langley eNews 
10/20 /2016 

Please submit photos from fall sports, activities and Homecoming. Email . Include only pictures of the Class of 2020 and only LHS events and only your best shot. For more ideas, see our class webpage here.

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.
If you aren't receiving our Freshman Class Google Group emails, send email to and request to be added.
Our Class Dinner for both students and parents will be Wed, Nov 9, 6 pm. Dinner will be followed by a presentation by Todd Rinehart, Admission Director, University of Denver, on "College 101:  Finding the Match-It's About Graduation, Not Admission!" Dinner tickets are $20 per person ($25 at the door). To order tickets send in the Class Dues Form to the main office. If you've already sent in dues but didn't buy tickets, just fill out the form for the dinner ticket portion only.

Don't forget to upload all those great photos of our sophomores at Homecoming (or at sports, performances, clubs, fundraisers, class trips, etc.) to our Class of 2019 Dropbox. Share them now for a great graduation video montage in 2019. Click this link or email .
Our first Class Coffee
will be Thurs, Nov 10, 9 am at Cooper MS (use back entrance for Room 130). Speakers will include Principal Fred Amico, AP Laura Moore, and Director of Student Services Sonya Williams. Topics will include: renovation update; senior year activities, including ANGP and the college application process; and Q&A.    
Remember to keep those photos coming! Stacy Smith is collecting photos for our end of year video/slide show. Send to
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message from the ptsa president
Are you a PTSA member? If so, there are a lot of grateful Langley teachers who, on behalf of their students, would like to give you thanks ... or a high five ... maybe a hug! That's because on Friday the PTSA Executive Committee granted the following requests -- all geared toward improving students' learning experience -- made possible with your PTSA contributions: 

Humanities: Classroom set of the book Critical Voter for AP Gov; Weekly News Quiz Game for Forensic and Debate Classes

Student Services: MINDS program to enhance students' self-awareness, self-efficacy and self-esteem

Visual Arts: Tablets for Computer Graphics

Performing Arts: Risers for Chorus; w ireless headset/microphones systems for Theatre; p rofessional musicians to join Orchestra students at their Annual Pops Concert 

Special Ed: Tickets to these performances, which allow Cat B students to practice life skills while being exposed to cultural events: Cinderella Ballet; Where Words Once Were; Time for Three; National Symphony Orchestra; Go for a Goal

Professional Development: Seven teachers received a total of $2,700 in funding for courses designed to enrich teaching expertise in the following departments: English, Social Studies, CTE, Math, Special Ed, Foreign Language, and Student Services

A big thank you to Laura Skeen, Appropriations Chair, and to Liz Holzapfel, chair of the Professional Development Fund, and to the members of our Executive Committee. Both Laura and Liz say many more requests are coming down the pipeline to which we'd love to say "YES!"  To do so, we need your support. If you haven't yet joined ($25) the PTSA, click here to do so online.

If you don't remember whether or not you joined (no judgment -- the beginning of the school year is a sea of paperwork!) email our wonderful Membership Chairs Lisa Givens, or Patty Burgess, to find out. 

To those of you who've already contributed, thanks for making Langley an even better place for our kids to go to school!
~ Chrissie Lavin, PTSA President
saxon solutions
Q: My child is struggling in his honors class. Is it possible to switch him into a non-honors class without the change showing up on his transcript?                                                 
A: Yes, if the change can be made before the first quarter ends on Nov 4. Students have five days after the date on which the report cards are sent home in which to drop a course without having a grade recorded permanently on their transcript. After Nov 21, either a WP (Withdraw Passing) or WF (withdraw failing) will be recorded on the transcript next to the dropped course.  Keep in mind that switching out of a class can result in an entirely new schedule for your child. Also numerous classes, even the standard level, are at capacity at this time. Talk to your child's counselor and click here for more information.

Have another question about life at Langley you'd like answered? Send it to Saxon Solutions at
student progress reports 
Beginning this week, weekly academic progress report emails will be sent via SIS unless you change your SIS settings. Located in each SIS parent account is a tab titled My Account. Within this tab, parents have the option to choose which day of the week they wish to receive the progress report emails, opt out of the service entirely, or designate a threshold for notification (if a grade drops below a set value). 
national teen driving safety week
Representatives from  AT&T, State Farm, and INOVA Fairfax talked with students during all lunches in cafeteria about the dangers of distracted and unsafe driving. Students used simulators and played games provided by those companies to experience the consequences of distracted driving. Students were reminded that distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes and attention from the road including using your phone, changing the radio, eating, and talking to friends in the car. Additionally, as students left the school parking lot at dismissal, all students properly wearing their seat belts received a coupon for a free Slurpee from 7-Eleven and a coupon for french fries from Santini's New York Style Deli in McLean. Our thanks to Fairfax County Police - McLean District, 7-Eleven, and Santini's!
get the saxon scoop
If your student missed the day's morning announcements at school, they're just a click away. Langley's morning announcements -- the Saxon Scoop -- are now available on YouTube. To watch today's episode or past episodes, click here.
saxon swag alert
We have custom-designed Vineyard Vines Saxon Ties! These limited edition ties are $60 and are available in green or gold with our own Otto. Great for game day attire and the perfect gift for students, teachers, coaches, dads, and grads. Available now at . and on sale at this Friday's home football game.
yearbooks on sale
Save your memories of the 2016-2017 school year by purchasing your copy of the 2017 Langley yearbook! Books now cost $75.75, but prices will increase to $95. Click here and enter our school code #4159 to order yours today!  
sounds of asia from the orchestra 
The orchestra will present "The Sounds of Asia" on Thur, Oct 27 at 7 pm in the new Langley auditorium. The Asian-themed evening will include a potluck dinner, Asian dancers, artwork and a Haiku "rap" in Langley Hall at 6 pm to kick off the event. The concert will commence at 7 pm. Hope to see you there!
saxon service verification
We have sent out verification of service hours for the first two Saxon Service events, but several of the student emails were difficult to decipher. If your student participated in a Saxon Service activity on Sept 22 or Oct 13 and has NOT received an email verifying his/her service hours, send an email to Betsy Shomaker at The email needs to include the student's name, date of service, and name of the activity.
parents who host lose the most
As much as we all hope and expect our students to make good choices, parents must be especially vigilant when hosting kids in their home. In addition to the serious safety issues involved, there are financial and legal issues associated with hosting underage drinking in your home:
  • a $2,500 fine per minor
  • loss of parents' driver's license for up to a year
  • up to a year in jail for the parents
Click here for more information.  
ethics day
Many thanks to the more than 75 parents and community members who volunteered to guide our seniors as they wrestled with various ethical dilemmas at Ethics Day this Wednesday.  We are incredibly grateful for the hard work of Ethics Day co-chairs Kelly Wilson and Peter Kurzenhauser, who made the event possible. A very special thanks to long-time Ethics Day champion Beth Eames, whose guidance and know-how were essential. We're also extremely thankful for the tremendous support and enthusiasm of LHS faculty advisor, Josh Henry. We also extend special thanks to newcomer Laura Moore, Langley's Senior Class Assistant Principal, who showed her Saxon Spirit by jumping right in to lend a helping hand. Ethics Day committee members also deserve a special shout out for their months of hard work behind the scenes: Liz Holzapfel, Kim Wenk, Nancy Rau, Caran McKee, and Amy Hunt. Our Saxons are lucky to have a community of caring adults like you!
strategies for success
McLean School in Potomac, MD is hosting the Cecily Advocacy Workshop on Nov 12, 8 am - 2:30 pm. Cecily is a  day-long symposium highlighting new research and best practices in fostering growth for K-12 students and provide practical strategies to help children be successful. This year's topic is Unlocking Potential: Learning and the Brain. For more information and to register click here.
fashion marketing news 
The students of Langley's Fashion Marketing, led by senior intern Sarah Van Houten, volunteered as interns for D.C. Fashion Week this past summer. The interns attended the Washington Menswear Show, the M.E.D.I.A Showcase, and the International Couture Collection. At these events, interns helped designers get ready for the show by transporting their collections, fitting models, and dressing and accessorizing the models before and during the show. Also, some interns stuffed the swag bags, checked in and seated guests, check press credentials, and escorted VIPs to the front row, getting a first-hand idea of what a big fashion show is all about!
~  Donya Momenian, fashion student media liaison
learn about gov school 
Governor's School is an enrichment program designed for students looking for a challenging summer experience. Programs are offered in the Visual and Performing Arts, Humanities, Math/Science/Technology, Agriculture, Life Science/Medicine, and mentorships in Engineering and Life Sciences. These residential programs run from late June to late July.
The selection process is extremely competitive. Most students selected for the Academic programs rank in the top 10% of their class and have scored in the 90th percentile on standardized tests.
This opportunity is open to current 10th & 11th graders. An information session will be held on Mon, Oct 24 during Saxon Time in the Langley Auditorium or click here for more information. Contact Susan Murphy,, or Tim Ready,, if you have additional questions.
kudos for long-time langley teacher 
Last March, Dr. Val Cuikerman, (aka Kapitan) took a group of his students to Russia on their annual home-stay exchange program. While in Russia, Dr. Cuikerman was asked to be a key-note speaker at the regional Conference of Foreign Language Teachers in St. Petersburg. It was the first time in the history of the Conference that a foreigner was invited to be the main speaker.

Kudos to Dr. Cuikerman and the Russian students from Langley!

2016 hoco photos!
service learning opps 
  • SHARE - Sat, Oct 22, 3:30-5 pm, Click here to sign up.
  • Volunteer Fairfax - VolunteerFest, Sat, Oct 22. Click here to sign up.
  • Walk Like MADD/MADD Dash - Oct 29, 9 am. To register click here.
  • Stop Hunger Now - Nov 5. Volunteers are need to work one of three shifts:  8-10:30 am, 11-1:30 pm or 2-4:30 pm. Sign up here
For more information on these and other opportunities, visit the LHS website here or Family Connections on Blackboard, click on X2Vol.
Oct 25
Choral Concert, 7 pm
Oct 27
Orchestra Concert, "Sounds of Asia," 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
Nov 10
Senior Class Coffee, 9am
Band Concert, 7 pm
Nov 14
First Quarter Report Cards
New Family Coffee, 8:30 am
Meet the Coach Night, 7 pm
Nov 17
Saxon Service, Saxon Time

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar