Bee in the Know

Week of December 6, 2020

With two weeks left before winter break, it's important to stay focused and make the most of the remaining class periods. We encourage students to reflect on their progress so far and reach out to teachers when they need additional help. Throughout this edition of Bee in the Know, we have supports and tips for students to encourage success. If the first marking period didn’t go how you wanted it to go, teachers are still providing opportunities for students to demonstrate mastery on marking period one topics so that students can improve their grade. If you need assistance, please reach out to your teacher, counselor, or administrator. We want to see all students succeed!

Celebrating our Students and Teachers

Congratulations to the 18 OPHS students who were selected as members of the 2020-21 Prince William County Human Rights Student Leadership Council (HRSLC). Launched by the Prince William Human Rights Commission, office, and partners in 2016, the HRSLC strives to develop young civil rights leaders through education and community engagement. As an HRSLC member, students will attend regular council meetings to learn about human and civil rights anti-discrimination laws and receive instruction on how to protect and assert their civil rights and the civil rights of others. (Source:

Mr. DeRosa has been recognized by the Virginia Council on Economic Education for his work with AP Economic students. Way to go, Mr. DeRosa!

Congratulations to all students who earned an Academic Award for Outstanding achievement during the 2019-2020 school year. Due to the current pandemic, we are unable to hold an academic awards ceremony at this time. Awards and certificates are being held for students in the counseling office and will be distributed upon our return to school. Should you wish to pick up your child’s certificate and award sooner, you are welcome to stop by the school any Tuesday-Friday from 8 am - 4 pm.

To earn an Academic Award, your child met the following requirements:

Enrolled in at least six classes that carry a Carnegie unit of credit;
Earned a grade point average for the year of 3.5 or higher;
Earned a grade equivalent to 3.0 or better for the year in each class.

5 Tips for Successful Time Management

  • Skill #1: Prepare in Advance
    First, prepare your work and “TO DO” list for the following day, evening or night before. The best exercise is for you to plan your entire next day as the last thing you do before stopping work for the evening.
  •  Skill #2: Schedule Your Time
    Scheduling your time reduces stress and releases energy. The very act of using your organizational skills to plan your day, week, and month, gives you a greater feeling of control and will help increase productivity throughout your day
  •  Skill #3: Start Early
    To increase productivity, start your day early. The more time you take to sit, think, and plan, the better organized you will be in every area of your life.
  •  Skill 4: Fine-Tune Your Organizational Skills
    Resolve to improve your organizational skills and use a filing system both at home and at school. As much as 30 percent of working time today is spent looking for misplaced items.
  •  Skill #5: Increase Productivity with Prime Time
    Organize your life so that you are doing creative work during your internal ‘‘prime time.’’ Your internal prime time is the time of day, according to your body clock, when you are the most alert and productive. For most people, this is in the morning. For some people, however, it is in the evening.

Academic Support Opportunities

ENGLISH and SOCIAL STUIDES: If you didn't pass your English or Social Studies class first quarter, never fear! The English and Social Studies Departments invite you to GRO (Grade Recovery Opportunity). Here's how it works: Ask your English/Social studies teacher if they can recommend you. They will send you the information to register for the Monday GRO sessions. Once you complete the registration form, you will receive the Zoom link via email. For an hour, there will be an English teacher per grade level available to help with any work students bring to the session. The available dates are as follows: December 7 and December 14. The sessions are first come first serve, with a maximum of 40 students per session, so make sure you sign up right away!

MATH: Math Honor Society is now offering Peer Tutoring in Zoom! Tutoring is available Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:50 – 3:30 in Zoom at

Advanced sign up is not necessary. Students needing help will work in breakout rooms with peer to assist them. Come ready to share your virtual documents! Please note, tutoring is not available on holidays and teacher workdays.

SCIENCE: The Science Department will be hosting extra help sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Please ask your science teacher for Zoom link access.

TEACHER OFFICE HOURS: Students are strongly encouraged to reach out to their teachers for extra assistance during their scheduled office hours. Our teachers are eager to help students and are readily available during their office hour sessions for one on one and/or group assistance. Please don’t forget to take advantage of this extra help from your dedicated teachers!

PWCS S.T.A.R. Program: The PWCS Student Tutoring and Remediation (STAR) Program is a tutoring and remediation program to help students improve their performance in English and Math. These 1-hour sessions are designed to enhance the student’s learning while helping to solidify concepts and improve overall achievement in their classes. For more information, contact Michael Petruzzi, STAR Administrator at Sessions are held Monday-Thursday 5:00PM – 6:00PM, 6:00PM – 7:00PM, and 7:00PM – 8:00PM. Sessions are held via ZOOM.


Counselor and Admin Support

If you need support with your classes, or you need help with managing your time or organizing your schedule, please reach out to your counselor.

Ms. Andrada (A-BOW)
Mr. Baxter (BOX-END)
Ms. Lovos Sandoval (ENE-HIN)
Mr. Turner (HIO-MAY)
Mr. Canas Ramirez (MAZ-PIE)
Ms. Jaeger (PIF-SHIN)
Ms. Cobbs (SHIO-Z)
Ms. Raquedan (Pre-Gov/Gov School A-Z)
If you have having trouble with a specific class, we recommend that you reach out directly to your teacher and try to attend their office hours. You can also reach out to the administrator for that subject area:

Mrs. Gill (World Languages, Language Arts, NJRTOC)
Mrs. Wilson-Keys (Science, FACS, PLTW Biomedical Sciences, Business)
Mr. Grazier (Special Education, Performing Arts, Fine Arts, CTE, HPE)
Mrs. Walton (Social Studies, ESOL)
Mr. Henken (Math, Special Education, Gifted)


Athletic Announcements

Osbourn Park is proud to announce the hiring of Andy Chaves as our new Wrestling Coach. Coach Chaves comes to OP after a 20 plus year career in Hotel and Hospitality Management. He was a Wrestling Varsity letter winner at Virginia Tech where he completed his undergraduate degree. Any athlete interested in wrestling this upcoming season (season starts Monday 12/14)...please reach out to coach Chaves:

Basketball and Cheer tryouts start on Monday 12/7

Please reach out to your perspective head coach for more information.

Girls Basketball: Chrissy Kelly
Boys Basketball: Jeremy Coleman
Cheer: Tarren Thornton

Indoor Track, Swim, Gymnastics, Wrestling all start on 12/14

Physicals will be collected for these sports on 12/8 and 12/9 at door 1 from 4PM to 6PM

Please reach out to your perspective head coach for more information.

Indoor Track: Chris Webb
Swim and Dive: Bradley Morrison
Gymnastics: Helen Reading
Wrestling: Andy Chaves

“Empowering Parents of Greater Prince William Area”

The VCE Parent Education Program is partnering in an upcoming workshop series: "Empowering Parents of Greater Prince William Area".

This 2 day workshop will take place on Tuesday, December 8th and Thursday, December 10th.

Local educators and experts are partnering to host a 2-day, multi-lingual workshop on how to 'Recognize Signs of Mental Health Conditions & Substance Use in Youth' and 'How to Start the Conversation and Build the Relationship With Our Children'. The event will also feature a virtual resource walk-through so that you can find the information you need the moment you need it!

Day 1: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 @ 7:00-8:30pm
Day 2: Thursday, December 10, 2020 @ 7:00-8:30pm
Presenters and partners from the Virginia Cooperative Extension, NAMI Prince William, Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Action (Hola), PWC Community Services, The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and They Why Inc. are partnering to meet the needs of our families here in Greater Prince William Area with valuable information and resources to help empower our parents and safeguard our youth during these challenging times!

Link to Register: