Orlando Science High School

Issue 12

Weekly Newsletter - November 2, 2018

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Principal's Message

Dear Families and Students,

I hope you had another wonderful week at Orlando Science! We have a few exciting announcements and recaps to share with you.

We would first like to say 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. 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!

This week OSHS opened its doors to local professionals who came in to share their career choices for Career Day. It was great to see so many volunteers take time out of their day in order to share and inspire our students. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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.

Finally do not forget that Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday, November 4th, 2018. Clocks are turned back one hour, this is also a great time to check/change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

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


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

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:

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Questbridge Finalists

Orlando Science School seniors Russell A., Kavita K. and Kevin R. are finalists in the Questbridge 2018 National College Match scholarship program. The Questbridge National College Match is a scholarship application that helps outstanding high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges. Congratulations on your hard work!

October students of the month

We are pleased to announce our October O.R.C.A.S. Character Award Winners! The students were nominated by their teachers for displaying our OSS CORE VALUES: Outreach Respect Celebrating diversity Advocating for a safe environment Strive for excellence. Keep up the great work!

Mr. Quintero's Legal Studies class

Mr. Quintero's 5th period class completed their first mock trial this Wednesday. They showed composure under pressure and confidence while showcasing their skills as attorneys, witnesses, and experts. Well done students!

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Career day 2018

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We would like to sincerely thank all of the professionals who came to Orlando Science High School Thursday to share and inspire our students on Career Day. It was a big success, the students enjoyed the day and were able to hear from a wide variety of professions: radiology, nursing, writing, business, entertainment, graphic design, fitness, engineering, military service and more! Thank you again for taking the time out of your day to be here!

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

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Volunteer and Donate to the the OSS Thanksgiving Feast!

We 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, if you could please help us with this, we would extremely thankful. Please note we have around 40 staff members at each location who will be enjoying this great event.


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 morning at either front desk. Please try to use disposable pans for easy clean up. If you do give us a container to return, please label your name on it and pick it up at the end of the day.

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

fall festival recap!


OSS High SChool spirit week

The OSHS SGA has created a fun spirit week next week in celebration of the Homecoming on Saturday, November 10th. It's going to be a great week to show our OSS spirit!

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homecoming 2018

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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

yearbook senior quotes:

It is that time of year to submit your "Senior Quote" for the yearbook. You may submit your quote via the form below. All forms (digital or paper) are DUE TO MS. LIZARAZO BY FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2ND 2018. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Lizarazo.

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

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: Advocate

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 "S" in ORCAS is STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE which focuses on a student's ability to encourage themselves and others to excel personally and academically. Students learn through interacting with our teachers, staff and one another to better themselves to become prepared citizens. Parents and families can use this program and language to continue these conversations outside of school as well. OSHS ORCAS are students of character!

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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

MS Solar Bears Field Trip

Tuesday, Nov. 6th, 8am-2pm

400 West Church Street

Orlando, FL

The Field trip to Solar Bears Hockey Game for students in grades 6th through 8th will take place November 6. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Frunker.

Homecoming Dance

Saturday, Nov. 10th, 6-10pm

4005 North Orange Blossom Trail

Orlando, FL

9th-12th graders only. Cost $20/student $25/non-OSS guest

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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