stuff including:  cap, gown, diploma, diploma cover, tassels, and rental fee for graduation location. Fees must be paid and graduates must wear a cap and gown to participate in the graduation ceremony. Gowns must be ordered before April 28th to ensure delivery for graduation. All gowns are royal blue. Contact Ms. Prelac at if you are not sure if you have already paid this fee.
$45 Senior Dues  
Mandatory to participate in Senior Lunch
Make check payable to Centennial HS and bring to Ms. Jimenez or Ms. McKay in the Learning Commons. This fee covered all activities associated with Senior Week (3/27-3/31) including a Senior lunch and Senior T-shirt.  It also covers a Senior lunch the day of graduation rehearsal (5/19). 
$25 Graduation Yard Sign   
This is a sign that goes in your front yard announcing that you have a Centennial Graduate.  You can purchase one sign for $25 or 2 signs for $40.
Make check payable to Centennial HS PTSA. 
Order forms are available here: Graduation Yard Sign Order Form
Turn the form and check into the front office.

Georgia PTA Scholarship - Deadline 4/24
Georgia PTA is offering scholarships to eligible 2017 graduating seniors of a Georgia high school with a PTA/PTSA. Please go to to download the application. 

Deadline: Postmarked via certified mail on or before Monday, April 24, 2017
Sunday, May 7th 2017, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Seniors please arrive by 4:20pm  
Location: Mt.Pisgah United Methodist Church
Seniors Dress Code:
Graduates should wear their graduation gowns to the service (no caps). 
  • Gentleman - Dark dress pants, white collared shirt, tie and dress shoes
  • Ladies - Nice dress and dressy shoes/sandals 
Service starts at   5:00pm
Light reception, including cookies and water, follows service from 6:00-6:30

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.  
  • Julia Bernath - Tuesday, April 18, 11:30 AM at North Springs HS
  • Linda McCain - Tuesday, April 18, 7 PM at Northview HS
  • Katha Stuart - Wednesday, April 19 6:30 PM at Roswell HS
  • Julia Bernath - Friday, May 12, 9:30 AM at Haynes Bridge MS
  • Linda McCain - Tuesday, May 16, 9:30 AM at Barnwell ES
  • Katha Stuart - Wednesday, May 17 9:30 AM at Roswell North ES
PTSA in Action

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  .
If you would like to register you can do so by clicking 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!

Want More Information? everything PTSA (including a calendar) and more! - Very valuable counseling office information including: college, financial aid and scholarships; test prep; graduation requirements; class scheduling; parent nights and much more. Official Centennial Athletics Website - Official Centennial High School Website.


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