Orlando Science High School

Issue 17

Weekly Newsletter - December 14, 2018

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Principal's Message

Dear Families and Students,

I hope you had a great week and are ready to finish our 1st Semester of the 2018-2019 School Year on a strong note! This week's newsletter is filled with many important reminders and exciting announcements.

We would like to take this time and thank everyone who donated to our annual holiday gift card donations campaign and those who signed up for the annual staff breakfast. Our teacher and staff work very hard and we would not be able to recognize all of their efforts without you.

Below 8th grade families can find our more about the High School Special Programs. Parents do not forget to submit your application by Friday, January 18th, 2019. More details may be found below. We would also like to remind all of our OSS High School parents to complete the Character Accreditation Parent Survey by Thursday, December 20th, 2018!

As most of you know, the Science Fair is finally here! Students have worked hard on their projects and are presenting this week in their science classes. The best projects will be submitted into our OSS Middle/High Science Fair at the Lynx Lane campus on January 10th. Read details below on how to become a volunteer judge!

OSHS is proud to announce our new high school website, just for our high school students and prospective high school students. Share the news:


We are excited to invite all alumni and current SENIORS to our first alumni reunion and dinner hosed by the OSS Alumni Association! This fun event is for all OSS alumni classes of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and our current senior class of 2019. Find all the details and RSVP using the link found in the newsletter, we hope to see you all there!

I wish you a safe and wonderful weekend!


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

Orlando Science High School Accolades:

OSS 2018 Winter Concert

Thank you to the Middle-High Concert Band students and Mr. Jenkins for a wonderful show last Tuesday night! Thank you to all the families for your support of the OSS music program.

Flute: Dante C., Gabriel G., Jasmyn H., Dylan M., Sejal M., Emily N., Aleena P., Harrison S., Asil S. and Amaya W.

Oboe: Emily E.

Clarinet: Kaidan A., Juan C., Kayla D., Carnelli J.L., Nidhiya J., Elizabeth O., Adrian P., Sebastian P., Arlen P., Sebastian Z. and Joshua Z.

Bass Clarinet: Elijah A.

Alto Sax: Jaydon A., Sieana B., Isaiah J. and Katie O.

Baritone Sax: Jeremy D.

Trumpet: Eliza C., Geoffrey G., Bryan K., Georgia R. and Magda S.

French Horn: Sonti B., Zara C. and Visly Z.

Trombone: Miles A., Leah B. and Jonathan M.

Baritone: Alysia V.

Percussion: Nicole C., Adrian C., Emilio F., John L., Trey R., Viviana S. and Tyler W.

OSHS has a new website-Check it out

Kube Khaos-Middle School robotics team

OSS Middle School Robotics team Kube Khaos competed at the FTC Tesla League meet last weekend. Kube Khaos was awarded the judge's trophy! They placed second for gracious professionalism and second for their documentation engineering notebook. Kube Khaoes members are Tyler W., Manas G., Alexander B., Cade C., Carter D., Aaditya J., Ishan P. and Ishaan G. Congratulations, way to go Orcas!

operation gratitude & Toys for Tots

THANK YOU to our OSS families who contributed to our OSHS holiday drive Toys for Tots. Our RobotSakers team members will take your donations and get them to the needy children in our community beginning today. Operation Gratitude will continue until Thursday, 12/20 so keep sending in those supplies for our troops in Afghanistan!

Operation Gratitude Needs: snack bars, snack cakes, cheese crackers, candy (avoid chocolate), gum, sunflower seeds, trail mix, energy bars, eye drops, beef jerky, tea bags, K coffee cups, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving lotion, disposable razors, chap stick, and playing cards.

ORCA Athletes:

These student athletes have shown they can balance their school studies with their athletic abilities and commitments. Congratulations to all of you in your success on and off the field!

Central Florida Table Tennis winner

Last Saturday, Leonardo G. M. competed in the End of the Year Tournament at the Central Florida Table Tennis Club. He got 3rd Place! Congratulations on your hard work and top three placement!

Next week, Leonardo will compete in the 2018 US Open Championship Tournament for Table Tennis. This year it is here in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center. Leonardo will participate in several categories: Under 14 Years old, Under 20 Years old and the General Singles Championship. He has been training very hard for several months and he is very exited to compete at this international event. There will be more than 1,000 players with Leonardo as the only kid from Central Florida. Good luck Leonardo!

Saturday leadership academy

9th-12th graders FSA and EOC Preparation

9th-12th graders please use the form below to register for the FSA and EOC Saturday Leadership Academy. Note that ALL 8th graders will participate in the FSA Saturday Studies at the Lynx Campus. More details about 8th grade SFSA aturday Studies will be provided after the Winter Break.

9th-12th graders AP Saturday Studies

9th-12th graders please use the form below to register for the AP Saturday Studies.

Parent accreditation parent survey

Dear Parents,

Orlando Science Middle/High School is applying to become a National Character of School through character.org(R) and we need your input for our School Climate Survey. The School Climate Survey is an opportunity to gather feedback from our stakeholders. Below you will find a link to a short survey that is required for us to apply for accreditation. We are asking that you please complete it at your earliest convenience but no later than Thurs., December 20th, 2018, at 11:59 pm. We really appreciate you helping us accomplish this goal by providing this important feedback. Students will also complete a similar survey when they return from winter break in January.

The following questions are about the school climate about the fall semester for the 2018-19 school year. Please answer the following questions honestly and completely.

Very Sincerely,

Mr. Kriebel

Dean of Students

Calling all science fair judges

OSS Science Fair at Lynx Lane campus

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is that time of year that we will need help for our OSS School Wide Science Fair to be held on January 10th 2019. Below are the time slots where we will need assistance judging projects. Please note we are only able to accept ADDitions approved volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering and your ADDitions Account is ACTIVE, please follow the steps found below:

1. Select a "Time Slot" found below.


2. Register with the ADDitions Opportunity using the following link.


OSHS Science Fair update

OSHS Science Fair Projects

Students are currently presenting their science fair projects. We are improving our posters and experiments working our way to the school science fair to be held at the Lynx campus January 10th. Only the best of the best qualify for the school science fair. Please have your student talk with their science teacher to see if they made it! We are proud of all of the students this year. Keep up the good work orcas!

Attention 8th grade orcas: high school special programs application

Dear OSS 8th Grade Families,

OSHS offers a variety of high school special programs to its students. Each student will find the most exciting and academically challenging programs for themselves. The programs offer students unique opportunities for in-depth experiences and study in specific areas of interest. Each special program emphasizes a specialized theme and sets high expectations for all students to improve their academic achievements and prepare them for the 21st-century careers. In addition, Orlando Science Special Programs offer students hands-on activities and real-world problem-solving approaches. While all the students are encouraged to apply, they must have a strong interest in specialty areas of the chosen program. Students also need to meet and retain the eligibility requirements of the selected program(s). The details and the course progression of each program are available in the Orlando Science Curriculum Guide. Please ensure that you have read about the programs before submitting this application form. The link for the program guide and the application are below.

  • Friday, January 18th 2019 by 11:59 p.m.

Application Deadline

  • Tuesday, January 29th 2019

Application results will be announced

Teacher and Staff Holiday Breakfast

Dear OSS High School PVO Members,

As the holidays approach we would like to host a 7:00 am holiday breakfast for our teachers and staff! Below you will find a list of items we will need to make our breakfast a great success; we are also in need of a couple of volunteers to organize set up and breakdown. Items can be dropped off to the front desk and nonfood items dropped off before. We encourage bringing your baked items in disposable containers. Please make sure you label any container to be returned to you (including serving utensils) and pick up at the end of the day. If you have any questions please contact our PVO at OSS.PVO@orlandoscience.org . Thank you for all that you do!

Middle School Co-Ed Basketball Tryouts

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Students in 6-8th grades at OSS (Lynx and Tech campuses), middle school basketball tryouts are coming up! We will be offering a co-ed basketball team for the 2018-2019 season.

Students who wish to try out must have a completed sports physical packet. The sports packets are new this year and must be signed off by: 1. parent/guardian 2. your Dr. 3. the AD (Mrs. Mulligan) and 4. Admin prior to tryouts.

Packets are now available at the Lynx and Technology Buildings(B2 and B3) as well as below.

Tryouts will be held tentatively January 8th and 9th at the Lynx campus. Students are responsible for transportation to Lynx campus and attending BOTH days of tryouts.

Please note- OSS will not offer transportation at any point during the season for practices and/or games.

For any questions, email Mrs. Mulligan.

Save the Date: OSHS Student Award Ceremony

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Seniors and ALumni dinner and Reunion

Come join your fellow alums for our annual Orlando Science Schools Alumni Dinner and Reunion!

We are looking forward to seeing all of you from our Classes of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 (Alumni to be soon) and teachers. The event is free of charge! Please share this event with as many Orlando Science Alumni and friends as possible! Feel free to a bring a guest!

We hope you will be able to join us.


OSS Alumni Association

Northrup Grumman Engineering Scholarship Program for Seniors

This scholarship program helps support promising high school seniors who intend to pursue a career in an approved engineering, computer science, mathematics or physics program and who live in communities where Northrop Grumman Mission Systems has a major presence. That includes Florida's Orange County! OSHS Seniors check out the link below to learn more about NG's $8,000 scholarship opportunity.

Federal Student Aid

FAFSA is the Federal Student Aid program. Every single college applicant needs to complete FAFSA regardless of their income. This application is free and completed through only one website. Do not pay to anyone or any website for completion of FAFSA. This should take no more than 45 minutes to complete if you have everything ready to go. FAFSA is time sensitive. The funds are distributed as first come first serve.

Bright Futures Scholarship

State of Florida has its own scholarship program called Bright Futures and it is managed through OSFA (Office of Student Financial Assistance). When you complete the application, you are also being evaluated for other scholarships through State of Florida. It is a very short application and should not take more than 15 minutes. Most important thing to know is that, you only complete the form and your transcript and SAT/ACT scores will be submitted automatically through OSS and the State of Florida University System. You are not required to satisfy all the application requirements until the end of the school year to apply to this scholarship. On the other hand, being qualified currently does not guarantee that you will receive this scholarship. If your end of year GPA falls under the requirement, then you will not be receiving the scholarship. Here are the current requirements:

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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 Ms. Lizarazo to make sure the correct information is placed in the yearbook.

Full page ad:


1/2 page ad:


Due date is March 29, 2019

Media Center Update

The Orlando Science High School on Technology Drive opened its doors to a newly renovated campus in August 2018. One of the great features of the High School campus is the brand new Media Center. It serves as a space where all students can read, research and study. Please consider making a donation directly to the Media Center to help Mrs. Singleton stock the shelves and create a welcoming environment for our students.

As always the Amazon Wishlist link below contains the most current requests from our staff and students. Thank you to the Akin and Mallonee families for your generous contribution!

Join OSS on LinkEd In!

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.

Amazon and office depot shoppers

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.

Office Depot & Office Max

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

Join the OSS Parent Volunteer Organization (PVO)

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!


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 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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Families whose Free/Reduced lunch applications have expired, please take a moment and fill out the OCPS Free/Reduced Meal Application today! It must be completed each year to qualify for this federally funded program. To fill out the application click the link below.


2018-2019 Report Card & Progress Report Schedule

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Upcoming Technology Drive HS Events

OSS Alumni Reunion & Dinner

Tuesday, Dec. 18th, 6-9pm

2600 Technology Drive, Suite 250, Orlando, FL, USA

For current seniors and all OSS Alumni. This event is at the OSHS campus in the cafeteria. Please RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2B5WNaS.

OSS Middle High Science Fair

Thursday, Jan. 10th 2019 at 6-8am

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

Sign up to be a volunteer JUDGE, there are some amazing projects:


Student Award Ceremony

Tuesday, Jan. 15th 2019 at 4:30pm

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

OSHS 1st semester student award ceremony in the high school cafeteria.

OSS Middle/High School open house for prospective families

Saturday, Jan. 26th 2019 at 10am-12:30pm

2501-2539 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

Open House for prospective Orlando Science Middle and High school families for the 2019/2020 school year.
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