The Saints Scoop! – March 1, 2020

March 1, 2020



  • NEW! LSS 110th Anniversary CLA Scholarship – “Christian Life Assembly believes in giving back to the community and in paying good deeds forward.  One example is the “Boxes of Love” initiative, where students in various elementary schools receive a gift as an act of kindness from CLA.  With this example in mind, how do you give back and pay good deeds forward in the Langley community?  Why is it important to you to do so?  Please give specific examples.  (350-500 words)”
    • This is a Grade 12 scholarship only for students graduating from LSS, and is for $1000.  Please submit your written response to the Main Office, with an “Attention” to Mr. Moino.  Written Submissions due Friday, April 3 at 12 pm.
  • NEW! Scholarships: Johnson Insurance – Johnson Insurance is pleased to offer 50 scholarships valued at $1000 each to eligible students who are completing high school in 2020 and starting post-secondary education in the Fall of 2020. Applications open April 1.
  • NEW! Trevor Linden Scholarship – Applications now being accepting from student leaders in the province of British Columbia who will be entering their first year of post secondary education in September 2020, who are in good academic standing and that have made exceptional contributions to:
      • School and community service, leadership;
      • Initiating community development;
      • Affecting positive change;
      • Mentoring others;
      • Personal development and growth;
      • Good academic performance;
    • Taking the time to do something for others during difficult times in one’s own life requires particularly outstanding commitment. This is why, as part of the selection process, the personal circumstances and/or challenges of each applicant will be considered. Applicants who possess personal qualities such as dedication, commitment to helping others and strength of character will also be considered. Four scholarships of $2500 each will be offered.
    • For more information and to access the application form, please click here:
    • Deadline to apply: March 15, 2020
  • REMINDER! Scholarship Opportunity
    • “My name is Jennifer and I am the Program Coordinator at the Clean Energy Association of BC (CEBC). We are pleased to announce that we will be offering a $1,000 student scholarship this year, which will be awarded at our Annual General Meeting in June.
    • This scholarship is for grade 12 students who are graduating in 2020. To apply for the scholarship, we ask that students submit a reference letter as well as a 500-word essay answering the question, “Why is clean energy important to me as a young person in BC?
    • The application deadline is Thursday, May 14th and we will be contacting the winner in early June. You can find more information on our website here:
  • REMINDER! Bursary Opportunity
    • The Charlene Reaveley Children’s Charity is a registered charity, located in the lower mainland and serves all of BC.  We support children and their families who have lost a loved one with services such as fully-funded counselling, bursaries, camp funding, a toy drive and a lending library of books and resources.CRCCS would like to offer a $1000 bursary to graduating students who have lost a parent and/or sibling. 
    • To qualify for a $1000 CRCCS bursary, the student will be required to meet the criteria.  The criteria includes;
        • Grade 12 graduating student
        • Loss of a parent and/or a sibling
        • Enrolled in a certified post secondary program within the same year of graduating
        • Involved in the community/volunteer work
        • a BC Resident
    • To apply for a bursary, the student must email to the following information:
      • Complete mailing address, contact information and full name of the applicant
      • Complete mailing address, contact information and the name of secondary school
      • A minimum 500 word essay on how they fit the criteria
      • Deadline April 15 2020 at midnight
    • You can also visit our website at for criteria and more details about the bursary opportunity.
  • UPDATED! Dry Grad Update
    • Our casino night has been changed to Sat., March 7th.
      • Casino night tickets can be purchased Tuesday March 3rd 7:15pm in the learning commons. If you cannot pick them up in person please contact the dry grad committee thru Facebook LSS Dry Grad 2020 or Instagram LSS_dry_grad_2020
    • Chipotle fundraiser Saturday March 14th between 4 – 8Pm come dine with us at Chipotle on the Langley Bypass. A portion of the sales will go to LSS Dry Grad. Please mention when ordering that this is for LSS Dry Grad.
    • Finally, for students wanting to attend the Dry Grad, but are having financial difficulties, please contact the Dry Grad Coordinator, Kristina Phonmixay, at to work out arrangements.


  • A huge congratulations to Mrs. Thorpe, Mr. McMath, and the entire Musical Theatre class for another outstanding musical!  Seussical was a whimsical yet thoughtful travel through many of Dr. Seuss’ stories, using “Horton Hears a Who” as the main driver of the narrative, and with characters and references from so many more!  The production details were a highlight, with a stunning set-design, and ensemble numbers that were rich with sound and even more rich with choreographed movement.  The audience could not help but smile and be entertained at this feast for the ears and eyes!
    • The bright colours that made up some of the set of Seussical!

      Thursday night was a full house, with LSS staff and alumni coming to support and celebrate the accomplishment of our current students and staff!

      Ms. Lee and her brother show off their customers made “Cat in the Hat” cookies!

      “Cookie Close-up”, with Mr. Mahil in the background!


  • It was another successful Diversity & Respect Week at LSS, with numerous events and activities that helped to highlight several different groups within the school through a lens of respect for our diversity.  See below for some of the different events from the week:
    • On Wednesday’s Pink Shirt Day, it was pink shirts everywhere!

      There was even different events in the Library Learning Commons, including hula hoops!

      A selfie, by Mr. Moino… wearing a t-shirt designed by LSS student Victoria Maiuro!

      An even better photo of Victoria holding her own design… great work Victoria!

      Group shot of some of the staff and students wearing a collection of pink shirts!

      The school’s GSA also sponsored activities, on Tuesday…

      Thanks to Mr. Lewis, who baked and decorated these “flag” cookies!

      Mr. Fauteux says the cookies were delicious!

      We even gave out ice cream sandwiches to celebrate our diversity!

      To stop them from melting, we had to keep them outside before lunch… after he purchased them, Mr. Palichuk made sure they stayed safe… our very own ice cream sandwich security guard!

      We even had students make their own buttons with our “button making machine”!

      And of course, we had fun photos!

      Group shot!

      Ms. Salmon with her very own, hand-made button!

      Now THAT is a rainbow of colours!

      Another theme was to celebrate the various cultures and countries from which our LSS students and staff come…

      Mrs. Kennedy got into the spirit!

      As did Ms. Li!


  • If your student has NOT YET completed Course Planning, please have them see a Counsellor or Administrator ASAP!


  • District Trades Tour!
    • From Mrs. Blessing: “I am excited for this years District Tour! We have maxed out our 2 buses yet again and look forward to an informative (with a bit of fun) field trip exploring the great opportunities our District has to offer in the fields of TRADES.  I know this will open doors for many and it will also encourage many to have something to strive for if they’re not quite ready.”  Thanks Mrs. Blessing, for ensuring that LSS had the BIGGEST contingent of students in the District on the Tour!
    • See the photos below to see what a great success this was for the District and for 2 busloads of LSS students!
      • Horticulture at KPU!

        Culinary Arts at WGSS!

        Automotive at ACSS!

        Electrical at DWP!

        Carpentry at ACSS!

        On the bus ride to Piping and Plumbing at LSS, and to Hairdressing at ACSS!

  • Young Women in Public Safety Program application period is now open!
    • Public Safety is excited to offer the Young Women in Public Safety (YWPS) Program again this July! We’re proud to partner once more with our portfolio agencies, as well as our new partners, Transport Canada and the Department of National Defence! The Program will again be offered in seven locations across the country.
    • This unique program has been created to introduce high school female students to diverse and exciting employment opportunities available in the realm of public safety and security. Through this program, we hope to inspire young women to take a leadership role in their communities and pursue a meaningful and exciting career in areas of public safety such as border security, corrections, correctional investigation, community safety, , information and intelligence, policy development and more! Note that the priority will be given to grade 11 students.
    • The application period for the summer 2020 edition is open until April 6, 2020.  Applications for the program must be submitted through the poster on the Federal Student Work Experience (FSWEP) website or the direct link 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:
  • See below for photos from the Aboriginal Snow-Shoeing field trip to Grouse organized by the District and Ms. Jackson.  A huge thank you to student Memphis Dominic for photos from the Longhouse there!
  • Mr. Jackson’s Chemistry 11 using their knowledge and creativity in the Separating Mixtures lab.
  • Ms. Giovanis’ & Mrs. Pagnnaini’s Science 10 class learning about the Law of Conservation of Mass.  Clearly, balloons are about learning AND fun in Science class!
  • OH THE THINKS YOU CAN THINK WHEN YOU SHARE THINKS WITH INK! (An awesome reference to Seussical the Musical… thanks Mr. Van Bergen!) – Mr. Van Bergen’s Calculus class trying to teach themselves what a derivative is through collaboration, experimentation, and peer teaching.
  • AVID 9 students in Ms. Wood’s class set their weekly intentions to improve themselves, and then collaborating on group reflections to expand their strategies and measure their success in meaningful ways!
  • Mrs Pagnanini’s Life Science 11 class in Battle of the Beaks. Modeling Darwin’s Galapagos finches and natural selection by fighting it out for survival with our different beak types when different food sources are available. Which beak is best suited for each island?
  • Mr. Hill’s Science 9 class testing what happens when you mix a metal with an acid…Hydrogen gas! Then testing a property of hydrogen (spoiler alert…it is highly combustible!).
  • Projectile Marble Challenge – Physics students complete a projectile marble challenge in groups in  Mr. McGovern’s class.  Where should a cup be placed so the marble lands in it?  With careful measurements and calculations, students test out their predictions in these videos.


  • With semester turn around and new sports teams up and running we have had some changes in days and times.
  • We will no longer have tutoring on Mondays but it will be on Tuesdays instead.
  • We will have a UFV Science and Math student coming on most Tuesdays and Fridays in addition to LSS Peer tutors helping on Wednesday/Fridays.
  • We have attached the new flyer!


  • 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!


  • A HUGE THANK YOU to the PAC, Students, and Admin at Simonds Elementary for fundraising and donating funds for the LSS breakfast and lunch programs!  You are so very appreciated!

    Tickets are on sale for our Spring Fling dance, coming this week!

    The fantastic poster made by Leadership for one of our Diversity & Respect theme days!

    On our Fixed Flex day, we focused on the Core Competency of “Critical Thinking”!

    Our vertical garden continues to thrive!

    Is that a tiny, teeny cucumber I see starting to grow?!?!


  • 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


  • 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.



  • Mar 5:        AVID Field Trip to the Holocaust Centre
  • Mar 10:      FOCUS Mood Walk, Deas Island
  • Mar 11:      Parent-Teacher Interviews, 2 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Mar 12:      Parent-Teacher Interviews, 2 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Mar 13:      Last day of classes prior to Spring Break
  • Mar 30:      First day of classes after Spring Break
  • Mar 30:     Ministry Learning and TTFM Surveys begin for all grades
  • Apr 2:        Spring Concert, Small Gym, Time TBA
  • Apr 3:        Core Competency Fixed Flex
  • Apr 6-9:     Honour Roll Assembles
  • 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
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Phone: 604-534-4171
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