FLDOE Testing Order


We have great news to share with you regarding an emergency order issued by the Commissioner of Education this morning regarding state testing implications.

Highlights include but are not limited to:

Grade Retention: Decisions on student grade retention solely for academic reasons must be determined at the local level by the school's principal, after a careful review of the student's academic record, with input from the parents, the student, teachers and school leaders.

Third-Grade Promotion: A student may be promoted to grade four, regardless of the absence of an English Language Arts assessment or an ELA score of Level 2 or higher, if the district is able to determine that a student is performing at least at level 2.

Graduation Requirements: Districts are authorized to waive the required state assessment for graduation, if the district determines on a case-by-case basis that the student’s high school record establishes a comparable level of achievement.

End-of-Course Exams: Districts may determine promotion and final course grades in classes with state end-of-course (EOC) exams, based solely on the student's performance in the course.

Support for Learning: For students that are at risk of being retained, the school district must provide extra support and interventions.

School grades will not be recalculated for this year unless specifically requested due to improvement.

The Orange County School Board and Superintendent sent a letter to the Commissioner last month requesting the results of this year's testing be used to inform instruction and address student regression experienced as a result of the impact of COVID-19 and not for retention/promotion, graduation, evaluation, or accountability purposes.

You can review the Emergency Order HERE.

On Thursday, April 8th, all 9th and 10th grade students will be taking the FSA ELA Writing test. This test is a critical element of the FSA Reading Score, which is a school grade component for both levels and a graduation requirement for 10th grade. Testing will begin promptly at 7:20AM and conclude at 10:15AM. Correspondence has been sent to all students through their student email addresses as to testing locations and specifics. The state requires that we test 95% of our students. All attending students need to bring their OCPS issued laptop and charger.


There will be an adjusted bell schedule this day. 11th and 12th graders will report to 1st period and will remain there until testing is over. Please check the Student Services page on Canvas to view the full adjusted bell schedule for this day and other testing days in the future.

Also and most importantly, please know that safety is our first priority. All students and staff member are required to wear masks at all times while on campus, including in testing rooms and while testing is in progress. All testing rooms will be supplied with hand sanitizer and all social distancing measures will be strictly followed based on district and FDOH guidelines. If you are a LaunchEd student and you have not been on campus for testing this school year, please take your laptop to the parking lot of an OCPS school closest to you and restart your computer using the school’s network. This will ensure that you have the most up-to-date testing software and will eliminate some of the issues you may experience upon coming to campus to test.


Finally, don't forget that we have our Saturday open hours again this Saturday in our Media Center from 9 am to 1 pm.


Have a great weekend!


Important message from our testing coordinator: 9th and 10th LaunchEd students, please start checking your school Gmail at least once a day every day for important information regarding the FSA Reading and Writing exams. This test must be taken on campus, not at home.

Community Update for April 16, 2021

Topics include:

COVID-19 current numbers and vaccine availability

End-of-year activities

Face masks and LaunchED@Home update

FLDOE emergency order on testing

Big Idea ESE Virtual Conference this Saturday

Summer School: acceleration and enrichment

Top Talent event celebrating our #OCPSArts students

Watch now: https://youtu.be/q4JlCpBJ4Rw


The School Board’s Medical Advisory Committee speaks about the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

https://youtu.be/i7BVkRmcBJM

Now, it is your turn to Ask MAC. Please submit your question for the Medical Advisory Committee as it pertains to you or your student and the COVID-19 vaccine. Use this link to access the Ask MAC form.

https://forms.gle/r76Frw8KTWfFmkjb6


Saturday Open Hours take place from 9am to 1pm 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.

April is OCPS School Library Media Month, recognizing the important role that school libraries and school media specialists play in a child’s education. OCPS media centers house more than 3.9 million library media assets, including print, electronic and non-print materials.

Congratulations to West Orange HS students Alexandra and Rebecca!!

Save the Date for the Virtual "Live" Event of Top Talent 2021 on Friday, May 7th at 6pm. Click here to learn more and to see a preview.

Culinary Arts

West Orange High School is excited to have a Culinary Arts Program for the 2021-2022 school year. This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and relevant commercial foodservice knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Hospitality & Tourism career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific hands-on technical skills. The content includes occupation-specific hands-on technical training and employability skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be prepared for the following entry-level positions such as: steward, prep cook, pantry cook, fry cook, banquet cook, retail and cafeteria line cook.

Culinary Arts Program

INTRODUCTION TO FOOD PREP 1-2

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and relevant commercial foodservice knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Hospitality & Tourism career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific hands-on technical skills.

COOKING METHODS AND TECHNIQUES 1-2

The content includes occupation-specific hands-on technical training and employability skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be prepared for the following entry-level positions such as: steward, prep cook, pantry cook, fry cook, banquet cook, retail and cafeteria line cook.

Click here for details on the electives offered in the

2021-2022 school year.

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.



The OCPS McKinney-Vento Program (MVP) provides support to families currently in housing transition due to financial hardship. Housing transition includes those lacking a fixed, adequate, or regular housing situation. Depending on the situation, this can include families living in shared housing, garage or studio apartments, hotels, shelters, and/or cars. If your family or a family you know is currently living in housing that fits this description, we ask the family complete the OCPS digital Student Residency Questionnaire or SRQ. Once completed an OCPS McKinney-Vento Program staff member will review the information. If the family qualifies, a staff member will reach out to explain rights and supports provided by the McKinney-Vento Act.


To complete the SRQ, families can visit the OCPS McKinney-Vento Program website at https://homeless.ocps.net and click on the link labeled Digital SRQ or they can link directly to the SRQ by going HERE. For additional questions, families can call 407-317-3485.

19/20 yearbooks are on sale for $50 with a limited number left. Also, we only have 100 20/21 yearbooks left for sale and the price will go up to $100 when they arrive. Click HERE to order!

West Orange HS currently has 50 open seats for in-coming transfers for the upcoming school year. Please share this information with anyone interested in joining us at West Orange HS. The window closes May 31st.

For more info, click here.

Teacher Appreciation Week

West Orange community, Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3rd-7th. Please help us celebrate our teachers and staff by donating gift cards. Please drop gift cards off to the front office in the amount of $10 or higher to the place of your choice.


The WOHS PTSO is also in need of donations of mini chips and pretzel bags (any variety) for Teacher Appreciation Week. If you can donate, please drop off at the WOHS front desk labeled PTSO. Any size or brand is fine.


The PTSO has some great things planned for Teacher Appreciation week.

Sign up HERE to help!


In order to accommodate testing and our inventory, students working from home will need to update their laptops' software. To do this you will need to connect to OCPS WIFI by going on campus at any Orange County School and restarting the laptop. You will not need to enter the school as this can be completed in the parking lot or sidewalk. Once restarted, screen will show updates being installed and it may take a few minutes. This is not an immediate need but will be beneficial once the testing season has begun.

The OCPS Annual Stakeholder Survey is in progress. We can’t wait to hear from our community! All families can share their opinions at http://bit.ly/ocpsfamily. Let your voice be heard.


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".

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.


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.


Online: Click "Register Now" located next to each event. Or participants can contact the Parent Academy office to be registered online by staff members at (407) 317-3300.

Sign up to receive our weekly PTSO newsletter HERE .

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

#GreatStoriesBeginHere


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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.

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!