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January 10, 2020




9th Grade Midterm Mastery

Each year we offer optional, after school midterm review opportunities for 9th graders. This year the Midterm Mastery will be held on Tuesday, January 14, and Thursday, January 16, from 2:15 - 3:45 in the Media Center.  Please click the attached PDF document for the January 2020 schedule.  As a result of this activity, we are providing an additional after school activity bus for both days.  The bus will pick up students in front of the school at the main entrance at 3:45 pm. Students must come to the front office and pick up a pass on the day they plan to ride the bus.  Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so students need to get a pass early in the day. Once all 42 passes are given out, the bus will be full. If students do not have a pass, they will be responsible for their own transportation home.


CHS Baseball

Mandatory baseball meeting Wednesday, January 15, for all prospective Varsity and JV baseball candidates. It will be held in the weight room at 2:15pm. 


Harlem Lacrosse - Equipment donation

Got any lacrosse equipment you aren’t using anymore?  Consider donating it to Harlem Lacrosse, a non-profit that works with at-risk youth in Baltimore City.  They will be collecting any boys or girls lacrosse equipment at the front of Centennial High School on January 18 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  If you cannot come on the day of the drive, please contact Connor Carpenter (connorcarpenter25@comcast.net) to make other arrangements.


FBLA World of Opportunity

We are looking for judges for our FBLA Regional Conference next weekend. FBLA World of Opportunity is being held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 8am at the Howard County Regional Conference at the Applications and Research Lab, 10920 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City MD 21043

We are extremely short on FBLA judges. Specifically in these areas:

  1. Business Ethics

  2. e-Business

  3. Emerging Business Issues

  4. Impromptu Speaking and Public Speaking

  5. Sales Presentation and Public Speaking

  6. Publication Design

  7. Business Presentation

Please use this link to volunteer: https://forms.gle/2QSQn2xYo8g7iVSW8


Student Food Delivery Policy

We are getting a number of fast food deliveries for students during the day.  The deliveries are coming both directly from restaurants like a pizza delivery and from independent companies like DoorDash, Uber Eats, etc.  You are welcome to bring your student lunch and drop it off in the front office, but please refrain from having outside companies deliver food to your student.  We cannot accept these deliveries, and we will not call students from class to retrieve or pay for them. Please ensure you share this information with your student.  Thank you for your help!


Course Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year

We are beginning the course request and registration process for the 2020-2021 school year at Centennial High School. Please see the timeline below for information about this process. Parents and students will be entering course requests in the Synergy using the Student Synergy Account. Please reference the HCPSS Catalog of Approved Courses when making your selections. In addition, please be sure to review prerequisites of each course. New for this year, Course Placement Review forms will be submitted online through the Parent Synergy Account. Please make sure all Course Placement Review forms are submitted by January 17th.


Course Registration Dates

Students received course registration information on January 8th – Parents will receive an email with information on Online Course Registration January 8th – January 17th.  Parents and students enter course requests in Synergy January 17th. Last day to submit Course Placement Review (waiver) forms through Synergy January 28 to February 12th – Counselors will meet with each student to review course requests.  CHS 2020-2021 Course Registration - Frequently Asked Questions.


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. 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.


AP Exams - Registration Update

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





See what’s happening at CHS! (and add our Google Calendar to your phone!) 




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

  • The Society for Science & the Public is proud to share that Nadine Meister has been named a top 300 scholar in the 79th Regeneron Science Talent Search—the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. Nadine Meister could also be named as one of 40 finalists, and be invited to Washington, DC for the final competition in March. The top 40 finalists will be announced on Wednesday, January 23rd.  Congratulations, Nadine.


  • Congratulations to Andrew Liu, a 11th-grade CHS student participating in Intern/Mentor Program, whose solo piano composition work Celestiality won fourth place in the Senior International category of the Golden Key Piano Composition Competition 2020. There were a total of 105 participants from 22 countries. Andrew is invited to travel to Vienna, Austria this summer to receive his award. Additionally, Andrew’s composition will be performed locally later this spring. Andrew had written another string trio piece, which won honorable mention in the 2019 NextNotes High School Music Composition. Finally, early this winter, Andrew won two first place awards in the BMTG Intercontinental Piano Competition 2019 and performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Congratulations, Andrew! We can't wait to hear your incredible piece of music.



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/).


Leadership U Class 2020

Is your student looking to build his/her confidence,  strengthen their leadership, and problem solving skills, and learn how to network?  Does he or she want to make a difference in our Howard County community? Consider joining the Leadership U Class of 2020!  Leadership U is an exciting, experiential leadership, teambuilding, and community service opportunity for current high school sophomores.  This unique four-month program involves a week-long summer program of hands-on activities, as well as involvement in a team community service project.  This program is for students with leadership potential, a desire to learn with others, and for those with an interest in the community. Come to learn more and speak to some of our grads at one of our information sessions being conducted at the Howard County Library System:  January 27 at HCLS-Miller Branch from 7-8pm, February 13 at HCLS-Central Branch from 7-8pm or March 1 at HCLS-Miller Branch from 3-4pm. Both parents and students are highly encouraged to attend. Additional information is available at http://www.leadershiphc.org/leadership-u-2/ or email Meg Ignacio mignacio@leadershiphc.org.   Applications are due March 12, 2020.


US Selective Service System

The U.S. Selective Service System and U.S. Department of Education has asked us to remind male students who are or about to turn 18 that they are required to register for selective service. They may register beginning 30 days prior to their 18th birthday and extending 30 days thereafter. Late registration is accepted up to the 26th birthday. Failure to register prior to reaching age 26 may result in unfortunate life consequences, including ineligibility for employment by the federal government, ineligibility to receive federal aid, ineligibility for security clearances, and more. Registration can be completed online at www.sss.gov, or by completing a hard copy of the Selective Service System registration form available at any U.S. Post Office, or available for downloading from the Selective Service System website.


SAVE THE DATE - MLK Jr. Day of Service

The sixth annual MLK Jr. Day of Service will be held on Monday, January 20, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at Glen Mar Church at 4701 New Cut Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043.  A wide range of family-friendly short-term service activities will be provided for ages 5 to 105. The Day of Service offers families and friends, the opportunity to serve together and make a positive difference in our communities.  Free childcare for ages up to 4 years old will be offered from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Student Service hours forms are available. For further information, visit us at http://glenmarumc.org/gmcevents/dayofservice/ or partnership opportunities, email us at dayofservice@glenmarumc.org


Baltimore Science Fair

The 65th Baltimore Science Fair (BSF) will be held on March 21st & 22nd, 2020 at Towson University. There will be an informational meeting about this and other STEM-related opportunities in Ms. Ireland's room (901) after school on Monday, December 16th. Please email me at tireland@hcpss.org if you have any questions prior to that date. Registration opens on January 1st, 2020, and we hope that many of you will consider this opportunity.

The BSF provides a wonderful experience to Middle and High School Students who are interested in science, math, computers and engineering. In addition to sending several students and their teachers on to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), we present  over 150 other awards to student exhibitors. We provide many cash awards ranging from $25- $500, college scholarships, internship opportunities, certificates of recognition from federal agencies, and awards from many professional organizations.

Their web site www.baltimoresciencefair.org is where you can find all the information you need to know about the Fair.