Principal's Newsletter December 15, 2017

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:20am

Thank you PTSA for the delicious holiday cookies you provided to the Centennial Staff!

PSAT Home Reports

On October 11, 2017, all 10th and 11th graders took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and all 9th graders took the Preliminary SAT 8/9 test. Online access to PSAT results was emailed on December 11th- December 13th to 10th and 11th grade students who provided an email address on the PSAT answer sheet.  PSAT paper home reports, student test books, and the PSAT results letter will be distributed through English classes the week of December 18th -December 22nd.  The home reports contain access codes for students to connect with online results. Please be on the lookout for these PSAT results and materials.

She’s the First:

We are an organization that promotes gender equality by providing scholarships to girls in low-income countries to go to school. The name "She's The First" refers to the girls themselves, as with our help, they are the first in their families to graduate high school. Our chapter at Centennial is currently sponsoring three girls: Roopa and Jayanthi in India, and Kimberly in Guatemala. This year we are also launching our first scholarship to a female senior graduate c/o 2018 who is the first in her family to accomplish an outstanding academic achievement. Female seniors of Centennial High School will be able to apply for this scholarship in February 2018, winner to be announced at CHS's 2018 senior award night. We are a chapter who strives to make a difference both at home and abroad. Our chapter is partnering with the Mary Kay Foundation, a USA brand that sells beauty products to raise money against domestic violence and cancer.


The Student Government Association hosted their annual Jingle Bell Banquet this past Wednesday.  Two buses were sent to five low-income senior housing locations.  The senior citizens were brought to Centennial to enjoy a traditional holiday turkey dinner where SGA and NHS students took their drink, dinner and dessert orders and waited on them.  SGA gave each senior a token gift, and they were escorted to the evening’s musical performance.  Many thanks to the music department for being so kind to let the Jingle Bell Banquet participants watch their performance and for loaning SGA the choir chairs to use for seating in the cafeteria. 


Planning your schedule for next year? Check out the current World Language course offerings at Centennial High School! 


Midterm Review Sheets for 9th Graders


All 9th grade courses will have a midterm review sheet available online no later than December 22nd. The link to these is available directly on our school webpage. Go to and click "Midterm Review Packets." ONLY students have access to these via their active directory logins. Parents will not be able to access the review sheets without their child's active directory login. Please do not request access. Our Mid Term Mastery Parent Night is January 10th at 7pm.

On December 14th we had our annual school-wide Poetry Out Loud competition in the auditorium. Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation where students select poems, classic and contemporary, from a database at The school competition involves two poems, and eight of our students recited their selections to be our school champion and represent the Centennial Eagles at Regionals in January. The eight students won their classroom competitions, so be sure to congratulate them. They are Sarah Smith, Emily Dahlgren, Lisa Li, Grace Rout, Sydney Grossman, Kieran Newell, Janice Cho, and Meena Aidyodi. It was a close competition, and the second runner-up is Sarah Smith, first runner-up is Sydney Grossman, and our 2017 Poetry Out Loud School Champion is Grace Rout. Congratulations to the three of you and all of the competitors for doing a great job bringing poetry to life. In attendance were several classes who showed the Centennial spirit in their support. The competition was mc’d by our National English Honor Society who, between recitations, shared with the audience interesting facts and insights on how poetry relates to their generation. A job well done all around.

Grace Rout will now move on to Regionals in Annapolis on January 13th, at the Annapolis Shakespeare Company from 1-3pm. The best of luck to Grace! Go Eagles!!

Howard County Times All County:
Girls 1st Team: Megumi Fukuzawa; Isabel Trogillo  2nd Team:  Morgan Taylor

Boys 1st Team: Kenneth Chaplain 2nd Team:  Jake Watson

Baltimore Sun All-Metro: Boys Soccer 1st Team:  Alex Keppler

Baltimore Sun Cross Country All Metro 2nd Team:  Greg Costello

Congratulations Eagles!







December 18th

Boys Basketball vs. CM Wright (JV 4:00 / V 5:30)


December 19th

Wrestling vs. Multiteam Event @ CHS (JV 4:00 / V 4:00)

Indoor Track @ PG Sports Complex (4:00)

December 20th

Boys Basketball @ Meade (JV 4:00 / V 5:30)

Girls Basketball vs. Meade (JV 4:00 / V 5:30)

December 21st

Wrestling @ Winters Mills (JV 4:00 / V 5:30)

Allied Bowling vs. River Hill @ Normandy Lanes (3:00)



Parents: Please make sure when you are dropping off your children in the morning by the gym that for the safety of the students crossing the street, you do not allow them to exit the vehicle in the left lane. Thank you.


Have a Great Weekend!

Claire Hafets