Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

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Our Bridge Rally at the end of the day is an awesome opportunity for students and staff to enjoy our Band and Cheerleading Team as they rally school spirit for our home football game!
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I hope this Monday morning issue finds you having enjoyed a little of the fall weather this past weekend!

Congratulations to our varsity football team as they won again Friday evening during Senior Night. The Grenadiers defeated Windermere 44-41 which was their 4th win in the past 5 games including the victory over University in the annual Boot Game (see pictures below- Twitter highlights).

Please note that our excellent tutoring program restarts again tomorrow, November 5. Today marks the start of week #3 of the second quarter. If you have a student at Colonial, please be sure you have reviewed their report card grades which were released six days ago. If your student is not quite where they need to be, please get them engaged in our tutoring program this week. The payoff will be there next spring when all students will sit for the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA).

I hope you enjoy this week's update which one of our very talented assistant principals, Ms. Mary Vetter, prepares for the community every seven days.

Make it a great week and, as always . . .

It's Great To Be a Grenadier!

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!

Tutoring Resumes Tomorrow: Tuesday, Nov. 5

Special Events

PAC Opening Ceremony
Colonial's new Performing Arts Center  
Club News
Colonial Coders finish 3rd in Lockheed Martin state-wide competition!  
On Saturday, October 26, 2019 four members of the Colonial Coders engaged in fierce competition with 9 other teams from across the state. Their quest was a CyberQuest sponsored by Lockheed Martin.  When the dust settled and all was said and done, these four cyber warriors placed 3rd overall in the 2019 Lockheed Martin CyberQuest Competition. Quite a feat when you realize that this is the first time Colonial High School has competed in this event! 
Caleb Sj√∂stedt, Carlos W. Caez, and Ahmed Aissam are CTE students in the Academy of Information Technology at Colonial High School main campus. Jeriel Velazquez is a dual enrollment student in the Enterprise Desktop and Mobile Support Technology program at Orange Technical College.  
Way to go, gentlemen!

Grenadier Vital Signs - Tracking the "Winning Behaviors"
Areas for Improvement:
Etiquette - Eye Contact, a smile and a handshake will go a long way . . .


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

And yet another reason why Colonial and OCPS have a smartphone policy for students during the school day . . .

United States - Teen Use of Social Media (2018)

Source: Statista

College and Career Center Update
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 5, 2019: Elks Most Valuable Student
Amount: $1,000-$12,500
-must be a U.S. citizen
-must have taken SAT or ACT by October 5th, 2019 
November 10, 2019: School House Scholarship
Amount: $2,000
-must have experienced homelessness in the last six years 
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  
On Deck: College Visits to CHS
Jobs Report
Normally at 8:30 a.m. on the first Friday of each month, the United States Department of Labor releases their findings about the employment situation in America. One of the areas they keep an eye on is those who cannot find work based on their educational attainment. Here are the results for October 2019 - data table
Instructional Focus
Dr. Ellis and Mrs. Parisi 
Students in Dr. Ellis' Reading classes experienced a "book tasting" in the Media Center, facilitated by our very own Media Specialist, Mrs. Parisi.  This experience exposed students to multiple genres of books for the purpose of reading pleasure.

"The Gallery Walk" 
Students are analyzing political cartoons through a Gallery Walk. This strategy allows students to preview multiple texts and to collaboratively analyze the elements within the political cartoon. 
Community footnote: The instructional focus segment is prepared weekly by Assistant Principal Mary Vetter to help give the community some insight as to how our Grenadiers are advancing week-by-week. All students are required to sit for Florida Department of Education assessments next spring. These images show how the students are learning along the way - not just in terms of preparing for the spring exams, but acquiring an education which will prepare them for college, the private sector, military service or whatever path they choose after high school.  
Grenadier Athletics
Athletics Program
Check out the Grenadiers' Athletics website for more information about what sports are offered and how to join a team.


Boot Game Victory!
Our Grenadiers brought home the BOOT in our traditional game against the University HS Cougars, with a win of 60-42!


Dr. Maestre was so proud of the team that he led the Band in song!

Our SGA officers had to wear blue and yellow because our student body lost the annual chain link fundraiser competition...

Leadership teams from both schools met before the game to share dinner and plan the supervisory logistics of the event.

Greg the Grenadier was prepared to rally the crowd!

Game time reminder . . . ALL OCPS sporting events.

Also, anyone who disrupts the event with unruly behavior, or abusive/ profane language, will be removed from the event.

In the event of inclement weather or emergency, all attendees must follow all instructions given by law enforcement or school staff.

Spirit Store

Monday's Motivational Moment
Wisdom to Live By for the Week of Nov. 4
Serena Williams On Winning  
With a defeat, when you lose, you get up, you make it better, you try again. That's what I do in life, when I get down, when I get sick, I don't want to just stop. I keep going and I try to do more. Everyone always says never give up but you really have to take that to heart and really do never definitely give up. Keep trying.
~ Serena Williams, world champion tennis player 
Judith Bardwick On Confidence 
Real confidence comes from knowing and accepting yourself - your strengths and your limitations - in contrast to depending on affirmation from others. 
~ Judith Bardwick, author

Richard Bach On Gratitude 
Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles. 
~ Richard Bach, author

Dr. Maestre, Principal
Colonial High School
Monday, November 4, 2019
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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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