Cougar Connection

Oakton HS Student Services Newsletter: September 2021

Welcome Back Cougars

Hello Cougars! Welcome back! Now that the school year is well underway, we can all take a deep breath. We are excited to see our students in person and it's been a blast catching up with everyone. The Counseling Department has been hopping with activity such as welcoming new families, assisting with new student orientation and ensuring that each student has the correct schedule for the year. We are excited about the year ahead as we implement a comprehensive counseling curriculum and develop new programs and initiatives for our community. It's going to be a fabulous year!

Back to School Info

In case you missed it, Ms. Lane has provided a lot of important updates and information for Back to School. Please check out it here.


All students should now have a school laptop. If this is not the case, please let your counselor know. Also, school breakfast and lunch meals are free this year. Learn more here. For the Free and/or Reduced Lunch Application, please apply here.

Schedule Changes

We have finalized our master schedule for the upcoming school year. Our staffing decisions and the number of courses offered are based on the classes students selected during the registration period last school year. 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.

Timeline for Schedule Changes:

  • August 19-September 8: School counselors will make requested schedule changes based on space availability

  • September 20-November 5 (end of 1st quarter): No schedule changes

  • After November 8: Any student requesting a schedule change will need to fill out the schedule change request form, with permission from 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.

For any questions you may have, contact your child’s counselor.

Class of 2022 - Immunization Requirement Reminder

There is a new immunization requirement for rising 12th graders for the 2021-2022 school year. Effective July 1, 2021, all students entering twelfth grade will be 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 OaktonHSOffice@fcps.edu
  1. Mailed to the school, Attn: Jill Hendelman
  2. Dropped off in the Main Office, Attn: Jill Hendleman

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

Transportation Information

Parents/guardians should review their ParentVue account for updated bus route assignment information after August 10, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact your Oakton's transportation office point of contact.

The Pantry

Created in partnership with the PTSA, the Oakton Pantry is available for all families to use throughout the school year. No questions will be asked and there is no need to qualify. The Pantry distributes food, school supplies, personal hygiene products and household cleaning supplies.


Family pick up is Thursday from 3:30-4:30pm

Students can access the Pantry every Thursday from 2:50-3:30pm


Families can follow on the Oakton Pantry social media accounts including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!


The Pantry cannot run without the support of the generous Oakton community. Donations can be dropped off at the main office and/or ordered through the Amazon Wish List. Thank you for your continued support and generosity!

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Student Services Highlights

JumpStart and New Student Orientation

To kick off the start of the school year, school counselors were able to greet and meet their new freshmen with a brief introduction to high school and the transition back to school to ninth grade students that attended JumpStart in early August. We also greeted and met our new students at New Student Orientation and provided an overall of Oakton.

Grade Level Class Meetings

During the first and second week of school, counselors joined administrators in welcoming students back through grade level meetings during advisory. Counselors provided important upcoming dates and activities that are planned for the year. We are encouraging students to stay connected through their grade level schoology group.

Mental Health Moment

Each month, we publish a Mental Health Moment that focuses on a mental health topic for students. This month, we are focusing on building trust and making connections as we transition back to school. Trust is an important component for developing meaningful relationships in school with both school staff and peers. Read more here.

Class of 2022 Updates

Post-secondary Planning with Seniors

Hello Class of 2022 Families! School counselors provided a Post-secondary Planning Lesson that included the college application process to seniors through US Government classes on August 31 and September 1. Students who are not enrolled in US Government will have access to the lesson through Schoology.


All seniors will meet with their counselors individually in the month of September. Each counselor has an appointment calendar that students will use to schedule their 30 minute meeting. During the meeting, graduation requirements and post-secondary plans will be reviewed.


In addition, college application workshops will be offered throughout the fall. The first ones of the year are scheduled after school on September 8 and 22 in the college and career center. Students may register for them here.


Transcript Request & Senior Profile Information

Senior Parent Night

We welcome you to attend our virtual Senior Parent Night Presentation on Thursday, September 9th 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Please RSVP to this event using this form. You will receive an email on September 9 with a link to the Zoom session. If you are unable to join us, do not worry. 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.

College & Career Center Updates

Seniors and juniors, college admissions rep visits will be both in person and virtual this year. Students may register on Naviance for these college visits.


One of the primary resources students and parents have access is Naviance, which is a career and college planning tool. To access Naviance, please click here.


Students, please be on the lookout for email blasts from Mr. McClam with college updates, scholarship opportunities, and more. For more information, please contact Mr. McClam at emcclam@fcps.edu.

Upcoming Events

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The PSAT

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is pleased to announce plans to offer the Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) to students in grades 10-11 on October 13, 2021. A PSAT/NMSQT Testing Notification letter is posted online along with translations. All sophomores and juniors will automatically be registered to take the PSAT/NMSQT.


For more information, check out Oakton's FAQs.

The SAT

Oakton is hosting the SAT School Day on October 13, 2021 for seniors wanting to take the SAT. The test is free of charge, but it requires you to locally register for the test through this form by SEPTEMBER 8, 2021. You do not need to register through the College Board for SAT School Day tests (just through the form provided); however, you will need an account to access your score. Information on creating College Board accounts can be found here.

To learn more about the SAT School Day and to get a free practice test, please download your own copy of the SAT School Day Student Guide.


Note that the School Day test at Oakton High School will not have an essay option or subject tests.

National Suicide Prevention Week

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. We are encouraging students to participate in Suicide Prevention Week September 5 - 11 by wearing purple or teal. While mental health is becoming easier to discuss, it is important to recognize and acknowledge suicide and to deepen the conversation. Together our team of clinicians, school counselors, administrators, and teachers, are here to support students. We are available to work with families and to provide resources.


Mental Health Resources and Emergency Services Information

Parent Resources

Stay Connected

We encourage all students and parents to connect with Oakton through a number of ways.



  1. Ensure you are receiving email notifications from News You Choose including Principal Update emails that are sent out each Monday at 5:30pm.
  2. Access ParentVue and Schoology to access student information. For assistance with accessing a ParentVue account, please contact Ms. Jill Hendelman at jhendelman@fcps.edu.
  3. Follow various social media accounts:
  • Instagram: @oaktoncounselors, @oaktonhs
  • Twitter: @OaktonHS, @OaktonAthletics


FCPS Calendar


FCPS COVID-19 Dashboard


FCPS Health and Safety Document


Oakton Athletics


Technology Support

Free Parent Webinars

FCPS offers a variety of free parent webinars. Check out past and upcoming webinars here. In the month of September, webinar topics include

  • 5 Ways to Stop Anxiety, Power Struggles, & Behavior Issues: A Webinar for Families
  • Military-Connected Students and School Transition: A Family Webinar
  • How to Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills Without All the Arguments This School Year

Student Services Spotlight

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Mr. Quentin Bade

I grew up in New York and obtained my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Alfred University where I also played football for four years. I went to the graduate school counseling program at Marymount University. In my free time I enjoy hiking, playing/watching sports (mainly football & baseball), and discovering new places to eat. This is my first year as a school counselor! I did my yearlong internship in Arlington Public Schools at Wakefield High School. I became a school counselor because I always knew I wanted my career to involve helping others. I always remembered the positive impact my high school counselor had on me. Through various summer jobs and internships, I found that working with kids was a true passion of mine. I wanted to be a support for others to create change the way my counselor did for me. I am very excited to begin this journey here at Oakton!