Good news! Yearbook signing IS NOT cancelled!

We are excited to announce that the FBTA yearbook signing tradition is alive, and it’s fully digital to suit our socially-distanced students. Jostens has just launched a new platform, Yearbook Digital Signing Pages, that gives every student the chance to create virtual signing pages, invite their friends to leave messages, and print out the final pages to keep with the … Read More

Social media in quarantine
Connecting with the outside world

– by Ava J, senior – During this time of social distancing, many students have more free time than normal. This free time can be consumed by phones and social media, such as: Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and TikTok.  During quarantine, these apps have given students a source of outside communication while they are stuck inside. Students can see what everyone … Read More

College testing cancelled
Information for students about SAT/ACT

– by Caleb P, junior – Everything is cancelled, life has stopped, or that’s what is seems. Due to COVID-19, College Board cancelled the March 14, May 2, and June 6 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration. ACT has also responded to COVID-19 by rescheduling their tests from April 4 to June 13. Students are required to change their schedule, … 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

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

How students are holding up
Online learning and new home activities

– by Liza F, senior – With online learning, the scheduling pressures are different than your traditional school day. Students don’t need to worry about making it to class by a bell or a specific time. Schedules are more flexible, giving students the chance to work at their own pace.  While some students have noticed more flexible time with online learning, … Read More

College students have returned

– by Peter V, junior – During this COVID-19 pandemic, colleges have switched to online learning and most have sent their students home. Some students who had campus jobs or were in the graduate programs stayed at college due to the outbreak where they lived or the fact that they didn’t have a job back home to help pay for … Read More

Cutting the year short
Students open up about online classes

– by Andrea B, senior – When the governor announced that all schools in the state of Virginia would close for the rest of the year, that not only meant ending the 2020 school year earlier than usual, but also meant canceling many extracurriculars, like girls’ soccer, spring concerts, and the annual ODACS Fine Arts competition.  “It’s sad that we … Read More

Home sweet homeschool
How does online learning compare to homeschooling?

– by Alexandra, freshman – Online Distance Learning began March 23, due to a statewide shutdown of all public and private schools by Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam. What looked like a short-term period of “homeschooling” has now turned into an entire quarter, taking students and teachers to the end of the academic year.  For some students, who have previously been … Read More