Parent & Scholar  Handbook

2019 - 2020

The Centennial Way . . .

An Expectation of Excellence!

Heroes Today. Legends Tomorrow!

 531 Luckie Street, N.W.

Atlanta, Georgia 30313

404.802.8550

404.802.8590 fax

info@centennialacademycharter.org

www.centennialacademycharter.org

ABOUT CENTENNIAL ACADEMY

Our Vision

We will be a learning community in which all scholars realize their full potential, graduating prepared and motivated for future success.

Our Mission

We create a culture of opportunity and discovery in which scholars are developed into creative critical thinkers with the vision and courage to impact a global society.

Our Community

Neighborhood Enrollment

Centennial is neighborhood school first. As such, admission is open on a rolling and unlimited basis to all families who reside within the school’s mandated attendance zone, which consists of Centennial Place, Atlantic Station, Castleberry Hill, Downtown Atlanta Corridor, Home Park, Howell Station, and West Marietta Street in addition to the Atlanta Union Mission, Salvation Army, and My Sister’s House homeless shelters.

Charter Enrollment

Families who reside outside of the mandated zone but who live within the Atlanta Public Schools district, may apply for entry into our randomized lottery process and will be admitted in wait list order only as space permits within the determined enrollment cap.

Community Partnerships

North of downtown and neighbors with world­-class institutions, an essential element of the Centennial model is the cultivation of a strong network of community partners. Centennial has been strategic about using corporate and non-profit partnerships to unite around common educational goals. Our partnership efforts provide tangible, hands-on learning experiences and support school-wide events and professional development opportunities that enhance scholar outcomes and school and professional culture. Centennial Academy’s partners in education include:

Community Affiliations

Centennial also maintains a strong relationship with The Coca Cola Company, which is located directly across the street from the school. Coca Cola sponsors the school’s annual iNspire Educators Banquet at Coca Cola and provides eighth grade apprenticeships, and volunteers for school events and charities.

Centennial also engages with various mentoring, learning enhancement and athletic programs such as Everybody Wins Mentoring and A+ Squash.

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Our Five Year Strategic Vision (2018 - 2023)

Centennial Academy will lead in educating a socioeconomically diverse population of scholars and be the school of choice for families and educators who share our Core Value of Excellence in academics, applied STEAM integrated learning, and ethical leadership in an urban environment.

HERO Creed

Today is a new day - a day to plan, to work, and to learn,

as a Centennial Academy HERO.

I HAVE the tools I need to perform my best.

I will positively ENGAGE with others.

I will RESPECT myself and my environment.

I will OFFER help to those in need.

I AM PROUD TO BE A CENTENNIAL ACADEMY HERO!

SCHOOL DIRECTORY

SENIOR LEADERSHIP CABINET

Name

Position

Email

Tequila Lamar

Interim Head of School

tlamar@centennialacademycharter.org 

Dr. Cynthia Hudson

Principal K-8

chudson@centennialacademycharter.org 

Dr. Antonio Raymo

Chief Finance Officer/Chief Operations Officer

araymo@centennialacademycharter.org 

Kimberlie Gibson

Assistant Principal - Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment

kgibson@centennialacademycharter.org 

Ereco Maddox

Assistant Principal - Student Support Services

emaddox@centennialacademycharter.org 

Julien Siah

Assistant Principal - Student Life & Leadership

jsiah@centennialacademycharter.org 

Stephanie Hodges

Director of Strategic Initiatives

shodges@centennialacademycharter.org 

Danielle Fain

Enrollment Manager

dfain@centennialacademycharter.org 

Cory Gilmore

Facilities Manager

cgilmore@centennialacademycharter.org 

Andrea Humphries

Business Operations Manager

ahumphries@centennialacademycharter.org 

Gregory LeePow

Technology Manager

gleepow@centennialacademycharter.org 

K-8 SCHOOL STAFF

School Counselors and Social Worker

LeCrisha Webb

Counselor (Lead), Lower Academy

lwebb@centennialacademycharter.org 

Grace Pniewski

Counselor, Upper Academy

gpniewski@centennialacademycharter.org 

Shava Cureton-Clark

Social Worker

scureton-clark@centennialacademycharter.org 

Student Life Support

Name

Position

Email

Angel Hendricks

Dean of Scholars

ahendricks@centennialacademycharter.org 

Tatiana Naylor

Student Life Assistant

tnaylor@centennialacademycharter.org 

Intervention

Name

Position

Email

Christina Sherard

RTI/SST Coordinator

chserard@centennialacademycharter.org 

Jennitra Zachery

EIP/School Readiness Coordinator

jzachery@centennialacademycharter.org 

Terion Woods

EIP (Lead)

twoods@centennialacademycharter.org 

Neil Dyer

EIP

ndyer@centennialacademycharter.org 

Catherine Ellis

EIP

cellis@centennialacademycharter.org 

Martin Hummings

EIP

mhummings@centennialacademycharter.org 

Takima Wimbley

EIP

twimbley@centennialacademycharter.org 

Ashley Langford

REP Math

alangford@centennialacademycharter.org 

Academic Affairs Support

Name

Position

Email

Ashley Gladden

Academic Coach - Science / Social Studies

agladden@centennialacademycharter.org 

Abigail McCann

Academic Coach - Math

amccann@centennialacademycharter.org 

Yasmeen Shahid

Academic Coach - ELA

yshahid@centennialacademycharter.org 

Summer Blackmon

Arts Integration Specialists

sblackmon@centennialacademycharter.org 

Brent Johnson

Integrated Technology Coordinator

bjohnson@centennialacademycharter.org 

Monica Taylor

Integrated Technology Coordinator

mtaylor@centennialacademycharter.org 

April Rhodes

ESOL Teacher

arhodes@centennialacademycharter.org 

Deborah Allen  Scott

Gifted Teacher

dallen@centennialacademycharter.org 

Department of Special Education (DSE)

Name

Position

Email

Erika Hall

DSE Lead Teacher

ehall@centennialacademycharter.org 

Catrina Taylor

Teacher

ctaylor@centennialacademycharter.org 

Christopher Thomas

Teacher

cthomas@centennialacademycharter.org 

Jarmal Hawkins

Associate Teacher

jhawkins@centennialacademycharter.org 

Lenette Holland-McCloud

Associate Teacher

eholland@centennialacademycharter.org 

Gail Wilkerson

Associate Teacher

gwilkerson@centennialacademycharter.org 

LOWER ACADEMY (K-4)

Kindergarten

Name

Position

Email

Yolanda Davis

Teacher

ydavis@centennialacademycharter.org 

Kwassera Dixie

Teacher

kdixie@centennialacademycharter.org 

 Crystal Jackson

Teacher

cjackson@centennialacademycharter.org

Chassidy Mitchell

Teacher

cmitchell@centennialacademycharter.org

Tiffany Watson

Teacher

twatson@centennialacademycharter.org 

Sheila Appling

Associate Teacher

sappling@centennialacademycharter.org 

Jasmine Browner

Associate Teacher

jbrowner@centennialacademycharter.org 

Marcha Gentry

Associate Teacher

mgentry@centennialacademycharter.org 

Tawanna Jefferson

Associate Teacher

tjefferson@centennialacademycharter.org 

Shavonne Rumph

Associate Teacher

srumph@centennialacademycharter.org 

First Grade

Name

Position

Email

Kendra Berry

Teacher

kberry@centennialacademycharter.org 

Ashley Epps

Teacher

aepps@centennialacademycharter.org 

Deidra Lattimore

Teacher

dlattimore@centennialacademycharter.org 

Lauren Rabideau

Teacher

lrabideau@centennialacademycharter.org

Jennifer Rich

Teacher

jrich@centennialacademycharter.org 

Second Grade

Name

Position

Email

Tawana Glaze

Teacher

tglaze@centennialacademycharter.org 

Kelli McDowell

Teacher

kmcdowell@centennialacademycharter.org

Ashley Monroe

Teacher

amonroe@centennialacademycharter.org

Kiera Reed

Teacher

kreed@centennialacademycharter.org 

Kiyana Turner

Teacher

kturner@centennialacademycharter.org 

Third Grade

Name

Position

Email

Bethany Bennett

Teacher

bbennett@centennialacademycharter.org 

LaShonda Glenn

Teacher

lglenn@centennialacademycharter.org 

Cassandra Hall

Teacher

chall@centennialacademycharter.org

Anesha James

Teacher

ajames@centennialacademycharter.org 

Hanna Meadows

Teacher

hposton@centennialacademycharter.org

Fourth Grade

Name

Position

Email

Tyree Andrews

Math/Sci Teacher

tandrews@centennialacademycharter.org 

Janel Watson

ELA/SS Teacher

jwatson@centennialacademycharter.org 

LaDeandra Scott

Math/Sci Teacher

lscott@centennialacademycharter.org 

Keith Jackson

ELA/SS Teacher

kjackson@centennialacademycharter.org

Mario Luque

Gifted/DSE

mluque@centennialacademycharter.org 

Connections

Name

Position

Email

Karina Figuero

Spanish Teacher

kfiguero@centennialacademycharter.org 

Jordan Rager

Art Teacher

jrager@centennialacademycharter.org

Paul Skowronski

Physical Education/ Athletic & Wellness Director

pskowronski@centennialacademycharter.org

Sarah Shiver

General Music

sshiver@centennialacademycharter.org 

Michael Wilis

Physical Education Associate Teacher

mwillis@centennialacademycharter.org 

UPPER ACADEMY (5-8)

Fifth Grade

Name

Position

Email

BreAnne Hood

ELA Teacher

bhood@centennialacademycharter.org 

Charlitha Cloud

Math Teacher

ccloud@centennialacademycharter.org 

Darrell Spraggings

Science Teacher

dspraggins@centennialacademycharter.org 

Tommy DeCarlo

Social Studies Teacher

tdecarlo@centennialacademycharter.org 

Sixth Grade

Name

Position

Email

LaToya Harris

ELA Teacher

lharris@centennialacademycharter.org 

Reginald Price

Math Teacher

rprice@centennialacademycharter.org 

Brooke Rose

Science Teacher

brose@centennialacademycharter.org 

Allan Henderson

Social Studies Teacher

ahenderson@centennialacademycharter.org 

Seventh Grade

Name

Position

Email

Jamie Brown

ELA Teacher

jbrown@centennialacademycharter.org 

Lajuana Blackshear

Math Teacher

lblackshear@centennialacademycharter.org 

Adele Pollard

Science Teacher

apollard@centennialacademycharter.org 

Antwon Wills

Social Studies Teacher

awillis@centennialacademycharter.org 

Eighth Grade

Name

Position

Email

Robert Waller

ELA Teacher

rwaller@centennialacademycharter.org 

Bart Cowan

Math Teacher

bcowan@centennialacademycharter.org 

Sakeena Washington

Science Teacher

swashington@centennialacademycharter.org 

Michelle Veal

Social Studies Teacher

mveal@centennialacademycharter.org 

Connections

Name

Position

Email

Chane’ Fontaine

Art Teacher

cfontaine@centennialacademycharter.org 

Erik Herndon

Orchestra/Guitar Teacher

eherndon@centennialacademycharter.org

Jocelyn Storey

Physical Education Teacher

jstorey@centennialacademycharter.org 

Elizabeth Stuart

Band Teacher

estuart@centennialacademycharter.org

Nieves Corrales

Spanish Teacher

ncorrales@centennialacademycharter.org

Jeremy McClary

PE Associate Teacher

jmcclary@centennialacademycharter.org 

Academy Support Professionals

Name

Position

Email

Jurea Harris

HERO Desk Receptionist

jharris@centennialacademycharter.org 

LaToshia Meadows

Family Liaison

tmeadows@centennialacademycharter.org 

Environmental Support Professionals

Name

Position

Email

Gloria Bettis

Custodian

gbettis@centennialacademycharter.org

Irenda Gaston

Custodian

igaston@centennialacademycharter.org

Temekia Jeffries

Custodian

tjefferies@centennialacademycharter.org 

Charlene Palhill

Custodian

cpaulhill@centennialacademycharter.org 

Wilia Saliard

Custodian

wsilliard@centennialacademycharter.org 

Debron Walker

Custodian

dwalker@centennialacademycharter.org

Media

Name

Position

Email

Jennifer Burke

Media Specialist

jburke@centennialacademycharter.org

Joni Chandler

Media Support

jchandler@centennialacademycharter.org

Nurse

Name

Position

Email

Mia Evans

School Nurse

mevans@centennialacademycharter.org 

WHO DO I SEE FOR WHAT?

Subject/Question

Specifically:

Primary Contact

Department

Advisory

Upper Academy

Grace Pniewski

Student Life

Applied STEAM Integrated Learning Demonstrations

Lower Academy

Upper Academy

 Kimberlie Gibson

Academic Affairs

Assembly

Lower Academy

Upper Academy

Julien Siah

Student Life

Student Life

Athletics

 

Athletic offerings (clinics, intramurals)

 Paul Skowronski

Student Life

Sport offerings (competitive)

Paul Skowronski

Student Life

Attendance

Monitoring

Excuse Notes

Tardy reception & recording

Student Life

Jurea Harris

Jurea Harris

Student Life

Enrollment

Enrollment

Background Checks

 

Renarta Freeman

Human Resources

Benefits

Health, Dental, Life, Disability

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Renarta Freeman

Human Resources

Cafeteria

Breakfast & Lunch service

Antonio Raymo

Operations

 Child Abuse/Neglect

Lower Academy

Upper Academy

LeCrisha Webb

Grace Pniewski

Student Life

Student Life

Clean ups

YMCA

Irenda Gaston

Operations

 

Main Building

Gloria Bettis

Operations

 

Learning Lofts

Debron Walker

Operations

Communications

Web/Social Media Communication

Stephanie Hodges

Strategic Initiatives

Parent Communications

Community Newsletters

Stephanie Hodges

Toshia Meadows

Strategic Initiatives

Operations

Partners (Corporate, etc.)

Stephanie Hodges

Strategic Initiatives

Grants

Stephanie Hodges

Strategic Initiatives

Fundraising

Tequila Lamar

Advancement & Community

Annual (Hero Fund)

Tequila Lamar

Stephanie Hodges

Advancement & Community

Marketing/Promotional items

Stephanie Hodges

Strategic Initiatives

Board Meetings

Stephanie Hodges

Strategic Initiatives

Community Meetings & Events

Toshia Meadows

Enrollment

Parent Ambassadors

Toshia Meadows

Enrollment

Photos

Stephanie Hodges

Strategic Initiatives

Alumni Relations

Tequila Lamar

Advancement & Community

Computers

 K-8

Greg Leepow

Operations

Connections Classes/Specials -

Music, Visual & Performing Arts, P.E.

K-8

Julien Siah

Student Life

 

Counseling

College & Career Preparation

Lower Academy

Upper Academy

 

Charlitha Webb

Grace Pniewski

 

Student Life

Student Life

Apprenticeships

 Grace Pniewski

Student Life

High School Transition

 Grace Pniewski

Student Life

Upper Academy Transition

Grace Pniewski

Student Life

Curriculum Night

Kimberlie Prather Gibson

Academic Affairs

Discipline

Julien Siah

Student Life

Dismissal Changes

 

Jurea Harris

Enrollment

Employee Investigations

 

Renarta Freeman

Human Resources

Employee Mediation

 

Renarta Freeman

Human Resources

Employee Policies & Procedures

 

Renarta Freeman

Human Resources

Enrollment or Withdrawal

New scholar Registration

Danielle Fain

Enrollment

Lottery process

Danielle Fain

Enrollment

Wait List

Danielle Fain

Enrollment

Open Houses

Danielle Fain

Enrollment

Tours

Danielle Fain

Enrollment

Shadow Days

Danielle Fain

Enrollment

Personal Record (PR) Folders

Danielle Fain

Enrollment

Withdrawing/Withdrawn scholars

Danielle Fain

Enrollment

Facilities Request

Repairs and replacements

Cory Gilmore

Facilities

Furniture and fixture requests

Cory Gilmore

Facilities

Key/badge access

Cory Gilmore

Facilities

Parking

Cory Gilmore

Facilities

Pest Control

Cory Gilmore

Facilities

Building condition (cleanliness/safety)

Cory Gilmore

Facilities

Grounds condition (cleanliness/safety)

Cory Gilmore

Facilities

Field Trip Chaperones

Training

Toshia Meadows

Operations

Field Trip Logistics

Bag Lunches

Antonio Raymo

Facilities

Transportation

Antonio Raymo

Facilities

Trip fees

Antonio Raymo

Facilities

Finance

Field Trip Requests

Kimberlie Gibson

Academic Affairs

Furniture movement and set up

School day

Afterschool

Debron Walker

Cory Gilmore

Facilities

Facilities

Grounds upkeep

 

Cory Gilmore

Facilities

Leadership Days

Julien Siah

Student Life

Parent & Family Engagement

Parent Engagement

Toshia Meadows

Operations

PTA Support

Toshia Meadows

Operations

Parent Liaison (Title I)

Toshia Meadows

Operations

Transitional Housing

Shava Cureton-Clark

Social Work

Parent Volunteers

Toshia Meadows

Operations

Housing partners

Toshia Meadows

Operations

Faculty/Staff recognitions

Toshia Meadows

Operations

Payroll Processing

 

Renarta Freeman

Human Resources

Professional Development Request

Academic Affairs

Kimberlie Gibson

 Academic Affairs

Counseling

LeCrisha Webb

Student Life

Health & Wellness

Paul Skowronski

Scholar Support Services

Technology

Greg LeePow

Technology

Finance

Antonio Raymo

Finance

Advancement & Community

Tequila Lamar

Advancement & Community

Athletics

Paul Skowronski

Student Life

Professional Certifications/Qualifications (Staff)

 

Renarta Freeman

Human Resources

PSAT

Program & Requirements

Logistics

Grace Pniewski

Shava Clark

Student Life

Purchase/Order Requests

Academic requests

 Kimberlie Gibson

Academic Affairs

Counseling requests

Lower Academy

Upper Academy

 

LeCrisha Webb

Grace Pniewski

 

Student Life

Student Life

Connections/Specials

Julien Siah

Student Life

Athletics

Paul Skowronski

Student Life

Facilities

Cory Gilmore

Facilities

Technology

Greg LeePow

Technology

Enrollment

Danielle Fain

Enrollment

Scholar Clubs/Activities

Julien Siah

Student Life

Purchase/Order Status

Andrea Humphries

Finance

Reception/Office Support

Office Supply Inventory

Andrea Humphries

Finance

Mail Sort & Distribution

Andrea Humphries

Finance

Phone Triage & Messages

Jurea Harris

Enrollment

Walk in Triage & Messages

Jurea Harris

Enrollment

Tardy reception & recording

Jurea Harris

Enrollment

Visitor & Volunteer reception

Jurea Harris

Enrollment

Recruiting & Hiring

 

Renarta Freeman

Human Resources

Report Card

Receipt of Report Card

Danielle Fain

Enrollment

Grades

Kimberlie Gibson

Academic Affairs

Grades (input/processing changes)

Danielle Fain

Enrollment

School Events

Commencement

Stephanie Hodges

Strategic Initiatives

Convocation

Stephanie Hodges

Strategic Initiatives

Meet & Greet

Cynthia Hudson

Antonio Raymo

Academic Affairs

Operations

Awards Day

Cynthia Hudson

Antonio Raymo

Academic Affairs

Operations

Security

School Resource Officers

Officer Hughley

Facilities

Security Policies and Procedures

Officer Hughley

Facilities

Daily Security

Officer Hughley

Facilities

Special Education

Scholars with Disabilities

Ereco Maddox

Scholar Support Services

Educational Testing

Ereco Maddox

Scholar Support Services

Scholar Behavior Difficulties

Ereco Maddox

Scholar Support Services

SSAT

Program & Requirements

Logistics

Grace Pniewski

Shava Clark

Student Life

Staff Demographic Data

 

Renarta Freeman

Human Resources

Professional Qualifications

 

Renarta Freeman

Human Resources

STEAM

 STEAM Certification

Stephanie Hodges

Strategic Initiatives

Scholar Activities

 

Julien Siah

Student Life

Scholar Clubs

 

Julien Siah

Student Life

Scholar Progress

Retention

Ereco Maddox

Scholar Support Services

Response to Intervention/Scholar Support Team

Christina Sherard

Scholar Support Services

Early Intervention Program (EIP) K-5

Remedial Education Program (REP) 6-8

Terion Woods

Academic Affairs

Testing results

Kimberlie Gibson

Data & Testing

Scholar Records

Records requests

Danielle Fain

Enrollment

Infinite Campus

Danielle Fain

Enrollment

Grade change requests

Grades (input/change processing)

Kimberlie Gibson

 

Danielle Fain

Academic Affairs

 

Enrollment

Transcripts

Danielle Fain

Enrollment

Attendance record

Shava Clark

Student Life

Attendance excuse documents

Jurea Harris

Enrollment

Teacher/Teachers

Kimberlie Gibson

Julien Siah

Erreco Maddox

Academic Affairs

Student Life

Student Support

Technology Requests

 

Gregory LeePow

Technology

Telephones

 

Gregory LeePow

Technology

Testing

Georgia Milestones

Kimberlie Gibson

Data & Testing

Moby Max

Kimberlie Gibson

Data & Testing

Common Assessments

Kimberlie Gibson

Ashley Gladden

Abigail McCann

Yasmeen Shahid

Academic Affairs

Formative Assessments

Kimberlie Gibson

Ashley Gladden

Abigail McCann

Yasmeen Shahid

Academic Affairs

Summative Assessments

Kimberlie Gibson

Ashley Gladden

Abigail McCann

Yasmeen Shahid

Academic Affairs

Title I

Parent Compact

LaToshia Meadows

Enrollment

 

Schoolwide Plan

Kimberlie Gibson

Academic Affairs

 

Budget

Antonio Raymo

Finance

Transportation

Field Trips

Antonio Raymo

Operations

 

Bus Routes

Antonio Raymo

Operations

 

Special Events

Antonio Raymo

Operations

 

Professional Travel

Antonio Raymo

Operations

Trash removal

 

Corey Gilmore

Facilities

Uniform Bank

Toshia Meadows

Enrollment

Weather and other environmental conditions

Forecast & current conditions

Cory Gilmore

Officer Hughley

Facilities

Facilities

Campus conditions

Cory Gilmore

Facilities

School closures/delays

Antonio Raymo

Operations

Workers Compensation

On the job injury

Renarta Freeman

Human Resources


General Information

ENROLLMENT AND REGISTRATION

Enrollment Policies and Procedures

Centennial will continue to comply with the open enrollment and admissions provisions set forth in O.C.G.A. 20-2-2066 and does not discriminate against any scholar on the basis of disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. All admission and registration deadline dates and target enrollment numbers are set by the Enrollment Department and approved by the Head of School annually. The dates are placed on Centennial’s website and on all admission application materials. The dates are also prominently placed around the school. The application is available online and can be accessed in the Enrollment Office.

The open enrollment period runs from early February to mid-March of each year to allow ample time to re-enroll returning scholars and account for any new, in-zone scholars. Families wishing to return must notify the Enrollment Department by the end of February and provide proof of residency in accordance with APS district policies. Since Centennial also serves as the neighborhood school for families living in the school’s mandated primary attendance zone, which consists of Centennial Place, Atlantic Station, Castleberry Hill, Downtown Atlanta Corridor, Home Park, Howell Station, and West Marietta Street in addition to the Atlanta Union Mission, Salvation Army, and My Sister’s House homeless shelters, the mandated attendance zone is the top enrollment priority and families residing in these neighborhoods can enroll their children at any time during the school year.

All scholars who reside outside of the mandated primary attendance zone, but within the boundaries of APS (unless the child of teacher, staff or board member), are considered out-of-zone. Any out-of-zone scholar, inclusive of the child of a teacher, staff or board member, that does not indicate an intent to re-enroll by the stated deadline will lose their seat for the following year. In the event that an out-of-zone family wishes to re-enroll after the deadline, they will have to reapply for admission via the school’s lottery.

During open enrollment, Centennial will accept applications from new out-of-zone families. Because the school maintains a mandated attendance zone (in-zone), it assumes there will be more applicants than spaces available for each grade level. Therefore, the names of scholars who submitted an application by the deadline are placed in a randomized lottery for the requested grade level to be conducted in March of each year.

Section I: Annual Enrollment Process Overview

Enrollment is handled as a four-step process:

Step 1 (on-going): Enroll scholars who reside within the Centennial Academy mandated primary attendance zone.

Step 2: Re-enroll current scholars via the Intent to Re-Enroll Form.  (See Section II below.)

Step 3: Enroll siblings and children of staff/board members. (See Section III below.)

Step 4: Open enrollment for scholars who reside outside of the mandated primary zone and within the Atlanta Public Schools attendance zone. (See Section IV below.)

Section II: Re-Enrollment

  1. Current Centennial Academy families are sent an Intent to Re-Enroll Form on February 1st. The form must be returned by the deadline and families must verify census and residency information.
  2. Families residing outside of the Centennial Academy mandated attendance zone are eligible for the Out-of-Zone School Choice Permit as a result of Centennial Academy’s Charter Agreement. All families must maintain residency within the Atlanta Public Schools attendance zone in order to maintain enrollment at Centennial Academy.
  3. Out-of-zone families who do not return the Intent to Return Form by the stated deadline will lose their scholar’s seat. In the event that the family wishes to re-enroll after the deadline, then the family will have to reapply for admission via the school’s lottery.
  4. Families who move outside of the Atlanta Public Schools attendance zone are no longer eligible for enrollment and must immediately withdraw their scholar(s).
  5. Families who are currently in transition may not automatically re-enroll and must verify transition status at the beginning of every school year per the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Act), 42 U.S.C. Section 11434a (2) et.seq.
  6. If false information is provided, or the circumstances under which enrollment was granted has changed, enrollment may be revoked.
  7. Failure to comply with any provision of the Re-Enrollment Policy shall authorize the school to withdraw such scholar and/or deem the scholar in-eligible for re-enrollment.

Section III: Enrollment of Siblings and Children of Staff/Board Members

  1. Current Centennial Academy families indicate on the re-enrollment paperwork if a sibling will be entering Centennial Academy for the following school year.
  2. Children of current full-time staff members or current board members who are enrolling for the first time must indicate their intention to enroll the child by submitting a completed enrollment application form by the stated deadline. *Full-time staff members or current board members must be the custodial parent/legal guardian/step-parent with whom the child is domiciled and may live outside of the APS District. In the event the employment contract ends, the children may remain only if the former staff member maintains residency in the APS District.
  3. If false information is provided, or the circumstances under which enrollment was granted has changed, enrollment may be revoked.
  4. Failure to comply with any provision of the Enrollment Policy shall authorize the school to withdraw such scholar and/or deem the scholar in-eligible for re-enrollment.

Section IV: Open Enrollment/Lottery

  1. Families residing outside of the Centennial Academy mandated attendance zone are eligible for the Out-of-Zone School Choice Permit as a result of Centennial Academy’s Charter Agreement. All families must maintain residency within the Atlanta Public Schools attendance zone in order to maintain enrollment at Centennial Academy.
  2. The online enrollment application is posted on the Centennial Academy website on February 1st.
  3. Prospective families must complete the online enrollment application in order to receive a lottery number. Computer assistance will be available to complete the online application, if needed.
  4. Children who matriculate from a pre-kindergarten program which is associated with the school, including, but not limited to, programs with share common facilities or campuses with the school or programs which have established a partnership or cooperative efforts with the school must submit a completed enrollment application form by the stated deadline and will receive enrollment priority via the lottery as stated in Centennial Academy’s Charter Contract.
  5. After open enrollment closes, Centennial Academy will hold a lottery at the school. The lottery is public and all interested parties are invited to attend. Families are not required to attend the lottery drawing.
  6. Centennial Academy will utilize an online lottery application to determine each prospective scholar’s placement for enrollment or wait list for their grade level. All prospective scholars will either be placed for enrollment or assigned to the waitlist.
  7. All families will receive an email through the online lottery application indicating their lottery status. If a prospective scholar was placed for enrollment, then the family will either ACCEPT or DENY the placement within 7 business days.
  8. All families that accept their placement must submit registration and residency verification paperwork by the deadline before a scholar is confirmed for enrollment and class assignment.
  9. Transportation for scholars enrolled via the lottery must be provided by the parent/guardian.
  10. Acceptable attendance and behavior are required in order for lottery admitted scholars to remain eligible for enrollment as noted below:
  11. The parent/guardian is expected to maintain a cordial and cooperative working relationship with school personnel.
  12. If false information is provided, or the circumstances under which enrollment was granted has changed, enrollment may be revoked.
  13. Failure to comply with any provision of the Open Enrollment/Lottery Policy shall authorize the school to withdraw such scholar and/or deem the scholar in-eligible for re-enrollment.

Section V: Wait List

  1. Prospective families are notified via email if they have an opportunity to move off the waitlist and offered the ability to enroll. Parents have 48 business hours to accept their child’s placement.
  2. Once the placement is accepted, the family must complete registration and residency verification paperwork.
  3. Centennial Academy may offer scholars a position up until the last day of the first semester in the applicable school year.
  4. A new wait list is formed for each grade level following the lottery process each school year.

Section VI: Proof of Residency Requirements

  1. Centennial Academy follows the most current residency requirements of Atlanta Public Schools.
  2. All new scholars and re-enrolling upcoming 6th graders must submit residency verification paperwork.
  3. If Centennial Academy receives returned mail for a scholar, then updated residency verification paperwork will be required.
  4. All families must maintain residency within the Atlanta Public Schools attendance zone in order to maintain enrollment at Centennial Academy.
  5. If false information is provided, enrollment may be revoked.
  6. Failure to comply with any provision of the Enrollment and Proof of Residency Requirements shall authorize the school to withdraw such scholar and/or deem the scholar in-eligible for re-enrollment.

Required Enrollment Documents

Proof of Residency Documents

List of Acceptable Supporting Documents

Withdrawal

If it is necessary to withdraw your child from Centennial Academy, please adhere to the following protocols.

  1. Notify the Enrollment office of your withdrawal date as soon as you are aware. Please indicate a specific withdrawal date on the withdrawal form.
  2. Return all classroom books and technology to the teacher.
  3. Return all books and materials to the media center.
  4. Return all uniforms to the uniform bank.

There will be a 48 hour turnaround time to receive your withdrawal packet from the Enrollment Department.

ATTENDANCE POLICY 

Scholars are expected to be present and on time to school in accordance with the provision of the Georgia Compulsory Attendance Law (O.C.G.A. 202690.1, et seq.) and Centennial Academy Policy. Scholars who are absent or tardy miss valuable instructional time and other important school activities and are less likely to master those skills, concepts, and principles needed for success. Excessive unexcused absences and/or truancy may lead to legal action against the parent/guardian in addition to a review of the student’s enrollment status.

When a scholar is absent, he/she must bring a note to school signed by the parent/legal guardian or physician stating the reason for the absence.  The note must be given to the Hero Desk Receptionist within 48 hours of returning to school. An excused absence does not exempt a student from being marked absent. An excused absence will require the teacher to provide the student with make-up work upon request. An excused absence may prevent the school from seeking legal action should the scholar miss 10 or more days. If a parent fails to comply with the attendance policy, a referral to the Centennial Academy Attendance Review Board will be made.

At Centennial Academy, the school day begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. All scholars are required to report to school and all classes daily and on time every day. On-time scholars are present in their classroom ready to receive instruction at 8:00 am. Any scholar who arrives to class after 8:00 a.m. is considered to be tardy and will be recorded as such.  When a scholar is tardy to school, they must be escorted to the main office by his/her parent to receive a tardy slip. A student is tardy when he/she arrives to school after the beginning of the official school day or is not in the assigned class at the official beginning of the class period.  

In order to manage and maintain optimal scholar attendance, Centennial Academy will use both positive reinforcement and progressive discipline measures to address tardiness and absenteeism.  Positive incentives will be awarded to students who maintain good attendance over specified periods of time.  At the same time, the progressive discipline policy outlined below will be used.

Tardy to School

Parents must escort their scholar(s) into the building.

1st Tardy

Robocall

2nd Tardy

Robocall and a verbal warning

3rd Tardy

Parent contact and documentation in Infinite Campus

5th Tardy (and each subsequent tardy)

A letter is mailed to parent(s)/guardian(s) notifying them that their child has at least five unexcused absences and explains attendance expectations.

10th Tardy

Referral to the Attendance Committee and a

Mandatory Parent Conference with an administrator.

15th Tardy

Social worker referral.

Absent to School

(Written excuse for absence must be sent to the main office within 48 hours of returning to school.)

Excused Absences

  • Personal illness of scholar and when attendance in school would endanger the health of the scholar or the health of others.  Upon the scholar’s return to school, appropriate medical documentation may be required.
  • Quarantine either by the county health department or by the family’s physician
  • Medical or dental appointments with verifications; however, such nonemergency appointments are encouraged during non school hours whenever possible
  • Special and recognized religious holidays observed by the scholar
  • Administrative early release
  • Court proceedings

Absences

Attendance Interventions

By August 15 of this school year

Parent/guardian signs Acknowledgment Signature Page indicating receipt of notification of penalties/consequences for failing to comply with compulsory attendance law.

Three (3) Unexcused Absences

A letter is sent home to parent(s)/guardian(s) notifying them that their child has at least three unexcused absences and explains attendance expectations. Parent(s)/guardians will also be contacted via phone.

Five (5) Unexcused Absences

A certified letter is mailed to parent(s)/guardian(s) notifying them that their child has at least five unexcused absences, reminding them of possible penalties/consequences of misdemeanor violation, and requesting parent/guardian participation in a Student Attendance Committee (SAC) meeting. A scholar may be referred to the school social worker.

Eight (8) Unexcused Absences

The scholar will be referred to the school social worker. Once referred, the intensity of strategies and interventions is increased; including a possible referral to the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), community agencies, home visits, and parent workshops/trainings.

Ten or more (10) Unexcused Absence (Truancy)

The social worker may refer the scholar to Juvenile Court if their  parent(s)/guardian(s) are noncompliant with attendance interventions or if attendance does not improve after the scholar has accumulated ten unexcused absences.  The scholar will be referred to the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS).

*Excused absences will be reviewed and a determination will be made if those absences are subject to unexcused absence protocols.

Please note the following definitions for the attendance policy:

Excused:

Absences due to:

a. Personal illness of the student or when attendance in school would endanger the health of the student or the health of others. Upon the student’s return to school, appropriate medical documentation may be required within three days of the absence

b. Serious illness or death in student’s immediate family necessitating the absence. In the case of serious illness, students are required to present medical documentation to validate the absences as an excused absence within three days of the student’s return to school.

c. Court order by a governmental agency mandating the student’s absence from school.

d. Special or recognized religious holidays observed by the faith of the student.

e. Weather or environmental conditions rendering attendance impossible or hazardous to the student’s health or safety.

f. An absence not to exceed one (1) day for registering to vote.

g. Other absences to be determined by, and at the discretion of, the local school

Unexcused:

a. Failure to attend school, with or without the knowledge of the parent/legal guardian, for reasons

other than those specifically outlined as excused absences.

b. School days missed as a result of an out of school suspension shall not be counted as unexcused  for the purpose of determining truancy.

SCHOOL SCHEDULE AND TARDY PROCEDURES:

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

Arrival Procedures

Our instructional day begins promptly at 8:00 am; however, our building opens each morning at 7:15 am. Whenever possible, please allow your child to ride the bus to school. This helps with traffic congestion around the school in the mornings. If you must bring your children to school, you may not drop them off at the front door any earlier than 7:15 am. In order to ensure the safety of all scholars and to assist with the flow of traffic, we ask that scholars not be dropped off at any other entrance to the school. For the safety of all scholars, please stay in line and do not go around any car or cars in front of you. All scholars should exit the car from the passenger side of the car so scholars are not walking between cars. Once entering the school building, Lower Academy scholars will report to the cafeteria. All Upper Academy scholars will report to the YMCA Cafe. All scholars will be dismissed to their homeroom classrooms beginning at 7:30 am.

Teachers arrive each morning at 7:15 am. Teachers are required to begin duties and monitor scholars between 7:30 am­ - 7:50 am. Teachers have been instructed not to hold individual parent conferences during this critical intake period. The school requires all parents wishing to conference with a teacher to schedule a parent­-teacher conference with the individual teacher. If parents are trying to notify the teacher of an afternoon dismissal change, early dismissal or other information, please do so by completing the appropriate form or including a note in the child’s folder and/or submit a change to the Hero desk.

Parents are allowed to eat breakfast with scholars in the cafeteria (main and YMCA) and may walk scholars to the pod doors. All parents must check-in and receive a visitors pass at the HERO Desk.

*For the safety and security of our scholars, parents are not allowed to alter or interrupt the flow of the intake process, i.e. parking in the carpool line, escorting scholars to their class or disobeying the agreed upon transportation route during the arrival time, etc.

Dismissal Procedures

If your child is a walker, they will be dismissed in the first group in one of two ways. Scholars in grades 3-8 will be dismissed and allowed to walk out on their own. Scholars in grades K­-2 will be dismissed from their class once the parent/guardian presents our staff member with their assigned dismissal number. When the (K­-2) scholars arrive at the walker exit, a staff member will log their arrival. It is important that all parents remain orderly, wait in line, and cooperate with all staff members to ensure a safe and effective dismissal.

If your child is a car rider, they will be dismissed upon the arrival of a parent/guardian beginning at 3:00 pm for Lower academy scholars.  All Upper Academy Car Riders will be dismissed at 3:15 pm. Car Riders in grades K-4 will be dismissed to the Blue Zone at the rear of the building.  If your Lower Academy scholar has an older sibling in Upper Academy, they will be picked up in the Blue Zone at 3:15 pm.

Van riders will be dismissed upon the arrival of the After School Program Vans.

If your child is a Bus Rider, they will be dismissed at 3:00 pm in Lower Academy and 3:10 in Upper Academy. Lower Academy scholars will have their dismissal from class logged by their classroom teacher and their entry onto the bus recorded by a school staff member assigned to their bus. Buses should leave the school at approximately 3:20pm.

Lower Academy  Dismissal

Dismissal for Lower Academy (K-4) begins at 3:00 pm daily. If you are picking up your child through Car Pool, you MUST have a Centennial CarPool Tag with your scholar’s name on it. Your scholar’s name and number must be visible so that the people entering the names in our Silent Dismissal System can do this accurately and efficiently. CarPool ends at 3:15 pm for Lower Academy scholars.

Any parent who arrives prior to 3:00 pm should wait in their car or in the designated walker waiting area.  Parents are not allowed to enter the building during dismissal as this causes a safety concern for our scholars and is disruptive to the dismissal process. All scholars will remain in the cafeteria until their group or number is submitted. We utilize an electronic dismissal system allowing us to be more efficient and accountable for how scholars are dismissed. Every scholar in the school will be assigned a dismissal number.

Lower Academy Scholars will be dismissed in the following order:

  1. Walkers
  2. Van Riders/Martin Luther King
  3. Bus Riders
  4. Boys and Girls Club
  5. YMCA
  6. Clubs /Special Activities
  7. Car Riders

Upper Academy Dismissal  

Dismissal for Upper Academy (5-8) begins at 3:15 pm and will take place in the front of the building (Yellow Zone.) Carpool ends at 3:30 pm for Upper Academy scholars. Upper Academy car riders with Lower Academy siblings will be released to the Blue Zone at 3:15 pm.

Upper AcademyScholars will be dismissed in the following order:

  1. Bus Riders
  2. Walkers
  3. Van Riders/Martin Luther King
  4. Boys and Girls Club
  5. YMCA
  6. Clubs /Special Activities
  7. Car Riders/Car Riders with siblings in the Lower Academy

For any scholar that is not picked up by 3:45 pm, the APD School Resource Officer will attempt to contact a parent and/or emergency contact. If contact is not made within 30 minutes, then the APD School Resource Officer will make a determination if the situation warrants child abandonment and an appropriate call will be made to the Department of Family and Children’s Services.

In zone scholars that have accumulated three late pick ups will be asked to show proof of enrollment in an approved after-school program (Arthur Blank YMCA, MLK Center, or Boys & Girls Club).

*For the safety and security of our scholars, parents are not allowed to alter or interrupt the flow of the dismissal process, i.e. removing scholars from the line, instructing scholars to disobey the agreed upon transportation route during the dismissal time, entering the building between 2:15 - 3:30pm,  etc.

A late fee of $1.00 per minute will be charged for scholars  who are picked up after 3:45 p.m.

Authorization to Release Form

Enrolling parents are required to complete the Authorization to Release Form to specifically identify individuals that have permission to pick up your scholar from school. Persons will be required to provide their state­ issued identification card prior to the scholar’s release. Please note ­the identification card will be copied for our records. If the individual is not listed on the Authorization to Release Form, then scholars will not be released. In addition, it is the enrolling parent’s responsibility to update the Authorization to Release Form as soon as there is a change.

Dismissal Changes

Parents wishing to change a scholar’s afternoon transportation route are required to complete a Change of Transportation Form in advance. On the morning that your scholar requires a transportation change, please send a completed Transportation Change form in your scholar’s folder. Changes will only be honored if they are sent in writing. Please note that if the transportation change requires a person other than the parent or guardian to pick up, the designee may not sign a scholar out unless they are listed on the Authorization to Release Form and will be required to present a valid driver’s licenses. Dismissal changes must be submitted by 1 pm.

Early Dismissal

Parents wishing to pick up scholars prior to the end of the school day (3:00 pm - Elementary School; 3:30 pm - Middle School) are required to sign scholars out at the Hero Desk for early dismissal. Early Dismissals must be arranged in advance. On the morning that your scholar requires an early dismissal, please submit an Early Dismissal Request form to the Hero Desk with the name of the person who will pick your child up. We will arrange for your child to be waiting in the front atrium for pickup. Early Dismissals will only be granted between the hours of 11:30 am and 2:15 pm. Dismissals prior to 11:30 am will result in your scholar being marked absent for the day. Please note: In order to ensure the safety and proper dismissal of our scholars, Centennial Academy’s Hero desk will close daily from 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm.

Teachers will not release scholars from classrooms without an early dismissal pass. Anyone other than a parent or guardian may not sign a scholar out unless they are listed on the Authorization to Release Form and they must present a valid driver’s license or state issued identification prior to the scholar’s release. When scholars are dismissed early from school, they miss important instructional time. Parents should avoid habitually checking scholars out from school early. The school will monitor instructional time and will consult with families should habitual early dismissal interfere with academic progress or the orderly operation of the school day.

Hero Desk

The Hero Desk is open Monday - Friday from 7:15 am - 4:15 pm. However, in order to ensure the safety and proper dismissal of our scholars, the desk will close daily from 2:45 pm until 3:30 pm.

Enrollment Office

The Enrollment Office is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. Families that register will receive a schedule and teacher placement within 24 business hours. Newly enrolled scholars will start the next business day with the exception of Friday. All enrollment documents can be accessed via the school website: https://www.centennialacademycharter.org/application 

COMMUNICATION

Social Media Outlets

Visit our Centennial Academy website at www.centennialacademycharter.org

Like us on Facebook ­ www.facebook.com/centennialacademy

Follow us on Twitter ­ www.twitter.com/centennialatl

Friend us on Instagram www.instagram.com/centennialatl

Watch us on YouTube ­ www.youtube.com/centennialatlanta

 Media Release

Internal and external media may frequently showcase school events and activities. If a parent prefers for his/her child to not be on television, the school’s website, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube) or photographed, you must complete the “Media Opt-Out” form provided by Centennial.

Periodic Communication Avenues

To ensure that school communication is received, it is encouraged to periodically update your contact information in Infinite Campus. This is the source for parent contact information and how the school communicates to families both general and critical school information. Please email Danielle Fain, Enrollment Manager, at dfain@centennialacademycharter.org to update your contact information.

Contacting Your Scholar’s Teacher

If a parent/guardian would like to contact any staff member, the following procedures should be followed:

  1. The parent/guardian should call or email the teacher and expect a response within 2 business days after initiating the communication.
  2. If a face to face conference is required please make sure the requested time is two (2) business days in advance.
  3. The parent/guardian must report to the Hero Desk at the time of the agreed appointment and the main office staff will provide a visitor’s pass and notify the faculty member.

4.  Parents should not report directly to the classroom in order to minimize disruptions to the learning environment. (Please refer to the School Visitation Policy on Page 29)

Addressing Concerns/Protocols

A high quality educational program for scholars at Centennial Academy can be achieved when all parties to the educational experience (parents, staff and scholars) work together cooperatively. There will be times, however, when a parent or scholar would like to express a concern or complaint about his or her experience. These questions are best expressed and resolved within the school, directly with the staff member(s) involved or affected. The following protocol should be followed when addressing specific concerns; however, when this process seems to fail at providing a satisfactory resolution, a parent or scholar may seek further review and counsel by the school’s Board of Directors following Grievance Policy and Procedures (page 26).  

K-8 Academy Protocols

Centennial Academy Grievance Policy and Procedures

The Centennial Academy Grievance Policy is established to address complaints or concerns associated with the school, the school community, and its Board of Directors. The policy is established to set clear guidelines on how to address complaints to ensure they are dealt with fairly, consistently, and timely.

Any grievance at the school will fall into one of three primary categories:

  1. Complaints about a scholar, the classroom experience, or with a teacher.
  2. Complaints or concerns about a school­ policy or administration.
  3. Complaints or concerns about a parent or community member involved with the school.

As often as possible, the issue should be brought forth as close to the origin of the grievance.

For a complaint about a scholar, the classroom experience, or a teacher:

  1. Individuals should first seek to resolve the issue with the classroom teacher.
  2. If a resolution is not reached after a discussion with the classroom teacher, the individual pursuing the grievance should seek to resolve the issue with the appropriate administrator
  1. If the resolution with the administrator listed above is not feasible, then the individual pursuing the grievance should seek to resolve the issue with the school principal.

The grievance should be acknowledged via written response within 2-5 business days with a final response within 10 business days.

  1. If resolution with the above is not feasible or efforts to resolve the issue have been exhausted, then the individual should bring the grievance to the attention of the Head of School.
  2. If resolution with the Head of School is not feasible or efforts to resolve the issue have been exhausted, then the individual should bring the grievance to the attention of the Governing Board. Procedures for bringing a grievance to the governing board are below:

For a complaint or concern about a school policy or administration:

  1. Once all efforts to resolve an issue have been exhausted with the school’s staff and other school leadership, then an individual may bring a grievance to the attention of the Head of School. The grievance should be acknowledged via written response within 2-5 business days and final resolution provided via written response within 10 business days.
  2. If resolution with the Head of School is not feasible or efforts to resolve the issue have been exhausted, then the individual should bring the grievance to the attention of the Governing Board. Procedures for bringing a grievance to the governing board are below.

Governing Board Grievance Procedures

Once all efforts to resolve a grievance have been exhausted with the school’s staff and leadership, then an individual may bring a grievance to the attention of the Governing Board as follows:

For any grievance presented to the Board, discussion will take place in a closed session. A response via written letter will be sent within (30) thirty business days of receipt of the grievance.

This policy is intended to create an open atmosphere to effectively address grievances at the school. Retaliation against anyone reporting a grievance in good faith is not acceptable and disciplinary action could be taken as a result. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal or harassment.


GRIEVANCE COMPLAINT FORM

CONFIDENTIAL

 

INSTRUCTION TO COMPLAINING PARTY: Answer each question in as much detail as possible.

 

Your Name:

 

Date Submitted:

 

Does your complaint involve an individual or is it with a school- or board-based policy?

 

 

 

If with an individual, please indicate who the complaint is against:

 

 

 Describe the basis of your complaint:

 

   

 

If applicable, identify any witnesses to the offending conduct:

 

 

 

If applicable, when did the conduct take place? Be as specific as possible:

 

 

 

If applicable, why do you consider this conduct outside of acceptable parameters?

 

 

Have you made a reasonable attempt to address this in the manner indicated in the Grievance policy?

Have you discussed this with anyone? If your answer is “yes,” identify the person with whom you discussed it and the substance of your conversation:

 

 

__________________________________    __________________________

Printed Name                                                 Signature of Complainant

Title I

Centennial Academy has been identified as a Title I School. Title I is designed to support state and local school reform efforts tied to challenging state academic standards in order to reinforce and enhance efforts to improve teaching and learning for scholars. Title I programs are based on effective means of improving scholar academic achievement and include strategies to support parental engagement. All Title I Schools must jointly develop, with all parents, a written School Parent Compact and Parent and Family Engagement Plan.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Title I or how parents can access additional resources for their scholars, then please contact our Family Liaison, Toshia Meadows at tmeadows@centennialacademycharter.org or 404-802-8550.

SCHOOL UNIFORM GUIDELINES AND POLICY

 In order to consistently maintain the Centennial Academy standard, foster school unity and pride, and

    to focus solely on learning, citizenship, and leadership, scholars are required to be in school uniform daily.

Daily Uniform

Boys

Girls

Outerwear

Navy or Black vest, cardigan sweater, or blazer

Navy or Black vest, cardigan sweater, or blazer

Tops

White or Black polo shirt with CA logo

White or Black polo or peter pan shirt with CA logo

Belts

Black belt

Black belt

Bottoms

Gray pants or shorts

(not to exceed 1 inch above the knee)

*Gray jeans are not allowed

Gray skirt, pants, shorts, or jumper

(not to exceed 1 inch above the knee)

*Gray jeans/leggings are not allowed

Socks

White, black, or navy socks

White, black, or navy socks/tights

Shoes

Any color (Heel/Toe covering required)

*Scholars are NOT allowed to wear slides, flip flops, house shoes, or any open-toe shoe.

Any color (Heel/Toe covering required)

*Scholars are NOT allowed to wear slides, flip flops, house shoes, or any open-toe shoe.

Spirit Attire (Fridays)

Uniform bottoms with a Centennial Academy t-­shirt, polo, club shirt, or Centennial sports jersey.

Spirit attire should reflect school pride and spirit.

Non-Centennial Academy superhero shirts are NOT considered spirit wear.

Formal Dress

Scholars should wear formal dress attire on designated school days including Convocation, Commencement, Awards Day, and monthly Leadership Days.

Leadership Days have been identified as Dress for Success Days and occur on the first Wednesday of the month.

2019 - 2020 Leadership Days: September 4- October 9th- November 6th- December 4th- February 5th- March 4th- April 1st

Dress Uniform

White oxford shirt, gray tie, gray pants, white, navy or black socks, black dress shoe, and navy blue blazer (optional).

White oxford shirt, gray cross tie, gray skirt/jumper or pants, white, navy, or black socks/tights, black or mary jane shoes, and navy blue blazer (optional).

HERO HALF DAYS

Hero Half Days have been identified as a Free Dress Day for scholars. Scholars are NOT PERMITTED to wear jeans with holes above the knees, halter tops, slides, house shoes, slippers, leggings, spandex, spaghetti straps, tank tops (girls and boys) and clothing with offensive or graphic language. Scholars who violate the dress code on Hero Half Days may be subjected to ISS or parent called for pickup.

2019/2020 Hero Half Days are October 23rd and November 20th

Students are not allowed to wear the following items inside of the building or classroom: hats, caps, bandanas, Durags, sunglasses, hoods, headbands (for boys) or clothing tied to their heads, waists, or necks unless it is for religious, cultural, or medical reasons.

Any items deemed distracting, unsafe, or inappropriate can be confiscated from the student. All confiscated items can be picked up from the school office by the parent.

School Spirit Wear ­ Every Friday, scholars, faculty and staff are permitted to wear a Centennial Academy Spirit T­-shirt or polo and their uniform trousers or skirt. Blue jeans, jeggings, and sweatpants are not acceptable attire on School Spirit Day.

Uniform Bank ­ 

The school has an established uniform bank. Any family who cannot afford to purchase uniforms may consult with their child’s teacher, or the Family Liaison for assistance in securing uniforms. Parents are expected to launder the uniforms and require scholars to wear the uniform on a daily basis once received.

Special Uniforms

Organizations affiliated with or sanctioned by the school (Scouts, Beta Club, Centennial Academy Athletics, etc.) that designate special uniforms are permitted to wear their special uniforms on meeting days and for special events.

Preferred Uniform Vendors

Embroidery

Uniform Packages

Prestige Apparel

2841 Greenbriar Pkwy, SW

(inside Greenbriar Mall)

Atlanta, GA 30331

404-349-3100

French Toast Uniforms

www.frenchtoast.com

Click on “Shop by School”

Complete the information.

Centennial will come up and you may order uniforms.

Jean and Sons Embroidery

2363 Brannen Rd SE,

Atlanta, GA 30316

(404) 244-9334

School Uniforms by Tommy Hilfiger

https://www.globalschoolwear.com/

Click on “Shop by School”

Complete the information.

Centennial will come up and you may order uniforms.

Zeus’ Closet

1339 Marietta Boulevard NW Suite C

Atlanta, GA 30318

(866) 987-9387

You may purchase uniform apparel from local department stores such as Old Navy, Kohls, etc. and have the Centennial Academy logo placed on the items at one of the embroidery stores.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

 

SCHOOL VISITATION POLICY

 

Centennial Academy not only welcomes, but also encourages its parents and other stakeholders to be involved in and to support the school’s educational programs and activities. While stakeholders are welcome at the school to observe and learn about the educational program, the paramount concern of the school is to provide a safe, orderly and inviting learning environment in which disruptions to instructional time are minimized and in which staff are able to perform their professional responsibility of managing the safety and professional environment for 800 scholars, each other, and the visitors who we aim to warmly and graciously welcome.

   

SAFETY & SECURITY PROTOCOLS

School Etiquette:

OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT

SCHOOL EVENTS

Visitors will receive a specific invitation to attend school events, such as athletic events, musical programs, dramatic productions, Curriculum Nights, Meet & Greet, Hero Breakfast, Commencement, and other announced special events. We ask that guests follow the protocols provided in these invitations and recognize the school’s space limitations by paying attention to the specific guest list for each event.

School Event Etiquette:

CLASS TIME

 

Class time Etiquette:

LUNCHTIME – Main Cafeteria and Y-Café

Grade

Time

Location

Kindergarten

10:15-10:45

Main Cafeteria

First

10:45-11:15

Main Cafeteria

Second

11:15-11:45

Main Cafeteria

Third

11:55-12:25

Main Cafeteria

Fourth

12:25-12:55

Main Cafeteria

Fifth

10:30-11:05

Y’Cafe

Sixth

11:35-12:05

Y’Cafe

Seventh

12:30-1:00

Y’Cafe

Eighth

1:05-1:35

Y’Cafe

 

Lunchtime Etiquette:

WHEN THINGS COME UP

Visitors may visit the school for other reasons, even those that are positive impromptu occasions or unfortunate emergency situations. In all cases when permission is not obtained in advance, permission must be obtained by reporting to the Hero Desk to seek the clearance and approval in order to ensure the safety and unhampered learning and professional environment for our scholars and staff.

Celebrating Birthdays ­

 If a parent wishes to celebrate their child’s birthday at school, the following protocol must be followed:

Volunteering and Chaperoning

Centennial Academy encourages all parents to volunteer at least once a month. There are many different standing and special volunteer activities that will be advertised in the parent bulletins. Parent volunteers can assist in classrooms, common areas, cafeteria, playground, building entrances, etc.

Volunteers (all non-­staff members that assist scholars, including parents) must participate in a screening process. Anyone that comes in direct contact with scholars must complete the APS Volunteer Release Form and submit a copy of their state ID. This form gives permission to check volunteers against the State and Federal Registered Sex Offender registries. This check takes approximately one day to complete.

Parents wishing to accompany scholars on field trips must be cleared as a registered volunteer and have completed the mandatory chaperone training prior to the date of the trip. Chaperone trainings will be offered twice a month during the academic year. 

Contact: Toshia Meadows, Family Liaison, tmeadows@centennialacademycharter.org

Mandatory Reporting

All school personnel and volunteers are mandated reporters of suspected abuse and/or neglect of scholars. Mandated reporters are required to report suspected child maltreatment immediately when they “have reasonable cause to believe that a child who is under 18 years of age known to them in a professional or official capacity has been harmed or is in danger of being harmed physically, sexually, or through neglect and that a caregiver either committed the harm or should have taken steps to prevent the child from harm.”

Money and Valuables

Scholars should not bring money, property, or other values to school, except to purchase items from the cafeteria or to pay for field trips and/or other classroom fees. Money should be sent in a sealed and labeled envelope. If money is required for other reasons, scholars and parents will be notified. The school will not assume responsibility for any lost or stolen items.

While it is the responsibility of the scholar to secure and maintain the safety and control of any and all of their personal valuables, the school will hold a scholar accountable for any deliberate theft or misuse of another scholar’s property. Scholars are not allowed to sell items or solicit funds of any kind unless it is done as a part of a school sanctioned club or activity.  

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

Centennial Academy teachers will review emergency procedures with scholars at the beginning of the year and periodically throughout the year. Every instructional area in the building has an evacuation route posted and scholars practice evacuation routes for different scenarios periodically during the school year.

Inclement Weather and Other Environmental Conditions

In the event of inclement weather or other environmental conditions impacting the school community, a decision about whether school will have a delayed opening or be closed as soon as possible. Notification will be publicized using several media outlets, WSB­TV ­Channel 2, Centennial Academy Website (www.centennialacademycharter.org), Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), Robo-calls, Emails, and Text Messages. To ensure that school communication is received, it is encouraged to periodically update your contact information in Infinite Campus.

Centennial Academy and APS Decisions

Please follow the decision and instructions shared directly by Centennial Academy and NOT by APS. As a conversion charter school, Centennial Academy is able to base its decisions about school opening and closure, using specific information that applies particularly to the school, including conditions as relates to its particular scholars’ and staff geographic location and condition as well as the school’s unique challenges and conditions on and surrounding the campus grounds. Therefore, the school does not necessarily follow the decisions that APS will make, which, unlike Centennial Academy, must be based on the collective conditions of the district’s multitude of schools. However, in the event the Governor of the State of Georgia declares a state of emergency for the State and/or for Fulton County, school will be closed according to the Governor’s mandate.

Fire Drill Procedures

Posted in every room is a map detailing the evacuation protocol. Scholars are to follow their teacher outside in the event of a fire drill or fire event and to stay with their class. Scholars must proceed directly to the designated area.

All scholars will be given instruction on fire exit drills. The instructions will be as follows:

Any scholar violating this procedure is jeopardizing the safety of her/himself and our school and will face consequences including possible suspension. Any scholar found guilty of pulling the school’s fire alarm without cause will be subject to strict disciplinary action, including disciplinary tribunal.

Tornado Emergency Procedures

In the event of a tornado warning, scholars will be required to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves. When a tornado warning has been announced by the National Weather Service, the School Leader or designee will be responsible for communication directly with scholars and teachers about the impending danger via an “all ­call announcement”. Teachers will be asked to follow the same procedures as above for Fire Drills, except the scholars will proceed to the posted tornado ‘shelter in place’ location.

Relocation

In the event of an actual emergency which requires an evacuation, the scholars will be escorted to an undisclosed relocation site. The school safety team (Facilities Manager, Security Officer) and other identified personnel will conduct checkpoint procedures – bus pick up, record of attendance, first aid, and begin communication notifications. The school safety team will check to see who is missing, injured and in need of emergency first aid. While at the relocation site, information will be gathered about the critical incident to forward to the Police, EMS, and Transportation. After gathering information on the incident and arranging transportation, staff and scholars will proceed to the reunification site via buses.

Reunification

The reunification Site is the location where the school will reunite parents with their children. This location will be announced to the public using WSB­TV ­Channel 2, Centennial Academy Website (www.centennialacademycharter.org), Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), Robo-calls, Emails, and Text Messages. Unlike the relocation site, the reunification site is not a private site. After information has been collected, the scholars and staff will be transported via school transportation to the reunification site (listed below) for parents to retrieve their child(ren). Parents will be required to show photo ­identification and to sign a release form.

Primary Site:

North Atlanta High School

4111 Northside Parkway

Atlanta, GA 30327

404­802­4700

Secondary Site:

Grady High School

929 Charles Allen Dr.

Atlanta, GA 30309

404-802-3001

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Student Support Team

Centennial Academy is committed to each scholar’s success. We have many ways to help scholars who are struggling to learn and need additional support to be successful. Response to Intervention (RTI) is one form of support. Response to Intervention (RTI) is a learning process which matches general education classroom instruction to each scholar’s learning needs.

Centennial Academy uses Georgia’s four-­tiered scholar Achievement Pyramid of Interventions to provide appropriate and effective response to Intervention services incorporating universal screening, targeted interventions, and a team approach to decision making and the development and implementation of services. If your child presents challenges during the course of the school year, additional support may be required to make decisions regarding interventions at the Tier III level which employs the focus of the Scholar Support Team (SST). The SST Chairperson ensures the process is followed and team decisions are made according to the outcome of data indicating scholar progress. Tier IV Interventions and services are facilitated through specialized programs or instructional delivery models such as the Department of Special Education, English Language Learners, or Gifted Instruction.

Contact: Dr. Christina Sherard, RTI/SST Specialist, 404­-802- ­8550­, csherard@centennialacademycharter.org

 Ereco Maddox, Assistant Principal of Student Support Services, 404-802-8550

 emaddox@centennialacademycharter.org

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Centennial Academy is committed to prohibit discrimiation against students with disabilities in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, in a segment most often referred to simply as "Section 504.” Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a federal civil rights law and prohibits discrimination by local educational agencies receiving federal financial assistance against scholars with disabilities. Included in the U.S. Department of Education regulations for Section 504 is the requirement that scholars with disabilities be provided with a free appropriate public education (FAPE). These regulations require identification, evaluation, provision of appropriate services, and procedural safeguards in every public school in the U.S.         

                                        

Section 504 prohibits discrimination against scholars whose physical or mental impairment substantially limits one or more major life activities, including:

   Contact: Dr. Christina Sherard, RTI/SST/504 Specialist, 404-802-8550,    csherard@centennialacademycharter.org

 Ereco Maddox, Assistant Principal of Student Support Services, 404-802-8550

 emaddox@centennialacademycharter.org

                 

Special Education Services

Centennial Academy is committed to providing Special Education services in an inclusive environment. Special Education teachers work with scholars in a variety of settings using best practices based on the scholar's needs as outlined in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Special Education teachers regularly monitor and assess each scholar’s progress, collaborate with families, write and review IEP’s and provide instruction. The Special Education Coordinator ensures services are provided in accordance with federal and state mandates/laws.

Contact: Erika Hall, Special Education Lead Teacher, 404-802-8550 ehall@centennialacademycharter.org

Ereco Maddox, Assistant Principal of Student Support Services, 404-802-8550 emaddox@centennialacademycharter.org 

Gifted Program & Services

The Gifted Education Program provides differentiated instruction for intellectually advanced and creatively gifted scholars. According to Georgia Board Rule 160-­4-­2­-.38, a gifted scholar is defined as one who demonstrates a high degree of intellectual and/or creative abilities, exhibits an exceptionally high degree of motivation, and/or excels in specific academic fields, and who needs special instruction and/or special ancillary services to achieve at levels which are commensurate with his or her abilities. The specific courses for a scholar are determined by past classroom performance, nationally normed achievement test scores and teacher recommendations.

Contact: Deborah Allen Scott, Gifted Services Teacher, dallen@centennialacademycharter.org 

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

The Centennial Academy ESOL program is committed to meeting the needs of English Learners (ELs) and their families. ESOL is a federally ­mandated instructional program for eligible ELs in grades K-12 (Georgia School Law Code 1981, 20-­2­-156, enacted in 1985). The ESOL program is standards­-based and emphasizes academic and social language development. ESOL coursework is based upon WIDA Consortium English Language Development Standards while simultaneously integrating grade appropriate content standards. Centennial Academy’s ESOL program also provides access to resources and facilitates communication between the school district and home to allow parents and families of ELs to play an active role in their scholar’s education.

Contact:  April Rhodes, ESOL Services Teacher, 404-­802-­8550, arhodes@centennialacademycharter.org

GENERAL SERVICES

Bus Transportation

Centennial Heroes have the right to a safe trip to and from school. Centennial Academy utilizes Mainline Transportation Services (MTI) to transport all scholars within the school’s attendance zone. Additionally, scholars with disabilities are transported using APS transportation services when stipulated in the scholars IEP. Scholars residing outside of the school’s attendance zone are not eligible for bus transportation. Scholars must appear on the passenger list generated from the attendance data pulled from registration documentation provided by the scholar’s parents and, verified by Infinite Campus. New scholars should expect a 3-5 day waiting period before new routes are assigned. All scholars and parents must be aware of and adhere to the Bus Safety and Conduct Standards.

Contact:  Dr. Antonio Raymo, 404-802-8558, araymo@centennialacademycharter.org

Cafeteria

Centennial Academy utilizes Atlanta Public Schools’ Nutrition Department to provide breakfast and lunch for our scholars.

Centennial Academy participates in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which allows all scholars to receive all school provided breakfast and lunch free of charge. The CEP provides an alternative approach for offering school meals to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools in low income areas. Instead of collecting individual applications for free and reduced price meals, the CEP allows schools that predominantly serve low ­income children to offer free, nutritious school meals to all scholars through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

Adult Prices: ­ The cost for adults to eat breakfast or lunch is $5.00. Only cash is accepted, and please bring the exact amount as change may not be available. Parents must stop at the front desk and get a visitors pass before going to the cafeteria.

Restrictions for Outside Food:­ Because of food allergies and our focus on nutritious meals for all scholars, outside food (other than sack food from home) is not permitted; this includes meals from local fast food chains. Please note that Centennial Academy is a 100% nut-free school.

Heating Lunch for Scholars: ­Scholars are not permitted to heat meals in the cafeteria.

Contact: Dr. Antonio Raymo, 404-802-8558, araymo@centennialacademycharter.org

Clinic and Health Services

Centennial Academy understands the importance of good health and has employed a full time, registered nurse. Our nurse is responsible for assessment, intervention, and management of health related concerns in the school setting. This service is not to replace the care a scholar receives from a regular doctor or clinic, but will provide:

Clinic Card: ­ Parents are required to complete an updated Clinic Card each year. The clinic card provides the school nurse with important health information, including identified allergies, physician information, preferred hospital in case of an emergency, emergency contacts, etc.

Medication: ­ Prescription medicines must be in the original container. Parental permission slip must also accompany the medication. This form may be obtained from the nurse’s office. A parent/guardian must deliver prescription medications that are classified as controlled substances to the nurse’s office. Scholars may not administer their own medication. All medication will be stored and dispensed through the nurse’s office.

Contagious Health Problems: ­ We do not diagnose health problems; however, in the event a child appears to have a contagious health problem such as lice, chicken pox, ringworm, scabies, etc., the parent will be notified and arrangements must be made for the scholar to be taken home. The scholar will be readmitted to school when the problem has cleared up and/or with written notice from the physician stating that the health concern is under treatment and is no longer contagious.

Sick Call: After an assessment by the nurse, if it is determined that a scholar should not be at school, a parent, guardian, or emergency contact will be notified. Additionally, please contact the school office and the nurse’s office when changes occur with the emergency contact information.

If you have questions concerning restriction on attendance due to illness (fever, vomiting, etc.), medication forms, medicine administration, reporting illnesses, food allergies, physical activity limitations, etc. please contact our School Nurse.

Contact ­ Nurse Mia Evans , 404­-802-­8567, mevans@centennialacademycharter.org

Media Center Services

The Media Specialist manages electronic, print, video, and other information resources in order to help scholars and staff within the school retrieve and organize information. The media center is for all scholars, parents, and staff members. Hall passes are required to use the media center during the instructional day. While in the Media Center, scholars are expected to respect all scholars who are entitled to a quiet workplace, and to take good care of media center materials. Scholars wishing to check out books from the Media Center must have written parent permission on file. Scholars are responsible for all materials checked out from the media center and are expected to treat all books and magazines carefully and responsibly. If books are lost and/or damaged scholars are expected to pay any replacement fees. The school is authorized to withhold report cards and records pending return of media center books or payment of lost books. 

Contact ­ Jennifer Burke, 404­-802-­8561, jburke@centennialacademycharter.org

Responsible Technology Use Policy ­ At Centennial Academy, we use technology to enhance our mission to teach the skills, knowledge, and behaviors scholars will need to succeed in the global community. We expect scholars to embrace the following principles so they may become responsible, digital citizens. These technologies may include, but are not limited to, school­ provided equipment as well as personal devices (computers, tablets, cell phones, laptops, netbooks, e­readers, interactive whiteboards, etc.).

  1. Centennial Academy technology is intended for educational purposes only.
  2. All activity over the network or while using Centennial Academy technologies will be monitored.
  3. Access to online content via the school network will be filtered in accordance with our policies and federal regulations, including the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).
  4. Users are expected to follow the same rules for good behavior and respectful conduct online as offline.
  5. Misuse of school resources will result in disciplinary action.
  6. Centennial Academy makes every effort to ensure users safety and security online, but will not be held accountable for any harm or damages that result from the use of school technologies.

Internet Use: ­Centennial Academy has Internet access in the Media Center and classrooms. Prerequisites for Internet connection are a signed Acceptable Use Policy and Internet training. All Internet users must sign the Acceptable Use Policy and Internet Use Authorization Form. Scholar users must also have a parent or guardian sign the Parent Guardian Authorization Form. The purpose of school internet is to support research and the educational curriculum. The use of the Internet is a privilege and inappropriate use will result in the cancellation of those privileges and disciplinary actions taken. Scholars are not permitted to use the Internet without the supervision of a trained adult.

Electronic Devices: Centennial Academy Scholars are not permitted to use personal electronic devices on campus. Cell phones should not be on or visible on campus. Parents should contact the main office at 404-802-8550 to communicate with scholars. If a scholar brings a cell phone to campus, it will be confiscated and the scholar will be assigned a detention.

Counseling Services

Our counselors provide quality programs for scholars in all grades in three broad domains: self­-knowledge; educational and occupational; and career planning. Our Counselors support our entire school population in the areas of classroom guidance, small group non-­therapeutic counseling (grief, divorce, etc.) bully prevention, college and career awareness and exposure, and support with school-­wide initiatives such as Red Ribbon Week, Career Day, and Morning Meeting, Advisement, and our High School Transition process.  They are also important members of our Lighthouse Team that leads our Leader in Me program which guides our scholars through the 7 Habits of Highly Effective scholars.

Contact ­ LeCrisha Webb, Lead Counselor, Grades K-4, 404-802-8550, lwebb@centennialacademycharter.org

Grace Pniewski, Grades 5-8, 404-802-8550, gpniewski@centennialacademycharter.org

Lost & Found and Uniform Bank

Any article that has been lost and returned will be held for one grading period. After that time, items will be donated to a local charity. Items can be claimed by request at the Hero Desk. Please ensure that all of your child’s belongings are properly labeled.

The school has an established uniform bank. Any family who cannot afford to purchase uniforms may consult with the Family Liaison. Parents are expected to launder the uniforms and require scholars to wear the uniform on a daily basis once received.

Contact: Toshia Meadows, Family Liaison, 404-802-8550, tmeadows@centennialacademycharter.org

Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

Academic Program Overview

Centennial Academy employs a rigorous and relevant curriculum with an interdisciplinary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) design, which will provide scholars with the ability to learn in STEAM-­based units of learning, intentionally blending the core content into authentic, real­-world application opportunities. Centennial Academy provides scholars with real­-world, interdisciplinary project­-based learning opportunities during the 2019 - 2020 school year which will be celebrated through the various scholar-led showcases. Through our careful curriculum development and intentional, data ­driven teaching and learning process, scholars will acquire all necessary pre­requisite skills in reading; writing; listening and speaking; grammar and English proficiency; mathematics; scientific method; social studies and geography; visual arts; performing arts; independent study skills; and technology skills to meet the scholar performance objectives. Through this design, our scholars will focus on developing a broad range of “thinking skills” - critical thinking; creative thinking; decision making; logic and problem solving.

CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION

Curriculum Nights

Centennial Academy will have Curriculum Night at the beginning of the year. During the sessions, parents will receive face­-to-face, hands-­on learning experiences in each of the four major content areas of reading/language arts,mathematics, science and social studies. By the end, parents will identify the major standards needed for comprehensive understanding and mastery and receive resources to support their child’s development at home. We strongly encourage parents to come ready to learn, experience the learning expectations of their child and receive resources to support their child’s academic success.

Semester 1

Curriculum Night

September 16, 2019 (Lower Academy)

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

September 17, 2019 (Upper Academy)

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Syllabus (Upper Academy Only)

A course syllabus serves as a contract between the teacher and their respective scholars. A syllabus is both a document about the class content, goals, and elements and a guide for scholars to the kind of teaching and  learning they can expect in class. Course syllabi will be provided to each scholar in each period, core content and connections.  It is required that a parent/guardian sign and return the course syllabus to the homeroom teacher.

Scholar Consumables/Textbooks

Textbooks (when applicable) are provided without cost to scholars. Scholars are responsible and accountable for their upkeep and return in good condition. Scholars are responsible for all lost and damaged books and are expected to pay for replacement. The school will withhold report cards and records pending return of textbooks or payment for lost or damaged books.

School Supplies

Scholars are required to buy their own school supplies as determined by their teachers. Scholars must bring supplies to class every day. Please refer to your scholar’s grade level supply list for specific school supplies needed.

Homework Guidelines

Homework is an extension of the school day. Scholars are expected to meet the deadlines and expectations set by their teachers. The school­wide homework focus is on building reading fluency and math fluency and automaticity. In addition to the assigned homework, scholars should read appropriate texts and practice mathematics facts during non­-school hours. Homework is graded for completion and not accuracy.

Make up Work

Scholars must complete all work missed in a time frame equal to the number of days absent. The parent and scholar share the responsibility for getting the make­up work completed and turned in on time. If a scholar will be absent for an extended period, work should be requested at least three days prior to the beginning of the absence. Failure to make up missed work assignments will be reflected in the scholar’s grades, and in some cases, could have long­-range effects on a scholar’s overall progress.

Upper Academy (only) - Procedures regarding Make-Up work will be outlined in the Course Syllabus.

Intervention Block

The master schedule has been carefully constructed to support the needs of our scholars. Scholars will receive specialized instruction at their instructional level in the areas of reading and mathematics. Progress monitoring will be included in the Intervention Block. Teachers will use the data gleaned from the assessments to determine the instructional group for which the scholar will be placed. Scholars will receive standard and/or skill-based instructional support for 45 minutes each day. Our goal is to assess the scholars often to ensure scholars are grouped and instructed at the appropriate academic level. 

Educational Field Trips (Day Trips)

Participation**: ­ Field trips are an integral part of the educational experience. Periodically throughout the school year, grade levels will participate in off site and/or on­site field trips. Field trips are designed for scholars to engage in real­-life experiences to support the learning of the classroom. All field trip requests are approved by the Assistant Principal of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.

**Please Note: Excluding scholars from field-trips is not a consequence for classroom behavioral concerns. If a scholar exhibits a pattern of behavior that potentially poses unsafe conditions for the scholar, his/her peers, or teachers, an alternative plan will be discussed with parents in advance of the field trip.  

Permission Slips: ­ In order for scholars to participate in any off site field trip, parents must complete the 2019 - 2020 Field Trip Permission Form for whole-school events, and the field trip form provided by teachers for grade level field trips.

Payment Expectations: ­ While we do our best to offset the cost of field trips, some field trips require the financial contribution of the family. We ask that parents remit payment for field trips on time in order to ensure their scholar’s participation.

What if I would like to attend with my child? ­ Parents are welcome on field trips if they serve as chaperones. Since this is an off­-site educational experience, all adults accompanying scholars will be responsible for the safety, security of all scholars attending the trip. It is not allowable to attend the trip only to experience the trip with your child. In addition, all chaperones must complete the Volunteer Release Form and complete the Chaperone Training prior to attending any trip.

Infinite Campus

Parents can keep track of their child’s class schedule, attendance records and grades via the Infinite Campus Portal for Parents (CPP). Additionally, CPP enables parents to verify and update household information, including your e­mail address, home address and telephone numbers. All parents and/or guardians will have access to the tool. CPP can be accessed online using any Windows PC or Mac computer that has Internet access and one of the following web browsers:

We will provide parents with information on how to create a CPP username and password. Once parents have received a login (activation key), they can go to https://ic.apsk12.org/portal and select the link that reads “…have been assigned a Campus Portal Activation Key” under the “First time using Campus Portal? ” heading.

ASSESSMENT
Progress Monitoring

Centennial Academy’s policy stipulates that the progression of scholars will be continuous from one level to the next and will be characterized by early diagnosis, quality instructional and support services, including activities beyond the regular school day. By the end of third and fifth grades, scholars are expected to learn the basic skills in language arts and mathematics that are necessary to perform the course of study offered in the fourth and sixth grade. Except for scholars with an approved Individual Education Plan (IEP), which includes an exemption from this policy, no scholar will be promoted to the fourth or sixth grade who does not possess the skills needed to be successful in the regular curriculum.

Parent Conferences

Centennial Academy designates two mandatory conference periods during the course of the academic school year. During these times, all teachers are required to meet with 100% of their parents. Dates will be posted on the Community Calendar, School Website, and Parent Bulletin. The purpose of these mandatory conferences is to provide face­-to-­face reviews of the scholar’s progress during the course of the academic school year. Please note, we require two conferences per school year, and we invite parents to request a conference whenever needed. Conference requests by parents or teachers can be made by note, email or telephone. To minimize disruption of the instructional day, we ask that you plan to schedule conferences to be held after school or during the teacher’s planning period.

Grading

Centennial Academy grading is based on content weights. The grades in each content area will be calculated using the following weights:

Grading Scale

A        90­-100

B        80­-89

C        70­-79

F        0­-69

NE        Not evaluated

Progress Checks, Progress Reports and Report Cards

Progress Checks are dates when parents MUST access Infinite Campus to view their scholar’s current progress in each content area. This date is critical; it is the mid­point of each academic quarter, a total of 4 progress checks have been scheduled for the 2019 - 2020 school year. Please Note: If any of the grades posted in Infinite Campus are at a C or below, this check-in serves as the deficiency notice.

Parent Notification of the Progress Checks will be posted via all available forms of communication (email, website, and social media) on the following dates:

Progress Reports and Report Cards** are generated from the grades entered in Infinite Campus at the mid­point (Progress Reports) and end of each semester (Report Cards). Final grades are determined twice during the school year, end of semester 1 and semester 2.  

Type of Report

Date of Distribution

Method of Distribution

Progress Report (Mid-Semester 1)

Semester 1 Report Card

Wednesday, October 12, 2019

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Sent home via Scholar

MAILED

Progress Report (Mid-Semester 2)

Semester 2 Report Card

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Friday, May 29, 2020

Sent home via Scholar

MAILED

** Report Cards of scholars who have outstanding obligations will be held until all obligations are cleared. If you have any questions about your child’s progress, contact his/her teacher to arrange a conference.

SCHOOL CULTURE and CODE OF CONDUCT 

Schoolwide Discipline

All instructional staff will teach our Centennial Academy Heroes to make good decisions and accept responsibility by helping them cultivate the character traits of a HERO.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a researched and proven way to systematically and proactively create and sustain positive school culture and climate. By using scholars’ natural proclivity for recognition, PBIS acknowledges and catalyzes positive behavior, leading to decreased negative incidents and more motivation and productivity in the classroom.

At Centennial Academy, we utilize the LiveSchool software platform that enhances the PBIS system to help achieve goals for sustaining a positive climate and culture. The LiveSchool platform is a merit-based point system that focuses on acknowledging specific positive social and academic scholar behaviors.

Scholar Expectations and HERO Traits

Centennial Academy is committed to establishing an environment of excellence where being a HERO is the priority. What does being a Centennial Academy HERO mean and look like?

H: HAVE all materials along with a prepared mind and body on a daily basis.

E: ENGAGE in new learning and growth by listening attentively when others are speaking, and participating in new and challenging STEAM activities.

R: RESPECT by understanding that every aspect of Centennial Academy is deserving of their right to exist.

O: OFFER a HERO’S Hand

 

Have

Engage

Respect

Offer

Classroom

Have all materials needed for class including pencil, paper, and homework.

Engage in appropriate classroom behavior by raising your hand to speak, waiting your turn, using an inside voice and following all classroom procedures.

Respect adults and classmates by following instructions and listening to others.

Offer great examples of safety by staying in your seat unless you have permission to get up.

Teachers should: teach, model, and role­play expectations; establish manager system; be consistent; plan for success.

Hallways and Walkways

Have permission to be in the hallway including the guidance of a teacher, hall pass or note.

Engage in appropriate hallway behavior by keeping your hands to yourself and walking in a line on the right side of the walkway..

Respect the desire for others to learn by walking silently to your destination.

Offer a smile to adults and peers as you walk by.

Teachers should encourage appropriate behavior, designate line leaders, stopping points & walk so they can see all scholars.

Bathroom

Have all materials necessary for the bathroom (soap, bathroom pass if given permission by teacher).

Engage by staying quiet while in the pod areas, following directions, and going directly to and from the restroom if given permission by a teacher.

Respect the bathroom areas by using the facilities and materials properly and throwing all paper towels and trash.

Offer great

examples of hygiene by washing hands and staying safe by always walking.

Teachers should: teach, model, and role­play expectations and routines; provide passes; and teach good hygiene.

Assemblies

Have appropriate eye contact and body language when there is a speaker and have appropriate sitting space.

Engage in the speaker and presentation by asking and answering appropriate questions or recognizing when to stay quiet.

Respect by entering and exiting silently in a single file line ,clapping at appropriate times and remaining seated.

Offer their attention and best behavior to any guest during a presentation.

Teachers should: teach, model, and role­play expectations; sit with your scholars, and encourage appropriate behavior.

Cafeteria

Have lunch materials (lunch money or lunchbox) as they enter the cafeteria.

Engage in following rules by proceeding through the cafeteria line quietly and in a single file line.

Respect all adults and follow directions from all adults and use good table manners.

Offer kind words in conversation at the table.

Teachers should: teach, model, and role­play expectations, manners, and routines.

Bus & Dismissal

Have and use appropriate behavior and language, obeying the bus driver at all times.

Engage in following the rules by staying seated, keeping all items in bus, keeping the bus clean, and riding your assigned bus.

Respect the bus driver and all bus riders.

Offer assistance to younger bus riders as well as new bus riders.

Teachers should: teach, model, and role­play dismissal and bus procedures and expectations.

Playground

Have clothing to dress appropriately for outdoor play.

Engage by participating in all recess activities.

Respect fellow classmates, follow rules, and take care of playground equipment.

Offer support by being a team player and good sport in activities.

Teachers should: teach, model, and role­play expectations; actively monitor scholar activities.

Centennial Academy is committed to sound discipline practices that provide scholars an effective and safe learning environment.  Our vision is to create a learning environment in which all scholars meet their full potential and are prepared for success in their future.  Our mission is to create a culture of opportunity where scholars are developed into creative critical thinkers. This will be achieved through strong partnerships that support a crib to eighth grade model school with STEAM focused curriculum.  Centennial is the home of the Heroes because we believe in our potential to create positive leaders who possess vision, courage, and the discovery to make the world a better place.

Everyone is entitled to a safe, secure, orderly, and enjoyable environment in which to learn and work.  The rules and regulations in this code are designed toward that end and are effective during the following times and places:

  1. On school grounds at any time;
  2. Off school grounds at a school bus stop, on a school bus, school activity, function, or event;
  3. When either the alleged perpetrator or the alleged victim is en route to and/or from school, or to or from a school activity, function or event;
  4. Off school grounds when the behavior of a scholar (1) could result in the scholar being criminally charged with a felony or which could result in a felony criminal charge if committed by an adult; and which (2) makes the scholar's continued presence at school a potential danger to person or property at school or which disrupts the educational process.
  5. Off school grounds while the scholar is participating in or attending school-sponsored or school-related activities such as field trips, conferences, or athletic events; or is otherwise subject to the jurisdiction of school authorities;
  6. Off school grounds when the misconduct is directed at a school scholar or employee and is related to the victim's school affiliation, or when the off-campus conduct directly affects the safety and welfare of the school community or the orderly mission and function of the school; and
  7. Off school grounds and when a scholar leaves without permission (AWOL) of a school official.

Definitions

Discipline Levels

Centennial Academy follows a progressive discipline process that is designed to create the expectation that the degree of discipline will be in proportion to the severity of the behavior leading to the discipline, that the previous discipline history of the scholar being disciplined and other relevant factors will be taken into account, and that all due process procedures required by federal and state law will be followed. (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-735)

Level 1 infractions are minor acts of misconduct which interfere with orderly school procedures, school functions, or extracurricular programs, approved transportation, or a scholar’s own learning process.

School Level

Range of Consequences

Elementary Division

Administrative conference to three (3) days of Administrative Detention and/or restitution

Upper Academy

Administrative conference to three (3) days of In-School Suspension (ISS) and/or restitution

Level 2 infractions are intermediate acts of misconduct. These acts include, but are not limited to, repeated, but unrelated, Level 1 Infractions and misbehavior directed against persons or property but which do not seriously endanger health, safety or well­being of others.

School Level

Range of Consequences

Elementary Division

In-School Suspension (ISS) to five (5) days Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) and/or restitution

Upper Academy

In-School Suspension (ISS) to five (5) days Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) and/or restitution

Level 3 infractions are serious acts of misconduct. These behaviors include, but are not limited to, repeated misbehaviors of a similar nature, serious disruptions of the school environment that may threaten health, safety, or property and other acts of serious misconduct. Scholars who reach this level will automatically be referred to an administrator.  Any misconduct that threatens the health, safety, or well-being of others may result in immediate suspension of the scholar from the school and/or school-sponsored activities for up to ten (10) school days, pending disciplinary investigation of the allegations. In addition to possible suspension, scholars who commit these offenses may be recommended for long-term suspension or expulsion and reassignment to an alternative school.

School Level

Range of Consequences

Elementary Division

Consequences range from out of school-of-school suspension to a scholar discipline hearing which could result in expulsion.

Upper Academy

Consequences range from out of school-of-school suspension to a scholar discipline hearing which could result in expulsion.

Scholar OFFENSES

  1. ALCOHOL/ILLEGAL DRUGS/INHALANTS:
  1. No scholar shall possess, consume, store, or be under any degree of influence of alcoholic beverages (including related products such as “near” beer, non- alcoholic beer, and nonalcoholic wine coolers) and/or illegal drugs, narcotics, hallucinogens, amphetamines, barbiturates, marijuana, or any other substance listed under the Georgia Controlled Substances Act or any substance believed by the scholar to be alcohol or an illegal drug. Legal intoxication is not required for violation of this Code of Conduct.
  2. No scholar shall possess, transmit, store, buy, sell, distribute or possess with intent to sell any drug-related paraphernalia. (Level 2-3)
  3. No scholar shall falsely present or identify a substance to be alcohol or an illegal drug. (Level 2-3)
  4. No scholar shall buy, sell, or otherwise distribute or possess with intent to distribute or attempt to buy, sell, or otherwise distribute or possess with intent to distribute alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, narcotics, hallucinogens, amphetamines, barbiturates, or marijuana, or any other substance listed under the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, or any substance falsely identified as such, or is believed by the purchaser to be an alcoholic beverage or illegal drug, narcotics, hallucinogens, amphetamines, barbiturates, or marijuana, or any other substance listed under the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.
  5. No scholar shall sniff or be under the influence of inhalants and/or other substances. 6. No scholar shall be in possession or under the influence of synthetic Cannabinoids such as “K-2” (Also known as Spice, Blayze II, RedBird, Mojo, VooDoo Magic, Spice Gold, Yucatan Fire, Demon and Serenity).

NOTE: Alcohol/Illegal Drug/Inhalant offenses are cumulative for grades K-8. 

Consequences for Possession or Personal Use:  

Consequences for Buying, Selling, Distributing and Possessing with Intent to Distribute:

  1. ATTENDANCE VIOLATIONS
  1. A scholar shall not be truant by failing to attend school in compliance with the Georgia Compulsory Attendance Laws. (Level 1)
  2. No scholar shall be tardy for a class or activity for which he/she is enrolled without a valid excuse. (Level 1)
  3. No scholar shall miss any class or activity for which he/she is enrolled without a valid excuse. (Level 2)
  4. scholars shall not leave school grounds during the course of the regularly scheduled school day without the permission of a parent/guardian and the Principal or designee. scholars must follow the established procedures for checking in or out of school. (Level 2)
  1. BOMB THREATS:

Consequences for Bomb Threats:

  1. BULLETS, BB’S, PAINTBALL PELLETS
  1. scholars may not possess ammunition, BB’s, paint pellets, or CO2 cartridges.  These items are disruptive to the function of the school and may pose a safety risk. (Level 1-3)

  1. BUS BEHAVIORS:

scholars shall follow all scholar behavior policies and regulations while at the bus stop and on school-provided transportation including, but not limited to, the prohibitions on physical violence, bullying, assault, battery, disrespectful conduct, or other unruly behavior. In addition:

  1. scholars must keep all body parts inside the bus at all times. (Level 1-3 and/or suspension from the bus for a specified time)
  2. Nothing may be thrown into, within, out of, or at the bus. (Level 1-3 and/or suspension from the bus for a specified time)
  3. Bus Disruptions: No scholar shall act in any manner so as to interfere with a driver’s ability to safely drive the bus or another scholar’s ability to ride the bus without harassing or loud distractions.  scholars must remain seated at all times unless directed by the driver.  scholars must remain quiet at all railroad crossings. (Level 1-3 and/or suspension from the bus for a specified time)
  4. Emergency doors and windows are to be used only at the direction of the driver. (Level 1-3 and/or suspension from the bus for a specified time)
  5. Scholars may not ride a bus or disembark a bus at a bus stop other than that assigned for their residence without submitting a written request from their parent/guardian to the Assistant Head of School or designee for approval. (Level 1-3 and/or suspension from the bus for a specified time)
  6. Scholars shall not use any electronic devices during the operation of a school bus, including but not limited to: cell phones; pagers; audible radios, tape players, and compact disc players without headphones; or any other electronic device, that may interfere with the bus’ communication equipment or the driver’s operation of the school bus.  scholars may not use any electronic device to video or audio record while on school provided transportation vehicles. (Level 1-3 and/or suspension from the bus for a specified time)
  7. Scholars shall not use mirrors, lasers, flashing lights, flash cameras, or any other lights or reflective surfaces in a manner, which might interfere with the operation of the school bus. (Level 1-3 and/or suspension from the bus for a specified time)
  8. Scholars who commit sexual offenses against scholars, or physical offenses against Centennial Academy employees (as defined elsewhere in the Code of Conduct) on the school bus will receive penalties for the offense(s) as specified in this Code of Conduct for these offenses and may also be suspended from the bus for a specified time.

If a scholar has been found to have engaged in battery, acts of physical violence, bullying or physical threats on the school bus, the scholar’s parent/guardian shall be required to meet with the Assistant Head of School or designee to execute a bus behavior contract.  

  1. PERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS/ELECTRONIC DEVICES:
  1. Scholars shall not use, display, or turn on communication devices, cellular phones, video phones, or electronic devices during instructional time, class change time, breakfast or lunch.  (Level 1)
  2. Scholars shall not use personal technology resources to distribute or display inappropriate material.  Inappropriate material does not serve an instructional or educational purpose and includes but is not limited to the following:
  1. Scholars shall not use personal technology devices to access chat rooms/social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat during the regular school day for non-instructional purposes and without the express permission of the teacher (Level 1-2)
  2. Scholars shall not use audio or visual recording devices without the permission of a school administrator.  This includes, but is not limited to, using recording devices to video, photograph, or record misbehaviors or to violate the privacy of others. (Level 1-3)

  1. DISRESPECTFUL CONDUCT:
  1. No scholar shall use any type of profane, vulgar, obscene or ethnically offensive language (written or oral) or gestures. (K-4 - Level 2) (5-8 - Level 2-3)
  2. No scholar shall possess or distribute profane, vulgar, pornographic, obscene, or ethnically offensive materials. (Level 1-2)
  3. A scholar shall not use profane, obscene, or abusive language (written or oral) or gestures toward Centennial Academy personnel or other adults on school property or at school sponsored events (Level 2-3)
  4. Insubordination: All scholars shall comply with reasonable directions or commands of all authorized Centennial Academy personnel or designees. (Level 1-3)
  5. All scholars shall comply with the directions of a staff member to remove themselves from the location of a disruptive situation. (Level 1-3)
  6. No scholar shall refuse to identify oneself upon request of any Centennial Academy employee or designee. (Level 1-2)
  7. No scholar shall repeatedly violate the school dress code. (Level 1-2)
  8. No scholar shall fail to attend Saturday School, Detention, or In-School Suspension. (Level 1-2)

  1. DISRUPTION OF SCHOOL:
  1. Class Disruption: No scholars shall intentionally make noise or act in any other manner so as to interfere with a teacher’s ability to conduct a class or a scholar’s ability to learn. (Level 1-3)
  2. School Disruption: No scholar shall, in any manner, by the use of violence, force, noise, coercion, threats, intimidation, fear, passive resistance, or any other conduct, intentionally cause the disruption of any lawful mission, process or function of the school, or engage in any such conduct for the purpose of causing the disruption or obstruction of any lawful mission, process, or function.
  3. Scholars may not enter the school building after hours without express permission. (Level 2-3)
  4. Scholars may not return to campus or attend any school function while on suspension. (K-4 - Level 1-2) (5-8 - Level 2-3)
  5. Scholars may not be present in an unauthorized area. (Level 1-2)
  6. Scholars shall not occupy nor block the entrance/exit of the school building, gymnasium, school grounds, properties, or part(s) thereof with the intent to deprive others of its use, or when the effect thereof is to deprive others of such use.
  7. Scholars shall not prevent or attempt to prevent the convening or continued function of any school, class, activity or lawful meeting or assembly on the school campus. (Level 1-3)
  8. Scholars shall not prevent scholars from attending a class or school activity. (Level 1-3)
  9. No scholar shall, except under the direct instruction of the Assistant Head of School, block normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic on a school campus or adjacent grounds. (Level 1-3)
  10. No scholar shall be involved in a serious verbal altercation that disrupts the school, class, or school activities. (Level 2-3)
  1. FALSE REPORTS:
  1. No scholar shall knowingly and willfully make false reports or statements whether orally or in writing; falsely accuse other scholars of wrong actions; falsely accuse Centennial Academy employees of wrong action or inappropriate conduct; falsify school records; or forge signatures.  (K-4 - Level 1-2) (5-8 - Level 1-3)
  2. No scholar shall make or cause false calls to emergency services including false fire alarms which creates a potentially dangerous interruption to the normal school operation and to both the physical and emotional well-being of scholars and staff.

  1. GAMBLING:
  1. No scholar shall participate in any type of gambling activity as defined by state law or that involves the wagering or betting of services, money or other items. (Level 1-2)

  1. GANG RELATED ACTIVITY:
  1. No scholar shall engage in any activity while participating in a gang which interferes with the orderly conduct of school activities, with discipline in the schools, or with the rights of other scholars or faculty members. (K-4 - Level 1-3) (5-8 - Level 2-3)
  2. No scholar shall display identified gang tattoos. (K-4 - Level 1-3) (5-8 - Level 2-3)
  3. No scholar shall hold himself/herself out as a member of a gang. (K-4 - Level 1-3) (5-8 - Level 2-3)
  4. No scholar shall recruit or solicit membership in any gang or gang-related organization. (K-4 - Level 1-3) (5-8 - Level 2-3)
  5. No scholar shall engage in any other gang-related behavior which is subversive to good order and discipline in the school, even though such behavior is not specified in the preceding written rules. (K-4 - Level 1-3) (5-8 - Level 2-3)

NOTE: Gang Related Activity offenses are cumulative for grades 5-8.

  1. HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, THREATS (VERBAL, WRITTEN OR ELECTRONIC), AND BULLYING BEHAVIOR:
  1. No scholar shall engage in harassment, intimidation, or abuse of or toward any other scholar(s), Centennial Academy employees or other adults for any reason.  This prohibition includes but is not limited to, harassment, intimidation or abuse of scholars or others based on actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or a physical characteristic. (K-4 - Level 1-3) (5-8 - Level 2-3)
  2. No scholar shall threaten, either verbally, in writing, electronically, or by physical presence, expressed or implied, or conspire to cause bodily injury to any scholar, Centennial Academy employee or non-employee. (Level 2-3)
  3. No scholar shall participate in bullying/cyberbullying behavior as defined in the Code of Conduct.

First Offense:

Second Offense:

Third and Subsequent Offenses:  

Parents/guardians of scholars who are victims of bullying or are found to have committed bullying behaviors will be notified via conference or letter/referral.  Staff members should report instances of these behaviors to school administration immediately so that administrators may review them in a timely manner.

Employees, volunteers, scholars and parents/guardians/other persons that have control of scholars may report or otherwise provide information on bullying activity to a school administrator anonymously if they choose.  No person who reports bullying behaviors will be retaliated against by any school employee.  scholars who retaliate against others for reports of bullying behavior are subject to discipline which may include enhanced consequences.  scholars who knowingly file a false report of bullying will also be disciplined.

Scholars, parents/guardians and other stakeholders may report incidents of bullying to an administrator, teacher, counselor or other staff member in WRITING using the Centennial Academy Incident Form. Verbal reports will not be considered as official reports. Once a Centennial Academy Scholar Bullying Incident Form has been completed it may be given to any Centennial Academy staff member. Centennial staff members are required to submit this form to an administrator or designee within 24 hours of receipt. The Centennial Academy Scholar Bullying Incident Form can be found in the main office, on the school’s website, or in the back of the appendix of this handbook.

**When a scholar, parent, or staff member uses the word “bullying” to describe an incident involving a scholar, the flow chart, located in the Appendix will be used to assess if we are indeed dealing with a bullying incident versus a conflict.

Centennial Academy is committed to equitable and swift resolution of harassment issues. Any scholar experiencing harassment should follow any or all of these measures:

  1. Let the offender know you want the behavior to stop. Be clear and direct. Do not apologize.
  2. Make a record of when, where, and how you were mistreated; include witnesses (if any), direct quotations, and other evidence.
  3. If you are not comfortable confronting the offender alone, ask a friend or adult to accompany you, or write a letter to the offender, keeping a copy.
  4. Scholars should notify their teacher or another adult staff member.

  1. INCENDIARY DEVICES:
  1. No scholar shall possess, light, and/or discharge smoke bombs, stink bombs, fireworks, cigarette lighters, matches, or similar devices. (Level 2)

  1. OFF-CAMPUS OFFENSES:
  1. Off-campus misconduct for which a scholar shall be disciplined includes, but is not limited to, any off-campus conduct that is:

  1. OTHER BEHAVIORS:
  1. No scholar shall participate in any activity that is subversive to good order and discipline of the school not specifically addressed in the other sections of this Code of Conduct. (Level 1-3)

  1. PARTIES TO THE OFFENSE:
  1. No scholar shall urge, encourage, counsel, further, promote, assist, cause, advise, procure, or abet any other scholar(s) to violate any section or paragraph of this Centennial Academy Code of Conduct. (Level 1-3)

  1. PHYSICAL OFFENSES:

Administrators or designees will continue to exercise professional discretion in determining incidents of horseplay, intentional spitting, physical altercation, fighting or physical bullying, or self-defense as defined by Georgia law in O.C.G.A. § 16-3-21. Administrators or designees will have the authority to assign consequences based on behavior related to specific incidents. This may include differentiated discipline assigned on a case by case basis. The minimum consequences for prohibited behaviors will apply as noted in this Code of Conduct.

NOTE:

  1. No scholar shall use any device, chemical, irritant, or substance in a manner inconsistent with its intended or prescribed use, or in a manner designed to cause harm, physical irritation, or allergic reaction.  Examples include, but are not limited to, directing a laser optical pointer or similar device at another person’s eyes, and applying “itching powder” or like substances to another person. (Level 1-2)
  2. Scholars may not possess or use any device designed to produce a mild electrical shock. (Level 1-2)
  3. Scholars shall not engage in rough or boisterous activities. (Level 1-2)
  4. No scholar shall participate in any kind of physical altercation. (Level 2-3)
  5. No scholar shall participate in any kind of physical harassment (This can include forms of hazing, intentionally spitting, shanking [i.e. intentionally exposing another scholar’s undergarments]). (Level 2-3)
  6. No scholar shall participate in any type of fighting. (Cumulative in grades 5-8) 

First Offense:

Second Offense:

Third and Subsequent Offenses:  

  1. No scholar shall gang up with any scholar or scholars to physically attack another scholar or other persons. (Cumulative in grades 6-8).

First Offense:

Second Offense and Subsequent Offenses:

  1. No scholar shall make a physical threat as defined in the Centennial Academy Code of Conduct.

First Offense:

Second Offense:

Third and Subsequent Offenses:  

  1. No scholar shall commit battery as defined in the Centennial Academy Code of Conduct.

First Offense:

Second Offense:

Third and Subsequent Offenses:  

  1. Physical Offenses upon Centennial Academy Employees (Cumulative in grades K-2, grades 3-4, and grades 5-8):

If a scholar commits an act of physical threat (assault) upon a Centennial Academy employee, a mandatory disciplinary hearing must be held, regardless of the recommended discipline, unless the hearing is waived.  A disciplinary hearing regarding a recommendation for a short-term out of school (10 days OSS or less) may be waived by the employee.  A disciplinary hearing regarding a recommendation of long-term out-of-school suspension (11 days OSS or more) may be waived by both the employee and the parent/guardian.

Physical Threat:

First Offense:

Second Offense:

Third and Subsequent Offenses:  

Physical Violence Without Harm:

No scholar shall intentionally commit an act of assault or battery of an insulting or provoking nature with the person of a Centennial Academy employee, unless such contact was in self-defense,as provided in Georgia law in O.C.G.A. § 16-3-21.

First Offense:

Second Offense:

Third and Subsequent Offenses:

Physical Violence With Harm:

No scholar shall intentionally commit an act of assault or battery, which causes physical harm to a Centennial Academy employee, unless such physical contacts or physical harms were in self-defense, as provided in Georgia law in O.C.G.A. § 16-3-21.

First Offense:

  1. PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
  1. No scholar shall be in possession of prescription medication not prescribed for the scholar.  In addition, a scholar shall not sell, distribute, or possess with intent to distribute any prescribed medication on school property. (Level 2-3)

NOTE: If the prescription drug is a controlled substance under the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, the scholar shall be found to have violated scholar Offense 1, Alcohol/Illegal Drugs/Inhalants, and shall be disciplined according to that Section.

NOTE: Cumulative in grades 5-8

  1. PROPERTY RELATED OFFENSES

        NOTE: Parents/guardians and/or scholars will be held responsible for restitution of the full value of any

damaged or stolen property.

  1. No scholar shall intentionally cause substantial damage to personal property belonging to a District employee or another scholar. (Level 2-3)
  2. No scholar shall set fire to any private property or school property either while one school grounds or off school grounds during a school activity, function, or event. (Level 2-3 and contact Public Safety).
  3. No scholar shall attempt to, threaten to, or actually damage, destroy, vandalize, or steal private property or school property on school grounds. (K-4 - Level 1-3 and contact Public Safety) (5-8 - Level 2-3 and contact Public Safety)
  4. No scholar shall attempt to, threaten to, or actually damage, destroy, vandalize, or steal private property or school property off school grounds during a school activity, function or event.  (Level 2-3 and contact Public Safety)
  5. No scholar shall possess stolen private property or school property on school grounds. (Level 2-3 and contact Public Safety)

  1. SEXUAL OFFENSES:

        Sexual offenses are prohibited against members of the same sex as well as members of the opposite

sex.

  1. No scholar shall be engaged in amorous kissing, other inordinate displays of affection. (Level 1-2)
  2. No scholar shall consent to and participate in any form of sexual activity. (Level 2-3 and contact Public Safety)
  3. No scholar shall expose one’s intimate body parts or “moon” in public.  Intimate body parts include the primary genital area, anus, groin, inner thighs, or buttocks of a male or female and the breasts of a female. (Level 2-3)
  4. No scholar shall commit any act of verbal, written, gesture oriented, or physical sexual misconduct on school property, school buses, at school-sponsored events, or while using school technology resources. (Level 2-3)
  5. No scholar shall participate in verbal or visual conduct of a sexual nature (including, offensive slurs, sexually offensive drawings, photographs or posters directed towards another person) where there is a pattern of harassing behavior or a single significant incident. (Level 2-3)
  6. No scholar shall participate in physical conduct of a sexual nature (including, but not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances or gestures) where there is a pattern of harassing behavior or a single significant incident.  (Level 2-3 and contact Public Safety)
  7. No scholar shall commit any act of sexual battery as defined in the Centennial Academy Code of Conduct on school property, school buses, or at school-sponsored events.

First Offense:

Second Offense:

Third and Subsequent Offenses:  

  1. No scholar shall commit any act of sexual molestation or the attempts thereof as defined in the Centennial Academy Code of Conduct on school property, school buses, or at school-sponsored events.

First Offense:

Second or Subsequent Offenses:

  1. STIMULANTS
  1. A scholar shall not consume, possess, sell, distribute, or possess with intent to distribute diet pills, caffeine pills, or other stimulant on school property. (Level 2-3)

  1. TECHNOLOGY OFFENSES:

        All scholars using school technology must have a signed Internet Use Form on file with the school.  Unauthorized access and prohibited behaviors are fully discussed and defined in the Technology Acceptable Use Policy.  School technology cannot be outside of school related purposes.

  1.  scholars will not purposefully look for security problems because such action may be considered an unauthorized attempt to gain access to school technology resources. (Level 2-3 and contact Public Safety)
  2. scholars will not attempt to or disrupt the school technology resources by destroying, altering, or otherwise modifying technology.  Hacking is strictly prohibited. (Level 3 and contact Public Safety)
  3. scholars will not use school technology resources to solicit business, advertise, or engage in any other selling activities in support of non-school related fund-raising or private business enterprises. (Level 1-3)
  4. scholars will not engage in any activity that monopolizes, wastes, or compromises school technology resources. (Level 2-3)
  5. scholars will not copy computer programs, software or other technology provided by Centennial Academy for personal use.  Downloading unauthorized files is strictly prohibited. (Level 1-3)
  6. No scholar shall attempt to, threaten to, or actually damage, destroy, vandalize, or steal private property or school property while using school technology resources on or off school grounds. (Level 2-3, restitution and contact Public Safety)
  7. scholars will not use school technology resources to distribute nor display inappropriate material.  Inappropriate material does not serve an instructional or educational purpose and includes but is not limited to the following:
  1. scholars shall not commit any other prohibited act discussed in the Internet Acceptable Use Policy.  This includes any modification of school records. (Level 1-3)
  2. scholars may not use school technology devices to access chat rooms/social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram without the express permission of the teacher.
  3. scholars may not use audio or visual recording devices without permission of a school administrator.  This includes, but is not limited to, using recording devices to video or record misbehaviors or to violate the privacy of others. (Level 1-3)
  4. scholars may not access the technology (software, online programs, email, etc.) accounts of any individuals in the school without their express consent. (Level 1-3)

  1. TOBACCO:
  1. scholar possession or use of tobacco or tobacco product substitutes (e.g., tobacco look-alikes, such as BaccOff), cigarette look-alikes (e.g., electronic cigarettes), hookahs and hookah look-alikes (e.g., electronic hookahs) on school property and at school-sponsored events is prohibited.

Lower Academy (K-4):

Upper Academy (5-8):

  1. WEAPONS:
  1. A scholar who wants to use a weapon or look-alike weapon in an exhibit, presentation, or activity in a classroom or at a school-sponsored event must meet the following requirements:
  1. Prohibition: A scholar shall not possess, handle, transmit, or cause to be transmitted; use or threaten to use; sell, attempt to sell, or conspire to sell a weapon, either concealed or open to view, on school property.  A weapon includes a dangerous weapon, firearm or hazardous object, as further defined below.  All weapons shall be confiscated and given to Public Safety or other law enforcement agencies as appropriate.  The disposition of confiscated weapons shall be determined by the superintendent or his/her designated school official, in conjunction with law enforcement.

NOTE: The definition of a “weapon” for the purposes of this Code of Conduct is one that includes, but is not limited, the following items:

Category I Weapon - Dangerous Weapon or Firearm (Loaded or Unloaded):

NOTE: Category I Weapon offenses are cumulative in grades K-4 and grades 5-8.

Dangerous weapon means any weapon which fires explosive or non-explosive rockets or weapon which is designed to explode to injure, kill, destroy armor, or similar weapon used for such purpose as defined in O.C.G.A. § 16-11-121.

Firearm means a handgun, rifle, shotgun, or other weapon which will or can be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or electrical charge.

First and Subsequent Offenses:

Category II Weapon - Hazardous Object:

NOTE: Category II Weapon offenses are cumulative in grades K-4 and grades 5-8.

Hazardous object means any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, any other knife having a blade of two or more inches, straight-edge razor, razor blade, spring stick, knuckles, whether made from metal, thermoplastic, wood, or other similar material, blackjack, any bat, club, or other bludgeon-type weapon, or any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nun chahka, nunchuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain, or any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart, or any instrument of like kind, any nonlethal air gun, and any stun gun or taser as defined O.C.G.A. § 16-11-106 or any tool or instrument which the school administration could reasonably conclude as being used as a weapon or intended by the scholar to be used as a weapon and thus a violation of the intent of this Code of Conduct.

First Offense:

Second and Subsequent Offenses:

Category III Weapon:

Any knife or instrument having a blade of less than two inches, any “look-alike” firearm, or plastic disposable razor or sling shot.

First Offense:

Second and Subsequent Offenses:

Scholar Questioning by Officials

Scholar Questioning by School Administrators: Administrators have the responsibility and authority to question scholars for the purpose of maintaining a safe and orderly school environment. Though it is important to inform parents about issues of concern, parental consent is not required prior to the questioning of scholars.

Scholar Interaction with Social Workers and Counselors: School Social Workers and Counselors must develop trusting relationships with the scholars they serve. Most interventions with scholars occur on an individual basis. There is a professional obligation to respect the privacy of their scholars. Parents and guardians should be aware that scholar conversations with social workers and counselors are confidential and are not disclosed to parents.

Department of Family and Child Services (DFCS): DFCS officials investigating suspected child abuse are permitted to conduct reasonable interviews and inspections of children. Notice to parents is neither required nor desirable when the subject of that investigation may be the parents. If the investigation involves suspected child abuse by individuals other than those residing in the child’s household, parents will be informed that such interviews are being requested. DFCS officials should contact the school to schedule an appropriate time to conduct reasonable interviews and inspections of children.

Law Enforcement: School Resource Officers (SROs) are permitted to question scholars at school without prior parental approval for non­criminal incidents. If SROs must question scholars for criminal incidents, they must follow criminal procedures as defined by their employing law enforcement agencies and state law. Law enforcement officers from other agencies investigating non­-school ­related matters may question scholars with the consent of the parent/guardian. Law enforcement officers who have a detention order or warrant for arrest, or states that the situation involves pursuit of a suspect linked to a felony crime may question scholars without parental consent.

Disciplinary Hearings

The Assistant Principal of Student Life and Leadership may conduct informal due process hearings that may result in suspension. However, in any instance of a level three or level four infraction, the Assistant Principal of Student Life and Leadership shall refer the scholar to the Scholar Disciplinary Tribunal.

Scholar Disciplinary Tribunal

The Scholar Disciplinary Tribunal is presided over by an independent legal representative(s). This officer or group will hear evidence concerning charges of misconduct, and if proven, may require consequences greater than a suspension from school.

The Disciplinary Tribunal may issue a short­-term suspension, long-­term suspension, or permanent expulsion of any scholar found to have violated the Code of Conduct. If a hearing is called, the scholar will be suspended from school until the hearing can be held. The hearing will be no later than ten (10) school days after the beginning of the suspension unless the parent and school mutually agree to an extension or the conduct of the scholar or parent causes a delay beyond the said ten (10) ­day period. Prior to the hearing, scholars and parents will receive a written notice of the meeting.

The scholar or parent is entitled to request the presence of a witness, present evidence, and have an attorney at the hearing. The Assistant Principal of Student Life and Leadership should be notified forty-­eight (48) hours prior to the hearing of any witnesses or representatives that will be present. The decision of the Disciplinary Tribunal may be appealed by submitting a written notice of appeal to The Atlanta Public Schools’ Office of Discipline  within (10) calendar days from the date of the decision is made. The appeal should be sent to the attention of  The Atlanta Public Schools’ Office of Discipline within ten (10) days from the date the decision is made.

Teacher Protocols

Each teacher and/or grade level teams will develop, post, and implement a consistent discipline plan. Each teacher will use this plan to deal with minor classroom offenses. The plan will be based on the school­wide HERO expectations and tiered approach to discipline.

Each plan is expected to include but not limited to:

  1. Teaching, modeling, and role playing expectations
  2. Consistently Modeling appropriate behavior
  3. Posted Expectations (affirmative and developed with scholars)
  4. Incentives for good behavior
  5. Reminding scholar of class rule that has been violated
  6. Providing alternatives (Quiet space and/or time, etc.).
  7. Scholar­-teacher conference
  8. Time­out in the classroom
  9. Time­out in a team member’s classroom
  10. Planned positive phone communication
  11. Scheduling a parent conference (an administrator and/or scholar may be included)

Behavior Support Strategies

Prevention Level One Strategies

Classroom & School­-Wide Strategies for all scholars

  • Morning Meeting
  • Rule creation
  • Interactive Modeling
  • Role ­playing
  • Positive teacher language
  • Logical consequences
  • Classroom organization
  • Collaborative problem­ solving
  • Scholar Manager System
  • Incentives
  • Classroom & School­-wide Recognition Program (board and ceremony)
  • Peer Mediation

Prevention Level Two Strategies

 Interventions for scholars with at-­risk behaviors

  • Additional modeling
  • Additional  role­playing
  • Buddy teacher time­out
  • Additional collaborative problem­ solving
  • Individual written agreements

Prevention Level Three Strategies

Highly individualized interventions for scholars with seriously disruptive behaviors

  • Behavior Contracts
  • Scholar Services Team Referral
  • Individualized monitoring, evaluation, and counseling

2019 - 2020 Parent and Scholar Handbook

Parent Acknowledgment Quick Sheet

The Parent and Scholar Handbook (“Handbook”) contains important information about the policies, procedures, and programs of Centennial Academy. Scholars and parents should read the handbook at the start of the school year and keep the handbook for future reference. The full handbook is located at www.centennialacademycharter.org.


This abbreviated document details key aspects of the handbook. My initials and signature acknowledges that I have read the handbook, reviewed it with my scholar, and I agree to the terms outlined on this acknowledgment sheet.
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Initials                Policy/Procedures from Handbook

_______                When a scholar is absent, he/she must bring a note to school signed by a parent/legal guardian or physician stating

the reason for the absence.  The note must be given to the Hero Desk Receptionist within 48 hours of returning to

school.

_______                Scholars can only be dropped off at the front door door between 7:15 am - 8:00 am. No scholars can be dropped off

at any other entrance or prior to 7:15 am.

_______                The instructional day begins promptly at 8:00 am. Any scholar arriving after 8:00 am will be marked tardy and must

be walked to the Hero Desk to be signed in by a parent/guardian.

_______                Lower Academy dismissal begins at 3:00 pm daily. Upper Academy dismissal begins at 3:15 pm daily. For the safety

and security of all scholars, parents are not allowed to alter or interrupt the flow of the dismissal process. All parents

must remain orderly, wait in line, and cooperate with all staff members. Parents are not allowed to enter the building

during dismissal. The Hero Desk is closed daily from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm for dismissal.

_______                For any scholar that is not picked up by 3:45 pm, the APD School Resource Officer will attempt to contact a parent

and/or emergency contact. If contact is not made within 30 minutes, then the APD School Resource Officer will make a determination if the situation warrants child abandonment and an appropriate call will be made to the Department of Family and Children’s Services.

________         A late fee of $1.00 per minute will be charged for scholars  who are picked up after 3:45 p.m.

_______                Parents wishing to change a scholar’s afternoon transportation route are required to complete a Change of

Transportation Form in Advance. Changes will only be honored if they are sent in writing or completed online.  If the transportation change requires a person other than the parent/guardian to pick up, the designee may not sign a scholar out unless they are listed in Infinite Campus as an Emergency Contact and will be required to present a valid driver’s license or government issued ID.

_______                Early dismissals must be arranged in advance and will only be granted between the hours of 11:30 am and 2:15 pm. 

An Early Dismissal Request form must be submitted. All parents/guardians or authorized designee must present a

valid driver’s license or government issued ID.

_______                The Centennial Academy Grievance Policy is established to address complaints or concerns associated

with the school, the school community, and its Board of Directors. Any individual bringing forth a complaint or concern must follow the procedures outlined in the Grievance Policy located in the full Parent and Scholar Handbook.

_______                Scholars are required to wear uniforms each day according to the School Uniform Guidelines and Policy.        

_______                The school building closes promptly at 4:15 pm daily. No school personnel, including administration, will be available

 after 4:15 pm, unless prior arrangements have been made.

_______                All visitors must report immediately to the Hero Welcome Desk to receive permission and instructions to visit in the

school. A visitors badge must be worn at all times.

_______                All visitors may request an appointment to meet with a member of the staff or to schedule a teacher conference by

emailing the individual directly and providing at least 24 - 48 hours advance notice.

_______                No unscheduled meetings with any staff members, including teachers, will be permitted.

_______                No restaurant food may be delivered or brought to scholars or brought to the lunchroom during breakfast or lunch.

National School Lunch Program regulations disallow “competitive food items.” Centennial Academy is a 100%

nut-free school.

_______                All parents wishing to serve as chaperones must be cleared as a volunteer and have completed mandatory    

                            chaperone training prior to the date of the trip.

_______                Centennial Academy will not assume responsibility for any lost or stolen items.

_______                For inclement weather and emergency situations, please follow the decision and instructions shared directly by

Centennial Academy and not by APS.

_______                All scholars and parents must adhere to the Technology User Agreement and pay the $50 Technology Fee (3rd -

8th) to access technology for educational purposes only.

_______                Centennial Academy scholars are not permitted to use personal electronic devices on campus. Cell phones should

not be on or visible on campus. Any cell phones brought to campus will be confiscated and the scholar will be assigned detention.

________        Infinite Campus is Centennial Academy’s official communication tool of attendance records and grades.

________        All scholars must adhere to the Centennial Academy Code of Conduct. Failure to do so may result in suspension

or expulsion. No scholar shall engage in harassment, intimidation, or abuse of or toward any scholar(s), Centennial

Academy employees or other adults for any reason.

________        A scholar shall not possess, handle, transmit, or cause to be transmitted; use or threaten to use; sell, attempt to sell,

or conspire to sell a weapon, either concealed or open to view, on school property.

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Print Scholar Name:                         _______________________________________         Grade: __________

Homeroom Teacher:                        _______________________________________

Signature of Parent/Guardian:        _______________________________________         Date: ___________

Signature of Scholar:                        _______________________________________

CENTENNIAL ACADEMY

Parent / Scholar Handbook Acknowledgement

Please complete and return within receipt of the Scholar and Parent Handbook.

The Parent and Scholar Handbook (“Handbook”) contains important information about the policies, procedures, and programs of Centennial Academy. Scholars and parents should read the handbook at the start of the school year and keep the handbook for future reference. Each of the undersigned hereby acknowledges having read and received the Handbook for the year set forth. Each parent/guardian named below has also received, read, and discussed the requirements of the Handbook with his/her scholar, including but not limited to the code of conduct, disciplinary procedures, dress code, and the requirements of and penalties for violation of Georgia’s compulsory attendance law, and each parent/guardian and scholar named below agree to fully abide by the same.

My signature acknowledges that I have read the handbook and reviewed it with my scholar, and I agree to the terms in this handbook.

Print Scholar Name                  _____________________________________        Grade __________

Signature of Parent/Guardian   ____________________________________                Date ___________        

Signature of Parent/Guardian   ____________________________________                 Date ___________

Signature of Scholar                 ____________________________________

Homeroom Teacher                 ____________________________________        

Revised 2019