OHS Eagle News

Week of September 25, 2022

A Message from our Principal, Mr. Pflugrath...

September 25, 2022

Dear Osbourn Family,

We had another fantastic week of school at Osbourn High School. Homecoming Week last week was filled with spirit days, class competitions, pep rally, our first homecoming tailgate, homecoming game, and of course the dance. Our students demonstrated pride in our school and we were impressed with them throughout. Thank you, students.

This week, parents and students of all grades are invited to attend the Osbourn College Fair on Monday, September 26th from 6-8:00 pm. Osbourn has partnered with the Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars to host this event with approximately 100 college representatives. Parents of 12th grade students are invited to attend the financial aid information session on Thursday, September 29th from 6-7:00 pm.

Monday we also start our live broadcast news led by our journalism students. Please check out our student news website that has launched at https://ohstalon.com/. On Thursday, we will host our Student Leadership Conference sponsored by Chick-fil-A and Friday we have our first monthly Ovation Award Ceremony where we recognize students for doing something awesome.

Looking ahead on Wednesday, October 12th is our PSAT Day and is an early release day. All 9th through 11th graders will participate at no cost. The SAT is also offered to 12th graders. Seniors not taking the SAT do not need to attend that day. Please see our newsletter for more detailed information. Check out our on-line spirt store for Osbourn gear.

As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.



Mike Pflugrath


Osbourn High School


Glow of the Week

Our glow of the week is our SCA and Student Leadership Classes. Our students organized and led the spirit days, window competition, kickball, volleyball, pep rally, and dance. We empower our students as leaders and they rose to the occasion with a great week of activities. Congratulations for a job well done! Special thanks to Mrs. Shannon Morgan and Mr. Mark Whitley for their devotion as the SCA sponsors and leadership teachers.


Congratulations OHS Volleyball for your Senior Night Win!

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Senior Sunrise!

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OHS Spirit Week!

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Homecoming 2022!

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The OHS News Team is proud to re-launch our student news website!

The Talon website may be viewed at ohstalon.com. The Talon news site has a fresh new look and lots of current articles written by Ms. Miller’s journalism students in all grade levels. We are also launching a new free phone app! The app is called “Student News Source.” Just download the app and select our school to access all of our awesome content. Let our student journalists know how you like their work by reading and commenting! Have a question about the news website? Email LisaMiller@mcpsva.org.

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Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

The beginning of the school year is the best time to develop strong attendance habits! Students who attend school regularly are more likely to perform well in reading and math, develop strong social and emotional skills, and graduate from high school on time. Help prepare your child for future success. Handouts for families from Attendance Works.

School attendance is a strong predictor of who passes their course work and who graduates on time.

Did you know?

  • Chronic absenteeism (missing 18 or more school days per year) is a primary cause of lower academic achievement even when the absences are "excused" or understandable.
  • Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with peer conflicts or facing some other potentially serious difficulty, and help is available.
  • Regular attendance in 8th grade is a better predictor of on-time graduation than 8th grade test scores.
  • Chronic absenteeism is among the strongest predictors of students dropping out of high school.

Freshman who miss 10 or more days per semester are at increased risk of failing at least 2 classes during their freshman year.


Missing Classes Puts Graduation at Risk

The Consortium on Chicago School Research provided a report entitled "Freshman Year: The Make-it or Break-it Year" with information on how student behavior during their freshman year in high school impacts graduation. According to the report, nearly 90% of freshmen who miss less than a week of school per semester graduate on time. As can be seen on the chart below, the graduation rate declines steadily as students miss longer periods of school each semester.

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College Board National Recognition Program!

Congratulations! The following Osbourn students have been selected as a College Board National Recognition Program awardee.

The students earned this recognition because of their academic achievements in school and outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT™ 10, and/or AP® Exams. They've accomplished these milestones during an immensely demanding period of their high school career. We couldn't be more delighted to share this great news.

The following students have been awarded recognition (award key below):

Adan Sanchez: NHRA
Alahna Moreno: NAARA
Beverly Appouh: NAARA
Gabriana Garcia-poindexter: NAARA
Juan Hernandez: NHRA
Patrick Epifanio: NHRA
Sebastian Steinbach: NHRA
Veniel Dabipi: NAARA

Award Key:

National African American Recognition Award = NAARA

National Hispanic Recognition Award = NHRA


OHS Road and Range Information...Click Here!

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Parent-Teen Driving Meeting Info and Presentation Dates: Click links below!


Saturday Learning Seminars 2022-2023

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School Picture Day...Monday, October 3rd and Tuesday, October 4th!

School Picture Day is coming Monday October 3rd & Tuesday October 4th 2022 .

Pictures will be available approximately two weeks following our school's photo day. Save time and Pre-order online here: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000942922

For questions about ordering please email underclass@vosphoto.com


October has been designated as literacy month in our school division.

As part of literacy month, multiple projects are taking place in order to provide our students with resources and experiences related to reading and writing. At the high school level, we are moving forward with Voices from the Heart which is a writing project for our Entering (level 1) and Emerging (level 2) English learners as well as the literacy sections, specifically, the ESOL Literacy 1 and 2 classes which work with our long-term English learners.

Ms. Cernucan is spearheading this program/ project that is endorsed by the National Writing Project Initiative. This program helps teachers help students take ownership of their literacy development through a language experience approach. The culminating activity for this project will be a parent family engagement event to celebrate literacy through story telling.


PSAT/ NMSQT and the SAT School Day

OHS will be running the PSAT/ NMSQT and the SAT School Day test on Wednesday, October 12. October 12 is an early release day for Osbourn High School.

  • Students receiving alternative special education services receive a normal instructional program.
  • The PSAT/NMSQT will be offered to all students in grades 9, 10, and 11 at no cost. No additional registration is necessary. The PSAT/NMSQT provides an opportunity to measure student readiness for college and provides practice for the SAT college entrance exam. Students earning qualifying scores will be considered for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship.
  • Grade 12 students interested in taking the SAT School Day were required to fill out the Intent to Participate Google form sent to families in August and September. Students who completed the form will receive a confirmation email the week of September 19th.
  • Grade 12 students choosing not to take the SAT do not attend school this day.
  • The administration of both exams begins in the morning, according to regular school start times.
  • High school academy courses (ROTC and Nursing) are not held on October 12; high school academy staff (Osbourn Park and Governor’s School) will support base school activities, and all high school shuttles are canceled on this date.

If you have questions about the SAT School Day or PSAT/ NMSQT administration at Osbourn High School, please contact Karen Murphy, PSAT School Day Coordinator, at KMurphy@mcpsva.org . If you have questions about the SAT at Osbourn High School, please contact Juliet Violett at JViolett@mcpsva.org.
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Hispanic Heritage Festival!

October 8, 2022

1pm - 4pm


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Cap and Gown | Class Ring Orders!

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Dear Parents and Rising Seniors Class of 2023:

We at Victor O’Neill Studios, your school’s official school photographer, are excited to see you on the following date(s) for your senior portraits at the school: November 9 & 10 for Senior Formal Yearbook Portraits Final Session C

**This is the last opportunity for senior portraits at the school**

The attire for the school’s yearbook pose will be in the traditional Tuxedos and Drapes. We will provide the Tuxedo and Drapes. In addition to the yearbook session we also offer sessions that include casual/personality portraits and cap and gown portraits. Please follow the link below to choose your session type and appointment time.


If you have any questions please email seniors@vosphoto.com

Thank you!


Ms. Lisa Beth Miller

Osbourn High School

Eyrie Yearbook Adviser

The Talon News Website Adviser

Morning News Show Adviser

Journalism and English Teacher

Literacy Interventionist

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  • Monday, September 26th -- College Fair; 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thursday, September 29th – Financial Aid Workshop at 6 pm
  • Saturday, October 1st – Saturday Learning Seminar
  • Monday & Tuesday, October 3 & 4- Student Yearbook Pictures
  • Wednesday, October 12th – PSAT Day, Early Release
  • Friday, October 14th – End of the First Quarter




Stay Connected!

Please consider connecting to Osbourn High School's Media pages. We are continuously updating our pages, using these avenues to connect with our students, our families, and each others.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OneOsbourn-Osbourn-High-School-101528288727181

Twitter: @OneOsbourn

Instagram: OneOsbourn


OHS Main Office Hours: Monday - Friday; 8:00am - 4:00pm

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