Orlando Science High School

Issue 20

Weekly Newsletter - January 18, 2019

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Principal's Message

Dear Families and Students,

This week was full of celebrating our wonderful students and their accomplishments at OSHS; congratulations to all of you! This coming long weekend is full of many events: Otronicon, Mu Alpha Theta Competition, Science Olympiad Regionals, FLL Robotics, City of Orlando's Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and more. I wish you all the best at whatever it is you do.

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, Orlando Science High School is closed Monday, January 21st. See details below for Orlando activities honoring the great civil rights activist. Do not forget that there will be no Saturday Leadership Academies or AP Studies this weekend.

OSHS will begin our National School Choice Week Celebration next Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019, be sure to review the list of events to stay in the know!

NHS is sponsoring a Teachers VS Students soccer game this coming Friday, January 25th. The proceeds raised from concessions will be donated to the American Cancer Society via Relay for Life. See the details below including how you can donate to the concession stand. We hope to see you there, it's going to be a fun game!

Our next K-12 PVO Meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 beginning at 6PM at the Orlando Science Technology Drive HS Cafeteria(2nd Floor), be sure to RSVP using the link below. Many details will be discussed, including fall festival proceeds.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend and we will see you on Tuesday!


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

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In observation of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, the city of Orlando has many events scheduled in the next coming days. This includes the 35th Annual 2019 Downtown Orlando MLK Parade on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 10:00AM. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an integral part of the Civil Rights Movement which laid the foundation for the equality of treatment and opportunity enjoyed in America and around the world today. The theme for the 2019 parade celebration is “King’s Vision: Humanity tied in a Single Garment of Destiny”. Click the link below to see all of the events honoring MLKJr.

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Orlando Science High School Accolades:

December Students of the Month

Congratulations to our OSHS December Students of the Month! These students were nominated by their teachers for consistently showing the ORCA character traits and overall being positive role models. Keep up the great work, we are proud of all of you!

Spelling Bee

These top five students are OSS Spelling Bee champs: Yasmine K., Ethan P. and Sieana B. Congratulations to them all! Yasmine K. will represent OSS at the Orange County Spelling Bee next month!
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AR Winners

Congratulations to these students for meeting their AR goals this 9 weeks! Sieana B., Shreya B., Aditya R., Max G., Raudy B. ad Kayra A.

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1st semester awards ceremony

Congratulations to our OSHS Award Winners! These students have worked hard and did their best. It was a wonderful night to celebrate all of their 1st Semester Achievements.

Awards were given in the following categories:

Principal's Honor Roll Medal-95-100% average

Honor Roll Medal-90-94.49 average

Achievement Medal-85-89.49 average

Citizenship Medal-No conduct points

Perfect Attendance-No absences

Science Olympiad

This past weekend our Middle/High Science Olympiad teams underwent one final invitational before this weekend’s Regionals. We went to Ohio and to MIT! In Ohio there were 54 teams, our school placed 11th! They had fun time and were able to see snow. Mr. Demir and Mr. Ulgut were able to have a competitive snowball fight! In New England, there were 76 teams, and we achieved the 25th ranking! A big thank you to Tina, OSHS Alumni '18, for guiding us across the MIT campus. These were really difficult tests ranging with 180 short answer and multiple choice questions in 50 min. We are proud of all of our students, and cannot wait to see what they will accomplish this weekend.

FBLA competes at Full Sail University

The OSHS FBLA Team competed in District 15 district competition on Friday, January 11 at Full Sail University. Each of the students had the opportunity to compete in two events. Students were able to compete in individual and/ team events. Some of the events our team competed in were business math computer based test, job interview presentation, business plan presentation, sports entertainment presentation, public speaking and many more. When students completed their events, they had the opportunity to tour the collage and play games using the technology available at the university. We look forward to find out the outcome of the events during the award ceremony January 24, 2019. Thank you to Ms. May for joining us and volunteering as a time keeper for presentation events.

Mrs. N. Perez

OSHS FBLA TEAM: Daemyn B., Dante C., Deshaun C., Alexis D., Giden F., Levi F., Gabriel G., Avari M., Aisha M., Vidit P., Micah T.

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science fair awards

This past Thursday our campuses held our 9th annual Science Fair. This science fair was unique in that it spanned the 4 campuses of Orlando Science. We had projects from K-12 at the Lynx gym showcasing what they have been working on during the first semester. It was an amazing accomplishment! We are very proud of everyone that was able to attend and all the projects that were worked on this year, even those that were not at the fair. All students did a phenomenal job! The winners of the science fair will be announced during the first semester award ceremony for that individual campus. If you are not able to attend and would like to know if your project qualifies to move on, please ask your science teacher.

Those that are able to move on to regionals needs to make sure their paperwork is completed, some may have had pre-approval forms in the fall, and that they filled out the registration forms and the media forms as well! Those forms can be found on the Ying expo site as well as through your science teacher. All forms, the registration forms as well as those from the fall are due to your teacher by Tuesday!


In addition to the science fair, we also represented the STEM art projects this past Thursday. Students were able to vote for their favorite STEM art project. Winners will be announced during the award ceremonies!


Come see OSS at Otronicon this weekend!

OSS has a booth all throughout the weekend at the Orlando Science Center’s Otronicon. Come check our student demos as well as explore the latest in technology and simulation at the community’s science center. We will be there Friday through Monday!

OSHS Teacher vs Students soccer game

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Hello parents! National Honor Society is hosting a teacher vs. student soccer game on January 25th. The proceeds will be going to Relay for LIfe for future cancer research and support for current cancer patients. We are currently in need of materials for concessions and would greatly appreciate any donations. Please sign up using the SignUp Genius link below. Thank you for your support!


School Choice Week 1/18-1/26

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January PVO Meeting

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All OSS families are welcome! Come to January's K-12 PVO meeting to get all of the details regarding the fall festival funds as well as all of PVO's upcoming 2019 projects. RSVP using the link below. Hope to see you there!

Orange County Library Virtual Library Cards

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We are excited to announce that the OCLS has partnered with OSS Middle/High to provide free Virtual Library Cards (VLC) to all of our students! There are many wonderful online resources students can access now from any computer with their credentials. Check out the website www.ocls.info and go to Research and Learning to explore all the learning opportunities the library offers. Use the credentials listed in the picture above to log in and learn!

Florida State University's 2019 Young Scholars Program

Attention OSHS current 10th and 11th grade students: We are pleased to share with you an opportunity for Florida State University's Young Scholars Program (YSP). It is a six-week residential science and mathematics summer program for Florida high school students with significant potential for careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The program was developed in 1983 and is currently administered by the Office of Science Teaching Activities in the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida State University. For more details, please visit the Program Information page.

The program is designed for students who have completed the eleventh grade in a Florida public or private high school. A few exceptionally qualified and mature tenth graders have been selected in past years, though this is quite rare.

To be considered for acceptance, applicants must:

  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA (unweighted)
  • Have received a score in the 90th percentile or better in math on a nationally standardized exam (i.e., SAT, PSAT, ACT, or PLAN) before the application deadline
  • Be enrolled in or have completed Pre-Calculus
  • Be able to commit for the entire six weeks of the program (no exceptions will be made for travel to other summer internship opportunities, sports camps, Mu Alpha Theta, etc.)
  • Maintain a permanent residence in the state of Florida

Important Program Dates 2019:
January 1: Applications available online
February 15: Application deadline (must be postmarked by this day)
May 15: Admissions decisions finalized (on or before this day)
October 15: Summative evaluations available to students (on or before this day)

Click the application link below to apply on or after 1/1/2019. Good luck!



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Northrup Grumman Engineering Scholarship Program for Seniors

This scholarship program helps support promising high school seniors who intend to pursue a career in an approved engineering, computer science, mathematics or physics program and who live in communities where Northrop Grumman Mission Systems has a major presence. That includes Florida's Orange County! OSHS Seniors check out the link below to learn more about NG's $8,000 scholarship opportunity.

Federal Student Aid

FAFSA is the Federal Student Aid program. Every single college applicant needs to complete FAFSA regardless of their income. This application is free and completed through only one website. Do not pay to anyone or any website for completion of FAFSA. This should take no more than 45 minutes to complete if you have everything ready to go. FAFSA is time sensitive. The funds are distributed as first come first serve.

Bright Futures Scholarship

State of Florida has its own scholarship program called Bright Futures and it is managed through OSFA (Office of Student Financial Assistance). When you complete the application, you are also being evaluated for other scholarships through State of Florida. It is a very short application and should not take more than 15 minutes. Most important thing to know is that, you only complete the form and your transcript and SAT/ACT scores will be submitted automatically through OSS and the State of Florida University System. You are not required to satisfy all the application requirements until the end of the school year to apply to this scholarship. On the other hand, being qualified currently does not guarantee that you will receive this scholarship. If your end of year GPA falls under the requirement, then you will not be receiving the scholarship. Here are the current requirements:

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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 Ms. Lizarazo to make sure the correct information is placed in the yearbook.

Full page ad:


1/2 page ad:


Due date is March 29, 2019

media center update

The Orlando Science High School on Technology Drive opened its doors to a newly renovated campus in August 2018. One of the great features of the High School campus is the brand new Media Center. It serves as a space where all students can read, research and study. Please consider making a donation directly to the Media Center to help Mrs. Singleton stock the shelves and create a welcoming environment for our students. As always the Amazon Wishlist link below contains the most current requests from our staff and students.

download fortify FL

OSS Families: See the important message below regarding FortifyFlorida.

We are pleased to announce that the FortifyFL app is LIVE. Now, 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 be come familiar with the app and help spread the word to other school families in Florida.


Pam Bondi and Pam Stewart

Attorney General and Commissioner of Education

Join OSS on LinkEd In!

Our School System has recently updated our accounts on LinkedIn would love for you to join our network! Please see below for links to the official LinkedIn Company Pages for each of our campuses and feel free to share with current families and alumni.

Amazon and office depot shoppers

OSS is an Amazon Smile School

This is an easy way to help raise money for Orlando Science Schools. Use the link below when shopping from Amazon. 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.

Office Depot & Office Max

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


Hello OSS Families! Please remember that BOX TOPS are a wonderful FREE way to raise funds for our school. Each Box Top is worth $.10 and they really add up. Please make sure to continuously send these in so that I can mail them before their expiration dates. The monies received go to supporting our academic and sport teams, the PLTW (Project Lead the Way) along with many other OSS programs and classroom needs. If you would like to learn more about the Box Tops program go to www.btfe.com. Please register or login today. Make sure that you designate Orlando Science Schools as your school support.

To see a complete list of products go to: https://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products

Also, it is very important to check those expiration dates. We do not receive any credit for expired Box Tops.

Thank you so much for your support of Orlando Science Middle High School. For questions or thoughts please email me at jmallonee@cfl.rr.com.

Happy Clipping!

Denise Mallonee

Join the OSS Parent Volunteer Organization (PVO)

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.

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!


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.

2018-2019 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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Families whose Free/Reduced lunch applications have expired, please take a moment and fill out the OCPS Free/Reduced Meal Application today! It must be completed each year to qualify for this federally funded program. To fill out the application click the link below.


2018-2019 Report Card & Progress Report Schedule

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Upcoming Technology Drive HS Events


Friday, Jan. 18th, 9am to Monday, Jan. 21st, 5pm

777 East Princeton Street

Orlando, FL

Come to Otronicon where Orlando Science High School will showcase our PLTW labs, robotics and engineering demos!

MLK Jr. Parade

Saturday, Jan. 19th, 10am-1pm

Orange Ave, Downtown Orlando 32801

Mu Alpha Theta Regional Competition

Saturday, Jan. 19th, 7:30am-4pm

OSS Elementary and High School campuses on Technology Drive

Science Olympiad Regionals

Saturday, Jan. 19th, 7am

1925 Ocoee Crown Point Parkway

Ocoee, FL

Teachers VS Students soccer game

Friday, Jan. 25th, 3-5:30pm

Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

Soccer Field. Sponsored by OSHS NHS all proceeds benefit Relay for Life.

Saturday Leadership Academy/AP Studies

Saturday, Jan. 26th, 8am-12:15pm

Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

On Friday, January 25th, check OSS Connect and the newsletter for an accurate schedule of Saturday courses and times.

OSS Middle/High School open house for prospective families

Saturday, Jan. 26th, 10am-12:30pm

2501-2539 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

Open House for prospective Orlando Science Middle and High school families for the 2019/2020 school year.
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