Heroes Today.

Legends Tomorrow.

Parent and Scholar  Handbook

2017 - 2018

 531 Luckie Street, N.W.

Atlanta, Georgia 30313

404.802.8550

info@centennialacademycharter.org

www.centennialacademycharter.org

ABOUT CENTENNIAL ACADEMY

Located in the heart of Atlanta, Centennial is north of downtown and neighbors with world­-class institutions. Our community unites around common educational goals. Centennial Academy believes in lifelong learning; for this reason, it is important to teach children how to learn rather than just what to learn. This belief is why learning opportunities for our teachers and parents are just as important as for our children.

A strong network of community partnerships and engaged parents have been key to successfully creating the first conversion charter school in Atlanta. The Georgia Institute of Technology is the premier educational partner in this effort and provides support in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) curriculum development, professional development, and scholar enrichment activities. Other partnerships include the The Integral Group, Georgia Aquarium, Georgia State University, The Coca Cola Company, Georgia Natural Gas, and the Atlanta Housing Authority. Strong crib to kindergarten partnerships in the immediate area, highlighted by a campus-­based program administered by the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, provide critical early learning and skill development that ensure scholars entering Centennial Academy are ready for a rigorous academic environment. The YMCA also provides necessary physical education and aftercare services integrated with the academic vision of the school. A Parent Outreach Program provides vital support to parents as partners in the education of their children.

Vision

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

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 Values

Whole Child Education is at the core of what we do -

Lifelong Learning * Excellence * Collaboration * Community * Integrity

SCHOOL DIRECTORY 

Leadership

Name

Position

Email

Carol Santos

Head of School

csantos@centennialacademycharter.org

Alison Shelton

Associate Head of School, Academic Affairs

ashelton@centennialacademycharter.org

Daymon Arnold

Assistant Head of School, Student Life

darnold@centennialacademycharter.org

Tequila Lamar

Director of Advancement & Enrollment

tlamar@centennialacademycharter.org

Keisha Blythers

Dean of Academics

kblythers@centennialacademycharter.org

Thomas Bussey

Dean of Students

tbussey@centennialacademycharter.org

Julien Siah

Assistant Dean of Students & Athletic Director

jsiah@centennialacademycharter.org

Kindergarten

Name

Position

Email

Crystal Jackson

Teacher

cjackson@centennialacademycharter.org

Lauren Rabideau

Teacher

lrabideau@centennialacademycharter.org

Chassidy Mitchell

Teacher

cmitchell@centennialacademycharter.org

Brittany Harris

Teacher

bharris@centennialacademycharter.org

Vacant

Teacher

--

Jennitra Zachery

EIP Teacher

jzachery@centennialacademycharter.org

First Grade

Name

Position

Email

LaShonda Glenn

Teacher

lglenn@centennialacademycharter.org

Daria Johnson

Teacher

djohnson@centennialacademycharter.org

Terion Woods

Teacher

twoods@centennialacademycharter.org

Kelly Wallach

Teacher

kwallach@centennialacademycharter.org

Charity Wells

Teacher

cwells@centennialacademycharter.org

Tiffany Moore

EIP Teacher

tmoore@centennialacademycharter.org

Second Grade

Name

Position

Email

Kelli McDowell

Teacher

kmcdowell@centennialacademycharter.org

Ashley Monroe

Teacher

amonroe@centennialacademycharter.org

Chermaine Guice

Teacher

cguice@centennialacademycharter.org

Adina Wade

Teacher

awade@centennialacademycharter.org

Ashley Epps

Teacher

aepps@centennialacademycharter.org

Sharhonda Davies

EIP Teacher

sdavies@centennialacademycharter.org

Third Grade

Name

Position

Email

Hanna Poston

Teacher

hposton@centennialacademycharter.org

Tulani Prince-Brackett

Teacher

tbrackett@centennialacademycharter.org

Cassandra Hall

Teacher

chall@centennialacademycharter.org

Anesha Jones

Teacher

ajones@centennialacademycharter.org

Makesha Brown

Teacher

mbrown@centennialacademycharter.org

Neil Nicholson

EIP Teacher

nnicholson@centennialacademycharter.org

Fourth Grade

Name

Position

Email

Tyree Andrews

Teacher

tandrews@centennialacademycharter.org

Keith Jackson

Teacher

kjackson@centennialacademycharter.org

Delaney Scott

Teacher

dscott@centennialacademycharter.org

Micaela Copeland

Teacher

mcopeland@centennialacademycharter.org

Takeivia Daniel

EIP Teacher

tdaniel@centennialacademycharter.org

Fifth Grade

Name

Position

Email

Jennifer Bell

Teacher

jbell@centennialacademycharter.org

Robert Mays

Teacher

rmays@centennialacademycharter.org

Tyree Andrews

Teacher

tandrews@centennialacademycharter.org

Charlitha Cloud

Teacher

ccloud@centennialacademycharter.org

LeCrisha Webb

Teacher

lwebb@centennialacademycharter.org

Jazmine Dinkins

EIP Teacher

jdinkins@centennialacademycharter.org

ELA - Upper Academy

Name

Position

Email

Brittney Quinn

ELA Teacher, 6

bquinn@centennialacademycharter.org

Shannon Woodard

ELA Teacher, 7

swoodward@centennialacademycharter.org

Shaina Edwards

ELA Teacher, 8

sedwards@centennialacademycharter.org

Tasha Ellis

REP Teacher

tellis@centennialacademycharter.org

Math - Upper Academy

Name

Position

Email

Vacant

Math Teacher, 6

dmartin@centennialacademycharter.org

Ashley Langford

Math Teacher, 7

alangford@centennialacademycharter.org

Tiffany Miller

Math Teacher, 8

tmiller@centennialacademycharter.org

Vacant

REP - Math

--

Social Studies - Upper Academy

Name

Position

Email

Allan Henderson

Social Studies Teacher, 6

ahenderson@centennialacademycharter.org

Antwon Willis

Social Studies Teacher, 7

awillis@centennialacademycharter.org

Ashley Gladden

Social Studies Teacher, 8

agladden@centennialacademycharter.org

Science - Upper Academy

Name

Position

Email

Brooke Rose

Science Teacher, 6

brose@centennialacademycharter.org

Sonia Simpson

Science Teacher, 7

ssimpson@centennialacademycharter.org

Tamika Delaney

Science Teacher, 8

tpdelaney@centennialacademycharter.org

Gifted

Name

Position

Email

Najula Jackson

Gifted Teacher

njackson@centennialacademycharter.org

Adele Pollard

Gifted Teacher

apollard@centennialacademycharter.org

Special Education

Name

Position

Email

Karina Apraez

Special Education Teacher

kapraez@centennialacademycharter.org

Erika Hall

Special Education Teacher

ehall@centennialacademycharter.org

Keturah Lee

Special Education Teacher

klee@centennialacademycharter.org

Natalie Smith

Special Education Teacher

nsmith@centennialacademycharter.org

Paula Life

Special Education Teacher

plife@centennialacademycharter.org

Girther Grant

Special Education Associate Teacher

ggrant@centennialacademycharter.org

Gail Wilkerson

Special Education Associate Teacher

gawilkerson@centennialacademycharter.org

Alison Shelton

Interim Special Education Coordinator

ashelton@centennialacademycharter.org

Connections

Name

Position

Email

Henry Blackmon

Art Teacher

hblackmon@centennialacademycharter.org

Summer Blackmon

Performing Arts Teacher

sblackmon@centennialacademycharter.org

Erik Herndon

Orchestra/Guitar Teacher

eherndon@centennialacademycharter.org

Leandra Lawrence

General Music

llawrence@centennialacademycharter.org

Ryan Mohammed

Physical Education

rmohammed@centennialacademycharter.org

Jordan Rager

Art

jrager@centennialacademycharter.org

Paul Skowronski

Physical Education

pskowronski@centennialacademycharter.org

Elizabeth Stuart

Band

estuart@centennialacademycharter.org

Aisha Chadwick

Communications

achadwick@centennialacademycharter.org

Monica Taylor

Instructional Technology Lead Teacher

mtaylor@centennialacademycharter.org

Associate Teachers

Name

Position

Email

Sheila Appling

Associate Teacher

sappling@centennialacademycharter.org

Tiffany Watson

Associate Teacher

twatson@centennialacademycharter.org

Marcha Gentry

Associate Teacher

mgentry@centennialacademycharter.org

Jasmine Browner

Associate Teacher

jbrowner@centennialacademycharter.org

Jeremy McClary

Associate Teacher

jmcclary@centennialacademycharter.org

Gail Wilkerson

Associate Teacher, Special Education

gwilkerson@centennialacademycharter.org

Joe Hsu

Associate Teacher, English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

jhsu@centennialacademycharter.org

World Languages

Name

Position

Email

Melanie McGlynn

English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

mmcglynn@centennialacademycharter.org

Nieves Corrales

Spanish Teacher

ncorrales@centennialacademycharter.org

Karina Figueroa

Spanish Teacher

kfiguero@centennialacademycharter.org

Academic Coordinators

Name

Position

Email

Stephanie Shell

Lower Academy

sshell@centennialacademycharter.org

Ursula Borland

Middle Academy

uborland@centennialacademycharter.org

Jen Owen

Upper Academy

jowen@centennialacademycharter.org

Counselors

Name

Position

Email

Lisa Miller

Lower Academy

emiller@centennialacademycharter.org

Chastity Williams

Middle Academy

cwilliams@centennialacademycharter.org

Ashley Chennault

Upper Academy

achennault@centennialacademycharter.org

Support Professionals

Name

Position

Email

Briona Anderson

Registrar

banderson@centennialacademycharter.org

Tenisha Anderson

Enrollment Coordinator

tanderson@centennialacademycharter.org

Colondra Anderson

Office Manager

canderson@centennialacademycharter.org

Patia Odom

Community Engagement Specialist/Parent Liaison

podom@centennialacademycharter.org

Alfreda Stinson

School Experience Coordinator

astinson@centennialacademycharter.org

Andrea Humphries

Grants & Procurement Administrator

ahumphries@centennialacademycharter.org

Environmental Support Professionals

Name

Position

Email

Tyrone Parnell

Facilities Manager

tparnell@centennialacademycharter.org

Gloria Bettis

Custodian

gbettis@centennialacademycharter.org

Debron Walker

Custodian

dwalker@centennialacademycharter.org

Irenda Gaston

Custodian

igaston@centennialacademycharter.org

Tamiesha Echoles

Part-time Custodian

techoles@centennialacademycharter.org

Response to Intervention (RTI)

Name

Position

Email

Michael Cox

RTI/SST Specialist

mcox@centennialacademycharter.org

Technology (IT)

Name

Position

Email

Makario Mackey

Director of Information Technology

mmackey@centennialacademycharter.org

Gregory LeePow

IT Support

gleepow@centennialacademycharter.org

Media

Name

Position

Email

Jennifer Burke

Media Specialist

jburke@centennialacademycharter.org

Joni Chandler

Media Support

jchandler@centennialacademycharter.org

Nurse

Name

Position

Email

Sharon Williams

School Nurse

swilliams@centennialacademycharter.org

Organizational Structure 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS, Egbert Perry, Chair

HEAD OF SCHOOL, Carol Santos

 ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

STUDENT LIFE

ADVANCEMENT & ENROLLMENT

FACILITIES

TECHNOLOGY

FINANCE

HUMAN RESOURCES

LEGAL

ALISON SHELTON, Associate Head

DAYMON ARNOLD, Assistant Head

TEQUILA LAMAR, Director of Advancement & Enrollment

TYRONE PARNELL, Facilities Manager

MAKARIO MACKEY, Information Technology Director

STEVE PRESSAS, CFO Consultant

RENARTA FREEMAN, HR Consultant

DAN MURPHY, Legal Counsel

Keisha Blythers, Dean of Academics

Thomas Bussey, Dean of Students

Briona Anderson, Registrar

 Tenisha Anderson, 

Enrollment Coordinator 

Colondra Anderson, Front Office Manager

TBD, Receptionist

 

Patia Odom, Community Engagement Specialist/Parent Liaison

Ulysees Robertson, Facilities Contractor 

Sgt. Anthony Jackson, Security Director

Alfreda Stinson, School Experience Coordinator

Charles Harris, Cafeteria Manager

Greg Leepow, IT Assistant

Andrea Humphries, Grants & Procurement Administrator

 

HLB Gross Collins, Procurement & Internal Controls Consultant

Academic Coordinators

Stephanie Shell, Lower

Ursula Borland, Middle

Jen Owens, Upper

TBD, Special Education Director

Michael Cox, RTI/SST Coordinator

Julian Siah, Assistant Dean & Athletic Director

 Counselors

Lisa Miller, Lower

Chastity Williams, Middle

Ashley Chenault, Upper

WHO DO I SEE FOR WHAT?

Subject/Question

Specifically:

Primary Contact

Department

Advisory

Lower Academy

Middle Academy

Upper Academy

Lisa Miller

Chastity Williams

Ashley Chennault

Student Life

Student Life

Student Life

Assembly

Lower Academy

Middle Academy

Upper Academy

Thomas Bussey

Thomas Bussey

Julian Siah

Student Life

Student Life

Student Life

Athletics

 

Athletic offerings (clinics, intramurals)

 Julien Siah

Student Life

Sport offerings (competitive)

 Julien Siah

Student Life

Attendance Monitoring

 

Patia Odom

Enrollment & Advancement

Background Checks

 

Renarta Freeman

Human Resources

Benefits

Health, Dental, Life, Disability

Candice Neff, USI Account Manager, candice.neff@usi.com   470-428-9740

 

Renarta Freeman

Human Resources

Cafeteria

Breakfast & Lunch service

Charles Harris

Operations

CCRPI

Coaches

 Julien Siah

Student Life

Child Abuse/Neglect

Lower Academy

Middle Academy

Upper Academy

Lisa Miller

Chastity Williams

Ashley Chennault

Student Life

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

Tequila Lamar

Enrollment & Advancement

Parent Newsletters

Tequila Lamar

Enrollment & Advancement

Partners (Corporate, etc.)

Tequila Lamar

Enrollment & Advancement

Grants

Tequila Lamar

Enrollment & Advancement

Fundraising

Tequila Lamar

Enrollment & Advancement

Annual (Hero Fund)

Tequila Lamar

Enrollment & Advancement

Marketing/Promotional items

Tequila Lamar

Enrollment & Advancement

Board Meetings

Tequila Lamar

Enrollment & Advancement

Community meetings & events

Tequila Lamar

Enrollment & Advancement

Parent Ambassadors

Tequila Lamar

Enrollment & Advancement

Photos

Tequila Lamar

Enrollment & Advancement

Alumni Relations

Tequila Lamar

Enrollment & Advancement

Computers

 

Makario Mackey

Operations

Connections Classes/Specials

Music, Visual & Performing Arts, P.E.

 

Spanish

Scheduling

Daymon Arnold

 

 

Alison Shelton

Daymon Arnold

Student Life

 

 

Academic Affairs

Student Life

Counseling

College & Career Preparation

Lower Academy

Middle Academy

Upper Academy

 

Lisa Miller

Chastity Williams

Ashley Chennault

 

Student Life

Student Life

Student Life

Apprenticeships

 Ashley Chennault

Student Life

High School Transition

 Ashley Chennault

Student Life

Middle School Transition

 Ashley Chennault

Student Life

Culture & Environment

Lower Academy

Middle Academy (Gr. 3 & 4)

Upper Academy (plus Gr. 5)

Thomas Bussey

Thomas Bussey

Julien Siah

Student Life

Student Life

Student Life

Curriculum

 

Kindergarten, Elementary School Transition

 Lisa Miller

Student Life

Homeless Shelter Transition

 Patia Odom

Enrollment & Advancement

Science

Alison Shelton

Academic Affairs

Social Studies

Jen Owen

Academic Affairs

Curriculum Night

Lower Academy

Middle Academy

Upper Academy

Stephanie Shell

Ursula Borland

Jen Owen

Academic Affairs

Discipline

Lower Academy

Middle Academy (Gr. 3 & 4)

Upper Academy (plus Gr. 5)

Thomas Bussey

Thomas Bussey

Julien Siah

Student Life

Student Life

Student Life

Dismissal Changes

 

Briona Anderson

Enrollment & Advancement

Employee Investigations

 

Renarta Freeman

Human Resources

Employee Mediation

 

Renarta Freeman

Human Resources

Employee Policies & Procedures

 

Renarta Freeman

Human Resources

Enrollment or Withdrawal

New Student Registration

Tenisha Anderson

Enrollment & Advancement

Lottery process

Tenisha Anderson

Enrollment & Advancement

Wait List

Tenisha Anderson

Enrollment & Advancement

Open Houses

Tenisha Anderson

Enrollment & Advancement

Tours

Tenisha Anderson

Enrollment & Advancement

Shadow Days

Tenisha Anderson

Enrollment & Advancement

Personal Record (PR) Folders

Tenisha Anderson

Enrollment & Advancement

Withdrawing/Withdrawn students

Tenisha Anderson

Enrollment & Advancement

Event Set ups

Food & Beverage

Alfreda Stinson

Facilities

Technology

Makario Mackey

Technology

Transportation

Alfreda Stinson

Facilities

Facilities Request

Repairs and replacements

Tyrone Parnell

Facilities

Furniture and fixture requests

Tyrone Parnell

Facilities

Key/badge access

Tyrone Parnell

Facilities

Parking

Tyrone Parnell

Facilities

Pest Control

Tyrone Parnell

Facilities

Building condition (cleanliness/safety)

Tyrone Parnell

Facilities

Grounds condition (cleanliness/safety)

Tyrone Parnell

Facilities

Field Trip Chaperones

 

Alfreda Stinson

Facilities

Field Trip Logistics

Bag Lunches

Charles Harris

Facilities

Transportation

Alfreda Stinson

Facilities

Trip fees

Alfreda Stinson

Facilities

Field Trip Requests

Make a request (approval)

Academic Affairs

Student Life

 

Request trip logistics

 

Alison Shelton

Daymon Arnold

 

Alfreda Stinson

 

Academic Affairs

Student Life

 

Facilities

Check on status

Alfreda Stinson

Facilities

Food & Beverage Requests

Make a request (approval)

Academic Affairs

Advancement & Enrollment

 

Order & Delivery

 

Alison Shelton

Daymon Arnold

Tequila Lamar

 

Alfreda Stinson

 

Academic Affairs

Student Life

Advancement

 

Facilities

Furniture movement and set up

School day

Afterschool

Debron Walker

Ulysees Robertson

Facilities

Facilities

Grounds upkeep

 

Tyrone Parnell

Facilities

Hero Breakfast

Event coordination/

Student Honorees

Daymon Arnold

Student Life

Homework

Daily Completion/Quality Mindset

Academic Leads (grade level-specific)

Academic Affairs

iCurate

 

 Alison Shelton

Academic Affairs

Intersession

Fall Intersession

Logistics

Lower Academy

Middle Academy

Upper Academy

 

Alfreda Stinson

Stephanie Shell

Ursula Borland

Jen Owen

 

Facilities

Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs

Spring Intersession

Logistics

Lower Academy

Middle Academy

Upper Academy

 

Alfreda Stinson

Stephanie Shell

Ursula Borland

Jen Owen

 

Facilities

Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs

Leadership Days

Lower Academy

Middle Academy

Upper Academy

Thomas Bussey

Thomas Bussey

Julien Siah

Student Life

Student Life

Student Life

Morning Meeting

Lower Academy

Middle Academy

Upper Academy

Thomas Bussey

Thomas Bussey

Julien Siah

Student Life

Student Life

Student Life

Parent & Family Engagement

Parent Engagement

Patia Odom

Advancement & Enrollment

PTA Support

Patia Odom

Advancement & Enrollment

Parent Liaison (Title I)

Patia Odom

Advancement & Enrollment

Transitional Housing

Patia Odom

Advancement & Enrollment

Parent Volunteers

Patia Odom

Advancement & Enrollment

Attendance monitoring (daily)

Patia Odom

Advancement & Enrollment

Housing partners

Patia Odom

Advancement & Enrollment

Event support

Patia Odom

Advancement & Enrollment

Enrollment Support

Patia Odom

Advancement & Enrollment

Faculty/Staff recognitions

Patia Odom

Advancement & Enrollment

Parent Workshops

Lower Academy

Middle Academy

Upper Academy

Lisa Miller

Chastity Williams

Ashley Chennault

Student Life

Student Life

Student Life

Payroll Processing

 

Renarta Freeman

Human Resources

Professional Development Request

Academic Affairs

Lower Academy

Middle Academy

Upper Academy

 

Stephanie Shell

Ursula Borland

Jen Owen

 

Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs

Counseling

Daymon Arnold

Student Life

Health & Wellness

Daymon Arnold

Student Life

Technology

Makario Mackey

Technology

Finance

Steven Pressas

Finance

Advancement & Enrollment

Tequila Lamar

Advancement & Enrollment

Athletics

Julien Siah

Student Life

Staff Professional Certifications/Qualifications

 

Renarta Freeman

Human Resources

Project Based Learning

Project Design

Scholar Success Skills & Expectations

Jazmine Dinkins

Academic Affairs

PSAT

Program & Requirements

Logistics

Ashley Chennault

Alfreda Stinson

Student Life

Purchase/Order Requests

Academic requests

Lower Academy

Middle Academy

Upper Academy

 

Stephanie Shell

Ursula Borland

Jen Owen

 

Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs

Counseling requests

Lower Academy

Middle Academy

Upper Academy

 

Lisa Miller

Chastity Williams

Ashley Chennault

 

Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs

Connections/Specials

Daymon Arnold

Student Life

Athletics

Julien Siah

Student Life

Facilities

Tyrone Parnell

Facilities

Technology

Makario Mackey

Technology

Enrollment

Tequila Lamar

Advancement & Enrollment

Student Clubs/Activities

Daymon Arnold

Student Life

Purchase/Order status

Andrea Humphries

Finance

Reception/Office Support

Office Supply Inventory

Colondra Anderson

Advancement & Enrollment

Mail Sort & Distribution

Colondra Anderson

Advancement & Enrollment

Phone Triage & Messages

Colondra Anderson

Advancement & Enrollment

Walk in Triage & Messages

Hero Desk Receptionist

Advancement & Enrollment

Tardy reception & recording

Hero Desk Receptionist

Enrollment & Advancement

Visitor & Volunteer reception

THero Desk Receptionist

Advancement & Enrollment

Classroom attendance input/management

Colondra Anderson

Advancement & Enrollment

Recruiting & Hiring

 

Renarta Freeman

Human Resources

Reimbursements

Academic Affairs

Alison Shelton

Academic Affairs

Student Life

Daymon Arnold

Student Life

Connections/Specials

Daymon Arnold

Student Life

Athletics

Julien Siah

Student Life

Technology

Makario Mackey

Technology

Facilities

Tyrone Parnell

Facilities

Enrollment/Advancement

Tequila Lamar

Advancement & Enrollment

Report Card

Receipt of Report Card

Briona Anderson

Advancement & Enrollment

Grades

Lower Academy

Middle Academy

Upper Academy

 

Stephanie Shell

Ursula Borland

Jen Owen

Academic Affairs

Grades (input/processing changes)

Briona Anderson

Advancement & Enrollment

Attendance Reports

Attendance Monitoring

Patia Odom

Advancement & Enrollment

School Events

Commencement

Tequila Lamar

Advancement & Enrollment

Convocation

Tequila Lamar

Advancement & Enrollment

Meet & Greet

Tequila Lamar

Advancement & Enrollment

Awards Day

Tequila Lamar

Advancement & Enrollment

Security

School Resource Officers

Lt. Anthony Jackson

Facilities

Security Policies and Procedures

Sgt. Anthony Jackson

Facilities

Daily Security

School Resource Officer on Duty

Facilities

Special Education

Students with Disabilities

Alison Shelton

Academic Affairs

Educational Testing

Alison Shelton

Academic Affairs

Student Behavior Difficulties

Alison Shelton

Academic Affairs

SSAT

Program & Requirements

Logistics

Ashley Chennault

Alfreda Stinson

Student Life

Staff Demographic Data

 

Renarta Freeman

Human Resources

Professional Qualifications

 

Renarta Freeman

Human Resources

STEAM

 STEM Certification

Aisha Chadwick

Academic Affairs

Student Activities

 

Daymon Arnold

Student Life

Student Ambassadors

 

Daymon Arnold / Brooke Rose

Student Life

Student Clubs

 

Daymon Arnold

Student Life

Student Progress

Retention

 Michael Cox

Academic Affairs

Response to Intervention/Student Support Team

Michael Cox

Academic Affairs

Early Intervention Program (EIP) K-5

Remedial Education Program (REP) 6-8

Sharhonda Davies

Academic Affairs

Testing results

Keisha Blythers

Academic Affairs

Student Records

Records requests

Tenisha Anderson

Advancement & Enrollment

Infinite Campus

Briona Anderson

Advancement & Enrollment

Grade change requests

Lower Academy

Middle Academy

Upper Academy

 

Grades (input/change processing)

 

Stephanie Shell

Ursula Borland

Jen Owen

 

 

Briona Anderson

 

Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs

 

 

Advancement & Enrollment

Transcript

Briona Anderson

Advancement & Enrollment

Attendance record

Patia Odom

Advancement & Enrollment

Attendance excuse documents

Colondra Anderson

Advancement & Enrollment

Teacher/Teachers

Lower Academy

Middle Academy

Upper Academy

Stephanie Shell

Ursula Borland

Jen Owen

Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs

Technology Requests

 

Makario Mackey

Technology

Telephones

 

Makario Mackey

Technology

Testing

Georgia Milestones

Keisha Blythers

Academic Affairs

STAR Assessments

Sharhonda Davies

Academic Affairs

Common Assessments

Lower Academy

Middle Academy

Upper Academy

 

Stephanie Shell

Ursula Borland

Jen Owen

Academic Affairs

Formative Assessments

Academic Leads (grade level-specific)

Academic Affairs

Summative Assessments

Academic Leads (grade level-specific)

Academic Affairs

Title I

Parent Compact

Tequila Lamar

Advancement & Enrollment

 

Schoolwide Plan

Carol Santos

Head of School

 

Budget

Carol Santos

Head of School

Transportation

Field Trips

Alfreda Stinson

Facilities

 

Bus Routes

Alfreda Stinson

Facilities

 

Special Events

Alfreda Stinson

Facilities

 

Professional Travel

Alfreda Stinson

Facilities

Trash removal

 

Ulysees Robertson

Facilities

Uniform Bank

Patia Odom

Alfreda Stinson

Parent Liaison

School Experience Coordinator

Weather and other environmental conditions

Forecast & current conditions

Tyrone Parnell

Sgt. Andrew Jackson

Facilities

Facilities

Campus conditions

Tyrone Parnell

Facilities

School closures/delays

Carol Santos

Head of School

Wellness Ambassadors

 

TBD

Student Life

Workers Compensation

On the job injury

Renarta Freeman

Human Resources


General Information

ENROLLMENT AND REGISTRATION

Enrollment Process

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 primary attendance zone.

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

Step 3: Enroll siblings, children of staff/board members, and children who matriculate from a pre-kindergarten program located within the charter attendance zone which per Centennial Academy’s charter contract. (See Section III below.)

Step 4: Open enrollment for scholars who reside 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 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. Families who move outside of the Atlanta Public Schools attendance zone are no longer eligible for enrollment and must immediately withdraw their scholar(s).
  4. 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.
  5. If false information is provided, or the circumstance under which enrollment was granted, enrollment may be revoked.
  6. Failure to comply with any provision of the Re-Enrollment Policy shall authorize the school to withdraw such student and/or deem the scholar in-eligible for re-enrollment.

Section III: Enrollment of Siblings, Children of Staff/Board Members, and Children who matriculate from a pre-kindergarten program located within the charter attendance zone which is associated with the school.

  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 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. *Staff members or current board members must be the custodial parent/legal guardian/step-parent with whom the child is domiciled.
  3. Children who matriculate from a pre-kindergarten program located within the charter attendance zone as stated in Centennial Academy’s Charter Contract must submit a completed enrollment application form by the stated deadline.
  4. If false information is provided, or the circumstance under which enrollment was granted, enrollment may be revoked.
  5. Failure to comply with any provision of the Enrollment Policy shall authorize the school to withdraw such student and/or deem the scholar in-eligible for re-enrollment.

Section IV: Open Enrollment/Lottery

  1. Families residing outside of the Centennial Academy 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. Prospective families needing access to a computer will be able to utilize computers in the Centennial Academy Enrollment Office between the hours of 7:15am - 4:15pm. Computer assistance will be available to complete the online application, if needed.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. Once the enrollment placement is denied, then the online lottery application will automatically move to the next prospective scholar on the waitlist.
  7. 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.
  8. Transportation for scholars enrolled via the lottery must be provided by the parent/guardian.
  9. Acceptable attendance, behavior, and grades are required in order for lottery admitted scholars to remain eligible for enrollment.
  10. The parent/guardian is expected to maintain a cordial and cooperative working relationship with school personnel.
  11. If false information is provided, or the circumstance under which enrollment was granted, enrollment may be revoked.
  12. 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, or the circumstance under which enrollment was granted, 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 office of your withdrawal date 24 hours in advance.
  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.

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 scholars homeroom/1st period teacher. 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 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 their parent to receive a tardy slip. All scholars who are tardy for school more than three times will receive a detention for each subsequent tardy.  

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. Please note, acceptable attendance, behavior, and grades are required in order for scholars to remain eligible for enrollment.

Tardy to School

Parents must escort students into building.

1st Tardy

Warning

2nd Tardy

Warning

3rd Tardy

Lunch / Recess Detention

4th - 9th Tardy (and each subsequent tardy)

K-2 - Lunch / Recess Detention

3-8 - After School Detention the following day

(Failure to report to detention will result in a mandatory parent conference)

10th Tardy

Referral to the Attendance Review Board

Mandatory Parent Conference

11th Tardy or more

Behavior Referral with progressive consequence - In-School Suspension, Out of School Suspension, Student Discipline Hearing - (coded excessive tardies)

Tardy to Class (1-3 times)

Tardy to Class (4 or more times)

After School Detention

Behavior Referral

 

Absent to School

(Excuse for absence must be sent to the main office within 24 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 nonschool hours whenever possible
  • Special and recognized religious holidays observed by the scholar
  • Administrative early release
  • Court proceedings

Absences

Attendance Interventions

At 3rd *unexcused absence

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

At 4th *unexcused absence

A certified letter is mailed to parent(s)/guardian(s) notifying them that their child has at least four unexcused absences and explains attendance expectations.  Possible penalties and consequences of excessive absences may be required.  The Parent will be contacted and documentation of the 2nd notification is updated in the contact log. 

At 5th-7th *unexcused absence or 10% of the time enrolled.

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 (in accordance with the Compulsory School Attendance Law, and requesting parent/guardian participation in a Student Attendance Committee (SAC) meeting. The scholar will be placed on attendance probation. A referral will be made to the Attendance Review Board. A home visit may be conducted by school staff.

At 8th *unexcused absence or 10% of the time enrolled.

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 (in accordance with the Compulsory School Attendance Law, and requesting parent/guardian participation in a Student Attendance Committee (SAC) meeting. The scholar will be placed on attendance probation. A referral will be made to the Attendance Review Board. A home visit may be conducted by school staff.  Community Engagement Specialist will complete a Student Support Team Referral.  The parent will be notified that the scholar is in jeopardy of retention and that their attendance probation will place them in jeopardy of re-enrollment.  Parent must attend a mandatory parent conference.  Once referred, the intensity of strategies and
interventions is increased; including a referral to
community agencies, home visit, and parent
workshops/trainings.

10 or more *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 (in accordance with the Compulsory School Attendance Law, and requesting parent/guardian participation in a Student Attendance Committee (SAC) meeting.  Attendance Review Board will review student residency and make recommendations for enrollment and decide if a referral to state agency and/or local law enforcement is necessary.

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

Acceptable attendance, behavior, and grades are required in order for scholars to remain eligible for enrollment.

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 students and to assist with the flow of traffic, we ask that children 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, scholars will report to the cafeteria. All scholars will be dismissed to their homeroom classrooms beginning at 7:30 am.

Teachers arrive each morning at 7:30 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.

*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 into the building during the scholar intake period or disobeying the agreed upon transportation route during the arrival time, etc.

Dismissal Procedures

Dismissal for Lower (K-2) and Middle (3-5) Academy begins at 3:00 pm daily. Dismissal for Upper Academy begins at 3:30 pm. If you are picking up your child through Car Pool, you MUST have a Centennial Car-Pool Tag with you. The dismissal number needs to be visible so that the people entering the names in our silent dismissal system can do this accurately and efficiently. Car-Pool ends at 3:30 pm for Lower and Middle Academy students and at 3:45 pm for Upper Academy students. For any scholar that is not picked up by 3:45 pm, the administrator on duty will attempt to contact a parent and/or emergency contact. If contact is not made, then the administrator will make a determination if the situation warrants child abandonment and an appropriate call will be made to the Department of Family and Children Services.

Any parent who arrives prior to 3:00pm should wait in their car or in the designated walker waiting area.  Parents are not allowed to congregate in the halls during dismissal as this causes a safety concern for our scholars and is disruptive to the dismissal process. All scholars will remain in their homerooms 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.

Scholars will be dismissed in the following order:

  1. Walkers
  2. Car Riders
  3. Van Riders
  4. YMCA
  5. Clubs /Special Activities
  6. Bus Riders

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 in the third group. If you are picking up your child through Car Pool, you MUST have a Centennial Carpool Tag with you.  The dismissal number needs to be visible so that the staff entering the names in our silent dismissal system can do so quickly and efficiently. Carpool ends at 3:30pm for Lower and Middle Academy students and at 3:45pm for Upper Academy students. For any scholar that is not picked up by 3:45 pm, the Administrator on Duty will attempt to contact a parent and/or emergency contact. If contact is not made, then the administrator will make a determination if the situation warrants child abandonment and an appropriate call will be made to the Department of Children and Family Services.

Van riders  will follow the same procedures as car riders.

If your child is a Bus Rider, they will be dismissed in the last group. They 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 3:35pm.

If your child is participating in an after­school activity or club, they will also have their dismissal from their classes logged by their classroom teacher. Their arrival to their club or activity will be logged by a staff member assigned to that area.

*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, etc.

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 their 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 license.

Early Dismissal

Parents wishing to pick up scholars prior to the end of the school day (3:00 pm - Lower/Middle Academy; 3:30 pm - Upper Academy), are required to sign scholars out at the main office 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 office with the name of the person who will pick your child up. We will arrange for your child to be waiting in the office 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 main office will close daily from 2:45 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.

Main Office Hours

The main office 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 office will close daily from 2:45 pm until 3:30 pm.

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 submit a request in writing to the school office.

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 Briona Anderson, Registrar, at banderson@centennialacademycharter.org to update your contact information.

Contacting Your Scholar’s Teacher

If a parent/guardian would like to discuss a matter with 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 office 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).  

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 resolution with the teacher is not feasible, the individual pursuing the grievance should seek to resolve the issue with the Academic Coordinator of the scholar’s academy.  
  3. If the resolution with the Academic Coordinator is not feasible, the individual pursuing the grievance should seek to resolve the issue with the Dean of Academics or Associate Head of School. The grievance should be acknowledged via written response within 2-5 business days with a final response within 10 business days.
  4. If resolution with the Associate 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 Head of School.
  5. 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.

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 students. Title I programs are based on effective means of improving student 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 students, then please contact our Community Engagement Specialist/Parent Liaison, Patia Odom at podom@centennialacademycharter.org or 404-802-8550.

SCHOOL UNIFORM GUIDELINES AND POLICY

In order to consistently maintain the Centennial Academy standard of excellence, foster school unity and pride, and allow scholars to focus on learning, citizenship, and leadership, scholars are required to be in uniform each day.

Lower & Middle Academy

Boys

Girls

Outerwear

Navy vest, cardigan sweater, or blazer

Navy vest, cardigan sweater, or blazer

Tops

White polo shirt with CA logo

White 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 skirt, pants, shorts, or jumper (not to exceed 1 ­inch above the knee)

Socks

White, black, or navy socks

White or navy socks or stockings (tights are not permitted)

Shoes

Solid black shoes or sneakers with no accent colors

Solid black shoes or sneakers with no accent colors

Upper Academy

Outerwear

Navy vest, cardigan sweater, or blazer

Navy vest, cardigan sweater, or blazer

Tops

Black polo shirt with CA logo

Black polo shirt with CA logo

Belts

Black belt

Black belt

Bottoms

Gray pants or shorts

(not to exceed 1 inch above the knee)

Gray skirt, pants, shorts, or jumper (not to exceed 1 inch above the knee)

Socks

White, black, or navy socks

White or navy socks or stockings

Shoes

Solid black shoes or sneakers

Solid black shoes or sneaker

ALL STUDENTS

School Spirit Day Attire

Uniform bottoms with a Centennial Academy t­shirt, polo, club shirt, or jersey. Spirit attire should reflect school pride and spirit. Non-Centennial Academy superhero shirts are not considered spirit wear.

Leadership Day

Leadership Days have been identified as Dress for Success Days.

On these days (listed below), scholars will wear the Centennial Dress uniform.

October 18th - November 1st - December 6th - January 10th - February 21st - March 14th - April 11th

Dress Uniform

(can be worn daily)

Boys ­white oxford shirt, gray tie, gray pants, navy or black socks, black dress shoes

Girls ­white oxford shirt, gray cross tie, gray skirt or pants, white or navy socks or stockings, black mary jane shoes

Students are not allowed to wear hats, caps, bandanas, 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 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 the School Experience Coordinator, their child’s teacher, or the Community Engagement Specialist 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, etc.) that designate special uniforms are permitted to wear their special uniforms on meeting days and for special events.

Preferred Uniform Vendors

School Uniforms for Less

(Located next to Kroger)

8071 Tara Blvd

Jonesboro, GA. 30236

678-479-4999

www.getschooluniformsforless.net

Shoppers World

Camp Creek MarketPlace

3755 Carmia Drive

404-349-4962

You may stop by the school’s office

to pick up discount coupons.

Prestige Apparel

2841 Greenbriar Pkwy, SW

(inside Greenbriar Mall)

Atlanta, GA 30331

404-349-3100                  

 Zeus’ Closet

1339-C Marietta Blvd.

Atlanta, GA 30318

866-987-9387

    Zeus’ Closet will provide all of our uniform items

           except the pants, skirts, and skorts.

French Toast Uniforms

www.frenchtoast.com

Click on “Shop by School”

Complete the information.

Centennial will come up and you

may order uniforms.

Kohl’s Department Store

( All locations )

You may also order online

http://www.kohls.com/catalog/school-uniform-kids-clothing.jsp?CN=4294736120+4294732649+4294719810

You will have to take your items to Jean

and Sons, School Uniforms for Less, or

Prestige Apparel to have the school’s

logo embroidered on the items.

    Jean and Sons Embroidery

2363 Brannen Rd SE,

Atlanta, GA 30316

(404) 244-9334

Jean and Sons will provide all of our uniform items except the pants, skirts, and skorts.   They will provide the Centennial Academy Logo on items.

The following vendors will put the Centennial Academy logo on items that you bring in:

Jean and Sons Embroidery

Prestige Apparel

School Uniforms for Less

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 program 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.

 

To pull this off, we must be mindful that certain activities require the full attention of teachers and all staff as well as scholars. In an institution like ours, we will always have unexpected visits and these have to be well managed because an uninvited guest is not always unwelcomed but always poses a potential threat to the safety of our scholars and professionals. We try to vet these visitors as warmly as possible but even that requires certain cooperation from our most frequent and most welcomed visitors, our parents.

 

Unmanaged visits, even by parents, can hamper the educational experience and present unsafe conditions; it can distract us, causing us and scholars to not readily recognize strangers, suspicious activity or danger. To encourage involvement and engagement from parents and other stakeholders in a way that can be well received and enjoyed by all parties – scholars, visitors, teachers and other staff – the following protocols and opportunities are provided to ensure a positive visit to the school.

 

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, iCurate, 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:

CLASSTIME

 

Classtime Etiquette:

LUNCHTIME – Main Cafeteria and Y-Café

Grade

Time

Location

Kindergarten

10:15-10:40

Main Cafeteria

First

10:45-11:10

Main Cafeteria

Second

11:15-11:40

Main Cafeteria

Third

11:45-12:10

Main Cafeteria

Fourth

12:15-12:40

Main Cafeteria

Fifth

12:45-1:10

Main Cafeteria

Sixth

11:10-11:40

Y’Cafe

Seventh

11:45-12:15

Y’Cafe

Eighth

12:25-12:55

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 Main Office 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 weekly 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 once per quarter during the academic year.

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 the 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 and no later than 5 am on the day of such delay or closure. 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 for 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 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 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 on 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

SCHOLAR SUPPORT SERVICES

Scholar 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 supports 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 Student Achievement Pyramid of Interventions to provide appropriate and effective response to Intervention services incorporating universal screening, targeted interventions, and a team approach to decision­making 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 Michael Cox, RTI/SST Specialist, 404­-802- ­8550­, mcox@centennialacademycharter.org

Special Education Services

Centennial Academy is committed to providing Special Education services in an inclusive environment. Special Education Coordinator 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 Alison Shelton, interim support in the role of Special Education Coordinator, 404­-802­-8550, ashelton@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. Gifted scholars receive five segments of instruction each week from a gifted endorsed teacher. Services in grades K­-5 will be provided using the resource model (meeting outside of the regular education classroom with a gifted endorsed teacher). Scholars in grades 6­-8 will be provided gifted services in the regular education classroom of a gifted endorsed teacher. Additionally, gifted instruction takes place at Georgia Aquarium at least once per week for all scholars in the gifted program. The specific courses for a scholar are determined by past classroom performance, nationally normed achievement test scores and teacher recommendations.

Contact Adele Pollard or Najula Jackson, Gifted Services Teachers, apollard@centennialacademycharter.org or njackson@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:  Melanie McGlynn, ESOL Services Teacher, 404-­802-­8550, mmcglynn@centennialacademycharter.org

GENERAL SERVICES

Bus Transportation

Centennial Heroes have the right to a safe and comfortable trip to and from school. Centennial Academy utilizes First Student Transportation Services to transport all scholars within the school’s attendance zone. Additionally, students 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 then, verified by Infinite Campus. New scholars should expect a 3­5 day waiting period before new routes are assigned. All scholars and parents must be aware of the Bus Safety and Conduct Standards.

Contact Alfreda Stinson, 404-802-8550, astinson@centennialacademycharter.org

Cafeteria

Centennial Academy utilizes Atlanta Public Schools’ Nutrition Department to provide the breakfast and lunch programs 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 area. 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 $3.00. 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 for lunch (other than sack lunches 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 Alfreda Stinson, 404-802-8550, astinson@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 Sharon Williams, 404­-802-­8567, swilliams@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 work place, 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, 404­802­8561, 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 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 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

We are fortunate to have three full time Counselors at the school. 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 students.

Contact ­ Lisa Miller, 404-802-8550, emiller@centennialacademycharter.org

Chastity Williams, 404-802-8550, cwilliams@centennialacademycharter.org

Ashley Chennault, 404-802-8550, achennault@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 in the Front Office. 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 Parent Liaison or School Experience Coordinator. Parents are expected to launder the uniforms and require scholars to wear the uniform on a daily basis once received.

Contact Patia Odom, Parent Liaison, 404-802-8570, podom@centennialacademycharter.org

Alfreda Stinson, School Exp. Coordinator, 404-802-8558, astinson@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 two real­-world, interdisciplinary project­-based learning opportunities during the 2017-2018 school year. Through our careful grade­band curriculum development and intentional, data­driven 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 and iCurate Events

Centennial Academy holds quarterly Curriculum Night and iCurate events. Curriculum Nights are designed to provide parents with content ­specific support for each quarter of instruction. During the one and a half hour 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 during the course of the quarter. We strongly encourage parents come ready to learn, experience the learning expectations of their child and receive resources to support their child’s work at home.

Kindergarten - Eighth Grade

 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Quarter 1

Curriculum Night - Semester I

August 17, 2017

Quarter 2

iCurate - Semester I

December 12,  2017

Quarter 3

Curriculum Night - Semester II

January 18, 2018

Quarter 4

iCurate - Semester II

May 24, 2018

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.

Locker Usage Policy (Middle Grade scholars only)

All lockers made available for scholar use on the school premises are the property of Centennial Academy. The lockers are made available for scholar use for storing school supplies and personal items necessary for use at school, but the lockers are not to be used to store items which cause, or can reasonably be foreseen to cause, an interference with school purposes or an educational function, or which are forbidden by state law or school rules. A scholar who uses a locker that is the property of Centennial Academy is presumed to have limited expectations of privacy in the locker or the locker’s contents.

The scholar’s use of the locker does not diminish Centennial Academy’s ownership or control of the locker. Centennial Academy retains the right to inspect the locker and its contents to ensure that the locker is being used in accordance with its intended purpose, and to eliminate fire or other hazards, maintain sanitary conditions, attempt to locate lost or stolen materials, and or any other material forbidden by school rules such as weapons, illegal drugs or alcohol.

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.

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.

Intersession

One of the greatest advantages at Centennial Academy is the availability of additional learning opportunities which are offered during Intersession. Intersession classes are scheduled one week prior to the fall and spring breaks. Intersessions lasts 5 days and are full­-day (8:00­ am - 3:00 pm) learning experiences. Intersession targets scholars in need of additional instruction (enhancement) to reach grade level expectations, and for a limited number of scholars wishing to extend (enrichment) their learning beyond their classroom.

Enhancement: Enhancement is mandatory for scholars who are not meeting grade level expectations. It is designed to offer additional instruction in the areas of reading, language arts and mathematics. Daily lessons are differentiated to accommodate each scholar’s academic needs. Scholars needing reinforcement in one of these areas will be recommended by his/her teacher, and a letter will accompany the Intersession brochure. Intersession is the optimal time to make strenuous efforts to help those scholars who are in danger of failing. Enhancement notifications will be mailed home.

Enrichment: Although enrichment classes are offered during Intersession, parents should be aware that space availability is limited. Parents are invited to register for enrichment classes during each Intersession sign­up day. The spaces are filled on a first come first served basis. Enrichment at Centennial Academy is a time to extend scholar’s learning in fun, exciting and creative ways. It is designed to offer alternative instruction with many hands­-on/minds-­on experiences. Scholars will be engaged in many challenging tasks.

Fall Intersession

Spring Intersession

Dates of Intersession

Monday, October 2 - Friday, October 6, 2017

Monday, March 26 - Friday, March 30, 2018

Intervention Block

The master schedule has been carefully constructed to support the needs of our scholars in third through eighth grades. Scholars will receive specialized instruction at their instructional level in the areas of reading and mathematics. 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 instructional support for 45­ - 60 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 off­site and/or on­site field trips. Field trips are designed for scholars to engage in real­-life experiences to support the learning of the classroom.

**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 off­site field trip, parents must complete the 2017-2018 Field trip Permission Form.

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.

Fundraising Opportunities: ­The school and the PTA provides fundraising opportunities for families to help defray the costs of field trips and other extended learning opportunities. The school appreciates parental support of school fundraisers. Please email Dr. Alfreda Stinson, School Experience Coordinator, astinson@centennialacademycharter.org.

What if I would like to attend with my child? ­ Parents are welcome on field trips if and only 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 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 supporting 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 Weekly 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, this is the minimum number of conferences that the parent and/or teacher may request, and we strongly encourage 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.

Grading

Kindergarten

S        Satisfactory ­ Scholar is applying concept or skill independently.

G    Growth            Scholar is in the process of applying concept or skill independently.

P     Problem       Scholar is not applying concept or skill at this time.

Grades 1 - 8

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 2017-2018 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

Semester 1 Report Card

(quarters 1, 2)

Tuesday, January 5, 2018

MAILED

Semester 2 Report Card

(quarters 1, 2, 3, 4)

Monday, June 11, 2018

FINAL GRADE

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

In order for teachers to teach and scholars to learn in such an environment, a school­-wide discipline plan will be used. 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 students 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 student (1) could result in the student 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 student'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 student 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 student 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 student 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 student 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

Lower Academy

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

Middle Academy

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 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

Lower Academy

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

Middle Academy

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 student 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, students who commit these offenses may be recommended for long-term suspension or expulsion and reassignment to an alternative school.

School Level

Range of Consequences

Lower Academy

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

Middle Academy

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

Upper Academy

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

STUDENT OFFENSES

  1. ALCOHOL/ILLEGAL DRUGS/INHALANTS:
  1. No student 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 student to be alcohol or an illegal drug. Legal intoxication is not required for violation of this Code of Conduct.
  2. No student shall possess, transmit, store, buy, sell, distribute or possess with intent to sell any drug-related paraphernalia. (Level 2-3)
  3. No student shall falsely present or identify a substance to be alcohol or an illegal drug. (Level 2-3)
  4. No student 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 student shall sniff or be under the influence of inhalants and/or other substances. 6. No student 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 student shall not be truant by failing to attend school in compliance with the Georgia Compulsory Attendance Laws. (Level 1)
  2. No student shall be tardy for a class or activity for which he/she is enrolled without a valid excuse. (Level 1)
  3. No student shall miss any class or activity for which he/she is enrolled without a valid excuse. (Level 2)
  4. Students 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. Students 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, PAINT BALL PELLETS
  1. Students 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:

Students shall follow all student 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. Students 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 student shall act in any manner so as to interfere with a driver’s ability to safely drive the bus or another student’s ability to ride the bus without harassing or loud distractions.  Students must remain seated at all times unless directed by the driver.  Students 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. Students 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. Students 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.  Students 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. Students 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. Students who commit sexual offenses against students, 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 student has been found to have engaged in battery, acts of physical violence, bullying or physical threats on the school bus, the student’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. Students 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. Students 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. Students 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. Students 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 student shall use any type of profane, vulgar, obscene or ethnically offensive language (written or oral) or gestures. (K-5 - Level 2) (6-8 - Level 2-3)
  2. No student shall possess or distribute profane, vulgar, pornographic, obscene, or ethnically offensive materials. (Level 1-2)
  3. A student 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 students shall comply with reasonable directions or commands of all authorized Centennial Academy personnel or designees. (Level 1-3)
  5. All students shall comply with the directions of a staff member to remove themselves from the location of a disruptive situation. (Level 1-3)
  6. No student shall refuse to identify one’s self upon request of any Centennial Academy employee or designee. (Level 1-2)
  7. No student shall repeatedly violate the school dress code. (Level 1-2)
  8. No student shall fail to attend Saturday School, Detention, or In-School Suspension. (Level 1-2)

  1. DISRUPTION OF SCHOOL:
  1. Class Disruption: No students 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 student’s ability to learn. (Level 1-3)
  2. School Disruption: No student shall, in any manner, by the use of violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, 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 such lawful mission, process, or function.
  3. Students may not enter the school building after hours without express permission. (Level 2-3)
  4. Students may not return to campus or attend any school function while on suspension. (K-5 - Level 1-2) (6-8 - Level 2-3)
  5. Students may not be present in an unauthorized area. (Level 1-2)
  6. Students 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. Students 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. Students shall not prevent students from attending a class or school activity. (Level 1-3)
  9. No student 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 student shall be involved in a serious verbal altercation that disrupts the school, class, or school activity. (Level 2-3)
  1. FALSE REPORTS:
  1. No student shall knowingly and willfully make false reports or statements whether orally or in writing; falsely accuse other students of wrong actions; falsely accuse Centennial Academy employees of wrong action or inappropriate conduct; falsify school records; or forge signatures.  (K-5 - Level 1-2) (6-8 - Level 1-3)
  2. No student shall make or cause false calls to emergency services including false fire alarms which create a potentially dangerous interruption to the normal school operation and to both the physical and emotional well-being of students and staff.

  1. GAMBLING:
  1. No student 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 student 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 students or faculty members. (K-5 - Level 1-3) (6-8 - Level 2-3)
  2. No student shall display identified gang tattoos. (K-5 - Level 1-3) (6-8 - Level 2-3)
  3. No student shall hold himself/herself out as a member of a gang. (K-5 - Level 1-3) (6-8 - Level 2-3)
  4. No student shall recruit or solicit membership in any gang or gang-related organization. (K-5 - Level 1-3) (6-8 - Level 2-3)
  5. No student 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-5 - Level 1-3) (6-8 - Level 2-3)

NOTE: Gang Related Activity offenses are cumulative for grades 6-8.

  1. HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, THREATS (VERBAL, WRITTEN OR ELECTRONIC), AND BULLYING BEHAVIOR:
  1. No student shall engage in harassment, intimidation, or abuse of or toward any other student(s), Centennial Academy employees or other adults for any reason.  This prohibition includes but is not limited to, harassment, intimidation or abuse of students 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-5 - Level 1-3) (6-8 - Level 2-3)
  2. No student shall threaten, either verbally, in writing, electronically, or by physical presence, expressed or implied, or conspire to cause bodily injury to any student, Centennial Academy employee or non-employee. (Level 2-3)
  3. No student shall participate in bullying/cyberbullying behavior as defined in the Code of Conduct.

First Offense:

Second Offense:

Third and Subsequent Offenses:  

Parents/guardians of students 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, students and parents/guardians/other persons that have control of students 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.  Students who retaliate against others for reports of bullying behavior are subject to discipline which may include enhanced consequences.  Students 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 student 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 student shall be disciplined includes, but is not limited to, any off-campus conduct that is:

  1. OTHER BEHAVIORS:
  1. No student 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 student shall urge, encourage, counsel, further, promote, assist, cause, advise, procure, or abet any other student(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 student 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. Students may not possess or use any device designed to produce a mild electrical shock. (Level 1-2)
  3. Students shall not engage in rough or boisterous activities. (Level 1-2)
  4. No student shall participate in any kind of physical altercation. (Level 2-3)
  5. No student shall participate in any kind of physical harassment (This can include forms of hazing, intentionally spitting, shanking [i.e. intentionally exposing another student’s undergarments]). (Level 2-3)
  6. No student shall participate in any type of fighting. (Cumulative in grades 6-8) 

First Offense:

Second Offense:

Third and Subsequent Offenses:  

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

First Offense:

Second Offense and Subsequent Offenses:

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

First Offense:

Second Offense:

Third and Subsequent Offenses:  

  1. No student 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 3-5, and grades 6-8):

If a student 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 student 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 student 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 student shall be in possession of prescription medication not prescribed for the student.  In addition, a student 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 student shall be found to have violated Student Offense 1, Alcohol/Illegal Drugs/Inhalants, and shall be disciplined according to that Section.

NOTE: Cumulative in grades 6-8

  1. PROPERTY RELATED OFFENSES

        NOTE: Parents/guardians and/or students will be held responsible for restitution of the full value of any damaged or stolen property.

  1. No student shall intentionally cause substantial damage to personal property belonging to a District employee or another student. (Level 2-3)
  2. No student 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 student shall attempt to, threaten to, or actually damage, destroy, vandalize, or steal private property or school property on school grounds. (K-5 - Level 1-3 and contact Public Safety) (6-8 - Level 2-3 and contact Public Safety)
  4. No student 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 student 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 student shall be engaged in amorous kissing, other inordinate displays of affection. (Level 1-2)
  2. No student shall consent to and participate in any form of sexual activity. (Level 2-3 and contact Public Safety)
  3. No student 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 student 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 student 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 student 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 student 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 student 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 student 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 students 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.  Students 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. Students 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. Students 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. Students will not engage in any activity that monopolizes, wastes, or compromises school technology resources. (Level 2-3)
  5. Students 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 student 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. Students 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. Students 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. Students 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. Students 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. Students 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. Student 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.

Grades K-5:

Grades 6-8:

  1. WEAPONS:
  1. A student 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 student 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-5 and grades 6-8.

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-5 and grades 6-8.

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, nun chuck, 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 student 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 Head of School 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 Head of School shall refer the scholar to the a 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 scholar 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 Head of School 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 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 role­playing 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

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 and understand that if I do not adhere to the terms my scholar’s placement at Centennial Academy may be jeopardized.

Print Scholar Name & Grade _        

Signature of Parent/Guardian Date _        

Signature of Parent/Guardian Date _        

Signature of Scholar _        

Homeroom Teacher _        

Revised 2018