Orlando Science Middle High

February 9th 2018 Weekly Newsletter-Issue 299

Mission Statement

“The mission of Orlando Science Middle/High Charter School is to provide students with

a well-rounded education with special emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering,

Mathematics (STEM) and Reading in the light of research based, proven and innovative instructional methods in a stimulating environment.”

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As always I hope we had another outstanding week at Orlando Science Middle High! We are excited to share with you our newest "Weekly Newsletter" format and we hope that you enjoy it just as much as we do!

Below you will find recaps of events this week, reminders and exciting announcements. We would first like to recognize our December Students of the Month, these students were nominated by their teacher's and staff for their outstanding character and willingness to help others.

On Thursday February 8th 2018, Orlando Science Middle High held the Orange County History Fair. Students had the chance to display their History Fair projects which included poster boards, videos, displays and dioramas. Congratulations to all those students who participated, and we would like to thank everyone who helped make this event a great success! Stay tuned next week for more details on this event.

We would also like to recognize our very own "Clockwork Mania" Robotics Team on their most recent accomplishment this past weekend. Our team will be advancing to South Super Regional in March, check back next week for a full recap!

This is just a reminder that there will be no Saturday Leadership Academy or AP Studies this Saturday February 10th 2018, we will pick back up next week Saturday February 17th 2018.

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


Abdulaziz Yalcin

Orlando Science
Middle/High School

Orlando Science Middle/High receives designation of State School of Character!!

Dear Orlando Science Middle High Families!

I would like to share with you great news! Orlando Science Middle/High has officially received the designation of State School of Character!!! This action was taken on January 30th 2018. A team of state evaluates found that our school has implemented the 11 Principles in an exemplary fashion!

On January 30th 2018, The Character.org committee has sent a congratulatory letter to school administrators, staff, students and community.

I would like to congratulate and thank each one of you especially Ms. Santos and the Character Accreditation Core Team for their hard work and focusing on the Character and our Core Values in the school. We are very happy and excited to bring this great opportunity to school and students. We are seeking to move from being State Character to Nationally recognized Character School. We will continue work together to achieve this goal!

Please click to see the school name in the list of Character Schools of 2018.

Character.org Designates 65 State Schools and 5 Districts of Character


Thank you again for your contribution and time for the school’s accreditation process. This cannot be happen without having your team spirit and team effort!!!

Go Orcas, Strive for Excellence!


Abdulaziz Yalcin

Orlando Science Middle High Celebrates Black History Month

Orlando Science Middle High Earns National School Choice Week Certificate

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Congratulations to the December Students of the Month!

We would like to congratulate our December Students of the Month! These students were nominated by their teachers and staff for going above and beyond what is asked and represent the Orca Values to a T. Congratulations again and thank you for all that you do!

Isaiah J,Alina J, Nathan N, Nicholas R,

Jaelen A ,Ramyanaga N

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3rd Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Nights

Our 3rd Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Nights will be held on Tuesday February 13th 2018(4:30-6:30PM) and Thursday February 15th 2018(4:30-6:30PM). Sign Ups began on Sunday February 4th 2018, please utilize the link below to select a time slot, and review what to do if there are no longer time slots available for your student's grade level or a time slot does not work for you. The last day to sign up for a time slot will be Monday February 12th 2018 at 12PM.


Flag Retirement Ceremony

On Friday January 26th, two of our Senior Class Eagle Scout students, Michael and Abhi, coordinated and conducted a flag retirement ceremony at the Lynx Campus. A good description of this ceremony can be found on the Website of the “US Scouting Project http://usscouts.org/ceremony/flagret1.asp and the text below can be attributed to that page.

“When the United States flag becomes worn, torn, faded or badly soiled, it is time to replace it with a new flag, and the old flag should be "retired" with all the dignity and respect befitting our nation's flag. The traditional method of retirement is to incinerate the flag, but this does not mean that one should simply drop the entire flag (intact) into a fire.

A flag ceases to be a flag when it is cut into pieces. In addition, it is easier to completely incinerate the flag, if it is cut into smaller pieces. A flag should never be torn up like an old bed sheet. It should be carefully cut up with scissors. First, a flag should be cut in half vertically, taking care not to cut into the blue star field. Then cut the remaining two pieces in half horizontally. This results in four pieces of flag, with one containing just the blue star field. The reason we do not cut the blue star field is because it represents the union of the fifty states and we should never let the union become broken or divided.

After the flag dissection, a medium sized wood fire should be created. The flag remnants should then be burned. While burning, the fire should be tended until the flag is completely incinerated. Ashes from the fire should then be buried.”

2018 Orange County History Fair

On Thursday February 8th 2018 Orlando Science Middle High held the Orange County History Fair! Students had the chance to display their "History Projects", which ranged from poster boards, to videos, to even dioramas. We are so proud of everyone who submitted their project and their hard work. Check back to next week's newsletter for a full recap and our winners!

Neuroscience Club prepares for "Central Florida Brain Bee"

On Jan 31, Neuroscience club had visitors from UCF. The visitors explained specific pieces of information for our upcoming Brain Bee competition and we plan to have a couple of more in the near future.

The Central Florida Brain Bee is an annual competition among a few selected schools throughout the Orlando area. This year, we have been lucky enough to be one of those schools. On Feb. 24, the OSS neuroscience club will meet up at UCF to compete and try to take home a travel trophy for our school.

For more information, please contact with Ms. Balci.

Reminder: No Saturday Leadership Academy & AP Studies

Reminder:There will be no Saturday Leadership Academy or AP Studies this Saturday February 10th 2018. We will continue on Saturday February 17th 2018.

Thank you.

2017-2018 Assessment Calendar

The 2017-2018 Assessment Calendar is a wonderful resource for our upcoming Testing Season. Please select the button above labeled "2017-2018 Assessment Calendar" to see this year's calendar.

NHS/NJHS Presents All You Can Eat Pancake and Waffle Breakfast

NHS/NJHS will be hosting an "All You Can Eat Pancake and Waffle Breakfast" on Saturday February 24th, March 31st and April 28th 2018 from 8:00-10:00PM. The cost is $5 per person and all proceeds will go towards the 2018 Relay for Life Event! In order to make this event a great success for our Relay for Life Fundraiser, we are asking for items to be donated for this event. Please see the link below for items needed. Thank you for your support!


2018 Middle School Track Tryouts

Middle School Students interested in trying out for the

2018 Middle School Track and Field Team must attend an informational

meeting on Wednesday February 14th 2018. This informational meeting will be held at both the Technology and Lynx Lane Campus; students must have a current

School Sports Physical on file in order to try out.

Informational Meeting

February 14th 2018 after Club Time


March 5th and 6th 2018 from 4:00-5:30PM at the Technology Campus

First Meet

April 4th 2018 at Wolf Lake

Orlando Science Junior/Senior Prom

Orlando Science

Junior/Senior Prom

Mark your calendars! Prom will be held on

Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 7 – 11pm once again at the beautiful Tanner Hall,

29 W Garden Ave, Winter Garden, FL 34787

This year’s theme that won is A Night in Paris. Think pink/black/silver and the Eiffel Tower!

The price will remain the same, $30 per person and include a full course meal with two options to accommodate everyone’s dietary needs. Tickets will go on sale beginning Monday February 19th 2018 via SchoolPay.

Anyone who would like to help with the décor please contact OSS.PVO@orlandoscience.org

Happy Birthday February Orcas!

Riyan A., Shreya B., Matthew B., Rodolfo G., Omer K., Janieliz O-R. ,Aditya R.,

Jaire W., Aashrith B., Eliza C-G., Aiya F., Joshua L. Alexander P., Xavier P., Daniel R.,

Omar Z., Visly Z., Jaydon A., Chi Q., Tony H., Isaac M., Yunus M., Jenny N.,

Brian R., Catlin U., Richard C-G., Yann D., Sumaiyah M.,Tiffany P. ,Jaelen A., Rebecca C., William P., Dhruv S., Noah L

2nd Annual PVO Sponsored Fall Festival

OSS is pleased to announce that the date has been set for the 2nd Annual PVO Sponsored Fall Festival. Please select the button above for more details!


Drama Club Presents Beauty and the Beast

Drama Club Presents: BEAUTY & THE BEAST

This spring the OSS MH Drama Department will be performing Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on Sunday April 29th 2018.As their performance approaches hey are asking for your help! In the link below you will find their wish list. As always we thank you for all that you do!



"Club of the Week"


Key Club is a volunteering service club. We hold service and fundraising projects inside and outside of school; for instance, we help volunteered at food banks packaging foods for Hurricane Irma victims. We also held in school service projects such as posting positive messages on everyone's lockers. Besides service projects, our club also holds fundraising projects. In October, we sold BooGrams and all the proceeds went to Trick or Treat for UNICEF. Our club is always learning to improve. Our Key Club attends Divisional Council Meetings where we share other service and fundraising projects with other schools. Our club will also be attending Spring Zone Rally this February 17th. Our club is always open for new Key Club Members to join. Our meetings are held every Thursday during club time in Mrs. Gourdie's Room. #BeTheKey

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Deadline for Senior Yearbook Ads is Approaching

The 2018 Senior Class Yearbook Ads are available for purchase. You may purchase your Senior ADs through the below SchoolPay websites, ADs are available in both full and half page formats. Please select the appropriate link for the AD you would like to purchase, once you have purchased your senior AD please send the recipet of your AD along with the photos and message you would like with your AD to Mr. Lakner. ADs must be submitted by March 2nd 2018.

Full Page AD


Half Page AD


Tutoring Schedule

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February Lunch Menu

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SGA Presents High School Winter Wonderland Formal

Saturday, Feb. 17th, 6-10pm

4005 North Orange Blossom Trail

Orlando, FL

Tickets may be purchased via SchoolPay (https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/-OSS-High-School-Winter-Formal/IdET0). The last day to purchase tickets will be Wednesday February 14th 2018 for guests and Thursday February 15th 2018 for OSS Students.
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PVO Fall Festival Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 21st, 6-8pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

Our next PVO Sponsored Fall Festival Meeting will be held on Wednesday February 21st 2018. During this meeting we will discuss details regarding our upcoming Fall Festival to be held on Saturday October 20th 2018. RSVP using the link below, we cannot wait to see you there! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0949a9aa23a6f94-pvofall
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Chess Tournament

Saturday, Feb. 24th, 2:30-4:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

Orlando Science Middle High will be hosting a Chess Tournament on Saturday February 24th 2018 from 9:00AM-4:30PM. The Tournament will be open to all students in Grades K-12th, in Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake County.The cost to enter the tournament is $5. Student interested in competing must email Vidit P. at viditpokharna@gmail.com to reserve your spot today. Questions or Concerns please contact Nefise.Isikli@orlandoscience.org.

Link to sign up:




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Adult and Children First Aid/CPR/AED and Anaphylaxis Epi-pen Auto-injector Training

Saturday, March 31st, 9am-6pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

This last week our OSS family became even more medically prepared. 13 of us participated in learning Adult and Children First Aid/CPR/AED and Anaphylaxis Epi-pen Auto-injector. These certification courses are most helpful as not only are these students trained but are also helping donate money to the HOSA club. Times slots are 9-12, 12-3, 3-6.

Do not wait, sign up using School Pay today! First eight to sign up for a time slot are the first served. Please email Mr. Stampas for more Information.