Freshman Guide to High School

Welcome to Langley High School - Home of the Saxons!

Your freshman year in high school is an exciting time – full of new experiences.  This guide is to assist you as you begin your journey towards graduation.   

We welcome your calls, your questions, and your appointments to work out the obstacles and joys of this journey.   Regular and open communication, within the family and with the school counselor, makes this a much easier process and leads to success. We strongly encourage you to become involved in school activities.  We want you to be an avid and enthusiastic part of Saxon Country!

Student Services

Counselors are assigned based on students last  name. Your counselors are here to help you with any social, emotional, academic, or career problems you may be having.  They are available to help you register for classes and prepare your college applications amongst many other things.  They also organize class-wide and school-wide events throughout the school year.  If you are ever unsure about what to do or how to do something, your counselor can help you figure it out, or at least point you in the right direction.

Student Services Staff

Seeing Your Counselor

Ask your teacher for a pass to student services at any time, but be aware they have the right to say “No, not right now” if you are doing something they feel you cannot miss at that time.  If it is an emergency, explain that to your teacher. Or, you may stop by the office in between classes.  If your counselor is busy, complete an orange slip located outside each counselor’s office and leave it in the box on their door so they can contact you.

Confidentiality

When you are speaking with your counselor, you can be assured that your conversations with them will remain confidential.  However, there are a few exceptions to the rule.  They are:

  • If you are having thoughts about hurting yourself or someone else
  • If you or somebody you know has been harmed, neglected or abused
  • If you or another student have committed a crime
  • If you are in a dangerous situation

College & Career Center

The College & Career Center is an integral part of the Student Services Department at LHS and works directly with our counselors to provide the most current information to the Langley community. The College & Career Center has multiple resources including:

  • College Planning - specific college materials, college representative visits to LHS, and how the college process works
  • Paying for College: financial aid & scholarship information
  • Standardized Testing: SAT/ACT, ASVAB, TOEFL
  • Vocational & Technical Schools
  • Apprenticeships
  • Career Resources – current job openings for students, career inventories, resume help, mock interviews and internships
  • Gap Year Options
  • Summer Programs
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Diploma Types

There are two different diplomas to choose:  Standard and Advanced Studies.

Standard Diploma

*Total of 22 standard credits

**Total of 6 verified credits

  • 4 English
  • 4 History
  • 3 Math
  • 3 Science
  • 2 Health & PE
  • 2 World Language/Fine Art/CTE
  • 1 Economics & Personal Finance
  • 3 Electives: 2 Sequential
  • *** 1 Course must be Virtual
  • CTE Credential

Advanced Studies

*Total of 26 standard credits

**Total of 9 verified credits

  • 4 English
  • 4 History
  • 4 Math
  • 4 Science
  • 2 Health & PE
  • 1 Fine Art/CTE
  • 3 or 2+2 World Language
  • 1 Economics & Personal Finance
  • 3 Electives
  • *** 1 Course must be Virtual

*A standard credit is earned when a student passes a course.

**A verified credit is earned when a student passes a course and the associated end-of-course SOL test.

Saxon Time

Saxon Time is a 32 minute period of time in between the first and second blocks every day. 

Saxon Time is designed to offer academic support time when teachers are available in their classroom to assist students.  Any student who has a “D” or “F” grade in a class is typically assigned by their administrator to go to that class during Saxon Time.

Other positive uses of this time are:

  • make up a test           
  • participate in a study session with other students
  • work on group projects
  • complete homework or study
  • see one of the support resources – counselor, administrator, social   worker, school psychologist

The key is to use your Saxon Time wisely!

Peer Tutoring

Everyone may need help in a class from time to time.  Of course, the best resource for help in a particular class would be your teacher and this should be the first thing you do to seek out help.  If additional help is needed beyond your teacher, all departments offer peer tutoring through their Honor Society.  Ask your teacher who to contact for each subject.  Students can also schedule peer tutoring on Wednesday mornings before school begins. 

The Parent Resource Center also provides information about private tutoring.

Honor Code

The Honor Code defines the expected standards of conduct in academic affairs.

Cheating

  • Giving or receiving any unauthorized aid, assistance, or unfair advantage on any form of academic work including homework, writing prep, and/or tests.

Plagiarism

  • Copying another person’s work or ideas.  This includes anything from the internet and failing to give proper documentation of another person’s idea.

Lying

  • Committing any statement, written or oral, of an untruth relevant to one’s academic work.          

Cell Phone Use

  • Use of cell phones or other portable devices during all assessments is strictly prohibited.

Possible consequences of an honor code violation include receiving a zero as your grade on the assignment in question, loss of qualification for an honor society membership, notification to your counselor that you violated the Honor Code, and/or mandatory community service hours.

Saxon spirit is shown in honorable behavior!

Attendance

If you are absent from class for any reason, you are responsible for making up what you missed.

Absent for one day

  • If schoolwork (test/quizzes/projects) was previously assigned, you must hand it in the day you return to class.
  • Assignments made and/or quizzes/tests given on the day you were absent should be made up when you return to school.

Absent multiple days

  • You are given one day of makeup for each day missed.  Student is responsible for arranging makeup schedule with teacher.
  • Work previously assigned (before absence) is due the day of your return.
  • If a long-term assignment has been assigned, student is expected to send the assignment to school on the day it is due if you are absent.

Pre-arranged absences

  • Student will turn in all previously assigned work on the day you return to school.

Early check-outs or early check-ins

  • Hand in assigned work due that day.
  • Take any quizzes/tests on that day.

NOTE:  If you have any extenuating circumstances,talk to your  teacher!  If you have been out because of illness for more than three days, see your counselor or your assistant principal for help organizing your make-up work.

Saxon Service Learning

Service learning is a teaching method that involves students in authentic and meaningful service to their communities, that provides structured time for reflection on the service experience and the demonstration of the skills and knowledge acquired. Connecting classrooms with the community provides a sense of civic responsibility by encouraging students to assess their impact on the community and their roles as active contributors to society.

Students who participate in service learning and earn 10 hours per year for a total of 40 hours may be eligible for a service learning recognition cord at graduation.  Any service hours completed in the summer will count towards the upcoming school year.

Activities may include helping senior citizens or sick or disabled individuals; working at soup kitchens; collecting or distributing food items or clothing; organizing fund-raisers for special causes or events; engaging in local conservation efforts; or working with local political organizations.

Use the service learning application to record service hours each year.  In your senior year, submit a completed application to your counselor for verification to receive a service learning cord to wear at graduation. Service Learning Applications are available in the Main Office and in the Student Services Department

Two times a month, Saxon Service will be offered.  This is a chance to complete service learning during the day.  Some projects include:  Case for Smiles – ironing pillowcases for pediatric patients in ICU wards of hospitals; Cards for Kids – making colorful, glittery cards of encouragement for pediatric patients at INOVA hospital; Embry Rucker Shelter – making blankets for homeless; just to name a few.

Bullying and Harassment

Bullying or harassment of any kind (physical, verbal, sexual, emotional, cyber, etc.) will NOT be tolerated at Langley High School.  If you feel as though you are being bullied or harassed, or you have observed such behaviors, here are some tips on what you should and should not do.

DO’S:

  1. Tell the bully to stop.
  2. If you can, walk away from the situation.
  3. Talk to a trusted adult – parent, counselor, teacher, administrator, coach, social worker.
  4. Remember that it is not your fault.  The bully is behaving inappropriately.
  5. Try to be with other people.  Being around others can be protective. 
  6. If you are an observer, offer help to the person being bullied.
  7. If you are being cyber-bullied, print out what you are receiving on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, text message, etc. and LET SOMEONE KNOW!

DO NOT’S:

  1. Confront the bullying during the immediate situation.  You don’t want to put yourself in danger.
  2. Fight back or bully somebody else.
  3. Withdraw or stay away from school.  Get help for the situation.
  4. Encourage the bully by laughing if you are an observer. 
  5. Participate in gossiping or taunting.  

Every year Langley participates in an Anti-Bullying Week in late October/early November.  This week helps students to recognize bullying behaviors and learn how to deal with any bullying issues that may arise.

Student Activities

We encourage all students to become involved in extracurricular activities while at Langley.  We believe that being involved helps you become more engaged in Saxon Spirit, meet new friends, and have fun!   Keep in mind that those students who have invested their time in these activities during their high school years are very interested in having new students join them.  Please feel encouraged to go to an interest meeting or to any meeting throughout the year and attend the club day fair in late September.

Get involved and have fun!

Helpful Hints For Good Time Management

  1. Write everything down!  Don’t rely on your memory.  Write all your assignments in your planner or in your phone so you know when you have assignments and when you don’t.
  2. Use your agenda, calendar, and time management pages to create a daily, weekly, and/or long-term schedule for classes, activities, and schoolwork.
  3. Make a realistic to-do list for each day and don’t go to bed until everything is done.
  4. Make an “appointment” with your important schoolwork assignments.  (ex. “I have an appointment with my science fair project this Sunday from 2-3pm.”)  That way, time is set aside for work you need to complete. 
  5. Break big assignments down into smaller parts so they are not overwhelming.  Work ahead of the deadline!
  6. Use lunch time, Saxon Time, and time between the end of school and the start of activities to get work done.  Find “pockets of time” during the day to do small or parts of assignments = less work to do at home.
  7. DO NOT log in to social networks until your work is finished.  They are too tempting!
  8. Find a place to work that does not have any distractions.

Just get started!  You may find that a task is more enjoyable than you had thought.

Tips To Help The Procrastinator

  1. Agree to dedicate 10 minutes to starting a task.  You may find that it is not as difficult as you think. 
  2. Make studying a sort of game.  Challenge yourself to complete a task within a specific time frame. 
  3. Label or “rank” you assignments – easy, difficult, takes time, etc.  This gives you an overview of what you need to accomplish. 
  4. Most people try to complete their easier tasks first and save the more difficult ones until later.  It may be easier to rationalize putting a hard task off when you’re tired, busy, etc.  Change it up a little.  One day, start with your easy tasks first and see how long your homework takes.  Next day, try starting with the harder tasks (You may find they are not as hard as you think!) and then do the easier tasks later.  Or – alternate what seems easy or hard to you.  Compare the times it takes for each of these methods and see what time frame you really need to complete your work.  Make it a game.  Make it fun. 

Healthy Habits

The demands of high school can be stressful.  We want you to be a happy and healthy student and to enjoy the fun of friends and learning. 

  1. Diet – What you eat affects how you feel.  No matter how much you love junk food, keep in mind that healthier snacks will make you feel better. 
  2. Exercise – Even though you may be taking a PE or Personal Fitness class, you need to move your body!  Even a short daily walk will improve mood and relieve stress.  Walk your dog.  Take a run after school.  Go swimming.  Even walk the mall.  It’s good for you!
  3. Sleep – We know this is not easy during your high school years.  You want to stay up late but your school bus comes early.  Add the fact that you have lots of homework and you want to stay current with your social media.  Lots to do and not enough hours in the day!  Try your best.  Every study shows that sleep deprivation affects mental performance.  Getting enough sleep is important!

Frequently Asked Questions

Question

What is parent view?  How do I sign up for an account?

Answer

Online resource tool for parents to stay connected with their students’ classes. Parents can now create their own account for FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard). After registering and having their account validated at Langley High School, parents will have their own username and password to access all of their children's available courses and their Career and College Planning through Family Connection

Question

I signed up for Honors but now I think that was a mistake. How do I switch out?

Answer

To switch out of a class, students need to complete a schedule change packet. These packets become available after first quarter interims. In order to be considered for a switch you should have met with your teacher for help at least four times and have completed all homework assignments.

Question

Can I can turn in all my homework by the end of the quarter and still earn credit?

Answer

No. Every department has a late homework policy but late work is not accepted after the due date unless you were sick and have made arrangements to turn it in within the appropriate time frame.

Question

If I don’t like my elective class, can I change it after school starts?

Answer

No, elective changes are not considered after the school year has started.

Question

What is Honor Code?  How does it work?

Answer

"On my honor, I have neither given nor received aid on this work."

If a teacher feels that you have violated the honor code, they will complete a referral. The student has  the opportunity to review this referral and write a statement. The parents/guardians will be notified by the teacher that the referral was made. Then the honor council will review the violation and make a decision about the consequence of the action.

Question

How do I join an activity? 

Answer

You can attend a meeting and join. You can join through club day (late September). You can speak directly to the sponsor of the club.

Question

What is my responsibility if/when I miss class for any reason? 

Answer

To work with your teachers directly and make up the work in a timely fashion.