Monday, May 25, 2020

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If you are opening this week's issue over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, I hope this finds you able to spend some of it with friends and family. After Monday, we are down to just two regular school days for 2019-2020. Hopefully all of our Grenadiers have turned in any missing work by this point, but if not, please do so right away.

In this issue we have included some important end of year events and dates that impact all of our Grenadiers, not just the seniors. So please take a close a look to see what applies to you or your student.

We are looking forward to this Friday's Class of 2020 Senior Drive-Thru which takes place from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (details below). And as a reminder to those of you reading this on the weekend, the Orlando Sentinel has published a full list of all graduates in their Sunday edition (below). You may want to pick up a copy.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day and thank you for taking a moment on this special day to remember all the service men and women that gave their lives in protecting our country.

It's Great To Be A Grenadier!

Dr. Maestre

Dates to Watch For

May 25: Memorial Day - No School
May 27: Last school day of Quarter 4
May 29: Senior "Drive Thru" for the Class of 2020.  Please register to attend at
June 4: Class of 2020 graduation will be conducted virtually at 8:20 pm
July 22 (Tentative) : Live graduation ceremony at the Jennings- Kite Stadium, time to be determined. Final decision depends on approval of the CDC due to the Covid-19 situation.  
On this Memorial Day 2020, Colonial High School remembers those that served in the United States military and made the supreme sacrifice for our great nation.

Underclassmen Item Return/Pickup
Other Reminders for Grades 9, 10, and 11

Please visit our school website for further information and reminders regarding end of year procedures for returning students:

Last 2 Days of 2019-2020 . . .
Grades are due for teachers by Wednesday, May 27. Students - please ensure that you have communicated with your teachers regarding late or missing work.

Parents can monitor Grades through Skyward: Skyward is the official gradebook for OCPS. Check your child's grades once a week to make sure they're on track. If you have any questions, reach out to your child's teacher for clarification.

As a reminder, every student should be logging into Canvas every day in order to: 
* Fulfill daily attendance requirements for each class
* Read announcements and emails from teachers
* Complete classwork assignments and activities.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email your student's teachers and/or call the school.

Class of 2020 in the News!
The Orlando Sentinel recognized our Seniors with a special graduation message in the Sunday edition of this week's newspaper. Grab a copy at WaWa today!

Summer School

All Summer School programs will be virtual this summer.  Each program offered is for an intended audience, and therefore, information will be sent directly to those students who should participate.  If you have any questions about the programs offered at Colonial High School, please email   

Summer Reading

Our library has E-Books for the students to read at home. The steps to access them on Launchpad are:
Step 1: Click on the "Library Research Tools" button
1. Click on the "Library Research Tools" button
2. Click on the "Follet Destiny" button Questions and Answers about Follett
3. It will open to our school library and they will automatically see all the e-books available.
4. Students will see the e-books banner with their covers.
5. They can use the arrows on the banner or click "See all" button
6. Choose the book
7. Click on the "Open" button
8. Start reading

We have the Florida Teens Read books and others. And students can bookmark the page were they left of. Students, please remember to log in your minutes on Beanstack.

The steps for Beanstack:
Step 1: Click on the Beanstack app
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2. Click on the "Log Reading" button
3. Click on the "Minutes" button
4. Students will click on the day of the reading
5. They will enter the minutes read on "Time Spent Reading"
6. They will type the title of the book, as they start inputting the name it will show titles that are similar. They will click on the title of their book.
7. Students can choose to leave a review if they wish
8. Lastly, click "Log" button.
9. Students, please register on the "Spring into Reading" program. This is a competition program , meaning there are prizes for students and the school with the most logged minutes.

Another great resource for free books for those who prefer listening to read alouds...

Free Audiobooks: Available now through the end of the summer:

Thank you, stay safe, and have a great summer!

Andrea Parisi & Aimee Havrilesko
Media Specialists: Main Campus and 9th Grade Center

Reminders for Seniors



Preparing to Serve their Country!
A special video celebrates all OCPS graduates enlisting in the U.S. military.

Congratulations to our very own Senior Diego Campuzano for joining the United States Navy. Colonial High School and OCPS recognize and appreciate your service!
Please click here to view the video made for all the OCPS graduates preparing to join the armed forces. 


Students can still order the yearbook online at School Pay for $50.00.  The price has not increased and will remain at the current price.  However, there is a limited supply and orders will be processed in the order in which they are received.  Be sure to take a screenshot or save a copy of the final purchase confirmation page for your records.  Please contact Mrs. Sharon Christensen-Jones ( to confirm your online purchase of the Yearbook.

Grenadier Spotlight
Andria Lenihan, Winner of Colonial's FAFSA Challenge!

During Senior Device Return, one lucky Senior was able to exchange her device for a brand new laptop! Actually, Andria Lenihan was the winner of our FAFSA challenge!  Congratulations to you, Andria!  We hope that the laptop supports you in your next endeavor- post high school diploma!

* Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Guidance FAQ

Parents and students, we know that during this time of distance learning, you may have various questions. The CHS Students Services team has created a Frequently Asked Questions document  to answer questions that you may have. Direct link here:

Advanced Studies Freshmen Experience


Senior Awards

If you were unable to view the Senior Awards on Monday, please visit the link on the graphic below.

ESOL Awards

Although we are experiencing a pandemic, Colonial High School did not allow it to prevent us from celebrating outstanding students in our ESOL program.  Our support staff members, Mrs. Armenteros and Mrs. Fernandez, collaborated with ESOL teachers to develop a special recognition event.  A CHS alumni shared his experiences and over 45 students and parents attended the virtual celebration through a teleconference platform: Big Blue Button.

Over forty-five students and parents joined up online for our ESOL Award Celebration. Congratulations again to all those students who were recognized!

College and Career Center

Take a Virtual College Tour
Spring is a typical time for high schoolers to start touring colleges, but most are closed. We have 50 virtual reality tours of national and international college and universities. Each includes a lesson of research, discussion, and reflection. Click on the links below to get started today! Virtual College Tours

Valencia College Fee Waiver ends May 31st
Valencia College is waiving the application fee from April 13th to May 31st! If you haven't applied to Valencia yet or still need to pay the fee, now is the time to complete your application!  Register at

College Bound Grenadiers!
Please join us in congratulating the following students for their acceptances into college! We are so proud of their accomplishments!
  • Anaya Huggins: Penn State
  • Ashanti Miller: Warner University
  • Jomar Nazario: Valencia College
  • Arindy Ochoa: Valencia College
Resources for All Students

Emotional/Mental Health Support
Florida Blue is offering a free Bilingual 24 helpline to any Floridian, insured or not, for support in managing feelings of stress, anxiety, grief or fear related to the virus. The phone number is: 833-848-1762

Here is the link with more information:

Community Resources
Call 211 for financial assistance, health programs, crisis support and more.
For additional resources contact Hilda Tolentino, CHS SAFE Coordinator:

Grab-and-Go Meals  
Grab-and-Go meals are available in the front parking lot Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 - 1:00 p.m.  Students will receive double meals on these three days.  Walkers and bike riders welcome. This service will be provided throughout the duration of schools being closed. Your child does not need to be a CHS student. All students are served meals.

Teen Xpress
We are happy to inform you that Teen Xpress has returned to our Main Campus to provide health services at Colonial High School. Teen Xpress services are open to any Orange County students from 11 to 18 years old. Services are free and you do not need to have insurance. Consent forms are available in the front office. Please call today for your appointment 321-842-1766 or for Spanish 321-842-1765.

Closing Image of the Week . . . A Wonderful CHS Partner!
Texas Roadhouse
A huge thank you to Texas Roadhouse on Semoran Blvd. near the airport for donating recognition coupons, discounts, and vouchers for our seniors! We appreciate your support and partnership! 
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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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