Bee in the Know

Week of September 19, 2021

Hello Yellow Jacket Family! We finished our 4th week of school in great fashion. We appreciate the support and encouragement from our students, parents, and community members. Please continue to monitor your student’s progress and attendance on ParentVue on a regular basis and contact your student’s teachers, counselor, or administer if you have any questions. Issues with Parentvue? Contact your student’s alpha admin secretary.


Hi-Jacket 2022 Yearbook

The Osbourn Park Hi-Jacket 2022 yearbook will be available in May 2022. Our theme this year is “Back to Our Roots.” We are accepting pre-sale orders with a substantial 25% discount until the end of the first quarter! That’s a savings of almost $20 off the regular price of $75. Preorder your yearbook with our huge 25% discount for the first quarter only at

Senior Tributes: Let your senior know how special he or she is with a senior tribute ad. Senior tributes are full-color photo celebrations of your senior with text and available in four sizes: full-page, half-page, quarter page, and 1/8 page. Prices start at $75 for a 1/8 page. Parents or guardians are responsible for creating the tribute and can easily upload the finished product via YEARBOOKFOREVER.COM. Please contact Mr. Barber if you need additional pricing info or want more information. Deadline for senior tributes is January 31, 2022.

To buy a yearbook and/or submit a senior tribute by credit or debit card, please visit YEARBOOKFOREVER.COM and search for Osbourn Park HS. You can also pick up an order form from Mr. Barber in room 1222 or in the main office to pay by cash, check, or money order.

Also: We want your photos! Do you have any recent, candid (not posed) pictures of your OP student that would look great in the yearbook? Send them to us via the app YEARBOOK SNAP. Download the app and simply search for Osbourn Park HS to upload your photos for consideration. There is no cost to send in photos. We want to get every Yellow Jacket represented in the yearbook as many times as possible, so please consider sending us your best candid pics for consideration in this year’s yearbook!

If you have any questions, please contact Scott Barber at [email protected].


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. Teachers with the last name A-L will be in the first-floor cafeteria and teachers with the last name M-Z will be in the second-floor cafeteria. Special education teachers will be in the library. 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 SAT and ACT tests

There is no school for students on this day.


Health & Physical Education Department

The Health and Physical Education Department will be providing a CPR "chest compression" practical starting the week of September 27th. Correctly performing this CPR standard is part of the graduation requirement. Seniors may come to the gymnasium at the following times:

  • Tuesday and Thursday morning from 7:00-7:20am
  • Wednesday afternoon from 2:20-2:45pm
  • Thursday afternoon from 2:20-2:45pm

Instructional video:


From the College & Career Hive

Senior Interviews

Senior interviews will be held September 20th through October 1st. Seniors will begin meeting with their alpha counselors through their English classes. Seniors will come to the Career Center during the designated time that has been coordinated with their teacher. During this time, each student will meet 1-on-1 with their alpha counselor. Seniors will also be instructed on how to log into Naviance, learn how to add college applications, request transcripts and letters of recommendation, how to match the Common App, and many other important features in Naviance. Each student will also confirm the acceptance of the OPHS Counseling Canvas course and learn about different paths to take after high school, not just college.

Senior Symposium

The Senior Symposium night will be held on Wednesday, September 22nd from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in the auditorium. Seniors and their families are encouraged to attend. Counselors will review graduation requirements and Naviance. Guest speakers will discuss military option, FAFSA information, 2-year community college (NOVA), and the 4-year college option. Any resources that the presenters wish for the counseling staff to share after the night is over, will be posted on the School Counseling Canvas page.

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.

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.

Monthly Newsletters from Counseling

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to Mrs. Jaeger, College and Career Counselor at [email protected].


Activity Buses

Our Activity Buses started on Thursday, 9/9 and will continue to 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.


Free and Reduced Lunch Form

While breakfast and lunch are being provided free of charge to all students this year, we are still asking that families complete the free and reduced lunch form if you have qualified for free and reduced lunch in the past or if you feel that you may qualify for it this year. The form can be found at

This form is important because it can determine a family’s eligibility for things like discounted school fees, free or reduced internet services, and/or discounted phone service. Completion of the form also ensure that Osbourn Park receives the appropriate funding to support all our students.


School Laptop Corner

Insurance for School Devices – We are strongly encouraging families to purchase the optional device insurance that is available. If your student’s laptop is damaged and needs to be returned, the cost for a replacement or for repairs will be due from the parent before a new laptop is provided. Optional digital device insurance can be found here.

Student Laptop Updates – Students should make sure to update their laptops. This is best done at home as it can take an hour or more the first time the computer is updated. Connect to your home Wi-Fi and then follow the steps below:

  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard or click on the Magnifying glass in the bottom left corner of your desktop screen.
  2. Type “Check for updates” and press enter.
    • A new window will pop up
  3. Select “Check online for updates from Microsoft Update
    • **IMPORTANT Do NOT select the “Check for Updates” grey rectangle!
  4. Updates will automatically begin to install. Do not turn off the computer or disconnect from the internet until updates are complete.

Laptop Power Up and/or Down Issue - If your student device seems to have issues turning on, or will not fully power down, check out these student instructions. If this solution does not work for your student, send them to the main office.

Laptop Repair at School - Students in need of laptop service or repairs should follow the procedures outlined below.

  1. Students fill-out the OPHS Laptop Service and Repair Form (available in your room or the front office).
  2. Students drop off their completed form, laptop (if applicable) to the MAIN OFFICE.
  3. Students will be contacted by the front office when:
    • Their laptop is ready to pick up.
    • It has been determined they must make payment for repairs before they are issued another laptop.


Hispanic Heritage Month

This month OP will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Did you know that almost 35 % of OP students are of Hispanic descent? ¡Celebremos el mes de la herencia hispana!


National English Honor Society

National English Honor Society will be having an Interest Meeting on Sept. 30 after school in room 2A. This is a great opportunity for students in 10th-12th grade who have a passion for reading and writing and excel in English class!


5 Tips for Successful Time Management

  1. Prepare in Advance - First, prepare your work and “TO DO” list for the following day the evening or night before. The best exercise is for you to plan your entire next day as the last thing you do before stopping work for the evening.
  2. Schedule Your Time - Scheduling your time reduces stress and releases energy. The very act of using your organizational skills to plan your day, week, and month gives you a greater feeling of control and will help increase productivity throughout your day.
  3. Start Early – To increase productivity, start your day early. The more time you take to sit, think, and plan, the better organized you will be in every area of your life.
  4. Fine Tune Your Organizational Skills – Resolve to improve your organizational skills and use a filing system both at home and at school. As much as 30 percent of working time today is spent looking for misplaced items.
  5. Increase Productivity with Prime Time – Organize your life so that you are doing creative work during your internal “prime time.” Your internal prime time is the time of day, according to body clock, when you are the most alert and productive. For most people, this is in the morning. For some people, however, it is in the evening.


Scavenger Hunt

Mr. Shaw had his journalism student participate in an activity that required them to scour the building for sources to answer specific questions about the building, staff, and students. This scavenger hunt was designed to teach students to be resourceful, to critically analyze information and how to professionally approach potential interview subjects. Students had fun navigating the assignment and becoming more familiar with their school.


New Yellow Jacket Spotlight

Mrs. Lisa Presotto – World Language Teacher: Bonjour! I am Mrs. Presotto, French teacher here at OP! Freshly arrived in VA last month. I am from Lille, a city in the North of France at the border with Belgium. Before working at OP I worked at NC State University, I was also a French Instructor for the Special Forces and worked in a private language school in France.

Fun fact: I got married last year. My husband and I speak 9 languages together (but only English in common)!

Ms. Jennifer Degrush – Social Studies Teacher: I am originally from Virginia Beach, and I lived there for 19 years before going to college at George Mason University for my undergrad. Immediately following that, I went to UVA for graduate school. In my spare time I enjoy working out, ghost hunting, and hanging out with my 3 pets – Squanchy, Winnie, and Juno.

Mr. Nathaniel Simmons – School Counselor: My name is Nathaniel Simmons, and I am one of the school counselors at Osbourn Park High School. This is my 1st year being a counselor at Osbourn Park and 2nd year being a school counselor. I received my bachelor's degree from South Carolina State University in Psychology. After completing my bachelor's degree, I later obtained my master's degree from South Carolina State University. After I completed my master's degree, I became a school counselor at Aynor High School in South Carolina. From these experiences, I wanted to work in a way that would allow me to help children become successful. I love being a school counselor and enjoy my interactions with students, staff, and parents!


Wondering how you can get involved?

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

Combined Parent Volunteer Flyer.pdf 




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