langley eNews 
5/19 /2016 

Does your son have the right tuxedo jacket? If your student ended up with a tuxedo jacket from prom that was not the one they came with, please contact Patty Craver at
We need photos for next year's Senior Video. Please send in group shots from prom or any other extracurricular activities your students are involved in. They won't want to be left out of the video next year! Email photos to Stacy Smith at .
We wish everyone a happy Memorial Day and hope to see you all at our final Junior Class Coffee on Thurs, Jun 2 at the Great Falls Library!

The 2016 Baccalaureate Planning Team is working hard to plan a memorable ceremony but needs your help. They are still approximately $500 shy of the amount they need for this event. Some of the biggest expenses (LHS Auditorium use fee and cost of printing the programs) are due in 10 days. Can you help? Any amount would be greatly appreciated, as this event is fully funded by donations. You can find more information on Baccalaureate on the Class of 2016 webpage, or by contacting Susie Knepper at 
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thoughtful, gracious young adults
Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners. -- Laurence Stern

Last week, I had the pleasure of being a table leader at Langley's Senior Ethics Forum for the 5 th year and a first-time prom chaperone. Both of these events require multiyear planning and budgeting from a dedicated group of volunteers. On behalf of the PTSA, I would like to thank our Ethics Forum co-chairs Beth Eames and Dianne Forburger and their committee: Nancy Rau, Caran McKee, Liz Holzapfel, Kim Wenk, Amy Hunt and LHS Advisor Josh Henry. Thank you to Sally Hack and her team of volunteers for providing the kids with breakfast that morning. I'd also like to thank prom chair Britt Elllinger, LHS Class of 2017 sponsor Sandy Hamilton and the prom committee: Patty Craver, Rita Raymond, Angelique Bennett, Lara Holsinger, Patti Bugge, Melanie McKula, Leslie Smith and all the parents and Langley administrators who chaperoned the festivities. 

At both events, thoughtful young adults dressed and acted the part : young professionals at Senior Ethics Forum and elegant, gracious guests at prom. Girls and boys complimented each other on their dresses and makeup, hair and tuxedos, and even politely flattered some of the chaperoning adults! I assisted with one of the photo locations and at least a hundred kids said "thank you" as I helped them carefully climb into the antique car, held up long dresses, or draped them in colorful feather boas. The good manners and genuine appreciation students exhibited is something the Langley community can be as proud of as any academic achievement or team ranking.

At Senior Ethics Forum, students learn how one's  values, morals and principles affect one's decision making on a daily basis . The specific situations students explored at Ethics Forum challenged them to think and not just "check the box," to be good listeners , and that being "right" all the time is exhausting and lonely, so finding common ground is best. And believe it or not, year after year senior students say that their  most important role models are their parents.

~ Terri Markwart, Langley PTSA President
relay wrap-up
Last week at Cooper Middle School, families and friends gathered together for the largest Relay for Life of Langley-McLean in the event's four-year history. Over 600 people attended the event from 6 pm-6 am on May 14.

McLean HS event lead Emma Chamberlayne, American Cancer Society staff partner Katie Sue Van Valkenburg and I introduced the night's activities and excited the crowd in the opening ceremony. Then cancer survivors and their families took the first lap of the event with participants lining the track cheering them on.

Throughout the night participants were entertained with activities such as bubble soccer, an inflatable obstacle course, a Mz. Relay competition, an ice cream eating contest, and three new world records for pulls-ups set by Langley junior Andrew Shapiro. Please click
here for a Washington Post article about Andrew's achievement.

One of the most memorable parts of the nights was the Luminaria Ceremony. Teachers and students from both schools shared their experiences with cancer and took a silent lap to honor loved ones lost to cancer.

The Relay for Life of Langley-McLean has raised over $133,000 and will continue accepting donations until  Aug 31. This is an increase of over $20,000 from last year's event, and we could not be more thrilled.

I would like to thank the entire committee for their tireless work on the event, and the teachers, parents, and volunteers that made the event possible. Countless volunteers gave their time, efforts and money behind the scenes. Relay for Life would not be possible without them.

~ Will Pfadenhauer, Relay for Life Langley Event Lead
senior ethics thanks
The  Senior Ethics Forum committee would like to thank the more than 85 volunteers who made this special event for seniors possible. We are very grateful to  TEGNA for hosting this event annually since 2004. Special thanks to the Career & Transition students who did a fantastic job assembling nearly 500 student folders. Additional sponsors include the  Rotary Club of McLean, Tracy Dillard Real Estate Team, Burke & Herbert Bank and  JTF Consulting . Thank you to  Sally Hack  and Anne Whipple  for organizing a healthy breakfast for the students before they departed for TEGNA. Generous donations of breakfast foods were provided by Giant Food, Starbucks of McLean and Great Falls, Safeway, Chesapeake Bagel, and Tyson's Bagel.
prom thanks
Prom was truly a Great Gala! There was a capacity crowd, despite the rain.  A tremendous thank you to all the parents and students who volunteered to make this year's prom a success! Special thanks to student prom chairs Caylee Cuppernull and Annie Lalor for all their hard work. And a very special thank you to class of 2017 sponsor Sandy Hamilton and prom chair Britt Ellinger. It was a wonderful event, and the students had a great time. More thanks to all our volunteers who planned and carried out all the unseen behind-the-scenes details!
Check out the Langley 2016 Prom Facebook page for more great photos from Prom!
staff spotlight
Sara Ell grew up in Connecticut . Upon graduating high school, she attended Villanova University and majored in astronomy. After college, Ms. Ell decided to pursue teaching and did graduate work at George Washington University. 

Her first job was at Langley eight years ago and she's been here ever since. Originally, Ms. Ell taught all physics classes, which she enjoys immensely. But four years ago, she began to offer an astronomy elective

She considers sharing her love of astronomy with students as one of her most memorable achievements. Ms. Ell's goal is to open her students' eyes to the moon, the sky, the stars and the universe. She enjoys helping them put the world into perspective. 

In addition to teaching physics and astronomy, Ms. Ell organizes and plans the school Science Fair with Mr. Gilman. Last year she started the Astronomy Club with a small group of exceptionally interested students. When she was on maternity leave, the club met without her, and now the founding members have graduated. Ms. Ell is hoping to refo rm the club and keep interest in astronomy growing. 

Her best advice to college-bound students is to  be less concerned with deciding exactly what they want to do in college and more with trying lots of different things.

~ Alexandra Dubois, Saxon Scope reporter
governor's award for lhs
Langley is one of 26 Fairfax County schools to receive  the 2016 Governor's Award for Educational Excellence, recognizing schools and divisions that have met all state and federal achievement benchmarks and have made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities. 
athlete college commitments
baseball: Jake Trautwein, Patrick Henry Community College

basketball: Nate Shafer, Swarthmore College; Tavon Tarpley, SPIRE Institute

crew: Devin Seckar, Villanova University; Lyric Yu, University of California, Berkeley

field hockey: Samantha Russell, Kenyon College

football: Jack Anderson, Christopher Newport University; Ben Culmer, Dartmouth College; Daniel Salamone, Dickinson College

lacrosse: Chase Berlin, Kenyon College; Jae Hoon Choi, Elizabethtown College; Halle Duenkel, James Madison University; Morgan Kuligowski, University of Southern California; Brian Weingast, Denison University

soccer: Cameron Bacso, George Washington University; Taylor Hosley, Case Western Reserve University; Claire Meiser, James Madison University; Felix Whipple, Rhodes College
swim: Micaela Grassi, Villanova University; Carter Bennett, University of South Carolina

volleyball: Jessica Donaldson, Lehigh University; John Bucy, Emerson College

Congratulations athletes and parents! Best wishes on your future endeavors.
broadway at langley 
Langley Chorus presents "It's a Grand Night for Singing on Broadway" on Thurs and Fri, Jun 2-3 at 7 pm in the new Auditorium. Join LHS's award-winning chorus for an evening of Broadway favorites, including performances from Annie, Oklahoma, A Chorus Line, Wicked and many others. The suggested donation to attend is $10 for adults, and $5 for students 8 th grade and under.
parking pass applications 
2016-2017 parking pass applications are  available in the main office.  Completed applications must be turned in to the main office no later than 3:30 pm on Jun 1 A lottery will be held to determine which seniors will receive a parking pass for next year.  No parking will be available for rising juniors next year.  The names of the lottery winners will be posted on Jun 22, in front of the old  principal 's conference room (near the old main office).
math boot camp 
Langley's math boot camps are Jul 18-Aug 12 at Cooper MS. Registration information will be coming soon. Please click  here for FAQs on math boot camp.
other academic and sports camps 
Volleyball Camp,   6/27-7/1,   Cooper Middle School 
Boys Basketball Camp,   7/11-15 and 7/18-22,   Cooper Middle School 
Girls Basketball Camp,   7/18-22,  Longfellow Middle School 
College Application Bootcamp,   8/1-3 or 8/8-10, 8-10 am,   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; 8/15-19 for full band rehearsals
May 27 M&M field day
International Night, Marshall HS
May 30 Memorial Day Holiday
May 31-June 13 Langley Leap
June 2
Junior class coffee
June 2-3
Choral show
June 7
Orchestra concert
June 10
Band concert
June 17
Exams, dismissal at 11:40
June 20
Graduation; no school for undergraduates
June 21-22
Exams, dismissal at 11:40
June 23
Last day of school, dismissal at 12:55

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar