Orlando Science Middle High

Issue 302

Weekly Newsletter-March 2nd 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.”

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the month of March! We have had such a fantastic year so far, and we are ready to finish it strong!

This week's newsletter is filled with exciting announcements, recaps and so much more, that we are excited to share with you. We would first like to remind everyone that our Testing Season kicks off next Tuesday March 6th 2018 with FSA Writes. You will be able to find the full calendar below, please be sure to place it somewhere that is readily available.

Please join me to congratulate our students competed at the 15th Annual Dr. Nelson Ying Orange County Science Exposition. This is more commonly known as the Orange County Science Fair! Qualifying for the 58th science fair is an amazing accomplishment. Special congratulations to Shreya and Harshita for being the 1st place in their categories. Our students presented their long-term STEM project impressing judges from other schools and from STEM professions.

In case you missed it, our OSS Neuroscience Club placed 3rd at the "Central Florida Brain Bee Competition" this past Saturday! This is an outstanding achievement, we are also happy to announce that Noah L, placed in the Top 10 of all competitors.

On Saturday, February 24th, 2018, Orlando Science Middle School students competed in the Regional History Bee Competition, of our competitors we have three heading to the National History Bee. Congratulations to Amitha K, Riyan A and Sheel T and best of luck at Nationals!

The OSS Foreign Language Department will be hosting Foreign Language Week beginning on March 5th 2018 and ending on March 9th 2018 with our "World Language Night". The schedule for the week and details regarding our "World Language Night" may be found below, we cannot wait to celebrate with you!

Middle School Students do not forget that track tryouts will be held next Monday and Tuesday and the Technology Drive Campus from 4:00-5:30 PM. Students must be in grades sixth through eighth, attend both days of tryouts and have a current sports physical in order to be eligible.

Congratulations to Vidit P. for winning the OSS Chess Tournament, our next one will be held on Saturday, April 7th, 2018. The NHS/NJHS "All You Can Eat Pancake/Waffle Breakfast" was a great success, do not forget the next one will be held on Saturday, March 31st, 2018.

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


Abdulaziz Yalcin

Orlando Science
Middle/High School

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2017-2018 Assessment Calendar

The 2017-2018 Assessment Calendar is a wonderful resource for our upcoming Testing Season. Please select the button below labeled "2017-2018 Assessment Calendar" below to see this year's calendar, or select the PDF for download.

OSS Neuroscience Club Places 3rd at Central Florida Brain Bee Competition

The Orlando Science High School Neuroscience Club placed 3rd at the Central Florida Brain Bee Competition at UCF this past Saturday! This is the very first year that we have had a team compete at this competition. We are also excited to announce that Noah L. placed in the Top 10 among all the competitors. Congratulations to our Neuroscience Club and their Coach Mrs. Balci on this outstanding achievement!

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Orlando Science Competes at Regional History Bee Competition

On Saturday February 24th 2018 Orlando Science students Amitha K., Sheel T., Rohan K., Nikhil R., Riyan A., and Jaden Y. participated in the Regional National History Bee competition held at Trinity Preparatory School, Winter Park, FL. All of our competitors did an amazing job, we are pleased to announce that Amitha K, Riyan A. and Sheel T. will be advancing to the National History Bee Finals to represent Orlando Science Schools ! Congratulations to everyone on a job well done!

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OSS MH Celebrates Foreign Language Week

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The Orlando Science Middle High Foreign Language Department will celebrate "Foreign Language Week" during the week of March 5th-9th 2018. You will find the schedule below of the week's events, including "World Language Night" to be held on Friday March 9th 2018 from 5:00-7:00PM in the OSS MH Cafeteria.

Monday March 5th 2018

Greetings in French,Arabic and Japanese

50th person say hello to Ms. Foley in Japanese will get a chocolate bar

Greeting word poster contest Starts(Students will create a poster with using “hello” In different language)

Tuesday March 6th 2018

Greetings in Spanish, Hindu and German

50th person say hello to Ms. Foley in Spanish will get a chocolate bar

Spanish Movie Night(After School) $1-Includes Popcorn

Wednesday March 7th 2018

Greetings in Turkish, Italian, Korean

50th person say hello to Ms. Foley in Turkish will get a chocolate bar

Turkish Movie Night(After School) $1-Includes Popcorn

Thursday March 8th 2018

Greetings in Russian, Portuguese and Urdu

50th person say hello to Ms. Foley in Russian will get a chocolate bar

Greeting word poster contest Ends

(Students will create a poster with using “hello”In different language)

Friday March 9th 2018

Greetings in Chinese, Hindi and Greek

50th person say hello to Ms. Foley in Hindi will get a chocolate bar

Guest Speaker Dr. Gergana Vitanova is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of M.A. TESOL Program and Modern Languages & Literatures at the University of Central Florida.

Foreign Language T-shirt or Cultural Dress Down Day

World Language Night-5:00-7:00PM-OSS MH Cafeteria

Bring your favorite dish to join the food contest. Please see Ms. Foley for rubric

Deadline for Senior Yearbook Ads is TODAY!

The 2018 Senior Class Yearbook Ads are available for purchase. You may purchase your Senior ADs through the below SchoolPay websites, ADs are available in both full and half page formats. Please select the appropriate link for the AD you would like to purchase, once you have purchased your senior AD please send the recipet of your AD along with the photos and message you would like with your AD to Mr. Lakner. ADs must be submitted by March 2nd 2018.

Full Page AD


Half Page AD


15th Annual Dr. Nelson Ying Orange County Science Exposition Winners

On Valentines Day our students competed at the 15th Annual Dr. Nelson Ying Orange County Science Exposition. This is more commonly known as the Orange County Science Fair! Qualifying for the 58th science fair is an amazing accomplishment. Our students presented their long term STEM project impressing judges from other schools and from STEM professions. On Thursday the 22nd of February, the award ceremony was held with exciting results.

Please congratulate the following students in their amazing accomplishments:

Siyona M. – The Leaders Prep Impact Award and the Dr. Alan J. Saffran Memorial Cancer Award.

Miscia F. – The Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society Award

Isma F. and Emal A.– The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award

Landon Dabney – The Office of Naval Research Award

Kayra A.and Ananya V. – U.S. Air Force Award

Shreya B. – U.S. Air Force Award and Orlando Science Center Award

For the middle school placement awards:

Pragna T. and Tanvi C. – 3rd place in Behavioral and Social Sciences,

Isaiah S., Sabah I., and Sloan R. – 3rd place in Behavioral and Social Sciences

Tarang G. – 3rd place in Biomedical and Health Sciences

Serena L. – 4th place in Chemistry

Beatriz G. – 3rd place in Chemistry

Isma F.– 3rd place in Earth and Environmental Science

Maya R. – 2nd place in Earth and Environmental Science

Shreya B.– 1st place in Mathematic and Computational Sciences (She will be moving on to states at the end of March)

Nyah P. – 2nd place Microbiology

Kayra A. and Ananya V. – 4th place in Physics and Astronomy

Alyssa K. – 3rd place in Physics and Astronomy

Landon D. – 2nd place in Physics and Astronomy

For the high school placement awards:

Meghana T. – 2nd place in Behavioral and Social Sciences

Maleeha S.and Ameena M. – 4th place in Biomedical and Health Sciences

Sumaiyah M. and Anique Z. – 4th place in Biomedical and Health Sciences

Harshitha U.– 1st place in Chemistry

(She will be moving on to states at the end of March)

Devin S. – 3rd place in Environmental Engineering

Karima I.– 3rd place in Environmental Engineering”

Meet with the OSS School Counselor Ms. Bumgarner

A Message from the Counselor

Hello Orlando Science Families,

On the button below you will be able to book a time to meet with me, Orlando Science School’s Professional School Counselor, Amanda Bumgarner. Click on an available time found in the link(button) below, answer the four required questions, and click to confirm your appointment. You will receive an email confirmation immediately.

Each appointment is thirty minutes and will be held in the school counselor’s office on the Lynx or Tech campus.

IMPORTANT NOTE: On Mon-Wed, the counselor will be at the Lynx Campus and on Thurs-Fri, at the Tech Campus. Please book accordingly.


Ms. B


Orlando Science Center is looking for Summer Volunteers!

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Applications are now open for summer 2018!

During the summer, first-time applicants are considered

for either the Youth Visitor Experience Team or the

Summer Camp Team. More opportunities will then available

for students for the following terms to apply for student

internships and other volunteer opportunities!

Please use the link below to start your application.



All materials must be submitted before this date to be considered for an interview.

For more information:

Orlando Science Center

Youth Volunteer Program

Volunteer Resources Department

407.514.2034 or volunteer@osc.org.

2018 Middle School Track Tryouts

Middle School Students interested in trying out must attend both dates of tryouts and have a current sports physical on file. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Mulligan.


March 5th and 6th 2018 from 4:00-5:30PM at the Technology Campus

First Meet

April 4th 2018 at Wolf Lake

2018 Graduation Dates

12th Grade Graduation:Wednesday May 30th 2018 (Orlando Repertory Theater)

8th Grade Graduation: TBA

Orlando Science Athlete of the Week

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How are the words “Ace,” “Dig,” and “Pancake” related? They are all terms that 9th Grader Gwen is very familiar with. Gwen is a designated middle hitter on a club volleyball team. Gwen’s day does not end with the end of the school day. Up to 4 days a week, Gwen is at her volleyball club, playing volleyball. Gwen currently is interested in playing at a college. Dedication, training and persistence and marketing is needed to become a college volleyball player. In addition to practices on the court with the team and coaches, she and the rest of her 12-member team meet with a personal trainer for strength and endurance conditioning 2 days a week.

Gwen and others on her team also learn the skills of visualization, focusing, and other mental tactics to be mentally prepared for each tournament through an online course. Add an occasional private lesson to fine tune serving, hitting, blocking, and passing skills and now you are aware of the training involved for this highly competitive sport where only about 3% of the girls who play during high school are awarded a position on a college team.

In addition to the training and tournaments, Gwen and her team participate in a philanthropic project each year. The girls travel to compete in cities such as Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville and even Atlanta GA.

Club of the Week: National Math Club

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“The National Math Club is a national program that gives students the opportunity to engage in mathematics that is non-competitive, fun and different from "textbook math." Created in 2007, it is a completely free MATHCOUNTS program. Students participate in mathematical hands-on activities that encourage team building and number sense. Club members are required to submit an end of the year group project to the MATHCOUNTS foundation in order to achieve Gold Level Status.”

OSS February Chess Tournament

The Orlando Science February Chess Tournament was held on Saturday February 24th 2018 and sponsored by the OSS Chess Club. Congratulations to Yusuf Gultekin for being the February winner, and to all of our participants. The next OSS Chess Tournament will be scheduled for April 7th 2018.

Orlando Science Middle High Home Visits

Dear OSS Parents and Guardians ,

We like to find ways to communicate with parents to support our mutual involvement in your child’s education. As part of OSS tradition, we are organizing home visits as a way to reach out to our families and get to know them better. We would like to set up a time for a few of your students teachers to have a brief 20-30 minute home visit. Home visits are an effective way to establish positive contact and communication with families. They are not a replacement for parent-teacher conferences, but are a process through which teachers demonstrate their support for students’ families by visiting the home environment where the family feels comfortable. Home visits originate from a sincere desire to assist and work with families. We will be glad to visit you and your child at a convenient time. If you would like to host a home visit, please select one of the days below. We will be organizing quarterly home visits. If you are not available during first quarter, you always can choose a day later on in the school year. We look forward to visiting you!

Sincerely, Orlando Science Schools Teachers and Staff

Click Here to Sign Up for a Home Visit Today

Please select the button above if you would like to schedule a Home Visit for the Month of March.

Orlando Science Junior/Senior Prom

Orlando Science

Junior/Senior Prom

Mark your calendars! Prom will be held on

Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 7 – 11pm once again at the beautiful Tanner Hall,

29 W Garden Ave, Winter Garden, FL 34787

This year’s theme that won is A Night in Paris. Think pink/black/silver and the Eiffel Tower!

The price will remain the same, $30 per person and include a full course meal with two options to accommodate everyone’s dietary needs.

Tickets are now on sale via the SchoolPay link below:


Anyone who would like to help with the décor please contact OSS.PVO@orlandoscience.org

Pizza Day Has Returned!

We are pleased to announce that Pizza Day has returned! Every Thursday students may purchase ether one slice of Papa Johns Pizza for $2 or a combo which includes two slices of Papa Johns Pizza and drink for $5.

Happy Birthday March Orcas!

Luca B., James B., Alexander D., Emily D., Sana I., Aariz R., Trinity T-R., Adrian T., Thomas W., Kaitlyn O., Emmee L., Elijah L., Sean W., Nishi A., Salma H.,Joel R., Serena S., Jason C., Jordan C., Lorenzo M., Alvin N., Rebecca P., Giancarlo R., Kalleah T., Mark E., Cathy S., Abhi D., Yasmeen H., Nia J., Justin L., Seejah S., Justin Y.

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

OSS is pleased to announce that the date has been set for the 2nd Annual PVO Sponsored Fall Festival. Please select the link below for more information and details.


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Gradventure 2018

Orlando Science 8th Grade Students will have the opportunity to attend Universal Orlando's Gradventure 2018 on May 11th 2018. Permission Slips may be found at the front desk and are due by Tuesday March 13th 2018, the cost is $120.


*See 2018 Gradventure(8th Grade)Consent Form and Guidelines PDF found below.

NHS/NJHS Presents All You Can Eat Pancake and Waffle Breakfast

NHS/NJHS will be hosting an "All You Can Eat Pancake and Waffle Breakfast" on Saturday March 31st and April 21st 2018 from 8:00-10:00PM. The cost is $5 per person and all proceeds will go towards the 2018 Relay for Life Event! In order to make this event a great success for our Relay for Life Fundraiser, we are asking for items to be donated for this event. Please see the link below for items needed, thank you for your support!


Tutoring Schedule

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March Hot Charter Breakfast and Lunch Menu

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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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Parent Volunteer Organization Meeting

Wednesday, March 28th, 6-8pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

Our next PVO meeting will take place on Wednesday March 28th 2018 from 6PM-8PM in the Orlando Science Middle High Cafeteria. Everyone is welcome to attend, we will be discussing upcoming events and Fall Festival reminders. RSVP below, we cannot wait to see you there!

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Adult and Children First Aid/CPR/AED and Anaphylaxis Epi-pen Auto-injector Training

Saturday, March 31st, 9am-6pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

This last week our OSS family became even more medically prepared. 13 of us participated in learning Adult and Children First Aid/CPR/AED and Anaphylaxis Epi-pen Auto-injector. These certification courses are most helpful as not only are these students trained but are also helping donate money to the HOSA club. Times slots are 9-12, 12-3, 3-6.

Do not wait, sign up using School Pay today! First eight to sign up for a time slot are the first served. Please email Mr. Stampas for more Information.


4th Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Nights

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4th Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Nights are scheduled for Wednesday May 2nd 2018(4:00-6:00PM) and Thursday May 3rd 2018(4:30-6:30PM). Sign Ups will begin at 7PM on Sunday April 22nd 2018, as the date approaches we will provide the link.

Newsletter Trivia

Fill out the Google Form below, to be entered to win a Dress Down Day The deadline to submit your answers will be Wednesday March 7th 2018.

*Note: This is only valid for Lynx Lane Students and Staff

Thank you to our Sponsors.

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