langley eNews 
3/1 / 2018  

Purchase ANGP tickets for your senior now, at the advance purchase price of $80. Tickets increase to $85 after Mar 1. See our ANGP page.

Remember Langley Leap! Apps are available from Gov't teachers and are due April 6.

Order a Langley yearbook. Don't forget to place an order before it's too late! Order here. Langley is #4159.

Keep sending photos of students for their senior video  to

If you want graduation announcements, order them ASAP! Look for the envelope that came last month in USPS mail from FCPS/Balfour. If you haven't received it, contact Balfour at 703-941-1436.

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. A licensed clinical social worker will join us to share the latest research on 16-year-olds. She will share tips for parents to effectively support their sophomores in the next few years.

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a message from the ptsa president
As our hearts go out to the families in Parkland, Florida, we must also remember our school-aged children who are struggling with how to feel safe going to school every day.

I attended the McLean Citizens Association public forum with FCPS Supt Dr. Braband on Monday night. The audience was filled with several rows of high school students, more than I have ever seen at one of these evening events in McLean. Many spoke about their safety concerns while attending school. It highlighted to me the importance of making sure our children understand the measures currently in place to protect them. We need to reassure them that the adults around them continually review plans and work to improve them.

Sharing information in the KIT messages sent from FCPS and LHS outlining current safety measures may alleviate some of your child's concerns. The Office of Safety and Security page on the FCPS website shares important information, including an anonymous tip line to report any concerning behaviors. This is a very stressful and emotional time for all of us. Please remind your student that, in addition to the support at LHS, there are mental health resources and a crisis hotline available through FCPS.

Thank you to Mr. Amico and the Langley staff for all they're doing to support our community during this difficult time. They're giving students a framework to express their support for the Parkland students and concerns about what happened while minimizing disruption to the school day. Last week, administrators were available to supervise students during a small walk out.

Mr. Amico hosted a well-attended Town Hall meeting this week. He also has been talking to students one-on-one and in small groups. If your child is feeling concerned or anxious, Mr. Amico and the administrative team are there to provide support, so encourage your student to stop by and see them. Additionally, our School Resource Officer (SRO), John Morris, is a visible presence at Langley and is available to talk to our students about any safety concerns.

As students try to figure out what action to take in the wake of these tragic shootings, we're reminded that active and involved citizens are the ones who bring about change. Here in Fairfax, students can attend School Board and Board of Supervisor meetings. With our proximity to Richmond and DC, students can request meetings with our state and local representatives to voice their opinions on how to ensure their safety in school. Engaged citizens can be a part of the solution. Help your children learn how to be sure their voice is heard.

All of us -- parents, students, staff and the community -- must work together and remain vigilant to ensure the safety of our schools.

~ Jennifer Feinstein, PTSA President 
attention aspiring leaders!
Students interested in running for class office, SGA or SAC for the 2018-2019 school year can pick-up applications outside Ms. Hamilton's classroom, 2425. The deadline for submitting applications is  Mar 19. 
3-on-3 tourney fundraiser
The SGA is holding its annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament in the Main Gym from 9 am to 12 pm on Sat, Mar 3. Interested students and teachers can find a sign-up sheet in the cafeteria or Ms. Hamilton's room, #2425. Registration is $10 per person. All proceeds will benefit the 5P- Society. 
make your voice heard on school funding
The McLean Citizens Association (MCA) is sponsoring a citizen's information meeting featuring Dranesville Supervisor John Foust and Fairfax County CFO Joe Mondoro. They'll present information and answer questions about the FY2019 Fairfax County budget. The event will take place on Mon, Mar 5, 7:30 pm at the McLean HS Cafeteria .
With a new Superintendent at its helm, FCPS asked for a 4.9% increase in funds from the County Supervisors. Our Supervisors must make difficult choices about how to fund our school system, public safety, human services, parks and libraries; whether to continue offering generous pensions with growing liabilities and annual contributions; and/or to raise our property taxes.
This is a prime opportunity for FCPS parents and students to let Supervisor Foust know school funding must be a top priority.
saxons, did you know?

Saxons, did you know . . . 90% of adults with a drug or alcohol problem started using under the age of 18.

This feature 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.
spring sport yard signs
Support your athlete and LHS by purchasing a Spring Sports sign for your yard! Just click here   to see all the options.
summer job opp
Fairfax County high school students looking for a part-time or summer job are invited to attend one of six upcoming teen job fairs in Fairfax County. The first job fair will be on Sat, Mar 10, 1 to 3 pm, at Woodson High School, 9525 Main St, Fairfax . Local businesses and agencies will be on hand to offer a range of opportunities including part-time employment, internships and volunteer work. Online registration is available for students interested in attending. Click here for more info.
l angley band takes italy
The Langley Band enjoyed a great trip to Italy the week of Feb 12.  The group made beautiful music in breathtaking venues in Florence and Rome, and came away with fantastic memories. Bravi tutti!

records set at all-Virginia competitions
Huge congratulations to all Langley musicians who auditioned for the  All-Virginia Band and Orchestra Honor groups. LHS broke a school record with 15 students selected. LHS also has the most selected students of any school in the state! The All-Virginia performances will be held  April 7 at the Dominion Arts Center, Carpenter Theatre in Richmond.

Congratulations to Surya Ambardar, Brooke Baird (violin), Cherri Chen, Chris Fox (cello), Gaoyang Ganjin, Beth Johnston, Forrest Johnston, Alyssa Kim (violin), Cindy Rodi, Fay Shuai (cello), Jeffrey Song, Wendy Tang, Izzy Tice, Boris Topalov, and Madeline Yu (violin).
more coverage of swim & dive at states
Following the coverage last week of the men's team State Championship, here's more detail on the 13 athletes who participated from both teams. Two new men's team records were set (amazing considering five new team records were set at regionals two weeks prior) and the men earned the state title!
The women had excellent swims including a 10th place finish in the 500 free for Natalia Rongione. Megan Jungers placed 12th in the 100 back and 6th in butterfly. They also competed in a relay that included Hanna Sun and Erica Barton.
On the men's side, Casey Storch had two first-place finishes, in the 100 breast and the 200 IM. Casey already held the 200 IM record and set the new school record in the 100 breast at regionals. Tyler Zuyus also achieved two first place finishes in his events, the 200 free and 500 free, setting new school records in both. The boys final first place finish came from the 400 relay they swam with Will Koeppen and Darius Truong. Mason Greenblatt, Johnny Bradshaw, Justin Gomez, Chase Bradshaw, and Robert Luebke also swam in the state meet.
The overall first-place finish was a team effort with many great swims and dives, including a 6th place finish in the diving competition by Dylan Reed. Reed broke the school's 6 dive record during the conference meet.
langley parent read
Mark your calendar -- he's back with a brand-new book! T hurs, Mar 15, 7 pm in the Auditorium with Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson.

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 don't want to miss!!
senior ethics forum needs 10 more adults
The team organizing the Senior Ethics Forum, to be held on Tues, Mar 13 from 8:15 am to 2:45 pm, needs 10 more adult volunteers. V olunteer 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.
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.
Mar 1  Band Concert, Langley Auditorium
Mar 13 Choral Concert, Langley Auditorium
Mar 13 Senior Ethics Day
Mar 14 Principal Coffee's / 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