langley eNews 
1/12 /2017 

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Please join us for our next Principal's Coffee/PTSA meeting on  Wed, Feb 15, 9 am at  Cooper MS in Room 130. There's plenty of parking in the back of the school, and you can walk in the rear entrance. Topic suggestions can be sent to
Join us at the next parent coffee  on   Tues, Jan 17, 9:30-11 am  at St. John's Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike. Featured speakers include Student Services Dir  Sonya Williams and Assessment Coach  Jan Dabroski . Topics include: Curriculum Night Q&A, SOS (Signs of Suicide) results, PSAT/other testing insights and more.  Send email to if you have questions or comments.
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a message from the principal
Tonight is Curriculum Night, which is an important for students and parents to get information on possible courses to select next year. Teachers will delineate the differences among standard, honors, and AP courses. They will also try to give a realistic expectation of the amount of homework each class entails. 

As you go through this night and digest the information afterwards, keep in mind the totality of the course selection. While a student might be able to handle the requirements of one class, it might be too much to handle three or four such classes. We constantly discuss the "best fit" for our students. Keep in mind that students should be doing more than just classwork. They should be involved in a sport, a performing art, a visual art, a club, working, church activities, family activities, etc.. We want students to be well-rounded and happy. Please attend tonight and ask questions if you have them. We'll also post information on our web site.

On another note, we've moved new furniture into the newly opened humanities, science, math and CTE areas. The new furniture for both students and teachers is really nice -- you'll see it when you're here tonight!  I think you'll be impressed with the new areas that have opened. 

Lastly, we have many events happening at this time. Boys' and girls' basketball are in full swing. It's Academic is busy competing. One-Act plays will be in the auditorium Friday night. Model UN continues to compete and win at many competitions. Our Saxon Service is still growing and attracting new students.

Come out and see your Saxons compete or perform; they are an amazing group. Have a good weekend.

~ Fred Amico, LHS Principal
you bought stuff for school
Thank you to our amazingly generous Langley community! Your contributions benefit every Langley student and faculty member. 

We held our second round of appropriations and professional development funding last week.  Through your support, the PTSA was able to provide  a classroom set of TI calculators for the Science department,  marching band uniforms, a large-format printer and accessories for Career & Technical Ed students, and bus transportation to an enrichment team-building activity  for special needs students.
Continuing education opportunities for teachers included funding for a reading comprehension training and a music educators' conference.
Thank-you notes and tax donation letters (which serve as a receipt for donations over $250) were mailed to familie s last week. If you believe you donated over $250 and did not receive a letter, please contact the PTSA at

We will publish the list of this year's PTSA donors shortly. Not sure if you joined/donated? Email PTSA Membership chairs Patty Burgess,, or Lisa Givens, .

Again, thank you for giving so much of your time, talents and resources.
Join Saxon Stage on Fri, Jan 13 for a night  of  student-directed One-Act s , as well as a preview of the upcoming VHSL performance of the moving musical Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris . Please come out and support our talented LHS thespians! 

join a great team 
You're invited to become part of a wonderful group of parents dedicated to creating the best possible learning experience for Langley students: the PTSA. By volunteering for a job on next year's PTSA, you'll help make LHS the kind of school you want for your child. There are  many different opportunities for parents to help out -- and a place for everyone! For more info on PTSA positions, please email Patty Burgess, , or Lisa Givens, , and check out the Langley  PTSA website.
open forum on superintendent to be held at lhs
The search for a new FCPS Superintendent has begun, and a firm was retained to provide counsel for the School Board. A series of ten Community Forums will gather input on the characteristics we seek as we replace Dr. Karen Garza. The  last forum will be held at LHS  on Wed, Jan 18 at 7 pm. For info on forums held at other schools on earlier days in the month, visit this  FCPS webpage .

An online survey will be posted on on Jan 9, which will allow community members to submit their opinions electronically. Additional information on the superintendent search will be posted online as it becomes available.
your old car can be a boon for lhs!
Don't want to pay property taxes on that old car? Donate today!  With the help of CauseNetwork , your used vehicles generate donations to support LHS . A simple, 3-step process makes the donation quick and easy, and we'll take them no matter what shape they're in! Click on this link for information and forms.
everyone can use a good laugh 
The Capitol Steps will  perform their musical satire in the LHS Auditorium on  Sun, Jan 29 at 7 pm. Their latest program,  "What to Expect When You're Electing,"  is constantly being updated and is hilarious.  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 2017 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!
service learning opportunities
Here are some upcoming opportunities in our area. For more information on these and others , visit the LHS   website  here   or  Family Connections on Blackboard ( click on X2Vol).   

Arlington National Cemetery, Wreath Clean Up. Sat, Jan 28.  Cemetery gates will open at 8 am. We'll meet for a picture at 8:20 at the McClellan Arch Gate. There will be a short briefing at 8:30 am there, and clean-up will begin right after that. Dress for the weather, and we suggest bringing a lawn rake, pole or rope to help carry more wreaths. For more information click here.
Stop Hunger Now. Sat, Feb 4 at Colvin Run ES. I n partnership with Stop Hunger Now, the Langley Pyramid schools are working together to purchase and package meals. Volunteers must register for the event here.
Jan 12
Curriculum Night, 6:30 pm (rescheduled from 1/5)
Jan 12-13
Student-directed one-act plays; Jacques Brel
Jan 16
Student Holiday (MLK Day)
Jan 17
Freshman parent coffee, 9:30 am
Jan 19
Saxon Service at Saxon Time
Jan 20
Student Holiday (Inauguration)
Jan 24 Choral concert, 7 pm
Jan 25 Science Fair
Jan 29 Capitol Steps show
Feb 2 Senior parent coffee, 9 am

For additional details about these and other events, visit the Langley calendar