langley eNews
February 20, 2020
from the ptsa president
Langley is fortunate to have many volunteers who work together to coordinate numerous events and activities benefitting our students and staff. At this time of year, the Langley PTSA begins planning for next year's programs. There is a wide range of volunteer activities available to suit different interests and time commitments. Do you have an hour a quarter, an hour a month or an hour a week? Would you like to help inside LHS or from home? We can assist you in finding an opportunity that best fits your needs! Click  here   to review some of the PTSA’s activities, and contact Annette Bellino  at  or Kris Simko  at  to learn more about volunteering at Langley.

I also would like to take the opportunity to encourage you to submit news, events and highlights regarding your student to the langley eNews . The spring always brings notice of awards and accomplishments, particularly regarding seniors, and we want to recognize Langley students’ hard work! 

Thank you for considering Langley’s volunteer opportunities. You won’t regret getting involved!

~ Laura Skeen, PTSA President
lovesick on friday
Saxon Studio’s production of  Lovesick, produced, directed and performed by the advanced drama class, premieres tomorrow,  Fri, Feb 21 at 7 pm. Come out and feel the love!
pardi this saturday
Meet up at Langley this weekend! Langley's winter dance, Pardi Gras , is this Sat, Feb 22, 8-10 pm in Langley Hall . Tickets are $10 and are on sale during lunch this week and at the door .

The dance is hosted by the Student Government Association and benefits the Josh Anderson Foundation . The foundation provides mental health education, resources and support to area teens. Come out on Saturday and support this foundation at the same time!
steps on sunday
They’re finally here! The Capitol Steps are performing this Sun, Feb 23 at 7 pm!   Why drive to DC when you can see this fabulous show in your own back yard? Since forming in 1981, the Capitol Steps’ brand of bipartisan comedy has been satirizing politics and scandal for everyone’s amusement. No matter who holds office, there's always fresh material to keep Capitol Steps shows from becoming yesterday’s news. They’re funny, clever and tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish.

The performance, benefitting the Class of 2020 All Night Grad Party, is in the Langley Auditorium.   Doors open at 6:30 pm and seating is general admission. Tickets are $37 —purchase them at the door or order online  here . (Tickets bought online will be available at will call on the night of the show.) 

Questions? Email  or Remember, life is better when you’re laughing!
hockey on monday
Langley’s ice hockey team finished off the regular season with a 3-1 victory over rival McLean HS in front of our largest crowd of the year, and secured a first-round playoff bye. Thanks, everyone, for coming out to the game! 

The Saxons will take the ice on Mon, Feb 24, 5:50 pm at Reston SkateQuest in a quarterfinal game . Semifinals are Wed, Feb 26 and the championship game is Fri, Feb 28.

Come out on Monday as the Saxons defend their NVSHL championship in playoffs! Follow the team on Twitter @LHS_Ice_Hockey and Instagram @langley_ice_hockey for the latest in playoff news. Go Saxons!
saxon service day
Come to the Langley Cafeteria during Saxon Time next Wed, Feb 26 for Saxon Service! Last month, almost 300 students took part in a range of activities, including making lunches, knitting blankets, sorting crayons, writing notes of appreciation and encouragement, reviewing poetry and more. Come out and help, and earn an hour of service at the same time.
ethics day
Act fast — there are just a few more adult volunteers needed for the 16th Annual Langley Ethics Day , an all-day event for our seniors on Tues, Mar 17 . In particular, table leader alternates are needed . Alternates can plan to arrive in the morning and enjoy some refreshments. If you’re not needed, your day is free after all! Click  here  for more info and to sign up. Questions? Contact  Danica Alink at  or 469-744-7130.
custodians make lhs shine
Last week was Custodian Appreciation Week in FCPS and Langley’s PTSA Appreciation Committee, headed by  Anastasia Karloutsos , provided a delicious boxed lunch and dessert for our incredible group of building engineers and custodians. 

These staff members beautifully maintain Langley and keep it looking new , and are friendly to everyone when their help is needed with room access, tables and chairs and more! Thank you for all of your efforts to make Langley a great environment for students and other staff .
what's on your leaf?
“What should I engrave on my Langley Legacy Tree Courtyard Fundraiser leaves?” If you’re wondering about this, you’re not alone! Stop by the Langley Lobby (across from the main office) to see the beautiful, growing tree and get inspired! 

Some leaves are spirited: “Lisa Kim - Proud Saxon!" Some are sentimental: ”So proud of you, Mary!” Whatever you choose for your leaf, bird or acorn, your inscription will be a wonderful tribute to your Saxon.  
Haven’t contributed? Join the 440 Langley families who already are Legacy Tree Donors! Engraving options include a copper leaf ($50), silver leaf ($100), gold leaf ($200) and acorn or bird ($500).  

Our goal is that Wheat's Landscaping may begin planting in the main courtyard this spring. The completed project will require many additional donations, so please join the Legacy Tree Donors. Visit the PTSA website for more information and to order. Questions? Email
writing champs
Kudos to Zara Adams, Nadia Malik and Seohyun Yoon , who snagged regional awards in the national Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition . Adams won a silver key in the critical essay category, Yoon won a gold key in the flash fiction category and Malik took honorable mention in both the flash fiction and science fiction categories.

Students compete in 11 writing categories in the contest, which is the largest and longest-running writing recognition program of its kind in the country. Click  here  for info on the awards program. The three will attend an awards reception in DC on Sun, Mar 8 . Congratulations, Saxons!
sports notes
spring tryouts: This Mon, Feb 24 is the start of spring sports tryouts. All paperwork (sports physical, emergency contact and concussion ed forms) must be turned into the Activities Office before you hit the field! Click  here for all the links. 
volleyball camp: Saxons, do you have younger siblings who like volleyball? Sign them up for camp! The Langley volleyball team is hosting a volleyball camp in the LHS gym from J une 15-19, 9 am-2 pm for girls and boys ages 8-14. Volleyball experience isn’t required — come join the fun! Click  here for the flyer and here for more info or to register online. Questions? Contact Coach Shifflett at or 703-287-2752. 
field hockey champs:   Langley’s field hockey 2019 state championship banner was unveiled this month during halftime of a basketball game. It was a great chance to recognize the team’s accomplishments that led to the title, including: 
includes banner (top left one)
•  A 20-0 record against Virginia schools
•  Liberty district champs for third straight year
•  Northern region champs (a first since 1980)
•  6A state champs (first time ever)
•  Washington Post field hockey All-Met #1 end-of-season ranking
•  Only allowed 6 goals during regular and post-season play 
•  Led all fall programs with 95 percent of players earning a 3.5 GPA or higher

Great job, Saxons, and good luck in the upcoming season!
saxons, did you know …
… according to the Virginia Department of Health, there were 89 fatal overdoses of fentanyl among 15-24 year olds in Fairfax County in 2018 , and the tentative numbers for 2019 show an increase. 

Please be aware of the signs of drug use in our kids, and considering attending the meeting announced below.  
opioid prevention town hall
Opioids are the leading cause of unnatural death in Fairfax County, and most heroin users start with prescription opioids. Come learn how to recognize and address the signs of drug use from our own Kelly Rankin , Langley’s substance abuse specialist, at a presentation on drug prevention on Sat, Feb 29, 10-11:30am at Christ the King Lutheran Church (10550 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA). 

Rankin will join William Hazel, MD (former Secretary for Health and Human Resources in Virginia), Barry Byers, MD (Fairfax County Opioid Taskforce) and Mario Colorado (Fairfax County Police Department) in this important meeting, hosted by the Great Falls Citizen Association, Great Falls Rotary and Celebrate Great Falls. Click  here  for more information.  
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.
The class  webpage  has been updated with content from our Senior Parent Forum and other graduation-related items. Check it often for updated information! 

We hope to see every Senior family (and their neighbors, colleagues and friends) at the Capitol Steps this Sun, Feb 23 ! This is our largest fundraiser for ANGP and one of the lowest priced options for enjoying this hilarious show. Can’t go? Please consider buying and donating tickets to our teachers and staff.

Remember, each Capitol Steps ticket sold by a senior, or credited to his or her name, gets that student an entry into the ANGP-sponsored raffle to win one of two tickets to the Langley Prom. For example 5 tickets to the Steps gives that senior 5 entries in the Prom ticket raffle. Questions? Have tickets you need to credit to a senior? Email Kari Lervick at .

While you’re on the ticket  website , get your Senior's ANGP ticket too. The price goes up on Sun, Mar 1.
community opps
mcc board slot for lhs student:  Are you interested in government, business or leadership? The McLean Community Center (MCC) governing board includes two youth seats, serving one-year terms , one each from Langley HS and McLean HS. Click  here  for more details on how to apply and a video. Candidate petitions must be returned to MCC by  Fri, Mar 13, 5 pm .
help our future saxons:  The Safe Community Coalition’s 19th Annual Ethics workshops for 6th graders in the Langley and McLean pyramids is coming up and could use our help. The workshops are on Friday mornings in March ( Mar 6, 13, 20 and 27, 9 am-1 pm) at Holy Trinity Church (850 Balls Hill Road, McLean, VA). 

Volunteers are needed to serve as table leaders for small group discussion. Volunteers can be adults or students - experience isn't needed and training is provided. Click  here to sign up. Questions? Email  Maria Barnett at
summer jobs fair: The McLean Citizens Association (MCA) is hosting a summer jobs fair for high school students on Mar 3, 9 am-12 pm and is looking for interested employers.  If you think you’ll have any paid summer opportunities for high schoolers, please fill out this short form — and pass it along to other organizations that may be able to help. Thank you for getting involved with the fair. Opportunities to gain work experience at a young age can provide invaluable professional development and career guidance.
meet the superintendent: Parents and students are invited to an open forum with FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand and Dranesville District School Board Member Elaine Tholen on Mon, Mar 16, 6:30-8:30 pm at the McLean Community Center . The forum will focus on mental health, academic pressure and the vision for schools in the Langley and McLean boundary.  Students will be given priority in the Q&A session.  
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. Email with questions.
upcoming events
Feb 21: Saxon Stage presents Lovesick , 7 pm
Feb 22: Pardi Gras Winter Dance, 8 pm
Feb 23: The Capitol Steps, 7 pm
Feb 24: Spring Sports Tryouts Begin
Feb 26: Saxon Service
Mar 17: Senior Ethics Day
Langley PTSA eNews Editors
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