Bee in the Know

Week of November 22, 2020

We’re now a couple of weeks into the second quarter of the school year. While observing Zoom classes, OPHS administrators have been impressed by the high level of student participation as well as high quality instruction. I am encouraged by the hard work our students and staff continue to put into making learning and teaching in the virtual environment as successful as possible! As we start a short week and then break to take some time off with family, I hope each of our OP community members are able to find ways to give thanks and enjoy the time spent with loved ones. When we return from break, it’s just three short weeks until the winter break. Let’s use this time to stay up to date on assignments and practice good attendance.


  • Tuesday, November 24 is a GOLD day.
  •  OPHS will be closed with no school for students November 25-27 for Thanksgiving Break.

Youth Salute Finalists

Prince William County Council on Youth Leadership sponsors the “Youth Salute” in cooperation with the National Council on Youth Leadership. The purpose of this program is to honor Prince William County high school students in the community who maintain a high scholastic average and have demonstrated leadership ability. The “Youth Salute” has been an approved program by the National Association of Secondary School Principals for over 35 years. The ten finalists were selected based on their resumes and two essays on topics such as leadership and personal accomplishments.

Please help us congratulate our Prince William County Council on Youth Leadership students for the 2020 year. Of our 12 students who submitted essays and resumes, 2 were honored. Senior Andrea Rhee was awarded 2nd runner-up this year. Andrea has been awarded a scholarship, plaque, and medal for her outstanding leadership in Prince William County. Also, senior Anya Mansur was one of the 6 other finalists recognized as well. We are so proud! Congratulations to all 2020 Youth Salute Nominees!

The Inaugural HIVE 5K is HERE!

Join us for the first ever HIVE 5K! Register and complete your run before November 30. Post a photo on social media and tag @opboosters on Twitter or OPHSABC on Instagram. Please use #OPHIVERUN when posting. Proceeds from the event will go towards new equipment and other necessities for our Athletic Training Room. Upon registration we'll email you a bib to print and pin on your shirt. Don't forget to take pictures with your bib!

Register Here:

Athletic Booster Night at Panera

Spirit Night at Panera Nov 25th from 4PM to 8PM. You're not going to want to make dinner the night before Thanksgiving so run over to Panera on Liberia and support OPHS. Print the flyer (link below). Show it to the cashier when you check out and help OPHS Athletic Boosters with 20% of your purchase going to their general fund. The Athletic Boosters supports more than just the Athletic Dept by helping offset costs the school may have allowing the school to focus their funds on instruction and other needs in the building. Panera Flyer.pdf

Athletic Booster Side Walk Sale

It's Back...the final "Side Walk Sale" before the Holiday Season from 10AM-2PM on December 12. Because of the chill in the air, we have permission to be in the gym for this sale. Come get your holiday gift shopping done with OP Gear. There will be new items to include the newly designed Black Hoodie. Cash, Check, and Cards will be accepted. Due to current COVID related restrictions, we will not have more than 25 people in the gym at any time. Tables will be spread out and the floor will be marked for social distancing. Every shopper is required to wear a mask and hand sanitize prior entering the building.

Academic Support Opportunities

ENGLISH and SOCIAL STUIDES: If you didn't pass your English or Social Studies class first quarter, never fear! The English and Social Studies Departments invite you to GRO (Grade Recovery Opportunity). Here's how it works: Ask your English/Social studies teacher if they can recommend you. They will send you the information to register for the Monday GRO sessions. Once you complete the registration form, you will receive the Zoom link via email. For an hour, there will be an English teacher per grade level available to help with any work students bring to the session. The available dates are as follows: November 30, December 7, December 14. The sessions are first come first serve, with a maximum of 40 students per session, so make sure you sign up right away!

MATH: Math Honor Society is now offering Peer Tutoring in Zoom! Tutoring is available Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:50 – 3:30 in Zoom at

Advanced sign up is not necessary. Students needing help will work in breakout rooms with peer to assist them. Come ready to share your virtual documents! Please note, tutoring is not available on holidays and teacher workdays.

SCIENCE: The Science Department will be hosting extra help sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Please ask your science teacher for Zoom link access.

TEACHER OFFICE HOURS: Students are strongly encouraged to reach out to their teachers for extra assistance during their scheduled office hours. Our teachers are eager to help students and are readily available during their office hour sessions for one on one and/or group assistance. Please don’t forget to take advantage of this extra help from your dedicated teachers!

PWCS S.T.A.R. Program: The PWCS Student Tutoring and Remediation (STAR) Program is a tutoring and remediation program to help students improve their performance in English and Math. These 1-hour sessions are designed to enhance the student’s learning while helping to solidify concepts and improve overall achievement in their classes. For more information, contact Michael Petruzzi, STAR Administrator at Sessions are held Monday-Thursday 5:00PM – 6:00PM, 6:00PM – 7:00PM, and 7:00PM – 8:00PM. Sessions are held via ZOOM.

Senior Class News

Hey OPHS Seniors, there are a couple things to be excited for! We will begin selling Senior Spirit Wear packs and will be hosting an Among Us game night via Zoom, on November 30th.

Senior To Do List:

  1. Complete the survey to vote on your class mech design:
  2.  Please text "@ophs21" to 81010 to join the Senior Class remind. Through this you will receive all class updates, links to zoom meetings and surveys to hear your voice!
  3. Senior Cap and Gown Ordering Information- Cap & Gown ordering is now open! Please visit to place your order. Then follow the step by step instructions below:

    Step 1- Go to
    Step 2- Select Caps and Gowns
    Step 3- Select Osbourn Park High School
    Step 4- Enter in your email address to receive a confirmation for your order
    Step 5- Complete your information
    Step 6- Checkout

 You can also order other "Grad Essentials" such as Announcements, Diploma Frames, Souvenir Tassels, 2021 Apparel, etc. on the website below. Please visit to place your order for those items.

If you have any questions, please contact Balfour at 703-941-1436 or

What’s Good: Good News in the Virtual Learning Environment

“In World History II students participated in a Socratic Seminar on Padlet about cultural diffusion and Eastern Empires. In the before times, this would have been done verbally but the students are really enjoying the ability to see their posts appear in real time along with replies from other students. It allows students who are normally shy about participating in class to have a new avenue to get involved in the conversation. Students were engaged during the entire class answering each other's questions and sharing their ideas about culture, how it is passed down, how interactions with other empires impacted culture, and making connection to today's world.”

"The OPHS Girl Up Club kicked off our first project of the year, 'Letters to Community Members'. Each club member will choose someone to write to in the community, offering positive words of encouragement during these challenging times. Our letters will be sent to local seniors in nursing homes, patients battling COVID in our surrounding hospitals, and more. I was truly inspired by their ideas and look forward to spreading positivity throughout our community. If this project piques your interest and you would like to know more about what we do, please contact Ms. Keener for more information about the OPHS Girl Up Club."