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Information for the ORHS Wildcat Nation 01/11/2021 #158

Attention Parents of Seniors!!

The third and FINAL FAFSA Completion Night is this coming Tuesday, January 12th at the ORHS Amphitheater across from the Counseling Office. The time will be 5:30-7:30 pm. We will have a college financial aid officer with us to assist you. Please bring a laptop, your 2019 tax information and it would be best to have you and your senior's FSAID before you attend. Go to www.fafsa.gov to register for your FSAID. You will need them to submit the FAFSA. The FAFSA MUST BE completed by February 1st for the TN Promise (two years tuition paid at Roane State or Pellissippi and/or other scholarships
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In accordance with Governor Lee’s Executive Order #70 and in conjunction with the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association and ORHS Athletic Department, specific guidelines for attendance to Oak Ridge High School Basketball games at Wildcat Arena have been implemented:

Wildcat Arena Basketball Game Day Guidelines

In effect through January 19, 2021 per Executive Order #70

COVID-19 Guideline Requirements:

· Temperatures will be taken at door

· No one whose temperature measures above 100.4 will be permitted to enter

· Masks are MANDATORY and are to be worn at all times inside Wildcat Arena

· Social distancing


· Basketball Team - Limit of 12 players each team

· Basketball Coaches

· No Cheerleaders

· No Dance Team


· Immediate Household List

List provided by Home & Visiting Coaches to include:

Parents / Guardians / Step-parents / Grandparents / Siblings

· School Administrators

· Game / Facility Administrators

· Athletic Officials

· First Responders

· Media and Athletic Scouting personnel attending game in their professional capacity

· No Students or Community Members will be allowed to purchase tickets or attend the game (unless included on Immediate Household List as described above)


· Sold at door only

· $6 Adults / $5 Sr. Citizen & under 18


· Concessions will not be available

Live Streaming:

· Available on YouTube

Prepradio Channel

· Oak Ridge Schools’ Channel 15


Wildcat basketball will be live on YouTube and Channel 15 while the TSSAA and Governor Lee's expectations are in place.

Members of ORHS NJROTC participated in the special Wreaths Across America program on December 19th

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Homework Hotline provides FREE one-on-one tutoring and educational support to students. Hotline's certified teachers will ensure that your students and their families receive the quality support they need during the school year. Students may contact our teachers by phone at 615-298-6636 or 901-416-1234 or chat with a teacher online at homeworkhotline.info. Hotline's hours are after school, Monday through Thursday from 5pm - 9pm.


Calling all Visual Artists and Poets: Oak Ridge elementary, middle and high school students are invited to create works of art & poetry inspired by the Scarboro 85 and honoring the 65th anniversary of the Historic Oak Ridge School Desegregation. The Competition theme is: “Honoring the Struggle, Celebrating the Triumphs & Inspiring the Future”. You can watch the PSA below for more information on the historic event. All entries due by February 19, 2021


Pull out those unused instruments from closets and attics to bring to the concert! The ORHS Band Boosters (501c3) Instrument Drive is an ongoing event. Instruments are needed more than ever with the growth in the Oak Ridge Schools Band Programs and the needs of our students. Donated instruments will be used by students in the middle schools as well as the high school. The ORS Band Program truly appreciates every donated instrument!


In order to keep everyone safe, all families should observe these protocols:

1. Does someone else living in the home have COVID? Do not send school age children to school and report this information to Lori Gupton, our school nurse immediately. 425-9604

2. Does your student exhibit any symptoms which might be related to COVID? Keep them home, report to Ms. Gupton for instructions.

3. Wear masks properly at all times when on campus.

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If you shop at Kroger, Please choose one of our three Oak Ridge High School groups to support while you are shopping! Set up grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings - anyone - to choose an organization, too! EVERY PENNY HELPS!

It's easy to set up! Log into your Kroger account online, Select "My Account", "Select "Community Rewards" and search for "Oak Ridge High School" and options will appear! This is free money to our organizations who need your help today! Contact Mrs. Thompson if you need assistance - sathompson@ortn.edu

Oak Ridge High School Band Boosters

Oak Ridge High School Orchestra Boosters

Oak Ridge High School PTSO


Key Club is looking for new members who desire to invest in service to their community and their school! Encourage your teen to be involved! Students and parents can email Mr. Schoolcraft for additional information! jeschoolcraft@ortn.edu


The school counselors have had the privilege of working with the students in the Class of 2024 over the last several weeks as we have been meeting with them to develop their high school course plan. The high school course plan is a rough draft of the courses they will take while in high school to meet both Tennessee State graduation requirements and college admission requirements.

In an effort to keep you in the loop throughout this process, the counselors have created a 15 minute informational video that explains course planning meetings, graduation requirements, and our upcoming visits to 9th grade guided studies/AVID to conduct career interest inventories. See below.

You are always welcome to reach out directly to your child’s counselor with any questions or concerns. The ORHS counselors are:

Paige Taylor, Last Names A-De - hptaylor@ortn.edu

Ashley Bennewitz, Last Names Di-I - abennewitz@ortn.edu

Brianna Ottinger, Last Names J-M - bottinger@ortn.edu

Kelly Rowland, Last Names N-Sh - ksrowland@ortn.edu

Heidi Foster, Last Names Si-Z - hafoster@ortn.edu

We look forward to working with you throughout your child’s four years at Oak Ridge High School!

Class of 2024 Parent Info Session


Over the next several weeks, we will publish the video catalog by WBIR for the Scarboro 85. If you have not seen the episodes, please take time to follow the journey to desegregation of the Oak Ridge Schools. Highlighting Chapter 3 - The First Day


The Oak Log price is now $80.00. To ensure you get a copy, we suggest you buy now! If there are any books available on distribution day, the book will sell for $85.00 cash only. https://www.balfour.com/tennessee/oak-ridge/oak-ridge-high-school


With colder weather upon us and the "snow" word creeping into the forecast, we want to remind families of important Inclement Weather Procedures:

1. We are OAK RIDGE CITY SCHOOLS - NOT Anderson County

2. Decisions are made by 5:15 am - at the latest and notifications will begin thereafter

3. Delay schedules can include - 1 hour delay (breakfast is served); 2 hour delay (no breakfast; or Full day cancellation.

4. Notification for families:

a. A Skyalert message will be made - phone calls are sent to the phone numbers on

file in Skyward. PLEASE make sure these phone numbers are up to date.

b. The ortn.edu website will be updated

c. Media outlets will be notified - WFIV; WYSH; WRJZ; TYLV; B97.5 = Radio

Channel 12, WBIR-TV (www.wbir.com/weather; WVLT-TV (www.local8now.com),

WATE-TV (wate.com,

d. Look for Twitter announcement from @ORSchools


National Youth Science Camp Opportunity for STEM Minded Seniors

The National Science Foundation is accepting applications from high school seniors to attend the 2021 virtual National Youth Science Camp experience. Applicants must be willing to participate in all virtual sessions extending from June 28 through July 21, 2021.

This program is designed to interested students meeting the following qualifications:

  • documented superior academic proficiency, including recognition in mathematics or the sciences.
  • documented leadership abilities and social maturity through involvement in school or community activities.
  • documented skills and achievements outside the realm of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and outside the realm of academia.
  • demonstrate a curiosity and an eagerness to explore many and varied topics.
  • intend to pursue higher education and a career in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics-related field.

Click here to view the 2021 National Youth Science Camp brochure.

To submit an electronic application, seniors can visit the National Science Foundation’s portal here. The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. CT/ 6 p.m. ET on February 28, 2021.

Seniors - Time to Start on Earning your Work Ethic Distinction

Students graduating with a district-developed work ethic distinction will be recognized upon graduation. This distinction will be useful for presentation to future employers for work-based learning, apprenticeships, and employment in a chosen field after graduation. Employers throughout Tennessee have indicated that students who present a document such as this, indicating desirable work habits, will be given preference for interviews. In order to earn such a distinction, students must exhibit certain characteristics by earning points on a Work Ethic The application form is available in the school counseling office or via this link: www.ortn.edu/Curriculum/CCTE/Work_Ethic.pdf

Students who attain at least 20 points on this form may deliver it at any time before April 1st, 2020 to Dr. Holly Cross at Oak Ridge High School, room CS244.

For the TN Promise standard, for practicality, there is a statewide COVID-19 exception to the expectation to earn the volunteer hours before earning the Work Ethic Distinction this year.

Most areas selected on the form can be verified in-house by Dr. Cross, once submitted. For those items that cannot be found in Skyward, students must present written verification of items selected. A signed certificate of completion will be provided by Dr. Cross for students to present to potential employers, once earned.

Senior Steering needs your pictures of the Class of 2021

The Senior Steering committee is working on the Senior Slideshow. This slideshow will consist of pictures of students throughout their years together as Oak Ridge students. This slideshow is a tradition that we hope to continue during this weird and hard year. Email us pictures from elementary, middle and high school. We want to cherish the years we have had together and these pictures will serve as memories for many years to come. Please email pictures to the 2021 class account orhsclassof21@gmail.com with pictures in the subject line. Thanks you so much and we hope to see all of our smiling faces in our slideshow.



Trying to figure out where to go to college? Check out the virtual college visits for this week! Seniors should stop by the counseling office for the zoom link!

We have a virtual college visit scheduled on Thursday, January 14th at 3:15pm with a representative from Averett University. If you are interested in joining this visit, email Ms. Campbell at akcampbell@ortn.edu and she will send you the link.

Class of 2021, Don't forget to fill out your FAFSA by February 1st!!! See below for resources to help you complete your FAFSA!

Need help with FAFSA?

Watch tutorials






Monday – Thursday: 8am – 7pm (CT)

Friday: 8am – 4pm (CT)

Saturday: 10am – 3pm (CT)

Virtual line-by-line


Register here

Monday, January 11: 6pm (CT)

Monday, January 25: 6pm (CT)

Virtual completion


Register here

Wednesday, January 20:

4pm – 7pm (CT)


Students interested in being nominated for the Savanah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Distinguished Scholars Award should submit their name, and a brief statement indicating why you should be considered for this award, to Ms. Taylor, no later than Friday, January 22nd. This renewable award is $20,000 per year for tuition, and can be used at any SCAD location. For more information, stop by the Counseling Office.

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Find Scholarship information!

This link will lead students and families to all scholarship opportunities received by our Counseling Office.




Please be aware of the dates below. These dates reflect the three weeks’ notice REQUIRED by the ORHS counselors/teachers for College Admissions/Scholarship recommendation letters.

Please keep to these deadlines as counselors/teachers are writing many recommendations for multiple students during these dates. We want to write the best recommendations for you that we can so we greatly appreciate this “lead time” to assure that we’ve provided the best letter possible for YOU and YOUR accomplishments these past four years.

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Congratulations Jaxon Adams!!

Mr. Adams was chosen to the 2020 Knox News All-PrepXtra Football Team.

Why chosen: Adams was an all-region selection for the Wildcats, recording 41 total tackles, four tackles for loss and a team-high 7.5 sacks. Well done, Jaxon! We are all proud of you!!


Congratulations Ainsley Patrick!!

Miss Patrick was chosen to the 2020 Knox News All-PrepXtra Volleyball team.

Why chosen: The Tulane beach volleyball signee recorded 249 kills, 199 digs and 89 aces. Well done, Ainsley!! We are all proud of you!



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Does your student need to practice ACT problems online? ACT and Kaplan have created a new ACT prep course for students at no cost to students. Information and registration is here: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-preparation/act-kaplan.html
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Need a Driver's Permit??

In order for a student to take their permit test, a form is required from the school. Mrs. Thacker, our attendance secretary, prepares these forms. Requests forms can be picked up in Attendance and require 24 hours to process! Make it easy....request here! https://forms.gle/pVtJFHuaXpUN1auh6

Student Drivers

Do you drive to school? Students are reminded that all cars must have a parking tag displayed. Parking registration form is below. There is NO PARKING in the WildBand practice area of the parking lot located on the Oak Ridge Turnpike. This area is clearly marked with yellow lines closest to the Turnpike. Students can use their badge to print the form at school or pick up a copy in Student Services from Mrs. Rhinehart.

Free & Reduced Lunch Forms

We often have juniors and seniors who do not fill out the form because they eat off campus. However, those who qualify can receive reduction waivers for ACT and AP Exams. It is also imperative for student athletes who will need to qualify for assistance in some colleges. Eligibility is based on whether or not the student was enrolled in F/R their final year of high school. Please contact Dr. Larrissa Henderson, Director of Pupil Services if you have additional questions. 425-9009 or lhenderson@ortn.edu


Students at the highschool may choose a locker. The exact locker number and location is required to fill out the Google form! Once a student decides the locker they would like to have, they can complete the online form and pick up their combination from Mrs. Brockwell in the Main Office.



Parents, text messages are a feature in Skyward which could be enabled on your Skyward account. If this is a service which would better serve the communication needs of your family, please complete the survey below. Thanks!

Student athlete medical form

All student athletes are required to have a athletic medical form. If your student athlete did not have their physical completed on our free physical day, please download the attached form as submit it as soon as possible.


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It’s that time of year again for you to register your ValuCard from Food City to help our CDC class here @ ORHS. Once you register, you don’t have to do so again until next school year! Just shop!!! Registration began on 09-02-2020 and continues through 12-26-2020. The opportunity for us to earn funds for our classroom runs through 05-11-2021. The only way to register your card this year is to do so ONLINE….in-store registration is no longer an option, sorry! Thank you so much for your continued support of our program!


DO YOU USE CURBSIDE PICKUP at Kroger and no longer receive a paper receipt??? The receipt can be viewed online and can be scanned by your phone from any computer. Log into your Kroger account; Choose My Purchases; Purchase Details; and in the right corner click "View Receipt."

No more clipping, no more guilt! Download the Box Tops for Education APP. Scan your APP every time you go shopping, and all qualifying Box Tops will automatically load and support ORHS! It's super easy! Find those receipts and start scanning! If you want to just send receipts to the office to Mrs. Thompson, she will scan them for you and shred them afterwards!

All Box Top funds go to support our CDC classrooms!


CDC is asking everyone to continue to save your Coke product lids/case codes. You may send those Coke lids/codes in to us here at the high school or you can set up your own account @ https://us.coca-cola.com/give/schools , input your codes and donate them to Oak Ridge High School. All proceeds donated go to CDC to help pay for classroom supplies, materials and student needs. Thank you for your support!!!


Shopping at Amazon is routine for us all! Login into Amazon www.amazonsmiles.com using your same Amazon Prime account and a donation will go towards your organization of choice! Same discounts and prime shipping that you are accustomed to apply!

More Info: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/ref=smi_se_rspo_laas_aas


  • Wildcat Football Boosters Club
  • Oak Ridge High School Band Boosters
  • Oak Ridge High School Orchestra Booster Club
  • Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation Inc
  • Oak Ridge High School Parent Teacher Student Organization


Follow your class on social media

CLASS OF 2021: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1127014304326666

Twitter: @ORHSClassof2021

CLASS OF 2022: https://www.facebook.com/groups/265859534437549

Twitter: @EstepinTime

CLASS OF 2023: Twitter: @DavidJFoust

CLASS OF 2024: https://www.facebook.com/groups/197134894660295

Twitter: @ORHSClassof2024 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oakridgehsclassof2024/?igshid=1iuq3v51ravss

ORHS Administrators

Class of 2021 - Amber Roberts ahroberts@ortn.edu

Class of 2022 - Beth Estep kestep@ortn.edu

Class of 2023 - David Foust djfoust@ortn.edu

Class of 2024 - Stephanie Thompson sathompson@ortn.edu

Executive Principal - Dr. Garfield Adams geadams@ortn.edu

School counseling support team


Paige Taylor - hptaylor@ortn.edu Last Names beginning with A-De

Ashley Bennewitz abennewitz@ortn.edu Last Names beginning with Di-I

Brianna Ottinger - bottinger@ortn.edu Last Names beginning with J-M

Kelly Rowland - ksrowland@ortn.edu Last Names beginning with N-Sh

Heidi Foster - hafoster@ortn.edu Last Names beginning with Si-Z

Rising seniors will NOT have a change in counselor. For the Class of 2021, we will use the previous distribution of:

Paige Taylor: A-C

Ashley Bennewitz: D-H

Brianna Ottinger: I-M

Kelly Rowland: N-R

Heidi Foster: S-Z

Social Worker: Alison King aking@ortn.edu

Registrar: Audrey Morris amorris@ortn.edu

Guidance Administrative Assistant: Amy Campbell akcampbell@ortn.edu

Link to Website: https://www.ortn.edu/highschool/academics/school-counseling/

Follow our team on Instagram: ORHS_wildcatcounseling

Watch for announcements on Twitter: @ORHSCounseling

Way to connect and stay informed

It is our desire to keep our families informed of all of the activity and awesome news coming from Oak Ridge High School. We have multiple platforms for connection. We encourage you to explore the many ways and provide feedback!

Website - http://www.ortn.edu/highschool/

Reopening Plan and COVID-19 Information: https://www.ortn.edu/information-regarding-coronavirus/

Daily Bulletin - http://www.ortn.edu/highschool/daily-bulletin/

Channel 15 at 7:50 AM - Watch the announcements each morning by our Crew! YouTube Streaming: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL9N_azmWeQByrIW6pWLBlQ

Live in Knox/Anderson/Roane - If you live throughout Anderson/Roane/Knox counties and have ATT Uverse you can find us on Channel 99 – just select the Oak Ridge Schools option.

INews - http://www.ortn.edu/highschool/news-events/news-links/

Skylert Messages and Emails - Please make sure your current email address and phone numbers are up to date!!!

PTSO Newsletter - PTSO distributes a VERY detailed quarterly newsletter to inform parents of upcoming events and LOTS of counseling information! This comes to your email! They also have a presence on the website: http://www.orhs-ptso.org/news-information with tons of information! PTSO also has a Facebook presence, and we encourage you to "LIKE" their page! https://www.facebook.com/ORHSPTSO/

Twitter - Follow the accounts listed below

Follow us on @Twitter

Our goals include celebrating students and increasing our communication to families! Twitter is an avenue by which we try to accomplish these goals! Just try it! Follow these accounts!
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