September 2021
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Message from Mr. Melendrez

Husky Nation,

I want to reiterate how proud we are of our students as we had a successful opening to the 2021-22 school year. I want to thank all our staff, students, parents, custodians, tech, food services, coaches, transportation, counselors, secretaries and everyone involved in opening the first few weeks of school. Husky Nation came out STRONG and has never stopped working for our community and students. Their hard work, dedication and focus on starting the year off right has given us the opportunity to set our students up for success. Husky Nation doesn’t complain or make excuses, we only provide positive results! 

Our theme this year has been to HEROS WANTED and your RE-2 family has shown up in full force for your children’s education. I’m a proud Principal of a staff, a community and a student body who believes in being solution oriented and setting the highest standard for FJSHS. Thank you for believing in HUSKY PRIDE and striving for greatness. 



Principal Melendrez


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.

CDLS courses are in full swing for all of our Online and Credit Recovery students.  The registration window is open until September 24th and the last day to drop without a financial penalty is October 1.  All Online students and parents/guardians are required to sign the district Online Learning Contract by the drop date or risk being dropped from the program.  If you have not signed your contract yet, please reach out to Mr. Grimes as soon as possible 
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

Reminder of Student Expectations: 
  • Wear, wash and social distance
  • Face masks are recommended but they are not required.
  • Hats-As an incentive, students can wear hats before school and during lunch ONLY (Hats must be taken off during class) 
  • Cell Phones-Jr. High-/Sr. High-No Cell Phones during class
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
Fall Sports are back at Florence JR/Sr high School and it feels soooooo good. Athletes and coaches are hard at work grinding everyday to win the gold and stand on top of the podium at the end of the year. Athletes that are late adds or that have just signed up remember that you cannot start practice or compete in competitions until the office has your current physical paper for the current year, your emergency contact blue card filled out and the sports registration packet filled out. Also remember athletes to be mindful in checking your grades everyday and connecting with your teacher to address failing grades, ensuring you are eligible to compete for competitions.. Huskies take pride not only being elite athletes but also in being intellectual scholars.

Please check our Athletic Facebook page to see the sports competitions we have on tap for the month of September.

Knowledge Bowl
Come join our knowledge bowl team, all students grades 9-12 are welcome to participate. First meet is September 16. 
See Mrs. Wasmuth to join.

Tutoring available after school from 3:30 - 4:30. Students should report to the math department immediately after school. 


Student Council will begin our volunteer work on September 18th for Pioneer Day. We will be serving lunch, so come by and say hi. 
Homecoming week: (September 20-25th) 
Homecoming activities/schedule will be out soon.

The Ag Department is excited to be back! We will be hosting a Welcome Back BBQ on September 15th at 6PM in the Ag Department. We welcome families and FFA members to come for an evening of celebration to the start of the school year. There will be an informational meeting about opportunities available through the FFA and our Ag Booster Club.

September FFA Events: 
9/9 Conduct of Chapter Meetings Written Exam
9/14 Preliminary Presentations for Conduct of Chapter Meetings
9/15 Welcome Back BBQ 
9/18 Pioneer Days Parade
9/22 South West Range Judging 
9/23 BIG Conference 

Welcome back to FJSHS! 
Please visit our page to see some of the art created last spring and previous years. 
Our first Junior HIgh Art Show will be October 13 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. 
Information on art shows and contests can be found on our Facebook page
Howling Husky Pride
High School band practice continues on Tuesdays after school until 5:00 P.M. and Fridays from 8:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. We will not have a rehearsal on Friday, September 10. 

Our High School Band Competition/Football schedule also begins this month:
9/11 Harrison Clinic and Show @Harrison High School. Student call time is 9 A.M.
9/18 Pioneer Day Parade Time TBA
9/24 Home Football game vs. Rocky Ford Time TBA
9/25 Friendship Cup @Fountain Fort-Carson High School Time TBA

Counselor's Corner
Please contact the counseling office if you have any questions 719-784-6414 

Below is a the link for your counselors and general information

Home Grown Talent Initiative
Home Grown Talent Update
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. 

Professional and Internship Community Experience (PaICE) provides Junior and Senior students the opportunity to earn high school credit through internships or work-study. PaICE students spend part of the school day on the job site working closely with professionals to learn the functions of a chosen real-world career interest. Interested students should contact the College and Career Coordinator in the FJSHS Counseling Office. 
Boys & Girls Club after school program at Florence Jr/Sr High will begin Monday, August 30th! 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. 
Schedules for SEPT
High School Sports
Varsity Football
9/4 @ Clear Creek
9/11  Weld central
9/18 Holyoke
9/24 Rocky Ford
Cross Country
Sat, 9/25 @Pueblo Central
Tues,9/28 @Rye
Thu 9/2 Crowley County
Tue 9/7 @Banning Lewis
Thu9/16 @Dolores Huerta
9/21 La Junta
9/23 @Manitou Springs
9/2 Bat Game @ Canon City
TBA (9/10-9/11) Brush Tournament
9/15 @Lewis Palmer
9/16 Wiley DBL
9/21 @Lamar
Tue 9/7 tri-Peaks League Meet #2 @ Pueblo Country Club
Thurs 9/9 Salida Invitational @Salida GC
Middle School Sports
MS Football
Wed 9/1 @Woodland Park
Wed 9/8  @CCMS
MS Cross Country
Thurs 9/2 @Canon City Hosting at Riverwalk
Thurs 9/9 @Woodland Park hosting at Meadow Wood Sports Complex
MS Volleyball
9/1 @CCMS
9/7 vs Salida