1. Prince William County’s fiscal 2013 budget and proposed tax rate will be the subjects of a town hall meeting for Coles District residents at 7 p.m. Monday at the Coles District Volunteer Fire Department, 13712 Dumfries Rd., Manassas.
Michelle Casciato, the county’s budget director, will discuss the budget and answer questions. For information, call 703-792-4620 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. The Osbourn Robotics Team deserves recognition for their outstanding performance over the weekend in the Virginia Regional FIRST competition. The Eagles team designed and built a 120 pound advanced performance machine which integrated the fields of math, science, engineering, and technology during a six-week window.
The team competed against 59 other robots from Virginia and surrounding states and was the only robot to go undefeated during regular competition, winning 10 matches. They ended individual school competition in first place and ended team competition in third place. In fact, the only team that they narrowly lost to was the winner of the team competition.
These students represented our school in everything they did with dignity, class, and pride. Most of them spent six out of the last 11 days on the road traveling and competing. If you see any of these students this week, they deserve a pat on the back. They are hard working, energetic, and deserving of your praise. Please congratulate with me:
3. Here is some other awesome news from OHS. The Eagles were on fire this weekend. This past weekend all 100 choral students participated in District IX Assessments as part of the following ensembles:
Concert Choir (+ Men's Choir)
Three out of our four ensembles received the highest overall score possible. Not only did they have to sing well on prepared music (judged on "Tone, Intonation, Diction, Muiscal Effect), but they had to prove literacy skills by reading music they had never previously seen. Again, three out of four ensembles scored the highest marks possible.
These students were musically poised and represented OHS with great integrity, personal conduct, as well as their academic and musical achievements. Please join me in wishing them well earned congratulations:
Concert Choir + Men's Choir (this list includes CenterStage)
Ernie Gagarin Jr.
Katherine Ramirez Ascencio
Jessica Timana Gomez
Samar El Haj
Keren Moreno Bonilla
Katherine Ramirez Asencio
Genesis Veliz Bustamante
Kelly Niquen Rios
4. Osbourn High School students attended a special event hosted by Lockheed Martin of Manassas. The purpose of the Lockheed Martin Minorities in Engineering Day on March 9, 2012 was to encourage talented young people to investigate the world of science and engineering and the multiple career paths it offers. The events of the day were designed to promote the curiosity or spark a new interest in the field of engineering, specifically among minority students. This included a team building activity, a tour of the facility, a career panel discussion, as well as interaction with university reps and minority professional organizations.
Osbourn High School selected eleven students to attend: Riley Moran, Alayna Powers, Rusdy Yularnis, Michael Saunders, Ryan Rambilas, Celestine Jones, Andrew Rollins, Mauricio Mondragon, Franklin Medrano, Phillip Otey, and Justyce Murray. The students produced thoughtful questions for the presenters during the panel discussions and tours, and the Osbourn teams placed in the top 3 of the zip line team building activity. The consensus of the students was that it was an interesting and enriching engineering experience.
5. A special PTA program at Jennie Dean Elementary School features Nancy Ogan, Farm Manager at Double “O” Good Alpacas (Historic Falkland Farm in Gainesville, VA), and her Alpaca friends, who will be visiting Jennie Dean 3rd graders Tuesday, March 20.Here is the schedule, so stop by if you can!
1:30-1:50- Mrs. Viera's class
1:50-2:10- Mrs. Ridgell's class
2:10-2:30- Mrs. Simone's class
2:30-2:50- Mrs. Kelly's class
2:50-3:10- Ms. Brown's class