Bee in the Know

Week of April 25, 2021

It is hard to believe we have already reached the halfway point of April. We urge parents to use Parent Portal to monitor their child’s progress as the school year draws to a close. If a student requires assistance, they may reach out to their teacher. If you have any questions, please contact your student’s teachers and/or counselor. Thank you for your continued support. Take care and enjoy your weekend!


Administrative Professionals Day

This week recognizes and celebrates the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, and other office professionals for their contributions to the workplace. Happy Administrative Professionals Day to all our secretaries. We cannot thank you enough for all that you do. Take a couple of minutes to write a thank-you note to your alpha assistant. Let's flood their inboxes!


Decision Day Parade and Cap and Gown Pick-up

On May 3, we will host our very first Decision Day Parade in conjunction with the Cap and Gown pick up! Students are invited to decorate their vehicles to celebrate their post-high school decisions. We will have students drive through the bus loop to pick up their caps and gowns, and then they may proceed towards the football field where we will have the opportunity for them to exit their vehicles to take a Decision Day photograph. Ms. Salvo will have a booth set up for seniors who have not yet picked up their yard signs, swag bags, or sweatshirts. Staff members and signage will be present to help students navigate through the parade. Please be sure to always wear a mask.

Schedule for Decision Day Parade and Cap and Gown Pick-up:

Please put a sign in the windshield with the senior student’s name so Balfour staff can help keep the parade route flowing.

  • Last Names A-F: 11:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Last Names G-L: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Last Names M-S: 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
  • Last Names T-Z: 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Any student who has not yet ordered their cap and gown should bring $30 cash to purchase one at the pickup event.


Freshmen Orientation

Osbourn Park High School invites you to a virtual Freshman Orientation on Thursday, April 29th at 6:00 pm. On this date, you can visit our school home page and look the Freshman Orientation news feed link. This will take you to our Freshman Orientation page. There will be a recorded welcome from our principal, Mrs. Kane for you to watch. Starting at 6:15 pm, you can choose three live Zoom information sessions to attend. Sessions start times are 6:15 pm; 6:30 pm, and 6:45 pm. We look forward to seeing you on April 29th. Again, welcome to the Yellow Jacket Family!


Scheduling for the 2021-2022 School Year

Our school counselors are finalizing student course requests for the 2021-22 school year. The last few students yet to select coursework will receive calls next week. After that, our students will have until May 28 to make final adjustments to their course requests prior to being “locked in” to the schedule that our staff will develop in preparation for the start of next school year.


George Mason University Courageous Conversations

George Mason University's Courageous Conversation's Club at Osbourn Park is holding an amazing Zoom event on Tuesday, April 27, at 3:15, with Benjamin Backer (President of the American Conservation Coalition), Emily Salter (High School Youth Political Activist) and others, about bridging our political divide and how to have effective conversations in and outside of school environments. All students, teachers, and staff are invited to the Zoom event to show support and learn. Students will have their questions answered by these political youth activists! Contact/complete this form below to reserve your spot and submit any questions you will want to ask Mr. Backer or Emily. You will receive an emailed link before the meeting.

Reserve your spot and ask your question!


Work-Based Learning and Career Opportunities

Local businesses and organizations in the area are looking for PWCS students and recent graduates for jobs or work-based learning opportunities. For our students, local businesses and organizations with entry-level and “little-to-no-experience-required” positions will be included. Only current high school students and recent graduates will be able to apply for positions on this site. Please complete the questionnaire at the bottom of the page once you log in.

View Available Positions Now!


SAT Testing Update

The upcoming May 8th SAT at OPHS has been cancelled. Students who were registered should have received an email from College Board regarding next steps. If you would still like to take the test on May 8th, you have until April 27th to transfer your registration to another school in the area, or your registration can be used for the June 5th SAT. If you have any questions, please contact College Board at the number provided in the cancelation email.

OPHS will still test on June 5th and there are still spots available. If you wish to take an SAT before the end of this school year, you can register with College Board through the link below.

If you need a registration Fee Waiver, please reach out to your School Counselor about the process to obtain one.

Register Here!


Organizational Tips

As we progress through the fourth-quarter, students are working hard to complete their course requirements and prepare for end-of-year exams. Here are ten tips to help students finish the school year on a high note!

  1. Engage in positive self-talk. Fill your mind with images and statements that affirm your strengths and acknowledge your efforts.
  2. Communicate regularly with your teachers and school counselor. Ask questions when you need help or are unsure about something.
  3. Track assigned schoolwork daily. Use a calendar, agenda, to-do list, or phone reminders to stay ahead of approaching deadlines.
  4. Minimize distractors. Recognize how you get off-task and take steps to neutralize these distractions.
  5. Attend your teachers’ office hours. These sessions provide great opportunities to receive personalized support with schoolwork.
  6. Participate in teacher or peer-led tutoring. Please refer to this Resource Guide to see supports available to students.
  7. Limit cramming before tests. Key information is more likely to be retained if studied over multiple sessions.
  8. Stimulate your brain and body ahead of exams. Get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated, and eat “brain food” (i.e., fruits, vegetables, protein) before testing.
  9. Review assignments and tests to make sure they are complete. Double-check that they were properly submitted.
  10. Celebrate your accomplishments and learn from your struggles. Be proud of how you have grown throughout this uniquely challenging year!


Have a great week everyone!

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