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CHS eNEWS                                       November  2015


CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL PTSA'S ONLINE NEWSLETTER

Centennial Graduation Rate Soars to 88%

Congratulations to the staff, students, parents, and community for working tirelessly to keep moving that bar for our graduates. Up 9% since 2013, 5% last year - we are so proud!!

To celebrate this accomplishment with the students, Principal Crumbley arranged for a special photo booth session set up during lunch last Wednesday with instant photos for all students that say "See my Senior Selfie" with their year of graduation  printed on it.   On Friday, 2000 ice cream treats were given out to all students!!
We are very excited to see what next year has in store for the Class of 2016 graduates!  GO KNIGHTS!!!

Caring and Sharing
Give Thanks
Gift Card Drive
November 2nd - November 20, 2015

The PTSA's Caring and Sharing Committee reaches out to help less fortunate students at Centennial High School.  This Thanksgiving season we need your help by donating $ 25.00 gift cards  (Wal-Mart, Target, Kroger, Publix) to give to CHS families in need.

We will be collecting donations from November 2 nd  - November 20 th  at the High School.   You can drop your cash and or gift card off at the front office.  We will also be standing in carpool line a few days during this time.

Contact Cindy Soder  soders@bellsouth.net or 770-315-5733 if you have any questions.

Thank you for your generosity with our Caring and Sharing Gift Card Drive.
 
"Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart"

Student Clubs and Organizations

CHS HOSA Students Take 2 nd Place
Fifteen Health Occupation Student Association (HOSA) leaders attended the HOSA Fall Leadership Conference on November 2 and 3, 2015 at the Sheraton in downtown Atlanta.  Olivia Datta took second place for Public Speaking.  Olivia McDonnold, Noor Khan, Elika Upadhyay, and Jessica Diaz earned second place for their Recruitment Display.  There were over 100 entries in each of these competitions. Students attended a variety of sessions on topics such as telehealth, biomedicine, open heart surgery, neurology, and leadership skills.  
HOSA blood drive is this Thursday! Sign up in the cafeteria.


Beta
Last week BETA Club members packed 76 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child that will be shipped all over the world to make children smile. Shoeboxes contain small toys, books, crayons, etc...
BETA tutoring will start next Wednesday in the Learning Commons from 3:45-4:15.  It is a drop in tutoring session.


FBLA
FBLA and 21st Century Leaders are involved in the following service projects to end this semester:
  • Pencils for Pete--We are collecting new pencils to be sent to students in Kenya.  We will collect from now until December 7th.
  • We are creating care bags for the homeless.  Click here to see flyer.
  • We are collecting money for our HoneyBaked Hams gift cards.  We get a percentage of the sales.  Click here to see flyer.  We will actually collect until December 7th.
Spanish Club
Spanish Club will meet Wednesday 11/18 at 3:45 pm in H25 to vote on a t-shirt design, plan holiday party and share snacks and conversation.
The H oliday Party is scheduled for Wednesday 12/2.

Stay tuned by joining our Google Classroom: gevqio  ¡Hasta luego!

SADD  
Red Ribbon Week was a great success thanks to Ms. Fudal and the SADD club!! It was a busy week of activities: There was a Crazy Sock Day ( sock  it to drugs!); "Guess the number of gummy bears" in the jars (Drugs are un bearable); the halls were full of students wearing red leis ( Lei  off drugs );  and there were over 200 signatures on the  Pledge to have a drug free life  wall in the cafeteria! The students took their photos in a jail house and mailed them around to each other. The outside of the jail house had a sign that said  "You don't look good in here. Don't do Drugs".  Friday was the final day of Red Ribbon Week. The students and staff had a " Red Out ". Everyone wore red. The grand finale' was a red balloon launch at both lunches.  Ms. Crumbley and Mr Bounds joined in the fun.

 

LEO Club 
Leos Club is a new organization at Centennial. This is the youth organization affiliated with the Roswell Lions Club. The purpose of the club is to build leadership skills while creating value for the community through service projects.

Our first drive is the collection of "gently used" stuffed animals. You know you have them tucked away collecting dust. Your old stuffies could provide great comfort to a traumatized child in an emergency situation.

It is a powerful force when people come together; within one day of telling my classes and Dr. Ruther we collected 100 pieces. Please see the photos of the great students and our fantastic faculty. 

Our goal is 1,500 pieces for the Roswell EMS. We have a collection box on the main hallway nestled between the entrance of the AP Office and the attendance window. Also, I-58 Ms. Bullard's room is a collection site on the Math/ Science wing and Ms. Turner's room in E-57 on the Fine Art wing.

If everyone brings one new or gently used stuffed animal we can reach our goal of 1,500 pieces by the close of the drive on December 7th.

Thank you,
Charlotte Turner/ Fine Art and Pam Bullard / Math
Co-Sponsors Leos Club

JROTC

A beautiful ceremony celebrating Veterans day at Centennial.  
Thank you JROTC .

Model UN
Centennial's Model United Nations team brought home the Award of Merit from the Southern United States Model United Nations Conference in Atlanta. Additionally,  Mateen Saki, Jerome Yankee, Gideon Horwitz, Christine Pang, Mason Gay, Karla Chavez, Conner Evans, Rachel Howell, Brittany Hellier, Hannah Kitzmiller , and  Anna Reyes  all brought home individual honors.

Parent Information Night: Redesigned SAT - Additional Meetings Added
Parents of students in grades 6-12 are invited to learn about the redesigned SAT during six parent information nights scheduled around the district.  The College Board will share with parents the redesigned SAT that will begin in March 2016, including the new system for scoring the SAT, the contents of the test, including the different test sections and specific types of questions students will be answering.  In addition, the College Board will share student preparation opportunities that are free of charge offered through the College Board's website.  Each location can accommodate 250 attendees and parents are invited to attend the session of their choice.  We will also record two sessions and air them on FCSTV Cable Channel 24 (TBD).  Sessions are listed below:
  • Banneker High School Auditorium - Tuesday, November 17, 2015 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Alpharetta High School Auditorium - Tuesday, November 17, 2015 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Tri-Cities High School Auditorium - Tuesday, December 8, 2015 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Roswell High School Auditorium-  Thursday, December 17, 2015 6:30-7:30 p.m .

Arts at Centennial
Fulton Honor Orchestra
Congratulations to our Centennial Orchestra students who were selected as members of the 2015 Fulton County High School Honor Orchestra!
Orchestra Concert on Thursday, December 10.
From left to right: Andrew Zhang, Jason Li, Kyle Qian, David Wen, Darcy Malec and Sarah Maitland .

Fulton County Honor Band
Congratulations to the following Centennial Band students who have been chosen to participate in the Fulton County Honor Band & Orchestra that will take place on November 16th and 17th at Centennial:  Madeline Baer, Jonah Bergman, Carson Coldren, Brandon Crowe, Matthew Gilmore, Ally Hawkins, Georgia Harper, Bobbi Hebermehl, Kyle Howard, Danielle Maltby, Jacob Martinez, Eli Rickles, Keyshaun Scott, Nicole Stetzer, Christina Tamba, Mika Tokutake, Drew Washburn & Grace Wyner.
Band Concert on Wednesday, December 9.


Need the perfect gift? We're having a Sheet Sale! Although the band members themselves will only sell these awesome bed sheets from October 26th - November 18th, they will still be available online after that. A typical sheet is 1200 thread count, and they come in all colors and sizes. Each set costs $40, regardless of size, which is a fantastic price for such high quality sheets! Go to: www.CoZzzyComfy.com. At checkout, select the online code: Centennial Band, and enter a band student name in the Student/Group Member name box in order for that student to receive credit. Any questions contact Amy Kennedy:kennlong4@comcast.net.

Chorus
Do you have a Kroger Plus Card?   Make it work for Chorus!  
 Kroger will donate money to the Centennial Chorus every time you use your Kroger Plus Card.
 If you have a Kroger Plus Card login in to your account (www.kroger.com), select account settings then account summary. Click edit for community rewards and type in Centennial Chorus or 77723. If you do not have a Kroger Plus card you can go to any Kroger store and tell the service desk/cashier you would like a Plus Card. Once you have your card you will need to register is online.
 
The chorus  concert  is on December 8 th , 7PM, CHS auditorium. Free admission. Special Guests will be the Haynes Bridge Middle School Chorus .

Theater
The Advanced Drama Class is excited to present a FREE presentation of "The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet" by Peter Bloedel  on December 11 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.  This is a hilarious take on Shakespeare's classic tragedy "Romeo and Juliet"  - Dr. Seuss style.   
 
"The play is still great, so we need not repeat it.
But you need to be Albert Einstein just to read it...
 
We've shortened the play, changed some names, made it rhyme
No more of that blank verse, we don't think he'd mind..."
 
Come and enjoy this hour production!


Senior Class Information

Parent Volunteers Needed for Senior Service Day
Centennial has a great tradition of having its seniors support our community by working in a variety of service activities each fall. This year that day will be November 20. 

We really need parent volunteers to help us with this event.  Please click on this Sign Up Genius link to volunteer. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f49aeaa23abfb6-senior 

Senior Treats - All Seniors received a Bag of Treats on November 6 from the PTSA and Project Graduation. We love to recognize our Senior Knights!  Your next Senior Treats will be coming soon, but in the meantime, make sure that you sign up to attend Project Graduation.  Senior Signs are also available to purchase now as well.  Money from the sales of those signs goes to Project Graduation.
Project Graduation
This celebration takes place on Graduation Night at Antretti's from 11:30pm - 6:30am.  We will have a Poker Tournament, DJ, Hypnotist, Photographer, and Caricature Illustrator.  This is all in addition to all night go-karting, games, rock climbing, and zip lining.  Plus the event will end with a raffle that will include some very cool prizes that you would love to take with you to college.  Sign up now to attend.  Cost is $70.  The earlier that you sign up, the more raffle tickets you will earn.  Go Knights! Click here to get the forms.
Yard Signs - purchase your senior yard signs now!  
One for $25 or 2 for $40  Click here to get the form

Baccalaureate - Save the date!  Senior Baccalaureate will be on Sunday, May 15 from 5-6pm at Mt. Pisgah.

CHS Financial Aid Night 11/19
The cost of a college education has skyrocketed and, as a result, most parents with college-bound students feel completely overwhelmed. CHS will be hosting our 
Financial Aid Night on Thursday, November 19 th  at 6:30pm in the CHS auditorium. Our guest speaker and financial aid expert, Curt Mangold of Paradox College Funding, will be here to help simplify the entire process of funding your child's college. Whether your student is a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, there will be specific college saving strategies reviewed that will benefit you! Armed with the FAFSA and just a little know-how, you can potentially save thousands of dollars on your student's college education! We hope that you can join us and look forward to seeing you there!

Senior and Junior Prom
Prom will be at Fernbank this year on March 19.   Seniors and Juniors - make sure that you get this on your calendars!

Centennial Athletics
Signing Day for Centennial Athletes
November 11th marked the first signing day for the 2015-16 school year. Centennial is proud to recognize our two athletes that signed as part of the early signing period.
Mikaela Weidmann  is a senior volleyball player who will be continuing her career at  University of North Carolina-Greensboro . While at Centennial, Mikaela was named to the Region 6 AAAAAA All Region team; awarded Region 6 Offensive Player of the Year honors, selected to be on the All State Senior All-Star team and named as an Under Armour AVCA All American.
Julia Couch  is a senior lacrosse player that is continuing her career at  Florida Southern College . During her 4 year Varsity career at Centennial, Julia won an Area Championship in 2013, advanced to the State Final Four in 2014 and was named to the All Region and All State teams as a Junior.  Congrats Knights!!

PTSA Mini-Grants at Work in your School
Creative Materials for Mr. Manny's English Class;
U.S. Maps and Materials for Dr. Ruther's ESOL Class; 
International Night Celebration

College Week

Centennial IB Update

Assistant Principal Priscilla Cole and Marchele Hawley, our new IB coordinator, are leading the IB effort here at Centennial.  Becoming an IB school is an intense process.  We are currently in the application for candidacy stage.  The application must be submitted to the school board by January 2016 for review and to the IBO (IB Organization) by March 2016. Once accepted, we will become a candidate and move into the authorization process.  Based on our timeline, Centennial will be offering a la carte IB classes for (our current freshman) students of the class of 2019 during their senior year. Starting with the class of 2020, students will have the opportunity to earn the IB Diploma Programme diploma.


Personalized Learning             What exactly is that?
You may have heard the term Personalized Learning a lot lately.  In fact, it goes hand in hand with our 1:1 Device initiative, where all Fulton County middle and high school students will be receiving their own devices from the school.  View this video to get a really good illustration of Personalized Learning https://vimeo.com/144921309 .  Remember, Centennial has chosen the Microsoft Surface as its device and we are on target to receive them next semester.

Move On When Ready (Old School name is Dual Enrollment)
Move On When Ready is the opportunity for
any high school student to attend college during high school and receive both high school and college credit for the course work.  These Move On When Ready classes are fully funded and do not take away from your future HOPE Scholarship money.  Students wishing to participate in this program would have to first apply and be accepted into the college that they wish to dual enroll at.  Mostly all colleges require SAT/ACT test scores, so please plan accordingly it you wish to participate in Move On When Ready.  One other point to consider is that the grade that the student makes in the college class will also count as their high school grade on their high school transcript.  If you are interested in learning more about this program, click here  or contact your school guidance counselor.

Centennial Cluster Information

Redistricting for Elementary Schools
The first of two Redistricting meetings were held on Nov. 5.
  • Staff presented alternative proposals that were developed with established criteria and community input from the last redistricting.
  • Community members commented on strengths and weaknesses of each plan in facilitated small-group discussions.
  • Prior to the next community forum, staff will condense the number of attendance zone alternatives based on public input.
Click here to see the maps presented.

On December 3, the second forum will be held at Esther Jackson (Hwy 9 site) from 7:00 - 9:00 PM where staff will present a draft proposal for new attendance zones.   The Fulton County Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the new attendance zones in February 2016.  Changes in elementary school attendance zones will go into effect in August 2016.

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Holcomb Bridge Hustle
T hank you to all those who registered for the 2015 Holcomb Bridge Hustle 5K! Whether you ran, walked, wheeled or hit the snooze button, your participation helps us enrich the academic experience for the Holcomb Bridge Middle School students!!

Race results and category winners are in! Please see this link below to check out your time and Hustle standing.http://results.active.com/events/holcomb-bridge-hustle-5k-2015-kyle-pease-foundation-fun-run.

Our High School Winners
Girls                                                        Boys
1st - Isabelle duPlessis                            1st - Philippe Lamarche
2nd - Haley Pauls                                    2nd - Michael Keramidas 
3rd - Rachel Hott                                     3rd - Max Wall

If you had to leave before the awards and would like your medal/prize, please email Sarah Hyser at hysers@att.net to coordinate pick up.

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River Eves Elementary Named Certified STEM School

River Eves Elementary recently became the first school in Fulton County to earn the Georgia Department of Education's distinguished Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) certification, joining only 12 other elementary schools in the state with this distinction. 
The extensive three-year application process required that the school meet rigorous state criteria, including the successful integration of high-level math and science, the incorporation of creativity, and documentation of support from active and relevant partners. The process also included classroom observations and interviews of students, teachers, and parents. Since launching its STEM program in 2013, River Eves' students have engaged in rigorous classroom and project-based work, including constructing a replica of a bridge for nearby Roswell Road and developing ideas for alternative power sources.  Way to go River Eves!
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Hillside Elementary Tour and Open House 

Friday, Nov. 20 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM


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Parent Survey
YOUR PARTICIPATION IS NEEDED!
Each school receives a School Climate Star Rating (an important part of the CCRPI score) and we need your input  ☺☺☺
Please take a brief moment and fill out the Georgia Parent Survey below. We want to hear how Centennial is doing!

Reflections
Centennial High School had three students whose Reflections entries advanced to the North Fulton Council Level this year. They were Anna Cave in dance,  Bobbi Grace Hebermehl in Literature, and Cassie Richemond in Visual Arts. These students will be recognized and rewarded for their work later this semester by the PTSA.

Centennial PTSA Nominating Committee
We are actually starting to look at putting together our PTSA Executive Board for the 2016-2017 school year.  (We know...it's kind of like the department stores putting out holiday decorations in August!) The first step in that process is to form a Nominating Committee.  The Nominating Committee then works to find people to fill all of the positions on our PTSA Executive Board - President, Treasurer, VP of Communications, etc.  If you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee, please contact Petie Armbruster at petiearmbruster@yahoo.com.  Also, if you might be interested in getting more involved with PTSA next year, you can let Petie know that as well. The PTSA is one of the many parts of Centennial that come together to make it so successful.  We would love to have you join us.

Centennial to Host Local Realtors
 
On December 9 from 8:30  - 11:00 AM, Centennial will be hosting local Realtors in the Learning Commons.  CHS will be distributing Media Kits, sharing information, and answering questions.  If you know a neighborhood Realtor who would like to attend, please contact Lonna Upton at  upton@fultonschools.org.

Parent University - Johns Creek High School
The speaker is Lisa Van Der Were, LCSW, and the title of the presentation is "Parenting with Authenticity and Tolerating Your Teen's Emotional Discomfort".  


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, 11/20 Findley Oaks 9:30 AM 
  • Katha Stuart  Wednesday, 11/18 Sweet Apple Elem.  9:30 AM
  • Julia Bernath Tuesday  12/10 Dunwoody Springs Elementary 9:30 AM

Facility Plan Community Survey - Let your voice be heard!

Every five years, Fulton County Schools conducts a detailed assessment of our facilities to update the district's facility plan.  The goal of the facility plan is to improve the educational environments for students, staff and the community.  

A key part of developing the facility plan is to gather the feedback from our community members.  Please take a moment to submit a brief survey to provide valuable input regarding public perceptions or concerns related to facilities.  Information gathered from the survey will be used to update the district's facility master plan.

The survey is available at this link from 11/9 until 11/30

Centennial School Governance Council 
Seed Fund Proposal
The School Governance Council (SGC) is continuing to work on the Final  Application for our Seed Fund Proposal for a Makerspace or Creation Lab that we will call The SPaCE. Students, staff, and SGC members will be going on a field trip on Friday, 11/20 to Makerspaces at Georgia Tech and Decatur (Decatur Makers) to learn, observe, and engage in their Creation Labs. We will use  this  hands on experience in putting together our Final Application. A very, very special thanks to Ms. Laura Wood and Mr. Scott Kent for the tireless work and ama zing ideas that they have contributed towards this project. The Final Application is due 12/10.
PTSA Member Discounts for Orlando Attractions
Georgia PTA is pleased to announce that we have entered into a partnership with Orlando Employee Discounts! Georgia PTA Members will now be able to enjoy all Orlando has to offer while keeping some of their hard earned money in their wallet. Orlando Employee Discounts offers advantageous pricing on hotels and vacation homes in or nearby Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando as well as discounts on tickets for all Orlando Theme Parks (Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando, Sea World) and Attractions (Kennedy Space Center, Orlando Eye)! Just click on or cut and paste the following link into your web browser. 
http://www.orlandoemployeediscounts.com/index_new.php

  Fundraising at CHS

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!



Connect your Target Card to Centennial!
Make sure that you link Centennial to your Target Credit Cards.  Last year, Centennial received $1279.37 from Target!
Target REDCard sends 1% of purchases to our school and saves you 5% at Target stores every time you shop - another win-win!  
Visit https://redcard.target.com/redcard/rc_main.jsp to learn more and to get an application.

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.


 

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Check out our New 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


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