langley eNews 
3/17 /2016 

from the ptsa pres
Last week, my article addressed the issue of parental input on assigned books.  Never before has an article generated so much response. Most of it was positive, but some was constructively critical as well. In my enthusiasm to share information with parents, I neglected to acknowledge that this issue, like every other, has two sides. Thank you to everyone who wrote me with their thoughts, all of which I took into consideration.

~ Terri Markwart
Help us make the 2016 prom the Best Night Ever by tweeting @lordandtaylor #BNElangleyEntry. The school with the largest number of tweets, retweets, or Instagram posts will win $10,000 to be spent on prom. You have until midnight March 31 to tweet!

The $80 ANGP ticket price has been extended to this Fri, Mar 18. Take advantage of this price by sending in your signed ticket order form and payment today! The price will increase Mar 19. Forms and additional ANGP information can be found on the Class of 2016 website. Please buy your student's ticket NOW to help us plan a fabulous event for our grads.

The deadline for ordering official LHS custom graduation announcements  has been extended to this Fri, Mar 18. Information was mailed home to all seniors in January. Announcements can be ordered online at or by calling 703-941-1436.

It's also not too late to order your LHS class ring. Place your order by April 15 to ensure you have it by graduation. Orders can be placed online at or by calling 703-941-1436. You can call that number also for an appointment to see the rings and to get sized in the Balfour office here in McLean.
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renovation update!
If you haven't driven by Langley lately, on your next visit you'll notice that renovation seems to be coming along at a much faster pace than in the fall. That's because the crew is working double-time, literally -- with two 8-hour shifts, 6 days a week -- in order to finish the performing arts wing. This part of the building will house rooms for the band, orchestra and chorus, as well as the auditorium. They're getting so close, in fact, that the lockers to store student instruments were delivered last week. 

The new tennis courts and auxiliary gym  are finished, and the crew started on the main gym last week, hoping to open by Aug 1. The new main office and Langley Hall will also be ready this spring. All our new space is unlike anything else in FCPS, and the natural light will make a world of difference in the learning environment.  

By next September, we'll have some new English, social studies, math, career & technical education and science classrooms.  The state-of-the-art television studio will offer the opportunity for students not only to film the daily news program, or to serve as an anchor, but also to include pre-recorded portions and complex graphics. It will make Langley's broadcast journalism program one of the most advanced in the county. 

All these new spaces and the on-going renovation means a lot of classroom moves . . . over 85 this summer. Two science classrooms had to be relocated recently, and soon Student Services will be located in rooms 220-222-224. The weight room will be relocated as well. The trailers will stay until renovation is complete, as we'll continue to need those extra classrooms til then. 

A few parents have asked about security for the new building. Cameras will be mounted on the perimeter of the building, doors will be locked during school hours, and visitors will be granted entry electronically. Once inside, they'll be directed to the main office to put their driver's license through an automated check-in that runs the name through the sex offender directory, for extra security.  

Next fall, when the class of 2020 enters our halls for the first time, all students at Langley will have something to be excited about. A r enovation update is offered at all PTSA meetings, so I encourage you attend the last two meetings of the year, April 13 and May 25.  
~ Terri Markwart, PTSA President

best. night. ever.
Langley's 2016 prom will be May 21,  with  the venue and theme revealed March 29 .  Lord & Taylor is again sponsoring a "Best Night Ever" competition among high schools, and Langley is the defen ding champion. The school with the largest number of  tweets, retweets, or Instagram posts will win $10,00 0 to be spent on prom! For the media post to be counted, it must include: @lordandtaylor #BNElangleyEntry. Everyone got really creative last year with their hilarious prom-related tweets. Students, parents and friends should post and retweet so that we can make our prom the Best Night Ever! For more info, follow  @BNElangley2016 on Twitter. 
student services news: college fair
The 31st annual Northern Virginia Regional College Fair (NVRCF) will feature over 160 colleges, institutions, and community organizations, making it one of the largest in NoVa. Get your students motivated and excited about their post-secondary plans, while equipping them with the tools and information they need to navigate the college search and application process. It will be held Wed, Mar 30, from 6:30-9 pm at the EagleBank Arena (formerly the Patriot Center) at George MasonFor more information, visit their website .
fine arts
orchestra: This past weekend, two orchestras represented Langley HS at the District XII Orchestra Assessment, where they were evaluated by a panel of professional adjudicators according to state standards of musical achievement. The symphonic orchestra received unanimous superior rankings  at the grade V  level, an unusual achievement for a group of their size (76). The philharmonic orchestra also received unanimous superior results at the grade VI levels, as well as rave reviews for presenting one of the most difficult pieces in string literature in competition (Fantasia by Vaughan Williams).  Congratulations to our orchestra Saxons!

theatre: Saxon Stage will present the Tony-award-winning musical Chicago on April 14-16 at 7 pm, with a special matinee on April 16 at 2 pm. For tickets and more information, visit the  Saxon Stage website .

For more outstanding high school theatre, check out McLean HS's production of the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Cinderella featuring that lovely maiden with a midnight deadline! But this is a classic with a modern twist. April 9 at 2 pm; April 8 and 14-16 at 7 pm. For tickets or more info, go to 
langley students rising to the top!
science: In this year's Virginia Science Bowl, the Langley team, coached by Leah Puhlick, went all the way to the finals. The competition started with a series of fast-paced round robin matches, with the top two teams from each division moving on to the double-elimination semifinals. Langley entered the semis with only one loss, to TJHSST, the team that ultimately prevailed in the final. But Langley proudly lifted the 2nd place trophy and brought home a $550 check for our school. Questions covered detailed topics ranging from physics and energy to chemistry, geology, plant biology, cellular physiology and mathematics. Team members included senior and captain Tyler Larkworthy, junior Andy Tan, sophomores Trevor Dankworth and Surya Ambardar, and freshman Dan Ni. 
history:  LHS Sophomore Nicholas Frankenberg won one of 10 first-place awards in the regional round of the National History Day competition for his exhibit, Progress is Impossible Without Exchange: The Effects of Commodore Matthew Perry's Encounter with Japan. This means he is qualified to move on to the Virginia History Day contest on April 23.

art:  The 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program honored LHS junior  Nicole Orsolini with a Silver Medal for design . This awards program is the largest, longest-running recognition program of its kind in the US. Established in 1923, the awards have recognized students who have become some of our nation's most celebrated artists, including Richard Avedon, Robert Indiana, Phillip Pearlstein , and Andy Warhol . More than 300,000 students participate in the program across the country.  
spring break reading 
The Safe Community Coalition (SCC) will bring author  Julie Lythcott-Haimsto McLean HS on  May 2 at 7 pm to talk about her book  How to Raise an Adult.
Prior to this community event, the  PTSA Family Network Committee will host a  parent/teacher book club on Apr 27 at 9 am in the Principal Conference Room across from the Main Office to discuss Ms. Lythcott-Haims's book. Dir of Student Services  Sonya Williams, LHS school psychologist  Jason McBeth, and LHS school social worker  Donna Barnsley will attend and share their thoughts on what is especially relevant to Langley families in How to Raise an Adult. 
If you'd like to purchase tickets to hear Ms. Lythcott-Haims on May 2, tickets are now on sale through the SCC's  website. Scroll down to the third paragraph for the link to purchase tickets. 
service at school 
We had another great day of service at Langley on March 9!  More than 120 students at each monthly activity period have provided service to charitable organizations. Students sew and iron pillow cases for Case for Smiles , make origami cranes for Cranes for Cancer, write to active duty service personnel in Japan, and make sandwiches and pack lunches as well as make fleece blankets for residents at the Embry Rucker Community Shelter. This month students supported the Arlington Animal Welfare League by making toys for the many dogs and cats who have been rescued and are living at the shelter. 

The next activity period is Wed, Apr 13.  Please encourage your child to come and earn one hour of service learning while helping out these organizations. (As an added bonus, the simple repetitive tasks the students are doing are all stress reducing; we see it working every time!!)
ap proctors  
Langley HS will administer over 2,100 AP tests this spring, starting May 2. The tests are several hours long and are offered in morning and afternoon sessions. If you are available to help proctor an exam, please contact Jennifer Baldesare at
wishing dr. d well
Dr Michele D'Alesandro (Dr D) is having knee surgery this week, and will  be out for several months. Her chemistry students and the Langley PTSA  are keeping their fingers crossed for a successful surgery and speedy  recovery. She's received many cards and well wishes from her students. We look f orward to seeing Dr D back on the Langley campus in a brand new science classroom next fall! 
camps scheduled for summer 
Many details have yet to be worked out -- who? what? where? -- but for your planning purposes, below are the dates set for the various LHS camps this summer. Watch this space for more info as plans firm up. 

Volleyball Camp, 6/27-7/1, at Cooper Middle School 
Boys Basketball Camp, 7/11-7/15 and 7/18-22, at Cooper Middle School 
Girls Basketball Camp, 7/18-7/22, at Longfellow Middle School 
College Application Bootcamp, 8/1-3, 8-10 am, at Cooper Middle School 
AP Bootcamp, 8/25, location TBA 
Math Bootcamps, 7/18-8/12, location TBA  
Marching Band, 8/11-12 for student leaders; 8/15-8/19 for full band rehearsals

Mar 10-26
Langley Pyramid Art Show, MCC
Mar 21-25
Spring break!
Mar 28 Student holiday, school planning day
Apr 1 Additional "even" day
Apr 8
Senior class coffee
Apr 13
Activity Day
Principal's coffee/PTSA mtg
Apr 14-16 Spring play - Chicago
Apr 19 Freshman class coffee
Apr 22 Student Holiday
Apr 26 Langley Leap application deadline
Apr 27 Parent/Teacher book club, 9am
Apr 28 Junior class coffee
Apr 29 Activities fair for rising 9th graders

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar