langley eNews 
5/10 / 2018  

Celebrate with the class of 2018! Please buy your ANGP ticket ($85) before Langley Leap!

And don't forget the deadline of May 17 to buy raffle tickets for four hours of limo service and box seats at graduation. The cost is  $10/ticket or $25 for 3 tickets. No purchase maximum.

Click here for ANGP Ticket and Raffle; here for authorization forms.

Please encourage your student to participate in the Baccalaureate Ceremony
on Sun, June 3, from 4-5:30 pm in the Langley Auditorium. Contact Amy Hunt,, for more info.

Don't forget to buy tickets for Prom 2018, Espionage - A Black Tie Affair.

Tickets can be purchased online via and picked up in the cafeteria May 9-11 and 14-16 during all lunches. Prom is May 19 at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD from 8 pm to midnight.

Volunteer to support LHS 2018 All-Night Graduation Party!
This long-standing LHS tradition provides a safe, alcohol- and drug-free event for seniors the evening of their graduation. Each class is responsible for an aspect of this event; sophomore parents handle decorations. ANGP 2018 will be held at McLean Sport and Health, 1800 Old Meadow Road on  Thurs, June 7 . Please  sign up   for one of the slots to support this wonderful event - and we have it easy, with slots at 7-8:30 pm and 8-9:30 pm . (Don't forget that we'll need current 8th grade parents to do the same for us in June 2020!)
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ptsa president's message 
With a theme of 
Cinco de Mayo, the entire Langley staff was treated to a delicious and festive Staff Appreciation Week luncheon hosted by the PTSA's Hospitality Committee. Mariachi and salsa music played in the background as the staff enjoyed a taco buffet from Anita's. There was something for everyone -- from chips and salsa, to refried beans and rice, to beef and veggies with corn or flour tortillas. 

Staff were surrounded by themed decorations including cactus plants, sombreros and maracas. Everyone enjoyed time with colleagues in the beautifully transformed front entrance hallway. This was the perfect relaxing event for staff heading into SOL and AP testing. To top it off, the $25 gift cards Langley parents so generously donated were a big hit, as everyone discussed what treats they would enjoy.  
Thank you to the Hospitality Committee and all our parents who contributed to make this week a success!  To our amazing staff, THANK YOU for sharing your talents, energy and enthusiasm  with our community. We appreciate all you do!

~ Jennifer Feinstein, PTSA President

last meeting of the year
Our last Principal's Coffee/PTSA meeting of the year will be held in the LHS Choral Room on Wed, May 23 at 9 am. We'll wrap up PTSA business for this year, to include voting on our slate of officers for 2018-2019, and share plans for next year. After  Principal Amico  gives us an update on renovations and school business , we'll wish him all the best as he plans for his retirement years! All are welcome! 
i spy prom season
Espionage - A Black Tie Affair
Junior/Senior Prom tickets are available for purchase at MySchoolBucks . 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 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!
staff spotlight
Brian Lamb, physical education teacher and football coach, has been a part of Langley's athletic department for fifteen years. Coach Lamb became a gym teacher and football coach because he enjoys teaching high schoolers the benefits of being active and being on a team.  
Growing up, Coach Lamb's gym teachers had the greatest influence on him. He became one himself because he likes the unique interactions he can have with the students, and he can influence them a lot more than he can influence younger kids. 
"The most important part about being a gym teacher is being able to have good energy, so I can project that energy to the kids," Coach Lamb says. 
Football was also a very influential part of Coach Lamb's formative years. Playing football taught him life lessons, such as learning how to put in hard work and put other people's need in front of yours. "I learned a lot that I can pass along to younger people," he says.
~ Sofia Garay, Saxon Scope Staff Writer
saxons, did you know?

Saxons, did you know . . .  One in 4 students who use marijuana meet the criteria for being dependent on the substance.

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.
stools for the science wing
Our renovated school has great gathering areas that can be used for studying and socializing. Thanks to the generous donations of our parents, the PTSA purchased 42 stools for the first and second floors of the Science Wing. The stools fit into the spaces between the lockers to create counter-height desks. Have your kids checked them out yet? Parents also put them to good use the night of the VHSL Physicals while waiting for their  athletes.  We'll run photos of the other furniture we've ordered as it arrives, and we'll update you on our fundraising campaign for other areas that need PTSA supplements to be fully furnished.
robotics team event
The Langley Robotics Team competed at the FIRST World's Robotics Championship in Detroit April 25-28. The team finished respectably in the top half of all competitors at the event and finished as the highest-ranking FCPS team of the five teams that joined them at the competition. Over 400 teams from around the US and the globe competed in a tournament that drew in more than 14,000 attendees.
This season is the team's most successful in the 18 years of the program at Langley. They finished with a record-highest rank of 33 out of 129 teams in the district. And, for the first time ever they  won a district competition and were awarded the Creativity Award for their robot. 
The Langley Robotics Team is mentored by physics teachers Mr. Foley and Mr. Swanson. The 60-person team is led by senior captains Nate Ludlow, Zach Lesan, Chris Larounis, Meso Kim, Shayan Golshani and Jordan Bell, and junior captains Peter Swaak, Rania Saeed and James Ellsworth.
parent professionals needed!
LHS will host its annual Career Fair on Fri, June 1 from 8:30-11:30 am in Langley Hall. We need professionals from a variety of industries to share their career paths in these areas: Arts (Performing / Broadcast / Media); Business (Finance / Entrepreneur /Human Capital); Communications (Marketing/Public Relations); Government (International / Legal / Military / Non-Profit); Science (Information Technology / Computer Science / Engineering / Medical / Physicists).  If you're interested in speaking to students about your job, complete this brief form by Mon, May 21, or contact Suzie Grieco at
angp takes a village
As is our school's tradition, the freshmen through senior classes help in various volunteer roles at the Langley All Night Grad Party! ANGP 2018 will be held at McLean Sport & Health, 1800 Old Meadow Road, Thurs, June 7 (and into June 8!).

Below, you'll find the volunteer roles and the sign-ups associated with each class. This comprehensive list should be especially helpful for those with  more than one student at Langley, allowing you to pick your shift from among the relevant ones. 

Freshman Sign Up: Set up tables, chairs, shelving units, and prepare areas for party per setup instruction.  Timing: Evening of ANGP June 7 (7-8:30 pm)

Sophomore Sign Up:  Decorate specified areas of McLean Sport & Health per setup instructions.  Timing: Evening of ANGP June 7 (7-9:30 pm)

Junior Sign Up:  Remove ANGP decorations from McLean Sport & Health. Take down tables, chairs and shelving units and transport items back to LHS. Timing: After ANGP on the morning of Fri, June 8, 3-6 am

Senior Sign Up: Staff ANGP volunteer needs during the party including Registration, Bag Check, Prizes, Games & Security, Casino, and Food. Dozens of volunteers are needed for this fun and special event for our new Langley graduates! Timing - During ANGP (10 pm - 4 am)

The ANGP thanks the following companies for donating to the event: Chipotle, JTI Inc., Land Art Design, Deirdre Maull Orthodontics, Equinoxys Inc., McLean Dental Care, District Taco, Wasabi Co, Roti, Cheesecake Factory, Great Falls Florist, Eclips Salon, Glory Days, Dave and Busters, Listranis, Cafe Oggi, Embassy Autowash, Jeff Lubin Fine Portrait Studio,, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Great American Restaurants, Kings Dominion, Sweet Leaf and Paul E. Levine, DDS.

And what's more, the Class of 2018 appreciates each class's efforts to make this a wonderful event for our seniors!
service opps
SHARE. McLean Baptist Church, 1367 Chain Bridge Road
Sat, May 12 and Sun, May 13: Help SHARE with the Post Office's Stamp Out Hunger Event. Please note shift location and date when you sign up. We need help at the McLean Post Office on Elm Street and at SHARE. Sign up here.

Special Olympics Area 26 Invitational Swim Meet. Madeira School, 8328 Georgetown Pike
Sat, May 12:  Volunteers are the backbone of the Special Olympics movement. Volunteers are needed to assist with this event. Click here for more information.
awarding volunteerism
Do you know a Langley junior whose dedication to volunteerism is exemplary? 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. Click here to nominate a deserving student by the May 25 deadline.
volunteer recognition at graduation
Seniors' service cord and and diploma civic seal documentation are due Fri, May 18 (last day before Langley Leap).
service cord:  All documentation  for proof of your 40 hours of service is  due to the Student Services Dept by Fri, May 18  (please be sure to  include your reflections ). Hours may be submitted by a print-out of your x2VOL hours and/or handwritten documentation. Students earning 40 hours of service will be awarded a  Service Cord  to be worn at graduation. 
civic seal:  A completed application for the Civic Seal on the diploma is  due to counselors by Fri, May 18 . Please note the requirements and fill out the application completely for the Civic Seal. Click  here  for the application. 
questions:  If you need assistance in recording your service hours on x2VOL, please  see the PowerPoint  on the LHS PTSA website  home page and  scroll down  to "Recording Hours thru x2VOL". All other questions, see Ms Shomaker in the Student Services Dept or email her at .
learn about convergence insufficiency
Your student may have come home with a sticker or flyer last Thursday, marking Convergence Insufficiency (CI) Awareness Day at Langley.  CI is a visual processing disorder affecting 1 in 20 people, although most people with the condition don't know they have it. You can be born with it, or it can be caused by a concussion. The eyes have trouble working together because they are looking at two different distances.  This makes it difficult to read and focus -- a student may experience headaches, motion sickness, double vision, or moving, jumping, swimming or floating words. A normal vision screening won't test for this condition because you can have CI and still have 20/20 vision; a developmental optometrist can test for CI. Vision therapy has been proven to be the best treatment and there are many innovative technologies that can help. Visit for more information. 

Many thanks to Langley Senior Eliza Young for raising awareness in our community about CI.
May 7 - 18 AP testing
May 14 SOL testing begins
May 19 Junior/Senior Prom
May 23 Principal's Coffee / PTSA Meeting, 9 am, Choral Room
June 1 Career Fair at LHS
June 3 Baccalaureate
June 7 Graduation
June 7-8 All-Night Grad Party, McLean Sport & Health
For a full list of upcoming events, visit the LHS website Events page