Bee in the Know

Week of September 5, 2021

Back to School Night Was a Success!

Thanks to all of the parents who attended our Back-to-School Night last Tuesday. It was so nice to see so many parents here at OP. We are glad you had the opportunity to meet your child’s teachers, attend the Information Fair and maybe purchase some gear as well.

 

Thank you PTSO!

A huge thank you to the PTSO for providing a wonderful pasta dinner to the entire OP staff during Back-to-School Night. The food was delicious! Welcome also to the new PTSO board. The members include:

  • President – Emily Joran
  • Vice President - Alyssa Rivera
  • Treasurer – LaTonya Kilgo
  • Secretary - Antoinette Guidry

Parents and teachers, please become a member of the PTSO. They provide a wonderful service for our students and staff year-round and your support means so much.

PTSO 2021-2022 Membership Form.docx 

PTSO 2021-2022 Spanish Membership Form (1).docx 

 

ALPHA Administrators, Counselors and Secretaries

For your convenience, here is a list of the administrators, counselors and secretaries at OP.

 

Activity Buses Begin Thursday, September 9

Activity buses will begin on September 9 and will be available after school every Tuesday and Thursday. Any student who meets with a club/organization/sport can stay late on those days and can take the activity bus home. (Activity bus information will be sent out through CANVAS next week and also posted on the OPHS Website.) Students who stay after must get a pass from their sponsor or coach and will have 10 minutes to go to the first-floor cafeteria to wait until the bus arrives. Students who do not have a pass will not be able to ride the activity bus.  The activity bus will depart OPHS at 4:45 pm.

 

School Laptops – Insurance for devices and updating

All students should have a school issued device now. If your student is using a personal device, we strongly recommend that they switch to a PWCS device as we are unable to help troubleshoot personal devices and the guest WiFi can slow down rather quickly if many devices are using it. School laptops will continue to be available for pick-up in the Library.

We are strongly encouraging families to purchase the optional device insurance that is available. If your student’s laptop is damaged and needs to be returned, the cost for a replacement or for repairs will be due from the parent before a new laptop is provided. Optional digital device insurance can be found here.

Please make sure to update your laptop. This is best done at home as it can take an hour or more the first time the computer is updated. Connect to your home WiFi and then follow these steps to update your laptop:

Student Laptop Update Instructions:

  • Press the Windows key on your keyboard or click on the Magnifying glass in the bottom left corner of your desktop screen
  • Type “Check for updates” and press enter.
    • A new window will pop up
  • Select “Check online for updates from Microsoft Update”
    • **IMPORTANT Do NOT select the “Check for Updates” gray rectangle.
  • Updates will automatically begin to install. Do not turn off computer or disconnect from internet.

If you are still having issues with your laptop, please bring it to the main office during the school day.

 

Free and Reduced Lunch Form

While breakfast and lunch is being provided free of charge to all of our students this year, we are asking that families complete the free and reduced lunch form if you have qualified for free and reduced lunch in the past or you feel that you may qualify for it this year. The form can be found at pwcsnutrition.com.

This form is important because it can determine a family’s eligibility for things like: discounted school fees, free or reduced internet services, and/or discounted phone service. Completion of the form also ensures that Osbourn Park receives the appropriate funding to support all our students.

 

Gifted Education

The OPHS Gifted Education Department is looking forward to kicking off the SIGNET year at the end of September. Please be on the lookout for a welcome letter (via email) and Permission for Services form (9th grade and new students). Students will be added to the appropriate SIGNET Canvas Course by the beginning of next week as we set things up for a successful school year! Questions? Please reach out to Ms. Beth Christensen at christe@pwcs.edu.

 

Senior Portrait Make-Up Dates

The last Senior Make-Up dates are scheduled for Oct. 11th and 12th, after school. Seniors can schedule their appointment online at prestigeportraits.com.

 

Underclassmen Photos

All underclassmen, 9th, 10th, and 11th graders will have their pictures taken on September 30 and October 1st. The make-up day will be November 16th. Pictures will be taken through English classes.

 

Last Year's Yearbook

Due to an issue with the vendor, 2021 yearbooks will not be shipped until Mid October.  We apologize for the delay.  Please know we changed vendors, so we are expecting this year's yearbooks to be delivered on time.  

 

Attention Drivers

Be sure to get your parking pass!  All cars parked at OPHS must have a parking pass displayed beginning the 13th of September or risk being towed.  Parking passes can be purchased online.  See Mr. Hyman for information. 

 

New School Year Packet

All “first day” forms are now online in ParentVUE. All families should complete the New School Year Packet as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, September 17, 2021.The information you provide will allow school staff to ensure the safety of your student this school year. 

  1. Log into the ParentVUE app or the ParentVUE website using your ParentVUE UserID and password.  
  2. Once logged into ParentVUE, click the Online Records button at the top of the screen.  
  3. If you need assistance, or do not have an active ParentVUE account, please contact your child’s alpha secretary. 

 

Message from Student Services – Please complete Social/Emotional Well-Being Survey

We recognize that the past year has brought some challenges to our PWCS families. This school year, you will hear messages about addressing unfinished learning and ensuring both physical and mental wellness for all students and staff members. Our school based mental health professionals stand ready and are committed to supporting your student(s) as they continue their educational journey. To help us be prepared to support our students, we are asking parents/guardians to share information with us via a survey about your student's social and emotional needs. The survey will close on September 17, 2021, so please be sure to respond before that time. We know this may be a time of new or renewed fear and anxiety for many and we recognize that additional support will be needed to remove barriers that impede learning.

At the start of this school year, students will also be given an opportunity to complete a brief emotional needs assessment. The data from this assessment and the data you provide as a parent/guardian will allow us to offer targeted support to students in need. This survey will be given during the first few weeks of school. If you wish to review the questions for the student survey, please visit this webpage.

Thank you for your continued partnership and we look forward to supporting your student to ensure success for the 2021-22 school year. Together, we can and will help our students learn from challenges and thrive!

 

Highlighting our new Yellow Jackets

Shannon Johnson - Math: Mrs. Johnson is joining OPHS from San Antonio, Texas with 10+ years of experience teaching every level of mathematics including working with special needs students, gifted learners, and students in credit recovery programs. She brings leadership experience as well, having worked as an assistant principal and a principal. She will be teaching Pre-Calculus w/ Trig as well as working with our Pre-Governors School Algebra II students.

Erin Herbst - Language Arts: I'm so excited for my first year at OP! I teach Adv. English 10 and English 11. Originally, I am from New York, and I attended SUNY Geneseo for college. Just recently, I finished my Master's at Georgetown University. One interesting fact about me is that I can recite all of the US Presidents, forwards and backwards!

Steve Dailey - Band: Mr. Dailey is coming to us from Texas where he served as Assistant Director of Bands for Baylor University. He has a vast background including a master's degree in Wind Conducting from Baylor, performed as a percussionist, taught band at the middle school level and many others.

Jennifer Faust – School Counselor: I am a graduate of Brooke Point High school and have degrees from Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. I came from Spotsylvania county where I worked as a school counselor at Riverbend High school. I enjoy running and reading!

Kathleen McGregor - Social Studies: Kathleen is originally from Sterling, VA, but moved to Prince William County, where she attended school from 3rd -12th grade. Kathleen earned her bachelor's degree from Sweet Briar College and is currently teaching Econ and Personal Finance and World History I. In her time away from OP, Ms. McGregor enjoys sewing and making costume props and has begun teaching herself modeling for 3-D printing.

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