Orlando Science Schools Lynx Campus

Issue 25

February February 22nd 2019- Weekly Newsletter

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Dear Orlando Science Families,

Help us spread the word about the opening of our Orlando Science East Campus located near UCF. It will be opening August of 2020 for grades K-6 with the addition of a higher grade each year to include grades K-8 by 2022. Students attending our East Campus will be able to continue at Orlando Science Charter High School which is located on Technology Drive. We would like to welcome our new East Orlando Campus to our Orlando Science family. They will have the same outstanding programs and educational model that we currently have at our existing campuses including:

  • Small class size and individual attention for our students
  • Award-winning academic and extracurricular programs
  • Robotics, Science and Math Olympiad programs
  • State of the art STEM classrooms, labs and media center
  • Dedicated teachers and staff
  • Hands-on learning experiences
  • Full-time Gifted program

Orlando Science Charter School is a tuition-free STEM-focused public charter school. Orlando Science has been rated the #1 school in 2018 and 2019 in Central Florida by Niche. US News also rated Orlando Science Charter High School the best high school in Central Florida.

While our plans are progressing, we would like to ask for your participation by filling in an interest application to help us determine the capacity of each grade level. If you are on the waitlist for one of our current campuses or would like to transfer your children to the east campus, please complete the application form below by February 15th, 2019.


Yalcin Akin, Ph.D

Executive Director

Orlando-Seminole- Osceola

Science Charter Schools

Principal's Message

Dear Families and Students,

I hope as always we had another wonderful week! This week's newsletter is filled with many exciting events and reminders.

Orcas, be sure to download the 2018-2019 Lynx Lane Assesment Calendar found in this week's newsletter, it is important to keep these dates in mind when planning appointments and vacations. We ask that you also note that on three Wednesdays during our testing season (May 1st, 8th, and 15th) we will not be following our standard early release schedule. Instead, our Orcas will be released at 2:48 PM if they are in 7th Grade and 2:52 PM if they are in 6th or 8th Grade.

8th Grade Orcas do not forget that the deadline to order and purchase your Graduation Package is next Friday, March 8th, 2019. Also, Gradeventure Permission Forms must be submitted to Mrs. Frunker and payment must be made on SchoolPay, details for both may be found below.

Interested in participating in the "Doodle for Google" or the "10th Annual Education Guide Art Contest Sponsored by Gatorland" may also find details in this week's newsletter or at the front office.

The deadline for turning in non-expired BOXTOPS will be Monday, February 25th, 2019. Be sure to check those pantries and help earn money for our school!

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


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

OSS Parents and Students Complete the ADvanced Sacs/Casi Survey Today

Dear Parents,

As Orlando Science Middle High School is an AdvancED SACS/CASI accredited school, we are engaged in an ongoing continuous improvement process, of which all stakeholders are a part. Surveys are a means to systematically engage all our stakeholders in two-way communication. They provide school leaders and teachers a view into the thinking and perceptions of our stakeholders.

Careful analysis of the results enriches understanding of areas of strength and effectiveness as well as those areas that possibly need improvement. The survey results will enable our school leaders to measure stakeholders’ attitudes and help target improvement strategies focused on student achievement as well as school and system effectiveness.

Taking the survey also will help stakeholders understand the AdvancED Standards for Quality and provide a means for learning about what a parent, student or staff member should be looking for in a high quality at Orlando Science Middle/High.

Your cooperation and support in completing the surveys will be greatly appreciated. The surveys will remain open by Friday, March 30th at 11:59 p.m. Please let me know should you have any questions


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed.
Orlando Science Schools – Middle/High

Go Orcas, Strive for Excellence!

Stay in the Know and Follow OSS MH on Social Media!

Lynx Lane Campus Celebrates Black History Month

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The Lynx Lane Campus is pleased to celebrate "Black History Month"! Each week we will feature one influential African-American who helped shaped our society today! This week we are pleased to feature Ronald McNair.

"African-American physicist and astronaut Ronald McNair was one of the seven crew members killed in the 1986 Space Shuttle 'Challenger' explosion.

Born in South Carolina in 1950, Ronald became an MIT-trained physicist who specialized in laser research before joining NASA in the late 1970s. In February 1984, he became just the second African American to reach space, serving as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. On January 28, 1986, he was one of the seven crew members killed when the Challenger shockingly exploded 73 seconds after liftoff."

For more information on Ronald McNair please visit:


Orange County Library Events

Celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans to our country. Special events throughout the month include lectures, cultural performances and film screenings. Click below for a detailed schedule.


Attention 8th Grade Orcas: Submit your 2019-20 School Year Course Preference

8th Grade Orcas, It is time to request your 2019-20 school year courses!

Take time to carefully select possible courses in the order of your preference. Due to class size restrictions, prerequisites and your academic readiness, you may not be assigned the classes you requested. Sometimes, your last choice is the only option that will work when creating a schedule. Therefore, please complete all of the course categories including the contingency (back-up) course offerings. We will try our best to accommodate your requests. All final placement decisions will be made by the administration and guidance departments after reviewing students' end of year grades and test scores.

If you are not satisfied with your schedule or have different needs, please do not hesitate to email Mr. I until the end of the first two weeks of the new school year. Students should check their high school graduation requirements from the Florida Department of Education's website.

Please feel free to see Mr. I for further questions. FLDOE Graduation Requirement: http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/7764/urlt/1415forwardflyer.pdf For detailed course description please visit http://www.cpalms.org/Public/search/Course . For information about the AP classes please visit https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse

2018-2019 Lynx Lane Assessment Calendar


Below you will find the 2018-2019 Lynx Lane Assesment Calendar, please keep these dates in mind when planning any upcoming appointments and vacations. It is also important to note that on the following days listed below we will not be holding our regular early release schedule, instead, we will follow our standard release schedule to allow more time for testing.

  • May 1st 2019-7th Grade will be released at 2:48PM & 6th and 8th Grade will be released at 2:52PM
  • May 8th 2019-7th Grade will be released at 2:48PM & 6th and 8th Grade will be released at 2:52PM
  • May 15th 2019-7th Grade will be released at 2:48PM & 6th and 8th Grade will be released at 2:52PM
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Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park Field Trip Recap

Last Friday, OSS students traveled to Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park to observe historic presentations at the site of Florida’s largest Civil War battle. Students observed authentic military and civilian camps, listened to period music, played Civil War era games and learned about battlefield surgical practices. The Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park commemorates the largest Civil War battle fought in Florida. On February 20, 1864 more than 10,000 cavalry, infantry, and artillery troops fought a five-hour battle in the pine forest east of Olustee. The battle ended with the retreat of Union troops to Jacksonville.

Boxtop Deadline Approaching: February 25th 2019

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8th-12th Grade Orcas Movie Night-The Help

OSHS's Rho Kappa will be hosting a Black History Movie Night on Wednesday, February 27th at 3:30pm with a viewing of "The Help" in the Orlando Science Technology High School cafeteria. There is no cost to attend to the viewing but students MUST submit a permission form found below to Mr. Hennessey or the front desk no later than Tuesday, February 26th, 2019. Students must provide their own transportation to the event.


FSA Afternoon Study Session Information

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10th Annual Education Guide Art Contest Sponsored by Gatorland

Theme: “Protecting Endangered Species”

Eligibility: ALL students K-12th grade (Judging is in 4 groups (K-2, 3-5, Middle and High School)

Deadline: April 8th, 2019

Award Ceremony: Crayola Experience in May 2019

Prizes: $100 for each 1st place winner and $50 for each 2nd place winner

All 40 finalists receive their artwork framed, tickets to Crayola Experience, Gatorland and other prizes.

Submit the completed entry form and drawing to:

Gatorland Art Contest

14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail

Orlando, FL 32837

* Please review the attached sheets for full contest information and guidelines*

Doodle for Google: Due March 8th 2019

Use your imagination to create a Google Doodle based on what inspires you.

How to enter

We're excited to see some amazing doodles this year. Students can work with any materials they want, but all doodles must be entered using the entry form. Parents and teachers can mail us the completed entry form or submit it online as a .png, or .jpg. The contest is open for entries until March 18, 2019 8:00pm Pacific Time (PT), so here's some information to help you get started:

  1. Download or print the entry form.
  2. Doodle:
    Artists create their doodles using any materials they want.
  3. Write:
    1. Doodle description - Write an artist statement to tell us a bit more about what you have drawn and how it represents something that inspires you.
    2. Fill out the rest of the required information and sign the entry form.
  4. Submit:
    1. Enter the contest.
    2. Entry form doodles: If the doodle is created directly on our entry form, you can either upload them to our site as a .jpg or .png (visit the enter tab) or mail them in (address listed on the enter tab).
    3. Detached doodles: If the doodle wasn't created directly on our entry form, take a high res digital photo or scan of the doodle in good lighting and combine it with the entry form.

8th Grade Gradventure Consent Form and Guidelines

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2019 OSS 8th Grade Graduation Details

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Join OSS for Fun in Orlando

Saturday in the Park-march 9th 2019

Orlando Science Middle High will be joining the College Park Association for another wonderful "Saturday in the Park" ! For more details please select the link below.


Winter Park Art Festival-March 15th-17th 2019

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious outdoor art festivals. The Festival debuted in March 1960 as a community project to bring local artists and art lovers together. It is produced by an all-volunteer board and draws more than 350,000 visitors each year.

This year OSS will showcase our STEM Art Contest Winners and School Wide Art! For more information please select the link below!


Orcas Do you have a sUGGESTION?

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Pizza Day Every Thursday

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We are excited to announce that Pizza Day will return beginning next Thursday, February 14th, 2019 and continue each Thursday until the end of the year. The cost is $2 for one slice of pizza or $5 for two slices of pizza and drink. Students may purchase their pizza/combos during lunch.

mark Your Calendars: March 28th 2019

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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! Order before Price Increase February 4th 2019

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3rd Annual PVO Sponsored Fall Festival Fundraiser- Saturday, November 2nd 2019

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The OSS PVO Committee representing the

Elementary, Middle, Junior High, and High School

are holding their Third Annual Fall Festival to raise funds for our schools!

Annual OSS Fall Festival Fundraiser will be held on

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Something for everyone, from toddler to adult with Inflatable houses, jousting, and slide; Games; Food; Bake sales; Silent auction; Raffles; Vendors; Health Fair

TIME: 11am – 5pm

LOCATION: OSS Elementary and Middle School

2611 Technology Dr. Orlando, FL. 32804

PARKING: Free parking at Magic Mall with shuttle service to the school. $5 Preferred Parking at the Technology elementary and high school parking lot

This is where we need your help! We have various sponsorships at all levels available to fill. If you would like to be a business sponsor, individual sponsor, or know of a business that would be willing to be a sponsor, please contact us.

We are working diligently to fill all the spots.

With your help, we can reach this year’s goal to increase our profits!

Please feel free to contact our PVO Committee below for more information on sponsorship levels, to submit a sponsor referral, or if you would like to become involved with the PVO committee. Our kids are this country’s future; please help us support our school’s needs by supporting the efforts of the OSS PVO committee.


Visit our webpage for one stop shop for festival information:


rsvp TO THE mARCH 27TH 2019 pvo mEETING

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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.

Where can I find the 2018-2019 Dress Code?

The 2018-2019 Dress Code can be found in the link below, beginning on page 29.


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: Marine Engineers and Naval Architects

Marine Engineers and Naval Architects: Evaluate materials and develop machinery to build ships and similar equipment.

Source: https://careerwise.minnstate.edu/careers/careerDetail?oc=172121&title=Marine%20Engineers%20and%20Naval%20Architects

Stem Vocabulary of the Week: Challenge

Challenge - A call to engage in a contest or competition.


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

February Birthdays

Pranav B., Lorde L., Atreya M., Carlos M., Adam S., Ahmad A., Kentish A., Evan A., Diya B., Ethan B-Y., Aydin B., Alexander H-B., Dylan C., Kendall C., Kierstyn C., Maki' C., Sophia D.,

Andre E., Anya E., Mariel G- C., Nathan J., Summer K., Alexander M., Arlin N., Brady N., Merian R., William S., Ruhi S., Shemariah T., Tyler W., Angelina W., Eiram A-C., Isma F., Rodolfo G-P., Nidhiya J., Omer K., Sakshi K-P., Sidharrth S., and Jaire W.

Middle/High Charter Lunch Menu-February

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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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6th Grade: FSA Afternoon Study Session

Monday, Feb. 25th, 3-3:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

RM 138-2:52PM to 3:32PM


MS Basketball Game VS Goldenrod at FLOC

Monday, Feb. 25th, 5pm

3000 C.R. Smith Street

Orlando, FL

MS Basketball Game VS Hunter's Creek at FLOC

Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 5pm

3000 C.R Smith ST, Orlando FL 32805

8th-12th Grade Movie Night-The Help

Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 3:30pm

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

OSHS's Rho Kappa will be hosting a Black History Movie Night on Wednesday, February 27th at 3:30pm with a viewing of "The Help" in the Orlando Science Technology High School cafeteria. There is no cost to attend to the viewing but students MUST submit a permission form found below to Mr. Hennessey or the front desk no later than Tuesday, February 26th, 2019. Students must provide their own transportation to the event.


School Wide Black History Month Assembly

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 9-9:45am

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

7th Grade: FSA Afternoon Study Session

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 3-3:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

RM 138-2:52PM to 3:32PM


8th Grade: FSA Afternoon Study Session

Friday, March 1st, 3-3:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

RM 138-2:52PM to 3:32PM

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