The Saints Scoop – January 22, 2017

January 22, 2017

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CARPENTRY AND PLUMBING & PIPING PROGRAMS UPDATE

  • Are you in grade 11 or 12 and not sure what you are doing after graduation?  Are you thinking about a rewarding career in the trades?  If so, there are still a few openings left in the Youth TRAIN in TRADES program (formerly know as ACE-IT)!  With semester 2 starting in just a few short days, NOW is the time to contact one of the counsellors at LSS, who can point you in the right direction so that you can get set up for a career for YOUR future!

SEMESTER 2 START-UP INFORMATION

  • Semester 2 begins on Monday, January 30.  Students will get their NEW semester 2 timetables in a special homeroom at the start of the day at 8:30 am.  Homeroom will be everyone’s Semester 1, Block 1 class.  Please listen to announcements for reminders!
  • Also, please note that for this week, the last day of classes for semester 1 is on Wednesday, January 25, Provincial Exams are on Tuesday, January 24 and Wednesday, January 25, and Taste of LSS (for incoming HDSMS grade 7 and 8 students) is on Friday, January 27. Have a great final week to semester 1!
  • Finally, a Message from Ms. Spreitzer in the Library:  As the semester end draws near, please make sure that you either return or renew your overdue library books ASAP. Books that are still overdue at semester’s end will generate a fine on your account. If you aren’t sure when your book is due, pop into the library to chat with Ms. Spreitzer and she’ll check. Thank you for being a responsible and considerate library user!

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • We have planned a district Helping Professionals Tour on Thursday February 9, 2017 for students who are interested in finding out more about the myriad of careers in the Helping professions Field such as counselling, social work, therapist, youth worker etc… if you are interested please stop by the office and pick up an application.  Applications are due back to Mrs. Blessing by January 31st.
  • For more information on the District’s various Trades Programs, please see the Career Education website at www.sd35.bc.ca/careered and/or click on the attached calendar of important deadlines and events:  ACE IT_Train in Trade Event Schedule
  • Kwanten XCEL Program:  Are you in grade 11 this school year, and looking to get a start on university course credits while you are in high school… for FREE?  If so, then the Kwanten XCEL program is the opportunity for you!  We will be sharing more information at the Grade 11 Course Planning assembly, while pamphlets should be arriving at the school this week.  Please see Mr. Moino if you would like to find out moire about the program and if it is right for you.  Finally, the District is hosting a parent/student information night for the XCEL program that has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 1 – 7:00 – 8:30PM in the SBO Boardroom.

GRAD GAB!

  • Provincial Exams are THIS WEEK!  Be sure to be at the school by at least 8:15 am for the English 12 Provincial Exam on Tuesday, January 24, and the Communications 12 Provincial Exam on Wednesday, January 25.  Both exams begin at 8:30 am – don’t be late, as the rules governing Provincial Exams are VERY STRICT!!!
  • Grad Cruise UPDATE:  Thanks to all of the grads who stepped up and completed Grad Trans last week.  This fact, along with the fact that ticket sales are now about 50 thus far, has allowed us to keep the Grad Cruise “alive” for a few more days.  If you are interested in going to the Grad Cruise, please get your Grad Trans in ASAP, and buy a ticket!  We will check progress and make another decision by mid-week.  Our original goal was 150 tickets sold, but we would still run the Grad Cruise at 120 tickets sold.  Stay tuned to announcements on the P.A. system!
  • Grad Yearbook Comments:  All Graduates must have their yearbook comments submitted by Friday, February 10th.  You will find a link on the homepage of our school’s website at www.langleysecondary.com to submit your Yearbook Comment.  Grads may also scan a QR-Code found on posters throughout the school.  Please note that you will need to download a QR-code reader from GooglePlay or the Apple App Store, if you do not already have one.
  • 2017 – 2018 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, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
    • Up to 25 BCIT President’s Entrance Awards, available only to current High School students.  Valued up to $4,000 each

      Deadline: August 5, 2017

    • Over 90 additional BCIT Entrance Awards.  Valued up to $5,000 each. Deadlines: August 5, 2017 and January 6, 2018

    • We have attached a copy of our Entrance Awards Booklet for your reference, as well as a poster to be placed where grade 12 students will see it.  Copies of this booklet and the application forms can also be downloaded directly from our web site at bcit.ca/finaid.

  • BCSSA Scholarship Opportunity:  The BC School Superintendents Association will award six regional scholarships of $1000.  Applications are due by February 9.  Please see the attachment for more details: BCSSA_Scholarship2017
  • FROM KPU: I am reaching out to invite Langley Secondary School to participate in the second annual KPU Future Business Leaders Challenge! The event will be held from 10am-3pm on February 25th, 2017.  This one day event held at KPU Richmond introduces students to real life challenges encountered by businesses today. Teams will compete against each other by showcasing their solutions, and one team will be crowned the 2017 Future Business Leaders, in addition to winning $1,000 each to put towards tuition at KPU! The second and third place teams will also receive donations to their high school’s business department.  Grade 11/12 high school students are invited to participate. Registration and attendance is completely free and teams must be no more than 4 students.  We are limiting the event to 15 teams, and will close registration once that number has been reached.  Please see Mr. Moino if you are interested!
  • The Graduate Wardrobe is a non-profit organization established to help students who cannot afford to buy or rent their own grad dresses or suits.  If you are worried about affording a grad dress or suit for Grad, please see your counsellor as soon as possible for more information.

FROM THE DRY GRAD COMMITTEE

  • At this point in time we still have room for additional grads who would like to attend the dry grad celebration, at least until the second bus is full (first come, first served).   If you need a copy of the participation form, please email Lisa at thestephensclan@shaw.ca.
  • Reminder to all those who have already signed up…there has not been much buy-in for the different fundraisers that we have been holding.  As a matter of fact we had to cancel some potential money-makers due to a lack of participation.  I understand that life is busy and fundraising can be ardurous.  However, please remember that all those who have not participated in the fundraising and have not earned 20 fundraising credits will be expected to pay the balance of the $250 required for each participant (minus the $50 deposit).  There is always the option to pay the $250 upfront and be done with it.  If you choose to do this, please drop the money off in the office, in a well-marked envelope.  We would rather this happen sooner rather than later so we have an accurate idea of how much fundraising there is left to do.
  • Don’t forget to like our Facebook page “LSS Dry Grad 2017” to stay up to date on upcoming fundraisers.  Upcoming meeting times for the dry grad committee will also be posted here.  We would love to see more parents get involved in planning this amazing adventure to celebrate the grads in our lives and their accomplishment.

ONGOING FUNDRAISERS:

  1. Save On Foods gift cards We will be selling Save-On foods Gift cards again starting in February.  Remember we all need to buy groceries but if you purchase a gift card through the dry grad committee, 8% comes back to us.  If you would like to participate, please email Tammy at djntj@telus.net by Feb 13th.  Gift cards will be available for pickup on Feb 20th.
  2. Don’t forget about our accounts at the Bottle Depots, especially with the Superbowl coming up.  Just take your empties to the depot and tell them you would like to donate to the LSS Dry Grad account.

Langley Bottle Depot: LSS Dry Grad 2017  Acct #665

Murrayville: LSS Dry Grad 2017  Acct# 108

DID YOU KNOW…

  • …that grade 9 and 10 AVID students will be working with and mentoring Nicomekl students, while grade 11 AVID students will be doing the same with HD Stafford students?
  • …that 21 AVID students are undergoing Restorative Action training for four consecutive Wednesdays in 2017, giving them the skills needed to be peer mediators?
  • …that the acronym AVID stands for “Advancement Via Individual Determination“?  AVID is a program for students who have college dreams but need support in getting there. A typical AVID student is B to C student who tends to perform well on tests and exams but has difficulty organizing themselves to get classroom assignments done on time.
  • See Ms. Stewart-Lee in Counselling, or one of the AVID teachers around the building for more information!

FINAL WEEK – LAST CHANCE TO GET YEARBOOKS AT THE DISCOUNTED PRICE!

  • “I regret buying a yearbook,” said NO ONE EVER!!!  Purchase your Yearbook for $40 up until January 25th!  Stop by the Main Office before the early-bird discount ends, and prices go UP  to $60 for LATE ORDERS!

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK AT LSS

The ISP Department hosted a farewell event for students leaving and/or graduating at the end of semester 1!

The ISP Department hosted a farewell event for students leaving and/or graduating at the end of semester 1!

Ms. Wood and Ms. Sewell pose for a picture with an International student.

Ms. Wood and Ms. Sewell pose for a picture with an International student!

The art display in the Castle Lobby.

The art display in the Castle Lobby. Thanks to Ms. Turpin and her Art students for setting up such an interesting and eclectic display of student art!

Guest Speakers Dean Fraser (Former Canadian Soldier & UN Peacekeeper (Bosnia) and Mark Ivans War Historian and BC Sheriff, present to LSS students in the library. Here, they have dressed up an LSS student in authentic clothing and gear.

Guest Speakers Dean Fraser (Former Canadian Soldier & UN Peacekeeper (Bosnia) and Mark Ivans War Historian and BC Sheriff, present to LSS students in the library. Here, they have dressed up an LSS student in authentic clothing and gear!

Another student tries on a gas mask!

Another student tries on a gas mask and gear!

A display of clothing and other artifacts from WW I. Thanks to Ms. Neuscheler for organizing this event!

A display of clothing and other artifacts circa WW I. Thanks to Ms. Neuscheler for organizing this event!

PARENT WORKSHOP ON ANXIETY

  • Attached is a poster regarding an upcoming workshop for parents on Anxiety being hosted jointly by DPAC and Langley Parents as Partners in Learning:  Christine Yu presentation

DISTRICT NEWS

  • REGISTER BY THIS WEEK – Mental Health Event Open to LSS Students:  An invitation to your students that are keen on supporting positive mental wellness! The Ambassador 35 leadership class is organizing a FREE event for students in grades 8-12 at the SBO from 3:45 pm to 6:45 pm on February 2.  The 3 sessions will be: Yoga/Relaxation Techniques (Oxygen Yoga instructor), Coping Strategies for Stress and Anxiety (Child and Youth Mental Health Clinician) and Positive Self-Image (District counsellor). Please pass this information to any of your leadership students that would like to help out at this event or participate in it!  Please note that the registration deadline is Jan 27th and that students must register through their school counsellor so that we are prepared for the students attending.

COMMUNITY NEWS

  • The City of Langley Library is celebrating Family Literacy Day on Thursday, January 26. Attached is a poster with the events the City will be hosting that day:family literacy day – vertical
  • ALL Synthetic Turf fields in the Township of Langley will be OPEN effective 5pm Friday 20 January 2017.  Just a reminder that field inspections need to be performed prior to each practice or game.  If there is standing water on the fields, the are deemed closed and are not to be used. All natural grass fields and All-Weather remain CLOSED; contracts will be revised.  Facility Rental Contract Terms and Conditions item 24 reads as follows:  Any rental group and/or individual found to have played on a field that is officially closed may forfeit the right to play for the remainder of the season.
  • Opioid and Overdose Awareness:  Resources for Parents  How to Talk to Your Kids About Substance Use & Overdose – The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with Healthlink and the Centre for Addictions Research BC, has developed parent resources on how to talk to kids, teens and adult children about substance use and overdose on their website.  Please distribute this information to your school administrators, District Parent Advisory Councils, Parent Advisory Councils and other community partners.
  • SPEND TWO FUN-FILLED DAYS EXPLORING THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY!  Open to students in Grades 9–12, the March Break camps feature hands-on workshops led by experienced professionals in 3D Animation + VFX, Acting, Makeup, Digital Design, Film Production, Writing or Game Design + Programming. Students will learn about B.C.’s booming creative economy, and discover how VFS’s unique one-year intensive education model can quickly launch a career in the industry.  These programs are competitively priced ($99 for 2 days of training) and run in 2 day block formats.  Students can select 1 to 3 program options (2 to 6 total days of study).  Film and Media Spring Break Camps: https://vfs.edu/events/creative-breakActing Spring Break Camps:  https://vfs.edu/events/acting-highschool  –Creative_Break_One_Pager_F – AC Intensive_8 5x11_E01

(REMINDER) REPORT CARDS ONLINE THIS SEMESTER!

  • Parents will be getting an email from MYEDBC with instructions on how to set up their account BY February 1.  Parents who do not have access to the internet, or are having difficulty getting access, will have the opportunity to be able to pick up paper copies at LSS on Friday, February 10 from 10 AM to 11 AM.  Parents will need to have an email account to be able to access the Parent Portal.  If you need assistance with your Parent Portal, please email MYEDBCSupport@sd35.bc.ca or contact the Main Office.

(REMINDER) CLUBS AND TEAMS

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:

  • Math Contest Club UPDATE: There will be no math contest club meeting today and for the next two weeks. The last two meetings of the Math Contest club will be Tues, Feb. 14th and Tues, Feb 21st prior to the actual Math 9-11 contest which will be on Tues, Feb 28th (1st period – during your block 2 class).
  • Junior Boys Basketball:  Tuesdays and Thursdays practices right after school
  • Junior Girls Basketball:    Practices on Wednesday and Friday after school.
  • Wrestling Team:  Come on out and join!  Practices are on: Mondays 3:15-5:00    Tuesdays 3:15-5:00     Wednesdays 3:15-5:00    Thursdays 6:00-7:30
  • 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 langleyYU@youthunlimited.com or phone 604-557-6507.  www.youthunlimited.com. Please pick up a permission form in the office!  No membership fees.  All art supplies provided.

UPCOMING DATES ON THE CALENDAR

  • January 24:    English 12 Provincial Exam, Small Gym, 8:30 am
  • January 25:    Communications 12 Provincial Exam, Small Gym, 8:30 am
  • January 25:    Last day of regular classes for semester 1
  • January 27:    Taste of LSS, for HDSMS Grade 7 and 8 students, all day
  • January 30:    Taste of LSS, HDSMS Grade 7 and 8 Students at LSS!
  • January 30:    Semester 2 Classes begin; timetables handed it in Homeroom at 8:30 am
  • February 1:     Collaboration Afternoon, Students dismissed at 1:30 pm
  • February 6:     Grade Assemblies for Course Planning
  • February 7:     Course Planning Evening (incoming Grade 9s), 6:30 pm
  • February 9:     Grad Cruise
  • February 10:   Semester One Report Cards Issued
  • February 13:   Family Day, School CLOSED
  • February 14:   Valentine’s Day!
  • February 15:    Lockdown Drill, in the a.m.

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