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8 Is Great? New schedule will include revamped Bruin Block, eight periods.

8 Is Great? New schedule will include revamped Bruin Block, eight periods.

Devon Lee, Staff Writer

April 13, 2015


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This year, there was a change from self-selected Bruin Block to assigned Bruin Block. However, next year, there will be further changes to the schedule. LB is introducing a new eight-block schedule, along with a later start time. “Nothing is official yet,” principal Dave Thomas said, “but we...

Winter is over: The Cherry Blossoms Bloom in D.C.

Winter is over: The Cherry Blossoms Bloom in D.C.

April 13, 2015


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One of the area’s biggest events that attracts tourists from all over the nation is the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Near the end of March to the beginning of April, the festival honors the short life cycle of Washington, D.C.’s adored cherry blossoms. This festival is held in the District and...

VA Legislature rejects Common Core

VA Legislature rejects Common Core

April 13, 2015


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The Virginia State Legislature has decided to ban the implementation of Common Core educational standards, a controversial new system that has been criticized by educators. Common Core is a set of educational benchmarks for students to achieve by the time they move up to the next grade in school....

ISIS recruits Osborne student

ISIS recruits Osborne student

April 13, 2015


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In two recent incidents, ISIS has impacted Northern Virginia. In one case, a student at Osbourn Park High School in Woodbridge has been accused of helping an older man fly to Syria to join ISIS. In another, Burke and Springfield were listed on a “kill list” published by ISIS. According to InsideNova,...

AP World waived from SOL

AP World waived from SOL

April 13, 2015


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In past years, AP World students at LB have traditionally had to take the World History II SOL only one or two weeks after the AP test. This year, however, that will change. “This year, LB has a waiver so that students do not have to take the World II SOL,” AP World teacher Michelle Devoti said....

Bike Squad returns and hits the roads

Bike Squad returns and hits the roads

Anne, Merrill

April 12, 2015


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As the day began on Friday, commuters on Lee Chapel Road and Burke Lake Road were greeted with slower traffic than normal. As traffic shifted into the left lane, drivers slowed when they passed a group of Lake Braddock students on bikes making their way to school. As of April 10, 2015, the Bike Squad...

Bomb threat extended for three days; building deemed safe by police

Bomb threat extended for three days; building deemed safe by police

Ben Concepcion and Jake Gold

March 24, 2015


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After the day off on Monday, March 23, and a thorough police search, daily life at Lake Braddock returned to normal on Tuesday. On Monday, around 2 a.m., a bomb threat was emailed to about 35 Lake Braddock staff members. It was quickly forwarded to principal Dave Thomas, who had not been included...

LBSS closes due to bomb threat; police continue investigation

LBSS closes due to bomb threat; police continue investigation

Ben Concepcion and Jake Gold

March 23, 2015


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On Monday morning, March 23, at around 5:40 a.m., the phones of Lake Braddock parents rung with a notification that Lake Braddock had been delayed for two hours. By 7:30 a.m., FCPS had decided to close the school for the day. FCPS Spokesman John Torre said that these decisions were in response to a bomb...

Handwriting: The power of the pen

Handwriting: The power of the pen

Kinaya Hassane, Staff Writer

March 9, 2015


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On Feb. 17, Alex Rodriguez released a handwritten apology note to the fans of the New York Yankees for his violation of Major League Baseball’s performance-enhancing drug policy, which led to his suspension from playing during the 2014 season. This decision to release a handwritten note was an unusual...

The spring dance returns—with a twist

The spring dance returns—with a twist

Hao Nguyen, Business Manager

March 9, 2015


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In 2012 and 2013, LB hosted one of the most-hyped spring events, Glo and then Fusion. These outdoors dances were held under a large tent where students could dance and listen to the DJ as if they were at a concert. The actions of the attendees, though, created controversy with the administration and...

Human Geography maps the way forward

Human Geography maps the way forward

Devon Lee, Staff Writer

March 9, 2015


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Next year, students will have the opportunity to take another social studies class, AP Human Geography. This will be the first year LB is offering this course, and interest is growing quickly. “AP Human Geography introduces students to the patterns and processes that shape humans now and historically,”...

Ready. Set. Code.

Ready. Set. Code.

Lucia Kim, Staff Writer

March 9, 2015


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In the new Ready. Set. Code. club, some students learn how to code or learn a new programming language while others work on their own programming projects. The club utilizes online programming tutorials such as code.org, codeacademy and appInventor. “It’s quite challenging,” junior Elissa Cariaga...