The Pioneer Express! 
Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Friday, November 1, 2019

The first quarter has ended and the second quarter has begun! In fact, today we already wrap up week #2 of the second quarter. Report cards went home on Tuesday, October 29th. If you did not see your student's report card, please ask them for it. Please talk with your student about their report card and grades. If your student is struggling, we have many services available to assist them including an excellent tutoring program. These weeks are passing so quickly so the time to take positive corrective steps is sooner vs. later.

Tomorrow morning Oak Ridge High School has the privilege of hosting one of OCPS' Parent Academy events (details just below). There are only a few of these all year and they are very well done. Saturday's event is titled "This is US: Our Family, Our School, Our Community." Please, if you are a member of our Oak Ridge school community make every effort to attend. I promise you that you will not be disappointed and will be very happy with the time invested once it is over.

Enjoy the cooler weather this weekend and don't forget to set your clocks back 1 hour on Sunday as Daylight Savings Time ends.  

With Pioneer Pride,

Ms. Jennifer Bellinger

Pictured very top: Community Service - NHS & NEMP
Kudos to the National Honor Society and the No Excuses Mentoring Program for teaming up to gather supplies for those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.  #weareoakridge

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Dates to Watch ForUpcomingevents  
Friday, November 1
  • Varsity Football vs. University at University - 7:00PM
Saturday, November 2
  • Parent Academy - Oak Ridge HS - 9:00AM-1:00PM
Tuesday, November 5
  • LIFE New Member Induction - Auditorium - 6:00PM
  • SAC meeting will take place at 6pm in the media center. Contact: Dr. Brian Sanchez-Corona, Assistant Principal X6102279
Thursday, November 7
  • Play - "Yearbook" - Auditorium - 7:00PM - Free & Open to the Public
Thursday, November 14
  • Musical Theater Variety Show - Auditorium - 7:00PM - Free & Open to the Public
Tuesday, November 19
  • Band Concert - Auditorium - 7:00PM
Thursday, November 21
  • Teach In 2019 - School-Wide
Monday, November 25 - Friday, November 29
  • Thanksgiving Break - School Closed
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.

Upcoming OCPS Parent Academy  
Saturday, Nov. 2

* Title: "This is US: Our Family, Our School, Our Community"
* Saturday, November 2, 2019
* 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
* Oak Ridge High School, 700 W. Oak Ridge Road, Orlando

* On event day registration will be available during the hours of 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
* Free for all families (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
* Onsite registration will be available during the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. on the day of event. Pre-registration recommended.

Special accommodations provided to children of participating parents. Children of participating parents have an opportunity to attend the Youth Academy. The Youth Academy follows the same schedule as the adult sessions. The Youth Academy is for students ages 4 to 18. Registration required for children and parents must attend adult sessions.

We have 3 ways to register:
  • Online: Click "Register Now" located next to each event
  • Phone: Participants can contact the Parent Academy office to be registered online by staff members at (407) 317-3300.
  • Onsite: Participants can register on-site on the day of the event (pre-registration recommended).

Performing Arts Department  
October and November performances  

Mark your calendars! The Performing Arts Department has an exciting line-up. All events are free and open to the public.

LIFE Mentoring Group 
New Member Induction Showcase - Tuesday, November 5th    

The 2019 L.I.F.E. New Member Induction Showcase will be Tuesday, November 5th at 6:00pm in the Oak Ridge High School Auditorium.  All parents, community members, faculty and staff are invited to attend!

Teach-In '19 

To be a teacher for a day, please contact:  
Laurene Householder - - 407-852-3200 X6102394

Pioneers in Service to the Community 
National Honor Society at Barnett Park

The National Honor Society volunteered for Orange County Parks & Recreation's Halloween Hoopla on Saturday, October 26 at Barnett Park where they helped setup, ran games and participated in the scares.

School-Wide "Pink Out" October  

Thank you to every Pioneer who participated in "Pink Out Tuesdays" for the month of October.  This initiative was led by the Senior Class with the direction of their sponsor, Sonia Sanders.

We honor and recognize all who have had a battle with cancer and our very own Pioneer Family: Jennifer Eng, Laurinda Forsberg, Edna Pagan, Mark Pedlow, Eunice Santiago-Lugo, and Narine Whyte.  We also honor the memory of our fellow Pioneer - Senor Jamie Colon.

School Start Times Survey
It's not too late - take the survey - let your opinion be heard.  
The OCPS School Board wants your input on school start times. This site includes a summary of how bus routes are created & four cost-neutral start time models developed for consideration.

Please take the survey and share your thoughts!

College & Career Center
Over 50 of our Seniors took a college tour to visit Florida State University and FAMU in Tallahassee.  
FSU is one of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking.

FAMU's academic achievements are what set it apart as a unique learning experience. In 2014, FAMU was recognized among the 2014 U.S. News & World Report's "Best National Universities." The U.S. News & World Report lists FAMU as the top public historically black college or university in the nation for 2015. It is also listed among The Princeton Review's "Best in the Southeast" colleges and is one of the top picks for providing a high quality education at an affordable price in Florida.

Women in Motion  

Students at Oak Ridge High School got a special pre-release screening of the new documentary, Woman in Motion, about Nichell Nicholas' (above left) recruitment of woman and minorities to NASA. Her four-month campaign attracted 8,000 recruits! The director of the film, Todd Thompson, was on hand for Q & A with the students following the screening.

In 1977, with just four months left, NASA struggles to recruit scientists, engineers and astronauts for their new Space Shuttle Program. That is when Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek's Lt. Uhura, challenges them by asking the question: Where are my people? She embarks on a national blitz, recruiting 8,000 of the nation's best and brightest, including the trailblazing astronauts who became the first African American, Asian and Latino men and women to fly in space.

Welcome to the Pioneer Family!
Lauren Bradley, Assistant Principal 

Ms. Bradley is joining the Pioneer Family after spending 12 years at Olympia High School.  She is a graduate of Florida State University, holds a BS in Criminology and an MS in Sports Administration and Educational Leadership.

Sounds of the Season    

Congratulations to Ms. Cara Lee, Chorus Director, and the selected Choral Students for being invited to participate in channel 6-WKMG Sounds of the Season Broadcast. Look for their performance of "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and "Silent Night" on Christmas Day!  Christmas is now only 54 days away!

Karen Izquierdo, Asijah Tanelus, Jessica Zelaya, Neterria Bentley, Adriana Carrasquillo, Keyaricet Chaparro, Sabrina Cisneros, Nyasia Davis, Ana Gomez, Missky Nguyen, Mallory Stawiszynski

Oak Ridge High's No Excuses Mentoring Program 

Palmetto Elementary School
On October 4th the No Excuses Mentoring Program started mentoring at Palmetto Elementary School in Orlando, FL. Their program is called S.W.A.G. which stands for Showing the World All of our Greatness! We are looking forward to a great year of teaching, learning, and growing with our new mentees!

Positive Interaction with Law Enforcement
Thank you Deputy Febo for taking the time to speak with our brothers about how to positively interact with the police! This session was eye opening and informative.  #noexcuses #makeithappen #ittakesavillage #BuildingCharacter

Fall 2019 South Florida College Tour
The NEMP College Tour was an amazing experience for our brothers! We visited the University of Miami, Florida International University, and Florida Atlantic University (pictured in that order just below)! We had the opportunity to visit dorm rooms and talk to current college students about what to expect once you arrive on campus as a new student.

Also, thank you to Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon for sharing a few encouraging words with us! Do not make excuses, just make it happen!

Vital Signs     
And yet another reason why Oak Ridge and OCPS need to have a smartphone policy for students . . .  

Frequency of social media use among teenagers in the United States (2018)
Source: Statista research

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Leadership Team 

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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