LBSS Weekly News - September 18, 2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

It has been another exciting week of virtual learning for our students and teachers.  This coming week there are several ways for you to connect with our staff and with each other.  Also some of our students will pick up supplies and Seniors will take their SATs.

On Monday, students, who received an email from their teacher, can pick up their class supplies.  This is a drive through event and more details are below.  Our next Parent Academy event is on Tuesday at 7:00 pm and our School Based Technology Specialists will discuss various technology topics.  Please make sure you filled out the Google Form to get your individual link, because we will not be sending out a guest link for this event.   

Wednesday has several important events to highlight.  Registered Seniors will take their SAT during the day.  At night, our Activities Office Town Hall at 6:00 pm.  Parents interested in this event will need to register using this Google Form. Additionally, our PTSA will have their first general meeting for the 2020-21 school year at 7:00 PM.  At this meeting, there is a special presentation by Jacquie Naughton, School Counselor, on SEL (Social Emotional Learning): Understanding The What, The Why, and The How.  Mrs. Kearns and I will also be there to answer any questions parents may have. This is a virtual event and you can click HERE to register in advance for this meeting. 

We look forward to all the ways we get to connect with our students and families next week.  If you aren't able to attend and have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your children's teachers, counselor or subschool.  Also, don't forget to follow us on social media were we also provided the most updated information there.  We are on Twitter @FCPSLBSS and Facebook @fcpslbss.  

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Important for Next Week School Supply/Item Pickup

Our Classroom Supply Distribution is happening on Monday, September 21

  • Last Names A-K should come between 9:00 am and noon
  • Last Names L-Z should come between 2:00 and 5:00 pm

Students will receive an email from their specific course teacher if they have supplies to pick up. Please do not come if your student does not receive an email.

Please see https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/return_to_learn for specific details, including the classes involved, directions for preparing to come, the route for the drive-through, and general questions.

Upcoming Parent Academy Events

Technology Night – Get tech help, access to ParentVue, Mifi’s and more

  • By: LBSS Technology Staff
  • September 22nd from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

This session will cover common technology issues and fixes, ParentVue as a means to email teachers and monitor student grades/assignments, the daily technology expectations of students, and common technology platforms your students will use. There will be no guest link provided for this session. Instead, this session will be accessed via personalized links just like your students receive for their classes. To gain a personalized link and to ensure we answer your questions please fill out this Google Form by Sunday, September 20th. Access links will be emailed to you by COB Monday, September 21st.  In order to access student software programs, please come prepared with your student's username and password. We look forward to seeing you there!

Fill out this Google Form by Sunday September 20th to register for this event!

 

Activities Town Hall

  • By: LBSS Activities Office
  • September 23rd from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The LBSS student activities office will be hosting a town hall on Wednesday, September 23rd at 6:00pm.  To register and/or submit questions for the Town Hall please click here.  A link to this meeting will be sent to all community members who have registered, on the morning of September 23rd.

 

Library Services and Resources in a Virtual World

  • By: LBSS Librarians
  • September 29th from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 

LBSS Parent Coffee

  • By: Dr. Smith and Ms. Kearns
  • October 1st from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
SAT School Day Test for 12th Graders

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, Lake Braddock Secondary School 12th graders will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day test. FCPS will cover the cost for any 12th-grade student to take the SAT. The optional essay component and subject tests will not be offered on this date.

General information about the SAT test format is available on the College Board webpage. September 23red has been designated for asynchronous learning for all high school students, so students who choose to take the SAT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.

Information has been shared through email from our assessment office to those students who are registered.  If you have any questions, please contact Lake Braddock Secondary School Assessment Coach, Jennifer Bury, at JABury@fcps.edu .

School Planning Council

We are excited to announce that LBSS will continue our School Planning Council (SPC) as we enter the 2020-2021 school year! The purpose of the SPC is to bring together various stakeholders to provide input and guidance on the direction of our school. Providing an excellent and equitable education for all our students is our primary goal and we recognize the important role our community plays in shaping the direction of our school. Last year’s SPC focused on providing input and feedback on our new school vision. During the 2020-2021 school year, the SPC will focus on equity with the lens of raising student achievement and eliminating gaps in access, opportunity and achievement for all students. The council will meet virtually four times during the school year (10/6, 12/15, 2/23, 5/4) from 6:00PM-7:30PM and we ask that members be able to commit to full attendance. If you are interested in participating, please complete the intention form (https://forms.gle/4ptxPWigq7Locw8j7) by September 22. Returning SPC members should still complete the form to continue their service on the committee.

School-Issued Laptop pick-up

If your child still does not have a school-issued laptop, please email Ms. Cathy McCormick to schedule a date and time for pick up.

If you are choosing not to have a school laptop for your child, please go to this link to complete the Opt Out Form. Please note that you must have a meeting with your child's administrator to finalize the opt out process.

Proposed Changes to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) Admissions Process

Superintendent Brabrand presented recommendations to the Fairfax County School Board to revise the admissions policy at TJHSST, the governor’s regional school, in order to promote access to historically underserved students.

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has made a series of changes to the admissions policy in order to promote greater diversity at the school. Since 2011, it has hired an outreach specialist to recruit minority students from middle schools across the county, and revised the student information sheet, implemented a problem-solving essay, and new tests. The changes have not made a significant impact on the application pool or admitted student demographics.  See this link for important details on the county website.

Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, September 23rd
There will be a virtual town hall regarding the proposed admissions process changes on Wednesday, September 23, beginning at 7 p.m. Families and community members can watch onlinesubmit comments and questions or call into the town hall live at 1-800-231-6359.   

The event will be broadcast live on Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Cable TV Channel 99 (Cox and Comcast) or Channel 11 (Verizon) and on the FCPS website.

Important Information for All Schedules

Purple and Gold Calendar: use this link for a printable purple and gold calendar

LBSS Bell Schedule: use this link for a printable bell schedule

Back to School Forms

Please remember that there are certain forms that are required for your student.

Important information to know about the Health Information Form: you must download and save the form prior to emailing it. Otherwise, a blank form is attached.

  • Emergency Care Form: All students must have accurate emergency care information. Parents can update this information through WeCare@School via their SIS ParentVue account. Please note, in order to log into Parent View it is necessary to have an active SIS Parent Account.
    • To update your Emergency Care form, please complete the following steps:
    • Log into your SIS ParentVUE account
    • Go to FCPS Links located in the left-hand menu
    • Go to FCPS 24/7 and Log in using the same username and password as your SIS ParentVUE account
    • Go to WeCare @ School on the top right of your screen.
  • Health Information Form. This form is to be printed, signed and emailed to the appropriate subschool office shown below. Please note that you must download and save the form prior to emailing.
  • Parental Consent Form for Digital Resources. This form is required. Please review the list of digital resources your child may use this year and complete the form listed on the site.

Optional forms can be found on our web site at https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/forms.

After you have completed the necessary forms, please email them to the appropriate subschool office:

School Photos

Victor O'Neill Studios continues to take student photos on Saturdays and Mondays through the end of September. Please use the following links to sign up for a time slot.

  • For Middle School Students, click here.
  • For High School Students, click here.

For Middle School, there are still a few spots open for Saturday, September 19 and Monday, September 21. And there are plenty of spots open for Saturday, September 26 and Monday, September 28.

For High School, there are only a couple of slots open for September 19 and 21, but plenty open for September 26 and 29.

Walk-ins will not be allowed. Masks are required at all times in the building, with the exception of the actual photo taking.

 

If you have questions, please contact Victor O’Neill at underclass@vosphoto.com.

 

Senior Portraits

Senior Portraits will now be scheduled on October 13-16 and Oct 20-21. The following information has been provided by Victor O’Neill:

Due to safety concerns during the COVID-19 crisis, we will no longer be mailing appointment notices home. It is safer to communicate with everyone through email and allows us to control the number of appointments throughout the day. We are reducing the number of appointments by 50% compared to previous years. Therefore, instead of pre-assigning a date and time for your senior portrait, we are offering you the opportunity to select your date and time through our new scheduling software. Please sign up for your session date and time here:

 pickatime.com/vosphoto/LakeBraddockss

Fairfax County is no longer allowing any shared clothing for the senior portraits. For the yearbook pose,  Solid colored dress shirts/tops work well for the camera; jackets and ties are optional. Please note that the photographer will not provide tuxedos and drapes due to county regulations. We are also working with the school to have the cap and gown photos taken once students receive them in the spring. We will have the following modifications in place to ensure a safe environment for students, parents, and our staff:

  • We will have signage in place to encourage social distancing while students wait for their turn at each camera.
  • Photographers will not come within physical contact of any student and will stay behind the camera.
  • Photographers and assistants will be in gloves and masks while students are present.
  • All of our staff will have their temperature checked before reporting to work each day.
  • Anyone entering the room where portraits are taking place will have their temperature checked.
  • Props will be sanitized between uses.
  • To limit inter-personal contact, no “walk-in” appointments will be permitted for now.

We appreciate your cooperation with the following recommendations:

We recommend that anyone with underlying health conditions not accompany the high school senior to the school for their portraits if at all possible.

  • Masks will be provided to any customers desiring one.
  • Give each other space and follow the social distancing guidelines.
  • Wash and sanitize your hands often. We will have sanitation stations throughout our portrait areas for your convenience.
  • Most importantly, if you feel sick, have a fever, are coughing, have difficulty breathing, or if in the last two weeks you been in close contact with a person with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, please stay home.
  • We strongly encourage you to reschedule your appointment if you or anyone in your household is feeling unwell.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to seniors@vosphoto.com.

Grab and Go Meals

FCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) continues to update times and locations for grab and go meals posted on the website. Grab and go meals are available to ALL students. In addition, FNS will offer breakfast and lunch meals for Saturday during distribution on Fridays. Food distribution locations and times are posted and updated frequently on the website:  https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

Digital Student Planner Link

Students who have not been able to access the digital student planner can access it through this link. Students must be logged into their @fcpsschools.net email account to access it the planner. This document link requires a forced copy, which means the students must click the blue “make a copy” button to access it. Students can also re-watch the video shown during Advisory to learn how to access their BBCU links and add them to the student planner.

In addition, some teachers have sent out multiple links to their class. Please use the most recently emailed link for your planner. In order to complete your digital planner, check your schedule in SIS so that you can place your links correctly.

New Visitor Guidelines

Per the School Board and Superintendent, our implemented safety protocols will continue to require that we limit the number of individuals who move in and out of our facilities. To promote social distancing during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, we will be adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Facility visitors will be limited and should occur by scheduled appointment only.
  • No walk-in visitors are permitted.
  • As much as possible, appointments to meet with teachers and other staff members should be accommodated via telephone, video conference, or other suitable technology.
  • When a face-to-face appointment must occur, the following guidelines must be maintained:

Appointments

  • Visitors must have an appointment and, prior to the appointment, must:
    • complete the Covid-19 Health Questionnaire listed on the Announcement page of our web site (must be completed by every person coming in);
    • call the Main Office (703-426-1000) upon arrival at LBSS.
"Go Paperless" Option for Report Cards

Although school has just started, we would like to remind you that you have the option to go paperless for your student's report cards. To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless."  All parents who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed report cards. The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all associated students, no matter what school level.

Technology Information and Tips FCPS Technology Support

FCPS has a number of resources for students and families to access tech support. Please use this link to find information for your tech issue.

Online Learning Success Page

A webpage has been published to support students with distance learning. The Tips for Online Learning Success page has suggestions for students; technology tips for families; troubleshooting guides; and links to the parent and student tech support sites. Please consider linking it in your Google Classroom or Blackboard courses to help your students navigate our digital world. As a bonus, it’s also a great resource for staff members!

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Tech Tips

Please see the infographic below with technology tips for troubleshooting Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.  Additionally, if you do not see the links for all of your teachers, we encourage you to try the following steps:

  • Search the teacher's name in the search bar of your fcpsschools.net account
  • Look in the folder on the left of your inbox that is titled BBCU Links
  • Look in the starred folder of your inbox
  • Contact your teacher to have the link resent to you
HS Information HS Science Olympiad Interest Meeting on Monday, Sept. 21

Science Olympiad is a national STEM team-based competition program where students collaborate, learn and compete in events based on topics such as forensic science, astronomy, engineering, code-breaking, genetics, and many more. Tournaments this year will be fully virtual and can be done from home while collaborating with partners online! High school students interested in hearing more about Science Olympiad and the tryout process for the team can sign up here to receive a Collaborate link to our interest meeting on Monday, September 21 at 12:30 PM. Please reach out to head coach Emily Owens if you have any questions.

Beta Nu Boulé Young Scholars Program

The Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, founded in Philadelphia, PA in 1904, is the country’s oldest fraternity for college-educated African American men. The fraternity works in partnership with the Beta Nu Boulé Education Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, to sponsor the Beta Nu Boulé Young Scholars Program. The Program is dedicated to mentoring young African American males who are contemplating attending college and preparing them for educational and professional opportunities after high school. Here are the particulars of the Program:

  • The minimum GPA to be considered for acceptance is 3.00.
  • Meets each second Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., currently via Zoom, November 2020 -May 2021. 
  • Provides SAT/ACT preparation seminars on applying to colleges and universities, and exposure to different professional careers. Seminars are conducted by the Princeton Review, college and law school adjunct professors, retired senior military officers, business executives, attorneys, judges, and senior federal government managers.
  • Students who successfully complete both the junior and senior years of the Program will be eligible to apply for a college scholarship that can extend up to four years of college.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact social.action@betanuboule.org or Lawrence.Clark64@verizon.net (703.232.5509 or Mark Evans, Program Co-chair at Handme@aol.com (703.963.3577).

 

MS Information MS Science Olympiad Interest Meeting

What: MS Science Olympiad Interest Meeting

Who: 7th and 8th graders at LBSS

Where: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/2fed62ec210643598ec4406b2a6fe923

When: Monday, September 21, 10:50 am

Why: Science Olympiad is a fun and rewarding club which competes regionally (virtually, this year) in tests of science knowledge and engineering skill.  Typically, interest exceeds the 30 student limit, so I will explain the try-out procedure during this meeting. Try outs will take place on Monday, Sept 28th.

Coach: Mrs. Cortesi (8th grade science teacher) jacortesi@fcps.edu

FCPS Resources FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services: How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
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LBSS Weekly News - September 11, 2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

We had a great first week of virtual learning for our students and teachers. Our administrative team and myself observed classes this week and saw exciting activities where students were getting to know and interacting with their peers and teachers were using different technology strategies to teach their curriculum. Throughout this year, we are committed to being in classes to support our teachers and celebrate the exciting learning that will take place.  We are very appreciative of the hard work our teachers and staff put in to make this first week successful for our students and we look forward to the valuable learning opportunities that will take place this year.  

Today is our asynchronous Back to School update. Please visit our website for updated videos from Dr. Brabrand, our FCPS School Board Members and Mrs. Kearns and me. This website also has more helpful information about our school year, including parent resources for online learning. 

One exciting opportunity for families that I wanted to highlight was the second year of our School Planning Council. This is the second year for a group of parents, students and staff to come together to discuss this mission of Lake Braddock and provide feedback on how things are going.  Please see the announcement below to submit your interest to be a part of this group this year. 

Our technology team has been working through requests you have submitted through the technology helpline and parent tech help website. We appreciate your patience as they are working through those tickets.  One helpful reminder I always tell students is to restart your computer every day to ensure they have the latest updates from FCPS on their laptop. You do not need to be on the school wifi for most items to update on your student's laptop. 

As we continue the second week of online learning, we are excited to continue seeing the innovative and engaging activities our teachers have planned. As you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teachers, counselor or subschool. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Important for Next Week FCPS Technology Support

FCPS has a number of resources for students and families to access tech support. Please use this link to find information for your tech issue.

School Planning Council

We are excited to announce that LBSS will continue our School Planning Council (SPC) as we enter the 2020-2021 school year! The purpose of the SPC is to bring together various stakeholders to provide input and guidance on the direction of our school. Providing an excellent and equitable education for all our students is our primary goal and we recognize the important role our community plays in shaping the direction of our school. Last year’s SPC focused on providing input and feedback on our new school vision. During the 2020-2021 school year, the SPC will focus on equity with the lens of raising student achievement and eliminating gaps in access, opportunity and achievement for all students. The council will meet virtually four times during the school year (10/6, 12/15, 2/23, 5/4) from 6:00PM-7:30PM and we ask that members be able to commit to full attendance. If you are interested in participating, please complete the intention form (https://forms.gle/4ptxPWigq7Locw8j7) by September 22. Returning SPC members should still complete the form to continue their service on the committee.

School-Issued Laptop pick-up

If your child still does not have a school-issued laptop, please email Ms. Cathy McCormick to schedule a date and time for pick up.

If you are choosing not to have a school laptop for your child, please go to this link to complete the Opt Out Form. Please note that you must have a meeting with your child's administrator to finalize the opt out process.

Important Information for All Schedules

Purple and Gold Calendar: use this link for a printable purple and gold calendar

LBSS Bell Schedule: use this link for a printable bell schedule

School Supply/Item Pickup

A handful of courses are giving out various supplies on Monday, September 21. ONLY certain subjects are giving out items (such as textbooks, calculators, and art supplies). Teachers will communicate with students that need to come to school to pick up items. 

Last Name A-K     9:00-12:00

Last Name L-Z   2:00-5:00

Additional details will be sent home next week.

Back to School Forms

Please remember that there are certain forms that are required for your student.

Important information to know about the Health Information Form: you must download and save the form prior to emailing it. Otherwise, a blank form is attached.

  • Emergency Care Form: All students must have accurate emergency care information. Parents can update this information through WeCare@School via their SIS ParentVue account. Please note, in order to log into Parent View it is necessary to have an active SIS Parent Account.
    • To update your Emergency Care form, please complete the following steps:
    • Log into your SIS ParentVUE account
    • Go to FCPS Links located in the left-hand menu
    • Go to FCPS 24/7 and Log in using the same username and password as your SIS ParentVUE account
    • Go to WeCare @ School on the top right of your screen.
  • Health Information Form. This form is to be printed, signed and emailed to the appropriate subschool office shown below. Please note that you must download and save the form prior to emailing.
  • Parental Consent Form for Digital Resources. This form is required. Please review the list of digital resources your child may use this year and complete the form listed on the site.

Optional forms can be found on our web site at https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/forms.

After you have completed the necessary forms, please email them to the appropriate subschool office:

School Photos

It’s time for Underclassmen Picture Day! Victor O’Neill Studios will be at Lake Braddock on Saturdays and Mondays, starting September 12, to take your child’s school photo. You must sign up online for a time slot for your child’s session. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

For Middle School Students, click here.

For High School Students, click here.

Victor O’Neill Studios will send a confirmation email that will include a link to preorder your photos.

Please note the following changes to entering the building: When you arrive at Lake Braddock, please drive around to the back of the building. Middle School students should enter at Door 7 (by the cafeteria) and will exit at Door 6. High School students should enter at Door 8 and will exit the building through Door 9. 

Masks are required at all times, with the exception of the actual photo time.

If you have questions, please contact Victor O’Neill at underclass@vosphoto.com.

 

Senior Portraits

The second round of senior portraits will happen on September 28 and 29. We will provide the link to sign up for a time slot as soon as we receive it from Victor O'Neill.

Upcoming Parent Academy Events

Technology Night – Get tech help, access to ParentVue, Mifi’s and more

  • By: LBSS Technology Staff
  • September 22nd from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Library Services and Resources in a Virtual World

  • By: LBSS Librarians
  • September 29th from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Digital Student Planner Link

Students who have not been able to access the digital student planner can access it through this link. Students must be logged into their @fcpsschools.net email account to access it the planner. This document link requires a forced copy, which means the students must click the blue “make a copy” button to access it. Students can also re-watch the video shown during Advisory to learn how to access their BBCU links and add them to the student planner.

In addition, some teachers have sent out multiple links to their class. Please use the most recently emailed link for your planner. In order to complete your digital planner, check your schedule in SIS so that you can place your links correctly.

New Visitor Guidelines

Per the School Board and Superintendent, our implemented safety protocols will continue to require that we limit the number of individuals who move in and out of our facilities. To promote social distancing during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, we will be adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Facility visitors will be limited and should occur by scheduled appointment only.
  • No walk-in visitors are permitted.
  • As much as possible, appointments to meet with teachers and other staff members should be accommodated via telephone, video conference, or other suitable technology.
  • When a face-to-face appointment must occur, the following guidelines must be maintained:

Appointments

  • Visitors must have an appointment and, prior to the appointment, must:
    • complete the Covid-19 Health Questionnaire listed on the Announcement page of our web site (must be completed by every person coming in);
    • call the Main Office (703-426-1000) upon arrival at LBSS.
Past Parent Academy Events

The recordings and slides for our recent Parent Academy events are listed below:

September 9: Surviving Virtual Learning Part 2 - Middle School 

 

Technology Information and Tips Online Learning Success Page

A webpage has been published to support students with distance learning. The Tips for Online Learning Success page has suggestions for students; technology tips for families; troubleshooting guides; and links to the parent and student tech support sites. Please consider linking it in your Google Classroom or Blackboard courses to help your students navigate our digital world. As a bonus, it’s also a great resource for staff members!

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Tech Tips

Please see the infographic below with technology tips for troubleshooting Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.  Additionally, if you do not see the links for all of your teachers, we encourage you to try the following steps:

  • Search the teacher's name in the search bar of your fcpsschools.net account
  • Look in the folder on the left of your inbox that is titled BBCU Links
  • Look in the starred folder of your inbox
  • Contact your teacher to have the link resent to you
HS Information Freshman Orientation Unit

Freshman students have a mandatory meeting with their school counselor during WIN time on Wednesday, September 16. Links for the meeting will be sent by the counselor to the student's school email account.

Senior Parent Night

Please mark your calendars for the Senior Parent/Student Night, scheduled for September 17 (6:30 – 7:30 PM). The presentation includes information about post-secondary options, college applications, and the transcript request process. 

The live program will be conducted by sub-school, based on student last names:

Sub-School 3 (Student Last Names A-D) (Parents will receive the link via E-Notify and Naviance the morning of September 17)

Sub-School 4 (Student Last Names E-K) (Parents will receive the link via E-Notify and Naviance the morning of September 17)

Sub-School 5 (Student Last Names L-P) (Parents will receive the link via E-Notify and Naviance the morning of September 17)

Sub-School 6 (Student Last Names Q-Z) (Parents will receive the link via E-Notify and Naviance the morning of September 17)

You may submit questions in advance using the following link:

https://forms.gle/AfxRBzdikN6bPuom6

We hope you and your student will be able to join us on September 17 (6:30 PM – 7:30 PM), for our Senior Parent/Student Night!

SAT School Day Test for 12th Graders

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, Lake Braddock Secondary School 12th graders will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day test. FCPS will cover the cost for any 12th-grade student to take the SAT. The optional essay component and subject tests will not be offered on this date.

General information about the SAT test format is available on the College Board webpage. September 23 has been designated for asynchronous learning, so students who choose to take the SAT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.

We will share more details about test day schedules, bus transportation, and specific safety protocols in the coming weeks. Final confirmation of SAT School Day testing will be based on health department guidance in September.

If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration on Wednesday, September 23, please contact Lake Braddock Secondary School Assessment Coach, Jennifer Bury, at JABury@fcps.edu .

FCPS Resources FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services: How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
Attendance | Web | Twitter

LBSS Weekly News - September 4, 2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

This week has been one that we have been waiting for all summer long, to connect with our students and families.  We held our first ever Virtual Orientation for Students and released our Back to School Orientation for Families site.  We hope that you have gotten a chance to review our Back to School Orientation website to get to know our teachers, see their syllabus and take a look at some the Digital Tricks and Tips resource.  https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/orientation_families

We also kicked off our Parent Academy Series this week with several events related to Family Life Education (FLE), Special Education and general Back to School information.  Some of the recordings and resources are below for you to reference.  In the coming weeks we will offer sessions on technology, the library in a virtual setting and part 2 of our Survival Guide for Parents in a Virtual Setting.  We realize the start to this school year looks different than it ever has before and our goal is for the Parent Academy events to provide you the support to help your child be successful.  

This week was our first attempt at connecting in a virtual setting with our Virtual Orientation for Students on Thursday this week.  It was an opportunity for our Advisory classes to get to know each other and give students the opportunity to find their class links and experience logging in before the first day of school.  Working through these challenges in advance, we believe, will help us to have an outstanding start to the school year next week.  If you do not have class links or there are questions as we start this school year, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers, counselors or administrators. 

As we reflect on the last three weeks, it is incredibly important that we take a moment to thank our teachers and staff for all their hard work.  I have been truly amazed by their incredible work and their passion that is evident about connecting with our students.  Our theme this year is #BruinsCARE and focuses on ensuring that all of our students are connected, adaptable, resilient and engaged.  We know that the well-being of each student is our most important work and we will continually work to engage and support each child.  Our teacher and staff have worked tirelessly together to create engaging lessons for students that create authentic learning experiences in a virtual environment.  Many of them will be trying new online tools for the first time next week to ensure they are connecting with students and providing dynamic learning opportunities.  We ask for your patience and grace as we open the school year.  We are incredibly grateful for the dedication and commitment of our teachers and staff these last few weeks and throughout the summer.  We are excited for your children to experience and reap the benefits of their hard work and to be connected together again.

We look forward to continuing to partner with you this school year as we make it the very best school year possible.  Thank you for all that you do and for your incredible support of Lake Braddock Secondary School. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Important for Next Week School Offices Closed on Labor Day

Our offices will be closed on Monday, September 7th, in honor of Labor Day, and we will reopen Tuesday morning at 7:30 am by appointment and on the phone.   

First Day of School is Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The first day of school is on Tuesday, September 8th.  Our bell schedule can be found on our website : Return to School - Attendance, Calendars and Bell Schedule.  Additional Return to School information can also be found on our website: LBSS Return to School

Digital Student Planner Link

Students who were not able to access the digital student planner on Wednesday can now access it through this link. Students must be logged into their @fcpsschools.net email account to access it the planner. This document link requires a forced copy, which means the students must click the blue “make a copy” button to access it. Students can also re-watch the video shown during Advisory to learn how to access their BBCU links and add them to the student planner.

In addition, some teachers have sent out multiple links to their class. Please use the most recently emailed link for your planner. In order to complete your digital planner, check your schedule in SIS so that you can place your links correctly.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Tech Tips

Please see the infographic below with technology tips for troubleshooting Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.  Additionally, if you do not see the links for all of your teachers, we encourage you to try the following steps:

  • Search the teacher's name in the search bar of your fcpsschools.net account
  • Look in the folder on the left of your inbox that is titled BBCU Links
  • Look in the starred folder of your inbox
  • Contact your teacher to have the link resent to you
School Photos

It’s time for Underclassmen Picture Day! Victor O’Neill Studios will be at Lake Braddock on Saturdays and Mondays, starting September 12, to take your child’s school photo. You must sign up online for a time slot for your child’s session. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

For Middle School Students, click here.

For High School Students, click here.

Victor O’Neill Studios will send a confirmation email that will include a link to preorder your photos.

When you arrive at Lake Braddock, please drive around to the back of the building and enter at Door 7 (by the cafeteria). High School students will be directed  into the gym and will exit the building through Door 10. Middle School students will be directed into the cafeteria and will exit the building through Door 6.

Masks are required at all times, with the exception of the actual photo time.

If you have questions, please contact Victor O’Neill at underclass@vosphoto.com.

 

Senior Portraits

The second round of senior portraits will happen on September 28 and 29. Parents should look for an email with sign up option to arrive no later than September 12.

School-Issued Laptop pick-up

The final pick-up for school-issued laptops was Thursday, September 3. If your student still does not have a laptop, we will be contacting you next week to schedule a date and time for pick up.

If you received an email from us last week regarding picking up a laptop and you already have a school-issued computer, please email the bar code on that computer to Ms. Cathy McCormick.

If you are choosing not to have a school laptop for your child, please go to this link to complete the Opt Out Form. Please note that you must have a meeting with your child's administrator to finalize the opt out process.

Upcoming Parent Academy Events

Survival Guide for Parents in a Virtual Environment Part 2 – Live Q&A

Back to School Orientation Updates

  • Meet the admin, FCPS School Board videos, welcome message from Dr. Smith and Ms. Kearns, Parent Academy information, and more!
  • Updated on September 11th

Technology Night – Get tech help, access to ParentVue, Mifi’s and more

  • By: LBSS SBTS and TSPECS
  • September 22nd from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Library Services and Resources in a Virtual World

  • By: LBSS Librarians
  • September 29th from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Past Parent Academy Events

The recordings and slides for our recent Parent Academy events are listed below:

Important Information for All Back to School Forms

Please remember that there are certain forms that are required for your student:

  • Emergency Care Form: All students must have accurate emergency care information. Parents can update this information through WeCare@School via their SIS ParentVue account. Please note, in order to log into Parent View it is necessary to have an active SIS Parent Account.
    • To update your Emergency Care form, please complete the following steps:
    • Log into your SIS ParentVUE account
    • Go to FCPS Links located in the left-hand menu
    • Go to FCPS 24/7 and Log in using the same username and password as your SIS ParentVUE account
    • Go to WeCare @ School on the top right of your screen.

Optional forms can be found on our web site at https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/forms.

After you have completed the necessary forms, please email them to the appropriate subschool office:

New Visitor Guidelines

Per the School Board and Superintendent, our implemented safety protocols will continue to require that we limit the number of individuals who move in and out of our facilities. To promote social distancing during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, we will be adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Facility visitors will be limited and should occur by scheduled appointment only.
  • No walk-in visitors are permitted.
  • As much as possible, appointments to meet with parents and customers should be accommodated via telephone, video conference, or other suitable technology.
  • When a face-to-face appointment must occur, the following guidelines shall be maintained:

Appointments

  • Visitors must have an appointment and, prior to the appointment, must:
    • complete the Covid-19 Health Questionnaire listed on the Announcement page of our web site (must be completed by every person coming in);
    • call the Main Office upon arrival at LBSS.
Online Learning Success Page

A webpage has been published to support students with distance learning. The Tips for Online Learning Success page has suggestions for students; technology tips for families; troubleshooting guides; and links to the parent and student tech support sites. Please consider linking it in your Google Classroom or Blackboard courses to help your students navigate our digital world. As a bonus, it’s also a great resource for staff members!

SIS ParentVUE Activation Codes

SIS ParentVUE activation codes were mailed this week via USPS to new families enrolled prior to August 22nd and those families who have not yet set up an account. You can use these codes to set up your account on the SIS ParentVUE help page. Families enrolled after August 22nd will be sent codes in mid-September. Do you have an account, but can’t remember your password? Reset it by going to the SISParentVUE login page.

Healthy Minds Blog

Healthy Minds is a blog for parents, educators, and community-based providers who are interested in supporting student mental health and wellness. 

As a part of the Healthy Minds Fairfax initiative, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services develops posts with timely information for all. Recent topics have included social and emotional learning, countering stigma and racism, and building resilience to handle challenging times. Healthy Minds includes tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, school, and in the community. 

New content is posted weekly.  Visit the Healthy Minds Blog.

HS Information 2020 Lake Braddock Bell Schedule

Please see the revised bell schedule. Note that 4th period is our Advisory period.

HS Transition Information

See our 9th grade and new HS student orientation page on our web site for information to help you start the new year.

SAT School Day Test for 12th Graders

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, Lake Braddock Secondary School 12th graders will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day test. FCPS will cover the cost for any 12th-grade student to take the SAT. The optional essay component and subject tests will not be offered on this date.

General information about the SAT test format is available on the College Board webpage. September 23 has been designated for asynchronous learning, so students who choose to take the SAT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.

We will share more details about test day schedules, bus transportation, and specific safety protocols in the coming weeks. Final confirmation of SAT School Day testing will be based on health department guidance in September.

If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration on Wednesday, September 23, please contact Lake Braddock Secondary School Assessment Coach, Jennifer Bury, at JABury@fcps.edu .

HS Counselors

Our counselors are back for the 2020-21 school year!  We wanted to share with you the counselor assignments.  We also wanted to welcome our new counselor Sierra Alexander!

MS Information MS Counselors

Our counselors are back in the MS Student Services office!  If you have questions, please contact them at 703-426-1030. 

FCPS Resources FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services: How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
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LBSS Summer Updates - August 28, 2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

We are looking forward to getting our students back to learning. Please see the back-to-school letter from Dr. Smith with information on the next couple of weeks.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your counselor, administrator, Mrs. Kearns or myself if you have questions.  

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Important for Next Week

Yearbook Distribution/Sale

Both high school and middle school yearbooks that have not been picked up will be available at door 14 on Monday, August 31 from 2-4 pm.

We will also have extra books for sale at $75 (HS book) and $40 (MS book). Payment via cash or check.

Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview Night - August 31st

Hosted by LBSS Parent Academy & MS/HS HPE Departments

Parents/Guardians are invited to attend the LBSS FLE Parent Virtual Preview Night on Monday, August 31, 2020, from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Parents and guardians will have the opportunity to view the Family Life Education media and lessons and ask questions about the program. The BBCU link will be sent out via eNotify on the morning of August 31. All program materials for 7th-12th grades will be available for your review at this time. Parents/guardians will need a SIS account to access FCPS 24-7 to access the lessons. Account information is available at online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve. Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community. Students in 7th-10th grades receive instruction in human growth and development and emotional and social health through their health and physical education class. In grades 11 and 12, instruction on relevant family life education topics is taught by social studies teachers. For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle.

School-Issued Laptop pick-up and LBSS Material Collection

Our make-up laptop distribution day was rained out, but we are planning a make-up for the make-up on Tuesday, September 1 from 9:00 to noon. Please follow the instructions below when you arrive at Lake Braddock.

  • On your windshield or passenger window, please place a sign with your student’s name, grade and ID clearly visible.
  • Remember your log-in password. If you do not remember your password, please indicate you need your password reset at the first stop, Door 14.
  • Label all returned materials with teacher/course information.
LBSS All-Virtual Student Orientation

On September 2nd at 9:00 am, we are inviting all students to meet their advisory teacher for Virtual Student Orientation. The week of August 31st we will send out an individual link from the Advisory teacher to each student. Students will log on to that link at 9:00 am on Wednesday, September 2nd to meet their advisory teacher and make sure they have access to their class links and are ready to start the school year on September 8th.

LBSS Back to School Orientation for Families – initial release on Wednesday, September 2; update on Friday, September 11

Student schedules will be released through StudentVUE and ParentVUE (SIS) on Wednesday, September 2nd. Once you have your child’s schedule, you and your child can visit our Back to School Orientation for Families site to access a welcome video from your child’s teachers, check out the course syllabus, view contact information for teachers and staff, along with many other resources for students and parents. The site will be available on our web site on September 2.

Our Back to School Orientation site will be updated on Friday, September 11, with additional information on attendance, curriculum, grading, expectations, student support and much more. We will send out a notification once the site is updated.

Return to Learn Parent Coffee – Wednesday, September 2, 7:00 p.m.

We will hold a virtual parent coffee on Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. The link will be sent out that morning. The purpose of this event is to provide our parents with the most up-to-date information in preparation for our Return to Learning on September 8.

Locker Items

We had items from over 200 locker bag remaining after our final pick up last month. These items are being organized for donation and we are offering one final chance for parents/guardians and students to stop by next week. The items will be sorted outside of Door 14 on Thursday, September 3 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. You are welcome to come and look through the items to find anything missing. After Thursday, all items will be donated.

2020 Parent Academy

August 31 – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Preview the FCPS Family Life Education (FLE) Program and opt-out information

Presented by: LBSS Health & Physical Education Teachers

 

September 1 – 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Special Education Parent Coffee with Q&A Opportunity

Presented by:  MS/HS Special Education Departments

 

September 2 – ALL DAY

Meet our staff, explore parent resources, and learn more about LBSS at our Asynchronous Virtual Back to School Orientation!

 

Links for the above classes will be sent via eNotify the day of the program. If you missed the LBSS Survival Guide for Parents in a Virtual Learning Environment on August 27, the recording and slides can be found at the following links:

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Presentation Slides: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EeJwmYk9yVCH4_roGzdfEKUywP7hQEKm/view?usp=sharing

The recording for Friday morning's Administrative Team Meet and Greet will be shared next week.

Important Information for All Emergency Care Information

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to ensuring that the climate in all FCPS facilities is safe and secure. In support of this goal, FCPS provides weCare @ school (weCare), an emergency care information system, available to FCPS parents and guardians who have registered for their own Parent account. weCare helps manage emergency medical information by enabling parents to enter and update their children’s medical data at their convenience online. Contact information provided automatically enrolls parents to receive e-Notify communications from the district and their child’s school. e-Notify is the communications tool for FCPS emergency, attendance, and essential outreach messages. Messages are sent via e-mail, telephone, and SMS.

Please go to this site for instructions on updating your child's information for the Emergency Care Form.

Please note that weCare is a part of FCPS 24-7 Learning : Parent View.  In order to log into Parent View it is necessary to have an active SIS Parent Account.  Once the SIS Parent Account is created the same log in credentials will also work for FCPS 24-7 Learning : Parent View.

New Visitor Guidelines

Per the School Board and Superintendent, our implemented safety protocols will continue to require that we limit the number of individuals who move in and out of our facilities. To promote social distancing during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, we will be adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Facility visitors will be limited and should occur by scheduled appointment only.
  • No walk-in visitors are permitted.
  • As much as possible, appointments to meet with parents and customers should be accommodated via telephone, video conference, or other suitable technology.
  • When a face-to-face appointment must occur, the following guidelines shall be maintained:

Appointments

  • Visitors must have an appointment and, prior to the appointment, must:
    • complete the Covid-19 Health Questionnaire listed on the Announcement page of our web site (must be completed by every person coming in);
    • call the Main Office upon arrival at LBSS.

Online Learning Success Page

A webpage has been published to support students with distance learning. The Tips for Online Learning Success page has suggestions for students; technology tips for families; troubleshooting guides; and links to the parent and student tech support sites. Please consider linking it in your Google Classroom or Blackboard courses to help your students navigate our digital world. As a bonus, it’s also a great resource for staff members!

SIS ParentVUE Activation Codes

SIS ParentVUE activation codes were mailed this week via USPS to new families enrolled prior to August 22nd and those families who have not yet set up an account. You can use these codes to set up your account on the SIS ParentVUE help page. Families enrolled after August 22nd will be sent codes in mid-September. Do you have an account, but can’t remember your password? Reset it by going to the SISParentVUE login page.

The Lake Braddock Shared Vision

Our new Shared Vision will be our guiding principle as we work to change the educational experience for all our Bruins. To support that work four visioning committees (Caring Community, Professional Learning, Instructional Excellence, and Branding) and three cohorts (Lead Innovators, Collaborative Team (CT) Leaders, and Great Beginning Mentors) were formed for the 2020-2021 school year.

Caring Community - The Caring Community Committee designs and implements structures so that all members of the school community feel valued and supported in their social and emotional needs. We also support the cultivation of our Bruins’ sense of self and community by encouraging responsibility, service, empathy, equity, and inclusion.

Professional Learning - The Professional Learning Committee determines the best structures and strategies for staff to engage with as we move closer to our shared vision. The Professional Learning Committee will consult with the Instructional Excellence Committee to determine the content of staff training and development offerings. 

Instructional Excellence - The Professional Learning Committee determines the best structures and strategies for staff to engage with as we move closer to our shared vision. The Professional Learning Committee will consult with the Instructional Excellence Committee to determine the content of staff training and development offerings. 

Branding - The Branding Ambassadors design, promote, and communicate the Shared Vision and the work of our fellow SV Committees with all of our stakeholders in mind. We are part marketing and advertising, part media and public relations, and part promotion and production.

Lead Innovators - A group of instructional staff will serve as Lead Innovators.  These leaders are on the forefront of implementing innovative approaches and will serve as ambassadors of our shared vision.  Lead Innovators will open their classrooms and share their work as they reimagine the educational experience.

Collaborative Tea (CT) Leaders - Collaborative Team (CT) Leaders will guide the work of our vision within our content teams. Their work will focus on teams planning their pacing and unpacking standards, creating common assessments, identifying effective classroom strategies, analyzing student data, and determining and implementing enrichment and interventions. 

Great Beginnings Mentor - Great Beginnings is a comprehensive new teacher induction program with a unified mission of supporting new teachers that has quality mentoring practices, professional teaching standards, classroom-based teacher learning, commitment and support. The goal of this program is to help teachers new to the profession, as well as teachers new to the building, form relationships with colleague mentors who can model, guide and advise their mentee. 

 

2020 Lake Braddock Bell Schedule

Please see the revised bell schedule. Note that 4th period is our Advisory period.

School Photos

Middle school and underclassmen photos will occur on Saturdays and Mondays beginning on September 12. Parents should look for an email with a sign up option to arrive no later than September 4.

The second round of senior portraits will happen on September 28 and 29. Parents should look for an email with sign up option to arrive no later than September 12.

Healthy Minds Blog

Healthy Minds is a blog for parents, educators, and community-based providers who are interested in supporting student mental health and wellness. 

As a part of the Healthy Minds Fairfax initiative, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services develops posts with timely information for all. Recent topics have included social and emotional learning, countering stigma and racism, and building resilience to handle challenging times. Healthy Minds includes tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, school, and in the community. 

New content is posted weekly.  Visit the Healthy Minds Blog.

HS Information HS Transition Information

See our 9th grade and new HS student orientation page on our web site for information to help you start the new year.

SAT School Day Test for 12th Graders

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, Lake Braddock Secondary School 12th graders will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day test. FCPS will cover the cost for any 12th-grade student to take the SAT. The optional essay component and subject tests will not be offered on this date.

General information about the SAT test format is available on the College Board webpage. September 23 has been designated for asynchronous learning, so students who choose to take the SAT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.

We will share more details about test day schedules, bus transportation, and specific safety protocols in the coming weeks. Final confirmation of SAT School Day testing will be based on health department guidance in September.

If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration on Wednesday, September 23, please contact Lake Braddock Secondary School Assessment Coach, Jennifer Bury, at JABury@fcps.edu .

HS Counselors

Our counselors are back for the 2020-21 school year!  We wanted to share with you the counselor assignments.  We also wanted to welcome our new counselor Sierra Alexander!

MS Information MS Counselors

Our counselors are back in the MS Student Services office!  If you have questions, please contact them at 703-426-1030. 

JUMP START

Please do not miss out on this warm welcome opportunity for all incoming 7th grade and new 8th grade students  at Lake Braddock Secondary School, which serves to be an opportunity for students to meet face-to-face with some of our amazing LBSS staff and socialize with their fellow Bruins as we all gear up for Virtual Fall 2020.

Our Jump Start 2020 webpage is up and running – ready to be navigated by all newcomers, looking to familiarize themselves with everything Lake Braddock and ease the overall transition to middle school. Our live session links will be posted to the Jump Start page and Lake Braddock website by the end of next week.

Our live sessions have a max capacity of 300 participants, so access will be first come - first serve. No worries if you are unable to access! If you miss the afternoon session, please attend the evening session. If you miss both, we will be recording the session and posting this recording on our websites as well. 

For questions, please contact our After School Specialist, Jamaal Hines, at jlhines@fcps.edu.

FCPS Resources FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services: How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
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LBSS Summer Updates - August 22, 2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

This week we welcomed students to campus to pick up yearbooks, return LBSS items and we distributed 2,000 laptops.  It was a great opportunity to connect with our families and help them get ready for the 2020-21 school year.  With our staff this week we engaged in learning opportunities around how to best engage students in a virtual learning environment.  Our staff heard an inspiring message from educational author John Meehan on ways to increase engagement in the classroom and help make learning relevant and fun.  We will continue to support our teachers as they plan a successful start to the school year in a virtual setting. 

There are important announcements in this weeks newsletter for all students.  I want to highlight the Parent Academy that provides a series of virtual events for families to connect with our staff on various topics to include how to survive learning in a virtual setting, meeting our administrative team, Family Life Education (FLE) and Special Education.  Also, mark your calendars for September 2nd!  Our Back to School Orientation website will be live for families to view videos from our staff to introduce themselves and explain more about the course they will teach for the 2020-21 school year. Additionally, all students will be joining their advisory teachers on September 2nd at 9:00 am for a live orientation to ensure they are ready for school on September 8th.  

We are excited to get the school year started and have several opportunities to connect in the upcoming weeks.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to your counselor, administrator, Mrs. Kearns or myself if you have questions.  

United as Bruins, 

 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

 

Thank you to all of our staff that support Laptop Distribution this week! Important for Next Week SAT School Day Test for 12th Graders

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, Lake Braddock Secondary School 12th graders will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day test. FCPS will cover the cost for any 12th-grade student to take the SAT. The optional essay component and subject tests will not be offered on this date.

To assist in planning for this test administration and FCPS bus transportation needs, families are asked to complete this SAT School Day Intent to Participate form by Monday, August 24. Only those students wishing to test should complete the form. A translated version of the form content may be found on the SAT School Day Intent webpage.

General information about the SAT test format is available on the College Board webpage. September 23 has been designated for asynchronous learning, so students who choose to take the SAT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.

We will share more details about test day schedules, bus transportation, and specific safety protocols in the coming weeks. Final confirmation of SAT School Day testing will be based on health department guidance in September.

If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration on Wednesday, September 23, please contact Lake Braddock Secondary School Assessment Coach, Jennifer Bury, at JABury@fcps.edu .

School-Issued Laptop pick-up and LBSS Material Collection

We are excited about the start of the 2020-2021 school year. This was an awesome Laptop Distribution week for our rising 7th -9th graders and students new to the high school. We are sad that we were unable to welcome all our students who were scheduled to pick up a laptop this week.  To ensure all of our students are able to access their instructions virtually, we are inviting you to come on Monday, August 24th between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm to turn in your items and pick-UP your school issued laptop through our drive through processional. Please remember that students are required to be present when we are distributing laptops. As a reminder, please review the drive-through processional instructions and the forms you need to complete and bring with you when you and your child pick up the school issued laptop.

  • On your windshield or passenger window, please place a sign with your student’s name, grade and ID clearly visible.
  • Remember your log-in password. If you do not remember your password, please indicate you need your password reset at the first stop, Door 14.
  • Label all returned materials with teacher/course information.
2020 Parent Academy

August 27 – 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Survival Guide for Parents in a Virtual Learning Environment

Presented by:  MS/HS Student Services

 

August 28 – 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Meet the LBSS Administrative Team!

 

August 31 – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Preview the FCPS Family Life Education (FLE) Program and opt-out information

Presented by: LBSS Health & Physical Education Teachers

 

September 1 – 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Special Education Parent Coffee with Q&A Opportunity

Presented by:  MS/HS Special Education Departments

 

September 2 – ALL DAY

Meet our staff, explore parent resources, and learn more about LBSS at our Asynchronous Virtual Back to School Orientation!

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Important Information for All Virtual Student Orientation

On September 2nd at 9:00 am, we are inviting all students to meet their advisory teacher for Virtual Student Orientation.  The week of August 31st we will send out an individual link from the Advisory teacher to each student.  Students will log on to that link at 9:00 am on Wednesday, September 2nd to meet their advisory teacher and make sure they have access to their class links and are ready to start the school year on September 8th.  We will be sending out more information next week with more details.  

Health Information and Emergency Care Forms

As the school year begins virtually, it is important that Emergency Care Forms and Health Forms for your student are updated as soon as possible. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment. Along with the development of Healthcare Plans (HCP) and Action Plans, the Public Health Nurses (PHN) utilize the information contained in the health form to develop teaching strategies for FCPS staff in order to meet the requirements of Regulation 2104 Health Services-School Health Related Needs.

Both of these forms are required for all students for SY 20-21 and are available for electronic submission by parents via their FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) accounts within the WeCare@School (WeCare) module.

The Lake Braddock Shared Vision

Our new Shared Vision was crafted last year with a focus on developing the skills and knowledge that are essential to be successful in our dynamic world. Through our visioning process being a Connected, Adaptable, Resilient, and Engaged learner were identified as our overarching skills that were essential for students. With those skills in mind, #BruinsCARE was created. Caring for all our Bruins and building these skills will be our focus. This will be our guiding theme for the year as we work to support and empower our students.

2020 Lake Braddock Bell Schedule

**4th Period is designated time for Social-Emotional Learning and Intervention.

FCPS 24-7 Blackboard Email Contact

On August 17th, all student email addresses in FCPS 24/7 Blackboard will be automatically changed to each student’s individual @fcpsschools.net email address. Students, their parents, and staff will not be able to change those email addresses in FCPS 24-7 Blackboard. Since teachers may send student announcements through Blackboard, students should log into their @fcpsschools.net email accounts frequently for these important messages teachers during the school year.

Student Schedules 

Student schedules will be viewable through StudentVue and ParentVue on Wednesday, September 2nd. 

Supply Lists

As we get closer to the start of school, we are working to finalize a supply list for the 2020-21 school year. We will post them on our website and in this newsletter when we have them updated. 

Healthy Minds Blog

Healthy Minds is a blog for parents, educators, and community-based providers who are interested in supporting student mental health and wellness. 

As a part of the Healthy Minds Fairfax initiative, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services develops posts with timely information for all. Recent topics have included social and emotional learning, countering stigma and racism, and building resilience to handle challenging times. Healthy Minds includes tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, school, and in the community. 

New content is posted weekly.  Visit the Healthy Minds Blog.

HS Information HS Transition Information

We are excited to welcome new students and rising 9th graders to Lake Braddock SS!  In the coming weeks we will have information for you to learn more about our school and what it means to be a Bruin! 

Welcome Back to our HS Counselors!

Our counselors are back for the 2020-21 school year!  We wanted to share with you the counselor assignments.  We also wanted to welcome our new counselor Sierra Alexander!

MS Information Welcome back MS Counselors

Our counselors are back in the MS Student Services office!  If you have questions, please contact them at 703-426-1030. 

JUMP START

Please do not miss out on this warm welcome opportunity for all incoming 7th grade and new 8th grade students  at Lake Braddock Secondary School, which serves to be an opportunity for students to meet face-to-face with some of our amazing LBSS staff and socialize with their fellow Bruins as we all gear up for Virtual Fall 2020.

Our Jump Start 2020 webpage is up and running – ready to be navigated by all newcomers, looking to familiarize themselves with everything Lake Braddock and ease the overall transition to middle school. Our live session links will be posted to the Jump Start page and Lake Braddock website by the end of next week.

Our live sessions have a max capacity of 300 participants, so access will be first come - first serve. No worries if you are unable to access! If you miss the afternoon session, please attend the evening session. If you miss both, we will be recording the session and posting this recording on our websites as well. 

For questions, please contact our After School Specialist, Jamaal Hines, at jlhines@fcps.edu.

Click Here to access the Jump Start site OR follow this Q/R code:

FCPS Resources FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services: How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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LBSS Summer Updates - August 15, 2020

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Important for Next Week School-Issued Laptop pick-up and LBSS Material Collection

All students at Lake Braddock Secondary School will be provided an FCPS laptop.  Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders kept their laptops from last year and will use that same laptop for the 2020-21 school year. 

Students new to LBSS and rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders will pick up their laptop during the days and times designated below.  Sign-Up Genius is being used for families to pick their time slot on their designated day.  The link to sign up and the detailed directions were emailed out to families on August 13th..

  • August 19th: 9th graders and new HS students (8:00 am to 4:00 pm)
  • August 20th: 8th graders (8:00 am to 3:00 pm)
  • August 21st: 7th graders (8:00 am to 4:00 pm)

Students are asked to drop off any LBSS materials from the 2019-20 school year at the same time.  Please drop off your pre-packaged bag of items in the bins located outside of Door 14.  Indicate which teacher/course we should return your books or items to in order to clear your obligation. 

Families that aren't able to come the week of August 17th will be provided a make-up opportunity on August 24th. 

2019-20 Textbook and other LBSS Material Collection for 10th, 11th & 12th graders

On August 17th and August 18th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students can return a textbook, uniforms, and other LBSS Material they have from the 2019-20 school year.  Each day staff will be at Door 14 from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Please drop off your pre-packaged bag of textbooks, uniforms, and other LBSS materials in the bins located outside of Door 14.  On the item, indicate which teacher/course we should return your books or items to in order to clear your obligation. 

2019-20 Yearbook Pick-Up

During our laptop distribution and material collection, students will also have an opportunity to pick up their 2019-20 yearbook, if they have not already. On the days designated below, families will drive to door 14 and there will be staff stationed along the front of the school to distribute yearbooks, along with the material collection and laptop distribution.  

  • August 17th: 10th, 11th & 12th Graders (8:00 am to 3:00 pm)
  • August 18th: 10th, 11th & 12th Graders (8:00 am to 3:00 pm)
  • August 19th: 9th Graders (During their laptop pick-up time slot) 
  • August 20th: 8th Grade (During their laptop pick-up time slot) 
Important Information for All Virtual Parent Coffee Recording

Dr. Smith and Mrs. Kearns held a parent coffee last Thursday to update families on the Return to School this fall.  Please use this link to access that recording:  August 13th Virtual Parent Coffee

The Lake Braddock Shared Vision

As we get closer to the start of the new school year we are working hard to ensure we are able to support the success of all of our students. When we developed our new Shared Vision, we asked ourselves, “What is the story of learning we want to tell?” This led us to focusing on the skills our students would need to be successful once they leave Lake Braddock. Below is the guiding focus of our new Shared Vision of learning at Lake Braddock.

2020 Lake Braddock Bell Schedule

**4th Period is designated time for Social-Emotional Learning and Intervention.

FCPS 24-7 Blackboard Email Contact

On August 17th, all student email addresses in FCPS 24/7 Blackboard will be automatically changed to each student’s individual @fcpsschools.net email address. Students, their parents, and staff will not be able to change those email addresses in FCPS 24-7 Blackboard. Since teachers may send student announcements through Blackboard, students should log into their @fcpsschools.net email accounts frequently for these important messages teachers during the school year.

Student Schedules 

Student schedules will be viewable through StudentVue and ParentVue on Wednesday, September 2nd. 

Supply Lists

As we get closer to the start of school, we are working to finalize a supply list for the 2020-21.  We will post them on our website and in this newsletter when we have them updated. 

HS Information HS Transition Information

We are excited to welcome new students and rising 9th graders to Lake Braddock SS!  In the coming weeks we will have information for you to learn more about our school and what it means to be a Bruin! 

Welcome Back to our HS Counselors!

Our counselors are back for the 2020-21 school year!  We wanted to share with you the counselor assignments.  We also wanted to welcome our new counselor Sierra Alexander!

MS Information Welcome back MS Counselors

Our counselors are back in the MS Student Services office!  If you have questions, please contact them at 703-426-1030. 

7th grade Jump Start

We are happy to share that our Jump Start site is now up and running!  Since we cannot all be together this summer for our traditional Jump Start Program, we wanted to create a virtual opportunity for students to explore more about Lake Braddock and receive some helpful tips for a successful middle school experience.  To access the Jump Start site, CLICK HERE, or visit the main page of the Lake Braddock website and look for the Jump Start announcement.

Be sure to check back later this month as we will be offering virtual opportunities for students to connect!  As we learn more about the opening of school this year, we will continue to update our Jump Start site as needed.   

FCPS Resources FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services: How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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LBSS Summer Updates - August 7, 2020

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Update from Dr. Smith

Bruin Families!

This week has been an energizing week as we met with our teacher leaders and department chairs to continue preparing for the school year ahead.  We are excited about our work this year to further the goals of our Shared Vision and ensure that we have a successful opening.  Below we shared with you the final version of our Shared Vision that will guide our conversations and work this year.   

This week FCPS Leadership kicked off the school year with the FCPS Leadership Conference and Region Kickoff events.  Dr. Brabrand shared that Equity will be the at the center of everything we do in FCPS, and we also heard from Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on the concept of antiracism.  The Lake Braddock Pyramid Principals hosted our first conversation on racial equality with our community to understand and continue to work on creating a welcoming community for all of our families.  Lake Braddock staff are committed to the work of Equity and we are committed to continue listening, learning and taking action to make our schools more inclusive an welcoming for all the students and families in Bruin Nation.  

We know that families want to hear more information on the return to school in the fall, specifically at Lake Braddock.  On Thursday this week, we welcome you to join us for a virtual parent coffee at 6:00 pm to discuss the opening of school this year.  Thursday morning parents will receive an email with the link for the event.  

With the school year officially begin this week for FCPS Leadership, we are excited about the year ahead.  While we won't be physically together in the beginning, we are working hard to create innovative ways to keep the positive energy of the Lake Braddock community alive.    

United as Bruins, 

 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Information for All

Dr. Smith and Mrs. Kearns invite you to join them on Thursday, August 13th, at 6:00 pm for a Virtual Parent Coffee.  The topic of the event will be on the reopening of school.  The link to access the coffee will be emailed out on Thursday morning.

The Lake Braddock Shared Vision

The new Vision for Lake Braddock was crafted through a yearlong process with input from all stakeholders in the Lake Braddock community. It is designed to guide our daily instruction and decision making processes. Our new Vision puts a focus on the Knowledge and Skills our students will need when they graduate Lake Braddock while also emphasizing the importance of growing their understanding of themselves and their community. Please explore our new Shared Vision for instruction and how we support all our Bruins at Lake Braddock.

2020 Lake Braddock Bell Schedule

**4th Period will be Social-Emotional Learning and Intervention

Texbook and other LBSS Material Collection

Are you a rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grader that needs to return a textbook, uniforms, and other LBSS Material?  On August 17th and August 18th we will collect these items from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Please drop off your pre-packaged bag of textbooks, uniforms, and other LBSS materials that were assigned to you in the bins located outside of Door 14.  On the item, indicate which teacher/course we should return your books or items to in order to clear your obligation. 

Rising 8th or 9th graders will return their materials when they come to school to get their new school-issued laptop. 

School-Issued Laptops for new students, 7th, 8th, & 9th Graders and LBSS Material Collection

All students at Lake Braddock Secondary School will be provided an FCPS laptop.  Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders kept their laptops from last year and will use that same laptop for the 2020-21 school year. 

Students new to LBSS and rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders will need to pick up their laptop at the days and times designated below.  We will use Sign-Up Genius for families to pick their time slot.  The link to sign up and the detailed directions will be emailed to families early next week.

  • August 19th: 9th grade and new HS students (8:00 am to 4:00 pm)
  • August 20th: 8th grade (8:00 am to 3:00 pm)
  • August 21st: 7th grade (8:00 am to 4:00 pm)

Students are asked to drop off any LBSS materials from the 2019-20 school year at this time.  Please drop off your pre-packaged bag of items that were assigned to you in the bins located outside of Door 14.  Indicate which teacher/course we should return your books or items to in order to clear your obligation. 

Families that aren't able to come the week of August 17th will be provided a make-up opportunity on August 24th.   

FCPS 24-7 Blackboard Email Contact

On August 17th, all student email addresses in FCPS 24/7 Blackboard will be automatically changed to each student’s individual @fcpsschools.net email address. Students, their parents, and staff will not be able to change those email addresses in FCPS 24-7 Blackboard. Since teachers may send student announcements through Blackboard, students should log into their @fcpsschools.net email accounts frequently for these important messages teachers during the school year.

Student Schedules 

Student schedules will be viewable through StudentVue and ParentVue on Wednesday, September 2nd. 

Supply Lists

As we get closer to the start of school, we are working to finalize a supply list for the 2020-21.  We will post them on our website and in this newsletter when we have them updated. 

Summer Office Hours

We have limited office hours this summer for deliveries and services by appointment. If you need assistance, please call the main office Monday through Friday 9 am - 3 pm.  

Return to School Information

These webpages are continuing to be updated as the situation for the 2020-21 school year evolves.  The FAQ page includes a date by each question to identify the latest updates.   

Return to School Webpage: https://www.fcps.edu/returntoschool

Return to School FAQs: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/return-school-questions-and-answers

Accessing Laptop and Technical Support

Parents needing technical assistance with logging into an FCPS account can submit a request through this website.

Students who need technical assistance can contact a teacher who can put in a ticket for you. Our Technology staff will reach out to assist and, if necessary,  schedule an appointment. Please provide the following information to your teacher:  

  • Student first and last name and ID
  • Student G-Suite email address or personal email (if gmail isn't working)
  • Parent's contact cell and/or email 
  • Description of problem
  • Barcode of student computer
HS Information Activities Office Town Hall

The LBSS Activities Office will be hosting a virtual "Town Hall" on Wednesday, August 12th at 6pm.  During this meeting we will present current information from the FCPS Activities Office and VHSL on the 2020-2021 sport seasons.  We will also provide time to address any questions related to the upcoming season. To ensure a time efficient meeting, we ask that you all please submit your questions prior to the Town Hall on August 12th, by using this link.  We look forward to seeing our LB community and thank you all in advance for your graciousness, as we continue to navigate these unprecedented and ever-changing times.  To register for the Town Hall click here.

HS Transition Information

We are excited to welcome new students and rising 9th graders to Lake Braddock SS!  In the coming weeks we will have information for you to learn more about our school and what it means to be a Bruin! 

Welcome Back to our HS Counselors!

Our counselors are back for the 2020-21 school year!  We wanted to share with you the counselor assignments.  We also wanted to welcome our new counselor Sierra Alexander!

MS Information Welcome back MS Counselors

Our counselors are back in the MS Student Services office!  If you have questions, please contact them at 703-426-1030. 

7th grade Jump Start

We are happy to share that our Jump Start site is now up and running!  Since we cannot all be together this summer for our traditional Jump Start Program, we wanted to create a virtual opportunity for students to explore more about Lake Braddock and receive some helpful tips for a successful middle school experience.  To access the Jump Start site, CLICK HERE, or visit the main page of the Lake Braddock website and look for the Jump Start announcement.

Be sure to check back later this month as we will be offering virtual opportunities for students to connect!  As we learn more about the opening of school this year, we will continue to update our Jump Start site as needed.   

FCPS Resources FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services: How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
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LBSS Summer Updates - July 31, 2020

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Update from Dr. Smith

Bruin Families!

I have some important news and upcoming events to share with you this week. 

First, I shared recently that Dr. Jim Patrick, our Director of Student Activities, has been named the Principal of Longfellow Middle School.  We are grateful for Jim's service and dedication to Lake Braddock and the Activities Office. We wish him the best in his new endeavor. 

Please join us in welcoming Janice Pritchett as the Acting Director of Student Activities.  Janice is currently the Assistant Director of Student Activities and we are excited to have her step into this new role next week.  

The Virtual Bell Schedule for the 2020-21 school year has been finalized.  Below is a graphic that provides the times and additional information. 

Next week we will collect laptops from Middle School students who received one in the Spring.  Individual emails were sent to families this week regarding this collection.  Staff will be at Door 5 on Monday, August 3rd from 9 am to 11 am.  If you need a different time to drop off your laptop, please contact Lindsey Kearns at lmkearns@fcps.edu.   

One important event next week is the Lake Braddock Pyramid Listening Session that will take place on Monday night.  We want to provide an opportunity for families to share their experiences as we work to provide a welcoming community for all. 

In the next few weeks, we are looking forward to welcoming our teachers and staff back to kickoff a great school year.  As a community, we establish a Shared Vision last year that will guide our work this upcoming school year and for future years.  We are excited for the year ahead and look forward to connect with you all soon. 

 

United as Bruins, 

 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Information for All

2020-20 Bell Schedule

The bell schedule for the 2020-21 start of the school year has been finalized.

The Lake Braddock Shared Vision

At the start of the 2019-2020 school year, Lake Braddock set out to develop a new shared vision of learning. A Shared Visioning Committee led the process by considering the questions: what is the story of learning we are currently telling and what is the story of learning we want to tell? Guided by FCPS’ Portrait of a Graduate and the VASCD’s Profile of a Virginia Classroom, the committee gathered input from all stakeholders, reviewed school data, and conducted visits to other schools and school systems to craft our new vision for learning. To learn more about how our new vision was developed and how our new path was charted, please view our Shared Vision video. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ihckHB99Cwup10ojvazLESANsOahF9AP/view?usp=sharing

Lake Braddock Pyramid Listening Session

The Lake Braddock Pyramid administrators (Lake Braddock SS, Sangster ES, Cherry Run ES, White Oaks ES, Burke School, Kings Park ES, Kings Glen ES, and Ravensworth ES) will host a virtual community chat on Monday, August 3rd  from 7pm-8pm on Blackboard Collaborate. The purpose of this discussion is to provide a space and platform for our community members to share openly and candidly about the strengths and needs of our community schools as we work to create a welcoming environment that is supportive of all students and families. Our hope is to continue to grow our partnership with you and better address the needs and concerns of our students and families in the Lake Braddock Pyramid.  

Please look for a link to the virtual community chat which will be sent on Monday, August 3rd. We look forward to this opportunity to come listen, learn, and hear from one another.

School-Issued Laptops for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th Graders

We are making plans to distribute school-issued laptops to all rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students the week of August 17th.  More information will be coming about this opportunity. 

Summer Office Hours

We have limited office hours this summer for deliveries and services by appointment. If you need assistance, please call the main office Monday through Friday 9 am - 3 pm.  

LBSS Face Masks

The LB Athletic Booster Club is selling LB Facemasks.  Check them out!  https://bruins-fan-shop.myshopify.com/.

Return to School Information

These webpages are continuing to be updated as the situation for the 2020-21 school year evolves.  The FAQ page includes a date by each question to identify the latest updates.   

Return to School Webpage: https://www.fcps.edu/returntoschool

Return to School FAQs: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/return-school-questions-and-answers

Accessing Laptop and Technical Support

Parents needing technical assistance with logging into an FCPS account can submit a request through this website.

Students who need technical assistance can contact a teacher who can put in a ticket for you. Our Technology staff will reach out to assist and, if necessary,  schedule an appointment. Please provide the following information to your teacher:  

  • Student first and last name and ID
  • Student G-Suite email address or personal email (if gmail isn't working)
  • Parent's contact cell and/or email 
  • Description of problem
  • Barcode of student computer
HS Information  Senior Portraits

Rising Seniors received an email recently regarding Senior Portrait Sessions.  They will be by appointment July 31 and August 3-5.  Please use this website to sign up for your session: pickatime.com/vosphoto/LakeBraddockss

VHSL announces sports/activities plan for 2020-21

The VHSL Executive Committee meeting voted this week to move forward with Model 3 in its re-opening of sports and activities for the 2020-21 school year. Model 3 delays all VHSL sports and activities until December 14 and adopts the Condensed Interscholastic Plan.  This model leaves all sports in the season where they are currently aligned.

Model 3 – Condensed Interscholastic Plan.

  • Season 1 (Winter) December 14 – February 20 (First Contest Date – December 28)
    • basketball, gymnastics, indoor track, swim/dive, wrestling
  • Season 2 (Fall) February 15 – May 1 (First Contest Date – March 1)
    • cheer, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, volleyball
  • Season 3 (Spring) April 12 – June 26 (First Contest Date – April 26)
    • baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field

“We all understand the physical and mental health benefits of getting our students back to a level of participation. The Condensed Interscholastic Plan Leaves open the opportunity to play all sports in all three seasons if Virginia moves beyond Phase III and/or Phase III guidelines are revised and High Risk Activities are allowed,” said VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun.  “This plan also allows schools the opportunity to open the year and get school started and deal with issues such as schedules, academic plans, transportation, dealing with possible outbreaks of COVID in the school.

“The VHSL will continue to work closely with the best available information and directives provided by the Governor, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).” Haun said. 

MS Information 7th grade Jump Start

We are happy to share that our Jump Start site is now up and running!  Since we cannot all be together this summer for our traditional Jump Start Program, we wanted to create a virtual opportunity for students to explore more about Lake Braddock and receive some helpful tips for a successful middle school experience.  To access the Jump Start site, CLICK HERE, or visit the main page of the Lake Braddock website and look for the Jump Start announcement (Coming Soon!).

Be sure to check back in August as we will be offering virtual opportunities for students to connect!  As we learn more about the opening of school this year, we will continue to update our Jump Start site as needed.   

Returning Middle School Laptops

Rising 8th & 9th graders who received a school-issued laptop in the Spring will need to return those laptops on Monday, August 3rd, from 9am - 11am.  We will be collecting those laptops at door 5.  

FCPS Resources FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services: How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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LBSS Summer Updates - July 24, 2020

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Update from Dr. Smith

Bruin Families!

This week we received information that the school year will start 100% virtual.  We miss our students and we realize how important the Lake Braddock community is to our students.  With this news, our team is moving forward with coordinating some virtual events and getting ready for our teachers to return in a few weeks.  It is important to our team that we set teachers and students up to have a successful start to the school year. 

We will continue to keep you updated as this situation evolves.  If you have questions, please reach out to us.   

 

United as Bruins, 

 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Information for All Summer Office Hours

We have limited office hours this summer for deliveries and services by appointment. If you need assistance, please call the main office Monday through Friday 9 am - 3 pm.  

LBSS Face Masks

The LB Athletic Booster Club is selling LB Facemasks.  Check them out!  https://bruins-fan-shop.myshopify.com/.

Return to School Information

These webpages are continuing to be updated as the situation for the 2020-21 school year evolves.  The FAQ page includes a date by each question to identify the latest updates.   

Return to School Webpage: https://www.fcps.edu/returntoschool

Return to School FAQs: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/return-school-questions-and-answers

HS & MS Summer Learning Information

To support student learning from June 29 to July 31, teachers will hold one hour per week of “office hours” for Continuity of Learning. Office hours for Mathematics, Language Arts, and English Language Development will be with one of our own outstanding staff members and are intended to support students with the digital practice resources and the English Language Development Summer Practice Book.  

There are summer learning opportunities in a virtual setting for Middle School students. The information about these opportunities, contact information for staff and links for Google Classrooms can be found in the link below. 

School Continuity of Learning

Accessing Laptop and Technical Support

Parents needing technical assistance with logging into an FCPS account can submit a request through this website.

Students who need technical assistance can contact a teacher who can put in a ticket for you. Our Technology staff will reach out to assist and, if necessary,  schedule an appointment. Please provide the following information to your teacher:  

  • Student first and last name and ID
  • Student G-Suite email address or personal email (if gmail isn't working)
  • Parent's contact cell and/or email 
  • Description of problem
  • Barcode of student computer
Final Locker Bag Pickup

We held our final locker bag pickup on Friday, July 17. The items that were not picked up will be sorted and prepared for donation. If you have items that you were expecting to receive but did not, we will have one additional day for parents/students to look through the items after they have been sorted. Details for that pickup will be sent in the near future.

Report Cards in Document Module

Final secondary report cards, in PDF format, will be available in ParentVUE and StudentVUE on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:00 a.m. For the first time, the Documents module will be available to students and parents. The report cards can be found under the Documents module of ParentVUE and StudentVUE, instead of linked within the Report Card module. This change was made to allow parents, especially those who opted to “Go Paperless”, to continue to see the PDF report card after SY 20/21 is closed out. A message will be posted in ParentVUE and StudentVUE letting users know where to find the report cards.

In March, our very own student, Alex Mather, was a National Winner in the, "2020 Name the Mars Rover," contest and his winning name was Perseverance.  

NASA is targeting 7:50 a.m. EDT Thursday, July 30, for the launch of its Mars 2020 Perseverance rover on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch window is approximately two hours, with a launch opportunity every five minutes. Live launch coverage will begin at 7 a.m.

For more information, please see this website: Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover 

HS Information  NOVA Webinar: Navigating College Options for You and Your High School Graduate

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is inviting FCPS alumni, rising seniors, and their parents and/or guardians to an informational webinar on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. Join Dr. Annette Haggray, Provost, Alexandria Campus, and Dr. Pamela Hilbert, Provost, Annandale Campus, as they speak about “The Changing Higher Education Landscape” and its shifting plains.

Topics will include:

  • Program Options at NOVA
  • NOVA’s Six Options for the Fall
  • Financial Aid and Payment Plans
  • Transfer from NOVA to the College of Your Choice

Advance registration is required: https://vccs.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0UJ8LQfVSOCcWDBkTiUvAg

The NOVA webinar flyers have been shared with directors of student services: NOVA Webinar Flyer 1 and NOVA Webinar Flyer 2.

VHSL will announce sports/activities plan for 2020-21 on July 27

The VHSL Executive Committee met in special session Wednesday, July 15 for the purpose of discussing the fall sports season.  The Executive unanimously voted (35-0-0) to meet on Monday, July 27, to vote on the three recommended models presented at the meeting for reopening sports and activities. The Committee also voted to delay the beginning of fall sports until a final decision is made on July 27. The Committee also suspended the July-August dead period for 2020 which means schools can continue out-of-season practice activities.

The three models presented to the Executive Committee for the opening of sports/activities are as follows:

 Model 1 – Leave all sports in current season. Low and moderate contact risks sports that would be allowed to play are golf and cross country. High risk sports that would not be played are field hockey, football, volleyball, and cheer. Fall activities that would be allowed is theatre.

 Model 2 – Switch Fall and Spring seasons. Low and moderate contact risk sports that would be allowed to play in the fall are track and field, tennis, soccer, baseball, and softball. High risk sports that would not be played are boys/girls lacrosse. Spring activities that would be allowed are theatre, forensics/debate, and film festival

 Model 3 – Delay all VHSL sports and adopt the Condensed Interscholastic Plan.  Leave all sports in the season where they are currently aligned.

  • Season 1 (Winter) December 14 – February 20 (First Contest Date – December 28)
  • Season 2 (Fall) February 15 – May 1 (First Contest Date – March 1)
  • Season 3 (Spring) April 12 – June 26 (First Contest Date – April 26)
MS Information 7th grade Jump Start

We are happy to share that our Jump Start site is now up and running!  Since we cannot all be together this summer for our traditional Jump Start Program, we wanted to create a virtual opportunity for students to explore more about Lake Braddock and receive some helpful tips for a successful middle school experience.  To access the Jump Start site, CLICK HERE, or visit the main page of the Lake Braddock website and look for the Jump Start announcement (Coming Soon!).

Be sure to check back in August as we will be offering virtual opportunities for students to connect!  As we learn more about the opening of school this year, we will continue to update our Jump Start site as needed.   

FCPS Resources

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
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LBSS Summer Updates - July 10, 2020

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Update from Dr. Smith

Bruin Families!

This week we hosted two parent coffees and an optional staff meeting to share information and answer questions about the Return to School plans for the 2020-21 school year. Thank you to the almost 500 parents who joined us. The recording for the presentation can be found at this link: Return to School Parent Coffee - July 9th.

An important reminder that next Wednesday, July 15, is the due date to submit your student enrollment form for the coming school year Submit Enrollment Option.  

The Superintendent's Office has produced two videos which we hope will help you complete the enrollment process. The first video explains step by step how to complete the enrollment form. The second video provides a brief overview of what school will look like when in-person and virtual classes resume.

Remember, if no response is received, your student will automatically be enrolled for in-person instruction. Submit Enrollment Option

Earlier this week, the School Board agreed to delay the start of school until Tuesday, September 8. This delay will give school administrators added time to plan schedules and staffing assignments for both virtual and in-person instruction. It also allows teachers additional professional development and planning time when they return in August. Although we have delayed the start of school until Sept. 8, the final day of school in June 2021 will remain the same - June 11.

If you have further questions as you are making this decision, please reach out to myself, Mrs. Kearns or your student's administrator.

United as Bruins, 

 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Information for All Summer Office Hours

We have limited office hours this summer for deliveries and services by appointment. If you need assistance, please call the main office Monday through Friday 9 am - 3 pm.  

A Master Adviser

Congratulations to our very own Ms. Toshieba Ragland, FACS teacher, who was recently recognized as Master Adviser at the Virtual FCCLA National Leadership Conference. 

FCCLA's Master Adviser Award acknowledges advisers who have successfully advised an affiliated chapter for a minimum of three years. Master Advisers continuously promote FCCLA and Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) education, operate an integrated chapter with a balanced program of work, facilitate youth-centered activities, and continue to integrate new ideas and FCCLA happenings.

"It is difficult to put into words how appreciative the Board of Directors, National Staff, and FCCLA members are to have Master Advisers lead FCCLA chapters," said Sandy Spavone, Executive Director of FCCLA. "With this honor, these advisers deserve endless recognition for their accomplishments and continued efforts to grow FCCLA and FCS education." 

Thanks to the guidance and groundwork of FCCLA Master Advisers, members can excel in Competitive Events, serve in leadership roles, and gain real-world expertise through FCS education. Through their work, members positively impact families, careers, and communities across the nation. FCCLA Master Advisers are essential in motivating and mentoring members to reach their highest potential. 

Return to School Information

As you may have seen, the plan for returning to school in the fall was reviewed by the School Board this week.  FCPS has set up a website with all of the information pertaining to the options in the fall along with an FAQ page that they will be continuing to update.  

Return to School Webpage: https://www.fcps.edu/returntoschool

Return to School FAQs: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/return-school-questions-and-answers

Support A Student Supply Drive: "Drive in to make a difference"

Cause:  Support Cornerstones (https://www.cornerstonesva.org/)

Mission: Collect school supplies for 45 high school students.

Dates:     July 14th from 2-5 pm and July 15th from 3-6 pm. Please contact us if you need to arrange a different date/time.

Collection Location: Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke VA 22015

Want to “support” a student? Here is where you can…

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044DAEAA28A2F58-support

Option 1 - Adopt a student: Purchase all the needed school supplies for them and write them a note!

Option 2 - Donate General School Supplies: Select from the list provided and know that these supplies will go where they are needed greatest!

Option 3 - Donate Money: Any amount is appreciated- all earnings will be used to purchase the needed school supplies!

Collection Day Procedures:  On collection dates/times, J. Madison, M. Mikayla, and Mrs. Wardinksi will be at Lake Braddock Door 1 with boxes to safely drop off supplies with no contact. You can safely drive up and drop off your donations in a large box. Proper gear (masks, gloves, etc.) will be worn and social distancing will be observed. Supplies will then be stored at Mikayla’s home and will be safely donated in August.

Questions? Best way to reach out: mikaylakmay03@gmail.com OR madisonsjudd@gmail.com

Yearbook Distribution

Yearbooks will be distributed on Thursday and Friday, July 16 and 17, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. We will use a drive-through system, similar to locker bag and Senior pick ups. 

Procedure:

  1. Print your first and last name on a piece of paper or index card and put it in the window of your car.
  2. Drive up to Door 14 for High School and Door 17 for Middle School.
  3. An FCPS staff member will bring your yearbook out to your car and collect your paper with the name on it. Please wear a mask while interacting with staff members.
  4. Please do not exit your car.
  5. Exit the school grounds immediately after receiving your yearbook.
Final Locker Bag Pickup

We will hold our final locker bag pickup on Friday, July 17 from 9:00 am to noon. If you still have a locker/PE/band locker bag at LBSS, you will be sent an email early next week. These bags will be set out on the sidewalk at Door 1 in alphabetical order. Please park in the parking lot and walk up to pick up your bag. Please check in with the LBSS staff member at Door 1 before leaving with your bag.

There are still approximately 200 unidentified PE bags remaining. The items from these bags will be placed on top of the bags on the grass near Door 1. Families are invited to walk through the bags to locate missing items.

Class of 2020 Photo Session Picture

Seniors, we have your complimentary photo from Victor O'Neill. Please plan to pick it up when you come for yearbook distribution on Friday, July 17. Please come between noon and 1:00 pm.

Class of 2020 Graduation Celebration Video

We were excited to celebrate our Class of 2020 last week.  The Graduation Celebration Video can be found at this link: https://lakebraddock.stageclip.com/.

Report Cards in Document Module

Final secondary report cards, in PDF format, will be available in ParentVUE and StudentVUE on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:00 a.m. For the first time, the Documents module will be available to students and parents. The report cards can be found under the Documents module of ParentVUE and StudentVUE, instead of linked within the Report Card module. This change was made to allow parents, especially those who opted to “Go Paperless”, to continue to see the PDF report card after SY 20/21 is closed out. A message will be posted in ParentVUE and StudentVUE letting users know where to find the report cards.

Mental Wellness Consultation Summer 2020

The FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will continue to offer mental wellness consultations throughout the summer. If you have concerns about your child’s well-being or if your child would like to speak with a school psychologist or school social worker, please request a consultation. Our FCPS mental health providers are available to help families get needed support through a 45-minute phone consultation or through secure video conferencing. Appointments are open to all FCPS families. 

Consultations are offered in two ways:

  • Directly to parents of students in any grade level. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social-emotional, behavioral, or academic functioning. Information about community resources will also be made available.
  • Directly to students in middle or high school. This consultation provides support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions; as well as academic challenges such as organization, time-management, or adjusting to a new school.

We encourage parents to take advantage of this service. Click here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 571-423-4276.

Summer Learning

FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July. Therefore, we will continue to provide optional, virtual learning opportunities for students from June 29 to July 31.  Students currently in grades 9-11 will have access to a Google Site that provides practice on essential skills to review over the summer. The Google Site(s) will be located on the Free Summer Offerings page and will be live by June 24. The Mathematics site will focus on practice of essential mathematics content. The Language Arts site will provide practice on grammar and mechanics and offer choice reading opportunities. Students currently in grades 7-8 will receive both a Mathematics and Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June; digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide practice activities that review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year. Students will receive a mathematics book based on the level of mathematics they took during the 2019-20 school year. The language arts book will focus on essential skills in reading, writing, grammar, mechanics and vocabulary.

A supplemental English Language Development Summer Practice Book will be mailed to students enrolled in High School ESOL Newcomer Programming (ELP Level 1 & 2) in Grades 9 – 11, as well as middle school English learners who are ELP levels 1 & 2. These books will provide English Language Development practice activities to support and enrich language development during the summer. Language Arts workbook that all students receive will contain an ELD section with language development activities designed for students at ELP level 3 & 4. In addition, High school English Learners enrolled in Individual Math and Algebra 1 Part 1 in the spring of 2020 will mailed an Algebra preparation focused math packet. 

Students with disabilities accessing the Adapted Curriculum will receive four packets mailed to families in July to support their learning. 

To support student learning from June 29 to July 31, teachers will hold one hour per week of “office hours” for Continuity of Learning. Office hours for Mathematics, Language Arts, and English Language Development will be with one of our own outstanding staff members and are intended to support students with the digital practice resources and the English Language Development Summer Practice Book. To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete school insert a link using questions from HERE. Once registered, your child will receive log-in information through his or her FCPS Google email address prior to the first session.

There are additional opportunities students have to earn course credit and receive a grade this summer. Registration for any summer program has to be approved by the student’s high school counselor by June 15 as counselors do not work over the summer.  Student Services contact information can be found here:  https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/high-school/student-services/staff

  • Virtual Credit Recovery with Lake Braddock teachers. We will be offering the following courses: Health/PE 9 & 10, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Algebra Functions Data Analysis (AFDA), English 9-12, Biology, Chemistry, Geosystems, World History I & II, US/VA History & Government. Registration has begun and will continue until Monday June 15th . To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete school insert a link using questions from HERE. Over three weeks from July 6th through July 24th, students will take part in synchronous learning as well as complete daily online learning modules (asynchronous). Students are eligible to enroll in Virtual Credit Recovery for one course only. There is NO COST to take credit recovery course.
  • FCPS Online: Students who meet the course prerequisites can take one online course. Students who have completed a high school math course may take an online campus math class. Middle School students who expunged a high school math course or wanting to recover a course credit may take the course again. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning
  • Virtual Virginia is offering 52 online courses, including core, world language an elective courses. Enrollment for summer sessions continues until June 17th. Classes begin June 17th and run through July 28th. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. https://www.virtualvirginia.org/programs/summer/
  • Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPS) Virtual Program offers a wide variety of programs/classes through private schools as a means for students to seek course credit. Additionally VCPS believes it is desirable to seek accreditation of strengthening their programs and facilities to assure the public that the established mission, vision and philosophy of the school is being fulfilled. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. Courses having varying start and end dates depending on which program you choose. https://www.vcpe.org/VIRTUAL-SCHOOLS

 

All information regarding these various programs can be found on our Lake Braddock website. https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/announcements/summer-learning-opportunities

MS Information MS Summer Learning Information

There are summer learning opportunities in a virtual setting for Middle School students. The information about these opportunities, contact information for staff and links for Google Classrooms can be found in the link below. 

Middle School Continuity of Learning

FCPS Resources

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
Attendance | Web | Twitter

LBSS Summer Updates - June 26, 2020

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Update from Dr. Smith

I hope this email finds all of our Bruin Family enjoying the summer!  Last Friday was a holiday for FCPS to honor and recognize Juneteenth.  For those of you who may be unfamiliar, Juneteenth is the celebration and commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. It is observed annually on June 19.   We appreciate this step to continue creating an inclusive and compassionate environment for all families and staff. 

An additional step that the School Board took this week was to proclaim June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month.  I wanted to highlight this as an additional step that was taken this week to create a welcoming environment for those students, staff, and families. 

We heard from our School Board this week about the plan for school next year.  Each family is asked to declare their intentions by July 10th for either face-to-face learning two days a week or virtual learning.  To connect with our families, we have scheduled two parent coffees the week of July 6th that will happen virtually, and we have a google form below to collect questions you may have as we prepare for these events.  

There are some announcements we also have below that are related to closing out the 2019-20 school year, specifically with locker items and yearbooks.  We also have important information for the Class of 2020 Graduation and Celebration Video, as well as the photo opportunity that occurred earlier this June. 

Lastly, as we connect with you this summer we also want to highlight new staff that will be joining our Lake Braddock family.  This week we are very excited to introduce you to two of our new Assistant Principals that will start with us in July when all our administrative staff returns.  Stay tuned for introductions of other staff that will be joining Bruin Nation for the 2020-21 school year!

 

United as Bruins, 

 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Welcome Our New High School Administrators Scott Darwin

Scott Darwin has been with Lake Braddock for 7 years, first as a Middle School Science Teacher and most recently as the Middle School Systems of Support Advisor. Scott has also served as the head Swim and Dive Coach at Lake Braddock.

Jennifer Harris

We are pleased to also introduce Jennifer Harris as a new Assistant Principal. Jennifer comes from Robinson Secondary School, where she taught English and served as the department chair. Ms. Harris is in the final stages of earning her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.

Information for All Summer Office Hours

We have limited office hours this summer for deliveries and services by appointment.  If you need assistance, please call the main office Monday through Friday 9 am - 3 pm.  

Return to School Information

As you may have seen, the plan for returning to school in the fall was reviewed by the School Board this week.  FCPS has set up a website with all of the information pertaining to the options in the fall along with an FAQ page that they will be continuing to update.  

Return to School Webpage: https://www.fcps.edu/returntoschool

Return to School FAQs: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/return-school-questions-and-answers

Virtual Parent Coffee

Dr. Smith and Ms. Kearns will host a Virtual Parent Coffee on Tuesday, July 7th and Thursday, July 9th at 6:00 pm. We want to connect with our families over the summer and provide updated information about the 2020-21 school year. The link for the events will be sent out through eNotify the week of July 6th.

Please use this Google Form to submit questions: Virtual Parent Coffee Questions Form

Class of 2020 Graduation Celebration Video

As you know from the emails sent to your FCPS account by Ms. Hoppock, Fairfax County Public Schools and Lake Braddock Secondary School will be honoring and celebrating you via a pre-recorded Virtual Graduation Celebration Video.   If you elected to participate in the Virtual Graduation Ceremony and submitted content which was approved, you will be getting an email from Marching Order, which will contain your access link.  Be sure to check the email account you used for your correspondence – either FCPS or personal, on July 2nd.

 

The ceremony will stream on July 2 at 2:00 p.m. The Virtual Graduation Ceremony will also be broadcast on FCPS Channel 21. 

 

If  you would like to view the ceremony through YouTube, please use the following link: http://lakebraddock.stageclip.com

 

On July 2, at 2pm, you can also watch the ceremony on Channel 21 using the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/event/lake-braddock-secondary-school-virtual-graduation-celebration

Class of 2020 Photo Session Picture

Thank you to all the Graduates who participated in the Individual Photo Session for the Class of 2020.  It was so great to see and celebrate each of you as you walked across the stage and turned your tassel as your picture was taken.  We are providing each graduate with one free 5 X 7 photo from their photo session. Victor O’Neil has selected the photo you will receive from Lake Braddock Secondary School. Families can purchase different or additional photos from the company. Graduates will be able to pick up their free photo during our Yearbook distribution in mid-July.

Locker Item Pickup

Friday, June 19 was our final scheduled day for locker item pickup. If you are still missing items, please fill out this Student Item Follow-Up. Please provide as much detail as possible. We understand that many of you still have items to pick up. We ask for your patience as we continue to go through the hundreds of remaining bags to try to match up items. We will not donate any items until we have finished this process. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Report Cards in Document Module

Final secondary report cards, in PDF format, will be available in ParentVUE and StudentVUE on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:00 a.m. For the first time, the Documents module will be available to students and parents. The report cards can be found under the Documents module of ParentVUE and StudentVUE, instead of linked within the Report Card module. This change was made to allow parents, especially those who opted to “Go Paperless”, to continue to see the PDF report card after SY 20/21 is closed out. A message will be posted in ParentVUE and StudentVUE letting users know where to find the report cards.

Mental Wellness Consultation Summer 2020

The FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will continue to offer mental wellness consultations throughout the summer. If you have concerns about your child’s well-being or if your child would like to speak with a school psychologist or school social worker, please request a consultation. Our FCPS mental health providers are available to help families get needed support through a 45-minute phone consultation or through secure video conferencing. Appointments are open to all FCPS families. 

Consultations are offered in two ways:

  • Directly to parents of students in any grade level. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social-emotional, behavioral, or academic functioning. Information about community resources will also be made available.
  • Directly to students in middle or high school. This consultation provides support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions; as well as academic challenges such as organization, time-management, or adjusting to a new school.

We encourage parents to take advantage of this service. Click here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 571-423-4276.

Last Call to Purchase Yearbooks

The high school and middle school yearbooks will be delivered to school sometime in early July. After they arrive, the advisers (Mrs. Poquis and Mr. Toney) will send an email to all purchasers with a plan for pickup.

If you have not yet purchased a book, but want one, you can order from the publisher site at www.yearbookordercenter.com using school order code 5061 for the high school and 13956 for the middle school. Orders can only be taken until June 20 there.

You can also place an order on MySchoolBucks. We will accept orders until we are sold out via this option.

If you aren’t sure if you have already placed an order, please email Mrs. Poquis at tbpoquis@fcps.edu or Mr. Toney at jltoney@fcps.edu

Summer Learning

FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July. Therefore, we will continue to provide optional, virtual learning opportunities for students from June 29 to July 31.  Students currently in grades 9-11 will have access to a Google Site that provides practice on essential skills to review over the summer. The Google Site(s) will be located on the Free Summer Offerings page and will be live by June 24. The Mathematics site will focus on practice of essential mathematics content. The Language Arts site will provide practice on grammar and mechanics and offer choice reading opportunities. Students currently in grades 7-8 will receive both a Mathematics and Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June; digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide practice activities that review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year. Students will receive a mathematics book based on the level of mathematics they took during the 2019-20 school year. The language arts book will focus on essential skills in reading, writing, grammar, mechanics and vocabulary.

A supplemental English Language Development Summer Practice Book will be mailed to students enrolled in High School ESOL Newcomer Programming (ELP Level 1 & 2) in Grades 9 – 11, as well as middle school English learners who are ELP levels 1 & 2. These books will provide English Language Development practice activities to support and enrich language development during the summer. Language Arts workbook that all students receive will contain an ELD section with language development activities designed for students at ELP level 3 & 4. In addition, High school English Learners enrolled in Individual Math and Algebra 1 Part 1 in the spring of 2020 will mailed an Algebra preparation focused math packet. 

Students with disabilities accessing the Adapted Curriculum will receive four packets mailed to families in July to support their learning. 

To support student learning from June 29 to July 31, teachers will hold one hour per week of “office hours” for Continuity of Learning. Office hours for Mathematics, Language Arts, and English Language Development will be with one of our own outstanding staff members and are intended to support students with the digital practice resources and the English Language Development Summer Practice Book. To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete school insert a link using questions from HERE. Once registered, your child will receive log-in information through his or her FCPS Google email address prior to the first session.

There are additional opportunities students have to earn course credit and receive a grade this summer. Registration for any summer program has to be approved by the student’s high school counselor by June 15 as counselors do not work over the summer.  Student Services contact information can be found here:  https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/high-school/student-services/staff

  • Virtual Credit Recovery with Lake Braddock teachers. We will be offering the following courses: Health/PE 9 & 10, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Algebra Functions Data Analysis (AFDA), English 9-12, Biology, Chemistry, Geosystems, World History I & II, US/VA History & Government. Registration has begun and will continue until Monday June 15th . To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete school insert a link using questions from HERE. Over three weeks from July 6th through July 24th, students will take part in synchronous learning as well as complete daily online learning modules (asynchronous). Students are eligible to enroll in Virtual Credit Recovery for one course only. There is NO COST to take credit recovery course.
  • FCPS Online: Students who meet the course prerequisites can take one online course. Students who have completed a high school math course may take an online campus math class. Middle School students who expunged a high school math course or wanting to recover a course credit may take the course again. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning
  • Virtual Virginia is offering 52 online courses, including core, world language an elective courses. Enrollment for summer sessions continues until June 17th. Classes begin June 17th and run through July 28th. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. https://www.virtualvirginia.org/programs/summer/
  • Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPS) Virtual Program offers a wide variety of programs/classes through private schools as a means for students to seek course credit. Additionally VCPS believes it is desirable to seek accreditation of strengthening their programs and facilities to assure the public that the established mission, vision and philosophy of the school is being fulfilled. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. Courses having varying start and end dates depending on which program you choose. https://www.vcpe.org/VIRTUAL-SCHOOLS

 

All information regarding these various programs can be found on our Lake Braddock website. https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/announcements/summer-learning-opportunities

MS Information MS Summer Learning Information

There are summer learning opportunities in a virtual setting for Middle School students. The information about these opportunities, contact information for staff and links for Google Classrooms can be found in the link below. 

Middle School Continuity of Learning

VIP Camp is going virtual this summer! The After School Specialists from all FCPS middle schools are hosting an exciting virtual summer camp in partnership with Neighborhood and Community Services. Rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders in the Lake Braddock, Robinson, South County, West Springfield, and Woodson pyramids are invited to join our camp. The camp will run from 9am to 3pm Mondays through Thursdays from June 29th to July 30th. Our camp will consist of a mixture of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (self-guided/recorded) activities, and includes program offerings in the areas of art, basketball, cooking, debate, drama, fitness, STEAM, trivia, yoga and much more! There is no cost associated with this camp, but we are requesting that all campers be registered by Friday, June 19th so we can be efficient in our planning and staffing. Please use the link below to register your child.  

Virtual VIP Camp Summer 2020 Registration   

HS Information FCPS Awards 9 LBSS Students a Letter of Intent for Teaching Positions

In an effort to cultivate new teachers for the future, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has awarded 2020 Letters of Intent to 42 FCPS students, 9 of whom are from Lake Braddock Secondary School. The FCPS Letter of Intent signifies a commitment by the district to offer the recipient a guaranteed interview for a teaching position.

FCPS Letter of Intent recipients must be enrolled in an accredited collegiate teacher preparation program and must reach at least sophomore standing in order to obtain an interview. Interviews will be held during the district’s annual Back2Fairfax Teacher Seminar. Individuals who interview successfully will receive a recruitment contract for future employment as an FCPS teacher. 

Please join Bruin Nation in congratulating our talented nine Lake Braddock Secondary School Teachers for Tomorrow students on being awarded this Letter of Intent:  Emily Ferrao, Timothy Gallotta, Michelle Heo, Baylor Howerton, Clark Levine, Ryan McGowen, Keely Ochs, Caroline O’Connors, and Katelynn Shea. Thank you for being outstanding representatives of our Teachers for Tomorrow program!  

In 2018, FCPS established Grow Your Own, a program designed to combat the nationwide decline of available teachers.  The program, managed by the Office of Talent Acquisition and Management and the Office of Counseling and College and Career Readiness, includes the Teachers for Tomorrow and Early Childhood Careers high school classes. 

FCPS Resources

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
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LBSS Weekly News - June 12, 2020

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Update from Dr. Smith

Lake Braddock Families!

As we close out this year, I wanted to reflect on the successful year that we have had together and all the relationships built with families, students, and staff.  While this is not the ending that any one of us would have hoped for, the strong relationships and support are what got us through this unprecedented time.  

My goals were to build trust within our community, provide opportunities for all voices to be heard, and increase the support that our school could provide to families.  This year, students participated in the first ever Principal's Cabinet, Athletics Council, and Clubs Council as a way to elevate student voices and provide additional opportunities for students to contribute and improve our culture at Lake Braddock.  We partnered with our PTSA to provide events where parents learned strategies to help their children be successful in school and deal with challenging topics like anxiety and substance abuse.   We also provided parent coffee events, even in the virtual setting, to make sure we provided timely information, were available for parents to ask questions and share their concerns with myself and Lindsey Kearns, our Associate Principal.  We also created the first ever School Planning Council where parents, students, and staff came together to discuss our current state and the future of LBSS.  

As we end this school year, I wish you happiness and a wonderful summer break.  As more information about next year becomes available, we will communicate out those changes and how they may impact Lake Braddock.  Know that we will continue to be here for you, our LBSS family, throughout the summer break if you need anything.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Have a wonderful and safe summer! 

 

United as Bruins,

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Important This Week

Class of 2020 Photo Opportunity

Our Class of 2020 Photo Opportunity is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, June 15 and 16. Please see the email from Dr. Smith sent earlier this week for details, along with the June 12 email with the location update due to the rain. Here is the link for the sign up to reserve a time slot.

7th-11th Grade Item Pickup

We have a final pickup date scheduled for locker items on Friday, June 19 from 8:00 to noon. Please drive up and park outside door 14. Show a paper with your student's name and locker number (if known). Please remain in your car. A staff member will bring your items to you.

If you have items that may have been missed during the initial pickup, please use this link to provide information: Student Item Follow-Up

 

Returning School-issue Laptop

School-issued laptops will not be returned to school for the summer, unless you are a Senior or you are not returning to Lake Braddock SS for the 2020-21 school year. Seniors will return their laptops during the day they come to get their Senior packets. All other students who are leaving Lake Braddock SS, please contact Lindsey Kearns (lmkearns@fcps.edu) to schedule a time to return your laptop. 

 

PE Lockers

We realize that there are still a large number of families who have been unable to pick up their PE locker items. Please know that we share your frustration and are working hard to sort everything out. If you are still missing PE items, please fill out the Google form linked above. Once we have had the final locker pick up on June 19, we will go through the bags once again to locate any missing items entered on the Google form.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

Last Call to Purchase Yearbooks

The high school and middle school yearbooks will be delivered to school sometime in early July. After they arrive, the advisers (Mrs. Poquis and Mr. Toney) will send an email to all purchasers with a plan for pickup.

If you have not yet purchased a book, but want one, you can order from the publisher site at www.yearbookordercenter.com using school order code 5061 for the high school and 13956 for the middle school. Orders can only be taken until June 20 there.

You can also place an order on MySchoolBucks. We will accept orders until we are sold out via this option.

If you aren’t sure if you have already placed an order, please email Mrs. Poquis at tbpoquis@fcps.edu or Mr. Toney at jltoney@fcps.edu

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Principal's Cabinet Year End Summary

This past year, Lake Braddock introduced a new opportunity to students called the Principal's Cabinet. The Principal’s Cabinet was created by Dr. Smith to get insight from students to glean what LBSS does well and what it could improve. The inaugural cabinet of 70  voted and decided to focus on these 7 topics: Teacher Consistency, Student Activities, Respect, Physical Environment, Parking and Security, Mental Health, and Attendance. In October, students picked one of the 7 sub-committees to join. Each sub-committee began to come up with the issues they sought to fix this year. There was also one additional sub-committee known as the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee was comprised of 11 students representing both middle school and high school. They met monthly prior to each larger council meeting to structure the work time, as well as to update Dr. Smith on the progress that each committee was making and how the administration could help speed it up. 

Throughout the rest of the school year, students met bi-monthly with their sub-committees to help improve Lake Braddock. Multiple accomplishments were planned for this spring/summer but have now been delayed till the next school year. Each committee’s work can be seen in the bullets below. 

  • Student Activities: Powderpuff football game and boys volleyball game.
  • Mental Health: Had Sam Lucania come and speak to students and parents.
  • Parking & School Security: Painting senior parking spots that will double as a senior class fundraiser.
  • Responsibility: Piloted a cafeteria clean up program with middle school students.
  • Physical Environment: Did research on implementing murals within Lake Braddock, as well as piloting a new type of bathroom pass.
  • Attendance: Created an attendance challenge among grade levels with a party as a reward.
  • Teacher Consistency: Brainstormed and researched what helped students thrive in their learning environment. 

As school has moved to an online platform, so did our Principal’s Cabinet work. We continued to have monthly meetings, and work within our sub-committees to find creative solutions to the new problems students were facing at home. We created a new sub-committee focused on student morale. The student morale committee has only existed for 2 months but has already created solutions to some newfound problems. They have created a new program called Bruin Bites which is a virtual lunch program that offers students a chance to share lunch on Blackboard Collaborate instead of in the cafeteria. While our year got cut short this year, this past school year was a very successful inaugural year for the principal’s cabinet. 

The students on the Principal’s Cabinet would like to thank Dr. Smith for providing this opportunity to provide input and solutions to problems that our school may face. He has done an extraordinary job of giving students a voice and bringing positive change to Lake Braddock.  I also want to say thank you to Mrs. Kearns, Mr. Dibari, Mrs. Hoppock. Ms. Eby, Mr. Darwin, Dr. Patrick, Ms. Pritchett, Mrs. Soos, Ms. Polino, Ms. Pack, Ms. Pevner, Ms. Butler-Johnson, and Ms. Petrovic. These individuals have put countless hours into helping our school become the best place for a student to learn. We learned that when we work together as a LBSS community more can get done for the good of all. We look forward to the positive changes that will come from this committee in the future. If you are interested in having a voice on the principal’s cabinet, be sure to look out for applications in the fall! 

Odyssey of the Mind World Finals Winners

Congratulations to the following LB students, who competed over the past several weeks in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals tournaments. The students' participation in the World Finals this year is a particularly huge accomplishment because of all the extra work involved in adapting to an online format, so only a small percentage of teams from all the regional, state, and national competitions took part.  Without being able present their problem solutions live, which is how they trained all year to do, the students worked hard during the shut-down to rework them into new formats and record them online with team members at a distance, and then also took part in a timed, online spontaneous competition.

 

Team 1.  Lake Braddock/West Springfield/Thomas Jefferson:  7th-9th grades, Technical Division III

Lake Braddock SS:  Maliha Sheikh (9th), Kate Burns (9th), Evan Adams (8th), Ella Ridgway (7th), Zach Davis (7th)

West Springfield HS:  Robbie Kugler (9th)

Thomas Jefferson HSST: Laura Ridgway (9th)

 

Team 2.  Lake Braddock/Irving:  8th grade, Classics Division II

Lake Braddock SS:  Jonathan Barnard, Zumi Riekse, Casey Chen, Tyler Huang, Kiersten Schmitt, Vitaliy Schweigert (all 8th)

Irving MS:  Sarayu Jilludumudi (8th)

LB Student Starting Coffee Delivery Business

Check out this article in the Connection Newspaper about LB Junior Josh Putz, who has started a coffee delivery service.

Summer Learning

FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July. Therefore, we will continue to provide optional, virtual learning opportunities for students from June 29 to July 31. Students currently in grades 9-11 will have access to a Google Site that provides practice on essential skills to review over the summer. The Google Site(s) will be located on the Free Summer Offerings page and will be live by June 24. The Mathematics site will focus on practice of essential mathematics content. The Language Arts site will provide practice on grammar and mechanics and offer choice reading opportunities. Students currently in grades 7-8 will receive both a Mathematics and Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June; digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide practice activities that review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year. Students will receive a mathematics book based on the level of mathematics they took during the 2019-20 school year. The language arts book will focus on essential skills in reading, writing, grammar, mechanics and vocabulary.

A supplemental English Language Development Summer Practice Book will be mailed to students enrolled in High School ESOL Newcomer Programming (ELP Level 1 & 2) in Grades 9 – 11, as well as middle school English learners who are ELP levels 1 & 2. These books will provide English Language Development practice activities to support and enrich language development during the summer. Language Arts workbook that all students receive will contain an ELD section with language development activities designed for students at ELP level 3 & 4. In addition, High school English Learners enrolled in Individual Math and Algebra 1 Part 1 in the spring of 2020 will mailed an Algebra preparation focused math packet. 

Students with disabilities accessing the Adapted Curriculum will receive four packets mailed to families in July to support their learning. 

To support student learning from June 29 to July 31, teachers will hold one hour per week of “office hours” for Continuity of Learning. Office hours for Mathematics, Language Arts, and English Language Development will be with one of our own outstanding staff members and are intended to support students with the digital practice resources and the English Language Development Summer Practice Book. To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete school insert a link using questions from HERE. Once registered, your child will receive log-in information through his or her FCPS Google email address prior to the first session.

There are additional opportunities students have to earn course credit and receive a grade this summer. Registration for any summer program has to be approved by the student’s high school counselor by June 15 as counselors do not work over the summer.  Student Services contact information can be found here:  https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/high-school/student-services/staff

  • Virtual Credit Recovery with Lake Braddock teachers. We will be offering the following courses: Health/PE 9 & 10, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Algebra Functions Data Analysis (AFDA), English 9-12, Biology, Chemistry, Geosystems, World History I & II, US/VA History & Government. Registration has begun and will continue until Monday June 15th . To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete school insert a link using questions from HERE. Over three weeks from July 6th through July 24th, students will take part in synchronous learning as well as complete daily online learning modules (asynchronous). Students are eligible to enroll in Virtual Credit Recovery for one course only. There is NO COST to take credit recovery course.
  • FCPS Online: Students who meet the course prerequisites can take one online course. Students who have completed a high school math course may take an online campus math class. Middle School students who expunged a high school math course or wanting to recover a course credit may take the course again. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning
  • Virtual Virginia is offering 52 online courses, including core, world language an elective courses. Enrollment for summer sessions continues until June 17th. Classes begin June 17th and run through July 28th. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. https://www.virtualvirginia.org/programs/summer/
  • Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPS) Virtual Program offers a wide variety of programs/classes through private schools as a means for students to seek course credit. Additionally VCPS believes it is desirable to seek accreditation of strengthening their programs and facilities to assure the public that the established mission, vision and philosophy of the school is being fulfilled. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. Courses having varying start and end dates depending on which program you choose. https://www.vcpe.org/VIRTUAL-SCHOOLS

 

All information regarding these various programs can be found on our Lake Braddock website. https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/announcements/summer-learning-opportunities

Online Research Workshop by STEM4Tomorrow

STEM4Tomorrow is holding a free online research workshop for students who are interested in conducting scientific research. The speakers are high school students who have actively conducted scientific research and won awards in various research events. They will share their research projects, experiences, and tips. A panel discussion will be held with questions about the research process and their programs. A Zoom link will be sent before the workshop to those who sign up.

The workshop date has been extended to Sunday, June 21.

Sign up and submit your questions at: https://forms.gle/Ka5MyJW8gKJa8uV66.

STEM4Tomorrow is a student-led volunteering organization dedicated to promoting STEM learning and research. For students who are ready to conduct research or have already started their own research projects, STEM4Tomorrow provides free research-prep courses and research mentorships in various fields. For more information about their programs, please visit https://stem4tomorrow.org/programs/.

School Counselors Available

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student.

Consultations provide an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.

Note: Parent consultations are available for all grade levels. Student consultations are only available for middle and high school students. Schedule a phone consultation online.

Lake Braddock Counselors are available to support you as well so please email them if you need support.

PTSA Updates

All PTSA information can be found on the PTSA web site: https://lbssptsa.org/

MS Information

VIP Camp is going virtual this summer! The After School Specialists from all FCPS middle schools are hosting an exciting virtual summer camp in partnership with Neighborhood and Community Services. Rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders in the Lake Braddock, Robinson, South County, West Springfield, and Woodson pyramids are invited to join our camp. The camp will run from 9am to 3pm Mondays through Thursdays from June 29th to July 30th. Our camp will consist of a mixture of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (self-guided/recorded) activities, and includes program offerings in the areas of art, basketball, cooking, debate, drama, fitness, STEAM, trivia, yoga and much more! There is no cost associated with this camp, but we are requesting that all campers be registered by Friday, June 19th so we can be efficient in our planning and staffing. Please use the link below to register your child.  

Virtual VIP Camp Summer 2020 Registration   

Middle School Student Recognition

Congratulations to all our middle school students who were recognized by their teachers for their outstanding effort and continued demonstration of Lake Braddock’s core values.  Be sure to check out our complete list of award recipients HERE.  Interdisciplinary Teams recognized these students though end of year team celebrations and certificates were emailed to parents and students last week. 

Physical & Immunization Requirements

Physicals are not required for school entry in grade 7 and above. A TDAP booster is required for all rising 7th grade students. Updated immunization records can be emailed to Angela Santizo at assantizo@fcps.edu or faxed to 703-426-1193.

HS Information

Alcohol in the time of COVID-19

With all the attention being paid to opioids and opiates, it may be easy to forget that alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in the United States. Teenagers especially, are most likely to abuse alcohol because it is fairly easy to obtain and is more socially normalized. While many of us are either quarantined or spending more time at home due to social distancing restrictions amid COVID-19 concerns, alcohol sales have nearly doubled.

Teenagers being the resourceful and savvy beings that they are, are finding ways to obtain alcohol even in quarantine. Some recent trends include alcohol delivery via Drizly and other services and apps like GrubHub where they may not enforce policies around checking identification. Some states have loosened restrictions around carryout/takeout alcohol and are allowing restaurants to sell pre-made cocktails for carryout. It is especially important as parents to monitor receipts, credit card statements, apps, and orders placed.

Another issue to be mindful of is how easily fake IDs are obtained. Many fake IDs look real and are easily bought from the internet. There are a number of websites dedicated to providing anyone with a fake ID. However, we won’t list them here because we do not want to encourage students to access these sites, which are likely to cause computer viruses. So, check your and your student’s internet histories regularly on all personal devices.

If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with me, Ken Johnson, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for the Lake Braddock Pyramid at Kwjohnson@fcps.edu .

Information from the Career Center

Click here to view past newsletters from the Career Center.

FCPS Resources

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

Calendar at a Glance

June 12: Last day of classes for 7th - 11th grade students

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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LBSS Weekly News - June 5, 2020

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Update from Dr. Smith

Lake Braddock Families!

This week has been a difficult one as we started the final countdown and celebrated our Seniors.  Today, subschool 3 Seniors were able to take their last official ride around campus and have a cheering committee celebrate them as they received their diploma, cap and gown. Subschool 4 seniors will participate tomorrow and subschools 5 and 6 will be early next week  Information regarding the Senior celebrations and activities can be found in the two websites below.

Senior Week of Celebrations

LBSS Senior Class Webpage

 

For all students, there are some reminders:

  • School-issued laptops will not be returned to school for the summer, unless you are a Senior or you are not returning to Lake Braddock SS for the 2020-21 school year. Seniors will return their laptops during the day they come to get their Senior packets. All other students who are leaving Lake Braddock SS, please contact Lindsey Kearns (lmkearns@fcps.edu) to schedule a time to return your laptop.
  • Yearbooks will hopefully be delivered in early July. When we have more information about a delivery date and pick-up times, we will communicate with families through this News You Choose. 

More importantly, this has been a very difficult week for our country, Fairfax County and our Lake Braddock Community.   We have sent several messages to our students and families to show our support for minority students and reaffirm our commitment to provide a safe and welcoming space where racism is opposed at all times and in all forms.  FCPS and Fairfax County has put together a resource for families that we wanted to provide to you all. Countering Stigma and Racism  

 

As we close out this last week at school, please know that we are here for you and we love our Lake Braddock family.  If you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

  

United as Bruins,

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Important This Week

Senior Pickup

We started our Senior pick-ups today.  Please use the links below for more information for logistics and how we are celebrating our Seniors next week.

Senior Week of Celebrations

LBSS Senior Class Webpage

 

7th-11th Grade Item Pickup

It was great to see so many families drive through LB the past two weeks for item pick up. We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as we worked through the process. If your child's items were not available at the time of pick up, we will have a Google form coming out in the next couple of weeks for you to submit.

 

PE Locker Items

We know that we have a number of PE locker bags that do not have a name attached. On Friday, June 12th from 9:00 am to noon, parents and students may come by to check the PE bags.

Information for All

Do your students miss connecting with their classmates and friends? Join us for our first ever distance learning lunch group, “Bruin Bites” from 11-12 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Blackboard Collaborate. Some of our students have created a way for students and staff to connect in a more relaxed environment including a few games, music, and even “lunch tables!” We would love to see you there!

HS Students - Sign up here

MS Students - Sign up here

Summer Learning

FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July. Therefore, we will continue to provide optional, virtual learning opportunities for students from June 29 to July 31. Students currently in grades 9-11 will have access to a Google Site that provides practice on essential skills to review over the summer. The Google Site(s) will be located on the Free Summer Offerings page and will be live by June 24. The Mathematics site will focus on practice of essential mathematics content. The Language Arts site will provide practice on grammar and mechanics and offer choice reading opportunities. Students currently in grades 7-8 will receive both a Mathematics and Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June; digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide practice activities that review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year. Students will receive a mathematics book based on the level of mathematics they took during the 2019-20 school year. The language arts book will focus on essential skills in reading, writing, grammar, mechanics and vocabulary.

A supplemental English Language Development Summer Practice Book will be mailed to students enrolled in High School ESOL Newcomer Programming (ELP Level 1 & 2) in Grades 9 – 11, as well as middle school English learners who are ELP levels 1 & 2. These books will provide English Language Development practice activities to support and enrich language development during the summer. Language Arts workbook that all students receive will contain an ELD section with language development activities designed for students at ELP level 3 & 4. In addition, High school English Learners enrolled in Individual Math and Algebra 1 Part 1 in the spring of 2020 will mailed an Algebra preparation focused math packet. 

Students with disabilities accessing the Adapted Curriculum will receive four packets mailed to families in July to support their learning. 

To support student learning from June 29 to July 31, teachers will hold one hour per week of “office hours” for Continuity of Learning. Office hours for Mathematics, Language Arts, and English Language Development will be with one of our own outstanding staff members and are intended to support students with the digital practice resources and the English Language Development Summer Practice Book. To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete school insert a link using questions from HERE. Once registered, your child will receive log-in information through his or her FCPS Google email address prior to the first session.

There are additional opportunities students have to earn course credit and receive a grade this summer. Registration for any summer program has to be approved by the student’s high school counselor by June 15 as counselors do not work over the summer.  Student Services contact information can be found here:  https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/high-school/student-services/staff

  • Virtual Credit Recovery with Lake Braddock teachers. We will be offering the following courses: Health/PE 9 & 10, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Algebra Functions Data Analysis (AFDA), English 9-12, Biology, Chemistry, Geosystems, World History I & II, US/VA History & Government. Registration has begun and will continue until Monday June 15th . To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete school insert a link using questions from HERE. Over three weeks from July 6th through July 24th, students will take part in synchronous learning as well as complete daily online learning modules (asynchronous). Students are eligible to enroll in Virtual Credit Recovery for one course only. There is NO COST to take credit recovery course.
  • FCPS Online: Students who meet the course prerequisites can take one online course. Students who have completed a high school math course may take an online campus math class. Middle School students who expunged a high school math course or wanting to recover a course credit may take the course again. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning
  • Virtual Virginia is offering 52 online courses, including core, world language an elective courses. Enrollment for summer sessions continues until June 17th. Classes begin June 17th and run through July 28th. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. https://www.virtualvirginia.org/programs/summer/
  • Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPS) Virtual Program offers a wide variety of programs/classes through private schools as a means for students to seek course credit. Additionally VCPS believes it is desirable to seek accreditation of strengthening their programs and facilities to assure the public that the established mission, vision and philosophy of the school is being fulfilled. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. Courses having varying start and end dates depending on which program you choose. https://www.vcpe.org/VIRTUAL-SCHOOLS

 

All information regarding these various programs can be found on our Lake Braddock website. https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/announcements/summer-learning-opportunities

Online Research Workshop by STEM4Tomorrow

STEM4Tomorrow is holding a free online research workshop for students who are interested in conducting scientific research. The speakers are high school students who have actively conducted scientific research and won awards in various research events. They will share their research projects, experiences, and tips. A panel discussion will be held with questions about the research process and their programs. A Zoom link will be sent before the workshop to those who sign up.

 

Event Date and Time: Sunday, June 14, 2020; 2-4 pm

Sign up and submit your questions at: https://forms.gle/Ka5MyJW8gKJa8uV66.

STEM4Tomorrow is a student-led volunteering organization dedicated to promoting STEM learning and research. For students who are ready to conduct research or have already started their own research projects, STEM4Tomorrow provides free research-prep courses and research mentorships in various fields. For more information about their programs, please visit https://stem4tomorrow.org/programs/.

School Counselors Available

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student.

Consultations provide an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.

Note: Parent consultations are available for all grade levels. Student consultations are only available for middle and high school students. Schedule a phone consultation online.

Lake Braddock Counselors are available to support you as well so please email them if you need support.

PTSA Updates

All PTSA information can be found on the PTSA web site: https://lbssptsa.org/

MS Information

Middle School Academic and Career Plan

This year, your child is continuing to develop an Academic and Career Plan (ACP) that supports his or her current work as well as helping your child plan for the future. During this period of distance learning, we encourage you to use Naviance Student with your child to explore college and career options.

Your child will work with his or her teachers and school counselor to discover his or her personal strengths and interests, create goals to help achieve success, plan for courses that meet high school graduation requirements, and prepare for life after high school. The development of the ACP starts in middle school and is updated regularly throughout high school as each student’s academic, personal, and career goals evolve. 

This plan connects to the Fairfax County Public Schools strategic plan, supports Portrait of a Graduate attributes, and is also required by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). VDOE requires that the student’s parent or guardian review this plan. When reviewing the plan with your child, you can coach him or her to make decisions about college and careers that match his or her personal strengths, interests, and goals, recognizing there are multiple pathways to success.

Please have your child log into his or her ACP in Family Connection and, with your child, review the following information:

  • results of the strengths and career surveys
  • goals
  • Resume Builder
  • draft course plans for high school

If you have a Blackboard Parent View account, you can log into your account and together you and your child can view his or her plan. Once in your child’s account, click the “about me” tab and scroll down to “portfolio.” Once you click on the portfolio, you can view all of the work that has been completed by your child.

Once you have reviewed your child’s plan, use this link:  https://forms.gle/oMhktB9QugD2ui289 or this Google form to complete the verification. The completion of this form will serve as your signature. This must be completed by Friday, July 10, 2020.

For more information about your child’s ACP, visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/graduation-requirements-and-course-planning/ or the ACP website

If you have questions, please contact your student’s counselor.

 

Middle School Awards

Due to school closure, there will be no in-person Awards Ceremony this year. Teachers will recognize their “students of the year” and those teacher awards will be sent electronically via email. Each team will determine the time and format (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, previously recorded video, voice-over PowerPoint presentation, etc.) for their team’s end of year recognition event, including the presentation of the team’s “Most Valuable Bruin” recipients and Principal’s Service Awards winners (8th grade only). Eighth grade teams are currently finalizing their lists of those students who have met the Principal’s Service Award Criteria. The criteria are: at least 40 hours of community service for the year, a minimum of a B average in Civics for quarters 1, 2, and 3, no honor code violations, and no disciplinary infractions. Eighth grade students who met each of these criteria will also be recognized with a certificate electronically.

 

Physical & Immunization Requirements

Physicals are not required for school entry in grade 7 and above. A TDAP booster is required for all rising 7th grade students. Updated immunization records can be emailed to Angela Santizo at assantizo@fcps.edu or faxed to 703-426-1193.

HS Information

Class of 2020 Updates

Check out the updated Senior Class Websites, where you will find everything you need to know and more!

Senior Week of Celebrations

LBSS Senior Class Webpage

 

Alcohol in the time of COVID-19

With all the attention being paid to opioids and opiates, it may be easy to forget that alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in the United States. Teenagers especially, are most likely to abuse alcohol because it is fairly easy to obtain and is more socially normalized. While many of us are either quarantined or spending more time at home due to social distancing restrictions amid COVID-19 concerns, alcohol sales have nearly doubled.

 

Teenagers being the resourceful and savvy beings that they are, are finding ways to obtain alcohol even in quarantine. Some recent trends include alcohol delivery via Drizly and other services and apps like GrubHub where they may not enforce policies around checking identification. Some states have loosened restrictions around carryout/takeout alcohol and are allowing restaurants to sell pre-made cocktails for carryout. It is especially important as parents to monitor receipts, credit card statements, apps, and orders placed.

 

Another issue to be mindful of is how easily fake IDs are obtained. Many fake IDs look real and are easily bought from the internet. There are a number of websites dedicated to providing anyone with a fake ID. However, we won’t list them here because we do not want to encourage students to access these sites, which are likely to cause computer viruses. So, check your and your student’s internet histories regularly on all personal devices.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with me, Ken Johnson, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for the Lake Braddock Pyramid at Kwjohnson@fcps.edu .

Information from the Career Center

Click here to view past newsletters from the Career Center.

FCPS Resources

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

Calendar at a Glance

June 5-9: Class of 2020 Drive Through Celebrations

June 12: Last day of classes for 7th - 11th grade students

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
Attendance | Web | Twitter

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