Orlando Science Middle High

Issue 305

Weekly Newsletter-March 30th 2018

Mission Statement

“The mission of Orlando Science Middle/High Charter School is to provide students with

a well-rounded education with special emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering,

Mathematics (STEM) and Reading in the light of research based, proven and innovative instructional methods in a stimulating environment.”

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the fourth and final quarter of the 2017-2018 School Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break and we are ready to finish the year off strong.

Over the break, we had many exciting events that our Academic Teams participated in and I cannot wait to share them with you. Our FRC Robotics Team, Clockwork Mania Team 4013 received the "Chairman's Award" at the Smoky Mountain Super Regional Competition, we wish them the best of luck at Worlds!

Our Central Florida Champion team has participated in Nation’s one of the most competitive State MathCounts Finals and placed among the best top 10 Teams! They received 6th place overall at the Finals and brought their unique Triangular Math counts trophy at home! Congratulations to Omer (6th), Arielle (6th), Ritam (8th), Tanvi (8th), Ahad (8th) and coach Mr. Akyalcin and teachers for preparing the students to these challenging competition.This is an incredible achievement and we are so proud of their hard work!

Our award-winning Science Olympiad Team brought two trophies from the State Finals this year! We are very excited that this year both of our Div-B (Middle) and Div-C (High) teams placed the Top 3 at the State Finals! I would like to congratulate these young teams on their outstanding performance! I would also like to thank their coaches and parents for all they have done for Science Olympiad!

We are also pleased to announce our FBLA Team attended the FBLA State Convention! This newly formed academic team has come along way in a short period of time, and we could not be prouder of everything they have accomplished.

Orlando Science CMP Students had the chance to attend a CMP Spring Break Cabin Camp at Lake Louisa. They participated in team building events and learned new SAT/ACT skills and even went outdoor sports.

We would like to remind everyone that tomorrow is the last day to submit a "2018-2019 High School Course Request Form" and today is the last day to order/purchase a "2017-2018 Yearbook", both links may be found below.

Orcas, we would like to invite everyone to attend the NHS/NJHS "All You Can Eat Pancake Waffle Breakfast" being held tomorrow, our PVO will also be holding a "Gently Used Uniform Sale" during the time frame of 8:00-11: 00 AM.

As always, I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful weekend!

Go Orcas, Strive for Excellence!


Abdulaziz Yalcin

Orlando Science
Middle/High School

Orlando Science to follow Regular Early Release Schedule During Testing Season

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Attention Orlando Science Families!

Although we typically follow the OCPS Schedule, we will still have our regular Early Dismissal Schedule every Wednesday.
Students in Grades 7th and 8th will be released at their normal Wednesday time of 1:44 PM and students in grades in 9th and 12th will be released 1:48 PM.

STEM Certification Parent Letter

Dear Orlando Science Family,

We are excited to announce that Orlando Science Middle/High School will be visited by an external review team from AdvancED on May 20th through May 22nd. This two-day process will focus on 11 STEM Indicators as the school is seeking to receive certification as a STEM school.

A team of visiting professionals representing the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (CASI) will evaluate our adherence to the 11 AdvancED STEM Indicators.

The duties of the team will include observing and reviewing routine functions and operations of our school, reviewing the 11 STEM indicators’ artifacts and meeting with groups of stakeholders (students, parent/community members, faculty, staff, and administrators).

We are excited to show our successful practices in STEM education to the review team. We also look forward to receiving their professional feedback regarding the areas of improvement as part of our growth in STEM education.

Abdulaziz Yalcin, Principal
Orlando Science Schools – Middle/High
2427 Lynx Ln Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: (407) 253-7304
Fax : (407) 253 7305

STEM CERTIFICATION: An overview of the STEM Standard and Indicators

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2017-2018 Assessment Calendar

The 2017-2018 Assessment Calendar is a wonderful resource for our upcoming Testing Season. Please select the button below labeled "2017-2018 Assessment Calendar" below to see this year's calendar, or select the PDF for download.

2018-2019 High School Course Request Information and Form

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Orcas below you will find the "2018-2019 High School Course Requests Form" for students to complete to select courses for the 2018-2019 school year. Take time to carefully select possible courses in the order of preference. Due to class size restrictions, prerequisites and your academic readiness, you may not be assigned the classes you requested. Sometimes, your last choice is the only option that will work when creating a schedule. However, we will try our best to accommodate your requests.

All final placement decisions will be made by the administration after reviewing students' end of year grades and test scores. If you are not satisfied with your schedule or have different needs, please do not hesitate to email Mr. I until the end of first two weeks of the school year.

Deadline to complete the course request form is 3/31/2018.

Below is the link complete your choices:


For detailed course description please visit http://www.cpalms.org/Public/search/Course

For information about the AP classes please visit https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse

Message from The OSS School Counselor Ms. Bumgarner

A Message from the Counselor

Greetings All!

As a school counselor, I receive many e-mails/calls from parents wanting to know what they can do to help their child succeed. Here are a few basic tips!


Expect your child to succeed, and their chances for success improve greatly. Expect them to come up short, and the odds are that they will. Children are very aware of how their parents view them, and they often tailor their actions to those views. Communicate your expectations and your rationale behind them to your child. It’s important to base your expectations on your child, not yourself. Remember each child is an individual who has strengths and weaknesses like all individuals.


Create a suitable environment for homework. Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to study. If you do not have internet access at home, please inform the school, they can help brainstorm about ways to get around this roadblock. Create, with your child, a daily schedule. They should study or do homework every day (except for special family events, of course) no more than two hours per day. Be available during homework time to look over homework and give suggestions, but never do your child’s homework for them. Be interested and have them teach you something. Teaching someone else a concept is one of the best ways to learn!


Academic success is important when it comes to our children. However, teaching our kids how to balance their individual well-being while succeeding academically is also an important skill. This skill of balancing wellness and work is one that can carry them forward into their adult lives. Kids have very little control over their lives. Please don’t pack their schedules full of after school activities without their knowledge. Children of every age need time to relax, play, workout, and take a brain break after their very rigorous school day. Together, choose a couple of activities per week that help them follow their passions or interests. Make sure it fits in your schedule and that you still have time to do schoolwork and enjoy family time.

Lastly, attitude is everything! Consider your attitude about learning new concepts or following directions at your place of work. Keep in mind, children hear everything, and they learn from you daily!

If you have any questions or if you would like to make an appointment to meet with me, feel free to email me.


Ms. B

OSS Parent Workshop

Mark your calendars for Thursday April 19th 2018 there will be an OSS Parent Workshop covering the topic


The workshop will be presented by Ms. Bumgarner the OSS School Counselor, please see the flyer below for more information. If you are interested in attending please RSVP using the link below, space is limited!


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Orlando Science Olympiad Team Places in Top 3 at State Tournament

The OSS award winning Science Olympiad Teams brought home two trophies from the State Finals this year! We are very excited for both of our Div-B (Middle) and Div-C (High) teams. They placed in the Top 3 teams at the State Tournament at UCF! Both our middle school and high school teams are new this year and have a bright future ahead of them. Their performance was outstanding among their more experienced peers. These young, new and strong groups are looking forward to the next year’s State Finals already! They will challenge themselves in hopes of getting first place trophies next year!! Way to Go!!! Congratulations to all students on our middle and high school teams, their event coaches and head coach Mr. Demir and Ms. Palmer for preparing the team! Keep up the great work!

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Central Florida MathCounts Competition Team Places in Top 10 in the Nation

Our Central Florida MathCounts Champion team has participated in one of the nation’s most competitive state MathCounts finals and placed among the best top 10 Teams! They received 6th place overall at the finals and brought home another nice trophy! Congratulations to Omer (6th), Arielle (6th), Ritam (8th), Tanvi (8th), Ahad (8th) and coaches and teachers for preparing the students for these challenging competitions.

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OSS FRC Team Earns Regional Chairman Award at Super Regional

As our FRC team is preparing for the upcoming World Championship tournament, they participated in their last Super Regional at Smoky Mountains Regional in Tennessee during spring break! Our Team 4013-Clockwork Mania once again earned the Regional Chairman Award which is a qualifying award for the World Championship in April! Congratulations to all team members and coach Ms. Barea for this achievement! We wish you good luck at the World Championship!

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CMP Spring Break Camp

On the first weekend of Spring Break, OSS students and mentors traveled to Lake Louisa State Park for their annual CMP (College Mentorship Program) camping trip. The trip was a huge success and consisted of many team building activities (egg toss, volleyball, canoeing, hiking, etc) and SAT/ACT study sessions. The students and mentors explored the outdoors and made use of the cabins for SAT and ACT preparation over a 4 day period. With the help of many teachers, administrators, and mentors the experience was an enjoyable learning experience. We look forward to many more successful trips in the future.

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FBLA Competes Attends FBLA State Convention

Our newly formed Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) team had an opportunity to participate in the State Convention last week! They were able to vote and establish communication between the other FBLA Districts and share best practices for their counties. More than 4,000 students participated to this huge organization. I would like to congratulate Ms. Perez and her students for taking this challenge and initiative! Next year, they will be focusing on taking a more active role in district -15 (as one of our student is Vice –President) to organize events with local business and bring opportunities for the students!

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Class of 2018 Graduation Details

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Senior(12th Grade) Graduation Details


Orlando Repertory Theater

1001 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803

Wednesday May 30th 2018

Begins at 6:00PM

Please have your Seniors check their REMIND account for important information or contact Mr. Jenkins if you have any questions.

8th Grade Graduation Cap/Gown and Graduation Details

Event Details and Cap and Gown Ordering


Majestic Event Center

801 N. John Young Pkwy, Orlando FL 32804

Thursday May 24, 2018



• Students must arrive to Majestic Event Center from 5:15PM – 5:30PM.

• Parents and guests will begin seating at 5:15PM.

• Proper dress code is required; dress code handout will be provided

Cap and Gown Ordering Information:

1. Order: Cap and gown order and size selection must be placed online using this link: http://pages.graduationsource.com/portal-orlando-science/

2. Payment: Payment for cap and gown is $26 per student and must be paid directly to OSS via School Pay using this link: https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/th-Grade-Graduation-Cap-and-Gown/IdFWb

3. Deadline: Cap and Gowns must be ordered and paid for no later than April 5, 2018; they will arrive on May 17, 2018.


Kona Ice will be on campus next Friday April 6th 2018! Students will have the opportunity to order a Kona Ice on April 6th 2018 and a portion of the sales will be donated to our Relay for Life team!

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STEM EXPO at Barnes and Nobels

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On Thursday, April 5th from 5-8 PM, our middle school is having a STEM Expo at Barnes and Noble on Colonial. We will have tables that clubs, classes, and students, can be at to have an activity for the public. We are also recognizing Science Olympiad, Math teams, Robotics teams, STEM-themed clubs, Science Fair, Geography Bee, History Bee, STEM Art, STEM competitions, and anything else related to STEM. There will be a spot for pictures for parents and their child with coaches and teachers. There will be a drawing for a STEM-themed gift bag. There will be a recommended table for wish list items for the school as well as recommended purchases for parents. It is also a way to raise money for STEM items at our school since it is also a book fair. Anything we buy in the shop or at the Starbucks there helps our school. Last time, we purchased Ozobots for the school. THIS is how we are celebrating STEM this year. This is an important dress up event. EVERYONE is welcome and everyone is encouraged to shop, drink coffee, and enter for a chance to win the gift bag! I need volunteers to help with this event too. Please let Mrs. Trujillo know if you are willing to help.”

Week of the Family Essay Contest

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Above you will find details for the "Week of the Family" Kindness Essay Contest, you may also find the PDF below. This is a wonderful opportunity for our Orcas to show why they should practice "Kindness". All entries must be submitted to weekofthefamily.org . Good luck Orcas!

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STEM Word of the Day

This week Orlando Science Middle High rolled out a new addition to our Morning Announcements! Each day our Orcas will be given a "STEM Word of the Day" and at the end of each week students may submit a list of the words given to be entered to win a free dress down day! Students will also be able to submit their own words that may be used! Below you will find this week's "STEM Words of the Day":


Agriculture which meansThe raising of crops and animals for food, feed, fiber, fuel, or other useful products."


Manufacturing - The process of making a raw material into a finished product; especially in large quantities


Engineering - Using technological and scientific knowledge to solve practical problems.

STEM Fact of the Week

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In five years, California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Illinois will be the leaders in creating the most STEM jobs.

STEM Occupation of the Week

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Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

Cartographers and Photogrammetrists collect and analyze and interpret geographic information to study and prepare maps. This occupations typically requires a bachelor's degree and typical job tasks include operating computer systems, gathering physical survey data, analyzing physical survey or geographic data and much more.

Orlando Science MH Spring Production

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Orlando Science Middle High Drama Department

would like to invite you to our spring production of

Disney's Beauty and the Beast at Dr Phillips Center. April 29th at 3:00 pm

Drama Club is accepting donations for their upcoming Spring Production of

Disney's Beauty and the Beast. You can donate $12,$15,$20 or more per person.

After your donation you will receive an Invitation card .


Beauty and the Beast Production


Minimun $12 per donation and capacity 270

Pokemon and Yu-gi-Oh Card Game Day

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On March 28, Anime Club organized 'Pokemon & Yu-Gi-Oh Card Game Day'. Students had a chance to play with different groups. It was an enjoyable experience for students to build teamwork abilities with their favorite games. Anime Club wants to see you there next time.

Last Day to Order a 2017-2018 Orlando Science Middle High Yearbooks

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The 2017-2018 Orlando Science Middle High Yearbooks are still on sale for $30.00 and ordering is easy! Just select the link below and follow the steps, you will not want to miss out on this wonderful memorabilia!

The LAST DAY to purchase a 2017-2018 Yearbook is TODAY March 30th 2018, there will not additional yearbooks ordered!


OSS Chess Tournament

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OSS Chess Club is set to host our 2nd Chess Tournament on April 7 2018.

Please send e-mail our Chess Club leader, Vidit P.

to register: oss.chessclubleader@gmail.com. If you have any questions or concerns, please see Ms. Nef.

Orlando Science Middle High Home Visits

Dear OSS Parents and Guardians ,

We like to find ways to communicate with parents to support our mutual involvement in your child’s education. As part of OSS tradition, we are organizing home visits as a way to reach out to our families and get to know them better. We would like to set up a time for a few of your students teachers to have a brief 20-30 minute home visit. Home visits are an effective way to establish positive contact and communication with families. They are not a replacement for parent-teacher conferences, but are a process through which teachers demonstrate their support for students’ families by visiting the home environment where the family feels comfortable. Home visits originate from a sincere desire to assist and work with families. We will be glad to visit you and your child at a convenient time. If you would like to host a home visit, please select one of the days below. We will be organizing quarterly home visits. If you are not available during first quarter, you always can choose a day later on in the school year. We look forward to visiting you!

Sincerely, Orlando Science Schools Teachers and Staff

Click Here to Sign Up for a Home Visit Today

Please select the button above if you would like to schedule a Home Visit for the Month of April.

Orlando Science Junior/Senior Prom

Orlando Science

Junior/Senior Prom

Mark your calendars! Prom will be held on

Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 7 – 11pm once again at the beautiful Tanner Hall,

29 W Garden Ave, Winter Garden, FL 34787

This year’s theme that won is A Night in Paris. Think pink/black/silver and the Eiffel Tower!

The price will remain the same, $30 per person and include a full course meal with two options to accommodate everyone’s dietary needs.

Tickets are now on sale via the SchoolPay link below:


Anyone who would like to help with the décor please contact OSS.PVO@orlandoscience.org

Pizza Day Has Returned!

We are pleased to announce that Pizza Day has returned! Every Thursday students may purchase ether one slice of Papa Johns Pizza for $2 or a combo which includes two slices of Papa Johns Pizza and drink for $5.

Happy Birthday March Orcas!

Luca B., James B., Alexander D., Emily D., Sana I., Aariz R., Trinity T-R., Adrian T., Thomas W., Kaitlyn O., Emmee L., Elijah L., Sean W., Nishi A., Salma H.,Joel R., Serena S., Jason C., Jordan C., Lorenzo M., Alvin N., Rebecca P., Giancarlo R., Kalleah T., Mark E., Cathy S., Abhi D., Yasmeen H., Nia J., Justin L., Seejah S., Justin Y.

2017-2018 Birthday Dress Down Day Request Form

Students who would like to dress down for their birthday must submit the request form found below two days prior to the desired day. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Sturm.

2nd Annual PVO Sponsored Fall Festival

OSS is pleased to announce that the date has been set for the 2nd Annual PVO Sponsored Fall Festival. Please select the link below for more information and details.


NHS/NJHS Presents All You Can Eat Pancake and Waffle Breakfast

NHS/NJHS will be hosting an "All You Can Eat Pancake and Waffle Breakfast" on Saturday March 31st and April 21st 2018 from 8:00-10:00PM. The cost is $5 per person and all proceeds will go towards the 2018 Relay for Life Event! In order to make this event a great success for our Relay for Life Fundraiser, we are asking for items to be donated for this event. Please see the link below for items needed, thank you for your support!


Tutoring Schedule

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April Hot Charter Breakfast and Lunch Menu

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OCPS Meal Benefits Program

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Upcoming OSS MH Events

Below you will find upcoming OSS Middle High Events,for the full OSS Middle High Calendar please select the link below.


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Gently Used Uniform sale

Saturday, March 31st, 8-10am

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

The Orlando Science Middle High will be hosting a "Gently Used Uniform" sale on Saturday March 31st 2018 from 8:00AM-11:00AM. Please be advised ONLY cash or check will be accepted as form of payment.

4th Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Nights

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4th Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Nights are scheduled for Wednesday May 2nd 2018(4:00-6:00PM) and Thursday May 3rd 2018(4:30-6:30PM).

Sign Ups will begin at 7PM on Sunday April 22nd 2018, the link to sign up will be provided in the April 6th 2018 Newsletter.

Newsletter Trivia

Fill out the Google Form below, to be entered to win a Dress Down Day The deadline to submit your answers will be Wednesday April 4th 2018.

Congratulations to last week's winners, Mr.Jenkins and Mrs. Foley

*Note: This is only valid for Lynx Lane Students and Staff

Thank you to our Sponsors.

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