The Pioneer Express  
Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Friday, May 10, 2019 

Preparing to serve during our special Teacher Appreciation Week luncheon!
The month of May always stands out during the school year as this is the period when we administer the annual state and district exams as well as celebrate the many achievements of our students and staff with the year beginning to wind down.This all takes place while still building up towards the senior class graduation day later in the month (Class of 2019 graduation is May 24th). This issue highlights some of these special events for the community.

This has been Teacher Appreciation Week here at Oak Ridge and across the USA (pictures herein). As a favor, if there is a teacher or staff member that in your opinion has done a fine job during 2018-2019, please take a moment to write, email, or say thank you for their efforts today or very soon. We have such a terrific group of faculty and support staff at Oak Ridge. They arrive to campus early each school day putting their best foot forward to help educate our Pioneers. A simple email or kindly thank you in passing means the world.

I would also like to remind our community of another important May event coming up on Sunday . . . Mother's Day! In my view, this is one of the most important holidays of the year not only because of all the work our Oak Ridge moms do on behalf of our students in raising them, but also because so many mothers support our high school's work to educate their children either from the home front or through their personal volunteer service.

I hope you enjoy this latest edition and Happy Mother's Day!

With Pioneer Pride,
Ms. Jennifer Bellinger

Pictured very top and just below: Teacher Appreciation Week at ORHS this week which included a fantastic luncheon and special treats & recognition courtesy of Mr. Norwood and our wonderful N.E.M.P. students (No Excuses Mentoring Program - N.E.M.P.)

Everyone really enjoyed our Teacher Appreciation Week luncheon. This was a wonderful way to remind our educators and staff members just how valuable their roles really are!

N.E.M.P. had their Teacher Appreciation Week surprise themed around the upcoming summer break and a well earned vacation!

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Teacher Appreciation Week  
Our teachers are STARS! This week we have celebrated them every day with a token of our appreciation - they are Oak Ridge! Thank you to Ms. Bellinger and the Administration, Junior Class, Athletics, SGA, NEMP, NHS, LIFE and KICS.   
Friday, May 10  
* Senior Breakfast - Planet Hollywood - 8:00AM (Ticketed Event)
* Cheerleader Try-Outs - 2:30-6:30PM - Location to be announced

Sunday, May 12 
* Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 14  
* Band Concert - Auditorium - 7:00PM

Wednesday, May 15  
* Last Day for Seniors
* NO EARLY RELEASE (regular length school day) 
Thursday, May 16  
* ESOL Parent Meeting - 3:00-4:00PM - Cafeteria

Tuesday, May 21
 * Jolley Awards - Auditorium - Time TBD

Friday, May 24
* Graduation - Amway Center - 8:30AM

Monday, May 27 
* Memorial Day - Holiday - School Closed

Wednesday, May 29 
* Last Day of School 
Please note that after school tutoring will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays beginning the Week of April 29th. Last day for tutoring is Wednesday, May 22nd.

Testing Calendar 

Week Day
Students Impacted
May 15
Long Wednesday
Students enrolled in Biology
May 16
U.S. History
Students enrolled in U.S. History
May 6 -17
Starts on a Monday
AP Exams
Students in specific AP courses
May 16
PERT (Reading, Writing, Math)
Grades 10/11 that have not satisfied the graduation requirements
May 20 - 22
(Makeups May 23)
Mon, Tues, Wed
Underclassman CFEs
Block schedule
Grades 9-11 CFEs

Acronyms and other test information:
CFE = Common Final Exam
PERT = Postsecondary Education Readiness Test
FSA = Florida Standards Assessment
ELA = English Language Arts
EOC = End of Course Exam
2nd Annual Fashion Flow


On the evening of May 3rd, the L.I.F.E. Mentoring Program of Orlando at Oak Ridge High School presented their 2nd Annual ORHS Spring Fashion Show (dubbed Fashion Flow) in the Maxine Risper Auditorium. This year's Fashion Flow included both male and female student models; unlike last year's show which consisted of only male students. With the inclusion of females to the show, the Flow Advisers - Mr. Dontrell Richardson and Mrs. Gena Evans - could decide on a new theme: "Nature of Attraction" which showcased the progression of a relationship between a male and female.

Each of the scenes focused on a different level of the progression of the relationship from the initial attraction to the final vow. The show consisted of 33 of our Oak Ridge High School students as models with many of them being members of the L.I.F.E. Mentoring Program and the Keeping It Classy Sisterhood. The models showcased attires such as business, athletic gear, formal wear and urban. A majority of the pieces selected for the show represented something in nature such as florals and animal prints. Hosts for this event were Ms. Kimberly Blaise - Director of Pre-Collegiate Programs at Rollins College and Dr. David Hardrick - Assistant Principal at Meadowbrook Middle School and OCPS AP of The Year.

The show was attended by many students, parents and families of our models and many of our sponsors/donators for this year. It was a spectacular event and we can't wait for next year's Fashion Flow!!        

Elevate Orlando 
Thank you Elevate Orlando for pouring your heart and soul into our students this school year. We cannot thank you enough for guiding, loving, and supporting our Pioneers! #onceinelevatealwaysinelevate #elevategraduation #mentorsmatter 

New student information system coming later this summer

OCPS is moving to a new student information system at the end of this summer. The new Skyward system will replace Progress Book. Further details and training materials will be posted to our social media outlets and on the OCPS website.

Vital Signs
Weekly attendance rates

May 3
April 26
April 19
April 12
9th Grade
(1 week)
10th Grade
(1 week)
11th Grade
(2 weeks)
12th Grade
(1 week)

* Includes excused and unexcused absences as both represent lost in-class instructional time which cannot be recovered.
Performing Arts - Orchestra

Congratulations to our orchestra students on a fabulous spring concert! Guitar solo, violin duet, cello duet, Beginning Orchestra, Pioneer Orchestra and Oak Ridge Symphonic Strings all performed. #thisisoakridge

Attention Seniors!
Graduation is Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Amway Center at 8:30AM

Kathy King Memorial Scholarship Recipients
Jayleen Bedminster and Michael Rondon

Congratulations Jayleen Bedminster and Michael Rondon, the first recipients of the Kathy King Memorial Scholarship @JACentralFL #JAGraduation #thisisoakridge #alwayswithus

Pioneer in the Spotlight!
Ms. Wolfgramm, ORHS College and Career Center  
Congratulations FCAN Innovator Award Winner and @OakRidgeHS_OCPS College and Career Coach, Ms. Wolfgramm! Erin Maroney Wolfgramm is a passionate advocate for opportunity and access, and we are incredibly lucky to have her! @OakRidge_CCRC #thisisoakridge

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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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