Orlando Science Schools Lynx Campus

Issue 17

December 14th 2018 Weekly Newsletter

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Principal's Message

Dear Families and Students,

I hope everyone had a great week and are ready to finish our 1st Semester of the 2018-2019 School Year on a strong note! This week's newsletter is filled with many important reminders and exciting announcements.

I would like to congratulate our band students and director Mr. Jenkins for their amazing performance in your winter concert last Tuesday! They have done a great job and we all were applaud their performance.

I would like to take this time and thank everyone who donated to our annual holiday gift card donations campaign and those who signed up for the annual staff breakfast. Our teacher and staff work very hard and we would not be able to recognize all of their efforts without you.

8th Grade Orcas, do not forget to submit your High School Special Programs Application by Friday, January 18th, 2019. More details may be found in the week's newsletter. We are applying to National School of Character Accreditation through character.org(R). I would like to remind all of our parents to complete the Character Accreditation Parent Survey by Thursday, December 20th, 2018!

Congratulations to our FTC team Kube Khaos for being awarded the Judges' Trophy for the FTC Tesla League meet. The team also placed second for gracious professionalism and second for their documentation engineering notebook. Keep up the great work Orcas!

Attention ADDition Approved Orca Families, we are looking for volunteers for our OSS Science Fair on Thursday, January 10th, 2019. More details may be found in this week's newsletter.

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


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

2018 Orlando Science MH Holiday Donations

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As the holidays are approaching, it is time to prepare our annual gift bags for our Orlando Science Middle High teachers and staff members!

Help us show our teachers and staff members how much we appreciate them by donating gift cards or by making a monetary donation we purchased gift cards. Popular gift cards are Target, Barnes, & Nobels, Publix and Amazon.

Gift card donations may be dropped off at the front desk and monetary donations may be provided using the SCHOOLPAY link below. Donations of $5, $10, $15 and $20 work bests,

As always, we are thankful for your support and wish you a Happy Holiday Season!

2018 Holiday Breakfast Donations

Dear LYNX LANE PVO Members,

As the holidays approach we would like to host a 7:00 am holiday breakfast for our teachers and staff! Below you will find a list of items we will need to make our breakfast a great success; we are also in need of a couple of volunteers to organize set up and breakdown. Items can be dropped off to the front desk and nonfood items dropped off before. We encourage bringing your baked items in disposable containers. Please make sure you label any container to be returned to you (including serving utensils) and pick up at the end of the day. If you have any questions please contact our PVO at OSS.PVO@orlandoscience.org . Thank you for all that you do!

attention 8th grade orcas: high school special programs application

Dear OSS 8th Grade Families,

OSHS offers a variety of high school special programs to its students. Each student will find the most exciting and academically challenging programs for themselves. The programs offer students unique opportunities for in-depth experiences and study in specific areas of interest. Each special program emphasizes a specialized theme and sets high expectations for all students to improve their academic achievements and prepare them for the 21st-century careers. In addition, Orlando Science Special Programs offer students hands-on activities and real-world problem-solving approaches. While all the students are encouraged to apply, they must have a strong interest in specialty areas of the chosen program. Students also need to meet and retain the eligibility requirements of the selected program(s). The details and the course progression of each program are available in the Orlando Science Curriculum Guide. Please ensure that you have read about the programs before submitting this application form.

  • Friday, January 18th 2019 by 11:59 p.m.

Application Deadline

  • Tuesday, January 29th 2019

Application results will be announced

character accreditation parent survey due 12/20/2018

Dear Parents,

Orlando Science Middle/High School is applying to become a National Character of School through character.org(R) and we need your input for our School Climate Survey. The School Climate Survey is an opportunity to gather feedback from our stakeholders. Below you will find a link to a short survey that is required for us to apply for accreditation. We are asking that you please complete it at your earliest convenience but no later than Thurs., December 20th, 2018, at 11:59 pm. We really appreciate you helping us accomplish this goal by providing this important feedback. Students will also complete a similar survey when they return from winter break in January.

The following questions are about the school climate about the fall semester for the 2018-'19 school year. Please answer the following questions honestly and completely.

Very Sincerely,

Ms. Santos

Dean of Students

2nd Semester Club Re-Sign Ups Begin January 8th 2019

2nd Semester Club Re-Sign Ups will begin on Tuesday, January 8th, 2018 and end on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019.

Below are a few clubs that will have spaces for 2nd Semester Club Re-Sign Ups, with more to be added next week. There will be NO ONLINE sign-ups and we will not be accepting any email or phone reservations. Club descriptions will be provided next week for those clubs with available spaces. If a club is NOT listed that means there will be no spaces for 2nd Semester Club Re-Sign Ups. If a cub has an * after it, it means that club will start fresh and students who are currently in that club will have to re-sign up if they would like to continue. Please note that not every club will be this way and some clubs may only have one or two spaces available. Next week you will also find an updated Club Schedule, it is important to review this schedule as some clubs may not be continuing next semester to make way for new ones.



National Math Club


Spelling Bee

Taekwondo(Scholarship Opportunities Available)

OSS Science Fair Volunteers Needed!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is that time of year that we will need help for our OSS School Wide Science Fair to be held on January 10th 2019. Below are the time slots where we will need assistance judging projects. Please note we are only able to accept ADDitions approved volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering and your ADDitions Account is ACTIVE, please follow the steps found below:

1. Select a "Time Slot" found below.


2. Register with the ADDitions Opportunity using the following link.


OSS FTC Kube Khaos places at FTC Tesla League Meet

We are pleased to announce that the OSS middle school FTC team Kube Khaos was awarded the Judges' Trophy for the FTC Tesla League meet. The team also placed second for gracious professionalism and second for their documentation engineering notebook. Congratulations to the team and their coaches on this outstanding achievement!

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OSS Taekwondo Belt Ceremony and Scholarship Information

1st Semester Belt Test and Ceremony

The OSS Taekwondo Club will host their 1st Semester Belt Test and Ceremony on Wednesday, December 19th 2018 in the Lynx Lane Gym from 2:00-4:00PM. All Lynx Lane Families are encouraged to attend this wonderful ceremony.

Taekwondo Scholarship Opportunity

The OSS Taekwondo Club is offering two scholarships for the 2018-2019 School Year. The scholarship would include the monthly club dues and items needed with the exception of the testing fee. Students interested in applying for a scholarship must fill out the application below and meet the requirements listed below. Once the form application is ready for submission please return it to Mrs. Caggiano no later than Friday, January 11th, 2019.

The requirements are as follows: Must have a 2.5GPA or higher, must be a student of the Orlando Science Lynx Lane Campus, must have two OSS Lynx Campus written

recommendations, must not already be a member of the OSS Taekwondo Club and must provide a letter of “Why you would like to be part of the OSS Taekwondo Club”. Please note this club meets every Wednesday in the Gym.

Below you will find the 2018-2019 Application, if you have any questions please stop by the gym next Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 during the belt ceremony for more details!

OSS Annual Winter Holiday Concert

Thank you to the Middle-High Concert Band students and Mr. Jenkins for a wonderful show last Tuesday night! Thank you to all the families for your support of the OSS music program.

Attention: Lynx Lane ADDitions Volunteers

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Middle School Co-ed Basketball Tryouts

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Students in 6-8th grades at OSS (lynx and tech), middle school basketball tryouts are coming up! We will be offering a co-ed basketball team for the 2018-2019 season.

Students who wish to try out must have a completed sports physical packet. The sports packets are new this year and must be signed off by (1) parent/guardian, (2)Dr, (3)the AD (Mrs. Mulligan), and (4)Admin prior to tryouts.

Packets are now available at the Lynx and Technology Buildings(B2 and B3)

Tryouts will be held tentatively January 8th and 9th at the Lynx campus during the times listed below. Students are responsible for transportation to Lynx campus and attending BOTH days of tryouts.

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 from 3:00-5: 30 PM

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 from 2:00-4: 30 PM

Please note- OSS will not offer transportation at any point during the season for practices and/or games.

For any questions, email Mrs. Mulligan

2018-2019 Lynx Lane Birthday Dress Down Form

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Orcas this is just a reminder that students interested in dressing down for their birthday must submit a "Birthday Dress Down Day" form found below two days prior to their birthday dress down day request. If a form is submitted less than the two days or is not submitted they will be considered out of dress code and they will not be approved to dress down.

2018-2019 OSS Middle & High Yearbook Now on Sale!

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Locker Clean Out-December 20th 2018

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Lynx Lane 1st Semester Award Ceremonies

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National History Bee Qualifying Exam

Attention parents, all 6th, 7th and 8th graders will be participating in the National History Bee Qualifying exam in January. This exam is a preliminary step in qualifying for the National History Bee. We are asking all students to participate whether they plan to attend the regional competition or not. This is a great opportunity for students to test their history skills and who knows students may know more than they think!

After the qualifying exam, students will be notified whether they qualified or not for regionals. Those students will then be given the option to attend the regional competition in the Spring.

Good luck students!

Operation Gratitude: Help with our Mission!

The mission is to send care packages to our troops to show them how much we respect them and thank them for their service. This mission is of special importance to our team, as Jay Rao has an older brother who is currently stationed in Afghanistan. Let’s show them our support and thanks by sending some supplies and thank you letters! Please see the list below for ideas of items that the troops would like. You can also send in a cash donation to help offset the postage cost. The RobotSakers Team will collect these items from the teachers/ box in the front reception area. Thank you for showing your support!

For more information, you may reach Julie Rao 407-427-4571

Snack bars - Snack cakes - Cheese crackers- Candy (avoid chocolate)

Gum - Sunflower Seeds - Trail Mix – Gum - Energy Bars -Eye Drops

Beef Jerky - Tea Bags - K Cup Coffee – Toothbrushes - Toothpaste

Shaving Lotion - Disposable Razors - Chap Stick - Playing Cards

Important Lynx Lane Questions and Answers

How do I purchase a replacement Agenda?

Lynx Lane Orcas who are in need of a replacement agenda may purchase one using the link below. Once you purchase the agenda please email a copy of your SchoolPay receipt to Mrs.Estes.


Whom should I contact if my student was or will be absent ?

Attendance is a key to the success of your student's learning. If you have any attendance concerns such as daily absences, upcoming absences, extended absences or questions please contact Mrs. Caggiano.

What do I need to do if my student is a bus rider or walker ?

Orcas who walk or take the Lynx Bus transportation must have "Walker/Bus Rider" form on file. If you need form you may find it below. Students must sign out at the front office before leaving school each day.

How do I contact My Student's Teachers ?

Here at OSS, email is the best way to reach your student's teachers with any questions or concenrs. All OSS Staff Emails maybe found on the staff directory tab on your student's OSS Dashboard.

Can I make payments with Cash?

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.

What do I need to do to Volunteer at the OSS Lynx Lane Campus and or attend OSS Field Trips?

Orlando Science Families interested in volunteering at the OSS Lynx Lane Campus during the 2018-2019 School Year must be ADDitions approved. Below you will find the link to apply for ADDitions for the 2018-2019 School Year.


How do I join the OSS PVO(Parent Volunteer Organization) Team?

The OSS PVO Team is accepting new members all year long! 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.

When are Progress Reports/Report Cards Released ?

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Amazon Smile and Office Depot's Give Back to Schools

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Orlando Science Families, great news! If you shop on Amazon or Office Depot then you may eligible to support Orlando Science Schools! Below you will find information on both of these wonderful organizations and their links. Happy shopping!


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


Orlando Science Lynx Lane STEM Corner

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STEM Occupation of the Week: Transportation Planners

Transportation Planners: Conduct studies for proposed transportation projects. They analyze the costs and benefits of proposed designs or projects.

Source: https://careerwise.minnstate.edu/careers/careerDetail?oc=19309901&title=Transportation%20Planners

STEM Word of the Week: Writing Process

Writing Process– The process of proficient writers: they are reflective and skilled at adapting and internalizing the stages of writing: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing for extended as well as shorter time frame.

Source: http://mdk12.msde.maryland.gov/instruction/curriculum/stem/pdf/STEMEducationGlossary.pdf

Birthday Dress Down Information and Form!

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Students interested in dressing down for their birthday must submit a "Birthday Dress Down Day" form found below two days prior to their birthday. If a form is not submitted they will be considered out of dress code.

Dress Down Day Request Form

December Birthdays

Miles A-C., Aaliyah A., Khandhaker R., Hamza T., Emman A., Jamari A-D., Armin A., Dev B., Sa'Kura B., Angel C., Sri T-C., Yash D., Zakaria E-H., Jasmyn H., Nigel J., Ufuk O., Jalecia P.,
Owen R., Ummulwara S., Nicole S., Kaydence U., Alysia V., Makayla W.,Ramsey Z., Lillian B.,
Kyla P-B., Naimah P-B., Suheyla E.,Gabriel G., Khasijah M., Mohammed M., Alexander M., Demian P., Layla P., Julia S., Acquin S., and Aalia W.

Middle/High Charter Lunch Menu-December

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Orcas Apply For Free/Reduced Meals Today!

Orcas, we ask that you take a moment and fill out the OCPS Free/Reduced Meal Application today! To fill out the application simply click the START FRESH photo above or click the link below. For more details regarding the application please select the appropriate link below.

Important LOST AND FOUND CLEAN OUT Information

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2018-2019 Lynx Lane Tutoring Schedule

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Check out Orlando Science Technology Drive Campuses Newsletters!

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December Event Calendar-Lynx Lane

Middle School Basketball Tryouts(Day 1)

Tuesday, Jan. 8th 2019 at 3-5:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane, Orlando FL 32804

Middle School Basketball Tryouts(Day 2)

Wednesday, Jan. 9th 2019 at 2-4:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane, Orlando FL 3284

Orlando Science Middle High Science Fair

Thursday, Jan. 10th 2019 at 8am

2427 Lynx lane, Orlando FL 32804

Lynx Lane 1st Semester Award Ceremony(6th and 8th Grade)

Wednesday, Jan. 16th 2019 at 5:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane, Orlando FL 32804

Lynx Lane 1st Semester Award Ceremony(7th Grade)

Thursday, Jan. 17th 2019 at 5:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane, Orlando FL 32804

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