Bee in the Know

Week of September 20, 2020

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Dear OPHS Community Member,
We’re now two weeks in and starting to find our new groove with virtual learning. Our teachers are delivering some amazing lessons via Zoom, Nearpod, Flipgrid, and so many more applications! Students are engaged and giving it their all as they too are starting to get the hang of this new virtual learning environment. It will continue to take this team effort to keep us moving forward in the right direction and we thank all our students, parents, teachers, and staff who are making this year a success!

Student Grade Questions? Check ParentVue!

Parents, please be sure to only check ParentVue for accurate grade data. Canvas has a grade feature, but this is in the process of being disabled so that there is no confusion. When in doubt about a grade, please be assured that the grade in ParentVue is accurate. The only accurate grade book is ParentVue!

Biotech Hour Opportunities

As a reminder, all Biotech students are required to earn 100 hours of science or engineering related service by May 1, of their senior year. There are multiple opportunities available to earn hours during the pandemic such as reading books and writing a reflection, or taking Cisco coursework where you earn 70 hours per course! Please visit the Biotech Hours Opportunity page for more information! 

Art Department News

The Art department is busy scheduling virtual field trips with college reps! The first one is on October 13, from 8:50 – 10:10am with VCU. Contact your Art teacher for more information!

Emotional Support Survey 

In the coming days, all parents will receive an e-mail with a link to an emotional and family support survey.  The results of this survey will be shared with the lead school counselor or director of school counseling in each building so they may follow up with students who may need additional emotional support.  Please have your student’s ID number available to complete the survey. If you do not know the ID number, please log in to ParentVue to retrieve it. If you have questions contact Rebekah Schlatter, Director of Student Services at schlattr@pwcs.edu.

Online Fee Payment 

PWCS is excited to announce our new online payment system! In an effort to reduce time, money and paper waste, parents of returning students can avoid the long lines of school startup and pay their children’s school fees through a secure online website. As a PWCS parent, you have the option to pay a number of mandatory and elective school fees online. Our fee management and online payment system is an easy and secure way to pay school fees from the comfort of your home or office. Please click the following link for more information: 

Need Tech Help?

New links have been added to the students and parents buttons on our website, to help you troubleshoot through common virtual learning problems. These links can be found under the Virtual Learning section. The page is updated frequently to include the latest fixes for common parent and student questions.
New Link! Tech Tips for Students & Parents

  • Unable to login to your PWCS laptop?
  • Don't have a ParentVUE Account?
  • Don't have a Canvas Parent Observer Account?
  • How do I login to Canvas or Zoom?
  • I was told to log into Canvas and Zoom through the "Waffle" or Clever?
  • How do I log into Microsoft Office 365?
  • I forgot my student password?
  • We forgot our ParentVUE login?
  • How can I change my child's name on Zoom?
  • My children share a device and Canvas/Zoom won’t let them logout?
  • My child's schedule is wrong, a course is wrong, my teacher's class isn't in Canvas, or Canvas doesn't match the Hub schedule?

New Link! Request Tech Support

  • If the tips in the link above do not solve your problem or answer your question, please send a help request to techsupport@pwcs.edu and the appropriate school based contact will be notified.

Library Curbside Pickup

The library is offering curbside library days to pick up and drop off books. We are also coordinating with other schools which may be closer to you to pick up and drop off books. Please self-enroll to the Library Canvas Page.

OPHS Student Canvas Course

All students should have access to the OPHS-Student 2020_21 Canvas course. This will be your go-to for any information you might need, including helpful tips for Canvas and Zoom, password reset help. And links to the Code of Behavior and Student Handbook. Keep checking this course as we will be adding new information and resources throughout the year.

Physical and Concussion Training Forms Collection

Physical and concussion training form collection has been completed. Please be sure to check out the OP Athletics Twitter (@opjackets) and the opjackets.org website for additional collection days.

PWCS Food and Nutrition Details for First Marking Period

This is a free meal benefits program for all PWCS families. OPHS is a county distribution site and will distribute meals between 12:00pm and 6:00p, on Mondays and Thursdays.
In-person Students: All student meals will be FREE until December 31 and all students will be sent home with a sack lunch on Friday to cover meals not able to be obtained on Mondays.
Virtual Students: Families will have the option to pick-up a full or half weeks’ worth of grocery supplements (whole fruit, dairy, bread, cheese, etc). Distribution will take place along the kiss and ride circle. There will be signage in place to help direct families to the correct pick-up location.

Free and Reduced Lunch

If you have qualified and receive free and reduced lunch in the past, you will need to complete the form every school year prior to September 30. In preparation for a potential return to face-to-face learning, we ask that all students who qualify, complete the form in advance. You can find the free and reduced lunch forms, as well as other information on PWCS Food and Nutrition Services at https://pwcsnutrition.com/

Get Involved!

The OP PTSO meet on Wednesday for their first meeting of the 20-21 school year. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved, so please consider joining their next meeting. Please email osbournparkptso@gmail.com for more information.
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What’s Good: Good News in the Virtual Learning Environment

“I was having horrible internet connection problems yesterday (There may have been tears) and the students in my first period were SO patient and kind. Many were coaching me in the chat feature with ideas how to help, everyone stayed in the class as I went in and out AND they adapted while I switched to teaching FROM MY PHONE! It was a virtual teacher's nightmare. The students could not have been more supportive and encouraging. I also wanted to mention how amazing my co-teacher, Ms. Kirkendall, was. We had class together 3rd period and she didn’t miss a beat taking over when I couldn’t be on. She’s amazing!! Additionally, I reached out to coworkers to ask for advice and the Social Studies Department was just as supportive and encouraging. People checked in on me all day to see how I was doing. This really is a community effort and I couldn't have been more proud to be part of the OP village.”

“I am so impressed by the student's attendance and willingness to participate! We have done Q&A sessions, icebreakers, & my students even presented their projects already! This week, I did zoom break-out sessions in some of my classes, and they were a success! This may seem odd, but I feel like I am getting to know my students even better virtually (even if they are little black boxes on my screen."

“Student assistants in the Virtual World provide the support and encouragement that our students miss from in school instruction. They enhance our lessons, model desired behaviors, and treat our students like the adults they are becoming. Whether in large group discussions or in break out rooms, our student assistants add to our collaboration activities and support socialization and communication skills."

“My ELD students have adapted well to using Canvas and Zoom. One student has shared her screen to explain her thought process to fellow students. In a team-taught class with Ms. Hawley, students have engaged with both teachers through a scavenger hunt that led them to connect with us through email, the live zoom class, and the office hours meetings. In class with Mrs. Castorena, students responded to instruction material using Nearpod.”

"Displaying grace to your students acclimating to a new way of new learning has been a good way to demonstrate to your students that you care about their mental needs"