Orlando Science Middle High

Issue 313

Weekly Newsletter-May 25th 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.”

Orlando Science High School Receives Gold!

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In case you missed it Orlando Science Schools is proud to announce the newest US News Best High School rankings. US News announced the BEST HIGH SCHOOLS ranking recently. Orlando Science High School is the #1 Best High Schools in Central Florida among Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Hillsborough and Lake Counties. Orlando Science received the GOLD Medal and is ranked # 25 in the State of Florida, ranked #89 in the Nation among all Charter High Schools and #269 in the Nation among all Public High Schools.An overview of the results maybe found below! Help OSS celebrate this outstanding achievement by sharing this post! #WeAreOrlandoScience #AlwaysStriving


Principal's Corner

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is nothing new that here at OSS our Students and Staff are always raising the bar and setting our achievements to new heights, and this week was no different.

Orlando Science Middle High had the privilege of the AdvancED STEM Accreditation team visit. The team was welcomed with a wonderful dinner on Sunday as well BioMed and Robotics Demonstrations as well as a tour from our very own Student Ambassadors. Throughout the week they had the chance to visit classrooms and meet with parents and students, to discuss OSS through their eyes. For a full recap of the event please see the article below. We would like to the thank the STEM Team for a wonderful visit!

On Tuesday three Orlando Science Middle School students competed at the OCPS Spanish Spelling Bee. Congratulations to Andrea H-G. on placing 10th overall and to the Lee L. and Leonardo G-M. on the competition! On Saturday, May 19th, 2018, OSS hosted the "BIG HELP for EDUCATION" Event as well as the 2nd OSS Chess Tournament. Congratulations to everyone who competed!

On Wednesday middle school students who received 500 AR Points by Monday, May 21st, 2018, were awarded at the end of the year AR Party! Congratulations to these students on their hard work.

This week's newsletter features our Teacher Character Award Winners, these teachers were nominated by their fellow colleagues on their representation of the ORCA Core Values!

With the end of the year approaching we would like to remind you of a few important details you will find in the "End of Year Reminders" section. We would also like to remind you that there will be no school on Monday, May 28th, 2018 due to Memorial Day. We will see you on Tuesday!

Go Orcas, Strive for Excellence!


Abdulaziz Yalcin

Orlando Science
Middle/High School

Stem accrediation visit recap

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Orlando Science Schools had the pleasure of hosting an AdvancED STEM Accreditation review team on Sunday, May 20 – Tuesday, May 22nd. The review team met with our students, teachers, staff, parents and external stakeholders in order to get an idea of what we are doing here at OSS to promote STEM education and if we meet the criteria for STEM certification.

About AdvancED STEM Certification

Today more than ever, institutions must prepare their students for careers of tomorrow by fostering and perpetuating enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. AdvancED's STEM Certification provides institutions as well as programs within institutions a research-based framework and criteria for their awareness, continuous improvement, and assessment of the quality, rigor, and substance of their STEM educational programs. The Standard and Indicators clearly define the qualities and components vital to creating and sustaining superior, student-centered K-12 STEM teaching and learning programs, as well as clear expectations for student outcomes and mastery of 21st-century skills.

Through valid and reliable processes, tools and training, AdvancED STEM Certification ensure that even the most effective educators and programs continually assess and improve to meet the needs and demands of the real world.

AdvancED STEM Certification is a mark of STEM distinction and excellence for those institutions that are granted the certification.

We would like to thank everyone for their support during this process. When we get our results over the summer, they will be posted on our website. Stay tuned for more details.

2018 8th Grade Graduation

The 2018 8th Grade Class held their graduation on Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at the Majestic Event Center! This year's guest speaker was Brandy Ortiz, CEO of Ortiz CPA

, Board member of the Boys and Girls Club and Board Member of Seminole County Education Arts. We would like to thank the 8th Grade Parents, 8th Grade Team, Joel Rodriguez Catering and PVO for all their help to make this event a huge success.

A link with the photos from the event will be made available next week.

Class of 2018 Valedictorian

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Ratnesh Kesineni

Class of 2018 Valedictorian

Class of 2018 Salutatorians

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Abhinav Dhulipala and Christina Ta

Class of 2018 Salutatorians

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

Orlando Science Middle School Students Compete at OCPS Spanish Spelling Bee

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Congratulations to our Lynx Lane Orcas, who participated in Tuesday's OCPS Spanish Spelling Bee! 8th Grader Andrea H-G placed 10th overall! Great job Orcas on a job well done!

End of the Year AR Party

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Middle School Orcas celebrated they End of the Year AR Party on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018! Students were invited to attend if they earned at least 500 AR Points from August 14th, 2017 to May 21s 2018! Congratulations to everyone who achieved this outstanding goal!

OSS Chess Club Holds 2nd Chess Tournament of 2018 School Year

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The OSS Chess Club held their 2nd County Wide Chess Tournament this past Saturday! Congratulations on the Chess Tournament Winners and the OSS Chess Club on this outstanding event!

1st Place

Yusuf G(10th Grade)

2nd Place

Brandon N(6th Grade)

3rd Place

Aayush C(8th Grade)

OSS Hosts Big Help Event!

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Orlando Science Middle High had the privilege of hosting the BIG HELP for EDUDCATION EVENT this past weekend. Students in grades K-8th had the opportunity to participate in events such as a spelling bee, geography bee, math bee, science bee and coloring contest. OSS would like to thank the Big Help for such a wonderful event, for more information please visit www.bighelp.org .

OSS Fashion Club Attends Joann's Fabric Pillow Workshop

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april orcas character award teacher winners

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

Social Studies

Respect and Compassion for all

Mr. Parrella


Strive for excellence within a stimulating environment

Mr. Demir


Celebrate diversity



Outreach towards community

Mrs. Frunker


Advocate for a safe learning environment

Ms. Stevens

Vote on August 28th 2018

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OSS Receives Visit from India Educators

Last week OSS had the privilege of hosting educators from India. Our visitors were presented with demonstrations from our BioMed and Robotics students as well as learning the academic structure of OSS. We really enjoyed their visit and are looking forward to their return!

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.

OSS 1600 SAT Boot Camp Summer 2018

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May 25th 2018-Last Day to Register for 2018 OSS Competition Math Summer Camp

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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

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


Orlando Science Center Terrace

777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803

Wednesday May 30th 2018

Immediately following Senior Graduation

Seniors meals are at no cost, additional reception tickets maybe purchased using the

SCHOOLPAY link below for $12


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

2018 Teacher Appreciation Italian Night Dinner

Earlier this month our OSS MH PVO Team with the help of Mrs. Foley and Mrs.Sturm hosted the annual Teacher Appreciation Italian Night Dinner! The event was a huge success and our teachers enjoyed a delicious Italian Dinner catered by Mr. Joel Rodriguez.

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2017-2018 Advanced Placement Studies Recap

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AP Students attended their last AP Session earlier this month. Advanced Placement(AP) Studies was offered to those students taking AP Courses in order to prepare for their AP Exams. Students had the opportunity to work with their teachers on strategies and study tips.

Class of 2018 "Senior Prank"

The Class of 2018 decided to have some fun on Thursday May 24th 2018 with a silly "Senior Prank". Check out the photos below of the fun they had!

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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.


Analyze - To examine something in great detail in order to understand it better or discover more about it.


Complex Text - A text whose complexity is determined by quantitative, qualitative and

reader task components.


Global Issue - Issues that impact the Earth as a whole.


Product – a tangible artifact produced by means of either human or mechanical work,

or by biological or chemical processes.


STEM – an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

STEM Fact of the Week

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Windmills always turn counter-clockwise, that is, except for the windmills in Ireland!



STEM Occupation of the Week: Transportation Planners

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Transportation Planners
Conduct studies for proposed transportation projects.Transportation Planners analyze costs and benefits of proposed designs or projects.

They appraise the environmental impact of regulations or policies and much more. A Bachelor's Degree is required for entry.


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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.

Happy Birthday June Orcas!

Yewande A., Daniel J. Nadeea N., Arnav P., Sloan R., Jacob R., Simra S., Tanya T.,Samhith B., Jouvince L-J.,Drew M., Kristian O.,Tuan P., Joshua P., Damien T., Jasmine V., Alex Y.,

Rut C., Kaitlin D., Kristin D., Scarlet G., Minh L., Leo M., Alexander N., Peter P., Badri P., Zaki S., David V., Angelina B., Richard(Scott) O.,Gideon F., Mahamil G., Jacob H., Amanda O., Caesar P., Sameer S., Viviana S., Micah T., Jasmine W., Nadine M., and Rachel R.

Happy Birthday July Orcas!

Ethan J., Abel M.,Minh-Quan N., Lyliany O.,Jasmine R., Jada S-C., Savita B., Ritam B., Tahtiana D., Jiayi G., Zahir G., Mia H., Shafa K., Rayan N., Kevin N., Yasser O., Nisarg P.,

Vidit P., Bhindya R., Nikhil R., Za'Marion W., Jaehyun A., Tyler A., Vimal B., Sonti B.,

Mikell C., Christian E., Colin F., Karima I., Alina J., Tahmeed K., Ameer R., Meghana T.,

Logan V., Serenity B-L. Jordan H., Mariam H., Sebastian N., Ayanna T., Mia A., Tariq S., Beyza A., Rawan A., Dennis B., Lance J., Ratnesh K., Zachary M., and Ryan V.

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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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.
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