Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

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In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we would like to give a special thank you to Summit Church.  This awesome Partner in Education has not only assisted in setting up our FAFSA Food Feast, but volunteers have also come in on the weekends to assist our Theatre program in organizing their storage spaces as well as helping with stage and lighting for our recent performances.

We appreciate the time and support they provide to various programs here at Colonial HS!
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I hope you enjoyed the taste of fall weather we have had over this past few days! This is our last school week before the Thanksgiving break. We are releasing student progress reports this week so if you have a child at Colonial, please review their results right away. This week and the time we have remaining in December will have a big impact on semester grades so if your student needs any additional help, please have them take advantage of our free tutoring.

Hopefully this finds your Monday off to a terrific start. In this issue we continue to celebrate some of our students' successes including their time in service to the community. Even a quick scroll through provides the evidence: we have some pretty terrific students at CHS! This is a big reason that "It Is Great To Be A Grenadier!"

Enjoy your day!

Dr. Maestre

Colonial High School recognizes the value of our staff, students, and community members as an extra set of eyes and ears and asks for your help in identifying possible safety or security concerns. If you see something or hear of something suspicious, please say something. Be aware. Be responsible. Thank you!

This Week . . .

Friday, November 22 
Our annual tradition of the Thanksgiving Assembly will take place this Friday. This is a great opportunity for each student to bring in nonperishable food items to be donated to the East Orange Community Center.  
Last year, we fed over 200 families! Of course, this 55th annual food drive will be a class competition - the first period with the most food collected and the best decorated food basket will be awarded and recognized at the Assembly. If possible, bring in what you can, so we can feed even more families this year!
Just a few ideas; but anything nonperishable you can give is greatly appreciated. Thank you Grenadiers for your kindness!!  
"It's in the giving, that we receive." 

First Generation to College
"Why I'm First" 
Students and staff members shared their "why" for attending college as the first generation in their families to do so. Several staff members, including Ms. Hudson (guidance counselor), Mr. Cecere (dean pictured below left), Ms. Witham (academic dean) and Dr. Maestre (principal) took a moment to stop by the table during lunch and share their "why".
Latinos In Action
LIA students visit with Microsoft to learn about opportunities   
Our LIA (Latinos In Action) students had a great time learning about different career opportunities with Microsoft, as well as discovering possible internships, summer camps and classes offered at the store. Thank you to Ms. Nicole Santalla for the invitation; we look forward to continuing this partnership! Students are pictured below with Ms. Melo, LIA teacher located on the main campus. 

Vital Signs - Tracking Grenadier Decision Making

* Analysis courtesy of Mr. Cecere, Dean. The green and red colors represent an improvement or a decline from the preceding school week.  

College and Career Center Update
Congratulations to the following Seniors on their college acceptances:
  • Claudia Alfonso-Alcaide: Nova Southeastern University, Florida Atlantic University
  • Roger Alvarado: Barry University
  • Ty Brannock: Valencia College
  • Ashley Pimentel: Jacksonville University
  • Jamilet Quinones Rodriguez: Nova Southeastern University
From left to right: Ty Brannock, Roger Alvarado, Claudia Alfonso-Alcaide, Ashley Pimentel, Jamilet Quinones Rodriguez   
Credit: Ms. Ferraiuolo  
Jacksonville University looking west towards downtown Jacksonville in north Florida. JU is located on the St. Johns River and is where Ashley Pimentel received an acceptance.  
Scholarships & Financial Aid 
* Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship - application deadline November 30th, 2019 

* MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide for 2019-2020. Listed are many scholarships that do not inquire about immigration status. 

Financial Aid Applications Now Available!      
* 2020-2021 FAFSA application available online 

* Florida Financial Aid Application also available online (Bright Futures and other state grants and scholarships) 
November 30, 2019: In the Driver's Seat Scholarship
Amount: $3,000
-write an essay on the importance of safe driving 
Remember Grenadiers: this list is not inclusive of all available scholarships. We have highlighted some here for you, but there are thousands more out there. Do your research! Try: or  
Very Popular Scholarship Search Sites
For each of these websites listed below, you will need to create a free account. Once you have created an account, you will be able to search for thousands of scholarships.

Special scholarship opportunity. See your counselor for more information! 
Grenadiers in Service to Others . . .
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students 
The AVID Council students have been volunteering at Vista Lakes Elementary for the last three years!  Our volunteer coordinator, Heilimel Mota, communicates with the VLE PTSA and then coordinates the event for her fellow classmates.  Last week, they volunteered at the Harry Potter themed STEM Family Night!   
Ashley Quiroga and Leylanie Viruet volunteering at Vista Lakes Elementary School
Our AVID students were on hand to help with Vista Lakes' Harry Potter STEM Family Night  
Vista Lakes Elementary School where our AVID students have been volunteering. Home of the All Stars! 
Grenadier Talent - AP Art Students
Grenadier art work on display for "Chalk the Walk" 
Several AP Art students created beautiful artworks with soft pastels on the sidewalks around Winter Park's Central Park for the 6th Annual "Chalk the Walk."  
Veronica Hernandez and Cat Theobald replicated "Liz" by Andy Warhol. 
Pamela Hernandez and Sabrina Miller replicated "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Johannes Vermeer.  
Mrs. Krieger and her son replicated "Self Portrait with Physalis" by Egon Schiele which won an Award of Excellence. 
Ms. Natasha Serrano (UCF Intern and former Colonial grad) replicated "Self Portrait with Necklace" by Frida Kahlo.
Grenadier Athletics
Athletics Program
Check out the Grenadiers' Athletics website for more information about what sports are offered and how to join a team.

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Monday's Motivational Moment

Truth is, most people just go with the flow; they stick with the flock. Well, that's up to you. The choice is yours, to be a follower and get what's given. Or you can step up and take what's yours.

If you are a regular reader of our Colonial Connection, including this week, you will notice students engaged in all types of activities from A to Z. This includes academics, sports, theatre, volunteerism, singing, art and on and on. In terms of narrowing down some of your passions and goals, start first by making a list. To get your creative juices flowing, here are some random suggestions:
  • Acting
  • Animals
  • Art
  • Blogging
  • Business & Finance
  • Cars
  • Computers
  • Dancing
  • The environment
  • Fashion
  • Gaming
  • Health
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Medicine
  • Motorbikes
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Politics
  • Science
  • Singing
  • Skateboarding
  • Sports
  • Surfing
  • Technology
  • Volunteering
  • Writing
If your passion is not listed above, no worries. Just be honest with yourself and make your own list. Picture yourself doing each one of the things you're interested in with all your senses. What feels best?

Now, cut your list down to your three absolute favorites. Be decisive. Pick three.

If you do this you are ahead of most and you will be on your way. And this does not just apply to only high school students . . . this applies to adults too!

"A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That's why 
they don't get what they want." 
~ Madonna, singer, actor
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Grenadiers, let's make this a great week leading up to the Thanksgiving break! 
Dr. Maestre, Principal 
Colonial High School 
Monday, November 18, 2019  
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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
Assistant Principal: Ms. Maricarmen Aponte
Assistant Principal: Mr. Michael Mezger
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