langley eNews 
2/16/ 2017  

Please join us for our next parent coffee on March 2, 9:30am at Cooper MS (note the location change). Hannah Wolff, the Career Center Specialist, will talk to parents about tools for the college search process. If you would like to help with the coffee, visit the sign-up genius  here.

At the Junior Lunch (in lieu of coffee), Hannah Wolff will speak about the college process and how to use Naviance on March 1  at noon  at Cooper MS, Room 130. If you can help bring a lunch item, please volunteer here.

March 16 is the new date for our Junior Class dinner. If you didn't order tickets when you submitted your student's class form, please send in a check (payable to LHS) to the attention of the Class of 2018, Junior Class Dinner, Langley HS. Tickets are $20 per person or $25 at the door.
We are collecting photos of the Class of 2018 for our Senior Video. We need your help to ensure that all students and all aspects of life at Langley are presented (sports, performing arts, social, academic, etc.). Group shots are preferred, but only with Class of 2018 students. Please also identify students in the photo if possible. Send all photos to: .

Don't forget to buy your ANGP tickets. Advance tickets are $80; they increase to $85 after  Mar 1. Also, now's a great time to make a tax-deductible donation to ANGP to help defray the cost of games, prizes, food, decorations and mementos. For more info, visit our  ANGP webpage .

Remember to keep those photos coming! Stacy Smith is collecting photos for our end of year video/slide show. Send to

Virginia PTA offers $1,000 scholarships to graduating Virginia high school students based on a demonstrated commitment to community service, plus academic achievement and financial need The application deadline is March 1, 2017 . For details, click here
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a message from the ptsa  president
We've just passed this school year's half-way mark. First-semester grades are on SIS, and report cards were mailed this week. The mid-point of the school year is a great time to take stock. If your student is not doing as well as he or she would like, there's still plenty of time to turn things around. For a student who wishes to improve a grade, the first step is always to ask her teacher about strategies for success. Teachers are available to answer questions or offer support during Saxon Time and after school on Wednesdays (and often other days, by appointment). Your student's counselor or any administrator would also be happy to sit down with your child to offer advice and counseling. They all have the same goal -- your student's success! 

As a reminder, additional Saxon support includes:

The Saxon Writing Center, for help with any type of writing assignment by select advanced English students during lunch (room 193 odd days or room 295 on even days).  

Honor Society Peer Tutoring. For Math, English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Russian and German, your student can request a peer tutor from his or her teacher. Contact these coordinators for other subjects: Ms. Shapiro ( ) for History; Dr. Tannenbaum ( ) for Latin; Ms. Lindner ( ) for Science (include your specific science class in the request).

Best wishes to all Saxons for a happy and healthy second semester!

~Chrissie Lavin, PTSA President
there's more to school than academics!
Has your student purchased a ticket to this Saturday's Sadie Hawkins Winter Dance? No need to wait for an invitation! Although traditionally girls invite boys to a Sadie's dance, at Langley  about half of the attendees -- both boys and girls -- go solo, attending with a group of friends. This dance is typically less formal than the Homecoming dance or Prom. Tickets are $10 on sale in the cafeteria, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the Matthew Vernon Poyner Foundation. The dance will be held in the school gym from 8-10 pm on Sat, Feb 18.
orchestra concert and silent auction 
Our Langley orchestra will be joined by the Cooper MS musicians for the pyramid concert on Feb 28 at 7 pm. The excitement of our pyramid concert will be enhanced with a silent auction which includes offerings from local business and restaurants, Newseum tickets, Kennedy Center NSO tickets, and a Vineyard Vines shopping party.   The silent auction is now open online and will be open through noon on Feb. 28th, and then will continue at our concert that evening. Register here -- it's easy and open to all, so please encourage friends and family to take part. All items will be awarded at the end of the concert. Questions? Please contact  Beth Czaban at .
marshall academy open house 
Marshall Academy, a Governor's STEM Academy, will host its annual open house for prospective students on Thurs, Feb 16,
from 6-7:30 pm  (snow date: Feb 22). The program will include a complimentary dinner prepared by the academy's award-winning culinary program , classroom tours, and teacher presentations. 

Marshall Academy's offerings include Automotive Technology, Chinese Language, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Cyber: Computer Systems Tech A+, Cyber: Network Administration, Cyber: Routing and Switching, Cyber: Security + Capstone, Entrepreneurship, and STEM Robotics Systems. For more information, visit the  or contact  Niki Rosett-Haubner at
college fair
The Office of Admissions at George Mason U invites your students to join us for the 32nd annual Northern Virginia Regional College Fair (NVRCF)
Your students can meet with admissions reps from more than 150 institutions. This will be a great opportunity to get your students motivated and excited about their post-secondary plans while equipping them with the tools and information necessary to successfully navigate the college search and application process.
The event will be held Wed, March 29, from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Eagle Bank Arena (formerly the Patriot Center) on the GMU Fairfax Campus, with no need for prior registration. Doors will not be open before 6:30 pm. Parking is available, free of charge, in Parking Lots A and L, directly across from Eagle Bank Arena (formerly the Patriot Center.) To view a campus map, click here.  For more info, visit the website here. If you have any questions, e-mail the event director at
valentine's event for teachers
Last Friday, the PTSA's fabulous Hospitality Committee treated Langley faculty to a Valentine's luncheon featuring Maggiano's food and homemade goods baked by Langley parents. " You always make us feel so special!" said Student Services' Pat Stark. "A huge thank you for an awesome lunch."  

Special thanks to Aradhana Luthra, who organized the luncheon, Ann Goettman, Hospitality Committee Chair, and committee members Allison Wolverton, Clare Bradshaw, Heather Bensten Schone, Jennifer Feinstein, Karen Doody, Terri Markwart, and Kimberly Jepsen. 

rethinking high school success
Thomas Jefferson HS's PTA will host a Cross-Cultural Student Wellness Forum on rethinking stress, success and emotional wellness in high school. Students, parents, teachers, counselors and community members are invited to the event on March 4 from 2-5 pm at TJ on 6560 Braddock Road, in their Lecture Hall. The Mass General Hospital Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness was founded in 2014 by three physicians who recognized a tremendous need to support the emotional health of students from non-Western cultural backgrounds. Cofounder Justin Chen, a TJ alumnus, will lead a discussion inviting all to participate. There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is requested.  Click  here for more details and to register. Refreshments will be provided. If you have questions, contact Yongqing Lu , .
Freshmen girls' basketball completed their season undefeated -- a great harbinger for the next few years in hoops! Congratulations to the team and their coach Seth Richardson for wrapping up with a perfect 16-0 record

Those pictured include Sarah Beth Burgess, Anum Chotani, Erin Connery, Emma Norris, Faith Nugent, Sarita O'Neill, Zoe Patton, Jennifer Saryani, Ashley Saxenian, Safieh Todd, Aly Trumbull, Mehak Vardhan, Hannah Yo, and Coach Seth Richardson.

Don't forget to turn in your paperwork if your child is planning to try out for a spring sport. Even if they have already submitted a health form and done the concussion program for a prior season, you must submit a new Emergency Care Form each season to the coach.
girls inspired
FCPS will hold the 5th annual career conference, Girls Inspired and Ready to Lead, for girls in grads 6-12 on Sat, Mar 18, from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm. The event will be held in the Fairfax County Government Center, and the $25 registration fee includes lunch and a swag bag. Register online at
survey on langley read
It's important to the mission of the Langley Read that it follow a theme and is a community-based activity for students and their families as well as faculty. To start the program off, our librarian  Kathleen Ortiz is interested in getting feedback on a theme for next year, the types of books that should be included, etc. Use this link to give Ms. Ortiz your input. Voting for specific books will begin in March. You can contact Ms. Ortiz at .
service learning notes
animal toys: Due to the generous donation of t-shirts from the Langley community, Reston Shirt & Graphic Company, Inc., and Studio One Screen Printing & Embroidery, our LHS toymakers continue braiding toys for shelter animals. Prior to winter break toys were brought to the Arlington Animal Welfare League and Great Falls Animal Hospital (who work with multiple rescue originations).  The kids have begun expanding their skills by making cat toys out of ping pong balls. Have your student join us on the next Saxon Service day. 
~ Nicole Haley, LHS sophomore

donations needed: The following items have been requested: T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodie sweatshirts; fleece remnants or blankets; tennis balls and ping pong balls; unused plastic rectangular tablecloths; disposable food preparation gloves; sewing machines in good working condition; colorful patterned cotton fabric 12"x12" or bigger. Please place donations in the boxes by the Band Room or Main Office.
ptsa donor list
Thank you to all the LHS families who have donated to the 2017 PTSA membership campaign.  Because of your generosity, the PTSA was able to fund about $70,000 in appropriations and teacher professional development requests for this school year so far.
We are pleased to honor a partial list of donor families below. Bronze donations will be recognized in next week's eNews. 

Saxon Level ($1,000+)
Cho, Meeyoung &  Park , Seung Jin;  Givens, Jim & Lisa;  Luthra Family;  Stoyen, Alexander & Lana;  Thies, Mary Carolyn;  Warshaw, Matthew & Cynthia

Gold Level ($500-$999) 
Breiseth, Steve & Cecily;  Cha, Hyunsuk;  Chandan, Anmol;  Chotani, Habib;  Davis, Donn & Sharon;  Ferris Family;  Guberman Family;  Guinn-Knee Family;  Marzol Family;  Murad, Ahsun & Sumeera;  Ramsey, Katarina & Cyrus;  Soobert, Allan & Noelle

Green Level: ($250 - $499)
Alexander, Mary Anne;  Aulisi, Gabriele & Edy;  Bailin Family;  Bond-El Rafey Family;  Brzezinski, Ginny & Ian;  Burgess, David & Patty;  Connery, Susan & Jason;  Curtis, John & Liesl;  Daniel, David & Jami;  Detwiler, Jeff & Mary;  Devlin Family;  Fitzgerald, April & Mark;  Gersony, Cindy & Robert;  Goettman Family;  Ha, Van & Mai;  Kadel, Heather & Eric;  Kalinsky, Shellie & Greg;  Keating, Tom & Beth;  Lervick-West Family;  Levetown, Carolyn & Andrew;  Perez, John & Lissa;  Rao, Sheela & Shekar;  Riddle, Jane & Matt;  Sachtleben, Joanna;  Schlake, Drs. Fari & Oliver;  Shaw, Mary Ann & Thomas;  Shen, Susan & Patrick Hu;  Slade Family;  Stephens, Jennifer & Greg;  Tisseront, Astrid & Stephane;  Vogt, John & Lisa;  Zhu, Toby

Donations are accepted to the PTSA all year. The PTSA, as a 501(c)3 non-profit, can accept donations via credit cards online here.
Feb 16 Saxon Service at Saxon Time
Feb 18 Sadie Hawkins Dance
Feb 20 Student holiday - President's Day
First Day of Spring Sports Tryouts
Feb 21
Band Concert, 7pm
Feb 23 Band Concert, 7pm

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar