langley eNews 
11/03 /2016 

upcoming holidays
Don't forget that there's a two-hour-early release on Fri, Nov 4, which is the end of the first quarter. Schools are closed for students on Nov 7 and Nov 8. Back to school on Nov 9. See the complete 2016-17 school year calendar .

There won't be an eNews edition next week, but we'll be back Nov 17! 
Freshman class t-shirts not picked up during Spirit Week may be picked up from Mr. Vande Sande in Rm 220 through Fri, Nov 11. Class t-shirts are provided as part of your paid class dues.

Please submit photos from fall sports, activities and homecoming via email to:
Include only pictures of the Class of 2020 and only Langley High School events. 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.
Reminder that the Sophomore Class Dinner will be 6 pm, Nov 9 in the cafeteria. Join us for a chance to socialize with fellow parents and students and to enjoy some delicious BBQ from Mookies of Great Falls. Dinner will be followed by Student Services' College Night at 7 pm in the auditorium. The speaker will be Todd Rinehart, Dir of Admissions at the U of Denver, who will talk about finding the right college match: "It's about graduation, not admission."
For questions, contact Cindy Gersony at If you can help with the dinner, sign up
here .

Our first Senior Class Coffee will be Thurs, Nov 10, at 9 am at Cooper MS (use back entrance for Rm 130). Speakers will include Principal Fred Amico, AP Laura Moore, and Dir 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 photos to
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president's  message: the beautiful new wing
I took a sneak peek at Langley's new wing, scheduled to open next week. Wow! The classrooms are spacious, ceilings are high, natural light is abundant. In short, i t's exactly unlike the old Langley. Thank goodness. 
Tomorrow is the last day of the first quarter. Like most Fairfax County high schools this year, Langley won't have Touching Bases, the mini parent-teacher conferences normally scheduled at the end of the first quarter, due to FCPS calendar constraints. But that shouldn't stop you from emailing your child's teacher with any concerns or to ask questions like: Is there anything my child should do outside of class to reinforce the lessons? What academic support is in place in your class for my child if she wants to improve her grade? Should a face-to-face conference be necessary, don't hesitate to request one. If the conversation requires multiple teachers, your student's counselor can help arrange a meeting. 

As a reminder, FCPS will shut down the grade book module in SIS (ParentVUE and StudentVUE) from 4 pm on Wed, Nov 2, until 6 am on Wed, Nov 9. Weekly progress reports will not be sent Nov 3-13 to allow teacher input of quarter grades and then the creation of first quarter report cards, which will be mailed home on Nov 14

Students are dismissed at 12:55 pm tomorrow, Nov 4, and there is no school for students on Mon and Tues, Nov 7 and 8. I hope everyone has plenty of time to relax and enjoy the long weekend, especially our children, who have worked very hard these last two months adjusting to a new school year.  

And don't forget to vote!
~ Chrissie Lavin, PTSA President
  can you help with screenings?
null 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.
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
best buddies Halloween
On Halloween, members of Langley's Best Buddies club went trick-or-treating around LHS.  Fun was had by all! 
fine arts
chorus: Hear, ye!  Hear, ye! The Langley Choral Department requests the honor of your presence at our annual Renaissance Feaste. Journey back to Merrie Olde England for Renaissance-style dining and musical entertainment. Enter the grand Langley Halle, and you'll experience a spectacular holiday celebration  featuring costumed servers, jesters, minstrels, musicians, and the Langley Madrigals. 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. 
donate your old t-shirts for good
Don't throw away your old t-shirts - they can be repurposed! I am a girl scout and for my gold award I am leading the Saxon Service Dog Toy Activity. We collect old t-shirts and make them into dog toys to benefit the Arlington Animal Welfare League and other area animal shelters. I have two collection boxes for donations of t-shirts, both of which are in the new wing - the first is directly next to the band room, and the second is in the main office.  Any and all donations would be very appreciated!

~ Nicole Haley, LHS sophomore
             Old t-shirts become ... ... new dog toys!
fine arts
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! 
field hockey:  The Saxon varsity field hockey  team, lead by seniors Jackie Kotoriy and Sara Scherping,  is having the best season in Coach  Jennifer Robb's last 16 years with the team. Check out the great article in the Washington Post . (The JV team also deserves kudos for an undefeated season with only one goal against in total!) Come out and cheer on the team as they play against Fairfax for the 6A Northern Region Championship @ Fairfax, 7 pm tonight!
volleyball:  The varsity team will play against Madison HS for the Liberty Conference 6 Championship @ Washington-Lee, 7 pm tonight. (Then on to Regionals for them, too!)
cross country: The Langley XC team is enjoying its most successful season in recent years after the girls' squad, and the boys' Matthew Cox, qualified for the Northern Regional Championships. The girls took third place in the Liberty Conference Championships, led by sophomores Anna Spear (9th overall), Leila Zavar (14th) and Sophie Brzezinski (18th). The Saxons' squad is rounded out by soph Lizzy Gersony, and frosh Victoria Stark and Sarah DiMeglio. The boys team finished in fifth place, one point out of qualifying for Regionals. Matthew Cox, our top finisher (14th place) was followed by soph Forrest Johnston (21st), junior Mason Greenblatt (23rd), soph Ignat Miagkov (24th), and senior James Spear (25th). Seniors Andrew Farnsworth and Dotson Hsing rounded out this year's Conference Squad.  

swim & dive: Tryouts for the men's and women's swim & dive teams will be held Nov 7, 9, and 10. Make sure all required paperwork is completed and submitted before tryouts begin!

all winter sports: Tryouts begin Mon, Nov 7. Click  here for eligibility requirements, all of which must be met no later than Fri, Nov 4 by 12 pm. Visit, choose team and then click on their "NEWS" tab for tryout dates and times. Check back frequently for updates. *Some teams will begin on Nov 9. You must go to the team's webpage and click on the NEWS tab for tryout dates and times. 

option for girls' hoops: LHS basketball try-outs are next week, but those that might not make a team but still want to play and have competitive fun should consider MYA High School Girls Basketball. Register online at For questions, contact
party for the teachers!
Our hardworking Langley teachers and staff were treated to a Fall Chili Bar last Friday, put on by the PTSA's fabulous Hospitality Committee. It was an overwhelming success. The weather was beautiful and the Hard Times Cafe chili and cornbread -- generously donated by a Langley family -- along with the homemade desserts, were all delicious.  

Teachers enjoyed the opportunity to relax with colleagues and meet some of this year's rookie teachers. "These events are fantastic morale boosters," Principal Amico said. (Click here  to support our teachers by joining the PTSA.)

Special thanks to the  Swint Family , to the parents who sent in baked goods, and to the following parents on our Hospitality Committee for their ingenuity, creativity, effort, and care of our Saxon staff: Ann Goettman (chair), Susan Bourgeois, Clare Bradshaw, Karen Doody, Ritika Fedewa, Jennifer Feinstein, Allison Gardner, Kim Jepsen, Aradhana Luthra, Terri Markwart, Carol Peros, Heather Schone , and  Paula Van Gorder .  
make a movie to drive smart
The annual Drive Smart Teen Digital Short Contest sponsored by the CTIA Wireless Foundation launched last week. Students can enter a digital short educating others about the dangers of driving distracted for a chance to earn a $10,000 scholarship! Click  here to learn more and enter

What: Chance to win a $10,000 scholarship
Who: 13 to 18-year-old US residents 
How: 30-60 second digital short to educate about the dangers of distracted driving
When: Beginning Oct 17, and ending Dec 19
meals tax
Before you go to the polls on Tuesday, please take some time to learn more about the Meals Tax. We've included some information and links to learn more. 

- If approved, the meals tax is estimated to generate approximately $99 million  in the first year. Seventy percent (approximately $67 million) would be dedicated to FCPS, and 30 percent would be dedicated to county services, capital improvements, and property tax relief.

- The School Board has committed to dedicating the vast majority of the meals tax funding to ensuring competitive teacher salaries.

- The meals tax is intended to diversify county revenue and to supplement, not supplant, support for schools and county services.

- A number of neighboring jurisdictions already have a meals tax in place: Alexandria - 4 percent; Arlington - 4 percent; Falls Church - 4 percent; Fairfax City - 4 percent; Herndon - 2.5 percent; Vienna - 3 percent; District of Columbia - 10 percent.

- For fiscal year 2018-19 that begins July 1, 2017, FCPS currently estimates a  projected  budget gap of $134 million.
Where to read more:
- Fairfax County Government Website on the Meals Tax
Joint Statement by School Board and Board of Supervisors on spending priorities
- April 2016 Fairfax County comprehensive memorandum on meals tax 
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