Class of 2023

How you finish this chapter will determine your next step.

10 Months until Graduation!

Welcome to Senior Year!

We could not be more proud of your hard work and commitment that you have shown these past 3 years, and now...YOU MADE IT! Your final chapter as an OP Yellow Jacket starts NOW. Lets start it off strong, fun, and bright. You have conquered so much not just over these past 3 years. It is time to end it with all your mind, heart, and inner strength we know each of you has to get to your future.

Senior Needs Assessment

Please scan the QR code or use the button below to fill our the Senior Needs assessment for us to help you prepare for Senior Year if you did not do so back in June or July.

IMPORTANT!!!

GPA, Class Rank, Class Size, Updated Transcript Information

The Class of 2023 transcripts will be given to each senior and available starting September 6th through English classes. All transcripts will be updated with current information through summer school by this time. During this time, each student will meet with their alpha counselor for Senior Interviews. If you are starting your college applications early, please hold off on filling in your current GPA, class percentile (we DO NOT rank), and class size. Attached are a few resources you can use for now to help guide you through the Education and FERPA section of your Common App.

QuestBridge NOW Open!

The 2022 QuestBridge National College Match is now open! Apply by September 27 for full four-year scholarships to top colleges. Find out if you're eligible and apply for free at www.questbridge.org.
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Mark Your Calendars

Important Upcoming Dates

Below are important dates we have planned, as a school or in the county to keep in mind. We are currently creating a fluid Senior Calendar in the OPHS Counseling Canvas page. Make sure you (the Senior student) accept the OPHS Counseling invitation. If you do not, we will make sure you do during Senior Visits in September.


College Applications Open

  • Monday, August 1st

Back to School Night

  • Wednesday, August 31st

OPHS Senior Symposium Night (In Person)

  • Wednesday, September 14th @ 6:00-8:00pm

Senior Interviews

  • Begin Tuesday, September 6th through English class

QuestBridge Application Deadline

  • Tuesday, September 27th

College Fair Dates (In Person) Registration is not required.

  • Monday, September 26th - Osbourn High School @ 6:00-8:00pm
  • Tuesday, October 18th - Gar-Field High School @ 6:00-8:00pm

FASFA Opens

  • Friday, October 1st

VDot Career Fair

  • Thursday, October 6th

FAFSA Hands-On Help Session

  • Tuesday, October 11th - Unity Reed High School @ 6:30pm

Aviation Career Fair at Manassas Airport

  • Monday, October 17th

Alcanza College Fair at GMU

  • Wednesday, October 19th

College Visits (In Person & Virtual)

  • Check Naviance to see who is coming and sign up!

GRADUATION!!!

  • June 2023 at Eagle Bank Arena (Date & Time: TBD)

Senior Visits

Seniors will begin to meet with their Alpha Counselors on September 6th through their English classes. Seniors will come to the Career Center during the designated time that has been coordinated with their teacher. During this time, each student will meet 1-on-1 with their Alpha Counselor. More information to come.

Naviance, Common App, College Applications

Seniors will be instructed by Ms. Jaeger on the steps to log-in to Naviance during Senior Visits and learn how to add college applications, request transcripts and letters of recommendation, how to match the Common App, and many other important features in Naviance. Each student will also confirm the acceptance of the OPHS Counseling Canvas course, and learn about different paths to take after high school, not just college.

College Applications

Applications are NOW open for the Class of 2023. If you wish to begin your applications early, you may do so. Please note that this process will be discussed during Senior Visits with all Seniors. OPHS School Profile information will not be available until then for the School Profile section of any applications.

FERPA Form

Parents MUST complete the New School Year Packet coming in ParentVUE this summer for FERPA completion. This will be how counselors will be able to release transcripts to schools once deadlines begin to approach. This must be done AT THE LATEST 2 weeks before your first application deadline. More information on transcript requests to come during Senior Visits and Senior Symposium.


https://www.pwcs.edu/parents/backtoschool

SAT & ACT Score Opt Out on Transcripts

The Virginia Department of Education “Regulations Governing Secondary School Transcripts” mandates that local divisions include a student’s test record, to include at least the highest score earned on college performance-related standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT on the student’s secondary school transcript. Parents, guardians, or others having legal control or charge of a child may elect in writing to have their child’s test record excluded from the student transcript (opt-out).

It is important for parents to understand that it is the expectation of four-year colleges, which require an SAT or ACT score for admission, that the test score is sent to the college directly from the testing agency (College Board or ACT). The score which appears on the transcript is for informational purposes only and does not serve as the “official” score for college admissions purposes.

If you do not want your child’s college performance-related standardized test scores such as the SAT and ACT to be included on his/her official secondary school transcript, please submit the ACT/SAT Opt-Out Form (PDF) to your child’s school counseling department.

You do not need to submit an opt-out form if you wish to include your child’s college admission test record on his/her secondary school transcript. You can contact your child’s school counselor for more information regarding this option.

Parents can download this form and submit it to the school counseling office if they wish for college entrance testing scores to not appear on the student transcript.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

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Going Merry

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 (https://www.goingmerry.com) -- 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. To sign up, go to: https://app.goingmerry.com/sign-up#students You can also download the Going Merry mobile app (and sign up that way) on iOS or Android.

Opportunities

Please note, many scholarships have not been updated for the coming year.


Community Scholarships are listed in Naviance -> Click the Colleges tab at the top -> Click on Scholarship List. Click on the scholarship to learn how to apply! Keep checking this page. New scholarships are always being added!

Scholarship Sharing database: https://www.scholarshipsharing.org/scholarships

SPARK Scholarship database: https://poweredbyspark.org/scholarships 2023 scholarships are not advertised yet

OPHS In house Scholarships: We have several in house scholarships that a graduating OP senior will be awarded. These, along with local civic organizations, will be advertised in February 2023.

Scholarship Sites:

https://scholarships360.org/

https://www.cappex.com/scholarships

https://www.niche.com/colleges/scholarships/

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search

https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/Training/find-scholarships.aspx

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

Complete these 6 college planning steps for 6 separate chances at $500. When you finish all 6, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $40,000 scholarship, but you can still earn money even if you don’t complete them all.

Click the link and video!

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

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FAFSA

What is it? Why do I need to fill it out?

"To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work-study, and loans, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and easier than ever, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school."

Check out the link below to be prepared for October 1st when the application opens! Remember...FAFSA = FREE $$$

https://studentaid.gov/help/fafsa

Cap & Gown Orders

We will be using Josten's as the vendor this year.

College Visits

Whose Coming to OP?

College Visits are being added everyday. Check out who is coming to visit OP, either Virtually or In-Person. If you attend a session during the school day, do not worry, you will get a pass to show your teacher to come to the session.

You may sign up in Naviance ->Click the "Colleges" tab up top -> Click "College Visits"

The College Tour (on Amazon Prime)

Do you have Amazon Prime???

"The College Tour is a TV series brought to you by Emmy-nominated and multi-award-winning producers. The series tells the story of colleges and universities around the world.​ Each episode of The College Tour will focus on a single college or university. From campus life, academics, housing, sports, activities, and much more… each student driven segment will give young people an inside look at what it’s truly like being a student at the featured college or university."


If you have access to Amazon Prime, check out this new show/resource for more insight of your next steps after OP. More info can be found HERE.

Johns Hopkins Visit

Johns Hopkins University is inviting high-school seniors to visit our Homewood campus for a Hopkins Senior Visit Day. They'll have the opportunity to sit in on a class, take a tour of campus, learn about our student resources, and more! Senior Visit Days are on October 3, 10, 17, and 24.

If you work with a student who is considering Hopkins as their first choice and have not yet visited campus or want to get a deeper understanding of our community, we’d like to give them that chance. Travel assistance is available on a limited, first-come, first-served basis.

If your student is interested in attending a Senior Visit Day on October 3 or October 10, the deadline to apply for travel assistance is September 1. If they are interested in attending a Senior Visit Day on October 17 or 24, the deadline to apply for travel assistance is September 15. More information is available on our website.

Career & Tech

VDOT Career Fair

VDOT Transportation Career Fairs is still hosting a career fair except it will be a Virtual Career Fair. That’s right VDOT is going virtual! The planned date for this fall’s virtual event is October 6, 2022 from 9am until 1pm. This will be a field trip event. More details to come.


VDOT Transportation Career Fair

Apprenticeships

Please use the links below to reference all the many other apprenticeship opportunities. Take a look, gather your questions and book an appointment with me to investigate what may be the correct fit for you.


Federal Apprenticeship Programs

Virginia State Apprenticeship Programs

Virginia Apprenticeship Programs Brochure

NOVA Apprenticeship Programs

Washington Steamfitters Apprentice School

Please see the document below if you are interested in applying. Application season starts November 1st through November 30th. If any students are slightly interested in the trade, they need to be signed up by Nov 30 to have the possibility of getting into the 2023 class for apprentices. If you have additional questions about the program, please contact Doug Barefoot at DBarefoot@highpurity.com.

Webinars

QuestBridge Information Webinars

Have questions about QuestBridge and whether you should apply or not? There are many webinars coming up to answer all your questions. Check it out HERE!

For the Parents & Guardians

Parent Learning Series

Keep checking back for virtual college and career planning events this coming year.

Testing Information

SAT Testing

SAT Registration can be done through College Board. The link can be found HERE. The following dates are testing dates for this school year. The BOLD dates are the dates OPHS will be hosting. You can register for any school site to test.

August 27th, October 1st, November5th, December 3rd, March 11th, May 6th, June 3rd

ACT Testing

ACT Registration can be done through College Board. The link can be found HERE. The following dates are testing dates for this school year. OPHS will not be a host testing site this coming year. You can register for any school site to test.

September 10th, October 22nd, December 10th, February 11th, April 15th, June 10th, July 15th

ASVAB Testing

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a heavily researched and well-respected aptitude test developed by the Department of Defense. It measures a young adult’s strengths and potential for success in military training. If you plan to join the military, you MUST take this exam for entrance. If you do not know what career path you plan to take in the future, it is a great test to explore your strengths. For more information click HERE.


OP will host the ASVAB on in the Fall and Spring during school.

Your OPHS Counselors

Ms. Pamela Gardner - Counseling Director

GardnePD@pwcs.edu

Ms. Jazzmine Rich (A - BOA)
RichJL@pwcs.edu

Ms. Rebecca Stoker (BOB - ED)
StokerRJ@pwcs.edu

Ms. Alexandra Nunez (EE - HON)
NunezAC@pwcs.edu

Mr. Nathaniel Simmons (HOO - MAZ)
SimmonNB@pwcs.edu

Mr. Juan Canas Ramirez (MB - PIE)
CanasRJC@pwcs.edu

Mr. Jason Supon (PIF - SEZ)
SuponJD@pwcs.edu

Ms. Jayna Cobbs (SF - Z)
CobbsJY@pwcs.edu

Ms. Ellen Pashiardis (Pre-Gov. & Gov. School)
PashiaER@pwcs.edu

Ms. Courtney Jaeger (College & Career)
JaegerCA@pwcs.edu

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday


to all of our August


Yellow Jacket Seniors!