langley eNews
April 4, 2019
from the ptsa president
Last week I was fortunate to participate in my favorite LHS event, Senior Ethics Day . Imagine 500 seniors spending an entire day discussing and practicing ethical decision-making while considering adult situations they may deal with in their life after high school. As a table leader, I spent the day with 8 seniors, attended 3 ethical dilemma modules, and helped facilitate the conversation and debate amongst the students. In one module, the students served as jurors in a mock involuntary manslaughter trial of a teen driver. The trial was brought to life by Langley theatre students and a prosecutor, defense attorney and judge from our local community. Each table had to come to consensus on the verdict and then defend their decision to the judge. After several years volunteering at this event, I continue to be bowled over by the quality of the conversation and debate, and the ability of our seniors to express their opinions and deliver their arguments

The second module allowed the students to explore dilemmas such as plagiarism, cheating, or intervening in the case of drug or alcohol abuse by a friend or stranger. Students were challenged to think ahead to some of the decisions they may face with peers, professors, or roommates. The final module put the students in the shoes of our federal government, assigning them the challenge of distributing limited resources of vaccines in the face of a pandemic in the USA and Canada. Challenging the seniors to engage in global, local and personal ethical decision making was a productive day of study; students and adults alike left feeling they had been challenged and stimulated by the discussions.
A huge round of applause is due our chairs of the event : Kelly Wilson, Pete Kurzenhauser, and Kim Finch!  It takes a full year of planning with a dedicated committee who must choose the curriculum and speakers, secure facilities, coordinate bus transportation, arrange lunch, and recruit 70+ volunteers for this day-long event. Many thanks to the chairs, committee and all the volunteers who invested their time and talents in the education of our Langley Seniors!

~ Patty Burgess, PTSA President
teacher and staff appreciation
Would you like to thank our teachers and staff at the end of the year? We’re collecting gift cards! Our tradition is to give every staff member a $25 gift card at the staff appreciation luncheon. Drop a gift card at the front desk, or give cash or a check and let the PTSA do the shopping. Checks paid to LHS PTSA . Thanks for your support!
a pond for the science courtyard
The McLean Community Foundation (MCF) recently granted $8,500 for our courtyard renovation project. We're grateful for the generous support of MCF and plan to use the grant to create a small pond in one of the Science Courtyards. We eagerly await the creation of the pond, which will be a beautiful addition to Langley's landscape while also affording a myriad of hands-on learning opportunities for students. 

Thanks to MCF's generosity as well as the generosity of hundreds of Saxon families who've already donated to our courtyard renovation fundraiser, we're now about 55 percent of the way to fully funding our courtyard project . Help us reach the finish line! By donating a leaf (copper $50, silver $100, gold $200), bird or acorn ($500) to the Langley Legacy Tree -- a wall sculpture that will soon adorn Langley's Lobby across from the office -- you'll be helping to transform our barren courtyards into verdant green spaces that double as outdoor classrooms. Bonus: Donating an engraved leaf for the Legacy Tree is a great way to pay tribute to your student, friends, teachers, milestones, or memories!

To order your leaf -- or leaves! -- visit the PTSA website . Questions? Email .
Graduation ticket trouble? Six tickets not nearly enough? Baccalaureate19 has your solution! Baccalaureate19 will be held Sun, June 1, 5:30-7 pm in Langley’s Auditorium . On this night before graduation, everyone is invited to join their graduates for Langley’s annual PRE-graduation ceremony . Gather comfortably in an intimate and reverent setting for a spirit-filled evening of personal performance and reflection . This is your opportunity to honor the spiritual journey of wisdom and knowledge finally achieved after 12 years of hard work, dedication and perseverance.  We’ll celebrate our graduates with a reception following the ceremony.

Students – Create your own graduation experience using your talents and abilities. Sing, dance, play instruments, perform a spoken piece . Join in the fun of the production today!

Parents Give your family and friends the gift of a live ceremony, in a totally accessible venue, with a really great view and without the hassle of downtown Washington, DC and its traffic and parking headaches.

As a community-sponsored event, LHS Baccalaureate19 is non-denominational, all-inclusive and made possible ONLY by your contributions of time and funding . Get involved today by joining the Student/Parent Organizing Committee through the 2019 Graduation page here (click on Volunteer Here ) or contributing here .

 Questions? Email .

***Handicap accessible entrance, parking and seating available***
all-virginia honor groups concert
Congratulations to the 15 LHS band, orchestra, and chorus students who are among the 221 FCPS high school students named to the 2019 All-Virginia Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Chorus, and Orchestra! 

Chorus/SSA Claire Doody
Chorus/SATB : Cynthia Hu, Thomas Miner, Ellie Smedberg, Christopher Wallach, Kaylie Yim
Orchestra : Christopher Fox, Alyssa Kim
Symphonic Band: Forrest Johnston, Kevin Phlips
Alternates : Lindsey Bertin, Shriya Iyer, Mary Keating, Maggie Worden, Yiting Yang

Students from throughout Virginia went through a rigorous audition process to compete for a spot in the band, orchestra, or chorus. The groups will perform on Sat, April 6, at the Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond in a free concert that is open to the public. Students rehearse with expert conductors and musicians to prepare for Saturday’s concert. Details on the event are available online
saxons, did you know ...
NPR recently published an article titled “Daily Marijuana Use and Highly Potent Weed Linked to Psychosis,” which shares the results of a new study in the The Lancet Psychiatry . The study shows that consuming pot on a daily basis and especially using high-potency cannabis increases the odds of having a psychotic episode later . The study found that those who used pot daily were three times more likely to have a psychotic episode compared with someone who never used the drug. Read the full article here .  

The use of any marijuana and especially high-potency marijuana - - comes with risks, and the potency of marijuana available to our teens is much higher than the marijuana of the 1970’s and 1980’s.
prom notes
Tickets are on sale NOW for the 2019 Langley Junior/Senior Prom! The prom will be held on Sat, May 18 at the Mellon Auditorium , 1301 Constitution Avenue NW, in DC. This year’s theme is A Night in Black and White … Old Hollywood at the Mellon. Tickets are $80 each at MySchoolBucks . Please reach out to Christina Treacy at  or Lisa Nevins at with any questions.

Volunteers -- both moms and dads -- are needed to help Langley's prom run smoothly. No worries about your presence embarrassing your student, as parent volunteers primarily work in the wings , taking tickets, manning the coat check, and other back-of-house jobs. Bring your spouse and a friend! It will be a lively evening with refreshments provided for volunteers. Click here to sign up.
class notes
Join us Thurs, April 25, 9:30-11 am at St. John’s Episcopal Church for our final Junior Parent Forum. Last spring we learned how our students build life skills and resiliency. During this forum, our guest speaker, Dr Anita Auerbach will focus on PARENTS , including practical tips on managing anxiety/stress , effectively communicating with 17-18-year-old juniors, and successful family transitions , especially the application/selection process for transition to college. See our class webpage for more information. Please sign up here to bring food to share. We will also discuss Prom and other important information for junior parents.  
The Sophomore Class Dinner is tonight starting at 6 pm in the Langley Cafeteria . The evening will introduce the college admissions process , and we’ll have mock college admissions case studies presented by college counselors from across the country. Registration is closed, but a limited number of walk-in registrations ($20/person) will be available at the door. Questions? Contact Noelle Soobert at or Lee Ann Brownlee at .

Please note that the sophomore class Parent Forum that was scheduled for April 9 has been cancelled
softball & baseball youth night:
Calling all young softball and baseball players . . . Next Thurs, April 11 , both the Langley Softball AND the Langley Baseball teams will be hosting area youths for “Youth Night”

Admission is free for youths sporting their youth jerseys . There will also be free Langley softball and baseball T-shirts , awesome door prizes , warm-ups with the Varsity players and more!  Come out to Langley at 5:30 pm for all the fun!
summer sports camps:
Registration is open for Langley sports camps this summer:

Football Skills Camp : June 3 – June 5
Field Hockey Camp : June 17 – June 21
Volleyball Camp : June 17 – June 21
Girls Basketball Camp : June 24 – June 28
Boys Basketball Camp : July 8 – July 12, July 15 – July 19

Click here for information and to register.
safely dispose of prescription drugs
DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative is on Sat, April 27 . You can drop off unused or expired drugs at a Fairfax County Police District Station (pills or liquids only, no pressurized canisters or needles). Disposal is free, convenient, confidential and safe . Here are drop-off locations: 
job fair
Fairfax County and FCPS are hosting a series of teen job fairs for high school students looking for their first part-time job, summer and seasonal job opportunities, or who want more information about potential career pathways. Local businesses and agencies will be on hand to offer a range of opportunities including part-time employment, internships, and volunteer work for prospective students. Free booth spaces are provided to local businesses. The next job fair dates are Fri, April 5 and Sat, April 6. Registration and more information is available online here
special ed conference
The 2019 Special Education Conference is this Sat, April 6 , from 7:45 am - 1:30 pm at Lake Braddock SS . The focus of this year’s conference is on building inclusive and post-secondary practices to support the development of 21st century skills and “Portrait of a Graduate” attributes.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr Mary E Morningstar, the co-director of Portland State University’s “Think College Inclusion Oregon” project and a professor in the Graduate School of Education’s Special Education Dept, who will be speaking on “Moving from Compliance to Quality Transition Outcomes.” Click here for more information.
oratorical contest
The Great Falls Optimist Club invites Langley students to enter its annual Oratorical Contest. Winners go on to districts and potentially the regional, national and international level. At every level, winners are awarded money, medals and recognition. Contact Hannah Wolfe in the LHS Career Center or Sheela Rao at for the application and info. Applications are due April 12; the contest is in Great Falls on April 25.
summer service hours opp
Internship Assisting with FCPSOn
Monday, July 1 to early August
8am-3pm, Mon-Fri

Looking for 20-30 students to earn service hours by assisting Mr Choobineh , Langley’s Technology Support Specialist, for the month of July into early August as Langley unloads and prepares 2100 computers for school year 2019-20. Students will unpack , inventory , and prepare the computers for distribution in early August. No computer technology experience required. Contact Betsy Shomaker at or 703-287-2723.
upcoming events
April 4: End of 3rd Quarter
April 4: Sophomore Dinner/Sophomore Night, 6 pm
April 5: Teacher Workday - No School for Students
April 11: HAZE: Perils of the College Culture
April 15-19: Spring Break
April 20: It’s Academic on NBC, 10:30 am
April 23: Freshman Parent Coffee, 9:30 am
April 25: Saxon Service at Saxon Time
April 25: Junior Parent Forum, 9:30 am
April 25-28: Spring Play, Mama Mia!
May 2-5: Spring Play, Mama Mia!
May 18: Junior/Senior Prom, 8 pm at the Mellon Auditorium 
Langley PTSA Communications Committee
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