June 13, 2021
ONCE A SAINT… NOW A THUNDERBIRD!
- Within various Scoops since September of this year school year, I have attempted to describe different steps in a process, as the staff and students have explored who we are as a school, and how to best visually represent that. For many decades, we have proudly been know as the LSS Saints. At the same time, one of the challenges has been how to visually represent what a Saint is. One attempt was to use the Saint Bernard dog; that is why you may recall having seen various students in a dog costume over the years. I can also tell you that every time that Saint Bernard comes out at an event, I inevitably have students asking me, “What’s with the dog?” In terms of visually representing what a Saint is on the gym wall or in other graphics, the only place we have been able to go to is using lettering, usually with a halo. At the same time, the student and staff population of LSS has changed a great deal over the past 20 years. We have become increasingly diverse, and trying to explain what a Saint is in a non-religious context has become just as difficult as trying to figure out what a Saint looks like. Ultimately, these questions of how to represent a Saint and whether we still connected to what a Saint is became an unasked question for many years now.
- When most of the New Build was complete, thanks to support from the District, we had the opportunity to update our gym with a new mural, as most secondary schools in the Langley School District and already done. This is what ultimately brought the questions above to a head. So, we took the step last September/October of asking staff and students if they still connected to the term and visuals of “Saint.” The answer was overwhelmingly “No.” Of the more than 500 students and staff who answered this survey, approximately 80% said that they did not connect to either the term “Saint” or to any visuals depicting “Saints.” At this point, we knew it was time to engage in a process to find a new direction, an evolution from an identity that had served us well for many years, but now had to be updated to represent who we are today.
- Led by a Visioning Committee that included staff and admin, over the past year, the school consulted some more with students and staff, as well as with various alumni still connected to the school, the School District, ya:yəstəl’ (the District’s Indigenous Advisory body), and the four Nations on which the Langley School District resides. After having taken numerous suggestions from students and staff, and having narrowed them down to the five most popular and relevant options, we surveyed staff and students for a second time in November/December, with more than 400 students and staff responses. The consensus with BOTH students and staff was that we most connected with the Thunderbird to represent us. Thus, this is how LSS became the Langley Secondary Thunderbirds!
- In February and March, we put out an open competition to artists from the four First Nations to work with our muralist, Dean Lauzé, to come up with a logo. The winner of this process was Brandon Gabriel, from the Kwantlen Nation. Together, Dean and Brandon collaborated positively and seamlessly to come up with the logo below:
- Here is the Press Release put out by the District last week: https://www.sd35.bc.ca/news-events/district-board-news/view/langley-secondary-school-celebrates-new-thunderbird-logo/
- Be sure to see us on Instagram and Twitter, as well!
- JUST OVER 1 WEEK AWAY! Grad Ceremony – We are now meeting with Grade 12 classes to update them on the finalized grad plans and answering questions. The key details are:
- Students will be able to have up to four people (parents/guardians/family/friends) watching them cross the stage;
- Grads will be grouped in alphabetical order by last names, with 25-30 grads crossing the stage in 45 minute intervals;
- The attachment below has a chart with times that Grads should be arriving, as well as where Grads and guests are to meet;
- Please see the attachment for more details of what the Grad ceremony will look like on Tuesday, June 22: Grad Info Sheet June 2 2021 UPDATE
- Grad Walk – Wednesday, June 23 will be our annual Grad Walk! While we will only be able to walk the halls at LSS this year, it will still be a memorable event, ending with a cap toss in the New Courtyard! All Grads should bring their caps and gowns to the school; we will meet at the Lacrosse Box at 11 am, and be ready for the Walk to start by 11:20 am.
- The Grad BBQ this past Wednesday was a huge success, thanks to the efforts of Mr. Rowe and Grad Council, as well as of Ms. Sewell and the Leadership class!
REMINDER: JUNE 22 – AT-HOME HYBRID LEARNING FOR GRADES 9-11
- The Graduation Ceremony this year, to be in-line with the PHO guidelines, will be held at LSS in the small gym, on June 22, from 9 am to approximately 4 pm. To facilitate this Ceremony, all students in Grades 9-11 will be AT HOME on this day, June 22, for online, hybrid learning.
CLA CLOSED TO PARKING THIS WEEK
- Sometime this week, CLA will be closing the East Parking lot for pothole repairs. That is the parking lot that many students use, as well as where some parents do their pick-up/drop-off. The exact date of the repairs is still unclear; students and parents should use the new parking lot at the back of the school.
IN THE CLASSROOM…
- Ms. Kear’s Foods class visited the learning farm, where they had the privilege of harvesting garlic scapes from garlic LSS’s environmental science students planted! They will be using the scapes for many recipes, including the Fried Bannock Tacos students made last week! Many students also tried venison for the first time, by means of pulled venison tacos, from Ms. Kear’s own harvest!
- Our ELL students got to share and talk with LFAS students as part of an upcoming art exhibit. Each one of the students said it was such a great time and they enjoyed the experience so much!! What a great day!! Here are some photos, courtesy of Ms. Pais-Martins:
- Congratulations to our Youth WORK in Trades Award recipients, from the Piping and Plumbing program. Here is a focus on two of them:
- Post for LSS grad and former DWP student Carter S:
- There’s also a short video interview I did with Carter here which is too attach here: carter senger LSS plumber
- And a post for LSS Grad and former Brookswood student Micah H on Instagram:
- Post for LSS grad and former DWP student Carter S:
COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER!
- Leadership class has sponsored one last theme week. Be sure to remind your student to take part in the fun! See the two posters below for more information:
REMINDER: ISP HOMESTAY RECRUITMENT
- The International Student Program’s Homestay Department is looking for assistance to help with recruiting new homestay families in our school’s catchment areas. Please see the attached Homestay Recruitment Ad: Langley Homestay Ad 2021
REMINDER: FRASER HEALTH COVID-19 SCHOOL UPDATE – Immunization for 12-17 Year Olds
- The province has opened vaccine registration to youth aged 12 to 17. Anyone 12+ who hasn’t registered yet should do so right away by visiting gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated.
REMINDER: SUMMER SESSION REGISTRATION OPEN!
- Please see the attached brochure for information on how to register for Summer Session: SS 2021 Secondary Brochure
REMINDER: TRANSPORTATION REGISTRATION FOR 2021-22
- Transportation Registration for the 2021-22 school year opens on May 3. All riders who are currently in the system and expected to continue riding next year will receive a letter with instructions to register. Please note the instructions to register are different for each category of rider. To help in our planning and creation of bus routes, registrations must be submitted by June 18, 2021. The District cannot guarantee approval after the deadline. New and existing riders can find more information on our Transportation Registration webpage here.
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
- Leadership’s theme day from last week was “Formal Friday,” with students and staff alike adding a bit more fanciness and flair to their normal wear… even Mr. Howlett got into the spirit of the day, as you can see in multiple photos! See below how sharp everyone looked on Formal Friday at LSS!
- Finally, LSS also celebrated the retirement of two of LSS’ longest serving teachers: Mr. Kuo and Mr. Greeff. Congratulations and a huge “thank you” to them both for excellent careers that have positively impacted the lives of thousands of students and fellow staff!
FROM THE DISTRICT AND IN THE COMMUNITY
- Langley Youth Hub Calendar – June 14-18: Hub Calendar June 14-18
- FamilySmart’s Help for the Hard Times Workshop (x2): FamilySmart_HHTWorkshop_FRASER (4) – HHT Fraser July and August 2021
- FamilySmart’s Upcoming June In the Know:
- 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/
- June 14-16 – Grade 12 Capstone presentations
- June 14-25 – Provincial Numeracy and Literacy Assessments
- June 15 – Shelter in Place Drill, a.m.
- June 22 – LSS Grad Ceremony, Details coming soon
- June 22 – ALL Grade 9-11 Students at home, for hybrid learning on Teams
- June 23 – Grad Walk! All Grads bring their caps and gowns to the school – 11 am
- June 25 – Last day of Q4 classes
- July 2 – Final Report Cards Issued (We have moved this day back due to the very tight timelines this year)