Orlando Science Middle High

Issue 304

Weekly Newsletter-March 16th 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,

I would like to start this week's corner with a great news! Our College Center is pleased to announce that senior Christina T, has been accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This is the second year in a row that Orlando Science Schools has had a student accepted to MIT!

As always I hope everyone had another wonderful week at Orlando Science Middle High! In this week's newsletter, we have so many exciting events to recap and announcements!

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 standards as the school is seeking to receive certification as a STEM school. For more information on this exciting visit please see the "STEM Certification Parent Letter" below.

Orcas do not forget OSS MH will be closed for Spring Break next week and re-open on Monday, March 26th, 2018! We would also like to remind you that students needing to complete the "2018-2019 High School Course Request Form" will have until Saturday, March 31st, 2018 to do so.

On Sunday, March 11th, 2018 OSS participated in the 27th Sunday in the Park event, below you will find more information and a recap of this wonderful community event! Orlando Science also had six students take American Invitational Mathematics Examination(AIME) on March 6th, 2018, congratulations to these six students on this outstanding achievement!

Students in grades eighth and twelfth will be able to find graduation details below, please be sure to review all the details and approaching deadlines. The Annual OCPS Spring Break Immunization Event will take place on March 20th, 21st and 22nd, please see the attached flyer for more information!

We are happy to announce that Chess Club has been selected as our "Club of the Week", our chess club will host their 2nd Chess Tournament on Saturday, April 7th, 2018, details regarding registration and other information can be found below!

Orcas do not forget we have many exciting events happening when we return from Spring Break, you will be able to find a few in this week's newsletter and by selecting the calendar link found towards the bottom of this Newsletter.

Last but not least, Our students will be competing at several State Finals during the Spring Break. I wish the best of luck to each one of them in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Middle and High School Science Olympiad, MathCounts, and FRC Robotics Teams!

Go Orcas, Strive for Excellence!


Abdulaziz Yalcin

Orlando Science
Middle/High School

OSS Senior Accepted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT)

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Orlando Science Senior Christina T, has been accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) ! This is the second year in a row that Orlando Science has had a student become accepted to MIT! Massachusetts Institute of Technology's ranking in the 2018 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, is 5th according to USNEWS. Congratulations Christina your OSS family is so proud of you!

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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OSS Participates in the "National School Walkout"

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On March 14th at 10am, Orlando Science Students had the opportunity to take part in the National School Walkout. For 17 students who participated read the names of the Parkland High School victims, and stood in silence. Students demanded Congress pass legislation to keep students safe from gun violence at schools, homes, and places of worship. SGA will continue to provide students with ideas on how they can help end gun violence

Orlando Science Schools Closed for Spring Break

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Please be advised Orlando Science Schools will be closed for Spring Break beginning at 4PM Friday March 16th 2018 and will re-open 7:30AM on Monday March 26th 2018.

2017-2018 Assessment Calendar

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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

OSS Mathletes take American Invitational Mathematics Examination(AIME)

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This February, OSS mathletes participated in the 69th annual American Mathematics Competitions 10/12 (AMC 10/12). The AMC 10/12 is the nation's leading mathematics competition for high schoolers and is designed to cultivate the mathematical capabilities of the next generation of problem solvers. In 2017, approximately 180,000 students worldwide participated in the AMC 10/12.

We're very proud to announce that OSS mathletes overall did a great job and received fantastic results. Congratulations to all mathletes! Especially, kudos to the following mathletes for being invited to the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) with their very high scores in AMC 10/12. Only top 2.5% of the test takers are invited to AIME.

Anthony L. (9th grade)

Wade T. (9th grade)

Siyona M. (9th grade)

Lance J. (12th grade)

Arjun P. (12th grade)

Omer S-D. (6th grade)

These students had taken the AIME test on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Top scoring students on the AIME are invited to take the USAMO or USAJMO. Congrats to their success, and we wish them luck in their future endeavors!

Meet with the OSS School Counselor Ms. Bumgarner

A Message from the Counselor

Hello Orlando Science Families,

On the button below you will be able to book a time to meet with me, Orlando Science School’s Professional School Counselor, Amanda Bumgarner. Click on an available time found in the link(button) below, answer the four required questions, and click to confirm your appointment. You will receive an email confirmation immediately.

Each appointment is thirty minutes and will be held in the school counselor’s office on the Lynx or Tech campus.

IMPORTANT NOTE: On Mon-Wed, the counselor will be at the Lynx Campus and on Thurs-Fri, at the Tech Campus. Please book accordingly.


Ms. B


Orlando Science Celebrates World Language Night

Many nations are living together on Earth. Each has its own unique language and culture. On World Language Night, we enriched our souls by getting to know different cultures and recognizing the beauty of each language with music, dance and foods. Thank you to all the parents and students who shared their culture and language with Orlando Science School families on this great night!

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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.

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!

OSS Participates in the 27th Annual Sunday at the Park

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This past weekend we celebrated the 27th annual Sunday at the Park! This event is held every year at the start of the spring, celebrating the good weather! It was a nice sunny day in which kids and parents from all around the college park area came together had fun with some carnival food, bounce houses and concerts. Our students were there showcasing their knowledge of STEM. They performed demos such as wine glass harmonics and instant snow! The students highlighted our school's accomplishments this year, even convincing other parents to send their students here. It was a huge success and loads of fun! I even almost fell off the centripetal disc we have showcasing angular momentum. We hope to see you there next year.

Annual OCPS Spring Break Immunization Event

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New MINDQUEST Date Added!

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Student Family -Sunday Mind Quest Activity (Sunday, April 8th, 2018)

In an effort to build community with each other, staff, students and families. 7th grade would like to invite all the schools to their gathering in Escaped Game, MindQuest on Sunday, April 8th.

What: School-Family Escaped Themed Group Activity

Where: Mind Quest Escape Games: 9938 Universal Blvd #112, Orlando, FL 32819 (http://mindquestescapegames.com )

When: Sunday, April 8th, 2018

  1. Elementary School Students and Parents: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  2. Middle School Students and Parents: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  3. High School Students and Parents: 3:0o p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $18.00 per person

Due: Thursday, March 30th, 11:59 p.m.

Type of Payment: School Pay link below.

Relay for Life Dress Down Week

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National Honor Society will be hosting a "Relay for Life Dress Day Week" during the week of April 2nd-April 6th 2018. Dress Down Day Passes will be on sale during the week of March 26th-March 30th 2018. The cost is $2 for one day or $5 for the week, passes must be pre-purchased in order to participate.

FBLA Presents Bunny Grams

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During the dates of March 26th-March 29th 2018 FBLA will be selling "Bunny Grams" for $1. The Gram will included an egg filled with candy and a personal message. The Bunny Grams maybe purchased in the dismissal area after school or in the cafeteria in the morning, all grams will be delivered on Friday March 30th 2018.

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 .

2017-2018 Orlando Science Middle High Yearbooks Purchase Deadline Approaching

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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 will be March 30th 2018, there will not additional yearbooks ordered!


Club of the Week: Chess

OSS Chess Club is lucky to have strong, brilliant, smart chess players, we also have extremely helpful parents.

On February, 24 OSS hosted their first Chess Tournament. Students & parents contributed for its growth. We had good number of attendees from Orange County Schools, and Orlando Science Schools.

Two OSS Students earned trophies for scoring in the top three: Yusuf G.- 1st place (High school) , and Aayush C.i – 3rd Place (Middle School).

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.

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.

Anime Club Presents: Yu-Gi-Oh! & Pokemon Card Game Day

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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 March.

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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March Hot Charter Breakfast and Lunch Menu

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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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Parent Volunteer Organization Meeting

Wednesday, March 28th, 6-8pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

Our next PVO meeting will take place on Wednesday March 28th 2018 from 6PM-8PM in the Orlando Science Middle High Cafeteria. Everyone is welcome to attend, we will be discussing upcoming events and Fall Festival reminders. RSVP below, we cannot wait to see you there!

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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.
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Adult and Children First Aid/CPR/AED and Anaphylaxis Epi-pen Auto-injector Training

Saturday, March 31st, 9am-6pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

This last week our OSS family became even more medically prepared. 13 of us participated in learning Adult and Children First Aid/CPR/AED and Anaphylaxis Epi-pen Auto-injector. These certification courses are most helpful as not only are these students trained but are also helping donate money to the HOSA club. Times slots are 9-12, 12-3, 3-6.

Do not wait, sign up using School Pay today! First eight to sign up for a time slot are the first served. Please email Mr. Stampas for more Information.


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 March 28th 2018

Congratulations to last week's winners, Mr.Jenkins, Jennifer J and Mr. Lakner !

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

Thank you to our Sponsors.

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