langley eNews 
6/16 /2016 

Parent volunteers are needed now more than ever. Junior parents are responsible for the senior breakfast (June 17, with set up on June 16), and the ANGP cleanup (early morning of June 21). Please help make these events a success!

Click here to help with the senior breakfast. Click here to help with ANGP.
final edition
This last eNews of the year is my final one. Editing eNews has been my favorite volunteer job ever. Working with co-editors Anne Whipple and Jane Riddle for the past three years has been a joy. Fortunately they are continuing, and Caran McKee has graciously and enthusiastically agreed to take my place. Goodbye and warmest regards! ~ Lezlie McBride
jane & anne get the
last word
Lezlie, your intelligence, good sense, and attention to detail make you irreplaceable. Your good humor and sweet spirit make you unforgettable. Thank you for three years of commitment and excellence. 
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thanks to terri and the ptsa
We've been incredibly fortunate to have PTSA President Terri Markwart working tirelessly on behalf of our students this year. I am in awe of her energy level, dedication, integrity, and commitment to students. Under Terri's leadership, and with the help of our generous and supportive volunteer community, here's just some of what our PTSA accomplished this year
  • Allocated $50,000 to renovation upgrades and over $36,000 in classroom teaching tools and performing arts enrichment
  • Treated Langley staff to five fabulous meals, courtesy of our Hospitality Committee
  • Published Langley's Student Directory  
  • Hosted a distracted-driving program to demonstrate the dangers of texting while driving
  • Provided about $6,000 in professional development support for Langley faculty
  • Published 30+ wonderful weekly eNews newsletters to keep our community in the know
  • Provided students dozens of in-school service and volunteer opportunities
  • Brought in speakers who discussed Drug Abuse, Wounded Warriors, the Holocaust, and Special Olympics
  • Periodically provided "stress-less" treats for students, doughnuts & coffee for faculty
  • Maintained our amazing website, providing easy access to the latest Langley info
  • Presented the alcohol abuse prevention film Haze to seniors and senior parents and brought in the "crash car"
  • Conducted school tours to dozens of prospective Langley families
  • Lobbied state and local representatives for better funding and improved services for students
  • Provided volunteer support to the school clinic
  • Conducted a Reflections fine and performing arts competition to promote creative arts
  • Thanked custodians, librarians and other staff with  gifts of appreciation. 
  • Selected Teacher of the Year and Senior Students of the Year
  • Collected more than $14,000 from rebate programs offered by Giant, Harris Teeter and Amazon.
~ Chrissie Lavin, PTSA President, 2016-17
thanks from 2015-16 ptsa president 
At times, the school year seems to move at a glacial pace, but then in the blink of an eye . . . it's June. Next year my third child will arrive at Langley, and I'm excited to meet yet another group of awesome Saxon families. 

I had the good fortune to work with newly elected PTSA President Chrissie Lavin and Principal Fred Amico this year. They have both taught me that being a good listener is an important skill for a leader (something I still need to work on) and not to sweat the small stuff (yeah, I need to work on that one too!)

The PTSA Executive Committee and Board is made up of a diverse group of parents who each bring something unique to the table, and I am pleasantly surprised at how many times I have reconsidered my views on an array of topics simply by having open and honest discussions at our meetings.  It has been an honor and privilege to be your PTSA president this year.

~ Terri Markwart, PTSA President, 2015-16

how was your school year?  
The PTSA aims to represent each and every parent at LHS. We want every Langley family to feel welcome and empowered to support student success. To accomplish this goal, we need to hear from you. Please take a minute to complete our completely anonymous 7-question Survey Monkey questionnaire. Tell us what's on your mind. What do you love about Langley? What could use some tweaking? It's your school. Help us make it the best it can be!
student services news 
The 2016-17 school year will bring some changes to the Student Services Dept, as two counselors currently on staff will not return LHS. Jessica Omasta-Terry is moving on to another Fairfax County Public School and Georgia McKain has decided to stay home to care for her family.
We're happy to announce that Michael Johnson and Katherine Robinson will join our Student Services Team in the fall. We'd like to thank Tracy Ballard for all her hard work taking over for Ms. McKain in the middle of the year and working so diligently with all the students, parents and faculty.  More information about counselor assignments will be forthcoming in the fall. 
As a reminder, due to renovation Student Services will be closed the entire month of July. For those families new to the Langley community or returning to LHS in the fall that have not yet registered, please contact Ms. Mary Gratz for an August appointment. Student Services is now located in Trailer 34
junior transition program 
Last week, all juniors participated in the Junior Transition Program held during Saxon Time. A panel of current college students who are LHS alums shared their experiences and provided important practical advice as Langley juniors begin the college search process. Each panelist had a different experience and illustrated that there are many paths for finding the future that is the best fit. This program was organized by Career Center Specialist Hannah Wolff and the Family Network Committee. Special thanks to our panel members: Katherine Adams, Ben Cross, Nora Dell, Allie Eames, Harris LaTeef, and Sara Zahir.
chicago wins big! 
Saxon Stage's dazzling production of the musical Chicago was honored at the  Cappies Awards Gala last Sunday evening at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall with seven nominations. Even better, LHS students brought home the awards for Lead Actress in a Musical (Jamie Goodson) and Best Male Dancer (Cuinn Casey). 

The students performed the rousing number "We Both Reached for the Gun" and six Langley students danced in the opening and closing numbers of the ceremony, including Sarah Maloney, Jesse Dennis, Jessica Peros, Mary Peterson, Cuinn Casey and Jamie Goodson

The students would like to give a special thanks to their director Valerie Karasek for spearheading such a wonderful production despite not having a theater until five days before the production!
more students honored 
fine arts: Senior Maggie Fischler won  "Overall Academy Award" for the Professional Photography program at  Fairfax Academy . Click here to read the press release about the ceremony.

stem: Freshmen  Oksana Vickers and Mandy Smith were selected to receive the American Association of University Women's McLean Area Branch's STEM Excellence Award for 2016. These awards are given to a female student or team from a McLean high school for an outstanding science fair project. Oksana and Mandy's project studied methods of water desalination, motivated by the scarcity of drinkable water in some parts of the world. The girls will split a monetary award from AAUW. You can see the Great Falls Connection article with this link; navigate to page 6.
history: Sophomores Nicholas Frankenberg and Dorian Miller each won a third place award at the  Virginia History Day competition.
school lunch revolution in 2016-17
Ever heard your student speak highly of Langley's cafeteria food? We thought not. But things are about to change.
Starting day one of the 2016-17 school year, your student will discover delicious, appetizing food that's truly healthy, right in the LHS cafeteria.
Kids can bid farewell to low-quality meals made with highly processed foods, refined (white) grains and refined sugar, and to fried foods high in saturated and trans fats. In place of the tasteless, unhealthy meals of old, students will find meals prepared with high quality, minimally processed foods -- including whole grains, healthy fats, healthy sources of protein, and, of course, fresh vegetables and fruits.
Thanks to the support of Rodney Taylor, FCPS's dynamic new Food and Nutrition Director, LHS will be one of the first FCPS schools to serve fresh, locally grown meats, locally grown produce prepared in ways that will appeal not just to kids, but to adults, as well.

What will Langley's new, mouth-watering reality look like and smell like? Barbeque grills in the courtyard (adjacent to the cafeteria) cooking up fresh hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken. A new "Fresh Express" cafeteria line offering delicious fresh salads and sandwiches. A make-your-own burrito line. These are just samplings of the new LHS dining experience. And there's more good food news coming soon, so stay tuned.
For more information about the exciting changes coming to the LHS cafeteria, contact Claire Stock at
The following LHS players made the Washington Post's Spring All-Met list. Two LHS coaches were also honored: girls' tennis coach  Jan Dabroski and boys' soccer coach Bo Amato were named All-Met Coach of the Year in their sports. Congratulations to all!

1st Team:
Taylor Hosley, boys' soccer
2nd Team:
Claire Meiser, girls' soccer
Halle Dunkel, girls' lacrosse
Honorable Mention:
Cameron Basco and Shayan Harandiboys' soccer
Marina Smith, girls' lacrosse
Kelsie Hao, girls' track & field
Justin Meeker, boys' rowing
Lyric Yu, girls' rowing

Click here for the Washington Post 's complete All-Met coverage.

correction: Senior Damian Street, 2nd Team, should have been included in the list of soccer players honored All-Conference for the Liberty District.

girls' tennis: The Saxons won a Virginia 6A North team title and an appearance in the Virginia 6A team tournament finals, capping a second straight undefeated regular season (14-0). 
dance team: Dance team tryouts will be Aug 3-4 from 7-9 pm in the cafeteria. A team mini-camp will be Aug 6 from 8 am-12 pm. Regular team practices begin Aug 22. Physicals are required to participate in tryouts.
2016-17 sports tryouts
First day of fall sports tryouts is Aug 1.
First day of winter sports tryouts is Nov 7.
First day of spring sports tryouts is Feb 20, 2017.

Check teams' pages under "NEWS" on the LHS sports  website for complete tryout information and updates.
ALL eligibility requirements must be met to be eligible to tryout. Click here for information.
athletic boosters news 
Boosters Executive Board for 2016-17:

Cat Lippman - President 
Margaret Brown - Vice President 
Sharon Killion - Treasurer 
Meschell Brascia - Secretary
Boosters has two open positions in 2016-17 (to replace a parent with a graduating senior): corporate sponsorships and yard signs. Boosters is also recruiting parents to shadow and train for jobs in 2017-18,
including concessions (because we'll have to let Gabriele Aulisi graduate someday), programs and treasurer. If you'd like to get involved, send your information to
Langley Athletic Boosters Support Every Athlete in Every Sport Every Season
the crayon initiative 
As the school year draws to an end, many used and unwanted school supplies are routinely thrown in the trash. Langley is working on a pyramid-wide service project to collect and recycle used crayons for The Crayon Initiative. This program collects unwanted crayons, re-manufactures them and provides them to pediatric wards at hospitals all over the country. In addition, The Crayon Initiative supports environmental efforts by diverting non-biodegradable crayons from landfills. The Crayon Initiative was recently featured in a segment on the Today Show which can be viewed here.

Crayons will be collected from all the elementary schools and the middle school in this pyramid. LHS students will sort and mail the crayons to The Crayon Initiative as their first service project of the new school year in Sept 2016. If you have used crayons at home, please donate them by placing crayons in the collection box located in the main office at LHS.

For more information on The Crayon Initiative, visit their website .
service in school 
Students made sandwiches, blankets, origami cranes, paper beads, and ironed pillow cases on Mon, June 13 to support charity organizations. Sincere thanks to our wonderful volunteers who have assisted the students with the service projects all year: Heidi Appel, Lorraine Bucy, Bryson Donoghue, Pamela Fox, Beth Harkaway, Liz Holzapfel, Maja Obreht, Ahalya Sharma, Christy Slade, Michelle Spear, Cathy Stranne, and Helen Zhang

Extra BIG thanks to  Cindy Gersony and the Gersony family for ALL the assistance and support with the lunch supplies for Embry Rucker Community Shelter and Martha's Table . LHS would not be able to provide the service we do without your generosity!  Saxon Service will be back next school year; please encourage your student to join us!

langley read announced 
The Langley Read engages faculty, students and their families in a communal intellectual experience. This year's Read can provide a launching point for discussion on social issues and a  conduit for service learning opportunities and greater civic engagement. It allows students to broaden their reading horizon to include works they might not have read otherwise. In the coming year, the Langley Read aims to explore themes encountered through past, current and future service learning projects. Through this community dialogue, we hope to expand readers' knowledge of the world beyond Langley and to incorporate empathy and service into the Langley experience. 
Students should choose one of the six books listed below, or select a comparable nonfiction book that addresses service to others. Please read the book over the summer and be prepared for school-wide activities, classroom discussion, and reflective writing. As you purchase your Langley Read, please access from the PTSA webpage to support LHS. Further info on the choices is also available on the website. All the books are available for  preview in the Langley library.
The Langley theme, "A Community of Readers, A Community of Service," complements the FCPS summer reading program that promotes building a "Community of Readers."  For more information on the FCPS program, which your younger children may be involved in, visit their webpage.

$2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America
Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Schaefer (Sept 1, 2015)
A revelatory account of poverty in America so deep that we, as a country, don't think it exists. The authors discovered that the number of American families living on $2 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to 1.5 million American households, including about 3 million children. Where do these families live? How did they get so desperately poor? Through the book's many compelling profiles, moving and startling answers emerge. The authors illuminate a growing but hidden landscape of survival strategies among America's extreme poor. More than a powerful exposé,  $2 a Day delivers new evidence and new ideas to our national debate on income inequality. 

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Matthew Desmond (Mar 1, 2016)
In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. The fates of these families are in the hands of two landlords. They loathe some of their tenants and are fond of others, but as one puts it, "Love don't pay the bills." Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity
Nicholas Kristof (Sept 23, 2014)
A galvanizing narrative about making a difference here and abroad -- a road map to becoming the most effective global citizens we can be. A Path Appears is a sweeping tap­estry of people who are making the world a better place and a guide to the ways that we can do the same -- whether with a donation of $5 or $5 mil­lion, with our time, by capitalizing on our skills as individuals, or by using the resources of our businesses. With scrupulous research and reporting, the authors assay the art and science of giving, identify successful local and global initia­tives, and share astonishing stories from the front lines of social progress, upending the idea that one person can't make a difference. A Path Appears offers practical, results-driven advice on how best each of us can give and reveals the lasting benefits we gain in return.

Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World
Kevin Bales (Jan 19, 2016)
A leading expert on modern-day slavery, Kevin Bales has traveled to some of the world's most dangerous places documenting and battling human trafficking. In the course of his reporting, Bales began to notice a pattern emerging: Where slavery existed, so did massive, unchecked environmental destruction. Why were these global crises entwined? Bales set off to find the answer in a fascinating and moving journey that took him into the lives of modern-day slaves and along a supply chain leading directly to the cellphones in our pockets. He discovered that even as it destroys individuals, families and communities, new forms of slavery proliferating in the world's lawless zones also pose a grave threat to the environment. Modern-day slavery is destroying the planet. This is a clear-eyed and inspiring book that suggests how we can begin the work of healing humanity and the planet we share.

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World
Tracy Kidder (Sept 9, 2003)
This inspiring new book shows how one person can make a difference. Doctor, Harvard professor, renowned infectious-disease specialist, anthropologist, the recipient of a MacArthur "genius" grant and world-class Robin Hood, Farmer was brought up in a bus and on a boat, and in medical school found his life's calling: to diagnose and cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Mountains Beyond Mountains takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that "the only real nation is humanity." 
Note: A Young People's Edition is available for this book.

Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave
Shyima Hall (Jan 21, 2014)
An inspiring and compelling memoir from a young woman who lost her childhood to slavery -- and built a new life grounded in determination and justice. When Shyima Hall was eight years old, her impoverished parents in Egypt sold her to pay a debt. Two years later, the wealthy family that bought her moved to Orange County, CA, and smuggled her with them. Shyima served the family eighteen hours a day, seven days a week until she was twelve. That's when an anonymous call from a neighbor brought about the end of Shyima's servitude, but her journey to true freedom was far from over. Now a US citizen, she regularly speaks out about human trafficking and intends to one day become an immigration officer. 
advertise your business to the lhs community 
a to z directory Are you interested in highlighting your business in the 2016-17 Student Directory? It's a great way to reach the entire Langley community and surrounding areas including McLean, Great Falls, Vienna, Reston and Herndon. Packed with valuable material like student contact information, important school dates, school information and much more, the directory is an i ndispensable resource, consulted regularly by Langley families, faculty, and staff.

The school directory also serves as an important fundraiser for LHS. There's truly no better way to promote your business and support the school at the same time.

Ad space is available throughout the printed directory and in the mobile directory app. Premium spots sell quickly. A to Z Directories is currently offering Langley families early access to available ad space, but don't delay to ensure you will find the best location for you and your business. To place your ad or for more information, please contact Lori Mankin at A to Z Directories at Click here for pricing information.

Thank you for your support of Langley. For other directory questions, contact   .
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 11 am
June 27 - July 1
Volleyball Camp
July 11 -15
Boys Basketball Camp I
July 18 - 22
Boys Basketball Camp II
Girls Basketball Camp
July 18 - 29
Math Boot Camp
Aug 1
First day of fall sports tryouts
Aug 1 - 3 
College App Boot Camp
Aug 11 - 12
Marching band for student leaders
Aug 15 - 19
Full marching band rehearsals
Aug 25
AP Boot Camp
Aug 31
Freshmen orientation
New student orientation
Sept 1 - 2
Packet pick-up
Sept 6

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar