October 2021
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Message from Mr. Melendrez

Husky Nation,

As the leaves and weather change, I couldn't be prouder of the colorful start to the school year for FJSHS. We saw many beginning of the year activities and events go off in Husky Nation style. We had celebrations all over the place and if you haven't witnessed them, just visit our Facebook pages to see your Junior High and High School students representing their school with Pride and Spirit. Please take a look at this installment of Husky Nation News and please review our calendar for upcoming events  

Reminder that our 1st Parent Teacher Conference of the year is on Thursday and Friday, October 21st and 22nd. All of our conferences will be set up in the Pods or outside teacher's rooms. Please wash/sanitize and social distance as you are in these areas. Each teacher will have their own table with chairs. Teachers should discuss their student’s grades, progress and behavior in class. Please pay particular attention to the gradebook in IC before meeting with teachers.
October 21st-4:30-8:00pm
7th-12th Grades

October 22nd-7:30am-11:30am 
Open to 7th- 12th Grade


Principal Melendrez-GO Huskies!!!


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.

The deadline for full-time CDLS students to turn in their signed contract was October 1st. This was also the date to drop CDLS classes without the penalty of incurring the cost of $150 per class. If a full-time student drops or fails a class after this date, the cost will become their responsibility. In addition, any full-time student who is failing multiple classes as of October 1st will be dropped from the program and need to come back to in-person learning. Please contact Mr. Grimes with any questions.
From the Office
Student Hours: 7:15am-3:25pm
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 - 7:10
School Day – 7:15-3:25
Buses leave FJSHS by 3:35
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 nearing the home stretch for the end of our fall sports. I have seen some amazing work and growth from our student athletes and coaches. Here are a few important things to remember.
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.
Boys JR High Basketball
Sign ups for Jr High Boys basketball have been posted in the admin office. Students if they have not already done so should ensure they have the sports packet filled out along with their blue emergency contact card and have a current physical for this year. The first practice will be October 11th with the first game occurring on October 16th.

Knowledge Bowl
Come join our knowledge bowl team! All students grades 9-12 are welcome to participate. Our next meet is October 21. We need three more members to field two teams. 
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
Student Council will have their Annual food drive which will begin November 1st.

Jr. High Fall fest week will be Oct 25th- 28th with the JH Dance on Thursday October 28th 6-8.

The FFA is excited to be back to normal and keeping very busy! Some highlights this month are our parade Float at the Apple Day Parade, a spooky chapter meeting and attending the FFA National Convention. All dates and details are below.

Oct FFA Dates: 

Saturday, October 2 Apple Day Parade
Wednesday, October 20 Chapter Meeting @ 6PM
October 27-30 FFA National Convention

If you need some Florence FFA Gear, our online store is open through Oct 11th:
The Independent Art Portfolio class had a lot of fun working in town painting the windows of several of the shops for Homecoming. We are hopeful that the shops will continue to request that the Art department create work for them.

Please attend the Jr. High Art show on October 13 from 6 - 7:30pm and see some of the artwork that our 7th and 8th graders are creating.

Howling Husky Pride
The high school band is in full swing with its competitive season! We are still rehearsing Tuesdays after school until 5:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Here is the High School Band Schedule:
Saturday, October 2 Apple Day Parade
Tuesday, October 9 Douglas County Marching Invitational
Monday, October 11 Pueblo Marching Showcase
Saturday, October 16 Harrison Marching Festival 
Wednesday, October 20 CBA Southern Colorado Regional 
Friday, October 29 Home Football Game vs. CSCS
Saturday, October 30 Fremont County State Send Off Show
Monday, November 1 Marching Band State Finals

The 8th Grade Band will be performing in the Apple Day Parade Saturday, October 2.

Our Jazz Bands will also be having a concert Tuesday, October 12. This will consist of our Beginning Jazz Band, Intermediate Jazz Band, and Advanced Jazz Band. This concert will be held in the Auditorium at FJSHS. Times TBA.
Counselor's Corner
!!Attention Concurrent Credit Students!!
The drop deadline for PCC Friday classes and dual credit classes is Monday Oct 04!! Contact counselor Mr. Dave Mamich if you have a concern about your student. 

FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) Parent Night for Seniors and their parents- October 13 5:30- 7:00 p.m.
The evening is set up to help parents of seniors and their students to begin the FAFSA application process which is recommended for most college, technical/vocational education, and scholarship applications. Information will also be presented to help parents identify potential scholarship opportunities for post secondary education. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. There will be an additional meeting date of Nov. 10th so mark your calendars!

Free College Application Days!- Seniors October 19- 21
Students will have the opportunity to apply to Colorado public universities, colleges, and community colleges free of charge on these days which will eliminate the application fee! 
Seniors will have a scheduled day in school to complete applications. ASK YOUR STUDENTS WHERE THEY APPLIED.
PSAT NMSQT (Pre Scholastic Aptitude Test National Merit Qualifying Test)- Oct 26th for Juniors
This voluntary test will afford sophomore and junior students the opportunity to try and qualify for the College Board National Merit scholarship. If your student is interested, please call the counseling office for more information. Sign up in the counseling office is open until Thursday, October 21st. The number of tests given will be limited.

ASVAB Testing- Nov. 4th- Juniors and 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.  

Visit the Counseling Office during Parent Teacher Conferences!
Senior Parents who have questions about graduation requirements; Junior Parents who have questions about upcoming senior year, Sophomore and Freshman parents who may have questions about academic achievements. We look forward to helping your students thrive!

Welcome Mrs Henker!
Our new College & Career Teacher/Counselor, Mrs.Henker, is jumping right in and continuing to build connections with students and the community. Mrs.Henker is a former agriculture teacher with experience working in the agriculture production industry as well. In her role here she is overseeing PaICE internships and work-study placements. She will also be working with seniors on college and career preparation. She is available to help all students with any college and career related help such as writing resumes and cover letters, scholarship applications, college applications, etc.
Home Grown Talent Initiative
Home Grown Talent Update
Our new College & Career Teacher, Mrs.Henker, is jumping right in and continuing to build connections with students and the community. As part of HTI, we are working with a group of seniors on the Principal’s Advisory Committee (PAC) to gather student input on how we can better serve our students. We will also be participating in Rural Philanthropy days where they will be highlighting HTI in Fremont County. 
Welcome back to another exciting year! We are entering our third year of the Homegrown Talent Initiative whereby families, schools, businesses, and higher education come together to support student passions and community engagement. Our academic and career and technical education pathways are stronger than ever. We have over 20 students enrolled in Friday Courses at PCC and are currently registering students for college credit in our Concurrent Enrollment courses. PaICE, our student internship and work study program, is off and running and provides students with an opportunity to experience work based learning in a career of their choice. Perhaps most exciting of all, we will welcome a new College and Career Coordinator to our team after Labor Day. If you or your student is interested in any of these opportunities please have them contact their counselor or our new team member. 
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.