The Pioneer Express  
Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Friday, January 11, 2019 

Welcome Back and Happy New Year Pioneers!

I hope this initial issue of 2019 finds your new year off to an excellent start! In case you have not yet heard, last month the Florida Department of Education released the 2017-2018 graduation rates for high schools throughout the state of Florida. I am very pleased to share with the community that Oak Ridge High School's graduation rate jumped three percentage points to 94% (table below). This reflects directly on the hard work of our students, the tireless efforts of their teachers, and great support from home. Congratulations Class of 2018 on your success as this is an impressive year-over-year gain plus tremendous progress from just a few years ago.

If you have a student attending Oak Ridge, the end of the 2nd marking period was Thursday, December 20th. Report cards for the second nine weeks will be distributed Friday, January 18th. Please review your student's grades with them as soon as possible keeping in mind we offer free after-school tutoring four days a week if needed.

Here at the start of 2019 I do want to remind our students and families about the importance of campus security. Should you ever see or hear of something suspicious or unusual, please say something to any teacher, staff member, coach, or school resource officer as soon as possible. Thank you.

Posters like these are found throughout all OCPS campuses in both English and Spanish. We also remind the students of these four safety steps during the school year.

And so as we wrap up the first school week of the new year, may 2019 bring with it good health, peace and joy to you and your family. 

With Pioneer Pride,
Ms. Jennifer Bellinger

Pictured very top: Over the winter break our boys basketball team traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii to play in the Iolani Classic. Congrats to our boys and coaches who received the Ray Wong Team Award!!  This prestigious award (below) goes to the team that best exemplifies the qualities of good character and sportsmanship; and the traits of selflessness, humility, perseverance, and integrity. #thisisoakridge

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Friday, January 11
  • JV & Varsity Boys soccer vs Evans - Home - 6:00PM
Saturday, January 12
Monday, January 14
  • After-School Tutoring is Offered Four Days Each Week!
  • Senior Cap & Gown Assembly - Auditorium - 9:00AM
  • JV & Varsity Boys Basketball vs Colonial - Colonial - 3:00PM
  Tuesday, January 15
  • Wrestling vs Evans - Evans - 5:00PM
  • JV & Varsity Lady Pioneers Basketball vs Timber Creek - Timber Creek - 6:00PM
  • JV & Varsity Boys soccer vs West Orange - West Orange - 6:00PM
Wednesday, January 16
  • JV & Varsity Boys Soccer vs Jones - Jones - 4:00PM
Thursday, January 17
  • JV & Varsity Lady Pioneers Basketball vs University - Home - 6:00PM
Friday, January 18
  • Report Cards Distributed
  • JV & Varsity Boys Soccer vs Gateway - Home - 5:30PM
  • Wrestling vs Milton-Winter Invitational - St. Cloud - Time to be Determined
  • Varsity Lady Pioneers Basketball vs MLK Super Showcase - Hallandale HS - 6:30PM
  • JV & Varsity Boys Basketball vs East River - East River - 7:30PM
Saturday, January 19
  • Wrestling vs Lady Bears - Cypress High school - Time to be Determined
  • Varsity Lady Pioneers Basketball vs MLK Super Showcase - Hallandale HS - 4:30PM
  • Varsity Boys Basketball vs Hillard - Dayton, Ohio - 4:45PM
Monday, January 21
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. - Holiday - School Closed
Tuesday, January 22
  • Prom 2019 Tickets Go on Sale --- Buy Early and Save!!!
  • Wrestling vs First Academy - First Academy - 5:00PM
  • JV & Varsity Lady Pioneers Basketball vs Apopka - Home - 6:00PM
Friday, January 25 
  • JV Girls Basketball vs East River - East River - 6:00PM
Special Events 

Attention Seniors!
Haven't passed reading yet? Mark your calendar and plan on being at EVERY tutoring session before the March tests.

Cap & Gown Assembly
On Monday, January 14th a representative from Jostens's will be here to give you all the information you need to order your cap & gown!  Be present - you don't want to miss out on important information!

Juniors & Seniors - ACT Boot Camp

Vital Signs 
Oak Ridge's Class of 2018 graduation rate rises to 94%!   

Congratulations to our students, teachers, and our Oak Ridge families on last year's graduation rate which jumped three percentage points in just one year. The Florida Department of Education released the 2017-2018 high school graduation rates in December 2018.

Rigor in the Classroom 
Digital Design with Ms. Granley 
Ensuring that all Pioneers are College AND/OR Career ready!! The students in Ms. Granley's Digital Design classes have been working on building capacity of digital design skills.  The ICE assessment is used to evaluate mastery of the learning outcomes including knowledge, skills, and/or competencies acquired. ICE certificates are everywhere! @ocpsCTE #thisisoakridge

Prom Tickets  
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 22 at a reduced price 
Oak Ridge High School Junior-Senior Prom

"Passport to the World"

  Saturday, May 4, 2019
8:00 PM - Midnight
Rosen Centre Hotel

Ticket Sales:

* Sales begin on Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Tuesday, January 22 to Friday, February 15
Monday, February 19 to Thursday, March 14
Monday, March 25 to Friday, April 5
Monday, April 8 to Friday, April 19
Monday, April 22 to Friday, April 26
Monday, April 29 to Friday, May 3

* No checks: cash and money orders only.

** Please have the exact amount as change is not always available.

College Acceptances 

The guidance windows are filling up with college acceptances!! If you don't have your pennant up yet (below), make sure you bring your acceptance letter/email to the college and career room. @OCPSguidance #ORHSgoes2college #thisisoakridge  
No Excuses Mentoring Program (N.E.M.P.) in the News! 
Amazing work from our Assistant Principal, and former Pioneer, Mr. Norwood! #thisisoakridge #scholarship #leadership #communityservice #onceapioneeralwaysapioneer

Guardian Care Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Over the winter break, the N.E.M.P. program went to the Guardian Care Nursing & Rehabilitation Center to host their Holiday Bingo with a twist! The grandmas and grandpas are quite serious about BINGO, especially when money is involved!!

Oak Ridge N.E.M.P. in service to others:
Scholarship, Leadership, and Community Service for All Mankind!!

Staff Spotlight 
Ms. Clara Molina, Secretary 

Ms. Molina's title of secretary does not accurately nor effectively describe her actual contributions to Oak Ridge High School.  She is extremely efficient at performing tasks of a confidential nature and has an excellent rapport in communicating with the staff, faculty, parents, students and the community.  Ms. Molina manages the office while composing memorandums and emails, answering telephone calls, taking messages and answering inquires on my behalf.  She is an expert at managing payroll and the recruiting system. 

The principal counts on Ms. Molina to do many extra duties that consist of assisting her with planning and executing special events, preparing for administrative meetings, and keeping track of her calendar and schedule. Ms. Molina goes above and beyond on a daily basis and is an effective contributor to our school's success! 

OCPS News 
2018-19 OCPS Pocket Guide is now available online  
The newest update of the OCPS Pocket Guide is now posted online for your reference anytime you need the "facts" about popular and commonly-referenced topics.

You will find facts in the Pocket Guide about:
  • Number of schools, students, and employees
  • Student demographics
  • Graduation rates and academic highlights
  • 2018-19 budget information and average salaries
  • School taxes and where your dollar goes
  • Building program
  • Magnet programs
  • Orange Technical College
  • Foundation for OCPS

Friday's Motivational Moment!  
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 21 (No school)    

November 8, 1964 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. smiles with parishioners on the day it is announced that he has won the Nobel Prize for Peace. He was only 35 years old at the time.

* A brilliant student and outstanding member of the high school debate team, Dr. King, Jr. skipped two grades and entered local Morehouse College at 15. He graduated in 1948 at age 19 and attended Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pa., where he received his divinity degree three years later.

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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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