Orlando Science Schools Lynx Campus

Issue 3

Weekly Newsletter: August 28, 2020

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Principal's Corner

Dear Orca Families and Students,

Thank you for your support of Orlando Science Schools! I hope everyone had a great week of school and ready for a successful year!

Please take time and review the OSS Health and Safety COVID-19 Procedures and COVID-19 Student Screening Scenarios Flow Chart below. Please have a conversation with your students about the health and safety measures that are in place and reach out to your school if you have any questions or updates about your child's health. I believe that parent partnerships are the key to keeping our students, teachers, and other families safe during this pandemic. I thank you for your support and contribution in advance. Below is the critical information.

Masks: Masks are mandatory. Refusal to wear a face mask will be considered insubordination and will be subject to progressive discipline as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Specific guidelines are also included in the OSS health and safety procedures below.

Sanitations: Hand sanitizers, sanitizing wipes or a spray bottle with paper towels provided in every classroom and will be available to students and staff. Automatic hand sanitizer stations are installed in restrooms, cafeteria, and commonly used areas.

Temperature Checks: Every staff and student temperature is checked before entering the campus.

Social Distancing: Students should always attempt to maintain a social distance of 6 feet. Proper signage is posted in the classrooms, hallways, dismissal area and the cafeteria.

Class Changes: Students follow a cohort setting and remain in their homeroom classes. Students should walk directly to their next class and not congregate in the hallways if they change any classes.

Drop off/Pick -up: Parents/Guardians must stay in their vehicle when dropping off or picking up their students.

Lunch –Students must be sitting on the socially distanced designated seats facing one direction in the cafeteria and follow the school staff directions.

Visitors: All visitors must wear a face mask and must report directly to the front office.

Sick-Not feeling well: If your student is sick or not feeling well, please keep them at home and inform your campus secretary. If your student or one of the household member shows any COVID-19 symptoms, please follow the OSS COVID-19 Student Screening Scenarios Flow Chart below.

Thank you to all Orca Families and students for following the directions and health and safety procedures.

Picture day is coming up. Please see the important information and procedures below.

Orcas may apply for federal Free and Reduced Lunch. Please see the details and application link below. Please act fast. The deadline for new applications, and the expiration of last year’s benefits, is September 23.

Orcas enrolled in Innovative e-Learning Program, Grab and Go meals are available to all OCPS students at their Zoned Schools. Details may be found below.

Just a reminder that parents should not be dropping off or picking up their students at the front desk. Please use the car line both in the mornings and the afternoons. There will be no pickup from the front desk after 2:30PM, 1:30PM on Wednesdays.

Go Orcas, Strive for Excellence!


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High


Orlando Science School is committed to the safety and well being of our students and staff. Please see the detailed flow chart and review the safety procedures we are following every day. We look forward to a healthy and productive year. Go Orcas!
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We are excited to announce that the Lynx Campus CLUB SIGN UPS have begun! Clubs are a meaningful way for students to get engaged with OSS, which is especially important during these difficult times where some students might be feeling isolated. Our hope is that students will be able to use their talents to excel and meet their goals and interact with their fellow students. Some clubs will meet virtually and others will meet on campus. Be sure to browse the descriptions of our club offerings and read the guidelines before making your selections.


Welcome to the 2020-2021 OSS Lynx Campus 1st Semester Club Sign Ups! 6th - 8th grade Orcas may use the form below to sign up for clubs of their choice. Due to the unique circumstances of this school year, all clubs are only available virtually. The list and descriptions of the 2020-21 OSS clubs is attached below. Please review it before making selections on the Sign Up Genius form.

Please read the following BEFORE signing up for OSS clubs:

1) Students may ONLY sign up for ONE(1) club per day.

2) Students may not miss more than one (1) club meeting per month, unless they are absent from school (unexcused & excused) or have permission from their club sponsor. Students who miss more than one (1) in a month could be removed from a club.

3) Club Re-Sign Ups occur at the end of the first semester. Students may sign up for any club with available space during this time.

4) Some clubs will require a fee to participate. The club sponsor(s) will communicate any expenses associated with a specific club.

5) Some OSHS clubs are invitation only and are not available for sign up here. Students can get details directly from those club sponsors.


    • National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) - DAY & SPONSOR TBD
    • DUKE TIP Math Club held on Tuesdays (Adair)
    • Math Contest Club for 6th & 7th Grade held on Tuesdays (Pantone)
    • Math Contest Club for 8th Grade held on Tuesdays (Karcher)
    • Math Counts Competition Club held on Tuesdays and Saturdays (Akyalcin)
    • Jazz Band held on Fridays (Holloway)

Club Sign Ups are OPEN NOW and will CLOSE Wednesday, September 2nd at 10pm.
Clubs will BEGIN on Tuesday, September 8th.
Club Time is 2:55-3:35pm and Wednesday 1:55-2:35pm.

If you have any questions regarding clubs and sign ups, please reach out to the indicated club sponsor.


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Bring your best smile for picture day! On campus students will take their school photos on Thursday, September 17th and Innovative Learning students will take their school pictures on Saturday, September 19th. Innovative Learning students should use the Sign Up Genius link below to register for a time slot on Saturday, September 19th.

September 17, 2020 Traditional Face-to-Face Students Only

  • Students must be in uniform and comply with all dress code requirements
  • All health and safety procedures will be enforced.

September 19, 2020 Innovative E-Learning Students Only

  • Appointment is required. A SignUpGenius link will be provided soon to schedule your appointments.
  • All health and safety procedures will be enforced.
    • 2 or 3 ply masks are required.
  • Students must be in uniform and comply with all dress code requirements. Please see Code of Conduct for dress code requirements.
    • Special Exemption: E-Learning students may wear a red/navy blue polo if they do not own an OSS uniform polo.
    • Navy blue or khaki bottoms.
    • Belts: Must be leather, or fabric in the solid colors of black, brown, gray, navy blue, or khaki.


As students in Orange County Public Schools, OSS Orcas may apply for the federal free/reduced lunch program. Please visit OCPS's website for a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) or use the button below to fill out the application. A new application must be completed each school year.


Beginning Monday, August 10, Orange County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services Department started providing meals for students utilizing the LaunchEd@Home instructional model with a Curbside Meals Program. This ensures those students who rely on nutritious meals to be able to continue doing so, even when they are not in the building for their lessons.


What is Delayed Dismissal? 30/30 Rule?

The “30/30 Rule" is a Delayed Dismissal Weather procedure that is nationally recognized. It is required that the “30/30 Rule” be enacted by the school if thunder is heard within 30 seconds of a lightning strike. Orlando Science Middle/High follows this rule.

When 30/30 Rule is implemented, students will not be dismissed until 30 minutes has passed from the last sound of thunder. However, parents/guardians who wish to pick up their child/children during delayed dismissal, will be allowed to sign out their child/children at the cafeteria or front office.

In order to pick up your student(s) from the cafeteria or front office during this procedure, parents/guardians must bring their dismissal sign to the front door of the school to sign their child/children out. If you do not have a dismissal sign, you will need to provide a picture ID and be on the school pick-up list to pick-up the child/children. Bus riders will be delivered home when conditions are all safe for dismissal.

An automated telephone and/or email message will be used to notify parents/guardians about delayed dismissals. Always be sure to update the school when your phone or email information changes. Thank you for your cooperation on our students’ safety.

Meet the PVO lynx campus president, Ms. Amelia Lyons!

Orca families, please join us in congratulating and welcoming Amelia Lyons to her new role as the Lynx Lane Campus PVO (Parent Volunteer Organization) President! We at Orlando Science Schools are thrilled to be working alongside her on future campus events, activities, and community projects.

Currently the director of the University of Central Florida’s History MA Program, Amelia Lyons has a passion for education and the environment of support that a school inherently provides.

She has been with the UCF History Department for the 14 years that she has been a Florida resident, the move being sparked by this career opportunity.

Prior to her move to Florida, she spent her adolescent years in Buffalo, New York. Her scholarly studies took her to Southern California during her pursuit of higher education at the University of California, Irvine. She and her husband Steve Bubar has been married for 20 years, and are the proud parents of two sons, Leo and Mark.

In case anyone is looking for some fun facts about Modern European History, World Wars, Decolonization, Algerian Migration and Settlement, or French Colonialism, she is a fantastic resource as those are her areas of educational specialty. We are honored to have such a valuable member of our school and local community join us in such a meaningful role.

Ms. Lyons can be contacted directly through email (PVO.LynxCampus@orlandoscience.org). Look for more information about joining our Parent Volunteer Organization in next week's newsletter!


All OSS volunteers (field trip chaperones, robotics coaches, and anyone spending time with OSS students) must complete an ADDitions application EVERY YEAR in order to volunteer. Complete or update your application using the link below. Thank you to our volunteers, we appreciate you!


All OSS Middle High parents can create an OSS Connect account to view their students' academic progress, attendance, discipline, upcoming events and more. Multiple students can be added under one parent account for an easy access. Each student has a unique "Parent Access Code". Please use this code to add each of your students.

  1. Go to the following URL https://ossconnect.orlandoscience.org/radix/portal/signup/index.php
  2. Enter the parent access code, birthdate of the student this code belongs to, Student ID (if asked) and your relationship to the student.
  3. If the information is correct, you will be redirected to a page where you can see your student's name. If this is your student, click continue, if not, click cancel and contact the school.
  4. After the verification is completed, you will be redirected to registration page. On this page, you will create a new parent account by providing the information requested and selecting a password for your account. Click on "Create my new account" when done.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email that contains a link to click to complete account creation. Once you click on the link in confirmation email, you will be directed to the site and your account will be ready to use.
  6. Once you logged in to the site, you can add another student by clicking on the "Add new student" link located on your dashboard.
Note: Access parent portal via Radix Mobile App on any IOS or Android device. Search for the word "Radix Mobile" on your app store.


OSS Connect is up and running! Families experiencing technical issues related to eLearning, please email our helpdesk at eLearning@orlandoscience.org. Use this email address to:

  • request technology
  • reset passwords
  • request login credentials
  • any other issue related to technology
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All students on campus were invited to participate in our first dress-down day of the 2020-2021 school year! Please view the document below with important dress-down day guidelines and reminders.

We are excited to welcome our new Lynx Campus Secretary, Ms. Lavoy!

We are so excited to welcome Ms. Lavoy to our OSS Lynx Lane Campus. She will be taking over the position of Campus Secretary as Mrs. Caggiano has moved into our Registrar role. Ms. Lavoy comes to us from Eastbrook Elementary School, and she has 14 years of teaching experience. She looks forward to supporting each of you in the front office and by phone for this 2020-2021 school year!
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OSS 2020-2021 Handbook

Students and families that have any questions about the 2020-2021 Code of Conduct, Discipline Plan, Reward system and many other OSS Middle School topics should refer to the Handbook linked below:


Please see the following details regarding OSMS course changes:

  • Currently only scheduling errors will be corrected.
  • All schedule change requests will be based on availability.
  • Student schedules were made based on data from past EOCs, Report Cards, Teacher Recommendations, etc.
  • Due to recent changes with e-learning and traditional learning, we are only able to offer a few elective courses.
  • Your request will be processed within 1-2 weeks from the time is it emailed.
  • You will be contacted by administration in the event of a schedule change. The student must continue using their current schedule until a new schedule is provided.
  • If your schedule could not be changed, the reason will be e-mailed to you and an appointment can be schedule at that time.
  • For inquiries, email Mr. Moon (Moon@orlandoscience.org)


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lynx campus bell schedule

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Happy Friday and Welcome Back to Counseling Corner!

This week, I want to discuss a little food for thought with you all as parents and caretakers, and that is the topic of exhaustion and how we glorify it in certain spaces. We love to see our children working hard and putting their all into the things they do, and it is a great sight to see. They learn a lot from what we model for them, so when they see us working hard and prioritizing work, they begin to see what is valued by us.

We, as a society, tend to glorify exhaustion. We say things such as, “I don’t have the luxury of sleeping, I’ve got too much to do,” “I going to be up all night finishing this,” “I wish I had enough hours in the day.” We use phrases like, “inexhaustible,” “endless energy,” “tireless” as admirable qualities of an employee, coworker, or manager. We praise people who are the first one in the building, last one out, and never take sick days. Because we live in society that feels this way, we may be modeling that for our children too.

The problem with this is that we cannot live in a constant state of hustle. We cannot keep driving a car without getting gas, regular oil changes or maintenance done, it will break down. We cannot survive without sleep, psychological and physical symptoms will arise. We cannot keep wearing the same shoes all our lives, eventually the soles wear out. So when it comes to glorifying exhaustion and valuing productivity above other things, this quote explains it best, “you’re inexhaustible until you’re not, and then you’re done for.”

So you model being a good person, a productive person, a hard worker and that’s amazing. I would also encourage you to make sure your child(ren) see you modeling self-care, taking things one step at a time, forgiving of yourself when you make mistakes, speaking kindly to yourself, and taking breaks to be a human first and not just an endless working machine.

You deserve the love and care for yourself that you keep trying to give to the people you love.

If you’d like more information on this topic, here’s a few resources (click on the title to be directed to the info):

The Missing Ingredient in Self-Care (11 min.)

Self-Compassion (5 min.)

Taking Breaks Makes You Work Better (3 min.)

Burnout Playlist (includes videos such as “4 Simple Ways to Prevent Burnout” and “Burnout and the Fastes Way to Recover”)

Dear Overwhelmed Moms, Self-Care Isn’t Selfish (10 min.)

And as always, if you need anything, I’m happy to help!

All the best,

Ms. Perez

Ms. Perez's Quote of the Week

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national junior honor society certificate of affiliation

At OSS we recognize the importance of celebrating outstanding student achievement, and our affiliation with the National Junior Honor Society helps us do just that! NJHS elevates a school's commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. Developing and maintaining a chapter of NJHS is a proud accomplishment for our school!

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Orlando Science Middle/High has a new mobile app! It is currently available in the App Store® and in Google Play®. You can download the app for free, for access to our school's news, calendars, volunteer opportunities, push notifications and much more!

Download for Free - visit your tablet or smartphone's storefront and search for "Orlando Science Schools"

  • For Android, visit Google Play
  • For Apple iOS, visit the and App Store or iTunes

If you have any questions or feedback please email info@orlandoscience.org.


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The Box Tops Program is all new for 2020!

BoxTops has a NEW way for schools to earn money from your purchases! See the details below. Thank you for your support of OSS!

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How to Clip Box Tops


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