January 2019 Edition

Advanced Placement (AP) Night - 1/28

AP Night is on Monday, January 28 at 6pm - please put this on your calendar. This is for both students and parents and is for all grades.
This is a chance to find out about the many AP opportunities that Centennial offers its students.  There will be breakout sessions with the various AP teachers so that students and parents can learn as much as possible about the subjects.   
AP classes are college level classes that are taught in high school.  They are an excellent way to experience college level curriculum and a good preparation for post high school.  After taking an AP course, students take an AP exam.  Based on the results of that exam, a student may be able to earn college credit for the course, which is a bonus financial savings.
Fulton County covers the cost of all AP exams that are taken at the end of a course. Many counties do not.
Please make sure that you attend this very valuable event.

International Skills Diploma Seal Application 

International Skills Diploma Seal Application 18-19.docx

In today’s global marketplace, it is important for students to acquire the interdisciplinary skills they need to be globally competent and competitive. The International Skills Diploma Seal is awarded to graduating high school students who complete an international education curriculum and engage in extracurricular activities and experiences that foster the achievement of global competencies. It is a signal to employers and higher education institutions that a student is prepared to participate in the global economy. See your World Language Teacher or Mrs. Morrison in the Assistant Principal’s office for more information and requirements. Deadline to apply is February 1, 2019. 

TAG Internship - Interested Students MUST Attend Seminars Starting on 1/31 

The Gifted Internship Program is designed to provide students with basic career awareness and exploration and to introduce them to working professionals and a professional atmosphere in their local communities.  Please see the Fulton County TAG website for more information.

HIRE ME Prerequisite

Students must complete a seminar called Hire Me, where they learn information about proper business etiquette, interview skills and writing a resume and a cover letter.  For more information, please sign up on google classroom for HIRE ME:  k5qx9a9


Hire Me



Seminar #1

Thursday, January 31st

1, 2, 3

Seminar #2

Thursday, February 21st 

4, 5, 6 (A Lunch)

Seminar #3

Thursday, March 21st

1, 2 ,3   

Questions?  Please see Ms. Rosner in E-29!

Parents: Here are 2 ways that you can help to raise Centennial's School Report Card (CCRPI) score

#1 - Take the School Climate Survey
Parents: just by taking this survey, you help to raise our school's report card rating.
Each school receives a School Climate Star Rating (an important part of the CCRPI score or how our school is graded) and we need your input. Please take a brief moment (less than 5 minutes) and fill out the Georgia survey at http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents. Survey responses are anonymous.
We want to hear how Centennial is doing!
#2 - Schedule family vacations when school is not in session
Every student that has more than 6 missed days of school (including excused absences) counts against our school report card score. When your child is not sick, please make sure that you are sending them to school. Attendance at school is one of the greatest factors of student success!

Freshman Parent Night - Part 2 (Wed, Feb 6 at 6pm)

Please join us for our "Class of 2022 Freshman Parent Night" on February 6, 2019 at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria. You will be given information that will help you assist your 9th grader as he/she selects and verifies courses for 10th grade and considers potential courses for subsequent years.

You will leave with a blueprint of an individualized 4 year academic plan for your student, as well as an increased knowledge of the courses required to fulfill graduation requirements.

Please make sure you attend this interactive parent night - even if you have attended in previous years. Students do not have to attend since they will be doing the same exercise with the counselors at school later in February.

Rising Freshman (Current 8th Graders) Parent Night - January 22 at 6pm 

Centennial High School will be hosting an informational meeting for parents of current 8th grade students who will be matriculating to Centennial in August 2019. The meeting will be held on January 22. This meeting is open to parents of students coming from our feeder schools, private schools or homeschools.
Rising 9th Grade Visitation Day when Holcomb and Haynes Bridge students visit Centennial, will be January 29 and 30 for rising 9th graders.  Students who attend Holcomb Bridge MS and Haynes Bridge MS can get more information about this event from their counselor and/or teacher.

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

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)

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. 

February 2 - Mock SAT Saturday, 9 am - 1:30 pm
(event code M309589)
March 2 - Mock ACT Saturday, 9 am - 1:15 pm
(event code M309591)
March 23 - SAT/ACT Diagnostic Test Saturday, 9 am - 1:30 pm
(event code M309592)

To register, go to applerouth.com/signup and enter the event code. Cost is $5. Money goes towards Centennial PTSA.  


#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 GABalfour.com - this price will go up to $170 in March!!!. 

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 PRIOR to paying.
  • AFTER GETTING PERMISSION, you can pay online. The cost is $90.

#4 -  Senior Class Meeting happened on 1/9: All seniors received information, packets and announcement orders – ask your senior about it.

#5 - Graduation Yard Signs for Class of 2019

Ordering information will be coming soon. 


  • 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 Senior Treats, Senior Week, Graduation, etc

#7 - Use the Counseling Website    - Check out the College and Career 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 at http://www.mycentennialcounseling.com/college-careers-3/

#8 - Yearbook Ads-Last Call:   Make sure that your senior has a special message just from you in their final yearbook and purchase an ad today  


#9 - More Dates For Your Calendars:  

Prom - March 16, 2019 at Fernbank.  For juniors and seniors.

Baccalaureate -  tba

Graduation - May 20, 2019 8pm Location: Verizon Amphitheater

#10 - 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


Next Senior Treats Date - 1/16!

Our Seniors rock!  PTSA will treat our Seniors once again this Wednesday, January 16th with donuts and juice.  If you have a Senior, please remind them to stop by with their student ID at our table outside the gym before first period and make it "a great day to be a Senior Knight!"

PTSA Senior Service Scholarship Workshops - 1/16 and 1/28

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 time the application is submitted.

Applications and a detailed description are available on the PTSA website and will be due in the front office by Friday, March 1 at 3:30pm. All applicants are encouraged to attend one of two workshops that will take place on January 16 and January 28 during A, B and C lunch in the Learning Commons. This 10 minute workshop will provide students with an overview of the application and selection process, an opportunity to ask questions and learn about how to complete an application which best reflects the quality, diversity, leadership roles and overall impact of their community service over the past four years.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Pauls, Scholarship Committee Chair, at amypauls@me.com.

Meet with Principal Newbold – Get the Latest Scoop on Centennial! 

Please join Dr. Newbold and the CHS PTA for our next Principal's Plug In!  This is a great opportunity for a casual conversation about some of the exciting things happening at Centennial.  Meeting will be Thursday MORNING, January 24th from 8:30am – 9:30am in the Learning Commons.  We hope to see you there!


Attention Freshmen and Sophomore Students
Do you consider yourself an emerging leader or want to be? 
Now is the time to apply to the popular Student Leadership Johns Creek program for next school year. 
You will meet 30 other students from Northview, Johns Creek, and Chattahoochee high schools and work together acquiring Leadership skills, job shadowing, learning about City and County government and lots more!
Please stop by Mrs. Skrok's (French Teacher) room in H-20 to pick up an application or go online to www.leadershipjohnscreek.com
WE ARE ACCEPTING Applications and they are due by January 31st, 2019 so hurry!

Centennial Counseling Providing Students with Post High School Info

Counseling will be conducting their 9th and 11th grade BRIDGE lessons the week of January 21st.
9th Grade BRIDGE activity is where freshman students chose three occupations and the 11th grade BRIDGE is where students choose three postsecondary schools that they would like to attend/apply for through the Georgia Career Information Systems (GCIS) portal.

For Weekly Up-To-Date Scholarship Postings, FOLLOW US:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/knights_scholar
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/knights_scholar/

Prom at the Fernbank, March 16
Ticket Sales Start February 4th

Tickets will be sold online or Tuesdays and Thursdays each week during all 3 lunches 

  • February 5th and 7th, $65 for Seniors and $70 for Juniors
  • February 12th and 14th, $70 for Seniors and $75 for Juniors
  • February 19th and 21st, $75 for Seniors and $80 for Juniors
  • February 26th and 28th, $80 for Seniors and $85 for Juniors

*You can also pay for your ticket online by following the directions below.  If you pay online bring your receipt to H-64 in the morning or after school to get a receipt.

  1. Please go to chsknights.com, 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. 
  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.

Centennial Students Working Outside the Box in our AMAZING Learning Commons and Makerspace!

It was a fantastic first semester in the Learning Commons and SPaCE.  Students from AVID created t-shirts and posters to promote AVID.  The SPaCE added a new sound mixer for students to use, which generated a lot of interest.  Mr. Lopez’s Workplace Spanish classes created videos to showcase their skills as medical and legal translators.  Students created projects to showcase their mastery of knowledge in their Geometry and US History classes as well.


Centennial’s CBI – Learning While Having Fun!!

We were busy in CBI before the break!  Earlier in December, the students prepared their own special holiday meal. PTSA helped by supplying some of the items.  It was a fun social event and a great opportunity for the kids to practice their kitchen skills. Then the Peer Facilitators planned an awesome holiday party! PTSA pitched in by supplying a photo booth and a craft.  Everybody had a great time!


Centennial Students Give Back to Hillside Students for the Holidays

Centennial's National Spanish Honor Society recently surprised Hillside's 4th and 5th grade ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students with a special holiday present: almost 400 books, collected by Centennial students through various clubs and organizations.

Centennial's NSHS chapter became involved with Hillside's ESOL program in August with the debut of English Learner Success Lab. EL Success Lab provides all students with the support and encouragement necessary to succeed at the daunting but important task of learning English. EL Success Lab meets three times a week before school, practicing reading, writing, and communication skills with the Hillside students. Go Knights!

(From Left) Marianne Lamarche, Alex Harvill, Alexandra Chapman, Carleigh Moore, and Ana Juan Alegre 


Ever Thought About Playing Lacrosse?
If you are interested in playing lacrosse or want to learn the sport, this is a great way to be part of a great team and sport.  Boys Lacrosse tryouts are January 21-23 after school.  Reach out to Coach Spencer Hardee hardee@fultonschools.org or Matt Risse 678.898.3744 or mattrisse@comcast.net for more information.
2013 State Champions    2017/18 State Semi-Finalists        2013,’17,’18 Region Champions

Girls Lacrosse Tryouts 1/22
Come be a part of the Regional Champions Centennial girls lacrosse team. Tryouts will begin on Tuesday January 22, 2019 at 4:00 pm in the stadium.  No experience necessary.  All paperwork must be completed on dragonflymax prior to tryouts.  Please email Coach Perling with any questions at: perling@fultonschools.org

Centennial Alum Signs with Atlanta United

The champion Atlanta United soccer team just signed a second goalkeeper, Centennial alum Brendan Moore, to the team. Read all about it on the link below.  GO KNIGHTS!!


CENTENNIAL BAND – Cultivating Performance Excellence!

GMEA All State Bands

A big congratulations to Fish Brosmer and Rhett Mobley for acceptance into the 2019 GMEA All State Bands. An honorable mention to Ethan Campbell as well, for being listed as the first alternate for the 9-10 grade bass clarinetists.

UGA JanFest
A special shout-out to the following students, who have been selected to participate in JanFest – the 69th Annual UGA January High School Band Festival, to be held January 17-20, 2019.

Sarah Willis - 12 – Flute; Sommer Lemcoe - 12 – Trumpet; Jonah Bergman - 12 – Horn; Fish Brosmer - 10 – Trumpet; Colin Kennedy - 9 – Trumpet; Jacob Stetzer - 12 – Oboe; Annie Cloonan - 11 – Horn; Nathan Jacobi - 12 – Trombone; Andrew Howrey - 11 - Euphonium (Bass Clef); Ethan Campbell - 9 – Clarinet; Lailah Ross - 10 – Clarinet; Nicole Valencia - 10 – Clarinet; Jake McCrory - 11 - Trumpet

Save the date! You are invited to enjoy a performance of our concert bands at the Pre-LGPE Concert on February 26 at 7pm in the CHS theatre

A Great Start to the New Year (and the school day)!
Attendance Policy Highlights

Tardies/Early Checkouts
Parents may be required to provide documentation of the appointment for late arrivals or early checkout.  Please ask the doctor for a note before returning to school.

If a child is going to have a recurring medical appointment that will interrupt the school day, the parent and assistant principal must come to an agreement prior to the series of absences.  Appropriate documentation demonstrating the necessity of the recurring absence must be provided by the parent.  The final decision to excuse these tardies/absences rests with the principal.  Fifteen (15) unexcused tardies will result in a referral to the School Social Worker.

In addition to absences due to personal illness, if a student is going to be out of school for reasons that are not medical, religious, or otherwise listed, parents must submit in writing, prior to the absence, a request for pre-approval to the principal.  Details about what type of absences may be pre-approved are in the full FCBOE Policy. 

Within five (5) days of returning to school, the student must submit a written and signed excuse from the parent stating the reason for the child's absence from school. 
Students who have missed ten (10) days of school or more in a school year will be required to provide additional written verification such as doctors' statements.

Seven (7) unexcused absences will result in a referral to the School Social Worker. 
We want our students to be ready for graduation and a career.  On time, daily attendance is an early marker to those successes.  Thank you for your assistance in getting your child to school on time every day.

School Board Seeking Your Input on Superintendent Search 

One of the top priorities for the Fulton County School Board this year will be identifying and hiring a new leader as Superintendent.

The Board is requesting your thoughts on the characteristics and experiences you feel a candidate for Superintendent should have to best suit our district. They would like the community, including students, parents, teachers, school and district staff, Fulton residents and business partners take time to provide their thoughts. There are 3 ways to provide input: Survey, Email, or Community Meeting.
Survey: Individuals can fill out the public survey found here between the dates of Jan 9th - Jan 23rd

Email: You can email the Board directly at superintendentsearch@fultonschools.org.

Public Meetings: Attend an individual school board member’s community meeting.

They will be seeking a qualified and diverse set of candidates on a national level.  Several search firms will be contacted, advertisements will be placed in national education magazines, and education professionals and school systems of a certain size will also be notified of the position.

North Fulton Council PTA School of Information 

Join us at the Teaching Museum North in Roswell on January 23 from 9-11:30 a.m. In addition to a short business meeting, we will have Leigh Colburn, founder of the Graduate Marietta Success Center at Marietta High School and currently of The Centergy Project.  As our featured speaker. Ms. Colburn will share her experience and ideas for student success through the implementation of wrap around services to help meet the needs that are preventing students from being successful academically including housing resources, mental health services, food pantry, etc. This program aligns with Fulton Schools' strategic plan and supports several National PTA standards including: supporting student success, speaking up for every student and collaborating with the community. Register here

Please be sure to invite other members of the school community. Looking forward to seeing everyone there! 

PTSA Needs Your Help! 

PTSA is currently looking for a few people to serve on the nominating committee.  The job of the committee is to find volunteers to serve on the PTSA board as well as volunteers to serve as committee chairs.  According section 8 of our Georgia PTA by laws:  

  1. There shall be a nominating committee composed of 3 members (must be an uneven number) and 1 alternate. 
  2. All members of the nominating committee shall be a member of this PTA/PTSA.     
  3. The committee shall elect its own chair.
  4. The nominating committee shall nominate an eligible person for each board position. 
  5. The proposed board of directors will be voted on at the  general membership meeting in April.   At this time additional nominations may be made from the floor.

This committee will meet 3 to 4 times between January and March.  Schedule to be determined by the committee.
If you are interested in serving on this committee please contact Amy Hastings and Marci Saunders at presidents@centptsa.org for more information.  

Thank you for your consideration in helping us to make Centennial the best it can be! 

Save the Date!  February 25th at 6:30pm 
Centennial PTSA welcomes all parents and students for an evening with John Trautwein, The Will To Live Foundation President and Co-Founder

Mr. Trautwein lost his fifteen-year-old son Will Trautwein to suicide in October 2010. His family, friends and the community, built the Will To Live Foundation (WTLF), a non-profit organization in his memory. The Foundation is dedicated to preventing teen suicide by improving the lives and the ‘Will To Live’ of teenagers everywhere through education about mental health and encouraging them to recognize the love and hope that exists in each other.

You will not want to miss him speak.  Mark your calendars and be sure to bring your students along. We hope to see you there!

Georgia Legislature and Education 2019 – How to Stay Informed

Part of PTA's mission is to engage and empower parents to advocate for every child.  Advocacy can occur at many different levels and in many different forms.  Regardless of where and how, information is necessary to be an effective advocate. 

The 2019 Georgia Legislative session opened on Monday, January 14.  Stay informed on what's happening under the Gold Dome by signing up here (http://www.georgiapta.org/action-center/) to receive Georgia PTA's Legislative Updates and Action Alerts.  You can also find contact information for your legislators.

What are some of the hot topics that might be discussed this year?  Expect to see legislation based on the final reports of the Senate Study Committees on School Safety, Dyslexia, and School Calendars.  The legislature only has one required task - pass a balanced budget.  Georgia PTA will be watching to see if education continues to be fully funded, if funding is allocated for any of the study committee recommendations, and/or if additional funds are earmarked for education or other child-based initiatives.

If you have any questions about the Georgia Legislature, legislation, or PTA's positions please email legislation@georgiapta.org.

4 Ways to A Successful Year

It's a new year and a new school semester and everyone wants to make a change for the better. Everyone wants to make a New Year’s Resolution. Unfortunately, most people will not achieve their goals and end up in the same place, doing the same things they were last year. The reason why is because most people fail to plan for the changes that they want to make.

For you to meet your desired goals for the new year and new semester you must first set the goal. Write your goals down, put it on paper and tell someone what your goal is. This is how you hold yourself accountable and give yourself a better chance of success. Secondly, you must create a plan for how you will achieve your goals. Most goals fail because a person does not have a plan. Write out the steps that it will take for you to get your goals accomplished. What is it that you will do differently this time around than what you did previously? Thirdly, you should prioritize your tasks and assignments accordingly. Determine and complete the tasks that are most important and most urgent that help you successfully move towards your goals. Lastly, stay motivated! You may have to set short term goals to help you on your journey to end. Create incentives for yourself to keep going and enjoy the ride. Celebrate as you meet your short term goals and soon you will see that you’ve met your original goals. 

Troy J. Law, MA
Associate Therapist
The Summit Counseling Center

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 - Wednesday, January 15, 9:30 AM at Wilson Creek Elementary School
•    Katha Stuart - Wednesday, February 13, 9:30 AM at Roswell North Elementary School 
•    Julia Bernath - Wednesday, February 13, 7:00 PM at North Springs High School 

Introducing Centennial High School’s New Business Partner Program!  

We are very excited to announce that Centennial High School PTSA has outlined a new business partner program for the 2019-2020 school year.  Our goal is to build relationships that are both beneficial to the business and corporations objectives while enriching the academic experience for our students and supporting our teachers and staff.  If you own a company or know someone who does and are interested in partnering with Centennial, please have them contact Amy Hastings or Marci Saunders at presidents@centptsa.org for more information.  Or visit our website at centptsa.org.  Click on the Become a Business Partner Tab.  

Please welcome Tide Cleaners to our Business Partner family!  Present this code at any of the 3 Tide Locations and a portion of what you spend goes directly back to Centennial. Please check your inbox for more information to come! 



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!

New Program at Publix 

Effective October 1, 2018, Publix Partners cards will no longer scan or be accepted.

To support your school, sign up for Publix Partners through your Publix.com account and select your desired school. Then, enter your phone number at checkout each time you make an eligible purchase.

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!  

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

Concerned 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

Contact Us

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