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

It seems like just yesterday that we opened up the 2020 New Year, but this afternoon we will close out another month. We now only have nine school days remaining in the third quarter of 2019-2020 with the week of March 9 being only a four-day week for students (Friday, March 13 is a student holiday).  
We do have several special events on the schedule prior to spring break. One of these is tomorrow's Saturday math tutoring from 8:00AM to 12:00PM (details below). It won't be long after students return from spring break later next month that our annual "testing season" will be here so I really encourage any student needing extra help in algebra or geometry to participate. Of course, our after school tutoring program has been up and running for sometime now and also provides a great opportunity for students needing additional support.   
Please remember that our month SAC meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, March 3 at 6:00PM. That Tuesday evening will also include time for our 3DE/JA Academy Parent meeting. All members of our school community are invited and encouraged to attend!  
I think you will enjoy this latest edition as we have several great Pioneer success stories to share. Enjoy your weekend!
Ms. Jennifer Bellinger

Pictured very top: National Honor Society in the Spotlight!
Our NHS teamed up with Shingle Creek Elementary to participate and volunteer in the Team Crum Pancreatic Cancer Run at UCF.  Each year, in communities across the country, tens of thousands of people participate in the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's PurpleStride events. These events are critical in raising awareness and funds that advance pancreatic cancer research and support patients and loved ones with a promise of a better tomorrow. This was an amazing opportunity and a great time was had by all!
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Friday, February 28
  • 2020 Parent/Guardian Survey Open - Click Here
  • L.I.F.E Fashion Flow Event - Auditorium - 6:00PM
  • Varsity Baseball vs Foundation Academy @ Home - 4:00PM
  • Softball vs Gateway @ Gateway - 5:30PM
 The culminating FASHION FLOW SHOW will take place tonight (Feb. 28th) in the auditorium at 6:00PM. Tickets will be sold at the door- $8 for general admission. for more information contact Mr. Richardson in room 4213.

Saturday, February 29
  • Math Tutoring - ORHS - 8AM-12PM
Monday, March 2
  • Boys & Girls Tennis vs Colonial @ Home -3:30PM
  • Varsity Baseball vs Crooms Academy @ Home - 4:00PM
  • Girls Lacrosse vs Evans @ Evans - 6:00PM
Happy 175th Birthday Florida! Statehood: March 3, 1845.
Tuesday, March 3
  • Softball vs Freedom @ Home - 4:00PM
  • Boys JV & Varsity Volleyball vs University @ Home - 6:00PM
  • SAC Meeting & 3DE/JA Academy Parent Meeting - 6:00PM
Wednesday, March 4
  • Varsity Baseball vs Boone @ Boone - 4:00PM
  • Girls Lacrosse vs Ocoee @ Ocoee - 6:00PM
Thursday, March 5
  • Boys & Girls Tennis vs Apopka @ Apopka - 3:30PM
  • Softball vs Cypress Creek @ Home - 4:00PM
  • Girls Flag Football vs Cypress @ Cypress Creek - 6:00PM
  • Boys JV & Varsity Volleyball vs Colonial @ Colonial - 6:00PM
Friday, March 6
  • Varsity Baseball vs Wekiva @ Home - 4:00PM
  • Softball vs Gateway @ Home - 4:00PM
Saturday, March 7
  • Girls Empowerment Summit - ORHS - 9:00AM-12:00PM
Monday, March 9
  • Boys & Girls Tennis VS Olympia @ Lake Cane - 3:30PM
  • Varsity Baseball VS Ocoee @ Home - 4:00PM
  • Girls lacrosse vs Timber Creek @ Timber Creek - 6:00PM
Tuesday, March 10
  • Girls Flag Football vs Olympia @ Home - 6:00PM
  • Softball vs Timber Creek @ Timber Creek - 6:00PM
  • Piano Recital - ORHS Auditorium - 6:00PM
Wednesday, March 11
  • Boys & Girls Tennis vs Winter Park @ Winter Park - 3:30PM
  • Varsity Baseball vs Cypress Creek @ Cypress Creek - 4:00PM
  • Girls Lacrosse vs Cypress Creek @ Cypress Creek - 6:00PM
Thursday, March 12
  • Girls Tennis vs Evans @ Home - 3:30PM
  • Softball vs Foundation Academy @ Home - 4:00PM
  • Girls Flag Football vs Lake Nona @ Lake Nona - 6:00PM
  • Boys JV & Varsity Volleyball vs Winter Park @ Home - 6:00PM
Friday, March 13
  • Student Holiday-Teacher Workday - No School for students
  • Varsity Baseball vs Foundation Academy @ Foundation Academy - 5:00PM
  • Last Day of the 2020 Parent/Guardian Survey - Click Here
Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20
  • Spring Break - School Closed

Tutoring and transportation available Monday through Thursday from 2:30-4:30PM. Come see us and get the assistance you need to be academically successful! See you there.

Math Tutoring 

If you need assistance in Algebra or Geometry come out to our tutoring session on Saturday, February 29th from 8AM until 12PM. We will have special drawings to win treats and transportation is available.  If you need more information, ask your math teacher.  We hope to see many of you on Saturday.

SAC Meeting & 3DE/JA Academy Parent Meeting  

Our next meeting takes place on Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:00PM in the Media Center.
We hope to see you there - all are welcome!

Testing Calendar  
Yearly testing is here. Please be prepared to do your best. We have tutoring available, be sure to get enough sleep and eat well.

Senior News
Plan ahead Class of 2020!

No Early Release Wednesdays
Plan Ahead - No Early Dismissal Wednesdays: March 4, April 1 and May 6
Mark your calendars now - in order for all students to complete their SAT or FSA tests without concern for running out of time, all OCPS students will be scheduled for a full school day instead of the normal early dismissal on three Wednesdays: March 4, April 1, and May 6, 2020.  

Masquerade Mystic - A Night in Disguise

Girls Empowerment Summitgirlsempowermentsummitt 

This summit will educate, inspire, and empower young women in grades 8-12. Mark your calendars, you won't want to miss it!  It's never too early to plan ahead!

Pioneer Performing Arts 

Performing Arts Department has been busy! The orchestra and dance department proudly represented Oak Ridge High School at the Zora Festival Friday, January 31st. Many positive comments were made and it's a wonderful opportunity to showcase our students out in the community.

That same afternoon our chorus department hosted District Solo and Ensemble festival. They did a fantastic job performing as well as working as host and learning the behind the scenes work that goes into such a large event.

On stage at the Zora Festival (Jan. 31, 2020)

Our performing arts students had the extraordinary opportunity to attend the production of Aladdin at the Dr. Phillip's Center for the Performing Arts. It was an amazing opportunity and wonderful experience. Our students were treated as VIP's and all expenses were covered by an anonymous alumna of Oak Ridge High School!
Our Pioneers at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

College and Career Center  

It was a packed house at our HBCU College Panel! A huge thank you to our Pioneer teachers and counselors who shared their experiences. This was a very informative introduction to our HBCU College Fair where there was a lot of great information and on-site admissions!

Congratulations to the 22 students who gained acceptance - we are very proud of you!

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics - data table

NEMP Update 
No Excuses Mentoring Program in Tallahassee 

The NEMP 2020 college tour to FSU and FAMU was a huge success! In order to attend this college tour, each member had to earn at least a 3.0 GPA, while also maintaining stellar class attendance, no behavior referrals and attending all mandated community service projects!  

This tour provided an opportunity for our members to be exposed to new experiences!

NEMP members clockwise from the bottom left on both campuses:
The Quadrangle with the Coleman Library in the background at FAMU; FSU's James D. Westcott Memorial Building, and in front of Doak Campbell Stadium where the Seminoles play football.

Multicultural Festival Highlights 

Many joined us for a fun-filled multicultural fair to celebrate the social, cultural and spiritual benefits of cultural diversity.  Oak Ridge High School provided parents and students the experience of international flavors of food, music, dance, art and learning experiences.  Participants were dressed in cultural attire and sample cultural cuisine was provided as traditions around the globe were presented. It was a fun filled event - a wonderful time was had by all that attended!

Pioneers Serving the Community! 
Adopt A Block Mobile Food Drop 

Oak Ridge High School partnered with The Orlando Dream Center to provide a 2nd Food Giveaway to the surrounding communities. Second Harvest Food Bank delivered 10,000 pounds (13 pallets) of fruit, vegetables, and dry goods to Oak Ridge High School Gymnasium for a FREE community wide event.  Families were lined up by 7:30am with their shopping carts, boxes and bags as volunteers made sure each family received what they needed.

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Principal: Jennifer Bellinger
Assistant Principal: Michele Browne
Assistant Principal: Dr. Brian Sanchez Corona
Assistant Principal: Luz Gonzalez Cartagena
Assistant Principal: Orlando Norwood

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