Sports awards over camera

– by Peter, junior – On May 19, the Athletic Awards Program was live-streamed in the FBTA auditorium. What made this a unique experience was that no one was present to receive their awards.  “I thought the sports banquet went great! It was really cool that we could still have it online,” said Haston, senior.  One of the major things … 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

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

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