langley eNews 
2/15 / 2018  

report card time
The deadline for submitting a yearbook tribute  to congratulate your graduating senior (a "senior ad") is Feb 16. 
It's always so sweet to see the little kid pics and words of support for the seniors. For more info about creating a senior yearbook ad , go to or
pick up a flyer from door 1207 .  

Class Rings and Graduation Announcements: Please visit Balfour's website to place your announcement order or purchase graduation products designed specifically for Langley's students. Questions can be directed to 703-941-1436 or

Please help with the senior slide show/video - contact Ana Carvajal at We are still collecting photos of the class of 2018 (group shots preferred, and please identify students in the photo, if possible). Send photos to:

Feb 27 at 6 pm is our Junior Class Dinner , followed by college planning night hosted by Student Services. If you can't recall if you bought tickets, email Maura Bollinger,or Ann Haley, Or you can purchase tickets by using the class dues form and sending in your payment ($20 per person) to the main office.
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school budget approved
school food and nutrition survey

Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) in collaboration with
Real Food for Kids sent a survey to all FCPS students that can be found in your child's FCPS email account. Please encourage your student to take 5 minutes to complete the survey. Responses are completely anonymous. This survey is the first of its kind to proactively engage students in a conversation about their school lunches.
a message from the ptsa president
Are you one who makes New Year's resolutions ? If you're like most Americans, you have pledged to increase activity and lose weight. According to articles in the New York Times, by Jan 8, some 25 percent of resolutions have  fallen by the wayside
. Two months after pledging to become more active, only 37 percent of people in their 20s and 16 percent over age 50 had kept to their new fitness habit in 2017.

This winter, I'm predicting the percentage of people who keep to their fitness resolutions thru February will increase. Why? The  Winter Olympics - happening Feb 9-25! I know I feel a bit guilty sitting on the sofa watching these events so I've been extending my time on the treadmill and elliptical while taking in these incredible competitions. From the eight US athletes born in 2000 (the same age as many of our seniors!), to the rookie 28 year old figure skater, to several athletes participating in their 5th Olympic games... there's someone to inspire each of us . There are so many stories of sacrifice, commitment and dedication - it takes a lot of hard work to reach the highest level in your sport. So, if your household is having trouble getting motivated to workout, practice an instrument or finish homework, flip the TV to the Olympic channel for a little inspiration.

Some inspirational stories close to home - our very own  Jordyn Callaghan , Girls Varsity Basketball, just passed the 1,000 point mark in her career and the Freshman Girls Basketball team just finished an undefeated regular season ! Additionally, Model UN won the Best Large Team Delegation award and our Scholastic Bowl team finished 3rd in Super-Regionals . These are only some of the great things our students have achieved recently. Be sure to visit the Langley website  frequently and read this newsletter to keep up with the many things our students are doing.

While we don't have any Winter Olympic sports in our line up at Langley, watching all the Olympians compete will surely inspire our Saxon community to aim a little higher in whatever activities we love to do.

~ Jennifer Feinstein, PTSA President
new date for ptsa meeting!
Our snowed-out January Principal's Coffee/PTSA meeting has been rescheduled  for Wed, Feb, 28 at 9 am . We were happy to be able to coordinate this new date with our featured speaker, Dr. Heather Tedesco, so we can hear her presentation on  "Talking To Your Teens About the Tough Stuff."
cyber saxons
Langley's CyberPatriot Club 
has just finished another successful season. Our club has grown to 60 members on ten competition teams. Entering the state competition, four of our teams were ranked at the Platinum level, five  at the Gold levels , and one at Silver. Two Gold teams and the Silver team went on to advance to the regional competition. The club would like to thank David Tamayo and the DCS Corporation for covering the  registration cost for all of our teams, both this year and since our club began four years ago.

CyberPatriot  is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period. Teams compete for the top placement within their state, region, and at the National Finals.

~ Maria Beldon & Betsy Jones, CyberPatriot Club Sponsors
writing awards
FCPS student writers  won 22 Gold Key awards in the 2018 Regional Scholastic Writing Awards competition. In all, 112 Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mentions were earned by FCPS students.  Congratulations to Langley's Madeleine Assad for her award in poetry.
no hang tag = no parking
If your student has been driving to school  without an official FCPS hang tag (parking permit ), now is the time to stop ! Cars without a FCPS hang tag will be towed. Students with unpaid parking tickets should see Mr. Rogers in the main office or security office to pay them. 
saxons, did you know?

Saxons, did you know . . .  1 in 6 teenagers who try marijuana will become addicted to it.

Saxons, did you know? gives an important piece of info on drugs, alcohol or mental wellness. We hope these messages serve as conversation starters about substance use, stress and decision making with your teen and family.
langley parent read
Mark your calendar - He's Back with a Brand-New Book!! T hurs, Mar 15, 7 pm , Langley High School Auditorium with Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson.

As parents, we just want our kids to succeed, to be their best, and to do their best. But what happens when they are not on board? Authors of
The Self-Driven Child  discovered that the best antidote to stress and lack of motivation is to give kids more of a sense of control over their lives

Join us to hear renowned clinical neuropsychologist, William Stixrud Ph.D. and test-prep guru, Ned Johnson , combine cutting edge brain science with insights from their work to make a radical case for giving teens more autonomy and control in their lives in order to unleash their full potential. Hear concrete tools you can use to help your child navigate life with the confidence needed find his or her own path. 

No tickets required, no sign up. Just come! This is one you definitely don't want to miss!!
engineering conference
Marshall Academy and George Mason U are hosting the 2nd annual National Engineers Week Youth Conference on Sat, Feb 17, 9 am to 2 pm, at the GMU Fairfax campus for middle and high school students. The conference will include workshop sessions on bioengineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, systems engineering and cybersecurity. Attendees will get insider tips on how to pursue an engineering degree and will have the opportunity to network with guest speakers, future engineers, and IT professionals. Ken Harvey, former NFL linebacker and author, will serve as the keynote speaker. Click here to register for this free event (tickets are limited). All minors must be accompanied by a parent. 
looking for ap proctors
It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to AP testing.  School counselors proctor all the AP tests every day for 2 weeks, starting May 7. We need parents to supplement our ranks so we're sure to have all the proctors necessary to comply with AP regulations. The AP students always appreciate a friendly face. If you'd like to volunteer, contact me at, or send any of the counselors an email. 

~ Susan Murphy and LHS Counselor Gao-Jua
service learning opportunity
International Night - Fri, Mar 2, Churchill Road Elementary School:  CRES is hosting their International Night on Mar 2 and would love to have Langley students come to help on that evening with set up and clean up. For more information, please contact CRES principal, Mr. Hutzel at .
girls' basketball: Congratulations to Coach Richardson and the Freshman Girls Basketball Team on their 1st place in the Liberty District with an Undefeated Season of 15-0!!! 

it's here! 
Spring sports tryouts begin on Mon, Feb 19 All components listed here should be completed by now!

Students require the following to be eligible to tryout: 
1. Completed VHSL form turned into the Activities Office. Click here for form. 
2. Concussion Education program completed by student and one parent. Click here and complete now! 
3. Emergency care form, found here, turned in to the coach's mailbox located in the Activities Office.

Additional eligibility requirements can be found on our website by clicking hereFor tryout dates and times for each sport check the sport and then click on the "NEWS" tab for information.  To be eligible to tryout, all requirements must be complete BEFORE the first day of tryouts, so don't delay!   Complete NOW!
angp 2018
The Class of 2018 and the ANGP committee  want to thank everyone who attended the Capitol Steps performance at Langley on Feb 11. The performers didn't fail in keeping the crowd roaring with laughter during their 90-minute performance. Special thanks go out to the families who donated tickets for Langley teachers and staff to be able to attend. In total, 28 tickets were donated! The Langley staff who received tickets were Mark Penn, Ryan Jackson, Jason McBeth, Mike Barrs, Val Cukierman, Deb Dornemann, Mary Gratz, Melinda Conner, Alison Herzig, Vivian Jewell, Pam Jelinek, Nichole Bernard, Margo Wingo, and Margaret Scheirer. To top that off, the Capitol Steps donated several copies of their most current CD, "Orange is the New Barak," to Langley. Moreover, a big thank you goes out to the members of the Langley SGS and Senior Class leadership - George Lorenze, Haley Lobsenz, Bennett Norris, Aby Kontzias, Mallory Langpaul, Alex Barakat, John Eames, and Yasmin Momenian - for volunteering to help by handing out programs, working concessions, and helping out at the Will Call table.

Remember to get your student's ticket for the  All-Night Grad Party, June 7-8 at McLean Sport & Health. Ticket prices are $80 but increase to $85 after March 1 . Click here  for the ticket sale flyer and here for the parent-student authorization form.
fairfax county 2018 teen job fairs
Fairfax County high school students  looking for their first part-time job, summer and seasonal job opportunities, or who want more information about potential career pathways are invited to attend one of six upcoming teen job fairs in Fairfax County. Job fairs will be held as follows:

Sat, Mar 10, 1-3 pm, Woodson High School, 9525 Main St, Fairfax
Sat, Mar 17, 1-3 pm, South County High School, 8501 Silverbrook Rd, Lorton
Sat, April 7, 11 am - 1 pm, Chantilly High School, 4201 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly
Sat, April 14, 11 am - 1 pm, Mount Vernon High School, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Rd, Alexandria
Sat, April 21, 11 am - 1 pm, South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Dr, Reston
Sat, April 28, 12-2 pm, West Springfield High School, 6100 Rolling Rd, Springfield

Local businesses and agencies will be on hand to offer a range of opportunities including part-time employment, internships, and volunteer work for prospective students. At the Chantilly High job fair, students can take a resumé workshop, scheduled to run concurrently during the event. 

Online registration is available for students interested in attending. Complete information about the Teen Job Fairs is available online.
community conversation
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) and the NEXUS committee invite all to be part of an important community conversation about strengthening teen resilience. The forum features keynote presenter Erin D. Berman, Ph. D., clinical psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health, who will address childhood anxieties, how to help change anxious thinking, how computer technologies are transforming the understanding of anxiety, and treatment options now available for children/youth. Click here
for more information or to register. The event takes place on Mon, Mar 5, from 1-4 pm at the Fairfax County Public Schools' Virginia Hills Center, 6500 Diana Lane, Alexandria, 22310.
senior ethics forum - more adult volunteers needed!
This year our Senior Ethics Forum will be held on Tues, Mar 13 from 8:15 am to 2:45 pm and we need adult volunteers!

What is the LHS Senior Forum?
Seniors rotate through modules where an ethical dilemma is presented, followed by small or large group discussions. We need volunteer table leaders to work with groups of 8 students to facilitate small group discussion in each module. A brief training session for table leaders is provided.

Why should I volunteer at a Senior Forum?
Since we all know that our kids talk and listen more when their parents aren't around, senior parents, teachers and school staff do not serve in this capacity, so we need parents of underclassmen or adults outside of the Langley parent community.

You can click here to sign up. If you'd like more information, contact Kim Wenk at

You don't have to be a LHS parent to volunteer . If you know of anyone who would be interested, please give them the sign up link or refer them to Kim.   Feedback from the past senior classes has been overwhelmingly positive. We have table leaders who return year after year and truly value spending the day with Langley seniors. Don't miss the opportunity to participate in this important program.
Feb 19
President's Day - Student Holiday 
Feb 19
Spring Sports Tryouts Begin
Feb 21
Band Concert, 7 pm
Feb 22
Orchestra Concert, 7 pm
Feb 27
Junior Class Dinner and College Night
Feb 28
President's Coffee/PTSA Meeting, 9 am, Cooper MS, Room 130
Mar 15 Langley Reads with Dr. William Stixrud, 7 pm, Langley Auditorium
For a full list of upcoming events, visit the LHS website Events page