langley eNews 
9/8 /2016 

new family coffee
Is your family new to the area and Langley? Please join us Fri, Sept 9 at 11:30 am along with Fred Amico, the LHS principal, Sonya Williams, the director of Student Services, and other families new to the area. We'll meet in the conference room by the Main Office and offer some pointers to ease your child's transition as well as your own. Please bring a brown bag lunch to eat while we talk; we'll provide drinks and dessert. RSVPs are encouraged, to
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.   
Welcome to Senior Year! Don't forget to submit your Class of 2017 registration form and pay for your class dues and class dinner! The form is in your green senior folder (distributed in BTS packet) and on our class website.

Fri, Sept 9 is the deadline for pre-ordering for the class dinner, to be held Tues, Sept 13 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 9 is also the deadline to pay Senior Class Dues to receive a Spirit Week T-shirt. Sept 16 is the Senior Swag order deadline: online ordering only, at this webpage.
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.
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welcome saxon families!
On behalf of Langley High School's Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), it's a pleasure to welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year. For over 50 years, Langley parents have played a vital role in maintaining a tradition of excellence at our school. Ideas for getting involved:   

Lend a helpful hand. Chaperone Homecoming or Prom, be a table leader at Ethics Day, or bake cookies for a staff appreciation event. For more volunteer ideas, look for the PTSA volunteer form in your child's back-to-school packet or click here .  

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 graphing calculators, to high-tech equipment for our new broadcast journalism studio. To join or donate via Pay Pal visit our PTSA website or click here for the form.

Join the conversation. To be a parent in the know, aim to attend all five of this year's PTSA meetings. Hear the latest scoop from Principal Amico, discuss important issues, and have your questions answered. Our first meeting will be Thurs, Oct 5 at 9 am, Cooper MS (due to limited parking at Langley).

Read and report. Langley PTSA's talented eNews editors will keep you well informed with this weekly electronic newsletter, but we rely on the help of parents like you to do the reporting. If your child's Langley class, club, sport, or activity has an event or accomplishment you'd like to see highlighted, submit text and photos to by noon on Tuesdays.

Show gratitude. Thank faculty members for jobs well done -- interesting assignments, the extra help they gave your child, recommendation letters, and the like. We want our teachers to know how much we appreciate their hard work. Another great way to say thanks is by donating any extra event tickets you might have -- sports, theatre, dance. The PTSA will raffle off all donated tickets to grateful faculty members.  

Provide feedback. How can the PTSA better support you and your child? What changes would like to see at Langley? Is there a program you'd like to see implemented? Please send questions, comments, and suggestions to me at Or provide completely anonymous recommendations by clicking this link.

Thank you for your generous support and enthusiastic participation in the PTSA. Go Saxons!

~ Chrissie Lavin, Langley PTSA President
langley scores a delicous first 
Langley students have bragging rights to one of the best schools in the country.  And now they have another reason to boast. Langley is the first school in FCPS to have its very own barbeque for serving up delicious, hot-off-the-grill meals.

With our new extra-large grill placed just outside the cafeteria, our students can now choose to dine on grilled
delicacies, including hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken breasts, and even veggie burgers. Best of all, prices for barbecue line meals are the same as for meals offered in the other cafeteria lines.
And that's not all that's new in on the food front. Our students can now select any of a variety of fresh salads, sandwiches, and parfaits from our brand new "Fresh Express" line. Fresh Express offers students specialty salads, sandwiches, wraps and fruit and yogurt parfaits.
With so many new meal options available, the Langley PTSA is interested in your student's feedback. Please send comments to Claire Stock,, chair of the PTSA's Nutrition and Wellness committee.
tips for a great year 
Here are some suggestions to help your student thrive in school this year:
1.  Ask your child How was your day? Learn anything interesting? Get to spend time with friends? instead of How did you do on the math test?
2.  Resist the urge to correct the errors in your child's homework. It's your child's work, not yours.
3.  Work done with integrity is more important than the A+. Pressure to achieve only high grades can make students resort to cheating.
4.  Make time for PDF: playtime, downtime, family time. Research shows PDF is critical for overall well-being.
5.  Create a technology-free environment during mealtimes. Every adult and child can benefit from a break from constant interruptions and distractions.
6.  Collaborate with your child's teachers. Assume best intentions and work together to solve problems.
7.  Fight the temptation to bring your child's forgotten homework to school. Kids gain resilience by learning from small failures.
8.  An extra hour of sleep is more valuable than an extra hour of studying. Research shows sleep deprivation can be associated with depression and anxiety.
9.  When your child wants to talk with you, stop what you're doing and engage. Does I hate school really mean something else, like I'm being bullied or I don't fit in?
10.  Help your child develop his or her interests and strengths. Discover what your child really loves to do outside of school, not what a college admissions officer might like to see on an application.

Reprinted from Challenge Success, a nonprofit that partners with schools and families to provide kids with the academic, social, and emotional skills needed to succeed now and in the future. 
help for the upcoming sat and psat 
The College Board and the nonprofit Khan Academy┬« have teamed up to provide free, personalized SAT study resources for all students.  Students who take any test in the SAT Suite of Assessments (SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or PSAT 8/9) have access to video lessons and will receive personalized SAT study resources based on their test results.
Khan Academy's world-class practice tools are free for all students and include: 
  • Thousands of practice questions, reviewed and approved by the College Board
  • Four official SAT Practice Tests written by the College Board
  • Personalized recommendations for instruction and practice to help students fill  knowledge gaps
The official SAT practice available on Khan Academy's website links to classroom learning and has great potential as a valuable tool that's free to all students.

Note: The PSAT will be administered at LHS on Oct 19.
student services news 
schedule changes: While we'd like to be able to make everyone's dreams come true, it's a challenge in a building of 2000 students and over 150 faculty members. The schedule change process for those students who'd like to request going from AP to honors or general ed (including world languages) will start the first week of October with a schedule change packet. We will not accept schedule change packets for elective changes, which we cannot accommodate. Please remember when requesting a schedule change that it could realign your entire schedule and change your current teachers and current lunches. If you have questions about the process, please have your student see their school counselor.
senior night: The Student Services dept will host Senior Night on Tues, Sept 13 at 7 pm in the new auditorium. Parents and students are both invited to come and hear from LHS counselors about the college process, letters of recommendation, student expectations, and, most importantly, the counselor's role in this process. A student transcript and transcript release form will be available any time after 6:30 pm in Langley Hall, right outside the auditorium. Only those students who are unable to attend due to sporting events that evening or prior engagements are encouraged to come to a counselor presentation Wed, Sept 14 during Saxon Time in the a uditorium.
new counseling staff 
Katherine Robinson will have students with the last names Prit-Sun. Ms. Robinson recently received her Master's degree in school counseling from UVa, where she previously earned her Bachelor's degree and played field hockey. She will be the JV field hockey coach as well this year. Don't hesitate to contact her via email or phone with questions or concerns: or (703) 287-2736.
Michael Johnson will have students with the last names A-Chang. Mr. Johnson brings nine years of high school counseling experience to Saxon Country. As a career switcher, he worked in the federal courts for over ten years after graduating from JMU. He then completed a M.Ed. in school counseling at VCU. Most recently he served at West Potomac HS, Warren County HS in Front Royal, and Thomas Dale HS in Chesterfield County. You can contact him via email or phone with questions or concerns at or (703) 287-2731.
m(entor) & m(entee) program 
LHS is excited to welcome the incoming freshmen class of 2020 and want to ensure that they start school with as much support as possible. Our Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program gives every incoming freshmen student the opportunity to be mentored by an upperclassman! Those students are chosen as leaders because of their history of positive efforts at Langley. Student mentors participate in y ear-round mentorship training and coaching. The mentors will then work with teams of freshmen monthly to assist them throughout their first year of high school.

We'll partner with Core Trainings, a company that specializes in mentoring and leadership in schools, to provide systems, training and support to Langley. 
senior ethics forum is now! 
Parent and community volunteers are needed NOW to serve as table leaders at the annual Senior Ethics Forum, to be held on Wed, Oct 19, 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 four modules where an ethical dilemma is presented, followed by small or large group discussions. We need volunteer table leaders to work with groups of 8 students to facilitate small group discussion and to help students rotate through the modules. 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.

You can click here to sign up. If you'd like more information, contact Kim Wenk at

Feedback from the past senior classes has been overwhelmingly positive. We have table leaders who return year after year and truly value spending the day with Langley seniors (and you can do it now, while they're still engaged with school!). Don't miss the opportunity to participate in this important program.
art dept seeks donations 
The Langley art teachers are seeking donations of magazines and newspapers to use for art projects. These can be left in the main office, marked "art department." 
The photography classes are seeking donations for film cameras -- please take a look around your home and check to see if you have an old film camera that's not being used. A Langley photography students might be able to use this year! Contact Amanda Archibald at if you have a camera to share. 
langley band tag day fundraiser 
The LHS Band will hold its annual Tag Day fundraiser this Sat, Sept 10. Students in the band will knock on doors within the school's attendance area, soliciting financial support for the program. Students will also collect for Tag Day next to the Starbucks in Great Falls and at the McLean Giant grocery store. 
This fall the school will field the largest marching band in many years, with a growing color guard. The funds raised will support this expansion, and all donations are 100% tax deductible. The marching band will provide music and entertainment at the school's home football games, slated for Sept 16, Sept 23, Oct 14, Oct 21, and Nov 4. This year the field show is titled, "On Fire!"

The bands will perform their winter concert on Tues, Dec 13 at 7 pm in the LHS auditorium. For more information on the band programs, visit the band website.  
athletic boosters report  
Our fall teams are looking forward to a fun season ahead! And Langley's Athletic Boosters Club has been busy getting ready for the new school year.

Because of your generosity, we're able to make purchases to meet the needs of athletics at Langley. Please consider renewing your membership now, so we can continue to ensure a safe and rewarding experience for our student athletes. Please click this link to our online membership renewal, or you can print and mail the form. Booster passes will be mailed to your home. Corporate sponsorships can also be accessed online. Check out Boosterwear, Spirit Signs, Program/Scoreboard Shout Outs, and our new Program Player Recognition Ads.

Here are some upcoming LHS events.
Check for more info on dates and teams!
  • Thurs, Sept 8: Varsity Football vs Broad Run @ Broad Run, 7 pm; and Boys' Golf vs Madison @ River Bend, 3:30 pm
  • Sat, Sept 10: Cross Country Monroe Parker Invitational @ Burke Lake, 8 am
  • Tues, Sept 13: Field Hockey Rotary Cup, Langley vs McLean @ LHS. JV 6 pm, Varsity 7:30 pm
  • Fri, Sept 16: Football, Cheer & Dance vs Potomac Falls @ LHS 7 pm
  • Sept 12: Volleyball vs Centerville @ LHS. Freshmen 5 pm, JV 6 pm, Varsity 7 pm
We're still looking for someone to chair Corporate Sponsorships this year. We have meetings on the first Mondays of the month at 6 pm and would love to have you join us. If interested, contact Cat Lippman at  

Langley Athletic Boosters Support Every Athlete in Every Sport Every Season
service learning opps  
Forestville PTA, Babysitting at Back-to-School Nights, Mon, Sept 19 and Tues, Sept 20. Click here to sign up. For questions, please contact Susan Luce at  
McLean 5K, Run with the Warriors, Sat, Oct 1 at 8 am. Register to run here.
Virginia Tech Maker Fest, Sat, Oct 1, 10 am to 4 pm. Click here for more information and to volunteer at this hands-on, full-day science event. 
MPAartfest, Sun, Oct 2, 10 am to 5 pm, McLean Central Park. Sign up will be available online soon or you can email
Stop Hunger Now, Sat, Nov 5 at Lutheran Redeemer Church. Sign up on the Stop Hunger Now McLean Facebook page.
student directory update 
The Langley PTSA works with A to Z Directories to create our school 's database for the online and print student directory.All student data will be verified online, and there will be no paper forms to return to the school.
  • All registered students in grades 9-12 will be automatically included in the Student Directory.
  • In mid-September you'll receive an email from the Langley Directory with a link to access your account for the new school year.
  • After logging in to your Langley account, you can verify your contact information or opt out of the directory.
  • AGAIN, all students will be included in the Directory. To verify your information, make changes or opt out, you must log in using the link which will be sent to you.
  • All student information not verified will print as is.
  • Contact langleydirectory@gmail.comif you have any questions.
advertise your business to the lhs community
Are you interested in highlighting your business in the 2016-17 Student Directory? It's a great way to reach the entire Langley community . Packed with valuable material like student contact information, important school dates, and much more, the directory is an i ndispensable resource, consulted regularly by Langley families, faculty, and staff.

The school directory also serves as an important fundraiser for LHS. There's truly no better way to promote your business and support the school at the same time.

Ad space is available throughout the printed directory and in the mobile directory app. Premium spots sell quickly. A to Z Directories is currently offering Langley families early access to available ad space, but don't delay to ensure you will find the best location for you and your business. To place your ad or for more information, please contact Lori Mankin at A to Z Directories at Click here for pricing information. For other directory questions, contact   .
Sept 9
New Family Coffee, 9:30 am
Sept 13
Senior Class Dinner & Student Services College Night
Sept 14
Back-to-School Night for Grades 9 & 10
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

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar