Orlando Science High School

Issue 13

Weekly Newsletter - November 9, 2018

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Principal's Message

Dear Families and Students,

This has been a fun Spirit Week leading up to our first ever Homecoming Dance on Saturday! See the pictures below of the school festivities and we hope to see our 9th-12th grade high school students on Saturday, November 10th for the dance. Great work to our SGA students and sponsors, Mr.I and Mr. Alexander for a fun

OSHS is now accepting donations for the annual Staff Thanksgiving Feast. For more information and ways you can help with donations or volunteering, please see the sign up in this week's newsletter. This is one event our staff looks forward to each year, thank you to our wonderful PVO for making it happen.

In honor of Veteran's Day Sunday, November 11th, we would like to thank all of our veterans for your service to our country. Our OSHS seniors are carrying the Veteran's Day banner at the downtown Orlando parade tomorrow at 11am. We hope to see you there!

Next week will be the OSHS Red Ribbon week. Our events and fundraisers are in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. See the flyer below for more details.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

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Osceola Science K-8 Charter School Now enrolling

Congratulations to Osceola Science Charter School on their move to a new campus! The K-8 school is relocating to a brand-new facility on the border of Osceola and Orange counties for the 2019-2020 school year. The new, 70,000-square-foot campus features STEM and science labs, a media center, music classroom, performing arts lab, regular classrooms, a playground, basketball court, and football field.

Parents, please help spread the word among your community that Osceola Science Charter School (OSCS) is now accepting applications for Grades K-6 for the 2019-2020 school year. Details, including the Online Application and Open House dates, can be found on the school’s website: www.osceolascience.org.

Congratulations again to OSCS and the growth of our Orlando Science School family!

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Orlando Science High School accolades:

OSS FTC "Kube Khaos" 1st Competition

Kube Khaos is a rookie First Tech Challenge robotics middle school team made up of ten teammates and two-parent volunteer mentors. The team has been meeting twice a week with two extra meetings since mid-September.

This past weekend Kube Khaos competed against twenty-two teams in their first meet.

The teams ranged from middle schoolers to high schoolers; rookies to veterans. Each team is asked to journal their team’s progress in an Engineering Notebook.

Kube Khaos has also received some tips and pointers by the OSHS Robotics Team and OSS alumni Carlos Barea. Each team used their robot that they designed, built, and programmed in six matches during the meet.

Kube Khaos won two of their matches. Only five trophies were awarded this past weekend- one in the following categories engineering notebook, one for each of the two top scoring teams, one for gracious professionalism, and another for rising stars.

We are pleased to announce that Kube Khaos was awarded the trophy for the best Engineering Notebook. Congratulations to the team on their victory and their hard work, we are very proud of you all!

front row left to right Trey Cravens, Ishaan Gupta, Christian Rogers, Tyler Waddell

back row- coach Casey DeLoach, Ishan Patel, Alexander Borrero, Aaditya Jandhyala, Carter DeLoach, Cade Campise, Manas Gupta, and Coach Cindy Waddell

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2018 Asian american student acheiver award

This past weekend Alexis D. received a prestigious cultural award from the Asian American Heritage Council of Central Florida. She was acknowledged for preserving Chinese culture through her language study of Mandarin Chinese over the last 12 years and her involvement with the Chinese Yo-Yo team at the Chinese School of CAACF. Congratulations Alexis!

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8th grader AR winners

Orlando Science High School is proud to continue our celebration of our students and their reading goals. We held our first Accelerated Reader celebration of the 2018-2019 school year on November 8, 2018 and it was a grand success. One hundred and twenty students earned thirty AR points within one month, or one hundred and fifty AR points since August 14, 2018.

Congratulations to these students:

Shreya B.-AR Star

Yasmine K.-AR Star

Ethan P.-AR Star

Raquel M.

Sieana B.

Kaitlyn O.

Shivana C.

Zainab R.

Minh-Quan N.

Matthew B.

Yussef Z.

Daniel P.

Riyan A.

Jake M.

Sloan R.

Aariz R.

Students feasted on ice cream, provided by our Orlando Science Parent Volunteer Organization. Additionally, three students received $10 gift cards from Barnes and Noble for being AR Stars of the Month.

Accelerated Reading is a computer program that helps teachers and parents manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. The next AR celebration is scheduled for January 16, 2018. Students who earn at least 100 A.R. points between November 1, 2018 to January 12, 2019 will be eligible to attend.

Volunteer and Donate to the the OSS Thanksgiving Feast!

OSS Middle/High PVO will be holding our annual staff Thanksgiving Feast during the day on Thursday, November 15th 2018 and we need your help to make it a success. Show your gratitude for our wonderful teachers and staff and sign up to donate food items or volunteer your time. We need items found on the link below and we need volunteers to help set up, serve food and watch students while teachers & staff enjoy their lunch with one another.

We will be hosting identical luncheons for both the Lynx and the High School campuses for all teachers and staff. When signing up using the link below, please make sure you are signing up for the correct campus (or campuses) you plan to support.

In the link below you will find a list of items we would love to have donated. Please consider showing your appreciation by donating your time to cover lunch duty and/or supplies to help make this event a success. The teachers and staff really look forward to sharing a hot meal together before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Tech Drive High Campus: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0949a9aa23a6f94-20183

We are also accepting monetary donations to help pay for the cooked turkeys we will be ordering. If you are interested in making a monetary donation please utilize the link below.


Your donations can be dropped off in the morning at either front desk. Please try to use disposable pans for easy clean up. Please label any items you would like returned with your name and pick it up at the end of the day.

Please email our OSS PVO Team if you have any questions.

OSHS spirit week

OSHS's first ever Homecoming Dance is Saturday! SGA hosted a Spirit Week and a Pep Rally to prepare students for the festivities. A fun time was had by all! Go Orcas!

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9th grade Eliza C. and Andres R. (not pictured)

10th grade Nelson Y. and Kaitlin D.

11th grade Valeria M. and Isaac M.

12th grade Gina P. and Kevin R.

Meme Day

Twin Day

Pajamas day

Powder Puff Pep Rally

OSHS Red ribbon week

Orlando Science High School supports leukemia and lymphoma research during Red Ribbon Week November 12th-16th! Our HOSA Club would like to raise $2019 to support research in these areas. In order to reach their goal, students can donate $2 per day or $5 for the week to dress down using the themes listed above. Also Pasta for Pennies boxes are in all classrooms, students and families can purge their loose change for a good cause. Families can also choose to donate directly to our collection to help us reach a goal of $2019! Thank you for your support.

OSHS West Coast college tour

The OSS West Coast College Tour 2018 was a success! Mr. I and Mrs. Foley took 10 students to California to tour Berkley, Stanford, Cal Tech, UCLA, USC. We also stopped by Google headquarters, visited the Golden Gate Bridge, Santa Monica Pier, the Griffith Observatory and Fisherman's Wharf. It was a great trip!

2nd quarter parent teacher conferences

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2nd Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Nights will take place on

Tuesday, November 27th and Wednesday, November 28th.

Sign Ups will take place starting Friday, November 9th at 5pm by clicking the link below.

Please read through the Sign Up information carefully before selecting a time slot. Don't forget you may always email your student's teachers to make an appointment which fits your schedule. Once spots are filled, please email your student's teachers to arrange an appointment for another date and time, no additional spots will be added to these nights. There will be no wait list created, please check back for canceled time slots.

2019-2020 OSS enrollement information


Re-Enrollment submissions will be taking place online this year. Please read all information carefully and complete the form at the following link no later than FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018.

All current students will need to have a response. If this form is not submitted by the deadline on November 30, 2018, your student may lose his/her spot at Orlando Science Schools for the next school year.

This form can be completed on any computer or mobile device. You will receive an on-screen confirmation if your submission was successful.


As a reminder, the Re-Enrollment form contains the following sections:


A separate form must be submitted for EACH student that is currently attending and would like to return. Check the appropriate box to indicate whether your student will be returning for the 2019-2020 school year.


If applicable, submit the siblings’ information and submit an Online Application for each sibling listed. If space is available to enroll the sibling(s) listed, you will be contacted via email with instructions on how to complete the enrollment process once a spot becomes available. If the number of siblings exceeds the number of seats available, a sibling lottery may be held. Please note: siblings are given preference, but immediate enrollment cannot be guaranteed if we are already at capacity.

Student Immunization and Verification of Residence must be up-to-date for Re-Enrollment submissions to be complete.

Thank you!

Amanda Monahan

OSHS fencing update

Connor Porter memorial tournament

We had a great time at Connor Porter memorial tournament on 10/27/18. There were 3 events (Unrated Men's Foil, Unrated Women's Foil and Div 3 Mixed Foil).

Tyler Anderson won Unrated Men's Foil and earn E rating.

Noelle Day won bronze medal in Unrated Women's Foil.

Alex Yim won Div 3 Mixed Foil and renew his D rating.

Ave Cheng won bronze medal in Div 3 Mixed Foil and renew her E rating.

Everyone in OSHS team won at least one match. This event was participated by teams throughout FL. Overall it was a fun day for the OSHS fencing team. Congratulations to Tyler and Michael for their hard earned E rating.

Da'Bull Touch Tournament

Here is the result from last week's Da'Bull Touch - The Fifth touch tournament.

It was the first time our girls (foil) were participating in outside tournament. I'm please to inform you that even though we weren't be able to produce stellar results, we didn't repeat FSU fiasco in early this year.

It was encouraging to see our girls did their best and hope to produce better result soon.

Three members (Tyler Anderson, Kristian O'Conner and Leo Murch) were advanced to the round of 16. Tyler Anderson had the best results with 4 preliminary wins and 1 elimination win.

Here are the ranking of OSHS Fighting Orcas:

Div 2 Senior Foil

12 Anderson, Tyler

15 O'Conner, Kristian

16 Murch, Leo

18 Rossen, Michael

23 Lee, Joanne

28 Day, Noelle

29 Batra, Savita

Senior Mixed Epee

24 Cheng, Ava

Div 2 Senior Mixed Epee

21 Cheng Ava

The next tournament is on Sat 11/10th at FSU.

OSS mu alpha theta hosts Orange County math tournament


The Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society of Orlando Science High School invites all 4th and 5th grade Orange County students to compete at the Orange County Math Tournament (OCMT) to be held on Saturday, December 8th, 2018.

Registration is now open! If you would like to register your student for this year's Invitational, visit the Registration page and fill out the form with your student's information. Registration will be available until Monday, December 3rd, 2018.

Registration must be completed online no later than Monday, December 3rd, 2018. Registration fee is $15 for each student and should be paid online via School Pay. The competition is open to first 250 students who applied.

Competition will take place at Orlando Science Elementary School campus which is located at 2601 Technology Drive, Orlando FL 32804.

We encourage all schools to participate, regardless of whether they currently have math teams or not. In Competition Math, any topics can and do arise. There are no guidelines or hints about how to solve the problems, so it truly is an opportunity to express and develop individual creativity and problem solving skills. However, in order to prepare your students, you may look at the past years’ questions.

We hope you will find this competition a rewarding mathematical experience for your students, and we look forward to your participation at our Invitational on December 8th.

If you have any questions, please contact us at ossmualphatheta@gmail.com


Mr. Akyalcin

Senior updates

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Federal Student Aid

FAFSA is the Federal Student Aid program. Every single college applicant needs to complete FAFSA regardless of their income. This application is free and completed through only one website. Do not pay to anyone or any website for completion of FAFSA. This should take no more than 45 minutes to complete if you have everything ready to go. FAFSA is time sensitive. The funds are distributed as first come first serve.

Bright Futures Scholarship

State of Florida has its own scholarship program called Bright Futures and it is managed through OSFA (Office of Student Financial Assistance). When you complete the application, you are also being evaluated for other scholarships through State of Florida. It is a very short application and should not take more than 15 minutes. Most important thing to know is that, you only complete the form and your transcript and SAT/ACT scores will be submitted automatically through OSS and the State of Florida University System. You are not required to satisfy all the application requirements until the end of the school year to apply to this scholarship. On the other hand, being qualified currently does not guarantee that you will receive this scholarship. If your end of year GPA falls under the requirement, then you will not be receiving the scholarship. Here are the current requirements:

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Yearbook senior ads:

Senior yearbook ads are now available!

Purchase an advertisement for your senior today. Include pictures and a short message for your student before they graduate. After payment is made be sure to email your pictures and your message to Ms. Lizarazo to make sure the correct information is placed in the yearbook.

Full page ad:


1/2 page ad:


Due date is March 29, 2019

SAT & ACT Testing information

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Here are the test dates and registration deadlines. We recommend taking at least one of each test to see which one works better for you. October, November and December test results are the most useful dates for the college applications. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely, Mr. I

The next 2018-19 SAT Administration Dates:

December 1, 2018

Registration Deadline: November 2nd

Late Registration Deadline: November 13th (for mailed registrations), November 20th

(for registrations made online or by phone)

The next 2018-2019 ACT Administration Date

December 8, 2018

Registration Deadline: November 2, 2018

Late Registration (late fee required): November 3-19, 2018

Barnes and Noble Book Fair

Mark your calendars for November 15th from 3-6pm! Barnes and Noble is hosting the Orlando Science High School Book Fair! Do some holiday shopping and support our school at the same time. All proceeds will go to the OSHS media center. Hope to see you there!

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Orlando Science High School Book Fair

Thursday, Nov. 15th, 3-6pm

2418 East Colonial Drive

Orlando, FL

Media Center

The Orlando Science High School on Technology Drive opened its doors to a newly renovated campus in August 2018. One of the great features of the High School campus is the brand new Media Center. It serves as a space where all students can read, research and study. Please consider making a donation directly to the Media Center to help Mrs. Singleton stock the shelves and create a welcoming environment for our students.

attention Shoppers!

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OSS is an Amazon Smile school

This is an easy way to help raise money for Orlando Science Schools. Use the link below when shopping from Amazon. 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.

Office depot & Office Max give back to oss

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

ORCAS Core value: Outreach

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Here at OSHS character education is an important component of educating the whole student. Our program, ORCAS Core Values, spotlights 5 specific character traits that we focus on as a school. The "O" in ORCAS is Outreach which focuses on a student's ability to improve his/her community. Students complete community service hours for scholarships and club requirements and we want to make sure they see a connection between their service and affecting others in a positive way. Parents and families can use this program and language to continue these conversations outside of school as well. OSHS ORCAS are students of character!

box tops

Hello OSS Families! Please remember that BOX TOPS are a wonderful FREE way to raise funds for our school. Each Box Top is worth $.10 and they really add up. Please make sure to continuously send these in so that I can mail them before their expiration dates. The monies received go to supporting our academic and sport teams, the PLTW (Project Lead the Way) along with many other OSS programs and classroom needs. If you would like to learn more about the Box Tops program go to www.btfe.com. Please register or login today. Make sure that you designate Orlando Science Schools as your school support.

To see a complete list of products go to: https://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products

Also, it is very important to check those expiration dates. We do not receive any credit for expired Box Tops.

Thank you so much for your support of Orlando Science Middle High School. For questions or thoughts please email me at jmallonee@cfl.rr.com.

Happy Clipping!

Denise Mallonee

Join the OSS Parent Volunteer Organization

Dear Orlando Science Lynx Lane and Technology High School Families,

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.) Please utilize the SCHOOL PAY link below to pay your dues.

If you have questions, comments, or requests, you may email OSS.PVO@orlandoscience.org . A formal PVO committee, including president and vice-president, will be announced at the end of the first quarter of the 2018-2019 School Year. PVO will hold bi-monthly meetings that will inform parents of progress, agendas, and upcoming events.

Thank you for all of your help and support as we look forward to a great year.

OSS Connect

OSS Connect is your one stop for student grades, assignments and resources. Students use their credentials to log in and there you can access a wealth of information.

Parent Volunteer Opportunities

If you are an ADDitions approved volunteer, OSHS can use your help! We are looking for parents or responsible adults over the age of 18 to help during lunch times (approximately 11am-1pm) and during car line before and after school. Please contact Ms. Foley to schedule the exact time slots. All volunteers must complete the ADDitions application is here: https://ocps.samaritan.com/custom/503/ beforehand. Thank you for all you do to help make OSHS great!
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medical form

If you have a student with any medical conditions such as asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetes or any other serious medical conditions, please contact Mrs. Foley via email ASAP for the paperwork that is needed for the 2018-2019 school year.

Walker and Bus Rider Release Form

Orcas who walk or take the LYNX Transportation bus service must have a "Walker/Bus Rider" form on file. Return completed forms to Ms. Foley.

Birthday Dress Down Form

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Orcas interested in dressing down for their birthday MUST submit a "Dress Down Day" form(found below) to Mrs. Foley at least two business days prior to the requested dress down date.

2018-2019 High School Campus Dress Code

Technology Drive High School Orcas Families please make sure to review the Dress Code with your students. Dress Code may be found on page 29 in the OSS Handbook HS 2018-2019 below.


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attention free/reduced lunch applicants-read below

Families whose Free/Reduced lunch applications have expired, please take a moment and fill out the OCPS Free/Reduced Meal Application today! It must be completed each year to qualify for this federally funded program. To fill out the application click the link below.

important dates

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2018-2019 Report Card & Progress Report schedule

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Upcoming Technology Drive HS Events

Homecoming Dance

Saturday, Nov. 10th, 6-10pm

4005 North Orange Blossom Trail

Orlando, FL

Lakeside Reception Hall

OSHS Barnes and Noble Bookfair

Thursday, Nov. 15th, 3-5pm

2418 East Colonial Drive

Orlando, FL

Parent Teacher Conference Night

Tuesday, Nov. 27th, 4:30-6:30pm

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

Sign up will be available on 11/11/18.

Parent teacher conference night

Wednesday, Nov. 28th, 4-6pm

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

Sign up will be available on 11/11/18.
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