langley eNews 
9/10 /2015 

freshmen
Parents, please fill out the class form that was in your student's packet, and return it with your check in the envelope provided.

The Freshman Class Dinner for students and families is Sept 30, at 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria. Please buy your tickets now. If you'd like to volunteer to help, contact Cindy Gersony at gersonyfam5@gmail.com.

Back to School Night is  Sept 16 at 7 pm, and s chool pictures are Sept 10-11.

sophomores
We hope to see you at the first Sophomore Parent Class Coffee on Tues, Sept 22 at 9 am at the Soobert home, 6807 Wemberly Way, McLean. Principal Fred Amico and his staff will be there to share information and answer any questions. Don't forget to fill out and send back your sophomore dinner RSVP and Class dues form!

juniors
Welcome back, junior parents and students! Please note these important upcoming dates:
Sept 10: Junior Back to School Night, class registration/dues form due
Oct 1: Junior Parent Coffee, 9 am at Cooper MS
Oct 14: PSAT for Juniors
Dec 10: Junior Parent Coffee, 9 am at Cooper MS
Jan 28: Junior Class Dinner & College Guidance Night, 6 pm

Class forms and other important Class of 2017 information can be found here. Click the green buttons to the right to see junior BTS info and to access the form. For questions, please contact pattycraver@aol.com.

seniors
Welcome to Senior Year! Don't forget to submit your Class of 2016 registration form and pay for your class dues and class dinner! The form is in your senior folder (distributed in BTS packet) and on our class websiteSept 10 is the deadline for pre-ordering for the class dinner, to be held Sept 15 at 6 pm, in conjunction with Student Service's Senior College Night for students and parents. We'll order a very limited supply of dinners above the preorders. Tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-serve basis, while limited quantities last. Please place orders now to insure availability! Sept 18 is the deadline to pay Senior Class Dues to receive Spirit Week T-shirt. Sept 21 is the Senior Swag order deadline:  online ordering only, at this webpage, using the password saxons.

If you are not receiving weekly Class of 2016 email blasts, please contact  Alison Ahmed at alisonjahmed@aol.com or Lia Grassi at lianjoe@aol.com . The email blasts will be our primary means of communicating all class events and information, including graduation info.
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letter from the principal
Dear Langley Community:
 
Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!  The renovation project has been moving forward this summer with a lot of progress. As of today, the project is on schedule and projected to be completed on timeIf you haven't been on campus in a while, you'll notice a lot of changes:
  • The contractors are putting the finishing touches on the aux gym which will be available for us to use very soon.
  • The administrative suite is on schedule to be completed by the end of winter break.
  • The auditorium and performing arts area is also on schedule to be completed by the end of winter break.
  • The science wing in the back of the building is also on schedule and projected to be completed sometime this spring.
  • The parking lot by the stadium has been paved and marked off for student and visitor parking.
  • The base has been poured and the tennis courts are projected to be opened later this fall.
All in all, the project has been moving along relatively smoothly with minimal disruption to the educational environment. Please remember, however, this is a construction project and it is possible for delays to occur which could change the completion date. Please be flexible and patient as we go through this project. We are certainly excited about our renovated facility and believe it will enhance our educational and extra-curricular programs in addition to bringing a great sense of pride to the Langley community! If you have any questions please contact James Robertson at jrobertson@fcps.edu.
 
We are excited to see our students again. Ww're working to make Langley a welcoming school where all can and will succeed. Our curriculum teams have developed creative and innovative lessons so that your children will be enthusiastic about learning. We're excited to have you as part of our community as well. Please join the various organizations that help to support your kids, such as the PTSA, Athletic Boosters, Performing Arts Leagues, and many others. Come out to a game, a performance, a concert or any of the other activities that feature our students.  Enjoy Langley and all it has to offer!
 
Fred Amico, Principal
letter from the ptsa president 
We'd like to welcome everyone to the 2015-16 school year, especially those families and teachers who are new to Langley HS. We have a lot to be excited about: new principal, new start times, new students & faculty and new building (well, almost). Our new principal, Fred Amico, has incredible energy, and it IS contagious!

Tonight is Back-to-School Night for grades 11 & 12. You'll hear from your child 's teachers about curriculum and expectations. Every teacher, every classroom, and every student at Langley benefits from the generous contributions from Langley parents. As a matter of fact, the eNews you're reading is possible because of your PTSA donations . So, please  send in your bright yellow PTSA membership form with your dues and donations.
 
Last, year, the PTSA appropriated over $47,000 for items used in classrooms. Every single dollar helps LHS continue to be one of the best schools in the United States. The first round of PTSA appropriations is coming up, so the sooner you send in your contribution, the sooner teacher-requested items can be in the classroom.
 
Parents, we encourage you to attend PTSA meetings, class coffees and class dinners when you can. As you all know, high school isn't like it was when we were teenagers. Issues like graduation requirements, potential budget cuts affecting FCPS programs, parking spot updates, and old SAT vs new SAT are discussed at these events. At these school-sponsored events we can find out what is really happening at Langley, beyond the rumors. Plus, some of the most helpful info is shared among parents who attend.
 
Finally, if you have ideas or suggestions regarding programming, or ideas from another school, please let us know. We're always open to new ideas, especially from those ready to pitch in! Visit our website to stay up to date on FCPS, Langley and class-specific news.
 
We look forward to working with many of you this coming year. 
 
Terri Markwart,                                      Chrissie Lavin,
PTSA President                                    PTSA President-Elect
why join the ptsa?
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Your an nual PTSA membership and donation supports innovative teaching development, cutting-edge technology, special programs and extra materials that enhance your child's education.  Thanks to the generosity of Langley parents , these are some of the items that the PTSA was able to purchase last year:
  • STEM program supplies
  • 4 data projectors for school-wide use
  • microphone system
  • cameras, lens, & hoods for the Arts Dept
  • large computer monitors for Student Services
Please support the Langley community! The PTSA suggests a $100 donation per family, but any amount is greatly appreciated. Membership includes a printed directory.

PTSA Membership & Donation forms are in your child's back-t o-school packet, or you can donate online . Not sure if you've already joined/donated? You can find out by emailing our PTSA Membership chairs Lisa Givens lisa.givens@gmail.com or Lauri Dacey lauri426@yahoo.com.
student directory online data
The PTSA has partnered with AtoZ Directories to create our online and print student directory. All student data will be verified online; there will be no paper forms to return to the school.
 
New for this year is that all registered students will be included in the Student Directory. You'll receive an email from the Langley Directory requesting that you review and verify your contact i nformation. After logging in to your account, you can make changes to your information or opt out of the directory. 

Again, the default is that all students will be included in the Directory. You must log in to make changes or opt out. All student information not verified will print as is. If you have questions, please contact langleydirectory@gmail.com.
super advertising opportunity
Are you interested in advertising your business in this year 's 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 info and much more, the directory is an indispensable resource and consulted regularly by Langley families, faculty, and staff.
 
Our school directory also serves as an important fundraiser for Langley High School. There 's truly no better way to promote your business and support the school at the same time.
 
Ad space is currently available throughout the printed directory and in the mobile directory app. The premium spots sell quickly. Contact AtoZ Directories today to ensure you ' ll find the best ad location for your business. To place your ad or for more information, please contact Lori Mankin of AtoZ Directories at lori@atozdirectories.com.
upcoming practice tests 
Practice SAT & ACT tests will be offered at McLean HS, sponsored by their PTSA and hosted by Kaplan, on the dates below. Testing will be in the cafeteria from 9 am - 1 pm, with a $20 fee collected on the day.

New PSAT & Current SAT - Sept 12 
New SAT & ACT - Nov 14 
New SAT & ACT - Feb 20

Families can use this link to register and for more information. There's still space available for the event on Sept 12.
band
The Langley Marching Band is holding Tag Day, its biggest fundraiser, this Sat, Sept 12! Please
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tch for LHS Band students in your neighborhood asking for your support. This is Langley's biggest band in years, and we need your help more than ever for uniforms and instruments and to support our first Color Guard.  Please be generous when a band member knocks on your door this weekend . Encourage your neighbors to be welcoming, too!  Thanks to the support of the school and the PTSA and the community, we have brand new uniforms this year! Come out to see the performance at halftime of all home football games.
theatre
Saxon Stage auditions for the fall play,  
Almost, Maine
will be held   Tues, Sept 15   and   Wed, Sept 16   from   3:15-5:30 pm. C allback auditions will be held Fri, Sept 18   from   3-6:30 pm . Students who are interested in auditioning should e-mail Theatre Director Valerie Karasek at  vdkarasek@fcps.edu  to register. Once registered, students will receive directions regarding access to audition information and requirements on Google Classroom. If you have questions regarding auditions, please see Ms. K in Room 220.
 
Almost, Maine will be performed   Nov 19-21   at The Langley School auditorium.

sports
crew: Learn about Langley 's nationally recognized crew team at our f all open house on  Sept 12, 11 am - 1 pm, at Sandy Run Regional Park. You can then sign up for our Learn to Row program on Saturdays from Sept 19 through Oct 24. All students are welcome. Join us for beautiful fall Saturdays and learn to row! Visit fall rowing opportunities for more information and to sign up.
 
boys'  volleyball: Come represent Langley HS in the NoVa High School Boys Volleyball League. A ll students are welcome. Fall practices are twice a week, with one match per week during the season. No prior experience is necessary. Matches are played against our usual HS opponents. If your student wants a fall sport but hasn ' t found the right fit, think volleyball! We have great guys and great coaches and do very well in the league. Contact Manager Lorraine Bucy lorrainebucy@aol.com for more information and to be added to the mailing list, or contact senior player John Bucy at jbbucy@gmail.com with questions.
nhs application due soon!
If your rising juniors and seniors would like to be a part of the National Honor Society  for the 2015-16 school year, the application is now available on the Langley website under the Activities tab. Applications will be accepted beginning Mon, Sept 14, and should be submitted to room 100. The firm deadline is Fri, Sept 18 at 2:55 pm.
time for reflections

Encourage your students to tap their inner artists! They might choreograph a dance, produce a film, write a poem or story, compose a song, take a picture or create a piece of visual art, even in 3-D, to support this year's theme:  Let Your Imagination Fly .
 
Visit  Reflections for more information and to complete a PTSA Reflections entry form. All entry forms and art work are due to the main office by Sept 28. Contact Nancy Rau at nancycrau@cox.net with questions.
for brand-new lhs families
Are you new to the area?  Perhaps new to the United States? We ' re so excited to have you and your children as part of our Langley community, and we want to get to know you better. Please join us for a coffee on Thurs, Sept 10 at 9 am in the principal ' s conference room at Langley (across from the main office) to meet other new families and learn a little bit more about LHS from the director of Student Services, Sonya Williams. RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Julie Hohl at jbzhohl@verizon.net or Betsy Shomaker at shomaker.jb@verizon.net.
science fair boot camps
Calling all LHS students in honors biology or honors chemistry! Need help finding a science fair project? Want some assistance with getting your project approved and a research plan completed? Come to the Science Fair Workshop presented by the LHS PTSA from 9 am - 1 pm, Sat Sept 19 and Sat Sept 26! Fees are $40 for one session, $65 for both, with checks to be made out to Langley PTSA. First come first served. Sign up early to reserve your spot!
calendar
Sept 10
BTS for 11 & 12, 7 pm
Sept 10-11
School picture days
Sept 15
Senior class dinner & college night, 6 pm
Sept 16
BTS for 9 & 10, 7 pm
Sept 22
Sophomore parent coffee, 9 am
Sept 30
Freshman class dinner, 6:30 pm
Oct 1
Junior parent coffee, 9 am at Cooper MS
Oct 6
Q1 interims
Oct 7
Freshman parent coffee, 9 am
Oct 9
Student holiday  
Homecoming football game, 7 pm
Oct 10
Homecoming Dance
Oct 12
Columbus Day holiday
Oct 14
PSAT / 2-hour dismissal
Senior field trip
Sophomore class dinner
Oct 12
Senior parent coffee, 9:30 am
Oct 28
Principal's coffee and PTSA meeting, 9 am at Cooper MS