Message from the Principal

Dear Center High School Parents & Students,

Can you believe we are halfway through the month of February? We have been through so much this school year with COVID and with the blistering cold that we are now enduring. I have consistently said it and I'll continue to say it. I am so extremely proud of our Center High School scholars for all of their hard work, their tenacity, grit, and perseverance. It truly makes serving here at Center High School rewarding.

Parents please be on the look out for notifications regarding very important upcoming events such as:

Senior Super Test Day - February 25th (Civics Test, Missouri & U.S. Constitution Tests)

Freshman Transition Enrollment week - Feb. 23rd -25th (For Current 8th graders at CMS)

Current Center high School Scholars & Parents will be receiving information in the next coming weeks regarding enrollment and course requests process for the 21-22 School Year.

Parents please help us by paying close attention to your scholars Infinite Campus portal. As we get closer to the mid-way point of second semester it is vital that scholars stay on top of their assignments in all of their classes. It is just as important that any missed assessments or exams need to be completed in a timely manner. Please reach out to your scholars teachers if you have concerns. Thank you for all of your support in this matter, it is appreciated.


Mr. Edward Tate

Center High School Principal

Center High School Revised Student Class Schedule (Starting 2-22-21)

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Math Relay Participants Bring Home the Medals

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Swim & Dive Team News from Coach Scarlett

Hey all you sports fans! Your lady jacket swimmers and divers have finished our season.

There is no easy way to put it, this season was pretty rough. Two rounds of COVID quarantines, several meets and practices canceled, lost conditioning time and both senior night and conferences canceled. Our girls were knocked over constantly as COVID bullied us at every turn we made. While we didn’t perform the best, our girls kept coming back working even harder to make up for lost time. We supported one another and cheered one another on.

Despite these challenges our girls never lost hope and never gave up. We have a loving family dynamic and nothing was going to change that. Coach G and I threw the most over the top senior celebration we could at our last practice. The girls had fun and for once could take a step away from all the stress this school year has brought them.

We are so proud of every single one of these girls and could not be more honored to coach such an impressive group of young ladies. If you have any of these young ladies in class, please give them a well deserved virtual high five for their worth ethic, dedication, spirit and perseverance. Seniors: Ainsley Lewis, Jordan Rolf (both captains), Liyah Dewberry and Jamia Height (both divers). Daniela Guerrero (also diver), Maddie Cunningham, Bella Brocious, Kayley Holden, Emilia Latas, Emily Walker, Lia Brocious, Emily Nixon, Asha Pearson, Grace Jackson, Rebecca Atkins and Savannah Holsman with Joey Tejada (manager).

Project Graduation 2021

Dear Senior Parents,

Project Grad is meeting via Zoom on Thursday, February 11, 2021 beginning at 6:00 pm.

Please use the information below to join the meeting:

Topic: Project Grad Class of 2021

Time: Feb 11, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 858 4039 2363

Passcode: 796006

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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

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Links to view the UMKC English Research Projects

Mrs. Holmes Project Introduction - Video Link

If you would like to leave a compliment for a senior, please click on this form: Senior Project Feedback Form You can submit multiple times!

Clayvonte Abner “The Effects of Video Games” - Project Link

Alexandria Brammer “Journey of a Coffee Enthusiast” - Video Project Link

Imane Bouhamidi “The Brain On Food” - Project Link

Phuong Thao Bui “Not a Dummy’s Guide to ASL” - Video Project Link 1 Link 2

Jasmine Cage “Social Media & Covid-19” - Video Project Link

Serena Caldwell “Positive Benefits of Music” - Project Link

Angeles Cruz “The Mind of a Notorious Killer” - Video Project Link

Tori German “Homeschooling” - Video Project Link

Avion Hill “Intimacy” - Project Link

Alex Hillard “How Green is Tesla?” - Video Project Link 1 Link 2

Anna Isaacs “Raising a Sociopath” - Video Project Link

Justin Jenkins “Benefits of Being in Nature” - Project Link

Michael Kelly “Procrastination” - Video Project Link

Benjamin Lahann “How to Write a College Essay” - Video Project Link

Brayden Lewis “Music & the Brain” - Video Project Link

Aniisa Masterson “Anxiety” - Video Project Link

Aniya Masterson “Adoption” - Video

Bronwynne Miller “Thrifter’s Guide to Success” Project Link

Nevaeh Misomali “Traditional Toys vs. Tech” Video Project Link

Mi'Queen Mitchell “ESL Teacher’s Workshop” Video Project Link 1 Link 2

Elhadji Ndiaye “Discrimination & Racism in World Soccer” Project Link

Alexi Outland “Ways Homelessness Can Be Prevented” Project Link

Eleanor Peoples “Rainbow for Change” Video Project Link 1 Link 2

Christin Rey “Adopting a Cat” Video Project Link

Natasha Richardson “Why Teachers Should Have Trauma Training” Video Project Link

Chase Robertson “Commercial Space Flight” Video Project Link

Emma Rogers “How to Broaden Perspective” Video Project Link 1 Link 2

Jordan Rolf “How to Help People with Anxiety” Video Project Link

Roman Smith “Steroids Are Not the Move” Video Project Link

Khadidja Sonko “Why Vaccination is Important” Video Project Link

Alicia Stephens “Life After High School” Project Link 1 Link 2

Ashlin Towns “Black Lives Matter” Video Project Link 1 Link 2

Sania Tucker “Educating Families on Dementia” Video Project Link

Roniece Walker “How Tech Affects Children” Video Project Link

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Due to cost, Philip Emeagwali was forced to drop out of school at age 14. But this didn’t stop him from becoming one of the greatest computer pioneers of our time. In fact, he’s often called “The Bill Gates of Africa.”

As an adult, Emeagwali began studying nature, specifically bees. The construction of the honeycombed inspired him to rethink computer processing. In 1989, he put this idea to work, using 65,000 processes to invent the world’s first super computer — able to perform 3.1 billion calculations per second.

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Congratulations Kamryn Coppock and Damarion Mitchell - finalists in “Mike’s Got This” essay contest

The firm of DiPasqule Moore recently ran a fun essay contest challenging Debate KC students to answer a simple question: Who’s “got this” in your life? Kamryn Coppock and Damarion Mitchell are finalists in the “Mike’s Got This” essay contest!

Congratulations to our debaters who are finalists in the contest! We will announce their places and winnings after the ceremony next week!

CHS Scholar Bowl Team after our 2nd Quad (Conference Meet)

We did have to forfeit all JV Games again due to not enough members to compete, still. We are still looking for more members to join us this season – plenty of time to do so! Tell your friends!

So, two weeks ago we had our first Quad meet and came out 3-0, undefeated in our first conference matchups. Well, in our second conference matchup we again played 3 teams again. This time Knob Noster, Pleasant Hill, and Oak Grove.

In our first match, your Jackets held off a furious rally by Knob Noster and ended up winning by 9 questions – that really is not a lot, just so you know.

Then, in our second match against Pleasant Hill, the Jackets were off to a good lead only to see it dwindle by halftime to a tie. Then, we were tied again after the 22nd round, tied again after the 24th round – with only 2 rounds to go we rallied and ended up winning by a total of 4 questions! This was close! Razor thin going into the final round.

However, if that wasn’t exciting enough, the third game came! This time it was Oak Grove! The Jackets got off to a very slow start but by halftime pulled within four questions. After the 18th round, things did not look so good. The Jackets were down by 9 questions, answering only 3 correct in the previous five rounds. Then in very slow and tedious manner, these Jackets slowly but surely pulled themselves out of the hole they had dug and began to catch up. Toss up by Toss up! Bonus by Bonus! Taking the lead in the 22nd round by ONE (1) question, then holding that lead all the way to the final round, and the final Bonus question. It really did come down to the final bonus question in the final round. Your Academic Jackets held on and were victorious!

We always say that every vote counts in an election. Well, in scholar bowl, every question counts! Every member contributed to the victory. All 5 members tonight answered at least one toss up in that final game against Oak Grove and each contributed to the bonus questions. It truly was a team effort!

We will see these teams again. And your Academic Jackets are ready to give them a rematch!

While some may be surprised at this success. There is one person in all of Jacket Nation that was not surprised! Their coach! I knew they had this in them and I knew they could win and represent the entire Yellowjacket community! I have seen them work so hard in practice and then come together at these meets I am so proud of each of them, and you should be as well! We are looking forward to finishing the season strong and returning next year with a strong team again.

So, to summarize, the Academic Jackets came out 3-0 again this evening! So, we are currently 6-0 in conference!!! We still have 5 more matches to go in conference against some pretty strong teams. We are still diligently working hard to prepare, but for now, if you see any of these students, please congratulate them on a job well done!

Team Members Ben Lahann (Captain), Alex Harper, Denny Mosby, Annemarie Ball, and Avery Bennekin. Congrats to them!

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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.


The group is led by Dr. Yolanda Cargile who will provide opportunities for students to connect with adults, hear their journeys and discuss topics, including race, equity, gender and much more. The Center High School group will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each Month from 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

CHS Schedule:

Tuesday, February 9 from 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 9 from 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday, April 13 from 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

To join please contact your building principal or Ms. Stephanie Archie at We will require a parent permission slip, before you are able to join us.

Parent Permission Slip

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In 2013, Marian Croak was inducted into Women in Technology International’s hall of fame, a move that recognizes her remarkable achievements in tech. Croak holds over 135 patents, primarily in voice-over Internet protocol (VoIP), some in other areas. She has another 100 patents currently under review.

Today, Marian is an SVP at AT&T, serves as a mentor for women in AT&T labs, and sits on the board for the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education Center.

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Support Group for Caregivers of Remote Learners

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Ambassador Club LIVE

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.

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Dr. Shirley Jackson is an American physicist who received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973. She was the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate in nuclear physics at MIT. In addition to her lengthy list of academic achievements, she also has an impressive number of inventions under her belt.

Her experiments with theoretical physics paved the way for numerous developments in the telecommunication space including the touch-tone telephone, the portable fax, caller ID, call waiting, and the fiber-optic cable.

Today, Dr. Shirley Jackson is the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

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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, March 4, 2021, beginning at 6:00pm. Please contact Mrs. Stevenson at for details.

If you missed the February 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!