March 2019 Edition

Principal’s Honor Roll Breakfast 

On Friday March 1st, the CHS PTSA hosted an Awards Breakfast in the Gym on the upper track to honor close to 450 students.  These students all earned a 94% average or above for the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year.  Students were invited by invitation to attend the breakfast with their peers and Dr. Newbold, who was thrilled to be able to personally congratulate many of the students who were in attendance.  Students were treated to Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuits, fruit and various pastries and beverages.  We were so excited to see many of these same students back for the breakfast from last year in addition to many new faces!  A special thanks to those seniors who were able to attend - we couldn’t have been more thrilled to honor them with this last awards breakfast.

Centennial Senior Alexis Seith Receives Roswell Rotary Scholarship

Alexis Seith is awarded the first Power of One Scholarship given by the Roswell Rotary Club.  The scholarship of $1,500 is given to a senior at one of the six high schools in the Roswell area. This scholarship is awarded to a student based on the individual affecting positive change within the community by using his/her voice, influence, leadership, etc. to make an individual contribution or helping to lead others in contributing to the well-being of society. Congrats Alexis!

Meet with Principal Newbold 3/21 6pm

Save the Date for Dr. Newbold's next Principal's Plug-In!  Please note the evening time. Meeting will be in the Learning Commons.  We hope to see you there!

Centennial SGC Requests for Flexibility

Centennial's School Governance Council (SGC) has submitted 3 new Requests for Flexibility (RFF) and is currently accepting feedback on these requests. Here is a summary of the requests:

  1. Adding a 3rd student representative to the SGC: The current 2 students on the SGC does not adequately represent the scope of Centennial's student body.  This third student would be nominated by the principal (underclassmen would be considered).
  2. Seat-time waiver for Financial Services Pathway: Standards for 2 of the Financial Services Pathways courses are closely aligned. Centennial's Career, Technical and Agriculture Department has created a sequence for these two courses to be completed in 1 academic year.  Students will receive credit for both courses, allowing them to complete the pathway in 2 years, instead of 3. A similar course progression is available in computer technology.
  3. Teacher Professional Learning Days: 4 professional learning days will be added to the 2019-2020 school calendar.  On these days, students will not attend so faculty and staff can receive professional development specific to Centennial's needs and strategic plan.  The days would align with those requested by other schools in the cluster. There is a small cost associated with this RFF to cover cost associated with nutrition and transportation. 

As a charter system, schools within Fulton can request flexibility from a wide-range of education laws and policies.  Centennial has a been an innovative leader in requesting flexibilities to provide our students greater opportunities. There is no limit to the number of RFFs a school may have - these new requests will not impact Centennial's existing RFFs.

You can provide feedback through this survey ( until April 15th, at one of 2 public comment opportunities (March 21 @ 5:30 PM and April 11 @ 7:30 AM, both in the Learning Commons), through paper forms found in the Front Office, and/or by directly contacting SGC members (contact information found here  

We look forward to hearing from you!
The Centennial School Governance Council

2019 Mock Test Schedule at Centennial High School - One Last Chance for the Year! Don't Miss Out! 

This last test is a Diagnostic - half of the test will be SAT and the other half will be ACT. This is still a great opportunity to determine which test is best for you in case you missed out of the previous Mocks.
These Mock tests are administered at Centennial High School by Applerouth. This is such an excellent opportunity to practice these tests in real life testing conditions.

March 23 - SAT/ACT Diagnostic Test Saturday, 9 am - 1:30 pm
(event code M309592)

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

Exceptional Children's Week was a huge success!

We had a great Exceptional Children's Week! The grand finale was the 321 Dance last Friday (Down Syndrome is having 3 copies of the 21st chromosome.)  General ed kids bought tickets for $5 to get out of 5th or 6th period and came to hang out with the CBI kids in the Aux Gym.  We played music, danced, had a photo booth, and ate a bunch of junk food!  Proceeds go back to the CBI program and The National Down Syndrome Congress.



Centennial JROTC Military Ball 

Congratulations to the CHS Knights Battalion who celebrated their Annual Military Ball on March 9th at the Country Club of the South.  Marine Corp Captain Joe DiPietro (U.S. Naval Academy and Centennial HS 2010 graduate) did an outstanding job as the guest speaker. He spoke about doing the best you can in everything that you do and don't be afraid of learning from your failures. Some of our amazing teachers and staff also joined in the celebration of these outstanding Knights!



Centennial NHS at Hillside for Read Across America Day

Junior and Senior Knights spent the day at Hillside helping out and having fun at their Annual Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss's birthday) extravaganza.  Many of these Knights participated in Read Across America Day when they were Huskies themselves.  It was so much fun to go back and make it special for these future Knights. Thank you to Ms. Kathleen Simon for always making this day special for all of us!


Senior Facebook Page Group

Senior parents have a great community on Facebook to easily access each other for information and advice on topics that are relevant to parents of students graduating and moving on in the world of education, the military and work. Please join the group at:

Senior Week:  March 25 - March 29

There will be fun activities and dress up themes for the week. Centennial Senior traditions are awesome! Your Senior Dues cover the cost of these events. Make sure that your Senior Dues are paid so that your senior can participate! ($45 to Ms. Jimenez or Ms. McKay)
Senior Parents:  the Seniors Only special edition eNews will be coming out the week after Spring Break. Keep an eye out for it!

Senior Week – Parents, We Need VOLUNTEERS!

We are working on senior week for this year, and with the help of Ms. Jimenez and student council, the seniors are sure to have a fantastic week.  Senior week will be held the week before spring break and will include a special breakfast, karaoke, a movie with popcorn, ice cream sundaes, the ever-popular senior catered lunch, and back by popular demand SENIOR FIELD DAY in the football stadium including some surprise guests and fun activities! We need parent volunteers to make it all happen, so please sign up to help.  Signup list went out via myschoolanywhere on 3/13, so check your email. It will be so much fun to celebrate these seniors as they ride out the end of their senior year. If you have any questions, contact Laura Buchanan 770-861-0690.

Senior Post-Secondary Acceptances

Senior parents, have you all already received college acceptance letters? If so, please have your scholar copy their letter and bring it to the counseling office. We are going to be starting a college acceptance wall and we want everyone to be included. College, military, whatever it is bring it on in! 

Senior Baccalaureate Service

Sunday, May 19th 2019 ~ 5:00 p.m.
Mt. Pisgah Church ~ North Campus
2850 Old Alabama Road ~ Johns Creek

Senior Dress:
Gentlemen – Dark dress pants, white collared shirt, tie and dress shoes
Ladies – Nice dress and dressy shoes/sandals

*Please wear graduation gown – no cap

Seniors – Arrive by 4:30 p.m./Meet Upstairs in the Balcony

All Guests Are Welcome

Centennial’s Foundation of the Fine Arts (FFA)

To Parents of Seniors in Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Theater, and Visual Arts,

There is still time to support the Foundation for Fine Arts! Join at the MAJESTIC level and your membership will include a gold brick to be inscribed with your student's name to hang in the auditorium lobby at Centennial HS.  Membership information is available at our website. The link is below. 

Become a Member – Centennial High School Foundation for the Fine Arts

FFA Spirit Night at Bambinelli's 3/20
Take a night off from cooking! Join the Foundation for the Fine Arts for a SPIRIT NIGHT at BAMBINELLI's. Wednesday, March 20th from 5pm-8pm. This includes take-out orders. Bambinelli's is located at 2500 Old Alabama Road, Roswell. 

Upcoming College Visits at Centennial 

SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) is coming to Centennial 4/15 at 10am in D-03.
Juniors and Seniors should take the opportunity to come and learn about colleges whenever you get the chance. The more colleges that you are exposed to, the more you learn about what you like and don’t like about schools – big, little, near, far, urban, rural, etc.  If you have an interest in exploring creative careers, attend this visit. Make sure to listen and ask questions.  Check out their cool programs at

TAG Directed Study Elective Course

Directed Study is an outstanding option for the self-guided learner.  Students will pick their course and study and write their own curriculum.  Universities love to see Directed Study, as it means the student is self-motivated and is a mature candidate that is dedicated to their passion.  Below are some examples of Directed Study courses over the years:

  • College and Scholarship Applications (Seniors only)
  • Learning Java/Python/C++C Sharp 
  • World War II in the Japanese theatre
  • History of Broadway
  • Deadliest Creatures of the Amazon
  • Conversational Russian
  • Writing the Great American Novel
  • Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity 
  • Computer Game Design—Intention of putting on the AppStore 
  • Genealogy—tracing family history from Lithuania 
  • How to Run a Business/Creating a Restaurant 
  • Creating a Non-Profit

Directed Study is an academic elective.
Directed Study will count towards Hope and Zell Miller Scholarships!

Please see Ms. Rosner (E-29) or Ms. Bennie (E-09) for more information!

Centennial Chorus Travels to Music City  

The Centennial High School Chorus traveled to Nashville, TN March 7-10. Chorus students participated in a choral workshop with Dr. Jeffrey Ames at Belmont University, recorded “The Road Home” by Stephen Paulus and “Jolene” by Dolly Parton at the Historic RCA Studio B, and toured various performing venues in the city.

Here is an audio link to their recording of Jolene!



Clancy Weaver and Marjorie Hsu had works accepted into the Young Woman in the Arts Juried Exhibition at Converse College in SC.  

Teacher John Riggins and student Danielle Hodges had a work shown in the Teacher and Student Art Exhibition at the University of North Georgia. Danielle is standing next to Mr. Riggins work, and vice versa, picture taken last night at the UNG closing show. 

We also had students go to the High Museum to see the Yayoi Kusma. 

Mayoral Proclamation Opens CTE Week at Centennial High School  

Mayor Lori Henry made a proclamation on Tuesday February 19, 2019, to recognize and open Centennial High School’s celebration of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Week.  The week was marked with a variety of activities each day for the students in the career pathways of computer science, finance, marketing, engineering, health care, audio-visual technology, JROTC and criminal justice.  Speakers shared their career paths to show students that everyone has their own journey. Some speakers had direct paths into their careers, but many others had indirect paths.  Each day, a career fair was held for the different pathways and there were several field trips giving students glimpses into their chosen specialties.  The business students were able to travel to the Atlanta Hawks Arena for a marketing presentation and competition.  Finance students heard about opportunities in commercial real estate during a classroom presentation by representatives from the group Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and will travel to the Avalon location in Alpharetta to learn first-hand about the field.  Bodies…The Exhibition at Atlantic Station was the destination for the Health Occupations students for a fascinating look inside the human body.  Georgia Tech hosted a group of Engineering students.  Girls Who Code were on campus providing opportunities for those studying Computer Science.  Department Chair, Marie Robinson commented that “the study of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is CTE”.


HOSA:  Health Occupations Students of America

HOSA will be attending State Leadership Conference on March 14-16th.  We have 21 people attending that are competing in at least 1 area.  Individuals can compete in up to 3 areas.  The goal is to place in the top 3 so they can advance to the HOSA International Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL in June.  Good Luck to all! 

HOSA is also hosting a LifeSouth Blood Drive on Friday, March 29 in the auxiliary gym from 9 am – 2 pm.  Donors must be age 16+ and weigh at least 110 lbs.  ALL student donors must have a signed parent/guardian consent form regardless of age.   Community members are welcome to donate—sign in the main office for a visitor badge and bring picture ID.  Eat a good breakfast that day!  See Ms. Cochrane in F40 for more information or email 

For more information on HOSA, please contact Ms. Cochrane at or Ms. Branch at

Interact Club 

The Centennial Interact Club is proud to announce that for the second year in a row, our sponsor -- the Rotary Club of North Fulton -- will participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange.  This exciting program will bring an international high school student to Centennial in the 2019/20 school year.
The exchange student will live with 3 separate host families, each for approximately 3 months.  The Rotary Club is currently seeking host families in the Centennial school district.  A host family will welcome an international student in their home for approximately 90 days. Our local host families are a vital part of the cultural exchange program.
Host Family Benefits

  • See a foreign land through the eyes of your “adopted teenager”
  • Have your family learn a new language and about another culture, its holidays, foods and traditions
  • Make a new friend for life that you can stay in touch with forever
  • Perhaps your child will someday apply for the Rotary Youth Exchange program

The Rotary Club of North Fulton is also proud to announce that it will be seeking outstanding students for the 2020-2021 outbound program.  Annually, 9,000 students worldwide, between the ages of 14 to 18 years old participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. The global program began in the 1920's and its primary mission is to work towards peace and understanding in the world. Rotary Youth Exchange Georgia District 6900 is in its third year of sending local students abroad and hosting international students here in Georgia.  Interested candidates for the 2020-21 outbound program will be invited to apply as class begins in the fall.
For more information on Interact, this wonderful host family opportunity, or the outbound Rotary Youth Exchange program, please contact Marcelle Male at or North Fulton Rotarian Mike Mudd at


Georgia PTA Day at the Capitol

On February 28, the Centennial Cluster was well represented at Georgia PTA Day at the Capitol by Tony Kirk (Holcomb Bridge MS), Principal Anthony Newbold (Centennial HS), Kristin Sharpe (North Fulton Council PTA), Principal Matthew Donahoe (River Eves ES), Chrissy Holbrook (Hillside ES), Kelly Nigro (Northwood ES), Carissa Donges (Hillside ES) and Shelly Wachtel (Northwood ES). Not pictured: Assistant Principal Bree Peeler, Divali Legore and Lisa Winokur (all of Centennial HS).

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.  

  • Katha Stuart - Wednesday, March 20, 9:30 AM at Sweet Apple Elementary School 
  • Julia Bernath - Monday, April 15, 9:30 AM at Ison Springs Elementary School 
  • Linda McCain - Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 PM at Johns Creek High School

Parents YOU DO NOT want to miss this event!
You may have heard of sex trafficking, but did you know that traffickers use emoji’s and other social media to lure our children into the sex trade?  Did you know that that the target age is 11-14 years old??  Think this could NEVER happen to your child???  Guess what?!  It’s happening right here in NORTH FULTON!!! 

Join us on April 18, 2019, from 6pm-8pm in the auditorium at Centennial High School as we invite Susan Norris, the founder of Rescuing Hope, to share her knowledge about this topic, and educate us all on how to keep our children safe. 

For more information about Susan’s organization and her mission visit:

Questions??  Contact any of the following school Social Workers:

Anita Nieman:
Erika Cohen:
Kaitlyn Jimenez:
Giselle Jacob:  

Padres NO DEBE perderse este evento:
Es posible que haya oído hablar del tráfico de esclavos sexuales, pero ¿sabías que los traficantes utilizan emoji y otras redes sociales para atraer a nuestros niños al comercio sexual? ¿Sabías que la edad que más buscan es de 11 a 14 años? ¿Usted cree que esto no podría NUNCA pasarle a sus hijos? No esté tan seguro, porqué está ocurriendo aquí en NORTH FULTON!!! 

Lo invitamos el jueves 18 de abril de 2019, de 6:00pm a 8:00pm en el auditorio de Centennial High School a la presentación de la Sra. Susan Norris, fundadora de la organización Rescuing Hope, quien compartirá su conocimiento sobre este tema y nos enseñará a cómo mantener a nuestros niños seguros. 

Para mas información sobre la organización y la mision de la Sra. Susan favor de visitar:

¿Preguntas? Póngase en contacto con cualquiera de los siguientes trabajadores sociales escolares:

Giselle Jacob: (habla Español)

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 for more information.  Or visit our website at  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: 
  • If you already have an Amazon account then log in using your existing Amazon information. Note: the accounts are linked, but you must be on the AmazonSmile website for them to donate to your specified charity. 
  • AmazonSmile will prompt you to select your charity. Select Centennial High School PTSA Roswell Georgia. 
  • Start shopping!

Earn Money for Centennial by Shopping at Publix

To support your school, sign up for Publix Partners through your 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 our 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 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!"

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