langley eNews 
4/20/ 2017  

Each Langley 2017 graduate will receive six (6) tickets for graduation guests. The graduate DOES NOT need a ticket. Please review the 2017 Graduation Letter and other very important information from Laura Moore, our Langley Class of 2017 Assistant Principal. Click here  to view the Assistant Principal's letter and here to view ALL graduation news!   

Have questions?  Please come to our next  Senior Class Coffee on April 27 at 9 am (Cooper MS Room 130). The main topic is GRADUATION and we want to answer all of your questions!
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!  

Save the date!  May 12 at 9 am is our final Junior Parent Coffee , and the topic is "Launching Your Child for College." Learn from experts who have heard it all, from teens who have gone to college, as well as those who have returned home prematurely. Hear perspective on the question, "What do you wish the parents had done to really prepare their kids for college?" This will be held at the home of Arezoo Niliaram Kaviani , 801 Lawton St, McLean. 

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 preferred, but only with Class of 2018 students. Please also identify students in the photo if possible. Send all photos to:

On-line access: In preparation for our final freshman parent coffee on April 28, please confirm that you can access your Parent SIS account and Parent Blackboard account  by April 24 . Password resets can be done on each login webpage. If you never created a SIS account and need a new activation code or for other issues , you can submit a request here .

Our final freshman parent coffee is Fri, April 28, 9:30 - 11 am at St. John's Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike. Bring your wi-fi-enabled laptop or tablet for hands-on review and training for ParentVUE/SIS, Blackboard, Family Connection, and more. Guest speakers include Sonya Williams, Hannah Wolff, Jim Robertson, and Betsy Shomaker

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Not only is our school under construction, so is Langley's website.  If you're having trouble navigating the school's website, it's because it's being upgraded. The new website will be rolled out sometime soon. In the meantime, if you can't find the information you need, let us know by sending a note to
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a message from the ptsa president
Your first post-break assignment:  Take a minute to vote for the 2017-2018 Langley Read! 
Each summer, the Langley community selects books for students, families and faculty to read and discuss in the coming year. Langley provides follow-up programming to the Read ranging from in-class to school-wide discussions and activities. This year, the theme for the Langley Read is Chasing Dreams. There are four sections of nominated books to select from and Langley students/families will have a choice of 4 books for the Read. You may read one book or all four! 
Be a part of the Read selection process by voting today. Click on this link

By encouraging your student's summer reading -- and taking it a step further and reading and discussing the book(s) as a family -- the Langley Read tradition provides a terrific opportunity to discuss the important messages found in the pages of these books. It also sends a powerful message to students about the importance and -- if we select a good book -- the joy of reading literature outside of the classroom. 
Happy voting!

~ Chrissie Lavin, PTSA President
college admissions scoop
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 emerging trends. 

Ms. Wolff will be joined by Principal Amico, who will provide school updates and answer parent questions, and PTSA Treasurer Ann Haley, who will present and ask for feedback on next year's proposed PTSA Budget.

Please join us! 
share your expertise
Langley HS is looking for a wide range of professionals  to share information about their industry and career with LHS students.

The event will take place on Tues, June 6, from 8:30 - 11 am. Our goal is to offer students the opportunity to become more familiar with a wide range of professions and industries. If you are a parent, former LHS Alumni, or know someone who might be interested in participating, contact Suzie Grieco at or Hannah Wolff at
science olympiad
The Science Department is pleased to report that LHS placed 3rd in the state at this year's Virginia State Science Olympiad. Members of the state team were: seniors Andy Tan, Jay Uitz, Kevin Wang, Allison Lew, Sivan Tretiak, and Nikhil Rao; juniors Alice Liu, Casey Crawford, Kyle Cheng, Aurya Ambardar, and Ashley Zhang; and sophomores Alex Surratt, Dan Ni, Emma Ritchie, and Kimberly Han. Christine Li, Reva Siva, Camden Hao, and Ari Tretiak were alternates.
Langley also medaled in several events:
Christine Li and Reva Siva:  1st place in Herpetology
Emma Ritchie and Surya Ambardar: 2nd place in Hydrogeology
Alex Surratt and Allison Lew: 2nd place in Electric Vehicle
Alice Liu and Kyle Cheng: 3rd place in Forensics
Kyle Cheng and Surya Ambardar: 3rd place in Anatomy and Physiology
Alex Surratt and Andy Tan: 3rd place in Hovercraft and in Robot Arm
Dan Ni and Allison Lew: 3rd place in Rocks and Minerals
Ashley Zhang and Emma Ritchie: 3rd place in Wind Power
Andy Tan and Kevin Wang: 3rd place in Materials Science
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards  are the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12. Last year, students submitted nearly 320,000 works of visual art and writing to the Scholastic Awards . This year nine Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students have won national awards in the 2017 Scholastic Writing Awards Competition.  Please congratulate Langley student  Tasmia Haq  for earning a Silver Medal with Distinction for a writing portfolio.
dance team:  Tryouts are May 22-23 from 6 - 9 pm in the main gym. Tryout details can be found  here.

softball: Senior Night will be on April 28Go Saxons!

volleyball: Girls' Volleyball green days begin May 9. Times and dates for green day practices, as well as tryout information, are available on the  website.  
on the NEWS section under Girls' Varsity Volleyball.

girls basketball:  There will be a  girls basketball interest meeting for players on 
April 25 at 4:30 pm in the cafeteria. All interested in playing basketball this winter should attend. Spring workouts will also begin on April 25.  Check the website for the full list of dates and times for Spring workouts.

Register NOW for the FCPS Athletic Training Program Pre-Participation Screenings (Physicals/PPE) at Langley 
June 5. Go to 

Summer Sport 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.
appreciate your librarian!
To show our Langley librarians how much we appreciate all they do for our students, the PTSA's social committee, chaired by  Kim Saxenian and Mary Lusk , presented some treats to our esteemed librarians to mark National Library Week
take-back day
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Fri, April 29, 10 am - 2 pm, aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.  To find a collection site near you, click here.
healthy coping skills can make a difference!
The National Institute for Mental Health defines stress as the brain's response to any demand. What helps with that demand is healthy coping skills. As we all know, stressful situations present themselves throughout our lives. As a community, let's discuss and model health coping skills at home with our children. Health coping skills include, but are not limited to, daily exercise, journal writing, talking about feelings and emotions, talking breaks, doing something fun and getting the proper amount of rest. 

At LHS, we will continue to encourage students to try new healthy coping skills like those mentioned above. As a community we can make a difference.  Here  is a link to a recent article about healthy coping skills for teens. We hope it helps!
resources for parents of students with disabilities
The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) helps parents of students with disabilities. It sponsors workshops, has a lending library and has Parent Liaisons to help parents solve problems. The PRC provides services relating to twice-exceptional students, special needs life planning, parent stress, post-secondary education, resource fairs for students, access to support groups for students and adults, and more.  For all the current events, information, and groups, click here
service learning opps
The Langley Junior Optimist Club needs volunteers to do face painting and manage games and rides at the Great Falls Children's Festival. The event is on Sun, April 9, 1 - 4 pm in the Great Falls City Center. Come 30 minutes early to be ready when the festival starts! To volunteer, sign-up  here

The Hamlet Swim and Tennis Club (HSC) is looking for Langley high school volunteers on Sat, April 29, 9 am - 1 pm to help with a work day preparing the neighborhood swim club for opening day. Service learning/volunteer hours can be given. Tasks include cleaning, moving and carrying supplies and furniture. Wear old clothes, as some jobs might involve getting dirty.  The HSC is located at 8209 Dunsinane Ct, McLean. Email your name and contact cell number to  if you are interested. For more information, c ontact Amelia Steiner  at 703-209-7778.
parenting in the digital age
McLean's Safe Community Coalition (SCC) presents "The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age," featuring best-selling author Dr. Steiner-Adair on Wed, May 17 at 7:30 pm at Temple Rodef Shalom in McLean. Dr. Steiner-Adair, a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, will discuss how technology is affecting our children and our family relationships. Her talk will offer insights and advice to help parents achieve greater understanding, authority, and confidence as they face the tech revolution unfolding in their living rooms.  The presentation will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Tickets, $20, are available here
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 Senior Class Coffee, 9 am, Cooper MS
Apr 28 Freshman Parent Coffee, 9:30 to 11 am, St. John's Episcopal Church
Apr 27-29 Theatre performance, Gypsy, 7 pm
May 4 Saxon Service at Saxon Time
Sophomore Parent Coffee, 9:30 am, Great Falls Library

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar