Monday, May 11, 2020

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This past Thursday, our Assistant Principals and Dr. Maestre surprised faculty and staff with home deliveries!
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This week is already our 7th of 9 weeks in this final quarter of 2019-2020. Given the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus environment, this issue continues with a greater emphasis upon our senior class. The information is actually relevant from a larger perspective to all grade levels in that at some point, they too will be preparing for graduation. However, this year is certainly different but we are doing our best to make sure the Class of 2020 gets the proper recognition they have earned.

Speaking of the Class of 2020, in this edition we have spotlighted another five of their "Top 20" students. If you have not read any of these profiles in the past, please do so this week. I think you will find their observations and recommendations quite insightful; especially if you are a student or have a student at Colonial.

And to all of our Colonial High mothers, please allow me to wish you a very Happy Mother's Day! Yours is a very tough job, but you do it so wonderfully!

It's Great To Be A Grenadier!

Dr. Maestre

On Main Campus, Deputy Dyshuk and Deputy Barrick were always available to chat with students. Their presence on our campus made our students and staff feel safe each day!

This is National Police Week '20. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. This week honors those police officers that serve and remembers those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Important Reminders for the Week of May 11

Student Effort and Grades
Grades continue to be assigned during the second half of the 4th quarter. Students should continue to work and submit assignments through the end of this quarter. This includes Seniors, who still need to earn the GPA and credits for their diplomas, through May 13.

Parents can monitor Grades through Skyward
Skyward is the official gradebook for OCPS. Check your child's grades once a week to make sure they're on track. If you have any questions, reach out to your child's teacher for clarification.

As a reminder, every student should be logging into Canvas every day in order to:
  • Fulfill daily attendance requirements for each class
  • Read announcements and emails from teachers
  • Complete classwork assignments and activities.
** If you have any questions or concerns, please email your student's teachers and/or call the school.

Band Seniors 
By appointment with Mr. Jenkins, you will return instruments and uniforms on May 11 and May 13. 
Summer School
All Summer School programs will be virtual this summer. Each program offered is for an intended audience, and therefore, information will be sent directly to those students who should participate. If you have any questions about the programs offered at Colonial High School, please email  

Advanced Placement
All AP students will take the AP Exam for any enrolled AP courses. These exams are paid for by the district, which makes this a free opportunity for any AP student to earn free college credits. This equals savings of up to $2,000 to $6,000 per college credit. Why not just try it? Contact your AP teacher for more details, or our AP Coordinator: Mr. Burley at

Q&A for Parents of English Language Learners: Synchono a las Siete
Mr. Jimenez hosts a question and answer session for parents of English Language Learners attending Colonial High School. Pose your questions and get answers live on Instagram at 7pm on Thursdays!

Yearbook Sales
Students can still order the yearbook online at School Pay for $50. The price has not increased and will remain at the current price.  There is a limited supply and orders will be processed in the order in which they are received. Be sure to take a screenshot or save a copy of the final purchase confirmation page for your records. Please contact Mrs. Sharon Christensen-Jones ( to confirm your online purchase of the Yearbook.

Parents and students we know that during this time of distance learning, you may have various questions. The CHS Students Services team has created a Frequently Asked Questions document to answer questions that you may have. Direct link here:

Virtual Graduation

To participate in our Virtual Graduation Ceremony, each senior needs to do the following: 
1. Sign and return the Model Release Waiver form (check your email) 
2. Submit 5 video recordings: Roll Call, Smile, Applause, Laughing, and Tassel Turn
a. All video footage MUST be in landscape (horizontal) NOT portrait (vertical).  Best lighting will be outside. 
b. Dress Code: Do not wear jeans, clothing with tears, holes, or shirts with graphics.
Wear your Cap and Gown.  If you do not have a Cap and Gown, come to the school from 9 am to 2 pm on Monday.  We can assist with video recording and use of a cap and gown if needed. 
c. Roll Call Video must be renamed: Your last name, first name (For example, if David is your first name-  "Smith, David Roll Call"). 
d. Submit all footage to the Dropbox link sent to you by email.  If you did not get the link, please email Ms. Witham at  If you don't understand how to upload the video, check out our Instagram page, where there is a helpful "how to" by Mr. Jimenez!  

Digital Device Return 

Senior Drive-Thru 
The purpose of the Senior Drive-Thru is to give Seniors an opportunity to say goodbye to the physical campus.  More information regarding this event will be provided as we get closer to the date.

Resources for All Students

Emotional/Mental Health Support
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:

Health Services Support:
Our Mobile Teen Express will NOT be on campus for the next two weeks.  However, appointments can be scheduled by phone through the Howard Phillips Center: (321) 842-1766.

Completing the registration before hand will help to expedite the process.  Registration forms can be found in our main office or by emailing your request to Nurse Bonnie at

Distance Learning
OCPS has two distance learning sites you should consider bookmarking on a personal computer or installing on mobile devices today: Classlink LaunchPad for Students and the OCPS Distance Learning Site.

The OCPS ClassLink LaunchPad for students is their one-stop shop for online platforms. With just one password they can get access to all OCPS has to offer. The OCPS Distance Learning Site is constantly updated with new information for parents on distance learning.

College and Career Center Updates
* Be an African American student majoring in elementary or secondary education.
Take a Virtual College Tour 
Spring is a typical time for high schoolers to start touring colleges, but most are closed. We have 50 virtual reality tours of national and international college and universities. Each includes a lesson of research, discussion, and reflection. Click on the links below to get started today! Virtual College Tours

Valencia College Fee Waivers 
Valencia College is waiving the application fee from April 13th to May 31st! If you haven't applied to Valencia yet or still need to pay the fee, now is the time to complete your application! Register at

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

College Acceptances:
* Saskia Ayala: Orange Technical College
* Danial Baki: Valencia College
* Diego Basabanda: Valencia College
* Esabella Diaz: University of Florida, University of Vermont
* Daisha Downey: Valencia College
* Derek Gonzalez: Valencia College
* Vic Gonzalez: Valencia College
* Crystal Guillaume: Valencia College
* Joshua Heeralall: Valencia College
* Rinaldo Hernandez: Valencia College
* Michael Jeanclaude: Full Sail University
* Deanah Jorge: Valencia College
* Mageilee Lugo: Valencia College
* Yanil Luna: Valencia College
* Josue Maldonado: Macalester College
Macalester College where Josue Maldonado has been accepted is located in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Twin Cities area of Minnesota.
* Hector Mata: Stetson University
* Yreisis Navarro: Valencia College
* Zuchen Ng Irizarry: Valencia College, University of Central Florida
* Karli Porter: Valencia College
* Nestor Ramirez Villafane: Webber International University
* Angela Rivera: Valencia College
* Gabriel Rivera: Mesabi Range Community and Technical College
* Natalya Roman Mills: Valencia College
* Lynette Sagardia: University of Florida
* Destinee Saintfleur: Valencia College
* Rachel Salmon: University of Florida
* Kyla Thompson: Bethune-Cookman University
* Jalizdel Torres: Polk State College, University of North Florida, Nova Southeastern University
* Tre'Vion Wells: Georgia Southern University
* Taj Williams: Nova Southeastern University, Wichita State University, Louisiana State University
* Kaitlyn Wilson: University of South Florida, Hawaii Pacific University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Institute of Technology
* Colton Wiltsie: University of Central Florida
Military Enlistments:
* Alejandro Caballero: U.S. Marine Corps

Top 20 Senior Spotlights!

Monday's Motivational Moment!

A Lesson in Success from one of Football's Greatest Coaches

Many of our sports fans may already know that Don Shula, who turned the Miami Dolphins into an unmatched juggernaut and became the winningest coach in NFL history, died at his home last Monday morning. He was 90.

The Hall-of-Fame coach won 328 regular-season games in charge of the Baltimore Colts and then the Dolphins - 347 including the playoffs - and 17 of those victories remain a major piece of football lore: In 1972, Shula's Dolphins became the first and only NFL team to go undefeated in the regular season and playoffs!

We shared his advice about success with our Colonial High School community last year, but it bears repeating today as we know many of our students and families have been under stress and isolation due to the coronavirus shutdown. Don Shula was asked how his teams were so successful? What follows was a key element to his teams' success:

When he coached, he held to the "twenty-four rule." After a football game, he allowed himself, his coaches, and his players only twenty-four hours to celebrate a victory or sulk over a defeat. During that time, they were encouraged to make the most of the experience. But once the twenty-four hours were over, they had to put it behind them.

You don't have to be a football player to benefit from that advice.


Make it a great week Grenadiers!
Dr. Maestre, Principal
Colonial High School
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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
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