langley eNews 
4/7 /2016 

The next Freshmen Parent Coffee is Mon, Apr 18 at 9:30 am at the Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. Please note that this is a date change from our original calendar.  We hope you can make it to our final Coffee. If you would like to help with the coffee, please sign up here.
The Junior Class Coffee has a new date and location!  It will be held on June 2 at the Great Falls library (previously scheduled for Apr 28).  

Our final Senior Class Coffee will be held Fri, Apr 8 at 9:15 am at Trinity United Methodist Church in McLean. Speakers will begin promptly at 9:30 am. 
Topics will include remaining senior year activities: Hershey Park, Ethics Day, Senior Picnic, Senior Breakfast, ANGP, Baccalaureate, and of course, Graduation. We are still looking for a few volunteers to assist with refreshments, if you can help, please sign up here.
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staff spotlight
Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. - Oscar Wilde
Art is a key trait of civilization. It takes a special individual to understand the finer things and then to convey them to students. A Langley faculty member for over 16 years, Kimberly Compton accomplishes this. 
Possessing a Fine Arts degree with a focus in painting from St. Louis University, Ms. Compton teaches a variety of art forms including ceramics. "Ceramics brings in students who might not typically be involved in making art," Ms. Compton stated. "Drawing skills aren't necessary and in fact many people who couldn ' t draw a straight line find that they have a skillful touch when making three-dimensional work."
Ms. Compton is known for her flexible style that celebrates the application of art both as a possible career choice and as a pastime. "I would like my students to consider, as they get older, art as a form of recreation. It ' s extremely difficult to earn a living as a potter. But I have had students who have said, 'Ms. Compton, the university I ' m going to has ceramics class for liberal arts people, and I think I ' m going to take that.' I have a lot of kids that do that, and that is a reason to do it, to have it as a creative outlet."
~ James Spear, Saxon Scope reporter
rodef shalom rabbi speaks to students
As part of the Langley Read speaker series, Langley students had the good fortune to hear Rabbi Laszlo Berkowits, Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Rodef Shalom, share his story of survival living in Nazi-controlled Europe during World War II. 
Born in Hungary, Rabbi Berkowits was taken at age 16 and imprisoned in a concentration camp in Auschwitz and a German labor camp. After his release at age 18, he arrived in the U.S. to begin his rabbinical studies.
This powerful presentation was videotaped and will be posted along with the other Langley Read Speaker programs on the PTSA website once it available. 
service learning opportunities
Fun Fair at Spring Hill ES, Sat Apr 16: The PTO is looking for a few responsible high schoolers to assist with their annual Fun Fair. Four volunteer shifts are available between 9:45 am and 3:45 pm. Contact

Churchill Road ES 5K, Sat, Apr 16, 8:30  am With 500 runners expected and an incredible post-race party with food, a DJ, inflatables and fitness demos, it promises to be the community event of the year. For more details and to register, go to . If you need community service hours and would like to volunteer at the race, please contact Claudette Kim at .  
gap year informational meeting
Please join us at our PTSA meeting on Wed, Apr 13 at 9 am at Cooper MS to learn more about gap year programs. Hear the keynote speaker from the NoVA Gap Year Fair; a student alum of a gap year program; and a representative from the local Rotary Club talk about their gap year options.
parenting practices 
The Safe Community Coalition (SCC) will bring author  Julie Lythcott-Haims to McLean HS on  May 2 at 7 pm to talk about her book  How to Raise an Adult.  

Prior to this community event, the  PTSA Family Network Committee will host a  parent/teacher book club on Apr 27 at 9 am in the Principal's Conference Room to discuss Ms. Lythcott-Haims's book. Dir of Student Services  Sonya Williams, LHS school psychologist  Jason McBeth, and LHS school social worker  Donna Barnsley will attend and share their thoughts on what is especially relevant to Langley families in  How to Raise an Adult
Click here if you'd like to purchase tickets to hear Ms. Lythcott-Haims on May 2. 
fine arts
orchestra: Enjoy and support a musical performance by the Langley Chamber Orchestra at the Civic Place Green (outdoor plaza at Palladium apartment building) in McLean on Sat, Apr 16 at 5 pm. The Civic Place Green is on the corner of Laughlin and Lowell streets, across from Santini's and adjacent to StarNut CafĂ© and Chain Bridge Bank.

theatre: Saxon Stage -- in our newly renovated theatre! -- will present the Tony-award-winning musical Chicago on April 14-16 at 7 pm, with a special matinee on April 16 at 2 pm. For more information, visit the  Saxon Stage website Tickets go on sale Apr 8 and can be purchased here
Chicago is a dazzling and satirical look at fame, justice, and the media machine. Set in 1920s Chicago and based on real-life murders and trials, this musical tells the universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz with one show-stopping song after another! Please note this play contains mature content and language. 
boys' soccer: Defending State Champions Langley Saxons off to a good start, 3-0-1 (1-0-1 in the conference). The team has had solid performances from new varsity players Alex Barakat, Tim Murray, Timmy Le (four goals), and Claudio Conde.  Returning captains Cam Basco and Taylor Hosley lead the team with the same determination as last year.   Damian Street is off to a good start, scoring two goals early this season.  Central midfield duo Grant Hughes and Shayan Harandi have been outstanding and will only get better as team chemistry builds.   They had a great game with #1 ranked Washington and Lee last week, and the  Washington Post  noted that the Saxons dominated the contest.  
boys' tennis: We've begun our season with a tough win against South Lakes, 5-4, and we currently sit in first place at 3-0. Next up is archrival McLeanTryouts netted us six new players . Our strength continues to be our depth, and we look forward to another successful season.
Registration is open for the FCPS Athletic Training Program Pre-Participation Screening (Physicals/PPE) at Langley on June 7. Go to and click on Sports Physicals (PPE) to register. 
class of 2020 activities fair
Save the date! The Activities Fair for rising freshman is  Fri, Apr 29 beginning at 4:30 pm .
prom update
Prom is just around the corner! Just under two months away, get ready to party Gatsby style at the Great Gala, Sat, May 21 at the Tysons Sheraton Premiere from 8:30-11:30 pm. Tickets go on sale Fri, May 6! Don't miss out on this extraordinary experience!
parents who host, lose the most
May is Parents Who Host, Lose the Most month in Fairfax County. The School Board, the Board of Supervisors, and the Unified Prevention Coalition are kicking off the 10th year of the public education campaign, which is a program of the Drug-Free Action Alliance. This group informs parents and others about legal ramifications and health and safety risks of serving alcohol to teens.

During the prom and graduation season, UPC leaders and its Youth Council will stress the "don't be a party to teenage drinking" message by encouraging parents and adults to support alcohol-free events and to report parties with underage drinking to police.

The PTSA Family Network has created a pamphlet on talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol that will be mailed out to all Langley families soon.
operation medicine cabinet clean-out 
Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County will host a medicine cabinet clean-out  Sat, Apr 30  from 8 am-2 pm . Drop off unused or expired medications at a Fairfax County Police district station (pills or liquids only, no pressurized canisters or needles). Disposal is free, convenient, confidential and safe .
The safe handling of unused or expired medications p revents accidental poisoning, p revents drug abuse, and protects the environment. Visit the UPC website for more information or call 703-938-8723.  
summer college workshop 
Langley will be offering summer college application/essay workshops for all rising seniors (class of 2017) on Aug 1-3 (9 am-1 pm) OR Aug 8-10 (9 am-1 pm). Students will have the opportunity to meet with college admissions representatives and LHS Student Services staff to receive feedback on essays, complete college applications, finalize college lists, test interviewing skills and ultimately get themselves ahead of the college application process before senior year gets started.
The cost is $75. Please complete this application and submit to the Career Center by June 17. These sessions do fill up so don't wait! Workshops will be held at Cooper due to renovation at LHS. Please contact Mrs. Wolff,, in the College & Career Center with questions.
ap proctors  
Langley HS will administer over 2,100 AP tests this spring, starting May 2. The tests are several hours long and are offered in morning and afternoon sessions. If you are available to help proctor an exam, please contact Jennifer Baldesare at
camps scheduled for summer 
Many details have yet to be worked out -- who? what? where? -- but for your planning purposes, below are the dates set for the various LHS camps this summer. Watch this space for more info as plans firm up. 

Volleyball Camp, 6/27-7/1, at Cooper Middle School 
Boys Basketball Camp, 7/11-7/15 and 7/18-22, at Cooper Middle School 
Girls Basketball Camp, 7/18-7/22, at Longfellow Middle School 
College Application Bootcamp, 8/1-3, 8-10 am, at Cooper Middle School 
AP Bootcamp, 8/25, location TBA 
Math Bootcamps, 7/18-8/12, location TBA  
Marching Band, 8/11-12 for student leaders; 8/15-8/19 for full band rehearsals
dr. d update
Dr. Michele D'Alesandro had successful knee surgery last month and is now recovering well. We are fortunate to have Tom Pratuch, a former McLean HS science teacher, take over for Dr. D these last few months. We look forward to seeing Dr. D back in a brand new science classroom next fall! 
Dr. D's good-bye (for now) party last month
Apr 8
Senior class coffee
Apr 13
Activity Day
Principal's coffee/PTSA mtg
Apr 14-16 Spring play - Chicago
Apr 19 Freshman class coffee
Apr 22 Student Holiday
Apr 26 Langley Leap application deadline
Apr 27 Parent/Teacher book club, 9am
Apr 28 Junior class coffee
Apr 29 Activities fair for rising 9th graders
May 2-13 AP Exams
May 14 Relay for Life

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar