The Pioneer Express
Oak Ridge High School
Friday, April 23, 2021
ORHS Community Member,

We will be releasing Quarter 4 Progress Reports later next week so I encourage any of our Pioneers who have missing assignments or other work to bring it current right away. I realize that we are at that point where the end of the school year is top of mind at times, but we want all of our Pioneers to get the grades they deserve so please turn in any unfinished work now.

In this week's update you will find important information pertaining to upcoming student assessments as well as Class of 2021 events for our Seniors. Please take careful note of any key dates as they may apply.

We have had some beautiful spring weather these past few days so enjoy it while it is still here and have wonderful weekend!

In Pioneer Pride,

Ms. Bellinger
Proud Principal
Oak Ridge High School
Dates to Watch For
Monday, May 10
* Senior Virtual Awards – 3:30PM

Tuesday, May 11
* Cap and Gown Distribution
  • Face to Face – Media Center
  • LaunchED – drive thru

* SAC Meeting – Media Center & Virtual – 4:30PM

Wednesday, May 12
* Senior Drive Thru – 3:00PM

Tuesday, May 25
* Graduation – Amway Center – 2:00PM
School Advisory Meeting
Student Spotlight
Michelle Walker, Class of 2021
Senior, Michelle Walker is the manager of the annual L.I.F.E. Fashion Flow event at #ORHS. She enjoys the role of manager because it allows her to take extra responsibility and lead her team to success. She plans to attend a university after graduation and major in Exercise Science to become a Physical Therapist. She would eventually like to open her own practice.

Michelle has a talent for making really tasty baked goods. In her free time, she enjoys watching new shows or movies, painting, watching TikTok, and hanging out with her friends and her cat (Roshi). She also attends church, where she volunteers with the children's group.
Community Service
Oak Ridge Friends is a community service-driven club sponsored by our JA Academy Business Teacher, Ms. Mayra Blackburn. Last year, members created crafts/goodie bags for the special needs students on campus and handmade cards with uplifting messages for hospitalized children across the US.

This year, members are supporting the Ronald McDonald House. RDM was selected because Ms. Blackburn stayed there while her infant daughter was in the NICU last year. "It inspired me to #PayItForward... I wanted the club to help so that the RMD House can continue to help other families." 

Students are collecting travel-size toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpastes, disposable razors, shaving cream packets, mini bar soap, shampoo/conditioners, dental floss, deodorant, mouthwash, and lotions. To date, members of Oak Ridge Friends have collected over 10,000 donations!
Character Lab
Share your voice and join CLIP!
CLIP is a year-round, funded program where high school students contribute to research on the social, emotional, academic, and physical well-being of young people throughout the country.

Participants learn about design thinking and psychology research and tell researchers how real students think, feel, and act. This feedback helps improve research at their schools.

Learn more at
Special Pioneer Recognition!
Sara Jean and Aravena Denis
Congratulations to seniors Sara Jean and Aravena Denis on their acceptance to the @valenciacollege Bridges to Success Program. This award is given to seniors who have dedicated themselves to their academics, community service, and extracurricular activities despite life’s challenges.
Sara Jean, Class of 2021
Aravena Denis, Class of 2021
Upcoming Assessment Dates
School-Wide ACT
All juniors will have the opportunity to take the ACT on April 27, 2021. Seniors in need of the FSA ELA or Algebra 1 EOC graduation requirements will also be able to take the School-wide ACT on April 27, 2021. Juniors and seniors attending school via LaunchEd will need to find their own transportation on April 27th.

The School-wide ACT on April 27th will be computer-based. Students need to fully charge their laptops and bring them and their chargers when they come to school for the test.

State Testing
The state’s Executive Order regarding testing for seniors graduating in spring 2021, left it up to districts to determine what seniors needed to “waive” the testing requirements. At this time, we do not know what that waiver will look like for Orange County. The state did not waive testing graduation requirements for any other grade levels.

FSA ELA Reading
Students currently in 9th and 10th grade will take the FSA ELA Reading exam on May 6 and 7, 2021. Per the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), no remote administrations are available for any statewide summative assessments. The FSA ELA Writing test is 90 minutes long each day. The FSA ELA Reading test is a computer based test.

FSA Algebra 1 and Geometry EOCs
Students currently enrolled in Algebra 1 or Geometry courses will take the FSA Algebra 1 or FSA Geometry EOC on May 10th and 11th. Per the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), no remote administrations are available for any statewide summative assessments. The FSA ELA Writing test is 90 minutes long each day. Students will be allowed to continue testing up to half the school day if needed. All state EOC tests are computer-based tests.

Biology and U.S. History EOCs
Students currently enrolled in Biology 1 or U.S. History courses will take the Biology 1 or U.S. History EOC on May 13th. Per the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), no remote administrations are available for any statewide summative assessments. The FSA ELA Writing test is 160 minutes long each day. Students will be allowed to continue testing until the end of the school day if needed. All state EOC tests are computer-based tests.

ELA - English Language Arts
EOC - End of Course Exam
FSA - Florida Standards Assessment
College and Career Center News
New YouTube Video comes out today on Orange Technical College:
Valencia / OUC Skilled Trade Program
Vital Signs:
Source: The Washington Post - Read full article 
Senior News
Oak Ridge Graduation Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 @ 2:00PM
This schedule is based on the availability of the Amway Center during the NBA playoffs or Solar Bears games, and safety conditions due to COVID-19.

In the event graduations cannot take place at the Amway Center, alternative locations will be determined.

Safety precautions will include, but are not limited to, the mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, limited ticketing (exact number per graduate to be determined), strict arrival, departure and stage procedures.

All guidelines and protocols are being developed in conjunction with the Florida Department of Health in Orange County and the Amway Center.

OCPS high schools will live stream their graduations.
Senior Virtual Awards
Save the date… Monday, May 10th at 3:30PM. More information to follow.
Cap & Gown Distribution
Tuesday, May 11th – Media Center. LaunchED will drive thru. Please be sure to have all financial obligations paid in full.

Senior Drive-Thru
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 – 3:00PM
More information to follow.
Save the Date - Senior Final Activities
All dates and times are subject to change.
Community Resources
2600 Orange Center Blvd. Orlando FL, 32805
Resources Search Engine for Social Service Needs
The Student Services department has collaborated with the company, Aunt Bertha, to create a customized search engine to help staff, families, and the community better navigate needed social services and resources. The information on the site can be translated into more than 100 languages.
Rental Assistance Program Coming Soon
Latest Update: April 20, 2021

Online Application Portal Expected to open Mid-May

The City of Orlando has been awarded $8.6 million in COVID-19 Relief Funds from the U.S. Department of Treasury to provide Emergency Rental Assistance for households that have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

At the Monday, April 26 meeting, the Orlando City Council will consider an agreement with KPMG to administer the program to provide financial support to City of Orlando households to get current on unpaid rent. 

If the agreement is approved, the city anticipates being able to accept applications via an online application portal, which will be hosted by Neighborly Software, sometime in mid-May.

Friday's Motivational Moment!
The Economics of Obtaining an Education
Each spring, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a chart that shows what people earn as well and how many people cannot find work by level of education for the prior year. They released their 2020 findings last week and the new chart is presented just below (read full article here).
The lesson for our Pioneers? While income and finding work are not the only reasons for acquiring a good education and taking advantage of all that Oak Ridge & OCPS offer, one day our students will be out in the world on their own. This simple bar chart, which the BLS prepares each year, consistently shows the same pattern: those with more education typically have larger paychecks and much lower odds of being out of work. While this is not always the case, overall this holds true year-after-year.
Wisdom To Live By for Friday, April 23
Steve Harvey On Friendship
When you’re up in life, your friends get to know who you are. When you’re down in life, you get to know who your friends are.
~ Steve Harvey, TV personality, author

Mike Tomlin On Accountability
It’s not about what we say, it’s about what we do.
~ Mike Tomlin, NFL head coach

Queen Latifah On Failure
Fear can be good when you're walking past an alley at night or when you need to check the locks on your doors before you go to bed, but it's not good when you have a goal and you're fearful of obstacles. Anyone who is successful has failed before.
~ Queen Latifah, actress

Andrew Carnegie On Achievement
There are two types of people who never achieve much in their lifetime. The person who won't do what he is told, and the person who does no more than he is told.
~ Andrew Carnegie, industrialist

Karen Lamb On Taking Action
A year from now you may wish you had started today.
~ Karen Lamb, author
Florida flag
Have a great weekend Pioneers!
Ms. Bellinger, Principal
Oak Ridge High School
Friday, April 23, 2021
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