The Saints Scoop! – February 23, 2020

February 23, 2020


  • NEW! Scholarship Opportunity
    • “My name is Jennifer and I am the Program Coordinator at the Clean Energy Association of BC (CEBC). We are pleased to announce that we will be offering a $1,000 student scholarship this year, which will be awarded at our Annual General Meeting in June.
    • This scholarship is for grade 12 students who are graduating in 2020. To apply for the scholarship, we ask that students submit a reference letter as well as a 500-word essay answering the question, “Why is clean energy important to me as a young person in BC?
    • The application deadline is Thursday, May 14th and we will be contacting the winner in early June. You can find more information on our website here:
  • NEW! Bursary Opportunity
    • The Charlene Reaveley Children’s Charity is a registered charity, located in the lower mainland and serves all of BC.  We support children and their families who have lost a loved one with services such as fully-funded counselling, bursaries, camp funding, a toy drive and a lending library of books and resources.CRCCS would like to offer a $1000 bursary to graduating students who have lost a parent and/or sibling. 
    • To qualify for a $1000 CRCCS bursary, the student will be required to meet the criteria.  The criteria includes;
        • Grade 12 graduating student
        • Loss of a parent and/or a sibling
        • Enrolled in a certified post secondary program within the same year of graduating
        • Involved in the community/volunteer work
        • a BC Resident
    • To apply for a bursary, the student must email to the following information:
      • Complete mailing address, contact information and full name of the applicant
      • Complete mailing address, contact information and the name of secondary school
      • A minimum 500 word essay on how they fit the criteria
      • Deadline April 15 2020 at midnight
    • You can also visit our website at for criteria and more details about the bursary opportunity.
  • Dry Grad Update
    • Our casino night has been changed to Sat., March 7th.
      • The casino night tickets can be purchased in person Tuesday, February 18th 7:15pm in the learning commons. If you cannot make it to pick them up in person please contact the dry grad committee thru Facebook LSS Dry Grad 2020 or Instagram LSS_dry_grad_2020
    • Purdy’s Chocolate Heart Lollies will be sold in the learning commons at lunch next week for $2.50 each.
    • Dry Grad Forms and ticket sale information were handed out during fixed flex on Monday, January 27th. Hand your form and payment in before February 14th and be entered into a draw to win your admission into the event. Forms can be handed directly to a parent in the learning commons during lunches from January 29th – February 13th.
    • Finally, for students wanting to attend the Dry Grad, but are having financial difficulties, please contact the Dry Grad Coordinator, Kristina Phonmixay, at to work out arrangements.


  • Last week, LSS hosted a mental health assembly for junior students called “ReachOut Psychosis” to help us recognize the signs of psychosis, and to help us know what to do of we see these signs in someone we know.  This same group was also in the school two years, so most of our Grade 11 and 12 students would have already seen this presentation.
    • The presentation included speakers…

      …volunteer students during demonstrations…

      …live music from the band…

      …and even more interactive demonstrations!


  • To attend the PAC Meeting this Monday, February 24, please park in the parking lot at the rear of the school.  We will keep the exterior Library Learning Commons doors open.  The meeting will be in the Student Commons/Cafeteria, in the New Building.


  • The LSS Musical Theatre Department is proud to announce that Seussical the Musical is coming to LSS!  Come and watch our talented and dedicated students in Musical Theatre perform in this dedication to the fabulous works of the famous author, Dr. Seuss!
  • Remaining Performances:  Feb 27, 28, 29 at 7pm plus a 2 pm show on Feb 29
  • Tickets reservations via email to
  • Pay at the door in cash or via schoolcashonline at:
  • We hope to see you in the Small Gym this week!


  • The Langley School District has declared this upcoming week to be “Diversity & Respect Week, and LSS is excited at what we have planned for the week!  See below for what we have in store:
    • Monday, Feb 24
      • Theme Day: Crazy Socks – unique expression of self!
      • Aboriginal Moose Hide Campaign Day – Announcement in Morning
      • Flex Activity: Live stream Moose Hide Campaign or Video resources
      • Lunch Activity: Japanese calligraphy
      • Cafeteria Menu: Chicken Chow Mein, Sesame Seed Broccoli, Spring Rolls ($6.50/plate)
    • Tuesday, Feb 25
      • Theme Day: Rainbow Clothing day – wear bright colours
      • LGBTQ+ Awareness & GSA Day – Announcement in Morning
      • Lunch Activity: GSA club button station and handing out ice-cream sandwiches in learning commons
      • Cafeteria Menu: Chicken Enchilada, Mexican Rice, Tortilla Chips w/ sour cream & salsa ($6.50/plate)
    • Wednesday, Feb 26
      • Theme Day: Pink shirt Day!
      • Kindness Matters – Pink Shirt Day – Announcement in morning
      • Lunch Activity: Pink shirt Photo at lunch in Learning Commons
      • Lunch Activity: Small team-building games in Library Learning Commons at lunch
      • Cafeteria Menu: Butter Chicken, Curry Puff, Naan bread ($6.50/plate)
    • Thursday, Feb 27
      • Theme Day: Traditional clothing, Flags or Jersey from your Country/Around the world!
      • Multicultural Day
      • Lunch Activity: Multicultural Kahoot in the Library Learning Commons!
      • Cafeteria Menu: Korean BBQ Turkey Wings, Fried rice, Broccoli ($6.50/plate)
    • Friday, Feb 28
      • Theme Day: Saints Spirit/Swag Day
      • “Strength in Diversity” – We are All Saints
      • Hoobiyee 2020 (Nisga’a New Year)
      • Lunch Activity: Dry Grad selling samosas in the learning commons
      • Lunch Activity: Slide show and Saints Prizes from Leadership students in learning commons
      • Cafeteria Menu: Stuffed Pasta, Chicken Parmesan, Caesar Salad ($6.50/plate)
    • ALL WEEK in the Cafeteria:
      • Rainbow Rice Krispy Squares ($1.50/square)
  • As part of Diversity & Respect Week, we also wanted to let you know about an event being held in Vancouver: Hoobiyee – Nisga’a New Year!
    • Hobiyee {Ho-be-yeh} is a celebration of the waxing crescent moon, during the latter part of winter, each year. The Nisga’a People of North Western British Columbia, watch for the positioning of the moon and the stars as a prediction of the coming harvest. Hobiyee is celebrated wherever Nisga’a people live. Like many other communities, they celebrate the New Year with family, friends and community.The Nisga’a New Year is also celebrated each year in one of the four 4 respected Nisga’a communities in the beautiful Nass Valley.The Nisga’a of Ts’amiks (Vancouver), hosts this celebration each year and invites dance groups from other Nations to celebrate with them, the strength, beauty and diversity of indigenous cultures. The 1400 Nisga’a of Ts’amiks invite the general public to Hobiyee to share the rich Nisga’a culture.This is a free event, which is educational, cultural, artistic and family friendly.


  • The Township of Langley Firefighters and City Professional Firefighters in partnership with the Langley School District Foundation is holding their Annual Kids Helping Kids Clothing Drive from April 1 to April 17. Please collect all used clothing, have it marked with your school number as assigned by the Foundation and have the clothes ready for pick-up by the firefighters on Friday, April 17. All proceeds go to support the Langley School District Foundation Snack Programs as sponsored by the firefighters. Contact to register your school in the program. The school that collects the most on a pounds-per-student basis will be treated to a BBQ lunch served by the firefighters.


  • We have one more day of scheduled Course Planning happening on Monday.  If, after Monday, your student has NOT YET completed Course Planning, please have them see a Counsellor or Administrator before the end of the week!
    • Just a reminder that students MUST take English Studies 12 OR English First Peoples 12 to graduate. They may take an ELA 12 strand course (e.g. Literary Studies 12) but it would count as an elective. See the chart below, found on page 6 of the Grad Planner booklet:
    • Also a reminder that Psychology 12 is not a Socials credit.  It is an approved BAA course in Langley but cannot be used as the required Socials 11 or 12 graduation credit.


  • Langley Secondary School will be hosting information nights for their sports academies for the 2020-2021 school year on the following evening. They will be hosted in the Langley Secondary Learning Commons (New LSS building).
    • Baseball Academy: Monday, February 24 at 7pm
  • If you have any questions please contact Troy Bannister


  • The Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada is now open for applications for the 2020 summer program. Please see the attached documents (English and French versions) for more details and eligibility requirements for this fully-funded, selective program. Please feel free to forward to any eligible and interested students and adult mentors.
  • MINERVA BC:  Who are the Grade 11 students at your school who are ready to rise as leaders?
      • Minerva BC is now accepting applications for our Learning to Lead™ program! There are 150 opportunities for youth across BC to participate this year. The deadline to apply is March 16th.Learning to Lead™ provides Grade 11 self-identified girls with the opportunity to increase confidence and explore their leadership potential while creating a network who will support them along their educational and career journeys.Applications are now open on our website.Participants develop their confidence through workshops that identify their key strengths and core values. They leave the program with greater self-awareness, and the inspiration to take on new challenges and opportunities.All program costs are covered by donors and sponsors who believe in the leadership potential of youth. This includes travel, food, accommodation and materials.Learning to Lead™ focuses on:
      • Being Authentic: embrace and accept your unique self
      • Self-Knowledge: identify your values and how to leverage your strengths
      • Increasing Confidence: practice sharing your ideas and taking risks
      • Being a Leader: learn what it means to be a leader and inspire others
      • Creating Connections: build relationships with peers and mentors
    •  We are excited to offer three Learning to Lead™ weekends in 2020:
      • Prince George – May 22-24
      • Kamloops – June 5-7
      • Vancouver – June 26-28
    • Please note that successful applicants are selected to attend one of the weekends. Students are welcome to apply to one or all of the weekends, with an increased chance of being selected if the participant is available to attend any of the three options.Here is some information about the application process:Learning to Lead™ has a two-part application process:
    1. Application form to be completed by Grade 11 student 
    • In addition to a few standard form questions, the student will be asked to prepare 100 to 200-word answers to the following four questions:
      1. Why would you like to participate in Learning to Lead?
      2. Tell us about something you care about.
      3. Tell us about a time when you faced a challenge. How did you respond to it?
      4. Minerva prides itself on creating and providing programs that bring together and empower a diverse network of female leaders.
    • How would you contribute to this diversity?
    • What does diversity mean to you?
    1. Letter of support from a nominating sponsor 
      • As part of this application process, the student will also be required to upload a letter of support from their nominating sponsor (e.g., a teacher, guidance counselor, coach). The letter should be no more than 500 words and should outline how they have demonstrated the following criteria:
      • Independent thought
      • Taking on and overcoming challenges
      • Desire to contribute to a better world
      •  All applicants will be informed of selections in late March by email. Confirmation of participation is required in early April. Please note that there is no maximum to how many students a school can nominate. Indigenous students are strongly encouraged to apply.Here is a brief video that some of our alumni created sharing the impact the program had on them and why Grade 11 girls should consider applying: more info, please contact Ashley Milbury, Youth Programs Manager at


  • Each week, we will highlight different classes throughout the school that have students being more active, and that help make the students’ learning more visible – one of our three big goals for this school year  See below for this week’s highlights:
    • From Mr. VanBergen:  “Today I tried out an activity that I learned about on my ProD event in Surrey.  Students were able to proceed at their own pace through a series of challenges entitled “Match My Parabola” to practice previously taught concepts but also to teach themselves some new concepts through exploration.  The tool we used was “Desmos” which is mostly used by LSS students as an online graphing calculator, but when done through the teacher Desmos website, activity progress can be monitored, restricted, and even paused by the teacher in order to have class discussions. I was able to observe lots of good discussions, as well as easily see (on my computer screen) who was in need of assistance at any given moment.  I will definitely do this again!  Pro-D event success!”
    • Ms. Sewell’s AVID 12 Socratic Seminar worked on how research betters our understanding! Over last month AVID 12 students have engaged in the research process, formulating questions, researching a topic, and writing a formal MLA formatted university level research paper! This week, they shared their learning in whole class seminar:
    • Students experimented with flame tests in Mrs. Giovanis’ Science 10 class with some really colourful results:


  • With semester turn around and new sports teams up and running we have had some changes in days and times.
  • We will no longer have tutoring on Mondays but it will be on Tuesdays instead.
  • We will have a UFV Science and Math student coming on most Tuesdays and Fridays in addition to LSS Peer tutors helping on Wednesday/Fridays.
  • We have attached the new flyer!


  • Langley Secondary PAC is selling Panago Certificates to raise funds to support school initiatives. For each $12 Panago certificate you buy, you can…
    • order ANY MEDIUM PIZZA at ANY PANAGO LOCATION, including the GLUTEN FREE option
    • use more than one certificate at one time, making these certificates ideal for birthday parties, team parties, Friday night hangouts, etc…
    • The only restriction is that the certificate should be used within 90 days of the date stamped on the certificate.
    • There are 50 certificates available each month. Certificates will be distributed “first come, first served” based on when payment is received. You will receive an email to confirm that your payment has been received and when your certificates will be delivered to the school office.
  • Orders can be placed through this link: LSS Panago Pizza Certificate Order FormIf you have any questions, please contact Christine Hylands at or at (604) 514-8373.  Thank you in advance for your support!



  • The ELL class, led by Mr. Smith and Mr. Davis, went on a snowshoeing trip this past week… and they loved every minute of it!

    Mrs. Blessing helping one of our grade 12 students sign up to BCIT for September.  If you need help with any registrations for Sept., LSS staff is there to help!

    Ms. McRae helping one of our students during course planning this past week!

    More course planning! Special thanks to our 3 Counsellors, Mr. Lewis, Mrs. Kauldher, and Ms. McRae, as well as to Mr. Palichuk and Mr. Howlett, for their work in helping almost the entire school through the course planning process!

    To encourage staff to get around the large geographical space that is currently LSS, Mr. Nicol and Mrs, Pagnanini hosted “Lunch in Portable 7” day this past week!

    Ms. Li from the Library Learning Commons doing an announcement, where she explained how Grade 11s and 12s with great Work Habits would be ablate have more options during FLEX!

    The last phase of construction continues forward, with a small crane lifting steel beams into place!

    And Mr. Tesan brought in a special guest to meet his students: his own daughter, Georgia!


  • Writers’ Corner is happening on Wednesdays after school in the library lab. Write and Share your novels and short stories with us. There will be snacks!
  • The Langley United Wrestling Team is up and running once again. This Langley team has created provincial and national champions in past years. The Langley United Wrestling team is open to students from all secondary schools. Practices will occur at Langley Secondary School on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4:30pm and Thursdays at 6:00pm; no experience necessary!
  • Join the Alliance for Sustainability Club! – Monday’s at lunch, this alliance will work towards creating a greener school and spreading environmental awareness. Come support the movement and share your ideas. Everyone is welcome! Come to room A202 Monday at lunch! This can also count towards your volunteer hours!
  • Athletics and Physical Health and Education – Interested in keeping up-to-date with what is happening in the world of Athletics and Physical Health and Education (PHE) at LSS?  Then be sure to follow @langleysaints on Instagram!
  • LSS Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) – meetings at lunch every Tuesday in Ms. Lee’s rm. #A112– This is a safe space for students to hang out and have open discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend 
  • Grad Council:  Meeting every Tuesday at lunch in the Small Gym.
  • Dance Class: Free open dance class Tuesdays at Lunch in the dance studio. All Students Welcome. Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Zumba (Starts Sept 24th).
  • 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 runs Wednesdays at lunch in Room 253 (above old library/office). A great place to share your
  • Wii Wednesday: at lunch with Ms.Hajdecki Rm # A183
  • Tabletop Thursdays; Thursdays at lunch in Rm # A183 with Ms. Hajdecki
  • 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 184 (Ms. Decambra’s Foods Room).  The club is open to anyone, beginners to advanced knitters are welcome.
  • Model UN Club: the LSS Model United Nations Club is starting. New members are encouraged to join us this Thursdayat lunch in Room A215 (Ms.Cunningham’s).
  • Anime Club Friday is in Room #A183 at lunch with Ms.Hajdecki


  • 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 Updates are also posted to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook at 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.



  • Feb 24:      PAC Meeting, 7 pm
  • Feb 24:      Baseball Academy Information Evening, New Build Library, 7 pm
  • Feb 24-28: Diversity and Respect Week in the Langley School District!
  • Feb 25:      Grade 9 Immunizations
  • Feb 25:      Mood Walk to Surrey Bend
  • Feb 27:      “Seussical the Musical”, Small Gym, 7 pm
  • Feb 28:      “Seussical the Musical”, Small Gym, 7 pm
  • Feb 29:      “Seussical the Musical” Matinee and Closing Night
  • Feb 29:      Dry Grad Event:  Casino Night Fundraiser
  • Mar 5:        AVID Field Trip to the Holocaust Centre
  • Mar 11:      Parent-Teacher Interviews, 2 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Mar 12:      Parent-Teacher Interviews, 2 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Mar 13:      Last day of classes prior to Spring Break
  • Mar 30:      First day of classes after Spring Break
  • Apr 2:        Spring Concert, Small Gym, Time TBA
  • Apr 7:        Ted Swan Presentation, 9:30 am
  • Apr 27:      PAC Meeting, 7 pm
  • May 25:     PAC AGM, 7 pm
  • June 17:    Grad Commencement Ceremony, CLA, 7 pm
  • June 19:    Grad Dinner & Dance, Coast Hotel, 6:30 pm

Langley Secondary School

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