langley eNews 
9/15 /2016 

Welcome to freshman year! Don't forget to submit your  Class of 2020 registration form and pay for your class dues and class dinner! The form was distributed in your Back to School packet and is on our  class webpage (select Freshman Class Dues/Dinner). 

Fri, Sept 16 is the deadline for class dinner reservations, to be held  Tues, Sept 27 at 6:30 pm. Come meet our class sponsors, class administrator and other freshman families while enjoying great food from Moby Dick, House of Kabob. Send RSVP/check now! 

Sept 16 is also the deadline to pay  Freshman Class Dues to receive a  Spirit Week T-shirt. Your freshman won't want to be left out when T-shirts are distributed Homecoming Week.
If you're not receiving  Class of 2020 email blasts, please visit our  class webpage and select  Join 2020 Google Group. The emails will be our primary means of communicating all class events and information for the next four years.

Parents, please fill out the class form that was in your student's packet, and return it to the Main Office with your check in the envelope provided; or, download the form off the Class of 2019 website. Thank you!
Upcoming Dates:
Sept 26, Driver's Ed Program Parents for Safe Teen Driving, 7 pm in Auditorium
Oct 6, First Sophomore Parent
Class Coffee, 9:30 am at Great Falls Library 

Please remember to send in your student's  Junior Class Dues & Registration. You can find an online copy of the form on Langley PTSA website. It's due back by Fri Sept 16 and can be dropped off in the main office by your student. The class dues will also provide them with a  Class T-shirt for the upcoming Spirit Week activities.
Join us for our first  Parent Coffee of the year on  Tues, Sept 27 at 9 am at Cooper MS, Room 130. Hear the latest news for junior parents. If you'd like to volunteer to bring something, sign up here
If you aren't receiving the class emails, please contact

If you haven't yet, don't forget to submit your Class of 2017 registration form and pay for your class dues! The form is in your green senior folder (distributed in BTS packet) and on our class website. Senior class dues pay for graduation and other senior year events. Only those students who have paid dues will receive a Spirit Week T-shirt.
Sept 16 is the Senior Swag order deadline: online ordering only, at this webpage.
Has your senior had their senior photos taken yet? Final sessions will be held Sept 27-30 at LHS. If you didn't receive a packet or an assigned time, or if you have questions, contact Lifetouch-Prestige at  1-800-445-1191. These portraits are used for student ID cards, the yearbook and administrative programs.
If you're not receiving Class of 2017 email blasts, please visit our class webpage and select Join 2017 Google Group. The emails will be our primary means of communicating all class events and information, including graduation info.
nhs apps due soon
Juniors and seniors who would like to be a part of the National Honor Society for the 2016-17 school year can find the application on the PTSA website. Applications must be dropped off in room 205 by Fri, Sept 30.   
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a welcome from the principal
We're very excited to see our students again.  We began with a spirited and informational freshman orientation on Aug 31 . Our Leadership students, SGA students and new student mentors were all present to welcome our newest Saxons. The drum line drummed, the cheerleaders cheered and the dance team danced. Meanwhile, our PTSA met with freshman parents in the auditorium. All in all, it was an excellent start to the year.
The first day of school also had some excitement as Channel 7 chose to include our new renovation for their back-to-school stories.  Senior class president  Kaitlin Bonacci had a star role and did an excellent job. Towards the end of the day, the Superintendent of FCPS, Dr. Karen Garza , came by for a visit. She stayed much longer than she intended as she met and talked with our wonderful students and staff. 
In fact, the entire first week went very well. There were some small hiccups with some of the bus runs, but that all seems to be ironing itself out.

Our renovation continues, with great progress over the summer. We've opened up four new student bathrooms, which is always welcome, and our main gym has been completely redone.  We now wait for the new rooms for our science, social studies, English, tech, and labs to open up. We plan to move into the new space in the back of the school at the end of the first quarter.
Please stop by school and see the new facilities for yourself. Join some of the various organizations that help to support your kids, such as the PTSA, Athletic Boosters, Performing Arts Guilds, 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 that it has to offer!
~ Fred Amico, Principal
create for reflections 
We hope all Langley students will consider entering the PTSA-sponsored Reflections Art Contest this month. This year's theme is What is your Story? Submissions are welcome in the categories of Dance Choreography, Literature, Music Composition, Film Production, Photography and Visual Arts. Entries are due by Thurs, Oct 7 in the main office. For rules, entry forms and more information, see Ms. Stark in Room 118 or contact Nancy Rau at
why join the ptsa? 
Your annual PTSA membership and donation supports innovative teaching development, cutting-edge technology, special programs, renovation upgrades 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:
*   skeletons, hot plates and microscopes for Science
*   calculators and software for Math
*   timers, cassettes and recorders for Foreign Language
*   equipment for new Broadcast Journalism
*   computer monitors for Student Services
Even this newsletter wouldn't be possible without PTSA funding -- while volunteers' time is free, web hosting is not! Through eNews and the PTSA website, your donations support essential communication among parents.
The PTSA suggests a $100 donation per family, in addition to the annual membership fee of $25, to support the LHS community, but any amount is greatly appreciated. Membership includes a printed directory.
PTSA Membership & Donation forms are in your child's back-to-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  Patty, or  Lisa Givens,
important grading policy changes 
FCPS recently implemented the following changes to High School Grading policies. Here are some highlights:

Separation of Work Habits and Achievement
* Late work will be accepted to document learning/mastery. Teacher teams must set reasonable guidelines for turning in late work to encourage work completion by their students. If a student misses an assignment, a placeholder (such as M for missed, I for incomplete, etc.) should be entered into the grade book.

* Class participation may be included in a student's grade if it is based on the quality of a student response and not the quantity of responses. If a team will include class participation in a student's grade, guidelines for assessing must be included in the course syllabus.

Maximum/Minimum Weights Grades Can Carry
Collaborative teams are encouraged to set grading design so that no one assignment/assessment counts more than 30% of the quarter grade.

Retakes with Associated Guidelines
*For major assessments, at least one new opportunity to demonstrate proficiency shall be provided to any student who scores below an 80% and completes corrective action determined by collaborative team.
Limiting or Eliminating Zeros in a 100 Point Scale
* If a student has been given multiple opportunities to complete work and has not done so, a 0 may be entered in the grade book at the end of the quarter.
* If a student has made a reasonable attempt to complete work, teams are encouraged to assign a grade no lower than 50.
If you have questions, please contact your child's counselor. The full policy can be found here on the FCPS website.
orchestra events 
carwash: Got a dirty car? The Langley Orchestra can help you out this Sat, Sept 17! Orchestra students will be washing cars and collecting donations between 9:30 am and 4 pm at the BP Station, 1423 Chain Bridge Rd. Donations will be used to support programming for our award-winning LHS Orchestra.

free performance: Enjoy a cup of coffee and beautiful music performed by LHS Chamber Ensemble on Sat, Sept  24 . The group will perform at Greenberry's Coffee Co., 6839 Redmond Drive, from 8:30-10 am .  Stop by and enjoy the concert!
field hockey: The varsity field hockey team brought home the Rotary Cup with a victory over McLean on Tues, Sept 13. The JV team won their game as well. Each year, athletes from both teams come together before the game to kick off this hometown rivalry evening.  Way to go, girls!
girls' basketball:   Fall workouts have started. The full calendar can be found on under Girls Varsity Basketball - Team Files. If you have any questions about participating, contact Coach Baker at
softball:  Fall workouts will be held Sept 22 and 30, and Oct 13 from 3:30-5 pm on the LHS softball field. Be sure to turn in emergency care forms to Coach Roche in Room 290. For updates and weather conditions, follow @LangleySoftball on Twitter.
all fall sports: Come out and support your fellow Saxons. Game schedules are available at and you can also follow us on Twitter for updates @langleysports.
boosters: Visit for membership, booster wear, Saxon sales and sponsorships.
clubs: Click  here for the most up to date club list and how to start a new club. Club day is Sept 30 during all lunches for approved clubs. Students will get information about clubs and service learning opportunities. The list is frequently updated, so please check back for updates. Contact the teacher sponsor if you have any questions about a specific club, or general questions can be submitted to Nancy Ayoub at
share the experience 
Have tickets to the theatre or sporting event you can't use? Willing to donate a spa treatment, restaurant gift certificate, or gourmet food basket? Consider donating these items to a teacher! The PTSA wants to make it FUN to teach at Langley by hosting periodic drawings for prizes for teachers who are members of the PTSA. 

FCPS teacher salaries are not as high as those in Arlington, Falls Church, Loudoun and Montgomery Counties, and the PTSA wants our awesome teachers at Langley to know we're grateful for the excellent education they're providing our children.  

Donations can be offered at the last minute. If you find you can't use those tickets to the NSO, the ballet or baseball game, please contact PTSA president  Chrissie Lavin,
saxon service 
Langley is committed to promoting service within our community. Participation with service organizations has been proven to reduce stress, create a sense of community, foster relationships, and promote self-esteem and a sense of pride by contributing to someone or something in a meaningful way. LHS offers Saxon Service on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month; it's an opportunity to engage in service and earn hours right here in the building during Saxon Time.  
The first Saxon Service will be held on Thurs, Sept 22. The activities available for students include:  making sandwiches and blankets for Embry-Rucker Shelter, sorting crayons for the Crayon Initiative, making dog toys for Arlington Animal Welfare League, sewing/ironing pillowcases for Case For Smiles, folding origami for Cranes for Cancer, knitting blankets for The Alternative House, writing notes of thanks/support to our active duty military, preparing art kits for Jill's House, making beads for Village of Hope-Haiti, and donating rice for UN World Food Program.  
Please encourage your student to participate. Each student engaged in a service activity will earn one hour of service learning credit. 
community education opps
vt maker festival: Get ready for hands-on experiences, live performances, and interactive demonstrations that will inspire a wonder in science for all ages! The National Capital Region's Maker Festival day is Sat, Oct 1 from 10 am to 4 pm, at Virginia Tech-Northern Va Center, 7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church. For more info and to register, click here

increasing literacy: The US Dept of Education is celebrating the first anniversary of ParentCamp with a focus on improving literacy outcomes for all students. This ParentCamp offers attendees an opportunity to share experiences, opinions, hopes, and ideas that will improve the education and well-being of all children and their families. It will be held at the Dept of Ed, 400 Maryland Ave SW, in DC on Oct 14 from 8 am to 12:30 pm. But you need to register now. Due to limited space, registration is not a guarantee of admittance. For questions, contact For more details, visit the website.
service learning opps 
Here are some upcoming service learning opportunities in our area (for additional opportunities, please visit the x2VOL link on your student's Family Connection Page on Blackboard).

Teen Volunteer Information Nights
Wed, Sept 28 at Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria
Tues, October 4 at Chantilly Regional Library, Chantilly
Wed, October 5 at Reston Regional Library, Reston

In order to assist students who need to fulfill a service hours requirement for a school class, club or other activity, the FCPL and Volunteer Fairfax are sponsoring this series of Teen Volunteer Information Nights. Staff from Volunteer Fairfax will show teens how to find agencies in need of volunteers and explore upcoming volunteer opportunities.
Homestretch Potato Drop at Dulin Methodist Church
Sat, Sept 17 from 8 am - 1 pm
Dulin United Methodist Church, Falls Church
In partnership with Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, the Langley Pyramid schools are working to help out Homestretch at Dulin Methodist Church. Homestretch has arranged for 42,000 lbs of potatoes to be dropped off at the church, and help is needed to bag potatoes for distribution to individuals and agencies picking up the food. Wear work clothes and gloves, as re-bagging potatoes can get messy. For more info, contact Dave Porterfield,
9th Annual Susco 8k Race 
Sat, Sept 17, 8:30 am  
Reston, VA
Volunteers are needed as race marshals for the 8K race and 2K Fun Run.  The race is held in memory of a 1999 graduate from South Lakes HS, Timothy Susco, who passed away at 25 of a congenital brain aneurysm; proceeds from the race benefit research. Volunteers need to report to South Lakes HS by 7:15 am, and they can help out before and after the race. To register to help, contact  For more info about the race, visit their website.
standarized test practice 
The McLean HS PTSA is offering area students the opportunity to take a practice version of the new SAT as well as the ACT. This is a great chance to practice in a true test setting! The test will be offered on Sat, Sept 17, starting at 9 am in the McLean HS cafeteria. The registration fee of $20 will benefit the MHS PTSA; bring check or cash on test day. To register, click here.

Participants will receive a detailed score report that highlights their personal strengths and weaknesses.

Contact Kaplan Program Manager Nerissa Cunningham at 757-232-6119 or with any questions.

Note: This practice test is for students to familiarize themselves in preparation for the SAT & ACT tests. Scores are  not reported to the school or any reporting agency.  Results are solely for the student's personal use.
funding our schools  
The Fairfax County Council of PTAs is calling on all parents to vote in favor of the Meals Tax Referendum on Nov 8, in an effort to maintain our great schools and end teacher exodus to neighboring counties with better teacher pay. A 4% Meals Tax will bring up to $70 million each year into FCPS -- an estimated 28 percent of that amount coming from non-county residents. Meals tax already apply in surrounding areas at these rates: Alexandria: 4%; Arlington: 4%;  Falls Church: 4%; Fairfax City: 4%; Herndon: 2.5%; Vienna: 3%. For more information, visit this website
Sept 21
Late Buses Begin
Back-to-School Night for Grades 11 & 12
Sept 22
Saxon Service at Saxon Time
Sept 26
Driver's Ed Program, 7 pm
Sept 27
Junior Parent Coffee, 9 am
Freshman Class Dinner, 6:30 pm
Sept 30
Club Day
Oct 4 Financial Aid Night, 7 pm
Oct 5  Principal's Coffee/PTSA General Membership Meeting, 9 am 
Oct 6 Saxon Service at Saxon Time
Sophomore Parent Coffee, 9:30am, GF Library
Oct 7 Student Holiday
Oct 10 Columbus Day
Oct 12 New Family Coffee, 9:30 am
Oct 14 Homecoming Game
Oct 15 Homecoming Dance

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar