Orlando Science High School

Issue 4

OSHS Weekly Newsletter - September 7th, 2018

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Principal's Message

Dear Families and Students,


I hope we had a great start to the Month of September and we are ready to continue the 2018-2019 on a strong note. The Month of September 2018 is marked the first annual observance of "American Founders" and Orlando Science Celebrates and highlights the greatest people of our Nation! 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.


Orcas keep challeging themselves and prepare themselves for the Nation's best colleges. I like to congratulate Esha on receiving 1550/1600 from her recent SAT. She got a full score from math and 750 from reading! Congratulations Esha, keep up the great work!


Our 1st Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Nights will take place this month on September 19th and 20th. Please review all the information before sign-ups become available and find the details below.


Orcas, The Central Florida Chapter of Women in Aviation, International is hosting a Girls in Aviation Day event in conjunction with other chapters around the world. Please find the details below if you are interested in the program!


We are in the second week in the Science Fair! Please see Mr. Stampas if you have any questions about your projects.


Our Book Drive is off a great start and I would like to take the time to thank all of the families that have donated so far. I like to thank the following families for their generous donations to our media center.

Akella family

De'Waina Bradford

Canatay family

Foisy family

Ganaban family

Melo-Pereira family

Nana family

Oikle family

Parekattil family

Simons-Tully family

Trujillo family

Yore family


I like to give special thanks to our Key Club and sponsor Ms. Leal for preparing Freshman Survival Kits for our new freshmen!


Our Student Government Association has great plans for this year. I am glad to announce that 31 students have been admitted in this year’s SGA team. Congratulations to these new members on getting this big responsibility. Thank you, President Jenny and the cabinet. The student body looks forward to having great events this year!


We cordially invite all of our Lynx Lane and Technology Drive HS family and friends to the Annual Welcome Picnic on September 22nd! Please find the details and signup link in this issue. Have a safe and wonderful weekend and we will see you on Monday!



Respectfully,

Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed

Principal

Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

OSHS PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE NIGHT

Parent Teacher Conference Nights occur each quarter here at OSHS, see the table above for dates and times. In order to schedule a conference for the 1st quarter conferences, you will need to sign up using the link below. The link will become active on Sunday, September 9th at 7pm.


Once the link becomes active, please read the information carefully before selecting a date and time slot. If you find that the time/date spots are completely filled, please email your student's teachers to arrange an appointment for another date and time. No additional spots will be added to these nights. There will be no wait list created, however you may check back for canceled time slots.


Don't forget you may always directly email your student's teachers to schedule a conference should your availability not fall within these dates and times.


1st Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Night Sign Ups:

Please be advised that you will NOT be able to sign up for time slots before Sunday, September 9th at 7pm.


OSHS 8th-12th grade Sign Up Link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0949A9AA23A6F94-201820194

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Attention all OSHS Girls interested in Aviation:

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Did you know aviation careers are not just for pilots? The aviation industry includes people from many different backgrounds with many different skills and passions. Engineering, maintenance, hospitality, law enforcement, fire and rescue, business, construction, teaching and yes, flying, all play roles in the business of aviation. The Central Florida Chapter of Women in Aviation, International is hosting a Girls in Aviation Day event in conjunction with other chapters around the world.


The Central Florida Chapter is currently taking applications for this year’s event. Only the top 40 applicants will be invited to participate on October 13, 2018. The application and the event are free to girls in grades 9-12 for the 2018-19 school year. Those selected will participate in an all-day tour (9am-3pm) of Orlando International Airport and learn about many of the different opportunities in aviation. Transportation to and from the event is not provided but lunch, water and snacks are. Complete instructions are on the application, just click on the button below to download.

SCIENCE FAIR UPDATE

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Week 2

Happy start of September! We are on track for our science fair. Students have pinpointed their questions and hypotheses. If students are not sure about their specific question they can always talk with their science teacher and slowly make adjustments to their initial question. Modification is an important part to the scientific process! Research is one way that students can adjust their question.

Many times their question is already answered somewhere on the internet, but that is fine, they can modify their question to something more novel! Research is very important as it allows us to learn what is out there as well as learn about other methods previous people have tried. To avoid plagiarism, we must cite these sources. To cite the sources we need to format them properly, copying and pasting the website address is not appropriate or acceptable. Try placing citation machine, which can be found freely on the internet!

To further enhance learning, students should highlight what they read. Printing out only the important pages of the article or website (not the entire thing!), students can highlight key bits of information they gained from the source. This will be kept in their research binder. The research binder can be used when they eventually present their project. They can always turn to that binder if they forget something in the middle of their final presentation.

This is a long term project. As such it is important to keep track of what has been accomplished and what more needs to be done. If there is a missed week, please try to catch up before the next checkpoint is reached. Waiting to the last minute will compound the amount of work that needs to be done, and that’s not healthy. Please always let us know if you are having difficulties or have some concerns! Best of luck Orcas!

-Mr. Stampas

Science Fair resources:

Attention 8th graders:

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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**

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We cordially invite all of our Lynx Lane and Technology Drive HS family and friends to the Annual Welcome Picnic!


This event will take place on Saturday September 22nd 2018 from 11:00AM-3:00PM at the Technology Drive Campus Field. OSS will be serving hot dogs, chicken, veggie burgers as well as other veggie items and hamburgers. If you would like to attend this exciting and joyous event please RSVP using the link below, please also note the number of individuals that will be in your party no later than Friday, September 14, 2018. We also ask that you provide your own drinks(non-alcoholic) and chips or snacks to share. The OSS Welcome Picnic is open to all students in grades 6th-12th attending the Lynx Lane and Technology Drive High School Campus.


We cannot wait to see you there!

Media Center Update

Greetings Orca families,


The OSHS Media Center has 196 books in it's library as of this writing. I would like to extend a sincere THANK-YOU to the families who have generously donated books and periodicals to our brand new library thus far:

Akella family

De'Waina Bradford

Canatay family

Foisy family

Ganaban family

Melo-Pereira family

Nana family

Oikle family

Parekattil family

Simons-Tully family

Trujillo family

Yore family


My goal is to have the library available for book checkout by Monday, September 17th and I am on schedule to meet that goal. But we still need titles for our students to borrow! Check out the many titles our team has suggested and, if you wish to support the OSHS book drive, here is the official OSHS Media Center Amazon Wishlist.

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 300

Orlando, FL 32804

Be sure to message me if you choose to have items shipped so I may acknowledge your contribution.

In addition to the library books, the Media Center includes space for a computer lab AND 90 Chromebook laptops. Good news...all of the computers have arrived! We are still awaiting a delivery of tables for the desktop computers but the Chromebooks will be ready for student use next week.


Orca Pride,

Mrs. Singleton

Media Specialist

Meghan.Singleton@orlandoscience.org

407-299-6595 Ext. 3324

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.

George Washington

"Georgie Washington was a victorious general of the American Revolution, the first President of the United States, a successful planter, and entrepreneur."


"He was born on February 22nd, 1732, in George Washington's early years he worked as a surveyor in the Virginia Company. His forays into the Ohio country shaped his career and sparked a global war. He led the American Army in the Revolutionary War as was elected president twice from April 30th 1789 to March 4th 1797. He passed away on December 14th 1799"


To learn more information about George Washington please visit:

https://www.mountvernon.org/george-washington/

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13th, 1743. He held more than 9 public offices throughout his life, including becoming the 3rd President of the United States of America.


"He wanted to be remembered for three distinct things, 1) Author of the Declaration of Independence 2)Author of Virginia Statue of Religious Freedom and 3)Father of the University of Virginia." Thomas Jefferson is also responsible for sending Lewis and Clark on a 7.000 round-trip expedition to find a route to the Pacific."


Over his lifetime he wrote 19,000 letters and sold over 6,500 books to the US for the Library of Congress in 1851. He passed away July 4th, 1826.


For more information on Thomas Jefferson please visit: https://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/thomas-jefferson-glance

Celebrate Freedom Week and Constitution Day

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On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created, the US Constitution. OSHS students will observe this important day in our nation's history in their social studies classes.

In addition to Constitution Day, 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 the newsletter next week to see what our Orca's are learning in class.

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.

September 26th Fall Festival PVO Meeting

Orlando Science Families!


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

What is 30/30 Rule?

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

Orcas, keep clipping those BOXTOPS!

PLEASE KEEP SAVING BOX TOPS YEAR ROUND!


To see a complete list of products, go to:

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.)


Please remember that BOX TOPS are a wonderful FREE way to raise funds for our school. Each Box Top is worth $.10 and really adds 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 Sporting 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 to support, not the elementary.

Thank you so much for your support of Orlando Science High School.


Please send in Box Tops with your student to give to Mrs. Foley.


For questions or thoughts please email me at jmallonee@cfl.rr.com.


HAPPY CLIPPING!

Denise Mallonee

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Attention 8th graders:

All OSS 8th grade students are participating in the Accelerated Reader (AR) program this year. Please see the file below for details regarding grades, points, and AR celebrations. Read on Orcas!

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Student Medical Alert Check

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.

2018-2019 Emergency Forms

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Please be advised that all Orlando Science Students must have a 2018-2019 Emergency Student Information Form on file for the 2018-2019 School Year. These forms are not optional, and per the OSS Handbook ALL students must provide this form whether they are on campus full time or dual-enrolled.


Please note you only need to complete pages 5 and 6 using the link below.


Sincerely,

Jennifer Foley

Walker and Bus Rider Release Form

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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 above or the link below. For more details regarding the application, please select the information link below.

High School Charter Schools Menu: Septmber 4-7, 2018

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2018-2019 Technology Drive High School Campus Dress Code

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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.

Important Payment Update!

Please be advised for the 2018-2019 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.

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2018-2019 Report Card & Progress Report Dates

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2018 PVO Sponsored Fall Festival

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The 2018 PVO Sponsored Fall Festival will be held on Saturday October 20th 2018, please select the link below for more information!!


http://www.orlandoscience.org/fall-festival/uncategorised/fall-festival

Upcoming Technology Drive HS Events

Parent Teacher Conference Night #1

Wednesday, Sep. 19th, 4-6pm

2600 Technology Drive, Orlando, FL, USA Suite 300

Parents you will sign up to meet with teachers using our online sign-up system: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0949A9AA23A6F94-201820194

Parent Teacher conference night #2

Thursday, Sep. 20th, 4:30-6:30pm

2600 Technology Drive, Orlando, FL, USA Suite 300

Parents you will sign up to meet with teachers using our online sign-up system: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0949A9AA23A6F94-201820194

OSS Middle High Welcome Picnic

Saturday, Sep. 22nd, 11am-3pm

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

The picnic will be held at the field. Please RSVP here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0949a9aa23a6f94-201820195

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**

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