Monday, Dec. 21, 2020
Colonial High School
CHS Community Member,
Our Grenadiers will be away from December 21 through January 4, 2021 for winter break. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our students, families, educators, staff, partners in education, and the entire Colonial community for the efforts made during the first semester of 2020-2021. The Covid pandemic has presented challenges for every household and the hard work, patience, and cooperation has been much appreciated. Thank you also to those who showed such generosity over recent weeks to help others in our community struggling during this special time of the year; some facing challenges of their own.

On behalf of the Colonial High School administrative team I wish you a safe, fun, and relaxing winter break. I look forward to seeing everyone back on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 for a successful start to the New Year!

It's Great To Be A Grenadier!

Dr. Maestre
Principal
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Connect with CHS
Main Campus:
6100 Oleander Drive
Orlando, FL 32807
(407) 482-6300

Freshman Campus:
7775 Valencia Collage Lane
Orlando, FL 32807
(407) 249-6369
AVID Toy Drive
With much appreciation at the Holidays . . .
I want to thank you all so much for supporting our AVID toy drive for the Coalition for the Homeless. We filled our tree and know there are going to be so many happy kids because of you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

~ Ms. Robin Fieler, AVID Sponsor
Dates in this Issue
Please Watch For:
Dec. 21-Jan. 4: Winter Break
Jan. 5: Classes resume
Jan. 14: First SAC meeting of 2021
Jan. 27: OCPS Annual Stellar Awards (this year virtual, 7pm)
Spirit Week Highlights: Dec. 14-18
Monday: Fuzzy Socks
Tuesday: Pajama Day
Wednesday: Ugly Sweater Day
Thursday: Grinch vs. Santa Day
Friday: Green & Red Day
January Campus Reminders . . .
MASKS ARE REQUIRED: ALL students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus are required to wear a mask on the school campus. A copy of the full district policy can be found on the OCPS website.

NO FOOD delivery service is allowed on campus

AFTER SCHOOL HOURS In accordance with OCPS policy, all students must be off campus within 30 minutes of the school day ending. Students will be ushered off campus at 3:00 p.m.
Santa Sightings!
Santa made a surprise visit to the delicious Hot Chocolate Bar set up by Administration for faculty and staff.
Right and just below: Caught on Colonial's security cameras for two days in a row, Santa made a trip around both of our campuses in the wee hours to deliver treats to our faculty and staff!
Special Message to Grenadier Freshmen
Social & Emotional Learning Corner
Grenadiers Speak Up
Students - speak up using the link on your Grenadier Gate Canvas page.
Winter Break Message from OCPS
Covid-19 reporting
OCPS families and staff, as we enter the Winter Break we want to share with you some important information:

To report a positive staff or student COVID-19 diagnosis to us during the winter break, please go to OCPS.net and click on Covid-19 report. The Florida Department of Health has determined that after December 23 they will not be sending quarantine notifications through schools, but will instead reach out directly to individuals who may be exposed to anyone who tests positive. They will resume issuing quarantines through OCPS in the couple of days leading up to classes resuming. Connect Orange notifications will not be sent during the break and the OCPS COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated when the district re-opens.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Barbara Jenkins prepared a short message for students and families just prior to the winter break tied to health & safety. Please click here to listen to Dr. Jenkins' remarks.
Class of 2021
College & Career
* Please note the Jan. 28 application deadline.
Important Links (updated regularly)
FAFSA
Digital Planner
Check-out this Digital Planner to help guide your College Decision-Making Process.

Open it and save it to your Google Drive so you can edit it and organize/save all of your information.
Green Team Tip
School Advisory Council (SAC)
SAC meets the second Thursday of each month at 6pm on Freshman Campus.
  • January 14
  • February 11
  • March 11
  • April 8
  • May 13
Community Resources
REMINDER: Free ESOL Courses
Here is the voucher used by OCPS for the program. The fees are paid for by OCPS so this is a FREE opportunity to help some of our ELL student families that might benefit.
Food Giveaway on Monday, Dec. 21 (pickup at select OCPS campuses)
Closing Image at the Winter Break . . .
Apollo 8 Christmas Eve Broadcast
Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the Moon, entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968. That evening, the astronauts; Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders did a live television broadcast from lunar orbit, in which they showed pictures of the Earth and Moon seen from Apollo 8 (above).

Lovell said, "The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth." Borman then added . . .

"And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you - all of you on the good Earth."

Season's Greetings Grenadiers!
Dr. Maestre, Principal
Colonial High School
Sunday, December 20, 2020
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Leadership Team
Principal: Dr. Hector Maestre Hector.Maestre@ocps.net
Assistant Principal: Ms. Joann Dorries joann.dorries@ocps.net
Assistant Principal: Dr. Timothy Flynn timothy.flynn@ocps.net
Assistant Principal: Ms. Elizabeth Fuller elizabeth.fuller@ocps.net
Assistant Principal: Mr. Michael Mezger michael.mezger@ocps.net
Assistant Principal: Ms. Kimberly Parsons kimberly.paternoster@ocps.net
Assistant Principal: Dr. Mary Vetter mary.vetter@ocps.net
Assistant Principal: Mr. Jonathan Zenzel jonathan.zenzel@ocps.net
Leadership Team Biographies: Leadership Team Biographies
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