End of Year Presentations of Learning

May 29, 2018

The end of the year is rapidly approaching.  In an effort to ensure everyone understands what is going on, we wanted to take a moment to share with you all the exciting things that will be happening in the last few weeks of school.  Below you will find an outline and descriptions for all of the culminating activities that will be occurring. If you have questions about the end-of-year calendar or activities, please contact Assistant Principal, Martha Rodeheaver, at myrodeheaver@fcps.edu.



Jamie S. Lane



Upcoming Culminating Activities of Learning for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors


June 4 - June 7:

Final exams and culminating class activities for underclassmen are scheduled from June 4 through June 7.

The full schedule is on our website.

There is no school on June 8 due to our graduation ceremony.


June 11 - June 14

From Monday, June 11, through Thursday, June 14, the entire school will focus on Presentations of Learning. Students will present through their Advisory classes to an interdisciplinary panel of faculty members and a class of their peers. Throughout the PoL days, when students are not scheduled to present or observe, they will participate in several learning experiences tailored to their needs at each grade level.  

  • Freshman seminars: POL Feedback & Critique Sessions; Assessing your digital footprint; School Culture Session; Student Resources

  • Sophomore seminars: POL Feedback & Critique Sessions; Assessing your digital footprint; School Culture Session; Student Resources; Preparing for Capstone

  • Junior seminars: School Culture Session; Student Resources; Stress Management; Common Application; Senior Profile


What is a Presentation of Learning (PoL)?

Oakton’s Presentations of Learning are personalized, reflective presentations through which students develop their skills in self-awareness, critical thinking, communication, creativity, and citizenship.  After weeks of standardized assessments, students will have the opportunity to represent their individual growth toward the attributes and skills expressed in the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate. Presentations of Learning constitute half of students’ final exam grades in English and/or social studies courses, and/or science courses so preparation for and attendance on PoL days are essential.  


PoL Daily Schedule

See the PoL Schedule on our website!


Schedule for the week of June 11

We have school Thursday and Friday after our PoLs – check out the full calendar on our website.  This is a chance for our students to touch base with their teachers one final time before the school year ends.  

Our schedules on Monday through Thursday have students released at 12:05 each day, and Friday we will end classes at 10:10. There will be a grab-and-go lunch Monday through Thursday, and no lunch on Friday.


The Background on PoL

Beginning with the freshman class in 2012, students at Oakton High School have concluded each school year by sharing personalized, reflective presentations on the significance of their learning for a panel of teachers and their peers.  These end-of-year presentations look different at each grade level:

  • Freshmen reflect on their learning across the disciplines and how that learning has contributed to personal growth.  Students share their presentations in a gallery walk exhibition for peers and teachers in a classroom setting.

  • Sophomores will identify a science related topic and explain its historical, economic, and social significance through an original infographic.

  • Juniors present their individual Capstone research and what they have learned about their topics and themselves as a result of extended inquiry.

  • Seniors participate in an exit interview in which they describe the scope and impact of their Capstone projects, and they reflect on how this culminating experience contributed to their growth as citizens. Seniors arrange their own interviews in May and early June.

Oakton faculty members from across all disciplines participate in the evaluation of these Presentations of Learning— because the individual growth of our students as learners and citizens matters to the entire school.