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Reassessing the reassessment system at Oakton

Reassessing the reassessment system at Oakton

Ethan Sullivan
January 22, 2015
Filed under News, Oakton News

Before this year, choosing to retake an assessment at Oakton was often an extremely unpredictable process. Under the previous retake system, the school had no standards for reassessing, leading to an erratic process filled with disparities between different teachers, even within the same department....

Signing to seal the deal

Signing to seal the deal

Erin Preaskorn
January 15, 2015
Filed under Baseball, Girls Basketball, Girls Lacrosse, Oakton News, Sports, Swim & Dive

National Signing Day occurred during the third week of November, where athletes from various sports all over the country signed their National Letter of Intent. The National Letter of Intent (NLI) is a document used to indicate a student athlete’s commitment to take part in athletics at National Col...

Nobel Prize Announcements

Nobel Prize Announcements

Kathryn Tatum
January 9, 2015
Filed under News, World News

Malala Yousafzai, age 17, and Kailash Satyarthi beat many, including the Pope and Vladimir Putin, to the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Yousafzai is a Pakistani teenager who has been an advocate for girl’s education since she was young. In 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban, a fundamentalist...

Rape Culture at UVA

Rape Culture at UVA

Jenna Colturi
January 9, 2015
Filed under National News, News

“Rolling Stone” reported an instance of sexual assault at the University of Virginia back in November. In this article, reporter Sabrina Erdely told the story of “Jackie” who was allegedly gang raped by seven men at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity party, and then ignored by administration. Nearly...

One for the history books

One for the history books

Maggie Campbell
December 12, 2014
Filed under National News, News

Landmark decision made in Ferguson, Missouri over shooting of unarmed black Man History is in the making in Ferguson, Missouri after the decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old male, Michael Brown. The case began in August  when Officer Wilson appr...

Kognito: a new program for all staff

Kognito: a new program for all staff

Jenna Colturi
November 6, 2014
Filed under News, Oakton News

A new county-wide goal has been set to make a much more united, caring community. In order to accomplish this, FCPS implemented that all staff in middle and high schools complete the interactive online Kognito program, which will potentially connect distressed students to the help they need. According...

2014 Ebola outbreak: what you need to know

2014 Ebola outbreak: what you need to know

Andrew Lokay
November 6, 2014
Filed under News, World News

In the past few weeks, the West African Ebola outbreak has continued to threaten global health. The virus is now seen by many Americans as a major concern after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed on Sept. 30 that Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian, became sick with Ebola after...

Do Student Athletes Deserve Special Privileges?

Ethan Sullivan
November 6, 2014
Filed under News, Oakton News

In the minds of many at Oakton, the school’s student-athletes are overloaded with commitments. Due to the consuming nature of their sports, many athletes find it difficult to keep up with both the pace of their schoolwork and their busy sports schedules. In order to help ease some of their stresses,...

He for She around the world

He for She around the world

Nikki Singh
November 6, 2014
Filed under Feature, News, World News

Around one hundred thousand men have joined the He For She campaign, since Emma Watson, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, launched it on Sept. 20th. In a little over a month, this movement has exploded around the world as men pledge to take action against the violence and discrimination faced by women and...

The Oakton Outlook talks to Congressional candidate John Foust

jacquegroskaufmanis
November 3, 2014
Filed under Local News, News, Web exclusive

This midterm election season, Virginia is home to an anomaly: a competitive race in its 10th congressional district. Republican incumbent, Frank Wolf, will be stepping down from his position, with a series of hopeful candidates trailing behind him, eager to fill his shoes. Among them is Democrat, John Foust...

Gun threats cause preemptive fear at the University of Alabama

Gun threats cause preemptive fear at the University of Alabama

jacquegroskaufmanis
September 23, 2014
Filed under National News, News, Web exclusive

#PrayersForBama has been trending nationwide on Twitter, a preemptive tribute to something that hasn’t yet happened, and hopefully never will. According to recent developments, the University of Alabama has received a series of threats beginning on Sunday, September 21, that show mass-homicidal intent. A...

Cougars make history at People’s Climate March

Cougars make history at People’s Climate March

jacquegroskaufmanis
September 21, 2014
Filed under Feature, Local News, News, Oakton students, World News

Today in Manhattan, history was made. According to TIME Magazine, the People's Climate March broke records and became the world's largest demonstration of collective environmentalists, ever. More than 300,000 people-- from all over the world-- traveled to take part in the movement. To put that in per...

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