Bee in the Know

Week of February 6, 2022

We are heading into February after a cold and lengthy January!  The third quarter and second semester are just beginning—now is a great time to prepare for a strong finish.  Our counseling department is continuing with academic advising and testing season is on the horizon.  See below for more detailed information.  Have a great week!


National School Counseling Week

“School Counseling: Better Together,” sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from February 7–11, 2022, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within United States school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.  We would like to thank our school counselors for their dedication and all they do for our students and community.


Random Acts of Kindness Week

February 14-18 is Random Acts of Kindness week!  Join us in celebrating and committing to showing more kindness to those around us. We will not only spread kindness but highlight our friends/family, teachers, administrators, and school staff and encourage good deeds in our community. Spreading kindness will help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together. It doesn’t take much to lift someone up—a few kind words can change everything. This understanding has the power to bridge the gap between nations.


Yearbook 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 can use one of the easy templates to import pictures and text via YEARBOOKFOREVER.COM. Please contact Mr. Barber if you need additional pricing info or want more information. Deadline for senior tributes has been extended to February 11, 2022.


Yearbook Senior Quotes

For a fee of $5 each, a senior can have a quote printed in the yearbook! Quotes need to be school-appropriate and of reasonable length. Don't be left out! Interested seniors have until February 18 to submit a quote and pay Mr. Barber in room 1222 (receipts will be issued). Checks should be payable to "Osbourn Park HS".



Attention, rising Juniors & Seniors!  Are you looking for a fun, engaging class, and do you enjoy working with children?  Then apply for one of these 2 classes: Early Childhood Education or Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow.  Early Childhood Education is 2 credits and you (the high school students) get to run the Little Jackets Preschool Program. You (the high school students) teach the preschoolers and learn all about young children! 

To apply for VA Teachers for Tomorrow you must have at least a 2.7 GPA.  You can earn 1 weighted high school credit and 3 college credits as well as multiple graduation cords.  In this very unique course, students get to observe other teachers and classrooms in the county as well as complete field experience during certain parts of the year.  Students also learn about how children learn and grow and how to write and deliver lesson plans.  They can grow in public speaking and leadership in this class.  If interested in Early Childhood Ed, please let your counselor know or email Mrs. Edwards for an application or Mrs. Mullins for VA Teachers for Tomorrow application.  Applications are due March 25th.


STAR Reading and Math Assessments

As part of the PWCS Unfinished Learning Plan, students in grades nine through twelve will take STAR Reading assessments as a part of the School Board’s approved purchase of STAR Reading 9-12 and STAR Mathematics 6-12. We are excited to let you know that these assessments started this past week. These required assessments will provide reliable, actionable, SOL aligned data about your students’ proficiency in these critical academic areas. These assessments will be taken digitally in your students’ English and Math classes.


American Heart Month

OPHS will be participating in the American Heart Challenge! We encourage all students to join our school team, complete the steps to Finn’s Mission, and be a hero for kids like Finn. Students that complete the challenge will earn glow in the dark socks and you’ll get to pie our “Finn-tastic” teacher, Mr. Lake! Visit the website for more information and to sign up! 



The OPHS HIVE SCHOOL STORE is open now! Hours: Before School on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays right outside the second-floor cafeteria, and after school by concessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Come by and get your squishie toys, pop-its, school supplies, apparel, and more! Keep an eye on the activity announcements for updates!  


OPHS Lit Mag

The OPHS Lit Mag is currently accepting applications! Our theme this year is Bridges.  Students can submit via the QR codes found on flyers posted in hallways.  Please see Ms. Lozier or Ms. Herbst for more information.


World Language Department

The World Language Department is participating in the division-wide World Language Poster Contest ahead of the National Foreign Language Week (March 6-12). Ask your World Language teacher how you can participate in this year's theme of "Celebrate Humanity Through Language"! Due date for poster submissions here at OP will be February 23rd.


CPR Graduation Requirement

On Friday, April 1st, the Health and Physical Education Department will be providing a CPR “chest compression” practical. Correctly performing this CPR standard is part of the graduation requirement. This session is for Juniors and Seniors only.


February Senior Newsletter

Click the link here to read up on new and upcoming opportunities.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Jaeger.


PWCS Career Fairs

This coming Spring, PWCS will be hosting multiple career fair opportunities. Opportunities will include:

  • PWCS Instruction 2 Industry: A Career Expo Event will be a virtual event scheduled for after school on Monday, February 14, through Thursday, February 17. The regional event will offer a connection to more than 100 local industry professionals from in-demand career fields across Northern Virginia. Employers and industry experts will be represented from highly sought-after career clusters. Registration Portal can be found hereClick here for more information. 
  • PWCS Student Career Fair for current juniors and seniors who may be interested in cyber security, engineering, construction, being a nurse, a lifeguard, a police officer, joining a branch of the military, or working the mental health industry. Over 30 different businesses and federal agencies will be present on March 4th at WSHS from 5pm to 8pm. Come learn about these careers and any opportunities such as internships, summer employment, and full-time employment opportunities! Register here. 
  • PWCS Class of 2022 Career Fair will be hosted by the KLC on April 21st from 5:00-8:00pm. More information to come once details are finalized.


Scholarships for All Grade Levels 

Scholarships and grants are helpful ways to fund your college education. They provide you with free money that can go towards tuition or other educational expenses. To find and apply for scholarships, sign up for Going Merry -- it’s free! Going Merry has thousands of national, regional, and local scholarships. There are also opportunities for every grade level, from freshmen to seniors.


New Financial Aid Help

Starting with the 2022-23 academic year, colleges and universities in the Commonwealth will use the VASA to review Virginia students for state financial aid programs who are otherwise ineligible to file the FAFSA. Specifically, this application is for Virginia students who are nonimmigrants, undocumented, and DACA status. Students who are eligible to complete the FAFSA should not complete this application. Register for the event here.
Please note that students must meet Virginia domicile requirements or be eligible for in-state tuition through the military dependents provision or the tuition equity provisions.  Also, please spread the word about the upcoming Virginia FAFSA/VASA Pop-Up Party on Saturday, February 19. More information can be found at


Early Planning: Paying For College

This virtual workshop will be held February 17, 2022, at 6 p.m. and provides helpful information for parents and students on the following topics: college costs in VA, federal and state financial aid, the FAFSA, scholarships, and family conversations about college financial planning—all important areas of focus for preparing to pay for a college education. This presentation would be a great opportunity for middle and elementary school parents to also learn about college savings as a Virginia 529 representative will be joining to share information. The Zoom link can be found on the PWCS Parent Learning Series website. 


AP Testing 2022 Information and Testing Window

The 2022 AP Exams will be administered in schools as paper-and-pencil* exams over two weeks in May: May 2–6 and May 9–13. *As usual, AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams are administered on computers.


All conflicts with testing (two tests at the same time) will be resolved by the AP Coordinator, Mrs. Gill.  Those students will take the second test in the late testing window, May 17 – May 20. 



Join us at our HOME Girl's Varsity Basketball game on Monday 2/14!  This is the District Semi Final for our Lady Jackets! 

There will be lots of entertainment including:

  • DJ at the game
  • Free t shirts for the 1st 75 paid attendees
  • Free Valentine's Day Kisses for every attendee from the KISSING BOOTH.

See you at the game!


OP Spring Sports Tryouts are right around the corner!  We will hold a physical collection on Thursday, Feb. 17th from 2:30-3:30 in the Gym.  Athletes interested in trying out should have a completed Physical dated after May 1, 2021 and a current online concussion training completed - Certificate of completion printed out and signed by the parent.  All athletes must have this paperwork turned in prior to any participation in OP Athletics.  

Spring Tryouts begin on February 22nd and continue through the week.  Specific tryout times for each spring sport will be listed at  Any additional questions can be directed to Ms. Mohl in the main office.


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