langley eNews 
6/9 /2016 

It's that time that we've all been looking forward to -- and maybe dreading a little as well --
the end-of-the-year crunch and craziness!!!
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.
putting eNews to bed
Please note that next week's edition will be our last for the academic year. Send in your articles no later than next Tues, June 14, for inclusion our final edition for 2015-16!
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message from the principal
I always think of Memorial Day as one of the true markers of the end of the school year. While we're not quite done yet, we're almost finished with 2015-16. This year has brought many changes, most of which were very positive, some of which were sad.

Through all of these changes, the one constant has been the incredible amount of spirit and pride from our staff and community. Through the good times and bad our students have been incredible. They do their work, are pleasant, and have a good perspective. They are wonderful ambassadors for our school and community. Their accomplishments are too many to mention . Many students have accomplished things that are under the radar. They have overcome obstacles and troubles that other people will never understand. I'm so proud of every one of our students. If you had the opportunity to walk our halls every day, you would see how great they really are.

In education we like to measure everything. We like to be able to quantify everything, but some things we just can't. Many of the great things about our students and teachers cannot be quantified, but we know they are superlative. As we move into summer, remember how proud you are of your students and all that they've accomplished. Remember to thank their teachers and congratulate all on a job well done. 
~ Fred Amico, Principal 
spring academic awards 
The Spring Academic Awards program was held Thurs, June 9 at 7 pm in the Langley Auditorium. This is the time of year when each department recognizes students for various achievements in their class. Pa rents were mailed invitations earlier in May so they could mark their c alendars and watch their students receive their awards. The stud ents aren't told what award they'll get before the program, so it's fun to see their surp rise. Light refreshments are supplied by the PTSA before the program. With over 250 awards presented, it truly is a special evening.
staff spotlight  
Austin Whitehorne is a teacher of Economics and Personal Finance, and Info-Systems. He's also the head coach of the boys freshman basketball team and assistant coach of boys' varsity tennis.

This has been his third year teaching at Langley. His previous teaching experience involved student teaching at Herndon HS. When asked about the students here, Mr. Whitehorne claims, " Love them. My students, and especially my players, always bring a smile to my face." His player-coach relationships are very strong, and the chemistry has helped post some impressive results. " Basketball is something that I am very passionate about," he says, "and the opportunity to coach and share my wisdom about the game is one of the greatest joys in my life." Outside his professional and coaching life, Mr. Whitehorne loves being in the outdoors and occasionally partakes in a Netflix binge.
When asked about his favorite part of Langley, he says, "The students, the faculty, and the parents. I have always felt tremendous support from the Saxon Strong Community." Lastly, every teacher brings different strengths to the table. When asked what makes him unique, he states, "My age and personality. I consider myself a pretty down-to-Earth dude and feel I do an excellent job of relating to my students."

~ Ian Muir, Saxon Scope reporter 
one more chance for service learning 
Back by popular demand . . . the last opportunity to earn service hours at Saxon Time this year is Mon, June 13. All opportunities (except beads) will be set up in the new space, Langley Hall, outside the Auditorium.

Students can offer service by:
  • making sandwiches/lunches for Martha's Table
  • creating blankets for Martha's Table
  • folding origami for Cranes for Cancer
  • writing military notes
  • ironing pillow cases for Case for Smiles
  • making beads for Village of Hope School (this opportunity will be offered in Ms. Stark's art room, #118)
Even if your student doesn't need service hours, this is a great way to relax and unwind from academics!
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   .
here's what we get from shopping 
Thank you for taking a few minutes at the beginning of the year to link your cards to LHS -- we raised over $25,000 this fiscal year! It really does make a difference. These additional funds will have a huge impact on our ability to purchase needed items associated with renovations. 
  • Giant: Donated over $14,000. Giant Customer Service Manager Chris Jackson presented Principal Amico, Terri Markwart, and Chrissie Lavin with a " Giant check" at the final PTSA Meeting.
  • Safeway: Donated over $5,000.
  • Harris Teeter: McLean Store Manager Jennifer Munoz will be presenting a check for over $4,000 to LHS on June 21.
  • Amazon: Projected donation ~$2,000. We earn from Amazon purchases year-round. Please start all sessions on the PTSA home page and click to Amazon from there.  Every click makes a difference!
  • Target: Projected donation ~$1,000. Their program has ended but we thank those who participated for the past several years.
memorial to mr. stone 
The PTSA, through the love and dedication of LHS parent Ally Weingast, created a Memory Book and Garden for Mr. Stone's family. Rocks with student dedications were added to a succulent garden, and all the tributes and memories left by current students, former students, and faculty were included in a beautiful Memory Book. Please assure your child that if he or she sent a photo, wrote a message at school, or emailed one to the PTSA, it was included in the book. The Book and Garden are a wonderful tribute to a unique teacher and a truly special gift for his family.
angp donations 
The LHS 2016 All Night Graduation Party Committee would like to thank these businesses and families for their generous donations to help make the ANGP possible for the graduating class of 2016:
Business Donors*:
American Legion Post 270, McLean
Café Oggi, McLean
Chain Bridge Bank, McLean
Chick-Fil-A Tysons West, Vienna
Dr. Deirdre J. Maull, DMD, McLean
Dr. Michael T. Gocke, DDS, McLean
Georgetown Learning Center, Great Falls & McLean
Ichiban Sushi, McLean
LandArt Design, McLean
Luposello & Marzban Orthodontics, McLean
Lynn Kemmerer, Long & Foster Real Estate Agent, Great Falls
McLean Community Foundation
Starbucks of Great Falls
Stephen Dulaney, State Farm Insurance, Great Falls
Village Green Day School, Great Falls    
Wheat's Lawn & Custom Landscape, McLean
* These business consistently donate to the LHS ANGP year after year. Please help us thank them by patronizing their businesses.

Family Donors: 
Plus a big THANK YOU to 100+ volunteers who have contributed their time to ensure the success of the 2016 ANGP event! 
June 10
Band concert
June 13
Service learning during Saxon Time
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