The Pioneer Express! 
Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Friday, December 6, 2019

When school lets out this afternoon, we will be down to our last 10 days of both the second quarter and the first semester - OCPS 2019-2020 calendar. I encourage each of our Pioneers to bring all assignments current and to continue to put forth their very best efforts over these last two weeks. We want every student to receive the second quarter grades they are capable of and deserve.  
I also want to remind our community of next Wednesday's special Winter Showcase being put on by our amazingly talented Performing Arts Department. This will be a fun evening out for the whole family including small children (details below).  
In this issue we have a number wonderful student success stories to share which I think you will enjoy. Have a great weekend and for any student needing help with their Algebra I or Geometry, please plan to attend tomorrow morning's math tutoring (below)!  
With Pioneer Pride,

Ms. Jennifer Bellinger

Pictured very top: Did you know that four excellent magnet programs are available at Oak Ridge? ORHS offers 3DE by Junior Achievement, Aerospace, Hospitality, and Digital Media. Pictured above are members of our staff at their display table during the recent OCPS Magnet Fair. Recruiting tomorrow's Pioneers #PioneeringOurWayToAnA For information contact Dr. Sanchez-Corona or Mr. O'Brien.

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Dates to Watch ForUpcomingevents  
Friday, December 6
  • Boys Soccer vs Wekiva - Home - 6:00PM
  • Boys Basketball vs Dr. Phillips - Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament - Home - 7:30PM
  • Lady Pioneers Basketball vs Prodigy Prep Academy - Location & Time to be announced
Saturday, December 7
  • Boys Basketball vs Ocoee - Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament - Home - 7:30PM
  • Math tutoring from 8a.m.-12p.m. You don't want to miss it - we will be having cash money drawings during Saturday tutoring.

Monday, December 9
  • Girls Soccer vs Jones - Home - 6:00PM
Tuesday, December 10
  • Boys Soccer vs University - Home - 6:00PM
  • Lady Pioneers Basketball vs Bishop Moore - Bishop Moore - 7:00PM
Wednesday, December 11
  • Girls Soccer vs Evans - Home - 6:00PM
  • Lady Pioneers Basketball vs Evans - Evans - 7:30PM
Thursday, December 12
  • Boys Basketball vs University - University - 6:00PM
  • Boys Soccer vs Lake Nona - Home - 6:00PM
Friday, December 13
  • Boys Basketball vs Timber Creek - Timber Creek - 6:00PM
Monday, December 16
  • Boys Soccer vs West Orange - Location to be announced - 6:00PM
  • Girls soccer vs East River - Home - 6:00PM
Tuesday, December 17
  • Angel Tree Banquet - Invitation Only - 5:00PM
  • Girls Soccer vs Cornerstone - Home - 6:00PM
  • Lady Pioneers Basketball vs Tohopekaliga - Tohopekaliga - 7:00PM
Wednesday, December 18
  • Boys Soccer vs Apopka - Home - 6:00PM
Thursday, December 19
  • Girls Soccer vs Colonial - Home - 6:00PM
  • Lady Pioneers vs East River - Home - 7:00PM
Monday, December 23 - Monday, January 6
  • Winter Break - School Closed - Students return on Tuesday, January 7th

Tutoring and transportation available Monday through Thursday from 2:30-4:30PM. Come see us and get the assistance you need to be academically successful! See you there.

OCPS Parent Academy 
The next Parent Academy is an online, virtual event on Thursday, December 12 - "What is your E.I.?"  Mark your calendars and register here.

Performing Arts Department
Winter Showcase next Wednesday! 
The Performing Arts Department invites you to their Winter Showcase Performance Wednesday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. in our Oak Ridge auditorium. This performance is free and young children will receive a new book. Please bring your families and friends to this festive holiday performance. We hope to see you on the 11th!

All County Performance 
Dylan Acevedo and Jonathan Soto 
Dylan Acevedo and Jonathan Soto participated in an All County Performance and were #PitchPerfect. We are so proud of these talented Pioneers! #EvenOurMusicProgramIsPioneeringToAnA #YouCantConductThis

Talented Pioneers  
Maitland Rotary Art Show Highlights

Congratulations to our students that participated in the art show. Here are some photos of the student-produced artwork! There was a lot of really good art, but Oak Ridge had a wide range of diverse submissions that we were very proud of!

Food Drive - Community Service 
A huge shout-out to OTC Campus Dual-Enrollment and Oak Ridge High's very own Minerve Meriseme (denim jacket on the right above)!!!!! Thank you for your hard work and perseverance in organizing and collecting 645 items that will be donated to local families during this holiday season!

No Excuses Mentoring Program  
Here are some of the events/activities that the No Excuses Mentoring Program completed during the month of November!
We hosted our 3rd Annual Non-Traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Cypress Grove Park over the Thanksgiving break for K.I.C.S. and L.I.F.E. The theme was Old School vs. New School this year and we all had a great time!

We spent a couple of hours volunteering at the Orlando Salvation Army during the Thanksgiving break. We wrote Christmas cards to U.S. soldiers overseas and served Thanksgiving meals to the less fortunate.

Student Spotlight - Isui Sopon (Class of 2020)
"Emerging Leaders Involved in Orange County Government"  
Isui Sopon, a senior, became interested in local government when he joined Oak Ridge High School's Student Government Association (SGA.) He quickly learned the importance of helping his peers with their needs and started No One Left Alone, a service project that focuses on students who are isolated and struggle to have friends.

When Orange County hosted its annual Community Conference earlier this year, Isui Sopon was in attendance, as he was during last year's Youth Leadership Conference held at Valencia College. Isui represents the next generation of civil servants and community leaders, and he exemplifies the importance of youth involvement in community affairs.

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Members of Oak Ridge High School's Youth Leadership Council with Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings

Senior News - Dates to Watch For 
  • Graduation date and time was just announced: Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 7:30PM - Additions Arena on the UCF campus
  • Cap & Gown orders will be accepted during A & B lunches on Thursday & Friday, January 16th & 17th
  • Seniors will receive all necessary information during the Senior Assembly scheduled for: Thursday, January 9th at 9:15AM in the auditorium
  • Senior Class Sponsor:  Ms. Sonia Sanders (407) 852-3200 X6102404

Academics - Oak Ridge Scholar Society 
News from our College & Career Center 

We celebrated our Scholar Society earlier this week. These students will be applying to the top college & universities in the nation! #thisisoakridge #pioneerpride #scholarsociety #reachhigher

Special Recognitions

Scholarship Recipient - Jersy Pierre (Class of 2020)

The College Board has launched a new scholarship program with $5 million of scholarships each year, beginning with the Class of 2020. College Board Opportunity Scholarships are micro-scholarships that high school students can earn simply by taking the steps on their path to college. Congrats on your $1,000 College Board Opportunity Scholarship Jersy! #opportunityscholarship

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Humanitarian Award - Gedeon Guercin (Class of 2020)

Senior Gedeon Guercin received the prestigious Orlando Mayor Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Humanitarian Award. The Humanitarians are selected by the principal or guidance counselor from each Orange County Public School based on their representation of Dr. King's legacy in demonstrating his ideas of equality, justice, peace, respect and inclusion for all.  Congratulations Gedeon - we are so proud of you!

Everybody can be great . . .
because anybody can serve. You don't have to
have a college degree to serve.
You don't have to make your subject and verb
agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace.
A soul generated by love.

~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

L.I.F.E. Orlando   

The L.I.F.E. mentoring program, sponsored by Dontrell Richardson, participated in competitive field day style challenges. They were able to practice brotherhood, team building, and respect!  Thank you to all that helped out to make this event a success!

Community Leader
Dontrell Richardson, L.I.F.E. Sponsor 

Congratulations to Dontrell Richardson, sponsor of L.I.F.E. on being the recipient of The Stompdown Community Leader Award. This award is given to someone who is a community leader, active volunteer, mentor, and is hard working and dedicated.

Mr. Richardson holding his Showdown Community Leadership Award

K.I.C.S. Mentoring at Generation WOW Annual Conference

The Keeping It Classy Sisterhood mentoring program recently attended the Generation WOW conference. Generation WOW exposes girls to the positive and the possible by creating opportunities that help build the future leaders of the world by connecting them to the leaders of today. It is a movement on the rise with a comprehensive platform that includes an annual event, WOW clubs, leadership and personal development workshops, quarterly programing, learning excursions and the opportunity to engage in a year-round mentorship experience. WOW'S community impact is garnering the attention of youth organizations around the country.

Closing Image of the Week . . .  
Thank you to our amazing cafeteria team managed by Brian Allgood. They do their best each school day to make sure our Pioneers have nutritious meals as their part in creating a positive learning environment.  

Without these dedicated staff members, all of our students would not benefit from 3 meals and 1 snack a day. The entire team goes above and beyond to reach every student. You can see them at the parent drop-off, bus loop, and courtyard as early as 6:30AM serving grab and go breakfasts, in the lunch room serving lunches during 2 shifts, serving supper to our athletes and after-school tutoring students at dismissal, and lastly, out and about in the courtyard at lunch and after school serving grab and go snacks!

On average, the number of meals served by type per day are: breakfasts 1,704; lunches 2,221; snacks 661; and suppers 65. That is a net average of 4,651 meals per typical school day or 23,255 weekly.

In addition to such large numbers of meals served daily, our cafeteria team makes sure that quality is maintained and that the students get the nutrients they need to be healthy individuals.* To make school meals better, they do the following:
  • Ask for constant feedback from our students.
  • Restrict items that contain Trans Fat.
  • Limit the amount of sugar in breakfast cereal to 10 grams per serving.
  • Emphasize the use of whole grain and whole wheat products in breads, pizza crust, crackers, cereals, and snacks.
  • Serve 100% fruit juice and calcium fortified orange juice.
  • Do not serve fried foods. French fries, when served, are baked.
  • Only offer low fat milk products and reduced fat cheeses.
  • Provide fresh fruits and vegetables every day.
We are so grateful for our cafeteria team! It takes a village!

* Did You Know??? Nearly 1 in 5 adolescents aged 12-18 years, and 1 in 4 young adults aged 19-34 years, are living with prediabetes, according to a new CDC study released just this week.

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Principal: Jennifer Bellinger
Assistant Principal: Michele Browne
Assistant Principal: Dr. Brian Sanchez Corona
Assistant Principal: Lauren Bradley
Assistant Principal: Orlando Norwood

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