langley eNews 
9/21/ 2017  

To get a Senior Class T-shirt for Spirit Week and for use in the senior class photo, class dues must be paid and the registration form returned before Fri, Sept 22. The form can be downloaded from the PTSA website. The form and your check can be mailed in or dropped off by your student at the main office. 

Senior Swag order deadline is Fri, Sept 22; click  here to order.

If students still have not had their Senior Portraits taken for the yearbook, this is their last chance. Photo make-ups will take place October 2nd - 5th at school. Appointment postcards were mailed home. All seniors must take a portrait to be included in the yearbook! If you have questions, contact Ms Mulligan in Room 1207, or at More info can be found here.

Class Dues were due today (Sept. 21). If you are unsure whether we received your dues form or still need to send it in, please contact Ann Haley,, or Maura Bollinger,

Share your photos with us! As Fall school activities get underway don't forget to send pics of fellow juniors via the class Dropbox for our graduation slideshow. Groups of 4-6 students are best. 

If you're not receiving Class of 2019 emails, please sign-up for our GoogleGroup for parents by following this link.

Sophomores and one parent/guardian MUST attend a 90-minute parent-teen program as part of 10th grade classroom driver's education, for anyone who plans to get a VA driver's license before they are 19 years old. The first session at Langley is Mon, Sept 25. Parents/teens should plan to arrive at LHS at 6:30 pm when the doors to the Auditorium open. The doors will be closed and locked precisely at 7 pm and no one will be admitted after that time (they are not kidding about this). Parents must show a valid driver's license or state-issued identification number. Attendance for the FULL 90 minutes is required. Bring a pen or pencil. Additional sessions will be held at Langley Nov 28 and Feb 13 at 7 pm.  More information can be found on our class webpage and by clicking here .

We encourage all sophomore parents to attend the Principal/ PTSA Meeting on Wed, Sept 27 at 9 am at Cooper MS.  

All sophomores should find at least one club or activity to pursue this year at Club Day on Fri, Sept 29 in Langley Hall.

Our Freshman Class Dinner
(for parents and students) will be on Thurs, Sept 28 from 6:30-8 pm in the Cafeteria. A few volunteers are still needed to support the dinner; please sign up here or contact Peggy Flaxman at if you can help.

Be sure to show your Saxon spirit and get your brand-new Saxon Sunglasses at the home football game tomorrow night! They're only $5 a pair, and all proceeds go to the Class of 2021.
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saxon service is back!
Saxon Service began this week! The first Saxon Service was today during Saxon Time. Langley is committed to promoting service within our community. Participation with service organizations has been proven to r educe stress, create a sense of community, foster relationships, and promote self-esteem and a sense of pride by contributing a meaningful impact on someone or something beyond yourself. 

All students are encouraged to participate in some kind of service while at Langley. Students who engage in at least 40 hours of service during his or her high school career (10 hours per year) are eligible to earn a Service Cord to be worn at graduation; this is the only graduation cord available that is not dependent on grades, skills, or ability, but simply on a commitment to service as demonstrated through 40 hours of service while at LHS. Every student in the building is encouraged to walk wearing a Service Cord. 

In an effort to connect students with organizations, LHS schedules Saxon Service on the first and third Thursday of the month during the intervention period of the school day. Saxon Service is a great and easy way to earn those 40 hours. 

Among the activities available to students, located primarily in Langley Hall and the area outside the Main Office, are: 
  • Making sandwiches or blankets for homeless people in the area
  • Making dog and cat toys
  • Folding origami cranes for people with Cancer
  • Making cards for active duty military or children in hospitals
  • Knitting blankets for young mothers
  • Preparing arts & crafts kits for Jill's House
  • Sorting crayons for Crayon Initiative
  • Ironing pillowcases for Case for Smiles
Students should register to participate on the X2Vol site on Family Connections and then record their names on the sign-in sheets at the activities. Following participation at Saxon Service, students should visit X2Vol and request verification for their service by completing the following steps: specify the date of service, that they are requesting credit for 1 hour of service, the activity with which they participated,  a brief reflection (just several sentences of why they chose the activity and what impact their participation made).

If students were not be in school on Sept 21, don't worry-there are plenty of opportunities during Saxon Time this year to earn 10 hours.  Students should obtain a pass from their 3rd block teacher to be released to Saxon Service.

We look forward to serving our community together!

~ Betsy Shomaker, LHS Service Learning Liaison

Saxon Service will be held on the following days this year: Sept 21, Oct 5, Oct 19, Nov 2, Nov 16, Dec 7, Jan 18, Feb 1, Feb 15, March 1, March 15, April 5 and April 19
the state of langley
We hope to see everyone at the Principal's Coffee and PTSA General Membership Meeting, Wed, Sept 27 at 9 am, Cooper MS . All are welcome. We'll quickly run through PTSA business, then spend the rest of the time hearing from Principal Amico and other administrators about the "State of Langley," including the latest update on the renovation. Additional PTSA meeting dates are  Nov 15, Jan 17, Mar 14 and May 23.
it's not too late to invest in our children!
Your PTSA membership and donation dollars provide many of the extras that the cash-strapped FCPS budget cannot, from basic supplies, like science lab equipment, to high-tech equipment for our broadcast journalism studio. Even this newsletter wouldn't be possible without PTSA funding! Please join/donate today. PTSA Membership has a NEW ONLINE form! And it's so easy to use! Finish your back-to-school "to do" list by simply clicking  here
applying for honor societies - now!
math honor society: A link to the Math Honor Society applications for new and returning members can be found by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Mon, Sept 25. Please use your email. Send questions to Pamela Douglas at

Science Honor Society
 A link to the Science Honor Society Applications for new and returning members can be found here. The application deadline is Sept 22. Again, use your email address.

national honor society: Juniors and seniors interested in  applying for the National Honor Society can access the application packet by enrolling in the Langley NHS Google Classroom page using code 50wqv2g . The app and teacher recs are due by Sept 22 . Send questions to Mrs. Conner , or Ms. Stankiewicz , .
another step closer. another moving day
New details on school moving day: The time for moving the computer lab will be between 7 and 8:30 am, so any high school students interested in helping to sleep in a little bit. Hours volunteered will count toward your Langley service cord. Technical skills are not necessary; a lot of the work involves opening and unpacking boxes. Click this link to sign up to volunteer.
electronics donations
Now that kids are back to school, are old cell phones, videogames, computers, cameras, calculators and other outdated electronics cluttering your home?  Now, they have a purpose again! Donate them and the proceeds will support Langley students and staff. Simply complete an online donation form, pack & ship using a pre-paid shipping label that is emailed to you, and your tax-deductible receipt and donation is sent after resale (within 30-60 days). It's just that easy! Please help our cause today!
golf: Boys golf won the District tournament yesterday and they will advance to Regionals

girls' volleyball: Help us by supporting our campaign to make a game-changing impact on metastatic breast cancer research. #DigPink! Visit our campaign page today.

girls' basketball: Fall workouts are available to any students interested in playing basketball this winter.  The full workout calendar can be found
here . Please contact Coach Baker if you have any questions. 

indoor track & field: Pre-season workouts will take place every Mon and Wed from 3:30-5:30 pm through Nov 1. All interested students are welcome, whether or not they plan to participate in track and field. Contact Coach Diller for more information,

swim & dive: Interest meeting for students to be Wed, Sept 27 at 3:30 pm in the Cafeteria. Informational meeting for parents will be held that evening at 6:30 pm, also in the Cafeteria.
a great achievement
Congratulations to the 11 Langley students who have been named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program: Matthew Angles, Jordan Bell, Jean Cho, Shayan Golshani, Karina Holbrook, Dong Kim, Torrey Snyder, Sophia Song, Chenming Wang, Justin Yoo and Ashley Zhang.
events to help with college apps
financial aid: Gather at McLean High School for the annual Financial Aid Night!  Special guest Kelly Farmer, Assistant Vice President of Undergraduate Admissions at Stevenson University, will help families navigate and understand the FAFSA, the CSS Profile, Scholarships, and just how to interpret financial aid packages. the event will be held on Oct 3, 7-8:30 pm, McLean HS Auditorium.

college connection: FCPS students and families are encouraged to attend the 2017 College Fair on Sun, Oct 15 at Fair Oaks Mall, and College Night on Mon, Oct 16 at Hayfield SS. Both events provide opportunities for college-bound to gather info from a variety of schools. Approximately 400 colleges and universities are represented, including two- and four-year colleges and military academies. At the evening event, workshops held on things like earning college credits in high school, the Common App, and the NCAA.

If you register ahead of time, you'll receive a unique bar code. Colleges of the student's choice can scan the code to save the student from filling out an info card at each table. Visit this webpage for more information.
upcoming service learning opps
Multicultural Festival:  Sat, Sept 23, 11am-4pm Grange Park, Great Falls. This is a multicultural festival celebrating world unity. Volunteers are needed to help with face painting, filling and distributing balloons, and making and selling popcorn. Those interested should contact Shohreh Hanson at to sign up.

McLean Community Center, Harvest Happenings: Sept 30, 8am-4pm,  St. Luke Catholic School,  7005 Georgetown Pike. Volunteers are needed to assist with set up, the event itself, and tear down. For more info and a volunteer application, please contact Juliana Thatcher,

MPAartfest:  Sun, Oct 1, 10am-5pm McLean Central Park (intersection of Rt. 123 and Old Dominion Drive). Additional volunteer opportunities are available Sept 29 and 30. Sign is available online.

AAUW Book Club: Oct 6-8,  Spring Hill Rec Center. The McLean Area branch of the American Association of University Women is looking for high school volunteers to help at their 48th annual used book sale at the Spring Hill Recreation Center. Volunteers are needed on Friday from 3-7 pm, Saturday from 10 am-6 pm and Sunday from 12-4 pm. Please apply through our email address:

2nd Annual Saxon Spirit Slam: Sat, Oct 7th, 4:15pm. The Langley Cheerleading Program will host the second annual Saxon Spirit Slam. Volunteers are needed to be time keepers, score tabulators, warm-up room monitor . For more information, contact Marc Brooks at .

McLean 5K, Run with the Warriors: Oct 7, 8:00am. McLean Square at CENTURY 21 New Millennium, 6631 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA 22101. Register to run by clicking here.
verify your directory information
Did you receive your link to the directory? All student data for this year's directory is currently being verified online. All registered students are included in the directory and parents should have received an email from Langley HS Directory which includes your login information and link to the directory website.
If you haven't received this email, contact right away. This means that we do not have a valid email address for you, but we'll be glad to assist you with updating your account. If you registered for school after Sept 15, we'll need to add you to the directory.
Please sign in and verify your family and student information as soon as possible. This is your opportunity to make changes or corrections before the directory is printed. Also, if you don't want to be included in the directory, you must opt out after logging in to your account.
AGAIN, all students are included in the directory. You must log in to make changes or opt out.  All data not verified will print as is. 
The deadline to verify your information or opt out of the directory is ThursSept 28. If you should have any questions or need assistance, please contact Thank you for taking the time to update your information. 
world languages credit exam
The 2017 Credit Exam for World Languages, which is designed to assess students' native language proficiency and enable them to earn one or two credits toward fulfilling their world languages requirements, will be administered on Nov 1, 2, and 8. Registration opens on Mon, Sept 11, at 8 am, and closes on Wed, Oct 11, at 4 pm. Late registrations will not be accepted. Students may see their school counselor to register for the exam.  Credit exam dates, times, and testing sites:
  • Madison High School - Nov 1, 4 pm
  • West Potomac High School - Nov 2, 4 pm
  • Falls Church High School - Nov 8, 4 pm
For more information, click on this FCPS webpage.
published writer needed for address
Are you a published poet or writer? Then you're just the person we need! The National English Honor Society (NEHS) is looking for a poet, fiction or nonfiction writer to speak at their induction ceremony (tentatively scheduled for Oct 16 or 18) or as part of their speaker program.  

NEHS confers distinction on students demonstrating high achievement in English language and literature. They have a full program planned for this year:  a guest speaker series, a Poetry Slam and a Shakespeare Birthday Bash in April. Also, this year NEHS will introduce an "Adopt a Grandparent" service program in which members will visit senior citizen homes to read to seniors or share discussions about books. For more information about NEHS or to plan a speaking engagement, contact Ronnie Chern,
mental wellness conference open to all
FCPS's fourth annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Sat, Oct 21, at Fairfax HS from 8 am to 1:45 pm. Superintendent Scott Brabrand will open the conference, and Dr. Jonathan Dalton, founder of the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change, will be the keynote speaker.

Conference attendees will be able to choose from more than 50 breakout sessions on topics from Adaptive Skills for College Transition to Effective Communication with Your Stressed-Out Kid and get information from public and private offices and agencies who provide services to our schools and community. Click here for more information.
rise against hunger
Join the mission to end hunger by 2030. Rise Against Hunger (formerly known as  Stop Hunger Now) will host a meal packaging event on  Sat, Nov 4, 8 am-4:30 pm at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in McLean. The goal is to package 300,000 meals. This will require more than 1000 volunteers spread over three 2.5 hour shifts. It also will also require that Rise Against Hunger McLean raise $87,000 ($.29 per meal) in advance of the event to pay for the ingredients for the meals. Click here to volunteer or donate. This is a great opportunity to earn community service hours and is fun and rewarding for the entire family.
Sept 22
Student holiday (strategic planning)
Sept 25
Driver's Ed program, doors close at 7 pm sharp
Sept 27
Principal's coffee & PTSA membership meeting, Cooper MS Room 130, 9 am
Sept 28
Freshman class dinner
Sept 29
Club Day
Oct 9 Student holiday
Oct 11 PSAT
Oct 13 Homecoming Game
Oct 14 Homecoming Dance
Oct 18 Choral Concert
Oct 24 Orchestra Concert

For a full list of upcoming events, visit the LHS website Events page