langley eNews
January 9, 2020
from the ptsa president
Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful winter break and that your start to the New Year has been a great one!

As the first semester winds down, students are looking toward their curriculum and course selections for 2020-2021. Due to school cancellation yesterday, the Student Services Curriculum Night presentation has been rescheduled to Mon, Jan 13, 6:30 pm . If you aren’t able to attend the evening presentation, you'll have another opportunity to hear the information at the PTSA meeting on Wed, Jan 15, 9:30 am . After a report from Principal Greer , Student Services Director Braden Peterson will discuss best fit and balance. When considering their course selections, students should also take into account the time associated with their extracurricular activities, sports and family time to develop a manageable schedule. A Q&A session will follow.

Everyone should have received an email on Dec 26 regarding Academic Advising Resources . This email contains registration dates, the LHS course catalog, AP course details, graduation requirements and core course recommendations from your child's current teachers.

I look forward to seeing you next Wednesday at our Langley PTSA meeting! 

~ Laura Skeen, PTSA President
new to langley?
Has your student transferred to Langley during the school year? If so, you may have a few questions regarding their course selections for next year. All parents of transfer students are invited to a small group session next Tues, Jan 14, 11 am in the Lecture Hall with Langley's Director of Student Services to answer any questions you may have about curriculum or course selection. Please RSVP to if you would like to attend.
langley castles and crowns trip
This summer, our History Department faculty are leading a group of 30 travelers on a nine-day tour of England and Scotland on the  Langley UK Castles and Crowns Trip . LHS students, parents and friends are invited! From June 16-24, the group will explore historic and cultural sites in London, Oxford, Edinburgh and others such as Shakespeare’s birthplace. Take note soccer fans: the group will be in London during the Euro 2020 London Football Festival and will take in some of the festivities!

Don't miss out! The last day to register i s Wed, Jan 15 . Go to MySchoolBucks to register and v iew this flyer and the WorldStrides Trip Page for more info. Email Mrs. McCommas with questions at .
capitol improvement: more laughs this year!
Laugh more, stress less in the New Year! The Capitol Steps are just the ticket for hilarious, bipartisan lampooning from DC’s own political satire group. They will perform live at LHS on Sun, Feb 23. Tickets are $37 and proceeds benefit this year's All-Night Grad Party (ANGP) . Order  online ,  or print this order form  and mail it with your payment to the address on the form. Tickets will be held at will-call the night of the performance. For more info, check the ANGP website  or contact Annette Bellino at .
sports notes
hockey:  The Langley Ice Hockey team wasn’t too far from the rink over the holiday break, as they battled against top high school hockey programs in the National Capital Purple Puck Tournament and then opened the 2020 calendar year with a quality league win over Briar Woods HS . Come cheer the Saxons into the second half of the season as they face off against Riverside HS this Fri, Jan 10, 7:55 pm at Reston SkateQuest .
basketball:   Langley Boys’ Basketball Youth Night is coming! Families, friends and neighbors with boys who play hoops are especially invited to come out to the boys’ games at Langley on Fri, Jan 24 . Click here for the flyer. The Saxons take on Yorktown HS starting at 4:30 pm (JV) and continuing at 5:45 pm (Freshmen) and 7:30 pm (Varsity) . All boys wearing basketball jerseys get in  free   and the night includes prizes, giveaways and halftime fun!
saxons, did you know …
the majority of opioid addicts start with pills, whether they are prescribed directly or are taken from a family member. To help combat opioid addiction, the Great Falls Village CVS has installed a medication drop box for unused medicines. It is available during business hours and is thought to be the first such box in any CVS.

A big thank you to Great Falls Village CVS Pharmacist Jordan Markowitz for arranging for this drop box. Please do not keep your unused medications!
class notes
Check here for important updates by class. Click on the green class buttons to go directly to each class page for more details.
We are almost half-way through the year and the  All Night Grad Party (ANGP)   will be here before you know it! Tickets are $75; the price rises to $85 after Mar 1 . Pay  online   or mail in the ANGP form . ANGP attendees also must turn in this signed  Authorization Form .

Help us have a great ANGP by participating in these fundraisers!

  • Feb 23: Capitol Steps ($37)
  • Apr 30: Congratulations Graduate yard signs ($30)
  • May 15: Raffle Tickets for Limo Ride & Box Seats in Constitution Hall for Graduation, ($10/ticket or $25/3 tickets)

The next Senior Class Parent Forum is Tues, Feb 4, 9:30-11 am in the Lecture Hall .
The next Junior Parent Forum isn't until March , but stay abreast of all our news -- click on the class button to go directly to the junior class page.
The Sophomore Class Dinner is Feb 12, 6 pm.  Dinner will be followed by a program, Mock College Admissions Case Studies , in which parents and students will participate in small group sessions with admissions counselors representing more than 30 universities from across the country. You won’t want to miss it! 
The next Freshmen Parent Forum is Thurs, Feb 6, 9:30-11 am in the Lecture Hall . See you there!
rise against hunger
Join the mission to end hunger!   Rise Against Hunger  will host a meal packaging event on Sat, Feb 8 at Colvin Run ES . The Langley Pyramid goal is to raise $34,000 by Jan 24 in order to package 100,000 meals (34 cents per meal).

Students can earn community service hours by helping at the event. Click  here   to volunteer or  here  to make a tax-deductible donation. Last year’s event was a huge success. This is a great opportunity to help children in need.
award opportunities
High school students are invited to showcase their artistic achievements  in the  2020 James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition . The competition is open to  9th-12th-grade students  who reside in or attend school in Dranesville Small Tax District 1A. The deadline to apply is  Fri, Jan 24 .

A $1,200 scholarship prize will be given to first-place winners in each of the following categories:  Dance, Theater, Vocal Music and Instrumental Music ; second-place winners in each category receive $800; third-place winners receive $400. Finalists must be present and prepared to perform in the  preliminary round of the competition the week of Feb 3 , and at the final competition on Wed, Mar 18 , to be eligible to receive an award.

Info and applications are  online . A non-refundable $20 fee is required with each submission. Questions? Contact Alden Youth Theatre Programs Director Danielle Van Hook at or 703-790-0123.
What does it take to be a good citizen? Have a try at the topic in the Virginia PTA Citizen Essay contest . Submissions must be at least 750 words and are due Feb 1 . District winners proceed to the state level, where winners receive cash prizes and are featured in Virginia PTA publications. Click here for the rules and entry form. 
Are you a foodie?  The Virginia PTA Power Plates Program recipe contest promotes healthy eating. It has five categories (breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snack) and you can enter in multiple categories. Entries consist of your recipe, photo of the dish and a short (less than 100 words) statement. Click here for the rules and entry form and here to view the flyer. The deadline in Feb 3
Seniors, would you like to win a $1,000 award?  The Virginia PTA honors seniors who’ve demonstrated a commitment to community service and academic achievement . Applications must be mailed (no electronic submissions) by March 2 . Click  here  for the application and here for more info. 
upcoming events
Jan 11: Dance Team Youth Clinic, 9 am
Jan 11: It’s Academic on NBC4, 10:30 am
Jan 13: Curriculum Night, 6:30 pm - Rescheduled
Jan 14: Curriculum Meeting for Transfer Families, 11 am
Jan 15: Principal’s Coffee/PTSA General Membership Meeting, 9:30 am
Jan 16-18: One Acts, 7pm
Jan 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - No School
Jan 22: Choral Pyramid Concert, 7 pm
Jan 24: End of 2nd Quarter
Jan 27: Teacher Workday - Student Holiday
Jan 28: Staff Development - Student Holiday
Jan 29: Saxon Service
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