langley eNews 
2/22 / 2018  

The Junior Class Dinner is  Tues, Feb 27 at 6 pm in the LHS Cafeteria. We are looking for parents, students or other family members to help with check-in, setup and clean-up. Please lend a hand by signing up here. Student Service's College Planning Night for juniors and parents will start at 7 pm (no tickets are required for this portion of the evening). Still unsure whether you bought tickets for the dinner? Check with Ann  or Maura .

Save the date! Our final Sophomore Parent Forum is  Fri, April 20, 9:30 to 11 am, at St. John's Episcopal Church,  6715 Georgetown Pike, McLean VA 22101. Join us for Sophomore-specific updates on all aspects of Langley. We are thrilled to have a licensed clinical social worker join us to share the latest research on 16-year-olds. She also will be providing discrete tips for sophomore parents to effectively support their sophomores in the next few years.

Pictures: Please submit photos from winter sports, concerts, academic teams, and Sadie's! Email Include  only  pictures of the Class of 2020 and  only  LHS events. Please send us your BEST SHOT. For more recommendations, click here.
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a message from the principal
I know the tragedy in Florida is still fresh in everyone's minds. I cannot imagine a more traumatic or life-changing event than what occurred in Parkland. I am writing to assure you that we are doing all we can to ensure the safety and security of our students and staff. We have recently completed our infrastructure to enable us to lock all the exterior doors of the school. This will be a significant, but necessary, culture shift for our school community. You can no longer just enter school. You will have to ring the bell and give a reason for your presence. If you want to visit, you will have to scan your license into the reader in the main office. While these security procedures are a drastic shift from our past, they are a good thing for everyone.  

For safety reasons, we do not discuss most of our security procedures and practices. We do have regular trainings and discussions about our protocols. The FCPS safety and security staff is quite good and they are currently reviewing all of the school system's policies. I can tell you that at Langley, we treat all threats or concerns seriously. We involve our teachers, administrative team, mental health professionals, school counselors, and law enforcement in any situation that causes concern. If, at any time, you have questions or concerns of your own, you just need to contact us.   

Below are some links from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). These links can help you navigate this situation with your child. If you ever have concerns about your child or another child, please don't hesitate to reach out to our staff.
In these difficult times, it is imperative that we communicate with each other. We must always remember that we are a living, breathing community that functions best when we are all working together.

~ Fred Amico, LHS Principal
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."
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.
langley chorus fundraiser
Enjoy dinner at the  McLean Chipotle on Mon, Feb 26 from 4 to 8 pm , at 6707 Old Dominion. Simply  mention Langley Chorus or Langley Choral Guild and we'll earn 50% of the proceeds
fun was had by all
The PTSA's Hospitality Committee treated Langley's fabulous faculty to a winter luncheon featuring food from Brio and homemade baked goods from Langley parents. "The Olympic theme was a huge hit," said Principal Amico. "These luncheons are a great morale booster for the entire staff."  

Thanks to all of you who made the luncheon possible by contributing to the PTSA this year. Special thanks to Clare Bradshaw, Hospitality Committee Chair, for organizing the event, to the talented Langley bakers, and to the entire Hospitality Committee.  
got poetry?
Langley's National English Honors Society is hosting a school-wide poetry slam on  Feb 28, after school at 3:15 pm in the Lecture Hall. Slam Poetry is a form of performative poetry in which people read or recite poetry, often dramatically, with the purpose of making their voices heard. Students can submit their poetry through their English teacher's blackboard to Ms. Chern or via the QR flyers posted throughout the school. 
saxons, did you know?

Saxons, did you know . . . According to the 2016-17 FCPS Youth Survey, 55.5% of Langley seniors report texting/emailing while driving.

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.
meet the new fcps superintendent
On Feb 26 at 7 pm the McLean Citizens Association (MCA) is hosting a meeting for the public to meet and ask questions of the new FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Scott Braband. He will discuss his priorities and challenges. The event will take place at the Franklin Sherman Elementary School Cafeteria 6633 Brawner St., McLean Questions? Contact: MCA Education and Youth Committee Chair, David Lee , for more information.
national history day results
This month, more than 60 students from the World II Honors classes competed for their chance to represent Langley at the District History Day Competition on Sat, Mar 3. Please congratulate the following students who advance to district competition.

Group Exhibit
Divij Kumar and Jacob Rose - The Ultimate Underdog Story: 6 Day War 
Colin Toole and Savannah Garth - Unlucky Irish: Home Rule vs Independence
Individual Exhibit
Joshua Guinn - A Hope for Homosexuality - An Investigation into the LGBT Community of 18
th  Century England
Zoe Patton - Catholicism v. Protestantism - The Struggle for Acceptance of Religious Diversity
Group Documentaries
Claire Johnson, Anna Krause Steinrauf and Ladan Haidarbaigi - Bloody Fields of the Emerald Isle - The Irish War of Independence
Emily Caslli and Danielle Generous - The End of Enver Hoxha's Deranged Rule: The Fall of Communism in Albania
Individual Documentaries
Mary-Margaret Cummings - Inside the Truth and Reconciliation Commission - What South Africa Chose to Forgive, but Never Forget
Gianna Esposito - Did Socrates Really Have it Coming? The Death of Socrates
Historical Papers
Mathew Svenson - The Suppression of Ideas - Science v. Religion
Jane Carskaddan - 444 Days in the Dark: The Iranian Hostage Crisis
Group Website
Olivia Fox and Ginny Lucey - Catherine de Medici: Queen of a Broken Country
Jack Hetherington, Sachin Muralidhar and Sunney Kang - Communism Versus Airplanes: The Berlin Airlift
Individual Website
Divya Sharma - Berlin: A Peaceful Truce That Led to a 45 Year War
Tripp Spano - Defacing Art in the Name of Jesus: Iconoclasm in the Byzantine Empire
swim & dive: Congratulations to the men's swim team for WINNING THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP MEET!! The men's team had an amazing season, undefeated regular season, 4th straight conference title, excellent second place finish in a highly competitive region meet, and now a landslide 50 point victory at the state meet! The team's hard work and dedication paid off all season long and this victory is very much deserved.  Congrats again!

girls basketball: Last Fri, the Varsity girls defended their District title, winning their third straight Liberty District Championship.  They will be back in action this week as Langley hosts a regional quarterfinal game. Also, congratulations to Jordyn Callahan for being named the co-Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year for the District. Congratulations to Rana Azad for making Second Team and Hallie Jepsen for making Honorable Mention.

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!!
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 1  Band Concert, Langley Auditorium
Mar 13 Choral Concert, Langley Auditorium
Mar 13 Senior Ethics Day
Mar 14 principal Coffee, PTSA General Meeting, 9 am, Cooper MS, Room 130
Mar 15 Langley Reads with Dr. William Stixrud, 7 pm, Langley Auditorium
Mar 26 - Mar 30 Spring Break
April 2 Student Holiday
For a full list of upcoming events, visit the LHS website Events page