The Pioneer Express! 
Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Friday, January 24, 2020

As we get ready to close out the month of January next week, in this issue we have included two important items for our Oak Ridge parents and guardians. If this applies to your household, thank you in advance for your participation.  
1) Annual School Climate Survey.
Once per year we invite our parents and guardians to take a few moments to share their opinions on our high school (link below). Your survey responses are kept anonymous and the survey is not long, but we rely on the combined results for our school improvement planning. If you have a student at ORHS, please take a couple of moments and provide your feedback. (We need a 20% response rate to make the survey truly meaningful.)   
Survey link:

2) Saturday, Jan. 25 Parent Academy for High School Parents & Guardians.
Below you will find all the details, but this is one event you will not want to miss. OCPS has geared this particular Parent Academy (to be held at Edgewater High School tomorrow morning) towards secondary families. This represents time very well invested if you have a high school student - online registration to save time.
Have a great weekend and thank you for looking over this latest issue! 
Ms. Jennifer Bellinger

Pictured very top: Close Up special event - "Rally to Tally"
Ms. Montes and Mr. Cardona took a group of students to the Close Up Rally to Tally events.  Close Up is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that educates and inspires young people to become informed and engaged citizens. For 45 years, Close Up has partnered with schools across the country to design challenging and hands-on civic, history, and government-based educational programs.

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Dates to Watch ForUpcomingevents  
Friday, January 24
  • Boys Basketball vs Windermere at Windermere - 6:00PM
Saturday, January 25
  • OCPS Parent Academy at Edgewater High School (geared specifically for high school parents and guardians)
Monday, January 27
  • School pictures for teams & clubs - Contact:  Mr. White X6106311
  • Boys Basketball vs East River at Home - 6:00PM
Tuesday, January 28
  • Boys Basketball vs Cypress Creek at Cypress Creek - 6:00PM
Thursday, January 30
  • Boys Basketball vs Freedom at Home - 6:00PM
  • Lady Pioneers Basketball vs Lake Mary at Lake Mary - 7:30PM
Saturday, February 1
  • Boys Basketball vs Tampa Prep at Berkeley Prep - 1:30PM
Monday, February 3
  • Boys Basketball vs Colonial at Home - 6:00PM - Senior Night
Wednesday, February 5
  • Boys Basketball vs Winter Park at Winter Park - 6:00PM
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.

Parent Academy for High School Parents is Tomorrow . . .

The next Parent Academy is Saturday morning, January 25th, at Edgewater High School. Mark your calendars and please plan to attend.

This academy, primarily for secondary students and families, will include a mini magnet school and college fair in collaboration with other district offices. Free lunch will be provided for each attending family, in addition to translation services and free child care for all students ages 4-18. Online registration here will save you time.

Senior News
Plan ahead Class of 2020!

Important SAT and ACT information

March SAT around the corner . . .

ACT - Remaining dates
The #ACT will be offered four (4) more times throughout the 2019-2020 school year. Here are the remaining test dates and registration deadlines -

Stellar Awards

The administration, teachers, and staff at Oak Ridge High School are next level! Congratulations Dr. Karcinski, Ms. Latorrie Williams, and Mr. Larance Ford. #FordonFire #WilliamsfortheWin #KillerKarcinski

Financial Planning for College
"FAFSA . . . What's next?"

So you've completed the #FAFSA and might be wondering -- what's next? Here's some info:

Masquerade Mystic - A Night in Disguise

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.  

Scholar Athlete - Stacy Rodriguez 
Heisman High School Scholarship

Congratulations to Stacy Rodriguez for winning the Heisman Scholarship! The Heisman High School Scholarship extends the Heisman prestige to our nation's most esteemed high school seniors by recognizing and rewarding outstanding scholar-athletes who understand that the most important victories not only happen on the field, but in their schools and communities.

College and U.S. Military Service Bound! 
A special wall dedicated to "Pioneers On The Path to Success" 

Pennants and Senior Pictures are going up recognizing seniors who have been accepted to a college/university or have enlisted! Bring your acceptance letters in to the guidance office so we can add you! #orhsgoes2college #pioneersonthepathtosuccess #thisisoakridge #pioneerpride

"Tradition Never Graduates" 
Annual College Panel reforms to help current students

ORHS Annual College Panel happened again! Love seeing our Pioneer Alum return to share their experiences & answer College related questions for our current Pioneers! #orhsgoes2college #thisisoakridge #pioneerpride #lsu #ohiostate #fsu #uf #valenciacollege #otc #wesleyan #hopkins #famu #ucf


Making sense of the chart: The chart is based on quarterly data from the U.S. Dept. of Labor for weekly earnings from the year 2000 through the end of 2019. It is not intended to infer that every student should go to or belongs in a 4-year college program. In fact, there are so many options such as those available through Orange Technical College that offer very high paying life-time career jobs. However, the chart does show how higher levels of acquired education consistently translate into a higher weekly paycheck year-after-year.

The following are the 2019 4th quarter median weekly earnings by level of education attained in the USA for those 25 years of age and older:
  • Less than a high school diploma: $596.00
  • High school graduate, no college (charted above): $747.00
  • Some college or associate degree: $870.00
  • Bachelor's degree and higher (charted above): $1,382.00
  • Bachelor's degree only: $1,259.00
  • Advanced degree: $1,579.00

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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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