The Pioneer Express  
Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Friday, January 25, 2019 

National Merit Award of Distinction!
I am extremely proud to share with our school community that Oak Ridge High School has recently been named a National Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools. On behalf of Oak Ridge, I will proudly accept the National Magnet School of Distinction Merit Award at a special awards ceremony to be held at the Magnet Schools of America's 37th National Conference in Baltimore during April. Way to go Oak Ridge - we are proud to be Pioneers!

Annual Parent Survey
If you are a parent or guardian and have a child at Oak Ridge, please invest a few minutes out of your busy schedule to take our 2019 survey. All of the responses are kept anonymous, but the feedback will help us this year with our school improvement plans. Please click on the link below to start the survey. Thank you very much for your help.

Reminder: Magnet School Application Deadline
Apply now as the deadline is February 15th! Apply here:

Good luck to our Lady Pioneers JV girls basketball team this evening as they will be playing the East River Falcons away on their court.

Have a great weekend!

With Pioneer Pride,
Ms. Jennifer Bellinger

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Friday, January 25
  • JV Girls Basketball vs East River - East River - 6:00PM
Monday, January 28
  • Boys Varsity Basketball vs Freedom - Home - 7:30PM
  • JV & Varsity Lady Pioneers Basketball vs Flagler Palm Coast - Flagler Palm Coast - 6:00PM
Tuesday, January 29
  • Boys Varsity Basketball vs Lake Nona - Home - Time TBA
  • JV & Varsity Lady Pioneers Basketball vs Colonial - Colonial - 6:00PM
Wednesday, January 30
  • Cap & Gown orders - Cafeteria - 10:20 - 11:40AM (A & B Lunches)
  • Wrestling vs Ocoee - Home - 5:00PM
Thursday, January 31
  • Cap & Gown orders - Cafeteria - 11:00AM - 12:30PM (A & B Lunches)
  • JV & Varsity Lady Pioneers Basketball vs Palm Bay - Home - 6:00PM (Senior Night)
Friday, February 1
  • Start of Black History Month
Saturday, February 2
  • Boys Varsity Basketball vs Huntington Prep - Berkley Prep (Tampa) - 8:00PM
Monday, February 4
  • Grad Bash 1-Day Pre-Sale - $80 - Cafeteria - 11:00AM-12:30PM (A & B Lunches)
Tuesday, February 5
  • Grad Bash Tickets on Sale - $90 - Cafeteria - 11:00AM-12:30PM (A & B Lunches)
  • Boys Varsity Basketball vs Winter Park - Home - 7:30PM (Senior Night)
News for Seniors 


* Take care of any obligations (overdue books, previous school fines, etc.)
* Cafeteria - ALL lunches
* $55.00 from Jan 22 through Feb 15 (Price will increase often, please see Ms. Householder, Junior Class sponsor)
Jan 30 & 31: CAP & GOWN ORDERS
* Cafeteria - ALL LUNCHES - $68.00

* This is a $10.00 discount

Feb 5 through Mar 1: GRAD BASH TICKETS $90.00
* Ticket sales Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday ONLY
* NO CHECKS - Cash or Money Orders ONLY

Senior Reading Students
Haven't passed reading yet? Mark your calendar and plan on being at EVERY tutoring session before the March tests.

Senior Transcripts 
Senior students and parents: Transcripts went home on Thursday, January 17th. Take the time to review your transcript, and if there are any errors, bring your transcript to Ms. O'Brien
in the College and Career Center no later than Friday, February 1st .


Oak Ridge Vital Signs
Weekly attendance rates

Jan. 18
(5 day week)
Jan. 11
(5 day week)
Dec. 20
(Last school week of 2018)
(No. weeks)
9th Gr.
10th Gr.
11th Gr.
12th Gr.

Trend: Number of weeks headed in the current direction
Percentages: Includes both excused and unexcused absences as both represent lost in-class instructional time which can never be recovered.
Rigor in the Classroom 
Rigorous instruction as part of "Rocket Day"  

The new Sally Ride Elementary School on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. The new school was named to commemorate Dr. Ride as the first woman in space. (Credit: Orlando Sentinel.)

Friday, January 18th was our first Rocket Day with the new Sally Ride Elementary School. We had an exciting day hosting third, fourth and fifth graders for their annual Rocket Day activities including, an Hour of Code, flight time on our Aviation Lab simulators, and rocket launches from our football field (please see pictures below). Rigorous instruction at its best, hands-on, interactive and activities that demonstrate levels of thinking and the complexity to which the learned knowledge is applied! This was a wonderful experience for many of our students and a great opportunity for young students to visit our campus and experience Oak Ridge hospitality.


Boys Varsity Basketball

Congratulations to Niven Glover #2, Emmanuel Adedoyin #3, Kaleb Coleman #24, and Christopher (CJ) Walker #45, for their nominations to play in the McDonald's All American Game. Out of 22 nominees in the state of Florida, four are from Oak Ridge! The McDonald's All American Team is the best-known of the American high-school basketball All American teams. Designation as a McDonald's All American instantly brands a player as one of the top high-school players in the United States or Canada.

Orlando Sentinel (Jan. 18) - "Oak Ridge is Flyin' to the Hoop | Basketball Report"

Lady Pioneers Basketball

Over the long weekend, our Lady Pioneers traveled to Miami to participate in the MLK Super Showcase. We did not accomplish the outcome we were looking for, with 2 losses, but the Lady Pioneers played well and had an amazing experience along with great opportunity.
Girls Weightlifting

Congratulations to our girls' weightlifting team for advancing to the regionals . . .
  • Wildlyne Noel - District Champion Unlimited Weight Class
  • Briana Jean Baptiste - 3rd Place
  • Fallone Michelle - 4th Place
  • Samantha Charles - 4th Place
Thank you Coach Allgood and Coach Ford for doing an awesome job! 

Boys Soccer

Congratulations to our boys' soccer team on their 8-0 Senior Night victory over Gateway! Way to go Pioneers!

Pioneer in the Spotlight!  
One of our AP students recently met Val Demings, United States Congresswoman representing Florida's 10th congressional district.  Her name is Doraneli Parras and she said, "As a student who is representing Oak Ridge High School for the MLK Humanitarian Award, I had the honor to meet Val Demings at the Interfaith Prayer Service on January 13. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet U.S. Representative Demings and also to be a representative for the upcoming events during the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."
Doraneli Parras with U.S. Representative Val Demings at the Interfaith Prayer Service 
(Jan. 13, 2019) 
Keeping it Classy Sisterhood
Members post fine report card results for the 2018-19 2nd quarter . . .  
Please help us CONGRATULATE the ladies of Keeping It Classy Sisterhood, sponsored by Ms. Lubin-Lewis, on their STELLAR Academic Achievements for the 2nd 9-week grading period!  Out of 44 young ladies: 2 have a PERFECT 4.0 GPA, 28 have a GPA of a 3.0 or higher, and 10 have a GPA of a 2.5 or higher.

Juniors & Seniors - ACT Boot Camp

Prom Tickets  
Tickets went on sale this week. Ticket prices will go up over time.   

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

Oak Ridge Remembers the Challenger Crew
January 28, 1986: NASA shuttle orbiter mission STS-51-L and the tenth flight of Space Shuttle Challenger (OV-99)

Thirty-three years ago on January 28, 1986 the U.S. shuttle orbiter Challenger blew apart some 73 seconds after lifting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, killing the crew which consisted of five NASA astronauts and two payload specialists.

The Challenger crew. Back row (L-R): Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnick. Front row (L-R): Michael J. Smith, Francis "Dick" Scobee, Ronald McNair.

Launch of Space Shuttle Challenger from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA, 1985. The Space Shuttle, the world's first partially reusable launch vehicle, first flew on April 12, 1981. Challenger was lost, together with its crew of seven, when it exploded 73 seconds after lift-off on January 28, 1986.

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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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