The Saints Scoop! – January 26, 2020

January 26, 2020


  • A huge thank you to Ms. Kim, who has completed her term assignment at the school teaching for Mrs. Mathai while she was on maternity leave.  This also means that we welcome back Mrs. Mathai this week!
  • We also acknowledge the more than 20 years that Mrs. Stewart-Lee has been in the Langley School District and all of her years of service and difference-making at LSS; this will be Mrs. Stewart-Lee’s last week before she retires at the end of January.  As sad is this is for the school community, we are very pleased to welcome Ms. McRae this week, who will be our new Counsellor at the school!


  • Congratulations to LSS student Micah Dauda, first winner of the Seamus Gee Memorial Bursary for student going into the District Train in Trades Carpentry Program at ACSS.  Micah will be starting in the Program in January.  Thank you to Mike Gee and his family for their generosity in offering this opportunity to LSS students.
    • Mike Gee, presenting Micah with a plaque, a cheque that covers Micah’s costs in the Carpentry program, and a pair of boots that used to belong to Seamus.

      An emotional thank you from Micah to Mike.

  • 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, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
    • Up to 25 BCIT President’s Entrance Awards, available only to current High School students
      • Valued up to $4,000 each.
      • Deadline: August 5, 2020
    • Over 125 additional BCIT Entrance Awards
      • Valued up to $6,000 each.
      • Deadlines: August 5, 2020 and/or January 6, 2021
    • 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 at
  • THIS WEEK and NEW INFO! Schulich Leader Scholarships – The Schulich Leader Scholarships 2020 nomination deadline is January 29, 2020.
    • Help your students pay for their education by encouraging them to apply! 
    • Starting with our 2020 program, Schulich Leader Scholarships will be awarding 100 annual scholarships, up from 50.THIS MEANS DOUBLE THE CHANCE FOR YOUR NOMINEE TO WIN!!!Here’s what you need to know:
      • Click here to view the link to the official press release announcing this exciting development
      • View the 2020 Nominee Application Guide for a complete overview of the program and how it works
      • Submit your nominee by the January 29, 2020 deadline using the following link 
      • Starting this year, 50 scholarships are for science, technology and math degrees and 50 are for engineering degrees.
      • The value of the scholarships remains the same – $80,000 for science, technology, math degrees and $100,000 for engineering degrees
      • Twenty partner universities will be awarding the scholarships.
  • REMINDER!  With Grad 2020 getting ever closer, it is time to think about grad wear and accessories.  If you need some assistance, please see one of our Counsellors, who can contact local groups who can help.  One such group is The Fairy Godmother Foundation – a Langley-based organization dedicated to providing grad wear and accessories to those grads who may not be fortunate enough to afford them.
    • If you know of grads who may be in this situation, please refer them asap (and confidentially) to an LSS Counsellor, Ms Kercher or Ms Jackson, our Aboriginal Youth and Family Worker.  For further information, the website is:
    • Referral Deadline is Feb 15, 2020 … the number of referrals is limited so please ask any grads to see one of the above people asap.
  • NEW!  Dry Grad Update
    • Our casino night has been changed to Sat., March 7th.
      • Tickets available for purchase Tuesday February 4th 7:15PM in the learning commons.
    • Purdy’s Chocolate Bar fundraiser
      • 20 milk chocolate bars for $40
      • Sell them to family/friends and co-workers
      • Available Tuesday, February 4th 7:15PM in the learning commons
    • Dry Grad Forms and ticket sale information will be handed out during fixed flex beginning 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.



  • One of the highlights of the year at LSS is when the grade 8 students from HD Stafford Middle School come to LSS on the last official day of Semester 1 each year.  It is a day that we reserve for the grade 8s, as most LSS students are at home while the school ends the first semester and prepares to start the 2nd semester.  The LSS students who do come to the school for the day are typically our Leadership students who volunteer to come to the school and show of so many of the amazing elements of LSS that make it such an amazing school.
  • Grade 8s and some HDS staff came over to LSS by bus at about 9:15 am, where they were greeted by cheering LSS Leadership students and LSS staff.  After a few words in the small gym from the Admin, students and staff then went to four different workshops hosted by LSS staff.  Each workshop represented a different group of elective classes at LSS, so that HDS students could get a “flavour” of the different course offerings and opportunities at the school.  After being fed a delicious pizza lunch, students then were part of an incredibly fun and participatory “spirit assembly” led by the Leadership students, before re-boarding their busses back to HD Stafford for the last part of the day.
  • A huge thank you to Leadership teachers Ms. Wood and Ms. Sewell, as well as their Leadership students for planning and hosting so many of the events.  A huge thank you also to LSS staff who took the time out of Report Card preparation to ensure the Grade 8 students felt welcome, and that they got a chance to get a “taste of LSS.”  Finally, another huge thank you to HD Stafford Admin and teachers for preparing the grade 8s for a very successful visit!
  • See below for a “sample” of some of the different activities during the day:
    • The HD Stafford busses arrived…

      Chased by Bernie the LSS St. Bernard!

      Grade 8s entering the Small gym…

      …to lots of cheers from LSS students and staff!

      The grade 8s filled the Small Gym bleachers… Here, they are being addressed by the one and only Mr. Palichuk!

      Eventually the Grade 8s went to their sessions throughout the school… Here are some in CSI Science class!

      LSS Dancers Alinah, Elizabeth and Isabella taught the Dance Workshops for The Taste of LSS. The Hip hop combo was amazing! Great job Dancers!

      Grade 8s wearing their new LSs t-shirts, looking at video games they could be making in the LSS Computers classes!

      Mrs. Thorpe directing a group of Grade 8s, as they examine different musical instruments they could be playing as a part of the band!

      Italian mask-making with Ms. Bertoni!

      Still smiling after exploring the various opportunities we offer in PHE! The grade 8’s had no problem working hard and pushing themselves and our leaders did a fantastic job guiding them!

      Mr. Rowe showing off some of our 3-d technology to the grade 8s!

      In the Maker Space with Mr. Calderon!

      Leadership students with Bernie… he sure is one cool cat!

      Mr. McCarthy in the woodwork shop!

      There is nothing like pizza and juice to re-fuel the grade 8s after a morning filed with experiences!

      Grade 8s hanging out in the Student Commons – looks like they are having fun!

      Leadership students leading the fun!

      Mr. Hantke, the new principal at HDS, is back at LSS, here with Mr. Tesan, Mr. Howlett, and Ms. Turpin!

      Time for some fun and games in the Small Gym towards the end of the day…

      That Bernie was EVERYWHERE!!!

      Time to say goodbye at the end of the day, with high fives and a whole lot of great memories!  See all you Grade 8s in September!

      Congratulations for a job well done in hosting our future LSS Saints!


  • Langley Secondary School will be hosting information nights for their sports academy’s for the 2020-2021 school year on the following evenings. They will be hosted in the Langley Secondary Learning Commons (New LSS building).
    • Hockey Academy: Monday, February 10 at 6pm
    • Softball Academy:  Monday, February 10 at 7pm
    • Baseball Academy: Monday, February 24 at 7pm
  • If you have any questions please contact Troy Bannister


  • The LSS Careers Department hosted the LSS students who are off to Youth Train in Trades programs throughout the school District for a pizza luncheon!  These students are embarking on journeys that will take them to different schools in Langley for 5-10 months and give them the opportunity to earn apprenticeship hours in fields as Electrical, Piping and Plumbing, Automotive, Carpentry, Hairdressing, and Chef’s Training.  Many of these students will return to LSS to graduate.  Best of wishes to you all from LSS on your careers journey!
      The whole group…
      …to ACSS for Hairdressing…
      …And to ACSS for Automotive…
      …and for Carpentry….
      Our Pipers and Plumbers who get to stay at LSS!


      The group sitting together for pizza…
      Mrs. Blessing – you have so much to be proud of… why are you being so shy!

    Considering their accomplishments…. Let them eat cake!

  • The Careers Department also hosted the Piping and Plumbing Orientation evening to students accepted for the next cohort, starting in Semester 2.  This group of students will be in the P and P at LSS program for the next 12 months!
    • Ten students will be entering into the program at the end of January…

    • Mr. Lalley addressing the parents and students…

      Mr, Moino had a chance to say a few words, as well!

  • Spring Break Work Opportunity:   There is a Spring Break work opportunity in the field (or pond I suppose) with conservation biologists. The pay is $15/h for 35 hours of work completed in one week of the spring break.   Please see the attached flyer: Spring Break Employment Oppurtunity – Student Technician 2020
  • Operation Med School Conference 2020 – On behalf of the executive team of Vancouver’s Operation Med School Conference 2020, we are reaching out to you as counsellors and career advisors of your respective schools regarding our conference for youth that are interested in pursuing medicine. We are excited to announce that regular registration is now open for our conference!
    • We will be hosting our 2020 Conference on March 8th at the Robert Lee Alumni Centre.
    • Operation Med School is a nonprofit organization that aims to educate high school students aspiring to explore the medical field. Through our annual one-day conferences in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, and New York, we provide students with opportunities to attend workshops, meet like-minded peers, and interact with medical professionals. This year alongside our unique keynote speakers and workshop we will be having a unique networking session with various STEM organizations in the community.
    • The registration link is below:


  • 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:
    • PHE continues about mindfulness and strategies to manage stress levels with yoga!
    • PHE classes finish off CPR unit with learning how to use an AED system. We are very fortunate to have one at LSS (located in our main office).
    • Here are some pictures from our Japanese 11 field trip to Ramen Bella yesterday. The class recently finished a unit on Japanese foods and how to order at restaurants, so this was a fun tie in to that. It was the first time trying Japanese ramen for a lot of the students and they all really enjoyed it!
    •  Avid 11s and Avid 10s doing tutorials together (our first time having our kids work together and it was awesome!!!!)


  • Starting October 16, LSS Graduate and current UFV student Conner Frey, and Ms. Wood and Ms. Sewell have teamed up to have Leadership students provide a FREE student tutoring service, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays after school!  See Ms. Wood or Ms. Sewell in Rooms A210 or A211 to find out more!


  • 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!


  • Mr. Sanchez joined by some of our students from Colombia!

    Mr. Palichuk and Mr. Moino watching Mr. Lalley present to students and parents at the P & P Orientation!

    Taste of LSS was a lot of fun for all!

    Foods sure had been busy in first semester… deliciously busy!


  • 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


  • IDEA X Challenge: 
    • The IDEA X Challenge provides an amazing opportunity to do a “deep dive” around a “wicked world problem.”  Students partner, invent and innovate to solve significant global problems. Scholarships of up to $15,000 are available to winning teams. Students should be 12 years and older.  All teams must have a teacher sponsor and team members must attend the IDEA X Launch on February, 6th 4:30-8:00 pm at the School District Office. This Challenge lasts from February – May 2020 and culminates in a Pitch Event to Judges. For information on last year’s challenge and to register your team, click HEREDeadline to Register is JANUARY 31ST.
  • 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.



  • Jan 27:      Start of Semester 2.  See posted lists for Homeroom on Monday morning
  • Jan 28:      Seussical Presentation for Trustees, SBO, 6:30 pm
  • Jan 29:      Earthquake Drill, a.m.
  • Jan 30:      Lockdown Drill, a.m.
  • Jan 31:      Core Competency Fixed-FLEX; Grade 11 Assembly, Small Gym, FLEX
  • Feb 3:        Semester 2 Student Photographs, a.m.
  • Feb 3-7:    Semester 2 Grade Assemblies
  • Feb 10:     Hockey and Softball Academies Information Evening, New Build Library, 6 and 7 pm
  • Feb 13:     Grades 9-11 Course Planning Evening
  • Feb 14:     District Professional Development Day; Students NOT in Session
  • Feb 17:     Family Day, Schools are CLOSED
  • Feb 18-24:  Grades 9-11 Course Planning for 2020/2021
  • Feb 20:      ReachOut Psychosis Presentation, Large Gym, 9:30 am
  • Feb 24:      PAC Meeting, 7 pm
  • Feb 24:      Baseball Academy Information Evening, New Build Library, 7 pm
  • Feb 29:      Dry Grad Event:  Casino Night Fundraiser
  • 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