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Originally delivered on 9/17/2019 4:19 pm

eNews - September 2019


September 2019 Edition


Bring the whole family and enjoy Centennial High School’s Homecoming Parade Friday, September 20

  • View the parade from the sidewalk along Scott Rd between Centennial High School and Hillside Elementary
  • Bring a bag to collect candy

Cheer for the Knights to the beat Cambridge High School in the Homecoming Football Game on Friday, September 20!

The Homecoming Dance this year will take place in the cafeteria on Saturday, September 21

  • Dance goes from 8:00 - 11:00 p.m.
  • The theme of this year’s homecoming is “Once Upon a Knightmare”.
  • Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online ( or in the cafeteria during all lunches starting next Wednesday, September 11.


Principal's Plug In

Centennial High School PTSA invites you to a Principal’s Plug In. Interested in learning more about what is going on at Centennial? Please join Dr. Newbold for a casual conversation about relevant school topics and news.

November 7 
8:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.

Important Dates to Remember 

In addition to the FCS school year calendar, Centennial has elected to use four professional learning days for teacher development. The remaining dates are:

  • October 10
  • February 14
  • March 12

Parent Nights

Sponsored by the Counseling Department at CHS
All Parent Nights start at 6:00 p.m.

Freshman Parent Night Part 1 – September 24: Supporting your 9th Grader through the Transition into High School 

Freshman Parent Night Part 2 – February 5: Developing a 4 year academic plan for your student

Sophomore/Junior Parent Night - November 12: Understanding college entrance exams (PSAT, SAT and ACT) as well as learning about the college search and admission process

Freshmen Parent Night

Freshmen (9th Grade) Parent Night - Part 1 will be held at 6:00 pm on September 24 in the CHS Auditorium. Whether this is your first time as a high school parent or not, come and learn more about the recent changes in graduation requirements and other important information to help your student succeed.

Please see for additional information about counseling programs and services at Centennial.

Dates for Your Calendar

IB Night: October 3, 6:00 p.m.
Homecoming Week: September 16th – 20
Homecoming Football Game vs Cambridge H.S: September 20, 7:30 p.m.
Homecoming Dance: September 21, 7:00 p.m.
Financial Aid Night: November 20, 6:00 p.m.
AP Night: tba
Dual Enrollment Night: December 12, 6:00 p.m.
Rising 9th Grade Night: January 22, 6:00 p.m.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Night - October 36:00-8:00 p.m. 

This is open to everyone interested in learning about the IB program. Parents of 8th, 9th, and 10th graders – this event is an excellent opportunity to determine if the IB Programme could be a good fit for your child. Centennial is fortunate to be able to offer this program to our students, as well as students in the Johns Creek, Northview, and Chattahoochee districts. Come learn about this prestigious program and how you can start to prepare your child now for this opportunity. 

Entrepreneurship Recognition

Rane Hill received a letter of recognition from Governor Kemp for her fourth place in Entrepreneurship in the High School Division of Future Business Leaders of America.

Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship Winner

Marissa Fish, Class of 2020 from Centennial High School, won the prestigious Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship and will be spending the school year (the scholarship covers room, board, tuition and a monthly stipend) in Italy! 

CareerWorx 2019 

Learn about many career pathways and the way to make those careers happen. This is for 9-12 grade students and their families. CareerWorx will be hosted on Gwinnett Technical College’s Alpharetta-North Fulton campus across from Avalon on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 4 – 7 p.m. 

  • This interactive event features all of Gwinnett Tech’s programs from Cybersecurity to Healthcare! 
  • Interested in exploring real jobs? At CareerWorx, you will experience real-world jobs and tasks. You may perform a mock sonogram, attempt to care for a patient in a high-stakes trauma situation, practice forensic and criminal science, learn how to keep hackers out and protect corporate secrets with cybersecurity, operate a surgical laparoscopic trainer AND MORE! 
  • Explore jobs that may be open to you with a Gwinnett Tech education, how much you can make and possible career paths. 
  • Talk with college recruiters, financial aid counselors and enrollment advisors – have your College Application fee waived!

Go to for more info and registration.

Centennial College and Career Week

During the week of October 15-19, Centennial will be hosting our 8th Annual College and Career Week. The goal of our College and Career Week is to offer students opportunities to learn more about all aspects of post-secondary options.

Here is what you need to know about this year's College and Career Week: 

Myth: College and Career Week is only for seniors.
Fact: College and Career Week is for students in ALL grades. Some events will be more geared for students in a particular grade, but nearly all activities and events are open to students/parents in all grades. 

Myth: College and Career Week is only for students who are planning to attend a 4 year college/university.
Fact: College and Career Week is designed to reach ALL students by exposing them to a variety of post-secondary possibilities and engaging them to be actively thinking about their future.

Myth: College and Career Week is only for students.
Fact: Several College and Career Week events are open to both students and parents.

Fall Means College Time at Centennial

CHS Juniors and Seniors are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the following upcoming college representative visits. Oftentimes, the rep visiting the school IS THE PERSON WHO WILL BE LOOKING AT YOUR APPLICATION!! Come prepared to ask questions and engage in conversation. This is an amazing experience – be sure to take advantage of it.

The dates and locations of the College representative meetings are listed below. Students only need passes for sessions that are held in the College and Career Center (D-03) in the counseling center.  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.

  • September 19 - Florida State 9:00 career center
  • September 19 - Bates College 10:00 career center
  • September 20 - Northwestern University 10:00 career center
  • September 20 - University of Vermont 11:15 career center
  • September 26 - Purdue 2:00 career center
  • September 30 - University of Alabama 9:00 career center
  • September 30 - Emory University 11:00 career center
  • October 4 - Vanderbilt University 2:00 career center
  • October 7 - University of Cincinnati 11:30 career center
  • October 9 - Duke 1:30 career center
  • October 15 - Georgia Southern 10:00 career center
  • October 17 - LSU 11:00 career center
  • October 17 - Lipscomb University 1:00 career center
  • October 21 - University of Missouri 10:00 career center
  • October 28 - Agnes Scott 9:30 career center

9-11 Grade Students – The PSAT is Coming!

The PSATs will be administered on Wednesday, October 16.

All 9th, 10th and 11th graders take the PSAT.

The PSAT provides feedback on the students' strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. The feedback helps the students to focus on areas they need additional study or practice on. Results are often used in applications for AP classes later in the year. This is a national test, so students can see their performance compared to others in the country.

The PSAT allows the students to compete for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11 only).

Students will need to get plenty of sleep and have a healthy breakfast the morning of the PSAT administration. Students will also need to arrive to school on time.

Applerouth will be hosting free PSAT strategy sessions and practice tests to help students prepare for the upcoming October PSAT. Sessions will be offered from September 21 – October 12 . To sign up, please visit

Free SAT for Seniors

On Wednesday, October 16, Centennial High School will offer the SAT for SENIORS ONLY at no charge. There is no essay (writing component) with this examination. Some colleges require SAT with writing, some do not – make sure that you check what your college testing requirements are. Registration signs are located throughout the building.

2019-2020 Mock Test Schedule at Centennial High School


 Free Online Test Prep

Test prep for whichever test you choose to pursue, is extremely important.  Practice and study absolutely makes a difference on these tests, just like it does in the classroom.  Here are some links to free test prep.


Centennial Counseling offers free resources to study and prep on their website:

Princeton Review

In addition, if a student is interested in taking an SAT course, Centennial Counseling will host Princeton Review for SAT prep and ACT prep beginning in January.  

Basketball Cheer Fundraiser

Get to Know Your School Social Worker!

I am here to help:

  • Provide help to students and families to overcome the social, behavioral, emotional or economic problems that prevent learning
  • Make appropriate referrals for professional and community services
  • Follow up to assure that services are provided and conditions improve
  • Work closely with teachers and school administrators

Please contact your school social worker:

Erika Cohen at or (404) 975-9219

Wellness Wednesdays

Centennial High School proudly introduces “Wellness Wednesdays…”

In a high schooler’s daily life there is no lack of things to cause stress and anxiety. CHS is offering some opportunities through the school year to help relax and put it all in perspective.  Wednesday, September 25, Fur Kids will be bringing PUPPIES to school for kids to hold and play with during lunch. If this seems like something that would help your child, please remind them that the puppies will be in the auxiliary gym during all lunch periods on 9/25. 

The Top 5 “To Do” List for Seniors

  1. SENIOR PICTURES - Senior Portraits are being taken by Cady Studios.  All seniors must have a senior portrait done to be included in the yearbook.  Simply go to to book your session. You can also speak to someone through a live chat or call customer service at 678.722.3449.  There are still September and October dates available!
    • Graduation dues are $140 payable to GA Balfour.come (
    •  After March 1 dues will increase to $165. So save money and pay early!
    • Graduation dues include the following:
      • Graduation Cap and Gown
      • Class of 2020 tassel
      • Leather diploma cover
      • Centennial’s graduation medallion
      • Rental of graduation facility, tickets, programs, etc
    • *If you would like to use an old gown
    • Senior Dues pays for all senior week activities.  You will not be able to participate unless this fee is paid. 
    • Pay $40 via the online payment portal on or Mrs. McKay in the Learning Commons (Make checks payable to Centennial High School). 
    • Save money and pay early. Pay by December 13th to avoid $5 Late Fee!
    • To join our Google classroom- Use Class code y054cd to get information on Homecoming Week, Senior Treats, Senior Week, Graduation, etc.

For additional Senior information, please contact the following Senior Co-Sponsor teachers:

Parents of Seniors, Stay in the Know!

There is a Facebook Group just for the CHS Class of 2020.

We will post information & reminders related to senior activities, treats, deadlines and events.

To join the group



  1. From your News Feed click Groups in the left menu.
  2. In the search bar at the top, enter Centennial High School Seniors - Class of 2020
  3. Select the group then click + Join Group below the cover photo.
  4. Select whether you'd like to join as your profile or your Page and click Join Group.

Once you do this the group admin will approve your request. That’s it!

For More Information Contact:  Kim Thompson, 770-235-4581,

Volunteer Opportunities for Senior Families

Hello Senior Parents - We are so excited about your students upcoming Senior Year! We have many activities and treats planned for our seniors and will be looking for parent volunteers to help us with these plans. Seniors will be participating in our annual Senior Service Day this fall, monthly Senior treats will begin in October, and we will host an entire week to honor our Seniors in the spring. None of this will be possible without the help of many volunteers. Anyone willing to help us make all of these activities a success should please email their contact information including name, email and phone number to If you provide us with your information, you will receive an email with details about each event and will be asked to let us know if you are available to help out for that particular event. What could be more rewarding then seeing all the Seniors smiles as you give them a cupcake or a slice of pizza to make them feel special this year!

Device Information

This year students received a Dell Latitude 3300 device. For those new to Fulton, every Centennial student has the ability to receive a computer for the year.  Students do not have to get a device, but keep in mind, a lot of teachers assign work digitally and use devices in the classroom to facilitate learning. Some students may elect to bring their own devices to class, and this is acceptable, however our tech will not be able to service personal devices. Before a student can receive a device, the device agreement form must be filled out. To expedite the process please access the form HERE.


Parents can choose to purchase insurance for the device. Many insurance companies ask families to mail devices directly to the company for repair/replacement. Parents MAY ONLY use insurance companies with repair centers authorized by the device manufacturer, to avoid voiding our warranties.

Fulton has looked into insurance companies that have been popular with families and confirmed that as of June 2016:

Worth Ave Group uses authorized repair centers for ALL of our devices so this may be an option for families.

Safeware uses authorized repair centers ONLY for the iPad, Chromebook, and Dell Latitude.

Note that insurance companies typically cover theft, but not loss of a device.

This information is provided for convenience only.  The District does not endorse any particularinsurance provider, and each family should carefully verify the services provided by any insurance provider as a company's policy can change.

While you may purchase insurance for your device or your homeowner's insurance may cover the device, the District will not be responsible for communicating with your insurance provider.  You remain solely responsible for paying fines directly to the District. 

Centennial Theatre Ticket Sales

Centennial Knights Players are hard at work on preparing for The 146 Point Flame.

Tickets are on sale now.   Tickets can be purchased at the below link address

OR at the front desk. 

We hope to see you there!

Centennial Band – Upcoming Events!

The Mighty Marching Knights can be seen at every Friday night football game performing this year’s show, “The Passions of the Soul.”

The band will also perform at the Fulton County Marching Band Exhibition on September 21 (performing at 6:00pm) at Cambridge High School. Details of this and future events (including two parades and three competitions!) can be found on the band website at Go Knights!



The Yearbook can be purchased for $80* at the following link: Buy a Yearbook

*The price will increase after October 25th

Senior Parents: Now is time to purchase a Senior Yearbook Ad for your student! Follow this link for more information: Senior Yearbook Ad

Senior Parents: Has your student taken their Senior Portrait yet? If not, follow the link to schedule their session: Senior Portrait Sign Up

Thank you for supporting Centennial Yearbook! 

Bus Tracking App Comes to Fulton County Schools

Fulton County Schools now offers a free app that allows parents to track their student’s school bus.

“Here Comes the Bus” uses GPS technology to locate and track a school bus. Like ride-sharing apps, buses will show up as an icon on a map, and they can follow its progress as it moves toward the bus stop. The system also counts down the minutes before the bus arrives.

To sign up, parents need their child’s student ID number, which is available from the school and is the same number used to view their student’s academic information online (Home Access Center) and school meal programs (MyPaymentsPlus). Fulton County Schools’ code – 87428 – also is needed. After completing a brief user profile, the app is ready to use.

Multiple students in the same household can be put on the same account. Students also can download the app to their cell phones or other personal devices, using their Launchpad ID to log in to the program.

“Here Comes the Bus” is powered by software from Synovia Solutions. Parents and students can download the program through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store or can visit to sign up.

More information about the program, including FAQs and troubleshooting information, also is posted to on the Fulton County Schools website.

Volunteers Needed for Centennial Front Office

We are looking for additional volunteers to help in the Front Office. If you’ve volunteered in the Front Office before or never have but might be interested, please contact our new Front Office Coordinator, Tabitha Riley at for more information and/or to sign up.

PTSA Reflections - "Look Within"

It's time to "Look Within" and enter our Reflections program!  Students can choose from 6 areas of interpretation for their entry:  literature, musical composition, photography, visual arts (including drawing, painting, print making and collage), dance choreography and film/video production to represent this year's theme, "Look Within."  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. For more information visit or email Renee Corley at  Applications will be available in the Learning Commons.  All entries are due October 18th.

New Business Partner!

Please welcome our newest Business Partner:

Jennifer S. Heal, CFP ®
Financial Advisor- Edward Jones

As a third generation financial advisor, Jennifer wants to understand what's important to you and your family. She uses an established process to build personalized strategies to help you achieve your goals. You will partner together throughout your life to stay on track.

Whether your focus is funding your child's education, building a "work optional" lifestyle, or protecting what you've accumulated, we invite you to contact Jennifer to see if this approach may guide your family more effectively.


Centennial High School PTSA
9310 Scott Rd, 
Roswell, GA 30076