Monday, Oct. 28, 2019

Red Ribbon

Pictured very top:
Our hardworking cafeteria staff led by manager, Edwin Lopez, wear Grenadier pink every week in October!
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We open up this second week of a new school quarter having enjoyed a very successful Cage the Cougar Week and College Week. You will find a few highlights below and thank you again to everyone that was actively involved. I would also like to congratulate our varsity football team as they scored 60 points Friday night to defeat University in the Annual Boot Game - an outstanding effort Grenadiers!

A few reminders for this week:

* On Tuesday, October 29th, 9th and 10th grade students will participate in a Writing Workshop. This practice will count for a grade and will be used by teachers to determine strengths and areas for growth. Most importantly, this practice will be used by teachers to plan lessons based on student needs. Make sure you are on time with your laptop charged and ready!

* There is no after school tutoring or buses on either Tuesday or Thursday of this week. Tutoring will resume on Tuesday, November 5th.

* OCPS will be offering another one its excellent Parent Academy events this coming Saturday morning (starts at 9:00 a.m.) at Oak Ridge High School. These are very well done and I encourage any of our Grenadier families to consider participating. The title of this session is This is Us: Our Family, Our School, Our Community - Details and online registration (may register on-site ahead of start time).

* Due to some vendor network issues experienced by Orange County Public Schools, report cards will be delayed by one day. Report cards will now be distributed to parents on Tuesday, October 29th instead of Monday, October 28th. Report cards will also appear in Skyward Family Access on Tuesday.

Have a good Monday morning and thank you for looking over our progress!

It's Great To Be a Grenadier!

Dr. Maestre

Special Events

Cage the Cougar Week
Highlights from last week leading up to the football game vs. University's Cougars . . .   
Monday: Crazy Sock Day and Tuesday: Twin Day
Thursday: Meme Day
Friday: Red and Black Dance Moves at Lunch
College Week
Last week was also College Week at Colonial! 
AVID Seniors are Twinning in matching AVID Shirts! We celebrated College Week by tracking our College Readiness Progress. Students who have completed their FAFSA and submitted college applications get to place a sticker on the poster!  
Student successes:  
  • Josue Maldonado is a finalist in the QuestBridge National College Match Program and hopes to attend Stanford in the fall.
  • Leylanie Viruet and Ashley Quiroga completed their FAFSAs and have submitted applications via the Common App.
Grenadier Vital Signs (College Financial Aid)
FAFSA Activity: 2019 vs. 2018 to date 

* Analysis courtesy of Asst. Principal Mary Vetter. Reflects applications processed through October 11 of the first 15 months of each cycle.  
** Source: Federal Student Aid Office (U.S. Dept. of Education) - View latest data by school per this office

Scholarship Opportunities
Please click here for a partial list of currently available scholarships. Please note any application deadlines and please do not forget about the College Board Opportunity Scholarship or the OCPS Scholarship Bulletin (links below). 
Instructional Focus
Biology with Ms. Hiner   
Students in Ms. Hiner's Biology classes conducted a water lab and utilized digital tools to collaborate through the scientific method.      
Performing Arts
Fall Orchestra and Chorus performances 
Last week our Orchestra Concerts took place on Freshman Campus. Led by director Alex Schmoling, our Concert, Ensemble and Chamber programs put on their very first concert!

Our choral director, Mr. Rodrigues, organized a chorus extravaganza, in which Vista Lakes Elementary and Renaissance Charter School, and Jackson, Liberty, and Odyssey Middle School choruses joined our Grenadiers in song! The heartwarming performance allowed younger generations to experience singing in the new PAC!
A Colonial First . . .
Meet the Divas of Excellence: Our first Majorettes Team!  
The majorettes will be performing with the band in the stands during football games and track events.

Freshman Campus
October HERO Teachers of the Month: Freshman Campus  
Mrs. Hiner and Mrs. Derouin, pictured below with our deans, Ms. Nieves and Ms. Bourkova.

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


Bowling Teams to Enter District Competition

Congratulations to our girls and boys bowling teams on their recent win against Wekiva High School last week! Both teams go on to compete in districts this week. Head to Boardwalk Bowl during the day to cheer them on!

Boys bowling team: Zander, Marquis, Taj, Phillip, Colton, Jason, Ty, and John

Girls bowling team: Cami, Jaylee, Juliette, Eliana, Clara

Varsity Football
This Friday, November 1, will be our last home football game.  Come out and support our Grenadiers as they play the Windermere Wolverines!

Cheer on the Air!
Our cheerleaders were PINK on the air with 106.7 as they spread school spirit for our football team! They learned about how the radio station works and what radio personalities do behind the microphone. 


No After School Tutoring or Buses on Tuesday, 10/29
No After School Tutoring or Buses on Thursday, 10/31
Tutoring Sessions Will Resume Again on Tuesday, November 5th.   
Monday's Motivational Moment
The economic value of an education

U.S. Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Median Weekly Earnings 2019:Quarter 3 report
U.S. Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics -  Unemployment 2019: September report

Community footnote: The Northwestern University Wildcats (Evanston, IL) 34-game losing streak is the longest in Division I college football history. During the team's winless 1981 season, the Wildcats were outscored 505-82 - an average of 40 points per game. What many do not know is that Northwestern University is consistently ranked among the Top 10 U.S. colleges by any ranking service year after year. During this losing streak at home football games their students would hold up signs in the stands with this simple message:
"That's okay, y'all be working for us one day."

The Northwestern University art library on their Evanston campus near Chicago

The point? Getting a quality education was #1 and the Northwestern students understood that. Colonial offers this opportunity to all of our students and they are encouraged to take advantage of each and every school day.

Make it a great week Grenadiers! And don't forget, this is Red Ribbon Week! 
Dr. Maestre, Principal
Colonial High School
Monday, October 28, 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
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