August 2018 Edition


Curriculum Night: TUESDAY, Aug 28th 6-8 pm

Parents for all grades participate in curriculum night.  During Curriculum Night, parents will have the opportunity to go through their child’s entire schedule at Centennial and visit classrooms. Each period will be about 10 minutes long. This evening is to provide parents a chance to meet their student’s teachers, talk about their courses and answer questions.


Centennial HS on Niche’s 100 Best Public High Schools in GA  

Centennial comes in at #39 on the Niche list of the 100 Best Public High Schools in Georgia. Check out the full story at https://patch.com/georgia/lawrenceville-ga/georgia-100-best-public-high-schools-2019-edition.
 


Parent Nights
Sponsored by the Counseling Department at CHS
All Parent Nights start at 6:00 pm


Freshmen Parent Night Part 1 (September 26):  Supporting Your 9th Grader through the Transition into High School 
Freshman Parent Night Part 2 (February 6):  Developing a 4 year academic plan for your student
Sophomore Parent Night  (March 5): Understanding College Entrance Exams (the PSAT, SAT and ACT)
Junior Parent Night (November 8):  The College Search and Admission Process
Senior Parent Night (September 20): College Application Information


Fall Means College Time at Centennial 

CHS Juniors and Seniors are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the following upcoming college representative visits.
    
The dates and locations of the College representative meetings are listed below. Students only need passes for sessions that are held in D-03.  Make sure you do not miss out on any of these great opportunities!  More visits are constantly added so keep reading the monthly eNews and checking the bulletin board in front of counseling.

August 28  Berry College Cafeteria
August 28 Mercer University Cafeteria
Sept 4  University of Cincinnati D-03
Sept 5   Elon University  Cafeteria
Sept 11 Univ of Colorado at Boulder   Cafeteria
Sept 13  Ga Southern D-03
October 4  Columbus State  Cafeteria
October 11  Kennesaw Cafeteria
October 16  Wofford Cafeteria
November 13  University of Alabama  Cafeteria

PROBE College Fair - 9/17/18 at Milton HS  

JUNIORS AND SENIORS: This is an excellent opportunity to meet college reps and gather info from 30+ colleges, including ALL the major colleges in the southeast. The college recruiters that are here are typically the ones who will be reviewing college applications for their college and coming to our high school for college visits.  It is ALWAYS a good idea to meet them.  Colleges keep track of your interest in them: college visits, college fairs, college visits to the high school, emails to the college, etc. They LIKE to see that you have a true interest in their school. The PROBE College Fair is on Monday, 9/17 from 6-8 pm in the gym at Milton High School. Take advantage of this super close opportunity to learn about many, many colleges.  


2018-19 Mock Test Schedule at Centennial High School 

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. These mock tests are conveniently administered at Centennial HS. 

September 29 - Mock SAT Saturday, 9 am - 1:30 pm
(event code M309583) 

October 13 - SAT/ACT Diagnostic Test Saturday, 9 am-1:30 pm
(event code M309585)

November 3 - Mock ACT Saturday, 9 am - 1:15 pm
(event code M309587)

To register, go to applerouth.com/signup and enter the event code. Cost is $5. Money goes towards Centennial PTSA.  All 3 Mock tests will also be offered Spring Semester as well.


Dates for your Calendar

  • Curriculum Night: August 28th 6-8 pm 
  • Dual Enrollment Night: November 1
  • Financial Aid Night: November 27 
  • AP Night: tba
  • IB Night: tba

ATTENTION SENIORS: 
READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION


Senior year is so busy, please take our advice and pay your dues now and write everything in your calendar. Create a note on your phone's notepad listing all the items that you have already paid for, because you will not remember. 

THE TOP 5 "TO-DO" LIST FOR SENIORS

1) SENIOR PICTURES - should be done already.   But, if you were not able to do this in the summer, Legacy is currently arranging more dates for senior portraits. Please have your student join the Senior Google Classroom for the latest info on all things senior year, including how to sign up for a senior portrait. They must get their picture taken with Legacy to be included in the Yearbook. A yearbook only sitting is free.

2) GRADUATION DUES - MANDATORY TO PARTICIPATE IN GRADUATION CEREMONY  

$115 payable at GABalfour.com - this price will go up to $170 in March 2019 so save money and pay early. 

Graduation Dues include the following:

  • Graduation cap and gown*
  • Class of 2019 tassel
  • Leather diploma cover
  • Centennial's graduation medallion
  • Rental of graduation facility, tickets, programs, etc.

*If you would like to use an old gown:

  • You must have the cap AND the gown.
  • YOU MUST CONTACT Ms. Prelac - prelac@fultonschools.org - for permission.
  • The cost is $90.

3) SENIOR DUES- MANDATORY TO PARTICIPATE IN SENIOR WEEK ACTIVITIES

Senior Dues pays for all senior week activities.  You will not be able to participate unless this fee is paid. Bring $40 payment to Ms. Jimenez in I-58 or Mrs. McKay in the Learning Commons (Make checks payable to Centennial High School) or use the Payment Portal account on the school website CHSKnights.com. Pay by December 20 to avoid $5 Late Fee!

Save money and pay early.

4) SIGN UP FOR REMIND 101 & GOOGLE CLASSROOM

  • To receive text messages on Remind 101 - Text @3eaed6 to 810-10.
  • To join our Google Classroom - Use Class Code: mcyffn to get information on Homecoming Week, Senior Treats, Senior Week, Graduation, etc

5) YEARBOOK - create and purchase your senior ad as well as order your yearbook at http://www.jostens.com

For additional senior information please contact the following teachers who are the Senior Co-Sponsors this year:

Sheila Jimenez - jimenezs@fultonschools.org

Stephanni Prelac - prelac@fultonschools.org


SENIOR PARENT NIGHT - 9/20 at 6:00

CHS Counselors will host a "Senior Parent Night" on Thursday, September 20 at 6:00 in the CHS auditorium. Counselors will present information about college admissions, the college application process, and scholarships/financial aid. We will also review the transcript/recommendation process in detail. This information will be shared with students in early September through senior classroom guidance. Parents: Please attend this important event!!
 


College Campus Visits

Seniors may take up to three college visitation days during their senior year. Requests for college visitation days must be submitted in writing in advance and turned in to Ms. White in the Counseling Office. The form must be turned in at least three (3) school days prior to the absence. Assignments missed during the college visitation day(s) should be turned into teachers prior to your absence unless other arrangements are made with the teacher. College visitation days will not be granted during final exams. College Visit forms can be picked up in the counseling office or printed from the counseling website under the College Planning tab. http://www.mycentennialcounseling.com/college-careers-3/

Financial Aid Night 

This night is open to all grades and will be held November 27 at 6:00pm covering the following topics - Scholarships (including HOPE & Zell Miller), Student Loans, FAFSA and more.


ATTENTION PARENTS OF SENIORS  

Centennial has many great traditions in store for your senior student, including Senior Treats, Senior Week activities, etc. To make these events a success, we need MANY of you to help out. Please participate in making this senior year a positive, life-long memory for your senior's class of 2019. Contact Genevieve Garon at lamarche_garon@hotmail.com to place your name into the Senior Class Events volunteer pool. Go Knights!


Senior Parent Facebook Page  

To assist with all the senior announcements headed our way this year, PTSA has created a Facebook page to serve as a quick reference.  As notifications are made, we will be posting them here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/224593554849559/

This is a closed group and names will be verified based on MySchoolAnywhere, so please make sure your info is updated there.


Yearbook 

School picture day is August 21st for all 9th-11th graders. Students will receive portrait order forms through their English class. Also, yearbooks are $75 until August 24th—this is the lowest price of the year, so act fast to get your book! Visit jostensyearbooks.com to order yours today. Thank you for your support!
 
Senior Portraits: Legacy is currently arranging more dates for senior portraits. Please have your student join the Senior Google Classroom for the latest info on all things senior year, including how to sign up for a senior portrait.

You Are Invited...


Welcome to Two New Assistant Principals at Centennial

Heidi Morrison 
Ms. Morrison is thrilled to be back at Centennial where her career has come full circle.  After earning her Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, Heidi relocated to Atlanta and began her career in education at the newly constructed Centennial High School in 1997.  At Centennial she taught Interrelated Special Education and instructed in the Intellectual Disabilities program.  Additionally, she was honored to coach the JV competition cheerleading squad, football cheerleading, and swimming, leading that team to State Runner Up in 2001. Next, she accepted a position as the Graduation Coach at Roswell High School.  While there she earned Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University.  As part of that program she was able to study abroad in China under the Confucius Institute at Kennesaw State University. While at Roswell Heidi worked with the National Hispanic Leadership Institute, developing Hispanic/Latino students as leaders through training, professional development, relationship building, and community activism.  From there Heidi was hired as an assistant principal at Milton High School where she spent eight years overseeing multiple programs.  As she enters her ninth year as an Assistant Principal Ms. Morrison is overjoyed to be back at the school that launched her career in education.

In her spare time Ms. Morrison enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband, Matt, and two dogs, Blair and Bella.  She enjoys watching College Football, antiquing at Scott’s Antique Market, playing piano and exploring this beautiful world with Matt. 


Dr. Bre Peeler Sanders
Dr. Sanders is a passionate educator and is excited to join the Centennial family!  She was born into a family of educators and began her official teaching career in Atlanta Public Schools where she taught first grade for several years.  She then moved to Cobb County Schools where she worked for 14 years and served in the capacity of second grade teacher, parent facilitator, reading and math coach, and middle school assistant principal.  Additionally, Dr. Sanders worked as the Site Director for the Adopted Teen Empowerment and Mentoring Program at Clayton State University for over ten years.  Through this program, she worked with hundreds of adopted teens to provide mentorship and facilitate group therapy sessions to support their healthy social, emotional, and academic development.

Dr. Sanders studied under the infinite wisdom and great minds of Dr. Alonzo Crim, Dr. Asa Hillard and Dr. Lisa Delpit while matriculating through the Early Childhood Education Program at Spelman College and the Urban Teacher Leadership Program at Georgia State University.  She later went on to the University of West Georgia where she earned her Doctorate of Education in School Improvement. Dr. Sanders previously taught on the graduate level at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. 

Born in Evanston, Illinois, Dr. Sanders enjoys the warm weather in Atlanta.  In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, golfing, and traveling throughout the world.


REMIND 101 

If you have not already done so, please sign up for REMIND 101 for important updates from the Counseling Department. There is a different Remind for each class, so make sure that you sign up for the correct one for you.
 
•    Class of 2019: rmd.at/19knight
•    Class of 2020: rmd.at/2020chskni
•    Class of 2021:  rmd.at/chs2021a
•    Class of 2022: rmd.at/6a4aka3


Coming Attraction


Centennial Baseball – Info Meeting and Golf Tournament 

Baseball Informational Meeting - August 29th in the Learning Commons at 7:00 pm

3rd Annual Golf Tournament Benefiting Baseball and Softball / Tuesday Sept 11 at Rivermont Country Club

https://secure.perfectgolfevent.com/eventweb/6177/


Buy Your Centennial All Sport Season Passes Now! 

Season tickets for the upcoming school year are now available. These pass cards will be valid for ALL home contests for the 2018-19 athletic seasons, with the exception of GHSA playoffs. So, buy yours now for football season! And then use them for Basketball in Winter, Soccer and Lacrosse in Spring, etc.

Passes are available from individual athletic or band booster clubs, and the PTSA. You can also purchase passes online below. Cards will be available for pickup at Orientation.

Centennial All Sport Passes – available from Go Fan

Costs:
•    Centennial Students – $50
•    Adults – $100
•    Elementary/Middle Students – $50

Please contact Athletic Director Coach Burch for additional questions.


Centennial Junior Cathryn Gray Wins Bronze in Spain 

Cathryn Gray, a junior track and field athlete at Centennial High School, traveled to Sant Cugat, Spain to compete with Team USA in the 2018 CP (Cerebral Palsy) World Games. Cathryn was able to come home with two podium finishes as she won a bronze medal in both the shot put and discus events. Cathryn was the only athlete from the state of Georgia to be chosen and helped continue to distinguish herself as an athlete in the sport. Just a year ago, she was named an All-American for the 2017 Paralympic Track and Field Team.

Cathryn is now ranked in the top five in the world in discus and javelin. Everyone at Centennial celebrates Cathryn’s most recent accomplishment and looks forward to seeing what she will do in the future to represent her school, state, and country in track and field. Go Knights!!


Centennial Sophomore Swimming for a Cause 

Centennial High sophomore Madeline Singletary and Milton High School sophomore Emma Schwartz are raising funds to benefit Aflac’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta by participating in the Swim Across Atlanta open water event at Lake Lanier on Sept. 22.  The Centennial student hopes to raise $2,000 at this year’s event. Both swimmers compete with Swim Atlanta, and Swim Atlanta has set an ambitious goal of raising $60,000 as a team. For more information about the open water event or to donate, visit bit.ly/2LHpvmj.  You can also check out Madeline at https://www.northfulton.com/milton/swimmers-up-their-game-for-pediatric-cancer-research/article_3d63f110-9425-11e8-b0e8-631efcf5ba26.html


Podcast Interview with Recent Centennial Grad Nicky Solomon 

Check out this podcast with 2 recent Centennial grads, Appen Media Group intern Conner Evans and former Centennial lacrosse player Nicky Solomon, who holds the all-time high school record for points in lacrosse. 

https://www.northfulton.com/podcasts/overtime/nicky-solomon-centennial-north-carolina-lacrosse/html_17147dea-a16d-11e8-b41d-b37cb9259a6a.html  



Electronic Cigarettes 

Get the facts about electronic cigarettes, their health effects, and the risks of using e-cigarettes.
E-cigarettes are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “vapes,” “e-hookahs,” “vape pens,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).” Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items.

 
Click here to learn more.


Parents: What is Livestreaming?

If you would like to learn what your children already know about livestreaming, please click on this link to a parent’s guide with all you need to know about livestreaming.


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.  

  • Julia Bernath - Monday, September 17, 9:30 AM at Northwood Elementary School 
  • Linda McCain - Tuesday, September 18, 9:30 AM at Abbotts Hill Elementary School 
  • Katha Stuart - Wednesday, September 19, 9:30 AM at Mimosa Elementary School

Did You Know that Fulton County Schools has its own TV Channel? 

Channel 24 on Comcast is the Fulton County Schools 24 hour TV channel (FCSTV).  Regular programming includes:

  • Board Matters – school board info
  • Fulton on the Move – Superintendent Rose showcasing the Strategic Plan in action
  • Inside Look – in depth coverage of each individual Fulton County school
  • Fulton Now
  • Star Senior – highlight of one senior from each Fulton County high school

Check them out on twitter @FCSTV and youtube.com/FCSTV24.

FCSTV has unpaid summer internship opportunities.  They would also like to start up a paid Fall internship program, but need funding to do so.  If you know of any potential sponsors for a TV internship program, contact leejw@fultonschools.org.


State Superintendent Seeking High School Students for Advisory Board 

State School Superintendent Richard Woods is seeking middle and high school students to serve on his 2018-2019 Student Advisory Council. These students will meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom, along with other issues related to education, and will serve as the Superintendent’s ambassadors to their respective schools. Members will also engage in community service projects to benefit Georgia students and schools.

Applicants must be enrolled in a Georgia public middle or high school for the 2018-19 school year:

Click here to download the application.

 

  • Send applications by September 1, 2018 at 5 p.m. to students@doe.k12.ga.us. 
  • Late applications will not be accepted.  Selected students will be contacted via email. All students can visit gadoe.org/studentadvisory on September 10 at 10 a.m. to see whether they have been selected. 
  • Middle school students will meet October 10, November 28, February 5, and May 13 in Atlanta. 
  • High school students will meet October 11, November 29, February 6, and May 14 in Atlanta.
     

“Every day, I’m faced with choices that will directly affect Georgia’s kids,” State School Superintendent Woods said. “Because of the students who serve on this council, I’m better able to make sound, informed decisions. I deeply value their input and involvement.”
 


Centennial PTSA School Support Updates 

--Surface devices were distributed to students last week.  Thank you to volunteers who helped with this effort.
--School Support provided a delicious boxed lunch for teachers and staff during Orientation on Friday, August 3. 
--The PTSA Membership Drive during Orientation went very well. PTSA was able to sign up many families and provide support during Orientation, helping people get where they needed to be and answering questions. Families can still sign up for PTSA memberships by going to this link: centptsa.org.

 


PTSA Reflections - "Heroes Around Me" 

The CHS PTSA Reflections program launches in August and all students are invited to start thinking about ideas for an entry based on this year's theme "Heroes Around Me". 
Students can choose from 6 areas of interpretation for their entry: literature, musical composition, photography, visual arts (include drawing, painting, print making and collage), dance choreography and film/video production.

Students' works are judged at the local level and the winning entries advance to the council and state PTA levels.  Top state award winning entries advance to the national level of judging. National Awards include the following: 

  • Merit Award: Bronze Medal; Certificate of Merit; Work featured in the traveling exhibition. 
  • Award of Excellence: $200 Young Artist Scholarship; Silver Medal; Certificate of Excellence; Work featured in the traveling exhibition.
  • Outstanding Interpretation Award: An expense-paid trip for awardee and chaperone to showcase work on stage at the National PTA Awards and Reflections Celebration; $800 Young Artist Scholarship; Gold Medal; Certificate of Outstanding Interpretation; Work featured in the traveling exhibition; $200 Prize for Local PTA Unit.

Reflections entries will be due early October.


Understanding the Structure of PTA

Did you know that under the National PTA umbrella there are four levels of PTA? As a local unit, Centennial PTSA is also part of the North Fulton Council of PTAs, which supports all the PTA/PTSAs in North Fulton County. We are also a part of Georgia PTA District 10, which represents about 25,000 PTA members in Fulton County including the Atlanta Public Schools system. Supporting the advocacy of the 245,000 members across the state is the Georgia PTA.  Past and present Centennial PTSA leaders are currently part of the state board along with leaders from some other North Fulton Schools.  

September PTA Events in North Fulton County 

As part of Georgia PTA, you are invited to attend local events coming up in September.  Click on the titles to link to each of the registrations.  These events are all free: 

September 8: Advocacy Day at the Alpharetta Library from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A team from GA PTA including Centennial parent Diane Jacobi will help you understand legislation in Georgia and your role advocating for children. Take the GA PTA legislative survey to help the team form their 2018-19 priorities which they will promote to our legislators throughout the year.

September 18: NFC PTA School of Information at the Teaching Museum North in Roswell from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. A panel of experts from Fulton County Schools will speak about each of the four pillars of the new FCS Strategic Plan 2022. Come learn and ask questions about how this plan will be implemented with students, parents and the community. There is also time on the agenda after the presentation for attendees to meet with others from their high school cluster.

September 29: District 10 Fall Conference at Centennial High School from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. The D10 meeting will have representatives from Gwinnett STOPP. A Gwinnett Parent Coalition to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline: A Community Based Solution. This group presented at the Georgia PTA State Conference and made a big impression on the attendees. Registration for this event will be available on the District 10 website soon.

Questions on any of these events? Please contact Kristin Sharpe or Liliana Brenner at president@nfcpta.com.


Donate Money to your School just by Shopping! 


When you shop @AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Centennial HS PTSA.

Selecting your charitable organization:

  • Use this link to go to AmazonSmile: https://smile.amazon.com 
  • If you already have an Amazon account then log in using your existing Amazon information. Note: the accounts are linked, but you have to be on the AmazonSmile website in order for them to make a donation to your specified charity. 
  • AmazonSmile will prompt you to select your charity. Select Centennial High School PTSA Roswell Georgia. 
  • Start shopping!

Accident Avoidance Workshops

Be sure to mention that the Centennial PTSA as your referral, as AAW donates a portion of their proceeds from the workshops back to our school.


Concerned that your teen driver is not prepared to handle the crazy traffic? Whether building confidence in new drivers, or knocking the hot-rods down a few pegs, the Accident Avoidance Workshops’ goal is to save lives by positively impacting new drivers’ development of their decision making abilities and physical skills necessary to maximize on their own vehicle’s capabilities without losing control of their vehicle, or themselves. Accident Avoidance Workshops covers “Emergency Driving Conditions” (what to do when everything goes horribly wrong) to prepare them to survive potentially fatal accidents. Ask anyone who has taken this course for their thoughts on how effective it is, how much better their teen driver handled basic driving techniques afterward, how much more confident both parent and teen driver felt after the workshop. As an added bonus, you can receive an insurance discount for completing this defensive driving course. Sign up for an Accident Avoidance Workshop at a location near you! 

AAW is "driver trainin' the way it ought'a be!" www.accidentavoidanceworkshops.org
 
 


Shop at Kroger and Earn Money for the School 

Did you know that out PTSA earns money every time you buy groceries at Kroger if you have gone online and assigned your Kroger Plus card to Centennial?  To get started visit http://www.krogercommunityrewards.com. and link to "Centennial High School PTSA". Then just remember to swipe your Kroger Plus card or use related phone number when shopping.  It is an easy way to support the PTSA while you are getting your shopping done!  


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!

Contact Us

If you have questions about MySchoolAnywhere or PTSA communications, please email: directory@centptsa.org.