Monday, Oct. 14, 2019

Please remember to wear pink this Wednesday, Oct. 16 to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

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On Tuesday evening, our choral director, Pete Rodrigues, led our Grenadier vocalists in their first performance in our brand new Performing Arts Center. It was a beautiful night of song!
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This is only a four-day school week for students as they have no school on Friday, October 18th. Friday will still be a regular work day for teachers as they prepare their plans for the second nine-week quarter - adjusted OCPS 2019-2020 calendar.

This coming Wednesday, October 16th will be a regular, full-length school day to accommodate testing throughout OCPS. This applies to all OCPS campuses, not just Colonial, so please plan accordingly.

I need to keep these remarks brief as we have used additional space this week to illustrate some of our wonderful Homecoming '19 highlights for the community. Even with a quick scroll, you can see quickly how our school pride shines through. It was an amazing week for students, staff, alumni, and community members. Thank you everyone on an incredible effort.

Finally, I want to remind all of our Grenadiers to get a good night's rest Tuesday and to eat breakfast Wednesday morning. We want you to do your best on the PSAT/SAT and these two actions will help give you an edge.

Dr. Hector 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!

Dates to Watch For
Events mentioned in this issue . . .  

* Summary only, please see below for details. Dates can be subject to change. Please remember to visit the Colonial website for the full calendar of upcoming school and athletic events.  
** Credit: Ms. Vetter, Asst. Principal     

Little Shop of Horrors
Little Shop of Horrors was the very first musical ever to be performed in our new Performing Arts Center!  Our theatre program, led by Mrs. Monroe, has learned how to use the new light and sound systems to create an amazing show!
Across campus, students and staff celebrated school pride and SPIRIT Week!  
Homecoming week '19 was a successful celebration of all the reasons why it truly is great to be a Grenadier! We are so proud of all of our students for getting into the school spirit!
Monday: Floral 
Tuesday: Class Colors

Wednesday: Crazy Hair and PINK OUT 
Thursday: Disney Tourist 
Friday: Red & Black  
Homecoming Festival
Clubs and organizations created booths with games, prizes and candy.  
Students enjoyed the friendly competition and fun! Pals with Purpose created a sensory booth to help students understand the specific needs of our exceptional education population. Dr. Maestre even made it out to sing karaoke and win big at water pong!
Area for Improvement 
Grenadiers, lately we have noticed that some students are not throwing away their trash at the end of lunch.

When you leave the trash outside in the courtyard, this creates extra work for school staff. Felix and Gary, our two head custodians on main campus and Marlene, our head custodian on freshman campus, spend many hours keeping our campus clean and ready for us! They make sure we have enough supplies in common areas, and they help us set up for special events like Club Rush and Pep Rallies.  

Please remember that just like when you move into your own home, whether it be a dorm room or an apartment or house, you will want to maintain a neat space to prevent the spread of bugs and disease. There are trash cans conveniently located throughout the courtyard area, so please remind each other to help maintain your home away from home!   
"We greatly appreciate your help in throwing away your trash after lunch. Thank you!!" 

"Catching the Winning Behaviors" - HERO Program
Data Tracking: Tardies, Dress Code, and Positive Behaviors (incl. Engagement, random acts of kindness, leadership, character, service, etc.)
From 09/30 through 10/4, there have been over 17,000 behaviors tracked and over 13,000 points given to students. THIS IS AMAZING! Students can "redeem" their points in the classroom or the deans' offices.
Homecoming HEROs 
These Grenadiers have earned free Homecoming tickets for being in the top 5 of HERO Points earned. If you would like to earn rewards just for doing good, please speak to your teachers about how you can earn HERO points.

1229 - Jared Castillo
1230 - Jesus Marrero
1231 - Jack Daniel Angelo Mallari
1232 - Victoria Natal

Class Spotlight
Students in Ms. Sands' Allied Health Assisting class shared information on breast cancer awareness during the month of October.

Colonial Shows its Support for Breast Cancer Awareness
Our fabulous faculty and staff rocked pink this past week!

Grenadier Athletics
Athletics Program
Check out the Grenadiers' Athletics website for more information about what sports are offered and how to join a team.

Upcoming in Grenadier Sports

Our Girls Volleyball Team Celebrated Senior Night on Tuesday!  
Congratulations to our Seniors and to both the JV and Varsity teams for their victories against Jones High School. Our dynamic coach, Ms. Villegas, also planned a celebration for Jones HS' Seniors as well - what a class act!

Varsity Football (Thursday Night Game)
Our fearless football team heads to Winter Park to kickoff against the Wildcats on Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 pm.  Be sure to head to WP country to cheer on our Grenadiers!

* Away at Winter Park - 10/17/2019        
* Home vs University - 10/25/2019
* Home vs. Windermere - 11/01/2019

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.

Media Center Updates
Weekly update by Mrs. Parisi, Media Specialist 
About 60 students entered our Banned Books Week Contest. Everyone who guessed that Hunger Games was the shredded book received a Chipotle BOGO coupon. Our grand prize winner was My Tran. She received 2 Chipotle BOGO coupons so her family could join her, as well as an Epic Reads bookbag, autographed copies of Scythe and Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman, and a special scythe pin to go along with her books. Congrats to everyone!

More contests started up for October. Design either a bookmark or a poster for LGBTQ+ Awareness Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, or Anti-Bullying Month... created in  any medium of your choice. Contact Mrs. Parisi in the media Center if you have questions.

* Be sure to follow @grenadiersmedia on Twitter and Instagram to stay in the know!

Banned Book Contest. The grand prize winner was My Tran and the third book down on the list above (Hunger Games) was the shredded book. 
College and Career Center
College Visits

Also coming to CHS:
* Lynn University - Friday, October 25th at 9:00 AM
* University of Tampa -Tuesday, October 29th at 10:00 AM

Scholarship Opportunities
* Coca Cola Scholars - application deadline is October 31st, 2019
* Dr. Pepper Giveaway - application deadline October 17th, 2019
* Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship - application deadline November 30th, 2019
* Hispanic Heritage Foundation Scholarship - application deadline October 15th, 2019
* Southern Scholarship Foundation: Rent free living at UF, FSU, FAMU, FGCU, TCC, Flagler College and Santa Fe College. Application deadline: November 1st, 2019
* MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide for 2019-2020. Listed are many scholarships that do not inquire about immigration status.
Comcast Scholarship
* CG Trader Scholarship
* Tiadex Scholarship - U.S. Citizens or permanent residents planning to major in Marketing, Business or Entrepreneurship
* Florida Retired Educators Foundation: This scholarship is for students interested in becoming future educators. Apply online by early December.
* Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Program: Application deadline is October 25th, 2019
* Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program: Application deadline is November 13th, 2019

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

* Florida Financial Aid Application also available online (Bright Futures and other state grants and scholarships) 

College Week


Campus Security


OCPS Exploring Start Time Changes 
The commitment of the district is to develop start time models that maximize the use of the buses and keep costs at a minimum. In the past, other start time models added significant costs for more buses and more drivers. Due to budgetary constraints, those models were eliminated from consideration.  

A thorough analysis of school start times takes time. The School Board members and administration are committed to explore options and their consequences.

Four Models Presentation - The link below is a short summary of how bus routes are created; and to inform you of the four cost-neutral start time models that were developed for consideration.  

This is the beginning of the review process. Can start times change with no or little cost impact? 

School Start Time Survey Link
The start time survey can be found by clicking this link 

OCPS 2025 Strategic Plan
The date, location, and time of Community Meetings for each school board member can be located by clicking on this link 

FLDOE Parent Survey
Florida Department of Education: Survey of Public School Students (Grades 6-12)
The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) is consulting parents as stakeholders for state Career Technical Education (CTE) programs as part of the state plan for the federal Perkins Law. They are collecting general information on knowledge and opinions of parents through the 2019 Parent Survey of Public School Students (Grades 6-12). The survey is open now through November and can be accessed HERE. To take the survey in Spanish, simply click the survey link, and in the top right corner of the page, click the drop down arrow and click "EspaƱol."
Monday's Motivational Moment!

It is very easy for many of us to get a bit lopsided in our daily lives neglecting other key aspects that make for an overall happy life. One quick & easy way to help keep yourself on track is to remember the six "F's." As you wrap up each day, take a moment to consider your answers to these questions:
  • Faith: This is not just about personal religion. Faith includes a strong belief in yourself. Consider those areas that give you confidence. How did you build faith today?
  • Family: How did I touch my loved ones?
  • Friends: Did I reach out to two lives today? Did I listen to or help a friend, maybe even someone I don't know through charity or volunteer service?
  • Fitness: What did I do to improve my health?
  • Financial: How did I create savings or income? If I have a job, did I give it my best today? If I am in school, am I achieving my academic goals so that in the future I might be able to generate wealth? (Education and income levels are linked - click here.)
  • Fun: How did I enjoy the day? The things I promised myself I would make time for, did I engage in at least one of them?
Consider these six reminders brought to you by the letter "F" and please remember Grenadiers . . .  

"Yesterday's a memory, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That's why they call it the 'present.'"
It's Great To Be A Grenadier! 
Dr. Maestre, Principal 
Colonial High School 
Monday, October 14, 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
Assistant Principal: Ms. Mary Vetter
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