The Bear Facts

Dr. Copeland departs for Westfield

Dr. Copeland departs for Westfield

Ryan Mullins, Staff Writer

September 11, 2015


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Yesterday, it was announced that subschool 5 principal Dr. Anthony “Tony” Copeland has relocated from LB to Westfield High School where he will be principal. Copeland has worked as a subschool principal at Lake Braddock for the last four years and officially took over the position at Westfield on Se...

Alternative paths to college

Lucia Kim, Staff Writer

June 5, 2015


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Not all seniors are attending college in the fall of 2015. Some are taking a gap year before heading to college. Students take a gap year for various reasons; they get a job, volunteer, travel or go into the military. Usually, students are admitted into college, and they defer their enrollment for a...

Seniors decide to reconfigure their dreams

Seniors decide to reconfigure their dreams

By Jesse Sands, Art Director

June 5, 2015


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For a majority of the senior class, college is set. Most seniors know where they’re going, have found a roommate, and have even filled out their housing applications. Stress is decreasing, senioritis is in full swing, and prom seems to be the only worry left. However, for some seniors, May and June...

National Merit Scholarship winners celebrate

By Hao Nguyen, Staff Writer

June 5, 2015


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The National Merit Scholarship Program is a competition that started in 1955 to recognize students for their academic excellence. All high school students enter this program after they take the Preliminary SAT or the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/ NMSQT). This year, two LB seniors,...

Japan Bowl team places second in nation

Japan Bowl team places second in nation

Nikki Sheppard, Staff Writer

June 5, 2015


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The Japan Bowl team competed in this year’s National Japan Bowl in Washington, D.C. Out of 36 schools participating, they won second place. This bowl is a competition in which high school students learning Japanese team up and answer questions based on Japanese culture, language and history. “We...

LB teacher nominated for FCPS Teacher of the Year Award

LB teacher nominated for  FCPS Teacher of the Year Award

Lucia Kim, Staff Writer

June 5, 2015


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The most prestigious honor in the teaching profession in FCPS, the Teacher of the Year Award, is given to one teacher every year, and AP Environmental Science teacher Maureen Goble is one of the finalists for the 2014-15 school year. She has been teaching for 14 years at Lake Braddock. “This is a...

Gender identity now protected by FCPS

Gender identity now protected by FCPS

Hao Nguyen, Staff Writer

June 5, 2015


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On May 7, the FCPS School Board made the decision to add gender identity to their non-discrimination policy in order to ensure that every student is treated with “dignity and respect.” At the meeting, the majority of the board ruled in favor of this change; the crowd at the meeting was largely...

Regulations on graduation cords loosened

Regulations on graduation cords loosened

Marcell Subert, Managing Editor

May 27, 2015


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In recent years a new wave of honorary distinction known as graduation cords have swept across school districts and into LB. Until recently, a larger degree of uniformity was to be introduced with each honor society receiving one homogeneous colored cord for their members at graduation. Opposition from...

Spring 2015 SOL schedule

Spring 2015 SOL schedule

May 18, 2015


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    During SOL testing weeks, LB adopts a modified schedule so that students can spend time in all of their classes, despite SOL's taking place. The schedule changes include rearranged periods and different class lengths. The "blitz" period is for last minute studying for tests on that day, ...

Administration enforces graduation cord policy

Ben Tobin, Editor-in-Chief

May 15, 2015


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Earlier this week, students took to social media sites to protest what they thought was an administrative change to a graduation tradition: substituting multi-colored cords to represent different honors societies with uniform gold cords. However, principal Dave Thomas said that this is not a shift from...

Police identify student responsible for LB bomb threat

Police identify student responsible for LB bomb threat

Ben Concepcion, Comment Editor

April 22, 2015


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This Monday, April 20, principal Dave Thomas announced to teachers and parents of students that the person behind the March 23 bomb threat had been apprehended. This person, a teenage student attending Johnson Alternative School in Tennessee, was arrested on state terrorism charges for sending bo...

Oh, the places you’ll go: Out of school, students and teachers travel abroad

Oh, the places you’ll go: Out of school, students and teachers travel abroad

Lucia Kim, Staff Writer

April 13, 2015


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The last thing students would associate with their spring breaks is their teachers. However, Morgan Sohl, Kelly McMillan and Helene Hammer are teachers who took students overseas this spring break. This year, Hammer went to Peru, where she and the students visited Machu Picchu, among other places....