langley eNews 
5/5 /2016 

Our final parent coffee  is  Thurs, May 12 at 9 am  at the Khan home, 8951 Brook Rd, McLean . Join us as we start to navigate the  college selection process . Hannah Wolff and Jan Dabrowski will discuss what rising juniors should think about this summer, finding the right-fit college, PSATs and standardized testing, Naviance and more. 

Breakfast foods will be provided.  If you would like to bring something, please sign up here
Baccalaureate will be held June 19, 4-5:30 pm, in the Langley Auditorium. A reception will follow. All seniors and families are invited. All seniors will be honored. Sign-ups will begin soon for students interested in presenting a reading, song or other contribution.

Don't forget to purchase your ANGP ticket! Forms and additional ANGP information can be found on the Class of 2016 website.
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a note from the principal
This week begins our seemingly interminable t esting  period . We have AP testing for the next two weeks, closely followed by SOL testing , which begins May 18. Please ensure that your students are here and ready for their tests. Also, remind them of the testing rules, such as not having a phone with them. 

Seniors are quickly winding down. They have Ethics Day on May 18 and will then begin Langley Leap if they qualify. And after that, we have senor activities culminating in graduation on June 20 at Constitution Hall at 11 am

For more excitement, we opened our main office suite and our performing arts suite this week. The areas were officially released to us on Monday and we have been moving in ever since. Please stop by and look at the new space. It really is quite stunning, and a glimpse of more things to come. Everyone who has seen it has been impressed.

You'll be receiving a letter from me soon concerning parental awareness about drug and alcohol use. This always becomes a concern for us as we move into the spring and prom season. We don't want any students to jeopardize their privileges to participate in graduation, nor do we want anything more serious to occur. Please read the letter and the accompanying pamphlet and discuss them with your child.

Lastly, I am writing this during Teacher Appreciation Week. If your child's teacher has done something that you appreciate, please take the time to drop them a note. Those little things keep us going. The notes and complimentary phone calls mean much more to us than anything else.  Thanks for your continued support!

~ Fred Amico, Principal
relay for life hype video
We're just nine days away from the 4th Annual Langley / McLean Relay for Life! Opening Ceremonies begin at 6 pm on Sat, May 14 at Cooper MS, and the event runs until 6 am the next day
There will be a Survivors' Lap around the track at 6:30 pm and a Caregivers' Lap at 6:45 pm. The  Luminaria Ceremony, to remember loved ones lost to cancer, support people who currently have cancer, and honor people who fought cancer in the past, will commence at 9 pm. It's a powerful part of the event because it provides an opportunity for people to work through grief and find hope. 
Relay for Life is a community event and open to everyone until 11 pm (registered team members only after that). Stop by for some food, games, local entertainment and more 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. If you have any questions about Relay, please contact Will Pfadenhauer at

And check out this fantastic video the kids from the two schools made to promote the event. Red + Green = Purple ...
ask student services
Q: If my student attends a selective college's summer program, will that improve his or her chance of college admissions at that school, as well as at other selective colleges?

A: College summer sessions are not a guarantee into a college, the summer for high school students should be a time for students to discover and explore themselves especially in regards to finding their passions and interests. Read this  Post article for more info.
Q: What should a student expect if taking online summer school PE9 or PE10? 

A:  Students should expect to dedicate six hours a day to this course if taken during summer school. There will be written assignments and quizzes, completion of discussion boards, participation in Blackboard Collaborate sessions  (online meeting room) and completion of workouts. It is NOT an easy A. Workouts are completed using a fitness tracker/heart rate monitor and fitness logs. There are strict deadlines and two face-to-face meetings.
orchestra fundraiser
It's the perfect time to shop for a Mother's Day gift  or a prom or graduation dress! Join us for a Shop-and-Share Lilly Pulitzer fundraiser to support the LHS Orchestra this Fri, May 6 from 4 pm - 9:00 pm at the Tyson's Galleria. Shop, socialize and Lilly Pulitzer will give 10% of the total sales to support Langley Orchestra music education and performances.
champions together
Langley's Champions Together Unified Special Olympics track and field team competed in a field day/track meet at Robinson SS on April 29. Also representing their schools were teams from Robinson, Lee, Lake Braddock, West Springfield, Yorktown and Woodson. A unified roster consists of 50% varsity athletes (partners) and 50% students with disabilities (athletes). Our athletes and partners worked very hard for the past four weeks practicing every Wednesday for an hour in preparation. 

LHS had a strong showing at the meet where the athletes competed in a 50 meter dash, 100 meter dash, Frisbee throw, long jump, high jump, softball throw, obstacle course, and finished the day with a competitive unified 4 x 100 relay. Special thanks to everyone who came out and supported the team, including Mr. Amico, Mr. Noto and Ms. Landis. Also a special thank you to the partners who have volunteered their time outside of school to help our athletes grow and feel a part of a team.
Congratulations to all of our athletes and to Coach Sauk! 
letter from ecuador
Over spring break, some LHS students participated in a trip to Ecuador sponsored by the Spanish Dept. Here are some highlights from a girl who was there:

Ecuador was an experience of a lifetime. Not only was I surrounded by amazing friends, teachers and classmates, but I also became immersed in the culture and beauty of Ecuador. Beginning in Quito, our tour group -- which consisted of about 28 Langley and Oakton students from all grades, plus four wonderful chaperones  and our awesome EF tours guide -- was able to explore the countryside and the vast city. 

Our first stop was to the equator line. The equator line in Ecuador -- hence the name -- is the highest altitude point on the whole equator line. Therefore, the sun was extra strong, but we were all good with sunscreen reapplication. It's amazing to think that we were able to stand on the northern and southern hemisphere at the same time -- before this, I thought it was cool to be straddling state borders. 

Back in Quito, our group was able to wander the plazas and see  the amazing architecture. The plazas were surrounded by various stores and restaurants. The best food I had on the trip was at a little empanada bakery. For two dollars you could buy a big chicken empanada, homemade bread stuffed with chicken and a sweet sauce of sorts. It was nothing like the ones bac k home, just pure and authentic. There were about 10 students crammed into a little shop all gaping at the amazing smells, tastes and prices. We visited a few different plazas all teeming with activity of street vendors, performers, workers, a lot of dogs, and happy, welcoming Ecuadorians. 

Our visit to the Galapagos Islands was unbelievable. Sitting on the boats that took us to the various islands, you could see the bottom of the ocean. It was mesmerizing. The islands were so peaceful. There were exotic animals, common to the islands. There were  sea lions everywhere -- they took over docks and benches and were quite good at relaxing in the sun --  sea iguanas, penguins (yep!), the famous blue-footed boobies, sting rays, bright red crabs, and of course, Darwin's finches.

On the islands we were able hike to the world's second largest volcano crater (and yes, it is still highly active). The hike was about a mile and a half there, and another back, so we got our exercise in. We got to visit some of the world's most prestigious beaches, pure white sand and crystal-clear blue and turquoise waters. At the beaches between games of frisbee and soccer, we could snorkel with the tropical fishes, sea turtles and sea lions.  I will never forget the view of watching the sunset over the beach on the last day on the islands,  thinking how lucky I was to be on a perfect trip with amazing people. Those nine days spent traveling through cities and mountains, beaches and even volcanos were the most fun, educational, and unforgettable days I have ever had.

~ Michaela Purdy, Class of 2016
village of hope
Ms. Stark's Art 1 classes are sharing their art talents to help the community of Ganthier, Haiti, by creating beads from cereal boxes and soda boxes. The beads will become necklaces to be will be sold here in the US; funds collected from the necklaces will be used to purchase food for the students residing at the Village of Hope School.  

Village of Hope School is a nonprofit organization providing educational opportunities and basic health care to the community of Ganthier, a rural community east of Port Au Prince. The 30- acre campus offers space for educational and religious activities for the 640 students. All resources on the campus have been built by a combination of local funding and labor, along with Village of Hope funds and work groups. Forty new 3-year-olds are enrolled each year, 20 girls and 20 boys. For more information about the Village of Hope School, please visit .  

If you'd like to donate cereal or soda boxes, contact Cathy Stark at If you'd like to purchase these necklaces, contact Julie Hohl at
haze program
LHS and the Family Network Committee will  offer HAZE: Perils of the College Drinking Culture on  Mon, May 16 for all senior students in the Au ditorium. The program, hosted by the Unified Prevention Coalition, includes the viewing of an award-winning powerful (and graphic) documentary, HAZE, followed by a panel discussion with lo cal experts and extensive Q & A. The panel discussion with the students after the film is critical so that key prevention messages about underage and binge drinking and related consequences are covered, as well as practical tips to help students handle situations they may encounter.

The students will be dismissed from their 1st block classes at 9:35 am for this MANDATORY program, scheduled to begin at approximately 9:45 am. Students will be released to their 3rd block classes (already in session) at 10:45 am.

The UPC and panel guests have agreed to remain for a 
second showing of the vid eo and a panel discussion for all parents of senior students, running from at 11 am to 12 noon.
don't be a party to teenage drinking
In related news, FCPS has designated May as "Parents Who Host, Lose the Most" month in support of a countywide initiative that aims to reduce underage drinking as prom and graduation seasons approach. This marks the tenth year county officials have joined in support of this education campaign with the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC). They aim to inform parents and other adults about the legal ramifications and health and safety risks of serving alcohol to teens. UPC and its high school Youth Council urge parents and county residents not to provide alcohol to teens and to report underage drinking parties by calling the police department's non-emergency number at 703-691-2131.
summer school
The summer program registration is OPEN. All registrations are done online via  this link . From the FCPS website: "Teachers will contact students and establish times to be online for synchronous lessons, establish deadlines for completing assignments, and announce face-to-face meetings. Students need to dedicate 35 hours each week to complete a course, including 90 minutes a day for synchronous online instruction with the teacher and peers. Students who register for an FCPS online course must have the required resources and should complete the technology checklist available here before Friday, July 1. Students will not be able to access and fully complete online courses using iPads, iPhones, Blackberries, Smart Phones, and tablets. Currently, Macs are not supported in FCPS."
show the love 
It's time to show the entire Langley staff our appreciation for all they do! The PTSA's Hospitality Committee is hosting a Staff Appreciation Luncheon on May 13. As part of this lunch, the PTSA is requesting gift card donations from parents to be given to each staff member. There are two ways for you to participate:
  1. Donate gift cards. Popular cards in the past include: Target, Whole Foods, Macy's, Nordstrom, Amazon, movie theaters, Sephora, gas cards, etc. . . . really any $25 gift card.
  2. Make a cash/check donation of any amount, and the committee will happily buy the cards for you. Please make checks payable to Langley High School PTSA.
You or your child can drop off gift cards and/or monetary donations to front office administrator Jennifer Barbour (please write Staff Appreciation on the envelope) or mail them to Aradhana Luthra, 8401 Parham Court, McLean VA 22102 no later than May 9. Please address questions to Aradhana at
summer 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, 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 2-13 AP Exams
May 12
Sophomore class coffee, 9 am
May 14
Relay for Life
May 18
Senior Ethics Day
May 21
Junior/Senior Prom
May 25
Evening principal's coffee / PTSA meeting, 7 pm
May 27 M&M field day
May 30 Memorial Day Holiday
May 31-June 13 Langley Leap
June 2
Junior class coffee

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar