Orlando Science High School


WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: September 4, 2020

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Principal's Corner

Thank you for your support of Orlando Science Schools! For the second week in a row, I would like to thank all our parents and students for following instructions of School Health and Safety Procedures and Signage. I believe that parent and student partnerships are the key to keeping all students, teachers, and other families safe during this pandemic. I thank you for your support and contribution. Because of its importance, I would like to reemphasize the following:

For those who have not have change, please take some time, and review the OSS Health and Safety COVID-19 Procedures and COVID-19 Student Screening Scenarios Flow Chart below.

Please have a conversation with your students about the health and safety measures that are in place and reach your school if you have any questions or updates about children’s health.

Masks: Masks are mandatory. Refusal to wear a face mask will be considered insubordination and will be subject to progressive discipline as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Specific guidelines are also included in the OSS health and safety procedure below.

Sanitation: Hand sanitizers, sanitizing wipes or a spray bottle with paper towels provided in every classroom and will be available to students and staff. Automatic hand sanitizer stations are installed in restrooms, cafeteria, and commonly used areas.

Temperature Checks: Every staff and student temperature are checked before entering the campus.

Social Distancing: Students should always attempt to maintain a social distance of 6 feet. Proper signage are posted in the classrooms, hallways, dismissal area and cafeteria.

Class Changes: Students follow a cohort setting and remain in their homeroom classes. Students should walk directly to their next class and not congregate in the halls if they change any classes.

Drop off/Pick -up: Parents/Guardians must stay in their vehicle when dropping off or picking up their students.

Lunch: Students must be sitting on the socially distanced designated seats facing one direction in the cafeteria and follow the school staff directions.

Visitors: All visitors must wear a face mask and must report directly to the front office.

Sick-Not feeling well: If your student is sick or not feeling well, please keep them at home If your student or one of the household member shows COVID-19 symptoms, please follow the OSS COVID-19 Student Screening Scenarios Flow Chart below and inform your campus immediately.

Orcas, your first progress report of this school year is coming up on Friday, September 11th. Please stay up to your courses and start the school year on a high note! Picture day is coming up. Please see the important information and procedures below.

Our curriculum night is scheduled on Thursday, September 10th. This year’s curriculum night will be on Microsoft Teams and the details will be shared next week.

Orcas may apply the federal Free and Reduced Lunch program. Please see the details and application link below. Please act fast. The deadline for new applications, and the expiration of last year’s benefits, is September 23.

Orcas enrolled in Innovative e-Learning Program, Grab and Go meals are available to all OCPS students at their Zoned Schools. Details may be found below.

Seniors, this is your year, 2021! I encourage you to be on top of your courses as well as your college applications. Our first class meeting is scheduled on Thursday, September 10th at 9:00 a.m. Please continue meeting with Mrs. Bolat and check your progress and get the most up to date information and upcoming important deadlines. CCC will be hosting series of senior class meetings throughout the school year. Please stay tuned to our College Center Corner and Senior Class in your Microsoft Teams accounts.

As a reminder, we will be closed on Monday, September 7th, 2020 due to the Labor Day Holiday. Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend, we will see you on Tuesday!

It is great to be proud Orca!


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed.
Orlando Science Schools – Middle/High

labor day 2020

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parents and students: Please join us virtually for curriculum night 2020!

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HS Curriculum Night bell schedule

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OSS Alumnus and MIT student recognizes two OSHS teachers

Mr. Akyalcin & Mr. Demir

Each academic year the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) asks its new students to share the name of a teacher who has been especially influential in their development. OSS Class of 2020 alumnus and current MIT student, Esha Ranade, has recognized both Mr. Akyalcin and Mr. Demir as being especially influential in her high school career. She has thanked them both for their time, patience, love and discipline. Congratulations Mr. Akyalcin and Mr. Demir and thank you for the wonderful work you do!

New OSS Parent Night

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Fall Picture Day 2020

Bring your best smile for picture day! On campus students will take their school photos on Thursday, September 17th and Innovative Learning students will take their school pictures on Saturday, September 19th. Innovative Learning students should use the Sign Up Genius link below to register for a time slot on Saturday, September 19th.
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HEALTH AND SAFETY COVID-19 PROCEDURES for students on campus

Orlando Science School is committed to the safety and well being of our students and staff. Please see the detailed flow chart and review the safety procedures we are following every day. We look forward to a healthy and productive year. Go Orcas!
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Mu Alpha Theta registration

Calling all high school mathletes! The Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society organization was formed at OSS for the purpose of fostering interest, developing strong scholarship, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics. The society is officially a National High School and a Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society that was formed in 1957 and thus we will follow the general guidelines already set. However, we will, as a Chapter, make independent regulations and activities. New and returning members use the links below to access the Mu Alpha Theta online application. We look forward to another successful year!

Free reduced lunch application-updated for 2020-21

As students in Orange County Public Schools, OSS Orcas may apply for the federal free/reduced lunch program. Please visit OCPS's website for a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) or use the button below to fill out the application. A new application must be completed each school year and the deadline for new applications is September 23rd.

grab and go meals available to all ocps students at their zoned ocps schools

Beginning Monday, August 10, Orange County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services Department will provide meals for students utilizing the LaunchEd@Home instructional model with a Curbside Meals Program. This ensures those students who rely on nutritious meals to be able to continue doing so, even when they are not in the building for their lessons.

ISKCON Plant sale

Some of our OSS students will be volunteering at the ISKCON plant sale this weekend.
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become familiar with the 30/30 Rule for bad weather dismissal procedures

What is the 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 High School 2020-2021 Handbook

Please see the attached OSS High School handbook below. Here you can find information about our school wide dress code, discipline plan, core values, reward systems and much more.


Families experiencing technical issues related to eLearning, please email our helpdesk at eLearning@orlandoscience.org. Use this email address to:

  • request OSS Connect credentials
  • request technology
  • reset passwords
  • request login credentials
  • any other issue related to technology
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OSS Students earn USA Fencing Awards

OSS Fencing All Academic Team Winners

We are pleased to announce that the following OSHS students qualified for the High School 2019-2020 All-Academic Team. It’s a national recognized award given to the fencers with high academic achievements. Fencers who earned a 3.85 GPA qualified for the First Team with athletes earning from 3.4 – 3.84 claiming Second Team honors.

1st Team: 3.85 GPA or higher

  • Jaehyun Ahn
  • Chaemin Kim
  • Joanne Lee
  • Kristian O’Connor
  • Alex Yim

2nd Team: 3.4-3.84 GPA

  • Tyler Anderson

Also, the following students were selected as High School 2019-2020 All American. It’s a nationally recognized award given to the fencers with outstanding fencing results during the season.

2nd Team

  • Jaehyun Ahn
  • Alex Yim

Honorable Mention Team

  • Ian Felix

Here is the official announcement link:



Congratulations to Orlando Science High School Fencers and Orlando Science High School. These students are a stellar example of students who balance academic and athletic excellence. Go Orcas!

AP Art Digital Self Portraits

Orlando Science High School's new AP Art Program is off to a great start with Ms. Garrity! Students have begun working on self-portraits in Google Draw. Featured below is classwork from student Leah B.

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AP Art

After completing the Google Draw self-portraits, students proceeded with a series of exercises to learn about their personal artistic styles and preferences. They explored Pinterest, Canva, and then created their own Mixed-Media Vision Boards! The goal of the vision board was for students to create a series of original images that serve as a source of inspiration and motivation to attain their goals. The vision boards below were created by Andrea H.G. and Nishi A.

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August Commendation winners

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September 4th

Hello Friends and Welcome Back to Counseling Corner!

After hearing the unexpected and devastating news about Chadwick Boseman’s passing last week, it got me thinking about the concept of grief and how we discuss/experience grief with our kids. For some, the death of our “Black Panther” was the first death they’ve had to deal with. For others, it was the first Celebrity death they’ve felt torn up over. For most, it was but one more death we’ve faced this year, starting with Kobe Bryant and including, Cliff Robinson, Chi Chi DeVayne, Naya Rivera, Kelly Preston, Nick Cordero, Yohan, and more. Either way, many people had to approach the topic of grief with their kids and that can be really difficult at times.

First, grief is already a complicated topic to broach, but when it comes to celebrities, it can be an added blow because we tend to think of celebrities as inspirational, motivational, #Goals, etc. Losing the person who was a huge inspiration for you can be difficult to feel and manage. Even if you didn’t know them personally, we can still grieve people we haven’t met.

Second, the news of a celebrity passing may remind us of our own personal losses and therefore become complicated grief. At this point, not only are we mourning someone we didn’t think we’d lose, but we’re also mourning the people we’ve personally loved that we’ve lost. This can mean people who are no longer in our lives, or those that have died. So yes, grief can happen over friendships, lost relationships, disconnection, etc.

Third, grieving a celebrity can affect in many different ways not just emotionally, but behaviorally, and mentally. It’s important to be compassionate with our children and let them know we are here for them while they mourn.

Ways we can cope with grief over those (both celebrity and personal) that have passed include:

  • Naming that grief, explaining it and normalizing it.
  • Knowing that people can experience grief in a variety of ways including socially, spiritually, emotionally and behaviorally.
  • Sharing stories: these can help us understand our feelings and connect with each other while connecting to the person we’re mourning.
  • Be patient and compassionate with yourself as you process the death and it’s impact. There’s no timeline for grief.
  • Honor their life by consuming their art, impact, words, etc. This is what connected you to them, so don’t lose that connection.

The information on celebrity grief and ways to cope was found in an article by Dr. Marilyn Mendoza, Dr. Jill Harrington and Dr. Tashel Bordere.

Thank you for reading and as always, if you need anything, I’m here to help!

All the best,

Ms. Perez

Ms. Perez quote of the week

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OSS High Parent Volunteer Organization-pvo

meet the pvo high school president Mrs. lisa proto

Orca families, please join us in congratulating and welcoming Mrs. Lisa Proto to her new role as the High School Campus PVO President! We at Orlando Science Schools are thrilled to be working alongside her on future campus events, activities, and community projects.

Before becoming a stay at home mom, Mrs. Proto was in the Hospitality industry and then moved into Corporate Training for all areas of Hospitality. Prior to her move to Florida, she lived in Vancouver Canada, she became a stay-at-home Mom and joined the team of the parents at her son’s school. She not only gained incredible friendships but lots of knowledge on fundraising and building communities in the school. She is a proud parent of a freshman son, attends at Orlando Science High.

We appreciate Mrs. Proto for coming on board as one of the valuable members of our school and we look forward to organizing campus events and community projects.

To contact Mrs. Proto, please email PVO.HSCampus@OrlandoScience.org.

PVO Registration & Dues

The OSS Middle High PVO registration form is coming soon!

Additions volunteers

All OSS volunteers (field trip chaperones, robotics coaches, and anyone spending time with OSS students) must complete an ADDitions application EVERY YEAR in order to volunteer. Complete or update your application using the link below. Thank you to our volunteers, we appreciate you!

oss connect parent access

All OSS Middle High 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, birth date 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.

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Volunteer opportunities and forms

High School Orcas needing volunteer hours can use the resources below to find an organization to earn those hours and make a difference. The necessary forms and log are also below for your convenience. We look forward to seeing what our students achieve and learn with an "Outreach towards community" mindset!

Volunteer Environmental Clean Up opportunity

Ms. Lizarazo and Environmental Club would like to inform you of the coastal cleanup volunteer opportunity to Keep Orlando Beautiful! See the flyer below for more information.
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OSS APP available for download

Orlando Science Middle/High has a new mobile app! It is currently available in the App Store® and in Google Play®. You can download the app for free, for access to our school's news, calendars, volunteer opportunities, push notifications and much more!

Download for Free - visit your tablet or smartphone's storefront and search for "Orlando Science Schools"

  • For Android, visit Google Play
  • For Apple iOS, visit the and App Store or iTunes

If you have any questions or feedback please email info@orlandoscience.org.


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 become familiar with this tool and help us spread the word about it with your students and their families. Please note that the official app’s logo will look exactly as it does in the graphic above.

easy ways to give back to oss middle high

Box Tops 2020

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

Amazon Smile

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 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


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