Bee in the Know

Week of March 6, 2022

March has arrived, and spring is on its way. The month of February flew by as we continued our course selection process. We've reached the halfway point of the third quarter. Please remember to log into Parent Vue to keep track of your student's progress. Please contact your student's teachers and/or counselor if you have any concerns. As always, thank you for your continuing support.

 

2021-2022 Graduation Ceremony

The Osbourn Park High School Class of 2022 will celebrate their graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 2:30 pm at Eagle Bank Arena.

 

National School Social Work Week

Prince William County Public Schools, in partnership with the School Social Work Association of America, celebrates our school social workers during the week of March 6-12. The theme for National School Social Work Week is “Time to Shine.” The week celebrates school social workers across the country. It highlights their vital role in helping students meet academic, social, and emotional challenges. Christine Cortez is our School Social Worker. This will be her 4th year as a school social worker, and she truly loves what she does. She is here to assist with our students’ mental health needs to ensure that they are emotionally and physically available for learning. She also connects students and their families to resources in the community. Some of the resources that she can assist with include, but are not limited to food, clothing, housing, mental health, and medical.

A little bit about her, she is originally from New Jersey. She is a first generation Mexican American. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work and psychology from Rutgers State University, and a master’s degree in social work from New York University. She enjoys working out, crafting, and traveling in her spare time.  

 

Family Engagement Series: Understanding Teen Substance Use and Resources

7 pm on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 – Live virtual session

This Family Engagement Series is open to all families of Prince William County Public Schools. Join us on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, as Mallory McKnight, PWCS substance abuse specialist, shares an overview on substance use, drug facts for young children and teens, ways to prevent drug use, and the connection between drug use and mental health. Resources to support parents/families will also be provided.

  • Register for the March 22 Zoom Session
  • For accommodations, please complete this form

 

PWCS Parent Learning Series

Friendly reminder that the PWCS Parent Learning Series has a few virtual sessions coming up this month. Live Spanish translation will also be offered. The sessions will be recorded and posted in the PLS Canvas course within a month following the session and on the PWCS PLS website. Recording the session only records the presenter.

  • 3/10 Award Letter Review at 6pm
  • 3/24 Junior Action Plan at 6pm

Please use this link to access the live and recorded sessions. 

 

News from College and Career Counselor

SAT Testing Update for March 12th: 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 AND staff administering the test. If this update changes, communication will be posted on the OPHS website.

 

Class of 2022 Employment Fair will be held on Thursday April 21st from 5pm - 8pm at the Kelly Leadership Building. Seniors who are interested in entering the workforce after high school will have the opportunity to interview/screen for jobs on the spot with potential offers for employment! Businesses with career opportunities for graduating seniors who are also PWCS business partners are invited to screen/interview for employment at this fair. Students will have the opportunity to apply to jobs prior to the event. The list of registered businesses and positions will be shared with you after March 18th! Below is the poster for the event with the QR code to the event survey. You MUST register beforehand using the QR code on the flyer below or this link

This is the survey that we are using to identify student employment interests and goals. This data will help us align opportunities with student goals.

 

Senior Scholarship Survey will be open until roughly the middle of May (closing date will be announced as we get closer). The goal of launching the survey now is to allow you to report scholarship offers as they come in rather than waiting until April. We want to make this process as simple as possible for you and clear up any confusion about the Scholarship Survey and the Senior Survey. Please enter ALL money offered from any scholarship whether you are accepting the scholarship or not (i.e., you applied to 5 schools, all 5 gave you scholarship offers, and you are only accepting 1, we want to know about ALL 5 of those offers) when filling out the survey: College/University, Grant, Athletic, Community/Local/High School, ROTC, Military, and Other. LOANS AND FAFSA ARE NOT INCLUDED! You can log in and fill out the survey as many times as you like, and each time you log in, you can add up to 12 entries. You'll need to upload proof of your scholarship. School Counseling, Government, and English 12/AP Literature classes all have copies of the Senior Survey Flyer.pdf . Please stop by the Career Center or email Mrs. Jaeger if you have any questions.

Please note: This information will NOT be shared publicly IF you choose. This will be a question within the survey.

 

SPARK Scholarships are now open! Use this link to access. 

 

Debate/Forensics Team

Four of our OPHS Forensics students competed this past Saturday in Midlothian, VA for the 6AB Super Regional event. The competition was tough, and everyone worked hard and did their best. I am pleased to announce that Ashleigh Clyde won 3rd place in Original Oratory and will advance to the State Forensic Tournament on March 26, 2022, at Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, VA! Madison Kerr earned 5th place in Impromptu, Jazlyn Alvarez 6th place in Impromptu, and Comfort Ohajunwa 6th place in Original Oratory. The scores were very close between placements!

Thank you for the support for the Debate/Forensics team! Ashleigh will represent OPHS and PWCS well at the tournament!

 

PTSO NEWS

It may be chilly outside, but Spring is just around the corner. So back by popular demand--- BAGGED MULCH SALE! This is our biggest and most critical fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the mulch sale go directly to support the PTSO’s All Night Graduation Celebration and Senior Scholarships. All Night Graduation Celebration provides a fun, safe, alcohol and drug-free parent-chaperoned celebration for our seniors the night of graduation.

  • Each mulch bag covers 3 cubic feet and weighs about 50 lbs. These are the big bags and the cost is $5 per bag.
  • Order now through March 15, 2022, online here: 2022 Bagged Mulch Sale
  • On Saturday, March 26, mulch will be available for pick-up at Osbourn Park High School from 9 am –3 pm.

Help us spread the word. Tell your neighbors about this terrific opportunity for mulch.

 

9 Ways to De-Stress

As you know this year has been quite stressful and sometimes, we need a reminder on how to reduce the stress in our lives. Check out these 9 ways to de-stress and relax!

  1. A varied and healthy diet - Eating fresh ingredients and lots of fruit is important. Juices filled with vitamin C, such as orange or grapefruit juice, are said to be good for your immune system and can help with stress. When you're busy and tired it can be tempting just to grab another pizza or ready meal but cooking from scratch can be therapeutic as well as being healthier.
  2. Exercise - Doing a sport at least once a week is the best way to reduce stress. It helps your body produce endorphins, which make you feel good. Even daily walks of 30 minutes can help reduce stress levels but it's even better to work out intensively. Even if you don't feel like it at the time you will feel the benefits afterwards.
  3. Meditation - It might sound simple but sitting quietly for 10 minutes a day can really help with stress levels. If you've never tried meditation before, it's worth a go. Good breathing techniques can put you in a more relaxed state as they send oxygen surging through your bloodstream, helping to calm you down and beat the stress.
  4. Take breaks regularly – Take short breaks between working can help you switch off. But longer breaks are important too. How about taking the weekend off to relax? You'll hopefully come back to your work feeling fresh.
  5. Play with your pet - It is said that spending time with animals is good for your health. If you pat a dog for a couple of minutes, your body releases hormones that make you feel happy and can decrease the amount of stress in your system.
  6. Sleep - Sleep is always the best medicine and some people find that small 20-minute naps can help increase productivity.
  7. Try to see the positive side - If you missed a deadline, try to appreciate what you learned from this mistake: now you know how to plan. Things might seem bad, but if you try, there is usually something positive to be learned.
  8. Listen to music - Listening to music can help calm you down and put you in a better frame of mind. If you're feeling stressed, putting on some calming music while you work could really help.
  9. Laugh - They say that laughter is the best medicine, and it's true. Laughing out loud increases oxygen and blood flow which automatically reduces stress.

 

Encouraging quotes from the School Counseling Department

“Education is not the learning of acts but the training of the mind to think.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” ~ Maya Angelou

“When you change the way, you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~ Wayne Dyer

“Today is your opportunity to build the tomorrow you want.” ~ Ourmindfullife.com

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” ~ Albert Einstein

 

Athletics

Congratulations to the Girls Basketball Team on their 59-35 victory over James River in the VHSL 6A State Quartefinal.  With this win your Yellow Jackets have advanced for the 2nd straight year to the state semi-finals.   They will host Thomas Dale HS on Monday 3/7 at 6:32pm at OP.  We need everyone to come out and support our girls to help them get to the finals.

Students and Staff, please wear your OP spirit wear on Monday to show your support for the girls as they head into semi finals!

Tickets are only available online. Please use the link below and the "promo code" to open the purchasing portal.  We hope to see you there!!!

Link - https://gofan.co/app/events/529720

 Code - 8XQF5

 

 

Congratulations to the following teams for their accomplishments last weekend!

State Indoor Track Meet:

The Women of OP Track finished 9th in meet.

  • Lena Gooden won the Long Jump with a leap of 19-03.50.  That is a school record. She placed 4th in 55m Dash and 7th in 300m Dash. This is one of the best Indoor State Meet performances in school history.
  • Viviana Rodriguez won the PV clearing the bar at 11-06.00 for her first State Title and also set the school record. 
  • Nathan Corrielus ran 1:06.99 in the 500m to finish 6th 
  • Fola Akinbi cleared 5-00.00 and finished 11th 

 

Super Regional Forensics Event:

  • Ashleigh Clyde won 3rd place in Original Oratory and will advance to the State Forensic Tournament on March 26! 
  • Madison Kerr earned 5th place in Impromptu 
  • Jazlyn Alvarez 6th place in Impromptu 
  • Comfort Ohajunwa 6th place in Original Oratory

 

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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