langley eNews 
2/3 /2017  

honor code link
The link to the school's updated Honor Code that ran last week was not correct. Click here for the link, which you'll find on the home page of the PTSA website.
angp needs jr parents
We need 2 or 3 co-chairs to represent the junior class for this year's All Night Grad Party. The next ANGP planning meeting is Wed, Feb 8 at 6:30 pm at the Great Falls Starbucks. Contact Lynn Conforti,, if you can help.

ice hockey
The Langley ice hockey team's Senior Night is this Fri, Feb 3, with a game start time of 7:55 pm at Skate Quest in Reston. Supporters welcome.
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a message from the principal
Dear Saxon Families:

As I write, we are all experiencing the grief from  the loss of a classmate, friend, relative, student. The death  of sophomore  James Chen is traumatic and painful for all of us. In the midst of our grief, I have been able to witness great empathy and kindness from our community. The McLean principal called me on Sunday to offer their support. Many of our teachers have mourned along with their students the loss of a bright, engaged, talented young man.

At our game with McLean on Tuesday night, our SGA President Marina Smith and Vice President Olivia Augustini, along with the McLean SGA President, reminded us that though we are two schools, we are one community. After the game Marina and Olivia led the entire gym in a short remembrance where everyone lit their phones while music played. Thank you to both teams for remaining and participating in such an uplifting ceremony.  

Although any death diminishes us, I am so proud of our students in their response. Our Leadership class cancelled the pep rally because they didn't think it would be appropriate. The students have created a beautiful memorial outside the band room in Langley Hall; the rock has been painted in James's honor. And as we move forward, please continue to keep James and his family and friends in your thoughts. Remember that tomorrow isn't promised to anyone; we must appreciate what we have and what we do today.  

As we return to a normal routine, even weeks from now, your child could still be working through the tragedy. All people, and especially children, grieve in their own way, particularly in the face of a sudden death. For further insight, the link here is a resource for parents helping children deal with grief. Please remember that all LHS administrators are here for help and support -- just reach out to us any time.

Fred Amico ~ Principal, Langley High School

some academic notes
gap year fair: For students considering waiting a year after high school before beginning college, on Feb 7, from 7-9 pm, George C. Marshall High School will host a Gap Year Fair  for interested students and parents. Have face-to-face conversations with gap year program providers, trip leaders, and gap year alumni. Click here to register for the event.

practice sat or act: Your student can take a practice version of the SAT or the ACT before taking the real test. Research has shown that taking practice tests leads to better performance. The full-length tests will be held this Sat, Feb 4, from 9 am to 1 pm in the McLean HS cafeteria. Bring cash or a check for $20 on test day. After taking the practice test, participants will be able to enter their answers using their smart phones or a computer at home and immediately receive a detailed score report that highlights their personal strengths and weaknesses.
stem academy open house: All are Invited to the Chantilly Governor's STEM Academy Open House, Thurs, Feb 9, from 6-8 pm, (snow date, Feb 9, from 6-8 pm (snow date, Feb 16), 4201 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. A free spaghetti dinner will be served from  6-6:30 pm. You can  meet instructors, tour state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, and learn more about our exciting programs for juniors and seniors. 
Courses include: Air Force JROTC, Auto Technology, Auto Collision, Animal Science, Carpentry, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Cyber: Computer Systems Technology A+, Cyber: Database Design & Mgmt, Firefighting, Oracle, Cyber: Network Administration, Cyber: Routing & Switching, Cisco, Dental Careers, Entrepreneurship, Geographic Info Systems, Medical Health Sciences, Pharmacy, STEM Engineering, STEM Robotics Systems, Engineering Math, Engineering Physics, Teachers for Tomorrow. 

For more information, call 703.222.7460 or visit the website  here.
Feb 3 End of Q2; two-hour early dismissal
Feb 6 No School (teacher work day)
Feb 15 Principal's Coffee / PTSA General membership meeting, 9am Cooper MS
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