Centennial High School PTSA Newsletter Welcome to a new school year!
Centennial’s PTSA—Parent, Teacher, and Student Association— allows parent, staff, and student members to become active volunteers in our school. There are many ways to get involved, from simply joining the PTSA in order to show support and receive information, to attending monthly meetings to discuss or listen to speakers, to volunteering in any one of a number of schoolsupported activities.
Joining PTSA is a great way to show support for your child, as well as all of the other students and the staff at the school. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer and we welcome everyone’s help! Meetings usually are held on the 4 Tuesday each month in the school library at 6:30 p.m. (except in December, March and May). You are always welcome to attend, even if you are not a PTSA member. The agenda is sent out on the PTSA listserv ahead of time. We also have a website that lists all the meeting dates and contact information: http://sites.google.com/site/centennialhs/ th
PTSA sponsors or supports many school activities that count on volunteers to make them happen. Some of the services that PTSA provides to all students and to the school include: —-chaperones for school dances, including the Homecoming dance; —snacks for students during ACT/PSAE testing; —food to school staff for appreciation days several times a year; —providing a post-prom event in May, which provides a safe and fun activity for students after the prom (students do not need to go to prom to be able to attend post-prom); —college scholarships for students: PTSA awards two each year to graduating seniors; —help with registration prior to the beginning of school; —advocating on behalf of students, parents and/or staff on issues of concern; —sponsoring the Reflections Cultural Arts program, which promotes students’ interest in visual arts, photography, musical composition and literature. PTSA also purchases equipment and books for the school as our funds allow, and provides communication to families, through the PTSA listerv or this newspaper.
This year’s executive board
Co-presidents: Leslie Arvan and Kathi Ritten Vice president: Ann Reid Treasurer and membership chair: Tonya Wagner Secretary: Dawn Beyler.
We need your help and welcome your involvement!
Volunteers are still needed to chair or co-chair the following committees: • Post-prom (one co-chair and committee members needed) • Teacher Treats (coordinate potlucks for teachers in late October and mid-March) • Teacher Appreciation (co-chair needed) • School Board Watcher (co-chair needed) • Graduation DVD • Perfect Prom Project • Teacher Representative
If you can help please contact Leslie Arvan
(Arvan@uillinois.edu) or Kathi Ritten (mkritten@ earthlink.net).
At our first meeting for this school year, we welcomed new associate principal, Dr. George Stanhope, with a reception and music from the Centennial strings orchestra. The agenda included passing the PTSA budget for the 2009-2010 school year and hearing from Principal Justin Moore about the beginning of the school year. Mr. Moore talked about the change in the scheduling system, freshmen teaming, the reduced passing period and the addition of a third lunch period, which includes closed lunch for freshmen only. He commented on projected enrollment at Centennial which he expected to be close to 1400 students. Mr. Moore also talked about the school’s website, which continues to be a work in progress with improvements gradually being made, including adding the daily schedule and late start dates. Ideas for improvements, including adding honor roll recognition, were discussed and Mr. Moore expressed an interest in celebrating students’ achievements. At the September PTSA meeting, Mr. Moore addressed questions about the district-wide change in grade point average from a 5.0 to a 4.0 system, which is effective now, including using plus and minus grades. He also indicated that information about the new online grading system will be forthcoming. Watch for information about this in the daily announcements and the Unit 4 district website in the near future. Samuel Hall shared information about Homecoming events. Spirit week was the week of September 2125, culminating with a parade after school on the day of the game, Sept. 25, and the Homecoming dance on Sept. 26.
Our next PTSA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. Champaign PTA Council
Champaign PTA Council consists of representatives from each of the 16 PTAs in Champaign. The council usually meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. from September through May to discuss educational issues important to schools in the Unit 4 school district. Each school takes turns hosting the meetings, which are open to all. The next PTA Council meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7:00 p.m. at Edison Middle School. The November meeting is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 5 at Central High School, and will feature a panel discussion with school board members.
Thank You from PTSA
—to the many parents and students who volunteered to help out the PTSA during school registration. —PE Clothes: Thank you to Tonya Wagner for organizing the sale of PE clothes and to the many that helped distribute these —Value Cards: Many thanks to Leslie Arvan for her work on organizing the sale of Value Cards. It is note too late to purchase yours for $10. —to all who volunteered to help with Picture Day on Aug. 25. —special thanks to Dody Cosmedy for her efforts to facilitate communication with Centennial families through the PTSA listserv and website —to all the wonderful parents who provided treats for Centennial’s open house on Sept. 15.
Each year the National PTA sponsors a Reflections Cultural Arts Program in the fall. This year’s theme is “Beauty is …” All students are encouraged to submit original work that reflects their interpretation of the theme in the categories of visual arts, photography, literature and musical composition. Work is first judged at the school with entrants having the opportunity to move on to the district, state and national competition. Information has been sent out on our listserv and put on our website. Entry forms are available in the main office or at: www.illinoispta.org and entries are due Oct. 8. Entries may be submitted to Ms. Gross or to the main office prior to the deadline. Any questions may be directed to: Marie Loth at email@example.com or 217-722-1543.
Post-prom provides a safe and fun activity for students after the Prom, which is held in May. Plans are well underway for this year’s post-prom. We are excited about the location and activities we are organizing and several fundraising events are being planned to help cover the cost. We are in great need for parent volunteers to help with the many aspects of putting together a safe and fun post prom event. The next post-prom meeting is scheduled for Oct. 20, 2009, at 7 p.m. Please contact Alisha Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org in interested in helping in any way.
It’s Not too Late ... If you did not have the chance to join PTSA during school registration in August, or sign up for volunteer opportunities, you may do so at any time. Dues are $12.00 per family; if you joined the PTSA during school registration, membership cards will be available for you to pick up at any PTSA meeting. You may join when you attend a PTSA meeting or send your check for $12.00 to Centennial PTSA, c/o PTSA, Centennial High School, 913 S. Crescent Drive, Champaign, IL 61821.
October 12 Final Redistricting Forum,
6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Mellon Building. All parents are encouraged to attend. Options and implications will be discussed at the school board meeting that follows at 7:00 p.m., with a vote on this issue scheduled for the Nov. 9 school board meeting.
Late start dates remaining for 2009: September 30 October 14 November 4 and 18 December 2 and 16