LHMS Weekly News and Updates



Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Langston Hughes is a truly a school of the world with over 50 languages spoken in our students’ homes. This week we celebrated with an International Spirit Week. Students wore colors that represented their flags, they wore traditional dress from their culture, and they even represented their elementary schools with their elementary school colors or class shirts. It was fun to see students represent who they are!

Speaking of a world school, Langston Hughes, and South Lakes grades 7-10 are a combined International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. Students at South Lakes in grades 11 and 12 can also choose to continue their IB education with the IB Career-related Program or the IB Diploma Program. Next week, a group of program evaluators from different parts of the world will “visit” our schools virtually to give us both commendations and recommendations for our program implementation. Evaluators will speak with administrators, teachers, staff members, and invited parents and students to better understand our schools. Though the visit is virtual, evaluators will “tour” our schools. We look forward to showcasing the excellent IB education we provide in our pyramid!

We hope to see our Langston Hughes students tonight at SkateQuest for the PTA sponsored Skate Night. The event is from 7:30-9:30 and parents are welcome to drop off – just be there on time for pick up! You can still buy tickets for $10 at the door with cash or credit. We hope you can join for this fun event!


Aimee Monticchio



“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”
—Langston Hughes

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 9th Grade

 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


Parents, over the next few weeks, help is needed in the health classes while the students create projects for the vaping and tobacco awareness campaign LHMS is taking part in.  More adults in the room will help the creation process go smoother. This is the chance to make a difference in the vaping epidemic our teens and pre-teens are facing across the nation. We would love to welcome you into the school to provide support for our students. Sign up here.





      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



Teens and Substance Abuse: Panel with Local Schools

A virtual panel on teen substance abuse will be hosted on Wednesday, February 22, at 7 p.m., by Formed Families Forward and the Northern Virginia Family Network. The panel will feature representatives from Alexandria City, Arlington, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Loudoun County, and Prince William County schools. Stefan Mascoll, coordinator of Student Safety and Wellness, will represent FCPS.  

Caregivers and community members can join to learn more about current challenges, how they are being addressed in schools, and how families can help. Please register in advance.



Career and Technical Education

FCPS’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps are now open for registrationVisit the websites below for more information on schedules and fees. Tuition is waived for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. 

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 7-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA webpage to register.

Institute for the Arts Camps

IFTA is a two- or four-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9, music, self-directed economics and personal finance, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register

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

Are You Interested in Tutoring?

FCPS is now actively recruiting qualified tutors to provide academic support in-person to small groups of students. These new FCPS tutors will be paid an hourly rate of $47.17. The position is flexible, and the number of hours worked and location will be based on the tutor’s availability and qualifications, as well as the needs presented throughout FCPS. Apply now! Contact tutor@fcps.edu for more information. 

Note: Current FCPS staff can only apply to tutor outside of their contracted hours.

Tutor.com Is Still Available and Free for All FCPS Students

Online tutoring through Tutor.com is available to all FCPS students as a resource for support and enrichment. As of January 2023, approximately 8,000 students have participated in approximately 34,000 tutoring sessions. Tutor.com remains available to all FCPS students at no cost. Find out more about Tutor.com.


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

March 2 - 2-hour Early Dismissal

March 3 - Student Holiday

April 3 - 7 - Spring Break