Message from the Attendance Office
If your student needs to leave during the school day for an appointment, please send a note in with your student to turn in to the Attendance Office upon arrival to school. This will allow your student to sign out at the specified time and the parent does not need to come in to the building. If students have a note from a parent they can be released in a more timely manner and the Attendance Office can run more efficiently. Thank you for your cooperation.
BIPOC Theatre Production – Tonight and Tomorrow @ 7pm
Orangelight Productions Theatre proudly presents Out Loud Theatre Collective, a theatre company designed to feature the voices of BIPOC students on the OOHS stage. Their first production, "Trilogy," directed by writer Alexis Wilson, is an original play featuring 6 OOHS BIPOC students sharing their truths in a powerful multimedia production, and it performs this Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20, at 7pm in the OOHS Theatre. Tickets are only $5, and can be purchased online. Seating is limited for Covid safety, so get your seats NOW! Support BIPOC voices by attending this exciting new show.
ACT for Juniors – Feb. 24th
In order for students to receive their ACT scores and have their scores sent to colleges and universities, students will need to complete the ACT Non-Test Information. Students will be given a Non-Test Instruction sheet with a unique ID on the day of the test. Students will have TWO DAYS to complete these questions in order to receive their scores and have their scores sent to colleges and universities. Please plan accordingly to make sure this is done. Here is the step-by-step guide on how to complete the Non-Test Information. Students can also access their OOHS Class of 2022 Schoology Course for a link to this PowerPoint found in the updates section.
For the graduating class of 2021, Pop Arts will award $500.00 one-time scholarships to a select few performing arts students from Olentangy Orange High School (OOHS) who will continue their educational pursuits in college. These awards may be used toward the student’s first year college expenses. As the awarded student(s) prepare to attend college, they will provide Pop Arts with a receipt or other proof of payment for expenses of up to $500.00 that are directly tied to their first year of college and they will be reimbursed for those expenses by Pop Arts in the form of a check. Applications are due by March 5th.
The deadline for the OOAB Scholarship application has been extended to Tuesday, February 23 at 2:35pm due to recent snow days.
Mental Health Newsletter
The Mental Health Newsletter gives mental health and wellness updates, tips, and education for parents and caregivers provided by OLSD mental health professionals. In this week’s newsletter learn about managing your expectations and warning signs of eating disorders.
DECA Coat Drive
Thank you to all Orange students, families and community members who donated to the Orange DECA coat drive. We were able to collect a total of 52 coats (7 men's coats, 31 women's coats, and 14 kid's coats). Those coats were all donated to the VanBuren Center in Columbus where they will be distributed to those in need.
Senior Ads for Yearbook Deadline
The deadline (Thursday, March 4) is quickly approaching to buy a senior yearbook ad in the 2021 yearbook. Please submit a baby photo, senior photo and a heartfelt message that commemorate your senior's time in school. These ads are different that senior memory book that the athletic department sold last fall. All senior ads will be purchased online. You will go to yearbookforever.com and then search for the high school to buy them. You can purchase the senior ad, upload the necessary message/photos and purchase your senior's yearbook all in the same transaction. This form provides instructions. We will honor ads on a first come, first serve basis until space is filled. The deadline for submission is Thursday, March 4. You have about two more weeks to purchase yours. Contact Kari Phillips with questions.
Graduation Yard Banner
Please support the Girls Volleyball Team by purchasing a Senior Graduation Yard Banner. Ordering is easy! Visit www.gradbanners.com and click on the OOHS logo to get started. There are 3 different designs to choose from for your grad's special day! We are taking orders now through May 3rd. Pick up dates are on April 30th and May 6th at Signmaster 758 Radio Drive, Lewis Center. Please contact Kelly Cugino email@example.com or call Signmaster at 614-777-0670 if you have any questions. Here is a flyer with more information and samples.
There is no school on Friday, February 12 or Monday, February 15. Friday is a Professional Development Day for teachers and Monday is President’s Day. Enjoy your long weekend!
BIPOC Theatre Production
OOHS Orangelight Productions proudly introduces the first OLSD BIPOC Theatre group and their first annual production. Out Loud Theatre Collective presents Trilogy, a student devised production bringing the voices of BIPOC students to the OOHS stage. Performances are Friday and Saturday February 19 and 20 at 7pm and tickets are only $5 each. Limited seating is available so get your tickets early at https://oohsoh.booktix.com/. Trilogy will be streamed February 27 - March 7 and that link will be posted soon. Don't miss this exciting addition to the theatre program.
As part of our introduction to the Portrait of a Learner initiative, Parent Academy will be hosting several learning opportunities for our parents. Each month (February-May) Parent Academy will be exploring one of the four Portrait of a Learner dispositions. Our first presentation in the series (February 17th) will explore "Purpose".
ONE Community Conference Event #3: African American Read-In and Book Talk
In conjunction with the National Council of Teachers of English, we come together as ONE Community this month for the 2021 National African American Read-In. This initiative was established by NCTE in 1990 as a way to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. Get started by reading Ghost by Jason Reynolds and viewing the Secondary Discussion Guide. Then join us for a Book Talk on Monday, February 22, 2021 from 7-8 p.m. with Matthew Carter, the inspiration behind the story. RSVP for Conference Event #3 here.
ACT FOR JUNIORS – Feb. 24
If your student is taking the state-funded ACT on Wednesday, February 24th, please see instructions on creating an ACT Web Account. Students can create their ACT web account before test day but will also be given the opportunity to create their ACT web account when they report to school on February 24th. If you or your student has, or creates an account before February 24th, it’s imperative that the student bring their username and password with them on test day. Please Note: After students complete the ACT on February 24th, they will need to complete the ACT Non-Test Information. Students will have 2 DAYS after the test to complete this information. Instructions on completing the Non-Test information will be sent out on Friday, February 19th via Schoology and through the Pioneer Press. Students will be given a unique ID on test day that will be used to complete this Non-Test Information.
Orangelight Productions Spring Musical
What do composers Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell), James Taylor, and Lin Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) have in common? WORKING, A Musical! Auditions and tech sign-ups are now posted on Schoology for this poignant and funny production about workers in the United States. Based on real interviews, Working has roles for 6-25 actors and/or singers, each embodying a different profession. Auditions are Tuesday, 2/16 and audition materials are posted on Schoology. Preparation is important, so do not hesitate to contact Ms. Swain-Abrams if you have questions.
On Monday, February15th,the Ozone Robotics Club will be hosting a fundraiser at the Chipotle on Polaris Parkway from 4pm to 8pm. If you show them this flyer or mention OZone Robotics at checkout, 33% of the proceeds will go to the Club. Additionally, people can support us by typing the code GCK9LPQ in the promo field when making an online order during the same time window.
Juniors - Class Tshirts
The Junior Class Cabinet has designed class of 2022 spirit shirts hoping to fundraise for events this year and next. We hope ALL Juniors will show their class spirit with this new class of 2022 shirt! The online store is now OPEN. Get your order in by 2/14! Shirts will be delivered to school (or also can be shipped home).
Want to share your love for a culture? Want to leave an impact on the OOHS students? This year for the multicultural fair students who sign up will work separately or with OOHS broadcast kids in order to create a video about a culture that will be shared with all the students during a home base. These videos are due and need to be sent to a broadcast member, who will get in touch with you, by February 19th. Multicultural Fair sign up
February 16 & 17: Wear Red for Valentine’s Day
February 18 & 19: Crazy/Fun Mask Day
February 22 & 23: PJ DAY
Favorite 25 & 26: Orange Out!
Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences
It is not too late to sign up for virtual parent/teacher conferences. The next conference date is Thursday, February 11. To begin scheduling click on the following LINK.
Senior Video – deadline approaching
As part of the Orange HS senior tradition, the members of the senior class cabinet create a Senior Video to honor all the memories made together along the way. This video will be shown at the “Senior Farewell” celebration during the seniors’ last week of school. Our goal is to include every member of the senior class in the video. Please read the attached letter with instructions on how to submit photos. The due date is February 16, 2021.
The February issue of the Frontier is here. This month's issue features stories about the student-directed one act plays, the Black History Month assembly, and Valentine's Day. The Web Journalism students build the newsletter from scratch each month. If you have any questions, forward them to Kari Phillips.
Mental Health Newsletter
The Mental Health Newsletter gives mental health and wellness updates, tips, and education for parents and caregivers provided by OLSD mental health professionals. In this week’s newsletter learn about dealing with discomfort and tips on how to talk to your teens about racism.
The class of 2023 is sponsoring a fundraiser at the Chipotle on Polaris Pkwy on Tuesday, February 9th from 5-9pm to raise money for school sponsored events, like Prom and Homecoming. Make sure to tell them you are there for Orange High School or show them this flyer when you check out. Here are the instructions to order online. This fundraiser benefits all students at OOHS not just the class of 2023. Thanks in advance for your support!
Want to share your love for a culture? Want to leave an impact on the OOHS students? This year for the multicultural fair students who sign up will work separately or with OOHS broadcast kids in order to create a video about a culture that will be shared with all the students during a home base. These videos are due and need to be sent to a broadcast member, who will get in touch with you, by February 19th. Multicultural Fair sign up - https://forms.gle/onBJaw1EBetzeUmLA
February 16 & 17: Wear Red for Valentine’s Day
February 18 & 19: Crazy/Fun Mask Day
February 22 & 23: PJ DAY
Favorite 25 & 26: Orange Out!
The January issue of the Courier had an unfortunate printing error, and the story on page 14 was covered up by a large graphic. We have replaced the incorrect copies with corrected ones. If you want to swap your copy for a corrected one, stop by room 2213 with old copy and switch it for you.
Seniors - It is now time to vote for senior superlatives! The form is available at the office, on twitter and the senior Schoology page. The window for voting will stay open until midnight on Tuesday, Feb. 16 for you to complete the ballot on your own. See Mrs. Phillips in 2213 if you have questions. Each ballot requires you to be signed into myolsd to vote and make only one submission. Here are the instructions for voting and here is the voting form.
The Sophomore Class Cabinet is looking forward to the Snow Trails Event coming up next week. Unfortunately, we have only sold 25 tickets for the event on Tuesday 2/2, as a result we have made the difficult decision to only hold the Snow Trails Event on Monday 2/1. If you already purchased your ticket, please check your email for more details about how to attend on Monday 2/1 or get a refund. Here is the link for purchasing a ticket and the forms needed to participate. Tickets are only $15.
Senior Parents - Celebrate your senior year by purchasing a senior ad in the 2021 yearbook. You and/or your parents can submit a baby photo, senior photo and a heartfelt message that commemorates your time in school. The senior ad order form and size sheet are available on the school's website, will be linked to the yearbook twitter, were passed out in senior English classes and will be posted to the Pioneer Press. All senior ads will be purchased online at yearbookforever.com. The deadline for submission is Thursday, March 4. Contact Mrs. Phillips with questions.
One Community Conference
Join us for the second event in our six-part ONE Community Conference: Healing Through ONE Community event series this Saturday, January 30, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. REGISTER HERE. Drawing on her acclaimed book, “Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators,” best-selling author Elena Aguilar will teach participants to use five power strategies for cultivating the resilience needed to build equitable schools. Following her virtual keynote, guest poet Barbara Fant will lead participants in a writing workshop that encourages art as a form of healing. We hope you’ll join us for this dynamic virtual speaking engagement!
Valentine Gift Bag
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and the POP Arts Boosters (Patrons of Orange Performing Arts) are offering a Valentine's Day Gift Bag fundraiser. Order your goodie bag at https://bit.ly/2YanLd5 for $10 each. Pick up is at Pioneer Field concession stand on Friday, 2/12 from 6-8pm and Saturday, 2/13 from 12-2pm.
Ohio Seal of Biliteracy Class of 2021
2nd Notification: Olentangy Local Schools is offering a second opportunity for all senior students to take this assessment on our state-funded ACT testing day of February 24, 2021. Testing will be at OHS from 7:30 am-11:30 am. Parents can sign their students up for this additional testing opportunity January 4-29, 2021 via PowerSchool (under Registration and Forms). Students, who have already taken this assessment, will only need to retest in the domains where they did not achieve a score of I-5 or A-1. The assessment is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Thai. The cost for the assessment is $20.00.
Free ACT for Juniors
2nd Notification: Olentangy Orange will be offering an in-person ACT that will be administered online to the class of 2022 (current juniors) on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021. Please plan ahead as this is the only opportunity Orange will offer for the state-funded administration of the ACT. This will be a virtual day for all other students. Information to prepare for the online ACT can be found here. All juniors will register for the ACT at school the day of the test.
CDL Students – Yearbook Candids
The yearbook staff wants to include candid photos of students participating in the district's committed distance learning program in the 2021 yearbook. However, we need your help collecting photos. Please consider sending your photos of your son or daughter engaged in online learning to our yearbook email (firstname.lastname@example.org). These photos should be action shots, not posed. Please send the photos as actual email attachments and identify your child's name, their grade and a little description of what they're working on.
Freshman Shirt – Last Chance!
Class of 2024: Due to the high demand of class tees, we will offer one last opportunity to purchase one. Here is the LINK to place your order. If you have any questions, email Mrs. Sensibaugh. The last chance to order is February 7.
Junior Class Shirt
The Junior Class Cabinet has designed Class of 2022 Spirit Shirts hoping to fundraise for events this year and next. We hope ALL Juniors will show their class spirit with this new class of 2022 shirt! The online store is now OPEN. Get your order in by 2/14! Shirts will be delivered to school (or also can be shipped home). Here it the link to place an order.
Here is information regarding Summer School. Registration begins March 1.
An informational virtual meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd for anyone whose son is interested in playing boys volleyball for Orange High School and the combined Orange/Berkshire Middle School teams. That day, we will also be having an open gym at Orange High School for all boys who are interested in meeting the coaches. The meeting for parents and open gym will begin at 7pm. If you have any questions regarding the meeting or open gym, please feel free to reach out to the Coach Karlie Foy - email@example.com or Coach Justin Tuttle - firstname.lastname@example.org.
On February 3rd click here to join the meeting. Choose the second option – Continue on this browser. Tryouts will be Monday, March 8th.
Report cards for the 2nd Quarter and 1st semester have been uploaded to the parent portal of PowerSchool.
Scheduling for 2021-2022
The scheduling process has begun for the 2021-2022 school year. Students received instructions from the guidance department during Homebase this week. For more information about scheduling including the link to the scheduling video, click here. In addition, here are additional scheduling resources and the link to the Student Services Scheduling page on the OOHS website which can be found under student services.
Scheduling for CDL Students
CDL Students will meet with a high school counselor in the library of OOHS on the following dates/times:
Wednesday, January 27th - Rising Sophomores - 12pm - 2pm
Wednesday, February 3rd - Rising Juniors - 12pm - 2pm
Wednesday, February 10 - Rising Seniors - 12pm - 2pm
Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences
Parent/Teacher conferences will be held virtually on Wednesday, February 3rd and Thursday, February 11th. To begin scheduling click on the following LINK.
Black History Month – African American Read-In
During the month of February, the Equity & Inclusion Team is hosting an “African American Read In'' for the entire district. In order to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month, the goal of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) initiative is to have students read books by Black authors that elevate Black experiences. This year, we have chosen the book “Ghost” by Jason Reynolds for our middle school and high school read. The main read-in event will take place on February 22 from 7:00-8:00 PM, when we host Matthew Carter (inspiration behind Ghost) for a virtual book talk. Students and their families are invited to attend. To access the introductory video, reading/discussion calendar and to register for the main event click here.
Seniors and their families can now refer to a Class of 2021 icon on the OOHS home page under Orange High School News and Events. All announcements pertaining to the Class of 2021 will be posted there.
Mental Health Newsletter
Attached is this week’s Mental Health Newsletter. The newsletter gives mental health and wellness updates, tips, and education for parents and caregivers provided by OLSD mental health professionals. In this week’s newsletter, the OLSD mental health professionals introduce a NEW Bitmoji Health and Wellness Room for teens. Explore
Isolation vs. Quarantine
Here is information from the Delaware General Health District explaining the difference between isolation and quarantine.
There is no school on Friday, January 15, because it is a teacher work day or Monday, January, 18 due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Enjoy the extended long weekend!
MLK Day of Service
The first event in our six-part ONE Community Conference series is the MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 18, 2021. Staff, students and community members have the opportunity to take part in one of five different service projects. Each project can be completed within your own home and dropped off to the Olentangy Administrative Offices at 7840 Graphics Way, Lewis Center on January 18 from 12:00pm -2:00pm. For more information about the MLK Day of Serviced and the six-part ONE Community Conference click here.
Extended Homebase Schedule
Tuesday, January 19 and Wednesday, January 20 we will be on an extended Homebase Schedule so that students can receive instructions on scheduling for the next school year. Students will remain in their second period classroom, to maintain social distancing and view a video, created by the guidance counselors, on scheduling. Students who have double late arrival do not need to arrive until the start of 3rd period at 9:29am. These students will be able to view the video on Schoology and it will be posted on the school website.
Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences
Parent/Teacher conferences will be held virtually on Wednesday, February 3rd and Thursday, February 11th. The sign up will go LIVE to parents on Friday, January 22nd in the Pioneer Press.
Girls Golf Camp
The Olentangy Orange Girl's Golf team is hosting a Golf Camp for all interested GIRLS that will be entering grades 2-8 next school year (2021-2022). The camp will run from 5:00 - 6:30 at Scioto Reserve Country Club on April 20, 27, May 4 and May 11. For more information and to register click here.
Marketing Classes at OOHS
Every career involves some aspect of business. This is why Orange students need a good foundation of business knowledge no matter what career path they choose. Sophomore and junior students may now sign up to join DECA and next year's marketing classes. If you have questions, send Mrs. Shanahan a message. Follow this link to access the application.
Class Cabinet is hosting glow tubing at Snow Trails on Monday, 2/1 and Tuesday, 2/2 from 6-9 p.m. It will serve as a replacement for homecoming for Orange HS students only. Snow Trails is a tubing park in Mansfield, OH and we will have the entire tubing area rented out for OOHS students. There are only 225 tickets available per night, and they are first come first serve, so act fast! Tickets will be $15 and sold on Eventbrite and during select lunch periods the week before the event. The school will provide transportation to Snow Trails or a parent can take you with a signed waiver (linked below). You will also need to bring a signed snow trails waiver to the bus or to Snow Trails if you are riding with a parent. Masks will be required, and please dress appropriately - coats, pants, hats, and gloves. The snack bar will be open so bring money if you would like to buy something, and there are also lockers you can pay for using quarters. Please see Mrs. Cornett or any Sophomore Class Cabinet member if you have questions
Scholarships for Seniors
Seniors should check the Scholarship List in Naviance for local scholarships that are available to Orange Students. There are many new scholarship opportunities that have recently become available and will continue to be added.
Auditions for 2021-22 OOHS Above the Noise (acapella) and Jazz/Dance Choir will be the week before spring break, March 22-25, and will be VIRTUAL. Follow OrangeChoirs on Twitter for updates!
Summer School information has been released. See the attached flyer for more information. Registration will begin March 1.
Theatre Course Offerings
NEW Theatre Courses for 21-22. There is something for everyone. Social Justice Theatre, Modern Musical Theatre, and Performance Ensemble, just to name a few. Contact Ms. Swain-Abrams with any questions.