langley eNews 
3/8 / 2018  

seniors
Get ready for Langley Leap! Apps are available from Gov't teachers and are due April 6 .

Remember Ethics Day is next Tuesday.  Students come to school as normal and will be transported to/from McLean Bible Church. They need to dress in business attire.

P lace an order for a Langley yearbook before it's too late! Order here Langley is #4159.

Keep sending photos of students for their senior video  to lhs2018photos@gmail.com.

Last chance to get ANGP tickets before the price goes up! Deadline extended to Mar 9 for the advance purchase price of $80. See our  ANGP page for more details, and don't forget your signed authorization form.

sophomores
Our final Sophomore Parent Forum is Fri, April 20, 9:30 to 11 am, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike, McLean VA 22101. Join us for Sophomore-specific updates on all aspects of Langley. A licensed clinical social worker will join us to share the latest research on 16-year-olds. She will share tips for parents to effectively support their sophomores in the next few years.

Please submit photos from spring sports, concerts, clubs and academic teams! Email lhs2020photos@gmail.com. Include only pictures of the Class of 2020 and only LHS events. Please send us your BEST SHOT. For more recommendations, click here.
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a message from the ptsa president
Remember that phrase, "Actions speak louder than words?" Well, it's true! Dr. Heather Tedesco, our speaker at last week's PTSA meeting, reminded us that modeling good behavior is powerful  -- our children learn far more from what we do than from what we say.

Also, some of us have a tendency to try to solve our children's problems for them. Next time they come to you for advice, try asking, "What do you think you should do?" or "How could you have handled that situation differently?" to start equipping them with the skills they need to problem-solve on their own. We may just learn some new ideas from them! If they're having a hard time coming up with ideas, you could share some suggestions of things that have worked for you and talk it through with them.

To see more tips and links about "Talking to Your Teens About the Tough Stuff," check out Dr. Tedesco's presentation on the PTSA website.

Our next Principal's Coffee/PTSA meeting, originally planned for March, has been rescheduled to Wed, April 11, 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 emerging trends.

Finally, remember that this Sunday we spring ahead one hour  when Daylight Saving Time begins. While teenagers much prefer gaining an hour of sleep in the Fall, this time change gives us  more daylight hours to enjoy.

~ Jennifer Feinstein, PTSA President 
attention aspiring leaders!
Students interested in running for class office, SGA or SAC for the 2018-2019 school year can pick-up applications outside Ms. Hamilton's classroom, 2425. The deadline for submitting applications is  Mar 19. 
senior ethics forum almost here
Langley's Senior Ethics Forum is coming up next Tues, Mar 13 from 8:15 am to 2:45 pm.  If you'd like to get involved, contact Kim Wenk at kbwenk@gmail.com . She is looking for help  setting up on Monday night, 3/12 and at the event on Wednesday 3/13.
saxons, did you know?

Saxons, did you know . . . half  of middle school students who use e-cigarettes say they were the first type of tobacco product they ever used.

This feature gives an important piece of info on drugs, alcohol or mental wellness. We hope these messages serve as conversation starters about substance use, stress and decisionmaking with your teen and family.
student peace awards
Congratulations to seniors Katherine Mansourova and Junnah Mozaffar, recipients of a 2018 Student Peace Award for establishing a chapter of Amnesty International at Langley and encouraging activism among members. This award is designed to recognize young people who work as peacemakers. Recipients will be recognized at a reception on March 11 at the Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax.
culinary challenge & wellness expo
For Langley families interested in attending, the  Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge & Wellness Expo will be held at Hayfield SS on Mar 17.  You can sample creations from student chefs, as well as attend programs on nutrition, culinary arts and careers, health and wellness. More details can be found  here .
girls' basketball into the final on a buzzer beater!
Congratulations to the Saxon Girls' Basketball Team! They won Tuesday night in a nail-biting finish on a three-point shot at the final buzzer by senior Jordyn Callaghan. The ladies advance to the state championship in Richmond and will play Cosby Thursday nightRead more about the victory in the Washington Post article!

summer job opp
Fairfax County high school students looking for a part-time or summer job are invited to attend one of six upcoming teen job fairs in Fairfax County. The first job fair will be on Sat, Mar 10, 1 to 3 pm, at Woodson High School, 9525 Main St, Fairfax . Local businesses and agencies will be on hand to offer a range of opportunities including part-time employment, internships and volunteer work. Online registration is available for students interested in attending. Click here for more info.
langley parent read
Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson will share their research and insights with the LHS community on  Thurs, Mar 15, 7 pm in the LHS Auditorium. 

As parents, we just want our kids to succeed, to be their best, and to do their best. But what happens when they're not on board? Authors of The Self-Driven Child discovered that the best antidote to stress and lack of motivation is to give kids more of a sense of control over their lives. Join us to hear Dr Stixrud, a renowned clinical neuropsychologist, and test-prep guru Ned Johnson combine cutting edge brain science with insights from their work to make a radical case for giving teens more autonomy and control in their lives in order to unleash their full potential. Hear concrete tools you can use to help your child navigate life with the confidence needed find his or her own path. No tickets required, no sign up necessary. Just come!  This is one you definitely don't want to miss.
lhs takes science honors
Congratulations to science students for recent achievements!

science olympiad: The Langley team took first place at the Fairfax Regional Science Olympiad on Sat, Feb 24. This earns them a spot at the State Science Olympiad in April at UVA. Langley had three teams of 15 students at the competition and won medals in every single event.  Some highlights:

Chenming Wang
and Alex Surratt in Hovercraft; Kimberly Han and Katie Shvodian in Helicopters; Dan Ni and Daniel Mousavi in Material Science; Casey Crawford and Belinda Xi in Thermodynamics; Kyle Cheng and Daniel Mousavi in Anatomy & Physiology; Dan Ni and Reva Siva in Rocks & Minerals; Dan Ni and Emma Ritchie in Chemistry Lab; Chenming Wang and Patrick Marshoun in Remote Sensing; Jason Jin and Jayeesh Chennupati in Dynamic Planet; Luke Flaxman and Ari Tretiak in Fermi Questions; Grace Shvodian and Emma Ritchie in Optics; Kyle Cheng and Reva Siva in Herpetology; Patrick Corrigan in Mission Possible; Reva Siva and Rupa Siva in Microbe Mission ... 
won first place medals!  
 
Camden Hao, Casey Crawford, and Rupa Siva in Experimental Design; Victoria Li and Katie Shvodian in Dynamic Planet; Luke Flaxman and Eileen Wen in Rocks & Minerals; Alice Liu and Daniel Mousavi in Ecology; Ashley Zhang and Daum Song in Remote Sensing; Katie Shvodian and Kimberly Han in Optics; Kelly Ho and Arshan Goudarzi in Herpetology ... 
brought home the silver!

science bowl The Langley team finished in third place at the 2018 Virginia Regional High School Science Bowl held at Jefferson Lab on Feb. 3. Team members Daniel Mousavi, Dan Ni, Brandon Ou and Belinda Xi, coached by Ms Puhlick, took home a  $300 check for LHS and a team trophy.

community meetings on tech in schools
Parents can learn about plans to extend student learning and increase equitable access to technology through FCPSOn at five community meetings in March and April. Staff will present info about FCPSOn and explain how it leads to personalized, meaningful learning experiences for students. Through FCPSOn, each student will be provided with a device. The program allows students opportunities for deeper understanding of content and skills outlined in the Portrait of a Graduate, so they can be  successful in the workforce of the future.

The Region 1 community meeting will be held Wed, Mar 14 at 7 pm at Madison HS (Lecture Hall), 2500 James Madison Drive, Vienna.  Click here for more information and for dates of other meetings.
county and school budget discussion
The Fairfax County Council of PTAs (FCCPTA) invites you to discuss how the FY2019 county-advertised budget impacts students, teachers, school leaders, school support staff, schools, and families with members of the FFC Board of Supervisors on Thurs, Mar 15, from 7 - 9 pm at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, in conference rooms 9-11. To register, click here.
calendar
Mar 13 Choral Concert, Langley Auditorium
Mar 13 Senior Ethics Day
Mar 15 Langley Reads with Dr. William Stixrud, 7 pm, Langley Auditorium
Mar 26 - Mar 30 Spring Break
April 2 Student Holiday
April 11
Principal's Coffee/PTSA meeting, 9 am at Cooper MS - New Date!
   
For a full list of upcoming events, visit the LHS website Events page