langley eNews 
10/13 /2016 

Tomorrow is White Out. Be sure to wear your Class of 2020 Homecoming T-shirts! We hope all freshmen attend the Homecoming football game Friday night and the Homecoming Dance on Saturday.
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Reminder for Wed, Oct 19: freshmen will take the PSAT and be dismissed two hours early, at 12:55 pm.

Freshmen parents, please join us for our first Class Coffee on Fri Oct 28 9:30 am at St. John's Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike. Featured speakers include Principal Fred Amico, Student Services Director Sonya Williams, and Family Network Co-Chair, Betsy Shomaker.
Distribution of Spirit Week T-shirts and any senior swag ordered is taking place during lunch this week. Remind your students to wear their class t-shirt on Fri, Oct 14 for the pep rally, senior panoramic photo and senior picnic! If you haven't done so yet, please submit class dues here so that your child can receive their shirt. 

Senior Ethics Day is Wed, Oct 19. Permission slips were distributed in your child's government class. Please return those permission slips asap.
Prom is  June 3, 2017 !  This is a CHANGED date.  For a list of all key senior dates visit our Class of 2017 webpage.
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from the principal
This is Homecoming week which is always a fun and exciting week at Langley. Tuesday we were all in our Tie Dye, Wednesday was USA Day, and today is Hawaiian Shirt Day, or Tiki Thursday. Tomorrow is a white out where all students will wear their class shirts to show their school spirit. We will also have a pep rally in the morning in the stadium. The pep rally, like the Pride Assembly, which was a huge success, is planned and run by the students, primarily the Leadership class. We allow our SGA president to run the spirit assemblies and that has turned out to be very popular. The students are able to get their classmates quieter far quicker than we can, and the students are more attentive. The Spirit Assembly consisted of a student-made video and information and themes for Spirit Week.

We have our senior night tonight for field hockey. Please come out and support our awesome field hockey seniors. Volleyball senior night will be next week, which would be a great event to attend.  Football plays Hayfield tomorrow night for Homecoming at 7 pm.  

The dance is Saturday in Langley Hall from 8-11 pm. Please encourage your child to attend. They do not need a date. They can come solo or in a group. It's a fun night for all.

On that note, please be vigilant about substance use among your children and their friends, especially during the festive Homecoming Week.
Have an honest and open conversation with them about your expectations surrounding substance use. If they are going to someone's house after the dance, you might want to call the parents to ensure it will be chaperoned. Experts say that discussing alcohol and drug use in an honest manner with your child, does a great deal to curb under-age use. We are happy to provide fun and safe activities for our students, but we can certainly use your help in encouraging appropriate behavior. Please click here for tips on how to talk to your teen. We are still looking for a few more parents to chaperone the dance. Please contact  M s Hamilton at or Ms Conrad at if you would like to help.

See you at one of our events in the coming weeks!

~Fred Amico, LHS Principal
help us say yes more often 
This year's first round of PTSA Appropriations & Professional Development Fund grants will take place this week. Four times a year, the PTSA reviews requests from our faculty members for classroom materials, technology, and teaching tools along with requests for continuing professional development classes designed to further enhance our teachers' expertise. We also consider proposals to enhance Langley's renovation. All of this directly benefits your student. PTSA Membership is just $25; the more families who join the PTSA, the more times we can say "yes" to our teachers' requests. If you haven't already done so, please turn in the PTSA Membership Form in your student's Back-to-School packet. Or donate online here
psat faqs 
Q - When is the PSAT? 
The PSAT 8/9 will be given to 9 th  graders and the PSAT/NMSQT to 10th and 11th graders on Oct 19 at Langley during the school day. There will be a 2-hour early release (12:55 pm dismissal) that day

Q - When/how will my student receive PSAT scores?
Students can view scores via College Board by following this link using their student ID number. Scores for the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT will be available online to students through their free College Board accounts in mid-January.    

Q - What should my student bring to the PSAT? 
Students should bring #2 pencils and an approved calculator. To find out what is an approved calculator, click here Students will have two 5-minute breaks during the test and may have snacks/drinks during the breaks. 
Q - How can my student prepare for the PSAT?
- Freshman PSAT 8/9 preparation material is available on College Board's website
- PSAT/NMSQT guides/practice tests were distributed to all sophomores and juniors in their English classes last week and are also available online here.
- College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to provide online practice. These practice tests can be found here Once PSAT reports are available, incorrect PSAT answers will be linked to Khan Academy tutorials, which provide explanations for each question.  
Q - Will my student get a detailed PSAT score report? 
Score reports, which help students pinpoint where extra help might be needed, are free (paid for by FCPS) for 9th and 10th graders. All 11th graders who take the test will receive a PSAT score report, unless they opt out on the registration form (included in the Back-to-School packet). Payment not received by Oct 19, will become a junior obligation. 

Have another question about life at Langley you'd like answered? Send it to  Saxon Solutions  at .
sat/ap/act accommodations information 
Students who have IEP's or 504 plans may be entitled to accommodations on College Board (PSAT,SAT and AP) and/or ACT tests.  Parents who are interested in learning about the process to request accommodations should attend the information session on Nov 17, 7 pm in the Langley library. Please RSVP to  if you plan to attend so that appropriate materials can be made available. 
~ Meryl Simon, LHS Special Education Department Chair
mental health & wellness conference 
Fairfax County Public Schools is hosting the third annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference on Sat, Oct 29, 8 am-1:30 pm at Fairfax High School. Dr. Dena Simmons, Director of Education at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, is the keynote speaker.

Teens, parents, coaches, educators, mental health providers, and individuals connected with organizations that work with teens are welcome to participate in the conference. Breakout sessions are designed to provide attendees with resources, education, and practical skills that foster resilience and wellness in our youth. For more information and to register, click here.
fine arts 
orchestra: The Chamber Orchestra will perform at the Experience Tysons:  Showcase & Open House on Wed, Oct 19, 6:30-8:30 pm.  The event, sponsored by Tysons Partnership and Fairfax County, will feature tastings provided by local restaurants and displays on development, transportation, etc. in Tysons, and will be held at BASIS Independent, 8000 Jones Branch Drive, Tysons Come out to support our orchestra and hear some beautiful music!
golf: Congratulations to the Langley Boys Golf team as it captured its first state golf title since 2011 with a team total of 612, besting Battlefield by 22 shots.  Great job!

crew: The Langley crew team will host Fall Family Orientation Night on Wed, Oct 19, 6:30-9 pm, in the Langley Hall Auditorium. Coaches, veteran rowers and crew board members will be on hand to discuss Langley Crew, winter conditioning and the spring crew season. We will also discuss regattas, bus transportation to the Occoquan and parent volunteer opportunities. See you there!

Click here for Sports Tryout Eligibility Information. First day of winter tryouts, Nov 7 , first day of spring tryouts is Feb 20 . All eligibility requirements must be met BEFORE the first day of tryouts. 
fashion marketing news 
On Sept  22, the  Langley  Fashion Marketing department and DECA Chapter  had its first career n etworking seminar with guest speaker Audrey Petrauli, assistant manager of the privately-owned Lily Pulitzer signature store Pink Palm. Petrauli discussed the beginnings of Lily Pulitzer and the relationship between signature stores and the corporation. She also explained her duties as an associate manager which includes buying, merchandising, representing the brand through social media, and retail management. Also, Petrauli taught students about Pink Palm's target market and led them in a wholesale buying activity. This is the first of many seminars that students are invited to attend during Saxon Time in room 109.

~  Donya Momenian, fashion student media liaison
college fair & college night 
The 41st annual FCPS College Fair will be held on Sun, Oct 16, at Fair Oaks Mall from 7:30-9:30 pm.
Click here to review the list of colleges and universities participating in the fair. 

The FCPS College Night will be held at Hayfield SS on Mon, Oct 17, 7- 9 pm. College Night features a variety of workshops, from "Scholarships 101" to "Considerations for Students with Disabilities in the College Search Process and Beyond." For more information and for a complete list of workshops, click here

These two events provide FCPS students and families with an opportunity to meet with representatives from approximately 300 colleges and universities. Students and parents have found the College Fair and College Night events beneficial for obtaining information about college admissions, standardized testing, financial aid, and college life.   
student directory final reminder
Thank you  to those families who have verified their information for the student directory. If you haven't done so yet, please sign in and verify your family and student information  by the end of the day today,  Thurs, Oct 13 . This is your last opportunity  to make changes or corrections before the directory is printed. If you do not want to be included in the directory, you must opt out after logging in to your account. All students are included in the directory . You must log in to make changes or opt out. All data not verified will print as is.  Thank you for updating your information today. If you have any questions or need assistance, please send an email to .
spirit swag
Hey, Saxons!  Saxon Spirit Wear Will Be On Sale Fri, Oct 14, 6 pm, Saxon Stadium for the Homecoming Game. The Quarter  Zip  is back in stock and we also have four new  sweatshirt styles , three new  t-shirt styles , two new  Langley beanies  to keep those Saxon heads warm and one new  car magnet ! You can also shop online at  where you can shop 24/7 and 
we deliver to your door !

meals tax vote approaches
On the Nov 8, 2016 general election ballot, you'll have the option to vote on a proposed Fairfax County meals tax. The School Board has committed that its share, estimated to be almost $70 million in new funding annually, will be used primarily to address teachers' salaries, which have lagged behind neighboring communities. 

Examples of local jurisdictions that have a meals tax in place include:  Alexandria: 4%; Arlington: 4%; Falls Church: 4%; Fairfax City: 4%; Herndon: 2.5%; Vienna: 3%; District of Columbia: 10%
Oct 14 Homecoming Game
Oct 15 Homecoming Dance
Oct 19
PSAT, Senior Ethics Day, 2-Hour Early Release
Oct 20
Academic Awards, 9:45-10:15
Oct 25
Choral Concert, 7 pm
Oct 27
Orchestra Concert, 7pm
Oct 28
Freshman Parent Coffee, 9:30-11 am
Nov 3 Saxon Service, Saxon Time
Nov 4 End of 1st Quarter, 2-Hour Early Release
Nov 7 Teacher Work Day - Student Holiday
Nov 8 Teacher Work Day - Student Holiday
Nov 9 Sophomore College Night & Class Dinner, 6 pm

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar