Monday, Feb. 3, 2020

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Mr. Allen, Dr. Mitchell, Dr. Maestre, and Mr. Loftus caught up at the Girls' Varsity Basketball game this week.  It was a rare treat to have so many CHS principals together! 
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I hope this week's edition finds your February off to an excellent start so far. February is celebrated as Black History Month across the United States and also brings with it a four-day school week later this month due to the Presidents Day holiday on Monday, February 17th.

Further below you will find all the information needed to get involved in our tutoring opportunities available on a variety of days on both campuses. We just saw how fast January blew by, so I ask any of our Grenadiers needing extra help to start participating this week. Any student with less than a 2.0 GPA is strongly encouraged to attend.

As a reminder to our school community, our monthly School Advisory Council (SAC) is Thursday, February 13th. If you have a student at Colonial, you are most welcome to attend.

Enjoy the week and thank you very much for looking over our progress and student successes!

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!

Important Events and Reminders

Kudos to our Grenadiers who are making it to class on time! In the 1st week of January, we had a total of 1,651 just tardies. This past week, we have had a total of 791 tardies, including our "late arrival students."  As you can see, it really is possible to get to class within 6 minutes.  The 1 minute reminder helps, while some students are still receiving a discipline consequence: after 5 tardies, a student will be assigned lunch detention.  After 7, a student will immediately be assigned to PASS.

Reminder: PTSA and SAC will meet on February 13 in the Media Center on Freshman Campus at 6:00pm.
 ~ This year's survey is now online ~

Colonial High School is engaged in an ongoing continuous improvement process, of which all stakeholders are a part. The school will participate in an online survey until March 13 as one method of reaching all stakeholders.

Surveys are a means to systematically engage all our stakeholders in two-way communication. They provide school leaders and teachers a view into the thinking and perceptions of our stakeholders. Careful analysis of the results enriches understanding of areas of strength and effectiveness as well as those areas that possibly need improvement. The survey results will enable our school leaders to measure stakeholders' attitudes and help target improvement strategies focused on student achievement as well as school and system effectiveness.

Taking the survey also will help stakeholders understand the Cognia Standards for Quality Schools and provide a means for learning about what a parent, student or staff member should be looking for in a high-quality school. The survey is available in Arabic, English, Haitian Creole, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish. Your cooperation and support in completing the surveys will be greatly appreciated.

Please click on the following link for the 2020 Parent Survey: 
SAT Practice

Please encourage your student(s) to complete at least 30 minutes a week of free SAT practice at Khan Academy is an excellent way for students to get specific practice in their SAT area of need.

Research shows that 30 minutes of week of Khan Academy Official SAT practice, helps to improve SAT scores by an average of 100 points.  Juniors and seniors who participate in Khan Academy and register with College Board Opportunity Scholarship ( make themselves eligible for scholarships, incentives, and higher SAT scores.

Organization/Club Spotlight
Colonial High FFA  
Members of the Orlando Colonial FFA competed in the FL FFA Environmental & Natural Resources State Career Development Event. They won first place!!! Members will be recognized before the 6,000 attendees of the Florida FFA State Convention in June.  The team will go in to represent the state of Florida at the National competition as part of the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN this October.
Members of the State Championship team include
- Iverson Alfaro: State 2nd high individual *
- Siena Gonzalez: State 8th high individual
- Myzell Amaro: State high individual!
- Taj Williams: State 4th high individual

* We would like to congratulate Iverson Alfaro who has been selected as 1 of only 5 state CTE finalists for the US Presidential Scholarship!

On Thursday January 30th, four of our FFA officers went to Tallahassee to participate in the Florida FFA Capitol Day. To advocate for the FFA, agricultural education and CTE programs in the state of Florida. The members met with representatives and discussed their stories in hopes of helping to pass a legislative funding bill benefiting Agriculture Education and Florida FFA. One of the representatives the members talked to and toured the capital with was Representative Rene Plasencia. Rep. Plasencia, also known as Coach P, was a social studies teacher and track coach at Colonial High School!
Literacy Week Highlights
This past week, CHS celebrated Literacy Week: students and faculty created bookmarks and dressed as their favorite literacy characters!

Classroom Spotlight
AP Spanish and Culture with Ms. Ordaz
Ms. Ordaz' AP Spanish Language and Culture classes are close reading "No oyes ladrar los perros," a tragic story about a boy and his father on a treacherous journey to cross the border.  In small groups, students analyzed the father/son relationship and discussed their inferences about this text.


Freshman Campus Spotlight
Freshmen Academic Assembly

The guidance and administrative team met with freshman students during an academic assembly this past week.  The purpose of this meeting was to draw student attention to the critical elements of success: earning passing grades to contribute to a healthy GPA, earning credits, and taking and passing the FSA ELA and the Algebra 1 EOC.  Students had an opportunity to ask questions of Mr. Smith, guidance counselor, and Mr. Silva, our Parent Engagement Coordinator.

Grenadier Performing Arts
Advanced Theatre

Thursday night, the Advanced Theatre course performed their original devised work entitled, "Threads, Buttons, and Labels" at the Orlando Rep. This was a culmination of work since September, where students collaborated on putting together a new play that raised questions about clothing and labels, and how they are used to try and define us.

Grenadier Athletics
Girls' Basketball 
Our Girls' JV and Varsity Basketball teams dominated against the Cypress Creek Bears this past week!  Seniors were celebrated with a special recognition ceremony before the game!

Athletics Schedule of Events (subject to change)

Prom Tickets are on Sale!
Prom will take place on May 9 from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm.   
Get your ticket now before the price increases!  Students must be in good academic standing to attend (2.0 GPA or better with no Level 4 referrals).  Ticket price includes a full meal with appetizers and desserts!

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!

ELA  Gonzalez   4-125 6022125 
ELA  Clarke   4-107 6022107 
ESOL  Fernandez   4-122 6022822
Math  Blackerbery   4-260 6022260  
Math  Miller   4-265 6022265 
Math  Rodeghier   4-267 6022267 
Math  Smaldino  4-275  6022275 
Math (Algebra 1 & Pre Calculus)  Raines  27-115  6022259 
Math  Zimmerman  4-277  6022277 
Math  Sobol  4-276  6022276
Social Studies  Kaminski  27-108  6022708 
Social Studies  S Sanders  27-110  6022710  
Science  DiSalvo  4-136  6022136 
Science  Jones  4-145  6022145 
Science  Settle  4-236  6022236 
Science  Puentes  4-147  6022147 
CTE  Cosme, Watson, Vasquez  17-301  6022818 
Credit Recovery  Short  2-215  6022825 
ELA  Espinet  4-178  6022537 
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: 

College and Career Resource Center

Please join us in congratulating the following students for their acceptances into college! We are so proud of their accomplishments!

* Albier Abdelsayed: Valencia College
* Juan Apraez: Valencia College
* Melanie Apraez: Valencia College
* Veronica Armas: Valencia College
* Saskia Ayala: Valencia College
* Dammale Barrett: Valencia College
* Maria Bello: Valencia College
* Madison Cliett: University of Central Florida
* Tristan Cox: Valencia College
* Zoe Faddis: University of Alaska
* Ashley Fox: Kaiser College
* Daniela Gonzalez: Valencia College
* Laila Grady: Florida A&M University
* Lianna Guerrero: Valencia College
* Veronica Hernandez: University of Central Florida
* Ahmed Ibrahim: Valencia College
* Isabel La Luz Pagan: Valencia College
* Kiara Lantigua: Valencia College
* Barbara Leon Medina: Valencia College
* Angelica Lopez: Valencia College
* Widalyz Lopez: Valencia College
* Josue Maldonado: Florida Atlantic University, Wingate University
* Luis Marrero: Valencia College
* Justice North: University of North Florida
* Jamilet Quinones Rodriguez: University of Tampa, Florida Gulf Coast University
* Taniangely Rosario: University of Central Florida, Chaminade University of Honolulu, University of Miami
* Luis Saldarriaga: Barry University

Closing Image of the Week . . .
A huge thank you to Pencil Boy Express for keeping our teachers loaded with supplies!    
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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
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Leadership Team Biographies: Leadership Team Biographies

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