Orlando Science High School

Issue 14

Weekly Newsletter - November 16, 2018

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Principal's Message

Dear Families and Students,

This week OSHS completed our Red Ribbon Week in order bring awareness to student wellness and raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I'm proud to announce OSHS raised over $1,000 to support this great cause! Thank you to all our students and families who donated.

I would like to thank our amazing PVO parents who donated to our staff Thanksgiving luncheon. The food was delicious and we all enjoyed sharing a meal together before the upcoming break!

Congratulations to our OSHS fencing team, they had their best ever tournament last weekend at Florida State University. See the results and photos below.

Last Saturday was our first ever OSS High School Homecoming Dance! The evening went well and the students enjoyed themselves! Thank you to the Bacchus, Canatay, Cortese, DeJesus, Dorman, Halabi, Mallonee, Mayo, Perez, Presaud-Vincent and Varley families for making the event so special and inviting.

Today some students enjoyed the first Free Reading Friday Café of the year. Select students can earn a trip to the Media Center one Friday per month where they come to relax, play games and snack during their English class. This is a positive reward in place for our students of the month, students earning commendation points and students nominated by their teacher for demonstrating ORCAS character traits. See photos of the event below.

Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. All OSS schools are closed Monday, November 19th-23rd. We will see you back on Monday, November 26th.


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

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Orlando Science High School accolades:

Tomahawk Throwdown Fencing Tournament at FSU

We had 9 fencers participating in this event on Saturday, November 10, 2018.

Alex Yim had the best result advancing to semi-final and losing a nail biting bout of 14-15. Wining a bronze medal and placed in 3rd

Jaehyun Ahn was placed in 6th winning all of his preliminary bouts and advancing to round of 8.

Chamin Kim placed in 9th winning 3 of his preliminary bouts and advancing to round of 16.

Kristian O'Connor placed in 13th winning 3 of his preliminary bouts and advancing to round of 16

Savita Batra placed in 16th winning 1 of her preliminary bouts and advancing to round of 16

Racheal YIm was placed in 17th winning 3 of her preliminary bouts

Colin Foley was placed in 18th winning 3 of his preliminary bouts.

Joanne Lee was placed in 23rd and Hana Zerrou was placed in 25th.

Overall, it was the best tournament result since we started to participate in Fencing tournament January this year.

Congratulations to all the fencers and look forward to repeat this kind of success in near future.

The next scheduled tournament is Central Florida Division Junior Olympic Qualifier on Nov 17th.

All of high school fencers and few middle school fencers will participate

This tournament will determine who will be participating Junior Olympics in Denver next year.

Good luck to all of our fencers.

Sung Yim

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Red Ribbon Week success! OSHS students showed their commitment to "hugs not drugs" with a heart paper chain the in hallway outside the 3rd floor elevators. Quotes promoting mental health awareness greet students as they enter each classroom this week. Thank you to the HOSA students for a organizing a remarkable Red Ribbon Week!

OSHS represented at the I/ITSEC conference:

I/ITSEC's Future Leaders Pavilion is a venue for students to showcase technical projects which they've created. This year is the first time OSS will participate in this particular competition, taking two students: Micah B. and Joshua I. All student projects showcased will be related to the conferences main topics: simulation, modeling and training. They also have opportunities to mingle with industry professionals, and see the latest and greatest technologies being presented by various companies. Many of these technologies are only available to the public during I/ITSEC, and the FLP allows students to get up close and personal with the professionals creating these products. The conference is November 26th-30th. Good luck Micah B. and Joshua I.!

OSHS Veteran's Day Parade participants:

Free Reading Friday Cafe Winners:

8th grade families: Upcoming Freshman program night

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Dear Parents and Students,

Orlando Science College Center is organizing High School Programs Night on Thursday, November 29th at 5:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity for you and your child to learn about what Orlando Science High School is offering for an outstanding high school experience and college preparation. We will have a guest speaker, Christina Ta who is alumni of Orlando Science (Class of 2018) and Freshman at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She will share her experience at Orlando Science High School and MIT. You will be able to find detailed information about high school planning, course pathways, and the following programs:

  • Orlando Science PLTW Engineering Program (OSEP)
  • Orlando Science PLTW Biomedical Sciences Program (OSBP)
  • Orlando Science Cybersecurity Program (OSCP)
  • Orlando Science Legal and Business Studies Program (OSLP)
  • Orlando Science Advanced Placement Academy (OSAP)
  • Orlando Science Dual Enrollment Program (OSDP)

We are all looking forward to seeing you on November 29th at 5:30 p.m. Orlando Science High School Programs Night Thursday, November 29th 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at High School Cafeteria.

Join Orlando Science SChools 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.

Osceola Science K-8 Charter School Now enrolling

Congratulations to Osceola Science Charter School on their move to a new campus! The K-8 school is relocating to a brand-new facility on the border of Osceola and Orange counties for the 2019-2020 school year. The new, 70,000-square-foot campus features STEM and science labs, a media center, music classroom, performing arts lab, regular classrooms, a playground, basketball court, and football field.

Parents, please help spread the word among your community that Osceola Science Charter School (OSCS) is now accepting applications for Grades K-6 for the 2019-2020 school year. Details, including the Online Application and Open House dates, can be found on the school’s website: www.osceolascience.org.

Congratulations again to OSCS and the growth of our Orlando Science School family!

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2019-2020 OSS enrollement information

Re-Enrollment submissions will be taking place online this year. Please read all information carefully and complete the form at the following link no later than


All current students will need to have a response. If this form is not submitted by the deadline on November 30, 2018, your student may lose his/her spot at Orlando Science Schools for the next school year.

This form can be completed on any computer or mobile device. You will receive an on-screen confirmation if your submission was successful.


As a reminder, the Re-Enrollment form contains the following sections:


A separate form must be submitted for EACH student that is currently attending and would like to return. Check the appropriate box to indicate whether your student will be returning for the 2019-2020 school year.


If applicable, submit the siblings’ information and submit an Online Application for each sibling listed. If space is available to enroll the sibling(s) listed, you will be contacted via email with instructions on how to complete the enrollment process once a spot becomes available. If the number of siblings exceeds the number of seats available, a sibling lottery may be held. Please note: siblings are given preference, but immediate enrollment cannot be guaranteed if we are already at capacity.

Student Immunization and Verification of Residence must be up-to-date for Re-Enrollment submissions to be complete.

Thank you!

Melissa Palmer

2018 OSS Middle/High Annual holiday concert

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Middle School Dance 6th-8th grade

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Thank PVO for the Thanksgiving Luncheon

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Come to the final PVO meeting of 2018

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Orlando Science PVO Members and Families,

Please join us for the last PVO Meeting for the 2018 year on Wednesday, November 28th 2018 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the High School cafeteria. All campuses are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please RSVP below, we cannot wait to see you there!

OSS mu alpha theta hosts Orange County math tournament


The Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society of Orlando Science High School invites all 4th and 5th grade Orange County students to compete at the Orange County Math Tournament (OCMT) to be held on Saturday, December 8th, 2018.

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. Registration will be available until Monday, December 3rd, 2018.

Registration must be completed online no later than Monday, December 3rd, 2018. Registration fee is $15 for each student and should be paid online via School Pay. The competition is open to first 250 students who applied.

Competition will take place at Orlando Science Elementary School campus which is located at 2601 Technology Drive, Orlando FL 32804.

We encourage all schools to participate, regardless of whether they currently have math teams or not. In Competition Math, any topics can and do arise. There are no guidelines or hints about how to solve the problems, so it truly is an opportunity to express and develop individual creativity and problem solving skills. However, in order to prepare your students, you may look at the past years’ questions.

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 8th.

If you have any questions, please contact us at ossmualphatheta@gmail.com


Mr. Akyalcin

Senior updates

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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

SAT & ACT Testing information

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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 you have any questions.

Sincerely, Mr. I

The next 2018-19 SAT Administration Dates:

December 1, 2018

Registration Deadline: November 2nd

Late Registration Deadline: November 13th (for mailed registrations), November 20th

(for registrations made online or by phone)

The next 2018-2019 ACT Administration Date

December 8, 2018

Registration Deadline: November 2, 2018

Late Registration (late fee required): November 3-19, 2018

Media Center

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.

attention Shoppers!

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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 give back to oss

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

ORCAS Core value: Outreach

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Here at OSHS character education is an important component of educating the whole student. Our program, ORCAS Core Values, spotlights 5 specific character traits that we focus on as a school. The "O" in ORCAS is Outreach which focuses on a student's ability to improve his/her community. Students complete community service hours for scholarships and club requirements and we want to make sure they see a connection between their service and affecting others in a positive way. Parents and families can use this program and language to continue these conversations outside of school as well. OSHS ORCAS are students of character!

box tops

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

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.

OSS Connect

OSS Connect is your one stop for student grades, assignments and resources. Students use their credentials to log in and there you can access a wealth of information.

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 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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attention free/reduced lunch applicants-read below

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.

important dates

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2018-2019 Report Card & Progress Report schedule

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Upcoming Technology Drive HS Events

Parent Teacher Conference Night

Tuesday, Nov. 27th, 4:30-6:30pm

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

Parent teacher conference night

Wednesday, Nov. 28th, 4-6pm

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

Final PVO Meeting of 2018

Wednesday, Nov. 28th, 6-8pm

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

High School cafeteria

Transition Night for Rising Freshman

Thursday, Nov. 29th, 5:30-7:30pm

2600 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

For more details and to RSVP, click HERE!

Orange County Math Tournament

Saturday, Dec. 8th, 8:30-10:30am

2601 Technology Drive

Orlando, FL

OSS Elementary Campus. Register here: https://www.ossmualphatheta.com/home

OSS Middle/High Holiday Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 5:30-8pm

1001 East Princeton Street

Orlando, FL

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