Monday, Feb. 17, 2020

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Coach Pavlichek talks strategy during a tight 4th quarter vs. University's Cougars last week (story below).
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As a reminder to all of our parents and guardians, we did release student progress reports for the 3rd quarter this past week. If this applies to your household, please review your student's results as soon as possible keeping in mind our tutoring opportunities listed below.

In this week's edition we have elaborated on various scholarships with upcoming deadlines not too far off. If you are a senior seeking financial aid for college, please take a close look at this information as we don't want you to lose out on a valuable option just for missing a due date.

If you are opening this over the holiday weekend, enjoy the Presidents' Day holiday and I look forward to seeing everyone back at school Tuesday morning.

It's Great To Be A Grenadier!

Dr. Maestre

Colonial High School recognizes the value of our staff, students, and community members as an extra set of eyes and ears and asks for your help in identifying possible safety or security concerns. If you see something or hear of something suspicious, please say something. Be aware. Be responsible. Thank you!

Weekly Reminders

Late Arrival Students 
 Must have school ID cards to enter campus late; security guards will open gates approximately 10 minutes before the tardy bell.  Be on time to your class, even if you have "late arrival."

FSA Literacy Night (March 3) 
FSA Literacy Night in the Cafeteria on Freshman Campus, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  Come experience the curriculum and instruction offered for all grade levels at Colonial HS.  Interactive stations will help parents to understand what students are expected to know and to do in math, science, English, social studies and elective courses.  For more information, contact your student's counselor.  

Colonial High School will participate in an online survey until March 13 as one method of reaching all stakeholders. Please submit your survey responses this week to ensure that we get your feedback!
This survey will help us better understand our strengths and areas for improvement. It will only take a few minutes and it is completely anonymous.
The survey is available in Arabic, English, Haitian Creole, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish.  
Thank you in advance for your support and your feedback - your perspective is important and valuable.
Black History Spirit Week
The Legacy Club sponsored activities each day of the week.  Highlights included the singing of the Negro National Anthem during lunch, dressing in traditional African attire, and a door decorating contest!  Thank you to all who participated in celebrating this important time in American history.

Student Spotlight
Victoria Sjostedt, 11th grader at Colonial High School is the winner of the Zora Poster Art Competition!!

Victoria will receive a $250 cash prize, a Sam Flax gift basket and her artwork will be created into a commemorative poster for the attendees of the ZORA! Festival to enjoy. The Eatonville Branch of Orange County Library System will also display the artwork in their branch during Black History Month along with their Zora Neale Hurston displays.

Classroom Spotlight
Main Campus: Mr. Venable's Marine Science classes analyzed the impact of an oil spill through simulation.

Meanwhile, in Ms. Clarke's English 2 class, students are developing theme statements and identifying supporting evidence from Shakespeare's tragedy, MacBeth. 

Student Recognition

On Freshman Campus, our February students of the month were recognized, along with our HERO students of the month.

Dr. Maestre and Ms. Abreu (Math Coach) get the griddles ready, while Ms. Armenteros (ESOL Compliance Specialist) flips pancakes for our Freshman Honor Roll Breakfast Celebration!

Main Campus:  Students enjoyed a pancake breakfast on both campuses for earning Honor Roll- all As- for the 1st Semester.  Parents enjoyed celebrating with their children while feasting on chocolate chip and blueberry pancakes.
Ms. Witham, Mr. Thompson, and Ms. Wright (along with the rest of the administrative and guidance teams) worked to make this student achievement celebration a success!

Guest Speakers on Campus
On Friday, February 14, 2020, Keshara Cowans (OCPS Staff Attorney), Onchanto Am (VP of Quality and Chief Legal Officer for IMPower) , Scott Leitner (VP, Commercial Relationship Manager at Axiom Bank), Jessica Travis (Owner of Jessica Travis, PA), presented Financial Literacy, an interactive presentation that addressed creating and maintaining a budget, banking 101, the importance of maintaining a good credit score, and information about student loans vs. grants and scholarships. The presentation included time for questions and answers and was presented to Ms. Saez and Ms. Smith's Government and AP Economics classes.

Pictured below, Keshara Cowans  and Onchanto Am interact with students in 2nd period, showing how career choice and budgeting is important to paying your monthly bills.

Teacher Recognition
Two of our very own Reading teachers have been recognized as making an IMPACT!  Ms. Regan (10th grade) and Ms. Montijo (9th grade) attend professional development to get the very latest updates and bring the information back to our Reading department teachers.  As you can see below, each teacher utilizes digital tools and graphic organizers to engage and support student learning. Congratulations to Ms. Montijo and Ms.Regan for making an IMPACT!
Mr. Nolan (9th grade English Language Arts teacher), and Ms. Aponte-Ramirez (Environmental Science teacher) were also recognized as making an IMPACT!  Mr. Lay (Instructional Coach) and Ms. Aponte (Assistant Principal) celebrated with these teachers.
College and Career Center Updates
Please join us in congratulating the following students for their acceptances into college! We are so proud of their accomplishments!  
  • Ailish Almonte: Valencia College
  • Alesandra Burgos: St. Leo University (pictured above, left)
  • Ryleigh Burke: Rollins College
  • Eliana Calix Moradel: Valencia College
  • Madison Cliett: Florida State University
  • Abigail Gadea: Stetson University
  • Yalmarielysbeth Gonzalez: Valencia College
  • Linh Le: Rollins College, University of Tampa
  • Patria Marcano Maldonado: University of Central Florida
  • Melanie Marquez: University of Central Florida (pictured above, right)
  • Joshwa Matos: Stetson University
  • Ashanti Miller: Valencia College
  • Annjeannette Mitchell: Stetson University
  • Adriana Murphy: Stetson University
  • Zuchen Ng Irizarry: Florida State University
  • Kylie Ortiz: Valencia College
  • Nathan Pagan: University of Central Florida, Florida State University
  • Jonathan Pereira: Valencia College
  • Michael Quiros: University of Central Florida
  • Gabriel Rivera: University of Tampa
  • Danisha Thelusma: Stetson University
  • Kimberly Tohorton: Stetson University
  • Laurie Torres: Valencia College
The famous Plant Hall on the campus of the University of Tampa in the evening. Both Gabriel Rivera and Linh Le received letters of acceptance from UT. 
Attentions Seniors!  
Check out the latest Scholarships available. Please note the deadlines for submission:

February 21st: Support Our Scholars- $10,000, laptop, & mentor
-female student

February 27th: The Dream US Scholarship- full tuition & fees (up to maximum amount indicated on website)
-DACA students
February 28th: Intellectual Freedom Scholarship- $500
-must write an essay about intellectual freedom 9details on application)
See counselor for application.
February 29th: UNIGO Sweet & Simple Scholarship- $1,500
-open to all
March 1st: Sorosis Scholarship- $1,000
-must rank in upper half of the class
See counselor for application.
March 1st: Joseph A. Melbourne Jr. Scholarship- $10,000
-must be an Addition Financial account holder
-3.0 GPA

March 2nd: Kenard Lang Foundation Scholarship- $1,000
-open to all
See counselor for application.
March 6th: Petals of Hope Foundation Scholarship- $1,000
-female student
-3.5 weighted GPA or 3.0 unweighted GPA
-1000 minimum SAT, 22 minimum ACT
See counselor for application.
March 12th: Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship- $10,000
-U.S. citizen
-2.5 GPA
-Plan to major in STEM field (specific majors listed on application)
March 16th: Henry T. Weatherall Memorial Scholarship- $1,000
-U.S. citizen or permanent resident
See counselor for application.
March 16th: Fred Griffin, Jr. Scholarship- $500
-U.S. citizen or permanent resident
-must be from a single parent household with less than $30,000 income
-30 community service hours
2.5 unweighted GPA
See counselor for application.
March 17th: Jason Beaird Memorial Scholarship- $1,000
-30 community service hours
3.0 unweighted GPA
See counselor for application.

Valencia College Dual Enrollment (VCDE) is an opportunity for students with 3.0 and higher GPAs to earn FREE COLLEGE CREDIT. The window for VCDE is open January 27th to March 2nd.

Until then, interested students should practice for the PERT - reading, writing, and math tests. A wide variety of practice materials are available online free of charge.

Grenadier Athletics
Boys Basketball 
Our boys basketball team played a challenging game on Monday against our rival, University HS.  Each quarter of the game was a nail-biter as our Grenadiers drove up and down the court.  They lost the game in overtime, but learned a valuable lesson about persistence.

Water Polo
Meanwhile, in the water, our boys and girls water polo teams each played close games against Wekiva HS this past week.  

Upcoming Competitions (subject to change)

Yearbooks are still on sale in room 2-205 for $50.00 (payable by cash check or money order).  Pre-order yours today as the book may not be available if you wait until the last minute!  Books are scheduled to be on campus the first week in May.  See Ms. Christensen-Jones if you have any questions!    
Prom Tickets
To be eligible to purchase a ticket to attend Prom, students must have: 
1. A GPA equal to/greater than 2.0  
2. No Level 4 disciplinary incidents (2019-2020 school year)
3. No more than 5 unexcused absences from school
4. Paid or set up payment for media center obligations (includes chargers, laptops, books)

Purchase now before the price goes up! The cost of the ticket includes a full meal with appetizers and dessert! See Ms. Dansby if you have any questions! 

Tutoring - MAIN CAMPUS
If you have a D or an F in any class, you should attend tutoring!  We just want to remind you that tutoring takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.  Any student with less than a 2.0 GPA is strongly encouraged to attend. Your participation in tutoring will help you bring your grades up.

Tutoring has resumed on Main Campus! See the room numbers below of the teachers who are providing tutoring. Students can grab food from the food line outside of the cafeteria and head to their respective tutoring class.  

Here is the link for students to sign up for tutoring on Main Campus:
You must sign up to get transportation!
Please contact Ms. Hudson ( or Mr. Burley ( if you have any questions! 
Freshman Grenadiers:  If you have a D or an F in any class, you should attend tutoring! 
We just want to remind you that tutoring takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.  Any student with less than a 2.0 GPA is strongly encouraged to attend.  Your participation  in tutoring will help you bring your grades up.

Please sign up with your school laptop at: 

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Leadership Team

chs Principal: Dr. Hector Maestre
Assistant Principal: Ms. Elizabeth Fuller
Assistant Principal: Mr. Jason Jimenez
Assistant Principal: Mr. Jonathan Zenzel
Assistant Principal: Ms. Kimberly Parsons
Assistant Principal: Ms. Maricarmen Aponte
Assistant Principal: Mr. Michael Mezger
Assistant Principal: Ms. Mary Vetter
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