langley eNews 
1/18 / 2018  

Please join us for our next Class Coffee  - Wed, Jan 31 at 9 am at Cooper MS, Room 130. We will have a Parent Panel of veteran parents who will share tips, give us the straight scoop, and answer questions about getting our seniors ready for the college send-off. If you can bring something, please sign up here.

Don't forget to get your tickets for Capitol Steps , performing at Langley on Sun, Feb 11. Click here for the ticket sale form.  

February 27 at 6 pm is our Junior Class Dinner , followed by college planning night hosted by Student Services. If you can't recall if you bought tickets to the dinner, check with Maura Bollinger,,or Ann Haley, Or you can purchase tickets by using the class dues form and sending in your payment ($20 per person) to the main office.

Our second  Sophomore Parent Forum  is on  Wed, Feb 7, 9:30-11 am at St. John's Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike, McLean VA 22101. Join us for sophomore-specific updates on all aspects of Langley. Please consider contributing bite-sized snacks, click here to sign up.

Please submit photos from LHS winter concerts, sports, and activities. Email to . For more recommendations, see the sophomore class webpage.
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notes from the ptsa president
We are getting ready to wrap up another quarter at Langley. Students will be released two hours early on Thurs, Jan 25 and will be off school on Jan 26 and 29. Now is the time to remind your students to check their Student Vue accounts to make sure all their assignments are turned in and they are caught up on any quizzes and tests. This is especially important for seniors as 
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semester transcripts will be sent off to colleges at the close of this quarter.

While students are getting all their school work in order, parents are probably busy getting houses back in order after the holiday break, snow days and long weekend. As you are cleaning up, if you received any holiday gifts you don't plan to use yourself, please consider donating them to the PTSA Staff Raffle. This has been a great way to say "thank you" to our staff and the raffles give them a fun treat to look forward to as the winners are announced.

All this talk of cleaning up and getting things in order has me thinking about Spring cleaning....ahhhh....Spring. Only 8 1/2 weeks until the First Day of Spring - March 20! Until then, fire up the crock pots, stock up on hot chocolate and s'mores supplies and stay warm!

~ Jennifer Feinstein, PTSA President
langley scientists compete
Science is the engine that drives society forward and in our midst is the next generation of scientists who will make that happen. The LHS Science Olympiad team took third place at the Fairfax HS Invitational last weekend, no small feat given there were 62 teams competing!

Science Olympiad tests 
knowledge, inquiry and application 
across a multitude of categories, including engineering, biology, chemistry, ecology, anatomy, physics, forensics, and more. It also requires teamwork and ability to follow detailed directions (or suffer a crushing penalty).  

Team highlights include the following medal winners:
1st Place, Optics - Emma Ritchie and Griffith Nguyen
2nd Place, Microbe Mission - Reva Siva and Rupa Siva 
2nd Place, Thermodynamics - Alex Surratt and Casey Crawford
3rd Place, Hovercraft - Alex Surratt and Grace Gent
3rd Place, Fermi Questions - Luke Flaxman and Aaron Lao
3rd Place, Disease Detectives - Reva Siva and  Amy Wen 
3rd Place, Forensics - Christine Wen and Amy Wen
3rd Place, Towers - Anna Krause-Steinrauf and Emmeline Wang
4th Place, Material Science - Alice Liu and Emma Ritchie 
4th Place, Chemistry Lab - Dan Ni and Daniel Mousavi
5th Place, Mission Possible - Alex Surratt and Camden Hao

The 45 member team is led by Science teachers Leah Puhlick and Kenny Torres. The invitational competitions prepare the team for Regionals. The top Regional teams are invited to States and top State teams qualify for Nationals held in Colorado.  

The next Science Olympiad Invitational Competition takes place at Yale the last weekend in January. Let's cheer on our Langley Science Olympiad team!

get the new directory app
Langley has a new and updated student directory  App now available to download from the App Store and Google Play. To download the App, simply click here for the iTunes app or here for the  app on Google Play. You can also search for "AtoZ Connect" in the App Store or Google Play.  Your same login information will work. If you're  having trouble logging in, go to and click Forgot  Password.

With the App, you can access the directory  where and whenever you desire right from your phone or tablet. The new App has a number of great new features, so download it today and check it out.   Don't forget to delete the old app from your phone. 
girls basketball: All three teams continue with District play this week. Also, a big congratulations to senior point guard Jordyn Callaghan who was named a 2018 McDonald's All American Game Nominee.  

volleyball: Congratulations to Elena Shklyar, Virginia's 2017-2018 Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the year! Click here to see highlights. 

Spring sports tryouts begin on Mon, Feb 19. Students require the following to be eligible to tryout. 
1. Completed VHSL form turned into the Activities Office. Click here for form. 
2. Concussion Education program completed by student and one parent. Click here and complete now. 
3. Emergency care form can be found here. Turn it into the coach's mailbox located in the Activities Office.

Additional eligibility requirements can be found on our website by clicking here

For tryout dates and times for each sport check the sport and then click on the "NEWS" tab for information. 
To be eligible to tryout, all requirements must be complete BEFORE the first day of tryouts. Don't delay. Complete NOW!
important information about ap testing
FCPS has a new policy regarding activity and test fees for the 2017-18 school year.  Because of this new policy, FCPS has offered the option for AP students to opt-out of taking AP exams. A letter highlighting important information families need to know and an AP Opt-out form specific to each student were distributed to all AP students on Jan 10 through their 3rd period class.  If your student did not receive an Opt-out form or letter, please contact Student Services.

Important information:  FCPS will pay for six AP exams TOTAL. This includes tests previously taken. Any additional exams will cost $93 per test. For example, if your student took 1 AP as a Freshmen; 2 AP's as a Sophomore; 3 AP's as a Junior, and is now enrolled in 4 AP's during the senior year, the county will charge for all 4 AP courses taken this year.  FCPS will bill families for any testing fees in March. Families will need to create a My School Bucks Account and submit payment that way. 

All students in an AP course will receive the 1.0 weight to their GPA. They do NOT need to sit for the exam to get the weight. LHS, as well as FCPS, hopes that all students will sit for exams in which they are enrolled to demonstrate the hard work they did throughout the course.  More information regarding this policy, as well as FAQ's, can be found here.

If your child is NOT going to sit for an AP test for a class in which they are enrolled, please check the box on the form they received and have your student return it to the Student Services Department in Trailer 34 by Feb 2. The form only needs to be turned in if you are opting out of an exam.
ap exam accommodations
The deadline for eligible students to apply for accommodations for the May 2018 Advanced Placement (AP) exams is Fri, Feb 23.  Please contact Pam Jelinek, SSD Coordinator, at  to obtain the necessary forms.
everyone can use a good laugh
The Capitol Steps  will perform their musical satire in the LHS Auditorium on Sun, Feb 11 at 7 pm. Their latest hilarious program, "Orange Is The New Barack," is constantly being updated. Everyone is invited to attend for nonpartisan fun! Tickets are on sale NOW and can be purchased on the order form found here.  Proceeds from the show support the Class of 2018 All-Night Grad Party, a fun-filled and safe event for our graduating seniors. The show is open to the general public, so buy tickets for friends and family!
senior ethics forum - adult volunteers needed
This year our Senior Ethics Forum will be held on Tues, Mar 13 from 8:15 am to 2:45 pm and we need adult volunteers.

What is the LHS Senior Forum?
Seniors rotate through modules where an ethical dilemma is presented, followed by small or large group discussions. We need volunteer table leaders to work with groups of 8 students to facilitate small group discussion in each module. A brief training session for table leaders is provided.

Why should I volunteer at a Senior Forum?
Since we all know that our kids talk and listen more when their parents aren't around, senior parents, teachers and school staff do not serve in this capacity, so we need parents of underclassmen or adults outside of the Langley parent community.

You can click here to sign up. If you'd like more information, contact Kim Wenk at

You don't have to be a LHS parent to volunteer . If you know of anyone who would be interested, please give them the sign up link or refer them to Kim.   Feedback from the past senior classes has been overwhelmingly positive. We have table leaders who return year after year and truly value spending the day with Langley seniors. Don't miss the opportunity to participate in this important program.
free sat practice available on khan academy
Did you know the official SAT Practice available on the Khan Academy website can  be  linked to your child's PSAT exam? Your student's SAT practice is then tailored to meet your student's needs and it's free-of-charge! 

Khan Academy's SAT practice tools include:
  • Thousands of practice questions, reviewed and approved by the College Board
  • Official SAT Practice Tests written by the College Board
  • Personalized instruction and practice to help students with their knowledge gaps
Now that students' PSAT scores have been delivered, students must link their accounts in order to have access to this resource. To help with this process, the College Board has provided a PowerPoint and a video
Jan 24 Choral Concert
Jan 25 End of Q2
Jan 26
Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
Jan 29 Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
Jan 31 
Senior Parent Coffee, 9am, Cooper
Feb 3
Sadie Hawkins Dance, 8-10 pm, Langley Hall
Feb 7
Sophomore Parent Forum, 9:30-11 am, St, John's Episcopal Church
Feb 9
Freshman Parent Coffee, 9:30-11 am, Room 130
Feb 9 & 10
LHS Winter Play, 7 pm, Auditorium
Feb 11
Capitol Steps, 7 pm, Auditorium
Feb 13
Driver's Ed Program "Parents for Safe Teen Driving," 7 pm
Feb 18
President's Day - student holiday 
For a full list of upcoming events, visit the LHS website Events page