langley eNews
November 14, 2019
from the principal
Greetings, Saxon Families!

As we enter the holiday season, I’m reminded of how stressful this time of year can be. In addition to travel, visits with family and friends, parties and religious celebrations, our students continue to focus on their studies. Further, seniors face a monumental time in their academic careers as they submit college applications and wait for admission decisions. 

During this time, I ask that we work together to help our students find balance between their academic load, time spent with family and friends and needed downtime. During the Thanksgiving and winter breaks, encourage your children to embrace their time out of school and have fun! 

As we look forward, life balance could be a New Year’s resolution for all of us. Our fast-paced world makes it difficult for balance to occur naturally in our lives and, personally, I know I sometimes wrestle with how to take care of all of life’s demands.

I sincerely thank you for entrusting Langley with your children. Langley's faculty, staff and I are committed to providing them with the best possible education, while also helping them to mature into phenomenal men and women prepared to make positive contributions to society and our community. Go Saxons!

~ Kimberly Greer, Principal
romeo & juliet
Get your tickets! The Saxon Stage presents Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare's classic tale of romance and rivalry, with a modern twist — t his contemporary production is set in summer 2020, in the nation's capital amidst the heated political climate of an upcoming Presidential election. You won’t want to miss it!

The play, held in the Langley Auditorium, runs from Thurs, Dec 5 - Sun, Dec 8. Order tickets online here.
signs for sale
Act fast — the Langley Booster Club is selling winter sport yard signs and the deadline to order is Wed, Nov 27.

These signs are a great way to support your athlete, whether they adorn your yard or a wall in your home! Click here to order.
saxon service spotlight
Saxon Service is next Wed, Nov 20 during Saxon Time in the Cafeteria. Encourage your student to come earn an hour of service!

This month we spotlight Cards for Kids. In this service, students write and decorate notes of encouragement, which are sent to patients in hospital pediatric departments. The bright and colorful notes encourage these young patients to stay positive and keep on healing.

This activity was introduced to Saxon Service by Ms. Chern, a Langley English teacher, following prolonged hospitalizations of her granddaughter. Ms. Chern saw first-hand the meaningful impact these fun cards have on children during their hospital stays.

Cards by Langley students have been delivered to children in several hospitals in the area, including INOVA Fairfax and  Georgetown Med Star Hospital.
vmea honors choir
Congratulations to Claire Doody, Cynthia Hu, Mary Keating, Megan Vandre and Kaylie Yim, who were named to the 2019 Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) Honors Choir.

The Honors Choir will perform at the VMEA Conference in Hot Springs, VA on Sat, Nov 23. Click here for conference information. 
reflections winners
Results are in for the Langley Reflections art contest, and this year the judges were confounded by many amazing pieces. Twenty-nine entries competed across five categories (film, literature, music composition, photography, visual arts). The first place entries will move on to the Northern Virginia district competition.

Congratulations to these first place and honorable mention competitors:  Ana Grajdeanu, Anderson Hauptli, Adelaide Loving, Eric Wallace, Tim Wang, Michael Mill, Burak Topo, Ariana Mushtaq, Jessie Wiberg and Rohaan Sindhwani.
Senior Jessie Wiberg took first place in visual arts with Into the Tunnel.

Senior Burak Topo took first place in photography with Look into Your Eyes.
website kudos
Congratulations to our LHS website curators, who won Best Use of Calendars and Events in this year’s FCPS Best of the Web awards. Each year, FCPS honors school websites for excellence in design and use of web-based tools. 

Langley web curator Lindsey Fisher and administrative assistant Nancy Ayoub work together to comprehensively populate the website calendar well in advance of events.

They use taxonomy that enables events to be filtered by categories such as athletics, clubs, PTSA, student services and performing arts. A one-page printable daily rotation schedule also can be printed. Congratulations and thank you, Lindsey and Nancy!
easy cash for langley
Have you been to the mall lately? It’s almost as crazy as getting out of the Langley parking lot! With the holiday season upon us, it's time to start online shopping. Let your gift giving, party preparations and spirit of the season be shared with your PTSA.

Please designate Langley High PTSA as your AmazonSmile charity, and we receive a 0.5 percent donation for all eligible purchases. AmazonSmile features all the same products and prices as Amazon. Click here to create your account today.
langley directory
Did you purchase a Langley Directory? Don't forget to pick it up! If your student didn't bring it home already, please tell them that the last chance to get your directory is next Tues, Nov 19 in the Cafeteria during lunch. Look for the PTSA table! Questions? Email .
many thanks
Last week, Langley clinic aide Mariama Kalokoh, several FCPS nurses and about 20 volunteers spent two days screening sophomores and new students for vision and hearing problems.

Many thanks to Leslie Speidel for coordinating this large volunteer effort and to the volunteers, who gave several hours of their time to help provide this important annual service to our students.
saxons, did you know …
… t he 2018-19 FCPS Youth Survey results are in and here are some results: cigarette smoking is declining but vaping is a concern , as it is common in FCPS. While only 2 percent of students reported smoking cigarettes, 20 percent of all respondents reported vaping within the last 30 days. 

Twenty-five percent of seniors vape nicotine, 15 percent vape marijuana and 12 percent vape "only flavoring." This group of students should know that they may not be vaping only flavoring — the label may say "no nicotine" but the labels aren't accurate!

Full results of the Youth Survey survey are here.
service opportunity
The Breakaway Fitness 5K needs volunteers for its fifth annual 5K run/walk, which benefits Life with Cancer and the Eric Monday Foundation. Eric Monday was a local, FCPS student. Volunteers are needed on Fri, Dec 6 and Sun, Dec 8. To help, email or call 703-226-1425.
upcoming events
Nov 16: Mock ACT, 9 am
Nov 18: Driver's Ed Meeting, 6:30 pm (doors close at 6:30)
Nov 20: Saxon Service
Nov 23: Mock SAT, 9 am
Nov 27-29: Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec 5: Sophomore Class Parent Forum, 9:30 am
Dec 5-7: Saxon Stage Romeo & Juliet, 7 pm
Dec 8: Saxon Stage Romeo & Juliet, 2 pm
Dec 6: Junior Class Parent Forum, 9:30 am
Dec 10: Orchestra Concert, 7 pm
Dec 11: Jazz Band Concert, 7 pm
Dec 13-14: Chorus Renaissance Feaste 
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