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Welcome

We are committed to providing quality care and support for your scholar and family at Centennial Academy. The School Counseling Department welcomes inquiries and questions about our comprehensive program. Feel free to reach out to us at your earliest convenience and we look forward to communicating with you!

Elementary School Counselor

Lisa Miller

 

Kindergarten - 2nd Grades: Ms. Lisa Miller, MS, NCC
emiller@centennialacademycharter.org
 

 

Chastity Williams

 

3rd & 4th Grades: Ms. Chastity Williams, MA, NCC, APC
cwilliams@centennialacademycharter.org

 

 

 

 

 

Middle School Counselor

 

5th - 8th Grades: Ms. Grace Pniewski, M.Ed., NCC
gpniewski@centennialacademycharter.org
 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Us
Email is the most efficient way to communicate with us, but we welcome calls to the office: (404) 802-8550.

Please complete the Centennial Academy Counseling Referral Form and allow the Counseling Department at least 48 business hours to follow up with you depending on severity.

 

Mission

Mission


The mission of the Centennial Academy School Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes excellence for all scholars in the areas of academics, personal-social development, and post-secondary readiness. We provide data-driven, proactive, and responsive services to ensure that all scholars have equal access to challenging curriculum and leadership opportunities. Scholars will be treated equitably, with fairness, justice, and respect, by all counselors, staff members, and peers, to encourage and empower them to be creative critical thinkers with the vision and courage to impact a global society.

Vision


The Centennial Academy School Counseling Department will empower all students to reach their maximum potential by building a culture of love and ethical leadership.

 

School Counseling Services

`Services

The Counseling Department provides support to scholars, families, faculty, and staff in a number of capacities. We advocate for scholar success in three primary areas, according to the ASCA National Model, which includes counseling in personal and social, academic, and career development.

Topics we may cover:

  • Counseling Core Curriculum – This curriculum consists of structured lessons designed to help students achieve the desired competencies and to provide all students with the knowledge and skills appropriate for their developmental level. The school guidance curriculum is delivered throughout the school's overall curriculum and is systematically presented by school counselors in collaboration with other professional educators in K-12 classroom and group activities.

  • Responsive Services – Responsive services are prevention and/or intervention activities meeting students’ immediate and future needs. These needs can be necessitated by events and conditions in students’ lives and may require any of the following: individual or group counseling, consultation with parents, teachers and other educators, referrals to other school support services or community resources, peer helping.

  • Individual Student Planning - School counselors coordinate ongoing systemic activities designed to help all students plan, monitor and manage their own academic achievement, as well as establish personal goals and future career plans.

  • System Support – System support consists of management activities, establishing, maintaining, and enhancing the total school counseling program. These activities include professional development, consultation, collaboration, program management and operations. Professional school counselors are committed to continual personal and professional development and are proactively involved in professional organizations promoting school counseling at the local, state and national levels.

We are able to work with scholars in various settings within and outside of the classroom. Not only do we teach lessons in each class, but also we provide individual and group sessions for scholars.

Classroom and/or Individual/Group Sessions:

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bias
  • Bullying
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Coping
  • Creating Goals
  • Depression
  • Diversity
  • Divorce
  • Empathy
  • Family Changes
  • Following Directions
  • Grief
  • High School Transition
  • Identifying Changes
  • Illness
  • Middle School Transition
  • Name Calling
  • Peer Pressure
  • Perseverance
  • Personal Space
  • Problem Solving
  • Respect
  • Self-Control
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Understanding Perspectives

 

Elementary School

School Programming

  • Academy Assemblies
  • Bullying Prevention & Intervention
  • Career Day
  • College & Career Readiness Motivation Week
  • Leadership Day
  • Morning Meeting
  • Parent University
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Random Acts of Kindness
  • Town Hall Meetings

 

Discrimination, Harassment, or Bully Reporting  
The faculty and staff at Centennial Academy are committed to eliminating incidents of bullying, harassment, and/or discrimination. The purpose of this form is to assist any school stakeholder who feels wrong doings have occurred. The school relies on timely and accurate information from parents and scholars to properly address and solve these concerns.
Please provide detailed information in the form. Additionally, you are invited to contact the Dean of Students or the Director of Student Life and Leadership to ensure that all complaints have been resolved.

Mr. Thomas Bussey, Director of Student Life and Leadership
tbussey@centennialacademycharter.org

Ms. Angel Hendricks, Dean of Students
ahendricks@centennialacademycharter.org

We appreciate your efforts in helping Centennial Academy maintain the best possible academic and social environment for all.
The Leader in Me is Franklin Covey’s whole school transformation process. It teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. See Questions and Answers about The Leader in Me.

The Leader in Me
The Leader in Me is aligned with best-in-class content and concepts practiced by global education thought leaders. It provides a logical, sequential and balanced process to help schools proactively design the culture that reflects their vision of the ideal school.
Content from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a key component of the overall The Leader in Me process. The 7 Habits is a synthesis of universal, timeless principles of personal and interpersonal effectiveness, such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration and renewal, which are secular in nature and common to all people and cultures.
Click here for a synopsis of the habits in kids’ language.
The Leader in Me is also aligned to many national and state academic standards. The process teaches students the skills needed for academic success in any setting. These skills include critical thinking, goal setting, listening and speaking, self-directed learning, presentation-making and the ability to work in groups.

Links:
Parent Guides:

English Version
Spanish Version
Chinese Version
Supporting TLIM Initiave
Website
Family Mission Statement
Readers Are Leaders
Leadership Roles
Respecting Diversity
Organizational Skills
Getting Involved at School
The Importance of Goals
Community Volunteerism

Middle School

School Programming

  • Academy Assemblies
  • Bullying Prevention & Intervention
  • Advisement
  • 8th Grade Apprenticeships
  • Career Day
  • College & Career Readiness Motivation Week
  • Leadership Day
  • Mix it Up at Lunch Day
  • Parent University
  • PSAT & SSAT Prep and Administration (7th/8th Grade)
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week

Leadership Roles
Respecting Diversity
Organizational Skills
Getting Involved at School
The Importance of Goals
Community Volunteerism

Discrimination, Harassment, or Bully Reporting
The faculty and staff at Centennial Academy are committed to eliminating incidents of bullying, harassment, and/or discrimination. The purpose of this form is to assist any school stakeholder who feels wrong doings have occurred. The school relies on timely and accurate information from parents and scholars to properly address and solve these concerns.
Please provide detailed information in the form. Additionally, you are invited to contact the Director of Student Life and Leadership to ensure that all complaints have been resolved.

Mr. Julian Siah, Director of Student Life and Leadership
jsiah@centennialacademycharter.org

We appreciate your efforts in helping Centennial Academy maintain the best possible academic and social environment for all.

 Discrimination, Harassment, and/or Bully Report Form
 

The Leader in Me

The Leader in Me is Franklin Covey’s whole school transformation process. It teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. See Questions and Answers about The Leader in Me.
 

The Leader in Me is aligned with best-in-class content and concepts practiced by global education thought leaders. It provides a logical, sequential and balanced process to help schools proactively design the culture that reflects their vision of the ideal school.

Content from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a key component of the overall The Leader in Me process. The 7 Habits is a synthesis of universal, timeless principles of personal and interpersonal effectiveness, such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration and renewal, which are secular in nature and common to all people and cultures.

Click here for a synopsis of the habits in kids’ language.

The Leader in Me is also aligned to many national and state academic standards. The process teaches students the skills needed for academic success in any setting. These skills include critical thinking, goal setting, listening and speaking, self-directed learning, presentation-making and the ability to work in groups.

The Leader In Me Links:
 Parent Guides:
English Version
Spanish Version
Chinese Version
Supporting TLIM Initiave
Website
Family Mission Statement
Readers Are Leaders

Parent Resources

Parent Resources

Topic

Website

APS Website

Student Services

Bullying Prevention

No Place for Hate
StopBullying Now

Crisis Intervention

GCAL

Mental Health Resources

National Alliance on Mental Illness


Recommended  Resources for Outside Counseling

Should students need more long term counseling services, the Centennial Academy Counseling Department can provide referrals for outside counseling as needed. Please contact your grade level counselor for more details.

 
Pathways - individual & family therapy that can be provided during the school day at Centennial;

Payment: Medicaid accepted

 

T2S Enterprises - individual, couple, and group focus with families info@Talk2Spirit.Com

(404) 914-4782

 

Kate’s Club - for children (ages 5 - 18) that have lost a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver at some point in their life

Payment: No Cost to Families

 

Thornwell - parenting workshops & in-home family support

Payment: Sliding Fee Scale