New places to explore
Testing out the new playground high on To Do list

Students waited in anticipation as Mrs. Darby and Mrs. Pigott cut the ceremonial ribbon celebrating the opening of the new playground last spring. They were able to enjoy the place for two whole days before the world was shut down with the coronavirus pandemic.  Now students will finally be able to explore the different areas and find their new favorite … Read More

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

First things first
Teen Revival kick off

Our church teen group kicked off the year with a 4-day revival beginning Saturday, Aug. 8, through Wednesday, Aug. 12.  The keynote speaker was Evangelist Ron DeGarde, who is a regular speaker at the Wilds Christian Camp and Southland Christian Camp. Evangelist DeGarde has been in the ministry for over 20 years.  After such an odd summer of separation, the … Read More

A year in review
2020 yearbook news

Final page submissions for the 2020 yearbook were due on March 16. The entire school closed down on March 13. “We were so fortunate to have had that last yearbook marathon the week before to take any final missing pictures,” said Mrs. Dyck, advisor. “If we had closed one week earlier, we would have missed capturing so many events. I … 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

Finals week
Students finish final exams from home

– by Kiersten, junior – Students at FBTA endured their final week of online learning on May 18 through May 21, with a week full of final exams, papers, and projects for many students. There were certain exams scheduled for each day, but several teachers opted to have their students write a final paper or do a project as their … 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

Can you guys hear me?
Teachers’ takes on virtual teaching

– by Kiersten G, junior – Contrary to the wishes of many students, classes are continuing regardless of the fact that school is not in session due to the COVID-19 crisis. This has been a very big adjustment for the students, but it has been just as new for all the teachers and staff. In mid-March, the teachers had a … 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

More free time inside

– by Ella S, sophomore – Now that the state of Virginia has been commanded to stay home, everybody must find a way to entertain themselves inside with limited outside exposure.  Although it’s difficult to find new things to keep busy with, the students of FBTA have been doing just that. Some students have been taking advantage of the nice … Read More