The Bear Facts

BVD dances to spotlight

The boys' varsity dance team practices routines ahead of performances later this month.

Omar Amin, Staff Writer

October 14, 2013

When people think of dance teams they don’t usually associate them with boys. But the Boys’ Varsity Dance Team is changing that stereotype with their two powerful performances coming up at the Powder Puff game and during the Homecoming pep rally. BVD is sponsored by eighth grade math teacher Mark...

New “Kiss and Ride” policy faces hurdles

Marcell Subert, Staff Writer

October 14, 2013

Administration is enforcing a kiss and ride policy in the back of the school due to safety concerns. Many parents drop off their kids by the rear entrance on Lake Braddock Drive in order to avoid the traffic on Burke Lake Road during the morning rush. But staff members have complained about parents dropping...

America wades into Syria

Marleen Tipu, Staff Writer

October 14, 2013

Since gaining its independence from France in 1946, Syria has been a country that has always faced political instability. The Syrian government, known for its harsh dealings with domestic opposition, killed over an estimated 10,000 people in the uprisings of the Muslim Brotherhood in Hama, 1982. But...

Security escorts heighten watch

Andres Lang, Staff Writer

October 14, 2013

Beginning this school year Lake Braddock stepped up security by adding a new security post near the main hallway. The security post was put there to help parents find classes and the sub schools and to keep trouble away from students. It also serves as a checkpoint for late students to get passes to...

New look newsmagazine debuts

Jonah Scharf, Assistant Business Manager

October 14, 2013

Lake Braddock students were surprised when they came back to school on Sept. 3 to find a new issue of the Bear Facts waiting for them. This new back to school issue is one of only a slew of changes for the Bear Facts this year. The most visible change for the Bear Facts this year is the fully integra...

The beat of the Bruin heart

Ben Concepcion and Dinali Dassanayaka, Staff Writers

October 14, 2013

The drummers begin the beat as the band enters the field and begins to march. Flags spin and soar into the air while the members of color guard march in sync. The melody of the marching band echoes through the field while the band, as one, pound their feet on the soft ground. The football game has begun. Many...

Everybody cheer: The Hype Squad is here

Ben Concepcion, Staff Writer

October 14, 2013

The pounding on the bleachers. The roaring of the crowd. The blood sweat and tears at every Thursday practice all leads up to this moment. This is what separates the boys from the men. This is the Hype Squad. The concept of the Hype Squad is simple: They are a squad of people who go to games and get...

From the Bruin Rumble to the Golden Girls

Katie Vinson, Assistant In-Depth Editor

October 14, 2013

“I believe!” screams LB Varisty Cheer from their spot on the track. “I believe that we,” replies the LB Dance Team. Soon enough, the whole crowd is joining in as one voice to show their spirit. “I believe that we will win!” chants Bruin Nation, letting everyone know that they came to win. “Cheerleaders...

FCPS pushes healthier drinks

Andy Ngo, Staff Writer

October 10, 2013

Sodas have been a common drink in everyday life, but they are, without a doubt, very unhealthy. FCPS has taken charge and replaced the sugary, bubbly drinks for healthier options in the 2013-14 school year. This has already happened in the seven out of 25 high schools in FCPS, including Lake Braddock. FCPS...

‘Bru’ off to a brutal start

Ryan Mullins, Staff Writer

October 10, 2013

7:25 a.m.; the time which every student from 7th to 12th grade dreads at LB. On the first day of school, students sluggishly dragged themselves into their respective classes and took their assigned or chosen seats. Then sighed as the third bell of the morning rang, marking the beginning of yet another...