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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 where I oversaw guidance and built the master schedule. While serving as the API at Boone High School I created systems which led to a three percent increase in graduation rate. I also served as the Assistant Principal of Hunter's Creek Elementary School as well as two additional acting principal roles. 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.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Melissa Gordon


Title IX Coordinator: Kristen Iannuzzi


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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.



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.




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