langley eNews 
3/31 / 2017  

Don't forget to buy your ANGP ticket for your student!  ANGP is on Thurs, June 15, graduation night.  Your senior will not want to miss it!  For more info, visit our  ANGP webpage

We are also hosting several fundraisers to help offset the cost of this event. Check out the  link for the Limo Fundraiser, and consider purchasing a  Graduate Yard Sign for your senior! 

Send in photos of your student for the end-of-year video! Stacy Smith is collecting photos for our video/slide show. Send to .

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submit photos  of students in the Class of 2020 from spring concerts, sports, service learning, etc. Include only pictures of the Class of 2020 and only LHS events. For more recommendations, see our  class webpage .
Looking forward ...  our final freshman parent coffee is  Fri, April 28, 9:30-11 am at St. John's Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike.  Bring your laptop or tablet for hands-on training for Blackboard, Family Connection, Naviance, LHS and LHS Activities Websites and more. 

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a message from the ptsa president
As a Langley parent, you know a Saxon student can argue like a pro. Langley students did just that this week by wrangling with the likes of General William K. Suter, the 19th Clerk of the Supreme Court of the US, and many other distinguished legal professionals. You see, Monday was Case Day, a Langley tradition for 25 years. Case Day engages AP Government students in a realistic Supreme Court mock trial, offering a comprehensive look into the American judicial system. The case our student "lawyers" eloquently argued,  Turner vs. US , was selected from this year's Supreme Court docket. 

The week continued with select Langley seniors attending the actual Turner vs. US oral arguments at the Supreme Court, followed by a tour and an audience with  Clerk of the Court Scott Harris and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Case Day is a tremendous undertaking, involving hundreds of students, a dozen committees and endless hours of research and preparation. Yet the exercise is not for a grade, nor will it appear on seniors' college applications. The impressive level of student engagement exemplifies their dedication to learning. It's project-based learning at its best. 

We are so fortunate to have the enthusiasm and dedication of AP Government teacher Allison Cohen, who worked tirelessly to orchestrate Case Day for our students, along with the assistance and support of our administrators and teachers, especially  Joshua Henry, Micah Herzig, and  Matt Kissling . Case Day is  a shining  example of how Langley's above-and-beyond educators  strive  to make our children's learning experience unique.   

~ Chrissie Lavin, PTSA President
parent-teacher book club
How can parents encourage autonomy, competence and independence in our kids? Research suggests we should sometimes let them fail. Please join us for the annual PTSA Parent/Teacher Book Club on April 19 at 11:30 am in the Principal's Conference Room, as we discuss The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey. Sonya Williams, Dir of Student Services, and Hannah Wolff, Career Center Specialist, will join us and share their experience and insights. You're encouraged to bring your own lunch, along with any thoughts or questions you have; the PTSA will provide drinks and dessert. RSVP to Betsy Shomaker at
history day
Approximately 20 students represented LHS at the March 4 National History Day district competition.  Langley walked away with four awards! These students will represent our district at the state competition in April:
1st Place: Cindy Rodi for Individual Exhibit; Kiyan Trahomi, Patrick Corrigan and Riley  Schwartz for Group Website

2nd PlaceIla Sharma and Laura Warrington for Group Performance; Reese Bernstein, Emma Ritchie and Taylor Daniels for Group Exhibit 
science award
Sophomores Nicolle Hendzel and Nicole Shiao won a Meritorious Achievement Award from the Commissioned Officers Ass'n of the US Public Health Service (a sponsored award) at the FCPS Regional Science and Engineering Fair, held at Robinson SS. Awards are given by both FCPS and by sponsoring organizations who hope to encourage our next generation of science. The girls' project focused on the diagnostics of heart failure.  Congratulation to the Nicol(l)es!
saxon artist honored
LHS sophomore Tina Comlekoglu won a silver medal at the National level in the digital art category for her piece Foot Traffic in t he Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. 

Established in 1923, the awards have recognized students who have become some of our nation's most celebrated artists, including Sylvia Plath, Richard Avedon, Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol.  More than 300,000 students participate across the country. 
singing saxons
Congratulations to the Langley Choirs for their performance at the World Strides on Stage Music Festival in Hollywood. All four Langley Choirs received Gold Medal ratings for a combined average score of 90 or higher. In addition, Concert Choir, Madrigals and Chamber all received First Place Awards in their category, as well as an Adjudicator's Trophy for having a combined average score of 95 or higher.  Langley also received the Choral Sweepstakes Trophy for having the highest score for any two choirs from one school, and Madrigals received the Most Outstanding Choral Group Trophy for having the highest score of any choir in the Festival.  Phew! Two individual students were recognized by the judges with Ovation Awards for their outstanding solos,  Jamie Goodson and Teddy Herzfeld
One of the judges wrote to Choir Director Mac Lambert, reading in part: I just wanted to tell you once again what a privilege and pleasure it was to adjudicate and work with your choral groups today ... Your musicality and the dedicated efforts of every one your ensembles was extraordinary. I've worked with some very fine choirs over the years but your students touched my heart. They sing from the heart, it shows on their faces, and the message of the text is always conveyed to the audience.  That magic moment of "silence" we experienced with your Madrigal Singers will stay with me for a long time.
The LHS chorus program is truly something to be proud of!
track & field:  Three members of the girls' team placed at the 6A State Indoor Track and Field Championships. Kayla Deehan was 4th in shot put, Kelsie Hao 7th in pole vault, and Jessica Keys 8th in pole vault. Additionally, Samantha Brascia was the only freshman to compete in either long jump (16th place) or triple jump (18th place). On the boys' side, Jim Keys was 9th in pole vault and Daniel White was 17th in long jump.

softball: Come out and support Saxons Softball at home 3/31, 4/3, 4/4, and 4/6. Senior Night will be April 28.

girls' basketball: Junior Point Guard Jordyn Callaghan was named to the VHSL 6A All-State First Team. In other news, the rising freshmen spring league is set to begin in early April; any girls interested in playing should contact Coach Baker as soon as possible to get added to the roster. Also, registration for the Langley Girls'  Basketball Summer Camp is officially open; find it online here.

volleyball: Girls' volleyball green days begin May 9. Details as well as tryout information are available on ; click on the News section under Girls' Varsity Volleyball.

dance team: Tryouts are May 22-23 from 6-9 pm in the main gym. Details available on
summer camps:
Volleyball Summer Camp - Week of June 26 @ Cooper MS
Boys Basketball Camp - Week of July 10 and July 17 @ Cooper MS
Girls Basketball Camp - Week of July 24 @ Cooper MS

Go to this  link for camp application and registration information.
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fcps-nova stem summer camps
FCPS is partnering with NOVA Community College to offer summer camps in cybersecurity, robotics, coding and app development. Some are held just for high schoolers, but some include middle schoolers as well. Additional information from FCPS is available here, and you can register with NOVA here. You can also contact Charles Britt, STEM education outreach coordinator at or 703-425-5917.
time to prepare for baccalaureate
The Class of 2017 invites you to this year's Baccalaureate. This is a non-denominational service that helps graduates find spiritual meaning in this milestone in their lives. We invite seniors to sign up to participate - they can sing, dance, play an instrument, read a poem, speak from the heart ... the possibilities are endless! Sign up by following  this link .
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Apr 7 End of 3rd Quarter - 2 hr Early Dismissal
Apr 10-14
Spring Break
Apr 17
Teacher Workday/Student Holiday
Apr 20 Saxon Service at Saxon Time
Langley Leap App Due
Apr 20-22 Theatre performance, Gypsy, 7 pm
Apr 26 Principal's Coffee/PTSA meeting, 9 am
Apr 27-29 Theatre performance, Gypsy, 7 pm

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar