langley eNews 
3/3 /2016 

A tribute to Mr. Stone
teens behind the wheel
Notice to 10th grade students and parents: The Partners for Safe Teen Driving program is TONIGHT in the cafeteria at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm 
and close promptly at 7 pmOnce the doors are closed, no one will be admitted. Please bring a pen or pencil. Contact Susan Shifflett, or Cheryl Buffo,
with questions.
Join us TOMORROW, Mar 4 at noon for a lunch time discussion on Easing the College Admissions Process. We'll hear from experts on how to decrease stress in college prep and how to leverage social media platforms as part of a new Coalition app. The meeting is at the Markwart home, 6605 Heidi Ct, McLean (Langley Oaks). If you can help by bringing something to the lunch, click here.
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notes from the principal
As always, we have a lot going on at Langley. Our Scholastic Bowl team won the state championship for the third time! Our Science Olympiad team won the regional championship. Science Olympiad, Girls' Basketball, and Theater One-Acts all will be competing in state competitions in the coming weeks. We also have five National Merit finalists. These are all great accomplishments!
We're coming to the end of student registration for next year's classes. We will finish by March 15 and will send home class confirmations in early April. Students, please check carefully to ensure you have the classes you really want/need. Seniors should be looking for Langley Leap internships. Langley Leap is May 31-June 13, and you will want your plans set long before then.
Service learning is really progressing to another level. On Activity Days we've had over 100 students helping with various projects for the community. Service is definitely becoming part of the fabric at Langley. Please encourage your student to participate if they have the time. Notice will go out before these days occur.
The students planned a very fun Sadie Hawkins dance and dedicated it to counselor Georgia McKain's daughter. A huge crowd of students came and a great time was had by all. We had a rockin' DJ and lots of dancing. Many thanks to Ms. Landis, Ms. Hamilton, Ms. Conrad, Mr. Barrs and Mr. Rogers for chaperoning.

~ Fred Amico, Principal
staff spotlight 
Matthew Velin, who grew up in Northern Virginia and attended Herndon HS, has been an instructional assistant at Langley since 2011, the same year he became head coach of the JV baseball team. He's now an assistant coach for the varsity team. As an instructional assistant, he helps with special ed classes, especially any students that need special accommodations. He helps students with testing and reading comprehension to ensure that they fully understand concepts.
As a baseball coach, Mr. Velin spends a lot of time in the greater Langley community. "Baseball helps with building relationships with the kids. It's another avenue to teach kids about working together as a team, communicating with each other, respecting each other," he said. He describes baseball as helping students develop important skills. "When you're part of a team, you have to understand each other's strengths and weaknesses. I think sports are a good way to learn those things outside of the classroom."
If Mr. Velin has one piece of wisdom for high school students, it is this: High school is just the beginning. "You get out of high school what you put into it. It can be a lot of fun or it can be kind of a painful experience. If things aren't going well, there are better times ahead. There's a lot more to life, and a lot of new experiences that you'll have and learn from."
~ Matthew Angles, Saxon Scope reporter
can you spot your pet?
Langley   freshman Samina Mondal won the Congressional App Challenge for the 10th District with her app Spotted. Samina created a mobile app that allows users to browse through animals at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. The app uses multiple filters to determine which pet may be the best fit, providing a safe and efficient way for pets to be adopted. She is the founder of Langley's Girls Who Code club.
The Congressional App Challenge is a competition to encourage high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. Over 1700 students participated in the 2015 challenge.
track & fieldCongratulations to junior Kelsie Hao who placed 2nd in the pole vault at the 6A State Indoor Track Championship on Feb 26. Kelsie jumped 10'6" and tied the school record held by her coach Morgan Danner.
langley pyramid art show  
McLean Project for the Arts will display student artwork from Langley, Cooper, Great Falls, Forestville, Colvin Run and Churchill at the McLean Community Center, Mar 10-26. The opening reception is Thurs, Mar 10 from 5-7 pm.  
scholastic champions again! 
For the third straight year, Langley is the 2016 VHSL 6A Scholastic Bowl state champion! On Feb 27, the LHS team avenged their only loss of the season (to Woodson HS) by winning the state championship! Team competitors at the state tournament were: captain and senior Tyler Larkworthy; juniors Nitin Rao, Nikhil Rao, and Annie Wang; and sophomore Surya Ambardar. The tournament was held at the College of William & Mary. The Langley team swept the state tournament, beating Western Branch HS, Riverbend HS and Woodson, which finished as the runner-up. Other competing team members for Langley this year were: senior Matthew Owens; junior Siri Doddi; sophomore Craig Anderson; and freshmen Dan Ni, Matt Rubin, and Esh Pandellapalli. The team is coached by Kevin Healy and Matt Kissling.

A record number of Langley Band members were selected for the 2016 All-District Band. 
raising an adult 
The Safe Community Coalition (SCC) is bringing author Julie Lythcott-Haims to   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 to discuss Ms. Lythcott-Haims's book. Director 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. 
college fair 
George Mason University's Office of Admissions invites students to the 31st annual Northern Virginia Regional College Fair Mar 30 from 6:30-9 pm at the EagleBank Arena (formerly Patriot Center). Students can meet with admissions representatives from more than 150 colleges and universities. This is a great opportunity to get students motivated and excited about college plans while equipping them with the tools and information necessary to successfully navigate the search and application process.
Students and parents are not required to register prior to the fair. Doors will not open before 6:30 pm. Free parking is available in lots A and L, directly across from EagleBank Arena. Click here for more information.  
special ed conference
The 11th annual FCPS Special Education Conference, Parents + Educators + Students = Success, will be Apr 9 from 8 am-2:30 pm at Hayfield SS. The keynote presentation will be delivered by Dr. Jan Hasbrouck on "Meeting the Needs of Struggling Readers in an Era of High Standards."
Guest speakers and FCPS staff will present workshops for educators and families with students who have learning challenges, special needs, or receive FCPS special education services. Participants can choose from over 50 workshops and 80 exhibitors.
Click here to register for the conference and for more information on guest speakers, workshops and exhibitors.
a tough but important issue
You're invited to a screening of The  Hunting Ground  on March 5 at American University's Katzen Center  from 7-9 pm. The main leads in the documentary, Annie Clark and Andrea Pino, along with DC Councilmember Anita Bonds and psychoanalyst Joy Kassett, PhD will take part in a short discussion following the movie.  
This Oscar-nominated documentary is especially important for families with juniors and seniors going off to college. It explores how young women and men can become victims of sexual violence on college campuses and what universities and colleges are doing to address the problem.
Come learn more about how your children can protect themselves during their high school and college years. It's never too early to have conversations about sex and how alcohol and drugs can change the landscape of sexual encounters. Please bring your students with you to the movie and discussion. Buy your tickets on Eventbrite.
free breakfast! 
FCPS Food and Nutrition Services is celebrating National School Breakfast Week with free breakfast to staff and students on Wed, March 9. Breakfast will be served from 7:30-8:30 am and again from 9:30-10:15 am. Only one breakfast per person (while supplies last).
Breakfast items that will be served are bagels, mini pancakes, cinnamon rolls, fruit and juice. Students will need to know their lunch account number (different than their student ID #) and staff will need to know their employee ID number.
Mar 4 Sophomore class coffee, 12 pm
Mar 6
Orchestra concert at South Lakes HS
Mar 7
Meet the coaches night
Mar 10-26
Langley Pyramid Art Show, MCC
Mar 21-25
Spring break!
Mar 28 Student holiday, school planning day
Apr 8
Senior class coffee

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar