Orlando Science High School
Weekly Newsletter - January 25, 2019
Special Message from Executive Director’s office: Opening of Orlando Science K-8 East Campus
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
Science Charter Schools
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
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Saturday Leadership Academy
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
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:
Dwaram, Nehal 2nd
Ronit Mahalmani 5th
Gina Perez 5th
Caitlin Umana 5th
Medical Law & Ethics
Tran Angel 1st
Karuppiah Amitha 2nd
Mishra Siyona 1st
Noah Lowe 4th
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.
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.
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
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!
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SENIORS Class of 2019
Northrup Grumman Engineering Scholarship Program for Seniors
Federal Student Aid
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:
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.
- Orlando Science Schools (K-12): https://www.linkedin.com/company/orlando-science-schools/
- Osceola Science Charter School (K-8): https://www.linkedin.com/company/osceola-science-charter-school/
- Seminole Science Charter School (K-8): https://www.linkedin.com/company/seminole-science-charter-school/
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Birthday Dress Down Form
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
FREE/REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION INFORMATION
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
Upcoming Technology Drive HS Events
Saturday Leadership Academy/AP Studies
Saturday, Jan. 26th, 8am-12:15pm
OSS Middle/High School open house for prospective families
Saturday, Jan. 26th, 10am-12:30pm
2501-2539 Lynx Lane
Mu Alpha Theta February Regional Competition
Saturday, Feb. 2nd, 9pm
Suncoast High School
OSS Middle School Basketball Game
Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 5pm
10250 University Boulevard
OSS vs OCPA
OSS basketball students must be present at 4:15pm.