langley eNews 
3/9 / 2017  

Junior College Night and the Junior Class Dinner/Fundraiser are both to be held on March 16. Tickets are not required for the program (which starts at 7 pm), but they are required for the 6 pm dinner/fundraiser. If you're only attending the program, please report to the cafeteria by 7 for the introduction.

Six college admissions officers will present sessions through which parents and students will rotate, with  time at the end of each session for questions. Topics include how colleges review applications and what they're looking for in an applicant, how to create the college list, the college essay, and overall trends in college admissions for 2017-18.
If you didn't order tickets when you submitted your student's class form, send a check payable to LHS, to the school address, marked to the attention of Class of 2018, Junior Class Dinner. Tickets are $20 per person in advance or $25 at the door. Also, if you can help with set up/clean up/serving, please sign up here.

We're collecting  photos of the Class of 2018 for our Senior Video. We need your help to ensure that all students and all aspects of life at Langley are presented (sports, performing arts, social, academic, etc.).  Group shots are best, but only with Class of 2018 students. Identify all students in the photo if possible. Send photos to

The deadline for ordering official LHS custom graduation announcements has been extended to this Fri, March 10. Information was mailed to all seniors in Jan. Announcements can be ordered online here or by calling  703-941-1436 .
It's also not too late to order your LHS class ring. Place your order by April 1 to ensure you have it by graduation. Orders can be placed online here or by calling  703-941-1436 .  You can make an appointment to see the rings and to get sized in the Balfour office in McLean.
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notes from the principal
Greetings and Happy Spring! First, I'd like to congratulate our girls' basketball team on their regional championship. It's a first for the school, and we're all proud of the girls for being such great representatives of Langley. Spring sports are now in full swing, although the weather people are predicting a possible snow storm for this weekend! 

Sorry I was absent -- I had a low-grade spring fever.
Please remember that
this Sunday brings Daylight Savings Time, so we spring ahead one hour. At least one student will be late Monday because they forgot to change the clocks.

As spring progresses, we need to keep focused on school work. As the weather warms up, we all tend to loosen up a little. We will also begin SOL and AP testing, so we don't have the luxury of relaxing yet. Please help us by reminding your students of the importance of proper attendance. They also need to remember to dress appropriately. That means no hats, and nothing too revealing. 

We also ask that you stress to your kids to use Saxon Time as much as they can.  We're now using the Lecture Hall as a quiet room where students can work in silence, and the library is also open for work. (Yet another benefit of renovation is the space we have now for individual study.) Many students aren't using their time wisely, and we're continually encouraging them to do so.

Your help would be appreciated in keeping your kids focused.  Testing will begin on May 1. We want all of our students to be prepared to do their best.  Please help us keep them moving in the right direction!

~ Fred Amico, Principal
ptsa meeting april 26 on college trends
Please join us for the next Principal's Coffee/PTSA meeting, on Wed, April 26, 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 the trends that have emerged. Ms. Wolff will be joined by Principal Amico, who will provide school updates and answer parent questions.
contribute to budget talks
Local PTAs and PTOs are sponsoring a town hall meeting to discuss the FCPS Budget on Mon, March 20 at 7 pm, in the Churchill ES gym. School board members Janie Strauss and Ryan McElveen will discuss the budget, listen to comments and answer questions from the audience. Please join us.
international travel and service
Your child can experience the world on an FCPS International Study Travel or Service Learning Program. These programs promote greater cultural understanding and hands-on learning tied to the FCPS curriculum in countries throughout the world. 

Destinations include Berlin, WWII Europe sites, Dominican Republic, Peru, Spain, and Costa Rica. Programs run over Spring Break or the beginning of summer and have a range of focus: language immersion, WWII History, service learning, environmental science, and global leadership. Enrollment is open for 2018 opportunities.  

A parent interest meeting will be held on Thur, March 23, 6:30-7:30 pm, 8270 Willow Oaks Corporate Dr, Fairfax. To register for the information meeting, click here
For dates, prices, itineraries, and to enroll your student, click here .
For more information, email  or follow us on Twitter @FCPSGlobalEd.
can you help out with alcohol awareness?
The Spring Alcohol Awareness Program for all junior and senior students,  organized by the PTSA Family Network Committee, 
needs adult help  -- or we'll have to cancel it!

During this program, on Tues and Wed, March 21-22, students will learn about the dangers of underage drinking and the dangers of driving while impaired.  They hear from a former Arlington County police officer who was seriously injured by a drunk driver. They will also have the opportunity to wear goggles that mimic the effects of physical impairment  while they try to conduct simple and complex tasks including "driving" a wheelchair with a passenger and participating in a mock sobriety check with uniformed Fairfax County police officers.

Since we're trying to serve approximately 1000 juniors and seniors, we need a lot of adult help, and have a particular need in the first shift, both days. We would appreciate at least 10 adult volunteers from approximately 7:45 - 11:15 am, and from 11:00 am - 2:55 pm each of the two days; you are welcome to volunteer all day or just half a day. We encourage you to bring a friend. This is a big program and it cannot be run without volunteers.

Please check your calendars to see if you can join us -- it really is fun hanging out with our kids for a couple of hours! For questions, contact Betsy Shomaker at or Julie Hohl at . Please sign up for a volunteer slot here. 
new yard signs
Celebrate your Spring Saxon athlete with a new yard sign!  This is your last chance to order a sign for your spring athlete. Click   here   to order, and do it by the deadline of this Fri, March 10!
lhs shines in virginia science bowl
The Langley Science Bowl team, coached by  Leah Puhlick, took second place in a field of 16 strong teams from around the state. They earned a $500 check  for Langley and a team trophy for the case. Team members include seniors  Alex Feng, Sivan Tretiak and  Andy Tan; junior  Surya Ambardar ; and sophomore Dan Ni, team captain. For the full story, click here .
used book drive
magic_ribbons_book.jpg Do you have books just sitting on shelves collecting dust that you have been meaning to donate but just haven't gotten around to it? Well, now is the time! Langley's chapter of the National English Honor Society is conducting a book drive from March 1 to March 28.

We need your help to improve English education on both the local and international level. We are collecting books in the K-8 reading level to be donated to both the Cunningham Park Elementary School -  Summer  Library, which encourages students to take home books over the summer and continue to improve their skills, and to a school in need in Vietnam.

There will be boxes placed around Langley labeled  'Book Drive' in which students can drop off their books. With your help, the Langley community could truly make an impact on these children' s education.
Thank you ~ National English Honor Society 
college fair coming soon!
The 32nd annual  Northern Virginia Regional College Fair (NVRCF)  is fast approaching. More than 180 colleges, institutions and community organizations have registered to attend NVRCF, making it one of the largest fairs in Northern Virginia.  It's a great opportunity to get your students motivated and excited about their post-secondary plans, while equipping them with the tools and information necessary
to successfully navigate the college search and application process.       
The college fair will be held on George Mason University's Fairfax Campus on Wed, March 29, 6:30-8:30 pm in EagleBank Arena (formerly the Patriot Center).     
Students and parents are not required to register prior to the fair. Doors will not be open before 6:30 pm, so please encourage your students to arrive no earlier than 6:15 pm to minimize wait time. Parking is available, free of charge, in Parking Lots A and L, directly across from the Patriot Center. To view a campus map, click here.
23 & me
Your student can try something new next year -- genetics! It's an exciting, cutting-edge science course. Click here for a YouTube video that gives all the details. And f or more information, contact Megan Jameyson, Genetics and Biology Teacher, at
summer sports camps
Dates have been announced for LHS summer sports camps. These sessions often fill up, so
sign up as soon as you can to get a spot.

Boys' Basketball Camp - July 10-14 and July 17-21, Cooper MS. Ages 7-15. Scott Newman, LHS Boys' Head Coach, and the LHS Basketball coaching staff oversee all aspects of the camp.
Girls' Volleyball Camp - June 26-30, Cooper MS. Ages 8-14, no previous experience required. Sue Shifflett, LHS Girls' Head Coach, and the LHS Volleyball coaching staff will run camp.
Watch here for an announcement about Girls' Basketball Camp, coming soon.
Click here for more information and registration information.
Mar 14 Choral Concert, 7pm
Mar 16 Saxon Service
Junior Class Dinner, 6pm
Junior College Night, 7pm
Mar 21-22 Alcohol Awareness Program
Mar 24
Staff Development Day,  Student Holiday
Mar 27 Case Day
Apr 7 End of 3rd Quarter - 2 hr Early Dismissal
Apr 10-14
Spring Break
Apr 17
Teacher Workday/Student Holiday
Apr 26 Principal's Coffee/PTSA meeting, 9 am

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar