The Pioneer Express  
Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Friday, April 12, 2019 

The month of April is certainly passing quickly! As of today, we have already completed three full school weeks of the last quarter to 2018-2019. The pace will not slow as we still have annual exams (full schedule below), year-end special events such as our spring musical, prom, and the OCPS Parent Academy plus ongoing spring sports and senior activities to name a few of the major items on the calendar. 

Getting Ready for the April 2 FSA Exam
Individual FSA pep talks with our 9th and 10th graders happened throughout the day before the Tuesday, April 2  test (below left). Every member of the administration and leadership team spoke with students stressing the importance of getting a good night's sleep, eating breakfast the next morning, being on time to school, having their laptop and charger set to go, knowing where their testing location was and most importantly - using all of their available test time. Thank you to our Pioneers for their efforts in making the administration of this initial component of the FSA to run smoothly.

Performing Arts Department
This year's spring musical is Once On This Island Jr. There are two performances next week: Wednesday, April 17th and Thursday, April 18th at 7:00 pm in the Maxine Risper Auditorium. Tickets are only $2 for students and $5 for general admission. This production promises to be a wonderful evening out for the whole family, so please plan to attend one of these performances!

REMINDER: No Early Dismissal Wednesdays
In order for all students to have the opportunity to  complete SAT and/or FSA tests without concern for running out of time, all students will be scheduled for a full school day instead of their normal early release on the following Wednesdays this spring:
  • Wednesday, May 1  
  • Wednesday, May 8
  • Wednesday, May 15
Have a great weekend and please don't forget to select one of the two performances of Once On This Island Jr. for next week - I know you will have a memorable evening out!

With Pioneer Pride,
Ms. Jennifer Bellinger

Pictured very top: Oak Ridge's No Excuses Mentoring Program (NEMP) had 40 students earn an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or better during the 3rd quarter of 2018-2019 (story below; not all of the students are pictured above).

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Friday, April 12
* Girls Lacrosse vs Lake Nona at Lake Nona HS - 6:00PM
* Josten's - Cap & Gown Orders - A & B Lunches
* Baseball vs Freedom at Freedom HS - 4:00PM
* Softball vs Faith Christian at Faith Christian - 5:00PM

Monday, April 15
* Softball vs Jones at Home - 4:00PM - Senior Night

Tuesday, April 16
* Softball vs University at University HS - 4:00PM

Wednesday & Thursday, April 17 & 18
* Spring Musical - Once On This Island Jr. - Auditorium - 7:00PM
* Student Ticket $2 - General Admission Ticket $5

Friday, April 19
* JA Student Government Elections - Auditorium
* Baseball vs Jones at Jones HS - 5:30PM
* Softball vs Evans at Evans HS - 4:00PM

Monday, April 22
* Baseball vs Edgewater at Home - 4:00PM
* Softball vs Edgewater at Edgewater HS - 4:00PM

Tuesday, April 23
* Baseball vs Evans at Home - 4:00PM

Wednesday, April 24
* Orchestra Spring Concert - Auditorium - 7:00PM

Thursday, April 25
* Softball vs Merritt Island at Merritt Island - 6:30PM
* Annual Talent Show - Auditorium - 6:00PM

Friday, April 26
* Baseball vs Evans at Evans HS - 6:00PM
* Softball vs Colonial at Colonial HS - 6:00PM

Wednesday-Friday, May 1-3
* Senior Device Collection 
Plan ahead . . . ideas for summer learning!
Vital Signs
Weekly attendance rates

April 5
March 29
March 14
March 8
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade

* Includes excused and unexcused absences as both represent lost in-class instructional time which cannot be recovered.
** Week of March 14 was only a 4-day school week leading into the 2019 spring break.
Rigor Outside The Classroom
GRA-V Robotics 5816
ORHS students Solai Fulmore (12th), Christian Aguilo (12th), Andrea Serrano (10th), and Dornaneil Parras (11th) are all members of the GRA-V Robotics team.  Robotics Competition Team 5816 is an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming organization consisting of team members from across Central Florida based out of Orange Technical College - Mid Florida Campus.   
The group's mission is to unite students, mentors, and partners in the community while developing teamwork, business, STEM, and leadership skills. Team 5816 supports an atmosphere filled with gracious professionalism, friendship, and problem solving. Their goal is for students to develop long lasting skills and meaningful relationships that will inspire them to reach incredible heights.

Watch the short video to see how the team supports one another and others in our community:
College and Career Center
Undecided Senior Fair

On March 27th, we held an "Undecided Fair" for students that still need to make their plans for after graduation. There were several colleges as well as businesses present (below). The 2019 Undecided Senior Fair was a huge success and a special thanks to Valencia College Transitions for staying to help with applications!

Student Spotlight - Rosa Flores
ORHS Super Scholar!

CONGRATULATIONS to Rosa Flores for being accepted to Yale and Harvard Universities.  Hard work, dedication and perseverance definitely pay off!  Way to go!  ORHS goes Ivy League!

Do You Want To Play Sports In College???

Our latest bulletin board is finished! Want to know more about what it takes to play sports in college, stop by guidance for more information. #thisisoakridge - at Oak Ridge High School

Attention Seniors!
Important information for our Class of 2019 . . .

* Josten's will be on campus Friday, April 12 during A & B Lunches in the Cafeteria

* Senior Device Collection -  May 1, 2, 3

* Graduation is Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Amway Center at 8:30AM
April 12th
Late Cap & Gown Order Cost $78 (cash or money order) Cafeteria during ALL lunches.
April 8th - 30th
Senior Breakfast Sales $30. (Cash or money order only) Includes breakfast and transportation.
Cafeteria - ALL lunches
April 9th - 16th
Senior T-Shirt orders $12. YOU MUST PRE-PAY!  No extra shirts will be ordered.
April 16th
Signing Day!
April 25th, 26th & 29th
April 30th

Senior Awards - ORHS Maxine Risper Auditorium - all seniors and their families are invited! This celebration serves to recognize those deserving special honors, and those who have earned special recognitions in each of the academic disciplines. ALL SENIOR AND PARENTS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

* Costs are estimated and can be changed at any time.

K.I.C.S. Mentoring Program
 "Intelligence will never stop being beautiful"
 Congratulations to these classy ladies for attaining a 3.0 or higher 3rd Quarter GPA!!
We believe in you!

Questions about PROM? Please see Ms. Householder in the Administration Building - 101FF
or contact her at or 407-852-3200 X6102394

* Prices are on the rise! Ticket price will remain $75 until April 19th! Buy now & SAVE!

Testing Calendar 

Week Day
Students Impacted
April 25, 26, 29
(Makeups on April 30)
Thurs, Fri, Mon
Senior CFEs
Adjusted bell schedule
April 25: 12th grade only - PERT

May 1
Long Wednesday
FSA ELA Reading Part 1
All students in grades 9 or 10
May 2
FSA ELA Reading Part 2
All students in grades 9 or 10
May 8
Long Wednesday
FSA Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC
Students enrolled in Algebra 1 or Geometry
May 9
FSA Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC
Students enrolled in Algebra 1 or Geometry
May 15
Long Wednesday
Students enrolled in Biology
May 16
U.S. History
Students enrolled in U.S. History
May 6 -17
Starts on a Monday
AP Exams
Students in specific AP courses
May 16
PERT (Reading, Writing, Math)
Grades 10/11 that have not satisfied the graduation requirements
May 20 - 22
(Makeups May 23)
Mon, Tues, Wed
Underclassman CFEs
Block schedule
Grades 9-11 CFEs

Acronyms and other test information:
ACCESS for ELLs = Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State
CFE = Common Final Exam
PERT = Postsecondary Education Readiness Test
FSA = Florida Standards Assessment
ELA = English Language Arts
EOC = End of Course Exam

CFE Bell Schedule


NEMP - No Excuses Mentoring Program

The No Excuses Mentoring Program would like to thank Career Source Central Florida for attending our recent meeting. This company provided tips on effective resume writing and job interviewing skills for our members! Scholarship, Leadership, and Community Service for All Mankind! @careersourceflorida  In addition, we had 40 students that earned an unweighted grade point average of a 3.0 or higher for the 3rd nine weeks. These students worked extremely hard to accomplish this goal, so please continue to support/encourage these young men to reach this goal during these last nine weeks!
Guest speaker from Career Source Central Florida speaking to our NEMP students on important job search skills

Congratulations to N.E.M.P. brother Pablo Salgado for receiving a full scholarship to Valencia College through the "Bridges to Success Program." Pablo will receive continued support and mentoring while building strong academic and leadership skills through community service and extracurricular activities!! Scholarship, Leadership, and Community Service for All Mankind!
Pablo Salgado, Class of 2019
Full scholarship recipient to Valencia College

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Leadership Team 

Principal: Jennifer Bellinger
Assistant Principal: Michele Browne
Assistant Principal: Brian Sanchez Corona
Assistant Principal: Juliza Rivera
Assistant Principal: Dr. Lisa Karcinski
Assistant Principal: Orlando Norwood


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