LHMS Weekly News and Updates



Dear Parents and Caregivers,

On Wednesday we kicked off a month of Black History Month activities by recognizing our namesake, Langston Hughes, whose birthday happens to be February 1st! Students will hear quotes daily from famous Black activists, decorate their Connections class door, hear, or participate in a Poetry Slam, and have a concert from a local artist sponsored by the Reston Community Center this month. We are proud to represent Langston Hughes who desired a world where all people were valued and heard. Our school has students from over 55 nations and is proof that all cultures and peoples can live in community together bettering ourselves and our world.

On Monday during 3rd period the school will come together to recognize the students who achieved Honor Roll for the 2nd Quarter. The final totals are 298 students in the A/B Honor Roll and 222 students in the All a’s Honor Roll.  Well done, students! Congratulations. We are proud of you!

Aimee Monticchio


“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

– Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time. During his time in the NBA, “MJ” helped popularize basketball. That’s because people around the world looked up to Michael Jordan for his incredible skills on the court. Additionally, he is known for his competitiveness and devotion to the sport. As a result, MJ became a pop culture icon, popularizing Air Jordan sneakers and starring in the Space Jam movie. All in all, Jordan played in the NBA for fifteen seasons. He was also voted MVP six times and won six championships with the Chicago Bulls.

Help Shape FCPS’ Future!

Our students are preparing for careers that don’t exist today. In order to keep pace with these needs, we must rethink our plans for the future and how we will best serve our students for this new era.

We encourage you to join us in this important work of developing a new Strategic Plan

You’re invited to participate in a Strategic Planning Community Forum

  • Thursday, February 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m. (Hunters Woods ES) Register.

Community Forums will provide families, students, staff, and community members with an opportunity to review student achievement, access, and perception data and identify both strengths and challenges within the data. Community input from the forums will be shared with the Core Planning Team to incorporate recommendations into finalized Strategic Plan goals.

Learn more about FCPS’ strategic planning process


Academic Advising and our 2023-2024 SY Hughes MS Registration Site!

For more information about course selection for the upcoming school year, you can access out 2023-2024 SY Hughes MS Registration Site from the menu on the Langston Hughes Middle School website or with this direct link: https://hughesms.fcps.edu/2023-2024-sy-hughes-ms-registration On the site, you will find course selection materials, presentation materials, information and videos about electives and other course offerings, and so much more. Please visit the site and email our Director of Student Services, Michele Beard, at mbeard@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

Important Academic Advising Dates:

Rising 7th Grade

Our counselors will visit feeder elementary schools in the month of February to support course selection. Rising 7th grade students will receive a folder with information about course selection and the course selection sheet. Students will return signed course selection sheets to their elementary schools by the school’s designated date. Rising 7th grade course selection sheets are due to LHMS from the elementary school by March 6th, 2023.

Rising 8th Grade

Langston Hughes counselors will meet with current 7th grade students for class lessons about course selection and academic advising February 6th – 9th through history classes. Students must return signed course selection sheets to their history teacher by February 27th, 2023.  

Rising 9th Grade

Langston Hughes counselors will meet with current 8th grade students for class lessons about the high school course selection and academic advising January 31st – February 3rdh through Civics classes. Students will complete a draft course selection sheet to review with parents. South Lakes counselors will then meet one on one with our students February 10th – 15th through science classes to select high school courses in SIS StudentVue. (If your student will not be attending South Lakes, your child’s current LHMS counselor will work with them to select courses in SIS for another FCPS high school.) Parents will be able to review students’ course request by logging into SIS ParentVUE and clicking “Course Requests.”

Don’t forget to check our site for updates! https://hughesms.fcps.edu/2023-2024-sy-hughes-ms-registration

2nd Quarter Report Cards and SIS ParentVUE

The last day of the second quarter/first semester was Wednesday, January 25th. The Grade Book and Report Card modules in SIS ParentVUE will be closed on January 25th – February 6th for teachers to update final 2nd quarter and semester grades.

If you do not already have a ParentVUE SIS account, it is very important for you to activate this feature to support your child’s academic success. Through ParentVUE, you are able to monitor your student’s attendance, grades, and assignments at any time. Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for an FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. In addition, all students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. SIS/ParentVUE can be accessed using an app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Do you need help creating a SIS ParentVue account? This video walks you through the steps on how to do so. Watch this video to learn how to set up your account. You can also find out more about SIS ParentVUE here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/student-information-system-sis-fcps/sis-parent-account-overview



Happy School Counseling Week – February 6th – 10th!

 Our school counselors are such a vital part of our school community. They support the whole child and help our students to become self-aware, make good decisions, develop relational skills, and resolve conflicts. They also support students in setting and reaching goals, improving academics, and they provide academic advising. Join us in celebrating our school counselors – Ms. Bach, Ms. Degraffenried, Ms. Brooks, and Mr. Blocker. They are the helping hands we need at Langston Hughes, and we love our school counselors!


International Spirit Week- February 6-February 10

Hughes Middle School is excited to host a spirit week in partnership with our neighbor, South Lakes High School!  Please encourage your students to participate in the fun as we celebrate the diversity of our student body.  


Monday, February 6: Langston Culture- Wear your Langston Hughes gear

Tuesday, February 7: Celebrate your Roots- Wear your elementary school shirt or colors

Wednesday, February 8: Flag Day- Wear the colors of your national flag

Thursday, February 9: Celebrate your Culture- Wear traditional dress to represent your culture

Friday, February 10: Celebrate our Caring Culture- Wear Valentine’s Day inspired attire

International Night at South Lakes High School

South Lakes High School invites you to celebrate all of the wonderful and unique cultures in the greater Reston community.  It will take place on Thursday, February 9 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at South Lakes.  International Night will include performances, interactive booths, food, a fashion show, and more! 

Parent Project - Empoderar a los padres. Transformando a los adolescentes.

Obtén herramientas para aprender

  •  Como tener una relación positiva con su hijo y dejar de discutir.
  • Prevenir o intervenir el consumo de alcohol y drogas, conductas destructivas en el hogar y posible afiliación a pandillas.
  •  Explorar soluciones concretas para problemas con redes sociales
  •  Mejorar la asistencia escolar y el rendimiento académico.

¡10 semanas de clases GRATIS de capacitación para padres en español!

Lugar: Biblioteca de Dogwood Elemntary School

Fecha: Los Jueves, de 6:00pm a 8:30pm

Inicio enero 26

Febrero 2, 9, 16 y 23

Marzo 2, 9, 16, 23 y 30

Duración: 10 semanas en persona, libro gratis

Para: Padres de estudiantes de 10 a 18 años

Habrá cena y cuidado para niños gratis

Para más información y registro aquí antes de 2/7/23


      If you would like to know more about the program you can find at

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/college-success-program/college-partnership-program-cpp  or contact Ms. Brooks at mlbrooks@fcps.edu or Mr. Blocker at mfblocker@fcps.edu

   Application link for students:   http://tinyurl.com/CPPAPP2023  

   Application window closes on March 10, 2023



School Year Calendar Development

Thank you to the more than 27,000 families, staff, students, and community members who have completed FCPS' Calendar Feedback Form.

If you have not had an opportunity to participate, please complete the form by Monday, February 6, at noon. We hope to hear from you!

Thank you in advance for your time. Learn more about FCPS’ Calendar Development Process

CDC No-Cost COVID-19 Testing Locator

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a COVID-19 Testing Locator website, which can help families find no-cost COVID-19 testing sites: 

The locator is part of the CDC’s Increasing Community Access to Testing (ICATT) program, which focuses on at-risk communities. Testing is available at pharmacies and other locations and is provided at no cost to individuals with or without health insurance and in areas with an increased demand for testing. 

More information via the CDC’s recent announcement is available at the following link:



First Baptist Church of Vienna (FBCV) is hosting its annual HBCU PANHELLNIC WEEKEND beginning on Friday February 18th, 19th & 20th.  This event is a time where we invite all of the Divine 9 and the respective HBCU graduates to come be a part of this fabulous weekend.  Also, as part of this weekend we facilitate a ton of activities for middle school, high school, and college youth to come out to discover about the different phases of life.

 This year the focus for the youth will be in three (4) parts:

  1. Friday February 17th, 2023 – African American Centric Sip Juice & Paint at FBCV (Youth Focus)
    1. Youth will have their very own canvas with a professional African American Artist that will instruct them in the painting of a African Centric portrait
  2. Saturday February 18th, 2023 – Youth Workshops, Panel Discussion & Oratorical Competition w/prizes (Youth Focus)
    1. STEM, Money for College, Branding Me, Law Enforcement & Mental Health Workshops (Youth Focus)
    2. Panel Discussion
    3. Topic:  Feeding your Mind, Body, and Spirit: Finding Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Balance in a Pandemic Society.
    4. Oratorical Competition – Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners
  3. Sunday February 19th, 2023 – HBCU PANHELLNIC Worship Service (Divine 9 & HBCU Alumni/Current Students) (Everyone welcome)
    1. Wear your Divine 9 paraphernalia to the worship service to hear a word from the Lord
    2. Wear you HBCU paraphernalia to the worship service to hear a word from the Lord

The ask is that Omega U, OKK Fatherhood initiative and the other youth mentoring organizations of NAII be a part of this dynamic weekend for you Youth. 

Registration Link:  www.tinyurl.com/fbcvhbcuwknd

 POC:  Julian Purvis



Calling all rising 9th graders! Interested in trying out for the South Lakes Cheerleading program? If so, please fill out the following online interest form to be added to our email list: https://forms.gle/hVeWZPTPR187AnmX9  Those on our email distribution list will receive information throughout the spring/summer regarding the upcoming season.

A little bit about our program: South Lakes Cheerleading is both a sideline and competitive program. When we are not on the track cheering on the SLHS Football team on game nights, we are practicing for our own District, Region, and State competitions! We have two teams: JV and Varsity that both begin on July 31st and run through early/mid November. 

We welcome all levels of experience and hope to meet you soon!

If you have any questions at all feel free to email Coach Slaight at:  raslaight@fcps.edu


The South Lakes Dance Team is excited to be holding our 23-24 tryouts from June 20-22! If you are interested in trying out, please fill out this interest form and we will add you to our email list: https://forms.gle/MbkS57BPWUer9tK17. We will be sending out communication about our interest meeting, tryouts, and eligibility requirements through the email list.

The South Lakes Dance Team performs at Football games, Basketball games, pep rallies, and various other school events. We also compete regionally and sometimes even nationally! We love cheering on the Seahawks and promoting school spirit in the community. South Lakes currently has only a Varsity level Dance Team, but we encourage dancers of all skill levels to tryout! We will also be holding a pre-tryout skills clinic on April 13th.

Please email Coach McDermott at chmcdermott@fcps.edu with any questions.

SLHS Seahawk CO-ED Golf Meeting For Rising Freshmen

Is your student-athlete interested in playing for the Seahawk Co-ed Golf Team? Tryouts are projected to begin July 31 and the regular season runs through mid-September. Email Coach Anderson at kanderson3@fcps.edu for more information.


Calling all rising 9th graders!  Are you:

-Bigger than most people?  -Faster than your friends?  -Tougher than most others?

If you answered yes to one or more of those questions then we are interested in you trying out for the South Lakes Football Program! 

Hurry and fill out the following online interest form to be added to our email list: 


Those on our email distribution list will receive information throughout the spring/summer regarding the upcoming season. 

A little bit about our program: 

South Lakes Football has three levels in our program; Freshmen, Junior Varsity, and Varsity.  Our season officially begins on July 31st, but the JV and Varsity teams are already preparing for our next season and so should you too! 

We welcome all levels of experience and hope to meet you soon!

If you have any questions at all feel free to email Coach Hescock at:  jrhescock@fcps.edu


Calling all rising 9th graders! Interested in trying out for the South Lakes Girls Volleyball program?

For additional questions please email Coach Miller at pmiller@fcps.edu    


Calling all rising 9th graders! Interested in trying out for the South Lakes Field Hockey program For additional questions please email Coach Mueller at: almueller@fcps.edu



Career and Transition Services (CTS) is gearing up for our transition night for younger students, families, ES and MS staff on Wednesday, February 15, from 6:30 – 8:30pm at Luther Jackson MS.  Please join us to learn more about.

What should I do before my child grows up? Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students in Special Education For families, caregivers, and educators of students receiving special education services.

Please click on the appropriate link below to learn more.

What Should I do Before My Child Grows Up.pdf

What should I do before my child grows up-Spanish.pdf

What should I do before my child grows up-Arabic.pdf

What should I do before my child grows up-Chinese.pdf

What should I do before my child grows up-Korean.pdf

What should I do before my child grows up-Urdu.pdf

What should I do before my child grows up-Vietnamese.pdf


Feb 20 - President's Day - Schools and Offices Closed

March 2 - 2-hour Early Dismissal

March 3 - Student Holiday

April 3 - 7 - Spring Break