Catching up on old news
Summer activities, senior trip, graduation

The virus pandemic this past spring threw the entire academic schedule completely out of phase for the final three months of the prior school year.   On the afternoon of March 13, rumors began flying that Fairfax schools would be closing for two weeks in order to plan how to handle the novel coronavirus. Two weeks dragged into a month, … Read More

Let them eat cake!
Senior Spring Banquet rescheduled for July

– by Alexandra, freshman – The senior teen banquet was canceled in the midst of the Covid-19 statewide shutdown and stay-at-home orders which began in March. However, this Friday, May 29, northern Virginia will have a Phase 1 Reopening, and Phase 2 is just around the corner. By July northern Virginia should be in a Phase 3 re-opening, making it … Read More

School is out for summer!
The days leading up to summer break

– by Ava, senior – May 21 was the last day of online classes for FBTA. Building up to summer break, the last week of school was filled with final projects, exams, and assignments. Students finally completed their first-ever distance learning experience! Most teachers gave out tests that were based on the student’s abilities to comprehend the material taught. For … Read More

Improvise, adapt, overcome
Senior trip postponed, but seniors get week off

– by Caleb, junior – The senior class usually goes on a once-in-a-lifetime senior trip for one week to NY and the Wilds, but due to Covid-19, the trip got postponed. However, this change wasn’t going to make the week a complete bust. Through the power of a Zoom meeting, Mr. Bradford told the senior class that they could take … Read More

New York news
Senior trip cancelled

– by Alyssa R, senior – The seniors had planned their senior trip to NYC for March 30 to April 1, but after schools were shut down, the annual trip was cancelled. They had many sight-seeing activities planned, such as watching “Wicked” on Broadway, shopping in Times Square, and going to see the Freedom Tower. “I am really sad about … Read More

Eggs, bacon, grits, sausage
Seniors “skip” classes for breakfast at IHOP

– by Andrea B, senior – On Feb. 4, the senior class went to IHOP with Mr. Bradford to eat breakfast and skip a couple of morning classes. The night before, the seniors had celebrated their annual Senior Night between their home basketball games.  “I liked how we were all united for a night,” said Lauren M, senior. “Our parents … Read More

Unconditional love and support
Senior Night recognizes seniors and parents

– by Caleb P, junior – During the FBTA basketball games against Evangel on Feb. 3, the school hosted a special, emotional moment for the seniors and their parents.  With a close game for JV boys and a victory for the varsity girls, and just before the Varsity boys were about to play, the loud speakers announced to the fans … Read More

Government through students’ eyes
2020 ODACS State Government Day

– by Peter V, junior – On Monday, Jan 27, the juniors and seniors attended the 2020 State Government Day in Richmond, VA, joining nearly 150 students and teachers from across the state.  Students were able to watch and see how the government and legislation work to pass bills and laws. The group also visited the floor of the House … Read More

Patent pending field trip

– by Andrew C, junior – On Nov. 12, the junior and senior economics classes visited the Federal Bureau of Engraving and the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum in the United States Patent and Trademark campus in Alexandria, VA. This gave the students an opportunity to discover inventions created by Americans throughout time and show the talent and … Read More