The Langley School News

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.

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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.

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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 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.


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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.

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Our seventh-grade scientists wrapped up three months of work on their independent science projects on February 7 as they presented their findings to their peers and teachers. Students could either explore a scientific topic of interest or shadow a professional in a science-related field, with the majority of their work being done independently outside of school.

Projects ranged from how standard structures differ from earthquake-resistant ones to how the speed of a baseball affects the accuracy of the throw, as well as what students learned after shadowing a botanist, a spacecraft engineer, and a veterinarian.

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Students at The Langley School "Rocked the Red" on Friday, November 30 when the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup trophy made a stop at the school as part of its victory tour celebrating the Washington Capitals' 2018 championship win.

During a brief assembly, students in every grade level had the opportunity to see, touch, and take photos with the Stanley Cup as well as meet the Capitals' mascot, Slapshot. This exciting experience was made possible by Roger Mody, a Langley parent and co-owner for Monumental Sports & Entertainment, who arranged for the trophy to spend several hours at the school.

"Whether in the classroom or on the athletic field, we teach our students the value of collaboration, perseverance, and good sportsmanship," says Dr. Elinor Scully, head of The Langley School. "The Stanley Cup embodies these qualities and serves as an example of what can be achieved when we work together to overcome challenges. This was a truly unforgettable experience for our students and faculty!"

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During the week of October 8, students in grades 6 and 7 enjoyed multi-day, off-campus trips which provided hands-on learning opportunities and encouraged team-building.

Grade 7: Students traveled to Jamestown and Williamsburg to experience Colonial America first-hand. They learned about the early settlement of Jamestown based on findings from recent archeological digs, took part in historical programs in Colonial Williamsburg, enjoyed Colonial food at several local taverns, and capped off the trip with a visit to nearby Busch Gardens.

Grade 6: Students took part in two day trips around the DC area, including Calleva where they were challenged on a team-building ropes course and the Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center where they participated in the Mission to Mars STEAM Lab program.

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As a capstone to their Langley experience, the eighth-grade class traveled to New Mexico in September for a week-long adventure that serves as an important part of the curriculum. The trip gave students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a different culture, develop valuable leadership skills, and learn about environmental sustainability.

Students spent time in several New Mexico cities – including Albuquerque, Taos, and Santa Fe – where they learned about the history and culture of the area, toured museums and historic sites, explored how members of different communities support each other, and enjoyed hiking and whitewater rafting. Students also learned about environmental sustainability as they studied permaculture.

Organized by the Global Youth Leadership Institute, the trip allowed time for students to take part in leadership games and activities, mindfulness, personal storytelling, and reflection on their impact on the world at-large.

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A group of Langley Middle Schoolers attended the NASA Downlink program hosted by the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science on September 18. During the event, students were able to communicate directly with Dr. Serena Aunon-Chancellor, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. She spent time answering questions from participants, while also demonstrating how those aboard the space station eat, drink, and keep themselves clean. Dr. Aunon-Chancellor reinforced the need to develop critical-thinking skills, flexibility, innovative thought, and a collaborative approach to problem-solving.

Students also had the opportunity to meet and take part in a Q&A session with Dr. Charles Camarda, a former astronaut who was aboard the STS-114 Discovery mission in 2005.

"I learned so much about space and about our future," said seventh-grader Annamaria T. "In all, this experience made me think about our future and opportunities with space."

Click here to view a video of the NASA Downlink on YouTube.

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