langley eNews 
1/11 / 2018  

curriculum night rescheduled
Curriculum Night has been rescheduled for Wed, Jan 17 at 6:30 pm.  If snowed out, it will not be rescheduled. 
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.  

And remember to get your student's ticket for the All-Night Grad Party, June 7-8 at McLean Sport & Health. Ticket prices are $80 but increase to $85 after March 1st. Click here for the ticket sale flyer and here for the parent-student authorization form.

Please help with the senior slideshow.  If you are interested, please contact Ana Carvajal at . Send photos of the Class of 2018 (group shots are preferred) and please identify students in the photo, if possible. Send all photos to: .

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.

Save the Date:  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 . Include only pictures of the Class of 2020 and only Langley HS events. Please send us your BEST SHOT.  If you take 30 pics at an event, send us your 1 or 2 favorite photos, not all 30. Email subject line = name/date of event. For more recommendations, see the sophomore class webpage.
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notes from the ptsa president
Snow, Snow....Ice and Freezing Rain! 2018 is certainly starting with a arctic blast that is!

snowman_snowy_dec.jpg Hopefully, everyone knows you don't have to wait for the morning news to learn if school has been cancelled or delayed. Due to the speed of updating, the official @FCPSnews Twitter account (with blue checkmark) is generally the first and fastest mode of communication about weather delays. If you subscribe to Delayed Openings and School Closings under  News You Choose , notices will be delivered right to your inbox or you can check  where alerts will be posted at the top of the page. Click here  to learn more about Weather Cancellation procedures. Remember that while streets here in McLean may seem fine, our boundaries stretch all the way out Georgetown Pike to Route 7 where the conditions can vary greatly. We want all our students to have a safe commute to school.

What do these missed days mean for the Green and Gold Calendar?  I'm sure your students already know that it will not change. If you miss a green day you will return on a gold day or vice versa. Click
here for a link to the LHS calendar. This is helpful in making sure your students are coming to school with the correct assignments completed.

Students are celebrating Spirit Week this week leading up our home Varsity double-header basketball games against our cross-town rival, McLean, on Friday night. Girls tip off at 5:45 pm and boys play at 7:30 pm. Girls Freshman and JV teams will play at McLean Wednesday night at 5:30 pm and 7:15 pm. Boys Freshman and JV teams will play at home Thursday night at 5:45 pm and 7:15 pm. Come support your fellow Saxons and show you school spirit! Check out the Athletic Boosters Store if you need some Langley gear.

We hope you can join us for our next Principal's Coffee/PTSA Meeting on Wed, Jan 17, 9 am at Cooper MS. We are excited to announce that Dr. Heather Tedesco will be giving a presentation about "Talking to Your Teens About the Tough Stuff." See the announcement below.

Stay Warm!

~ Jennifer Feinstein, PTSA President
volunteers needed for langley science fair
The Langley science fair is Jan 17 from 3:15 pm to 7:15 pm in the Science rooms hallway. This is  a major project for Langley's science honor students and would not be possible without the continued support of our parents. Click here for more information and to volunteer.
2018-2019 school calendar
Click here to see the FCPS standard school year calendar for the 2018-2019 school year .  Students will begin the year on Tues, Aug 28 , and the last day of school will be on Thurs, June 13, 2019

The calendar provides a three-day break for Thanksgiving, Nov 21-23, 2018.  Winter break  is scheduled from Dec 24, 2018, through Jan 4, 2019, and spring break is scheduled for the week of Apr 15, 2019. A total of seven teacher workdays, four school planning days, and three staff development days are included in the 2018-19 calendar.
next ptsa meeting is jan 17
Please join us for the next Principal's Coffee/PTSA Meeting on Wed, Jan 17 at 9 am at Cooper MS . Our featured speaker, Dr. Heather Tedesco, will present "Talking To Your Teens About the Tough Stuff." 

Now that we have all seen the Youth Survey results, she can help us keep open the lines of communication with our children so we can talk to them about difficult topics. Dr. Tedesco is an applied psychologist with a private practice in McLean, where she works with parents one-on-one and in small groups. She helps parents address concerns in their family life, shows parents how they can support their children if they struggle with motivations, anxiety, anger, or other common issues, shares ways parents can encourage healthy psychological development at any age, and helps parents take the long view of raising children who grow into happy, authentically successful adults.

Prior to Dr. Tedesco's presentation, we will provide some brief PTSA announcements as well as hear school updates from Principal Amico.
all district bands
Congratulations to the 32 Langley band students selected for the all-district bands!  This is the third consecutive year that we've set a new record for Langley students selected, along with a record number of students auditioning. This year we also set a school record of 15 students selected for the Wind Ensemble, who are therefore eligible to audition for the All-Virginia ensembles!

Selected for the Wind Ensemble (and all-Virginia eligible): Surya Ambardar, Sabrina Barker, Cherri Chen, Gaoyang Ganjin, Forrest Johnston, Michael Kim, Arman Parastaran, Kevin Phlips, Jed Prickett, Cindy Prickett, Cindy Rodi, Jeffrey Song, Wendy Tang, Izzy Tice, Boris Topalov, Justin Yoo.

Selected for the Symphonic Band: Justin Bahr, Jack Dunne, Cameron Edgington, Ian Ha, Madison Holt, Ender Jaska, Sunney Kang, Logan King, Zachary Li, Ethan Lu, Tracy McConnaughay, Eliza Pastore, Alan Phlips, Richard She, Clark Tao, Belinda Xi, Andrea Zhang.

Alternates : Jordan Bell, Stephanie Bi, Daniel Cao, Max Dallas, Greg Gersony, Lauren Maloney, Surya Reddy, Laura Warrington, Amanda Yo, Darrel Zhang.
fcps academy open houses
FCPS High School Academies  a r e centers within an existing high school that offer advanced technical and specialized courses that integrate career and academic information. As many of you know, some students at Langley High School take courses during the school day (bussing provided) at one of our academies as a part of their regular schedule. 

Students who are interested in finding out more information regarding academy classes can attend an academy open house. There you will have an opportunity to learn more about the academy, meet the teachers, and tour learning labs. Please see below for the schedule of academy open houses that serve Langley High School. Links to the school's web sites are also listed for more information.

Falls Church Academy: Thurs, Jan 11, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Marshall Academy: Thurs, Jan 11, 6 - 7:30 pm
Fairfax Academy: Tues, Feb 6, 6:30 - 8 pm

Please take a few moments to look at the academy web sites to see if you might be interested in taking an academy class next year. If you are interested, attend the open house, and be sure and let your school counselor know during course registration.
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!
combatting anxiety workshop
The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a free parent workshop, Identifying and Treating Anxiety in Children and Teens.  Dr. Krystal M. Lewis from the National Institute of Mental Health, Development and Affective Neuroscience Section, will present the science and biological roots of anxiety in children and teens on Fri, Jan 19, 10 am to 12 pm, Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1 - Room 100.  The workshop will cover:
  • How to identify anxious youth
  • How to change anxious thinking through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Strategies for treating specific anxiety disorders
Click here to register. The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers free parent workshops throughout the year. The full schedule is available here.
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.
we want to hear from YOU!
The eNews team is glad to bring  reports of our great school and its  students and staff to  the Langley parent community . The newsletter is put together by a very small group of parent volunteers without the resources to be real reporters. We compile submissions from teachers, administrators, coaches, FCPS sources, and parents and students themselves into a publication that we hope is useful to many. 

If you don't see a report of your child's team's achievement, please let us know! If his or her classroom has embarked on a cool project, write to us about it! If someone is representing LHS in any venue, we would love to know. Is there someone in school who  deserves a spotlight?

Some guidelines: If it's a report of  individual achievement, the honor should be significant. We can't promote a business or an outside organization. Best stories relate to activities within the school or at least adjacent! Photos always a plus. Feel free to contact us at
Jan 15 MLK Day -- student holiday
Jan 17 Principal Coffee/PTSA General Membership Meeting, 9 am at Cooper MS
Jan 17 Curriculum Night, 6:30 pm, *Rescheduled*
Jan 24 Choral Concert
Jan 25 End of Q2
Jan 26
Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
Jan 29 Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
For a full list of upcoming events, visit the LHS website Events page