Bee in the Know

Week of October 31, 2021

We have successfully completed the first marking period. As we enter the second marking period, we will continue to collaborate to create a rich learning environment in which students can feel more at ease and achieve greater success. Students should take advantage of the first few days of this week to regroup and rejuvenate in preparation for the second marking period so that they may get off to a strong start! Students should continue to get to class on time and be ready to learn and collaborate. Please continue to monitor your student’s progress on a regular basis through ParentVue and contact your student’s teachers, counselor, or administrator if you have any questions.


Upcoming Dates

Monday, November 1st (Teacher Workday – No School for Students)/ 6pm Homecoming Game

Tuesday, November 2nd (Teacher Workday – No School for Students)

Thursday, November 4th (Holiday – No School for Students and Staff)



The deadline for twelfth-grade students to meet the new immunization requirement for the Meningococcal Conjugate (MenACWY) immunization is January 6, 2022. If proof of these required immunizations is not provided by January 5, 2022, the student will be excluded from school starting January 6, 2022, until the required immunization documentation has been provided to the school. If you have questions, please contact the school nurse or visit the immunization requirements webpage.

Manassas Mall will be holding a vaccination clinic on Monday, November 1st.  Please view the below brochures for more details. 

Vaccination Clinic-English.pdf 

Vaccination Clinic-Spanish.pdf 



Excusing an Absence

Following an absence, students should bring a note to their alpha secretary to excuse the absence(s). We will accept notes written and signed by the parent. Additionally, we will accept an email from the parent’s email on file with the school.  Absences can also be reported by the parent in ParentVue, only on the day of the absence.

This should NOT be used to report a tardy or request an early dismissal.


Requesting an Early Dismissal

Students can bring a note to their alpha secretary on the morning of the request. Alpha secretaries will call the parent to verify the note. Parents may also call in the morning to request an early dismissal.


Alpha Secretaries


Building Hours

The building closes at 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Students are not permitted to remain in the building beyond that hour unless accompanied by a teacher, club sponsor, or coach. The building closes at 4:40 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


STEM Podcast

Students Liam Powell, Raeanne Ferrer, Vivienne Behl, and Milania Dehring have created a podcast where each week they delve into a topic in a field of STEM and teach listeners about it. Their podcast is a great way to learn something new! Stay tuned for the end of November, when they interview Dr. Son Nguyen, chemistry professor at Hollins University, and discuss his journey to his career. Click on this link to see where you can listen to their podcast:


Attendance Officer Week

Laura Inesta is our Attendance Officer. This is her 16th year with PWCS. She has been at OP for 7 years. Ms. Inesta is originally from Puerto Rico and received her bachelor’s degree in education. When she was younger, she spent her summers sailing the Virgin Island/Caribbean with her family. When she is not working, she is spending time with friends and her puppy. Hiking, and outdoors activities are some of her favorite things to do. Her passion is supporting students and helping them succeed in life. She chose Education as a career, after following in the footsteps of her parents. Her parents were both teachers and later, her dad became a school principal. Becoming a truancy officer has been an eye-opening experience in learning the underlying issues that our students experience at such a young age and are expected to finish school. She is so grateful to have been placed in a position where she can be part of a support team that offers these children hope. She is looking forward to another great school year. Thank you, Ms. Inesta, for everything that you do.


OPHS Marching Band Honor

This past Saturday the OPHS Marching Yellowjackets earned a SUPERIOR rating at the VBODA State Marching Assessment at Massaponax High School. This marks the first superior rating earned by OPHS in over a decade. The judges were unanimous in awarding the marching band with the highest rating possible. Let’s go Jackets!


PWCS students selected for the Virginia Music Educators Association Honors Choir

Thirty-eight Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) students have been selected to take part in the 2021 Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) Honors Choir. These students will perform at the VMEA annual conference on Saturday, November 20, 2021.

To be selected to perform in this choir, students go through an extremely rigorous process, competing against the top high school vocal talent in Virginia.


Hiya Barai, Alto 1
Adam Schubert, Bass 2
Hermela Tadesse, Soprano 2
Olivia Wilson, Alto 2


Nine Ways to De-Stress

As you may be aware, this year has been quite stressful and occasionally, 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 - 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.


Inspiring quotes from our School Counseling Department

“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.”



“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

~ Albert Einstein



Winter sports try-outs begin Monday 11/8.  Please make sure your physical and concussion training, complete with all signatures and dates, is turned in prior to tryouts.  

Support Your OP Baseball Team

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



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