Principal's Newsletter February 3

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 2:59pm

Eagle News


On Friday, January 27, 2016, almost one hundred students and their families came together at Centennial High School to celebrate Chinese New Year and honor the Year of the Rooster. The National Chinese Honor Societies from Centennial High School and River Hill High School and the Chinese Club from Marriotts Ridge High School all worked together to help organize the event. Chinese community also brought music and dance performance to the festival. There were many stations for students and families that included fun games and activities like dumpling making, Chinese yoyo, chopstick challenges, and more to give the opportunity for a hands on experience to enhance knowledge of Chinese. It is amazing to see so many students and families in our traditional culture and celebrate the Chinese New Year Eve together. Thank you to our Chinese families for the most favorite day of the year…Dumpling Day!

We welcomed the Chinese students from Beijing High School #2 on Thursday. They shadowed our students and learned about the college application process. Thank you to our host families.

CHS' Chapter of She's the First presents a student lead panel w/guests on "How to Survive High School" on Wednesday, February 8, 6-8pm in CHS' Media Center. Learn about: Navigating Honors, GT, and AP classes, college applications, and succeeding academically. This learning session is for CHS' students in grades 9-11 as well as rising 9th graders. Show up and become empowered.

The Centennial Delta Scholars would be delighted if you would join us in our observation of Black History Month at our third annual Food for the Soul, Words for the Heart. It is an evening of cultural cuisine and performances. This year’s theme is empowerment.  The event is next Friday, February 10th from 6 pm-8pm in the cafeteria. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

This week was CHS TEACHER SPIRIT WEEK sponsored by our Eagle Ambassadors:

Monday Jan 30th:  PJ Day   Question of the Day:  What is your favorite hobby? OR What is your dream vacation?

Tuesday Jan 31st: Childhood Dream Job Day (staff dress as the profession they wanted to be “when they grew up”)  Question of the Day:  When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Wednesday Feb 1st: Casual midweek day (dress casually) Question of the Day: What are your favorite sports teams? OR What is your favorite type of music?

Thursday Feb 2nd: Culture Day (staff could dress in unique cultural clothing representing an important part of your identity, heritage, or culture) Question of the Day:  Explain your clothing choices/culture.

Friday Feb 3rd: University Day (staff college spirit wear day)   Question of the Day:  What is your favorite memory from college? OR What made you choose your college? 

The Staff and students enjoyed everyday….


Congratulations to Ting Li and Kevin Huang. They have advanced to regional finalist for Coca-Cola! Two thousand students were selected from nearly 86,000 applicants from across the country to continue through the selection process. After this review, 250 Semifinalists were selected as Regional Finalists. After an interview, 150 are Coca-Cola Scholars.

The Project Lead The Way Engineering students toured the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) facility on Wednesday.  NIST plays an important but largely unseen role in our lives. From the factories that make our cars to the food we eat to cholesterol tests at the doctor’s office, NIST measurements, standards and technologies help improve everyday life in many ways. NIST programs and research activities help respond to critical national issues and foster innovation that promotes economic growth.  Students divided their day between two NIST laboratories: the Digital Thread testbed with Tom Hedberg and the Additive Manufacturing facility with Jarred Heigel.   We live in a new era during which manufacturing is becoming increasingly digital and information plays a central role. By better managing this digital information, manufacturers can cut production time and boost success—even as products become more complex. Researchers in the Digital Thread testbed support development of tools and standards for the exchange and use of digital information in manufacturing. Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a class of emerging technologies for producing highly complex, customized components by building up materials based on a 3D computer model. Reducing the barriers to widespread implementation and use of 2 AM, such as process variability, fabrication speed, part accuracy, surface quality and material properties is the program's main goal.

February 1t was World Hijab Day. It is an international celebration in recognition of the millions of Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab and live a life of modesty. Unfortunately, many of these women face racial bigotry and hate because of it. On February 1st, 2017, students met in the World Language Office before school to put on a headscarf donated by the girls from the Muslim Student Association. Members of the MSA had daily announcements, advertised on the scrolling TV news, and flyers around the school that stated the purpose of the event. The flyers were referenced to explain to others the significance of World Hijab Day. The girls documented their experiences and prepared for a debriefing session after school. The goal of this event was to educate people through experience.  The posters around the school contained a QR code that lead to a SignUp Genius in which volunteers could sign up to participate in the event. The Muslim Student Association also hoped to connect with other social/cultural clubs such as She’s The First, Delta Scholars, and Girl Up. Through connections, they hoped to help educate as many people as they can to create greater understanding and, ultimately, a peaceful community for all people.


Congratulations to Katie Gao. The DC 2017 Scholastic Writing Awards were announced and Katie won:
"Anthology of a Woman" - Poetry - Silver Key
"From Scaffolds to Suffrage: A Feminist Critique of The Scarlett Letter" - Critical Essay - Honorable Mention


Zach Grossman from Wingspan wrote: On Tuesday, January 31, the Centennial Eagles Varsity Wrestling team had a nail biting defeat against River Hill on Senior Night. Head coach Cliff Kraisser introduced all five seniors while they were escorted by their parents and siblings. Dwight Leiva was escorted by his father and brother. Mac McGuire was escorted by his parents. Chris Baker was escorted by his parents. And last but not least, the Narmouq brothers, Ammar and Amr, were escorted by their mother. Sophomore Jason Kraisser began the match with a win for the Eagles which set the mood for the match. The match was very close but with multiple forfeits and losses, the Eagles were in a bit of a hole. However, the team did not lose hope. With no wins from any seniors yet, it was up to Ammar Narmouq to start the madness. Ammar walked to the away side of the mat and took a knee, then walked to the center like he owned the mat. Ammar did not disappoint the crowd, as he dominated his opponent. With it being his last home match, Ammar wanted to go out strong with a pin or at least a win. Instead, Ammar's opponent forfeited due to injury and Ammar won.  Next up was senior Amr Narmouq. Amr had the quickest match of the night because he pinned his opponent within the first 14 seconds of the match. The Narmouq brothers’ wins put the Eagles back in the range of being able to win. Unfortunately when the last few wrestlers came up, the Eagles needed a win and a pin to win the match but they couldn't manage to get the pin. The Eagles had a hard fought match but were unable to come out on top against one of their biggest rivals.  The Eagles Varsity and Junior Varsity Wrestling teams will have one last stand at River Hill on February 17-18, 2017 with hopes to claim county titles and a possible advance to the State Tournament.

Have a great weekend.

Claire Hafets