langley eNews
November 19, 2020
from the ptsa president
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away? As I reflect on this unusual year, I'm thankful for many things, not the least of which is our Langley community.

Despite the unparalleled difficulties of this year, Langley’s teachers, staff and administrators have worked tirelessly to make the best of distance learning. Each year, FCPS honors staff for outstanding performance please take a moment to consider nominating our Langley staff for these important awards. We would love that they receive recognition beyond the Langley community! See below for the categories, nominating form and criteria.

I also want to thank our Langley staff and PTSA volunteers, who together have offered exceptional virtual and in-person parent programs and student and teacher appreciation initiatives. As the holiday season approaches, we're continuing efforts to provide opportunities for the Langley community to come together, build upon our knowledge and friendships, and appreciate and help others. We couldn’t this without our Langley community. I’m so thankful for all of you!

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

~ Kitty Gonzalez, PTSA President
nominate our staff
Every year FCPS honors staff for outstanding performance. Our LHS staff have been working hard to provide the best education and services for students they can during distance learning. Please consider nominating our teachers and staff. School-level winners go on to the pyramid, region and division levels.

The award categories are:
  • teacher/librarian (3 or more years’ experience)
  • new teacher/librarian (less than 3 years’ experience)
  • professional employee (e.g., tech specialist, counselor, psychologist, social worker)
  • operational employee (e.g., administrative assistants; custodial, security and food service staff; instructional assistants).
  • school leader (assistant principal, director of student activities, director of student services)

Click here for the nomination form, and here for more about the awards criteria (click on each category to see its criteria).

Nomination deadline is Tues, Dec 1 at 8 am. Questions? Contact Wayne Biernesser at wcbiernesser@fpcs.edu.
which class will donate the most?
Langley is participating in Share of McLean's fall food drive! Bring these needed items to the LHS parking lot on Mon, Dec 7, 10:30 am-2:30 pm. Food insecurity has increased in our area during the pandemic and Share currently is supporting 50+ local families twice a week with food supplies.

When dropping off items at LHS, look for your grade’s drop-off station in the parking lot (and wear a mask). The grade with the most participants and/or donated food items will be recognized!

Looking for service hours? Take a selfie in front of the Share banner/truck and submit it on x2vol for an hour of service learning. Want to help? Parent and student volunteers are needed! Click here to volunteer.
get your spirit wear
It’s a perfect time to shop at the Saxon spirit wear store, now that sports and clubs are scheduled to return to action! The days are short and the nights are cool — get your fall and winter Langley gear! Click here.

The spirit wear shop is provided by the Langley Athletic Boosters. The boosters fund a huge number of items needed by our athletes, including trips and transportation, uniforms, equipment, awards, trophy cases, Langley stadium and field maintenance and more. We want to be ready when our athletes hit the fields, courts, mats, rinks, links and pools again! To help, please join the Athletic Boosters here.
college admissions webinar
The PTSA invites all students and parents to a live webinar on college admissions on Tues, Dec 8 at 7 pm with Jeff Selingo, a best-selling author, engaging speaker and former editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Mr. Selingo immersed himself in the world of college admissions for a year to answer a question on the minds of students and parents alike: how do colleges select their freshman class? The result is his latest book, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions.

Mr. Selingo will dispel entrenched notions of how to compete and win at the admissions game, discuss why families have much to gain by broadening their notion of what qualifies as a “good college", and explain how the pandemic will impact admissions. Langley's College and Career Counselor Hannah Wolff will moderate the evening, including audience Q&As. To submit questions for the webinar in advance, click here.

The webinar is hosted by the LHS PTSA and is free and open to parents and students in all FCPS high schools. Click here to register.

In December, Ms. Wolff will host a discussion group for the Langley community on Mr. Selingo’s book and college admissions.
spirit items raffle
Parents, want a chance to win a Saxon water bottle (Tervis brand) and Langley car magnet? Join the PTSA! Two sets of the prize combos will be raffled off to PTSA members. Deadline to join in time for the raffle is Fri, Dec 18.
Your membership and donation supports our students’ experience this year with teaching tools and technology, student programs and guest speakers, staff support and professional development, and student awards and scholarships. Thanks for joining!
verify your directory info
Please verify your family info in the AtoZ Connect student directory! If you haven't verified your info already, you should have gotten an email invitation yesterday. You can verify your info now — log in to AtoZ Connect here.

This year our directory will be online only, so make sure to download the AtoZ Connect app on your phone. It makes verification and connecting with friends easy!
langley cares fund
During this holiday season, please consider making a charitable donation to the PTSA Langley Cares Fund. This fund assists LHS students and their families who are experiencing acute financial need.

Support is provided through gift cards for groceries and basic care items, which are distributed confidentially by our LHS social worker. Recipients’ names remain anonymous to the PTSA.

In this time of economic uncertainty due to the pandemic, we hope to aid everyone in our Langley community who needs assistance. To make a tax-deductible donation, click here. Thank you for helping your fellow Langley students and families!
sports notes
all-sports parent/student meeting: Mark your calendars for Dec 3 at 6 pm for a virtual meeting about winter sports with LHS Director of Student Activities Geoff Noto. A link will be sent out the day of the meeting.

new registration site: Don’t forget! To tryout for a sport, you must register at the new FCPS/Langley student athletes registration system. Each family should create an account and from there, add and register your student for their sport tryouts.

forms and contacts: Click here for tryout-related forms and email them to langleyactivities@fcps.edu. Questions? View this contacts list of coaches and Student Activities staff.

girls' basketball meeting: Interested in girls’ basketball? Come to the virtual meeting on Tues, Nov 24 at 4 pm. Email Coach Baker at amandabatesbaker25@gmail.com to receive a link for the meeting.

swim/dive gear: Get your Langley swim & dive team gear at the online store here! Act fast — the store closes this Sun, Nov 22. Questions? Contact Coach Hilt at bwhilt89@gmail.com.

wrestling: Interested in wrestling? Email your interest to Coach Mye at jrmye@fcps.edu,

boys’ lax: Interested in boys’ lacrosse? It's not until spring, but email Coach Parrott now at jgparrott@fcps.edu to get on the email list.
hockey news: Last Friday, the varsity hockey team lost a hard-hitting game 2-7 against Yorktown. Juniors Mike Kuligowski and Ethan Slamowitz were the Saxons that scored against a tough Yorktown goalie. Varsity has a break until it goes up against Battlefield on Dec 4.

The JV team lost 6-8 in a fast-paced, high-scoring away game against Madison-Riverside on Saturday. Siddharth Immidisetti and Noah Scheinerman each scored two goals, and Michael Alie and Ian Sitilides each got the puck in the net. Kudos to both squads for their hard play!
staff spotlight
John Santosuosso is a familiar face around the Langley campus, frequently coming to the rescue when projectors, computers or anything technology related goes awry. As the FCPS Technology Support Service Center specialist assigned to LHS, he’s an important helping hand to teachers and student alike.

Mr. Santosuosso got his start at LHS first as a teacher in the Math Department teaching computer science and as a soccer coach. After several years, Langley’s prior IT staffer, Mr. Choobineh, encouraged him to transition from teaching to the IT profession. “[He] encouraged me to make the switch,” said Mr. Santosuosso. “I never had considered it as a career, partly because when I was growing up in the ‘90s, the world was nothing like it is now and many jobs that currently exist did not exist 15-20 years ago.”

After Mr. Santosuosso joined FCPS IT, there was a possibility that he would be assigned to a different school. “I got really lucky [that] the site I was assigned to was Langley,” he said. “I guess you could say all the stars aligned.” 

Mr. Santosuosso has a part-time IT specialist working with him at Langley and they have been especially busy since distance learning. “Covid-19 has fundamentally changed our local site support role,” he said. Instead of students just stopping by the Langley IT office with their laptop in hand, now they must set up virtual appointments using the IT ticket system. They move quickly to address each ticket. "Every issue is now high stakes, since students’ education depends on their computer functioning properly," Mr. Santosuosso said. Their work can be complicated by troubleshooting additional issues, such as WiFi problems at home or problems with programs and updates pushed to students’ computers virtually.

Despite the current stresses of distance learning, Mr. Santosuosso enjoys IT and working at LHS. “I always wanted to make a positive difference in the world and working here really provided that opportunity.” When not working, Mr. Santosuosso is often on a sports field. “I love to be outside,” he said. “I used to play a lot of soccer and basketball … and now I’ve gotten into golf.”

Originally from Boston, Mr. Santosuosso grew up mostly in Loudoun County. He went to Virginia Tech for undergrad, where he took several courses in IT and programming. Making use of the stay-at-home restrictions this year, he’s taken several online courses. “I love learning new things,” he said. “I’ve been taking a lot of courses on Linux, which I find enjoyable, although I’m not sure everyone would agree!”

~ Boden Gentile, Managing Editor of Copy, Saxon Scope
class news
Read below for class news. Click the green class buttons to go to each class's webpage.
Senior yard signs are in! If you placed an order, families in McLean should pick them up from Noelle Soobert (6807 Wemberly Way, McLean). Families in Great Falls, Reston and Vienna should pick them up from Lee Ann Brownlee (9126 Mine Run Drive, Great Falls).

The signs will be under covered porches — please pick them up by Wed, Nov 25. Thanks for celebrating your senior!
Saxons Class of 2024 t-shirts for all 9th graders are in! To pick up a t-shirt at Langley, click here to sign up for a time slot on Mon, Nov 23, 8 am- 3:30 pm.

To pick up at LHS, pull into the front of the school, as the t-shirt tables will be on the front sidewalk. Make sure to have a sign in your car with your name and t-shirt size, and staff will hand you the shirt.

Size preferences were taken earlier via emails to students. It's OK if you forgot to submit your size still sign up and come get a Class of 2024 t-shirt!
fcps & community notes
schoology feedback: FCPS is looking for parents’ initial feedback on Schoology. You can submit your feedback here.
safe community coalition videos: The McLean-based group, Safe Community Coalition, recently launched a series of six short (10 minute) videos aimed at helping both parents and students “manage the moments” during the pandemic. Click here for more info and to view the videos.
service opps
girls on the run: Several Girls on the Run 5Ks are coming up this weekend (Nov 21-22) and a few are still looking for volunteers at water stations and to cheer on the runners at the events. Sign up here! Questions, or want to help at a location but the slots are filled? Email Christina Lambacher at clambacher@gotrnova.org.
food drive: Log an hour of service! Bring food drive items to LHS for Share of McLean on Mon, Dec 7, 10:30 am-2:30 pm, take a selfie in front of the Share banner/truck and submit it on x2vol for an hour of service learning. See requested food list here.
upcoming events
Nov 23: Class of 2024 t-shirt pick up, 8 am- 3:30 pm (LHS front)
Nov 25-27: Thanksgiving Break 
Nov 30-Dec 4: Make-up Senior Portraits, 3:30-8:30 pm (LHS)
Dec 1: Saxon Parents Walk & Talk (9-10 Gr), 1:30 pm (LHS track)
Dec 3: Winter Sports Virtual Meeting, 6 pm
Dec 7: Junior Parent Virtual Forum, 9:30 am
Dec 7: Share Food Drive, 10:30 am-2:30 pm (LHS parking lot)
Dec 8: Saxon Parents Walk & Talk (11-12 Gr), 1:30 pm (LHS track)
Dec 8: College Admissions Webinar with author Jeff Selingo, 7 pm
Dec 21-Jan 1: Winter Break
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