Eagle's Nest 2/24/23

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 1:10pm


February 24, 2023





Dear CHS community, 

During its February 23 meeting, the Howard County Board of Education adjusted the start times of schools for the 2023-2024 school year. There is no impact to the current school year. All changes will take effect in August. 

The exact start time for each school will be determined this spring and shared with the community as transportation routes are finalized. However, Centennial High School is part of Tier 1, which means our school start time will be approximately 8:00 AM next school year. If your child will attend a different school next year, the start times for all schools  can be found on the HCPSS website. 

I want to reiterate words that HCPSS Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano shared: “finalizing and fully implementing this plan will be a months-long process.” Much more information will be provided to students, staff and families from HCPSS and our school throughout that process. 

I encourage you to read more about the process to evaluate school start times  on the HCPSS website. I know you may have questions; however, please note that there are many impacted pieces as a result of this decision and all details will not be available right away. We are working with HCPSS central office staff on the logistics related to the implementation, and additional information will be provided to you as it becomes available.   

Thank you for your continued care and support of our students. 


Cindy Dillon



Highlights from the CHS website news feed 


Class of 2023 Graduation Window - May 18 to June 1, 2023. Read more.


Did you order your Cap and Gown for Graduation?

The deadline for orders is quickly approaching, so make sure to place your order now!  Read more


Do you have a CHS cap and gown from 2022?

If you would be interested in donating your 2022 RED CHS graduation gown or cap and gown combination, please bring them to the front office at Centennial High School.  We will be happy to accept your donations now through the end of January 2023.  Thank you for your time and consideration.  


Hispanic Graduation Sarapes (stoles)

The HCPSS Hispanic Achievement Program is currently selling sarapes (stoles) to Hispanic and Latino graduating seniors. The sale of sarapes started February 1st and will continue through May 8th. Read more.


CHS Presents Roald Dahl's MATILDA The Musical! 

Performances are on March 16, 17, 18 @ 7:00 PM and March 18 and 19 @ 2:00 PM. Read more.


Winter Sports Play-Off Schedules

Come out and support your Eagles at the winter sports play-off events. Read more.


Yearbooks are on Sale Now

Don’t miss out! Purchase your yearbook now. Recognition ads for your grads are also available. Read more


HCPSS Apprenticeship Maryland Academy Information Session, March 7

Current 11th grade students and their parents/guardians are invited to attend an in-person information session on the HCPSS Apprenticeship Maryland Academy, Tuesday, March 7th, at 6:00PM.  Read more.


ACT Mock Exam Sponsored by C2 COLUMBIA

The ACT mock exam is on Saturday, March 25, 9:00-12:00 in the CHS Cafeteria. The registration fee for the mock exam is $10 and will benefit entirely our PTSA. Read more.


NEST (Now Everyone Stand Together) 

This summer, we wrote to you about an upcoming program at Centennial designed to promote student voice,  encourage discourse, and build community. The topics planned are pulled from approved curricula and are centered around issues important to our student body. Through our newsletters, we will share vignettes and discussion questions our students engage with so you can continue the conversations at home. Read more.


Greg’s Driving School 

Greg’s Driving School is offering three more in person driver’s education classes conveniently located for CHS students!  Read more.


RTA Bus Passes

HCPSS has again partnered with the Howard County Government and the Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland to provide free RTA bus access to students.  Read more.






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! 

Congratulations! Lucas Yang, has been selected as a National Semifinalist for the National Honor Society Scholarship! As a National Semifinalist, they will receive a scholarship award of $3,200.



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

Centennial High School PTSA NEEDS YOU!! - Read more.  CHS PTSA Open Positions for Next Year - Read more



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/).