Orlando Science High School

Issue 5

Weekly Newsletter - September 14, 2018

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Principal's Message

Dear Families and Students,


I hope we had another great week! The Month of September 2018 is marked the first annual observance of "American Founders" and Orlando Science Celebrates and highlights the greatest people of our Nation! In each of our September Newsletters, we will feature one or two of our seven founding fathers, be sure to check back each week to learn more information.


Please be advised 1st Quarter Progress Reports were sent home today during your student's 7th-period class. Progress reports may also be found on OSS Connect if your student was absent or the report did not make it home.


Congratulations to our Middle School Soccer Team who won their first match against Passport Charter tonight! Congratulations to the team, Coach Ulgut, Coach Alexander and Coach Pham on this great victory! The Orcas take on Renaissance Charter next Monday and will be hosting a game next Wednesday at the Technology Drive Campus. Come out and support your Orcas!


Our OSS PVO Team will be hosting a Middle School Skate Night on Friday, September 28th at Let's Skate Orlando. Please see the information below regarding pricing, the time frame, and location address. The PVO Team is also looking for volunteers, if you are able to assist please be sure to sign up for a time slot in the link below.


Our PVO Team will also be hosting a Fall Festival PVO Meeting on Wednesday, September 28th, 2018 at our Technology Drive High School Campus. If you are interested in attending please RSVP using the link below.


Our Book Drive is off a great start and I would like to take the time once more to thank all of the families that have donated so far.


We cordially invite all of our Lynx Lane and Technology Drive HS family and friends to the Annual Welcome Picnic on September 22nd! Please find the details and signup link in this issue, the deadline to RSVP will be Thursday, September 20th 2018. I cannot wait to see you there!


Respectfully,

Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed

Principal

Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

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Please be advised 1st Quarter Progress Reports were sent home today during your student's 7th period class. Progress reports may also be found on OSS Connect if your student was absent or the report did not make it home.

MEET THE 2018-2019 OSHS SGA Members!

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The Orlando Science Schools’ SGA is committed to serving the student body; ensuring every student receives an extra push to reach their goals. We are the voices of our peers and we strive to help improve all youth's success rates by promoting positivity, available resources, opportunities and school spirit.

1. Leo Garcia-Moreno

2. Isiah Sloan

3. Karima Itayem

4. Gaby Couto

5. Serena Sanichar

6. Dyson Stallworth

7. Visly Zhang

8. Gavin Changour

9. Haydn Howe

10. Kaitlin Deshotel

11. Sana Sopariwala

12. Chaemin Kim

13. Nikhil Raval

14. Joanne Lee

15. Jashawn DuVerney

16. Theori Thomas

17. Alvin Naiju

18. Kayra Akin

19. Ananya Vittal

20. Kristin Deshotel

21. Rayan Nana

22. Daemyn Burrell

23. Trinity Jones

24. Bhindya Ramkuar

25. Jorge Ayala

26. Feba Shibu

27. Mia Halabi

28. Rami Kabat

29. Savita Batra

30. Maryam Elmasri

31. Joshua Pinto

SCIENCE FAIR UPDATE-Week 3

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Week 3

Our 3rd week will be focusing on writing procedures and figuring out how we will analyze our data. We need to know what we plan on doing each step of the way before we can perform it. The wording of the procedures is very important! A poorly written procedure, something that is vague and left up for interpretation, can create disastrous results. Other people may misinterpret what the steps are and can lead to unsafe conditions. It is this reason why your procedures need to be clear so that everyone knows what you are working with and how to handle any situation. Safety is important, we need to address ALL hazards that can occur. Even if you have used power tools many many times it is still a safety hazard. We need to record what are proper ways to handle all tools! The procedures and forms are part of the Research Plan. This Research Plan will be sent to county for approval. The county members read the procedures, if they suspect something unsafe or not properly defined and addressed they can forbid the project until proper forms are filled out or until the procedures are made clearer. This even goes into how we will analyze our data. Way before we get the data we need to have an idea of what data we will gain and how to analyze it. Students are not allowed to work on their project until county approves of their project! We just need to know what your plans are for the analysis. If you are concerned as to what county needs or any part of the science fair please do not hesitate to contact us!

Go Orcas!

Mr. Stampas

Science Fair resources:

Attention 8th graders:

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Middle School Skate Night is COMING! 6th-8th Graders only

Sponsored by: OSS PVO

Date: Sept 28, 5-9pm

Location: Let's Skate 14207 W Colonial Dr. Winter Garden, 34787

Cost: $8 per student, $6 bring your own skates

**Cash only, raffle giveaways, concessions available, contest for the highest class participation**


PVO is looking for 4 parent volunteers to check families in during Skate Night. Click below to SIGN UP!

It's a win for the OSS Middle School Soccer Team!

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Our awesome Middle School soccer team won their first matchup vs Passport Charter! Despite rain and a late game, out team pulled out a 3-2 victory!

Congratulations team and Coach Pham, Coach Alexander and Coach Ulgut!

Monday night we take on Renaissance Chickasaw at XL Soccer World @ 5pm.

Wednesday, 9/19, we will be hosting a game at Technology Field @ 5:15pm.

Come out and cheer on our Orcas!

LYNX lANE AND TECHNOLOGY DRIVE HIGH SCHOOL FAMILIES

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We cordially invite all of our Lynx Lane and Technology Drive HS family and friends to the Annual Welcome Picnic!

This event will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 11:00AM-3:00PM at the Technology Drive Campus Field. OSS will be serving hot dogs, chicken, veggie burgers as well as other veggie items and hamburgers. If you would like to attend this exciting and joyous event please RSVP using the link below, please also note the number of individuals that will be in your party. We also ask that you provide your own drinks(non-alcoholic) and chips or snacks to share. The OSS Welcome Picnic is open to all students in grades 6th-12th attending the Lynx Lane and Technology Drive High School Campus. See you there!

picnic volunteers needed

Attention High School families, we are in need of volunteers to help set up and serve at the Welcome Picnic on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 9:00AM-12:00PM and 12:00PM-3:00PM. The Event will be held at the Technology Drive Soccer Field. If you are able to assist please sign up below, if you have any questions or concerns you may contact OSS.PVO@orlandoscience.org

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Greetings Orca families,


The OSHS Media Center has 281 books inventoried as of this writing, up from 196 last week! I would like to extend a sincere THANK-YOU to the families who have generously donated items to our new library thus far:

Akella family

De'Waina Bradford

Canatay family

Dorman family

Foisy family

Ganaban family

Melo-Pereira family

Nana family

Oikle family

Parekattil family

Simons-Tully family

Trujillo family

Yore family


I'm happy to announce that the Media Center book checkout will be available Monday. Students may come to check out titles after school until 3:10 or during class at their teacher's discretion. But we still need titles for our students to borrow! 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.

If you would like to donate items and prefer to have them shipped, please deliver to:

Orlando Science High School

Attn: Media Center

2600 Technology Drive Suite 250

Orlando, FL 32804

Be sure to message me if you choose to have items shipped so I may acknowledge your contribution. For each book donated, I will enter your child's name into a raffle for a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card. Congratulations to Ethan P. who won the first Barnes and Noble gift card!


Book checkout isn't all the media center offers. Students may use the new Chromebook laptops after school until 3:10 as well. College bound students can check out the 2018 College Board SAT subject area test prep books and college prep guides. We have the most recent titles available.


Another new feature of the Media Center is the reading lounge. The Nana family has generously donated four lounge chairs and accompanying furniture so students to have a comfortable quiet reading space. If you would like to donate additional lounge furniture, please contact me for more information. I expect this to be a popular space among staff and students alike.


The progress of the media center has been tremendous thanks to you. I look forward to helping our OSHS orcas reach their goals this coming year.


Orca Pride,

Mrs. Singleton

Media Specialist Orlando Science High School

Meghan.Singleton@orlandoscience.org

407-299-6595 Ext. 3324

Duke University visits OSHS

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Tuesday, September 11th an admissions representative from Duke University visited OSS High School. Admissions representative Cole Wicker provided valuable information to our students. The questions that OSS students asked were very much on point and everyone learned a lot. Looking forward to a great year of college admissions. Go Orcas and thank you Duke University.

Orlando Science Celebrates American Founders' Month!

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The Month of September 2018 will mark the first annual observance of "American Founders". American Founders' month offers the opportunity for students to participate in activities related to the nation's founding fathers, who were instrumental in crafting historical documents that provide for individual liberty and representative government.


In each of our September Newsletters, we will feature one or two of our seven founding fathers, be sure to check back each week to learn more information.

John Adams

Lawyer, statesman, president, gadfly, New Englander: John Adams was a lot of things, but boring wasn't one of them. Here are some interesting facts you might not know about Mr. Adams.

  1. He was not a slaveholder. Of the first five American presidents, Adams was the only non-slaveholder.
  2. But he was against abolition. In 1801, two abolitionists sent a pamphlet by Warner Mifflin to John Adams. He responded that, while he was opposed to slavery and had never owned a slave in his life, he did not support the abolitionist movement—he thought it was dangerous and potentially destabilizing.
  3. Adams died on the same day as Thomas Jefferson. The two staunch rivals passed on July 4, 1826, exactly fifty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
  4. He was the first president to live in the White House. Adams and his wife Abigail moved into the White House in 1800, before it was even completed, and lived there for only four months before his term ended.
  5. He created America’s oldest band. In 1798, Adams signed an act of Congress for the creation of the United State Marine Band, “the oldest continuously active professional musical organization in our country.”

Benjamin Franklin

Author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, diplomat; Benjamin Franklin was many things but boring wasn't one of them. Here are some interesting facts you might not know about Mr. Franklin.


  1. Franklin is the only Founding Father to have signed all three documents that freed America from Britain, the Declaration of Independence, The Treaty of Paris and the United States Constitution.
  2. Benjamin Franklin never patented an invention; he considered them as gifts to the public. His inventions were practical and designed to make everyday life easier. As he wrote in his autobiography: “As we enjoy the advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously.”
  3. Franklin did not discover electricity but he discovered positive and negative charges to describe electricity by flying a kite during a storm.
  4. He was the first person to chart the Gulf Stream and to propose an explanation of storm movement in the northern hemisphere. He proposed that storms can move in opposite direction from the wind.
  5. In 1731 Franklin founded the first commercial franchise system in the Americas by creating co-partnerships. He had two female franchisees.

Celebrate Freedom Week and Constitution Day

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On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created, the US Constitution. OSHS students will observe this important day in our nation's history in their social studies classes.

In addition to Constitution Day, Celebrate Freedom Week is an official holiday in Florida schools from September 24-28th. It is designed to emphasize the teaching of our country's origins with an emphasis on the founding documents.

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Calling All Career Professionals

OSHS is hosting a 2018 Career Day on Thursday, November 1st from 8:30am-2:30pm.

We would like to invite professionals from our community to visit OSHS classrooms so that they may share their professions with our students. Presenters should expect to share a 10-20 minute presentation focused on their career followed by a Q & A session. The presentation may be a PowerPoint slideshow or any other kind of engaging format they wish.

If you know professionals interested in sharing their career choices with students, please send them to the document link below.

Diversity is key, from firefighters, chefs, engineers...all are welcome!

RETIREES TOO! Any experience is helpful.

If you have any questions feel free to email Mr. Stampas at Stampas@orlandoscience.org.

Thank you and go Orcas! -Mr. Stampas

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.

September 26th Fall Festival PVO Meeting

Orlando Science Families!


Please join us for the next Fall Festival joint PVO meeting on Wednesday, September 26 at the High School Cafeteria, 2nd Floor, from 6 – 8 pm. This will be focusing on the Fall Festival preparations. All campuses are welcome to attend to learn more about the festival and how you can help contribute to its success. If you are interested in attending please RSVP using the link below! If you have questions, comments, or requests, you may email OSS.PVO@orlandoscience.org

What is 30/30 Rule?

The “30/30 Rule" is a Delayed Dismissal Weather procedure that the 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.

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OSHS 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: Jennifer.Foley@orlandoscience.org. 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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Student Medical Alert Check

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.

Orcas, we ask that you take a moment and fill out the OCPS Free/Reduced Meal Application.To do so click the START FRESH photo or the link below. For more details regarding the application, please select the information link below.

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High School Charter Schools Menu: Septmber 17-28, 2018

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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.

Important Payment Update!

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.

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OSHS PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE NIGHT

Parent Teacher Conference Nights occur each quarter here at OSHS, see the table below for 2018-19 dates and times. In order to schedule a conference for the 1st quarter conferences, you will need to sign up using the link below.


Please read the information carefully before selecting a date and time slot. If you find that the time/date spots are completely filled, please email your student's teachers to arrange an appointment for another date and time. No additional spots will be added to these nights. There will be no wait list created, however you may check back for canceled time slots.


Don't forget you may always directly email your student's teachers to schedule a conference should your availability not fall within these dates and times.

2018-2019 Report Card & Progress Report Dates

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2018 PVO Sponsored Fall Festival

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Saturday, October 20th

Please begin to collect small new and unused toys and trinkets for our Treasure Chest tent at the Fall Festival. These prizes are for the 2 free game tents the children play to collect tickets and then redeem them for prizes at the Treasure Chest tent. Donation boxes will be located soon at the front offices to drop off your donations.

There are still Fall Festival sponsorships available. Please consider one of the sponsorships still available or an affordable family sign for $100. If you also work for a company that does donation matching, your donation will be doubled. You can find out all the fall festival information on our OSS home webpage or at www.orlandoscience.org/fall-festival-2018.

Upcoming Technology Drive HS Events

Parent Teacher Conference Night #1

Wednesday, Sep. 19th, 4-6pm

2600 Technology Drive, Orlando, FL, USA Suite 300

Parents you will sign up to meet with teachers using our online sign-up system: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0949A9AA23A6F94-201820194

Parent Teacher conference night #2

Thursday, Sep. 20th, 4:30-6:30pm

2600 Technology Drive, Orlando, FL, USA Suite 300

Parents you will sign up to meet with teachers using our online sign-up system: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0949A9AA23A6F94-201820194

OSS Middle High Welcome Picnic

Saturday, Sep. 22nd, 11am-3pm

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

The picnic will be held at the field. Please RSVP here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0949a9aa23a6f94-201820195

Fall Festival PVO Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 26th, 6-8pm

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

Please join us for the next Fall Festival joint PVO meeting on Wednesday, September 26 at the High School Cafeteria, 2nd Floor, from 6 – 8 pm. This will be focusing on the Fall Festival preparations. All campuses are welcome to attend to learn more about the festival and how you can help contribute to its success. If you are interested in attending please RSVP using the link here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0949a9aa23a6f94-september. If you have questions, comments, or requests, you may email OSS.PVO@orlandoscience.org

8th Grade Skate Night

Friday, Sep. 28th, 5-9pm

14207 West Colonial Drive

Winter Garden, FL

Middle School Skate Night is COMING! 6th-8th Graders only!

Sponsored by: OSS PVO

Date: Sept 28, 5-9pm

Location: Let's Skate 14207 W Colonial Dr. Winter Garden, 34787

Cost: $8 per student, $6 bring your own skates

**Cash only, raffle giveaways, concessions available, contest for the highest class participation**

Hispanic Heritage celebration

Friday, Oct. 5th, 5-7pm

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

Picture Re-takes

Friday, Oct. 12th, 8am

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

If you need your school picture retaken, Lifetouch will be on campus in the Media Center.
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