Orlando Science High School

ISSUE 2

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: AUGUST 21, 2020

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Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year Orcas!

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Principal's Corner

Dear Orca Families and Students,


Thank you for your support of Orlando Science Schools! I hope everyone had a great second week of school and ready for a successful year! Today is an important day as we are transitioning to new school year with the fully implementation of our school learning plans, Traditional in-School and Innovative e-Learning. From Monday, August 10th to Thursday, August 20th, all students were scheduled in the e-Learning platforms and they were able to get started the new school year with an adjusted pacing. Starting from today, all learning groups are fully focusing on the new school year in their corresponding learning models. I would like each one of the Orcas the best and successful school year! We are the great Orca Family and we work together to succeed and overcome any challenges!


Parents, please review the OSS Health and Safety COVID-19 Procedures and COVID-19 Student Screening Scenarios Flow Chart below and reach us your school if you have any questions or updates about children’s health. I believe that parent partnerships are the key to keeping our students, teachers, and other families safe during this pandemic. I thank you for your support and contribution in advance.


Orcas may apply the federal Free and Reduced Lunch. Please see the details and application link below. Please act fast. The deadline for new applications, and the expiration of last year’s benefits, is September 23.


Orcas enrolled in Innovative e-Learning Program, Grab and Go meals are available to all OCPS students at their Zoned Schools. Details may be found below.


This Saturday, our Robotics Team will host informational online meeting. You will find more information under the Upcoming Events section below.


Each week our "Weekly Newsletter" will be sent home via email and may also be found on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Our weekly newsletters are a great resource to stay in the know of everything going on at our Lynx Campus. This week's newsletter is filled with many important reminders and announcements so start our year off on the right foot!


The information about the Picture Days and Curriculum Nights will be forthcoming in our next week’s newsletter.


Just a reminder that parents should not be dropping off or picking up their students at the front desk. Please use the car line both in the mornings and the afternoons. There will be no pickup from the front desk after 2:30PM, 1:30PM on Wednesdays.


We are looking forward to another fantastic year at Orlando Science High School Campus!


It’s great to be proud Orca!


Sincerely,

Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed.
Principal
Orlando Science Schools – Middle/High

HEALTH AND SAFETY COVID-19 PROCEDURES

Orlando Science School is committed to the safety and well being of our students and staff. Please see the detailed flow chart and review the safety procedures we are following every day. We look forward to a healthy and productive year. Go Orcas!
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Free reduced lunch application-updated for 2020-21

As students in Orange County Public Schools, OSS Orcas may apply for the federal free/reduced lunch program. Please visit OCPS's website for a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) or use the button below to fill out the application. A new application must be completed each school year and the deadline for new applications is September 23rd.

grab and go meals available to all ocps students at their zoned ocps schools

Beginning Monday, August 10, Orange County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services Department will provide meals for students utilizing the LaunchEd@Home instructional model with a Curbside Meals Program. This ensures those students who rely on nutritious meals to be able to continue doing so, even when they are not in the building for their lessons.

become familiar with the 30/30 Rule for bad weather dismissal procedures

What is the 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.

OSHS Course Change request

Please see the following details regarding OSHS course changes:

  • Currently only scheduling errors will be corrected.
  • All schedule change requests will be based on availability.
  • Student schedules were made based on data from past EOCs, Report Cards, Teacher Recommendations, etc.
  • Due to recent changes with e-learning and traditional learning, we are only able to offer a few elective courses.
  • Your request will be processed within 1-2 weeks from the time is it emailed.
  • You will be contacted by administration in the event of a schedule change. The student must continue using their current schedule until a new schedule is provided.
  • If your schedule could not be changed, the reason will be e-mailed to you and an appointment can be schedule at that time.
  • 9th and 10 graders, please contact Mr. Han.
  • 11th and 12th graders, please contact Mrs. Bolat.

OSS High School 2020-2021 Handbook

Please see the attached OSS High School handbook below. Here you can find information about our school wide dress code, discipline plan, core values, reward systems and much more.

OSS TECHNICAL ISSUES?

Families experiencing technical issues related to eLearning, please email our helpdesk at eLearning@orlandoscience.org. Use this email address to:


  • request OSS Connect credentials
  • request technology
  • reset passwords
  • request login credentials
  • any other issue related to technology

Interested in Robotics? Sign UP for our informational meeting!

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august 21, 2020

Welcome back to Counseling Corner!


This week I wanted to focus, in a bit more detail, on creating a routine that works for you if you’re participating in Innovative learning and one if you’re doing traditional schooling.


First up: Traditional School!


If you’re attending school in-person this school year, you may be wondering how to manage your schedule now that you’re not at home all the time. My first piece of advice is to find the way you best write down your schedule. Do you prefer the calendar on your phone, a planner, a digital planner, or an app for reminders? Is it something else I didn’t mention? Whatever works best for you, find it and be sure to effectively use it.

My next piece of advice is to determine a natural flow of activities. If you find you’re naturally hungry when you get home, make the first 30 minutes of being home the time when you shower and grab a snack. If you feel sleepy mostly when you get home, make that the time for you to do things that don’t require a lot of energy, such as chores like laundry or washing dishes, showering, or letting the dog out to pee. If you feel like you do homework best when you’re still in school mode, then use the time when you first get home to knock out as much of the homework you have before you lose the groove. Finding a natural flow helps you stick to your routine more easily.


Last, prioritize your activities. Things that must be done every day, make sure you include that time in your daily routine. Things that get done every couple of days, make sure you find time for that in your weekly routine. For example, if I know I do laundry weekly, I will make sure to set a day aside where I can do laundry and complete it in a timely manner. Something daily, such as smaller chores like dishes, walking and feeding pets, study island assignments, etc., I will make sure to block out time in my schedule to complete those tasks.


Next Up: Innovative Learning


The benefit here is that even though you’re at home, you’re still following the regular bell schedule, meaning half the battle has been won for you. You do not have to create your own school schedule. However, you do have to find ways to make sure you’re setting proper boundaries so you can have a good home schedule too.


First, make sure that you stand up and stay hydrated throughout the day! You’ve got 3 minutes between classes with nowhere to travel to, so stand, use the restroom, grab water, and return just in time. It helps break up the day and feel like you’re not sitting at the computer for 8 hours. This also includes lunch, make sure you sit at a place that is not your desk to eat, try to step away and leave the space you’ve been sitting in all day to go eat.

Second, when the school day is done, close the computer and take at least 30 minutes to do something else. Use it as club time where you can engage in your hobbies, or use it as the time to go shower, walk the dog, or chat with your family. This is important because it mimics the time you’d take to spend time with friends, make it home safely, and it does so in a way that keeps a boundary set between the school day and the afternoon at home.


Last, make sure you have conversations with people outside of Teams! When you’re going to talk to a friend during lunch, use your phone, zoom, or email, not Teams. Give yourself some separation from using the same platform all day. If you’re going to chat with family, do it away from the computer. The more time you spend in front of the computer, the more you can suffer from eye problems, back problems, attention-span troubles, boredom, and exhaustion. Separating your friends and family from the computer can help make that boundary more real for you.


If you’re having any issues finding a schedule that works best for you, please feel free to reach out and we can create one together! And as always, if you need anything, I’m happy to help!


All the best,


Ms. Perez

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9TH-12TH GRADE 2020-2021 BELL SCHEDULES

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OSS High Parent Volunteer Organization-pvo

meet the pvo high school president Mrs. lisa proto

Orca families, please join us in congratulating and welcoming Mrs. Lisa Proto to her new role as the High School Campus PVO President! We at Orlando Science Schools are thrilled to be working alongside her on future campus events, activities, and community projects.


Before becoming a stay at home mom, Mrs. Proto was in the Hospitality industry and then moved into Corporate Training for all areas of Hospitality. Prior to her move to Florida, she lived in Vancouver Canada, she became a stay-at-home Mom and joined the team of the parents at her son’s school. She not only gained incredible friendships but lots of knowledge on fundraising and building communities in the school. She is a proud parent of a freshman son, attends at Orlando Science High.


We appreciate Mrs. Proto for coming on board as one of the valuable members of our school and we look forward to organizing campus events and community projects.


To contact Mrs. Proto, please email PVO.HSCampus@OrlandoScience.org.

PVO Registration

OSS Middle High families can expect the PVO registration form to be available next Friday, August 29th!

Additions volunteers

All OSS volunteers (field trip chaperones, robotics coaches, and anyone spending time with OSS students) must complete an ADDitions application EVERY YEAR in order to volunteer. Complete or update your application using the link below. Thank you to our volunteers, we appreciate you!

oss connect parent access

All OSS Middle High 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.

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL 2020-2021 CALENDAR

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college and career corner

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Volunteer opportunities and forms

High School Orcas needing volunteer hours can use the resources below to find an organization to earn those hours and make a difference. The necessary forms and log are also below for your convenience. We look forward to seeing what our students achieve and learn with an "Outreach towards community" mindset!

Volunteer Environmental Clean Ups

Ms. Lizarazo and Environmental Club would like to inform you of these great volunteer opportunities to Keep Orlando Beautiful! See the flyers below for more information.
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AP Art Digital Self Portraits

Orlando Science High School's new AP Art Program is off to a great start with Ms. Garrity! Students have begun working on self-portraits in Google Draw. Featured below is classwork from student Michael T.

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Class of 2020 Senior Graduation

Please enjoy this video of the Orlando Science High School Class of 2020 commencement ceremony. We were so happy to celebrate this hard working group of dedicated seniors! Go Orcas!
Orlando Science High School Commencement Ceremony Class of 2020

OSS APP available for download

Orlando Science Middle/High has a new mobile app! It is currently available in the App Store® and in Google Play®. You can download the app for free, for access to our school's news, calendars, volunteer opportunities, push notifications and much more!

Download for Free - visit your tablet or smartphone's storefront and search for "Orlando Science Schools"

  • For Android, visit Google Play
  • For Apple iOS, visit the and App Store or iTunes

If you have any questions or feedback please email info@orlandoscience.org.

easy ways to give back to oss middle high

Box Tops 2020

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

Amazon Smile

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.

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-3366305

Office Depot

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


https://www.officedepot.com/cm/school-supplies/give-back

important dates and events

virtual robotics meeting grades 6-12

Saturday, Aug. 22nd, 1pm

This is an online event.

See the robotics flyer above to register for the Zoom meeting link.

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