langley eNews 
12/8 /2016 

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

Don't forget to purchase your  ANGP tickets. Advance purchase tickets are $80Tickets increase in price to $85 after Mar 1. Also, now is a great time to make a  tax deductible donation to ANGP to help defray the cost of games, prizes, food, decorations and mementos. For additional information, visit our ANGP page. 
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from the ptsa president
Last week, former NBA basketball star Chris Herren delivered a powerful address on drug and alcohol abuse to Langley and McLean HS students and parents. For Herren, the path to his near-fatal drug addiction began, he said, drinking beer and smoking marijuana at high school basement parties. "Parents didn't think that kind of partying was a big deal," Herren said. But it set the stage for addiction. Herren advised students regularly taking drugs and/or alcohol to ask themselves why and to have the courage to seek help. "It's not normal behavior," Herren said.  "It's a sign that something's wrong."  
Also last week, at the Principal's Coffee/PTSA Meeting, Principal Amico reviewed the results of the annual Fairfax County Youth SurveyThe good news: The number of Langley students who abuse alcohol and/or drugs does not appear to be getting any worse. The bad news: Our numbers are higher than average for FCPS high schools. 

What can be done to improve those numbers? School administrators work tirelessly to keep drugs and alcohol out of the school. The rest is largely up to parents. Our School Resource Officer (SRO), Officer Mike Hunter, is happy to answer questions and offer assistance. Langley's school psychologist, Jason McBeth, and social worker, Donna Barnsley, can provide support and guidance as well as additional resources. 

To report potential illegal activity, FCPS runs an anonymous tip line: 571-423-2020 or text 571-418-6870 and enter the keyword TIP. Or, check in with any of our administrators. The goal is to get kids the help they need.

Thanks to PTSA Family Network Chairs  Betsy Shomaker and Julie Hohl , whose programming is helping to raise the awareness and understanding of substance abuse in our community. And thanks to all of you who've joined the PTSA . Your donations are responsible for bringing Chris Herren's powerful message to our students. If you haven't had a chance to do so, please consider joining the PTSA. The more members we have, the more good we can do. Membership is just $25. Click here to join.
~Chrissie Lavin, PTSA President
2017-18 calendar approved with an earlier start date
The Fairfax County School Board has approved  the  2017-18 calendar for Fairfax County Public Schools, which sets the first day of school as Mon, Aug 28, 2017 , and the last day as  Fri, June 15, 2018 . The approved calendar includes a two-week winter break ( Dec 18, 2017 to Jan 1, 2018 ) and a one-week spring break ( Mar 26-30, 2018 ).

These changes are being made to provide more instructional time before winter break, enhanced flexibility to help students and school staff members meet college application deadlines, and to end the school year earlier in June. To see next year's calendar, click here.
learn more about lhs courses
Save the date. Right after Winter Break, on Thur, Jan 5, 2015 at 6:30pm, Langley will host a Curriculum Night Program. Parents of current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders are invited to hear information from teachers about curricula differences amongst the different levels of core subjects. Information and presentations from elective departments will be presenting options as well.   Information to presented will include: a mount of homework given nightly, t eacher expectations of their students,  Projects due throughout the year, s kills needed for success in the course, d ifferences between the general level/honors level and/or AP level, t ime management, commitment, balance, and work ethic requirements, w ork samples from all levels of the course, d ifferences in textbooks by levels.

~ Sonya Williams, Director of Student Services
Lords! Ladies! Delay thee not! Forsooth, all seats for the 10th day of December have been seized! All is not lost but, 'tis time for great haste! Procure thy seats for feasting and merriment at  2pm on Sun, the 11th  day of Dec. Verily, with this magical link, travel back to a time of court jesters and minstrels, fine food and celebration, musicians, and the magnificent Langley Madrigals. We seek thy presence in the Grande Halle of Langley at the Annual Renaissance Feaste.
the first lhs alumni college day! 
LHS is hosting its first annual Alumni College Day! What does this entail exactly?

We've invited LHS alumni who are currently enrolled in college to come back and talk to LHS students about their college experience. We believe there's nothing better than to hear from peers who have gone through the admissions process and are currently experiencing what life is like on a college campus.

This will be held in a traditional college fair format, so students will have the opportunity to talk about several different schools if they wish. It's open to juniors and seniors during Saxon Time, and then during 3rd block. Teachers need to sign their classes up to attend (all grades welcome during 3rd block).

When? Thurs, Dec 15. What time? 9:45-11:15 am. Where? Langley Hall. Here's just a sample of some of the colleges to be represented: Alabama, Baylor, Chicago, Clemson, Dickinson, Dartmouth, Drexel, Emerson, Florida, GMU, JMU, Northwestern, UCLA and VA Tech!

Questions? Contact Hannah Wolff, 
Congratulations to Saxon scholar-athletes who recently signed athletic agreements
Golfer Brandon Berry
Loyola Maryland
Crew teammates Jenna Rosen - USC and Erin Pierce - SMU
Saxon swimmers Michelle Owens - Harvard, Joanne Fu - Penn, and Bella Rongione - USC
Lacrosse teammates, Anna Hofgard - UC Davis, Emma Crooks - VT, Marina Smith - Berkeley, and Megan O'Hare - Hamilton
take the 2016 speak up technology survey
Fairfax County Public Schools is participating in Speak Up, a national online survey about the use of technology in schools. The information collected will help policymakers at the local, state, and national levels as well as the business community. All these stakeholders, contribute to the national dialogue about science and technology, and prepare students for the 21st century workforce. The online survey will be open to all through Dec 16. It takes approx 20 minutes.

The online survey is open to parents, students, teachers, and staff members  and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. All responses are confidential. Get more information and take the Speak Up survey by clicking  here .
check the 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 a local charity during the winter break.
get your swag by holiday time 
Spiritwear holiday shopping ... delivered to your door!  Shop 24/7 from our expanded collection of Saxon wear by clicking here.  We'll deliver it to your door in time for the holidays.  
everyone can use a good laugh 
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 recent 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! 
earn money for langley 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 1000 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 website. 2)  Use our new Mobile Mobile App. 3)  Use our new Web App Learn more about CauseNetwork and join the movement by visiting this link.

Earn money for lhs while you shop for groceries.  Please check your receipts when shopping at Giant and Harris Teeter to be sure that 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.

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. Your Ride goes to Your Cause. Click here for more information. 
service learning opps & confirmations
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).  
  • 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 CemeteryAnyone 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.
confirm those saxon service hours:  We have sent out verification of service hours for the Saxon Service events through Nov, but some student emails were difficult to decipher. Please note,  addresses cannot be accessed outside the building . Students must use another email account to verify their hours.

If your student participated in a Saxon Service activity at any time in Sept through Nov and has not received an email verifying his/her service hours, please have them send an email to Betsy Shomaker at The email needs to include the student's name, date of service, and name of the activity.
fashion marketing news
Each month, our f ashion marketing and DECA organization hosts Career Networking Seminars for all students to attend.

Mike Toloczko, Director of Workout Settlement Operations at Freddie Mac, spoke to students about finance and leadership. He explained his role in modifying loans to aid borrowers so they are able to stay in their homes when they can no longer keep up with their loans. As a director, he shared his experience in partnership, customer service and project management. He also informed students about the importance of change and improvement in internal operations and leading a department. 

Booking agent Hannah Eunbi of local music venue, art gallery and restaurant Epicure Café spoke to students about her family-friendly spot in Fairfax which books a variety of local musicians and artists. The café hosts many different events including trivia nights, poetry readings, movies on the rooftop, and open-mic nights. She explained what booking and promoting is all about. To find new artists, she has an active presence in the local music scene. She also works closely with artists to manage their ticket sales and audiences. She uses social media to promote the café's events, and she designs tickets, posters, and press releases for musicians.  

~ Donya Momenian, Fashion Marketing Media Liaison
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
Jan 5 Curriculum Night, 6:30 pm

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar