The Saints Scoop! – January 27, 2019

January 27, 2019


  • Timetables – We will be posting Homeroom lists on Monday morning, so that students will be able to go to Homerooms and pick up their Semester 2 timetables.  Students should go to the Cafeteria Hallway to see what their homeroom is.
    • Counsellors have been working to ensure that as many students as possible have full and correct timetables.
    • If there is an error in your timetable or if your timetable is incomplete, then please come to the Main Office to make a Counselling appointment.  In the meantime, please keep attending classes as they are on the timetable until we can get the problem fixed.
    • Who can make a counselling appointment?  What are the priorities?
      • Grade 12s with incomplete or incorrect timetables
      • Other grades with incomplete or incorrect timetables
      • New students who require timetables
      • If your student would like to change a class for reasons of course preference, then please know that the other priorities above will come first.  We will do our best to accommodate, but only if there is room in classes.
  • Fixed Flex – We will be having a Fixed Flex for the first week of Semester 2, to review the importance of using Flex time well, for setting goals, and to set the tone for a successful start to 2nd semester!


  • NEW!  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
  • The Adoptive Families Association of BC is pleased to announce our 2019 Youth Bursary Applications are now live on our website! The intention of our $1,000 bursaries are to provide funding that will assist in covering costs of tuition and/or costs directly related to the post-secondary programs (vocational, trade or academic post-secondary program, at an accredited BC institution) for youth in/from foster care in BC, or who have been adopted.
    • The Howard Legacy Youth Fund was established with a donation from Peggy Howard in 2012, and is made available to applicants who are current or former youth in care.
    • The AFABC Youth Bursary was established in 2014, with funding from the Adoptive Families Association of BC, and accepts applications from youth who have joined their family by legal adoption.
    • For more information about our bursaries and eligibility criteria, and to view each application, visit our bursaries webpage:
    • Application deadline is April 30th, 2019.
  • DUE THIS WEEK! Provincial Scholarship Program: There are 55 BC Excellence Scholarships available to recognize well-rounded B.C graduates. Winners will have demonstrated service and leadership, both at school and in their communities, and shown aptitude and commitment to their chosen career paths. They will receive a $5000 scholarship voucher to use for post-secondary tuition. You must be nominated by your secondary school in order to apply for this scholarship. Only one student from each school may be nominated. To be considered, you must submit a nomination form.  Information and Nomination Forms are located at the main office. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS JANUARY 31ST!!!!!!!!
  • 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 January
  • 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!
  • THIS SATURDAY! from Dry Grad:
    • “Pub night tickets are here!  $25 will get you a burger and a beer. Come listen to some live music and support the Grads of 2019. We have some amazing silent auction items as well as a 50/50 draw and toonie toss. Please contact Margot at (604) 880-8753 if you are interested in purchasing tickets. And remember we are still accepting donations for the silent auction. Contact Lisa at if you need a copy of the donation letter or have any questions. Thanks for your support!
    • Also, there is a Pub Night meeting THIS TUESDAY at 7 pm in Rm 128, if there is anyone who wants to come sign up to help during the pub night.
  • Be sure to join the LSS Dry Grad 2019 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.


  • Congratulations to Mrs. Lee-McCall, who, after more than 30 years at LSS, will be retiring on January 31.  She has made a tremendous difference to this school, assisting students in becoming confident and creative in the Foods room, and making students feel like welcome members of the LSS Saints family.  We will miss you Mrs. Lee!
  • LSS staff gathered in the cafeteria for a “retirement potluck lunch” to thank, congratulate, and honour Mrs. Lee-McCall on Thursday.


  • This past Friday, approximately 195 grade 8 students from HD Stafford Middle came to LSS to get a “taste” of what life at LSS is all about.  They arrived to a warm welcome as more than 40 Leadership students welcomed them with applause, and helped them get into their groups.  Once they had all arrived, the LSS admin said a few words of encouragement, before the Leadership students took each group to different workshops presented by LSS staff, where students got to have a flavour of some of our different course offerings; students had the opportunity to get a sense of what their interests might be, which will likely by helpful when they do their course planning for next year in the next few weeks.  At noon, the students were treated to a pizza lunch, before attending their very own Grade 8 LSS Pep Rally!  Thanks to all the students and staff at both LSS and HD Stafford for making this day such a huge success!  All in all, the grade 8s got a chance to see and experience what grade 9 might look like, while also getting a feel for the warm, caring, and inclusive culture that makes LSS such a special place to be.
  • HD Stafford staff and grade 8 students unload the first of 4 buses on Friday morning.

    and are welcomed with big smiles and even bigger applause… maybe high school isn’t such a scary place after all!

    They were then placed into organized groups, thanks to help from HDS admin and teachers, and with help of these awesome Leadership students!

    Of course, a bit of music, courtesy of these DJs and speakers, helped to keep the vibe positive!

    Students then participated in 30 minute workshops put on by LSS Staff, such as this one, where students learned how to write a few words in Japanese script…

    Or made masks in the style of the Venetian (Italian) Carnevale (Carnival)…

    Or learned a few dance moves in our dance studio…

    Or participated in the LSS Olympics in our large gym…

    Or had an open and honest dialogue with our counsellors about their fears, hopes, and dreams for next year…

    Or learned about makes AVID such a powerful program…

    Or learned some of the basics of all that they can do and make in the Metal shop… In total, LSS staff offered more than 18 workshops!

    While the grade 9s were in the workshop, these Leadership students set up for lunch (and did a few other preparatory tasks)…

    Before it was lunch time, and students had a choice of various flavours of pizza, including some gluten-free options!

    What an amazing crew of LSS Leadership students, to come on their day off of school, to help our newest Saints feel truly welcome and a part of the LSS family! Thanks to the Leadership teachers, Mr. Howlett and Ms. Wood, and to Mr. Bannister, for all of their work with this group!


  • REMINDER TO SAVE THE DATE!  After seeing the above, I hope grade 8 parents are just as excited as their grade 8 students are!  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!  See you there!


  • Several LSS students will be entering apprenticeship programs around the District at the start of Semester 2 this week.  Below, are photos of the student/parent Youth TRAIN in Trades orientation evening at ACSS last week, as well as LSS students gathering for a lunch-celebration on Wednesday, as they are about to transition into District #35 first year apprenticeship programs for carpentry, automotive tech, and the hairstylist program!


  • 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!!
  • THIS WEEK! Hello from UFV!  Please invite your students to join us at our Design School Info Night on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the UFV Mission Campus, Heritage Park Centre, 33700 Prentis Way | Room D227
    • Learn about graphic design and working in the creative industries
    • Discover the Fraser Valley’s premiere design diploma and degree programs
    • Find out what it’s like to be a design student at UFV
    • Talk to our grads and hear about their careers
    • Meet graphic design students, instructors, and advisors
    • Get tips on how to prepare an entrance portfolio for design school
    • Browse student work display and enjoy light refreshments
    • We hope you received the posters for your classroom, post cards and portfolio guidelines that you can share with your students. Please encourage your students to bring portfolio pieces for some feedback!
  • THIS WEEK! 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 Richmond Discovery Day — Monday, January 28 from 10am to 2pm
      • KPU Langley Discovery Day — Friday, February 15 from 10am to 2pm
      • Trades Discovery Day at KPU Tech — Friday, February 22 from 10am to 2pm
      • RSVP at
    • 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
  • REPLY BY THIS WEEK! Justice Institute Open House – 715 McBride Boulevard, New Westminster, BC
    • March 6, 2019 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
    • Event highlights:
      • Visit the career fair in the gymnasium between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
      • Speak with Program Advisors from various JIBC programs and learn what it takes to be competitive in these careers
      • Take a tour of the New Westminster campus
      • Watch one of our presentations in the theatre to learn about the many JIBC programs available in law enforcement, paramedicine, emergency management, firefighting, conflict resolution, leadership and more
      • Watch live demonstrations from program areas in law enforcement, paramedicine, firefighting and emergency management
    • Please RSVP by January 30, 2019 to: Jas Jagpal at
  • 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 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!)


  • 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 or at (604) 514-8373.  Thank you in advance for your support!


  • Here is Mr. Sheppard, welcoming our newest Socials, Math, and Science teacher, Mr. Heath… apparently he is also showing him how to dress in plaid!

    Same photo as above, but with a photo bomb!

    Mr. Dickson’s Work Experience class had some great experiences this past semester! Thanks Mr. Dickson!

    This week also marked the last day for many of our Colombian students (that’s Mrs. Kennedy in the middle of the photo) – we will miss you!

    AVID students also had their semester-end awards last week… congratulations to them for their accomplishments in the AVID program and for helping to make LSS a better place!

    Kermit has a message for our students… although it might not be his business, it certainly is the business of LSS admin and staff!

    a Taste of LSS photo… some of our grade 8s also won Gym Class Hero t-shirts, given only to our most dedicated PE students!

    From the New Build, the entrance to our new cafeteria is looking more and more ready!

    Also from the New Build, some of our dividing walls have “floor to ceiling” whiteboards, useful for students to make visible their learning, and helpful for teachers to see how students are doing, all in a collaborative environment.

    In an example of how Final Assessments can be different, CLE (Careers) 10 students in Mrs. Testini’s classes made creative works to demonstrate their goals and talents!

    Another example of a CLE 10 project…

    And another example again!

    The same photo as above re: LSS students in Apprenticeship programs, but with some artwork, courtesy of Mrs. Blessing!

    Finally, a perfect image to highlight the people and relationships at LSS – Mrs. Thornburn and Mrs. Pagnanini in their AVID swag!


  • 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 Model United Nations Club is signing up for our second conference that takes place in January. New members are encouraged to join us this Thursday at lunch in room 220 (Ms. Cunningham’s). This is the largest high school MUN conference in North America -don’t miss it!
    • 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.


  • THIS WEEK!  Youth Mental Wellness Night – January 31st – Leadership students from across the district have planned a Mental Wellness Night for students grades 8-12.  It is a FREE event that supports mental health awareness with presentations on effective journaling, teen mindfulness and stretch/relaxation strategies (see brochure attached).  This event will take place at the Langley School Board Office from 3:45pm to 8:00pm on January 31, 2019.  There will be refreshments, dinner and door prizes!  Students can register through their school counsellors or click HERE.  For further information please contact Lenny Yun
  • 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.
    • 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  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.


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!


Jan. 28 – First day of 2nd Semester

Jan. 30 – Piping & Plumbing Graduation, Library, 7 pm

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 – PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm

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