Bee in the Know

Week of March 20, 2022

Dear OPHS Community Member,

The weather is warming, and spring is here.  This also coincides with the end of Marking Period 3.  Make sure you review all the information/highlights below to ensure a strong finish in March.  

Have a great week!


Band and Orchestra Assessments

District Orchestra Assessment

On Friday 3/11 and Saturday 3/12, our orchestras performed at district orchestra assessment at Woodbridge High School. District assessment is an event where every orchestra in the county performs 3 pieces of music, sight reads a 4th piece, and receives a rating from 4 judges. Each group received 1's, the highest superior rating.


District Band Assessment

The OPHS Concert Band and Wind Ensemble performed at the VBODA Concert Assessment and brought home straight superior ratings! This marks the first time in over 20 years that two bands from OPHS have received superior ratings at Concert Assessment. Additionally, with all OP Bands earning superior ratings this year, OPHS has earned VBODA’s “Virginia Honor Band” designation for the first time since the ’94-’95 school year! Way to go, Jackets!


2022 Prince William-Manassas Regional Science and Engineering Fair Category and Organization Awards

  • Behavioral Sciences- 1st place. Kristina Jernigan, Connor Wilber-Effect of Anonymity on the Prisoner's Dilemma
  • Biochemistry- 2nd place. Khadeejah Alsheikh, Jestelle Ignacio-Using Different Types of Biomasses to Affect the Rate of Biogas Production: Creating Biogas Using Cow Manure
  • Chemistry- Honorable Mention. Skye Auger-Examining the Acidic Corrosion Rate of Iron
  • Environmental Science- Honorable Mention. Melissa George, Fayza Mehrin-Evaluating the Rate of Microplastic Filtration on Mytilus edulis
  • Medicine & Health Sciences- Honorable Mention. Milania Dehring-A Quantification of Superficial Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue and Deep Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue Through Abdominal Computed Tomography Images
  • Microbiology- 1st Place. Anisha Ramakrishnan Gabriella La Cour Alahna Moreno-Creating Novel Bacteriophage Solutions as a Preventative Measure for Escherichia coli Biofilm Formation on Elastomer Biomaterials in Medically Relevant Settings in Vitro
  • Physics- Honorable Mention. Liam Powell-The Effect of Optical Lens Type on Light Pollution in Streetlights
  • Plant Sciences- 2nd Place. Makenna Howell-The Effect of Probiotics on the Growth in Height of Lima Bean Plants


CPR Chest Compression Practical

On Friday, April 1st, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 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. 

Please view the following video for review:

This certification will only take 2-3 minutes per student. 


Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child! Osbourn Park High School recognizes the many sacrifices our military-connected students and their families make for each of our freedoms. The OP family extends a special thank you for your service and commitment. Military children play an important role in the armed forces community, and this April 4th- 8th we will applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome. Activities will include a "Hero Wall" to honor those in public service, sweet treats for our military students, gratitude letters/notes from OP students to our military families, donation jars/purple ribbon sales for the Wounded Warriors Project, and Military Child Awareness spirit week. If you have a fun fact or want to share a word of encouragement with our students and their families who are a part of the military, please send it to Ms. Jazzmine Rich.


Reminder for Seniors!

Per regulation 661-01.1, for our current senior class (and all thereafter), the following shall apply:

  1. A percentile rank in class will be computed for all students pursuing a standard or advanced studies diploma. This percentile rank will be computed for the first time at the end of the first semester of the student’s 10th grade year and each semester after that point leading up to graduation from high school.
  2. The GPA will be computed by adding the total quality points for all credits attempted, except for the first attempt of a repeated course and dividing the sum by the total number of credits earned.


Parent and Student Dual Enrollment Meeting

Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) is hosting a Parent and Student Dual Enrollment Meeting on Thursday, March 24th at 6:00 pm via Zoom. The Director of Dual Enrollment, Associate Director, and the Dual Enrollment Coordinator will be on hand to present an overview of the dual enrollment program, benefits of taking Dual Enrollment for students, the perks of taking a course with NVCC, a brief of what a Dual Enrollment course is like, the application/registration process, and GPA/test score requirements for taking English 111/112.

Register in advance for this meeting.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


VA Teachers for Tomorrow

Rising Juniors & Seniors interested in the VA Teachers for Tomorrow honors, dual enrollment program, please make sure that you get an application from Mrs. Mullins in Room 1501 (or from your counselor) & turn your applications in by March 25th!  You can earn 3 college credits & 2-3 graduation cords!  This very unique course takes you outside of OP & into local elementary & middle schools & is unlike any other class, so apply today!


Overdue Books

If you have an overdue book for more than 45 school days, it is considered lost. We encourage all students who have received both print and email reminders to stop by the library to either return, renew, or pay for the book. If you aren’t sure if you have a book checked out, sign into Destiny Discover using your SSO from the OPHS-Library canvas class to find your checkouts, holds, favorite books, and any fines.

While we may be closed for testing, feel free to come by the back office by the elevator for library business or printing needs. If you have any questions, please contact us at


Water Art Invitational Winners from OPHS

Congratulations to the following OPHS Art students for taking home prizes in the annual Water Art Invitational hosted by the PWC Service Authority.

  • Kacey Kelly- 3rd place in Painting and Drawing
  • Diana Navaz- 3rd place in Photography
  • Adriana Perez- General Manager's Award in Painting and Drawing
  • Elena Truitt- General Manager's Award in Photography
  • Heather Rios Reyes- General Manager's Award in Photography
  • Joseph Pifel- General Manager's Award in Photography

View these student's winning pieces at the Virtual Art Exhibit.


Gifted Education Update

Gifted students in grades 9-12 are asked to complete a short survey about Gifted Education in PWCS between now and April 6th.  Survey link has been sent via Canvas and/or PWCS email.

Services continue to be provided on a rotating basis through the end of April.  End of year reports will be sent home during the month of May.

If you have questions about gifted services at OPHS, please reach out to Beth Christensen, Gifted Resource Teacher.


National English Honor Society

We are now offering virtual writing help. Students can request a trained writing tutor to get revision and editing help for their assignments either by scanning the QR code on the flyers posted around the school or using the request form found in the NEHS Module on the Sports & Activities Canvas page.


Bridge Programs at NOVA 

This summer, NOVA IET is offering FREE 2-week summer bridge programs to help juniors and seniors get ready for college! During these programs, students will receive an introduction to one of three in-demand technology fields (Computer Science, Information Technology, or Engineering Technology), tour at regional employers, and meet NOVA faculty, students and staff. Bridge students will gain critical skills and have the opportunity to receive college credit. Early application deadline is March 31, 2022. Please  register here


NOVA Fall Program

Have you applied to NOVA for this coming Fall? Do you still have questions about your application and next steps?  Ms. Myers will be back again to help! March 29th Ms. Myers will be in the Career Center during all lunch periods for "Lunch & Learn."  If you have applied to NOVA, please stop by and ask her any questions you may have.  If you need help with the application, we will be able to assist in that process too.  Please note, you may ONLY come to the Career Center during YOUR lunch block.  You cannot skip class for this.  Feel free to bring your lunch into the Career Center to eat if needed. 




NOVA is pleased to announce JumpStart2NOVA for summer 2022! Qualified seniors graduating this spring who are considering going to NOVA after high school may take one 3-credit course and our 1-credit College Success Skills course, SDV 100, at no tuition!  All classes will be offered through NOVA Online and run May 31st through August 8th, 2022.  Students are required to pay for textbooks or other course materials. Courses have been selected based on their usability in NOVA degrees and their status as part of the Uniform Certificate of General Studies. The application is now open and will close at 5PM on April 29th, 2022.  First-time NOVA students will need to apply to NOVA and create an account to request the course in  Current DE students can skip the NOVA application and go straight to, selecting term “JumpStart Summer 2022.”  All students will be required to upload a high school/homeschool transcript and any qualifying test scores if they do not have a 3.0 GPA. To learn more about JumpStart2NOVA, including course offerings, minimum qualifying scores, and details on how to apply, please visit


Class of 2022 Employment Fair

The employment fair will be held on Thursday April 21st from 5pm - 8pm at the Kelly Leadership Building.  Seniors who are interested in entering the workforce after high school will have the opportunity to interview/screen for jobs on the spot with potential offers for employment!  Businesses with career opportunities for graduating seniors who are also PWCS business partners are invited to screen/interview for employment at this fair. Students will have the opportunity to apply for jobs prior to the event. The list of registered businesses and positions will be shared with you after March 18th!  You MUST register beforehand. 


Senior Scholarship Survey

This survey will be open until roughly the middle of May (closing date will be announced as we get closer). The goal of launching the survey now is to allow you to report scholarship offers as they come in rather than waiting until April. We want to make this process as simple as possible for you and clear up any confusion about the Scholarship Survey and the Senior Survey. Please enter ALL money offered from any scholarship whether you are accepting the scholarship or not (ie. you applied to 5 schools, all 5 gave you scholarship offers and you are only accepting 1, we want to know about ALL 5 of those offers) when filling out the survey: College/University, Grant, Athletic, Community/Local/High School, ROTC, Military, and Other. LOANS AND FAFSA ARE NOT INCLUDED! You can log in and fill out the survey as many times as you like, and each time you log in, you can add up to 12 entries. You'll need to upload proof of your scholarship.  School Counseling, Government, and English 12/AP Literature classes all have copies of the flyer with the QR code. Please stop by the Career Center or email Mrs. Jaeger if you have any questions. Please note: This information will NOT be shared publicly IF you choose.  This will be a question within the survey. Bookmark the link now!


Junior Action Plan

March 24, 2022, at 6 p.m.

This comprehensive workshop focuses on the essential steps rising seniors should be taking now to prepare for the college application process! Students learn about college costs, college application requirements, what to look for in a college, and how to find the best college fit for them as students.

Parent Learning Series Webinar


Rising Seniors—Are You Common App Ready?

April 6, 2022, at 6:30 p.m.

The Common App is one of the few platforms that colleges utilize for the application process. This workshop is for rising seniors and families wanting to learn more about the Common App.  The Common App is accepted by nearly 1,000 colleges worldwide, including 29 in Virginia. Participants will learn how to approach their college application, explore key application features, and discover resources to help along the way. Come with your questions!

Parent Learning Series Webinar


PTSO Spring Craft & Vendor Fair

Spring is here and the best way to celebrate is to shop! It’s time to get those perfect items to help usher in the warm weather. We have over 50 amazing vendors selling items like: handcrafted jewelry, clothes, skin and body care products, items for your pets, home goods and so much more. Come shop from over 50 amazing local craft artisans and vendors. Join us on Saturday, March 26th from 9am to 3pm for the OPHS Spring Craft and Vendor Fair, hosted by the OPHS PTSO, which will be held in the OPHS Gym. Don’t miss out on this special shopping event! For additional information about the event please email Kasey at


PTSO Mulch Sale

It may be chilly outside, but Spring is just around the corner. So back by popular demand--- BAGGED MULCH SALE! This is our biggest and most critical fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the mulch sale go directly to support the PTSO’s All Night Graduation Celebration and Senior Scholarships. All Night Graduation Celebration provides a fun, safe, alcohol and drug-free parent-chaperoned celebration for our seniors the night of graduation.

  • Each mulch bag covers 3 cubic feet and weighs about 50 lbs. These are the big bags and the cost is $5 per bag.
  • Order now online: 2022 Bagged Mulch Sale
  • On Saturday, March 26, mulch will be available for pick-up at Osbourn Park High School from 9 am –3 pm.

Help us spread the word. Tell your neighbors about this terrific opportunity for mulch.


PTSO Volunteer Opportunities

Join the OPHS Community as a volunteer for the OPHS Spring Craft and Vendor Fair & Mulch Sale.  Please use this Volunteer Link.  We look forward to seeing you soon! 


PTSO Membership

Please join the PTSO!! Dues per family are $15 and donations are also welcomed. Parents, teachers, and students are all welcome to join. Completed membership forms and dues should be turned in to the front office.



Congratulations to our Girls Basketball Team for an amazing season!   "The Osbourn Park Nine" went 26-2 for the season, winning the Cedar District Regular season, the Cedar Run District Tournament Championship, the Region 6B Championship and earned a return trip to the 6A Girls State Final for the 2nd year in a row.  The dedication to their sport, their coaches, and their school have generated a true "Buzz" throughout the building.   The support that the OP community gave to our team was amazing. With the clap-outs, watch parties, spirit buses, parent support, and student support that continued to grow the days and weeks leading up the state game.  It was awesome to witness.   We are so proud of these young women and all they have accomplished and all they have given back to OP in the form of school spirit. To cap off a great season, this past week the VHSL also released the following:

  • VHSL 1st Team All State Hailey Kellogg 
  • VHSL 2nd Team All State Alana Powell 
  • VHSL 6A Girls Basketball Coach of the Year Chrissy Kelly


This week's schedule: