langley eNews 
9/17 /2015 

Any freshman interested in running for class office, please pick up a letter of intent from Mrs. Hamilton in room 218. All applications will be due Fri, Sept 18 at 3 pm.
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
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.  If you can volunteer to bring something, please sign up here .
Don't forget to fill out and send back your sophomore dinner RSVP and Class dues form!
Remember to submit your Class of 2016 registration form and pay for your class dues! The form is in your senior folder (distributed in BTS packet) and on our class websiteSept 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. 
Has your senior had their senior photos taken yet? Final sessions will be held Sept 21-24 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 aren't receiving weekly Class of 2016 email blasts, please contact  Alison Ahmed at or Lia Grassi at . The email blasts will be our primary means of communicating all class events and information, including graduation info.
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seek and ye shall find ... 
As parents we try to empower our children, teach them to advocate for themselves, seek out a teacher if they are having trouble in a class, or ask the coach how they can improve their game. Part of our job is to seek information that allows for options and opportunities. Next week, the new  Student Information System   (SIS, sometimes called "open grade book") program will be activated. You should have received a code in the mail to set up your parent account, and a KIT will be sent soon explaining how the new system works. In the past, we parents received student progress reports every few weeks, but  now the responsibility falls to us to log into our SIS account if we wish to view our student's grades.

And here at eNews we have another place to find info. Today we debut a new sectionSaxon Solutionsto help parents find answers to their questions. We encourage you to send your questions to be answered  to  ptsalangley@gmail.comReading eNews each Thursday is another way parents take ownership of their child's education. Learning about service opportunities, honor society deadlines, sports or theatre tryouts . . . all of this can be found in eNews

As many of you know, Superintendent Garza predicts a budget shortfall of $75 million for the 2016-17 school year. She's seeking info on what the community thinks. FCPS designed a clever mechanism for you to outline your family's priorities, while facing the realities of limited resources. You must choose from among many budget cuts, large and small, and add them up. What is more or less important to your family? Try it--click  this link  to design your own budget proposal. It only takes a few minutes, and your input can be part of the budget committee's discussions, which could shape our schools for years to come.  

Today I got a letter that made me chuckle. Because PTSA is an employer in Fairfax County, I'm supposed to post a sign listing fair labor laws. I think to be considered "employed," you'd get a paycheck! So, no, while the PTSA doesn't employ anyone in the legal sense, we do have  hundreds of parents volunteering thousands of hours  to make Langley an amazing school. So seek out the PTSA, or any other Booster or Guild, and maybe you'll find those answers you've been looking for.
Terri Markwart,  PTSA President
lhs accreditation
During the 2015-16 school year, LHS will be going through an external review for re-accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This accreditation is important to the Langley community as it validates the performance of our school. In addition, colleges and universities value this accreditation as part of their admission process. 

As part of this re-accreditation process, Langley is conducting a parent survey. This information, along with other data points, will be used to assess our overall academic program and guide our decisions in making improvements. The administration values your opinion. Please take the time to complete this survey by clicking here. Your responses to this survey will be anonymous, and your honest opinion is appreciated. The survey window closes Oct 16. Thank you for your time and attention!
still need help with sis?
Check out SIS Parent Support to get more info on the new SIS Parent Accounts, including how to create a parent account and FAQs about SIS.

More information can also been found on the For Parents   tab on the LHS website.
saxon solutions

Have you ever felt like a lot of parents are talking to each other about the same question, but no one seems to have a definitive answer? We'd like to help you (and all the other parents) find the answers!  

Langley has many sources of information available to you:
  • Staff members: teachers, assistant principals and counselors
  • LHS website:
  • PTSA website:
  • PTSA officers and committee chairs: on the PTSA website, click About the PTSA, then PTSA Board.
  • Class websites: from the PTSA website, click Class of... to find your class page.
  • Class parents: names and contact info are listed on each class page.
  • FCPS website:
Please take a moment to review the   tabs on the Langley and PTSA websites. You'll be surprised at the amount of information at your fingertips.  Still can't find an answer? Email your questions to  We'll research your questions and publish answers to common questions in eNews.
front cover kudos 

The Saxon Scope has been nominated by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) for a Design of the Year Pacemaker Award . This award is one of the highest honors that a high school news production can receive. 

The nominated design is the front cover of the 
April 2015 magazine, 
created by senior Laura Coffey and former Scope staff member Kate Bryan. The winners will be announced Nov 15 in Orlando, FL at the NSPA High School Journalism Convention. 
call for volunteers 
clinic volunteers needed: The Langley Clinic has many open volunteer shifts to fill this year and NO medical knowledge is required! Clinic volunteers work one hour (1:15-2:15 pm) every other week on a day of your choosing. All new volunteers must attend a 1-2 hours long training session conducted at Langley by our school's Fairfax County public health nurse prior to volunteering in the clinic. This is one of the very few ongoing volunteer positions at Langley that allows you to interact with students during school hours. Interested? Need more info? Please contact clinic coordinator Lynn Toloczko at or 703-626-6669.

nutrition and wellnessThe PTSA is looking for a Nutrition & Wellness Committee Chairperson.   Now is a great time to get involved. FCPS recently hired a new Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) director  recognized as a pioneer and expert in farm-to-school salad bars.  T he cafeteria is part of phase three in the renovation, and the PTSA would like to have a parent working with FNS and our food service staff so that our  new cafeteria is inviting to the eye as well as the palate.   Please contact  if you're interested.  
language assistance: We need your help!  We all know the challenges of high school academics, extracurricular activities, and parenting teenagers. I magine trying to do all this without a clear understanding of the language.   If you speak a language other than English and would be willing to be a resource to international families new to Langley, please contact Betsy Shomaker   at or Julie Hohl at
orchestra fundraiser

Th e Langley or chestra will be holding a music-filled carwash this Sat, Sept 19, from 10 am-4 pm. The event will be held at the BP gas  station located at 1423 Chain Bridge Road in  McLean (at the intersection of Old Dominion).
Please come out and support the LHS orchestra. Get your car washed and enjoy music played by several orchestra students including senior Erik Toor who will play his electric violin!

boys' golf: The varsity golf team finished their pre-season tournament schedule with a first place finish at Fawn Lake Golf Club in the Bear Classic. Against a strong field the Saxons posted a 299 team score, led by sophomores Matthew Feinstein (70) and Chris Dillard (75).   All six of the Saxons shot in the 70s with Ravi Makam, Eli Thrasher, John Chen and John Schindler rounding out the tournament team.
volleyball: The team is once again having an exciting season, beating #9 Stone Bridge last week. We appreciate the fan support over the years and we look forward to hearing the chants and cheers as the team challenges for conference, regional and state titles! Led by seniors Jess Donaldson, Maddie Baldwin, Katie Sissler and Kristian Stanford, the fun will begin with our next home match against Osbourn Park Sept 21, 7:15 pm.

The teams are participating in our annual Dig Pink tournament Sept 19. We hope to help raise aw areness for breast cancer research against top teams Robinson and Battlefield. Click here for the link to our donati on page.  Varsity and JV will be traveling to Robinson (9 am and 10:30 am) and the Freshmen will play at home (9 am and noon). Come out and enjoy the action!
baseball: Varsity and JV baseball will have a player interest meeting in Trailer 15 on Wed, Sept 23 after school.   Anyone interested for trying out for the Spring Season should attend.
girls' basketball: Fall workouts have started and are open to all ladies interested in playing basketball this winter.   Check  under the Varsity team files for the full calendar.   Email Coach Baker if you have any questions at
Visit for updated game schedules, field directions, and other information. Come out and support your fellow Saxons!  Visit for membership, booster wear, Saxon sales and sponsorships.  Follow us on Twitter
college-bound athlete?
Langley and McLean are partnering and sponsoring Guiding the College-Bound Athlete, an NCAA informational meeting, on Mon, Oct 26 at 7:30 pm at McLean HS It is free and open to any Langley parents and students. Many student-athletes who aspire to play at the college level are not as familiar with the ins and outs of academic requirements and eligibility as they need to be in order to pursue their goals. This evening  will educate and prepare student-athletes in middle and high school and their parents for opportunities and careers after graduation.  
life after high school
Future Quest 2015 is a free college and career event for middle school and high school students with disabilities, their families, and adult professionals who work with them. Future Quest features more than 70 sessions and exhibits related to successful life after high school.

Participants can  select from a variety of workshops such as:  Options After High School, Self-Advocacy, College Support, Assistive Technology, Career Planning, Employment, Career/Technical Schools, and Legal Considerations.  The keynote speaker, Justin Graves, will inspire participants to focus on their abilities with his motto that "life is all about what you have done for other people."  

The Resource Fair will give participants the opportunity to browse community supports and services and better understand available resources as they transition to life after high school.  Future Quest 2015 will be held  Sat, Nov 14, 8 am- 3 pm in the Johnson Center on the Fairfax campus of  George Mason University For more information and to register, please click Future Quest .
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 16
Senior parent coffee, 9:30 am
Oct 18 FCPS College Night, Fair Oaks mall, 7:30-9:30 pm
Oct 19 FCPS College Night, Hayfield school, 7-9 pm
Oct 22 Choral Concert, Providence Baptist Church
Oct 26 NCAA informational meeting, McLean HS, 7:30 pm
Oct 28
Principal's coffee and PTSA meeting, 9 am at Cooper MS