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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.
Please use this link to access the application guidance and deadlines from FCPS.
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
- 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
- Wednesday, January 18, 6:30pm in the Auditorium
- Monday, March 27, 6:30pm in the Auditorium
- 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
January 10 & 31
February 14 & 21
March 6 & 20
April 17 & 24
June 6Underclassmen 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-schoolsHealth 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 911Safety 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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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
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.
(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.
- 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
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
- Stefan Mascoll: Coordinator Student Safety and Wellness, Fairfax County Public Schools
- Joan Lee: Educational Specialist, School Counseling Services, Fairfax County Public Schools
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