Orlando Science Schools Lynx Campus

Issue 29

March 29th 2019- Weekly Newsletter

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last call to complete the OSS Parents & Students Complete the ADvanced Sacs/Casi Survey

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 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 Saturday, 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!

Principal's Message

Dear Families and Students,

As always I hope everyone had another wonderful week and a great start to the 4th and final quarter of the 2018-2019 School Year. This week's newsletter is filled with many exciting recaps and reminders!

Orca Families tomorrow March 30th, 2019 is the last to complete the AdvancED SACS/CASI Accreditation Parent & Student Survey. You many the links to both surveys above.

8th Grade Orcas we would like to remind you of a few important events and deadlines. Friday, April 5th, 2019 is the last day to submit your Gradventure Permission Slip and Payment, both may be found in this week's newsletter. 8th Grade Graduation will be held on Friday, May 24th, 2019. Students must arrive between 5:00-5: 15 PM. Guest seating begins at 5:30 PM, the event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.

Our Technology Drive Campuses had beary special visitors this week, for more details please see below!

Orcas do not forget that the FSA Writing Assesment will take place next Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 and Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 for all Lynx Lane Orcas. Please be advised Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 will be a normal early release day, we will NOT be following the OCPS full day schedule for this date.

We would like to congratulate Ms. Bolat on being selected as our Lynx Lane February Teacher of the Month! We would also like to congratulate our Orcas who had their artwork featured in the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival over the break, to view their art please see below!

Our MS Battle of the Books team competed in the OCPS Battle of the Books Competition this past Wednesday! Congratulations to Ms. Stutts and her team on their great work!!

The 2018-2019 Lynx Lane Drama Department held their production of "Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole" last night at the Edgewater Auditorium. I would like to congratulate Mrs. Regan, the drama department and all those who assisted with this outstanding production! A full recap will be featured in next week's newsletter!

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


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

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

FSA Writing Assessment: April 2nd & 3rd

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Mommy bear checked out STEM curriculum for her cub

We are pleased to announce the Orlando Science Schools mama bear and her cub made their way down from their perch and walked into the nearby woods Tuesday night. The mommy bear wanted her cub to learn more about the STEM education based upon Yogi bear’s recommendation.

We would like to sincerely thank the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation and the Orlando Police Department officers who took control of the situation and approached the situation diligently by keeping everyone safe, including the bears!

We would also like to thank Stephan Hudak for his article in the Orlando Sentinel. To view the article please select the link below.


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

2018-19 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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FSA Afternoon Study Session Information

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February Teacher of the Month

We are pleased to announce that our Lynx Lane Teacher of the Month is Ms. Bolat! Ms. Bolat was nominated by her fellow colleagues for always going above and beyond what is asked. She lends a hand when it is needed and always welcomes everyone into the Orca Family with open arms!

Congratulations Ms. Bolat and thank you for everything that you do!!

Moving Across Literacy Challenge

The Moving Across Literacy Challenge for the 2018-2019 School Year is officially underway! Each number listed below the grade level is the number of book slips grade level students have submitted that they read! For every 25th Book Slip submitted that student will win a small prize. Congratulations to our first sets of winners, if your name is listed below please see Mrs. Sturm in RM 124 for your prize!

Yusra L(8th Grade), Eman A(8th Grade), Siva D(7th Grade), Alika M(6th Grade), Preston S(8h Grade), Kyla P-B(8th Grade), Jayden H(8th Grade), Ishaan D(7th Grade), Aidan B(7th Grade), Hamza T(6th Grade), Leo B.(6th Grade), Ashuana K(7th Grade), Joshua O(6th Grade), Aaliyah A(6th Grade), Rushi P(6th Grade), Aleena (7th), Robert D(6th), Ethan R(6th)

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Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Recap

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Congratulations to the following students who were showcased in the 2019 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival due to their fine craftsmanship. For middle school: Ricardo F., Adrian T., Beatriz G., and Deshna S. For high school: Elaina M., Gwendolyn H., Tyler A., Justin K., Andrea H., Hanna Y., Jenny N., and Alexandra T. Each student that was selected will have their work located in the cafeteria and receive a certificate of achievement. Special thanks to Mrs. Estes for collecting, preparing, and showcasing the middle and high school artwork at the festival.

Middle School battle of the Books recap

Our 2018-2019 Middle School Battle of the Books Team competed in the 2019 Orange County MS Battle of the Books Competition on Wednesday, March 28th, 2019. Our team and their Coach Ms. Stutts did a wonderful job and we are proud of their hard work!

Gatorland Art Contest-Due April 8th 2019

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*

8th Grade Graduation Information

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8th Grade Gradventure Consent Form and Guidelines deadline approaching

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Pizza Day Every Thursday

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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.

Order your 2018-2019 OSS MH Yearbook before Friday, april 5th

3rd Annual PVO Sponsored Fall Festival Fundraiser- Saturday, 11/2/2019

Important OSS Questions & 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 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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Ways to Give Back to Your School!


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



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


Our School System has recently updated our accounts on LinkedIn would love for you to join our network! Please see below for links to the official LinkedIn Company Pages for each of our campuses and feel free to share with current families and alumni.

Orlando Science Lynx Lane STEM Corner

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Stem Occupation of the Week: Chemists

Chemists: Conduct research on chemicals using experiments or observation.

Source: https://careerwise.minnstate.edu/careers/careerDetail?oc=192031

Stem Vocabulary of the Week: Figures of Speech

Figures of Speech: Specific non-literal expressions where the meaning is ironic, metaphorical, or rhetorical


March Student Birthdays

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Middle/High Charter Lunch Menu-March

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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OSS Middle High Calendar

Lynx Lane Monthly Events

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6th Grade FSA Afternoon Study Sessions(RM 138)

Monday, April 1st, 3-3:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

FSA Writing Component

Tuesday, April 2nd, 7:30am-2:45pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

Grades 6th-8th

FSA Writing Component

Wednesday, April 3rd, 7:30am-2:45pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

Grades 6th-8th

Noetic Learning Math Contest Spring

Thursday, April 4th, 8am

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

Mathletes Grades 3rd-8th

7th Grade FSA Afternoon Study Sessions(RM 138)

Thursday, April 4th, 3-5pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

8th Grade FSA Afternoon Study Sessions(RM 138)

Friday, April 5th, 3-3:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

6th Grade FSA Afternoon Study Sessions(RM 138)

Monday, April 8th, 3-3:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

10th Annual Art Contest by Gatorland Deadline

Monday, April 8th, 5pm

This is an online event.

7th Grade FSA Afternoon Study Sessions(RM 138)

Thursday, April 11th, 3-3:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

8th Grade FSA Afternoon Study Sessions(RM 138)

Friday, April 12th, 3-3:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

6th Grade FSA Afternoon Study Sessions(RM 138)

Monday, April 15th, 3-3:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

7th Grade FSA Afternoon Study Sessions(RM 138)

Thursday, April 18th, 3-3:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

8th Grade FSA Afternoon Study Sessions(RM 138)

Friday, April 19th, 3-3:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

Annual OSS Band Video Game Tournament

Friday, April 19th, 5-9pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

Stay tuned for more details.
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