October 2, 2021
GRAD GAB (This section of the LSS Scoop is a place to find updates for “all things Grad”!)
- Please see below for two Major Scholarship Opportunities!
- Loran Scholarship:
- This deadline is approaching quickly– October 13th. Please pass along this information to any grade 12 students who you think would eligible. Also feel free to pass along names to Counselling in case they need a little nudge from us. There is no limit to how many applicants can apply from a high school.
- Students can apply on their own by visiting this website. A reference letter will also be required. https://loranscholar.ca/becoming-a-scholar/
- “To find the next generation of leaders for Canada, we look beyond the transcript and find the promise of character: integrity, courage, compassion, determination and a high level of personal autonomy.”
- Eligibility Criteria for High School Students
- Be in your final year of uninterrupted full-time studies in high school.
- Present a minimum cumulative average of 85%.
- Hold Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status.
- Be at least 16 years of age by September 1st of the following year.
- Students who graduated in 2021 and are currently taking a gap year are also eligible to apply.
- OUR AWARDS
- Renewable for up to four years, with a total value of $100,000, each Loran Award includes:
- An annual stipend of $10,000
- A matching tuition waiver from one of 25 partner universities
- Personal mentorship from a Canadian leader
- Access to our network and up to $14,000 in funding for summer work experiences in three different sectors
- An orientation expedition through Algonquin Park
- Annual retreats and scholar gatherings
- We also grant up to 118 finalist and provincial awards to promising candidates who are not selected as Loran Scholars.
- OUR AWARDS
- Schulich Leader Scholarships
- These are Canada’s most coveted undergraduate STEM scholarships. Up to one hundred are awarded to entrepreneurial-minded high school graduates enrolling in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math program at 20 partner universities across Canada. Half are valued at $100,000 for engineering scholarships and half are valued at $80,000* for science and math scholarships. Every high school in Canada can nominate one graduating student each year to apply for the scholarship.
- A Schulich Leader Nominee represents the top entrepreneurial-minded STEM student in your graduating class and in turn becomes eligible to win a $100,000 or $80,000 scholarship.
- This dynamic student demonstrates:
- Academic excellence, AND
- Leadership, charisma and creativity.
- Strong consideration will be given to students with financial need.
- Only ONE student can be nominated per school. If you would like to be nominated by LSS, please submit a written piece of approximately 250 words explaining why you should be the school’s nominee. The deadline for this is Wednesday, November 10.
- For more information, please go to the following website: https://www.schulichleaders.com/
- REMINDER! PSAT registration – Also, the Practice SAT registration is now open. Students can register for the PSAT through their School Cash Online accounts as an optional item. The test date is Wed. Oct. 13th at 3:30 pm at REMSS. Additional details are available when the student registers through their School Cash Online account.
- Dry Grad is a group that is run by Grade 12 parents to provide a safe year-end celebration. Dry Grad is NOT a school event. At the same time, to assist in communication, the LSS Scoop will provide updates, as provided by the Dry Grad Parent Committee. As the Dry Grad Committee starts up in the coming weeks, we will also be sure to share information to you.
- Here are some dates that grads might be interested in:
- 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
EVERY CHILD MATTERS: TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION
- On December 15, 2015, after conducting seven years of research, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report examining past wrongs against Indigenous peoples in Canada. This report provides a detailed account of residential schools and the lasting effects they have had on Indigenous communities. Survivors of residential schools share their experiences, particularly in the Survivors Speak section. The report includes 94 Calls to Action, which outline the steps that both the government and citizens of Canada must take in hopes of reaching reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
- Last week at LSS, we participated in a series of learning opportunities during REP time dedicated to Truth, Reconciliation, and Action.
- On Wednesday September 29, students and staff wore Orange Shirts to school to recognize, support, and honour Indigenous communities and acknowledge the lasting impact Residential Schools have had on the past, present, and future.
- Learn more at www.orangeshirtday.org
THIS MONDAY! TERRY FOX RUN AND FUNDRAISING
- Please note that in addition to cash donations, we are currently doing ONLINE FUNDRAISING; the Langley Secondary School Fundraising Link is: http://www.terryfox.ca/LangleySecondary.
LSS FOOTBALL – HOMECOMING GAME THIS FRIDAY!
- This Friday, October 8, students, staff, and alumni are invited to our first home game of the season! Come out to McLeod Stadium at 7 pm to watch our football team try and make it three wins in a row!
NEW REPORT CARDS? WHAT WILL THEY LOOK LIKE?
- “Our District’s mission is to inspire all learners to reach their full potential and create a lasting legacy for the future. We acknowledge that all students have different strengths and our role as educators is to foster learning. Our District continues to value student assessment as a necessary part of the learning process. Educators have always provided parents/guardians, the answer to “How is my child doing in school?” Our District will continue to do this, but we want to inform you about the continuing shift in how we communicate student learning (report cards) which we believe will benefit all students in Langley…” To read the rest of this letter, please click on this link: Info for Families – CSL 2021Oct1
- As a start, we encourage parents to take part in a Family Information Session which will be hosted virtually on October 14th at 7:00 pm. The Family Information Session will be hosted by the District’s Director of Instruction, Dawne Tomlinson, and District Principal of Instructional Services, George Kozlovic.
- To join the info session, click here. Prior to this online meeting, you are able to submit questions here.
- If you are unable to participate, please note the event will be recorded and posted on our District website here.
UPDATED DAILY HEALTH CHECK
- Our District’s procedure is for all students to complete a daily health check at home prior to entering school and/or boarding a District bus. The Ministry of Education’s Daily Health Check poster has been updated to reflect new federal regulations regarding international travel. The symptoms listed remain the same. You can find the updated print version here. The updated version is being translated into multiple languages, which will be posted to the Ministry’s COVID-19 Safe Schools website here. Families can also continue to use the Ministry’s mobile app or online version here.
INTERIM WEEK COMING SOON!
- As we come to the end of the first month of school, it is important that you get a sense of how your student is doing in their classes. That is why, during the week of October 11, your student’s teachers will be contacting you (by email or by phone) and giving you an “interim report” of your student’s progress so far this semester. Based on the information you get, you may want to make an appointment with your student’s teacher(s) during Parent-Teacher Interviews (see below for more information).
PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS – OCTOBER 20 & 21
- Appointments will be able to made online starting Thursday, October 14 until Tuesday, October 19, at 12 pm. At that time, we will send you a link… more details to follow!
LANGUAGE CHALLENGE EXAMS
- November 5, 2021 – Completed student applications for the challenge process are due at the school level. Please see one of the Counsellors for more information.
- Please ensure the application forms are complete and the $50 deposit cheque payable to Delta School District is included. The student’s name & school must be written on the back of the cheque for tracking purposes. Cheques will be returned to students on exam day. Please remind students to submit a current “passport type” photo with your signature on the back to certify the student’s identity.
PAC FOR NEXT YEAR?!
- If you are interested in being on the PAC Executive for the 2022/23 school year, please see the following poster: LSSPAC
DANCE CLUB IS ON!
- Dance Club runs every Tuesday from 3-4pm in the Dance Studio. You can still join. Please see Mrs Lidemark for more information.
REMINDER: VERIFICATION FORMS – PLEASE RETURN!
- Verification forms have already been sent home. Please review this document for accuracy, make any necessary changes, then send it back to school with your student asap, so we have accurate information. Thank you for your cooperation!
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
- Last week, we did our AVID 9-12 program family bonding! Students rotated around to various stations, working in teams to complete challenges and support each other!
- In Socials 9, students participated in The Urban Game, a hands-on learning experience which brings to life the sudden growth and rapid industrial development that rural villages in England underwent during the Industrial Revolution!
- To learn what it might have been like to work on an assembly line in a factory during the Industrial Revolution, SS9 students participated in a simulation. Recently “hired” at a brand new Toy Factory, each student was in charge of drawing an assigned portion of a toy soldier as accurate as possible. By the end of the assembly line, they had a complete Toy Soldier…the twist? Produce as many as possible in five minutes. Mrs. Pinkerton, our wonderful EA, played the part of Factory Manager, ensuring quality control and setting the pace for production on the factory floor!
- For Meet the Teacher Evening, LSS teachers met with parents to introduce their courses, to welcome parents/guardians of Grade 9s to LSS, and to explain Graduation to parents/guardians of Grade 12s:
- On the next morning, September 24 (School Improvement Day), LSS Staff met in the Small Gym to continue our learning, focusing on our 3 goals: Continued learning on Social Emotional Learning; Literacy; and Assessment and Proficiency scales.
FROM THE DISTRICT AND IN THE COMMUNITY
- ISP Homestay Families Needed!
- Are you interested in hosting an International student for all or part of the school year? 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
- Programs of Choice – Registration Period is October 4 – October 20, 2021
- Langley School District offers a rich diversity of programs that are designed to meet the specific needs and interests of students. Programs include Fine Arts, French Immersion, Fundamental, Langley Environmental Awareness Program (outdoor education), Montessori, U-Connect, and Career Education Programs (secondary). The registration period begins October 4, 2021 and ends October 20, 2021. For more information and instructions to register your child, visit our District website here and review our FAQ choice programs resource here
- City of Langley Mentorship Program
- My name is Taran Kingsbury. I am the Youth programmer for the City of Langley.
- We are starting an exciting new mentoring program! This program will match adult mentors with youth with the goal of mentors helping youth to navigate their journey into adulthood to become healthy adults. Many youth lack quality adult support in their lives and mentors can help bridge those gaps and give youth a supportive and consistent person to look up too. Our program is specifically targeted to youth aged 15 to 18 and is free of charge for both mentors and mentees.
- Currently we are looking or both adult mentors and youth mentees. Applications and referrals can be started by filling out and sending the forms back to us at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>. both forms have been attached to this email for convenience. Additionally I have added two posters of this program as well.
- More information can be found on our website: http://langleycity.ca/parks-recreation/langley-city-youth/langley-city-mentor-program<https://can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Flangleycity.ca%2Fparks-recreation%2Flangley-city-youth%2Flangley-city-mentor-program&data=04%7C01%7Cbreid%40sd35.bc.ca%7Cabb36cf11f514e58507808d98389e4f3%7Cfcabfaaef80a4f74b6a7ba15c2a4bb24%7C0%7C0%7C637685450550416522%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=F4aamoiW051DrvNHBgcvVT1KidjIwSpiGH4tXM4LyW0%3D&reserved=0>
- Mentor application form
- Mentee Referral form
- 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/
- Be sure to see the Calendar of upcoming events in “The Week Ahead” pdf, attached below and also attached to the body of the email sent out weekly to parents: The Week Ahead – September 20th to September 24th – Parent