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November 8, 2019




American Education Week

American Education Week is November 18 – 22.  Parents may visit any day during this week, but are encouraged to visit on Tuesday, November 19, to ensure no exams will be administered in classes you are visiting.


Parent/Teacher Conferences

Monday, November 25: 4:30 – 7:30 PM

Tuesday, November 26: 12:15 - 2:45 PM and 4:30 - 7:30 PM

Wednesday, November 27: 7:30 – 2:45 PM

HCPSS will continue to use the Synergy Conference Management to schedule parent–teacher conferences. Synergy Conference Management provides a simple user interface and easy navigation. Starting Monday, November 11th, parents can log into HCPSS Connect to view and select from the time slots provided by the teacher for the conference.  Click the link for a brief video showing how to schedule conferences https://youtu.be/QcMwkkIgkls


HOMEWOOD’S 16th Annual Recycled Treasure Sale

Homewood is holding its annual recycled treasure sale on Thursday, December 19.  Donations are needed. Great gift wish list include, but no limited to, the following:


    Charging Cords and Earbuds

    Video Games & Electronics

    Sporting Goods

    Toys/Stuffed Animals

    New Clothes, with tags

    New Gloves and Socks, with tags

    Holiday Themed Gifts

    Fashion Jewelry

    Lotions & Beauty Items

    Ladies Scarves & Purses

    Holiday Gift Bags and Tissue (all sizes)


Accepting donations from now until December 13.  Any donation may be dropped off to Mrs. Taylor in Room913.


Federal Impact Aid form

When completing your Family File, if you indicated that you work on federal property or are active duty military, your student will be receiving a form to be completed.  Please return this form as soon as possible, but no later than December 21. If you did not receive the form and are either active duty military or work on federally owned property the form can be found here.  All information collected is confidential and used only for the stated purpose of determining the amount of funding available to HCPSS. Forms are retained at the HCPSS Central Office for Impact Aid auditing.


Howard County G/T Program Parent Academy

Wednesday, November 13, 7 – 8:30 p.m. – Mt. Hebron High School Auditorium

Navigating the College Admissions Process

Presented by Bailey Jackelen, Assistant Director of Admissions, Johns Hopkins University

Preparing for the college application and admissions process can be a really exciting time for students—a time to explore their interests, think about their future and begin to take ownership of their life plans. It can also be a stressful time not just for them but their entire families. In this session, discover how to prioritize the things that can best impact the process, focusing conversations and energy on the things that matter

most. We’ll review important steps for preparation, key conversations to have as a family, and the best ways to prepare for the outcomes.


Bailey Jackelen is an Assistant Director of Admissions in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Johns Hopkins University. An experienced admissions officer, she will present on the college search and selective admissions process.


For more information, please email hcpssgtac@gmail.com or alyson_tommins@hcpss.org or call 410-­313­‐6800.


Why mastering your mind is the secret to success

Monday, November 18 at 7:00 at Centennial High School, Amita Shukla will be presenting on creating transformative innovations for human health, well-being, potential. For more details, click here.


Yearbooks on Sale

You know what makes for a great holiday gift?

A yearbook.

It is the gift of memories.

It is the gift that will be treasured.


Yearbooks on sale now. Price increase set for November 14th. Buy now, save now, enjoy forever!



Last year we completely sold out, so secure your copy today! Yearbooks make for great holiday gifts, and we are currently offering the book at a discounted rate. Buy early, save money, preserve the memories! Click on link for more information.


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 is now CLOSED.

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. 




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Got great news about our students, staff, or community? Send it and we’ll shout it out! 


Congratulations! Centennial High School made the list of Newsweek’s Top STEM High Schools!

 Newsweek, with its long history of reporting on scientific breakthroughs, technological revolutions and societal challenges, partnered with STEM.org to rank America’s Best STEM High Schools. We found schools in every region of the country that offer skilled teachers who keep up with developments in these fields and who create dynamic learning environments to engage their students. 


As I'm sure you agree, America is a nation of entrepreneurs and innovators, and our  economic vitality and national security depend on our children being fluent in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The STEM skills that only specialists have today will be expected of virtually everyone in the American workforce tomorrow. 


Our students are natural STEM students. We need to make sure that their innate drive, curiosity, and creativity aren’t lost along the way. And the best STEM schools are helping to ensure that America’s future in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is in good hands.


See what’s happening with CHS PTSA or CHS Boosters by clicking the names or by visiting our website.


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/).

KSCPP 13th National Essay Contest

To foster the understanding and appreciation of Korean history and culture, KSCPP is hosting its 13th national essay contest. The Essay Contest is open to Middle and High School students. The entrants are required to read Chung Hyo Ye, Tales of filial devotion, loyalty, respect and benevolence from the history and folklore of Korea published by KSCPP (available online for free at www.kscpp.net).

Essay Topics: Choose One

  • 1. How could the values of Chung, Hyo and Ye be applied in the world today?

  • 2. Which of the stories from the book captured your attention or curiosity and why?

  • 3. From the three values represented in the book (Chung, Hyo and Ye), please choose one as a topic and discuss how the stories relating to it have impressed you and why?

For more information visit: www.kscpp.net


STEM of Many Colors

"STEM of Many Colors" will be held at Wilde Lake High School on Friday, November 1, noon--3pm as part of the month-long Maryland STEM Festival.  The event will be organized like a career fair, with minority professionals manning tables to talk about their careers in fields related to science, technology, engineering & math.  Additionally, there will be a Career Panel and a workshop on applying to college, specifically geared to minority students. The first 250 students in attendance will receive cinch bags. 


> https://marylandstemfestival.org/39-events/826-stem-of-many-colors-part