langley eNews 
9/29 /2016 

A big thank you to Sarah Tyler and Jenifer Lesan for creating a wonderful Freshman Class Dinner this week. We had over 400 attendees and wonderful food from Moby Dick, House of Kabob! Thank you to all of the families who participated in this fundraiser, especially our volunteers
Homecoming t-shirts have been ordered but we did add a few extra. Don't miss out, please send in your class dues form and check asap. The form and lots of additional information can be found on our class webpage.
Please remind your students to check out all of the clubs and service learning opportunities at Club Day during all lunches this Fri, Sept 30.
We recommend that all freshman parents attend the first PTSA meeting next Wed, Oct 5, 9 am at Cooper MS to learn more about the Langley years from parents of older students.
Our first coffee will be Thurs, Oct 6, 9:30 am, at the Great Falls Library. Please join us and hear about school updates from Principal Amico, Asst. Principal Penn and Ms. Williams, Dir of Student Services. We need volunteers for refreshments and note taking, so click here to sign up.

If you haven't already, send in your class dues to the main office. The form is available on our class webpage or from your Back-to-School packet
Remember to pay your class dues! Senior class dues are mandatory and must be paid before your student can participate in senior year events, including field trips and graduation. The form is available on our class webpage or in your green senior folder.
As discussed at Senior College Night, the  transcript request deadline for 
Early Action Oct 15 schools is 
Sept 23.  The deadline for
Early Action Nov 1 schools is
Oct 6.  Please contact counselors with questions. 
Distribution of Spirit Week t-shirts (paid for with class dues) and any senior swag ordered will take place
during all lunches Homecoming week.  Please remind your student to pick up their Spirit Week t-shirts as they will need to wear them on Fri, Oct 14 for the  pep rally, senior panoramic photo and senior picnic. Please help with homecoming t-shirt distribution or the Senior Picnic by clicking here.
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a message from the ptsa president
You expect your child to tackle challenging problems during the school day. But, a couple days a month, the problems some Langley students tackle are larger in scope than you might have imagined -- ranging from homelessness to hunger.
It's called Saxon Service. Last week, during the first Saxon Service event of the school year, over 300 Langley students spent their Saxon Time working on 11 different activities that contributed to society in a tangible, meaningful way. The wide-ranging issues addressed included homeless in our area, active duty military, children and adults suffering from life-threatening illnesses, poverty and hunger around the globe, children with disabilities, and animal shelters
The students I spoke with who took part enjoyed the activities and were proud to have helped a good cause. They also felt really good about themselves -- a much-too-rare emotion for high schoolers. 
Many thanks to PTSA Family Network Chairs Julie Hohl and Betsy Shomaker, who organized the event, as well as the parent volunteers, student service learning leaders, and faculty who hosted and managed events in their classrooms.  
Please encourage your child to join the ranks of Langley's do-gooders. The next Saxon Service date is Thurs, Oct 13. 

~ Chrissie Lavin, Langley PTSA President 
saxon solutions 
Q: What are Langley's library hours? 
A: From 7:30 am to 3:45 pm, Monday to Friday

The LHS library offers students a quiet place to study and relax before and after school, as well as during Saxon Time and lunch periods. The library staff is happy to provide students with research support, assistance locating and evaluating resources, and help with creating citations both in face-to-face conferences and via email. Computers and printers are available for students. For more information, contact either of our librarians, Kathleen Ortiz, or Liz Liebman,

Have another question about life at Langley you'd like answered? Send it to Saxon Solutions at
national honor society
Final call: If your rising junior or senior would like to be a part of the National Honor Society for the 2016-17 school year, the application is now ava   ilable on the  PTSA website . Applications will be accepted until 3 pm tomorrow, Sept 30, and should be turned into Melissa Connor in room 205.
time for reflection 
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 Rm 118  or contact  Nancy Rau at
cross country: The team enjoyed a successful trip to Hershey, PA where the Saxons competed in the PIAA Invitational. The girls' varsity took 18th place of 51 teams, while the boys finished 35th. Anna Spear and Leila Zavar led the girls' squad, finishing the 3.1 mile course in 20:19 and 20:37, respectively, while Forrest Johnston (18:19) and Mason Greenblatt (18:35) led the boys. The team's upcoming races include the Octoberfest Invitational on Oct 1 at Great Meadows, and the Frank Keyser Invitational in Boonsboro, MD, leading up to the Conference Championships on Oct 26 at Burke Lake Park.
boys' golf: The varsity golf team won the Liberty Conference tournament with record 580 score led by Chris Dillard's 67 and Brandon Berry's 69 the second day.  Also playing for the champs were Matthew Feinstein, Brian Feinstein, Eli Thrasher, Nikita Gubenko and John Schindler.

softball: Fall workouts begin  Fri, Sept 30, 3:30-5 pm on the softball field.
fall sports:  Come out and support your fellow Saxons. Game schedules are available by clicking here. Fans can also follow us on Twitter for updates @langleysports. 
boosters: Click here for membership, booster wear, Saxon sales and sponsorships.

Click here for Sports Tryout Eligibility Information. First day of winter tryouts, Nov 7, first day of spring tryouts is Feb 20. All eligibility requirements must be met before the first day of tryouts.
club day is tomorrow!
Club day  is tomorrow, Sept 30, during all lunches . Students will get information about clubs and service learning opportunities. Click  here  for the most up-to-date club list and how to start a new club. If you have questions about a specific club, please contact the teacher sponsor, or general questions can be submitted to Nancy Ayoub at
student leadership program 
High school sophomores or juniors interested in a future in law, government or public service can now apply to be part of the School Board's Student Leadership Development Program. Students chosen for the program will participate in various School Board events, work closely with School Board members and gain valuable experience in leadership and policy making.
Students must be in good academic standing and submit a one-page statement of interest to Mr. Amico before Oct 17. For more information and applications, please click here.
psat update 
All 9th/10/11th students must bring an approved working calculator to the PSAT test on Wed, Oct 19. Check the LHS website for approved calculator list. If this represents a hardship, please contact Jan Dabroski at

A PSAT fee of $17 for 11th graders is due now; please make your check payable to LHS. The registration form is on the LHS website. FCPS pays for all 9th (8/9 PSAT) and 10th graders (PSAT) to take the test.
capitol steps coming to lhs! 
Capitol Steps, a musical and political satire Washington-based troupe of Congressional staffers, who put the " MOCK" in democracy, will be performing in the LHS Auditorium on Sun, Jan 29 at 7 pm. Their latest program, "What to Expect When You're Electing," is constantly being updated with material from the current election and is hilarious. Everyone is invited to attend! Tickets are on sale NOW and can be purchased on the order form found here. Proceeds from the show support the Class of 2017 All Night Grad Party, a fun-filled and safe event for our graduating seniors.  
mind and body 
youth sports presentation: On Tues, Oct 4, at 7 pm, Cooper MS's PTO will present Until It Hurts: A Presentation and Panel Discussion about America's Obsession with Youth Sports and How it Harms our Kids. Presenters are Mark Hyman, GWU Professor, and Christine Brennan, USA Today Sports Columnist.  For more information on this program, click here.

mental health: The 3rd Annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held Sat, Oct 29, from 8 am to 1:30 pm at Fairfax HS. The conference will feature speakers who specialize in mental health, a screening of the new documentary, Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope and much more. Details on the conference can be found here. Please click here to register.

a story of addiction : J oin us on Wed, Nov 30 at 7:30 pm in the LHS auditorium for former NBA player Chris Herren's powerful insights, painful struggles and daily commitment to living sober. Chris shares his very personal story of addiction to oxycontin and heroin which began in high school. His compelling message is a transformative experience for both parents and students. For further information on Chris Herren and his mission, visit his website.

movie and panel: Saddened by a number of teen suicides, the film short Unmasked (2015) was produced by a group of Palo Alto HS students who wanted to open community conversations about mental health, with an emphasis on hope, communication and moving forward. Youth-led panel to follow focusing on new initiatives locally to relieve teen stress and support youth wellness here in Fairfax County. Thurs, Oct 13, 6:30 - 9:00 pm (film at 7 pm), Luther Jackson MS auditorium.
This event is sponsored by  Community of Solutions, Josh Anderson Foundation, Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County, Washington Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, and the Washington Christian Counseling Institute.
service learning opps 
Here are some upcoming service learning opportunities in our area. Full info on each one is available on an LHS webpage here. And for even more opportunities, please visit the x2VOL link on your student's Family Connection Page on Blackboard.

The Vote Yes Meals Tax Campaign
Now until Nov 8th
Opportunities include attending community events and canvassing neighbors. Sign up here to volunteer. Questions? Contact volunteer coordinator Sean

Honor Flight
Sat, Oct 1, 8, 15 22, 29 -- Reagan National Airport 
Students will greet veterans at Reagan National Airport as they arrive to visit DC war memorials. More info here.

Lewinsville Retirement Residence-Falls Church Homeless Shelter-Chesterbrook Residences
Sat, Oct 1, 8:30 am
Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, McLean
Light cleaning, painting, creating decorations for an October Gala. For all projects, meet at Lewinsville Presbyterian. To get more information and to signup, click here.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016, 10 am to 5 pm 
McLean Central Park (intersection of Rt. 123 and Old Dominion Dr.)
Sign up today here, or email for more information.

Teen Volunteer Information Nights
Tues, October 4 at  Chantilly Regional Library, Chantilly ; Wed, October 5 at  Reston Regional Library, Reston 
Staff from Volunteer Fairfax will show teens how to find agencies in need of volunteers and explore upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Virginia Tech Maker Fest
Sat, Oct 1, 10 am - 4 p
Northern Virginia Center, 7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church
Students can sign up to volunteer for the Maker festival  here.

Army 10-Miler Volunteer Registration
Sun, Oct 9
Register to volunteer here.  
volunteers needed now! 
Parent and community volunteers are needed to serve as table leaders at the annual  Senior Ethics Forum, to be held on  Wed, Oct 19 from 8:15 am to 2:45 pm.  Please note that the Forum is being held in October, not May, as in previous years.

Seniors rotate through three modules where an ethical dilemma is presented, followed by group discussions facilitated by volunteer table leaders. Senior parents, teachers and school staff do not serve in this capacity, so we need parents of underclassmen or adults outside of the Langley parent community. Don't worry, training is provided!

Feedback from the past senior classes has been overwhelmingly positive. Many table leaders return year after year and truly value spending the day with Langley students. Don't miss the opportunity to participate in this important program. You can click here to sign up. If you'd like more information, please contact Kim Wenk at
upcoming meals tax referendum 
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to place a Meals Tax Referendum on the Nov 8 ballot. The question asks voters to allow the Board of Supervisors to impose a 4% meals tax on certain prepared foods, which would be paid by residents, commuters, and tourists. If approved, the meals tax is estimated to generate approximately $99 million in the first year.
Seventy percent of the funds would be dedicated to Fairfax County Public Schools, and 30 percent would be dedicated to county services, capital improvements, and property tax relief. Get more information here.
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