West Orange Families,
First of all I wanted to say thank you to all of those that joined us for Warrior Welcome on Friday! What a great event and it was incredible seeing our Warriors on campus safely interacting with each other. A special thanks goes to our leadership team, our teachers and staff, and our PTSO for making the event a huge success!
We definitely need to get better at communicating with our Warrior parents and families and we will strive to do that from here on out. We will be constantly updating our West Orange website with resources and information including a FAQ page to answer any questions you may have. You can also find contact information for teachers and staff, the bell schedule, and much more pertinent information.
Beginning Monday morning at 7:20 am students will go to launch.ocps.net, login to Canvas, and click on their first period class. They can then follow their period by period schedule throughout the day. Teachers can also assist them with any questions they may have. Also, here is short video showing students the steps they will take. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97jXqQGS2Gk.
Amidst the chaos that is 2020 we are all still extremely optimistic about the coming year and we will refuse to make it anything less than amazing for our kids. As always, feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. Inspire. Empower. Unite.
West Orange High School
OCPS has decided to provide virtual learning to all students starting Monday, August 10th through Thursday, August 20th. Distance Learning Days will be nine days when all students registered for face-to-face or LaunchEd@Home will be on the LaunchEd platform from home. These will be instructional days that include many of the typical exercises at the beginning of a school year and standard instructional time.
The nine days will provide opportunities for all staff and students to become comfortable with the LaunchEd platform, as it will be our default should we need to pivot from face-to-face during the pandemic. Teachers can also establish communications with parents and students as we work out any problems and answer questions.
The original approved school calendar is in place, with students starting virtually on August 10th. Teacher pre-planning will begin July 31st as previously scheduled. This adjustment does not require the shifting of planning days or adding instructional minutes to the day as some districts have creatively agreed upon. August 21st will still be the first day that students in the face-to-face model report to their campus, having already completed the nine days virtually. OCVS students will start school on August 10th but are otherwise not impacted. There will be no delay or adjustments to employee compensation, since the payroll calendars will be unaltered.
Schools will be communicating with families in need of devices and hotspots. Additional information will be provided to teachers regarding pre-planning training and activities. Plans remain fluid so your understanding is appreciated.
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. The administrators will be working on it next week (while teachers are teaching) and it should be available by Monday, August 17th.
Warriors. . .check your schedule in Skyward!
Remember, schools starts for everyone on Monday! All students will start the year "virtually" (LaunchEd@Home) no matter what you picked! You will be following the normal bell schedule, at-home, on your computer! Look for messages from your teacher via Canvas!
All students new to West Orange High School (incoming freshman and new students) will need to have a West Orange High School student ID made. If you were unable to attend Warrior Welcome, one can be made once school resumes in person.
All students that have not received their OCPS laptop may stop in to the Media Center starting on Monday, August 10th during normal school hours.
Beginning Monday, August 10th, OCPS Food and Nutrition Services will provide meals for LaunchEd@Home students with a Curbside Meals Program at all 202 schools. The entire week of meals can be picked up every Monday starting 30 minutes after dismissal for an hour and a half. (Schedule is subject to change based on participation) Student ID# is required & will use current meal benefit status (free, reduced or paid). Click here for complete details.
School bus transportation information for Face to Face students starting Friday, August 21st should be available starting on August 12th on the OCPS website under "Find A Bus".
West Orange spirit wear t-shirts are now available for $15 each in adult small to 3XL. Anyone interested in purchasing can email email@example.com to make arrangements for purchase and pickup. Order quickly as quantities are limited. The dark gray shirt is dri-fit only. The blue WOHS shirt is available in cotton or dri-fit. The black, the orange and the 2024 shirts are cotton. Spirit wear also has lanyards and car magnets available. Lanyards are $5 and car magnets are $3. T-shirts are $15. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for ordering details.
2020 Yearbooks are ready for pick-up! Pick-up. Drop by WOHS anytime between 8am-3pm. Bring your receipt or ID. They will have a list of who has paid at the West Orange HS Front Office
For latest information by text message from your PTSO -
To register, text @wohsptso to the number 81010
If anyone has trouble with 81010, they can try texting @wohsptso to (407) 502-5362.
West Orange HS Remind Text Messages
Texts sent from the guidance office, class events, volunteer opportunities and more. . .
Senior Class Code: @wo2020
Junior Class Code: @wo2021
Sophomore Class Code: @wo2022
Freshman Class Code: @wo2023
West Orange High School Info: @wohsinfo
Dual Enrollment students: Text @wovcde to 81010
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.
Seniors can purchase parking spots for $50 on Monday, August 3rd and Tuesday, August 4th via credit Card at 7am via live link or cash from noon to 3pm at the front office. You can view the presentation now but can’t pay or pick a spot until Monday. The payment portion takes you to school pay and asks for their student name and number. Juniors can purchase parking spots for $50 on Wednesday, August 5th and Thursday, August 6th via credit Card at 7am via live link or cash from noon to 3pm at the front office
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
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.
It is 2020 Census time. You will begin receiving census information in the mail, online or by phone. Do it now to avoid repeated attempts to contact. The census is the foundation for measuring the nation's population and includes all persons living in U.S., including citizens and non-citizens. An accurate and complete population count is vital as population numbers are used for determining the allocation of millions of dollars of federal and state funding for education. Use the pre-loaded icon on their LaunchPad homepage. All responses to the census questions are confidential. It is safe, it is easy and it is our civic duty to be counted. Please take part in
the 2020 census. https://2020census.gov/
“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.
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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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All of the information in this newsletter is provided by YOU!
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 email@example.com.
2020 Yearbooks are ready for pick-up! Pick-up is for Prepaid order only (for now). Drop by WOHS anytime between 8am-3pm. Bring your receipt or ID. They will have a list of who has paid at the West Orange HS Front Office
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.