Bee in the Know

Week of May 9, 2021

We are anxious to celebrate our Seniors and make this last quarter memorable. Please check out all the important updates and happenings as we look to close out the school year. We hope everyone has a great week!


Senior News!


  • Please fill out this SURVEY for the yearbook.
  • If you received any scholarships, please let us know. (You have until 5/10/21)
  • Attend the senior class meetings every Thursday at 1:45 on ZOOM .


  • 5/15/21:Senior Sunset *blackout themed*
  • 7:30pm - 9pm
  • Must have signed up already
  • Must complete the SWOL before coming to the event
  • 6/2/21: Last day of school for seniors
  • 6/3/21:Hive Drive to drop off borrowed items and pick up cords, etc. (Time is TBD)
  • 6/5/21:Graduation Ceremony (6:00 p.m.)


  • You can decorate your cap for graduation if it is not 3-D and school-appropriate. They will need to be approved at the Hive Drive on 6/3. (If you have any questions, please contact your alpha administrator)
  • Yearbooks will be sold until they are sold out! You will receive it sometime in the summer either at school or at home if you chose for it to be delivered to you.
  • Senior Superlative winners will be announced at the Senior Sunset.
  • The number of tickets per student for graduation is still unknown.


2021-22 Learning Plan

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steve Walts, presented the 2021-22 Learning Plan to the School Board on Wednesday, May 5. The reopening plan provides for five days a week of full-time, in-person instruction for all students in all grade levels. Students at all grade levels will have the option to remain virtual.

All students will be considered in-person unless their parent/guardian opts-in to virtual learning. The selection for 100 percent virtual can be made in ParentVUE between May 24-28. In order to ensure proper budgeting, staffing and scheduling, it is important for schools to have information on fall attendance by May 28.

More about the 2021-22 Learning Plan

Note: Plans are subject to change


PWCS recognizes May as Mental Health Awareness Month with the theme "You Are NOT Alone":

In partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), PWCS recognizes May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Now more than ever, it is essential to prioritize the mental health of loved ones and take steps to stay connected with friends, family, and peers. No one should feel alone in their mental health journey or without the resources and support they need.

One in six youth aged 6-17 experiences a mental health condition each year and more than 51 million adults in the United States face the reality of managing a mental illness every day.

To learn more about how you and your school can help promote the mental health and well-being of all students and staff during the month of May, please visit the Office of Student Services Mental Health Awareness Month webpage for resources and toolkits.

Please note: The Office of Student Services is requesting that throughout the month of May, the associated graphic and announcement for Mental Health Awareness Month, is posted to the news feed on each school webpage. ITCs will receive the graphic and announcement this week to post.

If you have questions, please contact Lien Weakland in the Office of Student Services at


National Nurses Week

The weeklong celebration begins on May 6, which is National Nurses Day, and runs through May 12 — Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nightingale was a 19th-century nurse credited with being the founder of modern nursing. A special thank you to Nurse Brenda Miller-Dorick and Ms. Tami Walrabenstein, clinic assistant for everything that they do each day.


Osbourn Park Literary Magazine

The OP Lit Mag Portraits ranked within Virginia's top publications, earning the Trophy Class distinction by the VHSL! Congratulations to the student-staff members for their hard work and dedication to the continued success of the publication.

In other news, the 2020-21 edition of the literary magazine, Untold, is now available for download! A limited print of 100 copies is currently being printed and will be available for purchase at the start of June. You can download and peruse this year's literary magazine and all previous editions through the

Please visit the Literary Magazine activity page on the school website. 



Our online programs help students learn more about the SAT, ACT, and the college admissions process. Follow the link to register for any program.

  • ACT Strategy Session Tuesday, May 11, 2021 7:00 PM
  • College Application Essay Writing Workshop Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 7:00 PM
  • SAT, ACT, or Both? Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 7:00 PM



OPHS will administer the SAT 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 through the College Board link below.

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

Register for the SAT



The Key Club is having one last collection this year, after a very successful series of projects and incredibly generous donations from the community. If you can participate, our last collections include:

1. Donations for local animal shelters:

  • Blankets (can be gently used)
  • Towels (can be gently used)
  • Sheets (can be gently used)
  • Dogfood, both dry and canned
  • Cat food, both dry and canned

2. Donations for the SERVE food bank:

  • Canned soups
  • Condiments (ketchup, mustard, salad dressings, etc.)
  • Small bags or boxes of rice (family-sized)
  • Cooking oil

3.Donations for Serving Our Neighbors homeless outreach program:

  • New underwear, all sizes, men and women
  • Packs of flushable wipes
  • Gently used backpacks

Please leave all donations in the Key Club area at OPHS's front door, OUTSIDE, to the left of the main entrance.

Email LeAnne Beardsley at with any questions.


Athletic Event Schedule


Have a great week, everyone!

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