langley eNews 
4/26 / 2018  

Congratulations to Kaylee Brockway and Timmy Conforti for winning one Prom ticket each in the ANGP-sponsored Prom Ticket Raffle on Fri, April 20. Thank you to Officer Morris and Principal Amico for helping us with the drawing!

Help the ANGP committee plan and buy your ticket NOW! Don't wait until the last minute. Tickets are $85. Go to the ANGP webpage for forms

Don't forget about upcoming deadlines:

April 30 - last day to order personalized Graduation Yard Signs for $30. Use this form to order.

May 17 - last day to purchase raffle tickets for Limo Ride and Reserved Box Seats at DAR Constitution Hall for use at graduation: $10/ticket or $25 for 3 tickets. No purchase maximum. Use this form to purchase tickets.
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the best of the best - lhs outstanding employees
Congratulations to Langley's Outstanding Employee award winners, announced in a celebration earlier this week. With so many dedicated, talented educators at Langley, this year's competition was fierce. Thanks to all the students and parents who nominated their favorite employees earlier in the school year and to the PTSA Awards Committee, chaired by Chrissie Lavin and Jill Holloman, who, with the help of Assistant Principal Laura Moore, hosted the event in the school library.  This year's winners are:
Outstanding Teacher: Scott McCormick, Orchestra 
Outstanding New Teacher: Mark Witzel, Social Studies
Outstanding Leader: Fred Horton, Technology Specialist 
Outstanding Principal: Fred Amico

Thank you for all you do to make Langley a better place! 

~ Jennifer Feinstein, PTSA President
evita on stage
From poverty to stardom to political dominance , Evita follows the life of Eva PerĂ³n and her ascent to the top as the First Lady of Argentina. This celebrated Tony Award-winning rock opera features a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice including many of the dynamic duo's most famous songs, like "Don't Cry for Me Argentina,"  "Buenos Aires," and "Another Suitcase, Another Hall." Don't miss Saxon Stage's exciting production of this iconic musical, seldom produced by high schools. Final performances are Thurs, April 26 through Sat, April 28. Curtain is at 7 pm

For more info, visit or purchase tickets via this link.
staff spotlight
Health and Physical Education teacher  Mr. Shawn Freeman  has been educating freshmen for three years at Langley . He also coaches Varsity football. Mr. Freeman graduated from Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD, with a degree in Health and Fitness.
"My favorite subject in college might have been my exercise physiology class," Mr. Freeman said. "It was one of the hardest classes because everything the professor said in class was on the tests."
The coaching and giveback by his coaches and teachers made Mr. Freeman want to become a teacher himself.  Before coming to Langley, Mr. Freeman taught at Edison HS in Alexandria for 13 years, but when a coaching opportunity and later a teaching position opened up at Langley, he made sure he secured it. In his spare time, Mr. Freeman participates in athletic activities with his family and plays in his church baseball league.
"One of the most influential people in my life is my mother because my dad died when I was a young kid, so we had to depend on each other," Mr. Freeman said. He is also influenced by his coaches from college with whom he still keeps in touch, and his family continues to inspire him as well.
Mr. Freeman's favorite part of being a teacher is the interaction with his students.  The difficult part about being a teacher, he says, is when he has to handle troublesome situations involving students.

~ Michael Himy, Saxon Scope Reporter
saxons, did you know?

Saxons, did you know . . . Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. 

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.
so many wins!
science olympiad:  Congratulations to Langley's Science Olympiad Team for winning the 3rd place overall at the State Science Olympiad competition at UVA last weekend. Every student on the team earned a medal in at least one event. Congratulations to these students for their accomplishments!   
odyssey of the mind:  Langley students are headed to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. Three Langley 9th graders will compete at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals competition May 23-26 at Iowa State University. Cassie Dallas and her combined Langley-Cooper-Kilmer team won Odyssey's top prize for creativity at the Virginia State tournament on April 14. The team engineered an impressive set piece to enhance their mockumentary-style skit about what really happened in "Peter Pan." The Cooper-Langley team with Sophia Montie and Jackson Frankel earned a spot at World's with the team's second-place finish in the vehicle category.
robotics team:  The Langley High School robotics team will be participating in the Robotics World Championship in Detroit this week. The team thought their year was over when they received a wild card entry to the FIRST Championship on April 25-28 in Detroit. Team Captain, Peter Swaak, reported that
more than 400 teams, including 31 from the DC area, will participate.

national history day:  Congratulations to sophomores Bella Holloman, Sammie Rosenbloom, and Minna Thompson for winning third place in the National History Day State Competition last weekend in Richmond. A special shout to Mr. Vande Sande for making the trip to Richmond to see them present. 


awarding volunteerism
Do you know a Langley junior whose dedication to volunteerism is exemplary? Reflecting LHS's emphasis on service, the PTSA Award for Outstanding Service recognizes and awards a $500 scholarship to a junior who has demonstrated excellence in service achievement and an ongoing commitment to making a difference in our community. Juniors can self-nominate or be nominated by parents, teachers, administrators, supervisors, coaches, etc. Self-nominations are also encouraged. Click here to nominate a deserving student.
i spy prom season
"Espionage - A Black Tie Affair"

Junior/Senior Prom tickets are now available for purchase at MySchoolBucks. Just log into your account and choose "Browse All Items" in the "School Store" drop-down menu. If you have children at other FCPS schools, you can filter information and more easily see the Prom 2018 icon by choosing "Filter by school" on the left side of the page.

Prom will be on Sat, May 19 at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD from 8 pm - 12 am.

Get your tickets today for what promises to be a night worthy of James Bond!
cyber camp for all experience levels
Marshall Academy in conjunction with SySTEMic Solutions will host two summer Cyber Camps: Cyber Basics and Cyber Advanced at Marshall HS, June 18-22, 9 am - 3 pm, to provide rising students in grades 9-12  hands-on experience in cybersecurity. The Cyber Basic camp is for students with no prior experience in cybersecurity. The Cyber Advanced camp is for students who have participated in an advanced cybersecurity camp before, attended the basic cybersecurity last year, and fully grasp the concepts presented there or have participated in a CyberPatriot competition within the last two years. Click here  for more information.
your 17 year-old may be able to vote in june
If your 17-year-old student will be 18 by the next General Election day, Nov 6  (born on or before Nov 6, 2000), he or she can register to vote now and participate in Virginia's Primary Election on June 13 -- even at age 17. Voting correlates with citizenship, education, income and other kinds of civic health. 
Here's the link to the VA Department of Elections website on how to register to vote and what the eligibility criteria are. Please note you must register 22 days ahead of the election (or May 22) to be eligible to vote in Virginia's June 13 primary.
let's say thank you to the staff!
The PTSA's Hospitality Committee will host a Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Fri, May 4.  Each year, we ask parents to help us by donating $25 gift cards that will be given to each staff member during the event. We hope you will consider participating! You or your child can drop off gift cards and/or monetary donations (checks should be made out to LHS PTSA) in the Langley Front Office in an envelope marked Staff Appreciation .

We appreciate any support you can provide!  Questions? Contact Jennifer Feinstein at .
more participants needed for baccalaureate
Graduation week will lead off with the Baccalaureate on Sun, June 3, from 4 - 5:30 pm and more senior volunteers are needed!  A Baccalaureate is a faith-based service sponsored by the senior parents where seniors  of all faiths  and their families come together  to celebrate their graduation. Seniors who chose to participate can do so in many ways.  Reading a poem, scripture, reading from a faith-based book of choice, playing and/or singing a song,  we would love to have as many seniors participate as possible. If your senior would like to participate in any way please have them email Amy Hunt at .
old t-shirts can help shelter animals
Don't throw away your old t-shirts!  Saxon Service may be over for the year, but t-shirts are still needed in preparation for next year.  As you transition from winter to spring and spring to summer activities, consider donating your retired t-shirts.  These t-shirts will be transformed into rope toys and distributed to shelters in Virginia and New Jersey.  A collection box for donations of t-shirts can be found in the main office. All donations are appreciated!    

  ~ Nicole Haley, LHS Junior
choose the next langley read
The Langley Read  is an LHS tradition to encourage conversations throughout the school based on a common theme. The Langley Read community, made up of students, faculty, staff and family members, read the selected book over the summer and come prepared to discuss and utilize the book throughout the year. The 2018-19 theme for the Langley Read is  Building Bridges. 

There will be one book for all rising 9th and 10th graders and one book for all rising 11th and 12th graders. Select one book from each list, found at this link. Each has been reviewed by a Langley Read committee member. There are also links to Amazon reviews of each one. Vote to help select your Langley Read! 
clean out your medicine cabinet
Take advantage of convenient, confidential, and safe disposal of unused or expired medications on Sat, April 28, 10 am - 2 pm, at the McLean District Police Station, 1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean . Drug take back programs are a safe way to dispose of prescription drugs, which helps prevent drug abuse and misuse, accidental poisoning, and protects the environment. Medications (pills or liquids) can be dropped off at any of the eight Fairfax County District Police Stations. For a complete list of drop off locations, click here.
parenting book club
Are you a well-meaning parent who is unwittingly taking away the opportunities your child needs to grow stronger and more confident? It's a worrisome parenting trend, say authors of The Self-Driven Child, clinical neuropsychologist  William Stixrud, Ph.D., and test-prep guru  Ned Johnson. Let's talk about what we can do to avoid this parenting pitfall. On Thurs, May 3, from 10:30 - 11:30 am , in the Principal's Conference Room (down the hall from the school office), the PTSA's Family Network will be hosting a parent book discussion lead by Director of Student Services Davina Johnson. Join us for what we hope will be a lively discussion on the benefits of giving teens more autonomy and control  in their lives in order to release their full potential -- as well as the challenges we parents experience when relinquishing  control . The discussion will focus on Chapter 5 and Chapter 8 Haven't read the book? No worries! Come enjoy the conversation.  
Apr 26-28
Evita, 7 pm
May 4 Band Concert
May 7 - 18 AP testing
May 14 SOL testing begins
May 19 Junior/Senior Prom
For a full list of upcoming events, visit the LHS website Events page