Bee in the Know

Week of April 24, 2022

It is hard to believe that we have arrived at the Fourth Marking Period. Students should work hard to finish the year strong as we reach the end of the year. To improve your learning and performance in class, take advantage of the resources available at OPHS, such as staying after school with teachers, online tutoring sessions, and so on. Please contact your student's teacher if you have any questions about their grade. We would like to remind our families, as always, how important daily attendance is for students. Students who arrive on time to school every day set themselves up for success not only in the current school year, but throughout their educational journey. "Work Hard, Be Kind," students, as we finish up the rest of the school year. We hope everyone has a great week!

Freshman and New Student Open House for Rising 9th Graders

As we look towards the upcoming school year, we have set up an Open House format to help familiarize incoming families with Osbourn Park, gather information about programs, and prepare your student for the transition to high school. We are so excited to meet you!

Please join us on Wednesday, April 27th, from 6 to 7:30 pm for our Freshman and New Student Open House.

Senior Graduation Information

On May 5th, Jostens will be handing out caps, gowns, and announcements to all students who pre-ordered them. They will be set up outside of the first-floor cafeteria during all lunch shifts that day. We will also be handing out senior yard signs to ALL seniors!

Seniors are required to attend two mandatory graduation practices, here at the school, at 8 am, on June 9 and 10 am. Students must attend both practices to participate in the ceremony. Students can ride the bus to school in the morning but will need to arrange rides home at approximately 10 am on these two days.

Please continue to check the Graduation website frequently for updates as we get closer to graduation on June 11, 2:30 pm, at EagleBank Arena.

Senior Biotech & Engineering Hours Due by May 1

Senior Biotech & Engineering students, please ensure that all of your service hours are completed and submitted on the Biotech & Engineering hours form no later than May 1. Students must have them by this date so we can verify hours and get sashes ordered. Sashes will be $10, and students can pay and pick up their sashes at either graduation practice. A listing of seniors who have completed all 100 hours and finished the coursework requirements will be posted by May 15.

Jacket Advisory Council (JAC)

What is it?

The Jacket Advisory Council (JAC) seeks to establish a strong relationship between students and administration. The JAC, comprised of students in grades 9-12, works from a student's perspective to communicate and facilitate action towards solving school issues such as discipline, student expectations, and building improvements. Members of the Jacket Advisory Council represent the student body's voice to the principal. These members are also student ambassadors for the school.

What is involved?

The Council meets with the principal to provide input on school issues. Students also participate in school-wide events held throughout the year.

Who can apply?

JAC will be comprised of thirteen students to reflect the diversity and needs of all student groups. Some of the delegates will be in current leadership roles, and others will apply.

For the 2022-23 school year, the JAC delegates will be comprised of (subject to change):

  • Senior Class President
  • Junior Class President
  • Sophomore Class President
  • Freshman Class President
  • National Honor Society President
  • Key Club President
  • International Heritage Society President
  • Biotechnology President
  • Five additional underclassmen will be selected through an application process. Students will complete an application and submit to the principal by May 15 to be considered. The Council celebrates student diversity, and all students who have not previously been on the Council are welcome and encouraged to apply. If more than five applicants apply, the five delegates will be selected via lottery.

Expectations

Students are expected to attend all meetings, contribute to discussions, maintain confidentiality of issues discussed, maintain a positive demeanor during meetings, and model behavior that follows the Code of Behavior and the attributes of a Yellow Jacket. Not abiding by these expectations will result in removal from the JAC. Commitment to the JAC is one year.

Applications

Please see Ms. Marie Emery in the main office to pick up an application.

News from College and Career Center

Decision Day

We will celebrate ALL Osbourn Park High School Seniors with a lunch party on Friday, April 29th. Seniors may ONLY attend during YOUR 20-minute lunch block in the Drivers Ed lot.

  • There will be activities and treats during your lunch period.
  • Seniors are encouraged to wear their decision gear (i.e., college, job, military, apparel, etc.)
  • Each Senior will be filling out a gold hexagon for a "hive" display during this time with your name and what your plan is next year (i.e., school attending, job working at, military branch enlisting).

Senior Awards Ceremony

We will have a Senior Awards Ceremony on June 2nd at 6pm in the Lilian Orlich Auditorium.

  • We will recognize seniors who have earned scholarships, military appointments, national, state, and regional awards.
  • If you are being acknowledged for an award or scholarship, you will receive an invitation to attend this event.

Scholarships

We are asking all students who have been offered a scholarship - whether they are accepting it or not - to fill out the Scholarship Survey. You will be able to indicate whether or not you'd like to be recognized for the scholarship in our Senior Awards Ceremony.

Post-High School Plans

At the end of May, counselors will be going into Government classes to discuss the PWCS Senior Survey 2022. In this survey, you will indicate your final post-high school plan. This is how we will know which college or location to send your final transcript to. If you would like to fill out the survey now on your own time, you may do so by following the directions below. This survey can ONLY be filled out ONCE and cannot be altered unless you notify Mrs. Jaeger. For students who are not in government, are absent, or virtual, Mrs. Jaeger will catch-up with you.

  1. Log into Naviance via Clever
  2. Go to About Me in the top right corner
  3. From the drop-down menu, click on Surveys from Your School
  4. Click on Senior EXIT Survey

Attending NOVA in the Fall

Seniors who are planning to apply and attend Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) in the Fall of 2022 or Spring of 2023, please reference the Canvas link for your next steps. These steps include how to apply, placement, tuition, holds on your account, and registering for classes. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Jaeger at JaegerCA@pwcs.edu, or our NOVA Rep, Chandra Myers at CMyers@nvcc.edu.

Upcoming Events

  • Decision Day Celebrations - April 29th
  • Nova Jumpstart Applications due to Nova - April 29 by 5 pm
  • Prom - May 21
  • Senior Survey in Government Classes - May 23 - 27
  • Senior Awards Ceremony - June 2 at 6 pm
  • Graduation - June 11 at 2:30 pm

Summer Residential Governor's School Program

The Summer Residential Governor's Schools provide high school juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering. Each Summer Residential Governor's School focuses on one special area of interest. Students live on a college or university campus for up to four weeks each summer. During this time, students are involved in classroom and laboratory work, field studies, research, individual and group projects and performances, and seminars with noted scholars, visiting artists, and other professionals. In the three mentorships, students are selected to work side-by-side with research scientists, physicians, and a variety of other professionals. This program is highly competitive with an intense and lengthy application process.

This year, Osbourn Park High School is proud to announce that 12 students have been accepted. Congratulations!

Science Fair Champions

Congratulations to the following students on their First-Place win at the Virginia State and Engineering Fair!

  • Jadesola Akinbi and Comfort Ohajunwa (Biochemistry)
  • Anisha Ramakrishnan (Microbiology)

Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair

Gabriella LaCour, Alahna Moreno, and Anisha Ramakrishnan have won a spot at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair. Participating at this international competition is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The Regeneron ISEF 2022 will be taking place in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia World Congress Center from May 7-13, 2022.

The fair will be a hybrid event with finalists competing both virtually and in-person. Our fellow Yellow Jackets will be competing virtually. Their judging will take place the week prior to the in-person event on May 4 and 5, 2022. Be sure to Congratulate these young ladies and wish them luck as they represent our division in this prestigious competition!

Wellness Walk & Fair

We hope to see students, families, and community members at the Battlefield HS Wellness Walk and Fair on Saturday, April 30th from 11 am-2 pm.

May is mental health awareness month. To kick off the month we will be holding our third annual but first ever IN PERSON Wellness Walk and Fair to celebrate all kinds of wellness and to continue to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health challenges. We all know that the pandemic and our return to the school building has been challenging in many different ways. Everyone has been impacted in some way by the events that have occurred over the past few years.

Our goal with this event is to improve and increase school/community relationships as well as provide families with local resources for wellness and mental health supports. At this time, we have 9 local mental health providers and several community providers such as local gyms, therapy dog providers, local food services, and PWC parks and rec attending. Additionally, Dr. Latanya McDade (PWCS Superintendent), Jennifer Wall (PWCS School Board Representative, Gainesville District) and Mr. Ferrera will be speaking at the opening of the event.

The event will be held at the BFHS football stadium and will be family-friendly for all ages to include backyard games, a bounce house, and other kid friendly activities. There will be raffle to include prizes such as week and month long gym passes and gift certificates to some of Haymarket's finest restaurants and stylists. So bring your families, friends, and loved ones along with your walking shoes. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!

School Food and Nutrition Service

If you are looking for a job that impacts your community, off for your child's school vacations, and has opportunities for advancement, please consider working for School and Nutrition Services. To apply, visit https://jobs.pwcs.edu/jobs or scan the QR code listed below.

Join US - Cafeteria Workers.pdf

Athletics

Nominations for the OPHS Athletic Hall of Fame "Class of 2022" are now being accepted through May 1st ! Please use this link to submit your nominations or if you prefer, you may email your OPHS Hall of Fame Nomination Form 2022.pdf to Mr. Keith Laine. We are looking forward to another fantastic event in October to honor our 2022 inductees!

For "Hall of Fame" Sponsorship opportunities please refer to the HOF Sponsorship Packet.

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