The Pioneer Express  
Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Friday, February 22, 2019 

Basketball Playoffs
Congratulations to our defending class 9A state champion basketball team for their 64-59 win in the region 2 quarterfinal game last night! Our Pioneers (18-5) will next travel to play Tampa Alonso (24-4) in a regional semifinal - Orlando Sentinel story (Feb. 22).

Also advancing in the basketball playoffs tonight are our Lady Pioneers (17-14) as they play away vs. Haines City (26-2).

Annual Parent Survey
We are still striving to get a 20% response rate from parents on our 2019 parent survey. If you completed this year's survey, thank you very much. If you have a student at ORHS and have yet to do so, please take a few moments to complete the survey today keeping in mind that all responses are kept anonymous. Thank you for your help.
Have a great weekend!

With Pioneer Pride,
Ms. Jennifer Bellinger

Pictured very top: National School Counselors Week
We love our counselors! We celebrated them on February 8th with a gift of matching shirts and a special breakfast. Thank you for all you do!   

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 Black History Month recognizes the central role of African Americans in U.S. History.  
This year's Black History Month theme is "Black Migrations." In the migration's early days over 500 people per day headed to the northern cities. In this picture, families wait to board their trains out of the south. African American Migration by U.S. City  
Friday, February 22 
* Lady Pioneers Varsity Basketball vs Haines City in the 9A Regional Finals at Haines City High School - 7:00PM - Orlando Sentinel "Girls basketball region final pairings"
* Softball vs Winter Park at Winter Park HS - 6:30PM
* Boys & Girls Tennis vs Evans at Evans - 3:30PM

Monday, February 25 
* Valencia Dual Enrollment Opens Online for 2019-2020 
* Softball vs Timber Creek at Home - 4:00PM
* Girls Lacrosse vs Colonial at Colonial HS - 6:00PM

Tuesday, February 26 
* Baseball vs Colonial at Colonial HS - 7:00PM
* Softball vs Freedom at Freedom HS - 4:00PM
* Flag Football vs Jones - Pre Season Game - at Home - 7:00PM
* Boys Volleyball vs Lake Nona at Lake Nona HS - 7:30PM

Wednesday, February 27 
* Boys Weightlifting vs Boone at Home - 6:00PM
* Boys Volleyball vs Jones at Home - 7:30PM
* Boys & Girls Tennis vs East River at Home - 3:30PM

Thursday, February 28 
* Baseball vs East River at East River HS - 4:00PM
* Softball vs Freedom at Home - 4:00PM
* Orange Technical College Fair - List of All OTC Programs 
Monday, March 4 
* Baseball vs Winter Park at Home - 4:00PM

Tuesday, March 5 
* Softball vs Lake Nona at Lake Nona HS - 4:00PM
* Flag Football vs Colonial at Colonial HS - 7:00PM
* Boys Volleyball vs Timber Creek at Home - 7:30PM
* Boys & Girls Tennis vs Gateway at Home- 3:30PM

Wednesday, March 6 
* Baseball vs Dr. Phillips at Home - 4:00PM
* Boys & Girls Tennis vs Lake Nona at Lake Nona HS - 3:30PM

Thursday, March 7 
* Softball vs Lake Nona at Home - 4:00PM
* Flag Football vs Freedom at Home - 7:00PM
* Boys Volleyball vs University at University HS - 7:30PM
* Girls Lacrosse vs Ocoee at Ocoee HS - 6:00PM
* Boys & Girls Tennis vs St. Cloud at St. Cloud - 3:30PM

Friday, March 8 
* Baseball vs Dr. Phillips at Dr. Phillips - 4:00PM 
Vital Signs
Weekly attendance rates. All 4 grades improved for the week ending Friday, Feb. 15th.

Feb. 15
Feb. 8
Feb. 1
Jan. 25
9th Gr.
10th Gr.
11th Gr.
12th Gr.

Percentages: Includes both excused and unexcused absences as both represent lost in-class instructional time which can never be recovered.

Lady Pioneers Basketball (Playoff Game Tonight at Haines City, 7:00 p.m.)
Please congratulate your Lady Pioneers basketball team for winning BACK to BACK district dhampionships against Dr. Phillips and for defeating Sarasota Riverview on February 14th 47-32 in the Regional Playoffs. The Lady Pioneers advanced to the regional semifinals on February 19th against Dr. Phillips and defeated them with a score of 46-37. They move on to play against Haines City on Friday, February 22nd at Haines City High School (tipoff at 7:00 pm). Great job this season by Coach Williams and her coaching staff!

Our Lady Pioneers after their victory at Dr. Phillips High School to win the District Championship on February 19th. They defeated the Lady Panthers 46-37 on their court. 

Boys Varsity Basketball (Defending State of Florida 9A Champions)
Congratulations to our varsity boys basketball team for winning BACK to BACK district championships! The Pioneers defeated Dr. Phillips 70-55 and advanced to the regional quarter finals on Thursday, February 21st vs. Sarasota Riverview. They won that game last night and will next face Tampa's Alonso High School in the playoffs. Great job again this year Coach Reece and staff!

Boys varsity basketball after defeating Dr. Phillips 70-55 on Friday, February 15th

Please congratulate Amber Powell from our Pioneer wrestling team. Amber placed 3rd in her weight class in the 2018-2019 FHSAA Women's Wrestling State Championships. Amber is a 10th grader and is a first year wrestler. We are very proud of our state championship competitor. Thank you Coach Andrews and staff! A very special shout out to Mrs. Michelle Browne and Ms. Bellinger who transported Amber to the state championship competition and helped coach her to victory.

Amber Powell finished in 3rd place at the State Wrestling Championships this month. She is in the 10th grade and this was only her first year as a wrestler!

Metro Wrestling Competition
In addition, Jean Voltaire Faustin placed 2nd in Metro and Matthew Augustave placed 4th at Metro. This is the highest placement in Metros in many many years for our wrestling program! We are fortunate to have a school principal and administration that supports our athletic program! 

Best Buddies

Best Buddies has a record number of members this year (+120!). Over 45 members met after school to sign Valentine's cards, create crafts, and pack goodie bags for ALL of our ESE students. Those Valentine's goodie bags were delivered successfully and the ESE students were all very excited about their gifts!

Dual Enrollment Parent Night

We had a packed house on February 13th for our Valencia College Dual Enrollment Night.

Performing Arts
Tri-M Music Honor Society

Our Tri-M music honor society volunteered at the Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida's Annual Bowl-a-Thon fundraising event. Thank you Ms. Sherri Craig-Evans for volunteering your time over a three-day weekend! #thisisoakridge

No Early Release 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, March 6
  • Wednesday, April 3
  • Wednesday, May 1  
  • Wednesday, May 8
  • Wednesday, May 15
No Excuses Mentoring Program (N.E.M.P.)

The No Excuses Mentoring Program would like to say THANK YOU to everyone that donated money towards our 2019 Spring College Tour to FSU, FAMU, and UF!! Our college tour was a huge success and we want to recognize every person and organization that made this happen!!

THANK YOU to our Principal Jennifer Bellinger for your continuous support, the BSU at FSU, Solomon Lamar and Jazmin Runyon for leading our tour at FAMU, the Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated (FAMU) for hosting a BBQ at the fraternity house, and the Theta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (UF) for leading our tour at UF!! Thank you again for your time and sharing your knowledge and experiences! Each one of you have definitely made a life changing impression on these gentlemen!

Finally, this tour provided an opportunity for our members to be exposed to new experiences! None of this would have been possible without your generosity, support and inspirational words! Scholarship, Leadership, and Community Service for All Mankind!!   


N.E.M.P. was also recognized for its commitment and support, for mentoring 40 at-risk males at Walker Middle School during the 2019 District 5 Annual Recognition Celebration! Thank you to School Board Member Dr. Kathleen "Kat" Gordon, and Minority Achievement Officer Dr. Lawson, for this recognition!

Keeping it Classy Sisterhood Mentoring Program

Congratulations to Veronica Lewis, sponsor, and the ORHS girls' mentoring group KICS for being recognized by OCPS school board member Dr. Kathleen "Kat" Gordon at the 18th Annual District 5 Recognition Ceremony/Black History Celebration!

Special Events
Grad Bash Sales 
Questions about Grad Bash? Please see Ms. Sanders in the Media Center - 2-107
or contact her at or 407-852-3200 X6102404

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

* Ticket price will remain $65 until March 14th! Buy Early & SAVE!

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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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