Monday, Nov. 11, 2019

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Our chorus led a beautiful rendition of "Proud to be an American" in honor of our ceterans (please see our special Veterans Day segment below).
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We have several special events scheduled this week for our Grenadiers starting with a very busy Monday that includes PERT testing, our ESOL parent meeting on the freshman campus, and our "FAFSA Feast" (details on all just below).  Additionally our 55th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive is getting underway spiced up with a fun competition between first period classes.

While Monday is not a school holiday, it is Veterans Day. If you know of a veteran or see one of our Colonial staff members who have served personally or one who has a family member that has worn the uniform, kindly take a moment to say thank you. It would mean a great deal to these people who have worked so hard and often at great personal risk to give us the many freedoms only the United States of America enjoys.  Thank you.

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!

This Week . . .

Monday, November 11 - Seniors will take the PERT if they still need Algebra 1 EOC passing score. Many of these same seniors need to use Khan Academy to practice and prepare for the SAT on Dec. 7 and the ACT on Dec. 14. These are two opportunities to earn the FSA ELA/Reading concordant score that is required for graduation. If a senior practices one hour each day for the next four weeks (28 hours), he/she is guaranteed to increase his/her score by 100 points!

Monday, November 11 - All parents of ESOL students are invited to attend the parent meeting from 5:00pm to 6:00 pm on the Freshman campus in the Media Center.  Graduation requirements, behavior expectations, resources and tutoring will be discussed.

Thanksgiving Donations: Our annual tradition of the Thanksgiving Assembly will take place the week before Thanksgiving. 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!

Friday, November 15: FFA will host their first Live Auction at 6:00pm.  For more information, contact Ms. Paoiff at

Special Events

Focus: Thank the veterans who are a part of our Colonial community...
For this edition, we would like to share a few words from our very own Colonel Frazier:

"On behalf of your Air Force JROTC cadets, I would like to notify all of our veterans who are continuing to secure our future, as you did during your time in military service to this great nation that you are not forgotten by this generation.  

General Colin Powell, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State, said  'The most important thing I learned is that soldiers watch what their leaders do. You can give them classes and lecture them forever, but it is your personal example they will follow.'

This generation of Americans is watching what we do. They have questions and they are looking for answers, not in the books, but in our character that leads to success. You have shown them how to serve their nation as warriors, now you're showing them how to serve their future in preparing them to lead. They need to know who you are!"

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Colonial High School is proud to celebrate the military veterans who work with our Grenadiers: Colonel Frazier, Mr. Burley, SMSgt Anderson, TSgt Davis, Mr. Izquierdo, Deputy Barrick, and Mr. Mezger, pictured below with Dr. Maestre and Ms. Lopez.  Colonial High School was thrilled to have Ms. Lopez, School Board Member of District 2, here to celebrate and honor our veterans!
Our Air Force JROTC cadets in training were present for the recognition ceremony.
Colonel Frazier took a moment to recognize our veterans on staff and to thank them for their service.  Moreover, he encouraged our JROTC cadets to reach for the stars! 
"USAF on patrol worldwide protecting our many freedoms"

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, three Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons, and a U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress fly together on patrol during Bomber Task Force Europe 20-1, Nov. 6, 2019, over the Barents Sea region of the Arctic Circle. A wing of KC-135 Stratotankers is based in Florida at MacDill AFB in Tampa (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Duncan C. Bevan) - Source: USAF Official Website 
Instructional Focus
Ms. Harper and Ms. Martinez utilize collaborative structures for learning in Spanish 1.     
Students are reviewing vocabulary through the structure: Quiz-Quiz-Trade. In this review activity, students pair up with content questions on cards and quiz each other. Then they trade cards and pair up with another classmate, repeating the process multiple times. This gives students exposure to various bits of information, incorporates physical movement, and the opportunity to learn from a classmate!


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
College Acceptances 
  • Claudia Alfonso-Alcaide: University of Central Florida
  • Paula Cortes: Sweet Briar College
  • Kevin Gomez Abrego: University of Central Florida
  • Alanis Patino: Santa Fe College
  • Ashley Pimentel: University of Central Florida, Florida Southern College
  • Kaitlyn Ripley: University of North Florida
  • Darren Risi: Jacksonville University
Military Commitments 
  • Roger Baker: U.S. Army
  • Victor Figueroa: U.S. Army
  • Alexander Gonzalez: U.S. Marine Corps
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  
This Week: College Visits to CHS
Teacher Spotlight
Congratulations to Melissa Clarke and Ariel Horner! 
Pictured here with Instructional Coach, Mr. Lay, are Melissa Clarke and Ariel Horner who are the proud recipients of the Classroom Library Grant!  These amazing educators will receive $930.22 to spend on their classrooms!   
Grenadier Athletics
Athletics Program
Check out the Grenadiers' Athletics website for more information about what sports are offered and how to join a team.


Varsity Football
Congratulations to our football team for their final win against the Windermere Wolverines.  We celebrated our Seniors before the game with a very special recognition ceremony.

Partner in Education Feature
Chipotle Mexican Grill, 6607 S. Semoran Blvd.

We would like to thank the Chipotle franchise on 6607 South Semoran Blvd, Suite 108. They are donating 33% of the profits from Thursday's Spirit Night to our girls basketball team!  We are excited to see the girls in action!  Your support at such events really does go a long way to help the team get new uniforms and equipment!

Minority Achievement Office

Mr. Ronald James from the Minority Achievement Office stopped by Colonial on Wednesday to present information to interested students about the Minority Leadership Scholars program.  This program is one of many initiatives of OCPS to ensure that we are closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for post-high school success!

Club News
National Honor Society Induction
Our CHS chapter of the National Honor Society held their Induction Ceremony on Monday night.  The evening brought a reflection on the tenets of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character.  We are proud of all of our Grenadiers who celebrated their induction into this illustrious organization.   
Credit: Ms. Marinas
Performing Arts
Marching Band Music Performance Assessment  

The students of the Colonial High School Marching Grenadier Band took the field at the University Classic on Saturday, October 26th, 2019 and performed their best show of the year. For this Marching Music Performance Assessment, our Grenadiers performed "The Music of Queen." We are proud of their accomplishments! 

Credit: Dr. Maestre
Monday's Motivational Moment
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Assistant Principal: Ms. Elizabeth Fuller
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