Bee in the Know

Week of December 12, 2021

We are almost there! As we finish up this week at school, please remember to stay diligent and focus on school. You will soon have a well deserved break and although there is no mention of snow, have fun and stay safe. Upon return, your teachers will be finishing up quarter 2.

We will be having our Faculty Holiday Get Together this week. We are planning to raffle gift cards as prizes for our teachers and staff. Please consider donating a small gift or gift card to a restaurant, store, or service establishment to help make the raffle extraordinary for our staff! If you wish to donate, please bring it to Marie Emery in the main office prior to December 15, 2021. Thank you very much!


Student Drop Off and Pick Up (Between the hours of 6:45-7:30am and 2:00-2:40pm)

  • Student Drop Off and Pick Up should only be conducted on the Auditorium side of the building.
  • Parents should enter the school grounds using the bus entrance, merge right and follow the arrows around to the side of the building to drop the students off in the designated area. The parent drop-off is designed to allow parents to drop off/pick up students with minimal disruption to the student drivers and the buses exiting the premises.
  • Students can only be dropped off/picked up on the sidewalk closest to the building.
  • When exiting the drop off location, it is highly recommended that vehicles turn right. There will be times when drivers are required to do so to eliminate back up.
  • Dropping off and picking up students in front of the school or in the “Senior/Blue lot” is prohibited.
  • Vehicles are NOT PERMITTED to park along Euclid, in front of the school, or in front of the businesses near OPHS. Also, if the yellow DO NOT ENTER sign is visible (regardless of the time), vehicles are prohibited from entering the bus lane in front of the school.

Thank you for doing your part in keeping our students safe during these busy times of the school day!





You are invited to join the PTSO. Dues per family are $15 and donations are also welcomed. Members who join by December 31, 2021 are eligible to participate in the scholarships for Seniors. Completed forms and dues should be turned in to the front office.


Volunteers needed

The PTSO is in need of a Vice-President, a Fundraiser committee chair, All Night Grad committee chair, and committee volunteers for all events. Interested volunteers should check out the PTSO page for additional information or email


Please participate in the traditional Cocoa and Treat Event

December 17, 2021 is the Cocoa and Treat Appreciation Event for OPHS teachers and staff.  Please sign up to help!



OP Band Performs on WUSA9 News

On Thursday, December 2nd, the OP Band performed on WUSA TV 9 who was broadcasting the weather from The Harris Pavilion in Old Town Manassas to promote the city and the Christmas Parade. Joining them was the mayor and GMC Parade President Mark Olsen.  Way to go, Yellowjackets!


Deadline For Required Immunizations - IMPORTANT!

The deadline for 12th 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.


OP Student Makes it to the Final Round of MLK Competition

Junior N'Na-Mayi Tama will be representing OPHS in the final round of the annual Martin Luther King Day Oratorical Contest hosted by the PWC Delta Sigma Theta Chapter. This program/competition is open to all middle and high school students in our community as an opportunity to give young voices a chance to be heard. This year's theme is, Beyond Dreams and Mountains -- Her Voice, Her Mission. N'Na-Mayi competed at our school-based competition in November, then competed at the regional level against high school students in PWC and Manassas Park and will now be competing against two others for the final prize on January 17, 2022.

N'Na-Mayi aspires to work as an aerospace engineer for NASA after college and currently enjoys reading novels, listening to music, and playing the bass with her church. She is proud to have the opportunity to share her voice on topics that affect her generation and has surprised herself with just all that she can achieve. Her coaches, teachers, friends, and the OPHS community are very proud of her hard work!



Counselor Cafe: December 13th through 15th

Counselor Cafe will be in the 1st Floor Cafeteria Lobby Monday through Wednesday. Students can stop by to ask questions. Since the counseling theme for December is "Gratitude," students are encouraged to write on the banner one thing they are grateful for and receive a candy cane. Also, make sure you take a photo with the selfie frames and tag @OPHSCounseling on Twitter to be entered into the monthly gift card contest. The two winners will be randomly chosen on Thursday, December 16th.


Counseling Monthly Newsletters for December




Support the baseball team on Wednesday, December 15 with an online spirit order at Panda Express.  All online Panda Express orders nationwide that use the code 905225 in the fundraiser code box during online or mobile app checkout will raise money for the Jackets baseball team.  Orders must be online but can be made for any Panda Express location in the US.


Please remember that Backpacks and all other types of bags are not permitted in any games in Prince William County High Schools!  Leave your bags and purses in your vehicle.




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