Principal's Message

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Principal: Melissa Gordon

It is an honor to introduce myself as the acting principal of West Orange High School.  I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than sixteen years; all with Orange County Public Schools.  I have worked with a variety of grades ranging from K-12th grade.  Most recently I worked as the Senior Administrator for the High School Office and was instrumental in increasing all of the high schools' graduation and career readiness rates.  I have served as an Assistant Principal of Instruction at Boone High School and as the Assistant Principal of Hunter's Creek Elementary School.  I grew up in State College Pennsylvania and attended Shippensburg University for my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.  I am also a two time University of Central Florida graduate with a Master's Degree in TESOL and a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership.  

To the West Orange students, I have already enjoyed meeting some of you and look forward to meeting many more in the near future.  I can assure you that I share in this school community’s commitment to caring for your children each and every day while providing them a world-class learning environment.  

Mrs. Melissa Gordon

Vision: Graduate all students with the skills to be life-long learners.

Mission: Personalize education for individual student success.

Title IX Coordinator: Kristen Iannuzzi


School Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:  7:20 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:20 a.m.- 1:10 p.m
Office Hours:  7:20 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Theatre will be selling SINGING TELEGRAMS to be delivered and performed in class on Valentine’s Day. That’s right choose a song and it will be sung to your friend, crush, or significant other. We will sell SINGING TELEGRAMS during lunches every day next week and before and after school in room 836. Need a sweeter gift for your Valentine? We will also sell Candy GRAMS.

The Theatre Department will have a very special Drama Club meeting after school on Tuesday, February 11. If you want to hear the title of the spring musical you should attend. The meeting starts at 2:45 and will be over by 3:30. Everyone is welcome and you don’t need to have any experience to participate!

Guidance department completed the rising 9th grade course registrations last week. Rising 12th grade registration meetings will take place during Social Studies classes between February 11th and February 13th. As a result of these meetings, there will not be guidance walk-ins on Thursday February 13th. If you need to contact your counselor, please email them. Thank you for your patience during this busy time.

Progress Reports for Quarter 3 will be brought home on Wednesday February 12th. Please review grades with your child and as a reminder tutoring is available for all students Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.

Students currently in 10th or 11th grade that have a 2.0 GPA and are interested in dual enrolling with Orange Technical College please see Mrs. Armbruster, Career Specialist in room 839 for the field trip form. Her classroom is located next to the Auditorium stairs in the courtyard.

Students have you logged onto Khan Academy for Official SAT Practice recently? This is a great opportunity for all students and especially Juniors to be prepared for SAT school day which will be happening in March.


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