November 2021
Message from Mr. Melendrez

Husky Nation,

We have officially made it to November! Please take a look at all current updates and exciting things happening below in this addition of Husky Nation News. Shout out to all of our students, staff, as well as Jr./Sr. High activities and athletics. We have had a great fall and it's just beginning! 
Principal Melendrez-GO Huskies!!!

Reminder that our school is participating in the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey. This survey is very important to help us understand student health and wellness and the factors impacting them.

If you do not want your student taking the survey, here is the link for the parent opt out for HKCS


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.

This semester’s online classes will end on December 17, 2021. CDLS students need to be aware of how much work is left and should make a game plan that will allow them to finish Husky strong! 
Please contact Mr. Grimes with any questions.  or (719) 784-6414 ext. 2579
From the Office
Student Hours: 7:15am-3:25pm
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 at 7:00am 
First bell - 7:11
School Day – 7:15-3:25

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 in perhaps the most exciting part of the fall season……….PLAYOFFS time. As the Winter Sports season approaches here are some dates to look out for.

All Winter Sports meeting
November 9th
6:00-8:00 PM
 First day of Winter Sports practice
November 15th
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 November 18.
See Mrs. Wasmuth to join.

Veterans Day Assembly 
Every year on/around Veterans Day we host an assembly to honor those in our community who have served and sacrificed their lives to support and defend our country. Unfortunately, we were unable to host this event last year due to Covid, however, we are going to make it happen this year. On the day of this event, we are going to be serving snacks and drinks like veggies, crackers, juice, etc. Guests will have the opportunity to meet many students from the school and meet the administration in the building.

On behalf of the students and staff at Florence Jr/Sr High School, we formally invite you to attend Florence Jr/Sr High School’s 2nd annual Veterans Day assembly on the day of November 9th, 2021 at 2:00 pm. Please contact Mr. Lee at if you have any questions.

Tutoring available after school from 3:30 - 4:30. Students should report to the math department immediately after school. 
Jr./Sr High STUCO
Student Council will have their Annual food and coat drive which will begin November 1st. If you are able, please bring in canned goods, coats, jackets, sweaters, hoodies with your student to school. All items collected will be given to students in our community.
Our first Art show for the Jr High was a success! Thank you to all those who participated in the show and in the judging. The work from the show will be on display in the hallways in the school building until Thanksgiving break. 
Please congratulate the following students on their artwork being chosen.

Aliana Ortega - Best in Show for "Night Sky"
Briana Froese - Best Drawing for "The Buho"
Andrea McFadyen - Best Painting for "Boogie Man"
Nevaeh Brewer and Kayla Andrews- Best Sculpture for "Pumpkin Fest"

The high school band is wrapping up its competitive season! We will be sending out information regarding pep band in the first week of November with High School band students. Current 8th-11th grade students have also been given information regarding our planned trip for the Spring of 2023. Please email a director if you did not receive this information.

Monday, November 1 Marching Band State Finals
ASVAB Testing- Nov. 4th- Juniors and Select Seniors
All juniors will take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) as well as any senior who would like to retest from last year who are in need of completing their DOC’s (Demonstration of Competency in Math and English). Please contact the counseling office with questions about the test and/or DOC’s, or email or with questions. Results will be released around December 2021. 

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 Nov. Early December 2021.
Home Grown Talent Initiative
Home Grown Talent Update
A group of students hit the streets with Mrs. Henker and Mr. Melendrez this month to talk about the Husky Graduate Profile and how our school is preparing them for life after graduation. Many of our local businesses now have a copy of our Husky Graduate Profile proudly displayed along with a Husky Flag in support of our school and students. 
We are now offering a Career Exploration class that we have dubbed “Husky 101” for 7th and 8th grade students. This course helps middle school students learn about themselves and opportunities after high school. The goal of this class is to prepare students for success at Florence Jr/Sr High School and provide students with skills to be used across subjects and outside of school.
First semester placement students are getting settled into their internships. Students meet with Mrs. Henker weekly to check-in and reflect on what they learned that week. We are also meeting with students wanting a second semester placement to add business partnerships if needed. Interested students should contact the College and Career Coordinator, Mrs. Henker, in the FJSHS Counseling Office.  
Boys & Girls Club after school program at Florence Jr/Sr High is underway! The Club is open to all 7th-12th graders, after school till 7pm, Monday-Thursday. Register your student for this quality experience: homework help, building positive relationships, leadership opportunities, career exploration, and FUN. Learn more at Cost is $25 for the whole year, and scholarships are available.