Orlando Science High School

Issue 10

Weekly Newsletter - October 19, 2018

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Principal's Message

Dear Families and Students,

I hope everyone had a wonderful start to the second quarter and that each of our students has set personal goals to work towards for this coming nine-weeks!

In honor the Orlando Science Schools Day which is proclaimed by the City of Orlando November 4th, we are inviting all parents and students to the 2nd Annual Orlando Science Schools PVO Sponsored Fall Festival tomorrow, October 20th, 2018! I hope to see you all there!

Last weekend the high school Model UN Club participated in a Model UN Conference in Punta Gorda, Fl. Congratulations to all of the participants on their successful competition! Read below for all the details.

Orcas this is a reminder that next Friday, October 26th 2018 Orlando Science Schools will be closed due to a Student holiday/teacher professional day. We will resume normal operation on Monday, October 29th.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

Celebrate Orlando Science Schools Day!

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In honor of Orlando Science School Day, which is proclaimed by the City of Orlando to be November 4th, we are inviting all parents and students to celebrate at the 2nd Annual PVO Sponsored Fall festival tomorrow, Saturday, October 20th, 2018! Please join us!

Congratulations to these Oshs orcas:

Model UN Conference

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I would like to appraise of the very successful Model UN Conference that we had this past week end. With seven high school students and one middle school students competing, we had a sizeable team present. Our delegates served on four different committees, ranging from the Security Council to the World Health Organization, UN Women to UN Development program, and made significant progress in all of them. Out of our 8 OSS students that competed, 7 of them were able to get resolutions passed! This was very exciting, as it demonstrates the leadership and negotiating skills of our students. We also left the conference with two awards out of the possible 8! Avari Mallonee and Alexis Dorman each too “Most Improved Delegate” for their particular council! We look forward to more conferences in the future, with the next conference taking place in Sarasota on December 1st!

Best regards,

Connor Beltramo

mu alpha theta update

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Dear Middle School Mathletes and Parents,

OSS High School Science Olympiad Team will be hosting several Math League middle school math competitions throughout the year. Please see below for their competition dates. All these competitions will take place at our high school campus. On these days, there will be no Saturday study for middle school mathletes. Therefore, I encourage all mathletes to attend these competitions. If you want your child to attend one or all of these competitions, you need to register your kid via the following School Pay link.


Also, please see an updated competition math calendar below for your reference.


Mr. Akyalcin

Math Instructor and Competition Math Program Coordinator

Orlando Science Schools

2600 Technology Dr. #300 Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: (407) 299-6595

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Senior updates

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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

yearbook senior quotes:

It is that time of year to submit your "Senior Quote" for the yearbook. You may submit your quote via the form below. All forms (digital or paper) are DUE TO MS. LIZARAZO BY FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2ND 2018. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Lizarazo.

career day is coming!

We want you for career day! On November 1st OSHS is host a 2018 Career Day. This invitation is extended to any and all professionals, even retirees. These professionals will present a 10 min engaging session with students as the kids rotate through their normal period schedule. These presentations can be a PowerPoint slideshow showcasing a their typical daily life and work environment or even a quick lecture as to why they got into that career and how school helped. After the 10 min presentation, we hope to engage the students with a quick Q and A and even with an interactive community problem that the professional can guide the students in solving. If you have questions feel free to email Mr. Stampas.

Columbia University visits OSHS

One of the Ivy League Universities, Columbia, visited Orlando Science High School this morning. The admissions representative Erin Cao shared a great amount of information with our students. She was impressed with the level of our students’ engagement and interest in Columbia. Way to go OSS! Keep being the best high school!

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SAT & ACT Testing information

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Here are the test dates and registration deadlines. We recommend taking at least one of each test to see which one works better for you. October, November and December test results are the most useful dates for the college applications. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely, Mr. I

The next 2018-19 SAT Administration Dates

November 3, 2018

Registration Deadline: October 5, 2018

Late Registration Deadline: October 16, 2018 (for mailed registrations), October 24, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)

The next 2018-2019 ACT Administration Date

December 8, 2018

Registration Deadline: November 2, 2018

Box tops update: Collection #1 is coming!

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Hello OSS Families! If you are saving Box Tops for our school, PLEASE turn them in by Wednesday, October 24th. We have 2 deadlines each school year to be able to receive 2 checks. 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

Barnes and Noble Book Fair

Mark your calendars for November 15th from 3-6pm! Barnes and Noble is hosting the Orlando Science High School Book Fair! Do some holiday shopping and support our school at the same time. All proceeds will go to the OSHS media center. Hope to see you there!

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Orlando Science High School Book Fair

Thursday, Nov. 15th, 3-6pm

2418 East Colonial Drive

Orlando, FL

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Greetings Orca families,

The current book count of the OSHS library stands at 432 titles! I would like to extend a sincere THANK-YOU to the students, families and TEACHERS who have generously donated to our new library thus far:

Akella family

Akin family

Bacchus family

De'Waina Bradford

Canatay family

Dorman family

Colin Foley

Foisy family

Ms. Klem

Mischa Fortna

Ganaban family

Halabi family

Khan family

Rohan Khelani

Mallonee family

Ms. May

Elana Mayo

Melo-Pereira family

Aisha Miller

Nana family

O'Connor family

Robert Ohaver

Oikle family

Parekattil family

Perkins family

Simons-Tully family

Taje-Sanders family

Trujillo family

Yore family

The Media Center is open and students are coming in to borrow books, study and to check out Chromebooks. Keep those book donations rolling in! Check out the many titles our team suggests here on the OSHS Media Center Amazon Wishlist. If you would like to donate any of these items (new or gently used), please send them to the Media Center. Titles do not need to be purchased from Amazon.

Donations that will be shipped to the school, please deliver to:

Orlando Science High School

Attn: Media Center

2600 Technology Drive, Suite 250

Orlando, FL 32804

As you can see from the photos, students are especially enjoying the lounge area of the media center. Mr. Quintero's Legal Systems and Concepts class has been practicing for their upcoming mock trial here. Study Hall students especially like the quiet work time in this space.

If you would like to donate more of these great IKEA chairs to increase the size of the lounge area, click the "donate to the media center" link below. The cost is $79 per chair. As usual, please notify me of your contribution so that I may properly acknowledge your gift.

I look forward to continuously improving the media center to help our students meet their goals this 2nd nine-weeks.

Orca Pride,

Mrs. Singleton

Media Specialist, OSHS

407-299-6595 Ext. 3324

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.

ORCAS Core value: celebrate diversity

Here at OSHS character education is an important component of educating the whole student. Our program, ORCAS Core Values, spotlights 5 specific character traits that we focus on as a school. The "C" in ORCAS is CELEBRATE DIVERSITY which focuses on a student's ability to foster awareness and appreciation of other cultures. Students learn through interacting with our teachers, staff and one another to appreciate cultural differences. Parents and families can use this program and language to continue these conversations outside of school as well. OSHS ORCAS are students of character!

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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.

OSS Connect

OSS Connect is your one stop for student grades, assignments and resources. Students use their credentials to log in and there you can access a wealth of information.

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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medical form

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.

Walker and Bus Rider Release 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. 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.

2018-2019 Technology Drive 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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attention free/reduced lunch applicants-read below

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.

important dates

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2018-2019 Report Card & Progress Report schedule

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Upcoming Technology Drive HS Events

MS Solar Bear Field Trip

Thursday, Oct. 18th, 12-2pm

400 West Church Street

Orlando, FL

The Field trip to Solar Bears Hockey Game for students in grades 6th through 8th will take place November 6. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Frunker.

Career Day

Thursday, Nov. 1st, 8am

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

Adult families and friends of OSHS, sign up and share your career choice with our students: http://bit.ly/2NWVPGZ Retirees are welcome!

Homecoming Dance

Saturday, Nov. 10th, 6-10pm

4005 North Orange Blossom Trail

Orlando, FL

9th-12th graders only. Cost $20/student $25/non-OSS guest

OSHS Barnes and Noble Bookfair

Thursday, Nov. 15th, 3-5pm

2418 East Colonial Drive

Orlando, FL

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