The Pioneer Express  
Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Friday, September 21, 2018 

I hope this finds you closing out the week and this last official day of summer 2018 on the upswing. Our Pioneers are headed to Timber Creek High School this evening for an exciting football game. We wish our varsity squad good luck . . . GO PIONEERS!

Today we issued Progress Reports for the 1st quarter of 2018-2019. If you have a student attending Oak Ridge, please review their results as soon as possible keeping in mind the terrific tutoring program we offer for any student needing extra help.

Thank you again to everyone that turned out for this year's Open House Showcase on September 13th. It was a wonderful event and we were all so proud to open the campus up to our school community. The partnership between parents and teachers is critical to student success. We appreciate our families! #thisisoakridge

Ms. Householder, Ms. Watson, and Ms. Santiago-Lugo (not pictured), greeted our families and handed out important PSAT and tutoring information during Open House.

Several of our AP instructors giving information to interested families.

Enjoy your weekend and thank you for looking over this latest community brief.

With Pioneer Pride,
Mrs. Jennifer Bellinger

Pictured very top: Our ORHS SWAT (Students Working to Advance Technology) team participated in training conducted by the district. These students are our first line of defense in troubleshooting technology issues on campus for faculty as well as students. You can find them located in the "Tech Help Office" daily 1st through 6th periods!  #TechTeam #LaunchED

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Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 (already underway) Friday, September 21
  • Progress Reports issued
  • Girls Varsity Golf vs Timber Creek at Stoney Brook East - 3:00PM
  • Varsity, JV & Freshman Football vs Timber Creek HS at Timber Creek - 6:00PM
Saturday, September 22 Monday, September 24
  • Senior reading students (already underway)

Wednesday, September 26
  • Bowling Team vs Celebration at AMF Kissimmee - 3:00PM

Thursday, September 27
  • Senior Game Night in the Cafeteria - 5:00-7:00PM
  • Freshman & JV Football vs Cypress Creek HS at Home - 6:00PM
  • Lady Pioneers Volleyball vs University at Home - 6:00PM
Friday, September 28
  • Senior photos & picture retakes - Auditorium - All Day
  • Girls Varsity Golf vs Wekiva HS at Grande Vista - 3:00PM
  • Freshman & JV Football vs Cypress Creek HS at Cypress Creek - 6:00PM
  • Varsity Football vs Dr. Phillips HS at Dr. Phillips - 7:00PM
Monday, October 1
  • Lady Pioneers Volleyball vs Cornerstone at Home - Senior Night - 6:00PM
Tuesday, October 2
  • Boys & Girls Varsity Golf vs Freedom HS at Hunter's Creek - 3:00PM
Wednesday, October 3
  • Bowl Team vs Olympia at Sky Bowl - 3:00PM
Thursday, October 4
  • Freshman & JV Football vs University at University HS - 6:00PM
  • Lady Pioneers Volleyball vs Lake Nona at Lake Nona - 6:00PM
Friday, October 5
  • Girls Varsity Golf vs Timber Creek at Grande Vista - 3:00PM
  • Varsity Football vs University HS - Homecoming Game - 7:00PM
Saturday, October 6
  • Homecoming Dance - Gymnasium - 8:00PM - Midnight

Plan Ahead: No Early-Release Wednesday, October 10, 2018
In order for all students participating in SAT School Day (October 10, 2018) to complete their tests without concern for running out of time, all OCPS students will be scheduled for a full school day instead of the normal early-release Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

"A Night at the Circus"    

Rigor in the Classroomrigorclassroom 
Mr. Faber's students have been diligently working on SAT skills to fulfill both their graduation and to help with college readiness requirements.

Mr. Farber's Success Wall 
The Success Wall lists the names of students who successfully passed the SAT on the first attempt. Each of these students is now a step closer to meeting their graduation requirements!

All students are working hard to shore up any weaknesses (as diagnosed by SAT practice tests) to help boost their future SAT scores. This is to help them reach not just a graduation score on the SAT, but also a score high enough to assist students with their college scholarship goals. Students pictured above: Angel Alcantara, Ransel Richiez, Helen Oramas Montonya, Hanzel Velasquez, Selena Diaz, and Kevin Edwards.

No Excuses Mentoring ProgramNEMP 

This week we held our first No Excuses Mentoring Program meeting for the 2018-2019 school year, led by Mr. Orlando Norwood, assistant principal and sponsor. We currently have 72 members in our program! This year will be hard work, but it's worth it in the end!

Scholarship, Leadership, and Community Service for All Mankind!
@ Oak Ridge High School

Mr. Norwood, program sponsor, leading the discussion earlier this week

Pioneer Pure Gold!  
What better way to show school spirit! On Varsity Football game days our Pioneer Golden Dolls: Patricia Filias, Kynesia Dale, Ani'yah Hampton, and Jasinea Gray are ready to Shine Bright! #thisisoakridge #gameday #goldengirls #pioneerpride

Please encourage your students to attend tutoring should they need some additional support. Tutoring really makes a difference! Transportation is also now available. Please note that bus stops are in general areas so students will have to decide which stop is closest to their home.

College and Career Centerccrc  

Duke University on Campus

On Monday, September 10th we enjoyed a great visit with the #8 ranked national university - Duke, @DiscoverDuke! #orhsgoes2college #ocpsgoes2college

SAT Practice

#SATPractice on @khanacademy will analyze how you did on the August SAT and create a free, personalized study plan so you can do even better next time -

Financial Aid Night
Thank you to all the students and families that attended out first Financial Aid Night of the year.  Great turnout! Lots of important information shared, but if you missed it, please stop by the College & Career Center to learn about your financial aid options. Thank you to our partners at Valencia College for a great presentation!  #FreeMoney #Scholarships #Grants

Teacher Professional Development 
ORHS and OCPS place a high premium on continuing education for our teachers . . . 

The staff that attends close reading professional development together, grows together. Our diverse team of DPLC (District Professional Learning Community) members are bringing back imperative training for the entire staff.

The 5 steps our teachers use in planning for a CLOSE READ with their students:
  1. Select the standard being taught
  2. Select the text
  3. Analyze for complexity
  4. Individually read and annotate
  5. Adjust for lesson and learner need
  #thisisoakridge #dplc #teacherledpd

Love to Write Poetry? Then, This is for You . . .   

Vital Signs 

Source: Daily Absence Bulletin. Includes excused and unexcused absences as both represent lost instructional time.
Extended Media Center Hoursextendedmedia 

Teacher Spotlight 
Meet Jenevive Jackson - Digital Video TV Production Instructor  
Ms. Jackson, Digital Video TV Production
Ms. Jackson graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications. During that time she interned at WESH Channel 2 and Orange TV, the government channel. She worked as a videographer for SeaWorld's Discovery Cove before taking a full time job as a technical director in the Distance Education TV Production Studio at USF College of Engineering. At that time Ms. Jackson began freelance work filming weddings.

She began working for Bright House at the Sports station which was called Catch 47 back then. She then moved back to Orlando and worked for News 13 as an audio operator and became a substitute teacher to make extra money. Ms. Jackson enjoyed subbing so she pursued her certification to teach full time and was hired at ORHS to teach 10th grade English. She was then relocated to teach TV Production and hasn't looked back since.

Ms. Jackson enjoys teaching because it allows her to constantly learn. Ms. Jackson also shared that she has learned more teaching than she did when she was working in the business world. Her goal is to send students through 4 years of the TV Production program so they can go out into the world and start their own video production company or get a good job in the field. 

Varsity Football 
These Varsity Pioneers are in high spirits and ready for game day! Are you?  #oakrigdehighschool #pioneerpride #greenandgold #community #orlandoevents #football #support #fridaynightlights

Varsity players pictured: 99 - Khalil Simmons, 26 - Marvae Myers-Glover, 11 - Joseph Gaither, 25 - Marquis Clerveaux, 5 - AJ Sinclair, 51 - Malik Gerlus, 3 - Greg Fields, 12 - Junior ("Sunshine" Muratovic), 1 - Demetrius Sanders, 13 - Joshua Guilford ,  20 - Derric Turner, 52 - Berry Dumezil, and 33 - Clifford Marcelin, and head coach, Clint Johnson

Upcoming games:

Friday's Motivational Moment!
Alumni - Nyqwan Murray (Class of 2015)   

Murray On Family
FSU receiver, Nyqwan Murray #8, draws inspiration from grandmother, fan favorite - Annie Collin

"I just thank God for putting her in my life and her really being there for me. She really changed my life. Without my grandma, who knows where I would be."
~ Nyqwan Murray on his grandmother, Annie Collin

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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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