Technology Campus Chronicle

Vol. 2 No. 8

Principal's Corner

The Week Ending 10-5-18

Dear OSS Technology Campus Families,

Thank you for another great week here at OSS!

Orlando Science Middle-High was just ranked as the number one high school in Central Florida, by the Orlando Business Journal. Congratulations to everyone at Orlando Science Schools.

The fall festival is Saturday October 20th. Please come join us for a day of food, games, and fun. All students in attendance will receive five dress down day passes. Tickets will be on sale soon.

The deadline for the STEM art contest is October 12th. Please see Ms. Martinez for additional information.

Do you want to show off your coding skills to BrainPOP? You have that chance with the Hispanic Heritage Creative Coding Contest. Between now and October 15th, you may submit a BrainPOP Creative Coding project celebrating Hispanic heritage. The winning submissions will be sent to BrainPOP!

Thank you to everyone who donated to the emergency disaster relief drive. We received many toothbrushes, blankets, canned goods, nonperishable foods, paper towels, Ziploc bags, hygiene items, etc. All of these items will be driven up to the Carolinas' tonight.

"One of the great secrets in life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others". - Lewis Carroll


Michael Singleton

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Important Fall Festival Information

Please begin to collect small, new, and unused toys and trinkets for our Treasure Chest tent at the Fall Festival. These prizes are for the 2 free game tents the children play to collect tickets and then redeem them for prizes at the Treasure Chest tent. Donation boxes like the one above will be located at the front offices to drop off your donations.
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Please Read

Fall festival Silent Auction Basket Contest:

The top 3 classes that donate the most will win 2 dress down passes and donut party with juice!!! The deadline for items to be in has been extended to Friday October 12th. Please bring items to each front desk or your students classroom teacher.

The silent auction baskets theme are as follows:

Kindergarten: Hurricane Readiness Suggested items: flashlights, batteries, mosquito nets, waters, first aid kits, etc.

1st grade: Pamper Yourself Suggested items: Bubble bath, bath salts, towels, candles, a CD of meditative music, gift card to a local salon and/or for a massage, lotions, etc.

2nd grade: Legos Suggested items: Lego’s for different ages, Lego people, Lego books, Lego room decorations, Lego DVDs, etc.

3rd: Sweet treats Suggested items: candies, chocolate, snacks, chips, etc.

4th grade: Fun with Science Suggested items: Tickets to science museum, science games, experiment kits, science puzzles, glow-in-the-dark ceiling stickers, goggles, a child-sized lab coat, etc.

5th grade: Family Fitness Suggested items: Water bottles, fitness DVDs, books on healthy family activities, dumbbells, passes to local gyms and other fitness facilities (like roller-skating rinks) etc.

6th grade (Mr. Lawrence rotation): Summer Fun Suggested items: Beach towels, beach toys, balls, sunblock, sunglasses, gift cards to mini golf, yard toys, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, etc.

6th grade (Ms. Kish rotation): All Sports Suggested items: Balls, tickets to local sporting events, gift card to a sporting goods store, Frisbee, sports-team-theme apparel, etc.

Fall Festival sponsorships

Please consider one of the sponsorships still available or an affordable family sign for $100. If you also work for a company that does donation matching, your donation will be doubled. You can find out all the fall festival information on our OSS home webpage or at

Adult Volunteer Registration

We need your help! There are two shifts plus an early set up. We will have an In Service meeting at the October 10th meeting so you know what is expected of those volunteering. If you can’t come to that meeting, we will get in touch with you and share what you missed. This link is only if you are helping with the PVO, to volunteer with tents please contact the club teacher. You must be OCPS Additions approved to volunteer so please don’t forget to register with them ASAP.

Early bird discount Ending Soon

Wristbands went on sale Friday, September 21st, and early bird sales end on Friday October 12th. Early bird prices are $10/each and regular price is $15/each. Presell packages are also be available for those who want to skip the line and purchase their tickets ahead of time. Packages consist of Family 2 children and Family 4 children packages that include, wrist bands, meal tickets, raffles tickets and activity tickets. Extra add-ons are also available for meal tickets, raffles and activity tickets. Packages can be picked up at Will Call table at the event or on designated campuses before the event. Purchase your tickets at

Bake Sale

Please sign up to donate baked goods for the Fall Festival Bake Sale that will take place on Saturday, October 20th. We are accepting donations of homemade baked goods (i.e. cakes, pies, cupcakes, cookies, candies, breads, muffins, etc.). We would love to have a variety of ethnic foods representing our OSS families’ heritage and something your fellow compatriots would be excited to buy. We are also accepting store bought goods for those who want to donate but have a busy schedule. Please donate only dessert type foods that will compliment and not compete with our lunch sales.

Drop off details can be found on this link.

The Technology Campus is incredibly thankful for all of our faithful readers, and for that we would like to reward our families. Moving forward we will have a NEWSLETTER QUIZ located under the Principal's corner.

Quiz completion will automatically place your student into a drawing for a Dress Down Pass. Dress Down Passes will be awarded to 10% of entries for each building. The number of entries will directly effect the amount of prizes awarded for the week. Entries selected from the lottery must be correct upon review.

We hope that you have fun, and enjoy reading this week's edition! Entries are due by the end of day Monday, October 22nd.

Online Payment System

Parents can now make FREE online payments for most school expenses online with School Pay. This includes School Lunch and After Care! Simply log into your secure online School Pay Parent Center account and pay for items including after school care fees, club fees, field trips, class fees, student fees and more. The first step is creating your Parent Center Account at Please go to "Charter Schools" tab and then choose your school name as "Orlando Science Elementary School" to complete the steps for creating your parent account. Online payment methods include VISA, MasterCard, Discover cards, and a full history of payments is searchable by date and child.This gives families the convenience of paying at any time (24/7) from your home PC. Emphasis on Security The School Pay service is audited by a third-party to assure adherence to the strict, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). If you have any problems using the School Pay system please call 1 888-88-MYPAY

Questions about your student’s school pay account can be directed to Ms. Centenera.

Many of our teachers use Teachers Pay Teachers for engaging and inquiry-based lessons. There is a schoolwide Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) account. Parents and community members may donate to the TpT fund by sending in TpT gift cards. Gift cards can be purchased online: Parents can send in a gift card for their teacher or for the whole school account.

OSS Technology Volunteers

Interested in Volunteering at the OSS Technology campus?

Orlando Science Families interested in volunteering at the OSS Technology 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.

Join the OSS Parent Volunteer Organization!

Welcome Parents!

It is time, once again, to join the Parent Volunteer Organization (PVO)!

For latest information and events happening at our technology campus, grades K-5, please join our Facebook page under ''OSES PVO". We can also be reached at

Attendance Matters

Attendance is 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 Ms Stella for k-3rd grade and Ms. Taylor for 3rd-6th grade

Please note that in order for an absence to be excused you must turn in proper documentation (i.e a doctors note) to the front desk

lost and Found

Please check the lost and found both in the cafeteria and the front desk in Building 1 and Building 2 . We have lots of items that need to find their way back home.

Next Week's Lunch Menu

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This week in Kindergarten we read “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” by Paul Galdone. We had a great time comparing and contrasting this book to “The Three Little Pigs” themes and causes and effects. We also worked on writing and labeling the story in order from beginning, middle and end.

We are continuing to build on our addition facts and are beginning to use our problem solving skills.

Our favorite thing was our STEM Fairy tale activities on Friday! We built Cinderella’s castle with tanagram blocks, The Three Bear’s Bed with cupcake holders and placed pennies on top to test their strength and a ramp for Rapunzel to escape her tower. We reflected afterwards drew pictures and wrote small stories.

First Grade

This week Mrs. Beckman’s class read a non-fiction story about the ways animals are able to communicate! We also learned about text features and how to use commas to separate lists of things in a sentence. In math, we had fun with our extended learning week, playing fun games to practice subtraction skills! Don’t forget to turn in your Orange Grove field trip form ASAP!

This week in Ms. Molnar’s class we are finishing up our unit on Responsible Citizenship. We have learned all about rules and laws, making good choices, being good sports and many other things to help us be responsible citizens in the community. We are getting excited for our first field trip of the year and are counting down the days!

Ms. Dyer’s students loved presenting at Hispanic Heritage night last week. They look forward for another opportunity to share their knowledge and creations.

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Second Grade

In second grade, we learned many things this week as well as did some amazing experiments and began some amazing contests! In Ms. Cybulski’s class, we learned about 2-step word problems, math words, weather, citizenship, and Gooney Bird Greene. We also did a stem contest in the classroom where students got to build Angry Birds slingshots to knock down some towers, built our own lava lamps using science and carbon dioxide, and began a pumpkin science project.

Reminders: Field trip forms are going home this week for our history center field trip on Nov 7th. Please return those forms by Oct 22nd to participate in the trips. Also, please make sure you are additions approved and have the teacher’s permission before paying for chaperone fees online.

Third Grade

This week Mrs. Silvares’ class is learning how to plot points on the coordinate plane. In order to practice, they came up with riddles and pictures, plotted them and had a partner solve the plotted riddle. All third grade classes are learning about the Native Americans and their cultures before the Europeans arrived. In reading we are learning about figurative and students are making advertisements that use various types of figurative language. We are very excited about a 3rd grade Book Drive that we are organizing to show kindness to other kids in our community. If you have any gently used books that you would like to donate, please send them in to your child’s classroom teacher.
Third grade also had an awesome time at our Great Travel Fair last week! Each classroom represented a different region of the United States with different floats and yummy foods to try! Everyone worked very hard and it showed!
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Mrs. Anderson’s class celebrated their AR goals being met with a certificate and pizza!

Mrs. Anderson’s also class participated in the Text Features surgery, along with Ms. Knight, Mrs. Ferguson, and Mrs. Sokoloff’s classes. Pictures are posted on Class Dojo!

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Fourth Grade

This week in Mrs. Juracich's class, we began reading Frindle by Andrew Clements. Who says d-o-g means a hairy 4-legged animal that says "woof"? We're finding out what happens when someone decides that a pen is now called a frindle. Our words have power.

Mr. Press learned something valuable this week. If a student places asparagus in a sealed plastic bottle as part of a book report, DON’T OPEN THE BOTTLE A MONTH LATER!

Fifth Grade

There have been many exciting things happening in fifth grade! The Central Florida Zoo field trip on Friday was a huge success! We learned about threatened and endangered species. Ms. Jensen’s math classes did a math scavenger hunt on Wednesday on decimals. Mrs. Berray’s students just finished presenting projects for Hispanic Heritage Month. The posters were beautiful!

Ms. Jensen’s class was visited by the Orlando Science Center, and had a great time learning about the Orlando Utilities Commission! Students learned all about renewable and nonrenewable resources and were able to build awesome solar powered fair rides!

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Sixth Grade

CONGRATULATIONS to Ms. Bravo's homeroom on winning a donut party with their Llama pinata!
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Specials k-6

In art we are working on so many different and wonderful projects!

These projects can be seen at

Currently, Kindergarten and 1st grade are working on creating patterns and illusions.

2nd grade is working on designing a treasure box with a secret locked inside.

3rd grade will be exploring Mexican Sun Mirrors and Sugar Skulls.

4th and 5th grade are studying the art of 1 point and 2 point perspective.

If you would like to volunteer there are many opportunities in the Art studio. Please check out the link below to sign up.

Some of the events/projects include Yearbook, Winter Park art festival and Our End of year art show.

If you have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to reach out.

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Hispanic Heritage Night

Hispanic Heritage Night is one of the traditional events our schools celebrate year after year. This year was a fun event full of projects, research, arts and crafts, maps, flags and lots of delicious food. Hispanic Heritage Night is one of those events that bring families and our entire school community together, we also learn and embrace the cultural diversity that surround us at OSS.

Teachers worked with their students in the weeks leading up to the celebration to research their selected Hispanic country. Staff, parents, and students, as always, were welcome to dress up, showing their culture with pride. Some classes had trivia games, power point presentations, and posters around the classroom. Parents and teachers collaborated in making food that represented their countries and many of our families came to share a night of fun, laughter, and culture.

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Extracurricular Activities

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The Middle School soccer team won their game 3-1 against Renaissance Charter- Goldenrod! We are now 3-3.
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STEM Art contest

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Art Contest

August 20 - October 12th

For more information please visit

Or email

STEM Art Fair

The STEM Fair this year is optional. It will take place during the month of October and is open for any student in K-5. One winner will be chosen from each grade level in K-5 to move on to the county's STEM fair. The winners will be able to showcase their display board on November 27th from 5-7 PM and at the county's STEM Fair on December 8th (Afternoon.)

Students in 3rd-5th are working in STEM class on the Exploravision project, a national STEM contest. Students in 6th grade are working on their projects for the County STEM Fair (Ying Expo.)

Teachers are not required to grade anything this year for STEM Fair. There will be weekly help online meetings for families.

Science Fair

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OSS’s science fair is an excellent opportunity for our students to explore their favorite topic in science. It provides an avenue for student research, allow students to be actively engaged in their own learning, and to use their own creativity to solve a pressing problem in an imaginative way. A science fair builds a bridge between home and school - establishing bonds between students, parents, and teachers and inspires students to become life long learners.

All forms must be typed or filled out using blue ink. NO pencil!

Mr. Stampas is the adult sponsor., (407) 253-7304

Form 1B is signed by the student and the parent. Besides the start date of experimentation on form 1A (10/20/17), all other forms prior to experimentation will be dated in September.

Please click the link below for full science fair description!

Star Wars Reads Art Contest

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Grades K–2

Entries Must Be Received by Nov. 16, 2018

How to Enter: Imagine you are exploring a newly discovered galaxy and meet a new friend. Draw a portrait and include the name of your new friend!

Prizes: One Grand-Prize Winner will receive a class field trip to a planetarium (or similar science-based classroom experience).

Ten Runners-Up will win a Star Wars Prize Pack with books and great surprises.

Send to: Star Wars™ Reads Art Contest (K–2), PO Box 714, New York, NY 0013-0714

Entries must include student name, age, and grade; teacher name; and school name, address, and phone number.

Grades 3–6

Entries Must Be Received by Nov. 16, 2018

How to Enter: Create a new galaxy and draw a map of it, labeling the important places and things.

Prizes: One Grand-Prize Winner will receive a class field trip to a planetarium (or similar science-based classroom experience).

Ten Runners-Up will win a Star Wars Prize Pack with books and great surprises.

Send to: Star Wars™ Reads Art Contest (3–6), PO Box 714, New York, NY 10013-0714

Entries must include student name, age, and grade; teacher name; and school name, address, and phone number.

STEM teams Forming

We have new STEM teams forming for upcoming competitions. These teams will meet off campus. The competition dates are in December, February, and May. These are general lower cost than some of the competition teams, but some cost is required ($15 per student for the February event and about $50 per team for the May event, and money for the t-shirts if they are not donated, and kit items.) I highly suggest looking into where the coach/adults work to see if funds are available for sponsorships.

Here are the list of teams that are forming:

  • Gliders (K-6)
  • Math (K-6)
  • Mousetrap Car (K-6)
  • Water Bottle Rockets (K-6)
  • Egg Drop (K-6)
  • Energy Transfer Machine (Rube Goldberg) (3-6)
  • Junior Solar Sprint (4-6)
  • Critter Comfort Cottage (4-6)
  • Solar Energy Cook-Off (4-6)
  • Vex Robotics (6)
  • Balsa Bridge (4-6)

Please sign up at if you are interested in your student joining a team. Students/parents will be notified if the student is selected for a team. No coach = No team. The point of these teams is for the experience. This is our first year and there is NO pressure on coaches or teams to win. We want them to have the experience, have fun, and be engaged in STEM.

STEM fair

K-5 STEM Fair

The STEM Fair this year is optional. It will take place during the month of October and is open for any student in K-5. One winner will be chosen from each grade level in K-5 to move on to the county's STEM fair. The winners will be able to showcase their display board on November 27th from 5-7 PM and at the county's STEM Fair on December 8th (Afternoon.)

Students in 3rd-5th are working in STEM class on the Exploravision project, a national STEM contest. Students in 6th grade are working on their projects for the County STEM Fair (Ying Expo.)

Teachers are not required to grade anything this year for STEM Fair. There will be weekly help online meetings for families with the first one on Wednesday, October 10th.

Curtis Science Competition

Are you interested in a fun science competition? There are spots open for each grade level. All you need to do is fill out the form on the link. K-4 is the Rising Stars Challenge and 5th and 6th is the Kinetic Challenge that needs a parent coach for each team. Requirements are included in the form.

Creative Coding Contest

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Energy Whiz Competition

STEM Teams Are Forming!

Students from kindergarten to sixth grade are invited to join a STEM team. Teams will meet off campus and compete at between one to three competitions. There are eight teams to choose from! Students that are not on a competition team will have a better chance of making the team since we want to make sure that ALL students are able to compete in STEM competitions. Also, if a parent volunteers to be the coach, the student has a higher chance of being on a team.

The teams are: Mousetrap Car (K-6), Water Bottle Rockets (K-6), Egg Drop (K-6), Rube Goldberg (Energy Transfer Machine) (3-6), Junior Solar Spring (4-6), Critter Cottage (4-6), Solar Energy Cook-Off (4-6), and Vex Robotics (6).

If you would like to sign up for a team, please sign up online: Signing up on the form does not mean you are on a team. You will be contacted if you were chosen for a team.

For more information on Energy Whiz, visit their website: Here is a video about the events: Here is where you sign up as a volunteer:

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OSES invites K-6 parents and students to join us for Art Night on October 12th.

At this night families will be able to create their own amazing Ebru Art, Suminagashi and Zentangles. Please come and join us to HAVE FUN.

Marbling is the art of creating colorful patterns by sprinkling and brushing color pigments

on a tray of oily water and the transforming this pattern to the paper. Marbling is very old and traditional Turkish art.

This technique makes you feel power of creativity by catching the mystery both conflicts and harmony of your own will power of water and paint. At the same time it provides you to live it by relaxing while you are taking a great pleasure with this event.

Suminagashi, much like Turkish art of Ebru, is a technique the Japanese use to explore the science of marbling. Zentangles takes us away from the unexpected and allows us to take a moment and relax creating beautiful tangles of art.

Click here to RSVP

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Important school Reminders

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Orca's Core Values and character Education

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Did you know there are scientifically proven benefits of being kind?

Watch the science of kindness video to learn more.

Did you also know that kindness is teachable?

“It’s kind of like weight training, we found that people can actually build up their compassion ‘muscle’ and respond to others’ suffering with care and a desire to help.” Dr. Ritchie Davidson, University of Wisconsin

Or that kindness is contagious?

The positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay it forward.” This means one good deed in a crowded area can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people!

Character Education has begun at OSES and we are having a great time learning our social skills at school and the students are learning how to use these tools successfully too! This year part of our Character Education curriculum we have introduced "Operation Impact" our goal is to share and show how our students are reaching out to the communities, families and other students to show their positive character traits.

Here are a few character traits:

  • Kindness
  • Empathy
  • Trustworthy
  • Reaching Out to Others
  • Building Friendships

We want to see how your children are using their character traits outside of school and featuring them each week in our weekly newsletter!! This is a great way to spotlight your child's positive influence that they have in our community and school! We look forward to seeing your pictures and experiences.

Please send a few pictures and small description of your children's activity (encourage them to write it on their own too). Pictures must be handed in on Monday's in order to make it for the Friday newsletter. They can be sent in to your child's teacher or emailed to Mrs. Krygowski at

We can't wait to see our wonderful students putting #Operation Impact to work in our community!!!

Staff character of the Month-September

Ms. Zhen Cybulski 2nd grade

Ms. Cybulski is a great example of a teacher with good character. Parents, students, and coworkers recognize Ms. Cybulski as a sweet teacher that teaches and encourages students to be the best they can be. Character Education and

Social Emotional Learning are always part of her lessons.

Mr. Marquise Lawrence 6th grade

Mr. Lawrence is a great example of a teacher with good Character. Parents, students, and staff recognize him as a very friendly person that allows learning History to be fun. He uses a variety of resources to make his classes easy to understand and is very kind with students and staff.

Student Character of the Month- September

Congratulations to the all the students who won character of the month for the month of September!

Building one:

Emmet Vasquez

Amari Clinkscales

Caden Feranec

Theo Thomas

Lindsay Hemphill

Reagan Cunningham

Shivansh Srivastava

Mathew Pendergrass

Violet Powers

Eva Abraham

Rigoberto Palacios

Rayaan Makhani

Makenna Campayne

Viviene Moore

Kerani Jagmohan

Anya Amin

Ralph Lapichino

Keerthana Nair

Armaan Khokhar

Alice Magalhaes

Saniyah Paul

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Building 2:

Joshua Thurman

Aanvi Mathur

Netochukw Moneke-Mathins

Melena Pressley

Alyx Cunningham

Nathalie Marroquin

Elizabeth Carlin

Zahria Williams

Lucas Gomes

Kylan Carpenter

Penelope Walker

Aaron Guthrie

Aarya Patel

Laishah Pelissier

Zachary Parekattil

Emily Dorman

Ibrahim Yuksel

Franciso Valentin Castro

Reem Eltarrani

Jaden Pootoolal

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Student Coupons, Deals, and Promotions

Get Off the Ground at Aerospace Discovery Day- FREE admission

Florida Air Museum

October 20th 2018
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Kennedy Space Center - Free Admission

The Space Center is offering free admission to 5th graders NOW through the end of December.

Please see the flyer below for promotion details.

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Costa Rica 2019

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OSS Expansion Project

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