The Pioneer Express! 
Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Friday, October 4, 2019

We opened the month of October this week with a lot of momentum. This is due in no small part to the excellent community involvement we have experienced over recent days: our wonderful Sandlake & Dr. Phillips Blvd. CVS Pharmacy partnership; the Orlando Fire Department providing hands-only CPR training on campus during World Heart Day; the fine family turnout for our AP Awards Ceremony; great participation at our 1st ELL meeting of the school year; and the many guests that turned out for our annual Open House Showcase (these stories below). On this last event, our Open House Showcase, thank you again to all of the families that attended and showed support for your student's academic endeavors. We had one of the largest turn-outs we have seen and are grateful that parents are involved and sharing a responsibility to help their student learn and meet educational goals. (#ourparentsrock #orhsparentinvolvement #parentinvolvementleadstostudentsuccess)
Open House Showcase  
In the spirit of community involvement, a key monthly meeting is coming up next Tuesday, October 8 - our School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting. Our SAC is comprised of both staff and community members. They gather at these monthly meetings where we discuss progress against the annual School Improvement Plan as well as larger school-wide topics that are very important to our success. If you are part of our Oak Ridge school community, please try to attend next Tuesday's 6:00 p.m. meeting. Your input would be most appreciated.  
Thank you for looking over this latest issue and have a great weekend! 
With Pioneer Pride,

Ms. Jennifer Bellinger

Pictured very top: The Tri-M Music Honor Society is the international music honor society for middle level and high school students. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and inspire other students to excel at music and leadership. Congratulations to these Pioneers on this honorable accomplishment!

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Dates to Watch ForUpcomingevents 
Friday, October 4
  • Varsity Football vs. Evans at Evans - 7:00PM
Tuesday, October 8
  • SAC Meeting - Media Center 6:00PM
Thursday, October 10
  • Student vs. Faculty Volleyball Game - Gymnasium - 3:30PM
  • OCPS Parent Academy Virtual Event - "Digital Citizenship" - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Online - Details and Registration
  • Chorus Bridge Concert - Auditorium - 7:00PM
Friday, October 11
  • Varsity Football vs. Boone - Boone HS - 7:00PM
Monday, October 14
  • Movie Night - The Lion King - 6:00PM
Tuesday, October 15
  • Homecoming Parade - 3:30PM - Tailgate immediately following in the courtyard
Wednesday, October 16
  • PSAT/SAT Test Day - School-Wide
  • No Early Release - Students will be released at 2:20PM
  • Game Night - Cafeteria - 3:30PM

Thursday, October 17
  • Hurricane Dorian Make-Up Day
  • Pep Rally - Gymnasium - 6 & 7 periods
  • Varsity Football vs. Windermere - Homecoming Coronation - 7:00PM
Friday, October 18
  • No School - Student Holiday
  • Homecoming Dance - Gymnasium - 7:30PM - Midnight



Tutoring began on Monday, August 19th providing services to assist our students in developing their academic strengths. Transportation began September 3rd. Check the bus routes in the media center. Stops are "general areas" so you will need to choose the bus that has a stop closest to your home. See you there!

SAT Tutoring 

Plan Ahead: No Early Dismissal Wednesday, October 16, 2019    
In order for all students participating in PSAT/SAT School Day to complete their tests without concern for running out of time, all OCPS students will be scheduled for a full school day instead of the normal early dismissal on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

School Advisory Council (SAC) 

Our next SAC meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 8th at 6pm in the media center.

Contact: Dr. Brian Sanchez-Corona, Assistant Principal X6102279

Hurricane Make-Up Days Determined 

"Pioneering in the Wilderness"   
Homecoming is right around the corner!  Get a head start on preparing for Spirit Week!  Each day has a theme - dress up- show out- have fun. Show your Pioneer pride! Contact: Mr. Noel - Portable 2 - Ext. 6103002

Tickets for the dance are on sale - Cafeteria during A & B Lunches

$20 each / 2 for $30 / At the Door: $30 each

 **** New & Revised Schedule Due to Hurricane Make-Up Day ****

Partner in Education
CVS Pharmacy - Sandlake & Dr. Phillips Boulevard 

A huge thank you to the Sandlake & Dr. Phillips Boulevard CVS for coming out and hosting a flu shot clinic on campus.  Dr. Amy Safaty, PharmD was amazing - she made our faculty and staff feel comfortable and even provided each participant with a $5 CVS coupon and promotional goodies to choose from. We are thankful for our partnership and look forward to future activities.

Performing Arts Department 

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

October is National Principals Month! 

Thank you to our incredible principal, Ms. Bellinger, who works tirelessly to create a culture of academic excellence. Your leadership and service to the students of Oak Ridge High School are an inspiration. #ThankAPrincipal #LeadingByExample #PioneeringUsToAnA

World Heart Day 

World Heart Day is a global campaign during which individuals, families, communities, and governments around the world participate in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others. Through this campaign, the World Heart Federation unites people from all countries and backgrounds in the fight against the CVD burden, and inspires and drives international action to encourage heart-healthy living across the world. 

Our Pioneers were taught hands-only CPR, the importance of cardiac health, and how to potentially save a life!  #orhswhd2019 #cprsaveslives

Hispanic National Honor Society 

The Spanish National Honor Society is an academic organization dedicated to promote the study of the Spanish Language and the culture of Hispanic countries. The Honor Society typically meets once a month and has many extra-curricular activities. It is affiliated with the national organization and its members may participate in the national convention, trips, scholarship opportunities and scholarly publications. Congratulations on this noble accomplishment!

Franklyn Valdez (11), Melanny K. Serrano (10), Sofia Dos Santos (10), Oscar Galeas Ramos (11), Cesar Sanchez (11), Valerie Merchan (12)

Alondra Rodriguez Rodriguez (12), Fabiola Lozada Chacon (10)

AP Awards Ceremony 

The AP Awards Ceremony & Meet the Teacher event was a huge success. Thank you to all of the families that came out to show support for their students and our AP program! Congratulations to all of our AP Scholars who were awarded. 

A huge thank you to our AP teachers for your hard work and dedication! #APNight #SmartIsCool #thisisoakridge @AdvancedOCPS

ELL Parent Meeting #1 

Thank you to all of the parents and students that took time out of their busy schedules to attend our first ELL parent meeting of the year. It was a great success with an abundant turn-out.  #englishlanguagelearner  #englishasasecondlanguage

Upcoming OCPS Parent Academy  
Saturday, November 2 at Oak Ridge High School

* 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).

Accident Insurance

Friday's Motivational Moment

The Hot Poker Principle

If you place a poker near the
heat of a fire, it too becomes hot.
To succeed, follow the
hot poker principle.

* Be around great men and women
and learn from their experiences.
* Visit great places.
* Attend great events.
* Read great books.

Remember Pioneers, there is no one secret to success. Success is for everyone. But no advice on success works unless you do!

Enjoy your weekend as we look forward to next week's Homecoming festivities!
Ms. Bellinger, Principal
Oak Ridge High School
Friday, October 4, 2019

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Principal: Jennifer Bellinger
Assistant Principal: Michele Browne
Assistant Principal: Dr. Brian Sanchez Corona
Assistant Principal: Dr. Lisa Karcinski
Assistant Principal: Orlando Norwood

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