Orlando Science High School

Issue 10

Weekly Newsletter - October 18, 2019

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Principal's Corner

Dear Orca Families and Students,

I would like to congratulate everyone for completing the 1st Quarter of the 2019-2020 School Year! You are working so hard and we are very proud of each and every one of you, keep up the great work as we kick off our second quarter on Monday, October 21st, 2019.

I would like to thank each staff member and our parents & students who joined our Hispanic Heritage Night Celebration last Friday! It was a great night and I thank our Spanish teacher Mrs. Lizarazo for putting this evening together. It was a blast!

On Tuesday, October 22nd, all OSS students, staff and families can show your support and school spirit and wear your OSS PINK OUT spirit shirt!

Orcas, As your took upperclassmen PSAT/NMSQT last week, I encourage you to take PSAT8/9! It is a great way to start to check where you are in your college readiness journey. Please see the details below.

I wish every Orca family a happy and safe long weekend!


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

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OSS K-12 PINK OUT Day October 22nd

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For the first time ever...all OSS students, staff and families can show your support and school spirit and wear your OSS PINK OUT spirit shirt on Tuesday, October 22nd. Those families who have ordered shirts, they will be delivered to your child's homeroom on Monday, October 21st.

For those OSS High School students who purchased a dress down pass, show your support and wear all pink! Go Orcas!

PSAT 8/9 Testing for 9th graders registration deadline October 29th

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Students in 8th and 9th grade have the option of taking the PSAT 8/9 on December 5th, 2019. See the attached information and registration letter to learn more about what the PSAT testing is, how to register and how your child can prepare. Good luck Orcas!

The deadline to register is October 29th, 2019. Return the attached registration form AND make a payment using the School Pay link below.

2019 Fall Festival Saturday, November 2nd

Fall Fest Sponsorship

Have you purchased your Fall Festival Family Sponsorship Sign for $100 yet? If just 100 families would purchase a sign, we would be $10,000 closer to meeting our goal. The net money raised is split between the elementary and middle/high PVOs and used to support various school projects, events, social activities, club supplies, teacher appreciation week, etc. that have no allocated funding. Show your support today and purchase a sponsorship online below or send a check with your information to Mrs. Foley at the high school.. Sponsorships received by 10/25 will ensure they are included in the signage order. Check here for all the sponsorship opportunities currently available.

Fall Fest Presale Wrist Bands on Sale for one more week!

Early bird discount wrist bands and ticket packages went on sale last Friday and will be available at the discount price of $10 until Friday October 25th. Beat the lines at the festival and purchase yours online today. When the sale ends, the wrist band price will increase to $15. As a bonus, if you take advantage of the early bird pricing and buy before the 25th, you can pick up your tickets at the Will Call table on October 29th. Times and places will be announced in the October 25th newsletter. Tickets purchased on October 26th or after will be available at the Will Call table at the festival.

Fall Festival Adult Volunteers Needed!

  1. We need YOUR help! The OSS PVO is asking the OSS parents to sign up to volunteer and help at the Fall Festival on Friday, November 1st and Saturday AND/OR November 2nd. On Friday we need help during the day with receiving bake sale items at morning drop off, festival prep and starting at 6:00 pm with building one set up. On Saturday there will be donuts and coffee at 7am and you will receive a volunteer lunch voucher when you check in for your shift. Saturday has two shifts available plus early morning set up. If you are working the 2nd shift, come early to eat before your shift starts, the volunteer lunch room will close at 2:00pm. There is a ½- hour overlap to make sure that the post is not left vacant if the second shift is running late. We would appreciate any additional help for early set up at 7:00 am.
  2. Elementary OSS Parents, we also need coverage for the inflatables and have 4 (1.5 hour) shifts for each grade level. Please consider helping supervising one of those shifts so we can keep the inflatables open all day. These shifts have been added to the Elementary School Adult Volunteer sign up page.
  3. Treasure Chest donation boxes are at the front desk of your building. These are to collect unwanted giveaways and trinkets you have around the house for prizes for our free games. The children play select games for Free and collect tickets to redeem at the Treasure Chest tent. This is our budget relieving gift for the parents.
  4. Also please consider donating to our Bake Sale. We are accepting home baked or store bought desserts to compliment our lunch menu. OCPS rules are listed on the sign up page and non perishable donations can be dropped off the Friday morning before.

All the three sign ups can be found on the same Sign Up page. Click on the tab at the top of the page that corresponds with your campus and please sign up for multiple times. The PVO appreciates your support.

Fall Festival Student Volunteer Sign Up Form

OSS High School Students, the PVO needs your help! Come and earn Community Service Hours towards your Bright Future’s Scholarship requirement (100 hours by the time you graduate). Use the link below to sign up and volunteer at the 3rd annual Fall Festival!

Next Breakfast with the principal November 5th


Parents, Mr. Yalcin would like to invite you to Breakfast With the Principal. Come enjoy a cup of coffee and some great conversation with your child’s Principal, Mr. Yalcin! This is a good forum to ask questions & give feedback.

Friday, October 18th

Tuesday, November 5th

Tuesday, November 19th

Friday, December 6th

Please use the link below to sign up.

Tijuana Flats spirit night November 6th

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The OSS Athletic Department will be having our first ever fundraiser spirit night at Tijuana Flats on Wednesday November 6 from 5-8 at the Winter Garden location. Please join us for a yummy meal and help support our athletics! We hope to raise enough money this year to purchase soccer uniforms for our middle school team!

Homecoming November 16th

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9th grader Leonard G. M. wins 1st place in Olympic distance Triathlon!

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On October 13th OSS 9th grader Leo G. M. completed in his first Olympic distance triathlon in Ponte Vedra Beach Olympic Triathlon. Leo won 1st place in the 19 & under age group! He placed 23rd overall with 2:50.42 across all age groups and he was 3rd overall out of the open ocean one mile swim.

An Olympic-distance triathlon includes a 0.93-mile (1.5Km) swim, a 24.8-mile (40Km) bike and a 6.2-mile (10Km) run. He has been swimming in a lake and riding the area trails for hundred of miles. He is planning to do a half ironman next year. Congruatulations on your accomplishments Leo, this is what it means to Strive for Excellence!

Hispanic Heritage Night 2019

We hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating Hispanic Heritage last Friday at our annual Hispanic Heritage Night. Thank you for coming, everyone enjoyed the speakers, art, music and food!

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BioMed kitchen creativity

Our PLTW HBS students got creative and cooked up food projects using their 1st quarter lessons. The students wore their lab coats and tested "blood" and "urine" samples: ) They found missing "chromosomes" and used enzymes to digest the "DNA" cake. The students had so much fun using their imaginations to demonstrate their learning from this first quarter.

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OSHS News 10.16.2019

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Science Fair Weekly Update

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Week 6: completed forms

Students should have turned in all required forms for their science fair project and completed all required parts of their project at this point. If not, their science teachers informed those students what forms or parts of their science fair project they are missing. Without the required forms, students cannot start on their experiment. Once the forms and parts of the science fair projects are up-to-date, their teacher will inform the student if they can start their experimentation or have to wait until county approval. Students will have until November 13 to complete their experiment. Their next journal check will be on November 18.

College Career Corner

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NEW School Community Service Hours

FLDOE and OCPS are implementing a new Community Service Hours process, along with new required forms and required essays. Please check out this information before you start your community service project.
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OSHS Technology Drive Campus Traffic Map

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30/30 Dismissal Rule

What is Delayed Dismissal? 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.

OSS Connect Quick Links

Did you know students can access ALL of their academic online resources using Quick Links on the OSS Connect Homepage? Use the blue tab to expand the selection on the right side of the homepage. Here your child can access the OSS online resources all in one place. This is one of the many great features of OSS Connect!

OSS Connect Parent Access

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.

Parents: Join the OSS Middle High PVO!

OSS Middle High Parents: Welcome back to school! We have some wonderful events planned to make this year a memorable one for our Orcas. Join us in helping to make these events a huge success and register below. We look forward to working with you!

All OSS volunteers must complete an ADDitions application EVERY YEAR in order to volunteer. Complete or update your application using the link below.

Easy Ways to give back to OSHS

The BOX TOPS Program is all new for 2019!

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

Box Tops New App: Scan for your 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.

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

Important Forms

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Report Card Dates and PTC Days

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Attendance Matters

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

OSHS Handbook

Students and families that have any questions about the 2019-2020 Code of Conduct, Discipline Plan, Reward system and many other OSHS topics should refer to OSHS handbook attached here.

Birthday Dress Down Form

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.

Walker/Bus Rider Form

Orcas who walk or take the LYNX Transportation bus service must have a "Walker/Bus Rider" form on file. Return completed forms to Ms. Rebel.

OSHS 2019-2020 Tutoring Schedule

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Free/Reduced Meal Application

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Attention OSS Middle High Families receiving meals for the Free and Reduced Lunch program:

You must complete an application for 2019-2020 school year. If you have not done so, your student's benefits from last year will expire on September 23rd, 2019. It is important to renew your application beforehand so that there is no interruption with your student's meal services. Click the link below to renew your application for 2019-2020.

OSHS September Meal Menu

OSHS Events: Mark your calendars

OSHS PINK OUT Dress Down Day

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 7:30am-3:30pm


See the details in today's newsletter.

Charity Basketball Tournament

Friday, Oct. 25th, 4-6pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

Hosted by Amnesty International Club

3rd annual OSS Fall Festival

Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 11am-5pm

2611 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

All OSS K-12 families are invited! Click here for the 2019 Fall Festival details: http://www.orlandoscience.org/fall-festival/uncategorised/fall-festival

OSHS Homecoming

Saturday, Nov. 16th, 7-11pm


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