langley eNews
February 6, 2020
from the ptsa president
We Saxons are always ready for a challenge! The Fairfax County PTA and the League of Women Voters have joined forces to promote high school voter registration through an FCPS High School Registration Challenge . Encourage your qualifying Saxon students to register and take on their adult responsibilities at the first available opportunity! Not only can all 18-year-olds register , but if your 17-year-old turns 18 before Nov 3, 2020, they can register now and vote in the presidential election in November . And Virginia is a Super Tuesday state. The majority of high school seniors will be able to register and vote in the Super Tuesday primary even if they are 17! The Voter Registration Deadline for Super Tuesday is Feb 10
Registration couldn’t be easier. If you have a VA license or permit, voter registration may be completed online in a few minutes. Have your 17- or 18-year-old register today via this Langley voter registration link . See more details regarding the voter challenge and registration here .
 
The FCPS school with the highest percentage of registered seniors wins, but the real winners are our students, who are encouraged to engage in their civic rights as adults. Our Langley students are informed and intelligent, so let their voices be heard! Saxons, register to vote!

~ Laura Skeen, PTSA President
the legacy tree is growing!
Drop by Langley's lobby, across from the main office, to see the start of the Legacy Tree. While the tree is still a work in progress, it already looks beautiful! Many thanks to all of the generous Legacy Tree donors who have made the renovation of the first of Langley's three courtyards possible. 

We still have two more courtyards to renovate this spring! If you haven't already done so, consider helping to "grow" the Legacy Tree by donating a leaf (copper $50, silver $100, gold $200) or bird or acorn ($500). You choose the engraved message. The Legacy Tree will be a permanent, prominent record of courtyard contributors and a lasting legacy for Langley and your family. Leaves also make great tributes to teachers, friends, coaches, and grads!

To order your leaf -- or leaves! -- visit the PTSA website . Questions? Email chrissielavin1@gmail.com .
capitol idea: tickets for the steps!
The Capitol Steps perform at Langley in less than three weeks. Don’t miss it! This show is the largest fundraiser for the All Night Grad Party (ANGP) . Get your tickets to help ANGP and enjoy a great show by the metro area’s long-time bi-partisan political satire group. They'll keep you laughing all night long! 

The performance is at Langley on  Sun, Feb 23, 7 pm . Tickets are  $37 . Order  online , or print the  form  and mail in your order. Tickets will be held and available at the will-call table on the night of the performance. For more info, check the ANGP  website  or email  annette.bellino@verizon.net .

Parents of freshmen, sophomores and juniors: your students will want to attend ANGP when they are seniors, so pay it forward by supporting this year’s seniors!

Can’t make it yourself? Langley staff and teachers   would love to receive  Capitol Steps   tickets as gifts! Please consider making a  ticket donation   to the PTSA for the  LHS Staff Raffle.
who's that knocking?
Langley’s Crew Team will be out knocking on doors in local neighborhoods around McLean and Great Falls on Sat, Feb 8 from 9 am-4 pm to raise funds to support equipment repairs, coaching costs and other critical team expenses . Rowing strong for more than 25 years, Langley Crew receives no financial support from FCPS or Fairfax County. This is the team’s major fundraiser, so please open your door this Saturday and show your support with a donation of any amount – Thank you! For more information, visit the Langley Crew website
sis alert
Please take a minute to check your household information in SIS . We have heard from a couple of teachers that they've had emails bounce back when sending out end-of-quarter grade reports. Please check phone numbers as well and update accordingly. 
shout outs
all-district band:   A record number of Langley musicians were selected for All-District Band, which was a three-day rehearsal event culminating in a concert at Chantilly HS last Sat, Feb 1. Congratulations to everyone!

Students selected for the Wind Ensemble were: Justin Bahr, Ryker Bendewald, Cherri Chen, Beth Johnston, Kevin Phlips, Jed Prickett, Surya Reddy, Clark Tao, Will Trosch and Amanda Yo
 
Selected for the Symphonic Band were: Jack Bateman, Stephanie Bi, Daniel Cao, Melanie Chuh, Kevin Dirdal, Maddy Faust, Vivianne Guilford, Ian Ha, Rachel Huang, Sunney Kang, Andrew Leone, Lucas Porter, John Rieling, Faye Schlake, Jeffrey Song, Muriel Wallach, Belinda Xi and Jimmy Yeum .
 
Alternates , many of whom were called up for the event last weekend, included Joseph Gladyszewski, Parker Hoang, Ben Leone, David Monserrate, Josephine Mou, Collin Park, Thomas Rong, Jake West and Alexandra Zaffuts .
art awards: Fourteen LHS students were recognized in the 2020 Regional Scholastic Art Awards program . The program is for students in grades 7-12 and awards Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention Awards, as well as American Visions Nominations in numerous categories.
 
LHS students listed below were awarded in the categories indicated (some in multiple categories or more than one winning entry in the same category). The Gold Key and Silver Key artworks will be displayed at Northern Virginia Community College’s Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale from Thurs, Feb 6 to Sun, March 15 , with an award ceremony on Wed, March 4 Congratulations to all the LHS artists!
Gold Key
Erica Kang – Art Portfolio and Drawing and Illustration (2)
Leanne Hou – Drawing and Illustration
Zeynep Yardimci – Photography
Silver Key
Andrew Kim – Painting
Emma Gatti – Photography
Katherine Dunne – Fashion
Leanne Hou – Drawing and Illustration
Sheoli Lele – Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation
Victoria Li – Drawing and Illustration
Yenthe Ter Horst – Photography
Honorable Mention
Arielle Lam – Drawing and Illustration
Ashley Khang – Drawing and Illustration
Eva Colabatistto – Painting
Isabella Huang – Drawing and Illustration
Lindsay Nevins – Art Portfolio
Victoria Li – Painting
sports notes
hockey : The Langley vs. McLean rivalry hits the ice tomorrow in a crucial season-ending matchup! Come out Fri, Feb 7 for a 7:55 pm faceoff at Reston SkateQuest to cheer on the Saxons as they battle for a first-round playoff bye. And be sure to follow the team on Twitter (@LHS_Ice_Hockey) and Instagram (@langley_ice_hockey) for the latest playoff schedule updates, results and team news.
saxons, did you know …
…  Psychology Today recently published an article on journaling. The article states “Journaling is all about dumping that stuff floating around in your head and then being able to walk away from it.” Read the article on different journaling techniques here .
class notes
Check here for important updates by class . Click on the green class buttons to go directly to each class page for more details.
Save the date for the Junior Class Dinner and College Search Prep Night on Thurs Feb 13, 6 pm in the Cafeteria . College admissions counselors will discuss the college search and application process. Parents and students must register via MySchoolBucks .
Parents and students, plan on attending the Sophomore Class Dinner on Feb 12, 6 pm in the Cafeteria

The dinner will be followed with a Mock College Admissions Case Studies program, where you can participate in small group discussion sessions with admissions counselors from over 30 universities from across the country. Register on My School Bucks by Fri, Feb 7 .  
fcps opps
summer arts program: Fairfax County's Institute for the Arts (IFTA) is a summer enrichment program for students in grades 6-11 who are interested in performing arts, visual arts and fashion . Visit the IFTA website for info and to register now through Jun 14 .

parent resource videos: The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) hosts workshops on a variety of parenting topics . Knowing it may be hard for busy parents to attend the workshops in person, the PRC has a YouTube channel where past presentations are posted . Recent topics include Parenting with Challenging Times , Raising Screen Smart Kids , and Helping Your Child Cope with Stress . Click here to check out the YouTube channel and videos of past workshops, and here for the PRC website and to register for current workshops.
farewell to cooper's principal randall
Langley parents are invited to join Cooper MS on Wed, Feb 12, 11 am-1 pm for an open house retirement party in the Cooper MS Library honoring its long-time principal, Arlene Randall, who is retiring after 22 years of service to Cooper MS. Come say thank you and farewell to Principal Randall and enjoy a small program celebrating her roots in our community. 
award opp
Seniors, have you been involved in service activities? The Virginia PTA honors seniors who’ve demonstrated a commitment to community service and academic achievement, with the winner receiving $1,000. Applications must be mailed (no electronic submissions) by March 2 . Click  here  for the application and here for more info. 
spring rugby starts!
McLean/Great Falls Rugby have started their spring session. We have rugby for all ages : TAG/non-contact (PreK-4th grade) and tackle (up to 12th grade). Try for free. Your kids will love the camaraderie that rugby offers!

Parents, join the rugby revolution -- players, coaches, and admin positions are also available. More on info and schedules can be found at www.rugbyVA.com . Questions? gary@greatfallsrugby.com .
summer jobs fair
The McLean Citizens Association (MCA) , with support from McLean and Langley High Schools, is planning a summer job fair on March 3, 9 am-12 pm (FCPS day off for students). We are currently looking for employers to join us. If you are interested, fill out this brief form . The event location will be shared upon confirmation. The MCA hopes that many employers will join in the jobs fair. Opportunities to gain work experience at a young age can provide invaluable professional development and career guidance .
mcc call for youth candidates
Want to be a leader? Want to earn valuable community service and outreach experience? Run for a seat on our governing board! We’re looking for high school students who wish to serve their community by playing a leading role in helping to carry out McLean Community Center’s goals.

The board includes two youth seats , one each from Langley HS and McLean HS, and youth members serve a one-year term. View this video for more info and review requirements on the MCC website .
upcoming events
Feb 8: Crew Tag Day
Feb 12: Sophomore Class Dinner and Presentation, 6 pm
Feb 12: Retirement Party for Cooper Principal Randall, 11 am-1 pm, Cooper MS
Feb 13: Junior Class Dinner and Presentation, 6 pm
Feb 14-15: Saxon Stage Performances, 7 pm
Feb 17: President's Day Holiday - No School
Feb 22: SGA Dance
Feb 23: The Capitol Steps, 7 pm
Feb 24: Spring Sports Tryouts Begin
Feb 26: Saxon Service
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