Cougar News 2-15-19

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Centennial High School

Cougar News    

February 15, 2019

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Robots In Action!


STEM FUN THIS SATURDAY (2/16)!  Come out to see robots in their natural habitat as 34 FRC teams roll out their 2019 competition robots before the end of build season. Hosted by Centennial's own Team 2472 (the Centurions) and Irondale's Team 2052 (KnightKrawler), you and your family can cheer for your favorite robots as alliances of three 'bots compete against each other in this year's game:  Destination Deep Space. Teams have had only six weeks to design, build, and test their robot with community mentors. Next week, the robots will have to be bagged up until the Regional competition at Mariucci Arena at the end of March. Now is your chance to see them in action in your neighborhood!

Doors to the West Gym open at 8 am, robots will be rolling after 9 until 4 pm or so. All ages are welcome, admission is free, and concessions will be available.

Check out Centennial's robotics program at!

Congratulations to Centennial's Science Olympiad Team

This past Saturday, the Centennial Science Olympiad team competed at their Regional event at Mounds View High School. With 9 students competing, or team earned medals in 5 of the 14 different events. Overall, our team tied for 5th place, which qualifies our students to compete at the Minnesota Science Olympiad State tournament, held at Bethel University on Saturday, March 2nd.

If you see any of the following team members, ask them about Science Olympiad, and tell them that they did a great job!

Anna Adrian – Captain, 3rd place Boomilever, 3rd place Forensics, 4th place Water Quality

Blake Dewberry

Matt Hoover

Keyleigh Horn – 3rd place Thermodynamics

Rohan Kumar

Chris Meng – Captain, 4th place Designer Genes, 4th place Water Quality

Greta Panait

Reine Yankovec – 3rd place Thermodynamics, 4th place Designer Genes

Maggie Zeppellin – 3rd place Forensics


Members that were not able to attend the event, but have still contributed much to the team:

Yash Mutnal - 3rd place Boomilever

Nathan Tomas

Peter Mundale

Sam Brang

National German Exam Awards

11 Centennial High School German students earned awards in the National German Exam this year: 1 gold, 7 silver, 2 bronze and 1 achievement award. The National German exam is taken by about 25,000 students in the United States each year and is sponsored by AATG (American Association of German Teachers). Our gold winner will be eligible to win a trip to Germany, if chosen by the Minnesota Chapter of the AATG.

Congratulations to the following students!

Margaret Zeppelin
Bryce Lahm
Peter J. Marshall
William Stockdale-Green
Victoria Kurdyumov
Amelia Beddow
Madyson Ekstrom
Nicole Katzke
Khoi Phan
Ava Welsch
Katelyn Smith

Clay Target Team Deadline-March 6th

The deadline to register for spring Clay Target is March 6. All interested students should contact Mr. Brian Johnson, CHS Science Teacher, at or see him in room E138 for more information.

Boys Volleyball Club Info


Centennial High School​ BOYS VOLLEYBALL CLUB ​is excited to begin it’s first ever season! Join the Cougars in being part of 40+ Metro teams that are now competing in the fastest growing sport in Minnesota! Mandatory parent and player meeting will take place Wednesday, February 20, 2019 in the East Lower Gym (by pool) at 9:00 pm. ​Registration materials will be available at the meeting. Athletes can also pick up registration packets from Sara Nelson at CHS in room W426. ​Note: Registration is not through fee pay and players need a current physical on file. Please call or e-mail Sara Nelson at 763-792-5082 ​​ ​if you have any Boys Volleyball Club questions!

Cougar Cubs Playschool Registration


Parents/Guardians of Preschoolers:

We invite you to consider enrolling your child(ren) ages 3-5 in the Cougar Cubs Playschool this spring. This is a program for community preschoolers offered through our Child Psychology and Development II class at Centennial High School.

Your child will be engaged in a variety of learning activities such as art, music, science, math, literacy, sensory and language development. These activities will be planned and implemented entirely by Centennial High School students.  Cougar Cubs will be held every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:05-11:05 in the CHS East building and will run from March 19th-May 17th.  For more information or to obtain a registration form, please contact Megan Piechowski (Child Psychology teacher) at  Registration deadline is March 4th.


Career Center News

Career Center is Open Tuesday, February 19th from 6:00-8:00pm

Explore interests careers, college choices, scholarships, financial aid and more.  Walk in format.  No structured presentation has been scheduled and no appointment is necessary.  Parents and students are welcome.

Century College Open House – Wednesday, February 20 from 5-7:30pm

Talk with expert faculty from over 70 areas of study in high-demand career and technical fields and liberal arts & sciences.  Take a tour of the campus.  Learn about college admissions, financial aid, scholarships and more.  Door prizes and two $500 tuition vouchers will be given away.  More info can be found at


Seniors:  The Centennial Local Scholarship application is now open and due by Thursday, February 28th at 11:59pm.  The application can be found on the Naviance Student website along with a variety of other local scholarships which require separate applications.  To locate the Centennial Local Scholarship application click on “About Me” “My Surveys” and “Surveys Not Started” then “CHS Local Scholarship.” 


                User name : Student ID (9 digits)                 Password:  Student Birthday (6 digits)

Additional scholarship information can be found at

Career & Technical College Fair –February 26, 2019 6-8:00pm in the West Gym

Centennial High School is excited to announce they will be hosting their first Career & Technical College Fair on February 26, 2019 from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the West Gym.  The fair will give students the opportunity to interact with community experts and college representatives from community colleges, technical colleges, and apprenticeship programs.  This fair is being offered to promote student exploration of a variety of career options different than the traditional four year college path.  Parents and students of middle school and high school students are encouraged to attend.  Students may use this opportunity to complete their 10th grade job shadow or their 11th grade college visit.  

Yearbook Update

If you've purchased a yearbook through Jostens, you will NOT receive any more email reminders directly from Jostens. There will still be general reminders for all families sent through the "Cougar News.”

When ordering a yearbook through Josten's:

If you log on to the main Josten’s site you will need to search for our school.  Apparently there are a lot of Centennial High Schools, but if you type in "Circle Pines" right away you should see it at the top of the list.

Prices go up March 1 and the deadline for personalization (name and icons stamped on book’s cover) ends Feb. 21st

Thank you to those who purchased a book to donate! What an awesome thing to do!

To purchase a CHS yearbook visit:

Or, visit the CHS home page and scroll to bottom for the printable version to be dropped off in either CHS office with payment.

Thanks, and think memories

Please contact Scott Swedin at if you have any questions.


The planning stages as of the last month or so have been pretty quiet. All vendors and such are in place with deposits made! We really feel ahead of the game, which is great!

The biggest thing in the coming months will be fundraising- that will be key to this party’s success! We have something planned just about every month from now until the party. So please continue to spread the word on our fundraisers- not all of them may be for you, but they could be for someone you know! The Butter Braids and Cub bagging fundraisers were awesome- very successful! So thank you to everyone who helped out with those! Next up on the fundraising table is our Silent Auction/Raffle hosted by Green Mill in Blaine. This event will be held on Friday, February 8th from 5-9pm. Open to the public, so tell everyone you know! We are still looking for donations for this event, so if you have anything or a basket that you’d like to donate (even just filler items), we’d greatly appreciated it! Please email us to set up a time for delivery. So far, the donation have been great, definitely items that you’d want to stop in, take a look at and bid on! Just to name a few things that will be there: 31 products, Avon, Ski lift tickets, Pampered Chef, Bloody Mary baskets, Wine baskets, SNAP fitness bundles, Sports memorabilia, Plexus, and the list goes on. So you won’t want to miss this!

More registration forms have been left in the East office and registration online is still available at

Ticket prices will increase again on March 1st.

Lastly, we’re calling parents of juniors! You’re child will be a senior before you know it, and their SANP will need to be planned. So it is never to early to jump on board and get a feel for what we’ve got going on so you’re not feeling totally overwhelmed when the planning process starts! In conclusion, we’re looking for Co-chairs for the 2020 Senior All Night Party!

As always, email us at with any questions, comments or concerns and to make sure you’re on the mailing list!

Winter Event


Upcoming Dates

Feb 18 - President's Day-No School for students or staff 

Feb 26th - 2 Hour Late Start for Students

Mar 11-15 Spring Break

April 1st-No School for Students

Apr 2nd & 4th - CHS Conferences 4:15-8pm

April 19th- No School for Students or Staff

April 22nd - No School for Students 

May 27th - No School for Students or Staff

June 8th - CHS Graduation 5pm

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District News...

Substitute Nurses Needed!

Are you a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN)? Do you enjoy working with students? Would you like to work the same hours your children are in school? If so, we would love to talk to you about opportunities to sub in our school health offices and/or go on field trips with students with health-related needs. Paid training is provided and there is no minimum amount you are required to sub each month. There are also opportunities to be a nurse sub with early childhood screening, which takes place once a month. CPR and First Aid certification is required; applicants must have a current nursing license.

Please use the link below to find a full posting and online application. If you have any questions, please call Michelle Noha, district nurse, at 763-792-5530, or email her at


Making up Missed Days due to Inclement Weather At this point in the winter season, Centennial students will not need to make up missed days due to inclement weather. Centennial builds a few extra days into the school calendar for winter weather such as what we’ve been experiencing in 2019. Should the schools have additional closures, we will then assess whether those days would need to be made up. If so, communication will be sent to families.

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