The Pioneer Express! 
Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Friday, September 20, 2019

This week we distributed student progress reports for the first nine weeks of 2019-2020. If you have a student attending Oak Ridge, please review their results as soon as possible keeping in mind that we have a wonderful after-school tutoring program available to all of our Pioneers four days a week (details below).  
Please be sure to mark the Tuesday, October 1 date as that evening is our annual Open House. We are looking forward to showcasing the campus and classrooms! 
Have a nice weekend and good luck to our varsity football team as they are playing away tonight in Broward County vs. Deerfield Beach High School. Go Pioneers! 
With Pioneer Pride,

Ms. Jennifer Bellinger

Pictured very top: Our 2019-2020 Pioneer faculty & staff. We are proud to be Pioneers!

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Dates to Watch ForUpcomingevents 

Friday, September 20
  • Varsity Football vs Deerfield Beach at Deerfield Beach - 7:00PM
Wednesday, September 25
  • Varsity Girls Volleyball vs Lake Nona at Home - 7:00PM
Thursday, September 26
  • Picture Retakes - Auditorium - All Day
  • World Heart Day - GYM - All Day
  • Freshman Football vs Olympia at Home - 6:00PM
  • Varsity Girls Volleyball vs Cornerstone at Cornerstone - 7:00PM
Friday, September 27
  • Varsity Football vs Olympia at Olympia - 7:00PM
Tuesday, October 1
  • Open House Showcase - Gymnasium - 5:00-7:00PM
Wednesday, October 2
  • Varsity Girls Volleyball vs Boone at Boone - 7:00PM
Thursday, October 3
  • Fall into FAFSA - 4:00-7:00PM (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) 
  • Freshman Football vs Evans at Home - 6:00PM
  • Varsity Girls Volleyball vs Ocoee at Ocoee - 7:00PM

Friday, October 4
  • Varsity Football vs Evans at Evans - 7:00PM

After School Tutoring
Tutoring began on Monday, August 19th - services are available to assist with your academic strength. Transportation began this week. 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!
Open House Showcase 

Come out to see what this school year has in store!
There are a lot of great things happening as we "Pioneer Our Way To An "A".  We look forward to seeing you and sharing our vision to lead our students to success with the support and involvement of their families and the community.

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.

SAT Tutoring   

October is right around the corner!  Get a head start on preparing for Homecoming 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 go on sale Monday, September 23rd- Cafeteria during A & B Lunches

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

School Advisory Committee 

Thank you to all the parents, students, and staff members that joined us for our last SAC meeting. Our next meeting will take place on October 8th at 6pm in the media center.

Contact:  Dr. Brian Sanchez-Corona, Assistant Principal

College and Career Center

Our Freshman Class Presentations Were a Huge Success!
Our Class of 2023 learned about graduation requirements, community service hours, our state university system, scholarships, Khan Academy, diploma designations, and more...

 Scholarship Opportunities
* OCPS scholarship bulletin link:
* Ron Brown Scholars - Eligibility: Must be an African American student who demonstrates excellent leadership skills and has completed numerous hours of community service.

* Stokes Educational Program - Eligibility: Must be a minority student, 3.0 GPA, 1200 SAT or 25 ACT. Must major in Engineering or Computer Science.

* AXA Achievement Scholarship - Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have been involved in outstanding activities or work.

* Ponton Law Scholarship - Eligibility: Must attend college in the fall of 2020 and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

QuestBridge Scholarship Program
High achieving seniors with a desire to study at one of 40 top institutions in the nation should look into the scholarship match program called QuestBridge. Students who apply for QuestBridge have the possibility of being "matched" with top institutions like Yale, Harvard, Rice, Duke, Dartmouth, University of Chicago and many more. Matched students typically will attend the institution free of charge or with a very significant financial aid package. This is a need-based scholarship. Finalists typically come from household earning of less than $65,000 annually for a family of four and have minimal assets.

Please visit the QuestBridge website for more details and specific eligibility requirements.

Application deadline is September 26th, 2019

Valencia College Dual Enrollment 

National Honor Society  
Officers for 2019-2020 
Back Row: Cailin Santiago, Daryna Lapomarede, Tram Nguyen
Front Row: Ms. Alvarez, Sponsor, Karen Marquez Olivas, Yilian Garcia

National Honor Society Relief for the Bahamas 

Club Rush Highlights

During A & B lunches on September 6th all of the clubs and organizations were on display.  The entire student body was welcome to check out what is available, ask questions, and talk to present members and advisors. It was a huge success!

No Excuses Mentoring Program    
Sponsored by Orlando Norwood, Assistant Principal

We held our first general body meeting for the 2019-2020 school year this week. We currently have 66 brothers spanning across 6 high schools located within Orange County Public Schools. Our vision is "To ensure that EACH member is college or career ready once he graduates from high school."

Organization and structure plays a major role in every successful program! With that being said, each brother received a binder that has their current unweighted/weighted grade point averages, high school graduation readiness information, SAT/ACT scores, 2019-2020 college or career ready goal planning sheet, monthly calendars, and progress report/report card reflection logs.

Additionally, we will begin our leadership series segment this year using the book "Leadership and Soft Skills for Students" (above). This book focuses on the 3 R's: Readiness, Relationships, and Results!

"Do not make excuses, just make it happen!"

School Start Times Survey 

The 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 & share your thoughts!

Parent Engagement Liaison  
Leonie Chandersingh   
Leonie Chandersingh is the new PEL who is working diligently with parents and family members promoting involvement, providing information and/or direction, and assisting parents in goal setting and educational development. Ms. Chandersingh may be reached at 407-852-3200 Ext. 610302 or

In Memory of Senor Jaime Colon

To help support the family during this difficult time, Kenneth Gibbs (an AP World History instructor) put together a Golf Tournament to raise funds for the family.  Many Administrators, faculty, staff and our SRO participated. A fun time was had by all and a generous amount of money was raised for the family.  

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Leadership Team 

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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