Monday, April 20, 2020

Pictured very top:
Colonial High School wishes Deputy Adam Barrick the best of luck as he says goodbye to Colonial High School and transfers to another department(pictured with Principal Maestre). Deputy Barrick coached weightlifting and was a huge asset and a phenomenal colleague to all at Colonial High School.

Thank you for all you did for our Grenadiers! We will miss you, Deputy Barrick!
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You may be already aware that Governor DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education have recommended the closure of all schools in Florida and a continuation of distance learning through the end of the school year. Orange Technical College campuses and off-site locations are also closed. This announcement was just made on Saturday.

There are two other important reminders for the week ahead that impact our Grenadiers. Beginning Monday, April 20, until further notice, all schools and district offices will be closed Tuesdays and Thursdays. Staff will still be available by email on those days between 9 a.m.and 2 p.m. Limited staff will be working and taking telephone calls Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. School offices will be open but by appointment only. Please call or email the school for an appointment. Free Grab-and-Go meals for needy students will continue to be available at 52 sites, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

As I have written in the space before since distance learning began after the spring break, thank you so much to our students, families and staff for their continued patience and efforts as we navigate through this final nine-week quarter. As always, in every issue of the Colonial Connection we continue to post links to resources that can benefit our families. Please look these over as some many benefit your household.

Stay well and please practice all health safety precautions again this week.

It's Great To Be A Grenadier!

Dr. Maestre

Important Remindersreminders

1. Communication:  Teachers are making daily contact with their students.  Some phone numbers, email addresses, or mailing addresses are out of date, therefore, you may be missing important updates and information regarding district decisions. Please contact to update your contact information.

2. Attendance and Grades: Attendance is still being submitted for each day and assignments are being graded.  It is critical that you login to Canvas each day and submit the work assigned by each teacher.  If you have questions, communicate with your teacher during their virtual office hours.  If you have not heard from your teacher, call the school.

3. VIRTUAL Pep Rally: Check your Canvas courses daily to find out what time the Pep Rally starts... on April 24!

4. Class Cabinet Elections: Voting will take place virtually through a form on Canvas the week of April 20-23. You can only vote once for your grade level.   
5. Tech Support Process: Please see the graphic below for assistance. Start by using the Troubleshooting Tips. 
Parent Resources
To create accounts in our OCPS student information platforms and to monitor student progress using these platforms, please utilize the links below.

Grenadier Family, please watch the following brief video regarding:  activation, installation, and tutorial, to help and monitor your student's school success at your fingertips! 
Familia de Granaderos, por favor vean el siguiente breve video sobre: activación, instalación y tutorial, para ayudar y monitorear el éxito escolar de su estudiante, que se encuentra al alcance de su mano! 


Social / Emotional Well Being and Mental Health Supports:

As families are home together, stress, anxiety, grief and/or fear may increase during this uncertain time. This is normal, and expected.  You don't have to deal with this alone!  Please access or share the resources below with those who may benefit:

Florida Blue is offering a free Bilingual 24 helpline to any Floridian, insured or not, for support in managing feelings of stress, anxiety, grief or fear related to the virus. The phone number is: 833-848-1762

Here is the link with more information: 

OCPS Mental Health Support Hotline: 407-317-3694

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: call or text 24/7 1-800-273-8255
Spectrum free internet: call 1-844-488-8395
Second Harvest Food Bank locator:
General questions about community resources: call 211
Rental assistance:
Additional Resources: 

Distance Learning Support
In each issue we will provide resources that you may find useful during Distance Learning.

Help students by providing structure to the week/day:
Online or offline- distance Learning is new for everyone! In many cases your child's teacher may provide assignments that are due by the end of the week. Help your students avoid the Friday crunch by planning out their week, so distance learning fits your family's lifestyle.

Try this weekly planner to help! #OCPSDistanceAssistance

How to create a weekly To Do list in Canvas Calendar:

When students are engaging in distance learning they may have several assignments due on one day, and without a normal bell schedule to guide them they could get overwhelmed. Help them by developing a daily routine that fits your family.

Daily Agenda:


Students who do not have a library card can still access many features using their virtual library card. Information about the virtual library card can be found here:

Parent Launchpad Account Setup

Parent Canvas App:
Parents can download the Canvas App to observe their student's progress.
iOS directions -
Android directions -

OCPS and K-12 schools/colleges across America are not alone in relying on video and online distance learning in order to carry on with their missions. The chart below shows the incredible growth from October in meetings as measured in minutes being conducted virtually in the private sector (source: The Wall Street Journal).   
Food Distribution - UPDATE
Grab-and-Go meals are available in the front parking lot Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 - 1:00 p.m.  Students will receive double meals on these three days.  Walkers and bike riders welcome. This service will be provided throughout the duration of schools being closed. Your child does not need to be a CHS student. All students are served meals.


Thank You! 
A huge thank you to Second Harvest Food Bank for donating fresh produce for our OCPS students and their families!

Student Spotlight!
FFA is one of our most outstanding student organizations. They consistently put forth some of the best students in Florida as proven by countless competitive successes. Here we share one of their most recent events. Congratulations on a another fabulous year FFA and thank you for all you do for the animals!
FFA Successes at the Central Florida Fair 
From February 26- March 1st, members of the Orlando Colonial FFA Chapter exhibited their animal Supervised Agriculture Experience projects at the Central Florida Fair. Students have owned these animals for months or even years caring for them on a daily basis. To qualify for competition, students completed a record book tracking skills learned and money invested in their projects. They completed a skillathon and developed an educational poster on animal reproduction. Market students filmed a video explaining the health and development of their hens.

Members competed against students from across Central FL including Orange, Osceola, and Volusia counties. Listed below are participants in each division including awards earned!

Rabbit and Cavy (Guinea Pig) Exhibition

* Hannah Trent
* Karli Porter
* Kyra Bandy- 5th place overall rabbit exhibitor! Third place poster, Third place skillathon, Blue record book
* Rachel Moss- Best of breed rabbit
* Roxanne Rix- Blue record book
* Tessa Adamopoulos- 5th place overall cavy exhibitor! Best of breed cavy
* Vasthie Grant
** Team placing- 2nd place herdsman award

Market Poultry Laying Hens

* Athena Soto- 3rd place overall laying hens! Blue record book
* Siena Gonzalez- Blue record book

Breeding Poultry Chickens & Ducks

* Jamie LaPage- Reserve Grand Champion exhibitor! Best of breed, First place poster, Blue record book
* Morelia Jacobo-Torres- Blue record book
* Rachel Salmon- Blue record book
* Siena Gonzalez- Best of breed hen, Blue record book
* Tessa Adamopoulos- Blue record book
* Hunter Ditoto- Best of breed duck
* Sara Balic
Some additional good news to report!  
On March 12th, 4 members of the Orlando Colonial FFA Chapter competed in the Florida FFA State Floriculture event. Students showed their knowledge of flowering ornamental plants through plant and tool identification and written exam. They also demonstrated proper asexual propogation technique and how to construct a bud vase. In competition with 28 teams, students placed 4th in the state! Students will be recognized on stage at the Florida FFA State Convention in June.  
Members included (from L to R) Samantha Beaman, Sara Balic, Jamie LaPage (10th high), Adriel Diaz. The team coach was Tim App.    
College Acceptances!
Please join us in congratulating the following students for their acceptances into college! We are so proud of their accomplishments!  
  • Faith Barrows: Franciscan University
  • Adriel Diaz: University of Central Florida
  • Cordellus Golphin: Advent Health University
  • Milica Jocic: Valencia College
  • Victoria Lopez: Valencia College
  • Yanil Luna: Keiser University
  • Adrian Marin: Valencia College
  • Alysha Melendez: Valencia College
  • Madison Moore: Lynn University
  • Rachel Moss: University of Central Florida
  • Vivian Nguyen: University of Guelph
Johnston Hall and its famous clock tower in the autumn at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada where Vivian Nguyen has been accepted.
  • Julian Olivieri: Valencia College
  • Karli Porter: University of Central Florida
  • Jamilet Quinones Rodriguez: InterAmerican University
  • Arianys Saldana Figueroa: Full Sail University
  • Rachel Salmon: University of South Florida, University of North Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Clara Santana: Advent Health University
  • Danisha Thelusma: Valencia College, Barry University
  • Anthony Tosado: Full Sail University
  • Tre'Vion Wells: Alabama State University
Danisha Thelusma was accepted to Barry University.
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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
Assistant Principal: Ms. Mary Vetter
Leadership Team Biographies: Leadership Team Biographies

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