The Charger Connection

September 26, 2018 vol. 5 issue 8

Important Information

Central is a Title-I School. Parents of students in Title 1 schools have the right to know the status of their child’s teacher(s) in relation to being Highly Qualified.

Office Hours

Central's office hours are 7:00 – 3:00. No one is available to receive calls before or after this time. If you have an emergency after 3:00, please call the district's switchboard at 765-8711.

Parent Visitation Policy

State law requires that all persons visiting the school at any time and for any reason MUST report to the office to receive a visitors’ pass before entering a classroom. Visitors are required to show identification to the office staff. This is not to discourage visitation, but is a safety measure. Forgotten books, assignments, lunches, etc., may be left at the office for delivery to the classroom. If you desire to visit a classroom, we ask that you notify us 48 hours in advance, so that arrangements can be made with staff. All classroom visitors must be escorted by a school staff member.

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Class of 2022 Spaghetti Dinner

1st 9 weeks Progress Reports are due to go home Wednesday, October 17. We will not be sending home reports with Class of 2022 students. Parents of Freshmen are invited to join us for a Parent Conference Night/Spaghetti Dinner. Parents will be able to pick up progress reports from 4:30 - 6:15. There will also be an opportunity for parents to have brief meetings with teachers. Additionally, several information sessions will take place during the 5:00 to 6:15 time frame, as we would like for early arriving parents to stay around for dinner. Dinner will be served at 6:30.

Class of 2022 students will be provided with an invitation to bring home. You will need to indicate whether you are staying for dinner and the number of attendees. This will allow us to ensure that we have an adequate amount of food available. Tickets will be provided to parents who returned the forms. You must have a ticket for dinner.

Progress Assessments

Progress Assessments will be administered next week in all Milestones courses. We ask that you assist us in encouraging your children to do their best. Teachers will analyze the results of progress assessments and provide additional support to students in identified areas of weakness. If students don't give maximum effort, the data used to complete this endeavor will not be accurate. The progress assessments will be administered again in February and our hope is that students will show growth from Assessment #1 to Assessment #2. That is why we need an accurate depiction of where they are next week. We will be on a "Modified Flex Schedule" to ensure that students have enough time to complete the assessment. An image of the schedule can be seen below. In addition, a PDF copy has been attached to this newsletter.
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In addition to Progress Assessments, next week is Homecoming. We have a full week of activities planned, culminating with the Homecoming game vs Kendrick (Columbus) Friday night at Thompson Stadium. Game time is 7:30. Additionally, this year we are having a Homecoming Dance. The dance is scheduled for Saturday, October 6 in the gym. A limited number of tickets will be sold during lunch. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Please see the images below detailing the Homecoming Week Theme Days, as well as Masquerade Ball.
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Student Picture Make-Up Day

BPI will be on campus for picture day make ups for Underclassmen and Seniors.

For Underclassmen Retakes - BPI Photography will only photograph the students who were absent August 28. For those students who would like to retake their picture, they must bring in their proof to give to the photographer or they will not be allowed to retake.

For Senior Retakes - There is a $25.00 fee that needs to be paid to the photographer. This will cover the proofs that will be sent to you. Only students that pay the $25 fee will be allowed to sit for portraits.

ID Badges

We live in times that require us to always remain vigilant when considering student and staff safety. At Central we have improved the building security each year. We know have secure entry vestibules and increased video surveillance capabilities throughout the building, including classrooms. In an effort to make the building even more secure, we have provided each student with an identification badge. First and foremost, the badge is a security enhancement. Additionally, we will begin to use the badges to increase efficiency in other aspects of the student experience. Recently, we piloted the use of student ID badges in the cafeteria. After Fall Break, this will become the primary method by which students get their lunch. Students without ID badges will be required to retrieve a temporary ID slip to get lunch. Students will receive a limited number of temporary badges each semester. If a student loses their ID badge, they will be required to get a new badge. The cost of the replacement badge will be $5.00. ID badges will also be used in conjunction with PBIS and the HERO tracker system. Please encourage your child to keep up with their ID badges. Their importance will increase as we move forward in the school year.

HERO is on the way back. Be on the lookout for details.

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Scholarship Information - Fall 2019

Click this link to access information on available scholarships.

Scholarship Workshop Alert

Are you thinking about paying for college? Learn the strategies of Marianne Ragins, $400,000 scholarship winner, by attending a free presentation of The Scholarship Workshop on November 17, 2018 at Macedonia Church (Location: 600 Eisenhower Parkway ▪ Macon, Georgia) from 9:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. For more information, visit, or call (478) 750-0040. All those who attend become eligible for the Ragins/Braswell National Scholarship.
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Use Khan Academy for free SAT Practice

Khan Academy is available for students to use for free SAT practice. Khan Academy is an extremely valuable tool for students to improve their SAT scores.

Ready Responsible Respectful - the CHS PBIS Lounge

Click this link to find out how you and support the PBIS Cube Lounge.

Welcome to the Charger Family

Each week we will spotlight new staff members.

Khelsea Willis

Khelsea Willis is a native of Atlanta and started teaching Biology in 2016 at Dodge County High School while being a 2016 Georgia Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Mercer University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Savannah State University, where she graduated Cum Lade in 2015 with a B.S. in Biology. Having always been a precocious learner, she used her experience as a student of the Atlanta Public Schools System to answer the call to teach.

Ms. Willis is passionate about teaching and considers Carl Sagan’s quote “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known”, as her personal motto for teaching and life. She has always had a heart for assisting others, she was a peer mentor at the Boys & Girls Club while in high school. She also served as a tutor and mentor for Savannah State University’s GEAR UP program at Alfred E. Beach High School. She continues to mentor young ladies by combining life lessons with volleyball skills as a coach.

Shelby Ridley

My name is Shelby Ridley, I'm from Perry, Ga where I graduated Perry High School in 2002. I furthered my education and obtained my Bachelor's degree at the "REAL" Blue and Gold, none other than Albany State University. This is my first year here at Central High School. I teach 10th grade English and Journalism and I absolutely love it.

Amber Lamar

Hello! My name is Amber Lamar and I am the 9th grade Counselor and Senior with Last names beginning with (A-G) Counselor. I received my bachelors from Albany State University in 2015. Where I participated in a host of organizations and became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. After receiving my bachelors I had the opportunity of working in the Mental Health field and with the Department of Juvenile Justice. Through that experience it motivated me to pursue a career path in School Counseling because I believe we are in the business of second chances. While pursuing my masters I had the opportunity to work as a long term sub in Bibb and later as a Special Education Teacher in Twiggs County. I recently graduated from Fort Valley State University December 2017 from the School Counseling Program. Now I am actually starting my first year as a School Counselor at my alma mater, home of the Orange and Blue! I am excited to be back home, my educational philosophy is "Every Day is a New Day and Every Student is Different." Lastly, I am expecting my first child on October 1st and in my free time I love to give back to the community of Macon coaching youth cheerleaders.

Nigel Bowden

My name is Coach Bowden and I am the current ISS teacher at Central High School. This is my first year teaching and I enjoy being a mentor for the students at central. I am also a football coach at Central and my positon is over the Linebackers!

In school I obtained my bachelor's degree in Public Health from the number 14 school in the Nation, Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt I played linebacker 3 years of SEC football against the top players in the country. Also, while playing I was an All SEC Linebacker and led the team in tackles. However, my career was cut short due to injuries.

I grew up playing football in Macon and I even played football here at Central. While playing, I managed to obtain Captain and team MVP as senior... Enjoyed incredibly productive career as four-year LB starter... As senior I posted 117 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, four sacks and four forced fumbles for Chargers... Named First Team AAA All-State as senior... Also played TE on offense... Nominated to play in postseason Offense-Defense All-American Bowl... Two-time Region Player of the Year recipient... As junior, posted 155 tackles and five sacks... Contributed 88 tackles, seven sacks and three forced fumbles as sophomore. All those accomplishments are great but I never made it to the playoffs. Ultimately, I came back to impact our students in a positive way to ensure greatness in each and every individual! Lets Go Chargers !!!!

We Want Your Input

Conversations over Coffee will be held the 1st Tuesday* of each month from 8:30 - 9:30, and Talks over Tea will be scheduled for the 3rd Thursday* of each month from 12:30 - 1:30. The administrative team will share several data points and receive feedback and input from the perspective of attendees. The improvement of the educational environment at Central is a collaborative process. It will only happen if frequent 2-way communication between all stakeholders is part of the plan.

*Dates may change based on calendar considerations*

Stakeholder Responsiveness

Please continue to express your concerns through the Let's Talk Platform. You can access the platform from the Central Schoolwires Page. We ask that you not submit anonymous Let's Talk messages, as we are not able to respond to anonymous submissions. The Let's Talk platform is a tool which allows all school staff to be held accountable for responding to parent and stakeholder inquiries. We ask that you use it to post your concerns, as well as to give a word of encouragement or a thank you to a CHS staff member that provided you with quality service. We will only get better at customer service if stakeholders let us know what it is we are doing right, as well as what we need to do better. We look forward to our continued collaboration. Let's Talk

Office 365 for Students

Students you have free access to Office 365 provided by Bibb County School District. You can access Office 365 at school and at home wherever there is internet access. Office includes programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. You may even create surveys using Microsoft Forms, and collaborate with your classmates and teacher through Microsoft OneNote. Also, you are provided with a free Outlook email account. For information on utilizing this fantastic resource, please click the hyperlink.

What's Happening at C's House

Sep. 27 Dancing with the Stars (6:00)

Sep. 28 Registration Deadline for 10/27 ACT

Sep. 28 Central @ Peach County

Sep. 29 SAT Prep Session (9:00 - 12:00)

Oct. 1-4 Homecoming Week/Progress Assessments

Oct. 5 Professional Learning Day (No School for Students)

Oct. 5 Homecoming vs Kendrick (7:30) - Thompson Stadium

Oct. 8-12 Fall Break

Oct. 17 9 Weeks Progress Reports

Oct. 17 Class of 2022 Parent Conference Night/Spaghetti Dinner (4:30 - 7:30)