langley eNews 
11/17 /2016 

Please join us for the next Class CoffeeThur, Dec 1, 9 am at Cooper MS, Room 130. We will have a Fairfax County police officer talk with us about the realities of alcohol and drugs, as well as parent strategies . We will also hear the results of the Fairfax County Youth Survey, including Langley teen behaviors. If you would like to help with refreshments , please sign up

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 are collecting photos of the Class of 2018 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: 

The sale of Senior Yearbook Ads will continue, as long as space is available, or until Nov 23, whichever comes first. To reserve your ad space, you must deliver a completed order form, images, text, an d payment by the stated deadline. For more information, please see the order form on our class  website . Contact the yearbook staff at,
if you need further assistance.
All transcript requests must be submitted to Guidance Counselors by Fri, Dec 2!
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a message from the principal
Greetings from our newly opened areas of the building! I hope you've heard from your students how nice the new areas are. We are incredibly happy with how the spaces turned out and the students seem to be finding their way. New team locker rooms, concession stand, bathrooms, and labs should be ready to open in early December.  Further sprucing things up, the PTSA has given us a grant to landscape the two new courtyards, which will begin in the spring. 
On another note, we will have an exciting presentation the night of Wed, Nov 30 in our auditorium. Former NBA star Chris Herren  will join us to discuss the risks of drug and alcohol use . Chris's story was chronicled in an ESPN 30 for 30 story, and it is quite compelling. This presentation is funded in conjunction with McLean High School. In connection with the presentation, that morning at 9 am, we will present the results of the most recent Youth Survey at Cooper Middle School.  I will explain the trends and the risk factors associated with what the data indicates. Officer Hunter will discuss the legal consequences of providing alcohol to minors, and a teacher from the ATOD (Alcohol,Tobacco and Other Drugs) program will have a display of implements students could be using. This morning meeting will be very informative and lead right into the evening presentation. If you have questions, please contact us.
~ Fred Amico, LHS Principal
drugs & alcohol & lhs students 
Please plan to attend the next Principal's Coffee/PTSA meeting on Wed, Nov 30, 9 am at Cooper MS. We will take an in-depth look at the drug and alcohol culture at Langley High School and answer questions like: What are the legal and academic consequences if my child is caught using alcohol or drugs? What is being done at Langley to combat drug and alcohol consumption and what can we as parents do? How do our drug & alcohol issues at Langley compare to those at other area schools? If you have any specific questions on this topic or any school-related topic you'd like addressed, please send them to
That evening, please encourage your student to attend former NBA basketball star Chris Herren's powerful anti-drug presentation at 7:30 pm in the Langley Auditorium. To learn more about Chris, click here. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advanced by clicking here.

This important presentation is sponsored by FCPS, the WTWHS, MHS and LHS PTSAs, and the athletic departments for MHS and LHS. We are expecting a sell-out crowd so reservations are required. Please enter Langley High School by the Auditorium at Entrance #14.
sat/ap/act accommodations information
Students who have IEPs or 504 plans may be entitled to accommodations on College Board ( PSAT, SAT and AP) and ACT tests. Parents interested in learning about the process to request accommodations should attend the information session Nov 17 at 7 pm in the Langley library. RSVP to if you plan to attend, so that appropriate materials can be made available. 
~ Meryl Simon, M. Ed., Special Ed Dept Chair
ptsa reflections winners
Announcing the winners of the 2016-17 Reflections art contes t
at Langley. This year's theme was "What's Your Story". The Visual Arts category was won by junior Jacquelyn Kim. The Photography category was won by sophomore Collin Keefe. Finally, the Literature category was won by freshman Elissa Jewell
Congratulations to all participants!
student services notes
On Nov 9 & 10 all sophomore students participated in a program entitled: Rising To Meet The Challenge: What's Your Superpower? Students learned how to connect with qualities that embody resilience and empowerment. As we know, teens are often highly reactive during times of stress and difficulty. They learned ways to better navigate challenges with increased strength and focus. Thanks to Minds, Inc. for facilitating these important discussions and to the PTSA for funding the program.
capitol steps
The Capitol Steps are a DC-based troupe of former Congressional staffers who put the "MOCK" in democracy! They'll be performing their musical satire in the LHS Auditorium on Sun, Jan 29 at 7 pm. Their latest program, "What to Expect When You're Electing," is constantly being updated with material from the current election and is hilarious. Everyone is invited to attend for nonpartisan fun! Tickets are on sale NOW and can be purchased on the order form found here. Proceeds from the show support the Class of 2017 All Night Grad Party, a fun-filled and safe event for our graduating seniors. The show is open to the general public, so buy tickets for friends and family! It's a great holiday gift! 
25 more spots
Only 25 LHS student passes are left to participate in the field trip to the National Museum of African American History & Culture on Tues, Nov 22. The bus will depart at 9:30 am and will return by 1:30 pm. It is a school day and any student who attends will be responsible for the work missed that day. If your student would like to attend, please submit the completed forms and payment of $14.00 (payable to Langley High School) to Sonya Williams, Director of Student Services, located in Trailer 34. More details are available on the ptsa website.                                     
performing arts
chorus: Dost thou desire fine Renaissance fare?  Do melodies flowing like molten gold suit your fancy? Verily, ye must journey back to Merrie Olde England for the Langley Choral Department's annual holiday celebration oft called the Renaissance Feaste.  Rest thy weary bones. Enjoy culinary delights and festivities fit for royals. Bestow upon us your presence at grande Langley Halle to experience a holiday celebration, costumed servers, jesters, minstrels, musicians, and the Langley Madrigals as never before. Two seatings there will be for this festive holiday event:  Sat, Dec 10 at 7 pm and Sun, Dec 11 at 2 pm. Should ye attend our merry Feaste, humbled we would be by your presence. To secure your reservations , follow this link to the Feaste page on the Brown Paper Tickets website. 

orchestra fundraiser: White House ornaments are still available for sale and
the proceeds benefit La ngley Orchestra. Ornaments are $23 each and can be ordered with this form or at the December concert. Please contact Nancy Rau if you have any questions at
free windows
Microsoft Office 354 ProPlus is free for FCPS Students!  The program is only available for students who are currently enrolled in FCPS . Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access, and Skype for Business. Detailed instructions and additional information is available here .
service learning opps & thanks
  • SCC-6th Grade Ethics Day - Oct 25 - Dec 12, 9:30 am-1:30 pm. Five half-day programs on ethical decision-making for McLean area 6th graders. Contact Cindy Carlson, . Volunteer online at this   SignupGenius .
  • Red Kettle Bell Ringer Nov 9 - Dec 24. For more information click here.
  • Lift Me Up! Annual Gala - Fri, Nov 18 for set up, Sat, Nov 19 for event support.To volunteer, please click here.

For more information on these and other opportunities, visit the LHS website here or Family Connections on Blackboard, click on X2Vol

Thank you Saxon helpers Reston Shirt & Graphic Company, Inc. and  Drexel University for donating t- shirts to the Saxon Service Dog Toy Activity.  The Humane Society of Fairfax County received a box of toys created by our Langley students and posted about us on their facebook page.

~ Nicole Haley, LHS sophomore
freeze warning?
Saxon Swag Alert! Check out our toasty new collection of fleeces, vintage style sweatshirts, beanies, Saxon socks, Vineyard Vines ties and coming soon . . .  Saxon scarves!   Shop booster wear 24/7 here!
Nov 30 Principal's Coffee/PTSA meeting, featuring Youth Survey Results presentation, Cooper MS, 9 am
Chris Herren Drug & Alcohol program, LHS, 7:30 pm
Dec 1 Junior Class Coffee, 9 am, Cooper MS 
Dec 10 & 11 Madrigal Feaste (Sat, 7pm; Sun, 2pm)

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar