Good News Bruins

November 2015

Thank You For Serving Our Community and Country
A small but enthusiastic group gathered this week to honor Lake Braddock veterans. Led by JROTC students and instructors, the Veterans Day event recognized faculty and staff who served in the Armed Forces prior to their careers in Fairfax County Public Schools. Our thanks goes out to these very special members of the Lake Braddock family:
Jim McLellan
Chris Wells
Wayne Wiles
Carol Morehouse
Pat Smith
Jesse Strom
Mike Burbach
Charlie Brewer
Shaun Conlin
Bill Meyers
Felix Caraballo
Carl Doren
Clayton Allen
Luann Hoyseth
Venetia Edwards

MS students participate in Veterans Day program to honor WWII Vets
The Golden Knights students went to the WWII Memorial to meet up with the Honor Flight Veterans on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11. In addition to the trip to the WWII Memorial, the Golden Knights students wrote a grand total of 332 letters to our honored veterans, to be delivered to them on their flight home during “Mail Call.”
Among the many distinguished veterans the Golden Knight students were able to meet and thank for their service was The Honorable “Bob” Dole, Senator and Republican nominee in the 1996 U.S. Presidential election.
The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created to honor America’s veterans for their sacrifices on behalf of our nation. They transport veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans, and World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill. Honor Flight is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing veterans with honor and closure.

Congratulations Bruin Marching Band on 35 Years of Superior Ratings
On Saturday, October 31, the Lake Braddock Marching Band performed in the State Marching Band Festival. This event is band’s equivalent to the Standards of Learning exam at the end of many courses. The band, for the 35th year in a row, earned superior ratings. To date, this is the longest string ever in the state of Virginia.
Congratulations Mike Luley, Pat Smith, Lou Bean, Sofia Moten, and all of the teachers/directors who work with our marching band.
The following is a link to their assessment performance on October 31.

MS Orchestra Dazzles with Star Spangled Banner Performance
The Lake Braddock Middle School Chamber Orchestra was selected to play for the November 5th meeting of the FCPS School Board. Playing prior to the meeting at Luther Jack-son MS, the orchestra performed the Star Spangled Banner. The Chamber Orchestra consists of 33 students and it is the highest middle school orchestra and is open to students by audition only. The students worked very hard on this performance and even memorized our national anthem in preparation for this performance and were rightfully rewarded by a long round of applause by the FCPS school board and audience members.

October 2015

Boys and Girls Cross Country are Conference Champions
Congratulations to our Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams for capturing the Patriot Conference Championship on Thursday, October 29 at Burke Lake Park. The girls were led by Kate Murphy, who finished first in the girls race. The boys were led by Colin Schaefer, who won the boys race. Both teams will compete in the Region 6 Championship next Wednesday at Burke Lake .

JROTC Team takes two firsts at Mid-Atlantic competition
On Saturday, October 17, 19 members of the Bruin Battalion Drill and Ceremony Team participated in the inaugural Kings Dominion Invitational JROTC Drill & Ceremony Competition. Our team took first place in both Unarmed Regulation Inspection and Unarmed Regulation Drill. After the trophy presentation, the "Drill Master," retired USAF TSgt Marshall, provided additional instruction to all cadets present to im-prove their techniques and understanding of Drill & Ceremony scoring.
Then, once all the formal part of the trip ended, the cadets changed clothes and enjoyed several hours in the Kings Dominion Amusement Park. We were even there for the beginning of "The Haunt," their pre-Halloween festivities after dark. This was a great way to begin the 2015-2016 Drill & Ceremony season. Thank you to everyone who supported this event, especially the parents who volunteered to help drive the team to and from Kings Dominion: Mrs. Araps, Mrs. Chang, and Mr. Westbrook.

U.S. Navy Band Performs In Little Theater
On Thursday, October 14, the United States Navy Band performed a concert here at Lake Braddock. 11 of our students had the rare chance to join Navy Band members on stage in a performance of “The Washington Post,” a march composed by John Philip Sousa in 1889. This is just one example among many of the exciting things going on at Lake Braddock every day.

MS Readers Spend Summer … Reading!!
Over 150 Middle School students participated in the Top 10 Readers Challenge this past summer. On Friday, October 16, they were recognized in a day-long celebration that started in Kathy Williams’ room at 7:30 AM. Students were invited to pick up a souvenir Top 10 Readers Challenge filled with a few goodies and then find their English teacher for more goodies. Each student was invited to participate in a book club which was held during MS lunches.
Hurray MS Readers!!

Congratulations to our National Merit Semi-Finalists
Congratulations to our recently named National Merit Semi-Finalists.
Divya Menon
Alyssa Rucker
Kathy Tao
James Smith
Liam Twomey
Lake Braddock’s semi-finalists are among 238 in Fairfax County Public Schools which covers 18 schools. Five is a LBSS high. These seniors will be able to compete for scholarships and awards totaling $33 million. Finalists will be an-nounced in the spring of 2016. Congratulations to these bright and hard-working students.

Congratulations, Custodians!
The Lake Braddock custodial staff has been recognized for keeping our school shipshape! The custodians are graded on their performance through a series of inspections conducted by our plant operations manager throughout the year. They consistently achieve top marks, resulting in an award for successfully maintaining a clean and safe learning environment and keeping our grounds well groomed during the 2014-15 school year. Please make a point to thank our custodians for their excellent work in maintaining a clean and well functioning campus that benefits us all. Kudos to our custodians!

LB Business earns Blue Star Designation for financial literacy
Congratulations to our Business Department, whose students have earned LB the designation, Blue Star School, for the 2014-2015 academic year. To earn the designation, a school, testing more than ten students, must have achieved a 75% passing rate on our Financial Literacy Certification Test and have EITHER a majority of students on a given grade level take the test OR have the students who took it achieve an average score of 85% or higher. This is no small feat. Congratulations to our students for their accomplishment. Congratulations to our teachers who helped them become Certified Financially Literate™. Because of their dedicated and tireless commitment, the Economics and Personal Finance CT has given students vital knowledge about their personal finances. They have also provided students with the tools they need to become financially capable young adults.
Blue Star schools will be honored at the annual Money POWER Conference for Financial Literacy in New York City on November 3rd.

Marching band earns gold at Oakton competition
Congratulations to the Lake Braddock Marching Band for their award winning performance in the 30th Annual Oakton Classic Invitational Marching Band Competition. The Classic, which took place on Saturday, September 26, features many of the region’s best bands each year. The Marching Bruins scored highest in Music for the day and won the Oakton Gold Award for top band of Class 3A-5A. Overall, they scored second for the day. Regarding the band’s impressive achievements at this early point in the year, Director Mike Luley commented, “We are pleased to be moving in a good direction and have made significant progress in our marching.” The band is practicing for an upcoming competition at James Madison University as well as their assessment festival later this month.

September 2015

Sophomore gives impressive performance at Speech tournament
Lake Braddock Sophomore Jake Wartel advanced to the quarterfinals (top 24) of Original Oratory and the semi-finals (top 12) of Extemporaneous Speaking at the Wake Forest University Early Bird Speech Tournament in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Early Bird featured competitors from over 70 high schools from around the United States. Junior T.J. Hunt also represented the team, which is sponsored by Duane Hyland. Congratulations to Jake, T.J., and all the members of the team for a noteworthy start to this year’s Speech and Debate competitions.

Lake Braddock alumnus is member of the United States Air Force awe-inspiring Thunderbirds
Lake Braddock 2007 graduate Benjamin Ayivorh was in town last week, and to the good fortune of some of our JROTC students, he could not pass up the chance to drop in on his alma mater. As a member of the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds, Ayivorh was in the DC metro area for the 2015 Joint Andrews Base Airshow. The Thunderbirds are the flight demonstration squadron of the Air Force. Their worldwide performances are hailed for their choreography, precision, and excitement. JROTC students were lucky to meet Ayivorh, along with one of his fellow squadron members, and learn about what it takes to become a member of one of the most prestigious aerobatic teams in the world.

LB 8th grader proudly accepts plaque for 2nd place win in creative writing contest
Eighth grader Subham Gurung was surprised this week by a visiting Fairfax Elks Lodge member, who presented him with a plaque for his entry into an Elks-sponsored writing contest. Subham entered the 2014-2015 Virginia Elks Associa-tion Americanism Essay Contest last year when his 7th grade creative writing teacher, Beth Spille, told students about the opportunity. His essay, which was written in response to the prompt, “What the Pledge of Allegiance Means to Me,” placed second in the contest.

LB Auto Tech students’ restored Caprice is part of police department’s antique cruiser collection
Students in the Lake Braddock Auto Tech program were recently recognized by Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) for their restoration of a 1989 Chevrolet Caprice police cruiser. The project included component replacement of engine, transmission, drive train, and braking systems. The students, under the guidance and direction of Auto Tech Teacher Dominic Prakash, were credited with an outstanding job of restoring the cruiser, which had remained idle for over seven years.

The cruiser will be part of the FCPD’s Antique Cruiser Fleet, and a permanent part of the Department’s history. Each cruiser represents a phase in the progression of police cruiser design and related law enforcement technology. A plaque recognizing the work of the Lake Braddock students will be displayed with the vehicle.

Lake Braddock Student Elected to the Key Club International Board of Trustees
Fairfax County, Virginia, July 2015 – Anastasia Slepukhova of Lake Braddock Secondary School was recently elected to the 2015-16 Key Club International Board of Trustees.

At the 73rd annual convention of Key Club International, held earlier this summer in Indianapolis, Slepukhova was one of 25+ stu-dents from all over the country to campaign for this prestigious leadership position. Slepukhova was elected to one of 11 positions of international trustee. In her new role, she will work with the rest of the Key Club international board to define the ad-ministrative policies of Key Club International. She will help inter-pret the scope and meaning of the bylaws, carry out committee directives and maintain con-sistent communication with the leadership of the districts to which she is assigned.

Slepukhova has been an active member of Key Club throughout her high school career, serving last year as governor and chief executive officer of Capital District Key Club, which represents all of Virginia, D.C., Maryland and Delaware. In addition to her election, Slepukhova was recognized at the convention with a distinguished governor award for her work last year.

Slepukhova will serve on the Key Club international board throughout her senior year of high school and will be retired at the international convention in Atlanta in July 2016. The Key Club of Lake Braddock Secondary School is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Tysons Corner/McLean, Virginia

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