Month: June 2015

Students Take Summer Courses

Words: Nicholas Klein

For most students classes start in late August and end in mid June. For some students, however, that is not the case. In addition to the regular classes that they take during the school year, many students take additional classes over the summer.

Taking classes over the summer is not just a quick lecture for one day, most summer classes last for about four hours each day for one to two weeks. The classes are held Monday through Friday, and for some, there are tests and homework, just like a normal class. Though some of the classes count for high school credits, others are specifically made to enrich a student in a specific area, and may serve as more of a helpful program.

Because of the limited time frame, the lessons are a lot more general and fast paced. Many of the classes are held in places such as community centers and college campuses, which can be both residential and non-residential. Applications must be filled out before the summer starts in order to ensure that students get a spot in the course and all the required paperwork is completed.

“I’m taking a pre-calculus course over the summer,” says Adam Kelemen, a sophomore at Centennial High School.

“I want to know pre-calculus before I’m a junior so that I can take Physics C that year,” said Kelemen.

Physics C is a course that uses a lot of complex math that is made easier by the things learned in pre-calculus.

“The class is held on the weekdays for two weeks in a row, with classes being four hours long each day,” says Kelemen.

The pre-calculus course does have tests every so often, as it is required by the curriculum.

Although many students see summer classes as a punishment for bad grades, other students see it as an opportunity to get ahead. The classes allow the students to take more advanced classes sooner and make it easier to surge ahead in school. They are not the most popular summer activity, but summer courses are some of the most successful ones.

2015 Final Exam Schedule

Tuesday, June 16

Period 1 Exam: 7:25 am – 9:05 am

Period 2: 9:10 am – 9:40 am

Period 3: 9:45 am – 10:15 am

Period 4A: 10:20 am – 12:20 pm

Period 5: 12:25 pm – 1:10 pm

Period 3 Locker Cleanout: 1:15 pm – 1:25 pm

Period 6: 1:30 pm – 2:10 pm


Wednesday, June 17

Period 2 Exam: 7:25 am – 9:05 am

Break: 9:10 am – 9:20 am

Period 3 Exam: 9:25 am – 11:05 am

Period 4B: 11:10 am – 1:10 pm

Period 5: 1:15 pm – 1:40 pm

Period 6: 1:45 pm – 2:10 pm


Thursday, June 18

Period 5 Exam: 7:25 am – 9:05 am

Break: 9:10 am – 9:20 am

Period 6 Exam: 9:25 am – 11:10 am

Period 4A: 11:10 am – 12:10 pm

A Lunch: 11:10 am- 11:30 am

B Lunch: 11:30 am – 11:50 am

C Lunch: 11:50 am – 12:10 pm

Dismissal: 12:10 pm


Friday, June 19

Period 4A Exam: 7:25 am – 9:05 am

Break: 9:10 am – 9:25 am

Period 4B: 9:30 am – 11:10 am

Dismissal: 11:10 am

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Senior Portraits

Words: Madhu Lal

Senior portraits took place in the auditorium from Monday, June 8 to Tuesday, June 9. All rising seniors were scheduled to take senior portraits for next years yearbook.

Students were not required to get their portraits done in school, however, all rising seniors were given the opportunity to get their portraits taken. Schedules were posted by the auditorium with a list of rising seniors and their alloted time to go visit the auditorium. There will be another opportunity for students to get their photos taken during school in the fall of next school year.

What Are Your Plans for the Summer?- Poll

Words: Ashley Berry

Summer is a time for growth; a time to celebrate that the school year is over. Students spend their summers doing all kinds of different things. With Centennial students’ diverse lives they are bound to celebrate their time off from school differently. Let Wingspan know how you plan to spend your summer by taking our poll.


Foundations of Technology Classes Set Off Rockets- Photos

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Sandy Eichhorn and Shalini Malhotra

The Foundations of Technology class spent both Thursday, June 11, and Friday, June 12, outside shooting off their rockets. Ms. Smith and Mr. Sendin’s classes have been designing their rockets for almost two weeks. The rockets are the students’ final projects, and the most popular. F.O.T. students built their personal rockets from the ground up and they each put their own personal spin on their designs.

Sophomore Michael Hegarty said, “It’s a fun project that was hands on and exciting. It’s interesting to see something you didn’t think could be done be accomplished.”

The classes gathered outside on Centennial’s field and counted down enthusiastically each time a rocket was set off.

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Turf Field Construction- Photos

Words and Photos: Izzie Chausse

Centennial’s track has been closed since May 24 for the construction of the new turf field. The track is expected to re-open on September 1, just in time for fall sport’s games to begin.  Centennial is one of the last high schools in Howard County to receive a turf field.

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Tame Impala Review

Words: Madhu Lal

On Saturday June 6, Tame Impala, an Australian epiphany pop band, performed at Echostage. This performance served as the band’s last stop in their 2015 tour, which showcased their new album, “Currents”. During their last performance, the band played a variety of songs from a multitude of their past albums along with new singles.

Songs like, Elephant, Half Full Glass of Wine, and Mind Mischief were played during the course of the concert, as well as songs from the new album like, She’s a Man. Although a majority of the songs performed were distinct and easily recognizable, the band still was able to add different layers of sound by changing chords and using effect pedals to alter the sound of their instruments, adding an interesting aspect to the show.

From end to finish, Tame Impala shook the concert hall, each chord permeated through every member of the crowd and rumbled through the walls. Throughout the night, the deep bass, entrancing guitar, and profusion of amplifiers and effect pedals associated with Tame Impala’s sound, united the crowd. “Currents” takes Tame Impala’s usual psychedelic epiphany pop sound to a deeper and more hypnotizing level, keeping listeners interested from beginning to end.

Apart from the music, the engaging stage performance also sent waves of excitement throughout the venue. With each song came a different light and screen show. The screen behind the performers changed in flashes of color pulsing to the beat, while the sounds of the lead singer’s voice lingered over the heads of the singing audience. The flawlessly executed performance sent fans into a fit of singing and swaying to nostalgic classics and new and enticing singles. The awe-inspiring performance at Echostage and the enthusiastic aura of the crowd seemed like the ideal way to end the band’s tour.

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