Orlando Science Middle High

Issue 310

Weekly Newsletter-May 4th 2018

Mission Statement

“The mission of Orlando Science Middle/High Charter School 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 a stimulating environment.”

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We would like to congratulate everyone who took the FSA this week! We know these assessments are not easy but we do know you are prepared for success! We would also like to wish the student taking the AP Exams next week the best of luck, we are certain you will succeed greatly! This week's newsletter features a few important reminders and exciting recaps!

We would like to remind those who have students in grades seven through eleven that all 2018-2019 Emergency Contact Forms will be due by May 31, 2018 which is the last day of the 2017-2018 School Year. If you are in need of a new form, you will find it in the link below. Please be advised that all Lynx Lane campus students will need to submit a business envelope and stamp in order for your 2017-2018 Report Cards and Test Scores to be mailed home. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Sturm.

This past weekend our NHS/NJHS Team attended the Annual "Relay for Life Event"! Our charter has been working hard all year on a number of outstanding events, and we could not be prouder! We would also like to take this time and celebrate our Drama Departments Production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Our Drama Department, which includes the cast, their directors and all of our parent volunteers have worked hard throughout this year. The production was huge success and we are excited to watch them continue to grow!

Each year our Clock Work Mania Robotics Team continues to raise the bar, and this year was no exception! We are excited to share with you below their 2017-2018 Recap which includes multiple accomplishments and even more awards! Congratulations to the Clock Work Mania Team and their sponsors on another wonderful year!

Orcas in this week's newsletter you will find details and applications on our Annual 1600 SAT Math BootCamp and OSS Competition Math Summer Camp!

Details for our Move in May Week may also be found below, students be sure to submit your Team Applications to Mrs. Mulligan no later than Tuesday May 8th 2018!

Have a safe and wonderful weekend, we will see you on Monday!

Go Orcas, Strive for Excellence!


Abdulaziz Yalcin

Orlando Science
Middle/High School

2017-2018 End of Year Reminders

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The following details found below are important as we approach the end of our current school year. Please read each of the items below carefully and let me know if you have any questions, note any item featuring an * at the end of the title is required in order to receive your student’s 2018-2019 Schedule at Open House.

  • Upcoming 7th Grade Immunization Documents*: Original Copy due to School Registrar by Open House.
  • New Address*: If you have moved, you must fill out the first two pages of the 2018-2019 Enrollment document. An original copy of your lease must be brought to the school registrar before school starts. You will also need a correct proof of Orange County Domicile. You will find these pages on www.orlandoscience.org àSelect the “Enrollment Form” button located on the navy blue bar on the left hand side of the webpageàselect the “Enrollment Forms” link. Please note you will only need pages one and two.
  • 2018-2019 Emergency Contact Form*: Please be advised that ALL STUDENTS will be required to turn in a “2018-2019 Emergency Contact Form”. These forms are not optional; if the form is not supplied to OSS by open house your student may not be given their 2018-2019 Class Schedule. Please note this form is found on page five and six of the enrollment document. Forms may be returned to your student’s homeroom teacher or Mrs. Sturm(RM 124).You will find this form on www.orlandoscience.org àSelect the “Enrollment Form” button located on the navy blue bar on the left hand side of the webpageàSelect the “Enrollment Forms” Link. Please note you will only need pages Five and Six.

You may also find the forms in the link below labeled "CLICK HERE FOR THE
2018- 2019 EMERGENCY FORM"

  • Medication and Medical Supplies Pick Up: ALL medication and medical supplies that are located at the front office with Mrs. Foley must be picked up by May 30th 2018. Any medications or medical supplies not picked up this date will be properly disposed of.
  • Blank Business Envelope and Stamp required: We will be mailing your student’s state test scores and final report cards once they arrive to you over the summer. It is advised that every student bring in a blank business envelope, stamp and slip found on page two before May 30th 2018. Please do not self -address the envelope, Mrs. Sturm will take care of that for you. If a blank business envelope and stamp are not provided by May 30th 2018 then you will have to pick up your student’s test scores and final report cards at OSS when they arrive.
  • After Care Forms*: Please note that for the 2018-2019 School Year ALL students will be required to fill out the “After Care Forms” located in the Enrollment Forms section of the website, regardless if students will be utilizing the After Care Service. . You will find these pages on www.orlandoscience.org àselect the “Enrollment Form” button located on the navy blue bar on the left hand side of the webpageàselect the “After Care Forms” link.
  • First Day of School: The First Day of School for the 2018-2019 School Year is Monday August 13th 2018
  • Locker and Lost and Found Clean Out: Please be advised that all items must be collected from the Lost and Found Locations (GYM, Cafeteria, and Dismissal Door) and in your student’s lockers by May 30th 2018. Any items remaining after this date will be donated or properly disposed of.
  • ADDitions Volunteers: Please make sure to update your accounts over the summer as they expire every year. Parents, Guardians and other family members will not be eligible to volunteer or chaperone any school sponsored function unless these accounts are in current standings.
  • Test Scores and Report Card Business Envelope Slip: May be found in the attachment found below.

We cannot thank you enough for your understanding and support on these matters and we are looking forward to another great year at Orlando Science Middle High. If you need help with anything please let me know and I will do my best to help in any way I can.


Kayla Sturm

STEM Certification Parent Letter

Dear Orlando Science Family,

We are excited to announce that Orlando Science Middle/High School will be visited by an external review team from AdvancED on May 20th through May 22nd. This two-day process will focus on 11 STEM Indicators as the school is seeking to receive certification as a STEM school.

A team of visiting professionals representing the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (CASI) will evaluate our adherence to the 11 AdvancED STEM Indicators.

The duties of the team will include observing and reviewing routine functions and operations of our school, reviewing the 11 STEM indicators’ artifacts and meeting with groups of stakeholders (students, parent/community members, faculty, staff, and administrators).

We are excited to show our successful practices in STEM education to the review team. We also look forward to receiving their professional feedback regarding the areas of improvement as part of our growth in STEM education.

Abdulaziz Yalcin, Principal
Orlando Science Schools – Middle/High
2427 Lynx Ln Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: (407) 253-7304
Fax : (407) 253 7305

STEM CERTIFICATION: An overview of the STEM Standard and Indicators

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Orlando Science to follow Regular Early Release Schedule During Testing Season

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Attention Orlando Science Families!

Although we typically follow the OCPS Schedule, we will still have our regular Early Dismissal Schedule every Wednesday.
Students in Grades 7th and 8th will be released at their normal Wednesday time of 1:44 PM and students in grades in 9th and 12th will be released 1:48 PM.

OSS Spring Production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast

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OSS Drama Club performed their production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast this past Sunday at the beautiful Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. After three months of rehearsing, making props, gathering costumes, and bringing all of the pieces of the play together, the performance was a great success! For many of the cast and crew, this was their first production while a few others were more seasoned. Special thanks to Mrs. Harper and Ms. Estes for directing the play with students and providing them a unique experience. Also to Mr. I, Mrs. Frunker, Ms. Felicano, Mr. Jenkins, and the Dr. Phillips staff. OSS is very proud of everyone and all of their hard work and dedication. Keep an eye out for the DVD coming in the next few weeks!

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"If I were elected Mayor" Essay Contest

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In December, Mrs. Frunker’s 7th grade students participated in a writing contest where students had to write a short essay of what they would do if they were elected Mayor sponsored by the Florida League of Mayors and the Florida League of Cities. Over 3,000 entries were received and the 4 students pictured below were recognized for their excellent entries.

OSS' Clockwork Mania Participates in Robotics Championship

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Orlando Science Schools’ FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team 4013 Clockwork Mania participated in the FIRST Championship in Houston, Texas from April 18th to April 21st, 2018. Participation at the championship is the highlight of the team’s season and allows the students to interact with more than 400 other teams from around the World creating new friendships and memories.

Clockwork Mania had a great run this year by winning the two highest awards any team can win in FRC, the Engineering Inspiration and Chairman’s Awards, both of which earned the team an invitation to the FIRST Championship. The Engineering Inspiration Award celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school or organization and community. The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award at FIRST and it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. It was created to keep the central focus of FRC on the ultimate FIRST goal; transforming the culture in ways that will inspire greater levels of respect and honor for science and technology, as well as encouraging more of today’s youth to become scientists, engineers, and technologists.

The team also participates in the FIRST Tech Challenge competition as teams 5070 N.U.T.S. and 6379 Clockwork Mania. N.U.T.S. attended the Florida State Championship earning the Motivate Award and an invitation to the South Super Regional in Athens, Georgia where they were awarded the Judges Award for their projects with the community.

Clockwork Mania was represented at the FIRST Championship by Bradley B., Dennis B., Saardhak B., Hector C., Jacob H., Jordan H., Gwen H., Minh L., Zachary M., Nathan N., Ethen O., Rebecca P., Keshan P., Peter P., Badri P., Esha R., Kevin R., Pierce S.-T., Eashan S., Christina T., David V., and Ryan V.

Please join the OSS family congratulating our robotics team members for their hard work and accomplishments throughout the last seven years.

2018 Move in May Week is Coming

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Move in May: May 14th to May 18th 2018

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! To celebrate and encourage physical activity, the PE department is hosting a week of after school activities that will be between 3- 4:30. All proceeds will go to the PE department. Sign up for activities with Mrs. Mulligan!

Monday May 14- 3 Point Shoot Out Tournament. $3 per pair

Tuesday May 15- 4 v 4 Soccer Tournament. $5 per team

Wednesday May 16- Kickball Tournament. 7-8 player teams. $7 per team. *Winning team will play teachers on Friday

Thursday May 17- Dodgeball Tournament. Teams of 7. $10 per team. MS vs MS, HS vs HS

Friday May 18- Student/Teacher Kickball Game. $1 to watch, Orca Shop open

School Wide Dress Down Day- for ALL students

Friday May 18th- Sports/ Athletic Wear

*Dress down day dress code will be enforced (no yoga pants, leggings, running shorts, tank tops, sleeveless jerseys, etc). Please see the attached Dress Down Day Rules below.

LAST DAY TO SUBMIT TEAMS WILL BE TUESDAY MAY 8th 2018. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Mulligan

OSS Attends Relay for Life 2018

On Friday, April 27, 2018, the National Junior and National Honor Society students participated in the Relay for Life event held at Edgewater High School. Over seventy students participated in the event and Orlando Science team raised over $2,000 for this worthy cause. At the event, students were in charge of decorating our sites, participating in different themed laps, running game booths, solving challenging puzzles, and selling different types of concessions. Other fundraising activities included a middle school dance, Teacher appreciation cupcake sales, pancake breakfast, dress down week, Kona Ice, and soda grams. Thank you to all students, staff, and parents who participated in these events and helped our Relay for Life team reach our fundraising goal. We are so proud of all of the students who took part in this event and we thank them for all of their hard work. We look forward to next year’s Relay for Life event.

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OSS 1600 SAT Boot Camp Summer 2018

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2018 OSS Competition Math Summer Camp

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Volunteers Needed for OSS Improve Night

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Orlando Science will host their first Improv Night on May 15th 2018 beginning at 5:30PM. Ms. Estes is looking for four to five volunteers to help assist with concession sale and admissions. Please contact her if you have any questions. MUST BE ADDITIONS APPROVED.

Sign Up to Volunteer for OSS Improv Night


2017-2018 Assessment Calendar

The 2017-2018 Assessment Calendar is a wonderful resource for our upcoming Testing Season. Please select the button below labeled "2017-2018 Assessment Calendar" below to see this year's calendar, or select the PDF for download.

Message from The OSS School Counselor Ms. Bumgarner

A Message from the Counselor

Greetings All!

As a school counselor, I receive many e-mails/calls from parents wanting to know what they can do to help their child succeed. Here are a few basic tips!


Expect your child to succeed, and their chances for success improve greatly. Expect them to come up short, and the odds are that they will. Children are very aware of how their parents view them, and they often tailor their actions to those views. Communicate your expectations and your rationale behind them to your child. It’s important to base your expectations on your child, not yourself. Remember each child is an individual who has strengths and weaknesses like all individuals.


Create a suitable environment for homework. Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to study. If you do not have internet access at home, please inform the school, they can help brainstorm about ways to get around this roadblock. Create, with your child, a daily schedule. They should study or do homework every day (except for special family events, of course) no more than two hours per day. Be available during homework time to look over homework and give suggestions, but never do your child’s homework for them. Be interested and have them teach you something. Teaching someone else a concept is one of the best ways to learn!


Academic success is important when it comes to our children. However, teaching our kids how to balance their individual well-being while succeeding academically is also an important skill. This skill of balancing wellness and work is one that can carry them forward into their adult lives. Kids have very little control over their lives. Please don’t pack their schedules full of after school activities without their knowledge. Children of every age need time to relax, play, workout, and take a brain break after their very rigorous school day. Together, choose a couple of activities per week that help them follow their passions or interests. Make sure it fits in your schedule and that you still have time to do schoolwork and enjoy family time.

Lastly, attitude is everything! Consider your attitude about learning new concepts or following directions at your place of work. Keep in mind, children hear everything, and they learn from you daily!

If you have any questions or if you would like to make an appointment to meet with me, feel free to email me.


Ms. B

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Orlando Science Middle High is pleased to announce that Teacher Appreciation Week will be held during the week of May 7th-May 9th 2018. Below you find details regarding our Teacher Appreciation Week Event Details including our Teacher Appreciation Italian Dinner!

Teacher Appreciation Italian Night Dinner-May 9th 2018

Teacher Appreciation Italian Night Dinner Wednesday May 9th 2018

OSS families are invited to join us as we honor our Lynx Campus faculty and staff with an Italian dinner from 6-8pm in the middle/high school cafeteria.

Dinner is a choice of Meat (Halal ground beef, red sauce, ricotta and mozzarella cheese) or Vegetarian Lasagna, (grilled zucchini and squash, red bell pepper, red sauce, ricotta and mozzarella cheese) bread sticks, unlimited salad, dessert and drink. Teachers and staff are complimentary, guests are $5 adults and $3 ages 10 and under.

A raffle will take place during the dinner too.

To RSVP and purchase your tickets today, please use the link found below. We cannot wait to see you there!


Teacher Appreciation Week-May 7th through May 11th 2018

Teacher Appreciation Week Events May 7th- May 11th 2018

Each Teacher Appreciation Week we offer our AMAZING Teachers a fun themed meal for each day, below you will find our schedule for the week. You will also find a link for donations needed to make their week the best yet!

Monday-Breakfast Bar

Tuesday- Smoothie Day

Wednesday-Teacher Appreciation Italian Dinner

Thursday- Taco Bar

Friday- Pot Luck Lunch

Items Needed for Donation:


Additional Donation Option:


Clubs of the Week

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The OSS Face Painting Club was established spring of 2017 and continues to gauge interest from students in all grade levels. Club members participate in various events throughout the year such as the Fall Festival, Halloween Dance Party, Model UN Day, Science Fair/STEM Art Day, and Earth Day. The club is open to both middle and high school students. This club is a great way to bring joy to others and encourages students to build self-esteem while honing their own skill set. The students work on the basics of blending and line quality that is then combined to create unique designs.

Big Help for Education-Spelling, Math and Science Bee with Coloring Contest

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OSS MH Band Program Raises Money for New Instruments

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The Orlando Science School Band Program is selling Cherrydale chocolate bars as a fundraiser to purchase much-needed instruments and supplies. They come in 6 mouth-watering varieties, which includes milk chocolate, milk chocolate with almond, milk chocolate with caramel, milk chocolate crisp, milk chocolate with peanut butter, and dark chocolate. They are being raved about those who have purchased so far, so we know that you will enjoy them, too! They are being sold through the Orca Store, as well as by band students around the school. If any parents are interested in making a direct or bulk purchase, or with helping the band program out with their fundraising, please contact Mr. Jenkins .Thank you for your continued support!

Orlando Science International Night Arriving May 25th 2018

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2nd OSS Chess Tournament: May 19th 2018

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Class of 2018 Graduation Details

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Senior(12th Grade) Graduation Details


Orlando Repertory Theater

1001 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803

Wednesday May 30th 2018

Begins at 6:00PM

Please have your Seniors check their REMIND account for important information or contact Mr. Jenkins if you have any questions.

8th Grade Graduation Details


Majestic Event Center

801 N. John Young Pkwy, Orlando FL 32804

Thursday May 24, 2018



• Students must arrive to Majestic Event Center from 5:15PM – 5:30PM.

• Parents and guests will begin seating at 5:15PM.

• Proper dress code is required; dress code handout will be provided

8th Grade Graduation Early Departure Google Form


Volunteers Needed:

We are very excited for this event, but we cannot do it without your help. . If you would like to help, please e-mail Mrs. Frunker.

*The deadline to order 8th Grade Cap and Gowns was Thursday April 5th 2018.

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STEM Word of the Day

We rolled out a new addition to our Morning Announcements! Each day our Orcas will be given a "STEM Word of the Day" and at the end of each week, students may submit a list of the words given to be entered to win a free dress down day! Students will also be able to submit their own words that may be used! Below you will find this week's "STEM Words of the Day.


Communication - The transmission of information through a common system of symbols, signs, behavior, speech, writing, or signals.


Biotechnology - All the technology connected with plant and animal life.


Invention - A new product, system, or process that has never existed before, created by study and experimentation.


Nanotechnology - The science and technology of building devices, such as electronic circuits, from single atoms and molecules.


Mathematicians - Use numbers and symbols to solve problems.

STEM Fact of the Week

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Rabbits and parrots can see behind themselves without even moving their heads. It would be really hard to sneak up on them!

SOURCE: http://www.northropgrumman.com/CorporateResponsibility/CorporateCitizenship/Education/STEMFlix/Pages/FunFacts.aspx

STEM Occupation of the Week

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Park Naturalists

Park Naturalists plan and conduct programs to educate the public about national, state, or local parks. They develop educational programs, provide technical information or assistance to the public , conduct historical research and much more.

SOURCE: https://careerwise.minnstate.edu/careers/careerDetail?oc=291031

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Orlando Science Middle High Home Visits

Dear OSS Parents and Guardians ,

We like to find ways to communicate with parents to support our mutual involvement in your child’s education. As part of OSS tradition, we are organizing home visits as a way to reach out to our families and get to know them better. We would like to set up a time for a few of your students teachers to have a brief 20-30 minute home visit. Home visits are an effective way to establish positive contact and communication with families. They are not a replacement for parent-teacher conferences, but are a process through which teachers demonstrate their support for students’ families by visiting the home environment where the family feels comfortable. Home visits originate from a sincere desire to assist and work with families. We will be glad to visit you and your child at a convenient time. If you would like to host a home visit, please select one of the days below. We will be organizing quarterly home visits. If you are not available during first quarter, you always can choose a day later on in the school year. We look forward to visiting you!

Sincerely, Orlando Science Schools Teachers and Staff

Click Here to Sign Up for a Home Visit Today

Please select the button above if you would like to schedule a Home Visit for the Month of April.

Pizza Day Has Returned!

We are pleased to announce that Pizza Day has returned! Every Thursday students may purchase ether one slice of Papa Johns Pizza for $2 or a combo which includes two slices of Papa Johns Pizza and drink for $5.

Birthday Corner

Happy Birthday May Orcas!

Eden A., Jason B., Eros C., Shivana C.,Jayden H.,Yasmine K., Ridwan M., Aleena M., Arianna M., Pratham M.,Jonairys M., Kadesh(KC) M., Kayode(KJ) M., Ramyanaga N., Derick R., Aamir A., Abhiram A., Mustabshera A., Zaynab B., Chanakya G., Emma H.,Andrea H-G., Iszenia M. Danette R. Sana S., Abyjah S., Jose(Javier) B., Justin K., Deivin M., Elizabeth O.,

Marcus P.,Alexia R., Zohra S., Luis A., Micah B., Wayman(Jeremy) D., Esha R., Calvin W.,

Dante C., Deshaun C., Emily E. Roshen K., Kevin T., Shanniel B. Michael E., Sarika N. and

Patrick S.

2017-2018 Birthday Dress Down Day Request Form

Students who would like to dress down for their birthday must submit the request form found below two days prior to the desired day. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Sturm.

2nd Annual PVO Sponsored Fall Festival

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The OSS 2nd Annual PVO Sponsored Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 20th. This is where we need your help! We have various sponsorship levels available to fill. If you would like to be a business sponsor, individual sponsor, or know of a business that would be willing to be a sponsor, please contact OSS.PVO@orlandoscience.org for more information. Please select the link below for more information and details.


Tutoring Schedule

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May hot charter breakfast and lunch menu

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OCPS Meal Benefits Program

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Upcoming OSS MH Events

Below you will find upcoming OSS Middle High Events,for the full OSS Middle High Calendar please select the link below.

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Teacher Appreciation Dinner

Wednesday, May 9th, 6-8pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

OSS families are invited to join us as we honor our faculty and staff with an Italian dinner from 6-8pm in the middle/high school cafeteria. Dinner is a choice of Meat or Vegetarian Lasagna, bread sticks, unlimited salad, dessert and drink. Teachers and staff are complimentary, guests are $5 adults and $3 ages 10 and under. A raffle will take place during the dinner too.

RSVP required. Please sign up on School Pay


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OSS Chess Tournament

Saturday, May 19th, 9:30am

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

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Big Help for Education Event

Saturday, May 19th, 9:30am-4pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

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2017-2018 OSS Athletics Banquet

Tuesday, May 22nd, 5-6:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

The 2017-2018 Orlando Science Athletics Banquet will be held on Tuesday May 22nd 2018 from 5:00-6:30PM. Invitations will be sent home over the next few weeks for those students who were on the OSS Basketball, Track and Fencing Teams, please stay tuned for more details.
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OSS International Night

Friday, May 25th, 5-7pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

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8th Grade Gradution

Thursday, May 24th, 6-7:30pm

801 North John Young Parkway

Orlando, FL

• Students must arrive to Majestic Event Center from 5:15PM – 5:30PM.

• Parents and guests will begin seating at 5:15PM.

• Proper dress code is required; dress code handout will be provided

Senior Graduation

Wednesday, May 30th, 6pm

1001 East Princeton Street

Orlando, FL

Please have your Seniors check their REMIND account for important information or contact Mr. Jenkins if you have any questions.

Newsletter Trivia

Fill out the Google Form below, to be entered to win a Dress Down Day The deadline to submit your answers will be Wednesday May 2nd 2018

Congratulations to last week's winner, Mr.Jenkins, Mrs. Foley and Mr. Lakner!

*Note: This is only valid for Lynx Lane Students and Staff

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