Cougar Announcements!

Thursday, October 8, 2015


Congratulations to Logan Kohrmann and Kolby Schulte and the Girls’ Golf Team for advancing to Sectionals next week!!!. This is the first time in school history the girls’ golf team has ever advanced to sectionals.


For the 4th consecutive year, Central FFA won the Section 22 Soils Judging Contest. The contest was held at SWIC College in Belleville yesterday. Central won with a team score of 1,551 points with Freeburg coming in 2nd with 1,488 points. All of Central's five team members finished in the top ten for individual scoring in the contest including: Chase Hilmes 1st Place, Zac Tebbe 3rd Place, Alex Kluemke 4th Place, Jakob Koch 5th Place and Nick Huelsmann 6th Place. There were 11 schools and 55 students participating in the event.


Please release the x-country team today at 1:30 pm.


All girls planning on trying out for basketball this season need to report to the main gym today during channel one to pick up a shoe order form.


All students interested in joining Scholar Bowl this school year - there is a meeting today during Channel One outside Mrs. Grodeon's room (14W).  If you cannot attend, talk to Mrs. Grodeon.


All varsity defensive line backs please meet in the library today during Channel One.


All boys’ basketball players are reminded to bring their basketball equipment order forms in by the end of the day today.  If Coach Shubert does not receive the order forms by then, you will not receive the equipment.  No late orders will be made!


Reminder: pictures for all members of Boys and Girls Golf will be Thursday at 3:00 at the golf course. If you need a picture form, see Jill Varel.


Reminder that the Freshmen PCCS Work Ethics workshop will take place this Friday at 8:03am in the Library. 


Spanish Club members that painted maracas need to report to Sra. Rueter's room on Thursday during channel 1 to glaze your maraca with glue.  It should take you about 5 minutes or so.  


On Wednesday, October 14 at 6:30 pm there will be an FCA meeting in Mr. Crask’s room (14E).  If you would like to purchase an FCA t-shirt, the cost is $8.00 and the money is due to Mr. Crask by October 16th.


Juniors who signed up to take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 14th need to report directly to room 41E (Mrs. Shanafelt's room) when the bell rings. Testing will end around 11:30. Make sure you get any assignments that you will be missing from your teachers in advance. Please bring a calculator and a couple of sharpened non-mechanical pencils with good erasers with you, and know your Social Security number. Make sure you have a calculator from the approved list. The list of prohibited calculators is on page 32 in your PSAT Student Guide. Students will not be allowed to work on anything in between test so don't bring anything extra. If you have any questions, please see Miss Lohman.


Attention Seniors & Senior Parents: An Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) representative will presenting a Financial Aid Presentation on October 27th during Parent/Teacher Conference at 7:00 in room 12E. Information on how and when to apply for FAFSA in order to get loans and/or grants in order to assist in paying for college will be presented. ISAC will have a representative back at Central on January 7th in the computer lab from 5:30-7:30 in order to assist parents in completing the FAFSA online. If you have any questions, please see Miss Lohman.


Seniors: The universities and colleges listed below will have an admission representative at Central this fall on the date and time listed. Any senior interested in meeting with a rep needs to sign up on the clipboard in Miss Lohman's office. Students will need to get a pass from Miss Lohman a couple of days before the visit or when signing up. New colleges will be added when scheduled.


October 8th- Blackburn College (1:04)

October 13th-Maryville University (2:00)

October 19th- University of Southern Indiana (1:00)

October 20th-Lincoln College (10:00)


The link below is the new online Central High School apparel store for Paws.  You will now be able to order online using your credit card any apparel listed on the site.  We will also have an opportunity to purchase individual sports spirit apparel prior to the start of each season, and play-off apparel also. You will receive e-mail notification when your orders arrive at the school along with information about spirit wear special orders.  This is a great way to help support PAWS and get the latest styles of Central Cougars apparel.  So go the website and check it out!


The CHS cheerleader's annual trivia night is set for October 17th at Damiansville gym. Registration and silent auction begin at 6 with trivia starting at 6:30. For more information or to pre-register your teams see a CHS Cheerleader or contact Mrs. Jacob or Mrs. Porterfield.


The 2014-2015 yearbooks are in.  If you ordered one, stop by Mrs. Varel’s office to pick it up.


We will be offering an open computer lab on Tuesday nights from 5:00 - 7:00 pm in the library for anyone needing to use the computers.


Math tutoring is for any math student here at Central.  Tutoring will be in 12E (Mr. Kruse's room) from 3-4 on every Tuesday.


For any student that needs help in his/her classes, there is tutoring available before or after school or during your study hall.  There is a sign-up sheet in the office.  One of the tutors will contact you to set up a mutually agreeable tutoring time.  Don’t wait! Sign-up and get help now before it’s too late!!


Clinton Manor in New Baden is looking for a part time activity assistant for every other weekend.  You may apply in person or contact Mara Jackson at 588-4924 ext 105.


Seniors: The October-November scholarship list that has a couple of scholarships and an updated national scholarship search listing is now available. It is on the school's website under: Academics/Scholarship News. A paper copy is also available on the bulletin board outside Miss Lohman's office. 


There will be a St. Louis National College Fair on Sunday, October 18th at St. Louis University from 1-4 in the Simon Recreation Center. A listing of the schools attending the fair is available at: Before attending the college fair students are encouraged to register at


Attention Seniors Any senior who is planning on attending a 4 year university next year who has a 3.50 GPA or higher, at least a 23 Composite on the ACT, who will work more than 240 hours in the 12 months prior to the start of college, and demonstrates financial need might be eligible for the Hagen Scholarship. Please check out the Hagen Scholarship website for more information and application materials. Deadline: November 15th. 


College Planning Night Presented by ISAC:

On Wednesday Oct 21st, 2015 beginning at 6:30 pm at Central High School the Illinois Student Assistance Commission will be presenting on 3 topics that will help students transition from junior high to college.  Both parents, students, and community members are all welcome to attend these informational presentations.  All 3 topics will be presented during both sessions. Sessions will run from 6:30 - 7:00 pm and 7:00 - 7:30 pm. The evening will conclude with a Parent-College Round Table, where a parent panel will discuss their experiences with sending their child to college. They will answer questions from the audience and offer tips on making the experience a smooth one. This round table will be at 7:30 pm.


Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Competition- Scholarship amounts vary. Open to students in grades 9-12. Applicants must record an original 3-5 minute essay on an audio CD or flash drive on this year’s theme, “My Vision For America.” Deadline: November 1, 2015. Applications are available in the office on top of the black bookcase. 


SIUE will once again be offering several ACT Test Preparation courses in the upcoming months. They are now registering students for the Fall 2015 classes. Classes are a set of five, three-hour sessions, beginning with the pre-test in the first session followed by four review sessions in grammar/vocab, reading comprehension, science, & math. Classes are held on Saturdays from 9-12. The September session starts September 19th and the October session starts October 24th. The course costs $175 which includes the study guide and pre-test. There is a flyer in the office on the black bookshelf for more information. Pre-registration is required and can be done at 


Applications are currently being accepted for the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U. S. Naval Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Interested applicants must be a senior who is at least 17 years of age. Students interested in applying may go to Applications must be received in John Shimku's office no later than November 6, 2105. For more information contact Dora Rahan at (618)288-7190 or



Oct             - Faculty meeting – 11:30 am dismissal

Oct 12         - Columbus Day – No School

Oct 27         - Parent/Teacher Conference – 6 to 8:30 pm

Oct 30         - Teachers Institute – No School

Nov 11        - Veteran’s Day – No School

Nov 25 -27 -  Thanksgiving Holiday – No School