The Pioneer Express! 
Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Friday, September 6, 2019

We hope everyone stayed safe during the storm. Orange County was very fortunate and sustained little or no damage. Thank you to all the administrators who devoted their time to the schools that were open as shelters - you are truly appreciated.

The administrative staff at Oak Ridge High School decided that they would support each other and all slept over at the school as it served to shelter citizens during the hurricane. We pray for the people of the Bahamas. The devastation is surreal and it will take a long time for them to rebuild.

Due to all schools being closed on Tuesday, September 3rd and Wednesday, September 4th - we will make-up those two days of lost instruction on Friday, October 18th and Monday, November 25th. Please plan accordingly.
Have a wonderful weekend and please remember that we will be issuing 1st quarter progress reports on Monday, September 16th. 
With Pioneer Pride,

Ms. Jennifer Bellinger

Pictured very top: Dr. Brian Sanchez-Corona-AP, Ms. Jennifer Bellinger-Principal, Mrs. Juliza Rivera-AP, Dr. Lisa Karcinski-AP, Mrs. Michele Browne-AP, Mr. Orlando Norwood-AP. These administrators spent the night on campus during Hurricane Dorian as Oak Ridge High School served as a community shelter for those in need.

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Dates to Watch ForUpcomingevents 

Friday, September 13
Saturday, September 14
Monday, September 16
  • Progress Reports
Wednesday, September 18
  • Senior Movie Night - Auditorium 6:00PM
Friday, September 20
  • Varsity Football vs. Deerfield Beach at Deerfield Beach 7:00PM
Thursday, September 26
  • Picture Retakes - Auditorium - All Day

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!
Oak Ridge Supports Our Community 

Our drum line went to Palmetto Elementary and helped celebrate their Teacher of the Year and Support Person of the Year. Congratulations to Mr. Yount and Ms. Meadows! We appreciate you both tremendously!

* Watch the drum line in action:

Congratulations to Mr. Yount, Teacher of the Year, and to Ms. Meadows, Support Person of the Year, for Palmetto Elementary School - an "A" rated school by the FLDOE!

Way to Go Pioneers!  

Congratulations Diego Valencia (U.S. History) and Cailin Santiago (FSA ELA) for earning a perfect score on your end of course exam!
Ms. Michele Browne-AP, Ms. Juliza Rivera-AP, Cailin Santiago, Diego Valencia, Ms. Jennifer Bellinger-Principal, Dr. Brian Sanchez-Corona-AP

No Excuses Mentoring Program nemp  
N.E.M.P. steps forward to help the students of Sadler Elementary School  

The No Excuses Mentoring Program, led by Mr. Orlando Norwood, sponsored 7 students in need at Sadler Elementary School with new school uniforms. We provided everyone with 2 pair of shorts and between 4-7 polo shirts for the 2019-2020 school year.

School uniforms promote safety, equity, school pride, good behavior and support community development. N.E.M.P. works diligently to be positive role models and encourage younger students to persevere through adversities they may face. Thank you again to Principal Ortiz for allowing us to be a part of the this opportunity!

Special Events 
Open House
Tuesday, October 1st (5:00PM to 7:00PM)
The weeks are already passing quickly so please save this date now! We are looking forward to this year's Open House on the first day of October.

Homecoming 2019
Festivities begin Thursday, October 10th
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!

Plan Ahead: No Early Dismissal Wednesday, October 16th
PSAT/SAT testing
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 16th.

Senior Night & Financial Aid Information Session

We had a great Senior Night turnout! Thank you parents and ORHS Class of 2020 seniors for coming out on August 28th. Lots of great financial aid & admissions information was shared!

Vital Signs
The importance of taking advantage of available scholarships and financial aid support from the Oak Ridge College and Career Center. 

Note: The average amount of student loan debt on the books per person in Florida is +$4.900. Large amounts of borrowing for college can lead to problems for many college students after graduation when it comes to wanting to start families or buy a home. Please visit our College and Career Center for great advice and the latest information on scholarships, grants, and other types of college aid. 

Read the full article here
College and Career Center News  

The next SAT will be administered on October 5, 2019. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 6th. No worries if you missed the deadline for the October administration - there are 4 more dates before graduation. Be vigilant! Test early!

The next ACT is October 26th and the registration deadline is September 20th.

Scholarship Information
Listed are many scholarships that do not inquire about immigration status. Please carefully review the specific requirements to apply for each of the scholarships and take note of the application deadline.

* OCPS scholarship bulletin link:

* Gates Millennium Scholarship: Application deadline - September 15, 2019

* Cameron Impact Scholarship: Application deadline September 13, 2019

* Southern Scholarship Foundation: Rent free living at UF, FSU, FAMU, FGCU, TCC, Flagler College and Santa Fe College. Application deadline: November 1st, 2019

* MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide for 2019-2020:

FAFSA - October 1st

The 2020-2021 FAFSA application becomes available online October 1st:

National College Colors Day '19 
Friday, August 30th  
Friday, August 30th was National College Colors Day across the USA. Our students, administration, faculty, and staff showed tremendous support. They came out sporting their college gear and showing their school spirit!

OCPS Parent Academy 
2019-2020 Schedule 

Every year OCPS hosts Parent Academies on a Saturday. They cover various topics and are a great way to stay updated on your community and education. The first one is September 14th at Boone High School. Go to to register.

Closing Image of the Week . . .  
Assistant Principal Sanchez-Corona joins the Pioneer Cheer Squad!  

Click on the nearby Twitter link to see the newest member of our Cheer Squad - Dr. Brian Sanchez-Corona - Assistant Principal! Dr. Sanchez-Corona can be seen practicing how to "fly" below. He did an amazing job, not only participating in cheer practice, but building relationships with our students! Proud to be a Pioneer!

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Leadership Team 

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

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