The Pioneer Express! 
Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Friday, February 7, 2020

I hope that this edition finds you having enjoyed a successful start to the month of February. We are now already more than halfway through this third quarter of 2019-2020 and the annual state assessments will not be too far off. This is one reason why we continue to run the tutoring information in these issues as we encourage any of our Pioneers needing extra help to participate. If this applies to you or your student, please take advantage of the tutoring as soon as possible.  
We need to have at least a 20% success rate with our 2020 Parent/Guardian survey for the combined results to be really meaningful. If you have a student attending Oak Ridge and still have not shared your opinions in this short survey, please do so now. While the results are kept anonymous, the combined parent/guardian findings help to shape our school improvement efforts so your help is greatly needed. Thank you. 

Survey link:

Enjoy your weekend and thank you for reading about some of our latest Pioneer successes! 
Ms. Jennifer Bellinger

Pictured very top and just below: K.I.C.S. Health Information Exchange

A huge shout-out to everyone who came out for the health information exchange!  Special thanks to Ms. Chandersingh, Mr. Richardson, and Ms. Lubin for bringing this event to a reality. Pioneers, remember these:
  • Knowledge is power!
  • Don't be shy - Tell them why!
  • Know your body - Know yourself!
  • Mental Health Awareness!
  • Healthy relationships!
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Dates to Watch ForUpcomingevents 
Wednesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 13
  • Seniors - Cap & gown orders. Last two days to order on campus. Don't delay any further - order your cap and gown during A & B lunches!
Monday, February 17
  • President's Day - School Closed
Wednesday, February 19
  • Multicultural Festival - ORHS - 4:00-6:00PM
Friday, February 28
  • L.I.F.E Fashion Flow Event - Auditorium - 6:00PM
Wednesday, March 4
  • First of three (3) no early release Wednesdays this spring (see below)
Saturday, March 7
  • Girls Empowerment Summit - ORHS - 9:00AM-12:00PM
Friday, March 13
  • Student Holiday-Teacher Workday - No School for students
Monday, March 16 thru 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.

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
Last day to purchase a ticket at $60 is Friday, February 14th - prices go up on Tuesday, February 18th.

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!

Multicultural Festival
Thursday, Feb. 19th

You won't want to miss this fun and educational festival. Come celebrate all different cultures, enjoy music, dance, and food. Dress to impress in attire representing your culture! See you there! Thursday, February 19th.

Student Government Association in the Community 

SGA members visited February 4th's Belle Isle Town Hall meeting. Students volunteered to attend. The idea was to watch government in motion and to offer to help with projects of concern with the community.

L.I.F.E. Fashion Flow Fridays

Watch out for posts on the L.I.F.E. Instagram page about Fashion Flow Fridays. Each Friday dress to impress in the color of the day and participate in photo sessions, runway contest, and best outfit contest.
The culminating FASHION FLOW SHOW will take place on February 28th in the auditorium at 6:00PM.

Need more information? Contact Mr. Richardson in room 4213.

Pioneer Athletics
Doug Scott Leadership Award Winner - Malachi Young 

Congratulations to our very own Malachi Young for winning the Doug Scott Leadership Award!  Malachi was recognized as the ORHS football player of the 2019 season for his outstanding Christian leadership with the most integrity, intensity and desire on and off the field! 

At the Citrus Bowl breakfast. Malachi, along with a few other selected area players, received the prestigious Doug Scott Leadership Award presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. We are proud of you!

Malachi Young is third from the left and is also featured in a picture just below with other 2020 Doug Scott award winners holding their recognition certificates.

Alumni Feature 
Central Floridian of the Year Finalist - Revel Lubin 

Siblings (left to right): Maralie Germain, Revel Lubin, and Maude Nelson at Lake Eola

NEMP - No Excuses Mentoring Program
Sharing some of the events/activities that the No Excuses Mentoring Program has done for the month of January 2020! 

We recognized our brothers that earned a 3.0 or higher unweighted grade point average for the 2nd nine weeks!

Orlando Magic Youth Summit
The Orlando Magic hosted their annual Magic of Mentoring Youth Summit at the Amway Center. The focus was on integrity, influence, and image! Afterwards, we attended the Orlando Magic versus the Boston Celtics basketball game!

2020 New Year
The year 2020 means reaching new heights! So, we took our Vision Boards digital to focus on goals, growth and prosperity!

Thank you for your continued support!
If you have any academic, attendance, or behavior concerns, please let Coach Edwards, Dean Norris, Mr. Williams, or Mr. Norwood know.  Follow us on Instagram @ n.e.m.p.orlando or on Facebook @ NEMPORLANDO.

Black History Month 
The 2020 theme for Black History Month in the USA is "African Americans and the Vote"

Black History Month Past Themes since 2000:
2000 Heritage and Horizons: The African American Legacy and the Challenges for the 21st Century
2001 Creating and Defining the African American Community: Family, Church Politics and Culture
2002 The Color Line Revisited: Is Racism Dead?
2003 The Souls of Black Folks: Centennial Reflections
2004 Before Brown, Beyond Boundaries: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
2005 The Niagara Movement: Black Protest Reborn, 1905-2005
2006 Celebrating Community: A Tribute to Black Fraternal, Social, and Civil Institutions
2007 From Slavery to Freedom: Africans in the Americas
2008 Carter G. Woodson and the Origins of Multiculturalism
2009 The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas
2010 The History of Black Economic Empowerment
2011 African Americans and the Civil War
2012 Black Women in American Culture and History
2012 President Barack Obama National Black History Month Proclamation
2013 At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation
and the March on Washington
2014 Civil Rights in America
2015 A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture
2016 Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories
2017 - The Crisis in Black Education
2018 - African Americans in Times of War
2019 - Black Migrations


Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. addressed a crowd at the March on Washington in 1963. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 helped change the political landscape for African-Americans.

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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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