Students are encouraged to try Reading Plus. Just go on to Launch, look for the Reading Plus Icon, and start. The site code is westorange, all lowercase, one word.
The Florida Department of Education approved Rule 6A-1.094121, F.A.C., which requires students in grades 6 -12 receive a minimum of five hours of mental and emotional health instruction each year, beginning in the 2019-20 school year.
To comply with this requirement, OCPS has designated five days in which students will receive one hour of instruction from a classroom teacher. The dates are: October 22nd, November 12th, January 21th, February 18th, and March 9th.
The state mandated curriculum components include: Recognition of signs and symptoms of mental health disorders; Prevention of mental health disorders; Mental health awareness and assistance; How to reduce the stigma around mental health disorders; Awareness of resources, including local school and community resources; The process for accessing treatment; Strategies to develop healthy coping techniques; Strategies to support a peer, friend or family member with a mental health disorder; Prevention of suicide; Prevention of the abuse of and addiction to alcohol, nicotine and drugs. Students will not be graded on this material.
Additional student services personnel (psychologists, social workers and district mental health counselors) will be at the schools to assist students who may need counseling during this time or need follow up attention. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the mandated mental and emotional health curriculum, please contact school administration.
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:
Current students and incoming freshmen will soon be selecting courses for the upcoming school year. WOHS Counselors will be at the middle schools beginning this coming week to talk to students and will begin meeting with current students in early February. West Orange High School has put together a presentation of the available elective courses. Click here to view the presentation. It will be available for students to view on screens in the cafeteria.
Click here to view the graduation requirements (required courses).
As always, guidance counselors are available for meetings with parents on a walk-in basis every Thursday from 8am-11am (subject to change based on student registration).
Click here to obtain the Florida teens read book list. OCPS provides reading lists by grade level, the ability to search for books, apps, interactive literacy websites, e-books, parent resources, and literacy events around town. Students may also access the OCPS’s Summer Reading Challenge via LaunchPad. This challenge encourages students to read and log their minutes electronically. Click here for more information from the OCPS Reads website.
Students who wish to take HOPE through OCVS/FLVS, should register at https://www.flvs.net/ . Follow the prompts by selecting their current grade level. Current 8th grade students should select middle school until the last day of school. They can search for HOPE and sign up. When they reach the point to select school, they should drop down and select “Orange County Virtual School (OCVS).” They will then contact their 8th grade guidance counselor for approval. If they start after the end of this school year, they will need to go into their FLVS account they will list WOHS and their new WOHS counselor will complete the approval. Students should begin this process now. Students should be at least 80% complete with both segments before August 1st or HOPE will appear on your 9th grade schedule.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE COURSE OFFERINGS BELOW
Are you going to be 10th-12th grade next year and interested in why people do what they do, and other aspects of human behavior? If your answer is yes, then sign up for the most popular AP class in America, AP Psychology! In this class, you will learn about yourself and others, all the while, possibly earning college credit.
Are you interested in an academic elective? We offer two Advanced Placement Computer Science courses at West Orange.
West Orange students had a 95% pass rate on the AP Computer Science Principles exam last school year. You can be part of the continuing wave of successful AP CSP students next year. This course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. It introduces six major computer science topics: Creativity, Abstraction, Data and Information, Algorithms, Programming, The Internet, and Global Impact. Computer science is everywhere, from our smartphones and video games to music, medicine, and much more. AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) can help you understand how computing and technology influence the world around you. Learn how to creatively address real-world issues while using the same tools and processes that artists, writers, computer scientists, and engineers use to bring ideas to life. This course is designed for students with no prior computer programming experience. Click here for more information, or stop by Room 522 and get a flyer.
TELEVISION PRODUCTION -
TV 1 is the base building class. Students begin to learn the art of video production and why it takes so many people to make a show or movie.
They will learn the vocab and language needed for television, how to write scripts both VO and dialogue including a shot list. They also learn the basics about the software for non-linear editing. They will learn about lighting, microphones, patterns, camera operation, team work, planning, organization, and much more. They will then put that knowledge to use and shoot and edit a variety of stories (videos).
We dive deeper into knowledge and pick up where we left off in level 1. In level 2, we get more into Chroma-key (green screen effects), move up with camera operation, more studio work and students can enter competitions. Students do more complex projects but they can handle it because they have level 1 under their belt. TV 2 is where it’s at…it’s the turning point! Students also earn industry certification.
Level 3 and 4
At this level, students can earn college credit. Students are very independent with projects, etc…..they are to maintain a C or better to earn the potential college credits. The lessons of the past are done so they can focus on projects and creating their sizzle reels. They learn how to read scopes and multi-cam. These students also run the morning news so there’s more control room and studio work. Students have a good attitude and by the time students get to this level, they really enjoy it.
First Aid and Safety/Care and Prevention is an exciting class that explores injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. With both formal and hands on learning. Students will be exposed to human anatomy of which manual assessments and treatments for musculoskeletal injuries will be conducted. This class although strongly tied to Athletic Training would be an excellent opportunity for any student seeking a career in the health field.
WOHS offers many different AP courses including:
Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics 1, Physics C, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, English Composition, English Literature, Capstone Seminar, Research Seminar, World History, US History, US Government, Human Geography, European History, Comparative Government, Psychology, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Spanish, Spanish Literature, 3D Art (Ceramics), 2D Art, Studio Art (Drawing), Music Theory, AP Art History, and 2 Computer Science classes. Click here for more details.
If you have a love of problem solving, learning, and challenges, and are interested in an advanced STEM class, please consider Project Lead the Way path to Engineering at WOHS!! Project Lead the Way Engineering is an engineering track that exposes students to introductory engineering skills typically obtained in the first years of University study. Introduction to Engineering Design (year 1) introduces students to basic engineering concepts like geometric constraints, drafting, brainstorming, CAD software (with a potential industry certification!), projects and more. The second year course is Principles of Engineering. Students will have the opportunity to learn about robotics, fluid power, machine systems and durability testing! And NEW in 2019-2020 will be Civil Engineering and Architecture for students who have completed the first two foundation courses. Don’t want to be an engineer but thinking of pursuing other STEM related fields? This is the spot for you! Engineering is problem solving and problem solving comes from developing a mindset that anything is solvable with enough time and resources! Feel free to email Mrs. Priscilla Long for more information at Priscilla.Long@ocps.net
Year 1 – Introduction to Engineering Design
Advanced STEM concepts in 3D design
Hands on Projects
Year 2 – Principles of Engineering
The purpose of this course is to enable students to examine, understand, and respond to creative efforts of individuals and societies through interdisciplinary study of the arts and their connections to areas such as history, literature, philosophy, and religion from early civilizations to 1500, including ancient Greece and Rome, the Byzantine empire, and medieval European society.
Some examples of the content are characteristics of the visual and performing arts, influence of history, literature, philosophy, and religion on the arts, analysis of ideas and artistic expression across varied cultures. contributions of major visual and performing artists, mythology, and impact of history and culture on today's societies and cultures
Warrior PRIDE: AP Scholars
Did you know that West Orange HS has 319 AP Scholars? That is an increase from last year's 306. Not only has the average AP Score for AP Scholars has increased from last year, but our Scholars with Distinction has increased by 20 and our National AP Scholars have nearly doubled!
AP Scholars: 183
Scholar with Honors: 42
Scholar with Distinction: 94
National AP Scholar: 17
AP Capstone Diplomas: 14
Congratulations AP Scholars! We are inspired by your Perseverance and Excellence!
Canvas is the new OCPS-adopted Learning Management System and the hub of the digital classroom. Students will visit Canvas to check their calendar for upcoming due dates, access course materials, and submit assignments. Parents can use Canvas to keep up with their student's calendar and assignments using the Canvas Parent App. More information will be provided during the first few weeks of school.
FREE SAT / PSAT Practice
The College Board and Khan Academy — a leader in online education — have teamed up to provide world-class practice tools to all students for free. At satpractice.org, Official SAT Practice on KhanAcademy.org can be accessed from any computer with Internet access. Students will be given 30 minutes per week during the school day to practice with Khan. In addition, OCPS high school media centers will be open for use of this free resource. Please contact your high school for hours of operation.
On Khan Academy, you will find full-length practice tests from the College Board as well as thousands of practice questions written in collaboration with the same developers who are creating the redesigned SAT. In addition to being free and accessible anytime, anywhere, Official SAT Practice on KhanAcademy.org will give your student personalized practice recommendations tailored to their strengths, weaknesses, and progress.
Understanding the New Standards
Click HERE to access an explanation of the new standards, the We Can Do This, Florida! mathematics video series - which shows teachers and students interacting with the new Math standards, and links to a parent newsletter and blog.
Grade-Level and Instructional Resources for Parents
Click below to access Parent Guides to the New Standards, online textbook and curriculum resources as well as instructional videos for you to use at home.
Parents, did you know that as a student at West Orange High School your child has the opportunity to Dual Enroll with Orange Technical College? Orange Technical College is part of Orange County Public school system with 4 campuses serving our students and offering a wide variety of programs. There is no cost and transportation is provided to and from WOHS.
Read about CTE - WOHS Parents (1 page)
OCPS Career and Technical Education