Centennial Stars Weekly Newsletter

February 7, 2022

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Tips for Transitions to Remote Learning

You’ve just received the phone call sharing that your child’s school is switching to remote learning because of staffing. Are you ready?

As our classrooms continue to navigate these unprecedented times - and schools are periodically forced to transition to remote learning - we want families to have the right resources to help their children access quality instruction at home.

When there’s a temporary school-level transition to remote learning, most of our teachers will continue to use Clever, Google Classroom, and Zoom for teacher-led or asynchronous (self-paced) instruction.

Here’s a tip for parents to start with: ask your child to show you how they log into Clever or Google Classroom to find assignments. Do they know the Zoom Link to connect to their teachers and do they know what time they need to be on camera?

If they struggle with answers on logging in, we’ve put together some helpful tips and instructions for parents to use. It can all be found at www.ccsoh.us/Page/11218.

You’ll find easy-to-follow videos and directions on starting up your child’s Chromebook, logging into Clever or the Parent Portal, directions for using Zoom and Google Tools, and reminders on how student access their school emails and resources.

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Feb. 16th, 2:45pm

Virtual Meeting

Conferences will be held from 2:45 pm to 7:45 pm.
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Health is Wealth! Please check out these free testing sites!!


Where: 1496 Morse Rd

Parking lot on the northwest

Corner of Karl & Morse Rd

When: Sunday – 9am-5pm

Monday – 9am – 7pm

Tue-Sat – 9am – 6pm


SV Diagnostics Lab – PH # 614-439-6508

· Free Covid testing for those with no insurance.

· They will test students with no symptoms but parents should call first.

· PCR testing and results within 24 hours.

· It is a drive-through

· Patient just needs their ID and smart phone to register at location while in their car.

1 new location opened last Tuesday –

700 E Brighton Rd; Columbus, OH

700 Bryden Rd. Columbus, OH

Their website is: https://www.svdiagnosticlab.com/

Free Covid Tests

U.S. Postal Service is providing FREE Covid tests to every household. Each shipment contains 4 tests. Limit, one shipment per household. Complete the form provided in the link below to receive your free tests.

Click HERE to place your order today!

COVID-19 tests are now available through your pharmacy benefit.

During these difficult times, one thing should be easier: getting tested for COVID-19. As of January 15, you can get COVID-19 tests (Rapid Antigen) for free at your local pharmacy. (PCR tests must still be requested by a Doctor/Nurse Practitioner in order to be covered.)

How to get free at-home COVID-19 tests
You can use your Express Scripts® pharmacy benefit to obtain up to eight (8) tests per month for a $0 copay. (Important note: the maximum reimbursement for each test is $12. Many COVID-19 tests are sold as a two-pack, so that means the test pack would be reimbursed at $24.)

Here’s how:

1) Visit a participating pharmacy and select a COVID-19 at-home test.

2) Bring your test to the pharmacy counter (not the general check-out register) and present your prescription benefit card to the pharmacist. The pharmacist will process the test for a $0 copay.

Submitting a manual claim (Pharmacy receipt required)
If the COVID-19 Test does not process for $0 copay at the pharmacy (and you have not used your allotment of eight tests per month), do not worry. You can submit a manual claim for reimbursement for COVID-19 at-home tests purchased at a participating pharmacy.

To submit a manual claim, please visit our website https://express-scripts.com/covid-19/resource-center. You will need to log in, complete the manual claims form and submit it (via instructions at the bottom of the form) along with a pharmacy receipt to receive reimbursement. (See below on how to locate the form after logging in to the site.)

School Choice Lottery and School Tours

This year, Columbus Schools Will hold Virtual School Choice Fairs for High/Middle and Elementary students and families. Families are able to see videos of schools, speak with administration and link to Infinite Campus to fill out a school choice application.

High School & Middle School Lottery Applications are being accepted January 5, 2022 through Monday, February 28, 2022.

Elementary School Lottery Applications: Will be accepted Tuesday, February 1, 2022 through Thursday, March 31, 2022.

Please use the link below for more information and access to the School Choice Fair Links.

Your school may be offering tours to families during school choice lottery season. Please be sure that your school information flyer is up to date and available for interested families.

Tours can be conducted virtually, or in person depending on the comfort and preference of your school administration. If student ambassadors are aiding in giving tours, please make sure you also speak to families and are able to answer questions (or get answers to questions) that they may have.

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Signs of Suicide Prevention Family Meetings-

Latino Family Outreach

Ms. Celene Burt and Mr. Chad Smith will be your contacts for our Latino families who have students at Centennial and there is a language barrier between home and school. We look forward to building stronger relationships with our Latino families and if you have any suggestions to improve our process, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you for your support and please check out the links below.

Chad Smith


Celene Burt


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Guidance Counselors Here at Centennial

Jennifer Reese (Last Names A-G) Email: jreese@columbus.k12.oh.us

Sara Penny (Last Names H-N) Email: spenny5118@columbus.k12.oh.us

Natalie Billingsley (Last Names O-Z) Email: nbillingsley445@columbus.k12.oh.us

I Know I Can FAFSA Workshops

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2022 Family Resources Directory

2022 Family Resources Directory- State Support 11

The Family Resource Directory is intended to provide families in the Central
Ohio area contact information for many of the districts and agencies that provide
resource and supports for families.

2022 Family Resources Directory (1).pdf


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Carol Strip Whitney Scholarship

The application is available now, and you can share this opportunity broadly by sending the application, https://cfprograms.smapply.io/prog/whitney/, to any eligible candidates.
We are also providing a toolkit of social media tools to help you get the word out! This link will take you to the toolkit: https://columbusfoundation.canto.com/v/P7L89P9R9D/album/NGRLK?display=fitView&viewIndex=0

The Central Ohio Club of the National Association of Business and Professional Women’s Club

(NANBPWC) invites graduating African American high school seniors to apply for our 2022 academic or entrepreneur scholarships

COC Scholarship Letter 2022.docx


NANBPWC, Inc. Central Ohio Club: Scholarship Application 2022


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Prom Assistance Anyone...

Seniors check this out!!
Happy Monday! Well, they say it takes a village, so I'm hoping for a Win-Win. My friend, Madeleine Kraus, is in charge of the Fairy Goodmothers Project. You may or may not be aware of their mission but they get prom dresses and other items to girl's so that everyone can celebrate and enjoy an evening out! We have over 2000 new prom dresses for all students in need!

Please let Madeleine know if you are interested in this opportunity to help them out while helping out others. Any questions can be directed to her at: devitt.11@gmail.com or you can contact her at 937-654-4252

2022 College/University Resource Directory

2022 College/University Resource Directory for students who are planning to attend college, and who are currently being served on an IEP or 504 plan.

State Support 2022 College/University Resource Directory for students who are
planning to attend college, and who are currently being served on an IEP or 504 plan.

2022 Colleges-Universites Resource Directory (1).pdf


Attention Sophomores and Juniors

Sophomores and Juniors do you qualify for Junior Jump Start or Seniors to Sophomores please see the information and applications below:

JJS_flyer Application.pdf


S2S_flyer Application.pdf


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2022 Camp Registrations

2022 Camp Registrations- Click the different links for Camps


CCS Summer Experience 2022

CCS Summer Experience 2022

June 21-July 28th
More information coming. See attached flyer


The Ohio State University College of Medicine

The Ohio State University, is looking for applicants for our 2022 MD Summer Camp.

If you have any questions or would like us to schedule a visit, please don’t hesitate to email me at anamika.shah@osumc.edu
or the team at mdcamp.osu@gmail.com.

MD Camp 2022.pdf


Wellness Wednesday's Check and Connect with Our Families Here at Centennial

Check & Connect is a way for us to hear about what you are experiencing in real-time and provide you with up-to-date information about social, health, and government services. It is also a way to remind you of upcoming district and building events.

We know that calls during the day may make you think that we are calling about a concern with your child, which is why I want to inform you that any call from the number 614-365-5491 will be a check & connect call.

Please know that we are all in this together and we are looking forward to partnering with you this 2021-2022 academic year.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

LaToya Williams

Centennial's Family Ambassador


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Announcement, Announcement, Here's a Little Information About It!!

Post Secondary Options Workshop
Students can scan the QRCode or email cap.aso1930@gmail.com to RSVP. They will receive zoom login information prior to the workshop. The speakers will be Alexandra Bradley and Dr. Tina Diggs from Columbus State Community College.

The #CAP (College Admissions Process) Committee will host workshops on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm.


Centennial Boosters and Parent-Teacher Association (CBPTA)

CBPTA is the umbrella organization for fundraising for arts, academic, and athletics at Centennial High School. We can not support our school and their programs without membership support, to join visit https://cent-stars.memberhub.com/store?category=Memberships or email centennialboosterspta76@gmail.com

Learn more about the Columbus Booster's PTA at: https://www.ccsoh.us/domain/4221

Volunteers Needed!

CBPTA is looking for volunteers to help with the following:

1. Spirit Wear

2. Silent Auction

3. Working Winter Sport Concessions

Email CBPTA to learn how to volunteer at: centennialboosterspta76@gmail.com

We also have an online spirit wear store. Please visit at: https://www.getspirit.com/spiritwear/spiritwear/centennial-high-school

Here's What's Happening at Centennial This Week!

Tuesday, February 8

Boys Basketball vs Central Crossing 5:30p

Girls Varsity Basketball @ East 6:00p

Wednesday, February 9

Wrestling vs Whetstone (B/G) 6:30p

Thursday, February 10

Girls Basketball vs West Jefferson 5:30p

Saturday, February 12

Boys Basketball vs Bexley 12:00p

Monday, February 14

Nurse Blair at Northland

District's Safer Together Pep Rally

Girls Varsity Basketball (SENIOR NIGHT) vs Mifflin 6:00p

BLT Meeting 2:45p

Tuesday, February 15

Boys Basketball @ East 5:30p

Wednesday, February 16

Parent Teacher Conference 2:45p

Girls Basketball vs Linden 6:00p

Friday, February 18

Girls @ Bishop Hartley 7:00p

Saturday, February 19

Wrestling @ City Championship(TBD)

Monday, February 21


Wednesday, February 23

Boys Basketball @ Jonathan Elder 7:00p

Centennial Staff Highlights This Week! We Appreciate You For All That You Do!

1. Dr. Brian Jones

2. Ms. Linda Kennedy

You Both Exemplify Greatness and We thank you for Going Above and Beyond!

Mindful Breathing Meditation (5 Minutes)

Centennial High School

Principal: Stephanie Porta

Email: sporta3028@columbus.k12

Assistant Principal: Dr. Michael Eicher

Email: meicher@columbus.k12.oh.us

Assistant Principle: Kim Fields-Battle

Email: kfields5075@columbus.k12.oh.us

FACTline Email: factline@columbus.k12.oh.us

FACTline Phone Number: 614-221-3228

Customer Relations Email: customerrelations@columbus.k12.oh.us

Customer Relations Phone Number: 614-365-8888

PTA Email: https://www.ccsoh.us/domain/4221

Attendance Email: Attendance.Centennial@columbus.k12.oh.us

Attendance Phone Number: 614-365-5495