February 2022
Message from Mr. Melendrez

Husky Nation,

We made it to February and are in full swing of the second semester. Please take a look at all current updates and exciting things happening below in this edition of Husky Nation News. I also want to thank you for your patience and please continue to be diligent and take precautions, as we continue to deal with Covid. Our students, staff and community continue to be resilient as we face the ups and downs of Covid.

Student Celebration: Congratulations to Brandon Boehm, who is a finalist for the 2022 Boettcher scholarship. He is one of just over 100 finalists for the 2022 Boettcher Scholarship and will be the first at FJSHS since 2003. He has been selected as a finalist from more than 300 semifinalists and nearly 1,700 highly qualified applicants. Good luck to Brandon on his final interview process.    

Let's have an amazing month of February for our students!!  

 Principal Melendrez-GO Huskies!!!

Spring semester, online classes are in full swing and students should be spending an hour a day in each of their classes. The last day to drop classes without a fee is February 4th. Please contact Mr. Grimes with any questions. or (719) 784-6414 ext. 2579
From the Office
Student Hours: 7:15am-3:25pm
If you would like to donate to the school, we could use white copy paper. Thank you!

Please have all after school messages to the Main Office by 2pm. This allows us to get messages to students in a timely manner with fewer interruptions. We have had several after school messages called in after 3pm and cannot guarantee those messages will get to your student in time. 

As we continue to combat COVID and quarantines, please remember to wear, wash and social distance. Students will have access to their work on Google classroom and if you have questions you can contact the teacher directly via email or phone.

Parents:If you currently live out of district or moved out of district over the summer, a Boundary Waiver is required. Families can print it off the district website, under the forms tab and return them to Mrs. Stage at

Reminder-Please drop students off at the appropriate times, especially as the weather gets colder. 
Doors open - 7:00am 
First bell - 7:11am
School Day – 7:15am - 3:25pm
Closed Campus
Florence Jr/Sr High School is a closed campus. Students are not allowed to leave for lunch, to run errands, or be off campus without a parent physically coming into the FJSHS and checking out their child. Please do not attempt to call your child out of school. If your child needs to leave due to a doctor appointment or court appointment that can be verified by official paperwork, either an email or handwritten note, with parent signature, should be sent to the front office secretary. A student will be treated as truant if he or she leaves campus without following proper procedure.
Athletics and Activities
Hey there Husky Nation We are now at the start of our Winter Sports season. As the season grows colder, the basketball courts and the mats are about to heat up. Please remember if you did not play a Fall Sport you need to have your physical form, sports registration, emergency blue card and a copy of your insurance turned in before you can attend practice.
Our students will be taking state assessments (Colorado Measures of Academic Success or CMAS) beginning after Spring Break in March.

Grades and Eligibility
There is an early warning grade pull eligibility sent out to all coaches on Tuesday for coaches to alert what student athletes are failing a class or are close to failing. On Thursday there is the final eligibility pull before 1:00 PM that is sent out to coaches. Coaches and athletes have until 7 PM to reconcile grade disputes with their classroom teachers. Classroom teachers/coachers must contact Mr. Addington Thursday BEFORE 7 PM in order to get an eligibility overturned. Students should be checking their grades on a daily basis in IC to monitor grades. Parents should not call into the admin office to dispute grades without having first talked to their student and classroom teacher.

Knowledge Bowl
Knowledge Bowl finished the season with a bang! Only a few points separated the final results. Our “A” Team finished in the top ten! Regionals are February 4, and we are trying to field a team, but illnesses and absences might prevent our going. Be proud of our teams; they did really well and had a ton of fun! See you next year in the fall.
Summer School-2022
Reminder that summer school and credit recovery opportunities for 7th-12th grade levels will be available to students during the summer of 2022. Summer school has been tentatively scheduled for 8 weeks with Colorado Digital Learning Solutions (CDLS) from June 6th-July 29th. Specific interventions assist students with closing achievement gaps by allowing for annual growth and/or catch-up growth. These interventions target credit recovery, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension math and writing deficiencies. A strategic summer program and online curriculum will help overall achievement and grade recovery moving forward. Students who need credit recovery will need to pay the CDLS rate for classes that need to be retaken. 
Tutoring available after school from 3:30 - 4:30. Students should report to the math department immediately after school. 
Jr./Sr High STUCO
We are ready and excited to start the year and continue to “Lead from the Front.” Activities and events to follow shortly.

AG and Art
FFA Week Celebration will be held 22nd through the 24th. Each year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week. It's a time to share what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day. FLORENCE FFA WEEK the Spirit Day on Tuesday the 22nd will be USA day lunch activity is Rodeo Day, Wednesday the 23rd Hunting Season Day lunch activity is Hay Stacking, Thursday the 24th Hat Day & FFA Day (Wear Blue & Gold) lunch activity is Petting Zoo. The Ag Department Open House will be held from 5PM to 8PM in the ag building on the 24th. The Florence Flowers and company will be hosting their annual valentines day floral sale contact Mrs.Fall at to place an order or if you have any questions.

We would like to congratulate all of our participants in the Regional Scholastic Art competition! Each year the Colorado Art Awards receive 5,000 artworks to be judged in the show. We had 11 of our students participate and all had incredible work. 

Special congratulations go to two of our students for placing in the competition! 
Briana Froese received a Gold Key award for her artwork, Refuge of the Wayfarer and it will continue on and be in the National Scholastics Art Competition. 
Jesse Lutz received a Silver Key award for his artwork, Amazon: A SpaceTime Odyssey. 

Both of the works will be in a show at the Chancery Art Space in Denver from February 14- March 29.

We have an exciting month ahead of us! Winter Percussion, Winter Guard, and Pep Band practices are all meeting this month. Winter Guard is Mondays and Fridays, Pep Band is on Tuesdays, and Winter Percussion on Wednesdays. Below are our student’s events, bolded and underlined dates are required  for students:

2/3 Advanced Jazz Band at CASE Conference
2/10-2/12 Festival of Winds
2/19 Loveland Winterguard Competition

SENIOR Graduation Checklist!
  • Schedule College Interviews and visitations 
  • Finish FAFSA Applications
  • Schedule your academic review with the Counselor
  • Continue Scholarship searches and applications
  • Plan for cap/gown, senior pictures, and graduation announcements order

Graduation Requirements- 
Community Service- grades 9-12
All grade levels of students are being asked to complete, within the year, 10 hours of community service. Newly updated forms will be emailed to students or can be picked up in the counseling office. Please see Mrs. Henker for opportunities to serve in the community to complete the required hours as a list will be posted.

Demonstration of Competency- 12th grade
Many parents and students have questions regarding this new requirement. Many seniors have already met their competency as it will be reflected in their transcript report listed as Dem of Comp- Math and Dem of Comp- Eng and the student receiving .5 credit for each added to their credits. The counseling department has been making phone calls home and meeting with seniors/parents to create an option plan of how to achieve this new requirement if it has still not been met. Please see the district website, handbook or the counseling page for full descriptions and options to meet this requirement. If you have further questions please feel free to call the counseling office 

ACT Work Keys test- Offered to all Juniors and Seniors
ACT WorkKeys is an assessment that tests students' job skills in applied reading, writing, mathematics and Essential Skills. Scores are based on job profiles that help employers select, hire, train, develop and retain a high-performance workforce. This test will also help seniors and juniors meet new graduation requirements with qualifying scores. Please check the district Calendar for the Future date in late January or Early February.
We have a good number of students that are getting set up to start internships for the Spring Semester. If your student is interested in a second semester placement please send them to the Counseling office to see Mrs. Henker. We are still adding and updating business partnerships to increase opportunity for students. Interested students should contact the College and Career Coordinator, Mrs. Henker, in the FJSHS Counseling Office. 


All current 8-11th grade choir members interested in going on our Disney Trip need to turn in the first payment to Ms. Benker ASAP or email Mrs. Farus your plan to pay at a later date.


A student-led, FJSHS-centered Newspaper committee has formed, and it can be read now at ! This news committee strives to provide another access point into the world of Husky life, and it does so through cooperation of the current outlets such as Husky Nation and the Yearbook Program. Please enjoy its stream of updates that the FJSHS student-body works to provide!

Additionally, the committee is now in the process of creating and distributing QR codes all across the school that link directly to the newspaper website. Be on the lookout for this quick and easy point of access when in the building!


Yearbooks are officially on sale! To purchase, go to the Florence Junior Senior High School Website,, and order using the yearbook link! The price is $35 until March 1st! 

Seniors, please submit senior photos and baby pictures (optional) by Feb 17.


Fuel Up to Play 60 is all about health and wellness.  
Here is a new calendar for you to incorporate some yoga breaks in your day!! 
If students are looking a little tired and need to move... yoga is a great idea! 
Mrs. Self-Leis


If parents or guardians need to update their phone number and email address you can log into their parent portal and make those changes. For any other household information change, please contact the school and we will have you fill out the Household Information Update Form. Parents will need to sign this form.