Message from the Principal

Dear Center High School Parents & Students,

Happy New Year to the entire Center High School Community! I think most of us are glad that we have ended the year of 2020. I am hopeful that we will continue to be flexible and build on those things that we learned from all the challenges that we faced.

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on the changes we want or need to make in our lives. For our Center High School students, I have a few suggestions: strengthen your relationships, stop procrastinating, improve your academic performance, get more involved in your school and community, read more, eat healthier, get more sleep, be optimistic, confident, and happy, follow your passion, improve your skills, and represent your family and your school in a positive way. Remember, these high school years go fast, so make the most of your experiences and enjoy your time in high school, even in times such as these.


Mr. Edward Tate

Center High School Principal

Center High School Student Success Initiative

Buy your yearbook now

CHS parents,

Please be aware there are some deadlines quickly approaching for the year’s yearbook. If you have a Senior this year and would like to purchase a Senior ad page, the deadline is February 12th to purchase your Senior ad. This is a great opportunity to show your Senior how proud you are of them.

If you want to have any name customizations or icons printed on the cover of your book, you must pre-order by January 25th. The price will also go up from $35 to $40 after Jan. 25th. Click here or visit to purchase your Senior ad or Yearbook. The staff have been working very hard to ensure the class of 2021 still has a yearbook, and we appreciate your support.

Finally, any Parents or family members who have a local business are encouraged to purchase a business ad to help support the yearbook and advertise their business, which can also be completed from the above link. Please reach out to Jill Shannon at if you have any questions.

Support Group for Caregivers of Remote Learners

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Project Graduation 2021

Dear Senior Parents,

Project Grad is meeting via Zoom on Thursday, January 14, 2021 beginning at 6:00 pm.

Please use the information below to join the meeting:

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Previous Project Grad letter:

2020 isn’t shaping up like we hoped in 2019, but we do what we must to get by. While graduation is still months away, and no one knows what things will look like in May 2021, we’re going to prepare for the best and start planning Project Grad for the Class of 2021.

Billee Potts will be heading up the Project Grad 2021 committee this year and needs your help. If you have a senior who will graduate this year, please contact Ms. Potts to see how you can help her with Project Grad. It may not look the same as it traditionally did, but the Committee is committed to providing some sort of celebration for our seniors this year.

Please contact Billee Potts at (816)679-2237 or

We look forward to hearing from you soon,

The Project Graduation Committee for the Center High School Class of 2021

Herndon and Summit Tech Sign up for Sophomores and Juniors

Registration for Summit Technology Academy and Herndon Career Center is now open. Please click on the following links to explore the programs and requirements. Note that some programs are grade specific. Some require fees. For all programs student attendance must be at 95% or higher and appropriate GPA. After exploring the sites, if you wish to fill out an application, please do so.

When you can't go to the theatre, Radio Drama is the next best thing

It goes without saying – but I will say it anyway – this year has been a doozy. Everyone has had their life turned upside down (especially that guy in Philly). At the end of last year, we had to cancel the spring play Things My Mother Taught Me. We were about 3 weeks into production, and to say it was a let down is putting it mildly.

Fast forward to the beginning of the school year. As a theatre director, I asked myself, “What can we even do?” Then it dawned on me: Radio shows!

So, without further gilding the lily, I want to present the CHS Players 58 gift to our Center School District!


Beware of Tomorrow is an original script that first premiered on the radio show The Sealed Door in 1945. The cast scoured archives of old radio shows and became enamored with old science fiction and horror stories from the midcentury (think The Twilight Zone). But that isn’t all! The students researched and listened to old radio show advertisements that would have been included in the episodes. They understood the flavor of those jingles and product placements, and wrote and performed their own original advertisements!

“But, Mr. Mahanna, how can I listen to Beware of Tomorrow?”

I’m glad you asked!

At 7PM on December 18, 2020, Beware of Tomorrow will be available for streaming on every major Podcasting network! You will be able to tune in for a half-hour on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon, and many more! Don’t have any of those streaming services? Don’t fret! It will also be available on YouTube! All you’ll have to do is search “Players 58” and you’ll see the Players 58 logo with a lighting bolt in the background.

In all sincerity, we hope you find joy in this production. The cast has worked incredibly hard to bring you entertainment when the world needs it most. we hope you sit back, grab some coco, and have fun listening to Beware of Tomorrow!

Click here to listen to the advertisement!

Winter Sports and Activities

Important Note: Due to increases in COVID transmission, and regulations set forth by local government, our Winter Sports season will start with no spectators. That decision will be revisited in the new year. Thank you for your support and understanding.

If any student is interested in competing in Scholar Bowl, a competition where you answer knowledge and trivia questions, please email Mr. Brian Phillips at for more information.

Winter Sports seasons have started. Contact the following head coaches for additional information.

Boys Basketball Ledale Wooten –

Girls Basketball Katrina Johnigan –

Girls Swimming & Diving Ashley Scarlett – Jeanette Giangrosso –

Wrestling Charles Misher –

Where to watch Winter Sports

Good morning CSD Family,

I wanted to share some information with you all regarding our upcoming home athletic events. We will start our Winter Sports Season not allowing any spectators to attend any home events. We will revisit this decision when we return after winter break.

Our plan is to live stream as many high school events as possible. At the present time, we do not have the capacity to live stream our middle school events. To watch our high school events, go to HiveTV CHS YouTube Channel, and search for the event.

A special THANK YOU to Mr. Steve Parker for all his hard work managing our live streams at the high school. It would not be possible without his dedication to our athletic program.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Have a great day everyone!



Samuel Simmons, Sr.

Assistant Principal & District Athletic/Activities Director

Center High School

Additional information regarding live streaming of CSD athletic events

Our middle school basketball home events will be live streamed on the Center Middle School Facebook page. A special thank you to Jessica Steffes for her willingness to live stream each middle school home basketball game. Our first event is today with our boys taking on Oak Grove at 5pm.

Our high school Girls Swimming & Diving team kick off their season at The Gladstone Community Center on Saturday, December 12th at 10:45am. Here is the link to the live stream for our Girl's Swimming & Diving meet on Saturday.

N2 Sports Tonka YouTube channel

Our home Swimming & Diving meets will be live streamed on our Center Athletics 58 Facebook page.

Please go to our CSD Athletic website to find the schedules for all middle school and high school winter sports team.

Tutoring Available to all Students

Senior Graduation Orders with Jostens

Jostens had a virtual class meeting with Seniors during Yellowjacket Success Time on October 21st. They presented information about purchasing cap & gown, graduation announcements, and most importantly, senior hoodies and sweats.

To order online:

To place your order online, please use this link:

If you order online, hoodies and other products will be shipped to you, or you can pick them up from the Josten’s office.

If you have any questions concerning graduation orders, please contact Stephanie Parrish with Jostens directly. She can be reached at

2020 TENTATIVE Senior Dates Guide

Below is a tentative senior guide with very important dates. We decided to share this now, however we need Senior parents and Scholars to understand because of the COVID Pandemic these dates and events are subject to change. Please be on the look out for updates. We will get information out to you on any changes as soon as we know.

Link to Senior Guide:

Parent University

The next session of Parent University will be held Thursday, February 4, 2021, beginning at 6:00pm. Please contact Mrs. Stevenson for details.

If you missed the January session of Parent University, you can view it here:

Parent Support Group

In an effort to provide a safe place for parents to gain support for these challenging and vastly different ways of doing school, we have created a FB Group. This group will serve as a "HUB" of information and a point of meeting for parents to gain support for these times. We want parents to share tips and tricks that they are using at home to provide support for their CHS Scholar. Join as at this place for more information and updates. PARENT SUPPORT GROUP!

What's New at the Missouri Innovations Campus?

Have you checked out the amazing opportunities at STA at the Missouri Innovation Campus lately? STA offers an innovative and advanced experience for high school juniors and seniors to accelerate college and career preparation. This video provides an overview of some of the course options available at STA which include Engineering, Computer Science, Health Science, Human Services & Finance, and Arts & Communication.

If you have an interest, you can fill out this short STA application to be considered for the course(s) of your choice.

The STA catalog and STA website provide more detailed information for you or your parents to explore.

The STA Virtual Open House will be hosted January 14, 2021 and February 4, 2021. At the STA Virtual Open House, you will hear from STA instructors and STA students so that you can learn more about which capstone program might be the best fit for you. You must register for the STA Virtual Open House so that you will be able receive electronic links for the open house session.

Information regarding a virtual tour and the STA virtual open house will be sent out in the new year.

See your counselor if you have questions!

Carrie Hardin

Assistant Principal

Summit Technology Academy

816-986-3417 (O)

816-400-7834 (C)