langley eNews 
2/18 /2016 

Join us Fri, Mar 4 at NOON for a lunch time discussion on Easing the College Admissions Process. We will hear from experts on how to decrease stress in college prep and how to leverage social media platforms as part of a new Coalition app. The meeting is at the Markwart home, 6605 Heidi Ct, McLean (Langley Oaks). 

If you would like to help by bringing something to the lunch, please click here, and thanks!

The Junior Class Dinner & Guidance Night has been rescheduled for Mar 2 at 6 pm. This event, hosted by Student Services, is introduces juniors and their parents to the college application and admissions process

Our program will begin with our class fundraiser dinner in the cafeteria from 6-7 pm. Following dinner, students and parents will be directed to breakout sessions led by college admissions representatives.

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The dance is  Sat, Feb 20  from 7:30-10:30 pm in the gym. Tickets are on sale during lunches for $10. Although traditionally a dance where girls ask the boys, no one needs a date! Come as a group, or meet friends there. 

All proceeds go toward counselor Georgia McKain's daughter's fight against SMA-Type 2.
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here we go again . . . 
FCPS Budget Task Force Chair and Langley parent Matt Haley and I attended Tuesday night's #IAMFCPS rally at the Fairfax Co Gov't Center. We were treated to musical performances from orchestra, band and choral groups -- examples of some of the best of FCPS. An exceptionally articulate young man who came to the U.S. from Pakistan at age 11 spoke about the world-class education he is receiving in Fairfax County. He is now a thriving senior at West Potomac. He spoke no English six years ago and he was one of the most inspiring speakers I've heard. A representative from the Fairfax County NAACP spoke of educating, not incarcerating, our youth. Nearly 50% of prison inmates do not have a high school diploma. This may not be an issue for Langley, but it IS an issue for Fairfax County and for the United States. 

County Executive Ed Long must not have heard the children, teachers, parents, community activists and business owners cheering to support full funding for FCPS, because on Tuesday, he issued a budget that indicates no increase in funding for FCPS for the 2016-17 school year. If the Board of Supervisors doesn't increase funding above what Mr. Long called for on Tuesday, there will be a $67 million deficit next year. The School Board stated, "This is a crushing blow to the more than 185,000 students who depend on the schools to help shape their future and to the teachers who have experienced year after year of little or no salary increases, often having to shoulder the added expenses of health care and retirement increases.

"FCPS excellence cannot be maintained by continued budget cuts. This decision will have far-reaching consequences, affecting more than FCPS students, teachers, and families. It will ultimately impact property values and businesses in Fairfax County and it sends a dangerously misleading message that our community no longer places the same value that it once did on the benefits of a great school system."

I encourage you to get involved --  it ' s almost too late . Please contact the following elected officials and let them know you DO care about FCPS.

~ Terri Markwart, PTSA president
Dr. Steven R. Staples, Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction
Anne Holton, Virginia Secretary of Education
PTSA President Terri Markwart  and FCPS Budget Task Force Chair  Matt Haley  at the rally.
#Iamfcps rally
FCPS supporters at Feb 16 #IAMFCPS budget rally.
staff spotlight 
It could be her humor or her love for the history and culture of Ancient Rome, but one thing is certain -- Dr. Joan Tannenbaum is a beloved Latin teacher. Her true dedication to teaching is, as she put it, "trying to get kids excited about learning something new, and it can be simple stuff . . . just helping kids understand that life is full of great things to learn about."

She hasn ' t just taught Latin. "I have been a teacher of Latin, history, anthropology, and sociology. I have taught graduate school. I have been a coach of girls ' soccer, " said Dr. Tannenbaum. She was an assistant principal in Falls Church, and a principal in Falls Church and the District. "I ' ve loved every one of them differently," said Dr. Tannenbaum in reference to her different jobs. "There ' s good and bad to all of them." On top of all of that, she also earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Virginia Tech.

As for what's next in Dr. Tannenbaum's career, students at Langley need not fear that she will leave soon. "My career is on hold at the moment.  I don ' t know what I am going to do next. It ' s probably not going to be teaching, but it will probably be something else, and I am not sure about that yet. It ' s exciting!" she said.
Regardless of whatever come s in the future, Tannenbaum says,  "I 've enjoyed every bit of it."
~ Helen Chambers, Saxon Scope reporter
ask student services
Q: My student is interested in taking summer courses. Where do I go for information?

A:  FCPS summer school information can be found here Please remember students are only allowed to take one course via FCPS summer school. It is a quick session!
Q: My student wants a specific course this summer; what if FCPS doesn't offer it?

A:  If the student is currently in 9th-12th grades, they can explore summer classes at local colleges and universities or private schools, but these schools must be listed on . Please have your student talk to their counselor or Ms. Williams for approval before registering for the summer course; they will not receive credit for the course if Langley is notified after course completion.
national history day fair 
Langley's 3rd annual National History Day fair (like Science Fair, but for History!) was Feb 9. As the Honors World History II team ( Christina Banker, Allison Herzig , and  Kathleen Stankiewicz ), we want to share its success with the Langley community. We also appreciate the support of Langley parents who donated food and served as judges. Thank you!
This fair is the culmination of research that all students in Honors World History II began in September. Only the top projects advanced to the fair, but ALL of the students did great work on their projects.
Please congratulate all of the participants, as they put in a lot of blood, sweat and probably a few tears. These students will advance to our Mar 5 district competition at Mount Vernon HS: John Brigham, William Brzezinski, Allison Franke & Kathryn Myers, Zach Thompson & Victoria Cho, Nicholas Frankenberg, Karlye Pallotta, Cammie Charon & Izzy Tice, Pasha Farahi, Benjamin Johnson & Sean Kilduff, Benjamin Hunt, Mary Buttarazzi, Parisa Hajimohmmad, Miles Nelson, Dorian Miller, and Quyen Tran,  Ellie West & Morgan Stohler.
scholastic bowl update 
Langley's 2016 Scholastic Bowl team lost a tough match Saturday against rival Woodson HS that came down to the final question, but they will return to defend their title at the state competition later this month. Both Woodson and Langley will continue on to the state competition at William & Mary on Feb 27. Representing Langley were two members of the All-Region team: Nitin Rao (top scorer in the tournament) and Saxon team captain Tyler Larkworthy.
valentine's day treat 
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LHS Staff enjoyed a wonderful Valentine's lunch provided by the PTSA Hospitality Committee (a BIG thank you to Kiersten Allen, Ann Goettman, Ardhana Luthra, Claire Bradshaw and Jennifer Feinstein ).  Teachers played Guess the Number of M&Ms for a drawing at the lunch. There were 1,555 M&Ms and Jessica Stat z came within six of the exact number and won box seats to a Redskins game! 

Pam Jelinek won the second prize of Bose headphones, and Sue Shifflett won a Redskin s football Bob Foley, Mary Landis, Megan Kelly, Kathy Ortiz, Tracy Ballard, K ara Copley and SRO Dave Poach all won assorted gift cards.
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crew: Almost three dozen at hletes and parents turned out Feb 5 to unload trucks and set up work stations for the Stop Hunger Now campaign.  This prep work helped volunteer teams the next day make 100,000 meals to feed children at schools and orphanages around the world. Please click here to see our c rew team in action!
lacrosseThe boys' and girlslacrosse teams collected lacrosse equipment and delivered it to Winners Lacrosse, a DC-area youth program providing under-served neighborhoods with an opportunity to learn the game of lacrosse. Our  players also volunt eer their time to instill values and to teach team skills.
girls' basketball: JV Girls  went undefeated this season! Congratulations on a fantastic year!

soccer ha ll of fame: Arlene Jacobs, head coach of girls ' soccer at Langley from 1976-1996, was voted into the Virginia-DC Soccer Hall Of Fame Ms. Jacobs coached many succes sful McLean WAGS teams in the ' 70 s and '80s. She was a pioneer in the early days of Title IX and was instrumental in helping to establish girls ' soccer as a varsity sport in Fairfax County. She was Langley's head coach for 20 years, where her teams won seven District titles. Ms. Jacobs was a role model and mentor for hundreds of young  players, many of whom went on to play at the collegiate level . F our have been inducted into the Virginia-DC Soccer Hall of Fame. Ms. Jacobs still substitute teaches at Langley.

Spring Tryouts begin Mon, Feb 22. Eligibility requirements can be found on the  website .
put down the ladle 
Need a family dinner out? The Safe Community Coalition (SCC) is having a fundraiser at Pulcinella Italian Host restaurant Tues, Mar 8, 5-8 pm. The SCC ' s federal grant ran out two years ago, but they continue to support local youth programming because of generous donors and fundraisers such as this. The SCC brings in wonderful speakers for the Langley-McLean community such as Julie Lythcott-Haims, the author of How to Raise an Adult who will speak at McLean HS May 2.
This Pulcinella fundraiser is an easy way to have your dinner covered and for the SCC to receive some much-needed funding. Click here for the flyer. For carry-out, please place orders by phone after 4:45 pm and be sure to bring the flyer at time of pick-up.
youth candidates for governing board 
The McLean Community Center (MCC) is seeking two youth candidates to run for the 2016-17 Governing Board. The board provides oversight and guidance for MCC programs and facilities, which include the  Alden Theatre and the  Old Firehouse Teen Center.
Youth members will serve one-year terms. Candidates must be  15-17 years of age as of McLean Day. One youth member will be elected from the  McLean HS boundary area and one from the  Langley HS boundary area. Youth candidates are not required to attend either school, but they must reside in the boundary areas served by one of the schools as defined by FCPS.  Petition packets are available now  and are  due  Mar 25 . Click  here  for more information.
Feb 19 Case Day
Feb 20
Sadie's dance
Feb 22 Spring Sports tryouts begin
Feb 25 Band concert at Herndon HS
Mar 1
Election day: two-hour delay OR school closed (TBD) 
Mar 2 Junior class dinner & guidance night
Mar 4 Sophomore class coffee, 12 pm
Mar 6
Orchestra concert at South Lakes HS
Mar 7
Meet the coaches night
Mar 21-25
Spring break!
Mar 28 Student holiday, school planning day

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar