Bee in the Know

Week of March 21, 2021

This is a busy and exciting time of the year. We are scheduling classes for next year, administrating the Writing SOL tests, preparing the May testing sessions, and looking forward to Spring Break. We are excited about seeing even more students once the 4th marking period starts, and we couldn’t be prouder of students who are participating in Hybrid Learning. All students in the building have been quick to follow and comply with all mitigation procedures and the enthusiasm that they have brought to the building is energizing.

 

Have a Question for your Assistant Principal?

Administrative Assignments by Subject:

Mr. Grazier – grazieds@pwcs.edu - Last names A-CE

  • Fine/Performing Arts
  • HPE
  • SPED ED/LD
  • CTE

Mrs. Walton – waltonlb@pwcs.edu - Last names CF-G

  • ELL
  • Social Studies

Mrs. Wilson-Keys – wilsonke@pwcs.edu - Last names H-MEL

  • Science
  • FACS
  • Business
  • PLTW Biomedical Sciences

Mr. Henken – henkenbe@pwcs.edu - Last names MEM-ROF

  • Mathematics
  • SPED ID
  • Gifted Education

Mrs. Gill – gillav@pwcs.edu - Last names ROG – Z

  • English
  • World Languages
  • Library
  • NJROTC

 

Virtual Virginia

Virtual Virginia sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education provides online courses to students across the Commonwealth.  Students can enroll in courses that they may not be able to fit into their regular school day or not currently available at their school.  While some courses require tuition, any student participating in the Early College Scholars program can have their course tuition covered by the Virginia Department of Education.   

Registration for the Summer Session will be open from March 1 to June 15, 2021. Students will be able to choose from 72 different courses. Classes begin on June 15 and end July 28, 2021.  The price of each course is $375.00. The parent/guardian will receive an email from Virtual Virginia about payment once the student has been enrolled. 

Enrollment for the 2021-2022 Academic School Year 

Enrollment for the fall semester of the 2021-2022 academic school year opens on March 15 and ends on July 15, 2021. The Spring Semester will open for admission from March 15 to December 15, 2021. During the academic year, there is no cost for students to take a course.   

To receive a copy of the application and any additional paperwork required, contact your school counselor, or go to virtualvirginia.org to learn more about Virtual Virginia opportunities. 

 

Virtual Freshman Orientation (Save the Date)

A virtual Freshman Orientation will be held on Thursday, April 29th at 6:00 pm. An email containing registration information for the Zoom session will be sent to all rising freshman in early April. Be sure and register to receive the Zoom link. This will be a great opportunity to learn all about OP and attend various breakout sessions on topics of your choosing. Welcome to the Class of 2025!

 

Virtual Junior Symposium (Save the Date)

Osbourn Park High School will host a Virtual Junior Symposium on Thursday, April 15th at 6:30 pm via Zoom. This is an excellent opportunity for juniors and their parents to find out about and start post-secondary planning. We will have specialists presenting information on graduation requirements, SAT/ACT Testing, 2 and 4- Year College admissions and timelines, financial aid and scholarships, military, and technical career opportunities, and much more. We will also hold drawings for a free yearbook and parking spot for the 2021-2022 school year!! You must be present to win.

 

Virginia Mathematics Pathways Initiative (VMPI)

Families of children enrolled in public schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia and community members are invited to attend upcoming information sessions to learn more about the Virginia Mathematics Pathways Initiative (VMPI), a joint initiative between the Virginia Department of Education, the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia, and the Virginia Community College System. These sessions will provide the opportunity to answer questions about the initiative. All sessions will be live streamed on the VDOE YouTube channel.

The session dates and focus topics are:

  • Tuesday, March 23, Why Change Mathematics Instruction?
  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021, How does VMPI affect VA children’s futures?
  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021, Essential Concepts in grades 8 - 10
  • Tuesday, May 25, 2021, Advanced Pathways in grades 11 – 12

Each session will begin at 6:30 p.m. starting with a 20 minute presentation from members of the VMPI planning committees and participants can submit questions. More details can be found on the VMPI website.

 

Underclassmen Retakes and One Last Senior Portraits Day

The following is the schedule for Underclassmen Portrait Retakes. All underclassmen will have their portraits taken through their English class. Any student without an English class may email Mrs. Artise Gill at gillav@pwcs.edu to receive a pass to have to be photographed. Virtual Only students will have an opportunity to be photographed as well.

Seniors will have one last day to be photographed at the school. Due to time constraints, only tuxedo and drape will be offered to those students. Seniors who still want to take more casual photos can set up an appointment directly with Victor O'Neill Studios at 703-532-0013. An email will be sent to students and parents with details and links to schedule appointments. Here is the schedule:

  • Monday, April 12 Seniors with Drape and Tux only
  • Tuesday, April 13 - 16 - Underclassmen through English classes
  • Tuesday, April 13 - all day through 7 pm, by appointment only - For VO students

 

May SOL Tests

We are planning and preparing for the SOL tests in May. Students who are currently enrolled in an SOL class and need the corresponding SOL to meet graduation requirements will have the option of taking the SOL test in May or may opt to defer their test date until the summer or fall of next school year. All SOL tests will be taken in the school building.

If your student is currently participating in Virtual Learning and is taking an SOL class for which they need to take the SOL; you should have received an email with additional information and an option to sign your student up to come into the building and take the test in May or to defer the test to a later date. All responses need to be returned by Friday, March 26th. If a response is not received by Friday, March 26th, your student will have to wait until the Summer or Fall sessions to complete their SOL test.

 

AP Boot Camp

AP Boot Camp is a four-day event designed for Osbourn Park's AP students who are looking to receive targeted and in-depth practice related to any AP course in which they require further assistance.  Sessions will be offered on the following dates:

  • Saturday, April 10: virtually and/or in-person
  • Tuesday, April 13: virtually after school
  • Thursday, April 15: virtually after school
  • Saturday, April 17: virtually and/or in-person

Depending on the course, these sessions could include anything from full-length mock AP exams to test-taking strategies or practice writing prompts.  Each session will be led by an instructor of that course and will offer review and practice content designed to help students succeed in the upcoming exam season.

Students can access the AP Boot Camp survey with the link provided below.  Using this survey data, we will schedule sessions and plan the review and practice content according to student availability and need.  Let's show those APs who's boss!

AP Boot Camp Survey

 

National Honor Society Tutoring

Do you need help in multiple subject areas? NHS is here for you! Come to NHS tutoring every Monday from 2 pm-3 pm. Drop in for a few minutes or stay for the whole hour! Join us at the following zoom link:  

NHS Tutoring

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

March is National Athletic Training Month

We would like to ask the Osbourn Park community to help us in recognizing and thanking our Athletic Trainer, Lauren Field. Ms. Field is in her 2nd year here at Osbourn Park and has been extremely influential in the success of our athletic programs amid the pandemic. She has been on the frontlines of every mitigation and contract tracing event that we have had (involving sports) all while maintaining her regular duties of helping rehab our injured athletes, conducting concussion training, checking in physical paperwork, checking daily list for COVID Screenings prior to practice and countless other responsibilities. Your hard work and dedication to our student athletes does not go unnoticed. Thank you for all you do!

 

News from the Library

The library is still open for book check out. Please email us (ophs-oplibraryladies@pwcs.edu) or fill out the form on the library canvas page. We will make arrangements for you to pick up the books if you are a virtual student.

The “Taste Buds” Challenge is still on, so keep those book submissions coming in. For every book you read (or have read since January 1, 2021), please log it in this form (also available on the home page of the OPHS-Library canvas page. The challenge is for the OPHS school family (staff and students) to read 2000 books between January 1 and April 15th. If this happens, Dr. Walts and Mrs. Kane (as well as some other guest teachers) will challenge each other on April 22nd. Keep those submissions coming!

Finally, in celebration of Read Across America, some of the OP staff took pictures of themselves reading. Do you think you know who they are? Click on this PowerPoint (don’t forget to go to “present”) to test yourselves! And remember, it’s always good to face-cover with a book.

 

Prince William County Water Art Invitational 

Three of our OPHS Artists artwork was selected to be featured in the Prince William County Water Art Invitational sponsored by the Prince William County Water Authority. 

  • Nicole Nguyen won 3rd place in the Photography Category and will claim a $300 prize
  • Denis Larin Velazquez and Gabriela Reyes-Pacheco also received "Honorable Mention" awards for their individual artworks in the Painting/Drawing Category.

Congratulations OPHS Artists!"

 

Keep Your PWCS Laptop Updated

To keep your loaned PWCS laptop healthy and all programs such as Canvas and Zoom working properly, it is a good idea to check for updates at least once a week. Visit the Tech Support button in the OPHS-Student Canvas course for directions. Look for the following documents in the Tech Support Module:

  • Windows 10 System Update Directions
  • Update Zoom

If you have trouble updating your device or have any questions, please submit a tech request and a member of the tech department will contact you.

 

Upcoming Sporting Events – GO JACKETS!

  • Cross-Country – Mid-Week meet at Nokesville Park 3/24
  • Volleyball & Field Hockey – John Champe, 3/22; Osbourn, 3/24; and Patriot 3/26
  • Competition Cheer – John Champe, 3/22
  • Golf – Regency Dominion Valley, 3/22; Bristow Manor, 3/23, and Prince William GC 3/35
  • Football (JV) – John Champe, 3/23
  • Football (V) – John Champe, 3/25

 

Have a great week, everyone!

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