Orlando Science High School
Weekly Newsletter - October 26, 2018
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
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
These Orcas wore orange to show they are UNITED for kindness, acceptance and inclusion on Unity Day, October 24th!
science olympiad teams compete at UGA
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:
Boomilevers: Mehmet Akin, Tony Huang
Herpetology: Siyona Mishra, Liam O’Connor
Wright Stuff: Micah Borrero, Ilias Bouchibti
Protein Modeling Jaehyun Ahn, Ritam Bhowmik, Harshitha Uppada
Disease Detectives Meghana Talluri, Harshitha Uppada
Thermodynamics Jaehyun Ahn, Anthony Le
Water Quality Liam O’Connor, Meghana Talluri
Anatomy and Physiology Joshua Li, Noah Lowe
Geologic Mapping Amitha Karuppiah, Tanvi Ranade
Write it Do it Esha Ranade, Tanvi Ranade
Forensics Nishi Anthireddy, Vidit Pokharna
Rho Kappa hosts Judge Caraballo
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Tiffany Parsaram (Rho Kappa Treasurer); Peter Pham (Rho Kappa Secretary); James Sevigny (Rho Kappa Historian); Judge Tina Caraballo; Kevin Rocha (Rho Kappa VP); De’Waina Bradford (Rho Kappa President)
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
ORANGE COUNTY MATH TOURNAMENT (OCMT)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Federal Student Aid
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:
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
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!
Orlando Science High School Book Fair
Thursday, Nov. 15th, 3-6pm
2418 East Colonial Drive
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:
Nikhil Raval and 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!
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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!
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.
Parent Volunteer Opportunities
Walker and Bus Rider Release Form
Birthday Dress Down Form
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.