Orlando Science Schools Lynx Campus
February 8th 2019- Weekly Newsletter
Help us spread the word! ORLANDO SCIENCE SCHOOL OPENING NEW EAST ORLANDO K-8 CAMPUS FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR!
Dear Orlando Science Families,
Help us spread the word about the opening of our Orlando Science East Campus located near UCF. It will be opening August of 2020 for grades K-6 with the addition of a higher grade each year to include grades K-8 by 2022. Students attending our East Campus will be able to continue at Orlando Science Charter High School which is located on Technology Drive. We would like to welcome our new East Orlando Campus to our Orlando Science family. They will have the same outstanding programs and educational model that we currently have at our existing campuses including:
- Small class size and individual attention for our students
- Award-winning academic and extracurricular programs
- Robotics, Science and Math Olympiad programs
- State of the art STEM classrooms, labs and media center
- Dedicated teachers and staff
- Hands-on learning experiences
- Full-time Gifted program
Orlando Science Charter School is a tuition-free STEM-focused public charter school. Orlando Science has been rated the #1 school in 2018 and 2019 in Central Florida by Niche. US News also rated Orlando Science Charter High School the best high school in Central Florida.
While our plans are progressing, we would like to ask for your participation by filling in an interest application to help us determine the capacity of each grade level. If you are on the waitlist for one of our current campuses or would like to transfer your children to the east campus, please complete the application form below by February 15th, 2019.
Yalcin Akin, Ph.D
Science Charter Schools
Dear Families and Students,
I hope as always everyone had another wonderful week! This week's newsletter is PACKED with many exciting recaps, announcements and reminders!
Orlando Science Middle High was pleased to celebrate "National School Counselor Week!" National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career! We would also like to take this time to thank our very own School Counselor Ms. Perez for EVERYTHING she does for our ORCA Family! We are truly grateful for her and the difference she makes at Orlando Science Middle High!
We are also excited to announce that our very own "We the People" Competiton Team placed third at states last Friday which earned them a spot to compete at Nationals this spring! We are so proud of this team for all their hard work!
Not only did our "We the People" team place 3rd but our Mu Alpha Theta Competiton Team also placed 3rd at the Suncoast Regional Competition this past weekend! Great job Orcas!
Congratulations to our Middle School Basketball Team on their first win of the season against the OCPA Dolphins with a score of 23-13! Their next game will be held on Monday, February 11th, 2019 against Legends Academy at FLOC. Come out and support our Orcas!
Last weekend was also very eventful for both of our FTC Robotics Teams! Our Kube Kahos Team earned the Promote Award for their video which earned them a spot in the State Competiton later this month. And our Binary Bosses Team placed 2nd in their competition earning them the Robot Control Award. Congratulations to both teams on a job well done!
I would also like to recognize our December Teacher of the Month and our December ORCA Character Award Staff Winners in this week's newsletter! Each of these teachers was nominated by their fellow colleagues for always going above and beyond!
Orca families, Pizza Day will return next Thursday, February 14th, 2019 and continue every Thursday until the remainder of the year. The cost is $2 for one slice and $5 for two(2) slices and drink. We will hold Club Re-Sign Ups next week as well, please see more information below. We also would like to take this time to remind you that our 3rd Quarter Parent Teacher Conferences will take place next week on Tuesday and Wednesday and the following week on Wednesday and Thursday. For more details and the sign-up link please see below.
Have a safe and wonderful weekend, we will see you on Monday!
Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed
Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High
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3rd Quarter Progress Reports Released-Feb 8th 2019
Happy National School Counseling Week
Orlando Science Middle High is pleased to celebrate "National School Counseling Week"! National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career! We would also like to take this time to thank our very own School Counselor Ms. Perez for EVERYTHING she does for our ORCA Family! We are truly grateful for her and the difference she makes at Orlando Science Middle High!
In honor of this week, Ms. Perez, our School Counselor, is interested in debunking some common myths about school counseling!
Myth #1: School Counselors only help students in need.
Fact: School Counselors provide ALL students with the supports and a standards-based school counseling core curriculum to address universal social/emotional development.
Myth #2: School Counselors and other types of educators can be hired interchangeably.
Fact: As a Mental Health Designee in the schools, we have completed a specific Master’s degree program and are uniquely trained in areas of human development, trauma, relationships, crisis response, and specific counseling techniques and theories. *Fun Fact* Ms. Perez has an Education Specialist Degree in Mental Health Counseling as well as her Master’s in the same area. She’s also worked closely with those struggling with eating disorders, depression and anxiety.
Myth #3: School Counselors have a job that’s similar to an administrator.
Fact: The role of an administrator can be discipline-oriented in nature or at least perceived that way. The role of a school counselor aims to be restorative, supportive, and student-centered. It’s not appropriate for school counselors to perform disciplinary actions or to assign consequences.
Myth #4: School Counselors give long-term, intensive therapy for students who need it.
Fact: School Counselors provide short-term, brief, solution-focused & structured interventions for students. We refer out when a student needs ongoing therapeutic services.
Myth #5: Guidance Counselor & School Counselor… Same thing, right?
Fact: The term “Guidance Counselor” is outdated - the position focused only on graduation and course selection for secondary students. Today’s school counselors are working hard to eliminate the term! School Counselors are trained professionals who focus on the academic, personal/social and emotional development of all students at every stage of their journey.
A Note from Ms. Perez:
I am happy to be working with such great students, parents, teachers, and staff and am grateful for the opportunity to share National School Counseling Week 2019 with you. Have a wonderful weekend!
Lynx Lane Campus Celebrates Black History Month
The Lynx Lane Campus is pleased to celebrate "Black History Month"! Each week we will feature one influential African-American who helped shaped our society today! This week we are pleased to feature Jesse Owens.
"Jesse Owens was a "Jesse Owens was an American track-and-field athlete who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. His long jump world record stood for 25 years". He was born on September 12th, 1913. "While Owens helped the U.S. triumph at the games, his return home was not met with the kind of fanfare one might expect. President Franklin D. Roosevelt failed to meet with Owens and congratulate him, as was typical for champions.
The athlete wouldn't be properly recognized until 1976, when President Gerald Ford awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom."
For more information please visit https://www.biography.com/people/jesse-owens-9431142 .
Orange County Library Events
Celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans to our country. Special events throughout the month include lectures, cultural performances and film screenings. Click below for a detailed schedule.
3rd Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Night Information and Sign Up Details
LYNX LANE 6th 7th and 8th Grade Families,
Welcome to our 3rd Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Nights of the 2018-2019! As a reminder, you are ONLY permitted to sign up for one-time slot per grade per, student. Please note dates are Tuesday, February 12th, 2019, Wednesday, February 13th 2019, Wednesday, February, 20th 2019, and Thursday, February 21st, 2019.
These time slots are for LYNX LANE 6th, 7th and 8th-grade students only, if your student(s) is attending either of the TECHNOLOGY DRIVE Campuses you will need to contact their campuses for the PTC Sign Up Procedures.
Please be advised: Conferences are for 15 minutes, and must not exceed that time. You are more than welcome to schedule an additional conference, on another date and time, with the teachers if you require more time. If this sounds like a better option for you please email your student's teachers.
Once spots are filled please email your student's teachers to arrange an appointment for another date and time, no additional spots will be added to these nights. There will be no wait list created, please check back for canceled time slots.
If you register for more than one-time slot per student or you sign up for the incorrect grade levels you will be removed from all that you registered for. If you made a mistake you must contact Mrs. Sturm ASAP.
Time slots are listed by DATE and then by GRADE LEVEL please make sure you are in the correct grade level when selecting a time slot.
PTC Sign Ups began on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 at 7 PM. OSS Staff members are not permitted to sign up for a time slot for you so please plan accordingly.
2ND Semester Club Re-Sign Ups-February 11th-15th 2019
Lynx Lane will host 2nd Semester Club Re-Sign Ups during the week of February 11th-15th, 2019. This will be for any clubs that have available space and will take place outside the Media Center on the yellow club window across from the gym. Students who have missed three or more consecutive weeks beginning with the week of January 7th, 2019 will automatically be removed from their club in order to make room for other members. Please be advised this will be for only clubs with available spots and not all clubs will be offered. If you do not see a club listed it means there is no space available for that club. A list of the available clubs may be found below. Phone and or email reservations will not be accepted.
Odyssey of the Mind
Student Government Association
OSS Competes Places at "We the People" State Final
Orlando Science students traveled to Seminole State College last Friday 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.
Lynx Lane December Teacher of the Month-Mrs. Frunker
We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Frunker has been selected as our December Teacher of the Month. Mrs. Frunker was nominated by her fellow colleagues for always going to above and beyond what it is asked. She constantly is making sure all of our teacher, staff and students are well cared for. Thank you Mrs. Frunker for EVERYTHING that you do!
OSS FTC "Kube Khaos" Team Earns Promote Award
The OSS Middle School FTC team "Kube Khaos" competed in this weekend’s Tesla League Championship Meet. They created a promotional video for FTC and won the Promote Award for their video, their video will advance to the state competition at the end of this month.
OSS FTC "Binary Bosses" Places 2nd at Competition
Binary Bosses (middle school) FTC team on placing 2nd for the Robot Control Award and making it to the Semifinal matches at the Tesla League Championship this past Sunday (Feb 3rd). We would also like to say job well done to all 7 of the OSS Teams both at Lynx and Technology Campuses this FTC season. We wish good luck to Clockwork Mania at the Florida FTC State Championships!
We are pleased to announce that the OSS FTC "Binary Bosses" Middle school team placed 2nd for the "Robot Control Award" at the Tesla League Championship and earning a spot in the Semifinals this past Sunday! Keep up the great work Orcas!!
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 Middle School basketball Earns 1st win!
Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park Field Trip Information
On Friday, February 15th, OSS students will travel to Olustee Battlefield State Park to observe a reenactment of Florida’s largest Civil War battle. In 1909, the Florida legislature acquired three acres to build a memorial to commemorate the event. In 1912, when many living Civil War veterans still attended reunions, the battlefield became the state’s first historic site. Today, the battle is reenacted every year during the second week in February. Space is limited to the first 40 middle school students who submit payment on School Pay (https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Olustee-Battlefield-Historic-State-Park/Sc7D0RQ) and bring their signed permission slips back to Mr. Koebe. We will leave Lynx Ln. at 6:30 am and will return back around 5 pm. Please email Mr. Koebe (Nicholas.Koebe@orlandoscience.org) if you have any questions.
December ORCA Character Award Winners
We would like to congratulate the ORCAS Character Award Teacher winners for the month of December! These five teachers were nominated from their departments within the following categories below. Thank you for exhibiting one or more ORCAS core values in our school community each and every day! *Not pictured: Mr. Adair
O-“Outreach for Community" Ms. Simmons:
Ms.Simmons is a positive role model by running the anti-bullying club and also encourages the students to have self-esteem and help others to have courage against the bullying and speak up for themselves.
R-“Respect and compassion for all” Mrs. Demir:
Mrs. Demir creates a classroom environment that is stimulating and welcoming for all students. She not only provides opportunities for the students to work collaboratively to enjoy hands-on learning experiences but also creates a respectful environment where students feel safe, valued, and accepted. She is a great role model to demonstrate respect and compassion for all.
C-“Celebrate diversity” Ms. Killian:
Ms. Killian goes out of her way to celebrate different cultures in her classroom, to ensure that students read different literature from different cultures and beliefs, and also she spends the time to allow students to express where they are from in the classroom. The connections that the students make with their culture and what is taught in the classroom creates a life-lasting impression so that all students can be successful and can make personal connections. In addition, she ensures that all students feel welcomed when they enter her classroom by creating a welcoming environment.
A-“Advocate for a safe learning environment” Mr. Lakner:
Mr. Lakner's commitment to encouraging his students to excel personally, academically, and socially. He teaches his students to appreciate other cultures while modeling acceptance of diverse backgrounds and multi-cultural perspectives. This is important in the classroom because it provides a safe environment for students to express themselves and be open to diverse ideas and cultures.
S-“Strive for excellence in a stimulating learning environment” Mr. Adair:
Mr. Adair spends countless hours with his students preparing them in the classroom. He also dedicates his time on the weekends for Saturday Studies, Open houses, CMP camps, etc. He keeps his lessons relevant and entertaining, which helps the students to enjoy mathematics.
Support the OSS Band by Participating in the SNAP-Raise Fundraiser
Currently, the Orlando Science School Band Program at both the middle school and high school are raising money to fund their program. Their current fundraiser is a Snap-Raise fundraiser. This type of fundraiser does not hinge on actively selling products or services but instead requests help and donations from patrons. The band program is asking for help in raising the funds they need to purchase music, maintain and repair equipment, and purchase new or missing equipment. The link at the bottom takes you to the band's Snap-Raise page with more information on donating to their cause or spreading their story. Anything that anybody can offer will be appreciated. Even if you cannot provide financial assistance, forwarding the link with their story to others and through social media can go far to help them achieve their goals. If you would like any further information about the fundraiser, you may contact Mr. Jenkins.
2018-2019 Lynx Lane Assessment Calendar
ATTENTION LYNX LANE FAMILIES:
Below you will find the 2018-2019 Lynx Lane Assesment Calendar, please keep these dates in mind when planning any upcoming appointments and vacations. It is also important to note that on the following days listed below we will not be holding our regular early release schedule, instead, we will follow our standard release schedule to allow more time for testing.
- May 1st 2019-7th Grade will be released at 2:48PM & 6th and 8th Grade will be released at 2:52PM
- May 8th 2019-7th Grade will be released at 2:48PM & 6th and 8th Grade will be released at 2:52PM
- May 15th 2019-7th Grade will be released at 2:48PM & 6th and 8th Grade will be released at 2:52PM
8th Grade Gradventure Consent Form and Guidelines
2019 OSS 8th Grade Graduation Details
Pizza Day Returns Beginning Thursday Feb.14th 2019
We are excited to announce that Pizza Day will return beginning next Thursday, February 14th, 2019 and continue each Thursday until the end of the year. The cost is $2 for one slice of pizza or $5 for two slices of pizza and drink. Students may purchase their pizza/combos during lunch.
mark Your Calendars: March 28th 2019
OSS PARTNERS WITH THE ORANGE COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM
The OCLS has partnered with OSS Middle/High to provide free Virtual Library Cards (VLC) to all students. There are many wonderful online resources students can use 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 enjoy!
Attention: Lynx Lane ADDitions Volunteers
2018-2019 Lynx Lane Birthday Dress Down Form
Orcas this is just a reminder that students interested in dressing down for their birthday must submit a "Birthday Dress Down Day" form found below two days prior to their birthday dress down day request. If a form is submitted less than the two days or is not submitted they will be considered out of dress code and they will not be approved to dress down.
2018-2019 OSS Middle & High Yearbook Now on Sale! Order before Price Increase February 4th 2019
3rd Annual PVO Sponsored Fall Festival Fundraiser- Saturday, November 2nd 2019
The OSS PVO Committee representing the
Elementary, Middle, Junior High, and High School
are holding their Third Annual Fall Festival to raise funds for our schools!
Annual OSS Fall Festival Fundraiser will be held on
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Something for everyone, from toddler to adult with Inflatable houses, jousting, and slide; Games; Food; Bake sales; Silent auction; Raffles; Vendors; Health Fair
TIME: 11am – 5pm
LOCATION: OSS Elementary and Middle School
2611 Technology Dr. Orlando, FL. 32804
PARKING: Free parking at Magic Mall with shuttle service to the school. $5 Preferred Parking at the Technology elementary and high school parking lot
This is where we need your help! We have various sponsorships at all 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 us.
We are working diligently to fill all the spots.
With your help, we can reach this year’s goal to increase our profits!
Please feel free to contact our PVO Committee below for more information on sponsorship levels, to submit a sponsor referral, or if you would like to become involved with the PVO committee. Our kids are this country’s future; please help us support our school’s needs by supporting the efforts of the OSS PVO committee.
Visit our webpage for one stop shop for festival information:
Important Lynx Lane Questions and Answers
How do I purchase a replacement Agenda?
Lynx Lane Orcas who are in need of a replacement agenda may purchase one using the link below. Once you purchase the agenda please email a copy of your SchoolPay receipt to Mrs. Caggiano.
Where can I find the 2018-2019 Dress Code?
Can I make payments with Cash?
What do I need to do to Volunteer at the OSS Lynx Lane Campus and or attend OSS Field Trips?
Orlando Science Families interested in volunteering at the OSS Lynx Lane Campus during the 2018-2019 School Year must be ADDitions approved. Below you will find the link to apply for ADDitions for the 2018-2019 School Year.
How do I join the OSS PVO(Parent Volunteer Organization) Team?
The OSS PVO Team is accepting new members all year long! 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.
When are Progress Reports/Report Cards Released ?
Amazon Smile and Office Depot's Give Back to Schools
Orlando Science Families, great news! If you shop on Amazon or Office Depot then you may eligible to support Orlando Science Schools! Below you will find information on both of these wonderful organizations and their links. Happy shopping!
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.
OfficeDepot Gives Back
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
Orlando Science Lynx Lane STEM Corner
Stem Occupation of the Week: Computer Programmers
Computer Programmers: Create, modify, and test code that allows computer programs to run. They resolve computer software problems, write computer programming code and more!
Stem Vocabulary of the Week: Weigh
Weigh - Assess the importance of (a contribution) in making a decision
Birthday Dress Down Information and Form!
Students interested in dressing down for their birthday must submit a "Birthday Dress Down Day" form found below two days prior to their birthday. If a form is not submitted they will be considered out of dress code.
Dress Down Day Request Form
Pranav B., Lorde L., Atreya M., Carlos M., Adam S., Ahmad A., Kentish A., Evan A., Diya B., Ethan B-Y., Aydin B., Alexander H-B., Dylan C., Kendall C., Kierstyn C., Maki' C., Sophia D.,
Andre E., Anya E., Mariel G- C., Nathan J., Summer K., Alexander M., Arlin N., Brady N., Merian R., William S., Ruhi S., Shemariah T., Tyler W., Angelina W., Eiram A-C., Isma F., Rodolfo G-P., Nidhiya J., Omer K., Sakshi K-P., Sidharrth S., and Jaire W.
Middle/High Charter Lunch Menu-February
Orcas Apply For Free/Reduced Meals Today!
Orcas, we ask that you take a moment and fill out the OCPS Free/Reduced Meal Application today! To fill out the application simply click the START FRESH photo above or click the link below. For more details regarding the application please select the appropriate link below.
Important LOST AND FOUND CLEAN OUT Information
2018-2019 Lynx Lane Tutoring Schedule
Check out Orlando Science Technology Drive Campuses Newsletters!
FortifyFL app is now Available
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 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.
Pam Bondi and Pam Stewart
Attorney General and Commissioner of Education