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The State of Oakton’s Mental Health

Jake Neuffer, Staff Writer
October 3, 2016
Filed under InDepth, Uncategorized

Mental health is something that is increasingly on the minds of students and education professionals. But it’s still far from reaching the level of awareness it deserves. According the 2012 National Survey of School Counselors, the recommended counselor to student ratio is 250:1. In that same ye...

Trials and Transitions

Trials and Transitions

September 29, 2016
Filed under Feature, InDepth, Oakton students

Exploring the adjustments at each grade level    The beginning of a new school year is always an exciting time. Students gather new supplies, new outfits, and take on a new attitude towards a new grade level. When we are younger, each grade may bring a few new aspects, however, during high school...

The new faces of America’s bills

The new faces of America’s bills

Ishika Jain
April 21, 2016
Filed under InDepth, Web exclusive

America's bills are set on a schedule to constantly get redesigned to implement better anti-counterfeit technology. In June of 2015, the Treasury Department announced that it would redesign the bill to highlight women in response to requests to include gender diversity in America's money. The Treasury...

What you need to know about the pay gap if you are a woman in the work force

What you need to know about the pay gap if you are a woman in the work force

Veda Bhatia
April 19, 2016
Filed under InDepth, Web exclusive

On April 12, 2016, the nation celebrated Equal Pay Day. Equal Pay Day was founded by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as an event to demonstrate the pay gap between women and men. The date symbolizes how far into the year women must work in order to earn what men were paid the year...

What Is the Cultural Festival?

What Is the Cultural Festival?

Ishika Jain
March 18, 2016
Filed under InDepth, Web exclusive

As the cultural festival approaches, the question, “What is the purpose of the Cultural Festival?” has been brought up many times. Students are not sure if it is a day for people to show their talents or a day to embrace their culture at Oakton. According to Mr. Lee-the person behind the Cultural Fe...

Voluntourism: an act of nobility or narcissism?

Voluntourism: an act of nobility or narcissism?

Kathryn Tatum
January 20, 2016
Filed under InDepth, Opinion, Web exclusive

Have you ever stopped to question whether people who volunteer abroad are doing more harm than good? Many people point to “voluntourism” as an example of privileged people using volunteering to address their own needs and not those of the group in need. Voluntourism is a booming business charging...

Trump and Technology

Trump and Technology

Aidan Kuester
November 11, 2015
Filed under InDepth

With the introduction of controversial candidates like Donald Trump the 2016 Presidential race has seen the rise of a new political kingpin: Twitter. Twitter, in its simplest form, is a platform that allows millions of Americans to spew whatever information they want to at any time to the internet. If...

Online Textbooks

Online Textbooks

Arthur Kennington
October 28, 2015
Filed under InDepth

This school year has brought the return of online textbooks, but it also has left students with conflicted feelings about the best medium for studying. Teachers find that online textbooks are a way to give students the freedom to use their technology in and outside of class and lessen the hassle of carrying...

The new and improved gradebook

The new and improved gradebook

Ishika Jain
October 28, 2015
Filed under InDepth

Fairfax County recently implemented a new Student Information System (SIS), as well as ParentVue, a parent portal. Parents now have the ability to monitor their child’s attendance, grades, course history (from elementary school to their current grade), and upcoming homework, due dates, tests, and qui...

ISIS and Technology

aliciakay
October 28, 2015
Filed under InDepth

Terrorism has entered the 21st century, and is expertly spreading its lies and propaganda in 140 characters or fewer. Recruitment is essential for a growing organization with big plans such as ISIS. And what better group to focus recruitment on than the impressionable younger generation? ISIS is ut...

Managing the Chaos

Jenna Colturi
October 28, 2015
Filed under InDepth

As deadlines to submit college and scholarship applications creep closer and closer, students are given more and more advice. More often than not, this encouragement and guidance comes from those who haven’t seen applications since they had to be filled out by hand. Times have changed and the only...

The realities of being transgender

The realities of being transgender

Andrew Lokay
June 15, 2015
Filed under Feature, InDepth

Learn more about a commonly misunderstood topic in the news Gender identity has been in the news lately, due to FCPS’s highly publicized adoption of a non-discrimination policy, but many people today don’t understand what it means to be transgender – the “T” in “LGBT.” Sexual orientation and gend...

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