Orlando Science Schools Lynx Campus

Issue 22

February 1st 2019 Weekly Newsletter

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Dear Orlando Science Families,

Help us spread the word about the opening of our Orlando Science East Campus located near UCF. It will be opening August of 2020 for grades K-6 with the addition of a higher grade each year to include grades K-8 by 2022. Students attending our East Campus will be able to continue at Orlando Science Charter High School which is located on Technology Drive. We would like to welcome our new East Orlando Campus to our Orlando Science family. They will have the same outstanding programs and educational model that we currently have at our existing campuses including:

  • Small class size and individual attention for our students
  • Award-winning academic and extracurricular programs
  • Robotics, Science and Math Olympiad programs
  • State of the art STEM classrooms, labs and media center
  • Dedicated teachers and staff
  • Hands-on learning experiences
  • Full-time Gifted program

Orlando Science Charter School is a tuition-free STEM-focused public charter school. Orlando Science has been rated the #1 school in 2018 and 2019 in Central Florida by Niche. US News also rated Orlando Science Charter High School the best high school in Central Florida.

While our plans are progressing, we would like to ask for your participation by filling in an interest application to help us determine the capacity of each grade level. If you are on the waitlist for one of our current campuses or would like to transfer your children to the east campus, please complete the application form below by February 15th, 2019.


Yalcin Akin, Ph.D

Executive Director

Orlando-Seminole- Osceola

Science Charter Schools

Principal's Message

Dear Families and Students,

I hope everyone had a wonderful week, and welcome to the month of February! This week's newsletter is filled once again with many exciting announcements and reminders.

Our 3rd Quarter Parent Teacher Night Conference Nights dates have been set, please review the PTC corner found in this week's newsletter for dates and information regarding the sign-up process. As always it is important to remember that if these dates and times do not work for you or if all spots become filled you may always contact your student's teachers to arrange an appointment for another date and time.

The Lynx Lane Campus is excited to celebrate Black History Month, each week we will feature one influential African-American who helped shaped our society today!

We have a few Orcas we are excited to recognize in this week's newsletter, from our Middle School STEM Art Winners to December Orca Character Award winners to Isabel H. and Billy S. for competiting in the OCPS Spanish Spelling Bee and Arlen P. for being selected to participate in the OCPS All-County Honors Band! Congratulations to these Orcas on a job well done!

2nd Semester Club Re-Sign Ups will take place during the week of February 11th-15th, 2019. This will be our last sign-ups for the 2nd Semester, please be sure to review all the information in this week's newsletter for more details.

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


Abdulaziz Yalcin, M.Ed


Orlando Science Schools-Middle/High

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Lynx Lane Campus Celebrates Black History Month

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The Lynx Lane Campus is pleased to celebrate "Black History Month"! Each week we will feature one influential African-American who helped shaped our society today! This week we are pleased to feature Maya Angelou.

"Maya Angelou was a Civil Rights Activist, Author, Poet, and activist. She was born April 4, 1928. She is best known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman. Angelou received several honors throughout her career, including two NAACP Image Awards in the outstanding literary work (nonfiction) category, in 2005 and 2009." She passed away on May 28, 2014, for more information please visit https://www.biography.com/people/maya-angelou-9185388.

Orange County Library Events

Celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans to our country. Special events throughout the month include lectures, cultural performances and film screenings. Click below for a detailed schedule.



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3rd Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Night Information and Sign Up Details

LYNX LANE 6th 7th and 8th Grade Families,

Welcome to our 3rd Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Nights of the 2018-2019! As a reminder, you are ONLY permitted to sign up for one-time slot per grade per, student. Please note dates are Tuesday, February 12th, 2019, Wednesday, February 13th 2019, Wednesday, February, 20th 2019, and Thursday, February 21st, 2019.

These time slots are for LYNX LANE 6th, 7th and 8th-grade students only, if your student(s) is attending either of the TECHNOLOGY DRIVE Campuses you will need to contact their campuses for the PTC Sign Up Procedures.

Please be advised: Conferences are for 15 minutes, and must not exceed that time. You are more than welcome to schedule an additional conference, on another date and time, with the teachers if you require more time. If this sounds like a better option for you please email your student's teachers.

Once spots are filled please email your student's teachers to arrange an appointment for another date and time, no additional spots will be added to these nights. There will be no wait list created, please check back for canceled time slots.

If you register for more than one time slot per student or you sign up for the incorrect grade levels you will be removed from all that you registered for. If you made a mistake you must contact Mrs. Sturm ASAP.

Time slots are listed by DATE and then by GRADE LEVEL please make sure you are in the correct grade level when selecting a time slot.

You make begin selecting a time a time slot on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 at 7 PM EST, using the link below. OSS Staff members are not permitted to sign up for a time slot for you so please plan accordingly.

Kid's Smiles Event-This Saturday February 2nd 2019

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OSS Lynx Lane Celebrates National School Choice Week

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2ND Semester Club Re-Sign Ups-February 11th-15th 2019

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Lynx Lane will host 2nd Semester Club Re-Sign Ups during the week of February 11th-15th, 2019. This will be for any clubs that have available space and will take place outside the Media Center on the yellow club window across from the gym. Students who have missed three or more consecutive weeks beginning with the week of January 7th, 2019 will automatically be removed from their club in order to make room for other members. Please be advised this will be for only clubs with available spots and not all clubs will be offered. A list of the available clubs will be featured in next week's newsletter. Students must sign up in person beginning after the 6th and 8h grade 7th-period bell on Monday, February 11th, 2019, no email or phone reservations will be accepted.

2018-2019 Middle School STEM Art Contest

Congratulations to the following winners for the Middle School STEM Art Contest: Special recognition goes to Beatriz G. for artistic skill and Ahyaan K. for Innovative Execution. 3rd place Deshna S. 8th gr, 2nd place Elijah W. 6th gr, and 1st place Ahyaan K. 7th gr. The winners and students who received certificates of recognition during the award ceremony will be showcased at the Winter Park Festival in March.


OSS Competes at OCPS Spanish Spelling Bee

On Thursday, January 24th, 2019 Orlando Science School was proud to have not one but two Lynx Lane Orcas compete at the Orange County Spelling Bee! Congratulations to Isabel H. and Billy S. on a job well done during the competition, we are very proud of you!

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December:ORCAS Student Core Value Winners

Orlando Science Lynx Campus would like to congratulate the following students for winning the ORCAS Student Core Value for the Month of December:

0-“Outreach for Community”-Hatcher R.

Hatcher is always willing to lend a hand to others and thinks about ways he can affect others in a positive way, especially with new students. He goes above and beyond to help his new classmate to adjust to the new school environment.

R-“Respect and compassion for all”-Samyukta K

Samyukta is an exemplary student who goes above and beyond expectations. She displays respect and compassion for all people around her in every opportunity. She works well with others, listens to what others have to say, and contributes her opinions and ideas in a respectful manner. Her attitude helps create and maintain a positive and respectful classroom environment.

C-“Celebrate diversity”-Rebecca P

Rebecca ensures that all students feel welcome in the classroom. She volunteers to show new students how to open their locker, how to get from class to class, and she is also respectful toward all students, no matter what their culture or background. She is respectful to all students and wants to make sure that everybody that she meets feels welcomed and appreciated.

A-“Advocate for a safe learning environment”-Michelle L

Michelle helps her classmates accomplish shared goals by encouraging them to bring their experiences and diverse backgrounds to the table when they approach their assignments. She is good at assigning roles within the group and understands the value in having positive interactions with her classmates. By providing a welcoming environment, she promotes a safe space for everyone to discuss ideas and feelings.

S-“Strive for excellence in a stimulating learning environment”-Lulia M.

Lulia is a fantastic student in and out of the classroom. She always arrives on time, follows the teachers written and oral directions, scores well on assessments, and completes her assignments in a timely manner. She gets along with her classmates and promotes a positive learning environment in the classroom.

OSS Competes at "We the People" State Final

On Friday, February 1st, OSS traveled to Seminole State to participate in the We the People State Final. This program enhances students understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy. Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues. We will share the results in next week's newsletter!

Unit 1: Hemangi P., Diya B., Sahiti Y., William S., and Manas V.

Unit 2: Ramsey Z., Meghana K., Anya G., Jaithra N. and Tarang G.

Unit 3: Michelle L., Tristan J., Pragna T., Tanvi C. and Ilana J.

Unit 4: Sathwik D., Aadi N., Yash D., Jerry L.and Omer D.

Unit 5: Jaival N., Jimmy T., Scarlett S. and Mehlika A.

Unit 6: Hatcher R. Kayomi S., Jason P., and Ali V.

OSS 7th Grader Earns Spot in Orange County Public Schools All-County Honor Band

This past Saturday, Arlen P. participated in the Orange County Public School All-County Honor Band Concert. This concert is composed of ensembles formed from students from all over Orange County, ranging from 7th through 12th grade. Arlen, a 7th-grade clarinetist in Mr. Jenkins' concert band, auditioned in November for the 7th/8th-grade concert band and beat out 75+ other clarinetists to take one of the spots in the ensemble. All-County Honor Band held rehearsals last Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at Winter Park High School and each ensemble were conducted by clinicians who teach secondary school or college in Georgia and Michigan. The rehearsals culminated in a concert with performances by the 7th/8th-grade concert band, the 9th/10th-grade concert band, and the 11th/12th-grade concert band, all performing highly advanced music. Please join us in congratulating Arlen on his achievement as he continues to achieve in the field of music.

Support the OSS Band by Participating in the SNAP-Raise Fundraiser

Currently, the Orlando Science School Band Program at both the middle school and high school are raising money to fund their program. Their current fundraiser is a Snap-Raise fundraiser. This type of fundraiser does not hinge on actively selling products or services but instead requests help and donations from patrons. The band program is asking for help in raising the funds they need to purchase music, maintain and repair equipment, and purchase new or missing equipment. The link at the bottom takes you to the band's Snap-Raise page with more information on donating to their cause or spreading their story. Anything that anybody can offer will be appreciated. Even if you cannot provide financial assistance, forwarding the link with their story to others and through social media can go far to help them achieve their goals. If you would like any further information about the fundraiser, you may contact Mr. Jenkins.


2018-2019 Lynx Lane Assessment Calendar

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Above you will find the 2018-2019 Lynx Lane Assesment Calendar, please keep these dates in mind when planning any upcoming appointments and vacations. It is also important to note that on the following days listed below we will not be holding our regular early release schedule, instead, we will follow our standard release schedule to allow more time for testing.

  • May 1st 2019-7th Grade will be released at 2:48PM & 6th and 8th Grade will be released at 2:52PM
  • May 8th 2019-7th Grade will be released at 2:48PM & 6th and 8th Grade will be released at 2:52PM
  • May 15th 2019-7th Grade will be released at 2:48PM & 6th and 8th Grade will be released at 2:52PM

8th Grade Gradventure Consent Form and Guidelines

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2019 OSS 8th Grade Graduation Details

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The OCLS has partnered with OSS Middle/High to provide free Virtual Library Cards (VLC) to all students. There are many wonderful online resources students can use from any computer with their credentials. Check out the website www.ocls.info and go to Research and Learning to explore all the learning opportunities the library offers. Use the credentials listed in the picture above to log in and enjoy!

Attention: Lynx Lane ADDitions Volunteers

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2018-2019 Lynx Lane Birthday Dress Down Form

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Orcas this is just a reminder that students interested in dressing down for their birthday must submit a "Birthday Dress Down Day" form found below two days prior to their birthday dress down day request. If a form is submitted less than the two days or is not submitted they will be considered out of dress code and they will not be approved to dress down.

2018-2019 OSS Middle & High Yearbook Now on Sale! Order before Price Increase February 4th 2019

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3rd Annual PVO Sponsored Fall Festival Fundraiser-November 2nd 2019

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The OSS PVO Committee representing the

Elementary, Middle, Junior High, and High School

are holding their Third Annual Fall Festival to raise funds for our schools!

Annual OSS Fall Festival Fundraiser will be held on

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Something for everyone, from toddler to adult with Inflatable houses, jousting, and slide; Games; Food; Bake sales; Silent auction; Raffles; Vendors; Health Fair

TIME: 11am – 5pm

LOCATION: OSS Elementary and Middle School

2611 Technology Dr. Orlando, FL. 32804

PARKING: Free parking at Magic Mall with shuttle service to the school. $5 Preferred Parking at the Technology elementary and high school parking lot

This is where we need your help! We have various sponsorships at all levels available to fill. If you would like to be a business sponsor, individual sponsor, or know of a business that would be willing to be a sponsor, please contact us.

We are working diligently to fill all the spots.

With your help, we can reach this year’s goal to increase our profits!

Please feel free to contact our PVO Committee below for more information on sponsorship levels, to submit a sponsor referral, or if you would like to become involved with the PVO committee. Our kids are this country’s future; please help us support our school’s needs by supporting the efforts of the OSS PVO committee.


Visit our webpage for one stop shop for festival information:


Important Lynx Lane Questions and Answers

How do I purchase a replacement Agenda?

Lynx Lane Orcas who are in need of a replacement agenda may purchase one using the link below. Once you purchase the agenda please email a copy of your SchoolPay receipt to Mrs. Caggiano.


Whom should I contact if my student was or will be absent ?

Attendance is a key to the success of your student's learning. If you have any attendance concerns such as daily absences, upcoming absences, extended absences or questions please contact Mrs. Caggiano.

What do I need to do if my student is a bus rider or walker ?

Orcas who walk or take the Lynx Bus transportation must have "Walker/Bus Rider" form on file. If you need form you may find it below. Students must sign out at the front office before leaving school each day.

How do I contact My Student's Teachers ?

Here at OSS, email is the best way to reach your student's teachers with any questions or concenrs. All OSS Staff Emails maybe found on the staff directory tab on your student's OSS Dashboard.

Where can I find the 2018-2019 Dress Code?

The 2018-2019 Dress Code can be found in the link below, beginning on page 29.


Can I make payments with Cash?

Please be advised for the 2018-2019 School Year we will NO LONGER BE ACCEPTING CASH as a form of payment. We will continue to accept checks, credit cards, and SCHOOL PAY. Thank you for your understanding.

What do I need to do to Volunteer at the OSS Lynx Lane Campus and or attend OSS Field Trips?

Orlando Science Families interested in volunteering at the OSS Lynx Lane 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.


How do I join the OSS PVO(Parent Volunteer Organization) Team?

The OSS PVO Team is accepting new members all year long! 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.

When are Progress Reports/Report Cards Released ?

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Amazon Smile and Office Depot's Give Back to Schools

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Orlando Science Families, great news! If you shop on Amazon or Office Depot then you may eligible to support Orlando Science Schools! Below you will find information on both of these wonderful organizations and their links. Happy shopping!


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.


OfficeDepot Gives Back

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


Orlando Science Lynx Lane STEM Corner

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Stem Occupation of the Week: Hydrologists

Hydrologists: Study water that is underground or at the surface of the earth.

Source: https://careerwise.minnstate.edu/careers/careerDetail?oc=192043&title=Hydrologists

Stem Vocabulary of the Week: Global Issue

Birthday Dress Down Information and Form!

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Students interested in dressing down for their birthday must submit a "Birthday Dress Down Day" form found below two days prior to their birthday. If a form is not submitted they will be considered out of dress code.

Dress Down Day Request Form

February Birthdays

Pranav B., Lorde L., Atreya M., Carlos M., Adam S., Ahmad A., Kentish A., Evan A., Diya B., Ethan B-Y., Aydin B., Alexander H-B., Dylan C., Kendall C., Kierstyn C., Maki' C., Sophia D.,

Andre E., Anya E., Mariel G- C., Nathan J., Summer K., Alexander M., Arlin N., Brady N., Merian R., William S., Ruhi S., Shemariah T., Tyler W., Angelina W., Eiram A-C., Isma F., Rodolfo G-P., Nidhiya J., Omer K., Sakshi K-P., Sidharrth S., and Jaire W.

Middle/High Charter Lunch Menu-February

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Orcas Apply For Free/Reduced Meals Today!

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.

Important LOST AND FOUND CLEAN OUT Information

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2018-2019 Lynx Lane Tutoring Schedule

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Check out Orlando Science Technology Drive Campuses Newsletters!

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FortifyFL app is now Available

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OSS Families: See the important message below regarding FortifyFlorida.

We are pleased to announce that the FortifyFL app is LIVE. Now, any student, educator, parent or member of the public can report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators anonymously and easily through the FortifyFL app or www.getfortifyfl.com. The Florida Legislature directed this tool’s development in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.

The app, which is available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices, is critical to ensuring all Florida schools are safe environments where students and educators can experience and share the joy of learning without fear.

We hope that you will become familiar with this tool and help us spread the word about it with your students and their families. Please note that the official app’s logo will look exactly as it does in the graphic above.


Pam Bondi and Pam Stewart

Attorney General and Commissioner of Education

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Mu Alpha Theta February Regional

Saturday, Feb. 2nd, 8am

1717 Avenue S

Riviera Beach, FL

MS Basketball Game VS OCPA at OCPA

Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 5pm

10250 University BLVD, Orlando FL 32817

Lynx Lane PTC Sign Ups Begin

Wednesday, Feb. 6th, 7pm

This is an online event.

AMC 10/12 A Math Competition

Thursday, Feb. 7th, 9am

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

Lynx Lane History Fair

Friday, Feb. 8th, 8am

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

Central Florida MathCounts

Saturday, Feb. 9th, 8am

865 South Ronald Reagan Boulevard

Longwood, FL

MS Basketball Game VS Legends Academy at FLOC

Monday, Feb. 11th, 5:15pm

3000 C.R Smith ST, Orlando FL 32805

3rd Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Night

Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 4:30-6:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

3rd Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Night

Wednesday, Feb. 13th, 4-6pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

AMC 10/12 B National Math Competition

Wednesday, Feb. 13th, 9am

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

MS Basketball Game VS CFLA at FLOC

Wednesday, Feb. 13th, 5pm

3000 C.R. Smith St, Orlando, FL 32805

Mu Alpha Theta February Regional

Saturday, Feb. 16th, 8am

1900 Omaha Street

Palm Harbor, FL

No School-President's Day

Monday, Feb. 18th, 7:30am

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

MS Basketball Game VS Passport at FLOC

Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 5pm

3000 C.R. Smith ST, Orlado FL 32805

3rd Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Night

Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 4-6pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

3rd Quarter Parent Teacher Conference Night

Thursday, Feb. 21st, 4:30-6:30pm

2427 Lynx Lane

Orlando, FL

MS Basketball Game VS Goldenrod at FLOC

Monday, Feb. 25th, 5pm

3000 C.R. Smith Street

Orlando, FL

MS Basketball Game VS Hunter's Creek at FLOC

Tuesday, Jan. 29th, 5pm

3000 C.R Smith ST, Orlando FL 32805

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