The Saints Scoop! – January 17, 2021

January 17, 2021

GRAD GAB!

  • Virtual U.S. College Expo Canada
      • May 1st, 2021
      • Meet with American Universities, NCAA,Admissions & Financing Experts and more!
    • What is the Virtual US College Expo?
      • Virtual US College Expo in Canada 2021 registration is open!
      • Canada’s unique, annual US College Expo that exclusively features American Colleges & Universities.
      • Supporting Canadian students who are considering US educational options.
      • Meet with American Universities, NCAA, Admissions & Financing Experts and more!
      • Learn about the admissions process, timelines & eligibility requirements for International Students
      • Speak with US College representatives and ask about student life, NCAA, NAIA & NJCAA for student athletes, the admissions process, financial aid, scholarships and so much more!
      • Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
      • REGISTER: https://uscereg.com/reg/reg1_start.asp
  • REMINDER: TIME TO SIGN UP! GRAD PHOTO WEEK is coming SOON! – For grade 12s, Grad Portrait Week will be February 22-27, 2021. 
    • Please go to artona.com and click on “How do Grad Portraits work?” on the opening page.
    • Then, click on “Book Now”
    • When asked “What school are you from?”, type in “Langley Secondary”
    • You will then be able to choose from “Individual” or “Group” photos.
    • Continue to follow the prompts until your date and time are booked!
    • Artona will be sending its mobile studio to LSS in February on the dates above to make grad photos as convenient as possible for our Grade 12s!

LSS VISIONING UPDATE

  • Over the past year, LSS Staff have been working through a Visioning process. Over this time, students, staff, and some alumni have been asked a series of questions that looked at their connection to LSS and the term “Saints,” as well as to the visuals used to represent “Saints.”
  • What students and staff said was that they were proud to be connected to Langley Secondary, and that they believed that the school represented well the characteristics of Inclusivity, Community, Diversity, and Strength.
  • At the same time, students and staff have also been clear about their connections to the term “Saints;” 79% of students did not feel any connection to the term “Saints”, while 82% did not feel any connection to visuals associated with “Saints.”
  • To reiterate, people felt good about being a part of LSS, but were unsure and unclear as to what “Saints” meant and how it connected to the school.
  • This lack of connection also is due to the fact that the LSS population has changed a great deal since the term “Saints” first came to LSS in either the late 1950s or early 1960s.  This why the school has undergone this Visioning process: to honour and celebrate the past, while also looking forward to the future and a possible evolution from “Saints” to something that may better represent who we are now and who we will be in the future. To be clear, “Saints” is a positive term to a great many people in that it is aspirational and points to trying to be the best people we can be; at the same time, our reality is that our population no longer connects to this term.
  • Below, part of the Visioning Team presents to ya:yestel’, the advisory group consisting of representatives from the four First Nations on whose land the Langley School District resides, as well as representatives from the Langley School District. The purpose of the presentation was to seek guidance from ya:yestel’ while LSS continues to move towards this evolution of identity. More details to come as we continue to move forward on this journey…
    • Mrs. Florko, along with Mr. Tesan, Ms. Turpin, and Mr. Kardos, as they prepare for the presentation.

    • Mr. Howlett and Ms. Turpin, while the TV screen shows one slide of the PowerPoint in the presentation.

      Mr. Kardos printing his part, while Mr. Tesan watches the TV screen on the far side of the room.

ACTIVE & VISIBLE LEARNING AT LSS THIS WEEK!

  • Ms. Lee’s Japanese 11 students played Guess Who? this week. They are learning how to describe physical traits in Japanese right now, so they had to ask and answer all the questions for the game in Japanese. It was a fun and interactive way for them to use their new vocabulary!
  • Mr. Van Bergen’s Math 9 class were in teams of 3, testing out their graphing and extrapolation skills by dropping dolls over the railing of the bridge in the Student Commons, in a “bungee” jump!
  • And now, for a video clip of one of the experiments/tests!

DANCE CLUB STARTING UP THIS WEEK!

  • LSS After-School Dance Club starts this Monday Jan. 18th, from 2:15-3:15pm.  Dance Club will be open Mondays and Tuesdays after school 2:15-3:15pm.  You can attend both days, or you can attend one day…just be sure to join the Dance Club! Please see Mrs. Lidemark if you have any questions.

COUNSELORS TEACHING SEL TO GRADE 9s

  • This week, Counselors will be visiting all Grade 9s in their classes and doing a short lesson on Social-Emotional Learning.  The focus of the lesson is to show students how the brain works, and that emotions link to responses, via the limbic system.  During an extreme emotional stimulation, sometimes our responses are not what we want them to be; instead, they are fuelled by our emotions. The purpose of the lesson is to teach students different skills that delay the response after an emotional event. By learning to delay our response, we allow the “thinking and rational” part of our brains to intercede and help us have healthier and more appropriate responses.

CAREERS CORNER

  • THIS WEEK! Career Information Sessions: Interested in learning more about careers in the RCMP?  See the posters below for more information!
  • REMINDER: Attention all grade 10, 11 & 12 students:  Looking for something to do at Spring Break? The Langley Learning Farm Crew has a spot for you! Across the street from LSS, the Derek Doubleday Arboretum can be your classroom for 80 hours of volunteering—earn 50 during spring break (9am-2:15, M-F). Build a farm, literally watch your effort come to life by seeing plants grow and harvesting the fruit plus leave a legacy for Langley!  Why not earn a grade 12 course credit  through Work and Volunteer Experience?! Register today with Mrs. Blessing.  See Ms. Kiers for details. This is a fantastic opportunity! (See below for more information about the course!)

FAUTEUX OF THE WEEK!

  • Congratulations to Mr. Fauteux, who got married last weekend. Here, staff in the Resource room congratulate him on this important life-event!

DISTRICT & COMMUNITY NEWS

  • 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 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/

CALENDAR

  • Jan 20 – Piping & Plumbing Online Orientation, 6:30 pm
  • Jan 25 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • Jan 25-29 – Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Week
  • Feb 1 – Last Day of Quarter 2
  • Feb 2 – Quarter Turnaround Day (Students NOT in Session)
  • Feb 3 – First Day of Quarter 3
  • Feb 8 – KPU Presentation
  • Feb 8 – Focus Mood Walk
  • Feb 9 – Quarter 2 Report Cards Published
  • Feb 12 – Professional Development Day, Students NOT in Session
  • Feb 15 – Family Day, Schools are CLOSED
  • Feb 22 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • Feb 22-27 – Grad Portrait Week
  • Apr 19 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • May 17 – PAC Meeting and AGM, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • June 16 – LSS Grad Ceremony, Tentatively Booked at CLA, 7 pm
  • June 29 – Final Report Cards Issued

Langley Secondary School

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