August 18, 2022

Greetings OPHS Students and Families!

Wow, how summer flies! We are so excited for the upcoming school year! We hope our OPHS students and staff had an opportunity to rest and enjoy some summertime fun.

OPHS is looking good! We had many improvements over the summer including the installation of windows in some classes, the refinishing of our gym and stage floors, a new roof, and a much-needed upgrade to our counseling and clinic areas.

Our focus is our vision, “Empowering all to be Future Ready, Together.” Every lesson, practice, and procedure we do must be implemented to support student and staff growth. We are honored and thankful to be able to serve our Yellow Jacket community and we strive to be partners with our families to make decisions to best serve the needs of our students.

OPHS is a high school rich in school spirit and offers countless opportunities for students. Our student body is passionate about OP and the clubs, athletics, and activities they participate in. We encourage students to follow their passions and get involved with one of the many clubs, sports, or activities we offer.

Below is a list of upcoming dates to remember. I look forward to meeting you at our Back to School night on August 31, 2022. You will have the opportunity to meet your student’s teachers, counselors, and administrators.

Dates to Remember

  • Class schedules will be released in ParentVUE on August 19.
  • Freshmen Festival: Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 8 am -12 noon.
  • First Day of School: Monday, August 22. School starts at 7:30 am.
  • Back to School Night: August 31, 2022, at 6 pm
  • PSAT: October 12, 2022
  • Homecoming Game: October 14, 2022
  • Homecoming Dance: October 15, 2022

We are excited to welcome all students to the new school year. The Back to School Packet, where parents/guardians can review emergency cards, update contact information, and complete annual policy reviews and acknowledgements, is now available in ParentVUE.

All families should complete the Back to School Packet as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, September 16, 2022. The information you provide will allow school staff to ensure the safety of your student this school year.

To access the Back to School Packet:

Bus assignments

Please check in ParentVue for your student’s bus number. Bus schedules will be available in ParentVUE on August 9. You are encouraged to download the Here Comes the Bus mobile app that allows you to track your student’s buses in real-time. Check back often in ParentVUE, as changes to bus stops and times may occur up until the first day of school.

Setting up a ParentVue Account

ParentVUE accounts are created during the Online Registration process. While parents or guardians are registering their students online, they will be prompted to create their account in ParentVUE. Parents will need to have an email address to create their ParentVUE account. Parents that manually register their students in person at the school will receive an email with an activation code within 24 to 48 hours of registering their students. Instructions on how to register your student online and how to create and access your ParentVUE account can be found on the PWCS main website under “Student Services” and Registration”. Please reach out to the school if you are having trouble accessing or creating your ParentVUE account.

Administrator and Counseling Assignments

Freshmen Festival

Freshmen Festival will be held on Thursday, August 18th, from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. Students will be introduced to key personnel, sample 'blue' and 'yellow' days, meet their teachers, visit activity booths, and familiarize themselves with the school. We can't wait to welcome our new Yellow Jackets to OPHS!

Student Laptop Distribution

Laptops will be distributed to students through their first period classes the first week of the 2022-2023 school year. Students that are absent the first week of school should go to the library to have their computer issued. To receive their school laptop, the student and an adult with custody must:

  1. Have a completed Digital Device Loan Agreement on file for the current year, in the HUB. (Parents complete this document with the New School Year Packet available in ParentVUE)
  2. Have met with administrators about financial obligations related to devices issued to the student in the 2021-2022 school year.

Families are encouraged by the county to purchase insurance on their school issued device. The insurance policies are purchased through a third-party vendor – Securranty. The insurance according to the PWCS Parent/Student Device Handbook,

“…covers unlimited repairs or replacements for everything from broken screens, lost chargers, and accidental damage, with a zero deductible for one year on a school-issued HP device. The insurance cost is $32.95, which may be significantly less than repair or replacement costs without insurance.”

WiFi Access

All PWCS devices automatically will connect to the PWCS-Int network when they are within range of access points at any PWCS school. Students should be able to access PWCS-Int WiFi network signals from the parking lot of any PWCS school if they do not have internet access at home.

Students using personal computers can access WiFi inside and in the vicinity of PWCS schools using the Guest-Access Network, and password: FourMyd3v!ces. Students will be prompted to enter their PWCS email address and password to access the internet on this network.

Students that do not have WiFi access at home can inquire about borrowing a WiFi hotspot from the school, by speaking the school’s Technology Support Specialist (TSSPEC) or Instructional Technology Coach (ITC).

School hours and After School Activities

OPHS is open to students from 7 am to 3:30 pm each day. To ensure all students are safely supervised, students cannot stay in the cafeteria and wait for rides. Unless the student is being supervised with a parent, teacher, or coach, the student must leave campus.

Students who stay after school must make arrangements to be picked up soon after the ending of the activity/sport. Students who are not picked up within the hour of the event ending may lose privileges to participate in future practices and activities. To support student participation, we will offer four activity buses on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school beginning on Thursday, September 8th. These buses do not stop at all bus stops, but they do have drop off points around the county.

All students staying after school must do so under the supervision of a teacher, sponsor, or coach. Also, students who stay after school, leave campus, and then return to catch the bus will lose activity bus privileges.

Students who participate in clubs, activities and sports must conduct themselves in a manner that does not tarnish the image of OPHS.

Immunizations

Updated student records are due now to allow for review of immunization compliance. Parents may continue to submit records until noon on Friday, August 19, 2022. Students who remain non-compliant will not begin school on Monday, August 22, 2022. Parents can access their student's compliance regarding required immunizations in ParentVUE.

Student Schedules

Schedules will be published in StudentVUE/ParentVUE at 4 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022. Please know we will be leveling classes and adjusting schedules so it is possible some changes will occur. Students will receive a hard copy of their schedule on the first day of school. Students who have errors on their schedule due to missing a graduation requirement, passing a course during summer school, or failed a prerequisite course last year will be sent to counseling to address the concern during that class block on the first or second day of school. Please note electives were finalized on May 31, 2022 and we will not be changing elective selections due to limited availability. Additionally, sometimes students taking an AP class wish to drop down to a regular level course. Scheduling conferences to address this concern will occur after September 19th to provide enough time for the student to adjust to the level of rigor.

Student handbook and Classroom procedures

Parents and students are encouraged to read our OPHS student handbook to learn about all our school expectations for students. Our school practices, along with the PWCS Code of Behavior, will be reviewed with students during the first week of school. Please click on our Student Handbook.pdf for further review.

To learn about individual classroom practices, students and guardians should read the syllabi for each class. The syllabus will contain course information including grading practices, late work policies, etc.

 

Updated Procedures for Student Tardiness

Getting to school on time is very important to the educational success of our students. In the past years, we have had an increased number of student drivers with an excessive amount of unexcused 1st period tardies. Each student who drives to school signs a parking agreement. Per this agreement, the following consequences will occur due to excessive tardiness:

 

Outside Food/drinks

Students cannot use mobile ordering to have food delivered. All orders delivered to school will be discarded with no reimbursement to the student.

 

Student drop off and pick up

Between the hours of 6:45 am -7:30 am and 2:00 pm and 2:40 pm, student drop off and pick up procedures go into effect. Drop off occurs only on the Auditorium side of the building. Parents should enter school grounds using the bus entrance, merge right, and follow the arrows around to the side of the building to drop the student off in the designate area. The parent drop off is designed to allow parents to drop off/pick up students with minimal disruption to the student drivers and the buses exiting the premises. Dropping off and picking up students in front of the school in the “senior/blue” lot or on Liberia Avenue is prohibited.  

Free and Reduced Lunch

Meals are available for free for eligible students in Prince William County Public Schools. In order to receive these benefits, you must apply for meal assistance every year. Applications filed last year are only good for the first few days of school. Children from households that meet Federal Income Guidelines shown in the attached letter are eligible for free meals. The fastest way to apply for free meal benefits for your child is to apply online at https://pwcsnutrition.com/. Online applications are typically processed within 48 hours of submission. You can access more information about PWCS Menus.pdf here.

Get involved!

We not only encourage student participation in our school community, but we also want your help as well! Please be on the lookout for information about our Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO), our Principal’s Advisory Council (PAC), or one of our Booster Associations (Athletics, Band). Many hands make light work and the more help we have, the more we can offer our students!

Finally, we will continue to publish our “Bee in the Know” newsletters each week. These emails get sent out each Sunday, and contain upcoming information, good news, and updates! Keep a look out!

We look forward to seeing our students very soon!

August 28, 2022

Week of August 28, 2022

The first week of school flew by! We have had a very busy and productive first week of school. It was exciting to see so many familiar and new students. Students are settling back into their school routines and finding their way to classes. We look forward to partnering with you in your child’s education this year. Together, we will work as a team to ensure your student’s success. At the beginning of the school year, we encourage students to find habits and routines that include getting plenty of rest, eating a snack, studying, practicing the new skills their learned in classes, and taking time for family, exercise, and hobbies.

School hours and After School Activities:

OPHS is open to students from 7 am to 3:30 pm each day. To ensure all students are safely supervised, students cannot stay in the cafeteria and wait for rides. Unless the student is being supervised by a parent, teacher, or coach, the student must leave campus.

Students who stay after school must make arrangements to be picked up soon after the ending of the activity/sport. Students who are not picked up within the hour of the event ending may lose privileges to participate in future practices and activities. To support student participation, we will offer four activity buses on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school beginning on Thursday, September 8th. These buses do not stop at all bus stops, but they do have drop off points around the county.

All students staying after school must do so under the supervision of a teacher, sponsor, or coach. Also, students who stay after school, leave campus, and then return to catch the bus will lose activity bus privileges. Students who participate in clubs, activities and sports must conduct themselves in a manner that does not tarnish the image of OPHS.

Dates to Remember:

  • Back to School Night: August 31, 2022, at 5:45 pm
  • September 2 and 5th, No School
  • Senior Interviews – Begins Tuesday, September 6th through English 12 classes
  • Principals Advisory Council September 13, 5 pm (via Zoom)
  • OPHS Senior Symposium Night (In Person) – Wednesday, September 14th @ 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • College Fair Dates (In Person) Registration is not required Monday, September 26th – Osbourn High School @ 6:00-8:00 pm
  • QuestBridge Application Deadline – Tuesday, September 27th
  • PSAT: October 12, 2022
  • Homecoming Game: October 14, 2022
  • Homecoming Dance: October 15, 2022

Back to School Night: 

Back to School Night is scheduled for Wednesday, August 31st from 5:45 pm – 8:30 pm.   

Parents will have an opportunity to attend informational sessions, an activity fair including clubs and organizations, coaches, and department chairs, as well as meet the teachers of their children. OPHS spirit apparel will be available for purchase by parents and students. The informal sessions will be held in English and Spanish and are scheduled to start at 5:45 pm and end at 6:45 pm. The following subjects will be discussed during the information sessions:  

  • Study Tips, Graduation Requirements, and Paper (Tutoring Program) 
  • What parents should be aware of about gifted education? 
  • Welcome the school principal! 

The Activities Fair will be held in the cafeteria on the second floor from 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm.

Parents and guardians will receive a copy of their student’s schedule in their 1st period class.  After 1st period, you will walk through your student's schedule and meet each of their teachers.   

We look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night! 

Back to School Packet:

All families should complete the Back to School Packet no later than Friday, September 16, 2022. The information you provide will allow school staff to ensure the safety of your student this school year.

To access the Back to School Packet:

Counseling Center:

Schedule an Appointment with Your Counselor

Have a question or concern and need to see your counselor? Bookings are live to make appointments. Go to the OPHS Counseling Canvas page and click on the yellow button "Appointment Requests." From there, choose your counselor, and you will be directed to book an appointment when they are available. On the day of your appointment, please show your teacher your calendar confirmation as your pass to come down to the Counselor's Office.

College Visits at OPHS

Colleges are starting to schedule visits with OP. The list of colleges visiting our school is listed in Naviance under Colleges -> College Visits. You can sign up for any session and you will receive a pass to the Career Center on the day of the visit. Please note that it is at the teacher's discretion if you are released from class that day. If you have a test, quiz, or something important going on that day in class, your teacher has the right to keep you in class, if needed. See the directions attached for your Naviance Tip Sheet and how to access.

Updated Naviance Instructions-1.pdf

Support Groups

Hello OP Families! This school year we will be offering several groups to help support students' social-emotional learning needs.

The groups are as follows:

  • New Student to OPHS Group
  • Stress/Anxiety Group
  • Self-Esteem Group
  • Social/Relationship Skills Group
  • EL Support Group
  • Senior Transition Group (TBD)

Groups typically last 6 to 8 weeks and are designed to help support students in their academic and personal life. If students/families are interested, please reach out to your student's counselor and express interest in the type of group you are interested in joining. A consent form is needed prior to the group starting, you can click here for the form.

PTSO:

Welcome Yellow Jackets! The PTSO board is excited to start the 2022-2023 school year with our Annual PTSO Membership Drive. Please join today and get a PTSO Family Membership for only $15. The purpose of the PTSO is to enhance and support the educational experience at Osbourn Park High School, to develop a closer connection between school and home by encouraging parent/guardian, teacher, and student involvement, and to improve the environment through volunteer and financial support. The PTSO is fully funded by our membership and fundraisers. Your membership supports OPHS PTSO programs such as: Teacher Appreciation Luncheon & Recognition Events, Scholarships for Graduating Seniors ($500 - $1,000), 2023 Graduation Celebration, and Teacher and Student Grants. 

PTSO 2022-23 Membership Form.pdf 

Student Laptop Distribution:

All students were provided a laptop this week. Students who were absent the first week of school or do not have a first period should go to the library to have their computer issued.

Protect your student's laptop with insurance! PWCS has a group policy discount with Securranty for students/parents to purchase optional insurance for laptops issued to students. Insurance can only be purchased after your child receives their laptop because you must provide the device serial number when signing up.

Transportation:

Thank you for your patience during the first week of school. We are now seeing an improvement in our transportation flow.  You are encouraged to download the Here Comes the Bus mobile app that allows you to track your student’s buses in real-time. You can also access Transportation’s Late Bus Notification web page which is now available. The page will list buses that will be late 15 minutes or more to start their run. 

For the safety of our students, we do ask that parents adhere to the drop off/pick up procedures put in place. 

Between the hours of 6:45 am -7:30 am and 2:00 pm and 2:40 pm, student drop off and pick up procedures go into effect. Drop off occurs only on the Auditorium side of the building. Parents should enter school grounds using the bus entrance, merge right, and follow the arrows around to the side of the building to drop the student off in the designate area. The parent drop off is designed to allow parents to drop off/pick up students with minimal disruption to the student drivers and the buses exiting the premises. Dropping off and picking up students in front of the school in the “senior/blue” lot or on Liberia Avenue is prohibited. 

Little Jackets Preschool:

The Little Jackets Preschool will be opening for our fall semester on Tuesday, October 11th.  The preschool runs Tuesdays through Fridays from 10:30am - 12:00pm.   We are looking for preschool children ages 3 - 5 to fill our roster!  They must be potty trained, but no prior school experience is needed!  We also take Spanish speakers.  For those new to OP, this program is run by our Early Childhood Education students who are getting first hand experience on working with children.  Please refer to Little Jackets Preschool.pdf or contact Ms. Edwards at edwardmd@pwcs.edu for more information.

Athletics:

The Athletic Booster Club is here to support our OP Athletes, Coaches and Fans. Want to find out how YOU can volunteer with this great group? Our first meeting of the year will be on Wednesday, Sept 7th at 7:00 pm at OP.  Please volunteer and join us at the football games.  Sign up here! 

PWCS is collectively using Ticket Spicket this year for all our online ticketing.  Osbourn Park will be using online ticketing exclusively for all sporting events.  You can access the Ticket Spicket website here.

 You can purchase tickets online in advance or use the QR code posted at the gate for each game.  No cash will be accepted at any gate for any athletic event this school year.  Sports passes are on sale!  You can purchase a Season Pass for $40, an All Sports Individual Pass for $100 for the year or a Family Pass (up to 5 cards) for $250.  The game price for tickets is again $6.00 this year plus a small service fee for online ticketing.  To avoid the consistent service fee, consider purchasing a season pass.

  • Please note that if you are purchasing tickets for your student and transferring them, your student also needs to set up an account at Ticket Spicket to be able to receive and access the ticket.

 

“Empowering all to be future ready, together.”

OPHS Team