Posted on February 26, 2020
Categories: Daily Bulletin



TUESDAY, February 26, 2020


  • Advisory 8:00-8:53
  • 1st 8:56-9:46
  • 2nd 9:49-10:39
  • 3rd 10:42-11:32
  • 4th 11:35-12:25
  • 5th 12:28-1:18
  • 6th 1:21-2:11
  • 7th 2:14-3:04



  • Free 15% off all Tri State Modell’s coupons are available through April 22:  https://centralhs.philasd.org/athletics/chs-athletic-team-pages/girls-junior-varsity-basketball/
  • Please remember to check your CHS Calendar every day for upcoming events.
  • AP Biology: For those who have applied to take AP Biology next year, the entrance exam will be held this Wednesday after school. Students are to meet in room 402 directly after 7th period. They will have one hour to complete the exam. Any questions can be directed to Mr. Fitzgerald in room 402.
  • Shakespeare Oratorical Competition: Are you a spoken word poet? Do you love the language of William Shakespeare? Do you need extra credit? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then ask your English teacher or Mrs. Johnson-Smith (room 110) about the annual Shakespeare Oratorical Competition, which will be held at 3:10 on Thursday, March 25, 2020 in room 101. Winners in the senior class may also get graduation awards!
  • African-American Poetry Contest: The African-American Poetry contest, sponsored by the Central High School English Department, will take place from
    February 10, 2020 – February 28, 2020. Students will need to write and submit one original poem that speaks to the spirit of African-American History Month. The contest is open to Central student participants of all ethnic groups in 9th through 12th grade. Winners in the senior class may also get graduation awards! Please see your English teacher or Mrs. Johnson-Smith (room 110) for details.
  • Seniors (279) Graduation Contest Awards. Contests for which students must sit/present –
    • Barsky English Award – 3/16/20 – (3:10pm) Mr. McElhenny rm. 226
    • Disharoon for Creative Writing – 3/17/20 – (3:10pm) Mrs. Johnson-Smith – rm. 105
    • Speaker at Large and James Roebuck Oratorical Contest – 3/19/20 – (3:10pm) English teacher panel – rm. 105
    • Omin Brother/Sisterhood Essay Award – 3/18/20 (3:10pm) Ms. Haskins – rm. 203
    • Contests for which students must submit entries: (ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED IN HARDCOPY BY MARCH 27, 2020 3:04pm)
      • John Haney Poetry – one original poem
      • Harry Kapustin Award – best original poem
      • Dena Rennota White Creative Writing – best poetry and/or short story portfolio
      • All entries must be typed with the student’s name, student’s homeroom number, and student’s English teacher’s name.
    • If you have any questions, please see your English teacher and/or Mrs. Johnson-Smith (room 110) at your earliest convenience.
  • Philadelphia Free Library has a new policy of forgiveness for all old fines. It’s their “valentine to the city they love: they’ve gone fine-free!” That’s right: The Free Library no longer charges fines for overdue materials. What’s more, all existing overdue fines—large and small, from last month or last decade—have been removed from patrons’ library cards! Thus students who have been hesitant to use F.L.P. resources no longer have any excuse not to. Navigate to Barnwell Library tab at Central High School home page for access to slide show on how to use F.L.P. print and digital resources. Access to 140 plus databases is a great place to start research-based papers and presentations. If you do not already have an F.L.P. borrower’s card navigate to F.L.P. and get one today. Non-city resident Faculty are entitled to borrowing privileges as public school teachers.  See Mr. Lobron at Barnwell Library with any concerns/questions.
  • Voter Registration Team Training – Join us Tuesday after school to learn how to use computer tablets to register Central students to vote! Trainers from SEAMAAC will be in Room 307. Earn community service hours!
  • Join the Central Voter Registration Team! Help get all eligible students to vote in the April 28th Pennsylvania Primary to nominate Republican and Democratic candidates for US President, Congress, and PA state offices.  Learn how to do nonpartisan online registration and get-out-the-vote phone and text banking. Help start a social media campaign to inspire first-time voters! We’re meeting Friday, February 14th, at 8:15am in Room 307. Contact Mr. Quinn for more info: taquinn@philasd.org
  • The Financial Literacy and Bridges to Wealth Class will start for the spring session on Friday, February 14th in Room 211.  Every Friday, students from U Penn’s Wharton School of Business will be at Central to teach economics classes.  The class runs from 3:15-4:00. For more info see Mr. Quinn (Room 307) or Ms. Sheldon-Matje (Room211)
  • Faculty, Staff, and Students: Your input is valued.  If you have ideas about books, we could add to the Barwell Library Collection please share your ideas: jlobron@philasd.org
  • Include the author and the title of any book you suggest.  Thank you for your consideration in helping us keep our collection up to date and relevant to all stakeholders in our collection.  Thank you~Mr. Lobron
  • Mr. Lobron’s scissors have not yet returned to the Library. Can we make this happen?  NO QUESTIONS ASKED
  • Students: While we appreciate your enthusiasm for International Day preparation, we need the multiple pairs of scissors back that “someone borrowed.”  Please return them with HASTE to the Barnwell Library. NO questions asked; thank you ~Mr. Lobron
  • THE SCHOOL STORE IS NOW OPEN ~ School Store Hours are as follows:
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday ~ Morning 7:30-8:00 and Afternoon 3:10 – 3:30 ~Wednesday ~ Morning, 7:30 – 8:00 ~ NO After School Hours
  • Reminder Staff when you are absent please turn in a SEH-86 after each absence the day after you return.  Absence cards can be found in the main office behind the copier in a tray. Please Complete, Sign, and Return to the main office to Ms. Ramseur (Ms. R)
  • Greetings once again from the Central-Thon Committee! Tomorrow, January 14th, we will begin collecting donations for the 2020 book drive.  All books and funds collected will go directly to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s “Reach out and Read” program.  The books donated to the hospital allow young patients to work on language development and experience the joy of reading.
  • Last year, we collected over 600 books; this year we hope to reach and exceed that number with the help our generous student body, faculty, and staff here at Central.  We would appreciate your support during this event (1/14-2/29) in the form of monetary donations or gently-used or brand-new books suited for patients, especially those patients six-months to five-years old.  Members of Central-THON will visit advisories, collect books at the scanners, and place a drop-box in front of the main entrance and Rm. 211
  • Please reach out to either our sponsor, Dr. Elliott Drago, or one of our Co-Directors:  Hannah Poeng (7038787@philasd.org) Alesha Philip (7147609@philasd.org) April Serrano (6964137@philasd.org)
  • If you have any questions, comments, or concerns.  Many thanks in advance for your support and may the 2020 book drive season be the best one yet!
  • Attention poets:  Mirror is hosting a poetry revision workshop on Monday, February 24th after school in room 108.  All are welcome to attend! Bring a poem or two to revise. Students are encouraged to submit these revised poems to Mirror or to the African American Poetry contest.  Information about both are posted in the English corridor.
  • Artist and poets! The winter edition of Mirror is printing and will be distributed shortly.  We are accepting submissions for the spring edition. We’ll accept submissions until March 29th.  See the Mirror bulletin board in the English corridor for details.  Also, staff meetings are reconvening, starting on Thursday, January 16th in room 108. New members are always welcome!
  • Science Opportunity for 10th & 11th grade girls:EXELON FOUNDATION STEM INNOVATION LEADERSHIP ACADEMY. A free week-long (Sunday, July 26, 2020 – Friday, July 31, 2020), residential STEM leadership program held at Drexel University, where young women get to learn about energy and STEM in fun, interactive ways, such as field trips, site visits, keynote speakers, panels of women leaders from across the city, leadership development training, and an energy challenge which will result in cool prizes! Application due by April 22, 2020. https://exelonstemacademy.org
  • SMASH STEM Academy info session will happen in the Spain Conference Center during open homeroom on Friday 1/31/2020.  9th graders interested in a residential program focused on science, technology, engineering, and math at UPENN over the next 3 summers…please come to get information, tips, and swag. https://www.smash.org/programs/smash-academy/.  Applications due 2/28/2020.
  • The SCIENCE PEER TUTORING CENTER will start on Tuesday 12/3/19 and run Tues-Fri during open homeroom in the Chemistry Alcove (outside rms. 083-085).  Come bring your biology, chemistry, and physics questions. Join the Peer Tutoring Google Classroom (an7brz4) for updates. – Ms. Cohen   gmcohen@philasd.org
  • Science Peer Tutoring! Do you need or can you offer HELP in a science course?  Sign up here to be a peer tutor or to request help. Tutors will receive community service hours, and tutees efforts to improve their understanding will be carefully recorded and communicated to parents/guardians and teachers.
  • Central’s A Cappella the Knights of Harmony is still looking for boys and those who can beat box to audition.  Please stop by room 323 and look for Mr. G.