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Week of October 10, 2021

We are quickly approaching some exciting and important events on our Fall calendar! PSAT testing will be Wednesday, October 13 and our Fall Writing SOL testing will begin on October 19. Class elections are coming up and we are beginning to see our candidate’s signs being hung in the hallways as they campaign for the different leadership positions. Finally, our homecoming football game will be on October 29 and the dance will be October 30.


PWCS New Teacher of the Year Finalist

At the end of last school year, Mr. Truesdale was nominated for the PWCS New Teacher of the Year.  He went on to become a finalist for the county wide award. Mr. Truesdale is now in his second year as an HPE teacher at Osbourn Park High School. His passion for teaching and perpetual enthusiasm are just two of the attributes that have made him a great addition to the HPE department and allowed him to have a positive impact on the students of OPHS. His ability to connect with students and develop meaningful, engaging learning activities has been evident amongst the HPE department.  

Mr. Truesdale hit the ground running last year by assisting with the baseball program and growing his professional knowledge through Standards Based Learning professional development.  Mr. Truesdale embodies the DNA of a Yellowjacket: Optimism, Perseverance, Hard-working, KindneSs & ReSpect. 

Congratulations, Mr. Truesdale!


This week, October 11-15, is Custodial Appreciation Week

PWCS custodial employees are skilled, knowledgeable, and dedicated professionals. Our school custodians play a vital role in our building and maintaining positive school-community relations through daily interaction with students, staff, and members of the general public. Let them know how much you appreciate all they do!


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 as soon as possible. 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.


PSAT Testing

On Wednesday, October 13th, all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will take the PSAT.

All seniors will be provided asynchronous instruction that they can access from home. Seniors will be marked ACT for attendance meaning it does not count as an absence.

Ninth grade students will take a digital version of the PSAT using their county issued devices. Please make sure that you update your device prior to the PSAT. Instructions to do so can be found here. Students who have not been assigned a student device will take their PSAT test in a computer lab.

Tenth and Eleventh graders will be taking a paper test. Make sure to bring number 2 pencils. You may also bring a calculator if you have one. Calculators will not be provided in the testing rooms.


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.


Student Device Updates - You still need to run them!

The IT department at OPHS would like to remind students to regularly check for updates for their school issued devices, by following the How to Update your Laptop Instructions (Word Document opens in new window), that have been posted on the OPHS School Website and the OPHS Student Canvas Course.

A number of issues with device functionality can be resolved by keeping your computer updated. If you have not followed the update instructions (Word Document opens in new window) this year and are having issues with speed and access on your school issued device, running the updates at home overnight will likely fix those issues.


OPHS Student Help Desk

The IT department would like to remind students of the in-house Help Desk Hours. Please only come to room 2106 during our posted hours of operation, thank you!


Apply to Summer Residential Governor’s School for 2022!

Students interested in applying to one of the seven Summer Residential Governor’s School programs for 2022 should contact Mr. Moreno and plan to attend an interest meeting (passes will be sent). Not sure what programs are available? Check out the PWCS Summer Residential Governor’s School website for information.

  • Academic interest meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 22nd during 1st period.

A parent information meeting will follow at the end of October.



Socks are one of the most popular products among the men, women, children, and infants who use shelters, and they run out quickly. The School Counseling and Business and Marketing Departments are requesting new socks donations. Socks can be dropped off in Room 2084, the library, and the School Counseling Department. On October 22, when we celebrate Make a Difference Day, the School Counseling Department hopes to collect the most socks possible.



Senior Class of '22 Apparel is now on sale! Order your Senior Class Hoodies and T-shirts to represent the Class of '22! Orders will be placed through the online store and paid for directly. Students will be able to pick up their orders 10/22.

Link to the order:


Senior Portrait Information

NEW DATES: DECEMBER 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 13, 2021


START TIME: 2:30 PM to 9 PM

Seniors, please log onto the website to "self-schedule" your appointment using your unique ID number (located on the appt. card which has been mailed to you) to select a date/time that is convenient for you. Or you can enter onto the, click the "Locate My School" link, enter the city and state where our school is located. Once you find the school, you should click the school's name, and it will take you to the account to schedule an appointment.

IMPORTANT: If you had a previous appointment code, you will need to find the updated code to have access to the current schedule.


School Counseling Department - Small Groups

The School Counseling Department offers a variety of small groups that meet for 6 to 8 weeks on average, including:

  • Stress Busters Small Group-Work to identify what stress is and isn't, how it affects the body and mind, and how to navigate through it all.
  • Study Skills Small Group-Learn time management techniques, organization, how to study, how to create and evaluate goals.
  • Changing Families Small Group-Focuses on working through a parent or guardian divorce, remarriage, new sibling, having a sibling with special needs.
  • Executive Functioning Small Group-Covers growth mindset skills, anger management, social skills, conflict management, communication, forgiveness, interpersonal skills.
  • Grief Small Group-Stages of grief, coping with loss and loneliness, planning a new future, honoring memories.

If you are interested in participating in any of these groups, please use the link below to complete the survey. You must complete the survey from your Office 365 school account.

Small Group Survey


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 for more information.

Special guest: Ms. Lisa Zargarpur


Writing SOL Review and Test Dates

Seniors who need to take the writing SOL: The final review sessions will be this Tuesday and Thursday, 10/12 and 10/14. We will meet in Ms. Zelinger's room, #2040, from 2:20 - 3:20 p.m. Come to one or all sessions to review skills for the multiple-choice test and persuasive writing for the short essay test. Please sign up using this link (will help us with planning material and space) or simply show up.


Highlighting our new OPHS Yellowjackets

Mr. Hammerstein joined OPHS from Gar-Field where he taught for the past 5 years. While there he taught Earth Science, PreIB Earth Science and Oceanography. Before becoming a teacher, he attended Radford University where he received his bachelor's in geology and master's in education. He is looking forward to this new chapter in his career as a Yellow Jacket.

Caroline Rubrecht is a new FACS teacher at OPHS! She has a diverse academic & professional background that include interior design and ESL teaching. Before coming to OPHS, she was a designer and project manager at a local design firm. She decided to make the switch to education because she really missed working with students. She finds their curiosity inspiring. She is a graduate of a PWCS high school, and she used to work in the Empire State Building in New York.

Alexandra Nuñez is one of our new school counselors at OP. She is originally from Brooklyn, New York, where she taught ESL for 5 years and did academic advising in higher ed before becoming a School Counselor in 2019. She also worked as a high school counselor in a private school in Maryland for two years before making the decision to move to Virginia. She earned her Master’s degree at NYU in Bilingual School Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree at City College of New York in Media and Communications. She loves working with high school students and helping them explore their academic, social, and personal potential. When she is not working, she loves going to dance class, spending time with her cat or traveling around the world.



Per Prince William County Schools:

BAGS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN GAMES!  (Includes Backpacks, Purses, Fanny Packs, Etc.)

Clear bags are allowed for use as a diaper or medical bag and are subject to search.


Support your OPHS baseball team

Start planning for the holidays by supporting the OP Baseball team. Purchase Honey Baked Ham Gift Cards. The team gets 20% of every purchase.


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