The Pioneer Express! 
Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Friday, August 28, 2020

This afternoon we will already finish our third week of the first quarter of 2020-2021. Thank you to all of our face-to-face students and their families for the flexibility and support over these past six days with our new on campus safety protocols. We have experienced a smooth implementation so far with students returning to campus thanks to the efforts of so many and I am very grateful for that kind of support. My deep appreciation is also extended to all of our Oak Ridge LaunchEd students and families as they continue to learn from home doing their best with digital learning.

This issue contains a number of important reminders and opportunities for our Pioneers that I hope they and their families will take a close look at. Please take care to note any important dates and deadlines that might apply to your household. Thank you for looking over this latest edition and please continue to practice all recommended health safety precautions when out and about. Have a nice weekend.

In Pioneer Pride,

Jennifer Bellinger
Proud Principal
Oak Ridge High School
"One Team, One Goal ... Pioneering Our Way To An 'A'! 

Pictured very: A huge shout out to thank our amazing cafeteria team lead by Brian Allgood, our Cafeteria Manager!! They have been working diligently all summer and continue to make sure our students are well taken care of.
  • Every Monday, we have a curbside feeding for the launch ED students from 2:50pm-4:20pm they receive 5 breakfast, 5 lunches, 5 Suppers, and 5 snacks for the week. When they pick up, we just need a student ID number
  • We hand out supper and snack to go every day after school for the students to take home, since there are no after school programs available
  • We serve breakfast every morning in the cafeteria, bus loop, and the court yard
  • We serve lunch every day in the cafeteria, and court yard.
  • We are still assisting preparing meals for 40 other OCPS sites, including City of Orlando after school programs, alternative education sites, and OCPS Charter Schools.
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Dates to Watch For   

Monday, August 31
Monday, September 7
  • Labor Day, school closed

Bell Schedule

First Day Back: Face-to-Face Students  
#TeachingABCsAndCDCs #ThisIsOakOridge

Dr. Harold Border, Chief of High Schools and Ms. Jennifer Bellinger, Principal, are in the courtyard welcoming students back to their first day of face-to-face instruction (Aug. 21)!
Ms. Luz Gonzalez Cartagena, Assistant Principal, greets faculty, staff and students and checks their temperature to be sure they are well before entering campus.
Ms. Dimiki Joiner, Area Administrator for Chief of High Schools, lends a hand to ensure social distancing. Her hand sign reads "Remember social distancing!"

Curbside Meals
The entire week of meals can be picked up every Monday (except on Monday holidays) starting 30 minutes after dismissal for an hour and a half.    

Beginning Monday, August 10, OCPS Food and Nutrition Services has provided meals for LaunchEd@Home students with a Curbside Meals Program at all 202 schools. Student ID# is required and will use current meal benefit status (free, reduced or paid). Please click here for more information on the program.

Community Resources

College and Career Center

Gates Scholarship
Eligibility requirements:
  • High school senior
  • From at least one of the following ethnicities: African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American (For American Indian/Alaska Native, proof of tribal enrollment will be required.)
  • Pell-eligible
  • A US citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • A minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university.

An ideal candidate will also have:
  • An outstanding high school academic record (e.g., be in the top 10 percent of his/her graduating class)
  • Demonstrated leadership ability (e.g., as shown through participation in community service, and extracurricular, or other activities)
  • Exceptional personal success skills (e.g., emotional maturity, motivation, perseverance, etc.)

*** DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 15th - Additional information

OCPS Scholarship Bulletin out for Fall 2020!

Please click here to view the current OCPS Scholarship Bulletin.

Morehouse College

HBCU Council

Neighborhood Center Learning Pods

Opportunity Jobs Academy

Parent Reminder

Parents, if you have not registered for Skyward, please click here ( for instructions and other information.
Masks and Coverings
A Face Mask / Covering is REQUIRED at all Orange County Public Schools. 

Subject to the exceptions set forth below, each student, employee, visitor, vendor, or other person are required to wear a face covering (more specifically described below) at all times while at or inside a school/facility, or other property and/or vehicle owned, leased, or operated by the School Board (when there is more than one (1) person in the vehicle).

Face Mask/Covering Guidelines:
  • Commercially produced and disposable masks are acceptable.
  • Masks with respirators are not permitted.
  • Masks must cover both the nose and mouth, fit snugly against the sides of the face with little to no gaps and are made of a solid material.
  • Face masks, neck gaiters and neck buffs are permitted, provided they consist of multiple layers of fabric.
  • Face coverings may not be made of lace, mesh, or other largely porous material.
  • Face coverings with clear panels are permitted provided they fit snugly against the sides of the face with little to no gaps.

Florida Teens Read Book Titles for 2020-2021

Please click here for a quick synopsis of each of this year's Florida Teens Read list and an important message as to how these books made the 2020-2021 list!

ACT & SAT Testing

Hurricane Season - Are you prepared?
What Does Your Home Survival Guide Include?

We are now well into hurricane season - June 1st through November 30th - please think about preparing your family for an emergency. What do you need to be safe and financially secure? Here are a few items to think about to prevent a financial hardship in the future.

Bottled Water
Trim Low Hanging
Canned Food
Weather Radio
Clean Out Safe Room
First Aid Kit
Solar Lights
Cell Phone Charger
A/C Window Unit
Air Mattresses
Fill Bathtubs with Water
Well (no power no water)
Gorilla Tape (for Tarps)
Hurricane Lamps/Candles
Games for Kids

Gas Grill
Plywood for Windows
Homeowners Insurance Policy
Check Septic Tank Coverage
Flood Insurance
Tarps for Leaks
Service Cars for Evacuation
Pet food/Cages/Leashes

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Online Student Safety - Apps Parents Should Know About

Now more than ever before our students are confined to their homes with time to spare. This is a chart of APPS that are easily accessible to your students. Please be mindful that they are not safe and can lead to potential issues that may be harmful. Be aware. Stay informed. The commitment of parents and community members is vital to keeping our students safe.

MEETME is a dating social media app that allows users to connect with people based on geographic proximity. As the apps name suggests, users are encouraged to meet each other in person.

WHATSAPP is a popular messaging app that allows users to send texts, photos, voicemails, make calls and video chats worldwide. WHATSAPP uses an internet connection on smartphones and computers.

BUMBLE is similar to the popular dating app "Tinder," however it requires women to make the first contact. Kids have been known to use Bumble to create fake accounts and falsify their age.

LIVE.ME is a live-streaming video app that uses geolocation to share videos so users can find out a broadcaster's exact location. Users can earn "coins" as a way to "pay" minors for photos.

ASK.FM is known for cyberbullying. The app encourages users to allow anonymous people to ask them questions.

GRINDR is a dating app geared towards gay, bi and transgender people. The app gives users options to chat, share photos and meet up based on a smart phone's GPS location.

TIKTOK is a new mobile device app popular with kids used for creating and sharing short videos. With very limited privacy controls, users are vulnerable to cyberbullying and explicit content.

SNAPCHAT is one of the most popular apps of 2018. While the app promises users can take a photo/video and it will disappear, recent features including "stories" allows users to view content for up to 24 hours. Snapchat also allows users to see your location.

HOLLA is a self-proclaimed "addicting" video chat app that allows users to meet people all over the world in just seconds. Reviewers say they have been confronted with racial slurs, explicit content and more.

CALCULATOR% is only one of several secret apps used to hide photos, videos, files and browser history.

SKOUT is a location-based dating app and website. While users under 17 years old are unable to share private photos, kids can easily create an account using a different age.

BADOO is a dating and social networking app where users can chat, share photos and videos and connect based on location. While the app is intended for adults only, teens are known to create profiles.

KIK allows anyone to contact and direct message to your child. Kids can bypass traditional text messaging features. KIK gives users unlimited access to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

WHISPER is an anonymous social network that promotes sharing secrets with strangers. It also reveals a user's location so people can meet up.

HOT OR NOT encourages users to rate your profile, check out people in their area and chat with strangers. The goal of this app is to hook up.
Friday's Motivational Moment!

Fifty-seven years ago today, August 28, 1963, a quarter-million people assembled in Washington, D.C., to hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  give his most famous speech, which included these lines:

"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together on the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice ... will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. ... When we allow freedom to ring from every village and every hamlet ... we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children ... will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, 'Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last.'"

This remains one of the most famous speeches in American history and worth taking a moment to think about on this Friday. Dr. King received the Nobel Peace prize the following year (1964) and in the next year (1965), the Voting Rights Act was enacted, implementing the 15th Amendment and opening enfranchisement across the country.

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (Aug. 28, 1963)

Dr. King set a powerful example for our Pioneers. One of many positive character traits Dr. King possessed that many may not be aware of is that he was very pro education. In fact, he was a brilliant student and an outstanding member of his high school debate team. He actually skipped two grades and entered Morehouse College at 15. He graduated in 1948 at age 19 and attended Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pa., where he received his divinity degree three years later. Throughout his life, Dr. King was an avid reader and extremely goal oriented; something for our Pioneers to think about as we already close out our third week of 2020-2021 on this special anniversary date in U.S. history!

Stay safe and have a great weekend Pioneers!
Ms. Bellinger, Principal
Oak Ridge High School
Friday, August 28, 2020
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