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CHS eNEWS                                         September 2015


CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL PTSA'S ONLINE NEWSLETTER
Centennial Academic Achievements
SAT Scores
Centennial is a Top 25 School in Georgia with an average SAT score of 1600!
Centennial's SAT scores are up 23 points this year - the highest number of increased points of any school in our learning community.  We are one of only 4 Fulton County Schools to boast a 2-year trend of increased performance scores and only one of 2 schools to boast DOUBLE DIGIT GAINS 2 years in a row!  Centennial also had one of the 4 FCS graduating seniors with a perfect SAT score of 2400.
Our faculty has worked hard to raise the level of personal attention given to all students in order to ensure that our students have the opportunity to excel and succeed. Congratulations on this incredible accomplishment! 
 
AP Scores
Shout out to Centennial from interim Superintendent Ken Zeff.  At the 8/18/15 School Board Community meeting, Ken Zeff recognized Centennial to the crowd for its AP Test performance over the past 5 years.  Mr. Zeff said that not only had Centennial increased AP Test participation by 25% over that time period, but Centennial has raised its pass rate by 35%!!!  That is so amazing.  Thank you to our teachers, students, administration, and parents for continuing to raise the bar for ALL STUDENTS.  Go Knights!!

Congratulations to Dr. Shih and the 2014-2015 AP Calculus BC Class! 
All students in last year's AP Calculus BC class received scores of 5 on their AP exam.  5 is the highest score that can be achieved on an AP exam.  Congratulations to Dr. Shih and the students for such a phenomenal achievement.  Go Knights!!
National Merit Semi-Finalists at Centennial
Congratulations to  Justin Htay, Mary Stephens and Andrew Szidon!
National Hispanic Scholar Winner
Congratulations Jessica Diaz !

SAT and ACT Test Prep Opportunities

Fall Mock ACT, SAT and New SAT Tests
These Mock tests are sponsored by the Centennial PTSA and presented by Applerouth.  They are held at Centennial and the cost is $5.  Mock tests are a great way to see which test is the right one for a student to pursue. 
Test Prep is a large part of the college application process and Mock Tests are a great way to help in
the  process as well is a great way to practice for the real test under test conditions.  Remember that the official SAT will be administered to all seniors at Centennial on October 14.  A perfect way to practice for that is to take the Mock SAT on 9/26.  To sign up, go to https://www.applerouth.com/schools/9591

Type of Test Test Date
Follow Up Meeting to Receive Scores
Mock SAT 9/26 9:00AM - 1:00PM 10/7 6:30 PM
Mock ACT
10/17 9:00AM - 1:00PM
10/28 6:30 PM
Mock New SAT 10/24 9:00AM - 1:00PM
11/4 6:30 PM
The SAT test is changing in 2016.  The Mock SAT test on 10/24 will be a preview of what the new SAT test will look like.  To get a better understanding of the differences between all of these tests, check out the following link.  

Test Prep Courses at Centennial
There are a variety of SAT and ACT prep opportunities availab le to students throughout the year. Students are highly encouraged to take advantage of the test prep courses, practice tests, diagnostic tests and online resources offered to them. For information about upcoming and ongoing test prep opportunities, please visit the counseling website and click on the SAT & ACT Prep Opportunities  link on the right hand tool bar under Popular Topics.

October 16 - Homecoming Parade and Game - all Centennial Cluster schools participate in this fun family event
October 17 - Homecoming Dance at Centennial

1 : 1 Technology Personalized Learning
As part of the first group working on this initiative, Centennial and Alpharetta High Schools will be the first Fulton County high schools receiving devices for all of its students.  The specific device has yet to be chosen by each school.  However, the schedule currently is for devices to be distributed to students in January 2016.   Much training for teachers has gone into this initiative to make it as successful as possible.  We also want our students to be good digital citizens.  Dr. Glymph, Centennial Assistant Principal, shared the following presentation with parents at curriculum night.  If you were not there, please take the time to review it http://centennialknightsdigitalcitizenship.weebly.com/parent-discussion-groupfamily-tip-sheet.html.
Centennial and Alpharetta student ischool advocates getting ready for a learning revolution with personalized learning!
Senior Class Information
Senior Yearbook Info
Note these important Senior Yearbook dates:
  • 10/1 - baby pictures + senior quotes due
  • 10/10 - last chance for seniors to take senior pictures
  • 10/16 - 10% discount for senior ads ends
  • 11/13 - 5% discount for senior ads ends
  • 12/11 - final senior ad deadline
Please send photos/information or questions to   chsknightsyearbook@gmail.com
Senior ads can be created at the Josten's Centennial website at http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1029312/Centennial-High-School/

The yearbook Twitter page is @_chsyearbook. Look forward to a "transformation" type thing where parents tweet pictures of how much their kids have changed over the year. 
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Senior Dues and Fees
  • Senior dues ($45) to Ms. McKay in the Learning Commons (School related activities)
  • Senior Fees ($95) through the website http://www.balfour.com (Cap and Gown)
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Free SAT at Centennial
This year Centennial is very excited to announce that for the very first time our school will be offering a free "School Day SAT" administration for all interested seniors. Working with the College Board, the FCS district is proud to be offering this opportunity for our Centennial seniors.
THE SAT SCHOOL DAY ADMINISTRATION FOR SENIORS ONLY WILL BE ON PSAT DAY, OCTOBER 14th, 2015.  Registration will start on September 8th and go through September 25 th at the counseling/career center during lunches under the guidance of the CHS admin and counseling team. You will be charged a fee if you register and do not show up to take the test.  Please email Mr. Bounds boundsD@fultonschools.org or visit his office in the Assistant Pr incipals' offices. 
Centennial is the only high school in our area offering this exciting opportunity.
We look forward to increasing access to the SAT for all of our seniors!
Senior Service Day will be on Friday, November 20th this year - Ask Ms. Taylor or Ms. Jimenez for more information.  
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Senior Blitz
Centennial Counselors met with Seniors the first week of September to discuss graduation and college. The counselors also went into senior classes to talk
 about college prep information such as obtaining transcripts, recommendation letters, etc.  Check out the counseling website under the College Planning tabThere is so much valuable information and checklists.  Take the time to look over these college planning tools.
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Senior Parent Night
Thank you Senior Parents for making Senior Parent Night a SUCCESS! 
For those of you who did not have an opportunity to attend,   click here to access the information presented .
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Project Graduation at Andretti's
Project Graduation is an annual Centennial High School PTSA sponsored program originally initiated by the Nation's Highway and Traffic Safety Administration to provide a safe alternative for graduation night activities. Project Graduation is Centennial's way of congratulating graduates with a substance-free, entertaining, all night "lock-in" celebration party. As in prior years, we will hold the event at Andretti's where the graduates will have access to unlimited go-kart racing and arcade games, food throughout the evening, rock climbing, Poker Tournament, Trivia Tournament, Hypnotist, Karaoke, chances to win great prizes and much more. More information about registering for the event will be sent out in the next few weeks, but right now we are looking for volunteers and donations (monetary and/or goods) to help make their last class party a memorable one for our seniors. Please contact us at evabtaylor@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer or contribute.
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Sign up for Remind to get up to the minute reminders for everything your senior needs know this year: text the message @c83d2 to the number 81010.
Sign up for  the Senior Parent's FB page Like us on Facebook  or go to the PTSA Seniors 2016 tab.  There's l
ots of useful information on this site and an opportunity to connect with other senior parents.

Freshman Class Information

Freshman Parent Night
If you are a first time high school parent or not, come and learn about graduation requirements and other important information to help your student succeed.  Plan to attend the Freshman Parent Night on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium with special guest speaker Tracy McConaghie, of McConaghie Counseling. Tracy will discuss how to help our students maintain a balanced life.

Freshman Classroom Visits
Did you know that our guidance counselors go into our Freshman classes 4 times throughout the year to discuss various topics to help make them successful students at Centennial?

9th Grade Parent Liaison
The PTSA is still looking for a volunteer to be the 9 th  Grade Parent Liaison.  This person will work with the freshman class counsel and report student council activities to the PTSA Board.

Student Clubs and Organizations

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) will have it's second MANDATORY meeting this coming Thursday, September 17th in room I-38.  Students should either come to the morning meeting @ 7:45 am SHARP or 3:40 pm.  We will be brainstorming ideas for our Red Ribbon Week of events and activities to promote Drug Free living.  Red Ribbon week dates to be determined; possibly the last week of October or the first week of November.
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Elections will be held via Google forms for all freshman either Thursday (9/17) or Friday (9/18) for  Freshman Student Council officer positions.   Freshman will have the opportunity to vote during their Math class this week; link to vote will be given in class.  Freshman are currently campaigning for the positions; President, VP, Secretary, or Treasurer.  Posters are on display throughout the building.
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Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy  is still accepting applications from any freshman interested in improving/developing his/her leadership skills.  This club promotes leadership and positive change in the community.  Students should go to  www.chickfilaleaderacademy.com to apply.  Our kickoff event will be on September 29th.  Students must apply by Wednesday, September 16th.
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Spanish Club  Looking for a chance to practice your Spanish? Are you interested in learning more about Hispanic culture? Need some tutoring in Spanish? Would you like to get to know some of your fellow Knights better? If the answer is yes to any of these, join us! Spanish Club is kicking off HISPANIC Heritage Month with a party commemorating Mexican Independence. DON'T MISS OUT ON THE FOOD, GAMES, MUSIC and PHOTOBOOTH NEXT WEDNESDAY at 3:45 in H-25. All are welcome!  
 
Meetings will be held every other Wednesday after school in H-25.

College Representatives at Centennial!
 
CHS Juniors and Seniors!
Do you know that almost on a daily basis during fall semester, college reps can be found at the Counseling Career Center?  These reps come from colleges all over the US, even as far away as California.  Seniors and 
Juniors should be taking advantage of this opportunity to learn as much about the colleges that interest them. 
The college reps that come are often the people that will look over your application when you apply - reps like to see that you are interested in their school.  Come to the visits, introduce yourself, and ask thoughtful questions.  Go here to see the latest list of colleges coming to Centennial  http://www.centptsa.org/2015-16-visiting-colleges/ . Students go to the Counseling Office to sign up for College Visits.  

PTSA Reflections
"Let Your Imagination Fly"
  The PTSA Reflections theme this year is " Let Your Imagination Fly. " Reflections is a great tool to unleash your artistic talents in six different categories: Photography, Dance Choreography, Visual Arts, Musical Composition, Film/Video Production, and Literature.
Student entries are judged at the school level. The winners advance to the North Fulton County level and then to the sate level.
Entry forms and other related items are listed below. Hard copies of these documents will be at the Learning Commons front desk.
Your contact person is the Reflections chair Richard Raeside, and he can be contacted at 770-641-6252 or rraeside@comcast.net.
Deadline for entries is October 21, 2015.

Centennial Theater
Theater students are busy with rehearsals for "Almost, Maine", a romantic comedy directed by Mr. Manny that will be performed October 6, 7, 8 in the auditorium at 7 p.m.  This production will also be CHS's entry into the One Act Contest at West Forsyth on October 24.    

The Advanced drama class is starting rehearsals for  "The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet."  That performance will be in December.

Redistricting Meetings for new North Fulton Elementary Schools

Two Community meetings are scheduled on November 5 and December 3 to address the redistricting process for two new elementary schools in Roswell.  The new school located on Highway 9 is already constructed at the intersection of Highway 9 and Thomas Drive in Roswell and is serving as the temporary location of Esther Jackson Elementary.  In August 2016 the Highway 9 school will re-open with a new identity to the students in its newly developed attendance zone. The newly rebuilt Esther Jackson Elementary School also will open on its original Martin Road site with a new student body.

Parents and community members are also invited to participate on line at the redistricting website:

Hillside Night at the Fortress Friday, September 25
Do you have children at Hillside?  Make sure you bring them to the CHS Football Game on September 25th!  It is Hillside Night at the Fortress and you will not want to miss it.  All Hillside students are announced as a group at the halftime show and the Jr. Knights Football Teams are honored as well.  GO KNIGHTS!!!

Directory Info
If you would like to be included in the upcoming CHS Student Directory, please log into Home Access ( HAC) and select the Registration button. At the bottom of the page, select Edit in the FERPA box. A pop-up window will open; if any boxes are checked, please  uncheck  the boxes next to Name, Phone and/or Address for those items to be included in the directory.
FERPA stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. It is a federal law governing the privacy and handling of educational records. You have the right to request that FERPA information be withheld from public view. To withhold this information, except where approval is obtained in writing, please click on Edit and check the boxes next the item that you wish to withhold.

Yearbooks


Student Leadership Johns Creek
Congratulations to the following Centennial students who have been accepted into the 2015-2017 2 year Student Leadership Johns Creek (SLJC) program:
Hannah Kitzmiller, Peyton Niebanck, Adrienne Parks, Simon Miller, Sydney Floyd, Tristan Willis, Joselyn Gutierrez,Jaipal Narang, Lauren Williams, Luis Camarillo-Hernandez, Meghan Dougherty, Arantza Echauz, Grace Hebermehl, Tegan Kelly, Ashwin Rathie, Jonathon Whitacre


Voter Registration Drive

Centennial High School PTSA will be holding a voter registration drive for students that will be at least 18 on or before Tuesday, November 3, 2015.  We encourage all our members to become educated on the issues and candidates and to CAST THEIR VOTE. Please speak with your student on this important aspect of citizenship.   If you are not registered to vote or would like to help your student fill out the form, you can register on-line at 
https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/#no-back-button

Centennial School Governance Council (SGC)
Centennial's SGC has met twice so far this school year, electing new officers and committee chairs for the year and discussing possible Requests For Flexibility (RFF). In late August, we submitted one concept to the county for early consideration. This RFF concept would allow students to receive high school credit for a required general health class offered in middle school.  This would free up another half credit (one semester) in high school by allowing students to take their high school Health requirement in middle school.   
The SGC generally meets monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 am in the Learning Commons conference room. However, due to county RFF submission deadlines, our next meeting will be on September 17 at 7:30 am in the same location. Every meeting of the SGC is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. There are two 2-minutes spots available to address the council, as well. Please sign up for these in advance by contacting the SGC chair, Caroline Truax.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact anyone on the council. A complete list of current members and scheduled meetings can be found on the SGC pages of the school's website.


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, 9/15 Ocee Elem. 9:30 AM
  • Linda Schultz  Wednesday, 9/16 Esther Jackson Elem. (Hwy 9) 9:30 AM
  • Julia Bernath Tuesday 10/20 Centennial HS  9:30 AM

Its Not Too Late to Join PTSA

By joining the Centennial PTSA, you show your kids that school is important, you are invested in their success and you ensure parents have a voice when important decisions about our schools are being made. In addition to supporting Centennial High School & the PTSA, you receive these other benefits:
  1. Your membership donation is tax-deductible.
  2. Your membership card provides you with discounts at Staples, Hertz, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Zoo Atlanta, and the Alliance Theatre to name just a few.
  3. Your membership donation helps fund school programs such as the Reflections program, scholarships, teacher and staff support, mini grants, monthly newsletter, website and many others.
  4. When you join Centennial HS PTSA, you also join the Georgia state and national PTA and become part of a national effort to improve the education, health, and welfare of every child.

  Fundraising at CHS
Please take the time to regularly check out the Fundraising tab on the PTSA website www.centptsa.orgParticipating in these fundraisers really helps out our school.

CHS Wrestling
Clean out your garage!  The Centennial Wrestling Team is doing a fundraiser with Play It Again Sports. Look through your garages and basements for gently used athletic gear and sporting equipment. Anything related to sports that you no longer use will do. Click here for more details regarding dropping off equipment or getting it picked up.

Tanner Photography Fundraiser
Don't blink!  Time flies and sooner than you think, your student will be out of the house! Now's the time to take a great family portrait! Tanner Photography is offering family sittings and an 11" x 14" print for the low cost of  $25 . This is a deal that can't be beat! To take advantage of it, sign-up by clicking here.   Online sign-ups will continue until September
26th.1 00% of the proceeds goes to the Centennial Band!  

Email questions to  chsknightsband@gmail.com .
Appointment times will fill up quickly, so act now to get the best time slot for your family!


SaveThe Date: November 14th - Mattress Sale Fundraiser and TAG Day
Save the date! As part of their fundraiser efforts the CHS Band will be selling - that's right -  MATTRESSES!  If you have been meaning to upgrade that old mattress for a while, now's the time. Also that same day: Look for members of the band as they participate in "TAG Day" and perform for donations outside the entrances of our local Krogers. More information on both fundraisers still to come...thank you for your support



Holcomb Bridge Hustle 5K
Saturday, November 14th, 7:30 am


Sign up by September 15th for discounted entry fee of $15 for students/HBMS staff and $25 for adults.  Entry fee increases $5 after September 15th.  Entry fee includes a t-shirt, goody bag, post-race refreshments and electronic timing chips.  Festivities will include a DJ, sponsor tables and an awards ceremony for top racers in various categories.  We are pleased partner again this year with The Kyle Pease Foundation to help facilitate the participation
of assisted-athletes in the event.

Below are the 2 easy ways you can register:
 
·  Online:
https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=22993453
·  By Mail:  Send in the attached Registration Form to HBMS. "Click here for a flyer and more information"
  
Don't miss this fun opportunity to participate in the Holcomb Bridge Hustle with your family, friends and neighbors!
 
If you have any questions, would like to volunteer or if your company would like to be a Hustle sponsor email hbhustle5K@gmail.com.

Girls LAX Fundraising

The Girls lacrosse team is selling  Cozzzy Comfy Bed Sheets  and  Better Butter Bread  beginning in October.
Both will be delivered in Nov - in time for the holidays!

If you would like to learn more about these items or purchase, please contact Judy Bergman, LAX Booster President,  thebergmans@bellsouth.net .
 

Accident  Avoidance  Workshops
 
Driver trainin' the way it ought'a be!
 
This is not driver's education ... this is driver's preparation.  One doesn't become proficient at Lacrosse by taking a 30-hour classroom, watching videos, taking an on-line class, getting in to a simulator, or reading books ... they become proficient at Lacrosse by playing Lacrosse!  Nobody expects their child to know how to react in Emergency Driving Conditions if they've never practiced Emergency Driving Conditions... and yet, how many parents send their kids on to Atlanta roads, completely unprepared for Emergency Driving Conditions, knowing full-well they didn't get that training in "driver's ed"?  Enter the Accident Avoidance Workshops.  We teach your student how to handle emergencies, by exposing them to emergencies ... there is no better way ... period.  
The Workshops are comi ng back to Centennial High School this October 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!



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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The PTSA manages the Centennial High School - Home of the Knights facebook page.  Our facebook audience is from our entire Centennial community - current, past, future students and parents.  We love to get the word out on the fun and exciting things going on at our school.  If you have Centennial events coming up, exciting accomplishments or better yet, fun school pictures, please get them to us.  And of course, remember to LIKE us!


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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