Principal Updates - October 31

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Important Dates 

October 31: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday - Happy Halloween

November 1-2: Religious & Cultural Observance School Days, Dia De Los Muertos

November 7: Parent Coffee, Naviance 

November 8: Election Day, No School 

November 11: Veterans Day, Student Holiday/School Planning Day 

November 15: Hidden in Plain Sight Parent Presentation 

November 17-19: Fall Show, Wendy & Peter Pan 

November 23-25: No School, Thanksgiving Break

December 19-January 2: No School, Winter Break 

We hope you have a wonderful Halloween!  

General Information Governors School Applications

Governor’s School is a challenging and enriching program designed for highly motivated students who are looking for a challenging summer experience. Programs are offered in Academic (Agriculture; Humanities; Math, Science, & Technology; Engineering; and Marine Science) and Visual and Performing Arts (Dance, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts). The selection process is extremely competitive. For academic programs, most students selected rank in the top 5% of their class and have scored in the 90th percentile on standardized achievement tests. For visual and performing arts programs, students will need to attend adjudication (an audition). These residential programs run from late June to late July. Only students who are available during that time frame and whose records match these criteria should apply. 

Students who are interested in applying to either program must complete the corresponding Interest Form (linked below) by November 11.

Academics Interest Form

Visual & Performing Arts Interest Form

Please use this link to access the application guidance and deadlines from FCPS.  

If you have questions about any of this information please contact: Laura Osborne ([email protected]) or Jessica Vilbas ([email protected]).

Parent Coffee - Navigating Naviance 

Please join the Student Services staff members on Monday, November 7 at 10:00 (virtually) to help you learn how to navigate Naviance and help you and your child find the right fit for college. During the virtual parent coffee you will learn how to research and search for colleges based on your child’s interest, understand scattergrams and how they can help you determine if your child meets the requirements for individual colleges, find scholarships, build a resume, set goals, and explore careers. A link will be emailed to all parents the morning of November 7.

All parent coffee presentations can be found on the Oakton HS parent schoology page under the folder "Presentation Recordings"  following the event. 

Hope to see you there! 

Federal Impact Aid Forms

On Wednesday, October 19, federal impact aid forms were sent home with all students through their 2nd period teacher.  If you have not returned your child's form, please do so as soon as possible.  These forms directly impact funds provided to the school division.  If your child needs a new form, they may visit the Main Office to pick one up.  More information (and blank forms) can be found here.  

Hidden in Plain Sight - Parent Presentation 

On Tuesday, November 15, 2022 we are pleased to host the Fairfax County Police Department to present Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) to our families.  This event will take place in the Oakton High School cafeteria and will run approximately from 6:30pm - 8:45pm.  

The purpose of the program is to educate parents on current trends and signs of risky behavior.  The following behaviors will be included: 

  • Alcohol Use
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Over the Counter Drugs
  • Illicit Drugs
  • Mental Health Concerns 
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Other Risky Behaviors

An interactive exhibit will be set up for families to peruse, followed by a presentation and discussion.  

To attend, you are asked to register in advance using this link

Thanksgiving Assistance

Does your family need assistance with a Thanksgiving meal this year? If so, the Pantry can help. Please contact your student's guidance counselor no later than November 4. They will be able to provide further information.

Buy Your Yearbook and Senior Baby Ads Today

Yearbooks and senior baby ads are on sale now! Last year the yearbook sold out, so don’t risk it – buy early! Yearbooks are currently $67 for the base package, and senior baby ads come in a variety of sizes and prices. To buy a yearbook and/or a baby ad, visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and use code 4770! Questions? Email [email protected].

Partners for Safe Teen Driving

All students enrolled in Classroom Driver Education during the 2022-2023 school year must attend an in-person Partners for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD). The presentation is connected to successful classroom instruction and must be completed to receive a DEC-District 8 card (pink card). The parent-teen traffic safety presentation (PSTD) will be offered multiple times during the school year at Oakton. Students and their parents/guardians should plan to attend the presentation at Oakton at your earliest convenience.  

All PSTDs begin promptly. Late admission will not be allowed. 

Remaining Dates 2022-2023 

  1. Wednesday, January 18, 6:30pm in the Auditorium
  2. Monday, March 27, 6:30pm in the Auditorium
  3. Monday, May 15, 6:30pm in the Auditorium

These sessions are intended for Sophomores. Juniors and Seniors can attend a session through Adult and Community Education.

PSTD nights are not available to freshmen.

Student Services Updates  Student Services Newsletter

Happy November Cougar Families! We made it through the first quarter.  Take a look at the Student Services’ November newsletter for our wellness initiatives and upcoming events including award ceremonies, depression screening, classroom lessons, and more. 

Student Yoga Sessions

Throughout the year, Oakton will offer yoga sessions during return periods for students to relax and reenergize.

Remaining Yoga Dates

November 1 & 28

December 6

January 10 & 31

February 14 & 21

March 6 & 20

April 17 & 24

May 22

June 6

Underclassmen Academic Awards Celebration

November 3 during 3rd period

On Thursday, November 3, Oakton will recognize 835 students who have earned an Academic Award. Academic Awards are based on last year’s high school GPA (4.0 and higher). First time award recipients will receive an academic letter and a pin. Returning recipients will receive a pin to be placed on the academic letter they received in a previous year. Recipients will receive an invitation to this event on Monday, October 3 via email. This is a student only event.

National Merit Commended & Semifinalist Ceremony

November 10th during return period

On Thursday, November 10, Oakton will recognize 76 students who have been recognized by College Board as a National Merit Commended student and 11 students who have qualified as a Semifinalist.  These students participated in a nationwide competition conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corp., by taking the PSAT last October. 50,000 highest scorers nationwide qualified for this designation and of those high scorers, 16,000 were designated Semifinalists. Recipients will receive an invitation to this event on Tuesday, October 11 via email. This is a parent and designated student only event.

Schedule Changes

At this time, we are accepting schedule change requests. School counselors and administrators will try to accommodate course change requests, however, due to staffing restraints, classes are extremely limited. Students interested in a schedule change should see their school counselor for the "Schedule Change Request Form". All forms need to have detailed information from student, parent, school counselor and teacher prior to being reviewed by the administration.

Service Learning Updates  Service Learning Enrichment Opportunities

In an effort to highlight enrichment experiences that can connect service learning for students, FCPS has put together a brief one page document with various enrichment experiences. All of these experiences are posted in the Naviance Enrichment Database, but we also wanted to highlight them for our community in case any students might be interested.

Service Learning and X2VOL

All students at Oakton are encouraged to use X2VOL via their Naviance account to record and continue to record all Service Learning completed throughout the school year. Students may access information and help for X2VOL via Naviance using the following link https://help.x2vol.com/knowledge/for-naviance-schools

Health and Wellness Updates Health and Safety Guidance Document 

The FCPS Health and Safety guidance document has been updated for this school year. Please see this site for more information.

Emergency Resources

Crisis Link Regional Hotline            703-527-4077

Crisis Text                                       Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Dominion Hospital Emergency       703-536-2000

INOVA Emergency                         703-289-7560

Merrifield Center Emergency         703-573-5979  TTY dial 711

Life Threatening                             911

Safety and Security Updates Anonymous Tip Line Puts Safety First

If you or your child have concerns or information relating to feeling unsafe in any way at school, we encourage you to reach out to a member of the security or administrative team so that we may quickly address the issue.  Students and parents may also utilize the FCPS Office of Safety and Security safety tip line, that you can access anonymously online, by text (888-777; Keyword TIP FCPS), or by phone (571-423-2020).

If your tip is an emergency and immediate assistance is necessary, please dial 911.

Students, staff, and community members should report school safety issues such as threats, unsafe or dangerous situations, illegal drug activity, theft, gang activity, the existence of weapons, vandalism, and concerns about student wellness. Tip line users may identify themselves or remain anonymous.

Concerns that do not impact the safety of our schools—concerns or information about programs, regulations, or policies—can be sent to the FCPS ombudsman online, at 571-423-4014, or [email protected]

PTSA News & Information  PTSA Membership Meeting

The PTSA Membership meeting was held on October 19 in the Oakton HS library at 7:00pm.  Please join us at the next PTSA meeting on November 16, 2022, there will be a speaker about Domestic Violence.  

Staff Appreciation Breakfasts

Each month the PTSA strives to host a staff appreciation breakfast.  The PTSA is in need of donations to start this initiative for the year.  Donations can be food the day of the event, or money to purchase the food.  Please contact the PTSA for any questions or donation inquiries.  (Oakton PTSA President - Thoraia Hussein: [email protected]

Mini-Grant Applications

The Oakton PTSA is pleased to announce the opening for mini grant fall applications. Staff and student groups can apply now. Please follow the instructions on the PTSA website.  https://oaktonhsptsa.ptboard.com/

All applications are due Tuesday, November 1.  

Please Join the PTSA

Visit the Oakton PTSA website to learn more about how the PTSA supports the school and information on membership.  https://oaktonhsptsa.ptboard.com/ 

Class of 2023 All Night Grad Party (ANGP)

Seniors, Save the Date!  Your All Night Grad Party (ANGP) will be held at Launch Trampoline Park on Friday, June 9 from 9 PM - 3 AM!!

Look for ticket information and "Home of a Senior" yard sign sale details coming soon!

We will need a lot of volunteers to make this event a success! If you are interested in helping with any aspect of the planning or the party itself, please send an email to [email protected].

Oakton Pantry 

Since 2016, the Pantry has helped coordinate Thanksgiving meal donations for local families in need.  This year, in addition to providing meals for Oakton HS families, we are pleased to be able to assist neighboring Mosaic ES families as well.

For those of you who have donated in the past, you'll note that we have simplified the process this year.  Please copy and paste the link below for our Sign Up Genius for full details.  Thank you!

Thanksgiving meal and gift card donations: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094babab2eabfa7-2022

Questions? Please send an email to [email protected].

Parent Resources Parent Information Line 

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

Parent Resource Center 

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a wide variety of information and resources to support the success of all students.  This includes monthly workshops and webinars.  More information can be found on the FCPS website, including registration information.  

Meet the Author Series - Paige Saves the Day

Paige is a happy kid with a unique fashion sense and creative imagination. Despite being bullied because of the things that make her different, she enjoys using her creativity to entertain her family and friends with stories in which she and her dog, Peppermint, are Super Heroes who always save the day!

Join us as the authors, Nalani Butler and Leila Butler, read Paige Saves the Day and share their experiences with families.

Children are welcome to join with their families for this very special webinar and book reading.

October 27, 2022 7-8 p.m.

Register for the Meet the Author Series - Paige Saves the Day

Manejando el estrés serie de 3 partes 

 
Part #2: Estrategias de manejo del estrés 16/12/22 at 10 a.m. 

  • ¿Qué es el autocuidado? 
  • ¿Por qué es importante el autocuidado? 
  • Cómo practicar el autocuidado. 
  • Técnicas de relajación 
  • Gestión del tiempo 

Part #3: Apoyando a sus hijos durante tiempos estresantes  17/3/23 at 10 a.m.

  • Construyendo Resiliencia 
  • Reestructurando nuestro pensamiento 
  • Cómo reparar la relación con nuestros hijos.

Presented by: 

  • Aynalem (Nalem) Valdes, MS.Residente en Consejería de Salud Mental en Servicios Familiares del Norte de Virginia, Centro Multicultural  
  • Ana Stevenson, MS. Trabajadora Social Clínica Licenciada en Servicios Familiares del Norte de Virginia ,Centro Multicultural 

Registro Manejando el estrés serie de 3 partes

Nontraditional Families: Fostering Resilience and Inclusivity While Welcoming and Affirming All Families

November 3, 2022, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Welcoming nontraditional families into authentic partnerships takes effort and can reap great rewards. Nontraditional families include those with parents, caregivers, or youth who identify as LGBTQ+, as well as those formed through foster care, adoption, and kinship care by grandparents, other relatives, or close family friends.

Join Dr. Kelly Henderson, Executive Director of Formed Families Forward, for this important webinar.

Highlights include:

  • Identifying unique strengths and challenges faced by nontraditional families raising children and youth, including those with special needs.
  • Practicing effective communication strategies between families and school partners to increase comfort and inclusivity for students and families.
  • Collaboratively strategizing and planning supports for adults (families, caregivers, teachers, and support staff), while boosting personal resilience as they face stressful circumstances.

Register for Nontraditional Families: Fostering Resilience and Inclusivity While Welcoming and Affirming All Families 

Where to Start: Supporting Children When Someone They Love Has Cancer

November 4, 2022, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer, this presentation will provide information and guidance on how to support your children throughout the cancer journey. 

Webinar Highlights:

  • How to have open communication about cancer with your children
  • Strategies to use in the home to help your children adjust to changes
  • Activities that the entire family can use to support each other

Presented by Jemma Stratton, MSW Pediatric Oncology Clinical Therapist I, Supervisee of Social Work, Life with Cancer, Family Center

Register for Where to Start: Supporting Children When Someone They Love Has Cancer 

Moving On to Life in the Community: Resource Fair

Thursday, November 10, 2022,  6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Willow Oaks Administrative Center – Room 1000 A&B

Once students with significant disabilities graduate, they may require additional, ongoing support in the areas of residential, leisure, recreation, independent living, advocacy, and more.

This event will include:

  • various support programs in the community available to students.
  • A brief presentation about FCPS transition services and the bridge to adult services
  • An exhibitor/vendor fair.

Designed to assist parents, guardians, and caretakers with future planning for students with disabilities who may require ongoing supports after graduating from high school. 

Register online for Moving On To Life in The Community: Resource Fair

(Hosted by FCPS Career and Transition Services) 

Everything You Need to Know About Opioids

Thursday, November 10, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m.

Join us for this important webinar designed to inform and raise awareness about the dangers of children and adolescents using and overdosing on opioids. This webinar is for adults only due to the content.

Webinar Highlights:

  • How young people are getting drugs
  • Opioid risk, misuse, withdrawal, and overdose symptoms
  • The dangers of Fentanyl 
  • Naloxone and how it works

Presented by Tiffany Jones, FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist 

Register for Everything You Need to Know About Opioids 

Bullying Prevention

November 18, 2022 10:30* a.m. - noon (*note the time change)

FCPS is deeply committed to creating a safe and positive school environment where all students can learn. Through school-wide positive behavior approaches and participation in K-12 health and guidance lessons, students are taught to behave respectfully and to resolve conflicts in positive ways. 

The Bullying Prevention Webinar seeks to educate listeners on the following:

  • FCPS definition of bullying
  • Types of bullying
  • Differences between bullying and other forms of inappropriate behavior
  • How FCPS responds to allegations of bullying
  • How parents and schools can work together to prevent bullying

Presenters: 

  • Stefan Mascoll: Coordinator Student Safety and Wellness, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Joan Lee: Educational Specialist, School Counseling Services, Fairfax County Public Schools

Register for Bullying Prevention

FCPS Cares

Do you know an Oakton High School or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected?  If so, then click here to share with everyone. 

Translate our Website 

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Principal Updates - October 24

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Important Dates 

October 24: No School, Diwali

October 25: Partners for Safe Teen Driving Presentation, 6:30pm 

October 28: End of 1st Quarter; 2 Hour Early Release

October 31: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday - Happy Halloween

November 1-2: Religious & Cultural Observance School Days, Dia De Los Muertos

November 8: Election Day, No School 

November 11: Veterans Day, Student Holiday/School Planning Day 

November 15: Hidden in Plain Sight Parent Presentation 

November 23-25: No School, Thanksgiving Break

General Information Federal Impact Aid Forms

On Wednesday, October 19, federal impact aid forms were sent home with all students through their 2nd period teacher.  We are asking that all forms be turned in by this Wednesday, October 26.  These forms directly impact funds provided to the school division.  If your child needs a new form, they may visit the Main Office to pick one up.  More information (and blank forms) can be found here.  

Hidden in Plain Sight - Parent Presentation 

On Tuesday, November 15, 2022 we are pleased to host the Fairfax County Police Department to present Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) to our families.  This event will take place in the Oakton High School cafeteria and will run approximately from 6:30pm - 8:45pm.  

The purpose of the program is to educate parents on current trends and signs of risky behavior.  The following behaviors will be included: 

  • Alcohol Use
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Over the Counter Drugs
  • Illicit Drugs
  • Mental Health Concerns 
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Other Risky Behaviors

An interactive exhibit will be set up for families to peruse, followed by a presentation and discussion.  

To attend, you are asked to register in advance using this link

Thanksgiving Assistance

Does your family need assistance with a Thanksgiving meal this year? If so, the Pantry can help. Please contact your student's guidance counselor no later than November 2. They will be able to provide further information.

Buy Your Yearbook and Senior Baby Ads Today

Yearbooks and senior baby ads are on sale now! Last year the yearbook sold out, so don’t risk it – buy early! Yearbooks are currently $67 for the base package, and senior baby ads come in a variety of sizes and prices. To buy a yearbook and/or a baby ad, visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and use code 4770! Questions? Email [email protected].

Partners for Safe Teen Driving

All students enrolled in Classroom Driver Education during the 2022-2023 school year must attend an in-person Partners for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD). The presentation is connected to successful classroom instruction and must be completed to receive a DEC-District 8 card (pink card). The parent-teen traffic safety presentation (PSTD) will be offered multiple times during the school year at Oakton. Students and their parents/guardians should plan to attend the presentation at Oakton at your earliest convenience.  

All PSTDs begin promptly. Late admission will not be allowed. 

Dates 2022-2023 

  1. Tuesday, October 25, 6:30pm in the Auditorium
  2. Wednesday, January 18, 6:30pm in the Auditorium
  3. Monday, March 27, 6:30pm in the Auditorium
  4. Monday, May 15, 6:30pm in the Auditorium

These sessions are intended for Sophomores. Juniors and Seniors can attend a session through Adult and Community Education.

PSTD nights are not available to freshmen.

Testing Updates AP Exam Registration for Non-enrolled Students

If any student wants to take an AP exam in a course that he/she is not enrolled in, registration is now open. Each exam costs $96. You can use this google form to register or paper copy on our website. Students currently enrolled in an AP course are automatically registered for the corresponding AP exam and do not need to complete any form. The deadline to register is October 28th. Payment can be submitted through My School Bucks or check made out to Oakton High School. Payment is required before the exam space will be reserved.

My School Bucks Link

Other AP related information can be found in our AP Testing FAQs on the Oakton website. If you have any other questions about AP testing in general, please contact Assistant Principal Martha Rodeheaver at [email protected].

AP Testing Opt-Out Letters

As part of the FCPS FY 2022 Approved Budget, FCPS is continuing to assess Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test fees. As in previous years, the fees for the first six AP/IB tests taken for courses in which students are enrolled for high school credit will be paid for by FCPS. Students taking AP tests without enrolling in the corresponding FCPS course are responsible for the test fee(s). AP students must make Opt-Out decisions in October 2022 and parents will be billed a $96 non-refundable test fee in December 2022 for tests that exceed the six FCPS funded tests. 

Oakton students received their opt-out letters on Tuesday, October 4. All Opt-Outs are due by Tuesday, October 26. If students need a new Opt-Out form they can see Mrs. Hendelman in school counseling.

Oakton information will continue to be posted on our AP Exam page here: https://oaktonhs.fcps.edu/academics/testing/ap-exams

Student Services Updates  Student Services Newsletter

Happy Fall Cougars!  Check out October’s Student Services Newsletter that includes information about upcoming parent and student events as well as highlights the month’s activities with wellness initiatives, Senior Parent Night, Freshman Parent Night and important testing updates. 

Community Book Club

Greetings Oakton Parents and Guardians!  Oakton Student Services is excited to announce our community book club.  Our first read will be, How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Harris.  "In How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.” (Amazon)

We anticipate beginning in mid-October through mid-January.  We will then discuss the book as a group with an in-person conversation led by School Social Worker, Rachel Cherian. 

To kick off the Book Club, the first 25 families that register will receive a free copy of the book, one book per family.  

If interested, please register  here for planning purposes.  More information will be sent mid-October.  

Questions?  Please reach out to School Social Worker, Rachel Cherian, at [email protected].  

Student Yoga Sessions

Throughout the year, Oakton will offer yoga sessions during return periods for students to relax and reenergize.

Upcoming Yoga Dates

October 25

November 1 & 28

December 6

January 10 & 31

February 14 & 21

March 6 & 20

April 17 & 24

May 22

June 6

Underclassmen Academic Awards Celebration

November 3 during 3rd period

On Thursday, November 3, Oakton will recognize 835 students who have earned an Academic Award. Academic Awards are based on last year’s high school GPA (4.0 and higher). First time award recipients will receive an academic letter and a pin. Returning recipients will receive a pin to be placed on the academic letter they received in a previous year. Recipients will receive an invitation to this event on Monday, October 3 via email. This is a student only event.

National Merit Commended & Semifinalist Ceremony

November 10th during return period

On Thursday, November 10, Oakton will recognize 76 students who have been recognized by College Board as a National Merit Commended student and 11 students who have qualified as a Semifinalist.  These students participated in a nationwide competition conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corp., by taking the PSAT last October. 50,000 highest scorers nationwide qualified for this designation and of those high scorers, 16,000 were designated Semifinalists. Recipients will receive an invitation to this event on Tuesday, October 11 via email. This is a parent and designated student only event.

Schedule Changes

Open schedule change requests are now paused until the end of first quarter.  At that time, we will consider schedule changes again if there is a demonstrated need.  

Service Learning Updates  Service Learning Enrichment Opportunities

In an effort to highlight enrichment experiences that can connect service learning for students, FCPS has put together a brief one page document with various enrichment experiences. All of these experiences are posted in the Naviance Enrichment Database, but we also wanted to highlight them for our community in case any students might be interested.

Service Learning and X2VOL

All students at Oakton are encouraged to use X2VOL via their Naviance account to record and continue to record all Service Learning completed throughout the school year. Students may access information and help for X2VOL via Naviance using the following link https://help.x2vol.com/knowledge/for-naviance-schools

Health and Wellness Updates Health and Safety Guidance Document 

The FCPS Health and Safety guidance document has been updated for this school year. Please see this site for more information.

Emergency Resources

Crisis Link Regional Hotline            703-527-4077

Crisis Text                                       Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Dominion Hospital Emergency       703-536-2000

INOVA Emergency                         703-289-7560

Merrifield Center Emergency         703-573-5979  TTY dial 711

Life Threatening                             911

Safety and Security Updates Anonymous Tip Line Puts Safety First

If you or your child have concerns or information relating to feeling unsafe in any way at school, we encourage you to reach out to a member of the security or administrative team so that we may quickly address the issue.  Students and parents may also utilize the FCPS Office of Safety and Security safety tip line, that you can access anonymously online, by text (888-777; Keyword TIP FCPS), or by phone (571-423-2020).

If your tip is an emergency and immediate assistance is necessary, please dial 911.

Students, staff, and community members should report school safety issues such as threats, unsafe or dangerous situations, illegal drug activity, theft, gang activity, the existence of weapons, vandalism, and concerns about student wellness. Tip line users may identify themselves or remain anonymous.

Concerns that do not impact the safety of our schools—concerns or information about programs, regulations, or policies—can be sent to the FCPS ombudsman online, at 571-423-4014, or [email protected]

PTSA News & Information  PTSA Membership Meeting

The PTSA Membership meeting was held on October 19 in the Oakton HS library at 7:00pm.  Please join us at the next PTSA meeting on November 16, 2022, there will be a speaker about Domestic Violence.  

Staff Appreciation Breakfasts

Each month the PTSA strives to host a staff appreciation breakfast.  The PTSA is in need of donations to start this initiative for the year.  Donations can be food the day of the event, or money to purchase the food.  Please contact the PTSA for any questions or donation inquiries.  (Oakton PTSA President - Thoraia Hussein: [email protected]

Mini-Grant Applications

The Oakton PTSA is pleased to announce the opening for mini grant fall applications. Staff and student groups can apply now. Please follow the instructions on the PTSA website.  https://oaktonhsptsa.ptboard.com/

All applications are due Tuesday, November 1.  

Please Join the PTSA

Visit the Oakton PTSA website to learn more about how the PTSA supports the school and information on membership.  https://oaktonhsptsa.ptboard.com/ 

Class of 2023 All Night Grad Party (ANGP) – Volunteers Needed!

The purpose of ANGP is to provide Oakton HS graduates with a safe, drug-free, and alcohol-free event to celebrate the night of their graduation. Traditionally the party usually starts around 10 PM and lasts until 3 – 4 AM. The party is held at a location such as Launch Trampoline Park and features food, games, prizes, entertainment and more. Planning the party is a committee effort and we need volunteers!

Ideally the committee is comprised of parents with students in all grades, that way a steady stream of volunteers know how to plan the party in future years and senior parents aren’t trying to juggle the party and their own family plans graduation weekend. If you volunteer when your child is a freshman, sophomore, or junior, you will appreciate having someone else step forward when your own student is graduating!

We need help with all aspects of party planning, from logistics to fundraising, booking vendors, coming up with a theme, confirming the location, and ticket sales.

If you’d like to help, please send an email to [email protected].

Oakton Pantry 

The Pantry is celebrating its 6th anniversary!  The past 6 years have shown us the overwhelming generosity that is the hallmark of the Oakton community.  Simply put, the Pantry wouldn't exist without the donors who ensure our shelves are stocked, the school staff members who support our students in need, and the student and community volunteers who keep Pantry operations running smoothly.  

Thank you to everyone who helps make the Pantry such a success!

The winter season is an especially busy time for the Pantry.  We will be coordinating our Thanksgiving meal distribution in November and our Holiday Wish List and Grocery Distribution in December.  Please look for the Sign Up Genius link to donate a Thanksgiving meal in next week's Principal Updates.

We are seeing a record number of students visit the Pantry on a weekly basis and we continue to rely on the community for donations.  To see a list of our regularly needed items, please copy and paste this link: https://oaktonpantry.com/needed-items.  Donations can be dropped off at the main office (Door 1) any time during school hours.  We also enjoy working with neighborhoods, clubs, teams, and organizations interested in doing a food drive.

For any questions about the Pantry, please send an email to [email protected]

Parent Resources Parent Information Line 

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

Parent Resource Center 

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a wide variety of information and resources to support the success of all students.  This includes monthly workshops and webinars.  More information can be found on the FCPS website, including registration information.  

Meet the Author Series - Paige Saves the Day

Paige is a happy kid with a unique fashion sense and creative imagination. Despite being bullied because of the things that make her different, she enjoys using her creativity to entertain her family and friends with stories in which she and her dog, Peppermint, are Super Heroes who always save the day!

Join us as the authors, Nalani Butler and Leila Butler, read Paige Saves the Day and share their experiences with families.

Children are welcome to join with their families for this very special webinar and book reading.

October 27, 2022 7-8 p.m.

Register for the Meet the Author Series - Paige Saves the Day

Manejando el estrés serie de 3 partes 

Part #1: Manejar los momentos estresantes de la vida 28/10/22 at 10 a.m.

  • ¿Qué es estrés? 
  • Diferencia entre estrés agudo y estrés crónico. 
  • Síntomas del estrés en adultos. 
  • Cómo los síntomas del estrés afectan las habilidades de crianza. 
  • Síntomas del estrés en niños . 
  • Cómo el estrés afecta el rendimiento escolar en los niños. 

 
Part #2: Estrategias de manejo del estrés 16/12/22 at 10 a.m. 

  • ¿Qué es el autocuidado? 
  • ¿Por qué es importante el autocuidado? 
  • Cómo practicar el autocuidado. 
  • Técnicas de relajación 
  • Gestión del tiempo 

Part #3: Apoyando a sus hijos durante tiempos estresantes  17/3/23 at 10 a.m.

  • Construyendo Resiliencia 
  • Reestructurando nuestro pensamiento 
  • Cómo reparar la relación con nuestros hijos.

Presented by: 

  • Aynalem (Nalem) Valdes, MS.Residente en Consejería de Salud Mental en Servicios Familiares del Norte de Virginia, Centro Multicultural  
  • Ana Stevenson, MS. Trabajadora Social Clínica Licenciada en Servicios Familiares del Norte de Virginia ,Centro Multicultural 

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Nontraditional Families: Fostering Resilience and Inclusivity While Welcoming and Affirming All Families

November 3, 2022, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Welcoming nontraditional families into authentic partnerships takes effort and can reap great rewards. Nontraditional families include those with parents, caregivers, or youth who identify as LGBTQ+, as well as those formed through foster care, adoption, and kinship care by grandparents, other relatives, or close family friends.

Join Dr. Kelly Henderson, Executive Director of Formed Families Forward, for this important webinar.

Highlights include:

  • Identifying unique strengths and challenges faced by nontraditional families raising children and youth, including those with special needs.
  • Practicing effective communication strategies between families and school partners to increase comfort and inclusivity for students and families.
  • Collaboratively strategizing and planning supports for adults (families, caregivers, teachers, and support staff), while boosting personal resilience as they face stressful circumstances.

Register for Nontraditional Families: Fostering Resilience and Inclusivity While Welcoming and Affirming All Families 

Where to Start: Supporting Children When Someone They Love Has Cancer

November 4, 2022, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer, this presentation will provide information and guidance on how to support your children throughout the cancer journey. 

Webinar Highlights:

  • How to have open communication about cancer with your children
  • Strategies to use in the home to help your children adjust to changes
  • Activities that the entire family can use to support each other

Presented by Jemma Stratton, MSW Pediatric Oncology Clinical Therapist I, Supervisee of Social Work, Life with Cancer, Family Center

Register for Where to Start: Supporting Children When Someone They Love Has Cancer 

Moving On to Life in the Community: Resource Fair

Thursday, November 10, 2022,  6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Willow Oaks Administrative Center – Room 1000 A&B

Once students with significant disabilities graduate, they may require additional, ongoing support in the areas of residential, leisure, recreation, independent living, advocacy, and more.

This event will include:

  • various support programs in the community available to students.
  • A brief presentation about FCPS transition services and the bridge to adult services
  • An exhibitor/vendor fair.

Designed to assist parents, guardians, and caretakers with future planning for students with disabilities who may require ongoing supports after graduating from high school. 

Register online for Moving On To Life in The Community: Resource Fair

(Hosted by FCPS Career and Transition Services) 

Everything You Need to Know About Opioids

Thursday, November 10, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m.

Join us for this important webinar designed to inform and raise awareness about the dangers of children and adolescents using and overdosing on opioids. This webinar is for adults only due to the content.

Webinar Highlights:

  • How young people are getting drugs
  • Opioid risk, misuse, withdrawal, and overdose symptoms
  • The dangers of Fentanyl 
  • Naloxone and how it works

Presented by Tiffany Jones, FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist 

Register for Everything You Need to Know About Opioids 

Bullying Prevention

November 18, 2022 10:30* a.m. - noon (*note the time change)

FCPS is deeply committed to creating a safe and positive school environment where all students can learn. Through school-wide positive behavior approaches and participation in K-12 health and guidance lessons, students are taught to behave respectfully and to resolve conflicts in positive ways. 

The Bullying Prevention Webinar seeks to educate listeners on the following:

  • FCPS definition of bullying
  • Types of bullying
  • Differences between bullying and other forms of inappropriate behavior
  • How FCPS responds to allegations of bullying
  • How parents and schools can work together to prevent bullying

Presenters: 

  • Stefan Mascoll: Coordinator Student Safety and Wellness, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Joan Lee: Educational Specialist, School Counseling Services, Fairfax County Public Schools

Register for Bullying Prevention

FCPS Cares

Do you know an Oakton High School or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected?  If so, then click here to share with everyone. 

Translate our Website 

Our Oakton HS website can be translated into multiple languages!  To do this you will see a globe, flags and the word "language" in the top left corner of our website.  Click there and you will be able to select your preferred language.  

How to Modify or Unsubscribe to the Newsletter

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Principal Updates - October 17

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Important Dates 

October 24: No School, Diwali

October 25: Partners for Safe Teen Driving Presentation

October 28: End of 1st Quarter; 2 Hour Early Release

October 31: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday - Happy Halloween

November 1-2: Religious & Cultural Observance School Days, Dia De Los Muertos

November 8: Election Day, No School 

November 11: Veterans Day, Student Holiday/School Planning Day 

November 23-25: No School, Thanksgiving Break

General Information Buy Your Yearbook and Senior Baby Ads Today

Yearbooks and senior baby ads are on sale now! Last year sold out, so don’t risk it – buy early! Yearbooks are currently $67 for the base package, and senior baby ads come in a variety of sizes and prices. To buy a yearbook or a baby ad, visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and use code 4770! Questions? Email [email protected].

Partners for Safe Teen Driving

All students enrolled in Classroom Driver Education during the 2022-2023 school year must attend an in-person Partners for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD). The presentation is connected to successful classroom instruction and must be completed to receive a DEC-District 8 card (pink card). The parent-teen traffic safety presentation (PSTD) will be offered multiple times during the school year at Oakton. Students and their parents/guardians should plan to attend the presentation at Oakton at your earliest convenience.  

All PSTDs begin promptly. Late admission will not be allowed. 

Dates 2022-2023 

  1. Tuesday, October 25, 6:30pm in the Auditorium
  2. Wednesday, January 18, 6:30pm in the Auditorium
  3. Monday, March 27, 6:30pm in the Auditorium
  4. Monday, May 15, 6:30pm in the Auditorium

These sessions are intended for Sophomores. Juniors and Seniors can attend a session through Adult and Community Education.

PSTD nights are not available to freshmen.

AVID Tutors Needed 

Attention families - are you or someone you know looking for a flexible and part-time position at Oakton High School? FCPS is hiring AVID tutors for the 2022-2023 school year.  AVID tutors work with small groups of approximately 5-7 students during the school day in an academic elective class called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). These groups use higher order questioning strategies to help students develop a variety of college preparatory skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Tutors earn $18.42 per hour and must either be a college graduate or currently enrolled in college. If interested, please email your resume to Karen Huffman at [email protected]

 

Testing Updates AP Exam Registration for Non-enrolled Students

If any student wants to take an AP exam in a course that he/she is not enrolled in, registration is now open. Each exam costs $96. You can use this google form to register or paper copy on our website. Students currently enrolled in an AP course are automatically registered for the corresponding AP exam and do not need to complete any form. The deadline to register is October 28th. Payment can be submitted through My School Bucks or check made out to Oakton High School. Payment is required before the exam space will be reserved.

My School Bucks Link

Other AP related information can be found in our AP Testing FAQs on the Oakton website. If you have any other questions about AP testing in general, please contact Assistant Principal Martha Rodeheaver at [email protected].

AP Testing Opt-Out Letters

As part of the FCPS FY 2022 Approved Budget, FCPS is continuing to assess Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test fees. As in previous years, the fees for the first six AP/IB tests taken for courses in which students are enrolled for high school credit will be paid for by FCPS. Students taking AP tests without enrolling in the corresponding FCPS course are responsible for the test fee(s). AP students must make Opt-Out decisions in October 2022 and parents will be billed a $96 non-refundable test fee in December 2022 for tests that exceed the six FCPS funded tests. 

Oakton students received their opt-out letters on Tuesday, October 4. All Opt-Outs are due by Tuesday, October 26. If students need a new Opt-Out form they can see Mrs. Hendelman in school counseling.

Oakton information will continue to be posted on our AP Exam page here: https://oaktonhs.fcps.edu/academics/testing/ap-exams

Student Services Updates  Student Services Newsletter

Happy Fall Cougars!  Check out October’s Student Services Newsletter that includes information about upcoming parent and student events as well as highlights the month’s activities with wellness initiatives, Senior Parent Night, Freshman Parent Night and important testing updates. 

Community Book Club

Greetings Oakton Parents and Guardians!  Oakton Student Services is excited to announce our community book club.  Our first read will be, How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Harris.  "In How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.” (Amazon)

We anticipate beginning in mid-October through mid-January.  We will then discuss the book as a group with an in-person conversation led by School Social Worker, Rachel Cherian. 

To kick off the Book Club, the first 25 families that register will receive a free copy of the book, one book per family.  

If interested, please register  here for planning purposes.  More information will be sent mid-October.  

Questions?  Please reach out to School Social Worker, Rachel Cherian, at [email protected].  

Mindful Parenting Workshop: October 19

6:30 – 8:00pm in Oakton High School Lecture Hall

Are you prematurely greying because parenting is stressing you out? Do you find yourself losing your temper around your kid(s) more often than you care to admit? You are NOT alone. Parenting is a tough job, but there are ways to navigate the challenges with more ease and joy—mindful parenting to the rescue! Join mindfulness coach and mother-of-three Erin Sonn, for a mindful parenting workshop to practice simple, accessible strategies for cultivating emotional attunement and a mindful presence with your kid(s). Mindfulness connects you to present moment experiences, which can enhance your delight in caregiving, as well as soothe your child(ren), because they know they are seen and heard.  Learn how “showing up” for your child(ren) positively affects their brain development and creates safe spaces for them to take risks, build resiliency, and thrive.

RSVP using the following link: https://forms.gle/QwZSFeGE39GPynv2A

Student Yoga Sessions

Throughout the year, Oakton will offer yoga sessions during return periods for students to relax and reenergize.

Upcoming Yoga Dates

October 25

November 1 & 28

December 6

January 10 & 31

February 14 & 21

March 6 & 20

April 17 & 24

May 22

June 6

Underclassmen Academic Awards Celebration

November 3 during 3rd period

On Thursday, November 3, Oakton will recognize 835 students who have earned an Academic Award. Academic Awards are based on last year’s high school GPA (4.0 and higher). First time award recipients will receive an academic letter and a pin. Returning recipients will receive a pin to be placed on the academic letter they received in a previous year. Recipients will receive an invitation to this event on Monday, October 3 via email. This is a student only event.

National Merit Commended & Semifinalist Ceremony

November 10th during return period

On Thursday, November 10, Oakton will recognize 76 students who have been recognized by College Board as a National Merit Commended student and 11 students who have qualified as a Semifinalist.  These students participated in a nationwide competition conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corp., by taking the PSAT last October. 50,000 highest scorers nationwide qualified for this designation and of those high scorers, 16,000 were designated Semifinalists. Recipients will receive an invitation to this event on Tuesday, October 11 via email. This is a parent and designated student only event.

Schedule Changes

Open schedule change requests are now paused until the end of first quarter.  At that time, we will consider schedule changes again if there is a demonstrated need.  

Service Learning Updates  Service Learning Enrichment Opportunities

In an effort to highlight enrichment experiences that can connect service learning for students, FCPS has put together a brief one page document with various enrichment experiences. All of these experiences are posted in the Naviance Enrichment Database, but we also wanted to highlight them for our community in case any students might be interested.

Service Learning and X2VOL

All students at Oakton are encouraged to use X2VOL via their Naviance account to record and continue to record all Service Learning completed throughout the school year. Students may access information and help for X2VOL via Naviance using the following link https://help.x2vol.com/knowledge/for-naviance-schools

Health and Wellness Updates Substance Abuse and Prevention Specialist Corner

This week you can find more information on Red Ribbon Week and counterfeit pills.  

Health and Safety Guidance Document 

The FCPS Health and Safety guidance document has been updated for this school year. Please see this site for more information.

Emergency Resources

Crisis Link Regional Hotline            703-527-4077

Crisis Text                                       Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Dominion Hospital Emergency       703-536-2000

INOVA Emergency                         703-289-7560

Merrifield Center Emergency         703-573-5979  TTY dial 711

Life Threatening                             911

Safety and Security Updates Anonymous Tip Line Puts Safety First

If you or your child have concerns or information relating to feeling unsafe in any way at school, we encourage you to reach out to a member of the security or administrative team so that we may quickly address the issue.  Students and parents may also utilize the FCPS Office of Safety and Security safety tip line, that you can access anonymously online, by text (888-777; Keyword TIP FCPS), or by phone (571-423-2020).

If your tip is an emergency and immediate assistance is necessary, please dial 911.

Students, staff, and community members should report school safety issues such as threats, unsafe or dangerous situations, illegal drug activity, theft, gang activity, the existence of weapons, vandalism, and concerns about student wellness. Tip line users may identify themselves or remain anonymous.

Concerns that do not impact the safety of our schools—concerns or information about programs, regulations, or policies—can be sent to the FCPS ombudsman online, at 571-423-4014, or [email protected]

PTSA News & Information  Mini-Grants

The Oakton PTSA is pleased to announce the opening for mini grant fall applications. Staff and student groups can apply now. Please follow the instructions on the email was sent out to apply for grant via the PTSA website.  https://oaktonhsptsa.ptboard.com/

Communication Chair

The Oakton PTSA is looking for a communication chair to handle PTSA communications.  

Class of 2023 All Night Grad Party (ANGP) – Volunteers Needed!

The purpose of ANGP is to provide Oakton HS graduates with a safe, drug-free, and alcohol-free event to celebrate the night of their graduation. Traditionally the party usually starts around 10 PM and lasts until 3 – 4 AM. The party is held at a location such as Launch Trampoline Park and features food, games, prizes, entertainment and more. Planning the party is a committee effort and we need volunteers!

Ideally the committee is comprised of parents with students in all grades, that way a steady stream of volunteers know how to plan the party in future years and senior parents aren’t trying to juggle the party and their own family plans graduation weekend. If you volunteer when your child is a freshman, sophomore, or junior, you will appreciate having someone else step forward when your own student is graduating!

We need help with all aspects of party planning, from logistics to fundraising, booking vendors, coming up with a theme, confirming the location, and ticket sales.

If you’d like to help, please send an email to [email protected].

Oakton Pantry 

Thank you to everyone who continues to donate so generously to the Pantry. We are incredibly grateful for your support. Because of you we are able to keep the doors open and provide regular snack packs and groceries to students in need.  

For any questions about the Pantry, please send an email to [email protected]. Students interested in joining the Pantry Club should send an email to [email protected].

Parent Resources Parent Information Line 

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

Parent Resource Center 

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a wide variety of information and resources to support the success of all students.  This includes monthly workshops and webinars.  More information can be found on the FCPS website, including registration information.  

Meet the Author Series - Paige Saves the Day

Paige is a happy kid with a unique fashion sense and creative imagination. Despite being bullied because of the things that make her different, she enjoys using her creativity to entertain her family and friends with stories in which she and her dog, Peppermint, are Super Heroes who always save the day!

Join us as the authors, Nalani Butler and Leila Butler, read Paige Saves the Day and share their experiences with families.

Children are welcome to join with their families for this very special webinar and book reading.

October 27, 2022 7-8 p.m.

Register for the Meet the Author Series - Paige Saves the Day

Manejando el estrés serie de 3 partes 

Part #1: Manejar los momentos estresantes de la vida 28/10/22 at 10 a.m.

  • ¿Qué es estrés? 
  • Diferencia entre estrés agudo y estrés crónico. 
  • Síntomas del estrés en adultos. 
  • Cómo los síntomas del estrés afectan las habilidades de crianza. 
  • Síntomas del estrés en niños . 
  • Cómo el estrés afecta el rendimiento escolar en los niños. 

 
Part #2: Estrategias de manejo del estrés 16/12/22 at 10 a.m. 

  • ¿Qué es el autocuidado? 
  • ¿Por qué es importante el autocuidado? 
  • Cómo practicar el autocuidado. 
  • Técnicas de relajación 
  • Gestión del tiempo 

Part #3: Apoyando a sus hijos durante tiempos estresantes  17/3/23 at 10 a.m.

  • Construyendo Resiliencia 
  • Reestructurando nuestro pensamiento 
  • Cómo reparar la relación con nuestros hijos.

Presented by: 

  • Aynalem (Nalem) Valdes, MS.Residente en Consejería de Salud Mental en Servicios Familiares del Norte de Virginia, Centro Multicultural  
  • Ana Stevenson, MS. Trabajadora Social Clínica Licenciada en Servicios Familiares del Norte de Virginia ,Centro Multicultural 

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FCPS Cares

Do you know an Oakton High School or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected?  If so, then click here to share with everyone. 

Translate our Website 

Our Oakton HS website can be translated into multiple languages!  To do this you will see a globe, flags and the word "language" in the top left corner of our website.  Click there and you will be able to select your preferred language.  

How to Modify or Unsubscribe to the Newsletter

To modify your membership to our messages (or to add yourself to the Oakton High School Athletics list!) you can manage your subscription to Oakton HS messages online.

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Principal Updates - October 10

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Important Dates 

October 10: Student Holiday/Staff Development Day - Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 11: Community Conversation with Dr. Reid

October 12: PSAT/SAT Day (10th-12th Grade); Virtual Parent Coffee

October 13: DIGPINK Volleyball Game 

October 24: No School, Diwali

October 25: Partners for Safe Teen Driving Presentation

October 28: End of 1st Quarter; 2 Hour Early Release

October 31: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday - Happy Halloween

November 1-2: Religious & Cultural Observance School Days, Dia De Los Muertos

November 8: Election Day, No School 

November 11: Veterans Day, Student Holiday/School Planning Day 

November 23-25: No School, Thanksgiving Break

As a friendly reminder this Wednesday, October 12, sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSAT.  Registered seniors will be taking the SAT.  All freshmen and unregistered seniors will have an asynchronous school day from home.  Students are encouraged to complete any outstanding assignments from 1st quarter and/or prepare for upcoming assessments or assignments.  

General Information Community Conversation with Dr. Reid - Tomorrow, October 11

Please save the date for a very special event!  Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Oakton High School on Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know the Oakton Pyramid school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register here to attend.

Virtual Parent Coffee: October 12, 9:30am

This Wednesday, October 12, we will kick off our virtual parent coffee series at 9:30am.  This month our focus will be on providing a general overview of FCPS and Oakton grading policies (as found in our back to school information).  We will also have a question and answer period to provide additional clarity that you may need.  A link will be emailed out in advance of the meeting on Wednesday morning.  We will also make the presentation available following the meeting on our Parent Schoology site.  

Buy Your Yearbook and Senior Baby Ads Today

Yearbooks and senior baby ads are on sale now! Last year sold out, so don’t risk it – buy early! Yearbooks are currently $67 for the base package, and senior baby ads come in a variety of sizes and prices. To buy a yearbook or a baby ad, visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and use code 4770! Questions? Email [email protected].

DIGPINK Volleyball Event - October 13

Dig Pink is a volleyball event for athletes, coaches, parents, and communities to unite in a collective effort to raise awareness and fundraise to support metastatic breast cancer research through the Side-Out Foundation. Oakton High School will host crosstown rival Madison High School on October 13 for a memorable, inspirational, and impactful experience. The gym will be full of players and spectators wearing pink, Oakton High School teams and clubs will perform, and funds raised through the sale of baked goods and raffle tickets will support the Side-Out Foundation. The buzz, electricity, and energy in the gym will be palpable and unforgettable! 

The Side-Out Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Fairfax, VA that was established in 2004 by the volleyball coach at West Springfield High School to make a significant and measurable impact on the lives of metastatic breast cancer patients and their families. Link to the story about the Side-Out Foundation: https://side-out.org/about-us/

Partners for Safe Teen Driving

All students enrolled in Classroom Driver Education during the 2022-2023 school year must attend an in-person Partners for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD). The presentation is connected to successful classroom instruction and must be completed to receive a DEC-District 8 card (pink card). The parent-teen traffic safety presentation (PSTD) will be offered multiple times during the school year at Oakton. Students and their parents/guardians should plan to attend the presentation at Oakton at your earliest convenience.  

All PSTDs begin promptly. Late admission will not be allowed. 

Dates 2022-2023 

  1. Tuesday, October 25, 6:30pm in the Auditorium
  2. Wednesday, January 18, 6:30pm in the Auditorium
  3. Monday, March 27, 6:30pm in the Auditorium
  4. Monday, May 15, 6:30pm in the Auditorium

These sessions are intended for Sophomores. Juniors and Seniors can attend a session through Adult and Community Education.

PSTD nights are not available to freshmen.

AVID Tutors Needed 

Attention families - are you or someone you know looking for a flexible and part-time position at Oakton High School? FCPS is hiring AVID tutors for the 2022-2023 school year.  AVID tutors work with small groups of approximately 5-7 students during the school day in an academic elective class called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). These groups use higher order questioning strategies to help students develop a variety of college preparatory skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Tutors earn $18.42 per hour and must either be a college graduate or currently enrolled in college. If interested, please email your resume to Karen Huffman at [email protected]

Testing Updates AP Exam Registration for Non-enrolled Students

If any student wants to take an AP exam in a course that he/she is not enrolled in, registration is now open. Each exam costs $96. You can use this google form to register or paper copy on our website. Students currently enrolled in an AP course are automatically registered for the corresponding AP exam and do not need to complete any form. The deadline to register is October 28th. Payment can be submitted through My School Bucks or check made out to Oakton High School. Payment is required before the exam space will be reserved.

My School Bucks Link

Other AP related information can be found in our AP Testing FAQs on the Oakton website. If you have any other questions about AP testing in general, please contact Assistant Principal Martha Rodeheaver at [email protected].

PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day: October 12

Current Oakton-enrolled sophomores and juniors are eligible to take the PSAT/NMSQT on October 12, 2022. Only Oakton seniors who have registered for testing may participate in SAT School Day. All freshmen and unregistered seniors will participate in asynchronous activities at home.

Learn more about PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day On October 12th here.

Seniors who wish to register for the SAT test on October 12 had to complete the intent form by September 7, 2022.  

Student Services Updates  Student Services Newsletter

Happy Fall Cougars!  Check out October’s Student Services Newsletter that includes information about upcoming parent and student events as well as highlights the month’s activities with wellness initiatives, Senior Parent Night, Freshman Parent Night and important testing updates. 

Community Book Club

Greetings Oakton Parents and Guardians!  Oakton Student Services is excited to announce our community book club.  Our first read will be, How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Harris.  "In How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.” (Amazon)

We anticipate beginning in mid-October through mid-January.  We will then discuss the book as a group with an in-person conversation led by School Social Worker, Rachel Cherian. 

To kick off the Book Club, the first 25 families that register will receive a free copy of the book, one book per family.  

If interested, please register  here for planning purposes.  More information will be sent mid-October.  

Questions?  Please reach out to School Social Worker, Rachel Cherian, at [email protected].  

Mindful Parenting Workshop: October 19

6:30 – 8:00pm in Oakton High School Lecture Hall

Are you prematurely greying because parenting is stressing you out? Do you find yourself losing your temper around your kid(s) more often than you care to admit? You are NOT alone. Parenting is a tough job, but there are ways to navigate the challenges with more ease and joy—mindful parenting to the rescue! Join mindfulness coach and mother-of-three Erin Sonn, for a mindful parenting workshop to practice simple, accessible strategies for cultivating emotional attunement and a mindful presence with your kid(s). Mindfulness connects you to present moment experiences, which can enhance your delight in caregiving, as well as soothe your child(ren), because they know they are seen and heard.  Learn how “showing up” for your child(ren) positively affects their brain development and creates safe spaces for them to take risks, build resiliency, and thrive.

RSVP using the following link: https://forms.gle/QwZSFeGE39GPynv2A

Student Yoga Sessions

Throughout the year, Oakton will offer yoga sessions during return periods for students to relax and reenergize.

Upcoming Yoga Dates

October 25

November 1 & 28

December 6

January 10 & 31

February 14 & 21

March 6 & 20

April 17 & 24

May 22

June 6

Underclassmen Academic Awards Celebration

November 3 during 3rd period

On Thursday, November 3, Oakton will recognize 835 students who have earned an Academic Award. Academic Awards are based on last year’s high school GPA (4.0 and higher). First time award recipients will receive an academic letter and a pin. Returning recipients will receive a pin to be placed on the academic letter they received in a previous year. Recipients will receive an invitation to this event on Monday, October 3 via email. This is a student only event.

National Merit Commended & Semifinalist Ceremony

November 10th during return period

On Thursday, November 10, Oakton will recognize 76 students who have been recognized by College Board as a National Merit Commended student and 11 students who have qualified as a Semifinalist.  These students participated in a nationwide competition conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corp., by taking the PSAT last October. 50,000 highest scorers nationwide qualified for this designation and of those high scorers, 16,000 were designated Semifinalists. Recipients will receive an invitation to this event on Tuesday, October 11 via email. This is a parent and designated student only event.

Schedule Changes

Open schedule change requests are now paused until the end of first quarter.  At that time, we will consider schedule changes again if there is a demonstrated need.  

World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 3, 9, and 10, 2022. Thirty (30) languages will be included:  American Sign Language (ASL), Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration opens on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

Credit exam information can be accessed at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages.

If you would like to register your student, please reach out to your school counselor.  

Service Learning Updates  Service Learning Enrichment Opportunities

In an effort to highlight enrichment experiences that can connect service learning for students, FCPS has put together a brief one page document with various enrichment experiences. All of these experiences are posted in the Naviance Enrichment Database, but we also wanted to highlight them for our community in case any students might be interested.

Service Learning and X2VOL

All students at Oakton are encouraged to use X2VOL via their Naviance account to record and continue to record all Service Learning completed throughout the school year. Students may access information and help for X2VOL via Naviance using the following link https://help.x2vol.com/knowledge/for-naviance-schools

Health and Wellness Updates Substance Abuse and Prevention Specialist Corner

This week you can find two documents you may find helpful.  

  • Alcohol and Football - This document overviews ways alcohol consumption has been connected to football through advertisements, etc.  It also reviews tips of conversation starters to have with your children and helpful resources.  
  • What can you do to prevent substance abuse? - This document reviews protective factors and Fairfax County's "three to succeed."  It also provides access to several different resources that may be helpful.  
Health and Safety Guidance Document 

The FCPS Health and Safety guidance document has been updated for this school year. Please see this site for more information.

Emergency Resources

Crisis Link Regional Hotline            703-527-4077

Crisis Text                                       Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Dominion Hospital Emergency       703-536-2000

INOVA Emergency                         703-289-7560

Merrifield Center Emergency         703-573-5979  TTY dial 711

Life Threatening                             911

Safety and Security Updates Anonymous Tip Line Puts Safety First

If you or your child have concerns or information relating to feeling unsafe in any way at school, we encourage you to reach out to a member of the security or administrative team so that we may quickly address the issue.  Students and parents may also utilize the FCPS Office of Safety and Security safety tip line, that you can access anonymously online, by text (888-777; Keyword TIP FCPS), or by phone (571-423-2020).

If your tip is an emergency and immediate assistance is necessary, please dial 911.

Students, staff, and community members should report school safety issues such as threats, unsafe or dangerous situations, illegal drug activity, theft, gang activity, the existence of weapons, vandalism, and concerns about student wellness. Tip line users may identify themselves or remain anonymous.

Concerns that do not impact the safety of our schools—concerns or information about programs, regulations, or policies—can be sent to the FCPS ombudsman online, at 571-423-4014, or [email protected]

PTSA News & Information  PTSA Meeting Dates

The PTSA is pleased to bring back in person monthly membership meetings.  Meetings will be held at Oakton High School in the library from 7 pm to 8 pm on the following dates:

  • 10/19/2022
  • 11/16/2022
  • 12/14/2022
  • 1/18/2023
  • 2/15/2023
  • 3/15/2023
  • 4/19/2023
  • 5/17/2023

Please keep the dates on your calendar and hope to see you there.  The PTSA will send an email for mini grant applications soon for staff and students. 

Class of 2023 All Night Grad Party (ANGP) – Volunteers Needed!

The purpose of ANGP is to provide Oakton HS graduates with a safe, drug-free, and alcohol-free event to celebrate the night of their graduation. Traditionally the party usually starts around 10 PM and lasts until 3 – 4 AM. The party is held at a location such as Launch Trampoline Park and features food, games, prizes, entertainment and more. Planning the party is a committee effort and we need volunteers!

Ideally the committee is comprised of parents with students in all grades, that way a steady stream of volunteers know how to plan the party in future years and senior parents aren’t trying to juggle the party and their own family plans graduation weekend. If you volunteer when your child is a freshman, sophomore, or junior, you will appreciate having someone else step forward when your own student is graduating!

We need help with all aspects of party planning, from logistics to fundraising, booking vendors, coming up with a theme, confirming the location, and ticket sales.

If you’d like to help, please send an email to [email protected].

Oakton Pantry 

Thank you to everyone who continues to donate so generously to the Pantry. We are incredibly grateful for your support. Because of you we are able to keep the doors open and provide regular snack packs and groceries to students in need.  

For any questions about the Pantry, please send an email to [email protected]. Students interested in joining the Pantry Club should send an email to [email protected].

Parent Resources Parent Information Line 

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

Parent Resource Center 

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a wide variety of information and resources to support the success of all students.  This includes monthly workshops and webinars.  More information can be found on the FCPS website, including registration information.  

Promoting Digital Wellness

Access to technology provides limitless opportunities to connect with others, explore diverse perspectives, share and build upon ideas, get involved in the community, and find opportunities.  However, many kids are online almost constantly, which poses a number of challenges that impact youth wellness.  

Highlights will include:

  • How the attention economy makes technology irresistible 
  • How adolescent development impacts youth technology use 
  • How schools and families can build the skills needed to navigate the complexity of online life

Presented by Tammi Sisk, FCPS Educational Specialist, Educational Technology, and Bethany Demers, FCPS Educational Specialist, Mental Wellness

October 14, 2022 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Promoting Digital Wellness

Meet the Author Series - Paige Saves the Day

Paige is a happy kid with a unique fashion sense and creative imagination. Despite being bullied because of the things that make her different, she enjoys using her creativity to entertain her family and friends with stories in which she and her dog, Peppermint, are Super Heroes who always save the day!

Join us as the authors, Nalani Butler and Leila Butler, read Paige Saves the Day and share their experiences with families.

Children are welcome to join with their families for this very special webinar and book reading.

October 27, 2022 7-8 p.m.

Register for the Meet the Author Series - Paige Saves the Day

Manejando el estrés serie de 3 partes 

Part #1: Manejar los momentos estresantes de la vida 28/10/22 at 10 a.m.

  • ¿Qué es estrés? 
  • Diferencia entre estrés agudo y estrés crónico. 
  • Síntomas del estrés en adultos. 
  • Cómo los síntomas del estrés afectan las habilidades de crianza. 
  • Síntomas del estrés en niños . 
  • Cómo el estrés afecta el rendimiento escolar en los niños. 

 
Part #2: Estrategias de manejo del estrés 16/12/22 at 10 a.m. 

  • ¿Qué es el autocuidado? 
  • ¿Por qué es importante el autocuidado? 
  • Cómo practicar el autocuidado. 
  • Técnicas de relajación 
  • Gestión del tiempo 

Part #3: Apoyando a sus hijos durante tiempos estresantes  17/3/23 at 10 a.m.

  • Construyendo Resiliencia 
  • Reestructurando nuestro pensamiento 
  • Cómo reparar la relación con nuestros hijos.

Presented by: 

  • Aynalem (Nalem) Valdes, MS.Residente en Consejería de Salud Mental en Servicios Familiares del Norte de Virginia, Centro Multicultural  
  • Ana Stevenson, MS. Trabajadora Social Clínica Licenciada en Servicios Familiares del Norte de Virginia ,Centro Multicultural 

Registro Manejando el estrés serie de 3 partes

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Translate our Website 

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Important Dates 

October 5: No School, Yom Kippur

October 10: Student Holiday/Staff Development Day - Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 11: Community Conversation with Dr. Reid

October 12: PSAT/SAT Day (10th-12th Grade) 

October 13: DIGPINK Volleyball Game 

October 24: No School, Diwali

October 28: End of 1st Quarter; 2 Hour Early Release

October 31: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday - Happy Halloween 

General Information Buy Your Yearbook and Senior Baby Ads Today

Yearbooks and senior baby ads are on sale now! Last year sold out, so don’t risk it – buy early! Yearbooks are currently $67 for the base package, and senior baby ads come in a variety of sizes and prices. To buy a yearbook or a baby ad, visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and use code 4770! Questions? Email [email protected].

Community Conversation with Dr. Reid - Save the Date

Please save the date for a very special event!  Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Oakton High School on Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know the Oakton Pyramid school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register here to attend.    

DIGPINK Volleyball Event - October 13

Dig Pink is a volleyball event for athletes, coaches, parents, and communities to unite in a collective effort to raise awareness and fundraise to support metastatic breast cancer research through the Side-Out Foundation. Oakton High School will host crosstown rival Madison High School on October 13 for a memorable, inspirational, and impactful experience. The gym will be full of players and spectators wearing pink, Oakton High School teams and clubs will perform, and funds raised through the sale of baked goods and raffle tickets will support the Side-Out Foundation. The buzz, electricity, and energy in the gym will be palpable and unforgettable! 

The Side-Out Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Fairfax, VA that was established in 2004 by the volleyball coach at West Springfield High School to make a significant and measurable impact on the lives of metastatic breast cancer patients and their families. Link to the story about the Side-Out Foundation: https://side-out.org/about-us/

AVID Tutors Needed 

Attention families - are you or someone you know looking for a flexible and part-time position at Oakton High School? FCPS is hiring AVID tutors for the 2022-2023 school year.  AVID tutors work with small groups of approximately 5-7 students during the school day in an academic elective class called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). These groups use higher order questioning strategies to help students develop a variety of college preparatory skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Tutors earn $18.42 per hour and must either be a college graduate or currently enrolled in college. If interested, please email your resume to Karen Huffman at [email protected]

Testing Updates AP Exam Registration for Non-enrolled Students

If any student wants to take an AP exam in a course that he/she is not enrolled in, registration is now open. Each exam costs $96. You can use this google form to register or paper copy on our website. Students currently enrolled in an AP course are automatically registered for the corresponding AP exam and do not need to complete any form. The deadline to register is October 28th. Payment can be submitted through My School Bucks or check made out to Oakton High School. Payment is required before the exam space will be reserved.

My School Bucks Link

Other AP related information can be found in our AP Testing FAQs on the Oakton website. If you have any other questions about AP testing in general, please contact Assistant Principal Martha Rodeheaver at [email protected].

PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day: October 12

Current Oakton-enrolled sophomores and juniors are eligible to take the PSAT/NMSQT on October 12, 2022. Only Oakton seniors who have registered for testing may participate in SAT School Day. All freshmen and unregistered seniors will participate in asynchronous activities at home.

Learn more about PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day On October 12th here.

Seniors who wish to register for the SAT test on October 12 had to complete the intent form by September 7, 2022.  

Student Services Updates  Student Services Newsletter

Happy Fall Cougars!  Check out October’s Student Services Newsletter that includes information about upcoming parent and student events as well as highlights the month’s activities with wellness initiatives, Senior Parent Night, Freshman Parent Night and important testing updates. 

Community Book Club

Greetings Oakton Parents and Guardians!  Oakton Student Services is excited to announce our community book club.  Our first read will be, How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Harris.  "In How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.” (Amazon)

We anticipate beginning in mid-October through mid-January.  We will then discuss the book as a group with an in-person conversation led by School Social Worker, Rachel Cherian. 

To kick off the Book Club, the first 25 families that register will receive a free copy of the book, one book per family.  

If interested, please register  here for planning purposes.  More information will be sent mid-October.  

Questions?  Please reach out to School Social Worker, Rachel Cherian, at [email protected].  

Mindful Parenting Workshop: October 19

6:30 – 8:00pm in Oakton High School Lecture Hall

Are you prematurely greying because parenting is stressing you out? Do you find yourself losing your temper around your kid(s) more often than you care to admit? You are NOT alone. Parenting is a tough job, but there are ways to navigate the challenges with more ease and joy—mindful parenting to the rescue! Join mindfulness coach and mother-of-three Erin Sonn, for a mindful parenting workshop to practice simple, accessible strategies for cultivating emotional attunement and a mindful presence with your kid(s). Mindfulness connects you to present moment experiences, which can enhance your delight in caregiving, as well as soothe your child(ren), because they know they are seen and heard.  Learn how “showing up” for your child(ren) positively affects their brain development and creates safe spaces for them to take risks, build resiliency, and thrive.

RSVP using the following link: https://forms.gle/QwZSFeGE39GPynv2A

Student Yoga Sessions

Throughout the year, Oakton will offer yoga sessions during return periods for students to relax and reenergize.

Students can sign up for the October 4 session using the following link: https://forms.gle/mR8Y82bvu6zZNGXC8

Upcoming Yoga Dates

October 4 & 25

November 1 & 28

December 6

January 10 & 31

February 14 & 21

March 6 & 20

April 17 & 24

May 22

June 6

Underclassmen Academic Awards Celebration

November 3 during 3rd period

On Thursday, November 3, Oakton will recognize 835 students who have earned an Academic Award. Academic Awards are based on last year’s high school GPA (4.0 and higher). First time award recipients will receive an academic letter and a pin. Returning recipients will receive a pin to be placed on the academic letter they received in a previous year. Recipients will receive an invitation to this event on Monday, October 3 via email. This is a student only event.

National Merit Commended & Semifinalist Ceremony

November 10th during return period

On Thursday, November 10, Oakton will recognize 76 students who have been recognized by College Board as a National Merit Commended student and 11 students who have qualified as a Semifinalist.  These students participated in a nationwide competition conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corp., by taking the PSAT last October. 50,000 highest scorers nationwide qualified for this designation and of those high scorers, 16,000 were designated Semifinalists. Recipients will receive an invitation to this event on Tuesday, October 11 via email. This is a parent and designated student only event.

Schedule Changes

Open schedule change requests are now paused until the end of first quarter.  At that time, we will consider schedule changes again if there is a demonstrated need.  

World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 3, 9, and 10, 2022. Thirty (30) languages will be included:  American Sign Language (ASL), Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration opens on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

Credit exam information can be accessed at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages.

If you would like to register your student, please reach out to your school counselor.  

Service Learning Updates  Service Learning Enrichment Opportunities

In an effort to highlight enrichment experiences that can connect service learning for students, FCPS has put together a brief one page document with various enrichment experiences. All of these experiences are posted in the Naviance Enrichment Database, but we also wanted to highlight them for our community in case any students might be interested.

Service Learning and X2VOL

All students at Oakton are encouraged to use X2VOL via their Naviance account to record and continue to record all Service Learning completed throughout the school year. Students may access information and help for X2VOL via Naviance using the following link https://help.x2vol.com/knowledge/for-naviance-schools

Health and Wellness Updates Substance Abuse and Prevention Specialist - Red Ribbon Week 

Please see this handout with background and information on Red Ribbon Week.  

Health and Safety Guidance Document 

The FCPS Health and Safety guidance document has been updated for this school year. Please see this site for more information.

Emergency Resources

Crisis Link Regional Hotline            703-527-4077

Crisis Text                                       Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Dominion Hospital Emergency       703-536-2000

INOVA Emergency                         703-289-7560

Merrifield Center Emergency         703-573-5979  TTY dial 711

Life Threatening                             911

Safety and Security Updates Anonymous Tip Line Puts Safety First

If you or your child have concerns or information relating to feeling unsafe in any way at school, we encourage you to reach out to a member of the security or administrative team so that we may quickly address the issue.  Students and parents may also utilize the FCPS Office of Safety and Security safety tip line, that you can access anonymously online, by text (888-777; Keyword TIP FCPS), or by phone (571-423-2020).

If your tip is an emergency and immediate assistance is necessary, please dial 911.

Students, staff, and community members should report school safety issues such as threats, unsafe or dangerous situations, illegal drug activity, theft, gang activity, the existence of weapons, vandalism, and concerns about student wellness. Tip line users may identify themselves or remain anonymous.

Concerns that do not impact the safety of our schools—concerns or information about programs, regulations, or policies—can be sent to the FCPS ombudsman online, at 571-423-4014, or [email protected]

PTSA News & Information  PTSA Meeting Dates

The PTSA is pleased to bring back in person monthly membership meetings.  Meetings will be held at Oakton High School in the library from 7 pm to 8 pm on the following dates:

  • 10/19/2022
  • 11/16/2022
  • 12/14/2022
  • 1/18/2023
  • 2/15/2023
  • 3/15/2023
  • 4/19/2023
  • 5/17/2023

Please keep the dates on your calendar and hope to see you there.  The PTSA will send an email for mini grant applications soon for staff and students. 

Class of 2023 All Night Grad Party (ANGP) – Volunteers Needed!

The purpose of ANGP is to provide Oakton HS graduates with a safe, drug-free, and alcohol-free event to celebrate the night of their graduation. Traditionally the party usually starts around 10 PM and lasts until 3 – 4 AM. The party is held at a location such as Launch Trampoline Park and features food, games, prizes, entertainment and more. Planning the party is a committee effort and we need volunteers!

Ideally the committee is comprised of parents with students in all grades, that way a steady stream of volunteers know how to plan the party in future years and senior parents aren’t trying to juggle the party and their own family plans graduation weekend. If you volunteer when your child is a freshman, sophomore, or junior, you will appreciate having someone else step forward when your own student is graduating!

We need help with all aspects of party planning, from logistics to fundraising, booking vendors, coming up with a theme, confirming the location, and ticket sales.

If you’d like to help, please send an email to [email protected].

Oakton Pantry 

Thank you to everyone who continues to donate so generously to the Pantry. We are incredibly grateful for your support. Because of you we are able to keep the doors open and provide regular snack packs and groceries to students in need.  

For any questions about the Pantry, please send an email to [email protected]. Students interested in joining the Pantry Club should send an email to [email protected].

Parent Resources Parent Information Line 

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

Parent Resource Center 

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a wide variety of information and resources to support the success of all students.  This includes monthly workshops and webinars.  More information can be found on the FCPS website, including registration information.  

September 2022 Gang Prevention: A Webinar for Families and Community Members (Presented in Spanish)

Topics Include:

  • What is a gang and why do youth join gangs?
  • Common gang activities
  • Risk factors associated with gang involvement
  • Protective factors that reduce gang involvement
  • Supports available in Fairfax County and FCPS

Presented by:

  • Stefan Mascoll: Coordinator Student Safety and Wellness, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Liliana Janssen-Checa: Program Manager of Youth Initiatives, Northern Virginia Family Service
  • Francisco Klockner Gonzalez: Gang Prevention Coordinator, Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court

September 27, 2022 6-7:30 p.m.

Dads: Stop The Power Struggles & Get The Respect You Want

As Dads, we want to be respected so our kids don't make the same mistakes we made. But how do you discipline and motivate kids who don't respond to consequences?
Celebrate Calm Founder, Kirk Martin, will give dads practical strategies to:

  • De-escalate situations and stop common power struggles.
  • Get your kids to actually listen to you.
  • Stop the defiance and disrespect without yelling or threatening.
  • Motivate kids who don't try hard or quit. Handle the chaos at home after a long day at work.
  • Connect with your partner again even when you disagree and have grown apart.

October 6, 2022 6:30-8 p.m.

Register for Dads: Stop The Power Struggles & Get The Respect You Want

The Social Emotional Learning Screener - What Every Family Needs to Know

Social and emotional learning competencies are foundational skills for success in school and beyond.  Students will participate in the SEL Screener in the fall and spring this year.   The screener provides valuable information that guides planning and learning opportunities for families, staff, students, and school communities. 

Join us in an informational session to learn more about SEL in FCPS, the role of the SEL Screener, and how families and schools might partner to foster skills over time. 

Highlights include:

  • Learn about SEL in FCPS  
  • Unpack the SEL Screener: What it is and how it's used? 
  • Understand student results
  • Explore ways to continue conversations about SEL at home

Presented by:

Lisa Phifer, FCPS Educational Specialist, Trauma Informed SEL, and Jaynie Van Sant, FCPS Social and Emotional Learning Systems Specialist

October 7, 2022 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for The Social Emotional Learning Screener - What Every Family Needs to Know

Promoting Digital Wellness

Access to technology provides limitless opportunities to connect with others, explore diverse perspectives, share and build upon ideas, get involved in the community, and find opportunities.  However, many kids are online almost constantly, which poses a number of challenges that impact youth wellness.  

Highlights will include:

  • How the attention economy makes technology irresistible 
  • How adolescent development impacts youth technology use 
  • How schools and families can build the skills needed to navigate the complexity of online life

Presented by Tammi Sisk, FCPS Educational Specialist, Educational Technology, and Bethany Demers, FCPS Educational Specialist, Mental Wellness

October 14, 2022 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Promoting Digital Wellness

Meet the Author Series - Paige Saves the Day

Paige is a happy kid with a unique fashion sense and creative imagination. Despite being bullied because of the things that make her different, she enjoys using her creativity to entertain her family and friends with stories in which she and her dog, Peppermint, are Super Heroes who always save the day!

Join us as the authors, Nalani Butler and Leila Butler, read Paige Saves the Day and share their experiences with families.

Children are welcome to join with their families for this very special webinar and book reading.

October 27, 2022 7-8 p.m.

Register for the Meet the Author Series - Paige Saves the Day

Manejando el estrés serie de 3 partes 

Part #1: Manejar los momentos estresantes de la vida 28/10/22 at 10 a.m.

  • ¿Qué es estrés? 
  • Diferencia entre estrés agudo y estrés crónico. 
  • Síntomas del estrés en adultos. 
  • Cómo los síntomas del estrés afectan las habilidades de crianza. 
  • Síntomas del estrés en niños . 
  • Cómo el estrés afecta el rendimiento escolar en los niños. 

 
Part #2: Estrategias de manejo del estrés 16/12/22 at 10 a.m. 

  • ¿Qué es el autocuidado? 
  • ¿Por qué es importante el autocuidado? 
  • Cómo practicar el autocuidado. 
  • Técnicas de relajación 
  • Gestión del tiempo 

Part #3: Apoyando a sus hijos durante tiempos estresantes  17/3/23 at 10 a.m.

  • Construyendo Resiliencia 
  • Reestructurando nuestro pensamiento 
  • Cómo reparar la relación con nuestros hijos.

Presented by: 

  • Aynalem (Nalem) Valdes, MS.Residente en Consejería de Salud Mental en Servicios Familiares del Norte de Virginia, Centro Multicultural  
  • Ana Stevenson, MS. Trabajadora Social Clínica Licenciada en Servicios Familiares del Norte de Virginia ,Centro Multicultural 

Registro Manejando el estrés serie de 3 partes

FCPS Cares

Do you know an Oakton High School or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected?  If so, then click here to share with everyone. 

Translate our Website 

Our Oakton HS website can be translated into multiple languages!  To do this you will see a globe, flags and the word "language" in the top left corner of our website.  Click there and you will be able to select your preferred language.  

How to Modify or Unsubscribe to the Newsletter

To modify your membership to our messages (or to add yourself to the Oakton High School Athletics list!) you can manage your subscription to Oakton HS messages online.

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Principal Updates - September 26

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Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@OaktonHS), and Instagram @oaktonhs!   

Important Dates 

September 26: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Rosh Hashanah

September 29: ESOL Family Night 

September 30: Homecoming Football Game

October 1: Homecoming Dance 

October 5: No School, Yom Kippur

October 10: Student Holiday/Staff Development Day - Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 11: Community Conversation with Dr. Reid

October 12: PSAT/SAT Day (10th-12th Grade) 

October 24: No School, Diwali

October 28: End of 1st Quarter; 2 Hour Early Release

October 31: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday - Happy Halloween 

General Information Homecoming Week

This week is Homecoming Week.  We are looking forward to a great week of school spirit ahead.

Spirit Days Themes: 

  • Tuesday - Adam Sandler Day (wear baggy clothes)
  • Wednesday - Pajama Day 
  • Thursday - Dynamic Duo/Twin Day 
  • Friday - Rodeo 

Friday during Cougar Time we will have our pep rally where the spirit court will be named.  In the evening (Friday), the Oakton Cougars will face the West Springfield Spartans at 7:00 pm.  All Homecoming events culminate  in the Homecoming Dance on Saturday evening at the school (see details below).  

Homecoming Tickets

Dance Details:

  • When - Saturday, October 1
  • Time - 8:00 - 11:00 PM
  • Location - OHS Main Gym (Enter through Door 7)
  • Price - $20

Come out and enjoy great music, friends, desserts, photo booths, and make some high school memories. One ticket may be purchased per student for $20. through My SchoolBucks.  Guest tickets and forms may be purchased from Mr. McCulla.  Students should see the Student Schoology course for more information.  Guests from other schools do require a filled out form from their school to attend.  Non-Oakton students attending must be at a minimum a freshmen in high school and no older than 20 years old. 

Community Conversation with Dr. Reid - Save the Date

Please save the date for a very special event!  Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Oakton High School on Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know the Oakton Pyramid school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register here to attend.    

ESOL Family Night 

ESOL Family Night will take place on September 29, 2022 from 6pm-8pm in the Oakton cafeteria.  It will be a dinner and the whole family is invited.  A presentation on graduation requirements, school resources, community engagement and more will be shared.  

Testing Updates PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day: October 12

Current Oakton-enrolled sophomores and juniors are eligible to take the PSAT/NMSQT on October 12, 2022. Only Oakton seniors who have registered for testing may participate in SAT School Day. All freshmen and unregistered seniors will participate in asynchronous activities at home.

Learn more about PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day On October 12th here.

Seniors who wish to register for the SAT test on October 12 had to complete the intent form by September 7, 2022.  

Student Services Updates  Schedule Changes

Open schedule change requests are now paused until the end of first quarter.  At that time, we will consider schedule changes again if there is a demonstrated need.  

World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 3, 9, and 10, 2022. Thirty (30) languages will be included:  American Sign Language (ASL), Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration opens on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

Credit exam information can be accessed at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages.

If you would like to register your student, please reach out to your school counselor.  

Service Learning Updates  Service Learning Enrichment Opportunities

In an effort to highlight enrichment experiences that can connect service learning for students, FCPS has put together a brief one page document with various enrichment experiences. All of these experiences are posted in the Naviance Enrichment Database, but we also wanted to highlight them for our community in case any students might be interested.

Service Learning and X2VOL

All students at Oakton are encouraged to use X2VOL via their Naviance account to record and continue to record all Service Learning completed throughout the school year. Students may access information and help for X2VOL via Naviance using the following link https://help.x2vol.com/knowledge/for-naviance-schools

Health and Wellness Updates Substance Abuse and Prevention Specialist - Rainbow Fentanyl

Please see this handout for more information about rainbow fentanyl facts and look-fors.  This information will also be posted on the Oakton parent schoology course page for your reference.  

Health and Safety Guidance Document 

The FCPS Health and Safety guidance document has been updated for this school year. Please see this site for more information.

Emergency Resources

Crisis Link Regional Hotline            703-527-4077

Crisis Text                                       Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Dominion Hospital Emergency       703-536-2000

INOVA Emergency                         703-289-7560

Merrifield Center Emergency         703-573-5979  TTY dial 711

Life Threatening                             911

Safety and Security Updates Anonymous Tip Line Puts Safety First

If you or your child have concerns or information relating to feeling unsafe in any way at school, we encourage you to reach out to a member of the security or administrative team so that we may quickly address the issue.  Students and parents may also utilize the FCPS Office of Safety and Security safety tip line, that you can access anonymously online, by text (888-777; Keyword TIP FCPS), or by phone (571-423-2020).

If your tip is an emergency and immediate assistance is necessary, please dial 911.

Students, staff, and community members should report school safety issues such as threats, unsafe or dangerous situations, illegal drug activity, theft, gang activity, the existence of weapons, vandalism, and concerns about student wellness. Tip line users may identify themselves or remain anonymous.

Concerns that do not impact the safety of our schools—concerns or information about programs, regulations, or policies—can be sent to the FCPS ombudsman online, at 571-423-4014, or [email protected]

Oakton Pantry 

Thank you to everyone who continues to donate so generously to the Pantry. We are incredibly grateful for your support. Because of you we are able to keep the doors open and provide regular snack packs and groceries to students in need.  

For any questions about the Pantry, please send an email to [email protected]. Students interested in joining the Pantry Club should send an email to [email protected].

Parent Resources Parent Information Line 

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

Parent Resource Center 

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a wide variety of information and resources to support the success of all students.  This includes monthly workshops and webinars.  More information can be found on the FCPS website, including registration information.  

September 2022 Gang Prevention: A Webinar for Families and Community Members (Presented in Spanish)

Topics Include:

  • What is a gang and why do youth join gangs?
  • Common gang activities
  • Risk factors associated with gang involvement
  • Protective factors that reduce gang involvement
  • Supports available in Fairfax County and FCPS

Presented by:

  • Stefan Mascoll: Coordinator Student Safety and Wellness, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Liliana Janssen-Checa: Program Manager of Youth Initiatives, Northern Virginia Family Service
  • Francisco Klockner Gonzalez: Gang Prevention Coordinator, Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court

September 27, 2022 6-7:30 p.m.

Dads: Stop The Power Struggles & Get The Respect You Want

As Dads, we want to be respected so our kids don't make the same mistakes we made. But how do you discipline and motivate kids who don't respond to consequences?
Celebrate Calm Founder, Kirk Martin, will give dads practical strategies to:

  • De-escalate situations and stop common power struggles.
  • Get your kids to actually listen to you.
  • Stop the defiance and disrespect without yelling or threatening.
  • Motivate kids who don't try hard or quit. Handle the chaos at home after a long day at work.
  • Connect with your partner again even when you disagree and have grown apart.

October 6, 2022 6:30-8 p.m.

Register for Dads: Stop The Power Struggles & Get The Respect You Want

The Social Emotional Learning Screener - What Every Family Needs to Know

Social and emotional learning competencies are foundational skills for success in school and beyond.  Students will participate in the SEL Screener in the fall and spring this year.   The screener provides valuable information that guides planning and learning opportunities for families, staff, students, and school communities. 

Join us in an informational session to learn more about SEL in FCPS, the role of the SEL Screener, and how families and schools might partner to foster skills over time. 

Highlights include:

  • Learn about SEL in FCPS  
  • Unpack the SEL Screener: What it is and how it's used? 
  • Understand student results
  • Explore ways to continue conversations about SEL at home

Presented by:

Lisa Phifer, FCPS Educational Specialist, Trauma Informed SEL, and Jaynie Van Sant, FCPS Social and Emotional Learning Systems Specialist

October 7, 2022 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for The Social Emotional Learning Screener - What Every Family Needs to Know

Promoting Digital Wellness

Access to technology provides limitless opportunities to connect with others, explore diverse perspectives, share and build upon ideas, get involved in the community, and find opportunities.  However, many kids are online almost constantly, which poses a number of challenges that impact youth wellness.  

Highlights will include:

  • How the attention economy makes technology irresistible 
  • How adolescent development impacts youth technology use 
  • How schools and families can build the skills needed to navigate the complexity of online life

Presented by Tammi Sisk, FCPS Educational Specialist, Educational Technology, and Bethany Demers, FCPS Educational Specialist, Mental Wellness

October 14, 2022 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Promoting Digital Wellness

Meet the Author Series - Paige Saves the Day

Paige is a happy kid with a unique fashion sense and creative imagination. Despite being bullied because of the things that make her different, she enjoys using her creativity to entertain her family and friends with stories in which she and her dog, Peppermint, are Super Heroes who always save the day!

Join us as the authors, Nalani Butler and Leila Butler, read Paige Saves the Day and share their experiences with families.

Children are welcome to join with their families for this very special webinar and book reading.

October 27, 2022 7-8 p.m.

Register for the Meet the Author Series - Paige Saves the Day

Manejando el estrés serie de 3 partes 

Part #1: Manejar los momentos estresantes de la vida 28/10/22 at 10 a.m.

  • ¿Qué es estrés? 
  • Diferencia entre estrés agudo y estrés crónico. 
  • Síntomas del estrés en adultos. 
  • Cómo los síntomas del estrés afectan las habilidades de crianza. 
  • Síntomas del estrés en niños . 
  • Cómo el estrés afecta el rendimiento escolar en los niños. 

 
Part #2: Estrategias de manejo del estrés 16/12/22 at 10 a.m. 

  • ¿Qué es el autocuidado? 
  • ¿Por qué es importante el autocuidado? 
  • Cómo practicar el autocuidado. 
  • Técnicas de relajación 
  • Gestión del tiempo 

Part #3: Apoyando a sus hijos durante tiempos estresantes  17/3/23 at 10 a.m.

  • Construyendo Resiliencia 
  • Reestructurando nuestro pensamiento 
  • Cómo reparar la relación con nuestros hijos.

Presented by: 

  • Aynalem (Nalem) Valdes, MS.Residente en Consejería de Salud Mental en Servicios Familiares del Norte de Virginia, Centro Multicultural  
  • Ana Stevenson, MS. Trabajadora Social Clínica Licenciada en Servicios Familiares del Norte de Virginia ,Centro Multicultural 

Registro Manejando el estrés serie de 3 partes

FCPS Cares

Do you know an Oakton High School or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected?  If so, then click here to share with everyone. 

Translate our Website 

Our Oakton HS website can be translated into multiple languages!  To do this you will see a globe, flags and the word "language" in the top left corner of our website.  Click there and you will be able to select your preferred language.  

How to Modify or Unsubscribe to the Newsletter

To modify your membership to our messages (or to add yourself to the Oakton High School Athletics list!) you can manage your subscription to Oakton HS messages online.

2900 Sutton Road, Vienna VA 22181 | Main Office: (703) 319-2700
Attendance: (703) 319-2727 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram

Principal Updates - September 19

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Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@OaktonHS), and Instagram @oaktonhs!   

Important Dates 

September 20-21: Underclassmen Portraits (Picture Day) 

September 23: Senior Panoramic 

September 26: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Rosh Hashanah

September 29: ESOL Family Night 

September 30: Homecoming Football Game

October 1: Homecoming Dance 

October 5: No School, Yom Kippur

October 10: Student Holiday/Staff Development Day - Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 11: Community Conversation with Dr. Reid

October 12: PSAT/SAT Day (10th-12th Grade) 

October 24: No School, Diwali

October 28: End of 1st Quarter; 2 Hour Early Release

October 31: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday - Happy Halloween 

General Information Picture Day 

School Picture Day is coming for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders on Tuesday September 20th & Wednesday September 21st 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/g1000942285

For questions about ordering please email [email protected]

Homecoming Tickets

Oakton's Homecoming Week will be celebrated September 27-October 1.  The week's events will culminate with our Homecoming Dance.  

Dance Details:

  • When - Saturday, October 1
  • Time - 8:00 - 11:00 PM
  • Location - OHS Main Gym (Enter through Door 7)
  • Price - $20

Come out and enjoy great music, friends, desserts, photo booths, and make some high school memories. One ticket may be purchased per student for $20. through My SchoolBucks.  Guest tickets and forms may be purchased from Mr. McCulla.  Students should see the Student Schoology course for more information.  Guests from other schools do require a filled out form from their school to attend.  Non-Oakton students attending must be at a minimum a freshmen in high school and no older than 20 years old. 

Community Conversation with Dr. Reid - Save the Date

Please save the date for a very special event!  Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Oakton High School on Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know the Oakton Pyramid school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register here to attend.    

Attendance Protocols & Policies

Please take a moment to review our attendance protocols and policies.    

Back to School Curriculum Website - September  8, 2022

Our Back to School Curriculum Site is now available.  It was emailed directly out to all families on September 8.  However, it is also easily accessible on the Oakton HS website, under announcements "Back to School Available."  We hope you find this to be a helpful resource.  

https://oaktonhs.fcps.edu/announcements/back-school-website-available

ESOL Family Night 

ESOL Family Night will take place on September 29, 2022 from 6pm-8pm in the Oakton cafeteria.  It will be a dinner and the whole family is invited.  A presentation on graduation requirements, school resources, community engagement and more will be shared.  

Save the Date - Graduation

Class of 2023, please save the date for graduation!  We are excited to celebrate our senior class on Friday, June 9, 2:00pm at Eagle Bank Arena.  At various times throughout the year we will send out senior newsletters with a great deal of information.  The first one will come out in October.    

Testing Updates PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day: October 12

Current Oakton-enrolled sophomores and juniors are eligible to take the PSAT/NMSQT on October 12, 2022. Only Oakton seniors who have registered for testing may participate in SAT School Day. All freshmen and unregistered seniors will participate in asynchronous activities at home.

Learn more about PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day On October 12th here.

Seniors who wish to register for the SAT test on October 12 had to complete the intent form by September 7, 2022.  

Student Services Updates  Schedule Changes

Open schedule change requests are now paused until the end of first quarter.  At that time, we will consider schedule changes again if there is a demonstrated need.  

Save the Date: Virtual Freshman Parent Night – September 21

Welcome Freshman Parents and Guardians!  Please join Student Services on September 21 at 6:30pm to gain insight into Oakton High School and Student Services, resources and freshman year events.  A webinar link has been emailed to all freshman families and the recording will be available following the event.

World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 3, 9, and 10, 2022. Thirty (30) languages will be included:  American Sign Language (ASL), Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration opens on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

Credit exam information can be accessed at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages.

If you would like to register your student, please reach out to your school counselor.  

Service Learning Updates  Service Learning Enrichment Opportunities

In an effort to highlight enrichment experiences that can connect service learning for students, FCPS has put together a brief one page document with various enrichment experiences. All of these experiences are posted in the Naviance Enrichment Database, but we also wanted to highlight them for our community in case any students might be interested.

Service Learning and X2VOL

All students at Oakton are encouraged to use X2VOL via their Naviance account to record and continue to record all Service Learning completed throughout the school year. Students may access information and help for X2VOL via Naviance using the following link https://help.x2vol.com/knowledge/for-naviance-schools

Health and Wellness Updates Substance Abuse and Prevention Specialist 

Oakton HS is pleased to welcome our new Substance Abuse & Prevention Specialist (SAPS), Mr. Michael McNulty ([email protected])!  

Each school pyramid has a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) assigned to provide substance abuse prevention, education, and intervention services. Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists are part of the FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness.

Key roles of a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug education for students, parents, and the Fairfax County Community
  • Intervention services upon violation of the Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook or suspected substance use involvement
  • Assessing a student’s level of substance use and, if appropriate, making referrals to the Fairfax Community Service Board for additional services or other community resources as appropriate
  • Group and individual prevention services for students, staff, parents, and the Fairfax County community
  • Most importantly, building positive relationships with students to provide support and encouragement

Please see the Oakton Parent Schoology page (under updates) for resources and more contact information for general questions.  

Health and Safety Guidance Document 

The FCPS Health and Safety guidance document has been updated for this school year. Please see this site for more information.

Emergency Resources

Crisis Link Regional Hotline            703-527-4077

Crisis Text                                       Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Dominion Hospital Emergency       703-536-2000

INOVA Emergency                         703-289-7560

Merrifield Center Emergency         703-573-5979  TTY dial 711

Life Threatening                             911

Safety and Security Updates Anonymous Tip Line Puts Safety First

If you or your child have concerns or information relating to feeling unsafe in any way at school, we encourage you to reach out to a member of the security or administrative team so that we may quickly address the issue.  Students and parents may also utilize the FCPS Office of Safety and Security safety tip line, that you can access anonymously online, by text (888-777; Keyword TIP FCPS), or by phone (571-423-2020).

If your tip is an emergency and immediate assistance is necessary, please dial 911.

Students, staff, and community members should report school safety issues such as threats, unsafe or dangerous situations, illegal drug activity, theft, gang activity, the existence of weapons, vandalism, and concerns about student wellness. Tip line users may identify themselves or remain anonymous.

Concerns that do not impact the safety of our schools—concerns or information about programs, regulations, or policies—can be sent to the FCPS ombudsman online, at 571-423-4014, or [email protected]

Volunteer Opportunities  Cougar Canteen 

WHAT IS THE COUGAR CANTEEN?

The Cougar Canteen is returning this fall to Oakton! The Canteen is an after-school concession stand giving ALL OHS students an opportunity to grab a snack before after school activities. The Canteen was an Oakton staple years ago and is back by popular demand! The Canteen is in Cougar Hall. It will be open daily at dismissal for approximately one hour. The Canteen will offer a variety of grab and go snacks and drinks. On alternating days, the Canteen will offer pizza or subway sandwiches. All items are cash only.  The Canteen is a huge benefit to students not heading home directly after school.

WHAT WE NEED!

The Canteen is operated by non-staff, adult volunteers. Your time commitment is about one hour. If you have volunteered at any OHS concession stand you already know what to do. If not, it is very easy to learn, and directions will be provided. A sign-up genius is available now for volunteers. The SUG is only for September and October currently. The Canteen must have 2 to 3 adults per shift to run efficiently. If we have less than 2 persons, we will not open that day. This is a great opportunity to improve our student life. Please sign-up ASAP so we know how soon we can open the Canteen! The goal is to open on Tuesday, September 6th!

Questions? email [email protected]

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CAEAE2FAA8-ohscougar

Oakton Pantry 

Thank you to everyone who continues to donate so generously to the Pantry. We are incredibly grateful for your support. Because of you we are able to keep the doors open and provide regular snack packs and groceries to students in need.  

For any questions about the Pantry, please send an email to [email protected]. Students interested in joining the Pantry Club should send an email to [email protected].

Parent Resources Parent Information Line 

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

Parent Resource Center 

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a wide variety of information and resources to support the success of all students.  This includes monthly workshops and webinars.  More information can be found on the FCPS website, including registration information.  

September 2022 Gang Prevention: A Webinar for Families and Community Members (Presented in Spanish)

Topics Include:

  • What is a gang and why do youth join gangs?
  • Common gang activities
  • Risk factors associated with gang involvement
  • Protective factors that reduce gang involvement
  • Supports available in Fairfax County and FCPS

Presented by:

  • Stefan Mascoll: Coordinator Student Safety and Wellness, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Liliana Janssen-Checa: Program Manager of Youth Initiatives, Northern Virginia Family Service
  • Francisco Klockner Gonzalez: Gang Prevention Coordinator, Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court

September 27, 2022 6-7:30 p.m.

FCPS Cares

Do you know an Oakton High School or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected?  If so, then click here to share with everyone. 

Translate our Website 

Our Oakton HS website can be translated into multiple languages!  To do this you will see a globe, flags and the word "language" in the top left corner of our website.  Click there and you will be able to select your preferred language.  

How to Modify or Unsubscribe to the Newsletter

To modify your membership to our messages (or to add yourself to the Oakton High School Athletics list!) you can manage your subscription to Oakton HS messages online.

2900 Sutton Road, Vienna VA 22181 | Main Office: (703) 319-2700
Attendance: (703) 319-2727 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram

Principal Updates - September 12

GovDelivery2 months 1 week ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@OaktonHS), and Instagram @oaktonhs!   

Important Dates 

September 20-21: Underclassmen Portraits (Picture Day) 

September 23: Senior Panoramic 

September 26: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Rosh Hashanah

September 30: Homecoming Football Game

October 1: Homecoming Dance 

October 5: No School, Yom Kippur

October 10: Student Holiday/Staff Development Day - Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 11: Community Conversation with Dr. Reid

October 12: PSAT/SAT Day (10th-12th Grade) 

October 24: No School, Diwali

October 28: End of 1st Quarter; 2 Hour Early Release

October 31: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday - Happy Halloween 

General Information Community Conversation with Dr. Reid - Save the Date

Please save the date for a very special event!  Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Oakton High School on Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know the Oakton Pyramid school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register here to attend.    

Attendance Protocols & Policies

Please take a moment to review our attendance protocols and policies.    

Calendar Adjustment

The https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/standard-school-year-calendar has been slightly updated for this school year.  April 13, the last day of Passover, should have been marked as a Religious and Cultural Observance day from the beginning of the year.  This remains a school day for students, however we will follow protocols for religious and cultural observance days.  

Parent Information Line 

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

Back to School Curriculum Website - September  8, 2022

Our Back to School Curriculum Site is now available.  It was emailed directly out to all families on September 8.  However, it is also easily accessible on the Oakton HS website, under announcements "Back to School Available."  We hope you find this to be a helpful resource.  

https://oaktonhs.fcps.edu/announcements/back-school-website-available

Picture Day 

School Picture Day is coming for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders on Tuesday September 20th & Wednesday September 21st 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/g1000942285

For questions about ordering please email [email protected]

Oakton NHS New Member Application Process 2022-2023

The 2022-2023 NHS New Member Application process for this school year will begin soon. We encourage all our qualified 11th and 12th grade students to pay close attention to their school emails in the coming weeks. Qualified applicants will receive an email to their FCPS account regarding the procedures and process, dates, and expectations for the application process. If you would like to review the information for Oakton NHS on our website you may click here to take a look. https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/oaktonnhs/home

Please wait to contact Mrs. Stewart, NHS Advisor, until after the applicant invitations have been sent out, September 9th 2022, with any of your questions concerning NHS and our application process. Current members will be receiving updated information for the coming school year soon. Thank you for your support and cooperation as we start a new school year. Keep working to complete any volunteer hours you might have and remember to upload in the X2VOL Service Learning system.

Oakton NHS Officer Application 2022-2023

Current Members of Oakton NHS will have the opportunity to apply for one of the leadership positions available this school year. If you are a current member of Oakton NHS please pay attention to your FCPS school email in the coming weeks for more information about the application and review process. Please wait to contact Mrs. Stewart, NHS Advisor, until after the email and information has been released to students. We expect the information to be sent the week of September 9th, 2022. All current members are reminded to continue their Service Learning and add hours to the X2VOL system.

College Visits 

Every year our College and Career Center hosts a wide variety of colleges and universities for students.  These visits are open to all junior and senior students.  They can review the list of who is visiting and register by logging in to their Naviance account.  Once logged in students can see upcoming visits by looking under the "What's New" portion.  They may also select the "Colleges" tab on the top of the screen and select "College Visits."  If you have any questions you may reach out to our College and Career Specialist, Mr. McClam ([email protected]).  

Save the Date - Graduation

Class of 2023, please save the date for graduation!  We are excited to celebrate our senior class on Friday, June 9, 2:00pm at Eagle Bank Arena.  At various times throughout the year we will send out senior newsletters with a great deal of information.  The first one will come out in October.    

Testing Updates PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day: October 12

Current Oakton-enrolled sophomores and juniors are eligible to take the PSAT/NMSQT on October 12, 2022. Only Oakton seniors who have registered for testing may participate in SAT School Day. All freshmen and unregistered seniors will participate in asynchronous activities at home.

Learn more about PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day On October 12th here.

Seniors who wish to register for the SAT test on October 12 had to complete the intent form by September 7, 2022.  

Student Services Updates  Schedule Changes

Open schedule change requests are now paused until the end of first quarter.  At that time, we will consider schedule changes again if there is a demonstrated need.  

Post- Secondary Planning, 12th Graders

School counselors met with seniors through US/VA Government classes on August 30 & 31.  Beginning on September 6, counselors began meetng individually with each senior to discuss graduation requirements and post-secondary planning. 

Save the Date:  Virtual Senior Parent Night – September 12

We welcome you to attend our virtual Senior College Planning Parent Night Presentation on Monday, September 12th 6:30 – 8:00 pm. A webinar link will be emailed to all 12th grade families. If you are unable to attend the event, we will be adding the presentation to our website.

You can also use this form to ask general college application questions. We will do our best to answer these questions during our presentation.  If you have specific questions about your student, please reach out to their counselor.

Save the Date: Virtual Freshman Parent Night – September 21

Welcome Freshman Parents and Guardians!  Please join Student Services on September 21 at 6:30pm to gain insight into Oakton High School and Student Services, resources and freshman year events.  A webinar link will be emailed to all freshman families and the recording will be available following the event.

Service Learning Updates  9/11 Day of Service and Volunteer Fairfax’s VolunteerFest 2022

Volunteer Fairfax will be facilitating VolunteerFest 2022, a countywide day of service, on September 17, 2022. This is a great way for students and families who want to engage with local nonprofits and volunteer. The event will officially kick-off on September 11, Patriot’s Day, with Volunteer Fairfax sharing donation needs and upcoming volunteer opportunities. More information about VolunteerFest 2022 can be found at Volunteer Fairfax’s website.

Additional 9/11 Day of Service information can be found at 911Day.org and an FCPS Google Site with instructional considerations for 9/11 should be shared with schools in the coming weeks.

Other Service Learning Enrichment Opportunities

In an effort to highlight enrichment experiences that can connect service learning for students, FCPS has put together a brief one page document with various enrichment experiences. All of these experiences are posted in the Naviance Enrichment Database, but we also wanted to highlight them for our community in case any students might be interested.

Service Learning and X2VOL

All students at Oakton are encouraged to use X2VOL via their Naviance account to record and continue to record all Service Learning completed throughout the school year. Students may access information and help for X2VOL via Naviance using the following link https://help.x2vol.com/knowledge/for-naviance-schools

Health and Wellness Updates International Overdose Day

Please see this information from our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Mr. McNulty.  

COVID Diagnostic Testing Dates

COVID-19 diagnostic testing is available at no cost for all currently enrolled FCPS students on select dates throughout the year when transmission may be highest. Diagnostic testing is provided at designated times and locations for those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Testing will be available September 6-8 and 12-14. Visit the testing website for information on locations and how to register for an appointment. 

Health and Safety Guidance Document 

The FCPS Health and Safety guidance document has been updated for this school year. Please see this site for more information.

Emergency Resources

Crisis Link Regional Hotline            703-527-4077

Crisis Text                                       Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Dominion Hospital Emergency       703-536-2000

INOVA Emergency                         703-289-7560

Merrifield Center Emergency         703-573-5979  TTY dial 711

Life Threatening                             911

Safety and Security Updates Safety Drills

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Schools are required to notify parents and guardians at least 24 hours before a school conducts a lockdown drill. However, schools are not required to give the specific date and time of the drill in advance.

The first lockdown drill of the school year must take place within the first 20 days of school.  Oakton's first lockdown drill will be this week.  

Your child may come home and talk about their experience during the drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills.

Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools.

Anonymous Tip Line Puts Safety First

If you or your child have concerns or information relating to feeling unsafe in any way at school, we encourage you to reach out to a member of the security or administrative team so that we may quickly address the issue.  Students and parents may also utilize the FCPS Office of Safety and Security safety tip line, that you can access anonymously online, by text (888-777; Keyword TIP FCPS), or by phone (571-423-2020).

If your tip is an emergency and immediate assistance is necessary, please dial 911.

Students, staff, and community members should report school safety issues such as threats, unsafe or dangerous situations, illegal drug activity, theft, gang activity, the existence of weapons, vandalism, and concerns about student wellness. Tip line users may identify themselves or remain anonymous.

Concerns that do not impact the safety of our schools—concerns or information about programs, regulations, or policies—can be sent to the FCPS ombudsman online, at 571-423-4014, or [email protected]

Volunteer Opportunities  Cougar Canteen 

WHAT IS THE COUGAR CANTEEN?

The Cougar Canteen is returning this fall to Oakton! The Canteen is an after-school concession stand giving ALL OHS students an opportunity to grab a snack before after school activities. The Canteen was an Oakton staple years ago and is back by popular demand! The Canteen is in Cougar Hall. It will be open daily at dismissal for approximately one hour. The Canteen will offer a variety of grab and go snacks and drinks. On alternating days, the Canteen will offer pizza or subway sandwiches. All items are cash only.  The Canteen is a huge benefit to students not heading home directly after school.

WHAT WE NEED!

The Canteen is operated by non-staff, adult volunteers. Your time commitment is about one hour. If you have volunteered at any OHS concession stand you already know what to do. If not, it is very easy to learn, and directions will be provided. A sign-up genius is available now for volunteers. The SUG is only for September and October currently. The Canteen must have 2 to 3 adults per shift to run efficiently. If we have less than 2 persons, we will not open that day. This is a great opportunity to improve our student life. Please sign-up ASAP so we know how soon we can open the Canteen! The goal is to open on Tuesday, September 6th!

Questions? email [email protected]

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CAEAE2FAA8-ohscougar

PTSA News and Information Oakton Pantry 

Thank you to everyone who continues to donate so generously to the Pantry. We are incredibly grateful for your support. Because of you we are able to keep the doors open and provide regular snack packs and groceries to students in need.  

We'd also like to give special recognition to Rustic Love Vienna.  For the third time in less than a year, Rustic Love has chosen to give one of their valuable grants to the Oakton Pantry. To say that we are honored, grateful, and emotional about this gift would be an understatement. To know that Rustic Love believes in us and values our Pantry is amazing and inspires us to work even harder for our students. As one member of Rustic Love said, "Food is the most important school supply."

For any questions about the Pantry, please send an email to [email protected]. Students interested in joining the Pantry Club should send an email to [email protected].

Parent Resource Center

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a wide variety of information and resources to support the success of all students.  This includes monthly workshops and webinars.  More information can be found on the FCPS website, including registration information.  

September 2022 Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders: What Families and Schools Need to Know

Join Katie Maki as she shares her experiences highlighting the following topics:

  • Signs and symptoms of eating disorders and how they differ in age groups

  • Facts and myths about eating disorders 

  • How to avoid negative messaging on body image and food in education

  • What parents need from school staff to support families fighting eating disorders

September 16, 2022 10 -11:30 a.m.

Gang Prevention: A Webinar for Families and Community Members (Presented in Spanish)

Topics Include:

  • What is a gang and why do youth join gangs?
  • Common gang activities
  • Risk factors associated with gang involvement
  • Protective factors that reduce gang involvement
  • Supports available in Fairfax County and FCPS

Presented by:

  • Stefan Mascoll: Coordinator Student Safety and Wellness, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Liliana Janssen-Checa: Program Manager of Youth Initiatives, Northern Virginia Family Service
  • Francisco Klockner Gonzalez: Gang Prevention Coordinator, Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court

September 27, 2022 6-7:30 p.m.

FCPS Cares

Do you know an Oakton High School or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected?  If so, then click here to share with everyone. 

Translate our Website 

Our Oakton HS website can be translated into multiple languages!  To do this you will see a globe, flags and the word "language" in the top left corner of our website.  Click there and you will be able to select your preferred language.  

How to Modify or Unsubscribe to the Newsletter

To modify your membership to our messages (or to add yourself to the Oakton High School Athletics list!) you can manage your subscription to Oakton HS messages online.

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Principal Updates - September 5

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Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@OaktonHS), and Instagram @oaktonhs!   

Important Dates 

September 5: No School, Labor Day 

September 7: Deadline for seniors to sign up for the SAT

September 8: Back to School Curriculum Website published 

September 20-21: Underclassmen Portraits (Picture Day) 

September 23: Senior Panoramic 

September 26: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Rosh Hashanah

September 30: Homecoming Football Game

October 1: Homecoming Dance 

October 5: No School, Yom Kippur

October 10: Student Holiday/Staff Development Day - Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 11: Community Conversation with Dr. Reid

October 12: PSAT/SAT Day (10th-12th Grade) 

October 24: No School, Diwali

October 28: End of 1st Quarter; 2 Hour Early Release

October 31: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday - Happy Halloween 

General Information Community Conversation with Dr. Reid - Save the Date

Please save the date for a very special event!  Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Oakton High School on Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know the Oakton Pyramid school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register here to attend.    

Attendance Protocols & Policies

Please take a moment to review our attendance protocols and policies.    

Calendar Adjustment

The https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/standard-school-year-calendar has been slightly updated for this school year.  April 13, the last day of Passover, should have been marked as a Religious and Cultural Observance day from the beginning of the year.  This remains a school day for students, however we will follow protocols for religious and cultural observance days.  

Parent Information Line 

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

Back to School Curriculum Website - September  8, 2022

On Thursday, September 8 we will launch our Back to School Curriculum website.  This will include a formal video presentation from each teacher that will outline for their course: 

  • An overview of the curriculum 
  • A review of any pertinent classroom procedures/routines
  • An explanation of grading and assessment
  • An explanation of how students can access work from an absence 

This allows families to review presentations at the date/time that is suitable for them and ensures that everyone is able to access information for all of their child's courses with no conflicts.  

Picture Day 

School Picture Day is coming for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders on Tuesday September 20th & Wednesday September 21st 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/g1000942285

For questions about ordering please email [email protected]

Oakton NHS New Member Application Process 2022-2023

The 2022-2023 NHS New Member Application process for this school year will begin soon. We encourage all our qualified 11th and 12th grade students to pay close attention to their school emails in the coming weeks. Qualified applicants will receive an email to their FCPS account regarding the procedures and process, dates, and expectations for the application process. If you would like to review the information for Oakton NHS on our website you may click here to take a look. https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/oaktonnhs/home

Please wait to contact Mrs. Stewart, NHS Advisor, until after the applicant invitations have been sent out, September 9th 2022, with any of your questions concerning NHS and our application process. Current members will be receiving updated information for the coming school year soon. Thank you for your support and cooperation as we start a new school year. Keep working to complete any volunteer hours you might have and remember to upload in the X2VOL Service Learning system.

Oakton NHS Officer Application 2022-2023

Current Members of Oakton NHS will have the opportunity to apply for one of the leadership positions available this school year. If you are a current member of Oakton NHS please pay attention to your FCPS school email in the coming weeks for more information about the application and review process. Please wait to contact Mrs. Stewart, NHS Advisor, until after the email and information has been released to students. We expect the information to be sent the week of September 9th, 2022. All current members are reminded to continue their Service Learning and add hours to the X2VOL system.

College Visits 

Every year our College and Career Center hosts a wide variety of colleges and universities for students.  These visits are open to all junior and senior students.  They can review the list of who is visiting and register by logging in to their Naviance account.  Once logged in students can see upcoming visits by looking under the "What's New" portion.  They may also select the "Colleges" tab on the top of the screen and select "College Visits."  If you have any questions you may reach out to our College and Career Specialist, Mr. McClam ([email protected]).  

Testing Updates PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day: October 12

Current Oakton-enrolled sophomores and juniors are eligible to take the PSAT/NMSQT on October 12, 2022. Only Oakton seniors who have registered for testing may participate in SAT School Day. All freshmen and unregistered seniors will participate in asynchronous activities at home.

Learn more about PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day On October 12th here.

Seniors who wish to register for the SAT test on October 12 much complete the intent form by September 7, 2022.  The form can be found on the Oakton website linked above.  The form must be filled out by the student(s) using their fcpsschools.net account credentials.  

Student Services Updates  Schedule Changes

Schedule changes may be requested until September 9 with the student’s counselor.  Please note that schedule changes may not be possible due to space availability in requested courses. After September 9, students must remain in their scheduled courses until the end of first quarter.  At that time, we will consider schedule changes again if there is a demonstrated need.  

Post- Secondary Planning, 12th Graders

School counselors will be meeting with seniors through US/VA Government classes on August 30 & 31.  Beginning on September 6, counselors will meet individually with each senior to discuss graduation requirements and post-secondary planning. 

Save the Date:  Virtual Senior Parent Night – September 12

We welcome you to attend our virtual Senior College Planning Parent Night Presentation on Monday, September 12th 6:30 – 8:00 pm. A webinar link will be emailed to all 12th grade families. If you are unable to attend the event, we will be adding the presentation to our website.

You can also use this form to ask general college application questions. We will do our best to answer these questions during our presentation.  If you have specific questions about your student, please reach out to their counselor.

Save the Date: Virtual Freshman Parent Night – September 21

Welcome Freshman Parents and Guardians!  Please join Student Services on September 21 at 6:30pm to gain insight into Oakton High School and Student Services, resources and freshman year events.  A webinar link will be emailed to all freshman families and the recording will be available following the event.

Service Learning Updates  9/11 Day of Service and Volunteer Fairfax’s VolunteerFest 2022

Volunteer Fairfax will be facilitating VolunteerFest 2022, a countywide day of service, on September 17, 2022. This is a great way for students and families who want to engage with local nonprofits and volunteer. The event will officially kick-off on September 11, Patriot’s Day, with Volunteer Fairfax sharing donation needs and upcoming volunteer opportunities. More information about VolunteerFest 2022 can be found at Volunteer Fairfax’s website.

Additional 9/11 Day of Service information can be found at 911Day.org and an FCPS Google Site with instructional considerations for 9/11 should be shared with schools in the coming weeks.

Other Service Learning Enrichment Opportunities

In an effort to highlight enrichment experiences that can connect service learning for students, FCPS has put together a brief one page document with various enrichment experiences. All of these experiences are posted in the Naviance Enrichment Database, but we also wanted to highlight them for our community in case any students might be interested.

Service Learning and X2VOL

All students at Oakton are encouraged to use X2VOL via their Naviance account to record and continue to record all Service Learning completed throughout the school year. Students may access information and help for X2VOL via Naviance using the following link https://help.x2vol.com/knowledge/for-naviance-schools

Health and Wellness Updates COVID Diagnostic Testing Dates

COVID-19 diagnostic testing is available at no cost for all currently enrolled FCPS students on select dates throughout the year when transmission may be highest. Diagnostic testing is provided at designated times and locations for those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Testing will be available September 6-8 and 12-14. Visit the testing website for information on locations and how to register for an appointment. 

Health and Safety Guidance Document 

The FCPS Health and Safety guidance document has been updated for this school year. Please see this site for more information.

Emergency Resources

Crisis Link Regional Hotline            703-527-4077

Crisis Text                                       Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Dominion Hospital Emergency       703-536-2000

INOVA Emergency                         703-289-7560

Merrifield Center Emergency         703-573-5979  TTY dial 711

Life Threatening                             911

Safety and Security Updates Safety Drills

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Schools are required to notify parents and guardians at least 24 hours before a school conducts a lockdown drill. However, schools are not required to give the specific date and time of the drill in advance.

The first lockdown drill of the school year must take place within the first 20 days of school.

Your child may come home and talk about their experience during the drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills.

Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools.

Anonymous Tip Line Puts Safety First

If you or your child have concerns or information relating to feeling unsafe in any way at school, we encourage you to reach out to a member of the security or administrative team so that we may quickly address the issue.  Students and parents may also utilize the FCPS Office of Safety and Security safety tip line, that you can access anonymously online, by text (888-777; Keyword TIP FCPS), or by phone (571-423-2020).

If your tip is an emergency and immediate assistance is necessary, please dial 911.

Students, staff, and community members should report school safety issues such as threats, unsafe or dangerous situations, illegal drug activity, theft, gang activity, the existence of weapons, vandalism, and concerns about student wellness. Tip line users may identify themselves or remain anonymous.

Concerns that do not impact the safety of our schools—concerns or information about programs, regulations, or policies—can be sent to the FCPS ombudsman online, at 571-423-4014, or [email protected]

Volunteer Opportunities  Cougar Canteen 

WHAT IS THE COUGAR CANTEEN?

The Cougar Canteen is returning this fall to Oakton! The Canteen is an after-school concession stand giving ALL OHS students an opportunity to grab a snack before after school activities. The Canteen was an Oakton staple years ago and is back by popular demand! The Canteen is in Cougar Hall. It will be open daily at dismissal for approximately one hour. The Canteen will offer a variety of grab and go snacks and drinks. On alternating days, the Canteen will offer pizza or subway sandwiches. All items are cash only.  The Canteen is a huge benefit to students not heading home directly after school.

WHAT WE NEED!

The Canteen is operated by non-staff, adult volunteers. Your time commitment is about one hour. If you have volunteered at any OHS concession stand you already know what to do. If not, it is very easy to learn, and directions will be provided. A sign-up genius is available now for volunteers. The SUG is only for September and October currently. The Canteen must have 2 to 3 adults per shift to run efficiently. If we have less than 2 persons, we will not open that day. This is a great opportunity to improve our student life. Please sign-up ASAP so we know how soon we can open the Canteen! The goal is to open on Tuesday, September 6th!

Questions? email [email protected]

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CAEAE2FAA8-ohscougar

PTSA News and Information Oakton Pantry 

Thank you to everyone who so generously donated funds to the Pantry at Thursday night's football game!  We are so touched and appreciative of the community's ongoing support.  

Donations of non-perishable food, personal hygiene items, household cleaning products, and school supplies can be dropped off in the front office (Door 1) any time during school hours.  We also accept monetary support.  Please make checks payable to OHS PTSA with PANTRY DONATION written on the memo line.

We couldn't keep the Pantry doors open without the hard work and heartfelt dedication of our many student and community volunteers.  The Pantry is truly a team effort.  Students interested in joining the Pantry Club should send an email to [email protected].

Parent Resource Center

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a wide variety of information and resources to support the success of all students.  This includes monthly workshops and webinars.  More information can be found on the FCPS website, including registration information.  

September 2022 "I Can't Focus!" When ADHD Impacts Your Child's Math and Writing Performance: A Webinar for Families

Math and writing are often difficult subjects for students with ADHD because both require extensive working memory. But with the right study hacks and strategies, almost anyone can master writing and math! Unfortunately, most students don't learn these important skills at school.

This academic year is just getting started, and effective strategies can make a difference between success and frustration. In this webinar, educator, author, and Educational Connections Founder Ann Dolin, M.Ed., will teach parents:\

  • Research-based math study skills and strategies to use at home and in class
  • How to help your child get organized and get their thoughts down on paper
  • Tech tools to help students get started on assignments (and finish them!)
  • How virtual classes during the pandemic deepened math and writing learning gaps for many students with ADHD and what you can do to help your child get back on track this year

September 8, 2022, 6:30 - 8 p.m. and September 9, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m.

Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders: What Families and Schools Need to Know

Join Katie Maki as she shares her experiences highlighting the following topics:

  • Signs and symptoms of eating disorders and how they differ in age groups

  • Facts and myths about eating disorders 

  • How to avoid negative messaging on body image and food in education

  • What parents need from school staff to support families fighting eating disorders

September 16, 2022 10 -11:30 a.m.

Gang Prevention: A Webinar for Families and Community Members (Presented in Spanish)

Topics Include:

  • What is a gang and why do youth join gangs?
  • Common gang activities
  • Risk factors associated with gang involvement
  • Protective factors that reduce gang involvement
  • Supports available in Fairfax County and FCPS

Presented by:

  • Stefan Mascoll: Coordinator Student Safety and Wellness, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Liliana Janssen-Checa: Program Manager of Youth Initiatives, Northern Virginia Family Service
  • Francisco Klockner Gonzalez: Gang Prevention Coordinator, Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court

September 27, 2022 6-7:30 p.m.

FCPS Cares

Do you know an Oakton High School or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected?  If so, then click here to share with everyone. 

Translate our Website 

Our Oakton HS website can be translated into multiple languages!  To do this you will see a globe, flags and the word "language" in the top left corner of our website.  Click there and you will be able to select your preferred language.  

How to Modify or Unsubscribe to the Newsletter

To modify your membership to our messages (or to add yourself to the Oakton High School Athletics list!) you can manage your subscription to Oakton HS messages online.

2900 Sutton Road, Vienna VA 22181 | Main Office: (703) 319-2700
Attendance: (703) 319-2727 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram

Principal Updates - August 29

GovDelivery2 months 3 weeks ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@OaktonHS), and Instagram @oaktonhs!   

Important Dates 

August 29-31: Senior Portraits (by appointment) 

August 30-31: 12th Grade Post-secondary Planning 

September 1: Cougar Kickoff

September 2: No School

September 5: No School, Labor Day 

September 7: Deadline for seniors to sign up for the SAT

September 8: Back to School Curriculum Website published 

September 20-21: Underclassmen Portraits (Picture Day) 

September 23: Senior Panoramic 

September 26: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Rosh Hashanah

September 30: Homecoming Football Game

October 1: Homecoming Dance 

October 5: No School, Yom Kippur

October 10: Student Holiday/Staff Development Day - Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 11: Community Conversation with Dr. Reid

October 12: PSAT/SAT Day (10th-12th Grade) 

October 24: No School, Diwali

October 28: End of 1st Quarter; 2 Hour Early Release

October 31: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday - Happy Halloween 

General Information Back to School Information

All of our back to school information is available on our website!   It was great to see so many new and familiar faces at our Open House Events.  We hope to see you again at our Cougar Kickoff on September 1.  Please make sure you have submitted all required forms (see back to school site) so we have the most up-to-date information for your child(ren).   

Community Conversation with Dr. Reid - Save the Date

Please save the date for a very special event!  Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Oakton High School on Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know the Oakton Pyramid school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register here to attend.    

Attendance Protocols & Policies

Please take a moment to review our attendance protocols and policies.  

Health and Safety Guidance Document 

The FCPS Health and Safety guidance document has been updated for this school year. Please see this site for more information.  

Calendar Adjustment

The https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/standard-school-year-calendar has been slightly updated for this school year.  April 13, the last day of Passover, should have been marked as a Religious and Cultural Observance day from the beginning of the year.  This remains a school day for students, however we will follow protocols for religious and cultural observance days.  

Parent Information Line 

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

Safety Drills

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Schools are required to notify parents and guardians at least 24 hours before a school conducts a lockdown drill. However, schools are not required to give the specific date and time of the drill in advance.

The first lockdown drill of the school year must take place within the first 20 days of school.

Your child may come home and talk about their experience during the drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills.

Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools.

Laptop Distribution

Students should have received their laptop during their advisory class today.  If a student has an issue with their laptop, our technology specialists will be available  during all lunches to assist.  If a student was absent, they should first check with their advisory teacher and then go to the Technology Office, room 2410.  

Cougar Kickoff

Join us Thursday, September 1 from 4:00-6:30pm for our annual Cougar Kickoff located on the softball field!  Over 70 booths will be available to highlight the wide variety of clubs and activities at Oakton.  You can also buy spirit items, food, and see a student band perform live.  Stay for our home football opener against the Woodson Cavaliers at 7:00pm.  

As a reminder, no backpacks or outside food/drink will be allowed into the stadium.  Tickets are $5.00 each. 

Back to School Curriculum Website - September  8, 2022

On Thursday, September 8 we will launch our Back to School Curriculum website.  This will include a formal video presentation from each teacher that will outline for their course: 

  • An overview of the curriculum 
  • A review of any pertinent classroom procedures/routines
  • An explanation of grading and assessment
  • An explanation of how students can access work from an absence 

This allows families to review presentations at the date/time that is suitable for them and ensures that everyone is able to access information for all of their child's courses with no conflicts.  

Testing Updates PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day: October 12

Current Oakton-enrolled sophomores and juniors are eligible to take the PSAT/NMSQT on October 12, 2022. Only Oakton seniors who have registered for testing may participate in SAT School Day. All freshmen and unregistered seniors will participate in asynchronous activities at home.

Learn more about PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day On October 12th here.

Seniors who wish to register for the SAT test on October 12 much complete the intent form by September 7, 2022.  The form can be found on the Oakton website linked above.  The form must be filled out by the student(s) using their fcpsschools.net account credentials.  

Student Services Updates  Schedule Changes

Schedule changes may be requested until September 9 with the student’s counselor.  Please note that schedule changes may not be possible due to space availability in requested courses. After September 9, students must remain in their scheduled courses until the end of first quarter.  At that time, we will consider schedule changes again if there is a demonstrated need.  

Post- Secondary Planning, 12th Graders

School counselors will be meeting with seniors through US/VA Government classes on August 30 & 31.  Beginning on September 6, counselors will meet individually with each senior to discuss graduation requirements and post-secondary planning. 

Save the Date:  Virtual Senior Parent Night – September 12

We welcome you to attend our virtual Senior College Planning Parent Night Presentation on Monday, September 12th 6:30 – 8:00 pm. A webinar link will be emailed to all 12th grade families. If you are unable to attend the event, we will be adding the presentation to our website.

You can also use this form to ask general college application questions. We will do our best to answer these questions during our presentation.  If you have specific questions about your student, please reach out to their counselor.

Save the Date: Virtual Freshman Parent Night – September 21

Welcome Freshman Parents and Guardians!  Please join Student Services on September 21 at 6:30pm to gain insight into Oakton High School and Student Services, resources and freshman year events.  A webinar link will be emailed to all freshman families and the recording will be available following the event.

Volunteer Opportunities  Cougar Canteen 

WHAT IS THE COUGAR CANTEEN?

The Cougar Canteen is returning this fall to Oakton! The Canteen is an after-school concession stand giving ALL OHS students an opportunity to grab a snack before after school activities. The Canteen was an Oakton staple years ago and is back by popular demand! The Canteen is in Cougar Hall. It will be open daily at dismissal for approximately one hour. The Canteen will offer a variety of grab and go snacks and drinks. On alternating days, the Canteen will offer pizza or subway sandwiches. All items are cash only.  The Canteen is a huge benefit to students not heading home directly after school.

WHAT WE NEED!

The Canteen is operated by non-staff, adult volunteers. Your time commitment is about one hour. If you have volunteered at any OHS concession stand you already know what to do. If not, it is very easy to learn, and directions will be provided. A sign-up genius is available now for volunteers. The SUG is only for September and October currently. The Canteen must have 2 to 3 adults per shift to run efficiently. If we have less than 2 persons, we will not open that day. This is a great opportunity to improve our student life. Please sign-up ASAP so we know how soon we can open the Canteen! The goal is to open on Tuesday, September 6th!

Questions? email [email protected]

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CAEAE2FAA8-ohscougar

Challenged Materials Review Committee 

Every year principals are asked to provide names of staff members, parents, and students who are willing and available to served on a Challenged Materials Review Committee if a departmental committee is needed.  Parent names would be randomly chosen by the division to serve if a central departmental committee is required to review a challenged material.  Parents may not be FCPS employees.  We are looking for two interested parents.  If you are interested, please fill out this form by Friday, September 2, 2022.  A student form will also be posted in schoology sites for any interested students who would wish to serve.  In the event a student is asked to serve, the school would be the person contacting the student.  Please see FCPS Regulation 3009 for a more detailed description.  

PTSA News and Information Oakton Pantry

Thank you to everyone who has already so generously helped the Pantry re-stock our shelves for this school year!  We were able to open our doors the first week of school and demand was high.  This week our greatest need is full size toiletry items (shampoo, body wash, deodorant) and snack pack items (microwaveable mac 'n cheese and ravioli, fruit snacks, granola bars, and small containers of shelf-stable milk and juice).  Donations can be dropped off in the front office during school hours.

We'd also like to take this time to give a huge belated shout-out to the Oakton Boys Lacrosse Team!  At their end of year banquet this past school year, team members and parents donated an incredible amount of toiletries.  They enabled us to send students off on summer break with a full set of supplies.  Thank you Boys Lacrosse for your generosity!

Cougar Kick-off:

Students interested in volunteering with the Pantry are encouraged to join the Pantry Club. Come find us at Cougar Kick-off to get membership information and to sign up.  Questions can be sent to [email protected].

Donation Drive at the 9/1 Game:

At this week's first home game on September 1, the Pantry will have a table set up where we will be accepting donations.  In addition to accepting non-perishable food, household supplies, and toiletries, we will also be accepting monetary donations.  Checks should be made payable to OHS PTSA with PANTRY DONATION written on the memo line.

Giant Food Bloomin' 4 Good Program

For the month of August the Oakton Pantry is the beneficiary of the Giant Food Bloomin' 4 Good Program.  For each specially marked $12.99 bouquet of flowers sold, the Oakton Pantry will be donated $1.00.  This is for the entire month of August at the Giant Food located at 9400 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, VA.  

Health and Wellness Emergency Resources

Crisis Link Regional Hotline            703-527-4077

Crisis Text                                       Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Dominion Hospital Emergency       703-536-2000

INOVA Emergency                         703-289-7560

Merrifield Center Emergency         703-573-5979  TTY dial 711

Life Threatening                             911

FCPS Cares

Do you know an Oakton High School or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected?  If so, then click here to share with everyone. 

Translate our Website 

Our Oakton HS website can be translated into multiple languages!  To do this you will see a globe, flags and the word "language" in the top left corner of our website.  Click there and you will be able to select your preferred language.  

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Principal Updates - August 22

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Important Dates 

August 22: First Day of School 

September 1: Cougar Kickoff

September 2: No School

September 5: No School, Labor Day 

September 8: Back to School Curriculum Website published 

September 26: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Religious & Cultural Observance Day - Rosh Hashanah

September 30: Homecoming Football Game

October 1: Homecoming Dance 

October 5: No School, Religious & Cultural Observance Day - Yom Kippur

October 10: Student Holiday/Staff Development Day - Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 12: PSAT/SAT Day (10th-12th Grade) 

October 24: No School, Religious & Cultural Observance Day - Diwali

October 28: End of 1st Quarter; 2 Hour Early Release

October 31: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday - Happy Halloween 

Welcome back to the start of the new school year!  It was great to see our students in the hallways and classrooms!  We are looking forward to a wonderful school year. 

Back to School Information Back to School Information

All of our back to school information is available on our website!   It was great to see so many new and familiar faces at our Open House Events.  We hope to see you again at our Cougar Kickoff on September 1.  

Kiss and Ride Traffic

This year our traffic patterns have changed.  All kiss and ride traffic will enter through the same entrance (near the softball field).  Parents will then travel all the way to the end and make a left passing in front of Door 1.  Parents are asked to continue all the way down to Door 3 and drop off students there.  That allows the maximum number of cars on campus and will create the most efficient traffic pattern.  Once dropped off, students may enter the building at Doors 3, 4, or 5 which are closest to the vast majority of classrooms at Oakton High School.  The following doors will be open for students at drop off: Doors: 1-7 and Door 17.  The other doors to the building will remain locked.  If you are dropping off after 8:10am, students will be able to access the building at Doors 1 and 7 by hitting the door bell and waiting to be buzzed in by the main office. 

Crossing Guard

During the renovation, we were provided with a police officer to assist at our four-way stop entrance/exit due to the severe limitations of our campus access.  However, with the renovation coming to a close we no longer have access to a police officer to assist with the four way stop.  The primary charge of a crossing guard is to ensure safe passage of students across the street.  She will be doing limited traffic direction. 

Back to School Curriculum Website - September  8, 2022

On Thursday, September 8 we will launch our Back to School Curriculum website.  This will include a formal video presentation from each teacher that will outline for their course: 

  • An overview of the curriculum 
  • A review of any pertinent classroom procedures/routines
  • An explanation of grading and assessment
  • An explanation of how students can access work from an absence 

This allows families to review presentations at the date/time that is suitable for them and ensures that everyone is able to access information for all of their child's courses with no conflicts.  

FCPS Updated Cell Phone Policy 

An important update made to the Student Rights & Responsibilities document (SR&R) for the coming school year is the regulation to prohibit cell phone use in classrooms. Students will not be permitted to use their cell phones during class unless permitted by the teacher for instructional purposes. We acknowledge this new policy will be a shift for many students and families this year, but research shows that managing phone use during class time will support students’ attention and ability to fully engage in their learning.  Schools are partnering with parents to have students understand the importance of putting their phones away to minimize distractions during class.  Please talk to your child(ren) before the start of the school year about these expectations for this upcoming school year.  Families may also review the parental controls available for all iPhone and Android users.

Laptop Distribution

Students should have received their laptop during their advisory class today.  If a student has an issue with their laptop, our technology specialists will be available  during all lunches to assist.  If a student was absent, they should first check with their advisory teacher and then go to the Technology Office, room 2410.  

PTSA News and Information Oakton Pantry

Welcome back, Cougars! The Pantry (room 1213) is available to all Oakton students and their families in need. 

ITEMS AVAILABLE: 

* non-perishable food such as cereal, oatmeal, granola bars, pasta, mac 'n cheese, fruit cups, and canned tuna and chicken

* feminine hygiene products (pads)

* household supplies such as laundry detergent, paper towels, and toilet paper

* personal hygiene items such as shampoo, deodorant, body wash, lotion, toothpaste and toothbrushes

* school supplies including backpacks, notebooks, spirals, folders, pencils, and pens 

HOW TO SHOP:

* Open shopping time: the Pantry holds open shopping time on Thursdays from 2:55 - 3:30 PM -- no appointment needed, just stop by.  

* Curbside grocery pick-up: we offer curbside pick-up of pre-packed groceries outside of Door 4 on Thursdays, from 3:30 - 4 PM.

* By appointment: students are welcome to reach out to their counselor to arrange a specific time to pick up food during the school day.

*Snack packs: breakfast and lunch/dinner snack packs are stocked in all teacher workrooms and the front office. Students can request a snack pack from their teacher or their counselor.

* E-mail: students and families can send an email to [email protected] to request help. 

HOW TO DONATE:

* Donated items can be brought to the front office any time during school hours. To see a list of our most-needed items, please visit our website at oaktonpantry.com. We no longer use an Amazon wish list.

* We also accept monetary donations. Please make checks payable to OHS PTSA and write PANTRY DONATIONS on the memo line.

HOW TO VOLUNTEER:

* Pantry Club: students are welcome to join our Pantry Club. For more information and to sign up, please send an email to [email protected].

* Parents and community members: We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities, from working at the school to helping occasionally from home. For more information, please send an email to [email protected].

Giant Food Bloomin' 4 Good Program

This month the Oakton Pantry is the beneficiary of the Giant Food Bloomin' 4 Good Program.  For each specially marked $12.99 bouquet of flowers sold, the Oakton Pantry will be donated $1.00.  This is for the entire month of August at the Giant Food located at 9400 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, VA.  

Health and Wellness Emergency Resources

Crisis Link Regional Hotline            703-527-4077

Crisis Text                                       Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Dominion Hospital Emergency       703-536-2000

INOVA Emergency                         703-289-7560

Merrifield Center Emergency         703-573-5979  TTY dial 711

Life Threatening                             911

FCPS Cares

Do you know an Oakton High School or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected?  If so, then click here to share with everyone. 

Translate our Website 

Our Oakton HS website can be translated into multiple languages!  To do this you will see a globe, flags and the word "language" in the top left corner of our website.  Click there and you will be able to select your preferred language.  

How to Modify or Unsubscribe to the Newsletter

To modify your membership to our messages (or to add yourself to the Oakton High School Athletics list!) you can manage your subscription to Oakton HS messages online.

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Principal Updates - August 15

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Important Dates 

August 16: Fall Sports Parent Night 

August 18: Student Schedules Available (StudentVue/ParentVue); Freshmen/New Student Orientation; Back to School Open House

August 19: Back to School Open House 

August 22: First Day of School 

September 1: Cougar Kickoff

September 2: No School

September 5: No School, Labor Day 

September 8: Back to School Curriculum Website published 

September 26: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Religious & Cultural Observance Day - Rosh Hashanah

September 30: Homecoming Football Game

October 1: Homecoming Dance 

October 5: No School, Religious & Cultural Observance Day - Yom Kippur

October 10: Student Holiday/Staff Development Day - Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 12: PSAT/SAT Day (10th-12th Grade) 

October 24: No School, Religious & Cultural Observance Day - Diwali

October 28: End of 1st Quarter; 2 Hour Early Release

October 31: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday - Happy Halloween 

Back to School Information Back to School Information

All of our back to school information was posted last Thursday and emailed out to all families.  Please see our website for all the information you need to feel prepared for the start of the year!   We hope to see you at our upcoming back to school events!  

Back to School Curriculum Website - September  8, 2022

On Thursday, September 8 we will launch our Back to School Curriculum website.  This will include a formal video presentation from each teacher that will outline for their course: 

  • An overview of the curriculum 
  • A review of any pertinent classroom procedures/routines
  • An explanation of grading and assessment
  • An explanation of how students can access work from an absence 

This allows families to review presentations at the date/time that is suitable for them and ensures that everyone is able to access information for all of their child's courses with no conflicts.  

FCPS Updated Cell Phone Policy 

An important update made to the Student Rights & Responsibilities document (SR&R) for the coming school year is the regulation to prohibit cell phone use in classrooms. Students will not be permitted to use their cell phones during class unless permitted by the teacher for instructional purposes. We acknowledge this new policy will be a shift for many students and families this year, but research shows that managing phone use during class time will support students’ attention and ability to fully engage in their learning.  Schools are partnering with parents to have students understand the importance of putting their phones away to minimize distractions during class.  Please talk to your child(ren) before the start of the school year about these expectations for this upcoming school year.  Families may also review the parental controls available for all iPhone and Android users.

Laptop Distribution

On the first day of school students will attend advisory as their first period class.  The period rotation for the day will be Periods 3, 1, 5, 7.  We will resume our normal burgundy day period rotation of (1, 3, 5, 7) on Wednesday August 24.  During this advisory period, all students will receive their FCPSOn laptop device.  

Back to School Parent Coffee 

To ensure that all families feel prepared for the start of school, we will offer a Parent Coffee via Zoom on Friday, August 19 at 8:00am.  This is a chance for anyone who is unable to attend the open houses opportunities a chance to ask questions and seek clarification.  A link for this parent coffee will be emailed out on Thursday, August 18.  

Summer Information Summer Meal Service

Summer meal kits will be offered on Tuesdays at several locations through August 9. Meal kits contain seven days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. All meals are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under. Pick up locations and times have recently been updated. Visit our Meals for Students website for more details.  

Summer Learning Activities

While our primary objective for students over the summer is to relax and recharge, we do have a few optional summer activities for students posted on our website.  

https://oaktonhs.fcps.edu/announcements/summer-activities

Tutor.com Summer Access

Oakton students will continue to have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com this summer. Students are able to use Tutor.com to review and/or practice in subject areas of interest or need. Students may also choose to access other tools such as practice quizzes in a variety of subject areas, as well as self-paced study courses for SAT and ACT preparation.

Details about how students can access Tutor.com through archived courses in Schoology are provided in Summer Access at Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services. Students enrolled in summer Credit Recovery Academy, Online Campus, Online Economics and Personal Finance, and TJHSST summer courses will be able to access Tutor.com via their active summer course in Schoology.

Health and Wellness Emergency Resources

Crisis Link Regional Hotline            703-527-4077

Crisis Text                                       Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Dominion Hospital Emergency       703-536-2000

INOVA Emergency                         703-289-7560

Merrifield Center Emergency         703-573-5979  TTY dial 711

Life Threatening                             911

Immunization Requirement – Rising 12th Graders

There was a new immunization requirement for rising 12th graders for this school year that we want to ensure all rising 12th grade families are aware.    Effective July 1, 2021, all students entering twelfth grade are required to receive one dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) administered at age 16 or older, and prior to the beginning of school.  Twelfth grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Meningococcal documentation. 

Please provide one of the following documents to Oakton High School as soon as possible:

  • An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the Meningococcal vaccine at age 16 or older.
  • A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Meningococcal vaccine was given at age 16 or older.
  • A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  • A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/certificate_religious_exemption.pdf

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online or by calling 703-246-2411.

The needed documentation can be provided to the school in one of the following ways: 

  1. Scanned and emailed to the school at [email protected] 
  2. Mailed to the school, Attn: Jill Hendelman
  3. Dropped off in the Main Office, Attn: Jill Hendelman

Please contact Jill Hendelman at 703-319-2810 if you have any questions.

Be Wise, Immunize! Required Vaccines for 2022-23 School Year

Vaccinations are required for public school entry and help keep students protected from serious diseases. Many children missed their well check-ups and their recommended childhood vaccinations over recent years because of disruptions from COVID-19. It is critical to catch up now to keep children healthy and ready for school. Check with your students’ health care providers now to make sure they are up to date on their vaccines.

Appointments are required for most vaccination clinics. Don’t wait until the last minute when you might not be able to find an appointment. Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for a schedule of clinics or schedule with your family’s health care provider.

Remember to request documentation of your child’s immunizations to provide to their school. More information on immunization requirements and the necessary documentation is available online.

Upcoming Vaccination Clinic 

Herndon/Reston District Office 1850 Cameron Glen Drive, Suite 100, Reston, VA 20190-3310

  • Friday, August 19, 1-4 p.m.

Appointments are required, call 703-246-7100.

You will need to bring to your appointment: 

PTSA News and Information

The PTSA is looking for a co-vice president and a co-secretary. If you're interested, please send an email to [email protected].

The PTSA is interested to hear concerns and ideas for the new school year, please send concerns and suggestions to the same email address.

Staff, parents and students the PTSA is looking forward to having all of you as PTSA members to support the work at Oakton H.S.

Please go to the PTSA website if you're interested in becoming a member.

https://oaktonhsptsa.ptboard.com

Oakton Pantry

Please help us re-stock the Pantry for the new school year!  There are many ways to donate.  We accept non-perishable food items, personal hygiene supplies, household goods, and monetary donations.  Items may be dropped off in the front office any time during school hours.  For monetary donations, please make checks payable to OHS PTSA and put PANTRY DONATION on the memo line.  

We will also be accepting donations this week during the Thursday Open House -- just look for the Pantry table.  

To learn more about the Pantry, including our most needed items, please visit our website at https://oaktonpantry.com/ (copy and paste link).  Thank you!

Giant Food Bloomin' 4 Good Program

This month the Oakton Pantry is the beneficiary of the Giant Food Bloomin' 4 Good Program.  For each specially marked $12.99 bouquet of flowers sold, the Oakton Pantry will be donated $1.00.  This is for the entire month of August at the Giant Food located at 9400 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, VA.  

FCPS Cares

Do you know an Oakton High School or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected?  If so, then click here to share with everyone. 

Translate our Website 

Our Oakton HS website can be translated into multiple languages!  To do this you will see a globe, flags and the word "language" in the top left corner of our website.  Click there and you will be able to select your preferred language.  

How to Modify or Unsubscribe to the Newsletter

To modify your membership to our messages (or to add yourself to the Oakton High School Athletics list!) you can manage your subscription to Oakton HS messages online.

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Principal Updates - August 8

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Important Dates 

August 9-10: 9th Grade Jump Start Program (see below) 

August 10: Parking Applications due 

August 16: Fall Sports Parent Night 

August 18: Student Schedules Available (StudentVue/ParentVue); Freshmen/New Student Orientation; Back to School Open House

August 19: Back to School Open House 

August 22: First Day of School 

September 1: Cougar Kickoff

September 2: No School

September 5: No School, Labor Day 

September 8: Back to School Curriculum Website published 

September 26: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Religious & Cultural Observance Day - Rosh Hashanah

September 30: Homecoming Football Game

October 1: Homecoming Dance 

October 5: No School, Religious & Cultural Observance Day - Yom Kippur

October 10: Student Holiday/Staff Development Day - Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 12: PSAT/SAT Day (10th-12th Grade) 

October 24: No School, Religious & Cultural Observance Day - Diwali

October 28: End of 1st Quarter; 2 Hour Early Release

October 31: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday - Happy Halloween 

Back to School Information Back to School Information

All of our back to school information was posted last Thursday and emailed out to all families.  Please see our website for all the information you need to feel prepared for the start of the year!  

9th Grade Jump Start Program - August 9-10, 8:30am-12:00pm 

We are looking forward to seeing all the 9th graders that registered!   

Back to School Curriculum Website - September  8, 2022

On Thursday, September 8 we will launch our Back to School Curriculum website.  This will include a formal video presentation from each teacher that will outline for their course: 

  • An overview of the curriculum 
  • A review of any pertinent classroom procedures/routines
  • An explanation of grading and assessment
  • An explanation of how students can access work from an absence 

This allows families to review presentations at the date/time that is suitable for them and ensures that everyone is able to access information for all of their child's courses with no conflicts.  

Student Parking Permit Applications 

This year we will accept parking applications from juniors and seniors. Seniors will be given first priority. If the number of senior applications we receive exceeds the number of available student spaces, we will assign spots based on a lottery system to seniors only. If all seniors who apply receive a space and there are still spots to fill, we will hold a lottery for the juniors that have applied. The application can be found here and hard copies are also available in the main office. If you download the document it is a fillable form. All applications are due by 3:00pm on August 10 and must be submitted to Ms. Manilli in the main office. We will only accept hard copies of the application. If after reading through all of the documents thoroughly you have questions, please email Ms. Landis at [email protected]

Applications and the above information can also be found on our Oakton HS website under announcements for you to access.  

Summer Information Summer Meal Service

Summer meal kits will be offered on Tuesdays at several locations through August 9. Meal kits contain seven days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. All meals are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under. Pick up locations and times have recently been updated. Visit our Meals for Students website for more details.  

Summer Learning Activities

While our primary objective for students over the summer is to relax and recharge, we do have a few optional summer activities for students posted on our website.  

https://oaktonhs.fcps.edu/announcements/summer-activities

Tutor.com Summer Access

Oakton students will continue to have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com this summer. Students are able to use Tutor.com to review and/or practice in subject areas of interest or need. Students may also choose to access other tools such as practice quizzes in a variety of subject areas, as well as self-paced study courses for SAT and ACT preparation.

Details about how students can access Tutor.com through archived courses in Schoology are provided in Summer Access at Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services. Students enrolled in summer Credit Recovery Academy, Online Campus, Online Economics and Personal Finance, and TJHSST summer courses will be able to access Tutor.com via their active summer course in Schoology.

Health and Wellness Emergency Resources

Crisis Link Regional Hotline            703-527-4077

Crisis Text                                       Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Dominion Hospital Emergency       703-536-2000

INOVA Emergency                         703-289-7560

Merrifield Center Emergency         703-573-5979  TTY dial 711

Life Threatening                             911

Immunization Requirement – Rising 12th Graders

There was a new immunization requirement for rising 12th graders for this school year that we want to ensure all rising 12th grade families are aware.    Effective July 1, 2021, all students entering twelfth grade are required to receive one dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) administered at age 16 or older, and prior to the beginning of school.  Twelfth grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Meningococcal documentation. 

Please provide one of the following documents to Oakton High School as soon as possible:

  • An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the Meningococcal vaccine at age 16 or older.
  • A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Meningococcal vaccine was given at age 16 or older.
  • A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  • A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/certificate_religious_exemption.pdf

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online or by calling 703-246-2411.

The needed documentation can be provided to the school in one of the following ways: 

  1. Scanned and emailed to the school at [email protected] 
  2. Mailed to the school, Attn: Jill Hendelman
  3. Dropped off in the Main Office, Attn: Jill Hendelman

Please contact Jill Hendelman at 703-319-2810 if you have any questions.

Be Wise, Immunize! Required Vaccines for 2022-23 School Year

Vaccinations are required for public school entry and help keep students protected from serious diseases. Many children missed their well check-ups and their recommended childhood vaccinations over recent years because of disruptions from COVID-19. It is critical to catch up now to keep children healthy and ready for school. Check with your students’ health care providers now to make sure they are up to date on their vaccines.

Appointments are required for most vaccination clinics. Don’t wait until the last minute when you might not be able to find an appointment. Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for a schedule of clinics or schedule with your family’s health care provider.

Remember to request documentation of your child’s immunizations to provide to their school. More information on immunization requirements and the necessary documentation is available online.

Upcoming Vaccination Clinic 

Herndon/Reston District Office 1850 Cameron Glen Drive, Suite 100, Reston, VA 20190-3310

  • Friday, August 19, 1-4 p.m.

Appointments are required, call 703-246-7100.

You will need to bring to your appointment: 

PTSA News and Information

The PTSA is looking for a co-vice president and a co-secretary. If you're interested, please send an email to [email protected].

The PTSA is interested to hear concerns and ideas for the new school year, please send concerns and suggestions to the same email address.

Staff, parents and students the PTSA is looking forward to having all of you as PTSA members to support the work at Oakton H.S.

Please go to the PTSA website if you're interested in becoming a member.

https://oaktonhsptsa.ptboard.com

Oakton Pantry

The Pantry is almost ready to begin receiving donations for the new school year.  Please see next week's Principal Updates for more details.

We would love to expand our group of volunteers.  We have a range of needs, including some jobs that can be done on your own time at home.  If you'd like more information about how you can help us, please send an email to [email protected].

Giant Food Bloomin' 4 Good Program

This month the Oakton Pantry is the beneficiary of the Giant Food Bloomin' 4 Good Program.  For each specially marked $12.99 bouquet of flowers sold, the Oakton Pantry will be donated $1.00.  This is for the entire month of August at the Giant Food located at 9400 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, VA.  

FCPS Cares

Do you know an Oakton High School or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected?  If so, then click here to share with everyone. 

Translate our Website 

Our Oakton HS website can be translated into multiple languages!  To do this you will see a globe, flags and the word "language" in the top left corner of our website.  Click there and you will be able to select your preferred language.  

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