Monday, March 9, 2020

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Parents and students enjoyed FSA Literacy Night on Tuesday this past week.  Not only was dinner provided, but parents were able to learn strategies to support their Grenadier in preparing for their upcoming state assessments (additional images just below).
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Throwing out the first pitch of our home baseball season. Our Grenadiers won the game vs. Wekiva's Mustangs 9-8.
We are now down to our last four regular school days of the third quarter. Friday, March 13 is a holiday for the students, but remains a regular workday for the teachers as they prepare quarterly grades.

At the end of this week our 2020 Parent Survey will be coming down. If you have a child at Colonial and still have not taken the survey, kindly do so today. We depend on this feedback (the survey is anonymous so we can get authentic opinions and protect privacy) for our school improvement. Below is the link for the survey:

As for this issue, I think you will enjoy some of our "Grenadier happenings" from this last week. I am very proud of our students, educators, and staff as they have certainly kept up a great pace since the start of the quarter. We want to keep that up this week making the most out of every day of instruction.

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!

FSA Literacy Night
Thank you again to all of our Grenadier families that participated!
Ms. Sarouf and Ms. Martinez describe the ways in which World Language classes support literacy, such as practicing the close read strategy.  
Ms. Sobol sets up her Geometry station in preparation for an angle activity. 

Performance Monitoring Assessments
Our last day of PMA Testing takes place on Monday, March 9. However, we will continue to conduct make-up testing. Students must come to school each day this week if they did not complete their PMA tests.

3rd Quarter Grades  
All student grades for the 3rd quarter are due this week for teachers. This means that any missing assignments, quizzes, tests, etc.. must be completed by the teacher's deadline.  Please communicate with your teachers if you have questions about their specific policies. Students continue to learn and work through this week prior to Spring Break to ensure that you are maximizing time on campus.

Spring Break Boot Camp 
Spring Break Boot Camp will be offered for English Language Arts and Biology March 16-19, from 9am- 1pm.  For more information, please contact your English teacher or Biology teacher.  It is not too late to register!

Parent Survey 
Have you completed the parent survey yet? If not, we need your help! Students- if you can please ask your parents (both of them!) to each take the survey, you can be entered in a raffle to win free VIP seating at graduation (Seniors only) or free Prom Tickets (Juniors and Seniors only).  All students can earn HERO points- just take a picture of the submitted screen and show it to any administrator!  To enter the raffle, you will need to show a picture of the completion page to Ms. Vetter.  Enter now!  The survey closes on March 13th!

Link to Parent Survey: 
Student Spotlight
Hency was nominated for the OCPS Spirit of Excellence award by OCPS. Dr. Maestre, Ms. Vetter, and the ESOL department stopped by Hency's English class to celebrate with her!   
Class Spotlight
Economics with Ms. Saez and Ms. Smith
Juniors and Seniors in Ms. Saez's (pictured below left) and Ms. Smith's Economics classes are discussing GDP and the impact of global changes on the stock market and individual finance.  Pictured below, right, UCF Intern, Mr. Bennett, explains specific concepts as students enjoy the warm weather outside.
Economics and education. Unemployment rates are usually always lower for those with more education in America. Typically on Friday morning of the first 5-day week of each month, the U.S. Dept. of Labor releases their report on unemployment across country. Part of this report illustrates jobless rates by level of education attained (below). The latest report came out last Friday morning and, once again, the pattern repeated itself - read the full report.

* With unemployment, lower figures are more favorable (Feb. 2020 circled in red). 
Club/Organization Spotlight
Green Team 
The members of the Green Team are often seen around beautifying our campus grounds and providing teachers and staff with information and resources to support our recycling efforts.  This particular club works very hard to ensure that the recyclable materials on our campus are collected and properly disposed of.  Thanks to the Green Team for keeping CHS... green!

College and Career Center Update

Please join us in congratulating the following students for their acceptances into college and military enlistments! We are so proud of their accomplishments!
College Acceptances:
  • Ahmed Aissam: University of Florida
  • Iverson Alfaro Ayala: University of Florida (pictured with Ms. Hudson)
  • Alesandra Burgos: Brewton-Parker College (pictured)
  • Carlos Caez: Valencia College
  • Valerie Carvajal: Louisiana State University
  • Isabelle Castro: Valencia College
  • Linh Le: University of Florida
  • Carlos Marrero: Valencia College
  • Madison Riesterer: Valencia College
  • Joshua Rivera Gonzalez: Valencia College, Florida Polytechnic University
Military Commitments:
  • Lennis McIntyre: U.S. Army

From left: Alesandra Burgos, Ms. Hudson, Iverson Alfaro Ayala

Gates Hall is on Brewton-Parker College's main campus, which is located in Mount Vernon, Georgia. Alesandra Burgos has been accepted to BPC.

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

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.

The annual Valencia College Open House is an opportunity for students and families to learn about  degree programs, admissions, and financial aid. Students who participate in this event can enter for a chance to win a $500 scholarship.

During this event, participants will be able to:
* Attend an informational session on how to enroll at Valencia
* Go on a campus tour
* Apply to Valencia College, on site
* Talk with representatives from academic departments, student services, financial aid, learning support services, student life, clubs and organizations.

Event Information:
* Dates: April 9, 2020 (East); April 14, 2020 (West); April 30, 2020 (Osceola)
* Time: 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.
* Locations (3):
~ East Campus, West Campus, Osceola Campus (dates vary, but time the same)
~ 701 N. Econlockhatchee Tr., 1800 S. Kirkman Rd., 1800 Denn John Ln
~ Orlando, FL 32825, Orlando, FL 32811, Kissimmee, FL 34744
* Attendees can register for the event by visiting

UCF College of Education Majors Visit Colonial

This past week, education majors from the University of Central Florida toured our beautiful campus and learned a little bit about what it takes to teach in an Orange County Public School.  These UCF students were able to ask questions of administrators and coaches and visit classrooms to observe our AWESOME teachers and students!

Dr. Maestre speaking to the visiting UCF college students while on our campus

Grenadier Athletics

Boys' Volleyball 
Our Boys' JV and Varsity Volleyball teams played hard against challenging opponents this past week. Come out and support our teams as they play Lake Nona and Crooms Academy this week!

Meanwhile, our Girls' Softball team played several games this past week.  Come out and support our girls this week as they take on The First Academy at home!

 Athletics Schedule of Events (subject to change) 
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! 

Monday's Motivational Moment

The aftermath from the fire at Edison's New Jersey lab complex in 1914.
LIFE magazine named him the number one man of the millennium. The number of things he invented is astounding - 1,093. He held more patents than any other person in the world, having been granted at least one patent every year for 65 years consecutive years. His name was Thomas Edison.

At around 5:30 in the evening on Dec. 10, 1914, a massive explosion erupted in West Orange, New Jersey. Ten buildings in legendary inventor Thomas Edison's plant, which made up more than half of the site, were engulfed in flames. Between six and eight fire departments rushed to the scene, but the chemical-fueled inferno was too powerful to put out quickly.

As he stood outside and watched it burn, he is reported to have said, "Kids, go get your mother. She'll never see another fire like this one." Most people would have been crushed but he said, "Although I am over 67 years old, I'll start all over again tomorrow. I've been through things like this before."

He rebuilt his lab, and he kept working for another 17 years. He commented, "I am long on ideas, but short on time. I expect to live to be only about a 100." He died at age 84.

The lesson for our Grenadiers? If Edison hadn't been such a positive person, he would have never achieved success as an inventor. If you look at the lives of people in any profession who achieve lasting success, you will find they almost always possess a positive outlook on life.

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Make it a great week Grenadiers! 
Dr. Maestre, Principal 
Colonial High School 
Sunday, March 8, 2020

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chs Principal: Dr. Hector Maestre
Assistant Principal: Ms. Elizabeth Fuller
Assistant Principal: Mr. Jason Jimenez
Assistant Principal: Mr. Jonathan Zenzel
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