Orlando Science High School
Weekly Newsletter - October 25, 2019
Dear Orca Families and Students,
As always, I hope everyone had a great week and we are starting off our second quarter on the right track.
Please join me to congratulate the following Orcas to become the finalists in the Questbridge® 2019 National College Match scholarship program. Congratulations Keshaun P., Ilias B., Tony H. and Haydn H.! Keep up the great work!
Our high school Science Olympiad teams are competing at the University of Texas, Austin Invitational. I wish the team Orcas good luck at their events!
Our High School Computer Science Team is competing at the Lockheed Martin Cyber Quest challenge tomorrow. Good Luck Edward L., Colin F., Peter P., Wade T., and Keshan P. and coach Soto!
We are one week away from our 3rd annual Fall Festival! I like to remind you not to forget to take advantage of the online discounted fall festival wrist bands for $10 by midnight today. Sponsorships and $100 family sponsor signs are still available and purchasing by Friday will guarantee your name on signage. Adult volunteers are still needed to sign up too. All of this information and the links to the school pay can be found in the link (http://www.orlandoscience.org/fall-festival/uncategorised/fall-festival). This is school’s one of the most important fundraising boost event! Support your PVO with your family sponsor sign and signing up for a shift to volunteer.
Our high school Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society is hosting “Central Florida Math Tournament” to 4th ad 5th grade students. Please welcome to share the news in your area. More information and flyer is found in this issue.
The OSS Athletic Department will be having our first ever fundraiser spirit night at Tijuana Flats on Wednesday November 6 from 5-8 at the Winter Garden location. Welcome to have your dinner at the Tijuana Flats and support our athletics department!
Freshman class, as your upperclassmen took PSAT/NMSQT this year, I encourage you to take PSAT9! It is a great way to start to check where you are in your college readiness journey. Please see the details below or see Mr. Koebe!
Attention Orca families, if you are receiving meals for the Free and Reduced Lunch program, you must complete an application for 2019-2020 school year. If you have not done so, your student's benefits from last year expired on September 23rd, 2019. It is important to renew your application beforehand so that there is no interruption with your student's meal services. If you have not applied to the program yet, please check the link and more information about the steps below.
Have a safe and wonderful weekend, we will see you on Monday!
It’s great to be proud Orca!
Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed
Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High
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Colombia university visits OSHS
One of the IVY League Schools, Columbia University from NY, visited our school this week to give an informative presentation to our 11th and 12th grade students. Students were highly interested and they asked plenty of questions about admission processes, student life, etc. Now it is time for admissions! Go Orcas!
PSAT 8/9 Testing for 9th graders registration deadline October 29th
Students in 8th and 9th grade have the option of taking the PSAT 8/9 on December 5th, 2019. See the attached information and registration letter to learn more about what the PSAT testing is, how to register and how your child can prepare. Good luck Orcas!
The deadline to register is October 29th, 2019. Return the attached registration form AND make a payment using the School Pay link below.
Key Club selling boo grams to benefit Trick or Treat for UNICEF
2019 Fall Festival Saturday, November 2nd
Fall Fest Sponsorship
Fall Fest Presale Wrist Bands Sale end midnight tonight!
Early bird discount $10 wrist bands and ticket packages end at midnight tonight. Starting Saturday the wrist bands are $15. Beat the lines at the festival and purchase yours online today. As a bonus, if you take advantage of the early bird pricing and buy before midnight, you can pick up your tickets at the Will Call table on October 29th. Times will be Technology campus (Elementary & High School) 2:00 – 2:40 pm in the High School’s first floor lobby and Lynx Campus 2:50 -3:30 pm in the front desk area. Tickets purchased on October 26th or after will be available at the Will Call table at the festival.
Fall Festival Adult Volunteers Needed!
- We need YOUR help! The OSS PVO is asking the OSS parents to sign up to volunteer and help at the Fall Festival on Friday, November 1st and Saturday AND/OR November 2nd. On Friday we need help during the day with receiving bake sale items at morning drop off, festival prep and starting at 6:00 pm with building one set up. On Saturday there will be donuts and coffee at 7am and you will receive a volunteer lunch voucher when you check in for your shift. Saturday has two shifts available plus early morning set up. If you are working the 2nd shift, come early to eat before your shift starts, the volunteer lunch room will close at 2:00pm. There is a ½- hour overlap to make sure that the post is not left vacant if the second shift is running late. We would appreciate any additional help for early set up at 7:00 am.
- Elementary OSS Parents, we also need coverage for the inflatables and have 4 (1.5 hour) shifts for each grade level. Please consider helping supervising one of those shifts so we can keep the inflatables open all day. These shifts have been added to the Elementary School Adult Volunteer sign up page.
- Treasure Chest donation boxes are at the front desk of your building. These are to collect unwanted giveaways and trinkets you have around the house for prizes for our free games. The children play select games for Free and collect tickets to redeem at the Treasure Chest tent. This is our budget relieving gift for the parents.
- Also please consider donating to our Bake Sale. We are accepting home baked or store bought desserts to compliment our lunch menu. OCPS rules are listed on the sign up page and non perishable donations can be dropped off the Friday morning before.
All the three sign ups can be found on the same Sign Up page. Click on the tab at the top of the page that corresponds with your campus and please sign up for multiple times. The PVO appreciates your support.
Fall Festival Student Volunteer Sign Up Form
OSS High School Students, the PVO needs your help! Come and earn Community Service Hours towards your Bright Future’s Scholarship requirement (100 hours by the time you graduate). Use the link below to sign up and volunteer at the 3rd annual Fall Festival!
Next Breakfast with the principal November 5th
Parents, Mr. Yalcin would like to invite you to Breakfast With the Principal. Come enjoy a cup of coffee and some great conversation with your child’s Principal, Mr. Yalcin! This is a good forum to ask questions & give feedback.
Please use the link below to sign up.
Tijuana Flats spirit night November 6th
The OSS Athletic Department will be having our first ever fundraiser spirit night at Tijuana Flats on Wednesday November 6 from 5-8 at the Winter Garden location. Please join us for a yummy meal and help support our athletics! We hope to raise enough money this year to purchase soccer uniforms for our middle school team!
Homecoming November 16th
join us for OSS Middle High Teen Skate Night November 22nd
OSS Middle High is excited to announce a TEEN NIGHT Skate Night! Join your fellow orca families at Astro Skate on Friday, November 22nd for an evening of skating and fun with your friends! Pre-purchase your tickets for $7 using School Pay beginning next week or pay $8 at the door. We hope to see you there!
Mu Alpha Theta hosts Central Florida Math Tournament 12/14/19
The Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society of Orlando Science High School invites all 4th and 5th grade students to compete at the Central Florida Math Tournament (CFMT) to be held on Saturday, December 14th, 2019.
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. Please note that CFMT is an individual math contest and each student needs to register separately.
Registration must be completed online at our website https://www.ossmualphatheta.com/cfmt no later than Friday, December 6th, 2019. The registration fee is $15 per student and should be paid online via School Pay. The competition is open to first 250 students who apply.
The competition will take place at Orlando Science Elementary School campus which is located at 2601 Technology Drive, Orlando FL 32804.
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 14th.
Orlando Science High School Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society
Questbridge 2019 Finalists
Orlando Science High School seniors Keshaun P., Ilias B., Tony H. and Haydn H. are finalists in the Questbridge 2019 National College Match scholarship program. The Questbridge National College Match is a scholarship application that helps outstanding high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges. Congratulations seniors, we are proud of you and your hard work!
Model UN Conference
FHSMUN Gulf Coast Conference
On October 12th and 13th, four of our students competed in the FHSMUN Gulf Coast conference, where they had the opportunity to represent Belgium in several delegations. Ranging in tasks related to the Libyan Crisis and Cyber Crime, our delegates performed admirably and in a professional manner that should make OSS proud!
It was a valuable learning experience for our three freshmen delegates, Ricardo F., Hayden R. and Alex M., as this was the first high school conference that they participated in. Our Junior Delegate, Alexis D., received the “Most Outstanding Delegate” award for her hard work! The next conference will be in Sarasota on December 7th, and we are still looking for more delegates. Any student that is interested may join Political Olympiad, which meets in room 331 (Mr. Beltramo’s Room) on Mondays and Fridays during club time.
Model UN Festival
OSHS students had a blast supporting Political Olympiad and Model UN at their Model UN Day today! Students played Flag Pong, guessed at Political Plinko Trivia, raced each other in pie eating contests and enjoyed snacks from around the world.
Unity Day 2019
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30/30 Dismissal Rule
What is Delayed Dismissal? 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.
OSS Connect Quick Links
OSS Connect Parent Access
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.
- Go to the following URL https://ossconnect.orlandoscience.org/radix/portal/signup/index.php
- Enter the parent access code, birthdate of the student this code belongs to, Student ID (if asked) and your relationship to the student.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Once you logged in to the site, you can add another student by clicking on the "Add new student" link located on your dashboard.
Parents: Join the OSS Middle High PVO!
Easy Ways to give back to OSHS
The BOX TOPS Program is all new for 2019!
BoxTops has a NEW way for schools to earn money from your purchases! See the details below. Thank you for your support of OSS!
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.
Report Card Dates and PTC Days
OSHS 2019-2020 Tutoring Schedule
Free/Reduced Meal Application
Attention OSS Middle High Families receiving meals for the Free and Reduced Lunch program:
You must complete an application for 2019-2020 school year. If you have not done so, your student's benefits from last year will expire on September 23rd, 2019. It is important to renew your application beforehand so that there is no interruption with your student's meal services. Click the link below to renew your application for 2019-2020.