The Saints Scoop! – February 18, 2018

February 11, 2018


  • LAST OPPORTUNITY!  Grad Photo Sessions:  If you missed the grad photo sessions in the first semester, Artona will be here on February 21, 22, 23 from 2 pm – 9:30 pm in their mobile unit taking photos.  Grads must sign up for a session time at by Monday, February 19th.
  • Grad Transitions Update: We are reviewing Grad Trans submitted (Part 1 is online on myBlueprint, and Part is on paper), and will be updating our “Grad List” spreadsheet.  If you haven’t completed and handed in Parts 1 and 2, then you had better do it quickly – your Graduation is on the line!
  • It’s Jostens Ring time!  A representative From Jostens will be in the Main Foyer at lunch this Tuesday and Wednesday with samples of Grad rings, necklaces, charms, etc.
  • The Young Engineers and Scientists (YES!) Fellowship ( offers six-week summer research experiences  to graduating secondary students in British Columbia entering their first year at a recognized post-secondary institution. The Fellowship includes an award of $3,000. The intent of the YES Fellowship is to motivate graduating students with a passionate interest in science to pursue a research career by offering them the opportunity to experience a real life research environment.  A minimum of three positions will be offered at TRIUMF, for whom travel and housing allowances will be offered to students from outside Metro Vancouver who need it.  These students will have taken Math 12 and Physics 12 (or equivalents) and are interested in pursuing a degree in the physical sciences or engineering.  The C. Gordon Lindsay CSSE Engineering Award will be offered once again.  A further three or more positions will be offered by the LSBC for placements at local companies and/or research institutions (e.g. Centre for Drug Rsearch and Development at UBC  This year the positions are limited to students who do not require travel or housing allowances.  These students will have taken one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics 12, and are interested in pursuing a degree in the life sciences.  For more information, please click on this following link:
  • REMINDER – Going to KPU this Fall?  Save the Date!  Gurleen Bajwa will be at LSS on Monday, March 12th from 11:45-12:30pm (lunch) to present a Next Steps Workshop for our grade 12’s who are headed to KPU in the Fall.
  • IMPORTANT INFO. REMINDER – RE: TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS:  It has recently come to our attention that current Grade 12 BC High School applicants have been incorrectly ordering their transcripts through the Student Transcripts portal. If a student is still currently attending high school and not yet graduated, they MUST select the second option “Send Interim and Final Marks when they become available.” This is the only method which will allow Post-Secondary schools to receive student electronic grades on the Ministry download in May and July.  Students who select “Send my printed transcript now” will only have a one-time printed transcript issued by mail, and the transcript will only show courses they have completed as of the date of the request. Post-secondary schools will not receive further updates unless the student orders additional transcripts.
  • The Commitment to graduate banner, signed by LSS grads of 2018… up in the Castle Lobby as a reminder to all grads to work together towards this common goal!


  • Congratulations to the Senior Girls Basketball team for a phenomenal season!  For some of these girls, this was their first time playing team basketball – and the team did exceedingly well, finishing first in their Tier 2 Division entering the Fraser Valley Championships!  The girls ultimately finished in 4th place in the entire Fraser Valley after losing a couple of very close games.  The coaches, Mr. Hantke and Mr. Powell, are so proud of the team, as is the rest of LSS!  Please see the Instagram post for more photos:


  • Congratulations to LSS student Navid Aliakbar, one of our AVID students, who is competing in the BC Winter games next week! He is competing in archery and is hoping to win a spot to represent BC in the Canada Games.  The BC Winter Games in Kamloops are starting next Thursday, with competitors from all over BC.
  • Navid has been involved in archery for 3 years, since being introduced to it at HD Stafford by Mr. Sandquist, where he practiced archery every Monday and Friday for about 2 ½ hours at a time.  Navid competes using a curved bow without any sights (Recurve Bow) – in the category of Barrow.
  • Navid started competing in grade 8 – in fact, in his very first competition, he came first in BC in his age class and category… and broke a Provincial record!  He continued in competitions in Grade 9, when he took part in a “3-D shoot” … and he came first again!  In Grade 10, Navid took part in “Match Play” – a direct one on one competition with another archer…  and he won that competition, too!  With these successful experiences, it is understandable why he was asked by Mr. Sandquist to represent the Fraser Valley this year…  quite an accomplishment!


  • Thanks to Vancity, students from around the Lower Mainland were able to go and hear former American First Lady Michelle Obama speak.  In Langley, Ms. Yun, District Leadership teacher, worked with school-based Leadership teachers to co-ordinate the Langley contingent.  Ms Yun wrote, “We arrived just when the Queen Elizabeth Theatre doors opened. The girls were in shock when they saw the lineup go down the block and around the corner for another block! And these were all ticket holders! Your (LSS) students were so patient in the queue and were such amazing, respectful, appreciative young women.”  Thanks to Vancity, Ms. Yun, Ms. Wood, and Mr. Howlett for your work behind the scenes in ensuring that Langley and LSS students were represented at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
  • Smiling faces, anticipating the speech by former American First Lady Michelle Obama.

    Group shot!


  • 32 students from LSS’ International Students Program, along with 7 staff members went out to dinner to celebrate Chinese New Year this past Thursday.  See below to see the different foods and activities they enjoyed!
  • Students and staff enjoyed a traditional Chinese New Year feast!

    …with a variety of delicious foods…

    …and flavours…

    … and good company!

    Staff photo!


  • Just a short note to let students know that Flex on Monday, February 19 will be done a bit differently.  All students will remain in their Block 1 Flex class, as Grade 9 and 10 students work on a Core Competency activity that will help them prepare for their Final Self-Assessment in June.  Students in Grades 11 and 12 do not have to do this activity; still, to minimize disruptions for Grade 9 and 10 classes, we are keeping all grades in their Block 1 classes.


  • Costa Rica with Mr Gill, Mr. Powell, and Ms Wood!  Info session and interest meeting coming soon on March 7th 6pm! Help make a difference on a global scale!


  • The annual tradition of every student in the school receives a heart valentine continued this year at LSS!  throughout the Main Foyer, Leadership students put up hearts with individual student’s names; on the back of the heart was an anonymous, personalized message from a staff member, letting each student know how much they are valued and appreciated at LSS!  On the same day, the Me to We Club hosted a photo booth, rising funds for the various Me to We projects the group works on.  It was a great day for students and staff at LSS!
  • Leadership students began to put up the hearts on Tuesday after school; their preparations in collecting the comments and writing them out had begun more than a week earlier…

    Another group putting up hearts on the front window… they hadn’t even realized they had created a larger heart until a passerby pointed it out to them!

    The jazz band also added to the welcoming atmosphere of the morning!

    Different groups of Me to We students make props before the 14th, getting ready for the shot booth… this group made the small hearts…

    And this group made bigger hearts!

    Together, the whole group sure has a lot of heart(s)! 🙂

    The teacher sponsors of Me to We, Ms. Wood and Ms. Sewell, are joined by Mr. Moino for a photo booth shot on the actual day of the 14th!


  • The Saints last game was an interesting one as we didn’t have enough players to field a team. We were one player short, so we asked Mission if they could lend us some players, which they obliged and sent three of their players over. Mission is a very good team since they have a lacrosse academy and they practice everyday on systems and skills, but the Saints were able to hold the score to within a respectable 2-3 spread throughout the game. A feather in the cap for one of the Mission players that came to play for the Saints was that he earned himself a hat trick, of which his third goal came with only six seconds in the game. The final score was 10-8 in favour of Mission.
  • Scoring for the Saints were Cody McMahon (3 goals – Mission player), Siebe Tuiniga (2 goals), Gray Pennington (1 goal), Jaxon Pearson (1 goal), and Trevayne Hunter (1 goal).
  • Thanks Mr. McCarthy – and a great lesson in sportsmanship from our friends in Mission!
  • LSS athletes watch from the sidelines…

    …and there was a lot of action to watch! Photos courtesy of Mr. McCarthy.


  • REMINDER:  Douglas College, VCC, and UBC Campus Tours:  If you are interested in visiting Douglas College’s New Westminster campus, Vancouver Community College’s downtown campus or UBC, please see Mrs. Blessing in the Counselling Centre for more details.


It’s bulletin board season at LSS! Thanks to our AVID teachers for getting this information up, just in time for Course Planning!

In this old aerial photo of the LSS parking lot, it shows where a second portable used to be (shown in a rectangle in blue ink). Well, sometimes history repeats itself… there will be a 2nd portable again at LSS, arriving early next week. Please note that parking will be affected in that particular area and to the North of it for at least a week, as crews “hook up” the portable and make it able to be occupied.

Several LSS students are getting a valuable work experience opportunity at Viaduct, working with sheet metal…

… A HUGE thank you to Viaduct and former LSS Vice Principal Mr. Roberto for helping to make this amazing opportunity happen!


Throughout the school year, we will have important information on students clubs and teams in this section of the Scoop!  If you want to meet new people and have fun while learning something new, then read below… and join an LSS club or team!

  • NEW! LSS Golf Team:  Anyone interested in being on the Langley Saints golf team which is open to both boys and girls, please attend a meeting in Room 111 on Friday at lunch with Mrs Taylor.
  • UPDATED Math Contest Club:  Meetings start again this Tuesday at lunchtime in Room 204.
  • Boys Rugby:  Practices already started – see Mr. Howlett for more information re: after school practices next week!
  • Grad Council: Grad Council meets on Tuesdays at lunchtime in Room 132.
  • LSS Rugby:  There was an Information Session BEFORE THE BREAK.  If you missed it, please see Mr. Howlett for more information!
  • LSS Book Club: Attention all book lovers.  On Thursdays, the LSS Book Club meets in Room 220 at lunchtime to discuss new books we’re reading, talk about our love of literature and challenge each other to try new books.  Feel free to join us!
  • LSS Debate and Model UN Club: Join us every Friday at lunchtime in Room 220. Members will learn how to debate, examine current events, and prepare for upcoming MUN conferences and debate tournaments. New members are always welcome.
  • Makerspace Club:  Please see Mr. Powell for more questions! Makerspace Club will resume on March 5th at lunchtime.
  • Geeky Hang Out Days:  Please join Ms. Hajdecki for Geeky Hang Out Days in Room 123!
    • Magic the Gathering Mondays
    • Wii U Wednesdays
    • Tabletop Thursdays
    • Featured Anime Fridays
  • KnitWits Club:  Would you like to relax and learn a new skill?  Would you like to learn how to knit?  Please feel free to join us on Thursdays at lunch in Room 145. (Ms. Lee’s Foods Room).  The club is open to anyone, beginners to advanced knitters are welcome.
  • Youth Unlimited Hangar 17:  Wednesday’s at the Langley Airport!  Creative life & drop in (free art program and drop-in centre) from 3:30-5:30pm.  Community meal (free supper!) from 5:30-6:30pm.  Spiritual life (a safe space to discuss life, faith and deeper questions) from 6:30-7:30pm.  Shuttle bus pick-up at Langley Secondary at 3:25pm.  Shuttle rides home are offered at 6:30pm and 7:45pm (waivers are required and are available in the school office!).  For more information:  604-557-6507 or
  • GSA Alliance:  The LSS Gender and Sexuality Alliance will be meeting on Tuesdays at lunchtime in the Drama Room. All students are welcome to attend!
  • LSS Dance Team:  Would you like to try out for the LSS Dance Team and perform jazz and hip hop?  The Dance Team practices at lunchtime twice a week and performs at various events!  All dance levels are welcome!  Practices take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunch in the new Dance Studio.
  • ME to WE Club:  If you are looking to volunteer, give back to your community and learn more about local and global issues, join ME to WE Club!  ME to WE Club meetings are on Wednesdays at lunch in Room 213 with Ms. Wood and Ms. Sewell.


  • REMINDER: West Fine Art Show: The Langley School District, Langley School District Foundation and West Fine Art Show are partnering to put on our First Annual West Fine Art Show at Yorkson Creek Middle School – March 9, 10, and 11, 2018. Featuring the works of 22 renowned, professional artists from throughout Western Canada (artists in attendance), the show is a fundraiser to support our Youth Homelessness Initiative.


  • Youth Ambassadors Program: The Youth Ambassadors Canada 2018 brings together youth (aged 15 to 18 years old) and adult mentors from Canada to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities.  It is an intensive program that takes place from July 16 through August 4, 2018, and is carried out in Ottawa, New York state, and Washington, DC.  Participants have all travel, meal, and accommodation costs during the exchange covered by the program, in addition to health benefits with limitations provided in the USA.  Please click on the above links in blue for more information.
  • Parents “In the Know” Series – Mental Health: The next “in the know” parent education and networking evening will be on Tuesday, Feb 27th. Parents need to RSVP to reserve a seat. Please see the attachment for more details: FamilySmart-ITK-Poster-Langley-Feb-27-2018
  • Langley Fraser Valley Aboriginal Society: Please find attached the poster for an upcoming event to be held at Nicomekl Elementary School Gym on March 1st from 5:30 – 7:30pm.  The event includes a presentation on De-Colonizing Addictions, a dinner and dialogue as well as THN training.  If you have questions about the event, please contact Tabitha Donkers: or 604-427-2664.  Opioid Dialog Night
  • Enhancing Child & Youth Mental Health is a big deal, as it should be. Join us on May 24th and 25th to discover and/or learn more about FamilySmart® and our Together-Centred™ approach.
  • 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!


Feb. 19:     Fixed Flex Block – students remain in Block 1 for Flex

Feb. 20:     Foundations Field Trip, Skating, 9:45 am

Feb. 20:     PAC Meeting, Rm 128, 7pm

Feb. 21:     Holocaust Symposium Field Trip, History 12, SJ 12, SS 10, 9 am

Feb. 20/21:  Jostens Ring Rep. coming to LSS, at lunch on both days

Feb. 23:     School District Professional Development Day, Students NOT in Session

Feb. 26-Mar. 2:  Diversity and Respect Week

Feb. 28:     Pink Shirt Day

Mar. 7:       Hold and Secure Drill, a.m.

Mar. 7:       Costa Rica Spring Break 2019 Information Session, Library, 6 pm

Mar. 12:     KPU Presenter “Next Steps” Workshop, 11:45 am

Mar. 13:     Special Presentation on Mental Health, 9:45 am

Mar: 14:    Parent Teacher Conferences, Early Dismissal at 1:45 pm (2pm-7:30 pm)

Mar: 15:    Parent Teacher Conferences, Early Dismissal at 1:45 pm (2pm-4:30 pm)

Mar. 16:     Last day of school before Spring Break begins

Mar. 30:     Good Friday (Holiday in schools observed the following Tuesday)

Apr. 1:        Easter Sunday (Holiday in schools observed on the Monday)

Apr. 4:        School Re-Opens after Spring Break

Apr. 16:      PAC Meeting, Rm 128, 7pm

Apr. 17:      Special Presentation on “Ending Gang Life,” 9:40 am

May 22:     PAC Meeting and AGM, Rm 128, 7pm

June 21:    LSS Grad Ceremony, CLA

June 22:    LSS Grad Dinner and Dance, Coast Hotel

June 27:    LSS Awards Night

Langley Secondary School

21405 - 56 Avenue, Langley
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Phone: 604-534-4171
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