Orlando Science Schools Lynx Campus

Issue 6

Weekly Newsletter: September 18, 2020

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Principal's Corner

Saludos, Orcas!

September 15th marked the kick-off of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Orlando Science Schools is pleased to celebrate America’s rich Hispanic history and culture with National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 – October 15 through class and school-wide activities. During this month, we recognize the contributions and the important presence of outstanding Hispanic and Latin Americans in the U.S. and within our communities.

Thank you for your support of Orlando Science Schools! I hope everyone had another successful week! I would like to thank each of our Orcas for following the School Health and Safety procedures. As we also enter the flu season, the precautions become more important for all of us.

Parents, please be advised that 1st Quarter Progress Reports are available in your children’ OSS Connect starting September 11th. If you have not had a chance to view, please follow the directions below and review your students’ progress with your son/daughter as soon as possible. There may be more grades entered by the time you see their grade.

Orcas, our social media sites provide lots of great updates, school highlights, and celebrations. Be sure to like us on Facebook and Twitter. Who knows, you or your work may be our next post highlighted. Your newsletter has important announcements, reminders, and highlights. Please go over and do not miss any important dates and announcements.

This is the last reminder that parents may apply for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program. The learning model, whether traditional or e-learning, does not affect eligibility. Please see the details and application link below. Please act fast. The deadline for new applications, and the expiration of last year’s benefits, is September 23.

Lastly, I would like to let every student know that we are here to help you learn, grow, and succeed.

Vamos, Orcas and Strive for Excellence!


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High


OSS is proud to celebrate the Hispanic Heritage Month! We would like to encourage our middle and high school students to participate in the 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month Florida essay contests. Winners receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship from the FL Prepaid College Foundation. The deadline for the essay contest is 9/25. Learn more: http://floridahispanicheritage.com

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Ellen Ochoa, Scientist

Ellen Ochoa (born May 10, 1958) is an American engineer, former astronaut, and former director of the Johnson Space Center. In 1993 Ochoa became the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. Ochoa became director of the center on December 31, 2012. She was the first Hispanic director and the second female director of Johnson Space Center.

The Ochoa Middle School located in Pasco, Washington, the Ellen Ochoa Elementary School in Cudahy, CA and the Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School in East Los Angeles are named in her honor. In addition, Grand Prairie, Texas has the Ellen Ochoa STEM Academy at Ben Milam Elementary School and Pico Rivera, California has the Ellen Ochoa Prep Academy. Union Public Schools in Tulsa, named a new elementary school after her as well.


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September 19, 2020 Innovative E-Learning Students Only


  • Appointment is required. A SignUpGenius link will be provided soon to schedule your appointments.
  • All health and safety procedures will be enforced.
    • 2 or 3 ply masks are required.
  • Students must be in uniform and comply with all dress code requirements. Please see Code of Conduct for dress code requirements.
    • Special Exemption: E-Learning students may wear a red/navy blue polo if they do not own an OSS uniform polo.
    • Navy blue or khaki bottoms.
    • Belts: Must be leather, or fabric in the solid colors of black, brown, gray, navy blue, or khaki.


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Middle and High School families that are signed up for Picture Day on Saturday, September 19th, please consider bringing non-perishables to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. These are their critical need items:

*canned fruits

*canned vegetables

*grains-rice, pasta, oatmeal

*canned meats in water, low sodium

*canned proteins such as beans-low sodium

*canned soups/meals low sodium

*baby food

*diapers all sizes

*toiletries-shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc

The OSS Outreach Club will have collection boxes at BOTH the Lynx and HS campuses. They will deliver all of your donations to help out those in need in the greater Orlando area. Thank you for your support during this stressful time!

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mathleague.org middle school contest dates for 2020-2021

6th - 8th grade parents are invited to register their kids for upcoming mathleague.org competitions. The registration fee is $15 per student per contest and parents can register and pay online. Follow the link below to view the list of middle school contests confirmed so far for this year. This list will be updated throughout the year as additional contests are scheduled.

Remember that each student may only sign up for one contest under each release number. For online contests, students must either register for the contest in the region where their school is located or for the Open Enrollment contest; students may NOT register for a contest in a region where they do not attend school.

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Due to the current blended learning environment (virtual and face-to-face), we will not be printing paper copies of Quarter 1 Progress Reports. Instead, we are making them available through your child's OSS Connect account. To access the Progress Report follow the steps provided in the link below.

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Skyward is Orange County Public School's platform for grades and attendance calculations. OSS parents can access Skyward by clicking the link below and registering for an account, if you haven't already done so. Instructions for navigating Skyward can be found using the button below. Be sure to follow the setup instructions, including using your parent email account on file with OSS, to access your child's information. For questions, please email eLearning@orlandoscience.org.


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Orlando Science Middle School (Lynx Campus) is participating in this year's America's Safe Schools Week. Activities conducted during America’s Safe Schools Week draw attention to the continuing problem of school violence and educate everyone about how schools can be made safer and more secure. America’s Safe Schools Week offers an opportunity to address this very important issue and to take steps to ensure that schools offer students and teachers an environment which they can perform to the best of their abilities. There will be several activities throughout this week and more details will be provided!

At this time we would like to announce that on Wednesday, October 21st, students are welcome to Wear Orange for Unity Day and dress down. All dress down day guidelines apply.

OSS Unity Day shirts are available for purchase online, use the link below to order before October 2, 2020. Wear and share orange to show that we are together against bullying, and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to showing that you believe that all youth should be safe from bullying? Come together in one giant ORANGE message of hope and support, WEAR AND SHARE ORANGE to color our nation, and even the world, visibly showing that our society believes that no child should ever experience bullying.


It is time to join the Parent Volunteer Organization (PVO)! 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.) See the registration form below for opportunities to get involved.

If you have questions, comments, or requests, you may email Orlando Science PVO at PVO.HSCampus@orlandoscience.org (for the High School) or PVO.LynxCampus@orlandoscience.org (for the Lynx Campus). The PVO will hold meetings once every two months that will inform parents of progress, agendas, and upcoming events. **Due to the Pandemic, the PVO will host Zoom Meetings until further notice.**

We are so excited to connect with our families and create a wonderful environment on and off campus!


Orlando Science School is committed to the safety and well being of our students and staff. Please see the detailed flow chart and review the safety procedures we are following every day. We look forward to a healthy and productive year. Go Orcas!
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Welcome back to Counseling Corner!

This week, we’ll be discussing the first 3 of HelpGuide’s 6 Keys to Being Mentally Healthy. These 6 areas are vital to creating a well-rounded way of caring for yourself. They may sound a bit cheesy and cliché, but it’s because they are proven to effectively build resiliency, coping strategies, new skills, self-esteem, and a balance in life. Anyone can struggle with their mental health at times the same way we’ve all caught a cold or taken a tumble when we didn’t mean to. Having a bit of each of these 6 things can lead to becoming more mentally healthy over time. Let’s crack into it!

  • Social Connection:

Making this a priority the right way is important. The right way means being present in that social interaction. If you’re hanging out on the couch with your family and each of you are on your phones ignoring each other, that’s not the type of connection HelpGuide means. The key here is make sure you can see each other’s faces (virtually or in person, whichever is safest) and not just a voice (this is where the eye contact and a phones down rule come into play.) Interact with someone who is a good listener and someone who you can be a good listener to as well. If you don’t feel like you have friends you can reach out to, try acquaintances. Plenty of people feel the same way about making new friends… it can be awkward sometimes, so take that info and run with it. It takes two seconds to reach out to someone you’d like to be closer with, so give it a try.

  • Staying Active:

The mind and the body are linked. When our physical health is taken care of, it frees up our mind to feel taken care of as well! In addition, physical exercise releases chemicals in the brain that can significantly affect mood and energy. Regular activity helps with relieving stress, improving memory and can even help you improve the quality of your sleep. Now if you’re like me, running & weight training are not your thing. The activity I incorporate is yoga, taking walks out on nature trails (pups are always welcome), and dancing. Physical activity can look different to many people. So a few tips to get started on this key? Try to do 30 minutes most days of the week. If you want to break it up, you can do that too. three 10 minutes sessions throughout the day can be helpful (pull out your favorite playlist and dance like no one is watching). Other types of exercise people don’t really consider are martial arts, swimming, walking, and yoga.

  • Managing Stress:

Now this we’ve discussed before, so it shouldn’t sound too new! Effective coping skills and being proactive about using those coping skills are the real key here. If I know that reading helps me feel calm, entertained, and happy, then I should set a small reading goal each day and stick to it (whether or not I’m feeling like I need to manage stress at that time). My current goal is 15 pages or 15 minutes a day, whichever comes first. And to be honest, once I get started, I end up just continuing for a few more chapters anyway. You can do this with your preferred coping skills. If you know music helps you feel great, then make sure to play it when you can throughout the day. Same with drawing, writing, and talking to friends/family. Other types of coping can include cleaning out a junk drawer, smelling a nice candle or incense, drinking tea or coffee, using a stress ball, writing in a gratitude journal, having game nights with your friends, and meditation!

Focus on these three for the next week and see if any part of your daily outlook, mood, or energy changes! I’ll be back with the other 3 next week, and then we'll discuss ways to combine multiple of these so you don’t have to add 10 new things to your plate. Stay tuned and I’ll see you next week!

And as always, if you need anything, I’m happy to help!

All the best,

Ms. Perez

Ms. Perez's Quote of the Week

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This week officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

We are proud to share that the OSS Class of 2021 made OSS history with 8 qualifying students! Congratulations to this group of hardworking students, we wish them the best of luck as they move forward in their National Merit Scholarship process.


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Orlando Science School 8th Grader, Ashna M., has been named to this year's Broadcom MASTERS Top 300. Founded and produced by the Society for Science & The Public, Broadcom MASTERS is the premier STEM competition for middle school students. Congratulations, Ashna! We are so proud of your hard work!

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We are so proud to recognize OSS Senior, Alexis D., for her creation of the 501c3 non-profit organization, CAFYIR (Career Aid for Young Immigrants and Refugees). Through this organization, a program has been developed called "CAFYIR on the Computer" and is open to immigrants, refugees, or any other students you believe may benefit in grades Kindergarten through 8th.

These meetings will be held once a week through Microsoft Teams. When a student registers for the program they will receive their login credentials for Microsoft and information on the program orientation. They will be mailed an interactive lesson packet that will be used throughout the program, a school supply pack to be used along with the program, and a book for enjoyment. Registration is open through October 4, 2020.

national junior honor society certificate of affiliation

At OSS we recognize the importance of celebrating outstanding student achievement, and our affiliation with the National Junior Honor Society helps us do just that! NJHS elevates a school's commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. Developing and maintaining a chapter of NJHS is a proud accomplishment for our school!

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lynx campus bell schedule

Traditional Face-to-Face:

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Orange County Public Library Online Resources

The Orange County Public Library has given OSS students access to their plethora of virtual resources! See the graphic below for access information, including your credentials and the website. Follow the link below to get started with your virtual library card today!

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Please see the following details regarding OSMS course changes:

  • Currently only scheduling errors will be corrected.
  • All schedule change requests will be based on availability.
  • Student schedules were made based on data from past EOCs, Report Cards, Teacher Recommendations, etc.
  • Due to recent changes with e-learning and traditional learning, we are only able to offer a few elective courses.
  • Your request will be processed within 1-2 weeks from the time is it emailed.
  • You will be contacted by administration in the event of a schedule change. The student must continue using their current schedule until a new schedule is provided.
  • If your schedule could not be changed, the reason will be e-mailed to you and an appointment can be schedule at that time.
  • For inquiries, email Mr. Moon (Moon@orlandoscience.org)

What is Delayed Dismissal? 30/30 Rule?

The “30/30 Rule" is a Delayed Dismissal Weather procedure that is nationally recognized. It is required that the “30/30 Rule” be enacted by the school if thunder is heard within 30 seconds of a lightning strike. Orlando Science Middle/High follows this rule.

When 30/30 Rule is implemented, students will not be dismissed until 30 minutes has passed from the last sound of thunder. However, parents/guardians who wish to pick up their child/children during delayed dismissal, will be allowed to sign out their child/children at the cafeteria or front office.

In order to pick up your student(s) from the cafeteria or front office during this procedure, parents/guardians must bring their dismissal sign to the front door of the school to sign their child/children out. If you do not have a dismissal sign, you will need to provide a picture ID and be on the school pick-up list to pick-up the child/children. Bus riders will be delivered home when conditions are all safe for dismissal.

An automated telephone and/or email message will be used to notify parents/guardians about delayed dismissals. Always be sure to update the school when your phone or email information changes. Thank you for your cooperation on our students’ safety.


Students that are eligible to participate will be notified regarding our monthly dress down days. Additionally, students on campus are welcome to dress down on their birthday! Please contact Mrs. Sawyer on Microsoft Teams or through email (stefanie.sawyer@orlandoscience.org) for birthday dress down approval.

Please view the document below with important dress-down day guidelines and reminders.


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See the important message below regarding FortifyFlorida:

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.

OSS 2020-2021 Handbook

Students and families that have any questions about the 2020-2021 Code of Conduct, Discipline Plan, Reward system and many other OSS Middle School topics should refer to the Handbook linked below:


All OSS Middle High parents can create an OSS Connect account to view their students' academic progress, attendance, discipline, upcoming events and more. Multiple students can be added under one parent account for an easy access. Each student has a unique "Parent Access Code". Please use this code to add each of your students.

  1. Go to the following URL https://ossconnect.orlandoscience.org/radix/portal/signup/index.php
  2. Enter the parent access code, birthdate of the student this code belongs to, Student ID (if asked) and your relationship to the student.
  3. If the information is correct, you will be redirected to a page where you can see your student's name. If this is your student, click continue, if not, click cancel and contact the school.
  4. After the verification is completed, you will be redirected to registration page. On this page, you will create a new parent account by providing the information requested and selecting a password for your account. Click on "Create my new account" when done.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email that contains a link to click to complete account creation. Once you click on the link in confirmation email, you will be directed to the site and your account will be ready to use.
  6. Once you logged in to the site, you can add another student by clicking on the "Add new student" link located on your dashboard.
Note: Access parent portal via Radix Mobile App on any IOS or Android device. Search for the word "Radix Mobile" on your app store.


As students in Orange County Public Schools, OSS Orcas may apply for the federal free/reduced lunch program. Please visit OCPS's website for a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) or use the button below to fill out the application. A new application must be completed each school year.


Beginning Monday, August 10, Orange County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services Department started providing meals for students utilizing the LaunchEd@Home instructional model with a Curbside Meals Program. This ensures those students who rely on nutritious meals to be able to continue doing so, even when they are not in the building for their lessons.


OSS Connect is up and running! Families experiencing technical issues related to eLearning, please email our helpdesk at eLearning@orlandoscience.org. Use this email address to:

  • request technology
  • reset passwords
  • request login credentials
  • any other issue related to technology


Orlando Science Middle/High has a new mobile app! It is currently available in the App Store® and in Google Play®. You can download the app for free, for access to our school's news, calendars, volunteer opportunities, push notifications and much more!

Download for Free - visit your tablet or smartphone's storefront and search for "Orlando Science Schools"

  • For Android, visit Google Play
  • For Apple iOS, visit the and App Store or iTunes

If you have any questions or feedback please email info@orlandoscience.org.


All OSS volunteers (field trip chaperones, robotics coaches, and anyone spending time with OSS students) must complete an ADDitions application EVERY YEAR in order to volunteer. Complete or update your application using the link below. Thank you to our volunteers, we appreciate you!


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Fall Picture Day for Virtual Students

Saturday, Sep. 19th, 9am-2pm

OSS Lynx Campus

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The Box Tops Program is all new for 2020!

BoxTops has a NEW way for schools to earn money from your purchases! See the details below. Thank you for your support of OSS!

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How to Clip Box Tops


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