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Information for the ORHS Wildcat Nation 02/15/2021 #163

Dear families of Oak Ridge High School students,

District and secondary administrators met to discuss ways to improve our current learning models, and have made the following decisions:

  • During the week of February 15 -19, teachers will provide synchronous learning for remote learners.
    • This means that when hybrid students are not attending school in person, they will have the option to participate in virtual instruction, following their current schedules remotely.
    • This will allow students to practice remote learning should they need to quarantine for possible COVID-19 exposure.
  • Beginning Monday, February 22, all students currently in the hybrid model will return to in-person learning on a regular schedule, five days per week.

If you have questions about the expectations moving forward, please reach out to Dr. Garfield Adams, Principal of Oak Ridge High School.

Midweek Academic Intervention Information

Midweek Academic Intervention (MAI) is held every Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. For now, in order to maintain a safe learning environment, only students who meet certain criteria should attend MAI, and those students are strongly encouraged to attend.

Midweek Academic Intervention

  • When: Each Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Who: Any student who has an F for Term 2 or currently has an F for Term 3.
  • What: Students will enter through the main lobby doors and be assigned a location. There, they will meet with an Academic Coach who will assist them in making a plan of action to improve their grades. Academic Coaches will then help students stay motivated and complete their missing assignments. Students will have until midterm of Term 3 (Friday, February 5) to repair their Term 2 grades. The last day to submit work for Term 3 is Friday, March 5th.

If your child does not meet the current criteria for MAI, please know that individual teachers are available for office hours on Wednesdays, and many teachers hold separate tutoring sessions in person or on Zoom on those days, as well. Please contact your child’s teachers if you would like to request a meeting on a Wednesday.

Breakfast and lunch are available free of charge; however, reservations are required by noon on Tuesday before MAI. If you would like to order breakfast and/or lunch for your child, please follow this link to do so: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=vdNYGNb6YE61OeUm8KqiP7rCP1M8hxRGrEaMv6jACnJUQlJPTlZURVRBNEY3Sk9JWlE1SDFWU1lMTS4u

If you have questions about MAI, please contact Mrs. Roberts at ahroberts@ortn.edu


The state sponsored ACT for all juniors is Tuesday, March 2nd. This test is held during the school day in person for all juniors, both face to face and Connect OR. Seniors who have never taken the ACT are eligible to test with the juniors this year. As a reminder, the ACT is a graduation requirement for all students.

All Sophomores (both face to face and Connect OR) will take the PreACT on March 2nd.

Testing will begin at 7:50. Students need to arrive to school by 7:30. Testing locations will be emailed to students and posted throughout the building. Students are automatically signed up for the test, and there is no charge. Students need to bring an ACT approved calculator, several No.2 pencils, and photo ID. All students and staff are required to wear a mask and if a student is ill or is exhibiting symptoms of COVID they should not attend. Students will be dismissed from school after the testing (approx. 12:00) Buses will run at the regular dismissal time (3:06), and lunch will be served as requested.

ACT electronics policy: No cell phones or other electronic devices including Apple watches are allowed in the testing room.

**Freshmen and Seniors will not have classes ( virtual or face to face) on March 2**

** UPDATED 2/16/21** 2021/2022 Course Registration is Happening SOON!!!

The 2021-2022 Oak Ridge High School Academic Planning Guide (APG) is now available on our school’s website under Curriculum in the Academics tab. You may also access it via this link. The guide is also now on student and teacher desktops.

This document contains all you need to know about the new block schedule, graduation requirements, academic policies and procedures, and the course catalog.

There will be a virtual Town Hall meeting to discuss block scheduling in general on Wednesday, February 24th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Be on the lookout for more information on how to register coming soon.

Starting this week, teachers are having conversations with students about course offerings and their recommendations for students for next year. Counselors will meet with students during the first two weeks of March to go over how to register for classes, graduation requirements, and course offerings. Students will receive registration forms during these meetings. We will host a Registration Q&A session for parents via Zoom on Thursday, March 11th from 6:00-7:30 pm.

Students will meet with counselors to turn in their registration forms with their course selections during the two weeks following Spring Break. If you have questions about 2021-2022 registration, please contact your student’s school counselor.

ATTN: ConnectOR Parents

This message is for CURRENT ConnectOR parents. This is not for parents wishing to enroll their students in ConnectOR for the first time.

Current ConnectOR parents, please use this form to indicate your plans for the remainder of this school year. To allow the ORHS staff time to make plans for our students returning from ConnectOR, we ask that you make this decision no later than Friday, March 5th.

A few items of note:

  • The first day of Term 4 will be Monday, March 29, 2021.
  • If you are unsure of your plans, it would be better to indicate your plan is for your child to return to in-person learning in order for ORHS to provide the appropriate classroom seating accommodations.
  • If at this time you indicate you want to stay in ConnectOR, please do so with the understanding that the probability of classroom seats available for in-person learning after the deadline will be low. The administration of ORHS will evaluate requests to return to in-person learning after the March 5th deadline on a case-by-case basis and will only allow such a change if there are extenuating circumstances.
  • If your child is currently failing a ConnectOR course, we strongly recommend he/she return to in-person learning if at all possible.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child's counselor or Ms. Amber Roberts at ahroberts@ortn.edu

Congratulations to these National Merit Finalists!!

Oak Ridge High School is excited to announce that four of our students are National Merit Semifinalists this year! We are very proud of these academically talented seniors. They now have the opportunity to continue in the National Merit Scholarship competition for some 7,600 scholarships worth more than $31 million. Over 1.5 million students entered the competition. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. If you see the students listed below, please congratulate them!

Kevin Li

Jordan Osbourne

Levi Parish

Elijah Welton

Congratulations ORHS Orchestra Students!!!

Congratulations to the following 6 ORHS Orchestra Students who earned All-State Tennessee Orchestra and 35 students who earned All-East Tennessee Orchestra

2021 All-State TN Orchestra

Selena Piercy- Viola

Seonhui Paik- Violin

Roxanne Farahi- Violin

Jonathan Bonamarte- Viola

Thora Spence- Viola

Reina Coffee- violin

2021 All-East TN Orchestra

Jonathan Bonamarte 1st chair viola

Selena Piercy 2nd chair viola

Thora Spence 3rd chair viola

Reina Coffee 6th chair violin

Evelyn Pendley 5th chair cello

Levi Parish 7th chair viola

Dan Joy 12th chair viola

Parker Bell 10th chair viola

Elijah Hoffmann 6th chair bass

Elle Lancaster 23rd chair violin

Anna Pyle 24th chair violin

Jacob Berven 34th chair violin

Campbell Leamon 35th chair violin

Alyssa Eubanks 10th chair viola

Seonhui Paik 4th chair violin

Roxanne Farahi 6th chair violin

Gabriel Weber 11th chair cello

Olivia Paul 21st chair violin

Isabella Zolnierczuk 22nd chair violin

Norah Younger 30th chair violin

Joseph Nutaro 32nd chair violin

Ahna Wurm 33rd chair violin

Quinlan Russell 36th chair violin

Isabella Scott, 8th chair bass

Raymond Tung alternate violin

Emily Barber alternate violin

Emily Moran alternate violin

Camille Elliott alternate violin

Kaitlyn Adams alternate violin

Andrew Hamblen alternate violin

Ciara Matlock alternate violin

Katherine Laffoon alternate violin

Sophie Sluss alternate viola

Colton Lancaster alternate cello

Madyson Mishler alternate cello

Congratulations to these band students!!

Below is the list of students who auditioned for and have been selected for the 2021 All-East Senior Clinic Bands. This is an outstanding achievement in a year of competing virtually for limited spots amidst outstanding videos from students across East Tennessee. I am very proud of these students for participating, and excelling, in this event in such a “less than regular” year.

9th/10th Grade Bands

Sarah Hudak, clarinet, 2nd Alternate

Nick Pelletier, alto sax, 2nd Red

Andrew Frost, percussion, 7th Blue

Bobby Givens, bass clarinet, 6th Blue

Becca Godfrey, percussion, 2nd Blue/All State

11th/12th Grade Bands

Avery Orns, tuba, 8th Red

Emily Shropshire, French horn, 5th Red

Blake Hudak, trumpet, 8th Red

Josh Mercado-Valdez, trumpet, 6th Red

Carter Valencia van Booraem, trumpet, 5th Red

Hannah Tharrington, bass clarinet, 2nd Red

Elijah Hoffmann, trombone, 11th Blue

Josh Leach, alto sax, 6th Blue

Tyler Gianelli, baritone, 5th Blue

Eli Roth, percussion, 3rd Blue/All State

11th/12th String Symphony

Elijah Hoffmann, bass, 6th chair

Congratulations to our Health Science Academy Students!!!

All fourteen Health Science Academy Clinical students have completed 240-didactic hours of Pharmacy Technician Online Training and will soon be taking a certification exam to become Pharmacy Technicians.

Also, winning at Regional HOSA competition are:

Nick Dallas - 5th place in Sports Medicine

Maddie Davis - 5th place in Pharmacy Science

Brianna Greer - 2nd place in Cultural Diversity and Disparities in Healthcare

Mily Vidal - 2nd place in Dental Science

Sydney Walter - 5th place in Medical Assisting

These students will progress to compete in HOSA State competition in March. All clinical students will compete at state competitions

Wildband's 3rd Annual Mattress Fundraiser

The ORHS WildBand is holding their 3rd Annual Mattress Fundraiser on Sunday, March 7th, in the ORHS Food Court from 10AM – 5PM. The vendor is coming in with reduced prices on mattresses - multiple brands and price ranges, power bases, and other products - plus supplying a coupon for more savings.

Please find the flyer below, and click “Going” from our Facebook event to help us earn even more credit from the vendor. There will be 30 different styles of beds on display for customers to try with the vendor’s staff following approved COVID-19 protocols. The beds are new, brand name, made to order, available in all sizes, and cost less than retail stores.

Thank you for your support!

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NJROTC Pancake Breakfast

NJROTC will be having a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at Aubrey's in Oak Ridge on Saturday, February 20th from 8-10 am. Please see any ROTC cadet to purchase your $5 ticket. If you'd like to donate a ticket, we'll be giving them to families in need. See Command Klemm or Chief Nicholls to donate.

AP Exam Final Payment due SOON!!

Our Spring AP exam payment collection will be from March 1 to March 5. We will be set up in the food court during lunch to accept your payment. During this time you will be able to pay off your remaining balance for any exam you have already ordered. You will also be able to order an exam for the first time for any Spring semester AP course. You will also be able to order an exam for any other AP course if you missed the order deadline in the Fall. If you missed the Fall deadline, College Board will charge an additional $40 late fee for each exam.

Exams remain $95/exam. If you are taking four or more exams, the fourth and subsequent exams are $40/exam. Research and Seminar exams are $143 each. If you are on free and reduced lunch status, exams are $15/exam.

Please make checks payable to Oak Ridge High School. Please put the student name and the exam name(s) on the Memo line to ensure that the payment is applied correctly.

If you have any questions at all, please reach out to our AP Coordinator, David Foust at djfoust@ortn.edu


Calling all Visual Artists and Poets: Oak Ridge elementary, middle and high school students are invited to create works of art & poetry inspired by the Scarboro 85 and honoring the 65th anniversary of the Historic Oak Ridge School Desegregation. The Competition theme is: “Honoring the Struggle, Celebrating the Triumphs & Inspiring the Future”. You can watch the PSA below for more information on the historic event. All entries due by February 19, 2021

Student Council will be opening the Oak Ridge Flea Market on Saturday March 6th!

We are very excited to be back and need your help. The Flea Market runs every Saturday March-October. If your group signs up, one sponsor and a handful of students will come in the morning to collect dues from the vendors and then return in the afternoon to clear the parking lot. A Flea Market Manager will also be present to assist, and we will have COVID guidelines in place to ensure safety. Please click on the document below for more information.

Wreaths Across America

ROTC has begun selling wreaths for the 2021 National Wreaths Across America, to be placed on a Veteran's grave in Oak Ridge Memorial Park on December 18, 2021. You can sponsor wreaths using the following website: https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/TN0248P.


Homework Hotline provides FREE one-on-one tutoring and educational support to students. Hotline's certified teachers will ensure that your students and their families receive the quality support they need during the school year. Students may contact our teachers by phone at 615-298-6636 or 901-416-1234 or chat with a teacher online at homeworkhotline.info. Hotline's hours are after school, Monday through Thursday from 5pm - 9pm.


Pull out those unused instruments from closets and attics to bring to the concert! The ORHS Band Boosters (501c3) Instrument Drive is an ongoing event. Instruments are needed more than ever with the growth in the Oak Ridge Schools Band Programs and the needs of our students. Donated instruments will be used by students in the middle schools as well as the high school. The ORS Band Program truly appreciates every donated instrument!


In order to keep everyone safe, all families should observe these protocols:

1. Does someone else living in the home have COVID? Do not send school age children to school and report this information to Lori Gupton, our school nurse immediately. 425-9604

2. Does your student exhibit any symptoms which might be related to COVID? Keep them home, report to Ms. Gupton for instructions.

3. Wear masks properly at all times when on campus.

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With colder weather upon us and the "snow" word creeping into the forecast, we want to remind families of important Inclement Weather Procedures:

1. We are OAK RIDGE CITY SCHOOLS - NOT Anderson County

2. Decisions are made by 5:15 am - at the latest and notifications will begin thereafter

3. Delay schedules can include - 1 hour delay (breakfast is served); 2 hour delay (no breakfast; or Full day cancellation.

4. Notification for families:

a. A Skyalert message will be made - phone calls are sent to the phone numbers on

file in Skyward. PLEASE make sure these phone numbers are up to date.

b. The ortn.edu website will be updated

c. Media outlets will be notified - WFIV; WYSH; WRJZ; TYLV; B97.5 = Radio

Channel 12, WBIR-TV (www.wbir.com/weather; WVLT-TV (www.local8now.com),

WATE-TV (wate.com,

d. Look for Twitter announcement from @ORSchools


The Oak Ridge High School Graduation Celebration Foundation and City of Oak Ridge Recreation & Parks Department are excited to announce that we have secured a venue to host the annual Graduation Celebration event for our students. After much discussion and careful consideration to provide a safe option for this year, we have selected Main Event of Knoxville for the party this year on Thursday, May 27th from 10pm-5am. The party kicks off at the Oak Ridge Civic Center starting at 10pm for students to check-in. Students will then board buses that have been generously provided by Oak Ridge Schools. The entire party is free for students who will be graduating in May. Graduates will enjoy free bowling, laser tag, games, food, drinks, and also have a chance to win some prizes through the night. Dozens of safety and security protocols will be in place to provide a safe, fun evening.

Registration forms for student participants will be available starting in March. Donations to support this great, annual event can be made online at www.graduationcelebration.org . If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Matt Reedy at mreedy@oakridgetn.gov . More information will be mailed to members of the senior class shortly.

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tnACHIEVES Introductory Webinar

Calling Class of 2021 students! Your next step as a TN Promise student is to view our introductory webinar. This is a great chance to learn about TN Promise requirements and activate your tnAchieves CONNECT account.
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FAFSA Deadline Extension

The FAFSA deadline has been extended to March 1! Does your student still need to apply but you aren't sure where to start? Checkout the FAFSA Frenzy toolkit for helpful resources and tips. Access it here:

FAFSA support resources for students/parents:

Need help with FAFSA?

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National Youth Science Camp Opportunity for STEM Minded Seniors

The National Science Foundation is accepting applications from high school seniors to attend the 2021 virtual National Youth Science Camp experience. Applicants must be willing to participate in all virtual sessions extending from June 28 through July 21, 2021.

This program is designed to interested students meeting the following qualifications:

  • documented superior academic proficiency, including recognition in mathematics or the sciences.
  • documented leadership abilities and social maturity through involvement in school or community activities.
  • documented skills and achievements outside the realm of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and outside the realm of academia.
  • demonstrate a curiosity and an eagerness to explore many and varied topics.
  • intend to pursue higher education and a career in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics-related field.

Click here to view the 2021 National Youth Science Camp brochure.

To submit an electronic application, seniors can visit the National Science Foundation’s portal here. The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. CT/ 6 p.m. ET on February 28, 2021.

Senior Steering needs your pictures of the Class of 2021

The Senior Steering committee is working on the Senior Slideshow. This slideshow will consist of pictures of students throughout their years together as Oak Ridge students. This slideshow is a tradition that we hope to continue during this weird and hard year. Email us pictures from elementary, middle and high school. We want to cherish the years we have had together and these pictures will serve as memories for many years to come. Please email pictures to the 2021 class account orhsclassof21@gmail.com with pictures in the subject line. Thanks you so much and we hope to see all of our smiling faces in our slideshow.

Seniors - Time to Start Earning your Work Ethic Distinction

Students graduating with a district-developed work ethic distinction will be recognized upon graduation. This distinction will be useful for presentation to future employers for work-based learning, apprenticeships, and employment in a chosen field after graduation. Employers throughout Tennessee have indicated that students who present a document such as this, indicating desirable work habits, will be given preference for interviews. In order to earn such a distinction, students must exhibit certain characteristics by earning points on a Work Ethic The application form is available in the school counseling office or via this link: www.ortn.edu/Curriculum/CCTE/Work_Ethic.pdf

Students who attain at least 20 points on this form may deliver it at any time before April 1st, 2020 to Dr. Holly Cross at Oak Ridge High School, room CS244.

For the TN Promise standard, for practicality, there is a statewide COVID-19 exception to the expectation to earn the volunteer hours before earning the Work Ethic Distinction this year.

Most areas selected on the form can be verified in-house by Dr. Cross, once submitted. For those items that cannot be found in Skyward, students must present written verification of items selected. A signed certificate of completion will be provided by Dr. Cross for students to present to potential employers, once earned.


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UT's Veterinary Summer Experience Program

The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Veterinary Summer Experience Program. The program runs June 7- July 16, 2021. Students will shadow in local veterinary practices for five weeks then spend one week in Knoxville as guests of the veterinary college where they will be involved in lectures, labs and clinical rotations. There is not cost for the program and students will receive a stipend for their participation. For more information, and to apply, go to their website: https://vetmed.tennessee.edu/outreach/veterinary-summer-experience/ Deadline to apply is March 21, 2021!

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Trying to figure out where to go to college? Check out the virtual college visits for this week! Seniors should stop by the counseling office for the zoom link!

We have more virtual college visits scheduled! Harris-Stowe State University on February 11th and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach on February 12th will have virtual visits during lunch. If you’d like the opportunity to meet with these representatives, email Ms. Campbell ( akcampbell@ortn.edu ) for the link

LMU will host a virtual college visit on Tuesday, February 16th at 11:25am. Anyone interested in attending can email Ms. Campbell (akcampbell@ortn.edu) for the link.


February and March bring deadlines for some excellent local scholarship opportunities! The East Tennessee Foundation scholarships have a deadline of February 15th. The Y-12 Federal Credit Union, One Bank of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge Chapter of Blacks in Government each have excellent scholarship opportunities, but the deadlines are approaching fast! Check out the Scholarship bulletin board outside the Counseling Office or the Scholarship, Testing and Career Website (https://www.ortn.edu/highschool/academics/school-counseling/testing-scholarship-and-career/ ) for details.

The Anderson County Democratic Women’s Club is a $1000 scholarship this year. The scholarship is awarded yearly to a female student who plans to attend a local college or other institution. If you would like to be considered for this scholarship, you will need to fill out the Local Scholarship Application (which can be picked up in the Counseling Office) and attach a 250 word essay on their connection, involvement, or feelings about the Democratic Party. The application and essay must be turned into the Counseling Office by February 24th.

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Thinking of pursuing the study of Mathematics? The Marjorie Watson Mathematics Scholarship is an opportunity you should check out! This is a $5000 scholarship for incoming freshmen who attend UTC and major in Mathematics. Information can be found on the Counseling Office Scholarship website and on their Scholarship Bulletin Board. The deadline to apply for this opportunity is February 15, 2021.

The American Chemical Society Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students majoring in undergraduate chemistry-related disciplines, and are also intending to pursue careers in chemistry-related fields. Selected recipients are awarded up to $5,000* per academic year. For more information and to apply go to the Counseling Office Scholarship website (https://www.ortn.edu/highschool/academics/school-counseling/testing-scholarship-and-career/ )

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2021.

Find Scholarship information!

There are many scholarship opportunities on the Counseling Office’s Scholarship Website. Many of those scholarships have deadlines in February and March. Don’t miss out! Go to: https://www.ortn.edu/highschool/academics/school-counseling/testing-scholarship-and-career/ to find out more or scan the QR code below:

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The school counselors have had the privilege of working with the students in the Class of 2024 over the last several weeks as we have been meeting with them to develop their high school course plan. The high school course plan is a rough draft of the courses they will take while in high school to meet both Tennessee State graduation requirements and college admission requirements.

In an effort to keep you in the loop throughout this process, the counselors have created a 15 minute informational video that explains course planning meetings, graduation requirements, and our upcoming visits to 9th grade guided studies/AVID to conduct career interest inventories. See below.

You are always welcome to reach out directly to your child’s counselor with any questions or concerns. The ORHS counselors are:

Paige Taylor, Last Names A-De - hptaylor@ortn.edu

Ashley Bennewitz, Last Names Di-I - abennewitz@ortn.edu

Brianna Ottinger, Last Names J-M - bottinger@ortn.edu

Kelly Rowland, Last Names N-Sh - ksrowland@ortn.edu

Heidi Foster, Last Names Si-Z - hafoster@ortn.edu

We look forward to working with you throughout your child’s four years at Oak Ridge High School!

Class of 2024 Parent Info Session


Does your student need to practice ACT problems online? ACT and Kaplan have created a new ACT prep course for students at no cost to students. Information and registration is here: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-preparation/act-kaplan.html
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Lady Wildcat Soccer Meeting

To all returning ORHS Lady Wildcat soccer players and any student interested in trying out for the 2021 fall season, there will be an important informational meeting after school on Thursday Feb 18 at 3:45 pm. Weather permitting, we will meet on the bleachers of the soccer field in front of the concession stand. Any questions feel free to call or email head coach Donnie Green at 865-712-0390 or doubledg@comcast.net

The 2021 Track Team Shop is OPEN!!!

If you would like to order gear while supporting the team this is the place.


Congratulations Coach Paige Taylor for being named District 3 AAA coach of the year!!!

Congratulations Coach Aaron Green on your 300th WIN at Oak Ridge!!

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ORHS Swim Team

ORHS Swim Team competed against Halls Saturday morning. ORHS scored 159 points while Halls scored 92. Both the girls and boys won all Relay races. We won 1st place in 11 of 14 individual events. The following swimmers now have KISL time standard cuts for the KISL City Championship meet in April: (Seniors) Jarred Julien-Backstroke, Brian Fuson-Back, Carter Valencia-Breaststroke, KelliAnn Corbett-Back; (Juniors) Stephen Lucas-Breast, Tais Brown-200 Free and 100 Fly, Mason Fischer-200 IM, 100 Fly, and 100 Breast, Claudia Trabalka-100 Back, Sidney Ozcan-200 IM and 100 Fly; (Sophomores) Ella Kendall-200 Free and 100 Fly, Quentin Vanatta-100 Breast; (Freshmen) Dylan Hodge-200 Free, 200 IM, and 100 Fly, Amelia Hodge-100 Fly and 100 Breast, Sarah Cherry-200 Free; Rachel Branham-100 Back, Stephen Zhukov-200 Free, 200 IM, and 100 Breast, Rosalee Wenhame-200 Free, 500 Free, and 100 Back. The following have also made State cuts: Tais Brown-200 Free and 100 Fly, Mason Fischer-200 IM, 100 Fly, and 100 Breast, Ella Kendall-200 Free and 100 Fly, Stephen Zhukov-200 Free and 200 IM, Rosalee Wenhame-500 Free. We do not have a swim meet this week but our first home meet is Thursday, Feb. 25 against West. It will be streamed live on our YouTube channel.

Wildcats in Action this Week

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Need a Driver's Permit??

In order for a student to take their permit test, a form is required from the school. Mrs. Thacker, our attendance secretary, prepares these forms. Requests forms can be picked up in Attendance and require 24 hours to process! Make it easy....request here! https://forms.gle/pVtJFHuaXpUN1auh6

Student Drivers

Do you drive to school? Students are reminded that all cars must have a parking tag displayed. Parking registration form is below. There is NO PARKING in the WildBand practice area of the parking lot located on the Oak Ridge Turnpike. This area is clearly marked with yellow lines closest to the Turnpike. Students can use their badge to print the form at school or pick up a copy in Student Services from Mrs. Rhinehart.

Free & Reduced Lunch Forms

We often have juniors and seniors who do not fill out the form because they eat off campus. However, those who qualify can receive reduction waivers for ACT and AP Exams. It is also imperative for student athletes who will need to qualify for assistance in some colleges. Eligibility is based on whether or not the student was enrolled in F/R their final year of high school. Please contact Dr. Larrissa Henderson, Director of Pupil Services if you have additional questions. 425-9009 or lhenderson@ortn.edu


Students at the highschool may choose a locker. The exact locker number and location is required to fill out the Google form! Once a student decides the locker they would like to have, they can complete the online form and pick up their combination from Mrs. Brockwell in the Main Office.



Parents, text messages are a feature in Skyward which could be enabled on your Skyward account. If this is a service which would better serve the communication needs of your family, please complete the survey below. Thanks!

Student athlete medical form

All student athletes are required to have a athletic medical form. If your student athlete did not have their physical completed on our free physical day, please download the attached form as submit it as soon as possible.



If you shop at Kroger, Please choose one of our three Oak Ridge High School groups to support while you are shopping! Set up grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings - anyone - to choose an organization, too! EVERY PENNY HELPS!

It's easy to set up! Log into your Kroger account online, Select "My Account", "Select "Community Rewards" and search for "Oak Ridge High School" and options will appear! This is free money to our organizations who need your help today! Contact Mrs. Thompson if you need assistance - sathompson@ortn.edu

Oak Ridge High School Band Boosters

Oak Ridge High School Orchestra Boosters

Oak Ridge High School PTSO


It’s that time of year again for you to register your ValuCard from Food City to help our CDC class here @ ORHS. Once you register, you don’t have to do so again until next school year! Just shop!!! Registration began on 09-02-2020 and continues through 12-26-2020. The opportunity for us to earn funds for our classroom runs through 05-11-2021. The only way to register your card this year is to do so ONLINE….in-store registration is no longer an option, sorry! Thank you so much for your continued support of our program!


DO YOU USE CURBSIDE PICKUP at Kroger and no longer receive a paper receipt??? The receipt can be viewed online and can be scanned by your phone from any computer. Log into your Kroger account; Choose My Purchases; Purchase Details; and in the right corner click "View Receipt."

No more clipping, no more guilt! Download the Box Tops for Education APP. Scan your APP every time you go shopping, and all qualifying Box Tops will automatically load and support ORHS! It's super easy! Find those receipts and start scanning! If you want to just send receipts to the office to Mrs. Thompson, she will scan them for you and shred them afterwards!

All Box Top funds go to support our CDC classrooms!


CDC is asking everyone to continue to save your Coke product lids/case codes. You may send those Coke lids/codes in to us here at the high school or you can set up your own account @ https://us.coca-cola.com/give/schools , input your codes and donate them to Oak Ridge High School. All proceeds donated go to CDC to help pay for classroom supplies, materials and student needs. Thank you for your support!!!


Shopping at Amazon is routine for us all! Login into Amazon www.amazonsmiles.com using your same Amazon Prime account and a donation will go towards your organization of choice! Same discounts and prime shipping that you are accustomed to apply!

More Info: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/ref=smi_se_rspo_laas_aas


  • Wildcat Football Boosters Club
  • Oak Ridge High School Band Boosters
  • Oak Ridge High School Orchestra Booster Club
  • Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation Inc
  • Oak Ridge High School Parent Teacher Student Organization


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CLASS OF 2021: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1127014304326666

Twitter: @ORHSClassof2021

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Twitter: @EstepinTime

CLASS OF 2023: Twitter: @DavidJFoust

CLASS OF 2024: https://www.facebook.com/groups/197134894660295

Twitter: @ORHSClassof2024 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oakridgehsclassof2024/?igshid=1iuq3v51ravss

ORHS Administrators

Class of 2021 - Amber Roberts ahroberts@ortn.edu

Class of 2022 - Beth Estep kestep@ortn.edu

Class of 2023 - David Foust djfoust@ortn.edu

Class of 2024 - Stephanie Thompson sathompson@ortn.edu

Executive Principal - Dr. Garfield Adams geadams@ortn.edu

School counseling support team


Paige Taylor - hptaylor@ortn.edu Last Names beginning with A-De

Ashley Bennewitz abennewitz@ortn.edu Last Names beginning with Di-I

Brianna Ottinger - bottinger@ortn.edu Last Names beginning with J-M

Heidi Foster - hafoster@ortn.edu Last Names beginning with Si-Z

Rising seniors will NOT have a change in counselor. For the Class of 2021, we will use the previous distribution of:

Paige Taylor: A-C

Ashley Bennewitz: D-H

Brianna Ottinger: I-M

Heidi Foster: S-Z

Social Worker: Alison King aking@ortn.edu

Registrar: Audrey Morris amorris@ortn.edu

Guidance Administrative Assistant: Amy Campbell akcampbell@ortn.edu

Link to Website: https://www.ortn.edu/highschool/academics/school-counseling/

Follow our team on Instagram: ORHS_wildcatcounseling

Watch for announcements on Twitter: @ORHSCounseling

Way to connect and stay informed

It is our desire to keep our families informed of all of the activity and awesome news coming from Oak Ridge High School. We have multiple platforms for connection. We encourage you to explore the many ways and provide feedback!

Website - http://www.ortn.edu/highschool/

Reopening Plan and COVID-19 Information: https://www.ortn.edu/information-regarding-coronavirus/

Daily Bulletin - http://www.ortn.edu/highschool/daily-bulletin/

Channel 15 at 7:50 AM - Watch the announcements each morning by our Crew! YouTube Streaming: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL9N_azmWeQByrIW6pWLBlQ

Live in Knox/Anderson/Roane - If you live throughout Anderson/Roane/Knox counties and have ATT Uverse you can find us on Channel 99 – just select the Oak Ridge Schools option.

INews - http://www.ortn.edu/highschool/news-events/news-links/

Skylert Messages and Emails - Please make sure your current email address and phone numbers are up to date!!!

PTSO Newsletter - PTSO distributes a VERY detailed quarterly newsletter to inform parents of upcoming events and LOTS of counseling information! This comes to your email! They also have a presence on the website: http://www.orhs-ptso.org/news-information with tons of information! PTSO also has a Facebook presence, and we encourage you to "LIKE" their page! https://www.facebook.com/ORHSPTSO/

Twitter - Follow the accounts listed below

Follow us on @Twitter

Our goals include celebrating students and increasing our communication to families! Twitter is an avenue by which we try to accomplish these goals! Just try it! Follow these accounts!
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