The Pioneer Express  
Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Thursday, December 13, 2018 

'Tis the Season!

In this final Community Brief of 2018, we close out the 2018-2019 1st semester celebrating several student and staff member success stories. One thing that always seems to jump out in these issues: the amount of time our Pioneers invest in the community helping others. I am so proud of these students and their sponsors donating the time they do whether it be on campus (e.g. the Student Tech Team) or off campus (e.g. N.E.M.P., Tri-M). They are setting a terrific example for other students and adults alike while lending a hand to others.

Tonight we have our first performance of Elf, Jr., the musical at 7:00PM (below). Suitable for the entire family, this production really helps to draw in the spirit of the season!

Thank you for your support during the 1st semester. On behalf of the administration, Happy Holidays and best wishes for a safe and relaxing Winter Break!

With Pioneer Pride,
Ms. Jennifer Bellinger

Pictured very top: Oak Ridge N.E.M.P. Mentoring students and Walker Middle students
Thanks to the visionary leadership of Principal Watson and the amazing team at Walker Middle School, the "No Excuses Mentoring Program" from Oak Ridge High School started mentoring 40 6th-8th grade male students! These outstanding middle school students, worked with their ORHS mentor to individually reflect on their current grades for the 2nd nine weeks. Together, they discussed a plan of action to raise their GPAs to a 3.0 or higher by the end of the quarter!
Scholarship, leadership, and community service for all mankind!

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Dates to RememberUpcomingevents

Friday, December 14 
Musical Theater Performance - ELF - Auditorium - 7:00PM (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

Tuesday, December 18 thru Saturday, December 22 
Boys Varsity Basketball - Tournament - Honolulu, Hawaii 
Tuesday, December 18 
JV & Varsity Lady Pioneers Basketball vs Freedom at Freedom - 6:00PM
JV & Varsity Boys Soccer vs East River at Home - 6:00PM
Seniors All White Social - Dance - 7:00-11:00PM

Wednesday, December 19 
Wrestling vs Cypress Creek at Home - 5:00PM
SGA Movie Night - Auditorium - 5:00PM
Girls Soccer vs Cypress Creek at Home - 6:00PM
Football Banquet - Cafeteria - 7:00-9:00PM

Thursday, December 20 
Wrestling vs District Duals at Timber Creek HS - 1:00PM
JV & Varsity Boys Soccer vs Freedom at Freedom - 6:00PM
Girls Soccer vs East River at East River - 6:00PM
Varsity Lady Pioneers Basketball vs DME at Home 7:00PM

Friday, December 21 
Student Holiday - Teacher Workday - Winter Break Begins for Students

Thursday, December 27 through Saturday, December 28 
Varsity Lady Pioneers Basketball - Florida Prospects Christmas Tournament

Performing Arts Department
VPA Winter Festival of the Arts

Thank you to everyone who attended the Winter Festival of the Arts!! Congratulations to our performers and incredible Performing Arts teachers for a great show. #thisisoakridge

Pioneers in the Community  
Tri-M Music Honor Society visits four elementary schools!  

Our ORHS Tri-M music honor society caroled for future Pioneers. They visited Pine Castle, Lancaster, Sally Ride, and Winegard elementary schools' music classes. Building relationships and giving back to our community!  #thisisoakridge

No Excuses Mentoring Program - N.E.M.P.
Special Olympics Bowling  
Last week N.E.M.P. sponsored by Orlando Norwood, Assistant Principal - volunteered with Hands On Orlando during the Special Olympics Bowling Competition! Our members encouraged and motivated each player to perform their absolute best!!

Scholarship, Leadership, and Community Service for All Mankind!

Oak Ridge High School, Orange County Public Schools Hands On Orlando @ Boardwalk Bowl

Career and Technical Education (CTE) 

Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT) NAF students recently volunteered at Clean the World Foundation and are helping to change lives. In the wake of Hurricane Michael, the need for life-saving hygiene supplies is critical. Students separated hygiene products to be recycled (pictured just below) and helped to prepare over 1,000 hygiene kits that will be sent to victims of Hurricane Michael.  Clean the world's volunteers have been working to provide fast emergency relief support for these victims.

Thanks to our Hospitality instructor, Ms. Vanessa Zameza, and to the Oak Ridge NAF students, Clean the World Foundation will be able to distribute over 30,000 kits to the devastated victims.

Pioneer Vital Signs 

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

Rigor in the Classroom 
Computer Science Education Week 

Last week was Computer Science Education Week and many of our Pioneers participated in the Hour of Code! The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code," to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a world-wide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.  #thisisoakridge #hourofcode #learningisfun #coding #ocps #computerscience #education @CDLocps

College & Career Center
Pioneers visit Florida International and Florida Atlantic Universities  

Great visit to FIU and Florida Atlantic! Best part was touring FAU with former Pioneer, Tyrek Tisdale! #FAU #FIU #futureowls #futurepanthers #ORHSgoes2college
Student Spotlight  
Super Scholar - Top 20 - Anthony Phagoo

Congratulations Anthony Phagoo on your acceptance to Wesleyan University!! We are so proud of you! We surprised Anthony in class on his acceptance to Wesleyan University and full ride scholarship thanks to QuestBridge!! #SuperScholar #ORHSgoesTop20 @OakRidge_CCRC @OCPSguidance @hsdocps @JACentralFL

Student Tech Team
Pioneers helping Pioneers with their computer tech issues 

Have a tech problem? ...SWAT will solve it.  Sponsored by Ms. Monteiro and Mr. Burke. Check out our SWAT team sporting their new shirts! #SwatSwag #TechTeam #CtrlAltDel #Restart

Digital Teacher of the Month
Mr. Fischer 
Congratulations Mr. Fischer, our November Digital Teacher of the Month!! Mr. Fischer completed the highest number of LaunchED learning modules on Canvas. @CDLocps #thisisoakridge #DigitalPioneer
Ms. Jennifer Bellinger, Principal; Robert Fischer; Rosina Monteiro, Media Specialist & Digital Lead; and Brian Sanchez-Corona, Assistant Principal

Special Events 

Grades & Report Cards
Dec. 20th & Jan. 18th

* End of the 2nd marking period is Thursday, December 20th

* Report Cards distributed Friday, January 18th

Winter Break
Dec. 21st to Jan. 6th

* Students will be on winter break from Friday, December 21, 2018 through Sunday, January 6, 2019.

* Students return to school on Monday, January 7, 2019.

Magnet Open House
Jan. 10th

Visit us on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 6:00PM to learn about our Magnet Programs.  We look forward to seeing you!

* Aviation and Aerospace Engineering, 6:00PM, Auditorium

* Digital Media and Gamin, 6:00PM, Auditorium

* Hospitality Management, 6:00PM, Auditorium

* JA Academy of Leadership & Entreprenuership, 6:00PM, Auditorium

OCPS Parent Academy
Jan. 12th

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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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