langley eNews 
10/19/ 2017  

If your student hasn't picked up their Senior Class T-shirt yet, they can get it from Ms. Archibald in Room 1215. All seniors get a class t-shirt.
Please join us for the first Senior Class Coffee on Thurs, Nov 9 at 9 am at Cooper MS, Room 130. Hannah Wolff will guide us through the final steps of supporting our seniors in the college process. Refreshments will be available. Please sign up here if you can bring something.

On Nov 13, the Balfour rep will be at school for Cap and Gown ordering during Saxon time. Caps and gowns for graduation are covered by your senior class dues. If your senior dues have not been paid yet and there is a financial hardship, your student should speak with their guidance counselor. 

Nov 22 is the deadline for Senior Yearbook ads (if quantities remain).  Go to and enter school code 4159.

Parents and Juniors, now is the time to share all those great Homecoming and Spirit Week photos of the dance, pep rally and the dress-up days. Submit photos of Juniors to our Class Dropbox for our graduation slideshow.
Our first Sophomore Parent Forum will be  Wed, Oct 25 9:30-11 am at St. John's Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Speakers include Principal Fred Amico, Class Administrator and Renovation Lead Jim Robertson, and our new Director of Student Services, Davina Johnson. Join us for sophomore-specific updates on all aspects of Langley. Click here if you can bring bite-sized snacks to share. 

We would love photos from homecoming & fall sports. Please e mail . Include  only pictures of the Class of 2020 and only Langley High School events. Please send us your BEST SHOT.  If you take 30 pics at the school play please send us your 1 or 2 favorite photos, not all 30. Email subject line = name/date of event. More recommendations can be found here .

Please join us on Thurs, Oct 26 for the first Class of 2021 Parent Coffee.  The meeting will be at Cooper MS in Room 130 from 9:30-11 am. Our featured speaker will be Davina Johnson, Dir of Student Services. Ms. Johnson will be focusing her presentation on the FCPS SIS program and will walk parents through downloading and using the ParentVue App.  We need volunteers to provide refreshments - sign up here if you can help! 
report cards not mailed
Attention!  Report cards will no longer be mailed at the end of each quarter during the school year. First Quarter grades will be available through your SIS Parent Account (ParentVUE) on Wed, Nov 8.
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letter from the ptsa president
One of the perks of volunteering to be PTSA President is participating in the Appropriations and Professional Development Fund (PDF) Committee meetings. Just last week, these committees appropriated monies to provide valuable resources and support to our staff and children. PTSA dues and donations allowed us to grant the following requests:

English: vocabulary enrichment software customized to meet student needs from remedial to advanced.
Science: individual whiteboards to speed in-class checks of understanding and promote collaborative group work, an aquarium, and biology classroom set to study genetics.
Visual Arts: a versatile new kiln for use with glass and precious metals as well as traditional clay materials.
ESOL: laptop computers to be used by ESOL and general education students during teamed classes (Biology, History, and English 9 and 10).
Performing Arts: professional musicians & choreographer to accompany Orchestra and Chorus students during their concerts. Concert programs for the Band's special performance at the VMEA conference. Licensing rights for Theater's performance of Evita.
Academic Support: software with learning tutorials in math, science, social studies and language arts.
Entire School: additional chairs for the auditorium and dollies to easily move and store them.
Professional Development: just over $4,000 was approved for staff members to participate in courses that enrich teaching expertise in the following departments: math, art, social studies and special ed. This amount also includes onsite training for the academic support software mentioned above.

Many thanks to our PTSA Appropriations Chair,  Laura Skeen , and our PTSA PDF chair, Liz Holzapfel , for gathering all the information necessary to process these requests.

As you can see, there is much we can do to support the academic environment at Langley. We will meet three more times this year to review requests.  With strong PTSA support and donations, we hope to be able to fund any additional requests we receive. Please consider joining the PTSA if you have not done so already. Click here to use our easy online membership form.

To all our PTSA members, THANK YOU for helping us support all these recently approved enhancements to the learning going on around Langley.  Our staff and students are grateful for your generosity!

~ Jennifer Feinstein, LHS PTSA President
library grand opening
Langley's beautiful new library is officially open for business. The ribbon-cutting ceremony, which took place on Oct 17 and was attended by Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand, Assistant Superintendent Douglas Tyson, and School Board Member-at-Large Ryan McElveen, as well as Langley staff and students. Langley student's wonderful orchestra music and beautiful artwork were a treat for all at this special event!

Many thanks to Langley's fabulous PTSA Hospitality Committee who, with the help of Langley's awesome baking committee, catered the event. Special thanks to PTSA Hospitality Chair Clare Bradshaw.

teachers 80%, parents 40%
Every day our teachers are guiding our children in their quests to become independent, responsible and educated citizens. Oftentimes, our teachers go even further and do something just a bit extraordinary. In this case, 80% of our teachers have made an investment in our school and have joined the PTSA. It would be great to have our parent community support them as well. At 40%, we know our parents can do better!

Donate today and help us raise additional funding to bring more powerful programming to our school. Not sure if you've already joined/donated? You can find out by emailing our PTSA Membership chairs Jaime Loving,, or Lisa Givens,
*evita tryouts
vocal workshop : Mon, Oct 23, 3- 5 pm, Langley Hall's Black Box. Attendees will be taught brief excerpts from EVITA, including songs sung by principal characters and featured ensemble. These excerpts will be an important component of the audition process in November.

dance workshop : Mon, Oct 23, 5-6:30 pm, Langley Hall's Black Box. Choreographers will teach dance combinations that will be a required component of the audition process. Dance combinations will vary in complexity, tailoring choreography to both accomplished dancers and actors with little dance experience. Videos of these dance combinations will be posted on the Saxon Stage Google Classroom so you can review as needed. The code to join Saxon Stage Google Classroom is z5ldgl.

auditions : The initial rounds of singing/acting auditions will be Mon, Nov 20, 3:30-5:30 pm and Tues, Nov 21, 3:30 to 6:30 pm. Dance auditions will be on Mon, Nov 20, 5:30-6:30 pm. Callback auditions will be on Mon, Nov 27, 3:30-6:30 pm. Audition sign-ups will be posted in the Black Box one week prior to auditions. For auditions, actors should prepare a 32-bar excerpt from a song of their choice, preferably one that demonstrates vocal strength and range, as well as acting ability. Actors will also prepare one of several short excerpts from EVITA presented at the vocal workshop. (If you're unable to attend the workshop, these excerpt choices will also be posted on Saxon Stage Google Classroom.)

Music rehearsals for principal actors will begin before winter break. Performance dates are Thurs-Sat Apr 19-21 and Thurs-Sat Apr 26-28. A Cappies performance takes place on Fri, Apr 27.
virginia governor school meeting
2018 Virginia Summer Governor School Mandatory Meeting will be Wed, Oct 25 in the Langley Auditorium during Saxon Time. Governor's School is a challenging and enriching Virginia program designed for highly motivated students who are looking for a challenging summer experience. Programs are offered in Visual and Performing Arts, Humanities, Math/Science/Tech, Agriculture, Life Science/Medicine, and Mentorships in Engineering and Life Sciences.  The meeting will cover programs and the application process.

Applications to the Governor's School Program are due by WedNov 1, (no late submissions will be accepted). Click here to complete the Google Form provided by the county.  Students should use their student Google doc account to login.
digital citizenship week
FCPS Is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week Oct 16-20. Digital Citizenship Week is a great time for school communities to jump-start, renew, or double down on their commitment to engage students in learning important digital citizenship concepts and skills so they become safe, ethical, and responsible citizens. This year's theme is  "Students as Digital Leaders."

FCPS has materials to support families on our Digital Citizenship website, including a new course to help guide conversations between parents and teens. You can also follow the week's activities on Twitter by using the hashtag #FCPSDigCit.
orchestra events
Want an exotic journey to Irish heritage? Please come and join the Langley  Orchestra's Celebration of Celtic Music & Dance at 7 pm next Tues, Oct 24. The O'Neill James School of Irish Dance, and Langley Fiddle Band will join the celebration with great music and dance. It will be a unforgettable autumn night surrounded by rich Irish culture! 

car wash: looking for a place to wash your car this Saturday? The Langley Orchestra can help you out! Orchestra students with musical hands will clean cars from 9:30 am-4 pm on Sat, Oct 21 at the McLean BP station at the intersection of Old Dominion and Chain Bridge Road.  Donations will support our award-winning LHS Orchestra.

2017 white house ornaments: support the orchestra with your purchase of a 2017 White House Christmas Ornament while supplies last. This ornament is a perfect holiday gift! Ornaments are $23 each and will be delivered to your home. Contact to place an order or click here. Thank you for your support!
crew: The USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll program recognizes high school seniors who have excelled in both academics and rowing. We'd like to recognize Isabel Barney and Lauren Kearns for earning a spot on the 2017-2018 USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll  and Mason Lidell for earning an Honorable Mention.   

boys' golf:  The Langley Saxon Varsity Golf Team finished a fantastic season by winning the State Championship. The roster included seniors Eli Thrasher, Matthew Feinstein, John Schindler, Chris Dillard and Kenny Lippman, sophomores Nikita Gubenko and Brian Feinstein and freshman Kelly Chinn. Eli was the individual regional champ, shooting a record score of 69-64, while Kelly became Langley's second individual state champ, with scores of 70-66. This was Langley's sixth state golf championship.

cross country:  On Oct 14, the Langley Saxons headed to Maryland for the Frank Keyser Invitational Overall our runners had great races and got personal best times. Anna Spear and Sophie Brzezinski placed 11th and 20th respectively out of 155 competitors. As a team, the girls placed 6th out of 19 high schools  competing. Mason Greenblatt and Max Poster led the charge on the boy's side and placed 36th and 54th respectively out of 206 competitors. As a team the boys placed 11th out of 23 teams competing.

On Thurs, Oct 26 the team heads to Burke Lake for our conference meet  against McLean, Herndon, Yorktown, Washington-Lee, and South Lakes. We're hoping both the boy's and girl's teams advance to regionals on Thurs, Nov 2. The girls would be returning to regionals while the boys would make their first appearance in a few years. Wish our Saxon Runners good luck when you see them throughout the high school this week.

softball:  More softball green days will be held Oct 19, 24, and 26 from 3:30-5 pm at the softball field.  All are welcome. There will be a softball interest meeting on Oct 25 at 3 pm in the cafeteria.  Please make every attempt to attend.  Questions?  Contact Coach Sharkey at

join the wrestling team!  All experience levels welcome. First day of practice is Wed, Nov 8, 3:30 pm in Aux Gym. Contact with questions.

girls' basketball:  Fall workouts continue this month.  Check for the full calendar.  An info meeting for all girls interested in playing this winter will be held Oct 30 at 4:30 pm in the Cafeteria.  Contact Coach Baker if you have questions at

Winter sports tryouts start Mon, Nov 6 .   Click here  for eligibility information. All requirements must be met before the first day of tryouts to be eligible to participate.
a word from our competition
Interested in staying up-to-date on all aspects of student life at Langley? How about receiving a guaranteed copy of the Senior Scope listing where the Class of 2018 will attend college? Look no further ... you're one click away from subscribing to The Saxon Scope, Langley's student-run news magazine! It's published six times per year AND each issue is mailed to your home. Subscribe and pay online through your My School Bucks account (under School Store, click on Browse All Items. You'll see the icon in the middle at the top of the page.)  The Saxon Scope staff appreciates the continued support of the Langley community!
travel purchases through cause network? yes!
Have big plans for Thanksgiving or winter break? Book your travel and hotels through the Cause Network, and you'll earn donations for Langley at the same time. It's so easy and you can use your same favorite travel sites, like Travelocity, Expedia, Priceline, and Orbitz, to book your arrangements. Safe travels, and thanks for earning money for our school on your journeys. Download the app today.
service learning opportunities
Virginia Tech Maker Festival:  Sat, Oct 28, 10 am-4 pm, Va Tech No Va Center, 7054 Haycock Rd, Falls Church, VA. Volunteers are needed to assist with this 4-H activities and engineering events, including scientific experiments and interactive demonstrations. Volunteer application can be found here.

Rise Against Hunger (formerly known as  Stop Hunger Now):  Sat, Nov 4, 8 am-4:30 pm   at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in McLean.  The goal is to package 300,000 meals .  This will require  more than   1000 volunteers spread over three 2.5 hour shifts.  It also will also require that Rise Against Hunger McLean  raise 
$87,000  ($.29 per meal)
 in advance of the event to pay for the ingredients for the meals. Click  here  to volunteer or donate. This is a great opportunity to earn community service hours and is  fun and rewarding for the entire family.
homecoming memories

Oct 21 Orchestra Car Wash, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Oct 24 Orchestra Concert, 7 pm
Oct 25 
Sophomore Parent Forum, 9:30-11 am

2018 Virginia Summer Governor School Mandatory Meeting, Saxon Time
Oct 26 
Freshman Parent Coffee, 9:30-11 am
Nov 3 
First grading period ends
Nov 6/7 
Student Holidays, no school
Nov 8 Report cards available in ParentVue
Nov 9 
Senior Class Coffee, 9 am
Nov 13
Senior Cap and Gown ordering, Saxon Time
Nov 22
Senior Yearbook ads deadline

For a full list of upcoming events, visit the LHS website Events page