langley eNews 
6/2 /2016 

Baccalaureate will be held on Sun, June 19 from 4-5:30 pm at the new Langley Auditorium. We need your contributions to make this a beautiful ceremony honoring all our seniors since we receive no school funding.
To donate, please make a check payable to Kim Cox, write "2016 BACC" on the memo line, and mail it to Susie  Knepper, Baccalaureate Chair, 8001 Snowpine Way, McLean, VA 22102. 
Seniors may present a short personal reflection, a song, poem, or other reading that is meaningful to them. It can be original or reading a selection we can provide. SIGN UP and participate with your friends by Fri, June 3, using this link.     For additional information regarding Baccalaureate, visit the Class of 2016 webpage.
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message from the ptsa president-elect 
Langley hallways are abuzz with anticipation and excitement this month. Sure, there are still SOLs and finals to tackle. But the promise of summer is just around the corner. And (apart from year-end testing) fun abounds:   Prom was a blast. Student Government hosted a carnival in the courtyard with karaoke, a dunk tank, and rides. Many seniors are spending the next few weeks on Langley Leap, LHS's mini-internship program. Chorus, orchestra, and band concerts are coming up. Seniors are looking forward to a trip to Hershey Park, Baccalaureate, All Night Grad Party, and Commencement. And everyone is ready for a break! 
Before we drift into the slower, rose-smelling days of summer, the PTSA is busy preparing for the next school year. Thanks to the hard work and arm-twisting talents of our Nominating Committee, co-chaired by Lisa Givens and Lauri Dacey, at last week's final PTSA meeting we elected a fantastic slate of PTSA officers for the 2016-2017 school year:
President-Elect:  Jennifer Feinstein
1st VP/Appropriations & Awards: Laura Skeen & Terri Markwart
2nd VP/Membership: Lisa Givens & Patty Burgess
3rd VP/C&E:  Kristin Bonacci 
Treasurer: Ann Haley
Recording Secretary:  Kathie Schoff       
Corresponding Secretary: Preetika Sidhu
Parliamentarian: Mary Kunkemueller
It's going to be an amazing year! Congratulations to the officers and the entire new PTSA Board. Many thanks to outgoing Board members 
Kathryn Hartman, Lorraine Bucy, and Monica Sevila and
" graduating" Board members Lezlie McBride, Kiersten Allen, Ally Weingast, and Beccie Collier. You will be missed. It has been a pleasure to work with parents so committed to making our school great. 
~ Chrissie Lavin, PTSA President-Elect
science olympiad team at nationals 
Langley's National Science Olympiad team all dressed up for the awards ceremony at the University of Wisconsin. LHS placed 7th overall in "Electric Vehicle", and 10th in both "Bridge Building" and "Air Trajectory competitions. Congratulations to the team and a big thank you to the sponsor, Science Department Chair, Leah Puhlick!
scholastic bowl team honored 
This season, the Langley Scholastic Bowl won its 3rd straight Virginia 6A State Championship. Here they are during a visit to the US Capitol, where Rep. Barbara Comstock honored the team with certificates and a tour of the Capitol.
staff spotlight
photo by Lauren Markwart
Math teacher Ilana Hand has been a part of the Langley community for 22 years. Ms. Hand graduated from Union College in New York with a degree in theoretical math. She took a job at boarding school for a year and planned to go back to school soon after, although she ended up staying there for four years. She then came to the Northern Virginia area to earn a master's degree and began teaching at Langley.

During her time at Langley, Ms. Hand has taught many courses including Algebra One, Geometry (regular and honors), Algebra Two (regular and honors), and Pre-Calculus (regular and honors). She does not have one particular subject she likes the best; rather, it depends on the group of kids.

" I would much rather teach a motivated group of students who struggle, rather than a group of kids who just get it naturally," said Ms. Hand. She loves the Langley community and believes the students and teachers make the difference. " And the camaraderie among our community is what keeps me here. My department, our faculty, our community, hands down," said Ms. Hand.

When discussing her teaching philosophy, Ms. Hand said, " I believe education in this country is about teaching young people how to think in multiple ways. I don't think the most important thing in the world is how to factor a polynomial, I think the most important thing in the world is to be able to take a problem you have never seen before, and try to figure it out with your brain." In her free time, Ms. Hand enjoys tennis and live music.

~ Lauren Markwart, Saxon Scope reporter
the last story this year 
David with Tim Shriver, son of Special Olympics founder Eunice Shriver
To close out the Langley Read theme for this year, that everyone has a story, students had the opportunity to hear from David Egan, an ambassador and athlete for Special Olympics.

David always dreamed big. When he was a youngster, starting out as a Special Olympics swimmer, he dreamed of winning his races. As he grew, he looked to bigger goals, such as having a job and finding ways to
change attitudes toward people with intellectual disabilities. Now as an adult, David has been living his dream and inspiring others to live theirs. Among other things, he's grown up to be a sought-after spokesman for people with intellectual disabilities, speaking at international conferences, testifying at a U.S. Senate hearing, and addressing a global audience at the United Nations this year.  
For David, who has Down syndrome, his many achievements haven't come easily. That's where determination comes in, to keep pushing even when things seem hard. David says he learned that as a young athlete. " Special Olympics taught me to succeed, to set a goal and do my best," says David. " It changed my life."

For more information on David Egan, visit his website here, and read more of his story on the Special Olympics website here
chorus brings broadway to lhs  
Don 't miss It's a Grand Night for Singing on Broadway! Hear Langley's award-winning chorus sing your favorites from Annie, Oklahoma, A Chorus Line, Wicked & other hit shows. Langley Auditorium. June 2-3, 7 pm.  Admission is free but d onations are welcome by clicking here (adults $10, 8th graders & under $5).
education awards 
Last week, the McLean Chamber of Commerce hosted their Annual Education Awards program, which recognizes outstanding Langley and McLean High School staff and students. Langley award recipients were Bob Foley, physics teacher, for Teacher of the Year; Dave Poach, Student Resource Officer & Fairfax County Police Officer, for FCPS Employee of the Year; and Kitty Ascrizzi for Student of the Year. Kitty will be studying engineering at the University of Michigan next fall. The Langley & McLean PTSAs were also recognized for their contributions to each school and the support they provide to teachers and students.
webmaster wanted 
The LHS PTSA is looking for a co-chair for our PTSA Webmaster. It's a great way to keep informed about everything going on at Langley. The work can be done from home, although attending monthly PTSA Board meetings is encouraged. No technical expertise necessary. Email:
soccer: Varsity boys' soccer suffered a tough loss at the hands of Washington-Lee HS in the regional tournament. They had a great season and have a lot to be proud of. Many kids and teachers came out to support the team.  

crew: The Langley Crew team had a successful season racing in local, regional and national regattas. At the  Virginia State Championships, the team took home one Gold (Men's Junior 8) and four Silver medals (Men's First 4, Women's Lightweight 4, Men's Second 4 and Women's Novice 8). Unfortunately due to weather conditions and cancellations, not all boats had the opportunity to race in their finals.
While racing at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta -- the largest high school regatta in the world -- the Langley team sent three boats into the semi-finals at this prestigious event: Women's Junior 8, Men's Senior 4, and Men's Junior 8, while the Women's Lightweight 4 narrowly missed advancing to semis. The Men's  Junior  8 delivered a photo finish in the semi-final which sent them to the Finals, where they took 6th place from among 53  competitors.
Wrapping up the season at Scholastic Rowing Association Nationals Regatta, Langley boats raced tough competition from the top scholastic teams in the country, where the boats earned the following results: Women's Lightweight 4 narrowly missed advancing to semi-finals;  Women's Junior 8 - 9th fastest time; Men's First 4 - 11th place; Men's Junior Eight - 5th place @ SRAA Nationals! More photos and videos available on the team website.  

baseball: Congratulations go out to the varsity baseball All-Conference players. Varsity finished in fourth place and JV finished with a record of 12-2.
lhs student honored: Fairfax County has a Women in Sports Awards Ceremony every year. This season Halle Duenkel won the Donna de Varona Spirit of School Award. This award is given to a senior who manifests a never-give-up attitude, is a leader on and off the field, and displays behavior that is consistent with the ideals of ethical conduct in athletics. 
the end is in sight 
Check out the Langley website and calendar for Final Exams schedule. Reminder: There is no school on Mon, June 20 for underclassman due to the Langley graduation.
Fri, June 17, Tues, June 21 and Wed, June 22 are all half-days. The last day of school is Thurs, June 23.  No exams are scheduled, and it is a half day. There is not an academic or attendance requirement for your child to attend school on June 23.
in case you missed it ... 
The Safe Community Coalition recently hosted Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of the best-selling book How To Raise an Adult. Ms. Lythcott-Haims' presentation to our community on May 2 at McLean HS was an enormous success, selling out in advance and enabling over 570 members of our community to enjoy her engaging, informative and inspiring talk. Even if you were unable to attend, you're in luck, because you can see it on television:
Title:   Community Keynotes:  How to Raise an Adult
Air Dates:   Tues, May 31 - Sun, June 5
Air Time:  Each day at 8 pm
Station:   Red Apple 21  (channel 21 on Cox, Comcast, Verizon FiOS)

You can also watch it on the air dates and time via the web through the Red Apple 21 live stream at this website.   Just click on the " Watch 21 Live" icon on the right side of the page.
June 2-3
Choral show
June 7
Orchestra concert
June 10
Band concert
June 16
Last eNews for the 2015-16 year
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