Tech Drive HS Annual Newsletter
2018-2019 School Newsletter
Orlando Science Middle High Mission Statement
" The mission of Orlando Science Middle/High Charter Schools 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 stimulating environment."
a message from dr. akin, executive director
Orlando Science Middle High has had an amazing year filled with new endeavors and accomplishments.
So many wonderful dreams became a reality, AdvancED Accreditation, STEM Certification, State School of Character and of course the opening of our new high school campus. I am so proud of all of our students, their families and staff.
Congratulations on another outstanding year!
Yalcin Akin, Ph.D.
I would like to start by saying thank you for another wonderful year. Each year at Orlando Science, we continue to work harder and achieve more and this year was no exception. From multiple Florida State finals to competing at national competitions and conferences, Orcas know how to raise the bar!
As I take a look back throughout the year, I want you to remember that one of these wonderful events and accomplishments would be possible without the amazing and hardworking students, staff and parents that make up our Orca Family!
This year's Annual Newsletter is filled with our most memorable events from the 2018-2019 school year. Congratulations to all on another successful year and I hope that everyone has a safe and wonderful summer!
Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed.
12th Grade Graduation: Class of 2019
It was our honor to congratulate the 2019 Orlando Science School Senior Class. Their graduation ceremony was held on May 23rd at the Orlando Repertory Theater. This year, we had 47 graduates and they were offered $2.6 million in scholarships. There were two National Merit Scholars – Kevin R. and Russell A. and one National Hispanic Merit Scholar – Gideon F. valedictorians were Gideon F. and Eashan S. salutatorians were Russell A and Kavita K. The out of state college acceptances were Duke University, the University of Southern California and the University of Virginia. The in-state college acceptances were UCF, UF, UNF, USF, and FSU. The class of 2019 had a 100% college acceptance rate. Thank you to the families of our graduates for all their support. We would like to thank this year's guest speaker, Tom Terry, television meteorologist and the Chief Meteorologist at WFTV in Orlando, Florida! We are very proud of our students and wish them much success as they begin their college careers.
Select the link below for the full 2019 Senior Graduation Photo Album.
2018-2019 Orlando Science High School Vals and Sals
2019 OSS 8th Grade Graduation
The Class of 2019 8th grade Graduation was held on Friday, May 24rd, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency International Airport. This year's guest speakers were Orange County Sheriff John Mina and Eduardo Lopez del Castillo from Kennedy Space Center. Congratulations to the 8th Grade Class of 2019, we are so proud of all that you have accomplished.
Select the link below for the full 2019 8th Grade Graduation Photo Album.
2018-2019 We Are Orlando Science
oss mh is a "greatschools.org 2019 college success award winner"
OSS MH is pleased to announce that we have been chosen as a "GreatSchools.org 2019 College Success Award Winner"!
The College Success Award recognizes and celebrates high schools like ours that go beyond simply getting our students to graduation and also focus on ensuring students are prepared to succeed in college.
OSHS is one of 1,722 schools in 25 states across the country to be honored with the Award, which is based on data about how our school prepares students to succeed after high school, including whether they enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework when they get there and persist into their second year. See the full list of winners from Florida and watch videos of National Spotlight Schools to learn about other promising practices at high schools across the country athttps://www.greatschools.org/gk/csa-winners/.
We applaud the hard work of the entire Orlando Science community—including students, parents, teachers, and others that aspire to help our students succeed in college and beyond. Congratulations on receiving the College Success Award!
2018 2nd Annual OSS PVO Sponsored Fall Festival Recap
OSHS orcas celebrate national #collegecolorsday
OSHS Celebrates Unity Day-October 2th 2018
OSHS celebrates national school choice week
Annual OSS Middle High Welcome Picnic
OSHS Teacher of the Year
We are pleased to announce the 2019 OSHS Teacher of the Year, Mr. Akyalcin. Mr. Akyalcin was nominated by his fellow colleagues for always going above and beyond what is asked. He is always willing to help his students and fellow staff when needed and makes everyone feel welcome! Thank you Mr. Akylacin that you do and congratulations!
2018-2019 OSS Middle School Sports
Middle School Soccer
2018-2019 athletics sports banquet
MVP- Gael T.
Most Improved- Anya G.
Sportsmanship- Emmalea S.
MVP- Shrey P.
Most Improved- Charlie R.
Sportsmanship- Rocco G.
Orlando Science Fencing Team
USA Fencing Affiliated
CONNOR PORTER MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
We had a great time at Connor Porter memorial tournament on 10/27/18. There were 3 events (Unrated Men's Foil, Unrated Women's Foil and Div 3 Mixed Foil).
Tyler Anderson won Unrated Men's Foil and earn E rating.
Noelle Day won bronze medal in Unrated Women's Foil.
Alex Yim won Div 3 Mixed Foil and renew his D rating.
Ave Cheng won bronze medal in Div 3 Mixed Foil and renew her E rating.
Everyone in OSHS team won at least one match. This event was participated by teams throughout FL. Overall it was a fun day for the OSHS fencing team. Congratulations to Tyler and Michael for their hard earned E rating.
TOMAHAWK THROWDOWN FENCING TOURNAMENT AT FSU
We had 9 fencers participating in this event on Saturday, November 10, 2018.
Alex Yim had the best result advancing to semi-final and losing a nail biting bout of 14-15. Wining a bronze medal and placed in 3rd
Jaehyun Ahn was placed in 6th winning all of his preliminary bouts and advancing to round of 8.
Chamin Kim placed in 9th winning 3 of his preliminary bouts and advancing to round of 16.
Kristian O'Connor placed in 13th winning 3 of his preliminary bouts and advancing to round of 16
Savita Batra placed in 16th winning 1 of her preliminary bouts and advancing to round of 16
Racheal YIm was placed in 17th winning 3 of her preliminary bouts
Colin Foley was placed in 18th winning 3 of his preliminary bouts.
Joanne Lee was placed in 23rd and Hana Zerrou was placed in 25th.
Overall, it was the best tournament result since we started to participate in Fencing tournament January this year.
Congratulations to all the fencers and look forward to repeat this kind of success in near future.
The next scheduled tournament is Central Florida Division Junior Olympic Qualifier on Nov 17th.
All of high school fencers and few middle school fencers will participate
This tournament will determine who will be participating Junior Olympics in Denver next year.
Good luck to all of our fencers.
ORCA Athletes in the Spotlight
CENTRAL FLORIDA TABLE TENNIS WINNER
Leonardo G. M. competed in the End of the Year Tournament at the Central Florida Table Tennis Club. He got 3rd Place! Congratulations on your hard work and top three placement!
Leonardo also competed in the 2018 US Open Championship Tournament for Table Tennis. This year it is here in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center. Leonardo will participate in several categories: Under 14 Years old, Under 20 Years old and the General Singles Championship. He has been training very hard for several months and he is very excited to compete at this international event. There will be more than 1,000 players with Leonardo as the only kid from Central Florida.
Orlando Science Middle High Science Olympiad
science olympiad team places at georgia invitational
OSS Science Olympiad High school teams competed at the University of Georgia Invitational on Saturday, October 20th. It was our first practice competition of the year and Team A received 2nd place out of 43 teams representing 22 schools! It is very encouraging to see that our teams could compete this well against some of the best Science Olympiad teams in Georgia, who typically do better at the National level. We gained significant experience and identified areas of improvement. Overall, it was a great trip with lots of fun and learning. We also received several great placements in individual events.
oss science olympiad team places at regionals
oss science olympiad teams advance to state
Div-B Middle School
- Gold Medals : 10
- Silver Medals : 10
- Bronze Medals: 21
Div-C High School
- Gold Medals : 14
- Silver Medals : 7
- Bronze Medals: 21
Please see the link below for the individual event and overall team placements. If you'd like to see the raw scores for each event, follow the link to the excel file at the top of the page.
None of this could have happened without the hard work and dedication of students, teachers, coaches, parents, and volunteers. The words are not enough to convey how appreciative we are for your support! We are truly grateful for your time, effort and donations to our team. Keep up the great Orcas and best of luck at State!!
OSS FTC Robotics Team "Binary Bosses"
OSS FTC "Binary Bosses" Places 2nd at Competition
OSS FTC Robotics Team "Kube Khaos"
Kube Khaos Places at 1st Meet
Kube Khaos is a rookie First Tech Challenge robotics middle school team made up of ten teammates and two-parent volunteer mentors.
In their 1st Competition, Kube Khaos competed against twenty-two teams in their first meet. The teams ranged from middle schoolers to high schoolers; rookies to veterans. Each team is asked to journal their team’s progress in an Engineering Notebook.
Kube Khaos has also received some tips and pointers by the OSHS Robotics Team and OSS alumni Carlos Barea. Each team used their robot that they designed, built, and programmed in six matches during the meet.
Kube Khaos won two of their matches. Only five trophies were awarded this past weekend- one in the following categories engineering notebook, one for each of the two top scoring teams, one for gracious professionalism, and another for rising stars.
We are pleased to announce that Kube Khaos was awarded the trophy for the best Engineering Notebook.
oss ftc kube khaos places at ftc tesla league meet
oss ftc "kube khaos" team earns promote award
OSSFTC Team "Team Magic"
oss ftc Team Magic places at ftc tesla league meet #2
oss ftc Team Magic places at ftc tesla league meet #3
Orlando Science Mathletes
orcas place at florida gulf coast university invitational math competition
mu alpha theta teams place at suncoast regionals
This past Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, our middle and high school Mathletes competed in the Mu Alpha Theta Regional Competition at Suncoast High School. They performed very well and received several placements, including:
2nd Place Algebra 1 Team
1st Place Algebra 2 Team
5th Place Calculus Team
1st Place Individual in Geometry Aadi N.
1st Place Individual in Algebra 2 Ritam B.
We would like to congratulate all of our Mathletes on a job well done!
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.
OSS HIgh School College Visits
Duke University Visits OSS
Columbia University Visits OSS
OSHS WEST COAST COLLEGE TOUR
2018-2019 OSHS Model UN October Competition
OSS Annual Concert Series and Band Highlights
2018-2019 orlando science School science fair
RHO KAPPA HOSTS JUDGE CARABALLO
Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society invited Judge Tina Caraballo to speak to the students of OSS. We were thrilled to have a member of our courts share about the trial process, her journey as a judge and her perspective on maintaining a public trust in the legal process. Students engaged with the speaker by participating in an open forum style session where they received guidance on academic pathways and overall legal concepts and ethics.
Special shout out to the Rho Kappa members, APGOPO students, and the Legal Concepts Team for being a great representation of OSS.
2018-2019 QUESTBRIDGE FINALISTS
2018 ASIAN AMERICAN STUDENT ACHIEVER AWARD
8TH GRADE AAA ESSAY CONTEST WINNER
KEY CLUB STUDENT OF THE YEAR
BIOTECHNICIAN ASSISTANT CREDENTIALS AWARDED
During the 2018-2019 School Year the following students that passed their recent BACE( Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing Exam). Congratulations to the students listed below on putting forth your best effort, your hard work has paid off!
Dante C., Miscia F., Hayden F., Tony H., Dylan M., Jenny N., Sebastian N., James S., and Harshitha U.
OSHS Career Day 2018-2019
We would like to sincerely thank all of the professionals who came to Orlando Science High School in October to share and inspire our students on Career Day. It was a big success, the students enjoyed the day and were able to hear from a wide variety of professions: radiology, nursing, writing, business, entertainment, graphic design, fitness, engineering, military service and more! Thank you again for taking the time out of your day to be here!
2018-2019 Hispanic Heritage Night
The 2018-2019 Hispanic Heritage Night Celebration took place on Friday, October 5th, 2018 at the OSHS campus! The event was a huge success, and we would like to thank all of the staff members at both Lynx and Technology High School Campuses that hard to make this event one to remember for our families. Thank you all of the student performers and presenters who contributed to the Hispanic Heritage Night and worked to make this event a true celebration of Hispanic Heritage.
OSHS International Night
OSHS Students Attend I/ITSEC FUTURE LEADERS PAVILION
OSHS students, Micah B. and Joshua I., along with Mr. Soto, attended the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), a division of the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC). The Future Leaders Pavilion provides a venue for secondary school students to demonstrate technical projects they have developed which focus on research, modeling, simulation and training. The Pavilion also enables the students to experience the sights, sounds and learning about high-end, critical technology only available at I/ITSEC.
The two students researched and created a project related to Cyber Security and how to easily train individuals to identify threats to their network with the help of Artificial Intelligence. The two types of threats they worked on identifying were SQL Injections and DDoS attacks. While their project and presentation was not recognized as one of the top three, they had an incredible experience at the conference. They were able to see the newest technology in the Modeling and Simulation industry, network with other future leaders, current engineers, projects managers and executives from companies and organizations across the world.
OSHS BARNES AND NOBLE BOOK FAIR
2018-2019 OSS Middle School History Fair
In February 2019 the Middle High Social Studies department hosted a History Fair. Students and teachers were invited to view all 8th and 10th grade projects in Mr. Kennedy's room. The Social Studies department judged all of the projects and we are pleased to share the winners and their work:
Middle School 7th/8th grades:
· Individual Papers - Leonardo G-M. and Matthew S.
· Documentary - Preston S.
· Individual Exhibits - Emmee L. and Bibi Z-M.
· Group Exhibits - Yusra H. and Nidhiya J., and Ananya V. and Kayra A.
· Websites - Dev H. and Riyan A., and Raudy B.
High School 10th grade:
- Noah M.-"When the Cost of Triumph is Tragedy"
- Nelson Y.-"The East is Red?"
- Kaitlin and Kristin D.-"Pure Food and Drug Act"
- Gabriella C. and Serena S.-"The Manson Family"
- Liam O.-"The United Nations: The Quest for Peace"
Congratulations to all of our Middle High winning students!
Class of 2019: Senior Corner
OSHS ORCAS are full of Spirit
2019 Junior/Senior Prom: Enchanted Forest
The 2019 Orlando Science Junior/Senior Prom was held at the beautiful Tanner Hall. This year's theme was "Enchanted Forest" sponsored by our wonderful Orlando Science Parent Volunteer Organization(PVO).
city of orlando veterans day parade 2018
On Saturday, November 10th 2018, members of the Orlando Science Middle and High School and Seminole Science Elementary School gathered in downtown Orlando for the annual Veterans Day Parade. Our Orlando Science Seniors carried the banner, it was a great event to be a part of and all the students had an excellent experience meeting veterans and even having an exclusive meeting and greet with Mayor-Elect Jerry Demings and his wife Congresswoman Val Demings. We are very proud of our students who participated. Congrats ORCAS!
HOSA Hosts Red Ribbon Week
OPERATION GRATITUDE & TOYS FOR TOTS
2018-2019 Technology Drive HS Field Trips and Activities
2018-2019 1st Semester Award Ceremonies
On Tuesday, January 15th, 2019, the OSS Technology Drive HS held their 1st Semester Award Ceremonies. These ceremonies were held to honor those students on their outstanding achievements during the 1st Semester of the 2018-2019 School Year. We are so proud of everyone and their efforts, continue the great work!