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CHS eNEWS                                       January  2016

AP/Move on When Ready Night
(Dual Enrollment is now called Move on When Ready)
AP/Move on When Ready Night is on Wednesday, January 20 at 6:00pm.  

This is a chance to find out about all of the  many AP (Advanced Placement) opportunities  that Centennial offers its students.  This night is for both parents and students. There will be breakout sessions with the various AP teachers so that students and parents can learn as much
as possible about the subjects.  There are AP opportunities for all grade levels at Centennial.  If you are a good, hardworking student, you and your parents should attend AP Night.  You are not committing to take any classes; you are just learning about the class from the instructors (and sometimes current students). AP classes are college level classes that are taught in high school.  They are an excellent way to experience college level curriculum and a good preparation for post high school.  After taking an AP course, students take an AP exam.  Based on the results of that exam, a student may be able to earn college credit for the course, which is a bonus financial savings.

This night will also present information on the various dual enrollment classes also available at the school.  This program is now called Move on When Ready and has really changed a lot.  Move on When Ready allows students to take actual college classes.  Credit as well as grades from these classes will then count for both college and high school.  

Please make sure that you put this very informative evening on your calendar!

Schedule for AP/Move on When Ready Night
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

6:00 PM  -  Auditorium

PTSA Meeting and Advanced Placement Meeting for students and parents new to the AP program.

6:00 PM - Cafeteria

Move On When Ready (Dual Enrollment) Meeting for students who plan to enroll in college classes next year.

6:30 PM - Classrooms throughout CHS       

Individual subject sessions begin; you will have four sessions at 15 minutes each to rotate into classrooms for information about specific AP courses.   AP individual subject session schedule can be seen here.

Centennial counselors will also be available in the main hall near the counseling suite throughout the evening to answer your questions.

Microsoft Surface 3's are Coming to Centennial

Teachers and staff at Centennial already have their Surface 3's.  Students will be receiving theirs around the first week of February.  Be on the lookout for documentation that will be distributed in the next few weeks on the program.

Also, parents, mark your calendars for 1/28 when there will be a parent night to review information regarding distribution of the devices with you.  Around the same time during school, there will be grade level meetings with the students to discuss similar information regarding these devices.

Centennial's Prom is March 19 at Fernbank
Knight at the Museum

It is almost prom season. Prom ticket sales will start the week of February 8 th  with discounted ticket prices the earlier you buy!!  The prom is at Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Mar ch 19 th  from 8 PM-12AM.  The theme is a "Knight at the Museum."  There are free t-shirts, pictures and parking for all who attend.  There will also be unlimited sodas as well a s desserts.   Students will be able to vote for the music they want to hear at prom when they purchase their ticket.   Prices will start at $55 for seniors a nd $60 for juniors.  The prices will increase each week so buy early !!! 

We are looking for volunteers to assist selling tickets during lunch.  If you are able to help out, please click  here to sign up to sell tickets.

Tickets will be on Sale Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 11:45 - 1:15
February 9, and 11, - $55 for Seniors and $60 for Juniors
February 16, 18, 19 - $ 60 for Seniors and $65 for Juniors
February 23, 25, 26 - $65 for Seniors and $70 for Juniors


International Baccalaureate (IB) at Centennial

Centennial High School is presenting their application to become an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) school to the Fulton County School board in February! This is the culmination of three years of study and consideration by the school community. With school board approval in March, the school will then officially apply to the International Baccalaureate Organization to begin the program for select students from the Northeast Learning Community at CHS in the Fall of 2018. We will know if the application is accepted and the school is considered a "candidate school" by the fall of this year. The next two years of candidacy will be spent training teachers, identifying students, finalizing schedules and completing all requirements to implement the program.
The CHS Governance Board is fully supportive of this program as they recognize the opportunity it provides for the school community and for the Northeast Learning Community. Current 8 th  graders in middle schools across the area, who meet the requirements for the program, will be the first juniors to participate in the IBDP at CHS in 2018. Staff is currently sharing information with rising freshmen in feeder middle schools and will continue to communicate with parents and students through the next two years. Click here to see the Centennial's "IBDP Consideration" website for more information.

2016 Sophomore Parent Night
Tuesday, January 26th
Time:  6:30 PM
Location:  Centennial High School Auditorium

The College Board has released the PSAT scores from the 2015 test, and March 2016's redesigned SAT is on the horizon. The scoring systems for both tests have changed. On January 26th at 6:30pm, Jed Applerouth, founder of Applerouth Tutoring Service, will help us understand the changing testing landscape.   Atlanta native Jed Applerouth is a leading authority on standardized tests.
"Calling all TAG Sophomores and Juniors!  

Registration for classes for the 2016-2017 school year is coming up and TAG students should consider taking Directed Study as an elective.  In Directed Study, TAG students are able to select topics of interest and/or classes not offered at Centennial and design their own course of study and assignments.  Not only is it an incredible learning experience, but it also gives a choice when it comes to an academic elective.
Have your student talk to Ms. Taylor (room J-107) or Ms. Rosner (E-29) about Directed Study if they are interested in the opportunity!"

The Arts at Centennial/FFA

Thank you for purchasing a Centennial Insulated Tumbler in the fall to support the work we do in bridging the gap between the Art Departments (Theater, Visual Arts, Chorus, Band and Orchestra) budgeted funds and what they may actually need.  If you didn't purchase a tumbler but still would like one, please contact Charly Rowlands at  

AP Night is Wednesday, January 20 th - Come out to Village Burger (Near Fresh Market) to grab dinner either before or after, as VB is passing on a portion of the proceeds to the FFA.

If anyone is interested in helping with or joining the FFA Board please contact Charly Rowlands (  We are always looking for people who love the arts as much as we do and want to work to further the program for the benefit of the students.

CHS chorus traveled to New Orleans, LA to perform at the National WWII museum January 14-17, 2016. While in New Orleans students have been able to experience the entire city including a Jazz dinner boat cruise, local swamp tours, historical ghost tours, and the famous Cafe du monde beignets in addition to the museum.

Congratulations to the following Centennial Band students who have been chosen to participate in this year's District Honor Band on February 5th and 6th at North Atlanta High School:  Madeline Baer, Carson Coldren, Brandon Crowe, Ally Hawkins, Jackson Laidhold, Jacob Martinez, Rhett Mobley, Eli Rickles, Keyshaun Scott, Christina Tamba and Grace Wyner . The concert will be the evening of February 6th, at 7:00 PM. All are welcome to come and listen to a great concert by these talented musicians! North Atlanta HS: 4111 Northside Pkwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30327.

Also: Please join us for a "Pre-LGPE" (Large Group Performance Evaluation) Concert that will be in the CHS auditorium on February 9th at 7pm .  This concert will be in preparation for the actual LGPE (February 29th, March 1st & 2nd) at Northview High School. The LGPE is an annual evaluation that the students work hard for ALL year - so come pack the house on the 9th and show your support!

Theater is in rehearsal for "A Funny Thing Happened  On the Way To The Forum".  Performances will be the 24 th through the 26th of March.  More information will be provided next month.

Visual Arts are starting to get ready for their art show at the end of the semester.  More information will be provided as the date approaches.

Centennial High School Orchestra is so proud to announce that we had FIVE students selected for the 2016 GMEA All-State Orchestra!  Congratulations  Jason Li,  Caroline Wittschen,  David Wen,  Andrew Zhang,  Kyle Qian and  Miguel Holguin-Mejia.

Yearbook Information - 
The price of yearbooks increases on February 6th from $80 to $90, so get online and buy those yearbooks now!!

PTSA Senior Service Scholarship Opportunity!

Each year the Centennial High School PTSA offers several scholarships, some up to $1000, recognizing exceptional dedication to volunteerism among the senior class students. These scholarships will be awarded to students who best exemplify the PTSA's ideals of outstanding commitment of service to others in our school, community and world.

Any graduating senior with a GPA of 80 or higher who is enrolling at a college, university or technical institute of higher learning may apply. Applicants (or their families) must be a member of the PTSA by the end of the first semester to be eligible.

Applications and a detailed description are now available at the PTSA website and are due in the front office by Friday, March 25 th at 3:30pm. All applicants are encouraged to attend one of two workshops which will take place 1/19 and 1/26. This short workshop will provide students with an overview of the application and selection process, an opportunity to ask questions and learn about how to complete an application which best reflects the quality, diversity, leadership roles and overall impact of their community service over the past four years. 

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Barone, Scholarship Committee Chair, at

Seniors: Come to Centennial's Scholarship Club
Now is the time to be applying to as many scholarships that you can.  There are many different scholarships out there.  The counseling office is hosting a club that will help you with your scholarship application process.  They meet twice a month, after school, with the goal being to help you to complete one scholarship application a month.  Students will complete scholarship profiles and receive help with essays, application questions and resources for finding more scholarships.

The next Scholarship Club meeting is on Wednesday, 1/20 right after school in the Career Planning Room.

Ten Golden Rules for Winning Scholarships (from the Centennial Counseling website)
These tips will help you get scholarships to pay for college:
  1. Start Early - Start looking Junior Year. Many scholarships have early application deadlines.
  2. Speak with your high school guidance counselor or scholarship advisor. These people may be able to lead you to local, regional or national scholarships that you won't easily find elsewhere.
  3. If you are a volunteer or active in a community, school or religious group, ask the advisor, sponsor or benefactor about scholarships. These people may be able to suggest and connect you with scholarship opportunities.
  4. Check out online sources. There are many scholarship websites as well as Internet sites of scholarship sponsors that profile scholarship opportunities. Many high schools post scholarship opportunities in the Guidance Office or on the Guidance Department web site. Since many scholarships are local, state and regional, it's a good idea to seek out scholarship web sites and listings for other schools in your area.
  5. Read Application Requirements - Make sure you are eligible. Otherwise you are probably wasting your time.
  6. Follow Instructions Explicitly - Most scholarships are very competitive and errors can eliminate you from consideration.
  7. Tailor your application essay to the sponsoring organization - Resist sending your standard essay with a simple name change.
  8. Proofread your Application Carefully - Errors can result in a quick denial.
  9. Be Active - Student leaders and those active in athletics, clubs and community service are more likely to win college scholarship.
  10. Maintain your GPA - Keep your grades up. A minimum GPA is required for many scholarships. Strong academic performance will make you eligible for more scholarship opportunities.

Student Voter Registration
If your student will be 18 by Tuesday, March 1 (Georgia Presidential Primary date), a voter registration packet was sent home with their report card.  This packet included an information letter and a voter registration form.  We hope you will take the time to talk to your student about the importance of voting and encourage them to be involved in the process!  

CHS Sports

CHS Golf Tryouts
Golf will be holding its spring tryout at the Country Club of Roswell on Monday February 15 th  at 2:00 pm and Tuesday February 16 th  at 4:00 pm.  Anyone interested in playing golf will need to make sure that all paperwork is turned into the school by February 8 th . All paperwork can be found on the Centennial Athletic web site.  If you need more information about the golf program you can stop by Coach Wesley Wozgen's room or e-mail Coach Todd Kearney at

Johns Creek Student Leadership Program
ATTENTION Freshmen and Sophomores
Student Leadership Johns Creek is a program for emerging leaders in their sophomore and junior years. Students apply in January of their Freshman or Sophomore years for the two year program. Applicants are accepted from Centennial, Chattahoochee, Johns Creek and Northview High schools. The program is run by an advisory council under the board directorship of Leadership Johns Creek, a 501c3 non-profit in collaboration with Fulton County Schools.

In year one of this two year leadership program, leadership skills will be developed through a series of structured learning experiences and then utilized in the completion of community service projects. In the second year, students will focus on implementing the skills learned during year one. The goal is for the students to become catalysts for change in their schools and communities.

A class of approximately 30 young adults will be selected from area Johns Creek high schools and will be introduced to a core curriculum of leadership skills including goal setting, project management, team building, and communication skills. In addition, opportunities will be provided to explore local, county and state governments.
All students at Centennial are eligible to participate in this program.  Click here for information on Student Leadership program.   Click here for the the application.
The application and accompanying documentation are due to Ms. Crumbley by January 29, 2016.

Knights are Raising Money for  
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Olivia McDonnold and Mira Shah, seniors at Centennial High School, have been nominated for the 2016 Student of the Year award by Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This is a huge campaign; only 15 students/teams were accepted into the fundraising campaign from across the state, and the girls were recognized at the Woodruff Arts Center last month. The campaign stretches out over six weeks, starting on January 14th and ending on February 26th. The girls are trying to raise $30,000 to help find a cure for cancer.

At Centennial High School, the Olivia and Mira are putting together a Trivia Night on January 22nd, a Valentine's Dance on Feburary 11th, and a Male Pageant Show on February 19th.

If you would like to donate, here is the link to their website:
Good luck Olivia and Mira!  Go Knights!!


Looking for high quality, yet affordable SAT and ACT preparation? Well look no further!
Fulton County Schools in partnership with Princeton Review will offer preparation courses right here at Centennial High 
School. Students are eligible to register for $125 (a discount of more than 80% off of the normal $699 price), and will receive 18 hours of classroom instruction, three in-class proctored practice exams, access to online drills, and a booklet of 11 additional practice tests! For more information click here.

Mock SAT
Find out what it's like to take the new SAT Exam by participating in the Mock SAT given at Centennial High School. Sponsored by the Centennial High School PTSA and Applerouth.
Date: 2/6/16
Time: 9am-1pm
Cost: $5


The Board of Education has been presented with the final recommended elementary school redistricting map.  This map does impact some of the feeder elementary schools in the Centennial cluster.  The Board will vote on this map in February and the changes will go into effect this August 2016.  Click here to view the map.

Rising Freshman (Current Eighth Grade Students)

Rising Freshman Parent Night will be Thursday, January 21 at 6:30pm in the cafeteria.  Please make plans to attend this event which is hosted by our counseling department.  There will be breakout sessions following the main meeting to provide additional information about our TAG, IB, and AP Human Geography program.

Middle School Transition Day when Holcomb and Haynes Bridge students visit Centennial, will be January 26th and 27th for rising 9th graders.  Students who attend Holcomb Bridge MS and Haynes Bridge MS can get more information about this event from their counselor and/or teacher.


PTSA Mini Grants
Ms. Bullard and the math department received white boards and markers.  They are being used by the teachers to quickly assess whether students are mastering the mathematical standard being taught.  The data collected from these formative assessments is used to guide future instruction.  Go problem solving Knights!!

Are You Interested in Serving on the PTSA Board?
  Do you know a fellow volunteer who would make a great PTSA Officer?  Did you just move to the area and want to get more involved at Centennial?  We are looking for candidates to serve for one year on the Centennial HS PTSA Executive Committee. (The Executive Committee is President, Treasurer, Secretary, and various Vice President  positions.) This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the school and create relationships while supporting the many activities that are part of the high school experience. Please email Petie Armbruster at
  if you are interested. We will be glad to answer any questions that you have about becoming a part of our 2016-2017 Executive Committee.

New Parent Meeting
The PTSA is excited to share our experiences, answer your questions and welcome new members to our community. Please join PTSA Co-Presidents Ginger Verch and Kristin Sharpe and Ms. Kibbey Crumbley for coffee and conversation on February 4th at 8:30 in the Counseling Suite Conference Room.

PTSA General Meeting
The Centennial High School PTSA will be conducting a general meeting of the PTSA on January 20 as part of the AP/MOWR Night Agenda starting at 6:00 p.m.  The Nominating Committee for upcoming elections will be elected at this meeting pursuant to the by-laws of CHS PTSA.  The Nominating Committee is elected to nominate officers to be elected at the next general PTSA meeting in April for the upcoming school year.

North Fulton Council PTA
Top 10 Issues to Watch in Education - 2016
The North Fulton Council of PTAs' is hosting their School of Information on Wednesday, January 27 from 9am-12pm at the Johns Creek Environmental Center (8100 Holcomb Bridge Road).  Dr. Dana Rickman from the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education will be presenting the Top 10 Issues to Watch in Education.  Every year, the Georgia Legislature considers (and passes) a large number of new and/or revised education laws.  Come hear about this year's current issues so you can help support our students and schools!  This event is free. Please register at

Centennial SGC Update
The Centennial Governance Council has submitted its final seed fund application for the SPaCE, a creation lab to be housed in the Learning Commons.  We will be notified if we will continue to proceed in the consideration process on January 25.  

Other SGC news includes starting to work on our Strategic Plan version 2.0.  All schools create a 3 year strategic plan.  Unbelievably, we are currently in the 3 rd year of our strategic plan, and it is now time to review and update.  To see our current strategic plan, click here.  

Lastly, we will soon be starting the election process for next year's SGC.  If you are interested in serving on Centennial's SGC, look for more information in the next few weeks.

Superintendent Survey Results

The Fulton County School Board is currently conducting a nationwide search for a permanent superintendent for the district.  They conducted a survey last month asking people what they are looking for in a superintendent.  There were 1600 responses - 68% were from parents.  To look at the results of the survey you can click on the following link:

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.
  • Linda McCain
    • Tuesday, 1/19 Autrey Mill MS  9:30 AM 
    • Tuesday 2/16 State Bridge Crossing ES 9:30 AM
  • Katha Stuart  
    • Tuesday, 1/19 Holcomb Bridge MS  9:30 AM
    • Wednesday 2/17 Mimosa ES  9:30 AM
  • Julia Bernath 
    • Tuesday  1/19  Holcomb Bridge MS 9:30 AM
    • Thursday 2/11 Spaulding Drive ES  9:30 AM

  Fundraising at CHS
JROTC Fundraiser

For the Spring Fundraiser, all JROTC Students will be selling the World's Finest Chocolate Candy Bars for $1 from January 11 th  through February 19 th !!

Accident Avoidance Workshops
Driver trainin' the way it ought'a be!
Driver's ed doesn't work when taken IN PERSON, never-mind "on-line".  After all, the State has lost such confidence in it, they don't even require it, and it's THEIR OWN PROGRAM!   But they're right ... there is no evidence of "driver's ed" reducing crash rates, and yet, statistically, the Accident Avoidance Workshops reduces crash rates by at least 75%.

If your family deserves the benefits of that, we'd love to have you join us!  But make no mistake ... we proudly exclaim this is NOT "driver's ed" ... this is driver trainin' the way it OUGHTA be.

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

Do you want Up to Date Information about Centennial? 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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