CHS eNews
February 2017

Centennial's Valedictorian for the class of 2017 is  Ashwin Rathie , and its Salutatorian is
Andrew Kristanto.

Kyle Qian  is Centennial's STAR student for 2017-the student in the senior class with the highest overall SAT score.  Kyle selected Dr. Shih -who teaches AP Calculus BC, among other top math classes-as the teacher at Centennial who has influenced him the most. Dr. Shih is our 2017 STAR teacher.

Our three National Merit Finalists for 2017 are  Karl Jacobi, Kyle Qian and  Caroline Wittschen.

Congratulations to these amazing Knights. We are so proud of you!
Centennial Recommended for 4th Straight Seed Fund Grant:
$95,000 for Model Classrooms
Next year approximately 15 Centennial classrooms will be transformed from the traditional desks in a row that we (parents) had in high school, to spaces that allow for collaboration and personalized learning (learning that meets an individual student's needs). These classrooms will be mobile (furniture moves), have spaces for teams to work together, and have the ability to write on multiple surfaces! (Think of the Learning Commons.) The beauty of this project is that all of the different departments (subject areas) at school came together and determined what the exact needs are for their subjects. So, the English classroom will be different from the math classrooms - they will meet the needs for the students studying their particular subject. Also, not all classrooms are impacted - only the ones that want to change.
We are very excited about this opportunity and can't wait to see how your students will like the changes. This Seed Fund Grant would put Centennial's total grant awards at $600,000+!!
All seed fund awards are pending Fulton County School Board approval later this year.
Special note - Make sure that you tell your child to check out the new makerspace. It is really amazing!
Check out some pictures of Mr. Kent's Model Classroom!!

Mr. Hoge was named 2016 Georgia History Teacher of the Year by  The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History ! There are many, many reasons for Mr. Hoge receiving this award, but some key highlights are: demonstrating creativity and imagination in the classroom in his AP History classes, developing an Honors World History class at Centennial, leading his students to another award-winning year in Model UN competition, and sharing his knowledge with others at a state-wide level.
State History Teachers of the Year receive a prize package including a certificate of recognition, a $1,000 award, a collection of classroom resources to be presented in their name to the school library, and an invitation to participate in a  Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar . Each winner's school will become a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School. Winners are honored in a ceremony in their state.
Congratulations Mr. Hoge! We are so thankful for all that you do at Centennial. 
Mr. Hoge being recognized at the Fulton County School Board meeting along with some of his Model UN students.

Supporting Habitat for Humanity and Centennial Knights Soccer
Come to Centennial on Saturday, March 18 11am- 3pm for the inaugural Centennial Carnival.  This is an event for all ages in the Centennial community and will benefit Habitat for Humanity and the Centennial Knights Soccer program.
Activities include-dunk tank, bungee basketball, soccer darts, happy hippo, bouncy house, obstacle course, rock wall, corn hole tournament and speed gun soccer kick.
For our young visitors there will be ring toss, bean bag toss, fishing for ducks, water balloon toss, mini soccer clinics, badminton, cupcake decorating station, popsicle build-a-house, cake walk, wheel of fortune, and face tattoos. Some are free and some require tickets. Most kiddie games will provide a small prize for 'winning'.
The highlight for the day is sure to be the dunk tank.  So far, the following teachers have committed to The Tank:  Kent, Medwed, Weigand, Davis, Gathing, Corriveau, Jones, Higgins. Students: get your favorite teachers to sign up!!
Village Burger food truck will be there along with baked goods, popcorn and drinks for purchase. Come out and enjoy good food, friends and fun!

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 31st at 3:30pm.  If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Barone, Scholarship Committee Chair, at
"Celebrate today, own tomorrow!"
FEBRUARY 21 - 24, 2017
Career and Technical Education (CTE) is celebrating its 100 year anniversary! To honor this amazing milestone, Centennial's CTE department will be hosting a fun week of events.
Centennial and Fulton County Schools are very dedicated to a robust CTE program. CTE provides opportunities to not only learn real world skills in a chosen field, but also to take industry certification tests that would allow students to obtain employment upon leaving high school. Fulton County students completing CTE pathways have a 95% high school graduation rate!
Centennial offers 11 CTE pathway opportunities, the most offered at a North Fulton County high school.  They are: Audio-Video Technology and Film, Financial Services, Engineering and Technology, Law Enforcement Services/Forensic Science, JROTC/Army, Food and Nutrition, Computer Science, Game Design, Web Development, Emergency Medical Responder, and Allied Health and Medicine.
Also at Centennial, is the amazing new SPaCE where students can go and explore in the areas of building, electronics, video, sewing, programming, editing, 3D technology, embroidering, etc.
Tuesday, February 21 - "Tuesday's Talk": Releasing Skills Today for Success Tomorrow! All CTE classes will meet at the flag pole for the balloon release and CTE Proclamation from Mayor Wood of Roswell at 10:50 a.m. 100 balloons will be released to celebrate 100 years of career and technical education in the US. (If it rains, we will meet at the foyer at the Main Entrance).

Wednesday, February 22 - "What's in your Wallet Wednesday": Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) program during all 3 lunches in room F45 for CTE students. The CARE program is presented by U.S. Federal Judges and Attorneys providing financial information to prepare students for budgeting and financial responsibility.

Thursday, February 23 - "CTSO (career tech student organization) Thursday!": All CTSO members are asked to wear their CTSO t-shirts to represent their pathway.

Friday, February 24 - "Success for All Friday": CTE Career Day & presentation on the LOFT
Feb. 23-26
You don't want to miss the giant Used Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the East Roswell Library!  Thursday, February 23 is Members Only PREVIEW Night. Renew or join at the door! No scanners, please. Stop in for great buys on hundreds of Children and Adult books in hardback, paperback and on CDs and DVDs. -- Remember CASH ONLY!
Centennial Village Shopping Center
2300 Holcomb Bridge Road
Suite 100-200
Next to Moe's and Rite Aid

Thursday, Feb 23:  5 - 8 pm  Members Only! Join or Renew at door!
Friday, Feb 24:  9 - 6 pm
Saturday, Feb 25:  9 - 6 pm
Sunday, Feb 26:  12 Noon - 4 pm
Sophomores - now is the time to take your mock tests!
Mock tests are an excellent tool for sophomores and juniors to use in determining their test prep strategies for their college exams.  College bound students should try to take one of these practice exams prior to taking the real thing.
March 4 - Mock ACT Saturday, 9am - 1:15 pm
 E-31 classroom (event code M227586)
(March 15 - Wednesday follow-up meeting with parents/students, 6:30pm, Learning Commons)
March 25 - SAT/ACT Diagnostic Test Saturday, 9am-1:30pm
Cafeteria (event code M227587)
To register, go to  and enter the event code.  Cost is $5.  
Parent To-Do
Follow FCS Social Work on facebook and twitter (@fcssocialwork) for tips and tools to help your child succeed in school, in regards to their social and emotional well-being, and for up to date information on community events and resources.
Clubs & Activities

The Centennial Model United Nations Team recently attended the University of Georgia Model UN Conference (UGAMUNC). The team achieved great success, receiving multiple awards. Riley Busbee, Ruby Parcells, Karla Chavez and Ashwin Rathie were awarded with Outstanding Position Paper. Assata Davis, Christine Pang, Rogan Munro-Foulis and Mintie Badauskas won Outstanding Delegation in their committees. Ashwin Reddykotha and Jake Mershon won Distinguished Delegation.  Conner Evans, Parker Foles, Marianne Lamarche and Caroline Wittschen were awarded with Honorable Mention in their committees.
The delegation of Peru won Outstanding Delegation: Karla Chavez, Ashwin Rathie, Christine Pang, Assata Davis, Rogan Foulis, Mintie Badauskas, Riley Busbee, Ruby Parcell.
The delegation of Panama won Honorable Mention: Myah Smith, Grace Truax, Conner Evans, Parker Foles, Jerome Yankey, Cameron Bell, Jake Mershon, Ashwin Reddykotha. Go Knights!

This year, Centennial's prom will be held at the Fabulous Fox Theatre!  
Ticket sales began February 14th and will be sold on Tuesdays and Thursdays during all three lunches. 
Prices are as follows:
  • February 21th and 23th: $70 for Seniors and $75 for Juniors
  • February 28th and March 1st: $75 for Seniors and $80 for Juniors
  • March 7th and 9th: $80 for Seniors and $85 for Juniors
*You can also pay for your ticket online by following the directions below.  However, it is an additional 4% credit card charge.  If you pay online bring your receipt to H-64 in the morning or after school to get a receipt. 
  1. Please go to, select "Resources", click "Online Payment Portal". You will need to sign in or create an account. If this is a new parent account, please add the student to your profile. You can also access the portal by clicking here!
  2. Choose an activity you are paying for. Be sure to follow the direction stated under the activity, enter the quantity and add to cart.
  3. Proceed with purchasing additional activities at Centennial High School or check out.
  4. Select your student profile and click "next" to enter your credit card information. Only Master Card or Visa is accepted.
Note: All items in the shopping cart should be for the same school.
Three Centennial students have earned the highest achievement in Girl Scouting this year! Abigail Harden, Kara Gibson and Michelle Manganiello dedicated countless hours of hard work and dedication to earning the Girl Scout Gold Award.
Gold Awardees, in grades nine through twelve, were asked to create a sustainable and measureable Take Action Project. The goal of these projects are to provide meaningful, long-term solutions for local and global communities. Each awardee was asked to design, plan, implement, and evaluate their project based on an issue that spoke to them.
Through their hard work and dedication, each awardee was able to take away key life lessons from their project: 
*          Leadership
*          Communication
*          Time Management
*          Responsibility
We are so proud of these young women who are making the world a better place.
Monday- we will kick off the week by having disability simulations.  How would you do if you couldn't see, or walk, or talk?  Students will also have an opportunity to sign the pledge to end the R-word and learn why this is important.  
Tuesday- former exceptional students will come home to share their success stories with us 
Wednesday- Special Olympics Basketball 
Thursday- the 3-2-1 Dance during 5th and 6th period.  All students are welcome to come hang out and listen to their favorite jams with some exceptionally cool friends. Tickets will be sold in the cafeteria during lunch for $5 starting Monday, February 27th.
Sponsored by Brenda Badura and Cheryl Carroll, the club's vision is to create an environment where girls can be positively supported and encouraged to try new things (STEM) without risk or pressure. Also, we want to build a community of young women who love STEM, support each other, and learn that making mistakes is okay! STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. There are so many future opportunities in STEM - we want our girls to see how they can get involved and learn more about what is out there. If you are interested, contact Brenda Badura at
HOSA will be hosting the Lifesouth   Blood   Drive  again on   March 17  from   9am - 2pm  in the auxiliary gym.  Parents and community members are welcome to come down and donate (ID required), and they can jump to the front of the line!

8 new members joined Thespian Club . 20 Thespians will represent Centennial at Thespian Conference in February! This club performed at many local elementary schools. Thank You to Ms. Howard for leading this group of students!

Skills USA gained 20 new members. These student leaders completed several community service projects and hosted a special Law and Public Safety Appreciation Luncheon for our Roswell Police Officers and Firefighters. They collected and delivered 200 canned goods, 75 perishables, 50 toys to local charities during the holiday season. All of their senior officers have placed 1st-3rd in a Skills USA competition while being a student member at Centennial. Thank You to Ms. Terrell for her leadership with this group!

Spanish Club is proud of their tutoring service project. They delivered a fabulous Celebration of the Day of the Dead highlighting the cultures. Thank you to Ms. Potter and Ms. Grimsley for leading the Spanish Club!

Royal Gems Dancers appreciate all moms who helped them this year with the dancing program! Royal Gems Girls have donated 1,000+ items for Dignify a Diva, delivered 10+ hours of dancing at nursing homes, spent 10+ hours feeding the homeless. Thank you, Dr. Buckner, for leading these special girl leaders!

Senior Class Council gained 40 new members. They performed over 1,000 hours of community service during Senior Service Day. They did an outstanding job with the Homecoming Week activities. Thank you to Ms. Jimenez for leading our seniors!

Ms. Beard is very proud of her Sophomore Student Council who works hard to plan and organize events. They also delivered amazing Homecoming Activities and Hallway Decorations. They are currently in the process of organizing a special Spring fundraiser so stay tuned! Thank you, Ms. Beard!

Model United Nations , led by Mr. Hoge, gained 20+ new members! Their most important projects for Fall 2016 semester were GTMUN, VUMUN, MAL, UGAMUNC, NHSMUN. They had Honorable and Outstanding mentions at several conferences. We are SO proud of them!

10 new members joined our Fencing Club. The Fencing Club represented us well during Georgia High School Fencing League tournaments. Both teams (men and women) have ranked consistently in the top 5 of the state. Maggie Fritts has earned 5 medals this season (1 gold) and Nick Bray has earned 4 (2 gold). Go Knights and Go Mr. Bray!

The Leo Club gained 8 new members. By collecting gently used eyeglasses and hearing aids, they are changing the world one pair at a time. Last year the LEO Club collected over 600 stuffed animals. We hope to pass that goal this year (February). Thank you to Dr. Badura for leading these students!

Centennial now has a Fishing Club with 12 members! They will be participating in Fishing Tournaments in the Spring. They had an awesome guest speaker who shared fishing tips to improve their bass fishing. Thank you again, Dr. Badura!

The Key Club supported an orphanage in El Salvador by sending clothes and toys. Each child in the orphanage had at least 2-3 new outfits. They also participated in the Kiwanis activities for Roswell assisting with many different projects (Halloween-pumpkin farm, Christmas-Santa projects). Dr. Darrow is very proud of these students who are willing to step up and help others. Thank you, Dr. Darrow!

Mr. Kent and Ms. Wood lead our special group of iKnights. The iKnights helped with the Surface rollout and developed ideas for second semester projects. They contributed to the birth of our MakerSpace. They help students with Surface issues daily. Thank you, Mr. Kent and Ms. Wood, for leading this group!

Will to Live is a brand new club. These 5 students along with Mr. Manny led the campaigns of "Positively Post It Notes" and "Where there is a Will, there is a way". They focus their work on creating a positive place to spread hope and encouragement to all students, reduce the stigma of mental health issues, and take even more steps to prevent suicide.

HOSA has a huge chapter: 164 members! They trained five new hospice volunteers, delivered clothing to assisted living facility, donated food items to Community Action Center, provided Thanksgiving meals to five hospice families, participated in Fall Leadership Conference in Atlanta, collected pop tops for Ronald MacDonald house, collected box tops for Hillside Elementary School, held fall Blood Drive, volunteered with the Brain Injury Peer Visitor Association. One of our former HOSA members was their guest speaker. She became a doctor and they are so very proud of her! Thank you, Ms. Branch and Ms. Cochrane, for your work with HOSA!

Tri-M Music Honor Society , led by Ms. Burney, provide hours and hours of music-related community service in our area. We certainly love our fine arts!

Chick-fil-a Academy , led by Ms. Michael, packed 100,000 meals for Feeding Children Everywhere. During a "Do Good" December they visited Sunrise Nursing Home for a few hours and performed Christmas carols. They also collected and donated toys to Scottish Rite Children's Hospital. Thank you, Ms. Michael!

JROTC team taught classes at Barnwell Elementary School and conducted Veterans' Day visits at Senior Homes. Eighty JROTC students taught 22 (K-5th grade) classes about economics, community and citizenship classes. Five JROTC classes visited 6 Senior Veterans homes over a three-day period during Veterans' Day. JROTC team also completed over 10 Color Guards for the school and community. Ninety cadets marched in the Homecoming Parade. Twenty-three cadets served as ushers during Curriculum Night. Thirty plus cadets were a part of Rabel Rousers that supported 5 home football games. Our Academic Team finished first in the Fulton County Fall JROTC Academic Bowl. We are the only JROTC program in Fulton County that qualified both Academic and Leadership Teams to participate in the second round of the National Junior Leadership Academic Bowl. Cadets maintained three athletic Raider Teams of 30 plus students who competed in 4 Raider meets. Ninety students wrote letters to Military Service members for the "Bert Show" and "Thank a Vet" at Thanksgiving campaign. In addition, eleven JROTC students participated in the Fulton County JROTC Leadership Symposium at North Springs High School. Fifty students attended a field trip to see the Atlanta Hawks. Thank you, Mr. Nepute and Mr. Daniels, for leading our JROTC Program.

The National Honor Society inducted 45 new members! They had a very successful Thanksgiving Food Drive for North Fulton: 30 crates of food items! Thank you, Ms. Siwy, for your leadership!

There are fewer than 90 books left to purchase for the 2017 school year!! Make sure your student has a book by purchasing online (click here to purchase) or by bringing a check or cash to Ms. Scenna's room in G-58. Please make all checks out to Josten's. Thank you!

Centennial Athletics

The Girls Swim Team finished 6th overall at the state meet! They were led by Sophomore Elly Deas who finished 2nd in the state in the 100 Back, breaking her own Centennial record in the process, and making an All-American Consideration time. Way to go Elly! Elly also finished 9th in the Fly.  

Other notable swim performances are:
Noland Deas  - 5th in both the 200 and 500 Freestyle  
Brianna Bender  - 8th in the 500 Freestyle, 10th in the 200 IM  
Katharine Ward  - 11th in both 200 IM and 100 Breast  
400 Freestyle Relay  - 6th Lyndsey Bender, Tessa Sergile, Brianna Bender, Elly Deas   
200 Medley Relay  - 7th Elly Deas, Katharine Ward, Brianna Bender, Emma Doherty  
200 Freestyle Relay  - 11th Lyndsey Bender, Tessa Sergile, Katharine Ward, Emma Doherty  
400 Freestyle Relay  - 18th Joe Peak, Ben Hudson, Jack Christie, Noland Deas

Centennial was fortunate to have 9 Student-Athletes sign National Letters of Intent at our annual Signing Day Ceremony. Competing in extra-curricular activities and balancing class work is a challenge for any high school student. Whether it be athletics, band, a club sport, or any of the fine arts, finding a way to be successful is tough. These 9 athletes have not only found that balance, but they have excelled and we are excited to watch these Knights move on to future success.
Congratulations to the following athletes:
Luke Sadd - Lacrosse - Mercer University 
Eric Cecere - Lacrosse - Siena College 
Mack Dickie - Lacrosse - Jacksonville University 
Jake Able - Lacrosse - North Greenville University 
Stephanie Parker - Rowing - University of Alabama 
Maddy Peterson - Soccer - Columbus State University 
Brian DeJarnette - Football - Ellsworth Junior College 
Avery Poteet - Football - Shenandoah University 
Jacob Gregory - Football - US Naval Academy 

We are very excited to introduce our new Head Football Coach, Michael Perry.  A native of Gainesville, Georgia, Perry is a 2006 graduate from the University of Georgia with a Master's degree from North Georgia College and State University and a Specialist's degree from Piedmont College. In his 11 years of varsity football experience, he has participated in 33 total playoff games, 5 Region championships, 7 state quarterfinal appearances, 4 state semi-final appearances and 2 state final games.  He served as Gainesville's OC/QB coach from 2011-2015 where he helped Gainesville win its first and only state title. While serving as Coffee High School's OC/QB coach this previous year, he helped Coffee reach the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2008.  
Since becoming an offensive coordinator, every one of his quarterbacks received first team All-Region as well as All-State accolades for 6 years in a row.  His offenses averaged 42 points a game in his five years as OC for Gainesville and averaged 32 points per game playing in the second most difficult schedule in Georgia according to MaxPreps. Coach Perry also coached the GHSA All Time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns, Deshaun Watson, while at Gainesville.  The year after Watson graduated, another Perry coached QB, Mikey Gonzalez, led the state of Georgia in touchdown passes.
Coach Perry is bringing a unique blend of organization, personality and winning experience to Centennial High School. We believe he will take our program to a Championship caliber over the coming years, working with the current coaching staff and bringing in strong individuals to lead our boys to become successful on and off the football field.
We will be scheduling a parent night to meet the coach and register for the Fall 2017 season very soon.  GO KNIGHTS!
Sophomores Will Holt and Oscar Lee both won medals at the Atlanta Erg Springs, an indoor rowing competition held annually at Georgia Tech. Holt won 1st place in the Novice Men's competition and Lee won 3rd place in the Varsity Men's race. Both young men row with Atlanta Junior Rowing Association in Roswell. 

The Arts 

The Centennial Chorus Travels to the Big Apple
February 15th-19th, 2017

The Centennial Chorus had the privilege to travel to New York City to participate in a custom Broadway musical theatre workshop with actor James Brown III (  
While in the Big Apple students also visited Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Carnegie Hall, the Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park, Grand Central Station, Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, and saw "Wicked" at the Gershwin Theatre in addition to their vocal and staging workshop.

Congratulations to CHS Thespian, Anna Hansil, as she earned excellent and superior ratings for her musical solo performance of "Vanilla Ice Cream" at the annual Georgia Thespian Conference in Columbus, GA (Feb. 9, 10,11). 
Save the date for CHS's spring musical will be "Cinderella."  Dates are March 16 & 17 at 7 p.m.  and a special afternoon performance on Saturday, March 18 at 3:00 p.m.  More information coming  soon!


Jason Li took 1st place in the 2D Design Category at the Roswell Visual Arts Show on January 20. Centennial has participated in this highly competitive show for 20 years, since the school opened. This is the first time that Centennial has won 1st place at this competition! Way to go, Jason! 

The Pre-LGPE concert  was a special treat for all as Mr. Reid conducted all 4 bands that will participate in the assessment at the end of this month! And now for LGPE: The MAIN EVENT! Mr. Reid and the band students are busily preparing for this year's LGPE (Large Group Performance Evaluation) which is the equivalent of standardized testing for performance music. The LGPE will be held at Cambridge H. S. (2845 Bethany Bend, Milton, 30004). The public is welcome and encouraged to attend! Performance times are:

Monday, February 27, 2017
Concert Band
10:00am   - PERFORM

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Chamber Winds
10:00am   - PERFORM, 
Wind Ensemble
5:15pm   - PERFORM

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Symphonic Band
11:00am   - PERFORM
CONGRATULATIONS  to  Jonah Bergman, Matthew Gilmore (1st chair oboe), and Rhett Mobley for making All State Band! This is a great accomplishment, and we are very proud of you all!  All State Band will take place March 2nd through 4th in Athens at the University of Georgia. 
Simmons Beautyrest and other name brand factory direct mattress sets will be sold at 30-50% below retail prices. These are all top quality, made in USA mattresses with full factory warranties. Huge showroom with 23 sets to try out in all types and sizes, as well as adjustable bed bases and luxury pillows. Firm, plush, pillow top and memory foam sets at savings up to 50%!  Prices start at $149.00. Credit card, checks, cash and lay away accepted. Lots of delivery options! Check us out on Facebook: 

CHOCOLATE FUNDRAISER:  Find a band student, get some chocolate! On sale now through March. Questions? Contact  Leslie Gibson at

AND..Mark your calendar to come and join us for  VILLAGE BURGER SPIRIT NIGHT  on 4/24 (5-9 p.m.)

School Business
In addition to the Model Classroom Seed Fund award, all current Requests for Flexibility (RFFs) were renewed. That means that the RFFs that have become part of everyday business at Centennial: Personal Fitness Waiver, Internships for all Students, and Study Skills pathway - have all been reapproved for the next 3 years.
Currently, it is SGC Election time. There will be 2 open parent seats and one open teacher seat on the council. Parents vote for parents and teachers vote for teachers. Candidate information will be sent out in the next couple of weeks. The actual elections will take place 3/22-3/28. Thank you for supporting your Centennial Governance Council.

On February 10, former  U.N. Ambassador   Andrew Young  made a stop at   River Eves Elementary School  to see the school's new aquaponics lab. The hydroponic-aquaculture system uses fish waste to supply nutrients to plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purifies the water for the fish. Funded by its Foundation, the school recently opened the  lab as part of its STEM-certified program to teach students practical applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in their curriculum.  Through the aquaponics lab, which was custom-designed for the school to replicate the lifecycle of fish and plants in the nearby Chattahoochee River, students will engage in inquiry-based projects and lessons.  Ambassador Young also is no stranger to the wonders of aquaponics. His own foundation (the Andrew J. Young Foundation), recently launched a program at the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA for   students to learn to grow vegetables and fruits in an aquaponic environment with fish .  
Hillside was able to transform its Media Center into a 21stCentury learning space for students and teachers with their 2016-2017 Seed Fund award. The Media Center now has flexible seating arrangements that can quickly change to suit the needs of the learners using the space. There are tables that move easily, as well as, soft seating that is perfect for small group activities and Project Based Learning. Some tables are topped with white boards and some of the ergonomic seating includes device charging stations.
Additional 2016-2017 seed funds were used for Project Based Learning (PBL) training provided by the Buck Institute of Education. As Hillside Elementary and Fulton County Schools explore ways to provide inquiry-based learning and critical thinking skills in the classroom, PBL has been identified as an instructional support to serve students, as well as, support the district goals of impacting college and career readiness. 
Centennial had the highest number of survey takers for the entire 101 Fulton County school district! Thank you so much parents for taking the time to provide feedback on our school. Go Knights!

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 - Wednesday, February 22, 9:30 AM at Ison Springs ES
  • Linda McCain - Wednesday, February 22, 9:30 AM at River Trail MS
  • Katha Stuart - Wednesday, February 22, 9:30 AM at Esther Jackson ES
  • Julia Bernath - Tuesday, March 21, 7 PM at Centennial HS
  • Linda McCain - Tuesday, March 21, 9:30 AM at Autry Mill MS
  • Katha Stuart - Tuesday, March 21, 9:30 AM at Elkins Point MS
The Senior Scoop
(a must-read for all seniors and their parents!)

#1 - Both Senior and Graduation Dues are mandatory if you want to participate in graduation activities.  
#2 - Senior Dues - $45  
  • Senior Dues pays for all senior week activities.  You will not be able to participate unless this fee is paid. Bring $45 payments to Ms. Jimenez in I-58 or Mrs. McKay in the Learning Commons (Make checks payable to Centennial High School.)  
#3 - Graduation Dues -  $115 
Graduation Dues are payable at  Dues include the following:
  • Graduation cap and gown
  • Class of 2017 tassel
  • Leather diploma cover
  • Centennial's graduation medallion
  • Rental of graduation facility, tickets, programs, etc.
#4 - Graduation Yard Signs for Class of 2017 - 1 for $25 or 2 for $40
Display with pride that you have a graduating SENIOR! Order your yard signs now. Limited quantities will be ordered. Complete the order form or pay online at at .
Orders may be turned into the front office or mailed to:
Centennial High School
Attn: Project Graduation Committee
9310 Scott Road
Roswell, GA 30076
Make checks payable to: CHS PTSA
Memo Line: 2017 yard sign
#5 - Sign up for Remind 101 and Google Classroom
  • To receive text messages on Remind 101 by... Texting @e96g to 810-10
  • To join our Google Classroom Use Class Code: uj382qi to get information on Senior Week and Graduation 
#6 - Use the Counseling Website   - Check out the Senior section of the counseling website. It has all kinds of valuable information including how to get transcripts. You can access it through the school website or  click here .
#7 - More Dates For Your Calendars:  
Prom  - March 25, 2017 at the Fox Theatre.  For juniors and seniors.
Baccalaureate  - May 7, 2017 at Mt. Pisgah
Graduation Rehearsal  -  May 19 at Centennial
Graduation   - May 20, 2017 10am   New Location: Verizon Amphitheater

#8 - For additional senior information  please contact the following teachers who are the Senior Co-Sponsors this year:
Sheila Jimenez -
Stephanni Prelac -  
Sunday, May 7th 2017, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Seniors please arrive by 4:20pm  
Location: Mt.Pisgah United Methodist Church
Seniors Dress Code:
  • 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
PTSA in Action
Parents, educators and community members are invited to attend a screening and discussion of the film  Beyond Measure   in the Centennial High School Auditorium on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:30 pm. The movie is free! To help with planning, please  register here  .
Beyond Measure  is the sequel to the film Race to Nowhere, aired by the high school in the fall and well-attended.  Want to learn more ahead of time? Order the book through any of the vendors provided  here .
Here are some questions to get you thinking ahead of the film. 
1. What is your vision for success?
2. What is the purpose of education?
3. How are things similar or different from when you were in school?
4. What helped prepare you for your life after high school?
5. What is your most memorable learning experience? Think about the circumstances surrounding that learning experience. What about it stands out for you today? How does it compare to your children's and students' experiences in school today?
6. What would an ideal day of school look like? What changes could you make, as a parent or teacher, to help your community come closer to that ideal?
7. What's a recent experience that got you excited about learning something new? What were the circumstances of that experience?
8. What would a school that prioritizes the health and learning needs of every student look like?
9. What is working at your school? What supports students' wellbeing and emotional life? What encourages deep learning? What enhances collaboration and creativity?
We hope you will join us to identify the optimal conditions under which achievement happens at our wonderful school!
Have a question?  Reach out to Family Engagement Chair, Tamu Lewis at 

The facts are clear:  
  • Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens. 
  • 1 in 4 teens crash during their first year. 
  • Driver's ed historically has produced no measurable reduction in crash rates. 
  • The Accident Avoidance Workshop reduces the likelihood of your student crashing by more than 75%.  
So   you decide ... which training do YOU want? The State's "absolute minimum requirements" haven't changed in 30 years, but driving has, and so have our roads. As a result, the State has lost such confidence in their own driver training program, they don't even require it anymore. We think your child deserves more than the minimum. We think your child deserves a fighting chance on today's roads, and we hope you will want to give them the tools they will need to survive in today's world.  
If you missed it last weekend, the Workshops are   returning   to Centennial   in 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!

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