langley eNews 
5/17 / 2018  

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

And don't forget TODAY is the last day 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.

Seniors must submit Class of 2018 Dues by June 4 in order to attend the Hershey Park field trip AND must meet all financial obligations and return all textbooks by June 6 in order to receive graduation guest tickets. If you have questions, please contact Mary Vitale in the Main Office at 703-287-2700 or

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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message from the principal
One of the most fun - and definitely t he glitziest - junior/senior events is happening this Saturday at the Fillmore in Silver Spring. Plans for the prom have been ongoing since last year. The junior  class has planned a beautiful  evening for our students. Of course, we want everyone to enjoy the evening - have fun, dance, and eat.  But what we don't want is for our students to engage in any risky or dangerous behavior that night.  Please help us convey the message that students are not to drink before coming to the prom.  All school rules are in effect and we don't want any students to ruin the rest of their school year by making a bad decision prom night.  For seniors, the prom falls within 30 days of graduation, which mean any senior who violates the County alcohol and drug p olicies at the prom will be prohibited from participating in all end-of-year activities, including graduation.

Prom is a fun event for all of us.  The students all look great in their formal attire and the staff love seeing the students dressed up and enjoying themselves.  Let's all commit to having a safe and enjoyable prom this year.

~ Fred Amico, Langley High School Principal
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! 
making good decisions
P lease encourage your students to take a moment as they leave the Langley parking lot to notice the wrecked car This car is a  very real reminder of the  tragic results that   can occur when a  teenager mixes alcohol and driving
Help us keep all Langley students safe. Please use the upcoming LHS Prom as an opportunity to once again talk with your child about the i mportance of making good decisions.
Langley High School thanks Willow Spring Towing for their assistance again this year in obtaining the car. 
staff spotlight
Office assistant Khairina Worthey started  working at Langley HS this year, but before her jump to Langley, she had been an office assistant for ten years at the elementary school level. Mrs. Worthey grew up in the Bronx, New York, but moved to Virginia after elementary school and attended Jeb Stuart HS (soon to be Justice HS) in Falls Church. She later attended Norfolk State University and studied nursing for two years. 

Mrs. Worthey's typical day begins with waking up at 4:30 am. Every morning, Mrs. Worthey stops at Dunkin Donuts on her way to work, still getting to LHS by 7 am. Her days in the office are usually busy, especially with the new security system. She is glad her new job at Langley allows her to get home at 4 pm to be with her family. Mrs. Worthey loves her work hours at Langley compared to her time at Glenforest ES, as she would usually get home around 8 pm. 

If Mrs. Worthey had a week off from work to travel anywhere, it would be to a private island far away. "I wouldn't want to deal with anybody; just have "me" time," Mrs. Worthey said. Mrs. Worthey would also enjoy spending time with her children.  

~ Maddie Koenig and Jiaan Sehhat, Staff Writers
spirit wear item of the week
Prom and graduation are just around the corner. What better way to show your school pride  than with our very own Vineyard Vines Saxon Next Tie? For just $60, you can choose from  green or gold and each tie comes in a lovely Vineyard Vines gift box. Quantities are limited so  don't delay. Go to Langley Boosters  and place your order today!
saxons, did you know?

Saxons, did you know . . .  In 2016, there were more than 100 drug-related deaths in Fairfax County, 80 of which were caused by opioid overdoses - more than any other jurisdiction in the state.

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.
cappies nominations for Evita!
Congratulations to Langley's Theatre Department for receiving seven Cappies nominations for their performance of Evita. The nominees are: 
  • Marketing & Publicity: Reem Alathari, Emma Connolly, Deena Daneshvaziri, Anneka Noe
  • Lighting: Jacqueline Delmar, Leo Mahdessian, Jungyeon Nam, Ellie Smedberg
  • Stage Management & Crew: Fabian Bruns, Natalie Cubbage, Madison Deyo, Maddy Rubin
  • Male Vocalist: Mark Bosset
  • Lead Actress in a Musical: Jessica Peros
  • Song: "A New Argentina"
  • Musical: Evita
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!
crew: Congratulations to the Langley Crew Team, who had another VA State Championship boat this past Saturday!  The W-1-4 (varsity women with 4 rowers + coxswain) won gold and the W-LT-4 (varsity women under 130 lbs (also 4 rowers + coxswain) won bronze.  Both boats earned a place at Nationals in Camden, NJ on May 25.  The Washington Post mentioned the Langley team in its article  covering the championships.  On the first day of States, the men's novice boat won a silver medal as well.
Gold Winners:  Taylor Kuligowski (Senior, signed with University of Miami),  Helen Chambers (Senior),  Elaine Zeng (Junior - second gold medal for Langley as coxswain),  Emily Elkas (Junior), Mia Uitz (Junior), with coaches  Julie Sutliff and  Kevin Bedell.
Bronze Winners:  Mia Givens (Junior),  Sydney Warshaw (Junior),  Liliana Fedewa (Junior - coxswain),  Diana Liddell (Sophmore),  Rachel Rawson (Sophmore)

soccer:  The boys JV team rallied all season, while dealing with several team injuries.  We only won 2 games but had a great team spirit!
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 .
and the winners are...
The Langley Read is a school wide Read that encourages conversations throughout the school based on a common theme. The Langley Read Community (Students, Faculty, Staff and Families) read the selected book over the summer and come prepared to discuss and utilize the book and theme throughout the year. The 2018-2019 Theme for the Langley Read is Building Bridges.

The 9th and 10th grade selection is  Every Day by David Levithan. The 11th & 12th grade selection is Walking to Listen by Andrew Forsthoefal. You can purchase the books at any book store. Start with the Amazon link found on the PTSA Website and support our school, too! Some copies will be available in the Langley Library as well as Fairfax County Public Libraries.
video presentation:  the self-driven child
Miss our spring speakers?  You're in luck!  Video of the presentation by Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson, authors of  The Self-Driven Child , has been posted on the PTSA website
medication pickup
All medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than  11 am on June 15. Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded. It is school policy that prescription medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian; it cannot be sent home with your student. However, with parent or guardian permission, a high school student may transport over-the-counter medications to and from the school health room.  If you have any questions, please contact your school health room aide Maha Mossad at
may is mental health awareness month
FCPS has created a number of resources for parents and students.   Click here   to learn valuable information such as "10 Tips to Ease Test Anxiety"  and "Quick Tips to Lift Your Mood."  We also have wonderful resources readily available to Langley families on the LHS website and in the school, including Jason McBeth, school psychologist, Donna Barnsley, school social worker, and our entire counseling staff in the Student Services Department.
internet safety workshop
As parents in the digital age, being aware, alert, and involved in your child's use of the internet is crucial. What else can you do to keep your teenager safe on the internet? Join Richard Stegman, FCPS Educational Specialist, to learn the top internet dangers for teens and seven steps for good digital parentingRegister nowThe event takes place on Fri, June 1, 10 am - noonDunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1 - Room 100, Dunn Loring.
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