Orlando Science Middle High

Issue 311

Weekly Newsletter-May 11th 2018

Mission Statement

“The mission of Orlando Science Middle/High Charter School is to provide students with

a well-rounded education with special emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering,

Mathematics (STEM) and Reading in the light of research based, proven and innovative instructional methods in a stimulating environment.”

A message from Dr. Akin, Executive Director

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Dear Orlando Science Families,

Please join me in thanking all of our amazing teachers who have been working tirelessly to provide the best education for our students. I congratulate their “Teacher Appreciation Week”. I would also like thank all our support personnel, admins and PVOs for supporting our teachers and helping us in celebrating the week.

Finally, I am very happy to share with you the newest US News Best High School rankings. US News announced the BEST HIGH SCHOOLS ranking last night. Orlando Science High School is the #1 Best High Schools in Central Florida among Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Hillsborough and Lake Counties. Orlando Science received the GOLD Medal and is ranked # 25 in the State of Florida, ranked #89 in the Nation among all Charter High Schools and #269 in the Nation among all Public High Schools. Please congratulate the OSS team.

Great Job Orcas!!!! You deserve it. For more details please select the link below.



Dr. Akin

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Principal's Corner

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today marked the last day of school for our Senior Class of 2018! There are no words to express how proud we are of each and every one of them and we know they will accomplish amazing things in their lives. Congratulations Seniors, you did it!

This week's newsletter features many wonderful accomplishments and reminders that we are looking forward to sharing with our Lynx Lane family! We would first like to recognize Alexis D., on being awarded the "OCPS Youth Volunteer of the Year", Congratulations Alexis on this outstanding achievement. Next, we would like to congratulate Joanne and Feba S. on their Florida History Day recognition, as well as everyone who participated. We are extremely proud of each of you!

On Tuesday, May 8th, 2018, 23 OSS Students were honored at the annual DukeTIP Recognition celebration at the University of South Florida. Congratulations to these students and their coaches on a tremendous job!

Our 2018 Teacher Appreciation Week was a huge success as we would like to thank our wonderful PVO Team as well as Mrs. Foley and Mrs. Sturm for all that they have done. We would also like to thank our wonderful teachers for always going above and beyond, you are one in a million!

Orcas do not forget that your 2018-2019 Emergency Student Contact Form and non-address business envelope and stamp are due by Wednesday, May 30th, 2018, both forms may be found below.

Our annual Move in May event kicks off next Monday, be sure to check the schedule below for more information. The OSS Drama Department will host an "Improv Night" on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018, tickets will be sold at the door and more information may be found below!

We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful weekend and we will see you on Monday!

Go Orcas, Strive for Excellence!


Abdulaziz Yalcin

Orlando Science
Middle/High School

STEM Certification Parent Letter

Dear Orlando Science Family,

We are excited to announce that Orlando Science Middle/High School will be visited by an external review team from AdvancED on May 20th through May 22nd. This two-day process will focus on 11 STEM Indicators as the school is seeking to receive certification as a STEM school.

A team of visiting professionals representing the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (CASI) will evaluate our adherence to the 11 AdvancED STEM Indicators.

The duties of the team will include observing and reviewing routine functions and operations of our school, reviewing the 11 STEM indicators’ artifacts and meeting with groups of stakeholders (students, parent/community members, faculty, staff, and administrators).

We are excited to show our successful practices in STEM education to the review team. We also look forward to receiving their professional feedback regarding the areas of improvement as part of our growth in STEM education.

Abdulaziz Yalcin, Principal
Orlando Science Schools – Middle/High
2427 Lynx Ln Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: (407) 253-7304
Fax : (407) 253 7305

STEM CERTIFICATION: An overview of the STEM Standard and Indicators

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OSS 9th Grader Is Awarded "OCPS Youth Volunteer of the Year"

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Orlando Science is proud to announce that 9th Grader Alexis D was awarded with the OCPS Youth Volunteer of the Year" award! Alexis volunteers at Vista Lakes Elementary working with the 4th and 5th grade math team as an assistant coach and other after school activities. Congratulations Alexis we are so proud of you!

2017-2018 End of Year Reminders

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The following details found below are important as we approach the end of our current school year. Please read each of the items below carefully and let me know if you have any questions, note any item featuring an * at the end of the title is required in order to receive your student’s 2018-2019 Schedule at Open House.

  • Upcoming 7th Grade Immunization Documents*: Original Copy due to School Registrar by Open House.
  • New Address*: If you have moved, Step 1 - you must fill out the first two pages of the 2018-2019 OCPS Enrollment documents with your new information and Step 2 - provide a copy of your lease if you are renting or; copy of your property tax bill or homestead exemption card if you own your residence. You will find these OCPS Enrollment document pages on www.orlandoscience.org ; select the “Enrollment Form” button located on the Quick Links navy blue bar on the left-hand side of the homepage. Please note you will only need pages one and two.
  • 2018-2019 Emergency Contact Form*: Please be advised that ALL STUDENTS will be required to turn in a “2018-2019 Emergency Contact Form”. These forms are not optional; if the form is not supplied to OSS by the open house, your student may not be given their 2018-2019 Class Schedule. Please note this form is found on page five and six of the enrollment document. Forms may be returned to your student’s homeroom teacher or Mrs. Sturm(RM 124). You will find this form on www.orlandoscience.org , select the “Enrollment Form” button located on the navy blue bar on the left-hand side of the web page select the “Enrollment Forms” Link. Please note you will only need pages Five and Six.

You may also find the forms in the link below labeled "CLICK HERE FOR THE
2018- 2019 EMERGENCY FORM"

  • Medication and Medical Supplies Pick Up: ALL medication and medical supplies that are located at the front office with Mrs. Foley must be picked up by May 30th 2018. Any medications or medical supplies not picked up this date will be properly disposed of.
  • Blank Business Envelope and Stamp required: We will be mailing your student’s state test scores and final report cards to you over the summer as soon as we receive them. It is advised that every student bring in a blank business envelope, stamp and slip found on page two before May 30th 2018. Please do not self -address the envelope, Mrs. Sturm will take care of that for you. If a blank business envelope and stamp are not provided by May 30th 2018, you will have to pick up your student’s test scores and final report cards at OSS when they arrive.
  • After Care Forms*: Please note that for the 2018-2019 School Year ALL students will be required to fill out the “After Care Forms” located in the Enrollment Forms section of the website, regardless if students will be utilizing the After Care Service. You will find these pages on www.orlandoscience.org àselect the “Enrollment Form” button located on the navy blue bar on the left- hand side of the “After Care Forms” link.
  • First Day of School: The First Day of School for the 2018-2019 School Year is Monday, August 13th 2018
  • Locker and Lost and Found Clean Out: Please be advised that all items must be collected from the Lost and Found Locations (GYM, Cafeteria, and Dismissal Door) and in your student’s lockers by May 30th, 2018. Any items remaining after this date will be donated or properly disposed of.
  • ADDitions Volunteers: Please make sure to update your accounts over the summer as they expire every year. Parents, Guardians and other family members will not be eligible to volunteer or chaperone any school-sponsored function unless these accounts are in current standings.
  • Test Scores and Report Card Business Envelope Slip: May be found in the attachment found below.

We cannot thank you enough for your understanding and support on these matters and we are looking forward to another great year at Orlando Science School. If you need help with anything, please let me know and I will do my best to help in any way I can.


Kayla Sturm

OSS Students Honored for Exceptional Academic Success

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23 seventh grade students from Orlando Science Schools are among the students being honored by the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) for their exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT. These honorees have earned an award by scoring approximately at or above the national average of recent high school graduates on at least one part of the ACT or the SAT. They were recognized at a ceremony at University of South Florida on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018.

“We are extremely proud to recognize our remarkably talented students who have demonstrated key aspects of their academic potential by achieving scores on the ACT or SAT commensurate with half of all college-bound high school seniors,” says Shawna Young, Executive Director of Duke TIP. “As an alum of our 7th Grade Talent Search, I still remember how it felt to be recognized by Duke and TIP in seventh grade, as well as my excitement and anxiety at taking the SAT at such a young age. As an organization, we cherish the opportunity to celebrate each of our ceremonies honorees for such an outstanding accomplishment.”

8th Grade Students Recognized at Florida History Day Competition

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Orlando Science is pleased to announce two eighth grade students were recognized at the 2018 Florida History Day Competition. On Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 Feba S. and Joanne L were recognized for the "Outstanding Country Exhibit Award" and were applauded by the 1,100 students who were in attendance. Both Feba and Joanne created an "18th Century Watch Tower" which is pictured below.

The event was a huge success for all those who attended. Students had the opportunity to engage with sponsors and learn from other students by visiting their exhibits. Congratulations to everyone on their hard work and a job well done!

Orlando Science to follow Regular Early Release Schedule During Testing Season

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Attention Orlando Science Families!

Although we typically follow the OCPS Schedule, we will still have our regular Early Dismissal Schedule every Wednesday.
Students in Grades 7th and 8th will be released at their normal Wednesday time of 1:44 PM and students in grades in 9 through 12 will be released 1:48 PM.

2018 Move in May Week Arrives Next Week

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Move in May: May 14th to May 18th 2018

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! To celebrate and encourage physical activity, the PE department is hosting a week of after-school activities that will be between 3 - 4:30. All proceeds will go to the PE department. Sign up for activities with Mrs. Mulligan!

Monday, May 14- 3 Point Shoot Out Tournament. $3 per pair

Tuesday, May 15- 4 v 4 Soccer Tournament. $5 per team

Wednesday, May 16- Kickball Tournament. 7-8 player teams. $7 per team. *Winning team will play teachers on Friday

Thursday, May 17- Dodgeball Tournament. Teams of 7. $10 per team. MS vs MS, HS vs HS

Friday, May 18- Student/Teacher Kickball Game is $1 to watch, Orca Shop open

School Wide Dress Down Day- for ALL students

Friday, May 18th- Sports/ Athletic Wear

*Dress down day dress code will be enforced (no yoga pants, leggings, running shorts, tank tops, sleeveless jerseys, etc). Please see the attached Dress Down Day Rules below.

OSS 1600 SAT Boot Camp Summer 2018

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2018 OSS Competition Math Summer Camp

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OSS Improve Night

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Drama club will host its first Improv. Night on Tuesday, May 15th from 5:30-6:30pm in the OSS cafeteria. Admission is $3 a person with first-come, first-serve seating. Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or check. Concessions will also be on sale.

2017-2018 Assessment Calendar

The 2017-2018 Assessment Calendar is a wonderful resource for our upcoming Testing Season. Please select the button below labeled "2017-2018 Assessment Calendar" below to see this year's calendar, or select the PDF for download.

Message from The OSS School Counselor Ms. Bumgarner

A Message from the Counselor

Greetings All!

As a school counselor, I receive many e-mails/calls from parents wanting to know what they can do to help their child succeed. Here are a few basic tips!


Expect your child to succeed, and their chances for success improve greatly. Expect them to come up short, and the odds are that they will. Children are very aware of how their parents view them, and they often tailor their actions to those views. Communicate your expectations and your rationale behind them to your child. It’s important to base your expectations on your child, not yourself. Remember each child is an individual who has strengths and weaknesses like all individuals.


Create a suitable environment for homework. Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to study. If you do not have internet access at home, please inform the school, they can help brainstorm about ways to get around this roadblock. Create, with your child, a daily schedule. They should study or do homework every day (except for special family events, of course) no more than two hours per day. Be available during homework time to look over homework and give suggestions, but never do your child’s homework for them. Be interested and have them teach you something. Teaching someone else a concept is one of the best ways to learn!


Academic success is important when it comes to our children. However, teaching our kids how to balance their individual well-being while succeeding academically is also an important skill. This skill of balancing wellness and work is one that can carry them forward into their adult lives. Kids have very little control over their lives. Please don’t pack their schedules full of after school activities without their knowledge. Children of every age need time to relax, play, workout, and take a brain break after their very rigorous school day. Together, choose a couple of activities per week that help them follow their passions or interests. Make sure it fits in your schedule and that you still have time to do schoolwork and enjoy family time.

Lastly, attitude is everything! Consider your attitude about learning new concepts or following directions at your place of work. Keep in mind, children hear everything, and they learn from you daily!

If you have any questions or if you would like to make an appointment to meet with me, feel free to email me.


Ms. B

Big Help for Education-Spelling, Math and Science Bee with Coloring Contest

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OSS Annual Spring Concert

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The annual Spring Concert for the Orlando Science School music programs will be on Monday, May 14th at the Seminole State College Arts Building at the Lake Mary/Sanford campus. The concert will be in two parts, with the elementary and chorus groups performing at 5pm, and the band groups performing at 7pm. Admission will be $5 per person, and concessions will be on sale. Please come out and support all of our music students in this final performance of the year.

Class of 2018 Graduation Details

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Senior(12th Grade) Graduation Details


Orlando Repertory Theater

1001 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803

Wednesday May 30th 2018

Begins at 6:00PM

Please have your Seniors check their REMIND account for important information or contact Mr. Jenkins if you have any questions.

8th Grade Graduation Details


Majestic Event Center

801 N. John Young Pkwy, Orlando FL 32804

Thursday May 24, 2018



• Students must arrive to Majestic Event Center from 5:15PM – 5:30PM.

• Parents and guests will begin seating at 5:15PM.

• Proper dress code is required; dress code handout will be provided

8th Grade Graduation Early Departure Google Form


Volunteers Needed:

We are very excited for this event, but we cannot do it without your help. . If you would like to help, please e-mail Mrs. Frunker.

*The deadline to order 8th Grade Cap and Gowns was Thursday April 5th 2018.

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STEM Word of the Day

We rolled out a new addition to our Morning Announcements! Each day our Orcas will be given a "STEM Word of the Day" and at the end of each week, students may submit a list of the words given to be entered to win a free dress down day! Students will also be able to submit their own words that may be used! Below you will find this week's "STEM Words of the Day.


Innovation - An improvement of an existing technological product, system, or method of doing something.


System - A group of interacting, interrelated, or interdependent elements or parts that function together as a whole to accomplish a goal.


Environment - The surroundings in which a person, animal, or plant lives.


Science - The study of our natural world through observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanations.


Analogy - A comparison between two things for a purpose of explanation or

clarification; see simile, metaphor.

STEM Fact of the Week

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To have your picture taken by the very first camera you would have had to sit still for 8 hours!



STEM Occupation of the Week: Astronomers

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Astronomers observe and study stars, planets, and other astronomical phenomena. A doctoral or professional degree is required, they develop software or applications for scientific or technical use and prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.


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Orlando Science Middle High Home Visits

Dear OSS Parents and Guardians ,

We like to find ways to communicate with parents to support our mutual involvement in your child’s education. As part of OSS tradition, we are organizing home visits as a way to reach out to our families and get to know them better. We would like to set up a time for a few of your students teachers to have a brief 20-30 minute home visit. Home visits are an effective way to establish positive contact and communication with families. They are not a replacement for parent-teacher conferences, but are a process through which teachers demonstrate their support for students’ families by visiting the home environment where the family feels comfortable. Home visits originate from a sincere desire to assist and work with families. We will be glad to visit you and your child at a convenient time. If you would like to host a home visit, please select one of the days below. We will be organizing quarterly home visits. If you are not available during first quarter, you always can choose a day later on in the school year. We look forward to visiting you!

Sincerely, Orlando Science Schools Teachers and Staff

Click Here to Sign Up for a Home Visit Today

Please select the button above if you would like to schedule a Home Visit for the Month of April.

Pizza Day Has Returned!

We are pleased to announce that Pizza Day has returned! Every Thursday, students may purchase either one slice of Papa Johns Pizza for $2 or a combo which includes two slices of Papa Johns Pizza and a drink for $5.

Birthday Corner

Happy Birthday May Orcas!

Eden A., Jason B., Eros C., Shivana C.,Jayden H.,Yasmine K., Ridwan M., Aleena M., Arianna M., Pratham M.,Jonairys M., Kadesh(KC) M., Kayode(KJ) M., Ramyanaga N., Derick R., Aamir A., Abhiram A., Mustabshera A., Zaynab B., Chanakya G., Emma H.,Andrea H-G., Iszenia M. Danette R. Sana S., Abyjah S., Jose(Javier) B., Justin K., Deivin M., Elizabeth O.,

Marcus P.,Alexia R., Zohra S., Luis A., Micah B., Wayman(Jeremy) D., Esha R., Calvin W.,

Dante C., Deshaun C., Emily E. Roshen K., Kevin T., Shanniel B. Michael E., Sarika N. and

Patrick S.

2017-2018 Birthday Dress Down Day Request Form

Students who would like to dress down for their birthday must submit the request form found below two days prior to the desired day. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Sturm.

2nd Annual PVO Sponsored Fall Festival

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The OSS 2nd Annual PVO Sponsored Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 20th. This is where we need your help! We have various sponsorship levels available to fill. If you would like to be a business sponsor, individual sponsor, or know of a business that would be willing to be a sponsor, please contact OSS.PVO@orlandoscience.org for more information. Please select the link below for more information and details.


Tutoring Schedule

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May hot charter breakfast and lunch menu

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OCPS Meal Benefits Program

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Upcoming OSS MH Events

Below you will find upcoming OSS Middle High Events.

For the full OSS Middle High Calendar please select the link below.

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OSS Improv Night

Tuesday, May 15th, 5:30-6:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

Drama club will host its first Improv. Night on Tuesday, May 15th from 5:30-6:30pm in the OSS cafeteria. Admission is $3 a person with first-come, first-serve seating. Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or check. Concessions will also be on sale

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Students VS Teachers Kickball Game

Friday, May 18th, 3pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

The winning kickball team from the student tournament will play the teachers on Friday May 18th 2018. Tickets will be sold at the gate for $1 or anyone interested in watching the Students VS Teachers Kickball Game!
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OSS Video Game Tournament Night

Friday, May 18th, 5:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

On May 18th, the band program will be sponsoring a video game tournament from 5:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Entry fee for the night will be $4 with a $1 entry to each individual tournament. Games and tournament rules will be announced during the coming week. There will be prizes for the winners of each tournament, not to mention bragging rights. Concessions will also be on sale, including pizza, snacks, candy, ice cream, and drinks. For any questions or information about volunteering, please see Mr. Jenkins.

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OSS Chess Tournament

Saturday, May 19th, 9:30am

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

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Big Help for Education Event

Saturday, May 19th, 9:30am-4pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

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2017-2018 OSS Athletics Banquet

Tuesday, May 22nd, 5-6:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

The 2017-2018 Orlando Science Athletics Banquet will be held on Tuesday May 22nd 2018 from 5:00-6:30PM. Invitations will be sent home over the next few weeks for those students who were on the OSS Basketball, Track and Fencing Teams, please stay tuned for more details.
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OSS International Night

Friday, May 25th, 5-7pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

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8th Grade Gradution

Thursday, May 24th, 6-7:30pm

801 North John Young Parkway

Orlando, FL

• Students must arrive to Majestic Event Center from 5:15PM – 5:30PM.

• Parents and guests will begin seating at 5:15PM.

• Proper dress code is required; dress code handout will be provided

Senior Graduation

Wednesday, May 30th, 6pm

1001 East Princeton Street

Orlando, FL

Please have your Seniors check their REMIND account for important information or contact Mr. Jenkins if you have any questions.

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Junior Meeting(Senior Class of 2019)

Tuesday, May 29th, 8:30am

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

OSS will host a Junior Meeting on Tuesday May 29th 2018 beginning at 8:30AM. This meeting is for both parents and students and we will discuss events for the upcoming school year.

Newsletter Trivia

Fill out the Google Form below, to be entered to win a Dress Down Day The deadline to submit your answers will be Wednesday May 16th 2018

Congratulations to last week's winner, Mr.Jenkins, Ms. Palmer, Hana Z and Mr. Lakner!

*Note: This is only valid for Lynx Lane Students and Staff

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