The Pioneer Express
Oak Ridge High School
Friday, May 14, 2021
ORHS Community Member,

We are pleased to announce that our AMAZING Ms. Bellinger has received a promotion and will be serving OCPS in the capacity of Minority Achievement Officer, Teaching and Learning. Although we are sad to see her go, we are excited for the innovative opportunities she will have in her new position and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

Oak Ridge High is proud to present to you our new Principal, Mr. Benjamin Alvarado! Ms. Bellinger, is passing the baton of: dedication, hard work, love, and most importantly SERVICE to our Oak Ridge community. Welcome back to your Alma Mater, Principal Alvarado! We’re excited to have you join the team!

Mr. Alvarado is a product of OCPS schools and has lived in this community for most of his life. He has served OCPS in the capacity of teacher, Assistant Principal, Senior Administrator and now Principal. Mr. Alvarado is extremely excited to return to his Alma Marte and serve alongside the faculty, staff and community to continue to Pioneer Our Way to an “A”!

This special edition was prepared by our leadership team on behalf of Ms. Bellinger.

Have a great weekend!

Pictured very top: Ms. Bellinger hands off the Pioneer baton to incoming principal Mr. Alvarado.

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Dates to Watch For
Saturday, May 15

Tuesday, May 25
  • Graduation – Amway Center – 2:00PM
Superintendent Jenkins Community Update
4-minute YouTube video released Wednesday, May 12
Dr. Jenkins just released a YouTube Community Update which is only 4 minutes long, but touches upon a number of topics helpful to our Oak Ridge community such as the use of face masks, plans for LaunchEd learning at home in 2021-2022, summer school, and more. Please click here.
Community Resources
1) Emergency Rental Assistance Program:
Source: Orange County Government; Click here for more details
2) Search engine for social services:
Source: MyFloridaMyFamily; Click here to search for family services
Friday's Motivational Moment!

Niccolo Paganini is considered one of the greatest violinists of all time. He was a virtuoso, performing his first concert at age eleven. His great technical ability revolutionized violin technique across Europe.

When he died in 1840, he willed his violin to Genoa, Italy, the place of his birth. But he did so upon one condition: that no other artist ever play his instrument again. Glad to have the violin come into their possession, the city's fathers agreed to the request, and they put it in a beautiful case for everyone to see.

But wooden instruments have a certain peculiarity. As long as they are handled, they show no wear. But if one lay unused, it begins to decay, which is what happened to Paganini's violin. His once-exquisite instrument became worm eaten and useless. Other violins of the same vintage have been handed down through the generations, from one gifted musician to another, and they continue to bring great music to attentive audiences. But Paganini's violin is a crumbling relic of what it once was.

The lesson for our Pioneers? The talent that you have been gifted with cannot be set aside like Paganini's violin. If you do not nurture you ability, grow, it will steadily decay until it is useless. But if you consistently work with it, diligently trying to bring out its best, it will bring forth "music" that will not only give you joy, but will also serve others and bring you success.
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Have a great weekend Pioneers!
Leadership Team
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