The LSS Scoop! – December 12, 2021

December 12, 2021

 

              

STUDENT SAFETY AROUND SCHOOLS 

  • With the days growing shorter and the heavy rain, fog, and frost, we are sharing a reminder to all our students to take extra precaution when walking to and from school. Please be aware of your surroundings, walk with someone whenever possible, and avoid wearing headphones. We also ask drivers in our school community to be vigilant on our roads. We encourage families to speak with their children about what they can do to stay healthy and safe. Student safety is our priority. Thank you for your cooperation and support.

GRAD GAB (This section of the LSS Scoop is a place to find updates for “all things Grad”!)

  • Dry Grad Update
  • Dry Grad Meeting and tentative fundraising schedule
    • ​​​​​​​Jan: 5th: Dry Grad meeting.
      • ​​​​​​​8th: bottle drive, we will use of the school’s front driveway and need about 12 Grad volunteers.
    • ​​​​​​​Feb: 2nd: Dry Grad meeting.
      • ​​​​​​​TBA: Pub night. Details to follow.
    • ​​​​​​​March: 2nd: Dry Grad meeting.
      • ​​​​​​​28th: (April 8th) Easter Purdy’s
    • ​​​​​​​April: 6th: Dry Grad meeting.
      • ​​​​​​​11th-22nd: Clearveiw hanging baskets
    • ​​​​​​​ May: 4th: Dry Grad meeting.
      • ​​​​​​​28th: Grad car wash/YardSale, need of the front driveway, green space, & 12-20 Grads. More details to follow.
    • ​​​​​​​June 1st: Dry Grad meeting.
  • LAST CHANCE! Scholarship Opportunity: A grade 12 student attending Langley Fundamental Middle and Secondary School is working on a Capstone project. In hr own words:
    • “My essential question is: ‘How can I help give someone in need an education further than high school?’. To answer this question, I decided to start a bursary of $500 and award it to a graduating student in the Langley School District who is struggling with the cost of post-secondary education. This could include a university or college program, but also another type of program such as trades. Anything that the student is passionate about pursuing. I have all the information about the bursary on my website https://callarenaud.wixsite.com/peerempowerment. If you could let students in grade 12 at Langley Secondary School be aware of this opportunity that would be great. The application deadline is December 31, 2021.”
      • Eligibility: Grade 12 student in financial need
      • Application deadline: noon, December 17, 2021
      • See Ms Seymour, Career Advisor, for more information!
  • Here are some dates that grads might be interested in knowing:
    • Grad Portrait Week – February 20, and February 22-26
    • Grad Cruise – Thursday, April 21
    • Grad Ceremony – Wednesday, June 15, 7 pm – CLA
    • Grad Dinner and Dance – Friday, June 24, 6:30 pm – Coast Langley City Hotel & Convention Centre

LSS ATHLETICS – UPDATES!

  • Congratulations to the Senior Girls Volleyball team for finishing 11th in BC at the AAA Girls Provincial Volleyball Championships at Crofton House in Vancouver! The coaches, Ms. Florko and Mr. McLeod, noted, ‘It was an amazing experience for the girls. I’ve never seen a team bond together like that.”

LEARNING IN (AND OUT OF) THE CLASSROOM AT LSS!

  • Our current senior Thunderbirds get the opportunity to connect with our future Thunderbirds, the Douglas Park Dragons. It was powerful to see our family of schools connect through play. Amazing connections between LSS and Douglas Park – assisting with the District goal of transitions… great connections for both students!
  • After learning about the Komagata Maru Incident and the exclusionary immigration legislation that excluded many people throughout our history, students in SS 9 made origami boats with inclusive messages of welcome and hope for new arrivals to Canada, because everyone belongs. We’ll be hanging the class display down by the main entrance next week
  • CLC 12 got outside for a brain break yesterday, taking advantage of the fact that the rain had stopped for a moment!
  • Mr. Mahil and Mr. Kardos’ PHE class took advantage of the limited vitamin d we have had lately and went for a walk and picked up garbage around our school community
  • AVID 11 students demonstrate the collaborative tutorial process to our AVID 9’s! Tutorials help students create a deeper understanding of concepts and use an inquiry process to push each other’s thinking. They facilitate the learning process by not giving the answers, but by finding “the way” to the answer by asking more questions and learning the processes of the answer!
  • Here are some photos from a Law 12 mock trial last week. The evil Queen was found guilty on the first count of attempted murder, but innocent on the second; this is a win for both the crown and defence!  Extra points to the whole class for being here early and prepared on a Monday morning with snow no less.
  • The School District hosted a Youth Engagement Forum last week. One staff member commented, “I was impressed to hear the perspective of one of the students when they returned! So powerful! And the students showed so much courage.”

LSS HAMPERS

  • Thank you to staff, students, and the community for donations and for supporting the various fundraisers organized by AVID. Between AVID and the school’s Hamper Committee, more than $4000 was raised to support fifteen local families during the holiday season!

THIS WEEK! COUNTDOWN TO WINTER BREAK SPIRIT WEEK!

  • Ready, set, GLOW…Winter Spirit Week coming soon! Get those festive outfits and holly jolly spirits ready, Thunderbirds! Daily dress up days and lunchtime activities starting later this week to make your days merry and bright! Thursday Dec 9 will be Thunderbird Thursday, and then the Winter Holiday fun begins!!

SAVE THE DATE – LSS EVENING OF DANCE!

  • The LSS Evening of Dance is this Tuesday December 14th at 7pm at the Small Gym.  Tickets are $5.00 cash, available at the door.  Doors open at 6:45pm.
  • The show is titled “Onstage Again” and features original dances choreographed and performed by the Grade 9-12 Dance class and the After School Dance Club.
  • Special Choreography by Elizabeth Aguasin, Remi Murai and Mrs. Lidemark
  • This is also the first official live Dance Performance onstage since January 2020!

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT SURVEY

  • Langley Secondary School will be participating in an online school perception survey for students called the OurSCHOOL Student Survey. Please find the details of the survey implementation below.
    • Who: Grades 9-12
    • When: December 13/14, 2021
    • Where: Langley Secondary School
    • Why: to measure student engagement, increase student involvement & sense of belonging at school
  • About the OurSCHOOL Student Survey:
    • Allows students to share their feedback anonymously on their experiences at school, school environment, and school improvement programs.
    • Based on their feedback, students have the opportunity to be involved in action plans fostering increased student engagement
    • Participation in the survey is voluntary, however, all students are encouraged to participate.
    • The time required to complete the survey may vary, but it is designed to be completed in approximately 35-40 minutes.
    • Survey measures include such topics as behaviours and attitudes linked to student success, emotional and social well-being and physical health. For more information about the OurSCHOOL Student Survey, please visit The Learning Bar’s website: www.thelearningbar.com.
  • If you have questions or would like to request more information about the upcoming implementation of the OurSCHOOL Student Survey, please contact Brittany Reid at breid@sd35.bc.ca

SEMESTER TRANSITION DAYS – END OF JANUARY

  • To help prepare and support students for success, the District is sharing information with families regarding upcoming Semester Transition Days with our secondary schools. Although this is not indicated in the District calendar, please note the following days:
    • Thursday, January 27, 2021, Semester Transition Day – Grade 9 mini-Capstone; a presentation schedule will come out closer to the end of January.
    • Friday, January 28, 2021, Semester Transition Day – Grade 9 mini-Capstone, cont’d, and Grade 8s from HD Stafford coming for a Taste of LSS.
    • Monday, January 31, 2021, Semester Turn Around Day (No students in session)
  • What are Semester Transition Days? 
    • As part of the District’s Strategic Plan goals, schools are highlighting student transitions with various activities including but not limited to the following:
      • Capstone Presentations and Celebrations for Grade 12 students
      • Mini-Capstone Presentations for Grade 9 students
      • Student Celebrations of Learning
      • Additional Student Support Opportunities
      • School visits from Grade 7/8 students from feeder schools for orientation
  • What does this mean for students and staff? 
    • Not all students will be attending school on any or all of these days
    • Students who need to be at school on one or all of these days will receive communication from their school or teacher
    • All staff will be involved in transition activities and will receive communication from their administrator
  • Please note these are not days off for students. These days are structured with the intention to ensure a smooth transition for our students and help foster student learning. If you have any questions, please speak with your administrator.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

  • The last two Thursdays have been “Thunderbird Thursday,” with students and staff showing school spirit by wearing their Saints and Thunderbird swag!
  • Some students try out the Labyrinth, originally created more than ten years ago in the old LSS building’s courtyard. The Labyrinth is meant to promote mindfulness and calm in an anxiety-filled world.
  • Ms. Kiers and Ms. Pais-Martins present ideas to promote Social-Emotional Learning amongst our Grade 9s. The pandemic has had an impact on our students’ healthy habits and mental health; these lessons are meant to remind students how to work through their emotions in positive and healthy ways.
  • Noticing that more  and more students were in the hallways during class time, LSS staff re-instated a “hall pass” policy, to ensure that students are focused and where they should be! Bonus points to staff for some very creative hall passes!
  • Mike Gee presents the Seamus Gee Memorial Carpentry Bursary to this year’s recipient, LSS student Cory L.  Seamus was an LSS student who passed away in 2019. In honour of Seamus’ memory, Mike Gee created a Bursary to pay for a student’s Train in Trades carpentry fees.
  • This past Friday, LSS hosted a Santa photo booth, to help students get into the holiday spirit!  Here are a few of them, below.
  • Not to be outdone, the LSS Science Department had their own Christmas fun, with their version of “reindeer games”!

FROM THE DISTRICT AND IN THE COMMUNITY

  • December Issue of Student Success
    • The latest, December edition of our Student Success Magazine is out! Please share it out with your staff and school community.  You can access this month’s edition at the link:  Student Success December Issue.pdf
  • Youth Holiday Market – See the attached poster and be sure to check it out… This December 22nd !
  • REMINDER: ISP Homestay Families Needed
    • The ISP Homestay Department is looking to recruit new homestay families across the District. Please see the attached Homestay Recruitment Ad:
    • Langley Homestay Ad 2021
  • REMINDER: SCHOOL DISTRICT FOUNDATION
    • ​​​​​​​50/50 Big Jackpot
    • With the impact of the pandemic and the loss of in-person events, we have decided the BEST way to raise some much-needed funds for students in our district is to do a good old 50/50 raffle! That’s why this BIG JACKPOT is so essential!
    • We appreciate your support in sharing with your school community and staff, helping us to promote this opportunity to support Langley students and schools.
    • Limited tickets are available! Tickets sold online here: lsdf.rafflenexus.com
  • Information About School Status During Inclement Weather
    • Snow closures and power outages are an annual occurrence in Langley School District. So, where do you go to get information about the status of schools during periods of inclement weather? If you are able to access the internet via computer or smartphone, current information about Langley schools can be accessed on all school websites or www.sd35.bc.ca. Updates are also posted to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook at www.facebook.com/langleyschooldistrict. If you don’t have internet connectivity but your phone is working, call a relative or friend in an area that has not been affected by the storm and ask them to check the district website for you. Local radio stations are also informed of school status in Langley. Tune in to CKWX 1130AM, CKNW 980AM, Country Radio 107.1FM, Pulse 107.7 or CBC 690AM or 88.1FM for updates.
    • Please note that Langley District schools are all considered ‘open’ until a decision to close is required. Decisions on school closures are usually made by 6:30am. As always, it is a parent’s decision whether to send their child to school based on safety and individual circumstances. If you feel it is unsafe for you or your child to travel to or attend an open school for any reason, please keep your child home and report an absence to the school.
  • Community Bulletin Board – SD#35 Langley: To find out more about the different community events happening in our District, consider making it a habit to go to the District’s website, and you will certainly be in the know! https://www.sd35.bc.ca/news-events/community-bulletin-board/

CALENDAR

Langley Secondary School

21405 - 56 Avenue, Langley
BC, V2Y 2N1
Phone: 604-534-4171
Fax: 604-534-9518