Orlando Science Schools Lynx Campus

Issue 5

Weekly Newsletter: September 11, 2020

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Principal's Corner

Dear Orca Families and Students,


Thank you for your support of Orlando Science Schools! I hope you all have another great week! I would like to thank all our parents and students for following instructions of School Health and Safety Procedures and Signages. I thank you for your support and contribution. Because of its importance, I would like to reemphasize the followings this week as well:


For those who have not have change, please take some time, and review the OSS Health and Safety COVID-19 Procedures and COVID-19 Student Screening Scenarios Flow Chart below. Please have a conversation with your students about the health and safety measures that are in place and reach your school if you have any questions or updates about your children’s health. As we enter the flu season, the precautions become more important for all of us.


Masks: Masks are mandatory. Refusal to wear a face mask will be considered insubordination and will be subject to progressive discipline as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Specific guidelines are also included in the OSS health and safety procedure below.


Sanitations: Hand sanitizers, sanitizing wipes or a spray bottle with paper towels provided in every classroom and will be available to students and staff. Automatic hand sanitizer stations are installed in restrooms, cafeteria, and commonly used areas.


Temperature Checks: Every staff and student temperature are checked before entering the campus.


Social Distancing: Students should always attempt to maintain a social distance of 6 feet. Proper signages are posted in the classrooms, hallways, dismissal area and cafeteria.


Class Changes: Students follow a cohort setting and remain in their homeroom classes. Students should walk directly to their next class and not congregate in the halls if they change any classes.


Drop off/Pick -up: Parents/Guardians must stay in their vehicle when dropping off or picking up their students.


Lunch: Students must be sitting on the socially distanced designated seats facing one direction in the cafeteria and follow the school staff directions.


Visitors: All visitors must wear a face mask and must report directly to the front office.


Sick-Not feeling well: If your student is sick or not feeling well, please keep them at home If your student or one of the household member shows COVID-19 symptoms, please follow the OSS COVID-19 Student Screening Scenarios Flow Chart below and inform your campus immediately.


Please join me congratulating our 8th grade student, Ashna for being chosen as one of the 300 semi-finalists in the Broadcom MASTERS Science Competition. This is a great honor a middle school student can receive in science fair competition. Keep up the great work, Ashna! Your OSS family proud of you!


Orcas keep challenging and prepare themselves for the Nation's best colleges and universities in their dedicated teachers’ classrooms and guidance at OSS! I am very proud to announce that the following eight seniors became the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists! This is the highest number of Orcas have ever become Semifinalist in any class! Kudos to C2021! They put the bar higher than ever this year.


Nishi Anthireddy, Harvik Kesineni, Anthony Le, Minh Le, Noah Lowe, Siyona Mishra, Bansari Modi, Liam O’Connor. They still need to work hard in order to become 2021 National Merit Scholar. I believe that they will reach out that goal as well. I am very proud of each one of them and the faculty who educate these great students!


Today, OSS Orcas reflected on 9/11/01 and remembered the 2,977 patriots who lost their lives in the terror attack at WTC, Pentagon and Flight 93 with a moment of silence. We reflected on the heroic actions of 1st responders who selflessly helped their fellow citizens.


Our curriculum night is scheduled on Friday, September 11th. This year’s curriculum night will be on Microsoft Teams and the details will be shared next week.


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.


Please stay safe and connected.


Go Orcas, Strive for Excellence!


Respectfully,

Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed

Principal

Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

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Due to the current blended learning environment (virtual and face-to-face), we will not be printing paper copies of Quarter 1 Progress Reports. Instead, we are making them available through your child's OSS Connect account. To access the Progress Report when they become available on Friday, September 11th, follow the steps provided in the link below.

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1st Quarter Parent Teacher Conferences 9/16 - 9/17

The first quarter Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for September 16th and 17th. Please take this opportunity to meet with your child's teachers so we can all work together and help our students meet their 1st quarter goals. If you are unable to schedule a conference using this link, please remember you can always schedule a conference directly with your child's teacher as needed.


** Please note, for PTCs (or any conferences) we will be using your child’s Microsoft Teams account. Your student’s account will be invited to the Parent Teacher Conference.

math counts: national math club

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The National Math Club was inadvertently left off of the after school clubs registration form. If your 6th - 8th grade student is interested in joining the National Math Club please fill out the form below. The deadline to register is Wednesday, September 16th.

PICTURE DAY FALL 2020

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Bring your best smile for picture day! On campus students will take their school photos on Thursday, September 17th and Innovative Learning students will take their school pictures on Saturday, September 19th. Innovative Learning students should use the Sign Up Genius link below to register for a time slot on Saturday, September 19th.

September 17, 2020 Traditional Face-to-Face Students Only


  • Students must be in uniform and comply with all dress code requirements
  • All health and safety procedures will be enforced.



September 19, 2020 Innovative E-Learning Students Only


** ALL PHOTOS WILL TAKE PLACE AT LYNX CAMPUS **


  • Appointment is required. A SignUpGenius link will be provided soon to schedule your appointments.
  • All health and safety procedures will be enforced.
    • 2 or 3 ply masks are required.
  • Students must be in uniform and comply with all dress code requirements. Please see Code of Conduct for dress code requirements.
    • Special Exemption: E-Learning students may wear a red/navy blue polo if they do not own an OSS uniform polo.
    • Navy blue or khaki bottoms.
    • Belts: Must be leather, or fabric in the solid colors of black, brown, gray, navy blue, or khaki.

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AMERICA'S SAFE SCHOOLS WEEK & UNITY DAY OCTOBER 21, 2020

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Orlando Science Middle School (Lynx Campus) is participating in this year's America's Safe Schools Week. Activities conducted during America’s Safe Schools Week draw attention to the continuing problem of school violence and educate everyone about how schools can be made safer and more secure. America’s Safe Schools Week offers an opportunity to address this very important issue and to take steps to ensure that schools offer students and teachers an environment which they can perform to the best of their abilities. There will be several activities throughout this week and more details will be provided!


At this time we would like to announce that on Wednesday, October 21st, students are welcome to Wear Orange for Unity Day and dress down. All dress down day guidelines apply.

OSS Unity Day shirts are available for purchase online, use the link below to order before October 2, 2020. Wear and share orange to show that we are together against bullying, and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.


Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to showing that you believe that all youth should be safe from bullying? Come together in one giant ORANGE message of hope and support, WEAR AND SHARE ORANGE to color our nation, and even the world, visibly showing that our society believes that no child should ever experience bullying.

Meet the PVO lynx campus president, Ms. Amelia Lyons!

Orca families, please join us in congratulating and welcoming Amelia Lyons to her new role as the Lynx Lane Campus PVO (Parent Volunteer Organization) President! We at Orlando Science Schools are thrilled to be working alongside her on future campus events, activities, and community projects.


Ms. Lyons can be contacted directly through email (PVO.LynxCampus@orlandoscience.org). Look for more information about joining our Parent Volunteer Organization in next week's newsletter!

JOIN OSS LYNX CAMPUS PVO

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!

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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A MESSAGE FROM MS. PEREZ

Hello Friends and Welcome Back to Counseling Corner!

This week we’ll be discussing mindfulness, its benefits, and activities you can try at home. There are many benefits from the start. Research has shown that mindfulness can mitigate the effects of bullying (Zhou, Liu, Niu, Sun, & Fan, 2016), enhance focus in children with ADHD (Zhang et al., 2016), reduce attention problems (Crescentini, Capurso, Furlan, & Fabbro, 2016), improve mental health and wellbeing, and improve social skills when well taught and practiced with children and adolescents.


Asking your children to try mindfulness is awesome, but will be more effective if you’re willing to try it with them, or even modeling what mindfulness looks like (an excellent call-back for those of you who read the article on modeling resting and compassionate behavior I wrote a few weeks ago). It may also help you to plan an activity you know they enjoy for the time following your mindfulness activity so you can create a positive association with the practice. In addition, when planning to try this, pay attention to their energy! If they’re in the mindset to be calm and focus, then great! However if they are full of energy and just want to play a sport or run around it may not be the best time to practice mindfulness with them.


Here are a few activities you can use to practice mindfulness, either for yourself or with your kids:


  • Mindful Coloring: Using one of those adult coloring books or mindful coloring sheets printed from online are best. Regular coloring pages may not achieve the same effect. Remind them that if they make a mistake, they should just breathe and move on. Mindfulness is about just letting the experiences pass us by without making judgements about them.


  • Connecting with Nature: Go on a 10-15 minute walk with your child, without headphones or distractions. Encourage them to notice the nature around them and get specific, the colors, the types of trees, the sounds, the smells, the animals around, the type of ground you’re walking on, etc.


  • Yoga: This one is kind of self-explanatory, but you can find great and free videos online of small 10-15 minute yoga practices and you can do these with your child in the comfort of your own living room.


  • Affirmations: Take the time to create a list of positive affirmations with your student. Come up with a few that are specific to your child and what they need to hear, such as, “I am strong,” “I can overcome my stressful days,” I give myself compassion in this moment,” or “I am doing my best. That is all I can expect of myself.” To practice mindfulness with this list, take 5 minutes with your student and allow them the space to recite these affirmations to themselves, asking them to repeat them as many times they need to until they feel more at peace.


  • Guided Meditations: You can find these online as well or with apps like “Calm” or “My Life (Stop, Breathe, and Think.” My personal favorite is the app called “My Life” because the app encourages you to take 10 seconds to breathe and calm yourself and then you can select up to 5 different emotions or feelings you’re having in the moment and then the app generates 2-5 guided meditations based on the emotions you just entered in. To give you an example, sometimes if I’m having trouble falling asleep, I will enter that into the app and I will receive about 3 progressive muscle relaxations, grounding exercises, or breathing activities to facilitate falling asleep. (I normally don’t even finish the meditation before I’ve drifted off 😊)


  • Breathing Visualizations: These are also ones that are kind of self-explanatory so I will include a link here with a few of the different types of breathing tricks you can visualize with your student (use the ones on the first line of examples, those are some of the best). The benefits of deep breathing and breathing visualizations are that it is a built in way that our body allows us to calm ourselves and change our reaction to stress, frustration, and anxiety before it becomes problematic and exaggerated. This can also help de-escalate a “freak out!”


For more mindfulness activities or resources, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I highly recommend these techniques if you find that emotions and tensions seem to run high during the school day. 😊


And as always, if you need anything, I’m here to help!


All the best,

Ms. Perez

Ms. Perez's Quote of the Week

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2021 NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM SEMI-FINALISTS

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This week officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.


We are proud to share that the OSS Class of 2021 made OSS history with 8 qualifying students! Congratulations to this group of hardworking students, we wish them the best of luck as they move forward in their National Merit Scholarship process.

BROADCOM MASTERS TOP 300

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Orlando Science School 8th Grader, Ashna M., has been named to this year's Broadcom MASTERS Top 300. Founded and produced by the Society for Science & The Public, Broadcom MASTERS is the premier STEM competition for middle school students. Congratulations, Ashna! We are so proud of your hard work!

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We are so proud to recognize OSS Senior, Alexis D., for her creation of the 501c3 non-profit organization, CAFYIR (Career Aid for Young Immigrants and Refugees). Through this organization, a program has been developed called "CAFYIR on the Computer" and is open to immigrants, refugees, or any other students you believe may benefit in grades Kindergarten through 8th.


These meetings will be held once a week through Microsoft Teams. When a student registers for the program they will receive their login credentials for Microsoft and information on the program orientation. They will be mailed an interactive lesson packet that will be used throughout the program, a school supply pack to be used along with the program, and a book for enjoyment. Registration is open through October 4, 2020.

national junior honor society certificate of affiliation

At OSS we recognize the importance of celebrating outstanding student achievement, and our affiliation with the National Junior Honor Society helps us do just that! NJHS elevates a school's commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. Developing and maintaining a chapter of NJHS is a proud accomplishment for our school!

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OSS LYNX CAMPUS 2020-21 PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES & REPORT CARD DATES

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lynx campus bell schedule

Traditional Face-to-Face:

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E-Learning:

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ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL 2020-2021 CALENDAR

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Orange County Public Library Online Resources

The Orange County Public Library has given OSS students access to their plethora of virtual resources! See the graphic below for access information, including your credentials and the website. Follow the link below to get started with your virtual library card today!

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LYNX CAMPUS COURSE CHANGE REQUEST

Please see the following details regarding OSMS 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.
  • For inquiries, email Mr. Moon (Moon@orlandoscience.org)

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.

MONTHLY/BIRTHDAY DRESS DOWN DAYS

Students that are eligible to participate will be notified regarding our monthly dress down days. Additionally, students on campus are welcome to dress down on their birthday! Please contact Mrs. Sawyer on Microsoft Teams or through email (stefanie.sawyer@orlandoscience.org) for birthday dress down approval.


Please view the document below with important dress-down day guidelines and reminders.

FORTIFYFL APP

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See the important message below regarding FortifyFlorida:

Any student, educator, parent or member of the public can report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators anonymously and easily through the FortifyFL app or www.getfortifyfl.com. The Florida Legislature directed this tool’s development in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.


The app, which is available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices, is critical to ensuring all Florida schools are safe environments where students and educators can experience and share the joy of learning without fear.


We hope that you will become familiar with this tool and help us spread the word about it with your students and their families. Please note that the official app’s logo will look exactly as it does in the graphic above.

OSS 2020-2021 Handbook

Students and families that have any questions about the 2020-2021 Code of Conduct, Discipline Plan, Reward system and many other OSS Middle School topics should refer to the Handbook linked below:

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.

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.

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 started providing 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.

OSS TECHNICAL ISSUES?

OSS Connect is up and running! Families experiencing technical issues related to eLearning, please email our helpdesk at eLearning@orlandoscience.org. Use this email address to:


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

DOWNLOAD THE NEW OSS APP FOR ANDROID AND APPLE

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.

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!

FOLLOW OSS MIDDLE HIGH ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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Curriculum Night

Friday, Sep. 11th, 5:15-7:30pm

Facilitated Virtually on Microsoft Teams

Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Sep. 16th, 4-6pm

VIRTUALLY FACILITATED ONLINE

Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Sep. 17th, 4:30-6:30pm

VIRTUALLY FACILITATED ONLINE

Fall Picture Day for Face-to-Face Students

Thursday, Sep. 17th, 9am

OSS Lynx Campus

Fall Picture Day for Virtual Students

Saturday, Sep. 19th, 9am-2pm

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READ BELOW FOR SOME EASY WAYS TO GIVE BACK TO OSS MIDDLE SCHOOL. WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!

The Box Tops Program is all new for 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

AmazonSmile

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

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


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