Monday, May 18, 2020

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Our Reading Department prepared a special message for our Grenadiers while students continue to work at home.
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Here we are already about to enter our 8th week of distance learning and the last five-day school week of 2020-2021. I want to encourage our Grenadiers to make the most of these final days of the school year. Even in the midst of distance learning, embrace each day; use it as an opportunity to make yourself a better person and a better student. All of our teachers and myself want our students to get the grades they deserve for this final quarter, so please be sure to turn in any assignments this week even if they are from much earlier in the quarter.

This is really my sole message for the week as it is that important: all assignments must be turned in this week. Give it your best effort each day Grenadiers and as I have written in this space every week this quarter, thank you for your ongoing commitment to distance learning under the circumstances. I am so very proud of our Grenadiers, our teachers, and their families!

It's Great To Be A Grenadier!

Dr. Maestre

Important Reminders for the Week of May 18
Dates to Watch For
May 25: Memorial Day - No School
May 27: Last school day of Quarter 4
May 29: Senior "Drive Thru" for the Class of 2020
June 4: Class of 2020 graduation will be conducted virtually at 8:20 pm
June 21: Official start of summer and Father's Day
July 22 ( Tentative): Live graduation ceremony at the Jennings- Kite Stadium, time to be determined. Final decision depends on approval of the CDC due to the Covid-19 situation.

It takes the coordination of many staff members to ensure that our Grenadiers are safely able to return their devices. Ms. Rumplik, Ms. Parisi, and Ms. Blanco are checking devices while maintaining CDC guidelines and social distancing.

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.  

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.

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

AP Exams   
* For the latest information on AP Exams please reference the link below:

* AP mock exams will be cancelled due to COVID-19. Please reach out to your AP teachers to get instruction on how they would like you to access any practice exams or materials.

* Free AP Review Classes - Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, you can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These courses:
  • Are optional, mobile-friendly, and can be used alongside any work your teacher may give you.
  • Will be available on-demand, so you can access them any time.
  • Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons including topics from the final 25% of the course
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!

Four of our amazing staff, Ms. Obando, Ms. Enid, Ms. Bristol, and Ms. Rivera are preparing the senior packages with love, for Senior Device Return.

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 (cover picture below).

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:

Teen Xpress
We are happy to inform you that Teen Xpress has returned to our Main Campus to provide health services at Colonial High School.  Teen Xpress services are open to any Orange County students from 11 to 18 years old. Services are free and you do not need to have insurance. Consent forms are available in the front office.  Please call today for your appointment 321-842-1766 or for Spanish 321-842-1765.

Reminders for Seniors




College and Career Center Updates

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 link 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 
In need of scholarships? Check the OCPS Scholarship Bulletin:

Deadline Extended: July 15th
Kobrin Family Scholarship           
Male or Female of Jewish faith planning to attend UCF                
Deadline Approaching: June 12th
Abbott and Fenner                          
500 to 1000 word essay on life's goals                              
NEW!: May 30th       
Kanter Foundation                          
Leadership, entrepreneurship, achievement                           
NEW! June 1st 
Sig Ep Scholarship
Young men attending FAU, FGCU, FIU, UF, USF, Stetson or Univ of Miami 
Food for  Thought! 
1. The chances of being unemployed during an economic recession fall off with more education:

Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor; Access their data

2: College financial aid applications have slowed in recent weeks:

Source: The Wall Street Journal; Read the article 
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:

Community Resources
Call 211 for financial assistance, health programs, crisis support and more.
For additional resources contact Hilda Tolentino, CHS SAFE Coordinator:

Grab-and-Go Meals: *UPDATES*
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.

Counselor Corner Mondays

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.

Top 20 Senior Spotlights!

COVID-19 Resources from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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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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