langley eNews 
10/8 /2015 

The Homecoming Dance is this Saturday. The SGA is still looking for parents to help with check-in and coat check. There are two shifts: 7:45-9:30 pm and 9:30 to 11:15 pm. Please sign up here.

Next Wed, Oct 14, freshmen will be taking the PSAT and will be released two hours early.

Remember, next Wed, Oct 14 is our Sophomore Class Dinner! A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Come and hear David Kraus, Dean of Admissions at Davidson College. See the  flyer for more details.

We could still use a few more volunteers for this event so please sign up here.
Please continue sending in the class dues form! For your convenience, the form can be found here.

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. 

It was great to see so many parents at our class coffee last Thursday. If you missed it, stay tuned--notes from the coffee will be available on our class website soon. 

Juniors will take the PSAT on Wed, Oct 14. Please make sure your child gets a good night' s sleep the night before and brings a calculator .

Please remember to pay your class dues. Dues must be paid before your student can participate in senior year events, including field trips and graduation. The form is available on our class page here.
Senior field trip  to Dave and Buster's is Wed, Oct 14! Permission slips were due
Sept 28. Download slips here. Please turn in all late permission forms to  Ms. Stankiewicz in room 217 ASAP!  Also, we need a few additional volunteers to help with the senior breakfast before this event from 7-9 am. If you can help, please email Lia Grassi at

Our first Senior Class Coffee will be Fri, Oct 16 at  Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd, McLean (use Main Office entrance, and go upstairs to Langley Hall). Please note this is a new location.

Speakers will include: Principal Fred Amico, AP Jim Robertson, Carrie Schaefer (Interim Director of Student Services,) and Betsy Shomaker (Family Network). Topics will include: renovation update; senior year activities, including ANGP and the college application process; and Q&A.  Coffee will be served at 9:20 am, and the program begins at 9:30 am
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message from the principal
Welcome to Spirit/Homecoming Week!  We are in the midst of our Spirit Week here at Langley. Activities were kicked off with our Pride Assembly last Friday. The Leadership students made a video which introduced the idea of why school spirit is so important. They also modeled the theme for each day. We will culminate our week with a pep rally on Thursday, football game on Friday, and dance on Saturday. Please encourage your students to participate in the themes and attend the activities. 

We all believe that school is more than just what occurs in the classroom. We are lucky at Langley to have an energetic and enthusiastic student body and we want them to extend that energy and enthusiasm to all facets of student life. Encourage your child to join a club, play a sport, audition for a play, or engage in any of the other myriad things we have going on here.
Students should not feel the need to have a date  for the dance on Saturday. They can come in a group or by themselves. The dance is in the gym, and is not as formal as prom. Girls typically wear dresses, and boys wear ties, many with a suit or blazer. The dance is from  8-11 pm  and should be fun for the students; no adult can last more than 10 minutes because it's too loud.
I 'd like to thank all the parent volunteers who make it possible to have fun events like this.
~ Fred Amico, Principal
teacher of the year
TOY is FCPS' top honor in the teaching profession. The winner, finalists, and nominees are all recognized at the annual FCPS Honors awards ceremony. The winner receives the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award from The Washington Post, and competes for the VA Dept of Education State Teacher of the Year Award.
Parents, students, administrators and teachers are invited and encouraged to nominate a deserving teacher for this prestigious award. Click here for nominating forms, which can be dropped off at the main office or emailed to Lorraine Bucy at . Nominations are due no later than Fri, Nov 6. The PTSA will honor the Teacher of the Year and finalists at a reception Nov 18.
student journalists write staff spotlights
Our student journalists were very excited to be asked by the eNews team to write the Staff Spotlights this year! After a brief lesson on how to conduct an interview, students were matched with staff members and set to task. Throughout the year, you'll find eNews interviews written by Saxon Scope reporters. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as my students are enjoying writing them!

~ Christina Mitro, advisor to Saxon Scope
staff spotlight
Richard Whitehead has taught math classes ranging from Algebra 1 to  Calculus at Langley for the past 16 years. 

After finishing graduate school, Mr. Whitehead started teaching Algebra in Mississippi over 20 years ago and in 1997 moved to Virginia to continue his teaching career. Two years, he later made the move to LHS where he has taught ever since. 

Anyone who's had Mr. Whitehead can vouch for his laid-back, yet highly informative, style of teaching that puts a greater emphasis on understanding concepts than on busy work and extra assignments. Mr. Whitehead always makes the effort to ensure everyone understands all the lessons, and he is always available to any student who needs a little extra help.

When not teaching, Mr. Whitehead enjoys watching shows such as Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead; he is also an avid supporter of his alma mater Ole Miss. Mr. Whitehead ' s interesting portrayal of math concepts has cemented him as a beloved teacher, while his helpful, funny nature has made him a treasured member of the Langley community. "I enjoy math because of the problem-solving aspect of it. Most of the time, there is a problem--or a puzzle--and in the end, you have an answer. It ' s gratifying to have that closure to a problem."
Mr. Whitehead reminds us that every day is a beautiful day in public education.

~ Shrey Dua, Saxon Scope reporter
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 this Friday, Oct 9. 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 by Fri, Oct 9. If you have any questions or need assistance, please send an email to .
relay for life pre-event
Relay For Life of Langley-McLean is introducing a Lighting Ceremony on Nov 14, from 5-9 pm at Glen Echo National Park to give potential participants a taste of what our big event in May entails. Relay For Life has been mostly attended by students in the past, and we hope this will attract more parents and community members.
Participants purchase light bulbs in advance, and then at the ceremony, screw their bulb into a large board, and have their survivor announced. It's a great visual reminder for why we Relay and fight this terrible disease. An $11 bulb gives a cancer patient a free ride to and from lifesaving treatment, and a $22 bulb will do that for two patients!

Enjoy free dinner and music at the Lighting Ceremony! Can't  make the ceremony? No problem! You can still purchase a bulb and the committee will screw it in for you. Bulbs are limited so get yours today! For questions, or to purchase a light bulb,  email . And save the date for this year's Langley-McLean Relay for Life on May 14, 2016!
share the joy
Have tickets to the theatre you can't use? Do you own a business such as a florist shop, restaurant, hair salon or day spa? You could donate items to teachers! The PTSA wants to make it FUN to teach at Langley by hosting periodic drawings for prizes for teachers who are members of the PTSA. 

FCPS teacher salaries are not as high as Arlington, Falls Church, Loudoun and Montgomery Counties and the PTSA wants to  keep our awesome teachers at Langley!  

Donations can be offered at the last m inute. If you find y ou  can't use those tickets to the NSO, the ballet or Annie, please contact t he PTSA at And if you have other suggestions, please let us know!
don't cook for the theatre
Saxon Stage invites you to Chipotle! On Tues, Oct 20, dine out  at th McLean Chipotle from 5-8 pm and help support Saxon Stage. Langley ' s premiere theatre troupe will receive a portion of all proceeds from sales that evening. Sound too good to be true? There is a catch--you must bring in the promotional flyer, which will be linked in next week's eNews, so check back next Thursday!
don't cook once a month
Brix American Bistro in Great Falls has generously offered to host a Langley family night the third Wednesday of every month for the entire school year! Brix will contribute 10% of sales generated by LHS families that come to dine any time that day!  Just mention you are from Langley High School. Brix is located at 1025 Seneca Rd in Great Falls.
service learning opportunities 
Eddie's Club needs student volunteers to work with special needs students on the first Sunday of the month through March. Please contact Mr. Whitehead at for more information or visit the Eddie's Club website.
Sat, Oct 10: Volunteers are needed at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm to prepare for their Autumn Market Fair  (Oct 17-18). Information is available here .

Mon, Oct 12: Re-scheduled MPAartfest needs volunteers in several areas. 
Sign up to help.
Sat, Oct 31: Stop Hunger Now at Lutheran Redeemer Church in McLean. Slots fill up fast s o s ign up n ow.  It will be Halloween! Langley students, dress up in fun and appropriate costumes or  sport Langley swag to show school spirit!
new sat/act practice tests at mhs
The McLean HS PTSA is offering students the opportunity to take a practice version of the new SAT or the ACT on Sat, Nov 14 from 9 am-1 pm at McLean HS cafeteria. This is a great opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with the SAT and ACT before taking the real test. One week after taking the practice test, participants will receive a detailed score report that highlights their personal strengths and weaknesses.
The registration fee is $20 and benefits the PTSA. Bring a check or cash on test day. Please register in advance here. Scores are not reported to the school or any reporting agency. Results are solely for the student's personal use. Students with IEPs can request the accommodation of a longer testing period.
fcps news
CrisisText is a messaging tool for students and parents who need help with mental health, depression, or thoughts of suicide. Introduced by FCPS last year, it is a confidential, safe, and non-judgmental resource when you need someone to talk to. CrisisText is a 24-hour resource. Trained crisis counselors respond, and can also provide information about emergency resources in the community.
To reach CrisisText, text 85511 and enter the keyword NEEDHELP. It is also available on FCPS' mobile app.
Moving On To Life in the Community is a resource fair that will be held Tues, Oct 27 from 6:30-9 pm at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Join us for this free event for students with disabilities and their parents. 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.
Oct 9
Student holiday  
Homecoming football game, 7 pm
Oct 10
Homecoming Dance
Oct 12
Columbus Day holiday
Oct 14
PSAT / 2-hour dismissal
Senior field trip
Sophomore class dinner
Oct 16
Senior parent coffee, 9:30 am
Oct 18 FCPS College Night, Fair Oaks mall, 7:30-9:30 pm
Oct 19 FCPS College Night, Hayfield school, 7-9 pm
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)