Bee in the Know

Week of January 16, 2022

It was great to welcome back our Yellow Jackets for our first full week of school in 2022! With just two weeks left in the first semester, let’s work hard, be kind, and finish the first half of the year strong. The midpoint of the year is a great time to take stock of what you’ve done well so far this year, and what opportunities you have for growth during the second half of the year. If needed, don’t hesitate to take advantage of evening tutoring sessions, or staying after Tuesdays and Thursdays. Start setting the tone for a smooth transition into the second half of the year.


Dual Enrollment Course Offered at Osbourn Park HS for the First Time in OPHS History

For the first time ever, OPHS is offering Dual Enrollment College Composition 12 to our seniors. Seniors who take this course and successfully pass both semesters, will receive college credit for the entry-level course. The prerequisites for taking the course are completing English 11 with a C or better and an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Interested students should let their counselor know during scheduling so that the course can be added to their schedule.


OP Student Competing in the Finals for the MLK Oratorical Competition and Program

OPHS student and Junior, N’Na-Mayi Akosua Tama, is one of the six finalists for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Oratorical Competition and Program, which will be presented virtually at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 17, 2022.

Hosted by the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta (PWCAC DST), this free MLK event will give the audience an opportunity to vote for their favorite orator using a text-to-vote feature. The program will be broadcast on the PWCAC DST YouTube Channel (PWCAC-DST-MEDIA). This year’s theme, “Beyond Dreams and Mountains: Her Voice-Her Mission,” gave students the chance to present about unsung heroines of the Civil Rights Movement past and present; their vision and work and how it aligns with Dr. King's vision.

Please be sure to tune in and support, OPHS' very own, N’Na-Mayi Akosua Tama! We are so proud of her!


Little Jackets Early Learning Center

The Little Jackets Early Learning Center will be returning this spring! The Little Jackets program is for potty-trained preschool children ages 3 - 5 and is run by OPHS students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education course. The preschoolers will experience free play, circle time, organized games, various learning centers and snack time each day. This year we are offering a 10-week program that will run February 1st, 2022 - April 8, 2022 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:30am - 12:00pm. The total cost for enrollment is $125.00. If you are interested or would like to learn more about the program, please contact Mattea Edwards.

Complete our registration packet (PDF) and return it to Mattea Edwards at Osbourn Park High School to begin the enrollment process for your child.


Academic Advising

It's time to start thinking about academic advising for the 2022-2023 school year. In February and March, school counselors will meet with students to review graduation requirements, explore academic and career interests, and assist students in selecting courses for the following school year. The timeline below contains significant dates that you should be aware of to prepare for academic advising. Due to weather closures, these dates may vary.


  • January 10-23: Teachers will begin meeting with students to discuss course offerings and provide recommendation for which courses students should take for the upcoming school year.
  • January 24-27: All 9th, 10th, and 11th graders will be shown the academic advising power point by English teachers in English classes.
  • January 24-30: Students and parents will be able to view teacher recommendations and enter their course selections through StudentVUE. The Course Request page in StudentVUE allows students to review or modify course requests. Parents will be able to view requests in ParentVUE.
  • February 1-14: School counselors will meet with 11th grade students through English classes to discuss, review, and select their classes.
  • February 15-March 3: School counselors will meet with 10th grade students through English classes to discuss, review, and select their classes.
  • March 4-18: School counselors will meet with 9th grade students through English classes to discuss, review, and select their classes.
  • March 21-25: School counselors, specialty coordinators, Special Education and EL representatives will visit feeder middle schools to register rising 9th grade students.
  • May 4: Student and parents will receive a Course Request Profile confirmation letter with courses requested via email.
  • May 31: The last day that parents and students may submit requests for course changes.

We are excited to collaborate with you as we complete the course selection and academic advising process for the 2022-2023 school year.

The updated High School Course Catalog for school year 2022-23 is live on the website.


World Language Poster Contest

The World Language Department will be starting the division-wide World Language Poster Contest ahead of the National Foreign Language Week (March 6-12). Ask your World Language teacher how you can participate in this year's theme of "Celebrate Humanity Through Language"! Due date for poster submissions here at OP will be February 23rd.


Fun Activities in Social Studies

In EPF students are learning how to write checks and balance their checking account. The World II kids completed "Netflix and Reign" where they had to create the description cards for episodes for a Netflix series on an absolute monarch covering key events of their lives. Check out one of the finished products below!


American Heart Month

OPHS will be participating in the American Heart Challenge! We encourage all students to join our school team, complete the steps to Finn’s Mission, and be a hero for kids like Finn. Students that complete the challenge will earn glow in the dark socks and you’ll get to pie our “Finn-tastic” teacher, Mr. Lake! Visit the website for more information and to sign up!


E-Hall Pass Implementation

Osbourn Park will begin piloting a new digital hall pass program on Tuesday 1/18. Students can access the program by clicking on the "E-Hall Pass Request" link located in the navigation menu of all Canvas courses. Students should review the instructions to create a pass that have been posted on Canvas under global announcements and in the OPHS Student course. Additional videos have also been posted providing instructions on what to do if you have trouble logging into e-hall pass, how to customize your e-hall pass favorite locations, and how to find appointment passes created by teachers requesting that you come to their location.


OPHS New Staff Members

You may remember Mx. Reichley (pronounced Mix Rike-lee) as that totally super-awesome sub in your History or Math or Bio-Med class. After classroom hopping for five years, Mx. Reichley is now a full-time member of the English Department. They graduated from OPHS in 2011, so while this is Mx. Reichley's first year full-time teaching, it is technically their 10th year in the building. That's right, they've been at OP for slightly more than half your life. Though, there is more to Mx. Reichley than taking "Once a Jacket Always a Jacket" a little too literally. When not at school they occasionally dabble in photography and painting, play Pokemon Go around town (though less in a mid-Pandemic world), and binge watch a lot of Netflix - or as one would put on one's resume: Focus on Creativity, Community, and Character Building. During spooky season they scare folks with more than just bad grades or emails home, acting as a monster at Kings Dominion's Halloween Haunt. And someday, maybe soon, they hope to make it out to the far reaches of West Virginia, to find Mothman and ask for a selfie.



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  • No bags, backpacks or purses are allowed in the gym/stadium.
  • You must wear a mask in the building.
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