langley eNews 
12/07 / 2017  

Please help with the senior slideshow.  If you are interested, please contact  Ana Carvajal  at . Send photos of the Class of 2018 (group shots are preferred) and please identify students in the photo, if possible. Send all photos to: .
Don 't forget to buy a ticket to the All-Night Grad Party (ANGP).  It will be your final official Langley event, and one last chance to celebrate with your entire graduating class and only your graduating class. The  ticket order form  and  authorization form  can be found on the Class of 2018 webpage.
While you're buying your ANGP ticket, don't forget to buy tickets to see the Capitol Steps perform at Langley on Sun, Feb 11 at 7 pm. Click here to order.

Our Sophomore Class Dinner and Student Services Program will be Wed, Dec 13, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Langley Cafeteria. Our program speakers (Hannah Wolff, LHS College and Career Specialist, and Lauren Wagner , George Mason University Admissions Office) will be sharing their perspectives on Best Fit colleges and what sophomores/families can do now to help find and prepare for that Best Fit. Catering is by Moby Dick, House of Kabob. Additional details, including Lauren Wagner' s bio, can be found here.

On Dec 4, we emailed the class Google group a list of families who have purchased tickets. If you have not previously paid, you are still welcome and encouraged to come as a walk-in for $25/person. If you are not on the list or additional family members plan to attend, please do not try to RSVP late by email, just come as a walk-in. This is our only fundraiser of the year for our junior prom and senior graduation activities
, so we hope you can come support our class, understand what "best fit" means, and enjoy fellowship with sophomore families on Dec 13!

lost and found
Missing a jacket or sweatshirt? It may be in Langley's large lost & found collection. Please have your student stop by the lost and found box located across from the Clinic
to look through the items. Any items remaining will be donated to charity during the winter break.
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a message from the president
Thinking about making a year-end, tax-deductible donation?
Consider making a gift to Langley. Our PTSA will use your dollars to enhance your child's education. Collectively, parent contributions go a long way toward improving the quality of our students' learning experience. Thanks to the generosity of Langley parents, we have been able to purchase many items to benefit our students. Click  here  and scroll down to see a list.
Donate today a nd help us raise additional funding to pay for programs that inspire learning, enrich teaching and promote innovation and academic excellence. Our Appropriations and Professional Development Committees have three more meetings to decide how to grant PTSA funds. We hope we can count on you to keep our school ranked among the best! Click  here  to donate. Any donation amount would be greatly appreciated. 
Not sure if you've already joined/donated? You can find out by emailing our PTSA Membership chairs Jamie Loving ( or Lisa Givens (

~ Jennifer Feinstein, LHS PTSA President
vaping: what is it? is it dangerous?
FCPS Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) teacher Brian Maslowski shared crucial information  at the most recent PTSA/ Principal Coffee.
Vaping, a form of e-cigarettes, has grown nationally in popularity this year especially among the high school population. Users often believe that vaping is safer than smoking, but here is the truth about vaping:
Vaping involves inhaling a vapor produced by e-cigarettes. The vapor is made up of fine particles which  contain varying amounts of toxic chemicals including nicotine . The liquid for vaping can be found in a pre-filled cartridge ("pod") or a liquid that is manually added to the vaping device, referred to as a "pen." Vaping "f lavors " will produce a detectable scent, fruit flavors are most popular. Even non-nicotine flavors may be carcinogenic.  
Vaping may also involve inhaling THC oil or THC wax (the chemical found in marijuana).  The level of THC in the oil and the wax is so concentrated that the Commonwealth of Virginia has listed possession of either as a felony (leaf marijuana is a misdemeanor). Vaping THC does not produce the telltale smell that results when smoking marijuana.
In an effort to attract more teen users, manufacturers are frequently changing the appearance of the vaping device.  Here are photos of some of the common devices: the one that is most commonly seen among Langley students is shown first (note that it looks very much like a thumb drive or device to use with a USB port). The smaller pen in the second photo is known as a JUUL pen and produces a very concentrated effect. The packing on the right contains pre-filled cartridges for the pen.

Virginia law prohibits anyone under the age of 18 to purchase or possess nicotine vapor products. Additionally, vaping is prohibited in FCPS schools. Students caught vaping will be subject to disciplinary proceedings.  
~ Jennifer Feinstein, PTSA President and Betsy Shomaker, co-chair Family Network Committee
orchestra fundraisers
Support the Langley Orchestra with your purchase of a 2017 White House Christmas ornament!  Ornaments are $23 each and are a perfect holiday/hostess gift. A portion of the proceeds will go to the LHS orchestra! 
D ownload the order form here. Contact .

making holidays happy 
Holiday season is fast approaching! Time to start shopping for that perfect gift, and this year you can be donating up 10% while you shop, extending the Giving Spirit which supports Langley HS students and staff. Click here for links on several ways to donate. 
round 2: outstanding langley employees 
Nominations for Langley's Outstanding Teacher of the Year have been cast. Now it's time to acknowledge other Langley staff superstars. Which of our new teachers (at Langley three years or less) has wowed you with his/her dedication or know-how? Which Langley leader or support employee has impressed you with kindness or a can-do attitude? To give our most stellar staff members the recognition they deserve, we need your nominations for: 
Outstanding New Teacher - a teacher or librarian with less than 3 years of experience
Outstanding Leader - School-Based Technology Specialists, Technology Support Specialist, Assistant Principal, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor
Outstanding Support Employee - administrative and office assistants, custodial staff, food service staff, Instructional Assistants, Public Health Assistants, Public Health Training Assistants
The deadline to submit a nomination is Fri, Dec 15. Click here to nominate. Note: you are not required to nominate in each category. Click "next" to move to the position for which you'd like to nominate. Questions? Contact Laura Moore, .
girls basketball: All three teams have kicked off their seasons with wins! Varsity is currently 3-0 and JV and Freshman are 1-0.   Full schedules for all three teams can be found at .  Come support these hard working ladies! 
swim and dive: This past Friday the men's and women's swim and dive teams began their season against South Lakes. The boys team had a comfortable win with a score of 181 to 134 thanks to first place finishes in the medley relay by the team of Darius Truong, Johnny Bradshaw, Tyler Zuyus, and Mason Greenblatt as well as the 200 freestyle relay team of Chase Bradshaw, Robert Luebke, Tyler Zuyus, and Mason Greenblatt. The Saxons also placed first in six of the nine individual events thanks to swims by Darius Truong in the 100 back and 100 fly, Tyler Zuyus in the 200 freestyle, Chase Bradshaw in the 100 free, Johnny Bradshaw in the 100 breast, and Dylan Reed in diving.  The Saxon Men celebrate this strong opening as they seek a fourth consecutive conference title.
The Saxon women also had a strong opening, but fell short to the Seahawks with a score of 151 to 161. First place finishes came from Hannah Sun in both the 200 IM and the 500 free and Megan Jungers in the 100 fly. A final first place finish came from the 200 Free relay team of Taelor Oey, Erica Barton, Kendall Heebink, Natalia Rongione. The Saxon women will continue to work hard as they look ahead to the rest of the season. The Saxon swimmers will be back in action this weekend with a meet Friday night against Oakton.
wrestling: At the recent Fork Union `Blue Devil` Invitational Results Langley placed 2nd out of 18 teams

126 - Tyler Chung (3-2) placed 7th
126 - Jackson Sayers (3-1) placed 2nd
132 - Ryan Kaviani (3-2) placed 5th
138 - Ariaz Goudarizi (3-2) placed 5th
145 - Matt Flenniken (3-1) placed 2nd
182 - Mark Drasbek (3-2) placed 5th
195 - Cooper Keating (2-1) placed 2nd
220 - Parsa Yazdani-Arazi (3-1) placed 3rd
crew: Interested in Langley Crew? R egistration  for Winter Training and Spring Season is now open! Click here and complete the forms in Step 1, if you have not already done so.
lhs athlete yard signs: It's not too late to order your Winter Athlete a Yard Sign!  The newly designed signs are perfect for indoor/outdoor use. Deadline for orders is Fri, Dec 8.  Please click here to order yours today.  Any questions, please contact
spirit wear item of the week 
Every Saxon needs a great pair of socks! Our custom Premium Langley Crew Socks are made of quality materials by Strideline and can be yours for just $20. 

Orders received by Dec 23 can be delivered or picked up before the holidays. To place an order, click here.
keeping track of service hours 
Every student at Langley is eligible to earn a Service Cord to be worn at graduation. The service cord is the only graduation cord available that isn't depended on grades, skills, or ability, but simple on commitment to service as demonstrated through 40 hours of service while at LHS. Let's encourage every student to walk wearing a Service Cord.
x2VOL is the tool FCPS middle and high schools use to support students with finding, tracking, and verifying service hours electronically. Click here for detailed instructions on how your student can sign up.
donate to dog & cat toy service project 
Dog and cat toys made during Saxon Service were donated to CSTAR   Animal Care Spray Clinic and Voorhees Vet Clinic, both in New Jersey. Toys were incorporated into raffle prizes and given to parents of the rescue animals.  If you have any  t -shirt ready for retirement, please consider donating them. Ping pong balls are also in need , so if you have any laying around bring them in as well. There are two donation boxes One is next to the orchestra room and the other is in the main office. Any and all donations would be very appreciated!

~ Nicole Haley, LHS Junior  
know the signs of suicide 
Attention 9th Grade Parents: Mental health problems can develop in adolescence which is full of emotions for teens.  Some of these emotions are actually mental illnesses. Depression is among the most common mental illnesses. Depression is treatable; however, it is a leading risk factor for suicide. To proactively address mental illness, LHS is providing a depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program.
The SOS program has proven to be successful at increasing students' awareness of mental health illnesses along with creating help seeking strategies that students can use when they are concerned about themselves or a friend. We conducted the program last year with the Freshman class, and student surveys indicated a marked increase in awareness.

Our goal is to:
- Help our students understand that depression is treatable.
- Provide students training in how to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in themselves or a friend,
- And to help students know whom in the school they can turn to for help, if they need it.
The SOS program will be presented to our 9th graders on Mon, Jan 8 and Tues, Jan 9 during Saxon Time. Students will view the SOS Friends for Life video and take a brief screening. Parents who do not wish for their child to participate in the SOS program will be required to return an opt-out form by Thurs, Dec 1. On Thurs, Jan 4, from 3:30 PM - 4 PM, parents and faculty will have the opportunity to preview the SOS video that will be shown to students in the principal's conference room in the main office of school. Parents will also receive handouts on community mental health resources, and will view the trusted adult video. We will also have a few minutes set aside for parents to ask questions. 
If you have additional questions about the program please email Alex Mantel at or Davina Johnson at
anxiety workshop 
The FCPS Parent Resource Center presents the free parent workshop Identifying and Treating Anxiety in Children and Teens. Dr. Krystal M. Lewis from the National Institute of Mental Health, Development and Affective Neuroscience Section, will present the science and biological roots of anxiety in children and teens on Fri, Jan 19, 10 am - 12 pm, Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road , Entrance 1 - Room 100, Dunn Loring, VA.  
The workshop will cover:
* How to identify anxious youth
* How to change anxious thinking through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
* S trategies for treating specific anxiety disorders
Click here to register. The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers free parent workshops throughout the year. The full schedule is available here.
 Dec 7   Band concert 
 Dec 12   Choral concert 
 Dec 13   Sophomore class dinner, 6:30-8:30 pm 
 Dec 14   Band concert 
 Dec 18   Start of winter break 
 Jan 2   Back to school! 
For a full list of upcoming events, visit the LHS website Events page