Orlando Science Schools Lynx Campus

Issue 9

October 11th, 2019 Weekly Newsletter

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Principal's Corner

Dear Orca Families and Students,

I hope everyone had a great week as we conclude of the quarter one. 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, parents and students who joined in our annual welcome picnic last weekend. It was a great day and I enjoyed being around families and watching the students having fun! I hope every family enjoyed their time with us.

In honor of the Orlando Science Schools Day which is proclaimed by the City of Orlando as November 4th, 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 to congratulate Mr. Murphy as "Teacher of the Month September". Mr. Murphy has dedicated his time to ensure his students reaches their heights potential and provide a safe learning environment for his students as well as promote/sponsor College Mentorship program in our school.

Parents, Breakfast with Principal will take place next week Thursday, October 17th. If you have not had a chance, you can still sign up from the link below.

Our Literacy Night was a great success! I would like to thank ELA Department, teachers, parents, students and especially to Ms. Killian for putting this night together. More details will be coming in our next week's issue.

8th graders, As your upperclassmen is taking PSAT/NMSQT next week, I encourage you to take PSAT8/9! It is a great way to start to check where you are in your college readiness journey. Please see the details below and see Ms. Frunker if you have any questions.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

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Finalized hurricane dorian make-up days

OCPS has adjusted its Hurricane Dorian make up days. OSS will follow the schedule adjustments as well. Please see the schedule below and mark your calendars accordingly.

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Fall Festival 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

Solar Bears Field Trip

OSS Middle is planning to take a field trip on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 to see the Solar Bears. If your interested in having your child participate, please complete the field trip permission form on the last page and return it by October 17, 2019

Breakfast with the principal

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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. Please click the link below to sign up.

Orlando Science Morning Show 10-11-2019

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 Grade Testing

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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 and how your child can prepare.

The deadline to register is October 29th, 2019. Good luck Orcas!

Fall Fetival Volunteers 2019

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.

Science Fair 2019-2020

Character Day 2019

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Orlando Science Schools Lynx Campus celebrated Character Day on October 4 – 5. Character Day is an annual event that unites millions of people in schools, companies, and homes to develop and deepen their character: strengths like empathy, grit, gratitude, and leadership. Why? Because character development leads not only to school and career success, but also to stronger, more engaged individuals and a more just world. Last year, over 4 million people across 200,000 groups in 125 countries and all 50 states participated in Character Day.

OSS students were able to Dress Down on October 4th, in OSS colors: blue and white. Additionally, students learned about the science of character, and how they can develop their character strengths. On October 5th students were encouraged to unplug from technology, to reconnect with each other and nature, to go back to a time before smartphones, and focus on cultivating their character.

Club Corner

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Fashion Club

We want to send out a special “OSS Thank You!” to our new student Ryan A. and his mother Denise! Not only is their presence a wonderful new addition to our OSS family, but they also have gone out of their way to give back to our school’s community. After reading our newsletter last Friday, they addressed our Fashion Club’s need for sewing machines by donating two machines to the club! Thank you so much for your generous donation, we look forward to using these items to further our creativity!

OSS Executive Director wins distinguished leader of central florida award

We are proud to honor our OSS Executive Director and founder, Dr. Yalcin Akin, for receiving this Distinguished Leader of Central Florida Award from US Rep Darren Soto. Orlando Science Schools, operating in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties, have consistently ranked as some of the best schools in the state of Florida. They currently stand in the top 15 percent of all schools in the state. Congratulations Dr. Akin!

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Taught by Meghana Talluri, a vocalist with 10 years of experience and superior rating certification from the National Federation of Music Clubs. Also an 11th grader at OSS!

To sign up: contact Mrs. Frunker: frunker@orlandoscience.org

Questions, comments, concerns? Email: meghana_talluri@yahoo.com

Purchase a Replacement Agenda here

OSS Connect Parent Access Information

OSS Connect Parent Access Codes have been sent out via email for parents to view their students’ academic progress, tardies, conduct, upcoming events and more.

Parents can create an OSS Connect account to view their students' details. 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.

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!

What is a Multi-Tiered System of Supports?

MTSS is a term used to describe an evidence-based model of schooling that uses data-based problem-solving to integrate academic and behavioral instruction and intervention. The integrated instruction and intervention is provided to students at varying levels of intensity based on student need. The goal is to prevent problems and intervene early so that students can be successful. Please reach out school staffing specialists if you have any questions.


What is Delayed Dismissal? 30/30 Rule?

The “30/30 Rule" is a Delayed Dismissal Weather procedure that is 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.

Lynx Lane Traffic Map

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Join 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.
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New Orange County Text 911 Service

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Citizens and visitors in Orange County can now send a text message to 911 during an emergency or life-threatening situation. When seconds matter, a voice call to 911 is still the best and fastest way for a 911 call taker to retrieve and deliver life-saving information in the event of an emergency. However, there are certain circumstances where a text to 911 may be a better option. These include:

  •  You are hearing impaired
  •  You are speech impaired
  •  Making a voice call places you in a dangerous situation
  •  You have tried to call 911 but cannot get phone reception

If you choose to send a text message to 911, please remember the following:

  •  Always provide your exact location and the nature of your emergency
  •  Remember to silence your phone if you are in a dangerous situation
  •  Avoid using slang, social media jargon, and abbreviations
  •  Do not send photos, emojis, or videos
  •  Do not send a group text

Easy Ways to Give Back to OSS Middle!

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!

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Box Tops New App: Scan for your School


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.


OfficeDepot Gives Back

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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Walker and Bus Rider Release 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. Foley.

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 Mrs. Caggiano.

OSS Middle Handbook

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

Dress Down Request Form

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

2019-2020 Lynx Lane Tutoring Schedule

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Middle/High Charter Lunch Menu-September

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.

Important Payment Update

Please be advised for the 2019-2020 School Year we will NO LONGER BE ACCEPTING CASH as a form of payment. We will continue to accept checks, credit cards, and SCHOOL PAY. Thank you for your understanding.

Lynx Lane Events: Mark your calendars

PINK OUT Spirit Shirt Day

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

OSS Middle Lynx Campus


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
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