Monday, February 1, 2021
Colonial High School
CHS Community Member,
Tuesday, February 2 is Groundhog Day. According to legend, if the groundhog comes out of his burrow on February 2 and does not see his shadow then, spring time will come early. However, if the groundhog sees a shadow, then it goes back into its burrow and winter will last 6 more weeks. 

Some years ago there was a pretty well known movie, Groundhog Day, that came out based on this date. The main character in the movie wakes up each day living the same day over and over again. He gradually learns to make the most of the “extra time” he has been given and becomes a better person. And of course, in the end, he becomes one.

I share this Groundhog Day story with you as we have quickly reached February which presents the opportunity to start a new month afresh. As we kick off this shortest month of the year, take a moment to reflect upon any New Year's goals you may have set out for yourself and your progress to this point in the second semester. If you are not where you think you should be, consider what steps you need to take to realign yourself. For example, in this issue we have included a reminder message about our free online after-school tutoring which is available to all students. If you are a student at CHS or have a student attending CHS and are not where you need to be academically, please take advantage of this extra help.

I hope this edition finds you having experienced a successful and healthy January. Make each day this month the BEST day possible and learn something new every day. Remember to celebrate little accomplishments and enjoy spending time with the people in your life. I am so grateful every day for my team at Colonial, our Grenadiers, their families and our wonderful community!

It's Great To Be A Grenadier!

Dr. Maestre
Colonial High School
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Main Campus:
6100 Oleander Drive
Orlando, FL 32807
(407) 482-6300

Freshman Campus:
7775 Valencia Collage Lane
Orlando, FL 32807
(407) 249-6369
This Week / Special Events
After School Tutoring
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.
Grenadier Success Stories!
Jamie LaPage and Colonial's FFA Chapter
On Saturday, January 23, FFA students from across Florida traveled to the University of Florida Agriculture Education and Communication Department in Gainesville to compete for state honors in the Florida FFA Agriculture Education Career Development Event (CDE).

The purpose of the Agriculture Education CDE is to provide students with the basic skills necessary for a career as an agriculture educator. Teaching agriculture involves instructing students about applications of science, management, leadership and technology in the food, fiber and natural resource industry. Teaching methods emphasize hands on approaches where application of skills and knowledge is central to lesson presentations.
Earlier this year, FFA members participated in the preliminary round by submitting an agriculture education lesson plan and taking a comprehensive exam on the philosophy and principles of teaching agriculture education. The top 5 FFA members then advanced to the state finals where they had to “teach” their lesson to a group of students over the weekend. After all of the scores were tabulated, Jamie LaPage from the Colonial FFA earned the 2nd place state honor!

Jamie and the Orlando-Colonial HS FFA will be recognized on stage and receive their state award at the Florida FFA State Convention and Expo this June.
Jenny Tran, Scholarship Semi-Finalist
Please join us in congratulating senior Jenny Tran who was just announced as a semi-finalist for the Cooke College Scholars Program as part of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

This prestigious scholarship provides exceptional students with scholarships to attend the college or university of their choice. If selected, Jenny will be awarded up to $40,000 per year for four years to attend college. She was selected as one of only 496 students nationwide from a pool of over 5,800 applicants.

Best of luck to Jenny as she moves into the final round of the selection process!
Grenadier Athletics
The season was postponed but it is here - Are you interested in learning more about or trying out for the Freshman/JV Football Squad? Please take five minutes to fill out this form (Links to an external site.)

In order to receive important updates about tryouts and informational meetings. Questions? Email
OCPS is Looking for Top Grenadier Talent!
Top Talent is a showcase of student talent in the performing and visual arts!

  • Virtual "LIVE" Event | Friday, May 7, 2021
  • Accepting Performance Audition Applications | Feb 1-19, 2021

Winning students and their schools will receive cash prizes - at least $6,000 will be given away, and everyone can vote for their Fan Favorite performers and visual artists before and during the event!
Parent Survey
Grenadier Students and Parents: 

We know this has been a most unusual year for all of us. Colonial High School would greatly appreciate your feedback. How are we doing?

Please take 5 minutes to complete the CHS Parent Survey: Spring 2021. The results of this annual survey are used by school leadership, School Advisory Council, and PTSA to make positive changes to our school systems and our school culture. We value your input! Tell us what is working for your student and family, and tell us improvements we could make to enhance your educational experience. Data is collected anonymously.

Please click on this link: CHS Parent Survey: Spring 2021 to submit this survey.
Classroom Spotlight
English 2 with Ms. Alvirez
Ms. Alvirez’s English 2 class, combined LaunchEd & Face to Face students, works through the informative essay process through discussions and group work this past week. The students are focusing on structuring their writing so that they are able to clearly explain their topics, a vital skill for our budding 21st century citizens.

While the groups are collaborating, Ms. Alvirez is holding data-chats with individual students, reviewing their strengths and areas for growth with each of them. This one-on-one time is an important part of Ms. Alvirez’s classroom and gives each student personal attention which is helping them succeed.
SGA Veterans Supply Drive continues this week.
SGA is doing a Veteran Supply Drive from January 19 - February 12 and we need your help! Please send in with your student or drop off at the main office.
Spring Testing (Updated)
Social & Emotional Learning Corner
  • Please click here for a larger view of this week's SEL message.
Media Center Minutes
LaunchED@Home students,

All school-owned computers must be inventoried. We do this when you log-on to your device. Please make sure that you are using your school-owned laptop by logging on and signing in into Launchpad for class. It is very important that you do this in order for your device to be inventoried. If you can't log in to your school-owned device because it is not working, please submit a tech request so you can be contacted through your student email for repair.

Thank you,

Mrs. Mentzer, Media Specialist
Ms. Dorries, Assistant Principal
College and Career
Invitation to Register - HSF Virtual College 1010
You’re invited to join Colonial High School at the upcoming virtual College 101, hosted by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. This is a FREE, bilingual, webinar held on weekday evenings in various time zones for students in 6th – 12th grade and their parents, where you will receive valuable information about how to prepare, plan, and pay for a college education!

You can choose to receive information in either English or Spanish, and people of all ethnicities and backgrounds are encouraged to attend. This event is FREE and open to the public; however, space is limited. Registration will close once capacity has been reached. Secure your ticket by registering today!

Upcoming Events:
  • Wed., Feb. 10 – HSF College 101 – Pacific Time Zone
  • Wed., Feb. 24 – HSF College 101 – Central/Mountain Time Zone
  • Wed., Mar. 10 – HSF College 101 – Eastern/Atlantic Time Zone
Important Links (updated regularly)
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Job Outlook
1) Fastest growing US jobs:
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics (updated 9/1/2020); Access data
Caution Grenadiers: The salaries the BLS provides are median figures for the USA and vary depending upon local area, employer, education, and experience. For example, jobs for Nurse Practitioners are forecast to grow +52% by 2029 with a median salary of $109,820. They normally pay very well, but that depends upon the factors just mentioned. In choosing a career path, there is also much more to consider than income alone. However, the chart does offer some insight as to what jobs are thought to be in the greatest demand on a national level based upon the latest projected percentage changes in employment between 2019 and 2029. In this extraordinary period due to Covid-19, interested students should visit the BLS website for job projection updates going forward. These are the most current available projections.
2) Fastest growing STEM jobs:
Source: SmartAsset (March 2020): Read full article
Other data on STEM job demand (Sept. 2020): Please see the latest projections from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics - click here
School Advisory Council (SAC)
SAC meets the second Thursday of each month at 6pm on Freshman Campus.
  • February 11
  • March 11
  • April 8
  • May 13
Grenadiers Speak Up
Students - speak up using the link on your Grenadier Gate Canvas page.
Class of 2021
Green Team
Community Resources
Telehealth services are an important resource for students and families who need access to services but are unable to attend face-to-face services.
IMPOWER,one of our community partners who provides full range of Telehealth services has received funding that allows them to provide these services at no cost to families who have been impacted by COVID-19.

To qualify for no cost services individuals must be uninsured, underinsured, be at 150% of the Federal Poverty Level and have been directly impacted by COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Available Services:
  • Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Assessment & Counseling Treatment for individuals who are experiencing mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
  • Psychiatric Clinics & Medication Management. Our Psychiatric teams offer care, evaluation, treatment, and medication management provided by Board Certified Psychiatrists and Physician Assistants.
  • Case Management & Medication Assistance with services that are essential to meeting basic human needs, coordination & linkage to needed services and medication assistance.

Please contact our social worker or our SAFE coordinator for more information.
Monday's Motivational Moment
The Garden of Success
Plant four rows of peas:

Plant four rows of turnips:
Turn up on time
Turn up with a positive attitude
Turn up with determination
Turn up with a smile!

Plant four rows of lettuce:
Let us always be thankful
Let us always take responsibility
Let us be a team player by helping others
Let us always reach for the stars!

Plant four rows of squash:
Squash negative thinking
Squash the urge to make excuses
Squash all obstacles
Squash the urge to give up!

Plan four rows of beets:
Beat the clock
Beat adversity
Beat failure
Beat the competition
Beat failure!

Make it a great first week of February Grenadiers!
Dr. Maestre, Principal
Colonial High School
Sunday, January 31, 2021
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Leadership Team
Principal: Dr. Hector Maestre
Assistant Principal: Ms. Joann Dorries
Assistant Principal: Dr. Timothy Flynn
Assistant Principal: Ms. Elizabeth Fuller
Assistant Principal: Mr. Michael Mezger
Assistant Principal: Ms. Kimberly Parsons
Assistant Principal: Dr. Mary Vetter
Assistant Principal: Mr. Jonathan Zenzel
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