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The Langley School News
Fifth-grader John Bitar won The Langley School’s 2020 Geography Bee on January 23 in the first round of a nationwide geography competition hosted by the National Geographic Society. With its focus on global places and cultures, the Geography Bee aligns with The Langley School’s mission to develop students who are inquisitive citizens of the world.
Ten Langley students in grades 4-8 were chosen to participate in the school’s Bee based on their scores on a qualifying test. During the competition, contestants answered a series of oral and written questions about both national and world geography, cultures, and civilizations.
As Langley’s winner, John will take a qualifying test to determine state competitors. Up to 100 of the top scorers on this written exam from each state will then face each other in their statewide Geography Bee this spring. State winners will eventually participate in the national championship in Washington, DC, where they will compete for cash prizes, scholarships, and an all-expenses-paid expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II.
Eighth-graders put their observation and problem-solving skills to the test this fall as they attempted to discover the mechanism inside a "Mystery Box" in science class. The wooden box featured two tubes and two funnels which allowed it to accept and release water at varying rates. After pouring specific amounts of water into the box, students observed how much water was released then developed hypotheses as to the mechanism inside the box that either held or released the water. This inquiry-based exercise resulted in a number of creative solutions – which students depicted through models and drawings – and taught them the value of explaining their observations when there is more than one correct answer.
This unique project combined everything students have learned about experimental design throughout their time at Langley and synthesized it into a collective inquiry experience that allowed them to think more broadly about how to determine what might be happening when they don't have the full picture.
The Fall Fair brings together the entire Langley community for an afternoon of fun, food, and festivities that will bring smiles to children of all ages...and grown-ups, too! The event takes place rain or shine. Plan to join us on Saturday, October 26 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This friend-raiser includes traditional fair activities like games, inflatables, and rides galore. Of course there will be fantastic raffle baskets, a dunk tank, key chain and button-making, glitter tattoos, a photo booth, and so much more! Did we mention great food? Our favorite food trucks will be on campus. And who can forget the best treats...popcorn, cotton candy, and amazing baked goods courtesy of the Langley community. The Fall Fair is a great day for our community to come together and celebrate Langley.
Mark your calendar and don't miss out on the fun!
- Food Trucks: DC Slices, Peruvian Brothers, Rocklands Barbecue (cash or credit card only)
- Cotton Candy and Popcorn Booths (dollar tickets)
- Bake Sale: Delicious sweet treats donated by the Langley community (dollar tickets)
- Rides and Attractions for All Ages: Circus Playland, Dizzy X, Flying Dragon, High-Voltage Obstacle Course, Mind Winder, 26' Rock Mountain with Extreme Air Arms
- Fun Games with Great Prizes: The Lucky Pumpkin (cakes as prizes!), Fishing, Football Toss, Skeeball, Double-Shot Basketball, Giant Jenga, and more!
- Activities: Glitter tattoos and key chain and button-making
- Pony Hop Races and Corn Hole
- Photo Booth
- Extraordinary Raffle Baskets: You'll want to buy extra dollar tickets for these!
- Langley Spirit Merchandise: Stop by the spirit booth to browse the collection
Advance online ticket sales are now closed. You may purchase tickets at the fair for $20. Children 2 and under are free. Pre-purchased tickets will be available for pick-up at the "will call" table when you arrive at the fair. Admission tickets allow you to enjoy all the fun activities, games, races, and rides.
Dollar tickets are also available for purchase for $1 each in increments of $5. Dollar tickets are needed to purchase popcorn, cotton candy, Bake Sale items, and raffle chances. Any pre-purchased dollar tickets will be held with your admission tickets at the "will call" table for pick-up when you arrive at the fair. If you need additional dollar tickets at the fair, there will be a location where you can purchase more using cash, credit card, or check. Note that food trucks will accept cash and credit cards only.
Please help Langley stay on good terms with our neighbors by using our conveniently located, complimentary off-site parking on Saturday, October 26 at the McLean Metro lot on Scotts Crossing Road. Please do not park in the Government Center lot or adjacent neighborhoods.
Continuous shuttle service to and from Langley will operate from 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. for fair-goers. Shuttle buses will pick up and drop off Langley families outside the entrance to the Park & Ride Metro lot. Look for the "Langley Shuttle Stop" sign. Shuttle buses will drop off and pick up passengers at the front of the school's entrance drive.
Directions to complimentary off-site parking from Langley (follow "Langley Event" parking signs):
- Turn left onto Balls Hill Road.
- Turn left onto Lewinsville Road.
- Turn right onto Route 123.
- Take the second right (at the light) onto Scotts Crossing Road.
- Take the first right into the Park & Ride lot and obtain a parking ticket from the machine at the entrance. You may park anywhere in the lot.
When exiting the lot, if the gate is open and unattended, you may simply exit the lot. If the gate is attended, inform the attendant that you were attending the Langley Fall Fair and you will be permitted to exit free of charge.
On May 15, our fifth-graders participated in a unique cultural experience: an authentic cricket match. This spring marks the 21st year that Langley fifth-graders have taken part in this annual tradition first introduced in 1998 by Mark Loach, who was born and raised in England.
Donned in crisp white attire, students split into two teams – Oxford and Cambridge – and played first and second innings throughout the day on the school's turf field, with enthusiastic parents cheering them on. Students also enjoyed a taste of authentic British cuisine during a morning "elevenses" refreshment break and afternoon tea, completing the typical cricket experience.
Watching Langley's fifth-graders skillfully bat, politely clap for opponents, and use terms such as "wicket" and "over," it was hard to believe that most students had little knowledge of the game prior to this spring. For the past month, students patiently learned the terminology, rules, and techniques of this complex sport during their P.E. classes and lunch breaks.
So why has cricket become a fifth-grade tradition at Langley? This unique sport offers an innovative way to expand students' understanding and perspective of the world, as well as teach them the importance of honesty, teamwork, and sportsmanship. And the traditions and rules of cricket offer the perfect learning opportunity.
"Through the unique experience of cricket, children learn to celebrate the achievements of others and reach new heights in Langley's core values: respect, citizenship, trust, honesty, and kindness," says Mr. Loach. "Cricket offers an even playing field where children are all learning something new. Since honesty and respect for one's opponent are integral parts of the game, we stress that while winning is important, it is surpassed by the manner in which you play."
by Brad Lands, Director of Technology and Innovation
“What do you want to learn?” This is the question I asked the Middle School students who enrolled in my 20time Project elective this year. Modeled after Google’s 20% time policy – the concept of allowing Google engineers to invest 20 percent of their work time on self-led explorations to solve real problems – this elective empowers students to work on an independent project of their choice.
Students were challenged to identify real-world problems, ask meaningful questions, pitch project proposals, develop solutions, present their ideas, and iterate their solutions. The goal was to prepare students for future-ready innovation and to get them thinking about unique ways to identify and address issues they care about.
At the beginning of the year, students began brainstorming ideas for their project. Once they had an idea of the project they wanted to pursue, they began drafting a project proposal. After their proposal was reviewed and accepted, the students delivered a 30-second elevator pitch to the class. In addition, students were encouraged to write a blog post once a week in which they discussed their progress, challenges, and goals.
The elective culminated in the Sherman Arts Center auditorium as parents, teachers, and students gathered to watch several of the Middle Schoolers present their 20time projects, which ranged from teaching self-defense techniques to building a hovercraft.
Students gave their presentations in the form of a TED Talk, equipped with a presenter remote, floor monitor, and body microphone. This ultimately helped to create the real-world experience of professionally communicating their ideas to an authentic audience.
Members of Langley's SCA made a difference in the lives of students at Kids Are Us, a preschool learning center in Washington, DC. In partnership with Jumpstart, an organization that supports preschoolers in under-resourced communities, the SCA raised funds for books and school supplies.
During their visit to Kids Are Us in April, the SCA read to and played with the preschoolers, and sent each child home with a bag of three books and supplies.
Librarian Robin Tatu is one of 30 teachers nationwide who was selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute, "Thomas Jefferson: The Public and Private Worlds of Monticello and the University of Virginia," in Charlottesville. During their two-week study of Jefferson's writings and architecture, participants will examine textual and material sources and consider how to engage students in similar close readings of historical material.
Tickets are on sale now for Langley's Middle School spring musical, "Shrek The Musical Jr.," which runs Thursday, March 14 – Saturday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the school's Sherman Arts Center. Reserve your seat today as this popular show is likely to sell out!
Ticket & Seating Information
Purchasing Tickets Online: Click here to purchase tickets online for $10 per person. Select the performance and choose your specific seats. After you fill out your personal and credit card information, you will be prompted to print your tickets. You will also be e-mailed a confirmation of your purchase with the link to print your tickets. You must print and bring your tickets with you to the performance in order to be admitted. Contact email@example.com with questions about purchasing tickets online.
Purchasing Tickets at the Door: Due to the popularity of Langley's performances, we highly recommend you purchase tickets online in advance. If available, remaining tickets will be sold for $10 each at the box office in the Sherman Arts Center Café for cash payments only beginning 30 minutes prior to show time.
If tickets are sold out online, we recommend coming to the box office in the Sherman Arts Center Café starting at 6:00 p.m. on the night of the show, as we do offer late-comer seating. Please note:
- You must show up in person to put your name on the wait list (no phone calls or e-mails).
- You may miss the first part of the show.
- We will do our best to seat you with the rest of your party, but we cannot guarantee it.
- We will accept cash payments only at the box office.
- Due to fire code regulations, no one may sit on the floor.
Seating: All seating in Langley's Sherman Arts Center auditorium is reserved. You will select your specific row and seat number at the time of your ticket purchase. Doors to the auditorium will open 30 minutes prior to show time. If you purchased your tickets online in advance, you must print them out and bring them with you in order to be admitted to the show.
About the Show
Based on the Oscar-winning hit film and popular Broadway musical, "Shrek Jr." is a hilarious romantic fairy tale with a powerful message. Join the fun as the ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue feisty princess Fiona, vanquish the evil Lord Farquaad, and find true acceptance.
This not-to-be-missed production features 16 songs, high-energy dance numbers including tap dancing, favorite fairy tale characters like Peter Pan and Pinocchio, and lots of humor. More than 60 cast, crew, and pit members in grades 6-8 are taking part in the show, serving as actors, sound and lighting engineers, makeup artists, musicians, props masters, and more. In addition, Middle Schoolers in the Advanced Art and Behind the Scenes electives are designing and constructing the sets, costumes, and props.
Langley's production of "Shrek Jr." runs approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes and includes a short intermission. Please note that, as in the animated film, this production contains some humor that may not be appropriate for all ages.
In early February, Langley’s Student Council sent eight Middle School delegates to the LEAD Conference in Washington, DC, a national conference designed to encourage communication among student leaders and advisors, strengthen leadership skills, and prepare attendees for leadership roles.
Delegates attended a variety of workshops on everything from combating and preventing bullying to addressing challenges with social media and spreading acts of kindness. They heard from inspiring speakers who empowered them to become the positive change in their schools and communities.