langley eNews 
3/23 / 2017  

seniors
It is going to get crazy for our seniors after Spring Break! With AP and SOL tests, prom, Langley Leap, spring sports, concerts and shows, and graduation plans it will be a busy April and May for seniors and their parents.  So before the spring craziness starts, take a moment today to do the following items:

Buy your ANGP ticket! ANGP is on Thurs, June 15, graduation night.  Your senior will not want to miss it! For more info, visit our 
ANGP webpage .

Send in photos of your student for the end of year video! Stacy Smith is collecting photos for our video/slide show. Send to lhs2017photos@gmail.com
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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, jriddle5@yahoo.com
Anne Whipple, annewhipple@verizon.net or Caran McKee
calling all proctors
It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to AP testing. The counselors proctor all of the AP tests every day for 2 weeks, but we need parents to help make sure that we have all the proctors necessary to comply with AP rules and regulations. The AP students always appreciate a friendly face and if you would like to volunteer, please send any of the counselors an email.
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a message from the ptsa president
In high school, sometimes the things teens do wrong catch the spotlight. But at Langley, our administrators try to place the emphasis on what students are doing right. And that's a whole lot. 

Most every day, at least one Saxon is "caught" in a random act of kindness -- helping others, doing good. Sometimes it's a small gesture, like helping a teacher carry a heavy load of books. Other times, it's something extraordinary, like standing up to a bully or helping a new student feel more at home. These inspiring students inspire others to do a little good of their own. 
 
To give these random acts of kindness the attention they deserve, AP Jim Robertson launched the Salute Our Saxons program. Each month, this program recognizes all the things dozens of students have done to promote a positive culture at Langley . Recipients receive a Saxon wristband and an invitation to an ice cream party for all the students saluted that month for their kindness. (A big shout out to Great Fall Creamery for donating the delicious ice cream!)
 
Parents, you also deserve a salute for raising such great kids! 

~ Chrissie Lavin, PTSA President

physical impairment demo
The PTSA Family Network Committee organized an outstanding spring alcohol awareness program for all junior and senior students. Wearing goggles that mimic the effects of physical impairment, students engaged in a mock sobriety check with uniformed Fairfax County police officers; took turns "driving" a friend in a wheelchair; and played the game cornhole. The challenge of performing simple tasks with the vision and coordination of someone intoxicated helped underscore the dangers of underage drinking and the dangers of driving while impaired. Students heard a sobering presentation from a former Arlington police officer who was seriously injured by a drunk driver. 
 
Many thanks to PTSA Family Network Chairs Betsy Shomaker and Julie Hohl for orchestrating this event for our Saxons; to the English Dept for their flexibility and to all the parent and student volunteers who assisted. Thanks also go out to The Medicine Chest Pharmacy, McLean Pharmacy, and Listrani's. This program would not be possible without the
dedication of these organizations and individuals!

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.
used book drive
Do you have books just sitting on shelves collecting dust  that you've been meaning to donate but just haven't gotten around to it? Well, now is the time! Langley's chapter of the National English Honor Society is conducting a book drive from March 1 to March 28.
 
We need your help to improve English education  on both the local and international level. We are collecting books in the K-8 reading level to be donated to both the Cunningham Park Elementary School Summer Library, which encourages students to take home books over the summer and continue to improve their skills, and to a school in need in Vietnam.
 
Boxes will be placed around LHS labeled Book Drive where students can drop off books. With your help, the Langley community could truly have an impact on these children's education.

~ A big "thank you" from the National English Honor Society 
sports
dance team: Dance team tryouts are May 22-23 from 6 - 9 pm in the main gym. Details are found on langleysports.org under Spring Sports.

volleyball: Girls' volleyball green days begin May 9. Times and dates for green day practices as well as tryout information are available  langleysports.org. C lick on the News section under Girls' Varsity Volleyball.
Follow us on Twitter @langleysports 
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 .
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
free test prep
Many free local and online resources to help with SAT and ACT test prep are available. Here is a list of upcoming free opportunities: 

Free individual tutoring: Sixty minutes of free tutoring in 40+ high school subjects. No purchase necessary. Click here for more info.
 
ACT Practice Test: Sat, Apr 1, 10 am - 2 pm, Tysons
 
ACT Practice Test: Sun, Apr 2, 10 am - 2 pm, Fairfax
 
SAT Practice Test: Sun, Apr 2, 10 am - 2 pm, Reston
 
SAT/ACT Strategy Session: Sat, Apr 8, 2:30 pm - 4 pm, Chantilly
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.
healthy food news
On April 5, Real Food for Kids will hold Healthy School Advocacy Training, open to parents, teachers, administrators and engaged community members interested in elevating the culture of health in their schools. Click here for more information and to register.   

And there's more! Are you the parent who wants to help Real Food for Kids but doesn't have a lot of time to commit? We have a perfect ... and much needed opportunity. Become a member of our Salad Bar Squad!
 
With each new salad bar that opens in our FCPS elementary schools, we need one or two volunteers to support our food services staff as they guide students through the new line to get their fruits and veggies.  Volunteers are required to attend two Student Salad Bar Etiquette Trainings with an RFFK staff member (one hour each) before working an opening. There are many times to choose from.
 
Seven salad bars are slated to open between now and June, so finding a spot that fits your schedule should be easy! For information, email mporter@realfoodforkids.org .
service learning opportunity
Forestville ES's Annual Bingo Ice Cream Social is almost here! We're seeking student volunteers to help the evening of Fri, Mar 31. There are two available sessions (5:45-7:30pm and 6:45-8:30pm), but you are welcome to stay and help during both. Grab some friends and join us for a fun evening! Sign-Up Genius link here.
special ed conference
FCPS will host its twelfth annual Special Education Conference on Sat, April 1, from 8 am to 3 pm at Hayfield SS. The conference, designed for parents and educators or anyone with learning challenges or special needs, will feature Nancy Mather, PhD., professor of special education at the University of Arizona, who will discuss Elephant in the Room: What We Overlook Regarding Struggling Readers. Other conference topics include behavioral supports for high functioning autism students, twice exceptional learners, dyslexia identification, and more. Click here for conference details, workshops, and registration information. 
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.
character awards
The McLean Citizens Association (MCA) is sponsoring Teen Character Awards to recognize teens with exceptional ethics and compassionate character. Consider nominating any teen you know who has, without compensation or formal recognition, cared for elderly relatives or younger siblings or helped out in the community. The deadline for nominations is May 1. Click here for more info or to fill out an online application. 
save the date for baccalaureate
The Class of 2017 invites you to this year's Baccalaureate, a non-denominational service that helps graduates find spiritual meaning in this milestone in their lives, according to their own beliefs.
 
Event:  Class of 2017 Baccalaureate
When:  Sun, June 11, 4 - 5:30 pm
Where:  Langley High School Auditorium
Who:  Senior Class Students, Parents, Family and Guests, LHS Administration, Faculty, and Staff
 
We invite you to participate or simply join us for a celebration of reflection and fellowship  to kick off a series of memorable commencement events for the Class of 2017! 
calendar
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