Lynx Lane Annual Newsletter
2018-2019 School Year
Orlando Science Middle High Mission Statement
" The mission of Orlando Science Middle/High Charter Schools is to provide students with a well-rounded education with special emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics(STEM) and Reading in the light of research-based, proven and innovative instructional methods in stimulating environment."
a message from dr. akin, executive director
Orlando Science Middle High has had an amazing year filled with new endeavors and accomplishments.
So many wonderful dreams became a reality, AdvancED Accreditation, STEM Certification, State School of Character and of course the opening of our new high school campus. I am so proud of all of our students, their families and staff.
Congratulations on another outstanding year!
Yalcin Akin, Ph.D.
I would like to start by saying thank you for another wonderful year. Each year at Orlando Science, we continue to work harder and achieve more and this year was no exception. From multiple Florida State finals to competing at national competitions and conferences, Orcas know how to raise the bar!
As I take a look back throughout the year, I want you to remember that one of these wonderful events and accomplishments would be possible without the amazing and hardworking students, staff and parents that make up our Orca Family!
This year's Annual Newsletter is filled with our most memorable events from the 2018-2019 school year. Congratulations to all on another successful year and I hope that everyone has a safe and wonderful summer!
Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed.
8th Grade Graduation
The Class of 2019 8th grade Graduation was held on Friday, May 24rd, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency International Airport. This year's guest speakers were Orange County Sheriff John Mina and Eduardo Lopez del Castillo from Kennedy Space Center. Congratulations to the 8th Grade Class of 2019, we are so proud of all that you have accomplished.
Select the link below for the full 2019 8th Grade Graduation Photo Album.
oss mh is a "greatschools.org 2019 college success award winner"
OSS MH is pleased to announce that we have been chosen as a "GreatSchools.org 2019 College Success Award Winner"!
The College Success Award recognizes and celebrates high schools like ours that go beyond simply getting our students to graduation and also focus on ensuring students are prepared to succeed in college.
OSHS is one of 1,722 schools in 25 states across the country to be honored with the Award, which is based on data about how our school prepares students to succeed after high school, including whether they enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework when they get there and persist into their second year. See the full list of winners from Florida and watch videos of National Spotlight Schools to learn about other promising practices at high schools across the country athttps://www.greatschools.org/gk/csa-winners/.
We applaud the hard work of the entire Orlando Science community—including students, parents, teachers, and others that aspire to help our students succeed in college and beyond. Congratulations on receiving the College Success Award!
2018 2nd Annual OSS PVO Sponsored Fall Festival Recap
Join us for the OSS 3rd Annual Fall Festival Fundraiser
lynx lane orcas celebrate national #collegecolorsday
oss lynx lane celebrates national school choice week
Annual OSS Middle High Welcome Picnic
Orlando Science Makes History at 2019 National Science Olympiad Tournament
The Orlando Science Charter's School's Science Olympiad team successfully represented the state of Florida at the 2019 National Science Olympiad Tournament on Saturday, June 1st, 2019. This year's national tournament was held in Ithaca, New York at Cornell University.
Our Orcas competed against the best teams in the national, placing 23rd out of 60! This victory was the best performance by a Florida team in over 13 years, and the second best in the history of Science Olympiad! The performance was also the best among all of the teams from the Southeast.
On individual events, our students placed third in the Science Quiz Bowl, tenth place in in the Circuit Lab and Mystery Architectures and twelfth in Boomilever.
We expect an even greater victory at next year's tournament at North Carolina State, as most of our Orcas will return to compete again. As always we would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to our team, their coaches and parents on their hard work and invaluable dedication!
Congratulations Orcas on this outstanding achievement!
2018-2019 Orlando Science NJHS/NHS
On Tuesday, September 18th 2018, the Orlando Science National Junior Honor Society held their first induction of the year. 17 new members were inducted into NJHS. Congratulations to the all of the new members, and thank you to everyone who attended and helped make this ceremony a one to remember!
The 2018 NJHS Inductees are as follows:
Amaya W., Joel L., Dakota M., Maya R., Sofia R., Rachael Y., Yuvika S., Sathwik D., Nadia D., Juan C., Carrighan S., Jasmyn H., Nidhiya J., Nicole C., Hari K., William S., and Bryan R.
orlando science mh awarded 2020 njhs/nhs chapter certificates
Lynx Lane Monthly Commendation Winners
Orlando Science Lynx Campus would like to congratulate the following students who were observed exhibiting behavior "above and beyond" what is expected through the 2018-2019 School Year. Students were randomly selected each month from the total list of submitted commendations. Great Job Orcas!
Lynx Lane Students of the Month
Orlando Science Lynx Campus would like to congratulate our Student of the Month winners featured below. These students were nominated by their teachers for always going above and beyond what is asked!
Lynx Lane Teachers of the Month
Orlando Science Lynx Campus would like to congratulate our Teacher of the Month winners featured below. These teachers were nominated by their fellow colleagues for always going above and beyond what is asked!
Lynx Lane Teacher of the Year-Mr. Koebe
We are pleased to announce that Mr. Koebe has been selected as our Lynx Lane Teacher of the Year. Mr. Koebe was nominated by his fellow colleagues for always going above and beyond what is asked. He is always willing to help his students and fellow staff when needed and makes everyone feel welcome! Thank you Mr. Koebe for all that you do and congratulations!
Orca Character Award Student Winners
Orlando Science Lynx Campus would like to congratulate our monthly ORCA Character Award Winners featured below. These students were nominated by their teachers for displaying one of the OSS CORE VALUES. Congratulations Orcas on a job well done!
Orca Character Award Teacher Winners
Orlando Science Lynx Campus would like to congratulate our monthly ORCA Character Award Winners featured below. These teachers were nominated by their fellow colleagues for displaying one of the OSS CORE VALUES. Congratulations Orcas on a job well done!
2018-2019 OSS Middle School Sports
Middle School Soccer
2018-2019 Athletics Sports Banquet
MVP- Gael T.
Most Improved- Anya G.
Sportsmanship- Emmalea S.
MVP- Shrey P.
Most Improved- Charlie R.
Sportsmanship- Rocco G.
2018-2019 Competition Teams Results
Orlando Science Middle High Science Olympiad
science olympiad team places at georgia invitational
Two of the OSS Science Olympiad teams have participated in an Invitational tournament in Georgia on Saturday, November 10th. Our teams have proudly represented Orlando Science Schools competing against 46 teams from several states. Many of those teams are well-established and have qualified to Nationals several times in the past. Our teams have brought home the 3rd place trophy in overall. In addition, many students got individual medals in their respective events. We are thrilled with this outstanding result! They had a great team spirit and showed incredible support for each other. Please congratulate them on their remarkable achievements!
oss science olympiad team places at regionals
oss science olympiad teams advance to state
Div-B Middle School
- Gold Medals : 10
- Silver Medals : 10
- Bronze Medals: 21
Div-C High School
- Gold Medals : 14
- Silver Medals : 7
- Bronze Medals: 21
Please see the link below for the individual event and overall team placements. If you'd like to see the raw scores for each event, follow the link to the excel file at the top of the page.
None of this could have happened without the hard work and dedication of students, teachers, coaches, parents, and volunteers. The words are not enough to convey how appreciative we are for your support! We are truly grateful for your time, effort and donations to our team. Keep up the great Orcas and best of luck at State!!
OSMS Science Olympiad Team Advances to Nationals
On Saturday, March 30th, 2018 our OSS Middle School Science Olympiad Teams competed at the Florida State Science Olympiad Tournament at UCF. We are pleased to announce that two of our Middle School Teams dominated the tournament and placed 1st and 3rd overall against 40 other Florida Teams!
Orlando Science Schools be will be heading to Ithaca, NY this May to represent the State of Florida at the 2019 National Science Olympiad Tournament! None of this could have been achieved without the dedication of our teachers, students, coaches, and parents! Our team would like to thank everyone for their support!
Congratulations to the following teams listed below for their dedication, hard work, sportsmanship, and outstanding achievement. We are so proud of you!
You may see the details of the results here: http://state.soss.floridascienceolympiad.org/Results/?year=2019&embed
OSS Lynx Lane FTC Robotics Team "Binary Bosses"
OSS FTC "Binary Bosses" Places 2nd at Competition
OSS Lynx Campus FTC Robotics Team "Kube Khaos"
Kube Khaos Places at 1st Meet
Kube Khaos is a rookie First Tech Challenge robotics middle school team made up of ten teammates and two-parent volunteer mentors.
In their 1st Competition, Kube Khaos competed against twenty-two teams in their first meet. The teams ranged from middle schoolers to high schoolers; rookies to veterans. Each team is asked to journal their team’s progress in an Engineering Notebook.
Kube Khaos has also received some tips and pointers by the OSHS Robotics Team and OSS alumni Carlos Barea. Each team used their robot that they designed, built, and programmed in six matches during the meet.
Kube Khaos won two of their matches. Only five trophies were awarded this past weekend- one in the following categories engineering notebook, one for each of the two top scoring teams, one for gracious professionalism, and another for rising stars.
We are pleased to announce that Kube Khaos was awarded the trophy for the best Engineering Notebook.
oss ftc kube khaos places at ftc tesla league meet
oss ftc "kube khaos" team earns promote award
OSS Lynx Campus FTC Team "Team Magic"
oss ftc Team Magic places at ftc tesla league meet #2
oss ftc Team Magic places at ftc tesla league meet #3
Lynx Lane Model United Nations
fhsmun- sarasota 16
hornet mun-bishop moore hs
florida mun st.petersburg competition
FMSMUN St. Petersburg 6 Competition
We the People Competition Team
Advance to Nationals
Orlando Science students traveled to Seminole State College in February to participate in the state-wide final for We the People, a national mock congressional hearing competition. The primary goal of We the People is to promote civic competence through a deep understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy. The culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in which students present testimony before a panel of legal professionals. Students demonstrate their knowledge of constitutional principles and have the opportunity to evaluate and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.
Our school had great results in the competition, winning third place overall with an opportunity to compete in the National Invitational, as well as best Unit 4 presentation for students: Sathwik D., Aadi N., Yash D., Jerry L., and Omer D.
Congratulations to all of the students who presented. This truly was a team effort.
- Unit 1: Hemangi P., Diya B., Sahiti Y., William S., Manas V.
- Unit 2: Ramsey Z., Meghana K., Anya G., Jaithra N., Tarang G.
- Unit 3: Michelle L., Tristan J., Tanvi C., Ilana J. Pragna T.
- Unit 4: Sathwik D., Aadi N., Yash D., Jerry L., Omer D.
- Unit 5: Jaival N., Jimmy T., Scarlett S., Mehlika A.
- Unit 6: Hatcher R., Kayomi S., Jason P., Ali V.
Thank you to Mr. Lakner and Mr. Bautista for helping us prepare. Thanks to Ms. Demir, Ms. Chandler and Mr. Beltramo for chaperoning and to We the People 8th-grade alumni: Deshna S., Mohamed F., Hayden R., J.P. A., Aditi A., Vijay B.and Isma F. for helping with content review and follow up questions.
In loving memory of Benita Diamond.
Orlando Science Mathletes
orcas place at florida gulf coast university invitational math competition
mu alpha theta teams place at suncoast regionals
This past Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, our middle and high school Mathletes competed in the Mu Alpha Theta Regional Competition at Suncoast High School. They performed very well and received several placements, including:
2nd Place Algebra 1 Team
1st Place Algebra 2 Team
5th Place Calculus Team
1st Place Individual in Geometry Aadi N.
1st Place Individual in Algebra 2 Ritam B.
We would like to congratulate all of our Mathletes on a job well done!
oss mathcounts team continues streak at central florida chapter competition
Congratulations to the OSS MathCounts Teams on winning the Central Florida Chapter. All eleven mathletes placed in the Top 20! This is the fifth year in row OSS wins the competition. Great job orcas for an outstanding victory, we wish you the best of luck at States!
Omer D., Michelle L., Tarang G., Aaditya N., Jaithra N. , Meghana K., Arnav P., Ishaan D., Joshua O., Hemangi P., and Chhavi P.
7th Grade Orcas Awarded at Duke Tip Ceremony
Orlando Science Schools would like to recognize the students who participated in the 2019 Duke University Talent Identification Program’s 7th Grade Talent Search. Forty OSS students have earned an award by scoring approximately at or above the national average of recent high school graduates on at least one part of the ACT or the SAT. These students are invited to a special recognition ceremony held at the University of South Florida.
Additionally, we would like to recognize those students who scored high enough to qualify for grand recognition. Students who qualify for grand recognition scored approximately at or better than 90 percent of recent high school graduates on at least one part of the ACT or the SAT. These students are invited to a special recognition ceremony at Duke University. Only about 4 percent of all the participants in the talent search qualify for grand recognition. This is quite an achievement! Congratulations to the following students for achieving this prestigious grand recognition.
Omer D., Ishaan D., Sathwik D., Tarang G., Arielle G., Meghana K., Michelle L., Jaithra N., Aaditya N., Hemangi P., Chhavi P., William S., and Duy T.
Duke TIP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented students. Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential. Now in its thirty-ninth year, the 7th Grade Talent Search identifies bright seventh graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school. Candidates are invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exams as seventh graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. In addition, they gain valuable benefits and have access to unique resources for gifted students.
Ramsey Z Places 1st at State Science Fair
This year we had several of our students research and experiment from plant projects to chemistry projects. Ramsey Z's "The "C" In Chlorophyll", Ashna M's "Are Homemade Fruit Juices a Better Source of Electrolytes and Carbohydrates than Sports Drinks for Kids?", Michael T's "Environmental Effects on Chlorophyll Concentrations", and Peter P's project on "Format Discrimination Analysis of High-Resolution Audio Perceptual Evaluation" represented Orange county and the Ying Expo in this year's state science fair.
Over 1500 students in attendance, this collection of academics is the brightest in the state. In such a highly competitive environment our students were in their atmosphere, enjoying every moment of the professional interactions.
We are proud to announce that Peter won a special award! Ashna placed 3rd in her category! And Ramsey obtained the 1st place in the state of Florida! These brilliant students show a bright future for not just their success but also for our beautiful state! Congratulations to them all! Thank you to everyone that has helped them and others in this year's science and STEM fair. Good luck with your summer research!
OSS Annual Concert Series and Band Highlights
oss 7th grader earns spot in orange county public schools all-county honor band
0ss 7th grader heads to world competition for percussion!
2018-2019 School Wide Competitions and Fairs
2018-2019 orlando science School science fair
2018-2019 middle school stem art contest
Congratulations to the following winners for the Middle School STEM Art Contest: Special recognition goes to Beatriz G. for artistic skill and Ahyaan K. for Innovative Execution. 3rd place Deshna S. 8th gr, 2nd place Elijah W. 6th gr, and 1st place Ahyaan K. 7th gr. The winners and students who received certificates of recognition during the award ceremony were showcased at the Winter Park Festival in March.
2018-2019 OSS Middle School History Fair
On Friday, February 8th, the Social Studies department judged the contestants for the OSS History Fair. All eighth grade, and participating 7th grade, projects were judged from both the Lynx and Technology campuses. Congratulations to the winners in the following categories:
- Individual Papers - Leonardo G-M. and Matthew S.
- Documentary - Preston S.
- Individual Exhibits - Emmee L. and Bibi Zorah M.
- Group Exhibits - Yusra H. and Nidhiya J., and Ananya V. and Kayra A.
- Websites - Dev H. and Riyan A. and Raudy B.
Great job and congratulations, ORCAS!
Lynx Lane Drama Department Presents: Alice in Wonderland Down the Rabbit Hole
On Thursday, March 28th, 2019 the Lynx Lane Drama Department held their Spring Production of "Alice in Wonderland: Down The Rabbit Hole" at Edgewater High School. Our Orcas alongside the direction of Mrs. Reagan and her team put in a lot of work and did an absolutely amazing job. Thank you to the families for their dedication and support through this process, and to all those that came out to support the arts. The students had a wonderful time, and it was all thanks to your help and support!
oss competed at ocps spanish spelling bee
On Thursday, January 24th, 2019 Orlando Science School was proud to have not one but two Lynx Lane Orcas compete at the Orange County Spelling Bee! Congratulations to Isabel H. and Billy S. on a job well done during the competition, we are very proud of you!
Orlando Science Middle High Event Corner
oss celebrated "celebrate freedom week" with guest speaker-historian j.d sutton
2018-2019 Hispanic Heritage Night
The 2018-2019 Hispanic Heritage Night Celebration took place on Friday, October 5th, 2018 at the OSHS campus! The event was a huge success, and we would like to thank all of the staff members at both Lynx and Technology High School Campuses that hard to make this event one to remember for our families. Thank you all of the student performers and presenters who contributed to the Hispanic Heritage Night and worked to make this event a true celebration of Hispanic Heritage.
Lynx Lane International Night
2018-2019 Literacy Night
At this year’s Literacy Night the theme was “Moving through Literature” The cafeteria at OSS was decorated where students and guests felt as if they were walking through various books’ settings. Projects ranged from creative character profiles, theme parks jeopardy games, and movie trailer presentations. The evening was a huge success!
city of orlando veterans day parade 2018
On Saturday, November 10th 2018, members of the Orlando Science Middle and High School and Seminole Science Elementary School gathered in downtown Orlando for the annual Veterans Day Parade. Our Orlando Science Seniors carried the banner, it was a great event to be a part of and all the students had an excellent experience meeting veterans and even having an exclusive meeting and greet with Mayor-Elect Jerry Demings and his wife Congresswoman Val Demings. We are very proud of our students who participated. Congrats ORCAS!
Saturday in the Park 2019
Orlando Science Schools participated in another wonderful "Saturday in the Park" event! We would like to thank our local community for hosting such a wonderful event, our OSS student and staff volunteers and all of our families who attended. We hope to see you again next year!
winter park sidewalk art festival
2018-2019 Lynx Lane Field Trips and Activities
olustee battlefield historic state park field trip recap
8th Grade Gradventure
Orlando Science Science Schools Selected as a Lucky's "bags for Change" partner
From May 26th, 2019 through August 17th, 2019 stop by the Orlando Lucky's Location(11750 East Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32817) and bring your reusable bags to make a change in your community.
Every time you bring a reusable bag to the Lucky's Orlando location store, you will receive a wooden dime for each one used. You will then have the opportunity to donate that dime to Orlando Science Schools. At the end of the quarter, Lucky's will double the amount raised!
For more details regarding Lucky's Bags for Change program please select the link below https://www.luckysmarket.com/community/programs/
2018 oss taekwondo test/belt ceremony
1st Belt Ceremony
On Wednesday, December 19th, 2018, the OSS Taekwondo Program held their Test/Belt Ceremony and Holiday Party. Congratulations to the following students passed their belt test with flying colors.
Bryan, Matthew, Liam, Karthick, Yamil, Layla, Thomas, Yann, and Adrian.
We are so proud of your hard work and dedication and would also like to thank our Taekwondo Sponsor Mr. and Mrs. Pagan for all their support!
2nd Belt Ceremony
The Taekwondo Club held their 2nd Belt Ceremony of the year and the end of the year party on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, during club time and parents were able to join in on the celebration.
The students have worked so hard throughout the year and we are so proud of them. The students found below have earned their next belt level, congratulations on a job well done!
Liam, Matthew, Phillip, Bryan, Kaarthick, Thomas, Layla, and Adrian.
We would also like to thank our Taekwondo Sponsors Mr. and Mrs. Pagan for their support!
2018-2019 Lynx Lane Clubs
2018-2019 1st semester award ceremony
On Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 and Thursday, January 17th, 2019, the OSS Lynx Lane Campus held their 1st Semester Award Ceremonies. These ceremonies were held to honor those students on their outstanding achievements during the 1st Semester of the 2018-2019 School Year. We are so proud of everyone and their efforts, continue the great work!