Centennial Stars Weekly Newsletter

January 24, 2022

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January's Tik Tok Challenge

Do Something Unexpectedly Nice for Someone Else

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.

Panorama Survey 2022

Panorama Survey 2022

The Panorama Survey is a way for families to have a voice in district decisions and practices. Please ask your families to take 10-15 minutes to complete the Family-School Relationships Survey on or before January 28th.

Families with children at more than one school should complete one survey for their oldest child in each school.

How you can help:

  • Pass out flyers with survey QR codes at sporting events, make announcement at half - time
  • Include survey in weekly Smore or school newsletter
  • Ask families if you can text or email the survey link to them while making check and connect calls
  • Ask school groups such as PTO to use survey as an exit ticket after meetings


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!

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.

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 are asking you to fill out our request form so that we can have student names since we might not have your student on our rosters. Once any teacher makes an outreach request, Celene and I will send out an email to all teachers who have that student, and each teacher should give us an update via email on how this student is performing in class. We will update parents as often as needed with current grades, behavior, and/or attendance. Once a student is referred by using this Google Form, there is no need to do a repeat referral as that student will be on our list. Please keep in mind that not all Latino families have language barriers and only use us when you are certain that communication in Spanish is truly needed.

Once contact has been made with parents or guardians, we will be sending back an email that summarizes our communication and what follow ups that the parents or guardians have requested. We will upload this communication into the student’s PLP file for you.

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,

Chad Smith


Celene Burt


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I Know I Can Funding Opportunities

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Neighborhood Liaisons

Each Liaison has office hours each week. Each area has different programming.

Lynne LaCour (LDLaCour@Columbus.gov) Mid- and Far- East

Beth Fairman Kinney (BFKinney@columbus.gov) South Side
DeLena P. Scales (DPScales@columbus.gov) Linden
Jesús Ovalle (JDOvalle@columbus.gov) Near East and Livingston
Melissa Green (West Side)
Rebecca Deeds (REDeeds@columbus.gov) Northwest and Central
Alfred Akainyah (AAAkainyah@columbus.gov) Northland and Northeast

Meet Your Liaisons


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Columbus Blue Jackets Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP ALERT-Columbus Blue Jackets Scholarship Opportunities. Application due: 1/31/2022.

Good morning,

Each year the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation recognizes two high school seniors who are making a difference in their community. Again this year, the CBJ Foundation is offering two scholarships, the John H. McConnell Scholarship and the High School Hockey Scholarship, for current seniors who are planning on attending a two- or four-year college or university upon graduation. The deadline to apply for these scholarships is January 31, 2022 at noon.

Applications can be found here: http://bluejackets.com/foundation and scroll down to the "Scholarships" section. The link is also attached.

All candidates should display qualities of leadership, good character, and acts of service. Please feel free to pass along this opportunity to you students.

For more information, visit bluejackets.com/foundation or email cbjfoundation@bluejacketscom with any questions.

Thank you!

Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation | Columbus Blue Jackets


Scholarship Essay Contest!

We are excited to announce the launch of the Bill of Rights Institute's !

This year's topic is:
Answering the question requires an understanding of natural rights and how they relate to the principle of respect and how the flourishing of a free society is dependent upon them. To truly explore this question in an essay that is between 500 -800 words, students will need to go beyond "dictionary definitions," and express their understanding and reasoning about the connections among these principles. This reasoning involves a combination of observation, experience, and some pretty "big ideas." What does it take to understand them? To build toward and maintain them? To see them with regard to each other? Why are these relationships important?

We encourage students to bring emotion, creativity, specific examples, and well-researched facts into what they write. A good essay will demonstrate how these principles are not just abstract ideas but are part of people's everyday actions and choices.

We the Students Essay Contest - Bill of Rights Institute


Class of 2022 Winter Graduation

Next Friday, Jan. 28, we will celebrate the first group of graduates in the CCS Class of 2022. We are hosting our first-ever Winter Graduation ceremony that afternoon at the District’s south administration building at 3700 S. High Street to honor fifth-year students and students who have met the requirements to graduate early. The District will live-stream the ceremony on the CCS Facebook page and Youtube channel.

Traditional graduations are scheduled for June 1-4, 2022, while the summer ceremony will be held on August 12. For more on the CCS graduation schedule, including when and where the ceremonies will be held, click here. I look forward to celebrating with our newest class of Columbus City Schools alumni!

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Attention Juniors and Seniors

Centennial students are invited to visit The Ohio State University Newark Campus on Thursday, February 17th. This trip is for current juniors and seniors. Students must be in good academic standing to attend.

Students will take a CCS school bus and depart from Centennial High School at 8:00 a.m. and return at approximately at 2:00 p... Lunch will be provided.
Students are responsible for any school work that he/she misses by attending this trip. Permission slips are available in the guidance area. The deadline for the permission slips is Wednesday, February 9th.

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COTA Plus is available in certain areas of Columbus. Example, COTA Plus will pickup you at your house and take you to the store. Free for students.

COTA//Plus | COTA, Central Ohio Transit Authority. Let's Go!


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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Need Tutoring support?

Need Tutoring support? Check out the link for free tutoring below!


Are you in need of TUTORING in ACT Math?!? Check out the flyer and meet with Ms. Jacobs and Ms. Koehler for any specific questions that you may have!! Please also use the google classroom invite code listed below

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Google Forms: Sign-in


Sign in - Google Accounts


Need Tutoring For Math?

Check out this Flyer and Sign Up Here: Google Form: https://forms.gle/hJdpJiVXdxpKSH8h7

Tutoring Information by Centennial Students

Centennial HS students are offering tutoring. These students held a student book club this past summer and it was great.

Last Week For Centennial School Tours

  • We are going to start our building tours every Friday beginning on December 10th - January 28th at 8:00 A.M. The tours will be student led. On the Friday of your arrival meet in the main office at 7:45 A.M .

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

Show off your Centennial pride and order a STARS yard sign. Signs can be customized with 1,2,3, or 4 icons, including activities, class year, and jersey number. You can place your order by picking up a form in the office or online. Orders are due by Tuesday, February 1.

Got that STARS spirit? The CBPTA is in need of adult volunteers to help with concessions at all of our home boys’ and girls’ basketball games. Please sign up today via SignUp Genius. If your student needs volunteer hours, they can volunteer with a parent or another adult and receive credit.

New Changes to Purchasing Tickets for Student Activities and Sporting Events

District Moves to Cashless Ticketing System

The Columbus City Schools Office of Student Activities is excited to announce a new online ticket purchasing process that is convenient and easy to use. Starting with this winter sports season, the District will move to a cashless ticketing system.

Spectators wishing to attend a CCS high school ticketed sporting event will be required to purchase tickets online in advance of the contest.

Using a mobile phone, computer, or laptop device, individuals wishing to attend an event can access the Local Level platform, type the school name in the search box, and get a populated list of sporting events for which tickets can be purchased. Once purchased, tickets can be printed or scanned at the door right from your mobile phone.

This will allow for a contact-free, COVID-friendly entrance process. In addition, all guests will be required to wear a mask at all CCS athletic events and adhere to all health protocols issued by the District.

Local Level Events


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

Tuesday, January 25

2nd Quarter Report Cards Available Online/Mailed

Girls Basketball @ Linden McKinley 5:30p

Boys Basketball vs Linden McKinley 5:30p

Wednesday, January 26

Boys Basketball @ Mifflin 5:30p

Boys JV Basketball @ Beechcroft 6:30p

Thursday, January 27

Senior Breakfast @ Mozart’s 9:00a

Friday, January 28

Boys Basketball @ International 5:30p

Girls Basketball vs International 6:00p

Saturday, January 29

Wrestling TBA

Boys Freshmen/JV Basketball @ Walnut Ridge 12:30p

Swimming @ CAS 6:00p

Monday, January 31

BLT Meeting 2:45p

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

1. Ms. Nina Barksdale

2. Mr. Thomas Bowden

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

5 Minute Morning Meditation
Dollar Tree Gift Baskets | Valentine's Gift IDEAS 2021

Centennial High School

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