Student Services Newsletter: September 2019
Welcome Back Cougars!
Last year, Student Services began posting monthly newsletters that were available on the Oakton website. We hope to continue to connect with our community this year. The purpose of the newsletter is to share the activities and events that we offer as well as provide resources for students and parents. We enthusiastically look forward to a great year with you all.
Stay informed with Student Services
Google Classrooms for Juniors and Seniors: School Counseling Resources
Student Services Highlights
New Student Orientation and Cougar Kick-off
On August 22, Oakton's leadership students and sponsors hosted Oakton's annual Cougar Kick-off that highlighted over 70 clubs and organizations that students can join. Students were able to sign up with clubs as well as handle housekeeping items such as purchasing PE uniforms and checking in with their counselor regarding schedules.
New this year, all seniors have been invited to the School Counseling Department's Google Classroom. On this site, seniors can access all of the required forms, college updates, checklists, and much more. We encourage all seniors to review the site for more information.
Missed Senior Parent Night? Both the presentation and video of the program is available here: https://oaktonhs.fcps.edu/index.php/student-services/programs-presentations-forms
Freshman Parent Meeting
Schedule Change Update
Our staffing decisions and the number of courses offered were based on the classes students selected during the registration period. To maintain the best possible program for our students and one that is most responsive to their educational needs, schedule changes will be limited to space available. Below is the timeline for schedule changes for this school year.
Timeline for Schedule Changes:
- August 28 - September 16: School counselors will make schedule change requests based on space available
- September 17 - November 1 (end of 1st quarter): No schedule changes
- After November 6: Any student requesting a schedule change will need to fill out the schedule change request form, signed by parent, student, teacher, school counselor and administrator. If approved by the administration, schedule changes will only be processed if there is space available.
- There will not be any schedule changes, regardless of space available, after the end of the 3rd quarter.
Mental Health & Resiliency Resources
Discover the foundation for building solid mental health and resiliency. FCPS offers a wealth of information and resources for students and parents on wellness and safety tips. It may be helpful to review strategies to help your student develop effective stress management techniques and grit. Check out the link for more information:
FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will host its sixth annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, at Fairfax High School in partnership with Inova and Kaiser Permanente. More information can be found here.
National Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month
The School Counseling Department would like to show our support in celebrating National Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month.
This is an excerpt from https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/:
"Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period."
Meet Dr. Jessica Vilbas
Jessica Vilbas has worked in the education field for twelve years. Jessica is excited for her first year at Oakton! Previously, she was an elementary teacher, elementary school counselor, and an enrollment advisor for a university.
Jessica earned a Bachelor of Arts from Lycoming College in Psychology and Elementary Education, and she earned a Master of Arts and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education from George Mason University specializing in Counseling & Development.
Jessica enjoys cooking, baking, and exercising with her two kids. She became a school counselor because she wants to help students enjoy learning and succeed in school.
Fall Luau Brain Break - October 3, 2019
Throughout the year, school counselors will be offering different activities and breaks during the Flex Cougar Times. Students will have an opportunity to relieve a little stress from their day.
PSAT - October 16, 2019
New Student Event - October 17, 2019
ALCANZA College Fair @ George Mason University - October 23, 2019
This is a school-sponsored field trip and students will attend from 9am until 1:30pm. The first 80 students who return the field trip permission form to the Career Center are eligible to attend.
To obtain a field trip form, please see Ms. Banbury in the Career Center, T-35. The deadline is October 9, 2019 at 1pm.
Angst Documentary at Oakton - October 28, 2019
Oakton High School, in cooperation with the PTSA, will be presenting the movie Angst on Monday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the school auditorium.
Angst is an IndieFlix Original, a documentary designed to raise awareness around anxiety. The film includes interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts, parents and a special interview with Michael Phelps.
The goal specifically is to help people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourage them to reach out for help.
Stay tuned for more information.
Legos & Eggos Brain Break - October 30, 2019
AP Exam Registration Information
Important AP Exam Information
October 25 - Deadline to return the opt-out form. Forms must be returned directly to Ms. Buscemi, Ms. Warehime or Ms. Calvello in T-31.
This is the last day to also turn in the non-enrolled exam form.
National Education and Health Awareness in October
College & Career Center News
College & Career Center Updates
Parent Access to Naviance Student
You can have access to Naviance Student too. Please follow the instructions listed here:
Admission Representative Visits
Students must register for the visits prior to the appointment time through Naviance Student. They can either print out or screenshot the registration confirmation, which will serve as a pass out of class.
Students can also see a hard copy of the college visit calendar located outside the Aux Gym, across from the football office. A daily reminder email of the colleges visiting that day is also being sent.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
The Career Center also posts weekly updates to the scholarship lists. The list includes both national and local scholarships. We strongly encourage seniors to check the Student Services Class of 2020 Google Classroom and Naviance Student.
All students are strongly encouraged to check their emails regularly for Career Center updates, which include rep visits, programs, enrichment programs and job opportunities.
FCPS College Fair
Sunday, Oct. 20th, 7:30-9:30pm
11750 Fair Oaks Mall
All FCPS students are invited to attend the annual College Fair at Fair Oaks Mall. This event typically hosts 400 colleges. It is a great event to start the college research process.
Summer College Application Boot Camp
July 30 - August 1, 2019 at James Madison High School
Admissions representatives from the University of Georgia, the University of Missouri, Indiana University and George Mason University offered their expertise on the college application process and best practices on submitting applications.