langley eNews 
10/27 /2016 

Freshmen parents please join us for our first Class Coffee tomorrow, Fri, Oct 28 9:30 am at St. John's Episcopal Church  (Shears Hall), 6715 Georgetown Pike. Featured speakers include Principal Fred Amico , Student Services Dir Sonya Williams , Class Administrator Jim Robertson  and Family Network Co-Chair, Betsy Shomaker .
Langley BoosterWear will be on sale, so bring your checkbooks for some holiday shopping . New items include Vineyard Vines Saxon ties and new styles of long sleeve t-shirts, sweatshirts and socks for the fall/winter.
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from fall sports, activities and homecoming. Email to Include only pictures of the Class of 2020 and only Langley HS events. Please send us your BEST SHOT.  If you take 30 pics at the school play, please send us one or two of your favorite photos, not all 30! Please put the name and date of the event in the email subject line. For more recommendations, see our class webpage .
If you aren't receiving our Freshman Class Google Group emails, send email to and request to be added.
Junior class t-shirts not picked up during Spirit Week may be picked up from Ms. Archibald in Room 225. Class t-shirts are provided as part of the paid class dues.
We're collecting photos of the Class of 2018 to be used 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
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message from the ptsa president
Langley's humanities department is among the best in the country. It's also among the most rigorous. Fortunately for students seeking extra support with their writing assignments, Langley has a terrific team of talented students who volunteer their time to The Saxon Writing Center . If your student wants advice, instruction, or feedback on a writing project, she can swing by The Saxon Writing Center during Saxon Time in room 193 on odd days or room 295 on even days. The Writing Center is also open during all lunch times; students can bring their lunch to eat while conferencing with a tutor.  
The Saxon Writing Center tutors are all seniors in advanced English classes who've been selected by their English teachers for demonstrated excellence in writing. Writing Center tutors are trained to respond to the various writing assignments that Langley teachers commonly assign in grades 9-12. They can also give feedback on other types of writing projects, such as college or application essays or lab reports. To date, they've tutored 286 students since their doors opened on Sept 19! 

In addition to The Saxon Writing Center, most academic departments offer peer tutoring through their Honor Societies. Here's how to sign up:

Science: Submit your request along with your name, email, and specific science class to Mrs. Landis (Rm. 131)

Math, French, Spanish, Japanese, Russian & German: Request a peer tutor from your teacher

History: Request a peer tutor from Ms. Shapiro (Rm. 293)

Latin : Request a peer tutor from Dr. Tannenbaum

Of course, your student's teacher should be the first stop for anyone with a question or who is struggling. All teachers are available Wednesday after school, which is late bus day (bus departs at 4:45 p.m.), and during Saxon Time. Additionally, most teachers are available other days and times (students should check with their teacher for the best time to meet).

After that, if additional guidance is desired, encourage your student to take advantage of Langley's incredible -- and free! -- academic peer support options.  
~ Chrissie Lavin, PTSA President
  teachers 72% vs parents 41%  
Every day our teachers deal with all sorts of issues our children experience in their quests to become independent, responsible and educated citizens. Our teachers often go even further and do something just a bit extraordinary: 72% have made an investment in our school by joining the PTSA. It would be great to have our parent community support them as well. At just 41%, we know our parents can do better! Let's show our faculty & staff that we are equally invested, because together we can do great things. Click  here to donate today and  help us raise additional funding to bring more powerful programming to our classrooms . Questions? Email our PTSA Membership chairs Patty Burgess,, or Lisa Givens,
saxon solutions
Q: Ever since the cafeteria started offering freshly barbecued food , my child has been asking to buy his lunch. I've been sending him to school with cash, but I don't always have small bills. What are my payment options?  

A: There are  three ways to buy school lunches , which are  $3.25 each :  
1) With a credit card on line at . Setting up an account takes less than five minutes.  Once the account is open, parents can check and replenish the account online at any time.
2) With a check , made payable to " Langley High School Food Services ." Take it to the school office to be placed in the mailbox of the food service manager Dalwinder (Dee) Sohi or drop the check off directly with Dee in the cafeteria kitchen. A local address and phone number on the check are required, along with the student's name and student ID or pin number on the check memo line.

3)  Cash may be brought directly to Dee for deposit on student's account, or students may pay cash on a daily basis. 
Have another question about life at Langley you'd like answered? Send it to Saxon Solutions at
get your saxon socks on!
It's a Saxon swag alert: NEW Saxon socks!

With a fit and feel like Nike Elite socks, Saxon Socks come in S-M-L-XL and are $15/pair.

Order today at!
hearing and vision screenings
It's that time of year for vision and hearing screenings! Volunteers are needed to move students efficiently through the screenings on Wed, Nov 9 and Thurs, Nov 10. There will be two sessions each day, from 8-11:15 am and 11:30 am - 2:40 pm . No medical knowledge is necessary. Contact Lynn Toloczko , clinic volunteer coordinator, at if you can assist or have questions.
In recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Marshall Academy -- a Governor's STEM Academy -- and George Mason University will host the first Cybersecurity Youth Conference on Sat, Oct 29, at GMU's Fairfax campus from 10 am - 2 pm.  The conference is designed to expose elementary, middle, and high school students and their parents to cybersecurity fundamentals . The event is sponsored by Northrop Grumman, IBM, Booz Allen, Symantec, and UVa . It will feature keynote speakers Ruthe Farmer , Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House; and Virginia Secretary of Education Dietra Trent . For details and registration information for this free event, click here 
boys' golf: They're champions! The Saxon varsity golf team, led by senior Brandon Berry, won the 6A State Championship at Magnolia Greens Golf Club in Richmond. It was the fifth state championship for Langley in golf. Nikita Gubenko, Chris Dillard, Matthew and Brian Feinstein, Eli Thrasher, John Schindler and Kenny Lippman filled out the roster for the champion Saxons.
cheer: Enjoy  this video from this past Saturday's regional cheer competition. The girls will compete this Saturday in the regional championship at Fairfax at 7 pm . Come out and cheer them on! 

girls' basketball: Tryouts are scheduled to begin Nov 7 at B Tryout information can be found on under Girls' Varsity Basketball News & Team Files. If you have any questions, email Coach Baker at
tryouts Most winter sports tryouts begin Mon, Nov 7, with some teams beginning Nov 9 . Click here for eligibility requirements. All requirements must be met before the first day of tryouts. Early submission of forms is recommended and appreciated. Visit, choose the team, and then click on their NEWS tab for tryout dates and times. Check back frequently for updates.
kashmir rose foundation seminar
Langley Fashion Marketing hosted Princess Aliyah Pandolphi of Kashmir was a speaker at the biweekly DECA Career Networking Seminars . Pandolphi is the founder of the Kashmir Rose Foundation, dedicated to preserving the customs of Kashmir  and helping endangered species. After studying the rich history of Kashmir, Pandolphi appreciated the traditions of fashion and shawls in Kashmir culture. The goals of the foundation include conserving the tradition of Kashmir's shawls and modernizing them, collaborating with other countries and fashion houses to adapt the shawls to different cultures, and working to save endangered species through their projects. Pandolphi explained the foundation's efforts to innovate the creation process of shawls with technology such as 3D printing to design fabrics and textiles.
~ Donya Momenian, Fashion Marketing Student/Media Liaison
meals tax
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, in order to attract and retain good teachers. 
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%.
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.
  • SCC-6th Grade Ethics Day - Oct 25 - Dec 12, 9:30 am-1:30pm. Five half-day programs on ethical decision-making for McLean area 6th graders. Contact Cindy Carlson, . Volunteer online at this Signup Genius.
  • Walk Like MADD/MADD Dash - Oct 29, 9 am, Burke Lake Park, Picnic Area A. To register, click here.
  • FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference - Oct 29, 8 am-1:30pm. Coordinators are looking for some responsible, eager students to be involved. Use this
  • Special Olympics Virginia, Soccer Tournament - Sat, Oct 29, 8:30am-3pm, Flint Hill School. For more information, click here. Training for all tournaments is required. 
  • Brooksfield School - Nov 2, 3-5pm, 1830 Kirby Road, McLean. Volunteers will help kindergartners tie fringe on no-sew fleece blankets. Contact or via phone at 703-356-5437 to RSVP.  
  • 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.
  • BREAKAWAY 5k race - Nov 6, 8405 Greensboro Drive, McLean. Opportunities described here. To volunteer, contact Jennifer Runyon,, or at (703) 944-4576.
For more information on these and other opportunities,  visit the LHS website here  or Family Connections on Blackboard, click on  X2Vol. Also, please note that next Thurs, Nov 17, there will be Saxon Service during Saxon Time.
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