langley eNews 
10/22 /2015 

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Thank you to everyone who attended and/or contributed to our class dinner fundraiser! We hope everyone enjoyed it! Notes from the dinner's speaker were distributed via the Google group. If you didn't receive them, please join the group by emailing
Due to technical difficulties, junior class communications are transitioning to Google Groups. Please click on this link to add yourself to the Class of 2017 Google Group- - even if you have received email from us before. You will then need to respond to an email from Google. Sorry for the inconvenience!
If your child ordered a class t-shirt and did not pick it up yet, please have them pick it up from Mrs. Hamilton in room 218 before school or during Saxon time. 
We're collecting photos for our senior video. We know you've taken many already this year (Homecoming, powder puff, band, sports, etc.). So send them on!  Group shots are preferred, but only with Class of 2017 students. Please send photos to Stacy Smith at
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where did the first quarter go?!  
I did a double-take when I realized that next Friday is a triple-whammy: a two-hour early release, the beginning of a four-day weekend for students, and the end of the first quarter. So that there are no surprises when report cards come home, this is a great time to check your Student Information System (SIS) account, and glance at the grade book. Dr. Garza's tech team is still ironing out kinks, including the fact that students cannot view their grades except through parent accounts. (This has provided for interesting discussions in our home, since siblings can see each other's grades.)
Thank you to all the families who have joined and contributed to the PTSA. Because of YOU, the PTSA funded 100% of approved requests in our first round of appropriations and professional development programming for teachers. Your donations went towards
  • a skeleton for the science department
  • math software
  • a book of historical atlases for the new AP Human Geography course
  • timers for AP foreign language exams
  • significant funds to the orchestra, choral and theatre departments
  • new uniforms for the marching band
  • a computer for Broadcast Journalism to create a top-notch morning news program in their newly-renovated facilities
Plus, professional development funds were allocated to teachers in the Special Education, Student Services, PE and library departments.   

Many thanks to Monica Sevila, appropriations chair, and Liz Holzapfel, professional development chair. Every teacher and student in the building benefits from PTSA support. Please consider joining if you have not already by clicking here.

Our first PTSA General Meeting and Principal's Coffee is next Wed, Oct 28 at 9 am in room 130 at Cooper. Please park behind Cooper and enter via the back door. The administration will present the "State of the School," including renovation and parking updates. Social studies teacher Allison Cohen will share information on best practices for teachers, which she learned at a conference last year. Ms. Cohen is using these skills in her classroom and sharing them with other faculty. The PTSA funded Ms. Cohen's attendance at the conference.
I look forward to seeing you there!
~ Terri Markwart, PTSA President 
staff spotlight
The newest and youngest addition to Langley's faculty is Jay O'Rourke. Mr. O'Rourke graduated from American University in 2015 with a teaching degree, and now teaches Geometry, Algebra 2, and Pre-calculus.

Mr. O'Rourke is not a stranger to Langley. "I student-taught here last year, with Margaret Scheirer, and then . . . ended up teaching for the last two months of the year when Ms. Inouye had her baby," said Mr. O'Rourke. He agreed to begin teaching full time the following school year. "I liked [teaching] and all the students and staff here so much," he said. "Of course I said yes right away."

Memorizing trigonometric patterns, plotting logarithmic curves, and solving geometric proofs are all things that students tend to dread, and Mr. O'Rourke understands this. "I was pretty bad at math in high school," he said, "until I had a really awesome, excellent, calculus teacher. She changed my view on math to liking it so much that I wanted to teach it."
Mr. O'Rourke finds that his greenness in the field of education serves as an asset. "I think being a younger teacher makes it easier to relate to the students," he said. "We can have fun, which, in a math classroom, is kind of a rare thing."
Even though Mr. O'Rourke is a newcomer to the profession, his goals are clear. "I believe in doing what's best for the students, no matter what . . . If that's pushing a quiz back because they don't understand it, that's fine. If it's re-teaching a lesson, then that's fine. It's not about me, it's not about the administration, it's about them. At the end of the day, they need to get the best education possible." Lucky students!
  ~ Minh Pham, Saxon Scope reporter
seniors of the month 
Congratulation to  Brendan Coffey and  Jackie Litschewski, Langley's October Seniors of the Month! These students were selected by teacher recommendation, based on character, community service, school spirit, and being a positive role model.
Jackie Litschewski led the Langley team of interns at DC Fashion Week. She went over and above the call of duty putting in over 40 hours of hard work to be sure that the rest of the interns were well-trained and coordinated. As the lead intern, Jackie was mature, professional, fair, and always demonstrated good judgment -- even in the unexpected absence of her teacher. We're proud that Jackie represented the Langley Fashion Department and students at this prestigious series of events.

Brendan Coffey embodies so many of the qualities we look for in Saxon leaders. He's a captain of the cross country team and a managing editor for  The Saxon Scope. A hard worker, Brendan led summer cross country workouts and set a serious tone for the rest of the team. He has tremendous character, leading by example and taking time to work with younger athletes. Brendan demonstrates great school spirit, attending many events and serving as spokesperson for several organizations. As a managing editor, Brendan oversees his 7th period class, and treats them all -- freshmen to seniors -- with respect. He has a positive, helpful attitude, and is rarely seen without a smile (and a quick-witted comment that makes everyone else smile, too). 
mr. clark on jeopardy!
Start whistling the Jeopardy! tune! Philip Clark, Langley's head librarian, is appearing on Jeopardy! tonight at 7:30 pm on ABC-7 (WJLA). To read eNews's past Staff Spotlight on Mr. Clark, click here.
choir members honored 
Six of Langley's vocal musicians have been named to the Virginia Honors Choir for 2015: Matt Arrison, Trevor Goldhush, Tyler Larkworthy, Brittany Lund, Armon Sharifi, and Regan Herberg (alternate). This select choir is open only to the top 125 singers from the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is the highest honor a high school choir student can attain. Forty FCPS students were selected for the choir, and two students were named as alternates. The students will perform at the Virginia Music Educators Association convention in Norfolk Nov 21.
2n2 = good driving 
Two eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel. LHS is partnering with INOVA Fairfax, AT&T, and State Farm to remind students of the dangers of distracted driving. On Thursday during all lunch periods, students will use simulators in the cafeteria to experience the consequences of distracted driving through AT&T's "It Can Wait" program. Students will be encouraged to pledge not be a distracted driver through the AT&T program or by registering online with State Farm's "Celebrate My Drive." For more information on these efforts, click here and here.
survey deadline now nov 1  
LHS is going through an external review for re-accreditation through the  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Colleges and universities value this accreditation as part of their admission process, and it is important to our community as it validates the performance of our school.

As part of this re-accreditation process, Langley is conducting a parent survey to help assess our overall academic program and guide our decisions in making improvements.  The administration values your opinion. Please take the time to complete this survey by clicking  here.  Be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is valued and appreciated. The survey window closes Nov 1.

If you or someone you know does not have internet accessibility or needs a survey in another language, please contact James Robertson at and special arrangements can be made. And thank you! 
last chance to buy treats for your sweetie 
Make someone's day and send a treat to your favorite students and faculty members for only $5 with Halloween CandyGrams! Orders must be received by Oct 26, so click here to download your CandyGram order form or download it from your class page on the PTSA website. See the flyer for full details. Proceeds support the 2016 All Night Graduation Party (ANGP), a fun-filled event designed to not only celebrate this milestone in the lives of the graduating class, but also to provide a safe, alcohol and drug-free graduation night party! 
free chillax workshop  
School has only been in session a short while, but already students may be feeling the pressure. Area teens are invited to attend a FREE student resilience improv workshop this weekend at the Old Firehouse Teen Center in McLean, featuring the UnRuly Theater Project, a teen improv troupe. Participants will learn what to do with stress to make it all a little easier. Find Your Chill will be held Sat, Oct 24 from 10 am-1 pm.  No need to register in advance. 
snacks for our soldiers 
Please join the Leadership Honor Society in a snack food drive for the Walter Reed-USO Warrior and Family Center in Bethesda. We are collecting the following specific items for donation:

Mini Rice Krispy Treats, individual bags of Lays chips, mini fruit cups, individual packs of crackers (cheese, peanut butter, etc.), individual Quaker Oatmeal packets/cups, individual packs of cookies (mini Nabisco packs, single packs of Oreos/Chips Ahoy etc.), Quaker Chewy Granola Bars or Nature Valley Granola Bars, individual cups of yogurt, fruit gummy snacks, Nutri-Grain Bars, ground coffee (decaf and regular), hot chocolate, bite-size candy bars, and individual cups of noodles.

Please bring your items to the box located in Ms. Roche's room 290 until Nov 19. Contact Ms. Roche with questions.
special ed resources and accommodations 
sat/act/ap test accommodations: Does your student have a 504 plan or an IEP? Do they regularly receive accommodations when taking a test? Your student may be eligible for accommodations on College Board or ACT tests. Please join us Thurs, Nov 12 at 7 pm in the library to learn about requirements for accommodations. RSVP by Nov 9 to so handouts can be provided.

life after high school:
Future Quest 2015 is a free college and career event for middle and high school students with disabilities, their families, and adult professionals who work with them. It features 70+ sessions and exhibits related to successful life after high school such as: Options After High School, Self-Advocacy, College Support, Assistive Technology, and many others. Future Quest 2015 will be held Sat, Nov 14, 8 am-3 pm in the Johnson Center on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. For more information and to register, please click Future Quest. 

employment and community support: Moving On To Life in the Community, a free resource fair for students with disabilities and their parents, will be held  Tues, Oct 27 from 6:30-9 pm at Lake Braddock. All individuals requiring ongoing employment and community support services after graduation are encouraged to attend. Valuable information will be provided on vocational, residential, leisure, recreational, independent living and advocacy options. For more information and registration, click  here.

~ Meryl Simon, Special Ed Dept Chair
science semifinalists
Langley students Daniel Kim and Alexander Yang were named semifinalists in the 2015 Siemens competition in Math, Science, and Technology. The Siemens Competition is the nation's premier research competition for high school students and is administered by Discovery Education. More than 1,800 projects were submitted.  
service learning opportunity
Join the Children's Tumor Foundation this Sun, Oct 25, at Clemyjontri Park in McLean from 8 am-12 pm. The Walk to End NF (neurofibromatosis) raises funds to help find a cure. Volunteers are needed to help with set up, clean up, registration, kids' activities, and a cheer station. To register, click here. For volunteer information, contact Julie Pantoliano at
interest meetings: Several info sessions will be held next week: girls' basketball, Oct 27 at 4:30 pm in the library; girls' lacrosse, Oct 28 at 3 pm in the cafeteria; track & field, Oct 28 at 3:45 pm in the cafeteria. 
boys' golf: The varsity team ended their season with a tough play-off loss against Oakton to miss the state tournament. After outstanding play from Brandon Berry, Eli Thrasher, Chris Dillard and Matthew Feinstein, the Saxons, led by  Ravi Makam, fell just short the second day. The Saxons defeated three of the four state tournament teams in their win at Fawn Lake.

girls' basketball: There are still a few fall workouts left. Check for the full fall workout calendar or email Coach Baker at All players planning to try out this fall should attend the Oct 27 interest meeting. Important tryout information will be covered at this time.

liberty conference 6 first team selections (as of Oct 20): 
boys' golf: Eli Thrasher, Chris Dillard, Matthew Feinstein, Brandon Berry, Ravi Makam 
field hockey: Kaylea von Seggern, Jackie Kotoriy, Morgan Kuligowski, MacKenzie Regen  
cheerleading: Michaela Purdy, Meghan Cavanaugh  

Winter sports tryouts begin Mon, Nov 9.
All eligibility requirements must be met to be eligible to try out. Click here for information.

Visit for updated game schedule, field directions, and other information. Come out and support your fellow Saxons! Visit for membership, booster wear, Saxon sales and sponsorships. Follow us on Twitter @langleysports
fcps workshop 
 An ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) workshop is intended for parents of students with the low incidence disabilities of autism, intellectual disabilities, or physical disabilities. Topics covered will include: developing "potential" reinforcers, objectivity, adaptive and maladaptive/challenging behaviors, and contingent delivery of reinforcement. Two sessions will be offered on Nov 4: 10-11:30 am and 7-8:30 pm at the Gatehouse Administrative Center, 8115 Gatehouse Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042.  Download flier and registration information here.  
Oct 22 Choral Concert, Providence Baptist Church
Oct 26 NCAA informational meeting, McLean HS, 7:30 pm
Oct 28
Principal's coffee and PTSA meeting, 9 am at Cooper MS
Oct 30
Two-hour early dismissal
Nov 2-3
Student holidays (teacher workdays)
Nov 12
SAT/ACT accommodations info night, 7 pm
Nov 14
Future Quest
Nov 19-21
Fall play Almost, Maine