Orlando Science High School

Issue 9

Weekly Newsletter - October 11, 2019

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Principal's Corner

Dear Orca Families and Students,

I hope everyone had a great week as we conclude of the first quarter. Report cards will go home on Thursday, October 17th. Orcas, check your progress and make sure you reach your Quarter 1 goals and expectations.

I would like thank each staff member and our parents & students who joined in our annual welcome picnic last weekend. It was a great day and I enjoyed being around you and watching the students having fun! I hope every family enjoyed their time with us.

In honor of Orlando Science Schools Day, which is November 4th as proclaimed by the City of Orlando, we are inviting all parents and students to the 3rd Annual Orlando Science Schools PVO Sponsored Fall Festival on Saturday, November 2nd 2019! Mark your calendar! I hope to see you all there!

Please join me in congratulating Ms. May as "Teacher of the Month for September." Ms. May has dedicated her time to ensure her students make learning gains and she provides a safe learning environment for her students. She is also responsible for promoting the growth of the Arts at our school.

I wish the best to our very own Political Olympiad Team in their upcoming Model UN Conference this weekend at Gulf Coast-7! Good Luck Orcas!

Parents, Breakfast with Principal will take place next week on Friday, October 18th. If you have not had a chance, you can still sign up using the link below.

Wednesday, October 16th is a TPSAT/NMSQT Test Day! I wish the best of luck to all sophomores and juniors on their exam. I have no doubt that they will do great.

Freshman, As your upperclassmen are taking PSAT/NMSQT next week, I encourage you to take PSAT9! It is a great way to start to check where you are in your college readiness journey. Please see the details below and see Mr. Koebe if you have any questions.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend! It's great to be a proud Orca!


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

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Hurrican Dorian Makeup Days-FINAL

The finalized make-up days for Hurricane Dorian are posted below. Please mark your calendars accordingly.

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Fall Festival PVO Morning Meeting

Join us to get the latest fall festival update and how you can help ensure its success. Park in the front of the high school and come up to the 2nd floor office to sign in. We have access to the cafeteria at 7:50 when the students are dismissed at to 1st period. We start at 8:00 am sharp and finish in 30 minutes. You will walk away with a lot of information in a short period of time. Hope to see you there!

Click the link below to RSVP

PSAT/NMSQT Testing for 10th & 11th Graders

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Families of 10th and 11th grade Orcas, all 10th and 11th grade students will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT test on Wednesday, October 16th from 8am-12:30pm. Please mark your calendars and schedule appointments accordingly. See the attached information letter to learn more about what the PSAT/NMSQT testing is and how your child can prepare. Good luck Orcas!

Breakfast with the Principal


Parents, Mr. Yalcin would like to invite you to Breakfast With the Principal. Come enjoy a cup of coffee and some great conversation with your child’s Principal, Mr. Yalcin! This is a good forum to ask questions & give feedback.

Friday, October 18th

Tuesday, November 5th

Tuesday, November 19th

Friday, December 6th

Please use the link below to sign up.

OSS K-12 PINK OUT Day October 22nd

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For the first time ever...all OSS students, staff and families can show your support and school spirit and wear your OSS PINK OUT spirit shirt on Tuesday, October 22nd. Those families who have ordered shirts, they will be delivered to your child's homeroom before October 21st.

Go Orcas!

PSAT 8/9 Testing for 9th graders

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Students in 8th and 9th grade have the option of taking the PSAT 8/9 on December 5th, 2019. See the attached information and registration letter to learn more about what the PSAT testing is, how to register and how your child can prepare. Good luck Orcas!

The deadline to register is October 29th, 2019. Return the attached registration form AND make a payment using the School Pay link below.

Homecoming 2019

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OSHS News 10.11.2019

10-11-2019 OSHS News

3rd annual Fall Festival

Fall Festival Adult Volunteers Needed!

  1. We need YOUR help! The OSS PVO is asking the OSS parents to sign up to volunteer and help at the Fall Festival on Friday, November 1st and Saturday AND/OR November 2nd. On Friday we need help during the day with receiving bake sale items at morning drop off, festival prep and starting at 6:00 pm with building one set up. On Saturday there will be donuts and coffee at 7am and you will receive a volunteer lunch voucher when you check in for your shift. Saturday has two shifts available plus early morning set up. If you are working the 2nd shift, come early to eat before your shift starts, the volunteer lunch room will close at 2:00pm. There is a ½- hour overlap to make sure that the post is not left vacant if the second shift is running late. We would appreciate any additional help for early set up at 7:00 am.
  2. Elementary OSS Parents, we also need coverage for the inflatables and have 4 (1.5 hour) shifts for each grade level. Please consider helping supervising one of those shifts so we can keep the inflatables open all day. These shifts have been added to the Elementary School Adult Volunteer sign up page.
  3. Also please consider donating to our Bake Sale. We are accepting home baked or store bought desserts to compliment our lunch menu. OCPS rules are listed on the sign up page and non perishable donations can be dropped off the Friday morning before.

All the three sign ups can be found on the same Sign Up page. Click on the tab at the top of the page that corresponds with your campus and please sign up for multiple times. The PVO appreciates your support.

Fall Festival Student Volunteer Sign Up Form

OSS High School Students, the PVO needs your help! Come and earn Community Service Hours towards your Bright Future’s Scholarship requirement (100 hours by the time you graduate). Use the link below to sign up and volunteer at the 3rd annual Fall Festival!

Science Fair Weekly Update

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Week 5

This week in Science Fair teachers are collecting necessary paperwork. All of the resources you need can be found at the Science Fair Weekly news page. Good luck Orcas!

Club Corner

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Art club

Students who wish to express themselves in art should consider joining Mrs. Perez's Art Club. They meet on Wednesdays in room 327 during Club Time. Enjoy these creations by some of our Orca Artists!

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College Career Corner

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11th & 12th grade UF Field Trip

Field Trip Information

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019

Destination: University of Florida

Departure from OSS: 8:00 am Arrival at OSS: 3:00pm

Fee: $20 (School Pay Only) https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/UF-College-Field-Trip-for-11th-and-12th-/Sd3i3Hf

Means of Transportation: 54 Person Bus

Dress Code: OSS Dress Down Day

Lunch: On your own at UF Student Union. (Bring $10 min.)

This trip is open to 11th and12th graders ONLY!

Turn in the attached permission slip ASAP, first come, first served!

NEW School Community Service Hours

FLDOE and OCPS are implementing a new Community Service Hours process, along with new required forms and required essays. Please check out this information before you start your community service project.
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OSHS Technology Drive Campus Traffic Map

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30/30 Dismissal Rule

What is Delayed Dismissal? 30/30 Rule?

The “30/30 Rule" is a Delayed Dismissal Weather procedure that the nationally recognized. It is required that the “30/30 Rule” be enacted by the school if thunder is heard within 30 seconds of a lightning strike. Orlando Science Middle/High follows this rule.

When 30/30 Rule is implemented, students will not be dismissed until 30 minutes has passed from the last sound of thunder. However, parents/guardians who wish to pick up their child/children during delayed dismissal, will be allowed to sign out their child/children at the cafeteria or front office.

In order to pick up your student(s) from the cafeteria or front office during this procedure, parents/guardians must bring their dismissal sign to the front door of the school to sign their child/children out. If you do not have a dismissal sign, you will need to provide a picture ID and be on the school pick-up list to pick-up the child/children. Bus riders will be delivered home when conditions are all safe for dismissal.

An automated telephone and/or email message will be used to notify parents/guardians about delayed dismissals. Always be sure to update the school when your phone or email information changes. Thank you for your cooperation on our students’ safety.

OSS Connect Quick Links

Did you know students can access ALL of their academic online resources using Quick Links on the OSS Connect Homepage? Use the blue tab to expand the selection on the right side of the homepage. Here your child can access the OSS online resources all in one place. This is one of the many great features of OSS Connect!

OSS Connect Parent Access

Parents can create an OSS Connect account to view their students' academic progress, attendance, discipline, upcoming events and more. Multiple students can be added under one parent account for an easy access. Each student has a unique "Parent Access Code". Please use this code to add each of your students.

  1. Go to the following URL https://ossconnect.orlandoscience.org/radix/portal/signup/index.php
  2. Enter the parent access code, birthdate of the student this code belongs to, Student ID (if asked) and your relationship to the student.
  3. If the information is correct, you will be redirected to a page where you can see your student's name. If this is your student, click continue, if not, click cancel and contact the school.
  4. After the verification is completed, you will be redirected to registration page. On this page, you will create a new parent account by providing the information requested and selecting a password for your account. Click on "Create my new account" when done.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email that contains a link to click to complete account creation. Once you click on the link in confirmation email, you will be directed to the site and your account will be ready to use.
  6. Once you logged in to the site, you can add another student by clicking on the "Add new student" link located on your dashboard.
Note: Access parent portal via Radix Mobile App on any IOS or Android device. Search for the word "Radix Mobile" on your app store.

Parents: Join the OSS Middle High PVO!

OSS Middle High Parents: Welcome back to school! We have some wonderful events planned to make this year a memorable one for our Orcas. Join us in helping to make these events a huge success and register below. We look forward to working with you!

All OSS volunteers must complete an ADDitions application EVERY YEAR in order to volunteer. Complete or update your application using the link below.

Easy Ways to give back to OSHS!

The BOX TOPS Program is all new for 2019!

BoxTops has a NEW way for schools to earn money from your purchases! See the details below. Thank you for your support of OSS!

Box Tops New App: Scan for your School

OSS is an Amazon Smile School

This is an easy way to help raise money for Orlando Science Schools. Use the link below when shopping from Amazon. 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.

Office Depot & Office Max

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

Important Forms

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Report Card Dates and PTC Days

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Attendance Matters

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

OSHS Handbook

Students and families that have any questions about the 2019-2020 Code of Conduct, Discipline Plan, Reward system and many other OSHS topics should refer to OSHS handbook attached here.

Birthday Dress Down Form

Orcas interested in dressing down for their birthday MUST submit a "Dress Down Day" form (found below) to Ms. Rebel at least two business days prior to the requested dress down date.

Walker/Bus Rider Form

Orcas who walk or take the LYNX Transportation bus service must have a "Walker/Bus Rider" form on file. Return completed forms to Ms. Rebel.

OSHS 2019-2020 Tutoring Schedule

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Free/Reduced Meal Application

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Attention OSS Middle High Families receiving meals for the Free and Reduced Lunch program:

You must complete an application for 2019-2020 school year. If you have not done so, your student's benefits from last year will expire on September 23rd, 2019. It is important to renew your application beforehand so that there is no interruption with your student's meal services. Click the link below to renew your application for 2019-2020.

OSHS September Meal Menu

OSHS Events: Mark your calendars

Fall Festival Morning MEeting

Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 8-8:30am

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

OSHS Cafeteria, 2nd floor


Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 8am-1pm


See the information letter and details at the top of this newsletter.

Teacher Workday-Students No School

Friday, Oct. 18th, 7:30am-3:30pm

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

Students will not have school on this day, it is a rescheduled teacher workday.

OSHS PINK OUT Dress Down Day

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 7:30am-3:30pm


See the details in today's newsletter.

Charity Basketball Tournament

Friday, Oct. 25th, 4-6pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

Hosted by Amnesty International Club

3rd annual OSS Fall Festival

Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 11am-5pm

2611 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

All OSS K-12 families are invited! Click here for the 2019 Fall Festival details: http://www.orlandoscience.org/fall-festival/uncategorised/fall-festival

OSHS Homecoming

Saturday, Nov. 16th, 7-11pm


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