Orlando Science High School

Issue 29

Weekly Newsletter - March 29, 2019

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Principal's Message

Dear Families and Students,

Dear Parents,

As Orlando Science Middle High School is an AdvancED SACS/CASI accredited school, we are engaged in an ongoing continuous improvement process, of which all stakeholders are a part. Surveys are a means to systematically engage all our stakeholders in two-way communication. They provide school leaders and teachers a view into the thinking and perceptions of our stakeholders.

Careful analysis of the results enriches understanding of areas of strength and effectiveness as well as those areas that possibly need improvement. The survey results will enable our school leaders to measure stakeholders’ attitudes and help target improvement strategies focused on student achievement as well as school and system effectiveness.

Taking the survey also will help stakeholders understand the AdvancED Standards for Quality and provide a means for learning about what a parent, student or staff member should be looking for in a high quality at Orlando Science Middle/High.

Your cooperation and support in completing the surveys will be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

Please find the links to the parent and student surveys below. The surveys will remain open until Friday, March 30th at 11:59pm. Please let me know should you have any questions.


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

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Saturday Leadership Academy & AP Studies

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Attention OSS Middle High Families, Saturday Leadership Academy and AP Studies Saturday will resume this Saturday, March 30th. Please make every effort to attend in order to be better prepared for upcoming tests. Note the time difference in AP Calculus AB & BC studies.

FSA Writing Assessment

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The FSA Writing Assessment is coming for all OSS students in grades 6-10. Please come to school rested and prepared to show your writing skills, good luck Orcas!

Beary special visitors

We are pleased to announce the Orlando Science Schools mama bear and her cub made their way down from their perch and walked into the nearby woods Tuesday night. The mama bear wanted her cub to learn more about the STEM education based upon Yogi bear’s recommendation.

We would like to sincerely thank the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation and the Orlando Police Department officers who took control of the situation and approached the situation diligently by keeping everyone safe, including the bears!

We would also like to thank Stephan Hudak for his article in the Orlando Sentinel. To view the article please select the link below.

Amazing Orcas

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FBLA State Comptetition

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We are proud to announce that our OSS FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) team had the opportunity to compete with 4,200 students in the 2018-2019 FBLA States competition this past weekend. Our students have been working hard for months preparing for objective tests, crafting public speaking speeches, as well as creating sales presentations. We are proud to announce that two of our team members have placed at Nationals and will have the opportunity to represent OSS and Florida in San Antonio Texas this summer.

2018-2019 OSS FBLA Team

Daemyn B.

Dante C.

Deshaun C.

Alexis D.-FBLA District President

Giden F.-1st place in Journalism, going to Nationals

Levi F.-District Vice-President

Avari M.-2nd place in Journalism, going to Nationals (District Secretary)

Aisha M.

Vidit P.-District Treasurer

Mekai R.

Micah T.

Our team also received success by dominating the district elections and filling up all leadership spots. Alexis D. was inaugurated as district President, Levi F. was elected as district Vice-President, Avari M. was elected as district secretary, and finally, Vidit P. was elected as district treasurer. It goes without saying that we are very proud of our team.

Some of our members are Seniors and they will leave a void in our team next year. After two years of their hard work and dedication, soon it will be time to say good-bye. With open space in our team, we invite students to get to know more about our team and the great organization that is FBLA and consider joining next year. FBLA is an organization that offer grants and great network opportunities. It is a national organization that continues after high school and into college with PBL. FBLA National Awards Program, also known as competitive events, recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. FBLA competitive events also prepare students for successful careers in business by providing opportunities to apply classroom concepts in a workforce-simulated competitive environment for more information you can see Mrs. Perez in room 317 or go to https://www.fbla-pbl.org/.

CAFYIR Spring Break Workshop

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Over Spring Break OSS students Alexis D., Gabriel G., Eliza C.G., Gwendolyn H. and Emily D. spent 2 days of their time working with elementary immigrant and refugee students on STEAM projects and humanities based studies. These workshops were a great success and the students are excited for more!

Robotics "Clockwork Mania" Wins BIG, Headed to WORLD Championship

OSS’s robotics team, FRC 4013 Clockwork Mania, competed in two regional tournaments during these past 2 weeks. They traveled to Huntsville, AL for the Rocket City Regional and made it to the Finals with their robot and alliance partners, along with receiving the Imagery Award. Afterwards, they went to New Orleans, LA for the Bayou Regional, where they earned the Chairman’s Award. This is the most prestigious award to be presented to a team, honoring them for best representing a model for other teams and best embodying the purpose and goals of FIRST. Our team’s awards and robot performance qualified them to compete at the FIRST World Championships in Houston, TX in April. Congrats to them and best of luck for Worlds!

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Winter Park Art Festival Update

Congratulations to the following students who were showcased in the 2019 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival due to their fine craftsmanship. For middle school: Ricardo F., Adrian T., Beatriz G., and Deshna S. For high school: Elana M., Gwendolyn H., Tyler A., Justin K., Andrea H., Hanna Y., Jenny N., and Alexandra T. Each student that was selected will have their work located in the cafeteria and receive a certificate of achievement. Special thanks to Mrs. Estes for collecting, preparing, and showcasing the middle and high school artwork at the festival.
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Rho Kappa Mulan Movie Night

National Women's month movie night was a success! Students enjoyed a showing of Mulan on Thursday, March 28th and Rho Kappa raised funds for their club. A fun time was had by all!

International Night is Coming!

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Come on a journey "around the world" and experience the cultures of:









Puerto Rico

South Korea



United Kingdom

United States

If you or your family hails from one of the countries, or if you are simply interested in learning more about one of them, please consider contributing as a volunteer. Your time, experience, skills and donations are all appreciated and needed to keep this event authentic and make it a success.

See the list below of our needs and sign up where you are able. We look forward to celebrating the divisersity that is Orlando Science High School!

Prom tickets available now

OSHS Student Volunteer Opportunities

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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*

Attention 8th-11th grade orcas: make your 2019-2020 course requests here

8th-11th Grade Orcas, it is time to request your 2019-20 school year courses! Read the details and click the link below to formally submit your request.

Take time to carefully select possible courses in the order of your preference. Due to class size restrictions, prerequisites and your academic readiness, you may not be assigned the classes you requested. Sometimes, your last choice is the only option that will work when creating a schedule. Therefore, please complete all of the course categories including the contingency (back-up) course offerings. We will try our best to accommodate your requests. All final placement decisions will be made by the administration and guidance departments after reviewing students' end of year grades and test scores.

If you are not satisfied with your schedule or have different needs, please do not hesitate to email Mr. I until the end of the first two weeks of the new school year. Students should check their high school graduation requirements from the Florida Department of Education's website.

Please feel free to see Mr. I for further questions.

FLDOE Graduation Requirements are found here http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/7764/urlt/1415forwardflyer.pdf.

For detailed course descriptions, please visit http://www.cpalms.org/Public/search/Course.

For information about the AP classes, please visit https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse.

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.

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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Order your Middle High yearbook before friday, april 5th!

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

March PVO K-12 Meeting

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Senior Grad Bash coming soon

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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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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!

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.

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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!


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.

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.

April Lunch Menu


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.


OSHS Events: Mark your calendars

Science Olympiad State Competition

Saturday, March 30th, 8am

4000 Central Florida Blvd

Orlando, FL

FSA Writing Test

Tuesday, April 2nd, 7:45am


8th-10th grade FSA Writing Test

Senior Grad Bash

Friday, April 5th, 4:30pm-3:30am

6000 Universal Boulevard

Orlando, FL

International Night

Friday, May 10th, 5-7pm


International Night is coming! Join us in celebrating cultures around the world.
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