The Pioneer Express  
Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Friday, October 5, 2018 

After today, we have only five regular school days remaining in the first nine-week period of 2018-2019. I encourage all of our Pioneers to bring any missing assignments or projects current before the end of next week. Please remember that there is no school on Monday, October 15th for students, but the teachers will still be on campus closing out grades for the quarter.

This evening is our Homecoming football game vs. University High School at 7:00 p.m. We would really like to pack the house tonight, so please consider coming on out to cheer on the Pioneers!

In closing, I want to once again remind our Pioneers about available tutoring options provided every week:
  • Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday - 2:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m
  • Wednesday - 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Hot meal provided daily
  • Transportation offered (two general area stops, pick closest to home)
  • FREE
Enjoy your weekend and I hope to see you at tonight's big game. Go Pioneers!

With Pioneer Pride,
Mrs. Jennifer Bellinger

Pictured very top: College & Career Center
A special thank you to Shayla Cannady and Wendy Roundtree for working with some of our seniors in preparation for their interviews with some of the top colleges and universities in the nation. #ORHSgoesTop20 #thisisoakridge 

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Dates to RememberUpcomingevents

Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 (already underway)
Saturday, October 6
  • Homecoming dance - Gymnasium - 8:00PM (semi-formal)
Tuesday, October 9
  • Pink-Out Tuesday (breast cancer awareness)
  • Fall Chorus Concert- Auditorium - 7:00PM - Admission is Free
  • Bowling Team vs. Jones & Lake Nona - Sky Bowl - 3:00PM
Wednesday, October 10
  • School-wide SAT/PSAT Day - No early release
  • Bowling Team vs. Cypress Creek - Sky Bowl - 2:30PM
Thursday, October 11
  • Freshman & JV Football vs. Lake Nona - Home - 6:00PM
Friday, October 12
  • End of the First Marking Period
  • Varsity Football vs. Cypress Creek - Cypress Creek HS - 7:00PM
Monday, October 15
  • Student Holiday - Teacher Workday
  • Last day of Hispanic Heritage Month (essay entries for Gov. Scott's annual contest due by 5:00PM; four-year scholarships as awards)
  • Lady Pioneers Volleyball District Quarter Finals - Location to be determined - 7:00PM
Tuesday, October 16
  • Pink-Out Tuesday (breast cancer awareness)
  • Bowling Team vs. Boone - Sky Bowl - 3:00PM
Wednesday, October 17
  • Bowling Team vs Olympia & Freedom - Senior Night - Sky Bowl - 2:30PM
  • Lady Pioneers Volleyball District Semi Finals - Olympia HS - 6:00PM
Thursday, October 18
  • Fall Orchestra Concert - Auditorium - 7:00PM - Admission is Free
  • Freshman & JV Football - East River - 6:00PM
  • Lady Pioneers Volleyball District Championship - Olympia HS - 7:00PM
Attention Senior Reading Students
  • There are FOUR opportunities in October to meet your reading graduation requirement. #PassinOctober

Community Support   

Hilton Orlando has partnered with Oak Ridge for the past several years.  Each year, they support our school in many ways. This year, they have initiated their support by hosting a "school supply drive." Katrina Ramsey and Trinten Ore delivered many boxes filled with supplies for both teachers and students! Thank you for your generosity; we are grateful to have you as our valued partner.

Katrina Ramsey, Human Resources Manager - Blue Energy Committee
Trinten Ore, Front Office Manager - Community Relations

October is Pink-Out Month at Oak Ridge!
Breast cancer awareness 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a world-wide annual campaign involving thousands of organizations, to highlight the importance of breast cancer awareness, education, and research.  Join the Senior Class in support of raising awareness for breast cancer research.

English Speakers of Other Languages Program 

Thank you to all of our parents who came out on September 21st to learn more about our English for Speakers other Languages (ESOL) program. We are so thankful for the support of our parents -  #thisisoakridge. If you need information about our ESOL program, please contact Ms. Santiago-Lugo (ESOL Compliance Specialist at extension 6102232).  

Student Service Learning Project 

The JA Academy and No Excuses Mentoring Program (NEMP) teamed up with Feeding Children Everywhere and helped to package over 50,000 meals for local families in just two hours. The JA Academy & NEMP students had an amazing time helping their local community!  #ionhunger  #thisisoakridge

Visiting & Celebrating!   
Members of the Oak Ridge High School administrative team and the district office headed out on a recent Saturday morning to visit and celebrate some of our students who scored a Level 5 on their state assessments last year!! #thisisoakridge

  Willie Anderson (Dean), Mrs. Rouis (District Social Worker), and
Juliza Rivera (Assistant Principal)

World Heart Day   
World Heart Day is a global campaign during which individuals, families, communities, and governments around the world participate in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others. Through this campaign, the World Heart Federation unites people from all countries and backgrounds in the fight against the CVD burden, and inspires and drives international action to encourage heart-healthy living across the world.  Students were taught hands-only CPR, the importance of cardiac health, and how to potentially save a life!  #orhswhd2018 #cprsaveslives

  Pioneers participating in World Heart Day

Tech Tuesdays 
PIONEERS! Do you have a helpful #TechTip? Do you know a useful #TechTrick? WELL, the #ORTV daily news show will now be featuring a student #TechTuesday segment every week! We want YOU to submit your tech tips at for a chance to be featured!

Rigor in the Classroom 
Aviation program update 
Our third year aviation students are participating in project approval presentations for their year-long aerospace engineering projects. The students must demonstrate an understanding of the scope of work for their project in order to receive funding. The students are required to use the skills they acquired during the first two courses of aerospace technology in order to successfully complete their projects.

Freddie Wilter Palma (11th Grade)

Swim team 
Coaches Deputy Febo and Veronica Lubin are working diligently to build the ORHS swim team.  Swim season is from August through October.  Come on out and see us at a meet - the water is perfect!

Head Coach Deputy Febo & Assistant Coach Veronica Lubin

Minh Do (11th Grade) & Alexandria Guadalupe (10th Grade)
Abigail Walker (11th Grade)

Teacher Spotlight 
Megan Goldberg, English II Honors & AP Human Geography Instructor 
Megan Goldberg, English II Honors and AP Human Geography
I grew up as the daughter of two U.S. Air Force officers, so I moved around a lot before going to high school in Tampa. I went to UCF and got a bachelor's degree in Social Studies Education. I have taught at Oak Ridge for four years teaching English II Honors and AP Human Geography. I've been the sponsor for National Honor Society for the past three years.

My life is on to a new and exciting chapter as I'm getting married in May, so next year I will be Mrs. Thompson! I spend my time outside of school working on my master's degree and being obsessed with my two dogs.

Performing Arts Department 

Pioneer Vital Signs 
Weekly attendance rates 
Rate of Change *
(Weeks) **

Understanding the table above:
Source: Daily Absence Bulletin. Includes excused and unexcused absences as both represent lost instructional time.
Direction: Latest weekly attendance rate is either rising, slowing, or the same (no change).
* Rate of change: Percentage change of the latest week vs. the prior week as an absolute number. Absolute numbers do not consider whether the change is positive or negative, only the percent change to show speed.   
** Trend: Number of weeks in the current direction. 

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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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