Principal's Newsletter for January 26, 2018

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 8:05am

Eagle News:


Congratulations! Chythanya Murali has been named a top 40 Finalist in the 77th Regeneron Science Talent Search—the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. Finalists are each awarded at least $25,000, and the top 10 awards range from $40,000 to $250,000. The top 10 Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 winners will be announced at a black-tie gala awards ceremony at the National Building Museum on March 13. Chythanya joins the ranks of 13 Nobel prize winners, 18 MacArthur Foundation Fellows and many other distinguished alumni of the Science Talent Search. This honor identifies Chythanya as one of the nation’s most promising young scientists or mathematicians. Eagle Excellence!


Please join me in congratulating Billy Martin as Centennial High School's Head Varsity Football Coach! We are very excited and looking forward to a fresh start and a great year!


On Saturday January 20, 2018, Centennial sent six teams to Montgomery Blair High School for a tournament. After 11 matches, Centennial’s A Team came in first, defeating Lehigh Valley in a thrilling championship game. A Team: Jakob Boeye, Emmaline Alme, Anthony Duan, Carter Matties 


Thank you SGA for our two new Microwaves for the cafeteria!


Congratulations to our Junior and Senior Company dancers for an outstanding performance at the 24th annual Howard County Dance Festival!  This year, dance teacher, Rebecca Clark, took two student pieces which were well-received by both the audience and the adjudicators!  Bravo to our choreographers: Grace Dwyer, Eshna Ghosh, Kristen Lee, Michelle Ye, and Ashley Xu!


The Delta Scholars would be delighted if you would join us in our observation of Black History Month at our fourth annual Food for the Soul, Words for the Heart.  It is an evening of cultural cuisine and performances. This event will occur on Friday, February 9th from 6 pm- 8 pm in the cafeteria. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.


We are halfway there! That means that we are starting the end-of-year planning. Please take a moment to submit ONE baby picture and ONE current picture for the senior slideshow. Please read the directions below carefully:

ALL pictures must be submitted as attachments.
The first picture attached should be the baby picture. Please rename the picture [student's last name.first name]baby.jpeg
Rename the second picture [student's last name.first name]current.jpeg - Example: lavender.kristincurrent.jpeg
Be sure that all attachments are sent as .jpegs
Please do not send in multiple pictures. We only need one baby and one current picture.
In the email subject line, please write the student's preferred name.
If you have questions, you can email me directly at, but please do not send the pictures to this address.

Send pictures to the following email address ONLY:

Deadline for submission is April 27, 2018

The advanced theatre classes have written and directed a one-act play that they will be performing at the HCPSS One Acts Festival at HCC on Tuesday, January 30 at 7pm. Students have been working on this play since November- writing, revising, staging, and polishing the show so that it showcases all 21 students. The play they wrote was about the ups and downs of auditioning. 

The play will feature Cynthia Abid, Echezona Agbim, Ifechukwu Alachebe, Hannah Boyd, Allison Brown, Emily Dahlgren, Joseph Daly, Eliana Dolbier, Sydney Grossman (director), Victoria Harvey, Kayleigh Hasson, Ethan Kinstler, Vaishnavi Mahalingam, Sam Melicosta, C.J. Muir, Carolina Requejo, Carolyn Reynolds, Daniyar Sheets, Saviena Vijoy, and Fayyaz Zaidi.



January 29th 

Girls Basketball @ Atholton (JV 4:00 / V 5:30)

January 30th

Wrestling @ Marriotts Ridge (JV 4:00 / V 5:30)

January 31st 

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

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

February 1st

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

February 2nd

JV Boys Basketball @ Mt. Hebron (5:00)

JV Girls Basketball @ Mt. Hebron (3:30)

February 3rd

Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Mt. Hebron (7:30)

Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Mt. Hebron (5:00) 


She's the First presents......Pause for Peace led by the renowned, award- winning Sister Jenna. Sister Jenna founder of Washington DC's area Meditation Museums (She has also served as a principal partner with the Oprah Winfrey Network and Values Partnerships on the Belief Team, a community of individuals from diverse spiritual, cultural, and faith backgrounds.

All students, parents, teachers, and community are invited to this mediation session as we pause, taking time for ourselves to seek balance in our lives. The present is a gift we experience now.
When: Thursday, February 1st
Where: CHS's Media Center
Time: 2:40pm
Purpose: Balance, awareness, self reflection, inclusion, consciousness, purposeful living, & belief.
Suggested Donation- $5 (Our chapter is currently sponsoring three girls education: Roopa and Jayanthi in India, and Kimberly in Guatemala. All proceeds given will benefit girls' education.)
Please consider attending. It is an honor to have Sister Jenna willingly come to our school.
Thanks so much!


The following students on Friday, February 9th will be in Boston attending the Berklee High School Jazz Festival. 


Bar-or, Henry

Branker, Josh

Cha, Christina

Crumley, Seth

Eng, Colin

Hlibok, Rainer

Homassel, Colin

Hsieh, Justin

Hsieh, Valerie

Keane, Jack

Ko, Eric

Lee, Sharon

Lekhavanija, Milynn

Li, Sean

Matties, Carter

Nalubola, Swadhin

Prechtl, Adam

Rowles, Jackson

Roy, Kunal

Scharff, Miles

Smith, Sarah

Steuernagle, Ethan

Torres, Juliana

Updike, Reece


Please remind your student to cross Centennial Lane at the light and not to “dash” across the street.


Third quarter starts on Monday and there will be a whirlwind of activity. Now, as much as before, students need to be motivated to excel in their classes.

Challenging and supporting students is a difficult balance. Students are motivated by multiple goals---to be challenged intellectually, feedback in the form of grades about their progress, and striving for positive self-image. There will be positive and negative experiences, but parents and teachers need to encourage students to problem solve and seek new strategies as they work towards their goals.



Have a great weekend.

Claire Hafets