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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.



Parents, this is Principal Gordon. I know the last few weeks have been challenging for all of us. Our students will begin distance learning Monday, March 30, and you can view the district’s plan on the front page of ocps.net.

Your student’s teachers will contact you early next week. If you haven't been contacted by Thursday, please contact the front office. We plan on posting information to the school website, will send via Remind, and post on our social media sites. Students, you will also need to check your student email address on a frequent basis.

Learning times will be flexible to accommodate a variety of situations and will not follow a traditional bell schedule. Parents if you have another student in an OCPS elementary school, they can share the district issued device from our school to participate in distance learning.
In the meantime, if you want educational activities for your child before March 30, please visit the OCPS website.

If you need to come to the school for any reason, please call the front office or send an email to westorange_hs@ocps.net and set up an appointment.

Quarter 3 Report Cards: Parents and Students, in lieu of printed report cards you may view your quarter 3 report card in Skyward beginning March 30th in the “Student Portfolio” link in your account. Please contact the school with any questions or issues.

To our seniors, stay strong, stay positive and stay focused. I know there are a lot of unanswered questions at this time. Grad Bash, Prom and other activities are being discussed. We hope to have an update in the near future and these will be communicated as soon as we know more.

We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we move forward with this new approach to learning. We are resilient and will get through this.
Stay healthy,
-Mrs. Melissa Gordon, Principal

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