The Saints Scoop! – June 25, 2017

June 25, 2017

 

It is hard to believe that we have finally made it – the final Saints Scoop of the 2016/17 school year!  It has been year filled with change and transitions, with numerous challenges and even more opportunities.  The next Saints Scoop will come out in early September, just before the start of the 2017/18 school year, with important information to help your student have the best start possible.  In the mean time, we wish our students and staff, as well as their families, a safe and fun-filled summer.  See you in two months!

GRAD BREAKFAST:  THE FINAL GRAD EVENT OF THE YEAR AT LSS

  • This past Monday, June 19, grade 12 parents continued the LSS tradition of preparing a breakfast feast for grads in the cafeteria.  Dozens of grads were at school by about 7:30 am to gather for one last grad event, with dozens more trickling in over the course of the next hour or so, before the start of school.  Part of the tradition involves grads being the first students to get their yearbooks, which had occurred the Friday before.  The breakfast was their opportunity to pass their yearbooks around and get everyone’s comments and signatures.  There was a positive energy in the cafeteria as parents students, and staff gathered to celebrate their graduation one last time before the end of the school year.  Special thanks to the parent volunteers who were at the school by 6 am to prepare the breakfast, and to Ms. Turpin and Mr. Howlett, who were there by 7 am to distribute yearbooks to grads who hadn’t picked them up yet.

    Grad parents volunteered to prepare a feast of pancakes, sausages and fresh fruit for the grads!

    And they sure cooked up a feast!

    And, of course, the grads were “eating it up”!

    And having a great time!

    Why, hello Madison and Makayla!

    And hello to the LSS staff who were able to join the grads for the pancake breakfast!

VICTORIA GROUP PRESENTS TO THE TRUSTEES!

  • As mentioned last week, several students and staff from Langley presented to almost 300 Ministry of Education staff about their educational experiences, and what they believe characterizes a successful 21st century education.  As a follow up, the group then did a short presentation on the experience to Langley Trustees.  The student presenters did a fabulous job of connecting their individual stories to the broader themes of what students want and need from the education system.  Kudos to the group that included Mrs. Turpin and her amazing artwork!

    Former Board Chair Dr. Wendy Johnson started the presentation off by offering some context of the day in Victoria.

    Former LSS student Scott Lauener told his story about the Piping and Plumbing program helped to change his life trajectory for the better by connecting him to school in a positive way!

    Before the Board presentation, Ms. Turpin and BSS student Ashley Haines pose in front of one of Ms. Turpin’s artistic renderings!

REPORT CARDS DISTRIBUTED THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 30!

  • All students should return to LSS on Friday morning, June 30 between 9:30 and and 11:30 am to pick up report cards.  While the report cards are still available online through the Parent Portal, we have decided to issue the last report cards of the year on paper, as well, to ensure that all LSS students and families have access to the final marks of the year.  This will allow LSS students to see their academic progress, as well as to make some important course decisions about Summer Session and for September 2017.

(THIS WEEK – BE SURE TO PRE-PAY!) FOOD SAFE TRAINING OPPORTUNITY FOR LSS STUDENTS!

  • Tuesday, June 27 from 8:30 to 4 pm, at LSS (room TBA).  This is now FULL.  If you have registered for this, you should have received an email with a link to ensure pre-payment for this event.  If you have not yet done so, please be sure to pay the $50 fee to the LSS office ASAP to secure your place in the program!

CAREERS UPDATES!

  • (REMINDER – THERE IS STILL TIME!) Work Experience Helps NOW and in the FUTURE!  We now have students on Work Experience placements that align with their career goals. These students have demonstrated their ability to keep up with their school work while working at least one shift per week as needed by the employer.  Please contact Mr. Dickson at jdickson@sd35.bc.ca if you are interested in finding out more!

(LAST CHANCE!) SUMMER SESSION IS COMING SOON!

  • Ever thought of attending Summer Session?  Did you know that students taking advanced credit courses typically make up about 70-80% of students in Summer Session?  If you are interested, Summer Session information is now available!  Information sheets are available for pick up in the Main Office, or click on one of the following attachments: SS 2017 Secondary Brochure v2 – SS 2017 Middle Brochure v2 – SS 2017 Elementary Brochure

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK!

AVID students from grades 9-12 gathered to celebrate their successes this past year in a year-end BBQ. Congratulations to students and staff for making this such an awesome year filled with growth and the satisfaction of meeting new challenges!

Of course, what is a BBQ without a Bocce tournament!

Gym Class Heroes, Part 1: Congratulations to our last batch of Gym Class Heroes of the year, for the month of June!

Ms. Sewell’s English 11 final assessment: students select an Essential Question, create a visual representation with text/thematic connections, and reflect on learning through the core competencies!

Sometimes the demonstration of learning can be quite delicious: Cupcakes and an essay do the trick!

Speaking of final projects, one of Ms. Piorecky’s students created a near-scale model of the LSS rebuild using plans that he had seen – amazing work!

The School Board meeting described above began with a dedication of a carved spindle whirl, the symbol of the educational agreement between the Langley School District and our First Nations communities. This is meant to be a physical reminder that Langley District supports the work required so that ALL of our students, including our students of aboriginal ancestry, have a safe place in our District, that we will work with them to find their strengths, and that we will honour their heritage as we help them find success.

Since Calum was not at LSS’ Graduation Ceremony, Mayor Froese from the Township of Langley came to LSS to present LSS/ACSS student Calum Dyke with a Township scholarship!

FROM THE DISTRICT

  • (REMINDER) 2017/18 Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance Summary of Insurance Benefits –Please find attached a short article briefly explaining the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance product, including:
    • Highlights of valuable product benefits
    • A link to direct parents to the website kidsplus.ca should they have questions or wish to apply online

COMMUNITY NEWS

UPCOMING DATES ON THE CALENDAR

  • Jun 26:            Communications 12 Provincial Exam, 9 am
  • Jun 28:             LSS Awards Night at CLA
  • Jun 30:             Report Cards Issued, details TBA

Langley Secondary School

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Phone: 604-534-4171
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