January 2022
Message from Mr. Melendrez

Husky Nation,

Welcome back Husky Nation and Happy New Year! It’s been a great year of growth, successes and focused on the future of Husky Nation. Thank you for being positive and supporting FJSHS day in and day out. I hope 2022 brings you all great memories and new experiences for HUSKY NATION.

Reminder that we will be on Remote Learning on Monday, January 3rd. This will give our school and the district an opportunity to assess health, quarantines, and our ability to provide in-person learning. All Remote Learning protocols will apply to the instructional days. 

Let's continue to carry positive energy through the veins of every HUSKY in RE-2. 

 Principal Melendrez-GO Huskies!!!

Grades for Fall 2021 classes will be finalized and available by January 4th. Enrollment for the Spring 2022 CDLS Semester will be open until January 28th and the last day to drop classes without a fee is February 4th. Current AND new students should communicate with their school counselor to ensure they pick classes that are needed for graduation and then see Mr. Grimes to get enrolled. Please contact Mr. Grimes with any questions. or (719) 784-6414 ext. 2579
From the Office
Student Hours: 7:15am-3:25pm
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

If you would like to donate to the school, we could use white copy paper. Thank you!
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
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
Come join our knowledge bowl team! All students grades 9-12 are welcome to participate. We now have two teams competing and doing really well! Our next meet is January 20.
See Mrs. Wasmuth to join.
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.

We have a busy month this month!

Some of our students will be preparing to submit their work to the Scholastics Art and Writing contest to compete at state and then, if they are chosen, their work will be in a national competition. If there are any students interested in participating, please let Mrs. Szemaraj know ASAP.

Much more coming soon!!!
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

New 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 its first issue 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!


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.


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.