District 2 Highlights
Village Park Elementary staff welcomed their dragon scholars.
Hispanic Heritage Staff Luncheon sponsored by Bravos Supermarket at Northlake Park
Hispanic Heritage Night Celebration at Liberty Middle
OCPS schools decorated their classroom doors in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. 
 Lake Nona High Homecoming Parade
Timber Creek High Homecoming Parade
What’s News | Qué hay de nuevo
OCPS Newsroom: Avalon Middle Named 2021 National Blue Ribbon School
Orange County Public Schools is proud to announce that Avalon Middle School has earned recognition from the U.S. Department of Education as a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School. This award, one of only 325 given nationally this year, is based on Avalon Middle's progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

"I am so proud of the faculty and staff of Avalon Middle," stated OCPS Superintendent Barbara Jenkins. "Closing achievement gaps is essential to leading every student to success, and the middle school years are crucial. Avalon's practices of offering double-block language arts and math and push-in supports, as well as their ICU (Instructional Care Unit) program for students who are struggling academically, are great examples of ways to narrow gaps." Click here to read the full news release. Congratulations to Principal Furno for your outstanding leadership!
OCPS Newsroom: Gr8t to be Green! 
Congratulations to Stone Lakes Elementary, our 2021 OCPS Green Schools Recognition Program Award 2nd Place Winner!

For the eighth consecutive year, the OCPS’ Environmental Compliance and Sustainability department hosted a Green Schools Recognition Program Awards Ceremony. In true COVID-fashion, the virtual event recognized 17 schools for their tireless dedication to conserving energy, recycling, upcycling, composting, community gardening, and other activities that promote sustainability on campus and at home.

“There are many great reasons for schools to participate in the OCPS Green Schools Recognition Program. Ultimately, it is about encouraging our students to become conscious leaders and understand how they contribute and impact the environment,” Jennifer Fowler, Environmental Compliance and Sustainability director said. “The OCPS mission says, ‘With the support of families and the community, we create an enriching and diverse pathways to lead our students to success.’ This program provides yet another pillar to our mission.” Click here to read the full news release.
Click Orlando: Orlando Students Paint Mural to Show Importance of Inclusion 
This project took longer than expected to complete, but through perseverance and dedication these Timber Springs MS (now former) students made their vision a reality. Watch this sweet story to learn about their mural and the journey to completion.
Upcoming Events | Próximos Eventos
OCPS 2021 State of the Schools
Friday, November 12, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Doubletree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando

Orange County Public Schools, in partnership with the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association, will host the 2021 State of the Schools on Friday, November 12 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. Join us to learn more about OCPS’ growth, performance and impact in the local community. Orange County Public Schools Board Chair Teresa Jacobs and Orange County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Barbara Jenkins, will deliver the presentation. Click here to learn more and register.
OCPS Parent Academy: Together Towards Tomorrow: Plan for Success
Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 9:00 AM

Social Emotional Learning(SEL) is a foundational pillar of student success. The event will empower families with resources and strategies to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve goals, maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Click here to learn more and register. 
OCPS Families: Navigating the Orange County Public Schools Website 
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM   
 
This session will help current OCPS families to navigate the Orange County Public Schools' (OCPS) Website to be more informed about navigating the school year including, 2021-2022 Academic Calendar, Student Progression/Graduation Requirements, and Career and Technical Educational Opportunities. 

ALL OCPS Parents are welcome! This session, hosted in partnership between Curriculum and Digital Learning and the Multilingual Department will be bilingual (English-Spanish). Haitian Creole and Portuguese support will be provided in the Chat and during the Q&A session. Click here to enter the Microsoft teams meeting closer to the date. 
Opportunities for Students | Oportunidades para estudiantes
Jumpstart Learning with Advanced Placement (AP) and/or Dual Enrollment (DE)

OCPS encourages our families to visit our Academic Paths website, click here to access the page. This site provide families valuable information magnet programs, the various advanced coursework programs like Advanced Placement, Cambridge, Dual Enrollment and how to apply for financial aid with FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Orange Technical College: Top Apprenticeship Programs in Florida
There is more than one way to gain knowledge and develop the skills you’ll need to succeed in a career. While some people decide to enroll in a career certificate program or degree program, many others get started on their career path by becoming apprentices.

Although traditionally, apprenticeships were associated with skilled crafts and trades, today, apprenticeship programs are available in a wider range of industries. If you’re interested in learning on the job, learn more about the top apprenticeship programs in Florida and how you can find apprenticeship programs near you. Click here to learn more.

College Board: October 2021 Scholarship Opportunities
Seniors can qualify for up to four Opportunity Scholarships this month! Click here to learn more.
School Construction & Maintenance | Construcción y Mantenimiento 
Learn about the new construction and maintenance updates in our District 2 schools for the 2021-22 school year. Click here to access the full PDF document. Want to learn more details on these projects? Email your questions to Lauren.Roth@ocps.net.
COVID-19, Vaccine and Back to School Resources 
Public Health Resources | Recursos de Salud Pública
www.ocfl.net/coronavirus: Orange County's COVID-19 Information page with resident resources, testing site information, executive orders, and Orange County newsroom updates.

www.facebook.com/OrangeCountyPublicSchools: the best resource for up to date, reliable information regarding Orange County Public Schools.

https://www.pcanorangecounty.com: the Primary Care Access Network in Orange County may be able to assist underinsured and uninsured residents with access, quality, and coordination of health care services
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