Bee in the Know

Week of October 18, 2020

Parents and Students,

The fall weather is upon us with cold mornings and crisp cool afternoons. We miss our typical fall routines: football games, homecoming, activity fairs, and fall plays and musical productions. We are hopeful that we will be able to get back to enjoying those events in the future.

We had a very successful virtual activities fair last week. Students were able to log in and get information about different clubs and sports programs. Thank you to Mr. Laine, Mrs. Mohl and the rest of our coaches and club sponsors for the work you all put in to make it happen. We are half-way through the first marking period now, all students and parents should have checked ParentVUE, StudentVUE to see interim grades. Our continual focus is growth and we have so much time left in the year. If you aren’t where you feel that you should be, keep working and you will get there.

We have a fantastic group of teachers at Osbourn Park who are continuing to work to improve their Canvas pages, their lessons, and their assessments. We will continue to make virtual learning the best it can possibly be.

PSAT Registration Open Again for October 29th

Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) has extended the deadline to register for the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) to Thursday, October 22.

Each year, PWCS provides all students in grades 10 and 11 the opportunity to take the PSAT at no cost to students and families. Even though the vast majority of students are participating in virtual instruction during the first quarter, the PSAT will be offered in person at high schools in PWCS on Thursday, October 29.

Please note that participation in the PSAT is completely voluntary. There is no penalty if your student does not take the test.

Registration is only open to 10th grade students who did not take the PSAT on October 14 and to 11th grade students who have not yet registered for the PSAT scheduled for October 29.

Link: Registration and PSAT participation options.

Custodial Appreciation Week

This week was Custodial Appreciation Week. We thank our custodians for all their hard work especially during this pandemic. We provided gifts, breakfast, snacks and specially designed t-shirts that state “OP Custodians Rock!” Those gifts are from the heart but do not equal the work that they do on a daily basis. Their hard work and efficiency in deep cleaning helps keep their OP family in a safe environment to work and learn. As workers on the frontline, you are appreciated for everything that you do. Thank you to the best custodial team in PWCS!

Prince William County Youth Salute

Attention Juniors: The Prince William County Youth Salute Council, a member of the National Council on Youth Leadership, is now accepting nominations of young people who have displayed outstanding ability in leadership and academic achievement. Each high school may nominate 12 students from its Class of 2022.

The nominees must meet the following criteria:

1. Be a member of the Junior Class (Senior Class 2022).
2. Have a cumulative 3.0 grade point average at the end of their sophomore year.
3. Have held TWO LEADERSHIP ROLES to which they were chosen by their peers or an adult leader within the past two years in school, religious or community sponsored organizations.

All student nominees must complete the nominee application packet along with their resume and submit by e-mail before 11:59PM on October 28, 2020.

The students selected for the Youth Salute Program will participate in a one-day essay writing and leadership seminar. Each nominee will be required to write two essays based on community involvement and leadership themes. A panel of highly qualified judges will score the essays. The nominees will compete based on their resume and essays for scholarship awards ranging from $100.00 up to a $1,000.00. The top winner will be named Prince William County Youth Salute Leader of the Year and receive an all-expense paid five-day trip to Washington University in St. Louis to attend the National Town Meeting on Tomorrow where they will have an opportunity to compete for a national scholarship. The three runners up can attend the National Meeting at their own expense.

If you are a Junior and would like to be considered, please contact Mrs. Jaeger at for the application packet. Please have a teacher in mind that you will be asking to sign for the recommend portion as well. All students need a recommended signature from a staff member.

Governors School @ Innovation Park Information Session

The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park is hosting virtual Information sessions for all 14 public high schools in MCPS, MPCS, & PWCS. Each presentation will begin with a brief presentation by Dr. Calhoun (GS@IP Director) and/or Mrs. Bach (GS@IP School Counselor). They will then be available to answer any questions students or parents may have about the Governor’s School at Innovation Park.

October 19th at 2 pm – Osbourn Park (PWCS)

Summer Residential Governors School

Summer Residential Governor’s School is a unique opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors interested in various academic and arts areas. Programs are hosted by area colleges and provide rigorous collaborative, hands-on experiences for high school students.
OPHS students interested in apply need to contact Ms. Beth Christensen, Gifted Resource Teacher (

An upcoming interest meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 26th at 1pm via Zoom:
Join Zoom Meeting

 Meeting ID: 850 4249 6265
Passcode: 350349

There will also be a PWCS Parent Info Session on October 22 via Zoom.

Topic: Summer Residential Governor's School Information Meeting for Parents
Time: Oct 22, 2020 at 07:00 PM via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 914 3807 2063
Passcode: 140501

Free NASA Opportunities for Virginia High School Students

Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides the following FREE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities for Virginia high school students in grades 10 through 12. The student application deadline is almost here! Please remind your students to apply by October 25, 2020!

10TH GRADE Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) – Online course for 10th grade students focusing on missions flown or managed by NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, with a week-long summer academy program at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

11TH AND 12TH GRADE Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) – Online course for 11th and 12th grade students focusing on NASA’s human spaceflight missions and the Journey to the Moon and on to Mars with a week-long summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center. Students can earn up to four free dual enrollment college credits.

11TH AND 12TH GRADE Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) – This interactive online earth system science course for 11th and 12th grade students features NASA scientific research and data. Students can earn up to five dual enrollment college credits and can also be selected to attend a summer academy program at NASA Langley Research Center.

The online course applications are OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 25th for 10th – 12th grade students to apply.

19th Annual HBCU College Festival – February 20, 2021

Alfred Street Baptist Church is hosting the 19th Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Festival on Saturday, February 20, 2021. In response to COVID-19 concerns, this Festival will be VIRTUAL. Registration has not yet opened; we will be sending another email with instructions and details for registration.

We would like for you to inform your high school students, their parents and/or guardians about this virtual HBCU College Festival. This festival is not just for high school seniors. All high school students who are considering/planning to attend an HBCU college or university should plan to attend. It is never too soon to prepare for college. We will have a host of seminars, admissions directors and recruiters, and exhibitors to assist with your preparation.

On January 25, 2020, close to 10,000 people attended the 18th Annual HBCU College Festival, making this the largest HBCU College Festival in the nation. We welcomed over 70 HBCUs to recruit and approximately two-thirds offered on-site interviews and immediate acceptance to college.

During our 2020 Festival, many of our colleges and universities conducted on-site interviews resulting in over 1,700 offers for admission on the spot. In addition, approximately $5.4 million in scholarships and waived application fees were offered to those accepted. We also had band and chorus directors who conducted auditions. With your help we are hoping to increase the number of high school students, parents and guardians in virtual attendance on February 20, 2021.

Festival Benefits:

* HBCU virtual Drumline competition!
* Over 70 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
* On-site Interviews and Admissions by some schools
* Band and Chorus auditions by some schools
* Application Fee Waiver by some schools
* Seminars for students, parents and guardians (sign up when you register)

We look forward to your students and parents and/or guardians attending the virtual 19th Annual HBCU College Festival on February 20, 2021. If you have questions, please email: