Orlando Science High School

Issue 21

Weekly Newsletter - January 25, 2019

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Special Message from Executive Director’s office: Opening of Orlando Science K-8 East Campus

Dear Families,

Orlando Science Schools is very excited to announce the proposal of opening a new kindergarten through eighth grade campus in east Orlando probably near the UCF campus for the 2020-2021 school year. The school will be accepting grades K-5 in August of 2020 and will be adding one grade each year until we reach the inclusion of 8th grade. The students who choose to attend our east campus will be eligible to continue to the current Orlando Science Charter High School which is located on Technology Drive. While our plans are progressing, we would like to ask for your participation by filling in an interest application to help us determine the capacity of each grade level. If you are on the waitlist for one of our current campuses or would like to transfer your children to the east campus, please complete the application form below by February 15th, 2019.



Yalcin Akin, Ph.D

Executive Director

Orlando-Seminole- Osceola

Science Charter Schools

Principal's Message

Dear Families and Students,

As always, I hope everyone had a wonderful week at OSS. This week's newsletter is packed with many exciting announcements and reminders!

I would first like to congratulate our OSS Science Middle/High Olympiad teams on not only breaking school records for the most medals earned during a regional event but also advancing to the state finals! We are so proud of the team, their coaches, volunteers and everyone who helped make this accomplishment possible. Good luck, we know you can do it!

We are also pleased to feature in this week's newsletter our HOSA award winners as well as our OSS Fencers and their many success from last weekend's competitions. Read more below.

Saturday Leadership Academy and AP Studies will continue tomorrow, January 26th at the high school campus. Check the newsletter or OSS Connect for the most accurate schedule of courses and room assignments.

Orcas be sure to follow Orlando Science Middle High on all of our Social Media Platforms. This is the best way to stay in the know of everything happening!

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


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

Follow Orlando Science High School on Social Media

Saturday Leadership Academy

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Students who have signed up for Saturday Studies should be prepared for the second session this Saturday, January 26th. Session one is from 9am-10:30am and Session 2 is from 10:40am-12:10pm. Check back on OSS Connect each Friday for the most up to date Saturday Studies schedule.

Orlando Science High School Accolades:

OSS Science Olympiad Teams Make OSs history

Please join me in congratulating our Science Olympiad teams on their phenomenal job competing at the Central Florida Regional Tournament over this weekend! Two of our middle school teams placed 1st and 3rd and earned two spots for the State Finals. All three of our high school teams placed at the Top Six teams by earning 1st, 3rd, and 4th overall. All of these teams earned spots for the State Finals. Many of our students earned individual placement and were on the podium in their respective events. Please see the number of medals distributions below for each team. This is the record of the Orlando Science Olympiad history!

Div-B Middle School

Gold Medals : 10

Silver Medals : 10

Bronze Medals: 21

Div-C High School

Gold Medals : 14

Silver Medals : 7

Bronze Medals: 21

I would like to congratulate middle school head coach, Mrs. Demir and high school head coach, Mr. Demir for their hard work to organize and prepare our teams. Congratulations to all teachers who have been helping the students since the beginning and sponsor your events: Mr. Stampas, Mr. Abakay, Dr. Vonmoss, Ms. Balci, Ms. Bolat, Ms. Beeghly, Mr. Abakay, Mr. Ulgut, and Ms. Palmer! Thank you for your time, and effort you put it for the teams from the beginning. This makes difference when you compete out there! Now, the focus is the State Finals! Lets go Orcas, Strive for Excellence!


HOSA Competition placements

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This past Saturday students from our HOSA chapter competed in the Region 10 Competition at Osceola Technical College. They did nails during the competition to make the wait less tedious. There was a seminar during the competition that you could go to if you were free and interested. These students got placements in their respective events at the competition:

Dental Terminology

Dwaram, Nehal 2nd

Ronit Mahalmani 5th

Forensic Medicine

Gina Perez 5th

Caitlin Umana 5th

Medical Law & Ethics

Tran Angel 1st


Karuppiah Amitha 2nd

Medical Terminology

Mishra Siyona 1st

Noah Lowe 4th

Pharmacy Science

Ravindan Rushil 2nd

Well done students, congratulations on your achievements!

Congratulations OSHS Fencers!

Here are the final results from last weekend's USF Papa Ryan's Birthday Bash 2019:

This was the first event where OSHS fencing team participated in three different weapons.

Leah B. in Epee and Miscia F. in Saber.


Leah B. placed in 26th in Sr Mixed and 29th in Div 2 Mixed. Leah recorded one pool win.


Miscia F. placed in 8th in Sr Mixed and 8th in Div 3 Mixed. Miscia recorded one pool wins and two direct elimination wins.

He advanced to round of eight in both events.


Sr Mixed

Alex Y. placed in 24th with one pool win

Div 2 Mixed

Alex Y. won bronze medal

Kristian O. 18th place with two pool wins

Savita B. 21st place with one pool win

Joanne L. 23rd palce with one pool win

Noelle D. 24th place

Leo M. 25th place

Ava C. was placed in 9th in Div 2 mixed Epee, 25th in Sr. Mixed Epee.

Overall, we are improving as the season progresses.

The next tournament will be on 2/9th 53rd Annual Green Gator at University of Florida. This is the biggest tournament in FL.

Otronicon Fun

Otronicon 2019 at the Orlando Science Center was a great opportunity for our OSS Middle High students. They showcased our robotics teams and demonstrated a variety of science fun. Thank you to the OSS staff, students and parents who volunteered their time and represent OSS at this fun event!

OSHS Teacher vs Students soccer game


The student elimination soccer tournament is today! We will postpone the Teachers v Students championship game to a date TBD. Again, the teams playing in the elimination tournament will play today. Students may still purchase tickets at lunch from NHS members, and we will announce the championship date as soon as we’re able to confirm with the teachers playing.

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. Good luck!


SENIORS Class of 2019

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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.

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

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!
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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

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.

Mu Alpha Theta February Regional Competition

Saturday, Feb. 2nd, 9pm

Suncoast High School

Good luck Mu Alpha Theta teams!

OSS Middle School Basketball Game

Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 5pm

10250 University Boulevard

Orlando, FL


OSS basketball students must be present at 4:15pm.

3rd qtr Parent Teacher Conference Night

Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 4:30-6:30pm

orlando science high school, 2600 Technology Drive, Orlando, FL, USA

A Sign Up form will be shared via the newsletter soon.

3rd Qtr Parent Teacher Conference Night

Wednesday, Feb. 13th, 4-6pm

Orlando Science High School, 2600 Technology Drive, orlando, FL

A Sign Up will be shared via the newsletter soon.
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