The Saints Scoop – April 23, 2017

April 23, 2017

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  • This past Friday, April 21, you should have received at least one email (due to technical issues, we apparently sent several!) from the school with information about your child’s Semester 2, Term 1 Report card.  Please log in to your Parent Portal to see your student’s official, published report card.


  • As mentioned previously in the Saints Scoop, making curriculum connections through an Aboriginal lens is one of the key themes in the New Curriculum.  One activity that looks at BC’s history through the lens of the Indigenous experience is the Blanket exercise.  In the Blanket exercise, students experience the effects of colonization, the Indian Act, and Residential schools through the eyes of our Aboriginal peoples.  The purpose is to further help attempts at reconciliation through a better understanding of the experiences of ALL Canadians.

    Speaker Cecelia Reekie explains the ideas behind the Blanket exercise to Ms. Sewell’s Social Studies class.

    Students start to experience the effects of colonization through active participation in the exercise.

    The size of the blankets get smaller and the students still on the blankets are fewer, as the Indian Act and other laws take effect, severely limiting First Nations access to their land and their culture.


  • (Courtesy of the Team’s Sponsor, Mr. Lewis:)  “Rejoice. We Conquer.  The District’s smallest badminton team is now District Champion, as LSS defeated students from Mountain and Aldergrove!  The LSS Team of Hannah Newson , Pe Lay Paw Sar, Matthew Peebles, and Josh Franklin went a combined 19 and 3. Hannah and Pe lay Paw went undefeated and won the District Girl’s Doubles Championship.  Pe lay Paw also had a perfect record in Singles to become District Girls Champion. Mathew Peebles finished second in Boy’s singles.  Despite having the smallest team in the tournament LSS had the best record!”  Congratulations to all students involved, and a huge thank you to Mr. Lewis, for sponsoring the team!


  • POSTPONED!  Indoor Soccer Finals are now this Tuesday, April 25 in the Main Gym, at lunch.  See Teacher’s Net take on First Place Meh-wee-Zero – this is a “can’t miss game!”


  • Due to the success of the program, two new training sessions are scheduled for the beginning of May: Beyond The Hurt program (BTH) on May 8/9 and Health Youth Relationships (HYR) on May 10/11. BTH training is aiming to students in grades 9/10 and HYR is aimed at students in grades 10/11. If you’re interested in having Red Cross training and experience on your resume and you can commit time to develop your skills with this program, please see Mrs. Babecoff-Kimhi, counsellor.
  • Red Cross description of the two programs:
    • Beyond the Hurt (bullying prevention) – Beyond the Hurt (BTH) is a peer-led program, which trains selected high school students as Youth Facilitators (YFs) who deliver bullying, harassment and discrimination prevention education workshops to their younger peers. We aim to train between 10-20 selected students over the course of 2 full days, matched to your typical school day. The training equips the youth and their Adult Advisor to support people with the information, materials, tools and skills to take on a leadership and advocacy role on this issue within their school. The aim is to put youth in the lead on the issues that most impact their day-to-day lives, and take on a leadership role in creating safe and inclusive schools spaces, as well as supporting healthy relationships between peers.
    • Healthy Youth Relationships – Healthy Youth Relationships (HYR) helps teens gain the knowledge and skills to develop healthy relationships and prevent dating violence, including discussions of consent, gender/sexual identity, and sexting. The program involves a Youth Facilitator component as well—YFs are trained to help “co-teach” the content in the HYR program to their peers (in this case they assist a teacher in delivering the training, rather than deliver it themselves—as compared to the BTH model), through participating in a 2-day training.


  • If you are interested in going on the Spring Break 2018 Italy trip, sponsored by the LSS Language and Fine Arts Departments, then please see the poster for an important meeting on the evening of Thursday, April 27.  Please see the attached poster for more information!  italy

    A Grand Tour of Italy!


  • Speaking of the PAC, if you would like to have an influence in how PAC supports LSS, please consider attending the next PAC Meeting on May 15, at 7 pm.  Next year’s Executive will be elected at this meeting!


  • (Courtesy of Mr. McCarthy): Thursday Varsity – Yesterday’s game against the Aldergrove Totems was, well, a spirited game shall we say. In goal for the Saints was Gray Pennington who, albeit did not face many shots, played a solid game and made saves when it counted. Too assist in Gray’s lack of shots was in-part due to the Saints defensive core, which consisted of, Keilan Toews, Bronsen Vowles, Kei Koshimune, Ayden Power, and Sean Bertram. From a spectators perspective, you may have thought that the ice was sloped in the direction of the Totem’s goal as the Saints conducted most of their play in the Totem’s defensive end. Although this was the case, the Totem’s net minder did a fantastic job at keeping the Saints at bay.
    • The first period was quite sloppy and scrambled for both teams as there was quite a lot of missed passes and broken up plays. It wasn’t until the second half of the period where the Saints were able  to find their groove and begin playing the way they can. With six minutes remaining, Trever Sever would put the Saints on the scoreboard first scoring an unassisted goal; the period would end 1-0, LSS.
    • In the second period, the Saints would continue to control the play, but were not able to get quality shots on goal, or were stifled by the Totem’s goaltender; credit is also due to the Totem’s ability to protect the area around the net. The Saints got into some penalty trouble early in the period and had to defend a Totem offensive push, but were able to successfully kill off 8 minutes in penalties. The Totem’s also had their own penalty trouble in the second, but held off the Saints’ power play and kept the score untouched. It was at the six minute mark of the period that the Saints were able to score their second goal of the game courtesy of Landon McArthur, assisted by Clayton Schroeder; 2-0 LSS.
    • In the third period, it looked like frustration was settling in with Aldergrove because they were unable to generate any appreciable offense against the Saints and they began to take on some penalties, which, on occasion, resulted in a Saint penalty also. On one of the occasion, the Saints were the sole recipients of a penalty, and the hard work by Casey Whintors and Danny Mcloed made it appear as though it was the Saints who had the power play, which resulted in a shorthanded goal by Danny Mcloed, who would score at seven minute mark of the third period, assisted by Casey Whintors; 3-0 LSS. The Saints would then take advantage of a power play they had later in the period and it would be Trevor Sever who would again score an unassisted goal making the score 4-0, LSS. Frustration was getting the better of the Totems, which resulted in yet more penalties and player ejections. The final goal of the game came with two minutes remaining in the game and with the Saints on a power play. It was scored by Keilan Toews and was assisted by Landon McArthur; final score, LSS 5, Aldergrove 0. Congratulations to Gray Pennington, and his team, for keeping their composure and getting a shut-out.
  • Previous results during the week included two wins over Langley Fundamental: 9-1 and 10-1!  Congratulations to all players on the team for their impressive play!


  • Ever thought of attending Summer Session?  Did you know that students taking advanced credit courses typically make up about 70-80% of students in Summer Session?  If you are interested, Summer Session information is now available!  Information sheets are available for pick up in the Main Office, or click on one of the following attachments: SS 2017 Secondary Brochure v2 – SS 2017 Middle Brochure v2 – SS 2017 Elementary Brochure


  • Work Experience:  At Langley Secondary, we know that valuable learning experiences take place outside the walls of the classroom. Work Experience can be a valuable opportunity for students to:
    • explore career options
    • network with industry experts
    • gain experience
    • connect classroom learning with the ‘real world’
    • Students who feel they are ready to explore career options should see Mr. Dickson, Ms. Rand, Ms. Blessing, or any of our Counselors to learn more about the variety of options that exist.
    • Parents: We are always looking for unique opportunities for our students. If you have a connection that may allow students to job shadow (in any career) please contact Mr. Dickson at  If there’s a position, we’re confident there’s a student looking to learn more!

      Pawlashee Wah smiling behind that dust mask as she learns about prepping walls for painting. She is starting a painting work experience next week.

      Elijah Win taking a break from his work experience placement in a warehousing environment

  • Work Experience, Part 2:  Did you know… Students can also receive course credits for Work Experience if they demonstrate educational growth during their placement?  Please see your counselor to add a Work Experience course to your course schedule for next September.  It is offered as either ‘Off the timetable’ or as a regularly scheduled course.
  • Scholarship Presentation:  Brittany Palmer, from “Unlock your Future,” will be presenting at LSS on Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 pm on how to navigate the pathway to applying for scholarships.  This event is Free to LSS families.  All others will be charged a $5 entrance fee.  Please see the attached poster and invitation for more details. Poster-LSS – Invitation-LSS
  • (REMINDER) Genome BC – Geneskool Summer Science Program for Teens: This week-long day program offers students that have completed Science 9 or higher a unique opportunity to explore aspects of biotechnology, genomics, inheritance, virology, forensics and microbiology and use their new knowledge to solve a puzzling mystery. Hosted at Capilano University in North Vancouver, students will participate in a variety of hands-on labs using state-of-the-art lab facilities and learn the molecular biology techniques that scientists use every day. In addition to labs, students have an opportunity to tour the campus, hear from fascinating guest speakers, and explore potential education and career paths. Program dates are August 21st – 25th, 2017; space is limited; registration ends August 14th. More information and application can be found at<>.


  • The Grad List:  Attention all grads… it is time for Admin and Counselling to put together the Grad List – the list of students who are expected to graduate from LSS, and who will be crossing the stage at the Grad Ceremony at CLA on June 15, 2017.   To be on the Grad List, a student must be in a position to pass all of the necessary courses for graduation, including “Grad Trans,” by May 1.  For students taking on-line or LEC courses, a student must be completed 80% of the course by May 1 in order to maintain their place on the Grad List.  This list will be published in the first week of May.  Letters will be sent out to parents/guardians of students who are NOT in a position to graduate.
  • Grade 12 Grad Ceremony Reception – Call-Out to Parents! Another LSS tradition is for the parents of grads is to bring a “finger food” dish to CLA for the Grad Ceremony Reception.  Some examples of dishes include: egg rolls, sushi, pizza, meatballs, cookies, and other baked goods/desserts.  Of course, don’t let this list limit you – the options are as varied as you want them to be!  How it works:  when you come to the Grad Ceremony on June 15, please bring your “finger food” dish to the reception room at the back of CLA before you grab your seat – it’s that simple!  And, of course, thank you in advance for your help in carrying on this LSS tradition!
  • Scholarship: The Confratellanza Italo-Canadese is again offering several $1,000 scholarships to assist eligible students in their post secondary studies. Can you please distribute or post the attached application form in your school so that interested students may apply. The Confratellanza Italo-Canadese was founded in 1904 and is committed to the preservation of Italian cultural heritage and contributing to the enrichment of the multicultural community in the Greater Vancouver area.  Confratellanza Scholarship 2017 principals
  • Need a Dress for Grad?  We have a generous community donor who has access to about 40 different dresses in various sizes.  If you are interested in finding out more, please contact our donor at the email below; you just need to let her know your size and generally what your colour preferences are.
  • (THIS WEEK) College Expo/World University Fair: Fenika Heim, the US Embassy Ottawa’s EducationUSA Advisor to Canada, will be in Vancouver on Friday, April 28, and Monday, May 1. She will be in town for the US College Expo and the NACAC International University Fair that weekend and is available to come out to schools for presentations to students, parents, and/or counsellors interested in learning more about applying to the U.S. for post-secondary education. This would be a wonderful opportunity to get answers to common questions on subjects such as SAT/ACTs, tuition, deadlines, scholarships, exchange programs, etc.
    • Vancouver’s largest University Fair will be happening again this year at the Vancouver Convention Centre from 1-4PM on Sunday, April 30th.  Close to 200 universities will be at your service to answer questions about program offerings, the application process, tuition fees and more!  To see who is participating and get students to register for this free event please visit:  Vancouver International University Fair.  A highlight of this event are the free information sessions.  Experts in their areas are coming from all over the world to present on topics like: admission to Cambridge, writing winning essays, scoring big scholarship money, admissions to Canadian, US and UK institutions, NCAA eligibility, medical school admission, standardized testing and the relationship between a degree and a career. Please find the complete list of sessions with presenter’s bios and schedule attached to this email.  Please note the opening keynote workshops will begin at 12:30PM.
  • (FINAL WEEK!) Otter Co-op Scholarship: 8 x $1000 available to grade 12 students whose parents/guardians have spent $2000 with Otter Co-op in the past fiscal year.  If you are interested and eligible, please come to the main office or the counseling office and pick up a (small) photocopy of the application instructions. Applications are due by April 30, 2017.
  • (FINAL WEEK!) Scholarship: Save-On Foods in partnership with UFCW 1518 is offering scholarships valued at $1000 each to students who have played a significant role in diversity initiatives in their school and/or community.  Students can apply at  Deadline for applications is May 1, 2017.


  • Help support LSS Dry Grad 2017!!  It is almost time for our Spring Raffle.  Lots of terrific prizes to be won.  Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and are available by emailing Lisa at  We will also have a table set up at Willowbrook Mall on April 28th (next Friday at the Starbucks entrance).  Tickets will be available at that time and the draw will happen that night.  All proceeds will go towards making Dry Grad 2017 an adventure to remember.  Thanks in advance for your support!!
  • Here are just a few of the prizes available to be won:
    • Shelly Welch Photography package
    • Off road gift basket from North Shore Auto
    • Driving safety kit (includes a driving lesson!)
    • Outdoor package – binoculars and Atmosphere gift card
    • $300 Travel Voucher for Murrayville Travel
    • Various gift cards – Willowbrook Mall, Brown’s Social House
    • Power Jack from KMS Tools
    • Starbucks gift basket
    • Gourmet Food baskets from Greco’s Speciality Foods
    • Various Hair Care products and hair cuts


Three of our LSS students attending the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Aboriginal Open-house.

They participated in workshops pertaining to horticulture, health, Environmental Protection Technology, and Business.

ELD 10 learns all about flight at Langley’s Flying School. Research question? How do you fly a bush plane? How is it possible for a 13 year old to keep a plane in flight?

A smiling Mr. Palichuk joined the ELD 10 class on this field trip!

ELL Writing 11 class: These students learned the steps in creating a personal narrative. They had to reflect on a story that had happened to them and after the initial brainstorming, writing, editing and re-writing students compiled this into a book using the school iPads and book creator app.

Diaries that Ms. Neuscheler’s Socials 10 Adapted class prepared after reading “My Name is Seepeetza.” It was one way in which to incorporate Aboriginal residential school history into the course.

A group shot of Ms. Sewell’s ELD 11 class at our “Speech Fest 2017”. Each student delivered a 3-5 minute speech on a topic of their choice. Definitely heard a few future motivational speakers!


  • 12th Annual Grand Prix Gala – The Foundation in partnership with Thunderbird Showpark is hosting the 12th Annual Grand Prix Gala.  This premiere international equestrian event of the year, offers guests a front-row seat on the patio, just inches away from a huge spectacle.  Lithe riders atop exquisite beasts leap over dazzling white fences, verdant green hedges and shimmering blue trenches as they compete for the National Cup – the most prestigious award of the year.  And that’s not all.  Guests are served an array of gourmet hors d’oeuvres, desserts and award-winning wines.  Tickets are just $75 or $480 for a table of 8.  All net proceeds go to support our Food For Thought Campaign and Homeless Initiative.  Please click on the following link: packages3s or go to


  • Hangar 17:  What is Hangar 17?  “The Hangar” is the home of Youth Unlimited at the Langley Airport.  What looks like a warehouse on the outside is actually like a living room on the inside.  There are couches, a TV, segways and tables where we eat together, play board games, catch up on homework, or just hang out.  We open up space Wednesdays for our programs and for any students who just want a place to go after school.  Please pick up a permission form and more information in the Main Office or check out
  • Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! We would love for you to share this upcoming event in your community. You may have seen us at our Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! Event in Abbotsford this March. We had so much fun that Magnuson Ford is hosting a Drive4Ur Community event to support our federally incorporated not-for-profit Achieve Anything Foundation in support of The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! EPIC FREE community events!
  • Langley Hospice Society presents… Teen Girtls Creative Journaling Support Group for girls aged 14-18.  Please see the attached poster for more information: Teen Girl’s Support Group
  • 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!
  • (REMINDER) KidSport:  Do you know of a child who may not be able to play sports because of money issues?  KidSport provides grants of up to $300 per year to allow kids the opportunity to join sports, both in the community and in school; these funds are meant to help families in need to help cover registration costs for a season of sport.  If you or a family you know is struggling to pay registration fees, and this is affecting a child’s ability to play a sport, then please go to for more information and for an application.  Please see the attached for more information:  Postcard front


LSS has NUMEROUS opportunities to get involved in Saints Nation!  The more students get involved in their school, the more positive connections they make, the more they enjoy their time here, and the more successful they become in their classes.  So, what are you waiting for… get involved!  See below for opportunities:Girls Soccer:  Any girls interested in soccer are invited to an indoor practice this Thursday after school in the Main Gym.

  • Girls Basketball:  Any girls interested in playing basketball next year, please attend an open gym session afterschool on Thursday at 3:10pm.
  • Track & Field:  Practises take place on Tuesday and Thursdays afterschool on the track! No experience necessary.
  • Wrestling Team:  Come on out and join!  Practises are on:
    • Mondays 3:15-5:00    Tuesdays 6:00-7:30     Wednesdays 3:15-5:00    Thursdays 6:00-7:30
  • Youth Alpha Series:  Meetings of the Youth Alpha Series run Tuesdays at lunch in Mr. Cortese’s room!  Everyone is welcome so come on out and enjoy some free food and discuss life’s biggest questions!
  • Grad Council:  Meetings on Tuesdays at lunch in Room 134.  All grads are welcome to attend!
  • Gay Straight Alliance:  Please join us at the GSA – gender and sexuality alliance – in room 215 at lunch on Tuesdays for some lively and meaningful discussion in a safe environment. Everyone is welcome. The GSA is an important part of our inclusive school and everyone’s voice needs to be heard.
  • Knit Wits Club:  Thursdays at lunchtime in Room 143.  Beginners are always welcome!
  • Dance Team:  The dance team will be practicing at lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Dance Studio.
  • Art Addicts Studio:  Youth Unlimited is again running Art Addicts Studio!  For more information, please email or phone 604-557-6507. Please pick up a permission form in the office!  No membership fees.  All art supplies provided.


  • April 27:           LSS Students tour KPU
  • May 4:             Fire Drill
  • May 5:             Professional Development Day, Students NOT in Session
  • May 9:             Provincial Election, Polling Station in the Library
  • May 11:           Staff Collaboration, Students Dismissed at 1:30 pm
  • May 15:           PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm – Executive Vote
  • May 16:           Brittany Palmer (How to apply for Scholarships), LSS Library, 7 pm
  • May 17:           Aboriginal Achievement Awards, WGSS, 5 pm
  • May 22:           Victoria Day, Schools are CLOSED
  • May 23:           Fire Drill
  • Jun 15:            Graduation Ceremony at CLA, 7 pm
  • Jun 16:            Graduation Dinner and Dance
  • Jun 23:            English 12 Provincial Exam
  • Jun 26:            Communications 12 Provincial Exam

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