The Saints Scoop! – February 3, 2019

February 3, 2019

 THIS WEEK! GRADE ASSEMBLIES TO START THE NEW SEMESTER

  • Grade 9 Assembly – Monday, 9:45 am, in the Small Gym
  • Grade 10 Assembly – Tuesday, 9:45 am, in the Small Gym
  • Grade 11 Assembly – Thursday, 9:45 am, in the Small Gym
  • Grade 12 Assembly – Friday, 9:45 am, in the Small Gym

GRAD GAB!

  • NEW! BEEDIE SCHOLARSHIP for students with Financial Hardship!  You may have already heard of our new scholarship program, Beedie Luminaries, which we launched last November.
    • We offer scholarships, mentorship and summer paid-internship opportunities to promising students facing financial adversity. We award $40,000 per student over 4 years for undergrad degrees, and $15,000 per student over two years for college or trade diplomas (full-time studies).
    • In our first year, we will be selecting 50 students (from the Lower Mainland only) applying to eight Lower Mainland institutions: SFU, UBC, BCIT, CapilanoU, Kwantlen, Douglas, Langara and JIBC. The program plans to expand in the future to support up to 100 students throughout British Columbia each year, applying to all BC public post-secondary institutions.
    • The deadline for applications is February 15th, 2019.
    • For your information, I wanted to share with you the basic eligibility criteria for the program. To be considered, all applicants must:
      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for at least three years
      • Reside in the Lower Mainland (only 2018/19 applications). Beedie Luminaries plans to scale the program in the future to include students from across BC, applying to all public BC post-secondary institutions
      • Be in Grade 12 (2018/19 application only, future application opportunities may change)
      • Have applied (or plan to apply) to a BC post-secondary institution or trade school for a full-time program commencing in September 2019 (the above listed eight institutions)
      • Have a minimum overall grade average of 75% in their most recently completed school year
      • Have faced financial adversity
      • Use funding for a post-secondary institution, trade school or college
      • Be endorsed by their school principal, a teacher or counsellor (required) and a community organization (optional). The letters of endorsement must be included with the application.
  • NEW! Capilano University’s 2019/2020 entrance awards are now open and we appreciate your assistance in informing your students about the award opportunities available to support them as they embark upon their university career.
    • The suite of Capilano’s entrance awards recognize and support excellence in scholastic, athletic, and musical achievement; leadership, volunteerism, and community involvement; and demonstrated financial need.
    • The new Capilano Community Leadership Awards (CCLA), valued at $2,500, recognize high school students who are entering the university with a strong academic standing, as well as leadership and volunteerism in the community. We are pleased to be able to partner with you on the nomination process for these new awards.
    • Our premier entrance scholarships are the Capilano Excellence Scholarships (CAPX), valued at up to $40,000 each. Ten of these four year renewable scholarships are available to high school graduates who demonstrate excellence in academics and show leadership in their school and community.
    • The application deadline for all entrance awards is March 1, 2019.
    • Full details on all of our entrance awards, including eligibility, is available on our website at capilanou.ca/entrance-awards. Promotional material is available; please contact us for information.
  • NEW! BCIT – My name is Brian Wiebe and I am the Admissions Coordinator for BCIT Radio Arts & Entertainment: On-Air and Online Storytelling.
    • Podcasts, online video series, streaming radio, audio books, commercial web series, sports coverage, and of course, traditional radio—all these media arts industries are looking for more and more skilled people to run, host, program, and manage the growing amount of content in today’s digital world.
    • Our two-year diploma program is designed for students interested in a unique career in new entertainment media, including digital and analog radio, podcasts, broadcasts, and more!
    • Students are successful in this program and career if they are:
      • Flexible and can think on their feet
      • Creative
      • Energetic and outgoing
      • Lively
      • Dynamic
      • People-smart and savvy problem solvers
      • We still have seats available for this September and I hope you’re able to forward this email to the counselors at your school or any students you know who are interested in a career in media.
    • I’ve attached a PDF with more information about our Program and details are also available on our website:http://www.bcit.ca/radio
  • BCIT Entrance Awards: we are pleased to announce that the following Entrance Awards are available to students who are planning to attend BCIT commencing April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.
    • Up to 25 BCIT President’s Entrance Awards, available only to current High School students
    • Valued up to $4,000 each.
    • Deadline: August 5, 2019
    • Over 125 additional BCIT Entrance Awards
    • Valued up to $6,000 each.
    • Deadlines: August 5, 2019 and/or January 6, 2020
    • We have included a copy of our Entrance Awards poster for you to place where grade 12 students will see it.  More information about BCIT Entrance Awards and the application forms can be found atbcit.ca/finaid.
  • THE TIME IS NOW!  SASSY AWARDS ARE BACK!  (From Mrs. Stewart-Lee) The application deadline is not until March but it would be super helpful for grads to start looking now at the website and thinking about which of the 6 awards categories they relate most closely to.  High grades are not necessarily a priority – characteristics such as resilience, community involvement, leadership, etc. are important.  This is a really great opportunity for our grads …  SASSY awards are Langley-based and LSS has had multiple winners in recent years.  Grade 12 students should look at the website over the holidays and see a Counsellor for more information in Januaryhttps://sassyawardslangley.ca/
  • REMINDER! Grad Council meets every Tuesday at lunch in the small gym – Grade 12s are invited to impact their grad year, and make it the best grad year ever!  See Mrs. Thornburn if you have any questions!
  • LSS Dry Grad Fundraiser – Jugo Juice Sale coming on Wednesday March 6th!
  • Be sure to join the LSS Dry Grad Facebook page as the best way to stay up-to-date on this year’s Dry Grad event!
  • “We now have an account open at Willowbrook recycling (19641 60 Ave.). Bring in your cans and bottles and just tell them you’d like to credit the LSS Dry Grad 2019 account #606.”

SEMESTER 2 COURSE CHANGES?

  • You MUST meet one or more of the following criteria to see a  Counsellor this week:
    • Grade 12s missing courses required for Graduation/post-secondary admissions
    • Have an incomplete schedule (fewer than 4 courses), and/or have a “See Counsellor” block
    • Have a course on your schedule that you already passed (such as at Sumer Session)
    • Have a course that you need to re-take
    • Are a New Student with an incorrect schedule

GRADE 8 COURSE PLANNING AND OPEN HOUSE!

  • THIS WEEK!  Parents and students of Grade 8s are invited to our Grade 8 Course Planning and Open House Evening, on Tuesday, February 5 at 7 pm in the Small Gym!  There will be information about upcoming Course Planning for Grad 9, as well as an opportunity to meet some of our teachers and see examples of what is happening in classrooms at LSS!  See you there!

PIPING & PLUMBING GRADUATION A MEMORABLE EVENT!

  • This past Wednesday, Mr. Lalley and the rest of the LSS and District Careers team gathered for the Piping & Plumbing Graduation in the LSS Library.  14 students graduated from the program (which runs from January to January each year), with most either having been offered Apprenticeship opportunities for 2nd year or having been offered work with a plumbing/piping company – pretty impressive for immediately after graduation!  Congratulations to all of the students and staff involved for their excellent work throughout the year, and for an excellent evening of stories and acknowledgement!  Please see below for more details of the evening:
  • Mr. Lalley addressing the audience…

    …which happened to be a pretty full-house in the library!

    Congratulations to Kyle McNichol for being recognized as the Top Student in the program, which came with a plaque and a Milwaukee drill set!

    Mr. Dickson, as well as the parents of former LSS Piping & Plumbing grad Richard Shermann, congratulating Meeka Gay for winning the Richard Shermann Memorial scholarship.

    The final award of the evening was a random draw – a Milwaukee drill set donated by former student Smith Marchand, went to Daniel Vermeulen. Daniel will also represent LSS and BCIT in the Canada Skills competition later this year!

CAREERS NEWS

  • Open Studio Day CAPU (Capilano University) on Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • NEW! BCIT– We would like to invite your students to join us at Big Info on Wednesday, February 20.Big Info is the largest program expo and information session at BCIT. It’s an opportunity for your students to get their questions answered by faculty and current students from over 300 programs – all in one place.To help spread the word, we have prepared a printable poster and digital slide ready for download.Wednesday, February 20
    4:30-7:30 pm

    • BCIT Burnaby Campus
      3700 Willingdon Avenue
      Note: Parking on campus is free after 3:30 pmStudents also have a chance to win one of three prizes of $1000 in tuition. See contest rules for details.

Register now by clicking on this link!

  • Great Website!  Looking for a useful place online to find accurate and interesting information on post-secondary options?  Then look no further!  Here is a great website for students, parents and all educators!! www.postsecondarybc.ca
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University is hosting several exciting events on campus this winter, and we hope your students can join us!
    • Discovery Day
      • Students in grades 8-12 are invited to experience a day in the life of a KPU student. While on campus, they’ll attend mock classes, meet current students, learn about KPU programs, admissions, and financial aid, go on a campus-wide scavenger hunt, enjoy a free pizza lunch, and take home KPU swag.
      • KPU Langley Discovery Day — Friday, February 15 from 10am to 2pm
      • RSVP at kpu.ca/discoveryday
    • THIS WEEK! KPU Surrey Open House
      • On Saturday, February 9 from 11am to 3pm we welcome the community in to KPU Surrey to experience all we have to offer at our largest campus. Guests can take a guided tour of campus, enjoy live entertainment, participate in interactive activities, attend workshops and information sessions, win free swag, and learn all about KPU: where thought meets action. Three lucky guests will take home $500 each in free tuition!
      • RSVP at kpu.ca/openhouse
  • Spring BCom Information Sessions at the UBC Sauder School of Business – These small gatherings provide a casual setting for prospective students in grades 8-12 to visit the UBC Vancouver campus, learn more about the BCom curriculum, tour UBC Sauder’s teaching facilities, and hear from our incredible faculty. We invite counsellors and teachers to encourage their students to take advantage of this opportunity to explore their career possibilities in business. The upcoming sessions are as follows:
    • February 15th, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • February 22nd, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
    • March 25th, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • Additional information about each session and registration to attend can be found at the following link:sauderundergraduateoffice.eventbrite.com. See a sample post below that your school may use to advertise the session on social media.
  • GET YOUR APPLICATIONS IN TO MRS. BLESSING!!!  We have a whole new set of Careers Tours for the start of 2019!  Please see the attached below for more information… and then be sure to have your student sign up/apply for one or more that may be of interest! (Note that the last one below is for parents and guardians!)

REMINDER!  PAC PIZZA FUNDRAISER!

  • Langley Secondary PAC is selling Panago Certificates to raise funds to support school initiatives.
  • For each $12 Panago certificate you buy, you can get ANY MEDIUM PIZZA at ANY PANAGO LOCATION. More than one certificate can be used 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 Form
  • If you have any questions, please contact Christine Hylands at christine@cmhv.ca or at (604) 514-8373.  Thank you in advance for your support!

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK!

  • One of the boards in the school sending out a positive message to LSS students to start Semester 2!

    A nearly finished student-produced athletics mural on a re-build “wood plank” that captures the essence of LSS athletic opportunities, and certainly beautifies the cafeteria!

    Another student-produced mural in the cafeteria, filled with bold, rich colours that produces stunning effect!

    A bonus photo of Ms. Tomlinson, former LSS Principal and current Director of Instruction for the Langley District. Here, she is intently listening to the description of Meeka Gay as he is about to be announced as a scholarship winner!

    Another photo from the New Build – this time showing off the first floor metal window shutters that were just installed.

LSS CLUBS AND TEAMS

  • Clubs and teams are an important part of life at LSS.  Getting involved is one of the ingredients to a successful school year…  So, take a moment to see what your student what might be interested in, and encourage him/her to go these rooms below to find out more!
    • The LSS Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) will be meeting at lunch time in Ms. Lee’s room, 218. This is a safe space for students to hang out and have open discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend!
    • Manga Club:  Are you interested in Manga, anime of Japanese-style art?  The Mange Club will be meeting Wednesdays after school in the Library.
    • After School Dance Club!  The After School Dance Club is starting up again. This class runs every Tuesday from 3-4pm in the dance studio. This is an open class for all students at LSS who would like to participate in a dance class.  Come and experience Hip Hop, Jazz, Zumba, Lyrical and Contemporary Dance. Bring a friend and enjoy Dance!  Please sign up in the Dance studio.  First class will be next Tuesday Oct, 9th.
    • 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.
    • WEX (Work Experience) Wednesday Flex:  Students who are registered or interested in Work Experience, please join us on Wednesdays during Flex Block in Room 136.
    • Grad Council meets every Tuesday at lunch in the small gym – Grade 12s are invited to impact their grad year, and make it the best grad year ever!  See Mrs. Thornburn if you have ay questions!
    • LSS Debate and Model UN Club: Join us every Thursday 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.
    • Tabletop Thursdays with Mr. Nicol in Room 111 Thursdays at lunch and after school – come and find out what different tabletop games and activities are being offered!
    • 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 213.

FROM THE LANGLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • SAVE THE DATE! 4th Annual Film Festival – The Langley School District Foundation is holding their 4th Annual Film Festival on April 12 & 13 at Chief Sepass Theatre.  We will be featuring an afternoon of student films.  Please let your film teachers and students know about the opportunity to be part of the Langley International Film Festival – LIFF.
  • Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age:  Grade 3-12 – The Langley School District is working with the Langley Children’s Committee to host a screening of the award-winning documentary Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age for parents on April 29th at the Township of Langley Civic Centre. The film screening and following Q&A with guests from the RCMP and Sandra Averill, Digital Literacy Coordinator with the Langley School District, will be FREE for parents and will kick off Screen Free Week.
  • REMINDER TO SAVE THE DATE! SECOND Annual West Fine Art Show – We are nearing that time of year again! The District, Langley School District Foundation and West Fine Art Show are getting ready to put on the SECOND Annual West Fine Art Show at YORKSON CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL March 8 – 10. It will feature the works of 20 renowned, professional artists from throughout Western Canada (with artists in attendance) and part of the proceeds goes to support Art programs in our district. We would like to invite your grade 8-12 students to showcase their artwork ….please select the top TWO works from your school to be professionally exhibited.  The artwork should be no larger than 11 x 14 and should be mounted on canvas or frame with wire on the back for proper mounting.Teachers are asked to please arrange for pick up or delivery to Susan Cairns at the Langley School Board Office. Deadline for submissions: March 1st at 3 pm
    • This is an EXCELLENT opportunity for our upcoming artists to show their work alongside professional artists and to be viewed and appreciated by a sophisticated and appreciative crowd of art patrons.
  • 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 NEWS

UPCOMING DATES ON THE CALENDAR

Feb. 4-8 – Grade Assemblies for Semester 2 Start-Up

Feb. 5 – Grade 8 Course Planning Meeting and Open House, Small Gym 7 pm

Feb. 6 – Grade 9 Immunizations

Feb. 6 – Collaboration Afternoon, Students Dismissed at 1:30 pm

Feb. 8 – Fire Drill, afternoon

Feb. 8 – Semester 1 Final Report Cards Published

Feb. 11 – Fixed Flex for Core Competency Activity

Feb. 11 – PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm

Feb. 12-15 – Course Selections for Grade 9-11 students, Library

Feb. 15 – Professional Development Day, Students NOT in Session

Feb. 18 – Family Day, Schools are CLOSED

Feb. 19 – Grade 12 Presentation, Kevin Brooks

Mar. 13 – Parent-Teacher Conferences, Early Dismissal, 1:45 pm

Mar. 14 – Parent-Teacher Conferences, Early Dismissal, 1:45 pm

Mar. 15 – Last Day of Classes Prior to Spring Break

Apr. 1  – School Re-Opens after Spring Break (This is NO joke!)

Apr. 15 –  PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm

May 27 –  PAC AGM and Regular Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm

June 14 – LSS Graduation Ceremony, CLA, 7 pm

June 21 – LSS Graduation Banquet, Coast Hotel and Convention Centre, 6:30 pm

Langley Secondary School

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