For our Seniors, Jostens will be on campus Tuesday, January 19th for last call Cap and Gown and Graduation Announcement orders. If you are a LaunchEd@Home student, the Cap and Gown is also available online at Jostens.com. Ordering on time with your class will guarantee that your Cap and Gown Unit, Graduation Announcements, and Class Ring will be ready in time for Graduation in the spring. Also, I wanted to remind you that this is the last week of yearbooks being on sale for $75. Starting Saturday the price goes up to $90 and you can purchase at yearbookforever.com or through school pay. Don’t forget our Saturday Open Hours that take place from 9 am to 1 pm in the media center. Students can get guidance and planning questions answered, speak to someone if they need a listening ear, or if students need a work station and internet access to complete virtual or course recovery courses. Lastly, don’t forget there is no school on Monday as we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day district wide. Have a great weekend and as always feel free to send any questions or concerns my way!

Superintendent Jenkins has a new Community Update for January 15, 2021. She discusses student enrollment, transportation, COVID-19 cases and vaccines.

OCPS Safety and Emergency Management, with the assistance of key district stakeholders, has developed the COVID-19 Health and Safety Procedures Manual. This manual is intended to provide guidance to schools and district facilities in the use of standardized health and safety practices to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus.

The manual is a “living” document, meaning it is subject to change as circumstances, decision-making, guidance and practices evolve. As the manual is updated, new versions will be released. All significant edits will be documented within the manual’s Record of Change section.

Click here to review the OCPS COVID-19 Health and Safety Procedures Manual.

In addition to this OCPS safety manual, West Orange HS will be putting together a document outlining plans to keep Face to Face students and teachers safe including hand sanitizer, traffic patterns, enforcement of rules, taped zones in rooms, traffic patterns etc.


Click HERE for Superintendent Jenkins Community Update. Topics include: 2nd Period of 2020, COVID-19 Update, LaunchEd@Home, and Voting.



Step 1: Open the link to the fillable Emergency Student Information Form and complete.

Step 2: Save the document to your computer as a pdf with your child's name in the title. EX (JohnDoeEmergencyForm.pdf)

Step 3: Open this link to answer a few identifying questions and upload your completed form.

Step 4: Repeat these steps as necessary to complete a form for each of your children attending West Orange High School.

If you have any questions please contact Mandi Brown.

There are still many students who have not picked up their yearbook from last year. Stop by the front office of WOHS ASAP to pick them up. Please bring the receipt if you have it and an ID.



Hoodies, t-shirts and long sleeves are still available. If you would like to order one please contact spiritwear@wohsptso.org .


If you are a teacher, club sponsor, team coordinator, parent or student with information or pictures to share in our newsletter regarding anything going on at West Orange HS, please email it to communications@wohsptso.org so we may include it in this newsletter and on our social media.



Congratulations to West Orange High School, who has been ranked in the U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools rankings. Click here to see the rankings!

If you are currently not receiving the weekly phone calls from Mr. Turner, please either email westorange_hs@ocps.net or call the front office at 407-905-2400 and ask to be added. Mr. Turner has changed the calls to Thursday evenings.

All students that have not received their OCPS laptop may stop in to the Media Center during normal school hours.

Click here to view the OCPS FAQs for the reopening of schools.

Scan the QR code for answers to some of your questions. Click here for important back-to school information from West Orange High School. If you can't find the answer to your question here, please email westorange_hs@ocps.net.

Welcome to the WOHS HERO program. The HERO program is how West Orange HS tracks student tardies throughout the school day. We ask that all parents sign up for a HERO account so you can be notified when your son/daughter is late to classes. You can also see if they received a consequence for that tardy. We do keep Tardy to School separate from Tardy to Class because Tardy to School can be counted towards Truancy. Click here to create a Parent account and add your student. Click here to view the instructions.

School bus transportation information for Face to Face students is on the OCPS website under "Find A Bus".

Yearbook:

Are you interested in purchasing a yearbook for the 2020-21 school year? Click here to purchase now through SchoolPay for just $75 pre-sale. If you would like your book engraved, please visit Walsworth to add that onto your order, plus a $1.25 service fee.


The $75 early bird price is good until January 15th and book price will increase to $90 through April 30th. Books will then be sold once they arrive on a first come first serve basis with no guarantee that we will have extras for $100. So order yours today!


Business Ads:

Yearbook students have started selling ads to businesses. Click here if you own a business and would like to purchase an ad or know someone who would like to purchase, please reach out to wohsyearbook2021@gmail.com. All payments are to be made through SchoolPay


Just a reminder to follow your WOHS Yearbook on Instagram at wohs_yearbook for any updates and giveaways!

Please remember that West Orange High School PTSO is set up as a charity for Amazon Smile. Just choose us as your recipient charity by selecting West Orange High School PTSO Inc. It is the same as shopping on Amazon. We get a percentage of all purchases made.

Click here to go shopping!

Project Lead the Way Senior Engineering Design and Development students have begun their 2020-21 design project and they need your help! Below are links to two groups’ surveys being used to help validate their problem statements. They would greatly appreciate it if you would fill the survey out for their data collection. This year's projects are on Plastic Usage and Pedestrian Safety.


Thank you so much for supporting our awesome students!

In case you missed it, here is the Student Services Team parent presentation from Back to School Night. The presentations are broken down into two parts:

Video Part 1

Video Part 2


After you have watched both parts, please let the Student Services Team know if you have any questions by completing this form.




Current 8th grade students will be meeting virtually with WOHS guidance in January and will be provided valuable information to help them select their schedules for freshman year at West Orange HS. Parents will be participating in incoming Freshman Parent orientation. Please share this link to sign up for our West Orange HS PTSO newsletter with your friends and neighbors so these parents don't miss out on important information that we will be providing to help with the transition to WOHS.

http://eepurl.com/c0hSO9


The Crisis Text Line is a great resource for someone who doesn’t want to talk but would be more comfortable texting. Please talk and share with your students. https://www.crisistextline.org/

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Water Bottle Filling Stations


To reduce waste and the use of single use plastic water bottles at West Orange High School, the Seniors of West Orange HS Class of 2018, 2019 and 2020 have funded the installation of water bottle filling stations in the Gym hallway, Student Services, Band/Choir/Drama area and the registration reception area.


Thank you graduates!

Orange County Public Schools now has a COVID-19 data dashboard from across the district's divisions and 202 schools. The dashboard gives parents, employees, and members of the public a comprehensive breakdown of the total number of confirmed cases that have occurred on campus since the start of face-to-face learning, along with specific data by school and central office division.

The dashboard will serve as the primary source for data and reporting of positive cases. It reinforces our commitment to transparency without compromising the medical privacy of any individual. Today's dashboard is now live and will automatically update at 11:59 p.m. each night.

Just go to www.ocps.net and click on the COVID-19 Dashboard graphic on the front page.


OCPS has designated five days in which students will receive one hour of instruction from a classroom teacher. The dates are: November 12th, January 21th, February 18th, and March 9th.

Parent/teacher conferences may look different this year, and so we've put together some tips on how to do them virtually using the three platforms your teacher or school may provide.

Here are the links to the parent conference tech tip videos:

OCPS | Parent Tech Tips - Conference using Google Meet

OCPS | Parent Tech Tips - Conference using Microsoft Teams

OCPS | Parent Tech Tips - Conference using Big Blue Button


As you and your family cope with the life changes and anxiety caused by COVID-19, taking time to partake in some activities from this Caring Connections Calendar, which is part of the OCPS social-emotional learning curriculum. Authentic connections and restorative moments of bonding, beauty, and joy provide a buffer that soften the negative effects of stressful situations.


Created by Conscious Discipline® Master Instructor Kim Hughes, the Caring Connections Calendar features activities that strengthen relationships by practicing kindness, being grateful, and spending quality time with those we love. Each activity builds connection while encouraging kind acts, helpfulness and positivity.


Like connection, being kind and helpful to others is a biological imperative that is required for optimal brain development. It also releases feel-good chemicals and hormones, something we could all benefit from right now.


Similarly, focusing on the positive creates more positivity. Practicing gratitude offers significant benefits for our mental and physical health, including enhanced empathy, better sleep, and improved self-esteem. The activities included in the Caring Connections Calendar may seem simple, but the impact they’ll have on you and your family is powerful.

Based on collective feedback from parents, principals, and district leadership, Parent and Family Engagement in collaboration with district offices and the community will offer parent workshops throughout Orange County to equip families with relevant information and strategies that will support their child(ren). The parent workshop opportunities will be aligned to four strands.

Supporting Student Success: Student Achievement

Getting Involved: Leadership and Advocacy

Promoting Well-being: Social Emotional Wellness/Health

Embracing Multiculturalism: Connecting diverse cultures to the school system


For more information about the OCPS Parent Academy, please contact the Parent and Family Engagement office at 407.317.3300.


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By subscribing you will receive weekly communications regarding all that is going on at West Orange.

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To register, text @wohsptso to the number 81010

If anyone has trouble with 81010, they can try texting @wohsptso to (407) 502-5362.

or send an email to: wohsptso@mail.remind.com

Click HERE for information on the Remind App

To view past Remind messages click HERE

West Orange HS Communications

West Orange HS Remind Text Messages

Texts sent from the guidance office, class events, volunteer opportunities and more. . .

Text 81010:

Senior Class Code: @wo2021

Junior Class Code: @wo2022

Sophomore Class Code: @wo2023

Freshman Class Code: @wo2024

West Orange High School Info: @wohsinfo

Dual Enrollment students: Text @wovcde to 81010

Twitter: @WohsPtso



Be sure to Opt In. Connect Messenger allows the school to send text messages to parents and the staff which is convenient for short reminders. In order for the school to be able to send a text message that you can receive each person must opt-in. To opt-in please text ANY of the following: “Y”, “YES”, “OPTIN”, “OPT IN” or “SUBSCRIBE” to 68453.


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Please charge your laptop and allow time for any updates prior to Monday morning. Students who have issues with their laptop, please refer to the Parents-Technology Assistance page on the West Orange website where you can find basic troubleshooting tips and contact information for getting tech support. Click here if you need help. Contact Brent Richards, Technology Support Rep, West Orange High School at Brent.Richards@ocps.net

Click here for directions for accessing Skyward for parents (if you currently do not have access). If you are having difficulties you can contact westorange_hs@ocps.net.

You will see these in classroom windows all around our school and across digital platforms too. Every student deserves a safe learning environment free from bullying and bigotry. YOU are welcomed here!




Click here for directions for accessing Canvas for parents (if you currently do not have access). If you are having difficulties you can contact westorange_hs@ocps.net.

Please support our PIEs

West Orange is being considered for possible rezoning beginning the 2022-2023 school year. OCPS is asking for input on rezoning plans that may affect West Orange HS. High School 113-H-W-4 is a relief school that will impact West Orange and Windermere. A community presentation was made on March 4th. Click here to view and compare the 4 proposed options. Option 2 and 4 affect West Orange and basically take the students who attend SunRidge MS that live near the corner of Avalon and Stoneybrook and send them to WOHS instead of Windermere. Click here to provide your input.

“Hope for Healing Florida is an initiative about helping good people in crisis by leveraging the resources of our state agencies, private partners and our state administration. Click here for resources.

Please share this link for our West Orange HS PTSO newsletter with your friends and neighbors so these parents don't miss out on important information that we will be providing to help with the transition.

http://eepurl.com/c0hSO9

Connect to us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our website too!!

Have a question? Email communications@wohsptso.org



The Meningitis vaccine is not required for high school students, but most colleges require it. It is a very important immunization for college students (and those living in heavily populated, close living quarters). Click here for information from the CDC.

Like our page on Facebook / Check out our website / Follow us on Twitter

WE ARE NOW ON INSTAGRAM!!

There is a lot that goes on at WOHS every day. We post numerous items on the PTSO Facebook page, website and Twitter during the week. These include events, pictures, videos, updated schedule items, sports scores, news, etc. Please like and follow our West Orange High School PTSO Facebook page, check the website for updates and follow us on Twitter. All calendar items can be seen in Facebook events. You can now find us on Instagram!! Please feel free to share any information regarding your class, club, sports team, etc. by emailing communications@wohsptso.org. All of the information in this newsletter is provided by YOU!



If you have any questions on student laptops, please email brenda.obelar@ocps.net.



Please make sure to keep your contact information up to date. If your address, email or telephone number has changed, please make sure to let WOHS know. You may contact them at 407-905-2400.

Please let the PTSO know if your email has changed by emailing communications@wohsptso.org.



OCPS is committed to providing parents with resources to help their student(s) succeed. Click here to check out this parent resource page and information for High School Parents.




Student tech help is available when you are at home by emailing studenthelp@ocps.net.

School safety is everyone's business. Do your kids know how to report a concern? OCPS District Police Chief Holmes explains that there are 3 ways to report tips anonymously: Call 1-800-423-TIPS, go to www.speakouthotline.org or by using the P3 Campus App.

Students can also tell any staff member at their school.

Click here to become one too!