langley eNews 
5/4 / 2017  

The Class of 2017 invites you to this year's Baccalaureate, a non-denominational service to be held on Sun, June 11, 4 to 5:30 pm in the Langley Auditorium. All seniors and their families are invited and all seniors will be honored. We invite seniors to sign up to participate - they can sing, dance, play an instrument, read a poem, speak from the heart -- the possibilities are endless. Sign up by following this linkA reception will follow.
Don't forget to purchase an ANGP ticket for your student. ANGP is on June 15, graduation night. Your senior will not want to miss it. For more info, visit our ANGP website.

Parent Volunteers needed for ANGP. The only way we can provide this safe and fun celebration for our Seniors is with the help of many parent volunteers. Click on the Sign-Up Genius link to view details and sign-up for volunteer opportunities.   
Remember to keep those photos coming. We want to have a photo of each senior in the end of year senior video. Group shots are preferred. Send to
Photo submission deadline is May 26

May 12, 9 am is our final Junior Parent Coffee, and the topic is "Launching Your Child for College."  Hear "expert" perspective on the question, "What do you wish you had done to really prepare your kids for college?" This will be held at the Kaviani home, 801 Lawton St, McLean. If you can bring a breakfast item, please sign up here  

Our  junior class prom committee will be selling prom tickets on May 8 - 25.  We need a few parents to help assist with the ticket sales during lunches. If you can volunteer, 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 preferred, but only with Class of 2018 students. Please also identify students in the photo if possible. Send all photos to:

Our final Sophomore parent coffee will be held Fri, May 5, 9:30am at the Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Avenue, McLean. Please note this is a change in date from previously announced. Mr. Penn, our Assistant Principal will give us a "Glimpse into the Junior Year at Langley" and we will hear updates on renovation and PTSA events. If you have a question or topic you would like addressed at the coffee please contact Maura Bollinger at If you would like to volunteer to help with the coffee please sign-up here.

If you missed our final freshman parent coffee last week, be sure to review the presentation on our class webpage which includes links to all of the key digital tools important to freshman parents and key calendar information for the rest of the year.

Please submit photos of students in the Class of 2020 from last quarter school activities, including spring sports, theater, music, service learning and other activities. Email to Include only pictures of the Class of 2020 and only Langley events/activities.  For more recommendations, see our class webpage.
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a message from the ptsa president
Last week, US News & World Report released its latest "Best High Schools" ranking. Langley ranked #3 in Virginia and #180 nationally among about 20,000 evaluated public high schools. 

It's tempting to get caught up in the numbers, to celebrate our top 1 percent status or, conversely, lament not being a few notches higher on the list. But looking at the methodology behind such a ranking reveals its limitations. 

The difference between the top spot and those lower down on the list is the  percentage of seniors who've taken and passed an Advanced Placement (AP) test. A robust AP program is part of what makes Langley a great school. But it's arguably not the most important part of the equation.  

Langley's faculty isn't concerned with how our school ranks in any of these listings -- and neither are colleges, says Langley's Career and College counselor Hannah Wolff. Our administrators never push students to take APs. Instead, they advocate a "best fit" class schedule, in which students are challenged but not overextended, and encourage a healthy balance, which may or may not include an AP class. 
Their focus is on what's best for the students, not what's best for our ranking.

This attitude -- impossible to quantify in any ranking system -- helps to make Langley one of the "best" schools around, regardless of where we show up on any list.
~ Chrissie Lavin, PTSA President
ending prejudice in our schools
The entire community is encouraged to attend "A Space for All: A Conversation about Ending Prejudice in our Schools" on Wed, May 10, 7 to 9 pm, at the Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church, VA 22043. 

A panel of students will share their recent experiences of incidents of hate and bias in our schools. Panelists will respond and share strategies for how to combat prejudice. This free event includes a diverse group of students from various local schools; Dr. Mary Ann Panarelli, Director of Intervention and Prevention Services, Fairfax County Public Schools; Dr. Brenda Wilks, Assistant Superintendent, Department of Student Services and Special Education, Arlington County Public Schools; and Steven Gordon, Assistant United States Attorney, Civil Rights Enforcement Coordinator, Eastern District of Virginia. 

Please RSVP by clicking  here.  Questions? Email  Cookie Mandell
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.
russian students finish big
On April 20, LHS Russian students participated in the Annual Regional Olympiada of Spoken Russian at George Mason University. The number of Langley students this year was the highest number in our history with 52 students representing 4 different levels of Russian. Langley's group was also the largest representation of all participating schools, public and private, with more than 200 students total competing. The students had to perform in several categories: oral narrative, history and culture, poetry presentation, and reading comprehension. Langley won 11 Gold, 20 Silver and 15 Bronze medals. A staggering success!

The Gold medalists are:
Russian 1: Nikita Gubenko
Russian 2: Maximiliano Aedo, Nicole Hendzel, Daum Song
Russian 3: Karina Holbrook, Zachary Lesan, Abigail Pereira, Una Miagkov
Russian 4: Domenic Aulisi, Anna Khachatrian, Ignat Miagkov
still looking for career day professionals
LHS is looking for a wide range of professionals to share information about their industry and career with  students. We are in 
particular need of medical doctors, engineers, scientists, performing and visual artists, but ALL professions are still needed. 
The event will take place on  Tues, June 6, 8:30 to 11 am. Our goal is to offer students the opportunity to become more familiar with a multitude of professions and industries. If you are a parent, former LHS Alumni or know someone who might be interested in participating, please contact Suzie Grieco at or Hannah Wolff at
ptsa service award to honor lhs junior
Do you know a Langley junior whose dedication to volunteerism is exemplary? Reflecting LHS's emphasis on service, the PTSA Service Award recognizes and awards $500 to a student in his or her junior year who has demonstrated excellence in volunteerism , and who is committed to making a difference in our community . Please take a minute to fill out a nomination form to recognize someone you think has made a special difference Finalists will be reviewed and selected by Langley administrators.  Please click this link for more  information.
langley read voting to close May 5
Vote for the 2017-2018 Langley Read today! Each summer, the Langley community selects books for students, families and faculty to read to discuss in the coming year. Langley runs programs connected to the Read that range 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 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. Enter your email address on the Google form and vote for one book out of each section! Voting will close May 5th.
service learning opportunities
Country Day Preschool Fair:  Sat, May 6
Volunteers are needed from 10 am to 2 pm. Shifts are from 10 am to 12 pm and 12 to 2 pm. To sign up for the event please contact Erin Caplin at .  

Franklin Sherman Spring Carnival:  Sun, May 7
Student volunteers are needed to help run the event. Once the Carnival games are finished, volunteers are allowed climb the Rock Wall, do the Extreme Air Bungee Jumper, Log Jammer, and Spider Climber from 6 to 7 pm. Sign-up by clicking here.
how to earn a service learning cord for graduation
Langley HS is committed to promoting service within our community . Each student is encouraged to engage in at least 40 hours of service during his/her high school career (10 hours per year) to earn the Service Cord for the graduation ceremony

The Service Learning Application can be found  here , or on the X2VOL link on your student's Family Connection page. Please note that a Reflection needs to accompany the hours for each year. Select Saxon Service activities will be available each Thurs in May as an opportunity to earn four more hours for this year. Additionally, verification for hours earned in prior years can be obtained by an email from someone who supervised the activity at the time is sufficient. Applications and Reflections should be maintained at home until Senior year. Paperwork for current seniors is due to counselors by May 22.

If your student participated with Saxon Service and wants to verify the hours earned, please use the email address they provided at Saxon Service and search their emails for verifications sent from Betsy Shomaker ( If you still have questions, contact Betsy Shomaker who has a record of all student hours earned for anyone who signed in at Saxon Service.

Students who earn 50 hours or more by senior year and fulfill the other requirements may earn a Civic Seal on the diploma. If eligible, it is the student's responsibility to initiate the process with their Government teacher senior year. For more information, click here.
Register NOW for the FCPS Athletic Training Program Pre-Participation Screenings (Physicals/PPE) at Langley on
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.
earn money for langley while you shop
We've joined CauseNetwork and invite you to use it to shop for Mother's Day, Coaches/Teachers Gifts, Graduation Gifts, Off to College Shopping, and more 

CauseNetwork is a new kind of marketplace where up to 10% of every purchase supports Langley HS students and staff. There are more than 1000 participating stores, including many of the brand names you know and love. You can shop to support in 3 different ways:

1. Click the SHOP buttons on our new website.  
2. Use our new Mobile App
3. Use our new Web App

Learn more about CauseNetwork and join the movement by clicking here.
colleges that change lives
Colleges That Change Lives will host a college fair in the DC area on  Mon, May 22 at 7 pm at the Washington Hilton. Colleges expected to attend include:  Beloit College, Cornell College, Denison, Reed, Rhodes, St. Olaf, just to name a few. Event details are available online here.
registration now open for hs academic summer programs
Registration has begun for the CPS Summer Online Campus which includes offerings such as Economics and Personal Finance, STEM Camp, Institute for the Arts, Credit Recovery and much more. Students should register for the programs based on the grade they are in currently. For more information, follow this link.   
May 1-12
AP Exams
May 4 Saxon Service at Saxon Time
May 5
Sophomore Parent Coffee, 9:30 am, Dolley Madison Library
May 10 Ending Prejudice in our Schools event, 7 to 9 pm, Temple Rodef Shalom
May 11-13
Drama Short Play Festival
May 12
Junior Parent Coffee, 9 am, Kaviani home
May 17 Parenting in the Digital Age, 7:30 pm, Temple Rodef Shalom
May 20
Relay for Life
May 26
Two-hour Early Release
May 29
Memorial Day Holiday
June 6 Career Day, 8:30 to 11 am, Langley High School 

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar