langley eNews 
3/31 /2016 

last chance to tweet!
Langley's 2016 prom will be May 21, and TONIGHT is the last night to tweet in the Best Night Ever competition and win $10,000! For the media post to be counted, it must contain @lordandtaylor and #BNElangleyEntry. Students, parents and friends should post and retweet to make our prom the Best Night Ever!

juniors 
The junior class coffee has a new date of June 2 (previously scheduled for Apr 28). Location TBD.

Langley will be offering summer college application/essay workshops for all rising seniors (class of 2017) on Aug 1-3 (9 am-1 pm) OR Aug 8-10 (9 am-1 pm). Students will have the opportunity to meet with college admissions representatives and LHS Student Services staff to receive feedback on essays, complete their college applications, finalize college lists, test their interviewing skills, and ultimately get themselves ahead of the college app process before senior year gets started.
The cost is $75. You can get an application from the Career Center, and it's due by June 17. These sessions do fill up so don't wait! Workshops will be held at Cooper due to renovation at LHS. Please contact Mrs. Wolff, hwwolff@fcps.edu, in the College & Career Center with questions.
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considering a gap year?
No, this doesn't mean working at The Gap for a year. Rather, it's an idea that originally started in the UK in the 1970s as a way to fill the 8-month gap between final exams and the start of university. The idea was to allow students to continue to develop and mature through an extended international experience. A gap year might involve independent traveling to broaden one's view of the world, or working in an urban school through "City Year," one of many AmeriCorps programs. A gap year can consist of any combination of work, volunteering, study or travel, and some structured programs offer college credit hours, too.
 
For students who are young for their grade, either in maturity or age, the gift of being one year older when starting college may be the difference between being a leader and a follower. For students who have never held a job, traveled or been on their own, this could be a welcome opportunity for them to gain some independence. I hope I've piqued your interest. If so, I HIGHLY encourage you to read this June 2015 Washington Post article. After reading it, I was intrigued enough by the idea of a gap year to attend the Northern Virginia Gap Year Fair at Marshall HS. I learned that a gap year is no longer something kids do just to "find themselves."
 
Our kids' lives are so academically full. Some hard-working students who have been sitting at a desk seven hours a day and four hours a night go to college and find they have too much free time. It can be a tough adjustment from a very scheduled high school life to a new college schedule of 15 hours of class a week. A gap year could give that student another year to learn to manage their time and take care of themselves. A year off from academics may be just what they need to fully commit to another academically grueling four years. And some students find a gap year between undergrad and grad school a better time to get work experience or pursue international- or service-oriented experiences before more intensive study.
 
While recognizing that a gap year isn't right for everyone, I would like to invite you to our April 13 PTSA meeting to learn more. Hear the keynote speaker from the NoVA Gap Year Fair; a student alum of a gap year program; and a representative from the local Rotary Club talk about their gap year options. After this meeting, we might ALL want to take a gap year!
 
~ Terri Markwart, PTSA President
teacher spotlight 
Lawrence Brooks has been a math teacher at LHS for 15 years. With a lifelong love for math, he majored in applied mathematics at UVA, with minors in electrical engineering and philosophy. After college, he pursued a job as a consultant for Nation's Bank, but with the economic downturn of the early 2000s, he needed to look for alternative employment opportunities.
 
His teaching career began unexpectedly when he started substitute teaching in Newport News. "I didn't know I would be interested in education until I actually started doing it as a substitute teacher," said Mr. Brooks.
 
He continued teaching after going back to school at William & Mary for his state certification. A brief stint in L.A. and a bad breakup with a California girl led him back to the east coast where he landed a job at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria.
 
Maybe slightly uncharacteristic for a math teacher, Mr. Brooks has a passion for reading. His personal library has nearly 2,000 books. J.R.R. Tolkien has been a favorite of his since fifth grade, and he's currently into a series of crime/history novels by Lindsey Davis.
 
His advice for the student body: "If you coasted through high school and it was all easy for you, when you walk into college you're going to have to start working. Learn how to work, learn how to study because you'll get much less help doing that in college than you will here in high school. Learn how to understand things through your own eyes."
 
~ Quinn Chu, Saxon Scope reporter
congratulations, mr kuhn! 
Langley history teacher David Kuhn received the teacher of the year award from the Sons of the American Revolution for his hard work and his dedication to his students. He was honored in a special ceremony in Sterling in which former Langley teacher Don Cooper presented him a plaque, a bronze medal and a monetary gift.

Mr. Kuhn was also selected as Langley Teacher of the Year in 2015. Congratulations to him on this latest honor. 
fine arts
orchestra:  Congratulations to junior Brent Davis for winning first place in the 2016 McLean Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. Brent performed the first movement of Lalo's Cello Concerto accompanied by the McLean Youth Orchestra and conducted by Dr. John Devlin.

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 more information, visit the  Saxon Stage website. Tickets go on sale Apr 4 and can be purchased here
regional science fair winners 
The Langley students listed below won awards at the Regional Science Fair held at Robinson Secondary School on Mar 11-13. The full list of results, including winners of corporate awards, can be found here.
 
1st Place: Nicolle Hendzell & Nicole Shiao (Animal Sciences); Yunzhu Pan & Emily Lu (Behavioral Sciences); Hua-Cheng (Thomas) Liu (Cell & Molecular Biology); Megan Kilduff & Caitlin Nguyen (Earth & Environmental Sciences); Mandy Smith & Oksana Vickers  (Earth & Environmental Sciences); Alyssa Kalish (Physics & Astronomy)
 
2nd Place: Irma Saluja (Biochemistry); Ananya Amirthalingam (Cell & Molecular Biology); Thomas Brownlee & Caroline Britt (Chemistry); Michelle Ascrizzi (Earth & Environmental Sciences); Crestienne DeChaine (Embedded Systems); Kimberly Han (Energy: Physical); Cole Stitt (Plant Sciences)
 
3rd Place: William Soobert (Biochemistry); Tina Comlekoglu (Robotics & Intelligent Machines)
 
Honorable Mention: Danial Kim (Computational Biology & Bioinformatics); Buckley Ross & Cameron Edgington (Materials Science); Dan Ni (Physics & Astronomy); Grace Gent (Systems Software)
being aware of autism
April is Autism Awareness month. The special education department is planning several activities throughout the month. Friday, Apr 8 will be dedicated to Autism Awareness at Langley. We will "turn the school blue" by wearing blue shirts and have a program in the courtyard during Saxon Time. The governor's office will present a proclamation, and the national organization Autism Speaks will have a presentation. For more information, please contact Mary Landis at mary.landis@fcps.edu .
fcps parent resource center
April workshops and conferences are listed below. For information or registration, please click here.

Apr 9                11th Annual Special Education Conference
Apr 12              Flash Forward! Post-Secondary Education & Employment Options
Apr 19              Autism & Safety
Apr 29              Mood Dysregulation in Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
stem programs highlighted 
FCPS will host this year's STEM-H (science, technology, engineering, math, and health) Expo Sat, April 9, from 10 am-2 pm at NOVA's Ernst Center.
 
STEM-H Expo will feature information about FCPS high school academy programs and student demonstrations in Fire and Emergency Medical Sciences; Robotics; Information Technology; and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration. Breakout sessions will be offered by Microsoft and the College Funding Coach. Over 30 business, industry, and education exhibits will be available to attendees. NOVA SySTEMic Solutions is the presenting sponsor.
 
This event is open to students in grades 6-12, parents, teachers, former academy students, and community members. All participants are asked to register. Check-in starts at 9:30 am. For complete schedule information and registration, click here. For more information, contact Cara Kirby at STEMHExpoFCPS@gmail.com .
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  jlbaldesare@fcps.edu.
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

calendar
Apr 1 Additional "even" day
Apr 8
Senior class coffee, 9:30 am
Autism Speaks presentation, 9:45 am
Apr 13
Activity Day
Principal's coffee/PTSA meeting, 9 am
Apr 14-16 Spring play - Chicago
Apr 20 Freshman class coffee
Apr 21
End of Q3, 2-hour early dismissal
Apr 22 Student Holiday
Apr 26 Langley Leap application deadline
Apr 27 Parent/Teacher book club, 9am
Apr 29 Activities fair for rising 9th graders

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar