The Saints Scoop! – January 24, 2021

January 24, 2021

GRAD GAB!

  • 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!

PAC MEETING THIS WEEK!

  • This month’s PAC Meeting is on Monday, Jan 25 at 7 pm, in the Library Learning Commons. Please wear a mask; there is room in the Library to spread out well over 6 feet apart.
  • The best place to park is in the lot behind the school, next to the LEC portables and the stadium. We will prop open a door to the Library.

MATH CONTEST FOR GRADE 9-11s:

  • If you are in grade 9-11 and wish to participate in the University of Waterloo Math Contest this year, please contact Mr. VanBergen in room A125 or by email at bvanbergen@sd35.bc.ca
  • Registration DeadlineWed. Feb. 3rd  (the actual contest will be Tues, Feb. 23rd in the morning)

SchoolMessenger COMMUNICATIONS MESSAGE FROM THE LANGLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT 

  • The District is aware of parents/guardians receiving a message from the Langley School District. This text message is a request to opt-in for text messaging notifications from their child’s school. This is a component of the District’s plan to roll out a new parental outreach notification system called SchoolMessenger. This is not spam. This is a communication message from the Langley School District. We acknowledge this alert was unexpected for families. Our plan was to roll this out to our school communities in February, with the full system in place by the middle of the month. We will be sharing more information in the coming days.
  • In the future, if you receive a similar message from SchoolMessenger, please “opt in” if you would like to receive these messages from the school and/or the District.

ACTIVE & VISIBLE LEARNING AT LSS THIS WEEK!

  • Ms. Sewell’s Social Studies 9 students analyzed “The Great War” through a 24-foot- long panorama wordless depiction of the Battle of the Somme, and wrote diary entries from the point of view of the soldiers found within the illustrations.
  • In Mr. Rasmussen’s Robotics Club, students will soon be getting to use 3-D printers, purchased courtesy of PAC funding.
    • Putting together the 3-D printer in Drafting class!

      Two of the three 3-D printers purchased courtesy of PAC.

DANCE CLUB MEETS REGULARLY!

  • LSS After-School Dance Club will be open Mondays and Tuesdays after school from 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.
  • There are more clubs running at LSS at the moment!  We will highlight these clubs in next week’s Scoop!

CAREERS CORNER

  • Is your student interested in a career in the trades?  If so, the Langley School District has many programs that connect students with post-secondary institutions and help them move towards completing their first year apprenticeship!
  • This is the time of year that we start planning for the next school year; this includes accepting applications for these “trades and related careers” programs.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Blessing at sblessing@sd35.bc.ca or by visiting her in the Counselling Office!
  • The programs include:
    • Piping & Plumbing (at LSS)
    • Auto Service Tech; Carpentry; Hairstylist (at ACSS)
    • Electrical (at DW Poppy)
    • Professional Cook 1 Training (at WGSS)
    • Horticulture (at KPU)
  • Thanks to Ms. Blessing, posters such as these are located throughout the school, so your student can learn more about these programs, and perhaps even apply!

(FOR THOSE WHO MISSED THIS LAST WEEK) 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 presenting his part, while Mr. Tesan watches the TV screen on the far side of the room.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK!

  • In Ms. Anderson’s class, students discuss and re-enact trench warfare in their study of World War I!

    Ms. Smith, our Aboriginal Support Worker, gets her hair cut by Bailey, one of our students who is currently at ACSS in the Hairstylist program!

DISTRICT & COMMUNITY NEWS

  • Langley Youth Hub – Please click on the link to see the Calendar for last week of January: Hub Calendar January 25-29
  • 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 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

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