Orlando Science High School

Issue 6

Weekly Newsletter - September 21, 2018

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Principal's Message

Dear Families and Students,

I hope everyone had another successful week! Remember you can find all of the most recent OSHS news here in the weekly newsletter.

First I would like to congratulate our Middle School Soccer Team on their win over Legends Academy this past Monday! Their next home game will be next Wednesday, September 26th against Crown Point at the Technology Campus field. Come out and support your Orcas!

This past Saturday, September 15th, one of our advanced band students auditioned for the All-State Band, a band that will be composed of players from all over the state of Florida. Bryan Kelly, who is a 10th-grade trumpet player, auditioned as a representative of Orlando Science High School. If he makes the 9-10 All-State Concert Band, he will perform for a concert at the annual Florida Music Educator's Convention this January in Tampa, Florida. We wish him the best of luck in being chosen for this highly-advanced ensemble.

From September 15th- October 15th, 2018 Orlando Science Schools are pleased to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. We invite all of our Orlando Science Middle High families to join us on October 5th for our Annual Hispanic Heritage Night! Details may be found in this week's newsletter on this fun event for everyone.

Orcas do not forget that our Annual Welcome Picnic event will take place this Saturday, September 22nd 2018 at the Technology Drive Field, we hope to see you there!

Seniors, this is your year! See the section of the newsletter devoted just to you.

As the first day of autumn approaches this weekend, we hope you have marked your calendars to join us for the PVO sponsored Fall Festival coming October 20th. See the Fall Festival Headquarters in the newsletter each week for the most recent updates.

Finally, science fair projects should be under way for all OSHS Orcas! Read the Week 4 update of the Science Fair Headquarters to be sure you are on track with your project.

Enjoy your weekend!


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

MEET THE 2018-2019 OSHS SGA Members!

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The Orlando Science Schools’ SGA is committed to serving the student body; ensuring every student receives an extra push to reach their goals. We are the voices of our peers and we strive to help improve all youth's success rates by promoting positivity, available resources, opportunities and school spirit.

1. Leo Garcia-Moreno

2. Isiah Sloan

3. Karima Itayem

4. Gaby Couto

5. Serena Sanichar

6. Dyson Stallworth

7. Visly Zhang

8. Gavin Changour

9. Haydn Howe

10. Kaitlin Deshotel

11. Sana Sopariwala

12. Chaemin Kim

13. Nikhil Raval

14. Joanne Lee

15. Jashawn DuVerney

16. Theori Thomas

17. Alvin Naiju

18. Kayra Akin

19. Ananya Vittal

20. Kristin Deshotel

21. Rayan Nana

22. Daemyn Burrell

23. Trinity Jones

24. Bhindya Ramkuar

25. Jorge Ayala

26. Feba Shibu

27. Mia Halabi

28. Rami Kabat

29. Savita Batra

30. Maryam Elmasri

31. Joshua Pinto


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Week 4

This is week 4 of the Science Fair updates! Please go to the Science Fair Headquarters using the button below to see get this week's update on all things Science Fair.

Thank you!

Mr. Stampas

Dear Parents,

This year, I would like to send weekly reminder/information emails about our competition math program. In these e-mails I will be informing you about upcoming competitions and events as well as resources you can utilize to support your kids. Here is the first one,

  • OSS Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society held its election for this year and following students will be in our MAO office this year. Congratulations!

President: Wade Twyford

Vice President: Rashaad Pedron

Secretary: Minh Le

Treasurer: Saardhak Bhrugubanda

  • OSS Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society will be having its induction ceremony today from 4:30pm to 6:00pm at OSS High campus. All new members will be inducted today. We would like to see all new and former members and their parents in this event.

  • Saturday studies already started and we would like to see all competition math program members (6th through 12th grade) attending these studies. Students will take mock competitions and sponsor teachers will go over their questions. This is a great opportunity for students to prepare for math competitions.

  • We will be ordering our spirit T-shirts for this year soon. Former members please make your payments via School Pay. New 6th grade and new Mu Alpha Theta members already paid this fee with their new member registration fees. Here is the link;


  • Attached files are for your reference:

OSS competition math program calendar

Permission slip for FGCU math competition

MathCounts school handbook for middle school mathletes to work on.


Mr. Akyalcin

Math Instructor and Competition Math Program Coordinator

Orlando Science Schools

skate night is coming

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Middle School Skate Night is COMING! 6th-8th Graders but all OSS families are welcome!

Sponsored by: OSS PVO

Date: Sept 28, 5-9pm

Location: Let's Skate 14207 W Colonial Dr. Winter Garden, 34787

Cost: $8 per student, $6 bring your own skates

**Cash only, raffle giveaways, concessions available, contest for the highest class participation**

PVO is looking for 4 parent volunteers to check families in during Skate Night. Click below to SIGN UP!

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Orlando Science Schools will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th- October 15th, 2018. We will host our Annual Hispanic Heritage Night on Friday, October 5th, 2018 at the Technology Drive High School Cafeteria. For more information please find the details below.

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OSHS is hosting a 2018 Career Day on Thursday, November 1st from 8:30am-2:30pm.

We would like to invite professionals from our community to visit OSHS classrooms so that they may share their professions with our students. Presenters should expect to share a 10-20 minute presentation focused on their career followed by a Q & A session. The presentation may be a PowerPoint slideshow or any other kind of engaging format they wish.

If you know professionals interested in sharing their career choices with students, please send them to the document link below.

Diversity is key, from firefighters, chefs, engineers...all are welcome!

RETIREES TOO! Any experience is helpful.

If you have any questions feel free to email Mr. Stampas.

Thank you and go Orcas! -Mr. Stampas

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Yearbook senior ads:

Senior yearbook ads are now available!

Purchase an advertisement for your senior today. Include pictures and a short message for your student before they graduate. After payment is made be sure to email your pictures and your message to michael.lakner@orlandoscience.org to make sure the correct information is placed in the yearbook.

Full page ad:


1/2 page ad:


Due date is March 19, 2019

yearbook senior quotes:

It is that time of year to submit your "Senior Quote" for the yearbook. You may submit your quote via the form below. All forms (digital or paper) are DUE TO MS. LIZARAZO BY FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2ND 2018. If you have any questions please contact Giovanna.Lizarazo@OrlandoScience.org.

hispanic heritage youth awards for seniors

Seniors of Hispanic heritage, read the flyer below presented by the Hispanic Heritage foundation to learn more about their 2018 Youth Awards. There are educational grants available to winners!

Middle School Soccer Team Week 2

OSS Orcas vs Legends Academy, Monday, September 17th

The OSS Orcas showed great sportsmanship and teamwork as they placed another win in the books. Orcas ended Monday's game with a triumphant victory of 8-2. Great work Orcas!

OSS Orcas vs Renaissane Charter Chickasaw, wednesday, september 19th

The Orcas played a tough game and showed great sportsmanship and teamwork Wednesday night. With an ultimate defeat of 2-1, they will continue to work hard and play hard. We are proud of you!

Upcoming soccer games week 3


Tuesday, Sep. 25th, 4:30pm

825 Courtland Street

Orlando, FL

XL Soccer World


Wednesday, Sep. 26th, 5:15pm

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

OSS Technology Drive field
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Greetings Orca families,

The OSHS Media Center has 334 books inventoried as of this writing, up from 280 last week! I would like to extend a sincere THANK-YOU to the families who have generously donated items to our new library thus far:

Akella family

De'Waina Bradford

Canatay family

Dorman family

Colin Foley

Foisy family

Mischa Fortna

Ganaban family

Melo-Pereira family

Nana family

Oikle family

Parekattil family

Taje-Sanders family

Simons-Tully family

Trujillo family

Yore family

I'm happy to announce that the Media Center is now open! Students may come here during the school day at their teacher's discretion or after school until 3:10 to study, checkout books, or read. But we still need titles for our students to borrow! Check out the many titles our team suggests here on the OSHS Media Center Amazon Wishlist. If you would like to donate any of these items (new or gently used), please send them to the Media Center. Titles do not need to be purchased from Amazon.

If you would like to donate items and prefer to have them shipped, please deliver to:

Orlando Science High School

Attn: Media Center

2600 Technology Drive Suite 250 (the suite # has changed)

Orlando, FL 32804

Be sure to message me if you choose to have items shipped so I may acknowledge your contribution. For each book donated, I will enter your child's name into a raffle for a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card. Congratulations to Ethan P. who won the first Barnes and Noble gift card!

Book checkout isn't all the media center offers. Students may use the new Chromebook laptops after school until 3:10 as well. College bound students can check out the 2018 College Board SAT subject area test prep books and college prep guides. We have the most recent titles available.

Another new feature of the Media Center is the reading lounge. The Nana family has generously donated four lounge chairs and accompanying furniture so students to have a comfortable quiet reading space. If you would like to donate additional lounge furniture, please contact me for more information. I expect this to be a popular space among staff and students alike.

The progress of the media center has been tremendous thanks to you. I look forward to helping our OSHS orcas reach their goals this coming year.

Orca Pride,

Mrs. Singleton

Media Specialist Orlando Science High School


407-299-6595 Ext. 3324

PSAT for 8th & 9th graders

Dear HS Tech Students:

Students in 8th and 9th grade have the option of taking the PSAT 8/9 on November 8th, 2018. The PSAT 8/9 is the first test in the SAT Suite of Assessments. Tightly aligned with the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10, it establishes a baseline for college and career readiness as students enter high school. The test fee is $18.00 and must be paid via school pay only. The deadline to register and make payment for the PSAT 8/9 is October 5th, 2018. Registration form is attached below, please complete it and return to Mr. Han, room 327.

PSAT 8/9 Quick Reference Guide

Get to Know the Test

Find out what kinds of questions will be asked on PSAT 8/9 and which skills and knowledge areas it will test. Go to Test Design. Web link: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9/test-design

Better Access to Better Data

With sub scores and cross-test scores, PSAT 8/9 scores provide detailed information about students’ foundational skills and knowledge.

(Web link: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9/scores

Delivering Opportunity

The PSAT 8/9 connects students to free practice resources for later tests in the SAT Suite and to AP courses.

Personalized Study for the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT

Students who take the PSAT 8/9 will receive personalized SAT study resources based on their results. This Khan Academy practice experience will be adaptive and tailored to meet each student’s individual needs.

Khan Academy web link: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/about/benefits/khan-academy-practice

Connect to AP

AP Potential™ helps our school use PSAT 8/9 results to identify ninth-graders likely to succeed in AP World History and AP European History. These students are also notified of their potential directly.

If you have questions concerning the PSAT 8/9 please contact Mr. Han.

Orlando Science Celebrates American Founders' Month!

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The Month of September 2018 will mark the first annual observance of "American Founders". American Founders' month offers the opportunity for students to participate in activities related to the nation's founding fathers, who were instrumental in crafting historical documents that provide for individual liberty and representative government.

In each of our September Newsletters, we will feature one or two of our seven founding fathers, be sure to check back each week to learn more information.

John Adams

Lawyer, statesman, president, gadfly, New Englander: John Adams was a lot of things, but boring wasn't one of them. Here are some interesting facts you might not know about Mr. Adams.

  1. He was not a slaveholder. Of the first five American presidents, Adams was the only non-slaveholder.
  2. But he was against abolition. In 1801, two abolitionists sent a pamphlet by Warner Mifflin to John Adams. He responded that, while he was opposed to slavery and had never owned a slave in his life, he did not support the abolitionist movement—he thought it was dangerous and potentially destabilizing.
  3. Adams died on the same day as Thomas Jefferson. The two staunch rivals passed on July 4, 1826, exactly fifty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
  4. He was the first president to live in the White House. Adams and his wife Abigail moved into the White House in 1800, before it was even completed, and lived there for only four months before his term ended.
  5. He created America’s oldest band. In 1798, Adams signed an act of Congress for the creation of the United State Marine Band, “the oldest continuously active professional musical organization in our country.”

Benjamin Franklin

Author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, diplomat; Benjamin Franklin was many things but boring wasn't one of them. Here are some interesting facts you might not know about Mr. Franklin.

  1. Franklin is the only Founding Father to have signed all three documents that freed America from Britain, the Declaration of Independence, The Treaty of Paris and the United States Constitution.
  2. Benjamin Franklin never patented an invention; he considered them as gifts to the public. His inventions were practical and designed to make everyday life easier. As he wrote in his autobiography: “As we enjoy the advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously.”
  3. Franklin did not discover electricity but he discovered positive and negative charges to describe electricity by flying a kite during a storm.
  4. He was the first person to chart the Gulf Stream and to propose an explanation of storm movement in the northern hemisphere. He proposed that storms can move in opposite direction from the wind.
  5. In 1731 Franklin founded the first commercial franchise system in the Americas by creating co-partnerships. He had two female franchisees.

Celebrate Freedom Week

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Celebrate Freedom Week is an official holiday in Florida schools from September 24-28th. It is designed to emphasize the teaching of our country's origins with an emphasis on the founding documents. Check back on Friday, 9.28.18 to see what our Orcas are doing in their social studies classes to celebrate Freedom Week.

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saturday, october 20th 9am-6pm

Early Bird special now available

Early Bird special for Fall Festival Wrist bands is now open. From Sept 21 to Oct 12 wrist bands will be sold at a reduced rate of $10. From October 13 to the festival the price will revert back to the normal price of $15. Beat the lines and purchase package deals now and pick up your tickets at the Will Call Table either at the festival or a couple days before the festival at the school. (Will Call pick up dates at the school will be announced closer to the festival.)

Purchase here: https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Fall-Festival-Ticket-Sales/IdLgh

donate & sponsor

Please begin to collect small new and unused toys and trinkets for our Treasure Chest tent at the Fall Festival. These prizes are for the 2 free game tents the children play to collect tickets and then redeem them for prizes at the Treasure Chest tent. Donation boxes are at the front offices to drop off your donations.

There are still Fall Festival sponsorships available. Please consider one of the sponsorships still available or an affordable family sign for $100. If you also work for a company that does donation matching, your donation will be doubled. You can find out all the fall festival information on our OSS home webpage or at www.orlandoscience.org/fall-festival-2018.

Fall Festival PVO Meeting 9.26.18

Please join us for the next Fall Festival joint PVO meeting on Wednesday, September 26 at the High School Cafeteria, 2nd Floor, from 6 – 8 pm. This will be focusing on the Fall Festival preparations. All campuses are welcome to attend to learn more about the festival and how you can help contribute to its success. If you are interested in attending please RSVP using the link below! If you have questions, comments, or requests, you may email OSS.PVO@orlandoscience.org

High School Student volunteers

The PVO needs your help and you need to collect Community Service Hours towards your Bright Future’s Scholarship requirement (100 hours by the time you graduate). The Fall Festival will take place on Saturday, October 20th and we have various shifts to choose from. If you sign up for a shift, you are acknowledging that you will be responsible for covering that shift from the beginning to the end and are not allowed to leave your post unattended. Your shift supervisor will be signing off on your volunteer hours and will not give you the full credit if you leave your post unattended. A mandatory volunteer orientation meeting will be held at the school days before the festival to make sure that you are aware of the importance of your job. Your 4-hour shift will include a meal voucher. Please go to the office and register on the computer outside Mr. Han’s office. This is only for volunteering for the PVO, if you are volunteering for a club tent, please see your club advisor.

Parent Volunteers

The Parent Fall Festival Volunteer Registration link is now open. We need your help! This is a big undertaking that will reap big rewards if we have the support from parents to help us. There are two shifts plus an early set up. Please sign up for at least one of them, if not more, so that we can have every position covered. We will have an In Service meeting at the October 10th meeting so you know what is expected of you. If you can’t come to that meeting, we will get in touch with you and share what you missed. If you are volunteering to work at a club tent do not sign up on this link. This link is only if you are helping with the PVO. You must be OCPS Additions approved to volunteer for anything school related. Don’t forget to register with them ASAP. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0949a9aa23a6f94-2018
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Join the OSS Parent Volunteer Organization

Dear Orlando Science Lynx Lane and Technology High School Families,

It is time to join the Parent Volunteer Organization (PVO). Membership is $25 per family for returning families and $30 for new families, your membership dues go directly back into the school to provide items and supplies for our teachers. We are also asking that PVO members work with specific committees (School Improvement, Fundraising, Volunteer Work, Teacher Appreciation, Events, Etc.) Please utilize the SCHOOL PAY link below to pay your dues.

If you have questions, comments, or requests, you may email OSS.PVO@orlandoscience.org . A formal PVO committee, including president and vice-president, will be announced at the end of the first quarter of the 2018-2019 School Year. PVO will hold bi-monthly meetings that will inform parents of progress, agendas, and upcoming events.

Thank you for all of your help and support as we look forward to a great year.

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Parent Volunteer Opportunities

If you are an ADDitions approved volunteer, OSHS can use your help! We are looking for parents or responsible adults over the age of 18 to help during lunch times (approximately 11am-1pm) and during car line before and after school. Please contact Ms. Foley to schedule the exact time slots. All volunteers must complete the ADDitions application is here: https://ocps.samaritan.com/custom/503/ beforehand. Thank you for all you do to help make OSHS great!
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medical form

If you have a student with any medical conditions such as asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetes or any other serious medical conditions, please contact Mrs. Foley via email ASAP for the paperwork that is needed for the 2018-2019 school year.

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.

Birthday Dress Down Form

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

Orcas, we ask that you take a moment and fill out the OCPS Free/Reduced Meal Application.To do so click the START FRESH photo or the link below. For more details regarding the application, please select the information link below.

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High School Charter Schools Menu: Septmber 17-28, 2018

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2018-2019 Technology Drive High School Campus Dress Code

Technology Drive High School Orcas Families please make sure to review the Dress Code with your students. Dress Code may be found on page 29 in the OSS Handbook HS 2018-2019 below.

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2018-2019 Report Card & Progress Report Dates

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Upcoming Technology Drive HS Events

Fall Festival PVO Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 26th, 6-8pm

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

Please join us for the next Fall Festival joint PVO meeting on Wednesday, September 26 at the High School Cafeteria, 2nd Floor, from 6 – 8 pm. This will be focusing on the Fall Festival preparations. All campuses are welcome to attend to learn more about the festival and how you can help contribute to its success. If you are interested in attending please RSVP using the link here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0949a9aa23a6f94-september. If you have questions, comments, or requests, you may email OSS.PVO@orlandoscience.org

8th Grade Skate Night

Friday, Sep. 28th, 5-9pm

14207 West Colonial Drive

Winter Garden, FL

Middle School Skate Night is COMING! 6th-8th Graders only!

Sponsored by: OSS PVO

Date: Sept 28, 5-9pm

Location: Let's Skate 14207 W Colonial Dr. Winter Garden, 34787

Cost: $8 per student, $6 bring your own skates

**Cash only, raffle giveaways, concessions available, contest for the highest class participation**

Hispanic Heritage celebration

Friday, Oct. 5th, 5-7pm

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

Picture Re-takes

Friday, Oct. 12th, 8am

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

If you need your school picture retaken, Lifetouch will be on campus in the Media Center.
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