Orlando Science High School

Issue 3

8/31/2018 OSHS Weekly Newsletter

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Principal's Message

Dear Families and Students,

For the second week in a row, I would like to thank all of our parents and students for following instructions during our dismissal and pick up procedures. This helps to maintain smooth traffic lanes. As we continue to assess and implement procedures on our Technology Campus, we appreciate your continued participation and patience.

Our curriculum night is set on Thursday, September 6th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Please be sure to mark your calendars. This is the best time to learn about your student's grade, specific curriculum, online resources, student progress monitoring system and about many learning resources we offer. I hope to see all of you there! We hope that you were able to get more details about the contents of each course and the ongoing student progress monitoring process at OSS.

For those of you who missed the first two newsletter, please be advised that each week the Orlando Science High School "Weekly Newsletter" will be sent home via email and may also be found on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Our weekly newsletters are great resources to stay informed about school activities, reminders and important information. If you have students at other OSS campuses, there is a link to their weekly newsletters at the bottom of this page for your convenience.

This week, I would like to introduce you our School Counselor, Catherine Nesov. Ms. Katie received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Central Florida and her master’s degree from Rollins College in Mental Health Counseling. Her 5+ years in as a mental health counselor has allowed her to work with a diverse population including adolescents and adults performing individual, group, and family therapy. I truly believe that Ms. Katie will make positive impact on our school, help parents and students. She will be focusing on the Academic and Personal/Social Development of our students. We are very excited to have her in the system. On behalf of Orlando Science Middle High School, I would like to welcome Ms. Katie to Orlando Science Schools! We are glad to have her in our Orca Family! Ms. Katie may be reached at Catherine.nesov@orlandoscience.org.

We are excited to design our media center a place where our students read, research, enjoy and study. We are looking to increase our books in our library - we would ask our parents to donate some books for our students. You may see our amazon wish list for our new media center in this week's newsletter.

Club Re-Sign Ups will begin Monday September 10th 2018 and run until Friday September 14th 2018. Students may sign up for an available club spot outside the media center, there will not be an online sign up. Please note that students are only permitted one club per day, and must have attended three of their scheduled meetings over from August 13th-September 7th 2018 in order to keep their spot. If they missed three or more days for each club they signed up for they will be removed to make room for other students.

We would like to thank everyone for attending our first PVO Meeting for the 2018-2019 School Year. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 26th 2018, stay tuned for more information next week.

Seniors, This is your year, 2019! I encourage you to be on top of your courses as well as your college applications. Thank you for joining our first senior dinner last Thursday! Please continue meeting with Mr. I and check your progress and get the most up to date information and upcoming important deadlines. We will be hosting our senior dinners and breakfasts this year. Please stay tuned to our College Center corner.

As a reminder, we will be closed on Monday, September 3rd 2018 due to the Labor Day Holiday. Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend, we will see you on Tuesday!


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

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In observance of the Labor Day holiday, OSHS is closed Monday September 3rd. School resumes Tuesday, September 4th. Enjoy the long weekend!

High School Tech Orcas Celebrate National #CollegeColorsDay

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OSS Science Fair Update

Welcome future Nobel prize winners to the 9th annual OSS science fair! Now that you have gotten to know what your science class is all about it is time to work on your own independent research project. Science fair offers a great opportunity for educational expanse with creative growth.

This year our school science fair will be held all day January 10th at the Lynx Campus Gym. As we have three building sources of middle schoolers, competition will be fierce to see which 18 projects make it to the Ying Expo regionals at the Central Florida Fair grounds.

Project ideas may have solidified while others are still being modified, either way this week is a great time to jump on board science fair. If not already done so, please make sure your science fair idea is FINER (Feasible, Interesting, Novel, Ethical, and Relevant). Quantum mechanic projects might be a bit out of reach for some of us, while others may require sophisticated forms, labs, and professionals. Not to mention, your science fair project needs to be completed by the start of December! Still dream big and always ask for help.

If you are having trouble with science fair please consult your science teacher. If there are some confusions that still remain feel free to contact Mr. Stampas at stampas@orlandoscience.org. We will try to keep you updated every week to make your project is a smooth and optimal as possible. Best of luck Orcas!

Science Fair resources:

Senior Trip to San Francisco

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Class of 2019 seniors attending the Senior Trip to San Francisco, mark your calendars. Your money is due Wednesday, October 3rd.

OSHS Fencing News

Our OSHS Fencing team participated in WGFA College Colors Team IV Fencing Tournament last weekend. We are pleased to announce the OSHS Fencing team won silver medal in the Senior team foil event and Connor Cha won silver medal in Y10 event. Miscia Fortna, Leo Murch and Colin Foley participated in the Senior Foil event. Everyone one had at least one win and Leo advanced to the round of eight and lost a close bout. Well done everyone!

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.

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.

Media Center Update

Greetings Orca families,

The OSHS Media Center is progressing nicely. 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. My goal is to have the library available for book checkout by Monday, September 17th. But we still need titles for our students to borrow! If you wish to support the OSHS book drive, here is the official OSHS Media Center Amazon Wishlist.

Our students love to read and creating a Media Center which reflects their age, interests, and diversity, is my priority. Your donations of new or gently used items from our Amazon Wishlist are most appreciated. Items do not need to be purchased from Amazon.com but they should be new or gently used.

If you would like to donate books from this list, you may bring them to the Media Center during Curriculum Night. If you do so, I will enter your name into a Barnes and Noble gift card raffle prize (one raffle ticket per item).

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. Good news...desktop computers arrived this week! We are awaiting delivery of tables and then the space will be available for student use during the school day and during club/tutoring time. An opening date will be announced as soon as the furniture arrives and the computers are installed.

Be sure to come by the Media Center during Curriculum Night, I look forward to meeting you!

Orca Pride,

Mrs. Singleton

Media Specialist


407-299-6595 Ext. 3324

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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!

Orcas, keep clipping those BOXTOPS!


To see a complete list of products, go to:


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.


Denise Mallonee

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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.


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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2018-19 Curriculum Night: Thursday, September 6, 2018

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Curriculum Night is a wonderful opportunity to speak with your students’ teachers and discuss what they will be learning during the 2018-19 School Year.

Join us on Thursday ,September 6th, 2018 from 5:30-8:00PM!

2018-2019 Report Card & Progress Report Dates

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2018-2019 Parent Teacher Conference Night Dates

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Parent Teacher Conference Nights will take place during dates and times posted above. Parents will receive an email notification to sign up for a time slot before the conference date. We ask that once the sign up links are provided, you read through the information carefully before selecting a time slot. If the PTC schedule is inconvenient, parents and guardians may email their student's teachers to make an appointment which works for both parties.

1st Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Night Sign Ups:

Sunday, September 9th 2018 at 7PM

Link will be provided, please check back next week.

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!!


Upcoming Technology Drive HS Events

2018-2019 Orlando Science Technology Drive HS Curriculum Night

Thursday, Sep. 6th, 5:30-8pm

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

Curriculum Night is a great way for families to learn about their student's curriculum and what they will be learning for the 2018-2019 School Year.

Parent Teacher Conference Night

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. The link to sign up for conferences will be released next week.

Parent Teacher conference night

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. The link to sign up for conferences will be released next week.
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