OHS Panther Tracks

Weekly Newsletter for Orange High School Community

WEEK OF September 6 - September 9

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Greetings, Panther Family.

My heart is filled with excitement and joy for how the school year has gotten off to a great start. I am so proud of the staff, students, and community for all of the positive energy. It is my expectation that we continue to work together to ensure that all of our students get what they need, and that we are a school the entire community can be proud of.

Jason Johnson


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Upcoming Dates/Events

  • Sept 5 - Labor Day (No School)

  • Sept 7 - Underclassmen Pictures

  • Sept 8 - Underclassmen Pictures

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Panther PRIDE

We are working to promote a positive atmosphere and learning environment at OHS, and we are making it a priority to highlight students who exhibit PRIDE. We believe by clearly identifying and focusing on a few key character traits and behaviors, students can maximize their potential and exceed expectations. Students will review PRIDE during their advisory period. P-Present, R-Respect, I-Integrity, D-Dedication, E-Excellence.

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Please take a moment to review the above document with your student. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Dean of Students, Joshua Young, at joshua.young@orange.k12.nc.us.
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Student and Staff Safety

We are working hard to ensure student and staff safety at all times. Safety is paramount, and we must put certain measures in place to ensure that. We don’t see these safety measures as an inconvenience; instead, we see them as necessary to keep everyone safe. We will constantly be looking at school safety throughout the school year, and we will make the necessary adjustments as needed. With that said, please read the items below and speak with your student.

  • All exterior doors will be locked during the school day. No doors should be propped open for any reason. Doors will be checked multiple times throughout the school day.

  • This year, there are only two points of entrance at the beginning of the school day. Students will be allowed to enter through the main entrance and the Panthers Den off of the student parking lot. No students can enter through the connector doors or any other parts of the building. During class changes there will be someone at the Panther Den Doors to let students in the building. Once the class change is over all students must enter through the main office.

  • All visitors must enter through the main office. We have a check-in system that requires visitors to present a drivers license. The check-in system will print out a badge,, and visitors must wear their badges at all times while on campus.

  • Students are not permitted to eat in their cars. If a student was to have a medical emergency or if we were to have an unwanted visitor, we would have no way of knowing students were in a car.

  • Students are not allowed to go to their cars during the day unless they have permission from administration. This does not apply to students who are leaving campus.

  • All cars parked on campus must have parking stickers at all times.

  • Parents/family members are not allowed in the parking lot during instructional time to drop off items in cars. If items need to be dropped off for students, parents/family members must do so in the main office.

  • Parents/family members who bring food to campus must bring it to the main office. Students cannot exit the school to pick up food.

  • Parents/family members can only bring food for their student. Food cannot be brought for other students.

  • Students cannot be dropped off or picked up in the student or bus parking lot. Students must be dropped off and picked up from the front of the school.

  • If students are being dropped off after 9 am, a parent/guardian must enter the building to sign them in. Student drivers must arrive on campus on time for their 1st period class. Continuously being late to 1st period could result in losing parking privileges.

  • Students cannot stay after school to attend ball games. They must leave campus, and they can return at game time.

  • Students must be off campus by 5pm if they are not engaging in after-school activities. Students can not wait around for athletic events. They must leave campus, and they can return at the time of the event.

  • No students will be allowed to exit the building to visit parents, guardians, or any other visitors on campus because doing so causes a security risk. All parents, guardians, or visitors must enter the main office to visit a student. We ask that we keep visits to a minimum as we must keep the campus secure and protect instructional time. We also ask that visits are kept to a minimum during lunch time as well as we are trying to keep the campus secure.

  • Students will not be called out of class to pick up lunch. If lunch is dropped off at the office, we will call students down during lunch to avoid causing a distraction in the classroom and to protect instructional time.

  • No food develiries from delivery companies such as Grubhub, DoorDash, Ubereats, etc… These food delivery companies pose a security risk. We must minimize the amount of cars and people that are coming and going on campus. In addition, we have not done a background check on any of the individuals who are doing deliveries; they are strangers we cannot allow on campus near our students and staff.

  • There is no off-campus lunch. We cannot have students entering and exiting campus. We are trying to minimize the amount of movement in our student parking lot, and we have to know who is entering and leaving our campus.

  • Students entering campus must not loiter in the parking lot and must enter the building as soon as they arrive.

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Student drop/add for courses has ended. If you have any questions, please contact your counselor.

Late Arrival & Early Dismissal (Schedules)

Students are not allowed to have any holes in their fall semester daily schedules unless they have a late arrival and early dismissal. Seniors are the only students that are allowed to have a late arrival or early dismissal. Students who are attending the Community College (CCP) are exempt from the Senior status for late arrival or early dismissal.

If a student has late arrival, they can not arrive on campus more than five minutes before their scheduled class time unless they need to meet with a staff member. Also, if students have early dismissal, they must leave campus immediately after their last class. These measures are in place to ensure student and campus safety.

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Underclassmen Pictures

Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior fall picture days will be on September 7th and 8th. The online passcode for OHS is: FM393534 and can be found on www.strawbridge.net. If you have a paper form, you will turn that in to the photographer on the day of the event.

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Looking for a club to join? Complete the following to get started and to learn more:

Join A Club Link


Parents and guardians, please remember you can report an absence online on our website under the For Parent tab. Or by using the following link: Absence Link
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Orange High School will be administering the PSAT on Wednesday, October 12th, 2022. Any student that wishes to take this exam can sign up HERE. Please note that the Google Form AND the $18 fee needs to be paid by September 7th, 2022 in order to be fully registered. Due to staff transitions, we are working to be able to offer accommodations for this test, but it is not guaranteed at this point. If you have any questions, please contact Hunter Lancaster at hunter.lancaster@orange.k12.nc.us.

Student Services

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Book An Appointment with A Counselor

  • Email or use youcanbookme to schedule appointments. Visit our website and scroll to the bottom for appointment links.

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Scholarship Opportunities

"Hey Class of 2023! Below you will find information regarding upcoming scholarship deadlines and nomination opportunities. If you have any questions, your counselors are here to help and support you. We look forward to assisting you with your post-grad plans!"

Please see the Scholarship Opportunities and make sure you keep up with the deadlines. Contact your counselor in Student Services if you have any questions.
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Durham Tech Updates

Fall Semester is just underway but Durham Tech is already hosting Information Sessions for Spring Semester Dual Enrollment (CCP) this month. Attending an Information Session is the first step toward enrolling in CCP classes. The first one is Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m. (Virtual)

Here is the link to register for any of the Spring Semester Information Sessions:


For more information, students can contact Mrs. Lena Angelichio-Miller at (919)943-1503, send an email to angelichiomiller@durhamtech.edu, schedule an appointment with her at careercoachlamiller.youcanbook.me, or stop by and see her in the Durham Tech resource room just off the main lobby at OHS. Joining Mrs. Miller part-time will be Mr. Chase Harris, the Durham Tech CCP College Liaison. He will be available to assist CCP program participants with questions related to program eligibility and enrollment, help students access information related to the College, and assist students with getting registered for Durham Tech classes. Mr. Harris can be reached at (919)943-0509, harrisc@durhamtech.edu, or through your counselor.

For more information about the CCP program or to sign up for an upcoming information session, please visit: https://www.durhamtech.edu/dual-enrollment/ccp-information-sessions.

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Cell Phones

In an effort to increase instructional time in the classroom, we are limiting the amount of cell phone use in the classrooms. Please see our cell phone policy below.

Orange County Schools' policy regarding cell phones is …

“Keeping personal electronic devices off and out of

sight except with permission of school staff.”

As a result, the expectation at Orange High School is that ALL cell phones are put away and out of sight during classes unless directly given permission from the teacher.

Students who fail to adhere to this expectation will be subject to the following consequence sequence:

  1. Generalized Verbal Reminder of Expectations to the Class

  2. Individualized Verbal Reminder of Expectation

  3. Individualized Verbal Reminder of Expectation and Contact with Parent/Guardian via Phone or Email

  4. Office Referral

Students are expected to comply with ALL instructions from teachers and maintain an environment for learning.

***Some students utilize cell phones to help monitor health conditions. For these students, cell phones are permitted to be accessed at any point.***

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This Thursday, September 8th, Robotics Team 587, The Hedgehogs will be having an interest meeting. The Hedgehogs are a High School robotics team composed of students from Orange and Cedar. Each year, we build a robot to compete in an international competition called FIRST Robotics Competition. Any student is welcome to join, no matter their skill level. The interest meeting on September 8th will be from 5:30 to 7:30pm in room 036 in the 3rd wing basement.
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We are excited to announce that our OHS Athletic Passes are back.

We have the following sports passes available:

Family - $375.00

Individual - $200.00

Student - $60.00

Please contact Coach McCaulley, Athletic Director, if you are interested in purchasing an athletic pass. You can reach him at michael.mccauley@orange.k12.nc.us.

Orange Athletics' Schedule for September 6 - September 9

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FFA News & Information

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North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM)

"10th Graders and 10th Grade Parents/Guardians: There will be a meeting on Friday, September 9th, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. in Room 310 at Orange High School for any Orange High School student wishing to find out about the North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM). A representative of NCSSM will be on hand to present information about the school and how to apply. To attend the session, students should obtain a pass from their counselor or Mr. Montgomery."