Bee in the Know

Week of September 26, 2021

Hello! We are proud to say even with the challenges of returning to face-to-face instruction, it has been an incredibly successful start to the 2021-2022 school year. We are now almost half-way through the first marking period. Parents and students should monitor their grades using ParentVUE and StudentVUE. If you are unhappy with your current progress, please work with your teachers to make the necessary adjustments. Our administrative staff has begun their annual Code of Behavior visits. They will visit each Language Arts class to discuss the importance of good attendance, hard work, respect for each other, and other tips for success.

 

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? Are you interested in expanding on what you've learned in civics and government classes while learning leadership skills? If you answered yes to these questions, please visit pwcva.gov/department/human-rights to join the leadership council.

 

National Merit Scholarship Program

Congratulations to the following students for having been named “Commended Students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.” A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, has been presented by Principal Kane to these scholastically talented seniors.

  • Audrey Agyin
  • Michelle Darfour
  • Claire Diakun
  • Jennine Faruque
  • Miranda Herd
  • Riana Interlicchia
  • Utsav Manandhar
  • Comfort Ohajunwa
  • Varun Varma
  • Reagan Wolford

 

New School Year Packets * IMPORTANT *

The New School Year Packet, where parents/guardians can review emergency cards, update contact information, and complete any annual policy reviews and acknowledgements, is now available in ParentVUE. All families should complete the New School Year Packet by Friday, October 1, 2021. The information you provide will allow school staff to ensure the safety of your student this school year.

  1. Log into the ParentVUE app or the ParentVUE website using your ParentVUE UserID and password.
  2. Once logged into ParentVUE, click the Online Records button at the top of the screen.

If you need assistance, or do not have an active ParentVUE account, please contact your student’s alpha secretary.

 

Touch Base Conferences

Touch Base Conferences are scheduled for Monday, October 11, 2021, from 7:30 am – 9:30 am. Touch Base is a program designed to provide parents/guardians an opportunity to have mini meetings with teachers. There are no appointments and these short 3–5-minute meetings are on a first come, first serve basis. If you need a copy of your students’ schedule, school counselors will be available in the School Counseling Department. During the conferences, parents will have an opportunity to attend one or all the workshops and gather information from local vendors, such as the Armed Services, ParentVue Support, and Office 365. The workshops are as follows:

  • Gifted Education
  • Introduction to Naviance
  • Navigating through graduation requirements to ensure that your student reaches their GRADUATION designation
  • Uncovering the myths about Advanced Placement (AP) Testing

There is no school for students on this day.

 

Financial Aid Nights

Mark your calendar for the virtual PWCS Financial Aid nights. The first one will be on October 7th.

Follow the link below for dates, Zoom links, and registration. https://www.pwcs.edu/departments/student_services/college_and_career_planning

 

College Fairs

High school students and their parents are invited to explore college options at two upcoming fairs.

  • Monday, September 27 from 6-8 p.m. Woodbridge High School
  • Tuesday, October 19 from 6-8 p.m. Charles J. Colgan High School

Parents and students can visit the College and Career Planning Webpage to find information about the fall college fairs, as well as financial aid nights, transcript requests, and other resources to assist with planning for post-graduation education. Both fairs will be hosted in person.

Follow the link for more information. https://www.pwcs.edu/departments/student_services/college_and_career_planning

 

Activity Buses

Our Activity Buses run every Tuesday and Thursday for the remainder of the school year. Activity Bus stops can be found on the Osbourn Park School Webpage and they have been emailed out through our Student Canvas page. Keep in mind that Activity Bus stops are express stops and will not be able to drop students off at your normal AM or PM bus stops. We are fortunate to have an Activity Bus that stops at Gar-Field HS to support the large number of transfer students who come from the Eastern Side of the county.

Please remind your student that to ride the Activity Bus, they must be with a teacher, coach, or club sponsor by 2:25, no exceptions. Once they leave their activity, the teacher, coach, or sponsor will write them a pass and the student must report to the first-floor cafeteria within 10 minutes of receiving that pass. Students will remain in the first-floor cafeteria with our Activity Bus supervisors until the buses arrive at 4:45.

 

Hispanic Heritage Month

According to the National Hispanic Heritage Month website, the month aims to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The label “Hispanic” refers to people who speak Spanish and/or are descended from Spanish-speaking populations. This is contrasted by “Latino” (or Latina or Latinx), which refers to people who are from or descended from people from Latin America.

 

New Yellow Jacket Spotlight!

Vivian Vasquez is joining the OPHS Mathematics department from George Mason University. She is teaching both Algebra II and Pre-Calculus w/ Trigonometry. She was born and raised in Fairfax, VA. She enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking. Her favorite traveling experiences include visiting family in Chile and Bolivia and camping in the Sahara Desert.

Michael Coots grew up as a Navy dependent, spending 3 years abroad during High School. He graduated from Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology Teacher Education and a Master's of Science in Technology Leadership and Innovation. Certified Autodesk User and Certified PLTW Engineering Instructor in Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), Principles of Engineering (POE), Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA), and Engineering Design and Development (EDD).

The EL department is excited to welcome Ms. Pelin Monroe! I'm "originally" from Williamsburg, VA. Growing up, my father served in the army; so, I was born in Texas and lived in Italy for a few years but I would definitely say my home is Williamsburg! I received my bachelor’s degree in English at William & Mary as well as my Master's degree in ESL & Bilingual Education. #GoTribe! I enjoy reading, singing, and hanging out with my family! I'm also currently tasking myself with sharpening my Spanish and my Turkish!

 

Sunshine Committee Presents!

Congratulations to Jenny Buffa (Social Studies teacher) and Francis Nimako (student) for winning September Jackets of the Month! Winners were nominated by staff and/or peers for displaying our Yellow Jacket attributes of Kindness, Perseverance, Hardwork, Respect and Optimism.  Each recipient received an OP bookbag and medal.

 

Wondering how you can get involved?

Please use this brochure for information on ways you can become involved.

Combined Parent Volunteer Flyer.pdf 

 

Principal Advisory Committee (PAC)

Please join us on October 13, 2021 at 6:30 pm for our next Principal's Advisory Council meeting.  Please email Marie Emery at Emeryms@pwcs.edu for more information.

Special guest:  Lisa Zargarpur

 

"Devious Licks" Challenge *IMPORTANT*

We have unfortunately been victim of the "Devious Licks" challenge that has been on Tic Toc.  This has been especially disturbing because we have been working very hard to update and beautify our school.  Funds needed to replace soap,  mirrors and hand sanitizer takes away from our ability to purchase other items.  An investigation is underway and students who have vandalized our school or stolen items will be disciplined appropriately.  For the immediate future, all boys bathrooms will be closed except for the blue boys bathroom on the first floor.  Please have a discussion with your students about this, it is important that we are respectful to our school, our classmates, and our staff who clean the restrooms. 

 

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