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After nine years, Virginia Tech shooting is remebered

After nine years, Virginia Tech shooting is remebered

Marleen Tipu, Staff Writer

April 19, 2016


Filed under News

On April 16, 2007 the Virginia Polytechnic Institute was rocked by horror. Seong Hui Cho took over the school, and what ensued was later dubbed as one of the most gruesome college shooting in American History. Nine years later, Virginia Tech still mourns the tragedy.   “I was on my way to my cla...

Guide to AP Classes

Guide to AP Classes

Andres Lang, Staff Writer

April 16, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

In high school, taking an AP class means that students are practically taking a college course. Students decide to take AP classes for many reasons. Some students take APs for the GPA boost they get if they pass the class. Other students take AP classes because they want to prove to colleges that they ...

The real lives of bus drivers

The real lives of bus drivers

Sarah Paquette and Ryan Mullins, Staff Writers

April 5, 2016


Filed under News, News In-Depth

Throughout Fairfax County, there are over 1,600 bus drivers, each responsible for safely transporting children to and from school. They work to ensure that each student reaches school in a secure and timely fashion every morning and afternoon despite various traffic situations and accidents. While often take...

Preparing for Standardized Tests

Preparing for Standardized Tests

Neil Gutkin, Staff Writer

April 2, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

The SAT and other standardized tests can cause large amounts of stress because of their seemingly important role in students’ lives. A 2005 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research revealed that students who studied got better grades than those who didn’t. Practicing good study methods h...

Looks like Teachers don’t like Apple(s)

Looks like Teachers don’t like Apple(s)

Brendan Morgan, Staff Writer

March 28, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

In this age of technology, students have trouble keeping their eyes off their phones and on the lesson being taught. Students now have access to the school’s WiFi, making it easier to connect to the internet. Though this is useful, it adds to a problem teachers already struggle with: student a...

The Struggles of Being a Teacher

The Struggles of Being a Teacher

Nathan Reiff, Staff Writer

March 18, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase, Uncategorized

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


Filed under News, Showcase

“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


Filed under News, Showcase, Uncategorized

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


Filed under News, Uncategorized

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


Filed under News, Showcase

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


Filed under News, Showcase

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


Filed under News, Showcase

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...