Bee in the Know

Week of November 15, 2020

November is always a month to pause and reflect on all the things for which we are thankful. We at OPHS are thankful for the terrific students and families that make up our school community. Although this school year does not look like a traditional one, we are thankful that each of our students are being given an opportunity to continue to learn and grow. As a school, we are truly fortunate to work together with you to make a difference in the lives of our students.

Report Cards

On Monday, November 16, report cards will be mailed home to families of students in grades 6-12. Grades are available in real time in ParentVUE for students at all grade levels.

Check-Off These Back-To-School Tasks Now!

New this year is our online Return to Learn packet taking place of the paper Emergency Cards and other consent and acknowledgement forms and documents typically distributed during the first day of school. Please click on the link to complete your Return to Learn packet if you haven’t already done so.

Thank a School Psychologist this Week!

This week is National School Psychologist Week, which highlights awareness about the contributions school psychologist make in supporting the growth and development of all students. We would like to thank our School Psychologist, Mr. Urbaniak, for his dedication to our OPHS students and community.

6th Annual HBCU Showcase (Virtual)

Monday, November 23, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Live Virtual Event Registration Now Open!

Tuscarora High School will be hosting the 6th Annual Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) Showcase. This event is designed to inform our school community of the many options that are available at HBCUs. We want to expose and educate our school communities and encourage all students, regardless of ethnicity, to include these institutions during the college selection process. There are over 30 HBCUs committed to the 6th Annual HBCU Showcase. For more information visit our event page:

In addition to the HBCUs that will be in attendance there will be a guest speaker, NCAA presentation, and community scholarships. We will be offering this in a virtual format.

Food Services Updates

School breakfast and school lunch are FREE to all students returning to in-person learning during the 2020-21 school year.

PWCS will continue to prepare and serve food at the feeding sites listed below. Grocery supplements will be distributed using appropriate social distancing and minimal personal contact. All food is free of charge to students age 18 and younger.

Grocery supplements may be picked up by walking up to the sites, or by driving up, which is preferred. Parents/guardians may pick-up kits without students present. Staff will request parents or guardians produce proof of student enrollment in the form of student ID, report card, or other official school documentation with the child’s name printed on the document and provide names of non-school age or children not enrolled in school, who are 18 years old and under.

Service Times: Mondays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (If the School Division is closed on a Monday, service will be on Tuesday).

Service Style: Curbside pickup at school main entrance.

Meal Types: Kits are FREE to all children 18 years old and under, and include a variety of whole grains, protein, fruits, vegetables and milk designed as a weekly grocery supplement.

Benefits are the equivalent of breakfast, lunch, supper, and snack for 5 days, plus supper and snack for 2 days.

For Students: Virtual Learning Organizational Tips

Schedule your time. The comfort of “attending” school from home can be distracting if you’re not disciplined about scheduling your time. Make sure you develop a calendar that details how your day will be structured. In addition to your class time, schedule time for studying and homework.

Shower and get dressed. It may seem like a simple thing but getting prepared for class — including getting out of your pajamas and eating breakfast - can help put you in the right mindset for being attentive for your online studies.

Set up a designated area for "school". If you’ve got available room in your home, transform that space into a temporary learning environment. Set up a desk or folding table and chairs in a central location such as a finished basement or downstairs den if you have a split-level home. Make sure there is good lighting. You can also designate a small section of a room. Set up a room divider or curtains in the corner and make it the learning space.

Set up a central location for all learning materials and supplies. One of the biggest issues is spending too much time finding pencils, paper, books, and other supplies during study time. Set up a central location where you and your family can find everything they need to work or study. Make sure everything is ready to go every day before lessons.

Relocate gaming and entertainment systems. If video games and movies will be an ongoing distraction for your family, create a central location where family members can gather during relaxation and play time. During weekday mornings and afternoons when “home school” is in session, stay in your learning area.

For Students: Managing your Canvas Notifications

Emails, Notifications, and Announcements can be overwhelming but, fortunately, there are some actions you can take to manage and organize all of your communications.

We don’t recommend turning off notifications. We all need to stay connected and able to communicate with each other electronically. Here are some strategies/tools you can implement to better manage your communications. If you need support with any of these tasks, directions are linked below in blue or you can submit a support request by email to and your request will be routed to the appropriate contact.

1. Change your Canvas course notifications at any time by following these directions. This will change the preferences for ALL your Canvas courses. 

Notifications are sent as one of four delivery types:
1. notify me right away,
2. daily summary,
3. weekly summary,
4. or don't send.

If you change a setting, the change is made immediately to your account.
SMS notifications are only available for Announcements and Grading notification types.

2. For non-academic courses such as the OPHS student course, clubs, and other activities, notifications preferences can also be set by course. You might choose to set these to only send you weekly notifications.

3. You may also consider setting up rules in your Outlook account. (Links to an external site.)

Create inbox folders for each course. When announcements or reminders come in, the emails will be routed to the folder for review later, leaving the inbox clear for direct messages from your teachers or other students you may be collaborating with.
Use the follow up flag feature to flag important emails, which highlights the email, and creates a to-do list to revisit later.

4. Finally, you may also consider using your Outlook calendar to plan each day or to create a to do list.

You can create events to plan (Links to an external site.) synchronous class time, asynchronous work time, and then also set time aside for teacher office hours or time to check email, etc.
Inside the event you can keep a to-do list to track what you need to accomplish each day or create a list

WCS Nursing Program

Do you have the desire to become a nurse, or think you might want to be part of the healthcare field? Come to the Zoom meeting on Dec 7th at 10:00 am to learn more about PWCS Nursing program at OPHS. Please sign up in Naviance. This program is open to high school Juniors applying for their Senior year, however, any grade can attend the informational session as it is good to plan ahead to fit a 3-credit elective in your schedule Senior year.

SOL Dates

We have a group of seniors who are missing verified credits needed for graduation. Below are the dates scheduled for the seniors to take the required SOLs. We will follow up with specific testing dates for students as well as remediation plans once we get a finalized list.

December 7-11 - Writing SOL
Dec 14-18 - Writing Make-Ups, Non-Writing first attempt
Jan 4-8 - Non-Writing Make-Ups
Jan 26-29 - Expedited Retakes (Writing and non-Writing)