Orlando Science Middle High

Issue 303

Weekly Newsletter-March 9th 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 everyone who took the FSA Writes test on Tuesday March 6th 2018, we are confident everyone completed this assessment to the best of their abilities and we are looking forward to the results!

We also have a few more exciting events and announcements that we are eager to share with you all this week! Our Model UN , 4013 Clockwork Mania, and Mu Alpha Theta Teams all received outstanding achievements over the weekend! These teams continue to prove that Orlando Science succeeds in everything they do, with not only hard work and consistency but team work as well! In the Newsletter below you will be able to find details regarding these events and the achievements they received.

Our OSS Foreign Language Department had a wonderful time celebrating Foreign Language Week this past week, stay tuned to next week's newsletter for a full recap! Orlando Science Schools also had 35+ students from both our Lynx Lane and Technology Drive Campus participate in the Florida Bandmasters Association Music Performance Assessments, or MPA, on Thursday March 8th 2018 ! We are looking forward to sharing more details on this event with you all next week!

Orlando Science also received word that alumni Colin Chaney was featured in article on redefinED this past week! Colin credits OSS as being a key factor in his acceptance to MIT, you may find the full article below!

Orcas do not forget Saturday Leadership Academy and AP Studies will be held tomorrow, please take advantage of this extra support from your teachers as we prepare for the upcoming Testing Season!

We hope you all have a safe and wonderful weekend!


Abdulaziz Yalcin

Orlando Science
Middle/High School

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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.

AP Mock Schedule

Below you will find the AP Mock Schedule for the Week of March 12th through March 15th 2018.

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OSS Alumni Featured on "redefinED" !

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OSS Alumni, Class of 2017, Colin Chaney was featured in an article on the "redefinED" website this past Tuesday March 6th 2018. Colin who is now a freshmen at MIT credits Orlando Science Schools as a key factor on being accepted into MIT!

"He suspects he wouldn’t have discovered his passion for engineering. He’s fairly certain he wouldn’t have learned to work as a member of a team and get comfortable with kids his age. And he’s positive he wouldn’t have landed at one of America’s most prestigious universities, 1,300 miles from home"

"His transformation hasn’t gone unnoticed by OSS founder Akin, who considers Colin the embodiment of the school’s philosophy: If students are offered the tools to succeed when they’re young, success will become second nature to them.

“We make sure that each student is given the opportunity to thrive,” said Akin, who prior to coming to OSS worked with the National Science Foundation and participated in various U.S. Department of Energy supported projects. “Our students are given access to all the knowledge that is out there.”

For more the full story and more details, please visit the link found below:


2018-2019 High School Course Request Information and Form

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Orcas below you will find the "2018-2019 High School Course Requests Form" for students to complete to select courses for the 2018-2019 school year. Take time to carefully select possible courses in the order of preference. Due to class size restrictions, prerequisites and your academic readiness, you may not be assigned the classes you requested. Sometimes, your last choice is the only option that will work when creating a schedule. However, we will try our best to accommodate your requests.

All final placement decisions will be made by the administration after reviewing students' end of year grades and test scores. If you are not satisfied with your schedule or have different needs, please do not hesitate to email Mr. I until the end of first two weeks of the school year.

Deadline to complete the course request form is 3/31/2018.

Below is the link complete your choices:


For detailed course description please visit http://www.cpalms.org/Public/search/Course

For information about the AP classes please visit https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse

2018-2018 SGA Officer Applications

Orlando Science Student Government Officer Applications are now available for the 2018-2019 High School Student Government Association. We are now accepting applications from students who would like to campaign and run for office. Applications maybe found outside the Media Center or by selecting the PDF below, elections will be held next month, April 2018. Please be advised that applications are due the morning of Monday March 12th 2018 and maybe submitted to Mr. Lakner or Mrs. Mulligan. This is a great opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities that will have a large impact on our school, and look great on college applications.

There are several positions available for consideration:

1) President and Vice President (combined ticket)

2) Public Relations Officer

3) Secretary

4) Four Representatives (one for each grade):

a. 1 for 9th grade

b. 1 for 10th grade

c. 1 for 11th grade

d. 1 for 12th grade

5) Two Senators

a. 1 for 9th and 10th grade

b. 1 for 11th and 12th grade

Orlando Science Places at "Florida High School Model United Nations 39 Conference"

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We are pleased to announce that Orlando Science High School had three of our Model UN Team Members compete at the distinguished “Florida High School Model United Nations 39 Conference (FHSMUN)” over the course of four days.

Our team discussed and resolved, real international problems in the same forum the actual United Nations follows. They debated, discussed, researched and authored resolution papers. There were over 300 students in attendance, from schools as far as New Jersey and out of 300 plus delegates there were only 40 awards, in total.

OSS did fantastic. We brought home three of the 40 prestigious awards. Alexis D. and Avari M. both received one of only two awards in their committees, which consisted of over 30 students each. Alexis D. and Richard Scott O. received the prestigious award “Most Distinguished Delegation” for representing Belgium in a very professional, diplomatic manner. Our days started very early and didn’t conclude until after 10:00PM.

We are so proud of all three of these students for their hard work.

We also would like to recognize Mrs. Dorman, Mrs. Mallonee and Mrs. Russeth for their support over the four day event. From commuting each day to not only attending advisor meetings but meeting with other advisors from various school to gather insight and ideas. With the outstanding success of this event and new idea and insight gathered we are excited to be moving forward with our Model UN Team! Congratulations to all on a job well done!

OSS 8th Grader Advances to State National Geography Bee

Orlando Science Middle High is pleased to announce that 8th Grader Amitha K. will be representing OSS at the State Level of the National Geography Bee Tournament. Amitha will also represent OSS at the National History Bee Competition! Good luck Amitha, we are so proud of you!

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February Teacher of the Month: Mrs. Aksu

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Congratulations to Mrs. Aksu for being chosen as our February "Teacher of the Month". Mrs. Aksu was nominated by her fellow colleagues for going above and beyond both in and out of the classroom. She makes everyone feel welcome and is always willing to help anyone in need. Congratulations again Mrs. Aksu and thank you for all that you do.

Club of the Week: Neuroscience

The Neuroscience Club aims to motivate students learn about brain and its functions and inspire them to pursue careers in biomedical research. The club also prepares students for the Brain Bee Competition. There are three rounds of competition. First, the students sit through a written exam of 30 questions. Then, they examine human-brain samples and various parts of the human anatomy for identification. The scores are then tallied with the top ten students advancing to the final round of questions given by a panel of judges. Our students received 3rd place in the Central Florida Brain Bee Competition on Feb 24. For more information about the club, please contact with Ms.Balci.

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Meet with the OSS School Counselor Ms. Bumgarner

A Message from the Counselor

Hello Orlando Science Families,

On the button below you will be able to book a time to meet with me, Orlando Science School’s Professional School Counselor, Amanda Bumgarner. Click on an available time found in the link(button) below, answer the four required questions, and click to confirm your appointment. You will receive an email confirmation immediately.

Each appointment is thirty minutes and will be held in the school counselor’s office on the Lynx or Tech campus.

IMPORTANT NOTE: On Mon-Wed, the counselor will be at the Lynx Campus and on Thurs-Fri, at the Tech Campus. Please book accordingly.


Ms. B


FCA Free Webinar: Guide to Parents: Recognizing, processing, and coping with a traumatic event

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This webinar is aimed to help parents understand better the effects of trauma and how they can help their children deal with the aftermath of it.

When:March 11, 2018
12-2 pm

Where:Online Webinar
United States

Contact:Florida Counseling Association Office

Register utilizing the link below:


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Senior(12th Grade) Graduation Details

Wednesday May 30th 2018

Orlando Repertory Theater

1001 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803

8th Grade Graduation Cap/Gown and Graduation Details

Event Details and Cap and Gown Ordering


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

Cap and Gown Ordering Information:

1. Order: Cap and gown order and size selection must be placed online using this link: http://pages.graduationsource.com/portal-orlando-science/

2. Payment: Payment for cap and gown is $26 per student and must be paid directly to OSS via School Pay using this link: https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/th-Grade-Graduation-Cap-and-Gown/IdFWb

3. Deadline: Cap and Gowns must be ordered and paid for no later than April 5, 2018; they will arrive on May 17, 2018.

OSS FRC Robotics Team, 4013 Clockwork Mania Advances to FRC World Championships

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OSS FRC robotics team, 4013 Clockwork Mania, had a great time competing in the Palmetto Regional Competition in South Carolina this past weekend. Their robot competed in several matches and the team was able to collaborate with other teams from around the world. Ultimately, they won the Engineering Inspiration award which recognizes their success in advancing appreciation for engineering within the team and community. This award qualifies them to attend the FRC World Championships in Houston, Texas from April 19th-21st with the $5,000 registration fully paid for by NASA. We wish them the best of luck for all of their future competitions!

Orlando Science MH Spring Production

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Orlando Science Middle High Drama Department

would like to invite you to our spring production of

Disney's Beauty and the Beast at Dr Phillips Center. April 29th at 3:00 pm

Drama Club is accepting donations for their upcoming Spring Production of

Disney's Beauty and the Beast. You can donate $12,$15,$20 or more per person.

After your donation you will receive an Invitation card .

Lost and Found Clean Out

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Lost and Found Clean Out will take place Thursday March 15th 2018, any items left in lost and found after this date will be properly disposed of or donated. Please remind your students to check for any missing items.

Orlando Science Mind Quest Escape Game Gathering

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The Orlando Science 7th Grade Team would like to invite ALL ORLANDO SCIENCE SCHOOLS to their gathering at the Mind Quest Escape Game on Sunday, April 1st 2018 in an effort to build a community with each other, staff, students and families

What: School-Family Escaped Themed Group Activity

Where: Mind Quest Escape Games: 9938 Universal Blvd #112, Orlando, FL 32819 (http://mindquestescapegames.com )

When: Sunday, April 1st 2018

  1. Elementary School Students and Parents: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  2. Middle School Students and Parents: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  3. High School Students and Parents: 3:0o p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $18.00 per person

Due: Thursday, March 15th 11:59 p.m.

Type of Payment: School Pay


College Corner College of the Week

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Below you will find details of the OSS College College Corner College of the Week, University of Pennsylvania!

2017-2018 Orlando Science Middle High Yearbooks

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The 2017-2018 Orlando Science Middle High Yearbooks are still on sale for $30.00 and ordering is easy! Just select the link below and follow the steps, you will not want to miss out on this wonderful memorabilia!


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 March.

Orlando Science Junior/Senior Prom

Orlando Science

Junior/Senior Prom

Mark your calendars! Prom will be held on

Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 7 – 11pm once again at the beautiful Tanner Hall,

29 W Garden Ave, Winter Garden, FL 34787

This year’s theme that won is A Night in Paris. Think pink/black/silver and the Eiffel Tower!

The price will remain the same, $30 per person and include a full course meal with two options to accommodate everyone’s dietary needs.

Tickets are now on sale via the SchoolPay link below:


Anyone who would like to help with the décor please contact OSS.PVO@orlandoscience.org

Pizza Day Has Returned!

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

Happy Birthday March Orcas!

Luca B., James B., Alexander D., Emily D., Sana I., Aariz R., Trinity T-R., Adrian T., Thomas W., Kaitlyn O., Emmee L., Elijah L., Sean W., Nishi A., Salma H.,Joel R., Serena S., Jason C., Jordan C., Lorenzo M., Alvin N., Rebecca P., Giancarlo R., Kalleah T., Mark E., Cathy S., Abhi D., Yasmeen H., Nia J., Justin L., Seejah S., Justin Y.

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

OSS is pleased to announce that the date has been set for the 2nd Annual PVO Sponsored Fall Festival. Please select the link below for more information and details.


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Gradventure 2018

Orlando Science 8th Grade Students will have the opportunity to attend Universal Orlando's Gradventure 2018 on May 11th 2018. Permission Slips may be found at the front desk and are due by Tuesday March 13th 2018, the cost is $120.

*See 2018 Gradventure(8th Grade)Consent Form and Guidelines PDF found below.

NHS/NJHS Presents All You Can Eat Pancake and Waffle Breakfast

NHS/NJHS will be hosting an "All You Can Eat Pancake and Waffle Breakfast" on Saturday March 31st and April 21st 2018 from 8:00-10:00PM. The cost is $5 per person and all proceeds will go towards the 2018 Relay for Life Event! In order to make this event a great success for our Relay for Life Fundraiser, we are asking for items to be donated for this event. Please see the link below for items needed, thank you for your support!


Tutoring Schedule

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March Hot Charter Breakfast and Lunch Menu

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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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Parent Volunteer Organization Meeting

Wednesday, March 28th, 6-8pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

Our next PVO meeting will take place on Wednesday March 28th 2018 from 6PM-8PM in the Orlando Science Middle High Cafeteria. Everyone is welcome to attend, we will be discussing upcoming events and Fall Festival reminders. RSVP below, we cannot wait to see you there!

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Gently Used Uniform sale

Saturday, March 31st, 8-10am

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

The Orlando Science Middle High will be hosting a "Gently Used Uniform" sale on Saturday March 31st 2018 from 8:00AM-11:00AM. Please be advised ONLY cash or check will be accepted as form of payment.
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Adult and Children First Aid/CPR/AED and Anaphylaxis Epi-pen Auto-injector Training

Saturday, March 31st, 9am-6pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

This last week our OSS family became even more medically prepared. 13 of us participated in learning Adult and Children First Aid/CPR/AED and Anaphylaxis Epi-pen Auto-injector. These certification courses are most helpful as not only are these students trained but are also helping donate money to the HOSA club. Times slots are 9-12, 12-3, 3-6.

Do not wait, sign up using School Pay today! First eight to sign up for a time slot are the first served. Please email Mr. Stampas for more Information.


4th Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Nights

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4th Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Nights are scheduled for Wednesday May 2nd 2018(4:00-6:00PM) and Thursday May 3rd 2018(4:30-6:30PM). Sign Ups will begin at 7PM on Sunday April 22nd 2018, as the date approaches we will provide the link.

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 March 14th 2018.

Congratulations to last week's winners, Ms. Stevens, Jennifer J and Mr. Lakner !

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

Thank you to our Sponsors.

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