Principal's Newsletter, Nov. 18

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 9:08am

Eagle News:


It’s Academic:

Thank you to all the participants of Centennial’s 12th annual tournament. Your responsiveness and promptness and patience helped make this our best tournament with 102 teams.

You can find our statistics at the following links.




Congratulations! Olivia Tsai’s Junior Team Tennis team, The Avengers from Columbia, won the Nationals in Columbia, South Carolina in October. The CHS students on the team are Olivia Tsai and Christopher Chen.

Baltimore Sun link:

Our fall play Harvey is next week! Shows are Thursday through Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 3pm. The tickets are only $10 when purchased at lunch shifts next week and $12 at the door.

Friday, November 11 at 7pm

Saturday, November 12 at 7pm

Sunday, November 13 at 3pm

Looking forward to seeing you at one of the shows.


Centennial will be celebrating American Education Week the Week of November 14th:

November 15th Bring Your Parent to School

November 15th School Improvement Meeting in the Media Center 2:15-2:45pm

November 16th Meet and Greet the Administration in the Staff Lounge 8:00-8:30am


Centennial High School proudly hosts Howard County's oldest and largest high school sponsored Model United Nations Conference. For the eighth year in a row on Saturday, November 12th the Centennial High School Model United Nations Conference (CHSMUNC) has pushed the boundaries of what is considered possible at a high school conference. This year, with nine diverse committees each debating different international and historical issues, close to 300 students from 21 schools across Maryland will be able to practice valuable debate skills and engage in international studies. 


Congratulations to Maryam Elhabashy. She was appointed a member of the Howard County Martin Luther King Jr., Holiday Commission. Her term will expire in March 2020.  The Howard County Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission was established by order of the Howard County Executive to encourage and coordinate appropriate ceremonies and activities throughout Howard County, to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Congratulations to Danny Hemani. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement is honored to display his storyboard at the 28th Annual National Forum, December 4-7, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

Storyboard Title: Don't Waste the Medical Waste: Reducing Improperly Classified Hazardous Waste in a Medical Facility. He is the only HS student accepted to present at this conference and he may be the ONLY HS student ever accepted!


Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is a national organization that raises money to fund cancer research to find new treatments and cures, and to raise awareness of childhood cancer. This organization was founded by a girl named Alex, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma (a cancer of the adrenal glands) when she was just one-year old. She held her first lemonade stand at the age of four, and told her parents that she wanted to donate the money to help others like her. A chapter of ALSF has recently been founded at Centennial High School by Aasha Subramanian, Ada Truong, Ana Cehan, Christina Yang, and Jasmine Ng. The board members plan to have fundraisers in conjunction with 5k runs and various charity events, and host bake sales after school on certain days in order to raise money to donate to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. Their first fundraiser was at the Miller Branch Library on November 8th, 2016, and they raised over $180! It was a group effort with the entire club helping to contribute to this success by donating baked goods, creating posters for advertising, and volunteering at the event. The people who volunteered at this event were Claudia Hill, Kate Michel, Ally Langlois, Morgan Foell, Christina Dee, Colette LeConte, Emily Ressler, Vicki Li, Niki Parikh, Jawayria Rehman, Amy Yim, and Anna Yang. This was a big success for their first fundraiser, and the club hopes to continue to be successful in the future!


Interested in finding cures and raising awareness for childhood cancer?

Come to one of the CHS ALSF’s meetings- every Tuesday, from 2:15 - 2:45PM, in Portable One!

The Humanities program is welcoming Professor Greg Staley, Director of the Honors Humanities Program at Maryland, on Monday 11/14.  Professor Staley will speak on the connections between Rome and the United States and take questions.


Come Support and Cheer Girls Soccer on Saturday, November 12th at 7:30 at Linganore and Good Luck to our Cross Country Team this weekend too at 10:30 and 1:30 at Hereford!


Congratulations to our athletes on National Signing Day: Mason Smith, Gabby Fairley, Lauren Bracey, Camryn Allen, and Mary Margaret Baldy.


The following message was read to our students today:

Presidential elections are a time when emotions run high.  We are a country of people with strong individual beliefs.  This year even more than in previous elections, the events of the months leading up to Tuesday’s election have led to strong emotions from people across the political spectrum.   Emotions are real and important.

We all need to keep in mind that what we are feeling might be very different than what someone else is feeling.  Our experiences shape who we are as individuals and those experiences vary greatly.  One of the best things about our school is that we are a community and as a community it is vital that our school is a safe place for all.  We value respect, civility and tolerance.  As you have conversations about the election, be sure to value the perspectives and viewpoints of others and take time to listen and reflect. 

 Two of our school system’s foundational policies the Civility policy and the Bullying, Cyberbullying, Harassment or Intimidation policy focus on the importance of treating others with respect.

 Our democratic process is the envy of nations around the world.  Millions and millions of Americans voted in a peaceful and respectful manner.  As we move forward I know that we can uphold the principles on which our country was founded and has flourished


Have a great weekend.

Claire Hafets