The Pioneer Express  
Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Friday, April 26, 2019 

On stage April 24th receiving the 2019 Spirit of Excellence Award with Dr. Kat Gordon, District 5 School Board Member (story below).
It is time to release 4th quarter student progress reports as we now only have 4 full school weeks remaining in this last nine-week marking period. If you have a student at Oak Ridge, please look over their progress report as soon as possible.

We have included the testing calendar again in this issue as well as an updated calendar of events for our Class of 2019 seniors. Kindly look these over closely as they might apply in that this is actually one of the busiest periods of the entire school year with many special events.

Please remember that next Wednesday, May 1st is the first of three consecutive Wednesdays in a row where we will not be releasing students early due to testing.

I hope you enjoy this latest edition and have a wonderful weekend!

With Pioneer Pride,
Ms. Jennifer Bellinger

Pictured very top and just below: Performing Arts Department - Tri-M Music Honor Society. On April 20th, the Tri-M Music Honor Society students volunteered their time to make the UCP TLA Spring Dance a great success! A special thank you to Ms. Craig-Evans and her students!
Mrs. Craig-Evans, piano teacher, and members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society

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Wednesday, May 1
Friday, May 3
* Boys & Girls Track & Field at UNF - Time TBD
* Baseball vs Foundation Academy - Home - 4:30PM
May 3, 6, and 7  
Saturday, May 4
* Boys & Girls Track & Field at UNF - Time TBD 
* OCPS Parent Academy - "Sunny Ideas for Summer Learning" 
* Junior-Senior Prom - Passport To The World - Rosen Centre Hotel - 8:00PM
~ Ticketed Event
~ No Tickets Sold at the Door
Monday, May 6
* Start of Teacher Appreciation Week in the USA  
Wednesday, May 8

Friday, May 10
* Senior Breakfast - Planet Hollywood - 8:00AM
~ Ticketed Event
Monday, May 13
* Start of National Police Week in the USA (Thank you Oak Ridge SROs!) 

Tuesday, May 14
* Band Concert - Auditorium - 7:00PM

Wednesday, May 15
* Last Day for Seniors

Tuesday, May 21
* Jolley Awards - Auditorium - Time TBD 
Friday, May 24
* Graduation - Amway Center - 8:30AM

Monday, May 27
* Memorial Day - Holiday - School Closed

Wednesday, May 29
* Last Day of School   
Please note that after school tutoring will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays beginning the Week of April 29th. Last day for tutoring is Wednesday, May 22nd.

Plan ahead . . . ideas for summer learning!
Testing Calendar 

Week Day
Students Impacted
April 25, 26, 29
(Makeups on April 30)
Thurs, Fri, Mon
Senior CFEs
Adjusted bell schedule
April 25: 12th grade only - PERT

May 1
Long Wednesday
FSA ELA Reading Part 1
All students in grades 9 or 10
May 2
FSA ELA Reading Part 2
All students in grades 9 or 10
May 8
Long Wednesday
FSA Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC
Students enrolled in Algebra 1 or Geometry
May 9
FSA Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC
Students enrolled in Algebra 1 or Geometry
May 15
Long Wednesday
Students enrolled in Biology
May 16
U.S. History
Students enrolled in U.S. History
May 6 -17
Starts on a Monday
AP Exams
Students in specific AP courses
May 16
PERT (Reading, Writing, Math)
Grades 10/11 that have not satisfied the graduation requirements
May 20 - 22
(Makeups May 23)
Mon, Tues, Wed
Underclassman CFEs
Block schedule
Grades 9-11 CFEs

Acronyms and other test information:
ACCESS for ELLs = Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State
CFE = Common Final Exam
PERT = Postsecondary Education Readiness Test
FSA = Florida Standards Assessment
ELA = English Language Arts
EOC = End of Course Exam

CFE Bell Schedule


College Decision Day

Congratulations to all of the Pioneers that signed acceptance letters for the colleges they will attend in the fall. It's great to be a PIONEER!

Did you know???

* Over the past decade, the U.S. labor force has added more than 13 million people with at least a 4-year college degree. It also has 4.4 million fewer people with no college at all.

This Week's Motivational Moment! 
An inspirational success story about one of our own Pioneers . . . please take a moment to click on the 2 min. video below. It will make your day! 
On April 13th, ORHS piano student, Djyverson Filistin, and members of our Performing Arts team were guests of honor at the annual Back 2 School Blast Gala for A Gift For Teaching. For the 4th year in a row, a student from the Performing Arts department has been the recipient of the shopping spree in December sponsored by A Gift for Teaching.   
This year's student - Djyverson Filistin - was nominated by our piano teacher - Mrs. Craig-Evans. Below is a link to the video that was played on April 13th. We are so proud of this young man. He was so charming and interacted with so many people. And we are also so very proud of all the wonderful things happening here at Oak Ridge. #thisisoakridge

 "Djyverson's resilience is what makes him stand out in my classroom and as I have learned this year, in all of his classrooms."
"In my 5 years at Oak Ridge I have had a lot of students that come from other countries or who come from really hard circumstances. Djyverson sticks out because he doesn't let that stop him. For instance, he used to walk 1.5 hours to get home after rehearsal until we found out and could then make sure he got a ride home."  
 Djyverson Filistin with Mrs. Craig-Evans. And thank you to a most valued school partner -  
A Gift For Teaching! (April 13, 2019) 
Pioneer in the Spotlight!
Anthony Phagoo, Class of 2019

Anthony Phagoo is headed to Wesleyan University. He is the first in his extended family to go to college and ORHS with the Junior Achievement Central Florida magnet program has prepared him well.

Please take a minute to look at this quick video on Anthony . . . just 15 seconds in and you can see why a university of Wesleyan's caliber wants him as part of their student body this fall! *

Shout outs to Erin Maroney Wolfgramm, Mr. Porterfield, and our Junior Achievement Magnet. Anthony is a huge part of the culture of academic excellence that we're creating at Oak Ridge High School. We are so proud of you Anthony!

* Wesleyan University is currently ranked 18th in the United States among all National Liberal Arts Colleges -

The Wesleyan University campus in Middletown, Connecticut during the autumn.

Vital Signs
Weekly attendance rates

April 19
April 12
April 5
March 29
9th Grade
(1 week)
10th Grade
(1 week)
11th Grade
(2 weeks)
12th Grade
(1 week)

* Includes excused and unexcused absences as both represent lost in-class instructional time which cannot be recovered.
** Week of April 19th was impacted by Good Friday. 
Staff Spotlight!
IOA Corporate 5K

Oak Ridge crushed it at the #IOACorporate5K earlier this month!! Congratulations to everyone who participated! #thisisoakridge #DreamTeam #TheRidgeRunners #OCPSWellness - at Lake Eola Park

Spirit of Excellence Principal Award

Congratulations Ms. Bellinger on being selected the Spirit of Excellence Principal Award winner for the 2018-19 school year!! Thank you for your commitment and dedication to ensuring that our English language learners receive a rigorous education. #thisisoakridge

Attention Seniors!
Graduation is Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Amway Center at 8:30AM

April 25th, 26th & 29th

April 30th
Senior Awards
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm- ORHS Maxine Risper Auditorium - all seniors and their families are invited!

This celebration serves to recognize those deserving special honors, and those who have earned special recognitions in each of the academic disciplines.


May 4th
Rosen Centre from 8 pm to 12 midnight
9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Theme: "Passport To The World"

The Rosen Centre in the evening. Prom ticket prices rise to $85 on Monday, April 29th.
May 1st - 4th
Senior Week

Activities will be given at a later date.

May 3rd, 6th, 7th
Seniors' Device Collection
PLEASE be sure to have your laptop AND charger with you!
May 7th
Cap & Gown Distribution Day and Purchases
* Tuesday, May 7th from 8am-12 noon in the Oak Ridge Gym.

Seniors must be cleared from all obligations in order to receive their cap & gown.

SENIOR CLEARANCE: You will take a clearance form to different stations in order to be declared ready to graduate!  

* You will clear with the 1) Technology, 2) Media Center, 3) Guidance counselor and 4) Senior class sponsor. To facilitate this progress, start working now to make sure you have no outstanding obligations to the school in the Media Center (this includes old textbooks and library books from both middle and elementary school!).

* Senior Clearance will be the LAST CHANCE to purchase a cap and gown. If you wait until Senior Clearance, you will need to pay $78 in cash on the spot.

May 10th
Senior Breakfast 

* Planet Hollywood-Disney Springs, 8am - 10am.

* Must use transportation provided by the school

* This is a special breakfast for seniors only at Planet Hollywood, Disney Springs. There will be a variety of breakfast foods, fruit, drinks, and LOTS OF BACON!

* Attire: - school dress code or senior t-shirt

* There is a student limit, so make sure you buy your ticket as soon as they go on sale.

* The deadline to pay for breakfast is next Tuesday, April 30th before the end of the school day.
May 15th
Seniors' Last Day

Questions about PROM? Please see Ms. Householder in the Administration Building - 101FF
or contact her at or 407-852-3200 X6102394

* Prices are on the rise! Tickets are $85 the week of April 29th!

The 2019 Royal Court 
Please congratulate the following seniors for being nominated by their peers to run for Prom King and Queen! They are all winners!

Attend Prom on May 4th to see who is crowned King & Queen of 2019! Good luck!

Prom KING Nominees

Prom QUEEN Nominees

  • Kervens Loiseau
  • Leonardo Antunez
  • Christopher Thornton
  • Pablo Salgado
  • Dereanna Britt
  • Jasinea Gray
  • Erika Cruz Pagan
  • Latoya Davis

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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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