The Pioneer Express  
Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Friday, March 8, 2019 

Final Days of the Third Quarter
This week was our last regular five-day school week of the third quarter - calendar. There is no school on Friday, March 15 for students, but it is a regular workday for the teachers as they finalize grades for the quarter. With time growing very short in this nine-week marking period, I encourage all of our Pioneers to complete any missing assignments or projects as soon as possible in order to earn the final grades they are capable of and deserve.

No Early Dismissal Wednesdays
This past Wednesday, March 6 was one of OCPS' non-early dismissal Wednesdays for the spring. There are still four of these Wednesdays remaining so all students will have the opportunity to  complete SAT and/or FSA tests without concern for running out of time:

* Wednesday, April 3
* Wednesday, May 1  
* Wednesday, May 8
* Wednesday, May 15

Attention Seniors
This year's graduation ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Amway Center at 8:30AM. Please mark the date.

2019 Parent Survey
There are just a few days left to access the online parent survey (link below). If you completed this year's survey, thank you very much. If you have a student at ORHS and have yet to do so, please take a few moments to complete the survey. The opinions of parents are very important to our school practices so we encourage all parents and guardians to participate. Thank you for your help.
Have a great weekend and please do not forget to turn your clocks ahead 1 hour on Sunday for Daylight Savings Time.

With Pioneer Pride,
Ms. Jennifer Bellinger

Pictured very top: No Excuses Mentoring Program (NEMP) and the Special Olympics
NEMP, sponsored by Mr. Orlando Norwood, Assistant Principal, volunteered during the Special Olympics Florida Statewide Basketball Competition! Our members served as score keepers and handed out participation medals. This was an amazing event and all of our members truly enjoyed themselves.

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Friday, March 8 
* Baseball vs Dr. Phillips at Dr. Phillips - 4:00PM
Saturday, March 9
* OCPS Parent Academy at Jones High School - "Do Your Best on the Test!" 

Sunday, March 10 
* Daylight Savings Time (Set clocks ahead 1 hour)

Monday, March 11 
* Boys & Girls Tennis vs Apopka at Apopka HS - 3:30PM
* Softball vs Foundation at Home - 4:00PM

Tuesday, March 12 
* Baseball vs Boone HS at Home - 4:00PM
* Softball vs Cypress Creek at Cypress Creek - 4:30PM
* Spring Piano Recital - Auditorium - 7:00PM - Free Admission (see below)
* Flag Football vs Lake Nona at Lake Nona HS - 7:00PM
* Boys Volleyball vs Winter Park at Home - 7:30PM
Thursday, March 14  
* PERT Test - 7:30AM (see below)  
* Baseball vs Boone at Boone HS - 4:00PM
* Softball vs Cypress Creek at Home - 4:00PM
* Girls Lacrosse vs Boone at Boone HS - 6:00PM
* Flag Football vs Cypress Creek at Home - 7:00PM
* Boys Volleyball vs Boone at Boone HS - 7:30PM

Friday, March 15 
* Student Holiday - Teacher Workday

Monday, March 18 - Friday, March 22 
* Spring Break - School closed
Monday, March 25 
* Boys & Girls Tennis vs Freedom at Freedom HS - 3:30PM

Tuesday, March 26 
* Softball vs Boone at Boone HS - 4:00PM
* Flag Football vs Osceola at Osceola HS - 7:00PM
* Boys Volleyball vs Colonial at Home - 7:30PM

Wednesday, March 27 
* Baseball vs Cypress Creek at Home - 4:00PM
* Flag Football vs Gateway at Home - 7:00PM

Thursday, March 28 
* Softball vs Boone at Home - 4:00PM
* Girls Lacrosse vs Jones at Home - 6:00PM
* Boys Volleyball vs Cypress Creek at Cypress Creek HS - 7:30PM

Friday, March 29 
* Baseball vs Cypress Creek at Cypress Creek HS - 4:00PM
* Girls Lacrosse vs Cypress Creek at Home - 6:00PM 
HIGHLIGHT: L.I.F.E. Orlando  
(Pioneers in the Community)
Giftson, Michael & Jarvonte in service at Orlando's half-marathon event on Saturday, March 2 
A few of last Saturday's volunteers for the Best D*** Race Half-Marathon - @bestdamnrace. We were at aid station #6 and had to provide water and/or Gatorade to the quick passing runners! It was fun, but definitely a workout in itself! Thanks to Mrs. Gunthre from Oak Ridge High School for getting us involved!

Vital Signs

Making sense of the chart: Each grade level improved their attendance rates during February 2019. While the 9th grade only posted a half-percentage point gain in attendance February over January (+0.5%), our freshmen Pioneers still led the school in attendance during both months. As far as month-over-month improvement, it was the senior class that showed the most progress (+2.5%), but they still lagged the other three grades. These figures include excused and unexcused absences as both represent lost in-class instructional time that cannot be recovered.


Lady Pioneers Basketball
Congratulations to Coach Latorrie Williams, the assistant coaches and our Lady Pioneers for defeating Haines City High School 45-44 in a very close game. This win enabled the team to move forward to the Class 9A Final Four State Finals where they faced Miami Senior High. Even though we could not hold off Miami for the win (they defeated us 43-32), we are proud to be Pioneers! Our Lady Pioneers had an amazing season and a very successful year!

Boys Varsity Basketball
Our varsity boys defeated Tampa Alonso 72-58 in the Class A Region 2 Semifinals. We then advanced to the regional championship game for the third straight year against the Osceola Kowboys who managed to come out ahead, 44-39, in the Class A Region 2 Finals. Even though it was a disappointing early exit for us, we enjoyed a season of notable highlights including a trip to Hawaii to participate in the Iolani Classic, where the team was presented with the prestigious Harry Wong Award and enjoyed an ESPN highlight moment. Coach Reese, the assistant coaches and the entire varsity team have a lot to be proud of! Way to go Pioneers!

ORHS Varsity Basketball Team at the Iolani Classic in Honolulu (Dec. 2018)

Wrestling State Qualifier - Jean Voltaire Faustin
Jean Voltaire Faustin has qualified for the FHSAA 3A STATE Championship taking place today in Kissimmee. Jean is the first Pioneer to make it to the state tournament since 2010! Congratulations Jean!

Rigor in the Classroom
Digital Video Production with Ms. Jackson

News Channel 6's Ginger Gadsden visited Oak Ridge's digital video production class interacting with the students and demonstrating how to perform as a news anchor. The students were professionally coached and received constructive feedback. Ms. Jenevieve Jackson is the course instructor and her students learned valuable skills during Ms. Gadsden's time on campus. Thank you WKMG News Channel 6!

Ginger Gadsden & Solai Fulmore
Ginger Gadsden & Marquis Dacues
Jenevieve Jackson
Roostamentha Sully
Lucio Antunez
Jaylen Petit

2019 University and College Expo

Our Pioneers had a wonderful time and gained valuable information during the College Expo held at the Amway Center. This group of students are holding materials from both Bethune-Cookman University and Clemson University.

Black History Month
Classroom Door Contest Winners

"Timeline Through Cinema"
Ms. Jenevieve Jackson
Digital Video Production
"A Woman's Worth"
Mrs. Jennifer Grow - Instructional Coach
Mrs. Lubin-Lewis - MTS Coordinator

Teacher Spotlight
This A+ teacher is keeping his students on track!

Coach Baylin Trujillo returned to his alma mater as a teacher and coach. He strives to instill a solid classroom work ethic, which he believes dictates one's future success. Trujillo broke Spectrum News 13 A+ Teacher nomination records. Click here to learn why.

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

* Ticket price will remain $65 until March 14th! Buy Early & SAVE!

Food for Thought  
The Personal Economics from an Education

How U.S. Teens Feel

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Leadership Team 

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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