langley eNews
November 1, 2018
from the ptsa president
It’s hard to believe, but the first quarter wraps up tomorrow. The start of the school year can be an adjustment for students, but by November, most have settled into a routine and are comfortable with their courses. If your child is struggling in a class, encourage them to seek academic support from their teachers during Saxon time or before or after school. Langley also has a wonderful program of in-school peer tutoring. Teachers and counselors can direct your student to this outstanding resource.

Looking ahead, Wed, Nov 14, 9:30 am is our next PTSA meeting. Student Services will report the FCPS Youth Survey results, and we’ll hear from Principal Greer on the latest at LHS. Mark your calendars and I hope to see you there!

~ Patty Burgess, PTSA President
traffic survey follow-up
Many thanks to LHS parent Catherine Lorenze for keeping the Langley community updated on VDOT's proposed plan to close the northbound I-495 ramp at Georgetown Pike during peak hours.  Lorenze worked with VDOT and the PTSA to develop surveys so that both Langley staff and parents could provide their input on the proposal.

The results of our surveys were shared with VDOT and county officials and picked up by local media. Check out the Sun Gazette article here.
lhs en la comunidad
Some members of the Langley Spanish Club, along with their sponsor Ms Iacoletti, recently used their language skills while volunteering at Women Giving Back, a store where women and children in crisis can shop for great quality clothing at no cost. Good job, Spanish Club!
it is academic!
Selena Bao, Dan Ni and Matt Rubin represented Langley on It’s Academic at the NBC studios in Washington, DC last month. Were they victorious against Holton Arms and Einstein? Tune in to NBC this Saturday morning at 10:30 am to find out! Good luck, Saxons!
virginia honors choir
Congratulations! Six students from Langley made the 2018 Virginia Honors Choir and will have the honor of performing at the Virginia Music Educators Association annual conference, Nov 15-17, in Hot Springs, VA. The Saxon singers headed to the conference are Lindsey Bertin, Caroline Stock, Ann Chen, Nick Zoski, Alex Hanna and Chris Wallach.
saxons on youtube
The Saxon Broadcasters got into the Halloween spirit for morning announcements yesterday, filming in front of an awesome pumpkin screen. Catch up on what the Saxons are broadcasting each morning! The announcements are fun and creative, and you can check them out on the Saxon Broadcast YouTube channel. To watch today's episode and past ones, click  here .
staff spotlight
Some people know early on what they want to grow up to be: a doctor, a police officer or an educator. LHS history teacher Christina Banker says, “ I always wanted to be a teacher. I had one major, education, in college, and I’ve had one profession!”

Banker graduated from Chantilly HS, where her teachers “awakened my passion for history, ” Banker said. She received her BA at Brigham Young University and her MA at St. Johns College. Before coming to Langley, Banker taught at Madison HS.

Banker teaches World History at the general, honors and AP level. She wants students to “ learn to think for themselves ” and loves helping to “ lead them along a path to draw their own conclusions .”

Banker's ideal student field trip would be to a place of historical importance. “It would be great to go to Jerusalem , Istanbul , or another crossroads of civilization, Rome .”

In her free time, Banker enjoys listening to hip-hop and R&B , watching historical movies and spending time and dining with friends. 
good luck, teams!
field hockey: Come out tonight, Thurs, Nov 1, 7 pm, to cheer on the Langley field hockey team as they go up against Chantilly HS here on the home field for the regional title.
volleyball: Good luck to the Saxons as they square up against Patriot HS in the regional quarters at 6:30 pm tonight! Head out to Patriot HS in Nokesville to cheer on the volleyball team!
holiday poinsettias
Decorate your home for the holidays! Look for the girls' lacrosse table near the footfall field ticket booth at tomorrow’s home football game against the McLean Highlanders.

Can’t make it tomorrow night? Track down a girls’ lacrosse player or email Caroline at These beautiful flowers are available in a variety of colors and sizes. Orders are due by next Fri, Nov 9 and will be delivered during the first week of December.  
plan your senior ad
Congratulations, parents of seniors, on making it this far! Commemorate your senior’s Langley career with a quarter-page or half-page ad in Langley's 2019 Shire . Your senior will love to see a couple favorite photos and inspirational quotes from you.

Click here  and enter Langley’s order number (4159) to submit your ad. The deadline is  Wed, Nov 21 , but please help out our Shire staff and submit them early.
hoco was a success
Last Saturday, area country clubs and Tysons restaurants were brimming with Langley guys and girls out for the evening before heading to Langley for the Homecoming Dance. The DJ was a hit, and everyone had a great time! Thank you to all the parents who helped make Homecoming 2018 a memorable weekend!
news by class
Please submit photos from Spirit Week, Homecoming, fall sports and activities for our senior slide show. Include only pictures of the class of 2020 at LHS events and email them to with the event name/date in the subject line. Send us your best shot! Click our Class of 2020 page for more info.

Save the date for our next parent forum on Wed, Dec 5, 9:30-11 am at St. John’s Episcopal Church (6715 Georgetown Pike), with remote access via Blackboard Collaborate. In addition to junior-specific updates, Jan Dabroski, Assessment Coach, will demystify SAT/ACT/AP testing and answer questions.
Join us for the Sophomore Class Dinner on Thu, Nov 15, 6 pm in the Langley Cafeteria! The whole family can come and enjoy a delicious meal catered by Listrani’s, along with hearing an engaging and informative presentation on college "best fit" by College and Career Counselor Hannah Wolff.

Dinner is $20/person and includes chicken, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Sign up and pay via MySchoolBucks (look for the class dinner icon) or click here for the form. 

We’re looking for volunteers to help with set-up, sign-in, and other tasks. If you can help, sign up here. Join us for this fun and informative evening!
saxons, did you know...
. . . vaping every day is linked with twice the risk of heart attack and
smoking everyday is linked with triple the risk.
you gotta be in it to win it!

The PTSA parent member prize drawing for a Saxon spirit wear item starts tomorrow! If you’re a PTSA member by 11:59 pm tonight (Thurs, Nov 1), YOU could win! This week’s prize is an exclusive Saxon rain poncho . The winner will be notified by email and announced in next week’s eNews. Good luck!

Haven't joined PTSA yet? Membership is a click away . In a minute or less , you can support all the programs of the Langley PTSA: technology, teacher appreciation, classroom teaching tools, fine arts and much more. If you're not sure if you're a member, click here for the list. If you're not there, join today using this link . On behalf of our students and teachers, thanks for your support!

jack's brain, jill's brain
This free FCPS workshop will highlight the rapidly emerging research on how the brains of females and males are developmentally, structurally and functionally different. Learn how the practical application of this research can provide behavioral and emotional help for students. Gain knowledge about the many brain-based resources available for parents in the community and online. The workshop will be held at the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, on Fri, Nov 16, 10 am-12 pm. Click here to register.
upcoming events
Nov 2: End of 1st Quarter
Nov 2: Reflections Art Contest Deadline
Nov 3: It’s Academic Langley Team, NBC, 10:30 am
Nov 5: Winter Sports Tryouts Begin
Nov 5-6: No School (Teacher Work Days)
Nov 7: National Honor Society Inductions, 7 pm
Nov 10: ACT Practice Test, 9 am-1 pm
Nov 12: New Family Forum, 9:30-11 am
Nov 13: Band Concert, 7 pm
Nov 14: Parent/Student Driver's Ed Program, 7 pm
Nov 14: Principal Coffee/PTSA General Meeting, 9:30 am
Nov 15: Sophomore Class Dinner, 6 pm
Nov 21-23: Thanksgiving Holiday
Langley PTSA Communications Committee:
Stephanie Maxwell, Helen Miller, Jane Riddle, Anne Whipple

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