langley eNews 
1/14 /2016 

Graduation Time Change : Please note that graduation will be held on Mon, June 20 at 11am at DAR Constitution Hall.

Save the Date: Baccalaureate
Sunday evening, June 19, time and location TBA. This is a non-denominational evening of reflection  planned by our parents and students featuring performances and reflections by graduating seniors.
Volunteers Needed!   Would you like to lend your talent to help organize a wonderful Baccalaureate service for our students? The team is forming now! Questions?  Interested?  Please contact Susie Knepper at or 703-798-9128.

Our Junior Class Dinner & Junior Guidance Night  will be held on January 28th @ 6pm. This event, hosted by the Student Services Department, is designed to introduce juniors and their parents to the college application and admissions process. Our program will begin with our class fundraiser dinner in the cafeteria from 6-7pm.  Following the dinner, students and parents will be directed to breakout sessions led by college admissions representatives. If you haven't RSVP'd to the dinner but would like to attend, please use this class dues form. 

Contact Rita Raymond  with questions.
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the definition of insanity 
A common definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. I ask the kids nicely to do their chores, and when it's not done the first time, I can get loud, but nothing seems to change. So, maybe I should take a page from FCPS Superintendent Dr. Garza's playbook and do something so different and unexpected that I get everyone's attention . . . without raising my voice.

Dr. Garza recently submitted her proposed budget to the School Board; it maintains all current programs as they stand and includes much needed raises for our teachers. The total budget of $2.7 bil is around 4.7% over last year's, and necessitates a transfer increase of 6.7% from the Board of Supervisors. Dr. Garza's budget decreases elementary class size to a maximum of 30 students, but leaves middle and high school class size unchanged. 

Teachers would receive a raise of up to 3.5%, with an additional $40 mil dedicated to increase the pay scale, so that we begin to close the wage gap with surrounding school districts. An experienced teacher in mid-career now earns approximately $20,000 (over 25%!) less per year than if he or she taught in Arlington. According to a recent compensation study, over the course of a 30-year career, our teachers make $293,000 less than they could make teaching in Arlington. Dr. Garza commented,  "We began the school year with 200 unfilled positions in the classroom; this is unprecedented in Fairfax County and it must not continue." 

But wait, maybe the Commonwealth of Virginia will finally see fit to send some money back to the good folks in Northern Virginia who sent it to Richmond in the first place? While the governor's proposed budget increases FCPS funding by $3 million, it does so with new mandates of $3 million, so there are no new operating funds from the state. Disappointing to say the least. Additionally, the governor's budget increases expenses in FY 2018, with no additional state funds. 

So, Dr. Garza did what any smart parent would do -- she did something unprecedented, and presented a budget with no cuts. In fact, she asked for a substantial increase in the County transfer. It will be up to the Board of Supervisors and locally elected state officials to help make some of these hard decisions. This is a new, and some may say drastic, approach to the County budgeting process, but just maybe it's a saner strategy.

If you want to see different results this year, get involved! The presentation of the FY 2017 Proposed Budget is only the starting point of the budget process, which ends in May with the School Board's adoption of the Approved Budget. The School Board will present its budget to the Board of Supervisors on Tues, April 5. Here is a link to the  Proposed Budget Presentation.

~ Terri Markwart, PTSA President
~ Matt Haley, PTSA Treasurer & FCPS Budget Task Force Chairman

If you wish to have your voice heard, please contact:
Board of Supervisors Chairperson Sharon Bulova at
Supervisor John Foust at
Del Kathleen Murphy
State Senator Barbara Favola
Dranesville School Board Member Janie Strauss
At Large School Board Ryan McElveen
At Large School Board Ilryong Moon
At Large School Board Jeanette Hough
last chance to donate to stop hunger!  
The donation site for Stop Hunger Now, the program being supported by all Langley pyramid schools, will close on Fri, Jan 15. Please take a moment NOW to contribute to purchasing the supplies that volunteers will use to make meal packets. These will be distributed to schools and orphanages for children in Ukraine. 

The impact can be profound -- a donation of just  $1 can provide meals for 18 people!  The goal this year is to raise $29,000 that will feed over 500,000, through donations from families in our community.

Click here to donate to Stop Hunger Now, and join the community-wide support for this program.

You can learn more about the work that Stop Hunger Now does by visiting their  website . For questions, contact Felix Whipple at
upcoming registration dates 
Thank you to everyone who attended curriculum night! Please see posted information on the Langley website if you have further questions. Below are listed the course registration dates for the different classes.

Rising Seniors: 
Jan 11-12, presentation during Saxon Time in the Main Gym
Jan 20-Feb 3, registration during English classes
Rising Juniors:
Feb 8-9, presentation during Saxon Time in the Main Gym
Feb 10-22, registration during history classes
Rising Sophomores:
Feb 25-26, presentation during Saxon Time in the Main Gym
Feb 29-Mar 8, registration during PE classes

(Students in online classes should check with their counselors.)
lhs teacher honored 
Fine Arts teacher Amanda Archibald had a photo chosen as one of the 10 best of 2015 by the photography site Exposed DC. You can see her beautiful shot by clicking here and scrolling down to find her name.
staff spotlight  
Kara Copley has been a part of the  Langley community for 9 years now,  working as an athletic trainer for 7 of those years. She now teaches Sports Medicine  as well as PE. After growing up in Toledo, she attended Bowling Green University. Before her time at Langley, she worked as a graduate assistant at Defiance College in Ohio.

Mrs. Copley has worked very hard to help the athletic training program grow and develop at Langley. She teaches her students about the different aspects of being an athletic trainer, such as learning about different injuries that occur in sports at all levels.

As one might guess, all sports are a big part of her life, but the basketball team that she really likes is the Cleveland Cavaliers. She made sure to support her home state by wearing a Cavs jersey to school when they were playing in the NBA finals last year.

During her free time Ms. Copley loves spending time with her husband and daughter. By the end of the year, all her students are very familiar with her family, because she likes to talk about them!

If Ms. Copley had one piece of advice to give to the students of Langley it would be to "be yourself, and have fun!"

~ Toby Anthony, Saxon Scope reporter
what you do for lhs 
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 Physics extensions workbook; classroom activities for the new AP Human Geography course; reading and educational technology and tickets to fine arts performances to supplement community-based instruction for adapted curriculum students; and funding for a World Languages competition

Several continuing education opportunities for teachers were also funded: a UVA course on schools as professional learning communities; a music educators conference; a course on advanced studio lighting; and a Graston Technique course and supplies for the athletic trainers (which has already been used on many students and faculty -- just ask Mr. Amico!). Stay tuned for more! The PTSA plans to announce in the spring a collaborative investment with the school on renovation-related purchases.
Again, thank you for giving so much of your time, talents and resources. Thank you notes and tax donation letters (which serve as a receipt for donations over $250) were mailed to families in December. If you believe you donated over $250 and did not receive a letter, please contact the PTSA at
We are pleased to honor a partial list of donor families below. Bronze donations will be recognized in next week's eNews. 
student services news
class of 2020: Rising 9th graders will have parent information night on Feb 3 (snow date Feb 10) at 7 pm in the Cafeteria. LHS counselors will visit Cooper MS on Jan 28 & 29 to talk with students about course offerings and graduation requirements. Please review the Freshman Course Catalog for information about 2016-17 course offerings on the Langley website under Student Services.

class of 2017: Student Services will host the annual Junior Parent & Student Information Night , "Getting ready for life after high school," on Jan 28.

gap year?: High school students and parents interested in learning more about gap year opportunities can attend the Gap Year Program Fair on Wed, Feb 3 at Marshall HS from 7-9:30 pm, cohosted by FCPS School Counseling Services and Dynamy Inc. The evening will include a speaker presentation from 7-8, followed by a program fair in the Cafeteria from 8-9:30. Students and their parents are encouraged to meet the reps from over 40 programs to learn about the variety of experiences available. It's recommended that students pre-register for the event through this link, where you can find more information. 

science camp: The National Youth Science Camp is an intense month-long camp for young scientists conducted during the summer after they graduate from high school. In a rustic setting in West Virginia, students from around the country are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies on current science topics, while also experiencing a wide variety of outdoor activities. The NYSC is an all-expenses-paid program, including transportation to Charleston, WVa. Information and an application (due Feb 17) can be found at the NYSC website. Questions should be directed to Eric M. Rhoades, Office of Science and Health Education, by e-mail to or by telephone at (804) 786-2481.
salute our saxons 
Langley administrators hosted the first ice cream social for the 57 students who were honored in the Salute Our Saxons student recognition program. Salute Our Saxons was created to celebrate random (and not  so random) acts of kindness. This program recognizes all the little things that students do to promote a positive culture here at  LHS. Future ice cream socials will be held monthly for all the students saluted that month for their kindness. big shout-out to Great Fall Creamery for donating the delicious ice cream!
girls' basketball: In last Friday's home game versus McLean HS, the girls' basketball team  improved to 11-1, and Paige Galiani broke the all-time scoring record previously held by Kathryn Hemlock. The student section was full of cheering Saxons dressed for a  White Out!
spring sports: Tryouts begin Mon, Feb 22. Click here for eligibility requirements. All requirements must be met BEFORE the first day of tryouts.

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book drive 
Want a good home for all those wonderful children's books you haven't been able to part with? AP Mary Landis is creating a classroom library for the Adapted Curriculum (Cat B) program and is looking for donations of K-4th grade level chapter books and books with illustrations. They do not need to be new. Please feel free to drop them off in the main office next time you're at Langley, or send in a few books at a time with your student. If you have any questions, email AP Mary Landis at .
ptsa donor list 
Saxon Level ($1,000+)
Aulisi, Callahan, Givens, Luthra, Soobert, Stoyen, Svendsen, Warshaw
Gold Level ($500-$999) 
Berry, Collazo, Daniel, D. Davis, El Rafey, Knee-Guinn, Marzol, McBride, Rossberg, S. Rostami
Green Level: ($250 - $499)
Allen, Bonham, Cramer, Deese, Devlin, Deyo, Lim, Duenkel, Fordham Interiors, Geller, Gersony, Goettman, Guberman, Kim-Shin, Koopman, Kunaish-Mahdi, Mao, Moran, Nimick, Noe, Rajan, Rodi, Slade, Taffel, T. Shaw, Wicker
Jan 18 Martin Luther King Day - school holiday
Jan 19 Staff development day
Student holiday
Jan 20 Science fair
Rising Senior Registration begins
Jan 21 Choral pyramid concert
Jan 23 Best Buddies Basketball Tournament
Jan 28 Junior class dinner and guidance night
Feb 4 End of 2nd Quarter - early release
Feb 5 Student Holiday
Feb 11 Report cards to students

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar