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October Paw Prints are now available.

Attention, students!
It’s time to immortalize yourself in the CHS yearbook!  That’s right!  Visit your stylist, put on your best duds, and brush your teeth!  Did you miss the first picture day?  Don’t worry!

Makeup picture day for grades 9-11 is October 16th.
Senior makeup picture day is November 9th.

Senior picture selection deadline is November 30th.

Order your yearbook at yearbookordercenter.com and use order number 373.
Senior baby ads are for sale through November 15th.
NOTE:  PURCHASE OF A BABY AD (PDF opens in new window) DOES NOT INCLUDE PURCHASE OF A YEARBOOK.

Greetings Class of 2018 Seniors and Families:

We are pleased to have partnered with Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch as our official Senior Photographer.  You must be photographed by Prestige Portraits in order to appear in your senior yearbook for the formal drape or tuxedo photo.

Prestige Portraits welcomes you to have your senior portraits taken at one of their studios in Franklin, Smyrna, or Gallatin by scheduling your appointment online at www.prestigeportraits.com (opens in new window), or by calling them at 800-736-4775.  Studios are open now, and it is recommended that you reserve your appointment date and time as soon as possible before their schedule fills up completely.The sitting fee is free of charge, only purchasing the photos costs money.

Note: For the casual yearbook photo, you will take this with Prestige as part of the portrait session, but you may choose to send in a photo from an outside photographer to appear in the yearbook instead if you wish. The requirements, however, are that the picture is taken professionally, is portrait (vertical), in color, and a jpeg file. Those casual photos not taken with Prestige must be emailed to Ms. Harris (opens in new window) (the yearbook adviser).

Deadline:  November 15th!

Dear CHS Parents and Students,

This is a reminder that those students in their first year of driving are required to take the Tennessee Checkpoints Safe Driving Course in order to qualify for a CHS Parking Pass. To sign up for one of the upcoming sessions, please visit the CHS website and select CHECKPOINTS SIGN-UP (opens in new window).

Once you have attended a Checkpoints Safe Driving Course, students can visit the Attendance Office with their completed parent Student/Parent Safe Driving Agreement and purchase a parking pass. Passes are just $10 for Seniors and $15 for all others.

For more information, or if you have questions about the Checkpoints Safe Driving Course, please e-mail Addison Pate (opens in new window).

Thank you,

Addison Pate, Checkpoints Director

 

October 2017

All students in grades 9-11 may register for FREE, after school ACT Prep sessions for the October 28th (opens in new window) AND the December 9th (opens in new window) test administrations.  Register for as few or as many sessions as you need, and make sure to read the new registration instructions on the site.

Note:  December is a great time to take the ACT with Test Information Release (PDF opens in new window).  For a small fee, ACT will send you a copy of the actual test along with your answers and the key.  Using this service allows you to focus more specifically on trouble spots so that you make the most efficient use of your study time.  Contact your counselor for more information. You may pay for this service when you actually register online or complete the form anytime through March 12, 2018.

Exciting news!  Now, joining the PTSO is easier than ever!  Join the PTSO and/or pay your annual dues online! (opens in new window)

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As you may know, Williamson County Schools recently surpassed its goal of having a county-wide average ACT composite score of 24 by actually reaching a 25.2!(opens in new window)  We want every Centennial student to reach and exceed that average.  With that goal in mind, we’re here to support you!  We have assembled of the programs and materials on this tab to help you score your best so that you can pursue your chosen post-high school path with confidence and ease.

Regardless of what you choose to do after high school, several truths ring clear nowadays:

  • A high school diploma alone is no longer enough to guarantee success in the job market.
  • Almost 50% of high school graduates in the United States don’t have the “skills or credentials” necessary to achieve their goals and feel successful.
  • Many students who choose to attend colleges or universities either drop out or stall out (fail to earn a degree or certificate within six years of enrollment).

Recognizing the need to ensure that all TN graduates have the essential skills needed to pursue a career or a degree, the state department of education devised the Pathways Tennessee (opens in new window) program.  Its goal lies in making sure that all students can successfully complete industry certification from a Technical College, an Associate’s Degree from a Community College, or a traditional degree from a college or university.

So how does this relate to ACT? (opens in new window)

Now that you  know you need to pursue something more than just a diploma to find a job that will support you and your family, how will you know if you’re ready (opens in new window) to pursue one of the Tennessee pathways?

Every student needs to have a pathway in order to find sustainable employment, and one of the BEST measures of college AND career readiness is…YOU GUESSED IT:  the ACT!  THAT’s why you need to do well on the ACT!  (opens in new window) It tests skills YOU need for success on the job.  No matter how you get to your career, doing well on the ACT is an absolute must.

Our comprehensive ACT Prep program will help you do that IF you participate to the utmost of your ability!

Information from the State Department of Education:

Tennessee’s historical ACT data indicate that students who retake the ACT typically increase their composite score by one to three points. This increase in ACT scores could translate into thousands more students increasing their competitiveness for employment, avoiding remedial courses once they enter post-secondary, and qualifying for more scholarships and financial aid (such as the HOPE Scholarship).

Increasing the percentage of students who graduate high school with improved ACT composite and benchmark scores will allow for more students to start their next phase in life on the pathways necessary for success.

FREE AFTER SCHOOL ACT PREP WORKSHOPS (open to all grade levels)

These will be available for the upcoming February, April, and June tests–the two weeks prior to each.  Signups will be available shortly, and you can find the links here.

ACT During the DAY
Yes, you read that correctly! Now, there’s a FREE ACT Prep solution for you during the day, as well!
Athletics or activities keeping you away from the ACT Prep Workshops after school?
We have a solution for YOU!!!!
Consult Mrs. Calvert for additional information.
Hurry!!!! Spaces are limited!!

Test Registration
ACT (opens in new window)

Consult the ACT website for the following:
*Fee Waiver Eligibility Requirements (opens in new window)
*ACT Codes for Colleges/Scholarships (opens in new window)

If you’re having financial difficulty, speak with your counselor, and we will assist you!

We want to make sure that you have every possible advantage when you sit for the ACT so that you can get your best possible score.

Every student is different–we all have different backgrounds and learning styles.  ACT offers “accommodations” in accordance with the American Disabilities Act to help students  perform equitably.  ACT-Approved Accommodations can include extended time, alternate test formats, stop-the-clock breaks, and authorization to test over multiple days. Examples of alternate test formats are audiocassettes or audio DVDs, Braille or large print.

ACT-Approved Accommodations (PDF opens in new window)

ACT Accommodations User Guide (PDF opens in new window)

Since ACT is now online, students requesting both extended time and special testing must follow a new procedure.  PLEASE follow the information below carefully and direct questions to Mrs. Shuman.

Accommodations Information (opens in new window)
*Information About Special Testing (opens in new window)
(NOTE:  Only the Accommodations Supervisor may actually request these.  These links are for informational/educational purposes only. If you feel that you qualify for Arranged, Extended Time, or Special Testing, please see Mrs. Pam Shuman, our CHS Test Accommodations Supervisor.)

Directions:
*All students needing accommodations will go online to their web account and begin the registration process for their desired selected test date.
*At the beginning of the registration,  the screen will ask the student the following question:   “Will you need accommodations?”
*They will select “Yes.”
*The screen will then ask the following:  “Will you be requesting ‘Extended Time’ or ‘Special Testing'”?
*They will then select the appropriate one for their accommodation and complete the registration process using the appropriate form of payment.
*Once they have completed the registration process, they need to watch for an email from ACT.  They should then forward the email to Mrs. Shuman (opens in new window) so that she knows they have paid to take the test and that she needs to submit the request through TAA for the accommodations.
IMPORTANT:  Students should make sure that they complete this process well ahead of the final registration date so that the accommodations have sufficient time to process.
Questions:  Email Mrs. Shuman (opens in new window).

Additional Helpful Forms and Information *Is my calculator acceptable? (opens in new window)

When is the best time to buy a calculator for the ACT or SAT?  As you know, calculators can be very expensive, so when is the best time to go calculator shopping?  If you don’t mind getting a used calculator, shop in May and June when students are graduating and no longer need their old calculators.  Ebay is a great place to shop at this time.

If you don’t want to purchase a calculator, no worries.  Go to the library and check out a calculator for your use during the year.  Rental costs are NOMINAL, and you’ll be prepared!

For the April, June, and December test dates, you can order a special service from ACT called the “Test Information Release.”

This is a particularly great option for your test prep planning because, for a small fee (currently $18), ACT will send you a copy of YOUR answers to each question, as well as a copy of the test and the key, so that you can show your tutor/teacher the actual questions you missed and have him/her explore which distractor you chose AND why you chose it.

The ACT works very hard to create “distractors,” or wrong answers, based on common student errors and misconceptions.  When a tutor/teacher sees the distractor, knowing how to coach or what to reteach becomes exponentially easier!  In short, the small fee is worth it!

You can request this service online service. (opens in new window)

Still not able to find ACT Prep help between now and the test date?
Make an appointment to see Ms. Calvert, and she will help you with some creative problem-solving strategies and alternative options!

Mr. Chris Hames, Executive Principal
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Assistant Principals
Dr. Patrick Boyd, 10th-12th Grade L-Z
Mr. Javier Nuñez, 10th-12th Grade A-K
Mrs. Jeni Calvert, 9th Grade A-Z

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