Orlando Science High School

Issue 24

Weekly Newsletter - February 15, 2019

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Help us spread the word!

OSS East coming in 2020

Dear OSS Families,

Help us spread the word about the opening of our Orlando Science East Campus located near UCF. It will be opening August of 2020 for grades K-6 with the addition of a higher grade each year to include grades K-8 by 2022. Students attending our East Campus will be able to continue at Orlando Science Charter High School which is located on Technology Drive. We would like to welcome our new East Orlando Campus to our Orlando Science family. They will have the same outstanding programs and educational model that we currently have at our existing campuses including:

· Small class size and individual attention for our students

· Award-winning academic and extracurricular programs

· Robotics, Science and Math Olympiad programs

· State of the art STEM classrooms, labs and media center

· Dedicated teachers and staff

· Hands-on learning experiences

· Full-time Gifted program

Orlando Science Charter School is a tuition free STEM focused public charter school. Orlando Science has been rated the #1 school in 2018 and 2019 in Central Florida by Niche. US News also rated Orlando Science Charter High School the best high school in Central Florida.

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,

I hope you all had a wonderful week! Thank you teachers and families for productive Parent Teacher Conference sessions this week. We look forward to working together to ensure our student's success for the remainder of the school year.

I would like to recognize our two National Merit Finalists, seniors Kevin R. and Russell A. They have worked hard and we are proud of their accomplishments in this competitive scholarship program! Learn more about their achievement in the "OSHS Accolades" section of the newsletter where you will also find our Students of the Month, Character Award winners and our Commendation winners!

Last weekend our OSS Math Counts team competed and won first in Central Florida Chapter! Well done mathletes!

This week OSS hosted our annual Middle High History Fair. The winning projects are posted below, check out the great work our students are doing in their social studies classes!

This coming weekend don't forget we will not have Saturday Leadership Academy or AP Studies at the high school campus. Also OSHS is closed Monday, February 18th in honor of Presidents' Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, February 19th.

Enjoy the long weekend orca families!


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

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Saturday Leadership Academy & AP Studies

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OSHS Closed Monday, February 18th

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OSHS Celebrates Black history month

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OSHS is pleased to celebrate "Black History Month" this February! Each week we will feature one influential African-American who helped shaped our society. This week we are pleased to feature the Tuskegee Airmen.

Before 1940, African Americans were prohibited from flying airplanes for the U.S. military. In response to the efforts of civil rights organizations to secure equal opportunities for African Americans, President F.D. Roosevelt ordered the formation of an all-African American squadron in 1940. This squadron became known as the Tuskegee Airmen (TA).

The TA were trained at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. The school was chosen for its commitment to aeronautical training, and it had the facilities, engineering, and instructors to get the job done. The training program, called the Tuskegee Experiment, was part of the Army Air Corps, and the squadron included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, and all other levels of staff and personnel required to keep airplanes in the air.

The first Civilian Pilot Training Program participants successfully completed their training in May 1940. The program was expanded and became the center of African American aviation during World War II (1939–45). The TA was one of the most highly respected squadrons of the war, disproving racial stereotypes.

The TA eventually included more than fifteen thousand members. Sixty-six TA pilots were killed in action or accidents, and another thirty-two became prisoners of war. The squadron was awarded 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 744 Air Medals, 14 Bronze Stars, and 8 Purple Hearts.

In November 1998 the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, was established to commemorate the heroism of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.

Source: Benson, Sonia, et al. "Tuskegee Airmen." UXL Encyclopedia of U.S. History, vol. 8, UXL, 2009, p. 1586.

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2019 National Merit Finalists

OSHS is proud to congratulate our 2019 National Merit Finalists: Russell A. and Kevin R.! Over 1.6 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. They are now part of the Top 15,000 Finalists! They worked really hard to move the Finalists level. Congratulations on all of your hard work!

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OSHS January Students of the Month

Congratulations to these outstanding students for being nominated by their teachers for January Students of the Month. These students are model students and make OSHS a better place to be. Keep up the great work!

8th grade: Kaitlyn O.

9th grade: Samhith B.

10th grade: Avari M.

11th grade: Valeria M.

12th grade: De'Waina B.

OSHS January Character Awards

We are pleased to announce OSHS January Character Award winners! These students were nominated by their teachers for exemplifying our "ORCAS Core Values." Congratulations! We are proud of your efforts to make OSHS a school where character counts.

Abhi A. was nominated for having Respect and compassion for everyone.

Sana S. was nominated for Advocating for a safe learning environment. She speaks up for others.

Daniel C. was nominated for Advocating for a safe learning environment. He is proactive in enforcing OSS's anti-bullying policy.

OSHS Commendation Winners

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Congratulations to the commendation winners for the month of January. These students went above and beyond in their actions at Orlando Science and were recognized by staff members and earned commendation points: Jose B., Angelina B., Xandra M., Richard O., Caesar P., Calvin W., Scarlet G., Alexia R., Safina M., Trent S., Ahmed A., Mehdi B., Jose C., Alexander G., Maxwell L. & Isenzia M.

MathCounts Team takes home a WIN

Congratulations to the OSS MathCounts Team on winning the Central Florida Chapter. All eleven mathletes placed in the top 20! This is the fifth year in a row OSS wins the competition. Great job orcas for an outstanding victory! Good luck at the State Finals! Congratulations!

Omer D., Michelle L., Tarang G., Aaditya N., Jaithra N., Meghana K.,

Arnav P., Ishaan D., Joshua O., Hemangi P. and Chhavi P.

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ORCA Athlete: Pop warner all American Scholar Winner

Last week OSHS 9th grader Mekhai R. received the Pop Warner All American Scholars Award and a scholarship towards his college education. Congratulations Mekhai, we are so proud of you and all your hard work. Keep it up!

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OSS History Fair Winners

On Friday, February 8th, the Social Studies department judged the contestants for the OSS History Fair. All 8th grade, and participating 7th grade, projects were judged from both the Lynx and Technology campuses. The campuses will be hosting History Fair viewings this week for the students during their Social Studies classes. Congratulations to the Middle School winners in the following categories:

On Friday, February 15th, the Social Studies department hosted a History Fair at the OSHS campus. Students and teachers were invited to view all 10th grade projects in Mr. Kennedy's room. The Social Studies department judged all of the projects and we are pleased to share the winners and their work below!

Middle School 7th/8th grades:

· Individual Papers - Leonardo G-M. and Matthew S.

· Documentary - Preston S.

· Individual Exhibits - Emmee L. and Bibi Z-M.

· Group Exhibits - Yusra H. and Nidhiya J., and Ananya V. and Kayra A.

· Websites - Dev H. and Riyan A., and Raudy B.

High School 10th grade:

  • Noah M.-"When the Cost of Triumph is Tragedy"
  • Nelson Y.-"The East is Red?"
  • Kaitlin and Kristin D.-"Pure Food and Drug Act"
  • Gabriella C. and Serena S.-"The Manson Family"
  • Liam O.-"The United Nations: The Quest for Peace"

Congratulations to all of our Middle High winning students!

OSHS is Feeling the LOVE

OSHS celebrated LOVE this week with both Valentine's Day and the Free Reading Friday Café initiative. Students showed one another how much they appreciate one another with carnations courtesy of the OSHS International Club.

Mrs. Singleton and Ms. F. Perez hosted the 4th Free Reading Friday Café in the media on Friday. This month initiative acknowledges OSHS students of the month, Character Award Winners and any other student nominated by a teacher. Students come to the media center to snack, relax and play games. Congratulations, we hope to see you back at the café next month!

OSHS 2019 testing schedule

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Above you will find the 2018-2019 OSS High School Tech Campus Assessment Calendar, please keep these dates in mind when planning any upcoming appointments and vacations. It is also important to note that on the following Wednesdays listed below we will not hold our regular early release schedule. Instead, we will follow our standard release schedule to allow more time for testing.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Download a copy of the testing schedule below.

10th Annual Education Guide Art Contest Sponsored by Gatorland

Theme: “Protecting Endangered Species”

Eligibility: ALL students K-12th grade (Judging is in 4 groups (K-2, 3-5, Middle and High School)

Deadline: April 8th, 2019

Award Ceremony: Crayola Experience in May 2019

Prizes: $100 for each 1st place winner and $50 for each 2nd place winner

All 40 finalists receive their artwork framed, tickets to Crayola Experience, Gatorland and other prizes.

Submit the completed entry form and drawing to:

Gatorland Art Contest

14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail

Orlando, FL 32837

* Please review the attached sheets for full contest information and guidelines*

8th grade Gradventure information

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Attention 8th graders: Our class is planning to take a field trip on Friday, May 17, 2019 to Universal Studios! Please complete the field trip permission form on the last page of the document below and return it before the deadline date.

8th Grade Graduation Details

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3rd Annual PVO Sponsored Fall Festival Fundraiser-November 2nd 2019

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The OSS PVO Committee representing the

Elementary, Middle, Junior High, and High School

are holding their Third Annual Fall Festival to raise funds for our schools!

Annual OSS Fall Festival Fundraiser will be held on

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Something for everyone, from toddler to adult with Inflatable houses, jousting, and slide; Games; Food; Bake sales; Silent auction; Raffles; Vendors; Health Fair

TIME: 11am – 5pm

LOCATION: OSS Elementary and Middle School

2611 Technology Dr. Orlando, FL. 32804

PARKING: Free parking at Magic Mall with shuttle service to the school. $5 Preferred Parking at the Technology elementary and high school parking lot

This is where we need your help! We have various sponsorships at all 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 us.

We are working diligently to fill all the spots.

With your help, we can reach this year’s goal to increase our profits!

Please feel free to contact our PVO Committee below for more information on sponsorship levels, to submit a sponsor referral, or if you would like to become involved with the PVO committee. Our kids are this country’s future; please help us support our school’s needs by supporting the efforts of the OSS PVO committee.


Visit our webpage for one stop shop for festival information:


March PVO K-12 Meeting

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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.

ALL OSHS Students have Orange County library access

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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!

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 Ms. Rebel 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.


Upcoming Technology Drive HS Events

Mu Alpha Theta February Statewide

Saturday, Feb. 16th, 7am

Palm Harbor HS

Science Olympiad Alt. Regionals

Saturday, Feb. 16th, 7am


Orange County Science Fair regionals

Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 3pm to Thursday, Feb. 21st, 2:30pm

4603 West Colonial Drive

Orlando, FL

Black History Month Movie Night-The Help

Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 3:30-7pm

OSHS Cafeteria

Movie: The Help

Rules/Guidelines: Attending students will need to have a permission slip signed by a parent/guardian to participate

Cost: FREE

Available concessions: drinks $1, popcorn $2, cotton candy, $2, assorted candy $.75-1, pizza $2, combo $5 (pizza/drink)

Sponsored by: Rho Kappa/Mr. Hennessey

EPCOT Field Trip

Thursday, Feb. 21st, 8am-4pm

200 Epcot Center Dr

Orlando, FL

Mu Alpha Theta March Regional

Saturday, March 2nd, 7am

2701 Ridgewood Avenue

Sanford, FL

Neuroscience Brain Bee

Saturday, March 2nd, 8am-3pm

UCF, Psychology Building, Orlando, FL

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