langley eNews 
1/26 /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
Please note the date change for our Junior Class dinner -- the new date is March 16. If you didn't order tickets when you submitted your student's class form, you can still do so by sending in a check (payable to LHS) to the attention of the Class of 2018, Junior Class Dinner, Langley HS. Tickets are $20 per person or $25 at the door.

We are collecting photos of the Class of 2018  for our Senior Video. We need your help to ensure that all students and all aspects of life at Langley are presented (sports, performing arts, social, academic, etc.). Group shots are preferred, but only with Class of 2018 students. Please also identify students in the photo if possible. Send all photos to
LHS will be sending mid-year grades to all schools to which seniors have applied. These semester grades will be sent out by Tues, Feb 14. Schools may already be requesting them and we will automatically be sending as soon as they are available. If you have questions, please see you counselor.
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notes from the ptsa president 
Did you know Langley has an academic Honor Code? It's sensible, fair and inspires an honest, honorable academic environment. What's more, Langley students, in collaboration with faculty and parents, created it.

Last spring, a group of seniors took it upon themselves to update and improve Langley's Honor Code. They realized that our Honor Code, initially established in 1997, needed updating. A lot has changed in the past 20 years, including cheating trends. To help cultivate an honorable academic environment, these seniors used their Langley Leap time to analyze and reflect upon the meaning of the Honor Code and its impact on the school's academic environment. After a lot of discussion and deliberation, amendments were added to better discourage and remediate violations. You'll find a link to Langley's Honor Code here on the LHS website. 

Our new and improved Honor Code, with its goal to "maximize learning in an environment wherein all act with honesty, integrity and honor," is one of many examples of Saxon leadership, enabled and supported by our faculty. It's part of what makes Langley a special place to go to school.

~ Chrissie Lavin, PTSA President 
hot topics: social media & cyberbullying  
Which social media apps are most popular now? What does cyberbullying look like? Why do smart teenagers, who should know better, sext? What other dangers do our kids encounter online? Join us for the next Principal Coffee/PTSA meeting on  Wed, Feb 15, when Alicia Clarke from the Student Safety and Wellness Department of FCPS will answer these questions and explain how we can help to keep our children safe in a digital world.  Additionally, Principal Amico will provide LHS updates

If you'd like to submit questions in advance for Ms. Clarke or Mr. Amico, send them to

Hope to see you on Wed, Feb 15, 9 am, Cooper MS, room 130. There's plenty of parking in rear; enter through the back door.
ptsa scores available 
Scores for the Oct 2016 PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 8/9 are available online to students through their free College Board accounts by clicking here. If your student doesn't have a College Board account, they'll need to create one to view their scores, and should do so by using their student ID number. 
It's important that students choose the correct test name and test year: 9th grade students should select the "PSAT 8/9" exam and 10th and 11th grade students should choose the "PSAT/NMSQT" exam. All students should select 2016 as the test year.
After students log into their College Board account, they should click "Add Scores." It's essential that the student account information in the "Matching Tool" is identical to what they entered on their answer sheet (for example, if your student put "Elizabeth" on the answer sheet and "Liz" in her account, it will not load). 
This week, PSAT 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT test booklets were returned through 3rd period classes to students. For students who are gearing up to take the actual SAT, it can be helpful to review the test with your student, especially the questions your child got wrong.    

For questions or help with scores/access codes, students may contact their counselors or email Jan Dabroski, Langley's test assessment coach.
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. 
reflections winners 
Langley is proud to have two FCCPTA council winners in the 2016-17 PTA Reflections contest: Elissa Jewell for Literature and Jacquelyn Kim for Visual Arts. Both entries will move forward to compete in Districts. The Reflections arts program, sponsored by the National PTA, encourages students to explore the arts and express themselves by giving positive recognition for their artistic efforts. Congratulations and good luck to these girls!
last chance for a good laugh
The Capitol Steps will  perform their musical satire in the LHS Auditorium on  Sun, Jan 29 at 7 pm.

Good news -- if you haven't gotten your tickets yet, they will be available at the door.
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!
student services news 
The Counseling Staff grows by two! Student Services has two new School Counseling student interns working with LHS until May. Kevin Malone and Masia Miller are both graduate students at George Mason U. Mr. Malone is working directly with Ms. Baldesare, and Ms. Miller is working  with Mr. Ready. In the coming months, you might see both interns participating in meetings, organizing student groups and/or working with your student.  Please welcome them to the Langley community.
The course registration process is fully underway for the 2017-18 school year. Thank you to all those families who were in attendance at our annual Curriculum Night. For those of you unable to attend Curriculum Night, presentations will be posted on the LHS website by Fri, Jan 27. We hope you found the information helpful and informative. We welcome any feedback.

The rising 12th graders, Class of 2018, have completed their course selections with their school counselors. Please talk with your student and review their selections and contact the school counselor to make any changes. Rising 11th graders, Class of 2019, started their course selections on Jan 25. Ultimately, all course selections will be completed by the end of Feb and all forms due back to the school counselors in early March.

We'd like to remind all families to choose wisely. We understand that it is early to make these choices. If you need additional information about courses, please review the Course Catalog, FCPS graduation requirements, Curriculum Night Presentations and AP Expectations Chart. As always, the entire Student Services Department, Administrative team and teachers are a great resource for your questions.
Upcoming Student Services dates to note:
  • Feb 6-10: National School Counseling Week
  • Feb 9: Class of 2021 Parent Information Night in the Auditorium at 7 pm
  • Mar 17: Course Registrations Forms due to Student Services
~Sonya Williams, Director of Student Services
ap testing schedule released 
AP testing will be Mon, May 1 through Fri, May 12. You can find the AP exam schedule here with each exam and its corresponding dates and times. Students and parents need to be aware of these dates and plan appointments or other commitments outside of the scheduled testing times. Be aware that the College Board has a strict policy with respect to make up exams.
Parent volunteers are needed to help with AP Testing this year. Job duties are simple and include monitoring students sitting for the test and helping to pass out and collect testing materials. The only non-negotiable is that a volunteer is not allowed to proctor an exam for which their student will be sitting. This is a great opportunity for parents of new students or freshmen. If you'd like to volunteer, contact counselors Jennifer Baldesare, , or Susan Murphy, , with the date(s) that you are available.    
Any student wishing to take an AP test for a class in which they are not currently enrolled is asked to fill out the AP enrollment form. The cost of each exam is $100 with checks made payable to LHS. The deadline for students to submit this request will be March 1.  AP exams may not be ordered after this date. 

Counselors will be conducting Pre-AP registration for students beginning in April through their AP Government, AP English Language, and AP World History classes. Students not enrolled in these classes will be invited to attend Saxon Time Pre-AP Registration via last names at a time to be announced in late March. 
Anyone with questions/concerns/or conflicts regarding AP Testing, please contact Jennifer Baldesare,  
is a gap year in your student's future? 
Maybe your student should think about a gap year. FCPS's School Counseling Services and Dynamy are co-hosting the annual Gap Year Fair on Tues, Feb 7, at George C. Marshall HS from 7-9 pm. This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities.
The evening will begin with a presentation in the auditorium from 7-7:45 pm, by Holly Bull, president, Center for Interim Programs. Immediately following, the program fair will be in the cafeteria from 7:45-9 pm, with representatives from more than 40 programs offering gap year opportunities. Students and their parents are encouraged to meet the representatives and learn about the variety of experiences available. For more information, click here.
voice of america comes to lhs 
In December, a video crew from the Voice of America (VOA), the US government-funded multimedia news source and the official external broadcasting institution, came to Langley to film and interview Russian students. The crew spent several hours filming Russian classes and interviewing students and their teacher, Dr. Valentin Cukierman. The Langley segment is part of a bigger project entitled "Russian AP Course in the USA," which is to be shown by the VOA world-wide upon its completion. According to the lead journalist who contacted Dr. Cukierman, LHS was identified as the strongest Russian language program in a public high school in the US.

Langley students, parents and the administration should be congratulated for their steadfast support of this language program and the resulting honor and publicity for the school. Way to go Langley!
This week and every week we thank the Langley Athletic Boosters for providing lots of good sports info, including many of the notes below. Their Governing Board has open positions for the 2017-18 year, so if you're interested in participating, contact them at Their motto is Langley Athletic Boosters Supports Every Athlete in Every Sport Every Season.

swim & dive: The men's and women's swim teams both celebrated their Senior Nights with victories against rival McLean. The boys finish the regular season undefeated in conference competition; the girls with a record of 5-2.
girls' basketball: Girls' varsity has had a strong start, with a team that emphasizes defense and a controlled offense. Girls' JV has also had an almost perfect season, with just a last-second, one-point loss to South Lakes. The freshmen girls are undefeated (9-0). They would love to see you at one of their last home games: Feb 7 at 7:30 pm (Madison), and Feb 10 at 4:30 pm (Yorktown).
boys' basketball: The varsity boys are 3-2 in conference play. Highlights include a win over McLean, and an upset over Madison, 52-43. Many thanks at the Madison game to a packed gym of Langley fans who kept up the cheering until the last second.
gymnastics: LHS has one of the largest teams they've had in several years. They are very supportive of one another, and the team's favorite event is the floor. Freshman Sydney Bamdad took second place at the first meet at Hayfield.

track & field: Many standout LHS athletes have qualified for regional competition already, and Kayla Deehan (shot put), Kelsie Hao (pole vault) and Jimmy Keys (pole vault) have already qualified for States!
crew: Langley Crew is working hard to uphold the team's stellar record of six years going to States. They have competitions all through February, and will be training with equipment provided by Langley Athletic Boosters.
Spring sports tryouts begin on Mon, Feb 20 (for most teams). Several documents are required to participate; you can find them here. Visit the LHS sports website here, click on the sport, and then check their "News" tab for tryout dates and times. Don't delay! Get your forms completed now!
thank you, langley community  
Thank you to our amazingly generous Langley community! Your contributions benefit every Langley student and faculty member. We've held our second round of appropriations and professional development funding. 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 reading comprehension training and a music educators conference.
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 two weeks ago. If you believe you donated over $250 and didn't receive a letter, contact the PTSA at We'll be publishing the list of this year's PTSA donors soon. Not sure if you joined/donated? Email the PTSA Membership chairs Patty Burgess at or Lisa Givens at  
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). 

Jill's House Weekend Adventures. Jan 27, Feb 17, 24. Looking for groups of students who are interested in volunteering for Jill's House Weekend Adventures. Contact Gary Filson, or click here for additional information.

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.

Special Olympics Virginia Basketball Tournaments. Sun, Mar 5. Volunteers are needed to assist with the following: referees (knowledge of basketball is preferred), team check-in, sideline refs, score runners and setup. Click here to sign up. For more information, visit the Special Olympics website. Training for all tournaments is required.
mcc board position
The McLean Community Center is running this year's election for a student member. Petition packets are available now, and are due back March 17. For more detailed information, click here or or contact Sabrina Anwah at
fashion marketing 
Fashion Marketing students interned at the Presidential Inaugural Fashion Show produced by DC Fashion Week. Throughout the production, students worked closely with directors, designers and models at both the casting call and the show. Students enjoyed getting a taste of the industry and seeing the show.
They also took a field trip to the American History Museum to tour the First Ladies Exhibit of inaugural gowns and memorabilia.  During their tour, they discussed the role of the First Lady, historical costume, First Lady fashion icons and the impact of the First Lady on the fashion industry.   
Jan 29 Capitol Steps show
Feb 2 Senior parent coffee, 9 am
Saxon Service at Saxon Time
Feb 3
End of Q2; two-hour early dismissal
Feb 6
No school (teacher work day)
Feb 15
Principal's Coffee / PTSA general membership meeting, 9 am, Cooper MS
Feb 16
Saxon Service at Saxon Time
Feb 18
Sadie Hawkins Dance
Feb 20
Student holiday - President's Day

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