The Pioneer Express  
Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Friday, November 30, 2018 

This is our first community brief since the Thanksgiving break and I hope it finds you having enjoyed a pleasant holiday with family and friends. As you will see in our calendar below, we are moving into a month with a number of special sporting and performing arts events. I encourage all members of our school community to circle one or two dates on the calendar and participate. These special events are suitable for the entire family and I promise you, everyone will have a wonderful time!

After today we only have three school weeks left for 2018 and for the first semester. These are among some of the most important weeks of instruction for 2018-2019 as it will not be long into 2019 before we begin greater preparation for the annual Florida Standards Assessments (FSA). Therefore, I ask that all of our Pioneers make every effort to be at school on time each day during December.

Have a nice weekend and, as always, thank you for your continued support.

With Pioneer Pride,
Ms. Jennifer Bellinger

Pictured very top and just below: 2018-2019 Scholar Society
Introducing our 2018-2019 ORHS Scholar Society!! These Pioneers will be applying to the Top 20 colleges and universities in the nation! @OakRidge_CCRC @hsdocps @OCPSguidance #ORHSgoesTop20 #FutureSuperScholars #BetterMakeRoom

Members of the 2018-2019 Scholar Society at a special breakfast to discuss the path towards successful admission into the nation's Top 20 colleges and universities.

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Dates to RememberUpcomingevents

Friday, November 30 
Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament
Varsity Lady Pioneers Basketball vs Lake Highland at Home - 6:00PM
Boys Varsity Basketball vs TBA at Home - 7:30PM

Saturday, December 1 
Varsity Lady Pioneers Basketball vs West Orange at Rollins College - 11:00AM
Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament
Boys Varsity Basketball vs Osceola at Home - 7:30PM

Monday, December 3 
JV & Varsity Boys Soccer vs University at University - 6:00PM
Tuesday, December 4
Girls Soccer vs Timber Creek at Timber Creek - 6:00PM

Wednesday, December 5 
Wrestling vs Jones at Home - 5:00PM

Thursday, December 6 
JV & Varsity Lady Pioneers Basketball vs Olympia at Home - 6:00PM
Girls Soccer vs University at Home - 6:00PM
Performing Arts Winter Showcase - Auditorium - Free Admittance - 6:30PM (see below) 
Friday, December 7 
JV & Varsity Boys Soccer vs Boone at Boone - 5:30PM
Boys Varsity Basketball vs Olympia at Olympia - 7:30PM

Saturday, December 8 
Boys Varsity Basketball vs Jones at Home - 6:00PM

Tuesday, December 11 
JV & Varsity Lady Pioneers Basketball vs Cypress Creek at Home - 6:00PM
JV & Varsity Boys Soccer vs Colonial at Home - 6:00PM

Wednesday, December 12 
Wrestling vs Seminole at Seminole - 5:00PM
Girls Soccer vs Boone at Home - 6:00PM
Boys Varsity Basketball vs Cypress Creek at Home - 7:30PM

Thursday, December 13 
Angel Tree Banquet - Invitation Only- Cafeteria - 5:00PM
Musical Theater Performance - ELF - Auditorium - 7:00PM (see below)
General Admission $5 - Students $2
JV & Varsity Lady Pioneers Basketball vs Dr. Philips at Dr. Phillips - 5:30PM
JV & Varsity Boys Soccer vs Cypress Creek at Cypress Creek - 6:00PM
Girls Soccer vs Colonial at Colonial - 6:00PM

Friday, December 14 
Musical Theater Performance - ELF - Auditorium - 7:00PM (see below)
General Admission $5 - Students $2
Boys Varsity Basketball vs Dr. Phillips at Dr. Phillips - 7:30PM

Saturday, December 15 
Wrestling vs Let Freedom Ring at Freedom - 8:00AM
Boys Varsity Basketball vs University at Windermere Prep - 6:00PM

Performing Arts Department
VPA Winter Festival of the Arts - Next Thursday!   

This coming Thursday, December 6th at 6PM featuring performances by Band, Chorus, Dance, Orchestra, Piano, and Theatre. Visual displays by Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, & Photography.

'Tis the Season! - Elf the Musical  
December 13th and 14th  

Oak Ridge High School's Musical Theater Department presents Elf the Musical on December 13th & 14th at 7:00PM.  General admission is $5, Students with ID $2. Come out and join us for an evening to celebrate the holiday season!

No Excuses Mentoring Program - N.E.M.P.
Spring College Tour Fundraiser 
The N.E.M.P. mentoring program sponsored by Mr. Orlando Norwood, Assistant Principal, joined DJ Joseph on 101.9FM to talk about the program and their Spring College Tour.  N.E.M.P. is currently trying to raise $5,000 to go on an extensive college tour to FAMU, FSU, and UF. The money will cover the cost of transportation, lodging, and food. Please donate if you haven't already! Just click on this link

Kindly remember - any amount helps us reach our goal!  Thank you!!

Our motto is Scholarship, Leadership, and Community Service for All Mankind!

Pictured from left to right: Chris Thornton, DJ Joseph, DJ James Steele, Cliford Marcelin,
and Justin Leon

Pioneers in Service to the Community   
Guardian Care Nursing & Rehabilitation Center  
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, a group of N.E.M.P. members along with their sponsor, Orlando Norwood, Assistant Principal, visited a local nursing and rehabilitation center for an afternoon of BINGO! The residents were thrilled for the visit and a fun time was had by all - "Community Service for all Mankind!"

Orange County Neighborhood Clean-Up
The Lady Pioneers basketball team gave back to the community earlier this month by participating in the Orange County Neighborhood event. Way to go Lady Pioneers!

Pioneer Vital Signs 

Note: Includes excused and unexcused absences as both represent lost valuable in-class instructional time that cannot be recovered.

Class of 2019  
Cap & gown information 

Attention all seniors! There will be a cap & gown informational assembly on Monday, January 14th. You will also be able to order your cap & gown on Wednesday, January 30th during your lunch shift.

College & Career Center 

NCAA Eligibility Center
Want to learn more about the Eligibility Center? Download a copy of the Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete: It has a lot of helpful information regarding registration, requirements and recruiting.     

Home Visit Friday
Principal Bellinger and members of the administrative team designated the Friday before Thanksgiving "Home Visit Day." Ensuring every student has a path to earn a high school diploma! #TakeItToTheStreets #HittingThePavement @hsdocps @OCPSguidance @DrBorder_OCPS

FAMU Educational Fair
Our Pioneers had an amazing time at the FAMU Educational Fair! Congrats to Adel Bebe who was awarded a scholarship!!

Teacher Spotlight  
Meet Mrs. Veronica Lubin Lewis, MTSS Coordinator . . .

Mrs. Lubin Lewis, MTSS Coordinator
Mrs. Lewis was raised in New Jersey and came to Florida when she was 19 to attend the University of Central Florida where she received her Bachelor's of Science in Communication and has been at Oak Ridge for over 8 years. She began her career at ORHS as a freshman experience teacher and knew she wanted to reach more students.  Shortly after, she was promoted to dean and built such positive relationships with students that this year she was promoted to our MTSS coordinator. 

As the MTSS coordinator she troubleshoots many different situations and puts interventions in place. Students feel comfortable with Mrs. Lewis and appreciate all she does on campus to ensure that their needs are met.  Last year she started the KICS mentoring program - Keeping it Classy Sisterhood. KICS empowers young women both socially and academically transforming a student's mindset - teaching them their worth and holding them accountable.

Mrs. Lewis puts her heart and soul into every project or assignment that crosses her path. The administration, faculty, staff, parents, and students are very appreciative of her and all that she does!

Congratulations to Kathleen "Kat" Gordon!    
Oak Ridge High School's District 5 School Board Member 

Kathleen "Kat" Gordon was just elected vice chairman of the Orange County School Board. Mrs. Gordon was originally elected to the school board in November 2000 and previously served as school board vice chair from Nov. 2013 to Nov. 2015. As a school board member, Mrs. Gordon has chaired the Master Calendar Committee and the Superintendent's Evaluation and the General Counsel's Evaluation Committees. For more information on District 5 School Board member Kat Gordon click here. The vice chair of the school board serves a one-year term.

Military Week 
Thank you to our local recruiters for visiting ORHS and sharing what your branches of the U.S. armed forces have to offer. #Army #Navy #Marines #AirForce #thisisoakridge #CollegeCareerAndMilitary #MilitaryWeek

Teach-In 2018  
Thank you to all of our guest teachers that participated in Teach-In 2018. Our students, administration, faculty and staff greatly appreciated you!

Our guest teachers just prior to heading out into the classrooms on November 14th

Melissa Lanzo - Universal Orlando; Lisa Bliss - Valencia College; Steve Lindas - FLDOE; Anne Rafidi - CVS Health; Calebe Charles - Universal Orlando Resort; Josh Parkin and Ganaelle Larequemin - JBT Aero Tech; Alissa Barber Torres - Orange County Transportation Planning Division; Jennifer Brown - Belle Isle Paddle Co.; Laventure J. Paul - Spectrum; Jean Thierry Antoine - Kimley-Horn and Associates; Enrique Fernandez, PE - TLC Engineering for Architecture; Kerline Docteur - Joie de Vie Weddings & Events; Commissioner Victoria Siplin - District 6, Orange County Government; Temika Hampton - Hampton Law Firm; Emilee Fenn - All Out Championships; and Adam Geltz - Natural Encounters, Inc.

Pioneer Athletics 
Congratulations to these student-athletes on their collegiate signings!  
Kaleb Coleman
Congratulations to 6'7" Kaleb Coleman (#24) on his commitment to Lipscomb University!

Anijah Grant
Congratulations to 6'3" Anijah Grant on her commitment to Tulane University!

Christopher Walker
Congratulations to 6'8" Christopher Walker (#45) on his commitment to the University of Oregon!

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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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