Monday, May 10, 2021
Colonial High School
CHS Community Member,
As this edition is being released on Mother's Day I would like to say thank you so very much to all of our Colonial mothers for their efforts during this extraordinary school year to help our Grenadiers with their education. While tradition has carved out this one Sunday in May to celebrate mothers, in my view nearly every day could be deemed Mother's Day. I say this because their work never ceases and they proceed day after day seemingly tirelessly to guide their children along the right paths. Of course, our Grenadiers benefit from many other powerful female influencers when it comes to this important period of their lives including grandmothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, and others who play key roles. If you will take the time to read this week's "Food for Thought" below, you will find some remarks by very popular U.S. presidents who share similar views on our mothers.

A request of our Grenadiers. However you celebrate Mother’s Day, be sure to honor all the adults in your life who have made your life richer and have provided you with guidance. As we wind down this school year, take time to reflect and think about the goals you want to set for yourself for the new school year in the fall. It will be here before you know it!

Let’s make it another great week Grenadiers.

Dr. Maestre

Pictured very top: Staffulty Appreciation Week '21 at Colonial. Last week we celebrated our wonderful faculty and staff ... "Difference Makers!"
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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
SAC Meeting & Workshop (May 13)
"LifeWorks by Jobs Partnership" - Support with Jobs Search
Upcoming Senior Events
  • Senior Grades Due - May 10, at 12:00 PM
  • Senior Clearance May 5 - May 10
  • Virtual Senior Awards: May 6
  • Senior Drive Thru: May 12
  • Last day of school: May 13
  • Graduation: May 17 at Amway; 2pm and 3pm; 2 sessions
Senior Reminders . . .
Colonial Snapshots
Ms. Nieves has created a GRAD Wall.
SGA Members walk the campus during lunches to promote the Sexual Assault Awareness initiative for May. They handed out buttons and spoke with students about consent and reporting.
Just above and below: School Lunch Hero Day
Spring Testing
Cambridge and Advanced Placement
Please visit the link for Cambridge and Advanced Placement testing. Students need to bring several number 2 pencils and a calculator if needed. In compliance with CDC guidelines, students must maintain social distancing at all times and they absolutely must wear a mask while on campus. Cell phones and other electronic devices will be prohibited from the testing room, so we are strongly encouraging students to leave them at home or in their vehicles.
AICE (Cambridge) testing is in blue on this calendar and AP testing is in red

For “AM” Cambridge testing, students should arrive by 7:20 and meet in the media center. For “PM” Cambridge testing, students should plan to arrive by 11:30 and meet in the media center.

AP testing students will report directly to their testing rooms.

Unfortunately, we do not provide transportation to and from school for testing of any kind.

If I can answer any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Sharon.Christensen-Jones@ocps.net
After School Tutoring
College Acceptances and Military Enlistments
Congratulations to the following seniors on their college acceptances and military enlistments! We’re so excited for you!
College Acceptances:
  • Zaid Barrera: Arizona State University
  • Noeli Cabrera: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Jose De Leon: Valencia College
  • Dominique Desir: Valencia College
  • Alexa Donovan: Valencia College
  • Lizette Florentino: Valencia College
  • Karla Garcia: St. Petersburg College-Clearwater
  • Junior Germain: Broward College
  • Kristian Gonzalez: Valencia College
  • Seth Henry: Orange Technical College
  • Jamie LaPage: Auburn University, Ohio State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Alice Maldonado: Orange Technical College
  • Luis Matute: Orange Technical College
  • Eugenio Mediavilla: Orange Technical College
  • Roselyn Montenegro: Valencia College
  • Danny Nguyen: Valencia College
  • Nya Norman: Orange Technical College
  • Xael Quintana Rivas: Universidad de Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
  • Ricardo Rivera: Valencia College
  • Zaniyah Rosado: American Vocational Academy
  • Karolain Sanchez: Valencia College
  • Rushanti Stewart: Valencia College
  • Mily Sosa: University of Central Florida
  • Seth Suvak: Waynesburg College, Dickenson State University, Luther College
  • Gabriela Tatum: Paul Mitchell-The School Orlando
  • Brandon Vargas: Full Sail University
Military Enlistments:
  • Alejandro Evangelista: U.S. Coast Guard
  • Jeremy Guy: U.S. Air Force
  • Nicholas Tissoni: U.S. Navy
REMINDER ... Financial Aid FAFSA Fiesta!
A special Grenadier segment by Mr. Witham:
* Colonial Seniors have already earned approximately $600,000 this year just by completing their FAFSA

* This averages to nearly $2,500 per student!

* Many seniors are qualifying for the FULL PELL GRANT which equals over $6,400!!!

* This is money that you DO NOT HAVE TO PAY BACK!!!

My only question is…………………what are you waiting for??? 

* The deadline to submit for FAFSA is rapidly coming up.

* If you have a Social Security Number, you can complete FAFSA.

* Follow PowerPoint attached…..step by step with screenshots

* Need Help? FACE to FACE on Campus: COME TO MR. WITHAM’S OFFICE 1-145, Bring your Social Security # and Parent/Guardian Tax Info from 2019

* Need Help? LAUNCH ED: I am available from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM including next weekend.
DO YOU WANT A $10 GIFTCARD???

Email me proof that your FAFSA has been processed and you will have a chance for a gift card when you do your Senior Checkout.

I have HUNDREDS of Gift Cards to give away so email me those screenshots today!!!!!!

Screenshot must include your NAME and the Current Application Status: Processed Successfully to get a gift card
  • See example:
LET’S GET YOU PAID!!!!!!!!!
College and Career
1) Elevation Scholars session on Wednesday, May 12:
Wednesday, May 12th – 3pm – 4pm –Spring In Review:

High School Programming Session Link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/396312349
2) Useful College & Military Links:
3) Other Helpful Links:
4) OCPS YouTube videos:
5) Valencia College:
Grenadiers Speak Up
Students - speak up using the link on your Grenadier Gate Canvas page.
Community Resources
Food for Thought
1) Unemployment rates and education (just released Friday, May 7):
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics; See table A-4
2) Projections for STEM vs. Non STEM job growth to the year 2029 is 3 to 1:
Source: Pew Research; Read full article
3) Presidential Quotes About Moms at Mother's Day '21:
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
~ Abraham Lincoln

I hope you’ll also take a moment to say thank you to the women in your life who love you in that special way mothers do. Biological moms, adoptive moms, and foster moms; single moms, grandmoms and godmothers; aunts and mentors – whomever you think of when you think of Mother’s Day. Or take a moment, like I will, to remember the moms who raised us, whose big hearts sustained us, and whom we miss every day, no matter how old we get.
~ Barack Obama

From my mother I learned the value of prayer, how to have dreams and believe I could make them come true."
~ Ronald Reagan

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her.
~ George Washington

Happy Mother's Day!
Dr. Maestre, Principal
Colonial High School
Sunday, May 9, 2021
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Assistant Principal: Dr. Timothy Flynn timothy.flynn@ocps.net
Assistant Principal: Ms. Elizabeth Fuller elizabeth.fuller@ocps.net
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Assistant Principal: Mr. Jonathan Zenzel jonathan.zenzel@ocps.net
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