Principal's Newsletter for January 19, 2018

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 1:42pm

Eagle News:

Congratulations to Nicole Meister. Here is the link to Nicole Meister's paper which has been published in the Journal of Emerging Investigators. 

We have several other students whose papers have been accepted, but they are still in the editing phase.


Last weekend CHS Wrestling Team participated in the Warpath Invitational at Franklin High School where we finished 9th.

We had two champions: 138 Jacob Blyukher and 145 Jason Kraisser. We also had a 5th, 106 Chris Lee and a 6th, 220 Noah Bussink. Congratulations!


On Saturday, January 13th, Centennial’s It’s Academics Team sent eight teams to Hammond High School for a tournament involving 36 teams from the Maryland area. Five Centennial High teams qualified for the final 16 in the afternoon. The A Team went undefeated for the day bringing home the Hammond Championship for the 6th time in the last 7 years. The A Team members are seniors Bryce Plunkett, Fayyaz Zaidi, Jakob Boeye, and sophomore Adam Knox. In the finals, they defeated CHS B Team, who had also gone undefeated up to that point and received the award for the 2nd place team. The B Team members are junior Steppan Konoplev, sophomores Peter Wilschke and Toby Moser, and freshman Anthony Duan.


The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County honored 9th graders for their achievements on Thursday. Congratulations Eagles!

Information for Speaking/Performing at Senior Events:

All speakers and performers must submit an online application and video submission by February 15th to be reviewed a panel of judges. Link is listed below. You will need to sign into your school GAFE account in order to submit. No late submissions will be considered. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

For speeches, you only need to prepare 1-2 minutes of your speech.  It is not necessary to have the entire speech completely written at this time.  We want to hear your ideas and see how you perform.  If you are selected, you will work with a writing/presentation coach to complete the speech and work on the presentation. We want to hear your personal reflections on school events and special times. Do not list all of the events over your tenure in high school. Address one or two specific events in your speech.  Remember that the Farewell Assembly is more relaxed and fun, so this would be the place for the humorous speeches, but of course in good taste!  The Senior Awards Assembly and graduation are more dignified events.  We still want speeches that are personal and warm, but more formal.  Remember that your parents and invited adult guests are present at these two events.
For performers, you or your group will need to prepare a piece that is three minutes or under. You will need to have the piece well rehearsed. If it is a vocal piece, it will need to be memorized.

Each speaker/performer will be assigned a writing/presentation coach.  You must arrange to meet with your coach and follow their directions by the specified deadlines.  For example, if your speech needs to be edited you must do it by the deadline given.  If you are asked to meet with a judge to practice your speech or song, you must do it by the deadline.  Not meeting the deadline for improvements means you will forfeit your spot.
We do not have a set number of speakers/performers for each event.  We will decide that based on the number and quality of the auditions.
Performers and speakers may be assigned to any of the senior events.
If you have questions, please email Ms. Carlsen at

Rescheduled Basketball Games:




The Alpha Achiever of Howard County are hosting a FREE "Financial Freedom Forum" - Teaching fellow students and the community to break free of financial burdens!!!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

1:00 - 3:00pm

East Columbia Library - 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD




Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Period 1 Exam; Bell Schedule #1
Full day of school
No extracurricular activities, including practices, rehearsals, events, etc.
AM & PM ARL Classes in Session

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Periods 2 & 3 Exams; Bell Schedule #2

High schools close 3 hours early 
No extracurricular activities, except 90 minute conditioning practices which may begin at 2:45 p.m.
No PM ARL Students

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Periods 4A & 4B Exams; Bell Schedule #2

High schools close 3 hours early 
No extracurricular activities, except 90 minute conditioning practices which may begin at 2:45 p.m.
No AM ARL Students

Friday, January 26, 2018

Periods 5 & 6 Exams; Bell Schedule #2

All schools close 3 hours early 
All extracurricular activities resume at 2:45pm
No AM ARL Students


As we enter the last week for online course requests for 9th-11th grade students, here is a link to the HCPSS webpage (with the tutorial video, reference guides, and a link to the course catalog).

The window in Synergy for 9th-11th grade students will close at the end of the day on Sunday, January 21st. Students and families who need the weekend to complete the online process can do so.

The link can be found at:


With snow days being on B days and students missing instructional time.

The County is not changing the schedule...

In order for our students to be prepared for Mid Terms, we have created the following schedule for Monday, January 22nd (Please inform your student):

7:25 – 8:05              1st 

8:10 – 8:50              2nd 

8:55 – 9:35              3rd 

9:40– 10:35            4A 

10:40 – 12:40         4B (Lunches)

12:45 – 1:25            5th 

1:30 – 2:10              6th 

ARL students follow A Day schedule on January 22nd







January 22nd

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

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

January 26th

Boys Basketball vs. Hammond (JV 5:15 / V 7:00)

Girls Basketball @ Hammond (JV 5:15 / V 7:00)

January 27th

JV Wrestling @ Blair (9:30am)


Have a great weekend.

Claire Hafets