Orlando Science High School

Issue 7

Weekly Newsletter - September 28, 2018

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Principal's Message

Dear Families and Students,

I would like to first say thank you for completing the month of September on a strong note! Thank you to all the families who came to our 2018 Welcome Picnic last Saturday. A great time was had by all!

Read this week's newsletter to learn all about OSHS's upcoming news including: Students of the Month, Hispanic Heritage Night, Picture Date retakes, SAT/ACT, PSAT/NMQST, Career Day, Science Fair, Mu Alpha Theta, and more!

Please note a change in testing dates for the 10th and 11th graders taking the PSAT/NMQST it is now Wednesday, October 10th.

As Orlando Science Schools continues to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, we invite all of our Orlando Science Middle High families to join us next Friday, October 5th for our Annual Hispanic Heritage Night. We hope to see you there!

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


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

students of the month-september 2018

OSHS Students of the Month for September:

8th Grade: Shrey P.

9th Grade: Amitha K.

10th Grade: Jaehyun A.

11th Grade: Joshua O.

12th Grade: Gavin C.

The student of the month winners were nominated by their teachers. These students are active within the school community and strive for excellence every day. They also are prime examples of our core values, ORCAS: Outreach toward community, Respect and compassion for all, Celebrate Diversity, Advocate for a safe learning environment, Strive for excellence with a stimulating environment!

They were awarded a dress down pass, a candy bar and a certificate. Congratulations Orcas!

OSHS Annual Door Decorating Contest

Congratulations to Mrs. Perez for winning the annual door decorating contest!

MIT visits OSHS

MIT’s Director of Multicultural Recruitment and Associate Director of Admissions Philana Tenhoff visited Orlando Science High School today. Her presentation was very informative and students were very engaged with the presentation. We have seen one more time that how much MIT and OSS’s visions matches. Thank you Philana and MIT! Go Orcas!


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Week 5

This is week 5 of the Science Fair updates! Please go to the Science Fair Headquarters using the button below to see get this week's update on all things Science Fair.

Thank you!

Mr. Stampas

mu alpha theta update

Dear Parents,

This year, I would like to send weekly reminder/information emails about our competition math program. In these e-mails I will be informing you about upcoming competitions and events as well as resources you can utilize to support your kids. Here is the first one:

  • OSS Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society held its election for this year and following students will be in our MAO office this year. Congratulations!

President: Wade Twyford

Vice President: Rashaad Pedron

Secretary: Minh Le

Treasurer: Saardhak Bhrugubanda

  • Saturday studies already started and we would like to see all competition math program members (6th through 12th grade) attending these studies. Students will take mock competitions and sponsor teachers will go over their questions. This is a great opportunity for students to prepare for math competitions.

  • We will be ordering our spirit T-shirts for this year soon. Former members please make your payments via School Pay. New 6th grade and new Mu Alpha Theta members already paid this fee with their new member registration fees. Click HERE to make your payment.

  • Attached files below are for your reference:
  1. OSS competition math program calendar
  2. Permission slip for FGCU math competition
  3. MathCounts school handbook for middle school mathletes to work on.


Mr. Akyalcin

Math Instructor and Competition Math Program Coordinator

Orlando Science Schools

middle/high hispanic heritage night

Orlando Science Schools will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th- October 15th, 2018. We will host our Annual Hispanic Heritage Night on Friday, October 5th, 2018 at the Technology Drive High School Cafeteria. For more information please find the details below.

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career day guest speakers needed

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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 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.

Thank you and go Orcas! -Mr. Stampas

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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 michael.lakner@orlandoscience.org 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 Giovanna.Lizarazo@OrlandoScience.org.

hispanic heritage youth awards for seniors

Seniors of Hispanic heritage, read the flyer below presented by the Hispanic Heritage foundation to learn more about their 2018 Youth Awards. There are educational grants available to winners!

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10th and 11th graders only

Dear Parents and Students,

Due to conflict with other programs, I would like to let you know that we updated our PSAT/NMSQT testing date. The new date is Wednesday, October 10th, 2018. Please view the attached file for important information and links about PSAT/NMSQT. If you have any questions pertaining to the PSAT/NMSQT please contact Mr. Han.

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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 yo have any questions.

Sincerely, Mr. I

The next 2018-19 SAT Administration Date

November 3, 2018

Registration Deadline: October 5, 2018

Late Registration Deadline: October 16, 2018 (for mailed registrations), October 24, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)

The next 2018-2019 ACT Administration Date

December 8, 2018

Registration Deadline: November 2, 2018

code of conduct videos

Last year, four Code of Conduct videos were produced with the help of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (which consisted of two students from every high school). The videos, which highlighted various Level IV infractions, were distributed to all middle and high school students.
The video topics and links are as follows:
Buying/distributing/selling drugs on campus
Bringing weapons on campus
Sexual harassment

Threats via social media

To reinforce the message delivered by these videos, OSS will show these videos to middle/high school teachers and students once per quarter in homeroom classes on these dates:

    1. Q1: October 2nd
    2. Q2: October 30th
    3. Q3: January 15th
    4. Q4: April 2nd

Middle School Soccer Team Week 3

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OSS Orcas vs Hunters Creek

Our Orcas played their very best against Hunter's Creek on Tuesday, September 25th 2018. Although the team did not win this match, we are proud of their hard work and effort. Congratulations to the team and their coaches for their great sportsmanship and team work!

OSS Orcas vs Crown Point

Our Orcas played a hard game against Crown Point on Wednesday, September 26th 2018. Although the team did not win this match, it was a close game that ended in an 8 to 7 loss in overtime. We are proud of their hard work and effort, congratulations to the team and their coaches for their great sportsmanship and team work!

Upcoming soccer games week 4

OSS vs Renaissance charter golden rod

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, 4:30pm

825 Courtland Street

Orlando, FL

XL Soccer World

OSS vs cfla

Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, 5:30pm

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

OSS Technology Drive field
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Greetings Orca families,

The OSHS Media Center has 367 books inventoried as of this writing, up from 334 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

Colin Foley

Foisy family

Mischa Fortna

Ganaban family

Halabi family

Khan family

Melo-Pereira family

Nana family

O'Connor family

Oikle family

Parekattil family

Taje-Sanders family

Simons-Tully family

Trujillo family

Yore family

The Media Center is open and students are coming in to borrow books 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.

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 (the suite # has changed)

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!

Thank you again to families donating titles, little by little we are building a high-quality book selection for our students!

Orca Pride,

Mrs. Singleton

Media Specialist Orlando Science High School


407-299-6595 Ext. 3324

Orlando Science Celebrates American Founders' Month!

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Alexander Hamilton

  1. He was an early abolitionist. Growing up among sugar plantations, Hamilton saw firsthand the unfairness and brutality of slavery. In 1785 he, along with New York governor George Clinton, future Supreme Court chief justice John Jay and others, founded “The New-York Society for Promoting the Manumission of Slaves, and Protecting of Such of Them as have Been or May be Liberated."

  2. As secretary of the treasury Hamilton’s great achievement was funding the federal debt at face value, which rectified and nationalized the financial chaos inherited from the Revolution.

  3. Despite his personal and political dislike of Jefferson, Hamilton was instrumental in securing his victory over Aaron Burr in the presidential election of 1800. That and his subsequent opposition to Burr’s bid to become governor of New York led to his death at Burr’s hands in a duel in 1804.

  4. Alexander Hamilton's beloved first-born son, Philip, was killed in a duel in 1801 while attempting to defend his father's honor against attacks by New York lawyer George Eacker. Philip's death devastated the Hamiltons, and many historians believe it led to Hamilton's own reluctance to fire directly at Aaron Burr during their legendary duel just three years later.

For more information: https://www.history.com/topics/american-revolution/alexander-hamilton

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saturday, october 20th 9am-6pm

Early Bird special now available

Early Bird special for Fall Festival Wrist bands is now open. From Sept 21 to Oct 12 wrist bands will be sold at a reduced rate of $10. From October 13 to the festival the price will revert back to the normal price of $15. Beat the lines and purchase package deals now and pick up your tickets at the Will Call Table either at the festival or a couple days before the festival at the school. (Will Call pick up dates at the school will be announced closer to the festival.)

Purchase here: https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Fall-Festival-Ticket-Sales/IdLgh

donate & sponsor

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 are 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.

High School Student volunteers

The PVO needs your help and you need to collect Community Service Hours towards your Bright Future’s Scholarship requirement (100 hours by the time you graduate). The Fall Festival will take place on Saturday, October 20th and we have various shifts to choose from. If you sign up for a shift, you are acknowledging that you will be responsible for covering that shift from the beginning to the end and are not allowed to leave your post unattended. Your shift supervisor will be signing off on your volunteer hours and will not give you the full credit if you leave your post unattended. A mandatory volunteer orientation meeting will be held at the school days before the festival to make sure that you are aware of the importance of your job. Your 4-hour shift will include a meal voucher. Please go to the office and register on the computer outside Mr. Han’s office. This is only for volunteering for the PVO, if you are volunteering for a club tent, please see your club advisor.

Parent Volunteers

The Parent Fall Festival Volunteer Registration link is now open. We need your help! This is a big undertaking that will reap big rewards if we have the support from parents to help us. There are two shifts plus an early set up. Please sign up for at least one of them, if not more, so that we can have every position covered. We will have an In Service meeting at the October 10th meeting so you know what is expected of you. If you can’t come to that meeting, we will get in touch with you and share what you missed. If you are volunteering to work at a club tent do not sign up on this link. This link is only if you are helping with the PVO. You must be OCPS Additions approved to volunteer for anything school related. Don’t forget to register with them ASAP. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0949a9aa23a6f94-2018
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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.

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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2018-2019 Report Card & Progress Report Dates

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Upcoming Technology Drive HS Events

Hispanic Heritage celebration

Friday, Oct. 5th, 5-7pm

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL


Wednesday, Oct. 10th, 8-11am

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

10th and 11th graders only. Registration information in newsletter.

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.

OSHS Barnes and Noble Bookfair

Thursday, Nov. 15th, 3-5pm

2418 East Colonial Drive

Orlando, FL

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