Orlando Science Schools Lynx Campus

Issue 19

January 11th 2019 Weekly Newsletter

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Principal's Message

Dear Families and Students,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Winter Break and an even better first week back! We are looking forward to another great semester!

We would first like to congratulate the students who made the 2018-2019 Orlando Science Middle School Basketball Team and wish them the best of luck this season! I would also like to congratulate everyone who tried out for this year's team, your effort did not go unnoticed!

Over break, our OSS Team Magic placed first at the Tesla Meet #3. They also received an honorable mention for two out of three other categories: Engineering Notebook and for their STEM Outreach Efforts. We would also like to recognize our OSS Team Binary Bosses for placing second at the Tesla Meet #3. We are so proud of both teams on these outstanding achievements!

Great news Orcas, Orlando Science Middle High has partnered with Orange County Library System to provide free Virtual Library Cards (VLC) to all students. More information can be found below.

8th Grade Orcas, do not forget the that OSHS Special Programs Application is due Friday, January 18th, 2019. More information can be found in this week's newsletter!

7th Grade Orcas, information regarding the 7th Grade Field Trip to the History Center on January 30th 2019 may also be found in this week's newsletter along with the Permission Form and Guidelines.

We would like to wish out Model UN Team and our Science Olympiad Teams the best of luck at their competitions this weekend! We know you are going to do great!

Congratulations to Ms. Chandler for being selected as our November Teacher of the Month, thank you for all that you do!

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


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

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2018 - 2019 OSS Middle School Basketball Team

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Congratulations to the students listed below who made the 2018-2019 Middle School Basketball Team! We would like to thank you to all those who came to try out at Lynx Tuesday and Wednesday. If you did not make the team this year, do not be discouraged. Continue to work hard and come back next year. Students who made the team, there will be practice Monday, Jan 14, at Lynx directly after club time (3:30 - 5pm).

-Coach Kelly and Mrs Mulligan

Jahmari A., Yousuf B., Aidan D., Aaron E., Rocco G., Issac K., Shrey P., Nehemiah P., Marcus Q., John R., Annabelle S-S., Connor S., Christian W. and Michael Y.

attention 8th grade orcas: high school special programs application

Dear OSS 8th Grade Families,

OSHS offers a variety of high school special programs to its students. Each student will find the most exciting and academically challenging programs for themselves. The programs offer students unique opportunities for in-depth experiences and study in specific areas of interest. Each special program emphasizes a specialized theme and sets high expectations for all students to improve their academic achievements and prepare them for the 21st-century careers. In addition, Orlando Science Special Programs offer students hands-on activities and real-world problem-solving approaches. While all the students are encouraged to apply, they must have a strong interest in specialty areas of the chosen program. Students also need to meet and retain the eligibility requirements of the selected program(s). The details and the course progression of each program are available in the Orlando Science Curriculum Guide. Please ensure that you have read about the programs before submitting this application form.

  • Friday, January 18th 2019 by 11:59 p.m. -Application Deadline
  • Tuesday, January 29th 2019- Application results will be announced

2nd Semester Club Re-Sign Up-January 8th-15th 2019

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2nd Semester Club Re-Sign Ups began Tuesday, January 8th, 2018 and will end on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019.

7th Grade History Center Field Trip Information

The 7th Grade Class will be taking a Field Trip to the Orange County Regional History Center on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019.

Students will visit the Orange County Regional History Center. The purpose of this field trip is for students to learn more about history by participating in hands-on exhibits. Also please note, that the money is NOT REFUNDABLE AND NO LATE PERMISSION SLIPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Also, if the student owes any money to the school, the money must be paid first before the student will be allowed to attend the field trip. We will be attending the following hands-on exhibits: first people, Conquistadors, fossils, portable aquifer, mini-mock trial, butter-making, voting documents, and Civil Rights artifacts. For more information about the field trip, please go to the following website:


In the PDF below you will find the Permission Form(Due January 23rd, 2019) and important guidelines. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Frunker.

OSS Team Magic Places 1st at Tesla Meet #3

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The Orlando Science Team MAGIC received another award at the Tesla meet#3 on 12/30/18. The team was awarded 1st place for judges award for Gracious Professionalism. They also received an honorable mention for two out of three other categories: Engineering Notebook and for their STEM Outreach Efforts. Congratulations Team MAGIC on this outstanding achievement!!

OSS Team Binary Bosses Places 2ndat Tesla Meet #3

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The Orlando Science Middle School FTC team Binary Bosses placed 2nd in the Tesla League Meet 3 Robot Games! The meet was held on December 30th where 23 different teams competed. Congratulations to the Binary Bosses on a job well done!

November Teacher of the Month: Ms. Chandler

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We are pleased to announce that Ms.Chandler has been selected as our November Teacher of the Month. Thank you, Ms. Chandler, for being a role model in our school and we appreciate your dedication to our students each day.


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The OCLS has partnered with OSS Middle/High to provide free Virtual Library Cards (VLC) to all students. There are many wonderful online resources students can use from any computer with their credentials. Check out the website www.ocls.info and go to Research and Learning to explore all the learning opportunities the library offers. Use the credentials listed in the picture above to log in and enjoy!

Attention: Lynx Lane ADDitions Volunteers

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2018-2019 Lynx Lane Birthday Dress Down Form

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Orcas this is just a reminder that students interested in dressing down for their birthday must submit a "Birthday Dress Down Day" form found below two days prior to their birthday dress down day request. If a form is submitted less than the two days or is not submitted they will be considered out of dress code and they will not be approved to dress down.

2018-2019 OSS Middle & High Yearbook Now on Sale!

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Lynx Lane 1st Semester Award Ceremonies

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Lynx Lane School Wide Spelling Bee

The School Wide Lynx Lane Spelling bee will take place on Thursday, January 17th, 2019 during the second and third hour.

Students will be competing in a classroom-wide spelling bee, the winners of each ELA class will go on to compete in the School Wide Spelling Bee.

National History Bee Qualifying Exam

Attention parents, all 6th, 7th and 8th graders will be participating in the National History Bee Qualifying exam in January. This exam is a preliminary step in qualifying for the National History Bee. We are asking all students to participate whether they plan to attend the regional competition or not. This is a great opportunity for students to test their history skills and who knows students may know more than they think!

After the qualifying exam, students will be notified whether they qualified or not for regionals. Those students will then be given the option to attend the regional competition in the Spring.

Good luck students!

OSS Model UN Team Heads to St. Petersburg for FMSMUN 11(Model UN Conference)

On Saturday, January 12th, OSS students will travel to Shoreview Preparatory School in St. Petersburg to participate in FMSMUN 11. FMSMUN is Florida’s flagship middle school Model United Nations conference. Now in its eleventh year, FMSMUN teaches middle school students about the UN system and challenges facing the International community in a friendly and academic manner. To help ensure on-time arrival, participating delegates must arrive at Lynx Ln. at 6:30 am.

Good Luck Orcas!!!

National School Choice Week Begins January 18th 2019

Orlando Science Middle High celebrates National School Choice Week! Friday January 18th – Saturday January 26th 2019.

Friday, January 18th-My Choice, My School!

Students will be introduced to National School Choice Week with a presentation during school lunches followed by School Choice Trivia.

Monday, January 21st -No School:

In Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 22nd -My Choice, My School, My Expression! – Yellow dress down day

Students may dress down and wear a yellow shirt on this day! The best yellow dressed students will take a group picture. Dress down rules apply.

Wednesday, January 23rd -My Choice, My School, My Voice!

Students will write reasons why school choice is important and/or their favorite part of the

school choice experience on survey cards through their second-period classes.

Thursday, January 24th-No Events Scheduled

Friday, January 25th-National School Choice Raffle!

Every student who wrote reasons why school choice is important or their favorite experience on the survey cards will be entered into a raffle. The prizes will be distributed during lunches.

Saturday, January 26th-Orlando Science Schools Open House!

Parents will have the opportunity to explore their school choice by touring the campus and

discussing class and club options.

RSVP to the January 23rd 2019 PVO Meeting

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Join the OSS PVO Team on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 at the Orlando Science High School Technology Drive Campus Cafeteria(2nd Floor) from 6:00-8: 00 PM for our next meeting. This is a general meeting and all Orlando Science Families are encouraged to attend, we will be discussing the 2018 Fall Festival results, plans for the 2019 Fall Festival and other important Items. RSVP using the link below, we cannot wait to see you there!

Important Lynx Lane Questions and Answers

How do I purchase a replacement Agenda?

Lynx Lane Orcas who are in need of a replacement agenda may purchase one using the link below. Once you purchase the agenda please email a copy of your SchoolPay receipt to Mrs. Caggiano.


Whom should I contact if my student was or will be absent ?

Attendance is a key to the success of your student's learning. If you have any attendance concerns such as daily absences, upcoming absences, extended absences or questions please contact Mrs. Caggiano.

What do I need to do if my student is a bus rider or walker ?

Orcas who walk or take the Lynx Bus transportation must have "Walker/Bus Rider" form on file. If you need form you may find it below. Students must sign out at the front office before leaving school each day.

How do I contact My Student's Teachers ?

Here at OSS, email is the best way to reach your student's teachers with any questions or concenrs. All OSS Staff Emails maybe found on the staff directory tab on your student's OSS Dashboard.

Can I make payments with Cash?

Please be advised for the 2018-2019 School Year we will NO LONGER BE ACCEPTING CASH as a form of payment. We will continue to accept checks, credit cards, and SCHOOL PAY. Thank you for your understanding.

What do I need to do to Volunteer at the OSS Lynx Lane Campus and or attend OSS Field Trips?

Orlando Science Families interested in volunteering at the OSS Lynx Lane Campus during the 2018-2019 School Year must be ADDitions approved. Below you will find the link to apply for ADDitions for the 2018-2019 School Year.


How do I join the OSS PVO(Parent Volunteer Organization) Team?

The OSS PVO Team is accepting new members all year long! 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.

When are Progress Reports/Report Cards Released ?

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Amazon Smile and Office Depot's Give Back to Schools

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Orlando Science Families, great news! If you shop on Amazon or Office Depot then you may eligible to support Orlando Science Schools! Below you will find information on both of these wonderful organizations and their links. Happy shopping!


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


Orlando Science Lynx Lane STEM Corner

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Stem Occupation of the Week: Quality Control Analysts

Quality Control Analysts: Conduct tests to study the quality of raw materials or finished products. They prepare information or documentation related to legal or regulatory matters, monitor operational procedures in technical environments to ensure conformance to standards.

Source: https://careerwise.minnstate.edu/careers/careerDetail?oc=19409901&title=Quality%20Control%20Analysts

Stem Vocabulary of the Week: Currency

Currency: - The state of being current or up-to-date or a system of money in general use in a particular country.

Birthday Dress Down Information and Form!

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Students interested in dressing down for their birthday must submit a "Birthday Dress Down Day" form found below two days prior to their birthday. If a form is not submitted they will be considered out of dress code.

Dress Down Day Request Form

January Birthdays

Malak C., Ryan D., Rian H., Logan L., Erik Q., Ethan R., Simran T., Thomas A-C., Kaidan A., Rachelle B., Beyza B., Ankita B., Beckham B., Clayton C., Beatriz G.,Makayla G., Arielle G., Chidanand K., Amanda K., Isaac K., Meghana K., Jerry L., Torrell M., Mia R., Omar R., Kayomi S., Joshua S., Sahiti Y., Rachael Y., Yusuf Z., Sebastian Z-R., Nuriye A., Juan C., Ian F., Filippos F., Manas G., Isabel H-L., Kyja J., Valeria M-O. Casara M., Akshar P., Lisa P. and Michael S.

Middle/High Charter Lunch Menu-December

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Orcas Apply For Free/Reduced Meals Today!

Orcas, we ask that you take a moment and fill out the OCPS Free/Reduced Meal Application today! To fill out the application simply click the START FRESH photo above or click the link below. For more details regarding the application please select the appropriate link below.

Important LOST AND FOUND CLEAN OUT Information

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2018-2019 Lynx Lane Tutoring Schedule

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Check out Orlando Science Technology Drive Campuses Newsletters!

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FortifyFL app is now Available

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OSS Families: See the important message below regarding FortifyFlorida.

We are pleased to announce that the FortifyFL app is LIVE. Now, 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.


Pam Bondi and Pam Stewart

Attorney General and Commissioner of Education

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8th Grade-OSS High School Introduction Day

Tuesday, Jan. 15th, 8-10am

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

Description:8th Grade Lynx Lane Students visit the OSS High School Campus. The program will include:

  • A guided school tour by student ambassadors,
  • freshman expectations presentation by counselors
  • Q&A by juniors and seniors
  • High school highlights

Students will be transported by school bus.

Lynx Lane 1st Semester Award Ceremony(6th and 8th Grade)

Wednesday, Jan. 16th, 5:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane, Orlando FL 32804

Lynx Lane School Wide Spelling Bee

Thursday, Jan. 17th, 9-11am

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

Lynx Lane 1st Semester Award Ceremony(7th Grade)

Thursday, Jan. 17th, 5:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane, Orlando FL 32804

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday-No School

Monday, Jan. 21st, 7:30am-5pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

7th Grade Field Trip-History Center

Wednesday, Jan. 30th, 10am-2pm

65 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801

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