Orlando Science Middle High

Issue 312

Weekly Newsletter-May 18th 2018

Mission Statement

“The mission of Orlando Science Middle/High Charter School is to provide students with

a well-rounded education with special emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering,

Mathematics (STEM) and Reading in the light of research based, proven and innovative instructional methods in a stimulating environment.”

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I would first like to congratulate students who took the AP Exams this week! We know these exams are not easy but our students were more than ready! In this week's newsletter, we have a few exciting recaps to share with you as well as important reminders.

First, we are excited to share that on Friday, May 11th, 2018, OSS welcomed 34 Icelandic students and their teachers for a school tour and classroom demonstrations. Our 8th-grade students had a wonderful time learning all about their culture and experiences.

We are also pleased to share with you the Class of 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorians ~ our 2018 Valedictorian is Ratnesh K. and Salutatorians are Abhinav D. and Christina T. Congratulations to these students on this outstanding achievement!

Our Lynx Lane and Technology Campus held their annual Spring Band and Choir Concert on Monday May 14th 2018. Both campuses displayed their talents exquisitely, we are so proud of their hard work as well as their sponsors Mr. Jenkins and Ms. Parrella!

In this week's newsletter, you will find our April ORCA Character Award Winners, these students were selected by their teachers for displaying Orcas Characteristics proudly!

On Tuesday, May 15th, 2018, our OSS Drama Department held their first "Improve Night", below you will find a full recap on this one of a kind event! 8th Grade Parents do not forget that the "Graduation Early Release Google Form" is due by Monday, May 21st, 2018, this will only pertain to Lynx Lane Students and Siblings only.

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

Go Orcas, Strive for Excellence!


Abdulaziz Yalcin

Orlando Science
Middle/High School

STEM Certification Parent Letter

Dear Orlando Science Family,

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

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

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

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

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

STEM CERTIFICATION: An overview of the STEM Standard and Indicators

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Class of 2018 Valedictorian

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Ratnesh Kesineni

Class of 2018 Valedictorian

Class of 2018 Salutatorians

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Abhinav Dhulipala

Class of 2018 Salutatorian

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Christina Ta

Class of 2018 Salutatorian

OSS Welcomes Icelandic Middle School Students

Our 8th grade Chemistry classes and OSS ambassadors proudly welcomed 34 International Icelandic middle school students this past Friday, May 11th. Landakots Skoli, a K-10th grade private school located in South Western Iceland, researched Florida's top science schools and contacted us to schedule a visit! Both OSS and our visitors gave presentations about each country's culture and achievements. We learned that Iceland is number one in the Strong Man competitions, and you address others by using their first name, even the president! Mr. Demir lead a chemistry experiment involving aluminum in the cafeteria. The students were then released to Mr. Stampas' Biomedical and Mrs. Barea's Engineering classes. There the visitors were able to do hands on activities with OSS students. The day ended with the OSS and Icelandic students having lunch and exchanging gifts.

2017-2018 End of Year Reminders

Dear Parents and Guardians,

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

  • Upcoming 7th Grade Immunization Documents*: Original Copy due to School Registrar by Open House.
  • New Address*: If you have moved, Step 1 - you must fill out the first two pages of the 2018-2019 OCPS Enrollment documents with your new information and Step 2 - provide a copy of your lease if you are renting or; copy of your property tax bill or homestead exemption card if you own your residence. You will find these OCPS Enrollment document pages on www.orlandoscience.org ; select the “Enrollment Form” button located on the Quick Links navy blue bar on the left-hand side of the homepage. Please note you will only need pages one and two.
  • 2018-2019 Emergency Contact Form*: Please be advised that ALL STUDENTS will be required to turn in a “2018-2019 Emergency Contact Form”. These forms are not optional; if the form is not supplied to OSS by the open house, your student may not be given their 2018-2019 Class Schedule. Please note this form is found on page five and six of the enrollment document. Forms may be returned to your student’s homeroom teacher or Mrs. Sturm(RM 124). You will find this form on www.orlandoscience.org , select the “Enrollment Form” button located on the navy blue bar on the left-hand side of the web page select the “Enrollment Forms” Link. Please note you will only need pages Five and Six.

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

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

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


Kayla Sturm

oss International Night Arriving May 25th 2018

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Join Orlando Science Middle High for the Annual International Night Friday May 25th 2018 beginning at 5PM. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Mrs. Perez or Mr. Parrella, our 8th Grade Team is also needing donations, please select link below if you are able to assist.


OSS Drama Club Beauty and the Beast Spring Production Now On Sale

The OSS Drama Club is selling copies of Beauty and the Beast for $10 a piece. You may pay through Schoolpay or bring cash/check to Ms. Estes, Mrs. Harper, or Mrs. Foley at the front desk. Copies will be distributed next Monday, May 21st. You may also purchase them until May 30th. This is subject to copyright and must NOT be uploaded to sites such as Youtube or be sold to anyone else. The Schoolpay link can be found below.

April ORCAS Character Award Student Winners

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We are pleased to announce the April ORCAS Character Award Student Winners! These students were nominated by their teachers based on their wonderful characteristics for their respective ORCA Value! Congratulations to each students a job well done!

Social Studies

Respect and Compassion for all

Student Winner: Serenity B-L.


Strive for excellence within a stimulating environment

Student Winner: Miscia F.


Celebrate diversity

Student Winner: Simra S.


Outreach towards community

Student Winner: Nadine M.


Advocate for a safe learning environment

Student Winner: Nikhil R.

OSS 8th Grade Students Attend Gradventure

On Friday, May 11, 2018 the 8th grade students were able to celebrate their hard work in middle school by attending Gradventure. Students got to experience both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure parks and enjoy time with their friends. It was a wonderful way to celebrate their accomplishments and we had a blast on the trip. Thank you to everyone who helped chaperone the trip.

Teacher Appreciation Cupcake Grams

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The NJHS had hosted a cupcake gram to help raise money towards the Relay for Life goal. The cupcake grams were delivered during Teacher Appreciation Week with a message from the students to their teacher. Thank you to everyone who participated and we look forward to doing this event again.

OSS Senior Awarded as "OSS Key Club Outstanding Student of the Year"

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Christina N. was honored as the OSS Key Club Outstanding Student of the Year. She received the award from the Kiwanis Club at a banquet held to honor the outstanding members across the central Florida area. Christina inspires excellent community and professional values amongst her peers at Orlando Science School. She has exuded leadership by serving as an officer is several clubs including Women’s History Club, Key Club, Rho Kappa Honors Society, National Honor Society, Student Government Association, Model United Nations and Youth Advisory Board. She is very involved in her community and served as a volunteer in many capacities including service at Health Central Hospital. Due to her academic excellence she has earned the AP Scholar with Distinction Award and is a Questbridge Finalist. Although she has a natural talent and easily grasps material, she goes the extra mile to make sure she is more than prepared for class. She is a self-starter and takes on responsibilities in clubs in a very adult manner. Most significantly she displays a sense of accountability to and for her peers.

OSS 1600 SAT Boot Camp Summer 2018

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2018 OSS Competition Math Summer Camp

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OSS Improv Night

OSS Drama Club hosted their very first Improv. Night on Tuesday, May 15. Based on the comedic "Whose Line is It Anyway" show, students participated in various improvisational games such as "Expand It," "Props," and "Monologue Thief." The event was split into two sections to accommodate multi-lingual participants and audience members. Mrs. Harper's Spanish students joined in on the fun by replacing their final written exam with a verbal assessment during the second half of the evening. Some benefits of using improvisation are increased confidence, team development, listening/observation skills, public speaking, and enhanced critical thinking. Special thanks to Ms. Estes for hosting along with NJHS and Mrs. Frunker for volunteering with concessions and admission.

OSS Spring Choir and Band Concert

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This past Monday, May 14th, the music programs from the Orlando Science School Lynx Lane and Technology Campus hosted their annual Spring Concert series at the concert hall at Seminole State College - Lake Mary/Sanford campus. The first concert had performances by the Elementary and Technology Middle choral groups, which presented the audience with classic tunes, step routines, and delightful showmanship. The second concert presented the band programs across all of the campuses. The Technology Campus Beginning Band and Advanced Band played some pieces featured on stage and screen, as directed by Ms. Marisa Parrella with assistance from members from our own concert band. The concert was concluded with performances by the Lynx Campus Beginner Band and Concert Band as directed by our own Mr. Andrew Jenkins. The Beginner Band played “High Adventure” and “Rising Star” as a way to show off their progress. The OSS Concert Band played “Suite from Handel’s Water Music”, “The Last Rose of Summer”, and “Portrait of a Clown” to showcase some of the pieces that were other possibilities for MPA this year. The concert was a smashing success with rave reviews from all in attendance. We thank everyone who came out to see and hear all of our music programs and who have supported our music programs throughout the year.

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Club of the Week: Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is club for students who love to read! Members read the fifteen award-winning Sunshine State books, meet to discuss their favorites, and then compete in the regional Battle of the Books competition. This year, Nikita Agarwal, Shreya Bhat, and Simra Sheikh represented OSS in the OCPS 23rd Annual Middle School Battle of the Books. They each read the fifteen SSYRA books and tested their knowledge against 36 other schools at Winter Park High School. Students had a blast at the competition and got to meet many other book lovers.

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2017-2018 Assessment Calendar

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

Message from The OSS School Counselor Ms. Bumgarner

A Message from the Counselor

Greetings All!

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


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


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


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

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

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


Ms. B

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

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Class of 2018 Graduation Details

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Senior(12th Grade) Graduation Details


Orlando Repertory Theater

1001 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803

Wednesday May 30th 2018

Begins at 6:00PM

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

8th Grade Graduation Details


Majestic Event Center

801 N. John Young Pkwy, Orlando FL 32804

Thursday May 24, 2018



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

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

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

8th Grade Graduation Early Departure Google Form


Volunteers Needed:

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

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

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STEM Word of the Day

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


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


Industrial - Of, relating to, or resulting from industry.


Analyze - To examine something in great detail in order to understand it better or

discover more about it.


Apply - To bring into action; use; employ


Convergent Thinking - Thinking that brings together information focused on solving a


STEM Fact of the Week

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Ever ridden a roller coaster? All roller coasters are designed by engineers! The world’s largest steel roller coaster – The Millennium Force – reaches a height of 310 feet, which is longer than a football field! The coaster is also the world’s fastest at 92 miles per hour – faster than a cheetah! Takes a lot of ingenuity and skill to create something that big, fast and safe!



STEM Occupation of the Week: Industrial Engineers

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Industrial Engineers

Create systems for managing production processes. Industrial Engineers investigate safety of work environment. They also research human performance or health factors related to engineering or design activities. A Bachelor's degree is typically required for entry.


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Orlando Science Middle High Home Visits

Dear OSS Parents and Guardians ,

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

Sincerely, Orlando Science Schools Teachers and Staff

Click Here to Sign Up for a Home Visit Today

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

Pizza Day Has Returned!

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

Birthday Corner

Happy Birthday May Orcas!

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

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

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

Patrick S.

2017-2018 Birthday Dress Down Day Request Form

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

2nd Annual PVO Sponsored Fall Festival

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


Tutoring Schedule

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May hot charter breakfast and lunch menu

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OCPS Meal Benefits Program

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Upcoming OSS MH Events

Below you will find upcoming OSS Middle High Events.

For the full OSS Middle High Calendar please select the link below.

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OSS Chess Tournament

Saturday, May 19th, 9:30am

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

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Big Help for Education Event

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

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

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2017-2018 OSS Athletics Banquet

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

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

The 2017-2018 Orlando Science Athletics Banquet will be held on Tuesday May 22nd 2018 from 5:00-6:30PM. Invitations have been sent home to those students who were on the OSS Basketball, Track and Fencing Teams.
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OSS International Night

Friday, May 25th, 5-7pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

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8th Grade Gradution

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

801 North John Young Parkway

Orlando, FL

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

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

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

Senior Graduation

Wednesday, May 30th, 6pm

1001 East Princeton Street

Orlando, FL

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

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Junior Meeting(Senior Class of 2019)

Tuesday, May 29th, 8:30am

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

OSS will host a Junior Meeting on Tuesday May 29th 2018 beginning at 8:30AM. This meeting is for both parents and students and we will discuss events for the upcoming school year.

Newsletter Trivia

Fill out the Google Form below, to be entered to win a Dress Down Day The deadline to submit your answers will be Wednesday May23rd 2018

Congratulations to last week's winner, Riyan A,

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

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