langley eNews 
2/9/ 2017  

Please submit photos of students in the Class of 2020 from Scholastic Bowl, MUN, winter sports, service learning, and other activities. Include only pictures of the Class of 2020 and only LHS events; submit them to
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Our next parent coffee will be Mar 2 at 9:30 am at Cooper MS (please note the location change). Please join us as Langley's Career Center Specialist Hannah Wolff talks to parents about tools for the college search process.

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: .

LHS will send mid-year grades to all schools that seniors have applied to by Feb 14. Schools may already be requesting them from you; Student Services will automatically send them as soon as they are available. See your counselor with questions.
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 .
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a message from the ptsa  president
Our Saxons are really good kids, who occasionally make foolish -- and costly -- mistakes online. Not only can an errant social media posting hurt your student's chances of college admission (administrators may visit applicants' Facebook and other personal social media pages), but it can also hurt their job search in years to come (the number of employers passing on applicants due to inappropriate posts continues to rise). 

There's also a safety issue. According to a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, one in five Internet users younger than 17 received an online sexual solicitation during the past year. Next week's Principal's Coffee/PTSA meeting, Wed, Feb 15, 9 am in Cooper MS's Room 130, will focus on cyber safety and the challenges Langley students face on the internet these days -- everything from cyberbullying to requests for inappropriate photographs. 
What can we do to help keep kids safe online? Our special guest speaker, Alicia Clarke from the Student Safety and Wellness Department of FCPS, will explain how we can help to keep our children safe in a digital world.
Our Principal Coffee/PTSA meetings are a great way to catch up on the goings on at Langley. Principal Amico will be providing a mid-year update on the renovation  -- complete with phasing maps and timetables. Find out just how great our school is going to look and when! 

Feel free to send questions you'd like to have addressed to Hope to see you then! 
~ Chrissie Lavin, Langley PTSA President
it's almost time for sadie's!
A Sadie Hawkins Winter Dance will be held in the school gym from 8-10 pm on Sat, Feb 18 .  This dance is typically less formal than the Homecoming dance or Prom. Tickets are $10.00 on sale in the cafeteria, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the Matthew Vernon Poyner Foundation. All students welcome; dates are optional.
treats for your sweeties
Chocolates and flowers are so yesterday! Show your love this Valentines Day with some spiritwear for your favorite Saxon.  We 've got you covered, from fleece to sleepwear; Vineyard Vines ties to Saxon socks. Order at by midnight on the 11th, we'll have it at your (local) door by noon on the 14th! Love really is in the air.
saxon service bits and pieces
Saxon Service is looking for donations of the items listed below for 2017. Please place donations in the boxes by the Band Room or Main Office. The following items are needed: 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.
Saxon Stage will hold a Coffeehouse which will feature musical and other acts by Langley theater students in the  black box theater at Langley on  Fri, Feb 10 at 7 pm. 

Tickets are $5. Snacks will also be available for purchase.  Please come support Langley's thespians!
student services news
Celebrate National School Counseling Week Feb 6-10!  Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, the celebration provides an opportunity for staff, parents and the community to show their appreciation to LHS counselors for the tremendous impact they have in helping our students achieve school success and plan for a career.
LHS is proud to honor and recognize the efforts of our school counselors and career center specialist. These professionals actively engage in helping our students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents. Most importantly, our school counselors work hard to ensure that a comprehensive school counseling program is implemented and that all students have access to the most empowering resources here at LHS. 
Although we express our heartfelt appreciation throughout the year, we encourage you to set aside some extra time during this special week to honor your LHS school counselors for the outstanding job they do for our students and families. 

~ Sonya Williams, Director of Student Services
thinking about course selection
The course registration process is fully underway for the 2017-18 school year.  The rising 11th and 12th graders have completed their course selections  with their school counselors.  Please talk with your student and review their selections and contact the school counselor to make any changes.  Rising 10th graders started their course selections this week.  Ultimately, all course selections will be completed by the end of Feb and all forms due back to the school counselors by March 17

Student Services would like to remind all families to choose wisely. They understand that it's early to make these choices. If you need additional information about courses,  please review the Course Catalog, FCPS graduation requirements, Curriculum Night Presentations and AP Expectations Chart.   As always, the entire Student Services Department, Administrative team and teachers are a great resource for your questions.
standardized test prep
Free SAT Practice is available on  Khan Academy's  website , and Princeton Review offers full length practice exams. Click here for the SAT or here for the ACT .

Here is a list of upcoming Princeton Review free practice sessions:
SAT/ACT Strategy Session, Sat Feb 11, 10 am - 12 pm , Vienna
ACT Free Practice Test, Sat Feb 11, 10 am - 2 pm, Fairfax
SAT Free Practice Test, Sun Feb 26, 10 am - 2 pm , Chantilly
ACT/SAT Hybrid Test, Sun Feb 26, 10 am - 1 pm, Arlington
To sign up, click here, or email Kathleen Molinaro,
ptsa bylaws review
The Bylaws Committee conducted the five-year review of the Langley HS Parent Teacher Student Association Bylaws as required by Virginia State PTA at meetings on Dec 6 and Jan 4.  The Committee revised the bylaws in accordance with the guidelines and requirements as set forth by the Virginia  State PTA. Members of the Bylaws Committee included  Chrissie Lavin, Jennifer Feinstein, Patty Burgess , Laura Skeen, Matt Haley, Betsy Shomaker and Mary Kunkemueller, Committee Chair.
The Committee presented the revisions to the PTSA Executive Board at the meeting on Feb 1, and the new bylaws will be voted upon at the General Membership Meeting on Mar 8. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Mary Kunkemueller at
The existing and updated bylaws are available for review on the PTSA website.
love shopping for a cause?
The PTSA has joined CauseNetwork and wants to invite you, too. CauseNetwork is a new kind of marketplace where up to 10% of every purchase supports LHS students and staff.  There are over 1000 participating stores, including many of the brand names you know and love. You can shop to support in three different ways - 1) Click the SHOP buttons on the PTSA's CauseNetwork webpage . 2) Use the Mobile Mobile App . 3) Use the  Web App . Learn more about CauseNetwork and join the movement by visiting this link .

Earn money for LHS while you shop for groceries. Check your receipts when shopping at Giant and Harris Teeter to be sure that your grocery card is linked to LHS. Please ask your neighbors, family, and friends to link their cards to LHS. For instructions, click here.

Don't want to pay property taxes on that old car in 2017? With the help of CauseNetwork, your used vehicles generate donations to support LHS PTSA. A simple, 3-step process makes the donation quick and easy, and we'll take them no matter what shape they're in. Your ride goes to your cause. Click here for more information. 

wrestling: The Langley wrestling team finished 3rd at the Liberty District Conference this past weekend, just a few points out of second place Parsa Yazdani-Arizi won the District Championship in the 220 pound weight class. Langley Teacher and wrestling coach Jeff Mye was named Coach of the Year for the Conference. Thank you to all the parents and athletes for your support and hard work; the coaches couldn't do this without you. These athletes placed 4th place or above and will compete this weekend in Regionals at Fairfax HS:  Nikhil Patel 2 nd,  record 22-11; Arshan Goudarizi 4th, record 11-9;  Tanner Doverspike 2nd, record 26-7 ; Madison Taneja 3 rd, record 18-11 ; Joe Giddings 3rd, record 10-5 ; Ali Esheltat 3rd, record 22-12 ; Niko Woltman 3 rd, record 29-8 ; Noah Howell 3rd, record 27-13 ; Parsa Yazdani-Arizi 1st, record 20-11 ; Dane Hoover 4 th, record 15-11.

winterguard: The new Langley Winterguard team has been practicing hard since November and recently competed for the first time. The team performed their routine "Never Come Back Again" and was well-received in their first showing of the AIA (Atlantic Indoor Association) season. Future competitions are set for Feb 25, March 18 and April 1. For more information about competitions, click here.
swim & dive:  The men's and women's swim teams competed in the Liberty Conference Championship at Washington-Lee HS. The Saxons swam hard and had a great showing at the meet, with  the girls placing second overall and the boys winning the meet for the third year in a row.  First place finishers included junior Casey Storch in the 200 and 100 freestyle events, and the boys 200 free relay team of Chase Bradshaw, Storch, Mason Greenblatt and Devin Truong.  A new team record was also established by Storch in the 200 free!  Dylan Reed placed 3 rd at the Dive Conference Meet. W e wish good luck to those swimmers and divers moving on to Regionals.
indoor track: The Langley girls' indoor track team placed second, while the boys placed third at the Liberty Conference Championships. For the girls, freshman Samantha Brascia won both the long jump and triple jump and anchored the winning 4x200m relay team. Senior Kayla Deehan won the shot put with a District Meet record. Senior Kelsie Hao won the pole vault and led off for the 4x200m relay team. The other 4x200 relay members were freshman Anna Brascia and sophomore Cassie Reis. On the boy 's side, senior Daniel White won the long jump and anchored the winning 4x200m relay with senior Alex Crumes, junior Brandon Braswell, and sophomore Kevin Cheng. Junior Cameron Edgington won the 55m hurdles.  In total, 25 athletes placed in the top six to move on to the North Regional Championships in two weeks.
softball: Softball tryouts will begin at 3:30, Tues, Feb 21, on the softball field.  Follow @LangleySoftball on Twitter for time and location changes.  Be sure to get all your paperwork into the Activities Office prior to Feb 21.

lax: There will be a girls' lacrosse interest meeting on Mon, Feb 13 in the cafeteria at 3:15 pm.
Spring sports tryouts begin on Mon, Feb 20 (some teams begin on Feb 21, check their respective webpage under " NEWS " ).
Students will need the following to be eligible to tryout. All requirements must be met by Thurs, Feb 16.

1.    Completed VHSL form turned into the Activities Office

2.    Concussion Education program completed by student and one parent

3.    Emergency care form turned in to the coach's mailbox located in the Activities Office.

Visit,  click on the sport, and then check their " NEWS " tab for tryout dates and times.  Follow us on Twitter!  @langleysports 
mun triumphs again!
Members of Langley's Model United Nations team recently traveled to UPenn for the Ivy League Model UN Conference. Facing very tough competition from around the country and the world, Langley's team won "Best Large Delegation," the most prestigious award at the conference. The trophy, marked ILMUNC 33, is on display in the front hallway. Further, many Langley delegates won individual awards,  as follows (in MUN-speak, "Best" is equivalent to first place, also known as gaveling; "Outstanding" is second; "Honorable" is third; and "Verbal" is fourth). Please congratulate the students on a job well done!

Best Delegation: Nick Hodge & Angelina Paul, Harshita Nadella, Thomas Liu & Lea Pazin, Lauren Fahlberg, Christian Yoon, Andrew Farnsworth, Daniel Xu. 
Outstanding: Hannan Mumtaz & Devon Parikh, Kareem Al-Attar, Jack Simmons & Vika Kartseva, Manya Vij & Jane She, Grace Stevens & Ethan McDonnell, Emi Gardiner,  Arnold Leigh, Kwo Ming Tang &Domenic Aulisi, Adu Menon & Reza Zaidi. 
Honorable: Darian Kaviani & Kelsey Gilchrist, Oksana Vickers & Aleksander Marjanovich, Jon Bugge & Tarra Olfat. 
Verbal: Megan Beskin & Joe Muir, Reece Herberg & Tarik Abdallah, Caroline Bugge & Austin Hanley, Rebecca Canfield & Thomas Ryan, Nate Buchanan

2017 summer school info
Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance: Two sessions will be offered. This course is f or current FCPS students only. Click here for more information or to register.

TJHSST Science and Engineering Institute:  Students currently in grades 9-11 are given the opportunity to apply their passion for science and engineering. Click here for more information or to register.
ESOL Online:  FCPS middle and high school ESOL students the opportunity to engage in thematic lessons in an online environment with an ESOL teacher. Click here for more information or to register.

Credit Recovery Courses:  This program will be held for students seeking to recover credit for high school level courses. Click here for more information or to register. 

SOL Remediation:  For middle and high school students who passed an SOL course but did not pass the SOL test. Click here for more information or to register.

SOL Test-Only:   This program is for seniors who plan to graduate by the end of August and passed an SOL course but failed the SOL test. Click here for more information or to register.

Summer Online Campus:   Provides credit recovery, acceleration, and enrichment for middle school and high school students. Health & Physical Education (9 and 10) and Geometry Honors. Click here for more information or to register.

Extended School Year (ESY) Learning CommunitiesServices for identified students with disabilities in accordance with their individualized education programs (IEPs). Click here for more information or to register.

The Institute for the Arts Summer Program: IFTA is a popular arts enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select 4 classes which they choose from over 80 courses in dance, music, theatre and visual art. Click here for more information or to register.
more fashion marketing
Langley Fashion students were proud to have one of their own alum back from NYC to speak to them about her career as a fashion designer. Alex Burke, Class of '06, shared her years of experience as a designer for Ralph Lauren with the class. Alex brought in samples of her work, a magazine cover with Oprah wearing one of her designs, and some of her favorite creations for Ralph Lauren children's wear.

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