Bee in the Know

Week of January 30, 2022

It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through the school year! Academic improvement is always our focus, and I challenge our students to focus on their individual academic achievement as the new semester begins. I encourage everyone to take time to have these conversations with your student(s). The start of the second semester is a great time to reflect on the successes and challenges of the first semester.

Course selection is a critical process for our students as they plan for their future. Over the couple months students will be spending time with their school counselor working on course selection. We know this time can be stressful for students, so always feel free to reach out to our counselors with any questions. Please take some time to look at the course offerings and opportunities we offer and remember that a well-balanced selection of courses is always a great choice.

 

Report Cards

Reports cards will be distributed to students, on Monday February 7th during their first period class. Report cards provide an excellent opportunity for families to review and discuss students’ performance, perhaps with a view to setting clear goals for the third grading period.

 

Academic Advising

Throughout the month of February and March our counselors will be meeting with students to review graduation requirements, prior course history, and students’ interest to support the 2022-23 school year course selection process. Parents and students will be able to view teacher recommendations and input course selections through StudentVUE. Preliminary course requests in StudentVUE can only be made from a student login. All elective course offerings will depend on enrollment and student interest. The PWCS course catalog is available online and we encourage you to review the course descriptions as well as the graduation requirements for the Standard and Advanced Studies diplomas.

 

Touch Base Conferences

Due to the number of weather-related closures we have had this year, our spring Touch Base program will be canceled to allow schools to make the most out of the instructional time left in the semester. February 7 will now serve as a normal instructional day with normal school hours and bus schedules. However, the cancellation of the program does not limit parent opportunities to meet with their student’s teachers. If a parent-teacher conference is desired, parents are encouraged to reach out to their student’s school counselor to schedule an in-person meeting or email their student’s teacher to schedule time for a virtual conference via Zoom or telephone. As always, our school staff remains available and ready to assist in creating intervention and support plans to aid student growth and achievement.

 

Virginia Alternative State Aid Application (VASA)

Starting with the 2022-23 academic year, colleges and universities in the Commonwealth will use the VASA to review Virginia students for state financial aid programs who are otherwise ineligible to file the FAFSA. Specifically, this application is for Virginia students who are nonimmigrants, undocumented, and DACA status. Students who are eligible to complete the FAFSA should not complete this application. Please review this flyer.

Please note that students must meet Virginia domicile requirements or be eligible for in-state tuition through the military dependents provision or the tuition equity provisions. Also, please spread the word about the upcoming Virginia FAFSA/VASA Pop-Up Party on Saturday, February 19. More information can be found at www.virginiacan.org/popupparty.

 

Parent Learning Series: Post-Secondary Planning

PWCS will be hosting virtual early post-secondary planning sessions throughout the remainder of the school year.

Underclassmen sessions will include:

  • Early College Planning
  • Junior Action Plan
  • Are You Common App Ready?

Current Senior sessions will include:

  • Awards Statement Review

Please use this link for dates, times, and Zoom links for the sessions. 

 

PWCS Career Fairs

This coming Spring, PWCS will be hosting multiple career fair opportunities. Opportunities will include:

Regional career exploration event and participate in live virtual sessions held every night starting on Monday, February 14 through February 17th, 2022. Registration Portal and Schedule Coming Soon! Click here for more information. 

PWCS Student Career Fair is being hosted by Woodbridge HS and is open to all high school students! The event will be Friday, March 4th from 5:00-8:00pm. Students can choose to sign up which will give data on interested career clusters. Signing up is not required, but if you wish to register beforehand, click here and in the attached flyer.

PWCS Class of 2022 Career Fair will be hosted by the KLC on April 21st from 5:00-8:00pm. More information to come once details are finalized.

 

Scholarships for All Grade Levels

Scholarships and grants are helpful ways to fund your college education. They provide you with free money that can go towards tuition or other educational expenses. To find and apply for scholarships, sign up for Going Merry -- it’s free! Going Merry has thousands of national, regional, and local scholarships. There are also opportunities for every grade level, from freshmen to seniors. You can sign up here!

 

December & January Jackets of the Month

Congratulations to Joe Pattarozzi (Auto Tech), Melissa Simila (IT) and Ken Hansen (TSPEC) for winning December and January Jackets of the Month! Our student winners were Hailey Allen and Karla Vega. Winners were nominated by staff and/or peers for displaying our Yellow Jacket attributes of Kindness, Perseverance, Hard work, Respect and Optimism. Each recipient received an OP bookbag and medal. Congratulations!!

 

February is Black History at OPHS!

Please help recognize the accomplishments and contributions by African Americans by celebrating Black History Month at Osbourn Park HS. The celebration begins on February 1 with the following:

  • A Black History Scavenger Hunt which can be found at the first stop, the display cabinet directly across from the main office. Prizes to be announced during morning announcements
  • A door decorating contest which will be judged during the third week of February. Every homeroom can participate and have a chance to win a Dunkin Donut breakfast for the entire class.
  • The African American History class will create a Department Gallery Walk honoring African Americans who have contributed something to history in that subject area.
  • At lunches on Friday, in the first floor cafeteria students may write their answer to the question, “What does Black History Month Mean to Me?” on a large banner which will be displayed later in the month.
  • Last, but definitely not least, on February 18, 2022, during the last period of the day, there will be a Black History Month Celebration in the auditorium. A celebration of music, a rendition of Martin Luther King’s, “I Have a Dream” speech, a presentation from the AKA Sorority, African Dance and more!

Look for an exciting and educational celebration of the contributions of African Americans during the month of February. A special thanks to the Director of Counseling, Ms Pamela Gardner, Sponsor of Black Student Union, Ms. Matea Edwards and members of Black Student Union, for your support and contributions to the month-long event.

Another special thanks to Ms. Jayna Cobbs for her assistance with the development of the Black History Month Celebration.

 

Random Acts of Kindness Week

February 14-18 is Random Acts of Kindness week!  Join us in celebrating and committing to showing more kindness to those around us. We will not only spread kindness but highlight our friends/family, teachers, administrators, and school staff and encourage good deeds in our community. Spreading kindness will help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together. It doesn’t take much to lift someone up—a few kind words can change everything. This understanding has the power to bridge the gap between nations.

 

NHS and National H.E.M.S. Honor Societies Peer Tutoring

National Honor Society along with Math, Science, English and History Honor Societies are now providing peer tutoring every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:25-3:25!  If you would like to see the schedule for this week, please visit this link!  

If you are a member of one of the honor societies and would like to sign up to provide tutoring in a particular subject you can click  on SignUp Genius. You must sign up by 12PM on the Monday of the week you would like to tutor.  Tutors can only sign up for one subject per day!  If you are not a member of the honor society of the subject you wish to tutor please reach out to that society's sponsor for more information!

  • National Honor Society: Mr. Moreno
  • History: Mrs. Trerotola
  • English: Ms. MacDonald
  • Math: Mr. Rhoades and Ms. Gozum
  • Science: Dr. Grogan

 

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