Recording of Principal Greer's Return to School Town Hall on February 22 is available here.
Share your ideas with us! If you have creative ideas for how we can work together to connect and support the Langley community in the current virtual school environment, please let us know, by using this Google Form (click here).
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Return to School Town Halls
On Monday, 2/22, Principal Greer held a town hall for Langley parents to share Return to School information. Click here to listen to a recording of the town hall.
A town hall for students will be held at 5:30pm on Wednesday, 2/24. A link for the town hall will be provided through Schoology.
New Bell Schedule - Beginning February 16
Effective Tuesday, 2/16, Langley HS will implement a new bell schedule. Details can be found on the Langley website and here.
Student and Parent Townhalls will be scheduled in the next few weeks to share specifics pertaining to the return to in-person learning.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
The Langley, Cooper, and Churchill Road PTSA/PTO Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committees are commemorating Black History Month (February) with the 28 Days of Equity Awareness project. We invite participants to check out this list of 28 short readings, videos, and podcasts, and complete as many as possible. Our goal is to begin a conversation in which we investigate perspectives from marginalized voices. We hope you’ll join us. See our website page for the 28-day list, and more!
During the month on each Friday at noon, we'll hold Friday Reflections lunch discussions, providing a safe space for reflection on the material. To attend, RSVP via this form.
Virtual Parent Education Series on Substance Abuse Prevention
Save the Dates!
February 25, March 25, April 22
With a goal of building awareness and arming parents with the knowledge and tools to identify early signs of substance use, this three-part Parent Education series, hosted by FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Kelly Rankin, will explore parents' role in prevention, including how to have an effective conversation with your child about addiction.
The series will provide three 20-minute sessions for parents about the development of the teenage brain, impact of drugs on its development, and current drug trends. Each session is offered twice; choose the time that works best for you! Click here to join.
Part 1 - Teenage Brain: Building Connections on February 25, 2021 at noon and 7pm
Part 2 - Drugs and the Teenage Brain on March 25, 2021 at noon and 7pm
Part 3 - Drug Trends: Identifying Common Household Items and Drug Culture on April 22, 2021 at noon and 7pm
Kelly Rankin serves as a resource for students and parents with questions or concerns about substance use or addiction. She can be reached at Krankin@fcps.edu or 703-287-2744.
Virginia PTA Senior Scholarship
Due by Monday, March 1
Each year, the Virginia PTA honors seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to community service and academic achievement. The winner is awarded $1000! Click here for the application. Applications must be postmarked by Mon, Mar 1 (no electronic submissions).
Students must be PTSA members to enter the contests. Click here to join. Student membership is $5.
PTSA General Meeting 1/13
On Wednesday, January 13, Langley's PTSA held its General Membership Mtg. Principal Greer and Dr. Lindsey Fisher presented Langley's Statement of Acceptance and Heather Murphy Capps reviewed the mission of the PTSA's newly formed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee.
Additionally, Julie Assaad, Heather Murphy Capps, Monica Gibson, Amina Khan and Katie Maguire were elected to serve on this year's Nominating Committee.
A recording of the meeting can be found here. And mark your calendars for our next meeting on Wednesday, March 10 at 9:30am.
Langley Book Discussion Group -- Who Gets In And Why?
Recording of the discussion is available for a limited time (must register to view)
On Monday, January 11, Langley's College and Career Specialist Hannah Wolff led a book discussion group for the Langley community on Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions by Jeff Selingo. Mr. Selingo's book, included on The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2020, is filled with insights gleaned from a year in the trenches with college admissions directors. A recording of the discussion may be found here.
If you missed Mr. Selingo's presentation to Langley on 12/8, the recording is available for a limited time by clicking here (you must register to view the presentation).
It's Not Too Late!
Have you joined Langley's PTSA? It's not too late. Your Langley PTSA membership and donation will support your student's experience this year with teaching tools and technology, student programs and guest speakers, staff support and professional development and student awards and scholarships.
Click here to join the ’20-21 PTSA. Thank you for supporting your students, teachers and staff, and Langley!
A Leaf for the Langley Legacy Tree Makes a Great Holiday Gift!
The Legacy Tree, located in Langley's lobby, across from the main office, is a permanent and prominent record of generous courtyard contributors. Choose your engraved message — leaves make wonderful tributes to students, teachers, family and friends! Buy your leaf now and print out this flyer that you can present to the recipient. The actual leaf will be placed on the tree as soon as Covid restrictions allow.
Giving levels are copper leaf ($50), silver leaf ($100), gold leaf ($200) and acorn or bird ($500). Visit the Courtyard Legacy Tree page for more details.
Your leaf donation will help to fund the renovation of the third and final Langley courtyard to be renovated. Many thanks to the hundreds of Langley families who already have donated leaves to the Langley Legacy Tree to support the renovation of Langley's three courtyards.
(see the LHS School Calendar for complete list of LHS events)
The PTSA’s Langley Cares Fund provides assistance to students and their families during times of acute financial need. Support is provided through gift cards for groceries and basic care items. The gift cards are distributed by the LHS Social Worker and the names of all recipients remain anonymous to the PTSA. We are currently accepting donations to augment the Langley Cares Fund during this time of economic uncertainty. Thank you for helping your fellow Langley High School students and families. All donations are tax-deductible. Please click here to donate to Langley Cares.
Gift Cards for Langley Teachers & Staff
Parents, please consider donating gift cards to support the Langley teacher/staff raffle! Throughout the year, the PTSA holds raffles for teachers and staff who've joined the PTSA, and donations from Langley families are key to the raffles’ success.
In the past, teachers/staff have greatly appreciated gift cards to stores such as Amazon, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts as well as local businesses. All gift cards are greatly appreciated, but a larger number of gift cards in small dollar amounts helps us hold more raffles. To donate gift cards, contact Kristen Simko at email@example.com
Students and parents, do you know a Langley teacher or staff member who is going above and beyond in our virtual learning environment?
Use this form to write a note saying thank you! Then, the PTSA will transfer your note onto a larger, eye-catching Super Saxon Shoutout template and will deliver it to the recipient within a week to 10 days after your submission. There's no deadline, and send as many as you like!
LHS Library Curbside Pickup
Back to School Night Videos
Langley's 2020-21 Back-to-School Night was held on September 21st. Important information and updates were shared by FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand and School Board members; Principal Kimberly Greer and other LHS administrators; PTSA President Kitty Gonzalez and your student's classroom teachers. All sessions were recorded and can be viewed here.
Virtual Learning Technology Tips and Videos
Langley Schoology resources: https://langleyhs.fcps.edu/announcements/schoology-resources
Parents will log in using their ParentVUE credentials
Students will log in using their student ID and password
Student and Parent IT Support: https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsuport
Visit "Self-Help Hub" or submit a ticked for help
Videos and other support for families:
New videos have been posted on the virtual learning playlist. They include tips on signing in, locating assignments, and submitting assignments in Google Classroom, as well as how to use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU).
Access videos and resources to help your student in the virtual learning environment on the Technology Support for Families webpage.
FCPS New Parent Technology Help Desk and Other Support
To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, Fairfax County Public Schools is launching a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective Monday, August 24. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team.
Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)
FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly.
2020-21Freshman & New Family Virtual Orientation Sessions
Wednesday, September 2
Freshmen Students and Parents 9am
10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students and Parents 11am
Virtual orientation sessions for both Freshmen Students and Parents was held on Wednesday, September 2 at 9 am. These were separate orientation sessions. Click here to view a recording of the Parent session.
Parents and Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 who are new to Langley, were encouraged to attend a virtual Orientation Session together specifically for New Families, which was also on Wednesday, September 2 at 11am. Click here to view a recording of this New Family Orientation Session.