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October 18, 2019




Make-Up Picture Day

Make-Up picture day is Monday, October 28.  If you did not get your picture taken in September, please stop by the front office to pick up an order form.  These are needed in order to get your picture taken. If you had your picture taken and would like to do a retake, simply bring in your original package on Picture Retake Day.  For more information go to lifetouch.com or call 800-736-4753.


CHS Fall Production of SENSE and Sensibility

If you thought you had any sense of the classic Jane Austen novel , think again. This won’t be just any show.

Centennial High School is proud to present Sense and Sensibility by Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Jane Austen. Show times are November 14-16 at 7:00 pm and November 17 at 2:00 pm. 

When their father dies, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are sent to live with their mother and sister in a cottage in the county. There, they meet Willoughby — a dashing and charming young man who catches the fancy of Miss Marianne. But when Colonel Brandon, an elderly friend, uncovers a dark truth, the Dashwood sisters will be left to their senses and their sensibility to discover what lies beneath all the gossip.


AP Exams - Registration Update

Online AP Exam Registration Open through November 8


The registration period for the 2020 AP Exams has begun.  Students will register for exams using their AP Portal account, College Board AP Classroom Portal, https://account.collegeboard.org.  Invoices will be distributed to students in class once they confirm their exam registration in the portal.  Registration is complete once a signed copy of the invoice is submitted with payment to the Bookkeeper’s office.  New invoices will be printed and given to teachers every Monday and Tuesday between now and 11/15.


Normal registration will end on 11/15. The cost per exam will be $94, due upon registration via our school online payment service. Late registration will begin on 11/16 and end on 3/13 and cost an additional $40 per exam ($134). NO REGISTRATIONS CAN BE ACCEPTED AFTER March 13th. Step-by-step directions and more details are included in the link below or can be found on the CHS website under Academics.  Contact Andrea Covington with questions and concerns acovington@hcpss.org.


For specific payment instructions, contact Andrea Covington, andrea_covington@hcpss.org.  

After November 8, paper registration forms and checks payable to Centennial High School must be submitted to Mrs. Covington. College Board will assess a late fee of $40 for registration after November 15.

Students who receive Free and Reduced Meals (FARMs) qualify for AP exam fee reductions.


Regularly monitoring your child’s progress

With the changes to the recently revised Board of Education Policy 8020 Grading and Reporting: Middle and High School, middle and high schools no longer will distribute interims. In lieu of interims, secondary students and parents/guardians are encouraged to regularly monitor progress via the gradebook in HCPSS Connect - Canvas. Elementary school teachers do not use Canvas for grading, and will continue to distribute interims. 


Middle/high school students and parents can use the directions below to access current course assignment scores and grade averages.


Accessing Progress Grades in Canvas

To access grades in Canvas: 

1.    Log in to HCPSS Connect with the email address you provided in Family File. 

2.    Select the Canvas (Gradebook) tab on the left side of the screen and select the Canvas link in the middle of the page.

3.    In Canvas, navigate to the Grade Overview page by selecting the Grades icon on the dark grey navigation bar or select the View Grades button at the bottom of the Coming Up/To Do list on the right side of the screen. The Grade Overview page will show the current averages for each of your middle or high school children’s courses. 

4.    Select a course name to view the individual assignment scores for that course.


Grades can also be viewed in the Canvas Parent mobile app for iOS or Android. See the guide linked below for more information.


Any questions regarding assignment scores or current course averages should be directed to that course teacher. If help is needed to view the information due to a technical or access issue contact Student Services at 410-313-2857. 


Humanities students and parents

On the evening of 22 October, at 7 pm, Dr. Scott E. Casper, the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences from University of Maryland, Baltimore County

will be addressing the Humanities students and their parents on the opportunities and advantages available for those who choose to major and/or minor in a Humanities subject

as part of their college/university program, wherever they chose to go,  after graduating high school. In turn, he will also be speaking on career choices and opportunities for those students after college.   Also, Dr. Casper and several representatives of the UMBC faculty and staff will also be addressing specific grants and scholarships available to students.  Refreshments will be available as well as the opportunity for students and their parents to converse with these professional Higher Education Humanities scholars and the university staff.




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Community News

Please visit the Community News and Programs page on the HCPSS website for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations (http://www.hcpss.org/community-news-and-programs/).


HC DrugFree Updates:

Free Parenting Classes for Parents/Guardians of 9-14 Year Olds: HC DrugFree and the Howard County State's Attorney's Office will once again provide the evidence-based series Guiding Good Choices for parents to gain skills and knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs. This 4-week series will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, October 22, 29 and November 5, 12 at Wilde Lake Middle School in Columbia. Parents are expected to attend all 4 sessions. To register, go to  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GGCOct2019 or see attached flier. Free workbook included. If you have questions, email Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director at Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040.


Teen Advisory Council: HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meets one Monday evening a month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Barn/Teen Center in the Oakland Mills Village Center and is open to all Howard County high school students. Community service hours are available for all meetings and events. TAC will meet on Monday, October 21. To access the registration form, please visit HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council page at  http://www.hcdrugfree.org/teen-advisory-council-1 Refreshments provided at meetings, so must RSVP to  Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040.


Community Service Hours: All students (elementary through college) can receive community service hours for volunteering during any HC DrugFree event.  For information, please email Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040.


Save the date. Dispose of Old EpiPens, Medication and More: Howard County’s next convenient drive-thru medication and “sharps” (needles, syringes and EpiPens) collection will be held on  Saturday, October 26 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot. HC DrugFree and the Howard County Police urge all families to clean out unwanted or expired over-the-counter and prescription medications and sharps. Visit HC DrugFree’s website at  www.hcdrugfree.org and go to the Events/Drug Take Back Day page for more information about medication disposal, email  Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040.