Eagle News September 29, 2023

Fri, 09/29/2023 - 2:30pm


September 29, 2023



The CHS Math Team scored an impressive 39 out of 40 possible points to take first place at the county math meet, outscoring the second-place team by 5 points.

Anurag Sodhi, Nathan Lu, Albert Cao, and Jeremy Yang earned perfect scores in the individual rounds. Then Anurag, Nathan, Albert, Caleb Shim, and Ryan Zou clinched the victory with a perfect score in the team competition. 

Way to go, Eagles!






September 30


Emily Scott Memorial Walk at 10:00 AM

October 1


Winter Sports Online Registration Portal Opens in Synergy

October 4


Band Concert at 7 PM

October 9


Schools closed for students

October 11


Choir Concert at 7 PM

October 11

**This is a date



PSAT - Grade 10

October 12


Orchestra Concert @ 7 PM

October 13- 14


Homecoming Weekend (Pancake breakfast, parade, game, and dance)

October 18

**This is a date



PSAT - Grade 11

October 18


Senior Tropical Night

October 20


Schools closed for students

October 25


Flu Vaccination Clinic

October 26 - 29


CHS Theatre presents Lost Girl 

Performances at 7 PM on October 26, 27, and 28

Performances at 2 PM on October 28 and 29

October 31


3-hour early dismissal; end of first marking period

ASVAB Fall administration

November 8


National Letter of Intent Signing Day

3:15 PM CHS Main Gymnasium

November 12


Online Winter Sports Registration Closes

November 15


First day of Winter Sports Tryouts

November 28


Winter Athletic Orientation Program for Parents - 6:30 PM in Auditorium with breakout sessions to follow

June 11


Last scheduled day of school 

Last inclement weather day weather day June 18




2nd Annual Emily Scott Memorial Walk

This Saturday morning, September 30th, Best Buddies will be hosting the 2nd Annual Emily Scott Memorial Walk at 10:00am. The program will begin in the gymnasium with a slideshow, video, and words from her family… with the walk to follow on the track. At the end of the walk, there will be a post-celebration at Manor Hill Farm located just around the corner. Last year we awarded two $2,500 scholarships to CHS graduating seniors and another two $2,500 scholarships to Howard County seniors… totaling $10,000 in scholarships given to continue to honor the life and spirit of Emily!

Even if you did not register, please join us Saturday morning with your friends and/or family! We would love to have you celebrate the life of Emily! Emily was an amazing student, friend, sister, and daughter. She defied all the odds throughout her 25 years here on Earth. Emily participated in Best Buddies at Centennial High School and went on to attend The Athelas Institute in Columbia. Emily loved dancing and singing to her favorite artists, Raffi and Laurie Berkner, visiting the carousel at the Columbia Mall, going on walks around Centennial Park with her family, swinging on various swings around Howard County, and eating chicken nuggets, chocolate chip cookies, and butterscotch pudding. She also made sure everyone stayed on schedule!  Emily had an infectious smile, tireless determination, and effusive enthusiasm. She was kind, funny, and happily clapped and stomped up and down the school hallways unlike anyone else! Not a day goes by in Emily’s Academic Life Skills classes where she isn’t remembered by the laminated artwork that covers the board, her All About Me poster, or uncovering some of her work while cleaning out cabinets. Her one-of-a-kind personality will always be remembered and cherished for generations to come. Anyone who knew Emily, is a better person for having her be a part of our lives.

Thanks for your consideration and support of this event!


Get Ready for Homecoming!

Mark your calendar and join us for the student, family, and community homecoming events at CHS:

  • PTSA Pancake Breakfast, October 14, 7:00 – 10:00 AM

  •   Homecoming Parade, October 14, 10:15 – 11 AM

  •   Varsity Football Game vs. Mt. Hebron, October 14, 12 PM

The Homecoming Dance for students is on October 14, from 7:00 – 10:00 PM.  Dance tickets are on sale now thru 11:59 PM on Sunday, October 8. The tickets for the dance are $20. Payment for tickets will be made through the HCPSS Online School Payments system. 

Students bringing a guest to the Homecoming Dance must complete a guest form. Guest forms are available in the front office, student Canvas community, and CHS website. All guest forms must be completed and returned to the front office by 3:00 PM on Friday, October 6. No guests 21 or older and no guests from middle school are permitted. Read more.


PTSA Homecoming Pancake Breakfast – October 14!

Get your tickets to the PTSA Pancake Breakfast! Enjoy a wonderful meal to start off your Homecoming festivities! All you can eat pancakes, sausage, fruit, drinks, and more... Be part of this CHS Homecoming tradition! Tickets are on sale now. 


Volunteers Needed for the Pancake Breakfast - October 14, 7:00 - 10:00 AM 

PTSA needs help to put on this community favorite event! Please consider volunteering for a shift during the pancake breakfast.  Use the Signup Genius link to sign up now. 

Thanks in advance for lending a hand!


Homecoming Spirit Week

 Hey eagles! Homecoming Spirit Week is the week of October 9th.  Here are the official themes:

Monday, 10/9 – No School

Tuesday, 10/10 – Barbenheimer Day: dress in pink or business attire or even both

Wednesday, 10/11 – PJ Day: come to school in your comfiest PJs

Thursday, 10/12 – Adam Sandler Day: show up in your best Adam Sandler outfit

Friday, 10/13 – Color Day: represent your class at the pep rally! 

  • Freshmen – black

  • Sophomores – blue

  • Juniors – white

  •  Seniors – red

  • Staff – gray

 We can't wait to see your school spirit!


Our Fall Theatre Production is Coming Up!

Don't miss Lost Girl opening on October 26th and running through the 29th.  Lost Girl tells the story of Wendy after her adventures in Neverland with Peter Pan. In many ways, it is her coming-of-age story as she tackles the challenges in friendships, family, and romance that we face as we grow up. It is a beautiful script and story that you won't want to miss.

LINK: https://hcpss.booktix.com/dept/chs/e/LOST

Email Mr. Traver with any questions: jacob_traver@hcpss.org


Friends of Music Meeting – October 10th, 7 PM 

Please join us on October 10th, at 7 PM in the Band Room to learn more about how CHS Friends of Music supports the growth and success of our vocal and instrumental music programs. You do not have to be a member of Crescendo Club to attend. We do hope when you hear about all the great things happening, you’ll decide to join.

Coming Soon: FOM Fruit/Citrus Sale from Oct 2nd to Nov 3rd. Mattress Sale on Oct 21st in the Centennial cafeteria.

Upcoming Concerts:

Wednesday 10/4/23 Band Concert 7:00 PM

Wednesday 10/11/23 Choral Concert 7:00 PM

Thursday 10/12/23 Orchestra Concert 7:00 PM


Raise Money for CHS by Cleaning Up Your Closet

Clean out your closets and bring us your unwanted clothing, footwear, textiles, accessories including handbags, backpacks, jewelry and more!! Our school’s Clothing Cash collection bin is located at the curbside of BMMS. It is the far end, two bins when you drive down by Burleigh Manor MS toward CHS. The funds generated from your donated items will directly benefit and support our programs here at Centennial High School. Thank you very much for your support!


Winter Sports Registration Opens Sunday, October 1!

Attention all Eagles interested in trying out for a winter sport!  Winter Sports Registration will open thru your Parent's/Guardian's Portal at HCPSS Connect, starting this Sunday, October 1st, THRU SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH!!!  All students interested in trying out for a Winter Sport are to have their Parent/Guardian complete their Online Athletic Registration thru their Parent Portal at HCPSS Connect. Read more.


Winter Sports Tryouts begin Wednesday, November 15th

All Students must have completed their entire online registration in order to participate in tryouts.  The Winter Sports Tryout Schedule for November 15th, will be posted on the chs.hcpss.org website soon. Read more. 



Date Changes for PSAT

The dates for the PSAT have been changed. Please take note of the new dates:

October 11 - 10th grade

October 18 - 11th grade


RTA Bus Passes

Thanks to a continued partnership between HCPSS, Howard County Government, and Regional Transportation Agency (RTA), all HCPSS middle and high school students have access to free RTA bus passes through summer 2024. Students have full access to the RTA system and are not limited to transportation to and from schools or to school-related activities.   

If your child is interested, they can visit our front office to request a free pass. Read more


Assessment Results for SY 22-23

 Students who participated in the 2023 Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) for grades 3-8, English 10, Algebra I and II, and Geometry in the 2022-2023 school year will be hand carrying home individual score reports.  They will be distributed by September 29, 2023. 

These results will be used in combination with other assessments and class work to gauge overall student performance. For more information on MCAP, please visit https://www.hcpss.org/academics/testing/mcap/.  


BSAP College and Career Opportunities Night – October 12

The HCPSS Black Student Achievement Program invites you to attend the upcoming  BSAP College and Career Opportunities Night  on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at Long Reach High School. This College and Career Opportunities Night invites scholars in grades 8 - 12 countywide to network with working professionals, colleges, and universities, explore post-secondary opportunities, and learn more about HCPSS pathways. The evening will highlight a variety of colleges and universities as well as local businesses and organizations. To register, please complete the Registration Form linked here. 


Calling all Sophomores in the Class of 2026! 

Our annual donation campaign is up and running. Families received a letter home in the mail last week. This year we will be in charge of securing a Prom location and beginning the early planning process for next year's Prom. We can't do this without your support! Read more


Attention Seniors – Fall Discretionary Day!

October 11, 2023, will be a discretionary day for all seniors. Seniors should use this time to conduct college visits, complete college applications, participate in job shadowing and/or schedule doctor's appointments, etc.  English teachers will be holding a College Essay Writing Workshop in the cafeteria. Seniors are highly encouraged to attend.  Please contact Ms. Somerville (jeri_somerville@hcpss.org) if you have questions.  


Update Your Family File

All families must update their emergency contact information annually. We’d like Centennial to be the first high school to have 100% of the Family File information to be fully updated, so visit HCPSS Connect today and click submit on the final screen! Read more.


Apply for Financial Aide

The HCPSS participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. Students from households that meet federal income guidelines are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals.

Parents/guardians must submit a new application every school year to maintain their student’s eligibility.


Student Technology Supports

Students, please remember to bring your chromebook fully charged to school every day.  We have a limited number of loaner chromebooks reserved only for students with broken chromebooks.  If your chromebook is not working, please bring it to the media center.


Student Meal Payments

New this year, HCPSS will use LINQ Connect, a secure, online portal that allows families to make payments to their child’s meal account, monitor their child’s account, schedule automatic recurring payments, set up low balance alerts, submit a Free and Reduced Meals program application, and more. More information, including how to set up your account, is available online.



Lockers are available to all students throughout the school year. Students may come to the front office before the school day begins, during their lunch shifts, or during Eagle Time to request a locker assignment.


Parking Permits

Permission for students to drive and park vehicles on school system property is a privilege. Parking spaces for students at Centennial High School are limited. Accordingly, in order to be granted this privilege, applications for parking permits will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis in priority order: 1) Seniors; 2) Students enrolled in Work Study/Intern Mentor Programs; and, 3) Juniors.

Permits will be issued in this order through the end of the third week of school. Beginning September 18th, remaining permits will be issued in the order applications are received. Permits will not be reserved for students who do not yet have a valid Maryland Driver's License. Students ARE NOT required by the school system to attend a ‘Safe Driving’ presentation this school year.

To apply for your permit:

  • Login to HCPSS.me.

  • Complete the application packet and save as a pdf.

  • Take a photo of your driver’s license.

  • Follow this link to submit the online application. The information collected through the online application is required by HCPSS.

  • Your submission will be reviewed, and you will be notified via email once it is accepted.

For questions about applying for a parking permit at CHS please contact Kristen Forman at Kristen_forman@hcpss.org.



Please follow these procedures to report an absence:

Absence notes and tardy notes for excused absences are to be emailed to CHSabsence@hcpss.org. Students who bring in physical notes may drop them off in the front office before the start of the school day. 

Discretionary absence requests must be completed and attached through email in advance of the absence. The last possible day of school for the 23/24 SY is June 18th. If there are any make-up days added to the end of the year, we need you to be available to take exams on any day from June 7-18. Any requests for Discretionary Absences during that window of time will not be approved. Likewise, Discretionary Absences will not be granted during the week of January 16th, mid-term exam week. For questions about attendance, please reach out to our Attendance Secretary, Diane Howse at diane_howse@hcpss.org.


 Support the Groups Who Support Us

The CHS PTSA offers programs, services, and supports to enhance the high school experience for all students, teachers, and parents. Join the PTSA now by logging into the  CHS PTSA website

The CHS Boosters serve all student extracurricular activities, including sports teams, school clubs, and student organizations. Join the Boosters now by logging into the CHS Boosters website.

Friends of Music supports vocal and instrumental music at CHS to guarantee the sustainability of these programs and to provide vital support to our music directors. Help our talented musicians thrive by joining us today through the FOM website: http://www.centennialmusic.org/.

It is important to support organizations that do so much for us and our students. We are a community! 

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Medication and Sharps Disposal Take Back Day 

The Take Back Day is October 28, in the Wilde Lake Village Center Parking Lot from 10 AM - 2 PM. Safely dispose of prescription medication, over-the-counter meds, sharps, vitamins, pet meds, vape devices, inhalers, and more!  Also, 100 medication lockboxes purchased by HCPSS will be given away for FREE!  


HC DrugFree Parent Classes

HC DrugFree is offering Guiding Good Choices parenting classes to help equip parents and/or grandparents with the knowledge and skills to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs and alcohol or engage in other dangerous behaviors. These classes are for families with children 9 - 14 yrs. old and held over Zoom.   


SAT Prep

The Answer Book is teaching a two-day SAT prep class in the CHS Media Center on Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st from 9:00AM to 1:00PM.


Howard Lions' Pride Third Annual Craft Fair

Saturday, October 21ST,  from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Howard High School. Our 100+ vendors will be selling crafts, books, candles, kitchen goods, jewelry, home decor, clothing, accessories, and much more! General Info link: https://tinyurl.com/3tzxuhme.