Monday, Jan. 20, 2020

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A visit from our Alumni Girls' Basketball Players; they participated in our annual Alumni game on December 23.
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We are releasing this issue just ahead of the MLK Day holiday and there will be no school for students of Monday, January 20. Classes will resume as normal on Tuesday, January 21.

This past week our Annual Parent Survey was published online - click here. If you have a student at Colonial, please take a few moments to complete the survey as the combined results are the basis for our ongoing school improvement efforts. All of the findings are anonymous and the survey does not take much time to complete. Thank you in advance for your time if this applies to your household.

We have shared a lot of information in this issue pertaining to the coming days such as our CHS Magnet Open House on Tuesday as well as looking out into February. Please take note of anything that might benefit your student.

I hope you enjoy the Dr. King holiday and best wishes for a successful week ahead.

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!

Monday, Jan. 20
MLK Holiday - No School

Tuesday, Jan. 21
CHS Magnet Open House will take place from 5pm- 7pm in the Media Center on Main Campus.

Challenge Day comes to our Grenadiers!  This unique experience will empower students to connect with each other and with mentors on campus.  Stay tuned to our next edition for more!

Thursday, Jan. 23
Blood Drive for pre-registered students and staff.  Donations will support Puerto Rico!

Voter Registration will take place during lunches in the Courtyard on Main Campus.

The Blood Drive on January 23 will specifically support the needs of Puerto Rican residents due to the Earthquakes that have taken place over the past few weeks.
Friday, Jan. 24
Human Imprint Day!  On Freshman Campus, students will experience interdisciplinary instruction as teachers have aligned curriculum to this theme!

Saturday, Jan. 25 
OCPS Parent Academy at Edgewater High School.

"Together Toward Tomorrow" is the first OCPS Parent Academy focused solely on middle and high school families. Workshops center on college-readiness, tips for struggling learners, transition tools, wellness, financial literacy and more. Representatives from colleges and universities, OCPS magnet schools, OCPS teams and community organizations will distribute information during the event's exhibit hall - workshop and exhibit hall line-up

* The event is free. A light breakfast and a boxed lunch will be provided - online registration option and additional info.

Monday, Jan. 27
Junior Ring Assembly - please contact Ms. Tammi Jones for more information. 
SGA sponsored "I Can..." week! 

Students participated in a variety of activities throughout the week, including "I can create" Wednesday, in which students created chalk art on the courtyard ground!

New Additions to the Grenadier Family . . .
Just a few weeks ago, Colonial's FFA Program welcomed kids Grace and Timothy into the world. Senior, Kylie Phillips, has been raising her goat, Jenny, for a year now. Months ago she found out that her prized animal was pregnant with twins!  Now, Grace and Timothy happily gallop through the agricultural lab, following wherever their mother is.   
Credit: Briana Mangrum

Grenadier Spotlight

Students on freshman campus were recognized for displaying the character trait of RESPECT! Congratulations to the following students for this well-deserved recognition!

Grenadier of the Month: Itzel Contreras 
Nominee: Natalie Alfonso
Nominee: Lita Montes
Nominee: Irene Velazquez
Nominee: Mary Gutierrez
Grenadier of the Month: Kemani Thompson 
Nominee: Bryan Vera
Nominee: Zachary Vernon
Nominee: Joshua Rivera
Nominee: Joel Lebron
Nominee: Andres Palacios


Student Spotlight
Taj Williams and Iverson Alfaro Ayala diligently study for the Environmental Science (CED) competition that is in two weeks.   
Credit: Yulia Noda

Grenadier Athletics
Girls Soccer
Led by Coach Whaley and Coach Marrero, our Girls' JV and Varsity Soccer teams played against Timber Creek at home this past Monday.  Our Grenadiers showed great passing decisions and held the game at midfield against their opponent, with a final score of 0-1.  Come out and support our girls at their next match!    
"Forever a Grenadier" - Kristina Knott (Class of 2014) 
KK Knott graduated from Colonial HS in 2014 and played basketball all 4 years and ran track.  Pictured below, KK earned first place in the Women's 200 meter dash in the 2019 SEA Games!
Athletics Schedule 
College and Career Resource Center

January 21, 2020: PAF Student Scholarship -High school athletes who plan to attend a 2-year or 4-year college or university. Please see your counselor for the application.

January 31, 2020: onePULSE Foundation Legacy Scholarships Amount: up to $10,000 - Financial need - Track record of leadership, community involvement and/or work experience - Working for the betterment of the community - Strong academic or self-improvement interest

January 24, 2020:  Bridges to Success Application
The Opportunity Scholarship is still available to all juniors! Please contact Mr. Burley ( if you have any questions.

College Visits:
January 24: Florida Atlantic University
January 28: University of South Alabama

Guidance Important Dates
Valencia Dual Enrollment Application opens on January 27.  See Mr. Thompson or your guidance counselor for more details!  Application help sessions will take place soon!

Counselors will start meeting with students individually on January 21.

Staff Spotlight: Ms. Parisi, Media Specialist
REMINDERS: Literacy week is starting at the end of the month and more information will be given out in the next week. Book Club is open for parents,staff, and students. All students should start to keep track of their reading via Beanpole which is available on Launch Pad.  
Mrs. Parisi is working hard to help students with their Valencia applications and receipts which are due before the end of the month.  
Credit: Camilla Holmes   
Giving Back to Our Grenadiers
A special thank you to The Marinas Foundation! 
Colonial High School and The Marinas Foundation came together to provide the parents and guardians of our Grenadiers a better tomorrow by offering information about scholarships, academic opportunities, mentorship and leadership programs.  The event was held at our 9th Grade Center on January 15th in the morning.  If you are interested on more information, please contact our parent engagement liaison, Mr Silva at   
Monday's Motivational Moment

She was old and tired. Having lived in her home on the outskirts of Paris for many decades, it was time to sell her home and its possessions in order to pay her bills and find a smaller place to live out her final years.  Not knowing where to start she contacted a Paris auctioneer company to evaluate the home and its contents before putting the home up for sale, which is customary in France. However, one item stood out. On the wall was a painting on wood that she thought might be worth a few hundred dollars, so she took it to a local auction house. What happened next is from a fairy tale!

It was a piece called "Christ Mocked," a work by Cimabue, a 13th-century Italian painter and one of around 10 pieces that can be attributed to Cimabue, considered the father of modern painting. The painting depicts a Christ-like figure cloaked in dark robes. He's surrounded by a group of men who look like they're pestering him. A few have swords.

"In the world of art history, this is seriously important," said Xavier Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at the Frick Collection in New York. "He is described in all the sources as the teacher of Giotto and with Giotto is sort of the beginning of European art ... of Western painting, as we think of it," he added. "So, if you think of a 13th-century artist whose name is a sort of mythical name, to be able to find a new, previously undiscovered work by that artist is an unbelievable piece of news."

The work of art went to auction where an "undisclosed buyer" purchased the piece for $26.2 million dollars! The elderly women's financial problems were over, and a masterpiece can be added to the world of art.
The lesson for our Grenadiers? Each of us has that special "masterpiece" within us. Maybe it's a hidden talent like Grandma Moses, a simple farm wife who decided to begin something she had always dreamed about, painting. Her works of art now sell for millions of dollars. Each of us has a talent or skill that has been "underutilized." It's not hanging on a kitchen wall, but too often it is hidden in the closet of our minds.

This hidden talent is in the form of a dream in most cases that has never been fulfilled because day-to-day life has gotten in the way and the weeks seem to fly by. So, why not take some time this week to look around your life for hidden treasures (talents) that you've been ignoring? Maybe, just maybe, there is a masterpiece of hidden talent that is ready to be sold to the highest bidder!

Grenadiers, we just started 2020 and are still early in the second semester. Don't wait any longer!

Dr. Maestre, Principal
Colonial High School
Sunday, January 19, 2020
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Assistant Principal: Ms. Elizabeth Fuller
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