LBSS Weekly News September 22, 2023

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Message from Ms. Kearns

Hello Bruin Families!

I enjoyed meeting our high school families at last night's HS BTSN. There are so many competing priorities and I appreciate all the caregivers who took time to meet our staff and learn more about Bruin Nation.

All FCPS schools and offices will be closed on Monday, September 25, for Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. See the complete school year calendar. Learn more about Yom Kippur on

Go Bruins!
Lindsey Kearns

In this Issue

New Information

Message for 10th and 11th Grade Parents
National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students
Attendance Awareness

Middle School Bruin News

MS Yearbook Information
7th Grade Signs of Suicide Presentation
October 11 – School In Session

High School Bruin News

Yearbook Information

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates
Senior Ads


Digital Resources - Permission due by September 29
Health Room News


Quick Links

New Information

Message for 10th and 11th Grade Parents

On Tuesday, September 26, during 2nd period Advisory, 10th and 11th grade students will be completing a Digital Readiness Check in preparation for the PSAT. They will need to bring their school issued Chromebooks and chargers (there are no loaners) to class on September 26. Personal devices cannot be used for testing. It is important that all students attend Advisory on September 26 to be prepared for the PSAT on October 11. 

The PSAT is digital this year. On October 11, students must bring their school issued device, fully charged, with their charger. Students who do not bring their issued device or charger will be dismissed from testing with no option to make up, as there are no loaners for the PSAT.

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students

We are proud to announce that 27 Lake Braddock Seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program. The following students have been recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test. Congratulations go to Basil Ali, Owen Bassam, Zachary Cardwell, Hannah Cha, Anwesha Chowdhury, Brandon Davis, Nicholas Doan, Jason Guzzetti, Kay Kennedy, Paul Kim, Patrick Laosiri, Megan Lincicum, Maya Lougheed, Breanna Lu, Kyle Morrison, Moksha Mummalaneni, Alexander Perry, Aniketh Punaji, Caroline Richards, Maia Schlesiger, Kabir Shrivastava, Minah Sisco, William Thomas, An Tiet, Michelle Wang, Michael Welborn, and Eamon Winegeart.

September is Attendance Awareness Month in FCPS

We All Belong at School

Each one of us is unique, and every student matters. If your student is having a difficult time attending class, please speak with a trusted adult at school. There are solutions. 

Watch this video to see how everyone belongs at school. Visit our Attendance webpage for resources on attendance. Attend today, achieve tomorrow!

Middle School Bruin News

ms yearbook

Stay tuned for the link to order the MS yearbook.

7th Grade Signs of Suicide Presentation

All 7th grade students will be participating in the Signs of Suicide presentation to learn the Acknowledge-Care-Tell model through Advisory on October 23rd and 25th. Students will also be completing a screening to identify and help students who may be experiencing depression. Additional information and opt out details will be sent via eNotify.

October 11 – School In Session

Middle school students will have school on PSAT day on October 11, with a 2-hour early release. Stay tuned for more details.

High School Bruin News

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Class of 2024 News

We are excited for the start of the school year and are looking forward to celebrating the success of our Class of 2024 Seniors all year. 

While the year may have just started, we are already looking forward to our End of Year celebrations for our senior class. Below are important dates for you to have and some upcoming meetings to help keep everyone up to date with important information for our graduating class. 

September 28th, 2023 - Senior Class Parents/Guardians Meeting @ 6:30 in the Little Theatre

  • Please enter through door 14 to the Little Theatre
  • We will cover important information for parents/guardians about the upcoming year
  • Jostens will be on hand to provide information about purchasing class rings, graduation announcements, and other graduation items

October 2nd, 2023 - Senior Students Meeting during Advisory 

  • Students will come to the Little Theatre during advisory to meet class sponsors and hear about important events for the year

October 6th, 2023 - Jostens on campus during all high school lunches

  • Class rings and senior graduation apparel samples will be displayed for purchase

October 23rd, 2023 - Senior Class Panoramic Picture

  • Seniors will take their class panoramic picture in the stadium during Advisory

March 7th, 2024 - 100 Days Meeting @ 6:30

  • Little Theatre
  • Informational session for parents leading up to graduation, prom, and All Night Grad Party

May 17th, 2024 - Prom - Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park 

June 4th, 2024 - Graduation - Eagle Bank Arena @ 2:00 pm

June 5th, 2024 - All Night Grad Party @ Saint James 11:00 pm

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Permission to Use Digital Resources

Some FCPS-approved digital resources require parent/caregiver consent before they can be used by students. Find the list of resources which require consent on the Digital Resources - Parent Consent page. This page also includes directions on how to provide permission. 

The due date for submitting the Digital Resource Consent Form is September 29. Parents can provide their consent in a variety of ways, through the Parent Digital Consent System, verbally to school staff, or through the printable form. Parental consent will expire at the end of each school year and can be revoked at any time by contacting the school.

Each digital resource used in FCPS has had an instructional and technical review. Information about the educational technology tools approved for use within FCPS can be found in the Digital Ecosystem Library. Learn more about FCPS-approved digital resources on the Digital Resources in FCPS webpage.

Health Room News

Volunteers Needed

The Health Room is looking for volunteers to help with Hearing & Vision Screening on October 2, 3, 4 and 5 in all 7th and 10th grade PE classes. We will be screening students from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm each of those days. If you are available to help part or all or one or more days, please contact Stephani Keen, Public Health Nurse, at 703-426-1012 or  No experience necessary! Training provided

Mark your calendars for Hearing & Vision Screening

Please ensure that your student has their glasses or contacts with them for hearing and vision screening. 7th graders will be screened on October 2 & 3; 10th graders will be screened on October 4 & 5 during PE classes or during Advisory if PE has previously been completed.

What is hearing and vision screening? 

Annual screening is conducted in coordination with the Department of Education pursuant to the Code of Virginia for all 7th and 10th graders at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Hearing screening is used to determine if a student might have hearing loss. Hearing screening is easy and not painful. All students who do not pass a hearing screening will be referred for a full hearing test (audiology evaluation). Vision screening is an evaluation used to identify whether students need additional eye care.  Did you know that people with vision loss are more likely to have Type 2 Diabetes, depression, or hearing loss? If there are signs of a vision problem, a referral will be made for a comprehensive eye exam. Please contact our Public Health Nurse, Stephani Keen, with any questions. 703-426-1012 or


Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Kick Off  

Join Superintendent Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation at Hayfield Secondary School on Tuesday, September 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m., or at Whitman Middle School on Wednesday, September 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions. 

These events are part of a series of Community Conversations this fall and spring in each region. Days and times for the additional region events will be shared soon. Visit FCPS’ webpage to find out when and where you can engage with Dr. Reid.

Register to attend. Pre-registration is not required. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability.

COVID Guidance

2023-24 Health and Safety Guidance for Schools

Although the COVID-19 hospital transmission level (previously the COVID-19 Community Transmission level) for Fairfax County is currently low, COVID-19 cases have risen in Virginia during the last few weeks, and flu season will soon be upon us. Be sure to review FCPS Health and Safety Guidance for the best ways to prevent the spread of disease and to find out when students should stay home from school.

District News/In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Important Forms for Caregivers to Complete
  • Immunization Reminder
  • Free Tutoring Resources

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

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