Bee in the Know

Week of April 11, 2021

We finally made it! Quarter 4 is here, and we are in the home stretch and I am sure everyone is happy to know that all of our students, whether virtual or here in person at OP have done a great job thus far. But there is still more to do. Students, please stay diligent and remember that you can do it! Parents, thanks so much for your continued support. We appreciate the encouragement and time you have given your children.

The fourth quarter is bursting with Appreciation Days/Weeks. This week is National Librarian Week and Assistant Principal Appreciation Week! Please help us say a hearty thank you to Librarians Rheetha Lawlor and Jennifer Coleman and Librarian Assistant, Maria Grimsley. They have been here everyday offering support to teachers and students with technology training, as well as providing innovative ways to share books with students including Zoom book talks, as well as teaching in almost every department.

Additionally, our Assistant Principals, Ben Henken, Artise Gill, Dylan Grazier, Lindsey Walton, and Kenyetta Wilson-Keys, are simply amazing and OP would not run as smoothly without them. From planning Hive Drives to supporting teachers, they do it all! Thank you all for your continued dedication and support!


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 held virtually on the following days:

  • Saturday, April 10
  • Tuesday, April 13
  • Thursday, April 15
  • Saturday, April 17

For a constantly updated list of currently scheduled AP Boot Camp Sessions, please view the online schedule.



NCAA Eligibility Center Spring Webinar for College-Bound Student-Athletes

Do you want to compete in college sports? Join the NCAA Eligibility Center for their spring webinar for college-bound student-athletes and your families on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.

This webinar will teach you about the initial-eligibility requirements you must meet in order to study and play sports at an NCAA Division I or II school. Click Here to Register.

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D’Anya Pickett was selected to be featured in TechGirls this month. Kudos to D’Anya and this wonderful accomplishment! OP is so proud! 


Faith Cummings (class of '20, now a freshman at CNU) was awarded the top award at the JMU student research symposium for the paper she completed for AP Research last spring.

She did a great job with her presentation and will have her paper published in JMU's research journal. She's also been invited to present at the National College Undergraduate Research Conference next month - a big deal for any freshman, certainly one presenting work she completed in high school. She'll have her paper published as part of this year's NCUR collection as well.



The following students have placed in 1st or 2nd Place in the 2021 Prince William-Manassas Regional Science and Engineering Fair their respective categories:

  • Agnes Cho 1st Place- Animal Science
  • Cassidy Dailly 1st place- Environmental Science
  • Ashlyn Solenberger 2nd Place- Chemistry
  • Makenna Howell 2nd Place-Plant Science

They are now eligible to compete in the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair that will take place on April 10, 2021, virtually. Please congratulate them for their hard work!

Science Fair Results



This year the library will be hosting Dr. Walts and Principal Lisamarie Kane, as well as some other teachers, in the taste buds challenge for independent reading at 11:00 on April 22nd. Keep those book submissions coming in!  

Taste Test Challenge



The Osbourn Park Driver Education behind the wheel program is open for enrollment. Please use the PWCS online site to sign up. 

Student must have a permit, parent permission, and we encourage 15-20 hours of recorded driving practice before enrolling.

OPHS Contact: Rod Hodgson –



All underclassmen will have their portraits taken through their English class. Any student without an English class may email Mrs. Artise Gill at to receive a pass 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. April 12-16 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



The OPHS World Language Department is pleased to have identified new members to join the French and Spanish Honor Societies later this month. Students in level 3 or higher may be eligible based on grades in their language classes as well as their GPA. Students who meet the requirements (including those who should have been eligible last year and missed their chance due to school closing) have already been notified. (Check your school email!) Students who wish to join must submit a form and dues payment to the World Language teachers, after which they will receive more details for the initiation ceremony to be held on Thursday, April 22 at 7pm via Zoom.


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.


OP Athletics

As we are nearing the end of our Fall sports season, we would like to recognize the following Teams/Athletes!

  • Good Luck to Golfers, Matthew Sills and Carter Lyons as they advance to the Regional Golf Tournament on April 12th!
  • Congratulations to our Varsity Volleyball Team for placing 2nd in districts!  They will now advance to the Regional Tournament.  Good Luck at the game on Monday, April 12th vs. Colonial Forge!
  • Good Luck to our Girls Cross Country Team and Jack Schumacker as they compete in the Regional Meet on April 17th!
  • Congratulations to the following Cheerleaders!
    • All District Cheer - 1st Team - Ava Poster, Kelsey Mackert, Cevanah Parks, Aiden Toor
    • All District Cheer - 2nd Team - Milan Lowe and Katherine Landaverde
  • Congratulations to Ashleigh Clyde who won 2nd place at the State VHSL Forensics Meet in Original Oratory!

Spring Sports start this Monday April 12th.  Anyone attending tryouts should make sure they have turned in their physical and concussion training certificate prior to the tryout.  All Athletes must have a SWOL account and complete the SWOL Covid Screen prior to 2:00 EACH DAY.


Have a great week, everyone!

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