Orlando Science Schools Lynx Campus

Issue 24

February February 15th 2019- Weekly Newsletter

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Dear Orlando Science Families,

Help us spread the word about the opening of our Orlando Science East Campus located near UCF. It will be opening August of 2020 for grades K-6 with the addition of a higher grade each year to include grades K-8 by 2022. Students attending our East Campus will be able to continue at Orlando Science Charter High School which is located on Technology Drive. We would like to welcome our new East Orlando Campus to our Orlando Science family. They will have the same outstanding programs and educational model that we currently have at our existing campuses including:

  • Small class size and individual attention for our students
  • Award-winning academic and extracurricular programs
  • Robotics, Science and Math Olympiad programs
  • State of the art STEM classrooms, labs and media center
  • Dedicated teachers and staff
  • Hands-on learning experiences
  • Full-time Gifted program

Orlando Science Charter School is a tuition-free STEM-focused public charter school. Orlando Science has been rated the #1 school in 2018 and 2019 in Central Florida by Niche. US News also rated Orlando Science Charter High School the best high school in Central Florida.

While our plans are progressing, we would like to ask for your participation by filling in an interest application to help us determine the capacity of each grade level. If you are on the waitlist for one of our current campuses or would like to transfer your children to the east campus, please complete the application form below by February 15th, 2019.


Yalcin Akin, Ph.D

Executive Director

Orlando-Seminole- Osceola

Science Charter Schools

Principal's Message

Dear Families and Students,

As always I hope everyone had another wonderful week! This week's newsletter is filled with many important reminders and fantastic announcements we are excited to share with you .

This is just a reminder that there will be no Saturday Leadership Academy/AP Studies tomorrow Saturday, February 16th, 2019. There will also be no school on Monday, February 18th, 2019 due to the President's Day holiday!

Our Middle School Basketball Team played two tough teams this week, although they may not have won we are so proud of their hard work. Keep it up Orcas!!!

Congratulations to our Middle School History Fair Winners featured in this week's newsletter! We are also pleased to congratulate our OSS MathCounts Teams on winning the Central Florida Chapter. All eleven mathletes placed in the Top 20! This is the fifth year in row OSS wins the competition. Great job orcas for an outstanding victory, we wish you the best of luck at States!

Orcas do not forget to mark your calendars for March 28th, 2019 and join the OSS Lynx Lane Drama Department as they fall down the rabbit hole in "Alice in Wonderland". Stay tuned for more details!

Have a safe and wonderful weekend, and we will see you on Tuesday!


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

Stay in the Know and Follow OSS MH on Social Media!

No saturday Leadership Academy: February 16th 2019

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No School Monday February 18th 2019-President's Day

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Lynx Lane Campus Celebrates Black History Month

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The Lynx Lane Campus is pleased to celebrate "Black History Month"! Each week we will feature one influential African-American who helped shaped our society today! This week we are pleased to feature Coretta Scott King

"Coretta Scott King was an American civil rights activist and the wife of 1960s civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr." "Born in Alabama in 1927, Coretta Scott King met her husband, Martin Luther King Jr., while the two were both students in Boston, Massachusetts. She worked side by side with MLK as he became a leader of the civil rights movement, establishing her own distinguished career as an activist. Following her husband's assassination in 1968, Coretta founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and later successfully lobbied for his birthday to recognized as a federal holiday."

For more information on Coretta Scott King please visit: https://www.biography.com/people/coretta-scott-king-9542067

Orange County Library Events

Celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans to our country. Special events throughout the month include lectures, cultural performances and film screenings. Click below for a detailed schedule.


OSS Middle School basketball

Our OSS ORCAS played their hearts out this week! We may not have won but we are so proud of their hard work and commitment, keep up the great work Orcas!

2018-2019 Lynx Lane Assessment Calendar


Below you will find the 2018-2019 Lynx Lane Assesment Calendar, please keep these dates in mind when planning any upcoming appointments and vacations. It is also important to note that on the following days listed below we will not be holding our regular early release schedule, instead, we will follow our standard release schedule to allow more time for testing.

  • May 1st 2019-7th Grade will be released at 2:48PM & 6th and 8th Grade will be released at 2:52PM
  • May 8th 2019-7th Grade will be released at 2:48PM & 6th and 8th Grade will be released at 2:52PM
  • May 15th 2019-7th Grade will be released at 2:48PM & 6th and 8th Grade will be released at 2:52PM
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OSS MathCounts Team Continues Streak at Central Florida Chapter Competition

Congratulations to the OSS MathCounts Teams on winning the Central Florida Chapter. All eleven mathletes placed in the Top 20! This is the fifth year in row OSS wins the competition. Great job orcas for an outstanding victory, we wish you the best of luck at States!

Omer D., Michelle L., Tarang G., Aaditya N., Jaithra N. , Meghana K., Arnav P., Ishaan D., Joshua O., Hemangi P., and Chhavi P.

2018-2019 OSS Middle School History Fair

On Friday, February 8th, the Social Studies department judged the contestants for the OSS History Fair. All eighth grade, and participating 7th grade, projects were judged from both the Lynx and Technology campuses. The campuses will be hosting History Fair viewings this week for the students during their Social Studies classes. Congratulations to the winners in the following categories:

  • Individual Papers - Leonardo G-M. and Matthew S.
  • Documentary - Preston S.
  • Individual Exhibits - Emmee L. and Bibi Zorah M.
  • Group Exhibits - Yusra H. and Nidhiya J., and Ananya V. and Kayra A.
  • Websites - Dev H. and Riyan A. and Raudy B.

Great job and congratulations, ORCAS!

January Teacher of the Month

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Congratulations to the Lynx Lane January Teacher of the Month, Mr. Murphy! Mr. Murphy was nominated by his fellow colleagues for always being kind, helpful and caring both in and out of the classroom. Congratulations again Mr. Murphy and thank you for all that you do!

January Commendation Winners

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Congratulations to the commendation winners for the month of January. These students went above and beyond and their actions and were recognized by staff members. Congratulations Orcas on a job well done!

Mekhi L., Nathan M., Tanvi C., Nuriye A., Roya I., Yaideliz O., Carringhan S., Ta'Kya N., Michael S., Victoria B., Zain A., Aubrey H., Rylan C., Zarah M., Atreya M., Victoria C., Lillian B., Logan L., Mohamed F., and Kiera A.

10th Annual Education Guide Art Contest Sponsored by Gatorland

Theme: “Protecting Endangered Species”

Eligibility: ALL students K-12th grade (Judging is in 4 groups (K-2, 3-5, Middle and High School)

Deadline: April 8th, 2019

Award Ceremony: Crayola Experience in May 2019

Prizes: $100 for each 1st place winner and $50 for each 2nd place winner

All 40 finalists receive their artwork framed, tickets to Crayola Experience, Gatorland and other prizes.

Submit the completed entry form and drawing to:

Gatorland Art Contest

14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail

Orlando, FL 32837

* Please review the attached sheets for full contest information and guidelines*

Doodle for Google: Due March 8th 2019

Use your imagination to create a Google Doodle based on what inspires you.

How to enter

We're excited to see some amazing doodles this year. Students can work with any materials they want, but all doodles must be entered using the entry form. Parents and teachers can mail us the completed entry form or submit it online as a .png, or .jpg. The contest is open for entries until March 18, 2019 8:00pm Pacific Time (PT), so here's some information to help you get started:

  1. Download or print the entry form.
  2. Doodle:
    Artists create their doodles using any materials they want.
  3. Write:
    1. Doodle description - Write an artist statement to tell us a bit more about what you have drawn and how it represents something that inspires you.
    2. Fill out the rest of the required information and sign the entry form.
  4. Submit:
    1. Enter the contest.
    2. Entry form doodles: If the doodle is created directly on our entry form, you can either upload them to our site as a .jpg or .png (visit the enter tab) or mail them in (address listed on the enter tab).
    3. Detached doodles: If the doodle wasn't created directly on our entry form, take a high res digital photo or scan of the doodle in good lighting and combine it with the entry form.

8th Grade Gradventure Consent Form and Guidelines

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2019 OSS 8th Grade Graduation Details

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Pizza Day Returns Beginning Thursday Feb.14th 2019

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We are excited to announce that Pizza Day will return beginning next Thursday, February 14th, 2019 and continue each Thursday until the end of the year. The cost is $2 for one slice of pizza or $5 for two slices of pizza and drink. Students may purchase their pizza/combos during lunch.

mark Your Calendars: March 28th 2019

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The OCLS has partnered with OSS Middle/High to provide free Virtual Library Cards (VLC) to all students. There are many wonderful online resources students can use from any computer with their credentials. Check out the website www.ocls.info and go to Research and Learning to explore all the learning opportunities the library offers. Use the credentials listed in the picture above to log in and enjoy!

Attention: Lynx Lane ADDitions Volunteers

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2018-2019 Lynx Lane Birthday Dress Down Form

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Orcas this is just a reminder that students interested in dressing down for their birthday must submit a "Birthday Dress Down Day" form found below two days prior to their birthday dress down day request. If a form is submitted less than the two days or is not submitted they will be considered out of dress code and they will not be approved to dress down.

2018-2019 OSS Middle & High Yearbook Now on Sale! Order before Price Increase February 4th 2019

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3rd Annual PVO Sponsored Fall Festival Fundraiser- Saturday, November 2nd 2019

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The OSS PVO Committee representing the

Elementary, Middle, Junior High, and High School

are holding their Third Annual Fall Festival to raise funds for our schools!

Annual OSS Fall Festival Fundraiser will be held on

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Something for everyone, from toddler to adult with Inflatable houses, jousting, and slide; Games; Food; Bake sales; Silent auction; Raffles; Vendors; Health Fair

TIME: 11am – 5pm

LOCATION: OSS Elementary and Middle School

2611 Technology Dr. Orlando, FL. 32804

PARKING: Free parking at Magic Mall with shuttle service to the school. $5 Preferred Parking at the Technology elementary and high school parking lot

This is where we need your help! We have various sponsorships at all levels available to fill. If you would like to be a business sponsor, individual sponsor, or know of a business that would be willing to be a sponsor, please contact us.

We are working diligently to fill all the spots.

With your help, we can reach this year’s goal to increase our profits!

Please feel free to contact our PVO Committee below for more information on sponsorship levels, to submit a sponsor referral, or if you would like to become involved with the PVO committee. Our kids are this country’s future; please help us support our school’s needs by supporting the efforts of the OSS PVO committee.


Visit our webpage for one stop shop for festival information:


rsvp TO THE mARCH 27TH 2019 pvo mEETING

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Important Lynx Lane Questions and Answers

How do I purchase a replacement Agenda?

Lynx Lane Orcas who are in need of a replacement agenda may purchase one using the link below. Once you purchase the agenda please email a copy of your SchoolPay receipt to Mrs. Caggiano.


Whom should I contact if my student was or will be absent ?

Attendance is a key to the success of your student's learning. If you have any attendance concerns such as daily absences, upcoming absences, extended absences or questions please contact Mrs. Caggiano.

What do I need to do if my student is a bus rider or walker ?

Orcas who walk or take the Lynx Bus transportation must have "Walker/Bus Rider" form on file. If you need form you may find it below. Students must sign out at the front office before leaving school each day.

How do I contact My Student's Teachers ?

Here at OSS, email is the best way to reach your student's teachers with any questions or concenrs. All OSS Staff Emails maybe found on the staff directory tab on your student's OSS Dashboard.

Where can I find the 2018-2019 Dress Code?

The 2018-2019 Dress Code can be found in the link below, beginning on page 29.


Can I make payments with Cash?

Please be advised for the 2018-2019 School Year we will NO LONGER BE ACCEPTING CASH as a form of payment. We will continue to accept checks, credit cards, and SCHOOL PAY. Thank you for your understanding.

What do I need to do to Volunteer at the OSS Lynx Lane Campus and or attend OSS Field Trips?

Orlando Science Families interested in volunteering at the OSS Lynx Lane Campus during the 2018-2019 School Year must be ADDitions approved. Below you will find the link to apply for ADDitions for the 2018-2019 School Year.


How do I join the OSS PVO(Parent Volunteer Organization) Team?

The OSS PVO Team is accepting new members all year long! Membership is $25 per family for returning families and $30 for new families, your membership dues go directly back into the school to provide items and supplies for our teachers. We are also asking that PVO members work with specific committees (School Improvement, Fundraising, Volunteer Work, Teacher Appreciation, Events, Etc.) Please utilize the SCHOOL PAY link below to pay your dues.

If you have questions, comments, or requests, you may email OSS.PVO@orlandoscience.org . A formal PVO committee, including president and vice-president, will be announced at the end of the first quarter of the 2018-2019 School Year. PVO will hold bi-monthly meetings that will inform parents of progress, agendas, and upcoming events.

Thank you for all of your help and support as we look forward to a great year.

When are Progress Reports/Report Cards Released ?

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Amazon Smile and Office Depot's Give Back to Schools

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Orlando Science Families, great news! If you shop on Amazon or Office Depot then you may eligible to support Orlando Science Schools! Below you will find information on both of these wonderful organizations and their links. Happy shopping!


AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Orlando Science Schools via Discovery Education Services, Inc. whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.


OfficeDepot Gives Back

Office Depot provides the school with 5% back in credits for FREE supplies when you make a purchase of qualifying school supplies. Simply provide the school ID at checkout.

OSES School Code: 70228302

OSS School Code: 70218341


Orlando Science Lynx Lane STEM Corner

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Stem Occupation of the Week: Solar Energy Systems Engineers

Solar Energy Systems Engineers: Evaluate and analyze sites for solar energy systems, such as solar roof panels or water heaters.

Source: https://careerwise.minnstate.edu/careers/careerDetail?oc=17219911&title=Solar%20Energy%20Systems%20Engineers

Stem Vocabulary of the Week: Expository Text

Expository Text- A text structure designed to convey information and/or explain


Birthday Dress Down Information and Form!

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Students interested in dressing down for their birthday must submit a "Birthday Dress Down Day" form found below two days prior to their birthday. If a form is not submitted they will be considered out of dress code.

Dress Down Day Request Form

February Birthdays

Pranav B., Lorde L., Atreya M., Carlos M., Adam S., Ahmad A., Kentish A., Evan A., Diya B., Ethan B-Y., Aydin B., Alexander H-B., Dylan C., Kendall C., Kierstyn C., Maki' C., Sophia D.,

Andre E., Anya E., Mariel G- C., Nathan J., Summer K., Alexander M., Arlin N., Brady N., Merian R., William S., Ruhi S., Shemariah T., Tyler W., Angelina W., Eiram A-C., Isma F., Rodolfo G-P., Nidhiya J., Omer K., Sakshi K-P., Sidharrth S., and Jaire W.

Middle/High Charter Lunch Menu-February

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Orcas Apply For Free/Reduced Meals Today!

Orcas, we ask that you take a moment and fill out the OCPS Free/Reduced Meal Application today! To fill out the application simply click the START FRESH photo above or click the link below. For more details regarding the application please select the appropriate link below.

Important LOST AND FOUND CLEAN OUT Information

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2018-2019 Lynx Lane Tutoring Schedule

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Check out Orlando Science Technology Drive Campuses Newsletters!

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FortifyFL app is now Available

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OSS Families: See the important message below regarding FortifyFlorida.

We are pleased to announce that the FortifyFL app is LIVE. Now, any student, educator, parent or member of the public can report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators anonymously and easily through the FortifyFL app or www.getfortifyfl.com. The Florida Legislature directed this tool’s development in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.

The app, which is available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices, is critical to ensuring all Florida schools are safe environments where students and educators can experience and share the joy of learning without fear.

We hope that you will become familiar with this tool and help us spread the word about it with your students and their families. Please note that the official app’s logo will look exactly as it does in the graphic above.


Pam Bondi and Pam Stewart

Attorney General and Commissioner of Education

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Mu Alpha Theta February Regional

Saturday, Feb. 16th, 8am

1900 Omaha Street

Palm Harbor, FL

No School-President's Day

Monday, Feb. 18th, 7:30am

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

MS Basketball Game VS Passport at FLOC

Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 5pm

3000 C.R. Smith ST, Orlado FL 32805

3rd Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Night

Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 4-6pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

3rd Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Night

Thursday, Feb. 21st, 4:30-6:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

MS Basketball Game VS Goldenrod at FLOC

Monday, Feb. 25th, 5pm

3000 C.R. Smith Street

Orlando, FL

MS Basketball Game VS Hunter's Creek at FLOC

Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 5pm

3000 C.R Smith ST, Orlando FL 32805

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