Open Announcements

April 11, 2021

Dear Open High Family,

Here's hoping everyone had a fantastic spring break! While it's now tempting to stress about a multitude of things, let's all resist and focus on what we can control. We always want Open students to stretch and strengthen themselves; but, like a rubber band, we don't want anyone to break.

The RPS Parent Intent Survey for SOL Testing this spring is now available. Please see details below, and if you have questions, just ask.

SAT School Day for select juniors will be held on Tuesday, April 13 at either Richmond Community HS or Huguenot HS at 8:00 a.m. Students will be excused from their classes. Please check the College Board site to confirm registration or contact Micah at

The ECA Monthly Meet-up for current students is Tuesday, April 13 at 12:00 noon. Students recently accepted into the Early College Academy must attend a Shadow Day onboarding event via Zoom on April 14 at 1:00 p.m. Reynolds In-State tuition applications for new ECA students are also due on April 12, 2021. Families are to complete and sign the form and email it directly to

Our monthly PTSA Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at the following link:

Meeting ID: 884 3007 9843; Passcode: PTSA

New voices are always welcome! We can begin discussing our reopening plan for next fall, and parental input is essential. Attached here you will find the RPS Reopening Update and Draft Calendar, both of which are on the agenda for Monday's School Board Meeting at 6 pm, live-streamed at

AP Float Tutoring begins this week, and VCU Tutoring continues. In addition, individual teachers may also be offering SOL/AP Review Sessions after Family on select Fridays or during Office Hours. See below for details.

Course Selection for next year continues this week on SchooLinks. Students should submit course requests by Friday, April 16. Guidance documents are available on our website. Please contact Micah at with questions or concerns.

Marking Period 3 Report Cards will be available the week of April 19, but teachers must finalize all grades by this Wednesday. Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Friday, April 23 (no school for students). A sign up sheet to meet with individual teachers will be shared next week.

See below for other important updates. If you have any questions never hesitate to contact me at or at 804.229.9961.

As always, be well, stay safe, and keep celebrating Open minds!

Clary Carleton


NEW! High School Testing Updates

The RPS Parent Intent Survey for In-person SOL Testing this spring is now available. It is essential that parents of students scheduled to take an SOL complete this survey as soon as possible. Thank you!

The End of Course Writing SOL (for all students currently taking AP English Language and all ECA juniors) will be administered on one or more of the following Saturdays: April 17, April 24, and May 1. All students must have this verified credit in order to graduate.

All other End of Course SOLs in math, science, and reading will be administered on Saturdays starting May 1 to June 19. All students must have a verified credits in math, science, and reading in order to graduate.

  • Math: 9th grade students who are currently taking Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II or students who took Algebra II last semester and have not yet tested/passed.
  • Science: 9th grade students who took Biology or Chemistry during the Fall 2020 semester who have not yet tested/passed.
  • History/Social Science: 9th grade students currently enrolled in World History I will receive a local assessment administered virtually.
  • Students who were to take SOL End of Course tests in the spring of 2020 can receive Locally Awarded Verified Credits under emergency guidelines from the VDOE.

Students in English 9-10, Algebra I , and Geometry will take the MAP Growth Assessment in the spring.

NEW! AP Testing Update

The AP Digital Testing App from College Board is now available at for students to download and install on their testing computers. RPS Tech Services is developing a plan to support the download of the testing app on division Chromebooks. Stay tuned! All students should use the Digital Practice to work with example questions, try tools and features, and confirm that their technology works as expected.

Please see the AP Newsletter below for information on new AP Float Tutoring provided by RPS teachers. Sign up here. In addition, all AP students have access to College Board's AP Classroom with AP Daily videos and other valuable resources. RPS also partners with the National Math & Science Initiative (NMSI) to provide teacher and student support for AP. Students should register with NMSI (see Course Registration below) to take advantage of Live Online Student Sessions as well as on-demand modules. Consider setting up weekly tutoring sessions with VCU tutors to review material from first semester courses. Even Khan Academy provides free prep for multiple AP courses.


  • All students are expected to take AP exams.
  • Students will take AP tests digitally at home with the exception of *AP Spanish Language.
  • Students enrolled in the fall semester will take their AP exam in Administration 2. The exceptions are AP Calculus and AP Statistics.
  • Students enrolled in the spring semester will take their AP exam in Administration 3.
  • Students with a personal computer can download the app at this time.
  • Portfolio submission (AP CSP and AP Studio Art) deadlines are May 20, 11:59 pm (with earlier student deadlines).

Administration 2

  • AP US History, May 19, 12:00 pm
  • AP Art History, May 19, 4 pm
  • AP US Government (SM1), May 20, 12 pm
  • *AP Spanish Language, May 21, 8:00 am (at Richmond Community HS)
  • AP Human Geography (SM1), May 28, 12 pm

Administration 3

  • AP English Literature, June 1, 12 pm
  • AP US Government (SM2), June 3, 12 pm
  • AP English Language, June 7, 12 pm
  • AP Computer Science, June 7, 4 pm
  • AP Human Geography (SM2), June 8, 12 pm
  • AP Calculus, June 9, 8:00 am
  • AP Statistics, June 10, 12 pm
  • AP Biology, June 11, 12 pm
  • AP Environmental Science, June 11, 4 pm

Class of 2021: A Year to Remember

Senior Dues must be paid in full by Friday, April 16. The total due is $68.00 and this will pay for your cap/gown/tassel and announcements. Pay online: If you have any questions or concerns please email Ryan at or call her at 804-780-4661.

Senior Pictures: April 22, 1-6 and April 23, 3-6

Don't miss this opportunity! Book your photo session here: There is a $25 session fee which will be applied to the purchase of pictures. Pay online when you schedule your appointment. Students/parents must sign a waiver to wear supplied formal attire. Please wear a white t-shirt if you plan to wear a tux and wear a tank top or garment that allows you to have bare shoulders if you plan to wear a drape. Students will pick up caps, gowns, and announcements at this time. Covid safety procedures will be in effect. Students are still expected to attend all classes and family. For those who will not be taking pictures, there will be a separate sign up for time slots to pick up your cap and gown on these days. You will also be asked to provide a photograph(s) for our Virtual Graduation.


  • Virtual Graduation: Friday, 6/18, at 7:00 pm
  • In-Person Diploma Pick Up: Tuesday, 6/22 at 10:00 am-12:30 pm, Oregon Hill Overlook

Scholarships & FAFSA
  • PECS (Personalized Exploration for College Success) at VCU is providing a flexible, free, and virtual essay feedback portal. Students can submit their college or scholarship essays to our form and receive personalized feedback from trained PECS mentors within a week of submission. All feedback is completely remote, and students can access the flexible portal at whatever time is convenient for their schedules.
  • If you haven't already completed, make time TODAY to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Even if you're not sure about next year, completing this will give you more options! The application is available online at Here is a link from CollegeBoard on how to complete the FAFSA: Ms. Dixon ( from GRASP and Ms. Kennedy ( from the Future Center are also available to assist your families with this process.

More scholarships can be found at Micah's Counselor Connection Classroom. Don't hesitate to reach out to Micah ( with any questions about planning your next steps, regardless of the direction!

Open-Honors Connect Tutoring

Tutoring with VCU Honors College students through Open-Honors Connect is a fantastic opportunity for our students to get homework help or to review material for spring exams (SOL, AP, SAT). Good students seek help from others! Please complete this form at the end of each week, so we can give our tutors a heads-up on who to expect.

Remember to introduce yourself, and let the tutor know what you're working on. The tutors are eager to help! Here are the links:

Student Opportunities

There are so many wonderful opportunities for our students to develop and explore their interests, even in a virtual environment. We encourage all students to actively pursue experiences outside of school. Your school counselor, principal, and teachers are happy to assist you with applications!

Rising 10th -12th grade students in Virginia who had neither parent graduate from a four-year college are invited to apply to become a Pathways Scholar through the Pathways for Future Engineers program in the Virginia Tech College of Engineering. The Pathways Scholar program is an all-expenses covered program in the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity that supports first-generation students and their families on the pathway from high school to an engineering degree. Applications can be completed online at this link. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2021.

Congressman McEachin invites all high school students (grades 9-12), living in Virginia's fourth congressional district, to submit an original work of art for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition. Students should submit a high-resolution photo of their artwork and a completed Student Release and Information form via email to with the subject line "Art Competition" no later than 4:30PM Monday, April 26, 2021. Please see below for full competition rules and regulations and to download a release and information form.

Do you ever think about pursuing a policy-related degree in college? Consider the Summer Academy for Policy Leadership and Public Service Online (SAO) form June 27-July 10, 2021. This is an immersive 2-week introduction to public policy decision-making and the elements that affect policy. Scholarships are available. The application deadline is May 1.

The James River Leadership Expeditions (JRLE) is a year-long leadership program for all high school students who are interested in advocating for the future of the James River. This is a fantastic program that many of our students have participated in. Deadline for applications is May 3.

OHS Art Expo & Auction 2021

Please save the date for the annual (virtual) Open High Art Expo 2021 May 31, 2021 - June 5, 2021. Each year Open High School depends on the Art Auction to help fund the art department. This year our goal is to raise $5,000 to purchase art supplies for all of the art classes in school year 2021-22. The Art Expo & Auction 2021 is seeking art, sponsors & donations:

  1. Art: All Students! We would love to receive your donation of any piece of art you make - painting, ceramic, jewelry, macrame, etc. (It is not necessary to be in Brigette's art class now or ever :)
  2. Sponsors: Will your business or family sponsor the Art Expo or match donations?
  3. Auction Items: Share your talents and gifts - perhaps some families would like to put together a basket for auction - wine, food, garden supplies, services, etc. Creativity welcome!

Please contact Pam Embrey or Brigette Newberry if you have questions.