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August, 2022

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Principal's Message

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer and are ready to start a new school year! I am delighted to be a part of the fantastic learning community at Ocean Lakes. All signs point to an incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted staff are planning and preparing for our students. Our hard-working and conscientious custodians have cleaned the building. Our enthusiastic office associates and counselors have registered new families and updated student files. Each year brings positive change. This includes 16 additions to our staff. They bring a solid skill set and a gentle, sensitive approach to meeting students' needs.


This year will be assembled around a central theme of "Together Towards Tomorrow." This message resonates with me and motivates me to help create the future we envision for Ocean Lakes. Without a vision and a plan for making the vision a reality, it seems we are simply leaving our future up to chance. As the principal, I believe it is my responsibility to lead my community in creating the future for our school and the students we serve. We need a shared vision that creates a compelling picture of our future and inspires us to commit to building that future together. I also believe that the key to our school's success lies in our ability to craft a vision that is more than just a hollow statement and certainly more than just my or our leadership team's vision. We will only be successful if we are moving towards tomorrow together and only if the tomorrow we are moving towards together is a vision of the future that incorporates our shared hopes, dreams, and aspirations and enables personal visions to grow and thrive.

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New Student Orientation

Ocean Lakes High School will host New Student Orientation on Friday, August 26, 2022. Registration will be from 7:45 -8:20 a.m. The Orientation program will run from 8:25 -11:35 a.m. New Student Orientation is open to all 9th graders and other students new to OLHS. Please complete your registration form by August 18, 2022. Bus transportation will be available on the event day for those who register by the deadline. Specific bus information will be sent to registered students closer to the event via AlertNow. You can register using the link provided.

https://bit.ly/orientation22-23

PE Uniforms for Incoming Freshmen

New 9th and 10th-grade students are required to purchase an Ocean Lakes PE uniform. Uniforms will be available for pick up at the Orientation. Please pay for your uniform online before the Orientation via SchoolCash Online. https://oceanlakeshs.vbschools.com/parents/school_cash_online
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Jessica Pagan Promoted to AP!

Jessica Pagan joined the Ocean Lakes Administrative Team as an Administrative Assistant late last fall. Over the summer, she was named Assistant Principal after the transfer of Mr. Oberlander to Princess Anne High School. Mrs. Pagan originally came to OLHS from Tallwood High School, where she was an exceptional Special Education teacher. She is married to Carlos, and they have five children. When not working at OL, Mrs. Pagan loves to spend time with her husband, children, and extended family (parents and four local siblings). She enjoys a workout or runs when she can sneak away. Other hobbies include crafting and cooking.
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Welcome to OLHS Dr. Gantt!

We welcome Dr. Carrie Gantt to our Administrative Team as our Admin Assistant. Dr. Gantt comes to OLHS from Kellam, where she taught Dual Enrollment English 12 and Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow. Dr. Gantt is a National Board Certified Teacher and a former Virginia Region II Teacher of the Year. Her professional interests include building Future Ready learning environments, implementing Peer-to-Peer Teacher Professional Learning, and championing the future of the teaching profession. Her personal interests include traveling and camping with her husband Carl, a retired United States Marine, and their two fur babies, Silas and Phoebe.
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Back to School Night

This year's Back to School Night will be held on Wednesday, September 14, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. We want to allow parents to come into the building at the beginning of the year for a Meet and Greet. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the school Auditorium. Dr. Leblanc will acknowledge the staff and, after her welcome, dismiss parents to their children's classrooms. During the classroom visits, teachers will discuss course content and how best to communicate with them. If your child has an It's Academic (study block), the expectation is for parents to visit the room to meet the teacher, and the teacher will share ways the block can be used constructively. No sign-up is necessary for the Back to School Night.

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Tdap and Meningitis Immunization Requirement for Seventh and 12th Grades

Virginia school entry immunizations require students entering the seventh grade to have a tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) booster vaccine before the start of the seventh grade school year. This Tdap booster requirement extends to all new enrollments outside the school division in grades seven through 12. Conditional registration to begin school is not permitted for this vaccine. In addition, students entering grades seven and 12 must have received one dose of the Meningococcal Conjugate (MenACWY) vaccine (two-dose series) before the start of the school year. Conditional enrollment is also not permitted for this vaccine.
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Development of Uniform Procedures for Evaluating Students

Before the close of school in June, teachers worked within their school communities and with the administration to develop and submit grading expectations to the Department of School Leadership for approval. The goal was to implement common expectations and guidelines across the school. The agreed-upon practices will appear in teacher course expectations. If you have questions, please direct them to Dr. Le Blanc.

Contact Information

Now is an excellent time to ensure you are connected to our rapid notification system AlertNow, which is how the division sends important messages to families. Parents and guardians are asked to make sure their contact information is up-to-date at their child's school. In addition, parents, guardians, and staff members must choose to opt-in to receive text messages from the division. Visit vbschools.com for instructions.

Important Information Regarding Schedules

VBCPS high schools have moved to a hybrid schedule. In a hybrid schedule, some classes meet every day for a semester (4X4), and others meet every other day through the school year (A/B-day schedule). Typically, students take a total of 6 or 7 classes over the course of a school year, allowing them to have an It's Academic. An It's Academic is a study block.

A 4X4 class meets every day for a semester (Term). Most of the English, Math, Science, and Social Studies courses are run on a 4X4 schedule. Many of the elective, MSA, and AP classes are on an A/B or alternating-day block schedule.


Many students will have a combination of 4X4 and A/B classes. You should be able to view your student's schedule in Student VUE and Parent VUE on August 19. We are still leveling classes and resolving conflicts, so schedules are subject to change.


12th Grade Excused Block requests are honored if scheduling allows and students meet the criteria for excused blocks. Qualified seniors must complete an application that is available in the School Counseling Office.

Academic Support is not a class your child will attend. However, this is on your schedule to show you who your student's counselor is.

Schedule Changes

We are working to finalize schedules, which are still subject to change. We do not typically entertain requests for a schedule change. We use the following criteria when considering a schedule change:


Schedule changes can only be made for one of the following reasons:

  • Student is missing a graduation requirement.
  • Student has an incomplete schedule.
  • Student is in a class previously passed.
  • Student failed a prerequisite course.


Schedule changes cannot be made for the following reasons:

  • Student wants a different teacher.
  • Student wants a different block.
  • Student wants to rearrange schedule for an excused block.


NOTE: On your child's schedule, the teacher listed with Academic Support is their school counselor. Please contact them if you or your child have questions or concerns regarding the schedule.

Eligibility to Participate in VHSL Sports and Activities Under the Hybrid Scheduling

The Virginia High School League’s (VHSL) Scholarship Rule (28A-5-1) states that while participating in a League-sponsored competitive activity, the student shall be enrolled in 5 subjects, or their equivalent, offered for credit and counted toward graduation requirements. Additionally, the student must have passed at least 5 subjects in the immediate semester before participating.


Calculating Eligibility of Full (or A/B Block) Courses

Courses spanning the entire school year (A/B Block) where the student attends the class for one block every other school day are considered full courses. Each of these courses counts as 1 course for eligibility purposes.


Calculating Eligibility of Condensed (or 4X4 Block) Courses

Traditional year-long courses completed in a single semester/term are considered condensed (4X4) courses. Under the hybrid scheduling format, students will report for condensed classes every day for one block per day for the length of the semester/term. Each of these courses counts as 2 courses for eligibility purposes.


Additionally, the School Board of Virginia Beach City Public Schools mandates that students attain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher in the immediate semester before participation.

Parking Decals

We will distribute student parking decals on Wednesday, August 24, from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., 8:00-10:00 a.m., for seniors only, and Thursday, August 25, from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., for all students. After August 25, students can come into the main office between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to purchase/secure a parking decal. When you pick up your decal, please bring your completed and signed parking application (if you are 17 years or younger, you must have a parent/guardian signature), a valid driver’s license, and vehicle registration. The cost for a decal is $45.00 ($35.00 if you attend ATC/Vo-Tech). The best payment method is through School Cash online. Questions can be directed to Allyson Gregg, Bookkeeper, at Allyson.Gregg@vbschools.com or 757-648-5592.

In Case You Have Questions

Do you have a question about transportation services or a bus schedule?


Email: VBCPS Bus Stop
Transportation Dispatch: 263-1545
After-hours dispatch: 263-2949

Please note that Transportation does experience a higher-than-normal volume of calls at the beginning of the school year, but someone in Transportation will eventually answer your call. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Note: Complete bus stop location, arrival time, and bus number information will be uploaded to your ParentVue account. ParentVue will provide the most complete and up-to-date school bus transportation information available. Please continue to check the bus information in your ParentVue account through the first day of school, as school bus routes will continue to be modified to accommodate new and moved students.

Do you have a question about Free or Reduced Meal Prices?

Enrolled students will have access to a nutritious meal for breakfast and lunch each day. Households that qualify for free or reduced meal prices must submit a meal application form to receive meals at a reduced or no cost. School meals will no longer be provided free to all children. The new school year requires a new meal application. School meal eligibility does not roll over from year to year. Therefore, it is essential to submit a completed meal application as soon as possible. Only one meal application is needed for each household. Applications are available online at www.schoolcafe.com.

Check Out the OLHS Online Student Newspaper

You can access The Current using this link: https://olhscurrent.org/.

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August 23 - Volleyball vs. Landstown @ OLHS, Girls @ 4:00 p.m., Boys @ 6:00 p.m.

August 25 - Golf vs. GRHS @ Bow Creek @ 11:00 a.m.

August 25 - Volleyball @ Salem, Girls @ 4:00 p.m., Boys @ 6:00 p.m.

August 26 - New Student Orientation @ OLHS @ 8:25 a.m.

August 26 - Football @ Home vs. Landstown @ 7:00 p.m.

August 30 - Golf vs. FC @ Kempsville Greens @ 2:30 p.m.

August 30 - Volleyball vs. Kempsville @ OLHS, Girls @ 4:00 p.m., Boys @ 6:00 p.m.

August 31 - Cross Country @ Norfolk Academy @ 3:30 p.m.

September 1 - Golf vs. Cox @ Red Wing @ 2:30 p.m.

September 1 - Volleyball @ Cox, Girls @ 4:00 p.m., Boys @ 6:00 p.m.

September 1 - Football @ Salem @ 7:00 p.m.

September 14 - Back to School Night @ OLHS @ 6:00 p.m.


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Ocean Lakes High School

Ocean Lakes High School is a fully accredited school and home to the Math and Science Academy! Ocean Lakes High School has a dedicated staff that is both highly qualified and highly committed to the success of our students. We prepare students for success after they leave our classrooms – whether their future is attending college, joining the workforce, or serving the nation with our military. At Ocean Lakes, we are a proud community of learners, and together, we work hard to ensure all students meet their full potential.