langley eNews
December 10, 2020
from the ptsa president
What a busy week it’s been! I’m so thankful for our wonderful PTSA volunteers and the multitudes of Langley and Cooper students and parents who braved the cold and brought food to the LHS parking lot on Monday for PTSA’s Together We CAN Fight Hunger Food Drive for SHARE of McLean. Together our school community exemplified the spirit of giving, donating more than 6,500 food items to help feed more than 50 local families with food insecurity.
Congratulations to Langley’s Class of 2021 for donating 1,959 items and winning the friendly competition to see which class could donate the most items — Way to go Seniors!

Adding to the week’s excitement, on Tuesday evening nearly 1,100 parents and students from across FCPS high schools attended the Langley PTSA-sponsored "The Future of College Admissions" webinar with author Jeff Selingo. LHS’ own College and Career Services Advisor, Hannah Wolff, expertly moderated the highly engaging hour-long session. A million thanks to the Family Network Committee for their planning and coordination of the food drive and webinar, as well as the Saxon Parents Walk & Talk at the LHS track, which concluded for the season on Tuesday.

Before your holiday to-do list gets too long, be sure to fill out the interest survey from our PTSA Summer Opportunities Initiative Committee, consider donating to our Langley Cares Fund and send a Super Saxon Shoutout to teachers and staff who are going above and beyond to help our students thrive.

~ Kitty Gonzalez, PTSA President
langley cares fund
Looking for a way to help Langley students and their families who have acute financial needs? This holiday season please consider donating to the PTSA Langley Cares Fund. Our LHS social worker will confidentially distribute gift cards for groceries and basic care items while keeping the names of all recipients anonymous to the PTSA.

To make a tax-deductible donation, click here. Through your generosity, we hope to aid everyone in our Langley community who needs assistance during this time of economic uncertainty due to the pandemic. Thank you for helping your fellow Langley students and families!
calling all attorneys
Langley's Model Judiciary Club is seeking attorneys/judges to volunteer to help the team prepare for its mock trial competition! The virtual competition will be held in late January or early February (date TBD). The mock court case is a criminal trial, so those licensed to practice in Virginia and experienced in criminal defense and/or prosecution are especially appreciated.

Volunteers would meet virtually with the club on Wednesdays, 3-4 pm on six dates: Dec 16, Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 and Feb 3. If volunteers' time allows, they could meet more to provide feedback on cases as the competition date nears. Activities include judging practice mock trials during meetings and providing feedback, helping students construct trial cases (opening and closing statements, questions, theories, etc.), and (only if interested) providing advice and help through the rest of the year through lessons and as a guest speaker.

To help the club with the competition, please first fill out this form and email it to and also to Upon approval, the club sponsor, Ms. McCommas, will contact you.

Questions? Contact Thank you for helping the Model Judiciary Club!
langley book group -- who gets in and why?
Mark your calendars for Jan 11, 2021, when Langley's College and Career Specialist Hannah Wolff will host a book discussion group for the Langley community on Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions by Jeff Selingo.

Mr. Selingo's book, included on The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2020, is filled with insights gleaned from a year in the trenches with college admissions directors. Ms. Wolff will facilitate discussions on topics including: the test-optional choice, applying early decision, and how students should create a balanced list of colleges. All are welcome!

For those not able to attend this past Tuesday's webinar with Mr. Selingo, click here to watch the recording.
underclass photos make-up
Did you miss underclass photo days? The make-up day is Mon, Jan 11, 8:30 am4 pm. Click here to sign up for a time slot. On picture day, masks are required except when seated for pictures and students will enter and exit Langley through separate doors.

Photo packages can be ordered online both before and after picture day at mylifetouch. Use ID code EVT9F8SVT. (Camera cards or picture tickets aren’t required, and no orders will be taken on the picture day.)

Students will get a photo ID on site and the picture packages will be mailed to their homes. Questions? Contact Kelly Mulligan at
ptsa summer opportunities committee
A new Langley PTSA Summer Opportunities Committee was created to help students enhance their extracurricular portfolios. Currently in the exploratory and planning phase, this committee will provide resources for students to discover, apply for and obtain work, enrichment and internship experiences, especially during the summers following sophomore and junior years. The committee will assist LHS College and Career Services by contributing to a database of these opportunities and launch skills-building sessions for students to access

We need your help to make the PTSA Summer Opportunities Initiative a success! Please share your student's level of interest, as well as your ideas and any contacts or resources that you can contribute to this effort. Click here for the survey. Thank you for your support!
ptsa membership
Did you know that donations to the Langley PTSA are tax deductible? If you are thinking about your year-end, tax-deductible donations, consider making a gift to the Langley PTSA!  

Join the PTSA and as an added perk, all Langley PTSA parent members will be entered into a raffle for two sets of prize combos - a Tervis brand Saxon water bottle and a Langley car magnet. Join on or before Fri, Dec 18 to be entered in the raffle and you could win! 
buy a leaf for the legacy tree
A leaf for the Langley Legacy Tree makes a great holiday gift! The Legacy Tree, located in the LHS Lobby and across from the Main Office, is a permanent and prominent record of generous courtyard contributors. Choose your engraved message — leaves make wonderful tributes to students, teachers, family and friends.

Buy your leaves, acorns or birds now, and print this tribute note to present to the recipient honored on your leaf. Giving levels are copper leaf ($50), silver leaf ($100), gold leaf ($200) and acorn or bird ($500). Leaves will be placed on the tree as soon as covid-19 restrictions allow.
Your leaf donation will help fund the beautification of the third and final LHS courtyard to be renovated. Many thanks to the hundreds of Langley families who already have donated leaves to the Langley Legacy Tree!

Visit the new Courtyard Legacy Tree page on the PTSA website for more details and a history of the project. Questions? Email
holiday shopping
Are you purchasing items on Amazon over the holidays? Langley can benefit while you shop! Just visit, then sign in to your account and enter Langley High PTSA as the organization. AmazonSmile offers the same prices, selection and service as Amazon. Don’t forget to update your Amazon phone app. Happy shopping, and thanks for supporting Langley! 
hockey news
Langley Varsity Hockey lost a close game, 6 goals to 7, against a strong Battlefield team last Fri, Dec 4. Team Captain Charlie Tourbaf and Kameron Khazai each scored twice. Mike Kuligowski scored one goal, and, in an epic David-versus-Goliath matchup, freshman Noah Scheinerman outgunned a talented Battlefield goalie to score on a penalty shot.

Langley JV Hockey amassed a decisive 12-2 win against Briar Woods/Independence JV on Sat, Dec 5. Aidan Jacques led the scoring frenzy with 4 goals. Peter Kuligowski, Ian Sitilides, and Maxim Starukhin scored two goals each, while Lucas Abousleiman and Jamison Huang both scored once.

Langley Varsity next takes the ice against Patriot/Rappahannock on Dec 11, while Langley JV plays local rivals Herndon/South Lakes on Dec 12.
saxons, did you know…
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… according to the 2019 FCPS youth survey, 5.5% of students reported vaping flavor only, a 50% decrease from 2018 where 10.3% reported flavor only. Although this is good news, it remains important to note that some flavored products are not regulated by the FDA so the “flavor only” label could be false.
class news
Read below for class news. Click the green class buttons to go to each class's webpage.
It’s time to order graduation caps and gowns! While many graduation details are yet to be determined, we still need to get the cap and gown orders in. The deadline for this (very short and easy) form is this Fri, Dec 11.

Mark your calendars if you haven’t already — the graduation date is set for Wed, June 2, 2021.
service opps
cleanup help: Our neighbors at Spring Hill Elementary need help with landscape cleanup on Sat, Dec 12 from 9-11 am. Earn service hours! Please bring a rake, gloves, and water. Don’t forget to wear a mask. Questions? Contact Kim Saxenian at
clothing drive: Our local community partner, SHARE of McLean, needs winter clothing for children of all ages. New or almost new winter coats, boots and sneakers, hats and mittens are most appreciated, as SHARE does not have the resources to sort clothing and shoes. Click here for the flyer or here for more info about SHARE.

Bring donations to the collection box located between the glass doors at McLean HS's main entrance; or to SHARE at McLean Baptist Church, 1367 Chain Bridge Road, McLean on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8:30 am – 12 pm.

Need to arrange an alternate drop-off time? Contact Sherri at
upcoming events
Dec 21-Jan 1: Winter Break
Jan 4: Classes Resume
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