Technology Campus Chronicle

Vol. 2 No. 3

Principal's Corner

The Week Ending 8-31-18

Dear OSS Technology Campus Families,

I hope everyone had a great week at Orlando Science Elementary! Students are getting used to the school procedures and classroom routines.

For those of you who missed the first two newsletters, please know that we send out a weekly newsletter every Friday to keep parents informed on what it going on at the school. It is a good way to stay up to date on events, activities, and other important information.

Just another reminder that cars should not be arriving on campus earlier than five minutes before dismissal. Remember students may stay on campus without penalty until the end of dismissal; you have the time range from 2:48 to 4:00 P.M to pick up your student (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) and from 1:48 to 3:00 P.M on Wednesday.


Michael Singleton

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The Technology Campus is incredibly thankful for all of our faithful readers, and for that we would like to reward our families. Moving forward we will have a NEWSLETTER QUIZ located under the Principal's corner.

Quiz completion will automatically place your student into a drawing for a Dress Down Pass. Dress Down Passes will be awarded to 10% of entries for each building. The number of entries will directly effect the amount of prizes awarded for the week. Entries selected from the lottery must be correct upon review.

We hope that you have fun, and enjoy reading this week's edition! Entries are due by the end of day Monday, September 24th.

Online Payment System

Parents can now make FREE online payments for most school expenses online with School Pay. This includes School Lunch and After Care! Simply log into your secure online School Pay Parent Center account and pay for items including after school care fees, club fees, field trips, class fees, student fees and more. The first step is creating your Parent Center Account at Please go to "Charter Schools" tab and then choose your school name as "Orlando Science Elementary School" to complete the steps for creating your parent account. Online payment methods include VISA, MasterCard, Discover cards, and a full history of payments is searchable by date and child.This gives families the convenience of paying at any time (24/7) from your home PC Emphasis on Security The School Pay service is audited by a third-party to assure adherence to the strict, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). If you have any problems using the School Pay system please call 1 888-88-MYPAY

Questions about your student’s school pay account be directed to Ms. Centenera.

Next Week's Lunch Menu

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


This week in Kindergarten we explored the theme of “Friendship” and read “Rainbow Fish”! We enjoyed learning our vocabulary words and applying them to our context. We even discussed what would be the opposite word to our vocabulary words and had a fun time acting out the differences in class. Throughout the Kindergarten classes we are continuing to build our phonics skills to become better readers and writers. In math we are continuing to learn place value and number correspondence. Please remember to return with payment your child’s permission slip by Friday, September 7th!! Have a wonderful long weekend!!

First Grade

This week, Ms. Kelly’s class is diving into our curriculum and meeting our first grade standards. We are dissecting the story of the 3 Little Pigs by learning about character traits, retelling a story, and compare and contrast skills. On Wednesday, we will even be designing and building our own wolf-proof houses for the 3 little pigs! Thank you to all parents who were able to attend Curriculum Night, please let me know if you have any questions.

This week Mrs. Beckman’s class began a social studies unit on responsible citizenship, and dove into first grade math standards in Go Math. Thank you to all who were able to attend Curriculum Night!

This week Ms. Molnar’s class is jumping into some step activities, while we learn about the Stem Design Loop and how it helps us create and carry out our projects. Thank you to all who were able to come out to Curriculum Night!

This week in Ms. DiNuzzo’s class we have started Reading Centers and students have started posting their work to their portfolios in Seesaw. AR reading crowns and pieing teacher in face for 100 AR points

Ms. Dyer’s class began learning about making connections to texts. In our story this week the main character loved to draw and used his imagination to create things. Our class used their imaginations and worked collaboratively to create forms of transportation out of boxes!

This week in Ms. DiNuzzo’s class we have read “The Invisible Boy”. Students really enjoyed it and have agreed to always make their classmates feel welcome. We have started Reading Centers and students have started posting their work to their portfolios in Seesaw. Students are excited to start AR next week and earn their way to receive 100 points where they can pie their teacher in the face! Thank you for coming to Curriculum Night and thank you for all of your support!

Ms. Jones’s class is hard at work in centers, table group discussions, and group projects. This week, we are focusing on summarizing, key details, nouns, spelling words, sight words, and classifying words. We read Jack and the Beanstalk, then worked in groups to design and create our own beanstalks!
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Second Grade

In Mrs. Waugh’s class, students have been practicing using the Scientific Method. Students also have been learning about procedures in the courtroom by reading a story of Cardigan Jones who was wrongly accused of stealing a pie! In Math, they have been working on rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100.
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Third Grade

Third graders have started preparing for the Great Travel Fair, which will be held in September. We will be learning about each region of the United States, then each class will be learning about a specific region. Your child’s teacher will be providing more details.

This week in Science, our classes are learning more about the Scientific Method. Ms. Knight’s class has also been learning about composting red worms to go along with our classroom worm farm. In Math, we are reviewing addition and subtraction of digits to the thousands.

Make sure to sign up for OCPS Additions if you would like to volunteer in the classroom or attend field trip!

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Fourth Grade

Mrs. Juracich’s class is working on place value and building up our multiplication fluency in math.

Mrs. Colon's class is working on 2 by 2 digit and 5 by 2 digit multiplication. We are also about to complete several Science experiments and investigations!

Mrs. Michaud’s class has had a great week! We have began I-Ready testing in both Reading and Math; results will be sent home next week and discussed in more detail at conferences. In Reading, we discussed theme. In Writing, we began learning to plan for an informative essay and how to recognize different kinds of prompts. In Science, we discussed the role of scientific tools and instruments and practiced making detailed observations. In Math, we began exploring different methods of multiplying by 2 digit numbers. This week, we focused on learning partial products.

Mr. Press’s class met Mystery Doug who will be helping us explore some science topics this year. We are also progressing in our Ice Cream Math goal of mastering all the times tables through x12. Better study up or no ice cream for you!

Mrs. Roberts’s class will be exploring the best ways to prepare for the various types of writing prompts we may encounter on the FSA.

Fifth Grade

In Miss Jensen’s class, students learned about scientific investigations and making observations by doing a paper airplane lab. We tested 2 different types of paper airplanes - one with short, wide wings and the other with long, narrow wings - to see which type would fly the farthest. Then, we graphed and analyzed our data and came up with a conclusion: the long, narrow wings generally allowed for a longer flight!
In Ms. Calabrese’s class, students practiced the scientific method by putting skittles in both hot and cold water and stirring. They observed the effects, created a graph, and analyzed the data to come up with a conclusion.
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Connor Cha (grade 5) won the Silver Medal at last weekends WGFA College Colors Team IV Fencing Tournament. Congratulations to Connor on a well deserved win!

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Sixth Grade

In Ms. Gajus' class Students have been working very hard already this year! We have been learning how to work together in a team and what the expectations of the curriculum and the classroom are. Students are reviewing skills from previous levels of math, as well as getting a preview of what will be coming up throughout the year. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know your students and look forward to working with them the rest of the year!

Teacher/classroom shout outs!

Clubs and Sports Information

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Students who are already enrolled in two clubs please read:

If you are interested in adding a 3rd club, please fill out the form below and hand it into the front office. You will be placed in the clubs that have space available.

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We have a wonderful opportunity for AA Suzuki Violin program to offer violin classes during club time.

Please fill out the form below and hand it into the front office in building 1 or 2

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OSS’s science fair is an excellent opportunity for our students to explore their favorite topic in science. It provides an avenue for student research, allow students to be actively engaged in their own learning, and to use their own creativity to solve a pressing problem in an imaginative way. A science fair builds a bridge between home and school - establishing bonds between students, parents, and teachers and inspires students to become life long learners.

All forms must be typed or filled out using blue ink. NO pencil!

Mr. Stampas is the adult sponsor., (407) 253-7304

Form 1B is signed by the student and the parent. Besides the start date of experimentation on form 1A (10/20/17), all other forms prior to experimentation will be dated in September.

Please click the link below for full science fair description!

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OSS Technology Campus

Below you will find a calendar with dates and activities related to our OSS Technology Campus.
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Important school Reminders

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Interested in Volunteering at the OSS Technology campus?

Orlando Science Families interested in volunteering at the OSS Technology 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.

Please see Link below for full dress code description

Orca's Core Values

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Student Coupons, Deals, and Promotions

Kennedy Space Center - Free Admission

The Space Center is offering free admission to 5th graders NOW through the end of December.

Please see the flyer below for promotion details.

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Free Admission to Crayola Experience within 7 days of your Birthday!

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Costa Rica 2019

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OSS Expansion Project

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