Bee in the Know

Week of January 24, 2021

The start of a second semester is a great time to reflect on the successes and challenges of the first semester. We encourage everyone to take time to have these conversations with your student(s). Academic improvement is always our focus, and we challenge our students to focus on their individual academic achievement as the new semester begins.

This is also the time we begin the process of course selection for the 2021-22 school year. Course selection is a critical process for our students as they plan for their future. Over the next couple months students will be spending time with their school counselor working on course selection. We know this time can be stressful for students, so always feel free to reach out to our counselors with any questions. Please take some time to look at the course offerings and opportunities we offer and remember that a well-balanced selection of courses is always a great choice.

Report Cards

Reports cards will be distributed to students, in ParentVue on February 2, 2021, in addition they will mailed home. Report cards provide an excellent opportunity for families to review and discuss students’ performance, perhaps with a view to setting clear goals for the third grading period.

2020 Board of Education's Continuous Improvement Award through the Exemplar School Recognition Program

Osbourn Park was selected by the VA Board of Education as a recipient of the 2020 Board of Education’s Continuous Improvement Award through the Exemplar School Recognition Program. We received this award for maintaining our accreditation during 2019-2020 school year and for significantly improving academic and school quality indicators for each of the past three year. This award is a great honor and wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and dedication of our staff.

SAT Updates

As you are aware, the covid-19 pandemic has disrupted college planning and admissions in many ways. It has also pushed College Board to evolve to better respond to the needs of students and colleges navigating this new reality. As a result of these challenges, the College Board has decided to stop administering the SAT Subject Test and the Essay portion of the SAT. Students who are registered for Subject Tests in May 2021 or June will have their registrations canceled and refunded automatically. While students who are registered for the SAT with Essay in Spring 2021 can cancel the Essay portion at any time, free of charge.

National History and English Honor Society Writing Seminar

The National History and English Honor Society are hosting a writing seminar Tuesday, January 26th at 3:30PM. Are you finding thesis statements tricky? Want to learn how to use stronger evidence to support your claims? NHSS will be covering these topics and more at our writing seminar this Tuesday, January 26th where you'll work with our officers and learn tips and tricks to improve your writing skills!

You will join the Zoom meeting through this link here. To get a reminder the day before the seminar, please fill out this form here.

The Great Kindness Challenge

The world can use some extra kindness right now and Osbourn Park High School is going to deliver! OPHS will participate in the 10th annual Great Kindness Challenge the week of January 25 - 29, 2021. Our students will join 15 million youth in 115 countries to create a kinder world. Students will receive daily FlipGrid lessons highlighting the topic of the day. We also encourage you to participate in our fun Dress- Up Spirit Week.

  •  Monday: Get comfy with kindness and wear your Pjs.
  •  Posi-Tuesday: Have a positive attitude all day and wear your favorite sports team gear.
  •  Wacky Wednesday: Get crazy with kindness and wear a crazy outfit.
  •  Thankful Thursday: Show gratitude all day and wear orange for kindness
  •  Friendly Friday: Kindness is the OP way so wear your OP spirit wear and do something kind for someone.

Keep an eye out for daily emails next week that include fun, interactive FlipGrid mini lessons.

2021- 22 Academic Advising Schedule

We are in the process of preparing for the academic advisement process for the 2021-22 school year. School counselors will begin meeting with students during the month of February and March to review their graduation requirements, prior course history, educate students about the course selection process and assist with their course selection for the upcoming year. Our faculty carefully considers student course recommendations prior to our students selecting courses. By January 24th, teachers will have made student course recommendations for parents/students to view in StudentVue. These recommendations are important because they serve as a guide in the course selection process. After viewing teacher recommendations, parents and/or students may enter their own course selections for the upcoming school year. Listed below is the timeline for the academic advising process for the 2021-22 school year:

January 11 – 24 Teachers input course recommendations.

January 25- 31 Parents and students review teacher recommendations through StudentVue and submit course selections.

January 27 – 29 Ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students will review a PowerPoint on the academic advising process through English classes.

February 2 – 12 Counselors will begin meeting with 11th grade students through US/VA History classes to select their courses for the upcoming school year.

February 16 – 24 Counselors will begin meeting with 10th grade students through HPE II classes to select their courses for the upcoming school year.

February 25 – March 5 Counselors will begin meeting with 9th grade students through HPE I classes to select their courses for the upcoming school year.

May 28, 2021 The last day that parents/students may submit changes to course requests. Requests for change will be honored on a space available basis.

Listed below is a You Tube video with instructions on how students can select their courses through the online course recommendation process

 

 8 Ways to Organize Your Virtual Learning Study Space

1) Find a Quiet Space for Attending Class

When you are taking an online class, the classroom is wherever you are. You will want to find a place that is quiet and free from distraction, yet provides enough room for you to take notes, either on your computer or by hand.

2) Create an Effective Work Space for Studying

It can be tempting to be a little too relaxed about creating a dedicated workspace for your school work. If a potential study space is already associated with activities such as eating, watching television or sleeping, it’s probably not ideal. Instead, select an area you already associate with learning. The more time you spend in it, the stronger the association will become. Eventually, you will find yourself feeling more focused as soon as you enter the space.

If your space is limited or you can’t create a dedicated study space, store your school materials in a rolling cart, backpack, or something else easily transportable. Whenever it’s time to study, you will have everything you need already organized for a smooth transition. If you frequently find yourself needing to study or attend class away from home, make sure to keep your phone or computer charger with you so that you can remain connected.

3) Make sure your space is comfortable

When ensuring your study space is comfortable, one of the most important things to keep in mind is ergonomics. Both your study table and chair should allow good posture, and when you’re seated, the top of your desk should rest somewhere between your chest and rib cage. This way, you’ll be able to rest your elbows on the desktop without having to hunch your shoulders forward. Additionally, the chair should be comfortable, fit the height of the desk and allow your feet to rest flat on the floor.

4) Organize Your Files

Your course materials should be easily accessible whenever you need them. If you prefer working with hard copies, you can invest in a physical filing system, but online students also have the option to enjoy the ease and flexibility of working digitally. Store your computer files in folders and use descriptive names to facilitate identification.

5) Schedule Your Time

When you enroll in an online course, it’s vital to familiarize yourself with the syllabus, class requirements and assignment due dates to avoid unpleasant surprises down the line. Hang a calendar on the wall of your study space and fill out once you get the syllabus. Alternatively, use an online calendar and set alerts. Organizing your schedule will not only facilitate your studies but will also help you set aside time for the other elements of your life.

6) Stay Organized Online

Bookmark sites that you often use in your research, so you don’t have to hunt them down every time you need them and try using online helpers like Khan Academy.

While working online is a necessity when taking a web-based class, the internet can also be a distraction. If you find yourself checking Facebook every few minutes, taking a Netflix break that never seems to end, or otherwise wasting time online when you’re supposed to be working, there are apps that can help.

7) Establish a Routine

Getting into a routine will increase the chances that you’ll stay on top of what you need to be doing, rather than letting deadlines sneak up on you. Once you have a syllabus for each class and are clear on what’s expected of you, make a schedule for each course. Include blocks of time for regular study and reading, as well as extra time to prepare for tests and projects such as research papers.

Use an old-school paper planner if that works best for you or try a planning app like My Study App, which lets you store your schedule in the cloud so you can access it from all your devices.

8) Create a Support System

Enlist your friends and family to help you stay on track with your online education. Whether that’s making sure they understand your commitments and time constraints or encouraging those you live with to help out with household chores, their help and cooperation can make it easier for you to focus on your coursework.

Taking one or more online classes may seem a little isolating, but it doesn’t have to be. If you have trouble staying organized, reach out to your fellow students online – or perhaps meet in person – to help each other stay accountable.

Study groups can be an effective way of keeping yourself on track and if you need help from the professor or would like to meet in person, don’t hesitate to ask. Part of staying organized – especially with online learning – is being proactive and reaching out before you run into trouble.


Safety around Social Media and Virtual Learning

February 4, 2021 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Register at pwcs.edu/safeschools

Principal’s Week

This week we will be celebrating Principal’s Week. We want to thank each and every one of our building leaders for all the hard work they do each and every day to help our buildings run smoothly for students, staff, families, and community members. The support staff will be hosting a celebration in their honor.

Upcoming Events

  •  Basketball: Girls Varsity, 1/25/2021, 6:00pm @Home
  •  Basketball: Boys Fresh, 1/25/2021, 5:00pm @John Champe
  •  Basketball: Boys JV/Var, 1/25/2021, 6:00pm/7:30pm @John Champe
  •  Wrestling: 1/26/2021, 6:00pm @Battlefield
  •  Basketball: Boys JV/Var, 1/27/2012, 6:00pm/7:30pm @Patriot
  •  Basketball: Boys Fresh, 1/27/2021, 5:00pm @Patriot
  •  Basketball: Girls Varsity, 1/27/2021, 6:00pm @Home
  •  Wrestling: JV/Varsity, 1/28/2021, 6:00pm/7:30pm @Patriot
  •  Basketball: Girls Varsity, 1/29/2021, 6:00pm @Home
  •  Basketball: Boys JV/Var, 1/29/2021, 6:00pm/7:30pm @Home