Orlando Science Schools Lynx Campus

Issue 7

Weekly Newsletter: September 25, 2020

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Principal's Corner

Saludos, Orcas!

I hope, you have another successful week and enjoy the first week of official Fall season with the great Florida weather! As our month begins to come to a close, we want to remind and share with a few important/exciting items in this week’s newsletter!

Starting from September 15th, we continue to celebrate America’s rich Hispanic history and culture with National Hispanic Heritage Month through October 15 with several class and school-wide activities. During this month, we recognize the contributions and the important presence of outstanding Hispanic and Latin Americans in the U.S. and within our communities. In this week, we are highlighting Mario Molina! Please take time to learn more about him and his contributions.

The Month of September is the annual observance of "American Founders" and Orlando Science Celebrates and highlights the greatest people of our Nation! We feature our seven founding fathers in this week.

Orcas, please continue following the School Health and Safety procedures. As we also enter the flu season, the precautions become more important for all of us.

Mathleage.org is a great program and offers online math competitions! If you are good at math, take this opportunity and sign up the available contests from the article below.

Congratulations to OSS Outreach Club for collecting a great amount of food donations. Thank you, parents, for your attention and help us! Every contribution to the charities and society is greatly appreciated!

Orcas, our social media sites provide lots of great updates, school highlights, and celebrations. Be sure to like us on Facebook and Twitter. Who knows, you or your work may be our next post highlighted. Your newsletter has important announcements, reminders, and highlights. Please go over and do not miss any important dates and announcements.

Orcas, there are very important testing announcement this week, if you have not read, please review the details in the Assessment Corner.

Lastly, I would like to let every student know that we are here to help you learn, grow, and succeed.

Vamos, Orcas and Strive for Excellence!


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High


OSS is proud to celebrate the Hispanic Heritage Month! We would like to encourage our middle and high school students to participate in the 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month Florida essay contests. Winners receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship from the FL Prepaid College Foundation. The deadline for the essay contest is 9/25. Learn more: http://floridahispanicheritage.com

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Mario Molina, Chemist

Mario Molina (born March 19, 1943) is a Mexican-born American chemist who was jointly awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, along with chemists F. Sherwood Rowland and Paul Crutzen, for research in the 1970s concerning the decomposition of the ozonosphere, which shields Earth from dangerous solar radiation. The discoveries of Molina and Rowland—that some industrially manufactured gases deplete the ozone layer—led to an international movement in the late 20th century to limit the widespread use of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases.

american founders' month

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In observation of American Founders' Month

Orlando Science Middle School would like to share an amazing resource by the Library of Congress. Here you can access correspondences and other writings of the 7 major shapers of the United States:

George Washington

Benjamin Franklin

John Adams (and family)

Thomas Jefferson

Alexander Hamilton

John Jay

James Madison

This data base includes over 185,000 searchable documents, fully annotated, from the Founding Fathers Papers projects.

We encourage our families to use this resource as a starting point for meaningful discussions about what it means to live, learn and pursue happiness in America in 2020.

Excerpt from the Preamble of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

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national junior honor society applications

The National Junior Honor Society is a nation-wide organization that we are proud to have here at Orlando Science Schools. The society focuses on meeting five pillars: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, Character, and Citizenship. Our school chapter participates in several different events such as Relay for Life, Breast Cancer week, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Toys for Tots. All members are required to maintain a high grade-point average, continuously contribute volunteer hours, and are role models at our school and community.

Our NJHS chapter meets weekly through Microsoft Teams. These virtual meetings will occur on Mondays from 3:00 to 3:30.

We are currently accepting applications for membership until October 23, 2020. Please follow the link below to apply. Contact Ms. Stutts at toryann.stutts@orlandoscienceschools.org with any questions.

science fair update

Science Fair preparations are under way! The next deadline for science fair is Wednesday, September 30 for the Research Journal Check #2. Students will need to complete their experimental design, materials, procedures, and methods of data analysis. The information needed to complete each section for this journal check can be found in the science fair handbook. Students need to make sure that they update their table of contents with each journal check.

Science Fair tutoring takes place every Wednesday from 1:50 pm to 2:25 pm. We will have a virtual meeting for science fair tutoring using Microsoft Teams, and students on campus will report to room 151 with Ms. Umholtz. There are resources on the science fair channel on Microsoft Teams along with the ability to ask questions on the channel.


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We are so excited to launch our second ever Virtual Scholastic Book Fair! Students will be able to visit the site linked below to purchase all the same books they would find at a campus book fair! Proceeds from this fair will go towards supporting our school. You may preview the link below. Look out for more information in our weekly newsletter.


Students who were enrolled in Algebra 1 during the 2019-2020 school year will have the opportunity to take the FSA EOC assessment for their graduation requirement on October 19 and October 20 at Lynx Campus. Please note this is not mandatory.

We will provide another opportunity to students to take the FSA Algebra 1 EOC assessment within window of the Winter Administration (TBA). Alternatively, students who pass the Geometry EOC in the Spring may satisfy this graduation requirement. If you have any further questions about this administration, please e-mail Ms. Frunker at frunker@orlandoscience.org.

At this time, we ask that you please complete the below survey by 5:00pm on Oct. 9th, 2020.

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mathleague.org middle school contest dates for 2020-2021

6th - 8th grade parents are invited to register their kids for upcoming mathleague.org competitions. The registration fee is $15 per student per contest and parents can register and pay online. Follow the link below to view the list of middle school contests confirmed so far for this year. This list will be updated throughout the year as additional contests are scheduled.

Remember that each student may only sign up for one contest under each release number. For online contests, students must either register for the contest in the region where their school is located or for the Open Enrollment contest; students may NOT register for a contest in a region where they do not attend school.

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Due to the current blended learning environment (virtual and face-to-face), we will not be printing paper copies of Quarter 1 Progress Reports. Instead, we are making them available through your child's OSS Connect account. To access the Progress Report follow the steps provided in the link below.


OSS Outreach would like send out a BIG thank you to all of the families that donated to our food drive on Saturday. With only two days notice, OSS families came together and showed just how wonderful and caring they are. We already knew how generous and kind our families were but, after seeing the amount of donations we received on just one day, really warmed our hearts here at school. It proves that even during tough times OSS families still take time and energy to help others. Thank-you for being the amazing people you are!

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Middle and High School families that missed Picture Day will have an opportunity for retakes on November 10th. On this day, OSS Outreach will continue their Food Drive! Please consider bringing non-perishables to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank on this day. These are their critical need items:

*canned fruits

*canned vegetables

*grains-rice, pasta, oatmeal

*canned meats in water, low sodium

*canned proteins such as beans-low sodium

*canned soups/meals low sodium

*baby food

*diapers all sizes

*toiletries-shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc

The OSS Outreach Club will have collection boxes at BOTH the Lynx and HS campuses. They will deliver all of your donations before Thanksgiving in order to help those in need in the greater Orlando area. Thank you for your support during this season of giving thanks!

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Orlando Science Middle School (Lynx Campus) is participating in this year's America's Safe Schools Week. Activities conducted during America’s Safe Schools Week draw attention to the continuing problem of school violence and educate everyone about how schools can be made safer and more secure. America’s Safe Schools Week offers an opportunity to address this very important issue and to take steps to ensure that schools offer students and teachers an environment which they can perform to the best of their abilities. There will be several activities throughout this week and more details will be provided!

At this time we would like to announce that on Wednesday, October 21st, students are welcome to Wear Orange for Unity Day and dress down. All dress down day guidelines apply.

OSS Unity Day shirts are available for purchase online, use the link below to order before October 2, 2020. Wear and share orange to show that we are together against bullying, and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to showing that you believe that all youth should be safe from bullying? Come together in one giant ORANGE message of hope and support, WEAR AND SHARE ORANGE to color our nation, and even the world, visibly showing that our society believes that no child should ever experience bullying.

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Okay welcome back! Here is the second half of our list of 6 Keys to improving our mental health!

  • Brain-Healthy Diet:

There are certain types of food that can adversely affect mood, such as caffeine, foods with high levels of preservatives/hormones, sugary snacks, and fried food. These types of food can facilitate irritable moods, mood swings, sleep troubles, low energy, and weaken your immune system. Additionally, there are foods that can help boost your mood, for example avocados, flaxseed, beans, leafy greens, fresh fruit, walnuts, almonds, cashews, peanuts, and fish rich in Omega-3s. If you haven’t tried to change your eating habits before, you may not be aware of how much it can affect your mood. Now, I will preface this by saying I’m not a dietician, so be sure to conduct your own research in addition to the research I provide here.

  • Quality Sleep:

“I’ll catch up on the weekend!” No, actually, sleep doesn’t work that way. You can’t really “catch up” the way you think you can. When it comes to mental health, sleep is essential. If we constantly walk through work and school life on less than the necessary amount of hours of sleep we can experience problems with memory, attention span, energy, mood, ability to handle stress, confidence, and communication. If you’re someone who has issues with sleep, try limiting your screen time for the 30 minutes to an hour before bed, drinking caffeine-free tea, meditating, listening to soothing music, or taking a warm shower before bed each night and see if there is any change.

  • Meaning & Purpose:

We often hear philosophers asking about the meaning and purpose of life and forget that we can create both meaning and purpose ourselves. The biggest way to do this is to look beyond yourself and your immediate circle and see what impact you can have on your community, your environment, your school, your workplace, your state, your culture, your world, etc. It really isn’t that difficult when you consider one simple metaphor: You know how in time travel movies/shows everyone is always afraid of changing even the slightest thing, like moving a book, or interrupting someone’s walking path? They become so worried that the one minor change will affect their timeline so drastically. Well imagine what small change you could do now that could drastically affect your own future and that of those around you for the better?

The most used activity under this key is volunteering (honestly, it’s one of my favorites as well!). Volunteering for a cause or organization that has a mission you like or care about can help improve your mood and brighten the world a little bit at a time. Other activities you can use to create meaning or purpose is taking part in yoga, meditation, or an art form that has a community, like music, art, or drawing. When you participate in a hobby that has a community, you have the ability to watch impact and inspiration happen in real time. Think about that one song that got you through a difficult time, that one video that changed your whole day around, or a painting that inspired you to do something fun or cool for yourself or someone else? Well, someone made that, and decided to share it with the world and somehow you found it, isn’t that wonderful?

Now, you have all the keys, but how can you combine them to make them all digestible?! Here’s a MAJOR KEY, some activities can count as more than one category! Here are a few examples:

- Yoga can be considered physical activity, meaning & purpose, managing stress, quality sleep, and if you take a yoga class, social interaction.

- Dancing along to music you love can be physical activity, managing stress, and if you partake in a 30 second dance party, social interaction.

- Volunteering with friends is meaning & purpose, managing stress, and social interaction.

- Cooking a meal can be social interaction, brain-healthy diet, and managing stress.

- Using essential oils or a diffuser at night can be managing stress and quality sleep.

- My personal favorite, reading, can be considered meaning and purpose, quality sleep (when I read the last 30 minutes before bed), managing stress, and social connection (because I’m doing a reading challenge with some friends).

You don’t have to add 6 new things to your already busy schedule, it’s as simple as picking things you really like or would really like to try and incorporating them into your day.

Now, if you are incorporating the 6 keys and you don’t feel any improvement over time, you may want to consult with a trusted adult who can help put you in touch with mental health resources, like websites, hotlines, and referral sources.

And as always, if you need anything, I’m here!

All the best,

Ms. Perez

Ms. Perez's Quote of the Week

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We are so proud to recognize OSS Senior, Alexis D., for her creation of the 501c3 non-profit organization, CAFYIR (Career Aid for Young Immigrants and Refugees). Through this organization, a program has been developed called "CAFYIR on the Computer" and is open to immigrants, refugees, or any other students you believe may benefit in grades Kindergarten through 8th.

These meetings will be held once a week through Microsoft Teams. When a student registers for the program they will receive their login credentials for Microsoft and information on the program orientation. They will be mailed an interactive lesson packet that will be used throughout the program, a school supply pack to be used along with the program, and a book for enjoyment. Registration is open through October 4, 2020.

national junior honor society certificate of affiliation

At OSS we recognize the importance of celebrating outstanding student achievement, and our affiliation with the National Junior Honor Society helps us do just that! NJHS elevates a school's commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. Developing and maintaining a chapter of NJHS is a proud accomplishment for our school!

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Skyward is Orange County Public School's platform for grades and attendance calculations. OSS parents can access Skyward by clicking the link below and registering for an account, if you haven't already done so. Instructions for navigating Skyward can be found using the button below. Be sure to follow the setup instructions, including using your parent email account on file with OSS, to access your child's information. For questions, please email eLearning@orlandoscience.org.


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lynx campus bell schedule

Traditional Face-to-Face:

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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.) See the registration form below for opportunities to get involved.

If you have questions, comments, or requests, email PVO.LynxCampus@orlandoscience.org.

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Orlando Science School is committed to the safety and well being of our students and staff. Please see the detailed flow chart and review the safety procedures we are following every day. We look forward to a healthy and productive year. Go Orcas!
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Orange County Public Library Online Resources

The Orange County Public Library has given OSS students access to their plethora of virtual resources! See the graphic below for access information, including your credentials and the website. Follow the link below to get started with your virtual library card today!

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Please see the following details regarding OSMS course changes:

  • Currently only scheduling errors will be corrected.
  • All schedule change requests will be based on availability.
  • Student schedules were made based on data from past EOCs, Report Cards, Teacher Recommendations, etc.
  • Due to recent changes with e-learning and traditional learning, we are only able to offer a few elective courses.
  • Your request will be processed within 1-2 weeks from the time is it emailed.
  • You will be contacted by administration in the event of a schedule change. The student must continue using their current schedule until a new schedule is provided.
  • If your schedule could not be changed, the reason will be e-mailed to you and an appointment can be schedule at that time.
  • For inquiries, email Mr. Moon (Moon@orlandoscience.org)

What is Delayed Dismissal? 30/30 Rule?

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


Students that are eligible to participate will be notified regarding our monthly dress down days. Additionally, students on campus are welcome to dress down on their birthday! Please contact Mrs. Sawyer on Microsoft Teams or through email (stefanie.sawyer@orlandoscience.org) for birthday dress down approval.

Please view the document below with important dress-down day guidelines and reminders.


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See the important message below regarding FortifyFlorida:

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 become familiar with this tool and help us spread the word about it with your students and their families. Please note that the official app’s logo will look exactly as it does in the graphic above.

OSS 2020-2021 Handbook

Students and families that have any questions about the 2020-2021 Code of Conduct, Discipline Plan, Reward system and many other OSS Middle School topics should refer to the Handbook linked below:


All OSS Middle High parents can create an OSS Connect account to view their students' academic progress, attendance, discipline, upcoming events and more. Multiple students can be added under one parent account for an easy access. Each student has a unique "Parent Access Code". Please use this code to add each of your students.

  1. Go to the following URL https://ossconnect.orlandoscience.org/radix/portal/signup/index.php
  2. Enter the parent access code, birthdate of the student this code belongs to, Student ID (if asked) and your relationship to the student.
  3. If the information is correct, you will be redirected to a page where you can see your student's name. If this is your student, click continue, if not, click cancel and contact the school.
  4. After the verification is completed, you will be redirected to registration page. On this page, you will create a new parent account by providing the information requested and selecting a password for your account. Click on "Create my new account" when done.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email that contains a link to click to complete account creation. Once you click on the link in confirmation email, you will be directed to the site and your account will be ready to use.
  6. Once you logged in to the site, you can add another student by clicking on the "Add new student" link located on your dashboard.
Note: Access parent portal via Radix Mobile App on any IOS or Android device. Search for the word "Radix Mobile" on your app store.


As students in Orange County Public Schools, OSS Orcas may apply for the federal free/reduced lunch program. Please visit OCPS's website for a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) or use the button below to fill out the application. A new application must be completed each school year.


Beginning Monday, August 10, Orange County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services Department started providing meals for students utilizing the LaunchEd@Home instructional model with a Curbside Meals Program. This ensures those students who rely on nutritious meals to be able to continue doing so, even when they are not in the building for their lessons.


OSS Connect is up and running! Families experiencing technical issues related to eLearning, please email our helpdesk at eLearning@orlandoscience.org. Use this email address to:

  • request technology
  • reset passwords
  • request login credentials
  • any other issue related to technology


Orlando Science Middle/High has a new mobile app! It is currently available in the App Store® and in Google Play®. You can download the app for free, for access to our school's news, calendars, volunteer opportunities, push notifications and much more!

Download for Free - visit your tablet or smartphone's storefront and search for "Orlando Science Schools"

  • For Android, visit Google Play
  • For Apple iOS, visit the and App Store or iTunes

If you have any questions or feedback please email info@orlandoscience.org.


All OSS volunteers (field trip chaperones, robotics coaches, and anyone spending time with OSS students) must complete an ADDitions application EVERY YEAR in order to volunteer. Complete or update your application using the link below. Thank you to our volunteers, we appreciate you!


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Photo Retake Day and Food Drive

Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 9am

OSS Lynx Campus

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The Box Tops Program is all new for 2020!

BoxTops has a NEW way for schools to earn money from your purchases! See the details below. Thank you for your support of OSS!

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How to Clip Box Tops


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.


OfficeDepot Gives Back

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