Bee in the Know

Week of September 27, 2020

We finished “Week 3” in great fashion and our students are really beginning to feel comfortable with online learning. Our teachers have been working non-stop to find ways to improve their instruction and provide the best learning experience possible for our students. As we work through this new learning together, hang in there with us. A huge thank you to our students, parents, teachers, and staff who are working to make this an awesome year. Be safe!

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Congratulations to our 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists Ashish Pothireddy and Lori Shoemaker. Students entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which serves as an initial screening. Each semifinalist represents less than one percent of high school seniors in the U.S. Semifinalists are among the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

Registering for Advanced Placement (AP) Tests

All students taking AP tests should have received or will be receiving their join code and instructions on how to register for their AP test from their AP teacher. Students please register for your AP tests as soon as possible. If any student is having trouble registering for their AP test, contact College Board at 888-225-5427. The school code is 471345.

Senior Information Night (Seniors and Families)

Join us for the Senior Information Nights on September 29th or October 1st, from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Our principal, Mrs. Kane, will be opening the evenings with a welcome to the 2021 Class. Topics will include orders for cap and gown, graduation requirements, post-secondary planning, and tools to help you manage your senior year. Sign up via the form sent to your school email for your chosen night to attend. Links to the Zoom will be sent to you and made available on our Canvas School Counseling page. We hope to see you there!

Prince William Human Rights Student Leadership Council

Are you a sophomore, junior, or senior in high school? Are you interested in learning more about the government through the lens of human rights? Expanding on what you have learned in civics and government classes while learning leadership skills? If you answered yes to these questions, visit to fill out an online application. Applications will open on September 30, 2020 and close on October 30, 2020. Applications are due by 4:30 pm.

Guess the Shelfie

The library is having a “Guess the Shelfie” contest. There will be a link to the contest by enrolling in the library canvas course, where you will need to match the teacher to their bookshelves. Don’t worry if you do not know all the teachers - there will be some clues along the way. The top guessers will have a chance to win Amazon gift cards donated by our amazing PTSO. Also check out our reading recommendations - Mrs. Coleman and Mrs. Lawlor will be having weekly “Coffee Talks” to discuss books, as well as providing book recommendations. In addition, we will be starting our book club during lunch once a month “Lunch with the Librarians” to discuss Dry by Neal Shusterman. Stay tuned for more information. Here is the self-enroll code for the Library Course.

Additions to our Website

We are excited to share two new additions to our website that will improve our ability to keep the OP community informed and allow a more convenient alternative to student absence reporting for parents. On our homepage, you will notice two new buttons, Communications and Attendance. The Communications page houses each of the weekly Bee in the Know newsletters as well as a record of community emails and letters.

Helpful Hints for Online Learning

  • Maintain a consistent school routine
  • Be sure to check in to Canvas and complete work for each class every day
  • Communicate with your teachers, counselors, and/or administrators if you have questions and/or concerns
  • Stay positive! We are all in this together and we will emerge from this stronger than before

Good News in the Virtual Learning Environment

“My students are asking some fantastic questions in class! They work on the warm-up in breakout rooms in the beginning of class and then we come together as a full group to discuss. They are asking questions, volunteering answers, and are engaging with the material! I’m building relationships with my students in ways I never could have expected to over a computer screen!”

“At no point this week did I get an "your connection is unstable" from Zoom.”

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