Bee in the Know

Week of February 27, 2022

This past week, our student athletes started the spring sports season! Tryouts are now complete and our athletes are training hard for upcoming games and events. We wish each student athlete and coach a successful and healthy spring sports season.

With the mention of spring, our attention turns towards thinking about end of year course assessments and graduation. During these last few months of the year, we encourage our students to continue working hard to set themselves up for success. We hope students take advantage of peer tutoring opportunities offered by various honor societies, SOL prep sessions, and AP exam help sessions. Our teachers are working hard each and every day to prepare our students for these assessments. Students, please do your part to ensure you are present at school each day, with a positive attitude, and the willingness to take advantage of all of the extra learning support opportunities available to you.


Cap & Gown Ordering Information

Seniors, if you have not yet ordered your cap and gown for graduation, please visit to order as soon as possible. Your cap and gown purchase is required for ceremony participation. Jostens also offers a wide array of graduation items, in addition to the cap and gown. For additional graduation information, be sure to visit the Graduation page frequently.


Student Absences

Parents! A reminder about absences:

  • At the third consecutive absence, a medical note is required to excuse further absences.
  • At the tenth absence (total count), a medical note is required for each additional absence for the remainder of the year. 

Excuse notes need to be submitted within 5 days of the student returning to school.  Notes need to be provided to the alpha secretary. If using parent vue to excuse absences, please be mindful that documentation still needs to be turned into the school either by hard copy or uploaded to Parentvue. 


Activity Bus Reminders

Attention Students:  If you are staying after school, you must be with a teacher, coach, or club sponsor by 2:25pm. If you are not staying after to get extra help or to participate in a school sponsored club or sport, you need to leave the building.

In order to ride the activity bus, you MUST have a note from your teacher or club sponsor indicating what time you arrived to their classroom and what time you left. Students have 10 minutes from the time that you leave your teacher or club until you check in with the activity bus supervisors in the first floor cafeteria. If you do not have a note from your teacher, you will NOT be allowed to ride the activity bus.

If you are playing a sport, we will have rosters for each team to verify that you can ride the activity bus.

Once you have checked in with the activity bus supervisors in the first floor cafeteria, you must remain in the cafeteria until the busses arrive. If you are found outside, in the hallways or stairwells, or any other unauthorized location, your activity bus privileges may be revoked.

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday: Building closes at 4:00pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday:  Building closes at 4:30pm



Forensics Success at Regionals

Last weekend, four of our OPHS students competed at the 6B Forensics Regional Tournament at Garfield High School, and all four of those students advanced to the Super Regional Tournament being held this weekend at Cosby High School in Midlothian.

At the Regional event, Ashleigh Clyde won first place in Original Oratory, Comfort Ohajunwa won third place in Original Oratory, Madison Kerr won second place in Impromptu, and Jazlyn Alvarez won third place in Impromptu.

Congratulations ladies, we are so proud of you!


Metal Jackets Competing at States

The OP Metal Jackets have four Metal Jackets VEX teams out of seven advancing to the State Championship. One of the teams qualified based on their Engineering Notebook and the other 3 qualified based on their placement in the state-wide skills competition. Good luck at the State Championship, Metal Jackets!


Yellow Jackets Participating in the Regional Science Fair

Congratulations to all of our students who competed in our recent school Science Fair. We had a record number of projects submitted and have some incredibly strong students and projects headed to the PWC Regional Science Fair in March. Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Behavioral Sciences – Connor Wilber and Kristina Jernigan
  • Biochemistry – Jestelle Ignacio and Khadeejah Alseikh
  • Chemistry – Skye Auger
  • Engineering – Yaseen Ben Chouikha
  • Environmental Science – Fayza Mehrin and Melissa George
  • Medicine – Milania Dehring
  • Physics – Liam Powell
  • Plant Sciences – Makenna Howell


Spanish Honor Society Scavenger Hunt

Spanish Honor Society is running a Mexican Flag Scavenger Hunt this month around the building in honor of Mexican Flag Day (celebrated on Feb 24), with a gift card prize to the first person who finds all 15 flags. Make sure to scan each QR code, as well as the QR code next to Sra. Abedrabo's classroom door (Rm. 2011). Look for more info in the OPHS Student canvas announcements.


World Language Poster Contest Winner Announced

Congratulations to Cordia Hirschy for winning the World Language Poster Contest at OP this year! Her poster, with the theme "Celebrate Humanity Through Language", will be entered into the division-wide poster contest next. ¡Bien hecho Cordia y buena suerte!


Scheduled computer system restarts begin February 28

Starting the week of February 28, the Information and Instructional Technology Department will implement automatic scheduled restarts for all PWCS-issued laptop and desktop computers running Windows 10. By implementing these automatic, scheduled system restarts, PWCS will ensure that critical security updates are applied to student and staff devices, as well as free up valuable disk space that may be consumed by temporary update and system files.

These scheduled restarts will occur at 6 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. To prevent interruption of projects or tasks, the user will be alerted to the pending restart one hour ahead of time and be provided the option of delaying the restart for an additional hour. If a laptop or desktop has been rebooted at any point over the previous 72 hours, it will not receive the prompt and will not be required to restart. For example, if a student restarts their laptop Monday morning, they will not be prompted to restart again until Friday evening.

Although the lack of drive space does not necessarily affect a computer’s performance, it can impede the copying or moving of files, as well as the background indexing of data. A lack of free space may also prevent the download of key system updates necessary to the security of the operating system. Restarting the device to complete these system updates will also prevent unnecessary interruptions at inconvenient times, such as during classroom instruction or testing.


LLS Fundraiser - Self-Defense Classes at OP

Are you interested in gaining confidence while learning self-defense techniques? Come join the Leadership class on Saturday, March 19th, in the OP gymnasium for a Self-Defense Seminar! All proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). This event will consist of two, one-hour classes. A women’s only self-defense class at 10am and a general self-defense class at 11am. Each class is $20. If you are interested, please fill out this Self-Defense Seminar form. There are also flyers posted throughout the school with QR codes that lead to the same form. This form is not an official sign up, but will allow us to gauge interest for the event. A separate sign-up form will be shared closer to the event.


WSHS Career & Summer Job Fair

The Student Career Fair, which is being hosted by Woodbridge HS, is open to all high school students. The event will take place on 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. Please see WSHS Career Fair Flyer.pdf for more information. Students must use their PWCS email account if they wish to REGISTER.


SAT Testing Update for March 12

The College Board requirement that staff and students wear masks remains in place for 2022; however, centers where local policy or practice does not require masks during school may opt out for the March SAT. Per PWCS guidelines, masks will be optional for students testing, but will be mandated for staff administering the test. If this update changes, communication will be posted on the OPHS website.


ASVAB Testing Change of Date

The ASVAB will now be taking place on March 7th at 10:15am. Students can sign up in Naviance under the Colleges tab under College Visits. Seniors, if you plan to go into the military after high school, you MUST take this test for all military branches.


Scholarship Opportunities

For any announcements regarding scholarship opportunities, jobs, college information, or upcoming opportunity deadlines, please refer to the OPHS Counseling Canvas Announcements or Calendar. Here is the link to the Canvas page if you have not accepted the invitation yet.


Elizabeth W. Bowen Memorial Scholarship for Seniors

The deadline is approaching! The Prince William School Librarians' Association is pleased to announce the return of the Elizabeth W. Bowen Memorial Scholarship. PWSLA scholarship awards a graduating senior $1000 from Prince William and Manassas City area high schools. Graduating seniors who plan to attend 2- or 4-year colleges/universities are invited to apply, and all majors are welcome. Applicants must submit their first quarter senior year grades and have an overall GPA of at least 2.0. PWSLA membership is not required. All applications are due March 1, 2022, at 11:59 pm. Please use this link to access the application. 


SPARK Scholarships are Now OPEN

Please use this link for more information. If you have any questions, see Mrs. Jaeger in the Career Center. 



Congratulations to the following teams for their exciting advances!

  • OP Girls Basketball now holds the 6B Region Title after their win on Friday night against the Woodbridge Vikings.  They will now be moving on to the State Basketball Tournament this week.  State Qtr-Final is at home vs James River, Friday 3/4.
  • 4 of our Indoor Track athletes competed in the State Track meet this weekend.
  • OP Robotics has 4 Metal Jackets VEX teams out of 7 advancing to the State Championship.
  • The Scholastics Bowl Team has been invited to the National Championship Tournament in Atlanta.
  • The Forensics Team competed in the Super-Regional tournament this past weekend.


Thank you to all athletes who tried out for Spring Sports this week and Congratulations to all that have been selected to one of the teams.  We are looking forward to a terrific Spring Season!

There will be a mandatory parent meeting on Wednesday, 3/9 at 6:30pm in the gym.  Spring Sports pictures will occur after school on 3/10.


Nominations for the 2022 OPHS Athletic Hall of Fame are now being accepted!  Please use this link to submit your nominations.  

We are looking forward to another fantastic event in October to honor our 2022 Inductees!  



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