langley eNews 
4/6/ 2017  

The Class of 2017 invites you to this year's Baccalaureate, a non-denominational service that helps graduates find spiritual meaning in this milestone in their lives. 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  link .

Save the date for our next Senior Coffee, to be held on April 27 at 9 am at Cooper MS in Room 130. Do you have questions about Langley Leap, All Night Grad Party, Baccalaureate and, most importantly, Graduation? Come hear from Laura Moore, our assistant principal, and our class parents so that you have all the info you need about graduation and other end-of-year events.
Order your 2017 Graduation DVD today! The ENTIRE graduation will be professionally videoed, and individual DVDs are available for advance purchase online for $25 by clicking here .

Don't forget that Langley Leap applications are due April 20!

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 early. 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 4/28, please confirm that you can access your Parent SIS account and Parent Blackboard account 
by April 17.  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, Naviance, LHS and LHS Activities Websites and more.  If you have any additional topics you would like to have covered, please email:
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a message from the ptsa president
Thanks to the generous donations of our members, the PTSA purchased the following for our students this quarter:  
  • Science equipment (beakers, flasks, test tubes, etc.) and textbook updates
  • Earth Science maps
  • Tablet and Chromebook Charging Cart for World Languages
  • Orchestra music, instruments, and equipment 
  • Theatre technical equipment (belt packs, cables, etc.)  
  • Wheelchair rental for the spring alcohol awareness presentation
  • Haze alcohol awareness panel presentation for seniors 
  • Transportation for Russian students to compete in the annual Olympiad of Spoken Russian
  • Ten faculty grants for continuing education courses/professional development opportunities
In addition, our PTSA volunteers  have been working hard this quarter, earning high marks for effort by:

Student Support
  • organizing Saxon Service sessions twice a month, providing students with service-learning opportunities during the school day, which not only strengthen character but also provide a creative, stress-relieving outlet
  • bringing in an internet safety expert to discuss appropriate social media behavior with students, as well as with parents at our February PTSA meeting
  • bringing in 20 police officers to help PTSA Family Network volunteers conduct a spring alcohol awareness program for our juniors and seniors

Staff Appreciation

  • hosting a festive Valentine's luncheon for Langley's faculty, treating them to Maggiano's and homemade goods baked by Langley parents 
  • treating our teachers to quarterly donuts and coffee
  • hosting dinner for our counselors before the junior class college night and a breakfast during National School Counseling Week
And more! 
  • publishing weekly editions of eNews to share Langley community news with parents 
  • revising our PTSA bylaws (check out our draft at
  • providing school tours to prospective students
If you support these efforts, please join Langley's PTSA. It's never too late! Membership is only $25. Click here to join. 

Hope you all have a wonderful, restful spring break.

~ 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 the trends that have emerged. Ms. Wolff will be joined by Principal Amico, who will provide school updates and answer parent questions.
lagniappes for teachers!
Margaret Scheirer, Special Education math teacher, was the lucky winner of an evening out with a friend to enjoy orchestra seats to The Hamburg Ballet performing The Little Mermaid at the Opera House Kennedy Center last Friday.  

Thank you to the generous Langley family who donated the tickets to our teacher raffle.  

If you have last-minute tickets to the Nats, Caps, Redskins, Wizards, theater or music performance, or dinner or spa certificates, or a luxury item you can't use, please email and we'll raffle them off to one of our awesome Langley faculty and staff! 
student services news
next year's courses: All Langley families should have received in the mail a verification of your child's course selections for next school year, along with a 17-18 school intention form. Please inform the School Counselor if there are any mistakes on the 17-18 course selections. Only return the 17-18 intention form if your child will NOT be returning to Langley HS in the fall.  
ap testing: APs are quickly approaching, and we are still searching for parent volunteers to assist. Langley HS gives over 2000 exams in this two week period, and we can't complete the task without parent volunteers. We need you to help us with the security of the testing room. As long your child is NOT taking an AP exam this year, we want YOU! Any help would be appreciated. Email Ms. Jennifer Baldesare or Susan Murphy if interested. 
nvcc: Any senior thinking of attending Northern Virginia Community College in the fall is welcome to a field trip to visit on April 19. If you're interested, please see your School Counselor in T34. 
it's academic
Representing LHS in LHS stripes are: Nikhil Rao (Sr), Nitin Rao (Sr), Surya Ambardar (Jr).  In the audience were alternates: Annie Wang (Sr), Craig Anderson (Jr), and Sivan Tretiak (Sr)            
Langley's quest for the Washington Area NBC4 TV championship 2017 began this past  Saturday as they took on Watkins Mill and DaMatha. Langley's score of 775 is the highest score in recorded LHS history and qualified the team to advance to the playoffs to compete against Rockville and LaPlata. That TV show is set to air Sat, May 27

The 2017 LHS It's Academic team is coached by Kevin Healy, Matt Kissling and Elisa Steele. They hold practices every Friday afterschool in Mr. Kissling's and Ms. Steele's rooms. All students at all levels are welcome to test their mettle and come out and join the team.
parent-teacher book club
How can parents encourage autonomy, competence and independence in our kids? Research suggests we should sometimes let them fail. Please join us for the annual PTSA Parent/Teacher Book Club on April 19 at 11:30 am in the Principal's Conference Room, as we discuss The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey.  Sonya Williams , Dir of Student Services, and Hannah Wolff , Career Center Specialist, will join us and share their experience and insights. You're encouraged to bring your own lunch, along with any thoughts or questions you have; the PTSA will provide drinks and dessert. RSVP to Betsy Shomaker at .
nashville notes
A group of 100 orchestra students kicked up their heels on a music filled trip to  Nashville, Tennessee over the long weekend break in March. The musicians attended a clinic at Vanderbilt University and made a recording at the famed RCA Studio B, where Elvis and many country and rock stars have recorded. A songwriting clinic, attending tours and performances at the Ryman and Schermerhorn Symphony auditoriums rounded out the 4 days of activities. Line dancing at a local Honky Tonk and lots of BBQ and southern style treats were enjoyed by all,  and left us dreaming of a return trip to music city!
spring cleaning over spring break?
Saxon Service is looking for donations of these items:
t-shirts sweatshirts and hoodie sweatshirts
unused plastic rectangular tables clothes
fleece remnants or blankets
disposable food preparation gloves
tennis balls
sewing machines in good working condition
ping pong balls
colorful patterned cotton fabric 12"x12" or bigger
save your crayons, we'll collect them in June

Before you toss out old stuff or "don't want" stuff from your cleaned-out closets/lockers/cars, consider donating them to Saxon Service for their many programs. Place donations in the boxes by the Band Room or Main Office.
Apr 7 End of 3rd Quarter - 2 hr Early Dismissal
Apr 10-14
Spring Break
Apr 17
Teacher Workday/Student Holiday
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 28 Freshman Parent Coffee, 9:30 - 11 am, St. John's Episcopal Church
Apr 27-29 Theatre performance, Gypsy, 7 pm

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar