Orlando Science Schools Lynx Campus

Issue 4

Weekly Newsletter: September 4, 2020

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Principal's Corner

Dear Orca Families and Students,

Thank you for your support of Orlando Science Schools! For the second week in a row, I would like to thank all our parents and students for following instructions of School Health and Safety Procedures and Signages. I believe that parent and student partnerships are the key to keeping all students, teachers, and other families safe during this pandemic. I thank you for your support and contribution. Because of its importance, I would like to reemphasize the followings:

For those who have not have the chance, please take some time and review the OSS Health and Safety COVID-19 Procedures and COVID-19 Student Screening Scenarios Flow Chart below. Please have a conversation with your students about the health and safety measures that are in place and reach out to your school if you have any questions or updates about children’s health.

Masks: Masks are mandatory. Refusal to wear a face mask will be considered insubordination and will be subject to progressive discipline as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Specific guidelines are also included in the OSS health and safety procedure below.

Sanitations: Hand sanitizers, sanitizing wipes or a spray bottle with paper towels are provided in every classroom and will be available to students and staff. Automatic hand sanitizer stations are installed in restrooms, the cafeteria, and commonly used areas.

Temperature Checks: Staff and student temperatures are checked before entering the campus.

Social Distancing: Students should always attempt to maintain a social distance of 6 feet. Proper signages are posted in the classrooms, hallways, the dismissal area and the cafeteria.

Class Changes: Students follow a cohort setting and remain in their homeroom classes. Students should walk directly to their next class and not congregate in the halls if they change any classes.

Drop off/Pick -up: Parents/Guardians must stay in their vehicle when dropping off or picking up their students.

Lunch: Students must be sitting on the socially distanced designated seats facing one direction in the cafeteria and follow the school staff directions.

Visitors: All visitors must wear a face mask and must report directly to the front office.

Sick-Not feeling well: If your student is sick or not feeling well, please keep them at home. If your student or one of the household member shows COVID-19 symptoms, please follow the OSS COVID-19 Student Screening Scenarios Flow Chart below and inform your campus immediately.

Please join me congratulating our 8th grade student, Ashna, for being chosen as one of the 300 semi-finalists in the Broadcom MASTERS Science Competition. This is a great honor a middle school student can receive in science fair competition. Keep up the great work, Ashna! Your OSS family is proud of you!

Orcas, your first progress report of this school year is coming up on Friday, September 11th. Please stay up to your courses and start the school year on a high note! Picture day is coming up. Please see the important information and procedures below.

Our curriculum night is scheduled on Friday, September 11th. This year’s curriculum night will be on Microsoft Teams and the details will be shared next week.

Orcas may apply for federal Free and Reduced Lunch. Please see the details and application link below. Please act fast. The deadline for new applications, and the expiration of last year’s benefits, is September 23.

For Orcas enrolled in our Innovative e-Learning Program, Grab and Go meals are available to all OCPS students at their Zoned Schools. Details may be found below.

As a reminder, we will be closed on Monday, September 7th, 2020 due to the Labor Day Holiday. Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend, we will see you on Tuesday!

Go Orcas, Strive for Excellence!


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

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curriculum night

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Orlando Science School is committed to the safety and well being of our students and staff. Please see the detailed flow chart and review the safety procedures we are following every day. We look forward to a healthy and productive year. Go Orcas!
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Bring your best smile for picture day! On campus students will take their school photos on Thursday, September 17th and Innovative Learning students will take their school pictures on Saturday, September 19th. Innovative Learning students should use the Sign Up Genius link below to register for a time slot on Saturday, September 19th.

September 17, 2020 Traditional Face-to-Face Students Only

  • Students must be in uniform and comply with all dress code requirements
  • All health and safety procedures will be enforced.

September 19, 2020 Innovative E-Learning Students Only

  • Appointment is required. A SignUpGenius link will be provided soon to schedule your appointments.
  • All health and safety procedures will be enforced.
    • 2 or 3 ply masks are required.
  • Students must be in uniform and comply with all dress code requirements. Please see Code of Conduct for dress code requirements.
    • Special Exemption: E-Learning students may wear a red/navy blue polo if they do not own an OSS uniform polo.
    • Navy blue or khaki bottoms.
    • Belts: Must be leather, or fabric in the solid colors of black, brown, gray, navy blue, or khaki.

Orange County Public Library Online Resources

The Orange County Public Library has given OSS students access to their plethora of virtual resources! See the graphic below for access information, including your credentials and the website. Follow the link below to get started with your virtual library card today!

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Meet the PVO lynx campus president, Ms. Amelia Lyons!

Orca families, please join us in congratulating and welcoming Amelia Lyons to her new role as the Lynx Lane Campus PVO (Parent Volunteer Organization) President! We at Orlando Science Schools are thrilled to be working alongside her on future campus events, activities, and community projects.

Ms. Lyons can be contacted directly through email (PVO.LynxCampus@orlandoscience.org). Look for more information about joining our Parent Volunteer Organization in next week's newsletter!


OSS Middle High families can expect the PVO registration form to be available next Friday!
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Hello Friends and Welcome Back to Counseling Corner!

After hearing the unexpected and devastating news about Chadwick Boseman’s passing last week, it got me thinking about the concept of grief and how we discuss/experience grief with our kids. For some, the death of our “Black Panther” was the first death they’ve had to deal with. For others, it was the first Celebrity death they’ve felt torn up over. For most, it was but one more death we’ve faced this year, starting with Kobe Bryant and including, Cliff Robinson, Chi Chi DeVayne, Naya Rivera, Kelly Preston, Nick Cordero, Yohan, and more. Either way, many people had to approach the topic of grief with their kids and that can be really difficult at times.

First, grief is already a complicated topic to broach, but when it comes to celebrities, it can be an added blow because we tend to think of celebrities as inspirational, motivational, #Goals, etc. Losing the person who was a huge inspiration for you can be difficult to feel and manage. Even if you didn’t know them personally, we can still grieve people we haven’t met.

Second, the news of a celebrity passing may remind us of our own personal losses and therefore become complicated grief. At this point, not only are we mourning someone we didn’t think we’d lose, but we’re also mourning the people we’ve personally loved that we’ve lost. This can mean people who are no longer in our lives, or those that have died. So yes, grief can happen over friendships, lost relationships, disconnection, etc.

Third, grieving a celebrity can affect us in many different ways, not just emotionally, but behaviorally and mentally as well. It’s important to be compassionate with our children and let them know we are here for them while they mourn.

Below are some ways we can cope with grief over those (both celebrity and personal) that have passed:

  • Naming that grief, explaining it and normalizing it.
  • Knowing that people can experience grief in a variety of ways including socially, spiritually, emotionally and behaviorally.
  • Sharing stories: these can help us understand our feelings and connect with each other while connecting to the person we’re mourning.
  • Be patient and compassionate with yourself as you process the death and it’s impact. There’s no timeline for grief.
  • Honor their life by consuming their art, impact, words, etc. This is what connected you to them, so don’t lose that connection.

The information on celebrity grief and ways to cope was found in an article by Dr. Marilyn Mendoza, Dr. Jill Harrington and Dr. Tashel Bordere.

Thank you for reading, and as always if you need anything I’m here to help!

All the best,

Ms. Perez

Ms. Perez's Quote of the Week

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Orlando Science School 8th Grader, Ashna M., has been named to this year's Broadcom MASTERS Top 300. Founded and produced by the Society for Science & The Public, Broadcom MASTERS is the premier STEM competition for middle school students. Congratulations, Ashna! We are so proud of your hard work!

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We are so proud to recognize OSS Senior, Alexis D., for her creation of the 501c3 non-profit organization, CAFYIR (Career Aid for Young Immigrants and Refugees). Through this organization, a program has been developed called "CAFYIR on the Computer" and is open to immigrants, refugees, or any other students you believe may benefit in grades Kindergarten through 8th.

These meetings will be held once a week through Microsoft Teams. When a student registers for the program they will receive their login credentials for Microsoft and information on the program orientation. They will be mailed an interactive lesson packet that will be used throughout the program, a school supply pack to be used along with the program, and a book for enjoyment. Registration is open through October 4, 2020.

national junior honor society certificate of affiliation

At OSS we recognize the importance of celebrating outstanding student achievement, and our affiliation with the National Junior Honor Society helps us do just that! NJHS elevates a school's commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. Developing and maintaining a chapter of NJHS is a proud accomplishment for our school!

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lynx campus bell schedule

Traditional Face-to-Face:

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Please see the following details regarding OSMS course changes:

  • Currently only scheduling errors will be corrected.
  • All schedule change requests will be based on availability.
  • Student schedules were made based on data from past EOCs, Report Cards, Teacher Recommendations, etc.
  • Due to recent changes with e-learning and traditional learning, we are only able to offer a few elective courses.
  • Your request will be processed within 1-2 weeks from the time is it emailed.
  • You will be contacted by administration in the event of a schedule change. The student must continue using their current schedule until a new schedule is provided.
  • If your schedule could not be changed, the reason will be e-mailed to you and an appointment can be schedule at that time.
  • For inquiries, email Mr. Moon (Moon@orlandoscience.org)

What is Delayed Dismissal? 30/30 Rule?

The “30/30 Rule" is a Delayed Dismissal Weather procedure that is nationally recognized. It is required that the “30/30 Rule” be enacted by the school if thunder is heard within 30 seconds of a lightning strike. Orlando Science Middle/High follows this rule.

When 30/30 Rule is implemented, students will not be dismissed until 30 minutes has passed from the last sound of thunder. However, parents/guardians who wish to pick up their child/children during delayed dismissal, will be allowed to sign out their child/children at the cafeteria or front office.

In order to pick up your student(s) from the cafeteria or front office during this procedure, parents/guardians must bring their dismissal sign to the front door of the school to sign their child/children out. If you do not have a dismissal sign, you will need to provide a picture ID and be on the school pick-up list to pick-up the child/children. Bus riders will be delivered home when conditions are all safe for dismissal.

An automated telephone and/or email message will be used to notify parents/guardians about delayed dismissals. Always be sure to update the school when your phone or email information changes. Thank you for your cooperation on our students’ safety.


Students that are eligible to participate will be notified regarding our monthly dress down days. Additionally, students on campus are welcome to dress down on their birthday! Please contact Mrs. Sawyer on Microsoft Teams or through email (stefanie.sawyer@orlandoscience.org) for birthday dress down approval.

Please view the document below with important dress-down day guidelines and reminders.


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See the important message below regarding FortifyFlorida:

Any student, educator, parent or member of the public can report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators anonymously and easily through the FortifyFL app or www.getfortifyfl.com. The Florida Legislature directed this tool’s development in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.

The app, which is available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices, is critical to ensuring all Florida schools are safe environments where students and educators can experience and share the joy of learning without fear.

We hope that you will become familiar with this tool and help us spread the word about it with your students and their families. Please note that the official app’s logo will look exactly as it does in the graphic above.

OSS 2020-2021 Handbook

Students and families that have any questions about the 2020-2021 Code of Conduct, Discipline Plan, Reward system and many other OSS Middle School topics should refer to the Handbook linked below:


All OSS Middle High parents can create an OSS Connect account to view their students' academic progress, attendance, discipline, upcoming events and more. Multiple students can be added under one parent account for an easy access. Each student has a unique "Parent Access Code". Please use this code to add each of your students.

  1. Go to the following URL https://ossconnect.orlandoscience.org/radix/portal/signup/index.php
  2. Enter the parent access code, birthdate of the student this code belongs to, Student ID (if asked) and your relationship to the student.
  3. If the information is correct, you will be redirected to a page where you can see your student's name. If this is your student, click continue, if not, click cancel and contact the school.
  4. After the verification is completed, you will be redirected to registration page. On this page, you will create a new parent account by providing the information requested and selecting a password for your account. Click on "Create my new account" when done.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email that contains a link to click to complete account creation. Once you click on the link in confirmation email, you will be directed to the site and your account will be ready to use.
  6. Once you logged in to the site, you can add another student by clicking on the "Add new student" link located on your dashboard.
Note: Access parent portal via Radix Mobile App on any IOS or Android device. Search for the word "Radix Mobile" on your app store.


As students in Orange County Public Schools, OSS Orcas may apply for the federal free/reduced lunch program. Please visit OCPS's website for a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) or use the button below to fill out the application. A new application must be completed each school year.


Beginning Monday, August 10, Orange County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services Department started providing meals for students utilizing the LaunchEd@Home instructional model with a Curbside Meals Program. This ensures those students who rely on nutritious meals to be able to continue doing so, even when they are not in the building for their lessons.


OSS Connect is up and running! Families experiencing technical issues related to eLearning, please email our helpdesk at eLearning@orlandoscience.org. Use this email address to:

  • request technology
  • reset passwords
  • request login credentials
  • any other issue related to technology


Orlando Science Middle/High has a new mobile app! It is currently available in the App Store® and in Google Play®. You can download the app for free, for access to our school's news, calendars, volunteer opportunities, push notifications and much more!

Download for Free - visit your tablet or smartphone's storefront and search for "Orlando Science Schools"

  • For Android, visit Google Play
  • For Apple iOS, visit the and App Store or iTunes

If you have any questions or feedback please email info@orlandoscience.org.


All OSS volunteers (field trip chaperones, robotics coaches, and anyone spending time with OSS students) must complete an ADDitions application EVERY YEAR in order to volunteer. Complete or update your application using the link below. Thank you to our volunteers, we appreciate you!


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Tuesday, Sep. 8th, 5pm

Meeting will take place virtually via Big Blue Button

Meeting will take place via Big Blue Button:


Curriculum Night

Friday, Sep. 11th, 5:15-7:30pm

Facilitated Virtually on Microsoft Teams

Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Sep. 16th, 4-6pm


Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Sep. 17th, 4:30-6:30pm


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The Box Tops Program is all new for 2020!

BoxTops has a NEW way for schools to earn money from your purchases! See the details below. Thank you for your support of OSS!

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How to Clip Box Tops


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.


OfficeDepot Gives Back

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