Many of the dates in this newsletter will probably change (especially the sports) and we will update when we have more information. All extracurricular activies are cancelled at this time. Stay tuned to social media for updates.
OCPS is taking the threat of COVID-19 seriously and is following appropriate protocols to protect staff and students.
Click here to view the latest update from OCPS.
Here is some guidance from our school nurse:
Protect yourself and your community from COVID-19. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick.
There has been no indication that wearing a mask will prevent you from getting sick. If you are sick, wearing a mask may protect others but keeping yourself at home would also protect others and is preferred. Masks will not be provided by the school.
Spectrum is providing free internet students for students who don't have it at home. Please get connected now so you are ready for your online learning beginning March 30th.
Grab-and-Go Food locations for free nutritious meals to children 18 and under continue from 10am-1pm. Children can receive food each day, which includes breakfast, lunch and breakfast for the next day. Closest locations are Windermere High School, Ocoee Middle, Maxey Elementary, Wekiva High School and Dr. Phillips High School. Lynx is offering FREE bus service to all children & their parents going to/from Grab-and-Go food locations. Parents must be accompanied by their child to receive free fare. Just inform the driver that you're going to the school for breakfast/lunch. Click here for the complete/updated list of locations.
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
Mrs. Gordon would like you to Opt In. Connect Messenger allows her 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.
We appreciate your patience as we began our first week of distance learning. At this point we hope that everyone is settling into the new normal. Each of your teachers should have assigned work for you in every class. If you have not heard from a teacher at this point, please email them directly. Students, in order for us to communicate with you please check your Canvas account, Remind and student email address daily. Assignments and important information will be sent via those methods.
D and F letters will be arriving to your homes next week. These letters are sent to all students who have failed a course/courses for the third nine weeks. If you receive a letter, there is still time to put forth the effort in the last marking period to earn a passing grade and credit for the course. If you have questions about the content please reach out directly to your teacher for assistance.
Thank you to SGA for hosting a virtual Spirit Week last week. I looked forward to seeing the students dressed for the day each day and was especially fond of Senior Citizens Day. Stay tuned for other virtual events we have planned in the upcoming weeks. I would also like to shout out our teachers who sent in pictures and messages to our students at home. If you haven’t had a chance to see that video please check out the West Orange High School or West Orange PTSO Facebook page to view it.
During this time, if you need anything please feel free to reach the school by emailing: Westorange_hs@ocps.net. Administration is here to support each of you even if it is from a distance.
Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon!
-Mrs. Melissa Gordon, Principal
407-905-2400 ext. 6162410
-Mrs. Melissa Gordon, Principal
West Orange HS is available as an Open Enrollment OCPS school. There are 247 seats available for the upcoming school year. This transfer allows a student to transfer from any school, whether it is an OCPS school or not, to a school that has available capacity. Out of OCPS applications are also available. There is a lottery that will take place after applications close on May 31st. Click herefor more information and share with your non-Warrior friends what it
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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/
Attention West Orange HS student writers! There are only a few days left to enter the Week of the Family Essay Contest. Cash prizes per grade categories. The school with the most submissions may win the Mayor's Trophy.
Click here to submit your entry.
“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.
West Orange High School will participate in Beanstack’s March Madness Challenge through April 4th, sponsored by Penguin Random House. We challenge our students to read during the month and keep track of their reading on the Beanstack site on LaunchPad. West Orange HS will be awarding prizes for top readers in each grade level.
West Orange High School is joining other local high schools to collect eye glasses. The Lions Club just sent over 3000 pairs of readers, prescription, sunglasses (both prescribed and not), soft cases, and frames to the Bahamas, and needs to replace their stock. They are suppliers to Matthew’s Hope, local homeless shelters, and other areas of need. The aim is to collect 2020 from each location, in honor of the Class of 2020.
There will be 2 boxes located on campus, one in the front office, and one in the media center, and we will collect for the rest of the school year. So start LOOKING around your home, and spread the word.
Students should check out your Student Body Canvas Page and respond to the Student Survey under Important Announcements...thank you for participating!
West Orange HS student Rajay Preddie was honored by Mayor Buddy Dyer and the City of Orlando’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission as an MLK “Youth Humanitarian Award” winner Saturday night at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Only 24 high school students in Orange County received this distinction! Rajay had a track meet Saturday morning, state symphonic band MPA competition in the afternoon, and, somehow, managed to get to Walt Disney World just in time. Pictured with Rajay is his very proud mom, Ms. Comel Gilzine.
Congratulations to our very own West Orange High School Language Arts teacher Mrs. Katie Joiner for winning Best Teacher in Winter Garden. She was nominated and voted best teacher on the Winter Garden Rants and Raves Facebook page.
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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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!
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.
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 or stop by the front office.
Please let the PTSO know if your email has changed by emailing email@example.com.
The last day to pre-order your copy of the 2020 West Orange High School yearbook the Sword and Scabbard has passed. Extra yearbooks will be ordered, however the cost rises to $90 and there is no guarantee students will get one as all sales will be first come first serve. Contact yearbook sponsor Kimberly Poor with any questions at Kimberly.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) is consulting parents as stakeholders for state Career Technical Education (CTE) programs as part of the state plan for the federal Perkins Law. They are collecting general information on knowledge and opinions of parents through the 2019 Parent Survey of Public School Students (Grades 6-12). The survey is open now through November and can be accessed by clicking here. To take the survey in Spanish, simply click the survey link, and in the top right corner of the page,click the drop down arrow and click “Español.”
Do you know that WOHS has a Food Pantry to assist West Orange families in need? If a student's basic human needs are not being met, the lessons in the classroom cannot possibly matter. Food, hygiene items, school supplies, and basic clothing essentials are available for students and their families. You can drop off items at the front desk.
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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.