The Saints Scoop! – June 16, 2019

June 16, 2019


  • High School Graduation is an incredibly important milestone for students, and a Grad Ceremony is the key symbolic event that marks this transition from “K-12” schooling to life beyond, whether it be more schooling options, work, or travel.   This past Friday, LSS had its Graduation Ceremony (actually a School Leaving Ceremony, since most students don’t officially graduate until final Provincial Exam marks are published in the summer).  It was an evening of celebration, as LSS students achieved so many goals, accomplishments, awards, and scholarships this past school year!  Please see below for a glimpse into the special nature of the day.
  • Grad Rehearsal
    • The electronic banner goes up in CLA!

      Grads listening to an explanation of how the day will unfold…

      Mr. Hantke and helpers getting the grads ready!

  • Grad Walk
    • On the bus we go (6 buses, actually!)

      The entire Grad Class, at HD Stafford Middle…

      Mr. Hantke… either he is collecting video footage OR he thinks he is Braveheart and singlehandedly rushing the English line…!

      After visiting their middle school, the grads all went to their elementary schools, as well…

      Where they prepared to walk the halls…

      And they saw their teachers from years ago, including their Kindergarten teachers, like in this photo… a heart-warming and emotional moment…

      The Uplands 6!

      Students even got to stop at the Boys and Girls Club where some of them used to hang out!

      Some of the grads even got to see Superintendent Good Stewart and Secretary Treasurer Brian Iseli, who took time out of their busy schedules and congratulated the Grads during the Grad Walk!

      After the Family of schools were visited, Grads got to walk the halls of LSS to cheers, and gathered in the Castle Lobby for a group photo!

      Mr. Howlett and photo/video students taking the group photo of the grads from the top of the stairs!

      The AVID students gathered outside and took their own group photo, as well!

  • Grad Ceremony
    • At the entrance of CLA, a comparison of grads of 1909 and 2019… Langley graduates 110 years apart!

      A close-up of the class of 1909…

      And the class of 2019!

    • This is what more than 1400 people in CLA looks like! That’s Mr. Hantke, the M.C. of the evening, addressing the crowd.

      During the showing of the slideshow of the Grad Walk, grads can’t help but watch and remember the day fondly…

      A special moment, as Grads were crossing the stage, and Mrs. Pagnanini got a warm “thank you” hug!

      At the end of the ceremony, the grads throw up their caps in unison… a joyful and visually powerful moment!


  • Please mark in your calendars that the LSS Graduation Ceremony for next school year will be on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.  We are still working on the date of our 2020 Graduation Dinner and Dance.


  • ***Parents: “Dessert Tickets” are STILL AVAILABLE for a few more days! These tickets are to attend AFTER dinner, and still hear speeches and be a part of those first dances.  Parents will get access to coffee/tea and selection of desserts.  Dessert Tickets are $20 each.  Please contact the office to purchase by Tuesday, at the latest!
  • REMINDER! 2018/2019 Provincial Scholarships Program
    • Each yearBC Achievement Scholarships recognize the top 8,000 graduates in the province. Vouchers are mailed out in September 2019.  Please remind graduates that they can also check their award status by logging into their StudentTranscripts Service account in October.
  • REMINDER! Student Post-Secondary Institution (PSI) Selections – July 12
    • Grade 12 students are encouraged to visit the StudentTranscripts Service website before July 12, 2019 to make their PSI selections. Admission offers may be delayed or denied if students do not authorize the release of their transcript data.
  • REMINDER! For Students: StudentTranscripts Service
  • THIS WEEK!  Grad Breakfast – Monday, June 17, at 7:15 am in the Cafeteria – any grade 12 parents able to volunteer are welcome to email me at and I will forward your email to the Grade 12 parent coordinator!
    • “Greetings from the Dry Grad Committee:
    • Thank you to everyone who has been supporting the dry grad so far. Now that we are into the second semester, the crunch is on, and we couldn’t do it without you.
    • Make sure to follow our Facebook page “LSS Dry Grad 2019” to stay up to date with both these events
    • “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.”
    • If you ever shop at M and M Meats be sure to mention LSS Dry Grad. We will get a percentage of the sale to put towards the Dry Grad event. Every little bit helps!”
  • 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 past week, Leadership students and staff worked hard to keep students engaged in their school year with a whole bunch of fun activities!  See below for details and some photos!
    • Monday: tacky tourist outfits and bucket hats!
    • Tuesday: tropical and Hawaiian beach outfits!
    • Wednesday: tie-dye
    • Thursday: colour wars (red, blue, green, yellow)
    • Friday: Saints swag for grad walk!
    • Leadership students setting up for a bbq and Colour Wars!

      Mr. Hantke helping out!

      And Mr. Kooner was also helping out!

      Nothing like a bbq hot dog for lunch!

    • Pyramids, by colour!


      Tug of War! Red with anger…

      Green with envy!

      Marcus recruiting staff wearing red – thanks Mr. Michaux!


  • All staff and students who currently park in the Student (west) Lot are asked to please park in the  CLA lot across the street, as of Monday, June 17.  Our Maintenance Department will be preparing the school lot for portables coming in July/August.  CLA has graciously given us permission to park in their lot.  Thank you in advance for your understanding.


  • 2019-2020 Bus Registration is open!
    • Transportation Registration for the  September 2019-2020 school year has been opened and located at  .  If you qualify and require this service please ensure you register before the June 28th Deadline.
    • The deadline of June 28th  ensures that the Transportation Administration can meet the requirements of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement Branch for the September startup.
  • Transportation’s web-page includes the following information:
    • New Changes to Online Registration
    • Links for both Non-international students and International students
    • Details regarding completing the registration via Cash-on-line (step-by-step instructions included)
    • Policy 3850 Information – includes walk limits
    • Email and phone information
    • Homestay email link for International refund requests.
  • If you miss the registration deadline please plan to drive your child(ren), for the first three weeks of the 2019-2020 school year, while routes are manually established for the late registrations.


  • REMINDER!  Please see the attached for a unique Youth Employment opportunity for students who might have various challenges in finding work.  This includes a 6 week “Skills to Success” training program that starts on July 2.  Criteria of who is eligible are in the attachment.  Consider registering ASAP! Skills to Success_June 2019


  • 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!



  • From the 110th, still up in the halls…

    A close-up!

    And another bit of research down, this time by Mrs. Stewart Lee, looking back at the Counselling Centre History of LSS!

    After the 110th, other photos are starting to come down, in anticipation of demolition of the oldest parts of the building…

    This past week, the District acknowledged its retirees… here is Mrs. Lee-McCall having her “bio” read out by Assistant Superintendent Mal Gill…

    And Mr. Pulice’s bio read out by Assistant Superintendent Woody Bradford.

    LSS scholarship winners Justin Laursen and Zoe Gee, with donors from Benchmark HomeLife Realty, and supporting staff!


  • Clubs and teams are an important part of life at LSS.  Getting involved is one of the ingredients to a successful school year…  So, even though they are DONE for this year, think about what clubs pr teams you might want at the school next year, find a sponsor teacher, and you are on your way!


  • REMINDER!  The Langley School District Foundation is proud to present the 14th Annual Golf Tournament. As always, it will be held at Redwoods Golf Course in Langley and will feature a day of magnificent golf, a tailgate party, contests, endless snacks, a steak and salmon BBQ, silent auction and chances to win huge prizes. Often described as one of the best tournaments in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, the tournament raises funds to support dozens of essential programs for Langley students that are not funded or fully-funded by the Ministry of Education, including breakfast, lunch, snack and backpack programs to help feed the more that 3000 students who come to school hungry every day, literacy programs, Movement to Learn, counselling, summer school for vulnerable students, global education, to name a few. I have attached the package with all the details and opportunities to sponsor the event, contribute a silent auction prize or register a foursome. You can also register online at Hope you can participate again this year! Please click on the link for more information: packages 


  • Red Cross Student Movement (RCSM) –  RCSM is a student-driven initiative aimed at building a community of student groups that will provide training, resources, and a peer network to empower students interested in humanitarian issues. Our goal is to engage youth leaders with humanitarian issues and support them in making an impact within their local and global community. Working closely with the Canadian Red Cross along with the UBC and SFU Red Cross Clubs, we host a variety of events throughout the year. Our past 4 conferences have attracted over 400 student leaders representing schools from across the entire Greater Vancouver Area.
    • This summer, RCSM is running a Student Leadership Training Program for students in Grades 8-12. The RCSM Student Leadership Training Program is aimed to help students take action to spread awareness about humanitarian causes that they care about. Through the program, we will explore a variety of local and global humanitarian issues, and then teach students the tools and methodology to create interactive and engaging presentations. We will also provide logistical training and support for students to work in teams to organize awareness presentations at local elementary and middle schools. At the end of the program, students will be ready to create their own presentations and to take on leadership roles in their schools and communities. Upon completion of all program requirements, a certificate will be awarded to each student.
    • Training Dates:
      • Saturday, July 13th (10am – 6pm)
      • Saturday July 20th (10am – 6pm)
      • Saturday July 27th (10am – 6pm)
      • Saturday, August 10th (10am – 6pm)
    • This program is available free of cost to high school students in grades 8-12. For more information please see the information package document (attached) or our website: Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions that you may have.
    • Applications for the program are currently open. Please direct any interested students to complete the registration form at the link:  The application deadline is July 3rd, 2019 at 11:59pm.
  • 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!


  • June 17 – 2019 Grad Breakfast
  • June 17 – The Great Locker Clean-Out!
  • June 19 – Last Day of Regular Classes
  • June 20 – I Day
  • June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples’ Day
  • June 21-27 – Provincial Numeracy Assessment, 2 sittings per day (Schedule in June)
  • June 21 – LSS Graduation Banquet, Coast Hotel and Convention Centre, 6:30 pm
  • June 24 – English 12 Provincial Exam, Small Gym, 8:30 am
  • June 26 – Communications 12 Provincial Exam, Small Gym, 8:30 am
  • June 26 – LSS Awards Ceremony, at CLA, Time TBA
  • June 27 – Final report Cards Published/Distributed

Langley Secondary School

21405 - 56 Avenue, Langley
BC, V2Y 2N1
Phone: 604-534-4171
Fax: 604-534-9518