LBSS Weekly News - May 22, 2020

2020 Lights

Lake Braddock Secondary School lights up the stadium and scoreboard on May 20, 2020 at 8:20 pm to celebrate the Class of 2020!

Update from Dr. Smith

Lake Braddock Families!

This week we, along with other FCPS high schools, honored our Seniors by lighting up the stadium and scoreboard on May 20th at 8:20pm.   Additionally, Seniors and their parents had meetings this week where we shared some recent developments of how we will celebrate them.  Thank you to everyone who joined us.  The link for the recording and slides are below.  We will have another Senior meeting for students and parents on Monday, June 1st.   

Senior Meeting Recording

Senior Meeting Slides.   

Lake Braddock was recognized  as a winner in the FCPS High School Voter Registration Challenge. This means that over 50 percent of eligible members of our senior class registered to vote. Way to go Seniors!  I also wanted to bring to our Seniors attention the program that Governor Northam is putting on May 29th at 5pm, "Virginia Graduates Together."  In the Senior Section you can find more details about this program to honor you and all of your accomplishments.  

Next week, on Wednesday, we will begin the distribution of locker items for 7th through 11th grade students.  There is important information about items students may have at home that belong to the school: 

  • 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 week of June 8th.  All other students who are leaving Lake Braddock SS, please contact Lindsey Kearns ( to schedule a time to return your laptop. 
  • Library books that are checked out from our library will not receive fines for being checked out beyond the due date.
  • Calculators, Textbooks, and other class materials can be returned next week during your scheduled time.  You may also return these items when we return to school. 
  • Performing Arts equipment will be handled in a separate process.  Your performing arts directors will be communicating with you next week regarding what needs to be returned and the process of how it will be returned. 

As we begin this Memorial Day weekend, I hope you can take some time over the next week to remember and honor those who have sacrificed their lives for our country.  Each and every day we have countless men and women fighting on our behalf to preserve and protect our freedom. They risk their lives and some have sacrificed their lives for us. Many of us have military family members and friends that have served and have lost loved ones in the line of duty. Please join me as we honor and mourn the loss of these incredible servicemen and women who have sacrificed to us and our country.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to your teachers, administrators, and counselors if you have any questions or needs.  We are here for you and we will get through this together. 


United as Bruins,

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Information for All


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To promote physical activity and overall well-being, the LBSS Health and PE Department is kicking off its first “Mile a Day in May” Challenge (#LBMileADayInMay)! Starting this week, we are challenging other classes, grade levels, and staff to see who can accumulate the most miles overall each week, and for the entire month of May! 

To accumulate your mile, you may walk, run, bike, treadmill, elliptical, swim, ride a scooter, or move any other way you can think of that does not involve being powered by anything other than you! Don’t feel comfortable leaving the house to get your mile in, no worries! You can use the following link to help you complete your mile in your house: 

bruin bites

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

Office Hours for Parent Questions

Our administrative assistants are available to answer parent and student questions via Blackboard Collaborate. Please use one of the following links to access the sessions:

  • Monday-Friday 9:00-11:00 am

  • Tuesday-Friday 1:00-3:00 pm

  • Monday 5:00-7:00 pm

Summer STEM Institute Virtual Summer Program

As you know, many academic opportunities and programs are being cancelled this year due to COVID-19. To help continue educational opportunities during this time, a team of Stanford and Harvard students and graduates is starting the Summer STEM Institute (SSI), a virtual summer research program.The Summer STEM Institute is a six-week virtual summer program consisting of three main parts: 

  • A research and data science bootcamp: SSI will equip students with the valuable skills to conduct computational research. Students will learn how to apply data science to interdisciplinary projects with real-world impact.
  • A Masterclass lecture series: Students will be connected with 30+ highly accomplished speakers from Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and other top institutions—from Forbes 30 under 30 awardees, Intel Science Talent Search (STS) winners, to International Math Olympiad Medalists.
  • A research project: Students will also have the opportunity to conduct a research project in a scientific field of interest. Students will be matched to a virtual lab and work closely with mentors, including International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) winners and Research Science Institute (RSI) scholars. 

For more details, please visit

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Distance Learning Resources

The following resources are updated as needed to keep you informed during this period of distance learning.

   • Lake Braddock Secondary School Distance Learning playlist: two videos for students: one from me about Lake Braddock's Distance Learning Plan and one that is titled "Online Learning 101." 

   • Continuation of Instruction Student Support: instructional schedule; office hours for teachers; office hours and contact information for counselors, other support staff, and technology support; and contact information for administrators. 

    •  LBSS Tips for Working and Learning from Home: a compilation of resources for you and your students sharing ways to make the best of this time together.

    •  LBSS Digital Planner: a planner for students to structure their day.

    •  How to access the NEW Virtual Classroom in Blackboard

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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:

MS Information

Bruins Stay After Meets Virtually

Check out the MS After-School Program Google Classroom for lots of fun, engaging and FREE material!!  The classroom code is: rdax7rb.

Bruins Stay After on Instagram

Join the MS After-School Program: Bruins Stay After on Instagram @bruins_afterschool. Tag @bruins_afterschool to be featured!! We want to know what our Bruins have been up to! Don’t have an Instagram account? No problem! Please email Ms. Bryan at to submit. 


HS Information

Class of 2020 Updates

We will hold another series of Senior class meetings on Monday, June 1 for students and parents.  Mark your calendars!

FCPS Senior Surveys

There are many seniors that have not yet completed the mandatory FCPS Senior Survey. The Survey must be completed by May 22, 2020 and can be accessed through Naviance. For specific instructions, click here.

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Commonwealth of Virginia Recognizes Class of 2020 Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam in partnership with Virginia Public Media, announce a Virginia-specific graduation celebration to recognize the Commonwealth's class of 2020. “Virginia Graduates Together” will premiere on May 29 at 5 pm on Virginia PBS stations and Facebook LIVE. During this 30-minute program broadcast we will feature the accomplishments and experiences of Virginia’s remarkable class.

Click here to view a special message to the Class of 2020 from Dr. James Lane, State Superintendent of Public Instruction.



The high school yearbook is still available for pre-order using MySchoolBucks or via the online site ( using school code 5061). Not sure if you pre-ordered? Email Mrs. Poquis at and she can let you know.

Want to help us finish the spring supplement? Share your quarantine life photos with us via the online site ( Make sure to give us your name and some background information so we can include it.

Follow the yearbook on Twitter (@lakebraddockybk) and Instagram (@lbyearbook) for more content.

Information from the Career Center

Click here to view past newsletters from the Career Center.

FCPS Resources

Special Education Resources

Behavior Intervention Services

Offering Choices Reduces Frustration: check out this quick tip video on offering choices. This is especially useful for students who are having difficulty with challenging or non-preferred work. Building in choice, when possible, allows students to feel motivated. The strategies in this quick tip are best used:

  • When transitioning to difficult tasks
  • When transitioning to non-preferred tasks
  • After presenting challenging or non-preferred tasks to reduce frustration

Parent Video Training

Presenting Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) video parent training for parents of students with Autism and other developmental disabilities!  The ABA team has developed a series of videos for parent training.  The series starts with Developing Schedules and Routines within the home environment. The next part of the series will include “Walk with Me” strategies for taking walks outside and teaching your child to walk beside you.

Virtual Extended School Year (ESY) Services

FCPS will provide class-based Extended School Year (ESY) services virtually from June 29-July 24 to students, grades PreK thru 12, whose IEP team determines that the student qualifies for ESY in order for the student to receive benefits from his or her educational program during the regular school year.  The IEP team must decide whether the benefits the child gained during the regular school year, prior to the COVID-19 shutdown, will be significantly jeopardized if the student does not receive ESY services. 

Instruction will be provided through the distance learning model with synchronous sessions with students, learning materials available online, and packets sent through the mail to students. Specific information will be shared with families and school teams this week. Information will be shared on the FCPS Extended School Year webpage when it is available.

Suicide Prevention Training for Adults

Fairfax County provides free online suicide prevention training to educators, parents, and other adults working with youth through the Kognito At-Risk training modules. The training allows you to enter a virtual environment and assume the role of an adult interacting with a young person. The interactive portion of the training allows you to choose actions and responses in order to receive real-time feedback on how well you are doing to engage the student in conversation and take appropriate actions. The one-hour training teaches adults how to differentiate between “normal” and “at-risk” behavior, as well as how to provide appropriate support and access resources within the community or on an emergency basis.

Visit Fairfax County’s website at, enter “Kognito” in the search box, and scroll down to the bottom of the page to create an account to get started. Or, visit Kognito’s website at

Third Quarter Special Education Progress Reports

Due to the mandated COVID-19 school closures, special education services and data collection for third quarter progress reports ended on March 12, 2020. Based on the shortened timeframe for instruction, student progress may have been impacted. Teachers will use data collected prior to March 12, 2020, to complete IEP progress reports for third quarter. IEP Progress Reports will be emailed to parents no later than Friday, May 22, 2020. For students whose parents do not have an email address listed with FCPS, the FCPS Department of Special Services will send the progress reports via US mail. Special education students will not receive an IEP progress report for 4th quarter. 


Contact Information

If parent(s) or guardian(s) need further assistance, please reach out to the: 


Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? All of us need a little help sometimes to improve our mental health, especially during challenging times. This month offers an opportunity to remind your child that it’s ok not to be ok 100 percent of the time. Sometimes taking small steps to address issues can make a big difference.

If you have concerns about your child’s anxiety, peer relationship problems, depression, or other emotional issues your child may be experiencing, contact your school psychologist, social worker, or counselor. They are a just phone call or an email away.

Visit the Mental Health and Resiliency and Student Wellness: Tips and Strategies web pages to learn about mental health resources and fostering resiliency in your child. 


FCPS continues to provide updated information through various links:

  • FCPS Daily updates for the FCPS community

  • FCPS Digital Citizenship for Families Web Page.

  •  FCPS Updated FAQs

  •  The latest Healthy Minds blog – Keeping Kids Occupied During School Closure #5

  • Superintendent Brabrand's message to families – Superintendent's message.

  •  School-Based Social Emotional Learning and Wellness Resources During Distance Learning gives information on how schools are continuing to support social and emotional learning and mental wellness.

  •  Learning at Home: Support for Families

  •  AP updates. In addition, the College Board has assembled the country's best AP teachers to conduct free live and on-demand AP classes and review sessions to help students to still be able to test and earn college credit in 2020. The classes can be found on the Advanced Placement YouTube Channel

  •  The Parent Resource Center is open (virtually) during this time of FCPS Distance Learning. 

  •  Food Resources

  •  Talking to Students about COVID-19

  •  Fairfax County Resources (Assistance from a Distance) 

  •  Ways to Support Local Organizations

  •  Academics and Continuity of Learning Plan


Translation Services Information Lines

Amharic : 571-423-4957

Arabic : 571-423-4952

Chinese : 571-423-4953

Farsi : 571-423-4954

Korean : 571-423-4951

Spanish : 571-423-4950

Urdu : 571-423-4955

Vietnamese : 571-423-4956


FCPS cable channels with learning activities are available. Channel 25 includes middle school programming and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at

Counselor and Clinical Team Support

During this difficult time, our Student Services teams continue to be available to help support our staff, students, and families. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have student concerns. If you have sensitive information that you do not want to send in an email, you can simply say you have a student concern you would like to address and include a phone number where a counselor or clinical team member can reach you. See Continuation of Instruction - Faculty and Staff Support for contact information and office hours of our Student Services staff.

Other Mental Health Resource Links

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

Mental Health resources

Calendar at a Glance

May 25: Memorial Day Holiday. No School for All. 

May 29: Last day of classes for Seniors.

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: