Monday, March 2, 2020

Statehood: March 3, 1845 (#27)
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Our AFJROTC Units completed the tri-annual Inspection and Evaluation conducted by Chief Master Sergeant Wayne Barron of the US Air Force.  Our Cadets continue to meet standards!
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This Wednesday, March 4 is one of three upcoming Wednesdays where we will not be releasing the students early due to testing. This applies to all campuses across OCPS, not just Colonial. For planning purposes, the other two Wednesdays are April 1 and May 6.

Below you will find flyers on an exciting special event scheduled for this coming Tuesday, March 3 - FSA Literacy Night. This is an informational session for Colonial parents on the upcoming Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) and End of Course (EOC) exams. These annual tests are required by the Florida Department of Education and are very important assessments in terms of our students' academic records. If you have a student at Colonial, please take a little time from your Tuesday evening to participate. I promise you that it will be well worth your attendance.

As always, thank you for your continued support and for looking over this latest issue. Have a great week!

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!


Parent Survey 
We are still striving for a 20% participation rate on our annual parent survey. Please remember that the responses are completely anonymous, but that we depend on this feedback for school improvement. If this applies to your household and you still have not taken the 2020 survey, would you do so? Your help is greatly appreciated.  When parents complete the survey, students can earn HERO points!  Simply take a picture of the completion page and show it to an administrator.

Todavía estamos luchando por una tasa de participación del 20% en nuestras encuestas anuales para padres y estudiantes. Recuerde que las respuestas son completamente anónimas, pero que dependemos de estos comentarios para mejorar la escuela. Si esto se aplica a su hogar y aún no ha respondido la encuesta 2020, ¿lo haría? Tu ayuda es muy apreciada.  Cuando los padres completan la encuesta, ¡los estudiantes pueden ganar puntos HERO!  Simplemente tome una foto de la página de finalización y muéstresela a un administrador.

Survey link: 
FSA Literacy Night: March 3, on Freshman Campus from 6:00-7:30 pm.  All parents and students are invited to attend!

Juniors: Get ready for our school day SAT on March 4th.

Mark your calendars now - in order for all students to complete their SAT or FSA tests without concern for running out of time, all OCPS students will be scheduled for a full school day instead of the normal early dismissal on three Wednesdays: March 4, April 1, and May 6, 2020.  

Progress Monitoring Assessments (PMAs) for the 3rd Quarter are almost here.  This means that every day of instruction is valuable and cannot be missed.  Some students are experiencing pull-out instruction, which is a small group led by a certified teacher to provide focus on a specific skill or standard.  These experiences are designed to support student needs and are based on the previous PMA results.  Students should attend pull-out opportunities when invited to do so.

Spring Break Boot Camp is right around the corner... Ask your English or Biology teacher for more details... 
FSA & EOC Literacy Night
Tuesday, March 3 
Parents and students, you are invited to attend this exciting opportunity! Meet teachers and ask questions about the curriculum your students learn! 
Student Spotlight
Oscar Murquia 
Oscar Murguia placed 3rd in the English-Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition!  He competed with students from Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties in both public and private schools.  Congratulations, Oscar!

Junior Germain 
Junior Germain was nominated to receive a bike from Hands On Orlando by guidance counselor, Ms. Contreras.  Ms. Contreras has this to say about Junior: I nominated him because Junior is incredibly hardworking and kind to students and staff alike.  Last summer, Junior walked over 3 miles each day to attend summer school.  Junior is a hard worker with a positive, friendly spirit!  Now he has his own transportation to make it to that summer job!


Classroom Spotlight
Service Learning by our Latinos in Action students 
Students in our Latinos In Action course tutor students at nearby elementary schools two times a week.  Pictured below, Ms. Melo's students Drian and Ezekiel read a picture book with a student at Dover Shores Elementary.  Service Learning is one of the tenets of the LIA program, which is designed to combine student leadership and learning.  

Teacher Spotlight

Our teachers have been recognizing each other with the Grenadier Mickey. This week, Ms. Tammi Jones (English 12 teacher) and Ms. Gray (Agricultural Science teacher) were nominated to spend the week with Grenadier Mickey!

Ms. Tammi Jones, pictured below left, is nominated for providing a constant voice of reason and for always holding students to high standards. She also organizes senior activities like Grad Bash and Graduation. She sacrifices so much of herself to make senior programs and activities functional whilst providing a world class education to students in their classrooms. She is a true role model to emulate in our own practice!

Ms. Gray, pictured above right, does phenomenal work with our Agricultural Science students. She builds great relationships with her students and connects with them daily. She spends time organizing events for our FFA students and promoting the experience to our Freshman so that they may also enjoy experiences here at Colonial! She dedicates a lot of her time making sure the experiences students receive are something they'll never forget. From hands on outdoor activities to organic food tasting labs, the students are learning something fun, creative, and memorable for their time at high school.

Club/Organization Spotlight

Our Colonial High School Improv Troupe hosted a Lip Sync Battle last Friday!  One surprise guest participant really brought the house down... Dr. Maestre was one of several staff members who provided quality entertainment last Friday night!

College and Career Updates
Please join us in congratulating the following students for their acceptances into college and technical school! We are so proud of their accomplishments!  

* Yasmine De Leon: University of Central Florida
* Mariam Denies: University of Central Florida
* Stecie Germain: University of South Florida
* Laila Grady: University of Central Florida
* Leilani Guerin: Florida Atlantic University, University of Central Florida
* Pedro Gutierrez: University of Central Florida
* Raquel King: Valencia College
* Voniehsa Martinez: Full Sail University
* Sayma Marzan: Valencia College
* Heilimel Mota: Valencia College
* Vivian Nguyen: University of Central Florida, Savannah College of Art & Design
* Alanis Patino: Georgia State University
* Mykaela Patrick: Florida State University, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida
* Caleb Powers: Johnson & Wales University
* Ashley Quiroga: Valencia College
* Enmanuel Ramirez-Valencia: Valencia College
* Nestor Ramirez Villafane: Wingate University
* Anthony Ramos: Valencia College
* Aaron Rey: Valencia College
* Jessica Reyes: Valencia College
* Kimberly Reyes: Arizona State University, Michigan State University, Iowa State University
* Geraldo Rios Cintron: Valencia College
* Savanna Rivas: Valencia College
* Maria Paula Rodriguez Gonzalez: Valencia College
* Nayeli Saez Fuentes: Valencia College
* Jaden Sellers: Washington and Jefferson College
* Axel Singleton: University of Northwestern Ohio
* Isaiah Stockford: Motorcycle Mechanics Institute
* Catherine Theobald: University of Central Florida
* Kyla Thompson: Valencia College
* Mia Thompson: Barry University, Jacksonville University
* Aaliyah Vasquez: Valencia College
* Lenny Vega: Valencia College
* Jay Veloz: University of Central Florida, Valencia College
* Taj Williams: University of North Florida
* Kaitlyn Wilson: University of Central Florida
* Gabriel Woody: Southeastern University, Monmouth University

Seniors - Check out the latest Scholarships available. Note the deadlines for submission:

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.
Window Closes for VCDE Monday! 
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
Tennis played tough matches against Freedom High School this week, while our Girls Flag Football team won their game against the Patriots.  

Meanwhile, our Boys' JV and Varsity Volleyball teams both won big against Ocoee HS, as our Girls' Lacrosse team played their hearts out against Cypress Creek.

To celebrate our Winter Sports, our Grenadier Band  and Cheerleaders started off our Friday in true Grenadier style with a 7:00 am Pep Jam at the Bridge!   

Athletic Schedule (subject to changes)

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! 

Grenadier Vital Signs: "Positive Interactions"
Check out all of the positive interactions on both the Freshman Campus and Main Campus! Way to go, Grenadiers! You can use your positive points at the HERO store - simply visit:  

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.   
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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
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