Orlando Science High School

Issue 11

Weekly Newsletter - October 26, 2018

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Principal's Message

Dear Families and Students,

I hope everyone had a great week and enjoyed Orlando Science Day at our 2nd Annual Fall Festival last Saturday. Thank you to our wonderful PVO team, OSS Staff members, volunteers, and sponsors that made it happen, we appreciate all of your hard work. It was wonderful to see all of our Orlando Science families enjoying the festivities and socializing with one another.

I would like to special thank to Hon. Judge Tina Caraballo to speak to our students. We were thrilled to have a member of our courts share about the trial process, her journey. I like to thank our high school Social Studies Honor Society for organizing this great event for us.

Congratulations to our OSHS Science Olympiad Team who placed 2nd and the University of Georgia Invitational. For a full recap of this event and their top five placements, see the article below.

Last but not least, our High School Science Olympiad Society is hosting a Div-B Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament on Saturday, October 27th, I wish the best to all participating teams and their coaches. Thank you for coming to our invitational and inspiring the science in our community.

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


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

A Special Thank You From the Office of Our Executive Director

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Dear OSS families and staff,

I want to thank each and every one of you for making our 2nd annual fall festival a huge success. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves; this years festival was even better than last year! It had more activities for the kids, the club booths brought extra energy, and there was a great sense of community from all. I want to send out an extra thank you to the PVO--all of your hard work and dedication is what made this day happen. We appreciate all your enthusiasm and support for OSS.

Fall festival is now a wonderful OSS tradition, and we are excited to see how it grows over the years.


Yalcin Akin, Ph.D

Orlando Science Schools Executive Director

OSHS Celebrates Unity Day

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These Orcas wore orange to show they are UNITED for kindness, acceptance and inclusion on Unity Day, October 24th!

oshs accolades:

science olympiad teams compete at UGA

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OSS Science Olympiad High school teams competed at the University of Georgia Invitational on Saturday, October 20th. It was our first practice competition of the year and Team A received 2nd place out of 43 teams representing 22 schools! It is very encouraging to see that our teams could compete this well against some of the best Science Olympiad teams in Georgia, who typically do better at the National level. We gained significant experience and identified areas of improvement. Overall, it was a great trip with lots of fun and learning.

We also received several great placements in individual events. Here are the top 5 placements in individual events:

1st Place:

Boomilevers: Mehmet Akin, Tony Huang

Herpetology: Siyona Mishra, Liam O’Connor

Wright Stuff: Micah Borrero, Ilias Bouchibti

2nd Place:

Protein Modeling Jaehyun Ahn, Ritam Bhowmik, Harshitha Uppada

3rd Place:

Disease Detectives Meghana Talluri, Harshitha Uppada

Thermodynamics Jaehyun Ahn, Anthony Le

Water Quality Liam O’Connor, Meghana Talluri

4th Place:

Anatomy and Physiology Joshua Li, Noah Lowe

Geologic Mapping Amitha Karuppiah, Tanvi Ranade

Write it Do it Esha Ranade, Tanvi Ranade

5th Place:

Forensics Nishi Anthireddy, Vidit Pokharna

Rho Kappa hosts Judge Caraballo

This week the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society invited Judge Tina Caraballo to speak to the students of OSS. We were thrilled to have a member of our courts share about the trial process, her journey as a judge and her perspective on maintaining a public trust in the legal process. Students engaged with the speaker by participating in an open forum style session where they received guidance on academic pathways and overall legal concepts and ethics.

Special shout out to the Rho Kappa members, APGOPO students, and the Legal Concepts Team for being a great representation of OSS.

OSS mu alpha theta hosts Orange County math tournament


The Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society of Orlando Science High School invites all 4th and 5th grade Orange County students to compete at the Orange County Math Tournament (OCMT) to be held on Saturday, December 8th, 2018.

Registration is now open! If you would like to register your student for this year's Invitational, visit the Registration page and fill out the form with your student's information. Registration will be available until Monday, December 3rd, 2018.

Registration must be completed online no later than Monday, December 3rd, 2018. Registration fee is $15 for each student and should be paid online via School Pay. The competition is open to first 250 students who applied.

Competition will take place at Orlando Science Elementary School campus which is located at 2601 Technology Drive, Orlando FL 32804.

We encourage all schools to participate, regardless of whether they currently have math teams or not. In Competition Math, any topics can and do arise. There are no guidelines or hints about how to solve the problems, so it truly is an opportunity to express and develop individual creativity and problem solving skills. However, in order to prepare your students, you may look at the past years’ questions.

We hope you will find this competition a rewarding mathematical experience for your students, and we look forward to your participation at our Invitational on December 8th.

If you have any questions, please contact us at ossmualphatheta@gmail.com


Mr. Akyalcin

Senior updates

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Federal Student Aid

FAFSA is the Federal Student Aid program. Every single college applicant needs to complete FAFSA regardless of their income. This application is free and completed through only one website. Do not pay to anyone or any website for completion of FAFSA. This should take no more than 45 minutes to complete if you have everything ready to go. FAFSA is time sensitive. The funds are distributed as first come first serve.

Bright Futures Scholarship

State of Florida has its own scholarship program called Bright Futures and it is managed through OSFA (Office of Student Financial Assistance). When you complete the application, you are also being evaluated for other scholarships through State of Florida. It is a very short application and should not take more than 15 minutes. Most important thing to know is that, you only complete the form and your transcript and SAT/ACT scores will be submitted automatically through OSS and the State of Florida University System. You are not required to satisfy all the application requirements until the end of the school year to apply to this scholarship. On the other hand, being qualified currently does not guarantee that you will receive this scholarship. If your end of year GPA falls under the requirement, then you will not be receiving the scholarship. Here are the current requirements:

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Yearbook senior ads:

Senior yearbook ads are now available!

Purchase an advertisement for your senior today. Include pictures and a short message for your student before they graduate. After payment is made be sure to email your pictures and your message to Ms. Lizarazo to make sure the correct information is placed in the yearbook.

Full page ad:


1/2 page ad:


Due date is March 29, 2019

yearbook senior quotes:

It is that time of year to submit your "Senior Quote" for the yearbook. You may submit your quote via the form below. All forms (digital or paper) are DUE TO MS. LIZARAZO BY FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2ND 2018. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Lizarazo.

SAT & ACT Testing information

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Here are the test dates and registration deadlines. We recommend taking at least one of each test to see which one works better for you. October, November and December test results are the most useful dates for the college applications. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely, Mr. I

The next 2018-19 SAT Administration Dates:

December 1, 2018

Registration Deadline: November 2nd

Late Registration Deadline: November 13th (for mailed registrations), November 20th

(for registrations made online or by phone)

The next 2018-2019 ACT Administration Date

December 8, 2018

Registration Deadline: November 2, 2018

Barnes and Noble Book Fair

Mark your calendars for November 15th from 3-6pm! Barnes and Noble is hosting the Orlando Science High School Book Fair! Do some holiday shopping and support our school at the same time. All proceeds will go to the OSHS media center. Hope to see you there!

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Orlando Science High School Book Fair

Thursday, Nov. 15th, 3-6pm

2418 East Colonial Drive

Orlando, FL

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Greetings Orca families,

The current book count of the OSHS library stands at 465 titles! I would like to extend a sincere THANK-YOU to the students, families and teachers who have generously donated to our new library thus far:

Akella family

Akin family

Bacchus family

De'Waina Bradford

Canatay family

Dorman family

Colin Foley

Foisy family

Ms. Klem

Mischa Fortna

Ganaban family

Halabi family

Khan family

Rohan Khelani

Mallonee family

Ms. May

Elana Mayo

Melo-Pereira family

Aisha Miller

Nana family

O'Connor family

Robert Ohaver

Oikle family

Parekattil family

Perkins family

Nikhil Raval and family

Simons-Tully family

Taje-Sanders family

Trujillo family

Yore family

The Media Center is open and students are coming in to borrow books, study and to check out Chromebooks. Keep those book donations rolling in! Check out the many titles our team suggests here on the OSHS Media Center Amazon Wishlist. If you would like to donate any of these items (new or gently used), please send them to the Media Center. Titles do not need to be purchased from Amazon.

Donations that will be shipped to the school, please deliver to:

Orlando Science High School

Attn: Media Center

2600 Technology Drive, Suite 250

Orlando, FL 32804

If you would like to donate more of these great IKEA chairs to increase the size of the lounge area, click the "donate to the media center" link below. The cost is $79 per chair. As usual, please notify me of your contribution so that I may properly acknowledge your gift.

I look forward to continuously improving the media center to help our students meet their goals!

Orca Pride,

Mrs. Singleton

Media Specialist, OSHS

407-299-6595 Ext. 3324

The Orlando Science High School on Technology Drive opened its doors to a newly renovated campus in August 2018. One of the great features of the High School campus is the brand new Media Center. It serves as a space where all students can read, research and study. Please consider making a donation directly to the Media Center to help Mrs. Singleton stock the shelves and create a welcoming environment for our students.

attention Shoppers!

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OSS is an Amazon Smile school

This is an easy way to help raise money for Orlando Science Schools. Use the link below when shopping from Amazon. 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.

Office depot & Office Max give back to oss

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

box tops update

Hello OSS Families! Please remember that BOX TOPS are a wonderful FREE way to raise funds for our school. Each Box Top is worth $.10 and they really add up. Please make sure to continuously send these in so that I can mail them before their expiration dates. The monies received go to supporting our academic and sport teams, the PLTW (Project Lead the Way) along with many other OSS programs and classroom needs. If you would like to learn more about the Box Tops program go to www.btfe.com. Please register or login today. Make sure that you designate Orlando Science Schools as your school support.

To see a complete list of products go to: https://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products

Also, it is very important to check those expiration dates. We do not receive any credit for expired Box Tops.

Thank you so much for your support of Orlando Science Middle High School. For questions or thoughts please email me at jmallonee@cfl.rr.com.

Happy Clipping!

Denise Mallonee

ORCAS Core value: Advocate

Here at OSHS character education is an important component of educating the whole student. Our program, ORCAS Core Values, spotlights 5 specific character traits that we focus on as a school. The "A" in ORCAS is ADVOCATE FOR A SAFE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT which focuses on a student's ability to actively stand up and speak out against injustice, bullying and violence. Students learn through interacting with our teachers, staff and one another to advocate for themselves and others. Parents and families can use this program and language to continue these conversations outside of school as well. OSHS ORCAS are students of character!

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Join the OSS Parent Volunteer Organization

Dear Orlando Science Lynx Lane and Technology High School Families,

It is time to join the Parent Volunteer Organization (PVO). 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.

OSS Connect

OSS Connect is your one stop for student grades, assignments and resources. Students use their credentials to log in and there you can access a wealth of information.

Parent Volunteer Opportunities

If you are an ADDitions approved volunteer, OSHS can use your help! We are looking for parents or responsible adults over the age of 18 to help during lunch times (approximately 11am-1pm) and during car line before and after school. Please contact Ms. Foley to schedule the exact time slots. All volunteers must complete the ADDitions application is here: https://ocps.samaritan.com/custom/503/ beforehand. Thank you for all you do to help make OSHS great!
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medical form

If you have a student with any medical conditions such as asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetes or any other serious medical conditions, please contact Mrs. Foley via email ASAP for the paperwork that is needed for the 2018-2019 school year.

Walker and Bus Rider Release Form

Orcas who walk or take the LYNX Transportation bus service must have a "Walker/Bus Rider" form on file. Return completed forms to Ms. Foley.

Birthday Dress Down Form

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Orcas interested in dressing down for their birthday MUST submit a "Dress Down Day" form(found below) to Mrs. Foley at least two business days prior to the requested dress down date.

2018-2019 Technology Drive High School Campus Dress Code

Technology Drive High School Orcas Families please make sure to review the Dress Code with your students. Dress Code may be found on page 29 in the OSS Handbook HS 2018-2019 below.


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attention free/reduced lunch applicants-read below

Families whose Free/Reduced lunch applications have expired, please take a moment and fill out the OCPS Free/Reduced Meal Application today! It must be completed each year to qualify for this federally funded program. To fill out the application click the link below.

important dates

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2018-2019 Report Card & Progress Report schedule

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Upcoming Technology Drive HS Events

Career Day

Thursday, Nov. 1st, 8am

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

Adult families and friends of OSHS, sign up and share your career choice with our students: http://bit.ly/2NWVPGZ Retirees are welcome!

MS Solar Bears Field Trip

Tuesday, Nov. 6th, 8am-2pm

400 West Church Street

Orlando, FL

The Field trip to Solar Bears Hockey Game for students in grades 6th through 8th will take place November 6. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Frunker.

Homecoming Dance

Saturday, Nov. 10th, 6-10pm

4005 North Orange Blossom Trail

Orlando, FL

9th-12th graders only. Cost $20/student $25/non-OSS guest

OSHS Barnes and Noble Bookfair

Thursday, Nov. 15th, 3-5pm

2418 East Colonial Drive

Orlando, FL

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