langley eNews 
3/16 / 2017  

help wanted
Want to be (nearly) the first to know what's going on at Langley High School? Looki ng for a way to contribute that's flexible, fun and (not usually) fast-paced?

Consider joining our enews team! We are three happy editors who enjoy putting together this e-newsletter each week, but we'd love to welcome one more helper.  To learn more, contact any one of us: 
Jane Riddle,
Anne Whipple, or Caran McKee
Join Our Mailing List
quick links
  Langley PTSA
Communications Committee
Caran McKee 
Jane Riddle
  Anne Whipple
editor's note: Send submissions and photos by deadline. To keep  eNews concise, submissions will be edited for style and length, and links added to the appropriate webpage.
Submit items by Tuesdays noon for publication on Thursdays to
The PTSA eNews is published by volunteers who try to present only news that pertains to FCPS, LHS & PTSA. Any opinions expressed therein are those of the submitter & not necessarily those of FCPS, LHS or PTSA.
a message from the ptsa president
Over the next few weeks, many of our seniors will receive college acceptances -- along with their evil twin, college rejections. It's an exciting time for them . . . but an anxious one, too. Last week,  The Wall Street Journal reported students are increasingly facing a barrage of unwelcome college-related questions from adults, such as "What's your top choice school?" and "What kind of SAT scores do you need to get into that school?" Unsure of where they'll end up or whether their scores will cut the mustard, many students are loathe to answer

Adding to anxiety for an increasing number of students, the uncertainty about where they're going to college doesn't necessarily end in spring. The percentage of students placed on college wait lists has been rising. Some may not know where they're going until August. Talking about it with you or me is likely not how they'll wish to pass the time. 

Are you guilty of asking seniors college questions? I know I am. To me, not asking a senior about college is like not asking a recently engaged couple about their wedding plans. We're excited for our soon-to-be graduates! Eager to celebrate their success. Our questions are understandable. They're just not advisable

For the sake of our Saxons' stress levels, let's all do our best to keep our curiosity about college in check.  

~ Chrissie Lavin, PTSA President
join the discussion
You're invited to a town hall meeting to discuss budget issues and other FCPS school-related topics. The meeting will feature School Board members Janie Strauss and Ryan McElveen and a FCPS budget official. The meeting will take place on Mon, March 20, at 7 pm in the Churchill Road Elementary School gym.  Please join in the discussion!
get artsy
The 2017 Congressional Art Competition   for Virginia's 10th Congressional District is accepting submissions . The competition is open to all high school students who reside in the District. 

The Best in Show winner of the competition will have their piece of art displayed in the United States Capitol . Students should drop off their completed artwork on  April 17 between 2 and 5 pm  at Enterprise Hall on the George Washington University Virginia Science & Technology Campus. Art submitted must be ready to hang and entries are limited to two per student.  For information and guidelines about the 2017 Congressional Art Competition, click here .
show lhs faculty some love
To brighten a teacher's day, last week two Langley families donated items for an impromptu faculty raffle. Raffle donations are a great way to let our hardworking faculty know we're appreciative. If you have tickets to a game or performance you cannot attend, a spa or restaurant gift certificate you won't use, or a duplicate 
luxury  item
, please consider donating them to a raffle for a member of LHS staff. To donate, email
come learn about college admissions trends
Please join us for the next Principal's Coffee/PTSA meeting, on Wed, April 26, 9 am, at Cooper MS. Our featured speaker is Langley College and Career Counselor Hannah Wolff, who will present "Trends in College Admissions." Ms. Wolff will analyze college acceptance data from the last several years, both at Langley and nationally, to give parents an idea of the trends that have emerged. Ms. Wolff will be joined by Principal Amico, who will provide school updates and answer parent questions.
2017 all-virginia chorus
Five Langley students are among the sixty-six FCPS students named to the 2017 All-Virginia Chorus and will preform as a group on Sat, April 29, at the Moss Arts Center, Auditorium in Blacksburg.  Please congratulateAmmad Akbari, Camila Maric, Corinne Trosch, Christiana Ivanova and Audrey Monserrate. Click  here  for the complete list.
teen job fairs
Fairfax County high school students looking for their first part-time job or internship, who want more information about potential career pathways, or are interested in a resume building workshop are invited to attend one of four upcoming teen job fairs in Fairfax County:
Sat, Mar 18, 10 am - 12 pm
Chantilly High School
Sat, Mar 18, 1 - 3 pm
Oakton High School
Sat, Apr 1, 12 - 2 pm
West Springfield High School
Sat, Apr 29, 11 am - 1 pm
South County Secondary School

For more information and to register for this event, please click here
college fair coming soon!
The 32nd annual  Northern Virginia Regional College Fair (NVRCF)  is fast approaching. More than 180 colleges, institutions and community organizations have registered to attend NVRCF, making it one of the largest fairs in Northern Virginia.  It's a great opportunity to get your students motivated and excited about their post-secondary plans, while equipping them with the tools and information necessary
to successfully navigate the college search and application process.       
The college fair will be held on George Mason University's Fairfax Campus on Wed, March 29, 6:30-8:30 pm in EagleBank Arena (formerly the Patriot Center).     
Students and parents are not required to register prior to the fair. Doors will not be open before 6:30 pm, so please encourage your students to arrive no earlier than 6:15 pm to minimize wait time. Parking is available, free of charge, in Parking Lots A and L, directly across from the Patriot Center. To view a campus map, click here.
summer sports camps
Dates have been announced for LHS summer sports camps. These sessions often fill up, so
sign up as soon as you can to get a spot.

Boys' Basketball Camp - July 10-14 and July 17-21, Cooper MS. Ages 7-15. Scott Newman, LHS Boys' Head Coach, and the LHS Basketball coaching staff oversee all aspects of the camp.
Girls' Volleyball Camp - June 26-30, Cooper MS. Ages 8-14, no previous experience required. Sue Shifflett, LHS Girls' Head Coach, and the LHS Volleyball coaching staff will run camp.
Watch here for an announcement about Girls' Basketball Camp, coming soon.
Click here for more information and registration information.
Mar 16 Saxon Service
Junior Class Dinner, 6pm
Junior College Night, 7pm
Mar 21-22 Alcohol Awareness Program
Mar 24
Staff Development Day,  Student Holiday
Mar 27 Case Day
Apr 7 End of 3rd Quarter - 2 hr Early Dismissal
Apr 10-14
Spring Break
Apr 17
Teacher Workday/Student Holiday
Apr 26 Principal's Coffee/PTSA meeting, 9 am

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar