langley eNews 
12/1 /2016 

Our next Parent Coffee is  Tues, Jan 17, 9:30-11 am at St. John's Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike, McLean. If you have suggestions for speakers and topics, send them to our Coffee Class Parent
Lisa Walmsley at .

Our next Parent Coffee is Thurs, Dec 8, 9:30 am, Dolley Madison Library, McLean. (Please note this is a change of venue from what was in the Back-to-School flier). Join us as Principal Amico and Betsy Shomaker of PTSA's Family Network discuss the Youth Survey and ways parents can help mitigate those behaviors and build resiliency in our students. If you'd like to help with set-up or refreshments, visit our  Coffee Sign-up Genius.

The Driver's Ed Program
"Parents for Safe Teen Driving" is Dec 6, 7 pm, Langley Auditorium. Students must attend one of these programs with a parent in order to qualify for a driver's license. It's best to attend during the quarter your student is taking Driver's Ed. Please plan to arrive early, doors will open at 6:30 pm and will close promptly at 7 pm. There will be another program in March.

Prom Committee applications will be available in room 2406 for interested students. Apps are due to Mr. Brooks by Wed, Dec 14. Students can see Mr. Brooks for more information.

Thanks to all our parent volunteers who helped with our Class Dinner and to Mookie's BBQ of Great Falls for providing such delicious food at an excellent price in order to help our class and our school. For those unable to make the presentation in the auditorium,
Student Services hopes to post it on the LHS website soon.
Our apologies to freshman Collin Toole, whose beautiful photo was misattributed in the article congratulating Reflections winners.
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from the ptsa president: teacher of the year
Tell us about your favorite teacher! The presidential election is over, but another important election is underway at Langley. It's time for you and/or your student to cast a vote for the Outstanding Teacher of the Year.
It's a tough choice. Many of our teachers fall into the "outstanding" category. For this award, we're looking for nominees who have had three full years of teaching and meet these criteria as well:
  • Understand the individual needs of students, encourage their talents and foster their self-esteem
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students
  • Foster cooperative relationships and engage with their colleagues and the community
  • Demonstrate outstanding leadership

Please take 15 seconds to nominate a teacher who fits this criteria to be Langley's Outstanding Teacher. All nominations are anonymous and must be submitted by Fri, Dec 9. Click here to vote. And thank you!

~Chrissie Lavin, PTSA President
earn money for lhs while ya do what you do
You can earn money while you shop! We've joined CauseNetwork and want to invite you, too.

CauseNetwork is a new kind of marketplace where up to 10% of every purchase supports Langley HS students and staff. There are over 1,000 participating stores, including many of the brand names you know and love. You can shop to support in three different ways:
1. Click the SHOP buttons on our new webpage  
2. Use our new Mobile App 
3. Use our new Web App  
Your ride goes to your cause!
Don't want to pay property taxes on that old car in 2017?
With the help of CauseNetwork your used vehicles generate donations to support LHS PTSA. A simple, 3-step process makes the donation quick and easy, and we'll take them no matter what shape they're in. Click here for more information.  
And, earn more money for Langley while you shop for groceries, too! Please check your receipts when shopping at Giant and Harris Teeter to be sure your grocery card is linked to LHS. Last year, we earned more than $18,000 from these two grocery stores. Our goal this year is to earn over $20,000. Please ask your neighbors, family, and friends to link their cards to LHS. For instructions to link cards, click here.
did you receive your student directory? 
Student Directories were distributed to students (one per family) in their 3rd period class. If you haven't received your copy, please ask your student for it (they sometimes get lost in backpacks, of course). If your child doesn't have it, have your student ask her 3rd period teacher for it. If there's an issue, please email   
va ptsa essay contest 
The theme of this year's Virginia PTA Citizenship Essay Contest is:
We the people ... Why vote? 

This essay contest encourages students to express their views on citizenship or character. Essays from students in grades 9-12 must be a minimum of 750 words. The first place prize is $250. For more information about the contest and for a link to the application to participate, click here
Essays and completed applications must be postmarked by Feb 1, 2017 and mailed to Debbie Kilpatrick, NOVA PTA District Director, 13301 Green Mallard Court, Clifton, VA  20124.
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! 
chorus & orchestra 
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
theatre: it's harvey the rabbit! 
Harvey opens tonight! To purchase tickets for Saxon Stage's fall production of the comedy classic Harvey, click here. The show opens Thur, Dec 1 and runs through Sat, Dec 3. All performances begin at 7 pm.
try out for the one-act! 
Did you know that along with athletics, Langley participates in other VHSL activities? These include forensics, theatre, debate, Scholastic Bowl, publications, creative writing and a film festival.  One-Act Plays are a VHSL competition to be held Jan 12-14, 2017. LHS's VHSL one-act entry, directed by Ms. Karasek,  will be Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. A special performance will be offered at Langley on  Fri, Jan 13. This year's entry is differs from recent offerings, as it's to be a musical. 

Here's a synopsis: While Jacques Brel is no longer alive, well or living in Paris, the singer/songwriter's vision of romance, humor and moral conviction endure. Each song in this contemporary musical revue tells a story with themes of love, war, being young and growing old ... never forgetting that life is filled with humor. The play was an overwhelming success in its original off-Broadway production in 1968 and again in the 2006 revival. Brel's songs are as relevant today as ever. For more info about the show, click here.
fall sports round-up 
golf: Boys won District and State titles this year! Brandon Berry, Matthew Feinstein, Chris Dillard, Brian Feinstein, and Nikita Gubenko were recognized as All-District. Brandon, Brian, and Nikita were All-State. Brandon also tied for 3rd in the State individual competition.
Seven members of the Girls Team qualified for the zone qualifier. Senior Kaitlin Bonacci advanced and went on to States.  
football: Varsity Football retained the Rotary Cup in dominant fashion. By crushing McLean in a 39-10 victory, the Saxons earned the right to keep the Rotary Cup for the fifth straight year. It was a beautiful night that began with honoring 22 LHS seniors. And although the team had a rocky year, it was a wonderful way to end the season.
field hockey: This Cinderella team made it all the way to States, which was no easy task. The seniors could not have asked for a more memorable way to end their FH experience at LHS. Mr. Amico came to every post-season game ... even to Virginia Beach. The field hockey team was overwhelmed by his support and that of Geoff Noto.
cross country: "This year, more than any other year, the team really came together. Not just massive PR's and goals achieved, but also in other ways. People always say running is an individual sport, but you guys showed me how much better it can be as a team sport," said senior David Choi. The team had a stellar season with over 100 co-ed athletes. The girls' varsity team, led by a powerful group of sophomores, placed third at the Liberty Conference Meet and advanced to Regionals. Anna Spear (18:44), Leila Zavar (19:01) and Sophie Brzezinski (19:15) were top performers. The entire women's varsity regional team will be returning in 2017 and are eager to make a State XC appearance next year. The men also had one of their best seasons in years. The Liberty Conference Championship saw senior Matthew Cox perform with a PR of 16:28, qualifying him for the regional meet. As a whole, the men's team missed out on qualifying by a single point in one of the closest races in Langley history. Top Conference performances included Forrest Johnson with a time of 16:41, Mason Greenblatt at 16:45, Ignat Miagkov at 16:45 and James Spear with a time of 16:52.
volleyball:  The volleyball team again won the championship for the Liberty District Conference. Further, the team clinched a berth at States, where they lost in a hard-fought semifinal match against Ocean Lakes HS. The team was led by four seniors: Lauren Pratte, Raya Mufti, Jess Dean and Sarah Maebius. Special accolades were awarded at both the district and regional levels to Elena Shkylar as Player of the Year, Sarah Maebius for Libero of the Year, and Raya Mufti and Allison Franke for making First Team. Lauren Pratte, Jackson Friedman and Olivia Franke made Honorable Mention for the conference. Special thanks to all the coaches, especially Coach Shifflett and Coach Bredehoft, parents, and fans for all their support.

cheer: The varsity team had a fantastic competition season. They beat out their long time competitor Fairfax to place 2nd to South Lakes by 1/2 point at the District Conference. The following weekend they moved on to the Regional Semifinals and placed 2nd only to Robinson, giving them a spot to compete in Regional Finals. The team worked hard, the performances were amazing and many all-conference athletes were named: Cuinn Casey, Meghan Cavanaugh, Tatum Lohmar and Athena Peros. 

dance: We are excited to announce that our new JV dance coach will be Kristi Layman, the LHS Spanish teacher. She's planning to have an interest meeting soon. If you have questions in the meantime, your student should feel free to stop by and meet her in trailer #5. 
honor your winter athlete
The yard signs for LHS winter sports are brand-new! Recognize your athlete every day and show school spirit with a winter sport yard sign. The newly-designed signs are lightweight, colorful and personalized. Great for indoors and out. Signs are only $35.00. Deadline for ordering is  Fri, Dec 2 and can be ordered here.  

Want to recognize your winter athlete in the Saxons Winter Program? Purchase "recognize your player" ads by Fri, Dec 2 by clicking here.
saxon swag for stockings, etc 
Show your school spirit from head to toe with our new collection of Saxon Swag. All new designs in hats, sweatshirts, t's, Vineyard Vines custom ties and even Saxon Socks. Great stuff for students, teachers, coaches, moms, dads and grads. Shop 24/7 here and get your items delivered to your door.   
promote your business and support langley athletics
Advertising through the Langley Athletic Boosters is a great way to promote your business to Great Falls and McLean families, as well as families visiting from other schools and youth leagues. Last year, Langley hosted more than 100 games and community events with crowds as large as 4,000! The Boosters recognize the need to target your audience, and we are ready to work with you to find an option that fits your budget and meets your business objectives. More information is available on our website or by contacting Cat Lippman, .
service learning opps & thanks
Here are some upcoming opportunities in our area. For more information on these and others, visit the LHS website  here or  Family Connections on Blackboard ( click on X2Vol).  
  • SHARE. Sat, Dec 3, McLean Giant Food Store. Volunteers are needed for the Toiletries Drive at McLean Giant. Link to the Signup Genius.
  • VEXIQ Robotics Tournament. Sat, Dec 3, 1-7 pm. Braddock Elementary will host a VEXIQ Robotics Tournament at Annandale HS. If interested in volunteering, email
  • Honor Flight. Sat, Dec 11, DCA Reagan National Airport. Anyone who would like to attend should visit the website for instructions and a complete listing of dates.
  • Wreaths Across America. Sat, Dec 17, Arlington National Cemetery. Anyone interested should go online and click to volunteer. Via this link you can also make donations for the purchase of wreaths, at $15 each. Local Boy Scout Troop 55 is one of the many organizations working in conjunction with Arlington Cemetery. If you wish, you can donate via the pages of LHS freshman Jack Bush or junior Danny Devlin. A purchaser can designate a soldier's grave by name, or they can designate the donation in someone's memory.
Also, sophomore Nicole Haley reminds everyone that students continue to make toys out of recycled t-shirts for shelter animals. Two collection boxes for donation of t-shirts are in the new wing. The first is directly next to the band room and the second is in the main office. Thank you to Reston Shirt and Graphic Company, Inc. and Studio One Screen Printing & Embroidery for donating t-shirts for the Nov 17 Saxon Service time
two community events 
protect against substance abuse forum: Parents/guardians and their middle and high school students are encouraged to attend together UPC's upcoming special community meeting on Mon, Dec. 5 at 7 pm. The coalition will present its PROTECT Against Substance Abuse forum at the FCPS Gatehouse Admin Center, First Floor Cafe, 8115 Gatehouse Rd., Falls Church. A resource fair with community organizations will be held from 6:30-7pm. Free parking is in the bottom of the garage.

This is a special opportunity to hear the personal stories of parents, young adults and professionals about the dangers of substance abuse, the signs and symptoms of teenage drug abuse, preventive actions parents can take, and supportive resources. The event is free, but please register here to reserve a seat. Click here to see the event flier and share it with friends and colleagues.

mental health documentary: The award-winning 2015 film short Unmasked was produced by a team of 10 Palo Alto HS students who wanted to open community conversations about mental health, with an emphasis on hope, communication and moving forward. It will be screened on Mon, Jan 9, 2017, 7-8:30 pm at the TJHSST Auditorium, 6560 Braddock Rd. A student panel will follow, focusing on how to relieve stress in our teens' lives, promote wellness, and prepare our community to help them when they struggle. This free presentation is open to parents, middle and high school students, adults who interact with youth and other interested members of the community. Major themes include redefining student success, reducing teen stress, learning to be non-judgmental when talking with teens and eliminating the social stigma surrounding mental illness, so that we can find the support that exists behind the "masks" we often wear to hide how we truly feel.

Thanks to Community of Solutions for making this opportunity available. Learn more by clicking here. Questions? Contact Tricia Su at

Here are some online resources associated with these community events:
Dec 1-3
Fall Play Harvey
Dec 8
Sophomore Class Coffee, 9:30 am, Dolley Madison Library
Orchestra Concert, 7 pm
Dec 10 & 11 Madrigal Feaste (Sat, 7pm; Sun, 2pm)
Dec 13
Band Concert, 7 pm
Dec 15
Saxon Service at Saxon Time
Choral Concert, 7 pm
Dec 19 - Jan 2

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar