The Pioneer Express
Oak Ridge High School
Friday, March 5, 2021
ORHS Community Member,

At 12:30 p.m. today, our Pioneers will compete against Dr. Phillips' Panthers in the Class 7A Florida basketball semifinal game in Lakeland - Orlando Sentinel (March 4) - "Oak Ridge vs. Dr. Phillips boys basketball preview | FHSAA State Tournament." Coach Reece and his staff have done an incredible coaching job this year leading the team all the way to the Final 4 while our young men have put in a lot of hard work and played every game with grit and outstanding sportsmanship. The team is well prepared and we wish them the very best of luck vs. DP ... GO PIONEERS!!

Next Friday, March 12th, OCPS will be the final day for the 2021 Parent Survey. We rely upon our Pioneer parents to take a few minutes each year to complete the survey in order to keep up with our ongoing school improvement efforts. If you have a student at Oak Ridge and still have not taken the survey, would you please do so today? Simply click on the picture just below to take the survey and thank you very much for your help.
Have a great weekend!

In Pioneer Pride,

Ms. Bellinger
Proud Principal
Oak Ridge High School

Pictured very top: Boys Varsity Basketball
The Pioneers took on Sarasota Riverview on home court to win with a score of 82-78. Mike James (“0”) led the team with 32 points and 24 rebounds. Fabio Basili (“30”) had a double double with 13 points and 12 assists. Congratulations to the 2021 Region 2 Champions. It’s the 8th Regional Championship in school history!

Dates to Watch For
Tuesday, March 9
  • SAC Meeting – Media Center – 4:30PM

Friday, March 12
  • Teacher Workday – Student Holiday – No School for Students
  • Last day to take the 2021 Parent Survey

Sunday, March 14
  • Daylight Savings Time – Spring forward!

Monday thru Friday, March 15-19
  • Spring Break – Schools Closed
School Advisory Meeting
Next Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
Oak Ridge Graduation Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 @ 2:00PM
This schedule is based on the availability of the Amway Center during the NBA playoffs or Solar Bears games, and safety conditions due to COVID-19.

In the event graduations cannot take place at the Amway Center, alternative locations will be determined.

Safety precautions will include, but are not limited to, the mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, limited ticketing (exact number per graduate to be determined), strict arrival, departure and stage procedures.

All guidelines and protocols are being developed in conjunction with the Florida Department of Health in Orange County and the Amway Center.

All OCPS schools listed above will live stream their graduations.
Upcoming Assessment Dates
  • ACT – March 9

  • Progress Monitoring Assessments (PMA Q3) ---- All students who are participating in state assessment classes: ELA 9, ELA 10, US History, Biology, Algebra I, and Geometry
Student Spotlight
Michelle Walker, Class of 2021
Michelle is the manager of the annual L.I.F.E. Fashion Flow event at #ORHS. She enjoys the role of manager because it allows her to take extra responsibility and lead her team to success. She plans to attend a university after graduation and major in Exercise Science to become a Physical Therapist. She would eventually like to open her own practice. She is grateful for the close friendships she has built as a result of being in the JA Academy.

Michelle has a talent for making really tasty baked goods. In her free time, she enjoys watching new shows or movies, painting, watching TikTok, and hanging out with her friends and her cat, Roshi. She also attends church, where she volunteers with the children's group.
College and Career Center News
HSF College 101 Series
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce the first-ever virtual HSF College 101 Series. This series is being hosted on three Wednesday evenings, which began on February 10th. HSF College 101 is a FREE, bilingual program held in various time zones, designed to help middle and high school students and their parents prepare, plan, and pay for college. Subject-matter experts will provide useful information, joined by Admissions and Financial Aid representatives from various universities.

Remaining dates and registration links for the HSF College 101 webinars:

  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 6:00 p.m. ET

To learn more about the event, please visit
For more information: HSF:Home
Featured Scholarships:
  • The CFHLA hospitality scholarship is available to High School Seniors that are graduating May/June 2021 and plan to pursue a Hospitality Degree.
Congratulations Class of 2021!
The number of our seniors earning college acceptance and scholarships continues to rise into March . . .
ELL Virtual Parent Workshops
Please remember that face masks are required to be worn at all times on campus.
Community Resources
Leadership Team
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