langley eNews 
5/18 / 2017  

Prom tickets are on sale during lunch, $60 each.  Prices will increase next Monday, May 22, so please encourage your child to buy his or her ticket this week!

If you missed our final freshman parent coffee last month, 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 High School events/activities.  For more recommendations, see our  class webpage .

The 2017 Langley High School Prom "A Night in Rio" will be held Sat, June 3 at Westwood Country Club in Vienna from 9pm-midnight. Parents interested in volunteering to help with this year's prom, please see the shifts and sign-up by clicking here.

Sign up also to help with the Senior Breakfast (the junior class sponsors this event) on June 14, or with set up on June 13, by clicking here.

Send 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:
We are looking for help with putting together the senior slideshow for next year.  If interested, please contact  Ana Carvajal at

Don't forget to purchase an ANGP ticket for your student!  All Night Grad Party is June 15, the night of graduation. Your student won't want to miss it!  Use this link link to purchase ANGP tickets.

Parent volunteers are 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 view details and sign up for volunteer opportunities.

Baccalaureate is scheduled for Sun, June 11 from 4-5:30 pm in the Auditorium.  The nondenominational event is for seniors and their families
, and is planned by students and parent volunteers. Please help make this event special by encouraging your senior to participate, with readings, performances, musical offerings, songs and/or dance.  Student participants can sign up with this link.

Time is almost up! Send in photos of your senior for the end of year video to Group shots are preferred and only 2017 LHS students in the photos please. We are hoping to include  ALL SENIORS! DEADLINE IS MAY 26 .
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a message from the ptsa president: summer activities
Is a paid job flipping burgers as impressive to colleges as an internship?  Is there a resource where Langley students can look for summer jobs and internships? Is volunteering overseas more impressive than volunteering in your own neighborhood? Are summer academic programs worth the expense? If so,  are all summer academic programs created equal? 

You'll get the answer to these questions and more at our next and final  Principal's Coffee/PTSA meeting on May 31, 9 am , in Langley's Choral Room. Langley's College and Career Counselor Hannah Wolff will discuss various summer activity options and the role summer activities play in the college application process. She'll also describe how former Langley students took advantage of summer activities to develop new skills, explore potential fields of study, or bolster their applications by demonstrating a personal passion.
We're not encouraging overloading your kids, of course! Summer downtime is important, too. Our goal is to provide ideas and resources for making the most of those precious summer months. Feel free to email questions you'd like addressed to Please mark your calendars and join us on the 31st!

~ Chrissie Lavin, PTSA President
it's time for this year's relay for life
This Saturday is the 
5th Annual Langley/McLean High School Relay 

for Life, an American Cancer Society overnight
community fundraising walk at Cooper MS. Langley students and staff are gearing up to spend the night working to stop cancer. Please consider joining them in their crusade! Volunteers for many different time slots and donated supplies are still needed. Click this link to find out how you can help.

Please also 
consider donating to this American Cancer Society fundraiser here.
Relay for Life is a community event at Cooper MS and open to everyone until 11 pm (registered team members only after that).  Stop by for food, games, local entertainment and, most importantly, to show support for the students, parents and teachers who will be staying up all night to raise funds for the fight against cancer.
student services news
college opps for seniors: Do you know a high school senior who is still looking for the right college fit for the fall? The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has released their annual list of colleges and universities that are accepting applications from prospective freshmen or transfer students for fall 2017. Students and families are encouraged to use this tool to search colleges from across the United States that still have space available - click  here  to check it out.

Students may narrow down the list of schools by state, and also view whether a school can still offer financial aid, scholarships or housing. It's recommended that students and families contact their school counselor and career center specialist with any questions.  
AP results: AP testing is finally complete. Please note that AP scores will not be mailed to you; they will be available online on July 6 at 8 am. More info on how to access scores can be found on the College Board  website . You'll need to have your AP number or FCPS ID to get scores.

junior service award: 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. You can click this link link for more information.
career fair is coming
Langley is hosting its 6th annual Career Fair on Tues, June 6 from 8:30-11 am.  We are still looking for individuals in the following industries: Performing Arts, Broadcast, Media, Hospitality, Finance, Accounting, Entrepreneur, Marketing, Public Relations, Government, Law Enforcement, Military, Non-Profits,  Engineering and Information Technology. If you're passionate about what you do, and able to share information about how you discovered your chosen profession and/or industry as well as highlight what you enjoy most about your career -- and can join us on Tues, June 6 from 8:30-11 am -- please complete this form and and we'll provide you with additional information.

We also need volunteers to provide snack bag items and pens and pencils for the students. Sign up here to help! 
scary, but your kid may be old enough to vote
If your 17-year-old will be 18 by the next General Election day (Nov 7, 2017), he or she can register to vote now and participate in the Primary Election on June 13 -- even at age 17 . It's an exciting election year : The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and all 100 seats in the House of Delegates are up for election. 
Here's the link to the VA Dept of Elections website on how to register to vote and what the eligibility criteria are. Please note you must register 22 days ahead of the election (or May 22nd) to be eligible to vote in Virginia's June 13th primary.  
lhs student receives national merit scholarship
Langley senior Nitin Rao 
has won one of 2500 National Merit Scholarships, amounting to $2,500 
towards his higher education. Only 22 students from ten Fairfax County high schools were chosen. Each winner was evaluated on academic record, standardized test scores, and leadership in school and the community, along with writing an essay and presenting a recommendation from a high school official.
It's a very impressive honor, and Nitin and his family are owed huge congratulations.
popular tv series raises serious questions
The recent Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on the popular book by Jay Asher , follows a group of students as they piece together a story left behind by a classmate and friend who died by suicide. The series includes topics that may be upsetting to some high school students, as well as graphic content involving sexual assault and suicide.  

The decision to allow your teen to watch this series will be a personal one for your family. For more information about the series, you can visit this webpage.

We encourage you to talk with your children about the program if they watch it. You can find ideas to guide your discussion with your child by clicking here

Your child's counselor and school administrators are available if you have additional questions or concerns. 
in a related story, it's mental health month
Join the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) and community partners for an honest conversation on strengthening connections within families and helping teens cope with adversity and emotional challenges. Attendees will learn about: tools to help build resilience and develop coping strategies; what is normal, what isn't, and when to worry; anxiety and depression - a deeper understanding; building healthy boundaries; healthy (or constructive) conflict; how to connect with your child's network. The conversation will be held Thurs, May 25, 6 to 8 pm, Merrifield Center, 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax. Learn more by clicking here.
authors who are lhs alums
wire-bound-pad.jpg We all know the many opportunities that LHS provides for writing during high school, but did you know that we have several Langley graduates who have gone on to become published writers in a variety of fields? 

Brian Basset  is a cartoonist and author of Red and Rover , a cartoon that focuses on the adventures of a boy and his dog. In 2013, Basset received the Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society for Best Newspaper Comic Strip of the Year.

Connor Kianpour wrote the book Heavy while at Langley.

Sue Mullen just published the highly acclaimed YA novel  We are Still Tornadoes , just this year.

Julia Mirabella  wrote Mason Jar Salads and More , based on a blog she started a few years ago.

Lauren Graham, who will be our graduation speaker this year, wrote Talking as Fast as I Can about her time acting in Gilmore Girls (and she mentions LHS!)

If you know of any other Langley Grads that are authors, please let us know so that we can continue to update you on their achievements.

~ Kathleen Ortiz, Librarian

service learning opportunities
Relay for Life-LHS/MHS
Saturday, May 20
Cooper MS

Please help support Langley students and staff as they work on finishing the fight to stop cancer! As noted previously, students and parents are needed to volunteer for the RFL event, and the teams could use some donated supplies. Any help is greatly appreciated! Click this link to find out how you can help.

Questions? Please contact Anna Ungar at, or Hannah Wolff at

Montessori School of McLean Spring Fair
Sunday, May 21
1711 Kirby Road, McLean, VA (near Chesterbrook Shopping Center)

Volunteers are needed to help make our Spring Fair a success! We need help with monitoring the moon bounce & obstacle course, petting zoo, face painting, nail painting, spin art, popping popcorn, and assisting with various crafts, games and activities. We can also use help with set up (12-2) and clean up (5-6). The fair will happen rain or shine. To sign-up, click here
affiliate fundraising
We've joined CauseNetwork and invite you to use it to shop for coach/teacher gifts, graduation gifts, off-to-college shopping and more!

CauseNetwork is a new kind of marketplace where up to 10% of every purchase supports LHS 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 three 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 visiting the  website.
May 16
SOL testing began
May 19
Band concert, 7 pm
May 20
Relay for Life
May 25
Saxon Service, Saxon Time
May 26
Two-hour Early Release
May 27
It's Academic on NBC, 10:30am
May 29
Memorial Day Holiday
June 1
Choral concert, 7 pm
June 3 Prom - "A Night in Rio" - Westwood Country Club
June 5
Parking hang tag application deadline
June 6
Career Day, 8:30 - 11 am, Langley High School 
Orchestra concert, 7 pm

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar