langley eNews 
2/4 /2016 

rising freshmen
TONIGHT, Feb 4: Rising freshmen orientation for parents at 7 pm in the gym.

Please join us for our next freshman Parent Coffee: Feb 9, 9-11 am, Great Falls Library.
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a little snow can't stop saxons! 
As I recall, we had a  little snowstorm about a week ago. Although we were out of school for a protracted period of time, the students will recover quickly, with their teachers' help and understanding. 

Right before the storm, we held our 2016 Science Fair. I was impressed with the complexity of the students' projects. Perhaps more impressive was their ability to articulate their hypothesis and, ultimately, their conclusion. I'll admit to feeling a little inadequate speaking with all these smart, mature students. You'll find several great photos of the event below.

Other recent successes: Our Scholastic Bowl team, coached by Matt Kissling and Kevin Healy, won the conference with a 6-0 record. Our One Act plays were runners-up in the conference VHSL competition. The One Acts will be performed in the regional competition on Feb 13, and the Scholastic Bowl will compete in regionals on the same day. Our girls' swim and dive team was conference runner-up and the boys' team was conference champs. They both compete in regionals this weekend.

Lastly, our Model UN team won Best Large School Delegation last weekend in Philadelphia, for the first time at the Ivy League conference (ILMUNC). We are becoming one of the best Model UN teams on the East Coast! And our Science Olympiad team also came in 8 th out 48 states in their competition in Ohio last weekend.

So, the snow didn't slow us down. Our students keep doing amazing things! Come out to an event, a sport, or a competition of some kind and appreciate how talented your Saxons are.

~ Fred Amico, Principal
student services news
SCHEDULE CHANGES:  Fri, Feb 12 will be the last day that counselors will accept a schedule change packet from students. If your student is considering a schedule change, please have them see their counselor right away.

class of 2017:  Registration for rising seniors will be held Feb 1-9. Students will come see their counselor via their English 11 classes. If your student doesn't have an English 11 class on their schedule or they take the course outside of LHS, please have them see their school counselor on Thurs, Feb 4 during 2nd and/or 3rd period. 

thanks for the advice:  National School Counseling Week 2016, "School Counseling: The Recipe for Success," will be celebrated from Feb. 1-5, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems. It highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. Thank you to Jessica Omasta, Tim Ready, Jen Baldesare, Alex Mantel, Tracy Ballard, Julie McGreevy, Susan Murphy and Hannah Wolff for all your hard work and dedication to the success of the students at Langley High School. 
ask student services
Q: I am a senior. Do I need submit paperwork to my 
counselor so they can send out my 7th semester grades to colleges? 

A: No, students do not need to do anything. The Student Services Dept will automatically send 7th semester grades to all colleges that the student has indicated they have applied to on Feb 12
rescheduled program for rising 9th graders
The curriculum night/orientation program for parents of rising ninth graders has been rescheduled for Thurs, Feb 4 at 7 pm  in the main gym. Topics will include graduation requirements, course offerings for freshmen (core courses and electives), honors courses vs. standard courses, schedules, and expunging courses.  Sonya Williams , dir of student services, and  Alex Mantel , school counselor, will present the program. Please feel free to print out and bring a copy of the 2016-17 freshman course catalog which is located on the Langley High School website under the Student Services tab
some highlights from the science fair
Enjoy these photos of the science fair winners and other students with their projects! Many thanks to all the teachers, parents and judges that helped each student do such a great job.


First place winners: Nicole Shiao & Nicolle Hendzell, Irma Saluja, Yunzhu Pan & Emily Lu, Ananya Amirthalingam, Huan-Cheng (Thomas) Liu, Tina Comlekoglu, Daniel Kim, Crestienne DeChaine, Torrey Snyder, Mandy Smith & Oksana Vickers, Megan Kilduff & Caitlin Nguyen, William Soobert, Rebecca Canfield, Alyssa Kalish, Cole Stitt 

Second place winners: Jack Beckner & Michael Larsen, Adrienne Malcolm, Andrew Derminassian & Cooper Davis, Jaya Matteis & Nicole Medina, Thompson Brownlee & Caroline Britt, Alex Surratt, Grace Gent, Joseph Padgett & Gregory Gersony, Buckley Ross & Cameron Edgington, Kimberly Han, Wendy Tang & Daisy Ng, Lindsey Brinkley & Brooke Baird, Michelle Ascrizzi, Emiko Gardiner & Anneka Noe, Charlotte Fitzgerald, Dan Ni, Ben Howlett & Chris Dillard

Third place winners:  Jean Cho, Mia Uitz, Alex Montano, Chloe Edgington & Maya Mahdi, Arshan Goudarzi, Yasmin Momenian & Sneha Kripanandan, Vidula Seelamneni, Taylor Daniels, Iain Muir & Casey Crawford
college specialist to speak
Join the PTSA for an important and relevant meeting, Wed, Feb 17, at Cooper MS in Room 130, at 9 amMelissa Sporn, PhD, PLLC, offered advice regarding how to prepare your child for college at the last senior coffee. Many parents suggested that Dr. Sporn offer this message to all Langley families, so the PTSA has asked her to attend our next meeting. We'll also have LHS administrators join Dr. Sporn to discuss the recently released Harvard study , "Turning the Tide:  Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good Through College Admissions."  
relay for life events
Next week LHS will participate in the NoVA Relay For Life Challenge, "Kiss Cancer Goodbye." Nine high schools from around the area compete for bragging rights, and their school's name on the back of all of NoVA Relay T-shirts, and WE want Langley to be on the back of that t-shirt!  Be on the look out for details to help Langley Relay for Life fundraising competitions so that our school can be proudly displayed on the t-shirt.

Until then . . . it's cold in NoVA, so it's time to hit the ice!  The American Cancer Society and Tysons Corner Ice Rink have partnered for an awesome new event called Hope on Ice. Starting at 4 pm on Fri, Feb 19, there will be a mini-Relay on ice, complete with opening ceremony,  a ctivities, PRIZES, food and music. What's better is that $4 from EVERY ticket sold the entire weekend (Feb 19-21) will benefit the American Cancer Society. Come out and enjoy the ice!  If you want to participate with Langley Relay for Life, contact Will Pfadenhauer at
The Langley Orchestra will be performing in Madrid, Spain. The performance will be broadcasted live on Sat, Feb 6,  at 1 pm. Click Livestream performance to watch the broadcast! To view the poster for the performance, click here

Please mark your calendar with the date change for the next concert to March 6 at South Lakes HS at 3 pm. The concert will have a Spanish theme. 
crew: The LHS Crew team excelled at the Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints, the largest indoor rowing event for juniors (<18 years) in the US. Mason Liddell took home the gold in the Junior Lightweight Men 1500m,  Taylor Kuligowski took home the gold in the Junior Women 1500m, and Sophie Rogers took home the silver  in Junior Lightweight Women 2k.  Also competing for Langley and placing well in their categories were Stephen Kalinsky, Eliza Pastore, Emily Elkas, Helen Chambers, Leah Damelin, Katie Slade, Nick Stankey, Paul Gorka, Justin Meeker, and Erin Pierce.

basketball:  Both the girls' and boys' varsity teams won their Rotary Cup gains against McLean HS!

Spring sports tryouts begin Mon, Feb 22. Click here for eligibility requirements. All requirements must be met BEFORE the first day of tryouts.

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oooh, new furniture
As the renovation project continues, one of the most exciting parts is furnishing the new space. LHS is looking at new student desks and chairs to place in the renovated classrooms. Mrs. Douglas and Mrs. Conner are piloting two different shapes of desks. As you can see from the pictures, these desks are different from traditional rectangular desks, with unique shapes  that encourage more collaborative classrooms through innovative design. In addition, each desk has two wheels to allow students more easily to move them into different configurations for flexible grouping. The chairs are ergonomically designed, creating a more comfortable experience for the student. The teachers are getting feedback from the students on the desks and chairs, and we'll consider this when we begin purchasing furniture soon.

raising your voice for teachers
Do you support full funding for FCPS teachers and programs? If so, join parents, students and teachers at the Fairfax County Government Center ( 12000 Government Center Parkway)  on Tues, Feb 16, at 4:30 pm, when Fairfax County Exec Ed Long will release the FY 2017-18 Advertised Budget. This is one of the most important public events with regard to fully funding FCPS, and it's important to show the Board of Supervisors and other elected officials that voters DO support FCPS. If you have any questions about this event, or how you can support FCPS contact Terri Markwart at .
internet safety presentation
Oakton (with LHS) will host an Internet Safety Presentation for parents and guardians on Wed, Feb 10 from 7-8 pm in the auditorium at Oakton HS. In collaboration with the Student Safety and Wellness office (SSAW), this presentation will inform parents and guardians of current internet use trends, dangers of the internet, and suggestions on how to help keep their kids safe on the internet.
academy open houses
Fairfax Academy's Info Night will be held on Tues, Feb 9 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Fairfax HS. The academy counselor will be available outside the auditorium from 6-6:30 for Academy registration and audition information and to answer questions. Info Night is a great opportunity to learn more about the Academy, meet all the teachers and staff, converse with current Academy students and visit the classrooms! If you have questions about the events listed, contact them at (703) 219-2226 or .

On the same evening, Feb 9, Marshall Academy will host their Open House from 5:30-7:30 pm. Meet the teachers and learn about their classes such as Culinary Arts, Chines, Aerospace Science, Automotive Technology and Criminal Justice. For more information, visit
registered for 1/23 sat?
Due to the snowstorm, the SAT exam originally scheduled for Jan 23 was rescheduled for Feb 20. Access your online College Board account and  print a new, updated ticket with the makeup information noted on it. You must bring your updated ticket with you to the makeup testing. If no makeup date appears, please be patient while College Board works to arrange a makeup date - you will be contacted as soon as a makeup is scheduled. Please note: If you had a Waitlist Ticket for a closed center, your original Waitlist request was canceled, and you are not eligible for makeup testing. Please register for the next available date as soon as possible.
history set to music
The Mclean Community Players will present the  musical  1 776 in the Alden Theatre, Feb 5-21. This show  centers on the signing of the Declaration of Independence and is a wonderful family show, especially for  students studying American History! Visit the  MCC website for more information.
moving snow
Langley Oaks parents and students shoveled the sidewalks and path to Langley so that walkers could safely get to school without walking on Georgetown Pike. Big thanks to our village!

Feb 4 End of 2nd Quarter - early release
Rising 9th grader information session LHS, 7 pm
Feb 5 Student Holiday
Feb 6 Livestream of LHS Orchestra from Spain
Feb 9
Freshmen parent coffee
Open house nights for Fairfax and Marshall Academies
Feb 11 Report cards to students
Feb 15
President's Day -- Holiday
Feb 17 Activity Day
Principal's coffee / PTSA meeting
Feb 19 Case Day
Feb 20
Sadie's dance
Feb 22 Spring Sports tryouts begin
Feb 25 Band concert at Herndon HS
Mar 4 Sophomore class coffee, 12 pm

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar