LBSS Summer Updates - June 26, 2020

summer news

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

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

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

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:

Return to School FAQs:

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:


On July 2, at 2pm, you can also watch the ceremony on Channel 21 using the following link:

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.

Grad photo op

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 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 or Mr. Toney at

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


All information regarding these various programs can be found on our Lake Braddock website.

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

 virtual vip

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:

Mental Health resources

How to Stay In-Touch

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