langley eNews
April 25, 2019
from the ptsa president
Langley does an excellent job of preparing our students for life after high school. As well as academic preparation, Langley works to ready our students for social issues they may face now or in their near future. Each spring, our Student Services Department and the PTSA Family Network Committee present the HAZE program to our senior class. Take a moment to read Betsy Shomaker’ s highlights of this year’s presentation, which summarizes the powerful program and our students’ feedback:  

On April 11, Langley presented  HAZE: Perils of the College Drinking Culture   to all seniors. The program included viewing the award-winning, powerful and graphic documentary, HAZE , followed by a panel discussion with local experts and an extensive Q & A. Almost 90 percent of students surveyed following the presentation rated it as “good” or “excellent.” Students indicated that they learned vital information, such as the difference between blacking out and passing out, the fact that the body continues to absorb alcohol even if one is asleep or passed out and that it's best to call 911 if someone is passed out instead of assuming that he or she is okay. Students also expressed a commitment to maintain awareness at parties and to take responsibility for friends who have had too much to drink. Student suggestions for creating a safe culture in a party situation included: “try to eliminate peer pressure,” “call 911 and watch over someone who looks like they need help” and “make sure there is at least one person that is sober at the party.”

Many thanks to Student Services and the Family Network Committee, for coordinating this important and impactful program for our seniors each spring.

~ Patty Burgess, PTSA President
trends in college admissions
Mark your calendars now for the last PTSA meeting and Hannah Wolfe’s presentation on college admissions trends on Wed, May 8 . Hannah will begin promptly at 9 am, so don’t be late! The meeting will conclude with Principal Greer speaking on FCPSOn, the one-to-one FCPS computer initiative, and election of officers for next year. 
spring musical
Tonight is opening night for MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical presented by our Saxon Stage. The show runs for two weekends through May 5. Tickets are $12 and are available here. Seating is reserved, so buy your tickets now to ensure the best seats.

The cast will have you dancing and singing in the aislesyou won’t want to miss it!
help our career fair
Parents, alumni and friends of LHS are cordially invited (and encouraged!) to participate in Langley’s annual Career Fair. Students truly appreciate the participation of parents , as they feel comfortable conversing with parents of their friends and peers. Students also greatly appreciate the participation of alumni, as they feel connected with former Saxons and enjoy the opportunity to speak with professionals who started from the same place they are at right now. 

The Langley Career Fair is Wed, June 5, 8:30-11:30 am in Langley Hall and will consist of three sessions with students, with each session about 1/2 hour long. The fair is particularly needing professionals in the fields of health/medicine, science, the arts (performance or broadcast/media), business and government. Participants can bring handouts, promotional materials and candy/giveaways. If you can attend, please fill out this brief Career Fair   form .

Please also share this announcement with friends and alumni who may be interested. Recently, alumni have enjoyed the chance to tour the renovations at Langley as well as talk with their former teachers. Thank you for helping make the Langley Career Fair a success! 
graduation notes
Seniors, don’t forget that applications for graduation service cords and diploma civic and STEM seals are due Fri, May 17 (the last day before Langley Leap). Questions? See Mrs. Shomaker in Student Services, email her at or browse this link

service cords: give this completed service app to the Student Services Department. A print out of your x2Vol activity log may be submitted in lieu of the application. Make sure to include a reflection for each year on your documentation. Forty hours of service activity are required for the service cords.  
civic seal: give this completed civics app to your counselor. Fifty hours of civics-related activities or volunteering are among the requirements for the civics seal. 

STEM seal: give this completed STEM app to your counselor. Fifty hours of STEM-related wor k are among the requirements for the STEM seal. 
plan on prom
The 2019 Langley Junior/Senior Prom is less than four weeks away! Tickets are $80 each at MySchoolBucks and will be distributed May 9-15 .

The event is Sat, May 18 at the Mellon Auditorium ( 1301 Constitution Avenue NW, in DC). The evening's theme is A Night in Black and White … Old Hollywood at the Mellon. Questions? Email Christina Treacy at  or Lisa Nevins at .

Many volunteers both moms and dadsare needed to help the prom run smoothly. No worries about your presence embarrassing your student, as parent volunteers primarily work in the wings by taking tickets, manning the coat check and doing other back-of-house jobs . Bring your spouse or a friend! It will be a lively evening, with refreshments provided for volunteers. Click here to sign up.
car wash
The Langley girls’ lacrosse team is holding a car wash this Sat, April 27, 10 am-2 pm at the Great Falls Exxon (corner of Walker Road and Georgetown Pike). The weather is calling for sunny skies, so come out and support the girls’ lacrosse program!
please donate by May 15
May 15 is the deadline for contributing to phase 1 of the Langley courtyard renovation fundraiser. Donate now if you'd like to see all three of our courtyards renovated for the coming school year!  Donate now if you'd like the trees we plant to be taller! Donate now if you'd like to see more features in our outdoor spaces ! The more Saxons who donate before May 15th, the more we can accomplish this year. 

If every Langley family donates before the May 15 deadline, we could complete the entire courtyard project in just one phase!
Consider donating a leaf (copper $50, silver $100, gold $200) or bird or acorn ($500) to the Legacy Tree. You choose the engraved message. The Legacy Tree, a wall sculpture that will soon adorn Langley's lobby (across from the office), will be permanent, prominent record of generous courtyard contributors and a lasting legacy for Langley and your family. Leaves also make great tributes to teachers, friends and graduates!

To order your leaf -- or leaves! -- visit the PTSA website . Questions? Email .
Graduation ticket trouble? Six tickets not enough? Baccalaureate19 is your solution! The event is Sun, June 2, 5:30–7:00 pm in the Langley Auditorium with a reception to follow.

Each Langley families get only six tickets for graduation, leaving many loved ones left out and with only a virtual view of the momentous occasion through the live-feed broadcast of the ceremony. Baccaluareate19 is the perfect solution to this problem!  

Held in the Langley Auditorium  the night before graduation , everyone is invited to join their graduates for Langley’s  inaugural pre-graduation ceremony Gather comfortably in this intimate and reverent setting for a spirit-filled evening of performance and reflection. This is a great opportunity to capture the moment of your graduate crossing a stag e to receive their certificate, in honor of their spiritual journey of wisdom and knowledge achieved after years of hard work and perseverance.

Students: create your own graduation experience using your talents and abilities. Sing, dance, play an instrument or perform a spoken piece. 

Parents: give your family and friends the gift of a live ceremony, in an accessible venue, with great views and without the hassle of downtown traffic and parking. (Handicap accessible entrance, parking and seating available.)

Want to get involved? Join the Student/Parent Organizing Committee here or contribute here. Questions? Email

As a community-sponsored event, LHS Baccalaureate19 is non-denominational, all-inclusive and made possible only by your contributions of time and funding.
award opportunity
Do you know a Langley student who has displayed exceptional ethical and compassionate character ? One who helps out in the community and deserves some recognition? Dranesville Supervisor John Foust and School Board Rep Jane Strauss will present Teen Character Awards , sponsored by the McLean Citizens Association , to awardees on McLean Day , Sun, May 19 . Click here for the criteria and application. The deadline is Fri, May 10 .
job fair
Fairfax County has been hosting fairs this spring for part-time, seasonal & summer jobs for high school students, with resume & internship info provided for younger teens. Over a hundred local businesses & agencies are expected to be on hand. The last fair of the series is this Sat, April 27, 10 am-12 pm at Mount Vernon HS . Click here to register. 
class notes
Seniors, note these upcoming deadlines . Submit photos here by Wed, May 1 for the  Senior Montage Slideshow . (The slideshow will be shown Fri, May 31 following the Senior Family Breakfast.) Please submit photos of groups (two or more) of seniors only, in school-related activities. If a photo isn’t from this school year, note the year in the file name. Dropbox accounts aren’t needed to submit photos— just leave your name and email.

Thur, May 2 is the new deadline for buying  raffle tickets to win a free limo ride to and from Constitution Hall , plus VIP reserved seats for graduation . (The raffle drawing will occur during the Senior Picnic on Fri, May 3.) Also, the new deadline to order a “Congratulations Graduate!” yard sign is Wed, May 8 .  

Finally, the Senior Spring Picnic is Fri, May 3 during fifth period. Dress for the theme by wearing a Hawaiian shirt or your college t-shirt! 
service opps
langley relay for life:   Relay for Life of Langley-McLean is hosting a Trivia Night at Longfellow MS in its Lecture Hall tomorrow, Fri, April 26 from 6-8 pm. Entrance is $5 and food and drink will be available for purchase. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Bring a friend, come have fun and support a great cause!
hopecam 5k run/walk: Hopecam is a national non-profit that helps children with cancer overcome the social isolation of cancer treatment by providing them with technology to stay connected with friends and classmates. Hopecam is hosting its 19th annual 5k on Sun, May 5 in Reston and needs volunteers to help at water stations, to cheer on runners and more. Email for details.
spring carnival:  Student volunteers are needed to help run the spring carnival at Franklin Sherman ES on Sun, May 5, 3-6 pm from 6-7 pm, volunteers can check out the fun themselves and climb the rock wall and try out the Extreme Air bungee jumper, log jammer and spider climber. Click here to sign up. 
drug take back day
DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is this Sat, April 27 . You can drop off unused or expired drugs (pills and liquids only, no pressurized canisters or needles).   Disposal is free and confidential . The closest drop-off is at the McLean District Station (1437 Balls Hills Rd). Click here for more information.
upcoming events
April 25-28: Mamma Mia!
May 2-5: Mamma Mia!
May 6: AP exams begin
May 8: PTSA General Membership Meeting, 9 am
May 18: Junior/Senior Prom, 8 pm, Mellon Auditorium 
May 20-24: Langley Leap
May 22-23: Choral Show, 7 pm
April 27: Girls’ lacrosse car wash, 10 am, Great Falls Exxon
May 3: Senior Spring Picnic
May 31: Senior Family Breakfast
June 5: Langley Career Fair, 8:30 am
Langley PTSA Communications Committee
Stephanie Maxwell, Helen Miller, Jane Riddle, Anne Whipple

S ubmit items by Tuesday noon for publication on Thursdays to   
The Langley eNews is published by volunteers who present only news that pertains to FCPS, LHS and PTSA. Any opinions expressed herein are those of the submitter and not necessarily those of FCPS, LHS or PTSA.