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The Struggles of Being a Teacher

The Struggles of Being a Teacher

Nathan Reiff, Staff Writer

March 18, 2016


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It takes a special kind of person to wake up every day at 5:30 a.m., spend eight hours of the day at work, go home and spend countless hours continuing to prepare and grade, and then do it all again the next day. This is the reality, however, for most teachers at LBSS, who often spend more time preparin...

Reaching for the Top

Reaching for the Top

Sarah Paquette, Staff Writer

March 17, 2016


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“I've always loved space and so I want to be an engineer and work on space missions,” senior James Smith said. And so began the long process of applying to rigorous colleges and universities. Each year, Lake Braddock students strive to attend the nation’s top universities and Lake Braddock’s clas...

School board member Megan McLaughlin visits SGA class

Jake Gold, Yearbook Editor-in-Chief

March 14, 2016


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Thursday, March 10, school board member Megan McLaughlin joined LB's student government class in an open discussion of past and proposed FCPS policy changes. Notably, McLaughlin talked about workload, grading policy, college credits and modified start times. Board member salaries and a pre-labor day st...

The Effect of Student Jobs on Academics

The Effect of Student Jobs on Academics

Neil Gutkin, Staff Writer

March 4, 2016


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Data released by the U.S. Census in 2013 reveals that one in four high school students age 16 and older work part-time jobs. Having a job in high school is, in general, a beneficial experience. Jobs give students work experience as well as opportunities to work upon and improve time and money manag...

Scattered winter weather impacts school and sports

Scattered winter weather impacts school and sports

Mihir Prahlad, Reporter

February 25, 2016


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The weather has been all over the place lately, with shorts weather one day and 2-foot blizzards the next day. Some after-school activities have been affected by this, while other sports still maintain their routine, despite the freezing temperatures. There have been two giant weather systems vying for attention th...

LB students participate in annual science fair

LB students participate in annual science fair

Ben Turner, Reporter

February 23, 2016


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Science fair is one of the longest and most difficult projects during the school year. Every honors science student is required to choose between doing an experiment or writing a 10-page report on a world problem. Honors biology, chemistry and physics all require it. Science fair involves picking a unique ...

FCPS budget for next school year remains unsure

FCPS budget for next school year remains unsure

Marleen Tipu, Senior Staff Writer

February 19, 2016


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Six-period day, defunded programs, increased classroom sizes. All have been under discussion as possible solutions for budget cuts that may occur next year. Since the 2008 fiscal year, Fairfax County Public Schools have had to make budget reductions totaling around $500 million. The proposed budget for...

Girls’ basketball to host ALS Night

Girls’ basketball to host ALS Night

Jordan Small, Editor-in-Chief

February 12, 2016


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On Saturday Feb. 13, the girls’ basketball program will host an ALS Night in support of the Girata family. The teams will be facing off against Woodson in the second to last game of the regular season. Throughout the night, there will be a bake sale, 50/50 raffle and other raffle prizes all to bene...

School Board votes not to start school before Labor Day

School Board votes not to start school before Labor Day

Megan Cantwell, Editor in Chief

February 11, 2016


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The FCPS School Board voted not to apply for a waiver to start classes before Labor Day in the 2016-2017 school year at its most recent meeting. However, according to a tweet from at-large member Ryan McElveen, the School Board will consider applying for the waiver for the 2017-2018 school year. A...

Special Olympics basketball comes to LB

Special Olympics basketball comes to LB

Megan Cantwell, Editor-in-Chief

February 6, 2016


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After attending a Special Olympics basketball game at Robinson Secondary School, junior Jamie Hunstad was inspired to start a club at LB. Beginning this weekend, students who are part of the special education program at LB will be able to participate on the team, and the rest of LB’s students will be...

Late start time does not always deliver more sleep

Late start time does not always deliver more sleep

Neil Gutkin, Staff Writer

February 4, 2016


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Last year, the decision was made to move the school start time from 7:25 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. with the time school ends also getting moved from 2:10 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Now, students say that the change has little effect, due to many buses coming unnecessarily early, while others say that the change has ...

Clear favorite in Iowa, but questions remain unanswered

Clear favorite in Iowa, but questions remain unanswered

Jake Wartel, Opinion Editor

February 1, 2016


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Countless reporters, analysts and fellow politicians have waited for the ball to drop on this primary season. When would Sanders fade, Trump implode, and the establishment for both parties seize the upper hand? With just a few hours to the Iowa Caucus results, and the beginning of the election seaso...