langley eNews 
3/15 / 2018  

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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. 

We are thrilled to have Jennifer Weaver, LCSW, RPT-S join us to share the latest research on 16-year-olds. She will also be providing tips for sophomore parents on how to continue to help their student build life skills for resiliency and success in the upper grades and on into their college years. With over 20 years of experience in psychotherapy and counseling, Dr. Weaver specializes in treating anxiety, depression, and challenging behaviors, and strategizing with parents in new ways of interacting with and supporting their children. Read her full bio here .
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a message from the ptsa president
Congratulations to our Varsity Girls' Basketball team on a great season! They won the Liberty District tournament title and finished second in Regionals to earn a spot in the State Championship game. While the game ended in a disappointing two-point overtime loss, the girls should be proud of all the hard work and effort they put in this season. Now, it's time to come out to support our Spring sports teams. Check  here for the schedule.

Next week brings the first day of Spring. As the weather starts to get warmer and the days get longer, it becomes a little more difficult to focus on school work (or even regular work for us parents!). But, this is the time of year our teachers are diligently working to ensure our students are prepared for SOLs, AP exams and final exams. We need to encourage our children to stay focused and engaged until June. 

Saxon Service continues to be a popular activity for our students. As a reminder to everyone, there are only two sessions remaining this year - April 5 & 19.

Do you want to know what our students are talking about? Be sure to read the latest copy of the Saxon Scope to find out. If you don't have a subscription mailed to your home (I highly recommend this option) you can pick up a copy in the magazine rack by the front office. Langley's Vape Culture, FCPS Snow Decisions, AP Exam Fees, Senioritis and Recycling are a few of the things they are writing about.

Understanding how your learning applies to the real world can help keep students engaged. Langley's AP Government students had the chance to do just that! Be sure to read the article below about Case Day to learn all the interesting details.

Finally, I hope you all can join us for Dr. Stixrud and Mr. Johnson's presentation about their new book, The Self-Driven Child, tonight at 7 pm in the Auditorium.

~ 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. 
Acting as jurors in a drunk driving manslaughter case ... having to decide who gets a life-saving vaccine in a pandemic ... wrestling with ethical situations that will arise in college and work ... These are the challenges LHS seniors worked with and handled in this week's  Senior Ethics Forum.

The 470-plus seniors were off-site on Tuesday for an all-day seminar on how to think about and achieve ethical decision-making. In three separate modules led by community leaders, and assisted by more than 75 LHS parent and neighborhood volunteers, Langley Senior Ethics Day is an annual, 15-year tradition sponsored by the PTSA.  

Enormous thanks are given to the following community leaders who gave their time, talents and energy to facilitate the three modules and make the day a huge success: Dr. Allan Morrison, Inova Health Systems; Christian Richter, The Policy Group; June Jeffries, Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, DC; Corinne Magee, Magee Law Firm; and, Sherry Evans Harris, Freddie Mac.
saxons, did you know?

Saxons, did you know . . . E-cigarette vapor can contain even more nicotine particles than tobacco smoke

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.
lost and found
Is your student missing a coat, jacket, or their gym shorts?  All Lost and Found items will be laid out in the main office hallway from Mon, Mar 19 to Thurs, Mar 22.  Any items not claim by the end of lunches on Thursday will be donated to charity!
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 .
case day
Our children are exposed to many interesting learning opportunities at Langley. One of those happened  recently when AP Government students participated in Case Day, a 27-year tradition . This is a realistic Supreme Court mock trial , offering a comprehensive look into the American judicial system. The case selected from this year's Supreme Court docket was Minnesota Voters Alliance vs. Mansky. Our student "lawyers" eloquently argued both sides of this case in front of General William K. Suter, the 19th Clerk of the Supreme Court of the US, and many other distinguished legal professionals who volunteered their time to participate in the day. 

The week continued with select Langley seniors attending  the actual Minnesota Voters Alliance vs. Mansky oral arguments at the Supreme Court .

Case Day is a tremendous undertaking, involving hundreds of students 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 teachers Allison Cohen and Micah Herzig, who worked tirelessly to orchestrate Case Day for our seniors, along with the assistance and support of our administrators and teachers. Case Day is a shining example of how Langley's above-and-beyond educators strive to make our children's learning experience unique.
girls' basketball: The Varsity girls concluded their season last week, finishing as State runner-ups with a 21-8 overall record.  The team also finished as Region 6D runner-ups and as Liberty District Champions.  A special thank you to our seniors for all of their hard work and dedication over the last 4 years:  Rana Azad, Carly Britt, Jordyn Callaghan, Hallie Jepsen, and Emily Shively.  Information for the rising 9th grade league will be available on the team website soon.  Go Saxons! 

save the dates:  The first day of tryouts for the 2018-2019 school year are: 
Fall Sports Tryouts: Monday, July 30, 2018
Winter Sports Tryouts: Monday, November 5, 2018
Spring Sports Tryouts: February 18, 2019
All eligibility information can be found here .
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.
childrens' health awareness conference
Interested in making a difference in your local community? The Children's Health Awareness Program in Schools (CHAPS) is proud to announce its 3rd annual health convention to create awareness about an holistic approach to healthy living, created for children, by children. CHAPS is a non-profit organization that aims to enable and empower children to make healthier choices through practice, creating awareness, and education. Shreya Papneja, currently a freshman at LHS, initiated this non-profit a few years ago, wanting to make a difference in the health and lives of children. 

This year's CHAPS convention takes place Apr 7, 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm, at the Arlington Mill Community and Senior Center, 909 S Dinwiddie St., Arlington, VA 22204. Scheduled speakers, including a local congresswoman, a health expert, the FCPS School Health Advisory Committee, a local business, and a charitable and community service organization, will share their experiences and efforts to improve children's health in our local community. Fun activities are planned, including a healthy food drive, a dance activity (Dance for Health - DaFoH), and a raffle!

To make this conference successful, we need your help! Send an email to if you would like to volunteer (to receive volunteer service hours) or be a participant at the event! For more information, please visit the CHAPS website .

Remember:  Together we can make schools healthy, one child at a time.
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.

Click here for more information and for meeting dates.
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.
stem summer camps
Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with Northern Virginia Community College to offer more than a dozen one-week STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) summer camps during the summer break.  Open to students currently enrolled in grades 3-12, these one-week camps emphasize hands-on learning, teamwork, critical thinking and career awareness.  Topics include robotics, coding, forensics, cybersecurity, app design, aviation, and pre-health. Camps will run June 18 through August 3 at Edison HS, Marshall HS, Westfield HS, and Hughes MS.  

Additional information and registration is available  online or by contacting STEM Outreach Coordinator Charles Britt at or 703-425-5917.
fcps international study travel and service learning program
If your child is interested in traveling or studying abroad, check out the FCPS International Study Travel or Service Learning Program (ISTP/ISLP). The Parent Information Night for 2019 opportunities is Tues, Mar 20, 6:30-7:30 pm, at Willow Oaks Corporate Center, 8270 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, VA. Register for the Information Night  here .

These programs promote in-depth exploration, greater cultural understanding, and hands-on learning tied to the FCPS curriculum in countries throughout the world, including Switzerland, France, Peru, Ecuador, and Costa Rica. Programs run over Spring Break or the beginning of summer and offer a range of opportunities, including Language Immersion, Service Learning, Environmental Science and Global Leadership. Click here to view the dates, prices, itineraries and to enroll your student.
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!
April 20 Sophomore Parent Forum, 9:30 - 11 am
For a full list of upcoming events, visit the LHS website Events page